CONCACAF PRESIDENT WARNER VOICES SUPPORT FOR HAITI
CONCACAF President Jack Warner expressed his condolences to Haitian Football Federation President Yves Jean Bart regarding last week's earthquake, writing in a letter that he was "deeply saddened by this tragedy which has taken so many lives and wreaked so much destruction."
"To offer hope in a time when all seems hopeless may seem cosmetic. To believe that joy can be restored in the face of so much despair borders on insensitivity," Warner wrote. "I believe, however, that all things work together for good to them that love the Lord and though weeping may endure through the night, there is a joy that will come in the morning."
Warner said he would raise Haiti's plight with both the finance committees of both FIFA and CONCACAF to "contribute in a way that signals our love, our care and concern."
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CONCACAF.COM TO PROVIDE UNPRECEDENTED FREE LIVE INTERNET BROADCASTCOVERAGE OF U-20 WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) will stream every game of the upcoming Women's Under-20 Championship live via CONCACAF.com. The broadcasts will be accessible worldwide and each game will also be available on-demand shortly after its conclusion. This marks the first time a continental confederation has offered comprehensive live coverage of a youth tournament online at no cost.
In addition to offering streaming video, CONCACAF.com will serve as the online home of the tournament, offering daily news and updates, scores, interviews, photo galleries and match highlights.
Fans can also follow the U-20 championship by joining the CONCACAF Facebook group or keeping track on Twitter for all the latest news. DEFENDING CHAMPS TO FACE COSTA RICA IN UNDER-20 WOMEN'S OPENER ON WEDNESDAY
The CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship opens Wednesday with two-time and defending champion Canada facing Costa Rica and host Guatemala playing Cuba.
Trinidad & Tobago will open play for Group B the following day against Mexico, with the reigning world champion United States completing the first day of group matches against Jamaica immediately afterward.
Play in Group A concludes on January 24 while Group B will finish a day later. The group winners will play the runners-up from the opposite group on January 28, with the championship and third-place matches set for Saturday, January 30.
Three teams will qualify for the Under-20 Women's World Cup in Germany July 13-August 1.
SALVADORAN REFEREE STALWART ORTIZ DIES
Carlos Ortiz Cardoza, a referee for 20 years in his native El Salvador, died Monday from complications after a recent illness. He was 62. Ortiz was a member of the FIFA referees' committee for seven years and its CONCACAF counterpart for eight years.
He also was president of the El Savadoran Football Federation's referees panel for six years and was chairman of the Central American (UNCAF) referees committee for the past eight years.
"Carlos has been a very important part of the very positive developments in refereeing in CONCACAF and most significantly in Central America over the past eight years," CONCACAF President Jack Warner said "Our hearts go out to his family and the football family which will miss his guidance and direction which we have come to count on." MEXICAN FEDERATION GIVES OUT BALON DE ORO AWARDS
Apertura champion Monterrey and its players took home more honors than any other team Sunday at the Mexican Football Federation's Balón de Oro Awards. The club took home six trophies, including best player (Humberto Suazo), goalkeeper (Jonathan Orozco), central defender (Duilio Davino) and coach (Victor Manuel Vucetich).
Runner-up Cruz Azul claimed five awards, including top forward (Emmanuel Villa), outside back (Rogelio Chavez), defensive midfielder (Gerardo Torrado) and offensive midfielder (Jaime Lozano).
The ceremony also honored Mexican player Antonio De Nigris, who passed away in November of a heart attack.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FRIENDLIES
1.20.2010: Coquimbo, Chile;
CHILE - PANAMA
1.23.2010: Carson, California, USA;
UNITED STATES - HONDURAS
1.23.2010: Córdoba, Argentina;
ARGENTINA - COSTA RICA
1.31.2010: Kingston, Jamaica;
JAMAICA - CANADA
3.03.2010: Amsterdam, Holland
NETHERLANDS- UNITED STATES
5.31.2010: Lens, France
FRANCE - COSTA RICA