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PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

(EDITOR'S NOTE: In the wake of Canada's loss in the Women's World Cup, TSN analyst & UEFA PRO coaching candidate Jason deVos penned a thoughtful and important article on Canadian player development. We'll be keeping this article here all week. We think every player, coach, administrator and soccer parent should read it and consider his points. Please share it, and let us know what you think. You can email us at editor@bcsoccerweb.com . We will publish a summary of the best responses.)

Jason deVos: Canada needs to rethink development to compete with top nations - TSN
"Every single one of our national team players - both male and female - starts out in the game at the grassroots level. Yet we are doing them all a disservice by failing to adapt our development system to meet the requirements of the modern game. We are needlessly limiting our players' ability to compete because we are falling to give them the skill sets they need in which to do so."

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Sunday, July 5

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP FINAL

UNITED STATES vs. JAPAN

4:00 PM - BC PLACE STADIUM, VANCOUVER

Saturday, July 4

THIRD PLACE MATCH

GERMANY vs. ENGLAND

1:00 PM - COMMONWEALTH STADIUM, EDMONTON

BC Soccer News, Thursday, July 2, 2015

Stoppage-time own goal sinks England; Japan to final - The Equalizer
An own goal off the foot of Laura Bassett authored the cruelest of endings to England’s World Cup as the goal handed Japan a stoppage-time winner and a return to the World Cup final. Bassett put what looked like a harmless cross off the crossbar and in–as called by goal line technology–to give Japan a 2-1 victory.

World Cup devastation for Bassett and England - Sportsnet
Wednesday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinal marked uncharted territory for England, while for Japan it was a chance to return to the final and defend its title.

Sampson consoles, praises Bassett after crushing loss - The Equalizer
Wednesday night, and maybe for some time to come, Bassett will be looking to her England teammates for support, and maybe for some shoulders to cry on.

Laura will bounce back after England own goal, insists Bassett’s mother - The Guardian
The mother of Laura Bassett has insisted that her daughter will “bounce back” after scoring the injury-time own goal that cost England a place in the World Cup final. Marie Bassett promised ITV News: “She will come through it, she will come through it.

England's Laura Bassett's tears bring back Italia 90 memories - BBC Sport
Twenty-five years after Paul Gascoigne cried his way into the nation's hearts, another England player's tears are again the defining memory of a tournament.

The hardcore fans following USA in Canada: 'This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' - The Guardian
Nearly everywhere USA have played in the tournament, crowds from across the border have followed them. The Americans played in front of sold out crowds in Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Ottawa, where demand for hotel rooms spiked.

Alyssa Budhoo excited to be part of Trinidad and Tobago's new Women's Premier League - Red Nation Online
Alyssa Budhoo is one of the former Futsal Club Toronto players that will help inaugurate Trinidad and Tobago's new Women's Premier League as she signed for Team Angels.

I cheered! I cried! Nothing 'inferior' about this women's World Cup -The Guardian
The thrilling semi-final between England and Japan had everything: amazing athletes, excitement, controversy, joy and devastation. The only reason the public don’t watch women’s sport is because television doesn’t back it.

What I Was Supporting at BC Place on Saturday - Eighty-Six Forever
My goodness there are a lot of journalist hacks this morning using Canada's result to shill their pet development plan. A kind of "I told you so" that is really sticking in my craw. Eoin O'Callaghan and Jason deVos being the prime perps today.

What will the legacy of the Women's World Cup be for Canada and the world? - Paste Soccer
There’s an ongoing misconception that soccer is a niche sport in Canada. It isn’t. Despite the lack of a national professional league on the women’s or men’s side, Canadians love the sport of soccer. It is already far and away the most popular sport for kids, both girls and boys, with thousands upon thousands more girls playing organized soccer than playing our ostensible national sport, hockey.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Vancouver Whitecaps find the right balance - Vancouver Sun
If there’s been one constant during Carl Robinson’s tenure as coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps it’s that the system takes precedence over players.

Red Bulls feel like New York team to beat after latest derby win - SBI
The Red Bulls continued to assert themselves as the alpha dogs in the Big Apple on Wednesday, putting together a thorough 4-1 win over the Cosmos in the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup. The victory came three days after the Red Bulls knocked off New York City FC in league play for the second time this season, and had them bristling with confidence as they left Red Bull Arena with even more bragging rights.

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CANADA - 2015 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

Canada's cynical fanbase will only respond to one thing at the Gold Cup – success - MLS
The reality is that the one thing Canadians love is a winner—or at least, a team perceived as having a good chance at winning something meaningful. We’ve seen that in full force over the last few weeks during the Women’s World Cup in the great white north, as Canadians—many of whom could count the number of women’s soccer games they’d ever watched on one hand, and have numerous fingers left over—suddenly began living and dying by the results of the home team.

Michael Bradley named as USA captain for CONCACAF Gold Cup - Fox Soccer
Klinsmann opted to hand Bradley the role for the upcoming tournament to allow Clint Dempsey to focus on his playing duties in the wake of an incident in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on June 16.

Mexico lose Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez to injury in dour 0-0 friendly draw with Honduras in Houston - MLS
Mexico's underwhelming runup to the CONCACAF Gold Cup continued in Houston on Wednesday with a 0-0 draw in a friendly vs. Honduras at NRG Stadium, a dour result further darkened by a shoulder injury to striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.

Hernandez set to miss Gold Cup after breaking collarbone - FIFA
http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/266/030/4/index.html
Manchester United striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez suffered a broken collarbone playing for Mexico in a goalless friendly against Honduras and is expected to miss the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Gold Cup: Five up-and-coming talents who could break out at CONCACAF's marquee event - MLS
CONCACAF's marquee competition kicks off on July 7. Every fan will be hoping to see one of their players fulfill their potential as the next big thing, but here are five up-and-coming players who could be set to break into the big time this month.

NASL

Jalali set to showcase against Scorpions - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton will be missing several players due to international duty and injury when the North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season kicks off on Sunday, July 5. The vacancies in the roster include up front and Eddies forward Sadi Jalali understands that this could be his chance to showcase what he can do on the pitch.

BC SOCCER

Pinns get that winning feeling - Penticton Western News
A 5-3 win against Vancouver United FC gave the Tim Hortons Pinnacles a split in Pacific Coast Soccer League Premier men’s division play. The Pinnacles opened the weekend with a 5-2 loss to Khalsa Sporting Club at Kings Park Saturday. Scoring for the Pinnacles were James Fraser and Isaac Koch.

Cup win for U15 Coquitlam soccer club - Tri-City News
Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC downs Mountain FC in 4-3 win in provincial championship game.

Mountain girls win first Cup - Burnaby Now
Mountain United’s last dance at B.C. Soccer’s Premier Cup was a beautiful thing. The under-18 league runner-up Mountain girls defeated regular season champion Surrey United 3-1 with a grand display of entertaining football in the provincial final at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex-West on Sunday.

Barca back to Trinity Western varsity - New Westminster Record
New Westminster Barcelona product Carly Willmott was one of five new recruits to Trinity Western University’s women’s soccer team. The 5-6 Walnut Grove Secondary grad will help bolster the Spartan’s defensive unit at the centre back position.

Burnaby girl wins International Soccer Challenge - Burnaby Now
Grade 4 Catholic school student won two awards for precision penalty shooting in continent-wide shootout.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

U.S. requests extradition of seven FIFA officials after Zurich arrests - ESPN FC
The Swiss Federal Office of Justice has received a formal request from the United States to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich in May. The requests were received on Wednesday, within the deadline required by a bilateral treaty.

US files formal extradition papers for FIFA 7, but prepare for the long haul - Inside World Football
The United States has formally asked Switzerland to extradite the seven senior FIFA officials arrested in Zurich in May on charges of alleged bribery and corruption - but it could take several months, possibly up to a year, for the request to be processed.

Sepp Blatter on Sepp Blatter: I’m not corrupt and I’m going to heaven - Soccer Gods
FIFA “President for Life” Sepp Blatter (née September, hopefully) is an amazing man. But you probably already knew this, especially if you were one of the 13 people who saw the FIFA-financed blockbuster film United Passions, which acutely dissects Blatter’s amazing life from his virgin birth in a manger through the moment he saves humankind.

Turmoil in Russian football as government limits foreigners - Washington Post
With just 10 days until the start of the new season, Russian football clubs’ transfer plans risk being upended as the government threatens to cut the number of foreign players they can field.

Leicester City make move for Guus Hiddink - Leicester Mercury
Leicester City have made their move for their next manager, believed to be Dutchman Guus Hiddink. The former Holland manager has emerged as the front-runner to succeed Nigel Pearson in the City hot-seat.

Kyrgyzstan is Both a Haven and Dumping Ground for West African Soccer Players - Vice Sports
When Olawale Sunday left Nigeria for a trial with a pro soccer club in Russia, he had visions of solid career ahead. What he didn't foresee was playing for a fraction of the average wage in one of the poorest countries in Central Asia.

Hong Kong: ‘In this city, football has never been respected’ - Honk Kong Free Press
On a rainy May evening 30 years ago, the Hong Kong men’s football team lined up against their Chinese counterparts in front of a crowd of 80,000 at the Beijing Workers’ Stadium. The managers smoked nervously on the sidelines. The winner would reach the final Asian qualification round for the 1986 World Cup.

DAYS 25-26

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP SEMI FINALS

Wednesday, July 1

JAPAN  2 ENGLAND 1

COMMONWEALTH STADIUM, EDMONTON

Tuesday, June 30

UNITED STATES 2  GERMANY 0

OLYMPIC STADIUM, MONTREAL

BC Soccer News, July 1, 2015

USA beats Germany to reach Women's World Cup final - Newsday
The Americans will have to wait until Sunday before they can call themselves the best women's soccer team in the world, but they certainly put their best feet forward against the world's top-ranked team Tuesday night.

FIFA Women’s World Cup: U.S. beats Germany, 2-0, to advance to final - Washington Post
Carli Lloyd scored on a penalty kick and Kelley O’Hara added a late tally as the Americans’ shutout string continued.

Controversial calls overshadow U.S. semifinal win - Sportsnet
As the big games often go, Tuesday’s Women’s World Cup semifinal between Germany and the United States was decided on a few details. Unfortunately, on this occasion, those details happened to be referee decisions.

