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Panama takes opener of two-game friendly series over Cuba


28.06.03 - Panama took the opener of a two-game international friendly series against Cuba on Friday night with a 2:0 victory at the Estadio Rommel Fernández in Ciudad de Panamá.

Panama, which was mostly composed of the Under-23 team, opened the scoring in the 23rd minute of the first half with a goal by forward Luis Tejada for a 1:0 lead.

Cuba had a chance to level the score via a penalty kick at the 57th minute-mark of the second half, but midfielder Jeniel Marquéz's shot was saved by Panama’s goalkeeper Francisco Portillo.

Forward José Garcés closed out the scoring for the host with nine minutes remaining for the 2:0 final.

Both will meet again at the Estadio Rommel Fernández in Ciudad de Panamá on Sunday (29 June).

After the two-game series against Panama, Cuba will travel to Kingston, Jamaica to meet the host in friendly set of 6 July.

Cuba’s technical director Miguel Company is preparing the squad for the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup from 12-27 July in Foxboro, Massachusetts; Miami, Florida USA and Mexico City.

The Cubans will play in Group D at Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium against Canada on 14 July at 18:30 and then Costa Rica two days later (16 July) at 16:30.

27.06.2003: Ciudad de Panamá, PANAMA; Estadio Rommel Fernández

PANAMA – CUBA 2:0 (1:0)

Luis TEJADA 23’; José GARCÉS 81’

PAN: Francisco Portillo – Víctor Miranda, Felipe Baloy, Luis Moreno, Blas Pérez (67: Mario Méndez), Robert Stewart (75: Ubaldo Guardia), Gabriel Gómez, Manuel Torres, José Justavino, José Garcés (84: Víctor René Mendieta Jr.), Luis Tejada (70: Roberto Brown).


CUB: Alexis Revé – Reizander Fernández, Jeniel Marquéz, Nayuri Rivero (35: Pedro Adriani), Alexander Cruzata, Silvio Pedro Miñoso; Jorge Ramírez, Liván Pérez, Alain Cervantes (74: Eduardo Morales); Maikel Galindo Castañeda, Lester Moré (67: Lázaro Dalcourt).


R: Roberto MORENO (PAN)


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Cuba drops second consecutive friendly against Panama


30.06.03 - Cuba dropped their second consecutive match to Panama, as the host completed the sweep of the two-game international friendly series with a 1:0 win Estadio Rommel Fernández in Ciudad de Panamá on Sunday afternoon.

Panama, which was mostly composed of the Under-23 team, got the game-winner from forward Luis Tejada in the 55th minute of the second half.

Cuba, technical director Miguel Company, had earlier dropped a 2:0 decision in the opener of the series on 27 June at the Estadio Rommel Fernández in Ciudad de Panamá.

The Cubans will now head to Kingston, Jamaica to meet the host in a friendly set for 6 July, before they compete at the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup from 12-27 July in Foxboro, Massachusetts; Miami, Florida USA and Mexico City.

Cuba will play in Group D at Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium against Canada on 14 July at 18:30 and then Costa Rica two days later (16 July) at 16:30.

29.06.2003: Ciudad de Panamá, PANAMA; Estadio Rommel Fernández

PANAMA – CUBA 1:0 (0:0)

Luis TEJADA 55’

PAN: Francisco Portillo (46: Jaime Panego) – Felipe Baloy, Luis Moreno, Gabriel Gómez, Manuel Torres (46: Jorge Ortega), Robert Stewart (64: Leonel De La Rosa), José Justavino, Luis Tejada, José Garcés, Ubaldo Guardia, Mario Méndez. Booked: Torres 2’, Tejada 14’


CUB: Odelin Molina – Pedro Adriani Faife, Alexander Cruzata, Silvio Pedro Miñoso, Reizander Fernández, Jaime Colombe Valencia, Jeniel Marquéz, Jorge Ramírez, Liván Pérez, Maikel Galindo Castañeda, Lester Moré (70: Eduardo Morales). Booked: Miñoso 13’, Moré 14’, Ramírez 84’


R: Rolando VIDAL (PAN)


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Honduras & El Salvador draw 1-1 in another Gold Cup preparatory friendly.

El Salvador, Honduras friendly ends in 1:1 draw

30.06.03 - El Salvador played host Honduras to a 1:1 draw in an international friendly in front of 5,000 spectators at the Estadio Nacional in San Pedro Sula on Sunday.

Honduras opened the scoring in the 64th minute of the second half with a goal by forward Wilmer Velásquez for the 1:0 lead.

