San Antonio lands CONCACAF Gold Cup

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP/KXAN) — The United States opens the CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 8 at Nashville, Tennessee. It plays four days later at Tampa, Florida, and closes Group B play in the first round on July 15 at Cleveland.

The regional body said Monday that defending champion Mexico, seeded in Group C, opens July 9 at San Diego. It plays four days later at Denver and completes group play July 16 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The game in San Antonio will be the city’s first CONCACAF Gold Cup.

“We know the Gold Cup match will be a big inspiration for our youngest soccer players,” said San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor in a video promoting the match. “This is going to be big.”

Group A Matches will be July 7 at Harrison, New Jersey, July 11 at Houston and July 14 at Frisco, Texas.

Knockout stage games in the tournament, which takes place in odd-numbered years, will be at Arlington, Texas; Glendale, Arizona; Pasadena, California, Philadelphia; and Santa Clara, California. The final is July 26.

Canada, Curacao, French Guyana, Jamaica and Martinique also have qualified for the 12-nation field.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public at a later date.