1998 Copa Interamericana

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1998 Copa Interamericana
EventCopa Interamericana
on aggregate
First leg
DateNovember 14, 1998
VenueRFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
RefereeCarlos Batres (Guatemala)
Second leg
DateDecember 5, 1998
VenueLockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale
RefereeCarlos Batres (Guatemala)

The 1998 Copa Interamericana was the 18th and final staging of the Copa Interamericana. The final took place between D.C. United and Vasco da Gama and was staged over two legs on 14 November 1998 and 5 December 1998. Both matches were played in the United States—the first in Washington, D.C., was won 1–0 by Vasco da Gama;[1] the second leg in Fort Lauderdale was won 2–0 by D.C. United.[2]

D.C. United won their first Copa Interamericana, winning the series 2–1 on aggregate. They are the only team from the United States to win the competition.[3] D.C. United head coach Bruce Arena left the team after the match to manage the United States men's national soccer team.[4]

Qualified teams[edit]

Team Qualification Previous app.
Brazil Vasco da Gama 1998 Copa Libertadores champion None
United States D.C. United 1998 CONCACAF Champions' Cup champion None


Robert F. Kennedy Memorial (left) and Lockhart Stadium, venues of the series

Match details[edit]

First leg[edit]

First leg
D.C. United United States0–1Brazil Vasco da Gama
Felipe 69'
D.C. United
Vasco da Gama

Second leg[edit]

Second leg
Vasco da Gama Brazil0–2United States D.C. United
Sanneh 34'
Pope 77'
Vasco da Gama
D.C. United


  1. ^ Goff, Steven (November 15, 1998). "Brazil's Vasco da Gama is one up on United". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Rusnak, Jeff (December 6, 1998). "D.C. stops Brazilians". Sun-Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. p. 17C. Retrieved March 8, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. icon of an open green padlock
  3. ^ Copa Interamericana 1998 by Erik Lugo on the RSSSF
  4. ^ Rusnak, Jeff (December 5, 1998). "InterAmerican Cup finale about pride". Sun-Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. p. 9C. Retrieved March 8, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. icon of an open green padlock