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February 21, 2016
ALEX MORGAN had three goals and the United States breezed past Trinidad & Tobago, 5-0, on Friday night in Houston to clinch a spot in the Summer Olympics in Brazil. After winning Group A at the 2016 CONCACAF qualifying championship with three wins in Frisco, Texas (scoring 16 goals and allowing none), the U.S. team clinched a berth in the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The USA is attempting to win its fourth consecutive CONCACAF championship and qualify for its sixth consecutive Olympic Games.
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July 25, 2014
THE FINAL, semifinal and third-place games of this October's CONCACAF women's championship will be played at Chester's PPL Park, U.S. Soccer announced yesterday. The games will be held Oct. 24 and 26, with the winner, runner-up and third-place finisher automatically qualifying for next year's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. Ticket information is not yet available, and kickoff times for the tournament will not be set until Sept. 5. Fox Sports will broadcast the matches across its multiple channels.
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October 29, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
THIS IS THE GAME that really matters. While the United States undoubtedly wants to win the CONCACAF women's championship tournament that concludes this weekend at PPL Park, its primary goal in this competition is to earn a berth into the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup next summer in Canada. To guarantee that, all Team USA must do is beat archrival Mexico in tonight's semifinal and advance to Sunday's championship match. Trinidad & Tobago will attempt to make history as the first Caribbean nation to qualify for a Women's World Cup when it plays Costa Rica today.
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October 28, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
That'll teach U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis to start a game with Abby Wambach on the bench. The 34-year-old forward and all-time leading goal scorer in international play was not in the starting lineup for Friday's CONCACAF soccer semifinal. Instead she came on as a substitute, replacing Sydney Leroux in the 62d minute. But Wambach returned to the starting 11 in Sunday's CONCACAF final, and her impact was felt immediately as the veteran netted four goals en route to a 6-0 win over Costa Rica.
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July 28, 2015 | BY JOHN SMALLWOOD, Daily News Staff Writer smallwj@phillynews.com
PERHAPS THE least recognized part of the CONCACAF moniker is that the third "C" stands for Caribbean. Despite having 31 associations in CONCACAF, Caribbean teams have played in the shadow of their North and Central American confederation mates - especially Mexico and the United States. Only four Caribbean nations - Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago - have ever qualified for a World Cup, and none has qualified more than once. Haiti, in 1973, is the only Caribbean nation to win a CONCACAF championship - nearly two decades before the Gold Cup Tournament format was created.
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July 25, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
CONCACAF is always a circus, and it's in town. Unless the image is somehow topped over the weekend, the enduring one of the 2015 Gold Cup will be a makeshift sign held up in Panama's lockerroom by its national team players after Wednesday's semifinal game. Certainly in the view of Panama's players - and much of the viewership all over the continent - that game in Atlanta had been snatched away from them in the final minutes with a couple of penalty kicks awarded to Mexico. The largest words on the sign: CONCACAF Ladrones . Translation: Thieves.
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June 7, 2013
The Week in Soccer   United States at Jamaica 9:20 p.m. Friday (beIN Sport English) The U.S. team is coming off a wildly entertaining 4-3 win over Germany in a friendly. Now it's time for Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, and company to get back to the serious business of qualifying for the World Cup in CONCACAF. Jamaica's squad includes familiar faces from MLS, such as Portland's Ryan Johnson and Vancouver's Darren Mattocks.   Mexico at Panama 9:30 p.m. Friday (Telemundo, WWSI-62)
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December 16, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Bermuda's Olympic soccer team has been suspended after seven players were charged in Florida with importing and possessing marijuana. The players, members of the 23-and-under team, were en route to Hamilton, Bermuda, via Miami on Friday. They were arrested at the airport after a drug- sniffing dog picked up the scent of marijuana. The team was suspended by CONCACAF, the regional soccer federation for North and Central America and the Caribbean. The suspension was confirmed yesterday by the Canadian Soccer Association.
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August 11, 1994 | by John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Writer
Understandably, Michelle Akers-Stahl was a little miffed when she learned that despite the fact the United States had won the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup Soccer Championship in 1991, it would not receive an automatic bid into the next tournament as defending champion. Unlike their male counterparts, who would be assured of a spot in the next men's championship if they wore the same crown, Akers-Stahl and her teammates will have to go through the task of qualifying for the 1995 championship next summer in Sweden.
