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The 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the eighth edition of the Gold Cup, the football championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF). It was contested in the United States in July 2005. The United States emerged victorious in the final against an upstart Panama team led by tournament MVP Luis Tejada. After regulation and 30 minutes of extra time ended scoreless, the USA won 3-1 on penalties.

2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup
CONCACAF Championship
2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup logo.svg
2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
DatesJuly 6 – July 24
Teams12 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s)7 (in 7 host cities)
Final positions
Champions United States (3rd title)
Runners-up Panama
Tournament statistics
Matches played25
Goals scored73 (2.92 per match)
Attendance340,018 (13,601 per match)
Top scorer(s)United States DaMarcus Beasley
United States Landon Donovan
Guatemala Carlos Ruiz
Panama Luis Tejada
Honduras Wilmer Velasquez
(3 goals each)
Best player(s)Panama Luis Tejada
Best goalkeeperPanama Jaime Penedo
Fair play award Honduras

For this edition, the format was switched from four groups of three teams each to the three groups of four teams. As a result, there was one more group stage game for each team, and the likelihood of teams advancing on a coin toss was much less. The top two teams from each group and the two best third-place teams would advance to the quarterfinals.

As usual for the Gold Cup, several of the top teams fielded less than their top squads, including guest teams Colombia and South Africa. Mexico and the United States were missing at least half their usual starters, and a few top name players on smaller nations (Paulo Wanchope and Amado Guevara, among others) also declined to participate. During the tournament, matches in Miami's Group A had to be postponed because of Hurricane Dennis.



Caribbean zone qualified from the 2005 Caribbean Cup:

Central American zone qualified from the UNCAF Nations Cup 2005:

North American zone qualified automatically:



For a complete list of participating squads see 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup squads


Foxborough East Rutherford Carson Los Angeles
Gillette Stadium Giants Stadium Home Depot Center Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Capacity: 68,756 Capacity: 80,042 Capacity: 27,000 Capacity: 93,607
Miami Seattle Houston
Orange Bowl Qwest Field Reliant Stadium
Capacity: 72,319 Capacity: 67,000 Capacity: 71,500

First roundEdit

Group AEdit

Group A (Colombia, Honduras, Panama, and Trinidad & Tobago) started with an upset 1-0 win for Panama over Colombia and a 1-1 draw between Honduras and Trinidad. The second matchday saw Honduras defeat Colombia 2-1 and Panama and Trinidad draw with two goals apiece. This left guest nation Colombia at the bottom of the table heading into the final matchday, but with the format of the tournament all the teams were still alive. Colombia beat Trinidad in the first half of a doubleheader, meaning that Panama and Honduras would be guaranteed qualification. Honduras won to finish on top of the group, leaving Panama second; Colombia finished with three points and a goal differential of 0; they would have to wait for other games to determine whether they would advance.

Group BEdit

Group B play started at Seattle's Qwest Field with Canada facing Costa Rica and Cuba facing the United States. Costa Rica won 1-0 in the first match of the doubleheader. In the second match, Cuba opened the scoring in the 18th minute, but the U.S. responded just before the half. Neither side was able to score in the second half until Landon Donovan scored for the US on a free kick in the 87th minute. The U.S. then added two more goals to their tally in the closing minutes to make a close game on the pitch look like a blowout on paper. The second round of matches featured Costa Rica versus Cuba and the U.S. versus Canada. Costa Rica won 3-1 to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals; the United States won 2-0, also clinching a spot in the next round. This would set up a Costa Rica-United States battle with not much more than pride on the line; Canada and Cuba, despite earning no points in the first two matches, were both still alive if other results went their way. The third matchday, played at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, started with a 0-0 draw between the group's top teams. Since Group A's matches had been played earlier in the day, both Cuba and Canada knew what they would need to do to guarantee a spot in the quarterfinals: Canada would need to win by four goals and Cuba would need to win by six goals. Canada won, but only by a 2-1 margin.

