2011 Gold Cup venues and dates announced


The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final will take place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on June 25th, CONCACAF announced on Thursday.

The full schedule for venues and dates of matches has been released by FIFA and while the matches are well spread out throughout the country, the West Coast has just two matches (including the final) while the Pacific Northwest received no matches.

The opening match will take place on June 5th at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas while both semifinal matches will be played at Reliant Stadium in Houston on June 22nd.

The New York/New Jersey area will feature a pair of matches, with Red Bull Arena playing host to a group match on June 13th and New Meadowlands Stadium hosting two quarterfinal matches on June 18th.

Here is the full schedule for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup:

2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Schedule and Venues

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

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


What do you think of the venues? Disappointed the final isn't on the East Coast again? Wish there were more West Coast dates?

Share your thoughts below.

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83 Responses to 2011 Gold Cup venues and dates announced

  1. ERic says:

    [monty python holy grail]Yay[/mphg]. Mexico is going to play in Cowboys stadium. I’d rather make the extra distance trip to KC.

  2. usa soccerboy says:

    Does each venue host 2 games on that day?

  3. Myles B says:

    Canada need’s to get it’s act together and host this thing for once!

  4. Sportzfrk says:

    Mexico definitely playing in Group A going to Dallas, Charlotte, then Chicago. USA should be playing in Group C going to Detroit, Tampa, and Kansas City. Canada in Group B going to HDC, FIU, and Red Bull.

    This of course assuming it’s the same structure as 2009, which looks likely.

  5. Ivan says:

    No portland?? That’s bs

  6. Mike in Austin says:

    I think the US is in group B at the Depot, FIU and Red Bull. They are sure to sell those out and have at least a close to home field advantage.

    Mexico is all about group A. They are paying the bills for this tournament.

  7. BCC says:

    Why mostly warm-weather venues? Preparation for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar?

    Miami in June . . . nasty.

  8. KCB says:

    Matches in the new KC Stadium! SUH-WEET! I don’t even care who plays, I’m going for the atmosphere. But if USA does play there then all the better.

  9. Dave says:

    The US hardly ever plays in Miami, since unless the play Canada its not really a home game.

  10. Richard says:

    The US would sell out and get home field advantage at Ford Field, Raymond James, and KC. Not sure what you’re talking about.

    In any case, the Gold Cup isn’t about insuring home field advantage for the US.

  11. DS says:

    If by “west coast” you mean LA, which ALWAYS gets the love, then no I am not glad. I personally wanted games in the bay area, but there’s also no pacific northwest, which has surely shown it would be a good place.

  12. QueenCity says:

    Mexico sold a ton of tickets in Charlotte when they played a friendly against Iceland.

    Who else is in Group A? I do not see it on the Gold Cup website.

  13. Juan from L.A. says:

    Unbeliavable that the Pacific Northwest (in particular the new and hot market of Portland) will receive no games. Warranted that Seattle had the NT for hte last Gold Cup and the attendance was poor but still Portland should had been given a chance or even Seattle a second chance. Florida will be a bust especially Tampa. So will Detroit and Charlotte if Mexico doesn’t play there will be a bust.

  14. ricecloudnine says:

    Disappointed that no matches in Pacific NW? Naw, we’ll USA-Argentina friendly in March.

    Oh, wait…

  15. Matt says:

    June 19 will be a big day for sports in D.C. Gold Cup quarters and the final round of the U.S. Open.

    Of course, the Nats will already be mathematically eliminated from the post-season by then, but it’s at least conceivable that the Caps will still be alive.

  16. Dustyn says:

    Did Portland but in a bid to host games?

  17. MZ says:

    No Philly :(

  18. DomiNate says:

    Absolute BS that Seattle is overlooked. Although I can’t be too upset since we get Argentina.

    This would have been a great opportunity for Portland’s new stadium. I hate ’em of course, but with only 500 away seats in MLS a USMNT game seems like the only way to see their stadium.

  19. Nick says:

    What is the deal with the March friendly period? Let alone having it be Argentina.

  20. kev says:

    I would love to see Canada or Mexico host the next edition followed by perhaps Central America. Surely Costa Rica/Honduras could split hosting or maybe 3 nations at 1 time.

