1998 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)

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The 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification, CONCACAF zone ran from March 1996 to November 1997 in order to determine the three CONCACAF representatives at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. For an overview of the qualification rounds, see 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 30 CONCACAF teams entered the competition. Mexico, the USA, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and Canada, the six highest-ranked teams according to FIFA, received byes and advanced to the semi-finals directly. The remaining 24 teams were divided into two zones, based on geographical locations, as follows:

  • Caribbean Zone: The 20 teams played in three rounds of knockout matches on a home-and-away basis to determine four winners advancing to the semi-finals.
  • Central American Zone: The four teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners would advance to the semi-finals.

In the semi-finals, the 12 teams were divided into three groups of four teams each. They played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners and runners-up would advance to the final round.

In the final round, the six teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The top three teams would qualify.

Preliminary round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Dominican Republic  6–3  Aruba 3–2 3–1
Guyana  1–8  Grenada 1–2 0–6
Saint Kitts and Nevis  w/o  Bahamas
Dominica  6–4  Antigua and Barbuda 3–3 3–1

Group A[edit]

March 24, 1996
Dominican Republic  3 – 2  Aruba
Rodríguez Goal 28'
Mariano Goal 50'
Peña Goal 73'
(report) Davellar Goal 60'
Malmberg Goal 84'

March 31, 1996
Aruba  1 – 3  Dominican Republic
Davelaar Goal 38' (pen.) (report) Rodríguez Goal 5' (pen.)
Aquino Goal 62'
Queliz Goal 87'

Dominican Republic won 6-3 on aggregate.

Group B[edit]

March 29, 1996
Guyana  1 – 2  Grenada
Joseph Goal 13' (report) Charles Goal 54'
Otis Roberts Goal 63'

April 7, 1996
Grenada  6 – 0  Guyana
Charles Goal 33'
François Goal 40'47'
Fletcher Goal 48'71'82'
(report)

Grenada won 8-1 on aggregate.

Group C[edit]

The Bahamas withdrew, so Saint Kitts and Nevis advanced to the first round automatically.

Group D[edit]

March 10, 1996
Dominica  3 – 3  Antigua and Barbuda
Dominique Goal 8'
Dangler Goal 42'
Marshall Goal 89'
(report) Clarke Goal 15'
Edwards Goal 28'75'
Windsor Park, Roseau
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: Barbados Mark Forde

March 31, 1996
Antigua and Barbuda  1 – 3  Dominica
Edwards Goal 59' (report) Greenaway Goal 23'
Morancie Goal 60'
Edmond Goal 66'

Dominica won 6-4 on aggregate.

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Dominican Republic  2–1  Netherlands Antilles 2–1 0–0
Haiti  7–1  Grenada 6–1 1–0
Cayman Islands  0–6  Cuba 0–1 0–5
Saint Kitts and Nevis  6–1  Saint Lucia 5–1 1–0
Puerto Rico  1–9  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1–2 0–7
Dominica  0–2  Barbados 0–1 0–1
Suriname  0–2  Jamaica 0–1 0–1
Trinidad and Tobago  w/o  Bermuda

Group 1[edit]


Dominican Republic won 2-1 on aggregate.

Group 2[edit]

May 12, 1996
Haiti  6 – 1  Grenada
Wilson Chevalier Goal 11'
Golman Pierre Goal 35'58'
Isaac Chauvet Goal 62'64'73'
(report) Patrick Modeste Goal 85'
Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince
Attendance: 5500
Referee: Trinidad and Tobago Robin Murray

May 18, 1996
Grenada  0 – 1  Haiti
(report) Golman Pierre Goal 49'
Queen's Park (Grenada), St. George's
Attendance: 1200
Referee: Barbados Victor Moore

Haiti won 7-1 on aggregate.

Group 3[edit]

May 12, 1996
Cayman Islands  0 – 1  Cuba
(report) Lázaro Dalcourt Goal 10'
Truman Bodden, George Town
Attendance: 2000
Referee: Honduras Argelio Sabillon

May 14, 1996
Cuba  5 – 0  Cayman Islands
Alexander Cruzata Goal 19'
Cebranco Rodríguez Goal 63'
Lázaro Dalcourt Goal 68'81'
Lester Moré Goal 83'
(report)
Truman Bodden, George Town
Attendance: 1200
Referee: Mexico Pascual Rebolledo Cárdenas

Note:Both matches were played in Cayman Islands.

