Another pair of International matches are coming to Kansas City. Children’s Mercy Park will host a 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup doubleheader.
Kansas City is one of 13 U.S. cities that will host matches in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. The field has been expanded to 16 teams and will run June 14-July 7. The tournament helps determine the Concacaf representative to the FIFA Confederations Cup.
The United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras and Trididad and Tobago have already qualified. Those six teams that were part of the 2018 World Cup Qualifying Hexagonal are automatically in the Gold Cup. The remaining 10 teams will be filled as part of the Concacaf Nations League qualifying.
”The Concacaf Gold Cup is the region’s biggest soccer event, and we are excited to host matches for the 2019 tournament next summer,” Sporting KC President and CEO Jake Reid said via press release. “Children’s Mercy Park has a proud history of welcoming festive crowds for high-profile matches at the club and international level, and we look forward to being a part of the Gold Cup for the third time since 2011.”
Children’s Mercy Park hosted Gold Cup doubleheaders in 2011 and 2015. In both of those editions the U.S. played the last match of group play in Kansas City. The U.S. beat Guadeloupe 1-0 in 2011 and tied Panama 1-1 in 2015 to advance to the knockout rounds.