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CONFEDERATION OF NORTH, CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER

February 2004 VOLUME 14 / Number 1

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
2-12 February 2004
2006 CONCACAF Men's Olympic
Qualification Final Round, Guadalajara, Mexico
18 February - 31 March 2004
2006 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying
Intra-Caribbean Round - First, Second Legs
25 February - 5 March 2004
2006 CONCACAF Women's Olympic
Qualification Final Round, San Jos, Costa Rica
1 March - 30 April 2004
Preliminary Futsal Qualifying - CFU, UNCAF
17 March 2004
2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup
Quarterfinals Series - First Leg
Honduras (white and blue here) will be looking to defend their CONCACAF title at the
2004 Pre-Olympic Tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Photo by Tony Quinn)

2004 CONCACAF OLYMPIC FINAL ROUND PREVIEWS

24 March 2004
2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup
Quarterfinals Series - Second Leg

MENS PREVIEW 2004


The CONCACAF Men's Under-23 Olympic Final Round Qualification, the
first event on the Confederation's calendar in 2004, is being played in two
venues in Guadalajara, Mexico from 2-12 February.
Since 1992, when the age limit was changed to U-23 for the men's football
competition at Summer Games, CONCACAF has qualified two nations to
three consecutive Olympics and this month two more will advance to Athens
(Greece) 2004.
The CONCACAF Final Round tournament will feature two groups of four teams with
Canada, Honduras, Panama and USA in Group A at the Estadio 3 de Marzo in Guadalajara,
while Group B is composed of Costa Rica, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and the host Mexico
at the Estadio Jalisco.
This is also the third consecutive U-23 Final Round tournament staged by CONCACAF
in a single venue, with the previous two held in Edmonton, Alberta Canada in 1996 (Won
by Mexico) and Hershey, Pennsylvania USA (Won by Honduras) in 2000.
The eight-team event begins on Monday, 2 February 2004 and will have six consecutive
first round doubleheaders (three each in Groups A and B) until Saturday, 7 February with
the kick off times of 18:00 and 20:00.
The semifinal matches will take place on Tuesday, 10 February at the Estadio Jalisco at
17:30 and 20:00 respectively.
Two days later (12 February) the tournament concludes at the Estadio Jalisco with the
third-place game scheduled for 17:30, while the Final, is set for 20:00. The finalists will
also claim the two CONCACAF berths for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Scouting the teams
Canada - Coached by Bruce Twamley, Canada has outscored their opponents 25-1 in their
four previous 2004 CONCACAF U-23 qualifying matches (two games in each of the first
and second rounds) The maple leafs have not advanced into the Summer Games since
Los Angeles (USA) 1984, where they reached the quarterfinals but fell 4:2 on penalty kicks
to the eventual silver medal winners Brazil.
Costa Rica - One of three Central American teams at the 2004 Olympic Qualifying event,
has Rodrigo Kenton in charge who has led the ticos to their first appearance in the CONCACAF Final Round Elimination since 1996 Costa Rica has scored the most goals in
2004 qualification with 33 in four games The ticos have made two previous appearances
at the Olympic Games in 1980 (Moscow, USSR) and 1984 (Los Angeles, California USA).
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MENS OLYMPIC SCHEDULE


Final Round - Guadalajara, Jalisco MEXICO
Group A: Canada, Honduras, Panama, USA
Group B: Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Costa Rica
Group A (Estadio 3 de Marzo)
03.02.2004:
CANADA vs. HONDURAS (18:00);
PANAMA vs. USA (20:00)
05.02.2004:
HONDURAS vs. PANAMA (18:00);
USA vs. CANADA (20:00)
07.02.2004:
CANADA vs. PANAMA (11:00);
HONDURAS vs. USA (13:00)
Group B (Estadio Jalisco)
02.02.2004:
COSTA RICA vs. JAMAICA (18:00);
MEXICO vs. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (20:00)
04.02.2004:
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO vs. COSTA RICA (18:00);
MEXICO vs. JAMAICA (20:00)
06.02.2004:
JAMAICA vs. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (18:00);
MEXICO vs. COSTA RICA (20:00)
Semifinals (Estadio Jalisco)
10.02.2004:
SF1 - GROUP A1 vs. GROUP B2 (17:30); SF2 - GROUP
B1 vs. GROUP A2 (20:00)
Finals (Estadio Jalisco)
12.02.2004:
THIRD PLACE GAME (17:30);
CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH (20:00)

