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CONCACAF ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR 2021 GOLD CUP

Houston will host matches beginning July 13th

HOUSTON, TX – Concacaf has announced the full schedule for the 2021 Gold Cup, the region’s flagship men’s national team competition. This year’s edition will include a new Preliminary Round (July 2-6) prior to the Group Stage (July 10-20) and a revamped Knockout Stage (July 24 – Aug 1). 

This summer’s Gold Cup, the 16th edition of the competition and a key part of Concacaf’s 60th anniversary celebration, will be played in 11 stadiums across eight US metropolitan areas.

“We are extremely pleased to confirm the schedule and venues for this summer’s Concacaf Gold Cup, which promises to be a celebration of football in our great region,” said Concacaf President and FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani. “2021 is Concacaf’s 60th anniversary year and we look forward with great anticipation to watching the best men’s national teams in our confederation compete for the Gold Cup title. With an exciting new format and the prospect of welcoming passionate fans to the stadiums for these compelling matchups, I can’t wait for the football to begin on July 2nd and to crown a champion in Las Vegas on August 1st,” added Montagliani. 

Prior to the start of the 2021 Gold Cup Group Stage, 12 national teams which qualified through their Concacaf Nations League (CNL) performances, will compete in the Preliminary Round (Prelims) from July 2-6, 2021. These matches will take place at DRV PNK Stadium (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and will determine the final three teams in the Gold Cup Group Stage. The six round one Prelims matches and the three round two Prelims matches were drawn in September 2020 and are available here and below. 

The Group Stage of the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup will kick off on July 10th and will run through July 20th. The 12 qualified nations, the AFC Asian Cup Champions Qatar (guest participant) and the three Prelims winners were drawn in September 2020 into four groups. 

Houston’s BBVA Stadium will welcome Group D which includes Panama, Honduras, Grenada, and guest participant and AFC Asian Cup Champions Qatar. BBVA Stadium will host three days of Group Stage doubleheaders on July 13th, July 17th, and July 20th.  

At the end of the Group Stage, the two best teams from each group will advance to the Quarterfinals with doubleheaders played on July 24th and 25th.  

Houston’s NRG Stadium will play host to one Semifinal matchup on July 29th. The venue for each specific semifinal matchup will be confirmed at the conclusion of the Group Stage.

The winners of the two semifinal matches will travel to Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium to face off in the Final on August 1.

Tickets for all Group Stage matches will go on sale to the general public on May 20 at 10:00 a.m. local, via www.GoldCup.org. for an exclusive presale opportunity. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance to ensure the best seats. 

Concacaf’s full announcement can be found here.

Jennifer Mamajek, HCHSA JMamajek@houstonsports.org
Zac Emmons, BBVA Stadium zemmons@houstondynamo.com
Allie LeClair, Lone Star Sports & Entertainment Allie.LeClair@houstontexans.com 

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HOUSTON TO HOST MULTIPLE 2021 CONCACAF GOLD CUP MATCHES

HOUSTON, TX – The Harris County – Houston Sports Authority, in partnership with the Houston Dynamo FC, and Lone Star Sports & Entertainment, announced today that both BBVA Stadium and NRG Stadium will play host to Gold Cup matches this summer. This, the 16th edition of Concacaf's flagship men's international competition, will crown the global region's best men's national team.

"The announcement of these outstanding venues moves us a step closer to what is sure to be a great Gold Cup this summer," said Concacaf President and FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani. "It is fitting that in our 60th anniversary year we will use a number of stadiums with a rich history of hosting Concacaf football, while also making history with new venues that will host Gold Cup matches for the very first time."

Houston is one of only seven metropolitan markets selected to welcome matches in the 2021 edition of the tournament. Houston's elite facilities, BBVA Stadium and NRG Stadium, account for two of the eleven host venues from around the country awarded matches.

"We are a major sports destination with the best fans in the nation," said Harris County – Houston Sports Authority CEO Janis Burke. "The fact that we have two fabulous venues capable of successfully hosting multiple Gold Cup matches is a true testament to how special our community has become in the global sports realm. Houston is a host candidate for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and being a cornerstone in this marquee international tournament supports our bid efforts."

