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29 August 1986
Canada wins 5:0 over host Trinidad and Tobago at the 1986 CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship in Port of Spain. It is Canada’s second win against the hosts (once in each round). Domenic Mobilio, John Fitzgerald, Billy Domazetis (two) and James Grimes score for Canada. Captain Burke Kaiser suffers a “head gash” and is administered seven stitches. Goalkeeper Pat Onstad posts his fifth clean sheet of the tournament.
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Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-0 Sporting Kansas City
Major League Soccer - August 10, 2014 - BC Place, Vancouver, BC
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friday, august 29, 2014

'Caps return to BC Place to host Portland Timbers in a match with major playoff implications
After back-to-back games in California, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (7W-5L-12D) return to BC Place on Saturday to host Cascadia rival Portland Timbers (7W-8L-10D) in a "massive game for the organization," said head coach Carl Robinson. Whitecaps FC announced on Thursday that Saturday's match is sold out. Whitecaps FC

Timbers aim to "erase" painful Seattle Sounders thumping against Whitecaps
The last loss was a tough one – no doubt about it. Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter admitted as much Wednesday as his team hit the training field for the first time since falling in a 4-2 home defeat Sunday to their rivals, the Seattle Sounders. The math is simple: beat the Whitecaps on Saturday at BC Place, and the Timbers are above the red line for the first time this season.  MLS

Whitecaps Young Strikers Failing to Step Up
With the Whitecaps searching for a reliable triggerman to put goals in the net, the Whitecaps young forwards are failing to rise to the occasion. 86Forever

Nigel Reo-Coker: a tale of two seasons
I had the good fortune to run into none other than Nigel Reo-Coker yesterday in front of the US Consulate. He was getting his papers to go down to the US to play for Chivas USA, after the trade that sent him there in exchange for Mauro Rosales. Reo-Coker’s time in Vancouver was enigmatic; it really was a tale of two seasons. Whitecaps Fan

Fudge: Rosales a coup for 'Caps
It may have been his first training session in Vancouver, but Mauro Rosales' commitment to share his experience and wisdom was immediate. Though the arrival of Rosales adds another playmaker to Vancouver's ranks, the 33-year-old's impact as an MLS player would suggest that head coach Carl Robinson might have pulled off a bit of a coup in landing the South American veteran. Goal.com

Whitecaps FC already reaping benefits from veteran guidance of Mauro Rosales
When Vancouver Whitecaps FC traded for Mauro Rosales last week, it wasn’t just for what the creative midfielder can do for Carl Robinson’s young squad on the pitch, but also for the experience and knowledge that he can impart off it. Whitecaps FC

Johnny Leverón called up to Honduras national team for the 2014 Copa Centroamericana
The Honduran team, alongside six other Central American teams, will compete to become champions of Central America while also looking to secure a spot at both the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2016 Copa América Centenario. The native of Yoro, Honduras will miss three matches with Whitecaps FC. Whitecaps FC

Impact faces tough home test Saturday versus Columbus Crew
Following a tough stretch of games last week, winning two of out of three in just eight days, the Montreal Impact (4-15-5) enjoyed a full week of training prior to hosting the Columbus Crew (8-8-9) at Stade Saputo this Saturday. Montreal Impact

Countdown: Toronto FC v New England - No pressure
Toronto FC are rested and ready for a pivotal Eastern Conference fixture as they host the New England Revolution Saturday afternoon. The Reds were at one point in an excellent position in the table, with games in hand, but that advantage has all but withered away and now this match has become must-win if they are to control third place in the table. RedNation

Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen is a student of the ever-changing beautiful game
When Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen sees wide open spaces on the soccer field, he also sees opportunity. "Space is what really creates goals," Nelsen said. Especially when you combine that space with a quickfire counter attack and players who know what to do with it. Canada.com

Portland Timbers' Norberto Paparatto Suspended for One Game
Portland Timbers defender Norberto Paparatto has been suspended one match by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for his elbow to the head of Seattle Sounders defender Chad Marshall. Stumptown Footy

Seattle's Obafemi Martins claims Week 24 AT&T Goal of the Week with powerful solo run
The Seattle Sounders delivered an emphatic win over their rivals the Portland Timbers on Sunday, and Obafemi Martins powerfully punctuated the commanding victory with an incredible goal. MLS

