Los Angeles Soccer: Honduras
CONCACAF has presented the schedule for March's Olympic qualifying tournament, and Mexico will be facing Trinidad & Tobago on opening night of Group B play at Home Depot Center.
Honduras will meet Panama in the 6 p.m. opener on Friday, March 23, with El Tri and the Soca Warriors clashing at 8. Doubleheaders also will be played at HDC on Sunday, March 25, and Tuesday, March 27.
Group A, headed by the U.S., will play in Nashville, Tenn., and the semifinals and finals are slated for Kansas City, Kan. The finalists will advance to next summer's London Games.
The full schedule:
- GROUP A (LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.)
Thursday, March 22
El Salvador vs. Canada, 3:30 p.m.
United States vs. Cuba, 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 24
Cuba vs. El Salvador, 1:30 p.m.
United States vs. Canada, 4 p.m.
Monday, March 26
Canada vs. Cuba, 3:30 p.m.
United States vs. El Salvador, 6 p.m.
- GROUP B (Home Depot Center, Carson)
Friday, March 23
Honduras vs. Panama, 6 p.m.
Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 25
Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 1:30 p.m.
Mexico vs. Honduras, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, March 27
Honduras vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 6 p.m.
Mexico vs. Panama, 8:30 p.m.
- FINAL FOUR (Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan.)
Saturday, March 31
B1 vs. A2, 3 p.m.
A1 vs. B2, 6 p.m.
Monday, April 2
Semifinal winner, 5 p.m.
All times Pacific
That's a no-brainer: We'll be seeing the Mexicans, along with Honduras, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago over three doubleheaders in late March.
The U.S. group will play at LP Field in Nashville, and the semifinals and final will be held at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. The finalists advance to next year's London Games.
CONCACAF said it would announce the tournament match schedule “by the end of the week." Games are slated for HDC on March 23, 25 and 27.
CONCACAF's women's qualifiers will be staged Jan. 19-29 in Vancouver. The U.S. is in Group B with Mexico, Dominican Republic and Guatemala; Group A contains Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba and Haiti. The finalists advance.
Former Major League Soccer head coach Juan Carlos Osorio has changed his mind about managing Honduras' national team.
Two days after accepting the assignment, the Colombian manager reversed course and will remain in charge at Once Caldas, which he guided last year to the Colombian league's Clausura title.
Osorio, formerly head coach of the Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls, turned down Chivas USA in December to stay at Once Caldas and said when he accepted Honduras' offer earlier this week that the job's structure would allow him to coach both teams. Turned out that wasn't so, and the Honduran federation -- anxious to start on preparations for the June 5-25 CONCACAF Gold Cup -- wanted him in the position by next week.
“It saddens me deeply [to turn down Honduras],” Osorio told the Colombian press. “It’s a great opportunity, but the word I had given Once Caldas is worth more. ... I fulfill contracts, and I have to respect them.”
Former Major League Soccer coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who turned down an offer from Chivas USA so he could guide Colombian champ Once Caldas in Copa Libertadores, on Wednesday was appointed head coach of Honduras' national team.
Mexican coach Juan de Dios Castillo resigned a little more than a week after leading the Hondurans to the Copa Centroamericana title and an expected berth in the June 5-25 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Osorio, who formerly was coach of the Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls and was pursued by Chivas after guiding Once Caldas to Colombia's Clausura title in December, said earlier this week that he had an agreement to take charge of the Catrachos when de Dios Castillo left the post, but such a move wasn't expected until after the Gold Cup at the earliest.
“We decided the right person to lead the national team process, which we hope concludes in Brazil [at the World Cup finals] in 2014, is professor Juan Carlos Osorio,” said Fenafuth official Rafael Ferrari told the Honduran media.
Osorio, who attended college and began his coaching career in the U.S., will debut Feb. 9 in La Ceiba, Honduras, against Ecuador, which is led by Colombian coach Reinaldo Rueda, who was in charge of Honduras at last year's World Cup in South Africa.
Major League Soccer's “major” announcement turned out to be that this year's All-Star Game is, indeed, headed to New York. Or, rather, New Jersey.
The New York Red Bulls will stage the annual showdown with a foreign club to be named on July 27 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The market was the site for the first two MLS All-Star Games, both East vs. West affairs.
The league's top players have battled foreign clubs seven of the last eight years -- British clubs the past six, all but one of them from England -- with MLS winning the first five before falling to Everton on penalties following a 1-1 draw in 2009 (in Sandy, Utah) and losing to Manchester United (in Houston) last year.
QUICK BITS: Discarded Chivas USA striker Maykel Galindo is on trial with FC Dallas. … Juan Carlos Osorio, the Colombian coach who turned down Chivas USA, says he has a verbal agreement to become Honduras' next national team head coach. Osorio is in charge of Colombian champion Once Caldas.