Gold Cup will feature teams from throughout the Caribbean, Americas
Wednesday, January 23
The Harrison home of the New York Red Bulls has been named one of 13 United States venues hosting a major soccer tournament this summer, the team announced Wednesday. The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF) Gold Cup this year includes teams from Belize, Canada, Haiti, the United States, Mexico and several other national teams, including a final participant to be determined Friday in a game between Guatemala and Panama. More than 600,000 fans watched the 13-matchday tourney in 2011, when Red Bull Arena also hosted the tournament. This year’s tournament takes place July 7-28. Other cities hosting CONCACAF Gold Cup matches include Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago and Seattle.
Neighboring countries face off Wednesday in European Championship semifinals
An all-Iberian matchup is heating up with just days to go until Spain and Portugal meet in the European Championship semifinals. Coming off an explosive 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic last week, Portugal will have to stave off defending World Cup and Euro champion Spain for a spot in the Euro 2012 finals. The two teams play Wednesday in Donetsk, Ukraine. No doubt the rivalry between the neighboring countries is one with which Newarkers are familiar. The classic showdown is more than 90 years old, with Spain maintaining its dominance in 37 head-to-head matches against Portugal, when its national football team first debuted, according to Union des Associations Européennes de Football (UEFA). Portugal will likely be looking for …