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September 2003

VOLUME 13 / NUMBER 4

CONFEDERATION OF NORTH, CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
5-7 September 2003
Opening round CONCACAF Men's Olympic Under-23
qualfication - first leg
11-14 September 2003
CONCACAF Seminar for Match Commissioners
Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence
Trinidad & Tobago
17 September 2003
CONCACAF Champions Cup Final
CA Monarcas Morelia (MEX) v Deportivo Toluca FC (MEX)
- first leg
20 September - 12 October 2003
FIFA Women's World Cup
USA (Boston, Columbus, Los Angeles, Philadelphia,
Portland, Washington D.C.)

USA forward Cindy Parlow scores game-winner in 1999 FIFA WWC Semifinal against Brazil.
(Photo: Tony Quinn/SoccerPixUSA)

CANADA, USA HEAD TO 2003 FIFA WOMENS WORLD CUP

Canada and the host USA will carry the CONCACAF banner at the 2003
FIFA Womens World Cup from 20 September 12 October in six venues
around the United States.
The six USA venues for the 16-team tournament are: Crew Stadium in
Columbus, Ohio; Home Depot Center in Carson, California; Lincoln
Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Washington, D.C.s RFK
Stadium; Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts; PGE Park in Portland, Oregon.
Both CONCACAF teams have womens championship coaching experience under their
belts. The defending world champions, USA have technical director April Heinrichs, who
played on the 1991 squad that captured the first womens title in China, while Canadas
technical director Even Pellerud, was at the helm for his native Norway as they won the
1995 FIFA crown in Sweden.
Placed in Group A for the 2003 World Cup, USA will open on 21 September in
Washington, D.C. against Sweden. Four days later, the team faces Nigeria in Philadelphia,
and then end group play against Korea DPR on 28 September in Columbus.
Canada kicks off Group C with two consecutive first round games in Columbus as they
meet Germany on 20 September and then Argentina four days later. Canada concludes
first round action with an encounter against Japan in Foxboro on 27 September.
The top two from each of the four groups will advance to the Quarterfinals on 1-2
October in Foxboro and Portland. The quarterfinal winners will meet in the semifinals set
for Portland on 5 October. The semifinal losers will face off in the third-place match on 11
October in Carson, while the semifinal winners will square off for the 2003 Womens
World Cup title the next day at the same venue.
CANADA ROSTER
GK: Karina LeBlanc (Boston Breakers/USA), Erin McLeod (Vancouver Whitecaps), Taryn Swiatek (Ottawa Fury); DF: Sasha
Andrews (Vancouver Whitecaps), Melanie Booth (Toronto Inferno), Breanna Boyd (Carolina Courage/USA), Linda Consolante
(Ottawa Fury), Kara Lang (Vancouver Whitecaps), Isabelle Morneau (Ottawa Fury), Sharolta Nonen (Atlanta Beat/USA), Clare
Rustad (Vancouver Whitecaps); MD: Randee Hermus (Floya/NOR), Kristina Kiss (Floya/NOR), Diana Matheson (Toronto Inferno), Andrea
Neil (Vancouver Whitecaps), Brittany Timko (Vancouver Whitecaps), Rhian Wilkinson (Ottawa Fury); AT: Silvana Burtini (no club), Tanya
Dennis (UN of Nebraska /USA), Charmaine Hooper (Atlanta Beat/USA), Christine Latham (San Diego Spirit/USA), Christine Sinclair
(Vancouver Whitecaps). TD: Even PELLERUD
USA ROSTER
GK: Siri Mullinix (Washington Freedom), Briana Scurry (Atlanta Beat); DF: Kylie Bivens (Atlanta Beat), Brandi Chastain (San
Jose Cyber Rays), Joy Fawcett (San Diego Spirit), Christie Pearce (New York Power), Cat Reddick (University of North
Carolina), Danielle Slaton (Carolina Courage), Kate Sobrero (Boston Breakers); MD: Shannon Boxx (New York Power), Julie
Foudy (San Diego Spirit), Angela Hucles (Boston Breakers), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Tiffany Roberts (Carolina Courage), Aly
Wagner (San Diego Spirit); AT: Mia Hamm (Washington Freedom), Shannon MacMillan (San Diego Spirit), Tiffeny Milbrett (New York
Power), Cindy Parlow (Atlanta Beat), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom). TD: April HEINRICHS

