July 7, 2017
14th edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off tonight, to be played across 13 U.S. cities throughout July
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC and USA), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Clube de Portugal and Costa Rica), Erick Torres (Houston Dynamo and Mexico), and Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo and Honduras) are among the notable inclusions to the twelve national team rosters.
The 12 nations will play in 13 U.S. cities in a span of 20 days, culminating in the final game on July 26 at Levi's Stadium in the Bay Area, where ticket sales have already surpassed 50,000.
The continental championship will begin Friday, July 7 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ, in front of what is expected to be a capacity crowd. The opening double header features a Group A match-up of perennial Central American rivals, Honduras and Costa Rica as well as the 2000 champion Canada facing newcomer French Guiana.
Group B will kick off on Saturday, July 8, at Nashville's Nissan Stadium, with a rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup third-place match between USA and Panama, followed by Martinique and Nicaragua.
Defending champion Mexico will begin its title defense on Sunday, July 9 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, versus El Salvador as the second match of a doubleheader. Curacao and Jamaica will begin play in Group C in the first match of that day.
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