Ravens' home stadium to host Gold Cup soccer games

Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium will host Gold Cup soccer games for the first time in 2013. Photo: U.S. star Clint Dempsey, Associated Press

WASHINGTON, January 23, 2013 — Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium will again host soccer in 2013. The Baltimore Ravens venue has been chosen as one of the 13 stadiums to host the games of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. RFK Stadium in Washington, which has traditionally hosted Gold Cup games, was excluded.

The Gold Cup is a regional tournament, taking place every two years and involving 12 national teams from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF). This year’s event will be held from July 7-28, 2013.

Mexico and the United States are usually the early favorites to win. Mexico has won the last two events (2011, 2009) with the U.S. winning the two previous cups (2007, 2005). Canada (2000) is the only team to win the event other than Mexico and the U.S. since the tournament began in 1991.

In 2011, Mexico downed the U.S. team 4-2 before 93,000 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., after the Americans took an early two-goal lead.

Gold Cup games will be played for the first time in six new cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Hartford, Portland, and Salt Lake City. Houston and Miami return to host the tournament for the 5th and 9th time consecutive time, respectively.

Eleven of the twelve participating national teams have qualified for this year’s tournament. They include: Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.

The final spot will be decided on Friday in the fifth-place match of the 2013 UNCAF Copa Centroamericana between Guatemala and Panama, which is being held in Costa Rica.

2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Host City & Venue list:
(In alphabetical order by host city)
• Atlanta – Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.)
• Baltimore - M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, Md.)
• Chicago – Soldier Field (Chicago, Ill.)
• Dallas – Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
• Denver – Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver, Colo.)
• Hartford – Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.)
• Houston – BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas)
• Los Angeles – Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)
• Miami – Sun Life Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
• New York– Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.)
• Portland – JELD-WEN Field (Portland, Ore.)
• Salt Lake City – Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, Utah)
• Seattle – CenturyLink Field (Seattle, Wash.)

John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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