Regardless of the winner, the ceremony following the 2013 Gold Cup final will be in both English and Spanish, CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb said.
Two years ago, when Mexico defeated the United States 4-2 in the final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., the closing ceremony took place in Spanish. Already incensed from blowing a two-goal lead, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard reacted vehemently to the language choice.
"CONCACAF should be ashamed of themselves," Howard said. "I think it was a f---ing disgrace that the entire postmatch ceremony was in Spanish. You can bet your ass that if we were in Mexico City, it wouldn't be all in English.”
The 2013 edition kicks off where the 2011 Gold Cup ended, in Pasadena. Speaking from the bowels of the Rose Bowl on Sunday, CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb announced that this year's ceremony will use both languages.
“The objective this year is to be doing both in English and in Spanish,” Webb said.
Soldier Field in Chicago will host the 2013 final on July 28.
Follow ZAC LEE RIGG on or shoot him an email