Whitmore happy with Gold Cup draw

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Toyota Stadium hosts the Group A finale on Friday, July 14.

Group A: Honduras, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Canada. The U.S. and Panama will be in Group B along with Martinique and either Haiti or Nicaragua. Three days later, it will wrap up group play against either Haiti or Nicaragua on Saturday, July 15, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.

Theodore Whitmore remains optimistic about the Reggae Boyz chances to advance from the CONCACAF Gold Cup first round, noting his charges will give their all in Group C of the upcoming tournament.

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Beyond earning regional supremacy, the victor of this summer's tournament will at the very least book its place in the playoff to represent CONCACAF at the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup in Qatar. The Gold Cup final will be July 26 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. "With so many compelling matches set to take place in great stadiums from coast to coast, it's going to be an exciting summer of football for fans across the region".

The United States will face Panama in the 2017 Gold Cup group stages while Mexico's group will feature a rematch of the 2015 final against Jamaica. New manager Bruce Arena will be looking to take the Gold Cup crown on home soil as a way to launch into the run-in for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, a World Cup that the USA is now not a lock to qualify for.

Defending champion Mexico, the favorite heading into this year's tournament, is the top seed in Group C. Jamaica, which was runner-up to Mexico in 2015, was also placed in the group. Mexico closes out its group with a match against Curacao on July 16 in San Antonio.