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The 2014 Copa Centroamericana (also known as the Central American Cup Tigo 2014 USA for sponsorship reasons) was the 13th Copa Centroamericana, the regional championship for men's national association football teams in Central America. It was organized by the Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol or UNCAF, and took place in the United States.

2014 Copa Centroamericana
Central American Cup Tigo 2014 USA
2014 Copa Centroamericana.png
Tournament details
Host countryUnited States[1]
Dates3–13 September[2]
Teams7 (from 1 sub-confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Costa Rica (8th title)
Runners-up Guatemala
Third place Panama
Fourth place El Salvador
Tournament statistics
Matches played12
Goals scored27 (2.25 per match)
Attendance305,784 (25,482 per match)
Top scorer(s)Guatemala Marco Pappa
(4 goals)
Best player(s)Guatemala Marco Pappa
Best goalkeeperPanama Jaime Penedo
Fair play award Guatemala
2013
2017

Contents

OverviewEdit

In January 2013, UNCAF tentatively announced that the competition would be hosted in the United States, specifically California and Texas.[3] Eduardo Li, the President of the Costa Rican FA and Vice-President of UNCAF said that the competition is to celebrate 25 years of UNCAF.[4] The announcement became official in January 2014, and it was announced that the competition would take place in September 2014.

Following the announcement, UNCAF President Rafael Tinocco said that September 2014 was chosen because "September is the month of independence" and that there are nine days in September on the FIFA International Match Calendar which would allow national associations to choose their first choice players.[5] Tinocco also stated that the competition would be hosted outside of the Central American region, and hosted in United States due to the "money factor".[5]

The top four teams would qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The fifth place team would advance to a play-off against the fifth place team from the 2014 Caribbean Cup tournament to determine which other nation will qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[6] This is the first time that the two overall fifth-placed teams compete to qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, previously five teams from Central America and four from the Caribbean have qualified for the Confederation's competition.

The winner of the tournament would qualify for the Copa América Centenario, a 16-team tournament of CONMEBOL and CONCACAF national teams to be held in the United States in 2016.[7]

FIFA calendar issueEdit

Two of the four competition dates fall outside of the FIFA International Match Calendar's "international window" for September 2014. Any two dates between 1 and 9 September at least three days apart were allocated as possible fixture dates in the window,[8] meaning that the fixtures that took place on 3 and 7 September would be able to have a first choice selection available as clubs would be unable to reject call-ups, while the fixtures that took place on 10 and 13 September (including the final) would require the players' clubs to agree that players could participate.[9][10]

TeamsEdit

All seven UNCAF member national teams participated in the tournament.

Team UNCAF Nations Cup /
Copa Centroamericana
appearances
Previous best performance FIFA Ranking
at start of event
  Belize 10th Fourth Place (2013) 162
  Costa Rica (Title holders) 13th Champion (1991, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013) 15
  El Salvador 13th Third Place (1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2013) 127
  Guatemala 12th Champion (2001) 134
  Honduras 13th Champion (1993, 1995, 2011) 43
  Nicaragua 13th Fifth Place (2009) 175
  Panama 12th Champion (2009) 63

Bold indicates that the corresponding team was hosting the event.

VenuesEdit

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In May and June 2014, UNCAF announced that the following venues would host the tournament:

Washington Dallas Houston Los Angeles
RFK Memorial Stadium Cotton Bowl BBVA Compass Stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
38°53′23″N 76°58′18″W / 38.889722°N 76.971667°W / 38.889722; -76.971667 (RFK Memorial Stadium) 32°46′47″N 96°45′35″W / 32.779722°N 96.759722°W / 32.779722; -96.759722 (Cotton Bowl) 29°45′08″N 95°21′09″W / 29.752199°N 95.352415°W / 29.752199; -95.352415 (BBVA Compass Stadium) 34°00′51″N 118°17′16″W / 34.014167°N 118.287778°W / 34.014167; -118.287778 (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)
Capacity: 19,467 Capacity: 92,100 Capacity: 22,000 Capacity: 93,607
       
Locations of venues for the 2014 Copa CentroAmericana

SquadsEdit

OfficialsEdit

The following officials were selected for the tournament:[19]

Group stageEdit

The draw for the group stage was made on 29 January 2014.[20] The schedule was announced on 17 July 2014.[21][22] Changes to the schedule were made on 18 August.[23]

TiebreakersEdit

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[24][25]

  1. Greater number of points in matches between the tied teams.
  2. Greater goal difference in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).
  3. Greater number of goals scored in matches among the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).
  4. Greater goal difference in all group matches.
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches.
  6. Drawing of lots.
Legend
Group winners advance to the final and qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Group runners-up advance to the third place match and qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Group third-placed teams advance to the fifth place match

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Guatemala 3 3 0 0 6 2 +4 9 Final and Gold Cup
2   El Salvador 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6 Third place match and Gold Cup
3   Honduras 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3 Fifth place match
4   Belize 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Honduras  2–0  Belize
James   35' (o.g.)
Smith   37' (o.g.)
Report
El Salvador  1–2  Guatemala
Burgos   69' Report Pappa   26'64'

Guatemala  2–1  Belize
C. Ruiz   26'
Ávila   51'
Report McCaulay   80'
Attendance: 20,156[27]
Honduras  0–1  El Salvador
Report Menjivar   67'
Attendance: 20,156[27]

El Salvador  2–0  Belize
Burgos   48'
Alvarez   69'
Report
Honduras  0–2  Guatemala
Report Pappa   37'80'

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Costa Rica 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 4 Final and Gold Cup
2   Panama 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 4 Third place match and Gold Cup
3   Nicaragua 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0 Fifth place match
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Costa Rica  3–0  Nicaragua
Borges   39' (pen.)
Ureña   49'
Venegas   86'
Report

Costa Rica  2–2  Panama
Venegas   81'
Borges   87' (pen.)
Report Pérez   51'
Nurse   71'
Attendance: 20,156[27]

Panama  2–0  Nicaragua
Pérez   81'
R. Torres   82'
Report

Final stageEdit

In the final stage, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, the match is determined by a penalty shoot-out (no extra time is played).[29]

Fifth place matchEdit

Honduras  1–0  Nicaragua
Lozano   45+1' Report

Honduras advanced to represent the Central American Football Union at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualification play-off, where they will play against French Guiana, the 2014 Caribbean Cup fifth-placed team. The winner of the play-off will qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[31]

Third place matchEdit

El Salvador  0–1  Panama
Report R. Torres   5'

FinalEdit

Guatemala  1–2  Costa Rica
C. Ruiz   25' (pen.) Report B. Ruiz   29'
Bustos   56'
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guatemala
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Costa Rica
GK 1 Ricardo Jerez
DF 3 Elías Vásquez
DF 11 Rafael Morales   67'
DF 4 Wilson Lalín
DF 5 Carlos Eduardo Gallardo   90+1'
MF 8 Jean Márquez
MF 15 Sergio Trujillo   84'
MF 10 José Manuel Contreras
MF 16 Marco Pappa
FW 19 Marvin Ávila
FW 20 Carlos Ruiz (c)
Substitutions:
FW 9 Jairo Arreola   67'
MF 17 Nelson Miranda   84'
FW 14 Kendell Herrarte   90+1'
Manager:
  Ivan Franco Sopegno
GK 18 Patrick Pemberton   79'
DF 26 Pablo Salazar
DF 2 Johnny Acosta   90+5'
DF 19 Roy Miller
DF 17 David Myrie   76'
MF 22 José Miguel Cubero
MF 23 Juan Bustos   85'
MF 24 Johan Venegas   81'
FW 21 David Ramírez   90+1'
FW 15 Armando Alonso
FW 10 Bryan Ruiz (c)
Substitutions:
DF 3 Porfirio López   81'
MF 8 Óscar Granados   85'
FW 9 Jonathan Moya   90+1'
Manager:
Paulo Wanchope

Costa Rica qualified for the Copa América Centenario.


 2014 Copa Centroamericana
Champions 
 
Costa Rica
Eighth title

AwardsEdit

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:[32]

Award Winner
Golden Ball   Marco Pappa
Golden Boot   Marco Pappa
Golden Glove   Jaime Penedo
Fair Play   Guatemala
Man of the Match – Final   Bryan Ruiz

GoalscorersEdit

Final rankingEdit

Rank Team Prize money (U.S. Dollars)[33]
    Costa Rica $60,000
    Guatemala $40,000
    Panama $30,000
4   El Salvador $25,000
5   Honduras $20,000
6   Nicaragua $15,000
7   Belize $10,000

ReferencesEdit

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