Portland to host Gold Cup matches this summer

Portland to host Gold Cup matches this summer
Portland's JELD-WEN Field will host CONCACAF Gold Cup matches in July, 2013. (Photo by Kai Hayashi / KATU.com)

Portland’s JELD-WEN Field is among 13 venues across the country that will host Gold Cup matches this summer.

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF) announced the venues Wednesday for the July 7-28 event.

JELD-WEN Field is one of eight stadiums that will host Gold Cup matches for the first time.

The tournament, which takes place every two years, includes 12 national teams. Eleven of 12 teams have qualified for this year’s tournament: Belize; Canada; Costa Rica; Cuba; El Salvador; Haiti; Honduras; Martinique; Mexico; Trinidad & Tobago; and the United States.

“We would like to thank all cities and venues in the United States for their interest in our Confederation’s Gold Cup and congratulate the ones that have been selected to host its 2013 edition.” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb. “CONCACAF is looking forward to a successful tournament, working in close partnership with both stadium and local authorities, while expanding the reach of our competition to a larger number of fans in more locations throughout the United States.”

Tournament matchups have not been determined.

The other cities that have never hosted tournament matches: Atlanta; Baltimore; Denver; Hartford, Conn.; Houston; Miami; and Salt Lake City.

The tournament returns to five venues in Arlington, Texas; Chicago; Pasadena, Calif.; Harrison, N.J.; and Seattle.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.