2014 Copa Centroamericana

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2014 Copa Centroamericana
Central American Cup Tigo 2014 USA
2014 Copa Centroamericana.png
Tournament details
Host country United States[1]
Dates 3–13 September[2]
Teams 7 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Costa Rica (8th title)
Runners-up  Guatemala
Third place  Panama
Fourth place  El Salvador
Tournament statistics
Matches played 12
Goals scored 27 (2.25 per match)
Attendance 305,784 (25,482 per match)
Top scorer(s) Guatemala Marco Pappa
(4 goals)
Best player Guatemala Marco Pappa
Best goalkeeper Panama Jaime Penedo
Fair play award  Guatemala
2013
2016

The 2014 Copa Centroamericana (also known as the Central American Cup Tigo 2014 USA for sponsorship reasons) was the 13th Copa Centroamericana, the regional championship for men's national association football teams in Central America. It was organized by the Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol or UNCAF, and took place in the United States.

Overview[edit]

In January 2013, UNCAF tentatively announced that the competition would be hosted in the United States, specifically California and Texas.[3] Eduardo Li, the President of the Costa Rican FA and Vice-President of UNCAF said that the competition is to celebrate 25 years of UNCAF.[4] The announcement became official in January 2014, and it was announced that the competition would take place in September 2014.

Following the announcement, UNCAF President Rafael Tinocco said that September 2014 was chosen because "September is the month of independence" and that there are nine days in September on the FIFA International Match Calendar which would allow national associations to choose their first choice players.[5] Tinocco also stated that the competition would be hosted outside of the Central American region, and hosted in United States due to the "money factor".[5]

The top four teams would qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The fifth place team would advance to a play-off against the fifth place team from the 2014 Caribbean Cup tournament to determine which other nation will qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[6] This is the first time that the two overall fifth-placed teams compete to qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, previously five teams from Central America and four from the Caribbean have qualified for the Confederation's competition.

The winner of the tournament would qualify for the Copa América Centenario, a 16-team tournament of CONMEBOL and CONCACAF national teams to be held in the United States in 2016.[7]

FIFA calendar issue[edit]

Two of the four competition dates fall outside of the FIFA International Match Calendar's "international window" for September 2014. Any two dates between 1 and 9 September at least three days apart were allocated as possible fixture dates in the window,[8] meaning that the fixtures that took place on 3 and 7 September would be able to have a first choice selection available as clubs would be unable to reject call-ups, while the fixtures that took place on 10 and 13 September (including the final) would require the players' clubs to agree that players could partake.[9]

Annexe 1, art. 1 par. 6 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players states that "It is not compulsory to release players outside an international window".[10]

Teams[edit]

All seven UNCAF member national teams participated in the tournament.

Team UNCAF Nations Cup /
Copa Centroamericana
appearances
Previous best performance FIFA Ranking
at start of event
 Belize 10th Fourth Place (2013) 162
 Costa Rica (Title holders) 13th Champion (1991, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013) 15
 El Salvador 13th Third Place (1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2013) 127
 Guatemala 12th Champion (2001) 134
 Honduras 13th Champion (1993, 1995, 2011) 43
 Nicaragua 13th Fifth Place (2009) 175
 Panama 12th Champion (2009) 63

Bold indicates that the corresponding team was hosting the event.

Venues[edit]

In May and June 2014, UNCAF announced that the following venues would host the tournament:

Washington Dallas Houston Los Angeles
RFK Memorial Stadium Cotton Bowl BBVA Compass Stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
38°53′23″N 76°58′18″W / 38.889722°N 76.971667°W / 38.889722; -76.971667 (RFK Memorial Stadium) 32°46′47″N 96°45′35″W / 32.779722°N 96.759722°W / 32.779722; -96.759722 (Cotton Bowl) 29°45′08″N 95°21′09″W / 29.752199°N 95.352415°W / 29.752199; -95.352415 (BBVA Compass Stadium) 34°00′51″N 118°17′16″W / 34.014167°N 118.287778°W / 34.014167; -118.287778 (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)
Capacity: 19,467 Capacity: 92,100 Capacity: 22,000 Capacity: 93,607
Rfkstadium.png Red River Shootout 2006.jpg BBVA Compass Stadium, Skyline View.JPG 11-11-06-LA-Coliseum-USC-UO.jpg
Locations of venues for the 2014 Copa CentroAmericana

Squads[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2014 Copa Centroamericana squads.

Officials[edit]

The following officials were selected for the tournament:[19]

Group stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage was made on 29 January 2014.[20] The schedule was announced on 17 July 2014.[21][22] Changes to the schedule were made on 18 August.[23]

Tiebreakers[edit]

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[24][25]

  1. Greater number of points in matches between the tied teams.
  2. Greater goal difference in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).
  3. Greater number of goals scored in matches among the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).
  4. Greater goal difference in all group matches.
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches.
  6. Drawing of lots.
Legend
Group winners advance to the final and qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Group runners-up advance to the third place match and qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Group third-placed teams advance to the fifth place match

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Guatemala 3 3 0 0 6 2 +4 9 Final and Gold Cup
2  El Salvador 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6 Third place match and Gold Cup
3  Honduras 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3 Fifth place match
4  Belize 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

