MIAMI (CMC): Four new venues have been added to the roster for next July’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, the confederation announced yesterday. The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas; the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio; Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California; and Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee will be among 14 venues which will play host to the July 7-26 continental championship staged exclusively in the United States. In 2015, preliminary-round matches were staged in Toronto. “We’re excited to bring the Gold Cup to new markets across the country. These cities have all proved ready and eager to host our region’s marquee soccer championship, and welcome world-class international soccer next summer,” said CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio. “With matches also set for some of our more popular venues over the years, such as Dallas, Los Angeles and New York, next year’s Gold Cup will highlight the top-tier sporting status of international soccer across the nation.” The Alamodome, the FirstEnergy Stadium and Nissan Stadium will also feature preliminary-round games, while Levi’s Stadium will be one of five venues to stage knockout games. Jamaica, the 2015 finalists, along with CuraÁao, French Guiana and Martinique are the Caribbean teams which have so far secured qualification for the Gold Cup. Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname and Haiti will contest a play-off next month for a chance to secure another berth at the showpiece. Canada, Mexico and the United States automatically qualify, with the four top finishers from next month’s UNCAF Central American Cup wrapping up the remaining places at the 12-nation championship.
RIVERVIEW, N.B. – A New Brunswick teenager with terminal cancer is being honoured by Governor General Julie Payette with a Meritorious Service Decoration for inspiring people around the world to do good deeds.Becca Schofield gained national attention in December 2016 when she posted a message on Facebook asking people to perform acts of kindness and post them on social media with the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo.The Riverview teen had put the request on her bucket list of things to do before she died after getting a terminal cancer diagnosis.The Schofields told Global News they received a letter confirming the decoration in December, noting that a presentation ceremony will be held at a later date.“She feels very honoured,” said her mother, Anne Schofield. “Every award that she has received has touched her deeply.”The award was created by the Queen to recognize Canadians for “exceptional deeds that bring honour to our country.” Past recipients have included astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield (Ret’d) and Olympian Clara Hughes.Anne Schofield says she’s proud of her daughter and everything she has achieved.“It’s a little overwhelming, all this recognition that she’s getting for that small request that she’s made,” she said. “It’s amazing how one small request can affect so many people. It has a ripple effect.”She says her daughter is feeling better, but is often tired.“We know the journey is nearing its end,” she told Global. “We just take it one day at a time.”(Global News)