Cuba won 6-0 on aggregate.

Group 4[edit]

May 5, 1996
Saint Kitts and Nevis  5 – 1  Saint Lucia
Dwight Allers Kelley Goal 5'86'
Vernon Sargeant Goal 22'44'
Keith Gumbs Goal 41'
(report) Earl Jean Goal 51'
Warner Park, Basseterre
Attendance: 1500
Referee: Trinidad and Tobago Robin Murray

May 19, 1996
Saint Lucia  0 – 1  Saint Kitts and Nevis
(report) Dwight Allers Kelley Goal 50'
Mindoo Philip Park, Castries
Attendance: 500
Referee: Netherlands Antilles Harry Leocadio Davelaar

Saint Kitts and Nevis won 6-1 on aggregate.

Group 5[edit]


May 12, 1996
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  7 – 0  Puerto Rico
Jack Goal 3'13'25'
Mussenden Goal 35' (o.g.)
Hinds Goal 37'59'
Charles Goal 64'
(report)

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines won 9-1 on aggregate.

Group 6[edit]

May 14, 1996
Dominica  0 – 1  Barbados
(report) Roger Proverbs Goal 63'
Windsor Park, Roseau
Attendance: 3000
Referee: Jamaica Charles Barrett

May 19, 1996
Barbados  1 – 0  Dominica
Gregory Goodridge Goal 67' (report)
Barbados National Stadium, Bridgetown
Attendance: 2500
Referee: Trinidad and Tobago Austin Eric Harewood

Barbados won 2-0 on aggregate.

Group 7[edit]

March 31, 1996
Suriname  0 – 1  Jamaica
(report) Whitmore Goal 56'
Flora Stadion, Paramaribo
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Antigua and Barbuda Vanroy Burnes

April 21, 1996
Jamaica  1 – 0  Suriname
P. Davis Goal 73' (report)

Jamaica won 2-0 on aggregate.

Group 8[edit]

Bermuda withdrew, so Trinidad and Tobago advanced to the second round automatically.

Second round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Caribbean Zone
Cuba  7–2  Haiti 6–1 1–1
Dominican Republic  1–12  Trinidad and Tobago 1–4 0–8
Barbados  0–3  Jamaica 0–1 0–2
Saint Kitts and Nevis  2–2 (a)  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2–2 0–0
Central American Zone
Nicaragua  1–3  Guatemala 0–1 1–2
Belize  2–6  Panama 1–2 1–4

Caribbean Zone[edit]

Group A[edit]

June 23, 1996
Cuba  6 – 1  Haiti
Eduardo Sebrango Goal 18'
Mario Pedraza Goal  44'
Lazaro Dalcourt Goal 61'70'71'
Lester More Goal 81'
(report) Rosemond Pierre Goal 84'
Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Guatemala Mario Efrain Escobar

This match was played on neutral ground instead of in Cuba.


June 30, 1996
Haiti  1 – 1  Cuba
Isaac Chauvet Goal 1' (report) Armando Cruz Goal 1'
Stade Capois, Cap Haitien
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: Costa Rica Ramon Luis Mendez Vega

Cuba won 7-2 on aggregate.

Group B[edit]


June 23, 1996
Trinidad and Tobago  8 – 0  Dominican Republic
Stern John Goal 1'Goal 23' Goal 80'
Dwight Yorke Goal 8'
Angus Eve Goal 16' Goal 42'
Anthony Rougier Goal 19'
Russell Latapy Goal 90'
(report)

Trinidad and Tobago won 12-1 on aggregate.

Group C[edit]

June 23, 1996
Barbados  0 – 1  Jamaica
(report) Walter Boyd Goal 90'

June 30, 1996
Jamaica  2 – 0  Barbados
Theodore Whitmore Goal 23'
Walter Boyd Goal 72'
(report)
Independence Park, Kingston
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Trinidad and Tobago Ramesh Ramdhan

Jamaica won 3-0 on aggregate.

Group D[edit]


Saint Kitts and Nevis 2-2 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on aggregate. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines won on the away goals rule.

Central American Zone[edit]

Group E[edit]

May 5, 1996
Nicaragua  0 – 1  Guatemala
(report) Juan Carlos Plata Goal 27'
Estadio Cacique Diriangén, Diriamba
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: United States Tim Wayland

May 10, 1996
Guatemala  2 – 1  Nicaragua
Juan Carlos Plata Goal 62' Goal 67' (report) Ezequiel Jerez Goal 87'
Guatemala City
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Canada Dino Bucci

Guatemala won 3-1 on aggregate.

