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FEBRUARY 2002

VOLUME 12 / NUMBER 2

CONFEDERATION OF NORTH, CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
13-24 March 2002
England FA International Coaching License Course
Dr. Joo Havelange Centre of Excellence
Tunapuna, Trinidad & Tobago
20-24 March 2002
Womens U-19 Qualifying
Central Zone (Panama)
Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua
(by) 27 March 2002
2002 FC Champions Cup
First-round matches
(to be arranged by clubs)
19 April 2002
Congress of Caribbean Football Union
The Football Confederation
Miami, Florida USA
19 April 2002
Executive Committee Meeting

The USA celebrates their victory in FC Gold Cup 2002 after a 2:0 defeat of Costa Rica.
It was the second continental championship for the USA, last winning the Gold Cup in the
inaugural year of 1991. (Photo Tony Quinn, SoccerPixUSA)

USA DEFEATS COSTA RICA TO WIN FC GOLD CUP 2002


Goals either side of halftime gave the USA their second FC Gold
Cup championship with a comprehensive 2:0 victory against Costa
Rica in the final Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
The USA won the inaugural version of the Gold Cup in 1991,
but the victory in the final capped a fine performance where head
coach Bruce Arena convened a young, domestic-based squad which
improved with each and every match.
Two fine goals, one in the first half from Josh Wolff and one in
the second half from Jeff Agoos, gave the USA all they needed to compliment a defense
that posted a clean sheet for the fourth time in five matches in the Gold Cup.
I thought we had an outstanding performance (in the final) and certainly deserved to
be the champions, said Arena. We improved in every game in the tournament. This victory means a lot. I think we just played extremely well and beat them in every position
on the field.
Two goals in less than a minute gave defending champion Canada third place in FC
Gold Cup 2002, with a 2:1 victory against Korea Republic
In the semifinals, for 120 minutes Canadian goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld was able to
keep the USA at bay. But his, and Canadas, Gold Cup luck finally ran out in the penalty
shootout, as the USA reached the final for the first time since 1991 after a scoreless draw.
Hirschfeld made no fewer than 15 saves most of the spectacular variety in the second
half and extra-time period as Canada faced their second successive penalty shootout. But
U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller made a pair of fine saves during the shootout, while his teammates made all four of their spot kicks, to put the USA into the final against Costa Rica.
A magnificent second-half double from Paulo Cesar Wanchope put Costa Rica into the
final of the FC Gold Cup for the first time, with a 3:1 defeat of Korea Republic in the other
semifinal.
Wanchope scored a pair of well-taken goals five minutes apart sandwiched around a
Korea goal from Choi Jin-Cheul as Costa Rica weathered a second-half storm after taking the lead just before the halftime interval.

The Football Confederation


Miami, Florida USA
20 April 2002
XXIII Ordinary Congress
The Football Confederation
Miami, Florida USA
22-27 April 2002
Referee Inspectors Workshop
Dr. Joo Havelange Centre of Excellence
Tunapuna, Trinidad & Tobago
(by) 2 May 2002
2002 FC Champions Cup
Quarterfinal matches
(to be arranged by clubs)
5-12 May 2002
FC Womens U-19 Championship
Trinidad & Tobago
31 May 2002
Opening match, 2002 FIFA World Cup
Seoul, Korea Republic
30 June 2002
Final, 2002 FIFA World Cup
Yokohama, Japan
17 August 1 September 2002
FIFA Under-19 Womens World Championship
Canada (Vancouver, British Columbia; Victoria, British Columbia;
Edmonton, Alberta)

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CONFEDERATION NEWS - FEBRUARY 2002

