Gold Cup 2019: Teams, fixtures, dates & everything you need to know

The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup will be the 15th edition of the tournament, the biennial international men’s football championship of the North, Central American, and Caribbean region overseen by Concacaf.

This summer’s edition will be held in the United States, with Costa Rica and a to-be-confirmed Caribbean country also hosting two games in the first round of matches in Groups B and C.

The winner of the Concacaf Gold Cup will play against the United States, who are defending champions of the 2017 edition, in the 2019 Concacaf Cup – a one-match play-off fixture to decide the qualifying country to participate in the 2021 Confederations Cup. In the event that the USMNT win the 2019 Gold Cup, they will automatically qualify for the Confederations Cup as 2017 and 2019 champions.

With the qualification stages set to conclude in March, here is everything you need to know ahead of this summer’s tournament.


Concacaf Gold Cup 2019 qualified teams


Among the 16 participating teams, six qualify directly after participating in the 2018 World Cup qualifying Hexagonal, while the remaining 10 teams qualify through the 2019–20 Concacaf Nations League qualifying (which is to conclude in March 2019).

Team Gold Cup appearances Last appearance Best finish
Mexico 15th 2017 Champions (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015)
Costa Rica (H) 14th 2017 Runners-up (2002)
Panama 9th 2017 Runners-up (2005, 2013)
Honduras 14th 2017 Runners-up (1991)
United States (H) 15th 2017 Champions (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017)
Trinidad and Tobago 10th 2015 Third place (2000

Concacaf Gold Cup 2019 host cities


In 2019, the Concacaf Gold Cup will be held in 15 different venues across 12 different cities in the United States and Costa Rica, and it will be the first time that the Gold Cup will be held in Central America – with all previous matches having taken place in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Of the 15 venues, 11 will stage at least two group stage games. The breakdown of venues and games can be seen in the table below.

Round Stadium City
Group stage Rose Bowl Los Angeles, California
Group stage Broncos Stadium at Mile High Denver, Colorado
Group stage Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, North Carolina
Group stage Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Group stage Toyota Stadium Frisco, Texas
Group stage Red Bull Arena Harrison, New Jersey
Group stage BBVA Compass Stadium Houston, Texas
Group stage Banc of California Stadium Los Angeles, California
Group stage Allianz Field Saint Paul, Minnesota
Group stage FirstEnergy Stadium Cleveland, Ohio
Group stage Children’s Mercy Park Kansas City, Kansas
Quarter-finals NRG Stadium Houston, Texas
Quater-finals Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Semi-finals State Farm Stadium Glendale, Arizona
Semi-finals Nissan Stadium Nashville, Tennessee
Final Soldier Field Chicago, Illinois

Where is the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup final?


Soldier Field Chicago

The final of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup will be held at Soldier Field in Chicago, which is home to the NFL’s Chicago Bears. It has a capacity of 61,500 and the final will be held on July 7, 2019.

It has previously served as the home venue for major sports teams, including the Chicago Cardinals, University of Notre Dame football, MLS side Chicago Fire, as well as games from the 1994 World Cup, the 1999 Women’s World Cup, and several Concacaf Gold Cup games.

In 1968, Soldier Field hosted the first Games of the Special Olympics and it is the third-smallest stadium in the NFL.


2019 Concacaf Gold Cup format


Javier Hernandez Mexico South Korea World Cup 2018

This year’s edition of the Gold Cup will feature 16 teams, an increase from the previous 12, broken into four groups of four teams each. 

The winner and runner-up of each group will automatically progress to the knockout stages, with the bottom two group finishers being eliminated.


Concacaf Gold Cup 2019 group stage


The match dates were confirmed by Concacaf on October 9, 2018, with the rest of the qualified teams to be confirmed in March 2019.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals.

