MLS teams lead the way in Group Stage
U.S. teams from Major League Soccer were undefeated in eight games with seven wins and a a tie hrough the first two rounds of the CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage and lead all four groups with a third of the schedule complete.
The LA Galaxy lead Group A with six points after a pair of 2-0 home wins over Motagua and Alajuelense. The Costa Rican champion is in second with three points, just ahead of Morelia, having beaten the Mexican side in the opening week. Morelia defeated winless Motagua 4-0 on Thursday to sit third.
With four points from two matches, the Colorado Rapids lead Group B. After its 2-0 upset of Santos Laguna on Wednesday, El Salvador's Isidro Metapan is second with three points, ahead of Santos on their head-to-head result. Real Espana is in fourth with one point. FC Dallas has been the most impressive of all the teams, winning away at both Pumas and Toronto to sit atop Group C with six points.
The win over Pumas was the first win by an MLS side in a competitive match on Mexican soil. Toronto FC is in second with three points after beating Tauro of Panama in the first round, while Tauro and Pumas share third place with one point.
The Seattle Sounders have won at home and away to lead Group D with a six points. After beating Comunicaciones in Seattle, it became the second MLS team to win in Mexico, topping Monterrey 1-0 on August 23. Defending champion Monterrey is second with three points, ahead of Comunicaciones on goal difference. Costa Rica's Herediano is last with two losses. Round 3 of the Group Phase will begin September 13.
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First group stage of qualifying begins Friday
First group stage of qualifying begins Friday The road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup will resume Friday when the first group stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying begins.
In Group A, El Salvador will host the Dominican Republic while Surinam hosts the Cayman Islands.
In Group B, Trinidad and Tobago will begin its campaign by hosting Bermuda. The same day Guyana will play host to Barbados.
In Group C, Dominica hosts Nicaragua while Panama, originally scheduled to play the now withdrawn Bahamas, will be idle.
Canada will open Group D against St. Lucia while St. Kitts & Nevis will host Puerto Rico. Group E will begin with 2011 Gold Cup qualifier Grenada taking on Belize at home while St. Vincent & the Grenadines travels to Guatemala.
The final group, Group F, will Haiti hosting the U.S. Virgin Islands while Antigua & Barbuda will be at home against Curacao.
A second round of matches will be played on September 6 as well.
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CONCACAF General Secretary meets with Central American Presidents
CONCACAF General Secretary and FIFA Executive Committee Member Chuck Blazer met with Central American national association presidents on Friday in Panama City at a gathering called by Central American Football Union (UNCAF) President Rafael Tinoco and Alfredo Hawit, CONCACAF Vice President - Central America.
Blazer gave the officials an overview of the confederation's activities and answered questions from the group. Given recent events, the presidents expressed a desire for certain changes for which Blazer expressed his support. "
It was a very positive session" Blazer said. "It is very helpful to speak directly with our association presidents and get their feedback. Their suggestions were well thought out and I fully support them. Together I am confident we will make Central American football even stronger".
Panama reaches CONCACAF U-20 women's finals
Angela Evans scored her third goal in two games and helped Panama to a 2-2 draw with El Salvador on Sunday that earned the country its first berth in the CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship since 2006.
The result finished Panama atop Central American qualifying Group 2 with four points, one ahead of Nicaragua and three better than El Salvador.
Panama joins Guatemala, which clinched its berth a week ago, and automatic North American qualifiers Canada, Mexico and the United States in the eight-team field next year. Three teams from the Caribbean Zone will qualify for the CONCACAF Championship by the end of the year.
Jamaica advances in U-17 women's qualifying
Nicole Broderick had her second two-goal game in four days and Chris-Ann Chambers her second shutout to lead Jamaica over the Dominican Republic 3-0 on Sunday, sending it to the second round of Caribbean qualifying for the CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship.
The Jamaicans finished atop Group D with six points, three better than the Dominican Republic. Jamaica joins the Bahamas and Guyana in the second round of qualifying along with the winner of Group B, which will be played on a home-and-away basis between Dominica, Trinidad & Tobago and St. Kitts and Nevis beginning September 13.
The final game is set for October 4. Three teams from the second round will advance to the CONCACAF finals.
Friendlies fill out international fixture dates
CONCACAF teams who will join World Cup qualifying in the semifinal round will play a number of friendlies during the upcoming FIFA dates. The United States will play its second match under Jurgen Klinsmann on Friday at the Home Depot Center against Costa Rica.
The United States will then travel to Brussels to face Belgium on September 6 while Costa Rica travels to Quito to play Ecuador on the same day. Mexico will attempt to continue its unbeaten record under coach Jose Manuel de la Torre on Friday against Poland in Warsaw before travelling to Barcelona to face Chelsea Chile on the September 6.
Honduras will face Colombia at Red Bull Arena on Saturday before returning home to play Paraguay on September 6 in San Pedro Sula.
Jamaica will travel to Quito to face Ecuador on Friday before facing Colombia on September 6 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Also on Friday, Panama will host Paraguay in the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.
El Salvador to play on opening day of World Cup in Ravenna
CONCACAF runner-up El Salvador is set to play on the opening day of the Beach Soccer World Cup in Ravenna, Italy, facing Portugal on Friday in Group B.
It will then play Oman and Argentina. Confederation champion Mexico will begin play the following day, opening against Japan before facing Brazil and Ukraine.