With 10 minutes remaining, forward Diego Mejía notched the equalizer for the El Salvador in the 1-1 final.

Both are in their final preparations for the upcoming 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup from 12-27 July in Foxboro, Massachusetts; Miami, Florida USA and Mexico City.

Honduras will continue their warm-up matches as they head to Colombia this week to compete against local clubs Independiente Santa Fe, Once Caldas and Independiente Medellín, while El Salvador travels to San Francisco, California USA for a friendly against Paraguay on 2 July.

El Salvador, who will be in Group C, opens the 2003 Gold Cup at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on 12 July against the USA at 18:30, while Honduras’ Group A opener is slated for 15 July against Brazil at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City at 21:00.

29.06.2003: San Pedro Sula, HONDURAS; Estadio Nacional (A: 5000)


Wilmer VELÁSQUEZ 64’ – Diego MEJÍA 80’

HON: Víctor Coello – Edgar Alvarez (57: Wilson Palacios), Javier Martínez, Jaime Rosales, Rony Morales (61: Erick Vallecillos), Oscar Bonilla, Luis Guifarro, Carlos Oliva (46: Walter Hernández), Emil Martínez (61: Christian Santamaría), Jairo Martínez (46: Julio de León), Wilmer Velásquez. Booked: Bonilla 60’


SLV: Juan Gómez – Marvin González, Víctor Velásquez, Ramón Sánchez, Antonio Torres, Alfredo Pacheco (74: Oscar Navarro), Gilberto Murgas, Santos Carbrera (46: Guillermo Morán), Juan Campos, Rudy Corrales (89: Carlos Menjivar), Geovani Torres (65: Diego Mejía). Booked: Pacheco 72’

TD: Juan Ramón PAREDES

R: Greivin PORRAS (CRC)

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I just changed the name of this thread so that we can post all of the warm up friendlies leading up to the Gold Cup on this thread. Of course, Canada won't be playing any warm up games (officially anyway).


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A seven nation army couldn't hold me back..."

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El Salvador, Guatemala lose friendlies to CONMEBOL teams


03.07.03 - El Salvador, Guatemala each dropped one-goal friendly matches against CONMEBOL (South America) teams on Wednesday night at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California USA.

Guatemala opened the international doubleheader with a 2:1 loss to Peru, while Paraguay topped El Salvador 1:0 in the nightcap.

Peru used first half tallies by forwards Roberto Silva (14th) and Carlos Orejuela (34th) to take a 2:0 lead at halftime.

Guatemala cut the deficit to 2:1 via a penalty kick goal by midfielder Gonzalo Romero with eight minutes remaining but Peru held on for the victory.

In the second encounter of the evening, a goal by forward Juan Samudio just two minutes into the game was all that Paraguay needed to defeat El Salvador 1:0.

Paraguay, who have lost only once in their last 11 matches since Anibal Ruiz has taken the helm following the 2002 World Cup, have not allowed a goal in their last four games against Peru, Portugal, Japan and El Salvador.

Paraguay will take that streak into Columbus, Ohio USA on Sunday (6 July) when they meet the host in a friendly at Crew Stadium at 15:00.

Also on Sunday, El Salvador takes on Mexico at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Califorina USA.

02.07.2003: San Francisco, California USA; Candlestick Park

GUATEMALA – PERU 1:2 (0:2)

Gonzalo ROMERO 82’ – Roberto SILVA 14’; Carlos OREJUELA 34’

GUA: Edgar Estrada – Nelson Morales, Alvaro Jiménez, (Mynor González, 2’), Héctor Aguirre, (29: Mario Rodríguez), Fredy Thompson, Martín Machón, Julio Monterroso, Edwin González, (56: Gonzalo Romero), Edgar Valencia, Mario Acevedo, Juan Carlos Plata, (58: Dwight Pezzarossi).


PER: Erick Delgado, (46: Leao Buitrón), José Soto, (77: José Corcuera), Jhon Galliquio, (66: Miguel Condemarín), Martín Vázquez, (Guillermo Salas, 46’), Juan Jayo, (77: Carlos Zegarra), Marko Ciurlizza, (46: Gregorio Bernales), Alfredo Carmona, Henry Quinteros, (46: Aldo Olcese), Carlos Orejuela, Roberto Silva, Jorge Soto.


R: Brian HALL (USA)

02.07.2003: San Francisco, California USA; Candlestick Park



SLV: Juan José Gomez – Marvin Rene Gonzalez, Victor Velásquez, Ramon Sánchez, William Antonio Torres, Guillermo Moran, Gilberto Murgas, Oscar Navarro, Juan Campos, Ruid Corrales, William J. Torres.

