2015 CONCACAF Cup

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2015 CONCACAF Cup
CONCACAF qualifying play-off for 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
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After extra time
Date 10 October 2015
Venue Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Referee Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Attendance 93,723
Weather 96°F, Clear, 9 MPH WSW wind
2019

The 2015 CONCACAF Cup (officially the CONCACAF Cup presented by Scotiabank for sponsorship reasons) was the inaugural CONCACAF Cup, an international football play-off match to determine CONCACAF's entry into the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup winner United States played against the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winner Mexico on October 10, 2015 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, United States.

Background

Even though the CONCACAF Gold Cup is held every two years, prior to 2013, only the winners of the Gold Cup that was held two years before the FIFA Confederations Cup qualified as CONCACAF's representative. For example, Mexico won the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup and qualified for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. This had resulted in CONCACAF teams using weaker rosters in the Gold Cup that was held on the same year as the Confederations Cup, as the result of this tournament having no bearing on qualification for the Confederations Cup and many teams were also involved in qualifying for the FIFA World Cup during that year.[1]

CONCACAF announced the introduction of a play-off match on April 5, 2013.[2] Starting from the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, the CONCACAF representative would be decided by a play-off between the two CONCACAF Gold Cup winners prior to the Confederations Cup. Then CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb stated this "will allow the Champion of every single Gold Cup edition to have the same competitive opportunity to represent CONCACAF at the international level."[2] In the case where the same national team wins both Gold Cup tournaments, no play-off is played and the team qualifies directly to the Confederations Cup.[2]

Following CONCACAF's decision to end their affiliation with Traffic Sports USA due to the 2015 FIFA corruption case, Major League Soccer's sister company Soccer United Marketing was chosen as commercial representative for the match.[3]

Qualified teams

Format

CONCACAF originally announced on July 23, 2015 that the play-off would be played as a single match on October 9, 2015 in the United States.[4] After the conclusion of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 26, 2015, CONCACAF announced the Rose Bowl in Pasadena as the venue.[5] The date was later amended to October 10 in order "to allow fans in attendance to enjoy a day-long of festivities, including Futbol Fiesta, a free, interactive fan zone outside the Rose Bowl."[6][7]

Ticketing

On August 27, 2015, CONCACAF announced the ticket allocation process for the match.[8] Both the United States Soccer Federation and the Mexican Football Federation received 30% of the tickets, which was distributed through supporter groups. Another 30% was sold through a lottery where the general public could apply. The final 10% was given to local teams and sponsors. This system was to prevent the crowd being dominated by either team's supporters despite being on U.S. soil similar to previous Gold Cup finals.[9]

Squads

Each team could select up to 23 players for their squads. On September 15, 2015, CONCACAF announced the provisional team lists.[10] The final 23-player squads were announced by CONCACAF on October 5, 2015.[11]

Mexico

On 1 October, the final squad was announced.

