2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
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2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
CONCACAF Championship
2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup logo.svg
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Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
DatesJune 6-24
Teams12 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions United States
Runners-up Mexico
Tournament statistics
Matches played25
Goals scored64 (2.56 per match)
Attendance921,464 (36,859 per match)
Top scorer(s)Honduras Carlos Pavón
(5 goals)
Best player(s)Canada Julian De Guzman
Best goalkeeperGuadeloupe Franck Grandel
Fair play award Honduras

The 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the ninth edition of the Gold Cup, the football championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), and was won by the United States over Mexico. It was contested in the United States from June 6 to 24, 2007.

This competition was the third overall edition of the tournament without guests (for the first time since 1993) from other confederations. As the winner, the United States represented CONCACAF at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.[note 1]

Qualified teams

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 Previous best performance
North American zone
 United States (TH) Automatic 9th Champions (1991, 2002, 2005)
 Mexico Automatic 9th Champions (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003)
 Canada Automatic 8th Champions (2000)
Caribbean zone qualified through the 2007 Caribbean Cup
 Haiti Winners 3rd Quarterfinals (2002)
 Trinidad and Tobago Runners-up 7th Third Place (2000)
 Cuba Third Place 5th Quarterfinals (2003)
 Guadeloupe Fourth Place 1st Debut
Central American zone qualified through the 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup
 Costa Rica Winners 8th Runners-up (2002)
 Panama Runners-up 3rd Runners-up (2005)
 Guatemala Third Place 8th Fourth Place (1996)
 El Salvador Fourth Place 5th Quarterfinals (2002, 2003)
 Honduras Fifth Place 8th Runners-up (1991)


Miami Carson Foxborough
Miami Orange Bowl The Home Depot Center Gillette Stadium
Capacity: 72,319 Capacity: 27,000 Capacity: 68,756
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East Rutherford Houston Chicago
Giants Stadium Reliant Stadium Soldier Field
Capacity: 80,042 Capacity: 71,500 Capacity: 61,500
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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.

Competition format

The twelve teams that qualified were divided into three groups. The top two teams in each group advanced to the knockout stage along with the best two of the third-place teams, filling out the knockout field of eight.

If teams were level on points, they were ranked on the following criteria in order:

  1. Head to head matches between the tied teams (if applicable)
  2. Greatest goal difference in group matches
  3. Greatest number of goals scored in the three group matches
  4. If teams are still tied, CONCACAF will hold a drawing of lots

Group stage

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners, runners-up, and best two third-placed teams advance to the quarter-finals

Group A

Canada finished as group leaders, but were beaten by Guadeloupe, who also drew with Haiti before suffering a defeat in their last match against Costa Rica. That win sent the Ticos through to the next round; Guadeloupe also qualified as one of the best two third-place finishers. Haiti, the current Caribbean Nations Cup champions, were knocked out at the group stage. All games were played at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Canada 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
 Costa Rica 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Guadeloupe 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Haiti 3 0 2 1 2 4 −2 2

Attendance: 17,420
Referee: Enrico Wijngaarde (Suriname)
Attendance: 17,420
Referee: Terry Vaughn (United States)

Attendance: 22,529
Referee: Neal Brizan (Trinidad and Tobago)
Attendance: 22,529
Referee: Courtney Campbell (Jamaica)

Attendance: 15,892
Referee: Enrico Wijngaarde (Suriname)
Haiti 0-2 Canada
Report De Rosario Goal 3135 (pen.)
Attendance: 15,892

Group B

The group was won by the host and defending Gold Cup champion United States side, who achieved the best first-round record of any team with three wins, during which it scored a total of seven goals without conceding. Guatemala finished in second place, despite an early loss to the U.S., by beating fellow Central Americans El Salvador, and then drawing with Trinidad and Tobago. El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago failed to advance. All games were played at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9
 Guatemala 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
 El Salvador 3 1 0 2 2 6 −4 3
 Trinidad and Tobago 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Attendance: 21,334
Referee: José Pineda (Honduras)
Attendance: 21,334
Referee: German Arredondo (Mexico)

Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Javier Jaurequi (Netherlands Antilles)
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Roberto Moreno (Panama)

Attendance: 26,523
Attendance: 26,523
Referee: José Pineda (Honduras)

Group C

Four-time Gold Cup champion Mexico were defeated 2-1 by eventual group winner Honduras on the second day of group play, but subsequently beat Panama to come second in the group. The controversial match saw two Canaleros sent off but they still made the quarterfinals by finishing as one of the two best third-placed teams. Cuba, initially impressive against Mexico and Panama, finished in last place, after being defeated 5-0 by Honduras. All games were played at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Two members of the Cuban team, striker Lester Moré and midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, defected from the team following a shopping trip in East Rutherford.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Honduras 3 2 0 1 9 4 +5 6
 Mexico 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
 Panama 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
 Cuba 3 0 1 2 3 9 −6 1
Panama 3-2 Honduras
Rivera Goal 33
B. Pérez Goal 42
Garcés Goal 83
Report Guevara Goal 40
Costly Goal 90+2
Attendance: 20,230
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)

Honduras 2-1 Mexico
Costly Goal 5790 Report Blanco Goal 29 (pen.)
Attendance: 68,123
Referee: Wálter Quesada (Costa Rica)
Attendance: 68,123
Referee: Lee Davis (Trinidad and Tobago)

Cuba 0-5 Honduras
Report Pavón Goal 3124253
Guevara Goal 90 (pen.)
Attendance: 68,417
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Attendance: 68,417

Ranking of third-placed teams

Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
C  Panama 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
A  Guadeloupe 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
B  El Salvador 3 1 0 2 2 6 −4 3

Knockout stage

The quarterfinals saw all three North American teams advance, as Canada beat Guatemala, the United States defeated Panama, and Mexico won after extra time against Costa Rica in a controversial match that saw three red cards for the Ticos. Guadeloupe reached the final four with a 2-1 victory over Honduras. Their participation ended in the semifinal against Mexico, as El Tri overcame Guadeloupe to win 1-0 and make the Gold Cup final. The United States won the other semifinal game, defeating Canada 2-1 in a match with a controversial ending, as a late Canadian equalizer was incorrectly ruled offside. The final match between Mexico and the United States, the two highest-ranked teams in CONCACAF, resulted in a 2-1 victory, and a successful title defense, for the United States.

16 June - Foxboro
21 June - Chicago
16 June - Foxboro
 United States2
 United States2
24 June - Chicago
 United States2
17 June - Houston
21 June - Chicago
17 June - Houston
 Mexico (a.e.t.)1
 Costa Rica0


Canada 3-0 Guatemala
De Rosario Goal 17
Gerba Goal 3344
Attendance: 22,412
Referee: Courtney Campbell (Jamaica)

Attendance: 22,412
Referee: Neal Brizan (Trinidad and Tobago)

Attendance: 70,092
Referee: Terry Vaughn (United States)

Attendance: 70,092


Attendance: 50,760

Late in the second half, while leading 2-1, the United States were reduced to ten men when Michael Bradley was sent off. In stoppage time Atiba Hutchinson appeared to score for Canada to tie the game in the dying seconds, but linesman Ricardo Louisville incorrectly raised his flag for offside and referee Archundia disallowed the goal. The Canadian Press reported that replays show Hutchinson in an onside position at the time of Patrice Bernier's pass, and that he received the ball only after it was played by American defender Oguchi Onyewu.[1][2]

Attendance: 50,760
Referee: Roberto Moreno (Panama)


Attendance: 60,000

Donovan converted a penalty kick to level the match at 1-1 and tied him with Eric Wynalda for the USA's all-time scoring record with 34 goals. Feilhaber scored the game-winning goal on a volley from outside the penalty box.



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