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CONCACAF – December 2008

There were several historic firsts during the preliminary-round matches for the 2008-2009 CONCACAF Champions League in late August. Edwin Aguilar of Panama scored the first goal of the inaugural Champions League in Tauro FC’s 2-0 win over Chivas USA in Panama City. Also on 26 August, Mauricio Castro of Honduras scored the first penalty kick for USA’s New England Revolution in their 2-1 loss to Joe Public FC of Trinidad and Tobago in Macoya. Meanwhile, Javier Orozco of Mexico was credited with the first-ever hat trick in the CONCACAF Champions League as his local club CD SC Cruz Azul defeated Hankook Verdes of Belize 6-0. Other historic feats included the fastest goal ever in the tournament by Edgardo Aguilar of El Salvador, who scored for AD Isidro Metapan just 40 seconds into their 2-2 draw with CD Marathon of Honduras in San Salvador on 27 August. Later that day, goalkeeper William Guadette of USA made the first penalty kick save in history by stopping Costa Rican Windell Gabriel’s 12-yard shot late in the match to give the Puerto Rico Islanders a 1-1 draw against the hosts LD Alajuelense in Alajuela.
Panama travelled to Bolivia for a friendly but lost 1-0 to their hosts at the Estadio Ramon Taguichi in Santa Cruz de la Sierra on 20 August. After a goalless first half, Diego Aroldo Cabrera notched the winner for Bolivia with 12 minutes remaining. Panama are preparing to host the UNCAF Nations Cup, which serves as the Central American qualifying tournament for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, early next year.