TD: Juan Ramón PAREDES

PAR: Justo Villar – Jacinto Zorrilla, Celso Ayala, Ruben Maldonado, Jorge Núñez, Carlos Bonet, Walter Fretes (46: Gustavo Morinigo), Angel Ortiz, Jorge Campos (73: Victor Hugo Ortiz), Juan Samudio (85: Fredy Barreiro), Derlis Soto (76: Jorge Achucarro).

TD: Anibal RUIZ



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A seven nation army couldn't hold me back..."

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Sunday, July 7

United States 2 Paraguay 0 (at Columbus, Ohio)

(Report: http://www.concacaf.com/news/article.page/1514)

El Salvador 2 Mexico 1 (at Carson, California)

(Report: http://www.concacaf.com/news/article.page/1515)

Jamaica 1 Cuba 2 (at Kingston, Jamaica)

(Report: http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20030707/sports/sports1.html)

Sounds like a good win for Cuba. I'm not taking our game against them lightly, especially considering we have no friendlies. :( (I don't understand what happened with our agreed-upon friendly with Jamaica?) Heck, we don't even have all our players together yet. That's ridiculous. :(

Coming up on Monday, July 7

Costa Rica vs. Venezuela

Coming up on Wednesday, July 9

Jamaica vs. Paraguay

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Wake up call to the US: looks like El Salvador is going to take a stab at them.

Wake up to Canada. Looks like Cuba won't be a walkover. Nor will any quarter final combination if we get through.

I am not overly obsessed about us not having warm-ups, since Holger really needs time to train and if you play you actually miss two days training. In some ways too it keeps the players mentally fresh going into the first match, apart from reducing risks of injuries (supposedly, though It hink in fact when Holger runs practices players get injured all the same).

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Here's a link to a match report on the Cuba-Jamaica match:


Ja fail mock exam

*Reggae Boyz go down 2-1 to Cuba

BY IAN BURNETT Observer staff reporter

Monday, July 07, 2003

GOAL SCORER ON THE GO: Jamaica's Richard Langley (second right) battles for the ball with Cuba's Pedro Fernandez during action from last night's friendly international football game at the National Stadium. Giving chase at left is Cuba's Place Valencia, while Langley's teammate, Cornel Chin-Sue (centre background) looks on. Cuba won 2-1. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

IF last night's contest against Cuba was a mock exam for next week's CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament, then Jamaica's Reggae Boyz had better get their act together, and quickly too.

An insipid performance, particularly in the first half, gifted the visitors a two-goal cushion inside 28 minutes, and although the homeside created numerous chances, including a missed penalty, Cuba came away 2-1 winners.

One of Jamaica's few positives from the game was Richard Langley's late strike, his first goal on his local debut, this after his team played second best to the quick-moving Cubans for most of the contest.

Cuba hurried a disorganised Jamaican defensive unit in the early exchanges and it was no surprise when they opened the scoring on 20 minutes.

Right wing back, Reysander Fernandez Cervantes, beat Robert Scarlett to a loose ball, evaded the Harbour View defender before driving the ball past Aaron Lawrence through a host of bodies.

Four minutes later the Jamaican defence, an obvious Achilles heel, was caught out and the danger was only cleared by a scrambling Scarlett as the marauding visitors continued to pin back the Reggae Boyz.

WHAT A MISS: Jamaican striker, Onandi Lowe (centre) shoots wide of Cuban goalkeeper, Odelin Molina Hernandez (right) and his sliding teammate, Jeniel Marquez Molina during their friendly match at the National Stadium last night. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

A second goal was always on the cards and on 28 minutes, another defender, Jeniel Marquez Molina, extended the lead when he rammed home on the volley from a left side free-kick.

Jamaica could have reduced the deficit a minute before the break, but after being sent clear by Cornel Chin-Sue, Onandi Lowe, with only goalkeeper, Odelin Molina Hernandez, to beat, booted the ball wide, epitomising Jamaica's lethargic play.

Twelve minutes after the resumption, Lowe was brought down inside the penalty area by goalkeeper, Hernandez, and Caymanian referee, Godfrey Bowen, had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

However, the burly striker's tame effort was easily parried around the left hand post by Hernandez.

As the Boyz belatedly upped the tempo, Lowe was presented with another gift from a Scarlett cross, but again the striker failed to attack the ball, which bounced kindly for Langley, whose goal-bound effort was cleared off the line by a defender.

