Another fun summer of soccer is fast approaching! The newest Gold Cup is soon to be battled in stadiums across the United States. Recently CONCACAF announced the host cities for the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the 14th edition of which will kick off this July 7 at Red Bull Arena in the New York metro area. Mexico, the United States and Honduras will headline the three groups of four teams for the tournament.
The Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Phoenix metropolitan areas will each host knockout round matches for this year’s Gold Cup, the region’s preeminent championship for national teams. Philadelphia and Phoenix have been scheduled for action-packed quarterfinal doubleheader dates. Los Angeles and Dallas will each host one of the tournament’s two semifinals, matches scheduled for separate venues after having been played in single-city double-header format in recent editions. Those four markets join the California Bay Area in hosting the decisive rounds of this year’s continental championship, after Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium was named earlier this month as the venue for the final, to be played on July 26.
“With the announcement of the knockout round venues, we complete the picture of world class stadiums for this year’s Gold Cup,” said CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio. “We know these host cities and the stadiums themselves will provide the atmosphere and facilities to match the enthusiasm of the fans they will welcome this summer.”
In addition to specifying the knockout round venues, CONCACAF announced that Copa Centroamericana champion Honduras to head Group A of this year’s Gold Cup, joining the United States (Group B) and Mexico (Group C) as a seeded nation. Honduras will feature in the Gold Cup opening doubleheader July 7 in the New York-New Jersey area, as well as group matches in Houston (July 11) and Dallas (July 14).
The complete groups and the full schedule, including selection of dates and assignment of matches for the group stage, will be announced on March 7, during a special event held at Levi’s Stadium.
The newly revealed schedule for the knockout round matches fills out as follows:
Quarterfinals 1 & 2 (July 19) – Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, PA)
Quarterfinal 3 & 4 (July 20) – Phoenix, University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, AZ)
Semifinal 1 (July 22) -- Dallas, AT&T Stadium (Arlington, TX)
Semifinal 2 (July 23) -- Los Angeles, Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
Final (July 26) -- Bay Area, Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, CA)