Sydney Leroux (2) and the U.S. women's national team will host the 2015 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament, which was originally slated to be hosted by Mexico. (Bruce Fedyck/USA Today)
In the press release announcing Jill Ellis as the new United States women’s head coach, U.S. Soccer also dropped a tidbit concerning her first major challenge: qualifying for the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Originally slated for to be held Oct. 16 to 26 in Cancún and Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship will now be held in the U.S. As of now, the FIFA website still lists Mexico as the host.
“Her first major tournament will come on home soil as U.S. Soccer has been selected to host the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup,” the release reads. “The format, schedule, venues and ticket information will be announced as the information becomes available.”
CONCACAF confirmed that announcement with a press release of its own, though it offered no details on the switch and why it was made.
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is likely to address the change in a conference call with reporters on Friday. This story will be updated at that time.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m. ET | Gulati told reporters that Mexico had "some issues" with the venues it was planning to use for the tournament.
"We're happy to step up, and CONCACAF was pleased with that possibility," Gulati said.
He said the American venues would be announced soon, as early as June, and the organizers already have some leads on where matches might be held.