NEW YORK - Any team playing in both the Confederations Cup and Gold Cup in the same year will be allowed to increase its roster from 23 to 30 players, CONCACAF announced Tuesday. The decision will enable the United States to add seven players to its already announced squad for the tournament that starts Friday.

"In light of the consecutive competitions, the Confederations Cup and the Gold Cup, with the objective of providing the best performance possible for the public, and in recognition that the back-to-back tournaments strain players and their clubs, CONCACAF will give permission to any team who also is participating in the Confederations Cup in the same year to enlarge their roster to 30 from the 23 already permitted," CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer said.

"This year, we have the Confederations Cup ending just five days before the start of the Gold Cup. This allowance will be extended to any team in the future that finds itself in the same situation."

All teams still will be limited to 18 players for any one match.

The United States played two World Cup qualifiers in four days to start June, then traveled to the Confederations Cup in South Africa where it played five more games including the title match against Brazil, losing 3-2 on Sunday in its first FIFA tournament final.

The two-time defending champion USA opens its Gold Cup schedule on Saturday against Grenada in Seattle, the second game of a doubleheader following Honduras vs. Haiti. It was expected to announce its roster additions by Wednesday.

Canada will play Jamaica to open the Gold Cup on Friday at The Home Depot Center in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, with a second game between Costa Rica and El Salvador.

The 23-day event will be staged in a record 13 venues across the United States, concluding with the final at Giants Stadium outside New York City.