In a move that I think many people were expecting, but still pleasantly surprised by, the Gold Cup pairings were made today for this summer. The United States will be returning to KC for the first time in 10 years, and only the third time ever as part off Group C. KC will host the final game of the group stage at Livestrong Sporting Park (more on that later) when the US will take on Guadeloupe and Sporting KC midfielder Stephane Auvray on June 14th. The game will be the second game of a double header that will see Canada play Panama in the opener at 6pm. The US will open against Panama down in Tampa, Florida and then travel to Detroit for an interesting match up against Canada before arriving in KC. The match will see at least one Sporting KC player on the field in the form of Auvray, but Teal Bunbury could potentially find himself on the field as well for the game.
Mexico is in group A, which is likely the toughest group playing El Salvador, Cuba, and Costa Rica in Dallas, Charlotte, and Chicago respectively. Group B sees Honduras, Guatemala, Jamaica, and Grenada. A group that could potentially see 3 SKC Wizards in the group if Roger Espinoza, Shavar Thomas, and Craig Rocastle all get called up.
Season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase four extra tickets for this game. It should be a great time, especially in the members stand where the American Outlaws and Sam's Army will be for the game. Already it seems that AO chapters from throughout the Midwest are making plans to head to KC to make a fantastic atmosphere in KC.