Tuesday, April 7, 2015

CONCACAF second Round predictions fpr World Cup qualifying

CONCACAF Second Round  



Team 1Agg.Team 21st leg2nd leg
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  Guyana10 Jun14 Jun
Antigua and Barbuda  Saint Lucia8 Jun16 Jun
Puerto Rico  Grenada12 Jun16 Jun
Dominica 
 Canada11 Jun16 Jun
Dominican Republic  Belize8 Jun16 Jun
Guatemala  Bermuda8 Jun16 Jun
Aruba  Barbados8 Jun16 Jun
Saint Kitts and Nevis  El Salvador8 Jun16 Jun
Curaçao  Cuba8 Jun14 Jun
Nicaragua  Suriname8 Jun16 Jun

Second round predictions---

------------------------------------Review 2014  qualification  -----------------



  1. Guyana from South America should handle Saint Vincent. Neither team is any good but I will give edge to Guyana
  2. I am picking Antigua and Barbuda since they went a tad better than Saint Lucia. Antigua and Barbuda also to beat Saint Lucia.in the Caribbean Cup. So I think they will beat them again.
  3. Puerto Rico has more professionals in other leagues. Grenada has qualified for 2 Gold Cups but I think it's Puerto Rico's time. 
  4. Canada big over Dominica. Dominica was placed in the second round of 2014 WCQ against Panama, Nicaragua and Bahamas. The Bahamas withdrew so i am just looking at the other teams. Dominica lost all four games, They didn't even score a goal. I believe Panama and Canada are about equal talent. Dominica lost 0-5 at home and 0-3 away in Panama-again this was 2014 wcq. Nicaragua even beat Dominica... Canada has been mixing and matching players trying to find the right blend.  Look for Julian de Guzman at 34 and Kyle Bekker (FC Dallas)to control the middle. They will feed Simeon Jackson and Tosaint Ricketts when the going get tough. Canada has recently tie Iceland (Orlando), beat Guatemala (Fort Lauderdale) and beat Panama 3-0 in Panama. Like I said Canada big. 
  5. I am picking a Caribbean nation Dominican Republic over a Central American nation. Belize did not impress in the first round playing lowly Cayman Islands. They tied the Islands in both games 0-0 and 1-1 away. They only advanced since they scored an away goal. The Dom Rep has not impressed in the Caribbean Cup either.  They were in a tough group of Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent & Gred, and Anguilla. They only beat Anguilla but they scored 10 goals in that single game. the second round of the Caribbean Cup they were grouped with T&T (host), A&B (again) and Saint Lucia. This is where the Dominican Republic quest ended. I believe the Dominican Republic just has a little more than Belize. The DR just kicked off a professional soccer league in 2015. The sport is at an all time high on the island of Hispanolia. 
  6. Bermuda impressed in the first round winning 8-0 aggregate. They have a beautiful island with a beautiful stadium. Bermuda did not participate in the 2014 Caribbean Cup so it is hard to judge them. I think they have a good tactical team. Unfortunately for them they regional power Guatemala. Guatemala fans, players and expectations are just to much for Bermuda to overcome. 
  7. Aruba vs Barbados.....who cares...I'll pick Barbados since they had some success in the past. Aruba was edged out by a really good French Guiana team in the 2014 Caribbean Cup. Barbados got by both Suriname and Bonaire in the First round. So i'll pick Barbados. 
  8. Saint Kitts also had a dominant first round scoring the most goals of any nation with 12 in 2 games. They did however concede 4. El Salvador is much better both offensively and defensively than Turks and Cacos Islands. We can bid Saint Kitts bid adieu here. El Salvador wins easily.
  9. Cuba over Netherlands Antilles....no wait they changed their name to Curacao. Cuba will have the talent and the power to overcome this Dutch Island. Cuba advances.
  10. Nicaragua vs. Suriname. This is quite an even match between a up and coming Central American nation and an up and coming South American nation of Suriname. Nicaragua have been toiling at the bottom of Central American stature for ever.They are changing from a baseball playing nation to a soccer nation. They have made some good strides. Last World Cup cycle they grouped with Panama, Dominica and Bahamas. The Bahamas dropped out because of lack of money. Nicaragua would have won 4 games for the first time in World Cup qualification.      Suriname 2 wins, 1 tie and 3 loses. This last Caribbean Cup 2015 Suriname did not do well went getting a loss and 2 ties against the like of Bonair, Barbados and Martinique. They are lacking scoring. I see Nicaragua advancing. 

The 10 winners will play the same home and away and be joined by  Jamaica and Haiti in the Third Round. My shoe ins are Canada, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Third round

The draw for the third round will be held on 25 July 2015, at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg, Russia.[3]
Teams entering this round:

There will be 12 teams and the 6 winners will advance to join Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, USA, Honduras and surprise surprise Trinidad and Tobago. 




