Saturday, January 24, 2015

World Cup U-20 berths is on the line tonight for USA

24 January 2015 (2015-01-24)
Guatemala v
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24 January 2015 (2015-01-24)
United States v El Salvador
The winner of each of these two play-off matches also qualify to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Panama and Mexico have already qualified for the 2015 World Cup 2015.
The last 2 sports will go to the winner of the above games.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

WCQ 2018 Russia predictions of round 1 and round 2

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)

The draw was here is my quick predictions before my research starts

Match 1
            Match 1           Bermuda was in a difficult group for the 2014 WCQ with winner Guyana 13 pts, T&T 12 pts and Barbados 0 pts. Bermuda was tied by Guyana in the 81 minute to push Guyana to the next round. I see Bermuda again playing on in the next round. Bahamas with over 300,000 in population is still considered a minnow because of their lack of quality play. Their last game was in 2011. The Federation dropped out of WCQ last time around with lack of funds. Bahamas just isn’t supported.

Match 2           Dominica over British Virgin Islands big. The British Virgin Islands lost to the US Virgins in last cycle. British Virgins suck…no pun intended. Dominica

            Match 3           Barbados over US Virgin Islands. Barbados is not an awful club just a bad one. They kept it tight against Guyana, T&T and Bermuda last cycle but did not win a game. US Virgin is awful.

Match 4           Turks did not get past Bahamas in the last cycle losing 10-o aggregate. St Kitts will advance.

Match 5           Nicaragua is glad they have to play in round 1….just to warm up. They should slaughter Anguilla and be ready for nest round.

Match 6           Cayman are not that bad but not as good as Belize. Belize has international experience in the Gold Cup 2013. Belize wins here

 Match 7          Monserrat lost 3-8 to Belize in the last WCQ cycle. Curacao is about as good as Belize was. I see the same result.

Round 2

1) Canada will beat Dominica
2) Guatemala no one wanted. They are tremdous at home and will not allow a Caribbean nation to beat them there. Bermuda is the second best nation coming out of the 1st round and they journey to Russia will end in Guatemala City.
3) El Salvador will beat Saint Kitts and Nevis and this should be the biggest lopsided Match in the Second round. El Salvador will be getting ready for the next round.
4) Cuba will be tested against Curaco but will get by.

5) Dominican Rep will play Belize and I see this Caribbean nation advancing and capturing their nations attention. Dominican Republic are small but fast.

6)Aruba gets a lucky by drawing Barbados but we could see an upset or a correction in the rankings
7) Nicaragua unfortunately has to play the South American nation of Suriname. Suriname

I have been watching Nicaragua and feel this type of qualification is bad for Nicaragua. They deserve to play more games and got a bad draw here Suriname is a good quality teams here. I will be rooting for Nicaragua.
8)Antigua and Barbuda will face off against a tough Saint Lucia
9)Guyana should beat Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
10) Puerto Rico fans got a very difficult draw against Grenada. This is a game I hope the better team wins and on paper Puerto Rico will get their international players and advance

The biggest problem i have is Round 2 and round 3 is itonly has home and away. I think that these nations and their fans need more games like the 2014 qualification.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

CONCACAF U-20 Championship 2015


January 9th - 24th, 2015

Ok,  Our attention now turns to Jamaica. Jamaica is hosting CONCACAF 2nd most prestigious tournament (excluding the women). The U-20 Championship.

AS you know the USA host the Gold Cup every other year. IT hosted in the states since it is so successful and profitable there. CONCACAF gets the money from this tournament. The only chance another nation has to host is the U-20, U-18 or U-15 tournaments. Lets face it the younger the players the less interest.

       The Championship Era started in 2009 which was a good idea by CONCACAF to promote the sport and the age group. The hosting started with a Caribbean nation, then a Central American, next 2013 was Mexico. The next host went back to the Caribbean (Jamaica). I see this trend continuing. I believe Costa Rica or Nicaragua will host this nice little tournament in 2017 then Back to North America's -Canada in 2019.

