Some big news out of CONCACAF yesterday as the 2013 Gold Cup draw was held. The United States was drawn into a ridiculously easy group of Belize, Cuba and Costa Rica with those games being played in Portland, Salt Lake and Hartford while the full groups and schedule are as follows:
Group A: Canada, Martinique, Mexico, Panama
Sunday, July 7: Canada vs. Martinique (5:30 p.m.) and Mexico vs. Panama (8:00 p.m.) at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.
Thursday, July 11: Panama vs. Martinique (8:30 p.m.) and Mexico vs. Canada (11:00 p.m.) at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash.
Sunday, July 14: Martinique vs. Mexico (4:00 p.m.) and Panama vs. Canada (6:30 p.m.) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colo.
Group B: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago
Monday, July 8: El Salvador vs. Trinidad and Tobago (7:00 p.m.) and Haiti vs. Honduras (9:30 p.m.) at Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.
Friday, July 12: Trinidad and Tobago vs. Haiti (7:00 p.m.) and Honduras vs. El Salvador (9:30 p.m.) at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
Monday, July 15: El Salvador vs. Haiti (7:00 p.m.) and Honduras vs. Trinidad & Tobago (9:30 p.m.) at BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
Group C: Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, United States
Tuesday, July 9: Costa Rica vs. Cuba (8:30 p.m.) and Belize vs. United States (11:00 p.m.) at JELD-WEN Field, Portland, Ore.
Saturday, July 13: United States vs. Cuba (3:30 p.m.) and Costa Rica vs. Belize (6:00 p.m.) at Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
Tuesday, July 16: Cuba vs. Belize (5:30 p.m.) and United States vs. Costa Rica (8:00 p.m.) at Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Conn.
Saturday, July 20: A2 vs. B2 and A1 vs. B3 or C3 at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga. (3:00 and 6:00 p.m., order of games TBD)
Sunday, July 21: B1 vs. C2) and C1 vs. A3 or B3 at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md. (4:00 and 7:00 p.m., order of games TBD)
Wednesday, July 24: Winner of Quarterfinal 3 vs. Winner of Quarterfinal 4 and Winner of Quarterfinal 1 vs. Winner of Quarterfinal 2 at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas (7:00 and 10:00 p.m., order of games TBD)
Sunday, July 28: Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2 (4:00 p.m.) at Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.
The big news out of all this is the semifinals of the Gold Cup are coming to Cowboys Stadium. That means, should the US qualify, that we will see a competitive USMNT game in the DFW area for the first time since July 22, 1993 when the US defeated Costa Rica in the Gold Cup at the Cotton Bowl...yep it will be just over 20 years.
Looking forward to that one.