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May 2005 Volume 15/ Number 2

CONCACAF NEWS
Official Newsletter of The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Mexico (green) and USA (white) are two of six teams battling for the CONCACAF
berths to the 2006 FIFA World CupTM. Photo by Tony Quinn

MEXICO ON TOP AS CONCACAF FINAL ROUND


QUALIFICATION CONTINUES
After three games, Mexico is on top of the six-team CONCACAF
Final Round of World Cup Qualification with seven points thanks to a
pair of 2:1 victories over USA (second-place - six points) and Costa
Rica (tied for third - four points) and then a 1:1 draw against Panama
(fifth - two points) going into Match Dates 4 and 5 next month.
Mexico, the only team in the Final Round yet to lose, will also put a 16-game
unbeaten streak in CONCACAF World Cup Qualification on the line during its
Match Day 4 encounter when they visit Guatemala (tied for third - four points)
at the Estadio Mateo Flores in Ciudad de Guatemala on 4 June.
Also on 4 June, the USA host Costa Rica at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake
City, Utah, while Panama travels to face Trinidad & Tobago at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
The road to 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany will reach its midway point on
8 June 2005 in the CONCACAF Final Round with Match Day 5.
Panama will greet the USA at the Estadio Rommel Fernndez in Ciudad de
Panam on 8 June, while Guatemala visits Costa Rica at the Estadio Ricardo
Saprissa in San Jos and then Mexico hosting Trinidad & Tobago at the Estadio
Universitario in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.
Match Day 6 is scheduled for 17 August as Panama heads to Guatemala for an
encounter at the Estadio Mateo Flores in Ciudad de Guatemala, while Mexico
greets Costa Rica at the Estadio Azteca in Ciudad de Mxico and Trinidad &
Tobago faces the USA at Renstchler Field in Hartford, Connecticut.
The following month will have Match Days 7 and 8 taking place on 3 and 7
September, respectively. Panama takes on Costa Rica at the Estadio Rommel
Fernndez on 3 September, while Trinidad & Tobago plays against Guatemala at
the Hasely Crawford Stadium and then Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio is the
site for the USA-Mexico encounter. On 7 September, Mexico host Panama, while
the USA visits Guatemala and Costa Rica greets Trinidad & Tobago.
The CONCACAF Final Round will run until 12 October 2005, with the top
three finishers in the group advancing to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany,
while the CONCACAF fourth-place finisher will compete in a playoff against
fifth-place finisher of the Asian Football Confederation, for one of the last
berths into the FIFA event. These games will take place in November 2005.

04 & 11 May 2005


2005 CONCACAF Champions Cup Final Series
8-15 May 2005
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
17-21 May 2005
2005 CONCACAF Under-17 Final Round
Qualification Group B
Culiacan, Sinaloa Mexico
04 June 2005
2006 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Final
Round Match Day 4
08 June 2005
2006 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Final
Round Match Day 5
10 June 2 July 2005
2005 FIFA World Youth Championship,Netherlands
15-29 June 2005
2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, Germany
6-24 July 2005
2005 CONCACAF Gold CupTM, USA

2006 FIFA WORLD CUP


QUALIFYING SCHEDULE
Final Round
Mexico
USA
Guatemala
Costa Rica
Panama
Trinidad & Tobago

GP
3
3
3
3
3
3

W-L-T
2-0-1
2-1-0
1-1-1
1-1-1
0-1-2
0-2-1

F:A
5:3
5:3
5:3
3:3
2:3
2:7

PTS
7
6
4
4
2
1

(Home Team Listed First)


