Omar Gonzalez of the USMNT tries to keep up with Erick "Cubo" Torres of Mexico
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Grudge match: USMNT to host Mexico in Confederations Cup playoff at Rose Bowl on Oct. 9

Mexico's 3-1 win over Jamaica in the Gold Cup final on Sunday evening gave them not only another trophy, but a spot in a one-game playoff against the US men's national team for the right to play in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

CONCACAF announced late Sunday night that the playoff will take place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on Friday, Oct. 9. Ticket sales will open in September. 

As 2013 Gold Cup champions, the USA would have received an automatic berth to the Confederations Cup had they also won the 2015 title. Their semifinal elimination meant the Americans will have to face the El Tri, the 2015 champions, for the CONCACAF region's lone berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Confederations Cup is a tournament held every four years among the reigning regional champions across the world, including the CONCACAF region. It's hosted by the nation that will host the World Cup the following year and is widely regarded as a World Cup tune-up for the host country as well as for the participating teams.

The last time the USA qualified for the Confederations Cup was in South Africa 2009, when they advanced all the way to the final and even took a 2-0 lead against Brazil before dropping a 3-2 result and finishing in second place.

Mexico were eliminated in the group stage of the 2013 tounament in their last appearance. They won the Confederations Cup when they hosted it back in 1999, before the switch to the current hosting format. Mexico beat the US 1-0 in the '99 semifinals thanks to a golden goal from Cuauhtemoc Blanco, before going on to top Brazil in the final.

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