Robbie Rogers: Why Men Need To Stand With Women's Soccer To Confront FIFA - ESPN W.
Unfortunately, FIFA, the governing body of soccer and organizer of all World Cups, has been in the news for a series of corruption charges that span the globe. The true impact of these actions is still unknown. That has overshadowed some of the alarming inequities spawned by FIFA politics at the Women's World Cup -- inequities that directly impact a significant contingent of our soccer community. I want to help make sure we put a stop to it.

FIFA slammed over treatment of women's game - CBC
Critics took aim on social media Tuesday after FIFA.com referenced American forward Alex Morgan's looks in an article posted in advance of the United States' match against Germany in the semifinals of the Women's World Cup.

Reuters: Sepp Blatter won’t attend WWC final - The Equalizer
Reuters has confirmed that outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter will not attend the Women’s World Cup final this weekend in Vancouver.

Iwashimizu leading Japan’s defence from the front  - FIFA
Amid all the attention to Japan’s technical prowess and ability to maintain possession, the world champions also boast impressive defensive capabilities. In their charge to the semi-finals at Canada 2015, the Nadeshiko have constantly defied opposition attacks thanks to both a solid structure and resolute individual performances. Indeed Japan have conceded just twice in their five matches thus far, and they have yet to concede prior to the 90th minute.

Japan v England: My predecessors banned women’s football for nearly 50 years, we will capitalise on its boom - The Telegraph
FA chairman Greg Dyke writes exclusively for Telegraph Sport ahead of historic World Cup semi-final . "Tonight I will be one of millions across the nation tuning in to see if an England football team can reach a World Cup final. That we are in this position going into a semi-final with Japan in Edmonton is a phenomenal achievement in itself. But no one wants the journey to end now."

NWSL and Fox Sports Announce National Broadcast Deal - NWSL
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and FOX Sports announced an agreement to televise 10 NWSL games during the current season. As part of the deal, FOX Sports 1 will air three regular-season matches and all three games of the NWSL Playoffs, which includes the two semifinal games on September 13 and the NWSL Championship Game on October 1.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

More US Open Cup magic for Philadelphia Union in "great win" after going down man, goal - MLS
For Union head coach Jim Curtin, Tuesday’s 2-1 US Open Cup round-of-16 victory over D.C. United was still as special as they come.

Orlando City SC 2, Columbus Crew SC 0 | US Open Cup - MLS
Adrian Heath was as good as his US Open Cup word as his full-strength Orlando City SC team put paid to a makeshift Columbus Crew SC lineup in a 2-0 victory Tuesday night in a round-of-16 matchup.

D.C. United stadium land purchases approved by Council - Black & Red United
The D.C. Council, just moments ago, unanimously approved contracts to purchase land for the D.C. United stadium site. The land owned by Super Salvage will be purchased for approximately $15 million, Mark Ein's Rollingwood Real Estate's lot will be purchased for approximately $10 million, and the PEPCO parcel will be traded for land at 1st and K NW. Now that that contracts have been approved, all that is left is to write the checks.

At The California Clasico, Or A Night Among San Jose's Believers - Vice Sports
The Earthquakes are optimistic. With a team "surprisingly better than I thought they would be," as a top-hat wearing gentleman told me between sips of Trader Joe's beer, San Jose's MLS side are going into their biggest match against a hated rival with momentum on their side. The week before, the Quakes' star Argentine carved up the league's best D with a left-footed dagger.

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2015 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

Mexico manager Miguel Herrera faces must-win situation after recent woes - MLS
A six-game run without a win – as well as some controversial political tweets by the manager – leave Herrera’s approval ratings at an all-time low. The once beloved and energetic leader of El Tri has quickly lost the trust and support of many fans.

Despite USMNT wins in Europe, Bradley looks to Friday's Guatemala friendly for Gold Cup cues - MLS
US national team midfield stalwart Michael Bradley doesn't want to underplay the team's accomplishments in a pair of friendlies earlier this month. Yes, coming back from two goals down to beat the Netherlands 4-3 and holding off world champion Germany 2-1 was a big deal, and "we want to use those games in terms of building confidence," Bradley said at the USA's training session ahead of Friday's Gold Cup warm-up against Guatemala in Nashville.

BC SOCCER

The BC Provincial Premier Cup Concluded With Six Teams Qualifying For The National Club Championships - BCSA
20 Teams took to the field this past weekend as the BC Soccer Provincial Premier Cup concluded at Burnaby Lake West. Mountain United FC was host to the one day event and with the incredible weather it turned out to be a memorable day of soccer.  Six teams from four separate clubs earned berths into the Canadian Soccer Association Sport Chek National Club Championships and ten teams took home provincial championship trophies.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Argentina punishes Paraguay, advances to Copa America final - SBI
For the third time in the previous four Copa America tournaments, Argentina will take part in the final, as the 14-time winner progressed against Paraguay, 6-1.

Sweden become tenth U21 EURO winners - UEFA
Sweden became the tenth winners of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship with their shoot-out defeat of Portugal in Tuesday's final in Prague.

Leicester City sack Nigel Pearson due to ‘differences in perspective’ - The Guardian
Nigel Pearson’s tumultuous reign in charge of Leicester City was brought to an end on Tuesday night after he was sacked because of “fundamental differences in perspective” between the club’s owner and the manager. In a club statement that came like a bolt from the blue Leicester’s Thai owners made it clear that the damage was irreparable and that their working relationship with Pearson had totally broken down.

Nigel Pearson: Leicester boss's sacking linked to son's actions - BBC Sport
Nigel Pearson's sacking by Leicester was linked to his son's role in a racist sex tape in the owners' homeland of Thailand, the BBC has learned.

China's Evergrande lay down marker with £9.8m Paulinho buy from Spurs - Inside World Football
As the centre of gravity of the world's economy shifts toward the Asia-Pacific region, the signing of Tottenham midfielder Paulinho for £9.8 million, in the wake of the country's leadership putting its weight behind the development of football, looks like a statement of intent from the Chinese club football.

DAYS 25-26

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP SEMI FINALS

Tuesday, June 30

UNITED STATES 2  GERMANY 0

OLYMPIC STADIUM, MONTREAL

Wednesday, July 1

JAPAN 2  ENGLAND 1

COMMONWEALTH STADIUM, EDMONTON

BC Soccer News, June 30, 2015

Germany vs. USA semifinal: A battle of the best - Sportsnet
When the draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup was held and the match schedule unveiled, two knockout games carried a great deal of expectancy, given the likelihood of the teams that they would feature.

USWNT enter semifinal showdown with top-ranked Germany full of confidence - SBI
For the first time in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team is set to enter a match as the underdogs. After knocking off China in the tournament’s quarterfinals, the USWNT faces its toughest test yet Tuesday night in a matchup with Germany in a matchup that pits the world’s top two teams against one another.

US, Germany treating WWC semifinal like a final - The Equalizer
Like a script making the rounds in Hollywood, the United States and Germany meet on the big stage again on Tuesday in the 2015 Women’s World Cup semifinals, in sequel No. 30 of this rivalry.

Hard work paying off for Maier - FIFA
“More than anything, it was a huge shock; I’d never had such a major injury before,” Leonie Maier told FIFA.com, recalling the moment a ruptured cruciate ligament was diagnosed following an incident in a Germany training session on 11 March 2014. It was the start of 22 months of hard work as an operation was followed by a long and difficult rehabilitation programme.

Morgan looking for a fairytale finish - FIFA
Alex Morgan is one of the most popular players in USA women’s football. A talented goalscorer with a style that is very easy on the eye and good looks to match, she is nothing short of a media phenomenon.

England must accept demands of World Cup success, says Mark Sampson - The Guardian
Mark Sampson has reminded his players that the privilege of representing England involves accepting wider responsibilities. He is hoping the World Cup semi-finalists will continue to serve as exemplary ambassadors for the national game at a time when they are experiencing unprecedented and, quite possibly, unexpected scrutiny.

Experts set to meet for 6th FIFA Women’s Football Symposium - FIFA
The 6th FIFA Women’s Football Symposium will take place from 3-5 July at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver, Canada, bringing together hundreds of representatives from the 209 member associations to focus on women’s football and the role of women in football.

U.S. Soccer had goalkeepers coaches train with Hope Solo during ban - SI.com
U.S. Soccer paid to have two of its goalkeepers coaches travel to Seattle and train Hope Solo during her 30-day U.S. Soccer suspension earlier this year, the federation has confirmed to SI.com.

FIFA explains all-female referee crew for World Cup - The Equalizer
Referees and officials face increasing scrutiny, that is only increasing. This is part of the reason why it is so difficult to find referees who are up to the standards of being a referee at a World Cup. The referee pool simply is not expansive enough to pick officials who are all at the top-level quality wise. The notion that male referees should be involved in women’s soccer is a topic with many avenues.

Herdman: Expect some new faces at Rio Olympics - Sportsnet
A tournament review is planned, to help prepare for the 2016 Olympic campaign. "When I do that, I’ll do it with passion and integrity and no remorse," Herdman said. "At this point I haven’t got the ability to look at anything yet."

FIFA Women's World Cup: Lauren Sesselmann fires back at critics after Canada's loss - CBC
In a raw, very personal response to fans, Team Canada defender Lauren Sesselmann has broken her silence and lashed out against negative feedback she has received since her team was eliminated from the FIFA Women's World Cup on Saturday in Vancouver.

Sesselmann has nothing to apologize for  - 24 Hours
"The country of Canada is disappointed the team lost and got knocked out of the competition, but as a nation we are proud that you gave your blood, sweat and tears over the course of that tournament. You gave your all and true fans of the team realize that. We truly hope to see you continue to wear the maple leaf with pride and honour."

Has NWSL helped Canada, Mexico? - The Equalizer
The World Cup is not over yet but it is for Canada and Mexico and those are the two countries that bought into Sunil Gulati’s plan of subsidizing player salaries in a new soccer league when it launched in late 2012. Two-and-a-half league seasons and one World Cup later, the questions linger. Did the partnership help either side? And is it beneficial for either to continue or even for other federations to join the party?

Buh-Bye, "Babe City": How Sexist Coverage Of The U.S. Women's Soccer Team Is Dying - Vice Sports
Days before the United States women's national team traveled to Canada for the 2015 Women's World Cup, head coach Jill Ellis was so taken aback by the amount of press at the team's media day in New York City that she later called it a "circus." But not so long ago, the same sort of attention was unthinkable.