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(Continued from Front Page) Honduras - Will be looking to make it two in-a-row after qualifying for their first
Olympic Games in 2000 After a first round bye in
Olympic qualifying, the catrachos had a difficult round
two but were able to eliminate Haiti by a slim 3:2 aggregate margin. Edwin Pavn, who led Honduras during
the CONCACAF Gold Cup last year, is at the helm.
Jamaica - One of the two qualifiers from the Caribbean
are looking for their first-ever appearance at the Olympic
Games Jamaica reached the 2004 Final Round
Qualification after eliminating Cuba and Guatemala in
two consecutive rounds (first, second) series Peter
Cargill is in charge of the reggae boyz.
Mexico - After missing a berth to Sydney 2000, Mexico
is aiming for its ninth trip (second-best in CONCACAF)
to the Olympics in 2004 The tricolor are guided by
technical director Ricardo La Volpe, who last year led
Mexico's full squad to the CONCACAF Gold Cup The
tricolor also looks to extend their 16-game unbeaten
streak in CONCACAF U-23 Qualification.
Panama - Under newly appointed technical director
Jos Hernandez, Panama is one of three Central American nations
in the Olympic Final Round The canaleros advanced to
Guadalajara after defeating Nicaragua in the first round and then
eliminating St. Lucia in the second stage Looking for their firstever berth into the Summer Games in 2004.
Trinidad & Tobago - Searching for their first trip to the Olympics,
Trinidad & Tobago is one of two qualifiers from the Caribbean region
in the CONCACAF Final Round The soca warriors eliminated the
Bahamas in the opening round and then Grenada in the second to
advance to Guadalajara Stuart Charles Fevrier is at helm.
USA - The CONCACAF nation with the most appearances in the
Olympics (with 12) is looking for its sixth consecutive trip to the
Summer Games since 1984 With Glenn Myernick at the helm, the
stars & stripes earned a first round bye during the 2004 CONCACAF
Olympic qualifying and then eliminated St. Kitts & Nevis in the second round to earn a berth into the Final Round.

WOMENS PREVIEW 2004

The Women's Olympic Final Round Qualification that will take


place at the Estadios Nacional and Eladio Rosabal Cordero in San Jos
and Herdias Costa Rica, respectively, from 25 February - 5 March.
Since the inception of the women's football competition at the
Summer Games eight years ago, CONCACAF has sent one qualifier
to the last two Olympics (1996, 2000), in both cases the USA. In
2004, CONCACAF will qualify two teams to Athens, Greece as the
Confederation stages its first-ever Final Round Qualification.
The CONCACAF Women's tournament will feature two groups of
four teams with Canada, Jamaica, Panama and Costa Rica in Group
A, while Group B is composed of Haiti, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago
and the USA.
The event kicks off on 25 February 2004 and will have six consecutive first round doubleheaders (three each in Groups A and B)
until Sunday, 1 March.
The semifinal matches are scheduled for 3 March at the Estadio
Nacional in San Jos, Costa Rica at 12:00 and 14:30 respectively.
Two days later (5 March) the tournament concludeds at
Herdia's Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero with the third-place game
at 18:00, while the Final is set for 20:00. The finalists will also earn
the two CONCACAF berths for the 2004 Olympics.
Scouting the teams
Canada - One of three nations earning a bye into the 2004 Final
Round Qualification ... Under technical director Even Pellerud,
Canada has recently achieved second place at the 2002 CONCACAF
Gold Cup and then, the following year, the maple leafs reached the
semifinals of the FIFA Womens World Cup ... Canada has qualified
to the last three World Cups (1995, 1999, 2003) ... The maple leafs
made their international debut in 1986 and won their first international honor in 1999, capturing the CONCACAF Championship.