8 October 2003
CONCACAF Champions Cup Final
CA Monarcas Morelia (MEX) v Deportivo Toluca FC (MEX)
- second leg
10-12 October 2003
Opening round CONCACAF Men's Olympic Under-23
qualfication - second leg

2003 FIFA WOMENS WORLD CUP


Group A: USA, SWEDEN, NIGERIA, KOREA DPR
Group B: NORWAY, FRANCE, BRAZIL, KOREA REPUBLIC
Group C: GERMANY, CANADA, JAPAN, ARGENTINA
Group D: CHINA, GHANA, AUSTRALIA, RUSSIA
CANADA, USA WWC Schedule
20.09.2003
Germany v Canada (17:45) at Columbus, Ohio
21.09.2003
USA v Sweden (12:30) at Washington, D.C.
24.09.2003
Canada v Argentina (20:30) at Columbus, Ohio
25.09.2003
USA v Nigeria (19:30) at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
27.09.2003
Canada v Japan (15:30) at Foxboro, Massachusetts
28.09.2003
Korea DPR v USA (15:45) at Columbus, Ohio
01-02.10.2003
Quarterfinals at Foxboro, Massachusetts; Portland, Oregon
05.10.2003
Semifinals (19:30), (22:30) at Portland, Oregon
11.10.2003
Third-Place Game (15:30) at Carson, California
12.10.2003
Final (13:00) at Carson, California

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PRESIDENT JACK A.
WARNERS MESSAGE

Once again we have reason


to be proud of the performances of teams from CONCACAF;
this time the youngest of the
competitors whom we send out
to do battle with the rest of the
football world.
All three CONCACAF countries - Costa Rica, Mexico and the USA reached the quarterfinals of the recent FIFA
Under 17 World Championship in Finland, the
competition of which I was proud to be
Chairman of the Organizing Committee.
All three fell at the hurdle of the final eight, to
the traditionally more experienced A, B, C of
South American football, Argentina, Brazil and
Colombia. However, no one from Asia, Africa or
Oceania even managed to reach that stage and,
thus, while the players and national associations
themselves must have been disappointed not to
have gone further, we must look at matters in the
true contextthree of the best Under 17 teams in
the world are from this Confederation.
Is it coincidence or a sign of their strength in
comparison to others in CONCACAF that the same
three countries represented CONCACAF in the
2002 FIFA World Cup and did us proud there,
too? We shall shortly see the signs of an answer to
that question as qualifying competitions for two
more world events are on the near horizon.
Qualification for the first event, the Olympic
Games of Athens, begins this month.
Qualification for the World Cup of Germany
2006 begins in January for this Confederation.
It would be a brave man who forecast the
nations to represent us in either of those two
competitions and our most successful trio in
recent events know full well the task they have
before them with as many as ten or a dozen of
our nations believing they can be among the
qualifiers and preparing strongly for the effort.
Before the events of 2004, however, we have
another world championship on our own
doorstep, the FIFAWomen's World Cup, moved
to the USA from China because of the outbreak
of the disease SARS earlier in the year. Canada
and the USA will represent CONCACAF in this
superb competition and it is hard to imagine
that we will not finish with at least one medal to
add to the growing list of successes of which our
national associations may be proud.
Realize, though, that these are only the outward signs of our prowess and progress over the
recent years. Underneath, at all levels, work
continues daily to improve the standards of all
disciplines - playing, coaching, refereeing, the
judging of referees, administration, organization of games and more.
Much of the work is conducted at the Dr
Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in
Trinidad from where the various course participants fan out to their own lands to continue the
work and the passing-on of information. Thus
far in 2003, more than 152 have passed through
the Centre on the way to greater knowledge and
greater impact on football in the region.
Together with the physical benefits of the FIFA
GOAL program, conducted also from the Centre
of Excellence and bringing fields and facilities of
a standard previously unknown to many of our
members, our development programs assure us
of one thing - our pleasure at current world performances by our teams is not a passing phase.
What is good now will only get better.

