2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup draw: USMNT faces easy Group B test

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The three groups of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup have been drawn up, with the host United States headlining Group B and squaring off against Panama, Martinique, and the winner of a playoff match between Haiti and Nicaragua.

Group A Group B Group C
Honduras United States Mexico
Costa Rica Panama El Salvador
French Guiana Martinique Curacao
Canada Haiti/Nicaragua Jamaica

The tournament will provide new U.S. manager Bruce Arena with his first competitive fixtures at the helm of the Stars and Stripes, having taken over from Jurgen Klinsmann in an effort to steer the team back on track for World Cup qualifying.

Canada fans will feel particularly displeased with the draw, being pitted against two heavyweights in Costa Rica and Honduras, the latter having inflicted a few wounds in years past to Les Rouges.

Meanwhile, title holder Mexico will face a stiff test in El Salvador and Jamaica, with Curacao the minnow of the group.

The two top teams in each group, and the two best third-placed teams, will advance to the quarterfinals of the competition, which will kick off July 7 at Red Bull Arena.

The Knockout Stage kicks off July 19 in Philadelphia and concludes in Glendale one day later; then, the Gold Cup Semi-Final matches will be played in Arlington on July 22 and Pasadena on July 23, with the Gold Cup final set to be played July 26 in Santa Clara.

2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup draw: USMNT faces easy Group B test
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