Football Americas

El Salvador set for opening of CONCACAF's 2015 Beach Soccer finals

CONCACaf Beach Soccer 2015March 24 – With five days to go before the 16-team 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in El Salvador kicks off, official rosters have been announced. A month ago, CONCACAF gathered the head coaches of the national teams for a four-day technical workshop in Florida.

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CONCACAF refs gather in Florida for training camp

Sonia DenoncourtMarch 20 - CONCACAF is holding referee development symposium for its international referees drawn from across the confederation. The four-day Florida event, presented by Comex/Futline, is hosting 50 officials from the FIFA international list.

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NY Cosmos make history as first team to travel to Cuba since 1999

Cosmos going to CubaBy Paul Nicholson
March 17 - The New York Cosmos, one of the world's most iconic football club names, has announced that they will travel to Cuba for a friendly match against the Cuban national team on June 2. The Cosmos will be the first professional sports team to play in Cuba since 1999.

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Philadelphia strikes Gold with hosting of finals weekend

Gold Cup 2015March 13 – The final and third-placed play-off for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup will be played in Philadelphia. The tournament kicks off July 7 in Dallas and travels through 12 North American cities before reaching Philadelphia for the finals weekend on July 25-26.

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MLS to kick off on time after strike averted

was8865865March 5 -Major League Soccer will kick off its 20th campaign as scheduled on Friday after a new collective bargaining agreement was finally put in place at the 11th hour to end the threat of a players' strike.

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Webb sticks to his guns and fires up for new term as CONCACAF chief

Jeffrey Webb7By Paul Nicholson
March 4 – Jeffrey Webb is set to be re-elected unopposed to the presidency of North and Central American and Caribbean confederation CONCACAF. The XXX Congress on April 16 will see one contested election with a battle for the FIFA Executive Committee post for the Central American region.

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Youth uprising: U15 Boys teams head for Cayman in record numbers

Osbourne Bodden l with Jeffrey WebbFebruary 17 – When CONCACAF launched its U15 Boys championship in 2013 with 22 teams, it became the first confederation to hold an U15 championship. In 2014 it broke new confederation ground, hosting an U15 Girls tournament.

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Garber dumps Vegas MLS bid, while Becks left scratching his beard

Las vegasBy Ben Nicholson
February 16 - Las Vegas' expansion bid has received a fatal letter from MLS Commissioner Don Garber. Addressed to Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman the letter said that the MLS would be unable to consider Las Vegas for an expansion franchise until 2018, due to "the uncertainty as to when we might be able to move forward in Las Vegas".

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MLS season kick off threatened as players say they are prepared to strike

MLS logoBy Ben Nicholson
February 16 - The MLS is facing a player strike that could result in a delayed start to the season unless the league can appease the MLS Players Union in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for the 2015 season. The issue circles around the MLS' approach to free agency.

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