Caribbean Nations Get CONCACAF Gold Cup Soccer Group Draw

Author:  CMC
Five Caribbean countries now know who and where they’ll play in the group stages of this summer’s Gold Cup in the United States. Following the draw last month Jamaica, which reached the final of soccer’s premier international tournament for countries in the Caribbean, North and Central America (CONCACAF), was placed in Group C, where the Reggae Boyz will face Mexico, which beat them in the 2015 Gold Cup final.

Jamaica will play “El Tri” in the preliminary round on July 13 at the Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colorado. Also in Group C are Central American team El Salvador and Caribbean nation Curacao. Jamaica will open its campaign against Curacao on July 9 at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California and play El Salvador in its final preliminary outing on July 16 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

‘COMPELLING’

New CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani said he expected this year’s tournament to unearth similar excitement as Jamaica’s unexpected run to the 2015, which included a semi-final victory over the U.S. “With so many compelling matches set to take place in great stadiums from coast to coast, culminating at Levi’s Stadium on July 26, it’s going to be an exciting summer of (soccer) for fans across the region,” Montagliani said.

Other Caribbean teams in the Gold Cup have been handed challenging assignments. French Guiana has been drawn in Group A, alongside Honduras, Costa Rica and Canada. Martinique will clash in Group B with the U.S., Panama and Haiti, which defeated Nicaragua last month to earn the Caribbean’s final place.

The quarter-finals of the tournament are scheduled for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Glendale, Arizona on July 19 and 20, with the semis on July 22 and 23 in Arlington, Texas and Pasadena, California. The July 26 final will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

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