By Ryan Mayer–
(CBS Local) In the wake of the United States winning the Women’s World Cup, you may have missed the men’s team beginning play in this year’s Gold Cup. The tournament is being held all over the U.S., and the men are set to play Panama on Monday night in Kansas City in their final match of the group stages.
After winning their first two matches, the U.S. is a lock to be at the top of their group once the tournament advances to the knockout stages. In case you still have a case of soccer fever or want to go and see a match in person, here’s the schedule for the Gold Cup knockout stages and where the US could possibly play.
Quarterfinals — July 18 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore
Team USA will be first in its group regardless of the outcome against Panama, having already locked up six points and no one else in Group A having more than two points. The one seed from Group A will play the three seed from either Group B or C at the home of the Ravens in Baltimore. Tickets are available starting at $42.
Semifinals — July 22 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta
If the U.S. advances to the semifinals of the tournament — which is expected — it would head on down to Georgia for a match on July 22.
3rd-place game — July 25 at PPL Park in Chester, Penn.
With a loss in the semifinals, the Americans would still have another match in front of them with the third-place game that will be held at the home of the Philadelphia Union in Chester, Penn. Tickets for the venue are pretty cheap if you want to get in on them now.
Final — July 26 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia
If Team USA makes the final like it has in the past five Gold Cups, it would find itself in the City of Brotherly Love. The Linc will play host to the final match, and if you want to plan your trip tickets right now are selling for around $50.
There’s plenty of opportunity to quench that thirst for national team soccer, right here on our home turf over the course of the next two weeks.
Ryan Mayer is an associate producer for CBS Local Sports.