Canada will face French Guiana, Costa Rica and Honduras at 2017 Gold Cup

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Canada will kick off the 2017 Gold Cup against French Guiana at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey July 7. Les Rouges will then face Costa Rica in Houston, Texas July 11, before wrapping up the first-round against Honduras in Frisco, Texas July 14.

The draw for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup was announced Tuesday. A dozen nations from across the federation have qualified for the summer tournament, that’s held every two years. The knock-out stage will begin Wednesday, July 19 in Philadelphia, with the final taking place seven days later in Santa Clara, California.

2017 Gold Cup, Canada

Red Bull Stadium, where Canada will open 2017 Gold Cup against French Guiana in July. Ben Solomon/NYRB, Courtesy CONCACAF

Canada will be hoping to earn it’s first victory at the Gold Cup since 2011, when it opens it’s tournament against Gold Cup debutants French Guiana.

Costa Rica eliminated Canada in the first-round of the 2015 Gold Cup, in a 0-0 draw in Toronto two years ago.

Canada last played Honduras  in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match in San Pedro Sula last September. Honduras won the match 2-1 and the result would eventually lead to Canada’s elimination from qualifying.

Canada are two-time CONCACAF champions, winning in 1985 and 2000. However, Canada has failed to score a goal at the competition since 2011 and has not progressed past the first-round since 2009.

Canada Soccer Association is yet to hire a head-coach to replace recently departed Benito Floro.  Michael Findlay continues to serve as the interim manager.

Canada’s record against Group A teams:

Played Won Lost Draw
vs. French Guiana 0 0 0 0
vs Costa Rica 18 3 7 7
vs Honduras 18 6 3 9

 

2017 Gold Cup schedule:

Friday, July 7– Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
French Guiana v Canada
Honduras v Costa Rica

Saturday, July 8– Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
United States v Panama
Martinique v Haiti/Nicaragua

Sunday, July 9– Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
Curacao v Jamaica
Mexico v El Salvador

Tuesday, July 11 – BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
Costa Rica v Canada
Honduras v French Guiana

Wednesday, July 12– Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Panama v Haiti/Nicaragua
United States v Martinique

Thursday, July 13– Sports Authority Field, Denver, CO
El Salvador v Curacao
Mexico v Jamaica

Friday, July 14– Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Costa Rica v French Guiana
Canada v Honduras

Saturday, July 15– FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
Panama v Martinique
Haiti/Nicaragua v United States

Sunday, July 16– Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Jamaica v El Salvador
Curacao v Mexico

Wednesday, July 19– Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA*
QF1: 1A v 2B
QF2: 1B v 3A/C

Thursday, July 20– University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ*
QF3: 1C v 3A/B
QF4: 2C v 2A

Saturday, July 22– AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
SF1: Winner QF1 v Winner QF2

Sunday, July 23– Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
SF2: Winner QF3 v Winner QF4

Wednesday, July 26– Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Final

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