GOLD CUP PROVIDES


WORLD CUP KICKSTART
For a pair of participants in this summers FIFA World
Cup finals, the FC
Gold Cup provided a
tremendous jumpstart to Korea/Japan.
U.S. head coach
Bruce Arena pointed to the advancement his
team made throughout the Gold Cup as the
key to his squads lifting the trophy. Arena
brought a mostly domestic-based team to the
Gold Cup, and left with the second title in
U.S history after the 1991 title.
"We've improved in every game in the
tournament and today we demonstrated that
we can both attack and defend. I would not
sell short any of these players, and although
we are missing between 12 and 15 players in
Europe my evaluation of these players is
that a number of them will be fighting for
World Cup roster spots."
Despite falling just short of the victory
they desperately sought, which would have
brought the Gold Cup to Central America for
the first time, Costa Rica and technical director Alexandre Guimaraes still took positives
from the final.
Now we know what we need to do in our
preparation for the World Cup, he said.
This tournament served as a calculated lesson for us, we were able to see for a month
what we can do with this team.
For the FCs third World Cup representative, cruel luck in a penalty shootout once
again sunk Mexico, dumped out at the quarterfinals after a scoreless draw over 120 with
Korea Republic. Technical director Javier
Aguirre used the tournament as a key stage
in building his squad for the World Cup
where he is hoping Mexico doesnt again
have to face penalties, the cause of elimination twice previously in the World Cup.
We gave it our best effort, but when in
comes to the penalties, they made theirs, we
missed ours, and thats the way it went.
A fiasco? Yes, thats a good word for
it. The ghost of penalties is still living with us, Aguirre said.
Canada themselves surprised many
observers - technical director
Holger Osieck
leading the
way - in
following
their 2000
title

Costa Rica reached the Gold Cup final for the


first time thanks to Paulo Cesar Wanchop
(Photo Tony Quinn, SoccerPixUSA)

with a third-place finish this time around.


We are absolutely delighted at finishing
third. Yes, we came in as the defending
champion, but we were almost eliminated on
penalties. This was more than we expected,
Osieck said.
There were other notable performances
in the Gold Cup principally from a pair of
French-speaking Caribbean countries.
Martinique came within a missed penalty, on what would have been the final kick of
the shootout against Canada, of advancing to
the semifinals. In the Gold Cup for just the
second time, they stunned Trinidad &
Tobago to finish second in Group C.
(Martinique)- I knew from the beginning - they fight for their life, and thats what
they did, said Canadas Osieck after they
survived. Theyre a very difficult team to
play, I said it before the game. I think they
had a very respectable performance in this
tournament.
Haiti provided the first shock of the tournament, defeating guest side and World Cup
finalist Ecuador 2:0, eventually advancing
from Group D (along with Canada) following
the draw. They then took Costa Rica to extra
time in the quarterfinals before going out
to a golden goal.
El Salvador also advanced out of the
first round for the first time ever,
defeating Guatemala
in a Central
American derby
to reach the
quarterfinals.

FC President Jack A. Warner and FIFA President Sepp Blatter congratulate 2002 Gold Cup
champions USA (Photo Tony Quinn, SoccerPixUSA)

Defending champion Canada captured third


with a 2:1 victory against Korea Republic
(Photo Tony Quinn, SoccerPixUSA)
FC GOLD CUP 2002 - FINAL RECAP
GROUP A
Mexico
El Salvador
Guatemala

2
2
2

2
1
0

0
0
0

0
1
2

4
1
1

1
1
4

6
3
0

GROUP B
USA
Korea Republic
Cuba

2
2
2

2
0
0

0
1
1

0
1
1

3
1
0

1
2
1

6
1
1

GROUP C
Costa Rica
Martinique
Trinidad & Tobago

2
2
2

1
1
0

1
0
1

0
1
1

3
1
1

1
2
2

4
3
1

GROUP D
Canada
Haiti
Ecuador

2
2
2

1
1
1

0
0
0

1
1
1

2
2
2

2
2
2

3
3
3

QUARTERFINALS
COSTA RICA HAITI 2:1 aet
CANADA MARTINIQUE 1:1 aet (6:5 pen)
MEXICO KOREA REPUBLIC 0:0 aet (2:4 pen)
USA EL SALVADOR 4:0
SEMIFINALS
30.01.2002, Pasadena, California USA (A: 7241)
COSTA RICA KOREA REPUBLIC 3:1 (1:0)
Ronald GOMEZ 44; Paulo Cesar WANCHOPE 77, 82
CHOI Jin-Cheul 81
R: Rodolfo SIBRIAN (SLV)
CANADA USA 0:0 aet (2:4 pen)
R: Peter PRENDERGAST (JAM)
FINAL
02.02.2002, Pasadena, California USA (A: 14432)
USA COSTA RICA 2:0 (1:0)
Josh WOLFF 37; Jeff AGOOS 63
R: Carlos BATRES (GUA)
THIRD-PLACE MATCH
02.02.2002, Pasadena, California USA (A: 14432)
CANADA KOREA REPUBLIC 2:1 (2:1)
KIM Do-Hoon 34 og, Dwayne DeROSARIO 35 KIM Do-Hoon 15
R: Noel BYNOE (TRI)
LIST OF GOALSCORERS
4 GOALS: 20. Brian McBRIDE (USA) (1p)
3 GOALS: 20. Kevin McKENNA (CAN)
2 GOALS: 7. Rolando FONSECA (CRC); 11. Ronald GOMEZ (CRC);
9. Paulo Cesar WANCHOPE (CRC); 10. Alex AGUINAGA (ECU) (1p)
1 GOAL: 17. Dwayne DeROSARIO (CAN); 10. Walter CENTENO
(CRC); 17. Hernan MEDFORD (CRC); 8. Santos CABRERA (SLV);
15. Juan Carlos PLATA (GUA); 19. Charles ALERTE Jnr (HAI); 12.
Golman PIERRE (HAI); 15. CHOI Jin-Cheul (KOR); 8. KIM DoHoon (KOR); 7. SONG Chong-Gug (KOR); 5. Patrick PERCIN
(MQE); 18. Adolfo BAUTISTA (MEX); 10. Marco GARCES (MEX);
14. Jair GARCIA (MEX); 9. Carlos OCHOA (MEX); 14. Stern JOHN
(TRI) (1p); 12. Jeff AGOOS (USA); 4. DaMarcus BEASLEY (USA);
21. Landon DONOVAN (USA); 11. Ante RAZOV (USA); 15. Josh
WOLFF (USA)
OWN GOALS: 19. Edison MENDEZ (ECU v HAI); 3. Mark
ROGERS (CAN v MQE); 8. KIM Do-Hoon (KOR v CAN)
ASSISTS LEADERS
8. Mauricio SOLIS (CRC) 3; 7. Paul STALTERI (CAN) 2; 2.
Frankie HEJDUK (USA) 2

CONFEDERATION NEWS - FEBRUARY 2002

USAS MCBRIDE WINS


INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Brian McBride of the USA won a pair
of individual honors to wrap up the sixth
edition of the FC Gold Cup. McBride
scored four goals in the tournament to win
the Golden Boot as top goalscorer, and was
also selected as the tournaments Most
Valuable Player in voting by the media.
I was really impressed by the way we
came together, said McBride. Winning
definitely breeds confidence, but along
with that we came together as a team on
the field and off. Individual awards are
great, but they are sort of a side bar. Its
not something you really set out to do. To
be honest, the only reason I won this is
because of my teammates.
Canadas Lars Hirschfeld, who was
particularly outstanding in Canadas
penalty shootout loss to the USA in the
semifinals after keeping a clean sheet for
120 minutes, was named the tournaments
Top Goalkeeper in media voting. Costa
Rica won the Fair Play Award.
McBride was also named to the tournament Best XI, which was selected by the
Technical Study Group for the FC Gold Cup.

FC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME SET FOR 2002


A schedule of 10 courses covering a wide range of topics highlights the Football
Confederations 2002 Development Programme, to be held over the course of the year at
the Dr. Joo Havelange Centre of Excellence in Macoya, Trinidad.
Courses will be offered on average of one per month in coaching, marketing and
administration and sports medicine, with speciality workshops also planned for goalkeeping and womens football.
The courses seek to raise the level of all facets of the game throughout the entire confederation, while still aiming to speak to members from each of the individual countries at
their current level of growth.
Our mission is to achieve a sustained level of excellence in every aspect of the game,
said FC President Jack Warner. This is a football coaching school, a football academy, a
centre of excellence for football education.
The 2002 programme follows a highly successful first year in which nearly 400 people
attended a dozen courses in coaching, refereeing and football administration. The programme kicks off with the Introduction to Sports Medicine, scheduled for 19 to 23
February. National team coaches, physical trainers and therapists in invited to take part in
the workshop. It is the first of a three-part course in sports medicine.
2002 FOOTBALL CONFEDERATION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME SCHEDULE
19-23.02.2002: Introduction to Sports Medicine (Part I)
13-24.03.2002: England FA International Coaching License Course
22-27.04.2002: Workshop for Referee Instructors
22-25.05.2002: Workshop for Goalkeeper Coaches
07.2002: Advanced Workshop in Marketing & General Administration
10-24.08.2002: Youth Football Academy
06-07.09.2002: Symposium on 2002 FIFA World Cup
23-26.10.2002: Workshop on Womens Football
11.2002: Advanced England FA International Coaching License Course
12.2002: Introduction to Sports Medicine (Part II).

ROUND OF 16 READY IN
2002 FC CHAMPIONS CUP

USAs Brian McBride, winner of both the MVP


and Golden Boot awards
(Photo Tony Quinn, SoccerPixUSA)
GOLDEN BOOT (selected by media ballot; presented by
AmericaTel): Brian McBRIDE (USA)
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (selected by media ballot; presented
by Chevron/Texaco): Brian McBRIDE (USA)
TOP GOALKEEPER (selected by media ballot; presented by State
Farm Insurance): Lars HIRSCHFELD (Canada)
FAIR PLAY TROPHY: Costa Rica
FC GOLD CUP 2002 BEST XI:
GK: 1. Odelin MOLINA (Cuba)
DF: 3. Luis MARIN (Costa Rica); 12. Jeff AGOOS (USA); 5. Jason
deVOS (Canada)
MD: 6. Luis Alfonso SOSA (Mexico); 8. Mauricio SOLIS (Costa
Rica); 21. Landon DONOVAN (USA); 5. KIM Nam-Il (Korea
Republic); 11. Ronald GOMEZ (Costa Rica)
AT: 20. Kevin McKENNA (Canada); 20. Brian McBRIDE (USA).
RESERVES:
GK: 1. Shaka HISLOP (Trinidad & Tobago)
DF: 12. Ludovic MIRANDE (Martinique); 31. Pierre Richard
BRUNY (Trinidad & Tobago)
MD: 8. S.CABRERA (El Salvador); 10. A. AGUINAGA (Ecuador)
AT: 11. Ronald CERRITOS (El Salvador); 15. Juan Carlos PLATA
(Guatemala)

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The first round


schedule has been
announced for the
2002 FC Champions
Cup, with the tournament set to kick
off on 13 February
when LD
Alajuelense, of Costa Rica faces Mexicos
Club Amrica.
The majority of the matches in the firstround ties will be played in March, as the
round must be completed by 27 March. The
winners on aggregate over the two-leg ties will
advance to the quarterfinals, which are to be
completed by 2 May. The semifinals will be
completed by 8 August, and the finals by 5
September, with each round contested home
and away over two legs.
On 3 March, W Connection FC of Trinidad
will play host to Kansas City Wizards in their
first-leg match, then three days later two more
pairings begin: CA Monarcas Morelia
(Mexico) at home to Deportivo Saprissa
(Costa Rica), and CSD Comunicaciones
(Guatemala) playing host to D.C. United (USA).
The remainder of the first legs will be
played in the middle of the month (home
teams first): Defence Force FC (Trinidad &
Tobago) - Pachuca CF (Mexico) (13 March),
Tauro FC (Panam) - Club Santos Laguna
(Mexico) (14 March), and CSD Municipal Chicago Fire (16 March).

2002 FC CHAMPIONS CUP SCHEDULE


PAIRING 1
LD Alajuelense Club America: 13.02.2002, Alajuela,
Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto (20:00)
Club America LD Alajuelense: 06.03.2002, San Luis
Potosi, Estadio Plan de San Luis (20:00)
PAIRING 2
CSD Comunicaciones D.C. United: 06.03.2002, Cd.
Guatemala, Estadio Mateo Flores (20:00)
D.C. United CSD Comunicaciones: 13.03.2002,
Washington, D.C., RFK Stadium (19:30)
PAIRING 3
Defence Force FC Pachuca CF: 13.03.2002, Port-ofSpain, Hasely Crawford Stadium (18:00)
Pachuca CF Defence Force FC: 27.03.2002, Pachuca,
Estadio Hidalgo (20:00)
PAIRING 4
CD Olimpia San Jose Earthquakes: 13.03.2002, Miami,
Florida USA, Orange Bowl (20:00)
San Jose Earthquakes CD Olimpia: 16.03.2002,
Sacramento, California, Sheldon Florin Stadium (19:30)
PAIRING 5
CA Monarcas Morelia Deportivo Saprissa: 06.03.2002,
Morelia, Estadio Morelos
Deportivo Saprissa CA Monarcas Morelia: 20.03.2002,
San Jos, Estadio Saprissa (20:00)
PAIRING 6
CSD Municipal Chicago Fire: 16.03.2002, Cd. Guatemala,
Estadio Mateo Flores (16:00)
Chicago Fire CSD Municipal: 20.03.2002, Naperville,
Illinois, Cardinal Stadium (19:30)
PAIRING 7
Tauro FC Club Santos Laguna: 14.03.2002, Cd. Panama,
Estadio Rommel Fernandez (20:00)
Club Santos Laguna Tauro FC: 27.03.2002, Torreon,
Coahuila, Estadio Corona (16:00)
PAIRING 8
W Connection FC Kansas City Wizards: 03.03.2002:
Marabella, Trinidad, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, (17:00)
Kansas City Wizards W Connection FC: 16.03.2002:
Kansas City, Arrowhead Stadium (19:30)

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FC WORLD CUP FINALISTS GET READY


Following the Gold Cup, both Mexico
and the USA began their run-ups to the
FIFA World Cup finals with a pair of losses in friendlies.
Mexican technical director Javier
Aguirre admitted he is having trouble
sleeping thinking about Croatia, his sides
first opponent in the World Cup.
Yugoslavia was selected as an opponent
for the preparatory friendly to give Mexico
experience playing against a similar style
and gave Mexico another nightmare with
two first-half goals on their way to a 2:1
victory in Phoenix, Arizona.
Mexico v Korea Republic
(Photo Tony Quinn, SoccerPixUSA)
A second-half goal from Alessandro Del
Piero gave Italy a hard-fought 1:0 victory against a game U.S. side on
Wednesday in Catania, Sicily. Del Pieros strike just after the hour gave
the home side the victory, but it was the USA which impressed for
more of the match with some quality, flowing football.
Costa Rica will re-gather in mid-March after their runner-up finish
in FC Gold Cup 2002.
UPCOMING MATCHES FC QUALIFIERS FOR KOREA/JAPAN 2002
MEXICO: 12.05.2002 v Colombia, Mexico DF; 16.05.2002 v Netherlands, TBD
USA: 02.03.2002 v Honduras, Seattle, Washington; 10.03.2002 v Ecuador,
Birmingham, Alabama; 27.03.2002 v Germany, Rostock; 17.04.2002 v Ireland, Dublin;
12.05.2002 v Uruguay, Washington, D.C.; 16.05.2002 v Jamaica, E. Rutherford, N.J.;
19.05.2002 v Netherlands, Foxboro, Massachusetts
COSTA RICA: 24.03.2002 v Bolivia; 17.04.2002 v Japan; 20.04.2002 v Korea Rep., Daegu

CONFEDERATION NEWS - FEBRUARY 2002

FINALS OF FC WOMENS U-19


CHAMPIONSHIP TAKING SHAPE
The Central American Zone qualifying
tournament for the FC Under-19 Womens
Tournament will be held from 20-24
March in Panama. Four teams will participate - Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua
and the host country - with the top two
teams of the single round-robin advancing
the FC finals in May.
They will join host Trinidad & Tobago, Caribbean Zone qualifiers Suriname, Haiti and Jamaica, and North Zone entrants
Mexico and USA in the eight-team finals, with the top two advancing to the FIFA World Under-19 Womens Championship to be
held 18 August - 1 September 2002 in Canada. As host, Canada has
already secured a place in the 12-team field.
Sparked by two second-half goals by Suzanna Berenstein,
Suriname defeated Antigua & Barbuda 3:1 to capture Group B of
Caribbean Zone qualifying at Antigua Recreation Ground in St.
Johns. Both teams had defeated Dominica and Guyana to set up
the final match.
Meanwhile, in Group C, a goal from Paola Jean 13 minutes
from time gave Haiti a 1:0 victory against Dominican Republic and
sent them through to the finals before a thrilled crowd of more
than 10,000 at the Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince. The winner-take-all match was set up when both defeated Puerto Rico and
Republica Dominicana in round-robin play.