World Cup road trip: Va. family follows U.S. team across Canada in SUV, pop-up camper - Washington Post
The Hemphills from southwestern Virginia have been on the road for more than three weeks watching soccer and exploring Canada.

5 Quick Ways to Fix The Deadbeat Boyfriend That is Canadian Soccer - Life as a Female Soccer Player
While I have wandered away for the most part, completely in frustration from Canadian soccer, to places that allowed me to thrive and not be stifled, both as a player (Ireland) and as a coach (United States), it’s like that old first love that you can’t help but still care so deeply for, despite the flaws they have that you know deep down are never going to change. But you have hope. You never lose hope.

Fewer mind games, more focus would help a scrappy Canadian side - Globe and Mail
Throughout their disappointing World Cup, the Canadian team wanted it both ways. They told people they weren’t very good. Players and coach said that over and over again. At the same time, they thought they had a chance to win it.

Women’s World Cup Post-Mortem - Red Nation Online
Watching Canada lose sucks. It’s something I’ve gotten used to over the years, but it still hurts every time we are knocked out of a major competition or miss out on qualifying.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Group stage schedule set for 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will kick off their first-ever Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) campaign against a familiar foe in Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday, August 5.

CONCACAF unveils Champions League group stage schedule, set to kick off August 4 - MLS
The first matchday will be played on Aug. 4 and group play wraps up on Oct. 22. Only the winners of the eight groups will advance, leading to the elimination of 16 of the 24 participating teams in the group stage.

Havana Days: First MLS goal prompts introspection, motivation for Kianz Froese - Whitecaps FC
If you needed to know what scoring his first goal in Major League Soccer meant to Vancouver Whitecaps FC Homegrown midfielder Kianz Froese, the joy was clearly written all over his face for everyone to see.

U.S. Youth Club Petitions FIFA For Right To Collect Fees on DeAndre Yedlin - Vice Sports
On Monday, Crossfire Premiere, a youth club based in Redmond, Washington, sent a letter to FIFA's Executive Committee asking for the right to collect solidarity fees in regards to former academy product DeAndre Yedlin, who last year transferred from Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders to the English Premier League's Tottenham Hotspurs for a reported $4 million fee.

Yedlin's youth club takes grievance vs. MLS, USSF over compensation to FIFA - SI.com
FIFA Article 20 dictates that training compensation must be paid to all clubs that had a hand in a player’s development up to age 21 for first-time professionals and transfers between clubs in different national associations until he turns 23. Article 21 states that solidarity is due for non-free player transfers to every club that held his registration until age 23. Yedlin will turn 22 on July 9.

LA Galaxy announce details of new Designated Player Steven Gerrard's official unveiling, first training - MLS
"Stevie G" will be officially introduced to his new country on Independence Day. Steven Gerrard is set to be unveiled as an LA Galaxy player at this Saturday's home game against Toronto FC at StubHub Center (10:30 pm ET, MLS LIVE in US, Sportsnet 360 in Canada), the club announced on Monday, and the England international will begin training with his new team on Tuesday, July 7.

Seattle Sounders announce fan favorite Erik Friberg's return to the club - MLS
The club announced on Monday that it has signed midfielder Erik Friberg, who was with Seattle in 2011. The 29-year-old Swedish international is being added to Sounders' roster pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate once Major League Soccer's transfer window officially opens on July 8. Per MLS and club policy, additional terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

Report: Galaxy in discussions to sign Giovani Dos Santos - SBI
After years of rumors linking him with a move to the league, Giovani Dos Santos has reportedly found himself a serious suitor in MLS. Reports out of Spain state that the Mexican star is currently in discussions with the LA Galaxy. The reports state that the transfer fee for the Mexican playmaker, who plays for Villarreal, would be somewhere around $7.84 million.

Sporting KC's Robb Heineman says club pursuing Chelsea winger Marko Marin - MLS
Discussing his club's possible activity in the international transfer market when the summer window opens next month, Rob Heineman stated that Sporting are in contact with Chelsea winger Marko Marin in the hopes of cinching a move for the onetime Germany international.

Orlando City to End Affiliation with Louisville City FC, Will Pursue Local USL Team - The Mane Land
The Lions will end their USL agreement with Louisville City FC after only one season and will own and operate an "OCSC2-type" franchise out of Orlando for player development purposes starting in 2016.

Fans of Sporting Kansas City, Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas launch the Midwestia Championship - Dallas Morning News
South Stand SC President, Corbin LeGrand’s, initial idea was one of something fun and yet unique – the Midwestia Championship. Doesn’t the name sound strangely familiar, and why call it a Championship rather than Cup? Brandon Huckabee, of the Midwestia Championship board, as well as Dallas Beer Guardians President, and panelist on the 19th Minute podcast, provided the answer:

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BC SOCCER

Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency to host USSDA quarter-final next Wednesday, July 8 at 6pm - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency will host their United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) quarter-final against Georgia United next Wednesday, July 8 at Simon Fraser University (SFU) Field #4. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. PT.

SPARTANS ADD FIVE TO ROUND OUT 2015 RECRUITING CLASS - TWU
Trinity Western women’s soccer coach Graham Roxburgh officially announced the addition of five more players to round out his 2015 recruiting class, including three from Burnaby, B.C. and one each from Langley and Calgary.

Highlanders win PCSL Island derby over Mariners - Times Colonist
The Victoria Highlanders recorded a key 2-1 victory Sunday in Ladysmith over the Mid Isle Mariners in the Island derby that made the top of the Pacific Coast Soccer League table even tighter.

Emma Humphries visits Kootenay Academy - Whitecaps FC
In the midst of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup being held in Canada, former New Zealand international and current Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX head coach Emma Humphries visited the club's Kootenay Academy over the weekend.

United teams gear up for provincials - Kelowna Capital News
Seven Kelowna United teams will represent the Thompson Okanagan later this month at the B.C. Soccer provincial B championships.

White Rock soccer pioneer earns hall-of-fame nod - Peace Arch News
Last week, when Kerry Olahan stood inside BC Place – host venue for the FIFA Women’s World Cup – and saw thousands upon thousands of fans cheering, she marvelled at just how far her sport had come.

Classic soccer match-up - Cowichan Valley Citizen
The Cowichan Classics over-50 soccer team will play host to Costa Rica's Real Cartago in an exhibition match at McAdam Park on Tuesday, June 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to attend.

What do you believe in? - Go Play Better
Last year at one of our Youth Coaches’ Boot Rooms Nick Dasovic asked this question. So now I’m asking you, as a youth coach, what is it that you believe in? Ponder this question and really let it settle into your thoughts. For the majority of youth coaches across North America it’s my guess that you’ve never really thought about it, or perhaps you’ve never been asked.  So what does Dasovic mean by this? What he’s getting at is that as a coach you need to have a philosophy.  This in essence is what you believe in.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Chile advances to Copa America final over 10-man Peru - SBI
For the third time in history, and first time on home soil, Chile will play in the Copa America final.

Copa America: Paraguay's Diaz out to prove Argentina wrong - FIFA
Back in 1995, then-Argentina coach Daniel Passarella had a message for the wife of Ramon Diaz, who at the age of 35 was winding down his goalscoring career in the Japanese league. “Tell Ramon that I recommended him for the coach’s job at River Plate,” said the Millonarios legend.

Is soccer in the US letting Hispanic talent slip through the cracks? - The Guardian
As Miguel Ibarra posed for photographs with his new team, Club Leon of Mexico, George Kuntz would no doubt have cracked a smile. It was a moment of validation for a coach who three years earlier had urged nigh every contemporary in Major League Soccer to take Ibarra in the 2013 SuperDraft.

Falcao 'sign contract' with Chelsea and will join pre-season tour in Montreal - The Independent
Former Manchester United striker said to have agreed a deal to join Premier League champions after Copa America duty

UEFA approves changes to FFP rules - Goal
UEFA has updated its Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules in a bid to make clubs more attractive to new investors and improve competition. FFP was introduced as a way of preventing clubs from spending beyond their means and curbing huge losses, with fines imposed on those found in breach and some clubs receiving bans from UEFA competitions.

Catania president admits fixing Serie B matches - Sportsnet
Catania’s owner admitted to fixing five Serie B matches aimed at preventing the Sicilian club from relegation to the third division.

Uefa rejects suggestion that confederations blocked Fifa reforms  - The Guardian
Uefa has hit back at suggestions that it and other continental confederations have been responsible for blocking reforms aimed at cleaning up football’s scandal-plagued world governing body, Fifa.

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DAY 24  FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Monday, June 29

No Matches

England's first-half flurry knocks Canada out of World Cup - TSN
Canada exited the Women's World Cup in a painful 2-1 quarter-final loss to England on Saturday, undone on defence in a brutal three-minute spell early in the first half.

Women’s World Cup: Dream ends for host Canada - Goal
It was not supposed to end this soon for Canada’s women’s national team. In reality, the team's dreams of winning women’s soccer’s highest honour on home soil were dashed at the quarterfinal stages, as the host nation failed to recover from a calamitous three minutes of first-half play to lose 2-1 to England in front of a mostly disappointed crowd of 54,027 in downtown Vancouver.

Canada loss to England a missed opportunity - The Equalizer
Canada’s journey to the quarterfinals was a booming success for the thousands of young girls who have been inspired to follow in the footsteps of their heroes. The team captivated a nation of supporters across the country from all ages and all walks of life. But the loss to England only leaves us wondering what could have been

Canadians pay tribute to women's soccer team - TSN
From Prime Minister Stephen Harper to actor Ryan Reynolds, Canadians showed their support for their women's soccer team in the wake of its quarter-final exit from the Women's World Cup.

FIFA Women's World Cup: Canada lacks knockout experience - CBC
In 23 matches over six Women's World Cups, Canada has only been in position to advance directly on the strength of a single match on five occasions — four if you count the 2003 bronze-medal game, where the outcome decided whether they would finish third or fourth.

Clock ticking on Canada’s golden generation - Sportsnet
Canada benefited from a very good draw. They were on the easier side of the bracket. By defeating only teams ranked below them, they could have reached the semifinals. They couldn’t do that because their golden generation of players are past it.

