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The Gold Cup is coming to Rio Tinto Stadium

Now before we all get too excited the exact dates and teams are yet to be announced, but we can look at the stadiums that were chosen, the format of the tournament, and come up with some speculations.

We know that 12 teams make the tournament, for 2013 those teams are (Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States – either Panama or Guatemala will join those 11 teams).  The tournament has 3 groups of 4 teams that will play each other once (3 sets of double headers), and that the top 2 teams from each group and the next two best teams advance to the Quarterfinals, and then the winners advance to the Semifinals and the finals.  If we look at the 2011 version of the tournament there were 9 group stage dates each at a different location in the form of double headers, two quarterfinal dates and location (again each a double header), and the semis at a single site (a double header) and then a single site for the final.

Yeah that was tough to follow, but I will try to make it simpler, if you look at the map provided by CONCACAF:

Locations where the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup matches will be played.

Locations where the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup matches will be played.

So if you look at the map there are some natural groupings by geographic region that would seem to jump out at you, but don’t be fooled.  In 2011, Group A played matches in Texas, Illinois, and North Carolina, while Group B played in California, Florida, and New Jersey, Group C played in Michigan, Florida, and Kansas.  The Quarterfinals were played in New Jersey and Washington DC at larger NFL style stadiums, the Semis were at Reliant Stadium in Houston, and the final at the Rose Bowl in California.

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Real Salt Lake announce their 2013 schedule

Well it is time to start making your MLS travel plans and just in time is the 2013 RSL schedule. We knew a couple weeks ago that RSL would open the road on March, 3rd at the San Jose Earthquakes, then travel to the East coast to take on D.C. United on March, 9th.  The home opener for RSL will be on March, 16th when the Colorado Rapids come to town, the time for the match is still up in the air as NBC Sports will be in town to broadcast the 1st leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup.

Speaking of National TV, RSL will be on NBC Sports 4 times (3-16 vs. Rapids, 4-6 @ Rapids, 8-30 vs. Portland, and 9-13 @ Seattle), and ESPN once (8-3 @ Rapids).  Those 5 appearances will be a high mark for RSL on national TV, clearly the rivalry of the RMC is getting noticed.  All of the rest of the Real Salt Lake matches in MLS action will again be featured on local TV thanks to the partnership with ABC/CW, as well as MLS Live and Direct Kick (remember RSL doesn’t black out their local broadcast matches).

Well that didn’t last long, from a draft schedule this morning to just 3 National TV matches when released, or 4 depending on what version of the MLS schedule you look at.

As you look at the full schedule (click here to see the full schedule).  Here are the notes from the RSL front office about the upcoming schedule:

  •  Kicking off March 3 at Supporters Shield winner San Jose, as part of 5 of first 7 games on road (7 of next 10 at home starting April 20)

  •  March 16 home opener v Rocky Mountain Cup rival Colorado, the only one of 3 meetings v Rapids on Wasatch Front as RSL seeks 7th consecutive bragging rights in the regional competition

  • Holiday home games at Rio Tinto Stadium on Memorial Day weekend v Chicago, Independence Day July 3 v Philadelphia, Pioneer Day weekend July 20 v Kansas City and Labor Day Weekend Aug. 30 v Portland

  • Western elite teams Los Angeles Galaxy (back-to-back MLS Cup champs), Seattle Sounders (RSL playoff rivals each of last 2 seasons) and San Jose Earthquakes each visit Wasatch Front for 2 of the 3 regular-season meetings (as will Chivas)

  • Conversely, RSL will travel 2 out of 3 times to Colorado, Dallas, Portland and Vancouver

  • 6 of 8 games between May 25 & July 20 will take place at Rio Tinto Stadium, where RSL has dropped only 11 of its last 92 games in all competitions (4 of 5 on road following that home stand)

  • All 34 games will be heard live on ESPN700, with all 31 non-National TV games seen locally on KTVX ch. 4 or KUCW ch. 30

Now for some really exciting news

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