Oct
24
2008
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CONCACAF

Guatemala defeated Cuba 5-3 on penalties after a 3-3 draw in the final of the 2008 CONCACAF Futsal Championship at the Domo Polideportivo in Guatemala City on 8 June. It was not only the first time that the championship had been decided on penalties, but also Guatemala’s first confederation crown. In the third-place encounter, the USA defeated Panama 7-1. Cuba, Guatemala and the USA have therefore qualified as CONCACAF’s representatives at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Brazil 2008.
Canada won the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship after defeating the defending champions, the USA, 1-0 in the final at the Estadio Cuauhtemoc in Puebla, Mexico on 28 June. It was Canada’s first CONCACAF women’s youth title since 2004, when they also pipped the USA to the U-19 crown. Canada and the USA, who had already qualified for the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup Chile 2008, will be joined by Mexico as the confederation’s third representative after the Mexicans finally overcame Costa Rica 3-2 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in the third-place match.
The USA women’s team captured the 2008 Peace Queen Cup after defeating Canada 1-0 in the final at the Suwon Sports Center Stadium in Suwon, Korea Republic on 21 June. 25,280 spectators saw Angela Hucles score the winning goal two minutes into stoppage time to secure victory for the “Stars & Stripes”. Hucles also claimed the Golden Ball as the tournament’s most valuable player, while Christine Sinclair of Canada took the Silver Ball and the USA’s Abby Wambach won the Bronze Bail.