Through the years: Canada-USA rivalry at the Concacaf Gold Cup, 2002 to 2021


This Sunday, Canada will face USA for the sixth time at the Concacaf Gold Cup, albeit the first time in the Quarterfinals stage. For Canada, the match provides the double opportunity of reaching the Concacaf Semifinals for the second Gold Cup in a row as well as a chance to beat the United States away in the United States for the first time since 1957.

While Canada have yet to knock off the Americans at the Concacaf Gold Cup, with all five previous matches from 2002 to 2021 played on American soil, the contests have most often been exciting and close. Two of those matches were played in the Semifinals while three others were played in the group stage.

2002 Semifinals at Pasadena, California
Canada 0:0 USA / USA wins 4-2 on kicks
Rose Bowl (att. 7,241 spectators)
Lars Hirschfeld, named the Best Goalkeeper at the 2002 Concacaf Gold Cup, posted a clean sheet across 120 minutes in the Semifinals, but the defending champions Canada were eliminated on kicks from the penalty mark.
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2005 Group stage at Seattle, Washington
Canada 0:2 USA
Qwest Field (15,109 spectators)
Canada were eliminated after back-to-back losses at the 2005 Concacaf Gold Cup. Canada conceded the winner early in the second half on an own goal before they gave up the 2-0 goal in added time.
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2007 Semifinals at Chicago, Illinois
Canada 1:2 USA
Soldier Field (50,790 spectators)
USA scored twice in the first half before Atiba Hutchinson set up Iain Hume for Canada’s first goal in the 76th minute. Hutchinson was onside when he scored the 2-2 equaliser in the 94th minute, but referee Benito Archundia disallowed the goal.
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2011 Group stage at Detroit, Michigan
Canada 0:2 USA
Ford Field (28,209 spectators)
In their opening match of the tournament, Jozy Altidore scored the match winner in the 16th minute and Clint Dempsey scored the 2-0 goal just after the hour mark. Canada were eliminated from the group phase one week later.
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2021 Group stage at Kansas City, Kansas
Canada 0:1 USA
Children’s Mercy Park (18,467 spectators)
Both sides were already qualified through to the Quarterfinals before Shaq Moore scored the 1-0 match winner in the first minute. Canada nearly got it back two minutes later, but American goalkeeper Matt Turner was never beaten. Canadian Richie Laryea was taken down in the penalty area in each half.
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