Since he announced his candidacy, Canadian Soccer Association has been the frontrunner in the race to become the new CONCACAF president.
But, just minutes after he was elected, it feels surreal. A Canadian now has the levers of power in his hands. Of course, he has a massive job; in a FIFA community that’s dogged by scandals, CONCACAF may be the most corrupt member of the family. Three previous presidents have all been caught with their hands in a very, very, large cookie jar.
Heck, just by not getting arrested, Montagliani could do nothing else and arguably be the best president CONCACAF has had in a very long time.
“I am truly honoured to have the confidence of CONCACAF’s members as we move into a new football first era for our confederation,” said Montagliani in a release issued by the Canadian Soccer Association. “Our members have voted in favour of reform, and I am committed to ensuring CONCACAF rebuilds its credibility with the football world and to position and ready the organization to deal effectively with the evolving global game.”
Now, of course, there will be those who jump on the bandwagon and think this offers a huge boost for Canada’s 2026 World Cup bid. But, where a World Cup is staged is up to a FIFA vote, not a CONCACAF one. What is notable is a major part of Montagliani’s platform is to ensure that a CONCACAF nation gets the 2026 World Cup. The region hasn’t staged a World Cup since the Americans played host in 1994.
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