CFU club finals to begin Tuesday
On Tuesday, in Marabella, Trinidad, the Puerto Rico Islanders will face W Connection (Trinidad & Tobago), while Antigua Barracuda FC takes-on Caledonia AIA (Trinidad & Tobago) in the semifinals of the Caribbean Club Champions Cup.
The winners automatically qualify for the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) and will meet two days later to determine the Caribbean champion. Preceding the final, the semifinal losers will battle in the third-place match for the region's last CCL berth.
In the CCL, the Caribbean club champion will play the Seattle Sounders FC (USA) and Marathon (Honduras) in Group 4. The runner-up will face Xelaju (Guatemala) and Chivas de Guadalajara (Mexico) in Group 8, while the third-place team will go into Group 5 with the LA Galaxy (USA) and Isidro Metapan (El Salvador). CCL news and notes
Several Central American clubs are bolstering their squads ahead of CCL play. To read more, click here.
It appears that David Estrada of the Seattle Sounders may miss some early Champions League matches. For additional information, click here. U.S. women knock off Japan
The United States defeated FIFA World Cup champion Japan 4-1 on Monday to capture the Volvo Winners Cup in Halmstad, Sweden. Alex Morgan (3', 61') and Abby Wambach (10', 90'+2) each scored two goals in a winning effort.
Wambach's goals gave her 138 for her international career in 181 games. She sits only behind Mia Hamm (158) on the USA all-time scoring list. Alex Morgan upped her career goal total to 27 in just 41 caps, moving her into a tie for 16th place on the USA's all-time scoring list with Joy Fawcett.
In tournament action on Saturday, the U.S. posted a 3-1 victory over host Sweden. Wambach (8'), Morgan (22') and Tobin Heath (56') each contributed one goal.
The Americans will close their preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games against Canada on June 30th at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Graham and Mate pass away
CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb, expressed his condolences over the death of Bodden Town Football Club footballer Gerome Graham, who passed away on 12 June 2012.
"It is with deep sadness and regret that I express my sincerest condolences to the family of Gerome Graham," said Webb. "Gerome was a valued member of the Bodden Town Football Club and the Cayman Islands National Team and will be deeply missed."
The 20-year-old midfielder collapsed during what was described as a "kick around" at the G. Haig Bodden football field. His team mates tried to resuscitate him, but Graham was pronounced dead at the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town.
Graham played for Bodden Town in the 2011 Caribbean Football Union Club Championship. He appeared in both legs of a first-round series against Puerto Rico's River Plate.
On Monday, CONCACAF was informed that former United States National Team member Andrew "Andy" Mate passed away on May 13, 2012, in his native Hungary at the age of 72.
The midfielder played most of career with New York Hungaria SC of the USA's German American Soccer League, leading it to a place in the 1963 CONCACAF Champions' Cup. During the CONCACAF tournament run, Mate became the first American to net a hat-trick on Mexican soil, when he scored all of NY Hungaria's goals in a 3-2 opening-match victory against CD Oro (March 18). It was also the first win by a U.S. club over a Mexican side in a CONCACAF event. With five total goals, Mate completed that competition as joint top scorer with Salomón Santvil, who played with eventual tournament winner Racing Club Haitien of Haiti. Referees announced for 2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship
CONCACAF announced that 16 referees have been appointed to officiate at its 2012 Futsal Championship, July 2-8, at the Domo Polideportivo in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Cuba's Antonio Alvarez leads the experienced referee's group as he will be officiating in his third-consecutive CONCACAF futsal finals.
Six others will be officiating their second CONCACAF event: Hector Mesen - Costa Rica; Eduardo Hernandez, Francisco Rivera - Mexico; Shane Butler, Jason Krnac - USA are returning from the 2008 competition in Guatemala, while Leroy Brown of Guatemala is the only remaining official from the 2000 tournament held in Costa Rica.
Prior to the start of the fifth CONCACAF Futsal Championship, a two-game playoff will take place at the Domo Polideportivo between Canada - El Salvador on 28 and 29 June to determine the final team to join the final round.
Defending champion Guatemala, is in Group A with Panama, the United States and the winner of the Canada-El Salvador playoff, while Group B is consists of Cuba, Costa Rica, Mexico and St. Kitts & Nevis.
For the first time, CONCACAF will send four representatives to the FIFA Futsal World Cup, which will next be played in Thailand, Nov. 1-18, 2012. 2012
CONCACAF Futsal Championship Referees:
Wenceslaos Aguilar (PAN), Antonio Alvarez (CUB), Alexander Cline Beteta (PAN), Leroy Brown (GUA), Shane Butler (USA), Sergio Cabrera (CUB), Rigoberto Flores (SLV), Carlos Gonzalez (GUA), Eduardo Hernandez (MEX), Jason Krnac (USA), Francisco Lopez (NCA), Geovanny Lopez (CRC), Hector Mendez (GUA), Hector Mesen (CRC), Francisco Rivera (MEX) and Carlos Vasquez (SLV) Guatemala falls to Brazil twice in futsal
Guatemala fell to host Brazil twice in a two-game friendly series played on Thursday and Sunday.
In the opener, three goals by Daniel and one each from Dyego, Ferraro, Gadeia, Neto, Rodrigo gave the four-time world champion an 8-1 victory at the Ginásio Poliesportivo Renato Veloso in Marabá.Humberto Armando Escobar (16') had the only goal for the defending CONCACAF champion in the loss.
Three days later, Alan Josue Aguilar propelled the Chapines into an 8th minute lead, but the Samba Kings rallied quickly on goals by Ferrao (10'), Dieguinho (14') and Marcenio (29') for a 3-1 triumph at Rio Branco's Ginásio Rui Lima do Nascimento.
Prior to the Brazilian trip, Guatemala dropped three decisions in Spain: Martorelli, 4-3 (June 4), Cataluña National Team, 7-5 (June 6) and Barcelona B, 6-4 (June 9).
The Guatemalans are in final preparations to stage the fifth CONCACAF Futsal Championship July 2-8 at the Domo Polideportivo in Guatemala City, where in Group A they will meet Panama, the United States and the winner of the Canada-El Salvador playoff series. Group B consists of Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico and St. Kitts & Nevis.