USMNT to play Haiti or Nicaragua in Cleveland

09 March, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • US to face Panama, Martinique, playoff winner in Gold Cup group stage

Joining them in the second group are surprising qualifiers Martinique, and the victor of a Nicaragua/Haiti play-in game.

After the U.S. head coach Bruce Arena explained why the 2017 Gold Cup will be a crucial tournament for his team. The Americans will then face Martinique four days later in Tampa's Raymond James Stadium, and will complete the group stage against either Haiti or Nicaragua on July 15 at Cleveland's FirstEnergy Stadium.

Group C: Mexico, El Salvador, Curacao, Jamaica. Martinique and the victor of a playoff between Haiti and Nicaragua round out the group.

The Gold Cup is CONCACAF's crowning jewel, a tight and focused tournament taking place every two years in order to see who has the best team in the federation (hint: it's nearly always Mexico or the US). "We don't want to take anybody lightly because they must have been doing something to be here in the tournament".

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Group A: Honduras, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Canada.

The first leg of the qualifying playoff will be played in Haiti on March 24. The title match is scheduled for Levi's Stadium on July 26. "We will need to be prepared". A third-place finish would see the United States play at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Thursday, July 20.

In what is expected to be two testy encounters, the Jamaicans will lock horns with reigning champions Mexico on July 13 at the Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colorado (USA), before wrapping up the group stage against El Salvador at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas on July 16.

"The year is so important for the U.S. team", Arena told the U.S. Soccer Federation's website.

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