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New MLS stadia among US Gold Cup venues

The 15 US venues that will host next year’s Gold Cup football tournament have been announced by the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

The tournament will also feature matches in the Caribbean and Central America, with these venues to be confirmed at a later date.

Thirteen of the 15 US venues have hosted Gold Cup matches in the past, with the exceptions being Banc of California Stadium – the new home of Los Angeles FC – and Minnesota United’s new Allianz Field stadium, which is due to open next year.

The other venues are: Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte), BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston), Children’s Mercy Park (Kansas City), FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland), Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia), Nissan Stadium (Nashville), NRG Stadium (Houston), Red Bull Arena (Harrison), Rose Bowl (Pasadena), Soldier Field (Chicago), Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver), Toyota Stadium (Frisco) and University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale).

The host cities also include eight final candidate cities for the the joint bid from the US, Mexico and Canada to host the 2026 Fifa World Cup – Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York/New Jersey and Philadelphia.

CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani said: “The venues selected thus far offer a mix of soccer history as well as a taste of the future of the sport in the US, and we are excited to work with the local host committees to bring the game to fans all over the US. With the upcoming selection of additional venues in the Caribbean and Central America, the Gold Cup becomes a regional event on even more levels, as CONCACAF continues to focus on making football accessible to more teams, players and fans.”

Next year’s Gold Cup will feature 16 nations for the first time instead of the usual 12.

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