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Philadelphia awarded CONCACAF Gold Cup Knockout Round match

Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, and MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey to host knockout stage matches.

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Christmas came early for fans of international soccer in our region.

Today, CONCACAF announced the venues for the 2015 Gold Cup tournament. Twelve Americancities and Toronto, Canada will host matches, and Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and East Rutherford, New Jersey will all host a knockout round match. According to the CONCACAF press release,

Complete groups and schedule, including selection of dates and assignment of matches for the knockout round and the awarding of the Final, will be announced in early 2015.

The last time a Gold Cup match was held in Philadelphia was 2009. Since then, only a handful of international matches have been played here. Most recently, the Women's World Cup Qualifiers were held at PPL Park his past October. While PPL is a much better venue for soccer, the Linc had the capacity to host a potential United States vs. Mexico or other large match. We will keep you posted on any further updates.