Pasadena was one of 13 host cities selected for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament that will take place from July 7-28 as was announced Wednesday morning by the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, better known as CONCACAF.
“We would like to thank all cities and venues in the United States for their interest in our Confederation’s Gold Cup and congratulate the ones that have been selected to host its 2013 edition,” CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb said at the press conference in Miami.
“CONCACAF is looking forward to a successful tournament, working in close partnership with both stadium and local authorities, while expanding the reach of our competition to a larger number of fans in more locations throughout the United States.”
Pasadena and the Rose Bowl join a list of hosts that consists of Arlington (Texas), Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, East Hartford (Connecticut), Harrison (New Jersey), Houston, Miami Gardens, Portland, Salt Lake City and Seattle.
This is the fourth selection for the Rose Bowl, which ties it with Chicago’s Soldier Field in appearances.
The two nations are considered heavy favorites to meet in the title match again, as they’ve battled in the last three championships.
In 2011, more than 600,000 fans attended 13 days’ worth of matches that was highlighted by nine sellouts.
The qualifying countries are Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States. One last spot between Guatemala and Panama is yet to be decided.