Warner to stand for re-election; CONCACAF host Extraordinary Congress
Jack Warner announced on Friday at the 2010 CONCACAF Extraordinary Congress that he will stand for re-election as president in 2011. Warner's announcement came at the conclusion of his report to the congress detailing the confederation's activities and progress.
Warner highlighted CONCACAF's economic stability and growth despite the world-wide economic downturn. These resources have enabled CONCACAF to elevate the l
evel and size of its competitions and programs as well as deliver direct support to its members. Present at the congress in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, were FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter and FIFA Executive Committee members Ángel María Villar and Franz Beckenbauer. The Congress was sponsored by the United States World Cup Bid Committee. Also present were representatives from the bid committees of England, Russia, Belgium/Netherlands, Japan and South Korea.
Warner reassured President Blatter that he will continue to have "the complete support of CONCACAF and its member as he seeks reelection to FIFA's highest office." CONCACAF to seek four places at the 2014 World Cup
The CONCACAF Executive Committee on Thursday unanimously voted to petition FIFA for four berths in the 2014 World Cup field.
"Our members made it very clear that we need four places," Warner said. "Our region is united behind this position."
That same day, the Executive Committee also allocated places for several tournaments to be held in the upcoming year - the Under-17 and Under-20 Championships, the Pan-American Games and the Olympic qualifying tournaments.
The committee also approved a two-year budget highlighted by increased support for qualifying competitions in the Caribbean and Central America.
Champions League reaches Week 5 of Group Stage
The fifth round of the CONCACAF Champions League should see the first teams qualify for the quarterfinals, starting with Tuesday when Group A leader Real Salt Lake travels to Toronto needing only a draw to advance. Cruz Azul, who is two points out of first place and three ahead of Toronto in second, will look to beat Arabe Unido at home and hope for a Toronto loss or draw to qualify for the knockout stage.
That same night, Group C leader Monterrey will travel to Costa Rica needing only a draw against Saprissa, which will hope to break its tie for second place with Marathon.
On Wednesday, the Columbus Crew travel to play Municipal in Guatemala needing only a draw to earn its quarterfinal spot from Group B while Santos hosts already eliminated Joe Public. Group D leader Toluca will also travel to Puerto Rico to face the Islanders, while Seattle hosts Marathon in a Group C clash.
On Thursday FAS hosts Olimpia en San Salvador.
For more detail, statistics and schedule, visit the official Champions League Web site here. 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 seven from the fifth week of the Group Stage.
Three games are available Tuesday, three 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.
Panama hires Jorge Dely Valdes to coach national team
Panamanian career scoring leader Julio Dely Valdes was given the job of manager of the national team on Wednesday, elevating him from the interim status gained earlier this year and reportedly signing a 10-month contract that will take him through next year's CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The 43-year-old Dely Valdes, who served as interim manager in 2006 and won four of five before Alexandre Guimares was given the job for World Cup qualifying, replaces Englishman Gary Stempel, who resigned after winning the Copa Centroamericana in 2009 and reaching the Gold Cup quarterfinals later that year.
An assistant with Malaga in Spain - where he played from 2000-2003 - the past two seasons, Dely Valdes will be assisted by his twin brother Jorge, Alfredo Poyatos, trainer Julio Toral and former national squad teammate Donaldo Gonzalez as goalkeeper coach.
National association matches
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 0:1
CANADA - UKRAINE
10.08.2010: Ciudad Juarez, Mexico:
MEXICO - VENEZUELA
10.08.2010: Lima, Peru:
PERU - COSTA RICA
10.09.2010: Auckland, New Zealand:
NEW ZEALAND - HONDURAS
10.09.2010: San Jose, Guatemala:
GUATEMALA - BELIZE
UNITED STATES- POLAND
10.12.2010: Chester, Pennsylvania:
UNITED STATES - COLOMBIA
10.12.2010: Panama City, Panama:
PANAMA- EL SALVADOR
10.12.2010: Washington, D.C.:
HONDURAS - GUATEMALA
SOUTH AFRICA - UNITED STATES
2.9.2011: TBD, Greece: