With an announcement on Tuesday afternoon, CONCACAF has released it's full roster of host cities, venues, group seeds, and the dates of Group Stage matches. On that list, Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium will highlight Group B matchups during the first phase of the summer tournament.
Thirteen cities in the United States and Canada will host the 2015 tournament that begins July 7th and wraps up July 26th. MLS stadiums in Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles and Toronto make the cut, bolstered by NFL stadiums from Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. The inclusion of Toronto FC's BMO Field marks the first time that the Gold Cup has appeared in Canada.
Seeding for the tournament has been determined based on FIFA rankings and has allocated the United States to Group A (Dallas, Boston, Kansas City), Costa Rica to Group B (Los Angeles, Houston, Toronto), and Mexico to Group C (Chicago, Phoenix, Charlotte). BBVA Compass Stadium will play host to Costa Rica and the rest of Group B on Saturday, July 11th.
Aside from the seeded teams, the eight other teams to qualify include Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, and Trinidad & Tobago. A two-legged series in March between Honduras and French Guyana will determine the twelfth and final team.
The United States were victors of the 2013 tournament, defeating Panama 1-0 thanks to a Brek Shea goal in the second half. The current championship counts have Mexico leading the region with 6 victories, United States with 5, and Canada with one.
A full schedule (including the allocation of knockout matches to Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta, and Baltimore) will be released early next year. Fans that want information on pre-sale tickets that go on sale at a later date, can visit CONCACAF's ticket portal to receive updates.