The 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup

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Can the United States win the 2009 Gold Cup?

They managed to turn some heads at the Confederations Cup in South Africa with convincing wins over Spain and Egypt to make it to the their first FIFA final before bowing out to Brazil in a hotly contested final. Whilst the United States didn’t get the trophy they were looking for, they did manage to gain some new found respect.

Tired and most likely a bit weary, United States coach, Bob Bradley, has decided to change things up a bit for the Gold Cup by sending a B squad comprised of young players to defend the CONCACAF Gold Cup trophy for a third straight year. Bradley’s squad will take the pitch against 11 other CONCACAF countries on 3 July in stadiums located around the United States.

This year’s tournament will also mark the fourth time the Gold Cup has been played without guests from other confederations. But even without the addition of guests, the field will still provide a stiff test for countries such as Guadeloupe, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the United States.

2009 Gold Cup Venues

13 venues — the largest in the history of the Gold Cup — will serve as hosts for this year’s event.

Carson, California
Home Depot Center, 27,000

Seattle, Washington
Qwest Field, 67,000

Columbus, Ohio
Columbus Crew Stadium, 22,555

Oakland, California
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 47,416

Washington, D.C.
RFK Stadium, 45,596

Houston, Texas
Reliant Stadium, 71,500

Miami, Florida
Florida International University Stadium, 20,000

Foxborough, Massachusetts
Gillette Stadium, 68,756

Glendale, Arizona
University of Phoenix Stadium, 63,400

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Lincoln Financial Field, 68,532

Arlington, Texas
Cowboys Stadium, 80,000

Chicago, Illinois
Soldier Field, 61,500

East Rutherford, New Jersey
Giants Stadium, 78,741

A large majority of the stadiums being used for the Cup are currently home to teams in the National Football League (NFL), therefore making it more accessible for large numbers of fans to come and watch the matches. At 80,000 seats, the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium will be the largest venue, while FIU’s stadium at 20,000 will be the smallest.

Based on the list of current stadiums, it’s safe to assume that all countries will have the best amenities possible during their stay in the States. The large number of venues were selected in an effort to give fans from all over the country the chance to watch some of the best teams in the world playing in the high profile event.

Gold Cup 2009 Fixtures

The Group Stage will begin on 3 July, followed by the knockout stage starting on 18 July. The final will be played at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on 26 July.

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Costa Rica 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
El Salvador 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jamaica 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 July 2009
17:00 PDT
Costa Rica v El Salvador The Home Depot Center, Carson

3 July 2009
19:00 PDT
Canada v Jamaica The Home Depot Center, Carson

7 July 2009
19:00 EDT
Jamaica v Costa Rica Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus

7 July 2009
21:00 EDT
Canada v El Salvador Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus

10 July 2009
19:00 EDT
Canada v Costa Rica FIU Stadium, Miami

10 July 2009
21:00 EDT
El Salvador v Jamaica FIU Stadium, Miami

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Grenada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Haiti 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Honduras 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 July 2009
16:00 PDT
Honduras v Haiti Qwest Field, Seattle

4 July 2009
18:00 PDT
Grenada v United States Qwest Field, Seattle

8 July 2009
19:00 EDT
Haiti v Grenada Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington

8 July 2009
21:00 EDT
Honduras v United States Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington

11 July 2009
19:00 EDT
Haiti v United States Gillette Stadium, Foxborough

11 July 2009
21:00 EDT
Honduras v Grenada Gillette Stadium, Foxborough

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Guadeloupe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nicaragua 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Panama 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 July 2009
14:00 PDT
Panama v Guadeloupe Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland

5 July 2009
16:00 PDT
Mexico v Nicaragua Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland

9 July 2009
19:00 CDT
Guadeloupe v Nicaragua Reliant Stadium, Houston

9 July 2009
21:00 CDT
Mexico v Panama Reliant Stadium, Houston

12 July 2009
14:00 MST
Panama v Nicaragua University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale

12 July 2009
16:00 MST
Mexico v Guadeloupe University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale

Knockout Round

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
A3 or C3
A3 or B3


18 July 2009
A1 v B2 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

18 July 2009
B1 v A3 or C3 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

19 July 2009
C2 v A2 Cowboys Stadium, Arlington

19 July 2009
C1 v A3 or B3 Cowboys Stadium, Arlington


23 July 2009
Winner of A1 and B2 v Winner of B1 and A3 or C3 Soldier Field, Chicago

23 July 2009
Winner of C2 and A2 v Winner of C1 and A3 or B3 Soldier Field, Chicago


26 July 2009
15:00 EDT
Semifinal Winner 1 v Semifinal Winner 2 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford
(Credit: Wikipedia)

2009 Gold Cup Predictions

Rules: The top two teams from each of the three groups advance to the knockout stage. The two remaining spots in the knockout stage will be reserved for the third places countries from each with the best point total.

Group A: Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Jamaica
Group B: United States, Honduras, Haiti, Grenada
Group C: Guadeloupe, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama

In Group A I expect Costa Riva and Canada to advance to the knockout round. Both countries have great records in the Gold Cup, and I see no reason why that record should stop this year.

In Group B I fully expect the United States to advance to the knockout stage — even with a squad comprised mostly of B squad players (forward Brian Ching and right back Steve Cherundolo are the only regulars in the squad). I’ll take Honduras to pip the rest of the group and advance as well.

In Group C I’d say expect the unexpected. The group is loaded with quality and, as far as I’m concerned, is the group of death in the tournament. Guadeloupe was a semifinalist in 2007, so I’d look for them to get back to the knockout stage again this year. And whilst Mexico is the big name, I’m taking Central American champions, Panama, to move on to the knockout stage.

Look for Mexico and Jamaica to grab the final two spots in the knockout stage based on their point total.

Predicted Semifinals: Costa Rica v United States and Canada v Guadeloupe

Predicted Final: I fully expect the United States to get back to the Gold Cup final for the third straight year. I’d imagine the B squad of the United States will feel like they have something to prove to Bob Bradley and their CONCACAF counterparts.  I’ll take the youthful exuberance  over Costa Rica in the semifinal round. From there I’m expecting a tightly contested affair between Canada and Guadeloupe, two countries with strong French bloodlines. I’ll take Canada in AET.

We’ll see a fantastic final played out in East Rutherford, New Jersey, between the two neighbouring countries. I’d expect the United States to grab an early goal and go on to win their third straight Gold Cup.

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