Whitmore happy with Gold Cup draw

Posted March 09, 2017

The United States was placed in Group B with Panama, Martinique and the victor of a series between Haiti and Nicaragua (March 24 and 28). Honduras, the victor of January's Copa Centroamericana are seeded in Group A and will face Costa Rica, French Guiana and Canada.

The U.S., will face Panama to kick off Group B, July 8 in Nashville.

The final group stage match will be set in stone once Haiti and Nicaragua play a two-leg playoff on March 24 and March 28.

Away from Frisco, the United States have been given Panama, Martinique, and Haiti or Nicaragua as their opponents.

After the United States of America head coach Bruce Arena explained why the 2017 Gold Cup will be a crucial tournament for his team.

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Friday, July 7 at NY/NJ Red Bull Arena: French Guiana vs. New manager Bruce Arena will be looking to take the Gold Cup crown on home soil as a way to launch into the run-in for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, a World Cup that the USA is now not a lock to qualify for. The title match is scheduled for Levi's Stadium on July 26.

Mexico will open against El Salvador in San Diego on July 9, and then play Jamaica at Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colorado, four days later.

The top two teams from each group and the two best third-place teams advance to the quarterfinals July 19 in Philadelphia and July 20 in Glendale, Arizona.

Sunday, July 16, Alamodome, San Antonio: Jamaica vs. El Salvador; Curacao vs. Mexico.

The United States has lifted the CONCACAF Gold Cup five times, winning the inaugural tournament in 1991 before being crowned regional champions again in 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2013.