Signals: March 15, 2011
Real Salt Lake takes early lead
Real Salt Lake moved a step closer to the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League finals with a 2-0 in on Tuesday over Saprissa at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Their semifinal clash will be decided next week when Saprissa hosts Salt Lake on April 5 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
On Wednesday, Monterrey will host fellow Mexican-side Cruz Azul before the teams meet again on April 6 in Mexico City.
The first leg of the final will be played on April 20 in Mexico before the second leg a week later in either San Jose, Costa Rica or Salt Lake. Suriname, Trinidad clubs take early advantage in CFU Club Champions Cup
The opening matches of the Caribbean club championship had clubs from Suriname and Trinidad seize an early advanatage. Suriname's Walking Boys defeated Northern United of St. Lucia 3-0 on Sunday in the CFU Club Champions Cup.
Inter Monegoetapoe also will head back to Suriname with a first-leg advantage after a 1-0 win over Milerock of Guyana in Linden on Sunday Defence Force of Trinidad grabbed a 1-1 tie with Bermuda's Dandy Town Hornets on Thursday.
Also, Jean-Luc Rochford scored a 53rd-minute goal to give Caledonia AIA a 1-0 victory over Newtown United of St. Kitts and Nevis on Thursday. River Plate of Puerto Rico still must face Bodden Town of the Cayman Islands in another first-round series.
The five first-round winners will advance along with Tempete FC of Haiti and Alpha United of Guyana, who proceeded directly into the second round when their opponents Bath Estate of Dominica and Bassa Sports Club of Antigua withdrew.
They will be joined by the defending champion Puerto Rico Islanders in another two-leg round April 14-14 and April 22-24, from which the four winners will qualify for the semifinals and finals in Trinidad in May. The semifinal winners and third-place finisher will qualify for next season's CONCACAF Champions League.
Gold Cup tickets on sale
Tickets for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup go on sale to the public starting at 10:00 a.m. March 16, making available seats for all 25 games in 13 venues from coast to coast across the United States.
Fans can buy tickets and obtain information for all games by visiting www.GoldCup.org. With the exception of Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ, and FIU Stadium in Miami, Fla,, fans can also purchase tickets through TicketMaster.
Sasso Sasso passes away
Isaac David Sasso Sasso, a former member of both the FIFA and CONCACAF Executive Committees, passed away March 8 from natural causes in Costa Rica. He was 85.
The president of four different companies over his career, Sasso became the director of Costa Rican side CS Herediano in 1977. He developed that club successfully and he was elected president of the Costa Rican Football Federation 13 years later, serving until 1998.
Also in 1990, Sasso became vice president of CONCACAF and was elected to the FIFA Executive Committee. In February 2007, he stepped down from both committees due to health reasons.
U.S. wins Algarve Cup, Canadian women lift Cyprus Cup
The United States won its eighth Algarve Cup crown in 12 years and Canada captured a second consecutive Cyprus Cup title on Wednesday, claiming the last two major events before heading to the Women's World Cup later this year.
In Faro, Portugal, Carli Lloyd scored for a third straight game and Alex Morgan tallied her third goal in two games to pace the United States over Iceland 4-2. The Americans, playing in a ninth consecutive Algarve final , won for a second straight year and fourth time in five years.
In Paralimni, Cyprus, Emily Zurrer converted from a corner kick in extra time to lift Canada over the Netherlands 2-1. It was Zurrer's second goal of the tournament, having scored the lone strike in the Canadians' opening 1-0 victory over Scotland.
Mexico also won, beating New Zealand 5-0 in the consolation bracket to finish seventh at the Cyprus Cup.
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