Category: CONCACAF

What to expect from CONCACAF teams at the World Cup in Russia

Four years ago CONCACAF sent four teams to the World Cup: USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Honduras. Somewhat remarkably three of those four teams made it to the knockout rounds: USA and Mexico both advanced as far as the Round of 16. Mexico would eventually loose, on a controversial penalty, to the Netherlands. The US eventually fell to Belgium in extra time, while Costa Rica defeated Greece on penalties in the Round of 16 before falling to the Netherlands on penalties in the quarterfinals. This time around CONCACAF is only sending three teams to the World Cup: Mexico, Costa Rica, ... Read more

South American countries urge FIFA to bring in 48-team World Cup for 2022

Buenos Aires (Argentina) (AFP) – The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) on Thursday asked FIFA to bring forward plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams in time for the 2022 tournament in Qatar. The competition is due to be enlarged from 32 teams to 48 in time for the 2026 finals, which will be awarded either to Morocco or a joint North American bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada. However, CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez handed over a letter at the organisation’s congress in Buenos Aires to FIFA president Gianni Infantino, signed by the heads of the ... Read more

Schedule of World Cup qualifiers, friendlies and Africa Cup of Nations 2019 qualifiers on US TV

In the next week, there’ll be more than 50 soccer games televised live on television and/or streaming to viewers in the United States featuring a huge variety of matches. There will be World Cup qualifiers such as Mexico against USA and Scotland vs. England. And there’ll also be plenty of exciting friendlies including Brazil versus Argentina, Spain against Colombia and Denmark versus Germany. Plus, there’ll be Africa Cup of Nations 2019 qualifiers and much more. Matches from all around the world will be available to you on your TV screen, set top box or device (laptop, smartphone or tablet). Here’s ... Read more

CONCACAF releases portion of Gold Cup schedule

Los Angeles (AFP) – The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced on Monday that it has selected four first-time hosts among its 14 venues to stage the 2017 Gold Cup tournament. The four hosts comprise the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas; FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio; Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California; and Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. “We’re excited to bring the Gold Cup to new markets across the country,” CONCACAF general secretary Philippe Moggio said. “These cities have all proved ready and eager to host our region’s marquee international soccer championship, and welcome ... Read more

US Soccer Federation under microscope again in TV journalism pieces from HBO and CBS

With the upcoming release of two new investigative journalism pieces by¬†HBO and CBS, don’t be surprised if there’ll be some nervous days ahead at the headquarters of the US Soccer Federation in Chicago, Illinois. First up is an interview with several US Women’s National Team players, which will appear on CBS’ 60 Minutes on Sunday at 7:30pm ET. In the interview, the World Cup winners will share their opinions about why they feel they’re treated as second class citizens by the US Soccer Federation, and why the time is now for the USSF to give the women equal pay and ... Read more

FIFA calls for life ban for ex-CONCACAF president

Zurich (AFP) – FIFA’s ethics commission on Friday called for a life ban from football for the former head of the CONCACAF federation and former Honduras federation president Alfredo Hawit on corruption charges. Hawit was extradited from Switzerland last January to the United States to face charges a month after his arrest in Zurich on the fringes of a FIFA executive committee meeting. US prosecutors have accused the 65-year-old of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and money laundering in connection with the sale of broadcasting rights for tournaments in Latin America, including World Cup qualifiers when he ... Read more

Disgraced ex-CONCACAF president Webb banned for life

Zurich (AFP) – Former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb has been banned from all football-related activities for life by the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s Ethics Committee, world football’s governing body confirmed on Friday. Webb was found guilty of charges including conflicts of interest and bribery and corruption. He was also fined one million Swiss francs ($1.024 million). The 51-year-old, who was also previously the president of the Football Association of his native Cayman Islands, had been provisionally suspended in May 2015 after being placed under investigation. The 51-year-old Cayman Islands-British citizen, who had been close to disgraced former FIFA president Sepp ... Read more

US edge closer to CONCACAF final round

Kingstown (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund teenager Christian Pulisic scored twice as the United States thrashed Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6-0 on Friday to edge closer to a place in the final round of CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. A first half flurry of goals from Bobby Wood, Matt Besler and Jozy Altidore effectively sealed a straightforward victory for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side against the Caribbean minnows. Rising star Pulisic added a fourth for the USA in the 71st minute shortly after coming on as a second half substitute. Pulisic, 17, then laid on ... Read more