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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).

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)Mexico Luis Hernández
Costa Rica Paulo Wanchope
(4 goals each)
Best player(s)United States Kasey Keller
1996
2000

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.

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Qualified teamsEdit

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-offEdit

A qualification playoff was held in Trinidad and Tobago in July 1997.

VenuesEdit

SquadsEdit

The 10 national teams involved in the tournament were required to register a squad of 23 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
  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
  • Originally scheduled on February 6, postponed by heavy rain.

Group BEdit

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 CEdit

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

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

 
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-finalsEdit

United States  1–0  Brazil
Preki   65' Report

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

Third place matchEdit

Brazil  1–0  Jamaica
Romário   77' Report

FinalEdit

United States  0–1  Mexico
Report Hernández   43'

StatisticsEdit

AwardsEdit

WinnersEdit

 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winners 
 
Mexico
Third title

Individual awardsEdit

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 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 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:[citation needed]
(H) Host.

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