Olympique_de_Marseille Posted April 11, 2021 Share Posted April 11, 2021 (edited) A preliminary look at the Gold Cup 1) Preparation: It looks like the mandatory FIFA release period for all teams (even those not in the preliminaries) might be Monday, June 28th! https://resources.fifa.com/image/upload/circular-no-1727-updates-to-the-men-s-and-women-s-international-match-calendars.pdf?cloudid=epsntxax0fozi4foovywhttps://resources.fifa.com/image/upload/men-s-international-match-calendar-2020-2024.pdf?cloudid=cd3qpcttmbbjowbso2tz Even if it's only the usual 10 days before ( June 30th ) we still have time for one friendly. As in the previous edition, the CSA cannot schedule a friendly match within a 161km radius ( 100 miles) of any of the match venues:https://stconcacafwp001.blob.core.windows.net/media/vu5ahqsc/2021_concacaf_gold_cup_regulation_-_eng.pdf If we do play one, we'd want to go the closed-door route, so an opponent that wouldn't draw big crowds anyways seems a likely choice. I can easily picture us playing Curaçao or Grenada. 2) The squad: A 60-man preliminary roster is due 30 days prior to start of the competition ( this is Thursday, June 10th soon after our match vs Suriname on Tuesday, June 8th). Unlike for Olympic Qualifying, this preliminary roster is binding. The final 23-man roster is due 10 days prior to start of the competition (this is June 30th).https://stconcacafwp001.blob.core.windows.net/media/vu5ahqsc/2021_concacaf_gold_cup_regulation_-_eng.pdf 3) The schedule: Since 2019 was also a 16 team tournament, we can use that old calendar to extrapolate the dates for 2021. Group A July 10th July 14th July 18th Group B (our group) Sunday, July 11th Thursday, July 15th Monday, July 19th Group C July 12th July 16th July 20th Group D July 13th July 17th July 21st Rest days: July 22nd & July 23rd Saturday July 24th - QF for teams that were in pots A & B ? Sunday, July 25th - QF for teams that were in pots C & D ? Rest day: July 26th Tuesday, July 27th - SF for teams that were in pots A & B ? Wednesday, July 28th - SF for teams that were in pots C & D ? Rest days: July 29th, July 30th & July 31st Final: August 1st The only unusual thing is that the above schedule would force the USA and Mexico to face each other in the semi-finals or even the quarter-finals! 4) Match venues: Where will our matches be held? In COVID times, trying to hold matches outside the USA seems very unlikely. This will be a USA-only-hosted tournament. CONCACAF want to have fans and will likely look at the following:https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/29910246/where-32-nfl-teams-stands-allowing-fans-stadiumshttps://www.sportbusiness.com/news/three-additional-us-states-move-to-allow-fan-attendance/ Mexico matches aside, CONCACAF generally likes it when soccer specific stadiums are used. Likely candidates Toyota Stadium in Frisco (Dallas area) have cleared their calendar and will host.https://www.fcdallas.com/schedule?year=2021 BBVA Stadium in Houston have cleared their calendar and will host.https://www.houstondynamofc.com/post/2021/03/24/houston-dynamo-fc-announce-2021-regular-season-schedule Paypal Park in San Jose is hosting no matches between May 22nd and July 24th! (The Earthquakes are even hosting a match at the Stanford Stadium to do this! EDIT: To host the CONCACAF Nations League Finals & a Gold Cup group stage match? )https://www.sjearthquakes.com/schedule The maybes Orlando could host an early group stage matchhttps://www.orlandocitysc.com/post/2021/03/24/orlando-city-sc-announces-2021-regular-season-schedule-presented-orlando-health The brand new Q2 stadium in Austin could host a group stage game.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q2_Stadiumhttps://www.austinfc.com/schedule and they said they wanted to host here:https://www.mlssoccer.com/news/austin-fc-submits-bid-host-2021-concacaf-gold-cup-future-ncaa-college-cup-new Chicago ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SeatGeek_Stadium ) could host DC could hosthttps://www.dcunited.com/schedule The old Colombus crew stadium could hosthttps://ww.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historic_Crew_Stadium but new one almost certainly won't:https://www.columbuscrewsc.com/schedule The brand new West End stadium in Cincinnati could host a group stage match or a QF matchhttps://www.fccincinnati.com/schedulehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_End_Stadium LAFC (Banc of California Stadium) won't hosthttps://www.lafc.com/schedule/ but LA Galaxy (Dignity Health Sports Park) will likely host a later group stage match or QF matchhttps://www.lagalaxy.com/schedule?year=2021 Red Bull in NJ and Suburu Park in Pennsylvania could host QF matcheshttps://www.newyorkredbulls.com/schedule/https://www.philadelphiaunion.com/schedule/matches The rumour is that Las Vegas will host the final match ( https://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegiant_Stadium ) Those venues unlikely to host Not in Miami (which will be the host venue for the preliminaries https://www.intermiamicf.com/en/schedule ) Unlikely Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denverhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick's_Sporting_Goods_Parkhttps://www.coloradorapids.com/schedule Minnesota, Utah and Kansas seem unlikely too:https://www.mnufc.com/schedulehttps://www.rsl.com/schedulehttps://www.sportingkc.com/schedule My best guess is that we will likely see a situation unlike previous years where a group will play their first AND their second match at the same venue to minimize travel and make bubbles easier. You just can't have all the flying around that we had in previous years this time around. Edited April 12, 2021 by Olympique_de_Marseille Unnamed Trialist, Shway, johnyb and 6 others 6 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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