Since the inception of the Central American Cup in 1991, the United States, will for the first time, be hosting this year’s tournament. This was announced by the Central American Football Union.
The Central American Cup will be held in September, and will be played in three offices: Washington, Houston and Los Angeles.
It was also confirmed that Panama is part of group B, with selections from the United States, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. While the group A teams is comprised of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Belize. It is of note that Copa Centroamericana gives five seats to the Gold Cup.
The 12 Central American Championship tournaments have been won by four different national teams: Costa Rica is the most successful national team of the competition with seven victories. Honduras has won three titles. Guatemala and Panama have won one title each. To date, Costa Rica and Honduras are the only sides in history to have won consecutive titles, with the former winning an unprecedented three titles in 2003, 2005, and 2007.
The most recent championship, hosted by Costa Rica, was won by the host nation who beat Honduras 1–0 at the final in San Jose.
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