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1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup

The 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the third edition of the Gold Cup, the football (soccer) championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF).

1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup
CONCACAF Championship
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1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
DatesJanuary 10 – January 21
Teams9 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Mexico (2nd title)
Runners-up Brazil
Third place United States
Fourth place Guatemala
Tournament statistics
Matches played13
Goals scored42 (3.23 per match)
Attendance487,439 (37,495 per match)
Top scorer(s)United States Eric Wynalda (4 goals)
1993
1998

The tournament went back to the United States and California; the games were hosted by Los Angeles, San Diego, and Anaheim. The format of the tournament changed from 1993: it was expanded to nine teams, separated into three groups of three and played in January as opposed to the 1993 edition which was played in July.

The top team in each group, plus the best second-place finisher would advance to the semifinals. For the first time, a non-CONCACAF team was invited: Brazil, who sent their Under-23 side. Mexico won their second straight Gold Cup, beating the Brazilians 2-0 in the final.

Qualified teamsEdit

Team Qualification Appearances Previous best performance
North American zone
  Mexico (TH) Automatic 3rd Champions (1993)
  United States Automatic 3rd Champions (1991)
  Canada Automatic 3rd Group Stage (1991,1993)
Caribbean zone qualified through the 1995 Caribbean Cup
  Trinidad and Tobago Winners 2nd Group Stage (1991)
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Runners-up 1st Debut
Central American zone qualified through the 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup
  Honduras Winners 3rd Runners-up (1991)
  Guatemala Runners-up 2nd Group stage (1991)
  El Salvador Third Place 1st Debut
Other
  Brazil Invitation 1st Debut

VenuesEdit

Anaheim Los Angeles San Diego
Anaheim Stadium Memorial Coliseum Jack Murphy Stadium
Capacity: 64,593 Capacity: 93,607 Capacity: 60,836
     

SquadsEdit

The 9 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 stageEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Mexico 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 6
  Guatemala 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2 3
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2 0 0 2 0 8 –8 0
Mexico  5–0  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
L. García   29'37'
Peláez   70'90'
A. Garcia   80'
Report

Mexico  1–0  Guatemala
Rizo   89' Report

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  0–3  Guatemala
Report Funes   28'
Westphal   42'
Machón   45'
Attendance: 52,345

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Brazil 2 2 0 0 9 1 +8 6
  Canada 2 1 0 1 4 5 –1 3
  Honduras 2 0 0 2 1 8 –7 0
Canada  3–1  Honduras
Corazzin   9'
Holness   27'63'
Report Carson   40'
Attendance: 27,125

Brazil  4–1  Canada
André Luis   3'
Caio   7'
Sávio   14'
Leandro Machado   86'
Report Radzinski   66'
Attendance: 8,234

Brazil  5–0  Honduras
Caio   9'81'
Jamelli   31'61'
Sávio   80'
Report
Attendance: 20,708

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  United States 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3 6
  El Salvador 2 1 0 1 3 4 –1 3
  Trinidad and Tobago 2 0 0 2 4 6 –2 0
Trinidad and Tobago  2–3  El Salvador
Latapy   59'64' Report Díaz Arce   34'72' (pen.)
Cerritos   50'
Attendance: 27,125

United States  3–2  Trinidad and Tobago
Wynalda   15'34'
Moore   53'
Report Dwarika   6'43'
Attendance: 12,425
Referee: Argelio Sabillon (Honduras)

United States  2–0  El Salvador
Wynalda   63'
Balboa   75'
Report

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
January 18 – Los Angeles
 
 
  United States0
 
January 21 – Los Angeles
 
  Brazil1
 
  Brazil0
 
January 19 – San Diego
 
  Mexico2
 
  Mexico1
 
 
  Guatemala0
 
Third place
 
 
January 21 – Los Angeles
 
 
  United States3
 
 
  Guatemala0

SemifinalsEdit

United States  0–1  Brazil
Report Balboa   79' (o.g.)

Mexico  1–0  Guatemala
Blanco   64' Report

Third place matchEdit

United States  3–0  Guatemala
Wynalda   34'
Agoos   37'
Kirovski   87'
Report
Attendance: 88,125
Referee: René Parra (Canada)

FinalEdit

Brazil  0–2  Mexico
Report L. García   54'
Blanco   75'
Attendance: 88,155

StatisticsEdit

AwardsEdit

 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winners 
 
Mexico
Second title

Final rankingEdit

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 9 0 +9 12 Champions
2   Brazil 4 3 0 1 10 3 +7 9 Runners-up
3   United States (H) 4 3 0 1 8 3 +5 9 Third Place
4   Guatemala 4 1 0 3 3 5 −2 3 Fourth Place
5   Canada 2 1 0 1 4 5 −1 3 Eliminated in
Group stage
6   El Salvador 2 1 0 1 3 4 −1 3
7   Trinidad and Tobago 2 0 0 2 4 6 −2 0
8   Honduras 2 0 0 2 1 8 −7 0
9   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8 0
Updated to match(es) played on 21 January 1996. Source:[citation needed]
(H) Host.

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