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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/ 8/2011

CONCACAF Gold Cup groups, matches set

By Steve Goff

The United States will play Canada in Detroit, Panama in Tampa and Guadeloupe in Kansas City, Kan., in the group stage of this summer's Gold Cup, CONCACAF announced Tuesday. Should the Americans win their group or finish second, they would play a quarterfinal at Washington's RFK Stadium on June 19.

The New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey will host the other quarterfinal doubleheader. The semifinals are slated for Houston's Reliant Stadium on June 22 and the final is at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., three days later.

The Gold Cup is the biennial regional championship for national teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean. The winner will advance to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

CONCACAF did not conduct a draw to determine the groups. Rather, it arranged the field for group parity and to maximize interest in local markets.

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

The United States has never lost a match in the group stage since the Gold Cup began in 1991 (draws with Costa Rica in 2005 and Haiti in '09).

For the complete schedule and venues.....

GROUP STAGE
Sun., June 5
Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Tex.
Costa Rica-Cuba
Mexico-El Salvador

Mon., June 6
Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
Jamaica-Grenada
Honduras-Guatemala

Tues., June 7
Ford Field, Detroit
Panama-Guadeloupe
USA-Canada

Thurs., June 9
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
Costa Rica-El Salvador
Cuba-Mexico

Fri., June 10
FIU Stadium, Miami
Jamaica-Guatemala
Grenada-Honduras

Sat., June 11
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Canada-Guadeloupe
USA-Panama

Sun., June 12
Soldier Field, Chicago
El Salvador-Cuba
Mexico-Costa Rica

Mon., June 13
Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.
Guatemala-Grenada
Honduras-Jamaica

Tues., June 14
KC Soccer Stadium, Kansas City, Kan.
Canada-Panama
USA-Guadeloupe

Quarterfinals
Sat., June 18

New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Group A runner-up vs. Group B runner-up
Group A winner vs. Group B/C third-place

Sun., June 19
RFK Stadium, Washington
Group B winner vs. Group C runner-up
Group C winner vs. Group A/B third place

Semifinals
Wed., June 22
Reliant Stadium, Houston
Quarterfinal winners, 7 and 10 p.m. ET

Final
Sat., June 25

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.
Semifinal winners, 9 p.m. ET

For additional details, ticket information and all the starting times, click here.

By Steve Goff  | March 8, 2011; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF, Gold Cup, Mexico, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  CONCACAF Gold Cup, U.S. national team  
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Comments

Look for the Under Armour National High School Junior Varsity Football Championships to be scheduled at RFK June 18.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | March 8, 2011 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Not Guadeloupe! They cheat! (or circumvent FIFA's rules).

Posted by: Reignking | March 8, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Mexico gets the Group of Death - i love it. But I definitely want the US to get a shot at them - gotta avenge that 5-0 debacle from 2009.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | March 8, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

sounds like the groups were fixed. Mexico to avoid the US in the early rounds again.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | March 8, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

WashDips, did you read this part?

"Unlike previous years, CONCACAF did not conduct a draw to determine the groups. Rather, it arranged the field for group parity and maximize interest in local markets."

Posted by: Kenobi | March 8, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

OT: Just got my copy of Washingtonian magazine in the mail and there is a 10 page spread (8 pages of article, 2 pages photos only) on Andy Najar. Haven't read it yet, but glad to see Najar/DCU/MLS getting some love.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | March 8, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I think it was Goff a couple weeks ago who said on the TweetMachine that the groups weren't random, but agreed upon by all parties.


Really thinking I might try to catch the last two group games... Super tempting.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 8, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Najar -- Someone was asking for a translation of the HOnduran press report on his U20 plans. The article says the federation has been in email contact with Najar and his rep, looking towards pinning a date for him to join the catrachos. Padilla said he could join the team for an upcoming match at the end of the month against T&T, or in early April against Guatemala. One thing the article doesn't say is that Najar has actually decided to join the team or whether he's seriously considering making the decision that soon. On the other hand, the article does come with a picture of Andy on the Mall, wearing a Honduras jersey....

