Gold Cup Draw brings USA to Seattle, DC, and Boston


A scene from the last time the US and Honduras met at RFK

I pretty much echo what Ed said here, so I’ll just move on to today’s Gold Cup Draw.

GROUP A: Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Jamaica
GROUP B: Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, USA
GROUP C: Guadeloupe, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama

Well, the US can’t be too unhappy with its draw though, without some very good marketing, that match against Honduras will be a road game. July 4th in Seattle will be a good time though there are five MLS matches going on that night including DC-Columbus, where I’ll likely be.

Looking at the other groups, Group C looks fairly straightforward for Mexico while Group A looks somewhat close – a “group of death” even. Though this being the Gold Cup, it’s probably more appropriately known as a “group of wound.”

A couple of match days standout as complete dogs from an attendance perspective. The first round matches at Home Depot (CAN-JAM, CR-ES) is unlikely to fill the place and the matches at Crew Stadium (JAM-CR, ES-CAN) will likely be sparse unless TFC fans elect to revisit last week’s Battle of Velma Avenue to take on the Salvadorean fans and police at Crew Stadium. BTW TFC fans, fighting the Salvadoreans is a battle you don’t want.

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9 thoughts on “Gold Cup Draw brings USA to Seattle, DC, and Boston

  1. I hope the US-Honduras game is not televised. If it’s anything like the picture above, then I don’t want to be embarrassed internationally by having one of the best soccer cities in the country outnumbered in the stands by a team a thousand away.

  2. Ah, Canada in Columbus. I think that El Salvador is going to have a very large cheering section.

    Viva El Nordecke!!!!!

  3. US-HON will be televised, I think all the qualifiers for the US already have television secured.

    There will be a lot of HON fans there but that’s fine. Those of us that show up for the US just have to be louder.

  4. I’m thrilled that there’s a professional league in the U.S. in the summer to help pass the time. I follow baseball but find that to watch most of the games is a snooze. Over the last 10 years, soccer has become the sport that I most enjoy following.

    Yet I think having the Gold Cup every two years is an insult to fans. Do you all think that a complete boycott of one of the gold cups would help persuade concacaf to stop having it every two years? If so, it seems to me like this years’ is the better one to boycott because 2011 will help kill time that is further away from WCQ. now we’re right in the middle of the climax of WC qualifying. Which one is better to boycott? Maybe we should even switch calendar years so that it falls in the years of 2012, 2016, 2020, etc.

  5. I’m fine with the Gold Cup every 2 years. If they were to get rid of anything, the Confederations Cup should be flushed down the toilet.

  6. Ed: I meant for the Gold Cup game in DC. Let’s be honest: not many people care about the GC here, so I doubt that, even in DC, we’ll get a good American crowd. It will probably be at least 60-40 Honduras in the stands, if not more, and that makes me sad and embarrassed for the US.

    It will probably be televised by FSC, so at least not many people will watch it unless they are die-hards and already know how pathetic it sometimes is.

  7. I hope the US-Honduras game is not televised. If it’s anything like the picture above, then I don’t want to be embarrassed internationally by having one of the best soccer cities in the country outnumbered in the stands by a team a thousand away.

    too late…

  8. For one, I don’t think the rest of the international community is going to care. For God sakes, they were making a big deal of Michelle Obama’s wardrobe when she met the queen the other day. Who gives a rat what they think about who goes to US games.

    Second, if it’s 40-60, then so be it. The 40 will sing twice as loud.

    I ain’t worried ’bout it.

  9. Yea, you’re probably right. Still it’s disheartening to be outnumbered in the stands. But I don’t doubt that if it is 40-60, then the US 40% will greatly outsing the Honduran 60!

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