CONCACAF makes history at the London Olympics
CONCACAF made history at the just completed Olympics, becoming the first confederation to win gold medals in both the men's and women's tournaments, as Mexico and the United States, respectively, were crowned champions.
Additionally, Canada's women captured a bronze, giving CONCACAF three medals, good for half those available in the two soccer tournaments.
CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb said, "I want to congratulate each of CONCACAF's representatives at the Olympics and especially our gold medal winners from the United States and Mexico. They, along with the bronze-medal winning Canadian women and the quarterfinalist Honduran men, performed brilliantly. CONCACAF is the confederation of Olympic champions."
Mexico wins first Olympic gold medal
Oribe Peralta scored both goals as Mexico defeated Brazil 2-1 on Saturday to win the gold medal in the men's soccer tournament at the 2012 Olympic Games.
The Santos forward opened the scoring after 29 seconds and added a second in the 75th minute. Peralta, last year's CONCACAF Champions League Golden Ball winner, finished` the tournament with four goals.
Mexico, which medaled for the first time in soccer, finished with a 5 win, 1 draw and 0 loss record, with the tie coming in its tournament opener against South Korea.
U.S. avenge World Cup loss and win third straight Olympic gold
With two goals by midfielder Carli Lloyd, the U.S. women defeated Japan 2-1 on Friday to win the gold medal in the women's soccer tournament at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Lloyd, who scored the winning goal four years ago in the Olympic final against Brazil, put the Stars and Stripes ahead in the 8th minute and doubled the lead nine minutes after the break.
The win gave the U.S. a measure of revenge for its 2011 World Cup final loss in penalties to the Japanese. The result gave the U.S. its third straight Olympic gold medal and fourth in the five Olympics with a women's tournament.
After a heartbreaking 4-3 extra time loss to the U.S. on Monday, Canada rebounded with a 1-0 win over France to capture the Bronze medal on Friday. Diana Matheson (90'+2)scored the game's only goal deep into second-half injury time.
Mexico to open U-20 Women's World Cup against hosts Japan`
Mexico will face host Japan in the opening match of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup this Saturday in Miyagi.
The CONCACAF champion United States will kick-off against Ghana a day later in Hiroshima, while in a Group C encounter later that day, Canada will play Argentina in Kobe.
Mexico will then meet Switzerland on August 22, before closing its Group A schedule against New Zealand four days later.
The U.S. faces China on August 23 and will conclude Group D play against Germany on August 27. Canada takes on Norway on August 23 and then finishes the first round with an Aug. 27 game against Korea DPR.
CCL to resume next week
The CONCACAF Champions League is on break this week, but Week Two of the Group Stage will kick-off next Tuesday when 2011-12 runner-up Santos Laguna (Mexico) commences its 2012-13 campaign at home against Aguila (El Salvador).
That same night, Real Salt Lake (United States) will be aiming for its first points against visiting Panamanian side Tauro (Panama) at Rio Tinto Stadium. Xelajú (Guatemala), which drew with host W Connection (Trinidad & Tobago) in Week One, will stay on the road to square-off against Guadalajara (Mexico), making its CCL debut.
On Wednesday, Caledonia AIA (Trinidad & Tobago) will look to rebound after a Week One 3-1 away loss to the Seattle Sounders (United States) by hosting Marathon (Honduras). Later that night, Alajuelense (Costa Rica) will host Tigres (Mexico), which opened with a 4-0 win over Real Esteli (Nicaragua). The last game of the night features FAS (El Salvador), which dropped its CCL opener 3-0 against Olimpia (Honduras), against a Houston Dynamo (United States) team playing its first CCL game since 2009-10 season.
The week will close on Thursday, when Chorrillo (Panama) travels to Guatemala City to face Municipal. Lastly, the LA Galaxy (United States) will host Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) in a match-up of two quarterfinalists from last year. Metapan is off to a bright start thanks to its 3-1 home win over the Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico).
For a full schedule, please click here. KC claims first 2013-14 CCL berth
Sporting Kansas City became the first team to qualify for next season's CONCACAF Champions League, outlasting the Seattle Sounders on penalty kicks after 1-1 draw Wednesday night to win the U.S. Open Cup.
The victory gave Kansas City its first U.S. Open Cup title since 2004 - when the club was called the Wizards -- and ended the three-year reign of Seattle.
Sporting claimed the trophy, when Seattle's Eddie Johnson sent his penalty attempt over the bar after Paulo Nagamura put his side ahead 3-2.
El Salvador beats Guatemala to kick-off CONCACAF friendlies
To start a big week of CONCACAF national team friendlies, El Salvador beat Guatemala 1-0 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, on Saturday. Nelson Bonilla scored the game's only goal.
On Wednesday, Puerto Rico will host World Cup and European champion Spain in a marquee matchup at the Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, while that same day CONCACAF powerhouses Mexico and the United States will renew their rivalry at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
Panama will travel to Europe to take on Portugual and its star, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Also, in a Washington, D.C., doubleheader, El Salvador will face Jamaica and Guatemala meets Paraguay. Guyana will travel to South America to meet Bolivia. Costa Rica will host Peru at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose, while Trinidad & Tobago and Canada will clash in Lauderhill, Florida.
Honduras will face Argentine club side Boca Juniors in Miami and, on Friday, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Philippines will meet in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Caribbean U-20 final round set
Trinidad and Tobago claimed the last berth in the final round of Caribbean qualifying for the 2013 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, beating host St. Vincent and the Grenadines 3-0 Sunday night to earn second place in its group.
Trinidad joined final-round host Jamaica, first-round group winners Curacao, Cuba, Haiti and Suriname, along with fellow second-place finishers Antigua & Barbuda and Puerto Rico in the eight-team Caribbean finals.
Curacao and Antigua also earned their places on Sunday, playing each other to a 3-3 draw in North Sound, Antigua, to finish both with seven points atop Group 1.
Jomal Williams and Adan Noel both scored their second goal in three games to lead Trinidad, which finished with six points in Group 4, just behind Suriname on goal difference.
Earlier Sunday, Guyana beat Suriname 2-1 in Kingstown, St. Vincent. Suriname had assured itself of a berth on Friday when it defeated Trinidad 3-0.
In North Sound, Antigua, Elvis Thomas had all three goals for the host against Curacao, adding to the pair he scored in a 4-0 victory over Dominica on Wednesday. The draw assured Curacao of the Group 1 title on goal difference.
The weekend results also set the match-ups for the final round of Caribbean qualifying with Haiti, Curacao, Trinidad and Puerto Rico in Group A, and host Jamaica, Suriname, Cuba and Antigua & Barbuda in Group B, November 3-11.
Five nations will qualify for the 12-team CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Puebla, Mexico February 18-March 2.