CONCACAF NEWS - September 2003

ROAD TO ATHENS BEGINS IN THE BAHAMAS

The road to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece begins on 5


September 2003 for CONCACAF as the opening round of the two-game
elimination series for the mens Qualifying begins with the Bahamas hosting Trinidad & Tobago at the BFA National Stadium in Nassau at 19:30.
The first round features 20 teams competing in a home-and-home
series while El Salvador, Honduras, St. Lucia and the USA receive byes
into the second round.
The second round series are set for mid-November 2003 with the seven winners
joining the host Mexico in the final round of CONCACAF qualification from 2-12
February 2004.
Thirteen squads are in womens preliminary round, which begins in midSeptember and must be completed by 14 December 2003. The five remaining teams
will join Canada, USA and the host Mexico in the final round from 2-12 February.
The CONCACAF final round will qualify two teams from each competition (men
and women) to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

2004 CONCACAF MENS UNDER-23 QUALIFYING FIRST ROUND


SERIES 1
07.09.2003 Fredericksted, US VIRGIN ISLANDS;
Paul E. Joseph Stadium (16:00)
US VIRGIN ISLANDS CANADA
R: Marcio CARRANZA (HON)
10.09.2003 St. John, New Brunswick CANADA;
Saint John Stadium (17:00)
CANADA US VIRGIN ISLANDS
R: Stuart CROCKWELL (BER)
SERIES 2
PUERTO RICO WITHDRAWS,
EL SALVADOR EARNS BYE
SERIES 3
07.09.2003 Santo Domingo, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC;
Parque Del Este (16:00)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HAITI
R: Neal BRIZAN (TRI)
12.10.2003 Port-au-Prince, HAITI;
Stade Sylio Cator (18:00)
HAITI DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
R: Roberto DELGADO (CUB)
SERIES 4
06.09.2003 Managua, NICARAGUA;
Estadio Denis Martinez (19:00)
NICARAGUA PANAMA
R: Michael KENNEDY (USA)
10.09.2003 Ciudad de Panam, PANAMA;
Estadio Rommel Fernandez (20:30)
PANAMA NICARAGUA
R: Mark FORDE (BRB)
SERIES 5
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA SUSPENDED BY FIFA,
ST. LUCIA EARNS BYE
SERIES 6
07.09.2003 Grand Bay, DOMINICA;
Geneva Playing Field (15:00)
DOMINICA ST. KITTS & NEVIS
R: Alexander WILLIAMS (LUC)
11.10.2003 Basseterre, ST. KITTS & NEVIS;
Warner Park (19:00)
ST. KITTS & NEVIS DOMINICA
R: George PHILLIPS (GRN)
SERIES 7
05.09.2003 Nassau, BAHAMAS;
BFA National Stadium (19:30)
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO BAHAMAS
R: Alfredo WHITTAKER (CAY)

07.09.2003 Nassau, BAHAMAS;


BFA National Stadium (19:30)
BAHAMAS TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
R: Jean-Francois CORRIVAULT (CAN)
SERIES 8
06.09.2003 St. Georges, GRENADA;
Grenada National Stadium (19:00)
GRENADA CAYMAN ISLANDS
R: John CALLENDAR (GUY)
12.10.2003 Grand Cay, CAYMAN ISLANDS;
Truman Bodden Sports Complex (19:00)
CAYMAN ISLANDS GRENADA
R: Ibrahim BROHIM (DMA)
SERIES 9
07.09.2003 La Habana, CUBA;
Estadio Pedro Marrero (16:00)
CUBA JAMAICA
R: Roberto MORENO (PAN)
12.10.2003 Kingston, JAMAICA;
Tony Spaulding Sports Complex (17:00)
JAMAICA CUBA
R: Noel BYNOE (TRI)
SERIES 10
07.09.2003 Paramaribo, SURINAME;
Andre Kamperveen Stadium (19:00)
SURINAME GUATEMALA
R: Urvin FANEIJTE (ANT)
12.10.2003 San Marcos, GUATEMALA;
Marquesa de la Ensenada (11:00)
GUATEMALA SURINAME
R: Jorge GASSO (MEX)
SERIES 11
13.09.2003: Heredia, COSTA RICA;
Estadio Rosabal Cordero (12:00)
COSTA RICA BELIZE
R: Nery ALFARO (SLV)
15.09.2003: Cartago, COSTA RICA; Estadio Fello
Meza (12:00)
BELIZE COSTA RICA
R: Rosnick GRANT (HAI)
SERIES 12
07.09.2003: Blairmont, GUYANA;
Blairmont Ground (15:30)
GUYANA BARBADOS
R: Timothy HAZELWOOD (VIN)
12.10.2003: Waterford, BARBADOS;
National Stadium (20:00)
BARBADOS GUYANA
R: Victor STEWART (JAM)

CONCACAF NEWS - September 2003

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MEXICO CLAIMS FOURTH GOLD CUP TITLE

The victory also secures Mexico as the CONCACAF representative to the next FIFA Confederations Cup set for Germany 2005.

