NEW YORK (November 30, 2006) – CONCACAF has announced that the Chicago, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Houston and Miami markets will host the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The ninth edition of the Gold Cup features 12 nations and will be played from June 6 to June 24.
One of the three groups will begin the tournament at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. before moving on to complete the final group match day at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. A second group of four teams will start the tournament at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., before moving on to Houston's Reliant Stadium for the group finale. The Orange Bowl in Miami will host all three group games for the third group.
Gillette Stadium and Reliant Stadium will also play host to the quarterfinals of the tournament, which will include the top two teams from each group and the two best third-place teams. The Gold Cup will then make it's first appearance in Chicago where Soldier Field will host the semfinals and final.
“Once again the Gold Cup will be in six cities across the USA and will draw upon the host country’s unique position as home to soccer fans from every corner of the world," CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer said. "In 2005 over one-third of a million people attended Gold Cup games and this time around we are confident that the tournament will prove just as popular with 12 CONCACAF teams competing for the famous Gold Cup trophy and a place in the next FIFA Confederations’ Cup. All the venues selected have a rich pedigree as hosts of major soccer events and everyone is really excited about the tournament.”
With the exception of the final, all match dates will be double-headers with specific dates of games to be announced early in 2007 and the full tournament match schedule to be announced at the start of March 2007.
The 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup champion will represent CONCACAF at the FIFA Confederations Cup, South Africa 2009.
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