2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

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2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015.svg
Tournament details
Host countriesUnited States
Dates7–26 July
Teams12 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)14 (in 14 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Mexico (7th title)
Runners-up Jamaica
Third place Panama
Fourth place United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played26
Goals scored62 (2.38 per match)
Attendance1,090,396 (41,938 per match)
Top scorer(s)United States Clint Dempsey
(7 goals)
Best player(s)Mexico Andrés Guardado
Best young playerMexico Jesús Manuel Corona
Best goalkeeperUnited States Brad Guzan
Fair play award Jamaica

The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the 13th edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition and the 23rd CONCACAF regional championship overall in the organization's fifty-four years of existence. It was held in the United States, with two matches being played in Canada, marking the first time the CONCACAF Gold Cup was played in that country.[1]

Mexico won the competition after surviving both the quarterfinals and semifinals in controversial circumstances,[2][3][4][5][6] defeating Jamaica – the first Caribbean nation to reach such a stage – in the final.[7] Of the co-hosts, Canada was eliminated in the group stage, while the United States, the defending champions, lost in the semifinals to Jamaica. The competition included a third place match for the first time since 2003,[8] in which Panama defeated the United States.

Qualification for other tournaments[edit]

The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup was used for qualification for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, to be played in Russia, and the Copa América Centenario, to be played in the United States in 2016.

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

As champions of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico qualified for a one-off play-off match against the United States, the champion of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, to decide which team will represent CONCACAF in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. Mexico won the match 3-2 after extra time.[9]

Copa América Centenario[edit]

In addition, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, and Cuba, being the top four teams in the tournament not already qualified, qualified for play-offs which determined the remaining two teams to participate in the Copa América Centenario in 2016.[10] The United States, Mexico, Costa Rica (winners of the 2014 Copa Centroamericana), and Jamaica (winners of the 2014 Caribbean Cup) had already qualified before the tournament, with Panama and Haiti rounding out the six representatives CONCACAF sent to the Copa América Centenario following their play-off victories over Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago, respectively.

Qualified teams[edit]

A total of 12 teams qualified for the tournament. Three berths were allocated to North America, four to Central America, and four to the Caribbean. For the first time, the two overall fifth-placed teams of the Caribbean zone and the Central American zone competed for the final berth of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Previously, five berths were allocated to Central America and four were allocated to the Caribbean.[11]

Team Qualification Appearances Previous best performance FIFA Ranking
North American zone
 United States (TH) Automatic 13th Champions (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013) 27
 Mexico Automatic 13th Champions (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011) 23
 Canada Automatic 12th Champions (2000) 109
Central American zone qualified through the 2014 Copa Centroamericana
 Costa Rica Winners 12th Runners-up (2002) 14
 Guatemala Runners-up 10th Fourth Place (1996) 93
 Panama Third Place 7th Runners-up (2005, 2013) 54
 El Salvador Fourth Place 9th Quarterfinals (2002, 2003, 2011, 2013) 89
Caribbean zone qualified through the 2014 Caribbean Cup
 Jamaica Winners 9th Third Place (1993) 65
 Trinidad and Tobago Runners-up 9th Third Place (2000) 67
 Haiti Third Place 6th Quarterfinals (2002, 2009) 76
 Cuba Fourth Place 8th Quarterfinals (2003, 2013) 107
Play-off winner between Caribbean zone fifth place and Central American zone fifth place
 Honduras Play-off 12th Runners-up (1991) 75

Bold indicates that the corresponding team was hosting the event.


A total of 14 venues were used for the tournament. CONCACAF announced the host cities and venues for the tournament on December 16, 2014.[1] Apart from the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia which hosted the final and the PPL Park in Chester which hosted the third place match (both located in the Philadelphia metropolitan area), the other 12 venues hosted two matches. The assignment of matches for the knockout round and the awarding of the final were announced on March 12, 2015.[12]

