CONCACAF Gold Cup, 2019

  • This was the 15th edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • The tournament was primarily held in the United States, with Costa Rica and Jamaica also hosting double-headers in the first round of matches.
  • It was announced in February 2018 that the tournament would expand to 16 teams from 12. The 16 teams that qualified included six who qualified directly after participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying Hexagonal, with the other ten teams qualifying through the 2019-20 CONCACAF Nations League.
  • Bermuda and Guyana appeared in the Gold Cup final stage for the first time.
  • CONCACAF confirmed in May 2018 that games in the tournament would be staged in Central America and the Caribbean in addition to the United States. This was the first time that the Gold Cup was held in either region. All previous games had been played in the United States, Mexico or Canada.
  • In a pre-tournament interview, CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio stressed: "Our Gold Cup keeps on growing and we are excited about where it is today. We know that this edition is going to be the best ever in terms of audience, in terms of fans going to the games. Expanding from 12 to 16 teams is a big commitment for us, to continue to develop this sport, to offer more of our members the opportunity to compete in our most important competition, which we think helps the development locally."
  • As the USA team was in a period of transition, Mexico began the tournament as the odds-on favourites.
  • With the demise of the FIFA Confederations Cup, the CONCACAF Cup became invalid and the Gold Cup would not qualify the winner to a major tournament for the first time since 2009.