Despite falling to Honduras for the second time in the tournament on March 26, Costa Rica took its third straight UNCAF Nations Cup title over the weekend. With Guatemala's 2-0 win over Honduras in the first match of March 28, the Ticos needed to beat El Salvador by at least two goals to win the championship on goal difference. Costa Rica rolled to a 4-0 win to lock up the title. Costa Rica, along with second-place finisher Guatemala and third-place finisher Honduras, qualifies for the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Feb. 12-27 in Los Angeles, San Diego and Miami. El Salvador, finishing fourth, will play against Canada and two Caribbean teams for the last two berths to Gold Cup 2000.
Final Round ResultsMarch 24 in San Jose
Honduras 3 (Nunez 44, 78, Ramirez 90) El Salvador 1 (Quintanilla 62). Half: 1-0. Att.: n/a. Costa Rica 1 (Fonseca 35) Guatemala 0. Half: 1-0. Att.: n/a. March 26 in San Jose
Guatemala 1 (Garcia 57) El Salvador 0. Half: 0-0. Att.: n/a. Costa Rica 1 (Fonseca 36) Honduras 2 (Clavasquin pen. 6, Pavon 75). Half: 1-1. Att.: n/a. March 28 in San Jose
Guatemala 2 (Julio Rodas 9, Machon 90) Honduras 0. Half: 1-0. Att.: 10,000. Costa Rica 4 (Bryce 13, Row 19, Fonseca 44, Wanchope 54) El Salvador 0. Half: 3-0. Att.: 10,000. FINAL STANDINGS
*-advances to 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup. **-will play off with Canada and two Caribbean teams for the final two Gold Cup berths. LEADING SCORERS
Rolando Fonseca (Costa Rica) 5 goals. Milton Nunez (Honduras) 3 goals. Magdonio Corrales (El Salvador), Froylan Ledesma (Costa Rica), Carlos Pavon (Honduras), Jose Ramirez (Honduras), Julio Rodas (Guatemala), Paulo Wanchope (Costa Rica) 2 goals. Tournament MVP:
Rolando Fonseca (Costa Rica). Top Goalkeeper:
Edgar Estrada (Guatemala).