Mexico captured their fourth overall CONCACAF


Gold Cup with a 1:0 overtime victory over Brazil in
USA TAKES THIRD PLACE
the 2003 final in front of 80,000 spectators at the
The USA took the third-place honor at the 2003 CONCACAF
Estadio Azteca in Cuidad de Mxico on 27 July.
Gold
Cup with a 3:2 win over Costa Rica at the Orange Bowl in
After an intense 90 minMiami, Florida on 26 July.
utes of regulation the final
Defender Bobby Convey notched the gameGold Cup match remained scoreless (0:0) for
winner
off a pass from forward Landon Donovan
the first time since 1991 as it went into the
in the 67th minute for the USA, who came back
golden goal overtime period.
from a 2:1 deficit in the second half to pull out a
Just seven minutes into the first overtime
3:2 victory.
period Mexican forward Daniel Osorno dribCosta Rica opened the scoring (1:0) in the
bled across the penalty area from the right side
third-place match at the 24th minute-mark with
and hit a left foot shot past the Brazilian goala goal by forward Rolando Fonseca, but the USA
keeper Gomes for the game-winner.
equalized five minutes later 1:1 with a tally by
The tricolores netminder Oswaldo Sanchez
defender Carlos Bocanegra off an assist by
earned his fifth consecutive shutout and was
Donovan.
named the tournaments best goalkeeper, while
The ticos took the lead again 2:1 in the 39th
forward Jesus Arellano was selected as the
minute with Fonsecas second goal of the game
2003 Gold Cup Most Valuable Player.
off a rebound shot by midfielder Tray Bennette
The Fair Play award went to the USA, while
that was saved by USA goalkeeper Kasey Keller.
the 2003 Gold Cup topscorer was shared
In the second half, the USA leveled the score
between Costa Rican midfielder Walter
Mexico celebrates winning the 2003
2:2 in the 56th minute, when midfielder Earnie
Centano and USA forward Landon Donovan,
CONCACAF Gold Cup in Mexico City
Stewart one-time shot from 12 yards beat the
each with four tallies.
Costa
Rican
goalkeeper
Alvaro Messen.
This is the tricolor first Gold Cup since 1998, after previously
Eleven minutes later, Donovan turned ticos defender Mauricio
claiming the CONCACAF title in 1993 and 1996. It is also the secWright before slotting a ball to Convey, who was making a run all
ond time in CONCACAF tournaments history that a team does not
the way from the USA penalty area, slicing behind the Costa Rican
give up a goal during the competition as Mexico previously done it
defense for the 3:2 final.
at the 1996 Gold Cup.

ALL 3 CONCACAF TEAMS


REACHED QUARTERFINALS
OF FINLAND 2003

CANADA, MEXICO WIN


MEDALS AT 2003 PAN
AMERICAN GAMES

All three CONCACAF


Canada and Mexico
representatives (Costa
won medals in the
Rica, Mexico & USA)
football competition
reached the quarterfinals
of the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo
of the 2003 FIFA UnderDomingo, Dominican Republic in August.
17 World Championship in Finland.
Canada claimed the silver medal in the
This was is the first time in the history of
womens tournament, while Mexico captured
the FIFA U-16/U-17 World Championships
the bronze medal in both men and women,
that all the CONCACAF representatives have
at the Estadio Olmpico in Santo Domingo.
advanced to the quarterfinal round.
Mexico topped Colombia 5:4 on penalty
Mexico advanced from Group A with a
kicks after a scoreless draw (0:0) at the end
(2:0) victory over the host and two draws
of regulation and two sudden death overtime
against Colombia (0:0) and China
periods (golden
(3:3), while the USA qualified
goal) in the
after winning two of three Group
mens bronze
D matches, posting victories over
medal match,
Korea Republic (6:1), Sierra
while in the
Leone (2:1) but lost 2:0 to Spain.
gold medal
Costa Rica finished 1-1-1 and
game Argentina
leveled with Nigeria in Group B
topped rivals
on all possible tiebreakers, but
Brazil 1:0.
won a coin toss that determined
In the
which team advances to the
womens bronze
quarterfinals.
medal game,
Unfortunately, all three CON- CONCACAF President Jack Warner, was the Mexico defeated
CACAF teams suffered defeats in Chairman of the Organizing Committee for Argentina 4:1,
the FIFA Under-17 World Championship
the quarterfinals and were elimiwhile in the
held in Helsinki, Finland
nated from tournament play.
2003 finals,
Costa Rica and Mexico were defeated 2:0 by
Canada dropped a heartbreaking 2:1 overColombia and Argentina, respectively, while
time decision to Brazil and settled for the
the USA dropped a 3:0 result to Brazil.
silver medal.

