1989 CONCACAF Championship

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1989 CONCACAF Championship
CONCACAF Championship
Tournament details
Dates 19 March – 19 November
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Final positions
Champions  Costa Rica (3rd title)
Runners-up  United States
Third place  Trinidad and Tobago
Tournament statistics
Matches played 18
Goals scored 29 (1.61 per match)
Top scorer(s) Guatemala Raúl Chacón
Guatemala Julio Rodas
Costa Rica Evaristo Coronado
Costa Rica Juan Arnoldo Cayasso
Costa Rica Leonidas Flores
Trinidad and Tobago Leonson Lewis
Trinidad and Tobago Kerry Jamerson
Trinidad and Tobago Philibert Jones
(2 goals)
1985
1991

The 1989 CONCACAF Championship was the tenth and last edition of the CONCACAF Championship held under the format of serving as qualification to the 1990 FIFA World Cup and having no host nation for the final round.

Costa Rica narrowly emerged as champions on goal difference to win their third title and participate in their first World Cup ever. The United States finished runners-up by virtue of one goal, but qualified for their first World Cup in forty years after beating Trinidad and Tobago in 1–0, with a goal dubbed "The Shot Heard around the World".

A total of sixteen CONCACAF teams entered the competition. However, FIFA rejected the entry of Belize due to debts to FIFA. The North, Central American and Caribbean zone was allocated 2 places (out of 24) in the final tournament.

Qualification[edit]

Five teams qualified from the two stage qualification process that ran from April to November 1988. Mexico were disqualified during this stage after having been found to have fielded over-aged players during the 1988 Olympic Games qualifiers which was a youth tournament. Their scheduled opponents Costa Rica therefore advanced to the Final Round unopposed.

Final round[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Costa Rica 8 5 1 2 10 6 +4 11
 United States 8 4 3 1 6 3 +3 11
 Trinidad and Tobago 8 3 3 2 7 5 +2 9
 Guatemala 6 1 1 4 4 7 −3 3
 El Salvador 6 0 2 4 2 8 −6 2
  Costa Rica El Salvador Guatemala Trinidad and Tobago United States
Costa Rica  1 – 0 2 – 1 1 – 0 1 – 0
El Salvador  2 – 4 X – X 0 – 0 0 – 1
Guatemala  1 – 0 X – X 0 – 1 0 – 0
Trinidad and Tobago  1 – 1 2 – 0 2 – 1 0 – 1
United States  1 – 0 0 – 0 2 – 1 1 – 1

Costa Rica won the 1989 CONCACAF Championship and, along with the United States, qualified for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.


2 April 1989
Costa Rica  2 – 1  Guatemala
Flores Goal 42'
Coronado Goal 78'
Rodas Goal 51'

16 April 1989
Costa Rica  1 – 0  United States
Rhoden Goal 14'

30 April 1989
United States  1 – 0  Costa Rica
Ramos Goal 72'

13 May 1989
United States  1 – 1  Trinidad and Tobago
Trittschuh Goal 48' Charles Goal 88'
Murdock Stadium, Torrance
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Luigi Agnolin (Italy)



17 June 1989
United States  2 – 1  Guatemala
Murray Goal 3'
Eichmann Goal 67'
Chacón Goal 22'
Veterans Stadium, New Britain
Attendance: 10,500
Referee: Gordon Arrowsmith (Canada)

25 June 1989
El Salvador  2 – 4  Costa Rica
Rodriguez Goal 24'
Rivas Goal 63'
Cayasso Goal 16'
Hidalgo Goal 46'
Flóres Goal 51'75'


30 July 1989
Trinidad and Tobago  2 – 0  El Salvador
Lewis Goal 50'61'
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain
Referee: Tony Evangelista (Canada)

13 August 1989
El Salvador  0 – 0  Trinidad and Tobago
Estadio Nacional, Tegucigalpa[1]
Attendance: 16,882
Referee: Gonzalo Tejada (Honduras)


3 September 1989
Trinidad and Tobago  2 – 1  Guatemala
Jones Goal 10'
Jamerson Goal 88'
Rodas Goal 6'

17 September 1989
El Salvador  0 – 1  United States
Perez Goal 61'

8 October 1989
Guatemala  0 – 0  United States

5 November 1989
United States  0 – 0  El Salvador
Saint Louis Soccer Park, Fenton
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: John Meachin (Canada)

19 November 1989
Trinidad and Tobago  0 – 1  United States
Caligiuri Goal 30'

19 November 1989
El Salvador  Not Played[3]  Guatemala

21 November 1989
Guatemala  Not Played[3]  El Salvador


 1989 CONCACAF Championship Winners 

Costa Rica
Third title

Topscorers[edit]

2 Goals
1 Goal

References[edit]

  1. ^ The El Salvador–Trinidad and Tobago match was played on neutral ground in Honduras instead of in El Salvador.
  2. ^ The El Salvador–United States match was played on neutral ground in Honduras instead of in El Salvador.
  3. ^ a b Both matches between El Salvador and Guatemala were originally scheduled to be played in Guatemala; later it was agreed that they would not be played, due to their lack of importance (neither team could have qualified for the World Cup by winning both matches).

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