Costa Rica narrowly emerged as champions on goal difference to win their third title and participate in their first World Cup. The United States finished runners-up by virtue of one goal and qualified for their first World Cup in forty years. The U.S. gained their first World Cup qualification in 40 years by beating Trinidad and Tobago in their last game by 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 El Salvador–Trinidad and Tobago match was played on neutral ground in Honduras instead of in El Salvador.
^The El Salvador–United States match was played on neutral ground in Honduras instead of in El Salvador.
^ abBoth 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).