2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Qualifying starts tomorrow night; Twenty-five teams set for Caribbean Cup
Twenty-five teams will vie for the biennial Caribbean Cup title and four berths in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup starting this week.
Group 3 starts tomorrow with a doubleheader in Martinique. Montserrat will face Suriname before the host plays the British Virgin Islands in Stade En Camee in Riviere-Pilote with subsequent matches on September 7 and September 9.
Group 1 will be played September 7-11 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with the host, Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Saint-Martin, while Group 4 in Bridgetown, Barbados, is set for September 23-27 with the host country, Aruba, Dominica and the Dominican Republic.
Two other first-round groups will have St. Kitts hosting Anguilla, Trinidad & Tobago and French Guyana in Group 5 October 10-14, while Group 2 consists of host St. Lucia, Curacao, Guyana and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Dates have not been set for Group 2.
The 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 each head one of the remaining groups.
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 host Antigua & Barbuda.
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CCL Group Stage reaches midway point
The third week of the CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage play opened on Tuesday as last year's runner-up Santos Laguna (Mexico) beat host Toronto FC (Canada) 3-1 at BMO Field. The game was tied at 1-1 until the final moments, when Carlos Darwin Quintero (90') and Candido Ramirez (90'+3) scored for the Mexican champs, enabling them to reach six points and first place in Group 1.
That same night, Alajuelense (Costa Rica) posted a 1-0 away win away over Real Esteli (Nicaragua) for its first three points. Allen Guevara scored the game's only goal in the 42nd minute.
On Wednesday, host Guadalajara (Mexico) netted four second-half goals to beat DirecTV W Connection (Trinidad & Tobago) 4-0 at the Estadio Omnilife. Marco Fabian (53', 68', 90') scored three goals and 18-year-old Carlos Fierro (64') added another, lifting the club to its first-ever CCL victory.
Also, on Wednesday, a 79th minute goal by Humberto Suazo gave two-time defending champion Monterrey (Mexico) a 1-0 away win against Municipal (Guatemala) and the top spot in Group 7.
To close out the night, the LA Galaxy (USA) routed the visiting Puerto Rico Islanders 4-0 to maintain first place in Group 5. Tommy Meyer (7'), Jose Villarreal (46'), Jack McBean (80') and Michael Stephens (82') each scored their first-ever CCL goals.
On Thursday, Herediano (Costa Rica) reached six points to lead Group 2 thanks to a 1-0 away win over Tauro (Panama) at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez. Waylon Francis (48') netted his first CCL goal in a winning effort.
That same night, Caledonia AIA (Trinidad & Tobago) fell 3-1 at home to the Seattle Sounders. Allan Caskey opened the scoring after 45 minutes before Sammy Ochoa (60') and Fredy Montero (68') each found the back of the net. Seattle now holds first place in Group 4 with six points, five ahead of Caledonia and Marathon (Honduras).
To close out the round, 10-man Houston Dynamo (USA) tied host Olimpia (Honduras) 1-1 in Tegucigalpa. Douglas Caetano Mattoso opened the scoring after only 8 minutes before Adam Moffat (57') leveled in the second half.
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WCQs resume this Friday
The third round of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying continues with key doubleheader fixtures taking place on Friday and Tuesday.
Each team has already played two matches, but over the next eight days the same opponents will meet each other twice in encounters that could prove decisive in determining those advancing to the final round.
The action begins on Friday afternoon with a Group C dual between host Cuba and Honduras. Cuba is currently in last with zero points, while Honduras looks for its first win after opening with a draw and a loss.
Panama, which leads the group by two points over Canada, will travel to face its North American rivals in Toronto.
In Group A, Jamaica welcomes the United States to Kingston for a top of the table clash. Antigua and Barbuda visits Guatemala in a battle of squads with one point each.
In Group B action, third-place El Salvador will face last-place Guyana at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador. Host Costa Rica will meet group leader Mexico at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose. A win by the Ticos will see them jump into first.
Teams will have little time to relax as the fixtures will be reversed four days later.
Sundhage to leave as US women's coach
Pia Sundhage, who led the United States to two Olympic gold medals, will not return to coach the U.S. women's national team, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Saturday.
The announcement came just over three weeks after the Americans won the 2012 Olympic title at the London Games and just hours before the United States posted an 8-0 friendly win over Costa Rica in Rochester, New York.
Sunhdage, whose contract expires November 30, will remain as coach through a pair of friendly matches against Australia in Carson, California, on September 16 and three days later in Commerce City, Colorado.
Under Sundhage, who took over the U.S. team after it finished third at the 2007 Women's World Cup, the United States won 88 of 104 matches, with 10 draws and only six losses. Besides the 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medals, the United States also finished runner-up at the 2011 Women's World Cup and won two CONCACAF Olympic women's qualifying titles. St. Vincent & the Grenadines posts win and draw over Barbados in friendlies
Myron Samuel scored in the opening nine minutes, while Cornelius Stewart added another three minutes from time, to give St. Vincent & The Grenadines a 2-0 win over visiting Barbados in the first of two international friendlies at Kingstown's Victoria Park on Saturday.
The next day, Stewart gave the host an early first-half advantage, before Barbados' Jeffrey Williams equalized in the 31st minute for the 1-1 draw. Mesen is new secretary general of Fedefut
The Costa Rica Football Federation (Fedefut) announced today that former national team goalkeeper Alvaro Mesen has been appointed general secretary.
Mesen played 38 times for Costa Rica from 1999-2006 and played for Alajuelense for over a decade.
U.S. to the semis, Mexico falls to Nigeria in the quarters
Morgan Brian and Kealia Ohai sent the United States to the final of the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup, beating Nigeria 2-0 on Tuesday to earn a rematch with defending champion Germany.
Morgan scored in the 22nd minute and Ohai added hers in the 70th for their first goals of the tournament and gave the Americans some revenge after being eliminated by the Nigerians two years ago in the quarterfinals.
The United States will face the Germans on Saturday in the title match, seeking a third crown in the six tries. It also will look to avenge a 3-0 loss to Germany in the first round, the only game it has been held without a goal.
On Friday, a goal by Chioma Ubogagu in the eighth minute of extra time sent the United States to the semifinals with a 2-1 victory over North Korea.
Nigeria qualified for the semis by defeating Mexico 1-0 in their quarterfinal on Thursday. It was the second consecutive time Mexico had been eliminated at that stage in the competition, having been beaten by South Korea 3-1 two years ago.