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CONCACAF names 13 US cities as 2013 Gold Cup hosts

CONCACAF, North American soccer's governing body, revealed the 13 host cities for this summer's 2013 Gold Cup on Wednesday, with six first-time host cities among those scheduled to host between July 7-28.

The event will also feature three of MLS' newest stadiums for the first time, including Portland's JELD-WEN Field, Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium and Salt Lake's Rio Tinto Stadium. New York's Red Bull Arena and Seattle's CenturyLink Field will return to hosting duties, though LA's Home Depot Center and Kansas City's Sporting Park, hosts in 2011, are not on the list.

The cup will also return to five venues from its previous editions, including Cowboys Stadium (2009, '11); Soldier Field (2007, '09, '11); the Rose Bowl (1991, '02, '11); Red Bull Arena ('11) and CenturyLink Field ('05, '09).

The full list of host cities and venues is as follows:
•Dallas – Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
•Atlanta – Georgia Dome (Atlanta)
•Baltimore – M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore)
•Chicago – Soldier Field (Chicago)
•Denver – Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver)
•Hartford – Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.)
•Houston – BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston)
•Los Angeles – Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)
•Miami – Sun Life Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
•New York– Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.)
•Portland – JELD-WEN Field (Portland, Ore.)
•Salt Lake City – Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, Utah)
•Seattle – CenturyLink Field (Seattle)

A venue for the final has yet to be announced.

The Gold Cup is a 12-team competition held every two years that serves as North America's top international competition. The United States, Canada and Mexico qualified automatically, and will be joined by Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti and Martinique from the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Honduras, Belize, and El Salvador from Central America, with Panama and Guatemala set to play off for the final Central American spot on Friday.

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The field for the CONCACAF Gold Cup is finally set, as Panama cruised past Guatemala 3-1 in the Copa Centroamericana's fifth-place game to earn the final Central American berth in this summer's tournament.

FC Dallas forward Blas Pérez buried a header in the 27th minute to open the scoring and send Panama on their way. It was Pérez's second goal of the tournament and the 28th of his national team career.

Panama join Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and first-time qualifiers Belize in qualifying for the Gold Cup from Central America.

Cuba, Haiti, Martinique and Trinidad & Tobago qualified from the Caribbean region.

The United States, Mexico and Canada qualified automatically.

CONCACAF Team Nicknames

USA = The Yanks
Canada = The Canucks (Red Nation)
Mexico = El Tri
Honduras = los Catrachos
Panama = Canaleros
Costa Rica = Los Ticos
Belize = The Jaguars
El Salvador = Los Cuscatlecos
Cuba = Los Leones del Caribe (The Caribbean Lions)
Martinique = Les Matinino
Haiti = Les Grenadiers (Le Rouge et Bleu)
Trinidad & Tobago = Soca Warriors

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2013, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners will play one-off match for 2017 Confederations Cup berth

Forget rosters stocked with fringe players, the big boys saved for the edition that determines Confederations Cup placement. Every Gold Cup is on equal footing from here on out.

CONCACAF announced on Friday that the champions of the 2013 Gold Cup will qualify for a playoff match to decide which national team will represent the region in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. The champions of the 2015 Gold Cup will become the second team to qualify for the single-game playoff, scheduled to take place in the second half of that same year at a site to be determined.

"This novel CONCACAF Gold Cup playoff format for the FIFA Confederations Cup is an essential and perhaps long due adjustment required to enhance the crown jewel of national team competitions within our confederation," CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb said in a statement. "This innovative resolution will allow the champion of every single Gold Cup edition to have the same competitive opportunity to represent CONCACAF at the international level."

The new CONCACAF qualifying process, approved by the Confederation's Executive Committee, assures that both editions of the Gold Cup in each four-year cycle have the same importance from a competitive perspective.

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Gold Cup:
Preliminary rosters revealed, MLS heavily represented

CONCACAF revealed on Friday the 35-man preliminary rosters for all 12 teams participating in this summer's Gold Cup, and once again countries from around the region drew on a considerable amount of MLS talent to fill out their rosters.

