2011 in CONCACAF

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The year of 2011 in CONCACAF marked the 48th year of CONCACAF competitions.

Events[edit]

Men[edit]

Javier Hernandez, of Mexico, earned the Golden boot in the 2011 Gold Cup, scoring seven goals in the tournament, including a hat trick against El Salvador.

From 5 June through 25 June, CONCACAF hosted its eleventh biannual regional tournament, the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Hosted in the United States, it was the fourth-consecutive tournament that the Gold Cup was solely held in the United States. The Gold Cup saw Mexico earn their sixth Gold Cup honor, by defeating tournament hosts, and longtime rivals, the United States, by a 4–2 scoreline. The Mexican team earned their way into the finals through the virtue of winning Group A with a perfect 3–0–0 record, prior to defeating Guatemala and Honduras in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. The U.S. team, finished as runners-up in 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C after posting a record of two wins, a loss and no draws. In the knockout stage, the U.S. defeated Group B winners, Jamaica by 2–0 scoreline, before defeating Group C winners, Panama 1–0 in the semifinals.

Women[edit]

News[edit]

Continental champions[edit]

Champions League[edit]

Real Salt Lake became the first MLS club to make the Champions League Finals.

In April 2011, the 2011 CONCACAF Champions League Finals was contested between Monterrey of the Mexican Primera División, and Real Salt Lake of the United States and Canada's Major League Soccer to determine the champion of the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League. The finals, made it the first time in the Champions League-era that the final was not an all-Mexican affair. The final also marked the first time since 2000 that an MLS club made it to the continental finals. The two-legged series ended in Monterrey's favor, defeating Salt Lake 3–2 on aggregate.

That same month, the final stage of the 2011 CFU Club Championship was contested as the Puerto Rico Islanders won their third Caribbean club title, defeating Haiti's Tempête FC in the final. With Guyana's Alpha United defeating Trinidad and Tobago's Defence Force, the 2011–12 Champions League will feature Caribbean clubs from outside of Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago.

In July 2011, the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League began with the Preliminary Round being held. The following month, the group stage of the tournament began. For the first time ever in a meaningful competition, an American soccer team defeated a Mexican soccer club on Mexican soil, as FC Dallas defeated UNAM 1–0.[1] During the same round of group matches, Seattle Sounders FC became the second American club to defeat a Mexican team in Mexico, this time beating the defending 2010–11 champions, Monterrey by an identical 1–0 scoreline.[2]

2010–11 Bracket
  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                 
 Mexico Toluca 0 0 0  
 Mexico Monterrey 1 1 2  
   Mexico Monterrey 2 1 3  
   Mexico Cruz Azul 1 1 2  
 Mexico Cruz Azul 2 3 5
   Mexico Santos Laguna 0 1 1  
     Mexico Monterrey 2 1 3
   United States Real Salt Lake 2 0 2
   United States Columbus Crew 0 1 1  
 United States Real Salt Lake 0 4 4  
 United States Real Salt Lake 2 1 3
   Costa Rica Saprissa 0 2 2  
 Costa Rica Saprissa 1 2 3
   Honduras Olimpia 0 1 1  


SuperLiga[edit]

After four seasons of the North American SuperLiga, the tournament was discontinued, with MLS commissioner Don Garber commissioner stating that “SuperLiga was a great tournament which served its purpose during its time. CONCACAF got more and more committed to a continental tournament with the Champions League, which we’re very supportive of. It has delivered the value we intended in SuperLiga to put our teams against the best competition in this region.”[3]

Prior to the cancellation of the tournament, the SuperLiga had a format very similar to UEFA's Europa League in which the best clubs in the U.S. and Mexico not to qualify for the Champions League earned a berth into the tournament. The final SuperLiga championship involved Morelia of Mexico defeating New England Revolution of the United States, 2–1.

CFU Club championship[edit]

The Puerto Rico Islanders, picture above, won their second-consecutive Caribbean club championship.

Puerto Rico Islanders won the 2011 edition of the CFU Club Championship, making it both their second ever CFU Club title and their second-consecutive subcontinental championship. Played at Providence Stadium in Providence, Guyana on 27 May, the Islanders defeated Tempête of Haiti, 3–1, in extra time, to win the CFU Club Championship. Puerto Rico's Jay Needham scored for the Islanders in the 34th minute of regulation, while Tempête's Junior Charles scored in the 42nd minute. In extra time, Puerto Rico's Jonathan Faña netted in the 100th and 113th minute of play.[4] For reaching the finals, both Puerto Rico Islanders and Tempête FC qualified into the preliminary round of the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League.

The third place match also determined the final entrant into the Champions League. There, Guyana's Alpha United became the first Guyanese club to qualify for the Champions League by defeating Trinidad and Tobago's Defence Force 4–3 in a penalty shoot-out.

