MIAMI, FL - The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today the group stage matches and schedule for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Tampa Bay and Raymond James Stadium will host Group B matches on July 12 with a doubleheader slate headlined by the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT). The USMNT will take on Martinique, while Panama awaits the Nicaragua/Haiti play-in winner.
Today’s event, that included soccer and city dignitaries as well as representatives and head coaches from the qualified nations, took place at Levi’s Stadium, host venue of the Gold Cup final, to be played on July 26. Featuring U.S. national team legend Cobi Jones, remarks by CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani, San Francisco 49ers President Al Guido, San Jose Earthquakes President Dave Kaval, and conducted by CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio, the event revealed the path to the regional championship for each of the 12 nations participating in this July’s competition.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have this incredible soccer championship coming through Tampa Bay for a second time,” said Rob Higgins, Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. Our community is genuinely passionate and excited about soccer and we know that will be evident again this July at Raymond James Stadium.
2017 CONCACAF Group B sites include: Tampa (Raymond James Stadium), Nashville (Nissan Stadium), Cleveland (FirstEnergy Stadium) and will feature the national teams from the United States, Panama, Martinique, Haiti/Nicaragua.
“With the groups now determined, we have a full look at the schedule of Gold Cup matches to be played this July,” said CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio. “With so many exciting 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 football for fans across the region.”
To view and download the complete 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup schedule, visit this link. Tickets to all Gold Cup matches are available by visiting GoldCup.org. Each Gold Cup group of four teams will visit three cities during group play, disputing a double header in each venue, in round-robin play.
This will mark the second Gold Cup to be hosted in Tampa Bay and Raymond James Stadium since 2011.
The 2017 Gold Cup will once again feature the USMNT as they will meet Martinique. In their only other previous matchup, the USMNT defeated Martinique, a 2-0 win in 2003 (Foxborough Gold Cup). Panama is also back in Tampa Bay for second time as they prepare to face-off with either Nicaragua or Haiti.
Nicaragua and Haiti will battle in a two-legged, play-in series for the last berth in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup on March 24 and 28.
Matchups are set for July 12 at Raymond James Stadium. Times will be confirmed at a later date. Tickets are on-sale now! Visit GoldCup.org to purchase your tickets today.
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2017 CONCACAF Tampa Bay Gold Cup Match Schedule
*Kickoff times TBC
Wednesday, July 12– Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Panama v Haiti/Nicaragua
United States v Martinique
About the CONCACAF Gold Cup
Taking place every two years, the CONCACAF Gold Cup is the official national team championship of the region and will feature some of the top star players of North and Central America and the Caribbean. Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers from across the region, the Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture. This year’s event will be broadcast live in the United States on FOX and Univision networks, transmitted on radio in Spanish by the Futbol de Primera network, and broadcast by additional rights partners in countries around the world.