Signals: August 28, 2012
Twenty-five teams set for Caribbean Cup
Twenty-five teams will vie for the biennial Caribbean Cup title and four berths in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, starting September 5 with a doubleheader in Martinique.
Montserrat will face Suriname before Martinique plays the British Virgin Islands in Stade En Camee in Riviere-Pilote in Group 3, with subsequent matches on September 7 and September 9.
Group 1 in Haiti with Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Saint- Martin will be played September 7-11 in Port-au-Prince while Group 4 in Bridgetown, Barbados, is set for September 23-27 with the host country, Aruba, Dominica and the Dominican Republic. T
wo other first-round groups will have St. Kitts hosting Anguilla, Trinidad & Tobago and French Guyana in Group 5 October 10-14, with Group 2 in St. Lucia and also involving Curacao, Guyna and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Dates have not been set for Group 2. T
he winners and runners-up from Groups 1-3 as well as the best runner-up from Group 4 or Group 5 will advance to a second, three-group round in late October, when Grenada, Guadeloupe and Cuba will join the fray.
The top two teams from each second-round group will qualify for the Caribbean Cup finals set for December 3-15 along with two-time defending champion Jamaica and Antigua & Barbuda.
For a full schedule please click here. CONCACAF reaches radio broadcast agreement with Fútbol de Primera for 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups
CONCACAF announced last Wednesday that Fútbol de Primera (FDP) will be the exclusive Spanish-language radio broadcaster in the United States of the 2013 and 2015 editions of CONCACAF Gold Cup, bringing the tournament to millions across the nation. FDP, which has carried the Gold Cup since 2007, will transmit the competition on its more than 100-affiliated stations (40 of which are on the FM dial) across the country.
"We are excited to extend our Gold Cup relationship with Fútbol de Primera," said CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb. "With this partnership, it is our objective to promote the sport and cultivate the development of talent that inspires true passion for football by fostering excellence in the game."
CONCACAF and FDP also announced that the Gold Cup broadcasts will be anchored by legendary announcer Andrés Cantor, who will lead the play-by-play coverage throughout the tournament.
Fútbol de Primera is home to many of the most valuable soccer properties on radio in the United States and the world, including the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, all Mexican national team games, plus World Cup Qualifying. FDP's syndicated daily show, hosted by Cantor, is the country's longest-running Spanish-language radio show of its kind.
Champions League action continues this week
Week Three in the 2012/13 CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) kicks-off tonight with a clash between Group 1 leaders Santos (Mexico) and Toronto FC (Canada) at BMO Field in Toronto. The encounter is a rematch of last season's semifinals, which saw the current Mexican champion advance 7-3 on aggregate. Santos and Toronto each have three points after defeating Aguila (El Salvador) 5-0 and 5-1, respectively.
Later in the evening, Alajuelense (Costa Rica), fresh off last week's dramatic 2-2 tie against Tigres, (Mexico) will travel to Nicaragua to face Real Esteli. Esteli, which lost away to Tigres in Week 1, is winless in five all-time CCL games.
On Wednesday, Guadalajara (Mexico) will look for its first win, hosting DirecTV W Connection (Trinidad & Tobago) at the Estadio Omnilife, after a surprise 1-0 loss on Wednesday away to Xelajú (Guatemala). W Connection grabbed a 2-2 home tie against Xelaju in Week 1.
Municipal (Guatemala) will look to make it two Group 7 wins in a row, when it entertains Monterrey (Mexico). The Guatemalan side got past Chorrillo FC (Panama) last week 2-1 on a late goal by Yosimar Arias. The Rayados had eased past the Panamanians 5-0 in Week One.
The last match of the day features the LA Galaxy (United States) hosting the Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico) at The Home Depot Center. The Galaxy turned aside Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) 5-2 on Thursday, while Puerto Rico fell to host Metapan 3-1 in Week One.
After a 2-0 loss last week to Real Salt Lake, Tauro (Panama) returns home to meet Herediano (Costa RIca) on Thursday at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City. Herediano will be playing its first CCL match under new head coach Claudio Miguel Jara, who replaced Odir Jaques over the weekend.
