dglobalnews.com Gold Cup Draw: Mexico to play El Salvador, Curaçao, and Jamaica
Published: Thu, March 09, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Gold Cup Draw: Mexico to play El Salvador, Curaçao, and Jamaica

Gold Cup Draw: Mexico to play El Salvador, Curaçao, and Jamaica

The U.S. will play in Group B with Panama, Martinique and the victor of a play-in game between Haiti and Nicaragua.

The United States will open group play against Panama at Nashville's Nissan Stadium on July 8.

Following the opening match, the USA will go on to play Martinique on Wednesday, July 12, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

The Gold Cup kicks off July 7 and will conclude July 26.

Mexico come into the tournament as defending champions after winning their record seventh Gold Cup in 2015.

Haiti and Nicaragua will meet in a two-legged series (March 24 in Haiti and March 28 in Nicaragua) to determine the final member of Group B.

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Beyond earning regional supremacy, the victor of this summer's tournament will at the very least book its place in the playoff to represent CONCACAF at the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup in Qatar.

That the two countries will most likely end up on opposite sides of the knockout bracket will only heighten the drama on the road to Santa Clara on July 26 for the final; that any of the other 10 teams could play spoiler before then only adds to the excitement. "We will need to be prepared".

Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.

Mexico will open against El Salvador in San Diego on July 9, and then play Jamaica at Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colorado, four days later. Mexico closes out its group with a match against Curacao on July 16 in San Antonio.

Friday, July 14 at Toyotoa Stadium, Frisco, Texas: Costa Rica vs. If the Americans win Group B or finish second, they would advance to a quarterfinal doubleheader on July 19 in Philadelphia.

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