The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today revealed the four U.S. cities which will host the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship 2015, scheduled for October 1-13.
Denver, Kansas City and Los Angeles will serve as hosts for group stage matches, with Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, home of the Colorado Rapids, hosting all eight qualified teams for group stage Match Day 3 on October 6 and 7. Salt Lake City will be the site of the decisive semifinals, as well as the final and third-place Match on October 13.
“On behalf of everyone at Kroenke Sports & Entertainment we are delighted that Dick’s Sporting Goods Park has been chosen to host this important international tournament,” said Colorado Rapids President Tim Hinchey. “This continues to illustrate that our stadium is a world-class soccer destination. It is also a testament to the passionate fan base for our sport here in Colorado. We look forward to hosting these games later this year.”
The 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship will feature eight qualified nations divided into two groups. The tournament host United States will be seeded in Group A while 2012 Olympic gold-medalist Mexico will head Group B.
The top two finishers in each group after round-robin play advance to the semifinals. The two finalists qualify directly to the 2016 Olympic football tournament Rio de Janeiro, with the winner of the third-place match earning the right to face South American Olympic qualifying runner-up Colombia in a playoff for an additional spot.
The draw for the tournament is scheduled for mid-August, and will set the complete tournament schedule and kick-off times. Ticket information will also be made available at a later date.