The UNCAF Nations Cup 2009 was the tenth edition of the UNCAF Nations Cup, the biennial football (soccer) tournament for the CONCACAF-affiliated national teams of Central America. The first five places qualified for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The event was going to take place in Panama City, Panama between January 22 and February 1, 2009, but the Panamanian FA announced that they would not host the event due to not having an adequate stadium available for the time period of the tournament. The alternative hosts were Honduras and Guatemala. Honduras submitted an official replacement bid on November 12, and after some consideration it was moved to Honduras. All games were played in Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino in Tegucigalpa. The tournament was sponsored by Digicel. On 1 February 2009 Panama won the tournament, the first UNCAF Nations Cup win in the country's history.
|Copa Naciones de UNCAF|
Copa Naciones DIGICEL
|Dates||January 22 - February 1|
|Teams||7 (from 1 sub-confederation)|
|Venue(s)||1 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Panama (1st title)|
|Fourth place||El Salvador|
|Goals scored||32 (2.29 per match)|
|Attendance||114,000 (8,143 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Andy Furtado|
|Best player(s)||Keylor Navas|
All seven UNCAF members participated in the tournament:
|Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino|
The group stage draw took place on December 9, 2008 in Guatemala City. The reigning champions, Costa Rica, and the hosts, Honduras, were automatically drawn as top seed in their respective groups. Costa Rica was paired with Panama and Guatemala, the first two runners-up from the UNCAF Nations Cup 2007. The remaining teams – El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Belize – were drawn into the same group as Honduras.
|1||Honduras||3||3||0||0||8||2||+6||9||Qualified to the Semifinals|
|3||Nicaragua||3||0||2||1||3||6||−3||2||Qualified to the Fifth place playoff|
|Avilés 18' (o.g.)||Report||Medina 85'|
|James 73'||Report||Pacheco 11' (pen.), 30' (pen.)
Solórzano 65' (o.g.)
S. Martínez 73'
W. Martínez 79'
|Barrera 66'||Report||Usher 27'|
|Pavón 34' (pen.)
|1||Costa Rica||2||2||0||0||6||1||+5||6||Qualified to the Semifinals|
|3||Guatemala||2||0||0||2||1||4||−3||0||Qualified to the Fifth place playoff|
|Furtado 10', 16'
|López 51'||Report||Sánchez 34'
The winner of the fifth place match qualified for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup as the fifth and final entrant from Central America.
|Wilson 39', 85'||Report|
All four semifinalists qualified for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
- The game was called after sixty minutes of play when El Salvador was reduced to six players. Two El Salvador players, Alexander Escobar and Eliseo Quintanilla, were awarded red cards in the first half, and Deris Umanzor, Rodolfo Zelaya, and goalkeeper Juan José Gómez were injured and had to leave the game after El Salvador had already exhausted their three substitutions. The game was awarded 3–0 to Costa Rica
| 2009 UNCAF|
Nations Cup Champions
|3||Honduras||5||4||0||1||9||3||+6||12||Third place winner|
|4||El Salvador||5||1||1||3||5||8||−3||4||Third place loser|
|5||Nicaragua||4||1||2||1||5||6||−1||5||Fifth place winner|
|6||Guatemala||3||0||0||3||1||6||−5||0||Fifth place loser|
|7||Belize||3||0||1||2||3||7||−4||1||Eliminated in Group stage|
- Top 5 qualified to the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Alberto Zapata
- Ricardo Phillips
- Lisbey Castillo
- Jerome James
- Harrison Róchez
- William Sunsing
- Roberto Segura
- Álvaro Sánchez
- Pablo Herrera
- Marlon Medina
- Armando Reyes
- Juan Barrera
- Marvin Chávez
- Mario Rodríguez
- Saúl Martínez
- Carlos Pavón
- Emil Martínez
- Amado Guevara
- Roger Espinoza
- Minor López
- Ramón Sánchez
- Carlos Ayala
- 1 goal (Own Goal)
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- WASHINGTONPOST.com – Monday Kickaround – 2 February 2009