CONCACAF Gold Cup final scheduled for August 1 in Las Vegas

Most top players are expected to skip the tournament, which starts on July 10.

Fifteen teams from North and Central America and invited guest Qatar will participate in the tournament.   -  AP

This year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup final will be played on August 1 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Most top players are expected to skip the tournament, which starts on July 10. The Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Association Football announced the site on Tuesday.

U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter says he will let his European-based regulars have vacation ahead of the start of the European club seasons and the opening of World Cup qualifying on September 2. Top young players from Mexico and Honduras will be at the Olympic football tournament in Japan, which runs from July 22 to August 7.

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The United States is in Group B with Canada, Martinique and the winner of qualifying among Haiti, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bermuda and Barbados. Defending champion Mexico is in Group A with El Salvador, Curaçao and the winner of qualifying among Trinidad and Tobago, Montserrat, Cuba and French Guiana.

Costa Rica, Jamaica and Suriname are in Group C with the winner of qualifying among Guatemala, Guyana, Guadeloupe and Bahamas. Honduras, Panama, Grenada and invited guest Qatar, next year’s World Cup host, are in Group D.