1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup
CONCACAF Championship
1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup logo.jpg
1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup official programme
Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
Dates28 June – 7 July
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions United States (1st title)
Runners-up Honduras
Third place Mexico
Fourth place Costa Rica
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored50 (3.13 per match)
Attendance397,124 (24,820 per match)
Top scorer(s)Mexico Benjamín Galindo
(4 goals)
Best player(s)Mexico Jorge Campos
1993

The 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the first edition of the Gold Cup, the football (soccer) championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), and the eleventh overall CONCACAF tournament. The last time the CONCACAF Championship was held was 1971, from that point on the first-place finishers of World Cup qualifying were considered continental champions.[1][2]

The tournament was hosted by the United States and played in the Greater Los Angeles area of California at two venues: the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the Rose Bowl. The eight teams were broken up into two groups of four; the top two teams of each group would advance to the semifinals. The Gold Cup was won by the United States, who eliminated Mexico in the semi-finals match, and went on to beat Honduras on penalties after tying them in the final 0–0.

Qualified teams

Team Qualification Appearances Previous best performance
Qualified through the 1989 CONCACAF Championship
 Costa Rica Winners 1st Debut
North American zone
 United States Automatic 1st Debut
 Mexico Automatic 1st Debut
 Canada Automatic 1st Debut
Caribbean zone qualified through the 1991 Caribbean Cup
 Jamaica Winners 1st Debut
 Trinidad and Tobago Runners-up 1st Debut
Central American zone qualified through the 1991 UNCAF Nations Cup
 Honduras Runners-up 1st Debut
 Guatemala Third Place 1st Debut

Venues

Los Angeles Pasadena
Memorial Coliseum Rose Bowl
Capacity: 93,607 Capacity: 92,542
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Rose Bowl, panorama.jpg

Squads

Main article: 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup squads

The 8 national teams involved in the tournament were required to register a squad of 18 players; only players in these squads were eligible to take part in the tournament.

Group stage

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Honduras 3 2 1 0 10 3 +7 5 Advance to knockout stage
2  Mexico 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 5
3  Canada 3 1 0 2 6 9 −3 2
4  Jamaica 3 0 0 3 3 12 −9 0
Source: RSSSF
Canada 2–4 Honduras
Mitchell 66', 80' Report Bennett 28' (pen.)
Espinoza 34'
Cálix 41'
Flores 51'
Mexico 4–1 Jamaica
Galindo 28', 54' (pen.)
Zague 36'
Hermosillo 58'
Report Reid 39'
Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Attendance: 13,374
Referee: Arlington Success (Antigua and Barbuda)

Jamaica 0–5 Honduras
Report Cálix 27', 51'
Anariba 31'
Bennett 69'
Yearwood 89'
Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Attendance: 45,797
Referee: Errol Forbes (Trinidad and Tobago)
Canada 1–3 Mexico
Lowery 83' Report Hermosillo 3'
de la Torre 40'
Galindo 89' (pen.)
Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Attendance: 45,797
Referee: Ronald Gutiérrez (Costa Rica)

Jamaica 2–3 Canada
Wright 42'
Reid 63'
Report Mitchell 34'
Miller 54'
Limniatis 60'
Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Attendance: 36,703
Referee: José Carlos Ortíz (El Salvador)
Mexico 1–1 Honduras
Hermosillo 57' Report Anariba 9'
Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Attendance: 36,703
Referee: Jay Majid (United States)

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States (H) 3 3 0 0 8 3 +5 6 Advance to knockout stage
2  Costa Rica 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 2
3  Trinidad and Tobago 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 2
4  Guatemala 3 1 0 2 1 5 −4 2
Source: RSSSF
(H) Host
Costa Rica 2–0 Guatemala
R. Gómez 14'
Flores 17'
Report
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 18,435
Referee: Mike Siefert (Canada)
United States 2–1 Trinidad and Tobago
Murray 85'
Balboa 87'
Report Lewis 67'
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 18,435
Referee: José Carlos Ortíz (El Salvador)

Trinidad and Tobago 2–1 Costa Rica
Lewis 38'
Thomas 89'
Report Medford 6'
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 6,344
Referee: José Antonio Garza (Mexico)
Guatemala 0–3 United States
Report Murray 11'
Quinn 46'
Wynalda 52'
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 6,344
Referee: Arlington Success (Antigua and Barbuda)

Trinidad and Tobago 0–1 Guatemala
Report Espel 89'
Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Attendance: 36,703
Referee: José Fuentes (Honduras)
United States 3–2 Costa Rica
Vermes 6'
Pérez 49' (pen.)
Marchena 59' (o.g.)
Report Arguedas 30'
Jara 33'

Knockout stage

Main article: 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup knockout stage

In the knockout stage, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played (two periods of 15 minutes each), with each team being allowed to make a sixth substitution. If still tied after extra time, the match is decided by a penalty shoot-out.[3]

Bracket

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
5 July — Los Angeles
 
 
 Honduras2
 
7 July — Los Angeles
 
 Costa Rica0
 
 United States (p)0 (4)
 
5 July — Los Angeles
 
 Honduras0 (3)
 
 United States2
 
 
 Mexico0
 
Third place play-off
 
 
7 July — Los Angeles
 
 
 Mexico2
 
 
 Costa Rica0

Semi-finals

Honduras 2–0 Costa Rica
Report

United States 2–0 Mexico
Report
Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Attendance: 41,103
Referee: José Carlos Ortiz (El Salvador)

Third place play-off

Mexico 2–0 Costa Rica
Report
Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Attendance: 39,873
Referee: Errol Forbes (Trinidad and Tobago)

Final

Main article: 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final

Honduras 0–0 (a.e.t.) United States
Report
Penalties
3–4

Statistics

Goalscorers

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Awards

Winners

 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winners 

United States
First title

References

  1. ^ Michael Lewis (1970-01-01). "When USA won the inaugural Gold Cup: 'Soccer was a lot different back then' | Football". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-07-27.
  2. ^ http://www.teletica.com/deportes/94452-Historia-de-Costa-Rica-en-la-Copa-Oro-1991.note.aspx[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "1991 Gold Cup Final: U.S. edge Honduras in penalties". CONCACAF. 2 July 2020.