This announcement marks the fifth time BBVA Stadium has taken part in the Gold Cup, having been a part of every edition since it opened its doors in 2012.

"We are thrilled to host the region's premier national team competition at BBVA Stadium," Executive Vice President and General Manager of BBVA Stadium, Juan Rodriguez, said. "We are honored to host multiple matchdays and committed to creating a memorable, safe and enjoyable experience for teams and fans alike."

NRG Stadium has played host to some of the most well-attended matches in tournament history, including a sold-out quarterfinal doubleheader in 2019.

"We are honored NRG Stadium has been selected to serve as a host venue for the Concacaf Gold Cup for the sixth time in its storied history," said Lone Star Sports and Entertainment General Manager David Fletcher. "This will be yet another tremendous opportunity for our city to celebrate The Beautiful Game and welcome fans from around the world to our community this summer."

The 2021 Gold Cup will officially kick off with a new Preliminary Round where 12 nations who qualified through their Concacaf Nations League performances will compete for the final three spots in the 16 team Gold Cup Group Stage. The Round One and Two Prelims matchups were drawn on September 10, 2020. The Group Stage will kick off on July 10, and the Final will be played on August 1 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

To receive information about the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup, including schedules, kick-off times, and other details, sign up here.

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Concacaf Statement regarding the suspension of the Concacaf Nations League Finals, Road to Gold Cup Qualifiers and Flow Caribbean Club Championship

Miami, FL (Friday, April 3, 2020) - At Concacaf our thoughts are with all the communities affected by the spread of COVID-19 at this difficult time. As we continue to assess our competitions scheduled to be played in the coming months, the welfare of everyone involved in football across our region remains our first priority.

Given the ongoing public health situation, and following consultation with FIFA regarding the international football calendar, we have made the decision to suspend the Concacaf Nations League Finals, which was scheduled for June 4th – 7th 2020 in the Houston and Dallas areas.

The event, which includes the Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and USA men’s national teams, will be rescheduled to take place at a later date in venues to be determined. This will be confirmed following further discussions with FIFA regarding the remaining international windows in the football calendar, and will obviously be subject to public health authorities deeming it safe for professional sports events to resume.

Additionally, following the same considerations and discussions with FIFA, we have made the decision to suspend the Road to Gold Cup qualification matches scheduled in the June international window and the Flow Caribbean Club Championship scheduled for May. We will discuss with stakeholders format and scheduling options for these matches and communicate our plans in due course.

We are grateful to fans across the region for their continued support for these events. In the case of the Concacaf Nations League Finals, fans who purchased tickets via Ticketmaster, SeatGeek or AXS will receive refunds automatically. Fans who purchased tickets directly at the stadium box office or through third party vendors should contact those organizations directly for more details regarding the refund process.

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Declaración de Concacaf con respecto a la suspensión de las Finales de la Liga de Naciones Concacaf, la Clasificatoria a la Copa Oro de Concacaf y el Campeonato Caribeño de Clubes Concacaf Flow

Miami, FL (viernes, 3 de abril de 2020) - En Concacaf, nuestros pensamientos están con todas las comunidades afectadas por la propagación de COVID-19 en estos momentos difíciles. A medida que continuamos evaluando nuestras competiciones programadas para los próximos meses, el bienestar de todos los involucrados en el fútbol en nuestra región sigue siendo nuestra principal prioridad.

Dada la situación actual de salud pública, y luego de consultar con la FIFA sobre el calendario internacional de fútbol, hemos tomado la decisión de suspender las Finales de la Liga de Naciones Concacaf 2020, programadas del 4-7 de junio de 2020 en las áreas de Houston y Dallas.

El evento, que incluye a los equipos nacionales masculinos de Costa Rica, Estados Unidos, Honduras y México se reprogramará para una fecha posterior y en sedes por determinar. Esto se confirmará después de más discusiones con la FIFA sobre las ventanas internacionales restantes en el calendario de fútbol, y obviamente estará sujeto a que las autoridades de salud pública determinen que es seguro reanudar los eventos deportivos profesionales.

