Pachuca wins 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League
With a last-second goal from Paraguayan striker Edgar Benítez, Pachuca won the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday. The goal gave the Tuzos a 1-0 win the second leg played at its Estadio Hidalgo and a victory on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw.
Cruz Azul won 2-1 at Estadio Azul a week earlier.
It was the second consecutive year Cruz Azul has lost the final . It was beaten by fellow Mexican club Atlante in 2009. Pachuca, conversely, won the CONCACAF club title and will travel to the Club World Cup for the third time in four years.
For more information, visit the official CONCACAF Champions League site. Clubs close on domestic league titles, 2010-2011 Champions League berths
Teams continue to vie for the 13 remaining berths in next season's CONCACAF Champions League. The Canadian Championship and Mexican Liguilla playoffs began, the Central American leagues proceded further into their playoffs and the final round of the Caribbean Club Champions Cup is set to open on Wednesday:
The Liguilla of the Torneo Bicentenario began Saturday with Pachuca taking a 1-0 lead over regular-season leader Monterrey, and Morelia defeating Chivas 4-2. On Sunday, Santos beat Pumas 2-0 while América drew 2-2 with Toluca at Estadio Azteca. The return legs are set for this weekend. The finalists will join Monterrey and Cruz Azul in the 2010-11 Champions League.
Olimpia took a 3-1 lead over Motagua in the final of the Clausura of the Honduran Liga Nacional. The return leg will be hosted by Olimpia on Saturday, May 8. The season champion will join Marathon in the Champions League.
Suchitepequez defeated Penarol 3-2 on aggregate and Municipal prevailed over Universidad de San Carlos 4-3 to reach the semifinals of the Guatemalan Clausura. Suchitepequez next faces Xelaju while Municipal will play Guatemala City rival Comunicaciones. The winner of the Clausura will join Municipal in the Champions League.
San Carlos upset Liga Deportiva Alajuelense 2-1 to advance to the finals of the Costa Rican Torneo de Verano. San Carlos advanced to play Saprissa, which drew with Santos de Guapiles 0-0 and advanced on 2-1 aggregate. The winner will join Brujas in the Champions League
In the semifinals of the Torneo Clausura, Águila defeated Vista Hermosa 1-0 in the first match of its two-leg series. In the other series, Firpo and Isidro Metapan drew 2-2. The second legs will be played this weekend.CD FAS won the Apertura title and already has claimed its place in the Champions League.
San Francisco defeated 1-0 Atletico Chiriqui on Friday in the first leg of their Clausura semifinal series. On Sunday, Chorillo defeated Árabe Unido 1-0. The second legs will be played Sunday. The Panamanian champion will join last season's champion Arabe Unido in the 2010-11 Champions League.
Real Esteli and Walter Ferreti finished atop a four-team league-style playoff phase and will face off for the Clausura title. The first leg will be played Wednesday with the second leg on Sunday. The winner will advance to the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League pending the approval of a stadium in Nicaragua.
The Nutrilite Canadian Championship, the three-team tournament that decides Canada's berth to the CONCACAF Champions League, kicked off Wednesday with defending champion Toronto FC defeating the Montreal Impact 2-0.
The tournament will continue on Wednesday when the Vancouver Whitecaps FC host the Impact.
The winner will receive a Preliminary Round berth in the Champions League.
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Puerto Rican clubs Bayamon FC and the Puerto Rico Islanders along with Trinidadian sides Joe Public and San Juan Jabloteh will meet for the final league phase of the CFU Club Champions Cup May 5-9 in Macoya, Trinidad. The top three finishers will qualify for the Preliminary Round of the Champions League.
Costa Rica earns berth in finals
With her second goal in as many games, Carolina Vanegas led Costa Rica to a 2-0 victory over Nicaragua on Friday, earning the Ticas a berth in the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup. Costa Rica finished atop Central American qualifying Group B to claim the region's second and last berth the eight-team Women's Gold Cup field in late October-early November. Guatemala won Group A on April 24 to earn Central America's first spot.
Guatemala and Costa Rica will join the automatic qualifiers from North America: Canada, Mexico and the United States along with three Caribbean teams yet-to-be determined.
The results finished Nicaragua in second place, thanks to its group opening 2-1 victory over Honduras on Monday, and a berth in the Central American and Caribbean Games. It joins Guatemala, Costa Rica and Group A runner-up El Salvador in the CAC Games , set for July 17-August 1 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
FIFA World Cup Trophy makes last North American stops
The FIFA World Cup Trophy arrived in Canada on Wednesday, beginning the North American - and final continental -- swing of its global tour. The icon of international soccer supremacy arrived from New Zealand for a two-day stop in Canada, before travelling to Miami on Friday.
It will then went to Houston on Saturday before winging its way to World Cup host South Africa for the June 11-July 11 quadrennial championship.
In February and March, the trophy toured Central America and Mexico, part of its 83-nation, 138,902-kilometer (86,328-mile) jaunt across the planet.
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 1:0
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