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Gold Cup 2017: Schedule, teams, TV coverage & guide to the CONCACAF championship |TTI

Mexico and the USA will be the favorites to be crowned champions when the nations of North and Central America and the Caribbean meet

The top teams in North and Central America and the Caribbean will battle it out for continental supremacy this summer as the Gold Cup returns for its 14th edition.

Currently held every two years in the United States — with an occasional co-host — the reigning champions are Mexico, who beat Jamaica in the 2015 final.

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El Tri have won three of the past four tournaments, with only the USA breaking up their recent dominance and Canada the only nation aside from that big two to have ever won the trophy.

Costa Rica will hope to change that this year, while Honduras and Panama can also be considered outside shots to go all the way.

With the Gold Cup set to kick off July 7 and run until July 26, Goal has your complete guide to the tournament ahead.


GOLD CUP GROUPS


Mexico Gold Cup

The teams that finish first and second in each group progress to the knockout stage automatically.

The teams that finish third in each group are then ranked by points, with goal difference, goals scored and the drawing of lots used as tiebreakers in that order. The top two third-place finishers also progress to the knockout stage.

Group A:

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Canada 1 1 0 0 4 2 2 3
2 Costa Rica 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
3 Honduras 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
4 French Guiana 1 0 0 1 2 4 -2 0

Group B:

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Panama 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Martinique 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Nicaragua 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Group C:

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 El Salvador 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Curacao 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Jamaica 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Ranking of third-place teams:

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Group A third place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Group B third place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Group C third place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

GOLD CUP FIXTURES & RESULTS


Group A:

Date Match Time (local / ET)
July 7 French Guiana 2-4 Canada 19:00 / 19:00
July 7 Honduras 0-1 Costa Rica 21:00 / 21:00
July 11 Costa Rica vs Canada 18:30 / 19:30
July 11 Honduras vs French Guiana 21:00 / 22:00
July 14 Costa Rica vs French Guiana 18:30 / 19:30
July 14 Canada vs Honduras 21:00 / 22:00

Group B:

Date Match Time (local / ET)
July 8 USA vs Panama 15:30 / 16:30
July 8 Martinique vs Nicaragua 18:00 / 19:00
July 12 Panama vs Nicaragua 18:30 / 18:30
July 12 USA vs Martinique 20:30 / 20:30
July 15 Panama vs Martinique 16:30 / 16:30
July 15 Nicaragua vs USA 19:00 / 19:00

Group C:

Date Match Time (local / ET)
July 9 Curacao vs Jamaica 16:00 / 19:00
July 9 Mexico vs El Salvador 18:00 / 21:00
July 13 El Salvador vs Curacao 18:00 / 20:00
July 13 Mexico vs Jamaica 20:00 / 22:00
July 16 Jamaica vs El Salvador 17:00 / 18:00
July 16 Curacao vs Mexico 19:00 / 20:00

Quarter-finals:

Date Match Time (local / BST)
July 19 Group A winner vs Group B runner-up 18:00 / 18:00
July 19 Group B winner vs Group A/C third place 21:00 / 21:00
July 20 Group C winner vs Group A/B third place 16:30 / 19:30
July 20 Group C runner-up vs Group A runner-up 19:00 / 22:00

Semi-finals:

Date Match Time (local / BST)
July 22 Winner quarterfinal 1 vs winner quarterfinal 2 20:30 / 21:30
July 23 Winner quarterfinal 3 vs winner quarterfinal 4 17:30 / 20:30

Final:

Date Match Time (local / BST)
July 26 Winner semifinal 1 vs Winner semifinal 2 18:30 / 21:30


WHO ARE THE STAR PLAYERS?


Florent Malouda French Guiana

As mentioned, Mexico and the USA have won all but one of these tournaments but things could be made more interesting this year due to the fact that both countries have decided to experiment with their squads.

There will be no Javier Hernandez, Andres Guardado or Hector Herrera for the Mexicans, who have selected a group — with one exception — based exclusively in Liga MX as a result of their key players’ participation at the Confederations Cup.

They were dealt a further blow when striker Alan Pulido suffered a fractured arm in a pre-tournament friendly, which resulted in that one exception being called up in Erick Torres of MLS’ Houston Dynamo.

Torres, known as Cubo, has scored 12 goals in 17 games this season and could lead the line in Pulido’s absence, while defender Edson Alvarez is promising.

Bruce Arena has only named two players based in Europe in his USA squad: Matt Miazga of Chelsea and Eric Lichaj of Nottingham Forest.

Even some of America’s top MLS-based players, such as Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley, have also been left at home — at least until the knockout stage, when each team is able to make six changes to their squad.

Young midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Cristian Roldan should provide plenty of energy in the middle of the park, though, and Dom Dwyer may lead the line with the highly touted Jordan Morris struggling for form this season.

Costa Rica should be genuine challengers, particularly as they have picked a strong squad that includes the likes of Joel Campbell , Bryan Ruiz and Bryan Oviedo , though Keylor Navas will sit the tournament out.

Perhaps the most interesting pre-tournament story, however, concerns Florent Malouda (yes, that one). The ex-Chelsea and France midfielder had signed up to play for French Guiana, where he was born, and was believed to be eligible to switch because of the fact that the French territory is not a FIFA member and therefore not subject to its rules.

A day before kick-off, though, it was revealed that CONCACAF apply FIFA’s eligibility rules to all of the teams competing in the Gold Cup , meaning Malouda is ineligible.

Despite this, French Guiana coach Jair Karam has insisted he will play Malouda anyway – and CONCACAF will not try to stop him, with his team’s opening match against Canada simply being awarded to the Canadians by default if Malouda plays any part.

And after his two-goal showing in Canada’s opening night win over French Guiana, Canadian teen sensation Alphonso Davies is one very much worth keeping an eye on.


WHO ARE THE FAVORITES?


Luis Reyes Mexico

Mexico and the USA are rated very similarly, with the former narrow favorites according to some bookmakers at about 27/20 compared to the Americans’ 7/4.

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Costa Rica follows after that at around 6/1, with Panama rated at 20/1. Then there is a group of three outside shots between 33/1 and 60/1 in Honduras, Jamaica and Canada, with the other five teams rank outsiders of 150/1 or longer.


WHICH STADIUMS WILL BE USED?


Fourteen stadiums have been selected for this year’s tournament. Nine will be used for the group stage, where there will be three matchdays for each group and the two games on each matchday played back-to-back at the same venue.

The other five stadiums will be used for the knockout stage. Two will host back-to-back quarterfinal ties, and the other three will host one match — either one of the two semifinals or the final.

AT&T Stadium:

AT&T Stadium

City: Arlington, Texas
Capacity: 100,000
Games: Semifinal

FirstEnergy Stadium:

FirstEnergy Stadium

City: Cleveland, Ohio
Capacity: 67,431
Games: Group B (matchday two)

Sports Authority Field:

Sports Authority Field

City: Denver, Colorado
Capacity: 76,125
Games: Group C (matchday two)

Toyota Stadium:

Toyota Stadium

City: Frisco, Texas
Capacity: 16,000
Games: Group A (matchday three)

University of Phoenix Stadium:

University of Phoenix Stadium

City: Glendale, Arizona
Capacity: 63,400
Games: Quarterfinals (matchday two)

Red Bull Arena:

Red Bull Arena

City: Harrison, New Jersey
Capacity: 25,000
Games: Group A (matchday one)

BBVA Compass Stadium:

BBVA Compass Stadium

City: Houston, Texas
Capacity: 22,000
Games: Group A (matchday two)

Nissan Stadium:

Nissan Stadium

City: Nashville, Tennessee
Capacity: 69,000
Games: Group B (matchday two)

Rose Bowl:

Rose Bowl

City: Pasadena, California
Capacity: 90,000
Games: Semifinal

Lincoln Financial Field:

Lincoln Financial Field

City: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Capacity: 69,596
Games: Quarterfinals (matchday one)

Alamodome:

Alamodome

City: San Antonio, Texas
Capacity: 65,000
Games: Group C (matchday three)

Qualcomm Stadium:

Qualcomm Stadium

City: San Diego, California
Capacity: 70,561
Games: Group C (matchday one)

Levi’s Stadium:

Levi's Stadium

City: Santa Clara, California
Capacity: 68,500
Games: Final

Raymond James Stadium:

Raymond James Stadium

City: Tampa, Florida
Capacity: 65,890
Games: Group B (matchday two)

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