Además, siguiendo las mismas consideraciones y discusiones con la FIFA, hemos decidido suspender los partidos de la Clasificatoria a la Copa Oro 2021 de Concacaf a llevarse a cabo en la ventana internacional de junio y el Campeonato Caribeño de Clubes Concacaf Flow, programado para mayo. Discutiremos con los interesados el formato y las opciones de programación para estos partidos y torneos, y comunicaremos nuestros planes a su debido tiempo.

Agradecemos a los aficionados de toda la región por su continuo apoyo a estos eventos. En el caso de las Finales de la Liga de Naciones Concacaf, los aficionados que compraron boletos a través de Ticketmaster, SeatGeek o AXS recibirán reembolsos automáticamente. Los que compraron boletos directamente en la taquilla del estadio o a través de proveedores externos deben comunicarse con esas organizaciones directamente para obtener más detalles sobre el proceso de reembolso.

 

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Texas to Host First-Ever Concacaf Nations League Finals in June 2020

Houston and Dallas will host the inaugural edition of the Concacaf Nations League Finals, featuring Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and the United States

Miami, FL (Monday, March 9, 2020) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) today announced that Houston and Dallas will host the inaugural Concacaf Nations League Finals, with semi-final games at BBVA Stadium and NRG Stadium in Houston, and the Final and third-place game taking place in AT&T Stadium in Arlington. 

The matches, which will feature Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and the United States, will serve to crown the first-ever champion of a competition created to provide high quality competitive football for all 41 Concacaf Member Associations, and maximize the official match dates available within the FIFA international calendar.

In the inaugural edition, the Semifinals will be played across two venues in Houston on Thursday, June 4, with Honduras vs United States taking place in BBVA Stadium, followed by Mexico vs Costa Rica at NRG Stadium. The Semifinal matchups were determined by the outcome of group stage play in September, October and November with the four League A winners qualifying for this eagerly anticipated Finals.

The third-place match and the Final will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, on Sunday, June 7. The four matches are scheduled to take place during the June FIFA match window. 

Houston is a remarkably diverse city, boasting fans from the four competing nations, all of whom will be able to enjoy the first-ever Concacaf Nations League Finals matches in two world-class stadiums.

BBVA Stadium, home of the Houston Dynamo, one of Major League Soccer’s most storied clubs, has hosted high-profile matches since it’s inauguration in 2012, including Concacaf Champions League and Gold Cup clashes. NRG Stadium, home of the NFL’s Houston Texans, is no stranger to international soccer, with the stadium hosting five Concacaf Gold Cups, as well as the Copa America Centenario in 2016. 

“The Concacaf Nations League group stages showcased outstanding football across our region and Houston and Dallas are ideal cities for hosting the first-ever Finals of this important international competition,” explained Philippe Moggio, Concacaf General Secretary. “The combination of world class venues, passionate support, and diverse fanbases representing all four of the participating nations, ensure that these two cities are uniquely positioned to host a very successful inaugural event. Houston, home to the third-largest Hispanic population in the country, and Dallas, a proven soccer market, will host an unforgettable first edition of this new tournament.”

AT&T Stadium, the 80,000-seat stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, has also hosted top-level soccer competitions in the past, including four editions of the Gold Cup, numerous Mexican National Team U.S. Tour matches and international club soccer events. The Dallas area is a hotbed for soccer in the country, and those fans are sure to enjoy the Final, as well as the third-place match, in what should be a thrilling doubleheader. 

The three venues are state of the art facilities and have hosted some of the country’s most important sporting and entertainment events, such as the Super Bowl, Copa America Centenario, WrestleMania, NBA All-Star Game and college football championship and bowl games.

At the close of the first-ever Concacaf Nations League Group Stage play in November, the following national teams have qualified to the Finals (final standing are available here): United States (Group A), Mexico (Group B), Honduras (Group C) and Costa Rica (Group D).

