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The CONCACAF Cup (officially the CONCACAF Cup presented by Scotiabank for sponsorship reasons) was an international football play-off match to determine CONCACAF's entry into the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup winner United States played against the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winner Mexico on 10 October 2015 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, United States.

2015 CONCACAF Cup
CONCACAF qualifying play-off for 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
2015 CONCACAF Cup.png
After extra time
Date10 October 2015
VenueRose Bowl, Pasadena, California
RefereeJoel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Attendance93,723
Weather36°C, Clear, 15 km/h WSW wind

Mexico won the match 3–2 after extra time, therefore qualifying for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Even though the CONCACAF Gold Cup takes place on a biennial basis, under previous guidelines prior to 2013, only the winners of the Gold Cup that was held two years before the FIFA Confederations Cup qualified as CONCACAF's representative. For example, Mexico won the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup and qualified for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. This, in turn, lowered the prestige of the alternating tournament, with CONCACAF teams fielding weaker rosters in the Gold Cup that was held on the same year as the Confederations Cup because the result would have no bearing on qualification for the Confederations Cup. Many teams that were also involved in qualifying for the FIFA World Cup during that year put less focus on the Gold Cup.[2]

CONCACAF announced the introduction of a play-off match on 5 April 2013.[3] Starting from the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, the CONCACAF representative would be decided by a play-off between the two CONCACAF Gold Cup winners prior to the Confederations Cup. Then CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb stated this "will allow the Champion of every single Gold Cup edition to have the same competitive opportunity to represent CONCACAF at the international level."[3] In the case where the same national team wins both Gold Cup tournaments, no play-off is played and the team qualifies directly to the Confederations Cup.[3]

Following CONCACAF's decision to end their affiliation with Traffic Sports USA due to the 2015 FIFA corruption case, Major League Soccer's sister company Soccer United Marketing was chosen as commercial representative for the match.[4]

Qualified teamsEdit

FormatEdit

CONCACAF originally announced on 23 July 2015 that the play-off would be played as a single match on 9 October 2015 in the United States.[5] After the conclusion of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup on 26 July 2015, CONCACAF announced the Rose Bowl in Pasadena as the venue.[6] The date was later amended to 10 October in order "to allow fans in attendance to enjoy a day-long of festivities, including Futbol Fiesta, a free, interactive fan zone outside the Rose Bowl."[7][8]

TicketingEdit

On 27 August 2015, CONCACAF announced the ticket allocation process for the match.[9] Both the United States Soccer Federation and the Mexican Football Federation received 30% of the tickets each, which was distributed through supporter groups. Another 30% was sold through a lottery where the general public could apply. The final 10% was given to local teams and sponsors. This system was to prevent the crowd being dominated by either team's supporters despite being on U.S. soil similar to previous Gold Cup finals.[10]

SquadsEdit

Each team could select up to 23 players for their squads. On 15 September 2015, CONCACAF announced the provisional team lists.[11] The final 23-player squads were announced by CONCACAF on 5 October 2015.[12]

MexicoEdit

On 1 October, the final squad was announced.

Head coach:    Ricardo Ferretti

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Alfredo Talavera (1982-09-18)18 September 1982 (aged 33)   Toluca
2 2DF Israel Jiménez (1989-08-13)13 August 1989 (aged 26)   Tigres UANL
3 2DF Arturo Rivas (1984-10-18)18 October 1984 (aged 30)   Tigres UANL
4 2DF Rafael Márquez (1979-02-13)13 February 1979 (aged 36)   Hellas Verona
5 2DF Diego Reyes (1992-09-19)19 September 1992 (aged 23)   Real Sociedad
6 2DF Jorge Torres Nilo (1988-01-16)16 January 1988 (aged 27)   Tigres UANL
7 2DF Miguel Layún (1988-06-25)25 June 1988 (aged 27)   Porto
8 3MF Jonathan dos Santos (1990-04-26)26 April 1990 (aged 25)   Villarreal
9 4FW Raúl Jiménez (1991-05-05)5 May 1991 (aged 24)   Benfica
10 3MF Jesús Manuel Corona (1993-01-06)6 January 1993 (aged 22)   Porto
11 4FW Carlos Vela (1989-03-01)1 March 1989 (aged 26)   Real Sociedad
12 1GK Moisés Muñoz (1980-02-01)1 February 1980 (aged 35)   América
13 1GK Jonathan Orozco (1986-05-12)12 May 1986 (aged 29)   Monterrey
14 4FW Javier Hernández Balcázar (1988-06-01)1 June 1988 (aged 27)   Bayer Leverkusen
15 2DF Héctor Moreno (1988-01-17)17 January 1988 (aged 27)   PSV Eindhoven
16 3MF Héctor Herrera (1990-04-19)19 April 1990 (aged 25)   Porto
17 3MF Javier Güémez (1991-10-17)17 October 1991 (aged 23)   América
18 3MF Andrés Guardado (1986-09-28)28 September 1986 (aged 29)   PSV Eindhoven
19 4FW Oribe Peralta (1984-01-12)12 January 1984 (aged 31)   América
20 3MF Javier Aquino (1990-02-11)11 February 1990 (aged 25)   Tigres UANL
21 3MF Carlos Esquivel (1982-04-10)10 April 1982 (aged 33)   Toluca
22 2DF Paul Aguilar (1986-03-06)6 March 1986 (aged 29)   América
23 3MF Elías Hernández (1988-04-29)29 April 1988 (aged 27)   León

United StatesEdit

On 3 October, the final squad was announced. On 9 October, it was announced that Bobby Wood would replace Alejandro Bedoya due to illness.

Head coach:   Jürgen Klinsmann

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Brad Guzan (1984-09-09)9 September 1984 (aged 31)   Aston Villa
2 3MF DeAndre Yedlin (1993-07-09)9 July 1993 (aged 22)   Sunderland
3 2DF Brad Evans (1985-04-20)20 April 1985 (aged 30)   Seattle Sounders FC
4 3MF Michael Bradley (1987-07-31)31 July 1987 (aged 28)   Toronto FC
5 2DF Matt Besler (1987-02-11)11 February 1987 (aged 28)   Sporting Kansas City
6 2DF Tim Ream (1987-10-05)5 October 1987 (aged 28)   Fulham
7 2DF DaMarcus Beasley (1982-05-24)24 May 1982 (aged 33)   Houston Dynamo
8 4FW Clint Dempsey (1983-03-09)9 March 1983 (aged 32)   Seattle Sounders FC
9 3MF Gyasi Zardes (1991-09-02)2 September 1991 (aged 24)   LA Galaxy
10 3MF Danny Williams (1989-03-08)8 March 1989 (aged 26)   Reading
11 4FW Bobby Wood (1992-11-15)15 November 1992 (aged 22)   Union Berlin
12 1GK Tim Howard (1979-03-06)6 March 1979 (aged 36)   Everton
13 3MF Jermaine Jones (1981-11-03)3 November 1981 (aged 33)   New England Revolution
14 2DF Ventura Alvarado (1992-08-16)16 August 1992 (aged 23)   América
15 3MF Kyle Beckerman (1982-04-23)23 April 1982 (aged 33)   Real Salt Lake
16 2DF Michael Orozco Fiscal (1986-02-07)7 February 1986 (aged 29)   Tijuana
17 4FW Jozy Altidore (1989-11-06)6 November 1989 (aged 25)   Toronto FC
18 4FW Chris Wondolowski (1983-01-28)28 January 1983 (aged 32)   San Jose Earthquakes
19 3MF Graham Zusi (1986-08-18)18 August 1986 (aged 29)   Sporting Kansas City
20 2DF Geoff Cameron (1985-07-11)11 July 1985 (aged 30)   Stoke City
21 2DF Jonathan Spector (1986-03-01)1 March 1986 (aged 29)   Birmingham City
22 1GK Nick Rimando (1979-06-17)17 June 1979 (aged 36)   Real Salt Lake
23 3MF Fabian Johnson (1987-12-11)11 December 1987 (aged 27)   Borussia Mönchengladbach

Match summaryEdit

Mexico  3–2 (a.e.t.)  United States
J. Hernández   10'
O. Peralta   96'
P. Aguilar   118'
Report Cameron   15'
Wood   108'
Attendance: 93,723
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
United States
GK 12 Moisés Muñoz
RB 22 Paul Aguilar   21'
CB 15 Héctor Moreno   43'
CB 5 Diego Reyes
LB 7 Miguel Layún
DM 4 Rafael Márquez (c)   76'
CM 16 Héctor Herrera
CM 18 Andrés Guardado   80'
RF 9 Raúl Jiménez
LF 19 Oribe Peralta   35'
CF 14 Javier Hernández Balcázar   98'
Substitutes:
GK 1 Alfredo Talavera
GK 13 Jonathan Orozco
DF 2 Israel Jiménez
DF 3 Arturo Rivas   76'
DF 6 Jorge Torres Nilo
MF 8 Jonathan dos Santos
MF 10 Jesús Manuel Corona   98'
MF 17 Javier Güémez   95'   80'
MF 20 Javier Aquino
MF 21 Carlos Esquivel
MF 23 Elías Hernández
FW 11 Carlos Vela
Manager:
   Ricardo Ferretti
 
GK 1 Brad Guzan
RB 23 Fabian Johnson   111'
CB 20 Geoff Cameron
CB 5 Matt Besler   52'
LB 7 DaMarcus Beasley
DM 15 Kyle Beckerman
RM 13 Jermaine Jones
LM 9 Gyasi Zardes   78'
AM 4 Michael Bradley (c   87'
CF 17 Jozy Altidore   98'
CF 8 Clint Dempsey
Substitutes:
GK 12 Tim Howard
GK 22 Nick Rimando
DF 3 Brad Evans   111'
DF 6 Tim Ream
DF 14 Ventura Alvarado
DF 16 Michael Orozco Fiscal
DF 21 Jonathan Spector
MF 2 DeAndre Yedlin   78'
MF 10 Danny Williams
MF 19 Graham Zusi
FW 11 Bobby Wood   98'
FW 18 Chris Wondolowski
Manager:
  Jürgen Klinsmann

Assistant referees:[13]
  Juan Francisco Zumba (El Salvador)
  Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)
Fourth official:
  Marlon Mejía (El Salvador)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Twelve named substitutes, of which up to three may be used.

Match notes

Future and abolishment of Confederations CupEdit

A 2019 edition was initially planned, featuring the winners of the 2017 and 2019 tournaments. In November 2016, CONCACAF announced that the television rights for the 2019 edition have been sold to Fox Sports.[14] On 26 July 2017, with their victory in the final of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the United States ensured they would participate at a minimum in the 2019 CONCACAF Cup should they fail to win the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[15]

However, on 15 March 2019, FIFA announced that the Confederations Cup would be abolished, with the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup taking place instead.[16] This therefore also meant there would be no future editions of the CONCACAF Cup.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mexico claim CONCACAF's spot at Confederations Cup". FIFA.com. 11 October 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  2. ^ "2013, 2015 Gold Cup winners will meet for 2017 Confederations Cup spot". Reuters. 5 April 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Gold Cup Winner to Qualify to FIFA Confederations Cup™ Playoff Match". CONCACAF. 5 April 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  4. ^ Thomas, Ian (31 August 2015). "SUM To Serve As Commercial Rep For CONCACAF Cup Match". sportsbusinessdaily.com. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Match-ups Set for CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015 Finals Weekend in Philadelphia July 25-26". CONCACAF.com. 23 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Playoff match for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 to be played between USA and Mexico on Oct. 9 at the Rose Bowl". CONCACAF.com. 26 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Confederations Cup playoff game between USMNT and Mexico moved to October 10". MLSsoccer.com. 7 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Playoff Match between USA and Mexico for FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 Berth to Be Played on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl". CONCACAF.com. 7 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Ticket Lottery Details Announced for CONCACAF Cup Match between USA and Mexico on October 10 at the Rose Bowl". CONCACAF.com. 27 August 2015.
  10. ^ Grant Wahl (27 August 2015). "CONCACAF determines split for more even USA-Mexico Rose Bowl crowd". Sports Illustrated.
  11. ^ "CONCACAF Cup 2015 Provisional 35-Player Rosters Announced". 15 September 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Final 23-Player Rosters for CONCACAF Cup 2015 Chosen by Mexico and United States". CONCACAF.com. 5 October 2015. Archived from the original on 5 June 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  13. ^ "CONCACAF Cup Game Notes: Mexico v USA". CONCACAF.com. 10 October 2015. Archived from the original on 14 October 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  14. ^ "CONCACAF Extends Gold Cup Deal with FOX through 2019 Championship". CONCACAF.com. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Stars and Stripes close gap on El Tri". FIFA.com. 27 July 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  16. ^ "FIFA Council votes for the introduction of a revamped FIFA Club World Cup". FIFA.com. 15 March 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2019.

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