1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup

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1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup
CONCACAF Championship
Tournament details
Host country United States
Dates February 1 – February 15
Teams 10 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Mexico (3rd title)
Runners-up  United States
Third place  Brazil
Fourth place  Jamaica
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 44 (2.75 per match)
Top scorer(s) Costa Rica Paulo Wanchope
Mexico Luis Hernández
(4 goals each)
Best player United States Kasey Keller
1996
2000

The 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the fourth edition of the Gold Cup, the football (soccer) championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF).

The tournament was once again held in the United States, in Los Angeles, Miami, and Oakland. The format of the tournament changed from 1996: it was expanded to ten teams, with four in Group A and three each in Groups B and C. The top team in each group, plus the second place in Group A would advance to the semifinals. Brazil was invited again, and brought their senior team this time.

Jamaica, getting ready for the 1998 World Cup, pulled the stunner of the first round. They didn't even qualify for the tournament, but Canada withdrew, granting them a spot. Jamaica then topped Group A over Brazil (they tied the South Americans 0–0). In the semi-finals, the United States beat Brazil, as Preki scored the lone goal and Kasey Keller preserved the clean sheet. The United States couldn't repeat that performance in front of a pro-Mexican final crowd in Los Angeles. Mexico won their third straight Gold Cup, 1–0, on a Luis Hernández goal.

Participating nations[edit]

Team Qualification Appearance
in Gold Cup
North American zone
 United States Host 4th
 Mexico Automatic 4th
 Canada (1) Automatic 4th
Caribbean zone qualified through the 1997 Caribbean Cup
 Trinidad and Tobago Winners 3rd
 Cuba Winner of the above playoff 1st
Central American zone qualified through the 1997 UNCAF Nations Cup
 Costa Rica Winners 3rd
 Guatemala Runners-Up 3rd
 El Salvador 3rd Place 2nd
 Honduras 4th Place 4th
CONMEBOL
 Brazil Invited 2nd

(1) Canada withdrew and was replaced by Jamaica.

Gold Cup play-off[edit]

A playoff between Cuba, the runner-up from the 1996 Caribbean Cup and Saint Kitts and Nevis, the runner-up from the 1997 Caribbean Cup, was held to determine which nation should qualify for the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Venues[edit]

Los Angeles Oakland Miami
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Orange Bowl
Capacity: 93,607 Capacity: 63,026 Capacity: 74,476
11-11-06-LA-Coliseum-USC-UO.jpg Oakland Coliseum field from Mt. Davis.JPG Orange Bowl.jpg

First round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Jamaica 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
 Brazil 3 1 2 0 5 1 +4 5
 Guatemala 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
 El Salvador 3 0 1 2 0 6 −6 1
February 1, 1998
El Salvador  0–0  Guatemala
Report

February 3, 1998
Brazil  0–0  Jamaica
Report
Orange Bowl, Miami
Attendance: 43,754
Referee: Esfandiar Baharmast (United States)

February 5, 1998
Brazil  1–1  Guatemala
Romário Goal 79' Report Plata Goal 90'
Orange Bowl, Miami
Attendance: 17,842
Referee: Ramesh Ramdhan (Trinidad and Tobago)

February 8, 1998
El Salvador  0–4  Brazil
Report Edmundo Goal 7'
Romário Goal 19'
Élber Goal 87'90'

February 8, 1998
Guatemala  2–3  Jamaica
Plata Goal 16'
Westphal Goal 84'
Report Hall Goal 14'67'
Williams Goal 55'

February 9, 1998
Jamaica  2–0  El Salvador
Gayle Goal 41'
Simpson Goal 62'
Report
  • Originally scheduled on February 6, postponed by heavy rain.

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Mexico 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 6
 Trinidad and Tobago 2 1 0 1 5 5 0 3
 Honduras 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0
February 1, 1998
Honduras  1–3  Trinidad and Tobago
Pavón Goal 66' Report Nixon Goal 35'
John Goal 39'70'
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
Attendance: 11,234
Referee: Peter Prendergast (Jamaica)

February 4, 1998
Mexico  4–2  Trinidad and Tobago
Ramírez Goal 37'
Hernández Goal 63'82'
Palencia Goal 65'
Report Marcelle Goal 59'
Nixon Goal 75'
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
Attendance: 17,256
Referee: Mendoça (Brazil)

February 7, 1998
Mexico  2–0  Honduras
Blanco Goal 22'86' Report

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4 6
 Costa Rica 2 1 0 1 8 4 +4 3
 Cuba 2 0 0 2 2 10 −8 0
February 1, 1998
United States  3–0  Cuba
Wegerle Goal 55'
Wynalda Goal 58'
Moore Goal 76' (pen.)
Report
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
Attendance: 11,234
Referee: Mourad Daami (Tunisia)

February 4, 1998
Costa Rica  7–2  Cuba
Berry Goal 3'
Wanchope Goal 21'32'64'78'
López Goal 29' (pen.)
Myers Goal 44'
Report Marten-Pellicier Goal 50'
Sebrango Goal 90'
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
Attendance: 17,256
Referee: Arturo Brizio Carter (Mexico)

February 7, 1998
United States  2–1  Costa Rica
Pope Goal 7'
Preki Goal 78'
Report Oviedo Goal 56'
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
Attendance: 36,240
Referee: Mohammed Nazri (Malaysia)

Knockout round[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Semi-finals Final
February 10 – Los Angeles
   United States   1  
   Brazil   0  
 
February 15 – Los Angeles
       United States   0
     Mexico   1
Third place
February 12 - Los Angeles February 14 – Los Angeles
   Jamaica   0    Brazil   1
   Mexico   1      Jamaica   0

Semi-finals[edit]

February 10, 1998
United States  1–0  Brazil
Preki Goal 65' Report

February 12, 1998
Mexico  1 – 0 (asdet)  Jamaica
Hernández Golden goal in the 105th minute 105' Report

Third place match[edit]

February 15, 1998
Brazil  1–0  Jamaica
Romário Goal 77' Report

Final[edit]

February 15, 1998
United States  0 –1  Mexico
Report Hernández Goal 43'

Awards[edit]

Top Scorer Most Valuable Player
Costa Rica Paulo Wanchope
Mexico Luis Hernández
Mexico Jorge Campos
Best XI
Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Mexico Jorge Campos United States Eddie Pope
Mexico Claudio Suárez
Brazil Ze María
Mexico Ramón Ramírez
United States Preki
Jamaica Paul Hall
Mexico Cuauhtémoc Blanco
Brazil Edmundo
Brazil Romário
Costa Rica Paulo Wanchope

Topscorers[edit]

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals

Final standings[edit]

R Team G P W D L GF GA GD Pts.
1  Mexico B 4 4 0 0 8 2 +6 12
2  United States C 4 3 0 1 6 2 +4 9
3  Brazil A 5 2 2 1 6 2 +4 8
4  Jamaica A 5 2 1 2 5 4 +1 7
5  Costa Rica C 2 1 0 1 8 4 +4 3
6  Trinidad and Tobago B 2 1 0 1 5 5 0 3
7  Guatemala A 3 0 2 1 3 4 −2 2
8  El Salvador A 3 0 1 2 0 6 −6 1
9  Honduras B 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0
10  Cuba C 2 0 0 2 2 10 −8 0

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