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The 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the ninth edition of the Gold Cup, the football championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), and was won by the United States over Mexico. It was contested in the United States from June 6 to 24, 2007.

2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
CONCACAF Championship
2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup logo.svg
2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
DatesJune 6–24
Teams12 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions United States (4th title)
Runners-up Mexico
Tournament statistics
Matches played25
Goals scored64 (2.56 per match)
Attendance921,464 (36,859 per match)
Top scorer(s)Honduras Carlos Pavón
(5 goals)
Best player(s)Canada Julian De Guzman
Best goalkeeperGuadeloupe Franck Grandel
Fair play award Honduras

This competition was the third tournament without guests (for the first time since 1993) from other confederations. As the winner, the United States represented CONCACAF at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.[note 1]


Participating nationsEdit

Map of participating nations
Team Qualification Appearance
in Gold Cup
North American zone
  United States Host 9th
  Mexico Automatic 9th
  Canada Automatic 8th
Caribbean zone qualified through the Caribbean Nations Cup 2007
  Haiti Winners 3rd
  Trinidad and Tobago Runners-Up 7th
  Cuba 3rd Place 5th
  Guadeloupe 4th Place 1st
Central American zone qualified through the 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup
  Costa Rica Winners 8th
  Panama Runners-Up 3rd
  Guatemala 3rd Place 8th
  El Salvador 4th Place 5th
  Honduras 5th Place 8th


For a complete list of participating squads see: 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup squads


Miami Carson Foxborough
Miami Orange Bowl The Home Depot Center Gillette Stadium
Capacity: 72,319 Capacity: 27,000 Capacity: 68,756
East Rutherford Houston Chicago
Giants Stadium Reliant Stadium Soldier Field
Capacity: 80,042 Capacity: 71,500 Capacity: 61,500

Competition formatEdit

The twelve teams that qualified were divided into three groups. The top two teams in each group advanced to the knockout stage along with the best two of the third-place teams, filling out the knockout field of eight.

If teams were level on points, they were ranked on the following criteria in order:

  1. Head to head matches between the tied teams (if applicable)
  2. Greatest goal difference in group matches
  3. Greatest number of goals scored in the three group matches
  4. If teams are still tied, CONCACAF will hold a drawing of lots

First roundEdit

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

Group AEdit

Canada finished as group leaders, but were beaten by Guadeloupe, who also drew with Haiti before suffering a defeat in their last match against Costa Rica. That win sent the Ticos through to the next round; Guadeloupe also qualified as one of the best two third-place finishers. Haiti, the current Caribbean Nations Cup champions, were knocked out at the group stage. All games were played at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Canada 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
  Costa Rica 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
  Guadeloupe 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
  Haiti 3 0 2 1 2 4 −2 2

Costa Rica  1–2  Canada
Centeno   56' Report De Guzmán   57'73'
Attendance: 17,420
Referee: Enrico Wijngaarde (Suriname)
Guadeloupe  1–1  Haiti
Fiston   54' Report Chéry   36' (pen.)
Attendance: 17,420
Referee: Terry Vaughn (United States)

Canada  1–2  Guadeloupe
Gerba   35' Report Angloma   10'
Fleurival   37'
Attendance: 22,529
Referee: Neal Brizan (Trinidad and Tobago)
Haiti  1–1  Costa Rica
Boucicaut   71' Report Centeno   62'
Attendance: 22,529
Referee: Courtney Campbell (Jamaica)

Costa Rica  1–0  Guadeloupe
Centeno   14' Report
Attendance: 15,892
Referee: Enrico Wijngaarde (Suriname)
Haiti  0–2  Canada
Report De Rosario   31'35' (pen.)
Attendance: 15,892

Group BEdit

The group was won by the host and defending Gold Cup champion United States side, who achieved the best first-round record of any team with three wins, during which it scored a total of seven goals without conceding. Guatemala finished in second place, despite an early loss to the U.S., by beating fellow Central Americans El Salvador, and then drawing with Trinidad and Tobago. El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago failed to advance. All games were played at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  United States 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9
  Guatemala 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
  El Salvador 3 1 0 2 2 6 −4 3
  Trinidad and Tobago 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
United States  1–0  Guatemala
Dempsey   26' Report
Attendance: 21,334
Referee: José Pineda (Honduras)
El Salvador  2–1  Trinidad and Tobago
Sánchez   38'
Alas   81'
Report Spann   8'
Attendance: 21,334
Referee: German Arredondo (Mexico)

Guatemala  1–0  El Salvador
Contreras   68' Report
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Javier Jaurequi (Netherlands Antilles)
Trinidad and Tobago  0–2  United States
Report Ching   29'
Johnson   54'
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Roberto Moreno (Panama)

United States  4–0  El Salvador
Beasley   34'90'
Donovan   45+1' (pen.)
Twellman   73'
Attendance: 26,523
Trinidad and Tobago  1–1  Guatemala
McFarlane   87' Report Ruiz   83'
Attendance: 26,523
Referee: José Pineda (Honduras)

