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BC Soccer News, Weekend, July 31-August 2, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

SEATTLE SOUNDERS vs. WHITECAPS FC

CASCADIA CUP

7:00 PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2015

(TSN 1, TSN RADIO 1410, TSN GO)

CENTURYLINK FIELD, SEATTLE, WA.

What makes a Cascadia derby so special? - Whitecaps FC
Here’s what a few ‘Caps players had to say about playing in Cascadia derbies ahead of their much-anticipated home-and-away series with Pacific Northwest rival Seattle Sounders FC.

Whitecaps a confident group as they eye top spot in MLS against Seattle Sounders FC - Metro
As if the geographical rivalry and bragging rights for at least a few days weren’t enough of a set up, the Whitecaps have a chance to take over the first overall spot in the MLS Supporters’ Shield standings, while putting seven points distance between them and the Sounders in the Western Conference.

Caps hope Manneh gets that CenturyLink feeling again - The Province
There’s something about Kekuta Manneh and CenturyLink Field. Two seasons ago, as a raw rookie, he made international headlines with a stunning hat trick as the Whitecaps romped to a rare 4-1 victory in Seattle.

Whitecaps' Kekuta Manneh has had success against Sounders - Vancouver Sun
Kekuta Manneh is as comfortable at CenturyLink Field in Seattle as the salmon-tossing fishmongers are at Pike Place Market. The Vancouver Whitecaps’ 20-year-old Gambian winger by way of Texas has had some of his best Major League Soccer games against the Sounders, particularly in the ones at CenturyLink where he scored four goals in his last two games.

Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Three Questions - Sounder at Heart
You're going to see a lot of the Vancouver Whitecaps over the next two months due to MLS and CONCACAF Champions League play. You'll be an expert on them soon. For now, we'll talk to EightySixForever.

Seattle Sounders turn the page as stars return: "Nobody's throwing in the towel" - MLS
The Rave Green are coming off one of their tougher months in recent memory – a July where the Sounders only scored one goal in four games, and did little to remedy a recent stretch of listless attacking play that actually dates back to June, when Seattle initially lost star strikers Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins.

Obafemi Martins will return 'sooner rather than later' - Sounder at Heart
This weekend may still be too early for Obafemi Martins to make his return to the Seattle Sounders, but after a second straight day of being able to effectively train in full there is at least light at the end of his injury tunnel. Martins hasn't played since June 17, when he left the Sounders' U.S. Open Cup match with a adductor injury.

Tyrone Mears finally finds peace of mind with Sounders - Seattle Times
The last few years before he signed with the Sounders, Mears says, were “the worst period of my career and of my life,” a personal and professional trial that involved a broken leg and a drastic move to the U.S. for a fresh start.

Didier Drogba cites club, culture, community as reasons for Montreal Impact move: "I was won over" - MLS
“This cultural diversity is important,” Drogba said. “I quite simply felt like getting to know the city. I was won over by the project and by the work that the president has already started with the club, looking to give back to the community through soccer. It’s a little bit like what I do with my foundation.

Drogba: I won't be a burden to Montreal Impact - Goal
Montreal Impact striker Didier Drogba has asked for patience as he does not want to be a burden to the team on the day of his MLS debut. Drogba has not played since Chelsea's final match of the 2014-15 Premier League season and the 37-year-old knows it will take him time to get back to peak fitness, with the rest of the Impact squad having completed half of this year's MLS campaign.

Didier Drogba has arrived in Montreal, and the scenes suggest soccer has made it in Canada - Soccer Gods
When will soccer make it in Canada? Well, Didier Drogba’s reportedly going to be formally unveiled as a Montreal Impact player later on Thursday in front of fans and journalists, but it’s hard to imagine anything topping his appearance on a staircase at the city’s main airport yesterday.

TFC’s Giovinco questionable for Saturday’s game - Sportsnet
How valuable has Sebastian Giovinco been to Toronto FC this season? Consider the following:

Orlando City Trades Donovan Ricketts to LA Galaxy for 2016 Second Round SuperDraft Pick - Orlando City SC
Ricketts joined Orlando City after being selected first overall in the 2015 MLS Expansion Draft from the Portland Timbers. The veteran goalkeeper started ten matches for the Lions early in the 2015 season, including the March 8 inaugural MLS match against New York City FC.  Overall, Ricketts posted two shutouts and 21 saves for Orlando City in 2015.

Portland Timbers hope break from training pitch provides "clean slate" after sudden winless slump - MLS
As the eyes of North American soccer fans turned toward Wednesday’s 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in Colorado, Caleb Porter gave his men – none of whom were named All-Stars – a three-day mini-break. And it came at a good time, as far as he was concerned, with Portland coming off a disappointing 4-1 loss over the weekend at FC Dallas.

LA Galaxy cagey on injury status of stars Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard for Colorado Rapids trip - MLS
Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard are training with the LA Galaxy after skipping Wednesday's night's MLS AT&T All-Star Game, and whether they'll be available for Saturday's Western Conference clash at Colorado (9 pm ET; MLS LIVE) won't be determined until the team has arrived in Denver.

MLS All-Star Game marks halfway, and will Frank Lampard finally appear?  - The Guardian
Despite half a season worth of matches, there’s little so far to separate the pack in either conference. In the West, the LA Galaxy’s struggle for away form has done little to threaten the likelihood they’ll make the postseason, and the same goes for the Sounders’ recent woes – seven league losses in their last nine outings. Meanwhile, though there is some daylight now between the top five spots and the bottom five in the Eastern Conference, that could all change within a month, particularly with the possible debut of Frank Lampard in New York and the arrival of Didier Drogba in Montreal.

MLS commissioner Don Garber says league losing money, but profile rising - ESPN FC
"We're still in investment mode," said Garber. "But there's a lot of momentum for the sport of soccer in the U.S. and Canada and that is empowering."

Ganso missed a chance to reinvent himself when his move to MLS got shut down - Soccer Gods
It appears now that Paulo Henrique Ganso will not be joining the Kaká & Flavio Augusto da Silva revolution at Orlando City. São Paulo refused the MLS club’s offer to wipe out the outstanding debt between the two sides, dating from Kaká’s loan spell in Brazil last year, in return for the midfielder’s services.

MLS members divided over best All-Star Game format - SBI
Two days after suggesting that the MLS All-Star game should go back to an East vs. West format, head coach Pablo Mastroeni felt differently on Wednesday night. He had led the MLS All-Stars to a 2-1 victory over Tottenham, and the result and performance against the talented Premiership club left him with a very gratifying feeling that made him change his mind about the annual game’s structure.

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UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE

WHITECAPS FC 2  3  TULSA ROUGHNECKS  1

FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015

ONEOK FIELD, TULSA, OK.

Whitecaps FC 2 begin road trip with impressive 3-1 win in Tulsa - Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 (7W-10L-5D) began their month-long road trip on a high note on Friday evening with an impressive 3-1 victory over Tulsa Roughnecks FC (7W-9L-4D) behind two goals by Marco Bustos and one from Victor Blasco.

Whitecaps FC 2 look to get back on track versus Tulsa Roughnecks FC - Whitecaps FC
The 'Caps turn their sights ahead and put last Friday's tough 4-0 loss against the Roughnecks in the rear-view mirror as they get a chance for a quick payback.

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BC SOCCER

BC Soccer Assoc. To Create Club Charter Program - BCSA
“We are pleased to officially announce that BC Soccer will be creating and launching a Club Charter Program in the near future,” said Roger Barnes, BC Soccer Assoc. President.  “The Club Charter Program will be open to all affiliate clubs with a baseline or entry club charter level that will be easily achievable by all clubs.  Developing and promoting the beautiful game is BC Soccer’s overall mission and this Club Charter Program will be integral in continuing to deliver against the strategic plan initiatives and BC Soccer’s overall mission.”

What Crying Over an Amy Schumer Quote in Glamour and Blocking Some BC Soccer Guys on Twitter Have in Common - Life as a Female Soccer Player
Last night on twitter, I was checking out the Province Newspaper and came across a lead article talking about there being police presence at a youth soccer meeting in a suburb of Vancouver. ..I tweeted the article with the subcaption “if this doesn’t paint the picture of how toxic/dysfunctional soccer in BC is…” which led to a barrage of notifications coming in immediately from those offended by what I had said.

Canada U-15 national team calls in five Whitecaps FC Residency players for Mexico tournament - Whitecaps FC
Canada Soccer announced on Thursday that five Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency and Pre-Residency players have been called-up for Canada’s U-15 men’s national team. In total, 18 young Canadians will take part in a five nations tournament during the first two weeks of August in Mexico.

New crop of Canada M15 heading to Mexico - CSA
A new generation of Canadian internationals is about to take a crash course into the world of CONCACAF football as 18 players are off to Mexico City to represent Canada’s Men’s U-15 Team in a five nations tournament.

Central City Breakers Release Financial Statement & Minutes - Central City Breakers
Please click here to view the CCB Financial Statements for 2015 and the CCB AGM Minutes for 2014 as adopted at the AGM.

Venezuelan GK suffers internal bleeding in local Vancouver match, needs help with Medical Bills - Go Fund Me
Jose Garcia sufferred a a serious injury to his kidney while playing for CFA of Vancouver's Multicultural League on July 16. He's not covered by the Canadian health insurance system, and needs help to cover medical bills exceeding $55,000.

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WOMEN'S SOCCER

Canadian midfielder Desiree Scott set to play in Women's Cup final at Wembley - Canada.com
After playing in front of packed stadiums at the Women's World Cup this summer, Canadian international Desiree Scott can tick off another item on her bucket list. On Saturday, the 27-year-old Winnipeg midfielder known as The Destroyer is set to play for her club side, Notts County Ladies, against Chelsea in the Women's FA Cup final at Wembley.

Women's FA Cup final: Preview & pundits on Chelsea-Notts County - BBC Sport
Chelsea Ladies and Notts County Ladies are chasing their first major piece of silverware as they meet in Wembley's first ever women's FA Cup final.

Women’s FA Cup final: Alex Scott breaks down Chelsea v Notts County - The Guardian
The England and Arsenal defender looks at why Chelsea should win but says they will have to match the physicality and aggression of Notts County.

Women's FA Cup: Wembley win may not benefit clubs financially - BBC Sport
Notts County stand to lose money from playing in the Women's FA Cup, even if they win Saturday's final at Wembley.

Women’s team needs ‘more Sinclairs more often’ - Sportsnet
Going into this summer’s Pan American Games, the focus of the women’s team was development and experience. The coaching staff’s top priority was to get a clearer picture of the talent coming through the Canadian pipeline, while giving them valuable playing time on the international stage.

Australian Heyman settling into life in NWSL - The Equalizer
Even though U.S. women’s national team forward Sydney Leroux is out for the rest of the season recovering from surgery on her right ankle, the Flash front line still has the capacity to shake up the opposing team’s defensive line – especially with the recent acquisition of Australian forward Michelle Heyman.

Pro women’s soccer is having a moment. Here's how to make it last - Fortune
Beyond their speed, strength and ability to smash a ball into the back of the net, professional women soccer players in the U.S. seem to be acquiring another talent: Putting butts in seats.

Women’s round-up: July 2015 - FIFA
July proved to be a massive month for women’s football, headlined of course by the colourful goal-laden finale to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. So too, there was plenty of action elsewhere both internationally and at club level, with the momentum built during Canada 2015 reflected in greater interest across the globe. FIFA.com reviews all the action from what has been a hectic period.

NASL

Former Whitecap Wes Knight to Retire This Weekend - Midfield Press
Knight’s career spanned two countries across two leagues. He caught on with the Vancouver Whitecaps during their USL days, and moved up with them to MLS in 2011. From there, he joined the San Antonio Scorpions for their highly successful inaugural season in 2012 before moving onto FC Edmonton in 2013.

Match Preview vs. Ottawa Fury FC - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (2-2-1) return to Fort McMurray’s Shell Place, Aug 2 to face North American Soccer League (NASL) leading Ottawa Fury FC (4-1-0) in a Canadian Rivalry showdown, presented by Oodle Noodle. Edmonton will welcome the return of midfielder Lance Laing as well as the debut of recent signing Dustin Corea as the battle for top spot in the Fall Season standings heats up.

FC Edmonton announces signing of midfielder Dustin Corea - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton announced the signing of attacking midfielder Dustin Corea, July 30, pending ITC clearance. Corea was a recent participant in this year’s edition of the prestigious Gold Cup tournament as a member of El Salvador’s national team, registering a goal versus Costa Rica in a 1-1 draw. The left-footed, product of Los Angeles, Calif. made 20 appearances for CD FAS of the Salvadoran Primera División through 2014-15, posting five goals in 1648 minutes of playing time.

FCE coach Miller sees Corea signing as part of a long-term plan - the11.ca
FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller said that the team’s signing of El Salvadorean midfielder Dustin Corea is about the long-term future of the team.

NASL Notes: Cosmos to hold playoff game in Brooklyn; Fury FC look for improvement - SBI
After playing in the borough earlier this year, the New York Cosmos are bringing even higher stakes to Brooklyn. The Cosmos announced Thursday that the club will play a playoff game at Coney Island’s MCU Park on Nov. 7.

NASL football league looks to kick on in North America - BBC
According to the US Soccer Federation (USSF), the NASL sits below the MLS as the official Division 2, but as NASL commissioner Bill Peterson tells the BBC website, "we certainly don't see ourselves as a second-status league".

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WORLD OF SOCCER

The Swift Rise and Inevitable Political Fall of Mexican National Team Coach Miguel Herrera - Vice Sports
Mexico's men's national soccer coach Miguel Herrera won fans at home and across the globe during the 2014 World Cup with his colourful sideline antics. Memes of him losing his mind, stomping along the sidelines went viral.

CONCACAF announces review of confederation’s Refereeing Department in wake of Gold Cup controversy - MLS
CONCACAF announced Thursday that acting president Alfredo Hawit will personally oversee a review of the confederation’s Refereeing Department following requests for a formal investigation by the Panamanian and Costa Rican football federations in the aftermath of the Gold Cup.

Greeks send 85 to trial for match-fixing, but Olympiakos boss clears first round - Inside World Football
A Council of Appeals ruled Thursday that 85 out of a possible 158 original defendants should go on trial for a variety of offences related to the match-fixing scandal of 2010-11, including membership of a criminal organisation, bribery, manipulation of results and illegal betting.

Harvard Paper Uses Statistics to Examine Corruption in Italian Serie B Soccer - Harvard Sports Analysis Collective
Italian soccer is infamously riddled with corruption, with multiple scandals over the past decade. Although various forms of match fixing have occurred, the match fixing  described in Joe McGinniss’s book The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro particularly caught my eye. McGinniss recounts how, on the final weekend of the Serie B season, Castel Di Sangro, who had already secured a position above relegation but below promotion, purposely lost a game to Bari, who needed a win to ensure promotion.

Gillingham and chairman Paul Scally fined £75,000 for ‘race victimisation’ - The Guardian
Gillingham and their chairman, Paul Scally, have each been fined £75,000 for “race victimisation” relating to the departure of the striker Mark McCammon in 2011. McCammon claimed the club refused him treatment for an injury and docked his wages.

New Zealand appeals Olympics disqualification - Sportsnet
New Zealand Football has appealed the disqualification of its Under-23 team from the Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament for use of an ineligible player.

Legia Warsaw player hit by 'stone' in Europa League match - BBC Sport
A player was "hit by a stone" leading to a Europa League qualifier between FK Kukesi and Legia Warsaw in Albania being abandoned.

Adrian Mutu signs for Indian Super League’s Pune City as marquee player - The Guardian
The former Chelsea forward Adrian Mutu has joined FC Pune City as their marquee player for the second season of the Indian Super League.

Klinsmann is a long-term hire, not one to be fired for a short-term failure - SI.com
It’s totally impossible to imagine Jurgen Klinsmann assaulting a critic. Publically, the U.S. coach is easy going and affable. He deflects criticism with a laugh and an “It’s fine,” or “It’s just normal.”

Celtic will win Scottish Premiership but hope springs eternal for the rest - The Guardian
Scottish football does not exactly celebrate diminishing standards but it has been forced to accept them.

"Gunners will prefer three points than the Community Shield", says Jimmy Bullard - The Independent
There might not be a whole host of new talent on show in Sunday's Community Shield but, in my mind, the whole country has gone a bit mad on the importance of signing new players.

Kang Soo-il’s drugs ban ruins inspirational tale for mixed-race Koreans - The Guardian
Instead of leading the line for his country at the start of qualification for the 2018 World Cup, Kang is banned for much of the season, his international career likely over before it started.

The unsackables: Europe's longest-serving coaches - UEFA
Ignacio Quereda has ended his record-breaking 27-year reign as Spain women's coach and we salute him and the other longest-serving managers at club and international level.

Aberdeen to Almaty: Scottish club make longest Uefa journey - BBC Sport
You've only got two options if you're flying from Aberdeen to Almaty on Thursday: via London or Beijing. Via London, it's 10 hours and it is July, so surely you can get the time off. Why do it? The chance to witness football history as Aberdeen take on Kazakhstan's Kairat Almaty in the Europa League third qualifying round first leg.

FIFA's shifting sands turn friends into foes in race for the summit - Inside World Football
You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. But if things don't work out, I'll willingly scratch someone else's. Welcome to the world of shifting allegiances and alliances that have become the hallmark of footballing presidential elections.

BC Soccer News, Thursday, July 30, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

SEATTLE SOUNDERS vs. WHITECAPS FC

CASCADIA CUP

7:00 PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2015

CENTURYLINK FIELD, SEATTLE, WA.

Ousted keeps a second-half clean sheet for MLS All-Stars in 2-1 win over Spurs - Whitecaps FC
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC goalkeeper kept a second-half clean sheet to help the MLS All-Stars come away with a 2-1 win over Spurs on Wednesday night in Colorado.

MLS All-Stars 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1 | 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game Match Recap - MLS
Brazilian superstar Kaká spoke about how he dreamed of playing in an All-Star Game and he came to play on Wednesday night. The Orlando City SC Designated Player registered a goal and assist and took MVP honors as he captained the MLS All-Stars to a 2-1 win against English Premier League side Tottenham.

Kaka, Rimando’s strong first-half showings help MLS All-Stars edge Tottenham - SBI
The MLS All-Star Game is an opportunity to showcase the league’s best talent, and two of the newest superstars to make the jump from Europe combined for a pair of first-half goals in another victory.

Fans the winners on All-Star night - ESPN FC
Three quick thoughts after the MLS All-Stars rode first-half goals from World Cup winners Kaka and David Villa to beat English club Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on a perfect Wednesday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in the league's annual midsummer classic.

Fixing the All-Farce Game - 24th Minute
Do you have MLS All-Star Game fever? If so, you might be the only person who does. The annual mid-season game (it’s not a mid-season break as the players don’t get any time off) takes place tonight in Colorado as the league all-stars take on Tottenham Hotspur. The Europa League group stage meets the disinterested stars of MLS!

MLS Commissioner Don Garber says league is considering instant replay, All-Star format change - MLS
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber touched on a variety of topics during an interview with FOX Sports 1 at halftime of Wednesday’s AT&T MLS All-Star Game, expressing interest in using instant replay to assist in referee decisions and saying the league is considering an All-Star Game format change.

Defending the Cascadia Cup: 'Caps need a point on Saturday to stay alive - Whitecaps FC
The Cascadia Cup could be awarded on Saturday night at CenturyLink Field (7 p.m. PT on TSN1) – but not if Vancouver Whitecaps FC have anything to do with it.

All 3 Canadian clubs in the playoff hunt in MLS - Sportsnet
Wednesday night’s Major League Soccer All-Star Game in Denver pitting the league’s best players vs. Tottenham marks the unofficial halfway point of the regular season.

Whitecaps will test Sam Adekugbe in a busy month - Vancouver Sun
Sam Adekugbe hadn’t been in front of the cameras, microphones and digital recorders after a Whitecaps training session in quite a while.

Ten things you need to know about the CONCACAF Champions League - Whitecaps FC
Exactly one week from Wednesday, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will kick off their 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League campaign at home against longtime rival Seattle Sounders FC, who they also happen to meet this weekend at CenturyLink Field.

Utter Mayhem: Wild scenes in Montreal as Impact fans mob Didier Drogba at the airport on arrival - MLS
As the big striker sauntered down the stairs, hundreds of supporters rushed the safety barriers. Except they weren't barriers so much as nylon hurdles for onrushing fans to trample in their haste to catch a glipse of the man of the hour.

Didier Drogba greeted by soccer fan frenzy in Montreal - CBC
Montreal's newest athlete, soccer superstar Didier Drogba, was greeted by loud cheers, chants and camera flashes as fans gathered at Trudeau Airport to welcome him to his new home.

LA Galaxy and Jaime Penedo mutually agree to part ways - LA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo have agreed to mutually terminate the Panamanian's contract.

Orlando City working on deal to send Donovan Ricketts to L.A. Galaxy - Orlando Sentinel
Orlando City is not done wheeling and dealing. The club is currently working on a deal that would send goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts to the L.A. Galaxy, multiple sources told the Orlando Sentinel.

Swiss veteran Tranquillo Barnetta set to join Philadelphia Union - SI.com
Swiss international Tranquillo Barnetta has decided to join the Philadelphia Union on a free transfer, a source with knowledge of the situation tells SI.com.

The symbiotic relationship between ageing footballers and MLS transfers - The Guardian
Didier Drogba has joined Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in swapping a European superclub for MLS. That transition seems natural and sensible now but it’s easy to forget that David Beckham was mocked for leaving Europe in 2007.

The Aging Stars of Major League Soccer - The Atlantic
A flood of highly paid, past-their-prime European players are coming to the U.S., raising questions about whether their star power helps the American game or hurts it.

Kaká for MVP? 'He's a brilliant human being. You can't fail to be impressed' - The Guardian
Orlando’s Brazilian star has staked his claim to win the individual award – and he’s proving to be the most important designated player since David Beckham.

 Marlins contract makes soccer next door a tougher game - Miami Today
Much as we might want a Major League Soccer stadium near Marlins Park, the clock is running out and obstacles loom, an unreported barrier being the Miami Marlins.

Atlanta United practice field deal with DeKalb revealed - AJC.com
A proposed deal for practice soccer fields and a corporate headquarters for Atlanta United FC would cost DeKalb County an estimated $12 million, 41 acres of government land and tax considerations, according to a pending agreement.

The day FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja took on drug lord Pablo Escobar - The Guardian
He’s a forward-thinking coach in MLS, but as a player, Oscar Pareja had a front-row seat in the days when Colombian soccer was dominated by drug cartels.

The Birth of a League - SI.com
A 10-team organization with zero soccer-specific stadiums at the start, Major League Soccer now has 20 franchises, 13 of them playing in homes of their own, with payrolls that have tripled. As the league plays its 20th season, key figures recall the kickoff campaign.

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BC SOCCER

Cops attend tense AGM of suspended Surrey Central City Breakers soccer club The Province
Hundreds of parents whose kids play in a Surrey youth soccer club suspended over allegations of bylaw violations and financial impropriety have been shut out of the Central City Breakers’ annual general meeting.

Where’s the BC Semi-Pro League? - Maple Leaf Forever
Semi-professional soccer could be a success in British Columbia. The clubs, the players, and the fields already exist. Much of the province has a history second-to-none in North America and a local soccer culture with fans used to supporting their local amateurs.

Surrey youth soccer programs suspended - Surrey Leader
The Coastal City Football Club (CCFC) is claiming the suspension of both its boys' and girls' programs have been levied before the youth soccer group can answer the allegations against it.

Whitecaps make visit to Nanaimo for a cause - Nanaimo Daily News
The Vancouver Whitecaps were in the Harbour City on Wednesday as part of the fourth annual Hope and Health program.  More than 400 Aboriginal children were at Beban Park fields for a day of soccer fun, which saw Whitcaps players Steven Beitashour, Pa-Modou Kah, Tim Parker and former captain Jay DeMerit all come out to provide some tips and insight.

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WFC2 & USL

Have ball, will travel: Billy Schuler's journey to Europe and back - Whitecaps FC
11,113 miles as the crow flies. That’s the distance Billy Schuler’s soccer career has gone, starting from his hometown in New Jersey to Vancouver – with stops in North Carolina, Stockholm and Northern California.

Quintessentially Canadian Power Rankings — Looking at the USL - the11.ca
Since we launched the Quintessential Canadian Power Rankings this spring, which catalogues the minutes played by Canadian players in MLS and NASL, there have been readers who’ve written in asking why we don’t also include USL numbers.

Milwaukee soccer group gets season ticket pledges for team that doesn't exist...yet - WISports.com
James Moran isn't necessarily casting his net out to try and catch a Major League Soccer franchise for Milwaukee, at least not for the next few years.  His current target is one of the second or third-tier leagues, the North American Soccer League or the United Soccer League.  It would not necessarily need a new stadium - perhaps using an existing venue in Milwaukee.

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WOMEN'S SOCCER

Abby Wambach plans to play in 2016 Olympics - SBI
The all-time leading goal scorer in international soccer has revealed she has no plans to quit the national team before next summer. Abby Wambach, while speaking on a morning show in her hometown of Rochester, New York, said that she hopes to be a part of the U.S. Women’s National Team that competes in the 2016 Olympics.

Lloyd scores another winner; Dash leapfrog FCKC - The Equalizer
Carli Lloyd scored for the seventh straight match in all competitions to lift the Houston Dash past FC Kansas City, 3-2 on Wednesday at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

Women's FA Cup: Katie Chapman's road to Wembley - BBC Sport
"My aim was to always play for England and one of the first games I went to watch was an England Women's game against Germany when I was about 12. Looking back, it was going to that game that inspired me to make it in sport."

Women's FA Cup final: Laura Bassett eyes Notts County history - BBC Sport
Having said she would "prefer no-one to know my name" only a month ago, the Notts County captain concedes that becoming the first woman to lift the FA Cup trophy at Wembley on Saturday would be a seminal moment in time.

Women's FA Cup: Mystery of missing trophy from first final - BBC Sport
A member of the Southampton team who won the first Women's FA Cup in 1971 is hoping to find the missing trophy for the National Football Museum.

NASL

Forward Omar Salgado Joins Rowdies On Loan From Tigres UANL - Tampa Bay Rowdies
The Tampa Bay Rowdies have added forward Omar Salgado on loan from Mexico’s Tigres UANL for the remainder of the 2015 North American Soccer League season, the club announced Wednesday, pending ITC clearance.

Veteran Smith playing major role for Eddies in Fall Season - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton signed defender Johann Smith prior to the start of the 2015 North American Soccer League (NASL) Spring Season. The 28-year-old veteran has brought invaluable overseas experience to the Eddies roster.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Stalemate as Tigres held by River - FIFA
Mexican side Tigres' hopes of claiming a first-leg advantage in the Copa Libertadores final were frustrated by River Plate on Wednesday in a 0-0 stalemate.

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera sorry for 'painful incident' that led to firing  - The Guardian
Herrera admits ‘it is not the attitude that a coach for the Mexican team should take’ after TV reporter accuses ‘El Piojo’ of punching him at Philadelphia airport.

Rapid hold Ajax, Celtic, Basel, Salzburg win - UEFA
Basel, Celtic and Salzburg won their third qualifying round first legs on Wednesday but Rapid Wien came from two down to deny Ajax while HJK drew with Astana and Steaua held Partizan.

Serbian MPs propose ways to combat match-fixing, including club privatisation - Inside World Football
Serbian Members of Parliament (MPs) have been discussing measures to combat match-fixing which has plagued the top tier of the country's league. Some of the proposals put forward by local politicians include the much-awaited privatisation of state-owned clubs, introducing stricter regulations, as well as suspending the league.

CONMEBOL publishes anti-corruption measures - Sportsnet
The CONMEBOL soccer body will begin publishing the salary of its president and executive council members after being plunged into crisis by the FIFA bribery scandal.

David Moyes: Money has ruined the Premier League - The Telegraph
David Moyes is talking about the tolerance level needed to be a football manager. “You have to take your poison,” he explains. “So whatever poison it is you will have a different level. I had a very good level at Everton. Some clubs you go to you have to take a bigger dose of it."

Fifa: Chung Mong-joon wants to replace Sepp Blatter as president - BBC Sport
Chung is a former vice-president of world football's governing body and the major shareholder of the industrial giant Hyundai.

Fifa exhibit to open at America's national museum of organized crime  - The Guardian
The Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas announced on Monday the opening of The ‘Beautiful Game’ Turns Ugly, a permanent display on world soccer’s governing body and the corruption scandal that’s engulfed it.

BC Soccer News, Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

SEATTLE SOUNDERS vs. WHITECAPS FC

CASCADIA CUP

7:00 PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2015

CENTURYLINK FIELD, SEATTLE, WA.

WHITECAPS FC & MLS

MLS All-Star Game needs a change as league evolves and draws more stars - Goal
For the past 10 years, the All-Star Game has been a friendly featuring a team of MLS stars against a foreign club, with Wednesday night's edition featuring Tottenham. As much as the matchup with the English side has some interesting subplots, such as DeAndre Yedlin's return and Clint Dempsey facing his former team, this year's match still feels contrived, even by all-star game standards.

Ousted set to take on Tottenham Hotspur at 2015 MLS All-Star Game - Whitecaps FC
Ousted and the 2015 MLS All-Star Team are set to take on English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur tonight at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado (6 p.m. PT kickoff on TSN).

Ousted ready to impress as MLS All Star - Red Nation Online
David Ousted will represent the Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS All-Star game tonight in Colorado against English Premier League side, Tottenham Hotspur. Since joining the Whitecaps mid-season in 2013, Ousted has worked tirelessly to prove that he is among the top keepers in Major League Soccer.

Why Steve Nash will be watching Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game closely - Whitecaps FC
Former NBA star Steve Nash is a lifelong Tottenham fan. He's also been a part-owner of Vancouver Whitecaps FC since July 2008 in their pre-MLS days.

All-Star: Who is Steve Nash rooting for? Vancouver Whitecaps owner and Tottenham fan takes sides - Whitecaps FC
"My grandparents supported Spurs, my dad, everyone. So it was a long-standing tradition," Nash told MLSSoccer.com. "We used to go over every year. When we were kids it was still a bit rough, so we waited a little while [before going to games].

As Major League Soccer's recognition grows in Europe, Tottenham players consider eventual move - MLS
It may be a ways down the road for some, but at least a couple of Tottenham Hotspur players have Major league Soccer on their minds as they make their long-term career plans.

A heart divided: Fans of both MLS, English Premier League teams walk fine line of support - MLS
Scan three rows up into the midfield stands at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park during Wednesday night’s AT&T MLS All-Star Game, and you just might spot Ryan Brashier. He’ll be easy enough to pick out – just look for a burgundy and white Colorado Rapids scarf draped over a Tottenham Hotspur jersey.

Teibert impresses for MLS Homegrowns in penalty shootout loss to Club America U-20 - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Russell Teibert started and played 59 minutes for the MLS Homegrown Team in a penalty shootout loss to Club America U-20 on Tuesday night in Colorado.

Bradley out, Giovinco unlikely for All-Star - TSN
Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley will miss the 2015 MLS All-Star Game. Meanwhile, TSN Soccer Analyst Gareth Wheeler added that striker Sebastian Giovinco is also doubtful for the All-Star Game as he recovers from a heel injury.

Homegrown Game: Landon Donovan all smiles after coaching debut, but his future is undecided - MLS
Sure, his roster of MLS Homegrown players fell on penalty kicks in the second annual Chipotle MLS Homegrown game after a back-and-forth 1-1 draw on Tuesday night, but all in all, the experience was a positive one.

Robinson hopes Caps can cope with most crucial month in club's MLS history - The Province
There are already eight lineups scrawled on the whiteboard in Carl Robinson’s University of B.C. office — one for each big game in August. Not that the Whitecaps coach has any illusions about the complexity of what’s ahead

MLS, Voyageurs Cup should be Whitecaps' priority - 24 Hours
August will test the overall depth and readiness of the squad to face some tough challenges as Vancouver play in Major League Soccer, the final of the Amway Canadian Championship, and CONCACAF Champions League. But which competitions should the ‘Caps focus on?

Sam Adekugbe back from disappointment of injury and hoping first team return “just around the corner” - AFTN
After seemingly establishing himself as Carl Robinson’s first choice for the left-back role, 2015 was shaping up to be Sam Adekugbe’s breakthrough season. It still could very well be.

Training report: Rosales injury update, lineup news, and more - Whitecaps FC
Unfortunately for Robinson and the ‘Caps,it appears that Rosales will not be in the equation this weekend due to a groin injury sustained in that match against San Jose. Rosales didn’t train on Tuesday and Robinson said he wasn’t sure the extent of his injury, but that he’d likely be out “one or two weeks minimum.”

Whitecaps’ Mauro Rosales (groin) out for at least ‘a week or two,’ says Robinson - Metro
Embarking on their busiest month of 2015, and the biggest game so far this season, it appears the Vancouver Whitecaps could be without midfielder Mauro Rosales for the foreseeable future.

Orlando City finalizing deal with former Real Madrid defender David Mateos - Orlando Sentinel
The club is finalizing a deal to sign Spanish centerback David Mateos from Ferencvárosi in Hungary, multiple sources confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel.

Orlando City SC Forward Cyle Larin Voted MLS Player of the Week - Orlando City SC
Canadian Orlando City SC forward Cyle Larin was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 21 of the 2015 MLS season.

Major League Soccer Gambles On Star Power Of Aging Foreign Players - NPR
This strategy of luring high profile stars with huge contracts isn't unique to MLS, or even to soccer, but since the league instituted a "designated player" rule in 2007 — allowing teams to sign players who don't count toward the salary cap — it has acquired a certain reputation in some circles.

Landon Donovan reflects on MLS, retirement, U.S. soccer's future - ESPN
Landon Donovan, the coach? While it may be too early to say that the former U.S. legend has found his new calling, Donovan has been named coach for the MLS Homegrown Team for their match against Club America Under-20s on Tuesday, July 28 (9 p.m. ET) as part of the league's All-Star Game week. We chatted with Donovan about his new role and whether the U.S. is on the right track for player development.

Opinion: Why are the New York Red Bulls being compared to NYC FC? - Once a Metro
The New York Red Bulls currently sit at #3 in the Eastern Conference with a 8-6-5 (29 pts) record on the year, and is almost guaranteed a playoff spot for the 6th straight year. So why then are some Red Bull fans comparing the team to New York City FC?

Jock Math: The first half review - 24th Minute
As we enter the unofficial second half of the MLS season (it’s closer to the final third, but we like to define seasons as pre and post All Star Games in North America), let’s have a look at how things are shaping up. Not a subjective look – you can get that yourself by looking at the standings and putting your pre-conceived notions of what teams are into the mix.

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BC SOCCER

Harrison Industrial claim President’s Cup soccer trophy - Kamloops This Week
Harrison Industrial Contracting posted a 2-1 victory over Bold Pizzeria in the Kamloops Men’s Soccer League President’s Cup Tournament final.

Khalsa wins sixth Sheila Anderson trophy - New Westminster Record
Khalsa Sporting Club won the PCSL's Sheila Anderson Memorial Cup for the sixth time in club history following a 1-0 victory over the Victoria Highlanders at Trillium Turf on Sunday.

Mid Isle Mariners go down 2-1 in playoffs - Nanaimo Daily News
It was a disappointing end to the season for the Mid Isle Mariners, who lost out in their first PCSL playoff game Saturday and failed to advance to the provincial final.

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CANADA

Ontario Soccer Centre fields receive FIFA 2-Star designation - OSA
The Ontario Soccer Centre has officially received FIFA 2-Star designation for both its new indoor and outdoor turfs.  The AstroTurf GT is now a FIFA recommended 2-Star quality and is a major improvement over its former aging turf.

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NASL

Excitement builds for Eddies second match at Shell Place - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton returns to Fort McMurray, Aug. 2 to host the North American Soccer League’s (NASL) first-place squad Ottawa Fury FC. The Eddies found recent success up north, cruising to a 4-0 victory in the most northern professional soccer match ever played in CONCACAF competition. The Fort McMurray setting was unique, with enthusiasm for this weekend’s match building as a result of last visit’s dramatic match.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Mexico manager Miguel Herrera fired following alleged incident with journalist - MLS
Days after allegedly punching a journalist at the Philadelphia airport in the aftermath of his team’s Gold Cup title game victory over Jamaica, Mexico manager Miguel Herrera has been fired.

There was more to Miguel Herrera’s firing than just punching a journalist - Soccer Gods
On Tuesday, he was fired as Mexico’s coach, leaving the team headless at a particularly challenging time, with the qualifiers just a few months ahead, as well as a crucial match against the United States in October to settle who will represent CONCACAF at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

Copa Libertadores: Tigres, River in touching distance of glory - FIFA
Familiar foes, having already met in the group phase of this year’s Copa Libertadores de America, Mexican club Tigres UANL and Argentina’s River Plate will again go head-to-head in the final. A first in this competition for Tigres, for River this will be their fifth appearance in the title decider – 19 years on from their second and last triumph in the coveted Copa in 1996.

Michel Platini confirms he will run for Fifa president: Uefa president favourite to succeed Sepp Blatter - The Independent
The Frenchman said he wants to "to give FIFA back the dignity and the position it deserves".

Michel Platini wants top Fifa job but Prince Ali is unhappy - BBC Sport
Michel Platini has been criticised by a potential Fifa presidential rival, hours after confirming he will stand for world football's top job.

Jamaica’s Rudy Austin ‘has to leave UK’ under FA’s new work permit rules - The Guardian
Austin, who spent three seasons at Leeds and turned down a £500,000 move to Wigan in January, will be forced to uproot his family as he no longer qualifies for a work permit under the FA’s new regulations. Under the new rules, a player’s country of origin has to be in world’s top 50.

UEFA Champions League: Monaco and Skënderbeu well set for play-offs - UEFA
Monaco and Skënderbeu won by two goals away from home on a night of nine third qualifying round first legs that also yielded victories for APOEL, Panathinaikos and Viktoria Plzeň.

Zimbabwe sanctioned for Olympic qualifying no-show - FIFA
The qualifying match for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 that was scheduled for 19 July 2015 between Côte d’Ivoire and Zimbabwe has been declared a 3-0 forfeit victory for Côte d’Ivoire.

Supporter-Owned Soccer Team Fights For Its Future In Nashville - Vice Sports
A team like Nashville FC has to dream big. But while club soccer's rapid growth in the United States makes such an ascent a possibility, Nashville FC's present is interesting enough. Nashville FC is owned and controlled by its supporters, who vote on every club decision.

Manchester United charge season ticket holders for game with no confirmed date or opponents - The Telegraph
United are seeded in the draw for the ties, which will take place on the 18th or 19th of August and 25th or 26th of August, and since every single one of the club's fans are filthy rich and none of them have any work or personal commitments that may possibly clash with the game, they have had the exact amount that a ticket for the match will cost deducted from their personal collection of money, as per the rules of direct debit.

BC Soccer News, Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

SEATTLE SOUNDERS vs. WHITECAPS FC

CASCADIA CUP

7:00 PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2015

CENTURYLINK FIELD, SEATTLE, WA.

WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Eight matches + three competitions = one busy month ahead for Whitecaps FC - Whitecaps FC
“Win, win, and win.” That’s how Vancouver Whitecaps FC co-owner Jeff Mallett answered a question earlier this month about juggling three different competitions during what is set to be a busy month of August. “It’s going to test our depth,” Mallett added.

Whitecaps gear up for grueling August schedule - Sportsnet
Given that an eight-game August looms, claiming a win here was incredibly important for Vancouver in its final match of July.

Mark Geiger Assigned to Referee Sounders - Whitecaps FC on August 1 - PRO Referees
Editor: The controversial referee will be making his first MLS appearance since the Mexico-Panama Gold Cup semi-final.

Hypothesizing a 3-back Formation for the Vancouver Whitecaps - Eighty-Six Forever
Throughout history teams have employed a variety of formations. Each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Over the past few decades, the norm has been for teams to play with a four-back defense, consisting of two centre-backs and two fullbacks. However, over the past five years, some teams –more in the international game– have begun to switch to a three-back defense.

Is it Time to Sell (High) on Darren Mattocks? - Eighty-Six Forever
Mattocks has been a polarizing figure in Vancouver. Given this shaky relationship and the uncertainty of the future, Mattocks' performance at the Gold Cup begs the question: Should Mattocks be Sold? I doubt his market value has ever been higher, and I suspect it never will be again. If the Whitecaps can get a good return maybe it is time to part with their backup striker. However, the decision is not this simple.

Whitecaps rout sad Earthquakes at BC Place - Whitecaps Fan Blog
The Vancouver Whitecaps and their fans had been starved of a good home victory for some time now,(since May 30, in fact!). With a struggling San Jose Earthquakes coming to town, a home victory seemed more certain than not.

Montreal Impact acquire international star Didier Drogba - MLS
Drogba comes to Montreal as part of a sign-and-trade with the Chicago Fire, with the Fire sending the 37-year-old striker to the Impact in exchange for general and targeted allocation money. He will officially join the Impact’s roster upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and his Canadian work permit.

Drogba Signing Puts Buzz Back in Montreal - Vice Sports
Back in February, Joey Saputo—the mercurial owner of the Montreal Impact—lamented that the buzz for his Major League Soccer franchise was gone. A last-place finish will do that to a team, after all. Then, on Monday, Saputo did something that, as recently as a few years ago, would have seemed impossible: He signed Didier Drogba. Yes, that Didier Drogba.

Chicago Fire sign Gilberto after trade with Montreal Impact involving Didier Drogba - MLS
The club announced on Monday that it has acquired Brazilian forward Gilberto after claiming him off of waivers from Toronto FC. To accommodate Gilberto as a Designated Player on the Fire roster, Targeted Allocation Money was used to lower the budget charge of Kennedy Igboananike, freeing a DP slot. Chicago’s three DPs are now Gilberto, Shaun Maloney and David Accam.

Drogba signing a huge boost for Montreal - Goal
There’s no question that the Impact, a club which has endured dwindling ticket sales over the last few seasons, needed a signing of this magnitude to improve its numbers at the gate and invigorate its standing in the fickle sporting landscape of Montreal.

Drogba and Gilberto: A tale of two DPs - Soccer America
For the second time in a year, the Fire missed out on a major signing, but this time it was able to parlay its resources into an alternative.

Drogba a smart signing for Montreal Impact - Sportsnet
It’s easy to view the Montreal Impact’s signing of Didier Drogba as another example of an aging star leveraging his fame to take advantage of an MLS team and collect one final payday before retiring.

Drogba 'perfect fit' for Montreal - Goal
Didier Drogba's winning mentality is not the only reason Montreal Impact went after the former Ivory Coast international. Montreal Impact sporting director Nick De Santis declared Didier Drogba "the perfect fit" for his club after signing the former Chelsea striker.

Gilberto Gonezo - 24th Minute
MLS roster rules can be difficult to follow for even the most experienced observers of the league. So, fans can be excused for being left baffled by the news that former TFC Designated Player Gilberto was put on waivers last night by the club, where he was picked up by the Chicago Fire.

Yedlin, Kane, Eriksen headline Tottenham roster for MLS All-Star Game - SBI
After departing the Seattle Sounders last August, DeAndre Yedlin is set to take on MLS opposition once again. Tottenham has announced the list of players traveling to the United States for the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 29 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

Pochettino leaves door open for Yedlin to stay with Tottenham for upcoming season - SBI
DeAndre Yedlin will take the field with Tottenham on Wednesday in the MLS All-Star game, and head coach Mauricio Pochettino says that it may not be the last time that the 22-year-old is seen in a Spurs uniform this season.

Teibert and MLS Homegrown team set to take on Club America U-20 tonight in Colorado - Whitecaps FC
Russell Teibert and the MLS Homegrown team are set to meet Club America’s U-20 squad tonight in the second annual Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. PT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and the match will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com.

Five players to keep an eye on in Tuesday's Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game - MLS
You know about the Chicago Fire's Harry Shipp, I'm assuming. Shipp is the captain of the MLS Homegrown team that will be taking on Club America's U-20s in Tuesday night's Chipotle Homegrown Game (6 pm PT; live stream on MLSsoccer.com), and he's among the best playmakers in the league.

Is Kantari the final piece for Toronto FC? - Red Nation Online
At first glance, it looks as though the scouting department with Toronto FC, who seems to have strong relationships with clubs and agents, on paper have made another good move with the signing of Moroccan International center back Ahmed Kantari.

Is MLS taking first steps to break the NCAA development bonds? - Inside World Football
The MLS has formed a partnership with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), making the school its exclusive education partner...This is perhaps an indication of US. soccer shifting away from the nation's traditional sporting model in an attempt to catch up with the global counterparts.

An inside look at how MLS teams are using analytics - Soccer Gods
The first rule of using analytics in Major League Soccer is, apparently, that you don’t talk about using analytics in Major League Soccer. The second rule is, of course, the same.

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BC SOCCER

Thousands of kids sidelined as Surrey soccer club gets red carded - The Province
One of B.C.’s largest youth soccer clubs, the Surrey-based Central City Breakers, has been suspended from play pending an investigation into charges against the organization’s management team.

Central City Breakers Respond to Suspension News - Central City Breakers
"As you may have heard, the Club was informed at approximately 4 p.m. on Friday that it is under interim suspension from the District.  The confusing letter provided by the District is attached below.  The Club has already responded to the District requesting details of these complaints.  The Club has also asked the District to explain the justification for imposing discipline on the Club without first providing details of these apparent complaints or an opportunity to address the allegations."

Surrey soccer club suspended from league - CKNW
A soccer club in Surrey has been suspended after its managers were accused of abusing their authority. The Central City Breakers Football Club organizes soccer for about 3,000 players – boys, girls and adults.

VIU has eyes on moving up the ladder to the CIS - Nanaimo Daily News
The Vancouver Island University Mariners are looking to move up a level, once the next level allows it. According to VIU athletics director Bruce Hunter, the Mariners program is waiting for an opening to make its application to join the Canada West conference of Canadian Interuniversity Sport, the highest level of post-secondary athletics competition in the country.

Khalsa edges Highlanders in soccer final - Times Colonist
The Pacific Coast Soccer League championship slipped through the fingers of Victoria Highlanders FC on Sunday afternoon, as they lost the 2015 title in penalty kicks to Khalsa Sporting Club at Trillium Park in Vancouver.

BC Soccer Assoc. Hosts Annual Referee Assessors and Instructors Symposium at the BC Soccer Provincial A Championships - BCSA
he BC Soccer Youth Provincial A Cup was host to the Annual Referee Assessors and Instructors Symposium on July 8-11 while the Les Sinnott Memorial B Cup and the Girls Provincial B Cup were host to other grassroots referee initiatives including on field and classroom sessions that focused on Grassroots Referee Development.

BC Soccer Assoc., ViaSport and the Provincial Government Continue to Build on the FIFA Women's World Cup Legacy - BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. and ViaSport with support from the Provincial Government will lead a minimum of four community workshop events across the province between late-September and mid-October. Each one of the events will begin with a keynote speech by a female sports leader, followed by a professional development workshop by The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport (CAAWS) and a female specific soccer festival portion designed to engage U12 females in soccer specific, fun and active learning environments.

BCSPL releases fall schedule and League Cup updates - BCSPL
The fall season, played as the BCSPL League Cup with round robin and playoff rounds to eventually declare a League Cup Champion in each age group, will begin on the September 19/20 weekend.

B.C. U12 Side Travel to Spain to Play Youth Academies - Edward Pereira
A group of talented U12 footballers are heading out soon for an unlikely but dreamy journey to Spain next week to play the local youth academy teams of Levante, Valencia, Athletico Madrid, and Real Madrid – some of Spain’s most revered professional football clubs.

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CANADA

What's Next for Canadian Soccer After a Long and Emotional Summer? - Bleacher Report
Almost three years have passed since Canada infamously lost 8-1 to Honduras in third-round World Cup qualifying. This humbling defeat was supposed to spark significant change within the Canadian Soccer Association.

Canada faces difficult road to 2018 World Cup - Goal
Should they get past minnow Belize in September’s home-and-away series, Canada’s path to Russia 2018 will see it play Mexico and Honduras in the CONCACAF semifinal round.

Rustad: Canada needs new blood, time to improve - Sportsnet
This has been a rough summer for Canadian soccer. Canada reached the quarterfinals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, but even though the team made the knockout round for the first time since 2003 there was a sense that the Reds underwhelmed on home soil.

Public Health Agency of Canada, Canada Soccer, FIFA and Canadian Sport for Life bring soccer injury prevention programs to community soccer clubs across the country - CSA
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health with Victor Montagliani, President, Canada Soccer, Dr. Jiri Dvorak, Chief Medical Officer, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), and Richard Way, CEO, Canadian Sport for Life today announced a total investment of $2 million aimed at reducing injuries in Canadian youth soccer players.

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WOMEN'S SOCCER

Washington Spirit Reserves claim first W-League title - Soccer America
The Washington Spirit Reserves got two goals from Chilean Yanara Aedo Munoz -- including the game-winner in the 89th minute -- to beat the Colorado Pride, 2-1, and capture their first W-League championship in the league's 21 years. Aedo Munoz also scored Washington’s goal in its 1-0 semifinal victory against the Quebec Dynamo ARSQ.

Thorns fall to homestanding Reign, rain, 0:3 - Prost Amerika
In front of a franchise-high crowd of 6,303, and powered by goals from Beverly Yanez and Jess Fishlock, Seattle Reign FC beat both the Portland Thorns and a steady rainfall to move into first place in the National Women’s Soccer League.

New leaders emerge while favourites falter - FIFA
While women’s leagues around the world have long since returned to normal after the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015, Chelsea and Rosengard seem to be struggling to rediscover their rhythm. With the Blues slipping down the table in England, Rosengard have now gone three matches without a win in the Damallsvenskan.

Boxx won’t finish NWSL season, will play with US - The Equalizer
Shannon Boxx will not return to the Chicago Red Stars for the rest of the season, U.S. Soccer announced on Monday. Boxx and fellow U.S. midfielder Lauren Holiday will each retire at the end of 2015. Both players will take part in the United States’ World Cup victory tour, a 10-game series from August through December.

Women's FA Cup: Leanne Crichton praises progress of game - BBC Sport
Women's football is a generation ahead of where Notts County's Leanne Crichton envisioned it would be growing up.

The Mundo Sisters Take In-Depth Look at Soccer’s Biggest Stars in ‘What Makes Us’ Series - Paste Soccer
If women’s soccer is ever going to be seen as on par with men’s soccer, it will take more than the 28 million causal viewers who tuned into see the US women defeat Japan 5-2 in emphatic fashion to win their third World Cup earlier this month.

NASL

Jones’ recovery bodes well for Eddies on offence - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton midfielder Ritchie Jones came off the bench against Atlanta Silverbacks to make his North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season debut, July 26 at Clarke Field. Jones was a crucial part of the Eddies offence during the Spring Season, but his presence in the squad for the Fall Season has been limited due to an ankle injury.

Haworth Named NASL Player of the Week - Ottawa Fury FC
Ottawa Fury FC forward Carl Haworth has been named NASL Player of the Week the League announced today. After scoring his first goal of the season Wednesday night in a 2-1 win over Atlanta, Haworth netted his second of the week in dramatic fashion in stoppage time to give Fury FC a 2-1 win over the Carolina RailHawks on Sunday afternoon at TD Place perching Ottawa atop the NASL standings and running their unbeaten streak to an impressive 10 games.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Fifa: Michel Platini to announce presidency bid - BBC Sport
Uefa president Michel Platini will announce later this week he wants to be the next president of Fifa.

Exclusive: Platini poised to hold UEFA and FIFA top jobs at same time - Inside World Football
Michel Platini could remain in temporary charge of UEFA even if he takes over from Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, Insideworldfootball has learned.

CONCACAF Watch: Let's fix the Gold Cup - Goal
The real issue is that no matter which bureaucrats are at the helm, CONCACAF is far more worried about making money than keeping teams happy or developing the sport. The U.S. Department of Justice's investigation is the perfect time for those in charge to make a real change, not just pay lip service to transparency and honesty while serving their own interests. What better way to start that process than reworking the confederations' most important tournament?

Don't sweat about the Gold Cup — it's not worth your attention - Goal
A notoriously stoic figure, Michael Bradley couldn't help but let out a rare half-smile. It's pretty difficult to discuss the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a straight face. "I say this with total endearment," he said. "It's a ridiculous tournament."

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera involved in altercation with reporter - SBI
It’s no news that Mexico Head Coach Miguel Herrera has a wild side to him, which was quite clear from his sideline celebrations in last year’s World Cup, but that wild side has now, allegedly, translated off the field.

FIFA Reform Task Force debate stuck on 'independent' criteria - Inside World Football
he much-anticipated Reform Task Force set up by FIFA in response to its burgeoning corruption crisis appears to have hit a potentially serious snag after Domenico Scala (pictured), favourite to land the job as the body's chairman, said he would not take it on unless he was guaranteed full independence.

UEFA Champions League first legs: Your guide - UEFA
In-form Shakhtar visit Fenerbahçe, Steaua rely on a new signing to shine and Darko Jevtić has an emotional Basel reunion: UEFA.com's correspondents preview the first legs.

Operation Promotion: how Grimsby fans crowdfunded £110,000 for their manager - The Guardian
When Grimsby missed out on promotion to the Football League in May a few fans decided to set up a crowdfunding campaign to help their manager buy new players. They hoped to receive £20,000 but ended up with over £110,000.

Scouting for success: how to unearth a gem - BBC Sport
What are scouts looking for at the Milk Cup, the youth tournament in Northern Ireland - and how does it feel to find a genius?

Carrow Road at 80: how Norwich built ‘eighth wonder of the world’ in 81 days - The Guardian
Norwich City abandoned their Nest stadium in 1935 amid safety concerns and broke it up to help construct a new ground. West Ham were the first visitors and this week return for a friendly to mark Carrow Road’s 80th birthday.

BC Soccer News, Monday, July 27, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

WHITECAPS FC  3  SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES  1

SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2015

B.C. PLACE, VANCOUVER

WHITECAPS FC & MLS

CSA Clarifies – Declares Drogba Eligible for Voyageurs Cup, Pending Roster Size & Transfer BC Soccer Web
Montreal Impact confirmed today that they have signed former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. Even at 37, Drogba's skill and size will make him a major acquisition and feared opponent throughout Major League Soccer. The move also brought speculation on what impact he could have on the Whitecaps' upcoming Voyageurs Cup Final against Montreal.

The Impact acquires striker Didier Drogba - Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Monday that the club has acquired Ivorian striker and Designated Player Didier Drogba, in a trade with the Chicago Fire, in return for general and targeted allocation money. He will officially join the roster upon receiving his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and his Canadian work permit. As per MLS policy, details of the deal have not been released.

PHOTO GALLERY: WHITECAPS FC 3 SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 1 - BC Soccer Web
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Whitecaps FC jump into second in the West with dominant 3-1 win over San Jose - Whitecaps FC
Man of the Match Mauro Rosales scored his first goal in a Vancouver Whitecaps FC (11W-8L-3D) uniform, Kendall Waston opened his account for 2015, and the ‘Caps scored on a corner for the first time this season. And that was just the first half.

Latino threesome puts Whitecaps home woes to bed - AFTN
Home woes. What home woes? Vancouver Whitecaps banished them, for now at least, and put in a decisive display that saw them cruise to a 3-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes.

Whitecaps find new ways to score in win over San Jose - Goal
After registering his first-ever goal for Vancouver, Mauro Rosales orchestrated the match winner from a corner in an important home win over San Jose Earthquakes.

Vancouver Whitecaps say 3-1 win over Quakes a good building block for "massive battle" in West - MLS
Having already dropped 14 points at BC Place this year, the win was an obvious relief for head coach Carl Robinson, but it was the nature of Vancouver's victory that pleased the Welshman the most.

Whitecaps top the Quakes in comprehensive fashion - Eighty-Six Forever
There was added value attached to the points available to the Whitecaps and the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday. Top-six neighbours Portland, Seattle, LA and SKC had all suffered defeat in the days preceding the much anticipated contest in Upper Cascadia, presenting the opportunity to climb the extremely tight standings.

Whitecaps quell 'Quakes at BC Place - 24 Hours
Finally, some home delivery from the Vancouver Whitecaps. As underwhelming as the Whitecaps have been at BC Place this season, they were the opposite for most of Sunday’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes in a 3-1 triumph.

San Jose Earthquakes point to slow start in loss to Vancouver Whitecaps: "We got punished for it" - MLS
Before the San Jose Earthquakes could even break much of a sweat in their match Sunday evening against the Vancouver Whitecaps, they found themselves right where they knew they couldn’t be: trailing on the road against one of the best teams in the Western Conference.

Rosales guides Whitecaps to solid victory over Earthquakes - Red Nation Online
The Vancouver Whitecaps had an opportunity to turn their poor home record around with a date against the San Jose Earthquakes. Dominic's Kinnear's team has been on the wrong side of the playoff pictures in the western conference for much of the season.

Whitecaps dominate Earthquakes for first win in four games - SBI
Anyone who thought the Vancouver Whitecaps were fading away as the dog days of summer drag on is probably thinking again now. The Whitecaps put on a dominant display against the San Jose Earthquakes to win, 3-1, at BC Place on Sunday.

Whitecaps see off Earthquakes, 3-1 - Vancouver Sun
With goal scoring up around MLS the last few weeks – and isn’t that nice for the fans – the Vancouver Whitecaps finally got in on the act Sunday at BC Place

Morales nearing full fitness and looking towards future with Vancouver - Red Nation Online
Pedro Morales made his long-awaited return to the Vancouver Whitecaps last night against the San Jose Earthquakes. The Chilean midfielder came on as a second half substitute and played 22 minutes in Vancouver's 3-1 victory. Morales has been working his way back from a small tear in his left calf that left him on the sidelines for seven weeks and much longer than first anticipated.

Impact trample on Sounders dream of road point with late winner - Prost Amerika
The Seattle Sounders dropped another late result on Saturday, losing 1-0 at Stade Saputo to the Montreal Impact. A similar performance to those so familiar of late followed the Sounders back East. Some will contend the scoreline did not accurately reflect the gulf in class, as Montreal looked the better side from minute 1 to 90.

Questionable no-call costs Revolution against Chicago - Prost Amerika
Referee Ricardo Salazar awarded the Fire a questionable penalty kick late in the first half, Shaun Maloney converting the spot shot to tie the match at 1-1 before halftime. But Salazar didn’t call a penalty kick for the Revolution on a seemingly obvious handball in the penalty area in second half stoppage time.

Toronto FC earn big comeback draw in Columbus - Red Nation Online
After delivering a dominant win against the Philadelphia Union last weekend, Toronto FC were back on the road for a Saturday evening fixture against Eastern Conference rivals the Columbus Crew.

Never count out the ‘new’ Toronto FC - Sportsnet
Down 2-0 at halftime against the Columbus Crew—and on the road, no less—Toronto FC looked dead and buried on Saturday night.

New York Red Bulls Sign Shaun Wright-Phillips - NY Red Bulls
Former English Premier League standout Shaun Wright-Phillips has signed a contract with the New York Red Bulls. A former member of England’s World Cup team, Shaun Wright-Phillips joins his brother Bradley with the Red Bulls.Bradley Wright-Phillips, will be announced by the club as a new signing on Monday.

Montreal Impact get Didier Drogba's MLS rights from Chicago Fire - sources - ESPN FC
The Montreal Impact has acquired the MLS rights to Ivorian striker Didier Drogba from the Chicago Fire, and is poised to sign the player to a contract, sources have told ESPN FC.

Whitecaps' path to Voyageurs Cup may go through Didier Drogba - The Province
The Whitecaps' path to a first-ever Voyageurs Cup will probably have to go through Didier Drogba. ESPN's Jeff Carlisle reported Sunday that the Montreal Impact have acquired the MLS rights to Drogba, the 37-year-old Ivory Coast and Chelsea legend.

Montreal’s Ciman makes impact in 1st MLS season - Sportsnet
The Montreal Impact didn’t beat the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night, Laurent Ciman did.

Chicago Fire acquire Toronto FC forward Gilberto off waivers - ESPN FC
The Chicago Fire's quest for help up front has seen them turn to a familiar face in MLS circles, as the club have acquired Brazilian forward Gilberto off waivers from Toronto FC, sources have told ESPNFC.com.

Offensive outburst propels NYCFC over Orlando City - SBI
The emotions of the crowd at Yankee Stadium swung from side to side, but when it was all said and done, the home supporters among the 32,041 in the stands came away with a quite pleasant victory on Sunday afternoon.

Pirlo thanks New York City fans for 'beautiful' welcome - Goal
New York City midfielder Andrea Pirlo labeled his debut "beautiful" after featuring in front of 32,041 fans at Yankee Stadium.

D.C. United overcomes early deficit to beat Union - SBI
In just four minutes, D.C. United found itself in a deep hole Sunday, but the team’s new forward pairing led an impressive comeback charge, winning, 3-2, against the Philadelphia Union.

MLS announces exclusive education partnership with Southern New Hampshire University - MLS
Through the partnership, SNHU will empower MLS players to pursue their higher-education degrees, while MLS will provide exclusive learning opportunities and experiences to current SNHU students. The university will partner with MLS to reach and support students that require innovative education options.

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BC SOCCER

PACIFIC COAST SOCCER LEAGUE

CHALLENGE CUP

SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2015

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL

KHALSA SC  1  VICTORIA HIGHLANDERS  1

(KHALSA SC WINS ON PENALTIES 4-1)

TRILLIUM WEST TURF, VANCOUVER

SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2015

SEMI FINALS

VANCOUVER UNITED  1   KHALSA SC  4

VICTORIA HIGHLANDERS  2   MID ISLE MARINERS  1

PHOTO GALLERY: 2015 PCSL Challenge Cup Final - BC Soccer Web
Khalsa Sporting Club defeated Victoria Highlanders on penalties. Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

South District Girls Soccer Assoc. Suspends Central City Breakers - SDGSA
South District Girls Soccer Assocation (SDGSA) has suspended Central City Football Club (CCB) as a member effective immediately.

New VMSL Premier Team to be Coached by Blaise Nkufo - Rino's Vancouver SC
Over the summer months, the club’s management has been hard at work behind the scenes, and we now have two exciting announcements to make regarding the upcoming Vancouver Metro Soccer League season.

Pinnacles women's soccer team earns draw in final game - Penticton Western News
The Penticton GM Murray Pinnacles wrapped up its exhibition season with a win and a draw. The Pinnacles were in Kamloops last weekend defeating Thompson Rivers University 2-1, then later on Saturday, earned a 2-2 draw against Prince George.

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CANADA - 2018 WC QUALIFYING - CONCACAF GOLD CUP

Canada MNT to face Belize in next round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers - CSA
In the preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ that took place in St. Petersburg, RUS, on Saturday, Canada found out who they’ll play in the third and fourth rounds of qualifying in the CONCACAF region. First up is Belize in a home-and-away series that takes place on Friday 4 September at BMO Field in Toronto with the return leg that takes place in Belize on Tuesday 8 September.

Canada's draw: I 8 to be the 1 to say this but - 24th Minute
Yes, you can make a joke here about how the only way CanMNT is going to Russia is on a tourist visa, but the undeniable truth is the slots aren’t determined on paper – not when you’re good and not when you’re, well, Canada.

USA gets break in World Cup 2018 qualifying draw - Soccer America
The USA was drawn with Trinidad & Tobago and the winners of St. Vincent & The Grenadines/Aruba and Antigua & Barbuda/Guatemala in the third round of World Cup 2018 qualifying in the Concacaf zone. It should be a relatively easy group from which the top two teams advance to the Hexagonal, the final round of qualifying, certainly a lot easier than Group B, which might feature four of the seven 2015 Gold Cup quarterfinalists still alive in World Cup qualifying.

USMNT will play World Cup qualifier in St. Louis - SBI
After hosting the U.S. Women’s National Team ahead of the World Cup this summer, fans in St. Louis will be getting a bit more U.S. Soccer action in the future. Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, will be the host of a U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup qualifier in November.

World Cup qualifying draw for Russia 2018 yields mouthwatering matchups - ESPN FC
With FIFA's World Cup qualifying draw now firmly in the books, Nick Miller analyses the biggest early storylines on the three-year march toward Russia.

Spain, Italy meet in 2018 WC qualifying - TSN
Relief for Germany. Apprehension for Spain, Italy, France, and the Netherlands. And England resuming international football's oldest rivalry with Scotland.

England favourites to reach World Cup but must beware Scotland and Slovakia - The Guardian
Unlike the European Championship, it remains fiendishly difficult to reach the World Cup finals – only one team from each group is guaranteed a ticket to football’s greatest jamboree, and the worst second-placed sides does not even get the chance of a two-legged play-offs. Yet England will be satisfied if not buoyant following a draw that pits them against an old enemy in Scotland but avoids the traditional powerhouses.

Russia glows with 2018 show, but dark side of racism lurks off-stage - Inside World Football
The millions of fans who tuned in across the globe to watch Saturday's 2018 World Cup draw could have been forgiven for thinking everything in Russia's garden was rosy.

Jamaica 1, Mexico 3 | CONCACAF Gold Cup Match Recap - MLS
Mired in controversy and engulfed in pressure, Mexico saved their best for last, breezing past Jamaica to capture a record seventh Gold Cup title that sets up a fascinating Confederations Cup playoff against the United States on October 9.

Corona, Guardado stand tall for Mexico in Gold Cup final triumph - ESPN FC
After weeks of awful finishing from the attack and a worrisome defense, El Tri finally emerged out of its shell and dominated Jamaica in a 3-1 Gold Cup final victory in Philadelphia.

Mexico is the most talented team in CONCACAF and finally showed it in the Gold Cup final - Soccer Gods
Mexico is the champion of the 2015 Gold Cup. Well, Mexico and the refs. Some spectacularly bad refereeing helped El Tri make it to the final, but once there, it finally put on a show, beating Jamaica 3-1.

Grudge match: USMNT to host Mexico in Confederations Cup playoff at Rose Bowl on Oct. 9 - MLS
Mexico's 3-1 win over Jamaica in the Gold Cup final on Sunday evening gave them not only another trophy, but a spot in a one-game playoff against the US men's national team for the right to play in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

CONCACAF known for corruption as much as soccer - Washington Post
The banner moments of this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup belong to Panama.

Gulati gives Klinsmann full backing despite Gold Cup failure - SBI
The calls for Jurgen Klinsmann’s job are starting to grow among U.S. Men’s National Team fans, but the one man who could actually fire the German coach sounds like he’s nowhere close to considering such a move.

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WOMEN'S SOCCER

Canada WNT misses Toronto 2015 podium - Canada Soccer
It was a lack of goals - but clearly not of opportunities - that ended Canada’s Women’s National Team’s run at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games on Friday night after conceding the bronze medal match 1:2 to Mexico.

Buchanan’s Pan Am reality check may pay dividends in the future - the11.ca
It’s easy to forget that Canadian centre back Kadeisha Buchanan is months away from her 20th birthday. She’s was named the top young player at the Women’s World Cup, and her name is an automatic to appear in the Canadian starting XI.

Pan Ams a starting point for young Canadians - Sportsnet
It all started on July 11. That was the beginning of a journey for a young Canadian women’s side at the Pan Am Games that featured ups, downs, plenty of learning experiences and now, ends on a bittersweet note.

