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1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup

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1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup
CONCACAF Championship
Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
DatesFebruary 1 – February 15
Teams10 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Mexico (3rd title)
Runners-up  United States
Third place  Brazil
Fourth place  Jamaica
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored44 (2.75 per match)
Top scorer(s) Luis Hernández
Paulo Wanchope
(4 goals each)
Best player(s) Kasey Keller
1996
2000

The 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the fourth edition of the Gold Cup, the association football championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF).

The tournament was once again held in the United States, in Los Angeles, Miami, and Oakland. The format of the tournament changed from 1996: it was expanded to ten teams, with four in Group A and three each in Groups B and C. The top team in each group, plus the second place in Group A would advance to the semifinals. Brazil was invited again, and brought their senior team this time.

Jamaica, getting ready for the 1998 World Cup, pulled the stunner of the first round. They did not originally qualify for the tournament, but Canada withdrew, granting them a spot. Jamaica then topped Group A over Brazil (they tied the South Americans 0–0). In the semi-finals, the United States beat Brazil, as Preki scored the lone goal and Kasey Keller preserved the clean sheet. The United States could not repeat that performance in front of a pro-Mexican final crowd in Los Angeles. Mexico won their third straight Gold Cup, 1–0, on a Luis Hernández goal.

1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup Intro articles: 10

Qualified teams

Team Qualification Appearances Previous best performance
North American zone
 Mexico (TH) Automatic 4th Champions (1993,1996)
 United States Automatic 4th Champions (1991)
Caribbean zone qualified through the 1997 Caribbean Cup
 Trinidad and Tobago Winners 3rd Group stage (1991,1996)
 Jamaica[pn 1] Third Place 3rd Third Place (1993)
 Cuba Playoff 1st Debut
Central American zone qualified through the 1997 UNCAF Nations Cup
 Costa Rica Winners 3rd Third Place (1993)
 Guatemala Runners-up 3rd Fourth Place (1996)
 El Salvador Third Place 2nd Group stage (1996)
 Honduras Fourth Place 4th Runners-up (1991)
Other
 Brazil Invitation 2nd Runners-up (1996)

Notes:

  1. ^ Canada withdrew and was replaced by Jamaica

Qualification play-off

A playoff between Cuba, the runner-up from the 1996 Caribbean Cup and Saint Kitts and Nevis, the runner-up from the 1997 Caribbean Cup, was held to determine which nation would qualify for the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup Qualified teams articles: 6

Venues

Los Angeles Oakland Miami
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Orange Bowl
Capacity: 93,607 Capacity: 63,026 Capacity: 74,476

Squads

The 10 national teams involved in the tournament were required to register a squad of 20 players; only players in these squads were eligible to take part in the tournament.

Group stage

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Jamaica 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
 Brazil 3 1 2 0 5 1 +4 5
 Guatemala 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
 El Salvador 3 0 1 2 0 6 −6 1

Brazil  0–0  Jamaica
Report
Attendance: 43,754

Brazil  1–1  Guatemala
Romário  79' Report Plata  90'

El Salvador  0–4  Brazil
Report Edmundo  7'
Romário  19'
Élber  87'90'
Guatemala  2–3  Jamaica
Plata  16'
Westphal  84'
Report Hall  14'67'
Williams  55'

Jamaica  2–0  El Salvador
Gayle  41'
Simpson  62'
Report
Attendance: 26,391
Referee: Mohammed Nazri (Malaysia)
  • Originally scheduled on February 6, postponed by heavy rain.

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Mexico 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 6
 Trinidad and Tobago 2 1 0 1 5 5 0 3
 Honduras 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0
Honduras  1–3  Trinidad and Tobago
Pavón  66' Report Nixon  35'
John  39'70'
Attendance: 11,234

Mexico  4–2  Trinidad and Tobago
Ramírez  37'
Hernández  63'82'
Palencia  65'
Report Marcelle  59'
Nixon  75'
Attendance: 17,256
Referee: Mendoça (Brazil)

Mexico  2–0  Honduras
Blanco  22'86' Report

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4 6
 Costa Rica 2 1 0 1 8 4 +4 3
 Cuba 2 0 0 2 2 10 −8 0
United States  3–0  Cuba
Wegerle  55'
Wynalda  58'
Moore  76' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 11,234

Costa Rica  7–2  Cuba
Berry  3'
Wanchope  21'32'64'78'
López  29' (pen.)
Myers  44'
Report Martén  50'
Sebrango  90'

United States  2–1  Costa Rica
Pope  7'
Preki  78'
Report Oviedo  56'
Attendance: 36,240
Referee: Mohammed Nazri (Malaysia)

Knockout stage

Bracket

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
February 10 – Los Angeles
 
 
 United States 1
 
February 15 – Los Angeles
 
 Brazil 0
 
 United States 0
 
February 12 - Los Angeles
 
 Mexico 1
 
 Jamaica 0
 
 
 Mexico 1
 
Third place
 
 
February 14 – Los Angeles
 
 
 Brazil 1
 
 
 Jamaica 0

Semi-finals

United States  1–0  Brazil
Preki  65' Report

Mexico  1–0 (asdet)  Jamaica
Hernández  105' Report

Third place match

Brazil  1–0  Jamaica
Romário  77' Report

Final

Statistics

Goalscorers

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup Venues articles: 33

Awards

Winners

 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winners 

Mexico
Third title

Individual awards

Top Scorer Most Valuable Player
Paulo Wanchope
Luis Hernández
Kasey Keller
Best XI
Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Kasey Keller Eddie Pope
Claudio Suárez
Ze María
Ramón Ramírez
Preki
Paul Hall
Cuauhtémoc Blanco
Edmundo
Romário
Paulo Wanchope

Final ranking

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 8 2 +6 12 Champions
2  United States (H) 4 3 0 1 6 2 +4 9 Runners-up
3  Brazil 5 2 2 1 6 2 +4 8 Third Place
4  Jamaica 5 2 1 2 5 4 +1 7 Fourth Place
5  Costa Rica 2 1 0 1 8 4 +4 3 Eliminated in
Group stage
6  Trinidad and Tobago 2 1 0 1 5 5 0 3
7  Guatemala 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
8  El Salvador 3 0 1 2 0 6 −6 1
9  Honduras 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0
10  Cuba 2 0 0 2 2 10 −8 0
Updated to match(es) played on 15 February 1998. Source:
(H) Host.

1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup Awards articles: 6

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