Belize Jaguars Participate in 2014 Central American Cup
Thursday, September 4th, 2014
On Monday, September 1st, Belize’s National Football Selection, the Jaguars, departed for the United States of America to participate in the 13th Central American Football Union (UNCAF) Central American Cup Tigo 2014 USA. The tournament is scheduled to run from Wednesday, September 3rd to Saturday, September 13th, and will see the participation of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize. The Central American Cup is a qualifying tournament for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2016 Centennial Cup America.
The team has been practicing for the past month under the guidance of Head Coach Costa Rican Le Roy Sherrier Lewis, and will be competing in Group B against Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Group A consists of Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. Tournament matches will be played in four different cities: RFK Stadium in Washington DC, Cotton Bowl in Dallas Texas, BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston Texas and Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles California.
The tournament kicked off on Wednesday at RFK Stadium with a triple-header featuring Costa Rica versus Nicaragua (3-0 win for Costa Rica), Honduras versus Belize (2-0 win for Honduras), and El Salvador versus Guatemala (1-2 win for Guatemala). Each team will compete in three matches which will determine the final lineup. The top four teams automatically earn the UNCAF spots for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, while the champion of the tournament earns a coveted spot in the 2016 Centennial Cup America. The 5th finisher will earn the right to participate in a two-leg playoff against the fifth-place team from the 2014 Caribbean Football Union Caribbean Cup, for an additional Gold Cup spot.
Belize’s Selection consist of: Woodrow West, Frank Lopez, Shane Orio, Dalton Eiley, Ian Gaynair, Evral Trapp, Felix Miranda, Elroy Smith, Harrison Roches, Denmark Casey, Daniel Jimenez, Andres Makin, John King, Delone Darren Torres, Trevor Lennon, Jarret Davis, Evan Mariano, Highking Roberts, Clifton West, Jerome James, and Deon McCaulay.
To get the latest news and results on the tournament, visit www.concacaf.com/category/central-american-cup. The tournament will be aired on Univision Deportes Network.
Best of luck Jaguars!
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 – RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.
5:00pm Costa Rica vs. Nicaragua, 7:00pm Honduras vs. Belize, 9:00pm El Salvador vs. Guatemala
Sunday, September 7, 2014 – Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX
5:00pm Costa Rica vs. Panama, 7:00pm Guatemala vs. Belize, 9:00pm Honduras vs. El Salvador
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
6:00pm Panama vs. Nicaragua, 8:00pm El Salvador vs. Belize, 10:00pm Honduras vs. Guatemala
Saturday, September 13, 2014 – Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
4:00pm Third Place Group A vs. Third Place Group B, 7:00pm Second Place Group A vs. Second Place Group B, 10:00pm First Place Group A vs. First Place Group B
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