East Rutherford Charlotte Atlanta Baltimore Philadelphia
MetLife Stadium Bank of America Stadium Georgia Dome M&T Bank Stadium Lincoln Financial Field
Capacity: 82,566 Capacity: 74,455 Capacity: 74,228 Capacity: 71,008 Capacity: 69,176
Quarter-finals Group C Semi-finals Quarter-finals Final
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The United States Corps of Cadets stands on the field at M&T Bank Stadium.jpg
Philly (45).JPG
Gillette Stadium Soldier Field
Capacity: 68,756 Capacity: 63,500
Group A Group C
Gillette Stadium02.jpg
Glendale Carson, California
University of Phoenix Stadium StubHub Center
Capacity: 63,400 Capacity: 30,510
Group C Group B
University of Phoenix Stadium no field.jpg
LA Galaxy vs Houston Dynamo- Western Conference Finals panorama.jpg
Houston Toronto Frisco Chester, Pennsylvania Kansas City
BBVA Compass Stadium BMO Field Toyota Stadium PPL Park Sporting Park
Capacity: 22,039 Capacity: 30,991 Capacity: 20,500 Capacity: 18,500 Capacity: 18,467
Group B Group B Group A 3rd Place Match Group A
BBVA Compass Stadium, Skyline View.JPG Toronto FC Anthems BMO.jpg Pizza Hut Park.jpg PPL Park Interior from the River End 2010.10.02 (cropped).jpg Livestrong Sporting Park - Sporting KC v New England Revolution.jpg


The seeded teams which headed up each group was announced on December 16, 2014: United States (Group A), Costa Rica (Group B), and Mexico (Group C).[1] Seeded teams were determined based on November 27, 2014 FIFA rankings (shown in brackets).[13]

Seeded Unseeded

 Costa Rica (16)
 Mexico (20)
 United States (28)

 Trinidad and Tobago (54)
 Panama (56)
 Haiti (68)

 Jamaica (71)
 Honduras (72)
 Guatemala (73)

 Cuba (79)
 El Salvador (93)
 Canada (110)

The composition of the groups and the schedule of the tournament were announced by CONCACAF on March 12, 2015.[12]


An initial provisional list of 35 players had to be submitted to CONCACAF before June 7, 2015. A final list containing 23 players was to have been submitted for June 27, 2015. Three of the players named in the final list had to be goalkeepers.[14] The players named in the final list had to wear shirts numbered 1 to 23, with number 1 reserved for a goalkeeper.

Teams qualifying for the quarter-final stage were permitted to replace up to six players. The replacements had to have been named on the provisional list and would be given a shirt numbered between 24 and 29.

An injured player from the final list could be replaced by another from provisional list 24 hours before his national team's first game.

Match officials[edit]

Assistant referees

Group stage[edit]

The top two teams from each group and the two best third-placed teams qualify for the quarter-finals. All match times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


The ranking of each team in each group will be determined as follows:

  1. Greatest number of points obtained in group matches
  2. Goal difference in all group matches
  3. Greatest number of goals scored in all group matches
  4. Greatest number of points obtained in group matches between the teams concerned;
  5. Drawing of lots by the Gold Cup Committee.[14]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States (H) 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Haiti 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
3  Panama 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
4  Honduras 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
(H) Host.
Panama 1–1 Haiti
Quintero Goal 55' Report Nazon Goal 85'
Attendance: 22,357
United States 2–1 Honduras
Dempsey Goal 25'64' Report Discua Goal 69'
Attendance: 22,357
Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)

Honduras 1–1 Panama
Najar Goal 81' Report Tejada Goal 21'
Attendance: 46,720
Referee: Marlon Mejía (El Salvador)
United States 1–0 Haiti
Dempsey Goal 47' Report
Attendance: 46,720
Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)

Haiti 1–0 Honduras
Nazon Goal 13' Report
Attendance: 18,467
Panama 1–1 United States
Pérez Goal 34' Report Bradley Goal 55'
Attendance: 18,467

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Jamaica 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Costa Rica 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
3  El Salvador 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
4  Canada (H) 3 0 2 1 0 1 −1 2
(H) Host.
Costa Rica 2–2 Jamaica
Miller Goal 33'
Ramírez Goal 37'
Report McCleary Goal 13'
McAnuff Goal 48'
Attendance: 22,648
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (Mexico)
El Salvador 0–0 Canada
Attendance: 22,648
Referee: Óscar Moncada (Honduras)

Jamaica 1–0 Canada
Austin Goal 90+2' Report
Attendance: 22,017
Referee: Yadel Martínez (Cuba)
Costa Rica 1–1 El Salvador
B. Ruiz Goal 60' Report Corea Goal 90+2'

