Caledonia wins first CFU club title
Caledonia AIA outlasted fellow Trinidadian side and three-time champion W Connection 4-3 on penalty kicks Thursday after a 1-1 draw to capture its first Caribbean Club Champions Cup title. Caledonia's previous best finish in the competition was a runner-up showing in 1998.
The result means Caledonia will move into Group 4 of the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) against the Seattle Sounders (USA) and Marathon (Honduras), while W Connection, making its return to the CCL after a two-year absence, will play Xelaju (Guatemala) and Guadalajara (Mexico) in Group 8.
Radanfah Abu Bakr, who scored the first goal in Caledonia's 2-0 win over Antigua Barracuda FC in Tuesday's semifinals, put the "Arima Morvant Fire" ahead in the 97th minute, but Clyde Leon tied it six minutes later.
Caledonia finally prevailed in the penalty shootout when Guyanese keeper Ronson Williams thwarted Johan Peltier's attempt, securing the championship for Caledonia. Puerto Rico Islanders finish third in CFU; book trip to CCL
The Puerto Rico Islanders defeated Antigua Barracuda FC 2-0 in the Caribbean Club Champions Cup's third-place match on Thursday to become the last team to qualify for the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League (CCL).
Puerto Rico, one of only three teams to participate in every edition of the CCL since its inception in 2008, will be slotted into Group 5 with the LA Galaxy (USA) and Isidro Metapan (El Salvador).
After Josh Hansen put the Islanders ahead in the 14th minute, Quinton Griffith had a chance to equalize in the 31st, but he put his penalty attempt off the left post.
Puerto Rico, which entered the tournament as a two-time defending champion, lost 4-1 to W Connection in Tuesday's semifinals. Hansen scored in that game as well, but Rennie Britto's two-goal performance propelled the Trinidadian side to victory.
Canada and El Salvador face off for final futsal place
Canada and El Salvador will face off in a two-match playoff on Thursday and Friday at the Domo Polideportivo in Guatemala City with the eighth and final berth to the 2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship at stake.
The winner will join Group A along with Panama, the United States and host Guatemala.
Group B consists of Cuba, Costa Rica, Mexico and St. Kitts & Nevis. The tournament will take place July 2-8, also at the Domo Polideportivo.
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. Teams make final preparations for CONCACAF Futsal finals
With the start of the CONCACAF Futsal Championship quickly approaching, teams are wrapping up their pre-tournament preparations.
Panama traveled to Cuba from June 20-24 and played three matches at the Kid Chocolate Gymnasium in Havana. The first two encounters ended in draws (4-4, 2-2), before the host posted a 4-2 win in the final game.
Mexico spent last week in Argentina, playing five matches against local club sides and coming away with a record of one win, two losses and two ties. On Sunday, the Mexicans arrived in Guatemala, where they will face Guatemalan club team Aquasistemas on Wednesday.
El Salvador also traveled to Guatemala on Sunday and has lined up matches against Guatemalan league sides Linces and Legendarios.
Costa Rica swept a two-game friendly series against visiting Canada this weekend at the Palacio de los Deportes.
The Ticos won the opener 2-1 on Saturday. After forward Diego Andres Zuñiga gave Costa Rica a 3rd minute lead, midfielder Alex Elliot leveled for Canada just before halftime. Forward Michael Cordoba scored a dramatic game-winner for the Central Americans with 45 seconds left on the clock.
In the second encounter on Sunday, Costa Rica cruised to a 4-0 victory. Zuñiga, Erick Brenes, Jose Antonio Guevara and midfielder Junior Rodriguez tallied one goal each.
Canada released its final roster (click here) on Friday and the United States did the same on Wednesday (click here).
Delphic Newtown United wins fourth SKNFA Premier Division Championship title
On June 16, Delphic Newtown United captured its fifth St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association Premier Division title, defeating Conaree 2-0 at the Warner Park Football Stadium to take their best-of three finals series. Alexis Saddler (4') and Ian Lake (80') scored for the winners.
Two days earlier, Newtown won the series opener by the same 2-0 scoreline. Lake, who was named the league Player of the Year, netted the game's first goal in 25th minute.
JFF to hold coaching course with Carolina Morace
The Jamaican Football Federation will present a FIFA conducted coaching course from July 25 to 29 led by former Canadian national team coach and FIFA Women's Football Ambassador Carolina Morace.