Group CEdit

Group C's first matches took place in the Los Angeles area, with the first matchday at the Home Depot Center and the second at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The first matches featured South Africa versus Mexico and Guatemala versus Jamaica. South Africa jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Mexicans in the first half and held on to win 2-1. In the second match, a Carlos Ruiz hat trick was not enough for Guatemala as the Jamaicans, helped by two goals in the opening five minutes, outscored the Guatemalans for a final tally of 4-3. In the second matchday Mexico rebounded from their loss to defeat Guatemala 4-0 with two goals in each half. The Jamaica-South Africa match was another high-scoring affair; Jamaica took a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute but South Africa answered a minute later. Jamaica jumped to a 2-1 lead in the 41st but again the South Africans answered, this time in the 43rd minute. The Jamaicans took yet another lead in the 57th but South Africa scored ten minutes before the end of the match and the game ended 3-3. Thanks to the results from the other groups, Jamaica and South Africa were both automatically qualified for the next round before playing their third match; Mexico would advance unless they lost by six goals or more or lost and Guatemala won and ended up with a better goal differential (an unlikely scenario, since Guatemala would have to make up an 8-goal difference). The final group matches took place in Houston; in the first match of the evening, Guatemala earned a draw against the South Africans for their only point of the tournament, essentially assuring the Mexicans of qualification. With both teams having little to play for, Mexico won 1-0; thanks to this result and the night's other result, the Mexicans ended up on top of group C with 6 points.

Knockout roundEdit

In the quarterfinals, Honduras poured on the attack to lead Costa Rica 3-0 after 29 minutes, and held on to win 3-2. The U.S. scored early and Kasey Keller saved Andy Williams' penalty in the first ten minutes, and from there Jamaica put up little resistance, 3-1 the final result. Colombia outplayed Mexico in the first half, but had nothing to show for it. Both teams traded goals in a tense second half, and then Abel Aguilar's improbable 40 yard shot flew over the keeper and into the net, settling the game and eliminating the holders. Panama and South Africa battled to a 1-1 stalemate, where Panama prevailed in the shootout.

In the semifinals, Honduras scored early on through Iván Guerrero and nearly held on for a famous victory, if not for an errant clearance which led to John O'Brien's equalizer four minutes from time. Oguchi Onyewu made for a thrilling finish, as his header off a free kick won the match in stoppage time for the U.S. The underdogs, Panama, jumped all over Colombia and led by two at halftime. Colombia got one back, but Panama would score again and hold on (Tressor Moreno hitting the post in stoppage time) for a 3-2 victory.

The final was a game of missed chances. The U.S. controlled the run of play, but it was Panama who had the better chances and were unlucky not to score. In the shootout, Panama could not recreate the success against South Africa and missed two penalties while having another saved. The U.S.'s young players showed little fear and after four rounds, they were champions.

In the tournament's 25 games, 73 goals were scored for an average of 2.93, the highest since the 1996 edition. American DaMarcus Beasley scored three goals to win the tournament's Golden Boot, beating out four others on the assists tiebreaker.

First round resultsEdit

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners, runners-up, and best two third-placed teams advance to the quarter-finals

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Honduras 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
  Panama 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
  Colombia 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3
  Trinidad and Tobago 3 0 2 1 3 5 −2 2
Colombia  0–1  Panama
Report Tejada   70'
Attendance: 10,311
Trinidad and Tobago  1–1  Honduras
Birchall   28' Report Figueroa   43'
Attendance: 10,311

Panama  2–2  Trinidad and Tobago
Tejada   24'90+1' Report Andrews   17'
Glenn   90'
Attendance: 17,292
Honduras  2–1  Colombia
Velásquez   79'82' Report Moreno   30' (pen.)
Attendance: 17,292

Colombia  2–0  Trinidad and Tobago
Aguilar   77'
Hurtado   79'
Attendance: 8,457
Honduras  1–0  Panama
Caballero   80' Report
Attendance: 8,457

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  United States 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
  Costa Rica 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
  Canada 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
  Cuba 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0
Canada  0–1  Costa Rica
Report Soto   30' (pen.)
Attendance: 15,831
Cuba  1–4  United States
Moré   18' Report Dempsey   44'
Donovan   87'90+2'
Beasley   89'
Attendance: 15,831
Referee: José Pineda (Honduras)

