Semifinals set in Guatemala
The United States will face Panama and Canada will meet Mexico Thursday in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship in Guatemala. The winners will qualify for the competition’s championship match, as well as earn places at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan.
The losers will also meet Thursday in the third-place match, with the confederation’s last World Cup berth at stake. The U.S. and Canada were both perfect through the group phase, each winning their three matches.
The Americans opened with a 10-0 win over the Bahamas, before beating Trinidad & Tobago (5-0) and Mexico (3-0). The Maple Leafs posted victories against Panama (6-0), Jamaica (4-0) and Guatemala (6-1).
Mexico started strongly with two-consecutive wins (2-0 v Trinidad & Tobago, 6-0 v Bahamas), but closed out the round with a 3-0 loss to the United States. Panama bounced back from that heavy defeat at the hands of Canada with a win over Guatemala (7-1) and a draw against Jamaica (1-1).
U.S. forward Summer Green is the tournament’s top scorer with nine goals, matching the competition record for most goals after just three matches. Compatriot Lindsey Horan set the mark in five outings at the 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Costa Rica.
El Salvador receives extra CCL berth; FAS is third Salvadoran team in upcoming CCL
CONCACAF announced Thursday that El Salvador will receive a third berth in the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League. El Salvador was granted the place initially reserved for Belize, which lost its spot since that country does not have a stadium that meets CONCACAF’S minimum standards for Champions League play.
Tournament regulations state that a team does not have to play in its own stadium, but must play in one located within its own country, as long as it satisfies the required criteria.
Metapan finished second to eventual finalist Santos in Group C before advancing to the quarterfinals, where it was eliminated by Pumas . In Sunday’s 2012 Salvadoran Clausura final, played at San Salvador’s Estadio Cuscatlan, Aguila outlasted reigning champion Metapan 2-1 to win the title and reaffirm its place in next season’s CONCACAF Champions League. T
he club already had been assured of a spot in the 24-team field, Metapan and FAS, when El Salvador was awarded the third berth. FAS qualified by virtue of accumulating the highest number of points, after Metapan and Aguila, over the past two regular seasons.
Clubs look to qualify for the 2012/13 Champions League
Club America will take-on CCL champion Monterrey and Santos will face Tigres this week in the semifinals of the 2012 Torneo Clausura. Quarterfinal play concluded this past weekend. America fell 2-1 to Pachuca, but progressed on the strength of a first-leg victory (3-1) on Wednesday. Monterrey tied Tijuana 2-2 and advanced 4-3 on aggregate. Santos won both legs against Jaguares (4-3, 2-1), plus defending Mexican champion Tigres defeated Morelia twice (1-0, 4-1).
The Club America-Monterrey series will be played on Wednesday (Mexico City) and Saturday (Monterrey), while Tigres and Santos will square-off off Thursday (Monterrey) and Sunday (Torreon).
The two Clausura finalists receive automatic berths to the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League. If Santos and/or Tigres reach the final, please click here to view the potential qualifying scenarios.
Herediano will face Santos in the final of the Costa Rican Torneo de Invierno, beginning next weekend. In the semifinals, Herediano defeated Perez Zeledon 2-0 on Sunday to advance 3-1 on aggregate. Santos and Saprissa tied 1-1 on aggregate, but Santos advanced due to possessing a higher position in the regular-season standings. The winner will join Torneo de Verano champion Alajuelense in the 2012-13 Champions League.
Xelajú will face Deportivo Marquense and Municipal will meet Comunicaciones in the semifinals of the Guatemalan Torneo Cluasura. Xelaju defeated Heredia 7-4 over their two-leg quarterfinal pairing, closing out the series with a 6-2 triumph on Sunday. That same day, Municipal defeated 3-0 Suchitepequez after 2-1 loss in the first leg. The winner of the 2012 Torneo Clausura will qualify for the 2012-13 Champions League. As Torneo Apertura champion, Municipal previously earned its fourth CCL berth. However, if the Rojos repeat as Guatemalan champion, Comunicaciones will receive the country’s other tournament place since it accumulated the most points over the past two regular seasons.
