Third, fourth rounds of first group qualifying stage set for Friday-Tuesday
Contenders for the semifinal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying could narrow over the next week, with third- and fourth-round matches set for Friday and Tuesday in the first group stage.
Eleven games across the Caribbean and Central America are set for Friday with 10 more scheduled for October 11 and one match on October 15.
Group A leader El Salvador will travel to the Dominican Republic while the Cayman Islands will look for its first points against second-place Suriname. Four days later, El Salvador will host the Cayman Islands while Suriname travels to the Dominican Republic.
In Group B, Guyana and Trinidad share the lead with six points each, but will not face each other until November 11. Instead, Trinidad will travel to Bermuda on Friday and then return home to face Barbados. Likewise, Guyana will go to Barbados and then to Bermuda over the next week.
In the only three-team group, co-leaders Panama and Nicaragua will face off in Panama City on October 11, but not before "Los Canaleros" travel to winless Dominica four days earlier in Group C.
Canada will look to extend or at least maintain its three-point lead atop Group D with a third straight win at Saint Lucia on Friday, before it returns home to face Puerto Rico on Tuesday. Second-placed St. Kitts will try to close its gap or at least keep pace when it plays in Bayamon against Puerto Rico, which is in third three points behind St. Kitts. St. Lucia then goes to St. Kitts on October 11.
In Group E, Guatemala can move six points ahead of St. Vincent & the Grenadines with two matches to play when it travels to the Caribbean island on Friday, when Belize -- three points behind Guatemala -- will host last-place Grenada. Guatemala will return home to play Belize on October 11, and four days later Grenada will be home to St. Vincent.
Lastly, in Group F leaders Antigua & Barbuda and Haiti appear to be headed on their collision course with six points each and not scheduled to face each other until the final two matches. Haiti will head to the U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday while Antigua will go to Curacao. Then both will return home with Antigua hosting USVI and Haiti at home against Curacao.
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Quarterfinal spots still available in CCL
Two teams are in and only two are out, leaving the remaining 12 clubs still in contention for six berths in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals with one round to play in the Group Stage.
Santos captured the Group B title with a 1-1 draw in Honduras against Real Espana last week, and the Seattle Sounders clinched one of two berths from Group D with their 2-2 draw at Comunicaciones. Colorado has a one-point edge over Metapan, and is two points in front of Espana in Group B, but must travel to Santos for its last match while Metapan and Espana face off.
Monterrey has a two-point lead over Comunicaciones for the remaining berth in Group D, but must go to Seattle for its final game, while Comunicaciones plays already eliminated Herediano.
Group A has Alajuelense atop with 12, three ahead of both Morelia - which will host the Costa Rican side in the group finale - and the LA Galaxy, which will plays at winless Motagua in the final Group Stage match on October 20. Wins by Morelia and the Galaxy will leave the three teams tied at 12 points.
All four teams remain in contention in Group C, with Pumas leading by a point over Dallas and Toronto, and three in front of Tauro. Dallas will host fellow MSL side Toronto in their last group match while Tauro plays at Pumas and the possibility that all four teams could finish with eight points.
For more information please visit CONCACAF.com First qualifier for 2012-2013 to be decided Tuesday
Either the Chicago Fire or Seattle Sounders will claim the first berth in next season's CONCACAF Champions League when the two face off Tuesday night in the final of the U.S. Open Cup at CenturyLink Field.
Seattle will be looking for a third straight berth while the Fire will see if it can become the 12th different team from Major League Soccer to earn a place in the tournament since it was inaugurated in 2008. The LA Galaxy could join the U.S. Open Cup winner with a win against the New York Red Bulls Tuesday night, clinching the MLS Supporters' Shield with the best regular-season record and a guaranteed berth in next year's Group Stage.
Trinidad moves into final U-17 women's qualifying
Trinidad & Tobago claimed the fourth and last place in the final round of Caribbean qualifying for the CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship on Sunday, routing St. Kitts and Nevis 11-0 to clinch its spot with one game remaining.
Sunday's victory put Trinidad atop Group B in the first round of Caribbean qualifying with nine points and a game yet to play.
Dominica was second with six but has no games remaining, and St. Kitts was last with no points and a match to play Tuesday in Trinidad. Trinidad joined the other first-round group winners the Bahamas, Guyana and Jamaica in the final round of qualifying, from which three will advance to next year's eight-team CONCACAF finals.
Martinique and Antigua/Barbuda split friendlies
Antigua and Barbuda prepared for its upcoming World Cup qualifiers by splitting two friendly matches with Martinique at the Stanford Cricket Ground (also known as the Sticky Wicket stadium).
In the opener on Sept. 30, a goal in the 78th minute by Randolph Burton was all the host would need to register a 1-0 victory. The 24-year-old Burton has two goals in four career World Cup qualifying games.
Three days later, Martinique bounced back with a 2-1 win. Goals by Olivier Athely (2') and Kevin Tresfield (65') gave the visitors a lead that they would not relinquish. Peter Byers, who leads Antigua and Barbuda with five goals in World Cup qualifying, halved the deficit with an 80th minute strike.
CONCACAF teams to learn opponents at 2011 Grand Prix de Futsal
Costa Rica, Guatemala and the USA will discover their respective opponents, as well as their group schedules, when the draw for the 2011 Grand Prix de Futsal takes place on Thursday at the Palacio Rio Negro in Manaus, Brazil.
For the first time three CONCACAF teams will take part in the annual 16-nation invitational tournament, which will run from October 16-23.