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2011 GOLD CUP GROUPS AND SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

2011 GOLD CUP GROUPS AND SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

TAMPA, Fla. - The US Men’s National Team will play at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup™, as the 2011 groups and schedule were announced today by CONCACAF.

The action hits Tampa Bay on Saturday, June 11 at Raymond James Stadium.  Canada will go head-to-head with Guadeloupe at 6:00pm, followed immediately by USA vs Panama at 8:00pm.

“We could not have asked for a better draw and we want to once again thank CONCACAF for this incredible opportunity,” Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission Rob Higgins said.  “We look forward to an exciting night of soccer on June 11 at Raymond James Stadium.”

The path to the next FIFA Confederations Cup begins with three back-to-back days of group matches, starting on Sunday, June 5 at Arlington’s Cowboy Stadium.  The 2011 Gold Cup champion and CONCACAF representative to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil will be crowned on Saturday, June 25 at the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Mexico will anchor Group A, which will begin tournament play on June 5 against El Salvador, preceded by Costa Rica and Cuba at Cowboys Stadium.  Honduras will lead Group B the following day, facing Guatemala at The Home Depot Center on June 6, with the Caribbean face-off between Jamaica vs. Grenada earlier in the evening. The United States will play the following night, Tuesday, June 7, in Detroit’s Ford Field against its border rival Canada in Group C, which also will include Panama and Guadeloupe.

“We are extremely excited for this year’s Gold Cup and are completely confident that it will be the best ever,” CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer said. “We are bringing our fans the region’s best football in fantastic venues – with a lot on the line. It is truly a can’t-miss event.”

The Gold Cup, which has generated record attendances and television ratings in each of the past three competitions, will be played coast-to-coast at 13 venues again this year, including five new stadia.  New Meadowlands Stadium, RFK Stadium and Reliant Stadium will serve as quarterfinal and semifinal venues, respectively, leading up to the grand finale at the Rose Bowl on June 25.

A one-week of exclusive pre-sale will begin tomorrow, Wednesday, March 9. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, March 16 through www.goldcup.org.

About CONCACAF
CONCACAF “The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football” is one of six continental confederations of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and serves as the governing body of football in this part of the world. It is composed of 40 national associations, from Canada in the north to Guyana, Surinam and French Guyana in the south.

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