Submitted by cipitio on Sat, 10/25/2014 - 15:36

USA Advances to Final of 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship,
Faces Costa Rica on Sunday at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Oct. 24, 2014) - A focused and aggressive U.S. Women's National Team booked its seventh consecutive trip to the FIFA Women's World Cup with a 3-0 victory against Mexico in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship at PPL Park.

Carli Lloyd scored two first-half goals and Christen Press tallied in the second half as the USA became the 19th team this year to earn a spot in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.

The USA will next face Costa Rica in the title match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship on Sunday at PPL Park. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1). (TICKETS)

Costa Rica defeated Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in penalty kicks earlier Friday to advance to the final and qualify for its first FIFA Women's World Cup.

The USA will be in search of its third World Cup crown in Canada next year, having previously won the title at the 1991 and 1999 events.

Just before kickoff of the USA's semifinal game, defender and team captain Christie Rampone was honored for making her 300th appearance over her 16-year international career. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb presented Rampone with commemorative gifts in recognition of this achievement. (Christie Rampone Tribute | In Her Own Words)

Estados Unidos Avanza a la Final del Campeonato Femenino CONCACAF 2014

Submitted by cipitio on Sat, 10/25/2014 - 15:33

CHESTER, Pensilvania (24 de octubre, 2014) - Una Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos concentrada y agresiva reservó su séptimo viaje consecutivo a la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA con una victoria de 3-0 contra México en las semifinales del Campeonato Femenino CONCACAF 2014 en PPL Park.

Carli Lloyd anotó dos goles en el primer tiempo y Christen Press anotó en el segundo tiempo en lo que Estados Unidos se convirtió en el equipo No. 19 este año en asegurar un puesto en la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2015.

Estados Unidos se enfrentará a Costa Rica en la final del Campeonato Femenino CONCACAF 2014 el domingo en PPL Park. El partido inicia a las 6 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1). Costa Rica derrotó a Trinidad y Tobago 3-0 en tiros penales en el primer partido del viernes para avanzar a la final y clasificar a su primera Copa Mundial de la FIFA.

Estados Unidos buscará su tercer título de la Copa Mundial en Canadá el año que viene. EE.UU. ganó el torneo en 1991 y 1999.

Justo antes de empezar el partido, la defensa y capitana de la Selección Femenina Christie Rampone fue honrada por jugar en su partido No. 300 en su carrera de 16 años. El Presidente de U.S. Soccer Sunil Gulati y el Presidente de la CONCACAF Jeffrey Webb le presentaron regalos comemorativos en reconocimiento del gran logro.

Factsheet on Finance for the 2015-2018 period

Submitted by cipitio on Fri, 10/24/2014 - 05:11

A total budget of USD 2,153 million has been planned for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The financial responsibility is shared between FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC). FIFA pays directly to cover areas such as prize money, TV production, teams and match operations and the LOC is mainly responsible for the event logistics and operations side (e.g. local transportation, stadium operations and security). The budget for the Local organisation amounts to USD 700 million and is entirely financed by FIFA. More details on the budget items can be found on page 33 of the FIFAFinancial Report 2013.

FIFA has budgeted revenues of USD 5,000 million for the 2015-2018 period (as stated in the FIFA Financial Report available on This total is made up of income from TV broadcasting rights of USD 2.7 billion and marketing rights of USD 2.3 billion. The income from marketing rights includes in particular revenue from the FIFA Partners, the FIFA World Cup Sponsors and the Regional Supporters. Marketing income is also made up of revenue from ticketing and hospitality rights.

For the 2015-2018 cycle FIFA has budgeted expenses of USD 4,900 million, whereof about 78% (USD 3,800 million) will be invested directly into football through development projects, competitions and football governance.

The budget for development projects for the period amounts to USD 900 million, whereas USD 2,639 million are planned to be spent for the organisation of FIFA competitions including the FIFA World Cup, but also youth, women's, futsal and beach soccer tournaments as well as other FIFA events.

LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan Determined to Go Out with a Big Bang

Submitted by cdemojica on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 23:17

by Carlos Mojica / Photo by Frank Chávez

When listing off Landon Donovan’s accomplishments in both international and MLS play, the list seems endless. Earlier this year, and just days after being left off of the USMNT World Cup roster, Donovan broke the MLS all-time record for goals scored with a brace in LA Galaxy’s 4-1 victory against Philadelphia.

Now, Donovan can add yet another item to his list of accolades. On October 4 of this year Donovan made his 19th assist of the season, a personal best and good enough to take him past Steve Ralston and make him the MLS all-time leader in assists.

