We all know that the weather within the NYC Tri-State area hasn’t been the best in recent days as the special announcement that was planned at Red Bull Arena was going to warm up the moment as CONCACAF informed the New York Red Bulls that Red Bull Arena was selected as a venue for the 2019 Gold Cup next summer.
““It’s an honor for Red Bull Arena to be selected as a host venue for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup”, said Marc de Grandpre, General Manager, New York Red Bulls. “We are privileged to welcome world-class talent to the finest soccer stage in all of North America.”
“It’s fantastic news for our staff and their ability to pull off big events and we are excited to be a host city for the Gold Cup and we are very excited in hosting this tournament next summer in 2019.”
Current assistant coach of the New York Red Bulls Chris Armas who use to play for the United States who was in the Gold Cup two times and was able to win a championship against Panama in 2005 at Giants Stadium and quickly apologized to both Fidel Escobar and Michael Murillo.
“When you think about the Gold Cup and our country hosting as we won the last one, you can imagine all the MLS clubs around the country and stadiums who want to host this event, there should be an application process but give credit to DeGrandpre and Shaun Oliver for winning the bid.” said Armas.
“The one thing that the Gold Cup gives players is that typically with the National Team it’s not all in the course for one game like a friendly match, it’s going to be a month long and it will give you a lot of comradery with your fellow players and what they will get exposed to if you do get a chance to play in a World Cup.”
For the United States, they along with Mexico, Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago have already qualified in their participation in the Hexagonal Final Round of World Cup Qualifying in 2017.
These six sides will be waiting for the ten CONCACAF Nations League winners to join them when the draw will be announced at a date to be named later along with the other venues that were just recently announced throughout the weeks on their official Gold Cup Twitter Page.
The List of venues are stadiums that are in MLS and Soccer Specific as well as some NFL Stadiums that will be used for this tournament as well. But one thing is for sure is that the President of CONCACAF and the former President of the Canadian Soccer Association in Victor Montagliani is very excited to start the Gold Cup next summer.
“The Gold Cup is anticipated every two years by fans across the region, as a true celebration of the vibrant culture and world class football that make up our wonderful and diverse One Concacaf region,” said Concacaf President Victor Montagliani. “The venues selected thus far offer a mix of soccer history as well as a taste of the future of the sport in the U.S., and we are excited to work with the local host committees to bring the game to fans all over the U.S. 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.”
Fidel Escobar & Michael Murillo represented Panama while Kemar Lawrence represented Jamaica and Tyler Adams represented the United States and the New York Red Bulls during this announcement ceremony.
Tyler Adams has been watching the Gold Cup at home wondering if he would ever get a chance to wear his Nation’s kit and now that he is apart of this National Team he hopes he gets the call to be apart of this tournament.
“It would be really cool if I get the opportunity for the call up and keep playing well and keep working hard. To play in front of friends & family, not just the American Outlaws supporters but also in front of Red Bulls fans as well.” said Adams.
The venue announcement are over and now we need to see what will happen during this Nation’s League to see who will also fill in those other spots to be considered to participate in next Summer’s Gold Cup.
List of Venue’s for 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
CHARLOTTE: Bank of America Stadium
CHICAGO: Soldier Field
CLEVELAND: First Energy Stadium
DALLAS: Toyota Stadium
DENVER: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
HOUSTON: BBVA Compass Stadium & NRG Stadium
KANSAS CITY: Children’s Mercy Park
LOS ANGELES: Banc of California Stadium & Rose Bowl
MINNESOTA: Allianz Field
NASHVILLE: Nissan Stadium
NY/NJ: Red Bull Arena
PHILADELPHIA: Lincoln Financial Field
PHOENIX: University of Phoenix Stadium