LAFC’s Banc of California Stadium has hosted all of four Major League soccer games in its existence since opening on April 29. Now, it has been named one of the host stadiums for Concacaf’s semi-annual Gold Cup, which will include 16 teams in a newly expanded format.
Concacaf is in the process of rolling out the list of venues, and it has been reported that the opener will be in Minnesota at Allianz Field, which opens next year.
“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.,” CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani said in a statement.
Banc of California Stadium, a $350 million project, opened on April 29 with Los Angeles Football Club hosting the Seattle Sounders, in the beginning of an extended home stretch for the black and gold.
The Gold Cup is Concacaf’s tournament that takes place every two years. Under a new format, the six teams in the Concacaf Hexagonal round of World Cup Qualifying automatically qualify, which means that Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and the U.S. have their spots locked down already. The tournament is set to take place over three weeks in June and July.
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