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.
July 28, 2015 |
Corruption scandals off the field, refereeing fiascos in both the quarterfinals and semis, all that already had given this CONCACAF Gold Cup its unsavory flavor. Until Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field. In the final, it was all about the soccer. After taking advantage of the events that got its national team to the Linc, Mexico displayed its virtuosity, burying a beautiful first-half volley, then finding the net again immediately after halftime. A third Mexican goal came in the 61st minute, when a blunder by a Jamaican defender had put the ball on a tee. This time, bad officiating had nothing to do with Mexico's victory, the final a decisive 3-1. The crowd of 68,930 was announced as the largest to see a soccer game in Philadelphia.
July 27, 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 24, 2015 |
Who: Jamaica vs. Mexico Where: Lincoln Financial Field When: Sunday, 7:30 p.m. TV: Fox Sports 1, Univision Forecast: partly to mostly cloudy, chance of thunderstorms, low 70s HOW THEY GOT HERE Jamaica Group stage: Jamaica 2, Costa Rica 2 (StubHub Center, Carson, Calif.) Group stage: Jamaica 1, Canada 0 (BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston) Group stage: Jamaica 1, El Salvador 0 (BMO Field, Toronto) Quarterfinals: Jamaica 1, Haiti 0 (M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore)
July 11, 2015 |
On the heels of a diplomacy trip to Mexico, Mayor Nutter on Thursday scolded presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying the billionaire's recent comments about immigrants from that country were an attempt to "generate more money - which is kind of currently what he is all about. " "I've met him once. I don't know him. I mean, he's a TV character," Nutter said Thursday, speaking with reporters at City Hall a few hours after returning from a three-day trip to Puebla. "Whatever it is that he's talking about is vicious, it's negative, it's vile.
April 17, 2015 |
RAY BONINA couldn't even walk on a beach in Mexico without someone calling out, "Hey, Ray!" And probably adding, "Remember me?" "To Ray, strangers were simply friends he had not yet met," his family said. In fact, it was kind of a family joke that Ray Bonina couldn't go anywhere without running into someone he knew, from that beach in Mexico to a street in New York City or a restaurant in Chicago. "Hey, Ray, remember me?" Raymond Joseph Bonina, retired president of the Garrett Buchanan Paper Co., passionate ice-hockey fan, active alumnus of St. Joseph's University and devoted family man, died Saturday.
March 2, 2015 |
Hello there "Pizza cutter? Oven mitt? Who is this guy?" Ileana asked herself. Then she called her aircraft-part manufacturing company's new engineer, freshly arrived from the U.S., to tell him his belongings had arrived. "You know, we do have pizza cutters in Mexico," she couldn't resist adding. Daniel, who is from Cherry Hill, had no response for Ileana, who worked in logistics. He had been working in their company's Cleveland office when he was offered the position in Merida, a city on the Yucatan Peninsula, in fall 2011.
December 25, 2014 |
When a 22-year-old woman was brutally beaten and raped just steps from Philadelphia Police Headquarters in 2010, detectives learned the name of her alleged attacker within days. Startled by police sirens, the man fled the scene of the rape on the 200 block of North Eighth Street in only his underwear and a shirt - leaving behind enough evidence for police to quickly identify him as Alberto Issac Navarrete Suarez, lately of South Philadelphia. But by then, police say, Suarez was already on the run. The 37-year-old fled to West Virginia and then Texas, where he managed to elude law enforcement and escape to Mexico.
December 24, 2014 |
THE SO-CALLED Pantless Rapist - a fugitive wanted in two 2010 rapes, including one just across the street from Philadelphia police headquarters - has been returned to Philly to face criminal charges, the FBI and Philadelphia police said yesterday. Alberto Issac Navarrete Suarez, 37, was wanted for allegedly raping, beating and choking a 22-year-old woman Aug. 29, 2010, as she waited at a bus stop outside police headquarters at 8th and Race streets. He also was wanted in the alleged March 21, 2010, kidnapping, rape and robbery of a teenage girl in Pittsburgh.