For a large percentage of the American population, the World Cup is the only international soccer tournament that garners the attention of the masses. But there is a massive regional tournament getting ready to take place: the CONCACAF Gold Cup. And for what it’s worth, it is a tournament filled with rivalry match after rivalry match, so tension is ratcheted up as the tournament progresses.
So, what is the CONCACAF Gold Cup?
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, way easier to just say CONCACAF, holds the Gold Cup tournament every two years. The USA won the last Gold Cup in 2013.
A total of twelve countries qualified for the 2015 Gold Cup. The countries are divided into three groups of four. The groups are:
Group A – USA, Honduras, Haiti and Panama
Group B – Costa Rica, Jamaica, El Salvador and Canada
Group C – Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala, Mexico and Cuba
The tournament runs from July 7-26, and a couple of games are being played in our own backyard here in North Texas. Toyota Stadium, home of FC Dallas, will kick off the tournament today with Panama vs. Haiti, followed by USA vs. Honduras.
The tournament favorite is Costa Rica. They boast the highest FIFA world ranking of any nation in the tournament at 14th. No other nation is in the top 20. From the last rankings, Mexico has dropped one place to hold the 23rd spot, and USA moved up one spot to 27th in the world.
Tune in to our live pregame coverage from Toyota Stadium from 3:00-7:00pm Central, as Jamie Kelly, Steve Davis, and a host of fantastic guests get you ready for the USA-Honduras match! Just search for KTSR on TuneIn, or click here.
Matt Molina is a Contributor at The Scoop. Follow him on Twitter at @MattMMolina.