As per the competition regulations, the four League A Group winners have been ranked to determine the semifinal matchups, with the highest ranked team playing the lowest ranked team. The final standings are as follows:

1. Mexico (12 pts, +10)

2. Honduras (10 pts, +7)

3. USA (9 pts, +12)

4. Costa Rica (6 pts, +1)

The 2019-2020 Concacaf Nations League kicked off in September with the first six days of group stage matches, delivering exciting competition and setting the course for the journey to the Concacaf Nations League Finals, as well as the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.

Tickets for the Concacaf Nations League Finals will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, March 17, at 10 a.m. local time. For an exclusive presale opportunity, sign up at ConcacafNationsLeague.com.

2020 Concacaf Nations League Finals Schedule
*Listed in local time (ET)

Thursday, June 4, 2020
6:30 pm CST (7:30 pm ET) Honduras vs United States - BBVA Stadium, Houston, TX, USA
9:00 pm CST (10:00 pm ET) Mexico vs Costa Rica - NRG Stadium, Houston, TX, USA

Sunday, June 7, 2020
4:30 pm CST (5:30 pm ET) Loser SF1 vs Loser SF2 - AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, USA
7:00 pm CST (8:00 pm ET) Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 - AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, USA

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Mexican National Team Manager Gerardo Martino Names Preliminary Roster for June MexTour Matches in Atlanta and Arlington

Roster features stars ‘Chucky’ Lozano, Raúl Jiménez, Jonathan Dos Santos

NEW YORK (May 15, 2019) –Mexican National Team Manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino today announced a 29-man preliminary roster ahead of the upcoming 2019 Mexican National Team U.S. Tour matches against Venezuela and Ecuador, which will be played respectively at Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium on Wednesday, June 5 and Arlington’s AT&T Stadium on Monday, June 9. The list also serves as Mexico’ preliminary roster for this summer’s Concacaf Gold Cup.
   
The list features several international stars, including PSV Eindhoven forward Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, Standard Liege goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, and Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Raúl Jiménez, as well as three Major League Soccer stars, LA Galaxy’s Jonathan dos Santos and Uriel Antuna, and Philadelphia Union’s Marco Fabián.   
 
Tickets for the two matches are on sale via MexTour.org.
 
The Mexican National Team U.S. Tour is sponsored by adidas, Advance Auto Parts, Allstate Insurance Company, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Daisy Sour Cream, Delta/Aeromexico, Estrella Jalisco, Honey Nut Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Nissan, POWERADE, The Home Depot, and Wells Fargo.

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MEXICO NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER:
Goalkeepers:  
Hugo González – Necaxa (MEX)
Raúl Gudiño - Guadalajara (MEX)
Guillermo Ochoa - Standard Lieja (BEL)
Jonathan Orozco - Santos Laguna (MEX)
 
Defenders:
Néstor Araujo - Celta de Vigo (ESP)
Jesus Gallardo – Monterrey (MEX)
Miguel Layún – Monterrey (MEX)
César Montes – Monterrey (MEX)
Héctor Moreno - Real Sociedad (ESP)
Fernando Navarro – León (MEX)
Diego Reyes – Leganés (ESP)
Luis Rodriguez – Tigres (MEX)
Carlos Salcedo – Tigres (MEX)
Jorge Sánchez – América (MEX)

Midfielders:
Edson Alvarez - América (MEX)
Jonathan Dos Santos - LA Galaxy (USA)
Marco Fabián – Philadelphia Union (USA)
Andrés Guardado - Real Betis (ESP)
Erick Gutiérrez - PSV Eindhoven (NED)
Luis Montes – León (MEX)
Oberlin Pineda – Cruz Azul (MEX)
Carlos Rodríguez – Monterrey (MEX)
Ivan Rodriguez – León (MEX)

Forwards:
Roberto Alvarado - Cruz Azul (MEX)
Uriel Antuna - LA Galaxy (USA)
Raúl Jiménez - Wolverhampton FC (ENG)
Hirving Lozano - PSV Eindhoven (NED)
Rodolfo Pizarro – Monterrey (MEX)
Alexis Vega – Guadalajara (MEX)

Head Coach: Gerardo Martino

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