Webb receives Queen's Jubilee Medal of Honor
CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb, received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal of Honor at a dinner held in his honor by the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) on Friday evening.
The Hon. W. McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP, made the presentation to Webb before more than 250 attendees. Webb received the distinction thanks to his contributions to the Cayman Islands through sport.
The CIFA hosted the event to celebrate Webb's recent election as CONCACAF President and his installation to the Vice Presidency of FIFA. CONCACAF appoints Sanz General Secretary
CONCACAF announced Friday that Enrique Sanz has been appointed General Secretary, effective July 25, 2012. Sanz will succeed Acting General Secretary, Ted Howard, who has been in this interim role since January 2012, following the resignation of Chuck Blazer.
CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb, made the appointment, which was unanimously approved by the CONCACAF Executive Committee.
"Sanz will have a key role in the administration of CONCACAF. I am certain that we have found a professional with competence and integrity to implement our road map to reform," said Webb.
Colombian born, Sanz has been closely related to the soccer world for the past fifteen years. The 38-year-old Sanz will be leaving his current position as Vice President of Traffic Sports USA, a leading soccer marketing company in Latin America, where he has headed the CONCACAF region since 2005. During this time, he became part of the team that laid the foundation for the NASL (North American Soccer League) in the United States. He also worked in a team that founded various football clubs and was crucial in the development of players in the region.
"I am honored to have been appointed as General Secretary," Sanz expressed. "Although not without challenge, I foresee a great new era for the confederation." Howard to remain Deputy Gen. Secretary
CONCACAF announced Saturday that Ted Howard will return to his previous position as Deputy General Secretary, following Friday's appointment of Enrique Sanz as General Secretary.
Howard was installed as Acting General Secretary on January 2, 2012, replacing Chuck Blazer, who resigned after 21 years in the post. Sanz's appointment takes effect starting July 25.
"I am thankful for Ted's efforts over the last eight months," said CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb. "His experience will be critical as move forward with the work of reforming CONCACAF." UNCAF and FESFUT hold referee assessor course with participants from all three CONCACAF regions
The Central American Football Union (UNCAF) and the Salvadoran Football Federation (FESFUT) jointly held a referee assessor course July 11-13 in El Salvador.
FIFA instructor, Rodolfo Sibrian; FIFA Referee Committee member, Carlos Batres; and UNCAF Director of Development, Victor Hugo Estrada led the instruction for the 28 participants from Central America, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Canada.
The course was conducted for the purpose of further preparing referee assessors to assess and evaluate referees that officiate in CONCACAF competitions.
Honduras and Mexico wins Olympic friendlies
Honduras traveled to Villach, Austria, for training and friendly matches prior to its July 26 Olympic opener against Morocco in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Catrachos defeated their counterparts from Gabon 2-0 on Wednesday thanks to goals from Eddie Hernandez (60') and Andy Najar (70'). On Monday, Antony Lozano scored two goals (71', 79') to lift the Central Americans to a 2-1 win over the United Arab Emirates' Olympic squad.
The CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying runner-up will face Egypt on Thursday in Amiens, France. In another Olympic friendly, Mexico posted a 1-0 win over Great Britain on Sunday in Marbella, Spain. Marco Fabian (28') scored the game's lone goal.
The CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying champion will face host Spain on Wednesday in Cadiz. Mexico will commence its Olympic campaign on July 26 against Korea Republic in Newcastle, England.
Canada and the U.S. continue to prepare for Olympics
The Canadian women's national team fell 2-1 to Brazil today in Saviese, Switzerland today in its final tune-up match before the Olympics. Christine Sinclair scored her 137th international goal in the game's final moments.
At the Stade de Lussy in Châtel-Saint-Denis, Switzerland, Canada defeated New Zealand 2-0 on Saturday in a rematch of a 2012 Women's World Cup game. Diana Matheson (30') opened the scoring, while Christine Sinclair (47') provided insurance.
After a week of training in Middlesbrough, England, the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying champion United States traveled to Glasgow, Scotland, to continue preparations for defense of its Olympic title.
Pia Sundhage's team will face France on July 25 in the Olympic opener for both teams.
Castillo new coach of El Salvador
The Salvadoran federation on Saturday announced the hiring of Juan de Dios Castillo as the new coach of its national team.
The previous coach, Ruben Israel, resigned from the position last week.
