Seattle Gets International Match on Independence Day

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Seal of Approval as Qwest Field Gets 4th of July Match

March 9

The CONCACAF Gold Cup games will be spread over 13 cities this year, more than twice the previous six used the last time. Twelve nations will be drawn into three first-round groups of four sides each. The nations participating are Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama and the United States.

First-round matches will be played at the following venues: Home Depot Center in Carson, California (July 3); Seattle’s Qwest Field (July 4); the Oakland Coliseum (July 5); Columbus Crew Stadium (July 7); RFK Stadium in Washington DC (July 8); Houston’s Reliant Stadium (July 9); Miami’s Florida International Stadium (July 10); Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massacussetts. (July 11); and University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (July 12).

Semis-final and Final Venues Chosen

Both semi-finals at Chicago’s Solider Field on July 23 and the Final will take place three days later at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The quarter finals will be at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on July 18 – the same day Chelsea play at Qwest Field – and at the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium in Arlington, Texas on the 19th, the same day as Milan visit the LA Galaxy. It is expected to be the first sports event at the Cowboys’ stadium.

With the exception of the final, all venues will host a double header. Some rumours suggested that consideration had been given to expanding the venue cities to Mexico and Canada but due to the difficulties of visas and the prospect of low attendances where Canada and Mexico weren’t featured, the plan was abandoned. The draw will be made in a few weeks time.

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