Signals: April 20, 2010
News and Events from around The Confederation
Cruz Azul, Pachuca face off on Wednesday in the first leg of finals
Cruz Azul host Pachuca on Wednesday in the Estadio Azul in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League finals.
The second leg will be played April 28 in Pachuca's Estadio Hidlago.
Cruz Azul is returning to the title series for a second straight year after losing to fellow Mexican club Atlante in 2009, while Pachuca is looking to reach the Club World Cup for the third time in four years.
For more information and a preview of the final, visit the official CONCACAF Champions League site.
Caribbean clubs final round set for Trinidad
Puerto Rican and Trinidadian derbies will highlight the opening day of the final round of the Caribbean Club Champions Cup with the Puerto Rico Islanders facing Bayamon FC and Joe Public opposing San Juan Jabloteh.
The final league phase will be staged in Macoya, Trinidad, May 5-9 at Marvin Lee Stadium - home of Joe Public, with the top three finishers qualifying for the Preliminary Round of the CONCACAF Champions League.
Joe Public is seeking a third Caribbean title while Jabloteh is looking for its second and first since 2003. The seven-year-old Puerto Rico Islanders have never won the Caribbean crown, but are hoping for a third straight berth in the Champions League.
Men's youth, women's tournaments expanded
The CONCACAF under-20 and under-17 championships will expand to 12 teams beginning in 2011, while the Women's Gold Cup and Olympic qualifying will increase to an eight-team event beginning later this year.
For both the men's U-17 and U-20 championships all three North American teams again will qualify automatically for the finals, while Central America will get four berths and the Caribbean five.
In the Women's Gold Cup and Olympic qualifying, Mexico will now automatically qualify along with its fellow North American neighbors giving the zone three berths. Central America will get two berths and the Caribbean three.
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CFU adds third round to WGC qualifying
The Caribbean Football Union added an extra round of qualifying Tuesday to determine the teams it will send to the 2010 Women's Gold Cup. With CONCACAF expanding the field of its championship from six to eight teams - and the Caribbean's number of berths from two to three, the CFU said it will take the top two finishers from each second-round qualifying group to play a third league phase to decide its participants.
Additionally, the CFU said the second-round group of matches originally slated for Cuba has been moved to Trinidad.
Initially set to be played simultaneously with Group F, already scheduled for Trinidad, Group G will be played on alternate days with its regional counterpart beginning May 10.
Group F will be moved from Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella to Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya. Group G will then play all of its matches in Marabella. The changes were necessary due to Antigua & Barbuda's limited availability in obtaining flights to Cuba.
Costa Rica defeats Nicaragua to qualify for CAC Games
Costa Rica defeated Nicaragua 6-0 on Sunday to complete a 12-1 aggregate victory and qualify for the Central American and Caribbean Games.
Diego Madrigal scored his fourth goal in two matches while Allen Guevara and Jorge Castro scored a pair of goals each.
Costa Rica, which was seeded and faced Nicaragua in a playoff, will join fellow Central American sides El Salvador, Panama and Belize in the eight-team CAC Games in Puerto Rico in July. Belize defeated Nicaragua in the first round of qualifying.
It is the sixth straight trip for Costa Rica to the CAC Games, which is being conducted as an under-21 event for the fourth consecutive time.
National Association Friendlies
3.03.2010: Amsterdam, Netherlands:
NETHERLANDS - UNITED STATES 2:1
3.03.2010: Pasadena, California, USA:
MEXICO - NEW ZEALAND 2:0
3.03.2010: Los Angeles, USA:
GUATEMALA - EL SALVADOR 2:1
3.03.2010: Barquisimeto, Venezuela:
VENEZUELA - PANAMA 1:2
3.03.2010: Istanbul, Turkey:
TURKEY - HONDURAS 2:0
3.17.2010: Torreon, Mexico:
MEXICO - NORTH KOREA 2:1
3.24.2010: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA:
MEXICO - ICELAND 0:0
4.21.2010: San Pedro Sula, Honduras:
HONDURAS - VENEZUELA
5.07.2010: East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA:
MEXICO - ECUADOR
5.10.2010: Chicago, USA:
MEXICO - SENEGAL
5.13.2010: Houston, USA:
MEXICO - ANGOLA
5.17.2010: Mexico City:
MEXICO - CHILE
ENGLAND - MEXICO
5.24.2010: Buenos Aires:
ARGENTINA - CANADA
NETHERLANDS - MEXICO
5.26.2010: Lens, France:
FRANCE - COSTA RICA
5.29.2010: Mérida, Venezuela:
VENEZUELA - CANADA
6.01.2010: Sion, Switzerland:
SWITZERLAND - COSTA RICA
6.03.2010: TBD, Belgium:
ITALY - MEXICO
6.05.2010: Bratislava, Slovakia:
SLOVAKIA - COSTA RICA
6.05.2010: Roodepoort, South Africa:
UNITED STATES - AUSTRALIA
9.04.2010: Montreal, Canada:
CANADA - HONDURAS
CANADA - UKRAINE
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