Caltex Socceroos' fixture history against CONCACAF nations

The Caltex Socceroos will meet Honduras for the first time ever next month with a place at Russia 2018 on the line.

But how have Australia fared against teams from CONCACAF?

We look back at matches against sides from that confederation in the past two decades.

And as you can see, in a good omen, the record is pretty good with a W/D/L stat of 6/1/1. 


The Caltex Socceroos last faced CONCACAF opposition as part of their build-up to the 2014 World Cup, meeting Costa Rica in Sydney.

In Ange Postecoglou's first match in charge of the national side, Tim Cahill scored the only goal when he was left inexplicably unmarked to nod home Mile Jedinak's precise corner.

The 69th minute goal was also a milestone moment, seeing Cahill equal the international goalscoring record for Australia.

Tim Cahill
Tim Cahill scores the winner in Ange's first game against Costa Rica in Sydney


A month earlier, on neutral territory at Craven Cottage in London, a goal in the first minute from Josh Kennedy set Australia on the road to a 3-0 win over Canada with Dario Vidosic and substitute Mathew Leckie scoring second half goals.

This was the first match after Holger Osieck's sacking following consecutive 6-0 defeats to Brazil and France, with Aurelio Vidmar taking temporary charge.

Mark Bresciano in the win over Canada in 2013

USA 2010

As part of both teams' build-ups to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Australia and the USA met in Roodepoort.

A Tim Cahill goal sandwiched between twin strikes from American Eddie Buddle saw the USA ahead 2-1 at the break before a late goal from substitute Herculez Gomez inflated the scoreline to 3-1.

Eight days later, the Caltex Socceroos played their opening World Cup match against Germany, losing 4-0.

Socceroos v USA 2010
Socceroos v USA 2010 pre South Africa World Cup


In their only warm-up game before the intercontinental World Cup playoff against Uruguay, Guus Hiddink's team assembled in London for a friendly against Jamaica.

Mark Bresciano and Archie Thompson scored in the first half, before Mark Viduka, John Aloisi and substitute Joel Griffiths added second half goals to give Australia a 5-0 win.

It obviously worked, because we all know what happened next against Uruguay!

Michael Thwaite
Michael Thwaite (now with Wanderers in the A-League) for the Socceroos in 2005


In one of just three matches Australia played in 2003, a second half goal from Harry Kewell earned Frank Farina's side a 2-1 win at Reading's Madejski Stadium.

Mark Bresciano and Kevin Lisbie traded first-half goals before Kewell settled the contest on the hour mark.

Socceroo Mark Viduka against Jamaica in 2003.


In their first game of the 2001 Confederations Cup, Australia eased to a 2-0 victory over Mexico in Suwon.

Defender Shaun Murphy opened the scoring after 20 minutes with Josip Skoko doubling the Caltex Socceroos' lead ten minutes into the second half.

Australia's side that day featured four current or recent Hyundai A-League coaches with Tony Popovic, Kevin Muscat, Hayden Foxe and Paul Okon all playing a part.

Paul Okon, now coaching the Mariners, bossing Mexico in 2001 for the Socceroos

USA 1998

This match was originally scheduled as a warm-up for the 1999 Confederations Cup, and went ahead even though Australia failed to qualify for the tournament.

The two sides played out a goal-less draw in San Jose with Bruce Arena taking charge of the US side for the first time.


Less than two weeks after the heartbreak of missing World Cup qualification in a 2-2 draw with Iran, Australia met Mexico in what was supposed to be a warm-up match for France '98.

To their credit, the Terry Venables-coached Caltex Socceroos won 3-1 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with Mark Viduka, John Aloisi and Damian Mori the goalscorers.