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Trinidad opposition seeks Jack Warner resignation

The leader of Trinidad’s main opposition party is seeking the resignation of former world soccer vice president Jack Warner, who currently serves as the island’s national security minister.

Opposition leader Keith Rowley said late Friday that he will present the issue for debate in Parliament next week.

His comments came just hours after CONCACAF‘s ethics and integrity committee released a report stating Warner and the former secretary general of the Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Football enriched themselves through fraud during their terms with the organization.

Warner is a former vice president of the world soccer body FIFA who oversaw North American and Caribbean soccer for almost 30 years. He resigned in June 2011 to avoid investigation into a bribery scandal.

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It's Time To Raise Our Expectations Of Jurgen Klinsmann And The U.S. Men's Soccer Team

By Monte Burke, Forbes Staff

Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. Men’s National Soccer, with their 1-0 win last week over Costa Rica in a driving Colorado blizzard, saved themselves a lot of grief. The win followed the most trying week in the Klinsmann’s nearly two-year reign as the U.S. manager. The infamous Sporting News article, which questioned the 48 year-old German soccer legend’s tactics and, seemingly, sanity, was published to much fanfare. Good U.S. players got hurt and couldn’t play. The team was in last place in the CONCACAF region’s final round of World Cup qualifying, known as the “Hex.” There was plenty of hand-wringing all around (guilty). …read more
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Mexico vs. USMNT: Will The US Punch First, Punch Hard, & Not Let Up?

By Zach Slaton, Contributor

The US Men’s National Team’s win against Costa Rica on Friday night may have occurred under some unique circumstances, but it was a win nonetheless.  It gave them a much-needed boost in their quest for a seventh straight World Cup final, with their likelihood of doing so only standing at 53% after their opening match loss to Honduras according to ESPN.com’s Soccer Power Index (SPI) .  A quick Clint Dempsey goal against Costa Rica with some non-ideal weather slowing down play later in the match gave the US Men’s National Team their first three points of the Hexagonal and vaulted them to a nearly 69% chance of qualifying for Brazil 2014 (Costa Rica protest notwithstanding).  Everyone knew this was the warmup fight ahead of the main event with fellow CONCACAF heavyweight Mexico on Tuesday night, but it was an warmup that had to be won to keep US hopes alive. …read more
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It's Make-Or-Break Time For U.S. Soccer Coach Jurgen Klinsmann

By Monte Burke, Forbes Staff

This Friday the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team will play Costa Rica in Commerce City, Colorado. Four days later, they will travel to Mexico City to take on Mexico. The matches are part of the final round of World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region. Because the U.S. team lost its first qualifying match (1-2 to Honduras) and now are in last place in the six-team group, these two matches are absolutely critical to the team’s chances of advancing to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. …read more
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7UP Named Official Soft Drink of 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

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7UP Named Official Soft Drink of 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today announced an agreement with Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYS: DPS) that makes 7UP the Official Soft Drink of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Through the agreement, 7UP will work with CONCACAF and its commercial agency, Traffic Sports, to develop programs that engage and excite fans leading up to and surrounding the Gold Cup – including consumer promotions, retail merchandising, ticket giveaways, premium offers, in-game advertising, product sampling and inclusion in promotional marketing materials, among other activities. The agreement also includes Clamato, Squirt, Sunkist soda, Peñafiel and other DPS brands.

“7UP is an iconic brand known for providing uplifting refreshment to its consumers, and they are a natural partner for a tournament with a growing, passionate following,” said CONCACAF‘s general secretary, Enrique Sanz. “We are excited to team up with 7UP and DPS to connect with fans in ways they have never been reached and to ultimately enhance their enjoyment of the Gold Cup experience.”

“Soccer is defined by great moments, and 7UP fans love to savor life’s moments, which is why we are pleased to be sponsoring this year’s Gold Cup,” said Olivia Vela, director of multicultural marketing for DPS. “We’re looking forward to working with CONCACAF to develop programs that reward our fans’ passion for the Beautiful Game and for life in general with a truly memorable experience at one of the biggest soccer events on the continent.”

“We are delighted to have DPS back as a sponsor of the Gold Cup. Their participation is a great example of brands with multi-national appeal truly capitalizing on a multi-national tournament,” said Marcelo Radice, director of sponsorship sales & marketing at Traffic Sports. “Their commitment further demonstrates the growing popularity and power of soccer around the region.”

Taking place every two years, the Gold Cup has become the region’s most popular soccer event, routinely drawing capacity crowds and millions of TV viewers across North, Central America and the Caribbean. Featuring the best players from the CONCACAF‘s three sub-regions, the tournament has grown into a 12-nation championship.

Group matches will take place July 7-16 in nine cities across the U.S. Quarterfinal matches, followed by July 20 in Atlanta and July 21 in Baltimore. Semifinal matches will be played July 24 in Arlington, Texas, and the championship is set for historic Soldier Field in Chicago on July 28 (3:30 …read more
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Forecasting CONCACAF's Hexagonal

By Zach Slaton, Contributor This blog’s last post delved into a few metrics fans of each national team could look for in CONCACAF’s eight month Hexagonal that will determine which of the confederation’s final six national teams will go to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.  The highlighted metrics are retrospective in nature, and used to assess a national team’s performance after a match has been completed.  What models can be used to forecast performance within the Hexagonal before matches are contested, and what do they say about each national team’s odds of making it to Brazil in a little less than eighteen months?
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Key Metrics To Watch During CONCACAF's Hexagonal

By Zach Slaton, Contributor Next week the fourth-and-final round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup Finals will commence within the CONCACAF region.  The United States will attempt to qualify for their seventh straight final, the seventh longest active streak within FIFA.  Challenging them for the top spot out of the confederation is Mexico, the only team of the remaining six in the CONCACAF tournament to go undefeated in Round 3 and would qualify for their eighth straight final if not for their 1990 ban from the tournament.  These two juggernauts of CONCACAF are the clear favorites to earn two out of the confederation’s three automatic qualifications, but where they might finish in spots one through three is unknown.  There’s also one other spot in the three up for grabs and a fourth position that earns that national team a playoff versus the winner of the Oceania Football Confederation tournament.  So what does it take to earn one of the coveted top four positions out of the six teams competing for them?  What are some metrics that can be used along the way to judge a team’s progress towards one of those spots?
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