Puerto Rico upset of Los Angeles highlights opening round of play
The 2010-11 Champions League kicked off Tuesday with the Puerto Rico Islanders earning the biggest upset of the week, a 4-1 away win over the Los Angeles Galaxy.
That same night, Cruz Azul came from behind to defeat San Francisco in Panama 3-2, Toronto beat Motagua 1-0 at home and Santos defeated San Juan Jabloteh 1-0 in Trinidad & Tobago.
A day later Marathón beat Tauro in Panama 3-0, the Seattle Sounders grabbed a 1-0 victory at home over Metapan and Joe Public drew with Brujas 2-2 on a last-minute goal in Costa Rica.
In the Preliminary Round first-leg finale, FAS and Xelaju tied 1-1 in El Salvador on Thursday. T
he second leg of each series will begin Tuesday with Cruz Azul-San Francisco, Motagua-Toronto and Metapan-Seattle. Wednesday will see Puerto Rico-Los Angeles, Santos-Jabloteh and Marathon Tauro; the knockout phase will be completed Thursday with Joe Public-Brujas and Xelaju-FAS.
The winners on aggregate all will advance to the Group Stage, which will commence August 17.
For more information, detail and coverage, visit the official Champions League Web site.
Venezuela women win gold at CAC Games
Lisbeth Bandres helped Venezuela to a 1-1 draw against Puerto Rico on Sunday, completing the host's unbeaten run through the CAC Games that claimed the first gold medal in the debut of women's soccer in the regional competition.
Bandres' goal in the 45th minute was her third in five games and gave Venezuela a 4-1-0 record in the competition.
Trinidad & Tobago claimed the silver medal despite a last-day 1-0 loss to Haiti, which finished tied for third on points but was edged out for the bronze by Guatemala.
Rocio Sosa scored a pair of goals, in the 41st and 90th minutes, to pace the Guatemalans to a 4-1 victory over Nicaragua on the final day, earning it the bronze on goal difference (plus-2) over Haiti (zero).
Venezuela clinched the gold on Friday, getting a third goal in four games by Oriana Altuve to pace a 3-1 victory over Haiti.
To review the complete results, standings and match summaries click here.
Rueda steps down in Honduras
Reinaldo Rueda, who qualified Honduras for the World Cup for the first time since 1982, resigned as manager of the Catrachos on Wednesday.
"It's better that we take a step to the side because the atmosphere and environment is not the best," Rueda said reading from a prepared statement while appearing with his coaching staff. "I didn't want to be the reason for the lack of unity due to what's been happening in Honduras following the World Cup."
Despite making the World Cup finals for only the second time, Honduras lost all three games in South Africa and was eliminated in the first round. U.S. U-20s win Milk Cup
The United States Under-20s won the Elite Section of the Milk Cup with a 3-0 win over host Northern Ireland on Saturday, completing an unbeaten run through the 27-year-old youth competition.
Gale Agbossoumonde, Juan Agudelo and Adrian Reulas all scored for the Americans, who won their first Milk Cup title since 2005.
The United States reached the final by defeating China 1-0 and Denmark 3-2.
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