Thanks to my friend B.J. Bartlett, who alerted me to this possibility in an e-mail he sent me. It’s going to happen. Qwest Field will be a first-round venue for matches in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 4.
Here’s some info in a press release from CONCACAF:
“The tournament will use the same format as in 2005 and 2007, with the 12-team field divided into three four-team groups. The top two teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals along with the two best third-place teams.
The three first-round groups for the qualifiers: Canada, Mexico and the USA from the North Zone; Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua from Central America; and Jamaica, Grenada, Guadeloupe and Haiti from the Caribbean…and schedule will be announced at a later time.”
The Gold Cup championship will be decided on July 26 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Qwest Field last hosted Gold Cup matches in 2005 when Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba joined the U.S. in group play. There are 13 venues in the U.S. hosting Gold Cup matches, this year, an all-time high, and 12 of those sites including Seattle will host one doubleheader of games until the finale in New Jersey.
Gold Cup play opens July 3 in Los Angeles. Teams will play on the FieldTurf at Qwest Field – no natural grass will be laid down.