Monday Morning Buzz: Gold Cup & More

CONCACAF announced today that it will use a record number of U.S. venues – 13 – for the Gold Cup set for July 3-26, including the opening doubleheader of the tournament July 3 in Carson at Home Depot Center.

What teams will play where will be announced at a later date.

“While 13 cities create logistical challenges, we think the benefits of reaching out to more venues are clearly worthwhile,” CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer said. “The ability of so many people to see national teams play we feel is well worth the effort.”

Allow me to translate: “Playing in 13 cities will allow us to extract even more money from a tournament that clogs up the soccer calender and is diminished even further in importance because it is not played every four years in the manner of such legitimate events such as the European Championship.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. women are playing Norway as I write this in a meaningless Algarve Cup game (the U.S. is already in the final).

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team played to a scoreless draw with Honduras Sunday and now needs at least a tie with El Salvador Tuesday to advance to the next round of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, the qualifying tournament for the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk recorded the shutout, while Chivas USA’s Jorge Flores did not get off the bench.

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  • http://www.theassociationblog.com Craig

    Is there any chance that they chose 13 venues as part of the bid for a World Cup? You know, to prove how many soccer-ready facilities the US has on a short notice. Otherwise, I can’t see any other reason for doing it. Previously, they held doubleheaders just make sure people will attend and if Mexico and US aren’t involved then they’re only 1/2 full.