Report: Allianz Field in St. Paul to host Gold Cup opener featuring the U.S. national team

It'll be the first game for the U.S. national team since their World Cup failure.
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Minnesota is quickly becoming one of the marquee destination states for major sporting events.

We've had the Super Bowl, we're getting the Final Four, and now the Twin Cities is also expected to play host to the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The U.S. men's national soccer team (USMNT) will play their first Gold Cup game at the brand new Allianz Field in St. Paul, according to a report from Sports Illustrated, which says an official announcement is coming Tuesday. 

It will be the USMNT's first competitive match since failing to qualify for the World Cup last October. 

The team's longtime coach Bruce Arena resigned days after the major disappointment, leaving the USMNT in the hands of interim coach Dave Sarachan. 

The Gold Cup features 12 national teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean, playing in a 4-team round-robin, before settling into the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship matches. 

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The winner of the tournament proceeds to a playoff with the previous winner – the winner of which advances to the global 2021 Confederations Cup.

As the USMNT won the Gold Cup in 2017, they will qualify automatically if they do it again in 2019.

Allianz Field is still under construction currently with a completion date expected in the spring of 2019, when it starts its service as the home of Minnesota United FC.

The natural grass stadium will have maximum seating capacity of 19,400.

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