• Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

    Gold Cup groups, schedule unveiled

    Photo (Back Row, l-r): Luis Fernando Suarez (head coach, Honduras); Carlos Slusher (head coach, Belize); Tony Fonseca (technical director, Canada); Sam Stark (Executive Director, Chicago Sports Commission); Michael Kelly (Gen. Superintendent and CEO of Chicago Park District); Jorge Luis Pinto (head coach, Costa Rica); Agustin Castillo (head coach, El Salvador); Jurgen Klinsmann (head coach, USA) ... (Front Row, l-r) Patrick Cavelan (head coach, Martinique); Jose Manuel De La Torre (head coach, Mexico); CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb; CONCACAF General Secretary, Enrique Sanz; Rolando Gonzalez (General Manager, Panama), Hutson Charles (co-head coach, Trinidad & Tobago)


    CHICAGO - CONCACAF announced on Wednesday the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup groups and schedule, while also awarding the Final to Chicago's Soldier Field (Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 4pm EST). As previously announced, the tournament will open at the Rose Bowl on Sunday, July 7, with a doubleheader featuring an encounter between reigning Gold Cup champion Mexico and Panama.

    Tickets to all Gold Cup matches, an official FIFA calendar tournament, will be available to the general public starting on Thursday, March 21, at 10:00 a.m. (local time in all markets) by visiting www.GoldCup.org. Special pre-sales will be available starting tomorrow, Thursday, March 14, in many of the participating Gold Cup cities.

    "We look forward to a successful tournament and an exciting 2013 Gold Cup final on July 28, right here at Soldier Field," said CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb. "We also expect yet another competition fueled by passionate fans brought together in a celebration that will hopefully inspire a whole new generation of players."

    Mexico will anchor Group A, which begins play on July 7, with a twinbill that kicks-off with Canada taking on Martinique. Honduras will lead Group B the following day, facing Haiti at Red Bull Arena on July 8, with El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago facing off earlier in the evening. The United States will play the following night, July 9 in Portland's JELD-WEN Field against Belize in Group C, immediately after a meeting between Costa Rica and Cuba. The complete schedule can be found by clicking here.

    The 2013 Gold Cup quarterfinals will be played in Atlanta's Georgia Dome and Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium, both first-time hosts in the tournament. The semifinals will head to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX on Wednesday, July 24.

    With a mix of historic venues and brand new state of the art soccer facilities that average 57,000 spectators, the 2013 edition of the Gold Cup promises to provide fans both in stadium and at home with unforgettable atmospheres. In 2011, the tournament drew more than 600,000 fans throughout 13 match-days, including nine sell-outs. 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 television viewers across the region. It features the confederation's best players from the top 12 nations

    GROUP A: Mexico, Panama, Canada, Martinique
    GROUP B: Honduras, El Salvador, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti
    GROUP C: USA, Costa Rica, Belize, Cuba

    (local time followed by EDT time)
    First Round
    Sunday, July 7 - Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
    Canada vs. Martinique, 2:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. EDT)
    Mexico vs. Panama, 5:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. EDT)

    Monday, July 8 - Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)
    El Salvador vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 7 p.m. (7 p.m. EDT)
    Haiti vs. Honduras, 9:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. EDT)

    Tuesday, July 9 - JELD-WEN Field (Portland, OR)
    Costa Rica vs. Cuba, 5:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. EDT)
    Belize vs. USA, 8 p.m. (11 p.m. EDT)

    Thursday, July 11 - CenturyLink Field (Seattle, WA)
    Panama vs. Martinique, 5:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. EDT)
    Mexico vs. Canada, 8 p.m. (11 p.m. EDT)

    Friday, July 12 - Sun Life Stadium (Miami, FL)
    Trinidad & Tobago vs. Haiti, 7 p.m. (7 p.m. EDT)
    Honduras vs. El Salvador, 9:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. EDT)

    Saturday, July 13 - Rio Tinto Stadium (Salt Lake City, UT)
    USA vs. Cuba, 1:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. EDT)
    Costa Rica vs. Belize, 4:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. EDT)

    Sunday, July 14 - Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver, CO)
    Martinique vs. Mexico, 1:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. EDT)
    Panama vs. Canada, 4:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. EDT)

    Monday, July 15 - BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, TX)
    El Salvador vs. Haiti, 6 p.m. (7 p.m. EDT)
    Honduras vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 8:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. EDT)

    Tuesday, July 16 - Rentschler Field (Hartford, CT)
    Cuba vs. Belize, 5:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. EDT)
    USA vs. Costa Rica, 8 p.m. (8 p.m. EDT)

    Saturday, July 20 - Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)
    Group A runner-up vs. Group B runner-up, TBD (x)
    Group A winner vs. Group B/C third-place, TBD (x)
    x-matches scheduled for 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. local (3 p.m. and 6 p.m. EDT) with order TBD

    Sunday, July 21 - M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, MD)
    Group B winner vs. Group C runner-up, TBD (y)
    Group C winner vs. Group A/B third place, TBD (y)
    y-matches scheduled for 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. local (4 p.m. and 7 p.m. EDT) with order TBD

    Wednesday, July 24 - Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, TX)
    X quarterfinal winners, TBD (z)
    Y quarterfinal winners, TBD (z)
    z-matches scheduled for 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. local (7 p.m. and 10 p.m. EDT) with order TBD

    Sunday, July 28- Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)
    Semifinal winners, 3 p.m. (4 p.m. EDT)

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