    CONCACAF needs to pull more in from the Central Americans. Get some more solidarity for this championship.

  21. kev says:

    btw when will we just have 1 Gold Cup every 4 years instead of 2? I feel that would give us more prestige. Have the next 1 in 2015 and work interest into promoting the heck out of that. Makes no sense to have it every 2 years when the USA and Mexico only brings their B squads to the 2nd

  22. riceccloudnine says:

    It’s not a sure thing on the Argentina friendly being in Seattle. Ives has reported that it’s leaning toward being elsewhere.

  23. Ben says:

    Agreed. Portland and Seattle would be great hosts.

  24. BobbyB says:

    So MLS pushes all of these so called soccer specific stadiums and then the Gold Cup sticks all the games in big NFL stadiums that will be at least half empty for most matches with the exception of when Mexico is playing. Thrilling!

  25. AME says:

    When will the teams be drawn into groups officially?

  26. Scott A says:

    Ha RFK

  27. Rory says:

    Qatar hosted a youth world cup before, in 2005.

    They held it in April!

  28. Rory says:

    Portland’s just a poor man’s Seattle, right? If Seattle couldn’t sell tickets why should we trust Portland?

    Actually, I’d say the fact that Seattle’s getting that Argentina-US match knocked out the Northwest for any big matches the rest of the year.

  29. StevenG says:

    Seattle is overlooked? Wasn’t there a game in USMNT game in Seattle that had poor attendance?

  30. Rory says:

    It’s generally believed that the Gold Cup would be a financial failure anywhere outside the US.

  31. fischy says:

    The greatest sporting event known to man? The mythical Copa del Oro, sought by sportsmen for centuries. The pulse quickens at the mere thought of seeing a doubleheader in June @ RFK — perhaps Guadaloupe-Jamaica and Costa Rica-Panama, renewing their heated rivalries?

  32. Patrick says:

    HOUSTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!

  33. Rory says:

    The USSF and Concacaf pick the hosts I presume, not the MLS.

  34. sarnold says:

    The Rangers play the Yankees on June 14,15,16. If the US plays up ther on the 13th, I’ve figured out a Summer vacation.

  35. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Drive to Jersey.

    I have to drive 400 miles to Pasadena…

  36. Rowsdower says:

    Indeed! Going to be very cool

  37. Colin says:

    I’d love to see the USA play in Carson but I’ll probably go to a game there regardless.

  38. Mike F. says:

    There’s a legitimate reason for that. It was on the 4th of July. The USA also sent a C squad for that game and it was played against Grenada.

    According to US soccer attendance was still 15,387, which is way more than the USA A-Team drew against Columbia in the fall at the brand-new Philly stadium.

    Other USA games in Seattle have always been well-attended.

  39. Lassidawg says:

    The poorly attended game in the 2009 gold cup was on the 4th of July weekend against a push over like bremuda with our c team. No town would have been there in full support.
    It is not the USsf but rather concacaf, that is insuring high attendance for the latin teams.

  40. Lorenzo says:

    15,387 @ Qwest field Seattle, Gold Cup 2009

  41. Lorenzo says:

    15,387 in attendance @ Qwest field Seattle, Gold Cup 2009 for USA

  42. BeantownFootball says:

    and soccer slowly slips away from New England

  43. Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:

    The Pacific NW certainly deserved a game or to. FIFA, one blunder after another…

  44. Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:


  45. Colin says:

    Not sure if you can necessarily blame FIFA or CONCACAF on this one… sounds to me like everyone knows that Seattle would be a good place for a game, so there must be another reason, i.e. Qwest Field not being accommodating or something.

  46. joe k says:

    driving is different on the east coast.

    your roads are luxurious. ours aren’t.

  47. joe k says:

    just kidding, it’s a breeze to drive from the philly area to harrison.

  48. Derek Young says:

    C team on Fourth of July.

  49. steveo says:

    I got used to semis and finals being in Chicago… just a short walk away

  50. KungFuSoccer says:

    Ok, so many of these are on weekdays. Are the games in the evening so that those of us who work can attend?

  51. KC says:

    Detroit? Ugh. They couldn’t find a better venue than a modern US ghost town?

  52. PNW says:

    The reason the attendance was so poor in Seattle was because it was on the 4th of July (Families are on Vaca) and it was the USMNT’s C team vs Grenada. Woohoo!

