The United States will play their 2015 Gold Cup group stage matches in Dallas, Boston and Kansas City, CONCACAF announced on Tuesday. The confederation announced all of the venues for the tournament, which will will visit 13 cities, including Canada for the first time.
The tournament begins on July 7 and the Americans are the seeded team in Group A, so they will play their first match on that day. It will be at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX, which is a Dallas suburb. They will then head to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA, outside of Boston on July 10. The final group stage match will be on July 13 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS.
Costa Rica have been designated the seeded team in Group B and will play at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX and BMO Field in Toronto, Canada. Canada will presumably be placed in Group B, although the tournament's non-seeded teams have not been placed in groups yet.
Mexico are the seeded team in Group C. They will open their tournament at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL, then head to University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ and Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.
The knockout stage matches will be played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA, M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD and MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
CONCACAF have not determined which stadiums will host which matches in the knockout stages. One stadium will host two quarterfinals as a doubleheader and another stadium will host the other two as a doubleheader. A third stadium will then host the semifinals as a doubleheader as well, before one venue plays host to the final.
Unsurprisingly, CONCACAF has shown little regard for playing surface. Gillette Stadium has turf, so the U.S. will be subject to that, and then three of the four knockout stage venues have turf. On top of that, all four of the stadiums will turf do not have the best turf available like they have in Portland so it's not even the best of the fake stuff.
It's unclear whether CONCACAF will require that venues put down temporary grass at those venues, but they have not always done so before and that's hardly an ideal surface anyway.
The Gold Cup crowns the top team in all of CONCACAF and is held every two years. The U.S. won the 2013 Gold Cup and if they win the event in 2015, they will qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup. If another country wins, that country will play the U.S. in a playoff for the Confed Cup spot.
CONCACAF will reveal the rest of the groups, as well as the complete schedule and ticket information in 2015. The tournament will be broadcast by the Fox networks in the U.S., although they have not yet announced their schedule or plans for the tournament.
United States, seeded Group A
- July 7 at Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
- July 10 at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
- July 13 at Sporting Park, Kansas City KS
Remaining group stage venues
- StubHub Center, Carson, CA
- Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
- BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
- University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
- BMO Field, Toronto, Canada
- Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Knockout stage venues
- Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
- MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
- Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
- M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD