2010-11 Champions League kicks off on Tuesday
The 2010-11 Champions League will kick off this week when Canadian champion Toronto FC hosts 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.
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Rose Bowl to host 2011 Gold Cup final
The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final will be played at the Rose Bowl on June 25, returning the title game of the continental championship to the 90,000-seat stadium for the tournament's 20th anniversary.
It will be the third time the Gold Cup, which will start June 5, has been played at the site of the 1994 World Cup final, the first since 2002 and the second time the final has been staged in Pasadena, California.
The remainder of the schedule is due to be released in February 2011 after the regional qualifying is completed.
U.S., Mexico eliminated in quarterfinals
Mexico and the United States have returned home from the Under-20 Women's World Cup, both eliminated in Sunday's quarterfinals. South Korea defeated Mexico 3-1, and the defending champion United States was ousted on penalties by Nigeria 4-2 after a 1-1 draw.
Mexico chased the game from the start, with South Korea leading 2-0 after 28 minutes. Natalia Gomez Junco scored a late consolation goal for Mexico, making its first appearance in the knockout round in four World Cup appearances.
Amber Brooks gave the United States the lead in the ninth minute, but Nigeria scored from a free kick with 11 minutes remaining to force extra time and ultimately penalty kicks. Christine Nairn and Sydney Leroux were unable to convert their penalty attempts, leaving the Americans out of the semifinals for the first time in five trips to the World Cup.
Caribbean U-17 qualifying begins
Bermuda, St. Kitts, Guyana and Barbados all advanced to the second round of Caribbean qualifying for the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship, clinching their respective groups in weekend play.
The four group winners advance to the second round, with Bermuda and St. Kitts joining Trinidad & Tobago and Cuba in Group E, and Barbados and Guyana joining Haiti and Jamaica in Group F.
For the full story and tournament schedule please click here.
CAC Games to hold women's soccer competition
The women's soccer tournament at the Central American and Caribbean Games was revived and moved to Venezuela, where the host won its first two matches Saturday and Monday to lead the six-team competition.
Venezuela defeated Guatemala 2-1 and Trinidad 1-0 to sit atop the standings, two points ahead of Haiti, which beat Puerto Rico (2-0) and drew with Nicaragua (1-1). With two rounds remaining, Trinidad was in third place with three points, thanks to a 4-0 opening day victory over Nicaragua.
CONCACAF initially withdrew its support of all soccer, men's and women's, in early July when inspections of the fields in the host country of Puerto Rico were determined not to have met minimum standards. But the Venezuelan Football Federation offered to stage the matches, which are being played at the 42,000-seat Estadio Metropolitano in Merida, Venezuela.
Although 10 teams originally were scheduled to play, entrants from Costa Rica, Guyana, El Salvador and Mexico withdrew, leaving Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela to compete for the women's title.
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Compean and De Maria given contract extensions; Mexican Federation names two interim coaches
Justino Compean was re-elected president of the Mexican Football Federation for second four-year term, earning unanimous support at a federation board meeting of the 18 first-division clubs.
The clubs on Monday also extended the contract of General Secretary Decio de Maria.
The announcement comes the same day as the federation board decided to have Cruz Azul manager Enrique Meza coach the Mexican national team for its August 11 friendly against Spain, and then have Chivas vice president Efrain Flores take over for three matches on an interim basis until a permanent replacement for Javier Aguirre can be chosen.
The board also formally approved the experimental use of two additional goal-line linesman in the Mexican first division, continuing tests sanctioned by the International Football Association Board that were first tried in last season's Europa League. Trinidad defeats Antigua and Barbuda
Two goals by Kevon Carter gave Trinidad and Tobago a 4-1 victory of Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday in Macoya, Trinidad.
Trinidad is currently preparing for the Digicel Carribean Cup which begins in October.
National association matches
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
08.11.2010: Kingston, Jamaica:
JAMAICA - TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
08.11.2010: Asuncion, Paraguay:
PARAGUAY - COSTA RICA
08.28.2010: Providence, Guyana:
GUYANA - TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
9.03.2010: Panama City, Panama:
PANAMA - COSTA RICA
9.04.2010: Toronto, Canada:
CANADA - PERU
9.04.2010: Kingston, Jamaica:
JAMAICA - COSTA RICA
9.07.2010: Montreal, Canada:
CANADA - HONDURAS
9.08.2010: Belize City, Belize:
BELIZE - TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
9.19.2010: St. John's, Antigua:
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA - TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
CANADA - UKRAINE