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The 1985 CONCACAF Championship was the ninth edition of the CONCACAF Championship. It also served as the qualification for the 1986 World Cup. A total of 18 CONCACAF teams entered the competition. The North, Central American and Caribbean zone was allocated 2 places (out of 24) in the final tournament. Mexico, the World Cup host, qualified automatically, leaving 1 spot open for competition between 17 teams. Canada earned their first major title and clinched qualification on 14 September 1985 to participate in their first World Cup after beating Honduras 2-1 at King George V Park in St. John's, Newfoundland.[1]

1985 CONCACAF Championship
CONCACAF Championship
Tournament details
Dates24 February – 14 September
Teams9 (from 1 confederation)
Final positions
Champions Canada (1st title)
Runners-up Honduras
Third place Costa Rica
Tournament statistics
Matches played24
Goals scored54 (2.25 per match)
Top scorer(s)Honduras José Roberto Figueroa (5 goals)
1981
1989

Contents

QualificationEdit

Final tournamentEdit

First roundEdit

Group 1Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Honduras 6 4 2 2 0 5 3 +2
2   El Salvador 5 4 2 1 1 7 2 +5
3   Suriname 1 4 0 1 3 2 9 −7

Honduras advanced to the Second Round.




Honduras  2–1  Suriname
Figueroa     Stewart  


Honduras  0–0  El Salvador

Group 2Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Canada 7 4 3 1 0 7 2 +5
2   Guatemala 5 4 2 1 1 7 3 +4
3   Haiti 0 4 0 0 4 0 9 −9

Canada advanced to the second round.

Canada  2–0  Haiti
Vrablic   30'
Sweeney   41'

Canada  2–1  Guatemala
Mitchell   22'43' Gómez   66'

Haiti  0–1  Guatemala
Estrada  

Guatemala  1–1  Canada
B. Pérez   42' Mitchell   39'

Haiti  0–2  Canada
Mitchell   14'
Vrablic   56'

Guatemala  4–0  Haiti
Chacón   44'
Galindo   48'
Funes   62'
B. Pérez   71'

Group 3Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Costa Rica 6 4 2 2 0 6 2 +4
2   United States 5 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1
3   Trinidad and Tobago 1 4 0 1 3 2 7 −5

Costa Rica advanced to the second round.



Trinidad and Tobago  1–2  United States
Fonrose   19' Borja   24'
Peterson   89'


Costa Rica  1–1  United States
Ramírez   42' Kerr   44'

Final roundEdit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Canada 6 4 2 2 0 4 2 +2
2   Honduras 3 4 1 1 2 6 6 0
3   Costa Rica 3 4 0 3 1 4 6 −2

Canada qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Costa Rica  2–2  Honduras
Solano   19'
Williams   81'
Figueroa   8' (pen.)
Betancourt   24'

Canada  1–1  Costa Rica
James   58' Williams   12'

Honduras  0–1  Canada
Pakos   58'

Costa Rica  0–0  Canada

Honduras  3–1  Costa Rica
Betancourt   40'
Figueroa   51'66' (pen.)
Guimarães   7'

Canada  2–1  Honduras
Pakos   15'
Vrablic   61'
Betancourt   49'
1985 CONCACAF Championship Winners
 
Canada
First Title

GoalscorersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "That one time Canada made it to the World Cup". CBC Sports. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b All home matches of Suriname were played away instead.
  3. ^ a b All home matches of Trinidad and Tobago were played away instead.
  4. ^ http://canadasoccer.com/?gid=211&t=game_summary_soccer_new
  5. ^ http://canadasoccer.com/?gid=212&t=game_summary_soccer_new
  6. ^ http://canadasoccer.com/?gid=213&t=game_summary_soccer_new

NotesEdit

  • To date, this was only time Canada qualified for a FIFA World Cup.

External linksEdit