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Concacaf suspends Nations League Finals because of COVID-19 emergency

The competition was set to be played in June with Mexico taking on Costa Rica while the United States played Honduras.

Mexico v Bermuda - CONCACAF Nations League Photo by Angel Castillo/Jam Media/Getty Images

Concacaf announced on Friday that they had suspended the Nations League finals as well as the Gold Cup qualifiers and the Flow Caribbean Club Champioship because of the COVID-19 emergency. The Nations League finals and the Gold Cup qualifiers were set to be played in June, and the Caribbean Club Championship was set to be played in May. Concacaf announced that the competition will take place on a future date as long as the authorities give permission, but with the expected delay for the COVID-19 emergency to end and the fact that the FIFA calendar will be filled with World Cup qualifiers and the 2021 Gold Cup, there doesn’t seem to be much of a window for the tournament to take place. Mexico, Costa Rica, the United States, and Honduras were the four teams qualified to the Nations League finals.

With the official suspension of the Nations League, this means Mexico’s National team is officially clear after the earlier cancellation of the three friendlies. Mexico had qualified in first place and was set to face Costa Rica on June 6th in Houston in one of the semifinals, while the United States and Honduras faced each other in the same city in the other semifinal. The main problem now in terms of the tournament being able to be held is the calendar congestion that will happen once football returns to a normal schedule, especially in Concacaf. The Gold Cup is set to happen on 2021 and there are still four spots in the competition that haven’t been filled, and the qualifiers have just been suspended along with the Nations League. Also the World Cup qualifiers were set to start on the August/September FIFA dates, which would now be the next FIFA dates in the calendar after all the cancellations. In terms of priority, the Nations League finals might fall on the wayside, and it’s really up in the air when or if the tournament takes place.