Week 2 of CCL kicks off tonight
Week Two of the CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage kick-offs tonight, when last season's runner-up Santos Laguna (Mexico) commences its 2012-13 campaign at home against Aguila (El Salvador).
Also, tonight, Real Salt Lake (United States) will aim for its first points against visiting Panamanian side Tauro (Panama) at Rio Tinto Stadium. Xelajú (Guatemala), which rallied for a 2-2 draw against DirecTV W Connection (Trinidad & Tobago) in Week One, entertains Guadalajara (Mexico) in the Mexican club's first-ever CCL game.
Tomorrow, Caribbean champion Caledonia AIA (Trinidad & Tobago) will look to rebound from a Week One 3-1 away loss to the Seattle Sounders (United States), when it hosts a Marathon (Honduras) team under the leadership of new head coach Manuel Keosseian. The Uruguayan, who replaced Ramón Maradiaga on Friday, is in his second stint with the Green Monster, guiding it to three titles from 2007-2010.
Also, on Wednesday, Tigres will aim to make it two wins from two games, when it travels to Alajuelense (Costa Rica). The Mexicans 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 to Olimpia (Honduras), against a Houston Dynamo (United States) team playing its first game in the competition since the 2009-10 season.
The week closes with a Thursday doubleheader. Chorrillo (Panama) visits Guatemala City to face Municipal, while 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 this season thanks to its 3-1 home win over the Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico).
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President to address Leaders in Football
CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb, will join a panel of expert speakers to address the Leaders in Football Conference on October 10 and 11 in London. As part of his initiative to be more transparent, accountable and focused on expanding the game, Webb will discuss the future of football governance alongside UEFA Executive Committee member Karen Espelund and Heather Rabbatts from The FA.
"As part of my personal pledge and CONCACAF's commitment to open discussions of the confederation's plans and development I am pleased to join my colleagues from around the world and have a frank discussion about where football governance is heading," said Jeffrey Webb, CONCACAF President."
Webb joins a group of the world's top names in football including Paris St. Germain CEO Jean-Claude Blanc, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and FIFA Vice President HRH Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein and 1,000-member CEO and Director level delegates linked to Clubs, Leagues, Associations, Federations and Brands. CONCACAF, FOX Soccer sign Gold Cup, Champions League broadcast agreement
CONCACAF announced last Tuesday that it has signed a four-year agreement with FOX Soccer to broadcast its Gold Cup and Champions League. The deal starts with the current Champions League season, continuing through 2015-2016 edition. It also covers the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups, giving FOX Soccer exclusive English-language rights in the United States to both of CONCACAF's showpiece events.
"We are extremely proud to continue our partnership with FOX Soccer," said CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb."CONCACAF is committed to organizing great tournaments that showcase many of the best players in the world.
"The incredible success of our teams at the Olympics demonstrates the deep pool of talent that our member associations are developing throughout the confederation. Our agreement with FOX Soccer offers us the stage to present that talent to the American audience."
Big day for Puerto Rico; historic win for the U.S.
Last Wednesday marked a key day for CONCACAF national teams as a total of 12 squads saw action in friendly matches around the world.
On Wednesday, Puerto Rico narrowly fell 2-1 to the visiting world and European champion Spain at the newly renovated Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel in Bayamon. Marc Cintron (65') scored the host's lone goal. Puerto Rico goalkeeper Bill Gaudette was tremendous, making numerous extraordinary saves that helped to limit Spain's offensive output.
Later that night, the United States defeated Mexico for the first time in 25 attempts on Mexican soil in a 1-0 win at the Estadio Azteca on Wednesday. Michael Orozco Fiscal scored his first international goal in the 80th minute to seal the victory.
In other action, Guatemala tied 3-3 with Paraguay in Washington, D.C. Marco Pappa (7' pen.), Manuel Leon (30') and Carlos Ruiz (83') netted for the Central Americans. Ruiz's strike was his 50th goal with the national team.
Following the Guatemala match, Jamaica defeated El Salvador 2-0 in the second game of a doubleheader at RFK Stadium. Luton Shelton (16', 65') scored both goals in a winning effort. In Lauderhill, Florida, Canada defeated Trinidad & Tobago 2-0. Toussaint Rickets (58') and Will Johnson (86' pen) scored for the North Americans.
Also, visiting Panama fell 2-0 to Portugal earlier in the day in El Faro. Panama played much of the second half with 10 men after a 49th minute red card to Gabriel Gomez.
Host Costa Rica dropped a 1-0 decision to Peru on a 8th minute goal by Andre Carrillo at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose. The Costa Ricans could not take advantage of the numerical advantage after Luis Ramirez of Peru was ejected in the last minute of the first half.
Guyana conceded two goals in the final two minutes to lose 2-0 to host Bolivia in Santa Cruz.
Finally, Honduras defeated Argentine club Boca Juniors in Miami. Jerry Bengtson scored the opener after 23 minutes, while Marvin Chavez added an insurance goal with two minutes left in the match.
U.S., Canada out to flying starts in Women's U-20 World Cup; Mexico falls to hosts
CONCACAF champion United States opened play at the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup with a 4-0 victory against Ghana in Hiroshima, Japan. Forward Maya Hayes netted a second half hat-trick after an own-goal by Ghana's Linda Addai gave the Americans a 20th minute lead. The U.S. plays China on Thursday before wrapping up its Group D schedule on Sunday against defending champion Germany.
Adriana Leon scored three goals in the first half, including one in injury time, to pace Canada over Argentina 6-0 Monday in its opening game.
The sixth-minute dismissal of Argentina's Agustina Barroso for knocking over Christine Exeter led to Shelina Zadorsky's penalty a minute later, giving the Canadians a 1-0 lead. Jaclyn Sawicki added another goal in the 20th minute before Leon - with the help of a pair of assists from Sawicki - tacked on goals in the 22nd, 42nd and first minute of first half injury time. Catherine Charron-Delage completed Canada's domination in the 86th, heading in Jade Kovacevic's cross.
Canada will face Norway on Thursday before closing out Group C play Sunday against Korea DPR.
Mexico conceded a goal midway through the first half and fell 4-1 to host Japan Sunday, the opening day of the Under-20 Women's World Cup. First-half substitute
Sofia Huerta tallied in second-half injury time for the only goal for Mexico, which has gone winless in six of its last seven matches at the U-20 Women's World Cup.
Mexico returns to Group A action on Wednesday against Switzerland and then finishes against New Zealand on Aug. 26.
ABFA hold women's coaching course
The Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) is hosting a FIFA Members Association Women's Football Coaching Course that began yesterday and continues through Friday. The course is led by FIFA instructor Andrea Rodebaugh of Mexico.