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1998 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)

The 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification, CONCACAF zone ran from March 1996 to November 1997 in order to determine the three CONCACAF representatives at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. For an overview of the qualification rounds, see 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 30 CONCACAF teams entered the competition. Mexico, the USA, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and Canada, the six highest-ranked teams according to FIFA, received byes and advanced to the third round directly. The remaining 24 teams were divided into two zones, based on geographical locations, as follows:

  • Caribbean Zone: The 20 teams played in three rounds of knockout matches on a home-and-away basis to determine four winners advancing to the third round. Bahamas and Bermuda withdrew before playing one game. 18 countries stay in the race.
  • Central American Zone: The four teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners would advance to the third round.

In the third round, the 12 teams were divided into three groups of four teams each. They played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners and runners-up would advance to the final round.

In the final round, the six teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The top three teams would qualify.

Contents

Preliminary roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Dominican Republic   6–3   Aruba 3–2 3–1
Guyana   1–8   Grenada 1–2 0–6
Saint Kitts and Nevis   w/o   Bahamas
Dominica   6–4   Antigua and Barbuda 3–3 3–1

Group AEdit

Dominican Republic  3 – 2  Aruba
Rodríguez   28'
Mariano   50'
Peña   73'
(report) Davelaar   60'
Malmberg   84'

Aruba  1 – 3  Dominican Republic
Davelaar   38' (pen.) (report) Rodríguez   5' (pen.)
Aquino   62'
Queliz   87'

Dominican Republic won 6-3 on aggregate.

Group BEdit

Guyana  1 – 2  Grenada
Joseph   13' (report) Charles   54'
Otis Roberts   63'

Grenada  6 – 0  Guyana
Charles   33'
François   40'47'
Fletcher   48'71'82'
(report)

Grenada won 8-1 on aggregate.

Group CEdit

The Bahamas withdrew, so Saint Kitts and Nevis advanced to the first round automatically.

Group DEdit

Dominica  3 – 3  Antigua and Barbuda
Dominique   8'
Dangler   42'
Marshall   89'
(report) Clarke   15'
Edwards   28'75'
Attendance: 4,500
Referee:   Mark Forde

Antigua and Barbuda  1 – 3  Dominica
Edwards   59' (report) Greenaway   23'
Morancie   60'
Edmond   66'

Dominica won 6-4 on aggregate.

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Dominican Republic   2–1   Netherlands Antilles 2–1 0–0
Haiti   7–1   Grenada 6–1 1–0
Cayman Islands   0–6   Cuba 0–1 0–5
Saint Kitts and Nevis   6–1   Saint Lucia 5–1 1–0
Puerto Rico   1–9   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1–2 0–7
Dominica   0–2   Barbados 0–1 0–1
Suriname   0–2   Jamaica 0–1 0–1
Trinidad and Tobago   w/o   Bermuda

Group 1Edit


Dominican Republic won 2-1 on aggregate.

Group 2Edit

Haiti  6 – 1  Grenada
Wilson Chevalier   11'
Golman Pierre   35'58'
Isaac Chauvet   62'64'73'
(report) Patrick Modeste   85'
Attendance: 5500
Referee:   Robin Murray

Grenada  0 – 1  Haiti
(report) Golman Pierre   49'
Attendance: 1200
Referee:   Victor Moore

Haiti won 7-1 on aggregate.

Group 3Edit

Cayman Islands  0 – 1  Cuba
(report) Lázaro Darcourt   10'
Attendance: 2000
Referee:   Argelio Sabillon

Cuba  5 – 0  Cayman Islands
Alexander Cruzata   19'
Eduardo Sebrango   63'
Lázaro Darcourt   68'81'
Lester Moré   83'
(report)
Attendance: 1200
Referee:   Pascual Rebolledo Cárdenas

Note:Both matches were played in Cayman Islands.

Cuba won 6-0 on aggregate.

Group 4Edit

Saint Kitts and Nevis  5 – 1  Saint Lucia
Dwight Allers Kelley   5'86'
Vernon Sargeant   22'44'
Keith Gumbs   41'
(report) Earl Jean   51'
Attendance: 1500
Referee:   Robin Murray

Saint Lucia  0 – 1  Saint Kitts and Nevis
(report) Dwight Allers Kelley   50'
Attendance: 500
Referee:   Harry Leocadio Davelaar

Saint Kitts and Nevis won 6-1 on aggregate.

Group 5Edit


Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  7 – 0  Puerto Rico
Jack   3'13'25'
Mussenden   35' (o.g.)
Hinds   37'59'
Charles   64'
(report)

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines won 9-1 on aggregate.

Group 6Edit

Dominica  0 – 1  Barbados
(report) Roger Proverbs   63'
Attendance: 3000
Referee:   Charles Barrett

Barbados  1 – 0  Dominica
Gregory Goodridge   67' (report)
Attendance: 2500
Referee:   Austin Eric Harewood

Barbados won 2-0 on aggregate.

