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2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« on: March 09, 2018, 06:05:40 AM »
Soca Warriors qualify automatically for 2019 Gold Cup as CONCACAF unveils new format.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


The Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team has qualified for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup without kicking a ball owing to the Confederation’s new Nations League format, which was unveiled today.

All six nations from the 2018 World Cup Qualifying Hex series were granted automatic berths for the next Gold Cup alongside a further 10 teams from a one-off Nations League qualifying phase, which runs from September 2018 to March 2019.

The Soca Warriors failed to qualify for the 2017 Gold Cup but made it to the Hex under former head coach Stephen Hart. And that feat means Trinidad and Tobago will start competitive life in the new CONCACAF at the next Gold Cup in mid-2019 and as a “League A” football outfit in the inaugural Nations League, which starts in September 2019.

The other five automatic 2019 Gold Cup qualifiers are Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras and the United States.

CONCACAF’s remaining 34 nations, which include Jamaica, Canada, Haiti, Curaçao, El Salvador and Guyana, will compete in a qualifying series from September 2018 that determines the other Gold Cup participants as well as the members of three tiers of the Nations League.

League A comprises 12 teams while there will be 16 and 12 outfits in League B and C respectively—at present, Guatemala is serving an international suspension from FIFA.

Once the members of League A are decided, all 12 nations—Trinidad and Tobago included—will be divided into four groups of three teams each. The four group winners will advance to the semifinal round to contest the Nations League trophy while the table-proppers will be relegated to League B.

League B comprises four groups with four teams each with the group winners earning automatic promotion to CONCACAF’s top tier while the losers are demoted to League C.

The rationale behind the Nations League is the desire to ensure more meaningful games for the Confederation’s teams as well as to offer increased playing time for minnows who are often eliminated early from the various CONCACAF competitions. However, it also makes Caribbean Cup tournaments redundant and it is uncertain whether the CFU will try to stage its own regional competition for bragging rights between April and August.

The format unveiled today is a slight departure from CONCACAF’s preliminary proposal of eight teams in the top tier with 12 and 15 in the second and the third tiers respectively.

Wired868 understands that CONCACAF initially planned to share its three guaranteed World Cup spots between the League A’s four group winners while the half spot would either go to the League B champions or be contested between them and League A’s fourth-placed team.

However, the Confederation has not confirmed what format will be used to determine its qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and could even revert to the former scenario, including the Hex. The Qatar tournament will be the last World Cup involving 32 teams as FIFA voted to expand the 2026 competition to 48 nations.

Trinidad and Tobago’s last competitive match was on 10 October, 2017 when the Warriors stunned USA 2-1 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. And, when they do return to the playing field at the 2019 Gold Cup, coach Dennis Lawrence’s men will have gone 20 months without a competition match.

Since last October, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) arranged two home matches against Grenada and Guyana—both were drawn—while the Warriors are in action again this month when they play away to Guadeloupe and Martinique.

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T&T seeded in League A of newly launched Concacaf Nations League
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By virtue of having qualified for the Hexagonal Round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Russia 2018, Trinidad and Tobago along with Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, and the United States  have earned the right to be seeded directly into League A, and therefore will not participate in Nations League Qualifying.

This was disclosed at CONCACAF today  announced the details and structure of the Concacaf Nations League, a new centralized men’s national team competition representing a new era of national team football for Concacaf Member Associations.

The Concacaf Nations League begins in September with a one-off qualifying phase, while the group phase, consisting of three tiered leagues will kick off in 2019. The top league will end with a Final to crown the Nations League champion, and the competition will also serve to unify the qualifying path for the region’s national teams to the newly expanded Gold Cup.

The inaugural Concacaf Nations League competition will be played in the official FIFA match windows in September, October and November, 2019 with a Final Championship to be played in March 2020. All eligible Concacaf Member Associations will be assigned by sporting performance into three leagues: A, B and C.

League A of which T&T has been placed in, will contain four groups of three teams. The winners of each League A group will qualify to the Concacaf Nations League Final Championship, which will determine the champion of the new competition. The teams at the bottom of each League A group will be relegated to League B for the next edition of the tournament.

Trinidad and Tobago head coach Dennis Lawrence, in an immediate reaction, spoke about this development.

“It’s a massive tournament and a very important one of that for the region and it is one I am sure everyone is very excited about. As for us a country, it’s good that we are into League A as one of the teams which made it to the Hex. It puts us into a position where there’s a bit more time for planning and preparation to ensure we are adequately ready for our first point of action in the competition and one which I am sure we will be eagerly awaiting and prepared to enter,” Lawrence told TTFA Media. “It’s a great step for us and we’ll definitely be focusing on making it all the way through and participating in the next Gold Cup especially as we missed out on the last competition,” he added.

TTFA President Daviid John-Williams and General Secretary Justin Latapy-George both attended Wednesday’s launch and draw in Miami.

Concacaf President Victor Montagliani spoke about the competition creating greater opportunities for member associations.

