Above: Miami-Dade Sports Commission Executive Director Jose Sotolongo; Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell; President Webb; Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez; and CONCACAF General Secretary Enrique Sanz, at the 2013 Gold Cup games in Sun Life Stadium. Mayor Gimenez proclaimed Friday, July 12, 2013, the “Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football Day” in Miami-Dade County.
MIAMI (Friday, July 19, 2013) – On the occasion of the 12th edition of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup currently being held in 13 cities throughout the United States, host cities Miami and Houston have announced proclamations in honor of CONCACAF.
Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez proclaimed Friday, July 12, 2013, the “Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football Day” in Miami-Dade County. The city was host to two games on July 12 – Martinique vs. Trinidad and Tobago and El Salvador vs. Honduras- at Sun Life Stadium.
“We are honored to be receiving these significant recognitions on the occasion of the 2013 Gold Cup as they reinforce the importance of hosting this world-class tournament,” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.
The proclamation was presented to CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb and Secretary General Enrique Sanz on behalf of Mayor Gimenez, Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa and members of the Board of County Commissioners at the stadium the day of the games.
In the official document it is stated the City of Miami-Dade County takes pride in recognizing the important efforts made by individuals, organizations and initiatives who embody the essence of our society through their commitment.
Furthermore, the City of Houston and Harris County, Texas also issued a proclamation in honor of CONCACAF. The city proclaimed Monday, July 15, 2013, the “Gold Cup Day”. Houston was host to El Salvador vs. Haiti and Honduras vs. Trinidad and Tobago at the BBVA Compass Stadium.
“By working in close partnership with local authorities and stadiums, the 12th edition of Gold Cup is successfully expanding its footprint throughout 13 vibrant cities while providing football fans a remarkable and unforgettable experience,” added Webb.
This year’s tournament marks the fifth consecutive time the tournament is played in Harris County. Harris County and Houston have become recognized as one of the best soccer destinations in the world with some of the most state-of-the art facilities.
Taking place every two years, the Gold Cup has established itself as the region's most popular national team tournament, routinely drawing capacity crowds and millions of viewers across the region.