  53. drew says:

    Why do they continue to have games at RFK when there are better alternatives in the mid-Atlantic? Ravens stadium in Baltimore is much nicer and access to the stadium is so much easier. I think the roads around RFK have been under construction for the last two decades.

  54. Richard says:

    The USMNT and Mexico will be playing in all the big NFL stadiums, presumably.

  55. RLW2020 says:

    i find it hard to believe that Mexico couldn’t pull it off with an existing stock of quality stadiums and strong soccer culture.. but I am more than fine with having it hosted in the USA for as many times as possible.

  56. Erik says:

    Nice to see US Soccer will still not come to Atlanta.

    With FIFA how it is and US Soccer how it is ignoring the South – (Carolina… not Atlanta?) it’s hard to keep paying attention.

  57. Erik says:

    I’d rather not be shot or kidnapped by the drug cartels or even have our players shot.

  58. RLW2020 says:

    i agree.. i wish that we could use the summer b4 the world cup for something better than the watered down gold cup.. maybe a series of friendlies. plus it always seems to be straining on the players who are either in the middle of the MLS/Scandi seasons or missing out on preseason training with their Euro cups.

    At that point of the cycle I would rather see a few friendlies with the three North American nations going to the world cup vs. other world cup nations and the rest focusing on their next run.

  59. RLW2020 says:

    ya id like to know what influence Detroit over NE, Denver or Seattle… i can’t think of a reason yet..

  60. RLW2020 says:

    id pick Carolina over Atlanta any day.. think about how many good players come out of NC and all the good NCAA programs are there.. and less competition with other summer sports.

  61. mike K says:

    funny to see cities that have gotten SO MANY games over the years or that are getting great high profile friendlies soon whine and complain so much.

    anyways GO HOUSTON!

  62. d says:

    Detroit !!!!!!!!! Please be a U.S. game!!

  63. Chris says:

    USA needs to go to RBA for the first time

  64. DC Josh says:

    At least there are some knockout games in DC.

  65. matt says:

    For real. Sucks.

  66. Eurosnob says:

    With all the problems with RFK, one could hardly criticize its location and accessibility. It’s right next to a metro stop and a couple of highways. RFK gets a nod over the Ravens’ stadium in Baltimore because of its soccer history, location in the nation’s capital, and an MLS team that plays there. If they wanted to host the game in a large football stadium in DC/Baltimore area, they would have picked FedEx over the Ravens’ stadium in Baltimore.

  67. Peter says:

    US should play at RBA.

  68. DadRyan says:

    excuses, excuses. Seattle doesn’t support US soccer.

  69. Fred Garvin says:

    Gulati hates Seattle

  70. DomiNate says:

    i was at that game wearing an uncle sam costume

  71. Fred Garvin says:

    Name one meaningful USA game held here.. we always get the dregs

  72. Brad says:

    Is that Taylor Twellman raising a taped wrist?

  73. kfly says:

    No one else seems concerned that the Boston area got snubbed.

  74. Ed says:

    RFK over M+T Bank, FED EX, Lincoln Financial, and PPL Park? Absolute joke. No road trip for me.

  75. Build United a stadium says:

    FedEx sucks for soccer…and I think Baltimore will always be overlooked for these tournaments because they will always want a game in the nation’s capital. If they gave games to DC and Baltimore with stadiums only about 35 minutes apart then the people getting left out would really be crying!

    I agree RFK is a dump but I’d rather watch a game there versus FedEx

  76. chupacabra says:

    Explain then why the Mexican national team has chosen to play a large number of recent friendly matches in the US and not in Mexico. The issue is money – they can charge four times as much for tickets in the US and still sell it out.

  77. Nova99 says:

    Also as we always put in our bid for any international sport, the US is the world’s home away from home, you can probably find a few dozen supporters from all teams competing, dont think that will be the case in Canada or Mexico. This of course contributes to the whole money factor, the driving force of modern day soccer :)

  78. RSLnPortland says:

    No Portland? No Seattle? No Grass.

  79. RSLnPortland says:

    Probably would have a better shot if there was any grass to play on.

  80. RSLnPortland says:

    Plus no one wants to play on turf.

  81. bryan says:

    love US games at RFK!