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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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