Group F[edit]

June 2, 1996
Belize  1 – 2  Panama
David McCauley Goal 28' (report) Rubén Guevara Goal 57'
Julio Dely Valdes Goal 61'

June 9, 1996
Panama  4 – 1  Belize
Julio Dely Valdes Goal 14' Goal 46' Goal 61'
Víctor Mendieta Goal 88'
(report) Denmark Casey Goal 60'

Panama won 6-2 on aggregate.

Third round[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  United States 6 4 1 1 10 5 5 13
2  Costa Rica 6 4 0 2 9 5 4 12
3  Guatemala 6 2 2 2 6 9 -3 8
4  Trinidad and Tobago 6 0 1 5 3 9 -6 1

The United States and Costa Rica advanced to the final round. Guatemala played their home games in Los Angeles and San Salvador instead of at home due to FIFA stadium standards.

September 1, 1996
Trinidad and Tobago  0 – 1  Costa Rica
(report) Ronald Gomez Goal 54'
October 6, 1996
Trinidad and Tobago  1 – 1  Guatemala
Jerren Nixon Goal 37' (report) Rudy Ramirez Goal 22'
Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Barbados Mark Forde
November 3, 1996
United States  2 – 0  Guatemala
Eric Wynalda Goal 54'
Brian McBride Goal 87'
(report)
RFK Stadium, Washington DC
Attendance: 30,082
Referee: Jamaica Charles Barrett
November 10, 1996
Costa Rica  3 – 0  Guatemala
Javier Delgado Goal 53'
Hernan Medford Goal 74'
Ronald Gomez Goal 78'
(report)
November 24, 1996
Trinidad and Tobago  0 – 1  United States
(report) Joe-Max Moore Goal 36'
November 24, 1996
Guatemala  1 – 0  Costa Rica
Juan Carlos Plata Goal 34' (report)
Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Attendance: 22,697
Referee: El Salvador Rafael Rodriguez
December 1, 1996
Costa Rica  2 – 1  United States
Paulo Wanchope Goal 39'
Wilmer Lopez Goal 84'
(report) Cobi Jones Goal 89'
December 8, 1996
Guatemala  2 – 1  Trinidad and Tobago
Julio Rodas Goal 26' Goal 67' (report) Angus Eve Goal 30'
Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Canada William Laidlaw
December 14, 1996
United States  2 – 1  Costa Rica
Brian McBride Goal 16'
Roy Lassiter Goal 60'
(report) Ronald Gomez Goal 74'
Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto
Attendance: 40,527
Referee: Mexico León Padro Borja
December 21, 1996
Guatemala  2 – 2  United States
Juan Funes Goal 9'
Juan Carlos Plata Goal 44'
(report) Predrag Radosavljević Goal 7'
Frankie Hejduk Goal 48'
Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador
Attendance: 43,000
Referee: Canada Mike Seifert

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Canada 6 5 1 0 10 1 9 16
2  El Salvador 6 3 1 2 12 6 6 10
3  Panama 6 1 2 3 8 11 -3 5
4  Cuba 6 1 0 5 4 16 -12 3

Canada and El Salvador advanced to the final round.

Cuba played all their matches away from home.