CONCACAF NEWS - February 2004


Costa Rica - Advanced into the Women's Olympic Final Round as
the host ... Missed out on a 2003 FIFA World Cup Playoff against
Asia after finishing fourth at the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup falling
to Mexico in the third-place match ... The ticas claimed the gold
medal at the 2001 Juegos Centroamericanos in Guatemala ...
Ricardo Rodriguez has been at Costa Rica's helm since 2001.
Haiti - Led by technical director Jean Yves Labari, Haiti qualified
for the Pre-Olympic tournament after eliminating the host
Dominican Republic in a two-game series 10:2 on aggregate score ...
The haitians are competing in their second consecutive CONCACAF
event, after reaching the 2002 Gold Cup ... Haiti captured the inaugural Caribbean Football Union Women's Championship in 2000.
Jamaica - One of three teams from the Caribbean Zone, Jamaica
advanced into the Final Round after defeating the host Cayman
Islands in a pair of qualifying matches 4:0 on aggregate ... Under
technical director Christopher Bender, the reggae girlz qualified to
the 2002 Women's Gold Cup ... Jamaica reached the semifinals in
the inaugural Caribbean Football Union Championship in 2000.
Mexico - Mexico has become one of the top teams in the region,
becoming the first Spanish speaking nation to qualify for a FIFA
Women's World Cup in 1999 ... The tricolor missed out on their second consecutive berth to the FIFA event in 2003, losing a playoff to
Japan ... Advanced to the Olympic tournament after eliminating
Nicaragua and the host Honduras in a triangular preliminary ...
Leonardo Cuellar is in charge of Mexico.
Panama - Panama earned the final berth to the Pre-Olympic tournament after the suspension imposed on Guatemala by FIFA and
CONCACAF ... Under technical director Ezequiel Fernandez, the
canaleras had finished tied for first place in the triangular preliminary but originally lost out to the host, Guatemala on goal differential (+18 to +13) ... Reached the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup for
the first time in history in 2002.
Trinidad & Tobago - One of only two countries to participate in
every CONCACAF women's championship (along with Canada) ...
Trinidad & Tobago eliminated Suriname in a two-game qualifying
series 6:2 on aggregate to earn a berth into the Olympic Final Round
... The soca princessess highest finish in a CONCACAF women's
competition was third-place at the inaugural Confederation championship, which doubled as the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup in
1991. Jamaal Shabazz is in charge of Trinidad & Tobago.
USA - Captured the two FIFA Women's World Cups (1991, 1999)
and the inaugural gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games ... One of
three teams to earn a bye into the CONCACAF Pre-Olympic
Tournament ... Under technical director April Heinrichs, the stars &
stripes have claimed two consecutive CONCACAF Women's Gold
Cups (2000, 2002), along with a silver medal at the Olympics
(2000) and a third-place finish at the FIFA World Cup (2003) ...
The USA will be putting a 14-game unbeaten streak, against CONCACAF teams, on the line ... The last time the US lost to a regional
opponent was a 3:0 defeat at the hands of Canada in March 2001.
Womens Olympic Schedule
Final Round - San Jos, COSTA RICA
Group A: Costa Rica, Canada, Jamaica, Panama
26.02.2004: (Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero)
CANADA vs. JAMAICA (18:00); COSTA RICA vs. PANAMA (20:00)
28.02.2004: (Estadio Nacional)
CANADA vs. PANAMA (13:00); COSTA RICA vs. JAMAICA (15:00)
01.03.2004: (Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero)
JAMAICA vs. PANAMA (18:00); COSTA RICA vs. CANADA (20:00)
Group B: USA, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti
25.02.2004: (Estadio Nacional)
MEXICO vs. HAITI (13:00); TRINIDAD & TOBAGO vs. USA (15:00)
27.02.2004: (Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero)
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO vs. MEXICO (18:00); HAITI vs. USA (20:00)
29.02.2004: (Estadio Nacional)
HAITI vs. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (13:00); USA vs. MEXICO (15:00)
Semifinals (Estadio Nacional)
03.03.2004: SF1 - GROUP A1 vs. GROUP B2 (12:00);
SF2 - GROUP B1 vs. GROUP A2 (14:30)
Finals (Estadio Eladio Rosbal Cordero)
05.03.2004: THIRD PLACE GAME (17:30);
CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH (20:00)