“The launch of the Concacaf Nations League, conceived over the last two years and guided by the ONE Concacaf principles of unity and access for our region’s football, is the defining moment marking the completion of our transition into a new era for our 41-member Concacaf family,” said Montagliani. “The Nations League assures that all our members will have the opportunity to play more and compete more, which in turn will propel greater development of the sport at every level.”

Each league will be sub-divided into groups, in which the participating Member Associations will compete in a home-and-away, round-robin format over the course of the group phase. Nations League scheduling will be centralized in a fan-friendly, evenly distributed “week of football” format, allowing viewers across the region to enjoy quality international football matches at a variety of kickoff times, each day for the entire match window.

How the Concacaf Nations League Works – Watch the Video!

League B will contain four groups of four teams. The winner of each League B group will be promoted to League A, and the bottom team of each League B group will be relegated to League C for the next edition. League C will consist of the remaining MAs divided into four groups. The winner of each League C group will be promoted to League B.

The first edition of the Concacaf Nations League will begin with a one-off Concacaf Nations League Qualifying phase, which will determine which teams are assigned to each league. By virtue of having qualified for the Hexagonal Round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Russia 2018, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, the United States and Trinidad & Tobago have earned the right to be seeded directly into League A, and therefore will not participate in Nations League Qualifying.  In view of the on-going suspension imposed by FIFA, Guatemala will not be able to participate in CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying.

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The draw for Nations League Qualifying, which was also held Wednesday in Miami, has sorted the 34 Participating Member Associations into 68 total fixtures, to be played on FIFA match dates from September 2018 through March 2019.  For the up-to-date draw results, please visit www.Concacaf.com.

The results of Nations League Qualifying will be compiled into an aggregate table, ranking the participating teams 1-34 based on points earned, goal difference and a series of additional tie breakers. The table will be used to divide teams into Leagues A, B and C for the first full edition of the Concacaf Nations League. The top six teams from the aggregate table will join the six World Cup Qualifying Hexagonal Round participants in League A, the next 16 teams will qualify for League B, and the remaining teams will be assigned to League C.

The top ten finishers in the Nations League Qualifying final table will also join the six World Cup Hexagonal Round nations in the 2019 Gold Cup, ]which has recently been expanded to 16 teams, providing additional access to top-level football for more of Concacaf’s Member Associations.

The Concacaf Nations League is an on-the-field extension of Concacaf’s new image and brand architecture, which was also launched Wednesday, framing the Confederation’s efforts around the core ONE Concacaf vision of developing and stewarding the game on the pillars of Unity, Access, Football and Quality. In that spirit, the Nations League will provide greatly expanded access for Concacaf’s Member Associations to international football, enhancing the development of football across the region at all levels.

“The new brand image cements our unified philosophy of ONE Concacaf, and the Nations League brings that philosophy to life on the field of play, promising a brighter future in football for all our Member Associations and the players and fans they represent.”

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Re: 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2018, 06:20:52 AM »
With this new Nations League I am assuming national teams especially CFU and Central America will be give extra FIFA/CONCACAF money to compete?

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Re: 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2018, 02:00:19 AM »
Gold Cup 2019 coming to the Caribbean.
By Stephon Nicholas (Newsday).


THE CONCACAF Gold Cup is coming to the Caribbean for the very first time in 2019. The announcement was made by CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani who expressed pride in the hosting of an expanded competition. The tournament, which T&T have already qualified for, will see matches held in the US, Central America and Caribbean. The first-ever 16-team Gold Cup has been hailed as a historic moment for the region by Montagliani who is pleased to bring the Gold Cup to all corners of CONCACAF.

“The venues selected thus far offer a mix of soccer history as well as a taste of the future of the sport in the U.S., and we are excited to work with the local host committees to bring the game to fans all over the U.S. With the upcoming selection of additional venues in the Caribbean and Central America, the Gold Cup becomes a regional event on even more levels, as CONCACAF continues to focus on making football accessible to more teams, players and fans,” he said.

The news was greeted with cautious optimism yesterday by TT Football Association (TTFA) President David-John Williams who is still recovering from a fall recently. When told of the new development, John-Williams declared, “It is an interesting prospect.”

Wayne Cunningham, Media Officer of TTFA, was also unaware of the changes in the structure of the Gold Cup but was extremely excited to hear matches will be held in the Caribbean.

“It will be a welcome thing for the region. The regional will finally get a taste of big football,” he said.

Cunningham, formerly head of the Eastern Football Association (EFA), said he has been to three Gold Cups in the past and was impressed with the organisation of the tournament.

With T&T and Jamaica viewed as the leading football countries in the Caribbean, Cunningham is keen to see which Caribbean nations are selected to host matches.

He said Caribbean fans will get to see their top players live competing at the highest level.

“It will be good for teams because for the Gold Cup you get your international players released from their clubs and they will get the chance to play in front their home crowd. You only get that for World Cup qualifiers (every four years) and on a FIFA international window but we still get trouble to get our best teams on those days,” he said.

Six teams have already qualified for the Gold Cup by virtue of reaching the hexagonal stage of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers – T&T, USA, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras. The other 10 will qualify through the new CONCACAF Nations League.

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Re: 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2018, 02:06:52 PM »
Ah feel we go hit a record this Gold Cup.