Friday, April 3, 2015

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF First Round


Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF First Round

Team 1Agg.Team 21st leg2nd leg
Bahamas 0–8 Bermuda0–50–3
British Virgin Islands 2–3 Dominica2–30–0
Barbados 4–1 U.S. Virgin Islands0–14–0
Saint Kitts and Nevis 12–4 Turks and Caicos Islands6–26–2
Nicaragua 8–0 Anguilla5–03–0
Belize 1–1 (a) Cayman Islands0–01–1
Curaçao 4–3 Montserrat2–12–2

Ok the First round is in the books.  Let see how I did.  Bermuda again playing in the next round. That was easy. 1 for 1. Dominica over the Virgin big.....i was right in the winner but off in the "Big". I think British Virgin improved as much as Dominica regress over the last cycle. 2 for 2.

Barbados over the US Virgin check 3 for 3. However the US Virgin did manage a win here. That was a surprise and good for the Virgin.

Saint Kitts will advance"...I am 4 for 4 here. Kitts scored the most goals with 12,,,that was 6 each game. They will be a good threat in the next round.

Nicaragua over Anguilla. 5 for 5. but everyone predicted that 

The ended in a 1-1 tie and Belize adnances 6 for 6 luckly

Curacao pver Monserrat " I stated same result here refering to a Curacao win. ...Well that is 7 for 7.

Bermuda, Nicaragua and Saint Kitts seem to be the strongest team advancing in the first round.


Congratulations to all the winners ...The losers we will see in 4 years... 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

CONCACAF U-17 Championship review


                The CONCACAF Final will be moved to Morazan. The Final will be host Honduras vs CONCACAF Titans Mexico. Morazan was chosen by officials " the interest of facilitating access for the legions of fans, who have flocked to that downtown stadium to this point." IT seems like this stadium will be near capacity will Honduras fans. This stadium holds about 26,000 and it came close to capacity against the USA. 


         The CONCACAF Championship in Honduras is progressing nicely, no one was murdered. The elite at the senior level mirror the success of the underage level. In Group A Honduras emerged to the top on the final on the last group match by beating regional rival Guatemala 2-1 and also have the USA lose to Jamaica 0-1.  This is great news for CONCACAF officials to have a large attendance with the host (Honduras) playing in it. Honduras will automatically qualify for the FIFA U-17 Championship Chile later this year.

   CONCACAF is awarded 4 spots in this competition. All World Cup bring great exposure to the game and promotes the sport in your country. Every nations wants to participate. The CONCACAF tournament will have the 2nd and 3rd place teams to be seeded into a playoff for the last 2 spots. The USA is the top seed and they will play Jamaica for one of the 2 spots. Jamaica is the only team to beat the USA and will be confident they can slay the giant again.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Upcoming CONCACAF events....to look forward to

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
1
2015
CONCACAF U-17  Championship, Honduras
2
2015
FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand
3
2015
FIFA Womans World Cup, Canada
4
2015
CONCACAF’s Gold Cup


2016
1

Caribbean Cup
2

Central American Cup
3

Copa America Centenario USA

               
                Ok the U-20 CONCACAF Championship is over. Panama beat out the USA and th title further cementing their place as the best youth programs in the CONCACAF region.
Guatemala in their Group. Panama went on to the final for the first time in history. Panama met 13 time Champion Mexico and lost in a shootout. Panama program has come a long way since their senior team busted onto the scene reaching the finals of the 2005 Gold Cup.  The USA and host, Honduras won their playoff games for the 4 world Cup slots.  The Azteck’s  won their record 13





Feb27th - March 15th      2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Honduras
                Next up is the 2015 U-17 Championship. This tournament will be played in Honduras.
U-17 CONCACAF Championship
Year
Host
Champion
2003
Canada/Guatemala
Costa Rica/ USA
2005
Costa Rica/ Mexico
Mexico/USA
2007
Honduras/Jamaica
Haiti Costa Rica
2009
Mexico
None
2011
Jamaica
USA
2013
Panama
Mexico
2015
Honduras
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CONCACAF moves both the U-20 and U17 Championship throughout the CONCACAF region. The Gold Cup will always be played in the states so these other countries need a chance to host an event. The next championship I believe will go to a Caribbean Nation that has the ability to host like Trinidad andTobago. Anyway….Honduras the murder capitol of the Western hemisphere will be hosting out young players and I pray they all stay safe and it is a successful tournament.





May 30-June 20th              FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand
                The USA has a great draw group in with the host, an asian team and Ukraine.
  Mexico Honduras and Panama also qualified.








FIFA 2015 Woman’s World Cup which will be hosted in a CONCACAF nation of Canada.
CONCACAF had a chance to place 5 nations in this 24 team tournament which would have been great. 5 since CANADA automatically qualified since they are the host. USA, Mexico and Costa Rica qualified. Trinidad and Tobago had to go to a playoff against Ecuador. The tied Ecuador 0-0 in Ecuador but then lost at home in extra time 0-1. To bad Trinidad and Tobago has a good team only losing the the states 0-1, then losing in a shootout to Costa Rica in the knockout rounds.






The Gold Cup 2015….my favorite tournament by far…I enjoy this tournament better than the World Cup.  The USA team usually has it offense on display against these lesser sides. however it is nice to see just how far some of these nations have come. Costa Rica is the top team in CONCACAF presently. Panama is making strides at both the youth and senior level. Guatemala finally has a good senior club that reached the Central American Cup final in 2014. No longer do Belize and Nicaragua get
slaughtered in the Central American Cup.

