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2011 GOLD CUP GROUPS AND SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED Ticket pre-sale begins tomorrow, general ticket sales opens Wednesday, March 16 at 10am

NEW YORK (Tuesday, March 8, 2011) – The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup groups and schedule were announced today by CONCACAF. The path to the next FIFA Confederations Cup begins with three back-to-back days of group matches, starting on Sunday, June 5 at Arlington’s Cowboys Stadium.

The 2011 Gold Cup champion and CONCACAF representative to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil will be crowned on Saturday, June 25 at the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer will discuss the announcement via media teleconference call today at 1:00 p.m. ET. Media should dial +1-877-391-5953 or +1-706-634-9483 (Conference ID # 49722720) to participate. Video interviews and past Gold Cup b-roll will be available to electronic news organizations this afternoon via FTP.

A one-week of exclusive pre-sale will begin tomorrow, Wednesday, March 9. Fans can call the local stadium box office or local MLS team for further information.  Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, March 16 through www.goldcup.org.

Mexico will anchor Group A, which will begin tournament play on June 5 against El Salvador, preceded by Costa Rica and Cuba at Cowboys Stadium. Honduras will lead Group B the following day, facing Guatemala at The Home Depot Center on June 6, with the Caribbean face off between Jamaica vs. Grenada earlier in the evening. The United States will play the following night, Tuesday, June 7, in Detroit’s Ford Field against its border rival Canada in Group C, which also will include Panama and Guadeloupe.

“We are extremely excited for this year's Gold Cup and are completely confident that it will be the best ever”, CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer said. "We are bringing our fans the region’s best football in fantastic venues - with a lot on the line. It is truly a can't-miss event."

The Gold Cup, which has generated record attendances and television ratings in each of the past three competitions, will be played coast-to-coast at 13 venues again this year, including five new stadia. New Meadowlands Stadium, RFK Stadium and Reliant Stadium will serve as quarterfinal and semifinal venues, respectively, leading up to the grand finale at the Rose Bowl on June 25.

2011 CONCACAF GOLD CUP™ GROUP A: Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Cuba GROUP B: Honduras, Guatemala, Jamaica, Grenada GROUP C: USA, Canada, Panamá, Guadeloupe

SCHEDULE First Round Sunday, June 5 – Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, TX) Costa Rica vs. Cuba, 5 p.m.  (6 p.m. EDT) Mexico vs. El Salvador, 7 p.m.  (8 p.m. EDT)

Monday, June 6 – The Home Depot Center (Carson, CA) Jamaica vs. Grenada, 6 p.m.  (9 p.m. EDT) Honduras vs. Guatemala, 8 p.m.  (11 p.m. EDT)

Tuesday, June 7 – Ford Field (Detroit, MI) Panama vs. Guadeloupe, 6 p.m.  (6 p.m. EDT) USA vs. Canada, 8 p.m.  (8 p.m. EDT)

Thursday, June 9 – Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC) Costa Rica vs. El Salvador, 7 p.m.  (7 p.m. EDT) Cuba vs. Mexico, 9 p.m.  (9 p.m. EDT)

Friday, June 10 – FIU Stadium (Miami, FL) Jamaica vs. Guatemala, 7 p.m.  (7 p.m. EDT) Grenada vs. Honduras, 9 p.m.  (9 p.m. EDT)

Saturday, June 11 – Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL) Canada vs. Guadeloupe, 6 p.m.  (6 p.m. EDT) USA vs. Panama, 8 p.m.  (8 p.m. EDT)

Sunday, June 12 – Soldier Field (Chicago, IL) El Salvador vs. Cuba, 5 p.m.  (6 p.m. EDT) Mexico vs. Costa Rica, 7 p.m.  (8 p.m. EDT)

Monday, June 13 – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ) Guatemala vs. Grenada, 7 p.m.  (7 p.m. EDT) Honduras vs. Jamaica, 9 p.m.  (9 p.m. EDT)

Tuesday, June 14 – Sporting Park (Kansas City, KS) Canada vs. Panama, 6 p.m.  (7 p.m. EDT) Guadeloupe vs. USA, 8 p.m.  (9 p.m. EDT)

Quarterfinals Saturday, June 18 – New Meadowlands Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ) Group A runner-up vs. Group B runner-up, TBD (x) Group A winner vs. Group B/C third-place, TBD (x)  x-matches scheduled for 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. local (5 p.m. and 8 p.m. EDT) with order TBD

Sunday, June 19 – Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium (Washington DC) Group B winner vs. Group C runner-up, TBD (y) Group C winner vs. Group A/B third place, TBD (y) y-matches scheduled for 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. local (3 p.m. and 6 p.m. EDT) with order TBD

Semifinals Wednesday, June 22 – Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX) x-quarterfinal winners, TBD (z) y-quarterfinal winners, TBD (z) z-matches scheduled for 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. local (7 p.m. and 10 p.m. EDT) with order TBD

Final Saturday, June 25 – Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA) Semifinal winners, 6 p.m. (9 p.m. EDT)

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About CONCACAF CONCACAF “The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football” is one of six continental confederations of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and serves as the governing body of football in this part of the world. It is composed of 40 national associations, from Canada in the north to Guyana, Surinam and French Guyana in the south.