‘Now what?’ Back to work in NWSL after Women’s World Cup thrill ride. - Washington Post
Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris welcome return to routine and the Washington Spirit after winning World Cup.

Five-minute Yanez brace lifts Reign to top of table - The Equalizer
The largest crowd ever to watch a Seattle Reign FC home match were treated to a 3-0 drubbing of rival Portland Thorns FC that brought the home side to the top of the NWSL table by a point over the Red Stars. Jessica Fishlock scored in the first half and Bev Yanez scored twice in the opening five minutes of the second half in front of 6,303 at Memorial Stadium.

Lloyd ‘lost all respect’ for Flash for handling of trade - The Equalizer
Angering Carli Lloyd never ends up well for an opponent. That has been seen time and time again: the 2008 Olympics, the 2012 Olympics and the 2015 World Cup come to mind. That’s why Saturday seems ominous for the Western New York Flash.

Walk the walk: Lloyd sinks Flash after harsh words - The Equalizer
Carli Lloyd made her mark and scored the lone goal in the second half to secure the Houston Dash the 1-0 win against the Western New York Flash on Saturday in front of a season high crowd of 4,110 at Sahlen’s Stadium.

FA head of women's leagues targets WSL expansion - BBC Sport
The Women's Super League could be expanded to 24 teams in the future, according to the FA's head of women's leagues and competitions, Katy Brazier.

The Football League Paper to introduce weekly women’s football coverage - The Football League Paper
The growing popularity of women’s football is to be reflected by The Football League Paper becoming the first newspaper to devote a weekly pull-out to the female game.

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WFC2 & USL

UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE

WHITECAPS FC 2  0   TULSA ROUGHNECKS  4

FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2015

U.B.C. THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, POINT GREY

PHOTO GALLERY: WFC2 0 TULSA ROUGHNECKS 4, JULY 24, 2015 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

Rough night for WFC2 as they go down to “embarrassing” 4-0 home loss to Tulsa - AFTN
It was ‘Beach Night’ at Thunderbird Stadium but WFC2 more gave the impression of playing in quicksand as they slumped to their worst defeat of the USL season, going down 4-0 at home to Tulsa Roughnecks and leaving their playoff hopes hanging by a thread.

WFC2 loses 4-0 at home against the Tulsa Roughnecks FC - Eighty-Six Forever
The Tulsa side earns an emphatic win at Thunderbird Stadium in what was arguably the worst performance by the young Whitecaps squad this season.

Report: USL to Expand to Reno in 2016 - Scratching the Pitch
USL has communicated an official policy not to comment on potential teams. A source inside the league, however, has confirmed that Reno will be joining Rio Grande Valley and Cincinnati as independent (non-MLS) franchises joining USL for the 2016 season. These teams are reportedly paying a substantial $2,000,000 fee to gain entry into the league that continues to raise its profile in the American sports scene. Consider that teams established in 2013 and 2014 doled out a comparatively meager $500,000 to join USL PRO (as the league was known then).

NASL

Regulars return as Eddies concede first defeat of Fall Season - FC Edmonton
Atlanta Silverbacks striker Jaime Chávez registered a brace and striker Shaka Bangura added a third goal right after second half substitute Tomi Ameobi scored the lone Eddies goal.

Defending a “calamity” as FCE gifts three goals to the Silverbacks - the11.ca
The defensive issues that plagued FC Edmonton throughout the NASL spring season returned for the team’s first fall-season game at Clarke Field.

Unbeatable! Haworth's last gasp winner sends Fury FC atop the NASL standings - Ottawa Fury FC
In an unforgettable finish, Ottawa Fury FC defeated the Carolina RailHawks 2-1 at TD Place on Sunday afternoon to move into first overall in the NASL Combined standings for the first time in club history. Carl Haworth played hero with a dramatic stoppage-time winner and Aly Alberto Hassan scored his first goal for Fury FC in his first start with the club.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Belgian court backs FIFA ban on third-party player ownership - ESPN FC
FIFA has welcomed the upholding of its ban on third-party investors owning players' transfer rights by a Belgian court.

Brussels court boots TPO, slave traders and 'loan sharks' into touch - Inside World Football
UEFA and FIFA are celebrating a landmark victory in their joint fight to outlaw Third Party Ownership (TPO) after a Brussels court threw out a legal case against them launched to try and overturn the worldwide ban on the practise.

Fifasco: Corruption fallout could hurt soccer’s development - Daily Maverick
One of the biggest knock-on effects of the ongoing corruption scandal at Fifa could stall development of the game because sponsors aren’t so keen to invest. Soccer’s world governing body is after $6-billion in revenue from the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia. That revenue will trickle down across the globe to ensure that the sport continues to grow, but Fifa has not singed a single new sponsor since the final in Brazil last year.

Twente given lifeline as Eredvisie OKs debt plan and clears club to play - Inside World Football
FC Twente will start the new Eredivisie without a points deduction or any other sanctions after the Dutch FA KNVB approved the club's new plan to further reduce its debts.

When They Mattered: Ajax and its failed chance at a second dynasty - Soccer Gods
The high point was also the tipping point. The slow and torturous decline began almost at the very moment 18-year-old Patrick Kluivert’s 84th-minute toe-poke skittered past Sebastiano Rossi and into AC Milan’s net to win the 1994-95 Champions League, whereupon the teenaged striker wheeled away as he twisted his jersey around on his torso so everybody could see real well.

The stats guru helping keep alive football history in Australia - The Guardian
You can say, without fear of contradiction, that Andrew Howe is a nerd. A senior demographer at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, he has spent his adult life voluntarily collecting and organising Australia’s football statistics. “I grew up on stats,” he says. “I’m a population statistician by day and I’m the football statistician by night.”

BC Soccer News, Weekend, July 24-26, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

WHITECAPS FC  3  SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES  1

SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2015

B.C. PLACE, VANCOUVER

WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Whitecaps FC jump into second in the West with dominant 3-1 win over San Jose - Whitecaps FC
Man of the Match Mauro Rosales scored his first goal in a Vancouver Whitecaps FC (11W-8L-3D) uniform, Kendall Waston opened his account for 2015, and the ‘Caps scored on a corner for the first time this season. And that was just the first half. 

Preview: Whitecaps FC host San Jose Earthquakes Sunday at BC Place - Whitecaps FC
The away team has never won a match between Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10W-8L-3D) and San Jose Earthquakes (7W-8L-4D) in Major League Soccer. And the ‘Caps are hoping to keep it that way – at least for the time being.

After winless start to July, San Jose Earthquakes look to jumpstart push for playoffsMLS
When the San Jose Earthquakes beat the LA Galaxy on June 27, the Quakes still trailed their southerly neighbors by three points in MLS’ Western Conference standings. But San Jose had played only 16 regular-season matches as of that night at Stanford Stadium, while the Galaxy had completed four more, meaning that the Quakes were out ahead on a points-per-game basis, 1.56 to 1.40.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. San Jose Earthquakes | MLS Match PreviewMLS
Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the San Jose Earthquakes meet for a second time this season in a massive match for the playoff ambitions of both clubs when they face off Sunday afternoon at BC Place. Whitecaps FC are in the thick of the playoff positions in the division – just two points out of first, but one point ahead of sixth – following their 1-1 draw at the Portland Timbers. The Quakes are seven points out of the final playoff position, after a third consecutive defeat in a 5-2 loss at the LA Galaxy in the California Clasico last Friday.

Whitecaps focused on San Jose, not the standings - Goal
Fully aware of the competitive nature of the MLS Western Conference this season, Vancouver is more focused on returning to winning ways versus the Earthquakes.

It’s time for MLS to stop playing second fiddle in its own orchestra - Prost Amerika
It’s clear there is still some growing up to do before soccer can truly take its place at the top table. Those who believe it is acceptable to place elite athletes on a patch-work quilt of a quagmire need a reality check. I’m, of course, referring to the sorry surface at CenturyLink Field, home to Seattle Seahawks of the NFL. The usual playing area is artificial turf, which has its critics. But, rather than have last Friday’s International Champions Cup clash between Manchester United and Club America played on turf, organizers – in their wisdom – opted to lay a temporary grass surface on top.

Andrea Pirlo is training with New York City FC, but status ahead of Orlando City game is "day-to-day" - MLS
The legendary Italian midfielder and NYCFC coach Jason Kreis were both noncommittal at an introductory press conference when it came to the possibility of Pirlo’s inclusion against Orlando City SC Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Countdown: Toronto FC @ Columbus - Red Nation Online
It's another massive Trillium Cup fixture as Toronto FC travel to the Buckeye State to take on rivals Columbus Crew on Saturday night. It will be a match to see how far these two teams have come since their early season tilt that saw the Crew take the lead in the three-game competition through a 2-0 victory. Columbus might not have the names like Toronto FC, but they do have the talent and output as several of their players are having outstanding campaigns that has kept them near the top of the Eastern Conference.

Youngster Delgado making his mark for TFC - Sportsnet
Marky Delgado is not going to displace Michael Bradley in Toronto FC’s starting line-up. But the youngster has acquitted himself quite well for the Reds while Bradley has been away on Gold Cup duty with the U.S. national team, and he’s made a strong case that he deserves more playing time going forward.

Atiba Harris finds fresh start on the field, family happiness in return to Texas - MLS
Thrust into the right-back position upon his return to Dallas prior to the 2015 season, the man who has spent much of his career at midfield and forward has looked like right at home while holding down the right back position for an MLS contender.

BMO Field Lifeless for Jermain Defoe's Return to Toronto - Vice Sports
Though Toronto enjoys a long sports history, the list of athletes who've left the city and are now subject to constant ridicule upon their return is quite short. Vince Carter shot to the top of that list in 2005. Phil Kessel's return to Toronto on Halloween could go either way. Perhaps because of the one-year duration of his stay, Jermain Defoe's name doesn't often come to mind. But among Toronto FC's fan base, his name draws fiery contempt.

16-year-old Tyler Adams provides ‘unbelievable moment’ with goal against Chelsea - SBI
Just 16 years old, Tyler Adams scored the goal of a lifetime Wednesday night. At an age where many are focused on homework or earning a driver’s license, the New York Red Bulls academy product did something much, much more extraordinary: he scored against one of the best teams in the world.

After injury-marred start to 2015, LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane feels "like I'm at my best now" - MLS
MLS's reigning MVP has been at his best in July, and his back-to-back hat tricks in league play were honored with MLS Player of the Week honors, the latest following his performance in last week's 5-2 comeback rout over the San Jose Earthquakes.

LA Galaxy launch revolutionary high school education program at StubHub Center - LA Galaxy
LA Galaxy have launched an innovative high school education program at StubHub Center, the country’s first of its kind blended learning program that will immerse LA Galaxy Academy student-athletes in the same environment and schedule as the LA Galaxy and LA Galaxy II. The program will launch ahead of the 2015 fall school semester.

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WFC2 & USL

UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE

WHITECAPS FC 2  0   TULSA ROUGHNECKS  4

FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2015

U.B.C. THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, POINT GREY

Roughnecks FC hand Whitecaps FC 2 tough 4-0 loss Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 (6W-10L-5D) hosted Beach Night at Thunderbird Stadium on Friday evening but the visiting Tulsa Roughnecks FC (7W-8L-4D) spoiled the party, coming away with a 4-0 decision.

Roughnecks rout Vancouver 4-0Tulsa World
The Tulsa Roughnecks FC erupted for four goals in the second half Friday night en route to a 4-0 rout of the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 in a United Soccer League game at Vancouver, British Columbia.

Match Recap: TFC II 1-0 Charleston BatteryToronto FC
Toronto FC II ended a four game losing streak and recorded their first win at the Ontario Soccer Centre, defeating Charleston Battery 1-0 on Friday in an entertaining clash between the two Eastern Conference clubs. (Editor: Notable as TFC II reportedly started an All-Canadian 11 for the match.)

WFC2 Report: Tulsa tussle crucial to playoff hopes - 24 Hours
Coming off a home win versus Seattle, WFC2 made it two Cascadian victories in a row as they took down Portland Timbers FC2 2-1 at Thunderbird Stadium. Trailing at the half, captain Tyler Rosenlund’s first of the year tied the game before the red-hot Victor Blasco won it for the home team in the 63rd minute. Blasco’s heroics gave him three goals in two games after his brace led the way against Seattle in the previous game.

Blasco bolsters Whitecaps FC2 squad - The Province
Victor Blasco came to Canada to study business, learn English, and play soccer at SFU. He came to make a better life for himself after sports. In his native Spain, the youth unemployment rate is around 50 per cent, and his parents — a businessman and a teacher — encouraged the move.

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BC SOCCER

PACIFIC COAST SOCCER LEAGUE

CHALLENGE CUP

SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2015

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL

KHALSA SC  1  VICTORIA HIGHLANDERS  1

(KHALSA SC WINS ON PENALTIES 4-1)

TRILLIUM WEST TURF, VANCOUVER

SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2015

SEMI FINALS

VANCOUVER UNITED  1   KHALSA SC  4

VICTORIA HIGHLANDERS  2   MID ISLE MARINERS  1

Whitecaps FC appoint Wes Barrett as Northern Academy head coach - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Thursday that Wes Barrett has been named the club’s new head coach for the Northern Academy Centre, a partnership with the Prince George Youth Soccer Association. His first appearance will be at this weekend’s Northern Academy Summit in Prince George, where he will be joined by a special visit from Whitecaps FC 2 goalkeeper Spencer Richey.

Whitecaps Academy summit signals changes at the top - Prince George Citizen
The end of the spring season for the Whitecaps FC Northern Academy this weekend at Rotary Field means soccer kids from Prince George will get to mesh with their counterparts from the Whitecaps' Quesnel-based Cariboo Academy. The three-day Spring Summit is also the swan song for Northern Academy coaches Sonny Pawar and Ross Holtom.

Coach Pawar's departure will leave hole in soccer community - Prince George Citizen
Sonny Pawar has left his footprints all over Prince George soccer. As he prepares to begin a new chapter in his life, the city he has called home for almost all of his 48 years owes him a rather large thank-you.

Alderson leaving UNBC soccer post - Prince George Citizen
After three years coaching men's soccer at Canada's green university, Alan Alderson is moving on to greener pastures. Alderson's pending departure as head coach to a yet-to-be announced destination leaves a large void for the UNBC Timberwolves, less than a month before they begin their pre-season.

Kwantlen gave varsity athletes the shaft in Surrey - Surrey Now
Students are in a terrible position now. Most have already registered for classes. It is too late to make changes now and sadly, if varsity athletics are eliminated now, they will probably never come back. This is another blemish on Surrey's reputation.

Football seven-a-side team selected for nomination to Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games - CSA
The players in football 7-a-side have cerebral palsy or a similar neurological disorder. There are no off-side rules and matches are 60 minutes (30 per half). There are four classifications and each side must maintain a line-up featuring players with varying levels of impairments.

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CONCACAF GOLD CUP

Mexico game at Gold Cup was fixed, says Panama FA chief Pedro ChalujaESPN FC
Panama Football Federation president Pedro Chaluja believes his side’s controversial 2-1 loss to Mexico was fixed, and has called on FIFA and CONCACAF to examine possible match-fixing at the Gold Cup.

CONCACAF President Alfredo Hawit statement regarding the officiating of the Gold Cup 2015 semifinal match between Mexico and Panama - CONCACAF
"We met with both the Referee Department leadership and referee Mark Geiger. Mr. Geiger, one of the best regarded referees in the region with vast international experience and a proven track record, accepted that officiating errors had been made during Wednesday’s match and that these impacted the outcome of the game. We at CONCACAF regret these circumstances but accept that such human errors are part of the game."

Controversy continues to cloud Gold Cup after Mexico-Panama fiasco SI.com
In the past week, as this Gold Cup has gone off the rails, we have now seen how the scandal engulfing FIFA and CONCACAF can turn a soccer tournament into a disaster as well.

CONCACAF reviewing claims of “officiating irregularities” made by Panama, Costa Rica football federationsMLS
CONCACAF is looking into requests for a formal investigation into “officiating irregularities” made by the Panamanian and Costa Rican football federations following Panama’s 2-1 loss Wednesday to Mexico in the semifinals of the Gold Cup, the governing body announced in a statement Friday.

Referee organization head: Mark Geiger’s status will not be affected by Mexico-Panama fiasco NBC Sports
The Professional Referee Organization (PRO), which oversees professional referee programs in North America, is firmly standing by Mark Geiger, the center official for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup fiasco between Mexico and Panama on Wednesday.

CONCACAF reviewing Panama-Mexico incidents - Goal
"CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee is currently reviewing all information regarding the incidents that took place during and immediately following the 2015 Gold Cup semifinal match between Panama and Mexico," CONCACAF said in a written statement. "The Committee will conduct an investigation according to CONCACAF Statutes and 2015 Gold Cup Regulations and determine whether any disciplinary action should be taken."

Panama gets ‘CONCACAFed’ in Mexico’s win - Sportsnet
Essentially to be "CONCACAFed" is to be screwed—hugely, obviously and inevitably—generally by shocking refereeing that tilts a key match in the favour of a bigger team, more often than not Mexico.

Panama fury escalates as they now call for refs committee to resign - Inside World Football
The Panamanian Football Federation (FEPAFUT), bitter at their semi-final loss in the Gold Cup to Mexico on Wednesday evening have escalated their public complaints, now calling for the resignation of the whole CONCACAF Referees Committee citing "insulting and shameful" refereeing. The demand was made in a statement on their website.

Jamaica delirious after knocking out US in Gold Cup semifinals: "The feeling right now is insane" - MLS
Jamaica head coach Winfried Schaefer was so delighted by the Reggae Boyz upset victory against the heavily-favored United States in the Gold Cup semifinal that he recycled a joke that drew belly laughs from reporters the day before.

U.S. loss should serve as warning sign - ESPN FC
Were the goals the U.S. allowed largely a result of bad luck/calls or were they highly preventable? Was the U.S. attack, which outshot Jamaica 20-10 and had several near misses, simply unlucky or instead lacking in crucial areas?

Klinsmann the technical director lets USA down in Gold Cup - Goal
Klinsmann must take his share of blame for the failure, but the question is which Klinsmann? Is it Klinsmann the on-field tactician or Klinsmann the technical director in charge of shaping the entire program’s style, recruiting players and guiding their careers?

For Jurgen Klinsmann, criticism of U.S. Gold Cup loss to Jamaica is a win - Washington Post
Uproar over U.S. Soccer's first loss to a Caribbean opponent on home soil since 1969 shows coach is succeeding in his goal of raising the team's profile in a country once dispassionate about the sport.

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NASL

Endline: NASL Needs More Committed Fans - Midfield Press
If you have only just begun following NASL, you might take for granted some fairly busy stadiums. In the 2015 Spring Season, there was only one team that brought in fewer than 4,000 in average attendance. When the league began in 2011, there was only one team that brought in more than 4,000, a Montreal Impact team that was benefiting from an imminent MLS move and the increased interest that came with it. The fan bases are deepening, supporters groups are growing, and the diehards are dying harder for their club than ever before.

Match Preview FC Edmonton vs. Atlanta Silverbacks - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton faces Atlanta Silverbacks in their fifth match of the North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season, July 26 at Clarke Field at 2:00 p.m. MT. The Eddies will be looking to continue their hot start that has them trailing first-place Ottawa Fury FC by just a single point in the standings.

Eddies slowly returning to health as major homestand is set to kick off - the11.ca
The Eddies got off to the four-game undefeated streak with basically a skeleton squad. Now, Miller looks to only be missing two players — albeit key players — for Sunday’s match. Lance Laing will be in Jamaican colours for Sunday’s Gold Cup final, and winger Sainey Nyassi continues to recover from a hairline fracture in his ankle.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

FIFA: Crisis hindering search for sponsors - TSN
The FIFA corruption crisis is hurting its search for new World Cup sponsors. Targeting almost $6 billion in revenue from the 2018 tournament, FIFA has not signed any new sponsors since last year's World Cup in Brazil.

Fifa admits scandal deters new sponsors - BBC Sport
Fifa has admitted the corruption scandal is putting off new World Cup sponsors and plans to hold a summit with existing backers in August.

FIFA sponsor Visa calls for independent panel to find ways to reform soccer's governing body - Canada.com
FIFA sponsor Visa Inc. called Thursday for an independent commission to be formed to clean up world soccer's scandal-ridden governing body.

Visa head attacks Sepp Blatter and Fifa’s ‘wholly inadequate’ crisis response - The Guardian
The head of the leading Fifa sponsor Visa has delivered a stinging attack on Sepp Blatter, claiming there can be no meaningful reforms until he leaves as president of the organisation.

Prince Ali says reform is for the new president, not a FIFA task force - Inside World Football
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who failed in an attempt to wrest the FIFA presidency away from Sepp Blatter in May, says the veteran Swiss should not be allowed to oversee the reform process at his corruption-plagued governing body and should leave it to his successor.

Hulk withdraws from WC draw after bashing Russia - Sportsnet
Brazilian striker Hulk has been withdrawn from his role in this weekend’s 2018 World Cup draw, four days after saying racism is commonplace in host nation Russia.

Ex-Russia ambassador in World Cup warning - BBC Sport
Stripping Russia of the World Cup would cause a "blast" that could exacerbate the Ukraine crisis, a former ambassador to the 2018 hosts has warned.

FIFA World Cup European draw: full briefing - UEFA
The seedings for the European 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying draw on Saturday have been confirmed.

Match schedules for FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and 2018 FIFA World Cup™ unveiled - FIFA
On the eve of the Preliminary Draw in Saint Petersburg, the Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup™ today unveiled the match schedules for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017  and the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. Russia, as the hosts, have been named as the A1 seeds for both competitions. Kick-off times will be confirmed at a later stage.

Can Fifa end child trafficking from Africa to Asia? - BBC Sport
Fifa made a little-noted amendment to its statutes earlier this year but it was one that deserved considerably more attention. Football's world governing body decided to lower the age limit for international transfers to include players aged 10 and above. That's right: 10.

Liverpool raise the roof as £260m Anfield expansion gathers pace - The Guardian
The first stage of the stadium expansion will add around 8,500 seats, taking the three-tier Main Stand capacity to more than 20,000 and increasing the overall capacity of Anfield to around 54,000.

What to watch for in the Liga MX Apertura - Goal
With a summer packed full of international matches for Mexico's senior men's, women's and youth national teams, Mexican fans hardly have had any days without soccer since Santos Laguna lifted the Clausura trophy. But the Guerreros' title defense, and the rest of the Liga MX contenders chase of the champion, begins this weekend.

Eighteen Mexican pro clubs have Americans - Soccer America
Mexico's 2015 Apertura season kicks off this weekend with 26 Americans on the first teams of 10 clubs in the Liga MX and eight clubs in the second division Torneo de Ascenso.

Mazembe under pressure as CAF Champions League resumes - FIFA
As the seeded team in Group A of the CAF Champions League, four-time winners TP Mazembe were favourites to occupy one of the two positions at the top and secure a semi-final berth.

BC Soccer News, Thursday, July 23, 2015

WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Whitecaps' Mattocks helps Jamaica make history in win over U.S. at Gold Cup - The Province
Darren Mattocks missed his big chance against Uruguay at the Copa America but more than made up for it Wednesday. The Whitecaps’ striker scored Jamaica’s opening goal in a historic 2-1 win over the U.S. at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Bob Lenarduzzi Impressed with Youngsters on the Vancouver Whitecaps Roster - Eighty-Six Forever
When it comes to young guns on the Vancouver Whitecaps, most of the talk usually surrounds the attack and the club's stable of youthful forwards. Last week though, the club went into Portland with a pair of question marks in their starting 11; The young Center Back pairing of Christian Dean and Tim Parker.

MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Cristian Techera - MLS
The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced on Wednesday that it has suspended and fined Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Cristian Techera for violent conduct that endangered the safety of an opponent in Vancouver’s 1-1 draw at Portland last Saturday.

Whitecaps FC Community MVP Steve McMinn 'flattered' at nomination, but says focus should be on Covenant House - Whitecaps FC
The MLS WORKS Community MVP contest is a league-wide contest that acknowledges someone who is committed to making a difference in their local community. The winner receives $10,000 to give to the charity of their choice and an all-expenses paid trip to the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in Denver, Colorado on July 29, 2015. Show your support for Whitecaps FC's Community MVP Steve McMinn by voting now!

Chicago Fire expect an answer on potential Didier Drogba signing "in the next 48 hours" - MLS
The former Chelsea striker has been linked with a move to MLS, with the Fire and the Montreal Impact confirmed suitors. And with Inter Milan also in the mix, Fire head coach Frank Yallop revealed after his side’s 3-1 US Open Cup victory over Orlando City that he expects a decision by the weekend.

Orlando City closes negotiations with São Paulo for Paulo Henrique Ganso - Orlando Sentinel
Several reports indicated the team wanted to acquire the rights to Ganso as part of a plan that would cover the debt owed to Orlando City due to unpaid loan fees for Kaká, however Orlando City will now pursue the case in court.

FC Dallas signs 23-year-old River Plate midfielder Ezequiel Cirigliano - FC Dallas
FC Dallas has signed Argentine midfielder Ezequiel Cirigliano on loan from River Plate, the club announced today. Cirigliano will be added to the roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa. Per league policy, further terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Pirlo excited by New York challenge - Goal
The prospect of helping New York City establish itself in MLS was a key factor behind Andrea Pirlo's move.

Independent Review Panel rescinds Orlando City SC forward Cyle Larin's red card - MLS
MLS announced on Wednesday that the Independent Review Panel unanimously supported Orlando City’s appeal of Larin’s red card, which was given to the rookie striker after his 32nd minute challenge on New York midfielder Sacha Kljestan. The Independent Review Panel consists of one representative each from the US Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association and Professional Referees Organization (PRO).

Sporting KC players unhappy with quality of Sporting Park field - Kansas City Star
The Sporting Park field was left with a bevy of divots after Sporting KC’s match with Houston on Tuesday night, and its lack of solid footing drew the criticism of several players.

Defoe's brace leads Sunderland to victory over TFC - Toronto FC
Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney got all that he wanted out of Wednesday night's 2-1 loss against visiting English Premier League opponents Sunderland AFC, despite the defeat.

Defoe gets frosty reception in return to Toronto - Sportsnet
Jermain Defoe is gone, but he’s not forgotten in this city, and he’s certainly not forgiven.

Red Bulls' 'B' team tops Chelsea - TSN
A New York Red Bulls team made up of mostly developmental third-division players scored four second-half goals and stunned Chelsea 4-2 on Wednesday night in the English Premier League champion's first game on its U.S. preseason exhibition tour.

Jose Mourinho: Asmir Begovic tired in Chelsea debut vs. New York Red Bulls - ESPN FC
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said there was "no problem" with Asmir Begovic after the goalkeeper conceded four goals against New York Red Bulls.

Open Cup: Chicago Fire head coach Frank Yallop credits cohesion of star players in win vs. Orlando City - MLS
Goals from Patrick Nyarko and two from Kennedy Igboananike illuminated an attacking display that was full of promise and intent, especially so in the opening 30 minutes and the closing 25, when the introduction of substitutes David Accam and Igboananike inspired the hosts to a deserved 3-1 US Open Cup quarterfinal victory against Orlando City SC.

Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos Arrive Amid Season of Change for Galaxy - NY Times
For Bruce Arena, the Los Angeles Galaxy’s coach, this season has been one of changes. More are coming. So Arena was in no mood Tuesday night to spend time breaking down the nuances of an exhibition game, even if it was a rare chance to test his team against the visiting European champion, Barcelona.

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WFC2 & USL

Whitecaps FC 2, Tulsa Roughnecks FC battle it out at Thunderbeach - Whitecaps FC
With a single point separating WFC2 and Roughnecks FC in the standings, and both sides on the outside looking in the Western Conference postseason picture, the match has season-shifting implications.

Welcome back Tulsa Roughnecks - Whitecaps FC
In 1983, Vancouver was the host city for the NASL Soccer Bowl. The match pitted the original Tulsa Roughnecks against Toronto Blizzard.

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BC SOCCER

BC Soccer Assoc. Announces Selections for Western Canada Summer Games - BCSA
Western Canada Summer Games Male and Female Head Coaches Luca Dalla Pace and Gary Moody, have named their 18 player rosters that will assemble August 1, 2015.

Mid-Isle Mariners head to PCSL playoffs - Nanaimo Daily News
The Mariners will face the Victoria Highlanders at Trillium West turf field in Vancouver on Saturday, as both teams finished second and third in the league at the end of the regular season last weekend.

Castilians strong in B.C. soccer championships - Tri City News
The PoCo Euro-Rite FC Castilians are provincial champions after defeating Prospect Lake in a 4-1 victory at the under-13 finals in Nelson last weekend. PoCo’s Jade Lenton dominated the match, scoring a natural hat trick to put the game out of reach for the Vancouver Island opponents. Teammate Isabella Irvine added a fourth for the Castilians, who only allowed one goal in the match.

Soccer tourney raises cash for cancer treatment at Surrey hospitalSurrey Now
A weekend soccer tournament helped raise funds to buy equipment for cancer treatment at Surrey Memorial Hospital. The eighth annual Ashok Memorial Tournament and South Indian Food Fair was held Saturday (July 18) at Mackie Park in North Delta.

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CONCACAF GOLD CUP

A Night of absurdity at CONCACAF Gold Cup - Washington Post
After Jamaica upset the United States, Panama got rather upset with referee Mark Geiger during a defeat to Mexico.

More controversial PKs move Mexico past Panama in ugly Gold Cup semifinals contest - SBI
Mexico is off to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final, but not without another victory mired in controversy. Three days after topping Costa Rica in extra time via a dubious penalty kick that drew the ire of fans and pundits everywhere, Mexico defeated 10-man Panama, 2-1, after 120 minutes in a scandalous and controversial semifinals match on Wednesday night.

Ugly scenes as Mexico beat Panama in semi-finals - BBC Sport
Players clashed and items were thrown from the stands as Mexico won a controversial Gold Cup semi-final against Panama to set up a match with surprise finalists Jamaica.

Mexico-Panama Takeaways: Gold Cup image takes big hit - Soccer America
For an organization suffering from an image problem in the aftermath of bribery scandals involving its past two administrations, things could hardly get any worse for Concacaf. But Wednesday's Mexico-Panama match in the Gold Cup semifinals was a new low on the field. El Tri won, 2-1, in a chaotic match that was marred by repeated crowd trouble and turned in its favor on a controversial penalty kick awarded by American Mark Geiger in the 89th minute.

Panama 1, Mexico 2 | CONCACAF Gold Cup Match Recap - MLS
For 88 minutes through the second of two CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals in Atlanta on Wednesday, it appeared that neither the US nor Mexico would be in the final for the first time since 2000. But two penalties scored by Andrés Guardado, the first awarded under controversial circumstances just before the end of regular time, and a second in the first half of extra time, gave Mexico the edge over 10-man Panama in a 2-1 win, meaning El Tri will face first-time Gold Cup finalists Jamaica for the regional championship.

Panama players considering protesting third-place game vs. USMNT - SBI
CONCACAF Crooks. That is what was written on a banner that Panama’s players made and held up after their controversial loss to Mexico on Wednesday, minutes before attacker Luis Tejada revealed that the Canaleros were contemplating not playing in Satuday’s third-place match.

Andres Guardado considered kicking penalty wide vs. Panama - ESPN FC
Andres Guardado, who scored both of Mexico's goals in their 2-1 Gold Cup semifinal win over Panama on Wednesday, has admitted that intentionally missing the controversial penalty kick which he scored to level the match briefly crossed his mind.

Panama manager Hernan Gomez mulls retirement after Mexico heartbreak - ESPN FC
"The press, more than us, are aware that things did not function well, in the legal way. Panama made an outstanding effort, with 10 men...If it was up to me, I could say 'I do not want to continue in soccer anymore.' It is a stain on football, it's horrible, a robbery. I clean [the names of] Mexico's players, it was nothing to do with them. They deserve to be champions."

Mexico recognizes luck might not last in Gold Cup final - Goal
No players tried to convince reporters a penalty call that led to Andres Guardado sending the match to extra time from the spot was the right one for referee Mark Geiger to make. Manager Miguel Herrera, who usually spends his time complaining about calls Mexico doesn't get, said El Tri shouldn't have gotten the controversial 89th-minute penalty call.

Jamaica stuns, eliminates USMNT with two first-half goals in Gold Cup semifinals - SBI
The U.S. was eliminated from the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Wednesday night, as two first-half goals from Jamaica paved the way for a stunning 2-1 defeat of the Americans. Jurgen Klinsmann’s side nearly pulled off a ferocious rally in the second half in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, but the Reggae Boyz held on to move to Sunday’s tournament final.

Jurgen Klinsmann & USMNT flame out vs. Jamaica in Gold Cup loss - MLS
By virtue of winning the 2013 Gold Cup, the US still have a shot at qualifying for the 2017 Confeds Cup. For that right, they'll face the winner of this event (Jamaica or Mexico) in a playoff come October. If the US win, Jurgen's earned the right to take us into qualifying.

Answering big questions raised by USA's stunning defeat to Jamaica - SI.com
So you’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers after the U.S.’s stunning 2–1 loss to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinals on Wednesday night. Let’s dive in.

Klinsmann with plenty to ponder with USMNT after shock Gold Cup defeat - ESPN FC
The United States' 2-1 Gold Cup semifinal loss to Jamaica in Atlanta on Wednesday marked the worst defeat of the Jurgen Klinsmann era. So what's next for the U.S. coach and his team?

Klinsmann must shoulder blame for USA loss - Goal
The U.S. national team fell well short in its quest to win a second straight CONCACAF Gold Cup and Jurgen Klinsmann should take the blame.

Should Jurgen Klinsmann be fired? Start with how to evaluate the USMNT manager - Stars & Stripes FC
The last time that the United States lost in Gold Cup was four years ago against Mexico in the final. It was enough to cost Bob Bradley his job and now that the Americans have fallen in the tournament again, this time to Jamaica in the semifinals, there are people questioning whether Jurgen Klinsmann should meet the same fate that his predecessor did in 2011.

Tim Howard Outlines USA Plans - Everton FC
Tim Howard says he is ready to return to the USA fold after taking a break from international football. The American custodian was allowed a sabbatical until after the Gold Cup currently being played in the States following his exploits at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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CANADA - PAN AM GAMES & WOMEN'S SOCCER

Canadian women fall to Colombia in soccer semi - CBC
Canada will not defend its Pan American Games women's soccer title after losing 1-0 to Colombia in Wednesday's semifinals at CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium.

Canada WNT to play for bronze after 0:1 loss to Colombia - CSA
It was a tale of two halves in Hamilton for Canada’s Women’s National Team on Wednesday night in the team’s semi-final match against Colombia at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games. After a first 45-minute spent mostly defending the relentless attacks from the Colombians, who scored in the 29th minute, Canada bounced back in the second half to create a lot of chances. Nonetheless, the Reds couldn’t level the score and left the pitch with a 0:1 loss.

Canada's women to play for Pan Am bronze - Goal
Despite a valiant second half that saw Canada throw everything forward in an attempt to get the equalizer, Colombia won Wednesday's Pan American Games women's soccer semifinal match 1-0 in Hamilton, Ontario.

Canada learns tough lesson at Pan Am Games - Sportsnet
Canada’s loss to Colombia in the semifinals of the Pan American Games on Wednesday proved to be a tough learning lesson for the young squad.

Canadian international defender Chelsea Stewart waived by NWSL team - Canada.com
The 25-year-old made three appearances with the National Women's Soccer League team since joining the Flash at the start of the season. She is currently playing for Canada at the Pan American Games.

Little, Reign spoil Thorn’s day in front of record crowd - The Equalizer
An NWSL record crowd wasn’t enough for Portland Thorns FC on Wednesday, as they lost, 1-0 to Seattle Reign FC. Kim Little’s 57th minute goal was the difference for the visitors.

Record crowd sees Thorns fall to Reign - Prost Amerika
Over 21,000 people were on hand as Portland honored her nine returning World Cup players: Steph Catley and Clare Polkinghorne from Australia, Jodie Taylor from England, Germany’s Nadine Angerer, Canadians Christine Sinclair, Rhian Wilkinson and Kaylyn Kyle, and World Cup champions Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath.

NASL

NASL Matches To Be Made Available To Canadian Viewers on NASL.com - FC Edmonton
Matches featuring U.S.-based NASL teams will be available in Canada on NASL.com, while FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury FC away matches will be shown on the clubs’ respective websites, FCEdmonton.com and OttawaFuryFC.com.

NASL ends relationship with TSN, takes Canadian streaming service in-house - the11.ca
This will be welcome news to Canadian NASL fans, who have suffered through a broadcast arrangement that has been frustrating, to say the least. At the start of the season, the league announced that all FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury road games would be streamed via TSN GO. But, viewers were continually frustrated when they’d go to the TSN site to find the games, and then find that they weren’t being offered, after all.

Fury FC Claim Top Spot in the NASL - Ottawa Fury FC
It was a monumental outing for Ottawa Fury FC Wednesday night at TD Place as the club moved into first place in the NASL Fall Season standings. It marks the first time in club history that Ottawa sits in a post-season position. Carl Haworth's first goal of the season and Richie Ryan's penalty kick conversion gave Fury FC the 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks extending the club's unbeaten streak to nine games (4W-5D-0L).

Granitto seizing opportunity at midfield with Eddies - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton midfielder Tomas Granitto is quickly growing into his role with the Eddies. The 22-year-old signed with Edmonton's squad prior to the 2015 North American Soccer League (NASL) season and has seen his responsibilities increase ten-fold due to the team’s recent string of injuries.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Tigres reach Libertadores final, River qualify for Club World Cup - FIFA
Mexico’s Tigres won through to the Copa Libertadores final on Wednesday when they overcame a first leg deficit to beat Internacional on aggregate and advance to a showdown against Argentina's River Plate next week. The result also means that River will represent CONMEBOL in the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015, given Mexico are part of the CONCACAF confederation.

Recovery: Stuart Holden - The Players Tribune
"I hope that by the end of this post, everyone, including myself, will have a better understanding as to where my mind has been running when it comes to my tortoise-speed physical recovery, and more importantly, my career."

FIFA questions why Russia punished black player who responded to racism - Washington Post
The team with the racist fans got a slap on the wrist.

Emmanuel Frimpong hits out at Russian FA after it rejects racism claims - The Guardian
Emmanuel Frimpong has criticised the Russian Football Union after it rejected allegations that he was racially abused by Spartak Moscow supporters. The Ufa midfielder described the verdict as “beyond a joke”.

Russia must do more to stop racism, says United Nations official - The Guardian
Football in Russia needs to do more to combat racism and has so far failed to fully grasp what it means, a United Nations official has said.

Swastika incident costs Croatia in qualifying - Sportsnet
UEFA has deducted one point from Croatia in its European Championship qualifying group after a swastika was painted on the field before a match against Italy.

French civil war as federation rules out Ligue 1 plan to cut relegation spots - Inside World Football
The plan of French League (LFP) president Frederic Thiriez to protect investors in Ligue 1 clubs by reducing the number of relegation and promotion places between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 to two up and two down hit a major obstacle today as the France Football Federation (FFF) annulled the move in its Executive Committee meeting.

Leopards kick-start Swazi success - FIFA
Swaziland football fans have not been treated to much success – either from their national team or from clubs competing in international competitions. However, that has begun to change this year with both the Sihlangu and Swazi club sides putting the small southern African country on the footballing map.

Trinidad receives US extradition request for Warner - TSN
Trinidad and Tobago's attorney general says he has received a U.S. request for the extradition of former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner on corruption charges.

Would England win the Premier League? - BBC Sport
How would the current England team perform in the Premier League? The top-flight's executive chairman Richard Scudamore has posed this question while defending the division's elite sides' right to buy foreign players.

BC Soccer News, Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Whitecaps can't afford another summer swoon - 24 Hours
July has never been kind to Vancouver Whitecaps FC and 2015 is shaping up the same way. So far - through three matches and a possible nine points up for grabs - Vancouver has claimed just one point, losing two games and drawing the other. On average over their first four seasons in Major League Soccer, the ‘Caps have never claimed more than 50% of the points possible in July.

Waston still fuming from Gold Cup exit, but now focused on Whitecaps - Red Nation Online
After an exciting journey to join up with the Costa Rican national team last week at the Gold Cup. Whitecaps centre-back Kendall Waston is back in Vancouver training with his teammates after Los Ticos were unceremoniously dismissed from the 2015 Gold Cup competition.

Help is on the way for Whitecaps - 24 Hours
The reinforcements are starting to arrive for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Though he didn’t get a chance to play in Sunday’s controversial Gold Cup quarter-final against Mexico, Kendall Waston’s brief spell with the Costa Rican national team is finished, and he was back training with the ‘Caps on Tuesday. Fellow centre back Pa-Modou Kah was also a full participant for the first time in a while, having missed two games with a calf injury.

Whitecaps coach Robinson disagrees with Harvey red card but won’t appeal - Metro
When it comes to any possible appeal of Jordan Harvey’s red card from Saturday’s match against the Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson won’t even try.

Vancouver Whitecaps' young defenders Christian Dean, Tim Parker draw praise after hard-fought draw - MLS
Vancouver Whitecaps fought back to earn a share of the points with a 1-1 road draw vs. the Portland Timbers, as tempers flared towards the end of a match played in sweltering conditions in front of a fervent sellout crowd. Amidst it all, two of the coolest heads out on the pitch belonged to Vancouver's young center back pairing of Christian Dean and Tim Parker.

FIFA responds in U.S. youth club compensation case vs. USSF, MLS - SI.com
FIFA has told Crossfire Premier to take its case against Major League Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation for solidarity payments to the governing body’s Dispute Resolution Chamber in a letter obtained by SI.com. Since February, Crossfire has been seeking payments on DeAndre Yedlin’s transfer from MLS to Tottenham Hotspur in conjunction with FIFA regulations.

U.S. Youth Club Given OK To File Complaint With FIFA Regarding DeAndre Yedlin Transfer - Vice Sports
The news is a significant victory for both Crossfire and any other youth club wishing to pursue the payment of such fees, which are mandated by FIFA, but are disallowed by U.S. Soccer, who claim that such payments violates the Fraser vs. MLS anti trust suit from 1998.

MLS remains on pace to smash attendance record - Soccer America
After almost two-thirds of the 2015 season, Major League Soccer is averaging 21,142 fans a game, up 10.4 percent over last season's record average of 19,149.

Impact want Drogba but Fire still first MLS team in line - SBI
The Montreal Impact have identified Didier Drogba as a prime target, but the Canadian club will have to do some finagling to acquire his services.

MLS Is To Salary Cap What Donald Trump Is To Humility - Forbes
When is a salary cap not a salary cap? Based on the salary survey published by the Players Union the answer has to be when it is operated by Major League Soccer. The regulation salary cap for each of the 20 teams is $3.49M but……then comes a myriad of loopholes and exemptions.

LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane named MLS Player of the Week after second straight hat trick - MLS
LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 20 of the 2015 MLS season.

LA Galaxy 1, FC Barcelona 2: Reigning European champions dazzle record crowd at Rose Bowl - MLS
The LA Galaxy kept FC Barcelona from finding the net until almost halftime, but that was the best they could do Tuesday night in an International Champions Cup friendly that shattered attendance records.

Galaxy's friendly with Barcelona helps pay bills, and that's not all - LA Times
Barcelona's tour is part of the International Champions Cup, a series of tournaments that will see 16 teams play on four continents. Relevent Sports, the New York-based company organizing the events, declined to discuss financial guarantees for the teams, though a soccer official with knowledge of similar agreements said Barcelona will likely get around $2.2 million for Tuesday's appearance while the Galaxy's cut will approach $1 million.

San Jose Earthquakes 1, Manchester United 3: English giants sharp in friendly visit to Avaya Stadium - MLS
Manchester United continued their successful American tour Tuesday night with a 3-1 defeat of the San Jose Earthquakes in an International Champions Club friendly.

Defoe: ‘Injuries led to Toronto FC departure’ - Sportsnet
What happened? It’s the one question that local reporters have been dying to ask Jermain Defoe ever since Toronto FC sold the English forward to Premier League team Sunderland in January in a deal that saw Jozy Altidore come to the Reds in return.

Open Cup: Philadelphia Union's Jim Curtin calls win over New York Red Bulls biggest in club history - MLS
Just three weeks ago, after watching his 10-man team rally for a come-from-behind US Open Cup victory over rival D.C. United, Jim Curtin said he was the “most proud” he’s ever been as Philadelphia Union head coach.

Sporting Kansas City 3, Houston Dynamo 1 | US Open Cup Match Recap - MLS
After having a penalty kick saved in the second half of Tuesday night's US Open Cup quarterfinal against the shorthanded Houston Dynamo, Dwyer delivered the go-ahead goal in the 86th minute and followed that up with an assist on Krisztian Nemeth's insurance goal to complete Sporting Kansas City's 3-1 comeback victory.

Open Cup: Houston Dynamo say Espinoza deserved red card during valiant defeat to Sporting KC - MLS
Thirty minutes into Tuesday's US Open Cup semifinal at Sporting Park, the Houston Dynamo were feeling good. They were controlling the tempo and creating chances against a Sporting Kansas City team that sputtered out of the gates. Things changed when Luis Garrido was shown the door for a reckless challenge on Amadou Dia in the 30th minute, putting the Dynamo down a man and sentencing the visitors to 60 minutes of chasing and defending in what turned out to be a 3-1 loss.

Atlanta United's Darren Eales Thinking Global, Working Local - 21 Peach Street
With around 4,000 people showing up for the team’s brand unveiling, and two Gold Cup semifinals being played in the city, interest in Atlanta United is at an all-time high. Team President Darren Eales believes that this interest shows that even with 19 months until MLS play begins, the team is laying down roots to be successful. And he’s got the ambition to match that momentum.

Beckham forced to go less posh, settling for Little Havana in Miami - Inside World Football
David Beckham appears to have found a mutually agreeable site in Miami for his long awaited MLS franchise. The city's resolve to push Beckham away from its prime real estate has forced him to resort to the less desirable land next to Marlins Park, home to a Major League Baseball team, which is west of downtown in Little Havana.

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WFC2 & USL

Portland Timbers 2 4, Newcastle United 3: PTFC's USL side knocks off Magpies in Rose City thriller - MLS
Portland Timbers 2 treated their fans to one of the most memorable nights in their short history on Tuesday, defeating English Premier League side Newcastle United 4-3 in a wild international friendly at Providence Park.

TFC II announces friendly against AS Roma Primavera - TFC
Toronto FC II announced Monday that the club will host a friendly match against Campionato Nazionale Primavera club AS Roma Primavera on Tuesday, July 28 at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan. Kick-off time will be at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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BC SOCCER

Empire Field returns to its sporting ways - Vancouver Courier
When Empire Stadium opened for the British Empire and Commonwealth Games July 30, 1954, it was the largest sports facility in the country. While the heyday of the stadium is nothing more than a hazy memory for most, it’s fitting that the site of the former venue at Hastings Park is now the place of the city’s newest and arguably best sports park.

HIGHLANDERS CONCLUDE SEASON UNDEFEATED AT HOME | SCORELESS DRAW VS. MID ISLE - Victoria Highlanders
Highlanders FC concluded their season this past Sunday at Royal Athletic Park with a scoreless draw versus Mid Isle Mariners, going undefeated at Royal Athletic Park, and netting only one defeat in sixteen games total. With both teams already booked into the Pacific Coast Soccer League’s playoffs, the 0-0 tie determined final season standings with the Mariners holding onto second place on 33 points and the Highlanders in third with 31 points.

Golden weekend at provies for U14 Delta Coastal Selects - Surrey Now
It was a golden weekend on the soccer pitch for the U14 Delta Coastal Selects. The girls team beat some of the best metro select squads to win the B.C. provincial championships held in South Surrey last weekend, blanking the top-ranked Port Coquitlam Castillans in the finals.

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CONCACAF GOLD CUP

Panama vs. Mexico | Gold Cup Semifinal Preview - MLS
Neither Mexico or Panama are firing on all cylinders, and yet each stand 90 minutes from a shot at a Gold Cup title. El Tri are the clear favorites, despite the fact Panama scored a famous upset in the same stage of the tournament two years ago.

USA preparing to face toughest Jamaican test in recent memory - Goal
The U.S. national team will be heavily favored in Wednesday's Gold Cup semifinal against Jamaica, but this edition of the Reggae Boyz is the toughest seen in some time.

Jamaica's Schaefer wants to hurt U.S. in 'David vs Goliath' Gold Cup semifinal - ESPN FC
Jamaica coach Winfried Schaefer admits his side are the underdogs against the United States in Wednesday's CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal, but will try to hit Jurgen Klinsmann's side "where it hurts the most."

Who should the USMNT start vs. Jamaica? - SBI
After a walk in the park in Saturday’s 6-0 rout of Cuba, the U.S. will take on Jamaica in the semifinals of the competition on Wednesday (3 pm PDT, Sportsnet World). The Americans enter the match in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome with an undefeated 3-0-1 record, but so too do the talented Jamaicans.

Giles Barnes's unexpected journey to Houston, Jamaican national team - SI.com
Seven years ago, when Giles Barnes was a 19-year-old playing for England’s Under-19 national team and in the Premier League for Derby County, he never would have predicted that in 2015 he’d be starring for MLS’s Houston Dynamo and the Jamaican national team.

Tempo-Free Soccer: How does USMNT's style differ across competitions? - MLS
A good measure of a team's passing style is the number of passes per possession they attempt. Generally the higher the number, the better a team is at retaining possession.

U-20 USMNT forward Maki Tall signs with FC Sion - SBI
Tall announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he has signed with Switzerland outfit FC Sion. The 19-year-old forward most recently played for French club Red Star FC on loan from Lille, but he will now look for first-team minutes in the Swiss Super League with a club in Sion that finished in seventh place out of 10 last season.

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CANADA - PAN AM GAMES & WOMEN'S SOCCER

Buchanan, Lawrence keep Canada’s Pan Am run going - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia’s Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence have been competing on the Canada Women’s National Soccer Team for the last few months in both the 2015 World Cup, where Canada lost in the quarter-finals, and the 2015 Pan Am Games where the Canadians are still standing in the semi-finals.

Canadian soccer women go for broke — and it pays off - Toronto Star
In Canadian midfielder Jessie Fleming’s eyes, if you don’t take a risk you won’t get the reward, and that’s what the 17-year-old and her teammates did Sunday night in Hamilton.

USWNT to face off against Australia in two September friendlies - SBI
U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday that the USWNT will face off twice against World Cup group stage opponents Australia in a pair of September friendlies. The teams will play at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, before traveling to Birmingham, Alabama, for a match at Legion Field three days later.

NWSL: US stars make difference on field - The Equalizer
It’s Monday night in Kansas City, and FC Kansas City and the Houston Dash are locked in a 1-1 tie.  As the clock passed 90 minutes, a minor battle broke out near FC Kansas City’s defensive goal box. Carli Lloyd had the ball with only Becky Sauerbrunn separating her from a chance to shoot for the match-winner. It was the Golden Ball winner from the World Cup going up against the player many thought should have been at least a finalist, Becky Sauerbrunn.

Carly Telford helped Siobhan Chamberlain Notts County move - BBC Sport
Carly Telford invited extra competition for the number one spot at Notts County Ladies by suggesting they sign fellow England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

River advance to Libertadores final - FIFA
Argentinian giants River Plate have advanced to the final of the Copa Libertadores after battling to a 1-1 draw against Guarani of Paraguay to seal a 3-1 aggregate victory.

The U.S. Soccer Revolution - The Odyssey
The identity of Fredericksburg Football Club is unique in this U.S. soccer community. The club offers Virginia soccer players a single address to develop every aspect of their game and to see their dreams through from start to finish. As Grover Gibson explains, “The complete development from U4's all the way through to the senior men’s and woman’s teams is a must, if you are truly trying to develop players to their maximum potential and move them hopefully on to the top collegiate and professional levels.”

While FIFA continues reform effort, U.S. criminal probe enters new phase - Washington Post
Back on this side of the Atlantic, the criminal investigation into FIFA has entered a new phase, the outcome of which could determine whether U.S. prosecutors make good on their predictions of more indictments. Last week, the first FIFA executive arrested in Zurich agreed to come to the U.S.

Fifa: Domenico Scala set to lead reform taskforce - BBC Sport
Domenico Scala is set to chair Fifa's reform taskforce after being backed by three confederation presidents, including Uefa's Michel Platini. Scala has been leading the governing body of world football's latest attempt to reform itself since Sepp Blatter said he would stand aside.

Emmanuel Frimpong handed two-match ban after Russian FA rejects racism claims - The Guardian
Allegations by Ufa’s Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong that he was racially abused by Spartak Moscow supporters have been rejected, the Russian Football Union (RFU) said on Wednesday. The 23-year-old former Arsenal player was sent off after he raised a finger to the crowd in response and has been suspended for two Premier League matches, the RFU added in a statement.

Zimbabwe: Shattered Dreams - All Africa
It's now official -- Zimbabwe will be the only African country that won't be part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying process, in yet another sad chapter for local football. This will be the first time for the Warriors to miss the global showcase since the country gained independence 35 years ago.

Dussuyer the new coach of Ivory Coast - TSN
Michel Dussuyer has been appointed as Ivory Coast's new coach, replacing French compatriot Herve Renard. Dussuyer has signed a two-year contract to take the defending African champion past the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon. There will then be the option of extending his contract for another two years.

Playing for their futures: the tournament giving unemployed footballers a lifeline - The Guardian
Around 60 out-of-contract players, including the former Chelsea midfielder Jiri Jarosik, competed in the finals of the Fifpro Tournament in the Netherlands in the hope of finding a club for the new season.

Police make 25 arrests following Leeds-Frankfurt crowd trouble - Goal
Police made 25 arrests after Leeds United's preseason friendly against Eintracht Frankfurt in Austria erupted into violence on Tuesday.

Blackpool Supporters’ Trust £16m takeover bid ‘ignored’ by Oyston family - The Guardian
The Blackpool Supporters’ Trust has revealed that it has not had a response from the Oyston family over a £16m offer to buy the League One club. The Oyston family have proven unpopular in recent years, having been subjected to numerous fan protests, and recently saw a pre-season match against Lancaster City abandoned following a pitch invasion as well as a game at Morecambe called off through further safety fears.

Tax collector to re-auction CSKA Sofia logos after no buyers in first round - Inside World Football
The Bulgarian tax collector, the National Revenue Agency (NAP), has failed to find a buyer for the CSKA Sofia brand (it's logos and trademarks) and has dropped the asking price by 20%, to BGN2,944,288 (€1,472,144). This is the second time it has lowered the price.

Wednesday's Champions League second legs - UEFA
Competition top scorer Michael Wilde is gunning for Videoton, Dundalk hope to upset BATE and both Astana and Sarajevo believe in comebacks: we preview Wednesday's ties.

Cherno Samba retires after modest career but as a Championship Manager legend - The Guardian
The former Millwall prodigy was scarcely seen at senior level but statistical quirks in the popular computer game saw him become a cult hero.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Landon Donovan names 22-man roster for MLS Homegrown Game - SBI
As the head coach, Donovan called in notable young talents, including Chicago Fire midfielder Harrison Shipp and Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian Men’s National Team midfielder Russell Teibert.

Teibert and Froese named to 2015 MLS Homegrown Team - Eighty-Six Forever
Whitecaps duo Russell Teibert and Kianz Froese were selected by Donovan, serving as great advertisements for the homegrown system with their continued progress over the last few years.

Laba screamer gives Whitecaps draw in Portland - Whitecaps Fan Blog
Having lost two games on the trot the Vancouver Whitecaps set off for Portland knowing Kendall Waston and Pa Modou Kah would not be available in the middle of the back four. The former was called up by Costa Rica for the Gold Cup, And the latter has crocked his ankle.  Christan Dean and Tim Parker would have a baptism of fire in Oregon.

By the numbers: Why Laba is a special player - with or without the wonder goals - Whitecaps FC
The goal was Laba’s first for Whitecaps FC in MLS regular season action, but those who follow the team know that his contributions to the team’s success aren’t measured in goals and assists.

Portland Timbers looking to newcomer Lucas Melano to bring athletic dimension to attack - MLS
The 22-year-old Melano, who trained with his new team for the first time Monday after arriving late last week and taking in the Timbers’ 1-1 draw Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps, gives Portland five players from Argentina on their roster.

Montreal Impact President: "I spoke to Drogba" - TSN
There appears to be some smoke behind the Didier Drogba fire in Montreal. Speaking to TSN Radio Montreal 690 on Monday, Impact president Joey Saputo said that his club has, in fact, been in contact with the Ivorian striker.

Amobi Okugo headed to Sporting Kansas City after Orlando City trades for Servando Carrasco - MLS
Orlando City and Sporting Kansas City announced on Monday afternoon that they have agreed to a trade that sends Okugo to Kansas City in exchange for Servando Carrasco. Okugo has already been added to Sporting KC's roster and will be available to play in Friday's road game vs. Real Salt Lake

An MLS move for Kenwyne Jones not out of the question - Red Nation Online
The window opened on July 8 and closes on August 6. Teams will look to fill gaps, and secure offensive and defensive help for the stretch run. One of the targets that has entered the rumour mill is Cardiff City player, Kenwyne Jones. The Trinidad and Tobago striker has seen his stock rise after a strong performance for his country at the Gold Cup.

Saint Paul Emerges as Loons Stadium Favorite - Northern Pitch
It is a fight that nobody wanted and yet the search for Minnesota United FC’s stadium home has led to a competition between Minneapolis and Saint Paul. In the next month, the Loons face a growing group of deadlines that may be pushing them closer and closer to building their stadium at Snelling and University in Saint Paul.

MLS salaries 2015: Still looking for value along with big spending - Red Nation Online
With the renegotiation of MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement at the beginning of the season, there was a delay to the annual releasing of salaries and we also got more information in the public about the new deal. In my column published during the strike, there ends up being a 10-15% overall increase of salary across the board for most players. This raised the overall salary cap to $3,490,000 and the minimum salary of $36,500 to $50,000.

LA Galaxy hoping to avoid a repeat of last year's lopsided friendly loss when facing Barcelona - MLS
The last time the LA Galaxy took the field at the Rose Bowl, they watched Manchester United pummel them in a 7-0 debacle that delighted the vast majority of the nearly 85,000 on hand.

Jermain Defoe, Sunderland striker, excited for exhibition vs. Toronto FC - CBC
Former Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe says he's looking forward to returning to BMO Field. The England international will be back Wednesday, this time wearing a Sunderland shirt in an exhibition game at his old MLS stomping ground.

Marco Pappa to undergo assessment after DUI arrest - SBI
MLS announced on Monday night that Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa is to undergo an assessment by MLS’ Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (“SABH”) program doctors after being arrested for driving under the influence and speeding early Sunday morning.

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CANADA - PAN AM GAMES & GOLD CUP

Canada tamely bows out of Pan Am Games - Sportsnet
The Pan Am Games campaign of the Canadian men’s team mercifully came to an end on Monday night following a 2-0 loss to Peru in Hamilton.

Pan Am Games: Canada blanked by Peru, eliminated in men's soccer - CBC
Canada's scoring problems continued Monday in its last game of the Pan Am men's soccer tournament, which ended with a 2-0 loss to Peru.

Canada M23 exits Toronto 2015 on 0:2 loss to Peru and lots to learn ahead of Rio qualification - CSA
Canada’s Men’s U-23 Team concluded its run at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games on Monday night with a disappointing 0:2 loss to Peru. While the Canadian squad knew of their fate before even stepping on the field that night, a lack of opportunity and a couple errors sealed their exit of the tournament.

Giovani Dos Santos’ status remains unclear for Gold Cup semifinals - SBI
Giovani Dos Santos is making his way back to full health, but it remains to be seen whether he will be ready in time to participate in Mexico’s semifinals match.

Will Klinsmann gamble on his young defenders one more time? - Goal
Throughout the 2015 Gold Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann has shown a willingness to give chances to some young and struggling defenders. Will he do it again on Wednesday's semifinal?

The problem of Cuba football defections - BBC
Cuba's national football team was knocked out of the Gold Cup at the weekend but the team's return flight from the US will have a few extra spaces. At least four players have defected since the tournament kicked off on 7 July. Maybe more.

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BC SOCCER

Save Kwantlen sports - Surrey Leader
Isn’t it sad that Surrey is struggling with efforts to increase youth involvement in sports and here we have a university cancelling their varsity sports?

PacWest 'still strong' despite Kwantlen's departure - Nanaimo Daily News
The Pacific Western Athletic Association will remain as one of the strongest collegiate conferences in Canada - with or without the Kwantlen Eagles - says Vancouver Island University athletics director Bruce Hunter. Two weeks ago, Kwantlen Polytechnic University decided to axe its varsity athletics program after the 2015-16 season due to financial concerns.

Highlanders end regular season with draw - Times Colonist
Neither team found the back of the net, but neither was terribly upset about the 0-0 result as the Victoria Highlanders and Mid Isle Mariners wrapped up Pacific Coast Soccer League regular-season play Sunday afternoon at Royal Athletic Park.

India dominates Nations Cup - Richmond News
The 36th edition of the Nations Cup could have been mistaken for Vancouver’s annual Diwali Fest as India dominated the summer soccer tournament like it never has before. India continued its impressive run in the high-profile Open Division, reaching the final for the third consecutive year and edging Germany 1-0 on a golden goal.

India dominant at Nations Cup - Richmond Review
Fresh off helping their Major Soccer League side gain a 1-1 draw with the Timber the previous night in Portland, Vancouver Whitecaps midfielders Gershon Koffie and Kekuta Manneh stopped by Hugh Boyd Park to take in a little of the men's open division final and present the championship trophy to the winning side. India collected its third cup of the day after Gagan Dosanjh's golden goal was the difference in a 1-0 overtime win over always-steady Germany.

Chad Bush joins UBC men's soccer - UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds men's soccer program has landed a star goalkeeper as its latest recruit, as Chad Bush will join head coach Mike Mosher's team starting this summer.

Onstad to enter Canada's Soccer Hall of Fame - UBC
Onstad, a goalkeeper, backstopped UBC to three Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national championships (1991, 92 and 94) during his career with the Thunderbirds and was the Most Valuable Player of the 1994 tournament. He was also named a Canada West league All-Star and a CIS tournament All-Star three times.

Coastal Selects pull off upset to win Provincial Cup - Delta Optimist
The Delta Coastal Selects U14 girls soccer team concluded its season in grand style, capturing the Provincial “A” Cup with a 1-0 upset win over the Port Coquitlam Castillans in the championship game.

Kamloops soccer girls claim provincial bronze - Kamloops This Week
Avery Gilbert found Paetyn Freeze with a cross in extra-time and her header sealed a bronze medal for the under-15 Kamloops Blaze soccer team at the provincial A cup in Surrey.

U14 Blackout rally for bronze at provincial soccer tourney - Cowichan Valley Citizen
The Cowichan Blackout overcame some challenges in the weeks before the Les Sinnott Memorial provincial U14 boys soccer championships in 100 Mile House last week and emerged with the bronze medal.

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WOMEN'S SOCCER

Christine Sinclair to share EA Sports FIFA cover with Lionel Messi in Canada - CSA
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced that Canada’s Women’s National Team Captain Christine Sinclair will be one of the first women to appear on an EA SPORTS FIFA cover. Sinclair shares the FIFA 16 cover spotlight with global soccer sensation, Lionel Messi, in Canada while US Women’s National Team Forward Alex Morgan shares the cover with Messi in the United States. For the first time in franchise history, women will take the pitch in EA SPORTS FIFA. Fans will be able to represent 12 Women’s National Teams in FIFA 16, in Kick Off, an Offline Tournament, and Online* Friendly Matches - giving fans a brand new way to play.

Alex Morgan, Canada's Christine Sinclair to be featured alongside Messi on new FIFA covers - MLS
It’s been quite the summer for Alex Morgan. She picked up another honor on Monday, when news broke that she would join Lionel Messi on the cover of the US edition of FIFA 16. Morgan joins Canada striker Christine Sinclair, who will appear alongside Messi on the Canadian edition of the video game, as the first women to star on the cover of the hugely popular EA Sports property.

Orlando City issues statement on potential NWSL team - The Equalizer
A recent report out of Orlando has put the city in the center of recent NWSL expansion talk. Discussion about adding teams to the third-year league has heightened in the wake of bumps in attendance and interest following the World Cup. The report on otowns11.com stressed that Major League Soccer side Orlando City SC had not issued any official statement about the club’s desire to add a women’s team to compete in the top flight. Monday, Orlando City vice president of communications Leonardo Santiago provided the following statement to The Equalizer.

Stephanie Roche: US women's football is 'cut-throat' - BBC Sport
Stephanie Roche, runner-up in Fifa's goal of the season award for 2014, says women's football in the United States is "cut-throat" after her short-lived stint with Houston Dash. Roche moved to the US Women's Soccer League in February but was released in May before joining Sunderland.

Washington Spirit’s Crystal Dunn isn’t finished scoring in the NWSL - Washington Post
The 23-year-old attacker leads the women's soccer league in goals with eight through 12 matches.

Lloyd scores in return as Dash draw Kansas City - The Equalizer
United States World Cup hero Carli Lloyd scored in her first game back with the Houston Dash, but the goal was only enough to earn her team a point in a 1-1 draw with FC Kansas City on Monday at Swope Soccer Village.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Underage African footballers 'trafficked' to Laos - BBC
African footballers as young as 14 are being trafficked to Asia and forced to sign contracts, the BBC has learnt. Six minors are still with top Laos side Champasak United, after it imported 23 under-age players from West Africa to an unregistered football academy in February, a BBC investigation found.

Fifa’s Jeffrey Webb secures $10m bond with 11 watches and wife’s wedding ring - The Guardian
The former Fifa vice-president Jeffrey Webb has provided 11 luxury watches to secure the $10m (£6.4m) bond that provided his release from custody, along with his wife’s wedding ring, three opulent cars and 10 properties.

2018 World Cup: The Preliminary Draw in numbers - FIFA
On Saturday, the eyes of the footballing world will be on the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg as 141 nations await their destiny in the Preliminary Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

The soccer world continues to condone Russia’s racism - Soccer Gods
With all the outrage surrounding the 2022 Qatar World Cup, it’s easy to forget that, in just three years, Russia will be hosting the 2018 World Cup. Yes, the same Russia where players regularly get racially abused at Russian Premier League games for sport.

Hulk says he encounters racism in ‘almost every game’ in Russia - The Guardian
Hulk, the most expensive signing in Russian Premier League history, has repeatedly faced monkey chants in Russia and also accused a referee of racially abusing him.

Guide to the Champions League second legs - UEFA
Vardar look to turn up the heat on APOEL, Viktoria Plzeň expect Maccabi Tel-Aviv to see off Hibernians and Dundalk hope to upset BATE: we preview the second legs.

Pre-season at a Premier League club: sprints, drones and Snoozeboxes - The Guardian
At Swansea City, Garry Monk has fully embraced high-tech as he prepares for the new season, with fitness, fartleks and 40 winks all under the microscope.

BC Soccer News, Monday, July 20, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

PORTLAND TIMBERS  1   WHITECAPS FC  1

CASCADIA CUP

SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2015

PROVIDENCE PARK, PORTLAND, ORE.