Jamaica and T&T are both excellent Caribbean teams and could beat anyone in CONCACAF. Martinique and Guadeloupe add depht with their excellent structure. Haiti and Cuba are established nations. Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico...whith there large population and interest in the sport should start producing very competative teams.......



Saturday, February 14, 2015

Canada should play in the Central American Cup...



PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts





Qualification
1 Guatemala330062+4
9
Final and Gold Cup
2 El Salvador32014
2
+26Third place match and Gold Cup
3 Honduras310223−13Fifth place match
4 Belize300316−50

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Costa Rica211052+34Final and Gold Cup
2 211042+24Third place match and Gold Cup
3 Nicaragua200205−50Fifth place match




            The Central American Cup is lacking since it only has 7 nations playing in the Central American Cup. Only 7 nations creates an odd group of only 3 nations. The group needs a 4th team to complete the group. I believe they should invite Canada to participate. This would finally complete the odd group and not give the advantage anymore to the winner of the 3 team group. This group always plays one less game than the other group.
 Canada should offer their guaranteed Gold Cup slot as bait. Presently the CA Cup places the 4 top teams in the Gold Cup. The 5th place team plays the 5th Caribbean Cup team for the last spot. If Canada offered their spot, CA Cup would place the 5 top teams from the tournament directly into the Gold Cup.  
The tournament could have the top 2 teams in each group earn 4 slots for the Gold Cup. They would play in a knockout round for the Central American Championship. The bottom 4 teams would also play in a 4 team knockout round. Group A 3rd plays Group B’s 4th place and Group B’s 3rd place plays Group a’s 4th place finisher. The 2 winners of the consolation knockout play each other for the last guaranteed spot. The loser of this consolation round would play the 5th place Caribbean nations for the last spot for the Gold Cup.
The arrangement would guarantee at least 4 competitive games for every nation which is badly needed in CONCACAF. The top teams would get 5 competitive games in the tournament. This seems like a win-win for each side.
 
Good for Canada 
 
            First of all Canada badly needs competitive national team games. They just do not get enough. Playing in another tournament to warm up for the Gold Cup is a great idea. Playing against teams that are about your equal is even better. The Central American Cup is a perfect tournament that Canada should play in. These teams are great with the soccer ball at their feet. They do not panic with the ball and are skillful dribblers. Canada was bigger, faster and more athletic however need this type of competition to sharpen their skills. This tournament would provide 4 to 5 very competitive games that mean something. Friendlies against Iceland, Moldova and Bulgaria are just not the same.  

 
            As for the Gold Cup, Canada shouldn’t just get an automatic bid, they should have to qualify for it. Entering the CA Cup would solve this issue. Canada did not advance out of the group stage in the 2011, or 2013 Gold Cup. This left Canada with only 3 competitive games for the year, for their national team. The 2009 Gold Cup was only one better they advanced but lost in the opening game of the knockout round, thus playing in only 4 competitive games. This give the Canadian faithful an empty feeling after only watching your national team play only 3 games. Playing in the Central American Cup as a guest would provide the Canadian faithful with a nice competitive tournament besides the Gold Cup. Since Canada doesn’t make the World Cup, a tournament like this would do great to raise the interest of the sport in Canada.
 
            I think Canada should offer their guaranteed slot to the Central American Cup to entice the nations (tournament) to invite them.  As for those of you who say this is crazy, why miss out on the Gold Cup….I say if Canada cannot get at least 5th place in the Central American  Cup then they don’t deserve to go anyway. Canada would still have a chance to make the Gold Cup if they lose the final of the knockout round (in the consolation bracket). They would be playing the 5th place Caribbean Cup nation.  Now if Belize or Nicaragua beat Canada in the losers bracket…well then, we will realize Canada has more work to do.


http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wG_dO4rNxqE/VN_IvC_H80I/AAAAAAAABW8/No4QLvb1Zg0/s1600/canadasoccer.jpg

Canada soccer
 
            If this was the case and Canada played the CA Cup, went to the consolation bracket and lost the final. Then had last chance to play the 5th place Caribbean Cup participant (French Guiana) I say this would be better for Canada. Why …well they would have played in 5 competitive, meaningful games of the CA Cup and 2 more playoff games against a Caribbean nation. This would have given Canada 7 competitive games to develop the national team. 7 games are much better than only 3 games in the Gold Cup. And
 
           





Canada soccer

            If this was the case and Canada played the CA Cup, went to the consolation bracket and lost the final. Then had last chance to play the 5th place Caribbean Cup participant (French Guiana) I say this would be better for Canada. Why …well they would have played in 5 competitive, meaningful games of the CA Cup and 2 more playoff games against a Caribbean nation. This would have given Canada 7 competitive games to develop the national team. 7 games are much better than only 3 games in the Gold Cup. And if Canada didn’t make the Gold Cup…then they don’t  deserve to be there in the first place.