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June 8, 2016 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - Few national teams on the planet know the United States better than Costa Rica. From decades of World Cup qualifying slugfests to the many Ticos who've thrived in Major League Soccer, the ties between the two nations are close and long-standing. In this case, familiarity does not breed the same kind of contempt that fuels the Americans' rivalry with Mexico. But the U.S.-Costa Rica relationship isn't exactly cordial, either. Their matchups are often physical and rarely pretty - especially when the stakes are high.
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February 21, 2016
ALEX MORGAN had three goals and the United States breezed past Trinidad & Tobago, 5-0, on Friday night in Houston to clinch a spot in the Summer Olympics in Brazil. After winning Group A at the 2016 CONCACAF qualifying championship with three wins in Frisco, Texas (scoring 16 goals and allowing none), the U.S. team clinched a berth in the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The USA is attempting to win its fourth consecutive CONCACAF championship and qualify for its sixth consecutive Olympic Games.
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July 28, 2015 | BY JOHN SMALLWOOD, Daily News Staff Writer smallwj@phillynews.com
PERHAPS THE least recognized part of the CONCACAF moniker is that the third "C" stands for Caribbean. Despite having 31 associations in CONCACAF, Caribbean teams have played in the shadow of their North and Central American confederation mates - especially Mexico and the United States. Only four Caribbean nations - Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago - have ever qualified for a World Cup, and none has qualified more than once. Haiti, in 1973, is the only Caribbean nation to win a CONCACAF championship - nearly two decades before the Gold Cup Tournament format was created.
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July 27, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
CONCACAF is always a circus, and it's in town. Unless the image is somehow topped over the weekend, the enduring one of the 2015 Gold Cup will be a makeshift sign held up in Panama's lockerroom by its national team players after Wednesday's semifinal game. Certainly in the view of Panama's players - and much of the viewership all over the continent - that game in Atlanta had been snatched away from them in the final minutes with a couple of penalty kicks awarded to Mexico. The largest words on the sign: CONCACAF Ladrones . Translation: Thieves.
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January 16, 2015
Philadelphia has been selected as the host city for the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, according to a source with direct knowledge of the decision. Lincoln Financial Field beat out Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium, Atlanta's Georgia Dome and most notably East Rutherford, N.J.'s MetLife Stadium. The home of the NFL's New York Giants and Jets had been the overwhelming favorite to host the title game of the signature tournament for North and Central Americans national teams. But officials in Philadelphia worked extremely hard to snatch the big game out of the Meadowlands' grasp.
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October 29, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
AS IT TURNED out, Jill Ellis didn't need to answer why, in the biggest game of her short tenure as U.S. women's national team coach, she chose to make the greatest goal-scorer in USA history a healthy scratch from the starting lineup last night against Mexico in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Championship. With Abby Wambach and her world-record 173 international goals sitting on the bench for 61 minutes, the United States got two early goals from Delran native Carli Lloyd and a second-half goal from Christen Press on its way to a comfortable 3-0 victory at PPL Park.
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October 29, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
THIS IS THE GAME that really matters. While the United States undoubtedly wants to win the CONCACAF women's championship tournament that concludes this weekend at PPL Park, its primary goal in this competition is to earn a berth into the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup next summer in Canada. To guarantee that, all Team USA must do is beat archrival Mexico in tonight's semifinal and advance to Sunday's championship match. Trinidad & Tobago will attempt to make history as the first Caribbean nation to qualify for a Women's World Cup when it plays Costa Rica today.
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October 29, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
The shark doesn't give the minnow a bite of the chum - especially when it is hunting in its own waters. On one level, there wasn't a lot for the United States to gain from last night's CONCACAF Women's Championship game at PPL Park. Both the USA and Costa Rica had already sewn up bids in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup next summer in Canada by winning semifinal games Friday. So in essence, the big prizes coming out of the CONCACAF Tournament already were awarded. Mexico got the third automatic World Cup bid by defeating Trinidad & Tobago in the third-place game.
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October 28, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
That'll teach U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis to start a game with Abby Wambach on the bench. The 34-year-old forward and all-time leading goal scorer in international play was not in the starting lineup for Friday's CONCACAF soccer semifinal. Instead she came on as a substitute, replacing Sydney Leroux in the 62d minute. But Wambach returned to the starting 11 in Sunday's CONCACAF final, and her impact was felt immediately as the veteran netted four goals en route to a 6-0 win over Costa Rica.
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