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December 16, 2010
NO GOLD
Foxboro passed on by CONCACAF


NEW YORK---After playing host to games in each of the last four editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. was not on the list of venues for the 2011 event.

The 20th edition of the tournament will be held in 13 venues in 11 cities. It will open at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on June 5 and finish at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Saturday, June 25.

The Gold Cup will again travel to new cities (Detroit, Tampa, Kansas City and Charlotte, North Carolina) while also returning to traditional markets.

“We are very excited about our cities and venues,” CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer said in a statement. “Each will add a distinct flavor to the event and will help make this the best Gold Cup to date."

This will be the sixth time the final is held in Southern California, and the second time at the Rose Bowl. The first Gold Cup final was played in Los Angeles in 1991 at the Los Angeles Coliseum, where the United States defeated Honduras on penalty kicks.

Jamaica, Cuba, Grenada and Guadeloupe recently qualified from the Caribbean, while the five Central American participants will be decided Jan. 14-23 at the Copa Centroamericana in Panama. Canada, Mexico and the United States are qualified automatically for the event.

The champion of the 2011 competition will represent CONCACAF at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup to be held in Brazil as a prelude to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Americans, who captured the 2009 crown, finished second at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.

CONCACAF will announce the Gold Cup 2011 groups, the full schedule and ticket information in early February.
SCHEDULE
First Round

June 5 – Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, TX)
June 6 – The Home Depot Center (Carson, CA)
June 7 – Ford Field (Detroit, MI)
June 9 – Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC)
June 10 – FIU Stadium (Miami, FL)
June 11 – Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)
June 12 – Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)
June 13 – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)
June 14 – KC Soccer Stadium (Kansas City, KS)

Quarterfinals
June 18 – New Meadowlands Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ)
June 19 – Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium (Washington DC)

Semifinals
June 22 – Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX)
Final
June 25 – Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)

   
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