Match Day 4 - 04.06.2005
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO PANAMA (17:30)
GUATEMALA MEXICO (19:00)
USA COSTA RICA (17:30)
Match Day 5 - 08.06.2005
PANAMA USA (20:30)
COSTA RICA GUATEMALA (20:00)
MEXICO TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (19:00)
Match Day 6 - 17.08.2005
GUATEMALA PANAMA (20:00)
MEXICO COSTA RICA (21:00)
USA TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (20:00)
Match Day 7 - 03.09.2005
PANAMA COSTA RICA (20:00)
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO GUATEMALA (16:30)
USA MEXICO (19:30)
Match Day 8 - 07.09.2005
MEXICO PANAMA (21:00)
GUATEMALA USA (20:00)
COSTA RICA TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (20:00)

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CONCACAF NEWS - May 2005

GROUPS SET FOR 2005


CONCACAF GOLD CUP
MATCH SCHEDULE
ROUND 1
WEDNESDAY, 6 JULY Orange Bowl Miami, Florida
Match 1 Group A - Colombia vs Panama - 7:00 pm
Match 2 Group A - Trinidad-Tobago vs Honduras - 9:00 pm
THURSDAY, 7 JULY Qwest Field Seattle, Washington
Match 3 Group B - Canada vs Costa Rica - 5:30 pm
Match 4 Group B - Cuba vs USA - 7:30 pm
FRIDAY, 8 JULY Home Depot Center Carson, California
Match 5 Group C - South Africa vs Mexico - 7:00 pm
Match 6 Group C - Guatemala vs Jamaica - 9:00 pm
SATURDAY, 9 JULY Qwest Field Seattle, Washington
Match 7 Group B - Costa Rica vs Cuba - 11:30 am
Match 8 Group B - USA vs Canada - 1:30 pm
SATURDAY, 9 JULY Orange Bowl Miami, Florida
Match 9 Group A - Panama vs Trinidad-Tobago - 7:00 pm
Match 10 Group A - Honduras vs Colombia - 9:00 pm
SUNDAY, 10 JULY LA Memorial Coliseum, California
Match 11 Group C - Mexico vs Guatemala - 12:00 pm
Match 12 Group C - Jamaica vs South Africa - 2:00 pm
MONDAY, 11 JULY Orange Bowl Miami, Florida
Match 13 Group A - Colombia vs Trinidad-Tobago - 7:00 pm
Match 14 Group A - Honduras vs Panama - 9:00 pm
TUESDAY, 12 JULY Gillette Stadium Foxboro, Mass
Match 15 Group B - USA vs Costa Rica - 7:00 pm
Match 16 Group B - Canada vs Cuba - 9:00 pm
WEDNESDAY, 13 JULY Reliant Stadium Houston, Texas
Match 17 Group C - Guatemala vs South Africa- 7:00 pm
Match 18 Group C - Mexico vs Jamaica - 9:00 pm
QUARTERFINALS
SATURDAY, 16 JULY Gillette Stadium Foxboro, Mass
Quarterfinal 1 - A 1st vs B 2nd - 1:00 pm
Quarterfinal 2 - B 1st vs 3rd A or C - 4:00 pm
SUNDAY, 17 JULY Reliant Stadium Houston, Texas
Quarterfinal 3 - C 1st vs 3rd A or B - 2:00 pm
Quarterfinal 4 - C 2nd vs A 2nd - 5:00 pm
SEMIFINALS
THURSDAY, 21 JULY Giants Stadium New Jersey
Semifinal 1 - Q1 vs Q2 - 6:00 pm
Semifinal 2 - Q3 vs Q4 - 9:00 pm
FINAL
SUNDAY, 24 JULY Giants Stadium New Jersey
Final - S1 vs S2 - 3:00 pm
* All kick off times are local

Recently crowned Central American champions


Costa Rica (red jersey) will aim for first-ever
CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2005.
Photo by Julio Cetina

CONCACAF announced the final


groups for the 2005 CONCACAF Gold
Cup that takes place from 6-24 July
in cities across the USA.
Group A, the first of three First
Round Groups, which will be based in
Miami's Orange Bowl, contains Central
American Qualifiers Honduras and
Panama, Trinidad & Tobago from the
Caribbean and guest team, Colombia.
Group B, playing games in Seattle's
Qwest Field before moving to the
Gillette Stadium in Foxboro near
Boston, includes the Central America
champions Costa Rica, both Canada
and USA from North America and Cuba

CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer


announces the groups for the Gold Cup.
Photo by Tony Quinn

from the Caribbean.


