A doubleheader that will pit French Guiana against Canada in the first game and then Honduras vs. Costa Rica in the nightcap will kick off the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Friday, July 7.

The draw was held at Levi’s Stadium in San Jose, Calif., which will be the site of the Gold Cup final Wednesday, July 26.

“With the groups now determined, we have a full look at the schedule of Gold Cup matches to be played this July,” CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani said in a statement. “With so many compelling matches set to take place in great stadiums from coast to coast, culminating at Levi’s Stadium on July 26, it’s going to be an exciting summer of football for fans across the region.”

The United States will take on Panama in at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. Saturday, July 8, Martinique at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla July 12 and the winner of the Haiti/Nicaragua playoff at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio July 16.

The draw results:

Group A

New York/New Jersey (Red Bull Arena), Houston (BBVA Compass Stadium), Dallas (Toyota Stadium)

Costa Rica
French Guiana

Group B

Nashville (Nissan Stadium), Tampa (Raymond James Stadium), Cleveland (FirstEnergy Stadium)

United States
Haiti or Nicaragua

Group C

San Diego (Qualcomm Stadium), Denver (Sports Authority Field), San Antonio (Alamodome)

El Salvador

The full schedule:
(Kick off times TBC)

Friday, July 7– Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.

French Guiana v Canada
Honduras v Costa Rica

Saturday, July 8– Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.

United States v Panama
Martinique v Haiti/Nicaragua

Sunday, July 9– Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.

Curacao v Jamaica
Mexico v El Salvador

Tuesday, July 11 – BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas

Costa Rica v Canada
Honduras v French Guiana

Wednesday, July 12– Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

Panama v Haiti/Nicaragua
United States v Martinique

Thursday, July 13– Sports Authority Field, Denver, Colo.

El Salvador v Curacao
Mexico v Jamaica

Friday, July 14– Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas

Costa Rica v French Guiana
Canada v Honduras

Saturday, July 15– FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Panama v Martinique
Haiti/Nicaragua v United States

Sunday, July 16– Alamodome, San Antonio, TX

Jamaica v El Salvador
Curacao v Mexico

Wednesday, July 19– Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa. *

QF1: 1A v 2B
QF2: 1B v 3A/C

Thursday, July 20– University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz. *

QF3: 1C v 3A/B
QF4: 2C v 2A

Saturday, July 22– AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

SF1: Winner QF1 v Winner QF2

Sunday, July 23– Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Ca.

SF2: Winner QF3 v Winner QF4

Wednesday, July 26– Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA


* Quarterfinal match order subject to change

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.