Last place I feeling.

Who taking bets?

We have no striker.

We have a 34 year old keeper who we cant even use come next world cup qualifiers.

We no calling some decent youths who playing in better league than de Pro League. Creg Ramjitsingh, Noah Powder, Elias Roubos, Ryan Telfer, Omar Rostant, Coby and Conor Mc Gregor.

We could at least take a look at time.

Dennis too dam stubborn, if he could give SSFL players a look, he could more than give these fellas a look.

Thanks to Stephen Hart we qualify for a next Gold Cup.

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Re: 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2018, 04:26:58 PM »
Ah feel we go hit a record this Gold Cup.

Last place I feeling.

Who taking bets?

We have no striker.

We have a 34 year old keeper who we cant even use come next world cup qualifiers.

We no calling some decent youths who playing in better league than de Pro League. Creg Ramjitsingh, Noah Powder, Elias Roubos, Ryan Telfer, Omar Rostant, Coby and Conor Mc Gregor.

We could at least take a look at time.

Dennis too dam stubborn, if he could give SSFL players a look, he could more than give these fellas a look.

Thanks to Stephen Hart we qualify for a next Gold Cup.

Second that emotion  ;D

Wahappen tuh Powder? Is he struggling with form? He is/was a solid fundamental player
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Re: 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2018, 04:49:14 PM »
Ah feel we go hit a record this Gold Cup.

Last place I feeling.

Who taking bets?

We have no striker.

We have a 34 year old keeper who we cant even use come next world cup qualifiers.

We no calling some decent youths who playing in better league than de Pro League. Creg Ramjitsingh, Noah Powder, Elias Roubos, Ryan Telfer, Omar Rostant, Coby and Conor Mc Gregor.

We could at least take a look at time.

Dennis too dam stubborn, if he could give SSFL players a look, he could more than give these fellas a look.

Thanks to Stephen Hart we qualify for a next Gold Cup.



How they get a UFC man to play football and switch allegiancies from Ireland to TT? :rotfl: Is that the right name?

I hoping for the better. Hopefully DJW is ousted by then.

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Re: 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2018, 08:03:25 PM »
Ah feel we go hit a record this Gold Cup.

Last place I feeling.

Who taking bets?

We have no striker.

We have a 34 year old keeper who we cant even use come next world cup qualifiers.

We no calling some decent youths who playing in better league than de Pro League. Creg Ramjitsingh, Noah Powder, Elias Roubos, Ryan Telfer, Omar Rostant, Coby and Conor Mc Gregor.

We could at least take a look at time.

Dennis too dam stubborn, if he could give SSFL players a look, he could more than give these fellas a look.

Thanks to Stephen Hart we qualify for a next Gold Cup.



How they get a UFC man to play football and switch allegiancies from Ireland to TT? :rotfl: Is that the right name?

I hoping for the better. Hopefully DJW is ousted by then.
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Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2018, 01:32:51 AM »
Concacaf Announces Costa Rica as Host Country for the 2019 Gold Cup
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The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) today announced that the Estadio Nacional, in San Jose, Costa Rica will host a Concacaf Gold Cup doubleheader, featuring the home nation, on Sunday, June 16, 2019. This will be the first time in the tournament’s 15 editions that matches are played in Central America. The two matches will kick-off the action for Group B.

Next summer’s expanded Gold Cup, set to kick off on Saturday, June 15, will be the largest Gold Cup in history. Alongside the group stage doubleheader in Costa Rica, 15 U.S. metropolitan areas and one yet-to-be-announced Caribbean venue will welcome the 2019 edition of the tournament.

“We are very proud to bring the Concacaf Gold Cup to Costa Rica, where fans have shown great excitement, passion and love for our game,” said Concacaf President Victor Montagliani. “By hosting our premier competition in Central America, we are achieving a core principle of our ONE Concacaf Vision, which is to increase access to the game, develop football and ensuring our fans experience the highest quality of football in the region.”

“It’s an honor for the Costa Rican Football Federation to have the confidence and support of Concacaf to host a Gold Cup group stage doubleheader in Costa Rica,” said Concacaf Council Vice President and Fedefutbol President Rodolfo Villalobos. “This announcement is part of our efforts to transform the Federation into a highly professional entity and a benchmark at the regional level. It is part of the constant and planned efforts to grow our football. We also celebrate the opportunity Costa Ricans will have to enjoy the Gold Cup at home for the first time in its history.”

The Estadio Nacional, known as "The Jewel" of La Sabana, for its allusive and modern architecture, was inaugurated on March 26, 2011. The stadium has hosted many international events, including the 2014 FIFA Women's U-17 World Cup, matches of the national team of Costa Rica and athletic events.

The venues and dates for the 2019 Gold Cup seeded nations are available here. The complete group and schedule will be announced next year, once all nations have qualified for the Gold Cup via the Concacaf Nations League Qualifier, with the final round taking place March of 2019. To date, six of the 16 national teams scheduled to participate have qualified for next year’s tournament, those being the countries that participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Hexagonal qualifier round: Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.

