Haiti, Cuba to play Gold Cup matches at Inter Miami Stadium

South Florida soccer lovers are in for a occupied, remarkable July 4 weekend as the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Preliminary Round will element 12 nationwide teams playing at Inter Miami Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

Among the groups collaborating July 2-6: Haiti, Cuba, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas and Guadeloupe.

The 12 nations will compete for the last three places in the Gold Cup Group Stage, which kicks off July 10 and runs via Aug. 1 at many destinations.

“We look ahead with wonderful anticipation to this summer’s Gold Cup, which will definitely be enhanced by this new preliminary spherical,” mentioned CONCACAF president and FIFA vice president Victor Montagliani. “The past year has been quite tough in our area and our views are with all the communities that have endured. We hope the possibility to look at the finest men’s countrywide groups in CONCACAF contend in our flagship match can supply lovers with some hope and pleasure.”

“All 12 of the competing nations in the prelims will get a comprehensive Gold Cup encounter at the superb Inter Miami facilities and we glimpse forward to a great established of video games.”

The groups will be able to coach and compete at a central area as Inter Miami Stadium has 18,000 seats and is adjacent to the club’s 50,000 sq.-foot training facility, which involves seven fields.

“We glance ahead to web hosting the Gold Cup prelims tournament in our stadium,” reported Inter Miami controlling proprietor Jorge Mas. “Our services in Fort Lauderdale have been built with the intent of giving our followers alternatives to love the world’s match knowing that our vivid society and sportscentric region would be desirable for world wide groups and competitions. This is just the beginning of the excellent items that lie ahead.”

The to start with-spherical matchups on July 2-3 are: Haiti vs St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Match 1), Guatemala vs Guyana (Match 2), Trinidad and Tobago vs Monserrat (Match 3), Cuba vs French Guiana (Match 4), Guadeloupe vs Bahamas (Match 5), Bermuda vs Barbados (Match 6).

The six initial-round winners will qualify for the 2nd round and will perform on July 6 as follows:

Matchup #7: Winner Match 1 vs Winner Match 6

Matchup #8: Winner Match 2 vs Winner Match 5

Matchup #9: Winner Match 3 vs Winner Match 4

The profitable nation in every single of the a few Spherical 2 matchups will progress to the team stage of the 2021 Gold Cup, where by they have been drawn into Group A, B and C as follows:

Group A: Mexico, El Salvador, Curacao, and Winner Prelims 9

Group B: Usa, Canada, Martinique, and Winner Prelims 7

Team C: Costa Rica, Jamaica, Suriname, and Winner Prelims 8

Team D: Honduras, Panama, Grenada, and Qatar.

The Gold Cup team phase will kick off on July 10 and operate through August 1. Qatar was invited to the match as the recent champion and consultant of the Asian Soccer Confederation.

Aspects for the Preliminary Spherical, which includes match situations and ticket information and facts, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Miami Herald sportswriter Michelle Kaufman has covered 14 Olympics, 6 World Cups, Wimbledon, U.S. Open up, NCAA Basketball Tournaments, NBA Playoffs, and has been the College of Miami basketball defeat writer for 20 yrs. She was born in Frederick, Md., and grew up in Miami.