Cascadia derby doesn't disappoint: 'It had a little bit of everything' - Whitecaps FC
The two Cascadian rivals added to the intensity from their recent meetings with a match that saw two goals, five bookings, two late sending-offs, chances galore for both sides, and almost end-to-end action in the midst of the Rose City's sweltering summer heat wave.

Whitecaps FC put in gutsy road performance, earn 1-1 draw with Portland at Providence Park - Whitecaps FC
In the build-up to Saturday’s Cascadia derby, Carl Robinson said there would be “no excuses” from his team despite fielding a young and depleted side. Turns out they didn’t need any.

Laba comes through for Whitecaps' road point in Portland  - Red Nation Online
The Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers renewed their Cascadia rivalry for the final time this season. The Whitecaps came in looking to end a two-match losing streak and Portland looked to continue climbing the MLS Western Conference table. Carl Robinson's side fought hard and earned an important 1-1 draw before 21,144 spectators at Providence Park.

Cool Laba claims a point for comeback ‘Caps amongst hot heads in Portland - AFTN
Hot, hot, hot. That could describe Vancouver Whitecaps away form this season, but it also described a sweltering day in Portland for the latest Cascadia Cup clash between two teams that don’t really like each other.

Laba laser a rare bonus for the Whitecaps - The Province
Matías Laba could deliver a line like the Dos Equis guy: “I don’t always score goals, but when I do, I prefer gigantic ones.” The Whitecaps’ tireless and talented defensive midfielder scored his second goal for the club — and first in 51 MLS games — on Saturday night at Providence Park.

Whitecaps find their own 'new' talent in Christian Dean - Vancouver Sun
There’s been a strong influx of talent entering, or re-entering, MLS in the last week. Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Giovani dos Santos. Erick Torres, Christian Dean. And perhaps even Didier Drogba on the way. Wait a second. One of those names is not like the other.

Matias Laba scores 2nd-half equalizer in Vancouver's 1-1 draw with Portland - Canada.com
Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter figures a draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps is a fair result given the circumstances. Matias Laba scored in the 58th minute to pull the Whitecaps even in a 1-1 draw with Timbers in a Cascadia Cup rivalry match Saturday night.

Whitecaps pass depth test in draw vs. Timbers - Sportsnet
Inevitably, there are games in Major League Soccer when a squad’s depth is tested. For the Vancouver Whitecaps, Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers was one of those games, and coach Carl Robinson’s men largely passed the test.

Handbags and Matias Laba in the Rose City - Eighty-Six Forever
Man, I love Cascadian derby matches. Handbags, sizzling goals, handbags, screaming coaches, handbags, energetic supporters... did I mention handbags?

Will Johnson’s post-game red card puts pressure on road-bound Timbers - SBI
The match was over. The Portland Timbers secured their one point against the Vancouver Whitecaps and players should’ve been looking ahead to an important match in Dallas next week. But moments after the whistle, captain Will Johnson apparently wasn’t ready to move on just yet. He immediately went over to referee Juan Guzman to complain about an earlier call, and Guzman didn’t hesitate in pulling out a yellow card and then quickly a red one.

Russell Teibert taking positives from Canada’s Gold Cup disappointment but excited to be back for Cascadian Cup “battle” - AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps may have lost Kendall Waston to Gold Cup duty this week, after his late call-up to the Costa Rican squad, but they at least welcome back another player, with Russell Teibert returning to the ‘Caps after Canada crashed out of the tournament with a whimper, not a bang.

David Ousted named to 2015 MLS All-Star gameday roster - Whitecaps FC
It was announced on Saturday that the Vancouver Whitecaps FC goalkeeper was named to the 22-man gameday roster as selected by Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni, who will serve as this year's MLS All-Star coach.

Giovinco, Ousted, Ciman added to MLS all-star team - TSN
Players from all three Canadian clubs were named to the Major League Soccer all-star team on Saturday, including Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco & Whitecaps FC goalkeeper David Ousted.

Columbus Crew SC vow "we're not going to get complacent" after launching win streak over Chicago - MLS
Though they sit in second place in the Eastern Conference standings, Columbus haven't put more than two wins together in a row all season, notching back-to-back wins April 18 and 25 before embarking on a largely inconsistent summer campaign. But the club won consecutive matches against rival Chicago Fire this week, with a 1-0 win Wednesday in Bridgeview and a 3-1 win to cap off the week in Columbus.

Chicago Fire's Frank Yallop: It's tough to lose after "phantom red card" - MLS
Head coach Frank Yallop criticized referee Chris Penso for what he called a “phantom red card” as ten-man Chicago Fire fell to their second defeat to Columbus Crew SC in five days. The 3-1 result at MAPFRE Stadium was harsh on the visitors, who found themselves on the wrong end of a 12-second penalty call, had two goals disallowed and saw Jason Johnson sent off on the back of two yellow cards.

Sporting KC far from satisfied with performance in win over Impact - SBI
After Sporting Kansas City’s 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact Saturday night, the team’s eighth straight home win in all competitions, one may have expected a much more cheerful Peter Vermes. Instead, the Sporting KC manager was satisfied with the three points, but lamented the inability to control the game.

Giovinco lifts Toronto FC to win over Union - TSN
While Major League Soccer dithered over getting Sebastian Giovinco into the all-star game, the Italian dynamo continued his assault on the Toronto FC record book. Giovinco added another chapter to a remarkable first season in North America with a goal and an assist in Toronto's 2-1 win Saturday over the Philadelphia Union.

Toronto FC turn up the heat on the Union - Red Nation Online
Saturday’s game saw two clubs right in the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff race meet for a second time this season. Both squads were missing their captains, with Michael Bradley still on international duty and Maurice Edu suspended for the Union.

Toronto, MLS Need to Recognize How Special Sebastian Giovinco Truly Is - Vice Sports
Torontonians could be forgiven for not being totally familiar with Sebastian Giovinco. They might have heard him being referred to by one of his many nicknames: Seba, Gio, or The Atomic Ant (though how could you not want to learn a little more about a man who goes by such a title). The team itself spent nearly the first two months of the 2015 Major League Soccer season on the road while the finishing touches were put on upgrades to the team's home field.

LA Galaxy 5, San Jose Earthquakes 2 | MLS Match Recap - MLS
Steven Gerrard enjoyed a winning MLS debut Friday night, twice setting up Robbie Keane goals and netting one of his own as the LA Galaxy rallied from a two-goal first-half deficit for a wild 5-2 triumph over the San Jose Earthquakes to vault into the Western Conference lead.

Seattle Sounders FC 0, Colorado Rapids 1 | MLS Match Recap - MLS
An 84th minute tally from forward Kevin Doyle was the difference for the Colorado Rapids Saturday night against the Seattle Sounders, as Colorado rode the playmaking striker’s late goal to a 1-0 victory over reeling Seattle at CenturyLink Field.

Orlando City SC plan to appeal Cyle Larin red card vs. New York Red Bulls - MLS
Phil Rawlins, the Orlando City SC president, has confirmed the club will mount an appeal against Saturday night’s red card for Cyle Larin, which was the team’s sixth dismissal of the season.

Didier Drogba open to Inter Milan despite Major League Soccer talks - ESPN FC
Sources have told ESPN FC that Drogba, 37, has been offered a contract with Chicago Fire and that several other MLS sides are interested, but he is keeping his options open amid links with Inter.

Earthquakes sign U.S. youth international Marc Pelosi - Goal
The 21-year-old midfielder joins after four seasons at Liverpool, where he played in the Reds' youth setup.

MLS Players Union reveal 2015 player salaries - MLSPU
The documents linked below contain salary information for all MLS players as of the date shown.  In the survey, all player salaries are broken down into two numbers.  The first is the player's current base salary.  The second is characterized as annual average guaranteed compensation.

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UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE

PORTLAND TIMBERS 2   4   WHITECAPS FC  2  2

SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2015

MERLO FIELD, PORTLAND, ORE.

Tough loss to T2 hits WFC2’s playoff push but still all to play for – “It’s going to be a dogfight till the bitter end” - AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps headed down to Portland this past weekend hoping to come home with a six point haul. But best laid plans and all that, for despite two strong performances that merited more, the ‘Caps return with just the one solitary point.

WFC2 Doubled up by Timbers 2 in USL Action - Eighty-Six Forever
While the Vancouver Whitecaps battled back to tie with the Portland Timbers 1-1 in MLS action over the weekend, there was no such comeback in store for WFC2 in the USL Pro League. WFC2 fell to Portland's USL team, Timbers 2, by a final score of 4-2.

Goals from Earnshaw and Froese not enough as WFC2 fall 4-2 to Timbers 2 - Whitecaps FC
On another scorching evening in Portland, Whitecaps FC 2 (6W-9L-5D) battled valiantly but came up short in a 4-2 defeat to Timbers 2 (7W-9L-2D) at Merlo Field.

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CANADA - PAN AM GAMES & GOLD CUP

Canadian women's soccer team falls to Brazil 2-0, still advances to semifinals - Toronto 2015
The Canadian women's soccer team moved into the Pan American Games semifinals despite a 2-0 loss to Brazil in the final round-robin game Sunday night.

Canada WNT through to Toronto 2015 medal round - CSA
The young Olympic Development squad forming Canada’s Women’s National Team at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games offered decent opposition to a much more experienced Brazil team, but were ultimately defeated 2:0. While on paper Canada finishes group action in the tournament with a win and two losses, they will still live to compete another day as they go through to the medal round on a favourable goal difference over Costa Rica.

Goals dry up for Canadian women at Pan Ams - Sportsnet
Ecuador’s surprising win over Costa Rica on early Sunday evening at the Pan Am Games was a welcomed result for Canada. It meant the Reds didn’t have the pressure of a “must win” on their shoulders against Brazil to secure a spot in the semifinals. A draw or even a loss would get them through, depending on goal differential.

Mexico 1, Costa Rica 0 (AET) | CONCACAF Gold Cup Match Recap - MLS
Oribe Peralta had four or five good chances to score for Mexico -- all of which he missed -- but it was the one he set up that mattered most.  Peralta drew a dubious penalty in the 120th minute, and Andres Guardado converted from the spot to give Mexico a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in the quarterfinals of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. El Tri advanced to the semifinals, where they will take on Panama on Wednesday in Atlanta.

No redemption for Jaime Penedo, just a "divine moment" for victorious Panama - MLS
All the Panamanian goalkeeper wanted to do was lead his team into the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals and he did that in heroic fashion. The LA Galaxy standout made a pair of saves during a penalty kick shootout, including the decisive kick by Lester Peltier in the ninth round, to guide Los Canaleros to a 6-5 shootout win after Panama and Trinidad & Tobago played to a 1-1 draw at MetLife Stadium Sunday.

United States 6, Cuba 0 | Gold Cup Match Recap - MLS
The United States men’s national team welcomed Cuba to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Saturday afternoon for a balmy Gold Cup quarterfinal, the heavily favored Americans looking to book their spot in the tournament’s semis with a win over the overmatched Cubans.

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NASL

Eddies wrap up road trip with 1-0 clean sheet victory - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (2W-2D-0L) capped off their three-match road trip with a 1-0 win over North American Soccer League (NASL) combined table leaders Tampa Bay Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium.

Practice? Who needs practice? Eddies beat Rowdies despite lack of training - the11.ca
FC Edmonton is through the toughest road trip of their season; a three-games-in-seven days jaunt that took the club out to Florida, back to Texas and then back to Florida.

Fury FC Offence Heats Up in 4-2 Win Over Indy Eleven - Ottawa Fury FC
Ottawa Fury FC’s offence exploded for four goals against the Indy Eleven on a scorching Sunday afternoon at TD Place extending the club`s unbeaten streak to an impressive eight games. A brace from captain Richie Ryan and goals from Rafael Alves and Tom Heinemann gave Ottawa their biggest offensive outing in TD Place history with the 4-2 victory.

Ottawa Fury earn big home win over Indy Eleven - Red Nation Online
Ottawa Fury were finally able to put their scoring troubles behind them as they put four goals past Indy Eleven keeper Nicht and earned a vital three points at home. In their first of three matches this week, Fury were able push themselves into just a point of first place in the Fall Season standings, with a game in hand, and tied for fourth in the combined standings. The club are also on a red hot eight game unbeaten streak as they continue collecting points and making up for early slips in the Spring Season.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Stephen Ross Hopes to Turn Soccer Friendlies Into a Moneymaking Juggernaut - NY Times
Every summer, soccer fans in the United States pay steep prices to see the world’s best teams compete in preseason exhibitions against other top clubs as well as squads from Major League Soccer. It is more a taste of world soccer than a feast; some stars are allowed to skip the tours, and those who do arrive are routinely pulled by managers wary of injuries.

PSG defeats Benfica at BMO Field - TSN
While some big names were missing, it was an entertaining affair that followed on the heels of Toronto FC's 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union. The international friendly drew an announced crowd of 17,843 to BMO Field, compared to 25,032 for the MLS game.

Bartomeu absolutely crushed Laporta in the Barcelona presidential elections - Soccer Gods
It’s official. Josep Maria Bartomeu will be FC Barcelona’s president through 2021. He demolished his main rival, former president Joan Laporta, by 21 points.

Sepp Blatter: My conscience told me to do something for FIFA - ESPN FC
Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he made the decision to resign because his conscience told him to "do something" for the organisation as he announced a new reform task force.

Fifa to discuss governance reforms amid pressure from sponsors and campaigns - The Guardian
Fifa will discuss a series of wide-ranging governance reforms on Monday in the face of growing pressure from sponsors and campaigners for external intervention.

Coke and McDonald's demand reform for a healthier FIFA - Inside World Football
As FIFA's executive committee gather in Zurich to discuss dates for the presidential election, Coca-Cola have called on football's world governing body to reform itself and bring in independent specialists to oversee its future conduct and help restore trust.

FIFA sets presidential election date - TSN
FIFA will hold a presidential election on Feb. 26, giving Sepp Blatter seven more months in power before leaving the scandal-tainted governing body.

Prankster showers Sepp Blatter with fake dollar bills at Fifa press conference - The Guardian
The Fifa president Sepp Blatter walked out of a press conference after being showered with fake dollar bills by the British comedian Lee Nelson.

Fifa: New taskforce announced to tackle corruption - BBC Sport
Fifa is to set up a taskforce of 11 people to look at reforming football's scandal-hit world governing body. Proposals for reform will include term limits for presidents and integrity checks for top officials, president Sepp Blatter announced.

UK: We will force Fifa to change - The Telegraph
"Alongside the US and Swiss prosecutions, other national parliaments and government agencies also have a role to play in using their powers to support Fifa reform. Britain must play its part. That is why we can announce that in September the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport select committee will open an investigation into the issue of Fifa reform, in the light of the latest revelations."

Michel Platini receives further backing to stand as Fifa presidential candidate - The Guardian
Michel Platini could announce as early as this week that he will stand for Fifa president after receiving backing from four out of the six confederations.

Inside West Ham’s new home: how football came to 2012’s Olympic Stadium - The Guardian
The home of the London Games has been completely rebuilt at huge public expense in the hope West Ham can give it a glorious new era.

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup: Madjer: There’s more to come from us - FIFA
Chants of “Portugal Allez” could still be heard ringing around the Estadio da Praia da Baia well after the end of Sunday’s final at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal 2015. They came from the tunnel inside the main stand, where the Portuguese players were celebrating their defeat of Tahiti.

Bert Patenaude, the forgotten hero who scored the first ever World Cup hat-trick - The Guardian
Eighty-five years ago, Bert Patenaude scored all three goals in USA’s 3-0 win over Paraguay – but it wasn’t until 2006 that he was recognised by Fifa.

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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

PORTLAND TIMBERS  1   WHITECAPS FC  1

CASCADIA CUP

SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2015

PROVIDENCE PARK, PORTLAND, ORE.

'Caps continue quest for third straight Cascadia Cup Saturday vs. Portland - Whitecaps FC
Only one point separates the bitter rivals in the hotly contested Western Conference standings. There are still 14 matches remaining, but this will be the last meeting between the two teams.

A look at the Cascadia Cup standings heading into Saturday's match - Whitecaps FC
The origins of the Cascadia Cup date back to when Vancouver, Portland and Seattle were members of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) First Division. The combined supporters of the three clubs created the two-foot tall silver Cup, which is awarded annually to the team with the best head-to-head record over their Pacific Northwest rivals in regular season matches.

Whitecaps face back line decisions for Portland clash - Goal
With Kendall Waston and Pa Modou Kah unavailable, Vancouver could hand center back duties to youngsters Tim Parker and Christian Dean when it visits the Timbers this weekend.

Parker and Dean ready to get job done against Portland - Red Nation Online
The Vancouver Whitecaps are preparing for their final Cascadia clash with the Portland Timbers this Saturday night at Providence Park. Vancouver has already taken four points from a pair of matches with the Timbers in the spring.

Whitecaps’ depth will be put to the test against Portland Timbers - Metro
Carl Robinson stressed during the winter the need for depth at the centre back position, and it will be put to the ultimate test this weekend in a Cascadia Cup derby match against the Portland Timbers.

Whitecaps’ Teibert glad to be back, ready for action against Portland - The Province
The Whitecaps’ Canadian midfielder was back at practice after Canada’s scoreless exit from the CONCACAF showcase, and he looked like a kid at play.

Countdown: Toronto FC v Philadelphia - Red Nation Online
Toronto FC have found time between the Gold Cup and Pan Am games fit in a home game and are back to host Eastern Conference rivals Philadelphia Union on Saturday afternoon. The Reds are coming off a slugfest against New York City FC, a match where they got a sense of retribution from an earlier fixture that Giovinco was shut down in, but still are struggling to put in a disciplined defensive display.

Houston Dynamo "extremely excited" to finally bring Designated Player Erick "Cubo" Torres into the fold - MLS
After signing for a club record transfer in December, spending a six-month loan stint with Chivas Guadalajara, and waiting for a lengthy visa process to sort itself out, forward Erick “Cubo” Torres is in town for good and officially a member of the Houston Dynamo.

Portland Timbers sign Lucas Melano to DP deal, use targeted allocation - SI.com
The Portland Timbers have acquired 22-year-old Argentine forward Lucas Melano from Lanús for a $5 million transfer fee, a source with knowledge of the deal told SI.com on Thursday. Melano has signed a guaranteed four-year contract (with an option year) that will pay him around $1 million per year, and the Timbers will cover the entirety of the transfer fee.

Real Salt Lake's long-term plans led to veteran forward Alvaro Saborio's surprise exit - MLS
Just like that, Real Salt Lake’s all-time leading goal scorer has been traded. On Thursday, an announcement was made that RSL forward Alvaro Saborio had been traded to D.C. United in exchange for midfielder Luis Silva. The trade came as a bit of a surprise to many, but was made with an eye towards the future and added flexibility for RSL’s front office.

Orlando City linked to Sao Paulo midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso - Orlando Sentinel
On Thursday, a reputable network in Brazil reported that Orlando City has put in a bid to sign São Paulo midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso. The rumors first popped up on Twitter early in the day, but Globo Esporte later reported that Orlando City had indeed put its name in to sign Ganso.

Impact acquire Bekker from FC Dallas - TSN
The Montreal Impact dealt unhappy defender Bakary Soumare to FC Dallas for Canadian midfielder Kyle Bekker on Thursday. The 24-year-old Bekker, from Oakville, Ont., was drafted third overall by Toronto FC in the 2013 SuperDraft and was dealt to Dallas for allocation money before this season.

Sebastian Giovinco: I'm not going anywhere - Toronto Sun
Toronto FC anticipates astronomical, potentially never-before-seen transfer offers for Sebastian Giovinco this summer. The Reds won’t sell him, of course. They’ve made it clear they won’t even consider it.

MLS In Focus: Columbus’ Ethan Finlay - Empire of Soccer
On Wednesday night, Ethan Finlay of the Columbus Crew picked up his 11th assist of the year. That gives him two more than anyone else in MLS. And it’s more than just a hot start. Over the last season and a half, Finlay has 16 goals and 18 assists in 49 matches.

MLS Players Union Announces Ratification of New Agreement with Major League Soccer (PDF File) - MLS Players Union
The MLS Players Union voted 91% in favour of ratification.

LA Galaxy placing big expectations on talented new Designated Player Giovani Dos Santos - MLS
Giovani Dos Santos' move to the LA Galaxy has been in the works, in one manner or another, since he scored that sensational goal at the Rose Bowl in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final four years ago.

Forget Dynasty. The Galaxy are Handcrafting the first MLS Super Club - LA Confidential
The LA Galaxy have been the dominant team in MLS for the past half decade. Now that they’ve won three of the last four MLS cups, questions have floated around as to whether or not this team can really be called a dynasty. I believe they’re on the verge of becoming more than a dynasty, they’re moving to a whole new level we’ve not seen before in MLS.

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CANADA - PAN AM GAMES & GOLD CUP

Canadian men’s team in tough at Pan Am Games - Sportsnet
The under-23 men’s side battled to a 0-0 draw against Panama on Thursday at the Pan Am Games, marking the third straight day that a Canadian national team failed to score—Canada was held to a 0-0 draw by Costa Rica on Tuesday at the Gold Cup, and the women’s team fell 2-0 to Costa Rica at the Pan Ams on Wednesday.

Lively second half not enough for Canada M23 to secure a win - CSA
Canada’s Men’s U-23 Team offered an entertaining match to the fans gathered at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, ON, on Thursday night, but had to settle for a scoreless draw against Panama in their second of three 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games matches.

Fire Floro? Not yet, but it's never too early to cast a critical eye - Goal
There are some things that have become a near certainty in this life. There's death and taxes, the inescapable downers of human existence, and just below that is Canada not scoring goals in official matches.

State of Canadian soccer: The glass is half full - Sportsnet
What a week it’s been for the average pathetic self loathing fan of the game in our country, of which I am proudly one: Gold Cup elimination, Pan Am reality for the men against Brazil, frustration for the women against Costa Rica, and all of this on the heels of a Women’s World Cup where the team did what they were supposed to do, but not more.

Despite cushy path to final, U.S. must improve to win Gold Cup - Goal
Just how easy is the U.S. national team's path to a record seventh straight Gold Cup final? If you had asked Jurgen Klinsmann to hand-pick the teams to avoid in a quarterfinal bracket there is a good chance he would have drawn up the very bracket that has shaken out.

Golden Opportunity for CONCACAF underdogs - Goal
The second-tier teams in CONCACAF have acquitted themselves well so far and have to believe they can accomplish something special in this Gold Cup.

Nazon, Haiti’s unknown hero - FIFA
A year ago, Duckens Nazon was ready to quit football for good at the age of 20. "A lot of problems," he admitted. "I just wanted to play with my friends for the love of it."

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BC SOCCER

Vancouver United Set To Clinch PCSL Crown - BC Soccer Web
Vancouver United is poised to capture their first ever Pacific Coast Soccer League title this weekend as regular season play wraps up.

Victoria trio bound for Whitecaps Residency - Times Colonist
Unlike the North American pro staples football, baseball, basketball and hockey, which restock mostly through the draft, pro soccer clubs worldwide long have had a tradition of developing potential future players through their own academy programs. That tradition will take young Victoria soccer players Andre Earthy-Find, Liam McManaman and Charlie Miller to live and train on the Lower Mainland in the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency Under-18 program.

Saudis may surprise at 36th Nations Cup of soccer in Richmond - Richmond News
A total of 64 teams — men and women of all ages — line up for the football feast at Hugh Boyd this weekend .

Kelowna United produces several provincial champs - Kelowna Daily Courier
Kelowna United soccer teams were all over the podium at this past weekend's provincial B Cup tournaments. The under-14 and U16 girls brought home gold, the U15 girls and U18 boys claimed silver, and the U13 and U16 boys captured bronze. The U13 girls also finished a respectable fifth.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER

The Lowdown: World Cup bump engulfs NWSL - The Equalizer
The World Cup bump has arrived. Following a weekend that saw the Dash smash their single-match attendance record and the Reign and Sky Blue set season highs, more big attendance numbers are anticipated this weekend. The Washington Spirit and Chicago Red Stars both announced sellouts for Saturday’s matches four days ahead of kickoff. For the first time, a relatively healthy women’s professional soccer league will have an opportunity to fully capitalize on this phenomenon.

Sasic bids farewell to her passion - FIFA
“Football is my passion. It has always been part of my life and will continue to be,” leading German striker Celia Sasic said at the start of her announcement to her Facebook fans on Thursday. “Nevertheless, I’ve decided to begin a new chapter in my life and call time on my professional football career,” she continued. “I’m now looking forward to a range of new things in my life. I want to finish my studies, sort out my career path, start a family and much more.”

Emma Hayes: WSL crowds could reach 4,500, says Chelsea boss - BBC Sport
Manchester City saw a club-record crowd of 2,102 for their game on Sunday, as average WSL 1 attendances rose by 78%. "It's progress," Hayes told BBC Sport. "It's women's football and you're not going to go straight from 500 fans to 50,000 fans.

Women's FA Cup final at Wembley set for record crowd - BBC Sport
A record crowd is expected for this year's Women's FA Cup final on 1 August, after the Football Association revealed 24,000 tickets have been sold for the showpiece. Wembley Stadium will host the final for the first time.

Leroux elated over World Cup win, Dwyer’s support - The Equalizer
Buying in as a team player can be difficult for some who don’t get a lot of playing time, but this was not the case with Leroux. The 25-year-old was more than happy with her role and the end result of becoming a World Cup Champion.

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NASL

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (1-2-0) will play their final match of a three-match road trip this Saturday, July 18 at 5:30 p.m. MT versus Tampa Bay Rowdies (1-0-1) at Al Lang Stadium in Florida, aiming to remain atop the North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season table with a victory against the league’s top overall team.

A reunion with Thomas Rongen means this Freddy Adu move has a chance to work - Soccer Gods
So the only move that could detract from the LA Galaxy annoying Liga MX fans by snaring Giovanni dos Santos came from an NASL club? Yes, it did. An NASL club brought back Freddy Adu to revitalize his lifelong mission on Earth — to become the savior for U.S. soccer that he was desperately forced to be before puberty.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Uruguayan soccer great Alcides Ghiggia dies at 88 - Washington Post
Alcides Edgardo Ghiggia, the Uruguayan soccer great who scored the late winning goal in a stunning 2-1 victory over Brazil in the final game of the 1950 World Cup, died Thursday. He was 88.

History maker Ghiggia passes away - FIFA
“Only three people have ever silenced 200,000 people at the Maracana with a single gesture: Frank Sinatra, Pope John Paul II, and I,” Ghiggia once famously said. “I have never seen people as sad as the Brazilians were after that defeat. It made you shudder. The biggest moment of my life was at the Maracana.”

The battle for Barcelona: a day in the life of presidential candidate Joan Laporta - The Guardian
Joan Laporta is standing on a box. “If I become the president of Barcelona again,” he promises, “I’ll make sure that we keep on winning, I’ll revive La Masía and I’ll lay the foundations for another decade of success. With me as president, Messi will always be happy and Unicef will return to the shirt.” On he goes, hands underlining each point, gaze fixed. “That’s why I’m asking for your vote,” he says, drawing towards a close.

Russia 2018 without Brazil? CBF to form 'think-tank' to put team right - Inside World Football
Brazil's failure and early exit from the Copa America has prompted even more soul searching in-country, with commentators fearing that on current performance the team will not qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. A real possibility as their quarter final exit in Chile would not rank them in the qualifying slots.

Juventus: Pogba not for sale - FIFA
Juventus insist that Paul Pogba is not for sale despite reports in Spain linking the highly-coveted midfielder with a move to Barcelona.

Fabian Delph to Manchester City: £8m move is 'back on' as Aston Villa captain believed to be undergoing medical - The Independent
Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph is having a medical at Manchester City less than a week after saying he was staying at Villa Park. Delph committed his future to Villa when an £8m move to City broke down, and the club captain issued a statement to confirm that he is not leaving this summer – or so we thought.

Celtic, West Ham, Aberdeen & Inverness learn Euro draws - BBC Sport
Champions League third qualifying round first leg dates are 28 and 29 July, with the return on 4 or 5 August. Europa League third qualifying round first and second qualifying dates are 30 July and 6 August, respectively.

Iranian football at a crossroads as sanctions due to be lifted - Inside World Football
Under the sanctions regime, which saw an almost total trade embargo by the US and tightening sanctions on the energy and banking sectors from Europe, Iranian football held up extremely well - with the country enjoying top position in the FIFA Ranking of Asian countries, a relatively successful World Cup and boasting powerful club sides which enjoy massive match day attendances as well as success in the AFC Champions League.

Premier League sponsors urged to pull out over disabled facilities - BBC Sport
Premier League sponsors and broadcasters have been told to pull out of football unless progress is made in providing facilities for disabled fans. Lord Holmes of Richmond, Britain's most successful Paralympic swimmer, made the call during the second reading of The Accessible Sports Grounds Bill.

FIFA to stop World Cup bidders splashing cash in 'development' projects - Inside World Football
Future World Cup bidders will be banned by FIFA from funding overseas development programmes in an attempt to put an end to the kind of vote-trading shenanigans that have plagued recent ballots.

BC Soccer News, Thursday, July 16, 2015

WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Whitecaps FC launch London Youth Academy Centre in partnership with Elgin Middlesex Soccer Association - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today the launch of a new Whitecaps FC London Youth Academy Centre in partnership with Elgin Middlesex Soccer Association (EMSA). The new academy centre will be based out of London, Ontario, the 11th most populated metropolitan area in Canada. This will be the first Whitecaps FC Academy Centre in Eastern Canada.

Vancouver Whitecaps planning further expansion for successful Academy Centres - AFTN
The Whitecaps see themselves as “trailblazers” in Major League Soccer in terms of running an academy, youth development and producing homegrown talent. It’s justified, for as we’ve mentioned several times now, the ‘Caps lead the league with eight homegrown products on their MLS roster.

With Waston away, 'Caps kids will play - 24 Hours
Carl Robinson’s insistence that the Vancouver Whitecaps would need five centre backs this season is looking pretty smart right now. So, too, is the club’s decision to take central defenders with its first pick in each of the past two MLS SuperDrafts.

Rookies to defend Timbers’ attack - The Province
The last time the Whitecaps were in Portland — May 2 — defender Tim Parker subbed on in the 88th minute for a cramping Ethen Sampson. It was Parker’s MLS debut, and it came in a tied game with his team under relentless pressure, defending their goal in front of the raucous Timbers Army.

Caps counting on kids to fill centre-back void - Vancouver Sun
They walked together off the back end of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ training pitch Wednesday, seemingly oblivious to the club's media relations man and a flock of reporters hurrying after them. Surely, young centre backs Tim Parker and Christian Dean didn't, on this day in particular, think they were going to get away without dealing with the inquiring minds?

An old head on young shoulders: Parker showing 'poise well beyond his years' - Whitecaps FC
Tim Parker was one of eight players who made their professional debut in Whitecaps FC 2’s inaugural United Soccer League match back on March 29.

Columbus Crew SC savor "some of the best football we've played all year" in skid-breaking win at Fire - MLS
Wednesday was a night of streak-killing for Columbus Crew SC in Bridgeview, Illinois. With a 1-0 win over their Midwest rivals the Chicago Fire, Columbus earned their first road win of the season, their first shutout since April and their first win at Toyota Park since 2006.

LA Galaxy sign Mexican international Giovani Dos Santos as team's third Designated Player - MLS
Four years ago, Giovani Dos Santos ruled Los Angeles for one night. That's when he inspired Mexico's come-from-behind, 4-2 win over the USMNT in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, coming out victorious in front of more than 93,000 people at the Rose Bowl. Now, Dos Santos has a chance to enjoy a longer reign in Hollywood after signing a Designated Player contract with the LA Galaxy, following a transfer from Spain's Villarreal CF.

Will Giovani Dos Santos find success with the LA Galaxy? - Prost Amerika
Just days after Steven Gerrard made his debut in a Galaxy shirt, LA pulled off another signing coup. The Galaxy made official what had been rumored for weeks and even years, as they added Mexican international Giovani Dos Santos, who will transfer from Spanish club Villarreal for a fee of 7 million, and will be paid a salary of around 6 million according to numerous reports. Dos Santos will report to the Galaxy upon the conclusion of Mexico’s CONCACAF Gold Cup run.

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez unlikely to join MLS in summer - sources - ESPN FC
Hernandez has been heavily linked to Orlando City, but sources with knowledge of the state of play have confirmed to ESPN FC that there is a big difference between the offer from the MLS franchise and what the player is looking for, despite the club hoping for some positive news about the transfer.

San Jose Earthquakes Claim Midfielder Matheus Silva Off Waivers - San Jose Earthquakes
Silva, 18, was one of the top prep players in the country this year, leading the Montverde Academy (FL) to an undefeated 18-0-1 record and the top spot in the TopDrawerSoccer.com national rankings.

Following U-20 World Cup struggles, Marky Delgado embracing improvements with TFC - SBI
Now earning time on the club level with Toronto FC, Delgado scored his first goal of the season on Sunday netting the final TFC goal in a wild 4-4 draw with NYCFC. Having now started four consecutive league games, Delgado is starting to make his way into the conversation in a crowded TFC midfield while offering a glimpse into his potential.

Impact’s Soumare asks for trade, Ciman unhappy - Sportsnet
Montreal Impact defender Bakary Soumare has asked to be traded. The Major League Soccer club confirmed that the central defender, acquired in January from the Chicago Fire, requested a move but will continue to train with the team

Orlando City shows class in win over English Premier League side West Brom - Orlando Sentinel
The Lions got three fantastic goals from all three of its designated players during a 3-1 win over English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night in front of an announced crowd of 15,172 at the Citrus Bowl. They also saw several young players stand out when given an opportunity.

Orlando City Increases Season Ticket Capacity to 18,000; Begins Season Ticket Renewal for 2016 - Orlando City SC
Following the recent announcement that the Club’s new downtown stadium will feature capacity between 25,000 and 28,000 seats, Orlando City SC today unveiled that it will increase Season Ticket seating for the 2016 Major League Soccer season to 18,000.

