Gold Cup History
With the US in the Gold Cup Final on Sunday against Mexico, I was curious about the history of the tournament – where it had been played before, who was in it, and who won. So here’s the results:
|1991||USA||USA||0-0 (4-3 PK)||Honduras||Mexico, Costa Rica|
|1993||USA & Mexico||Mexico||4-0||USA||Costa Rica, Jamaica|
|2000||USA||Canada||2-0||Colombia||Peru, Trinidad & Tobago|
|2002||USA||USA||2-0||Costa Rica||Canada, South Korea|
|2003||USA & Mexico||Mexico||1-0 (OT)||Brazil||USA, Costa Rica|
My thoughts, looking at this chart…
- I’m very glad that there aren’t any guest players in this year’s tournament.
- As glad as I am to have a chance to see these games in person, isn’t it time to let somebody else host? Mexico could do it alone, or even Canada. I realize it’ll never happen (money talks, after all) but as a US supporter I want more experience playing away to prepare for World Cup qualifying.
- There’s only been one final where both teams have scored? Wow.
- If the US wins on Sunday (knock on wood) I think we’d have a claim on being the best team in the region over the history of the tournament. Mexico and the US would both have 4 titles, but Mexico would only have 5 final appearances to 6 for the US, and the US has only failed to make the semis once (in 2000), while El Tri has failed three times (2000, 2002, and 2005).