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2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup
CONCACAF Championship

2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host country  USA
Dates July 6 – July 24
Teams 12 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s) (in 7 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  United States (3rd title)
Runner-up  Panama
Tournament statistics
Matches played 25
Goals scored 68 (2.72 per match)
Attendance 340,018 (13,601 per match)
Top scorer(s) United States DaMarcus Beasley
United States Landon Donovan
Guatemala Carlos Ruiz
Honduras Wilmer Velasquez
Panama Luis Tejada
Best player United States DaMarcus Beasley

The 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the eighth edition of the Gold Cup, the football championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF). It was contested in the United States in July 2005. The United States emerged victorious in the final against an upstart Panama team led by tournament MVP Luis Tejada. After regulation and 30 minutes of extra time ended scoreless, the USA won 3-1 on penalties.

For this edition, the format was switched from four groups of three teams each to the three groups of four teams. As a result, there was one more group stage game for each team, and the likelihood of teams advancing on a coin toss was much less. The top two teams from each group and the two best third-place teams would advance to the quarterfinals.

As usual for the Gold Cup, several of the top teams fielded less than their top squads, including guest teams Colombia and South Africa. Mexico and the United States were missing at least half their usual starters, and a few top name players on smaller nations (Paulo Wanchope and Amado Guevara, among others) also declined to participate. During the tournament, matches in Miami's Group A had to be postponed because of Hurricane Dennis.



Caribbean zone qualified from the Caribbean Cup:

Central American zone qualified from the UNCAF Nations Cup 2005:

North American zone qualified automatically:



For a complete list of participating squads see 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup squads

Group stage


Group A

Group A (Colombia, Honduras, Panama, and Trinidad & Tobago) started with an upset 1-0 win for Panama over Colombia and a 1-1 draw between Honduras and Trinidad. The second matchday saw Honduras defeat Colombia 2-1 and Panama and Trinidad draw with two goals apiece. This left guest nation Colombia at the bottom of the table heading into the final matchday, but with the format of the tournament all the teams were still alive. Colombia beat Trinidad in the first half of a doubleheader, meaning that Panama and Honduras would be guaranteed qualification. Honduras won to finish on top of the group, leaving Panama second; Colombia finished with three points and a goal differential of 0; they would have to wait for other games to determine whether they would advance.

Group B

Group B play started at Seattle's Qwest Field with Canada facing Costa Rica and Cuba facing the United States. Costa Rica won 1-0 in the first match of the doubleheader. In the second match, Cuba opened the scoring in the 18th minute, but the U.S. responded just before the half. Neither side was able to score in the second half until Landon Donovan scored for the US on a free kick in the 87th minute. The U.S. then added two more goals to their tally in the closing minutes to make a close game on the pitch look like a blowout on paper. The second round of matches featured Costa Rica versus Cuba and the U.S. versus Canada. Costa Rica won 3-1 to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals; the United States won 2-0, also clinching a spot in the next round. This would set up a Costa Rica-United States battle with not much more than pride on the line; Canada and Cuba, despite earning no points in the first two matches, were both still alive if other results went their way. The third matchday, played at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, started with a 0-0 draw between the group's top teams. Since Group A's matches had been played earlier in the day, both Cuba and Canada knew what they would need to do to guarantee a spot in the quarterfinals: Canada would need to win by four goals and Cuba would need to win by six goals. Canada won, but only by a 2-1 margin.

Group C

Group C's first matches took place in the Los Angeles area, with the first matchday at the Home Depot Center and the second at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The first matches featured South Africa versus Mexico and Guatemala versus Jamaica. South Africa jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Mexicans in the first half and held on to win 2-1. In the second match, a Carlos Ruiz hat trick was not enough for Guatemala as the Jamaicans, helped by two goals in the opening five minutes, managed to outscore the Guatemalans for a final tally of 4-3. In the second matchday Mexico rebounded from their loss to defeat Guatemala 4-0 with two goals in each half. The Jamaica-South Africa match was another high-scoring affair; Jamaica took a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute but South Africa answered a minute later. Jamaica jumped to a 2-1 lead in the 41st but again the South Africans answered, this time in the 43rd minute. The Jamaicans took yet another lead in the 57th but South Africa scored ten minutes before the end of the match and the game ended 3-3. Thanks to the results from the other groups, Jamaica and South Africa were both automatically qualified for the next round before playing their third match; Mexico would advance unless they lost by six goals or more or lost and Guatemala won and ended up with a better goal differential (an unlikely scenario, since Guatemala would have to make up an 8-goal difference). The final group matches took place in Houston; in the first match of the evening, Guatemala earned a draw against the South Africans for their only point of the tournament, essentially assuring the Mexicans of qualification. With both teams having little to play for, Mexico managed to win 1-0; thanks to this result and the night's other result, the Mexicans managed to end up on top of group C with 6 points.