Minnesota: One Stadium Site To Unite Them All - Northern Pitch
The proposed "Bus Barn" stadium site could be a huge breakthrough for Minnesota United FC, Major League Soccer, and the city of Saint Paul.

LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane wins Best MLS Player ESPY, USWNT given Best Team award - MLS
Galaxy forward Robbie Keane took home the Best MLS Player ESPY on Wednesday night, with the 2014 MVP beating out Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins, New England Revolution playmaker Lee Nguyen and New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips. Keane led the Galaxy to their record fifth MLS Cup championship last year, tallying 19 goals and 14 assists in the regular season and scoring the game-winner against the Revs at Cup.

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UNITED SOCCER LEAGUES

WHITECAPS FC 2   2   COLORADO SPRINGS   2

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015

UBC THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, B.C.

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Whitecaps FC 2 match high-powered Switchbacks FC to earn 2-2 draw - Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 (6W-8L-5D) hosted high-scoring Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (10W-6L-1D) at Thunderbird Stadium on Wednesday and matched their firepower, earning an entertaining 2-2 draw behind stellar goalkeeping from Spencer Richey and goals from Marco Bustos and Andre Lewis.

USL Match Report: WFC2 2 - 2 Switchbacks FC - Eighty-Six Forever
Vancouver Whitecaps FC2 (W6-L8-D5) continued their march towards a playoff spot in the USL Western Conference after drawing two-all with the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (W10-L6-D1) on Wednesday evening at UBC Thunderbird Stadium.

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CANADA - PAN AM GAMES & GOLD CUP

Canada’s football women in tough Pan Am spot following Costa Rica loss - Olympic.ca
It was a very steep learning curve for an inexperienced Canadian women’s team at the Pan American Games on Wednesday night, as Costa Rica scored a historic 2-0 upset victory.

Young Canadians show inexperience at Pan Ams - Sportsnet
Canada’s second match of women’s soccer tournament at the Pan American Games proved to be a tough learning experience for the young side that had trouble creating and finishing chances against a poised and more experienced Costa Rica.

Canada WNT disappointing loss valuable experience for youth players - CSA
Canada’s Women’s National Team faced Costa Rica its second group phase match of the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games on Wednesday night. Coming off an exciting 5:2 win against Ecuador, the Canadians saw their lack of spark cost them in a 0:2 loss, despite an evenly contested game against Costa Rica.

Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame announces Class of 2015 - CSA
Jim Brennan, Kara Lang and Pat Onstad enter the Hall of Fame in this year's Player category. In the Builder Category, John Kerr and Jim Hubay have been selected as part of the 2015 Induction Class. George Anderson has been selected as Pioneer in the 2015 Induction Class.

Having hope is killing Canadian soccer - Sportsnet
So maybe hopelessness is the way to go. Maybe we shouldn’t have any expectations. Maybe we should give up positivity, and disabuse ourselves of the idea that Canada will ever again qualify for the World Cup, or go on a decent run at the Gold Cup.

Takeaways from Canada at 2015 Gold Cup - Red Nation Online
Canada’s elimination from 2015 Gold Cup has both reinforced some things while also raising some concerns when it comes to the Canadian Men’s National Team program.

USMNT to play Group C third-place finishers Cuba in CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals on Saturday - MLS
For the first time since diplomatic relations between the two countries were restored in December, the Americans will face Cuba on the soccer field, taking on Group C’s third-place finishers at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Caribbean wave sweeps over Gold Cup - Goal
With all four of the region's Gold Cup teams into the quarterfinals after Cuba's defeat of Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago drawing with Mexico to win the group Wednesday, the Caribbean looks like it could be a factor again.

Mexico 4, Trinidad and Tobago 4 | CONCACAF Gold Cup Match Recap - MLS
The Caribbean country emerged from the 2015 Gold Cup Group C as the surprise winners on Wednesday, following a thrilling 4-4 draw over tournament co-favorites Mexico that only became more exciting as the minutes ticked by. Paul Aguilar, Carlos Vela and Andres Guardado scored for El Tri, while T&T got a brace from Keron Cummings, a goal and own goal from Kenwyne Jones, and the last-second equalizer courtesy of Yohance Marshall.

Charlotte’s CONCACAF Gold Cup matches are as much festival as futbol - Charlotte Observer
The crowd outside Bank of America Stadium at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday – more than three hours before the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament soccer game between Guatemala and Cuba and more than seven hours before the game between Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago – is compelling.

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BC SOCCER

Covered soccer pitch planned in Surrey - 24 Hours
Surrey City Hall has agreed in principle to permit the municipality’s first covered soccer pitch — expected to cost more than $2 million — next to the existing Softball City stadium, with the earliest opening date anticipated in late 2016.

Hero keeper saves the day for Richmond cup glory - Richmond News
United U18 Metro side dedicated dramatic Provincial A title win to suspended coach Roberto Sciascia.

Soccer sides unite for Nations Cup - Richmond Review
The 36th Nations Cup soccer tournament kicks off Friday evening and continues through Sunday. Games are at Hugh Boyd and Minoru parks, with a few at Manoah Steves Elementary School.

Two gold, six medals in all for Kelowna United - Kelowna Capital News
It's been a productive summer of soccer for Kelowna United FC. The local club capped off the 2015 season in style last weekend, capturing six medals at B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup championships.

Two gold, two silver for A Selects - Burnaby Now
Burnaby under-18 girls and u-16 boys both win B.C. Soccer Provincial A Cup finals.

Soccer Snipers snag a bronze at B Cup - Burnaby Now
An opening day loss to Prospect Lake cost Cliff Avenue United Snipers a shot at provincial gold. The under-13 Sniper girls lost 3-1 to eventual silver medallist Prospect Lake in the provincial opener, but had a clean slate the rest of the way, earning a bronze medal following a 4-0 victory over the Terrace Kermodes in Nelson on Sunday.

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NASL

Eddies remain undefeated in Fall Season with 2-2 draw versus Scorpions - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (1-2-0) collected their fifth point of the North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season against San Antonio Scorpions (1-1-1), July 15, earning a 2-2 draw, at Toyota Field to remain atop the Fall Season league table.

Eddies come back twice to earn point in San Antonio - the11.ca
FC Edmonton did enough to win its first road game of the NASL season. Despite fielding a skeleton crew thanks to an injury crisis, the Eddies were still able to create scoring chances and got goals from Michael Nonni and Cristian Raudales.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer Leader, Misses a Hearing and Draws Ire From Congress - NY Times
Congress turned its attention to world soccer for several hours Wednesday afternoon as a Senate subcommittee convened a hearing to examine what the United States Soccer Federation had known about widespread corruption within FIFA, the sport’s global governing body. But one of the senators’ most persistent lines of inquiry was simpler: why had U.S. Soccer’s top official, Sunil Gulati, declined to show up?

U.S. Senate subcommittee grills U.S. Soccer CEO about FIFA corruption - SBI
U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn is normally a behind-the-scenes official, but on Wednesday he was front and center in the eye of the FIFA corruption storm as he faced hard questions from a U.S. Senate subcommittee about U.S. Soccer’s knowledge of FIFA and CONCACAF corruption.

Calling FIFA officials ‘sleazebags’ and ‘lowlifes,’ British journalist does not spare U.S. Soccer at Senate hearing - Washington Post
A British investigative journalist takes aim at US Soccer and FIFA officials at Senate hearing on corruption in the sport.

Fifa: Former aide of President Bill Clinton to help PR - BBC Sport
Fifa has hired a consulting firm with links to America's failed bid to secure the 2022 World Cup.

Not up for the Cup: Why so few amateur Cascadian clubs enter the US Open Cup - thecup.us
In one of the country’s key soccer regions, Washington and Oregon, despairingly few amateur clubs participate in the Open Cup. Why is this? Will recent changes to US Open Cup qualification entice more of these amateur Cascadian clubs to join?

Is Barcelona's famed La Masia academy in decline? - The Guardian
La Masia graduates are leaving the club, with Xavi moving to Qatar to play for Al Sadd, Deulofeu moving to Everton on a permanent basis and Montoya, the player who completed the academy puzzle in November 2012, joining Internazionale. So, with a transfer ban in place and the constant pressure applied by a free-spending Real Madrid, the obvious question is: are Barça moving away from their academy-based approach?

The world’s five best destinations for "almost deceased" soccer players - Soccer Gods
You’re not young anymore. People in your home town are starting to look at you with the same crestfallen look that you give the ex-prom king now working at the local garage. So where do you go? What are your best options? Here are the five best destinations on the map for almost deceased soccer players.

The Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum announces 2015 Induction Class - OSA

Jim Brennan, Kara Lang and Pat Onstad amongst the inductees of the Class of 2015 to the Soccer Hall of Fame in Vaughan, Ontario.

BC Soccer News, Wednesday, July 15, 2015

2015 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

CANADA  0   COSTA RICA  0

TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015

BMO FIELD, TORONTO, ONT.

Goalless Canada bounced from Gold Cup - TSN
In a lengthy news conference following Canada's early exit from the Gold Cup, coach Benito Floro defended his team's progress, pointed to the problems Canadian soccer faces and said how proud he was of his players.

Canada MNT eliminated from 2015 Gold Cup - CSA
Canada’s Men’s National Team were eliminated from the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup following a hard fought 0:0 draw with Costa Rica on Tuesday night at Toronto’s BMO Field. Despite playing their most complete match of the competition the Canadian side were once again unable to capitalize on their scoring opportunities against an experienced Costa Rican side.

Canada go down fighting in draw with Costa Rica - Red Nation Online
Coming into the final match of the group stages, and off a heartbreaking late match loss to Jamaica, head coach Benito Floro and Canada would need a focused mindset and intent to attack hosting Costa Rica at BMO Field in Toronto, Canada.

Canada bows out of Gold Cup in scoreless disgrace - Sportsnet
Canada bowed out in disgrace of the continental tournament following a 0-0 draw to Costa Rica on Tuesday evening at BMO Field, the third consecutive match the Reds failed to score during the group stage.

What's next after Canada's soul-crushing defeat? - MLS
Heartbreak, it would seem, is embedded in the DNA of Canadian soccer. How else to explain Tuesday’s soul-crushing and tournament-ending scoreless draw with Costa Rica at the Gold Cup?

Floro inches away from looking like a genius; instead, he’ll be under heavy criticism - the11.ca
There will be a lot of writers who will have their sharpened pens ready to stab Benito Floro voodoo dolls over the next couple of days. But, if Haber delays his run by a half second, if Hainault’s shot bounces a few inches higher and eludes Ruiz, well, the Canadian national-team coach looks like a genius, doesn’t he? He decided to start Haber rather than MLS super-rookie Cyle Larin. Floro also made the controversial call to bring in a defender, Hainault. with his third and final sub when Canada needed a goal — and still had forward Tesho Akindele on the bench.

Canada trying to focus on positives after another group-play elimination - MLS
"It is disappointing because we always want to win and go through," Benito Floro said following Canada's scoreless draw Tuesday against Costa Rica that left them at the bottom of Group B. "The level of Jamaica and Costa Rica is really better than our level. So in my opinion, it is true we should not be happy with the result but to be happy with the performance of the players."

Canada youngsters Cyle Larin, Tesho Akindele disappointed, but learn valuable lesson - MLS
It obviously wasn’t the Gold Cup that Canada’s dynamic pair of MLS youngsters had hoped for. But for Cyle Larin and Tesho Akindele, their debut in the regional tournament was still a worthy experience, despite The Reds being left without a goal or a ticket to the knockout rounds after their scoreless draw Tuesday against Costa Rica.

Bobby Lenarduzzi hails trailblazing Whitecaps and slams "short term" view when it comes to Canadian player development - "It's not going to happen overnight"  - AFTN
We should all care. It's our country, it's our domestic game, it's our future talent pool.  But just how much we should care does somewhat rely on where you stand on the whole club v country debate.

Jamaica 1, El Salvador 0 | CONCACAF Gold Cup Match Recap - MLS
Garath McCleary sent Jamaica through to the Gold Cup quarterfinals in fine form, notching a late goal to give the Reggae Boyz a 1-0 win Tuesday night over an El Salvador side fighting for their tournament lives and the top spot in Group B.

Jurgen Klinsmann explains lack of fitness as reason for taking Jozy Altidore off USMNT squad - MLS
While changes were expected, to some extent these specific moves were somewhat surprising. In particular, Altidore – who admittedly had not had a strong group stage after suffering an injury with Toronto FC earlier this season – being removed from the team raised some eyebrows.

Lack of fitness, or lack of ability — what’s wrong with Jozy Altidore? - Prost Amerika
Is Altidore’s problem fitness, or is it that he’s hit his ceiling? On one hand he’s supposed to be one of the United States’ most important players, and theoretically, USMNT is better with him in the team. But on the other hand Klinsmann’s men really need to win this tournament to guarantee direct entry into the Confederations Cup in 2017 and Jozy hasn’t been up to snuff thus far.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Waston called up to Costa Rican national team ahead of Gold Cup quarter-final - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed today that defender Kendall Waston has been called up to the Costa Rican national team for the ongoing 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Are the Whitecaps an Elite MLS Club? - Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps currently sit in a three-way tie for first place in the Western Conference after 20 games played, as themselves, FC Dallas, and the Seattle Sounders are all tied with 32 points. The lofty point total has also put them in the Supporter's Shield race, as overall, the 'Caps are just three points behind DC United for top spot in the league. However, there's an air of disappointment over the club right now instead of triumph, after back to back  losses, and weeks of sloppy play.

Whitecaps brass see further growth ahead  - 24 Hours
When Jeff Mallett looks back at his original checklist for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC now, a lot of the boxes have Xs beside them today.

Galaxy acquires Mexico team star Giovani Dos Santos after long pursuit - LA Times
The Galaxy has acquired Mexican national team star Giovani Dos Santos from Spanish club Villarreal and signed him through the 2019 season, the Major League Soccer club confirmed Tuesday.

MLS move not the end of Dos Santos' El Tri career - Goal
Though he'll be playing in a lower-quality league, Giovani dos Santos won't see a move to MLS dent his importance to the Mexican national team.

Three Whitecaps who deserve All-Star nods - 24 Hours
Among those first 11 names, exactly zero Whitecaps were selected and the commissioner’s picks are two players – Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard – who have yet to play in an MLS match and reek of a marketing and PR ploy.

MLS Players React to Commissioner’s All Star Picks -Total MLS
Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard were chosen as MLS All Stars by commissioner Don Garber on Monday night, having never played a minute in the league. Twitter was full of reaction, maybe the best coming from MLS players.

Commissioner makes joke of MLS All-Star game by choosing Gerrard, Lampard - Goal
In MLS, legendary England midfielders Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard were chosen for the all-star game before either had laced up a boot in a league game. Lampard might have played for New York City FC against Toronto on Sunday but was injured; Gerrard’s only appearance for the LA Galaxy was in a friendly.

TFC GM Bezbatchenko: ‘We’re trending well’ - Sportsnet
“We’re trending well, and I think that’s the most important thing,” Bezbatchenko said. “To be where we are at halfway through the year, I think we have an opportunity ahead of us to do great things.”

Gol TV Canada to cease operations August 31 - CRTC
Gol TV (Canada) Ltd. has requested the revocation of its broadcasting licence for the English-language specialty Category B service Gol TV.

MLS enters latest broadcast agreement with beIN SPORTS to air matches in Southeast Asia, Australia - MLS
MLS announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with leading global media network beIN SPORTS to televise league matches live across Southeast Asia and Australia. The deal will see MLS games reach seven countries throughout the region and marks the first time MLS will be telecast on beIN SPORTS channels in Asia.

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UNITED SOCCER LEAGUES

WHITECAPS FC 2 vs. COLORADO SPRINGS SWITCHBACKS

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015

7:00 PM, UBC THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, B.C.

Whitecaps FC 2 face high-scoring Switchbacks FC at Thunderbird Stadium on Wednesday - Whitecaps FC
One of the top teams in the Western Conference rolls into town this Wednesday when Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (10W-6L-0D) visit Whitecaps FC 2 (6W-8L-4D) at Thunderbird Stadium.

Tyler Rosenlund named to USL Team of the Week - Eighty-Six Forever
Make it three wins in four matches for the in-form Vancouver Whitecaps FC2. Last Friday night the Thundercaps went into halftime down a goal to the Portland Timbers FC2, but drew level with their rivals just two minutes into the second half thanks to midfielder Tyler Rosenlund.

Philadelphia Union planning to create own USL team for 2016: "It's been a missing rung in the ladder" - MLS
Like other MLS clubs, the Union have set the wheels in motion to launch and operate their own USL team with Sakiewicz telling MLSsoccer.com that he’s “confident it will be executed in the 2016 season.”

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 1, Sunderland AFC 0 - Sacramento Republic FC
Sacramento Republic FC beat English Premier League side Sunderland in Paul Buckle’s first match as head coach.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER

Whitecaps say ‘nothing imminent’ on NWSL front - The Equalizer
Vancouver Whitecaps FC co-owner Jeff Mallett was available during a mid-season roundtable discussion earlier this week and clarified the organizations thoughts on bringing the NWSL to Vancouver.

U.S. women’s soccer players are trendy; why aren’t U.S. women’s sports leagues? - Washington Post
Women's soccer players are on the cover of SI and serenaded in Manhattan. So does anyone wanna check out an WNBA game?

The story of Carli Lloyd’s rise to World Cup hero - The Equalizer
Carli Lloyd nearly quit soccer over a decade ago. She had just been cut from one of the United States’ youth national teams, she was out of shape and she was lacking motivation.

BC SOCCER

Kwantlen student athletes just want to play - Burnaby Now
An open letter on the recent termination of athletic department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

KPU cuts funding to varsity teams - The Runner
KPU has clipped the Eagles’ wings with the announcement of major cuts to the varsity athletics programs. It’s all aligned with the “strategic direction” for KPU’s Vision 2018 and academic plan.

PLAYOFF BOUND | HIGHLANDERS COMPLETE LEAGUE PLAY THIS SUNDAY - Victoria Highlanders FC
Highlanders players and staff were all smiles early Sunday evening having secured the season goal of reaching the Pacific Coast Soccer League playoffs. Teams with games in hand could not make up ground on the Highlanders who came out of the bye weekend confirmed of a season ending playoff semi-final contest to be played in Vancouver, July 25th.

Northern Sport Centre gets new turf - Prince George Citizen
Since it opened in 2007, the fieldhouse at the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre has endured an incredible amount of wear and tear.

Penticton Pinnacles peak at soccer provincials - Penticton Western News
All that glitters was gold for the Penticton Pinnacles U18 boys at the BC Soccer Youth Provincial B Cup championships in Penticton.

U16 boys kick to B.C. soccer gold - Prince George Citizen
The Prince George Youth Soccer Association Under-16 boys team exacted a measure of revenge against Surrey Liverpool in Penticton on Sunday. Two years after Surrey beat them at the U14 Les Sinnott Memorial Boys Provincial B Cup, the Timberwolves turned the tables in their favour at the U16 level in the gold-medal final.

Blaze find silver lining at provincials - Kamloops This Week
The under-13 Kamloops Blaze girls won silver at the B.C. Soccer A Cup Provincial Championship in South Surrey on the weekend.

U18 Timberwolves rally, secure bronze  - Prince George Citizen
Sunday in South Surrey, the U-18 Timberwolves rallied from a 3-1 half-time deficit to edge the North Shore Renegades 4-3 to win the bronze medal at the four-team Provincial A Cup championship.

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NASL

Rowdies Bolster Attack with Signing of Midfielder/Forward Freddy Adu - Tampa Bay Rowdies
"The Rowdies and Adu are a perfect fit. Adu, now 26 years of age, with his prime playing career still ahead of him, presents plenty of upside for the Rowdies. In Tampa Bay, he is reunited with head coach Thomas Rongen, arguably the coach for whom he has played his best soccer in the past."

Why has Freddy Adu chosen to join the Tampa Bay Rowdies? - The Guardian
“He was almost like Ronaldinho. He always had a smile on his face.” That’s how Thomas Rongen remembers a young Freddy Adu. That boy is now a man, and on Tuesday he agreed to join the Tampa Bay Rowdies – who sit first in NASL and are coached by Rongen.

Heinemann's A-Game Earns Him Team of the Week Selection - Ottawa Fury FC
Following one of his best games in Fury colours, Tom Heinemann is named to the NASL Team of the Week.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Swindon Town FC bans media outlets from press conferences  - The Guardian
A football club has been accused of “pulling up the drawbridge” after it banned media outlets from attending press conferences. Instead, Swindon Town FC will put out interviews conducted by its own press officer on its website and a social media app.

Football Association urged to step in to outlaw club media bans - Hold The Front Page
Blackpool Gazette football writer Will Watt made the plea to the sport’s governing body after his newspaper was barred from speaking to players and management staff at Blackpool FC.

FA must intervene to stop journalists being banned by football clubs - The Guardian
A sports writer has called on the Football Association to intervene over the persistent problem of clubs either banning journalists or enforcing restrictions on them.

Real Madrid tops the Forbes World's 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams in 2015 - Forbes
The NBA and MLB may be hot right now, but the world’s most valuable team still resides in Spain. Real Madrid ranks first for the third straight year at $3.26 billion, edging out a couple of iconic American sports franchises in the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees, which tie for second at $3.2 billion.

Raheem Sterling: Manchester City signing ready to challenge - BBC Sport
Raheem Sterling says he is relieved to have completed his protracted £49m move from Liverpool to Manchester City and is ready to consistently challenge for major honours.

How the Eurozone crisis is tilting the transfer balance towards the Premier League - Goal
England's finest are able to match European clubs' asking prices and buyout clauses far more easily, as they can with prospective new players who make their wage demands in euros.

Moha El Ouriachi: Stoke City sign Barcelona winger - BBC Sport
Stoke City have signed teenage winger Moha El Ouriachi from Barcelona. The 19-year-old, who rejected a new contract at the Nou Camp, has joined the Potters squad for their matches in the Asia Trophy in Singapore.

Carlos Tevez says he wants to write history after returning to Boca Juniors  - The Guardian
Carlos Tevez has been officially unveiled as a Boca Juniors player in a £4.6m (€6.5 million) transfer from Juventus. Thousands of fans packed La Bombonera to welcome Tevez home from a decade abroad the day after the team went top of the Argentine league championship.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus... but Carlos Tevez is back where his heart is - The Telegraph
Attacker's return to Boca Juniors has attracted ridicule, but the Argentine man of the people should be applauded for bucking the mercenary trend.

Damien Duff: Former Chelsea and Newcastle winger to give wages to charity after joining Shamrock Rovers  - The Independent
Former Republic of Ireland star Damien Duff has returned to his homeland after almost 20 years abroad to join Shamrock Rovers.It's not the most surprising move for an ageing footballer to return home - but what is surprising is that the former Premier League winger will donate the entirety of his wages to a charity of his choosing.

Fifa crisis: Clock ticking for presidential candidates to declare - BBC Sport
Monday will see the first extraordinary meeting of Fifa since May's corruption scandal whipped through its senior ranks.

Robbie Rogers Will Be 'Extremely Flamboyant' at Future World Cups - advocate.com
Major League Soccer's first (and only) openly gay male player says he won't boycott future World Cups hosted in antigay countries like Russia and Qatar. Instead, Robbie Rogers plans to make a statement if and when he takes to the pitch in Moscow in 2018, or Qatar in 2022.

Romario scores lead role in probe into Brazilian federation corruption - Inside World Football
Brazilian footballing legend turned politician Romario, who came to power on a platform of defending the rights of people with disabilities, has been appointed president of the Congressional Committee investigating corruption in the wake of the arrest of former Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Jose Maria Marin.

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2015 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

CANADA  0   COSTA RICA  0

TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015

BMO FIELD, TORONTO, ONT.

Canada needs a win against Costa Rica to keep going in Gold Cup tournament - Vancouver Sun
Canada is hoping history and home-field advantage will help it survive a little longer in the Gold Cup. A goal or two would help as well.

Canada MNT looks to draw on home support against Costa Rica - CSA
Canada’s Men’s National Team will be looking to draw upon strong home support when it faces Costa Rica in its final 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage match on Tuesday evening at Toronto’s BMO Field. Canada is nearly facing a ‘must-win’ scenario to advance from its group to the knock-out stages of the competition following a 0:0 draw against El Salvador and a heartbreaking 1:0 loss to Jamaica in its opening two matches of the confederation championship.

Will BMO Field be the difference for Canada? - Red Nation Online
The Gold Cup drought continues for Canada as they are into their third and final match of the group stage, but still alive to advance as they host Costa Rica on Tuesday night. Already two games in with no goals, the Red and White will hopefully get a boost of needed confidence as they have a rare Gold Cup home match at BMO Field.

USMNT overcomes another slow start to tie Panama in group-stage finale - SBI
The U.S. Men’s National Team is making a habit of finding ways to get results despite playing far from its best. The U.S. used a second-half goal from captain Michael Bradley to overcome a drab first half and grab a 1-1 draw with Panama at a hot Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, on Monday night.

Bradley to the rescue for USA in draw with Panama - Prost Amerika
Down a goal in the final match of the first stage of the 2015 Gold Cup? No sweat for the United States Men’s National Team. After going behind early, the U.S.A. were able to claw back and earn a 1-1 draw thanks to a second-half goal by Michael Bradley.

Ventura Alvarado and John Brooks shaky in USMNT struggle vs. Panama - ESPN FC
For the second time in the Gold Cup group stage, the U.S. men's national team manager trotted out his first choice back line, albeit one with some youthful elements, and for the second time in succession they failed to inspire much confidence.

Jozy Altidore out of squad, will not play for USMNT in Gold Cup knockout stage - NBC Sports
The Toronto FC forward failed to score in the two games he played in against Honduras and Haiti. He was replaced at half time against Haiti by Gyasi Zardes and was an unused substitute in the draw with Panama. Altidore suffered a hamstring injury in May but made a speedy recovery to be fit in time for the Gold Cup campaign, however he appears to be lacking match fitness and that could point to a big reason for his release.

The Concacaf pack catches up: lessons from USA's Gold Cup group stage - The Guardian
Jürgen Klinsmann’s men have struggled at the start of the tournament, and the smaller teams are catching up fast.

Honduras falls to Haiti, bowing out of Gold Cup - SBI
Haiti claimed a historic win against Honduras in its final Gold Cup group stage game, as it won, 1-0, thanks to a goal from Duckens Nazon in the 13th minute.

Honduras should make a cultural change - Goal
The last team to qualify for the Gold Cup was the first to be eliminated. That wouldn't be too much of a surprise, except that team is Honduras, one of CONCACAF's representatives at both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

Gold Cup: With group over, USMNT turn attention to knockout games: "This is what a tournament is about" - MLS
The group stage is wrapped up, the loss column filled with a zero, the knockout-round berth secured. This is when the CONCACAF Gold Cup really starts for the United States – on Saturday, in Baltimore, in a quarterfinal match against an opponent still to be determined.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Midseason media roundtable: 'Caps brass discuss seating capacity, international friendlies, and more - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC held a midseason media roundtable on Monday afternoon with co-owner Jeff Mallett, president Bob Lenarduzzi, chief operating officer Rachel Lewis, and vice president of soccer operations Greg Anderson providing a number of updates on a wide-range of topics.

Whitecaps set to compete with MLS' big spenders - The Province
Mallett said ownership is open to adding a player this summer if the coaching staff feels it’s the right move, but he said the club won’t make a knee-jerk decision just because other teams are strengthening.

Former Whitecaps Residency striker Dario Zanatta set to join Scottish club Hearts - AFTN
After a couple of training stints with IFK Goteborg in Sweden, QPR and Ipswich Town in England and Dundee in Scotland in recent months, Zanatta is set to sign a two year deal with Scottish Premiership side Hearts this week and will become part of their U20 team in the SPFL Development League.

Returning Whitecaps stumble against Kansas City - Whitecaps Fan Blog
The Vancouver Whitecaps road trip was so long I had forgotten the names of the people sitting around me. The one fellow whose name I did remember was Italian football great Carlo Ancelotti. He must have been desperate to see some football but I was a bit embarrassed by what we showed him.

Newcomers David Villa, Kaka join US national team veterans on 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game Fan XI - MLS
The first group of MLS stars have been named to the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game after the Fan XI was unveiled on Monday, nearly two weeks before the match against English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, July 29.

Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard selected as Commissioner's picks for AT&T MLS All-Star Game - MLS
Lampard and Gerrard, two of the league’s most recent international star arrivals who both have over 100 caps with England's national team, recently joined New York City FC and LA Galaxy, respectively, as Designated Players.

Steven Caldwell Announces His Retirement - Toronto FC
Steven Caldwell formally announced Tuesday that he is retiring after 17 seasons as a professional football player. Caldwell will transition into his role as Director of Corporate Development with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.

Will Philadelphia Union's high-school create USA's next soccer stars? - The Guardian
“The idea is: Can we build an American solution to a youth academy model that produces world-class players that are good enough to some day play at PPL Park and that are good enough to some day represent the national team and help us win the World Cup?” Richie Graham said. “It’s a big vision but that’s the idea … It takes time though.”

Red Bulls limit NYCFC supporters’ ticket allotment due to behavioral issues - Empire of Soccer
Bad behavior will be punished. That is the message from the New York Red Bulls Front Office as they have officially limited New York City FC supporters from their original 1,500 ticket allotment to just 500 seats in the third and final edition of the Hudson River Derby.

U.S. women, Red Bulls and NYCFC create a big weekend for New York City - ESPN FC
From a historic U.S. women's national team victory parade to both local MLS sides hitting four, this was a big weekend for New York soccer.

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NASL

Match Preview: vs. San Antonio Scorpions - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton will be on the road again this Wednesday, July 15, 6:30 p.m. MT to face San Antonio Scorpions for the second of three North American Fall Season (NASL) matches in ten days.

FCE coach Miller laments injury crisis, blasts NASL schedule-maker - the11.ca
FC Edmonton is hanging back in Fort Lauderdale, the site of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the Strikers, so it can prepare for Wednesday’s match in San Antonio, which is expected to kick off in temperatures well over 30 C.

BC SOCCER

Pacific Challenge Series Kicks-Off July 13 - BCSA
The BC Soccer Assoc. and the University of British Columbia (UBC) in collaboration with the Canada Soccer Association will proudly host the 2015 Pacific Challenge Series from July 13-19. The Pacific Challenge Series is a competition designed for the Western Province’s (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) high performance U13 and U14 players.

Legacy fund created for women's soccer in B.C. - Richmond Review
The B.C. government has created a $100,000 fund to promote female participation in soccer, to carry on the interest generated by the recent World Cup games that set new attendance records at BC Place stadium.

Sisterhood of travelling jerseys - New Westminster Record
Three soccer-playing friends won’t have to say any goodbyes following graduation this year. Mountain United FC teammates Teagan McManus and twins Allyson and Christina Dickson will be closer than ever next season, when they team up for their freshman seasons with the Simon Fraser University varsity women’s soccer team in September.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER

Back to business for World Cup stars - FIFA
The Final confetti may still be fluttering in the Vancouver breeze but there has been no rest for many of Canada 2015's star players, for whom an immediate return to domestic action awaited. In England, Fara Williams netted a brace to lead Liverpool to victory, while Chicago Red Stars and Seattle Reign continue their championship battle in the USA.

More to women’s soccer than just World Cup - Washington Post
Tiffany Weimer is a forward for the NWSL’s Washington Spirit. A Connecticut native who starred at Penn State, she has also played for clubs in Finland, Brazil, Sweden, Denmark and Canada.

Fran Kirby: Chelsea striker 'does not know' her transfer fee - BBC Sport
New Chelsea Ladies signing Fran Kirby says she "does not know" how much money the club paid to sign her from Reading. The England striker's former club said the deal was a British women's record transfer fee - a claim Chelsea deny.

W-League set for new TV deal to build on Matildas' World Cup success - The Guardian
More double-headers featuring A-League and W-League matches will be a highlight of a new W-League broadcast deal with Fox Sports (Australia) ensuring the upcoming W-League season returns to television after it was dumped by the ABC last season.

Wambach to decide playing future ‘in due time’ - The Equalizer
Abby Wambach says she hasn’t had time to think about her future amid the whirlwind of promotion the United States women’s national team has received since winning the World Cup last week. Questions about her looming retirement will be answered “in due time,” she said.

Lloyd adds Goal of the Tournament to her haul - FIFA
Carli Lloyd thought she had taken everything home with her when she packed her bags at the end of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™. Her luggage certainly weighed more than on her arrival, with the addition of a winner's medal, the adidas Golden Ball for the player of the tournament, the adidas Silver Boot as the second-top scorer and four Live Your Goals Player of the Match awards – one for every step of USA's triumphant run through the knockout stages.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Study: Rough play is riskier than heading in soccer - Chicago Tribune
Heading takes the heat in youth soccer, but limiting rough play might be a better way to prevent concussions and other injuries, a nine-year study of U.S. high school games suggests.

Russia coach Capello resigns from national team - Sportsnet
Fabio Capello left his post as Russia coach on Tuesday after a poor run of results put the 2018 World Cup hosts in danger of failing to qualify for next year’s European Championship.

Newcastle's Tiote barred from entering USA over visa issues - Goal
The midfielder, who was handed a suspended seven-month jail sentence in 2013 for possession of a fake driving licence, will not go on the preseason tour with Newcastle United.

The final days of Iker Casillas at Real Madrid were very, very strange - Soccer Gods
The image of Iker Casillas sitting alone in the dark press room of the Santiago Bernabéu with tears streaming down his face will live forever in the memory of Real Madrid and its fans. It was a quick, stark and austere act, wildly different from the lavish goodbyes of legends like Xavi and Gerrard.

