Watching the U.S. Women win the World Cup was awesome. It's also a great reminder that American soccer is pretty damn good. You don't have any time to relax. The United States men kickoff the 2015 Gold Cup with a Group A double-header on Tuesday. Three Seattle Sounders players are off representing their nations. Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans are with the United States and are among the favorites to make the final. Marco Pappa is with Guatemala where they'll try to make the run to the semifinals, but will need some good fortune.
Fox Sports has the English language rights in the USA. Univision Deportes (UniMas too) have it in Spanish. Both networks will have their streaming packages active.
There are three twists to this Gold Cup. First is that Canada is a co-host. BMO Field in Toronto will host the final double-header for Group B, which of course has Canada. The other twist is that this tournament acts as a Copa América Centenario qualifier for some teams. USA, Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica already are qualified. If the Gold Cup winner is not amongst that group, they will automatically qualify for the CAC. More likely, it will be that the best four of not-those-guys will meet in a qualifying playoffs to for the right to play against the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. That's assuming that the Copa América Centenario happens; it's also caught up in the FIFA corruption scandal.
The third twist is there are ramifications for the 2017 Confederations Cup. Courtesy of their winning the 2013 Gold Cup, the United States has already qualified for a playoff that will decide CONCACAF's representative in the pre-World Cup tournament. If the USA wins this year's tournament, they'll earn automatic qualification. Otherwise, they will face this year's winner for the right to represent CONCACAF in 2017.
So, it's kind of an important tournament that is taking away three Sounders. How do you watch it? Let's just focus on three teams - USA, Guatemala and Mexico. That's the best two sides and the one that has Pappa.
Tuesday July 7th
Double-header at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. FoxSports1 carries the USA against Honduras at 6:30 PM (as always, all times in Pacific)
Thursday July 9th
Soldier Field, Chicago hosts the double-header. Pappa and Guatemala take on Trinidad & Tobago at 4 PM on FS2. FoxSports1 gets Mexico versus Cuba at 6:30 PM.
Friday July 10th
Group A flies out to Foxborough, Mass where the USA is the second part of the double-header. FoxSports1 has the Americans against Haiti at 5:30 PM.
Sunday July 12th
This is the best match of Group C. Guatemala take on Mexico on FS1 at 6 PM at the University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona.
Monday July 13th
The final matchday for Group A. Sporting Park in Kansas City hosts the US against Panama. FoxSports1 will carry it at 6:30 PM
Wednesday July 15th
The final matchday of the Group stage has FoxSports2 with both games. Cuba and Guatemala are on TV at 3 PM. Mexico will crush Trinidad & Tobago at 5:30 PM.
This watch program ignores all of Group B, which is the Group of Death, if the Gold Cup had such a thing. It is such a thing because any of the four nations (Costa Rica, Jamaica, El Salvador, Canada) could qualify out of the Group. Costa Rica is clearly the best of the lot and probably take it.
The Quarterfinals are set-up so that if Mexico and the US do what they're supposed to do they'll be on FS1. But that's a few weeks out. For now you have an extra ten days of US National Team soccer to light the flare of freedom.