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U.S. MNT to Begin Defense of CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 12 in Foxboro

The United States will open the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup against El Salvador on July 12 at Gillete Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. ET.  The U.S. will complete play in Group C, against the winner of an Interzone (Caribbean and Central zones) playoff, July 14 at 8:30 p.m. ET in Foxboro.

Should the United States advance, their quarterfinal match would be played in Foxboro on July 19, with their semifinal contest slated for the Orange Bowl in Miami on July 23. The final is scheduled for July 27 at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

Co-hosts Mexico will head Group A, joined by 2002 World Cup Champion Brazil. Colombia, defending Copa America champion, will head Group B and Costa Rica, losing finalist in the last Gold
Cup, will head Group D in the 12-team tournament to be played July 12-27. The remaining participants from the Caribbean and Central America will be determined through qualification play
to be completed by the end of April.

The United States captured the 2002 edition of the Gold Cup, defeating Costa Rica 2-0 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., to collect their second regional championship.  The victory sparked
the run that led the U.S. to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Korea.

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