The final group, Group C, will see
games between the other guest team
South Africa, Central American qualifier, Guatemala, Caribbean winners,
Jamaica and the reigning CONCACAF
Gold Cup champions Mexico. Group C
games take place in two venues in the
Los Angeles Area, Carson's Home Depot
Center and the L.A. Memorial
Coliseum, before moving to Reliant
Stadium in Houston for the last day of
first round play.
The quarterfinal matches, taking
place on Saturday, 16 July (two games
in Foxboro), and Sunday, 17 July (two
games in Houston) will comprise of the
first and second-placed team from
each of the three groups along with
the two best-finishing third-place
teams.
The 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup
semifinals and final is scheduled for
Giants Stadium in East Rutherford,
New Jersey on Thursday, 21 July and
Sunday, 24 July, respectively.
Tickets for the 2005 CONCACAF
Gold Cup are available at each of the
seven stadiums in the six USA cities.
Group A:
Honduras, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago,
Colombia,
Group B:
Costa Rica, USA, Canada,Cuba
Group C:
South Africa, Guatemala, Mexico,
Jamaica

FIFA WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP 2005


Canada, Honduras, Panama and USA will carry the CONCACAF
banner as they compete in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship
from 10 June 2 July in Netherlands.
Panama, who are making their second consecutive appearance
at a World Youth Championship, are in Group B along with China, Turkey and
Ukraine, while Honduras, who are in their fourth FIFA Under-20 event, will play in
Group C against Chile, Morocco and Spain.
In their 10th trip to the FIFA World Youth Championship, the USA are in Group
D joining Argentina, Germany and Egypt. Canada, who are in their seventh FIFA
appearance, find themselves competing in Group E which also includes
Colombia, Italy and Syria.
In all, 24 countries are in six groups of four teams for the first round of the
FIFA World Youth Championship. The top two teams in each group, plus the four
best third-placed teams will advance to the knockout stage.
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
Group E
Group F
(Kerkrade)
(Utrecht)
(Doetinchem) (Enschede)
(Tilburg)
(Emmen)
Netherlands
Turkey
Spain
Argentina
Colombia
Brazil
Japan
China
Morocco
USA
Italy
Nigeria
Benin
Ukraine
Honduras
Germany
Syria
Korea Republic
Australia
Panama
Chile
Egypt
Canada
Switzerland

CONCACAF NEWS - May 2005

DEPORTIVO SAPRISSA MEETS PUMAS UNAM FOR


2005 CHAMPIONS CUP
Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) will meet Pumas UNAM (MEX) for the
2005 CONCACAF Champions Cup this month after they eliminated
CF Monterrey (MEX) and D.C. United (USA), respectively, in the
Semifinal Series (SF) in April.
Not only will both teams play for the Confederations most
important club title, but also at stake will be the CONCACAF berth to the 2005 FIFA
Club World Championship Toyota Cup to be held in Japan from 11-18 December.
Pumas UNAM, who will be making their first appearance in the Champions
Cup Final since 1989, will visit Deportivo Saprissa (playing in its second consecutive CONCACAF Final) in the first-leg of the 2005 Final Series in San Jos, Costa
Rica on 4 May, while the return-leg is scheduled for 11 May in Ciudad de Mxico.
Three-time Champions Cup Winners (1980, 1982, 1989) Pumas UNAM
advanced to the 2005 CONCACAF Final after defeating D.C. United 5:0 in the
second-leg at the Estadio Olmpico Universitario in Ciudad de Mxico on 13 April
and won the SF 1 on aggregate 6:1.
In the SF 2, two-time CONCACAF winners (1993, 1995) Deportivo Saprissa
spoiled the opportunity of an all-Mexican Champions Cup Finale in 2005 by
defeating CF Monterrey 5:3 on penalty kicks after the second-leg ended 1:1 (3:3
on aggregate) at the Estadio Tecnologico in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon on 13 April.
The 2005 CONCACAF Champions Cup Finals will be broadcast on television by
the FoxSports International regional programming channels (Fox Soccer Channel
USA; FoxSports Espaol USA; Fox Sports Latin America Northern Cone
Caribbean, Central America & Mexico).
The CONCACAF Champions Cup is the longest running international club competition in the region and
has crowned the champion club of the Confederation
since its inception in 1962.
2005 CONCACAF CHAMPIONS CUP Final
04.05.2005:
San Jos, COSTA RICA; Estadio Ricardo Saprissa
DEPORTIVO SAPRISSA (CRC) PUMAS UNAM (MEX)
R: Brian HALL (USA)
11.05.2005:
Ciudad de Mxico, MEXICO; Estadio Olmpico Universitario
Pumas UNAM (white jersey) looks
PUMAS UNAM (MEX) DEPORTIVO SAPRISSA (CRC)
for fourth Champions' Cup title in
R: Kevin STOTT (USA)
2005, Photo by Tony Quinn

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MET IN NEW YORK CITY


The CONCACAF Executive Committee met for the first time in 2005 at the
offices of the CONCACAF General Secretariat in New York City on 8 April.
Under the Chairmanship of CONCACAF President, Jack Warner, the Committee
received reports on all past, current and future competitions in addition to
departmental reports covering all aspects of the Confederations activities.
The Committee was advised that the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) plans to
hold a CFU Congress at the time of the next FIFA Congress, which is being held in
Marrakech, Morocco from 9-11 September 2005. The CFU Congress will deal
specifically with a proposal from the Jamaican Football Federation to go it alone
in terms of the negotiation of TV rights associated with key events.
The Committee also unanimously supported a proposal for CONCACAF
Technical Director, Keith Look Loy, and the Director of Development, Richard
Braithwaite, to coordinate efforts and work closely to produce a realistic and
focused development program for CONCACAF for further consideration.
Finally the Executive Committee welcomed the news that Ms. Kerri Ann
Alleyne was appointed Deputy General Secretary of CONCACAF for the Caribbean
Zone. Ms. Alleyne, becomes the first woman ever to hold this or any similar such
position within the CONCACAF family. The position of CONCACAF Deputy General
Secretary (Caribbean Zone) was previously held by Mr. Harold Taylor, who has
now been appointed as FIFAs Development Officer for the Caribbean.

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MEXICO TO STAGE
UNDER-17 GROUP B
FINAL ROUND
The 2005 CONCACAF
Under-17 Final Round
Qualification Group B
will take place at the
Estadio Carlos Gonzlez
y Gonzlez in Culiacn, Sinaloa Mexico
from 17-21 May.
Along with the host, Mexico,
Group B includes Canada, Haiti and
Honduras. The last time Mexico
staged a CONCACAF Youth Final Round
was in 1985 when it was an Under-16
event.
The Group B winner will join the
USA, who won the CONCACAF U-17
Group A in Heredia, Costa Rica last
month, as the Confederations automatic qualifiers to the 2005 FIFA U-17
World Championship to be played in
Peru from 16 September 2 October.
The second-place finishers from
Group B will meet Group As runnerup, Costa Rica in a home-and-away
playoff series for the third CONCACAF
berth to the FIFA event.
TM