August 30, 1996
Canada  3 – 1  Panama
Geoff Aunger Goal 40'
Paul Peschisolido Goal 42'
Carlo Corazzin Goal 87'
(report) Jorge Dely Valdés Goal 49'
September 8, 1996
Cuba  0 – 5  El Salvador
(report) José Carlos Rivera Goal 22' Goal 80'
Raúl Díaz Arce Goal 49' Goal 72'
Mauricio Cienfuegos Goal 83'
September 22, 1996
Cuba  3 – 1  Panama
Eduardo Sebrango Goal 42' Goal 70'
Manuel Bobadilla Goal 88'
(report) Jorge Dely Valdés Goal 55'
October 6, 1996
Panama  1 – 1  El Salvador
Juan Carlos Cubillas Goal 43' (report) Raúl Díaz Arce Goal 51'
October 10, 1996
Canada  2 – 0  Cuba
Alex Bunbury Goal 29'
Paul Peschisolido Goal 53'
(report)
Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Trinidad and Tobago Ramesh Ramdhan
October 13, 1996
Cuba  0 – 2  Canada
(report) Paul Peschisolido Goal 15'
Nick Dasovic Goal 79'
October 27, 1996
Panama  0 – 0  Canada
(report)
November 3, 1996
Canada  1 – 0  El Salvador
Alex Bunbury Goal 65' (report)
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby
Attendance: 6,858
Referee: Costa Rica Ronald Gutiérrez
November 10, 1996
El Salvador  3 – 2  Panama
Raúl Díaz Arce Goal 43'
Wilfredo Iraheta Goal 68'
Giovanni Trigueros Goal 88'
(report) Jorge Dely Valdés Goal 11' Goal 86'
Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador
Attendance: 25,832
Referee: United States Zimmerman Boulos
December 1, 1996
El Salvador  3 – 0  Cuba
William Renderos Iraheta Goal 3'
Raúl Díaz Arce Goal 30'
Jorge Rodríguez Goal 49'
(report)
Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador
Attendance: 23,510
Referee: United States Arturo Angeles
December 15, 1996
Panama  3 – 1  Cuba
Víctor Mendieta Goal 15'
Rubén Guevara Goal 55'
Jorge Dely Valdés Goal 58'
(report) Lester Moré Goal 67'
December 15, 1996
El Salvador  0 – 2  Canada
(report) Mark Watson Goal 62'
Alex Bunbury Goal 66'
Estadio Cuscatlan, San Salvador
Attendance: 15233
Referee: Mexico Brizio Carter

Group 3[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Jamaica 6 4 1 1 12 3 9 13
2  Mexico 6 4 0 2 14 6 8 12
3  Honduras 6 3 1 2 18 11 7 10
4  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6 0 0 6 6 30 -24 0

Jamaica and Mexico advanced to the final round.

September 15, 1996
Jamaica  3 – 0  Honduras
Walter Boyd Goal 14' Goal 53'
Theodore Whitmore Goal 42'
(report)
September 15, 1996
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  0 – 3  Mexico
(report) Ricardo Peláez Goal 15' Goal 51'
Damián Álvarez Goal 89'
September 21, 1996
Honduras  2 – 1  Mexico
Carlos Pavón Goal 50'
Eduardo Bennett Goal 82'
(report) Ramón Ramírez Goal 63'
September 23, 1996
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  1 – 2  Jamaica
Christopher Harry Goal 82' (report) Paul Young Goal 20' Goal 41'
October 13, 1996
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  1 – 4  Honduras
James Chewitt Goal 62' (report) Suazo Velázquez Goal 7' Goal 62'
Christian Santamaria Goal 23' Goal 42'
Arnos Vale Stadium, Kingstown
Attendance: 2,200
Referee: Canada Jose Farias
October 16, 1996
Mexico  2 – 1  Jamaica
Zague Goal 44'
Carlos Hermosillo Goal 55'
(report) Walter Boyd Goal 70'
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 110,000
Referee: Trinidad and Tobago Ramesh Ramdhan
October 27, 1996
Honduras  0 – 0  Jamaica
(report)
October 30, 1996
Mexico  5 – 1  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Benjamín Galindo Goal 20' Goal 29'
Zague Goal 48'
Carlos Hermosillo Goal 70'
Dexter Walker Goal 88' (o.g.)
(report) Kendall Velox Goal 88'
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Canada René Parra
November 6, 1996
Mexico  3 – 1  Honduras
Benjamín Galindo Goal 32'
Carlos Hermosillo Goal 35'
Zague Goal 45'
(report) Enrique Reneau Goal 69'
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 105,000
Referee: Costa Rica Rodrigo Badilla
November 10, 1996
Jamaica  5 – 0  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Theodore Whitmore Goal 10' Goal 13'
Paul Young Goal 64'
Peter Cargill Goal 66'
Stephen Malcolm Goal 84'
(report)
Independence Park, Kingston
Attendance: 0
Referee: United States Tim Weyland
November 17, 1996
Jamaica  1 – 0  Mexico
Ian Goodison Goal 82' (report)

Fourth round[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Mexico 10 4 6 0 23 7 16 18
2  United States 10 4 5 1 17 9 8 17
3  Jamaica 10 3 5 2 7 12 –5 14
4  Costa Rica 10 3 3 4 13 12 1 12
5  El Salvador 10 2 4 4 11 16 –5 10
6  Canada 10 1 3 6 5 20 –15 6