Jamaica 1–0 El Salvador
McCleary Goal 71' Report
Attendance: 16,674
Canada 0–0 Costa Rica
Attendance: 16,674
Referee: Héctor Rodríguez (Honduras)

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Trinidad and Tobago 3 2 1 0 9 5 +4 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Mexico 3 1 2 0 10 4 +6 5
3  Cuba 3 1 0 2 1 8 −7 3
4  Guatemala 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Trinidad and Tobago 3–1 Guatemala
Bateau Goal 10'
Cato Goal 13'
J. Jones Goal 25'
Report C. Ruiz Goal 61'
Attendance: 54,126
Referee: John Pitti (Panama)
Mexico 6–0 Cuba
Peralta Goal 16'36'61'
Vela Goal 22'
Guardado Goal 43'
G. Dos Santos Goal 75'
Attendance: 54,126

Trinidad and Tobago 2–0 Cuba
Bateau Goal 17'
Boucaud Goal 42'
Guatemala 0–0 Mexico
Attendance: 62,910
Referee: Armando Castro (Honduras)

Cuba 1–0 Guatemala
Reyes Goal 73' Report
Attendance: 55,823
Referee: Elmer Bonilla (El Salvador)
Mexico 4–4 Trinidad and Tobago
Aguilar Goal 32'
Vela Goal 51'
Guardado Goal 88'
K. Jones Goal 90' (o.g.)
Report Cummings Goal 55'67'
K. Jones Goal 58'
Marshall Goal 90+3'

Ranking of third-placed teams[edit]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A  Panama 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3 Advance to knockout stage
2 C  Cuba 3 1 0 2 1 8 −7 3
3 B  El Salvador 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) drawing of lots[14]

Knockout stage[edit]

In the knockout stage, the eight teams play a single-elimination tournament, with the following rules:[14]

  • In the quarter-finals, teams from the same group cannot play each other.
  • In all matches, if tied after 90 minutes, 30 minutes of extra time are played. If still tied after extra time, a penalty shoot-out is used to determine the winner.
18 July – Baltimore
 United States6
22 July – Atlanta
 United States1
18 July – Baltimore
26 July – Philadelphia
19 July – East Rutherford
 Trinidad and Tobago1 (5)
22 July – Atlanta
 Panama (pen.)1 (6)
19 July – East Rutherford
 Mexico (a.e.t.)2 Third place playoff
 Mexico (a.e.t.)1
25 July – Chester
 Costa Rica0
 United States1 (2)
 Panama (pen.)1 (3)

All match times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


United States 6–0 Cuba
Dempsey Goal 4'64' (pen.)78'
Zardes Goal 15'
Jóhannsson Goal 32'
Gonzalez Goal 45'

Haiti 0–1 Jamaica
Report Barnes Goal 6'
Attendance: 37,994
Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)

Mexico 1–0 (a.e.t.) Costa Rica
Guardado Goal 120+4' (pen.) Report


United States 1–2 Jamaica
Bradley Goal 47' Report Mattocks Goal 30'
Barnes Goal 35'
Attendance: 70,511
Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)

Panama 1–2 (a.e.t.) Mexico
R. Torres Goal 57' Report Guardado Goal 90+10' (pen.)105+1' (pen.)
Attendance: 70,511

Third place playoff[edit]

United States 1–1 (a.e.t.) Panama
Dempsey Goal 70' Report Nurse Goal 55'
Jóhannsson Penalty scored
Dempsey Penalty scored
Johnson Penalty missed
Bradley Penalty missed
Beasley Penalty missed
2–3 Penalty scored R. Torres
Penalty scored Arroyo
Penalty missed Cooper
Penalty scored Cummings
Attendance: 12,598
Referee: Óscar Moncada (Honduras)


Jamaica 1–3 Mexico
Mattocks Goal 78' Report Guardado Goal 31'
Corona Goal 46'
Peralta Goal 60'



7 goals
6 goals
4 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal



 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winners 

Seventh title

Individual awards[edit]

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.

