Portland to be one of 13 cities to host Gold Cup soccer games
By Staff and AP reports
JELD-WEN Field is already home to an impressive atmosphere for Portland Timbers games. // Photo: Wayne Garcia, KPTV
JELD-WEN Field is already home to an impressive atmosphere for Portland Timbers games.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV/AP) -
Soccer City, U.S.A. is one of 13 U.S. cities that will host Gold Cup games this summer.
The federation for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean announced the sites Wednesday for the July 7-28 event. Matchups have not been determined.
Eight of the stadiums, including Portland's JELD-WEN Field, have never taken part in the tournament. The others: Atlanta; Baltimore; Denver; Hartford, Conn.; Houston; Miami; and Salt Lake City are the others.
The tournament returns to five venues in Arlington, Texas; Chicago; Pasadena, Calif.; Harrison, N.J.; and Seattle.
Taking place every two years, the Gold Cup is North America's most popular national team tournament, aside from World Cup Qualifying. It regularly features the best players from the region's top 12 teams.
To date, eleven of the twelve participating national teams have qualified for this year's tournament. In alphabetical order: Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States. The final spot will be decided on Friday in the fifth-place match of the 2013 UNCAF Copa Centroamericana between Guatemala and Panama, which is being held in Costa Rica.
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