CONCACAF news

Rose Bowl to host 2013 Gold Cup openers

February 20, 2013
By Associated Press

PASADENA, Calif. -- Defending champion Mexico will play in the opening doubleheader of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at the Rose Bowl in July.

The matches will be played July 7 in the same stadium where Mexico won the 2011 Gold Cup title.

The Rose Bowl also hosted the 2002 Gold Cup final, as well as the 1999 Women's World Cup final, the 1994 World Cup final and the 1984 Olympic final.

The other venues hosting Gold Cup matches are Arlington Texas; Atlanta; Baltimore; Chicago; Denver; East Hartford, Conn.; Houston; Miami Gardens, Fla.; Harrison, N.J.; Portland, Ore.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Seattle.

Besides Mexico and the United States, the other national teams that have qualified are Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Panama, and Trinidad & Tobago.

The groups and schedules will be announced next month.