Signals: March 8, 2011
Gold Cup groups, schedule announced
Five-time and defending champion Mexico will open the CONCACAF Gold Cup against El Salvador on June 5 as the nightcap of a Group A doubleheader at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, that will also feature Costa Rica vs. Cuba, it was announced Tuesday. Caribbean and Central American champions Jamaica and Honduras will be paired in Group B and begin play the following night at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, with the Reggae Boyz facing Grenada and the Catrachos playing Guatemala.
North American rivals the United States and Canada will complete the opening round of games on Tuesday, June 7 at Ford Field in Detroit, clashing in the second game of a Group C doubleheader that will open with Panama against Guadeloupe.
The Gold Cup, which has generated record attendances and television ratings in each of the past three competitions, will be played coast-to-coast at 13 venues again this year, including five new stadia. New Meadowlands Stadium, RFK Stadium and Reliant Stadium will serve as quarterfinal and semifinal venues, respectively, leading up to the grand finale at the Rose Bowl on June 25.
Semifinals set in CCL
Saprissa became the last team to reach the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, subduing Central American rival Olimpia of Honduras 2-1 on Thursday to complete a 3-1 aggregate victory and the final four field.
The Costa Rican side will travel to the United States on March 15 for the first leg of the semifinals against Real Salt Lake, which defeated fellow American side Columbus in its quarterfinal pairing 4-1 on aggregate. Saprissa will host the return leg on April 5.
The other semifinal will feature an all-Mexican clash with Monterrey facing Cruz Azul. Monterrey defeated Toluca 1-0 at home and away to earn the right to host the first leg March 16. Cruz Azul, which won 3-1 at Santos to complete a 5-1 aggregate victory and move within a step of a third straight trip to the Champions League finals, will be home for the second leg on April 6.
The first leg of the final will be played on April 19 in Mexico before the second leg on April 26 in either San Jose, Costa Rica or Salt Lake.
Canada to host 2015 Women's World Cup
Canada has been selected as host of the 2015 Women's World Cup, awarded the quadrennial championship on Thursday by the FIFA Executive Committee.
Canada also was chosen to stage the 2014 Women's Under-20 World Cup as part of the process, marking the first time the country will host a FIFA event since the 2007 men's Under-20 World Cup.
Canada, which lost to Germany to be the host of the 2011 Women's World Cup, became the only contender for the 2015 event on Monday when Zimbabwe withdrew as the only remaining challenger. Costa Rica to host Women's U-17 World Cup
Costa Rica will host the 2014 Women's U-17 World Cup, winning out over Ghana, Macedonia, Russia, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.
The FIFA Executive Committee announced its decision Thursday following its two-day meeting that also allocated berths for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It is the second time the tournament will be played in the CONCACAF region, following Trinidad & Tobago staging the second edition of the quadrennial championship in 2010.
Canada and U.S. reach finals in Cyprus and Algarve Cup
Canada defeated England 2-0 and will face the Netherlands for the Cyprus Cup title while the U.S. women completed a first-round sweep at the Algarve Cup on Monday to head to a final against Iceland for an attempt at a fourth crown in five years.
In Nicosia, Cyprus, Christine Sinclair scored just before halftime and Brittany Timko added the insurance in the 55th to give Canada its third win as many games without conceding a goal, finishing atop Group A. It will play the Dutch, which finished third in 2010, on Wednesday for a second straight title and third in four years.
In the consolation group at the Cyprus Cup, Maribel Dominguez converted a penalty in the 33rd minute and Charlyn Corral and Nancy Gandarilla added goals in the 39th and 85th minutes to lead Mexico over Northern Ireland 3-1.
It was the Mexicans' first victory after two draws in Group C, and will pit them against Switzerland for ninth place on Wednesday.
National association matches
1.22.2011 - Carson, California:
UNITED STATES - CHILE 1:1
2.8.2011: Moquegua, Peru:
PANAMA - PERU 0:1
1:1 2.9.2011: Larissa, Greece:
GREECE - CANADA 1:0
2.9.2011: San Salvador, El Salvador:
EL SALVADOR - HAITI 1:0
2.9.2011: La Ceiba, Honduras:
HONDURAS - ECUADOR 1:1
MEXICO - BOSNIA 2:0
2.9.2011: Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela:
VENEZUELA - COSTA RICA 2:2
3.25.2011: Panama City:
PANAMA - BOLIVIA
SOUTH KOREA- HONDURAS
3.25.2011: Montego Bay, Jamaica:
JAMAICA - VENEZUELA
3.25.2011: Dubai, United Arab Emirates:
IRAK- EL SALVADOR
3.26.2011: San Jose, Costa Rica:
COSTA RICA - CHINA
3.26.2011: Bassaterre, St. Kitts and Nevis:
ST. KITTS & NEVIS - GRENADA
3.26.2011: New York:
UNITED STATES - ARGENTINA
MEXICO - PARAGUAY
3.26.2011: Havana, Cuba:
CUBA - PANAMA
3.28.2011: Mazatenango, Guatemala:
GUATEMALA - BOLIVIA
3.29.2011: San Jose, Costa Rica:
COSTA RICA - ARGENTINA
UNITED STATES - PARAGUAY
3.29.2011: Dubai, United Arab Emirates:
KUWAIT- EL SALVADOR
4.1.2011: St. Georges, Grenada:
GRENADA - ST. KITTS & NEVIS