1949 NAFC Championship

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1949 NAFC Championship
Tournament details
Host country Mexico Mexico
Dates 4 – 25 September
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Mexico (2nd title)
Runners-up  United States
Third place  Cuba
Tournament statistics
Matches played 6
Goals scored 28 (4.67 per match)
Top scorer(s) Mexico Horacio Casarín (3)
Mexico Luis de la Fuente (3)
1947
1990

The North American Football Confederation (NAFC) Championship (also known as the North American Nations Cup) was the association football (soccer) championship for the North American Football Confederation.

In 1949, the NAFC Championship served both as a regional championship as well as the regional qualification tournament for the 1950 FIFA World Cup and was held in Mexico City. Four teams were invited, Cuba, Mexico, Canada and the United States, but Canada did not send a team.

Mexico easily topped the standings, going undefeated and outscoring the two other teams seventeen goals to two. The United States came in second and Cuba, winless in its four games, was third. As the top two teams qualified for the World Cup, Mexico and the U.S. went to the finals in Brazil.

The NAFC held this competition in 1947, 1949; the North American zone (CONCACAF era) continued the tournament in 1990 and 1991. While Canada was a founding member of the NAFC, it did not participate in the first two championships.

Games[edit]

4 September 1949
United States  0 – 6  Mexico
Flores Goal 20'
Luna Goal 30'
de la Fuente Goal 37'55'58'
Septién Goal 85'
Estadío de los Deportes, Mexico City
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: José Tapia (Cuba)

Mexico: Raúl Córdoba, Felipe Zetter, Carlos Laviada (captain), José Antonio Roca, Mario Ochoa, Héctor Ortíz, Antonio Flores, Luis Luna, Horacio Casarín, Luis de la Fuente, Carlos Septién

United States: Frank Borghi, Ben Wattman, Manuel Martin, Walter Bahr, Charlie Colombo, Bill Sheppell, Frank Wallace, Jack Hynes, Pete Matevich, John Souza, Benny McLaughlin


11 September 1949
Mexico  2 – 0  Cuba
Luna Goal 26'
Casarín Goal 57'

Mexico: Raúl Córdoba, Jorge Romo, Carlos Laviada (captain), José Antonio Roca, Mario Ochoa, Héctor Ortíz, Antonio Flores, Luis Luna, Horacio Casarín, Luis de la Fuente, Carlos Septién

Cuba: Arozamena, Barquín, Llerandi, Ovide, J.Minsal, Torrent, Veiga, Fano, Gómez, Torres, Brioso


14 September 1949
Cuba  1 – 1  United States
Gómez Goal 28' Wallace Goal 23'

Cuba: Rolando Aguilar, Jacinto Barquin, Bernardo Llerandi, José Minsal, Marcelino Minsal, Francisco Torrent, Clerch, José Gómez, Ricardo Torres, Vicente Pérez, Manuel Briso

United States: Frank Borghi, Harry Keough, Manuel Martin, Bill Sheppell, Charlie Colombo, Walter Bahr, Frank Wallace, Jack Hynes, Peter Matevich, John Souza, Benny McLaughlin


18 September 1949
Mexico  6 – 2  United States
Ortíz Goal 14'
Casarín Goal 23'41'76'
de la Fuente Goal 47'
Ochoa Goal 89'
Souza Goal 52'
Wattman Goal 90'
Estadío de los Deportes, Mexico City
Attendance: 54,500
Referee: José Tapia (Cuba)

Mexico: Melesio Osnaya, Jorge Romo, Carlos Laviada (captain), Héctor Ortíz, Mario Ochoa, José Antonio Roca, Antonio Flores, Francisco Hernández, Horacio Casarín, Luis de la Fuente, Carlos Septién

United States: Frank Borghi, Harry Keough, Manuel Martin, Bill Sheppell, Charlie Colombo, Walter Bahr, Frank Wallace, Jack Hynes, Ben Wattman, John Souza, Benny McLaughlin


21 September 1949
United States  5 – 2  Cuba
Bahr Goal 16'
Souza Goal 23'
Matevich Goal 30'35'
Wallace Goal 48'
Barquín Goal 42'
Veiga Goal 50'
Estadío de los Deportes, Mexico City
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: José Tapia (Cuba)

United States: Frank Borghi, Harry Keough, Manuel Martin, Bill Sheppell, Charlie Colombo, Walter Bahr, Frank Wallace, Jack Hynes, Pete Matevich, John Souza, Benny McLaughlin

Cuba: Pedro Arosemana (Rolando Aguilar 40'), Jacinto Barquin, Bernardo Llerandi, José Ovide, José Minsal, Francisco Torrent, Santiago Veiga, José Gómez, Ricardo Torres, Angel Valdes, Manuel Brioso


25 September 1949
Mexico  3 – 0  Cuba
Naranjo Goal 44'
Flores Goal 58'
Naranjo Goal 88'

Mexico: Melesio Osnaya, Felipe Zetter, Gregorio "Tepa" Gómez, Alfonso Montemayor (captain), Samuel Cuburu, Raúl Varela, Antonio Flores, José Naranjo, Mario "Flaco" Pérez, Luis Vázquez, Enrique Sesma

Cuba: Aguilar, Barquín, Llerandi, Ovide, J.Minsal, Torrent, Veiga, Pérez, Gómez, Torres, Valdés

Champion[edit]


NAFC Championship:
Mexico
Mexico
Second title

Scorers[edit]

Four Goals

Two Goals

One Goal

Final rankings[edit]

Team Pts GP W T L GF GA Dif
1  Mexico 8 4 4 0 0 17 2 +15
2  United States 3 4 1 1 2 8 15 -7
3  Cuba 1 4 0 1 3 3 11 -8

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