The Gold Cup is back! CONCACAF’s most anticipated and exciting international tournament returns as the defending champions and co-host United States look to defend their title against the favorites and powerhouse of Mexico who look to retain the trophy of being CONCACAF’s best.
The tournament is primarily being hosted in the United States, with Costa Rica and Jamaica also hosting double-headers in the first round of matches in groups B and C, respectively. The United States are the defending champions, having won the 2017 tournament. With the abolition of the FIFA Confederation Cup, the CONCACAF Cup is annulled and the Gold Cup will not qualify the winner to a major tournament for the first time since 2009.
15 venues in the United States will host matches: Pasadena(Rose Bowl), Denver, Cleveland, Phoenix, Houston (2 venues), Charlotte, Philadelphia, Nashville, Chicago, Harrison, NJ, LA, Dallas, Minneapolis and Kansas City while the other venues of Kingston, Jamaica and San Jose, Costa Rica will host double header’s.
The tournament consists of 4 groups each having four teams, the top two finishing teams will advance to the knockout stage while the bottom two will be eliminated from the competition. Group Stage matches will take place between the 15th and 26th of June. In the knockout stage, if a match is tied after 90 minutes, extra-time is played, where a fourth substitute will be allowed for each team. If still tied after extra time, the match is decided by a penalty shootout.
Quarterfinals matches will take place between June 29th-30th, Semi-Finals matches between July 2nd-3rd and the final will take place at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 7th. The CONCACAF Gold Cup was founded in 1963 with the Mexico having won the most titles at 7 and United States the current defending champions with a total of 6 titles and Canada having won once back in 2000.
The CONCACAF Gold Cup will be available to view and watch in the United States on Fox Sports (FOX, FS1 Fox Sports GO) for English Commentary and Univision Deportes for Spanish Commentary.