MIAMI, March 8 (Reuters) - The United States will face
rivals Canada in their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener while holders
Mexico kick off their title defense with a mouth-watering clash
against El Salvador.
The tournament for North America, Central America and the
Caribbean, which runs from June 5-25, features 12 teams in
three groups of four with the top eight teams advancing to the
Five times winners Mexico were drawn in a tough Group A
with El Salvador, Costa Rica and Cuba.
Mexico's opener against Salvador on June 5 is expected to
attract a massive crowd at the Dallas Cowboys' 100,000-seat,
state-of-the-art venue in suburban Arlington that also played
host to this year's Super Bowl.
Honduras, who qualified for last year's World Cup in South
Africa, are strong favourites to top Group B where they will
face Guatemala, Jamaica and Grenada.
Coach Bob Bradley's United States club, four-times Gold Cup
champions, should have little trouble emerging from a
relatively easy Group C that includes Canada, Panama and
The Americans will face their northern neighbours at Ford
Field in Detroit on June 7.
The tournament, played in 13 stadiums and 11 cities across
the United States, climaxes with the final on June 25 at the
Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
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