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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.

Media Accreditation
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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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Gabriel Gabor, SUM Communications, 1-917-364-2755 or gabriel.gabor@MLSsoccer.com
For all credential questions, please contact: Enrique.ferreyros@MLSsoccer.com
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Concacaf Announces Venues and Dates for the 2019 Gold Cup Seeded Nations; All Venue Assignments Are Now Set

Concacaf Announces Venues and Dates for the 2019 Gold Cup Seeded Nations; All Venue Assignments Are Now Set

Miami (Friday, October 12, 2018) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) today announced the venues and dates of the seeded nations in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, as well as all match dates for each venue of the 15th edition of the confederation’s continental championship.

Next summer’s tournament will be the first to feature an expanded version, with 16 countries vying for continental glory in what is set to be the largest Gold Cup in history. The seeded nations, the four highest ranked nations based on the Concacaf Ranking Index for September 2018 – in alphabetical order: Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and the United States – and their respective groups, will play as follows:

Group A – Mexico
June 15: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
June 19: Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, CO
June 23: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC

Group B – Costa Rica
June 16: Non-US venue to be determined
June 20: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
June 24: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ

Group C – Honduras
June 17: Non-US venue to be determined
June 21: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
June 25: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, CA

Group D – United States 
June 18: Allianz Field, Saint Paul, MN
June 22: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
June 26: Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS

Concacaf also announced the dates and venues for the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the Gold Cup. Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Nashville join Chicago in hosting the decisive knock out round of the 2019 Gold Cup, after it was announced in late September that Soldier Field will host the Final, on Sunday, July 7.

Quarterfinals (Doubleheaders)
June 29: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX (QF1: 1B v 2A & QF2: 1A v 2B)*
June 30: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA (QF3: 1C v 2D & QF4: 1D v 2C)*

Semifinals
July 2: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ (Winner QF1 v Winner QF2)
July 3: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN (Winner QF3 v Winner QF4)

Final
July 7: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

*Order of the matches subject to change

The complete groups and schedule will be announced early next year, once all nations have qualified for the Gold Cup via the Concacaf Nations League Qualifier, with rounds upcoming in October and November of 2018, and March of 2019.   To date, six of the 16 national teams scheduled to participate have qualified for next year’s tournament, those being the countries that participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Hexagonal qualifier round: Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States,

–  The announcement of the Concacaf Ranking for September 2018 can be found here

–  For more information on the qualification process to the Concacaf 2019 Gold Cup, click here

–  To see a 2019 Gold Cup hype video, click here

Taking place every two years, the Concacaf Gold Cup is the official national team championship of the region, which includes North and Central America and the Caribbean. Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers across the region, the Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture.

The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company, Cerveza Modelo, Nike, Scotiabank, and Toyota. The tournament will be broadcast nationally on the Univision and FOX family of networks and transmitted on radio in Spanish by Fútbol de Primera Radio Network, and broadcast by television partners in countries around the world.

Exclusive Presale Offering
Fans can now visit www.GoldCup.org to sign up for an exclusive pre-sale offering for any Gold Cup gameday in 2019, before seats go on sale to the general public. Tickets for the 2019 Gold Cup will go on sale to the public on October 23rd at 10am local*. The LOC encourages fans to purchase their tickets early in order to secure the best seats for a great fan experience.

*Allianz Field and Children’s Mercy Park tickets will go on-sale at a later date. Sign-up at GoldCup.org to receive additional information for when Minneapolis and Kansas City tickets go on-sale.

Visual Assets for Media Members
CONCACAF, together with the Local Host Committees, have prepared visual assets to aid media members in their coverage of this announcement. To access photos and video footage of the stadiums and other assets, please click here. You may need to copy and then paste the link into your browser.

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NRG STADIUM TO HOST QUARTERFINAL DOUBLE HEADER JUNE 29 IN 2019 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

NRG STADIUM TO HOST QUARTERFINAL DOUBLE HEADER JUNE 29 IN 2019 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

 NEED TO KNOW:

  • NRG Stadium will host the first quarterfinal doubleheader on Saturday, June 29, 2019, featuring the winners of A1 vs C2, and C1 vs A2.
  • Mexico is the top seed in Group A and Honduras is the top seed in Group C.

