Haiti claimed the 2007 Digicel Caribbean Cup after defeating hosts Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on 23 January. This is the first tournament crown won by Haiti since capturing the 1973 CONCACAF Campeonato de Naciones, which also gave them the confederation’s qualification berth for the FIFA World Cup TM in West Germany in 1974.
In the Digicel Caribbean Cup third-place encounter in Port of Spain, Cuba posted a 2-1 win over Guadeloupe.
Cuba, Guadeloupe, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago are also the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will run in six venues across the USA from 6 to 24 June.
CID Necaxa and Club America advanced as two of the three clubs from Mexico invited to play in South America’s 2007 Copa Libertadores, after eliminating Jaguares and Tigres UANL respectively in a qualifying event in Carso (USA) on 13 January.
The eight-team tournament concluded at Carson’s Home Depot Center as Necaxa and America earned the allotted Mexico 2 and Mexico 3 spots respectively in the Copa Libertadores. Necaxa and America will join CD Toluca, who had already claimed the Mexico 1 berth in the 2007 CONMEBOL event.
El Salvador ended a 12-game winless streak when they defeated visiting Denmark 1-0 in an international friendly at the Cuscatlan Stadium in San Salvador on 24 January. After a goalless first half, the crowd of 18,000 saw Eliseo Quintanilla score the winner for El Salvador, giving them their first victory since 18 August 2004.
Former Colombian national team coach Reinaldo Rueda was recently appointed as the new coach of Honduras. Having signed a contract over 40 months, Rueda’s aim is to ensure Honduras qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa TM. Honduras’ first and only World Cup finals participation was in Spain in 1982.