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U.S. National Team at RFK

The U.S. men's national team is coming to Washington this summer.

In the group stage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the defending champion Americans will play Grenada on July 4 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Honduras on July 8 at RFK Stadium and Haiti on July 11 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Their return to Washington will come nine months after a 6-1 victory over Cuba at RFK in the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying. They will also play in D.C. this October against Costa Rica in the last of 10 final-round qualifiers. Since 1996, the USA has an 8-1-2 record at RFK. Honduras is the last CONCACAF team to beat the Americans on home soil, and it happened in Washington in 2001.

The Gold Cup is the biennial regional championship involving 12 teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean. The tournament, which will be played at 13 sites and has no bearing on World Cup qualifying, begins July 3 at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and concludes July 26 at Giants Stadium.

The groups and full schedule are on the continuation of this thread.....

Group A: Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Jamaica
Group B: Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, USA
Group C: Guadeloupe, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama

FIRST ROUND
July 3 at Carson: Canada-Jamaica, Costa Rica-El Salvador
July 4 at Seattle: Honduras-Haiti, USA-Grenada
July 5 at Oakland: Panama-Guadeloupe, Mexico-Nicaragua
July 7 at Columbus: Jamaica-Costa Rica, El Salvador-Canada
July 8 at Washington: Haiti-Grenada, USA-Honduras
July 9 at Houston (Reliant): Guadeloupe-Nicaragua, Mexico-Panama
July 10 at Miami (FIU): Costa Rica-Canada, Jamaica-El Salvador
July 11 at Foxborough: USA-Haiti, Honduras-Grenada
July 12 at Phoenix: Panama-Nicaragua, Mexico-Guadeloupe

QUARTERFINALS
July 18: doubleheader at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia
July 19: doubleheader at Dallas Cowboys Stadium
SEMIFINALS
July 23: doubleheader at Soldier Field in Chicago
FINAL
July 26: Giants Stadium in New Jersey, 3 p.m.

By Steve Goff  |  April 2, 2009; 12:02 PM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Goffinho: Who's televising this? Will it be FSC like before? And what about TV for the Confederations Cup?

Posted by: Juan-John | April 2, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

So much for home field advantage in DC... Did the last match up with the Catrachos sell out?
Sounds like a blast!

Posted by: DadRyan | April 2, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I understand the draw of having the US play on July 4, but why isn't the USSF doing more to not put the MNT against MLS. This is the reverse of the usual "MLS overlaps with the MNT" complaint, but is more valid because 1) it is more avoidable in this case; and 20 I'm the one complaining so it counts more. :)

Three group stage games and two are up against MLS matches. Why? More importantly, why did I ever think the USSF and CONCACAF would consider such issues.

Posted by: beach3 | April 2, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure the last US home Qualifier loss was to honduras at RFK...great scheduling USF!

Posted by: DCU_VW | April 2, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

July is going to be a great month for soccer on the tube.

Posted by: joedoc1 | April 2, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

They better triple up on bolts for seats in the upper deck. Those things hurt when they land on you.

Posted by: Hoost | April 2, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Nevermind yesterday's prediction that there will be less than 25k at RFK for the Gold Cup match. Make it more like 50k now!

Posted by: Kev29 | April 2, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure the last US home Qualifier loss was to honduras at RFK...great scheduling USF!

Posted by: DCU_VW | April 2, 2009 12:21 PM

This is only Gold Cup were talking about. They'll take the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

And I don't blame them

Posted by: Kev29 | April 2, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

So, we have to choose between DCU hosting the Rapids, or a drive up to Philly, for the quarterfinals doubleheader? That is a wee bit disappointing.

However, the Honduras game should be a great atmosphere.

Posted by: fischy | April 2, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

So, how does this work? Top two in each group advance, plus 2 3rd-place teams? Meaning there's really almost no chance that the US-Honduras game will mean anything.

Under those circumstances, should we even bother to label Group A as the Group of Death? Canada and Jamaica duking it out for a 3rd-place spot?

Posted by: fischy | April 2, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Um, isn't this a concacaf tournament, not ussf? So blame concacaf for scheduling issues. And yes, I'd think the us could lose to Honduras again with out b team playing what will be a neutral site at best.

