• Friday Feb 03, 2017

    CONCACAF Gold Cup: Qualifying Play-In Glance

    Action from the CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying play-in, first-leg match between host French Guiana and Honduras (white jersey) on March 25, 2015, in Remire-Montjoly. (Photo: Jody Amiet)

    MIAMI – For the sixth time, a play-in (or qualifying playoff as it has also been termed) for a CONCACAF Gold Cup berth will be contested, when Haiti and Nicaragua square off in a two-legged, total-goals series next month.

    On Friday, a draw determined that the Haitians will host the first leg on March 24, 2017, with the action shifting to Nicaragua on March 28, 2017.

    Haiti has qualified for the Gold Cup on six occasions, while Nicaragua is looking for a second appearance and first since 2009.

    Both sides were handed the lifeline following fifth-place finishes in their respective regional qualifying competitions.

    Haiti earned a spot in the play-in after topping the table of the three-team 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men's Caribbean Cup fifth-place playoff, while Nicaragua finished fifth out of six teams in the 2017 Copa Centroamericana.

    Here’s a look at previous Gold Cup qualifying playoffs:

    1997 (for 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup)

    October 4, 1997: Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis

    St. Kitts & Nevis 0, Cuba 2

    Qualifier: Cuba

    1999 (for 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup)

    October 6, 1999: Los Angeles, California, USA

    Canada 0, Cuba 0

    El Salvador 1, Haiti 1

    October 8, 1999: Los Angeles, California, USA

    Canada 2, El Salvador 1

    Cuba 0, Haiti 1

    October 10, 1999: Los Angeles, California, USA

    Canada 2, Haiti 1

    Cuba 3, El Salvador 1

    Qualifiers: Canada, Haiti

    2001 (for 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup)

    July 29, 2001: Panama City, Panama

    Panama 0, Cuba 0

    August 1, 2001: Panama City, Panama

    Cuba 1, Panama 0

    Qualifier: Cuba

    2003 (for 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup)

    April 23, 2003: Fort-de-France, Martinique

    Martinique 3, Trinidad & Tobago 2

    April 25, 2003: Fort-de-France, Martinique

    Trinidad & Tobago 0, Honduras 2

    April 27, 2003: Fort-de-France, Martinique

    Honduras 4, Martinique 2

    Qualifiers: Honduras, Martinique

    2015 (for 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup)

    March 25, 2015: Remire-Montjoly, French Guiana

    French Guiana 3, Honduras 1

    March 29, 2015: San Pedro Sula, Honduras

    Honduras 3, French Guiana 0

    Qualifier: Honduras


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