FC Dallas mourn the passing of academy player Delfino Garcia
FC Dallas are mourning the loss of a well-loved academy player who passed away Thursday after suffering a ruptured blood vessel in the brain. Delfino "Fino" Garcia was a member of FC Dallas' Premier 98s and has been a part of the FC Dallas Academy since 2010. MLS

Match Preview: Edmonton FC vs Minnesota United FC
FC Edmonton (3-2-3) have turned their NASL Fall Season around and currently sit in fourth place in the Fall Standings heading into an important match-up against Minnesota United FC on Sunday, August 31. FC Edmonton

If Eddies want to keep the hot streak going, they’ll need to stop Minnesota’s Christian Ramirez
The past few weeks have been very good to FC Edmonton. The club has at least temporarily put a halt to the what-if-they-could-score talk, bagging 10 goals over the last five games. The Eddies are up to fourth in the NASL fall standings, and have moved to within just four points of a playoff spot in the NASL overall table.

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs Tampa Bay Rowdies
Character continues to be the buzz word used by Marc Dos Santos describing his side in each of their last two matches. Their late-game comeback two weekends ago at TD Place to level San Antonio provided Ottawa with some much needed confidence for their road match in Indianapolis. Ottawa Fury FC

Cosmos Sign Danny Mwanga On Loan From Rapids
The NASL's New York Cosmos announced that the team has signed forward Danny Mwanga on loan from the Colorado Rapids. NASL

New Westminster accepting input on pro soccer proposal until Sept. 5
“Our intent is to play next year, whether it’s in New West or elsewhere,” Whitecaps president and CEO Bob Lenarduzzi told The Record. “That’s something we will need to monitor as we get closer to that deadline.”  The Whitecaps are working to a Sept. 15 deadline. Royal City Record

US 'soccer moms' sue Fifa over concussions
The California class-action lawsuit accuses the sport's governing bodies of acting "carelessly and negligently" and failing to protect young players. The filing also calls for new safety rules, including limiting the number of headers for young players, The US collegiate sports authority settled a similar suit last month. BBC

Where others fear to tread: Soccer Moms sue FIFA
Maybe it doesn’t sound like a big deal, this business of “soccer moms” suing FIFA over concussion injuries. Maybe it is something that the FIFA biggies can laugh off. At any rate, you know that’s what they’ll try to do. I mean, the very idea! inSoccer

the women's pro game

NWSL Championship Preview: Seattle Reign FC v. FC Kansas City
The NWSL championship. Seattle claimed the regular season Shield, finishing thirteen points clear of Kansas City, who placed second. How did they get here: Kansas City whitewashed the third-seeded Portland Thorns FC, 2-0, in a game played in scorching heat in Kansas City. Prost Amerika

university soccer

Marc Rizzardo vindicated, reaches out of court settlement with UBC
Marc Rizzardo, fired one day after being hired as UBC women's soccer head coach in 2012 has reached an out of court settlement with UBC, the terms of which have not been disclosed. A separate letter from UBC to Rizzardo states: "The result of UBC's failure to follow its own processes is that you were treated unfairly, through no fault of your own... For this we apologise... We also acknowledge that this unfairness resulted in your public embarrassment... UBC was solely responsible for your hire and termination without just cause" CLICK HERE for the full letter of apology from UBC (pdf).

TWU women's soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision
British Columbia - Playing in its final game of its 2014 preseason schedule, the Trinity Western women's soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision against Western Washington Wednesday at Rogers Field. ISN

team canada

Canada MNT announces roster for Jamaica match
As the build-up for next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup begins, Benito Floro, Head Coach of Canada’s Men’s National Team, has named the 23-man squad that will host Jamaica in a Men’s International Friendly on Tuesday 9 September (kickoff 19.30 local time) at BMO Field in Toronto, ON. Canada Soccer

Floro's Canada roster blends youth, experience
Floro has also called in a number of younger players for his first home game in charge of Canada, most notably Toronto FC centre-back Doneil Henry, Montreal Impact defenders Karl W. Ouimette and Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare, and forward Randy Edwini-Bonsu, who plays in the German third division with Stuttgarter Kickers. Sportsnet

Veterans lead Canadian roster for Jamaica soccer friendly in September
Veterans Atiba Hutchinson, Dwayne De Rosario and Julian de Guzman lead the 23-man Canadian squad for the Sept. 9 soccer friendly against Jamaica in Toronto. Coach Benito Floro has chosen nine MLS players: De Rosario and four others from Toronto FC and four from the Montreal Impact. The BMO Field game marks the first at home for Floro since he was hired in July 2013. Canada.com

Five Reds Called for National Duty
Canada Soccer announced Thursday that five members of Toronto FC have been called into the Canadian Men’s National Team. Goalkeeper Quillan Roberts, defenders Doneil Henry, Ashtone Morgan, midfielder Kyle Bekker, and forward Dwayne De Rosario have been called into Canadian Head Coach Benito Floro’s 23-man roster for the upcoming friendly match against Jamaica. Toronto FC

Floro’s choice of Canadian goalkeepers offers food for thought
Kenny Stamatopoulos has been named to the team, along with Milan Borjan, who is unattached at the moment, and Quillan Roberts, the kid who was recently recalled from the USL back to Toronto FC, but isn’t seeing any MLS action. The11

world football

Putin rules out cutting any of the venues for 2018 World Cup despite FIFA recommendation
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ruled out cutting any of the 11 host cities for the 2018 World Cup despite repeated recommendations from FIFA head Sepp Blatter. Russia's tournament organizers were surprised when Blatter suggested at the World Cup in Brazil that two stadiums should be dropped for the 2018 tournament. WFP

Real Madrid, Liverpool group highlights Champions League draw
Real Madrid will start its Champions League campaign against five-time winner Liverpool, FC Basel and Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad. The 10-time champions, aiming to become the first team to defend the title in 25 years, were drawn into Group B on Thursday. TSN

Toast of EuropeToast of Europe
Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA's award as the best player in Europe last season after scoring a record 17 goals in the Champions League. The Real Madrid and Portgual forward beat Bayern Munich pair Manuel Neuer of Germany and the Netherlands' Arjen Robben. TSN

English clubs have spent record amounts
With frenetic deadline-day dealings still to come, Premier League clubs have already spent record amounts in this summer’s transfer window as they benefit from increased income from broadcast revenues. Sportsnet

Winless after 3 games, including cup rout, Van Gaal needs upturn in United fortunes at Burnley
Winless after 3 games, including cup rout, Van Gaal needs upturn in United fortunes at Burnley
From the World Cup semifinals to a bruising introduction in Britain, Louis van Gaal's fortunes have changed rapidly inside two months. The coach who led the Netherlands to a third-place finish at the World Cup enters his fourth match as Manchester United manager still searching for his first win. Canada.com

Club promises to punish fans who taunted player in latest case of racism in Brazilian football
Brazilian club Gremio has promised to help identify and punish the fans who taunted a player in the latest case of racism to taint the national game. The club said Friday it will do all it can to find the fans responsible for monkey taunts directed at Santos goalkeeper Aranha in Thursday's Brazilian Cup match in Porto Alegre. WFP

thursday, august 28, 2014

Open letter from Whitecaps FC on proposed USL PRO franchise in New Westminster
Dear citizens of New Westminster, On July 8, 2014, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the City of New Westminster announced our intent to launch a United Soccer Leagues (USL) PRO franchise in this community. It's an exciting initiative for our club, for the future of Canadian soccer, and most importantly for the community of New Westminster. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps aware of the playoff battle ahead
If Vancouver Whitecaps FC were not acutely aware they have been in a season-long battle to reach this year's MLS Cup playoffs, then Saturday's defeat at Western Conference rivals LA Galaxy might have driven that point home. Goal.com

Whitecaps FC re-sign left back Jordan Harvey
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that the club has re-signed experienced defender Jordan Harvey. In his three and a half seasons with the club, Harvey has set franchise records for most appearances (87), starts (78), minutes played (7,125), and goals (seven) among Whitecaps FC defenders in MLS. Whitecaps FC