3 September 2014 (2014-09-03)
19:30 EDT
Honduras  2–0  Belize
James Goal 35' (o.g.)
Smith Goal 37' (o.g.)
Report

3 September 2014 (2014-09-03)
21:30 EDT
El Salvador  1–2  Guatemala
Burgos Goal 69' Report Pappa Goal 26'64'

7 September 2014 (2014-09-07)
18:00 CDT
Guatemala  2–1  Belize
C. Ruiz Goal 26'
Ávila Goal 51'
Report McCaulay Goal 80'
Cotton Bowl, Dallas
Attendance: 20,156[27]
Referee: Roberto Moreno (Panama)

7 September 2014 (2014-09-07)
20:00 CDT
Honduras  0–1  El Salvador
Report Menjivar Goal 67'
Cotton Bowl, Dallas
Attendance: 20,156[27]
Referee: Jeffrey Solís (Costa Rica)

10 September 2014 (2014-09-10)
19:00 CDT
El Salvador  2–0  Belize
Burgos Goal 48'
Alvarez Goal 69'
Report

10 September 2014 (2014-09-10)
21:00 CDT
Honduras  0–2  Guatemala
Report Pappa Goal 37'80'

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Costa Rica 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 4 Final and Gold Cup
2  Panama 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 4 Third place match and Gold Cup
3  Nicaragua 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0 Fifth place match
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

3 September 2014 (2014-09-03)
17:30 EDT
Costa Rica  3–0  Nicaragua
Borges Goal 39' (pen.)
Ureña Goal 49'
Venegas Goal 86'
Report

7 September 2014 (2014-09-07)
16:00 CDT
Costa Rica  2–2  Panama
Venegas Goal 81'
Borges Goal 87' (pen.)
Report Pérez Goal 51'
Nurse Goal 71'
Cotton Bowl, Dallas
Attendance: 20,156[27]
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)

10 September 2014 (2014-09-10)
17:00 CDT
Panama  2–0  Nicaragua
Pérez Goal 81'
R. Torres Goal 82'
Report

Final stage[edit]

In the final stage, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, the match is determined by a penalty shoot-out (no extra time is played).[29]

Fifth place match[edit]

13 September 2014 (2014-09-13)
15:00 PDT
Honduras  1–0  Nicaragua
Lozano Goal 45+1' Report

Honduras advanced to represent the Central American Football Union at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualification play-off, where they will play against French Guiana, the 2014 Caribbean Cup fifth-placed team. The winner of the play-off will qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[31]

Third place match[edit]

13 September 2014 (2014-09-13)
18:00 PDT
El Salvador  0–1  Panama
Report R. Torres Goal 5'

Final[edit]

13 September 2014 (2014-09-13)
21:00 PDT
Guatemala  1–2  Costa Rica
C. Ruiz Goal 25' (pen.) Report B. Ruiz Goal 29'
Bustos Goal 56'
Guatemala
Costa Rica
GK 1 Ricardo Jerez
DF 3 Elías Vásquez
DF 11 Rafael Morales Substituted off 67'
DF 4 Wilson Lalín
DF 5 Carlos Eduardo Gallardo Substituted off 90+1'
MF 8 Jean Márquez
MF 15 Sergio Trujillo Substituted off 84'
MF 10 José Manuel Contreras
MF 16 Marco Pappa
FW 19 Marvin Ávila
FW 20 Carlos Ruiz (c)
Substitutions:
FW 9 Jairo Arreola Substituted in 67'
MF 17 Nelson Miranda Substituted in 84'
FW 14 Kendell Herrarte Substituted in 90+1'
Manager:
Argentina Ivan Franco Sopegno
GK 18 Patrick Pemberton Booked 79'
DF 26 Pablo Salazar
DF 2 Johnny Acosta Booked 90+5'
DF 19 Roy Miller
DF 17 David Myrie Booked 76'
MF 22 José Miguel Cubero
MF 23 Juan Bustos Substituted off 85'
MF 24 Johan Venegas Substituted off 81'
FW 21 David Ramírez Substituted off 90+1'
FW 15 Armando Alonso
FW 10 Bryan Ruiz (c)
Substitutions:
DF 3 Porfirio López Substituted in 81'
MF 8 Óscar Granados Substituted in 85'
FW 9 Jonathan Moya Substituted in 90+1'
Manager:
Paulo Wanchope

Costa Rica qualified for the Copa América Centenario.


 2014 Copa Centroamericana
Champions 

Costa Rica
Eighth title

Awards[edit]

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:[32]

Award Winner
Golden Ball Guatemala Marco Pappa
Golden Boot Guatemala Marco Pappa
Golden Glove Panama Jaime Penedo
Fair Play  Guatemala
Man of the Match – Final Costa Rica Bryan Ruiz

Goalscorers[edit]

4 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

Final ranking[edit]

Rank Team Prize money (U.S. Dollars)[33]
1st  Costa Rica $60,000
2nd  Guatemala $40,000
3rd  Panama $30,000
4  El Salvador $25,000
5  Honduras $20,000
6  Nicaragua $15,000
7  Belize $10,000

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  33. ^ "Reglamento Copa Centroamericana 2014". UNCAF. 

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