Castillo, nicknamed "Cuate", previously coached the Honduras national team and won the 2011 Copa Centroamericana with the Catrachos. Panama falls to Uruguay
Panama fell to the Uruguayan Olympic team 2-0 on Saturday in Montevideo.
The Canaleros featured a team that was a mix between U-23 players and players from the full national team.
The Panamanians will face Portugal on August 15 in El Faro, Portugal. Aruba wins ABCS Tournament
In Oranjestad, host Aruba defeated Suriname 1-0 on Sunday to win the third ABCS Cup. Rashidi Gilkes (35') scored the game's lone goal.
Curacao defeated Bonaire 8-2 in the third-place match.
Suriname opened the tournament on Friday with 8-0 win over Bonaire, while Aruba knocked off Curacao 3-2.
Jamaica advances in U-17 qualifying
Junior Flemmings scored two goals during a four-minute span in the first half to lift Jamaica past Antigua & Barbuda 4-0 on Sunday and into the Caribbean qualifying finals for the 2013 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.
Flemmings struck in the 17th minute and converted a penalty three minutes later. I'Ishmale Currie (10') and Michale Seaton (44') also scored for Jamaica, which finished atop the three-team Group 1 standings with six points.
Bermuda, which defeated Antigua 2-1 on Friday night with a pair of goals by Ras Stafari Burrows (14', 68'), was second with three points. On Wednesday, Jaheel Hyde (16', 28', 60') scored three goals as Jamaica opened group play with a 5-0 win over Bermuda. Flemmings (51') and Seaton (70') also tallied in the victory.
Jamaica joins Cuba and Haiti in the next round of qualifying August 19-30 at a site to be determined against the winners of Groups 4 and 5 and the best overall second-place team from the five first-round groups.
Group 4 involving the British Virgin Islands, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago will play July 24-26, while Group 5 pitting Barbados, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis and the U.S. Virgin Islands will play July 29-August 2.
Five teams will qualify for the CONCACAF finals April 6-19, 2013, in Panama.
Caribbean U-20 qualifying schedules set
Puerto Rico will host Barbados immediately after Bermuda faces Haiti on July 25 to open Caribbean qualifying for the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, the Caribbean Football Union announced Thursday.
Match schedules for three of the four groups have Group 3 in Mayaguez concluding on July 29 with Puerto Rico facing Haiti. Group 2 will be played July 26-30 in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, with Cuba, Aruba and St. Kitts & Nevis. Group 4 will be contested August 8-12 in Kingstown, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, with Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana and Suriname. Group 1 is comprised of host Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada, Curacao and Dominica and will also be played August 8-12.
The four group winners along with the best runner-up will advance to a final round of qualifying with host Jamaica November 3-11.
Five of the six teams from the final round of Caribbean qualifying will advance to the CONCACAF championship in Puebla, Mexico, February 18-March 2.
For Caribbean Under-20 qualifying match schedules, click here. Central American U-20 Qualifiers kick-off tonight
The road to the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship will kick-off tonight in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with a Central American qualifying Group 1 game between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Two days later, host Honduras will meet Costa Rica before facing Nicaragua on Saturday.
Group 2 will be played July 25-29 in Coatepeque, Guatemala, featuring the host, El Salvador and Panama.
El Salvador wrapped up its preparations for the qualifiers by beating the Club America U-20 side 1-0 in Mexico City. The Cuscatlecos fell 2-1 to a youth team from Mexico's Cruz Azul on Wednesday.
Panama dropped two-consecutive Under-20 friendlies against host Colombia (last Tuesday, 4-0; Saturday, 2-0).
Guatemala played second-division side Deportivo Coatepeque to a 1-1 draw in its final tune-up for the U-20 Central American qualifiers. It also lost 1-0 to Deportivo Ayutla in Coatepeque on Thursday. Mexico wins Lev Yashin Tournament
Manuel Corona scored both goals as the Mexico U-20 national team defeated Dynamo Moscow 2-1 on Sunday to win the Lev Yashin Tournament in Russia.
Corona also netted twice in Mexico's 7-0 tournament-opening win over Turkey's Besiktas on Thursday.
The next day, Jesus Escoboza scored as the Tricolores tied Malaga 1-1 to reach the final.
Mexico will now head with the United States to the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland, where it will start play against Turkey on Saturday, before facing the host on Monday.
The U.S., two-time winner of the competition, will meet Denmark on Saturday, July 21, at Scroggy Road in Limavady. Two days later, the Americans will take-on Turkey at the Showgrounds in Ballymena.
Mexico will host the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. For more information please click here.