Group Stage begins Tuesday
Toronto FC was to host two-time runner-up Cruz Azul to kick off the Group Stage of the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday. Meanwhile, in San Juan, the Puerto Rico Islanders were to face Olimpia in a simultaneous match. Later Tuesday, Monterrey was to host Saprissa in the Group C opener.
On Wednesday Joe Public will host Mexican first-division leader Santos while last year's quarterfinalist the Columbus Crew host Municipal. Later that night, Real Salt Lake will face Arabe Unido in Utah, while FAS hosts reigning Mexican champion Toluca.
The first round of group games will close on Thursday as Marathon hosts the Seattle Sounders in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
To visit the official Champions League Web site, please click here. CONCACAF TV to stream select Champions League games live
CONCACAF TV at the CONCACAF.com Web site will stream live select matches from this year's Champions League, starting with five games from the first week of the Group Stage.
Two games each will be available Tuesday and Wednesday along with Thursday's match, all subject to regional broadcast restrictions.
For a full schedule of the games available please click here.
Jill Fracisco promoted to Deputy General Secretary
CONCACAF Director of Competitions Jill Fracisco was promoted Friday to deputy general secretary of the confederation overseeing referee administration, travel, accommodations, meetings and congresses, facilities and protocol.
Based in the confederation's New York headquarters, she joins Ted Howard and Italo Zanzi in the senior executive role as deputy general secretary.
"Jill has played a critical role in the growth of the confederation," CONCACAF President Jack Warner said. "She is very deserving of this promotion and will no doubt continue to excel in her new role."
Women's World Cup Qualifying set for Cancun
Mexico will host the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying tournament in the Yucatan Peninsula resort of Cancun, and face Canada, Trinidad and Guyana in the first round. Formerly known as the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, the tournament will be played October 28-November 8 and send the winner and runner-up to the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany. The third-place finisher will face the fifth-place team from Europe for an additional berth.
Mexico, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana were drawn Thursday into Group A that will play in Estadio Beto Ávila in Cancún, while Group B, with the three-time defending champion United States, Costa Rica, Haiti and Guatemala, will face off in Estadio Unidad Deportiva in Playa del Carmen.
Estadio Unidad Deportvo is home to Inter Playa del Carmen, which plays in Mexican soccer's third division, while the Estadio Beto Avila is the regular venue for the Quintana Roo Tigres baseball team.
Cuba wins three of four on El Salvador trip
Cuba ended a more than year-long absence from international play by winning three of four friendlies against Salvadoran club sides in week-long tour to the Central American nation.
Preparing for the Digicel Caribbean Cup, Cuba defeated Universidad de El Salvador 4-1 on August 10 before losing 3-2 to Alianza the following day. The Leones del Caribe concluded their tour with victories against Atlético Marte 2-0 on Thursday and El Salvador's under-20 national team 4-1 on Saturday.
National association matches
08.10.2010: East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA:
UNITED STATES - BRAZIL 0:2
08.11.2010: Mexico City:
MEXICO - SPAIN 1:1
08.11.2010: Panama City:
PANAMA - VENEZUELA 3:1
08.11.2010: Macoya, Trinidad:
JAMAICA - TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 3:1
08.11.2010: Asuncion, Paraguay:
PARAGUAY - COSTA RICA 2:0
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