Tickets to the Gold Cup doubleheader in Costa Rica will go on sale on Friday, December 7 via www.specialticket.net and its service points throughout Costa Rica.

Tickets for all other Gold Cup matches in the U.S. are available by visiting www.GoldCup.org or calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Fans can also contact their specific venue or visit venue websites for box office hours and information.

The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company, Cerveza Modelo, Nike, Scotiabank, and Toyota. The tournament will be broadcast nationally on the Univision and FOX family of networks and transmitted on radio in Spanish by Fútbol de Primera Radio Network, and broadcast by television partners in countries around the world.

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Re: 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2018, 01:40:20 AM »
United States names Berhalter as Head Coach
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On Sunday, the United States Soccer Federation announced the hiring of Gregg Berhalter as its new Head Coach.

Berhalter takes over for interim coach Dave Sarachan after spending the previous five years at the helm of the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer.

“We are excited to announce Gregg as the next head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team,” said USSF President Carlos Cordeiro in a statement.

“As an experienced former National Team player and highly regarded professional coach, we are confident he is the best person to guide our program forward. We are looking forward to formally introducing him on Tuesday in New York,” added Cordeiro.

Berhalter’s first major tournament in charge of the U.S. will be the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup in which the U.S. will seek to repeat as champions after lifting the trophy in the 2017 edition.

The United States will participate in Group D and play its three group stages matches in Saint Paul, Minnesota on June 18, Cleveland, Ohio on June 22 and finishing in Kansas City, Kansas on June 26.

The U.S. is a six-time champion of the Gold Cup, second all-time to Mexico’s seven titles.

As a player, Berhalter earned 44 caps and was a member of the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup teams for the U.S.

"This is a tremendous honor,” Berhalter said in a statement. “Having played for the National Team I know what it means to represent our country.  I believe in our players and our program, and together we will work to build something special and develop a team that will make our supporters proud.”


U.S. Soccer Hires Gregg Berhalter as Coach of National Team
By Andrew Das, The New York Times


The worst-kept secret in American soccer is now official: Gregg Berhalter will be the next coach of the United States men’s national team.

Berhalter, who will leave the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer after five seasons, was the handpicked choice of the national team’s new general manager, Earnie Stewart. But his hiring did not become a done deal until U.S. Soccer’s board of directors approved his contract in a conference call. That call took place Saturday, according to a person familiar with the decision.

The 45-year-old Berhalter, a former defender who represented the United States on two World Cup teams, is expected to be introduced as the national team coach on Tuesday in New York.

His hiring, rumored for months and reported as agreed upon as early as Nov. 23, ends a remarkably slow-moving search that began with the team’s World Cup qualifying humiliation in Couva, Trinidad, nearly 14 months ago. In the interregnum, U.S. Soccer endured a bitter campaign to elect a new president, won the rights to co-host the 2026 World Cup and watched the 2018 tournament in Russia from afar.

It has also seen the men’s team drift through a dozen games under a caretaker coach, Dave Sarachan, while Stewart — hired as general manager in June and on the job only since Aug. 1 — began the long-delayed search for Bruce Arena’s permanent replacement.

Stewart made few comments on the coaches he was speaking with — his initial working list included almost three dozen names, including some who were suggested to him and others who sought him out to offer their services — and in his rare comments to reporters set a curiously high bar for what he considered a formal interview for the position. But after narrowing the official list twice, Stewart cast his lot with Berhalter, a former teammate.

Berhalter’s contract is expected to carry him through a four-year World Cup cycle that he, his new players and — most important — the federation hope will end in a redemptive appearance by the United States at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

While the end of the team’s leadership vacuum will come as a relief for U.S. Soccer, the plodding pace of the search — a persistent frustration for fans over the past year — was not its finest hour. In recent weeks, the frustration about the team even began to bubble up from inside the locker room. Christian Pulisic, the team’s brightest star, strongly hinted after a game in London last month that the team needed some direction after more than a year under Sarachan, a longtime Arena assistant but never a serious candidate for the permanent post.

“We definitely want a permanent head coach,” Pulisic said, “someone who has a plan and someone who has a great idea of how we want to play moving forward.”

Berhalter, whose Columbus team was eliminated from the M.L.S. playoffs weeks ago, should hit the ground running. He has kept journals about tactics, but also his personal successes and failures, since his playing days in the Dutch league, and his Columbus teams — short on star power but long on preparation and organization — earned a reputation for punching above their weight in M.L.S.

The decision to give him the national team job will do little to appease critics of U.S. Soccer’s insider culture (Berhalter’s older brother Jay is U.S. Soccer’s chief commercial officer) or its outreach efforts to the country’s large Hispanic soccer community, which has often felt its contributions — and its players — have been marginalized by the federation.

But Berhalter’s credentials appealed to the one person who mattered most: Stewart. Berhalter represented clubs in the Netherlands, England and Germany during a long playing career, and made more than 40 appearances for the United States senior team — including two starts in the knockout stage of the 2002 World Cup. He earned his coaching licenses while playing in Europe and cut his teeth in an 18-month stint leading Hammarby in Sweden. Fired for fielding teams that were deemed “too defensive,” he returned to M.L.S. — where he had won a league title as a player, under Arena in Los Angeles — to lead Columbus to the playoffs in four of his five seasons in charge.

