Gold Cup quarterfinal in Baltimore could feature United States

Baltimore will host a pair of CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal matches on July 18, and if the United States finishes in the top two spots of its round-robin group, the men's national team will play at M&T Bank Stadium for the second straight tournament.

M&T Bank Stadium had previously been named as a knockout-round site for the tournament, but the exact round and date hadn't been announced until Thursday.


Every two years, the top teams from North and Central America compete for the regional title. The United States or Mexico has won every Gold Cup competition since 2000.

CONCACAF, the governing body for soccer in North and Central American, announced Thursday that Haiti, Panama, and the winner of a two-leg playoff between Honduras and French Guiana are in Group A with the United States.

It's a tough draw for the United States, which is aiming to reach a sixth straight Gold Cup final and win the tournament a second consecutive time. Honduras competed in the 2014 World Cup, while Panama was minutes away from qualifying itself. Panama led the United States in the final 10 minutes of the last qualifier but ultimately lost and saw the final qualification spot go to Mexico.

The top two seeds of that group will play a quarterfinal in Baltimore. The Group A winner will face the top third-place team from Groups B or C, while the Group A runner up will face the winner of Group B.

Group B features Costa Rica, El Salvador, Jamaica and Canada. Mexico, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago and Cuba comprise Group C.

The semifinals will be held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, while the final and third-place game will be in Philadelphia.

In 2013, the United States' championship march went through Baltimore, where over 70,000 fans filled M&T Bank Stadium for a quarterfinals doubleheader featuring the United States and El Salvador, then Honduras and Costa Rica.

The United States won 5-1, and proceeded to defeat Panama in the final, 1-0.

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