Today US Soccer and CONCACAF announced the schedule and host cities for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The regional championship returns to Seattle as CenturyLink Field will host Panama v Martinique and Mexico v Canada in the second match of Group A on July 11th. With British Columbia residents rarely seeing their nation's men's team plenty of border crossers should supplement the strong Canadian expat community in the greater Puget Sound, but it will almost certainly feel like a road game for them.
Mexico's friendly match against Ecuador at Qwest Field in 2011 drew just over 50,000. Their previous game in the region faced minnow China in 2008 pulled in nearly 60,000. With hundreds and thousands showing up for the club matches against Monterrey, Jaguares, Tigres, Santa Cruz and Chivas de Guadalajara the appeal of Mexican soccer in the Sound is obvious.
From the Sounders release on the matches;
Tickets for the Gold Cup Group A matches will go on sale next Thursday, March 21 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster by phone (800-745-3000) and the CenturyLink Field Box Office. One ticket will be good for both matches.
Mexico will almost certainly have a 'B' side. Panama a mix of A & B while Canada will go with their best.
The United States starts at Jeld-Wen in Portland on July 9th against Belize, then travel to Rio Tinto to face Cuba and end in East Hartford, Connecticut against Costa Rica.
Major League Soccer is not taking a break during the Gold Cup (7 July to 28 July).