Signals: January 10, 2012
Teams prepare for CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament
With the start of the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament a little more than a week away, the eight participating nations are completing their final preparations before arriving in Vancouver.
Defending champion United States is training in Los Angeles through January 15 with a roster of 29 players (12 of which participated in the 2008 Olympic Qualifying tournament in Mexico) selected by head coach Pia Sundhage. The team includes U.S. youth team star Sydney Lerioux, who was born in greater Vancouver area.
Canada is also in the midst of a camp in California that will close on January 15, at which point the team will head to British Columbia. The Maple Leafs are led by striker Christine Sinclair, who in December was named the nation's top female player for the seventh straight year. Mexico will also head to the Los Angeles area this week as the team faces the Viking Athletic Club in friendlies this Thursday and Saturday in Fullerton.
Lastly, Costa Rica coach Karla Alemán named her final 20-player roster for Vancouver. The roster includes five foreign-based players including Olympique Lyonnais' Shirley Cruz and Finland-based Carolina Venegas and Katherine Alvarado.
The entire CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament will be streamed LIVE and at no charge on CONCACAF.com. To register please click here.
For a complete tournament schedule, click here.
Galaxy suffer injury blow; Monterrey and Metapan open domestic seasons with victories
Galaxy suffer injury blow; Monterrey and Metapan open domestic seasons with victories The LA Galaxy suffered a harsh blow when star defender Omar Gonzalez tore his ACL in his first training session following a two-month loan to German club Nuremberg. Gonzalez is expected to miss the rest of the Champions League and the majority of the MLS season.
Of the four Mexican teams in the Champions League quarterfinals, Monterrey was the only team to earn three points in the opening week of Mexico's Torneo Clausura. Monterrey defeated Jaguares 2-1 thanks to two goals from Walter Ayovi.
Santos tied Pachuca 0-0 at home on Saturday, while Morelia drew 1-1 with Tijuana on Friday in the season's opening game. Rafael Marquez Lugo scored the lone goal for the Michoacan-based team. Lastly, Pumas lost 1-0 to San Luis on Saturday thanks to a goal from former Pumas player Jehu Chiapas.
In the opening weekend in El Salvador, Isidro Metapan grabbed a 4-1 over Aguila on Saturday thanks to two goals from Cristhian Bautista.
Hughes appointed CFU acting general secretary
The Caribbean Football Union's Normalization Committee appointed Damien Hughes as acting general secretary of the organization, filling the position left vacant when Angenie Kanhai resigned effective December 20.
The 34-year-old Hughes, who graduated from Moorehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and has a Master's degree from York University in Toronto, has been the general secretary of the Anguilla Football Association for the past 10 years.
The announcement was made by Jeffrey Webb, chairman of the normalization committee and president of the Cayman Islands Football Association, following a Friday conference call by the nine-man panel.
The committee was selected in December by the 30 presidents of the Caribbean federations as the first step to rebuilding the CFU following a tumultuous year.
Men's Olympic Qualifying Semifinal and Final Tickets to Go On Sale
Series tickets for the elimination-round matches of the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying tournament go on sale on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
The semifinal matches determine the two entrants from CONCACAF to the 2012 Olympic Games in London and will be played Saturday, March 31, at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The championship game takes place at the same venue on Monday, April 2.
Series tickets for the Nashville and Los Angeles venues are currently on sale. A series ticket consists of a ticket for each event scheduled at a single venue.
Fans can order series tickets for all three venues online at ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at local Ticketmaster ticket centers in the venue cities, and at the respective stadium ticket offices during their local business hours. Individual tickets for each event (all doubleheaders except for the final) go on sale at a later date, pending availability.
For a complete schedule of the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying tournament click here.
Cuba and Haiti lead CFU Women's Qualifying
With one match remaining, Haiti and Cuba lead their respective final round groups of CFU Qualifying for the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship. Cuba and Puerto Rico top the Group F table with four points each following their 1-1 draw on Monday in Havana.
The Cubans, however, hold a slight advantage on goal difference. In Monday's other game, Trinidad & Tobago secured its first three points, rallying for a 2-1 win over Guyana.
On Wednesday, Guyana faces Puerto Rico, while Trinidad & Tobago takes-on host Cuba. I
n Group E action, Haiti won its second-straight game on Sunday, overcoming the Dominican Republic 4-0. Jamaica posted its first victory, 2-0, over the Cayman Islands.
Haiti closes group play on Tuesday with an encounter against the Cayman Islands. The Dominican Republic will square off against Jamaica.
The group winners and the best second-place team among the two groups will qualify for the eight-team finals in Panama from March 1-11.
Canada stages first training camp; Guatemala to host Brazil
Canada and Guatemala have commenced their preparations for the 2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship, which will qualify four teams to the World Cup in Thailand.
Under newly-appointed head coach Sipho Sibiya, Canada concluded its first training camp in Richmond, British Columbia, January 6-8. Sibiya had made several scouting trips to different regions of the country before selecting the 22 participants, 10 of which are first timers in the Canadian national program.
Meanwhile, defending CONCACAF champion Guatemala will host a pair of international friendlies against the four-time world champion Brazil at Guatemala City's Domo Polideportivo on January 20 and 22.
The Chapines have never beaten the Samba Kings in four previous encounters and are coming off a fifth place finish at the 2011 Grand Prix of Futsal.
Brazil is making its first visit to Guatemala since finishing as runner-up to Spain at the 2000 FIFA Futsal World Cup.