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Monday, June 4, 2007

2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup

The USA will host the championship of North and Central America, along with the Caribbean nations. The first game will be held on Tuesday, 06 June in Miami, and the final will take place on the 24th in Chicago. Twelve teams are separated into three groups.

Mexico and the USA have dominated this event (with the exception of Canada in 2000). The competition began in 1991, and has had an inconsistent span of years between tournaments. The last one was held in 2005, and was won by the USA on penalty kicks against Panama, who was a surprise finalist.

This will mark Coach Bob Bradley's first competitive tournament as manager of the US Men's National Team. It will also be the first tournament for Hugo Sanchez of Mexico. In February, the USA defeated Mexico, 2 x 0, in the debut for Mr. Sanchez.

The winner of the Gold Cup will represent CONCACAF in the Confederations Cup of 2009. This will be held in South Africa, and is usually a warm-up for the host country to test their systems and infracture prior to the World Cup.

For a look at the official Gold Cup web site, please click here. The games will be televised by either Galavision, Univision, or Telefutura. For a schedule, please click here.

Good luck to the USA and the other eleven competitors.

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