Costa Rica wins Futsal Championship
Costa Rica defeated host and defending champion Guatemala 3-2 to win the 2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship on Sunday in Guatemala City. It was the Ticos' first futsal title since 2000.
Jorge Arias opened the scoring in the 7th minute and completed his brace four minutes into the second half (24'), while Diego Zuniga (7') added the other in a winning effort. Alan Aguilar (17') and Edgar Santizo (27') scored for Guatemala.
Miguel Lasso (1', 30', 43') scored three goals to give Panama a 6-4 extra-time win over Mexico in the tournament's third-place match, also on Sunday. With nine tallies, Lasso finished as the tournament's leading scorer.
Claudio Goodridge (3', 49') and Carlos Perez (29') scored for the Panamanians, who finished third in the competition for the first time in its history. Mexico came back to tie twice in the match, getting goals from Carlos Ramirez (19', 29'), Angel Rodriguez (26') and Morgan Plata (27').
The doubleheader was played in front of a CONCACAF futsal record of 6, 131 fans at the Domo Polideportivo.
By reaching the semifinals, all four teams qualified for the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup to be played November 1-18 in Thailand.
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CONCACAF Executive Committee to meet in the Cayman Islands
Jeffrey Webb, FIFA Vice President and President of the Confederation of North Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), will be hosting a CONCACAF executive committee meeting and strategic retreat July 12-15 on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
The purpose of the gathering is to focus on the objectives, vision, structure, and governance of CONCACAF, with emphasis on financial planning, competitions, development and branding.
"This occasion is not only important in the history of football in the Cayman Islands, but it is also important in the history of CONCACAF," stated Webb, who was elected CONCACAF President on May 23. "This will mark a turning point for CONCACAF, as we will, over the next few days, analyze every aspect of the confederation, with the aim of creating a business plan."
"We will be reviewing everything from the structure to the finances of CONCACAF. Our aim is to ensure that CONCACAF is properly positioned as a major sporting organization to serve and complement its member associations and to develop football throughout the region."
In addition to the meeting, HE The Governor, Duncan Taylor, will host the CONCACAF executive committee members at a reception at the Governor's House on July 12, while the Cayman Islands Football Association will host a gala dinner the following day at the Ritz-Carlton in honor of Webb's election to the Vice Presidency of FIFA and the Presidency of CONCACAF. Webb meets with CONMEBOL in Brazil
CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb, met with Executive Committee members of CONMEBOL on Wednesday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to explore the potential for collaborative opportunities between the confederations.
Among the items discussed was the staging of a special Copa America in 2016 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of CONMEBOL that would involve CONCACAF's partnership and participation, referee development, technical programs and other synergies.
"The discussions were held in a spirit of genuine cooperation," said Webb, making his first trip to South America since his election as CONCACAF President on May 23. "I look forward to further talks and building a stronger relationship between our confederations."
Webb was accompanied on the trip by CONCACAF Vice President, Justino Compean, who is also President of the Mexican Football Federation.
Cuba and Haiti advance in CFU U-17 qualifying
Cuba and Haiti topped their respective groups in the second round of the CFU U-17 qualifying with victories Monday night. Cuba finished atop Group 2 with a perfect record over three matches.
The Cubans defeated Bahamas (6-0), Aruba (7-0) and Puerto Rico (2-0) to advance. Puerto Rico finished second on four points after tying Aruba (1-1) and defeating the Bahamas (3-0).
Haiti topped the Group 3 standings with three wins in three matches. The Haitians defeated St. Lucia (3-0), Curacao (4-1) and the Dominican Republic (4-1). With four points, Curacao grabbed second place, beating out the Dominicans on goal difference (0 to -1).
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 & Nevis' Warner Park July 29-August with the host, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Grenada and Barbados.
The 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 in Panama.
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U.S., N. Korea to meet at U-17 Women's WC
CONCACAF champion the United States will face France, Gambia and North Korea in the first round of the Under-17 Women's World Cup, finishing the opening stage against the Koreans in a rematch of the 2008 championship final.
Friday's draw in Baku also pitted CONCACAF runner-up Canada against the host Azerbaijan, Colombia and Nigeria in Group A, while Mexico was placed in Group C with New Zealand, Brazil and 2010 runner-up Japan.
The Americans, which fell to North Korea in extra time in 2008, will start against France in Group B on September 22, the opening day of the tournament, in Lankaran, Azerbaijan. Earlier that day, Canada will face Nigeria in the capital of Baku.
Mexico will open play a day later in Baku against New Zealand.
Mexico and Honduras continue preparing for London
With its final 18-player roster announced at the end of last week, the Honduran Olympic team flew over the weekend to Villach, Austria, where it will hold a training camp until July 18. The team will face fellow Olympic squad Gabon tomorrow in its first pre-tournament friendly. The team coached by Luis Fernando Suarez will also face the U-23 teams of Egypt and UAE.
The team will be joined in Austria by its three overage players: Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic), Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City) and Jerry Bengtson (New England).
Mexico tied host and first division side Leon 1-1 on Wednesday. Javier Aquino scored a late equalizer for the Olympic team. Mexico's three over-age selections, Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Carlos Salcido (Tigres UANL) and Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna), all played in the match.
On Monday, Mexico flew to Spain, where it will hold a training camp in Marbella. On July 15, the Mexicans will take on the Olympic squad of Great Britain. The next day it will travel to Cadiz, Spain, where it will face the Spain U-23s on July 18.
Central American sides prepare for U-20 qualifying
With the UNCAF U-20 Qualifiers scheduled for later this month, the region's teams are preparing for the competition.
El Salvador is currently in Mexico, where it tied Queretaro's youth team 1-1 on Sunday, following a 1-0 loss to Toluca's U-20 team on Thursday. The team now moves to Mexico City and will face the following youth teams: Cruz Azul (Wednesday), América (Saturday) and Pachuca (July 17).
Guatemala is at home training and opened a series of three friendly matches with a 3-1 loss to Deportivo Malacateco on Sunday. The team will also play Deportivo Ayutla (Thursday) and Coatepeque (Sunday).
In Panama, the U-20 side defeated Arabe Unido 4-2 in Panama City and Tuesday will travel to Colombia for a six day training camp. The Canaleros will face the Colombia U-20 side twice, on Tuesday and the following Saturday. In between, the team coached by Javier Wanchope, will meet Atletico Nacional on Thursday.
Host Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua will face off in Group A in Tegucigalpa from July 17-21. Group B will be played from July 25-29 in Coatepeque, Guatemala, featuring the host, El Salvador and Panama. Mexico defeats, ties Canada in U-20 friendlies
Mexico tied Canada 1-1 on Saturday in a U-20 friendly at the Mexican Federation's Centro del Alto Rendimiento. Jesus Corona scored for the Mexicans, while Keven Alemán tied the match for the vistors.
Three days earlier, Mexico had defeated Canada 3-0. Mexico now travels to Russia for the Lev Yashin Tournament, July 12-15, where it will face Besiktas (Turkey) and Malaga (Spain).
Mexico will then join the United States at the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland from July 20-25. The Mexicans are scheduled to meet Turkey and Northern Ireland, while the U.S. will play Denmark and Chile. The semis are on July 25 and final on July 26.
Mexico will host the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Februrary 2013 in Puebla.