CONCACAF Monday announced the kickoff times for the opening doubleheader of the Gold Cup at Red Bull Arena Friday, July 7.

The biennial competition will begin at 7 p.m. when Canada faces French Guiana in Group A before Central American rivals Honduras and Costa Rica battle in the 9:30 p.m. nightcap.

Group B starts action Saturday, July 8 in Nashville, Tenn. with a rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup third-place match between the United States and Panama. Group B also features Martinique and recently-qualified Nicaragua, later that night.

Defending champion Mexico begins its title defense on Sunday, July 9 in San Diego, vs. El Salvador as the second match of a doubleheader beginning at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local). Curacao and Jamaica will begin play in Group C in the first match of that day. Later that week on July 13, 2015 Gold Cup finalists Jamaica and Mexico will revisit their final, in Denver in a doubleheader that begins at 8 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local).

Ahead of the midweek Final in the Bay Area, the semifinals will be played on Saturday, July 22 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. local) and Sunday, July 23 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. local).

The final at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. is set for Wednesday, July 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. local.

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 Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of 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