Mexico, Panama get 2013 CONCACAF men’s U-tournaments

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Mexico has been chosen by CONCACAF to host the federation’s 2013 Under-20 championships, it was announced today. The governing body also picked Panama to host the Under-17 tournament.

The U-20 competition will take place in late February, while the U-17s will play in early April, and don’t worry: The United States is automatically qualified for both.

The tournaments serve as qualifiers for their worldwide events, also to be held in 2013. Four teams will qualify from Mexico to the U-20 championships in Turkey. The United Arab Emirates will be the site of the U-17 tournament, also taking four nations from CONCACAF.

Here’s how the last few editions of these tournaments have shaked out:

U-20s U-17s
Year Host Winners Qualifiers Year Host Winners Qualifiers
2003 Panama, U.S. Panama/Canada Panama, Mexico, U.S., Canada 2003 Canada, Guatemala Costa Rica, U.S. Costa Rica, U.S., Mexico
2005 Honduras, U.S. U.S./Canada U.S., Panama, Honduras, Canada 2005 Costa Rica, Mexico U.S., Mexico U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica
2007 Panama, Mexico U.S./Mexico U.S., Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica 2007 Honduras, Jamaica Haiti, Costa Rica Costa Rica, Haiti, Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago, United States
2009 Trinidad & Tobago Costa Rica Costa Rica, U.S., Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago 2009 Mexico None Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, United States
2011 Guatemala Mexico Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada 2011 Jamaica U.S. Canada, Jamaica, Panama, U.S., Mexico (WC host)

Newcastle’s Krul on crutches after injury in Dutch win

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Tim Krul of Newcastle United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Newcastle United’s horror start under Steve McClaren just got worse.

Magpies No. 1 goalkeeper Tim Krul is on duty with the Netherlands, and was forced from the Dutch’s 2-1 win at Kazakhstan in Euro qualifying action.

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Krul left the game after landing awkwardly on his knee, and left the stadium on crutches.

Newcastle’s back-up keepers are Karl Darlow, new from Nottingham Forest, and veteran Rob Elliot.

The Magpies are in 20th place, without a win through eight Premier League matches.

McClaren’s crew just finished a brutal run of matches that saw Newcastle face Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.

VIDEO: Marco Verratti plays a brilliant pass to Eder for Italy goal

PALERMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Marco Verratti of Italy in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Italy and Bulgaria on September 6, 2015 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.

The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.

The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.

Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.


Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.