CONCACAF NEWS - February 2004

FIELD SET FOR CONCACAF


2004 CHAMPIONS CUP
The field is set after the
conclusion of the 2004
CONCACAF Champions
Cup draw held at the offices
of the CONCACAF General
Secretariat in New York
City on 14 January, which was presided over
by CONCACAF President Jack Warner and
General Secretary Chuck Blazer.
The eight teams have been paired to play
two-leg, straight knockout, home-and-away
series, from 17 March - 11 May 2004.
CF Pachuca of Mexico, who captured the
Champions Cup in 2002 and winner of the
Torneo Apertura of the Liga Mexicana 2003,
will take on two-time Champions Cup winner
(1993, 1995) Deportivo Saprissa of Costa
Rica in Quarterfinal Series 1.
The winner of that series will face the
winner of the match-up (Quarterfinal Series
2) between the USA's 2003 Major League
Soccer (MLS) Regular Season winner
Chicago Fire and last year's Caribbean
Football Union Champion CL Financial San
Juan Jabloteh of Trinidad & Tobago, which
is making its first-ever appearance at the
CONCACAF event.
Quarterfinal Series 3 has CF Monterrey
of Mexico, who claimed the Torneo Clausura
of the Liga Mexicana 2003, meeting El
Salvador's CD F.A.S., who last won the
Champions Cup in 1979.
The remaining match-up (Quarterfinal
Series 4) features the USA's 2003 MLS Cup
winner San Jose Earthquakes taking on LD
Alajuelense of Costa Rica, who hasn't won the
Champions Cup since 1986.

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COSTA RICA TO HOST


FUTSAL QUALIFIERS

CONCACAF confirmed
that Costa Rica will host the
Final Round of the Futsal
Qualifying tournament set
for July 2004.
The tournament was
originally scheduled to take place in
Guatemala, but CONCACAF announced the
relocation of the competition to Costa Rica at
the Executive Committee Meetings in Miami,
Florida USA on 4 November 2003.
For a second consecutive time, Costa Rica
will stage the eight team CONCACAF Futsal
Final Round competition that will qualify two
nations to the FIFA World Championship
later in the year in Chinese Taipei.
CONCACAF has previously, staged two
Futsal qualifiers for the FIFA World
Championships in 1996 and 2000. Six teams
participated in the 1996 event in Guatemala
that was won by the USA, four years later,
eight squads took part in the tournament in
Costa Rica, which was claimed by the host.
For the 2004 event, a record 20 National
Associations will compete in the CONCACAF
Futsal qualifying rounds with its preliminary
zonal competitions scheduled to run from 1
March - 30 April 2004.
Cuba, the only CONCACAF nation to
advance to the last two FIFA World
Championships (Spain 1996, Guatemala
2000), has earned a bye into the final round of
2004 qualification along with the defending
Confederation champions and host Costa Rica.
Three more teams from the Caribbean
Zone Preliminaries will advance to Costa
Rica, along with three countries from the
North vs. Central Zone series.

