By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Lincoln Financial Field will be the CONCACAF Gold Cup Host Venue, it was announced on Tuesday by the Philadelphia Union. The Linc, as it is commonly known, will be one of 15 host venues across 13 cities in the United States.
The event will take place in the summer of 2019. The tournament will host a record 16 CONCACAF Member Associations.
More information about the tournament will be announced in the coming months. Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz made the announcement for the Linc. Ertz’s wife is a member of the United States Women’s National Team.
The Linc, which most recent event was Monster Jam two weeks ago on Saturday, has hosted numerous events outside of the Temple Owls or the Eagles games since it opened in August 2003. Next summer, they will also host the Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship on Memorial Day.
“We are excited to welcome back the CONCACAF Gold Cup to Lincoln Financial Field and, once again, showcase Philadelphia as a prime destination for world-class soccer,” said Don Smolenski, Philadelphia Eagles President. “The Gold Cup is regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious soccer tournaments and the matches we have previously hosted have always been met with great enthusiasm. We are thankful to the CONCACAF committee for selecting Lincoln Financial Field as a host venue in 2019.”
Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States are already qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup after they participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Hexagonal qualifier. Ten additional nations will qualify through CONCACAF Nations League Qualifiers. Those will be played out from September 2018 through March 2019.
“We’re thrilled to welcome the CONCACAF Gold Cup back to Philadelphia next summer,” said Larry Needle, Executive Director of PHL Sports, a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The sport’s global appeal will attract international visitors to the city, putting Philadelphia at the center of the continent’s biggest soccer tournament once again.”
In addition to having the CONCACAF Gold Cup at U.S. venues, there will also be games played in Central America and the Carribbean. In 15 editions of the tournament, this will be the first-time this has happened.
“The Gold Cup is anticipated every two years by fans across the region, as a true celebration of the vibrant culture and world-class football that make up our wonderful and diverse One CONCACAF region,” CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani said. “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. With the upcoming selection of additional venues in the Caribbean and Central America, the Gold Cup becomes a regional event on even more levels, as CONCACAF continues to focus on making football accessible to more teams, players, and fans.”
The CONCACAF Gold Cup happens every two years.