Group A

Position Team Played W D L GD Qualification
1 Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 A2 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
3 A3 0 0 0 0 0  
4 A4 0 0 0 0 0  

 

Group B

Position Team Played W D L GD Qualification
1 Costa Rica (H) 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 B2 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
3 B3 0 0 0 0 0  
4 B4 0 0 0 0 0  

 

Group C

Position Team Played W D L GD Qualification
1 Honduras 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 C2 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
3 C3 0 0 0 0 0  
4 C4 0 0 0 0 0  

 

Group D

Position Team Played W D L GD Qualification
1 United States (H) 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 D2 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
3 D3 0 0 0 0 0  
4 D4 0 0 0 0 0  

 


Concacaf Gold Cup 2019 tickets


Specific details on how to purchase tickets to the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup are set to be released soon, though in the meantime, supporters can head to the Concacaf official website and sign up to be the first to hear all the major announcements.


Who are past winners of the Concacaf Gold Cup?


USMNT Gold Cup 2017

The United States head into the tournament as defending champions, two years after beating Jamaica 2-1 in the final.

Mexico were winners of the 2015 edition when they also beat Jamaica in the final, this time in a 3-1 victory, and are expected to be favourites for this year’s edition. El Tri are the most successful team in the tournament’s history, picking up a record seven titles from 1993 to 2014, and were third-place finishers in 2017.

Canada are one-time winners of the Concacaf Gold Cup, winning the tournament in 2000 – and these three countries are the only nations to have ever won a Concacaf Gold Cup.

Panama are twice runners-up, in 2005 and 2013, alongside Jamaica and Brazil, while the likes of Honduras, Costa Rica and Colombia have all made the final on one occasion each.

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Piatek set for Milan medical, clearing the way for Higuain to join Chelsea

Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek is set for a medical at Milan on Wednesday morning, Goal understands. 

With the Polish striker joining the Rossoneri, on-loan forward Gonzalo Higuain will be clear to complete his long-rumoured move to Chelsea. 

Chelsea will land Higuain on a six-month loan with an option to buy the striker outright at season’s end for £32.5 million (€36m). 

Higuain spent the first half of the season with Milan on loan from Juventus, with the Rossoneri keen to find a replacement before sanctioning the Argentine’s move to Stamford Bridge. 

That replacement will come in the form of Piatek, who has shot to prominence this term by scoring 19 goals in 21 games with Genoa. 

Milan will reportedly pay €35 million (£31m/$40m) to land the 23-year-old Polish international, who has been compared to his countryman Robert Lewandowski. 

Piatek and Higuain were both left out for their respective sides on Monday, as Milan defeated Genoa 2-0 in Serie A action. 

Prior to the match, Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso lamented the way Higuain had been affected by consistent talk of him joining his former manager Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. 

“I want to be honest with you all. We had a poor training session today due to all these rumours,” Gattuso said.

“We spoke after the training session and I did not consider him [Higuain] ready for this game.

“I accept his decision. Surely he could have done more and maybe we could have helped him fit in better.”

Higuain has not hit his usual goalscoring standards this term, netting just eight times in all competitions for the Rossoneri. 

He will look to reignite a Chelsea attack that has suffered as Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata have failed to hit top form at the striker position this term. 

Morata also appears to be on the move, as Goal understands Chelsea have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid to allow the Spain striker to leave on loan, with the Liga club having a £48.5m ($62m) option to sign the forward on a permanent basis.

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‘I don’t want sad players here’ – Guardiola admits Otamendi isn’t happy at Man City

Pep Guardiola accepts Nicolas Otamendi is not happy at Manchester City because of a lack of game-time.

Otamendi is competing for selection with City captain Vincent Kompany, England defender John Stones and previous club-record signing Aymeric Laporte at centre-back.

The Argentina international has only started eight Premier League matches this term, having to take a place on the bench for a further 13 matches.

Otamendi is in line to feature when City travel to Burton Albion for the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday, the Premier League champions holding a 9-0 lead from the first meeting.

And Guardiola concedes it is becoming more challenging to keep players such as Otamendi satisfied despite City still competing for four competitions this season.

“He’s not happy – I don’t have an answer,” Guardiola told reporters at a news conference.

“When he plays he’s happy, when he doesn’t he’s not happy. I don’t know what I can do. When he doesn’t play he’s not happy.

“He could play every week, he can play and I know he’s there. He can help us in the build up, I’ve got three central defenders and Vinny [Kompany] as well. He played [against] Southampton and was excellent, sometimes I have to decide one or the other.