Final Round
GP W-L-T F:A PTS
Group A
USA*
3 2-0-1 6:2 7
Costa Rica^ 3 2-1-0 6:3 6
Cuba
3 0-1-2 3:5 2
El Salvador 3 0-2-1 3:7 1
12.04.2005:
EL SALVADOR USA 0:3;
COSTA RICA CUBA 3:0
14.04.2005:
USA CUBA 1:1;
COSTA RICA EL SALVADOR 2:1
16.04.2005:
CUBA EL SALVADOR 2:2;
COSTA RICA USA 1:2
* Qualified to 2005 FIFA Under-17 World
Championship
^ Advances to CONCACAF Playoff
Group B Culiacn, Sinaloa MEXICO;
Estadio Carlos Gonzlez y Gonzlez
17.05.2005:
HONDURAS CANADA (18:00);
MEXICO HAITI (20:30)
19.05.2005:
CANADA HAITI (18:00);
MEXICO HONDURAS (20:30)
21.05.2005:
HAITI HONDURAS (18:00);
MEXICO CANADA (20:30)

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CONCACAF NEWS - May 2005

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CONFEDERATION

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CONCACAF NEWS

CONCACAF TO STAGE MATCH


COMMISSIONERS SEMINAR
The CONCACAF will stage a Seminar
for Match Commissioners at the Dr.
Joo Havelange Centre of Excellence in
Trinidad & Tobago from 12-13 May.
The main objective of the seminar is
to upgrade the skills and expertise of
persons within the Confederation who
have demonstrated competence in performing the duties of the Match
Commissioner and to develop a core of
experts who are capable of training
new Match Commissioners within their
own National Association.
The Seminar, which will have Mr.
Walter Gagg, Head of the FIFA Technical
Department and Jim Brown, Head of
the FIFA Competitions Department as
the main facilitators, will be conducted
in both English and Spanish and cover;
The Role and Function of the Match
Commissioner and of the Referee
Inspector; Management of Medical
Emergencies, and; Information on
Security Arrangements.
A total of 25 participants from

across CONCACAF will be selected to


take part in the course with a preference for individuals with prior experience of the role of a Match
Commissioner.
CONCACAF EXPRESSES SYMPATHY ON
DEATH OF JAMAICAS PETER CARGILL
CONCACAF President Jack Warner
expressed deepest sympathy towards
the family of former Jamaican midfielder Peter Cargill who died in an
automobile accident in Jamaica on 16
April.
His passing is an irreparable loss to
his family, country, club and the football fraternity in the Caribbean as well
as in CONCACAF, said Mr. Warner. On
behalf of CONCACAF and the Caribbean
Football Union in my capacity as
President of both organisations, I
record our deepest condolence to his
family and relatives.
Cargill, 41, who was an integral
part of the history-making reggae boyz
who qualified for the 1998 FIFA World
Cup in France, played 84 international
matches for Jamaica before coaching
their Under-23 squad during the 2004
CONCACAF Pre-Olympic Tournament.

CONCACAF REFEREES TO OFFICIATE AT


2005 FIFA WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP
CONCACAF Referees will be officiating during the 2005 FIFA World Youth
Championship that runs from 10 June
2 July in the Netherlands.
Referees Marco Rodriguez (MEX),
Rodolfo Sibrian (SLV) and Referee
Assistants Hector Delgadillo (MEX),
Leonel Leal (CRC), Carlos Pastrana
(HON) and Reynaldo Salinas (HON) join
the other 43 officials at the 15th edition of FIFAs Under-20 tournament.
CONCACAF TEAMS REMAIN IN TOP 10
IN FIFA WORLD RANKINGS
Mexico and USA remained in the top
10 in the recent FIFA World Rankings
issued on 20 April.
The defending CONCACAF Gold
Cup champions, Mexico are eighth in
the monthly FIFA rankings, while the
USA is in 10th place (tied with Italy).
Costa Rica follows in 22nd place,
while Jamaica is tied for 42nd spot
(with Ukraine). Elsewhere in the rankings: Honduras is 51st, while
Guatemala has the 60th spot; followed
by Trinidad & Tobago in the 61st position and Cuba is in 64th place.

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