The U.S. national team will join Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba to form Group B of the men's Gold Cup soccer tournament for the North American...

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The U.S. national team will join Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba to form Group B of the men’s Gold Cup soccer tournament for the North American championship, and the teams will play two games each at Qwest Field in July.

The Gold Cup — the biggest event staged by CONCACAF, the governing body of North American soccer — features 12 international teams and runs July 6-24. The championship game is at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on the 24th.

Seattle’s Qwest Field is among six venues around the country that will host tournament first-round play. The tentative schedule for Group B matches in Seattle has Canada playing Central American champion Costa Rica at 5:35 p.m. on July 7, followed by the United States against Cuba at 7:45.

Another doubleheader is set for Saturday, July 9, with Cuba taking on Costa Rica at 11:30 a.m. and the United States playing Canada at 1:45 p.m.

All four teams move on to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., for the third and final matches of round-robin play. The top two teams from each of the three groups (A, B and C) plus the two best third-place teams will advance to the Gold Cup quarterfinals on July 16 and 17.

The semifinals and finals are July 21 and 24 at Giants Stadium.

Tickets for Gold Cup matches will go on sale March 16.

José Miguel Romero: 206-464-2409 or jromero@seattletimes.com