Mexico wants to field full team in Copa America

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MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Hoping to improve its chance of winning the Copa America, Mexico is asking that it be allowed to field its full national soccer team in the South American championship rather than a youth team.

Mexico has played in the Copa America as a guest team with underage players, giving it little chance against the likes of Brazil and Argentina. It lost its three group matches in last year's Copa America, won by Uruguay.

Mexico is a member of CONCACAF, which governs soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean. Mexican federation general secretary Decio De Maria said Thursday his group is appealing to CONCACAF to change the rules under which Mexico must play.