FIFA GOAL PROJECTS START


IN DOMINICA & ST. LUCIA

CONCACAF President Jack Warner performs the


2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup draw

2004 CONCACAF CHAMPIONS CUP DRAW RESULTS


QUARTERFINALS (Home Team Listed First)
First-legs (17 March)
QF1: Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) vs. CF Pachuca (MEX)
QF2: CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh (TRI) vs.
Chicago Fire (USA)
QF3: CF Monterrey (MEX) vs. CD F.A.S. (SLV)
QF4: LD Alajuelense (CRC) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (USA)
Second-legs (24 March)
QF1: CF Pachuca (MEX) - Deportivo Saprissa (CRC)
QF2: Chicago Fire (USA) - CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh (TRI)
QF3: CD F.A.S. (SLV) - CF Monterrey (MEX)
QF4: San Jose Earthquakes (USA) - LD Alajuelense (CRC)
SEMIFINALS
First-Leg: 14 April; Second Leg: 21 April
Winner of QF1 vs. Winner of QF2
Winner of QF3 vs. Winner of QF4
FINAL
First-Leg: 4 May; Second-Leg: 11 May Semifinal Winners

Prior to the 2003


Caribbean Football Union
Congress in Martinique,
CONCACAF President and
FIFA Vice-President Jack
Warner and French football legend, Michel
Platini, were present for the launch of FIFA
GOAL Projects in Dominica and St. Lucia.
Platini, who is Chairman of the FIFA
Technical Committee and Member of the
FIFA Executive Committee, represented
FIFA President Sepp Blatter in GOAL-related
ceremonies in the two islands.
Also accompanied by FIFA GOAL Bureau
member Harold Taylor and FIFA
Development Officer, Keith Look Loy, Platini
spoke at the official inauguration of the
Dominica Football Association's (DFA) headquarters on 28 December 2003.
Named the "Patrick John Football House",
by the DFA's Executive Committee, the new
headquarters were built in the capital city,
Roseau, by the financial assistance of GOAL.
Mr. Warner also spoke of the need for
Football and Government to collaborate in the
interest of all Caribbean people, and of the
example provided by the SLFA GOAL project.

FIFA AND CONCACAF


SUSPEND GUATEMALA

The FIFA Emergency


Committee suspended, on 9
January, the Federacin de Ftbol
de Guatemala (FEDEFUTBOL) as
a result of governmental interference in the affairs of the federation, which
constitutes a violation of the general organisational principles and Statutes of FIFA.
The suspension by FIFA follows a similar
decision taken by the CONCACAF Emergency
Committee to suspend the FEDEFUTBOL.
In accordance with its regulations, FIFA
has therefore decided to suspend the
Guatemala Football Federation until order can
be re-established in the federation's internal
affairs, the President and Executive
Committee are reinstated and unimpeded
access to the federation's premises is restored.
As a result of this suspension, FEDEFUTBOL clubs and representative teams are
no longer allowed to participate in friendly or
competitive international matches.

RECORD NUMBERS TO
COMPETE FOR U-20 & U-17

A record number of teams have applied to


participate in upcoming 2005 CONCACAF
qualifying rounds for Under-20 and U-17.
A total of 32 countries have submitted
their applications to compete in the CONCACAF U-20 qualifying rounds that will ultimately lead to places in the FIFA World
Youth (U-20) Championships in 2005 taking
place in The Netherlands. This is three more
than competed in this event last time. The
final round of this CONCACAF qualifying
event is due to take place in February
March 2005 with FIFA Championship taking
place later that year.
Meanwhile, 31 nations have applied to
participate in the preliminary rounds qualification for the U-17 FIFA event to be held in
Peru in 2005. This is up from the 29 that
participated in qualifying for the equivalent
tournament in 2003. The final stage of this
event is scheduled for April May 2005.
These record numbers are part of an
ongoing trend within CONCACAF following
the record number of National Associations
that will compete in the CONCACAF
Womens U-19 (22) and Futsal (20)
Qualification rounds this year.
Confirmed Teams for 2005 CONCACAF U-20: Anguilla, Antigua &
Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman
Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican
Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala *, Guyana,
Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat,
Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & Nevis,
St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Suriname, Saint-Martin ^,
Trinidad & Tobago, USA, US Virgin Islands
Confirmed Teams for 2005 CONCACAF U-17 : Anguilla, Antigua &
Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda,
Belize, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands,
Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic,
El Salvador, Grenada , Guatemala *, Guyana, Haiti,
Honduras Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama,
Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Suriname,
Trinidad & Tobago, USA
* Currently suspended by FIFA/CONCACAF
^ CONCACAF Affiliate/Non-FIFA Member

