Gold Cup sites announced, includes six stadiums in Texas

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CONCACAF has released the list of venues that will be used for the 2021 Gold Cup.

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The matches will be played at: Arlington, Austin, Dallas, Frisco, and two Houston sites in Texas; Glendale, Arizona; Kansas City, Kansas; and Orlando, Florida, in additional to the final on Aug. 1 in Las Vegas, which was previously announced.

CONCACAF did not say which matches would be at which venues for the tournament, which starts July 10, but did say groups will be based in hubs to minimize travel.

United States men's national team coach Gregg Berhalter has said he will allow his Europe-based players to skip the tournament and take vacation ahead of the European club seasons and the start of World Cup qualifying on Sept. 2.

Top players will be used for the CONCACAF Nations League semifinals on June 3 in Denver.The U.S. plays Honduras, and Mexico meets Costa Rica, with the winners meeting for the title on June 6.

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The United States is in Gold Cup Group B with Canada, Martinique and the winner of qualifying among Haiti, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bermuda and Barbados. Defending champion Mexico is in Group A with El Salvador, Curacao and the winner of qualifying among Trinidad and Tobago, Montserrat, Cuba and French Guiana.

Costa Rica, Jamaica and Suriname are in Group C, with the winner of qualifying among Guatemala, Guyana, Guadeloupe and Bahamas. Honduras, Panama, Grenada and invited guest Qatar, next year's World Cup host, are in Group D.

Qualifying is scheduled for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from July 2-6.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.