World Cup bidders make case to CONCACAF
The nine groups bidding to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups made their pitch to CONCACAF member associations on Tuesday, presenting their case at the confederation's caucus before the World Cup.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter appeared before the caucus, which heard briefings from fellow member the United States, as well as delegations from Australia, England and Russia and the joint bids from Netherlands-Belgium and Spain-Portugal for both World Cups. Japan, Qatar, and the Korea Republic, which are seeking only the 2022 World Cup, also gave presentations. "
We are very pleased to have given our members the unique opportunity to hear from each bidding nation," CONCACAF President Jack Warner said. "They are now much better informed and even more encouraged by the progress of the United States bid."
Mexico, U.S. win final World Cup tune-ups; Honduras loses
Mexico defeated defending champion Italy 2-1 on Thursday in Brussels, Belgium, its final friendly match before the start of the World Cup. Carlos Vela and Alberto Medina scored for Mexico.
Mexico will kick off the World Cup on Friday against host South Africa.
The United States defeated Australia 3-1 in Roodepoort, South Africa in its final tune-up before taking on England on Saturday. Edson Buddle scored his first two international goals while Herculez Gomez added another one in injury time.
Honduras fell 3-0 to non-World Cup side Romania in Austria on Sunday in its final match before traveling to South Africa. Honduras will open its World Cup campaign against Chile on June 16.
Visit CONCACAF.com's World Cup page for more detail. Costa Rica falls in final match of European tour
Costa Rica completed its three-game European tour against World Cup-bound sides with a 3-0 loss to Slovakia in Bratislava.
It was the second loss in 10 days for the Ticos, following a 2-1 defeat to France and a 1-0 victory over Switzerland.
FIFA announces referee assignments for opening group matches of the World Cup
The World Cup opener between Mexico and host South Africa on Friday will be refereed by Ravshan Irmatov of Uzbekistan, FIFA announced.
Assignments for the opening group matches also included Brazil's Carlos Simon for Saturday's match between the United States and England.
Lastly Eddy Maillet of Seychelles will be the man in the middle for Honduras and Chile on June 16.
Marco Antonio Rodriguez of Mexico will officiate between Germany and Australia on June 13 while El Salvador's Joel Aguilar Chicas will serve as the fourth official.
Mexico's Benito Armando Archundia was assigned to the Italy-Paraguay match a day later. Aguilar Chicas once again will serve as the fourth official.
Toronto FC wins Nutrilite Canadian Championship
Toronto FC celebrated its already clinched second straight title in the Canadian Nutrilite Championship Wednesday, playing the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 0-0 draw in the tournament finale.
The result finished Toronto with eight points, twice as many as second-placed Vancouver, which surrendered its title chances a week ago when it failed to beat the Impact in Montreal, allowing a second-half goal and settling for a 1-1 draw.
Dwayne De Rosario was awarded the George Gross Memorial Trophy as the tournament's most valuable player with a goal and an assist.
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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 2:1
5.26.2010: Lens, France:
FRANCE - COSTA RICA 2:1
UNITED STATES - TURKEY 2:1
5.27.2010: Villach, Austria:
HONDURAS - BELARUS 2:2
5.29.2010: Mérida, Venezuela:
VENEZUELA - CANADA 1:1
6.01.2010: Sion, Switzerland:
SWITZERLAND - COSTA RICA 0:1
6.02.2010: Zell am see, Austria:
HONDURAS - AZERBAIJAN 0:0
6.03.2010: Brussels, Belgium:
ITALY - MEXICO 1:2
6.05. 2010: Bratislava, Slovakia:
SLOVAKIA - COSTA RICA 3:0
6.05.2010: Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria
HONDURAS- ROMANIA 0:3
6.05.2010: Roodepoort, South Africa:
UNITED STATES - AUSTRALIA 3:1
9.04.2010: Montreal, Canada:
CANADA - HONDURAS
CANADA - UKRAINE