Teams make final preparations for CONCACAF Championship
The United States defeated Honduras 6-0 and Barbados beat Trinidad 2-1 Sunday, part of the final preparations for all four sides headed to Jamaica for next week's start of the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.
The 12-team tournament opens Monday when Haiti faces Costa Rica and Cuba plays the United States at Trelawny Stadium.
A day later, Jamaica will open against rival Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados will face Honduras at the Catherine Hall Stadium.
The event will finish February 27 by crowning CONCACAF's first U-17 champion since 1996 and determine the confederation's four berths that will qualify for the U-17 World Cup along with host Mexico in June.
Groups A & B will play reverse quarterfinals between the winners and runners-up on February 22 while Groups C & D will follow the next day.
All quarterfinals will be played at Montego Bay's Catherine Hall Stadium. The semifinals will be played February 25 with the third-place and championship match two days later, all at Catherine Hall Stadium.
For a complete schedule, please click here. Referees announced for the Under-17 Championship
CONCACAF today announced the referees for Under-17 Championship that will take place in Montego Bay, Jamaica from February 14-27.
The referees are Enrique Wijngaarde (Surinam), Valdin Legister (Jamaica), Juan Carlos Guerra (Guatemala), Paul Ward (Canada), Trevor Taylor, Hugo Cruz (Costa Rica), Elmer Bonilla (El Salvador), Ricardo Arellano (Mexico), Jafeth Perea (Panama) and Kevin Holder (Cayman Islands).
The assistants are Kedlee Powell (Jamaica), Rodaldo de la Cruz (Guatemala), Ainsley Rochard (Trinidad), Graeme Brown (St. Kitts and Nevis), Oscar Velasquez (Honduras), Octavio Jara (Costa Rica), Alejandro Ayala (Mexico), Rey Mendoza (Panama), Egbert Paesch (Aruba) and Keytzell Corrales (Nicaragua).
El Salvador dropped from U-20s; Costa Rica to participate
El Salvador has forfeited it matches in the UNCAF U-20 qualifying competition for use of an ineligible player. Dustin Corea, who scored both goals in a 2-1 aggregate playoff victory over Costa Rica, was ineligible because he previously played for another association in an official competition and had not changed his association in accordance with FIFA's regulations.
The player did not advise El Salvador that he had previously played in an official competition for another association and did not attempt to change his association through FIFA. While CONCACAF determined that the Salvadoran federation did not intentionally play an ineligible player, the FIFA rules were clear that an association must forfeit any matches in which an ineligible player participated.
As a result of these forfeitures, the Costa Rica U-20 team, which was the next highest placed team in the UNCAF competition, advances to the CONCACAF U-20 Championship to be played in Guatemala April 3-17, 2011.
CFU Club Champions Cup schedule announced
The defending champion Puerto Rico Islanders will play the winner between St. Lucia's Northern United and Suriname's Walking Boyz in the second round of the Caribbean Club Champions Cup.
The seven first-round winners advance to a second round of eight teams, including Puerto Rico, the winners of which will qualify for semifinals and a chance to claim one of three region's berths in the 2011-2012 CONCACAF Champions League.
The Caribbean club championship will begin March 9-11 with Defence Force of Trinidad versus Bermuda's Western Stars, Newtown United of St. Kitts and Nevis against Trinidadian side Caledonia AIA, River Plate FC of Puerto Rico playing the Cayman Islands' Bodden Town, Bathestate FC of Dominica opposing Haiti's Tempete FC, Milerock of Guyana against Intermoengotapoe of Suriname, Guyana's Alpha United playing Bassa Sports Club of Antigua and Northern United-Walking Boyz.
The second legs will be played March 18-20, with the second round schedule for the weeks of April 12-14 and April 22-24.
The semifinals in Trinidad will be played May 25 with the final and third-place game set for four days later.
For the full schedule please click here.
Osorio to not manage Honduras despite original announcement
Juan Carlos Osorio will not be managing Honduras, the country's soccer federation has announced, dropping its plans to hire the Colombian after he was unable to break his contract with club side Once Caldas.
The announcement comes only days after the Honduran federation had said last week that it had designated Osorio as its replacement for interim manager Juan de Dios Castillo.
Osorio was hired as coach of Once Caldas in November 2009, leading the Colombian side to its fourth league title in its history. He has six months remaining on his contract but, according to Rafael Ferrari - head of the Salvadoran national teams committee - promised he could negotiate a release. Ferrari wrote the two sides had agreed that Osorio would begin his new post on March 1, more than three months before the start of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
But Osorio told Colombian daily El Tiempo that he was unable to negotiate a release, and Honduras was unable to wait until June. Adams named new Grenada coach
Mike Adams has been appointed as coach of Grenada for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the federation General Secretary Victory Daniel confirmed Monday. Adams, who was an assistant with the team as far back as 2004, was approved on Friday by the executive committee, which also extended the contract of Phillip James as manager.
Adams replaces Franklyn "Nat" Simpson, who led the "Spice Boys" to a fourth-place finish at the Digicel Caribbean Cup in Martinique in December.
UNCAF holds Central American referee meeting
The referee committees of the seven Central American nations gathered with the UNCAF Referee Committee, other officials from the regional governing body and representatives from FIFA's Referee Assistance Program on Friday in Tegucigalpa , Honduras, reviewing the past year and planning activities for 2011.
Those present listened to a report from UNCAF on refereeing in the region and plans for the current year. The group also looked at upcoming RAP courses in Central America as well as hearing from referee officials of each national association.
San Juan Jabloteh wins FA Trophy in Trinidad
Kennedy Hinkson scored in the second minute to give San Juan Jabloteh a 1-0 victory over DIRECTV North East Stars in the final of the 2010 FA Trophy in Trinidad & Tobago on Friday.
Played since 1927, the FA Trophy is the premier knockout club tournament in Trinidad and is open to all clubs affiliated with the national federation. Joe Public won the tournament last year over W Connection.
National association matches
QATAR- HAITI 0:1
12.18.2010 - San Pedro Sula, Honduras:
HONDURAS - PANAMA 2:1
12.28.2010 - Barcelona:
CATALUNYA - HONDURAS 4:0
1.22.2011 - Carson, California:
UNITED STATES - CHILE 1:1
2.9.2011: Larissa, Greece:
PANAMA - PERU
2.9.2011: Moquegua, Peru:
GREECE - CANADA
2.9.2011: San Salvador, El Salvador
EL SALVADOR - HAITI
2.9.2011: La Ceiba, Honduras:
HONDURAS - ECUADOR
MEXICO - BOSNIA
3.26.2011: San Jose, Costa Rica:
COSTA RICA - CHINA
3.26.2011: New York:
UNITED STATES - ARGENTINA
MEXICO - PARAGUAY
3.26.2011: Havana, Cuba:
CUBA - PANAMA
3.29.2011: San Jose, Costa Rica:
COSTA RICA - ARGENTINA
UNITED STATES - PARAGUAY