Week Three will close with host Caledonia AIA (Trinidad & Tobago) squaring off against Group 4 leader Seattle Sounders (United States), Olimpia (Honduras) and the visiting Houston Dynamo (United States) will battle for first place in Group 3.
For a complete schedule, please click here. David Beckham scores milestone 1,000th CCL goal
The 1,000th goal in CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) history was scored last Thursday, when LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham netted directly off a corner kick in first-half injury time against Isidro Metapan at The Home Depot in Carson, California. The historic mark was reached in slightly more than four seasons of play and was Beckham's first-ever goal in the competition.
CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb, was delighted for the former Manchester United player: "CONCACAF continues to hit world-renowned and historic milestones with last night's 1,000th goal in Champions League play, and the recent two gold medals and a bronze at the Olympics.It's impossible to deny the skill and level of play emerging from our region and we congratulate David Beckham and his Galaxy team on this momentous occasion."
Mexico, U.S. advance Women's U-20 World Cup
Mexico will face Nigeria on Thursday, while the United States will meet Korea DPR on Friday in the quarterfinals of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan.
Mexico clinched advancement on Sunday, getting four second-half goals to beat New Zealand 4-0 and reach the knockout round for the second straight time.
Sofia Huerta scored for the third consecutive game, giving Mexico the lead in the 47th minute. Natalia Gomez Junco scored with a header to double the advantage, and Yamile Franco and Olivia Jimenez also added insurance strikes - all in the final 16 minutes -- to complete the victory.
The win finished Mexico in second place in Group A with six points, one behind group winner Japan, and two ahead of New Zealand.
Mexico suffered a 4-1 loss to hosts Japan before defeating Switzerland 2-0 in its second match.
The United States advanced to the quarterfinals for a sixth consecutive time despite a 3-0 loss to Germany on Monday.
The result finished the Americans in second place in Group D with four points, five behind Germany and ahead of China on goal difference.
In its other group games, the U.S. defeated Ghana 4-0 and had a 1-1 tie against China.
Canada was eliminated on Monday, falling 2-1 to Group C winner Korea DPR. Christine Exeter had given the Maple Leafs a 12th minute lead, before the Asian side rallied for the victory.
The Canadians, who will host the 2014 edition of the competition, finished in third place with three points, three behind second-place Norway.
Canada opened the tournament with a 6-0 win over Argentina before losing 2-1 Norway.
Marlon Glean appointed Football Ambassador of GFA
The Grenada Football Association (GFA) appointed Marlon Glean as its first-ever Football Ambassador on Saturday.
Glean, an attorney and a former GFA Vice President, will be responsible for promoting the GFA and the sport internationally, assist in marketing and supporting Grenada Football Association through his extensive personal contacts and relations overseas.
"We expect him to use his connection in facilitating and bringing talent experts to Grenada, promoting opportunities and ideas for, awareness building, and general marketing of Grenada Football Association in Grenada and abroad" said GFA President Cheney Joseph. "Mr. Glean has consistently been attracting and promoting football and opportunities for coaching, training and playing football overseas for Grenadian players and coaches for many years and we are simply formalizing what he has been doing as a patriot."
Futsal World Cup draw results revealed
CONCACAF champion Costa Rica was placed with host Thailand, Ukraine and Paraguay for the first round of the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup at Friday's draw for the seventh edition of the tournament.
Fellow CONCACAF side Guatemala was joined with Russia, the Solomon Islands and Colombia; Panama was put in with Spain, Iran and Morcco; while Mexico was drawn with Argentina, Italy and Australia for the November 1-18 event.
The 24 qualified countries were divided into six, four-team groups. The top two in each will advance to the second round along with four third-place teams.
This will be a third trip to the Futsal World Cup for both Costa Rica and Guatemala, with neither having advanced past the first round. Panama and Mexico will be making their debut appearances at the quadrennial championship.