Concacaf has been really busy on this Monday. In addition to announcing their World Cup qualifying format and schedule, the confederation also laid out their plans for the postponed Concacaf Nations League finals along with the schedule for the 2021 Gold Cup and the 2022-2023 Concacaf Nations League.
While the Second Round of World Cup qualifying takes place in March 2021, Mexico, the United States, Honduras, and Costa Rica will compete in the 2019-2020 Concacaf Nations League finals. They were originally scheduled to take place in Texas last month, but were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those matches will take place in the United States at a venue to be selected later.
The 2021 Gold Cup will now take place from July 10th to August 1st due to the extended FIFA international window in June 2021. The USMNT have already qualified for the Gold Cup due to finishing 1st in their Concacaf Nations League group. However, the final 4 spots were to be determined in March and June of this year. Concacaf stated that they will come up with a new format to determine the final spots in the 16-team field. Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cuba, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Montserrat, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago are the teams that will be competing for those final spots in the Gold Cup.
Finally, Concacaf announced the dates for the 2022-2023 Concacaf Nations League. That competition will begin in May 2022 and will continue in June 2022 and September 2022. The USMNT will be in League A with Mexico, Panama, Canada, Honduras, Martinique, Costa Rica, and Curaçao. League B promoted teams Jamaica, El Salvador, Grenada, and Suriname will join them in League A.
The USMNT has their schedule for the next couple of years. Now, let’s kick this pandemic so it can all happen safely.