Initially an eight-team event, the Gold Cup finals have grown into a 12-nation championship with countries qualifying from the three regions of CONCACAF, North America, Central America (UNCAF) and the Caribbean (Caribbean Football Union). The tournament features the best players from the region, and between 1996- 2005 included guest teams from South America, Africa and Asia.
The United States and Mexico have each won four Gold Cup titles with Canada claiming the one other crown. From a relatively modest 40,000 that witnessed the first Gold Cup final at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1991, when the United States outlasted Honduras on penalties 4:3, the Gold Cup has grown to the region’s most anticipated soccer event, routinely drawing a capacity crowds.
The first Round of the tournament begins in Los Angeles on July 3. On Sunday, July 19, Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas will host two quarter final matches. Promoters are hoping for a Mexico Vs USA match up. I purchased tickets today to attend the two Arlington matches at Cowboys Stadium.
The CONCACAF quarter final matches will be the first sporting events held in the new Cowboys Stadium, which opened last night featuring a George Strait Concert.
Team USA -Gold Cup winners in 2007