2011 Gold Cup to visit 13 stadiums, 11 cities
The CONCACAF Gold Cup will visit six new stadiums and four new cities in 2011, expanding the confederation championship in its 20th anniversary year.
While the tournament will return to Dallas Cowboys Stadium to open the championship on June 5, it also will play in Detroit (Ford Field); Tampa, Florida (Raymond James Stadium); Charlotte, North Carolina (Bank of America Stadium); and Kansas City, Kansas (KC Soccer Stadium), before concluding with the title match at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
Games also will be played at Red Bull Arena and the New Meadowlands Stadium outside New York City, both of which opened in 2010.
Familiar venues such as The Home Depot Center in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California, will again be the site for matches, as well as Chicago's Soldier Field - site of the 2007 final, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, Houston's Reliant Stadium and FIU Stadium in Miami.
The New Meadowlands Stadium, site of friendlies this past year for the United States and Mexico, and RFK will stage quarterfinal doubleheaders while Houston will be the venue for the semifinals.
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Four more teams from Central America qualify for 2011-12 Champions League
Four more Central American sides guaranteed themselves places in next year's CONCACAF Champions League, winning their league crowns to join Honduras' Real Espana and six teams already qualified from Mexico and the United States.
Titles for Alajuelense in Costa Rica, Metapan in El Salvador, Comunicaciones in Guatemala and Tauro in Panama - three of them on penalties -- brought to 11 the number of clubs that have secured spots in the 24-team field
Alajuelense defeated Herediano 4-3 on penalties on Saturday to win the Campeonato Invierno. After a 0-0 draw in the first leg last week, the teams tied 2-2 Sunday. It was Alajuelense's 25th Costa Rican league title and sends them back to the CONCACAF Champions League for the first time since the inaugural season.
Metapan repeated as Salvadoran champion on Sunday, winning the Torneo Apertura 4-3 on penalties after a 0-0 draw with Alianza. Metapan returns to the Champions League for a third straight year.
Comunicaciones defeated main rival Municipal 4-3 on penalties on Sunday to win the 2010 Torneo Apertura. Rolando Fonseca scored in the 85th minute for Cumunicaciones to forge a 2-2 draw and 3-3 tie on aggregate. Comunicaciones prevailed to win a 23rd Guatemalan league crown and will return to the Champions League after being eliminated by eventual champion Pachuca in last year's competition.
A goal from Marcos Sánchez gave Tauro a 1-0 win over San Francisco and the Torneo Clausura championship Friday. It was Tauro's first title since 2007 and earned it a third trip to the Champions League. Pachuca finishes fifth Club World Cup
Pachuca decfeated Al-Wahda of the United Arab Emirates 4-3 on penalties Wednesday to finish fifth at the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
Pachuca rallied on a pair of goals by Dario Cvitanich in the final eight minutes to equalize 2-2 and send the game to penalties.
Pachuca lost its opening game to eventual finalist TP Mazembe 1-0.
Jamaica-Trinidad match-up highlights U-17 draw
Caribbean rivals Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago will face off in the first round of the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship, while Costa Rica will play fellow Central American foe El Salvador when the tournament opens in February.
Wednesday's draw at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa placed United States with Panama and Cuba in Group B while Honduras, Canada and Barbados will comprise the Group D at the biennial championship February 14-27 in Jamaica.
Guatemala will join Jamaica and Trinidad in Group C, and Haiti will challenge Costa Rica and El Salvador in Group A. For a full schedule, please visit www.concacaf.com
El Salvador, Trinidad qualify for U-20 CONCACAF finals
El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago claimed places in the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship, leaving one berth open for the biennial youth event.
American-born midfielder Dustin Corea scored his third goal in four games, tallying in the 62nd minute to earn El Salvador a 1-1 draw with Costa Rica on Saturday and a 2-1 aggregate victory in the two-leg Central American playoff.
Trinidad captured the last of four Caribbean first-round group titles Monday in Macoya, getting goals by Sheldon Bateau and Johan Peltier two minutes apart early in the second half for a 2-1 victory over Suriname. The result completed a 4-2 aggregate victory.
El Salvador and Trinidad join host Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Cuba, Jamaica, Guadeloupe and automatic qualifiers Canada, Mexico and the United States in the CONCACAF finals April 3-17. Suriname will face off against the Netherlands Antilles, Bermuda and Guyana for the final berth.
Honduras defeats Panama in friendly
Johnny Leveron scored twice to lift Honduras over Panama 2-1 on Saturday in a friendly in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
The victory avenged a loss last month to Panama, who had a boal by Edwin Aguilar.
Chaluja voted new president of Panamanian federation
Pedro Chaluja was elected president of the Panamanian Football Federation on Wednesday. Chaluja defeated challenger Lucas Aleman 13-7 at the federation's ordinary congress.
Chimilio reelected in Belize
Dr. Bertie Chimilio was re-elected as president of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB). Chimilio defeated former referee and general secretary of the Belizean Pro Football League Ruperto Vicente.
It will be Chimilio's third four-year term as head of the FFB.
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 - San Pedro Sula, Honduras:
HONDURAS - PANAMA 2:1
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