• Friday May 30, 2014

    Gold Cup qualifying starts Friday in Caribbean

    Aruba (pictured) will host Group 1 in the Caribbean Cup, May 30-June 3, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Arubaanse Voetbal Bond) 

    MIAMI – Qualifying for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and a place in the Centennial Cup America 2016 kicks-off Friday, when the Caribbean Football Union’s Caribbean Cup opens with preliminary round play. 

    The competition will once again decide several teams that will qualify for CONCACAF’s showpiece event and, on this occasion, one which will obtain an automatic berth to the Centennial America Cup 2016.  The champion of the 2015 Gold Cup will then participate in a play-in match against the 2013 champion United States for a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

    Montserrat and Aruba will each host one of two opening-round groups, May 30-June 3. 

    Cuba is the defending champion, capturing its first-ever title two years ago by topping Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 in the final.  Both sides advanced to the Gold Cup along with Haiti and Martinique.

    Bonaire will be making its first-appearance in a CONCACAF-related tournament since earning associate member status at the 2013 Congress in Panama.

    2014 CARIBBEAN CUP

    PRELIMINARY ROUND

    GROUP 1 (at Lookout, Montserrat – Blakes Estate Stadium)

    Friday – May 30, 2014

    Montserrat v U.S. Virgin Islands

    Sunday – June 1, 2014

    U.S. Virgin Islands v Bonaire

    Tuesday – June 3, 2014

    Montserrat v Bonaire

    GROUP 2 (at Oranjestad, Aruba – Complejo Deportivo Guillermo Prospero Trinidad)

    Friday – May 30, 2014

    French Guiana v British Virgin Islands
    Aruba v Turks & Caicos Islands

    Sunday – June 1, 2014

    Turks & Caicos Islands v French Guiana
    Aruba v British Virgin Islands

    Tuesday – June 3, 2014

    British Virgin Islands v Turks & Caicos Islands
    Aruba v French Guiana

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