Bright future beckons dejected Buchanan - FIFA
It is hard to keep smiling when your dreams are dashed. Just ask the 54,000 people who had flocked to Vancouver's BC Place Stadium on Saturday 27 June to cheer on their home heroes in the quarter-finals of the FIFA Women's World Cup™, only for their hopes to be thwarted by the rock-like English back-line. But as the dust settles and the worst of the sadness and disappointment ebbs away, the time comes to take stock and look ahead to the future, in which a rising star in the Canada defence is destined to have a big say.

England enjoying its summer moment at World Cup - Sportsnet
The consolation from an England perspective is that it has just beaten Canada, the excellent host, in a World Cup quarterfinal, winning just its second ever knockout game in the tournament in the process.

England coach optimistic keeper will recover - CBC
England coach Mark Sampson is optimistic goalkeeper Karen Bardsley will recover from a mystery eye problem in time for the Women's World Cup semi-final against Japan on Wednesday in Edmonton.

England's victory a 'game-changer' for women's football - The Guardian
England’s historic victory over Canada in the Women’s World Cup has been hailed as a game-changer for women’s football, as a wave of new fans tuned in to see an England team reach a World Cup semi-final for the first time since Italia 90.

Late strike lifts holders Japan over Australia and into semis - TSN
Japan is one step closer to defending it Women's World Cup title. Mana Iwabuchi scored in the 87th minute as Japan survived a scare on Saturday, defeating Australia 1-0 at Commonwealth Stadium.

The day Japan’s prodigy graduated - FIFA
Before the Homare Sawa-driven success of Japan at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and Women's Olympic Football Tournament at London 2012, there was an unassuming teenager who grabbed many of the headlines in the Land of the Rising Sun. In 2008 a shy diminutive 15-year-old from Tokyo took the world by storm winning the Golden Ball as the best player at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in New Zealand, despite Japan being knocked out in the quarter-finals

Krieger embracing semifinal vs. familiar foe Germany - The Equalizer
Ali Krieger says she isn’t quite as sharp as she once was at speaking German, but her words still earn a thumbs-up from fluent German reporters. The United States national team defender is fluent herself, having spent the majority of her professional club playing career in Germany with 1. FFC Frankfurt.

Canada Soccer keeps World Cup finances behind the curtain - CBC
A big win on the pitch, it stood to reason, must also be great for the bottom line, given the crowd of 53,000 was the largest ever to watch a Canadian national team play on home soil. Who gets the gate receipts? What about concessions, merchandise, parking and other revenue that comes with running a big sporting event? How about expenses? Does any money stay with local hosts? What's FIFA's take?

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Whitecaps road revolution continues in New England - AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps rolled, well bussed, into Massachusetts to take on a New England Revolution side unbeaten at home in their last 17 regular season games. And just as they did at LA three weeks ago, the ‘Caps smashed that record and set a couple of their own with a hard fought 2-1 victory over a Revolution side that played the final 61 minutes a man down after Andrew Farrell saw red.

Road Warriors: NE Revolution 1 - 2 Whitecaps FC - Eighty-Six Forever
In which we learned that David Ousted really is a god among men, Vancouver is a pretty good road team, and that Andrew Farrell really, really likes being sent off when he plays the Whitecaps.

Whitecaps 2, Revolution 1: Vancouver puts an end to New England’s 17-game home unbeaten streak - The Province
The Whitecaps and speed have been the storyline all season. So have David Ousted and his electric hands.

Analytics: Whitecaps defying convention in MLS - Sportsnet
The Vancouver Whitecaps have just passed the halfway point of their Major League Soccer campaign and they currently sit first in the Western Conference, averaging a league-high 1.78 points per game.

Pa-Modou Kah delighted with Vancouver Whitecaps start to the season - AFTN
Pa-Modou Kah has been a much maligned figure in certain quarters this season. It’s been a little unfair on the veteran, who has been a very solid and key figure in Vancouver Whitecaps league-leading seven clean sheets so far this year.

Darlington Nagbe takes center stage as Portland Timbers dominate rival Seattle Sounders - MLS
In the midst of all the green smoke, log slices and spraying beer in the Portland Timbers’ momentous 4-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders on a sweltering Sunday evening in the Rose City, it may be hard to believe that just four nights ago head coach Caleb Porter was trying to find the words to explain having been on the wrong end of an even more lopsided rout.

After slow start, New York Red Bulls thrilled with dominating second half in convincing derby triumph - MLS
The Empire State Building may be blue, but after their second derby win, the Red Bulls have proved that New York is red. Playing head-to-head for the first time at Yankee Stadium, the two New York clubs put on a show for the 48,047 in attendance as the Red Bulls fought back from an early 1-0 deficit to top NYCFC, 3-1.

Secondhand team names show MLS is still drawing inspiration from the wrong places - Soccer Gods
For a league that’s yet to put a team in Sin City, there’s something very Vegas-like about Major League Soccer team names. Clubs present themselves as ersatz, Americanized versions of European institutions, just like the strip’s hotels. For The Venetian, Paris and Caesar’s Palace, see the FCs and Uniteds of MLS. See Real Salt Lake.

Inside LAFC's Stadium Maneuvering: Can Something Come From Almost Nothing? - Vice Sports
For the last few years, Major League Soccer's quest to plant soccer-specific stadiums across the land has clashed with cold, hard political reality. So, cynical soccer fans might look at LAFC's proposal in May for a soccer-specific stadium at the site of the present day Sports Arena and ask: are these guys legit?

AUDIO: Lutz Pfannenstiel, the global goalkeeper - The Guardian
Some players rack up massive transfer fees over the course of their careers. Lutz Pfannenstiel decided he would clock up air miles instead. The former Germany Under-17 goalkeeper is the only professional player to have played in all six of Fifa's confederations (for a mere 25 clubs, including the Whitecaps, since you ask).

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NASL

FURY FC BOLSTER OFFENCE ACQUIRING ALY ALBERTO HASSAN - Ottawa Fury
Ottawa Fury FC today announced the acquisition of 26 year-old forward Aly Alberto Hassan from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, pending international transfer. As per club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

BC SOCCER

85 graduating players from the BC Soccer Premier League commit to university soccer programs - BCSPL
(NOTE: PDF File) - The EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League is pleased to announce the 85 players from its U18 boys and girls divisions who have now committed and are on their way to university soccer programs for the 2015 fall season.  These commitments include schools in the NCAA, CIS, PACWEST, and even overseas to the United Kingdom.

Workmanlike Effort Sees Highlanders With All Three Points - Victoria Highlanders
With league leading Vancouver FC and second place Mid Island Mariners coming off away losses Saturday, the cards fell into place for Highlanders FC to step back into contention for a league title. With ambition to secure all three points, the Highlanders put together their best possession game on the season, earning a convincing 2-1 victory versus Island rival, Mid Island Mariners in Ladysmith. (PCSL)

Whitecaps Residency ‘Ones To Watch’ 2015 - AFTN
The basis of the feature is to highlight those players who have had a combination of a standout season and have shown potential to move up the ranks of football, whether still as Whitecaps or elsewhere.

Across the border, the 2004s begin Making their Mark - Edward Pereira
The development-first mentality of this age group's coaches is beginning to truly take form. Case in point? All 8 semi-finalists participating in both divisions of this weekend's Baker Blast tournament in Bellingham were Canadian teams! This was not accomplished at other age groups in the tournament.

Kamloops Youth Soccer House League Playoff Results - KYSA
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) crowned nine champions today at the association’s House League playoffs at McArthur Island.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Spanish league takes on FIFA over €65m losses of a 2022 Winter World Cup - Inside World Football
The Spanish League (LFP) has filed an appeal regarding the playing dates for the 2022 World Cup, according to a spokesperson for the Court of Arbitration for Sport, although a date for the hearing has yet to be set.

Guus Hiddink stands down as Dutch football coach - DutchNews
Guus Hiddink is stepping down as Dutch national football coach, broadcaster Nos and the Telegraaf said on Monday afternoon, quoting football association sources.

FIFA ousts Barbados from World Cup qualifying - Sportsnet
FIFA says Barbados has been eliminated from the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament for fielding an ineligible player, and Aruba will advance instead.

Manchester City's stadium expansion matches support shown through the years - ESPN FC
City's support, as any true maverick club should be able to claim, has actually stood firm and in some cases gone up, during periods of adversity too. The last of these happened not so long ago. In 1998, with the club licking its wounds in the third level of English professional football, everyone connected to the club were on their knees.

Arsenal signs Cech from Chelsea - Goal
Arsenal has completed the signing of goalkeeper Petr Cech from London rival Chelsea on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee.

Sweden v Portugal European Under-21 Championship final: how the players rate - The Guardian
Portugal take on Sweden in the Under-21 European Championship final on Tuesday as favourites after their 5-0 humbling of Germany. However, Sweden were impressive too in their dismantling of Denmark in the semi-finals and will look to spring a surprise again. Here we rate the players in the two teams’ probable starting line-ups.

The Barcelona presidential elections, explained - Soccer Gods
It’s election season at FC Barcelona. On July 18, tens of thousands of Barça fans will hit the ballot box to choose their fearless leader. Will it be the quiet incumbent or the charismatic challenger? Because let’s face it, no one else has a chance.

Los Angeles' Forgotten Jewish Soccer Dynasty - Vice Sports
Eric Braeden lived a double life in the 1960s. On weekdays, the actor wore a Nazi uniform as Captain Hans Dietrich on ABC's World War II drama The Rat Patrol. On weekends, he donned a blue-and-white jersey emblazoned with a Star of David for Maccabi Los Angeles, the Jewish entrant in the largely ethnic Greater Los Angeles Soccer League.

DAYS 21-23  FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Saturday, June 27

ENGLAND  2   CANADA  1

BC PLACE, VANCOUVER

AUSTRALIA  0  JAPAN  1

COMMONWEALTH STADIUM, EDMONTON

Friday, June 26

GERMANY 1  FRANCE  1

(GERMANY  WINS ON PENALTIES 5-4)

OLYMPIC STADIUM, MONTREAL

CHINA 0  UNITED STATES 1

LANSDOWNE STADIUM, OTTAWA

Canada show heart and fight as they bow out of WWC - CSA
The dream may be over for Canada’s Women’s National Team at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ but the team has left an indelible mark on sports fans in this country.