Berhalter’s first look at the United States team will come in its annual January training camp, which most likely will take place without most of the squad’s European pros. (The January dates are not on the official FIFA calendar, meaning clubs are not required to release their players for them.) That camp will be more than 16 months after the team’s stunning loss to Trinidad and Tobago in World Cup qualifying shook U.S. Soccer to its core.

The 2022 World Cup qualifying cycle is expected to begin next fall. By then, U.S. Soccer hopes, Berhalter and his players will be positioned at last to try to return the country to soccer’s biggest stage.

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Re: 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2019, 01:33:37 AM »
U.S. Soccer boss Carlos Cordeiro: No decision on Gold Cup after 2021.
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United States Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro said that no decision has been made on if the Gold Cup will continue after 2021.

"The Gold Cup is only legislated for this year and 2021, so it could go on but it may not happen," he said, according to The Athletic.

The tournament that pits CONCACAF nations -- composed of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean -- against each other every two years. The United States is primarily hosting the 2019 edition this summer in 15 venues across the country, with two group-stage matches being played in Costa Rica. The U.S. has served as host or co-host for the tournament since the current format was implemented in 1991.

Cordeiro said there have been discussion about the North American countries joining their South American counterparts in a tournament.

"There have been talks in the last year between CONMEBOL and CONCACAF on a kind of combined Copa America," he said, "but they haven't been able to come to an agreement on that."

In 2016, CONMEBOL -- South America's 10-nation federation -- invited four North American teams (the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Jamaica) in one-time version to celebrate the Copa America's centennial anniversary. The U.S. played host, with Chile beating Argentina in the final at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The 2019 Copa America -- hosted by Brazil and with invited guests Qatar and Japan -- will largely coincide with the Gold Cup.

Cordeiro also said the FIFA Confederations Cup is "done and over with." That tournament takes place one year before each World Cup as a test-run of sorts for the host nation, with the contentinental champions and defending World Cup holder participating.

"In place of Confederations Cup there will be intracontinental playoffs to get to that 48-team [World Cup]," Cordeiro said.

FIFA is yet to decide whether the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will expand to 48 teams. But Cordeiro thinks the Arab country will be hard-pressed to host that many sides.

"Qatar has accepted that they don't have the facilities," Cordeiro said. "They have eight stadiums, but that's not enough to run a 48-team tournament."

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« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2019, 05:06:15 PM »
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Re: 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2019, 05:59:21 PM »
Strange that 3 of the 6 automatic qualifiers ended up in the same group.  I thought they would have been seeded. 
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Re: 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2019, 12:42:56 AM »
Soca Warriors get Panama, USA, Guyana for Gold Cup.
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T&T's So­ca War­riors is in Group D, along with Guyana, Pana­ma and the Unit­ed States when the Con­fed­er­a­tion of North, Cen­tral Amer­i­ca and Caribbean As­so­ci­a­tion Foot­ball (CON­CA­CAF) made the an­nounce­ment about the groups and sched­ule for the 2019 event when it was un­veiled at Banc of Cal­i­for­nia Sta­di­um in Los An­ge­les, USA in the pres­ence of the par­tic­i­pat­ing head coach­es, as well as foot­ball per­son­al­i­ties, city dig­ni­taries, and Con­fed­er­a­tion of­fi­cials.

“The love for foot­ball is demon­strat­ed with every pass­ing edi­tion of the CON­CA­CAF Gold Cup,” said Con­ca­caf Pres­i­dent Vic­tor Mon­tagliani. “Bring­ing the 16-team Gold Cup to Cos­ta Ri­ca, Ja­maica and the Unit­ed States is a wa­ter­shed mo­ment for foot­ball in our Con­fed­er­a­tion. This 15th edi­tion will make the tour­na­ment more com­pet­i­tive and com­pelling for play­ers and fans while show­cas­ing our re­gion’s uni­ty, pas­sion for foot­ball and tal­ent on the field.”

As part of the event, the Con­fed­er­a­tion held Con­ca­caf NextPlay, a grass­roots de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tive, con­sist­ing of train­ing from Con­ca­caf of­fi­cials for coach­es to de­liv­er the NextPlay method­ol­o­gy in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. The pro­gram is fo­cused on uti­liz­ing the game to cre­ate safe spaces while pro­mot­ing so­cial val­ues. Af­ter the coach­es train­ing, a foot­ball clin­ic for boys and girls took place at the Banc of Cal­i­for­nia Sta­di­um.

In­spired by the di­verse com­mu­ni­ties served by the or­ga­ni­za­tion, as well as its mis­sion and val­ues, Con­ca­caf NextPlay em­pha­sizes the Con­fed­er­a­tion’s com­mit­ment to so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ty by pro­mot­ing ac­cess to foot­ball with­in the re­gion, while lever­ag­ing the pow­er of the game to dri­ve so­cial change.

The 2019 Gold Cup will be the biggest-ever edi­tion of the event, with more par­tic­i­pat­ing na­tions (16 up from 12 in 2017), more host coun­tries (three, in­clud­ing first-time match­es in Cos­ta Ri­ca and Ja­maica, and more sta­di­ums (17 up from 14 in 2017, eight of which are in con­tention to be­come a 2026 FI­FA World Cup venue).

The 15th edi­tion of the con­ti­nen­tal cham­pi­onship will kick off on Sat­ur­day, June 15 at the Rose Bowl in Pasade­na, with Cana­da and Mar­tinique mark­ing the start of Group A ac­tion. The sec­ond match of the day will fea­ture a matchup be­tween sev­en-time Gold Cup cham­pi­ons Mex­i­co and Cu­ba.

As part of this ex­pand­ed for­mat of the tour­na­ment, Group B will de­but in the tour­na­ment on Sun­day, June 16, in Cos­ta Ri­ca’s Es­ta­dio Na­cional, mark­ing the first time the tour­na­ment is played in Cen­tral Amer­i­ca. Cos­ta Ri­ca and Nicaragua will face-off in Group B’s evening match, while Haiti and Bermu­da will open the day’s dou­ble­head­er.

In Group C, the seed­ed na­tion, Hon­duras, will trav­el to Kingston, Ja­maica, to take on the Reg­gae Boyz, mark­ing the first time the tour­na­ment is played in the Caribbean, while Cu­raçao and El Sal­vador bat­tle for ear­ly group dom­i­nance.

Group D, led by man­ag­er Gregg Berhal­ter’s Unit­ed States will be­gin their ti­tle de­fense in Min­neso­ta’s Al­lianz Field against Guyana, who will be mak­ing their Gold Cup de­but, while Pana­ma take on Trinidad and To­ba­go in what is sure to be a tight­ly con­test­ed match to round out the day and the first full round of Group Stage matchups.

In the Knock­out rounds, Hous­ton’s NRG Sta­di­um and Philadel­phia’s Lin­coln Fi­nan­cial Field will host two Quar­ter­fi­nal match­es each, on June 29 and 30 re­spec­tive­ly. The win­ning teams will move on to State Farm Sta­di­um in Phoenix and Nis­san Sta­di­um in Nashville for the Semi­fi­nals. The grand fi­nal is sched­uled to be played on Ju­ly 7, in Chica­go’s icon­ic Sol­dier Field.

The 2019 CON­CA­CAF Gold Cup is spon­sored by All­state In­sur­ance Com­pa­ny, Ca­mare­na Tequi­la, Cerveza Mod­e­lo, Nike, Sco­tia­bank, Sprint, and Toy­ota. The tour­na­ment will be broad­cast na­tion­al­ly on the Uni­vi­sion and FOX fam­i­ly of net­works and trans­mit­ted on ra­dio in Span­ish by Fút­bol de Primera Ra­dio Net­work and broad­cast by tele­vi­sion part­ners in over 180 coun­tries around the world.

2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Groups

Group A: Mexico, Canada, Martinique, Cuba
Group B: Costa Rica, Haiti, Nicaragua, Bermuda
Group C: Honduras, Jamaica, El Salvador, Curaçao
Group D: United States, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana

2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Schedule

Group A

Canada vs Martinique
Sat, June 15 at 7:30 PM ET
Rose Bowl - Pasadena, CA

Mexico vs Cuba
Sat, June 15 at 10:00 PM ET
Rose Bowl - Pasadena, CA

Cuba vs Martinique
Wed, June 19 at 8:00 PM ET
Broncos Stadium at Mile High - Denver, CO

Mexico vs Canada
Wed, June 19 at 10:30 PM ET
Broncos Stadium at Mile High - Denver, CO

Canada vs Cuba
Sun, June 23 at 6:00 PM ET
Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, NC

Martinique vs Mexico
Sun, June 23 at 8:30 PM ET
Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, NC

Group B

Haiti vs Bermuda
Sun, June 16 at 6:00 PM ET
Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica - San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica vs Nicaragua
Sun, June 16 at 8:30 PM ET
Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica - San Jose, Costa Rica

Nicaragua vs Haiti
Thu, June 20 at 7:00 PM ET
Toyota Stadium - Frisco, TX

Costa Rica vs Bermuda
Thu, June 20 at 9:30 PM ET
Toyota Stadium - Frisco, TX

Bermuda vs Nicaragua
Mon, June 24 at 6:30 PM ET
Red Bull Arena - Harrison, NJ

Haiti vs Costa Rica
Mon, June 24 at 9:00 PM ET
Red Bull Arena - Harrison, NJ

Group C

Curaçao vs El Salvador
Mon, June 17 at 7:00 PM ET
Independence Park - Kingston, Jamaica

Jamaica vs Honduras
Mon, June 17 at 9:30 PM ET
Independence Park - Kingston, Jamaica

El Salvador vs Jamaica
Fri, June 21 at 7:00 PM ET
BBVA Compass Stadium - Houston, TX

