Webb elected as new CONCACAF president
Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands was officially elected Wednesday as the new president of CONCACAF. Since Webb was running unopposed, the vote was held by acclamation at the confederation's congress in Budapest, Hungary.
The 47-year-old banker and president of the Cayman Islands Football Association will complete the four-year term of Jack Warner, who was elected a sixth time to the post in May 2010 but resigned a month later after 20 years in office.
Webb also serves as Deputy Chairman of the FIFA Internal Audit Committee and sits on the FIFA Transparency and Compliance Committee. In addition, he is chairman of the CONCACAF Youth Committee and completed his term as chairman of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Normalization Committee last Tuesday, following the organization's Ordinary Congress that was also held in Budapest.
Webb becomes the fourth president in CONCACAF's 51-year history: Ramon Coll Jaumet (Costa Rica, 1961-1968), Joaquin Soria Terrazas (Mexico, 1968-1990) and Warner (Trinidad & Tobago, 1990-2011). Chung wins FIFA Order of Merit
Jamaica's Winston Chung received the FIFA Order of Merit on Thursday at the opening ceremony of the 62nd FIFA Congress at the Budapest Congress and World Trade Centre.
The Order of Merit is FIFA's highest honor and is given to those who have made profound contributions to the sport.
Some of Chung's many accomplishments include founding the Santos Football Club in Jamaica (1964), working with the American Youth Soccer Organization in the United States, acting as technical director of the Cayman Islands Football Association and serving as the technical director for the Jamaican Football Federation.
His abilities, however, went beyond the field of play. Chung was also known for his efforts on behalf of disadvantaged youth, creating opportunities and solutions for them wherever he worked.
Champions League draw to take place June 5
CONCACAF announced Tuesday that it will stage the draw for next season's Champions League on June 5 at the confederation's New York headquarters.
With a revised format that includes the elimination of the Preliminary Round, the 24 qualified teams will be divided among eight groups of three. Twenty-one of the 24 teams have been determined, with only the Caribbean's three berths undecided. CONCACAF Clubs look to qualify for the 2012-13 Champions League
Tauro defeated Chepo 2-1 on Tuesday in the delayed Torneo Clausura final to capture the Panamanian title. The result ensured Tauro of a fourth appearance in the Champions League, where it will be joined by Torneo Apertura champion Chorrillo.
Reggie Lambe scored with seven minutes remaining to give Toronto FC a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Amway Canadian Championship title. The goal completed a 2-1 aggregate win and sends Toronto, a semifinalist in this past season's Champions League, back to the confederation championship for a fourth-consecutive season.
Jonathan Fana Farias scored three goals and Hector Ramos scored two more to pace the defending champion Puerto Rico Islanders to a 8-0 victory over George Town SC Friday night and send it to the final round of Caribbean Club Champions Cup.
The result finished the Islanders atop second round Group 4 and advanced it to the final four-team round of the competition with Caledonia AIA of Trinidad.
Puerto Rico and Caledonia will face Group 5 qualifiers Antigua Barracuda FC and W Connection of Trinidad in the finals, from which three teams will qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League.
The three Caribbean berths are the last remaining spots still undecided in the 24-team field for Champions League, which will begin July 31.
Costa Rica, U.S., México , El Salvador and Panama open week with victories
On Friday, host Costa Rica overcame Guatemala 3-2 to extend its unbeaten streak to seven-consecutive games. An own-goal by Jonathan Lopez in the 24th plus strikes by Alvaro Sanchez (53') and the winner by Giancarlo Gonzalez (77') provided the offense for Costa Rica, which lost Michael Umana (39') to a red card.
Guatemala also finished with 10 men after Manuel Leon was ejected in the 90th. The U.S. opened a string of three friendlies in seven days with a 5-1 win over Scotland on Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida. Landon Donovan scored three goals (3', 60', 65'), while Michael Bradley (11') and Jermaine Jones (70') added one apiece. It was Donovan's third career hat trick for the U.S., which has won five-straight matches dating back to last year's 3-2 victory against Slovenia on Nov. 15.
In a doubleheader in Houston on Saturday, El Salvador knocked off Moldova 2-0 on goals from Jaime Alas and Nelson Bonilla, while Honduras fell 1-0 to New Zealand.
Two days earlier, New Zealand and El Salvador tied 2-2, also in Houston, as Rafael Burgos scored both goals for the Central Americans.
In East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, Aldo De Nigris scored a goal in each half and gave Mexico a 2-0 victory over Wales on Sunday, the first of three friendlies in 11 days for the two-time defending CONCACAF champion. The Monterrey star, playing for Mexico for the first time since September, headed in a cross from Severo Meza in the 43rd, and chested in a driven ball from Edgar Andrade in the 89th. Mexico dominated possession and outshot the Welsh 29-4.
That same night, Panama knocked off Jamaica 1-0 in Jamaica on a goal from Luis Renteria.
Here is a schedule of friendlies in CONCACAF this week: Wednesday - United States v Brazil (Landover, Maryland); Thursday - Mexico v Bosnia-Herzegovina (Chicago, Illinois); Friday - Guatemala v Costa Rica (Guatemala City, Guatemala); Saturday - El Salvador v Honduras (Washington, D.C.); Sunday - Mexico v Brazil (Arlington, Texas), Canada v United States (Toronto, Canada).
Mexico to face Netherlands in Toulon semifinals
Mexico's U-23 team will face the Netherlands in the semifinals of the French youth tournament Espoir du Toulon on Wednesday.
Mexico knocked off Belarus 2-1 on Monday to finish second in its group. Earlier, Mexico defeated Morocco 4-3 and lost to France 3-1.
With the exception of an own-goal against Morocco, Marco Fabian has scored all of Mexico's goals.
Mexico and Guatemala split in beach soccer friendlies
Mexico and host Guatemala split a pair of beach soccer friendlies last week at the Instituto Mixto de Educacion Basica por Cooperativa de Sipacate.
Mexico opened the series with a 7-6 win on Friday before Guatemala came back to take the second match 4-3 a day later.