WOMEN'S U-20 SEMIFINALS SET FOR THURSDAY
The United States will face Costa Rica while Mexico will meet Canada in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship on Thursday.
Canada won Group A, allowing only one goal in its three first-round victories. Costa Rica finished second in the group, recovering from an opening 1-0 loss to Canada to beat Guatemala 3-0 and Cuba 3-1.
The United States also was perfect in the first round, defeating Jamaica 6-0, Trinidad 4-0 and allowing only an injury time goal in a 2-1 victory over Mexico. Mexico clinched its semifinal berth with victories in its first two matches, beating Trinidad 2-1 and Jamaica 2-0. T
he championship and third-place matches are set for Saturday. Three teams will qualify for the Under-20 Women's World Cup in Germany July 13-August 1. CONCACAF.COM COVERAGE OF U-20 WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP CONTINUES WITH KNOCKOUT ROUND BROADCASTS
CONCACAF.com's coverage of the Women's Under-20 Championship will continue with Thursday's semifinals and Saturday's finals. The broadcasts, accessible worldwide, will resume at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern U.S.) Thursday with the match between the United States and Costa Rica, followed by Canada vs. Mexico at 5:30 p.m.
All 12 group stage matches were streamed live at the CONCACAF TV portal and are available to be seen via on-demand video playback. Highlights packages are also availablef or each match.
Fans can also follow the U-20 championship by joining the CONCACAF Facebook group or keeping track on Twitter for all the latest news.
CONCACAF NATIONS PLAY FRIENDLIES
Central American champion Panama lost 2-1 to Chile in an international friendly in Coquimbo, Chile, on Wednesday. Esteban Paredes scored both goals early in the second half for the South Americans while Roberto Brown registered the lone Panamanian goal in the 86th minute. O
n Saturday, Honduras defeated the United States 3-1 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Jerry Palacios, Carlos Pavon and Roger Espinoza scored the goals for the Hondurans while Clarence Goodson replied for the Americans. The United States played with 10 men after the 17th minute, when Jimmy Conrad was ejected with his second yellow card. "CHELATO" UCLES INSTALLED AS COACH OF BELIZE
José de la Paz Herrera Ucles, better known as Chelato, has been hired as the new coach of Belize.
The veteran Honduran has coached clubs in his native country as well as in Mexico and Costa Rica. He is most noted for being the long-time coach of the Honduran national team, including having managed the side to its first World Cup appearance in 1982.
MEXICO WINS CHILEAN BEACH SOCCER TOURNAMENT
Mexico won the Torneo Playa Coquimbo 2010 in Chile on Sunday. beating Chile 6-2 in the tournament's final.
Coached by Ramón Raya, Mexico was undefeated in the tournament, drawing 2-2 with Chile in its first match before defeating Chilean club Iquique 4-2 and Deportes la Serena 8-4.
Mexico's Gustavo Rosales was named the tournament's top player.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FRIENDLIES
1.20.2010: Coquimbo, Chile;
CHILE - PANAMA 2:1 (0:0)
1.23.2010: Carson, California, USA;
UNITED STATES - HONDURAS 3:1 (2:0)
1.26.2010: Córdoba, Argentina;
ARGENTINA - COSTA RICA
1.31.2010: Kingston, Jamaica;
JAMAICA - CANADA
3.03.2010: Amsterdam, Holland
HOLLAND - UNITED STATES
5.31.2010: Lens, France
FRANCE - COSTA RICA