Quarterfinal berths begin to fill, five spots remain undecided
Three teams have advanced to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League with the remaining five berths to be decided in the sixth and last round in two weeks. Cruz Azul and Real Salt Lake sealed their places from Group A last week.
The two teams will meet on October 19 to decide the group title while Arabe Unido and Toronto FC will meet the same day to complete the Group A schedule.
Santos leads Group B with 10 points and will host Municipal, in third place with eight points, on October 19. The Columbus Crew, in second with nine points will travel to Trinidad to face Joe Public on October 21.
In Group C, Monterrey moved into the knockout round with four victories and a draw. The Mexican club will travel to Honduras to face Marathón, in third place with six points, on October 20 while Saprissa, in second place with seven points, will travel to already eliminated Seattle a day earlier.
Lastly, Olimpia leads Group D with 10 points and will face the second-place Puerto Rico Islanders on October 20. Toluca, in third place with seven points, will host last-place FAS on earlier the same night.
For more detail, statistics and schedule, visit the official Champions League Web site here. All final round Group Stage matches to be streamed live
CONCACAF TV will stream live all eight matches from the final round of the Champions League Group Stage at the CONCACAF.com Web site.
Four games will be available October 19, three on October 20 and one on October 21, all subject to regional broadcast restrictions.
For a full schedule of the games available via streaming, please click here.
Miller Lite returns as sponsor of the CONCACAF Gold Cup
CONCACAF announced Tuesday that Miller Lite will return as the exclusive malt beverage sponsor of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Miller Lite previously sponsored the 2007 and 2009 editions of the Gold Cup, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary next year. The brand will support the competition through television advertising and digital programming, as well as a variety of retail point-of-sale and merchandising materials.
The Miller Lite sponsorship includes rights to use the Gold Cup logo in national and local advertising and marketing materials, as well as packaging, consumer promotion, signage and video features at tournament games, and inclusion in all of the tournament's promotional marketing. Puerto Rico, Cayman Islands set for clash in Digicel Caribbean Cup
Defenders John Krause and Cristian Arrieta scored a goal each and Puerto Rico defeated Saint-Martin 4-1 Monday night to move the brink of advancing to the second round of the Digicel Caribbean Cup.
Krause gave Puerto Rico the lead in the 25th minute and Arrieta added the insurance in the 79th, moving atop the Group A standings with six points after two matches.
Earlier Monday, the Cayman Islands scored three goals in a 10-minute span and defeated Anguilla 4-1 to remain two points behind Puerto Rico, setting up a Wednesday showdown for the lone guaranteed second-round berth from Group A.
Nicholas Ebanks scored in first-half injury time and then added a second in the 48th that was followed by goal s by Theron Wood and Paul Brown. The four unanswered goals came after Javille Brooks put Anguilla ahead in the 33rd minute.
Women's World Cup Qualifying schedule released
The three-time defending champion United States will face Haiti to open the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying tournament in Cancún on October 28, immediately after Costa Rica takes on Guatemala.
The full schedule for the October 28-November 8 championship in Cancun was unveiled Friday with host Mexico beginning its campaign against Guyana on October 29, immediately after Trinidad & Tobago faces 2006 runner-up Canada.
The group stage will conclude on November 2 with semifinals between the group winners facing the runners-up from the opposite group three days later, and the championship and third-place matches on November 8.
Besides crowning the eighth CONCACAF women's champion, the eight-team event also will qualify two sides directly for next year's Women's World Cup in Germany June 26-July 17. The third-place finisher will advance to a playoff against Europe's fifth-best team for a third berth.
For a full schedule please click here.
Central American U-17 qualifying to start October 26
Costa Rica will face El Salvador and Nicaragua in Group 1 while Guatemala, Honduras and Panama will face off in Group 2 to determine Central America's five berths in the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.
Group 1 will play in Heredia, Costa Rica, October 26-30 while Group 2 will be staged in Antigua, Guatemala, November 10-14. Two teams from each three-team group will advance to the CONCACAF Championship in Jamaica February 14-27.
The two third-place teams will meet in a two-leg playoff in late November to decide the region's fifth and final place. Central America originally was allocated four berths in the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship, while the Caribbean was granted five and North America three: Canada, Mexico and the United States.
But with Mexico already chosen as host of the 2011 Under-17 World Cup, and therefore granted an automatic berth in the field, the CONCACAF Executive Committee re-allocated its spot to Central America.
Group C of Caribbean U-20 qualifying to begin Wednesday
Jamaica, Grenada, Guyana and the U.S. Virgin Islands will face off in Group C of Caribbean qualifying for the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship beginning Wednesday in Georgetown, Guyana.
Jamaica will play Grenada while host Guyana will meet the U.S. Virgin Islands. Further group matches will be played on Friday and Sunday.
The winner of will qualify for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Guatemala April 3-17, with the runner-up advancing to a second group phase that will determine the Caribbean's fifth and final entrant in the 12-team confederation finals.
Barbados Football Association celebrates centenary
The Barbados Football Association celebrated its 100th anniversary on Saturday in a gala at the Crane Beach Resort in St. Phillip.
CONCACAF President Jack Warner attended the festivities, telling the crowd that the Barbados "must dream and dream big" when it comes to football.
Following news that CONCACAF would petition FIFA for a fourth World Cup spot in 2014, Warner told BFA President Ronald Jones, "That fourth place, President Jones, can be yours. There is nothing preventing the BFA from sharing that vision and for making that dream a reality. There is nothing to stop the BFA from the reality of a World Cup spot." Bermuda FA elects new president
Larry Mussenden was elected president of the Bermudian Football Association (BFA) on Wednesday at the federation's annual congress.
Richard Calderon had recently stepped down as president of the BFA due to outside work commitments. Mussenden had previously served as president from 2001 to 2008.
Also elected were Calvin Blankendahl as first vice president and Andrew Griffith as treasurer. Canada defeats China in tune-up
In a warm-up for the upcoming Women's World Cup Qualifying tournament in Mexico, Canada defeated China 3-1 in Toronto's BMO Field.
Toronto received goals from Christine Sinclair, Diana Matheson and Melissa Tancredi. U.S. Women beat China in first of two meetings
The United States women's national team defeated China on Saturday 2-1 in Kennesaw, Georgia, with goals by Megan Rapinoe and Heather O'Riley.
The United States and China will play again on Wednesday, this time at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.
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
10.08.2010: Panama City:
PANAMA - EL SALVADOR
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: