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Posted at 2:26 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Washington's RFK Stadium will host two quarterfinal matches in 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup

By Steve Goff

RFK Stadium has been selected to host two quarterfinal matches in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the regional championship for national teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean.

The matches in Washington will take place as a doubleheader on June 19, a Sunday. Assuming they advance, the United States or Mexico would play at RFK. No other games in the 12-nation, biennial tournament will be played in D.C. Mexico is the defending champion, having beaten the Americans in the 2009 final. The 2011 winner will earn a berth in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

In 2009, a Gold Cup first-round doubleheader in Washington included a 2-0 U.S. victory over Honduras.

Gold Cup participants in 2011 are the United States, Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Cuba, Grenada, Guadeloupe and five Central American teams to be determined next month.

For additional tournament details.....

First-round sites are Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Tex.), which will host the June 5 openers; Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.), Ford Field (Detroit), Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte), FIU Stadium (Miami), Raymond James Stadium (Tampa), Soldier Field (Chicago), Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.) and KC Soccer Stadium (Kansas City, Kan.). The groups, first-round pairings and specific sites will be determined in early February.

Washington and the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey will host the quarterfinal doubleheaders. Both semifinals will be played June 22 at Reliant Stadium in Houston and the championship is set for the Rose Bowl three days later.

Notable omissions: Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, Columbus, Philadelphia and Boston.

By Steve Goff  | December 16, 2010; 2:26 PM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF, Gold Cup, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  CONCACAF Gold Cup  
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I was hoping for Atlanta or Nashville, but Charlotte is do-able for a game I'd be interested in.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 16, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Will RFK be air-conditioned by then? It's already (unintentionally) coming apart.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 16, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Those stadiums are way too big for this tournament. Except for the KC stadium.

Posted by: VioletCrown | December 16, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta wasn't even a notable omission :)

Posted by: Reignking | December 16, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I imagine a Grenada v. Guadeloupe game would get really chippy, they have hated each other for generations.

Posted by: rockotodd | December 16, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

A perfect weekend! A giant Kenny Chesney show in Philly on Saturday, and international soccer at RFK on Sunday. The only question is - why is my life planned out six months in advance?

Posted by: FulhamDC | December 16, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

@FulhamDC: Think of it this way. Long-range planning allows you to get out of baby showers, family gatherings, and other potential obligations.

"Sorry, I can't go. I have tickets to an international soccer tournament and they were sooooo hard to get. So I can't go to your wedding, lil sis."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 16, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Thanks. And it sounds as if you speak from experience!

Posted by: FulhamDC | December 16, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

hopefully the lines from the Military Bowl will be gone by then

Posted by: Section107 | December 16, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Let's sign this guy as our next defender. He has European experience but won't count as a foreign player. And why hasn't Bob capped him?!

I know, RK, your opinion of him is neutral.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 16, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

@rocotodd: They both played in the same qualifying group to make it to the tournament.

Posted by: yankiboy | December 16, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Im guessing the southwest venues were chosen for Mexico's well-spoken fans, i presume?

Money over image. All I remember from most of their matches have been the crowd involvement in the games and no sanctions towards FMF.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | December 16, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

If the US plays at RFK then I will go.

Posted by: yankiboy | December 16, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Timely pun, 270, but perhaps we should cap him. Definitely watch him.

Posted by: Reignking | December 16, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

That is Sunday of the US Open at Congressional.

Posted by: OWNTF | December 16, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Philly gets no love this time around. Man I can still see Kyle Beckerman's shot against Panama coming right at us at the Linc in the last edition. Memories...yeah, that was sweet. No particular love for Philly other than proximity. If the US's path takes it through RFK I'll come, heck I may even go to Joisey too if the Yanks are there. I hope we win this one.

Posted by: Kosh2 | December 16, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

"hopefully the lines from the Military Bowl will be gone by then

Posted by: Section107 | December 16, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse"

They still won't be gone from last year's game.

Posted by: mbyrd28 | December 16, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

While part of me would love to watch the US at RFK, I sort of wish US Soccer would hold the City's feet to the fire, and tell them they won't sniff a major soccer match unless they get things moving for a new home for United. Same goes for a match at FedEx or even M&T Bank Stadium.

That's right, I propose that the entire DC Metro area extending to Baltimore be blacklisted from a major match (be it competitive or international friendly) until they get United the home they should have (and I'm not talking about an expanded Soccerplex).

Posted by: alecw81 | December 16, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

alecw - I like the idea, but I think there would be more negative publicity (e.g. "anti-american soccer crowd boycotts nation's capital") than good that came out of that proposal.

Besides, how do you prevent Dan Snyder from bringing in Milan and Manchester to play in his sandbox? USSF could deny referees, but they could always just import them from somewhere else.

Until a true "soccer person" is involved in upper level politics in the city, we will not have a downtown stadium.

Posted by: SoccerVA | December 16, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

From Goff's twotter:

"Good times keep rolling for Qatar: 2-1 friendly victory over Egypt"


Wow. The beat the #9 ranked team in the world. Huge win. ;)

Posted by: fischy | December 16, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of tournaments -- Has it occurred to anyone else that the toughest part of a Qatar summer tourney will not be building a dozen climate-controlled stadiums? I'm curious about how they plan on moving in tens of thousands of fans on game day, who won't want to stay in Qatar. Especially, if they also have to find airport gate space for team charter planes. Unless they're planning on building 32 climate-controlled practice facilities, too....?

Posted by: fischy | December 16, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Anyone want to wager on the number of Cubans who will defect?

Posted by: dsheon1 | December 16, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Anyone want to wager on the number of Cubans who will defect?

Posted by: dsheon1 | December 16, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Over/under at 3

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | December 16, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Would be a good start for the expansion FC Miami Libre.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 17, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Would be a good start for the expansion FC Miami Libre.

So Borislow can recruit Cubanos/as to go with his Brasileiros/as.

(BTW, there is a belated response to your post about the '22 Cup a couple of threads back.)

Posted by: universityandpark | December 17, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

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