On Sunday, July 9th, San Diego will host the CONCACAF Gold Cup™ Group C's opening round double-header at Qualcomm Stadium.
Mexico vs. El Salvador
With a history dating back to 1935, Mexico and El Salvador have one of Central America's most storied rivalries in the region. However, after meeting and facing defeat against Mexico twice in Gold Cup history, in 2002 and 2011, El Salvador will look to their rejuvenated team and experienced coach to get Gold Cup revenge on their opponents, in what would be a stunning upset.
Curacao vs. Jamaica
The Caribbean nation of Curacao, in its first-ever Gold Cup appearance, will open the San Diego doubleheader against 2015 Gold Cup finalist Jamaica, in what will be a historic match-up between two Caribbean teams that will showcase the spirit of the countries and the passion for the game in the region.
Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers across the region, the Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture. The matches will take place from July 7-26 in 14 U.S. cities. The winner of the 2017 tournament will win continental bragging rights and an assured spot in the CONCACAF Cup play-in game to qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup, if needed. Taking place every two years, the CONCACAF Gold Cup includes North and Central America and the Caribbean.
To date, seven of the twelve national teams scheduled to participate have qualified for next year's tournament: Canada, Curacao, French Guiana, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, and the United States, in alphabetical order, will compete for the Confederation crown in July.
Canada, Mexico and the United States automatically qualify for the Gold Cup in representation of North America. The four Caribbean nations already qualified did so by winning their groups in the recently completed semifinal stage of the Scotiabank CFU Caribbean Cup. The top four finishers from January's UNCAF Central American Cup, to be played in Panama, will also qualify.
Three additional Caribbean nations, Haiti, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago, have qualified for an additional series of matches in January, the winner of which will face off next year in a two-leg playoff against the fifth-place team from the UNAF Central American Cup to determine the final participant in the 2017 Gold Cup.
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