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CONCACAF Announces 2013 Gold Cup Venues
- Updated: January 23, 2013
The Confederation of North, Central and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today announced the thirteen US cities to host the 2013 Gold Cup. More than thirty venues submitted initial bids in March of 2012, including Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia & PPL Park in Chester, neither of which were selected. The 22nd edition of the biennial regional championship will kick off on July 7th and culminate with the championship game on July 28th.
The host venues include:
Atlanta, GA – The Georgia Dome
Baltimore, MD – M&T Bank Stadium
Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
Arlington, TX – Cowboys’ Stadium
Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field
Harrison, NJ – Red Bull Arena
Hartford, CT – Rentschler Field
Houston, TX – BBVA Compass Stadium
Miami, FL – Sun Life Stadium
Pasadena, CA – Rose Bowl
Portland, OR* – JELD-WEN Field
Sandy, UT – Rio Tinto Stadium
Seattle, WA* – Century Link Field
*Independent Republic of Cascadia
Eleven of the twelve teams that will compete in the tournament have already qualified, with the United States, Mexico and Canada, the automatic berths, being joined by Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, Martinique and Haiti from the Caribbean region, and Costa Rica, Honduras, Belize and El Salvador from Central America. The final slot will go to either Guatemala or Panama, who will contest the 5th place match of the Copa Centroamericana on Friday.
Once all the teams are known, they will be drawn into groups and assigned to locations for preliminary round games. Games are often assigned due to demographics and travel distance.
The championship will most likely be held in Chicago, which last hosted the final in 2007, when the US defeated Mexico on Benny Feilhaber’s long distance volley. The US fell to Mexico 5-0 in the 2009 final at Giants Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands, and 4-2 in a heart breaker at the Rose Bowl in 2011. The US and Mexico have won all but one of the tournaments since 1991. Canada was a surprise winner in 2000.
This is the second straight tournament that Philadelphia has not been awarded a match. Lincoln Financial Field hosted a quarterfinal double header on July 18, 2009, with Honduras defeating Canada 1-0 and the US downing Panama 2-1.
The failure to secure a Gold Cup match could be good news for Philadelphia-based USMNT fans, however. With three venues in driving distance (Hartford, Harrison & Baltimore), catching a game shouldn’t be much of a chore, and the site selection effectively knocks several contender cities for Hex matches out of the running. Salt Lake City, New York, Hartford, Portland and Seattle were all possible hosts for the two remaining unassigned qualifiers, and it is unlikely that the USSF would assign two USMNT matches to one of those cities in the same cycle. (Though not impossible; Denver will host the US / Costa Rica match in March and a Gold Cup match in July, though in different venues.) This leaves Philadelphia and Nashville as the most likely sites for the remaining two hex matches.
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