So what's the over/under for attendance at Grenada/Haiti?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | April 2, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

So what's the over/under for attendance at Grenada/Haiti?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | April 2, 2009 12:52 PM

Paid attendance? Same as US-Honduras

Butts in seats? Couple thousand. It'll also be a 5 or 6pm Wednesday kickoff

Posted by: Kev29 | April 2, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Why is the Gold Cup every two years, and why should I care about this tournament. Its not like the winner will be going to the Confederations Cup this time around. Its pretty stupid that our regional tournament is held every 2 years rather then every 4 years like it is done in Europe and South America.

Posted by: RedskinAddict | April 2, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

@RedskinAddict -- It's only been every 2 years since '03. That one followed a Gold Cup in '02. Really, this tournament is held whenever CONCACAF feels like it. Back-to-back years. Every other year. Three years apart. There's no rhyme or reason.

The CONCACAF championship used to be every 4 years, before the first "Gold Cup" in '91. It should go back to that, but I suppose they're trying to build some rivalries and interest...not to mention put some money in the organization's pockets.

Some day, CONCACAF will learn to value the sport.

Posted by: fischy | April 2, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Why is the Gold Cup every two years, and why should I care about this tournament. Its not like the winner will be going to the Confederations Cup this time around. Its pretty stupid that our regional tournament is held every 2 years rather then every 4 years like it is done in Europe and South America.

Posted by: RedskinAddict | April 2, 2009 12:56 PM

If they didn't play every 2 years, most of the CONC nations would only play every four years in the first rounds of World Cup Qualifying. Even Canada is only good for maybe two friendlies a year, and hardly ever at home. Optimistically, it's a way to keep the smaller nations in the region active. Pessimistically, it's a cash-grab for Jack Warner who filters the money to the ridiculous small islands who keep him in power with their votes.

Posted by: IamAM | April 2, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Agreed that the USA - Honduras game at RFK will be interesting, to say the least. I'll be there - can't let the Honduran fans totally dominate the stadium.

Having said that, I would definitely support cutting back the Gold Cup to every four years, especially since this year's tournament comes in the middle of WC qualifying. The South Americans were smart enough to cut back the Copa America to once every four years, and to schedule the tournament for the year after the World Cup to avoid conflict with their marathon WC qualifying schedule. CONCACAF should do the same.

Posted by: SSMD1 | April 2, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

As long as Ernie Stewart isn't taking PKs, Preki isn't the super sub, and Steve Sampson isnt anywhere near the field, US won't have problems with Honduras this time.

Posted by: hacksaw | April 2, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Let's just hope that it is not played at 10:00 am this time around.

Posted by: Verrazzano | April 2, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

re: Why is the Gold Cup every two years, and why should I care about this tournament. Its not like the winner will be going to the Confederations Cup this time around. Its pretty stupid that our regional tournament is held every 2 years rather then every 4 years like it is done in Europe and South America.

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All of the Confederations except Europe and South America play their tournaments every two years. Mainly so that their national teams get more chances to play games. For a lot of the smaller countries, they don't have the money to play a lot of friendlies and develop their teams. Many of the smaller countries only get two games in World Cup qualifying before they're out. So their regional tournament lets them get more meaningful games with full squads. Europe and South America only have their tournaments every four yeas in large part because there aren't enough dates in the international calendar to do the tournament more often and get their players from the big club teams. They also have qualifying groups that have a lot of games for both tournaments because those allow all the nations to make more money. Confederations Cup used to be held every two years as well; though now that seems to have been moved to every four years as a pre-World Cup run through for the hosts. Gold Cup isn't the most interesting tournament I agree. But it has been a good tool for the US to develop the national team over the last two decades. It's been a part of helping make the region more competitive where Mexico doesn't run roughshod over everyone else like it was 20 years ago.

Posted by: thrh1 | April 2, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Group A is much tougher than the other two. The Honduran/US game will have a tremendous atmosphere. Writer at goal.com has picked Honduras to win the tournament.

Posted by: blackandred777 | April 2, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Good points made by the folks who support the Gold Cup every two years. I still prefer once every four years, but if CONCACAF won't budge, then the U.S. and Mexico should definitely send b-squads to this year's Gold Cup, and to future tournaments occurring in years immediately before a World Cup. There's no Confed Cup berth on the line, and the top players from the two giants of CONCACAF don't need the extra games against (mostly) regional lightweights. They would be better off with extra vacation time in July. For the big national teams (this could include Costa Rica as well), the Gold Cup should mostly be a testing ground for fringe players who need to prove their worth to the coach.