Honduras vs Curaçao
Fri, June 21 at 930 PM ET
BBVA Compass Stadium - Houston, TX

Jamaica vs Curaçao
Tue, June 25 at 8:00 PM ET
Banc of California Stadium - Los Angeles, CA

Honduras vs El Salvador
Tue, June 25 at 10:30 PM ET
Banc of California Stadium - Los Angeles, CA

Group D

Panama vs Trinidad and Tobago
Tue, June 18 at 7:30 PM ET
Allianz Field - Saint Paul, MN

United States vs Guyana
Tue, June 18 at 10:00 PM ET
Allianz Field - Saint Paul, MN

Guyana vs Panama
Sat, June 22 at 5:30 PM ET
FirstEnergy Stadium - Cleveland, OH

United States vs Trinidad and Tobago
Sat, June 22 at 8:00 PM ET
FirstEnergy Stadium - Cleveland, OH

Trinidad and Tobago vs Guyana
Wed, June 26 at 6:30 PM ET
Children's Mercy Park - Kansas City, KS

Panama vs United States
Wed, June 26 at 9:00 PM ET
Children's Mercy Park - Kansas City, KS

Quarterfinals

Sat, June 29 - 7:00 PM ET
Match #25: Winner Group B vs. Runner-up Group A
NRG Stadium - Houston, TX

Sat, June 29 - 10:00 PM ET
Match #26: Winner Group A vs. Runner-up Group B
NRG Stadium - Houston, TX

Sun, June 30 - 5:30 PM ET
Match #27: Winner Group C vs. Runner-up Group D
Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia, PA

Sun, June 30 - 8:30 PM ET
Match #28: Winner Group D vs. Runner-up Group C
Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia, PA

Semifinals

Tue, July 2 - 10:30 PM ET
Winner Match #25 vs. Winner Match #26
State Farm Stadium - Glendale, AZ

Wed, July 3 - 9:30 PM ET
Winner Match #27 vs. Winner Match #28
Nissan Stadium - Nashville, TN

Final

Sun, July 7 - 9:15 PM ET
Concacaf Gold Cup Final
Soldier Field - Chicago, IL

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T&T to face USA, Panama, Guyana in Group D of Gold Cup 2019.
TTFA Media.


Trinidad and Tobago will open its 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup account against Panama in the first game of a double header on June 18th at Allianz Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  T&T will face off with hosts and defending champions United States, Guyana and Panama, it was disclosed at the Gold Cup draw announcement ceremony at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Head coach Dennis Lawrence attended along with team manager Richard Piper and media officer Shaun Fuentes with the latter two attending team workshops for managers and media on Thursday at the West Drift Manhattan Beach hotel along with delegates of the other fifteen competing teams and Concacaf officials.

T&T faces United States as action shifts to FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland for their second round of matches on June 22 . Group play will then close with Group D’s final matchday at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City on June 26  with T&T meeting Guyana and Panama facing the US.

The knockout rounds will begin on June 29 at Houston’s NRG stadium with two quarterfinal matches, while the other two quarterfinals will be played June 30 in Philadelphia.

The semifinals are set to be held July 2 in Glendale, Arizona and July 3 in Nashville, with the final set to take place July 7 in Chicago.

Group A , which features Mexico, Canada, Martinique and Cuba will open play on June 15 at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles. The group’s second matchday will come on June 19 at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, with the final round of matches played June 23 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Group B , featuring Costa Rica, Haiti, Nicaragua and Bermuda , will play its opening matches on June 16 at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose, with the second round of matches to be played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on June 20 . The final round of matches will take place at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey on June 24 .

Group C matches will begin on June 17 , with Honduras, Jamaica, El Salvador and Curacao all taking the field in Kingston, Jamaica at Independence Park. The group will move to BBVA Compass Stadium Houston for the second round of matches on June 24 while Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles will host the third round of matches on June 25 .

Lawrence in an immediate reaction at the Banc of California stadium told TTFA Media “It’s all exciting because we’ve been waiting to find out who was going to be our opposition in the Gold Cup. We know it wasn’t going to be easy because they are all very good teams that have qualified for the Gold Cup.  It’s an interesting one.”

“I knew it was going to happen because it is what was meant to be,” he said of the USA fixture. “As I said before, when you go into any major tournament I think if you want to win the tournament you have to probably beat some of the better teams and USA are one of the best, so we are looking forward to it. They’ll be excited about it and it’s going to be a full house when we play the US because they will have the fans behind them and hopefully a few Trinidadian fans will turn out.

As to what his squad of players can anticipate at Concacaf’s Premier event, Lawrence said, ”They are going to look forward to an exciting tournament. It’s the biggest in the Concacaf region. It’s like our World Cup and the players should be excited about it and excited about turning up in a tournament, representing Trinidad and Tobago and doing well. I think they need to just embrace the moment when it comes and go out and just try and do their best.

Regarding his preparations schedule between now and the opening game on June 18th against Panama, Lawrence added, “The idea is to try and have some training with the local group because obviously that remains a major concern for us in the absence of the league. We need to try and prepare some of the local players to get them ready and  give them a chance to try and make the Gold Cup squad. That is prominent on my mind at the moment and is a bit of a concern so we are working on that. Then going into the Japan and the Venezuela games if you look at the date of our first game I think the Japan game is coming at a good time.. it gives us enough time to recover after the (Japan) game.”