2003 CONCACAF
CHAMPIONS CUP FINAL
DATES SET

The dates for the 2003


CONCACAF Champions
Cup two-game final between
Mexican clubs CA Monarcas
Morelia and Deportivo
Toluca FC have been confirmed for 17 September and 8 October.
The draw to determine the
order in which the games will be
played is set for 4 September in
Miami, Florida USA.
This is the second consecutive
year that the CONCACAF
Champions Cup final is an all-Mexican
event, and it also marks the second time in
the 41-year history of the tournament that
clubs from the same country square off in
the final.
Toluca has not won the CONCACAF title since 1968, while
Morelia is playing in their second consecutive final in 2003 as
they try to claim their first-ever
Championship title, after losing a
heartbreaking 1:0 decision to Pachuca CF of
Mexico for the 2002 crown.
Toluca reached the 2003 final by defeating Club Amrica (MEX) 5:4 on aggregate in
the semifinal series, while Morelia advanced
to this years finale after eliminating CD
Necaxa (MEX) 6:0 on aggregate.

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CONCACAF NEWS - September 2003

AROUND THE CONFEDERATION


CONCACAF Match Commissioners Seminar to
be held from 11-14 September
Thirty-three candidates from 22 different
national associations of CONCACAF will attend the
course for Match Commissioners at the Centre of
Excellence in Trinidad and Tobago, from 11-14 September 2003.
The course lecturers will be Walter Gagg, Ossie Downer and
Hugo Salcedo.
The Match Commissioners Seminar will have the following
curriculum:
1) The role and function of the Match Commissioner
2) The role and function of the Referee Inspector
Participants will be presented with a Certificate of Attendance
signed by the President of CONCACAF, Mr. Jack Warner.

725 FIFTH AVENUE, 17th FLOOR, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10022

Emrith appointed new CEO of the Centre of Excellence


The Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad &
Tobago has a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as Ken Emrith was
appointed to take charge of the multi-facility Centre, where so many
CONCACAF seminars take place across the range of football activity.
CONCACAF's technical development office, under Richard
Braithwaite, and the FIFA GOAL program office for the region,
under Keith Look Loy, are situated in the Centre.
Mr. Emith has a strong background in all aspects of administration, media relations and event management, working with major
governmental departments as well as community groups.
He last served as Executive Director of the School Nutrition
Programme of Trinidad and Tobago.

Futsal Courses for Coaches and Referees set for


September, October 2003
Another activity for the GOAL Programme in the CONCACAF
region will involve the Port of Spain Development Office and the
organization of two futsal courses for coaches and referees, scheduled
for September and October 2003 in Port of Spain (Trinidad &
Tobago) and Havana (Cuba) respectively.
These courses are intended not only promote the long-term development of the game across the region, but to increase the number of
national teams that will participate in next years CONCACAF qualifying for the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Championship in Chinese Taipei.
CONCACAF expresses deepest sympathy on passing of
Javier Arriaga Muiz
CONCACAF President Jack Warner expressed his deepest regret
and sympathy in the passing, of former CONCACAF Referee
Committee Chairman Javier Arriaga Muiz of Mexico.
Also a Chairman of the Referee Committee in Mexico from 19661986, his early involvement in football was as a player, but it was in
the area of refereeing that he left his mark upon the game at the
Mexican, CONCACAF and FIFA level.
He became Chairman of the CONCACAF Referees Committee
and was Refereeing Coordinator for the 1968 Olympic Games in
Mexico City. The following year he began 11 years of devoted service
as a member of the Referees Committee of FIFA itself, where he was
consistent in his work to improve the standards and opportunities
for game officials in the region.
Arriaga Muiz is member (1994) of the CONCACAF Hall of Fame.
Everyone within the confederation should be grateful for the time
and energy which he put into the game he loved, said Mr. Warner.