PHOTO GALLERY: England 2 Canada 1, June 27, 2015 - BC Soccer Web
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Champions advance, hosts bow out - FIFA
Saturday’s action saw the winners of a pair of contrasting and equally intriguing quarter-finals join Germany and United States in the last four of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™.

Canada needs more support, less distraction - TSN
A crowd of 53,855 turned up to BC Place for the Round of 16 match against Switzerland. It was a record crowd in number to watch any Canadian national team play in any sport. Impressive. The noise in the stadium throughout the 1-0 victory was noticeably muted considering the attendance. It was quiet and inexplicably subdued.

The Englishman out to break English hearts - BBC Sport
When Canada coach John Herdman was in charge of New Zealand at the 2011 World Cup his attempts to stoke the fire ahead of a group game with England backfired.

England World Cup quarter-final match against Canada switches to BBC1 - The Guardian
The BBC will switch England’s quarter final World Cup clash with Canada to BBC1 after the tournament proved a ratings hit on BBC3 with more than 2 million viewers.

Titanic duels set quarter-finals in motion - FIFA
Either of Friday’s two mouth-watering last-eight clashes could easily pass for the Final: one of them – China PR-United States – is actually a repeat of the 1999 showpiece match, while the other – Germany-France – pits a two-time world champion against a rising force determined to win the tournament for the first time.

USA and China finally set to write new ‘99 chapter - FIFA
It has taken 16 years but finally USA and China PR will meet again on the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ stage. The 1999 Final remains a milestone moment for women’s football, with two well-matched teams doing battle in front of a 90,185 crowd; a figure which remains a world record for a women’s football match. USA triumphed by the slimmest margin that day.

USA face China for a last-four spot – and if they don't improve, they're going home - The Guardian
The Americans, despite a spot in the last eight, are still trying to reach their potential, and the high expectations they once matched with ease. For the Chinese, a win could represent a return closer to the prominence their women’s program once knew.

From deep inside their own bubble, U.S. women maintain an even keel - Washington Post
Tucked inside “the bubble,” that literal and figurative shelter in which the U.S. women’s national soccer team has retreated between matches and practices at this worrisome World Cup, players say they have blocked out biting criticism from fans fearing an embarrassingly early exit.

France vs. Germany quarterfinal too close to call - Sportsnet
The first heavyweight encounter of the FIFA Women’s World Cup is upon us as number-one ranked Germany will meet No. 3 France in the quarterfinals on Friday at Olympic Stadium.

World Cup quarterfinal preview: Gremany-France - The Equalizer
Although the two teams meeting this early is more than likely unfair, it’s hard to imagine a more mouthwatering match between any two teams in the world from a technical and tactical perspective.

A fan—and banner's—long journey across Canada for the Women's World Cup - Paste Magazine
Half an hour earlier, Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium was packed with 35,000 fans watching the closing moments of Canada’s 0-0 draw with New Zealand in Women’s World Cup action. Now, the mammoth stadium—soggy from an early-game downpour—is empty save for some lingering members of the Voyageurs, Canada’s national teams supporters group, contemplating the fate of the banner that’s followed Canadian teams across the country and around the world.

Women's World Cup: Canada's Opportunity To Stand Together - Copa 90
The Voyageurs were founded in 1996 to support the Canadian National Teams. They have thousands of members spread across the country. They work countless hours building support and coordinating members across the thousands of kilometers of our country. They are present at every Canadian home game and many members travel to away games as well. Their presence is felt whenever Canada, Men or Women, plays.

Why the Women’s World Cup impresses me  - The Australian
There were virtually no amateur women’s clubs, let alone professional ones. There were few competitions. Many girls who loved the game were banned from playing by their parents. One girl who called a phone-in said that she had taken to kicking the ball against a wall when nobody was around because that was the only way she could work on her skills without being ridiculed. She gave up in despair at the age of 16.

Spain's Women's Team Is A Catastrophe, And It Doesn't Need To Be - Deadspin
In the week since the players for the Spanish women’s national team released their open letter requesting the firing of manager Ignacio Quereda, more and more has come to light about just how officious and reprehensible his leadership has been over the entirety of his 27 years in charge.

Women’s World Cup turf is an equal rights issue - Sportsnet
Last week, Sportsnet published an opinion piece, written by Donnovan Bennett, about the highly controversial use of artificial turf at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup being held in Canada. It’s a provocative argument—maybe even an interesting one—but Bennett is wrong.

Canadians cheer for Women’s World Cup, but gender stereotypes persist: survey - Metro
Canadians are paying almost as much attention to the FIFA Women’s World Cup as they do to professional hockey – a triumph in a country where, despite the widespread belief that women’s sports empower girls, gender stereotypes in sports still persist, according to a new Angus Reid survey.

Sepp Blatter: Fifa president’s attendance at Women’s World Cup final in doubt - The Guardian
Sepp Blatter’s attendance at the Women’s World Cup final in Canada next week appears to be in jeopardy due to the twin investigations into Fifa by American and Swiss justice authorities.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Whitecaps FC defeat 10-men New England Revolution 2-1 to claim third straight win - Whitecaps FC
Uruguayans Cristian Techera and Octavio Rivero provided the scoring for Whitecaps FC on a night they also ended New England’s 19-match home-unbeaten run. This comes after Vancouver snapped LA Galaxy’s 29-match home-unbeaten streak earlier this month. 

Whitecaps FC gunning for third straight win Saturday vs. New England - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have already defeated the 2014 MLS Cup champions this season – twice. Can they beat the runners-up, too?

Caps not resting on their laurels after strong start - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC reached the midway point of their season this past weekend with their 2-1 win against New York Red Bulls. The 'Caps have made an impressive start to their campaign, one that currently sees them sitting in a tie for first place in the Western Conference and third in the Supporters' Shield standings.

Caps’ depth to be tested Saturday at New England - The Province
The best news for the Whitecaps this week was that Kendall Waston wasn’t named to Costa Rica's Gold Cup roster.

MLS: it's rivalry week, so expect sparks to fly in Portland - The Guardian
It’s officially ‘Rivalry week’ in Major League Soccer – brought to you in conjunction with a European lager and a host of press conferences. And while it is easy for Eurosnobs to mock the league’s determination to manufacture ‘derby’ matches for all its young teams, there is some logic to putting these fixtures together over a week and attempting to enhance the impact of what is one of soccer’s most passion-creating elements.

Don Garber tight-lipped about Minnesota United’s uncertain future - SBI
Minnesota United’s deadline is fast approaching, but MLS commissioner Don Garber is staying mum on what might happen to the proposed expansion club if it fails to strike a deal for a stadium.

Atlanta United FC: MLS's 2017 expansion team selects its name - SI.com
Rather than relying on its own backyard when choosing a name, it appears Atlanta’s new Major League Soccer team is looking abroad, toward England and the sport’s foundation (and maybe north to Washington D.C., as well). Multiple sources have told SI.com that Atlanta United FC has been selected as the expansion team’s name.

Atlanta United FC: How the 2017 MLS expansion club selected its name - MLS
Atlanta United FC. That's the the official name of the MLS expansion team that is set to kick off in 2017. And it was the name that emerged from a detailed survey of the club's 21,000 registered supporters who have committed season ticket deposits to date.

LA Galaxy's Sebastian Lletget eager for San Jose homecoming amid dream start to MLS career - MLS
Sebastian Lletget is building quite something of a legend since joining the LA Galaxy last month, adding a dynamism that was missing from their game and scoring some important, timely goals. He struck again Wednesday night, a 13th-minute tally to start the 5-0 rout of visiting Portland, and that's four successive games with a goal, including last week's US Open Cup triumph.

Fourth Consecutive Loss Begs Tough Questions For The Chicago Fire - Last word on Sports
Few things have gone the Chicago Fire’s way this season, a trend which continued Wednesday night as the Fire fell to first place D.C. United 1-0 at Toyota Park. The game showed much of what have become increasingly frustrating trends for supporters over the last five seasons; sputtering offense that creates chances without resulting in goals, and continued defensive lapses, often in the late-going.

Former Premier League, Serie A target joins Sounders Academy - Sounder at Heart
Seattle Sounders FC recently nabbed Hawai'i as part of their official catchment area. That move is already paying off as 15-year-old wonderkid Easi Easley signed with the Sounders Academy. Easley had trialed with Chievo Verona of Serie A and had interest from West Ham United, but chose to follow in the footsteps of Zach Scott and come to Seattle per West Hawai'i Today.

U.S. Open Cup Adjudication and Discipline Panel Suspends and Fines Clint Dempsey - US Soccer
he U.S. Open Cup Adjudication and Discipline Panel has suspended Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey a total of six U.S. Open Cup matches or the next two years of U.S. Open Cup competition, whichever is greater. The suspension is due to his actions during the U.S. Open Cup match between Seattle Sounders FC and Portland Timbers on June 16, 2015.

WFC2 & USL

Resilient Whitecaps FC 2 fall short 3-2 versus Orange County Blues FC - WFC2
With the amount of fireworks at the Whitecaps FC 2 and Orange County Blues FC match on Saturday, you would think it was already Canada Day.

Whitecaps FC 2 visit Orange County Blues FC on Saturday - Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 (4W-7L-4D) are back on the road this weekend when they travel south to face Orange County Blues FC (5W-6L-1D) on Saturday. The 'Caps are hoping their momentum carries on from last weekend's thrilling 3-2 win over Cascadia rival Timbers 2.

WFC2 Report: Richey racks up highlight-reel saves - 24 Hours
As David Ousted is proving for the Whitecaps in MLS, goalkeeping can be the difference between winning and losing games. Fortunately for the Whitecaps2, Spencer Richey has been providing the type of goalkeeping needed to gain points in the pro game, especially of late.

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CANADA - 2015 GOLD CUP

Gold Cup: Style and substance as Jonathan Osorio evolves for Toronto FC & CanMNT - MLS
It’s often said that with crisis comes opportunity. There is perhaps no better adage to describe the rise of Jonathan Osorio. Osorio stepped into difficult situations for both club and country after he signed his first professional contract back in 2013. But the crafty midfielder made the most of his opportunities, establishing himself as a pillar of both teams.

Laing named to Jamaica 23-man roster for Gold Cup 2015 - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton midfielder Lance Laing has been named to Jamaica’s 23-man roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015, to be played from July 7-26 across 13 cities in the U.S. and Canada. Laing recently returned from international duty with Jamaica at this year's Copa América.