With Johnny Leveron suspended, Vancouver Whitecaps could turn to Kendall Waston vs Portland With Johnny Leveron suspended, Vancouver Whitecaps could turn to Kendall Waston vs Portland
After making his Vancouver Whitecaps debut in Saturday’s 2-0 loss against the LA Galaxy, Kendall Waston looks set to get his first start for his new club in Saturday’s important Cascadia Cup clash at home to the Portland Timbers. MLS

Should formation follow function for the Vancouver Whitecaps?
“Whether it be the sweeping eagle in his flight, or the open apple-blossom, the toiling work-horse, the blithe swan, the branching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drifting clouds, over all the coursing sun, form ever follows function” Sullivan, Louis H. (1896). History has yet to record Carl Robinson’s opinion on the ever divisive debate over whether form should always follow function. Soccer Shorts

Osorio Proving His Worth
Osorio was a standout in Toronto’s 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire last weekend and his role as a pinched left midfielder has the young Canadian right in the thick of things, creating chances, taking shots on goal and getting more and more involved in TFC's buildup play. Toronto FC

Gege Soriola signs with the Montreal Impact, a piece for the future
The Montreal Impact have added another player to its roster and depth to the center back position when it signed Nigerian international Gege Soriola. Mt. Royal Soccer

Galaxy rout high-flying DC
The Los Angeles Galaxy closed within two points of Major League Soccer Western Conference leaders the Seattle Sounders with a 4-1 win over Eastern pace-setters DC United on Wednesday. FIFA

Portland Timbers' Norberto Paparatto Suspended for serious foul play
The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced on Wednesday that Portland Timbers defender Norberto Paparatto has been suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for serious foul play which endangered the safety of an opponent in the Seattle Sounders' 4-2 win over Portland on Sunday. MLS

DC United point to own shortcomings, not heavy schedule, in assessing big loss to the LA Galaxy
“They were good tonight,” said United captain Bobby Boswell. “And we weren’t. Obviously, we’re upset, but we have to get ready for a big rivalry game on Sunday [against New York.] I could make excuses and blame this on travel, but we prepared properly, [the coaches and staff] put us in a good position to get a result. We just have to get back to work." MLS

Red Bulls open new front in battle for hearts and minds in New York City
The reality is that NYCFC is only the latest pressure for a team already competing against around 10 teams playing major league sports – not to mention the challenge from another quarter of the revived New York Cosmos, who beat the Red Bulls in the US Open Cup earlier this year, much to the Red Bulls’ embarrassment. The Guardian UK

Tim Leiweke says MLSE exit was for entrepreneurial dream
Tim Leiweke says his desire to be an entrepreneur led to his decision to leave Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. In radio interviews on Sportstnet 590 The Fan and TSN 1050, the outgoing MLSE president and CEO said he and the executive board knew his stay would be a short one because he wanted to run his own business. CBC

NASL Golden Era: First-Year Players, Lasting Impressions
The year 2014 has been a stellar one for rising stars. The NASL's first-year players have already had a significant say in how things have unfolded on the field, and that doesn't figure to change. Young talent having a major impact is nothing new to the North American Soccer League.  In this week's Throwback Thursday column, we look back at every single Rookie Of the Year during the NASL Golden Era. NASL

the women's pro game

National Women’s Soccer League announces 2015 schedule format
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the League will play a 20-game schedule for the 2015 NWSL season. The NWSL will also a take brief two-week break during the group stages of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada. Canada Soccer

Laura Harvey named 2014 NWSL Coach of the YearLaura Harvey named 2014 NWSL Coach of the Year
Seattle Reign FC coach Laura Harvey was named the NWSL Coach of the Year for the 2014 season. Washington Spirit coach Mark Parsons finished second in the voting, with FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski – the 2013 NWSL Coach of the Year – coming in third. NWSL

Club Tijuana's women's team set to play in American league in 2015
Is the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) a blueprint for future CONCACAF integration? It may sound implausible, but the WPSL, which occupies the second tier on the US women's soccer pyramid, is expanding fast outside the United States’ borders, starting with Club Tijuana fielding a team from May 2015. MLS

team canada

CSA adds experienced Michael Findlay to national staff coaching roster
“Michael’s experience and wide understanding of the Canadian soccer landscape, from grassroots to National Teams, will be an enormous asset for Canada Soccer as we remain focused on the key priorities identified in our Strategic Plan 2014-2018 Leading a Soccer Nation: technical leadership, National Team performance, and growing and governing the game of soccer in Canada,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary. Canada Soccer