Group 7Edit

Suriname  0 – 1  Jamaica
(report) Whitmore   56'
Attendance: 2,500
Referee:   Vanroy Burnes

Jamaica  1 – 0  Suriname
P. Davis   73' (report)

Jamaica won 2-0 on aggregate.

Group 8Edit

Bermuda withdrew, so Trinidad and Tobago advanced to the second round automatically.

Second roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Caribbean Zone
Cuba   7–2   Haiti 6–1 1–1
Dominican Republic   1–12   Trinidad and Tobago 1–4 0–8
Barbados   0–3   Jamaica 0–1 0–2
Saint Kitts and Nevis   2–2 (a)   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2–2 0–0
Central American Zone
Nicaragua   1–3   Guatemala 0–1 1–2
Belize   2–6   Panama 1–2 1–4

Caribbean ZoneEdit

Group AEdit

Cuba  6 – 1  Haiti
Eduardo Sebrango   18'
Mario Pedraza   44'
Lázaro Darcourt   61'70'71'
Lester More   81'
(report) Rosemond Pierre   84'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee:   Mario Efrain Escobar

This match was played on neutral ground instead of in Cuba.


Haiti  1 – 1  Cuba
Isaac Chauvet   21' (report) Armando Cruz   79' (pen.)
Attendance: 4,500
Referee:   Ramon Luis Mendez Vega

Cuba won 7-2 on aggregate.

Group BEdit

Dominican Republic  1 – 4  Trinidad and Tobago
Alberto Jimenez   59' (report) Russell Latapy   37'   67'
Pedro Aquino   39' (o.g.)
Angus Eve   84'

Trinidad and Tobago  8 – 0  Dominican Republic
Stern John   1'   23'   80'
Dwight Yorke   8'
Angus Eve   16'   42'
Anthony Rougier   19'
Russell Latapy   89'
(report)

Trinidad and Tobago won 12-1 on aggregate.

Group CEdit

Barbados  0 – 1  Jamaica
(report) Walter Boyd   90'

Jamaica  2 – 0  Barbados
Theodore Whitmore   23'
Walter Boyd   72'
(report)
Attendance: 15,000

Jamaica won 3-0 on aggregate.

Group DEdit


Saint Kitts and Nevis 2-2 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on aggregate. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines won on the away goals rule.

Central American ZoneEdit

Group EEdit

Nicaragua  0 – 1  Guatemala
(report) Juan Carlos Plata   27'

Guatemala  2 – 1  Nicaragua
Juan Carlos Plata   62'   67' (report) Ezequiel Jerez   87'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee:   Dino Bucci

Guatemala won 3-1 on aggregate.

Group FEdit

Belize  1 – 2  Panama
David McCaulay   28' (report) Rubén Guevara   57'
Julio Dely Valdes   61'

Panama  4 – 1  Belize
Julio Dely Valdes   14'   46'   61'
René Mendieta   88'
(report) Denmark Casey   60'

Panama won 6-2 on aggregate.

Third roundEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   United States 6 4 1 1 10 5 5 13
2   Costa Rica 6 4 0 2 9 5 4 12
3   Guatemala 6 2 2 2 6 9 -3 8
4   Trinidad and Tobago 6 0 1 5 3 9 -6 1

The United States and Costa Rica advanced to the final round. Guatemala played their home games in Los Angeles and San Salvador instead of at home due to FIFA stadium standards not followed by the Estadio Mateo Flores, in Guatemala City, where over 80 people died due to structural flaws and overcrowding in October 16, 1996, when the home match against Costa Rica was due to be played.

Trinidad and Tobago  0 – 1  Costa Rica
(report) Ronald Gomez   54'
Trinidad and Tobago  1 – 1  Guatemala
Jerren Nixon   37' (report) Rudy Ramirez   22'
United States  2 – 0  Guatemala
Eric Wynalda   54'
Brian McBride   87'
(report)
Attendance: 30,082
Costa Rica  3 – 0  Guatemala
Javier Delgado   53'
Hernan Medford   74'
Ronald Gomez   78'
(report)
Trinidad and Tobago  0 – 1  United States
(report) Joe-Max Moore   36'
Guatemala  1 – 0  Costa Rica
Juan Carlos Plata   34' (report)
Costa Rica  2 – 1  United States
Paulo Wanchope   39'
Wilmer Lopez   84'
(report) Cobi Jones   89'
Guatemala  2 – 1  Trinidad and Tobago
Julio Rodas   26'   67' (report) Angus Eve   30'
Attendance: 24,000
United States  2 – 1  Costa Rica
Brian McBride   16'
Roy Lassiter   60'
(report) Ronald Gomez   74'
Attendance: 40,527
Guatemala  2 – 2  United States
Juan Funes   9'
Juan Carlos Plata   44'
(report) Predrag Radosavljević   7'
Frankie Hejduk   48'
Attendance: 43,000
Referee:   Mike Seifert

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Canada 6 5 1 0 10 1 9 16
2   El Salvador 6 3 1 2 12 6 6 10
3   Panama 6 1 2 3 8 11 -3 5
4   Cuba 6 1 0 5 4 16 -12 3

Canada and El Salvador advanced to the final round.

