For the first since its inception in , 16 teams will take part in the tournament. While it's unlikely to see the U. USMNT has not defended the title since it won back-to-back editions in and Elsewhere, Mexico might be a favorite but is in a state of flux after failing at the round of 16 of the World Cup last year for the seventh consecutive time.
Off the field, meanwhile, this year's Gold Cup makes history as it marks the first time games are held in a country other than the U. Here's everything you need to know ahead of the tournament. When is the Gold Cup?
The tournament kicks off on Saturday, June 15 and ends with the final on July 7. Where is the Gold Cup? The 15th edition of the Gold Cup takes place across the U. The latter will host two games each in San Jose and Kingston, respectively, marking the first time Gold Cup matches will be held in Central America and in the Caribbean.
The U. Houston is the only city with two venues, while Chicago's Soldier Field will host the final.
Which teams are in the Gold Cup? Sixteen teams have qualified for the Gold Cup. Martinique, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Curacao and Honduras have also qualified for the tournament, while Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago make their first appearance since Bermuda and Guyana, meanwhile, will be making their debut at the tournament.
Tournament format The 16 nations have been split into four groups of four, with each team playing each other once and the top two in each group qualifying for the quarter-finals.
From the quarter-finals onward, the tournament follows the traditional knock-out stage format. The list is in. The bookmakers expect the trend to continue.
Schedule The schedule for the first round of games is as follows all times ET. Saturday, June 15 Canada vs Martinique— p. When Are the U.