Mexico (left) and the USA have met in five CONCACAF Gold Cup finals, including this one in 2011 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)
MIAMI – With Monday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup venue and seeding announcement, we are 199 days away from kicking off the 2017 edition, the 14th in competition history.
The last Gold Cup ended 512 days ago, when Mexico earned a 3-1 win over Jamaica for its second straight title.
With those numbers, here’s a look at some Gold Cup facts:
- Mexico is the most successful national team in Gold Cup history, holding a tournament-record seven titles. The United States has won five, while Canada has claimed one.
- Mexico and/or the United States have featured in every Gold Cup final, with the exception of 2000, when Canada defeated Colombia, 2-0.
- Six guest teams (those from confederations other than CONCACAF) have participated in the Gold Cup, making 11 total appearances between them: Brazil (3), Colombia (3), Ecuador (1), Peru (1), Korea Republic (2) and South Africa (1).
- On three occasions, guest teams managed to reach the final, but none secured Gold Cup glory. Brazil stumbled against Mexico in 1996 and 2003, while Colombia fell to Canada in 2000.
- The most goals ever scored in a Gold Cup final (6) occurred in 2011, when Mexico defeated the United States in a thrilling 4-2 victory.
- The largest margin of victory in a Gold Cup final came in 2009, when Mexico outdistanced the U.S., 5-0, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The second-highest margin of victory also belongs to the Tricolor, who defeated the United States, 4-0, in the 1993 title decider.
- The most goals scored by a player in a single Gold Cup came courtesy of Luis Roberto Alves, who netted 11 times for Mexico in 1993.
- The most lopsided victory in the history of Gold Cup competition also came at the 1993 tournament as Mexico downed Martinique, 9-0, at the Azteca Stadium. Alves alone was responsible for seven of those goals.
- U.S. midfielder/forward Landon Donovan holds the record for most Gold Cup goals scored: 18.
- Bora Milutinovic and Bruce Arena are the only head coaches to win the Gold Cup twice. Milutinovic is the only one to do it with two different teams: U.S. (1991) and Mexico (1996).
- In 2015, Jamaica became the first Caribbean side to reach the Gold Cup final.
- Twenty-four teams have competed in the Gold Cup.
- The U.S. holds the record for most Gold Cup wins: 51.
- Mexico holds the record for most Gold Cup goals scored: 149.