Pair of CONCACAF Gold Cup games in Seattle set for July 11

don.ruiz@thenewstribune.comMarch 14, 2013 

CONCACAF Gold Cup games pairing Mexico-Canada and Panama-Martinique will be played July 11 at CenturyLink Field.

The doubleheader is part of group-stage matches in the 12-team competition held every two years among men’s national teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

The four teams playing in Seattle constitute Group A. Group B includes Honduras, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, and Haiti; while Group C has the United States, Costa Rica, Belize and Cuba.

Team USA will open the competition against Belize at 8 p.m. July 9 in Portland.

Two days later in Seattle, Panama-Martinique will kick off at 5 p.m., followed by Mexico-Canada at 8 p.m.

The championship game will be played at 1 p.m. July 28 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. March 21 at www.goldcup.org, through Ticketmaster and the CenturyLink Field box office.

SANTOS UP NEXT

Sounders FC will meet Santos Laguna of Mexico in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals next month.

Santos advanced Wednesday with a 3-0 win at home over Houston, giving it a 3-1 aggregate win. Santos’ goals came from Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Herculez Gomez and Marc Crosas.

The Sounders advanced 3-2 on aggregate after a 3-1 home victory Tuesday over Tigres UANL.

The series will begin between April 2-4 at CenturyLink Field and resolve April 9-11 at Estadio Corona in Torreon.

The Sounders lost to Santos in the quarterfinals last season, with the Liga MX club advancing, 7-3, on aggregate.

US WINS ALGARVE CUP

Alex Morgan scored twice to lead the United States women past Germany, 2-0, in Faro, Portugal, to win the Algarve Cup for a ninth time.

Morgan started the scoring in the 13th minute. Sydney Leroux sent a cross that Germany central defender Josephine Henning tried to head clear. But the ball fell to Morgan just inside the area and she scored with her left foot.

Morgan connected again 12 minutes later.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT.

don.ruiz@thenewstribune.com

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