BC SOCCER

BC Soccer Assoc. Announces 2015 High Performance Programming Phase 2 Player Selections - BCSA
Phase two of BC Soccer’s High Performance Programming (HPP) will begin July 3, 2015 and the player selections for all age groups have been completed.

Residency Week 2015: Catching up with.... Nolan Wirth - AFTN
The amount of quality keepers to have come through the Whitecaps Residency in the past couple of years is phenomenal. From Marco Carducci on the MLS squad to Callum Irving and Sean Melvin in the college ranks, it's felt like every season one or two more top goalkeepers can be added to the list.  Another member of the Residency goalkeeping alumni is Nolan Wirth.

Pinnacles hoping for bounces to go their way - Penticton Western News
Pinnacles hoping home crowd can help them pick up a pair of wins in Pacific Coast Soccer League action.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Sepp Blatter: I have not resigned as the president of FIFA - ESPN FC
Sepp Blatter has fuelled speculation about his future by insisting he has not resigned as FIFA president and will lay down his mandate at a special congress, though the governing body says Blatter's plans to step down have not changed.

FIFA says Blatter still plans to leave office - Sportsnet
FIFA responded after Swiss daily Blick reported comments made by Blatter late Thursday at an event to thank construction workers at FIFA’s new museum in Zurich.

Gonzalo Jara's club Mainz angry at defender's antics against Uruguay - Sky Sports
Chile defender Gonzalo Jara has incurred the wrath of his club side Mainz following his controversial actions at the Copa America, with the Bundesliga outfit prepared to let the player leave.

Africa's last eight get underway in Champions League - FIFA
Although the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League will only be played at the end of September, Algeria's football fans already know that at least one of their clubs will be involved in the last four of the showpiece event of African club football. For the first time in the history of the competition three clubs from one country advanced to the eight-team group phase, and the draw saw the Algerian trio of ES Setif, USM Alger and MC El Eulma pitted against each other in Group B.

FFA and A-League bang heads as pay dispute finds no resolution - Inside World Football
Talks between the A-League and Professional Players Australia (PFA) have broken down with the Football Federation Australia (FFA) bosses accusing players of putting the future of the League in jeopardy and the PFA considering legal and industrial action.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle youth policy criticised - BBC Sport
Scottish Cup winners Inverness CT are among clubs not doing enough to develop home-grown talent, it has been claimed. The criticism comes from Alisdair Gray, who helped the Scottish FA draw up its plan for the game's future in 2010. Gray was speaking as Inverness announced that Inverness-born youth team forward Calum Ferguson, who has played for Canada Under-20s, had been handed a full professional contract.

How Football Shaped The Clash’s Greatest Album - 8 by 8
When they started work on their masterpiece, London Calling,  the Clash were at a low point. Having dismissed their original manager, Bernie Rhodes, and his temporary successor, the group had no one to fall back on but themselves. And it was football, as much as their supremely able songwriting abilities, that pulled them into the mental form necessary for writing and recording the album.

DAY 20 - FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Thursday, June 25

No Matches

First FIFA Women's Leadership course debuts in Vancouver before WC Final - Inside World Football
With the Women's World Cup in Canada the focus of world football attention, FIFA has launched the first edition of the Female Leadership Development Programme with the first module scheduled to kick off in Vancouver July 4, just before the Women's World Cup final.

FIFA launches new programme targeting representation of women in leadership - FIFA
FIFA has launched the first edition of the Female Leadership Development Programme – an initiative that will provide support to women across the globe who are looking to become future leaders in football.

Scholarships on offer to assist female coaches to obtain A licence - FIFA
A new scholarship programme that assists B-licensed female coaches to gain access to higher coaching education is now underway, with the first group of coaches already starting to benefit.

Canada unsettled as it prepares for England - Vancouver Sun
It now just might be the most intriguing lineup decision John Herdman will make. Who does he start at centre back Saturday alongside teenage star Kadeisha Buchanan?

No morale issues here: Team Canada - 24 Hours
All is well within the Team Canada camp ahead of Saturday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal against England. That was the message from players and coach John Herdman on Wednesday when responding to a U.S. television report that suggested otherwise.

Moscato, Herdman say team morale is fine - TSN
"I think some people are trying to create stories, they're trying to fish for some stories," she said. "This is the tightest team I've ever been a part of — players and staff. The way we celebrate goals, that's how we are as a team on and off the field."

Moscato says she was misrepresented by Latham - The Equalizer
As Canada prepares to take on Mark Sampson and England this Saturday afternoon at BC Place at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, a storm cloud has moved in over the team. During a pregame show on Sunday prior to the Canada-Switzerland match, Fox Sports pundit and former Canadian international Christine Latham made interesting comments regarding the morale of the team and its starting lineup.

Canadians criticize U.S. team: Focus on play, not drama - USA Today
"It is just getting tiresome around this U.S. team at the moment," said Kristian Jack, soccer analyst for Canada's tournament broadcaster TSN. "There's far too many stories around this team. We've had the turf, we've had Hope Solo, we've had Wambach moaning that she can't score a goal because it wasn't on grass. They are not playing that well. That should be the story."

Psychologist helping England show their mettle - FIFA
On Monday last, England checked into the quarter-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ – and they did it with a bang. The firecracker in question was provided by Lucy Bronze, who hammered a first-time strike into the top right-hand corner from 16 yards out. Such was its power and accuracy that Norway keeper Ingrid Hjelmseth could not keep it out, despite getting a hand to it.

Women's World Cup: 'Growing England can go all the way' - BBC Sport
England reached the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup after coming from behind to beat Norway in Ottawa. So what can England expect? And just how far can they go in the tournament?

Canada's Carol Anne Chenard named ref for quarter-final - CBC
Canadian referee Carol Anne Chenard will take charge of the Women's World Cup quarter-final between Germany and France in Montreal on Friday.

US women try to keep focus on field amid criticism - The Equalizer
With a quick, four-day turnaround to their quarterfinal match against China, United States women’s national team players say their focus is there and there alone. The United States advanced to the quarterfinals on Monday with a 2-0 victory over Colombia, a team which proved capable and managed to frustrate the Americans throughout a scoreless first half before seeing goalkeeper Catalina Perez sent off in the 47th minute.

Laudehr keen to create more special moments - FIFA
Laudehr is still part of the national squad and is currently playing her part for Germany at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. While she may now be one of the team’s top performers rather than their rising star, she is still responsible for creating some special memories.

Australia's Heyman: Artificial pitches like 'hot coal' - Goal
Australia striker Michelle Heyman has compared playing on the artificial pitches at the Women's World Cup to "walking on hot coal".

Solo quietly a big part of USWNT’s shutout streak - The Equalizer
The U.S. women totaled their lowest goal-scoring output in any group stage of a Women’s World Cup at this edition of the tournament, scoring four times, including three goals against Australia. The Americans aren’t playing particularly well; they’ve acknowledged as much. The team’s defense is the reason why the Americans are in Ottawa this week preparing for Friday’s quarterfinal against China.

Teddy bear takes place of Japan’s injured Ando - The Equalizer
Japan midfielder Kozue Ando broke her left ankle in the team’s opening match of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, ending her tournament after just 32 minutes. In her place on the Japan bench now sits a white teddy bear wearing Ando’s No. 7 jersey, her teammates’ way of keeping the 32-year-old with them even though Ando is back in Japan now.

No support for Marta, Brazil team back home - Sportsnet
The world’s most soccer mad nation goes out of its way to ignore its women’s team to a degree that’s maddening, even to impartial bystanders.

FIFA stays silent on Blatter’s visit to Canada - Sportsnet
FIFA continues to stay mum on whether president Sepp Blatter or general secretary Jerome Valcke will attend the final of the Women’s World Cup

Sponsor conflict, good intentions, big business: The USWNT's fired kit man - SI.com
This is a story about a kit man, Chris Maxwell, who worked for the U.S. women’s national team from October 2013 until he was fired in February 2015, just four months before this World Cup. This is a story about sports and trust, about good intentions and unanticipated consequences, about an emerging U.S. star and the ruthless world of big business that now governs the U.S. women’s national team.

Chasing the Dream - NWSL Salaries - NBC Sports
The minimum salary for an NWSL player is $6,842 for the course of the six-month season; the maximum is $37,800, made primarily by international-level players. The team salary cap for 20 players is $265,000, which doesn’t include the top U.S., Canadian and Mexican players who play on club teams but whose salaries are paid by their respective federations.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Whitecaps nursing injuries but Carl Robinson feeling good as team makes bus trip from New York to New England - The Province
News and notes from a conference call with Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson on Wednesday morning.

MLS Disciplinary Committee fines Vancouver Whitecaps' Kendall Waston, Toronto FC's Damien Perquis - MLS
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has fined Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Kendall Waston an undisclosed amount for embellishment in the 10th minute of Saturday's match against New York Red Bulls (video above), it was announced Wednesday.

Octavio Rivero's Understated Brilliance - Eighty-Six Forever
He hasn’t managed to sustain his exceptional goal-scoring production from the beginning of the regular season, yet Octavio Rivero is one of the most effective and most unique strikers in all of Major League Soccer right now.

Winning an MLS Cup the final 'hurdle' for soon-to-be 200 club member Jordan Harvey - Whitecaps FC
Turns out that this Saturday’s match vs. New England Revolution (4:30 p.m. PT kickoff on TSN2 and TSN 1040) will actually be Harvey’s 200th MLS game.

Robinson speaks to media ahead of Saturday's match with New England - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson fielded questions from media on a conference call today ahead of Saturday’s match with New England Revolution.

Bradley fuels Toronto FC comeback win vs. Impact as Giovinco, Altidore shine - SBI
Michael Bradley is red hot, and Wednesday evening against the Montreal Impact, his form continued to flare. Toronto FC’s dynamic trio caused problems for the Impact all evening en route to a 3-1 comeback victory at BMO Field, and Bradley was the man to carry the torch through to the end, scoring the equalizer in the first half and assisting Jozy Altidore’s game-winning strike in the second half.

TFC bounce back with win over Montreal - Red Nation Online
Toronto FC had the exact type of game the team, and its fans, needed tonight. After being tactically outmatched against New York City FC last weekend, head coach Greg Vanney got the game plan right, as the Reds picked apart Montreal’s defence by using the wings and play penetrating through balls (often from behind the halfway line) overtop to Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco.

