The dates of the first round ties for World Cup qualifying keep getting pushed back. Franklin Grullón at the Balompié Dominicano website reports that FIFA have confirmed the Dominican Republic-Anguilla series to be played 8 and 10 July in the Dominican Republic, as Anguilla have no facilities on the island that meet international standards. The series was originally scheduled to start on Friday, but FIFA had just given stadium approval in the last couple of days. Both teams will have a month to prepare for the tie, which will be played at the Estadio Panamericano in San Cristóbal.
The Montserrat-Belize tie, originally scheduled for July, has since been moved up to mid-June. Montserrat have no football facilities in the country -- their original stadium was wiped out by volcanic activity on the island 15 years ago -- so they will play the first leg in Trinidad & Tobago. Belize, on the other hand, will finally play a home World Cup qualifier in their own country. FIFA have directed over half a million dollars in funds to build a training center and stadium at FFB headquarters in Belmopan, and the stadium lights and seats are being modified in order to meet FIFA requirements. If the stadium can meet FIFA requirements, it will almost certainly meet CONCACAF Champions League requirements as well.
I still don't understand why CONCACAF had originally scheduled this stage of the World Cup qualifiers during the Gold Cup. The ties do have to be completed by the end of next month, so why not play them after the Gold Cup had concluded?