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OT: Ford Field to host CONCACAF Gold Cup matches
If the US is playing here in Detroit....I will be there for sure
That would be fun. I was too young and missed the World Cup when we hosted it, so I would love to go see the Yanks. It seems like our CONCAF and friendlies haven't been relatively close in recent memory....
So I was too young to go or really remember any of those either..
at Ford Field. I would go there for sure.
we'll see goals like this...
Seeing the US national team at Ford Field would be awesome!!!
Can we get confirmation from a more reliable source like the The National Enquirer.
Never mind, here is a credible source
BTW, I see what you did there!
Well I'll probably be out of the area by 2012 but it would be fun to come back for. Hopefully it at least involves Mexico if not the US. There are some pretty garbage teams in CONCACAF.
Between this and that game in the Silverdome over the summer, it seems like they're trying to pave the way for a Detroit MLS franchise (as they should - I'm pretty sure it's the largest market that doesn't have a team).
There are no teams anywhere in the southeast.
There is also very little soccer culture down there. In most of the South, soccer is a spring sport, to avoid conflicts with football (and even then, many high schools have spring football). It's probably just as well that they don't have any teams.
The state of Michigan, meanwhile, has one of the highest youth-participation rates for soccer in the country. There is real potential in this market. It should get a franchise.
for regional presence, MLS should put one team down there. I'm thinking Orlando has the inside track at the moment.
Hopefully the Silverdome people get serious and start work on a stadium... I can see Detroit, New York City, Orlando, another southwestern team and someone else rounding out the league.
Here is the full schedule (dates and host sites).
June 5 – Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
June 6 – The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)
June 7 – Ford Field (Detroit)
June 9 – Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte)
June 10 – FIU Stadium (Miami)
June 11 – Raymond James Stadium (Tampa)
June 12 – Soldier Field (Chicago)
June 13 – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.)
June 14 – KC Soccer Stadium (Kansas City, Kan.)
June 18 – New Meadowlands Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)
June 19 – Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium (Washington)
June 22 – Reliant Stadium (Houston)
June 25 – Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)
Now, if the format is the same as the 2009 tournament, there will be three groups of four (USA, Mexico, Canada as top seeds of each). In 09, Group A played on the 1st, 4th, 7th day of the group stage, Group B was on the 2nd, 5th, 8th, and Group C was the 3rd, 6th, 9th. Looking at the sites above it would mean that:
Group A: Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas), Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte), Soldier Field (Chicago)
Group B: The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.), FIU Stadium (Miami), Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.)
Group C: Ford Field (Detroit), Raymond James Stadium (Tampa), KC Soccer Stadium (Kansas City, Kan.)
Looking at these, I'd say its almost certain the USA is in Group A (only group that has NFL stadiums all three days, 105k in Dallas). Mexico will probably be in Group B (LA, Miami, New Jersey - all areas with large Mexican/Hispanic populations) and Canada would be in Group C (Detroit close to the border).
Hopefully USMNT can make it to the finals. I will be there is that happens.
I think I may join you there if they make it. I would love to make the trip from Vegas to check out a US v Mexico Gold Cup Final game in the Rose Bowl. Would be amazing!
Since the winner qualifies for the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil I expect the US to field their A team and not their B and C team scrubs like they did in 2009.