The course will include 35 participants from JFF parish associations, the Sherwin Women's League and the national coaching staff.
Also present will be Angenie Kanhai, current FIFA development officer for the region.
Mexico and Honduras announced Olympic rosters
Last week, CONCACAF representatives Mexico and Honduras announced their rosters for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Luis Fernando Tena, Mexico's head coach, included three overage selections on his 18-man list: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul, goalkeeper), Carlos Salcido (Tigres, defender) and Oribe Peralta (Santos, forward) .
Tottenham's Giovani Dos Santos, the only foreign-based player in the squad, was one of three forwards chosen along with Raúl Jímenez of Club America and Peralta.
For more information on Mexico's roster, click here.
Defender Maynor Figueroa (Wigan, England), midfielder Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City, USA) and Motagua forward Jerry Bengtson were selected as overage supplemental players for Honduras' Olympic team.
Manager Luis Fernando Suarez unveiled an initial 22-player roster, which will be trimmed by four players prior to Honduras' first match in the London Games against Morocco on July 26.
Forward Anthony Lozano of Alcoyano in Spain and midfielder Andy Najar of the USA's D.C. United were also named to the squad.
For more information on Honduras' roster, click here.
Canada releases roster for Olympics
Goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc and striker Christine Sinclair led a list of 12 players on the Canadian roster who will return to the Olympics for the second straight time, topping the country's 18-woman slate announced Monday.
Both Sinclair and LeBlanc, who have more than 100 appearances each for the Canadian women's national team, were among 14 members selected by coach John Herdman that also won the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Championship in Cancun, Mexico.
Canada will open the London Games against reigning Women's World Cup champion Japan on July 25 in Coventry , England, face South Africa three days later in the same city before finishing the group stage against Sweden in Newcastle.
To see the full Canadian roster, click here.
UNCAF Under-20 qualifiers to begin on July 17
Costa Rica will begin its attempt to earn a spot in the CONCACAF Under-20 Champion for a fifth straight time on July 17, meeting Nicaragua in the opening game of Group 1 Central American qualifying.
Group host Honduras will face Costa Rica on July 19, before concluding play two days later against Nicaragua.
Group 2 will begin July 25 in Coatepeque, Guatemala, with the host facing El Salvador, Panama will play El Salvador on July 27 with Guatemala and Panama facing off two days later to complete the group. T
wo from each group will qualify for the 12-team CONCACAF finals, to be played February 18-March 2, 2013, in Mexico.
For a full schedule please click here.
Caribbean U-17 qualifying to start July 5
Caribbean qualifying for the 2013 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship will begin July 5, with Cuba and Haiti hosting four-team groups and two others set for later in the month.
Cuba will face Aruba, Bahamas and Puerto Rico at Havana's Estadio Pedro Marrero, while Haiti will be home against Curacao, the Dominican Republic and St. Luicia at Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince July 5-9.
Jamaica will host a three-team group involving Antigua & Barbuda and Bermuda July 11-15, while the British Virgin Islands, Guyana and Suriname will travel to Trinidad July 24-28.
The remaining group will play in St. Kitts' Warner Park with the host, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Grenada and Barbados - also July 29-August 2. T
he group winners and the best second-place team will advance to a final round of qualifying August 19-30 at a venue to be determined later to decide the Caribbean's five berths in the CONCACAF finals, set for April 6-19, 2013, in Panama.
CONCACAF to hold referee course in Florida
Fifty of CONCACAF's top on-field officials will gather in Florida on Wednesday for the confederation's elite men's referee course, an annual event this year geared to further preparation for upcoming World Cup qualifying and Champions League matches.
The four-day combine involving 25 referees and 25 assistant referees will include a fitness test, classroom instruction as well as technical field sessions at the Kics Sports Complex, part of the Holiday Inn & Suites Sawgrass Mills venue in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Sunrise.
FIFA instructors and former referees Peter Prendergast of Jamaica, Rodolfo Sibrian of El Salvador and Esse Baharmast of the United States will conduct the course with FIFA's head of refereeing Massimo Busacca and the world body's senior manager of referee development Fernando Tresaco.
To see the list of invited referees please click here.