U.S. Men’s National Team to host Haiti at Gillette Stadium on July 10
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Via New England Revolution) – The United States National Team will host Haiti at Gillette Stadium on Friday, July 10 as part of a CONCACAF Gold Cup doubleheader. That game will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will be preceded by the day’s first game between Panama and the winner of the playoff series between French Guiana and Honduras at 6 p.m.
This will be the fifth time that Gillette Stadium and Foxborough, Mass. have hosted the Gold Cup since the stadium opened in 2002, having previously hosted a total of 18 matches in the 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 editions of the tournament. The U.S. National Team game will also be the first time the U.S. plays in Foxborough since a June 2011 friendly against Spain and the first time that they will do so under the direction of Jurgen Klinsmann. Having played at Gillette Stadium every time that the Gold Cup has visited the venue, the U.S. is 6-0-2 in eight previous Gold Cup games at the stadium. All-time, the U.S. is 16-2-5 in Massachusetts, including a 9-2-2 record at Gillette Stadium.
To date, 11 of the 12 national teams scheduled to participate have qualified for this year’s tournament. Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States, in alphabetical order, will compete for the Confederation Crown in July.
The final spot will be decided later this month through a play-in series between the fifth-place finisher of the 2014 UNCAF Central American Cup (Honduras) and the 2014 Caribbean Football Union Caribbean Cup (French Guiana). French Guiana will be home team for the first leg on March 25, while Honduras will host the return leg on March 29.
Taking place every two years, the Gold Cup has established itself as the region’s most popular national team tournament. Featuring the Confederation’s best players from 12 top nations, the competition routinely draws capacity crowds and millions of television viewers across the region and around the world.