Action from the 1995 Copa America quarterfinal between Mexico and the USA (white jersey) in Paysandu, Uruguay. (Photo: Mexsport)
SEATTLE, Washington – This may be the 100th anniversary edition of the Copa America, but it’s not the first time that CONCACAF representatives have progressed to the quarterfinals.
In fact, when the United States takes the field Thursday against Ecuador, and Mexico meets Chile on Saturday, it will mark the 12th and 13th times that a CONCACAF side has participated in that stage of the competition.
Mexico has made seven previous quarterfinal appearances, Costa Rica has a pair, while Honduras and the U.S. have each advanced that far once.
In those outings, CONCACAF teams have posted a record of 4W-4D-3L. Mexico has come up victorious on three occasions and, in 2001, Honduras registered arguably the most momentous win, when it upset Brazil, 2-0, on Juliano Belletti’s own-goal (57’) and a Saul Martinez strike (90’).
There was one all-CONCACAF quarterfinal in 1995 as the U.S. prevailed over Mexico, 4-1 on penalty kicks, following a scoreless draw.
Here’s a look at CONCACAF results in the Copa America quarterfinals:
Mexico 4, Peru 0
USA 0, Mexico 0 (4-1 pens)
Mexico 1, Ecuador 1 (4-3 pens)
Mexico 3, Peru 3 (4-2 pens)
Mexico 2, Chile 0
Uruguay 2, Costa Rica 1
Honduras 2, Brazil 0
Colombia 2, Costa Rica 0
Mexico 0, Brazil 4
Mexico 6, Paraguay 0