I'm guessing where his heart lies, but I think his head should guide him towards Honduras. Much less competition for spots. On the other hand, if he wants to enjoy winning some games at the World Cup, he should go with USA and just buckle down to earn a spot. If Torres can get playing time, Najar should be able to.

Posted by: fischy | March 8, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

@Kenobi

In other words they were fixed to meet FMF demands and SUM's greedy needs.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | March 8, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Jack Warner fixes this tournament so only North American teams can win it.

Posted by: IamAM | March 8, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Well, T&T did not qualify. So Warner stands to make $0.00 from game and airline ticket sales through his travel agency.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 8, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

It does look like we got the easiest group. That's nice. This means we'll be able to avenge our Confederations Cup loss to Brazil on their home soil. ;-)

Posted by: WorldCup | March 8, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

That Kansas City gem of a stadium now has a name:

Livestrong Park.

They've agreed to name it that and raise $7.5 million over six years in exchange for the name. So, the Livestrong Foundation will get paid to use the name for now, but I'd imagine there's got to be some sort of tie-in to help generate income out of it for Sporting. Haven't read a full article on it yet.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 8, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

@I-270Exit1: Nice! But ya knoa that Uncle jack is still "gonna get his", right? :D

Posted by: yankiboy | March 8, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

@WashDipsSince88: Come on, Kid--you know the drill. When it comes to football and money0--The WU couldn't of said it any better:

C.R.E.A.M. Ca$h Rules Everything Around Me! Dolla Dolla Bill, y'all!

SUM, FMF, CONCACAF--Bills gotta be paid. It's all about the dividENDS!

Posted by: yankiboy | March 8, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Do I agree with Glenn Beck if I don't like Daniel Alves?

(too soon?)

Posted by: grubbsbl | March 8, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

"Livestrong Park"... Seems like use of the word "park" is a holdover from baseball. As in... "let's all go to the ballpark this weekend".

Is soccer or futbol really played in a park in the same way baseball has been? Maybe I'm out in left field, but it feels like "stadium" has an edgier implication. Gladiators doing a battle to the death might do it in a stadium (Ok, a colluseum) but certainly not a park.

Posted by: WorldCup | March 8, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I applaud the move by Sporting KC to forgo the revenue from naming rights and instead donate to the LAF (8-10M over the life of the six-year deal). Let's hope that KC is not the last to enter into a reverse sponsorship.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 8, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I applaud the move by Sporting KC to forgo the revenue from naming rights and instead donate to the LAF (8-10M over the life of the six-year deal). Let's hope that KC is not the last to enter into a reverse sponsorship.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 8, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

+1

Posted by: grubbsbl | March 8, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Also wanted to add that I applaud the move to use naming rights to generate funds for non-profit organizations. I don't get the deal though, does that mean that Sporting KC donates that amount to Livestrong Foundation? Where does the $8-10m come from?

Or maybe, that's the dollar value of the naming rights, so no cash changes hands, but Livestrong gets publicity value, and Sporting forgoes the opportunity to lease the name to a corporation? I hate corporate names for stadiums but I like KC Masterpiece Barbecue Sauce on my ribs, so "Masterpiece Park" would be cool.

Posted by: WorldCup | March 8, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

The 8-10M will come from concessions and ticket sales. For perspective, PU sold the 10-year naming rights to their stadium to PPL for $20M.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 8, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Isn't a first principle of tournament design setting things up so that the top teams meet as late as possible? But, yeah, they really should have put the US, Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras in a group of "super death" to, you know, give the little guys a chance.

Honduras's group looks weaker than the US's to me, (even if we ignore the difference between the US and Honduras themselves). Panama and Guadeloupe are stronger than Guatemala and Grenada. Jamaica's probably somewhat better than Canada, but the Canadians (along with everyone in our group, really) have a history of showing well in this tournament.

Posted by: BooThisMan | March 8, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I think "Park" is fine. There's others, Aston Villa's Villa Park jumps to mind. Heck, the consensus "best team in the world" plays at a Camp.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 8, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

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