Champions League returns for Week 3 of the Group Stage
Toronto FC and Marathon will have new coaches on the sidelines when the CONCACAF Champions League resumes with the third round of the Group Stage this week.
Nick Dasovic has replaced Preki on the Toronto bench while Edwin Pavon has taken over from Nicolas Suazo at Marathon.
The Champions League resumes with four games on Tuesday: Columbus-Joe Public, Monterrey-Marathon, Municipal-Santos and Saprissa-Seattle. Toluca hosts the Puerto Rico Islanders on Wednesday, with Arabe Unido-Cruz Azul and Real Salt Lake-Toronto later that night.
The third round concludes with Olimpia at home against FAS on Thursday. For more detail, statistics and schedule, visit the official Champions League Web site. CONCACAF TV to stream select Champions League games live
CONCACAF TV will stream live select matches from this year's Champions League at the CONCACAF.com Web site, including all eight from the third week of the Group Stage.
Four games will be available Tuesday, three games on Wednesday and one on Thursday, all subject to regional broadcast restrictions.
For a full schedule of the games available via streaming, please click here.
Lavolpe takes the reins of Costa Rica
Former Mexican national team manager Ricardo Lavolpe was formally announced as the manager of Costa Rica on Thursday, ending weeks of speculation and reports about the Argentinean native taking over the Ticos.
Lavolpe replaces interim manager Ronald Gonzalez, who had been in charge since Brazilian Rene Simoes left in 2009 following Costa Rica's unsuccessful bid to qualify for the World Cup.
The 58-year-old Lavolpe was manager of Mexico from 2002-2006, winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2003 and guiding it through the World Cup in Germany.
Its next scheduled match is against Honduras on January 14 in the opening round of the Copa Centroamericana in Panama. Busy week for CONCACAF sides
Elias Hernandez scored in the final minute to lift Mexico to a 1-0 victory over Colombia in Monterrey on September 7, a day that featured five matches involving CONCACAF teams.
Guatemala played twice with a split squad, beating El Salvador 2-0 in Washington and losing 2-1 to Japan in Osaka.
Omar Cummings scored in Jamaica's losing effort to Peru 2-1 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, while Kevin McKenna scored late in the first to give Canada a 2-1 victory over Honduras in Montreal.
Trinidad & Tobago took a two-match tour through Central America. Panama used goals by Edwin Aguilar, Luis Tejada and Gabriel Gomez to beat the Soca Warriors 3-0 on Wednesday in Panama City. Trinidad finished with a 0-0 draw with Belize on Friday night in Belmopan.
FIFA inspection leaves "impressed" by U.S. venues
FIFA's six-man team inspecting prospective World Cup hosts said it left the United States "impressed" by the country's venues. U.S. Soccer Federation and U.S. bid chairman Sunil Gulati and his entourage escorted the FIFA delegation on a four-day, five-city tour that began Monday with its arrival.
It showed off New Meadowlands Stadium and Red Bull Arena in the New York Area, FedEx Field outside Washington, Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Cowboys Stadium in Dallas and Reliant Stadium in Houston before the group returned to FIFA headquarters in Switzerland on Thursday.
"All five stadiums we have been able to visit, with very small adjustments, would be great World Cup venues. There is no doubt about that," said FIFA delegation head Harold Mayne-Nicholls, president of the Chilean Football Federation upon his departure Thursday.
The United States is bidding for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, competing against England, Russia and joint bids from the Netherlands and Belgium as well as Spain and Portugal 2018. Besides the United States,. Australia, England, the Netherlands-Belgium, Japan, South Korea, Qatar, Russia and Spain-Portugal are seeking the 2022 World Cup.
Turks and Caicos and the U.S. Virgin Islands fight to advance in CFU Under-20 Qualifying
Following a 0-0 tie in the first leg on Wednesday, Turks and Caicos and the U.S. Virgin Islands will meet tonight in St. Croix in Caribbean Football Union Men's Under-20 Qualifying.
The winner of the series will move on to Group C to be held in Guyana on October 6, 8, 10 featuring the host nation, Jamaica and Grenada.
The CONCACAF Under-20 Championship will be played in Guatemala from April 3-17, 2011.
CONCACAF and English FA to offer free medical course in Trinidad
CONCACAF, together with the English Football Association, will host a course entitled The FA Basic Sports First Aid and Injury Management for Grassroots Football from October 5-7 at the Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in Macoya, Trinidad.
The free course is for novice medics, coaches and managers who are working with teams who may not have professionally qualified medical support.
Leading the workshop will be Head of FA Medical Education and England Developmental Teams Mike Healy as well as lead FA medical tutors Geoff Wareing and Neil Bitting.
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
9.03.2010: Panama City, Panama:
PANAMA - COSTA RICA 2:2
9.04.2010: Toronto, Canada:
CANADA - PERU 0:2
GUATEMALA- NICARAGUA 4:1
9.04.2010: Los Angeles:
EL SALVADOR- HONDURAS 2:2
9.04.2010: Guadalajara, Mexico:
MEXICO- ECUADOR 1:2
9.07.2010: Montreal, Canada:
CANADA - HONDURAS 2:1
9.07.2010: Osaka, Japan.:
JAPAN - GUATEMALA 2:1
9.07.2010: Washington, D.C.:
EL SALVADOR - GUATEMALA 0:2
9.07.2010: Panama City, Panama:
PANAMA- TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 3:0
9.07.2010: Monterrey, Mexico:
MEXICO- COLOMBIA 1:0
9.10.2010: Belize City, Belize:
BELIZE - TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 0:0
9.19.2010: St. John's, Antigua:
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA - TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
CANADA - UKRAINE
10.12.2010: Chester, Pennsylvania:
UNITED STATES - COLOMBIA