Knockout round

In the quarterfinals, Honduras poured on the attack to lead Costa Rica 3-0 after 29 minutes, and held on to win 3-2. The U.S. scored early and Kasey Keller saved Andy Williams' penalty in the first ten minutes, and from there Jamaica put up little resistance, 3-1 the final result. Colombia outplayed Mexico in the first half, but had nothing to show for it. Both teams traded goals in a tense second half, and then Alex Aguilar's improbable 40 yard shot flew over the keeper and into the net, settling the game and eliminating the holders. Panama and South Africa battled to a 1-1 stalemate, where Panama prevailed in the shootout.

In the semifinals, Honduras scored early on through Iván Guerrero and nearly held on for a famous victory, if not for an errant clearance which led to John O'Brien's equalizer four minutes from time. Oguchi Onyewu made for a thrilling finish, as his header off a free kick won the match in stoppage time for the U.S. The underdogs, Panama, jumped all over Colombia and led by two at halftime. Colombia got one back, but Panama would score again and hold on (Tressor Moreno hitting the post in stoppage time) for a 3-2 victory.

The final was a game of missed chances. The U.S. controlled the run of play, but it was Panama who had the better chances and were unlucky not to score. In the shootout, Panama could not recreate the success against South Africa and missed two penalties while having another saved. The U.S.'s young players showed little fear and after four rounds, they were champions.

In the tournament's 25 games, 73 goals were scored for an average of 2.93, the highest since the 1996 edition. American DaMarcus Beasley scored three goals to win the tournament's Golden Boot, beating out four others on the assists tiebreaker.


Foxborough East Rutherford Carson Los Angeles
Gillette Stadium Giants Stadium Home Depot Center Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Capacity: 68,756 Capacity: 80,042 Capacity: 27,000 Capacity: 93,607
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Miami Seattle Houston
Orange Bowl Qwest Field Reliant Stadium
Capacity: 74,476 Capacity: 67,000 Capacity: 71,500
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Group Stage results

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Honduras 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
 Panama 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Colombia 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3
 Trinidad and Tobago 3 0 2 1 3 5 −2 2
July 5, 2005
Colombia  0 – 1  Panama Orange Bowl, Miami
Attendance: 10,311
Referee: Carlos Batres (Guatemala)
(Report) Tejada Goal 70'

July 5, 2005
Trinidad and Tobago  1 – 1  Honduras Orange Bowl, Miami
Attendance: 10,311
Referee: Mauricio Navarro (Canada)
Birchall Goal 28' (Report) Figueroa Goal 43'

July 9, 2005
Panama  2 – 2  Trinidad and Tobago Orange Bowl, Miami
Attendance: 17,292
Referee: Enrico Wijngaarde (Suriname)
Tejada Goal 24'90' (Report) Andrews Goal 17'
Glenn Goal 90'

July 9, 2005
Honduras  2 – 1  Colombia Orange Bowl, Miami
Attendance: 17,292
Referee: Marco Rodríguez (Mexico)
Velásquez Goal82' (Report) Moreno Goal 30'

July 11, 2005
Colombia  2 – 0  Trinidad and Tobago Orange Bowl, Miami
Attendance: 8,457
Referee: Marco Rodríguez (Mexico)
Aguilar Goal 77'
Hurtado Goal 79'

July 11, 2005
Honduras  1 – 0  Panama Orange Bowl, Miami
Attendance: 8,457
Referee: Enrico Wijngaarde (Suriname)
Caballero Goal 80' (Report)

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
 Costa Rica 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
 Canada 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
 Cuba 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0

July 6, 2005
 Canada 0 – 1  Costa Rica Qwest Field, Seattle
Attendance: 15,831
Referee: Peter Prendergast (Jamaica)
(Report) Soto Goal 30'

July 6, 2005
Cuba  1 – 4  United States Qwest Field, Seattle
Attendance: 15,831
Referee: José Pineda (Honduras)
Moré Goal 18' (Report) Dempsey Goal 44'
Donovan Goal 87'90'
Beasley Goal 89'

July 8, 2005
Costa Rica  3 – 1  Cuba Qwest Field, Seattle
Attendance: 15,109
Referee: Benito Archundia (Mexico)
Brenes Goal 61'85'
Soto Goal 85'
(Report) Galindo Goal 72'

July 8, 2005
United States  2 – 0  Canada Qwest Field, Seattle
Attendance: 15,109
Referee: Neal Brizan (Trinidad and Tobago
Hutchinson Goal 48' (o.g.)
Donovan Goal 90'

July 11, 2005
United States  0 – 0  Costa Rica Gillette Stadium, Foxboro
Attendance: 15,211
Referee: Benito Archundia (Mexico)

July 11, 2005
Canada  2 – 1  Cuba Gillette Stadium, Foxboro
Attendance: 15,211
Referee: Roberto Moreno (Panama)
Gerba Goal 69'
Hutchinson Goal 87'
(Report) Cervantes Goal 90'

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Mexico 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6
 South Africa 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1 5
 Jamaica 3 1 1 1 7 7 0 4
 Guatemala 3 0 1 2 4 9 −5 1
July 7, 2005
South Africa  2 – 1  Mexico The Home Depot Center, Carson
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Rodolfo Sibrian (El Salvador)
Evans Goal 28'
van Heerden Goal 41'
(Report) Rodríguez Goal 83'

