CONCACAF got exactly what it wanted. The 2013 Gold Cup winners (USA) v the 2017 Gold Cup winners (Mexico) will meet in a winner take all match at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on 9 October for a place in the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017.
The one-game playoff was made necessary when Mexico won the 2015 Gold Cup. Had the U.S. won the tournament, Jurgen Klinsmann’s side would have automatically advanced to the Confederations Cup.
Mexico defeated Jamaica 3-1 in Sunday’s Gold Cup Final in Philadelphia. The United States crashed out of the tournament in the semifinals, falling 2-1 to Jamaica in Atlanta.
The match-up between the two biggest nations on CONCACAF is sure to be a sell-out. The location is not USA friendly as Mexico fans will likely outnumber USMNT supporters three-to-one. The Rose Bowl has always been a friendly place for Mexico over the years, and it’s where they beat the United States to win the 2011 Gold Cup.
Mexico represented CONCACAF at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil. The United States earned CONCACAF’s Confederations Cup place at the 2009 tournament in South Africa.
The Americans will play friendlies in September against Brazil and Peru before taking on Mexico at the Rose Bowl in October.
“We look toward September to build things in order to be prepared for the playoff in October,” USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann said.
“The goal is always to go further in the next World Cup than we did in Brazil.”
Tickets details are expected to be announced in the next couple of weeks.