CONCACAF 1990 Qualification

The CONCACAF section of the 1990 World Cup qualification consisted of two rounds of qualifying, dubbed first and second round respectively, and where the total of five second round ties’ winners would proceed to the final group stage. The two best teams in the final group stage would ultimately go on and represent the region at Italia ’90. At the same time as being a World Cup qualification, the final group stage would also serve as the 1989 edition of the CONCACAF championships. This was common practice; it had happened since the 1974 World Cup qualification.

CONCACAF’s five highest ranked nations, Canada, Honduras, El Salvador, USA and Mexico, all received byes for the first qualifying round, and were admitted directly to the second round of qualifying. As it would turn out, Mexico would be banned from participation due to having fielded over-age players at the 1988 CONCACAF U20 championships (known as the ‘Cachirules scandal’), a tournament which had also served as qualification for the 1989 World Youth championships.

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First round - results

1st leg
17.04.1988

Guyana

0–4

Trinidad and Tobago
Elliot-Allen 20′, Skeene 40′, G. Gibbons 50′ (o.g.), Faustin 60′

Bourda Cricket Ground (Georgetown)

TBC

2nd leg
08.05.1988

Trinidad and Tobago
Corneal 68′

1–0

Guyana

San Fernando Stadium (San Fernando)

TBC

1st leg
30.04.1988

Cuba

0–1

Guatemala
López 44′

Estadio panamericano (Havana)

TBC

2nd leg
15.05.1988

Guatemala
Pérez 68′ (pen.)

1–1
(
Report)

Cuba
Gonzáles 41′

Estadio Marquesa de la Ensenada (San Marcos)

TBC

1st leg
12.05.1988

Jamaica
Brooks 10′ (pen.)

1–0

Puerto Rico

Kingston Independence Park (Kingston)

TBC

2nd leg
29.05.1988

Puerto Rico
De-La-Campa 52′

1–2

Jamaica
Anglin 32′, 78′

Estadio Sixto Escobar (San Juan)

TBC

1st leg
19.06.1988

Antigua and Barbuda

0–1

Netherlands Antilles
Rovina 60′

Antigua Recreation Ground (Saint John’s)

TBC

2nd leg
29.07.1988

Netherlands Antilles
Rovina 104′, 118′, Rosina 120′

3–1
(a.e.t.)

Antigua and Barbuda
Edwards 38′

Centre Deportivo Corson (Willemstad)

TBC

1st leg
17.07.1988

Costa Rica
Jara 26′

1–1
(Report)

Panama
Mendieta 17′

Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto (Alajuela)

TBC

2nd leg
31.07.1988

Panama

0–2

Costa Rica
Cayasso 1′, Medford 71′

Estadio Revolución (Panama City)

Second round – results

1st leg
24.07.1988

Jamaica

0-0

USA