Toronto FC stars put on a show in win over Impact - Sportsnet
Forget about the rivalry. Forget about tactics. Forget statistics. Forget the story lines. Forget any narrative. None of that mattered on this night. All you really need to know is this was one damn entertaining soccer game to watch.

Toronto FC proves that money can buy happiness - Goal
How do you get over a bad result? If you're Toronto FC, you put on a masterclass at home against your biggest rival. After a shaky start that saw the Montreal Impact get on the board first Wednesday, TFC's biggest names took over and set the tone in a 3-1 win that effectively erased all memories of last weekend's dreadful loss to New York City FC.

Robbie Rogers cherishes "special moment" in scoring his first goal for LA Galaxy on Pride Night - MLS
Robbie Rogers once believed he couldn't be gay and pursue a professional soccer career, a misconception that evaporated once he joined the LA Galaxy two years ago and found an acceptance -- among teammates, foes, and fans throughout MLS -- that he hadn't expected.

D.C. United keeps rolling with road win vs. Fire - SBI
D.C. United’s run of impressive form late in their games continued as they defeated Chicago Fire, 1-0, at Toyota Park on Wednesday. The Fire started the game positively, with most of the possession and a few chances, but seemed unable to find that final ball. A bullet of a strike by United’s Conor Doyle in the second half was all that could beat Sean Johnson, who was arguably the Fire’s best player.

Columbus Crew SC's Kei Kamara, Ethan Finlay extend MLS-leading offensive stats in win over Revs - MLS
After yet another brace in a 2-1 win over the New England Revolution Wednesday, Columbus Crew SC striker Kei Kamara is pulling away as the league's top scorer with 12 goals, already setting an MLS career high with more than half the season to play.

Orlando City SC 2, Colorado Rapids 0 | MLS Match Recap - MLS
Cyle Larin and Kaká turned on the second-half goal power for Orlando City who earned a comfortable home victory over Colorado Rapids. Orlando sits in the Eastern Conference top three at the halfway point of their season, while Colorado remains last in the west.

New York Red Bulls 1, Real Salt Lake 0 | MLS Match Recap - MLS
After enduring a month-long tailspin, the New York Red Bulls finally made a return to the win column with a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night. Mike Grella scored a fourth-minute goal and the Red Bulls were able to comfortably see out their first win since May 10 as the visitors ended the match with nine men after red cards in each half to playmaker Javier Morales and Demar Phillips.

Philadelphia Union 1, Seattle Sounders 0 | MLS Match Recap - MLS
C.J. Sapong remained on fire, and the Philadelphia Union can breathe easier after a much-needed win. Fueled by a second-half goal from Sapong and a staunch defensive effort, the Union escaped with a 1-0 win over the depleted Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night at PPL Park.

Giovinco: Pirlo asked me about MLS - Goal
Sebastian Giovinco has revealed that former Juventus teammate Andrea Pirlo recently contacted him to inquire about playing in MLS. Italy midfielder Pirlo is set to leave the Serie A champion for New York City FC and he got in touch with his compatriot first to find out what the game is like in the USA.

Red Bull Notes: Shaun Wright-Phillips “just training,” trialist update, more - Empire of Soccer
Despite his continued presence in and around camp, the New York Red Bulls insist that Shaun Wright-Phillips, the better known half of the Wright-Phillips clan, is not trialing with the club. “He is just here to train,” Jesse Marsch told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

Former Major League Soccer player Matt Hatzke comes out as gay - Outsports.com
"If I have one regret," former San Jose Earthquakes player Matt Hatzke writes, "it's that I didn't live my life and share the real me with my teammates when I had the chance."

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WFC2 & USL

PDL Scouting Network Unveiled - USL
The PDL Scouting Network was unveiled today, with the top U-23 men’s league in North America embarking on a new initiative that will make it easier for elite talent in the PDL to be discovered by top professional clubs in leagues such as the USL and Major League Soccer.

Marco Bustos Named to USL Team of the Week - Eighty-Six Forever
Whitecaps FC2 midfielder Marco Bustos, who had an impressive outing against the Portland Timbers FC2 this past Sunday, has been named to the USL Team of the Week. Bustos scored his first professional goal, and was key in the Thundercaps' 3-2 win over the Timbers.

BC SOCCER

USSDA Playoffs: Whitecaps FC U-18 and U-16 Residency secure all-important wins - Whitecaps FC
Both Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-18 and U-16 Residency sides won on Wednesday at the United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) playoffs.

Residency Week 2015: Whitecaps U16 coach Adam Day building on strong foundations with "excellent group"  - AFTN
The number of UEFA Pro and A licensed coaches throughout the Vancouver Whitecaps system is impressive and has to be amongst the very highest in North American football. Residency Under-16 coach Adam Day is just the latest one within the club.

Hall of famer becomes Canadian legend - Nanaimo News Bulletin
Harry Manson was inducted last week into the legends category of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. It followed his induction into the Nanaimo Sports Hall of Fame earlier this month, and the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame last fall.

Shootout sends soccer team to provincials - Prince George Citizen
To be the best, you've got to beat the best. The PGYSA Under-18 Timberwolves girls were up to the challenge when they tackled the host Kamloops Blaze in youth soccer's Interior A Cup qualifier on the weekend.

Young Sookies warm up for upcoming soccer season - Sooke News Mirror
Registration for 2015/16 is available for the next two weeks –June 18 and 25, Thursdays 6-8 p.m. at the clubhouse. Get it done before summer starts so we can have a smooth start to next season!

Sooke player escort chosen for 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup - Sooke News Mirror
Xanthe Evans of Sooke will escort a FIFA athlete hand in hand to the field on the Women's World Cup Canada's final match.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Copa America: Chile shows stomach in new Battle of Santiago - Goal
La Roja won out on a physically demanding night in the Estadio Nacional and demonstrated that they have the guts to go all the way in the Copa America, writes Peter Staunton.

Uruguay star Edinson Cavani sent off for slapping Chile defender - The Telegraph
Bizarre incident sparks huge brawl as Copa America holders Uruguay fall to 1-0 defeat in Santiago.

Boca Juniors aim to present Carlos Tevez in July after Juventus talks - ESPN FC
Boca Juniors are hopeful that they will be able to present Carlos Tevez to the club's fans on July 7. Tevez, who began his professional career at Boca, had been expected to return to the Argentine club when his current contract at Juventus expires next year, but they have been negotiating a transfer fee with the Italian champions this week.

UEFA U21 Championships: England out after losing to Italy - BBC Sport
England Under-21s' European Championship campaign came to a dismal end as they lost 3-1 to Italy at the Ander stadium in the Czech Republic.

Mark Lawrenson: Young English players overpaid and not hungry - BBC Sport
Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson was at all three of England's group games at the European Under-21 Championship. Here he tells BBC Sport that big wages have made young English players less hungry about playing for their country, but believes Gareth Southgate should keep his job as England Under-21 manager.

An Englishman abroad in football remains a peculiar and uneasy export - The Guardian
After the travails of Micah Richards and Ashley Cole in Serie A, is it a coincidence that England’s best World Cup performance since 1966 was in 1990, during a period when more of the nation’s coveted talent played overseas?

Indian FA calls for access to wider talent pool after loss to Guam - Inside World Football
 In the wake of tiny island territory Guam (population 165,124) defeating India (population 1.252 billion) in a World Cup qualifier on June 16, attention has turned to the issue of people of Indian origin (PIOs) who may offer salvation for the country's national team. However, the Indian government opposes their inclusion in the national team, setting up a potentially dangerous confrontation with FIFA.

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DAY 19 - FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Wednesday, June 24

No Matches

World champs ease past Netherlands into quarter-finals - FIFA
FIFA Women’s World Cup™ holders Japan are into the quarter-finals after goals in each half were enough for a 2-1 win over Netherlands in Vancouver setting up the Nadeshiko for a match-up against Australia.

Japan advances to quarter-finals despite frantic finish - Metro
Japan grabbed the lead early, on a goal from Saori Ariyoshi in the 10th minute, and was forced to defend in the second half, especially in a frantic three-minute period of stoppage time, in a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands at BC Place Stadium on Tuesday.

Canadian team's bandwagon keeps getting bigger - 24 Hours
Have you caught it yet? The fever? It seems to be spreading across this great nation of ours as we either already have or are starting to fall in love with a few ladies in red.

Christine Sinclair makes Canadian soccer players better: Coach John Herdman - CBC
Under coach John Herdman, Sinclair is no longer at the front of the Canadian ship. She is there to float the entire boat, making everyone better.

Confident Canada expects tight match against England - TSN
As John Herdman prepares his team for Saturday’s quarter-final match against England, the Canada coach says the Women’s World Cup final now “feels like it’s within touching distance.” He’s calling on the crowd at BC Place to help lift his team to victory like they did against Switzerland in the Round of 16.

Canada's English coach John Herdman looking to end Lionesses' trophy hopes  - The Mirror
England captain Steph Houghton faces a duel with Canada coach John Herdman – who comes from 20 miles down the road in County Durham. While Sunderland fan Houghton grew up in South Hetton, the man plotting her downfall in the women's World Cup quarter-finals dreams dreams of managing Newcastle and was born in Consett.

U.S. preparing for quarterfinal without Rapinoe, Holiday - The Equalizer
Exactly how the United States will create moving forward without Rapinoe is unclear. The rest of the midfield has largely struggled this tournament, and China is one of the most defensively disciplined teams in the tournament. U.S. coach Jill Ellis says she has full confidence in the rest of the team. “We’ve invested in players over the last six months, we’ve dealt with injuries,” Ellis said. “I feel very confident in the players we have to be able to come on and contribute.”

Chinese warriors ready to revive spirit of old - FIFA
A recurring name throughout the history of women’s international football is China PR. From being hosts of the first FIFA Women’s World Cup™ tournament in 1991 to their role in the famous 1999 Final, the Steel Roses have often been prominent. And now, after surprisingly failing to qualify for Germany 2011, they are back as a major player in the international arena.

Abby Wambach apologizes for criticizing referee - The Equalizer
Abby Wambach apologized on Tuesday for comments she made about referee Stephanie Frappart following the United States’ 2-0 victory over Colombia on Monday in the Round of 16 at the Women’s World Cup.

