Webb to run unopposed
CONCACAF announced March 29 that Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands is the only candidate nominated for the organization's open president position and will run unopposed in May's election.
Webb, President of the Cayman Islands Football Association for the past 21 years, received nominations from 29 CONCACAF member associations, though only one was required for his name to be placed on the ballot.
The election will take place on May 23 at the CONCACAF Congress in Budapest, Hungary.
Webb will complete the final three years of the term of former President Jack Warner, who resigned last June after a 20-year tenure. Warner was re-elected to a sixth-consecutive, four-year stint last May at the CONCACAF Ordinary Congress in Miami, Florida.
In addition to his duties with the Cayman Islands Football Association, the 47-year-old banker is Chairman of the Caribbean Football Union's Normalization Committee. Additionally, Webb is Deputy Chairman of FIFA's Internal Audit Committee and a member of its Transparency and Compliance Committee
Mexico wins Olympic Qualifying tournament; Honduras also books trip to London
On Monday, at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, a goal by Miguel Ponce in the 116th minute lifted Mexico to a 2-1 win over Honduras after extra time in the final of the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying tournament.
Honduras had taken the lead on a goal from Rommel Quioto in the 48th minute before Mexico tied the match through Marco Fabian in the 75th.
Mexico registered a perfect five wins in five games during the competition and qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London with a 3-1 win over Canada in Saturday's semifinals. Goals from Fabian (20'), Alan Pulido (33') and Ponce (59') off-set a 32nd minute header from the Maple Leaf's Marcus Haber.
Honduras, the 2008 Olympic Qualifying tournament champion, also reached London with a dramatic 3-2 win over El Salvador on Saturday thanks to a 118th minute extra time winner from Gerson Rodas. The Real Espana midfielder had given the Catrachos a 2-1 lead in the 101st, before Edwin Sanchez equalized five minutes later. Antony Lozano gave Honduras a 1st minute advantage, a lead it held until a goal by Milton Molina (77') sent the game into extra time. Fabian and Pulido were the final round's joint top scorers with five goals each.
Santos to face Monterrey in CCL final
The 2012 CONCACAF Champions League final will be an all-Mexican affair, featuring defending champion Monterrey and Santos Laguna. The first leg will be held April 18 in Monterrey, with the second leg taking place a week later in Torreon.
Following a 1-1 tie last week in Toronto FC, Santos twice came from behind to defeat Toronto FC 6-2 at home on Wednesday. Joao Plata (15', 43') gave the Reds a lead twice.
Santos, however, answered back both times with goals from Herculez Gomez (31', 45'). Plata and Gomez, plus Herediano's Jorge Barbosa, top this season's CCL scoring chart with six goals each.
The second half was all Santos as Juan Pablo "Chato" Rodriguez gave his club the lead on two penalties (56', 64'). Oribe Peralta (66') added a fifth goal, giving him 11 for his career; good enough for a share of second place on the all-time CCL scoring list. Daniel Luduena capped off the scoring in the final moments (90'+2).
In Mexico City, Monterrey tied Pumas, 1-1, but comfortably advanced following a 3-0 win at home the previous week. Angel Reyna (35') opened the scoring for the visitors, but Jose Antonio Garcia (71') equalized with his second goal of the tournament.
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U.S. undefeated at Kirin Cup
The United States women's national team closed out its participation in Japan's Kirin Cup in with a 3-0 win over rival Brazil on Tuesday in Chiba. Carli Lloyd (18') opened the scoring for the Americans, while Shannon Boxx (23') and Amy Rodriguez (83') added a goal apiece.
The U.S. came from behind in its tournament opener to tie Japan 1-1 on Sunday in Sendai. Alex Morgan, who netted four goals in January's CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying, scored the 73rd minute equalizer for the Americans .