2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
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Tournament details
Host countriesUnited States
Dates7–26 July
Teams12 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)14 (in 14 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Mexico (7th title)
Runners-up Jamaica
Third place Panama
Fourth place United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played26
Goals scored62 (2.38 per match)
Attendance1,090,396 (41,938 per match)
Top scorer(s)United States Clint Dempsey
(7 goals)
Best player(s)Mexico Andrés Guardado
Best young playerMexico Jesús Corona
Best goalkeeperUnited States Brad Guzan
Fair play award Jamaica

The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the 13th edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition and the 23rd CONCACAF regional championship overall in the organization's fifty-four years of existence. It was held in the United States, with two matches being played in Canada, marking the first time the CONCACAF Gold Cup was played in that country.[1]

Mexico won the competition after surviving both the quarterfinals and semifinals in controversial circumstances,[2][3][4][5][6] defeating Jamaica – the first Caribbean nation to reach such a stage – in the final.[7]Of the co-hosts, Canada was eliminated in the group stage, while the United States, the defending champions, lost in the semifinals to Jamaica. The competition included a third place match for the first time since 2003,[8] in which Panama defeated the United States.

Qualification for other tournaments

The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup was used for qualification for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, to be played in Russia, and the Copa América Centenario, to be played in the United States in 2016.

FIFA Confederations Cup

As champions of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico qualified for a one-off play-off match against the United States, the champion of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, to decide which team will represent CONCACAF in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. Mexico won the match 3-2 after extra time.[9]

Copa América Centenario

In addition, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, and Cuba, being the top four teams in the tournament not already qualified, qualified for play-offs which determined the remaining two teams to participate in the Copa América Centenario in 2016.[10] The United States, Mexico, Costa Rica (winners of the 2014 Copa Centroamericana), and Jamaica (winners of the 2014 Caribbean Cup) had already qualified before the tournament, with Panama and Haiti rounding out the six representatives CONCACAF sent to the Copa América Centenario following their play-off victories over Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago, respectively.

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