Top 10 2017 Texas Soccer Stories-#5 CONCACAF Gold Cup descends on Texas-Dempsey ties record

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United States celebrate semifinal victory over Costa Rica in Arlington-July 22

The 2017 iteration (the 14th) of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, a tournament played every two years to crown the confederation champion, was won by the United States when they defeated Jamaica 2-1 in Santa Clara, CA on July 26.

Leading up to the final, Texas played a huge part of this tournament, hosting more than a quarter of the total games played, in four different venues around the state (the only state to host in four different stadiums):

July 11 in Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium:  Group A matches: Canada vs. Costa Rica and Honduras vs. French Guiana

July 14 in Frisco’s Toyota Stadium:  Group A matches:  Canada vs.  Honduras and French Guiana vs. Costa Rica

July 16 in San Antonio’s Alamodome:  Group C matches:  Mexico vs. Curacao and Jamaica vs. El Salvador

July 22 in Arlington’s AT&T Stadium:  Semifinal match:  US vs. Costa Rica

In the 82nd minute of the United States 2-0 semifinal win over Costa Rica Nacogdoches native Clint Dempsey scored the 57th goal of his U.S. national team career to tie Landon Donovan for the most in US Soccer history.

Hosting seven different matches in four stadiums all over the state in this confederation tournament was enough to be memorable.  Having Texas native Clint Dempsey tie the US goal scoring record in his home state was icing on the cake.

Previous posts in this series:

https://txsoccerjournal.com/2017/12/20/top-10-2017-texas-soccer-stories-6-san-antonio-fcs-defense-leads-club-to-first-playoff-win/

https://txsoccerjournal.com/2017/12/19/top-10-2017-texas-soccer-stories-7-midland-odessa-npsl-final-run-highlights-rapid-non-league-soccer-growth/

https://txsoccerjournal.com/2017/12/19/top-10-2017-texas-soccer-stories-8-fc-dallas-concacaf-champions-league-run/

https://txsoccerjournal.com/2017/12/18/top-10-2017-texas-soccer-stories-9-tumultuous-season-for-the-houston-dash/

https://txsoccerjournal.com/2017/12/18/top-10-2017-texas-soccer-stories-10-fc-dallas-youth-win-the-dallas-cup-u19-cup/

https://txsoccerjournal.com/2017/12/15/key-texas-soccer-stories-of-2017/

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