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MARTINO WANTS UNIFIED COPA AMERICA

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Mexico coach Gerardo Martino wants a unified Copa America comprising of the whole American continent in the future.The Argentine tactician was questioned about the travel and distances in the Gold Cup in the United States this summer.

However, he diverted from answering and instead gave his opinion that there should be a new format for the Copa America.

Martino has previously stressed he'd like Mexico to be involved in the 2020 Copa America, although Australia and Qatar will be the invited non-CONMEBOL guests next summer.

The 2016 Copa America Centenario was held between CONMEBOL and CONCACAF teams in the United States, but negotiations for another similar tournament in 2020 broke down.

Mexico had been involved in all the Copa Americas since 1993 but missed out this year.
Paraguay manager Eduardo Berizzo also suggested last week that guest countries shouldn't come from outside the continent.

Berizzo in his press conference after Paraguay's 2-2 draw with Qatar claimed that playing the Copa America between American teams would be the logical step to go by. He also went further by claiming that he had never seen a European Championship where they invite South American teams.

Martino also implored his Mexico side not to take their foot off the gas in their final game against Martinique on Sunday in Bank of America Stadium.

Mexico are in control of their group after defeating Cuba 7-0 in its first match and Canada 3-1 in their second game.

According to him, the players would take the match against Martinique in the same way they would do against Canada, Panama or the United States.

Midfielder Erick Gutierrez will be out of the game for Mexico with a right hamstring injury that will sideline him for two weeks, according to reports. Martino confirmed that that previous injury concerns Rodolfo Pizarro, Hector Moreno and Carlos Salcedo will all be available.