HOUSTON (Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018) – Houston will host a doubleheader of quarterfinal matches on June 29, 2019 in the 15th edition of the confederation’s continental championship CONCACAF Gold Cup, the Confederation of North and Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today in partnership with the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority, the Houston Dynamo and Lone Star Sports & Entertainment.

The Gold Cup is the official national team championship of the region, which includes North and Central America and the Caribbean, taking place biannually. The 2019 edition is the first to include an expanded version with 16 teams, allowing more teams from the region to shine on a regional and global stage. As this is the 15th edition of the tournament, a record 15 venues will host matches in 2019. The seeded nations, the four highest ranked nations based on the CONCACAF Ranking Index for September 2018 are Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and the United States. Mexico is the top seed in Group A and Honduras is the top seed in Group C.

The complete groups and schedule will be announced early next year, once all nations have qualified for the Gold Cup via the CONCACAF Nations League Qualifier, with rounds upcoming in October and November of 2018, and March of 2019. To date, six of the 16 national teams scheduled to participate have qualified for next year’s tournament, those being the countries that participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Hexagonal qualifier round: Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.

NRG Stadium has been host to the Gold Cup four times previously, most recently in 2011 when it hosted the tournament semifinals. The stadium has also hosted a quarterfinal doubleheader twice in the past. This marks the fourth consecutive edition of the tournament in which BBVA Compass Stadium will serve as a host venue for the Gold Cup. The facility has been a part of every Gold Cup held since it opened in 2012.

Eight Gold Cup host markets – including Houston – have been announced as the United Bid’s final candidate host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company, Cerveza Modelo, Nike, Scotiabank, and Toyota. The tournament will be broadcast nationally on the Univision and FOX family of networks and transmitted on radio in Spanish by Fútbol de Primera Radio Network, and broadcast by television partners in countries around the world.

Exclusive Presale Offering

Fans can now visit www.GoldCup.org to sign up for an exclusive pre-sale offering for any Gold Cup gameday in 2019, before seats go on sale to the general public. Tickets for the 2019 Gold Cup will go on sale to the public on October 23rd at 10 a.m. local. The LOC encourages fans to purchase their tickets early in order to secure the best seats for a great fan experience.

 The announcement of the CONCACAF Ranking Index for September 2018 can be found here. For more information on the qualification process to the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2019, click here.

 Visual Assets for Media Members

CONCACAF, together with the Local Host Committees, have prepared visual assets to aid media members in their coverage of this announcement. To access photos and video footage of the stadiums and other assets, please click here. You may need to copy and then paste the link into your browser.

ABOUT HARRIS COUNTY – HOUSTON SPORTS AUTHORITY

The Harris County – Houston Sports Authority is a government agency that maintains and oversees the bond debt service on the professional sports stadiums, as well as assists with the sports marketing for the destination.

 

ABOUT BBVA COMPASS STADIUM

BBVA Compass Stadium is a state-of-the-art, open-air stadium designed to host Houston Dynamo matches, Houston Dash matches and Texas Southern University football games as well as additional professional, collegiate and community sporting events, concerts, exhibitions, conventions and special events. Opened on May 12, 2012, the 340,000-square foot, 22,000-seat stadium is the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer located in a city’s downtown district. With its downtown location, the stadium is a part of a true ‘Stadium District,’ which includes Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center, as well as the George R. Brown Convention Center, Discovery Green, Warehouse Live and House of Blues.

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SELECCIÓN NACIONAL DE MÉXICO SE ENFRENTARÁ CON GHANA EN HOUSTON EN PREPARACIÓN PARA COPA ORO DE LA CONCACAF EN EL VERANO

El Tricolor jugará contra el poderoso equipo africano el 28 de junio en NRG Stadium. Los boletos saldrán a la venta el 29 de marzo.

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Para divulgación inmediata

Gabe Gabor, Oficina de Comunicación SUM, 917/364-2755 o gabriel.gabor@MLSsoccer.com

Allie LeClair, Oficina de Comunicación Lone Star Sports & Entertainment, 832/667-2050 or allie.leclair@houstontexans.com

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO Y NUEVA YORK (Miércoles, 22 de marzo, 2017) – El camino a la Copa Oro de la CONCACAF de la Selección Nacional de México llevará al actual campeón a Houston en una parada previa al torneo del verano, para disputar un partido clave contra la Selección Nacional de Ghana, equipo de talla mundialista.

La Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF), Soccer United Marketing (SUM), Lone Star Sports & Entertainment y el Houston Dynamo anunciaron hoy que la Selección Nacional de México se enfrentará a la Selección Nacional de Ghana el miércoles 28 de junio (7:30 p.m. CT) en el NRG Stadium de Houston, en un partido presentado por AT&T. El partido se llevará acabo días antes de la participación de México en la Copa Oro de la CONCACAF 2017, el torneo oficial a nivel de selecciones en la región.

Los boletos para el partido de Houston saldrán a la venta el miércoles, 29 de marzo, a las 10 a.m. hora local, a través de Ticketmaster.com o llamando al 800-745-3000.

El partido es parte de la histórica decimoquinta edición de la Gira Anual de la Selección de México por EE.UU., que empezó el 8 de febrero en Las Vegas, con una victoria de 1-0 sobre Islandia y frente a un público que rompió el récord para un evento futbolístico en la ciudad. México también jugará contra Croacia el 27 de Mayo en Los Ángeles y el 1 de junio contra Irlanda en el área metropolitana de Nueva York.

México ha derrotado a la Selección de Ghana en los dos únicos encuentros entre los equipos, jugados en el 2006 y el 2008. En el partido del 2006, que se disputó en el Toyota Stadium, hogar del FC Dallas, Guillermo Franco marcó el único gol del encuentro, con un cabezazo al minuto 75. En el 2008, Pável Pardo fue el héroe del encuentro al marcar el gol de la victoria desde los doce pasos, dándole la victoria a México en el minuto 85, en un partido disputado en Inglaterra.

México ha jugado 15 veces en el NRG Stadium (previamente Reliant Stadium), con un saldo de siete victorias, seis empates y solo dos derrotas. El primer partido, en el 2003, ante el mayor rival de la Selección Nacional de México, la Selección estadounidense, fue un empate jugado ante 70,000 aficionados. Desde ese entonces, la Selección Nacional de México ha jugado en el NRG Stadium casi todos los años, incluyendo encuentros de la Copa Oro, Eliminatorias y un partido ante Venezuela durante la histórica Copa América Centenario del año pasado. Otros partidos notables incluyen el encuentro de cuartos de final de la Copa Oro del 2007 ante Costa Rica, en el cual Jared Borgetti anotó el gol de la victoria en tiempo suplementario, y una victoria ante Honduras en la Copa Oro del 2011.

Para alistarse para el partido, los aficionados pueden visitar la nueva tienda virtual de la Selección Nacional, http://store.miseleccion.us/, en la que encontrarán lo último en camisetas, gorras y más.

La Gira, auspiciada por adidas, Advance Auto Parts, Allstate Insurance Company, AT&T, Bud Light, Coca-Cola, el Jimador, Makita, Nissan, POWERADE, The Home Depot y Wells Fargo, visitará cinco mercados a través de los Estados Unidos en el 2017 y los partidos serán televisados por las cadenas de Univision y FOX y transmitidos por Fútbol de Primera Radio Network.

Credenciales de prensa

La solicitud para credenciales de prensa para aquellos medios que panean cubrir el partido el 18 de febrero está disponible AQUÍ. La fecha máxima para solicitar es el miércoles 21 de junio a las 5 p.m. ET. No se aceptarán solicitudes después de la fecha límite.

Recursos visuales
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Fecha Rival Sede Ciudad Hora (ET) / resultado Boletos / asistencia Transmisión
8 de febrero Islandia Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas, NV 1-0 W 30,617  
27 de mayo Croacia LA Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles, CA 7:30 p.m. ET Oprima aquí para comprar boletos TV: TBD; Radio: Fútbol de Primera
1 de junio República de Irlanda MetLife Stadium E. Rutherford, NJ 8:00 p.m. ET Oprima aquí para comprar boletos TV: TBD; Radio: Fútbol de Primera
28 de junio Ghana NRG Stadium Houston, TX 8:30 p.m. ET Oprima aquí para comprar boletos TV: TBD; Radio: Fútbol de Primera

 

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