2010-11 Champions League a week away
The 2010-11 Champions League will kick off next week when Canadian champion Toronto FC meets Motagua of Honduras on July 27, while two-time runner-up Cruz Azul will embark on a third attempt to win the title later the same day against San Francisco FC in Panama.
The Preliminary Round also includes opening-day clashes with Trinidad's San Juan Jabloteh facing Santos Laguna of Mexico on July 27 in the first leg of their series and the MLS Cup runner-up Los Angeles Galaxy facing the Puerto Rico Islanders.
Tauro FC of Panama will host Marathon of Honduras at 8 p.m. on July 28, with Brujas of Costa Rica to follow against Joe Public of Trinidad, and the U.S. Open Cup champion Seattle Sounders hosting Metapan of El Salvador later.
The first leg will conclude July 29, with CD FAS of El Salvador hosting Guatemala's Xelaju. The second leg of each series will be held the following week with Cruz Azul-San Francisco, Motagua-Toronto and Metapan-Seattle on August 3; Puerto Rico-Los Angeles, Santos-Jabloteh and Marathon Tauro on August 4; and Joe Public-Brujas and Xelaju-FAS completing the Preliminary Round on August 5.
The winners on aggregate all will advance to the Group Stage, which will commence August 17.
To visit the official Champions League website, please click here.
U.S., Mexico move toward the second round; Costa Rica eliminated
The United States and Mexico have both won and drawn their first two matches at the Under-20 Women's World Cup in Germany and moved to verge of the quarterfinals.
The Americans defeated Switzerland 5-0 on Saturday to move into second place in Group D two points behind South Korea.
Sydney Leroux scored three goals to increase her tournament tally to four. Mexico defeated England 1-0 on a Renae Cuellar's second goal of the tournament to reach four points and need only a draw to advance to the second round.
Goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago preserved the win for Mexico with seven saves.
Costa Rica lost to Colombia 3-0 on Tuesday, its third straight loss in its inaugural appearance at the World Cup, and was eliminated.
Caribbean to open U-17 qualifying
A pair of doubleheaders in both Dominica and Suriname was to highlight the opening of Caribbean qualifying for the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship on Tuesday.
Guyana was to open play against the Netherlands Antilles in Roseau, Dominica, in Group C, which also features Dominica vs. Aruba in the nightcap. The group also will play matches Thursday and Saturday.
Suriname was to host St. Vincent and the Grenadines in Paramaribo in Group D after Barbados played Grenada. Group D also is set to play matches Thursday and Saturday. Group B, including Saint-Martin, Anguilla, St. Kitts & Nevis and host Antigua & Barbuda will start Wednesday, with Group A, a two-game series, set to be played between the Bahamas and Bermuda in Nassau on Friday and Sunday.
The group winners will advance to a second group phase along with Cuba, Haiti and group hosts Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica beginning August 18.
The top two finishers in each group along with the best third-place side will qualify for next year's 12-team CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.
To see the full schedule click here.
U.S. women go undefeated in two matches against Sweden
The United States women's national defeated Sweden 3-0 in East Hartford, Connecticut, on Saturday completing a two-game undefeated friendly series against the Scandinavians.
Abby Wambach scored two goals for the Americans against Sweden, her 27th multi-goal game for the senior team.
Amy Rodriguez scored the lone goal for the Americans in a 1-0 victory on July 13 in Omaha, Nebraska.
The matches were the last scheduled games for the United States before beginning preparation for the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup later this year.
National assocation matches
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
08.10.2010: East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA:
UNITED STATES - BRAZIL
08.11.2010: Mexico City:
MEXICO - SPAIN
08.11.2010: Panama City:
PANAMA - VENEZUELA
9.03.2010: Panama City, Panama:
PANAMA - COSTA RICA
9.04.2010: Toronto, Canada:
CANADA - PERU
9.07.2010: Montreal, Canada:
CANADA - HONDURAS
CANADA - UKRAINE
2010 FIFA World Cup
06.11.2010: Johannesburg, South Africa:
SOUTH AFRICA - MEXICO 1:1
06.12.2010: Rustenburg, South Africa:
ENGLAND - UNITED STATES 1:1
06.16.2010: Nelspruit, South Africa:
HONDURAS - CHILE 0:1
06.17.2010: Polokwane, South Africa:
FRANCE - MEXICO 0:2
06.18.2010: Johannesburg, South Africa:
SLOVENIA - UNITED STATES 2:2
06.21.2010: Johannesburg, South Africa:
SPAIN - HONDURAS 2:0
06.22.2010: Rustenberg, South Africa:
MEXICO - URUGUAY 0:1
06.23.2010: Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa:
UNITED STATES - ALGERIA 1:0
06.25.2010: Bloemfontein, South Africa:
HONDURAS - SWITZERLAND 0:0
06.26.2010: Rustenberg, South Africa:
UNITED STATES - GHANA 1:2 aet
06.27.2010: Johannesburg, South Africa:
ARGENTINA - MEXICO 1:3