Cuba played all their matches away from home.

Canada  3 – 1  Panama
Geoff Aunger   40'
Paul Peschisolido   42'
Carlo Corazzin   87'
(report) Jorge Dely Valdés   49'
Cuba  0 – 5  El Salvador
(report) José Carlos Rivera   22'   80'
Raúl Díaz Arce   49'   72'
Mauricio Cienfuegos   83'
Cuba  3 – 1  Panama
Eduardo Sebrango   42'   70'
Manuel Bobadilla   88'
(report) Jorge Dely Valdés   55'
Panama  1 – 1  El Salvador
Juan Carlos Cubillas   43' (report) Raúl Díaz Arce   51'
Canada  2 – 0  Cuba
Alex Bunbury   29'
Paul Peschisolido   53'
(report)
Cuba  0 – 2  Canada
(report) Paul Peschisolido   15'
Nick Dasovic   79'
Panama  0 – 0  Canada
(report)
Canada  1 – 0  El Salvador
Alex Bunbury   65' (report)
Attendance: 6,858
El Salvador  3 – 2  Panama
Raúl Díaz Arce   43'
Wilfredo Iraheta   68'
Giovanni Trigueros   88'
(report) Jorge Dely Valdés   11'   86'
El Salvador  3 – 0  Cuba
William Renderos Iraheta   3'
Raúl Díaz Arce   30'
Jorge Rodríguez   49'
(report)
Panama  3 – 1  Cuba
René Mendieta   15'
Rubén Guevara   55'
Jorge Dely Valdés   58'
(report) Lester Moré   67'
El Salvador  0 – 2  Canada
(report) Mark Watson   62'
Alex Bunbury   66'
Attendance: 15,233
Referee:   Brizio Carter

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Jamaica 6 4 1 1 12 3 9 13
2   Mexico 6 4 0 2 14 6 8 12
3   Honduras 6 3 1 2 18 11 7 10
4   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6 0 0 6 6 30 -24 0

Jamaica and Mexico advanced to the final round.

Jamaica  3 – 0  Honduras
Walter Boyd   14'   53'
Theodore Whitmore   42'
(report)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  0 – 3  Mexico
(report) Ricardo Peláez   15'   51'
Damián Álvarez   89'
Honduras  2 – 1  Mexico
Carlos Pavón   50'
Eduardo Bennett   82'
(report) Ramón Ramírez   63'
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  1 – 2  Jamaica
Christopher Harry   82' (report) Paul Young   20'   41'
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  1 – 4  Honduras
James Chewitt   62' (report) Suazo Velázquez   7'   62'
Christian Santamaria   23'   42'
Attendance: 2,200
Referee:   Jose Farias
Mexico  2 – 1  Jamaica
Zague   44'
Carlos Hermosillo   55'
(report) Walter Boyd   70'
Attendance: 110,000
Honduras  0 – 0  Jamaica
(report)
Mexico  5 – 1  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Benjamín Galindo   20'   29'
Zague   48'
Carlos Hermosillo   70'
Dexter Walker   88' (o.g.)
(report) Kendall Velox   88'
Attendance: 27,000
Referee:   René Parra
Mexico  3 – 1  Honduras
Benjamín Galindo   32'
Carlos Hermosillo   35'
Zague   45'
(report) Enrique Reneau   69'
Attendance: 105,000
Jamaica  5 – 0  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Theodore Whitmore   10'   13'
Paul Young   64'
Peter Cargill   66'
Stephen Malcolm   84'
(report)
Attendance: 30,000
Referee:   Tim Weyland
Jamaica  1 – 0  Mexico
Ian Goodison   82' (report)
Honduras  11 – 3  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Barrios Zapata   3'
Suazo Velázquez   11'   38'   50'
Arnold Cruz   19'
Carlos Pavón   30'
Enrique Reneau   48'
Merlyn Membreño   65'
Milton Núñez   67'   84'
Eduardo Bennett   77'
(report) Rodney Jack   37'
Alwyn Guy   62'
Everad Sam   75'

Fourth roundEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Mexico 10 4 6 0 23 7 16 18
2   United States 10 4 5 1 17 9 8 17
3   Jamaica 10 3 5 2 7 12 –5 14
4   Costa Rica 10 3 3 4 13 12 1 12
5   El Salvador 10 2 4 4 11 16 –5 10
6   Canada 10 1 3 6 5 20 –15 6

Qualified teamsEdit

The following three teams from CONCACAF qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA World Cup1
  Mexico Fourth round winners 12 October 1997 10 (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1994)
  United States Fourth round runners-up 9 November 1997 5 (1930, 1934, 1950, 1990, 1994)
  Jamaica Fourth round third place 16 November 1997 0 (debut)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

GoalscorersEdit

11 goals
9 goals
8 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal