Dallas Soccer: Cowboys Stadium
Dos Santos opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, converting from a seemingly impossible angle near the sideline. The Tottenham forward floated the ball from the left side of the box into the upper corner of the right side, beating goalkeeper Rafael Cabral, who was making his second start for Brazil.
Ten minutes later, Dos Santos again was in the middle of the action. Brazilian defender Juan Jesus took him down inside the box for a penalty kick. Cabral guessed correctly, but Hernandez's strike found the net.
Mexico plays Guyana on Friday to open CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
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Fans attending both matches are urged to arrive early to avoid traffic and long waits, as well as enjoy Fútbol Fiesta, a 120,000 square-feet interactive soccer fan zone which opens four hours before kickoff just outside the stadium and features live entertainment, sponsor exhibits, celebrities and interactive games.
The game at Cowboys Stadium will close out Mexico’s 2012 five-game U.S. Tour. This will mark the third time Mexico plays, and sells out, the state-of-the-art Arlington venue since its 2009 inauguration.
The additions to the roster feature players with European experience such as defender Carlos Salcido from Tigres and Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesus Corona. The squad announced by De la Torre also includes players from Mexico’s two First Division Clausura 2012 finalists, Santos Laguna and Monterrey.
Mexico's roster already included players who are based abroad; Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez; Deportivo La Coruña (Spain) midfielder Andres Guardado; Tottenham Hotspur (England) midfielder Giovani Dos Santos; and New York Red Bulls defender Rafael Marquez.
Mexico's match with Brazil in Arlington caps the U.S. tour on June 3. El Tri has already played two matches at Cowboys Stadium, drawing 82,252 for the 2009 Gold Cup and 80,108 for last year's Gold Cup.
Tickets for the U.S. tour are still available at Ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster locations.
Goalkeepers: Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul/MEX); Alfredo Talavera (Toluca/MEX), Guillermo Ochoa (AC Ajaccio/FRA)
Defenders: Rafa Márquez (New York Red Bulls/USA), Héctor Moreno (RCD Espanyol de Barcelona/SPA), Francisco Javier Rodríguez (Club VfB Stuttgart/GER), Hugo Ayala (Tigres/MEX), Carlos Salcido (Tigres/MEX); Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres/MEX); (Israel Jimenez (Tifres/MEX); Severo Meza (Monterrey/MEX)
Midfielders: Andrés Guardado (Deportivo La Coruña/SPA), Pablo Barrera (Real Zaragoza/SPA), Jesús Zavala (Monterrey/MEX), Gerardo Lugo (Morelia/MEX); Luis Ernesto Perez (Monterrey/MEX); Jesus Molina (America/MEX); Angel Reyna (Monterrey/MEX); Edgar Andrade (America/MEX)
Forwards: Javier “Chicharito” Hernández (Manchester United/ENG), Giovani dos Santos (Tottenham Hotspur FC/ENG), Oribe Peralta (Santos/MEX), Aldo de Nigris (Monterrey/MEX)
The stadium also sold out last time the Gold Cup was played at Cowboys Stadium in 2009, which was the first-ever international sporting event to be played at the new venue.
The CONCACAF is encouraging fans attending the doubleheader between Costa Rica vs. Cuba and Mexico vs. El Salvador to arrive early to Cowboys Stadium to avoid traffic and long waits, and enjoy Fan Festival, an interactive fan zone featuring live entertainment. The Fan Festival will open at 2 p.m. local time in parking lot 4 on the east side of the stadium.
For the best route in and out of the stadium on Sunday, fans are encouraged to visit www.dallascowboysmaps.com.
Fans without tickets are encouraged not to approach the stadium area on game day to avoid unnecessary delays, as tickets will not be on sale.
Sunday, June 5
at Arlington, Texas
Costa Rica vs. Cuba, 5 p.m.
Mexico vs. El Salvador, 7 p.m.
Gold Cup appearances: 11 (1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011)
How they qualified: All three teams from the North American Football Union (Canada, Mexico and the United States) automatically qualify for the Gold Cup.
Manager: Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre
Coming in as the defending champions, Mexico looks to add to its record five Gold Cup titles. Mexico defeated the United States in the 2009 final, 5-0. This team, somehow, is better. Mexico added striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who is quickly gaining attention on a global stage. He scored 13 goals in 27 appearances with Manchester United this season, earning the club’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award as voted by the fans. World Cup captain Rafael Marquez also made the squad. The veteran defender now plays for the MLS' New York Red Bulls after playing for La Liga’s FC Barcelona from 2003-10.