Michael Findlay is leaving the association to join the CSA
“Michael has been involved with Canada Soccer’s Youth National Teams for some time now and his full time progression to Canada Soccer as a coach with the Men’s National Team is something we should all be very proud of,” stated Roger Barnes, BC Soccer President. BC Soccer

youth olympics

South Americans retain title
Despite Venezuela's loss to hosts China PR in the girls’ final, Peru's hard-earned victory against favourites Korea Republic in the Boys’ Youth Olympic Football Tournament Nanjing 2014 served up a second successive Olympic gold for South America, following Bolivia’s title triumph four years ago. FIFA

world football

Platini opts out FIFA presidency fight against Sepp Blatter
Michel Platini won't fight Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, though he still hopes somebody will. The UEFA president decided Thursday not to challenge Blatter in an election next May, insisting he was not dodging a battle with his former mentor. TSN

Vladimir Putin unveils 2018 World Cup stadium in Moscow
Russia's newest completed World Cup stadium, the Otkrytie Arena, in Moscow, was opened by the country's President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. The stadium, in the north west of the Russian capital, will be home to the city's famous Spartak club and will host matches at the 2018 World Cup finals. Canoe

Rooney to captain England, leading England into Euro qualifying
Wayne Rooney was named England captain on Thursday, taking over the leadership role of an inexperienced team in a rebuilding phase following its worst-ever World Cup. "He certainly deserves it, his commitment to the cause," England coach Roy Hodgson said at Wembley. "He is prepared to accept the pressures the England captaincy brings." TSN

Platini: Europe deserves extra World Cup spot
Europe deserves an extra team at the next World Cup, UEFA President Michel Platini said Thursday. Platini pledged to ask FIFA for the extra spot because Germany’s World Cup victory in Brazil made it three straight titles for Europe. Italy won in 2006 and Spain four years ago. "European football proved it’s the leader in the world," Platini said. Sportsnet

Four remain as Guangzhou reign ends
There were varying degrees of tension across Asia as the last-eight jostled to keep their continental ambitions alive. Much of the headlines centred on the elimination of ambitious holders Guangzhou Evergrande who were edged out by A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers on away goals. FIFA

Ethiopia will bid to host 2017 African Cup
Ethiopia will bid to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations after Libya pulled out citing security concerns, the president of the national football federation said, a tough task for a country with only basic sports infrastructure. There is government backing for the bid, Ethiopia football federation president Junedin Basha said. Sportsnet

Aston Villa, QPR humbled by lowly sides in League Cup
Premier League sides Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers followed Manchester United in being beaten by lower-tier clubs in the League Cup on Wednesday. Metro

Outfield players step in goal
Steaua were the big favourites to reach the UEFA Champions League and condemn Ludogorets to UEFA Europa League football on Wednesday night. The Bulgarians’ goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov had been sent off deep into extra-time. With no substitutions remaining, defender Cosmin Moti, devoid of experience between the sticks, had taken over the gloves for the impending shootout. FIFA

wednesday, august 27, 2014

Vancouver Whitecaps' Carl Robinson admits "we're not there yet" after LA Galaxy loss
If there’s one match this season that can act as a measuring stick for Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson, Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at the LA Galaxy would likely do it. The Galaxy loss was only the Whitecaps’ fifth defeat of the season, but there was a gulf in quality between the teams, MLS

Whitecaps may alter formation in bid to score
It was clear in his 45 minutes on Saturday, that newly acquired midfielder Mauro Rosales will give Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson a different attacking option. Vancouver Sun

Whitecaps seeing red with Leveron card
The Whitecaps have appealed Johnny Leveron’s red card but at Tuesday’s practice at UBC were already preparing to play without him. Rather than Leveron, it was recent Costa Rican signing Kendall Waston paired with Andy O’Brien at centre-back at UBC. The Province

Argentine midfielder Romero one of few bright spots with struggling Impact
It is as if a whole new player named Andres Romero joined the Montreal Impact this season. The bungler who repeatedly gave up the ball and wasted scoring chances in 2013 has become one of the few bright spots in a dismal campaign for the 4-15-5 Impact. Canada.com

