CINCINNATI – Two of FC Cincinnati’s biggest stars may get a chance to show off their skills on an international stage this summer as part of the United States’ 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup team.
If their squad does well enough, there’s a chance they’ll get to sport the red, white and blue in front of their Cincinnati fans.
What You Need To Know
- FC Cincinnati's Matt Miazga and Brandon Vazquez will be on the United States roster for the upcoming Gold Cup
- The Gold Cup is a tournament featuring countries from North America, Central America and the Caribbean
- If the U.S. advances out of group play, they'll play in Cincinnati on July 9
U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that defender Matt Miazga and forward Brandon Vazquez are part of the final 23-man roster for the Gold Cup. The men’s national team will come together on June 20 in Chicago for a training camp ahead of its Group A opener at Soldier Field against Jamaica on Saturday, June 24.
Should the U.S. advance to the knockout stage, they’ll play a match at FC Cincinnati’s TQL Stadium on Sunday, July 9. To advance, the team needs to finish first or second in their four-team group. Group A also consists of Nicaragua and a yet-to-be-determined fourth team.
Started in 1991, the Gold Cup is the main soccer competition for countries in CONCACAF – a confederation of countries from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The competition has been dominated by Mexico and the U.S. over the years, with the two countries winning all but one of the once-every-two-year tournaments. Canada won in 2000.
The Stars and Stripes will seek to tie Mexico’s record eight Gold Cup titles. The U.S. is the defending champion.
Miazga was part of a Gold Cup-winning team in 2017. The Clifton, New Jersey native’s lone international goal came in the a 3-0 win over Nicaragua in Cleveland during that tournament. He was also on the 2019 team that lost to Mexico in the finals, 1-0.
In his most recent national call-up, Miazga, 27, came off the bench and played 20 minutes in the Continental Clásico against Mexico on April 19. Vazquez played 65 minutes during that match.
Vazquez doesn’t have as much international experience as his teammate. But the 24-year-old is quickly becoming a regular on the national team. The 24-year-old received his first call-up this past winter as part of a January training camp. Since then, he’s made three senior team appearances.
In January, Vazquez became the first active FC Cincinnati player to both appear and score for the USMNT. He accomplished the feat in an international friendly against Serbia.
Sixteen of the 23 players named to the U.S. Gold Cup roster come from Major League Soccer. With two selections each, FC Cincinnati and Seattle Sounders lead the list of 12 MLS teams represented on the club. Players also join from clubs in England, Italy, Mexico and the Netherlands.
Per Gold Cup rules, countries must submit their final roster no later than June 14. A player may be replaced on the roster up to 24 hours prior a team’s first match of the group phase, as well as 24 hours after the completion of its group stage competition, in the case of injury. The replacement player must come from the 60-man preliminary rosters.
FC Cincinnati defender Alvas Powell and goalkeeper Roman Celentano are also on the U.S. preliminary roster.