At the other end, nothing seemed to change as far as defensive solidity was concerned, as Lester More Henninghan blasted high with Lawrence at his mercy. Four minutes from the end, Langley, the Queen's Park Rangers midfielder, who had threatened earlier, struck with a well-taken goal after substitute, Darren Byfield, had done good work to ward off three defenders before providing the inch-perfect pass.

In the final minute of time added, Roen Nelson, last season's record goalscorer in the National Premier League, saw his right-footer sail just wide of the target, as the Cubans celebrated their second consecutive victory over the Reggae Boyz.

On a two-match tour of Havana last March, Jamaica drew 0-0 before going down 0-1 two days later.

Both teams are preparing for next week's Gold Cup tournament in the USA and Mexico. Jamaica play in Zone B against Colombia and Guatemala in Miami, while Cuba play in Zone D against Canada and Costa Rica in Boston.

Last night the defensive midfielders and the central defenders were not on the same wave length, which created avenues for the opposition in the middle of the field. The only good news for technical director Carl Brown, and his coaching staff going into the real thing against Colombia next Sunday, was that there remains another friendly on Wednesday against Paraguay -- one last chance to solve their problems.


Jamaica -- Aaron Lawrence (Shawn Sawyers 78th), Marco McDonald, Damion Stewart, Gerald Neil, Robert Scarlett (Keith Kelly 66th), Ricardo Gardner, Omar Daley (Roen Nelson 78th), Richard Langley, Cornel Chin-Sue (Darren Byfield 65th), Onandi Lowe and Fabian Taylor.

Cuba -- Odelin Hernandez, Alexander Rojas, Silvio Minoso, Reysander Cervantes, Place Valencia, Jeniel Molina, Jorge Rondon, Livan Caraballosa, Maikel Galindo Castaneda, Lester Henninghan (Lazaro Martinez 82nd) and Pedro Fernandez (Alain Ofarril 85th).

Booked: Minoso (43rd min); Hernandez (57th min); Rondon (57th min) and Rojas (65th min).

Referee: Godfrey Bowen (Cayman)

Assistants: Michael Mitchell and Dave Meikle

Fourth Official: Raymond Pine

Match Commissary: Clayton Solomon

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Guatemala edges El Salvador 2:1 in friendly


09.07.03 - Guatemala edges El Salvador 2:1 in an international friendly in front of 21,047 spectators at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas USA on Tuesday evening.

After a scoreless first half, Guatemala got on the board at the 58th minute-mark with a goal by forward Juan Carlos Plata for a 1:0 lead.

The chapines made it 2:0 with a tally by midfielder Héctor Aguirre in the 65th minute of the second half.

Midfielder Gilberto Murgas cut the deficit for El Salvador 2:1 with a goal three minutes later but Guatemala held on for the victory.

Both are going to compete this week at the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup that will run from 12-27 July in Foxboro, Massachusetts; Miami, Florida USA and Mexico City.

El Salvador opens Group C competition against the USA on Saturday (12 July) at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro at 18:30, while Guatemala takes on Jamaica in Group B action at the Orange Bowl in Miami at 20:00.

08.07.2003: Houston, Texas USA; Reliant Stadium (A: 21047)


Juan Carlos PLATA 58’; Héctor AQUIRRE 65’ – Gilberto MURGAS 68’

GUA: Edgar Estrada – Edgar Valencia, Néstor Martínez, Mynor González; Fredy Thompson (50: Héctor Aguirre), Julio Monterroso, Gonzalo Romero, Martín Machón, Fredy García (70: Nelson Morales), Mario Rodríguez (55: Juan Carlos Plata), Mario Acevedo. Sent offs: Valencia


SLV: Juan Jose Gómez – Julio Castro, Carlos Menjívar, Víctor Velásquez, Alfredo Pacheco, William Torres, Oscar Navarro (46: William Torres Alegría), Guillermo Morán (46: Gilberto Murgas), Roberto Ochoa (46 Diego Mejía), Santos Cabrera, Juan Campos (46: Rudy Corrales).

TD: Juan Ramon PAREDES

R: Brian HALL (USA)


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quote:Originally posted by Massive Attack

Guatemala edges El Salvador 2:1 in friendly

Strange, this match does not appear on FIFA's list of matches nor on Raoul DaSilva's site (http://www.rdasilva.demon.co.uk/football.html for those who don't know, an excellent resource), which is why I didn't list it above. Meanwhile, Monday's Costa Rica vs. Venezuela match seems to have been cancelled.

Wednesday's result:

Jamaica 2 Paraguay 0

Report 1: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/html/20030710T010000-0500_46173_OBS_BOYZ_PASS.asp

Report 2: http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20030710/sports/sports4.html

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