Matildas set for pay rises, say Football Federation Australia  - The Guardian
The Matildas who made the World Cup squad would have earned around $52,000 for their national team efforts over the past year. That factors in their annual contract, daily touring allowance, match fees and a share in prize money from Canada. Should the Matildas continue their winning ways to triumph in the 6 July (AEST) final, that figure would increase to around $76,000.

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MLS

From MLS to USL, 401 Derby meetings with the Montreal Impact mean a little bit extra for Toronto FC - MLS
“These rivalry games, when you get to a club, they’re the first games that you hear the fans talk about it,” Michael Bradley said. “For me, that was certainly the case. When I got here, it was ‘playoffs, playoffs, playoffs’ and ‘Montreal, Montreal, Montreal.’ For us, they’re big games. They’re exciting games. We know that our fans will certainly be up for it. Montreal is coming off a positive run, so we expect a good game.”

Is today, St-Jean Baptiste Day, finally the day the Impact wins at BMO Field? - 24th Minute
Since 2008, the 401 Derby as been contested eleven times at BMO Field and eleven times the Impact have failed to take all three points. It could all change today, after 5 wins out of their last 7 league games and the third best points per game average in the Eastern Conference, the Montreal side is poised to get that elusive victory on its National Holiday,nonetheless.

10 questions about Toronto vs. Montreal with their hometown heroes - MLS
The rivalry between these two Canadian clubs is a relatively young one, having started with the creation of the Amway Canadian Championship in 2008, but it is rooted in a much deeper history. The two cities – the largest in Canada – are differentiated by distinct history, culture and politics, as well as a strong sense of city pride. Oh yeah, and there's the small matter of that hockey rivalry.

TFC’s Vanney disgusted over Jacobson escaping ban - Sportsnet
Coach Greg Vanney said some of his players are still feeling the effects of Saturday’s loss which saw New York play a very physical style of game. Sebastian Giovinco was the recipient of a lot of attention—he was routinely fouled off the ball, and at one point ws shoved down to the ground by a New York player.

Professional Referee Organization announces referee assignments for Week 17 of 2015 MLS season - MLS
Allen Chapman is the referee New England Revolution vs. Vancouver Whitecaps.

Jurgen Klinsmann says Clint Dempsey's US Open Cup outburst was "a mistake, and mistakes happen" - MLS
Like just about everyone else, USMNT boss Jurgen Klinsmann saw the clip of the Dempsey knocking referee Daniel Radford's notebook from his hand then ripping it up, actions that earned him a red card and the subsequent ban, during stoppage time of an Open Cup match against the Portland Timbers last Tuesday. Though Klinsmann labelled Dempsey's action "a mistake," the German included his captain among the 23 players called up for the Gold Cup on Tuesday.

Andrea Pirlo is a dubious luxury for NYC FC unless they think long-term - The Guardian
Look closer though, and the story is a little more complex. Pirlo may have just come off a Champions League final appearance for Juventus, and the decline of a player of his footballing brain can be managed better than that of more physical midfielders, but he’s still 36. Frank Lampard is 37.

The Union are the worst team in MLS - Philly Soccer Page
The Union’s problems go bone deep, a fact no longer possible to hide. The club appears to many like the classic cheap modern townhouse that crumbles in a hurricane while older, sturdier, better constructed homes withstand storm after storm. This team was constructed poorly. They can win some games, but unless things go perfectly — i.e. no major injury problems, no difficult road trips — they simply cannot compete with quality, modern MLS teams on a broad basis.

Chicago Fire’s Arena Losses Have Village Taking on More Debt - Bloomberg
The village 15 miles (24 kilometers) southwest of Chicago is selling $16 million in general-obligation debt this week to refinance existing securities, most of which are tied to the site that opened in June 2006. The venue, called Toyota Park, generates an annual loss of $3 million to $4 million for Bridgeview.

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CANADA - 2015 GOLD CUP

Canada MNT set for CONCACAF Gold Cup action - CSA
Fresh off a pair of FIFA World Cup qualifying victories, Canada’s Men’s National Team now sets their sights on the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. 15 years after Canada’s only victory in the tournament, Canadian Head Coach Benito Floro has named the 23 players that will assemble in California to prepare for their first game of the tournament against El Salvador on 8 July at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Rehearsals, rebuilding over for Canada as daunting Gold Cup job beckons - MLS
After two years of tinkering and building, head coach Benito Floro will finally get the chance to lead his Canadian team into some serious, competitive matches (sorry, Dominica) at next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. As of Tuesday afternoon, we know the 23 men who’ll be leading that charge.

Canada name 10 MLSers to 23-man roster as Benito Floro sets sights on tournament final - MLS
The Canadian national team named its 23-man Gold Cup roster on Tuesday, including in-form Orlando City striker Cyle Larin and nine other MLS-based pros in the group head coach Benito Floro believes can make a deep tournament run 15 years after their first and only championship in the event.

Canada announces 23-man Gold Cup roster - Goal
Canada heads into the Gold Cup on a four-game winning streak, with all of those victories coming against CONCACAF teams. Under Floro, Canada has yet to lose to any opposition from within the region, but the Spaniard cautioned that the level of competition at the Gold Cup will represent a step up from what his team has faced so far this year.

Russell Teibert named to Canada's final roster for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup - Whitecaps FC
Canada, who are co-hosting the tournament, tabbed Teibert after his impressive outing in the recently-concluded home-and-away series against Dominica for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The Whitecaps FC Homegrown player from Niagara Falls, Ontario scored his first senior international goal in the 2-0 road win on June 11.

CONCACAF Gold Cup: Atiba Hutchinson, Milan Borjan to miss tourney - CBC
​Canada will be without influential midfielder Atiba Hutchinson and No. 1 goalkeeper Milan Borjan for next month's CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

Fury FC Midfielder Julian De Guzman Named to Canada's Men's National Team for CONCACAF Gold Cup - Ottawa Fury
Ottawa Fury FC midfielder Julian De Guzman has been named to the Canadian Men's National Team that will compete in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.

CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015 Final 23-Player Rosters Announced - CONCACAF
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) made public today the official final rosters submitted by the 12 Participating Member Associations for the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015, to be played from July 7-26 in 13 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

Total of 45 MLS players named to 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final 23-man rosters - MLS
Toronto FC, Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas will be represented by a league-high five players. The New England Revolution are the only MLS side without a player in the tournament which kicks off on July 7.

Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. Gold Cup roster favors experience over youth - ESPN FC
Seventeen players who helped the Americans reach the knockout stage at Brazil 2014 last summer, the most ever in the year after a World Cup, made the Gold Cup squad, which will try to defend the United States' 2013 regional title and automatically qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup -- the dress rehearsal for the main event in Russia in 2018.

Jurgen Klinsmann changes tack, opts for experience over development with U.S. Gold Cup roster - MLS
For US national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann, much of the past year has been about transition from old to new. Klinsmann has done his best to move the USMNT into a new generation, consistently calling in younger players as he looks toward the future.

What if the USMNT Gold Cup roster was based on form only? - Prost Amerika
Prost-Amerika’s Scott Nicholls analyzed over 70 American players to see what the 35 man — and 23 man — roster would look like if Klinsmann selected the United States Men’s National team solely on recent form. The players analyzed were recently called up ones, veteran ones, and even included players whom have never played for the national side.

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NASL

Tampa Bay Rowdies and Brazilian Powerhouse São Paulo FC Announce International Partnership - Tampa Bay Rowdies
The Tampa Bay Rowdies and Brazil’s São Paulo Futebol Clube announced today a historic international partnership, that will strengthen both clubs’ visions of developing youth and professional players in the Americas and abroad.

NASL Notes: Savarese confirms interest in Gomez; Rowdies partner with Sao Paulo FC; and more - SBI
If New York Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese has his way, Herculez Gomez would be one of several summer signings to bolster his team’s lineup. After reports of interest surfaced last week, Savarese confirmed that the Cosmos are interested in acquiring Gomez, who most recently featured for Liga MX’s Puebla while on loan from Tijuana.

BC SOCCER

Mid-Isle Mariners split PCSL play over weekend - Nanaimo Daily News
The team lost 2-1 to the Kamloops Heat on Saturday but were able to bounce back with a victory via the same scoreline the following day against the previously undefeated Vancouver United.

Nanaimo Sports hall of famers a deserving class - Nanaimo Bulletin
The Nanaimo Sports Hall of Fame welcomed four new inductees in a recent ceremony at the Nanaimo Museum.  Inducted in the builder category was longtime soccer referee Dr. Ed Johnson, and in the pioneer category was native soccer player Harry Manson.

Kamloops Youth Soccer Association Hosts England School Team - KYSA
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) is in the final stages of preparations to host the Moreton School Football Academy from Wolverhampton in England. Moreton will be facing the KYSA’s Under-18 Select Team (with a few guest players from TRU’s men’s squad) in an exhibition match this coming Friday, June 26th at Mac Park Field #2. The game is set to kick-off at 6:00pm.

Residency Week 2015: Whitecaps U18 coach Rich Fagan on moving through the ranks and the “carrot” of the WFC2 pathway for his players - AFTN
When Rich Fagan became the ‘Caps new Under-18 coach back in January, after Steve Meadley moved up to become Alan Koch’s assistant with the WFC2 side, the promotion was a natural and seamless transition.

Pinns FC teams headed for provincials - Penticton Western News
Five Pinnacles Football Club teams will be vying for a provincial championship next month.

Unique program builds champions on and off the soccer pitch - Burnaby News Leader
It’s a long way from New Westminster’s Queen’s Park to Camp Nou in Barcelona. For eight years Shawn Cody has been working to bridge that divide with a group of young female soccer players he first started coaching when they were playing U-10 house league.

WORLD OF SOCCER

Roberto Firmino signing lays down a marker for Liverpool next season - ESPN FC
The pessimists will naturally keep their guard up. After all, Liverpool spending a large transfer fee has almost become a guarantee of mediocrity over the past six or seven years and it will take more than a few Twitter vines or YouTube videos to convince them.

Court ruling blocks Uefa from implementing next stage of FFP rules - The Guardian
The claimants include Manchester City supporters and Paris Saint-Germain fans as well as the Belgian agent Daniel Striani. Manchester City and PSG were sanctioned by Uefa last season for breaching the FFP rules, which state clubs in European competition must only spend what they earn, with some limited flexibility.