UNITED STATES WINS WOMEN'S U-20s; MEXICO, COSTA RICA ALSO QUALIFY FOR WORLD CUP
The United States beat Mexico 1-0 in the final of the CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship on Saturday, winning on forward Sydney Leroux's 87th-minute goal. Leroux, who won the Golden Boot at the 2008 Under-20 Women's World Cup, finished as the tournament's top scorer with six goals in five games.
The United States and Mexico already had qualified for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, to be played in Germany in July, by reaching the final. On Friday, the United States defeated Costa Rica 2-1 while Mexico upset Canada 1-0 in extra time to reach the title match.
In the third-place match, Costa Rica surprised Canada 1-0 to qualify for the U-20 Women's World Cup for the first time. Canada was the tournament's defending champion.
WARNER VOWS TO HELP REBUILD HAITIAN FOOTBALL
CONCACAF President Jack Warner returned from a visit to earthquake ravaged Haiti Monday, vowing to rebuild the football federation's devastated headquarters and get soccer in the country moving again.
Warner visited the site of the collapsed headquarters, meeting with numerous officials and family members, and hearing tales of survival. Warner proposed moving the federation headquarters to the country's FIFA Goal Project offices in the Port-au-Prince suburb of Croix-des-Boquets, which was opened in 2002.
With FIFA already pledging $250,000 to the quake relief effort, Warner said he will personally embark on a food drive for Haiti while submitting a report to soccer's world governing body on Wednesday.
Other initiatives Warner said that will be introduced include urging member nations of the Caribbean Football Union - which is to meet in Trinidad for its annual congress in late February -- to house Haitian players for six months to a year so that they may continue their training until the federation is able to resume full operations.
CONCACAF NATIONS PLAY FRIENDLIES
Costa Rica fell 3-2 to Argentina on January 26 in San Juan, Argentina. A young Costa Rican side coached by interim manager Ronald González twice rallied to equalize on goals by Michael Barrantes and Diego Madrigal before Franco Jara gave the South Americans the win in the 79th minute.
On Sunday, Jamaica defeated Canada 1-0 in Kingston, the first match of the year for both teams. Luton Shelton scored the game's only goal in the first half.
MEXICO U-20 TEAM WINS THE COPA INTERNACIONAL CHIVAS BIMBO 2010
Mexico's U-20 squad defeated its counterpart from Japan 2-1 to claim the Copa Internacional Chivas Bimbo 2010 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Mexico's goals were scored by Bryan Leyva and the tournament's leading scorer, Victor Mañón. The competition, which is one of the most recognized youth tournaments in the world, includes top national teams and clubs from around the world.
This year featured national teams such as Brazil and the United States as well as from clubs such as La Universidad Católica in Chile, Saprissa of Costa Rica, the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer and a host of Mexican clubs.
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 3:2 (2:1)
1.31.2010: Kingston, Jamaica;
JAMAICA - CANADA 1:0 (1:0)
2.24.2010: Tampa Bay, Florida, USA:
UNITED STATES - EL SALVADOR
2.24.2010: San Francisco, California, USA:
MEXICO - BOLIVIA
3.03.2010: Amsterdam, Holland:
NETHERLANDS - UNITED STATES
3.03.2010: Pasadena, California, USA:
MEXICO - NEW ZEALAND
3.03.2010: Istambul, Turkey:
TURKEY - HONDURAS
3.24.2010: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA:
MEXICO - ICELAND
5.07.2010: East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA:
MEXICO - ECUADOR
5.10.2010: Chicago, Illinois, USA:
MEXICO - SENEGAL
5.17.2010: Mexico City, Mexico:
MEXICO - CHILE
5.24.2010: London, England:
ENGLAND - MEXICO
NETHERLANDS - MEXICO
5.31.2010: Lens, France
FRANCE - COSTA RICA
6.03.2010: TBD, Belgium:
ITALY - MEXICO