Football Americas

2015 Gold Cup US venues unveiled, with a trip north into Canada

Gold Cup 2015 logoDecember 17 - Hosts USA, Costa Rica and Mexico have all been seeded for the three group stage of the 2015 Gold Cup which will be played across 13 North American cities, including crossing into Canada for the first time.

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Gold Cup play off dates set as Pinto returns to light up the touchline

Gold Cup 2015 logoDecember 16 – Play-in series dates for the final 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup berth between French Guyana and Honduras have been set for March next year. The series will provide a fist test for new Honduran coach Jorge Luis Pinto who achieved fame in the Summer with his stewardship of Costa Rica at the world Cup.

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Public vote opens for second annual CONCACAF awards

Concacaf awardsDecember 15 - CONCACAF has announced the shortlists of contenders for its second annual awards recognising the achievements of the region's men and women players, coaches and referees over the past year.

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Mexicans may invite MLS teams into Copa MX from 2016

Decio de MariaBy Mark Baber
December 11 - As the final game of Los Angeles Galaxy legend Landon Donovan highlighted the trans-border interests of soccer fans in Mexico and the US, the football ties between the two countries look like deepening with Liga MX officials saying that they are evaluating the possibility of incorporating Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs into the biannual knock-out Copa MX.

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Scotiabank joins the CONCACAF revolution as first official partner

Scotiabank and CONCACAFBy Paul Nicholson
December 9 – CONCACAF has announced Scotiabank as the first official partner of its revamped sponsorship programme. In an initial four-year deal, the bank will become the title sponsor of the CONCACAF Champions League, the official bank of the confederation, and a main sponsor of the Gold Cup.

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Garber tells Beckham to speed up his Miami MLS franchise plans

Miami MLS franchise groupDecember 4 - David Beckham has been urged by Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber to start making firm progress over establishing his Miami-based franchise.

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Jamaica jammin to CFU success and set for CONCACAF U20 hosting

Concacaf U20 drawNovember 26 – The reggae beat is pounding out through Jamaican football at the moment. At their home tournament the Reggae Boyz triumphed in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Cup with a penalty shoot-out win over long-time rivals Trinidad and Tobago earlier this month. In January, the Jamaicans kick off the CONCACAF football year with the hosting of the U20 Championships.

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Watson charged as Caribbean paradise turns into political inferno

Canover WatsonBy Paul Nicholson
November 21 – Canover Watson, a member of FIFA's audit committee, has been charged in the Cayman Islands of five corruption and money laundering offenses. The charges were brought by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Anti-Corruption Unit. He will appear in Summary Court next Tuesday.

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Etihad add New York connection to City Football Group portfolio

NYCFC kitNovember 17 - New MLS franchise New York City FC, which joins the league in 2015, has announced Etihad Airways as its shirt sponsor. The club has also announced a kit deal with Adidas and will play in the same light blue colour - with the same sponsor - as sister club Manchester City.

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