Real Madrid try to repair Iker Casillas damage – but only make things worse - The Guardian
Two thousand people turned up for Iker Casillas’ second goodbye in 25 hours – but they were mainly interested in heckling Florentino Pérez.

Breakaway World Football Cup Comes to Abkhazia - EurAsianNet
Separatist Abkhazia has been picked as the venue for the wannabe and stateless nations’ soccer championship in 2016. The enthusiast group behind the event – the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) that some describe as the anti-FIFA – is on a mission to put unrecognized or less-recognized self-declared countries like Abkhazia “on the world map” to have them share “the joy of international soccer".

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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

WHITECAPS FC  0   SPORTING KANSAS CITY  1

SUNDAY, JULY 12, 2015

BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, B.C.

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Missed chances cost Whitecaps points at home - Goal
Homecomings tend to be joyous occasions, for the most part. The Vancouver Whitecaps were keen to make Sunday night one of those occasions after a lengthy five-game road trip. Unfortunately, Sporting Kansas City had other ideas.

Home woes continue for Vancouver Whitecaps: "A lot of things need to be better after today" - MLS
Vancouver Whitecaps' home woes continued upon their return to BC Place after five games on the road. The home fans went home unhappy as Vancouver went down in a tough 1-0 defeat to Sporting Kansas City.

Same old story as Whitecaps made to pay dear for multitude of missed opportunities - AFTN
Home may very well be where the heart is, but it’s not been the happiest of hunting grounds for Vancouver Whitecaps this season and it continued against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday evening.

Whitecaps FC fall 1-0 to Sporting KC in entertaining and physical battle at BC Place - Whitecaps FC
For a while, it seemed Vancouver’s homecoming would be a triumphant one. But after a pair of goalline clearances, some fantastic goalkeeping by Tim Melia, and a 52nd-minute Kevin Ellis goal, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10W-8L-2D) fell 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City (8W-3L-6D) on Sunday in their first home match since May 30.

Entertainment without the Reward. Whitecaps lose again at home - Eighty-Six Forever
Despite a very entertaining first half, the same struggles were evident for the Whitecaps in their long-awaited return to BC Place -inability to capitalize on first half chances and poor second half play- as the Whitecaps fall to .500 at home, losing 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City.

Whitecaps' return home not so sweet - 24 Hours
Making their first appearance at BC Place in well over a month, the Vancouver Whitecaps had the building energized with a spirited start Sunday against Sporting Kansas City.

Failure to score comes back to bite Whitecaps ‘on the bum’ in loss to Sporting Kansas City - Metro
The Vancouver Whitecaps finally returned to BC Place Stadium, but visiting Sporting Kansas City spoiled the homecoming.

Whitecaps' Waston and Sporting KC's Dwyer downplay turf war - The Province
The Gold Cup may be going on elsewhere, but it was all very CONCACAF-y in the dying minutes at B.C. Place on Sunday.

Whitecaps' lack of finish continues at home - Vancouver Sun
Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson likes to say soccer is a game of fine lines. It was the relatively thick, white one on the artificial turf between the goalposts that his club couldn't master on Tuesday. They couldn't get a ball across it.

Sporting get massive road victory despite necessary squad rotation: "They've matured very quickly" - MLS
Maybe it's time to retire the words “flux,” “turmoil”, and “depleted” from any talk about Sporting Kansas City's roster. Oh, guys are still getting hurt, and going on international duty at inconvenient times – or just going home to Chile to deal with family issues, but the way Sporting are playing these days it doesn't seem to matter all that much.

Sporting KC continues hot streak with win at Whitecaps - SBI
Sporting KC continued to close the gap out West Sunday night with a victory over one of the conference’s top teams. Led by a 52nd minute Kevin Ellis finish, Sporting KC went to BC Place and earned a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. With the victory over the second-place Caps, Sporting KC extends its recent hot stretch to four wins in the team’s past five outings.

After latest loss, Seattle Sounders say it's time to "figure out a way to win" without big stars - MLS
For the Seattle Sounders, Saturday night’s 1-0 loss to the Chicago Fire was just an extension of the same storyline that has dogged the team in recent weeks.

Giovinco gets redemption and more in New York City thriller - Red Nation Online
Toronto FC headed into New York City and Yankee Stadium looking to even the score after losing 2-0 in the home fixture three weeks back.  The story of the first encounter between these two sides was a bruising approach to the game from Jason Kries' side and TFC seeming to have no answer to Giovinco being physically marked out of the game. How would Toronto deal with New York on their field and could Giovionco make an impact?

TFC waste magical Giovinco effort in stalemate - Sportsnet
It was the single greatest individual performance in Toronto FC history, and there’s a case to be made it was one the best—if not the best—in the history of Major League Soccer.

Gerrard solid in LA Galaxy debut - Prost Amerika
Steven Gerrard finally stepped onto the pitch at the StubHub Center in a Los Angeles Galaxy shirt on Saturday night. Gerrard was in the Galaxy’s starting 11 for their friendly match against Club America in the International Champions Cup. Gerrard was active for the 45 minutes he played on the field, making plays, runs, creating scoring chances, and making some tackles as well.

Steven Gerrard comes into an LA Galaxy team with little margin for error - The Guardian
Into this mix steps Steven Gerrard, who, having fulfilled his “sitting behind a table talking about happy he is to be a Galaxy player” part of his arrival, actually played a half of soccer on Saturday night. This being summer in MLS, of course, said game wasn’t a league fixture but an ICC game against Club America, who briefly threatened to ruin the narrative of Gerrard’s arrival by taking the lead early in the first half.

Orlando City in negotiations with Chicharito - Goal
Orlando City is in negotiations to bring Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez to MLS and could make an announcement within a fortnight. According to Orlando's owner Flavio Augusto da Silva, the new MLS club is "at the beginning of the conversation" with Hernandez, who is out of favor at Old Trafford and spent last season on loan at Real Madrid where he failed to secure a starting position.

Christian Dean maturing, growing and pushing for MLS minutes – “His chance will be around the corner” - AFTN
Dean may miss out tonight, but the 22-year-old is knocking at the door of the first team after a string of strong performances in USL and his chance to impress in MLS action is set to come very soon.

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CANADA - GOLD CUP & PAN AM GAMES

Commentary: Scoring issues persist for Canada as history repeats itself in 2015 Gold Cup - MLS
For all the talk of progress, Canada’s 2015 Gold Cup is playing out exactly the same way as its 2013 Gold Cup did. The order of events is a bit different—in 2013, Canada broke its fans’ hearts with a last-minute 1-0 loss in the tournament opener; in 2015, that heartbreaker came in its second group-stage match, against Jamaica on Saturday night.

Gold Cup: With quarterfinal berth already clinched, USMNT not focused on revenge-minded Panama - MLS
The last time the United States met Panama in CONCACAF competition, Graham Zusi left the Central American nation's' players and supporters gutted and made himself a soccer saint in Mexico.

Fortune favours brave, not Canada at Gold Cup - Sportsnet
Canada has it all to do going into its final group stage game at the CONCACAF Gold Cup following a 1-0 loss to Jamaica in Houston on Saturday evening.

Jurgen Klinsmann has to balance development with meeting expectations at the Gold Cup - Soccer Gods
You might think that top of U.S. men’s national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s summer to-do list is identifying his top center back combination. Or you might suspect that his first priority over these next couple of weeks of the CONCACAF Gold Cup is building depth at striker. We all saw what happened when Jozy Altidore’s hamtring gave out last summer, right? Ooof.

Canada beats Ecuador in Pan Am women's soccer opener - CBC
Canada's women's soccer team opened defence of its gold medal with a 5-2 victory over Ecuador at CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium on Saturday night.

Brazilians prove too much for Canada M23 - CSA
Canada’s Men’s U-23 Team opened their first quest at the Pan American Games since 1999 with a 1:4 loss to Brazil. While the Canadians showed great flashes, notably on the goal by Babouli, the Brazilians proved to be too much to handle for this Olympic development squad.

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BC SOCCER

Comsia chasing soccer dreams at Pan Am Games - North Shore News
Young defender one of 19 North Shore athletes competing at Toronto-hosted event

Nanaimo United clubs begin summer work - Nanaimo Daily News
This past Monday marked the start of the Nanaimo United pre-season tryouts ahead of next season and one of the club's coaches said it was the highest turnout of hopefuls since 2011.

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NASL

Resilient Eddies earn hard-fought draw against Strikers - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton collected their fourth point of the North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season against Fort Lauderdale Strikers, earning a 1-1 draw, July 11 at Lockhart Stadium in front of 3,816 fans.

Does Miller deserve an apology? Comparing Canada’s scorelessness to FCE’s scorefulness - the11.ca
Let’s think back to the 2013 Gold Cup. Interim Canadian national-team coach Colin Miller was taking a lot of criticism from this country’s soccer supporters. The claims were that Miller’s defensive style was a major reason for Canada’s goalless three-matches-and-out at the CONCACAF Championships. Miller was derided on message boards, Twitter, comment sections.

Fury FC Earn Hard Fought Point in Minnesota - Ottawa Fury FC
Ottawa Fury FC might have seen their league-record shutout streak come to an end Saturday night in Minnesota, but they proved to be road warriors earning a hard fought point with a 1-1 draw against Minnesota United FC extending their unbeaten streak to seven games (2W-5D-0L). After Christian Ramirez ended the shutout streak in the first half, Tom Heinemann converted a penalty kick fifteen minutes from time to help Ottawa climb the NASL Fall Season standings where they sit second with just goal difference keeping FC Edmonton on top.

Freddy Adu close to signing deal with Tampa Bay Rowdies of NASL - report - ESPN FC
Former U.S. phenom Freddy Adu is close to signing a deal with Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League, according to a report.

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WOMEN'S SOCCER

Dash fall to Red Stars before record crowd at BBVA - The Equalizer
On a record-setting night in Houston, the Chicago Red Stars reminded everyone who the better side is with a 2-1 victory over the Dash in front of a club-record crowd of 13,025 at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Women's World Cup Lionesses return to record crowds - BBC Sport
Record crowds turned out to watch Women's Super League sides as stars of the World Cup returned to domestic action with their clubs.

Rampone will play in Olympics ‘if body holds up’ - The Equalizer
The longtime United States women’s national team captain will be 41 years old by the time the Rio Olympics begin next August. Rampone just won her second World Cup title with the U.S. on Sunday, when the Americans dominated Japan in a 5-2 victory in Vancouver. She was also part of the 1999 team that won the World Cup on home soil.

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Claudio Ranieri appointed new Leicester City manager - The Guardian
Claudio Ranieri has been appointed as the new manager at Leicester City, the club have announced. The Italian, previously in charge of Chelsea, Juventus, Internazionale, among many others, has been given a three-year deal.

Asmir Begovic completes move to Chelsea from Stoke City - ESPN FC
Asmir Begovic has finalised his to move to Chelsea from Premier League rivals Stoke City.

Swiss investigators flag more suspicious transactions around 2018 and 2022 bids- Inside World Football
Despite persistent claims by Russia and Qatar that their respective 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids were clean, the Swiss investigation into possible corruption linked to the bids has flagged up another 28 acts of possible money-laundering which have been received since June, bringing the total to 81.

FIFA Seven: Webb agrees to US extradition - Inside World Football
The Swiss Federal Office of Justice last Friday said that one of the seven FIFA officials arrested in the dawn swoop on the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich on May 27, had agreed to extradition to the United States.

Micronesia appear on Fifa's radar after massive Pacific Games defeats - The Guardian
Micronesia – the team that just shipped 114 goals at the Pacific Games – is readying itself to face the likes of Australia, Japan and South Korea, with the Pacific nation poised to follow in the footsteps of nearby island Guam and join the Asian confederation.

DEVELOPING STORY: KWANTLEN UNIVERSITY AXES SOCCER & ATHLETICS PROGRAMS

Varsity athletics axed at Kwantlen - Surrey Leader
Just eight weeks prior to the next PACWEST (Pacific Western Athletic Conference) season, some student athletes at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) are stunned to learn it could be their last.

Kwantlen University spiking varsity athletics program due to budget constraints - Vancouver Sun
In a shocking announcement, student athletes at Kwantlen Polytechnic University will have only one more season to play for KPU due to budget constraints.

BC Soccer News, Weekend, July 10-12, 2015

2015 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

CANADA 0  JAMAICA  1

SATURDAY, JULY 11

BBVA COMPASS STADIUM, HOUSTON, TX.

Countdown: Styles make fights. Can Canada beat Jamaica again? - Red Nation Online
Heading into the second match of the group stage of the Gold Cup, if there is one silver lining, it is that Canada did not repeat the misfortune of allowing a late goal in their opening fixture as seen in 2013. Granted, that does not offer much comfort as both times Canada was seen as favourites and most would expect three points against the weakest opponent in the group. What lies ahead again is an equally daunting road from two years ago; before it was Mexico and Panama, this year it is Jamaica and Costa Rica.

Roberts emerging as one of Eddies, Canada's most promising talents - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton defender Mallan Roberts is one of several current members of the Eddies roster who grew up playing soccer in Edmonton. Roberts has played every second of the ten matches he has featured in this year and is quickly emerging as one of the most consistent players for the Eddies in 2015.

Sober Second Thoughts: Go half full or go insane - 24th minute
Sometimes is good to be reminded of where things actually stand. Riding a five game undefeated streak, CanMNT fans were unusually confident heading into last night’s Gold Cup opener against El Salvador.

Oh no: Canada starts another Gold Cup with a scoreless effort - the11.ca
Canada didn’t score at the 2013 Gold Cup. And, after a 0-0 draw with El Salvador to open Group B play, Canada is scoreless at the 2015 Gold Cup.

Canada squanders opportunity in Gold Cup opener - Sportsnet
This wasn’t coach Benito Floro’s first competitive match in charge of Canada, but it was the first major test of his managerial reign. The result and overall performance were not promising, though it’s still too early to judge this team just yet. Still, this was a winnable game against the weakest of the Reds’ group opponents, so there’s denying this was a missed opportunity for Floro’s side.

Mexico 6, Cuba 0 | CONCACAF Gold Cup Match Recap - MLS
Given the context entering the game, it appeared Mexico would start their 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup quest with a blowout win over a shorthanded Cuba squad.

Trinidad and Tobago 3, Guatemala 1 | CONCACAF Gold Cup Match Recap - MLS
An opportunistic attack and sleepy first-half defense made the difference in the Group C opener in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Thursday, as Trinidad and Tobago beat Guatemala 3-1 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Jurgen Klinsmann using Haiti game as audition for USMNT roster spots for rest of tournament - MLS
While the US coach expects a challenge similar to what they faced against Honduras on Tuesday in a 2-1 win, he also sounded like a man with a vision past the group stage, which, should they advance, will open up the opportunity for roster moves.

The Road to Russia (or, more likely, Honduras) becoming clearer - 24th Minute
Canada’s path to the semi-final stage of World Cup qualifying is now known And, it turns out there was little to worry about. Prior to the announcement of the format today it was unclear whether Canada would be placed in a fully random draw with the other 11 teams in the round. Such a scenario could have seen Canada drawn against Jamaica.

Report: USMNT to host Brazil friendly at Gillette Stadium in September - SBI
The Boston Globe reported on Thursday that the U.S. Men’s National Team will host its rumored friendly with Brazil on Sept. 8 at Gillette Stadium. The match will be the second the Americans play at the venue in Foxboro, Massachusetts, in two months, as they are currently preparing to face Haiti in a CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage game on Friday.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

The boys are back: Whitecaps FC return to BC Place after five-match road trip - Whitecaps FC
After a five-match road trip that spanned over a month, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10W-7L-2D) finally return to BC Place on Sunday to host Sporting Kansas City (7W-3L-6D).

Summer Transfer Window and the Vancouver Whitecaps - Eighty-Six Forever
On July 8th, the summer transfer window opened. Coinciding with this, Major League Soccer announced a new ‘funny money’ mechanism for big clubs (let’s be honest here) to pay down their ‘just barely’ Designated Player contracts to allow for the signing of big name free agents. Each team is given $100,000 a year, for 5 years, in ‘targeted allocation money’.

Uruguayan winger Cristian Techera settling in just fine - on and off the pitch - Whitecaps FC
The influence of South American and Central American talent on Vancouver Whitecaps FC has been well documented these past two seasons.

Bruce Arena confirms that Steven Gerrard will play "45 minutes" against Club America - LA Galaxy
LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena confirmed that Steven Gerrard will make his club debut on Saturday when LA face off against Club America in International Champions Cup.

A needed reprieve? Sounders face bottom 3 - Prost Amerika
The Seattle Sounders may still be without their three most important offensive pieces and their captain, but that doesn’t look like it’ll put a damper on the proceedings when they visit the Chicago Fire on Saturday. The situation is still far from ideal, but a couple weeks and three points’ distance may have all but made up for the Seattle Sounders’ 4-1 drubbing at Portland on June 29 as they get healthy and get reinforcements at the same time.

Houston Dynamo announce signing of Nigerian midfielder Rasheed Olabiyi - MLS
The Houston Dynamo have some midfield help on the way. The team announced Thursday the signing of Nigerian midfielder Rasheed Olabiyi, who last played with Enyimba International FC of the Nigeria Premier League. He will be added to the Dynamo roster as a discovery immediately.

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WFC2 & USL

PHOTO GALLERY: WFC2 vs. Portland Timbers 2, July 10, 2015 - BC Soccer Web
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Rosenlund, Blasco star as WFC2 win 2-1 versus rival Timbers 2 - Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 (6W-8L-4D) played under the Friday night lights and showed clear eyes, full hearts and simply would not lose versus Timbers 2 (6W-9L-2D) as the Blue and White came away with a 2-1 decision at Thunderbird Stadium.

Whitecaps FC 2 looking for third straight Cascadia derby win versus Timbers 2 on Friday night - Whitecaps FC
Can it get any better than a Cascadia rivalry match under the bright lights?

WFC2 sign versatile defender/midfielder Will Seymore - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that defender Will Seymore has been added to the Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) roster in the United Soccer League (USL). Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WFC2 Report: Serban solid in first pro season - 24 Hours
One of three teenagers on the team, the Calgary-born full back is looking right at home during his first season in professional soccer. Prior to joining WFC2, Serban completed an outstanding freshman season for the UBC Thunderbirds. On top of being named CIS Rookie of the Year for his efforts with the Thunderbirds, Serban has also represented Canada numerous times at the junior national levels, most recently at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championships, where he started all five matches.

U.S. legend 'Preki' Radosavljevic leaves Sacramento for job in UK - ESPN FC
Former United States international Predrag "Preki" Radosavljevic will step down down as Sacramento Republic coach this week after taking a job in the United Kingdom, the United Soccer League club said on Wednesday.

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WOMEN'S SOCCER

Erin McLeod and Ella Masar getting married is the best thing to happen in soccer today - Soccer Gods
So how does one of the world’s best goalkeepers celebrate a successful World Cup? By getting married, of course.

Erin McLeod talks women’s soccer, getting hitched, and being out in sports - After Ellen
Erin McLeod is an Olympic medalist, the starting goalkeeper for Canada’s national women’s soccer team and an out and proud athlete. Erin was on hand to open PrideHouse Toronto Pavilion this Wednesday morning ahead of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. We spoke to this beast between the bars about playing at home, her future in the game, marriage, and her thoughts on the U.S. win.

Sinclair ready to move on from World Cup disappointment - TSN
“It still stings,” Sinclair told TSN.ca of bowing out to the Lionesses in Vancouver just under a fortnight ago. “You have dreams, hope of a home World Cup that you’re going to be in the final. But now that I’ve spent a couple of weeks looking at it and thinking about the bigger picture, hopefully, we’ve inspired a generation of young Canadians to dream of playing soccer and representing their country. In terms of that, I see it as a huge success.”

Canada out of top 10 in FIFA women’s rankings - Sportsnet
Canada has slipped out of FIFA’s top 10 in the wake of its quarter-final loss to England at the Women’s World Cup.  The host Canadians entered the tournament in eighth spot. On Friday, they dropped to 11th.

United States women return to top of world rankings - The Equalizer
The United States returned to the summit of the FIFA Women’s World Rankings on Friday, five days after winning a record third Women’s World Cup title.

Women's equal pay group plan victory parade demo in NY - Inside World Football
An anti-discrimination group is planning to protest wage inequality at today's victory parade by the United States' World Cup-winning women's team in New York.

Fifa 16: Matildas' Steph Catley to be first ever woman on cover, alongside Messi - The Guardian
Matildas defender Steph Catley has broken new ground for women’s football by becoming the first female player to appear on the cover of EA Sports’ hugely popular Fifa video game.

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BC SOCCER

OUR VIEW: SURREY PERMITS FOR PICKUP SOCCER VIOLATES PUBLIC RIGHTS

Pickup soccer is one of the fundamental basics that helps people develop some skills and fall in love with the game. But, it appears that in Surrey, BC you can’t fall in love without a permit. That’s got be fixed. - BC Soccer Web

Keeper helps U18 Pinns get draw - Penticton Western News
The Pinnacles FC under-18 girls were 10 minutes away from opening the B.C. Soccer B Cup provincial championship with a win. Instead, the Pinnacles settled for a 1-1 tie with the Chilliwack Attack at King’s Park Thursday morning.

NASL

Match Preview vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers (July 11, 2015) - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton will play their second match of the North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season versus Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Saturday, July 11 at Lockhart Stadium. The Eddies are in second place with three points, four goals for and zero against after the Strikers drew 1-1 with Carolina RailHawks on Wednesday night.

Defending Fury FC - Ottawa Fury FC
Six straight shutouts and 616 minutes without conceding a goal has shattered the previous NASL modern era record (397 minutes set by Indy Eleven's Kristian Nicht last season) and also the all-time NASL record previously held by Jack Brand set in 1980 with the Seattle Sounders (473 minutes).

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Danes block 'unstoppable' Barca academy on child protection grounds - Inside World Football
FC Barcelona, currently serving a one-year transfer ban for breaking FIFA's child protection rules, have been blocked by the Danish Football Federation (DBU) from realising their ambition to set up an academy in Denmark.

Republic of Ireland ready to allow Martin O’Neill to return to Leicester City - The Guardian
The Football Association of Ireland would be happy to let Martin O’Neill depart amid interest from Leicester City. A bookmaker has suspended betting on the 63-year-old replacing Nigel Pearson, who was sacked by the Premier League club last week.

Albania handed Serbia win after CAS overturns UEFA ruling - Goal
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has awarded Albania a 3-0 victory over Serbia, partially upholding the country's appeal against a UEFA ruling made in the aftermath of an abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier.

Fulham owner Shahid Khan wants to buy Tottenham and relocate Jacksonville Jaguars to White Hart Lane - London Evening Standard
Fulham owner Shahid Khan is considering selling the club and buying Tottenham in a deal that could also see his NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, move into the new White Hart Lane.

Roberto Carlos: Former Brazil left-back named Delhi player-manager - BBC Sport
Former Brazil and Real Madrid left-back Roberto Carlos has been named as player-manager of Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League.

Petition calling on Barcelona to drop shirt sponsor hits 40,000 in 24 hours - The Telegraph
Online plea asks Catalan club to remove Qatari Airways from their strip until conditions improve for female workers

Gulu Rises - Sportsnet
In Uganda, a land where terror reigned and children killed, life is starting to get back to normal. A new soccer academy has opened, and the Canadian responsible sees it as much more than charity—he believes there’s money to be made.

The day a teacher took 40 primary school kids to watch Enfield Town - The Guardian
Most kids only experience football through TV, so one teacher thought she would take her class of 10-year-olds to see their local non-League team play

BC Soccer News, Thursday July 9, 2015

2015 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

CANADA 0  EL SALVADOR 0

STUBHUB CENTER, CARSON, CALIF.

Canada MNT solid defensively in 2015 Gold Cup opening draw - CSA
Canada’s Men’s National Team opened the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a scrappy 0:0 draw against El Salvador on Wednesday night at the Stub Hub Centre in Carson, California. Canada’s Cyle Larin had the best opportunity late in the first half of the tightly contested match as he rounded the El Salvador goalkeeper only to see his shot fly wide of the open goal.

Gold Cup: Fans may be wary after Canada post draw vs El Salvador, but there's cause for optimism - MLS
It wasn’t the start to the Gold Cup that Canada wanted or needed, but it will have to do. Canadians—Cyle Larin foremost among them—will be shaking their heads and wondering about what might have been after Les Rouges had to settle for a 0-0 draw against El Salvador in their Gold Cup opener on Wednesday night.

Canada sees pros and cons from Gold Cup stalemate - Goal
Canada coach Benito Floro said he would've preferred to see his team score but wasn't upset about its scoreless draw with El Salvador. The Canucks had chances in their Gold Cup opener. Forward Cyle Larin was left to rue an open-net miss in the first half that was the best opportunity of the game, but the manager was ultimately satisfied with the point.

Gold Cup: Canada is happy with draw against El Salvador, but hopes to sharpen its defense - MLS
Canada was more or less happy with the scoreless draw against El Salvador in its CONCACAF Gold Cup opener Wednesday night, exiting with the understanding that there's plenty of room for improvement, especially in the attack, when the team gets to Houston.

Canada falls short with 0-0 draw vs. El Salvador - Red Nation Online
Coming off its positive result against Dominica to begin the road down Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifying, the Canadian Men’s National Team entered into 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup eager to continue the positive momentum. It’s first test beginning with a tournament opener against El Salvador at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Cyle Larin rues costly miss for Canada in tournament debut, but team stands behind him - MLS
Cyle Larin certainly would have liked a do-over after he shanked a shot well off target while staring at an empty net late in the first half of Canada's CONCACAF Gold Cup opener.

Cyle Larin filling the gaps for club and country - Goal
In his rookie season, Larin is taking advantage of the lack of attacking options at both Orlando and the Canadian national team by making a name for himself.

Costa Rica 2, Jamaica 2 | CONCACAF Gold Cup match recap - MLS
Costa Rica rallied from an early deficit but couldn't hold on as Jamaica claimed a point in a rousing Group B opener at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Mexico vs. Cuba | Gold Cup Match Preview - MLS
The Mexican national team enters their opening Gold Cup match vs. Cuba in some amount of disarray. They have suffered injuries to two of their star players and haven't exactly been tearing it up over the last six months.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Whitecaps ready for a home run - Goal
Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson believes emulating his side’s road form at home is key to how the remainder of their season will unfold. Having been turned into an MLS traveling road show by the Women’s World Cup the past few weeks, the Blue and White are excited to prepare for a game at BC Place when Western Conference foe Sporting Kansas City pays a visit Sunday night.

Whitecaps finally back in the 'fortress' - 24 Hours
After a six-week spell away, the Vancouver Whitecaps are finally returning home to BC Place. With three wins and two losses during their FIFA Women’s World Cup-induced hiatus, the road remained a comfortable place for the Whitecaps (10-7-2), whose six away victories are twice as many as any other team in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference.

What are Carl Robinson's plans for the summer transfer window? - Whitecaps FC
Major League Soccer is open for business. Today marks the opening of the league’s secondary transfer window, which allows teams to both acquire players currently under contract in another country and make trades within MLS.

Targeted Allocation Money: MLS explains newest acquisition method - SI.com
Major League Soccer announced Wednesday the creation of a new mechanism to acquire talent, one that can help teams add star power without going over the allotted three Designated Player roster spots.

Can the Caps compete within the salary cap? - The Province
On the MLS website Wednesday, it took 500 words to explain what targeted allocation money is.

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WFC2 & USL

Whitecaps FC 2 looking for third straight Cascadia derby win versus Timbers 2 on Friday night - Whitecaps FC
Can it get any better than a Cascadia rivalry match under the bright lights? Whitecaps FC 2 (5W-8L-4D) look to make it three derby wins in four weeks when they host Timbers 2 (6W-8L-2D) at Thunderbird Stadium on Friday evening

USL Player of the Week Victor Blasco catching the eye with WFC2 – “We see special things from him in training” - AFTN
It was quite the impressive 13 minute spell for WFC2 substitute Victor Blasco on Sunday against Seattle Sounders. His two goals at the death, 78 seconds apart, secured Blasco USL Player of the Week honours and the Whitecaps three crucial points.

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BC SOCCER

Whitecaps FC U-16 fall 3-2 after penalty kicks in USSDA quarter-final - Whitecaps FC
It was a coming of age for Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16 Wednesday evening, but they fell just short on penalty kicks to Georgia United U-16 in the USSDA quarter-final in front of a fantastic crowd at Simon Fraser University.

Pinnacles coach unhappy about officiating in loss - Penticton Western News
The Tim Hortons Pinnacles lost 4-1 at home to the Victoria Highlanders FC on Saturday. The only thing that bothered Pinnacles coach Paulo Araujo was the officiating in the Pacific Coast Soccer League Premier Men's Division league match.

Slim hope for paralympic soccer slips away - Powell River Peak
Freshly returned from the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships in England, the Canadian Para Soccer team will have a challenge ahead if it wants to have a shot at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil.

Port Coquitlam United brave heat & strike gold - Tri-City News
Port Coquitlam United FC steamrolled its way to a gold medal at the under-15 Kelowna Canada Day soccer championships last week.

Penalty kick proves costly as Cowichan Classics fall to Costa Ricans - Cowichan Valley Citizen
A last-minute penalty kick gave Costa Rica's Real Cartago a narrow 2-1 victory over the Cowichan Classics in an international friendly game at Duncan's McAdam Park on June 30.

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WOMEN'S SOCCER

After USWNT victory, what now for NWSL? - The Equalizer
The NWSL was born following the 2012 Olympics. This league is backed by the U.S. Soccer Federation and its purpose is to both give players a sustainable league and, most importantly to the federation, give national team players a weekly place to play at the highest level.

About a women's league - 24th Minute
The biggest reason for the women falling behind is the same as it is for the men – they have very limited professional opportunities and the ones they have are almost always tied into the whims of the American system. The difference is the women have far less opportunity to pursue clubs outside of the US.

Back to reality: What now for USA's World Cup winners? - The Guardian
Every USA player will receive a $300,000 bonus for winning the Women’s World Cup, according to US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati. That’s more than the spending cap for an entire roster in the NWSL.

Vancouver sees stars (and stripes) in World Cup final - North Shore News
The city acted as good hosts and good neighbours yesterday, welcoming a stadium full of supporters of the United States national women’s soccer team for a championship clash against Japan at BC Place.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

FIFA bans ex-CONCACAF chief Chuck Blazer from football for life - ESPN FC
Chuck Blazer, the former FIFA executive committee member who turned whistleblower for the FBI, has been banned from football for life by the sport's world governing body.

Argentina takes FIFA rankings top spot - TSN
Canada climbed six spots to #103 in the latest FIFA Rankings.

Croatia fears Euro 2016 expulsion and begs UEFA for mercy - Inside World Football
Croatia's prime minister has issued a strongly worded personal plea to UEFA president Michel Platini urging Europe's governing body not to expel the national team after a swastika was scrawled on the pitch during last month's European Championship qualifier against Italy.

Real Madrid has finally kicked out Iker Casillas, the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the club - Soccer Gods
Iker Casillas, who has been at Real Madrid since he joined in 1990 at the tender age of nine, will leave the club to join FC Porto. It hasn’t been made official, but at this point, it is only a matter of time.

Why the importance of a goalkeeper cannot be overestimated - The Guardian
Top keepers such as David de Gea, Hugo Lloris, Petr Cech and Iker Casillas are in demand this summer and rightly so as a save can be worth as much as a goal.

An Intimate Portrait of a Professional Footballer’s Last Match - 8 by 8
When Milad Ahmadvand, the team photographer of Swiss club FC Winterthur, learned that former fan favorite Sawwas Exouzidis would play his final game as a professional footballer against his one-time club, it was an opportunity he couldn’t resist. The result is an heart-wrenching, intimate portrait of a man coming to terms with the end of his career.

Greek club Olympiakos slash season ticket prices in 'crisis offer' - Reuters
Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus are cutting season ticket prices for the new Super League season by up to 50 percent in response to the country's deepening debt crisis, the club announced on Wednesday.

Dan Petrescu: Ex-Chelsea player quits Targu Mures after one game & one cup win. - BBC Sport
Football managers often moan they are not given enough time in the job so ex-Chelsea player Dan Petrescu perhaps thought he would turn the tables. After signing a three-year contract  with Targu Mures in June, the 47-year-old won the Romanian Super Cup in his only competitive game in charge and then decided to quit.

BC Soccer News, Wednesday July 8, 2015

CONCACAF GOLD CUP

Wednesday, July 8

CANADA 0  EL SALVADOR 0

CARSON, CALIF.

Canada MNT relishing Gold Cup test - CSA
Canada’s Men’s National Team is eagerly anticipating the start of its 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign which opens this Wednesday, 8 July against El Salvador at Stub Hub Center in Carson, California, USA.

Countdown: How far has Canada come since the 2013 Gold Cup? - Red Nation Online
Canada heads into the 2015 Gold Cup with tangible signs of optimism. After being eliminated from the 2014 World Cup qualifying, it has taken up to this past year for the senior men's national team  to turn a page and visibly begin heading in an upward direction. Younger players have gained experience both at the club and national team level, and results have gone in their favour. From the eleven matches played since 2014, Canada has only lost twice, and more importantly have begun winning and scoring goals.

Canada looks to Akindele and Larin - Sportsnet
As Canada prepares for the CONCACAF Gold Cup the biggest question surrounding this side is the same one that seems to plague all Canadian teams: where are the goals going to come from?

Floro: Canada ready for Gold Cup despite absence of key players - Red Nation Online
With the Canadian Men’s national team set to kick off it’s 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament against El Salvador Jamaica and Costa Rica, it’s clear these games are viewed as important by head coach Benito Floro and the team as both continued preparation down the road to Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying and as a means to see how the team continues to grow and gel in meaningful and competitive matches.