Prize money[edit]

The total amount of prize money offered by CONCACAF for the tournament is US$2.75 million, with $1 million being the top prize.[19] Listed below is a breakdown of how the total amount is to be distributed:

Final ranking[edit]

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

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1  Mexico 6 4 2 0 16 6 +10 14 Champions
2  Jamaica 6 4 1 1 8 6 +2 13 Runners-up
3  Panama 6 0 5 1 6 7 −1 5 Third place
4  United States (H) 6 3 2 1 11 4 +7 11 Fourth place
5  Trinidad and Tobago 4 2 2 0 10 6 +4 8 Eliminated in
6  Haiti 4 1 1 2 2 3 −1 4
7  Costa Rica 4 0 3 1 3 4 −1 3
8  Cuba 4 1 0 3 1 14 −13 3
9  El Salvador 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2 Eliminated in
Group stage
10  Canada (H) 3 0 2 1 0 1 −1 2
11  Honduras 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
12  Guatemala 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Updated to match(es) played on 26 July 2015. Source:[citation needed]
(H) Host.

Theme songs[edit]

"Sun Goes Down" by German DJ Robin Schulz featuring English singer Jasmine Thompson was the official song for the tournament[20]

"You Are Unstoppable" by Austrian singer Conchita Wurst was the official anthem for the tournament.[21]

"All the Way" by Reykon featuring Bebe Rexha was used for Univision's coverage of the tournament.[22]

Awolnation's "I Am" was used for Fox's coverage.


Multiple officials of Traffic Sports were identified in the 2015 FIFA corruption case, which alleged that bribes related to the 2015 Gold Cup amounted to two-thirds of the cost of staging the tournament.[23]

Worldwide TV broadcasting rights[24]


Country/Region Broadcaster Notes
 Australia Setanta Sports
 Azerbaijan ESPN Azerbaijan
 Brazil SporTV
 Canada Sportsnet World, Sportsnet 360, Univision Canada Simsub via Fox
 China LeTV
 Costa Rica Repretel, Teletica
 El Salvador Telecorporacion Salvadoreña
 France Ma Chaîne Sport (MCS)
 Guatemala Canal 3 and Canal 7
 Honduras Televicentro
 Hong Kong iCable
Indonesia Indonesia Orange TV [id][25]
Latin America Gol TV
 Malaysia Astro
 Mexico Televisa, TV Azteca
Middle East and North Africa Abu Dhabi Sports Channel
 Netherlands Fox Sports
 Panama TV Nacional de Panamá, Medcom
 Portugal Sport TV
 Singapore Starhub
 Spain beIN Sports, Mediapro
Sub-Saharan Africa Supersport
 Taiwan Sportcast
 Thailand Grammy
 United Kingdom
 Republic of Ireland
BT Sport,[26] Bet365 (online streaming)
 United States Fox (English)
Univision (Spanish)


Jamaican players' strike[edit]

On July 6, the Jamaica national football team refused to attend a 7pm practice session at the StubHub Center because of a strike over bonus fees.[27] The next day, Jamaica Football Federation president Horace Burrell announced the situation had been "settled" and thanked the players for backing down.[28]

Cuban defections[edit]

Cuban attacker Keiler García defected to the United States in Chicago on July 8, the day before his team's opening game against Mexico at Soldier Field. He did not show up for the team breakfast in the hotel and was absent from the subsequent training session.[29] Because of problems obtaining US visas for players and staff, and the defection of García, Cuba only had 16 players available for the opening game against Mexico.[30] Arael Argüellez also defected in Chicago, after being visited in the hotel by friends. He failed to turn up for the national team's flight to Phoenix to Cuba's second match, against Trinidad and Tobago.[31]

On July 14, Darío Suárez did not return from his trip to a supermarket prior to the match against Guatemala in Charlotte.[32] Later the same day, midfielder Ariel Martínez was reported in tears on the bus returning to the hotel following the 1-0 victory over Guatemala to qualify for the quarter-final stage. Upon arrival, he exited the bus, said goodbye to the coach and then ran off into the night.[33]

Cuban US visa issues[edit]

Cuba's opening game against Mexico was affected by United States visa issues. The head coach Raúl González Triana and six players (Adrián Diz, Arichel Hernandez, Daniel Luis, Andy Vaquero, Maikel Reyes and Sandy Sánchez) were unable to enter the United States before the match against Mexico which took place on the third day of the competition. They had all recently been involved in the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship qualification tournament in Antigua and Barbuda and it had caused some administration issues.