While breaking records is nothing new for Landon Donovan, this season has a particularly nostalgic feeling to it. The reason for this is that Donovan announced he would retire from soccer at the end of the season, prompting soccer analysts and fans everywhere to take a retrospective look into his career and all that it has meant for the MLS and US Soccer.


Submitted by cipitio on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:20

USA Faces Group B Runner-Up on Oct. 24 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania;
Semifinal Victory Books Automatic Spot to 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 20, 2014) - The U.S. Women's National Team is one victory away from booking its spot in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

USA all-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach scored two goals and the United States soundly defeated Haiti 6-0 at RFK Stadium to earn first place in Group A and a top seed heading into the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship. The U.S. will face the Group B runner-up on Friday, Oct. 24, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Morgan Brian each scored a goal, and defender Meghan Klingenberg added her first international tally.

The top three teams in the CONCACAF Women's Championship earn automatic qualification to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, while the fourth-place team enters a two-leg playoff against South American third-place finisher Ecuador for the final berth.

The USA's semifinal opponent will be determined Tuesday with the conclusion of Group B play, and the U.S. WNT will take on the runner-up from that group. Costa Rica (2-0-0, 6 points) currently holds the top spot, followed by Mexico (1-1-0, 3 points) and Jamaica (1-1-0, 3 points). Martinique (0-0-2, 0 points) is in last place, but could not qualify for the semifinal stage anyway as it is not recognized as a FIFA country.

Trinidad & Tobago was the Group A runner-up, holding off Guatemala for a 2-1 win earlier Monday to conclude the group stage with a 2-1-0 record and six points. Trinidad & Tobago will face the Group B winner in the semifinals.


Submitted by cipitio on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:04

Estados Unidos se Enfrenta al Segundo Lugar del Grupo B en las Semifinales del Torneo el 24 de Octubre en PPL Park en Chester, Pensilvania; Una Victoria en Semifinales Asegura un Pase a la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. (20 de octubre, 2014) - La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos está a una victoria de asegurar un puesto en la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2015 en Canadá.

La líder de goleo Abby Wambach anotó dos goles y Estados Unidos derrotó de manera convincente a Haití 6-0 para quedar en primer lugar del Grupo A del Campeonato Femenino CONCACAF 2014. Estados Unidos se enfrentará al segundo lugar del Grupo B el viernes, 24 de octubre en PPL Park en Chester, Pensilvania.

Los mejores tres equipos del Campeonato Femenino CONCACAF avanzan automáticamente a la Copa Mundial Femenina 2015, mientras que el equipo que termina en cuarto lugar jugará contra una serie de repesca contra el tercer lugar de Sudamérica, Ecuador, por un lugar en el torneo.

El rival de Estados Unidos será determinado el martes al concluirse los partidos del Grupo B, y la Selección Femenina se enfrentará al segundo lugar de ése grupo. Costa Rica (2-0-0, 6 puntos) encabeza el Grupo B, seguido por México (1-1-0, 3 puntos) y Jamaica (1-1-0, 3 puntos). Martinica (0-0-2, 0 puntos) está en el último lugar, aunque de igual manera no puede clasificar a la etapa semifinal ya que no es país miembro de la FIFA.

Trinidad y Tobago terminó en el segundo puesto del Grupo A, venciendo a Guatemala 2-1 el lunes para cerrar la etapa de grupos con un registro 2-1-0 y seis puntos. Trinidad y Tobago se enfrentará al primer lugar del Grupo B en las semifinales.

Veron, presidente de Estudiantes

Submitted by Dario on Sat, 10/11/2014 - 21:40

por Dario Bardi

Siguiendo la linea de Michel Platini y Franz Beckenbauer, ex futbolistas y dirigentes de futbol, el argentino Juan Sebastian Veron se convirtio en nuevo presidente de Estudiantes de La Plata. Es el tercer caso en su pais donde ex jugadores llegan a ocupar el cargo maximo de una institucion. Los otros dos lejos estuvieron de ser exitosos, tanto en el plano deportivo como en el economico: Carlos Babington en Huracan y Daniel Passarella en River Plate.

La lista encabezada por Veron se quedo, aproximadamente, con el 70% de los votos. En la formula que finalizo en segundo lugar tambien figuraba un hombre historico del club platense, el ex jugador y entrenador Carlos Salvador Bilardo.

Actualmente, Estudiantes se encuentra en mitad de tabla en la liga argentina. En paralelo, debe definir ante Peñarol de Uruguay el pase a cuartos de final de la Copa Sudamericana.

Veron fue jugador de Estudiantes de La Plata y Boca Juniors en su pais. Ademas, tuvo una larga trayectoria en el futbol europeo, en equipos del calibre de Manchester United, Lazio y Parma.

