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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
1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup.png
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.

Contents

Participating nationsEdit

Team Qualification Appearance
in Gold Cup
North American zone
  United States Host 3rd
  Mexico Automatic 3rd
  Canada Automatic 3rd
Caribbean zone qualified through the 1995 Caribbean Cup
  Trinidad and Tobago Winners 2nd
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Runners-Up 1st
Central American zone qualified through the 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup
  Honduras Winners 3rd
  Guatemala Runners-Up 2nd
  El Salvador 3rd Place 1st
CONMEBOL
  Brazil Invited 1st

VenuesEdit

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

CONCACAF squadsEdit

First roundEdit

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
L. García   29'37'
Peláez   70'90'
A. Garcia   80'
Report

Mexico  1–0  Guatemala
Rizo   89' Report

Saint Vincent  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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brazil
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico

AwardsEdit

 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winners 
 
Mexico
Second title

Top scorersEdit

Team statisticsEdit

Team GP W T L GF GA Dif
F   Mexico 4 4 0 0 9 0 +9
F   Brazil 4 3 0 1 10 3 +7
S   United States 4 3 0 1 8 3 +5
S   Guatemala 4 1 0 3 3 5 -2
1   Canada 2 1 0 1 4 5 -1
1   El Salvador 2 1 0 1 3 4 -1
1   Trinidad and Tobago 2 0 0 2 4 6 -2
1   Honduras 2 0 0 2 1 8 -7
1    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2 0 0 2 0 8 -8

External linksEdit