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2017 Gold Cup group stage schedule set; San Diego hosting on July 9

Mexico, El Salvador, Jamaica and Curacao to play at Qualcomm Stadium.

Soccer: Mexican National Team-Chile vs Mexico Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

CONCACAF announced the groups and schedule for the 2017 Gold Cup on Tuesday. Southern California had previously been announced as hosting on two dates, beginning with San Diego in the group stage.

San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, which last hosted soccer in January with the U.S. vs. Serbia friendly, will host a Group C doubleheader on July 9. An all-Caribbean match will kick things off, with minnow Curacao taking on Jamaica, before top group seed and tournament favorite Mexico faces El Salvador.

As for the other SoCal Gold Cup date, the Rose Bowl will host one of the tournament semifinals on July 23. If Mexico advances to the semifinal, they will almost certainly play this fixture, but the prospective opponent would be much harder to project at this stage.

Tickets to all 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup games are currently on sale, with the July 9 doubleheader in San Diego going from $30-125 (not including fees and taxes) and the July 23 Rose Bowl semifinal running $25-175 at the moment. One would imagine the cheaper tickets will go quickly, so act fast if you want to check out the regional championship in our backyard.

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