Full weekend of CONCACAF madness in Philly
Soccer fans: Get ready to clear your schedule for a full weekend of Gold Cup madness.
On Thursday morning organizers of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced that for the first time since 2003, the third-place match of the Gold Cup will be played on Saturday, July 25 at PPL Park. And the final, will also be played in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field on July 26.
“Philadelphia is a great sports city. From our passionate fans to our tremendous venues, Philadelphia offers a unique and exciting sports experience. This environment, and our ability to host large-scale events well, will combine for a top-tier grand finale Gold Cup event,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “We are thrilled to be the host city for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup weekend and are looking forward to showcasing the world’s most popular sport in our world-class city.”
Currently 11 of the 12 national teams scheduled to participate have already qualified for this year’s tournament. The final spot will be decided in late March through a play-in series between the fifth-place finisher of the 2014 UNCAF Central American Cup (Honduras) and the 2014 Caribbean Football Union Cup (French Guyana). French Guyana will be home team for the first leg on March 25, while Honduras will host the return leg on March 29.
So far the group stage draw:
Group A: Haiti, Honduras or French Guyana, Panama, United States
Group B: Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Jamaica
Group C: Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago
Tickets to all Gold Cup matches will be available to the general public starting on Thursday, March 19 at 10 a.m. (local time in all markets) by visiting Gold Cup.