Gold Cup

2017 Gold Cup Watch Guide

The 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off tonight with French Guiana and Canada starting the party at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. Here is a complete guide to following the U.S. men’s national team and your Loons — Francisco Calvo and Johan Venegas with Costa Rica and Jermaine Taylor with Jamaica — throughout the tournament.

But first, let’s take a step back and look at what the Gold Cup is.

Jermaine Taylor jumps over a sliding defender
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The Gold Cup is the confederation championship for CONCACAF – the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football. It is held every two years at venues across the region, primarily in the U.S. Teams qualify through various smaller tournaments such as the Caribbean Cup and Copa Centroamericana, with the U.S., Mexico and Canada receiving automatic bids.

Twelve qualifying teams are split into three groups, with the top two teams in each group and the two best third-place teams moving on to the knockout matches. The final eight teams battle in a single-elimination bracket to be crowned champion on July 26 at Levi’s Stadium in California. The 2017 champion will play the winner of the 2019 tournament for a spot in the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Now that you know how it works, let’s take a look at the groups.

Group A Group B Group C
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
United States
USA
Jamaica
Jamaica
Honduras
Honduras
Panama
Panama
Mexico
Mexico
French Guiana
French Guiana
Martinique
Martinique
El Salvador
El Salvador
Canada
Canada
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
Curacao
Curacao

With Costa Rica, Jamaica and the U.S. all separated, Loons fans will have a squad to root for in each group. Calvo, Venegas and the rest of the Ticos should easily advance with the first seed from Group A, with Honduras likely providing their stiffest competition. The recent form of the U.S. makes it a safe bet they will advance with the #1 spot for Group B. The road for Taylor and the Reggae Boyz looks a little rocky after being paired with juggernaut Mexico, but they should be able to manage a second-place finish in the group.

Since the tournament’s inception in 1991, Mexico and the U.S. have won all but one tournament. Canada pulled off a dramatic upset in the 2000 Gold Cup, but no other team has been able to break through since. Will surging Costa Rica make a run for its first title? Or will Jamaica make a repeat appearance in the final and take the crown?

Here’s how you can watch your Loons and the Yanks throughout the Gold Cup.

GROUP STAGE

Date Team Opponent Time (CT) TV
July 7
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Honduras
Honduras
8:00 p.m. FS2
July 8
United States
USA
Panama
Panama
3:30 p.m. FOX
July 9
Jamaica
Jamaica
Curacao
Curacao
6:00 p.m. FS1
July 11
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Canada
Canada
6:30 p.m. FS1
July 12
United States
USA
Martinique
Martinique
7:30 p.m. FS1
July 13
Jamaica
Jamaica
Mexico
Mexico
9:00 p.m. FS1
July 14
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
French Guiana
French Guiana
6:30 p.m. FS1
July 15
United States
USA
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
6:00 p.m. Univision/FXX
July 16
Jamaica
Jamaica
El Salvador
El Salvador
5:00 p.m. FS2

QUARTERFINALS

Date Team 1 Team 2 Time (CT) TV
July 19 Group A #1 Group B #2 5:00 p.m. FS1
July 19 Group B #1 TBD 8:00 p.m. FS1
July 20 Group C #1 TBD 6:30 p.m. FS1
July 20 Group C #2 Group A #2 9:00 p.m. FS1

SEMIFINALS

Date Team 1 Team 2 Time (CT) TV
July 22 TBD TBD 8:30 p.m. FS1
July 23 TBD TBD 7:30 p.m. FS1

FINAL

Date Team 1 Team 2 Time (CT) TV
July 26 TBD TBD 8:30 p.m. FS1
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