Mexico has a huge fan base in the Metroplex and is expected to have the biggest following during the Cowboys Stadium doubleheader Sunday. One of the favorites to win the tournament, El Tri’s first match is against El Salvador. It'll be the second meeting between these two teams in the Gold Cup. The first was in 2002, when Mexico defeated El Salvador, 1-0, in the first round of Group A.
Gold Cup appearances: 7 (1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011)
How they qualified: El Salvador finished fourth in the 2011 Copa Centroamericana, losing to Panama in the third-place match on penalty kicks. The top five teams qualified for the Gold Cup.
Manager: Ruben Israel
El Salvador hopes to fare better in this Gold Cup outing than its previous appearance, when it failed to reach the second round with a 1-0-2 record. The country's best finish came in 2002 and 2003, when El Salvador reached the quarterfinals.
Los Custcatelcos hired Israel after this year's Copa Centroamericana. He hopes to lead El Salvador to its third World Cup berth. Its last appearance was in 1982.
The path starts against defending Gold Cup champion Mexico at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday. In its only Gold Cup meeting prior to Sunday’s match, El Salvador lost 1-0 in the first round of Group A play in 2002.
Gold Cup appearances: 6 (1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011)
How they qualified: Cuba finished third in the Digicel Caribbean Cup 2010, defeating Grenada 1-0. The top four teams qualified for the Gold Cup.
Manager: Raul Gonzalez Triana
Cuba qualified for the 2009 Gold Cup but withdrew and was replaced by Haiti. This time, Cuba intends to stay and build off its performance at the Caribbean Cup. Cuba held five of its eight opponents scoreless during the tournament and lost only once.
Success at the Gold Cup has been hard to come by for Cuba. It reached the quarterfinals in 2003, its only year advancing out of the first round in five tries.
Cuba's first match in the Gold Cup at Cowboys Stadium is Sunday against Costa Rica, a team it has yet to beat in in three tries. Cuba was outscored 13-3 by Costa Rica in those matches at the Gold Cup, all of which were played on American soil.
Gold Cup appearances: 10 (1991, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011)
How they qualified: Costa Rica finished runner-up in the 2011 Copa Centroamericana, losing to Honduras 2-1 in the finals. The top five teams qualified for the Gold Cup.
Manager: Ricardo Lavolpe
Costa Rica looks to avenge its last Gold Cup outing in 2009 when it lost to eventual champion Mexico on penalty kicks in the semifinals. They’ll have to do it without defender Cristian Gamboa, who suffered a left hamstring injury and was replaced on the roster by 19-year-old Francisco Calvo. Striker Bryan Ruiz returns after missing 10 days because of a sore muscle in his left leg.
Since the CONCACAF format changed in 1991, Costa Rica is yet to win a Gold Cup title. Its best finish was a runner-up effort in 2002, losing 2-0 to the United States in the finals. However, Lavolpe, who coached Mexico from 2002 to 2006, tasted victory in the tournament in 2003 with a 1-0 sudden death win over Brazil.
Costa Rica will kick off the 2011 Gold Cup on Sunday with the first match against Cuba at Cowboys Stadium. If Costa Rica reaches the final on June 25, it will have to make a quick turnaround to prepare for its next tournament. Costa Rica replaced Japan in Copa América, and its first match is scheduled July 2 against Colombia.
The presence of Mexico surely has something to do with the high demand it would seem.
GROUP A FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE
Sunday, June 5 – Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, TX)
Costa Rica vs. Cuba, 5 p.m. (6 p.m. EDT)
Mexico vs. El Salvador, 7 p.m. (8 p.m. EDT)
Thursday, June 9 – Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC)
Costa Rica vs. El Salvador, 7 p.m. (7 p.m. EDT)
Cuba vs. Mexico, 9 p.m. (9 p.m. EDT)
Sunday, June 12 – Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)
El Salvador vs. Cuba, 5 p.m. (6 p.m. EDT)
Mexico vs. Costa Rica, 7 p.m. (8 p.m. EDT)
The New York Red Bulls will host the AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Red Bull Arena, which is considered the premier soccer facility in the United States.
