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    • Gold Cup line-up set

      The 2013 Gold Cup line-up is complete.

      With Panama’s win over Guatemala in today’s fifth place match at the Central American championships they captured the last spot for the tournament, which goes this summer.

      Also qualifying out of Central America is Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and, surprisingly, Belize. It will be the first appearance at the Gold Cup for Belize.

      Those five countries join the automatically qualified Canada, USA and Mexico along side the Caribbean qualifiers of Trinidad & Tobago, Cuba, Haiti and Martinique.

      The tournament will be played in the United States in eight stadiums: Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA), M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, MD), Soldier Field (Chicago, IL), Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, TX), Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver, CO), Rentschler Field (East Hartford, CT), BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, TX), Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA), Sun Life Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL), Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ), Jeld-Wen Field (Portland, OR), Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, UT) and CenturyLink Field (Seattle, WA).

      The tournament runs between July 7 and July 28.
      Comments 13 Comments
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        When is group draw?
      1. Duane Rollins's Avatar
        Duane Rollins -
        Probably at the next CONCACAF meeting, but this being CONCACAF it won't be transparent. Just assume it will be set-up to see a USA v Mexico final.

        My guess?

        Mexico - Canada - El Salvador - Belize
        USA - Costa Rica - T&T - Haiti
        Panama - Honduras - Cuba - Martinique
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        is it this years gold cup that will work as a qualifier for the not yet confirmed copa america usa?
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        @8:27

        No, the 2015 gold cup will be the qualifier to the on again off again 2016 Copa America
      1. Paul C's Avatar
        Paul C -
        Quote Originally Posted by Duane Rollins View Post
        Probably at the next CONCACAF meeting, but this being CONCACAF it won't be transparent. Just assume it will be set-up to see a USA v Mexico final.

        My guess?

        Mexico - Canada - El Salvador - Belize
        USA - Costa Rica - T&T - Haiti
        Panama - Honduras - Cuba - Martinique
        Duane,

        I believe your comment about CONCACAF to be unfair in the context of the current administration (Jeffrey Webb and Enrique Sanz). I won't link my material here - anyone interested in a long-form discussion of the topic can catch my work on BigSoccer - but so far, Sanz and co. have lived up to their oft-repeated commitment to increasing transparency in regional competitions. You guys up north may have missed it, but the Hexagonal schedule was determined through a draw that was broadcast live on CONCACAF TV. To be fair, World Cup qualifying is a FIFA competition, and we have yet to see the new administration carry out its commitment with CONCACAF tournaments (i.e. the Gold Cup and the Champions League); but they should at least get the benefit of the doubt for the time being, although the first step with the Gold Cup will be to pronounce any criteria for setting up the groups.

        Lastly, the Caribbean teams are typically spread out among the three Gold Cup groups; and if two are drawn together, one tends to be the weakest qualifier from there (e.g. Haiti and a then-unknown Guadeloupe in '07, Haiti and Grenada in '09 and Jamaica and Grenada in '11). I would be shocked to see T&T and Haiti drawn together.

        Regards,

        Paul Calixte
        BigSoccer
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Paul C View Post
        Duane,

        I believe your comment about CONCACAF to be unfair in the context of the current administration (Jeffrey Webb and Enrique Sanz). I won't link my material here - anyone interested in a long-form discussion of the topic can catch my work on BigSoccer - but so far, Sanz and co. have lived up to their oft-repeated commitment to increasing transparency in regional competitions. You guys up north may have missed it, but the Hexagonal schedule was determined through a draw that was broadcast live on CONCACAF TV. To be fair, World Cup qualifying is a FIFA competition, and we have yet to see the new administration carry out its commitment with CONCACAF tournaments (i.e. the Gold Cup and the Champions League); but they should at least get the benefit of the doubt for the time being, although the first step with the Gold Cup will be to pronounce any criteria for setting up the groups.

        Lastly, the Caribbean teams are typically spread out among the three Gold Cup groups; and if two are drawn together, one tends to be the weakest qualifier from there (e.g. Haiti and a then-unknown Guadeloupe in '07, Haiti and Grenada in '09 and Jamaica and Grenada in '11). I would be shocked to see T&T and Haiti drawn together.

        Regards,

        Paul Calixte
        BigSoccer
        I get that you're all professional and shit and this is gonna seem dickish, but how stupid would you look if what he predicted comes true. and honestly concacaf should rig it for a mex v usa final, if they want to grow the sport and make dollars that is the best thing that can happen.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Paul C View Post
        although the first step with the Gold Cup will be to pronounce any criteria for setting up the groups.

        Lastly, the Caribbean teams are typically spread out among the three Gold Cup groups; and if two are drawn together, one tends to be the weakest qualifier from there (e.g. Haiti and a then-unknown Guadeloupe in '07, Haiti and Grenada in '09 and Jamaica and Grenada in '11). I would be shocked to see T&T and Haiti drawn together.

        Regards,

        Paul Calixte
        BigSoccer
        If they haven't announced when the draw will be, what the rules for the draw will be, and if what you are saying is true that the "weakest" Caribbean team will be "drawn" against another Caribbean team, then that all sounds like CONCACAF doesn't yet deserve the benefit of the doubt. To be perfectly honest, the fact that Canada automatically qualifies is questionable at best.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        all games in the US over how many cities??? is questionable at best
      1. Paul C's Avatar
        Paul C -
        @ 5:48 a.m.,

        Placing the US and Mexico on opposite sides of the bracket can be done transparently, just as the separation of their clubs in the Champions League group stage is written directly into the tournament rules (of course, here I draw a distinction between "transparent" and "fair"). In the Copa America, Argentina and Brazil are similarly pre-seeded to head groups whose winners are on opposite sides of the knockout-round bracket.

        @ 10:45 a.m.,

        The lack of rules for the draw is an inheritance from the Warner/Blazer regime; for instance, the 2011 Gold Cup regulations explicitly stated that the CONCACAF Executive Committee could set up the groups as they pleased. As I've stated in my own writing, whether CONCACAF decides to use regionalized pots (e.g. Pot A: North Americans, Pot B: 3 best Central American qualifiers, Pot C: 3 best Caribbean qualifiers, Pot D: leftovers) or select top seeds, some criteria needs to be spelled out before the 2013 draw for their pro-transparency claim to remain credible.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        In any tournament the last thing you want is a group with the top two teams then another with weaker teams. in any sport. Clearly the US and Mexico cannot be in the same group After that use fifa rankings (they're not perfect) to balance it. This happens all the time. Is it that they will do it some other way that people are concerned about?
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Did you mean 13 stadiums or that 8 from the 13 listed will be chosen?
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Dumb question: why does Canada automatically qualify?
      1. squizz's Avatar
        squizz -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        Dumb question: why does Canada automatically qualify?
        Because we're a past winner of the tournament (2000).
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