U.S. Soccer

USA to Play in Nashville, Tampa and Cleveland in Group B of 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CHICAGO (Dec. 19, 2016) – The U.S. Men’s National Team has been placed atop Group B for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup as it seeks its sixth confederation championship title.

The U.S. will open its tournament schedule on July 8 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville Tenn., followed by a July 12 game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Three days later, the USA will complete the group phase at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Complete groups and schedule, including selection of dates and assignment of matches for the knockout round and the awarding of the Final, will be announced next year. Fans can now visit GoldCup.org to sign up for an exclusive pre-sale offering for any Gold Cup game day in 2017, before seats go on sale to the general public. Tickets for the 2017 Gold Cup will go on sale at a later date.

CONCACAF's top-ranked teams – including the United States and Mexico – will headline the 12-nation tournament from July 7-26 across the USA. A total of seven teams have already secured a place in the 14th edition of the Gold Cup.

A total of 13 cities in the U.S. will host matches throughout the event – Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco and Tampa.

The team’s opener will be the USA’s first Gold Cup match in Nashville. Overall, the U.S. has a 2-2-0 record in the Music City, including a 3-0 win on April 1, 2009, against Trinidad & Tobago in which Jozy Altidore became the youngest USMNT player in history to record a hat trick.

Raymond James Stadium also has four USMNT games to its credit, with the United States going 3-0-1 in the venue. Fans in Tampa have also been treated to a hat trick performance, this off the foot of Landon Donovan in a 3-1 win on March 25, 2007, against Ecuador.

Cleveland has twice hosted the Men’s National Team, serving as the second stop of the Send-Off Series for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In that 2-0 win, current U.S. captain Michael Bradley made his National Team debut.

One thing that all three group venues for the USA have in common? Clint Dempsey has scored a goal for the USA in each.

Set to be played just under a year from the kick off of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, as it has in the past, the tournament will continue to be an important proving ground for the United States in its World Cup preparations.

The U.S. has previously won the CONCACAF Gold Cup five times, earning the regional championship in 1991, 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2013. Returning to the post he held from 1998-2006, MNT head coach Bruce Arena is one of only two managers to win the tournament twice – Bora Milutinovic won it with the U.S. in 1991 and Mexico in 1996 -- and holds a stellar 14-1-4 all-time record in the competition.

Taking place every two years, the CONCACAF Gold Cup is the official national team championship of the region, which includes North and Central America and the Caribbean, and will be broadcast next year in the United States on the FOX and Univision family of networks. Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers across the region, the Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture.

The winner of the 2017 tournament will take home continental bragging rights and an assured spot in the next CONCACAF Cup, a play-in game to qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup, in the case two separate champions emerge from the next two editions of the Gold Cup.

Group Stage Venues & Dates:

July 7, Group A – NY/NJ – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)

July 8, Group B – Nashville – Nissan Stadium (Nashville, TN)

July 9, Group C – San Diego – Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA)

July 11, Group A – Houston – BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, TX)

July 12, Group B – Tampa Bay – Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)

July 13, Group C – Denver – Sports Authority Field (Denver, CO)

July 14, Group A – Dallas – Toyota Stadium (Frisco, TX)

July 15, Group B – Cleveland – FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland, OH)

July 16, Group C – San Antonio – Alamodome (San Antonio, TX)

 

 

Knockout Round Venues (alphabetical order by metropolitan area):

Bay Area Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, CA)

Dallas – AT&T Stadium (Arlington, TX)

Los Angeles – Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)

Philadelphia – Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, PA)

Phoenix – University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, AZ)

 

 

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U.S. MNT Has Plenty of History at 2017 Gold Cup Venues

The picture for one of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s top priorities in 2017 got a little clearer today as CONCACAF released the host venues and seeded the United States and Mexico into groups for next year’s Gold Cup. As five-time winners of the tournament, the U.S. will approach the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a view of reclaiming the regional crown they last won in 2013.

Placed into Group B, the USA will play its First Round matches at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., (July 8), Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (July 12) and First Energy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio (July 15).

With qualifying for the tournament still taking place, the U.S. won’t know its opponents until the new year. Until then, take a look at the U.S. MNT’s previous history at all three venues.

July 8 - Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.

The U.S. has played four previous matches at the home of the National Football League’s Tennessee Titans, going 2-2-0 all-time since 2006. 

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How the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Field Will Be Filled Out

On Monday, the U.S. Men’s National Team learned it will play its three group stage matches of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 8 in Nashville, Tenn., July 12 in Tampa, Fla., and July 15 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Seeded into Group B, the U.S. is still waiting to find out who they will face as they search for their sixth regional crown. While more than half of the 12-team field is set, there are still five spots up for grabs.

Take a quick look at who’s already in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the path left for the remaining teams to qualify.

Who is Qualified

Canada, Mexico and the United States automatically qualify for the Gold Cup in representation of North America. Mexico has been seeded in Group C, while the Group A seed will be determined once the 12-team field is finalized.

Four more teams hailing from CONCACAF’s Caribbean Football Union have also booked their place in the tournament, doing so through the 2017 Caribbean Cup qualification tournament that ran from March to October 2016.

Finalists at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Jamaica will take part in their 10th regional championship. The Reggae Boyz will be joined by Martinique, who shocked Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 in extra time on October 11 to advance to their fifth tournament, as well as first-time qualifiers Curacao and French Guiana. The four teams will use the 2017 Caribbean Cup Semifinals and Final in late June to warm-up for July’s Gold Cup.

Still to Qualify

After finishing second in their respective Caribbean Cup Qualifying groups, Haiti, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago took part in a three-game round robin series from Jan. 4-8 in Couva, Trinidad. Having won both of their matches, Haiti earned fifth place in the Caribbean Cup and advanced to a playoff against the fifth-place finisher at the 2017 Copa Centroamericana, for the final spot at this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup. 

2017 CFU Caribbean Cup Fifth Place Playoff Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

 Haiti 2 2 0 0 6 8 5 +3

Suriname

2

1

1

0

3

4

5

-1

Trinidad & Tobago

2

0

2

0

0

4

6

-2

Schedule/Results

Jan. 4: Suriname 2, Trinidad & Tobago 1 (a.e.t.)
Jan. 6: Haiti 4, Suriname 2
Jan. 8: Haiti 4, Trinidad & Tobago 3 (a.e.t)

Set for Jan. 13-22 in Panama City, Panama, the 2017 Copa America Centroamericana will take on a slightly different format this year. With Guatemala still under FIFA suspension, the competition has been simplified to a round-robin tournament where the top four finishers between Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua will earn automatic berths to the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, while the fifth-place finisher will look forward to the two-leg playoff against Haiti to complete the field.

2017 UNCAF Copa Centroamericana Schedule

Jan. 13

Jan. 15

Jan. 17

Honduras 2, Nicaragua 1
Costa Rica 0, El Salvador 0
Panama 0, Belize 0

Belize 0, Costa Rica 3
El Salvador 1, Honduras 2
Panama 2, Nicaragua 1

El Salvador 3, Belize 1
Costa Rica 0, Nicaragua 0
Panama 0, Honduras 1

Jan. 20

Jan. 22

 

Nicaragua 3, Belize 1
Honduras 1m Costa Rica
Panama vs. El Salvador

Belize vs. Honduras
El Salvador vs. Nicaragua
Panama vs. Costa Rica

 

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2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

MNT July 7, 2017 - July 26, 2017
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