Toronto FC continues turnaround but defensive concerns not far from surface
Plagued by injuries to its backline, Toronto FC continues to struggle on defence. While plenty of statistics illustrate Toronto's turnaround in the second year of manager Ryan Nelsen's tenure, stopping goals is not one of them. Canada.com

Caldwell, Morrow out injured for Toronto FC
Toronto FC continues to be hit hard by injury problems. TFC coach Ryan Nelsen confirmed on Tuesday that central defender Steven Caldwell is expected to be sidelined for “a couple of weeks” with a quad injury. Left-back Justin Morrow will likely be out for three to four weeks with a hamstring injury. Sportsnet

Frustrated De Rosario not thinking retirement
Dwayne De Rosario was quick to correct this correspondent when it was put to him that he’s seen very little playing time this season. “I’m not getting no playing time, man,” De Rosario affirmed. It wasn’t said with malice or bitterness. There was no pouting and stomping of feet. Sportsnet

Nigerian defender Gege Soriola joins the Impact
The Montreal Impact announced Tuesday that Nigerian centre back Gege Soriola has joined the club. Soriola, 25, has played the last three seasons with South African club Free State Stars, in the Premier Soccer League, playing 40 games, 37 as starter. Montreal Impact

Impact eager to secure permanent transfer of dramatically improved loanee Andrés Romero
“Easily our best player this year, with Justin [Mapp].” But Romero is not quite an Impact player: He belongs to Brazil’s Tombense. The 2014 season is the second he’s spending on loan with the Impact, who would like to keep him long-term. It just so happens that Romero wants to stay. MLS

The Piatti Effect is in full force in Montreal The Piatti Effect is in full force in Montreal
As Ignacio Piatti walked toward the training field, a father and his two children sprang up from the stairs they were sitting on. Phones up. Pictures. Chit-chat. One week in, the Piatti Effect is in full force in Montreal. Montreal Impact

The Montreal Impact Foundation donates $100,000 to the community
The Montreal Impact celebrates its Foundation’s first anniversary on Tuesday and to underline the event, the Foundation announced that it is donating $100,000 to five organizations in the greater Montreal region. Montreal Impact

Seminole County and Orlando City Reach Agreement on New Soccer Training Center Partnership
Seminole County Board of Commissioners today voted unanimously 5-0 in support of an agreement which secures Orlando City Soccer Club’s newest training facility within the County’s Lake Sylvan Park complex. Orlando City SC

Preliminary deal reached for downtown Las Vegas soccer stadium
Las Vegas’ hopes of someday landing an MLS franchise may have taken a big step forward on Tuesday after the city and developers reached terms on a plan for a downtown stadium. However, the plan will not move forward unless the city is awarded an MLS team. Preliminary deal reached for downtown soccer stadium. MyNews3 - KSNV

A Mid-Week Victory for FC Edmonton over U of A in Friendly Match
FC Edmonton faced a different sort of mid-week action on Tuesday, August 26 when they kicked off against the University of Alberta Golden Bears to help the Bears tune-up for their regular season. After a strong 90 minute match, the Eddies came away with the 2-0 victory. FC Edmonton

the women's pro game

Reign say NWSL final practically sold out
Sunday’s NWSL championship match will be played at Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila, Wash., since Seattle Reign FC’s usual venue in downtown Seattle, Memorial Stadium, is being used all weekend for a music festival called Bumbershoot. The Equalizer

Sauerbrunn wins second NWSL Defender of the Year award 
FC Kansas City's Becky Sauerbrunn repeated as the NWSL Defender of the Year after again leading the club to second place. She finished ahead of Washington Spirit defender Ali Krieger and Chicago Red Stars defender Julie Johnston, the Rookie of the Year, tied for second in the voting. Soccer America

Naeher wins Goalkeeper of the Year award
The Boston Breakers finished eighth out of nine teams with the worst defense (53 goals allowed in 24 games) in the NWSL, but that didn't prevent goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher from being named the Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2014 season. Soccer America

youth soccer

deVos: Change in Canadian soccer means new leadership required
“The system we had before wasn't perfect but it worked.” So says the president of London United Soccer Club in a recent London Free Press article discussing why the Henderson Memorial tournament – a youth soccer tournament that has taken place in London, Ontario over the Labour Day weekend for the past 36 years – is being scrapped. TSN