July 7, 2005
Guatemala  3 – 4  Jamaica The Home Depot Center, Carson
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Brian Hall (United States)
Ruiz Goal 11'45'87' (Report) Shelton Goal 3'
Fuller Goal 5'
Williams Goal 45'
Hue Goal 57'

July 9, 2005
Mexico  4 – 0  Guatemala Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Attendance: 30,710
Referee: Óscar Ruiz (Colombia)
Borgetti Goal 5'14'
Galindo Goal 54'
Bravo Goal 65'

July 9, 2005
Jamaica  3 – 3  South Africa Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Attendance: 30,710
Referee: Kevin Stott (United States)
Hue Goal 35'
Stewart Goal 45'
Bennett Goal 80'
(Report) Raselemane Goal 35'
Ndlela Goal 41'
Nomvethe Goal 56'

July 11, 2005
Guatemala  1 – 1  South Africa Reliant Stadium, Houston
Attendance: 45,311
Referee: Kevin Stott (United States)
Romero Goal 37' (Report) Nkosi Goal 45'

July 11, 2005
Mexico  1 – 0  Jamaica Reliant Stadium, Houston
Attendance: 45,311
Referee: Walter Quesada (Costa Rica)
Medina Goal 19' (Report)

Knockout Round Results


Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
16 July - Foxboro        
  Honduras  3
July 21 - East Rutherford
  Costa Rica  2  
  Honduras  1
16 July - Foxboro
    United States  2  
  United States  3
July 24 - East Rutherford
  Jamaica  1  
  United States  0 (3)
17 July - Houston
    Panama  0 (1)
  Mexico  1
July 21 - East Rutherford
  Colombia  2  
  Colombia  2
17 July - Houston
    Panama  3  
  South Africa  1 (3)
  Panama  1 (5)  


July 16, 2005
Honduras  3–2  Costa Rica Gillette Stadium, Foxboro

Attendance: 22.108
Referee: Archundia (MEX)

Velasquez Goal 6'
Turcios Goal 27'
Núñez Goal 29'
Report Bolaños Goal 39'
Ruíz Goal 81'
July 16, 2005
United States  3–1  Jamaica Gillette Stadium, Foxboro

Attendance: 22.108
Referee: Batres (GUA)

Wolff Goal 6'
Beasley Goal 42'
Beasley Goal 83'
Report Fuller Goal 88'
July 17, 2005
Mexico  1–2  Colombia Reliant Stadium, Houston

Attendance: 60.050
Referee: Sibrian (SLV)

Galindo Goal 64' Report Castrillón Goal 58'
Aguilar Goal 74'
July 17, 2005
South Africa  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Panama Reliant Stadium, Houston

Attendance: 60.050
Referee: Prendergast (JAM)

Ndlela Goal 68' Report Dely Valdez Goal 48'
Evans Scored
Gaxa Scored
Katza Missed (Saved)
Lekgwathi Scored
3–5 Scored Tejada
Scored Rodríguez
Scored Baloy
Scored Blanco
Scored Gómez


July 21, 2005
Honduras  1–2  United States Giants Stadium, East Rutherford

Attendance: 41.721
Referee: Prendergast (JAM)

Guerrero Goal 30' Report O'Brien Goal 86'
Onyewu Goal 90+2'
July 21, 2005
Colombia  2–3  Panama Giants Stadium, East Rutherford

Attendance: 41.721
Referee: Sibrian (SLV)

Patiño Goal 62'
Patiño Goal 88'
Report Phillips Goal 11'
Dely Valdés Goal 26'
Phillips Goal 72'


July 24, 2005
United States  0–0 (a.e.t.)  Panama Giants Stadium, East Rutherford

Attendance: 31.018
Referee: Batres (GUA)

Quaranta Scored
Armas Missed (Saved)
Donovan Scored
Davis Scored
3–1 Missed (Saved) Tejada
Missed Dely Valdés
Scored Baloy
Missed Blanco


 2005 Gold Cup Winners 

United States
Third title


Three goals

Two goals

One goal


Most Valuable Player

Top Goalkeeper

Fair Play Trophy

Best XI

Honorable Mention

Final Rankings

Team Pts GP W T L GF GA Dif Perc
1  United States 14 6 4 2 0 11 3 +8 83,3%
2  Panama 9 6 2 3 1 7 6 +1 58,3%
3  Honduras 10 5 3 1 1 8 6 +2 70,0%
4  Colombia 6 5 2 0 3 7 7 0 40,0%
5  Costa Rica 7 4 2 1 1 6 4 +2 62,5%
6  Mexico 6 4 2 0 2 7 4 +3 50,0%
7   South Africa 6 4 1 3 0 7 6 +1 33,3%
8  Jamaica 4 4 1 1 2 8 10 -2 37,5%
9   Canada 3 3 1 0 2 2 4 -2 33,3%
10  Trinidad and Tobago 2 3 0 2 1 3 5 -2 33,3%
11   Guatemala 1 3 0 1 2 4 9 -5 16,7%
12  Cuba 0 3 0 0 3 3 9 -6 00,0%

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