Champions League draw results announced
The Group Stage draw for the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League was conducted today at the confederation's offices in New York City. The 24 participants were divided into eight groups of three teams each.
The groups are:
Group 1: Santos Laguna (Mexico), Toronto FC (Canada), CD Aguila (El Salvador)
Group 2: Herediano (Costa Rica), Real Salt Lake (United States), Tauro (Panama)
Group 3: Olimpia (Honduras), Houston Dynamo (United States), FAS (El Salvador)
Group 4: Seattle Sounders (United States), Marathon (Honduras), CFU 1
Group 5: LA Galaxy (United States), Isidro Metapan (El Salvador), CFU 3
Group 6: Tigres UANL (Mexico), Alajuelense (Costa Rica), Real Esteli (Nicaragua)
Group 7: Chorrillo (Panama), Monterrey (Mexico), Municipal (Guatemala)
Group 8: Xelaju (Guatemala), CD Guadalajara (Mexico), CFU 2
The three teams from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) will be determined in the upcoming final round of the Caribbean Club Champions Cup to be played at Trinidad & Tobago's Manny Ramjohn. Antigua Barracuda FC will face Trinidad's Caledonia AIA and the Puerto Rico Islanders will face W Connection of Trinidad on July 19 while the final and third-place match will take place two days later. The finalists and third-place winner will advance to the Champions League.
In the Group Stage, each team will play a total of four matches, including a match against each rival at home and away. The first-place team in each group will advance to the eight-team Quarterfinal Round. The team that finishes with the best record in the Group Stage will face the team with the eighth-best record in the quarterfinals. Two will play seven, three will play six, and four will face five.
In the same manner, the semifinal pairings will feature the winner of 1-vs-8 advancing against the winner of 4-vs-5, and 3-vs-6 facing 2-vs-7.
The full Group Stage schedule, which begins July 31, will be released in the near future.
CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers to resume Friday
The third round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying kicks-off with Matchdays 1 and 2 on Friday and next Tuesday, respectively.
Here is the schedule (home team listed first):
Friday, June 8
USA v Antigua and Barbuda, at Tampa, Florida
Jamaica v Guatemala, at Kingston
Tuesday, June 12
Antigua and Barbuda v Jamaica, at St. John's
Guatemala v USA, at Guatemala City
Friday, June 8
Mexico v Guyana, at Mexico City
Costa Rica v El Salvador, at San Jose
Tuesday, June 12
El Salvador v Mexico, at San Salvador
Guyana v Costa Rica, at Georgetown
Friday, June 8
Cuba v Canada, at Havana
Honduras v Panama, at San Pedro Sula
Tuesday, June 12
Canada v Honduras, at Toronto
Panama v Cuba, at Panama City
The third round will continue through October 16, with the two top teams from each group (six teams in total) progressing to the fourth and final round. The top three teams qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with the fourth-placed team advancing to an intercontinental play-off against a representative from Oceania.
Mexico's win over Brazil highlights CONCACAF results
Mexico's 2-0 victory over Brazil highlighted a full week of CONCACAF friendlies before the beginning of the third round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.
Here is a recap of the games:
Sunday, June 3
Mexico 2, Brazil 0
Giovani Dos Santos (22') and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez (33') both scored for the second straight game as Mexico won for the fifth time in six outings since losing a friendly to Brazil in November in Torreon. The game was played before a record crowd of 84,516 fans at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, USA.
Canada 0, USA 0
Canada culminated the centennial celebrations of its federation founding before 15,247 at BMO Field in Toronto. The result extended the Americans' unbeaten streak against its northern neighbor to 15 games, not having lost since 1985.
Puerto Rico 1, Nicaragua 1
In Bayamon, Josh Hansen (61') scored for the second time in two games to give the host a lead, but Eulises Pavon equalized with 10 minutes left on the clock. Puerto Rico will host world champion Spain on August 15 at the Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel, also in Bayamon.
Saturday, June 2
El Salvador 0, Honduras 3
In Washington, D.C., a sold-out crowd of 41,780 at RFK Stadium saw Honduras win for the first time in four games. Victor Bernardez (11'), Carlo Costly (50') and Alan Lalin (83') scored for the Catrachos. El Salvador, which won all six games in the last round of World Cup qualifying, has not beaten Honduras since 2007, winless in eight matches.
Friday, June 1
Guatemala 1, Costa Rica 0
In Guatemala City, Carlos Ruiz (25') scored his third goal in two games and the Chapines avenged a 3-2 loss at Costa Rica a week earlier.
Panama 2, Jamaica 1
In Panama City, Luis Renteria's goal in the 77th minute gave Panama its second win over the Reggae Boyz in five days. Blas Perez put Panama ahead in the 33rd, but Dane Richards equalized nine minutes later. Renteria also scored the only goal in Panama's 1-0 win over Jamaica on May 27.
Puerto Rico 3, Nicaragua 1
In Bayamon, Cristian Arrieta (39'), Andrés Cabrero (63') and Josh Hansen (83') scored for the winners in the first of two friendlies against Nicaragua at the Bayamon Soccer Complex. Juan Barrera (90') struck for the visitors' only goal.
Thursday, May 31
Mexico 2, Bosnia-Herzegovina 1
In Chicago, Mexico defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1 before 51,240 at Chicago's Soldier Field. Giovani Dos Santos (7') put El Tri ahead early. Edin Dzeko leveled the score in the 29th minute, setting the stage for a late winner by Javier Hernandez (90'+2).
Wednesday, May 30
USA 1, Brazil 4 In Landover, Maryland, the U.S. saw its five-game winning streak dating back to last year come to an end as it fell to five-time FIFA World Cup champion Brazil 4-1 in an international friendly that drew 67,619 spectators to FedExField. Santos' Herculez Gomez (45') scored the host's lone goal.
Mexico, Canada and U.S. learn U-20 Women's opponents
Mexico will face host Japan in Miyagi to highlight the opening day of play at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Monday's draw for the event revealed.
Mexico also will face New Zealand and Switzerland in Group A, while two-time defending CONCACAF champion United States will play Ghana, China and reigning World Cup champion Germany in Group D.
CONCACAF's other qualifier, Canada, was drawn with 2008 champion North Korea in Group B, which also includes Argentina and Norway.
The U-20 Women's World Cup, originally designated to be played in Uzbekistan until FIFA withdrew it for logistical concerns, will begin August 19 and be played in Miyagi, Kobe, Saitama, Hiroshima and Tokyo before concluding in the capital on September 8.
Mexico wins Toulon tournament
For the first time in its history, the Mexico U-23 team won the Tournoi Espoirs, a prestigious youth tournament played in France, beating Turkey 3-0 in Friday's final.
Cándido Ramírez (25'), Hiram Mier (70') and Alan Pulido (76') each scored one goal.
In the first round, Mexico defeated Morocco and Belarus, but lost to France. Those results were enough to earn a place in the semifinals, where they defeated Holland 4-2.