Concacaf President Victor Montagliani said at the start of proceedings, “The love for football is demonstrated with every passing edition of the Concacaf Gold Cup,” said “Bringing the 16-team Gold Cup to Costa Rica, Jamaica and the United States is a watershed moment for football in our Confederation. This 15th edition will make the tournament more competitive and compelling for players and fans, while showcasing our region’s unity, passion for football and talent on the field.”

The 2019 Gold Cup will be the biggest-ever edition of the event, with more participating nations (16 up from 12 in 2017), more host countries (three, including first-time matches in Costa Rica and Jamaica, and more stadiums (17 up from 14 in 2017, eight of which are in contention to become a 2026 FIFA World Cup venue).

The 15th edition of the continental championship will kick off on Saturday, June 15 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, with Canada and Martinique marking the start of Group A action. The second match of the day will feature a matchup between seven-time Gold Cup champions Mexico and Cuba.

2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Match Schedule
*Local time and order of the matches subject to change

Saturday, June 15 – Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA (Group A)
4:30 pm Canada v Martinique
6:30 pm Mexico v Cuba

Sunday, June 16 – Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica (Group B)
4:00 pm Haiti v Bermuda
6:00 pm Costa Rica v Nicaragua

Monday, June 17 – Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica (Group C)
6:00 pm Curaçao v El Salvador
8:00 pm Jamaica v Honduras

Tuesday, June 18 – Allianz Field, St. Paul, MN (Group D)
6:30 pm Panama v Trinidad and Tobago
8:30 pm USA v Guyana

Wednesday, June 19 – Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, CO (Group A)
6:00 pm Cuba v Martinique
8:00 pm Mexico v Canada

Thursday, June 20 – Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX (Group B)
6:00 pm Nicaragua v Haiti
8:00 pm Costa Rica v Bermuda

Friday, June 21 – BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX (Group C)
6:00 pm El Salvador v Jamaica
8:00 pm Honduras v Curaçao

Saturday, June 22 – FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH (Group D)
5:30 pm Guyana v Panama
7:30 pm USA v Trinidad and Tobago

Sunday, June 23 – Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC (Group A)
6:00 pm Canada v Cuba
8:00 pm Martinique v Mexico

Monday, June 24 – Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ (Group B)
6:30 pm Bermuda v Nicaragua
8:30 pm Haiti v Costa Rica

Tuesday, June 25 – Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, CA (Group C)
5:00 pm Jamaica v Curaçao
7:00 pm Honduras v El Salvador

Wednesday, June 26 – Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS (Group D)
5:30 pm Trinidad and Tobago v Guyana
7:30 pm Panama v USA

Saturday, June 29 – NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
6:00 pm QF1: 1B v 2A
8:30 pm QF2: 1A v 2B

Sunday, June 30 – Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
5:30 pm QF3: 1C v 2D
8:00 pm QF4: 1D v 2C

Tuesday, July 2 – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ
7:00 pm SF1: Winner QF1 v Winner QF2

Wednesday, July 3 – Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
8:00 pm SF2: Winner QF3 v Winner QF4

Sunday, July 7– Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
8:00 pm F: Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2

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Strange that 3 of the 6 automatic qualifiers ended up in the same group.  I thought they would have been seeded. 
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United States to play Gold Cup tune-up vs. Jamaica in Washington D.C.
By Jeff CarlisleU.S. soccer correspondent


The United States will face Jamaica at Washington D.C.'s Audi Field on June 5, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced on Thursday.

The match will serve as the first of two Gold Cup tune-ups, with the U.S. scheduled to face Venezuela in Cincinnati four days later.

The Reggae Boyz reached each of the past two Gold Cup finals. Jamaica fell to Mexico 3-1 in 2015 -- after ousting the Americans in the semifinals -- and lost to the U.S. 2-1 two years later.

The match will also mark the third time the two teams have squared off in the nation's capital. They played to a 1-1 draw in a World Cup qualifier back in 1997, as well as a 2-0 U.S. victory in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Gold Cup.

"As we prepare for the start of the Gold Cup, this is the perfect opportunity in terms of opponent and venue," U.S. head coach Gregg Berhalter said. "Playing against Jamaica, we get exposure to another different style of play and one that we may see later in the tournament.

"For us, there's always something special about playing in the nation's capital. There have been so many memorable games for the national team in Washington, D.C., and now we look forward to beginning another chapter in the new stadium."

The U.S. will begin play in the Gold Cup with a match against Guyana on Tuesday, June 18 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Following that match, the U.S. moves east to face Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday, June 22 in Cleveland before closing group play against Panama on Wednesday, June 26 in Kansas City, Kansas.

Jamaica has been drawn into Group C alongside Honduras, El Salvador and Curaçao. The Reggae Boyz will host Honduras in Kingston on June 17, followed by matches against El Salvador in Houston four days later, as well as the group finale against Curaçao on June 25 in Los Angeles.

The final is scheduled for Chicago's Soldier Field on July 7.

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