Posted by: SSMD1 | April 2, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

They have micro-regional tournaments to keep the islands in action (Caribbean Cup). However, the Gold Cup offers the minnows a chance to play with the US and Mexican markets subsidizing it.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 2, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see who Guadeloupe digs up again for their squad...remember, they aren't FIFA-sanctioned, so they can use players that have played for other countries (such as France).

Posted by: Reignking | April 2, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the Honduran embassy will again be blocked from ordering tickets by USSF.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 2, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the clarification. If that is the case, then Bob Bradley should just use our U-20 squad. There really is no benefit for the US team to perform well in this tournament, besides getting our younger players some international experience. Also, why is the tournanment always held in the US. Why not hold it in Mexico or Canada, or use various Caribbean Islands to stage the tournanment. It gives the US an unfair advantage.

Posted by: RedskinAddict | April 2, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Why not hold it in Mexico or Canada, or use various Caribbean Islands to stage the tournanment. It gives the US an unfair advantage.

Posted by: RedskinAddict | April 2, 2009 2:33 PM

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Posted by: Kev29 | April 2, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Let's have Jack Warner host it at T&T.

Posted by: Reignking | April 2, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Group C: Guadeloupe, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama

"The Group of Ganja"

Posted by: joedoc1 | April 2, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Let's have Jack Warner host it at T&T.
Posted by: Reignking | April 2, 2009 2:44 PM
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During cricket season? Imagine all the complaints about playing soccer with all those cricket lines on the field :-)

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 2, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

July in Phoenix? Wow. Then again, I guess that new stadium does have a roof.

Does Warner have a grip on our confederation until he dies? I had to check wikipedia and found that he's "only" 66. We might have him in charge for a while.

Posted by: EssEff | April 2, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Hacksaw...are you serious? Do you even know anything about CONCACAF? Honduras is one of the stronger teams in the region. "US won't have problems with Honduras." ARE YOU KIDDING ME? This team can potentially give us nightmares. Do your research!

Let's go US!

Posted by: Kromer523 | April 2, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

@EssEff

Theoretically, anyone could put together a block of the Carib nations and have control over the Confederation. In theory, it was an ingenius democractic strategy to grab power from Guillermo Caneda and Mexico who ran CONC for 40 years, basically. In fact, with all the Carib islands, Warner controls nearly 10% of the vote for any FIFA matters as well, which may be how he has steered clear of most of the pitfalls his corruption has ended him up in. Even if you put together a block of the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the 7 Central American countries, you still get outvoted by Suriname, Guayana and St. Kitts and the like.

Posted by: IamAM | April 2, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

During cricket season? Imagine all the complaints about playing soccer with all those cricket lines on the field :-)

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 2, 2009 3:28 PM

:-D

I'd much rather watch cricket in the Caribbean than soccer - but that's probably just me. Wish I was on a plane heading here tomorrow for West Indies-England...

http://www.ecb.co.uk/twelfthman/venues/beausejour-cricket-ground-st-lucia,72,MV.html

Posted by: Kev29 | April 2, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Mexico's group is almost comically weak. Will they still blow it?

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 2, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Hacksaw, I'm pretty sure Steve Sampson wasn't anywhere around the US team in 2001.....and they still lost. Just sayin'. As for the Gold Cup itself, since theres no Confed Cup birth on the line, and we won't have out "A" team anyway, I'll probably keep focused on MLS and won't pay too much attention to it.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | April 2, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I was at that Honduras game in 2001, one of the craziest matches I've ever attended. Full stadium, awesome atmosphere...mostly from the Hondurans in the upper bowl. I just remember waves of counter attacks from the Hondurans. So, much energy and hundreds of waving flags. I grew up in VA and God I love RFK. If only they could refurbish it and use it for DC United.

Posted by: EssEff | April 2, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Hacksaw...are you serious? Do you even know anything about CONCACAF? Honduras is one of the stronger teams in the region. "US won't have problems with Honduras." ARE YOU KIDDING ME? This team can potentially give us nightmares. Do your research!

Let's go US!
______

Honduras Sucks.
Nah Nah

Posted by: hacksaw | April 2, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

July in Phoenix? Wow. Then again, I guess that new stadium does have a roof.Posted by: EssEff | April 2, 2009 3:41 PM

It's also air conditioned...

Posted by: DadRyan | April 2, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

BTW me likes the *group of ganja* joedoc1. I still think the best smelling game I've been to at RFK was when Harbor View visited last year;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | April 2, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

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