Real España qualifies for 2011-12; Central American leagues near climax
Real Espana became the first Central American club to qualify for next season's CONCACAF Champions League, beating Olimpia 2-1 in extra time to win the Honduran Apertura championship. After a 0-0 first leg, Espana is the seventh team to assure itself of a place in the Champions League, joining U.S. sides Colorado, Los Angeles, FC Dallas and Seattle as well as Mexican clubs Monterrey and Santos Laguna.
Metapan and Alianza will meet in the final of the Torneo Apertura in El Salvador on Sunday. Metapan tied Aguila 0-0 Sunday after winning the first leg 2-1. Alianza beat Firpo 1-0 to finish 2-2 on aggregate and advance on away goals. The winner of the single-game championship will qualify for the Champions League.
Tauro and San Francisco will meet Friday in Panama City to decide the Panamanian Torneo Clausura champion. Both reached the title match on penalties after both semifinals were goalless through two legs. San Francisco prevailed over Árabe Unido 3-2, while Tauro outlasted Chorillo 4-2.
Alajuelense and Herediano will face off Sunday to decide the champion of the Costa Rican Torneo de Invierno in Alajuela. After a 0-0 draw in Sunday's first leg in Heredia, Sunday's victory is guaranteed at least a berth in the Preliminary Round of the Champions League.
The Guatemalan Apertura has come down to Municipal and Comunicaciones, who will play Thursday and Sunday for the crown. Municipal advanced by beating Suchitepequez 2-0 on Sunday to complete a 5-2 aggregate win. Comunicaciones defeated Marquense 3-2 on Sunday after a 3-0 victory on Thursday. The winner of the Apertura will qualify for the Champions League. Pachuca falls in Club World Cup quarterfinals; goes for fifth place
CONCACAF Champions League winner Pachuca lost in its opening match at the Club World Cup on Friday, falling 1-0 to Congolese side TP Mazembe in the quarterfinals.
Pachuca will face Al-Wahda of the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday in the fifth-place match. CONCACAF trio to officiate Club World semifinal
A CONCACAF referee trio including Panama's Roberto Moreno, his countryman Daniel Williamson and Costa Rican Leonel Leal will officiate Wednesday's semifinal between Internazionale of Italy and Seongham of South Korea at the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
This is the debut for all three at the Club World Cup.
El Salvador, Trinidad win playoff first legs
Dustin Coreas scored two minutes after the opening kickoff to lift El Salvador over Costa Rica 1-0 Saturday in the first leg of a two-game playoff in Central American Under-20 qualifying. In Paramaribo, Suriname, Sheldon Bateau tallied the winner in the 59th to give Trinidad & Tobago a 2-1 victory over Suriname in the first leg of a Caribbean playoff.
Costa Rica will host the second leg of its series in San Jose's Estadio Saprissa on Saturday while Trinidad will be at home in Macoya's Marvin Lee Stadium against Suriname on Monday with the winners joining the U-20 field in Guatemala April 3-17.
Besides host Guatemala and Central American qualifying group winners Honduras and Panama, six others have qualified: Canada, Mexico and the United States from North America as well as Cuba, Guadeloupe and Jamaica from the Caribbean.
U-17 Championship draw set for Wednesday
Teams qualified for the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship will learn their first-round opponents on Wednesday when the draw ceremony in Montego Bay, Jamaica, will divide the 12 sides into four, three-team groups.
The February 14-27 tournament will be divided between the Trewlany Multi-Purpose Stadium, a 25,000-capacity venue used for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, and the 7,000-seat Catherine Hall Stadium in Montego Bay.
Due to a decision of the CONCACAF Youth Championships Committee, Honduras was moved to Pot 1 along with the United States, Jamaica and Costa Rica. Canada, which had been in Pot 1, was moved to Pot 2 with Central American sides El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama. Haiti, Barbados qualify to U-17 finals
Haiti and Barbados scored lopsided victories over the Dominican Republic and Guyana on Sunday, catapulting them into the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.
The results finished the two atop Caribbean second-round Group F standings with six points, ahead of the Dominican Republic on goal difference.
The pair's qualification completed the 12-team field and puts them in Pot 3 for Wednesday's draw with fellow Caribbean sides Trinidad & Tobago and Cuba.
Hall named director of referee administration
Former World Cup veteran Brian Hall has been appointed to the newly created position of CONCACAF director of referee administration, and began his new post at the confederation's New York headquarters on Monday.
The 49-year-old Hall officiated matches at the amateur and professional level for more than 30 years and was a four-time recipient of U.S. Major League Soccer's Referee of the Year award.
He will work in conjunction with the CONCACAF Referee Committee and the FIFA Referee Assistance Program on the appointment, scheduling and assessment of referees. Labrador new President of Puerto Rico Football Federation
Eric Labrador was elected president of the Puerto Rican Football Federation on Sunday.
Labrador defeated incumbent Joe Serralta by obtaining 33 of the 78 votes.
National association matches
CANADA - UKRAINE 2:2
10.08.2010: Lima, Peru:
PERU - COSTA RICA 2:0
10.08.2010: Panama City:
PANAMA - EL SALVADOR 1:0
10.09.2010: Auckland, New Zealand:
NEW ZEALAND - HONDURAS 1:1
10.09.2010: San Jose, Guatemala:
GUATEMALA - BELIZE 4:2
UNITED STATES - POLAND 2:2
10.12.2010: Chester, Pennsylvania:
UNITED STATES - COLOMBIA 0:0
10.12.2010: Ciudad Juarez, Mexico:
MEXICO - VENEZUELA 2:2
10.12.2010: Panama City, Panama:
PANAMA - PERU 1:0
10.12.2010: Los Angeles:
HONDURAS - GUATEMALA 2:0
10.12.2010: Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica:
COSTA RICA - EL SALVADOR 2:1
10.26.2010: Panama City, Panama:
PANAMA - CUBA 0:3
11.17.2010: Cape Town:
SOUTH AFRICA - UNITED STATES 0:1
11.17.2010: Fort Lauderdale, Florida:
JAMAICA - COSTA RICA 0:0
11.17.2010: Panama City, Panama:
PANAMA - HONDURAS 2:0
11.17.2010 - Atlanta:
GUATEMALA - GUYANA 3:0
11.18.2010 - Doha, Qatar:
QATAR- HAITI 0:1
12.18.2010 - La Ceiba, Honduras:
HONDURAS - PANAMA
12.28.2010 - Barcelona:
CATALUNYA - HONDURAS
1.22.2011 - Carson, California:
UNITED STATES- CHILE
2.9.2011: TBD, Greece:
GREECE - CANADA
2.9.2011: TBD, Cairo:
EGYPT - UNITED STATES