Arichel Hernández did not enter the United States at all because of visa problems.[34]

Controversial refereeing[edit]

During the quarter-final match between Mexico and Costa Rica, Walter López's assistant referee Eric Boria marked a penalty for Mexico, in the last minute of stoppage time in the second half of extra time, for a push by Costa Rican defender Roy Miller on Oribe Peralta. Mexico's Andrés Guardado scored the penalty, eliminating Costa Rica.[35] Daniel Jiménez of La Nación described the elimination as "a theft",[36] although Costa Rica's coach defended the call saying "he [the referee] is human. He saw something in the area and that's why he called the penalty."[37] Miller himself claimed Peralta's reaction was "exaggerated" and that there had only been minimal contact between them.[38] In an interview conceded to Prensa Libre on July 23, Wálter López admitted that the call was mistaken, alleging that "due to my position in the field, I was unable to properly see the action. It was my assistant who helped me".[39][40]

In the semi-final match between Mexico and Panama, the US referee Mark Geiger lost control[41] of the match which began with him showing a questionable red card to Panama's Luis Tejada in the 24th minute.[41] Later, as a 10-man Panama was a minute away from winning the match 1-0, he also awarded Mexico a controversial penalty kick for a handball.[42] While defending in the penalty box against the Mexican midfielder Carlos Esquivel, Panama's captain Román Torres lost balance and fell backwards on the ball, touching it[43] (fouls for handling the ball must be deliberate[44]). The decision to award the penalty kick outraged the Panama team who walked off the field and threatened to abandon the match.[45] While the players were involved in a long scuffle with the officials, coaches and other players on the sidelines, the fans repeatedly pelted them with beer glasses and objects.[45] Panama returned to the field after approximately ten minutes.[45] Andrés Guardado scored the penalty and forced the match into extra time, which Mexico subsequently won.[46] After the final whistle, the Panamanian players and coaching staff ran en masse on the field towards the referees, who had to be escorted off the field by security.[47][48] Later, Guardado said in the interview that it hurt to take the penalty and he considered missing the kick on purpose, but "had to be professional".[49] Mexico's coach Miguel Herrera argued there was no reason for Guardado to purposely miss the kick, referencing the controversial decision that awarded penalty to Netherlands over Mexico in the World Cup. "I didn't hear that question in the World Cup when we were knocked out for a penalty that wasn't", he said. "It seems that only Mexico should declare itself guilty."[50]

On July 23, the Football Associations from both Panama and Costa Rica released their respective statements on their websites regarding such controversies, and requesting the removal of the CONCACAF referees committee members.[51][52]

On July 24, the CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee suspended the Panamanian goalkeeper Jaime Penedo for two matches for insulting the referee. This meant he would miss the Cup's third-place game and a World Cup qualifier game in November. On top of missing the third-place game because of the red card, forward Luis Tejada was given an additional one match suspension for insulting the referee.[53]

Panama team banner[edit]

After the semi-final match against Mexico, the Panamanian players reunited in their locker room and brandished a banner which read "CONCACAF Ladrones ("CONCACAF thieves") and three times "Corruptos" ("corrupt"), while pointing thumbs down in protest. The image was then circulated on Twitter.[54] The CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee subsequently fined Panamanian Football Federation $15,000 for this display.[53]

Referee Committee controversy[edit]

Both the Costa Rican Football Federation and Panamanian Football Federation publicly called for those within the Referee Committee at CONCACAF to be removed from their position.[55][56]

CONCACAF announced that they would discuss the matter at their Executive Committee meeting.[57]

Tournament organization[edit]

United States captain Michael Bradley criticized the organization of the tournament, commenting that there was too much traveling involved for teams and the stadiums had poor playing surfaces, while questioning the need for the two best third-placed teams to qualify to the next round.[58] Mexico's head coach Miguel Herrera was also critical of the travel arrangements "It's a disorder in the airplanes, having rival teams on the same flight, with so much people from CONCACAF, we were all squeezed in, we didn't even have room for our luggage, there was no room for our baggage, Mexico has been transporting their luggage on road and that's how we have been working".[58] Both Herrera and Bradley were fined by CONCACAF for their comments.[59]



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