YearHostChampionsRunner-upThird place
2009Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Costa Rica United States Honduras 
2011Guatemala Guatemala Mexico Costa Rica Guatemala 
2013Mexico Mexico Mexico United States El Salvador
2015Jamaica Jamaica


Mexico has dominated this tournament with 12 Titles. Canada, Honduras and Costa Rica each have two. The only other nation to win is El Salvador in 1964.

However in 1998, 2001, 2003, 2007 there was no Champion declared. The USA did win their group in 3 of the 5 tournaments.

   This will be a very competitive tournament that will be played in Jamaica. There will be two groups of 6 nations. You will play every team in your group once. This guarantees nations will play at least 5 games at the international level. This is a good idea to grow the sport in all nation, not just the consistently successful nations. Predictions to follow...

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Costa Rica poised for the has only reached the finals once in 2002rGold Cup 2015

    This will be the 13th edition of the Gold Cup. Mexico has won 6, The USA won 5 and Canada has won one in 2000. There is another  heavy weight now to consider in Costa Rica. Costa Rica surprisingly won their Group consisting of Italy, England and Uruguay in this last world Cup. They then advanced in the knockout round by beating Greece before eventually losing to Netherlands in a penalty shootout. They are CONCACAF's top ranked team right now and rightly so. 
  Costa Rica will be glad they are not playing inthe states in the winter. In the World Cup qualifying they had to play the yanks in this snow storm. 

Costa Rica also participated in the Central American Cup. This competition started the years the Gold Cup did and now placed the top 4 teams in the Gold Cup. Costa Rica has won and astonishing 8 Central American Cup of 13. They have been in every final except one. They are the titans of Central America.

Mexico has won 6 Gold Cups and will be a favorite to advance to the finals once again. Mexico always plays in the biggest stadiums and always have the most fans. 

The USA will again host the Gold Cup and as we know every home team has a huge advantage. Klinsmann again will have his troops play an aggressive attacking style which will make them fun to watch. Landon Donovan will be retires so look for new faces to emerge here.

Panama has been growing slowly but now have emerged as the second best in Central America. They won the Central American Cup in 2009 and were runners up in 2007. Panama was in the Central American 2014 group with Costa Rica. The tied Costa Rica 2-2 however Costa Rica was able to play the final since they had a Goal differential better than Panama. Panama has also reached the final of the Gold Cup twice. Once in 2005 and again in the last Gold Cup 2013. The last Gold Cup 2013 they beat Mexico twice 2-1 to advance to the finals.

   These are the top four team that all have a shot at capturing the Gold Cup

  This can be considered the Veteran Gold Cup since every nation that has qualified  

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The problem with ranking. I love looking at ranking but this is a frikin joke. 
I agree that Costa Rica has finally received top billing in the region. good for them they deserve it. Mexico 2 and USA 3 all fine

T&T 4. Is Jack Warner up to his games again. T&T just lost to Jamaica in the Caribbean Cup. If Jamaica and T&T were reversed i would not complain. Panama has had outstanding form as of late. They beat Mexico twice in the last Gold Cup 2013.

Haiti lost to both El Salvador and Honduras in the 2013 Golc Cup
ankTeamTotal PointsPrevious Points+/-PositionsAvg.AVG WGTAvg.AVG WGTAvg.AVG WGTAvg.AVG WGT
16CRCCosta Rica995(995.16)9740609.67609.67511.01255.50264.4679.34253.2450.65
54TRITrinidad and Tobago553(552.75)598-5319.81319.81211.20105.60272.8081.84227.5145.50
80ATGAntigua and Barbuda413(413.06)478-10265.89265.89159.7279.8645.0613.52268.9653.79
91DOMDominican Republic361(360.61)405-11152.09152.09182.9591.48247.7274.32213.6242.72
93SLVEl Salvador358(357.72)392-11148.71148.71210.44105.22125.2737.58331.0766.21