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AROUND THE CONFEDERATION

BARBADOS LAUNCHES SOCCER ACADEMY


The Barbados Soccer Academy (BSA), the brainchild of the Barbados Football Association's former senior vice-president, Jabez Bovell, has been
up and running since late 2003.
Barbados technical director, Kenville Layne
has been the man in charge of training 50 players between the ages
of 16 and 22.
Bovell said he got the idea for the academy after seeing the
opportunities for soccer scholarships in the USA.
Among the objectives of the academy are to develop youth with
particular emphasis in soccer and education, and to assist them in
securing football scholarships at universities in the USA and around
the world.
"The Barbados Soccer Academy will not only be seen as a sporting organisation, but also be dedicated to marketing our players in
an environment which enhances the quality of life of the players,"
Bovell said.
CFU & UNCAF MOVE TO NEW ADDRESSES
The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and the Unin
Centroamericana de Ftbol (UNCAF) moved to respective new
premises last month.
CFU relocated from Arouca, Trinidad & Tobago to the CONCACAF
President's Office in Port of Spain, while the UNCAF moved to another
location in the same Ciudad de Guatemala. The addresses are:
CFU 113 Edward Street Corner of Oxford
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
UNCAF 13 calle 3-40, zona 10 Edificio Atlantis, 6to Nivel
Oficina 607 Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Apdo. Postal 01010

CONCACAF NEWS - February 2004


SANTOS LAGUNA (MEX) QUAILIFY FOR LIBERTADORES
Club Santos Laguna earned the first (of two) Mexican berths into
the 2004 CONMEBOL's Copa Libertadores after defeating Atlas CF
4:3 on penalty kicks following a 2:2 draw at the end of regulation
time in the final group winners' match of this year's Prelibertadores
at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California USA on 14 January.
Goalkeeper Cristian Luchetti saved the final kick in the penalty
shootout from Carlos Maria Morales of Atlas (Group B Winner) to
send Santos Laguna (Group A Winner) through to their first-ever
Copa Libertadores.
Prior to the penalty kicks, Morales gave Atlas a 1:0 lead in the
23rd minute of the first half, but Jared Borguetti leveled the score
(1:1) for Santos Laguna by converting a penalty kick.
In the second half, Rodrigo Ruiz made it a 2:1 advantage for
Santos Laguna in the 61st minute, but just three minutes later, an
own goal by Johan Rodriguez (of Santos Laguna) gave Atlas the
equalizer (2:2).
In the penalty shootout, Borguetti, Ruiz, Carlos Carino and Jose
Antonio Noriega all scored, while Johan Sixto Peralta's shot was
saved for Santos Laguna. Atlas got goals from Manuel Perez,
Fernando Salazar and Daniel Herrera, while Julio Pinheiro fired
high over the bar and Morales' shot was saved.
Santos Laguna will participate in Group 3 in Copa Libertadores
along with Cruzeiro of Brazil, Universidad de Concepcion of Chile
and Caracas FC of Venezuela.
Club Amrica (Group B Runner-up) kept alive their hopes for a
return to Copa Libertadores with a 3:1 victory over CA Monarcas
Morelia (Group A Runner-up) in an earlier encounter at the Home
Depot Center on January 14.
Club Amrica will meet Atlas in a playoff with the winner earning
Mexico's second berth into the Copa Libertadores .