Morelia surprises Santos; Galaxy resign Juninho
In another matchup of two Champions League quarterfinalists, Morelia extended its unbeaten streak to four-consecutive games and moved up to fifth place with a 3-1 defeat of first-place Santos on Friday thanks to two goals from Miguel Sabah. It was the first loss of the season after six games for the Guerreros, which now share the top spot with Tigres.
A day later, Monterrey won its second in a row defeating Chivas 2-0 on goals from Angel Reyna and Aldo De Nigris. The Rayados, defending Champions League champion, are in fourth place ahead of Morelia on goal difference.
Lastly, Pumas stretched its winless streak to four games and fell to 15th place with a 2-0 loss to Puebla on Sunday.
In MLS news, the LA Galaxy continued its busy off-season by reacquiring Brazilian midfielder Juninho on loan from Brazil's Sao Paulo. The Galaxy had returned the 23-year-old to his native country at the expiration of his loan following the end of the MLS season in November.
The Seattle Sounders are in the midst of a 10-day camp in Bradenton, Florida. On Monday, the Sounders' Sammy Ochoa scored the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Orlando City. The match featured three 30-minute periods.
Finally, Isidro Metapan continued its strong form in El Salvador with a narrow 2-1 victory over rival Luis Angel Firpo. Metapan remains undefeated and in first place after seven league matches.
Teams continue preparations for Men's Olympic Qualifying tournament
With the start of 2012 Men's Olympic Qualifying just over a month away, a number of the participating sides are busy preparing for the important tournament.
Panamá will travel to Colombia from February 17-24 for an Under-23 camp that will include three matches against local club teams.
La Roja will face Independiente Medellin (Feb. 19), Atletico Nacional (Feb. 20) and Envigado (Feb. 23).
Mexico called up 23 players for a training camp that will run through February 15 in Mexico City. Coach Luis Fernando Tena will release a second call-up of players next week that will face Second Division club Neza on February 22.
Mexico's Under-23 team will also face its counterpart from the United States on February 29 at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
In El Salvador, coach Mauricio Alfaro called up 20 players for a Feb. 19-22 training camp. The team will play Puerto Rico's national team on February 22 at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador.
Finally in Trinidad & Tobago, coach Angus Eve is currently hosting a 24-player camp. Trinidad will face the Guyana senior team on Thursday at Dwight Yorke Stadium. Referees named for 2012 Men's Olympic tournament
CONCACAF announced the list of match officials for the upcoming CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying tournament on Thursday.
The list includes 10 referees: Elmer Bonilla (SLV), Hugo Cruz (CRC), Roberto Garcia (MEX), Valdin Legister (JAM), Walter Lopez (GUA), Jair Marrufo (USA), Jafeth Perea (PAN), Hector Rodriguez (HON), Javier Santos (PUR) and Enrico Wijngaarde (SUR).
Also participating will be 10 assistant referees: Eric Boria (USA), Phillipe Briere (CAN), Keytzel Corrales (NCA), Melvyn Cruz (HON), Juan Rangel (MEX), Juan Lemus (GUA), Antonio López (PUR), Ricardo Louisville (SUR), Dion Neil (TRI) and Héctor Recinos (SLV). Individual Tickets for Nashville and Carson group matches on sale
Individual game tickets for group matches of the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying went on sale last Wednesday.
Group A consists of the U.S., Canada, Cuba and El Salvador, and all its matches will be played as doubleheaders at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 22, 24 and 26.
Mexico, Honduras, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago comprise Group B, which will have its matches played at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, as doubleheader events on March 23, 25 and 27.
The top two finishers from each group will advance to the elimination round in Kansas City, Kansas. The semifinal matches that determine CONCACAF's two entrants to the 2012 Olympic Games in London will be played on March 31 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, The championship game will take place two days later.
Fans can order 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.
For a complete tournament schedule, please click here.
U.S. U-20 Women capture title in Spain
Kealia Ohai scored her third goal in two games and Chi Ubogagu added another on Monday, leading the United States to a 2-0 victory over Norway and earning it the Four Nations Tournament title in La Manga, Spain.
The United States also defeated Switzerland (10-0) and Germany (1-0) as it went a perfect 3-0-0 in the competition.
The performance comes 2½ weeks before the start of the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship, which will determine the confederation's three berths at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan August 19-September 8.
Lindsey Horan was chosen as the tournament's most valuable player, scoring four goals and assisting on two others in the three games.
U.S. women beat New Zealand 2-1 in friendly
In a friendly on Saturday, the U.S. women came from behind to defeat New Zealand 2-1 before a sell-out crowd of 20,677 at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
New Zealand took a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute, but American forward Alex Morgan tallied the tying (88') and game-winning (90'+3) goals in a wild final few minutes.
Morgan had four goals and six assists in the recently completed CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament, which the U.S. won last month in Vancouver, Canada.
Also, Christie Rampone made her 250th appearance for the U.S., becoming only the fourth woman in history to reach that mark.
Next up for the U.S. is a meeting against Denmark the Algarve Cup in Portugal on Feb. 29.
Mexico will participate in a four-team international tournament, starting on Wednesday with a game against host China in Yongchuan. The team will also face North Korea (Feb. 17) and South Korea (Feb. 19).
Mexico outlasts U.S. to win Cancun Cup
Benjamin Mosco scored in extra time with his fourth goal in three days to give Mexico a 2-1 win over the United States and the title in the 2012 Beach Soccer Worldwide Cancun Cup tournament on Sunday.
Mosco's goal with two minutes remaining in the extra period completed a third win in as many games for the reigning CONCACAF champion, and finished it just ahead of El Salvador, which earlier in the day beat Spain 3-2 on a last-minute goal by Tomas Hernandez.
Spain captured third with the United States last, having lost all three matches.
Mexico finished with a perfect 3-0-0 record having beaten El Salvador on penalties to open the tournament and then Spain 4-1.
Canada and Germany play to scoreless draw
The Canadian U-17 team closed out a 10-day training camp in Sunrise, Florida with a 1-0 victory over Florida International last Wednesday.
The Canadians had previously tied Germany 0-0 on February 4. US sweeps Germany
The U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team swept its age-group counterparts from Germany in a two-match friendly series during a training camp in Florida.
In the Feb. 6 opener, the Americans got goals from Andi Sullivan (53') and Emily Bruder (69') in a 2-0 win.
Three days later, the U.S. triumphed 1-0 thanks to a 36th minute strike from Summer Green.