Head coach: Brazil Ricardo Ferretti

Number Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Alfredo Talavera (1982-09-18)September 18, 1982 (aged 33) Mexico Toluca
2 2DF Israel Jiménez (1989-08-13)August 13, 1989 (aged 26) Mexico UANL
3 2DF Arturo Rivas (1984-10-18)October 18, 1984 (aged 30) Mexico UANL
4 2DF Rafael Márquez (1979-02-13)February 13, 1979 (aged 36) Italy Hellas Verona
5 2DF Diego Reyes (1992-09-19)September 19, 1992 (aged 23) Spain Real Sociedad
6 2DF Jorge Torres Nilo (1988-01-16)January 16, 1988 (aged 27) Mexico UANL
7 2DF Miguel Layún (1988-06-25)June 25, 1988 (aged 27) Portugal Porto
8 3MF Jonathan dos Santos (1990-04-26)April 26, 1990 (aged 25) Spain Villarreal
9 4FW Raúl Jiménez (1991-05-05)May 5, 1991 (aged 24) Portugal Benfica
10 3MF Jesús Corona (1993-01-06)January 6, 1993 (aged 22) Portugal Porto
11 4FW Carlos Vela (1989-03-01)March 1, 1989 (aged 26) Spain Real Sociedad
12 1GK Moisés Muñoz (1980-02-01)February 1, 1980 (aged 35) Mexico América
13 1GK Jonathan Orozco (1986-05-12)May 12, 1986 (aged 29) Mexico Monterrey
14 4FW Javier Hernández (1988-06-01)June 1, 1988 (aged 27) Germany Bayer Leverkusen
15 2DF Héctor Moreno (1988-01-17)January 17, 1988 (aged 27) Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
16 3MF Héctor Herrera (1990-04-19)April 19, 1990 (aged 25) Portugal Porto
17 3MF Javier Güémez (1991-10-17)October 17, 1991 (aged 23) Mexico América
18 3MF Andrés Guardado (1986-09-28)September 28, 1986 (aged 29) Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
19 4FW Oribe Peralta (1984-01-12)January 12, 1984 (aged 31) Mexico América
20 3MF Javier Aquino (1990-02-11)February 11, 1990 (aged 25) Mexico UANL
21 3MF Carlos Esquivel (1982-04-10)April 10, 1982 (aged 33) Mexico Toluca
22 2DF Paul Aguilar (1986-03-06)March 6, 1986 (aged 29) Mexico América
23 3MF Elías Hernández (1988-04-29)April 29, 1988 (aged 27) Mexico León

United States

On October 3, the final squad was announced. On October 9, it was announced that Bobby Wood would replace Alejandro Bedoya (illness).

Head coach: Germany Jürgen Klinsmann

Number Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Brad Guzan (1984-09-09)September 9, 1984 (aged 31) England Aston Villa
2 3MF DeAndre Yedlin (1993-07-09)July 9, 1993 (aged 22) England Sunderland
3 2DF Brad Evans (1985-04-20)April 20, 1985 (aged 30) United States Seattle Sounders FC
4 3MF Michael Bradley (1987-07-31)July 31, 1987 (aged 28) Canada Toronto FC
5 2DF Matt Besler (1987-02-11)February 11, 1987 (aged 28) United States Sporting Kansas City
6 2DF Tim Ream (1987-10-05)October 5, 1987 (aged 28) England Fulham
7 2DF DaMarcus Beasley (1982-05-24)May 24, 1982 (aged 33) United States Houston Dynamo
8 4FW Clint Dempsey (1983-03-09)March 9, 1983 (aged 32) United States Seattle Sounders FC
9 3MF Gyasi Zardes (1991-09-02)September 2, 1991 (aged 24) United States LA Galaxy
10 3MF Danny Williams (1989-03-08)March 8, 1989 (aged 26) England Reading
11 4FW Bobby Wood (1992-11-15)November 15, 1992 (aged 22) Germany Union Berlin
12 1GK Tim Howard (1979-03-06)March 6, 1979 (aged 36) England Everton
13 3MF Jermaine Jones (1981-11-03)November 3, 1981 (aged 33) United States New England Revolution
14 2DF Ventura Alvarado (1992-08-16)August 16, 1992 (aged 23) Mexico América
15 3MF Kyle Beckerman (1982-04-23)April 23, 1982 (aged 33) United States Real Salt Lake
16 2DF Michael Orozco (1986-02-07)February 7, 1986 (aged 29) Mexico Tijuana
17 4FW Jozy Altidore (1989-11-06)November 6, 1989 (aged 25) Canada Toronto FC
18 4FW Chris Wondolowski (1983-01-28)January 28, 1983 (aged 32) United States San Jose Earthquakes
19 3MF Graham Zusi (1986-08-18)August 18, 1986 (aged 29) United States Sporting Kansas City
20 2DF Geoff Cameron (1985-07-11)July 11, 1985 (aged 30) England Stoke City
21 2DF Jonathan Spector (1986-03-01)March 1, 1986 (aged 29) England Birmingham City
22 1GK Nick Rimando (1979-06-17)June 17, 1979 (aged 36) United States Real Salt Lake
23 3MF Fabian Johnson (1987-12-11)December 11, 1987 (aged 27) Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach

Match summary

Mexico  3–2 (a.e.t.)  United States
J. Hernández Goal 10'
Peralta Goal 96'
Aguilar Goal 118'
Report Cameron Goal 15'
Wood Goal 108'
Attendance: 93,723
Mexico
United States
GK 12 Moisés Muñoz
RB 22 Paul Aguilar Yellow card 21'
CB 15 Héctor Moreno Yellow card 43'
CB 5 Diego Reyes
LB 7 Miguel Layún
DM 4 Rafael Márquez (c) Substituted off 76'
CM 16 Héctor Herrera
CM 18 Andrés Guardado Substituted off 80'
RF 9 Raúl Jiménez
LF 19 Oribe Peralta Yellow card 35'
CF 14 Javier Hernández Substituted off 98'
Substitutes:
GK 1 Alfredo Talavera
GK 13 Jonathan Orozco
DF 2 Israel Jiménez
DF 3 Arturo Rivas Substituted in 76'
DF 6 Jorge Torres Nilo
MF 8 Jonathan dos Santos
MF 10 Jesús Corona Substituted in 98'
MF 17 Javier Güémez Yellow card 95' Substituted in 80'
MF 20 Javier Aquino
MF 21 Carlos Esquivel
MF 23 Elías Hernández
FW 11 Carlos Vela
Manager:
Brazil Ricardo Ferretti
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GK 1 Brad Guzan
RB 23 Fabian Johnson Substituted off 111'
CB 20 Geoff Cameron
CB 5 Matt Besler Yellow card 52'
LB 7 DaMarcus Beasley
DM 15 Kyle Beckerman
RM 13 Jermaine Jones
LM 9 Gyasi Zardes Substituted off 78'
AM 4 Michael Bradley (c Yellow card 87'
CF 17 Jozy Altidore Substituted off 98'
CF 8 Clint Dempsey
Substitutes:
GK 12 Tim Howard
GK 22 Nick Rimando
DF 3 Brad Evans Substituted in 111'
DF 6 Tim Ream
DF 14 Ventura Alvarado
DF 16 Michael Orozco
DF 21 Jonathan Spector
MF 2 DeAndre Yedlin Substituted in 78'
MF 10 Danny Williams
MF 19 Graham Zusi
FW 11 Bobby Wood Substituted in 98'
FW 18 Chris Wondolowski
Manager:
Germany Jürgen Klinsmann

Assistant referees:[12]
Juan Francisco Zumba (El Salvador)
Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)
Fourth official:
Marlon Mejía (El Salvador)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Twelve named substitutes, of which up to three may be used.

Match notes

References

  1. ^ "2013, 2015 Gold Cup winners will meet for 2017 Confederations Cup spot". Reuters. April 5, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Gold Cup Winner to Qualify to FIFA Confederations Cup™ Playoff Match". CONCACAF. April 5, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  3. ^ Thomas, Ian (August 31, 2015). "SUM To Serve As Commercial Rep For CONCACAF Cup Match". sportsbusinessdaily.com. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  4. ^ "Match-ups Set for CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015 Finals Weekend in Philadelphia July 25-26". CONCACAF.com. July 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "Playoff match for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 to be played between USA and Mexico on Oct. 9 at the Rose Bowl". CONCACAF.com. July 26, 2015.
  6. ^ "Confederations Cup playoff game between USMNT and Mexico moved to October 10". MLSsoccer.com. August 7, 2015.
  7. ^ "Playoff Match between USA and Mexico for FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 Berth to Be Played on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl". CONCACAF.com. August 7, 2015.
  8. ^ "Ticket Lottery Details Announced for CONCACAF Cup Match between USA and Mexico on October 10 at the Rose Bowl". CONCACAF.com. August 27, 2015.
  9. ^ Grant Wahl (August 27, 2015). "CONCACAF determines split for more even USA-Mexico Rose Bowl crowd". Sports Illustrated.
  10. ^ "CONCACAF Cup 2015 Provisional 35-Player Rosters Announced". 15 September 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Final 23-Player Rosters for CONCACAF Cup 2015 Chosen by Mexico and United States". CONCACAF.com. October 5, 2015. Archived from the original on June 5, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  12. ^ "CONCACAF Cup Game Notes: Mexico v USA". CONCACAF.com. October 10, 2015.

External links

  • 2015 CONCACAF Cup
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