The U.S. national team will play its first-round games in Seattle in the Gold Cup men's soccer tournament this summer. The groupings and schedule...

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The U.S. national team will play its first-round games in Seattle in the Gold Cup men’s soccer tournament this summer.


The groupings and schedule for the Gold Cup were to be announced today by CONCACAF, the governing body of North American soccer. Several sources confirmed yesterday that the U.S. team will be one of four competing in group play at Qwest Field July 7 and 9.

The Gold Cup is the 12-team tournament for the North American soccer championship and is typically held in every odd year so as not to conflict with the World Cup.


The U.S. team is in Group B, and the tournament will consist of three groups of four teams. Six sites will be used for group and quarterfinal play. Group A teams will play round-robin matches at Miami’s Orange Bowl. Group B will start in Seattle for two days and conclude at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Group C starts in Carson, Calif., and Los Angeles at the Home Depot Center and the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, and finishes in Houston at Reliant Stadium.

The quarterfinals are in Foxborough and Houston on July 16-17. The semifinals and final are at Giants Stadium in New Jersey on July 21 and 24.


The 11 teams announced to participate are the United States, Mexico and Canada from North America; Central American champion Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama; Caribbean Nations champion Jamaica, Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago; and invited guest South Africa. The 12th team was to be announced today.