Haiti, Cuba to play Gold Cup matches at Inter Miami Stadium

Robert S. Hays

South Florida soccer followers are in for a occupied, thrilling July 4 weekend as the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Preliminary Round will element 12 nationwide teams actively playing at Inter Miami Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

Among the groups taking part July 2-6: Haiti, Cuba, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas and Guadeloupe.

The 12 nations will contend for the ultimate 3 spots in the Gold Cup Team Stage, which kicks off July 10 and operates by means of Aug. 1 at different areas.

“We look forward with excellent anticipation to this summer’s Gold Cup, which will unquestionably be increased by this new preliminary spherical,” said CONCACAF president and FIFA vice president Victor Montagliani. “The previous year has been quite difficult in our location and our thoughts are with all the communities that have endured. We hope the possibility to view the ideal men’s countrywide teams in CONCACAF compete in our flagship event can supply lovers with some hope and satisfaction.”

“All 12 of the competing nations in the prelims will get a comprehensive Gold Cup working experience at the outstanding Inter Miami facilities and we search ahead to a great established of games.”

The groups will be able to practice and compete at a central spot as Inter Miami Stadium has 18,000 seats and is adjacent to the club’s 50,000 square-foot teaching facility, which involves 7 fields.

“We glimpse forward to internet hosting the Gold Cup prelims tournament in our stadium,” claimed Inter Miami controlling owner Jorge Mas. “Our amenities in Fort Lauderdale were being constructed with the intent of offering our admirers opportunities to get pleasure from the world’s game knowing that our lively society and sportscentric region would be desirable for global groups and competitions. This is just the starting of the terrific points that lie forward.”

The to start with-spherical matchups on July 2-3 are: Haiti vs St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Match 1), Guatemala vs Guyana (Match 2), Trinidad and Tobago vs Monserrat (Match 3), Cuba vs French Guiana (Match 4), Guadeloupe vs Bahamas (Match 5), Bermuda vs Barbados (Match 6).

The 6 1st-spherical winners will qualify for the next round and will participate in on July 6 as follows:

Matchup #7: Winner Match 1 vs Winner Match 6

Matchup #8: Winner Match 2 vs Winner Match 5

Matchup #9: Winner Match 3 vs Winner Match 4

The successful nation in each individual of the a few Round 2 matchups will advance to the group phase of the 2021 Gold Cup, the place they were being drawn into Group A, B and C as follows:

Team A: Mexico, El Salvador, Curacao, and Winner Prelims 9

Group B: Usa, Canada, Martinique, and Winner Prelims 7

Group C: Costa Rica, Jamaica, Suriname, and Winner Prelims 8

Group D: Honduras, Panama, Grenada, and Qatar.

The Gold Cup group stage will kick off on July 10 and run via August 1. Qatar was invited to the match as the latest champion and agent of the Asian Football Confederation.

Aspects for the Preliminary Spherical, like recreation times and ticket information, will be announced in the coming months.

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