CONCACAF Champions League draw set for Wednesday
Next season's CONCACAF Champions League begins to take shape on Wednesday when the tournament draw sets the Preliminary Round pairings and Group Stage brackets.
The draw at the confederation's New York headquarters will determine the eight Preliminary Round knockout matches as well as composition of the four, four-team groups.
The first leg of the Preliminary Round will be July 27-29 with the second leg a week later. The winners will advance to the six-round Group Stage, which will begin August 17-19.
For more information, visit the official CONCACAF Champions League site. Motagua, San Francisco get CCL berths
Motagua of Honduras and San Francisco of Panama will replace Nicaragua's Real Esteli and the yet-to-be determined Belizean champion in next season's CONCACAF Champions League, earning berths due to the latter two countries' lack of a suitable stadium.
The disqualifications of Esteli and the Belizean berth grants an extra slot to both Honduras and Panama based on the performances of clubs from those countries in last season.
Tuesday's announcement leaves only two of 24 berths undecided in the Champions League, the second berth from El Salvador and the Canadian entry, which could be decided Wednesday if Toronto FC defeats the Vancouver Whitecaps. Clubs close on domestic league titles, 2010-2011 Champions League berths
Only two berths remain undecided for next season's CONCACAF Champions League. Mexico whittled its title chase to between Toluca and Morelia this past weekend while Guatemala and Panama crowned their champions to determine two other spots. For a complete list of qualified teams, visit the Champions League Web site.
The Liguilla of the Torneo Bicentenario reached the finals as Toluca defeated Pachuca by an aggregate score of 3-2 and Morelia was routed by Santos 7-1 following a draw in the first leg. The matches for the title will be played Thursday and Sunday. Both finalists will join Monterrey and Cruz Azul in the 2010-11 Champions League. The champion will qualify for the Group Stage while the runner-up will begin play in the Preliminary Round.
Municipal defeated Xelaju by an aggregate score of 4-0 Saturday to complete a 7-1 aggregate win and earn a 28th league title, qualifying for the Group Stage. Xelaju previously had secured its berth having finished as the best runner-up over both the Apertura and Clausura seasons. Xelaju will begin play in the Preliminary Round.
Saprissa defeated San Carlos 3-0 Saturday to win its 29th league title and put itself in the Group Stage. Brujas, who won the previous Costa Rican title, will begin play in the Preliminary Round. El Salvador The final of the Salvadoran Clausura between Aguila and Metapan was postponed until Sunday due to last week's suspension of the nation's football federation by FIFA. FAS won the Apertura title and already has claimed its place in the Champions League.
Arabe Unido repeated as Panamanian champion, beating San Francisco 1-0 on Saturday in the one-game final. Arabe Unido qualified for the Champions League Group Stage, while Apertura runner-up Tauro qualified for the Preliminary Round over Clausura counterpart San Francisco having finished with the most total points among the two over the Apertura and Clausura seasons.
Dwayne De Rosario scored midway through the second half Wednesday to lead Toronto FC to a 1-0 win over Montreal Wednesday night, eliminating the Impact from title contention in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship.
The win moved Toronto atop the three-team standings with six points from its two games and putting it in position to claim its second straight title with a victory on Wednesday against Vancouver.
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Trinidad, Guyana, Haiti, Cuba advance to final round of Women's Gold Cup qualifying
Haiti defeated Puerto Rico 2-0, and Cuba routed Antigua and Barbuda 6-1 on Saturday to claim the last two places in the final round of Caribbean qualifying for the CONCACF Women's Gold Cup.
Haiti finished atop Group G with three victories in as many games while Cuba, thanks to Yesenia Gallardo's three goals against Antigua, was second with six points.
Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana clinched their places in the final round of Caribbean qualifying on Wednesday, topping Group F and eliminating St. Lucia and Barbados. Details are still pending for the final round, from which three teams will advance to the Women's Gold Cup.
In addition, the top three teams - Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti and Guyana - as well as the host Puerto Rico qualified for the CAC Games.
U.S. submits bid for World Cup 2018, 2022
The United States' effort to host the World Cup for a second time passed another milestone Friday when the federation president Sunil Gulati presented his bid committee's formal documentation to FIFA.
Along with eight other nations competing for either the 2018 or 2022 World Cups, Gulati's team - including U.S. national team captain Carlos Bocanegra -- had 15 minutes to formally submit its five-volume effort detailing the specifics of its bid, including the stadia in the 18 committed cities.
The United States, which hosted the best-attended World Cup in history in 1994, is competing against Australia, England and Russia as well as joint bids from the Netherlands-Belgium and Spain-Portugal for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Japan, Qatar and Korea Republic have submitted bids for only the 2022 World Cup.
The selection process will continue with a seven-month review, after which the Executive Committee will chose the hosts of the tournaments on December 2.
Mexico defeats Chile 1-0 in send off match; Honduras and U.S. begin camp
Mexico defeated Chile 1-0 in its World Cup send-off match in Mexico City's Estadio Azteca on Sunday. Alberto Medina scored the game's only goal in the 13th minute.
Mexico was to leave Tuesday for Europe where it will face England, Italy, the Netherlands and Gambia before traveling to South Africa. Honduras and the United States began their final training push for the World Cup this week.
Honduras flew to Germany where it will train before moving to Austria, the venue for matches against Belarus, Azerbaijan and Romania.
The United States opened camp Monday in Princeton, New Jersey, where it will remain until Sunday. The team coached by Bob Bradley will face Turkey on May 25 in East Hartford, Connecticut, and the Czech Republic on May 29 in Philadelphia. The team will conclude its World Cup preparation on June 5 in South Africa against Australia.
National association friendlies
5:05:2010: Ipira, Argentina
ARGENTINA - HAITI 4:0
5:06:2010: Iquique, Chile
CHILE - TRINIDAD 2:0
5.07.2010: East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA:
MEXICO - ECUADOR 0:0
5.10.2010: Chicago, USA:
MEXICO - SENEGAL 1:0
5.13.2010: Houston, USA:
MEXICO - ANGOLA 1:0
5.17.2010: Mexico City:
MEXICO - CHILE 1:0
ENGLAND - MEXICO
5.24.2010: Buenos Aires:
ARGENTINA - CANADA
5.25.2010: East Hartford, Connecticut:
UNITED STATES - TURKEY
NETHERLANDS - MEXICO
5.26.2010: Lens, France:
FRANCE - COSTA RICA
UNITED STATES - CZECH REPUBLIC
5.27.2010: Villach, Austria:
HONDURAS - BELARUS
5.29.2010: Mérida, Venezuela:
VENEZUELA - CANADA
HONDURAS - NORTH KOREA
6.01.2010: Sion, Switzerland:
SWITZERLAND - COSTA RICA
6.02.2010: Zell am see, Austria:
HONDURAS - AZERBAIJAN
6.03.2010: TBD, Belgium:
ITALY - MEXICO
6.05. 2010: Bratislava, Slovakia:
SLOVAKIA - COSTA RICA
6.05.2010: Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria
AUSTRIA - ROMANIA
6.05.2010: Roodepoort, South Africa:
UNITED STATES - AUSTRALIA
9.04.2010: Montreal, Canada:
CANADA - HONDURAS
CANADA - UKRAINE