Bracket
Semi-finals Final
 Haiti Tempête (pen.)  0 (4)  
 Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force  0 (2)  
 
     Haiti Tempête  1
   Puerto Rico PR Islanders (a.e.t.)  3
Third place
 Guyana Alpha United  1  Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force  1 (3)
 Puerto Rico PR Islanders (a.e.t.)  3    Guyana Alpha United (pen.)  1 (4)

World Football Challenge[edit]

Table
Team Pld W WPk LPk L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Real Madrid 3 3 0 0 0 9 2 +7 17
England Manchester United 3 3 0 0 0 9 3 +6 17
England Manchester City 3 2 1 0 0 5 2 +3 13
Italy Juventus 3 2 0 0 1 3 2 +1 9
Spain Barcelona 3 1 0 0 2 4 6 −2 7
Mexico Guadalajara 3 1 0 0 2 4 5 −1 6
United StatesCanada MLS Western[N] 3 0 0 1 2 4 7 −3 4
United States MLS Eastern[O] 3 0 0 0 3 3 10 −7 3
Mexico América 3 0 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0

Colors: Green = champion
Source: World Football Challenge Standings

Results for CONCACAF clubs
All times are in the EDT time zone (UTC−4) (Local Times in parentheses).[5]
2011 World Football Challenge

Domestic league champions and premiers[edit]

List of champions[edit]

Men's[edit]

The following list contains the champion of every men's association football league in the CONCACAF region.

Nation League Champion Title Last Honor
Anguilla Anguilla 2010–11 AFA League Kicks United 2nd 2007
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda 2010–11 Antigua and Barbuda Premier Division Parham FC 4th 2003
Aruba Aruba 2010–11 Aruban Division di Honor Racing Club Aruba 7th 2008
The Bahamas Bahamas 2011 BFA Senior League IM Bears FC 4th 2010
Barbados Barbados 2011 Barbados Premier Division Youth Milan 2nd 2006
Belize Belize 2010–11 Belize Premier Football League Belize Defence Force 2nd 2010
Bermuda Bermuda 2010–11 Bermudian Premier Division North Village Community Club 8th 2006
British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands 2011 British Virgin Islands Championship Islanders FC 2nd 2010
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands 2010–11 Cayman Islands League Elite SC 2nd 2009
Costa Rica Costa Rica 2011 Verano[A] Alajuelense 26th 2010
2011 Invierno[B] TBD TBD TBD
Cuba Cuba 2010–11 Campeonato Nacional de Fútbol de Cuba Villa Clara 11th 2004
Curaçao Curaçao 2010–11 Sekshon Pagá
Dominica Dominica 2010–11 Dominica Premiere League
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic 2011 Primera División de Republica Dominicana
El Salvador El Salvador 2011 Clausura[C] Alianza 10th 2004
2011 Apertura[D] TBD TBD TBD
French Guiana French Guiana 2010–11 French Guiana Championnat National Matoury 3rd 2006
Grenada Grenada 2011 Grenada Premier Division Hard Rock FC 1st
Guadeloupe Guadeloupe 2010–11 Guadeloupe Division d'Honneur Moulien 3rd 2009
Guatemala Guatemala 2010–11 Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala Comunicaciones 24th[E] 2008
Guyana Guyana 2011 GFF National Super League Alpha United 3rd 2010
Haiti Haiti 2010–11 1. Ligue Haïtienne Aigle Noir 4th 1970
Honduras Honduras 2010–11 Honduran Liga Nacional Olimpia 23rd 2010
Jamaica Jamaica 2010–11 National Premier League Tivoli Gardens 5th 2009
Martinique Martinique 2010–11 Martinique Championnat National Club Colonial 19th 1972
Mexico Mexico 2011 Clausura[F] UNAM 7th 2009
2011 Apertura[G] TBD TBD TBD
Montserrat Montserrat 2011 Montserrat Championship Competition not held
Nicaragua Nicaragua 2011 Clausura[H] Real Estelí 10th 2010
2011 Apertura[I] TBD TBD TBD
Panama Panama 2011 Clausura[J] San Francisco 7th 2009
2011 Apertura[K] TBD TBD TBD
Saint Kitts and Nevis St. Kitts and Nevis 2010–11 SKNFA Premier League St Paul's United 3rd 2009
Saint Lucia St. Lucia 2011 Saint Lucia Gold Division VSADC 7th 2002
Collectivity of Saint Martin St. Martin 2010–11 Saint-Martin Championships Junior Stars 11th 2003
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2010–11 NLA Premier League Avenues United 2nd 2010
Sint Maarten Sint Maarten 2010–11 Sint Maarten League No competition held
Suriname Suriname 2010–11 Hoofdklasse Inter Moengotapoe 3rd 2008
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 2010–11 TT Pro League Defence Force 21st 1999
Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Islands 2010–11 MFL League Provopool FC 1st
United States United States and Canada Canada 2011 Major League Soccer Los Angeles Galaxy 3rd 2005
United States Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands 2010–11 U.S. Virgin Islands Championship Competition not held

Women's[edit]

The following list contains the champion of every women's association football league in the CONCACAF region.

