The Central American Football Union (UNCAF) today announced the groups, schedule and ticket information for the Central American Cup 2014 USA, to be played September 3-13 in the United States.
Dallas, Texas will host one day of games at the Cotton Bowl. RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX, and the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA, will host the rest of the games.
The Central American Cup will decide the four automatic UNCAF berths for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The fifth place finisher will earn the right to participate in a two-leg playoff against the fifth-place team from the 2014 Caribbean Football Union Caribbean Cup for an additional Gold Cup berth. In addition, the champion of the Central American Cup 2014 USA will also earn a direct ticket to the recently-announced Centennial Cup America 2016, also to be played in the United States.
Costa Rica is the current Central American Cup champion, and has lifted the trophy a record seven times. Honduras is next with three titles, while Guatemala and Panama have won one apiece. Belize, El Salvador and Nicaragua complete the field of seven Central American nations.
2014 Central American Cup Schedule
- All times are Eastern -
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.
5:00pm Costa Rica vs. Nicaragua
7:00pm Honduras vs. Belize
9:00pm El Salvador vs. Guatemala
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX
5:00pm Costa Rica vs. Panama
7:00pm Guatemala vs. Belize
9:00pm Honduras vs. El Salvador
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
6:00pm Panama vs. Nicaragua
8:00pm El Salvador vs. Belize
10:00pm Honduras vs. Guatemala
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
4:00pm Third Place Group A vs. Third Place Group B
7:00pm Second Place Group A vs. Second Place Group B
10:00pm First Place Group A vs. First Place Group B
For those curious as to what this means for Blas Perez and FC Dallas, the two Panama games come a day after FCD visits Real Salt Lake (Sept. 6) and a couple days before the Vancouver match (Sept 13). Should Perez get called up we will be sure to inform you all of that news.