“John came back well after the World Cup, he wants to play a lot of games. Nico – I know we can count on him, an incredible professional and always he’s ready. I can understand it.”

Asked if players such as Otamendi being unsettled could result in them leaving the club, Guardiola suggested it is a problem director of football Txiki Begiristain may have to handle.

“It depends on the players, I don’t want sad players here,” he added. “If you are not happy you knock on Txiki’s door.

“At the end of the season they have to reflect. If they don’t play and are not happy they have to move. I know they are able to do it and I don’t have any complaints about that.

“You see the schedule, the games everyone plays. Except the last game, [Fabian] Delph three games suspended, the others play, there’s not one guy with more than two or three games with not playing.

“There is not one who is not playing games and it didn’t happen. Selection is the hardest part, I am honest, in my job, you look at what happens, some need extra games for the confidence, it’s many reasons, not just being naive selection.”

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Thierry Henry’s Monaco dumped out of Coupe de France

Monaco have been dumped out of the Coupe de France by Ligue 2 side Metz in the latest setback for Thierry Henry’s side.

Stunning goals from Gauthier Hein and Marvin Gakpa helped the Ligue 2 leaders to a 3-1 win at a sparsely populated Stade Louis II on Tuesday.

Hein opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with a curling effort, but Metz’s lead was short-lived, with Monaco captain Radamel Falcao levelling by converting a Djibril Sidibe cross.

Another high-class finish put Metz back in front in the 62nd minute, though, Gakpa arrowing a 25-yard drive across goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.

Henry sent on Cesc Fabregas, a January signing from Chelsea, in an attempt to get back into the game. But the scoreline got even worse for Monaco in the 74th minute, Hein involved as Ibrahima Niane slotted in from close range.

And Frederic Antonetti’s men could have added to their lead further only for referee Antony Gautier to harshly rule out a fourth Metz goal for a foul on Subasic.

A chastening defeat for Monaco comes after they were hammered 5-1 at home by Strasbourg in Ligue 1 on Saturday, a loss that saw former Arsenal and France striker Henry lose his temper.

Confronting defender Kenny Lala over perceived time-wasting, Henry appeared to use a French insult which translates as “grandson of a b****” or “your grandmother is a w****”.

Henry has endured a difficult time at the principality since succeeding Leonardo Jardim in October.

The 41-year-old, in his first managerial position, has lost 11 and won just four of his 20 games in charge in all competitions, with just two of those victories coming in the league.

That has left the club in deep trouble at the foot of Ligue 1, just one point and one place off the bottom of the table.

They are still in the Coupe de la Ligue, however, with Monaco set to face Paris Saint-Germain’s conquerors Guingamp in the semi-finals next week.

Next up in the league is a crucial trip to Dijon – who are just one place and two points above Henry’s side – on Saturday.

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‘Crystal Palace need to tighten up’, urges Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha has warned Crystal Palace to ‘tighten up’ in defence after their 4-3 defeat to Liverpool in Saturday’s Premier League game.

Mohamed Salah’s brace and other strikes from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane condemned Roy Hodgson’s men to their 13th league defeat this season despite efforts from Andros Townsend, James Tomkins and Max Meyer.

The loss left Palace only three points above the relegation zone and the Cote d’Ivoire international who contributed an assist in the tie has charged his side to improve at the rearguard.

“You can’t come to Anfield and score three goals but still lose,” Zaha told club website.

“We need to tighten up because some of the goals we conceded are just not good enough, so it’s not a case of we performed well but were unlucky, we just need to be better, a lot better.

“Yes I am happy with the assist but it makes no difference if you lose the game so even though I am happy to have provided the cross and obviously pleased Andros [Townsend] managed to score, at the end of the day we lost and we need to put it behind us now.”

The Eagles now shift their focus to Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie against Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park and the 26-year-old is hoping for a win.

“Any game I play in is one that we all want to win and the game against Tottenham will be no different, so after this performance [at Liverpool], even though we are not happy we lost, we will take the positives and hopefully get a win next weekend.”

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