8 Caribbean teams qualify for soccer’s Gold Cup in U.S.

Eight Caribbean teams have qualified to play in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament to be staged in the United States this summer.

The Gold Cup is open to 16 nations from the Caribbean, North America and Central America.

This year’s tournament will run from mid-June to July 7.

Leading the Caribbean’s charge will be Jamaica, which has played in the final the last two Gold Cup editions - 2015 and 2017, losing both times.Other participants from the region are Bermuda, Cuba, Curacao, Guyana, Haiti, Martinique and Trinidad and Tobago.

The other teams in the tournament are Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and the United States The selection of teams for the group stage of the tournament will be held on April 10 in Los Angeles, California.

Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago and United States qualified for the Gold Cup by virtue of having participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Hexagonal qualifier round. The remaining Gold Cup participants qualified through the Nations Cup.

The 2019 Gold Cup was expanded to 16 teams, up from 12 in 2017. For more information, visit www.GoldCup.org.