Costa Rica  3–1  Cuba
Brenes   61'85' (pen.)
Soto   81' (pen.)
Report Galindo   72'
Attendance: 15,109
United States  2–0  Canada
Hutchinson   48' (o.g.)
Donovan   90'
Attendance: 15,109
Referee: Neal Brizan (Trinidad and Tobago)

United States  0–0  Costa Rica
Attendance: 15,211
Canada  2–1  Cuba
Gerba   69'
Hutchinson   87'
Report Cervantes   90'
Attendance: 15,211
Referee: Roberto Moreno (Panama)

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Mexico 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6
  South Africa 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1 5
  Jamaica 3 1 1 1 7 7 0 4
  Guatemala 3 0 1 2 4 9 −5 1
South Africa  2–1  Mexico
Evans   28'
van Heerden   41'
Report Rodríguez   83'
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Rodolfo Sibrian (El Salvador)
Guatemala  3–4  Jamaica
Ruiz   11' (pen.)45'87' Report Shelton   3'
Fuller   5'
Williams   45' (pen.)
Hue   57'

Mexico  4–0  Guatemala
Borgetti   5'14'
Galindo   54'
Bravo   65'
Attendance: 30,710
Jamaica  3–3  South Africa
Hue   35'
Stewart   45'
Bennett   80'
Report Raselemane   35'
Ndlela   41'
Nomvethe   56'
Attendance: 30,710

Guatemala  1–1  South Africa
Romero   37' Report Nkosi   45'
Attendance: 45,311
Mexico  1–0  Jamaica
Medina   19' Report
Attendance: 45,311
Referee: Walter Quesada (Costa Rica)

Ranking of third-placed teamsEdit

Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
C   Jamaica 3 1 1 1 7 7 0 4
A   Colombia 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3
B   Canada 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3

Knockout round resultsEdit


16 July - Foxboro
July 21 - East Rutherford
  Costa Rica2
16 July - Foxboro
  United States2
  United States3
July 24 - East Rutherford
  United States0 (3)
17 July - Houston
  Panama0 (1)
July 21 - East Rutherford
17 July - Houston
  South Africa1 (3)
  Panama1 (5)


Honduras  3–2  Costa Rica
Velásquez   6'
Turcios   27'
Núñez   30'
Report Bolaños   40'
Ruiz   81'
Attendance: 22,108
Referee: Benito Archundia (MEX)

United States  3–1  Jamaica
Wolff   6'
Beasley   42'   83'
Report Fuller   88'
Attendance: 22,108
Referee: Carlos Alberto Batres (GUA)

Mexico  1–2  Colombia
Pineda   65' Report Castrillón   58'
Aguilar   74'
Attendance: 60,050
Referee: Rodolfo Sibrian (SLV)

South Africa  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Panama
Ndlela   68' Report Jo. Dely Valdés   48'
3–5   Tejada
Attendance: 60,050
Referee: Peter Prendergast (JAM)


Honduras  1–2  United States
Guerrero   30' Report O'Brien   86'
Onyewu   90+2'
Attendance: 41,721
Referee: Peter Prendergast (JAM)

Colombia  2–3  Panama
Patiño   63'   89' Report Phillips   11'   73'
Jo. Dely Valdés   26'
Attendance: 41,721
Referee: Rodolfo Sibrian (SLV)


United States  0–0 (a.e.t.)  Panama
3–1   Tejada
  Dely Valdés
Attendance: 31,018
Referee: Carlos Alberto Batres (GUA)


 2005 Gold Cup Winners 
United States
Third title



Team statisticsEdit

Team GP W D L GF GA Dif
F   United States 6 4 2 0 11 3 +8
F   Panama 6 2 3 1 7 6 +1
S   Honduras 5 3 1 1 8 6 +2
S   Colombia 5 2 0 3 7 7 0
Q   Costa Rica 4 2 1 1 6 4 +2
Q   Mexico 4 2 0 2 7 4 +3
Q   South Africa 4 1 3 0 7 6 +1
Q   Jamaica 4 1 1 2 8 10 -2
1   Canada 3 1 0 2 2 4 -2
1   Trinidad and Tobago 3 0 2 1 3 5 -2
1   Guatemala 3 0 1 2 4 9 -5
1   Cuba 3 0 0 3 3 9 -6

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