|Copa de Oro de la CONCACAF 2011 (in Spanish)|
|Host country||United States|
|Teams||12 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||13 (in 13 host cities)|
|Champions||Mexico (6th title)|
|Goals scored||80 (3.2 per match)|
|Attendance||1,140,602 (45,624 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Javier Hernández |
|Best player(s)||Javier Hernández|
|Best goalkeeper||Noel Valladares|
|Fair play award||Mexico|
The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the 11th edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition, and the 21st CONCACAF regional championship overall in CONCACAF's 50 years of existence. The United States was the host nation.
The competition started on June 5, 2011 at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, and ended with the final on June 25, 2011 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, with Mexico beating the United States 4–2.
This competition was the fifth tournament without guests from other confederations. Mexico won their sixth Gold Cup, and ninth CONCACAF Championship overall. It was the third consecutive Gold Cup final and second consecutive win also.
As winner of the tournament, Mexico qualified for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil as the representative from CONCACAF.
A total of 12 teams qualified for the tournament. Three berths were allocated to North America, five to Central America, and four to the Caribbean.
|Team||Qualification||Appearances||Last appearance||Previous best performance||FIFA Ranking|
|North American zone|
|United States||Automatic||11th||2009||Champion (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007)||22|
|Mexico (TH)||Automatic||11th||2009||Champions (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009)||28|
|Caribbean zone qualified through the 2010 Caribbean Cup|
|Jamaica||Winners||8th||2009||Third Place (1993)||55|
|Cuba||Third Place||6th||2007||Quarterfinals (2003)||81|
|Grenada||Fourth Place||2nd||2009||Group stage (2009)||N/A|
|Central American zone qualified through the 2011 Copa Centroamericana|
|Costa Rica||Runners-up||10th||2009||Runners-up (2002)||56|
|Panama||Third Place||5th||2009||Runners-up (2005)||67|
|El Salvador||Fourth Place||7th||2009||Quarterfinals (2002, 2003)||87|
|Guatemala||Fifth Place||9th||2007||Fourth Place (1996)||124|
The set of thirteen venues – the same number as the 2009 Gold Cup – was announced on December 16, 2010. Each stadium hosted a doubleheader, except the Rose Bowl which hosted the final.
|Cowboys Stadium||The Home Depot Center||Ford Field||Bank of America Stadium||FIU Stadium|
|Capacity: 80,000||Capacity: 27,000||Capacity: 65,000||Capacity: 73,778||Capacity: 18,000|
|June 5||June 6||June 7||June 9||June 10|
|Raymond James Stadium||Soldier Field||Red Bull Arena||Livestrong Sporting Park|
|Capacity: 68,857||Capacity: 61,500||Capacity: 25,189||Capacity: 18,500|
|June 11||June 12||June 13||June 14|
|East Rutherford||Washington, D.C.||Houston||Pasadena|
|New Meadowlands Stadium||RFK Stadium||Reliant Stadium||Rose Bowl|
|Capacity: 82,566||Capacity: 45,596||Capacity: 71,500||Capacity: 91,136|
|June 18||June 19||June 22||June 25|
Main article: 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup squads
The 12 national teams involved in the tournament were required to register a squad of 23 players; only players in these squads were eligible to take part in the tournament.
On June 9, 2011, the names of five Mexican players were released announcing Christian Bermúdez, Édgar Dueñas, Guillermo Ochoa, Francisco Javier Rodríguez and Sinha, all tested positive for clenbuterol prior to the start of the 2011 Gold Cup. They were withdrawn from the squad a few days after their June 5 Gold Cup starting match and 5-0 win against El Salvador. Mexican officials said they believed the positive tests were caused by eating meat tainted with the drug. CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer said a meeting of the confederation's national teams committee, which also serves as the organizing committee of the Gold Cup, was to be convened on June 10 to consider the situation, including possibly allowing Mexico to replace the five players. However, the meeting was postponed to allow for more information to be gathered. The Mexican Football Federation said on June 14 that the "B" samples of those five involving players were negative. The CONCACAF Gold Cup Organizing Committee announced on June 19 that Mexico would be allowed to replace the suspended players. The replacement players were, Luis Ernesto Michel, Héctor Reynoso, Paul Aguilar, Marco Fabián, and Hiram Mier. All players were later acquitted by the Mexican Football Federation and the results were blamed on contamination of meat, with the ingestion of clenbuterol considered non-intentional. However, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to request a ban. On 12 October 2011, WADA withdrew the request after the full file was available for them.
On September 20, 2013, the Salvadoran Football Federation banned 14 Salvadoran players for life due to their involvement with match fixing while playing with the El Salvador national team over the previous two years, including 8 players (Dennis Alas, Luis Anaya, captain Marvin González, Reynaldo Hernández, Miguel Montes, Dagoberto Portillo, Osael Romero, Ramón Sánchez and Miguel Montes), from El Salvador's 5-0 loss to Mexico on June 5 at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
All Times are U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4) (Local Times in parentheses)
Main article: 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group A
|1||Mexico||3||3||0||0||14||1||+13||9||Advance to Knockout stage|
|Ureña 7', 46'
De Nigris 58'
J. Hernández 60', 67', 90+5' (pen.)
|Costa Rica||1–1||El Salvador|
|Brenes 90+5'||Report||Zelaya 45'|
|Report||J. Hernández 35', 76'
Dos Santos 63', 68'
De Nigris 65'
|Zelaya 13', 71'
Guardado 19', 26'
Main article: 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B
|1||Jamaica||3||3||0||0||7||0||+7||9||Advance to knockout stage|
O. Daley 84'
|Phillips 66', 76'||Report|
|Murray 20'||Report||Bengtson 26', 37'
Costly 28', 67', 71'
W. Martínez 88'
|del Aguila 16'
Main article: 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C
|1||Panama||3||2||1||0||6||4||+2||7||Advance to Knockout stage|
Gómez 57' (pen.)
|Report||Jovial 65', 78'|
|De Rosario 51' (pen.)||Report|
|Goodson 66'||Report||Goodson 19' (o.g.)
Gómez 36' (pen.)
|De Rosario 62' (pen.)||Report||Tejada 90+1'|
|1||Guatemala||3||1||1||1||4||2||+2||4||Advance to Knockout stage|
Main article: 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup knockout stage
|June 19 – Washington|
|June 22 – Houston|
|June 19 – Washington|
|Panama (pen.)||1 (5)|
|June 25 – Pasadena|
|El Salvador||1 (3)|
|June 18 – East Rutherford|
|Costa Rica||1 (2)|
|June 22 – Houston|
|Honduras (pen.)||1 (4)|
|June 18 – East Rutherford|
All times U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4) (Local times in parentheses)
|Marshall 56'||Report||Bengtson 49'|
|De Nigris 48'
J. Hernández 66'
|Tejada 90'||Report||Zelaya 78' (pen.)|
|Report||De Nigris 93'
J. Hernández 99'
Main article: 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final
|2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winners|
|Golden Boot Award||Most Valuable Player Award||Best Goalkeeper Award||Fair Play Award|
|Javier Hernández||Javier Hernández||Noel Valladares||Mexico|
The Fair Play Award was awarded to Mexico because they accumulated the fewest cards.
Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-out are counted as draws.
|2||United States (H)||6||4||0||2||9||6||+3||12||Runners-up|
Southern California's Rose Bowl will host CONCACAF's 2011 Gold Cup final next June 25, the confederation announced on Wednesday.