Teams will be required to submit a final, 23-man roster for the tournament on June 27, with the opening game set for July 7. Teams will also have an opportunity to swap in up to four players from their 35-man roster after the conclusion of the group stages.

Below is the complete list of MLS players on the 2013 Gold Cup preliminary rosters:

Costa Rica:
Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls), Álvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake), Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers)

El Salvador:
Steven Purdy-Ramos (Chivas USA)

Mechack Jérôme (Sporting Kansas City), Peterson Joseph (Sporting Kansas City)

Marvin Chávez (San Jose Earthquakes), Johnny Leverón (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Frédéric Piquionne (Portland Timbers)

Blas Pérez (FC Dallas)

Trinidad & Tobago:
Keon Daniel (Philadelphia Union)

Simon Thomas (Vancouver Whitecaps); Nana Attakora (San Jose Earthquakes), Doneil Henry (Toronto FC), Dejan Jakovic (D.C. United), Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC), Kyle Bekker (Toronto FC), Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC), Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps), Kyle Porter (D.C. United)

Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), , Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

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GK: 3
Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DF: 8
Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Oguchi Onyewu (Malaga), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (FC Augsburg)

MD: 7
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsinborg), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Joshua Gatt (Molde FK), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jose Torres (Tigres)

FW: 5
Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Club Tijuana), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)


GK: 1
Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey), 12 - Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), 23 - Moises Munoz (Club America)

DF: 2
Israel Jimenez (Tigres), 3 - Leobardo Lopez (Monterrey), 4 - Joel Huiqui (Morelia), 5 - Darvin Chavez (Monterrey), 13 - Adrian Aldrete (Club America), 15 - Efrain Velarde (Pumas), 18 - Juan Carlos Valenzuela (Club America), 19 - Miguel Layun (Club America), 20 - Jair Pereira (Cruz Azul)

MD: 6
Carlos Peña (Leon), 7 - Javier Cortes (Pumas), 8 - Luis Montes (Leon), 14 - Jorge Enriquez (Guadalajara), 16 - Miguel Ponce (Guadalajara), 22 - Alejandro Castro (Cruz Azul)

FW: 9
Raul Jimenez (Club America), 10 - Marco Fabian (Guadalajara), 10 - Rafael Marquez Lugo (Guadalajara), 17 - Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), 21 - Javier Orozco (Santos)

Coach: Jose Manuel de la Torre (Mexico)


GK: 1
Lars Hirschfeld (Valerenga - Norway), 18 - Milan Borjan (Sivasspor - Turkey), 22 - Simon Thomas (Vancouver Whitecaps)

DF: 2
Nik Ledgerwood (Hammarby - Sweden), 3 - Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC), 4 - Nana Attakora-Gyan (San Jose Earthquakes - USA), 5 - David Edgar (Burnley - England), 17 - Marcel De Jong (Augsburg - Germany), 19 - Adam Straith (No Club), 20 - Doneil Henry (Toronto FC)

MD: 6
Julian De Guzman (No Club), 7 - Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps), 8 - Will Johnson (Portland Timbers - USA), 12 - Issey Nakajima-Farran (Alki - Cyprus), 13 - Pedro Pacheco (Sanata Clara - Portugal), 14 -
Samuel Piette (Fortuna Dusseldorf - Germany), 15 - Kyle Bekker (Toronto FC), 21 - Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC), 23 - Keven Aleman (Real Valladolid - Spain)

FW: 9
Tosaint Ricketts (Sandnes - Norway), 10 - Simeon Jackson (No Club), 11 - Marcus Haber (Stevenage - England), 16 - Randy Edwini-Bonsu (No Club),

Coach: ColinMiller (Canada)

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Quarter Finals

Panama vs Cuba (Sat 3.30pm ET)
Mexico vs Trinidad and Tobago (Sat 6.30pm ET)
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

USA vs El Salvador (Sun 4pm ET)
Honduras vs Costa Rica (Sun 7pm ET)
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md
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