1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup

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1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup
CONCACAF Championship
1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup.png
1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
DatesJanuary 10 – January 21
Teams9 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Mexico (2nd title)
Runners-up Brazil
Third place United States
Fourth place Guatemala
Tournament statistics
Matches played13
Goals scored42 (3.23 per match)
Attendance487,439 (37,495 per match)
Top scorer(s)United States Eric Wynalda (4 goals)
1993
1998

The 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the third edition of the Gold Cup, the football (soccer) championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF).

The tournament went back to the United States and California; the games were hosted by Los Angeles, San Diego, and Anaheim. The format of the tournament changed from 1993: it was expanded to nine teams, separated into three groups of three and played in January as opposed to the 1993 edition which was played in July.

The top team in each group, plus the best second-place finisher would advance to the semifinals. For the first time, a non-CONCACAF team was invited: Brazil, who sent their Under-23 side. Mexico won their second straight Gold Cup, beating the Brazilians 2-0 in the final.

Qualified teams[edit]

Team Qualification Appearances Previous best performance
North American zone
 Mexico (TH) Automatic 3rd Champions (1993)
 United States Automatic 3rd Champions (1991)
 Canada Automatic 3rd Group Stage (1991,1993)
Caribbean zone qualified through the 1995 Caribbean Cup
 Trinidad and Tobago Winners 2nd Group Stage (1991)
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Runners-up 1st Debut
Central American zone qualified through the 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup
 Honduras Winners 3rd Runners-up (1991)
 Guatemala Runners-up 2nd Group stage (1991)
 El Salvador Third Place 1st Debut
Other
 Brazil Invitation 1st Debut

Venues[edit]

Anaheim Los Angeles San Diego
Anaheim Stadium Memorial Coliseum Jack Murphy Stadium
Capacity: 64,593 Capacity: 93,607 Capacity: 60,836
Edison field.jpg 11-11-06-LA-Coliseum-USC-UO.jpg Qualcomm Stadium.jpg

Squads[edit]

The 9 national teams involved in the tournament were required to register a squad of 23 players; only players in these squads were eligible to take part in the tournament.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Mexico 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 6
 Guatemala 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2 3
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2 0 0 2 0 8 –8 0
Mexico 5–0 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
L. García Goal 29'37'
Peláez Goal 70'90'
A. Garcia Goal 80'
Report

Mexico 1–0 Guatemala
Rizo Goal 89' Report

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0–3 Guatemala
Report Funes Goal 28'
Westphal Goal 42'
Machón Goal 45'
Attendance: 52,345

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 2 2 0 0 9 1 +8 6
 Canada 2 1 0 1 4 5 –1 3
 Honduras 2 0 0 2 1 8 –7 0
Canada 3–1 Honduras
Corazzin Goal 9'
Holness Goal 27'63'
Report Carson Goal 40'
Attendance: 27,125

Brazil 4–1 Canada
André Luis Goal 3'
Caio Goal 7'
Sávio Goal 14'
Leandro Machado Goal 86'
Report Radzinski Goal 66'
Attendance: 8,234

Brazil 5–0 Honduras
Caio Goal 9'81'
Jamelli Goal 31'61'
Sávio Goal 80'
Report
Attendance: 20,708

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3 6
 El Salvador 2 1 0 1 3 4 –1 3
 Trinidad and Tobago 2 0 0 2 4 6 –2 0
Trinidad and Tobago 2–3 El Salvador
Latapy Goal 59'64' Report Díaz Arce Goal 34'72' (pen.)
Cerritos Goal 50'
Attendance: 27,125

United States 3–2 Trinidad and Tobago
Wynalda Goal 15'34'
Moore Goal 53'
Report Dwarika Goal 6'43'
Attendance: 12,425
Referee: Argelio Sabillon (Honduras)

United States 2–0 El Salvador
Wynalda Goal 63'
Balboa Goal 75'
Report

Knockout stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
January 18 – Los Angeles
 
 
 United States0
 
January 21 – Los Angeles
 
 Brazil1
 
 Brazil0
 
January 19 – San Diego
 
 Mexico2
 
 Mexico1
 
 
 Guatemala0
 
Third place
 
 
January 21 – Los Angeles
 
 
 United States3
 
 
 Guatemala0

Semifinals[edit]

United States 0–1 Brazil
Report Balboa Goal 79' (o.g.)

Mexico 1–0 Guatemala
Blanco Goal 64' Report

Third place match[edit]

United States 3–0 Guatemala
Wynalda Goal 34'
Agoos Goal 37'
Kirovski Goal 87'
Report
Attendance: 88,125
Referee: René Parra (Canada)

Final[edit]

Brazil 0–2 Mexico
Report L. García Goal 54'
Blanco Goal 75'
Attendance: 88,155

Statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goals

Awards[edit]

 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winners 

Mexico
Second title

Final ranking[edit]

Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-out are counted as draws.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1  Mexico 4 4 0 0 9 0 +9 12 Champions
2  Brazil 4 3 0 1 10 3 +7 9 Runners-up
3  United States (H) 4 3 0 1 8 3 +5 9 Third Place
4  Guatemala 4 1 0 3 3 5 −2 3 Fourth Place
5  Canada 2 1 0 1 4 5 −1 3 Eliminated in
Group stage
6  El Salvador 2 1 0 1 3 4 −1 3
7  Trinidad and Tobago 2 0 0 2 4 6 −2 0
8  Honduras 2 0 0 2 1 8 −7 0
9  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8 0
Updated to match(es) played on 21 January 1996. Source:[citation needed]
(H) Host.

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