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Austin FC's Q2 Stadium to host 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal on July 29

Mike Craven
Austin American-Statesman

Q2 Stadium, the 20,500-seat stadium built to house Austin FC matches, was selected to host one of the two 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals that take place on July 29.  

The stadium will officially open June 16 to host the U.S. Women's National Team Summer Series match against Nigeria. Austin FC plays its home opener June 19 against the San Jose Earthquakes. 

Per a club release, Austin FC's Q2 Stadium was chosen as a host for a CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal in July. The 16-team tournament kicks off early July.

The 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup features 16 teams, 12 of which qualified via the 2019-20 CONCACAF Nations League, including Mexico and the U.S. Men's National Team. Those two nations are joined by 2019 Asian Cup champion, Qatar. 

“Austin FC is proud to showcase Q2 Stadium and Austin for one of the most important matchups in the CONCACAF Gold Cup lineup,” Austin FC president Andy Loughnane said via press release. “Having Q2 Stadium named as one of 11 venues in the country to host a 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup is a great honor, and hosting one of two semifinal matches further reinforces the strength of the soccer community in Austin.”

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Three more spots are available for countries hoping to qualify in this year's Nations League. Group A consists of Mexico, El Salvador, Curacao and a yet to be determined qualifier. USA is in Group B with Martinique, Canada and a yet to be determined qualifier. Group C is Costa Rica, Jamaica, Suriname and the third eventual qualifier. Group D is Honduras, Panama, Grenada and Qatar. 

Two teams from each group advance to a knockout stage. The four winners of the knockout stage advance to the semifinal. The venue for each specific semifinal matchup will be confirmed at the conclusion of the group stage. The other semifinal will be at NRG Stadium in Houston. 

The final will take place on Aug. 1 at Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium.