Jul
19
2007
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CONCACAF

Costa Rica claimed their sixth Copa de Naciones Digicel de UNCAF crown after defeating Panama 4-1 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the final head at the Cuscatlan Stadium in San Salvador on 18 February. Serving as the Central American qualifying competition for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the event also saw Guatemala beat hosts El Salvador 1-0 in the third-place encounter, and Honduras overcome Nicaragua 9-1 to take fifth place. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama are therefore confirmed as the Central American qualifiers for this year’s Gold Cup, which will run from 6 to 24 June in six venues across the USA.

Mexico and the USA will compete as guest teams in 2007 Copa America, which takes place in Venezuela from 26 June to 15 July. Mexico will compete on Group B alongside Brazil, Chile and Ecuador, while the USA are in Group C with Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay. Group A is composed of Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay and host nation Venezuela. This is the seventh consecutive Copa America since 1993 in which CONCACAF teams have been invited to play as guests and on each occasion, at least one of the confederation’s representatives have reached the quarter-finals.

Helenites SC captured the 2006-2007 US Virgin Islands championship with a 1-0 victory over Positive Vines in the finals at the Paul E. Joseph Stadium in St Croix on 11 February. Helenites SC reached the final after defeating last year’s champions, New Vibes, 4-3 in the first semi-final, while in the other encounter, Positive Vibes had topped Chelsea 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation and extra time.