1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup
|Host country||United States|
|Dates||February 1 – February 15|
|Teams||10 (from 2 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||3 (in 3 host cities)|
|Champions||Mexico (3rd title)|
|Goals scored||44 (2.75 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Luis Hernández|
(4 goals each)
|Best player(s)||Kasey Keller|
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.
|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)|
|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)|
- Canada withdrew and was replaced by Jamaica
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.
|Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum||Orange Bowl|
|Capacity: 93,607||Capacity: 63,026||Capacity: 74,476|
The 10 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.
|Romário 79'||Report||Plata 90'|
Élber 87', 90'
|Report||Hall 14', 67'
- Originally scheduled on February 6, postponed by heavy rain.
|Trinidad and Tobago||2||1||0||1||5||5||0||3|
|Honduras||1–3||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Pavón 66'||Report||Nixon 35'
John 39', 70'
|Mexico||4–2||Trinidad and Tobago|
Hernández 63', 82'
|Blanco 22', 86'||Report|
Moore 76' (pen.)
Wanchope 21', 32', 64', 78'
López 29' (pen.)
|February 10 – Los Angeles|
|February 15 – Los Angeles|
|February 12 - Los Angeles|
|February 14 – Los Angeles|
Third place matchEdit
|1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winners|
|Top Scorer||Most Valuable Player|
| Paulo Wanchope
|Kasey Keller|| Eddie Pope
| Ramón Ramírez
|2||United States (H)||4||3||0||1||6||2||+4||9||Runners-up|
|5||Costa Rica||2||1||0||1||8||4||+4||3||Eliminated in|
|6||Trinidad and Tobago||2||1||0||1||5||5||0||3|