Nation League Champion Title Last Honor
Canada Canada and United States 2011 W-League[M] Atlanta Silverbacks Women 1st
United States United States 2011 Women's Professional Soccer Western New York Flash 1st

List of premiers[edit]

Some CONCACAF nations determine their league champion through a post-season tournament. This list reflects on the team that won the premiership, often known as the team with the best regular season record. In seasons which the Apertura and Clasura and used to create an aggregate/relegation table for the season, the team with the better aggregate record is listed as the premier.

Nation League Premier Title Last Honor
Aruba Aruba 2010–11 Aruban Division di Honor Racing Club Aruba 9th 2004
Belize Belize 2010–11 Belize Premier Football League Belize Defence Force 2nd 2010
British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands 2011 British Virgin Islands Championship Islanders FC 2nd 2010
Costa Rica Costa Rica 2011 Verano[A] Saprissa 18th 2008
2011 Invierno[B] TBD TBD TBD
Cuba Cuba 2010–11 Campeonato Nacional de Fútbol de Cuba Camagüey 1st
El Salvador El Salvador 2011 Clausura[C] Alianza 2nd 2001
2011 Apertura[D] TBD TBD TBD
Guatemala Guatemala 2010–11 Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala Municipal 8th 2009
Haiti Haiti 2010–11 1. Ligue Haïtienne Tempête 4th 2005
Honduras Honduras 2010–11 Honduran Liga Nacional Olimpia 20th 2008
Mexico Mexico 2011 Clausura[F] UANL 1st
2011 Apertura[G] TBD TBD TBD
Nicaragua Nicaragua 2011 Clausura[H] Real Estelí 8th 2009
2011 Apertura[I] TBD TBD TBD
Panama Panama 2011 Clausura[J] Atlético Chiriquí 1st
2011 Apertura[K] TBD TBD TBD
Saint Kitts and Nevis St. Kitts and Nevis 2010–11 SKNFA Premier League St Paul's United 3rd 2009
Suriname Suriname 2010–11 Hoofdklasse WBC 1st
United States United States and Canada Canada 2011 Major League Soccer Los Angeles Galaxy 4th 2010
United States Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands 2010–11 U.S. Virgin Islands Championship Unique FC[L] 1st

Domestic cup champions[edit]

Several CONCACAF nations, most notably nations that do not use the Apertura/Clasura system host a domestic knockout cup that parallels the league seasons. These cups are open to all divisions of each nation's respective pyramid.

Men's[edit]

Nation Competition Champion Title Last Honor
Aruba Aruba 2011 Torneo Copa Betico Croes
The Bahamas Belize 2010–11 Bahamas President's Cup Cavalier FC 3rd 2010
Canada Canada 2011 Canadian Championship Toronto FC 3rd 2010
Suriname Suriname 2011 Surinamese Cup Inter Moengotapoe 1st
United States United States 2011 U.S. Open Cup Seattle Sounders 3rd 2010

Women's[edit]

Nation Competition Champion Title Last Honor
United States United States 2011 U.S. National Women's Cup St. Louis JB Marine 1st

Deaths[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ The 2011 Costa Rican Verano is part of the 2010–11 Costa Rican Primera División season.[6]
B. ^ The 2011 Costa Rican Invierno is part of the 2011–12 Costa Rican Primera División season.
C. ^ The 2011 Salvadoran Clausura is part of the 2010–11 Salvadoran Primera División.
D. ^ The 2011 Salvadoran Apertura is part of the 2011–12 Salvadoran Primera División.
E. ^ Guatemala's Comunicaciones won both the 2011 Apertura and Clausura titles.
F. 
G. 
H. 
I. 
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L. ^ The U.S. Virgin Islands Championship hosted respective regular seasons for each island's soccer league, but a tournament to determine the champion was not held.
M. ^ The W-League, though the second division women's soccer league in the United States is the top division of women's soccer in Canada.
N. ^ In the 2011 World Football Challenge, Canadian MLS club Vancouver Whitecaps FC and American MLS clubs Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC represented the MLS Western team.[7]
O. ^ In the 2011 World Football Challenge, American MLS clubs Chicago Fire, New England Revolution, Philadelphia Union represented the MLS Eastern Team.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dallas beats Pumas, earns first MLS win in Mexico". CONCACAF. CONCACAF.com. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Mayers, Joshua (23 August 2011). "Sounders FC pulls off historic win in Mexico, beating Monterrey, 1–0". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Borg, Simon (29 March 2011). "World Football Challenge builds upon SuperLiga". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Puerto Rico v. Tempete". CONCACAF. CONCACAF.GlobalSportsMedia.com. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "World Football Challenge Schedule". MLS. Major League Soccer. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Stokkermans, Karel (28 September 2011). "Costa Rica 2010/11". Rec.Sport.Soccer. Statistics Foundation. RSSSF.com. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "World Football Challenge Rules of Competition" (PDF). Major League Soccer. MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved 26 October 2011.