Group CEdit

Four-time Gold Cup champion Mexico were defeated 2–1 by eventual group winner Honduras on the second day of group play, but subsequently beat Panama to come second in the group. The controversial match saw two Canaleros sent off but they still made the quarterfinals by finishing as one of the two best third-placed teams. Cuba, initially impressive against Mexico and Panama, finished in last place, after being defeated 5–0 by Honduras. All games were played at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Two members of the Cuban team, striker Lester Moré and midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, defected from the team following a shopping trip in East Rutherford.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Honduras 3 2 0 1 9 4 +5 6
  Mexico 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
  Panama 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
  Cuba 3 0 1 2 3 9 −6 1
Panama  3–2  Honduras
Rivera   33'
B. Pérez   42'
Garcés   83'
Report Guevara   40'
Costly   90+2'
Mexico  2–1  Cuba
Borgetti   38'
Castillo   56'
Report Alcántara   23'
Attendance: 20,230
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)

Honduras  2–1  Mexico
Costly   57'90' Report Blanco   29' (pen.)
Attendance: 68,123
Referee: Wálter Quesada (Costa Rica)
Panama  2–2  Cuba
Garcés   14'
B. Pérez   45'
Report Colomé   27'
Alcántara   74'
Attendance: 68,123
Referee: Lee Davis (Trinidad and Tobago)

Cuba  0–5  Honduras
Report Pavón   3'12'42'53'
Guevara   90' (pen.)
Attendance: 68,417
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Mexico  1–0  Panama
Salcido   60' Report
Attendance: 68,417

Ranking of third-placed teamsEdit

Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
C   Panama 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
A   Guadeloupe 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
B   El Salvador 3 1 0 2 2 6 −4 3

Knockout stageEdit

The quarterfinals saw all three North American teams advance, as Canada beat Guatemala, the United States defeated Panama, and Mexico won after extra time against Costa Rica in a controversial match that saw three red cards for the Ticos. Guadeloupe reached the final four with a 2–1 victory over Honduras. Their participation ended in the semifinal against Mexico, as El Tri overcame Guadeloupe to win 1–0 and make the Gold Cup final. The United States won the other semifinal game, defeating Canada 2–1 in a match with a controversial ending, as a late Canadian equalizer was incorrectly ruled offside. The final match between Mexico and the United States, the two highest-ranked teams in CONCACAF, resulted in a 2–1 victory, and a successful title defense, for the United States.

16 June - Foxboro
21 June - Chicago
16 June - Foxboro
  United States2
  United States2
24 June - Chicago
  United States2
17 June - Houston
21 June - Chicago
17 June - Houston
  Costa Rica (AET)0


Canada  3–0  Guatemala
De Rosario   17'
Gerba   33'44'
Attendance: 22,412
Referee: Courtney Campbell (Jamaica)

United States  2–1  Panama
Donovan   60' (pen.)
Bocanegra   62'
Report B. Pérez   85'
Attendance: 22,412
Referee: Neal Brizan (Trinidad and Tobago)

Mexico  1–0 (a.e.t.)  Costa Rica
Borgetti   97' Report
Attendance: 70,092
Referee: Terry Vaughn (United States)

Honduras  1–2  Guadeloupe
Pavón   70' Report Angloma   17'
Socrier   20'
Attendance: 70,092


Canada  1–2  United States
Hume   76' Report Hejduk   39'
Donovan   45' (pen.)
Attendance: 50,760

Late in the second half, while leading 2–1, the United States were reduced to ten men when Michael Bradley was sent off. In stoppage time Atiba Hutchinson appeared to score for Canada to tie the game in the dying seconds, but linesman Ricardo Louisville incorrectly raised his flag for offside and referee Archundia disallowed the goal. The Canadian Press reported that replays show Hutchinson in an onside position at the time of Patrice Bernier's pass, and that he received the ball only after it was played by American defender Oguchi Onyewu.[1][2]

Mexico  1–0  Guadeloupe
Pardo   70' Report
Attendance: 50,760
Referee: Roberto Moreno (Panama)


United States  2–1  Mexico
Donovan   62' (pen.)
Feilhaber   73'
Report Guardado   44'
Attendance: 60,000
United States

Donovan converted a penalty kick to level the match at 1–1 and tied him with Eric Wynalda for the USA’s all-time scoring record with 34 goals. Feilhaber scored the game-winning goal on a volley from outside the penalty box.



 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winners 
United States
Fourth title

Individual awardsEdit

Top Scorer: Most Valuable Player: Top Goalkeeper: Fair Play Award:
  Carlos Pavón   Julián de Guzmán   Franck Grandel   Honduras

All-star teamEdit

The All-Tournament Team was selected by the CONCACAF Technical Study Group and features the "Best XI" along with seven Honourable Mentions. The player selections were made from the eight teams that reached the quarterfinals of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[3]

All-Star Team
Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards

  Franck Grandel

  Felipe Baloy
  Richard Hastings
  Frankie Hejduk
  Carlos Salcido

  Walter Centeno
  Julián de Guzmán
  Pablo Mastroeni
  Pável Pardo

  Carlos Pavón
  Blas Pérez

Honorable Mention
Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards

  Jose Francisco Porras

  Samuel Caballero
  Paul Stalteri

  DaMarcus Beasley
  Andrés Guardado

  Jocelyn Angloma
  Landon Donovan