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In 2011, CONCACAF celebrates its 50th anniversary.
As part of a year-long commemoration, a weekly feature titled "This Week in CONCACAF History" will take a brief look back at some of the confederation's most historic games and happenings.
Through "This Week in CONCACAF History" you can revisit the region's most memorable people, events and crowning achievements.
February 20, 2000: Canada and Trinidad & Tobago advanced to the semifinals of a CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time in history after eliminating Mexico and Costa Rica, respectively, by the same scores of 2-1 in extra time during the 2000 quarterfinals at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California (USA) … Mickey Trotmann notched the game-winner against Costa Rica in the 101st minute as Trinidad & Tobago became only the second Caribbean team (other Jamaica in 1998) to reach the Gold Cup semis … Meanwhile, Richard Hastings scored two minutes into the first 'golden goal' period as Canada ended Mexico's chance for a fourth-consecutive CONCACAF crown.
February 21, 2007: For the first time, St. Kitts & Nevis reached the final round of a CONCACAF Under-20 Tournament as it competed in Group B of the 2007 event at the Estadio Banorte in Culiacán, Sinaloa (Mexico) … The Sugar Boyz dropped a 2-0 decision to the host Tricolor in the opening match in what was their first overall appearance in a Men's Final Round since the 2001 Digicel Caribbean Cup … Two days later, St. Kitts & Nevis lost 3-2 to Costa Rica, before ending tournament play with a 1-1 draw against Jamaica on February 25.
February 22, 2006: Mexico's Club América began its road to a fifth CONCACAF Champions' Cup with a 2-1 win against Portmore United FC of Jamaica in the first-leg of the 2006 quarterfinals at the Minute Maid Stadium in Houston, Texas (USA) … Club América won the second-leg 5-2 the following month and then defeated LD Alajuelense of Costa Rica and Mexico's CD Toluca in the semifinals and final, respectively, to capture the CONCACAF title.
February 23, 2003: Costa Rica captured its tournament-best fourth Copa de Naciones UNCAF (now Copa Centroamericana) with a 1-0 win over host Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City … Alonso Solis had the only goal of the match (73rd) for the Ticos who finished with a 4-0-1 record in the six-team 2003 final round group.
February 24, 2005: Luton Shelton scored the only goal of the match (48th) for Jamaica as it won its first Caribbean title (Digicel Caribbean Cup) since 1998 with a 1-0 victory against Cuba, allowing it to top the 2005 Final Round Group at the National Stadium in Waterford, Barbados … The Reggae Boyz were coming off a 2-1 win against Trinidad & Tobago (February 20) and 1-0 triumph over Barbados (February 22) on the way to their third overall Caribbean Championship.
February 25, 2009: Eduardo Sebrango scored twice (5th, 77th) for host Impact de Montreal of Canada as it topped Club Santos Laguna of Mexico, 2-0, in the first-leg encounter of the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals before a tournament record crowd of 55,571 at Montreal's Stade Olympique.
February 26, 1999: Goals by Craig Gordon (47th) and Dwayne Richards (74th) led Jamaica to a 2-0 victory over visiting Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Under-17 Final Round Group A at Montego Bay's Jarrett Park … It was the Reggae Boyz second-consecutive victory in the group (Honduras 1-0 on February 24) and it was followed by a scoreless draw against the USA two days later, which gave Jamaica first-place honors in the group and qualified them as the first English speaking Caribbean nation to reach a FIFA U-17 World Cup (New Zealand 1999).
February 27, 2000: Canada captured its first CONCACAF Gold Cup after blanking Colombia, 2-0, in the 2000 final at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (USA) … Jason DeVos (45th) and Carlo Corazzin (68th) scored for the Maple Leafs, who claimed their first CONCACAF Men's Title since the 1985 Campeonato de Naciones (doubled as CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying for the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico).
February 28, 2001: The USA obtained its first victory over Mexico in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier since 1980 after a 2-0 triumph at Columbus Crew Stadium (USA) … The encounter, labeled as the "La Guerra Fria (The Cold War) in Columbus" by the media, saw a crowd of 24,329 ignore the freezing winter temperatures and witness second-half goals by Josh Wolff (47th) and Earnie Stewart (87th) in the victory by the Stars & Stripes.
February 29, 1960: Juan Ulloa scored two goals, while Alberto Armijo and Ruben Jimenez added one each, as Costa Rica won its sixth CCCF (Confederación Centroamericana y del Caribe de Fútbol) Championship by blanking the Netherlands Antilles, 4-0, in the 1960 playoff final at the Estadio La Tropical in La Habana, Cuba … It was the first time in eight CCCF tournaments that a playoff was needed to determine a champion after both teams finished level with six points for the top spot in the final round group.
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