Olimpia and Marathon will face off in the Honduran Torneo Clausura finals to be played May 12 and 20. In the semifinals, Olimpia outpaced Real Espana (1-0, 5-0), while Marathon knocked off Motagua (0-0, 2-0). Olimpia, winner of the 2011 Torneo Apertura, has already booked a place in its fifth-consecutive Champions League. Win or lose, Marathon has also secured a CCL place. It will qualify either as a champion or as the team with the points over the past two regular season.
In Panamanian Clausura play on Sunday, Tauro opened with a 1-0 win over Sporting de San Miguelito, while Chepo topped Arabe Unido by the same score. The second legs will be played next Saturday at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez. The winner of the title will join Torneo Apertura champion Chorrillo in the 2012-13 Champions League.
Toronto FC will host the Montreal Impact and FC Edmonton will travel to face the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday in the second legs of the Amway Canadian Championship. Last Wednesday, Toronto tied the Impact in Montreal 0-0, while visiting Vancouver posted a 2-0 win over Edmonton. The winners will meet May 16 and May 23 for a berth in the 2012-13 Champions League.
Caribbean Football Union
Group 5 in the second round of the 2012 CFU Club Championship kicked off Sunday in Trinidad & Tobago as host W Connection beat Victory of Haiti 2-0 and Antigua Barracuda outdistanced Suriname’s Inter Moengotapoe 3-0. Tonight, Victory meets Antigua Barracuda and Inter Moengotapoe will face W Connection. The group will wrap up on Thursday. The winner and runner-up of the group will advance to the finals.
Montagliani named president of CSA
Victor Montagliani was elected president of the Canadian Soccer Association on Saturday, the CSA announced, beating Rob Newman in a two-man race after incumbent Dominic Maestracci withdrew earlier in the day.
Montagliani, who had served three terms as vice president and chairman of the national teams and has been a member of the CSA executive committee since 2005, begins his four-year term immediately.
The election at the CSA’s Annual General Meeting installed Montagliani as the country’s 33rd president in its 100th year. Mastraecci had served since 2007.
Guyana ties Martinique and defeats Guadeloupe in friendlies
In preparations for the upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, Guyana traveled to the French Caribbean islands for a pair of friendlies against Martinique and Guadeloupe last week.
On May 2, Brion Baker scored a goal in the final seconds of stoppage time, to give Guyana a 2-2 draw with Martinique at Le Lamentin’s Stade Georges-Gratiant. Kévin Parsemain (23′) and Kévin Tresfield (90′) had a goal apiece for the host, while Anthony Abrams (56′) netted the first goal for the Golden Jaguars.
Two days later, Guyana posted a 2-1 win over Guadeloupe at the Stade René Serge Nabajoth in Les Abymes. The home side took an early lead with a goal from Samuel Zenon (2′). Consecutive tallies, however, from Ryan Crandon (12′) and Konata Mannings (65′) extended the Golden Jaguars unbeaten streak to three matches.
Guyana is scheduled to play another friendly at Jamaica on May 18, before opening its World Cup Qualifying third-round group with a visit to Mexico on June 8. Guadeloupe and Martinique are warming-up for the Caribbean Cup later this year.
Cities for 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada announced
The official Host Cities for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada were announced at a media conference held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada on May 4 in the presence of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport) and FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.
The six official Host Cities named were: Edmonton, Alberta; Moncton, New Brunswick; Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup – the largest single sports event for women in the world – will be the first single sport event in Canada to be held from coast to coast.
It will be the largest-ever Women’s World Cup which will be expanded to 24 teams for the first time. The tournament has consisted of 16 teams since its inception in 1991.
It will be the third time a CONCACAF nation has staged the event, following the United States in 1999 and 2003. Canada also will host the 2014 Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
The venue cities for that tournament will be announced by the end of the year, FIFA said in a statement on its website.