Now I admit it's a heck of a stadium. But is it the premier soccer facility in the Unites States? What makes a stadium the premier facility? Being the newest, biggest, most modern? Can the new Philly stadium make the case? If you include the fields might be the premier complex in the US. What about Cowboys Stadium or the new Giants Stadium when they host soccer? Where does Red Bull fit in?
So that's the question for today. I myself have not been to Red Bull Arena. But I have been to the Home Depot Center, which I still consider the premier soccer facility in the United States.
So, informal survey time, what do you think? What's the premier soccer facility in the United States?
Mexico against El Salvador will be the second game at Cowboys on June 5th at 7 PM CT. Costa Rica and Cuba will play first at 5 PM CT. The complete Gold Cup Schedule can be found here.
2011 CONCACAF GOLD CUP"
GROUP A: Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Cuba
GROUP B: Honduras, Guatemala, Jamaica, Grenada
GROUP C: USA, Canada, Panamá, Guadeloupe
Sunday, June 5 – Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, TX)
Costa Rica vs. Cuba, 5 PM CT
Mexico vs. El Salvador, 7 PM CT
The three opening games for the United States are...
Tuesday, June 7 – Ford Field (Detroit, MI) USA vs. Canada, 7 PM CT
Saturday, June 11 – Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL) USA vs. Panama, 7 PM CT
Tuesday, June 14 – Sporting Park (Kansas City, KS) Guadeloupe vs. USA, 8 PM CT
Here's some more information on the tournament.
CONCACAF to host opening match of 2011 CONCACAF GOLD CUP AT Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, June 5
FC Dallas welcomes the region’s most prominent tournament to the Metroplex
FRISCO, Texas (Dec. 16, 2010) – The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup", celebrating its 20th anniversary as the region’s most prestigious football competition, will be staged in 13 venues across 11 U.S. cities, opening at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, June 5 and concluding with the championship match Saturday, June 25 at the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
FC Dallas of Major League Soccer will assist CONCACAF, the continental governing body for Association football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, in hosting the event.
As part of CONCACAF's efforts to bring the Gold Cup to as many fans as possible across the United States, and after the success of the 2009 event, the 2011 Gold Cup will again travel to new cities (Detroit, Tampa, Kansas City and Charlotte, North Carolina) while also returning to traditional markets.
“We are very excited about our cities and venues,” CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer said. “Each will add a distinct flavor to the event and will help make this the best Gold Cup to date."
This will be the sixth time the final is held in Southern California, and the second time at the Rose Bowl. The first Gold Cup final was played in Los Angeles in 1991 at the Los Angeles Coliseum, where the United States defeated Honduras on penalty kicks.
Jamaica, Cuba, Grenada and Guadeloupe recently qualified to the Gold Cup from the Caribbean, while the five Central American participants will be decided January 14-23, 2011, at the Copa Centroamericana in Panama. Canada, Mexico and the United States are qualified automatically for the event.
The champion of the 2011 edition will represent CONCACAF at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup to be held in Brazil as a prelude to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Gold Cup winners have enjoyed sterling performances at the Confederations Cup, including a championship by Mexico in 1999 and more recently the United States’ memorable second-place finish in 2009.
CONCACAF will announce the Gold Cup 2011 Group Stage groups, the full schedule, as well as ticket information in early February.
June 5 – Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, TX)
June 6 – The Home Depot Center (Carson, CA)
June 7 – Ford Field (Detroit, MI)
June 9 – Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC)
June 10 – FIU Stadium (Miami, FL)
June 11 – Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)
June 12 – Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)
June 13 – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)
June 14 – KC Soccer Stadium (Kansas City, KS)
June 18 – New Meadowlands Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ)
June 19 – Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium (Washington DC)
June 22 – Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX)
June 25 – Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
The FIFA Delegation was scheduled to visit the Dallas Convention Center, a proposed FIFA Congress site, at 6:45 am, then move onto Cowboys Stadium at 7:30. The Delegation was to be welcomed by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders prior to a private meeting with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Scheduled for this afternoon is a 3:40 pm photo opportunity at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Followed by a media event: the official closing press briefing for the FIFA Inspection Visit at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Harold Mayne-Nicholls, head of FIFA Inspection Delegation, and Sunil Gulati, president of U.S. Soccer and chairman of USA Bid Committee, will be speaking.
You can see pics of the Dallas visit here. Clark Hunt, Jerry Jones, and Sunil Gulati are but a few of the big wigs in the pics.
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