U.S. to Begin Quest for Fifth Gold Cup Title in Group C against Canada, Panama and Guadeloupe
USA to Play its 50th Match in Gold Cup History When Opening Play on June 7 in Detroit; First Match in Kansas City since 2001 to be Held at Sporting Park
CHICAGO (March 8, 2011) â€” The United States will seek its fifth confederation championship title when they join Group C of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup along with Canada, Guadeloupe and Panama. The U.S. will first take on Canada on June 7 at 8 p.m. ET at Ford Field in Detroit. The team then travels south to face Panama on June 11 at 8 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., before rounding out group play against Guadeloupe on June 14 at the brand new Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, with kickoff slated for 8 p.m. CT.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on March 16 at 10 a.m. local time in each venue market. For more information, visit goldcup.org.
The United States has won four Gold Cup championships since the tournament began in 1991, including three of the last five, and has reached the final of the last three editions of the event. Incredibly, the U.S. has never lost a match in group play, holding a 23-0-2 lifetime record. Overall, the U.S. has a 38-5-6 record in Gold Cup action.
The winner of the 2011 Gold Cup will represent CONCACAF at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil. In 2007, the U.S. parlayed a 2-1 victory against Mexico in the Gold Cup final into an historic performance at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, reaching its first ever final of a major FIFA tournament after defeating No.-1 ranked and eventual World Cup Champion Spain in the semifinal.
â€œWe have been drawn into a challenging group with three opponents who have a history of doing well in this competition,â€ said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley, who has led the team to back-to-back appearances in the final. â€œThis is a very important tournament for us, both in terms of winning the confederation championship and qualifying for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. The tournament gets more and more competitive each time around, which shows the progress teams are making in this region. We expect it will be a fantastic tournament.â€