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.
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.
October 29, 2014 |
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.
October 28, 2014 |
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.
July 25, 2015 |
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.
July 28, 2015 |
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.
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)
December 16, 1994 |
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.
August 11, 1994 |
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.