Today, the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) released the groups, schedule and ticket information for the Central American Cup 2014 USA, to be played September 3-13 in the United States. The Central American Cup will be played on U.S. soil for the first time-ever in its 13 editions. Costa Rica and Honduras have hosted it three times each and it has been played in El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama twice.
Costa Rica is the current Central American Cup champion, and has lifted the trophy a record seven times. Honduras is next with three titles, while Guatemala and Panama have won one apiece. Belize, El Salvador and Nicaragua complete the field of seven Central American nations.
The Central American Cup will decide the four automatic UNCAF berths for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The fifth-place finisher will earn the right to participate in a two-leg playoff against the fifth-place team from the 2014 Caribbean Football Union Caribbean Cup for an additional Gold Cup berth. In addition, the champion of the Central American Cup 2014 USA will earn a direct ticket to the Centennial Copa America 2016, also to be played in the United States.
The two-group, seven-team tournament kicks off on Sept. 3 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. with a tripleheader involving both groups. 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finalist Costa Rica will face Nicaragua, Honduras battles Belize, and El Salvador challenges Guatemala. The Central American Cup then moves to the Dallas Cotton Bowl on September 7 and Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium on September 10. The championship game and the third- and fifth-place matches, will be played on Saturday, September 13, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Last February, the Executive Committee of UNCAF revised the match dates to coordinate with FIFA’s international calendar, so that all teams can play the tournament with their top stars and “A” teams.
The event’s Organizing Committee is headed by CONCACAF and Soccer United Marketing. Sponsorship rights are managed jointly by Imagina USA and Traffic USA.
Tickets to all matches will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, July 22, at 10:00 a.m. here and at all stadium box offices.
2014 Central American Cup Groups
2014 Central American Cup Schedule (all times Eastern)
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 – RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.
5:00pm Costa Rica vs. Nicaragua
7:00pm Honduras vs. Belize
9:00pm El Salvador vs. Guatemala
Sunday, September 7, 2014 – Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX
5:00pm Costa Rica vs. Panama
7:00pm Guatemala vs. Belize
9:00pm Honduras vs. El Salvador
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
6:00pm Panama vs. Nicaragua
8:00pm El Salvador vs. Belize
10:00pm Honduras vs. Guatemala
Saturday, September 13, 2014 – Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
4:00pm Third Place Group A vs. Third Place Group B
7:00pm Second Place Group A vs. Second Place Group B
10:00pm First Place Group A vs. First Place Group B