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JANUARY / FEBRUARY 1999

VOLUME 9 / NUMBER 1 N

OFFICIAL BULLETIN OF THE CONFEDERATION OF NORTH, CENTRAL AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION F OOTBALL

DC UNITED Wins Two


Major international
Tournaments
DC United made soccer history
becoming the first club from the United
States to win both the CONCACAF
Champions Cup and the CONCACAF/CONMEBOL InterAmerican
Cup.
The two-time Major League Soccer
champions earned their plaudits at the
international level with impressive
wins over top clubs, including Mexican
First Division champions Toluca at the
CONCACAF Champions Cup final,
1-0, in August, and then South
American champions Vasco Da Gama
of Brazil in a thrilling two-leg series.
United rebounding from a 1-0 defeat at
Washington DC November 14, beating
Vasco 2-0, in the second leg December
5 at Fort Lauderdale (United won by a
2-1 aggregate score).
United drew level on aggregate
through Tony Sanneh in the 34th
minute, then won the tie outright on an
Eddie Pope goal in the 77th minute.
For Pope, it was another of his cupwinning heroic goals: He scored the
lone goal in Uniteds victory against
Toluca of Mexico in the CONCACAF
Champions Cup this year, and the
golden goal in Uniteds first MLS
Cup championship, a 3-2 victory
against Los Angeles Galaxy on October
20, 1996.
For the second time against the
reigning South American champions,
United had the better of the play in the
first half, finally striking for goal after
34 minutes. But Vasco came out raging

D.C. United 1998 CONCACAF/COMEBOL InterAmerican Cup Champions

in the second half, and were unlucky


not to equalize when Donizete first hit
the bar, then forced a tremendous save
from Scott Garlick, just a minute apart
on the hour.

This is an almost unbelievable accomplishment, I give


our team a lot of credit. We
beat one of the great club
teams in the world and Im
very proud of D.C. United,
the MLS and soccer in the
United States.
DC United head coach Bruce Arena
But United started to regain some of
the ball as Vasco wearied, Roy Lassiter
knocking a Marco Etcheverry corner

back across the face of goal where


Pope tucked it behind the keeper, giving United the goal they needed to
avoid extra time. They then held off
Vasco, who lost to Real Madrid CF in
the Intercontinental Cup, to capture the
Western Hemisphere crown.
United coach Bruce Arena, now in
charge of the USA National Team, said
In all honesty, even though we didnt
win the MLS Cup this year I think this
has been the greatest year for D.C.
United. The accomplishments weve
had this year have been tremendous.
Vasco technical director Antonio
Lopes said: Its good. They played
well, the cup is good for them. They
played better than Vasco. The cup will
be in good hands. Fatigue was a factor.
United defender Eddie Pope, on
scoring the cup-winning goal in three
of the five cups United has won: Its
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CONCACAF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


Jack Austin Warner
President
Lisle Austin - Barbados
Vice-President, Caribbean Zone
Rafael Salguero - Guatemala
Vice-President, Central Zone
Alan Rothenberg - U.S.A.
Vice-President, North Zone
Anthony James - Jamaica
Member, Caribbean Zone
Sergio Torres - El Salvador
Member, Central Zone
Hugo Kiese - Mexico
Member, North Zone
Chuck Blazer
General Secretary

CONCACAF REPRESENTATIVES TO FIFA


Jack Austin Warner

FIFA Vice-President

Issac Sasso Sasso Executive Committee Member


Chuck Blazer

Executive Committee Member

Office of the President


Jack Austin Warner
Edward and Oxford Street, Port of Spain,
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Phone: 1-868-625-9611 Fax: 1-868-625-9609
concacaf@cariblink.net

Office of the Deputy General Secretary


CONCACAF/UNCAF Headquarters
Oscar Thamar Torres
15 Avenida A 20-07, Zona 13, P.O. Box 916
Guatemala City, Guatemala C.A.
Phone: 1-502-361-6996 Fax: 1-502-361-5577
concacaf@quetzal.net

Office of the Deputy General Secretary


CONCACAF/CFU Headquarters
Harold Taylor
131 Eastern Main Road, Arouca, Trinidad W.I.
Phone: 1-809-646-5753 Fax: 1-809-646-4076
cfu@wow.net

CONCACAF NEWS
Published at CONCACAF HEADQUARTERS
Office of the General Secretary
725 Fifth Avenue, Trump Tower, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 1-212-308-0044 Fax: 1-212-308-1851
concacafny@aol.com
Editor
Art Director
Production

Carlos Giron
Michael Maselli
Nino Bussani

The Presidents
Message
We have just completed the busiest year
in the history of CONCACAF.
With more events, more activities and
more attention given to our Confederation
at home and in the world at large, more
planning, more of everything, 1998 was
full of football, work and the pleasure
which progress brings.
On the other hand, as we look to the
Jack Austin Warner
future, I must say that 1998 was probably
the quietest year we shall ever have again.
Looking through this Newsletter will give everyone in our family a glimpse of
what a year in CONCACAF means. So many competitions, so many teams, so
many results.
But think, for a moment, of the so many people who contributed to the end
result - the many, and often brilliant, spectacles of football which CONCACAF can
now offer.
Think not only of the players and coaches and officials but of the referees and
their assistants. Think of the Commissioners and Committee Members who spend
endless hours in preparation and think of the men and women in the offices and at
the fields of our 38 member nations; men and women without whom nothing would
be accomplished.
Finally, think of the people in CONCACAF's own offices - in New York, in
Guatemala, in Trinidad - who absorb greater and greater work loads in order to
advance the cause of CONCACAF.
All of us together have made CONCACAF better and busier than ever. Yet we
have so much more to do.
For us the past, indeed, is prologue.

The Presidents Biography


CONCACAF President Jack Warner's
biography "Upwards Through the
Night,"written by Valentino Singh, Sports
Editor of the Trinidad Guardian newspaper, chronicles Mr. Warner's journey to
the top of the football hierarchy. The
vivid story describes his upbringing in
Trinidad & Tobago, his experiences as a
player and administrator; the challenges
and difficulties and the satisfaction of
success.
Mr. Warner, a FIFA Vice President, is
one of the most respected soccer executives in the world. With many ambitious
plans and projects still ahead, Mr. Warner
has already made his mark in the history
of the game.
"Upwards Through the Night," is
published by Lexicon Trinidad Limited,
LP #48 Boundary Rd., San Juan,
Trinidad, West Indies, (868) 6753389/95.

CONCACAF Event
Provides Over
$625,000 For Disaster
Assistance In Central
America
The CONCACAF benefit tournament held in Los Angeles, November
17-18, raised in excess of $625,000 for
the victims of Hurricane Mitch in
Central America. The funds have been
donated to CARE, one of the humanitarian organizations heavily engaged
in relief efforts in the region. A future
donation will be made when certain
TV and other revenues are received.
In response to the CONCACAF
contribution, Peter D. Bell, President
of CARE, stated, "I thank CONCACAF from the bottom of my heart for
rallying to the aid of Central
Americans who have been devastated
by Hurricane Mitch. With
CONCACAF's support, CARE will
not only relieve the suffering of tens
of thousands of people but also assist
them in rebuilding their livelihoods,
their communities, and their futures."

It is gratifying that the


CONCACAF/CARE Soccer
Relief 1998 competition was
a success and that so many
football people worked for
such a worthy cause.
General Secretary Chuck Blazer
CONCACAF/CARE Soccer Relief
1998 featured the participation of the
national teams of Mexico, Guatemala,
El Salvador and Honduras in two doubleheaders played November 17 and
18 in the Los Angeles Coliseum in
California. All receipts from attendance, sponsorship and TV, less travel,
hotel and some game operation
expenses, were retained for donation
to CARE. (Guatemala defeated
Mexico in the final via penalty kicks
following a 2-2 tie after regulation).
CAREs relief efforts include feeding

programs, sanitation efforts to provide


clean water and prevent the spread of
disease, and emergency housing programs. Following the completion of
the relief phase in late June, CARE
will move into recovery and development work.

The massive rains caused by


Hurricane Mitch triggered mudslides
and floods that killed 12,000 people
and left over one million victims with
homes partially or totally destroyed,
also causing severe damage to the
regions infrastructure.
CONCACAF thanks and acknowledges the contributions of the following organizations and individuals:
The national associations of Mexico,
Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and
their players for donating their services.
The Los Angeles Coliseum and
Coliseum Commission for donation of
the facility rental.
- Ticket outlets for forgoing their
commissions on ticket sales to donate
to the cause.
- Hugo Bandi and the InterAmerica
staff for the donation of their time.
The US Soccer Federation for providing support staff.
Other numerous individuals who
donated their time to the operation of
the event at short notice, and individual donors who provided over $6,000 .
This effort is in addition to the
November 22nd fundraising match
organized by DC United of Major
League Soccer, which raised over
$200,000. The reigning InterAmerican
Cup champions defeated a side of
Central American stars, 2-1, drawing a
crowd of 13,000 to RFK Stadium.

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kind of a curse, but its a good curse to
have, Ill tell you that.
Heres a brief look at this extraordinary team:
DC Uniteds unprecedented success is
widely credited to the work of former
head coach Bruce Arena, and to the
leadership of Bolivian international
Marco Etcheverry, the 1998 MLS Most
Valuable Player.
DC United is a solid team in all its
lines. Goalkeeper Scott Garlick contributes with his quiet leadership and
timely saves. National team defenders
Eddie Pope and Jeff Agoos,
Colombian/American Carlos Llamosa
and the Brian Kamler/Clint Peay
combo constitute a solid defensive line.
Etcheverry and former US National
Team captain John Harkes anchor the
midfield with the defensive support of
Ritchie Williams. Bolivian international
Jaime Moreno and speedy Roy Lassiter
provide the firepower upfront.
Add to the mix the talent of MLS
Rookie of the Year Ben Olsen and the
versatility and athleticism of Tony
Sanneh and Geoff Aunger, and it is
easy to see why this squad has
achieved so much this year and the two
preceding years of its three-year history.
Game 2 Report:
DC United 2, Vasco Da Gama 0
05.12.98, Ft Lauderdale, FL.Att: 7,283.
DCU: Scott Garlick, Eddie Pope,
Carlos Llamosa, Jeff Agoos, Ben
Olsen, John Harkes, Richie Williams,
Tony Sanneh, Marco Etcheverry, Jaime
Moreno, Roy Lassiter.
VDG: Carlos Germano, Flavinho,
Odvan, Mauro Galvao, Luizinho,
Felipe, Donizete, Juninho, Luizao,
Vagner, Nasa
Scorers: 0-1 34' Sanneh, 0-2 77' Pope.
Game 1 Report:
DC United 1, Vasco Da Gama 0
15.11.98, Washington, DC Att: 26,216.
DCU: Preshus, Pope, Llamosa, Agoos,
Olsen, Harkes, Williams, Sanneh,
Etcheverry, Moreno, Lassiter.
VDG: Carlos Germano, Flavinho,
Odvan, Henrique, Luizinho, Nasa,
Felipe, Donizete, Gian, Guilherme,
Luizao.
Scorers: 0-1 69' Felipe

1998
YEAR IN REVIEW

It was a year of success and unprecedented


activity. The busiest year CONCACAF
has ever had. A year of that began with
the most successful Gold Cup ever and
concluded with a historic InterAmerican
Cup triumph.

FEBRUARY
1- The 1998 Gold Cup kicks off in Los
Angeles and Oakland.
3 - Jamaica draws a scoreless tie with
Brazil at the Miami Orange Bowl.
4 - Paulo Wanchope scores four goals
helping Costa Rica to a 7-2 victory over
Cuba. Mexico defeats Trinidad &
Tobago, 4-2, with two goals from Luis
Hernandez.
5 - Guatemala reaches a milestone, earning a 1-1 tie with Brazil in Miami.
"The people in Guatemala must be having a national party now," said
Guatemalan midfielder Martin Machon.
7 - USA beats Costa Rica, 2-1, in dramatic fashion with an spectacular longdistance rifle shot scored by Preki in the
78th minute. Two goals by Cuauhtemoc
Blanco carry Mexico to a 2-0 victory
over Honduras and into the semifinals.
8 - "The Reggae Boyz" notch their first
victory edging Guatemala, 3-2, at the LA
Coliseum. Brazil bounces back from consecutive draws and convincingly defeats
El Salvador, 4-0.

9 - Jamaica advances to the semifinals


with 2-0 win over El Salvador.
10 - The USA breaks an 8-game losing
streak against Brazil with a thrilling 1-0
victory over the world champions at the
LA Coliseum.
Extraordinary individual performances
by goalkeeper Kasey Keller and striker
Preki, paced the US victory.
12 - A "Golden Goal" by Mexico's
"Golden Boy" Luis Hernandez beat
Jamaica and carries the Mexicans to the
final.
15 - Mexico wins its third consecutive
Gold Cup crown, edging the United
States in the final, 1-0, in front of a
crowd of 91,255, February 15 at the
Los Angeles Coliseum. Luis Hernandez'
header, beat defender Alexi Lalas and the
stretched arms of Kasey Keller at the
43rd minute.
With the win, Mexico, winners of the
1993 and 1996 Gold Cup, qualified for
the FIFA Confederations Cup and 1999
Copa America.
The all-time total attendance record was
shattered reaching a new high of
362,595.
MARCH
- FIFA designates Mexico host of the
1999 FIFA Confederations Cup.
- Mexican teams America and
Guadalajara, participate in Copa
Libertadores, the first time CONCACAF
teams participate in this event.
MAY
9 - CONCACAF President Jack Warner
is re-elected to a further 4-year term at
the CONCACAF Congress in Antigua.
Mr. Warner, President since 1990, told
member nations: "It is important that we
do not rest on the achievements of the
last 8 years but, more importantly, use
them as a lunching pad for worthier
accomplishments."
- Dr. Gerard Bean of Bermuda and Jorge
Julio Montoya Fernandez of Costa Rica
are inducted into the CONCACAF Hall
of Fame.
- CONCACAF approves record budget,
signifying greater returns to the 38 member associations of the Confederation.
31 - The Jamaican National Team's last
match before its first appearance at a
World Cup finals, draws 38,624 at Giants
Stadium, in New Jersey. The"Reggae
Boyz" lost, 2-1, to a squad of Caribbean
stars. The two winning goals were con-

verted by Manchester United's superstar


striker Dwight Yorke of Trinidad &
Tobago.
- CONCACAF signs a four-year extension agreement, from 2002 to 2006, with
IFS, Inc., its marketing partner. IFS, Inc.,
based in Miami, own the TV, marketing
and merchandising rights to most of
CONCACAF's competitions, including
the Gold Cup.
JUNE
7 - FIFA honors the late Guillermo
Caedo and American player Michelle
Akers. Mr. Caedo of Mexico, a former
FIFA Senior Vice President and
Chairman of the FIFA World Cup
Organising Committee, and Ms. Akers of
the United States, a
gold medalist in the 1996 Olympic
Tournament, are among the ten soccer
luminaries bestowed the FIFA Order of
Merit at the Opening Ceremony of the
FIFA Congress in Paris.
- FIFA approves membership of two
CONCACAF nations, Turks and Caicos
and the US Virgin Islands.
8 - CONCACAF's total support of
Joseph Blatter led to his election as
President of FIFA at the FIFA Congress
in Paris. CONCACAF casted all its 35
votes in favor of Mr. Blatter.
"The global view that Mr. Blatter has
always espoused has always attracted
us," CONCACAF President Jack Warner
said.
JULY
12 - The 1998 FIFA World Cup concludes. Highlighted by Mexico's advance
into the Round of 16, and subsequent
loss to Germany by one goal, CONCACAF teams' performance at the FIFA
World Cup, surpassed that of other
developing world Confederations.
Jamaica defeated Japan and held its own
against Croatia. Only the United States
disappointed losing all its matches.

JULY (contd.)
Following traditional powers, UEFA and
CONMEBOL, CONCACAF proportionally edged CAF (African
Confederations), and clearly outperformed AFC (Asian Confederation).
CONCACAF saw one of its three entries
advance to the Round of 16. Only one of
CAF's five qualifiers advanced to the
Round of 16. None of the four AFC's
participants advanced.
28 - US Women's National Team wins
the Gold Medal at the Goodwill Games
in New York. The US team defeated
China in the final, 2-0, with two goals
from world superstar striker Mia Hamm.
31 - Jamaica wins the 1998 Shell
Caribbean Cup. Following their first ever
appearance at the finals of a World Cup,
the "Reggae Boyz" continued their high
level of play, winning the Shell
Caribbean Cup and thus earning automatic qualification into Gold Cup 2000, joining 1998 champions Mexico and host
team, USA.
AUGUST
9 - Costa Rica and the USA finished on
top of the CONCACAF U-20 qualifying
round robin in Trinidad & Tobago and
advanced to the 1999 FIFA World Youth
Championship in Nigeria.
10 - The CONCACAF Champions' Cup
kicks off in Washington, DC.
Locals, DC United and Costa Rica's
Saprissa, win in the opening doubleheader. DC downed Joe Public of Trinidad &
Tobago, 8-0; Saprissa edged Cruz Azul of
Mexico, on
penalty kicks.
12 - Leon and Toluca of Mexico are
winners in the second doubleheader.
Leon advanced on penalty kicks over
Firpo of El Salvador; Toluca beat
Alajuela of Costa Rica, 2-0.
14 - DC United and Toluca advance to
the final. United beat Leon 2-0 with two
goals from Roy Lassiter; Toluca survived
a tough test against Saprissa,
winning on penalty kicks.
16 - DC United becomes the first team
from the United States to win the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. The two-time
MLS champions are triumphant against
Mexican champions, Toluca, 1-0.
In the match for the Third Place, Saprissa
beat Leon, 2-0.
28 - The CONCACAF Women's
Tournament kicks off at Etobicoke,
Canada.

The host team set a world record for


most goals scored, 21, in anofficial
FIFA competition in their opening match
against inexperienced Puerto Rico.
Canada's ace striker Silvana Burtini tallied eight goals, also settinga FIFA
record.- Only women referees are
appointed to the CONCACAF Women's
Qualifying Tournament.
29 - Mexico's legendary goalkeeper
Antonio "Five Cups" Carbajal is voted
"CONCACAF's Goalkeeper of the
Century," according to IFFHS, a soccer
historical society based in Germany.
- The $20.5 million Manchester United
paid to Aston Villa for the rights to
Dwight Yorke of Trinidad & Tobago, is
the highest transfer fee paid involving a
player from the CONCACAF region.

SEPTEMBER
6 - Canada wins the CONCACAF
Women's Tournament and advances to
the1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Runner-up Mexico will meet Argentina
in December for the last berth for
the Americas.
Canada's Silvana Burtini finishes as the
tournament's top striker with 14 goals.
- Bora Milutinovic is named head coach
of the New York/New Jersey MetroStars
of Major League Soccer. Milutinovic's
long resume includes successful coaching
stints with the national teams of Mexico,
Costa Rica and the USA.
OCTOBER
4 - CONCACAF President Jack Warner
represented FIFA at the final draw for the
1999 FIFA Confederations Cup held in
Mexico City. President Warner, a FIFA
Vice President, was joined by CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer.
- Radio Unica purchases exclusive rights

to broadcast the CONCACAF Gold Cup


of 2000 and 2002 in the United States
from IFS, Inc., CONCACAF's marketing
partner, a company based in Miami.
Radio Unica's deal also includes the qualifying matches for the 2002 FIFA
World Cup.- Mexico's head coach
Manuel Lapuente signs a four-year extension agreement.Under coach Lapuente
Mexico advanced to the Round of 16 in
France '98 losing by a one goal difference to Germany.
- Francisco Maturana is named head
coach of the Costa Rican NationalTeam.
Maturana's experience includes guiding
the national teams of Colombia and
Ecuador.
- Bruce Arena is named head coach of
the United States National Team.
NOVEMBER
14 - Despite good play and the support of
a season-record crowd of over
26,000, DC United falls to Vasco Da
Gama of Brazil at home, 1-0, in the first
leg of the InterAmerican Cup.
17 - 18 - CONCACAF comes to the aid
of the victims of Hurricane Mitch staging
two doubleheaders at the LA Coliseum
involving the national teams of Mexico,
El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
Guatemala won the event beating Mexico
in the final on penalty kicks.
21 - CONCACAF Executive Committee
Meeting in Miami brings forth a wide
array of initiatives. Among them: funding
for a 4-year referee development program.
27 - Joe Public wins the CFU Caribbean
Clubs Championship in Trinidad
&Tobago.
- Monterrey of Mexico advanced to the
1999 Copa Libertadores.
DECEMBER
5 - DC United makes soccer history
becoming the first team from the United
States to win the CONCACAF/CONMEBOL InterAmerican Cup. The twotime MLS champions defeated Vasco Da
Gama of Brazil, 2-0, at Lockhart Stadium
in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
- CONCACAF retains three berths in the
2002 FIFA World Cup as determined by
the FIFA Executive Committee.
- The Trinidad & Tobago FF celebrates
its 90th anniversary.
- Mexico advances to the 1999 FIFA
Women's World Cup defeating Argentina
in their playoff series by a 3-2 aggregate.

Germany To Replace
France At FIFA
Confederations Cup
Germany will
replace World
Cup champions
France as
European representative at the
Confederations Cup.
Germany, the reigning European
champions, accepted FIFA's invitation
after the French Football Federation
withdrew from summer competition,
hosted by Mexico, because the July 24
to August 4 dates conflicted with
UEFA club competitions and the start
of the French national league.
Germany will take France's place in
Group B, playing with Brazil, the
United States and New Zealand.
Group A in Mexico City, will feature
the hosts, Bolivia, Egypt and Saudi
Arabia.

Joe Public Wins The


1998 CFU Caribbean
Clubs Championship
Joe Public of Trinidad & Tobago
is the 1998 CFU Caribbean Clubs
Championship winner.
These are all the results of the final
round played in Trinidad & Tobago:
November 21:
Waterhouse (Jamaica) 3, Letoile de
Morne Leau (Guadaloupe) 0.
Courts Caledonia A.I.A. (T&T) 13,
Chelsea (St. Vincent & Grenadines) 0.
November 22:
LAiglon du la Mentin (Martinique) 2,
CL Financial Jabloteh (T&T) 0.
Joe Public (T&T) 4, Notre Dame
(Barbados) 0.
November 25: (Semifinals)
Courts Caledonia A.I.A. 4, LAiglon
du la Mentin 3.
Waterhouse 1, Joe Public 3.
November 27: (Final)
Courts Caledonia A.I.A. 0, Joe Public 1.

CONCACAF Chooses
Official Ball
CONCACAF
has chosen Select
Sport to become
the official supplier of balls for
all official
Confederation competitions. Select's premier "Brillant Super"
ball will first be used in next month's
CONCACAF Youth Tournament in
Guatemala.
"We are pleased to be able to work
with a football specialist that brings a
50-year reputation for innovation and
excellence to our family of nations,"
CONCACAF President Jack Warner
said. "The ball is the most essential
element of our sport and thus even
greater care than normal was taken in
comparing
several sponsorship opportunities."
For Select, which will produce over
1 million hand-stitched balls in 1998,
the CONCACAF affiliation is one of
dozens of highly visible relationships
with some of soccer's most prestigious
names; among them Juventus of Italy
and the national teams of Denmark and
Norway.
Select will customize its familiar
geometric ball design to incorporate
CONCACAF's logo and yellow and
black colors on the "Brillant Super"
ball. The company will also make
available a CONCACAF replica ball
for retail sales.
"We view the CONCACAF relationship as critically important in
building an image that links our brand
with the highest level of soccer in the
hemisphere," said Jeff Solem, Select's
VP, Business Development, The
Americas.
"We are confident CONCACAF
will one day produce a men's world
champion and many more women's
World Cup champions. We are eager
for Select to become a part of the
development of world class players
and teams in our region."
For more information about Select
please contact: Jeff Duback at (978)
356-6000.

CONCACAF Retains
Three Berths In The
2002 World Cup Finals
The FIFA
Executive
Committee has
allocated the
places in
the finals
of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. CONCACAF retained the thee berths allotted in the 1998 finals. In addition to
the three places allocated automatically
(to France as the Cup-holders and to
Japan and South Korea as co-hosts),
the Committee meeting in Zurich held
in December decided as follows :
UEFA : 15 including France
(1998 : 14 plus France as host)
ASIA : 4 including Japan and
South Korea (1998 : 3 plus play-off
with Oceania)
AFRICA : 5 (1998 : 5)
CONCACAF : 3 (1998 : 3)
CONM EBOL : 5, whereby the
fifth qualified team must play-off
against the winners of the Oceania
qualifying competition (1998 : 4 plus
Brazil as Cup-holders)
OCEANIA : winners to play-off
against the fifth-placed team of South
America (1998 : play-off with Asia)

Monterrey To Copa
Libertadores 1999
Mexico's Monterrey qualified for
next year's CONMEBOL Copa
Libertadores by beating Universidad de
Los Andes of Venezuela 4-1.
Monterrey finished top of the
qualifying group featuring two teams
from Mexico, which takes part in the
South American tournament by invitation, and two from Venezuela, the
country with the worst record in the
competition.
Monterrey will play in Group 5
alongside Estudiantes de Merida of
Venezuela, who had already qualified,
and the two Uruguayan sides Pearol
and Bella Vista.

CONCACAF Receives
Record Number Of
Appointments To FIFA
Committees
CONCACAF has received a record
number of appointments in the committees structure of FIFA under new
president Sepp Blatter. In total, 42
seats are now filled by CONCACAF
officials.
The list of appointments to the
FIFA committees besides the existing
seats in the Executive Committee is as
follows:
Jack Warner, CONCACAF
President the senior member of the
FIFA Executive Committee, will now
serve as Chairman of the Youth
Competitions Committee. He will also
serve as Deputy Chairman of the
Finance Committee, and Member of
the following committees:, Organizing
Committee for World Cup 2002,
Security and Fair Play, Emergency, and
Strategic Studies.
Chuck Blazer, General Secretary,
has been appointed Chairman of the
Media Committee and Deputy
Chairman of the National Associations
Committee.
Isaac Sasso Sasso (Costa Rica).
Deputy Chairman: Futsal; Member,
Organizing Committee Olympic
Games.
Rafael Salguero (Guatemala):
Chairman: Appeals Committee.
Lisle Austin (Barbados).
Member, Appeals.
Alan Rothenberg (USA).
Member: Organizing Committee World
Cup 2002; Co-opted, Organizing
Committee Womens World Cup 1999;
Panel of Marketing and TV advisors.
Hugo Kiese (Mexico).
Member, Media Committee.
Anthony James (Jamaica).
Member, Youth Competitions
Committee.

Sergio Torres (El Salvador).


Member, Discipline Committee.
Oscar Thamar Torres (Guatemala)
Member, National Associations
Committee.
Harold Taylor (Trinidad & Tobago).
Member, Technical Committee.
Enrique Borja (Mexico).
Member, Organizing Committee World
Cup 2002.
Sunil Gulati (USA).
Member, Youth Competitions Committee.
Jose Reinoso (Cuba).
Member, Futsal.
Chet Greene (Antigua).
Member, Futsal or Sub-Committee for
other types of mini-football.
Clemencia Conejo (Costa Rica).
Member, Women Football Committee.
Hank Steinbrecher (USA).
Member, Women Football.
Edgardo Codesal (Mexico).
Member, Referees Committee.
Raul Magaa (El Salvador).
Member, Technical Committee.
Dick Howard (Canada).
Member, Technical Committee.
Rudy Gittens (Canada).
Member, Sports Medicine Committee.
Victor Ilicaliturri (Mexico).
Member, Sports Medicine Committee.
Marci Blazer (USA).
Member, Legal Matters Committee.
Miguel A Cochunal (Mexico).
Member, Legal Matters Committee.
Jeffrey Webb (Cayman Islands).
Member, Protocol.
Michele Akers (USA).
Member, Football Committee.
Hugo Sanchez (Mexico).
Member, Football Committee.
Julio Rocha (Nicaragua).
Member, Organizing Committee
Olympic Games.
Horace Burrell (Jamaica).
Member, Discipline Committee.
Carlos Quezada Aguilar (Honduras).
Member, Discipline Committee.
Jim Fleming (Canada).
Member, Appeals Committee.

CONCACAF Appoints
Deputy General
Secretary
CONCACAF appointed Ted
Howard as Deputy General Secretary.
Mr. Howard, who spent 14 years with
the North American Soccer League as
Deputy Commissioner, has been chairman of US Soccers international
games committee for more than 10
years while serving as a marketing
executive for the National Basketball
Association.
"This is an appointment of great
significance for the progress of CONCACAF, a governing body that oversees a region of the world that is gaining more importance in world football.
The greater visibility and importance
attached to our tournaments and to our
standard of play will continue if we
move ahead improving all aspects of
the services we want to provide to our
38 members. Ted will have a key role
in these services. said Chuck Blazer.

Copa America 1999


Mexico To Face Brazil,
Chile And Venezuela
The Copa America 1999 draw
determined that Mexico,
CONCACAFs sole participant in the
prestigious CONMEBOL tournament
for national teams, will face Brazil,
Chile and Venezuela in first round
play. The tournament will be staged in
Paraguay, 30 June - 18 July.
Mexicos first round schedule:
30.06.99, (18:35) Chile vs. Mxico
03.07.99, (15:05) Brazil vs. Mxico
06.07.99, (18:35) Mxico vs. Venezuela
Draw held December 16 determined the following groupings:
Group A:
Paraguay, Per, Japan, Bolivia
Group B:
Brazil, Chile, Mxico, Venezuela
Group C:
Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador

The 1999 CONCACAF


Junior Qualifying
Tournament
This is the complete and final
match calendar of the 1999 CONCACAF Juniors (U-17) Qualifying
Tournament:
Group A, Jarrett Park, Montego Bay
February 24:
Costa Rica vs. USA (17:00);
Jamaica vs. Honduras (19:00).
February 26:
Honduras vs. USA (17:00);
Jamaica vs. Costa Rica (19:00).
February 28:
Honduras vs. Costa Rica (1 pm);
Jamaica vs. USA (15:00).

Mexico and Honduras


advance to the FIFA/
Coca Cola World Youth
Championship
Mexico and Honduras advance to the
FIFA World Youth Championship. Mexico
and Honduras are the third and fouth CONCACAF teams to qualify to the 1999 FIFA
World Youth Championship to be played in
Nigeria from April 3 to the 24th. They join
the United States and Costa Rica.
These are the Group B final standings
and results of the CONCACAF qualifying
round-robin played in Guatemala in November.
GROUP B
Mexico
Honduras
Guatemala
Jamaica

GP
3
3
3
3

W
3
2
1
0

L
0
1
2
3

T
0
0
0
0

GF
9
7
3
4

GA
2
4
5
11

PTS
9
6
3
0

Mexico and Honduras qualify to the FIFA/Coca Cola World Youth Championship in
Nigeria.

Group B: Cuscatlan Stadium, San


Salvador, El Salvador
February 10:
Trinidad & Tobago vs. El Salvador (18:00);
Mexico vs. Canada (20:00).
February 12:
El Salvador vs. Canada (18:00);
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico (20:00).
February 14:
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Canada (12:00)
Mexico vs. El Salvador (14:00).
Three teams, group winners plus
best second, will qualify for the 1999
FIFA U-17 World Championship in
New Zealand, 10 - 27 November.
Second place teams will play an elimination match.

November 6
Mexico 5, Jamaica 2
Honduras 2, Guatemala 1

Referee
Greivin Poras (Costa Rica)
Timothy Weyland (U.S.A.)

November 8
Mexico 2, Honduras 0
Guatemala 2, Jamaica 1

Greivin Poras (Costa Rica)


Timothy Weyland (U.S.A.)

November 10
Honduras 5, Jamaica 1
Mexico 2, Guatemala 0

Noel Bynoe (Trinidad & Tobago)


Timothy Weyland (U.S.A.)

GROUP A
United States
Costa Rica
Canada
Trinidad & Tobago

GP
3
3
3
3

W
2
2
1
0

L
0
0
2
3

T
1
1
0
0

GF
12
6
4
3

GA
3
3
7
14

The United States and Costa Rica qualify to the FIFA/Coca Cola World Youth
Championship in Nigeria.
August 5
USA 1, Costa Rica 1
Canada 3, T&T 0

6 pm
8 pm

August 7
USA 5, Canada 1 6 pm
T&T 0, Costa Rica 4

The National Stadium


8 pm
The National Stadium

August 9
T&T 1, USA 6 12 pm
Costa Rica 1, Canada 0

The National Stadium


2 pm
The National Stadium

Dr. Joao Havelange Centre


Dr. Joao Havelange Centre

PTS
7
7
3
0

CONCACAF Olympic
qualifying tournament
UNCAF PRELIMINARY ROUND
Four berths have been allotted.
Teams will play home and away series.
Pairings: Belize vs. Guatemala will
play to secure the Central American
Team 1 slot (Central 1). Panama vs. El
Salvador for Central 3, and Nicaragua
vs. Honduras for Central 4. Costa Rica
already holds the Central 2 designation.
CFU PRELIMINARY ROUND
Four berths are at stake. Teams will
play home and away series. Pairings:
Guyana vs. Surinam, and Aruba vs. the
Netherlands Antilles. Series winners to
play for the Caribbean 1 slot. Haiti vs.
Dominican Republic, and Cuba vs.
Bahamas. Winners to play for the
Caribbean 3 berth. Trinidad & Tobago
vs. St. Vincent & Grenadines, and St.
Lucia vs. Barbados. Winners to play
for the Caribbean 4 berth. Winner of
the Dominica vs. St. Kitts/Nevis series
plays Jamaica for the Caribbean 2 slot.
FIRST ROUND
Eleven teams have been divided
into three groups. The 12th team,
USA, automatically advanced to the
final round as host of the Final
Qualifying Group.
Qualifying matches to be played at
three different venues to be announced.
Groups will be designated to play
February 16-20, March 1-5, and March
15-19.
Group A: Central 3, Caribbean 3,
and Bermuda. One berth to the Final
Round to join qualifiers USA.
Group B: Mexico, Central 2,
Caribbean 2, Central 4. Two berths to
the Final Round.
Group C: Canada, Central 1,
Caribbean 1, Caribbean 4. Two berths
to the Final Round.
FINAL ROUND
Six teams divided into two groups
of three. Venue: USA, April 1 -9, 1999.
Group D: USA, 2nd Group B, 1st
Group C.
Group E: 1st Group A, 1st Group B,
and 2nd Group C.

CONCACAF's Executive
Committee Approves A
Variety of Activities
Altogether, the Executive
Committee, chaired by President Jack
Warner of Trinidad and Tobago,
reviewed an agenda of 43 items in
addition to a special afternoon session
with Dr Edgardo Codesal of Mexico,
the head of CONCACAF's refereeing
department and Chairman of the
Referees' Committee.
Members applauded Dr Codesal's
presentation and approved funding for
the development program, aimed at
improving officiating at all levels within the Confederation.

The 26 countries entering the CONCACAF men's qualifying tournament


for the 2000 Olympic Games in
Sydney, Australia will go through as
many as three qualifying stages before
the final two are known in April, 2000.
- Approved, in co-operation with
CONMBEBOL, their South American
counterparts, the participation of club
teams from Mexico and the USA, and
the CONCACAF champion in the
Merconorte Cup in 1999.
- Approved two annual CONCACAF All Star events, to begin in 1999.

1998 CONCACAF Executive Committee Members

Radio Unica Secures


Exclusive Rights To
Gold Cup And World
Cup Qualifying
Matches
Radio
Unica will
broadcast
the CONCACAF
Gold Cup
of 2000
and 2002 in
the United States
after purchasing the rights
from IFS, Inc. of Miami,
CONCACAF's marketing partner. This
is the first contract of its kind and further shows the increasing importance
of the Spanish-language media to soccer in the USA.
This follows the enormous success
of Radio Unica's US broadcasts of the
1998 World Cup.
Included in the exclusive US radio
rights acquired by Radio Unica from
IFS, Inc. will be the qualifying matches for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and
CONMEBOLs Copa America of 1999
and 2000 - approximately 175 games.
IFS represents both CONMEBOL, the
South American Confederation, as well
as CONCACAF.
The 1999 CONMEBOLs Copa
America is scheduled for July.
CONCACAFs Gold Cup 2000 will be
played in February. Dates for the other
tournaments will be announced.
Miami-based Radio Unica is the
only 24-hour Spanish language national radio network in the USA providing
programming targeted to the 30 million
Hispanics living in the nation. With 10
owned and/or operated stations and
affiliates nationwide, Radio Unica
reaches the top U.S. Hispanic markets
including Los Angeles, Miami, New
York, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston
and San Antonio. (For further information about Radio Unica please contact:
Nickie Jurado at (305) 463-5140, njurado@radiounica.com).