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1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup

1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup
CONCACAF Championship
Tournament details
Host country United States
Dates February 1 – February 15
Teams 10 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) 3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Mexico (6th title)
Runners-up  United States
Third place  Brazil
Fourth place  Jamaica
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 44 (2.75 per match)
Top scorer(s) Paulo Wanchope
Luis Hernández
(4 goals each)
Best player Kasey Keller

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.

Contents

  • Participating nations 1
    • Gold Cup play-off 1.1
  • Venues 2
  • First round 3
    • Group A 3.1
    • Group B 3.2
    • Group C 3.3
  • Knockout round 4
    • Bracket 4.1
    • Semi-finals 4.2
    • Third place match 4.3
    • Final 4.4
  • Awards 5
    • Winners 5.1
    • Individual awards 5.2
  • Top scorers 6
  • Final standings 7
  • External links 8

Participating nations

Team Qualification Appearance
in Gold Cup
North American zone
 United States Host 4th
 Mexico Automatic 4th
 Canada (1) Automatic 4th
Caribbean zone qualified through the 1997 Caribbean Cup
 Trinidad and Tobago Winners 3rd
 Cuba Winner of the below playoff 1st
Central American zone qualified through the 1997 UNCAF Nations Cup
 Costa Rica Winners 3rd
 Guatemala Runners-Up 3rd
 El Salvador 3rd Place 2nd
 Honduras 4th Place 4th
CONMEBOL
 Brazil Invited 2nd

(1) Canada withdrew and was replaced by Jamaica.

Gold Cup 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.


Venues

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

First round

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
3 1 2 0 5 1 +4 5
3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
3 0 1 2 0 6 −6 1
February 1, 1998
El Salvador  0–0
Report

February 3, 1998
Brazil  0–0
Report
Orange Bowl, Miami
Attendance: 43,754
Referee: Esfandiar Baharmast (United States)

February 5, 1998
Brazil  1–1
Romário Goal 79' Report Plata Goal 90'
Orange Bowl, Miami
Attendance: 17,842
Referee: Ramesh Ramdhan (Trinidad and Tobago)

February 8, 1998
El Salvador  0–4
Report Edmundo Goal 7'
Romário Goal 19'
Élber Goal 87'90'

February 8, 1998
Guatemala  2–3
Plata Goal 16'
Westphal Goal 84'
Report Hall Goal 14'67'
Williams Goal 55'

February 9, 1998
Jamaica  2–0
Gayle Goal 41'
Simpson Goal 62'
Report
  • Originally scheduled on February 6, postponed by heavy rain.

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 6
2 1 0 1 5 5 0 3
2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0
February 1, 1998
Honduras  1–3
Pavón Goal 66' Report Nixon Goal 35'
John Goal 39'70'
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
Attendance: 11,234
Referee: Peter Prendergast (Jamaica)

February 4, 1998
Mexico  4–2
Ramírez Goal 37'
Hernández Goal 63'82'
Palencia Goal 65'
Report Marcelle Goal 59'
Nixon Goal 75'
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
Attendance: 17,256
Referee: Mendoça (Brazil)

February 7, 1998
Mexico  2–0
Blanco Goal 22'86' Report

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
2 2 0 0 5 1 +4 6
2 1 0 1 8 4 +4 3
2 0 0 2 2 10 −8 0
February 1, 1998
United States  3–0
Wegerle Goal 55'
Wynalda Goal 58'
Moore Goal 76' (pen.)
Report
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
Attendance: 11,234
Referee: Mourad Daami (Tunisia)

February 4, 1998
Costa Rica  7–2
Berry Goal 3'
Wanchope Goal 21'32'64'78'
López Goal 29' (pen.)
Myers Goal 44'
Report Martén Goal 50'
Sebrango Goal 90'
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
Attendance: 17,256
Referee: Arturo Brizio Carter (Mexico)

February 7, 1998
United States  2–1
Pope Goal 7'
Preki Goal 78'
Report Oviedo Goal 56'
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
Attendance: 36,240
Referee: Mohammed Nazri (Malaysia)

Knockout round

Bracket

Semi-finals Final
February 10 – Los Angeles
    1  
    0  
 
February 15 – Los Angeles
        0
      1
Third place
February 12 - Los Angeles February 14 – Los Angeles
    0     1
    1       0

Semi-finals

February 10, 1998
United States  1–0
Preki Goal 65' Report

February 12, 1998
Mexico  1–0 (asdet)
Hernández Golden goal 105' Report

Third place match

February 15, 1998
Brazil  1–0
Romário Goal 77' Report

Final

February 15, 1998
United States  0–1
Report Hernández Goal 43'

Awards

Winners

 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winners 

Mexico
Sixth title

Individual awards

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

Top scorers

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals 1 goal

Final standings

R Team G P W D L GF GA GD Pts.
1 B 4 4 0 0 8 2 +6 12
2 C 4 3 0 1 6 2 +4 9
3 A 5 2 2 1 6 2 +4 8
4 A 5 2 1 2 5 4 +1 7
5 C 2 1 0 1 8 4 +4 3
6 B 2 1 0 1 5 5 0 3
7 A 3 0 2 1 3 4 −2 2
8 A 3 0 1 2 0 6 −6 1
9 B 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0
10 C 2 0 0 2 2 10 −8 0

External links

  • Official tournament results
  • 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup at RSSSF
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