The United States will play Canada in Detroit, Panama in Tampa and Guadeloupe in Kansas City, Kan., in the group stage of this summer’s Gold Cup, CONCACAF announced Tuesday. Should the Americans win their group or finish second, they would play a quarterfinal at Washington’s RFK Stadium on June 19.
The New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey will host the other quarterfinal doubleheader. The semifinals are slated for Houston’s Reliant Stadium on June 22 and the final is at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., three days later.
The Gold Cup is the biennial regional championship for national teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean. The winner will advance to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.
CONCACAF did not conduct a draw to determine the groups. Rather, it arranged the field for group parity and to maximize interest in local markets.
Group A: Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Cuba
Group B: Honduras, Guatemala, Jamaica, Grenada
Group C: USA, Canada, Panama, Guadeloupe
The United States has never lost a match in the group stage since the Gold Cup began in 1991 (draws with Costa Rica in 2005 and Haiti in ‘09).
For the complete schedule and venues.....
Sun., June 5
Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Tex.
Mon., June 6
Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
Tues., June 7
Ford Field, Detroit
Thurs., June 9
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
Costa Rica-El Salvador
Fri., June 10
FIU Stadium, Miami
Sat., June 11
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Sun., June 12
Soldier Field, Chicago
Mon., June 13
Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.
Tues., June 14
KC Soccer Stadium, Kansas City, Kan.
Sat., June 18
New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Group A runner-up vs. Group B runner-up
Group A winner vs. Group B/C third-place
Sun., June 19
RFK Stadium, Washington
Group B winner vs. Group C runner-up
Group C winner vs. Group A/B third place
Wed., June 22
Reliant Stadium, Houston
Quarterfinal winners, 7 and 10 p.m. ET
Sat., June 25
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.
Semifinal winners, 9 p.m. ET
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