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Philadelphia will reportedly host 2015 Gold Cup final

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The 2015 Gold Cup final will be played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA, according to The third place match will also be played at PPL Park in Philadelphia on July 25, with the final following on July 26 at Lincoln Financial Field.

When CONCACAF originally named the host cities for the tournament, they did not specify which cities would host which knockout stage matches. Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium, Atlanta's Georgia Dome, East Rutherford's MetLife Stadium and Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field were named as the the knockout stage hosts, but which would host quarterfinals, the semifinals and then the final were left up in the air. Most expected it to go to MetLife Stadium, the 82,000-seat venue outside of New York, but it looks like Philadelphia out-bid them.

The report also states that MetLife Stadium will host the semifinals, with the quarterfinals going to Baltimore and Atlanta.

This will be the biggest match ever played in Philadelphia. The final will crown the champion of CONCACAF and represents the biggest match in confederation play.

Lincoln Financial Field was the site of Jurgen Klinsmann's first ever match with the U.S. Days after being hired, Klinsmann took the U.S. to Philadelphia for an August 2011 friendly against Mexico, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

If the U.S. wins this year's Gold Cup, they will automatically qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup because they also won the 2013 Gold Cup. If another team wins the tournament, they will play the U.S. in a playoff for a spot in the Confederations Cup.