Comisionado de NASL Bill Peterson Comenta Sobre Convocatoria De Miguel Ibarra A Selección De EE.UU

Submitted by cipitio on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 21:46

Antes del amistoso internacional del viernes de la selección nacional masculina de los Estados Unidos contra su similar de Ecuador en East Hartford, Connecticut, el Comisionado de la NASL (Liga Norteamérica de Fútbol) comento sobre la convocatoria de Miguel Ibarra del Minnesota United FC.


"Estamos muy contentos por Miguel y le deseamos lo mejor cuando compite por un lugar en la selección de Estados Unidos. Él es un gran jugador y una gran persona. Ha jugado muy bien esta temporada para Minnesota United FC, así que no estamos sorprendió que recibió el llamado a la convocatoria.”


"Miguel puede ser el primer jugador llamado desde la NASL de hoy (era moderna), pero no será la última. El nivel de competencia y la calidad de nuestros jugadores ya están en un nivel alto después de sólo tres años y medio. Se va a seguir mejorando, y verán muchas más convocatorias en el futuro.”


CONCACAF President shares reform roadmap and vision at Leaders

Submitted by cipitio on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:01
Webb sets the football agenda and contributes
with insights on key industry issues

London (Wednesday, October 8, 2014) – During an interview session today at theLeaders in Football conference, FIFA Vice President and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb shared the formula of CONCACAF’s reform and the factors behind it, since taking office over two years ago.  From governance to development – as revealed through success at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil -- the Confederation has drawn an effective roadmap for change.
“In the most challenging environment, we acted decisively to reform the Confederation while continuing to invest in our future,” shared Webb with the assembled audience.  “Immediately after taking office in May 2012, we initiated a roadmap to reform to enable the development of good governance structures, deliver a strategy for sustainable growth and provide the tools to support Member Associations.  It’s been a period of planning, building and dreaming on creating opportunities to grow football within CONCACAF.”
As part of the roadmap to reform, the new administration’s priority was to rectify all relevant internal matters, so that the Confederation could focus on developing, managing, and promoting the game.  Following CONCACAF’s independent investigative report, which was made public in April 2013, the mandate for openness and transparency was made a reality. 
Other noticeable reforms were highlighted by the equitable and inclusive participation of Member Associations on all levels of decision making, the optimization of resources to achieve greater efficiencies and the application of financial controls.  Each of those elements have contributed to the process of regaining the trust and confidence of partners, sponsors and stakeholders.  Compared to 2012, broadcasting, sponsorship and ticketing revenue increased by 405%.
“This is a new era for CONCACAF, a new chapter based on building a powerful structure of integrity, transparency and accountability to allow our region to grow,” added Webb.  “We have gained the trust required to attain the contribution that creates a strong organization like the one we are envisioning.”

James Rodriguez and Falcao lead Colombia roster for matches against El Salvador

Submitted by cipitio on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:19

NEW YORK (Saturday, October 4, 2014) -- Colombia national team coach Jose Pekerman announced the team’s roster for Colombia’s matches at Red Bull Arena against El Salvador on October 10 (8:00 p.m. ET) and against Canada four days later (9:15 p.m. ET).  The game on October 14 will be preceded by a match between Ecuador and El Salvador at 7 p.m. ET.

The roster features international stars such as James Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Radamel Falcao Garcia (Manchester United) and Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina).

Colombia national team roster:

Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal/England), Camilo Vargas (Santa Fe), Jose Fernando Cuadrado (Once Caldas)

Defenders: Camilo Zúñiga (Napoli/ITaly), Pablo Armero (AC Milan/Italy), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan/Italy), Santiago Arias (PSV/Holland), Éder Álvarez Balanta (River Plate/Argentina), Pedro Franco
(Besiktas/Turkey) y Jeison Murillo (Granada/Spain)

Midfielders : James Rodríguez (Real Madrid/Spain), Abel Aguilar (Toulouse/France), Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa/England), Fredy Guarín (Inter/Italy), Juan Fernando Quintero (Porto/Portugal), Alexánder Mejía (Atlético Nacional/Colombia), Carlos Carbonero (Cesena/Italy), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina/Italy), Edwin Cardona (Atlético Nacional) y Yimmi Chará (Deportes Tolima)

Forwards: Jackson Martínez (Porto/Portugal), Falcao García (Manchester United/England), Teófilo Gutiérrez (River Plate/Argentina), Carlos Bacca (Sevilla/Spain), Adrián Ramos (Borussia Dortmund/Germany).

Fuente: Relevent Sports / Photo: Jorge O. Martinez.


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