2008 Pan-Pacific Championship

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2008 Pan-Pacific Championship
Tournament details
Host country United States
Dates February 20 - February 23
Teams 4 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Japan Gamba Osaka (1st title)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 4
Goals scored 14 (3.5 per match)
Attendance 76,430 (19,108 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Baré (5 Goals)
Best player Brazil Baré [1]

The 2008 Pan-Pacific Championship is the inaugural edition of the Pan-Pacific Championship football competition which took place on February 20 and February 23 in Honolulu, Hawaii, featuring teams from Japan's J. League, United States Major League Soccer (MLS) and the A League of Australia and New Zealand.

For the 2008 tournament, the A-League was not represented by the champion team but instead by the loser of the minor semi-final. This is due to a scheduling conflict with the Grand Final on February 24, which was moved back so as not to interfere with Australia's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.

The 2008 tournament also features Gamba Osaka of the J. League, which were the 2007 J. League Cup champion, and Major League Soccer representatives Houston Dynamo and Los Angeles Galaxy, the latter reportedly chosen instead of the desired 2007 SuperLiga champion, as Pachuca declined and Galaxy were the Superliga runner-up.[2] The Galaxy's first game was versus Gamba Osaka.[3] while the Dynamo were drawn against Sydney FC.

All matches were played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Semi-finals Final
February 20 – Honolulu (Aloha Stadium)
 Japan Gamba Osaka  1  
 United States Los Angeles Galaxy  0  
February 23 – Honolulu (Aloha Stadium)
     Japan Gamba Osaka  6
   United States Houston Dynamo  1
Third place
February 20 - Honolulu (Aloha Stadium) February 23 - Honolulu (Aloha Stadium)
 United States Houston Dynamo  3  United States Los Angeles Galaxy  2
 Australia Sydney FC  0    Australia Sydney FC  1


February 20
18:00 HST
Gamba Osaka Japan 1 – 0 United States Los Angeles Galaxy
Baré Goal 3' (report)[permanent dead link]
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Attendance: 15,128
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

February 20
20:30 HST
Houston Dynamo United States 3 – 0 Australia Sydney FC
De Rosario Goal 28'
Holden Goal 29'
Wondolowski Goal 43'
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Attendance: 15,128
Referee: Alex Prus

Third-place match[edit]

February 23
18:00 HST
Los Angeles Galaxy United States 2 – 1 Australia Sydney FC
Allen Goal 3'
Tudela Goal 45'
(report) Renaud Goal 42'
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Attendance: 23,087
Referee: Brian Hall


February 23
20:30 HST
Gamba Osaka Japan 6 – 1 United States Houston Dynamo
Baré Goal 13'25'59'71'
Lucas Goal 62'
Yamazaki Goal 77'
(report) Clark Goal 10'
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Attendance: 23,087
Referee: Kevin Stott
Pan-Pacific Championship
2008 Winners
Gamba Osaka
First title

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Brazil Baré Japan Gamba Osaka 5
2 United States Ely Allen United States Los Angeles Galaxy 1
Canada Dwayne De Rosario United States Houston Dynamo 1
United States Stuart Holden United States Houston Dynamo 1
Australia Brendan Renaud Australia Sydney FC 1
Brazil Lucas Severino Japan Gamba Osaka 1
United States Josh Tudela United States Los Angeles Galaxy 1
United States Chris Wondolowski United States Houston Dynamo 1
Japan Masato Yamazaki Japan Gamba Osaka 1


The following is a list of the official sponsors of the Pan-Pacific Championship 2008.