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

Bourda Cricket Ground (Georgetown)

TBC

2nd leg
08.05.1988

Trinidad and Tobago

1–0

Guyana

San Fernando Stadium (San Fernando)

TBC

1st leg
30.04.1988

Cuba

0–1

Guatemala

Estadio panamericano (Havana)

TBC

2nd leg
15.05.1988

Guatemala

1–1

Cuba

Estadio Marquesa de la Ensenada (San Marcos)

TBC

1st leg
12.05.1988

Jamaica

1–0

Puerto Rico

Kingston Independence Park (Kingston)

TBC

2nd leg
29.05.1988

Puerto Rico

1–2

Jamaica

Estadio Sixto Escobar (San Juan)

TBC

1st leg
19.06.1988

Antigua and Barbuda

0–1

Netherlands Antilles

Antigua Recreation Ground (Saint John’s)

TBC

2nd leg
29.07.1988

Netherlands Antilles

3–1
(a.e.t.)

Antigua and Barbuda

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

Estadio Revolución (Panama City)

Second round – results

1st leg
24.07.1988

Jamaica

0-0

USA