BC Soccer's Coastal Season Kicks Off the First Weekend in September
The BC Soccer Coastal Season, which includes the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, kicks off the first weekend in September with more than 70,000 youths and 17,000 adults taking to pitches. The coastal adult leagues and many of the youth soccer districts are in full preparation mode as the season kickoff draws near. BC Soccer

Girls' soccer team dedicates provincial title to late teammate
girls' soccer team in Rothesay overcame tragedy on Sunday to become provincial champions, just weeks after a teammate died from anaphylaxis. The Fundy Soccer Association's Under-14 AA team dedicated its bittersweet win to the late Caroline Lorette, and is now working to raise awareness about anaphylaxis. CBC

CONCACAF Champions League

New York Red Bulls' game plan works wonders in winning start
The New York Red Bulls' finishing left a bit to be desired, but in mostly all other respects the club executed to a tee on Tuesday night in their opening game of the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League. MLS

youth olympics

China triumph at home
After 13 days and 11 hotly-contested matches, the Girls’ Youth Olympic Football Tournament Nanjing 2014 is over and the final positions of the six participating teams have been determined. Following Chile’s crowning at the inaugural Girls’ YOFT four years ago in Singapore, hosts China PR vanquished Venezuela in this year’s final to dash the visitors’ dream of a second successive gold for South America. FIFA

canadians abroad

National teamers stay hot, with Nik Ledgerwood and Marcus Haber scoring goals
With Canada hoping to end their long, miserable winless streak in a friendly against Jamaica in two weeks’ time, it’s good news for head coach Benito Floro that some of his key veterans are settling in nicely with their foreign clubs. MLS

Why a Canadian International Chose the Cypriot First Division over MLS
With US men's college soccer set to get underway this weekend, one collegiate underclassman will not be back to play Ivy League soccer in 2014. Canadian Daniel Haber explains how he went from Cornell to Israel to Cyprus in search of professional minutes.  EightbyEight

World Football

Champions League draw wide open
Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea — the past four winners — are among the eight top-seeded clubs in the 32-team draw. However, lower-ranked seeding pots loaded with big spenders returning to the Champions League after years away promise to deliver trickier than usual groups. Metro

UEFA postpones Israel's game against Belgium
UEFA has postponed Israel’s opening 2016 European Championship qualifying match against Belgium for security reasons. Israel was scheduled to host Belgium in Jerusalem on Sept. 9. UEFA says it switched the game to March 31, at a venue to be confirmed later. Sportsnet

Further misery for Van Gaal at Man United with 4-0 loss to 3rd tier MK Dons in League Cup
In just his third match in charge of Manchester United, Louis van Gaal oversaw one of the most humiliating losses in the club's illustrious history on Tuesday. The record 20-time English champions timidly capitulated to MK Dons, losing 4-0 to the third-tier club in the second round of the League Cup. Canada.com

Man United roasted for stunning loss
After Manchester United suffered one of the most humiliating losses in the club's illustrious history – a 4-0 defeat to third-tier club MK Dons in League Cup action on Tuesday – there was no shortage of tweets and memes roasting the famed English soccer side.  CBC

Manchester United, Van Gaal facing serious questions after humiliating exit in League Cup
Louis van Gaal has always said it could get worse before it gets better at Manchester United. He couldn't have thought it would get this bad. Barely two months ago, a jubilant Van Gaal was leaping out of his seat and high-fiving his Netherlands players as he masterminded a 5-1 thrashing of Spain at the World Cup in Brazil. WFP

Manchester United ink Angel Di Maria to $99 million deal
Manchester United smashed the British transfer record when they signed Argentina winger Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds ($98.77 million) on Tuesday. Di Maria has signed a five-year contract, the Premier League club announced on their website with the fee breaking the British record of 50 million pounds Liverpool received from Chelsea for Spain striker Fernando Torres in 2011. Canoe

FC Porto keeping the cupboard stocked
How has FC Porto been so successful? By installing a model by which young talent is brought into the club, allowed to mature and then moved on at a profit. Sportsnet

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