CONCACAF Champions League draw sets Preliminary Round match-ups, groups
Next season's CONCACAF Champions League began to take shape on Wednesday when the tournament draw set the Preliminary Round pairings and Group Stage brackets.
The draw at the confederation's New York headquarters determined 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 a list of Preliminary Round matches and Groups, visit the official CONCACAF Champions League site. Clubs close on domestic league titles, 2010-2011 Champions League berths
Only one berth remains undecided for next season's CONCACAF Champions League. Mexico and El Salvador crowned their champions this past weekend while Canada's berth has been narrowed to a choice between Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps. For a complete list of qualified teams, visit the Champions League Web site.
Toluca outlasted Santos 4-3 on penalities following a 2-2 aggregate tie on Sunday to claim the Mexican Torneo Bicentenario championship. Toluca, who won its tenth championship, qualified to the group stage of the 2010-11 Champions League joining last season's champions Monterrey while Santos will join Cruz Azul in the preliminary round.
Metapán defeated Aguila 3-1 on Sunday to capture the Torneo Clausura in El Salvador. Metapan qualified to the Champions League where it will play the Seattle Sounders FC provided the FIFA suspension of the country's federation is lifted before June 8. Last season's champions CD FAS are scheduled to play Xelajú of Guatemala in the preliminary phase of the Champions League.
The Vancouver Whitecaps remained alive in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship, holding Toronto FC to a 0-0 draw Wednesday night and prohibiting the Major League Soccer club from clinching the Voyagers Cup. The result gave Toronto seven points after three matches, and left Vancouver five behind. Toronto will need only a draw against the Whitecaps in its final match June 2 to clinch its second straight title and CONCACAF Champions League berth while Vancouver must win both of its final two games on the road, including against Montreal on May 26. For a full schedule please click here. Teams gather for third Team Summit
Two-time runner-up Cruz Azul led six teams that returned to Miami for the Champions League Team Summit for a third consecutive year Monday and Tuesday. San Francisco of Panama, which qualified when Nicaragua's berth was reallocated due to an not having an adequate stadium, also returned, along with Marathon and Olimpia of Honduras, Saprissa of Costa Rica and the Puerto Rico Islanders.
Representatives from the qualified teams listened to CONCACAF staff explain the tournament regulations, protocols, television production details, as well as rights and sponsorship agreements and general information. Club officials had the opportunity to meet their counterparts and exchange contact information as well as ask questions of CONCACAF staff regarding operations.
Draw sets groups for CAC Games
Mexico, Panama, Jamaica and St. Vincent will face off in one group of the men's soccer tournament at the Central American and Caribbean Games while Costa Rica will play Belize, Trinidad and host Puerto Rico in the other.
A draw Friday at the New York headquarters of CONCACAF also set the field for the quadrennial event's inaugural women's competition, pitting Costa Rica, Haiti, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico in Group A, with Mexico, Trinidad, Guatemala and Guyana in Group B. El Salvador, which had qualified for both of the men's and women's tournaments, was disqualified and not included in the draw due to its suspension by FIFA over governmental interference in the affairs of the country's soccer federation.
Mexico, Canada and the United States lose friendlies
Mexico surrendered a pair of first-half goals and fell 3-1 to England at Wembley Stadium in London on Monday. Guille Franco scored the lone goal for the Mexicans. Mexico plays Holland on May Wednesday in Berlin.
The United States lost 4-2 to the Czech Republic on Tuesday in East Hartford, Connecticut. Herculez Gomez and Maurice Edu scored the goals for Bob Bradley's side. On Saturday the United States will face Turkey in Philadelphia.
Canada lost 5-0 to Argentina on Wednesday in Buenos Aires. Maxi Rodriguez had two goals for the South Americans. Canada plays Venezuela on Saturday.
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 3:1
5.24.2010: Buenos Aires:
ARGENTINA - CANADA 5:0
5.25.2010: East Hartford, Connecticut:
UNITED STATES - CZECH REPUBLIC 4:2
NETHERLANDS - MEXICO
5.26.2010: Lens, France:
FRANCE - COSTA RICA
UNITED STATES - TURKEY
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