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January 23, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Update: Seattle to host CONCACAF Gold Cup games at CenturyLink Field this summer

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World Cup qualifier or not, Seattle will host some international soccer this year.

CenturyLink Field has been picked as one of 13 host venues for this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. This city, as you may remember, also hosted Gold Cup games in 2005 and 2009.

Here are the location for this year’s tournament, which starts July 7 and ends July 28:

— Atlanta – Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)

— Baltimore – M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, MD)

— Chicago – Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)

— Dallas – Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, TX)

— Denver – Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver, CO)

— Hartford – Rentschler Field (East Hartford, CT)

— Houston – BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, TX)

— Los Angeles – Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)

— Miami – Sun Life Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL)

— New York- Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)

— Portland – JELD-WEN Field (Portland, OR)

— Salt Lake City – Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, UT)

— Seattle – CenturyLink Field (Seattle, WA)

A couple things are not immediately clear with this announcement, however.

No. 1 is, ‘Will the Sounders bring in grass for the games?’ Portland owner Merritt Paulson has been staunch in his defense of Jeld-Wen Field’s artificial turf, claiming they’ll never lay temporary grass over it, so it’s possible Seattle could do the same.

No. 2 is, ‘Does this have any implications regarding a World Cup qualifier at CenturyLink Field this year?’ I honestly don’t know.

I’ll try to get answers to both, so stay tuned.

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UPDATE 8:49 a.m. — I do have answers now. The Gold Cup games here will be played on artificial turf, meaning temporary grass will not be installed.

Also, I’m told today’s news does not eliminate Seattle from possibly hosting a World Cup qualifier and officials are still working on that possibility.

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