USMNT take a punch – and all 3 points – in Gold Cup opener vs. Honduras - MLS
There was nothing new or proactive about the US in their 2-1, skin-of-their-teeth win over Honduras to open the Gold Cup. We were outshot 16-6, out-possessed fractionally, and had to make a dozen more clearances than our opponents.

United States lacking vs. Honduras, bailed out by Dempsey, Guzan - ESPN FC
There was absolutely nothing convincing about it, but the United States opened their Gold Cup defense with a 2-1 win over Honduras in a hot and humid Frisco, Texas, on Tuesday night. The second-best team for most of the 90 minutes, the Americans should be counting their blessings as they move on to the second game of the group stage against Haiti on Friday.

No armband? No problem: Dempsey shines in home state - Goal
The Seattle Sounders forward delivered two goals and an important Gold Cup victory for the U.S. national team on a hot night in his home state of Texas.

Panama 1, Haiti 1 | CONCACAF Gold Cup Match Recap - MLS
Panama came into the opening match of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup looking to build on their surprise runner-up finish from two years ago. Underdog Haiti, however, had other ideas, and used a late equalizer to earn a share of the spoils after a 1-1 draw Tuesday night at Toyota Stadium.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Whitecaps' Waston denied by Costa Rica again - The Province
Kendall Waston won’t get to “smash” Darren Mattocks on Wednesday, as the Whitecaps’ behemoth of a defender vowed he’d do when asked about the CONCACAF Gold Cup a month ago. Waston was beaming when he said it, thinking ahead to Costa Rica facing Jamaica in Carson, Calif.

TFC notebook: Reds consider making moves - Sportsnet
Toronto FC received a brutal reminder of the 4-0 loss they suffered against the LA Galaxy on the weekend when Robbie Keane, who netted a hat trick, was named Major League Soccer’s player of the week on Tuesday.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez unlikely to sign with MLS, Orlando City - Orlando Sentinel
Negotiations between MLS and the star Mexican forward have stalled due to Chicharito’s asking price, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the talks.

New York City FC's Frank Lampard not dwelling on past, eager to help club make playoff push - MLS
Nearly one year after first signing with the club, Frank Lampard is finally nearing his New York City FC debut.

After decades at Liverpool, Steven Gerrard excited to embark on new challenge with LA Galaxy  - MLS
CARSON, Calif. – Steven Gerrard didn't need to hear a whole lot before he became convinced that Southern California was the ideal spot for him if he was going to leave Liverpool.

MLS expansion team Atlanta United FC unveil logo, club colors - MLS
Atlanta United FC unveiled their club badge and colors on Tuesday night at an event held for club supporters at a local midtown Atlanta establishment.

WFC2 & USL

PHOTO GALLERY: WFC2 3 SOUNDERS 2, JULY 4, 2015 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

Victor Blasco Named USL Player of the Week - Eighty-Six Forever
WFC2 forward Victor Blasco has been named USL Player of the Week and selected for Team of the Week for his stunning brace that sealed a memorable victory for the Caps over the Seattle Sounders FC2 this past Saturday afternoon.

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BC SOCCER

Pinnacles FC, Nelson Youth Soccer Association, 100 Mile House Soccer Association and Coastal FC Host the BC Soccer Youth Provincial Cups - BCSA
The best grassroots youth soccer teams from across the province will take to pitches in 100 Mile House, Nelson, Surrey and Penticton on July 9-12 to compete for three of BC Soccer’s Youth Provincial Championships.

Pinnacles ready for provincials - Penticton Western News
Pinnacles Football Club has five teams vying for a provincial championship this week. Starting Thursday, Penticton hosts the Les Sinnott Memorial Boys Provincial Cup and Girls Provincial B Cup (U16-U18). There will be 48 teams competing at Kings Park and Penticton Secondary/KVR Middle School July 9-12.

Mid Isle Mariners remain in the hunt for title - Nanaimo Daily News
The Mid Isle Mariners have had their eye on the Pacific Soccer League championship for some time now. With just three games left in the regular season, the Mariners sit third in the table, four points behind leaders the Victoria Highlanders with two games in hand.

NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET | 4 POINTS FROM 6 EARNED - Victoria Highlanders
Bragging rights for a league title in the Premier Men’s Division in the Pacific Coast Soccer League is being contested right down to the final week of the regular season. Highlanders FC are in the thick of the heated race for a playoff position with one game remaining in their schedule.

BC Soccer's Annual Referee Instructor and Assessor Symposium Begins Wednesday July 8 2015 - BCSA
BC Soccer is holding their third annual Referee Instructor and Assessor Symposium in conjunction with the BC Soccer Provincial A Cup from July 8 -12 at the South Surrey Athletic Park.  More than 35 referee instructors and assessors will attend and be educated on the 2015-2016 Referee Refresher Course content which is the course all referee in BC must attend to annually to ensure they are kept current in referee education and their development.

Get to know Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency ahead of tonight's home playoff match - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency will host the club’s first-ever USSDA playoff match in Canada tonight, when they face Georgia United U-16 in the quarter-final at SFU Field #4 (6 p.m. PT kickoff – admission is free of charge).

KYSA hands out Scholarship Awards - Kamloops This Week
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) announced Tuesday the recipients of the nine Scholarship Awards it is presenting this year. Each recipient receives a $500 contribution toward the cost of their first year of post-secondary education.

North Van soccer star heads to Morocco - 24 Hours
It was an opportunity that seemed lost for Brandon Torresan, 11, after his Western Canada team lost to Eastern Canada in the qualifying match in June, but when the Eastern team, which became Team Canada, was looking for a 12th player — Torresan got the call. Canada’s coach for the Danone Nations Cup, Dean Howie, was very impressed when he got the chance to see Torresan play.

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WOMEN'S SOCCER

National Women's Soccer League seeing signs of popularity surge - ESPN W.
In an attempt to capitalize off the U.S. women's soccer team winning the Women's World Cup, an intern for the Washington Spirit started making cold calls Tuesday. Sure enough, a person on the other end of the line who claimed to have never attended a women's pro soccer game agreed to buy 30 tickets.

Lauren Holiday retires from international play - The Equalizer
Lauren Holiday used the United States national team’s World Cup championship celebration event on Tuesday in Los Angeles as the time and place to announce her retirement from international soccer.

US women's soccer team to be honored with World Cup victory parade in New York on Friday - MLS
The US women's national team, recently crowned as FIFA Women's World Cup champions, will be fêted with one of New York City's highest honors, the ticker-tape parade through the "Canyon of Heroes" in lower Manhattan.

Why Man Utd should join World Cup party - BBC Sports
We need to see more clubs running a women's team, Manchester United being the perfect example. For the biggest club in the world to not have a women's side is puzzling. It must be a commercial decision because I can't think of any other reason. Perhaps they regard it as something which is not going to make money in the next five or 10 years.

FIFA WWC 2015 wraps up with record audience numbers - TSN
The FIFA Women’s World Cup™ has broken all-time audience records on CTV, TSN, and RDS, wrapping up as the most-watched FIFA Women’s World Cup™ ever with Canadians consumingmore than 69 million hoursthroughout the tournament. Total viewing of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA™ 2015™ was nearly four times that of the 2011 tournament.

WORLD OF SOCCER

CONCACAF and Traffic Sports USA End Corporate Partnership Agency Relationship - CONCACAF
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and Traffic Sports USA announced today that their Corporate Partnership Agency relationship will end as of today. The mutual decision was reached following discussions between both organizations and will have no effect on CONCACAF’s ability to fulfill its existing obligations to sponsors or to stage future tournaments.

Los Angeles Is Replacing Nearly All Its 100 Grass Soccer Fields With Artificial Turf - LA Weekly
L.A. is in the midst of a dramatic move that would save a ton of water and improve the quality of soccer games for generations: replacing its 100-odd grass fields with synthetic grass, or artificial turf.

A €7m transaction that highlights how football is changing - Inside World Football
Few deals tell us as much about what football was, and what it is becoming, as the recent transaction that has seen a second division club based in the Eastern French town of Montbéliard (population: about 26,000) change hands for a reported €7 million.

From Africa Cup triumph to the depths of despair: how Nigeria unravelled  - The Guardian
Nigerian football is at a new low after the sacking of coach Stephen Keshi less than three months into his new contract amid claim, counterclaim and deteriorating results

Tottenham Hotspur to stage NFL games at new stadium - ESPN FC
Tottenham Hotspur and the NFL have reached an agreement for at least two games a year to be played at the Premier League club's new stadium.

Chelsea yet to make firm decision on playing at Wembley while Stamford Bridge is redeveloped - The Independent
Chelsea have yet to make any firm decision on whether they will move to Wembley amid reports the club have offered £11million-a-year to play at the national stadium while Stamford Bridge is redeveloped.

Ex-footballer Terry Bradbury scoops Lotto jackpot - BBC
A former Chelsea midfielder - who made £25 a week as a professional footballer in the 1950s - has scooped a £5.5m Lotto jackpot.

BC Soccer News, Tuesday July 7, 2015

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

PHOTO GALLERY: 2015 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FINAL - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes

Women’s World Cup Final Was Most-Watched Soccer Game in United States History - NY Times
The United States’ 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday was seen by 25.4 million viewers on Fox — a record for any soccer game, men’s or women’s, shown on English-language television in this country.

Next challenge is to grow women's game - TSN
Karina LeBlanc remembers playing in front of empty stands, so the well-attended stadium love-ins that embraced the Canadian team at the Women's World Cup were something special.

Gale Brewer wants ticker-tape parade for U.S. women's World Cup win - NY Daily News
It might just be time for a “Canyon of Heroines” parade in lower Manhattan. Less than 24 hours after the U.S. women’s soccer team’s amazing World Cup victory, one top city official called on Mayor de Blasio to honor the women with a ticker-tape parade — and City Hall agreed to consider the groundbreaking idea.

I’m a Believer – Finally - Prost Amerika
The US women’s national team won the World Cup on Sunday and I can’t help but feel like Jill Ellis and the entire USWNT pulled one over on us. Just a few short months ago, I wasn’t sure that the USWNT would make it out of the group stage, especially in the “group of death.” They just didn’t appear to be good enough to win the World Cup.

After WC title, Wambach, Ellis face Olympics decisions - The Equalizer
The U.S. had just won its first Women’s World Cup in 16 years, demolishing Japan, 5-2 in the highest-scoring final in history. But the Americans are also three-time defending Olympic champions, and the Rio Olympics start in just over a year. The U.S. was also the oldest team of 24 teams at this World Cup with an average age of over 29 years old.

How Whitecaps FC's Girls Elite REX program is "going to leave a huge legacy" after the Women's World Cup - Whitecaps FC
The Women’s World Cup is over and it wasn’t quite the storybook ending Canada had in mind. But their story is far from over. In many ways, it’s just beginning. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes to create sustained success for the Canadian women’s national team on the world stage.

Women of the World Cup shine despite Canada’s shameful plastic pitches - Whitecaps Fan Blog
The fact is we Canadians let the best women football players in the world down by making them play a World Cup on inferior plastic playing surfaces.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

The TWO ONE: "This U-16 team has a great chance to go all the way" - Whitecaps FC
The last (and only) time a Whitecaps FC Residency team has made the final four was back in 2011, our first year in the league, when the U-18s fell to FC Dallas in the championship final. That team featured current first-teamers Sam Adekugbe, Marco Carducci, Caleb Clarke, and Ben McKendry.

Andrea Pirlo just blew up the MLS transfer market - 91st Minute
Pirlo will be the richest man in MLS with a contract of around $8 million per year. You need perspective here. In one season Pirlo will make more than twice the entire roster of the Colorado Rapids. One man.

WFC2 & USL

USL: Two more Cascadia clashes highlight busy week, Rochester maintain unbeaten season - MLS
It was a busy week in USL, and it started off Monday with the first of two Cascadia clashes when the Portland Timbers 2 played host to Seattle Sounders FC 2. The visitors ended up triumphant with Seattle posting a 2-0 victory at Merlo Field on goals from Pablo Rossi and Sam Garza. It was Sounders 2’s fourth victory in four games over their rivals to the south.

CANADA - GOLD CUP 2015

Gold Cup: Rising Canada return to big stage with reason to believe tough times could be behind them - MLS
More than any other team in Group B, Canada have something to prove at this Gold Cup. Not only is it the team’s only chance to qualify for next year’s Copa America Centenario, it is a crucial litmus test as to how far Canada has truly moved forward after its awful exit from 2014 World Cup qualifying.

Canada enters Gold Cup on four-game streak - Vancouver Sun
Soccer-ed out now? Or, has your appetite just been whetted by how this country rallied behind the semi-successful run of Canada’s plucky women’s team at the FIFA World Cup and by Sunday’s superb final at BC Place? If it’s the latter and you haven’t totally given up on Canada’s often-derided men’s team, you’re in luck.

Canadian league update -- oh, and Floro talks Gold Cup, sort of - 24th Minute
“I consider MLS to be a foreign league,” was one bomb Floro dropped into the middle of the conversation. “It seems like we’re working for the American program sometimes,” another.

Floro: Lack of Canadian content on Canadian MLS teams puts national team in “bad position” - the11.ca
There are 10 MLS players on Canada’s roster for the upcoming Gold Cup. But national-team coach Benito Floro lamented how few of those 10 players are actually seeing regular MLS minutes when he spoke to media on a conference call Monday evening.

U.S. looks to repeat as Gold Cup champions - Sportsnet
The CONCACAF Gold Cup begins on Tuesday with the United States vying to defend its title. A revamped and new-look Canada side is also hoping to make an impact with a couple of young players on the roster.

Roundtable: Canada at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup - Red Nation Online
After dominating an overmatched Dominica squad in two matches in June, the Canadian Men’s National Team will now face the biggest test to date of the Benito Floro era as Canada will kick off their first CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament under the Spanish gaffer on Wednesday against El Salvador.

Michael Bradley set to earn 100th cap with USMNT in Gold Cup opener - SBI
Barring a surprise of epic proportions or unfortunate injury, Michael Bradley will achieve yet another milestone in his accomplished career on Tuesday. One that only 15 other U.S. Men’s National Team players have ever accomplished.

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BC SOCCER

Familiarity Is Key For WolfPack Men’s Soccer Recruit - TRU
The latest recruit for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack is no stranger to how the program has developed over the past 17 years. That is because the program’s evolution has included no less than three other members of his family.

KYSA Sends 9 Teams to Provincial Cup - KYSA
Nine teams from Kamloops Youth Soccer will play for their Provincial Cup on July 9.

VISL 2015/16 Team Application & Deposit Deadline Looms - VISL
Just a quick reminder that team application forms and $200 deposits for the 2015/16 season are due Wednesday July 15/2015.

WORLD OF SOCCER

Iker Casillas nears Real Madrid exit after Porto lodge bid for goalkeeper - The Guardian
Iker Casillas’s 25-year association with Real Madrid drew nearer to a close on Monday night when his agent admitted the goalkeeper is interested in a move to Porto after a formal bid was submitted by the Portuguese club, manage by the Spaniard Julen Lopetegui.

Premier League clubs are being fobbed off with overpriced B-listers - The Telegraph
England are missing out on top talent in the transfer market - it is time for chairmen and chief executives to wise up.

CONCACAF promises iron fist of reform as it shoots for 'best practice' - Inside World Football
CONCACAF has published a 'Reform Framework' as the confederation covering North and Central America and the Caribbean seeks for the second time in four years to put in a place a robust governance and management structure that will take football in the region forward.

When Will Soccer Finally Embrace Psychology? - Vice Sports
Mental health isn't necessarily on the agenda in the hyper-masculine world of professional soccer. After all, mental health isn't really on society's agenda. However, given the fashion in which football has embraced sports science, statistical analysis and performance technology, it's odd to see football falling behind other sports in adopting psychology.

Micronesia suffer another humiliating defeat after 46-0 loss to Vanuatu - The Guardian
The Federated States of Micronesia suffered their third record defeat when they were thrashed 46-0 by Vanuatu in an Olympic qualifying tournament on Tuesday.

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Sunday, July 5

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP FINAL

UNITED STATES 5  JAPAN  2

BC PLACE STADIUM, VANCOUVER

USA thumps Japan in Women’s World Cup final - Sportsnet
A remarkable hat trick from captain Carli Lloyd propelled the United States to a 5-2 win over Japan in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final at BC Place on Sunday evening in front of 53,341 fans.

Carli Lloyd nets hat trick as U.S. routs Japan for first WWC title since '99 - ESPN FC
Carli Lloyd lives for the big moment. She had her biggest on Sunday night and gave the United States its record third Women's World Cup title.

Clutch Carli: Lloyd proves hero in World Cup final - The Equalizer
Carli Lloyd waited her entire life for this moment. The United States women’s national team waited four years for a second crack a World Cup title.On Sunday, Lloyd needed only five minutes to emphatically secure her and her team’s fate.

Lloyd: It’s a historic performance - FIFA
Having spent four years dwelling on their painful penalty-shootout defeat to Japan in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™, USA needed just five minutes to sweep away the frustration when the two sides met again in Sunday’s Canada 2015 showpiece.

Women’s World Cup: Wambach sees long journey end in triumph - Goal
It was a long journey for Abby Wambach, one that ended with not as influential of a role as she might have desired. Yet, on a warm, hazy Sunday afternoon in downtown Vancouver, one of women’s soccer’s greatest players finally became a World Cup winner with the United States.

Finally, Abby Wambach gets her World Cup title - The Equalizer
Prior to the start of Sunday’s World Cup final, both the United States and Japan stayed in their pregame huddles long enough that center referee Kateryna Monzul had to blow her whistle several times to get them to take their positions

U.S. celebrates World Cup championship, turns attention to Olympics - Washington Post
Roster changes await as Jill Ellis begins looking to Olympics in Rio next year. But first, the team will embark on a 10-game victory tour.

US overcame growing pains to peak when it mattered - The Equalizer
After months of uncertain buildup to the World Cup, and then a group stage and Round of 16 filled with angst and question marks, the United States finally kicked things into gear to close out the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Pride and pain for dethroned queens - FIFA
Japan may have lost their title as FIFA Women’s World Cup™ champions but they maintained their pride, displaying trademark characteristics of resilience and mental fortitude in the Canada 2015 decider. Japan made an unthinkably bad start in Vancouver falling four goals behind inside 16 minutes, a period which included a 13-minute Carli Lloyd treble, before eventually suffering a 5-2 defeat.

England team return from Women’s World Cup to start new chapter - The Guardian
The scattering of flags that lined the walkway into Heathrow terminal two’s arrivals lounge indicated that something was afoot, as did the small but expectant throng of supporters who had set their alarm clocks to meet Air Canada flight 864 at 7.30am. There were a couple of banners, a young girl wearing a Bristol Academy shirt, a few family groups waiting with cameras and autographs books handy.

A tournament that broke all records - FIFA
The seventh FIFA Women’s World Cup™ began in record-breaking style, with 24 teams lining up for the very first time in the competition’s history, and ended on a similarly momentous note, as USA became the first nation to lift the Trophy three times. Just for good measure, Canada 2015 also yielded an all-time-high of 112 goals, one more than the previous best, set at Germany 2011.

Canadian success story on the international stage - CSA
"We are very proud of our national team and how they represented our country at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™," said Victor Montagliani, President of Canada Soccer and Chair of the National Organising Committee for the final competition. "There was tremendous pressure on them to perform at home. They showed Canadians and the world that they are true role models."

World Cup proves Canada not just a hockey nation - Sportsnet
The idea that Canada is a hockey nation is one of this country’s great sporting mistruths. Not because Canadians don’t love hockey—they do. But the idea of Canada being a hockey nation is misleading because it suggests that’s all we are.

A World Cup to remember - TSN
Well Canada, how was it for you? Let me help. It was the greatest Women’s World Cup that has ever taken place. That’s not an opinion, it is a fact.

Canada closes triumphant Women's World Cup, Men's next? - Inside World Football
As the United States celebrated their first women's World Cup triumph since 1999 amid euphoric scenes in Vancouver following their 5-2 thrashing of Japan, attention immediately turned to the 2026 men's version which is due to be CONCACAF's turn.

Women's World Cup: Crowds, keepers & heroic England - BBC Sport
Interest may have been mixed in Canada, but with record TV audiences across the globe and 24 teams competing for the first time, Fifa has succeeded in taking the game to new frontiers.  So what were the highs and low aspects of the seventh World Cup?

Blatter blather tarnishes Women's World Cup trophy - The Province
On Sunday, just before Japan met the U.S. in the deciding match of their epic three-act rivalry, a story was making the rounds in which outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter blamed the former presidents of Germany and France for delivering the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Think about this for a minute. Think of what it says about FIFA and world soccer. On a day that should have celebrated the finale of a successful Women’s World Cup and two great champions, FIFA couldn’t stay out of the way long enough for Japan and the U.S. to have centre stage to themselves.

Turf at Women's World Cup may have been a one-and-done proposition - The Province
The United States’ 5-2 dethroning of Japan in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup at B.C. Place Stadium was the first senior FIFA final on artificial turf — and possibly the last.

WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Vancouver Whitecaps suffer more altitude sickness in Colorado - AFTN
The ‘Caps long road stretch finally came to an end in Colorado on Saturday night and their five game spell ended as it began, with a 2-1 defeat. It always had a potential to be a banana skin game. The Western Conference leaders, heading to the team rooted at the bottom. The form team on the road against a side in no sort of form at all. Factor in Vancouver never having won in Colorado and this game had all the making of a bad end to their life on the road for the Whitecaps.

Vancouver Whitecaps at Colorado Rapids: Match Report - Eighty-Six Forever
In classic trap-game fashion, the Vancouver Whitecaps found yet another way to lose to the last placed (in the west) Colorado Rapids. Less than two minutes in, Vicente Sanchez slotted a shot past David Ousted, eliciting a collective groan from across the Lower Mainland. The goal knocked the wind out of the ‘Caps sails for the next ten minutes, and at times it was difficult to see how 17 points were separating the two teams prior to the match.

Whitecaps find themselves in another 'Wild' West - Vancouver Sun
They won’t get 55,000 people watching them at BC Place next Sunday, not unless they all put their hair in ponytails and call themselves Christine, Abby or Aya. But the Vancouver Whitecaps will finally be home again in front of their dedicated, full roar supporters’ groups.

LA Galaxy 4, Toronto FC 0 | MLS Match Recap - MLS
The LA Galaxy introduced their newest legend to their fans Saturday night, but not until their reigning legend had his say. Robbie Keane scored two first-half goals en route to his second hat trick in two and a half weeks as LA (8-6-7) posted their fourth straight blowout victory at StubHub Center, a 4-0 triumph over Toronto FC.

Toronto FC's lack of depth opens the door for Galaxy win - Red Nation Online
Anyone who continues to support Toronto FC must have a selective memory. This will come in handy today as last night’s game against the Los Angeles Galaxy was one to forget. TFC rolled into LA coming off two stellar games against Montreal and D.C. United. But the Galaxy have always proved trouble for the Reds. To remember Toronto’s last league victory against LA, you have to go all the way back to 2008.

San Jose Earthquakes nearly hold off Portland Timbers in loss: "That’s not good enough from us" - MLS
With Chris Wondolowski and Cordell Cato on Gold Cup national-team duty, Matias Perez Garcia and Innocent both out due to injury, Sanna Nyassi suspended because of yellow-card accumulation and Ty Harden recently traded, the remaining members of the San Jose Earthquakes could boast of a grand total of four goals and five assists heading into Sunday night.

Andrea Pirlo to Join New York City FC as Third Designated Player - NYC FC
New York City FC are delighted to announce the signing of World Cup and UEFA Champions League winner Andrea Pirlo. One of the most decorated and respected midfielders in soccer, Pirlo will become the team’s third Designated Player and arrives to New York City FC on a free transfer from Juventus, 2015 UEFA Champions League Finalists.

An artist in an era of athletes - Andrea Pirlo is Italy's greatest midfielder of all time - Goal
The playmaker’s 20-year European career is over after signing for New York City - he will go down as the best ever in his role in his country, says Carlo Garganese.

Orlando City make move for Portugal international Rúben Amorim - Orlando Soccer Daily
Rumors of Rúben Amorim heading to the U.S.A. have gained traction in recent weeks with several outlets reporting an MLS club is courting the Benfica midfielder. Orlando Soccer Daily has confirmed that Orlando City SC has made an offer for the Portugal international.

MLS keeps changing its rules for the LA Galaxy, and that’s not a bad thing - Soccer Gods
The LA Galaxy is the most successful club in MLS, having won the MLS Cup five times and the Supporters’ Shield four. The Galaxy is also able to get the league office to bend rules, or even invent new ones altogether. That’s created a belief that Major League Soccer’s glamour club plays a different game than the rest of the league.

PPL Park in Chester is still carving its own niche as a venue for soccer and much more - McCall.com
It may not be as famous as its sports neighbors to the north, but both PPL Park and its primary tenant, the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer, are becoming better-known entities.

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CANADA - 2015 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

Hunt on for CONCACAF crown - FIFA
USA’s Stars and Stripes can book a direct spot at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup by winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which kicks off this week. The Americans, led by German icon Jurgen Klinsmann, boast a raft of players who starred at the FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil last year and go in as the team to beat, having won the tournament two years ago.

Osorio feeling confident heading into Gold Cup - Red Nation Online
With the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament kicking off this week, the Canadian Men’s National Team now has the opportunity to make a splash in a major competition and possibly even seal a spot in the Copa América Centenario.

Will USA win the Gold Cup? Germany's best seem to think so - The Guardian
One of England’s greatest gifts to the world is soccer. Football, as some of you still call it. Yet for large parts of the English-speaking world, the game is far closer to a curiosity than the obsession it is everywhere else. It’s one of the strange anomalies of the game’s situation, and it applies from the antipodes to North America, via the subcontinent.

Gold Cup: Costa Rica claim the favorite tag but Canada and Jamaica are in the mix | Group B Preview - MLS
The “infallible” FIFA rankings would suggest the Canadians come in as the poor, bedraggled David while Costa Rica — fresh off an amazing run in last summer’s World Cup — play the imposing Philistine warrior (that’s Goliath, by the way).

Gold Cup: Will Mexico's cadre of stars lead EL Tri to title after 2013 disappointment? | Group C Preview - MLS
It's Mexico and everyone else in Group C. El Tri will be expected to cruise through the group and all the way to the final.

Gold Cup: Expectations high as USMNT face tricky task vs. Panama, Honduras, Haiti | Group A Preview - MLS
The United States are the winningest side in Gold Cup history, edging Mexico in total wins (48 to 41) despite trailing in titles (six to five), and it will be a shock to everyone in CONCACAF if the Americans don't finish atop the group after going undefeated in the 2013 tournament.

WFC2 & USL

USL Match Report: WFC2 3 - 1 S2 - Eighty-Six Forever
It may have been Independence Day in America on Saturday, but for fans of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC2 (W5-L8-D4, 9th position) the fireworks were provided by a young Spaniard by the name of Victor Blasco.

BC SOCCER

Highlanders begin crucial weekend on a high - Times Colonist
With just two games to go in the Pacific Coast Soccer League regular season, Victoria Highlanders head coach Dave Dew likes where his team stands — at the top of the table.

NASL

Hit the North! Eddies rout nine-man San Antonio - the11.ca
This game offered plenty of talking points. Playing the first of two “home” games in Fort McMurray, the Eddies set a new CONCACAF standard; hosting the northernmost professional game in the region’s history. As well, the play of the Eddies’ young players — thrust into more prominent roles because of the injuries to the vets — had to be noted. Sadi Jalali scored on a penalty, Hanson Boakai scored a goal while on his back, and Allan Zebie put in another yeoman’s performance at fullback, neutralizing the threat of Scorpions speedster Billy Forbes.

Eddies open fall season with decisive 4-0 victory - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton kicked off the 2015 North American Soccer League Season (NASL) against San Antonio Scorpions, July 5 at Shell Place in Fort McMurray with authority, capitalizing on an early penalty kick from Sadi Jalali and never looking back en route to a 4-0 victory.

Fury FC Sink Armada In Front of Record Crowd at TD Place - Ottawa Fury FC
The trademark defence of Ottawa Fury FC was once again in fine form, but Sunday's Fall Season opener at TD Place saw Fury FC find their scoring boots as Mason Trafford's first-career goal with Ottawa Fury FC and Tom Heinemann's second of the season powered Ottawa to a 2-0 victory in front of their largest crowd of the season.

FCE promotes Canadian midfielder Bruno Zebie on an emergency basis - the11.ca
The team announced Friday, just hours before the players are to take the five-hour bus trip north to Fort McMurray, that it has promoted 19-year-old midfielder Bruno Zebie from the academy to the senior club. Bruno is the younger brother of FCE fullback Allan Zebie.

NASL Announces Television Partnership With ONE World Sports - NASL
ONE World Sports, which is available in over 30 million homes nationally, will air one game per week live with NASL Wednesday Night Soccer on ONE World Sports as well as NASL This Week, a comprehensive highlight show, on Tuesday nights from 6:00-6:30 p.m. ET.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

CONCACAF Announces Reform Framework - CONCACAF
CONCACAF announced today that its Executive Committee has approved an expansive Reform Framework that seeks to substantially strengthen the Confederation’s governance, management, and operations. The Reform Framework was unanimously approved by CONCACAF’s Executive Committee at an in-person meeting on Saturday, July 4, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.

CONCACAF surprise leaders in quest for global soccer reform - Prost Amerika
By making their financial statements and Executive Committee member compensation both publicly available on its website along with the administrative structure that will be put in play, CONCACAF has extended a strong olive branch to the soccer community in re-building trust with not only other confederations, but the entire global soccer community.

Fifa World Cup: Key official banned for seven years - BBC Sport
A Fifa official who assessed the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has been banned from all football-related activity for seven years. Football's world governing body said Harold Mayne-Nicholls, 54, had been suspended by its ethics committee.

Blatter points to political power playing by France and Germany - Inside World Football
Sepp Blatter has long maintained that politics played a part in the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. But now he has named names in terms of the supposed guilty governments: France and Germany.

Mascherano: Argentina's barren international trophy run cuts deep - The Guardian
Losing a second major final in a year was absolute torture for Argentina, midfield general Javier Mascherano said after Chile beat them on penalties to win the Copa América on Saturday.

How USA was chosen to host World Cup 94: the inside story of a historic day - The Guardian
In retrospect, Fifa’s decision to award its 15th World Cup to the USA looked like a slam dunk, but it was far from it. The United States was not considered a soccer country, not by a long shot.

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

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USA 5 Japan 2: Lloyd-inspired USA crowned in style - FIFA
USA ended their 16-year FIFA Women’s World Cup™ drought in the most emphatic manner imaginable with a Carli Lloyd hat-trick lifting the Stars and Stripes past holders Japan for their third title.

Wambach: All I want to do is win - FIFA
Abby Wambach responded to USA’s defeat to Japan in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™ by making a vow. “I’ll be back for more,” she said as she departed the scene that day, clearly dejected at not adding a winner’s medal to the adidas Silver Ball and adidas Bronze Boot she had collected.

USA prepares for Womens World Cup final grudge match against Japan - Paste Soccer
If USA versus Japan sounds familiar it’s because the two teams have battled it out over recent years for soccer supremacy. Japan played spoiler to the Americans’ dreams of winning their third World Cup in 2011, but the Red, White and Blue soon exacted revenge in 2012 by beating Japan in the Olympic final. Now the U.S. has the genuine rematch they have been waiting for, a chance to defeat the reigning World Cup champs for the title.

Sasaki says pressure off Japan for World Cup final - The Equalizer
Sasaki said that he hopes the final against the U.S. on Sunday in Vancouver will be exciting, like the 2011 final that went to penalty kicks was, in order to help to develop the game around the globe. Japan will have to play better than they did against England if they have any hope of defending their 2011 Women’s World Cup title, particularly since the U.S. played at a very high level in their semifinal win against Germany yesterday in Montreal.

Women's World Cup: the US team have saved America from a sour year of sports - The Guardian
Donald Sterling, Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Floyd Mayweather, Aaron Hernandez, Mark Emmert, DeflateGate, NBA stars getting injured, the Cardinals being investigated by the FBI, the Fifa official who chose to associate himself with Donald Trump by living in his building. When it comes to enjoying sports, it’s been a tough year for American sports fans.

Popp: Fourth place would be rubbish - FIFA
Football is a mental exercise as much as it is a physical one. Players must be fully alert in crucial moments and ensure that they do not become distracted. Germany – and Alexandra Popp in particular – experienced this first-hand during their FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ semi-final against USA.

Defiant England ready to refocus after semi anguish - FIFA
There was an understandable sense of anguish among the England players as they addressed the media after the match in the bowels of the Commonwealth Stadium. But equally there was stoicism, pride and defiance.

England World Cup heartbreak: Have they upset football gods? - BBC Sport
Hands of God, penalty shoot-out traumas, untimely red cards, and now a last-minute own goal. English teams - male or female - seem to specialise in going out of World Cups in the cruellest of fashions. Mere coincidence? A national sporting trait? Or are the footballing gods against them?

Mexico coach Cuellar says he’ll leave, won’t say when - The Equalizer
Mexico coach Leonardo Cuellar says he will leave his job at some point, but he would not give any exact time frame. Cuellar also identified former Mexico player Monica Vergara as a possible successor.

Johnston, Lloyd, Rapinoe up for Golden Ball award - The Equalizer
Three United States players are among the eight finalists for the Golden Ball at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, an award given to the tournament. Midfielders Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe are on the list, along with defender Julie Johnston (her fellow centerback, Becky Sauerbrunn, is noticeably absent from the list).

Buchanan up for World Cup Young Player Award - TSN
Teenage Canadian defender Kadeisha Buchanan has been chosen one of three finalists for the Hyundai Young Player Award at the Women's World Cup. The 19-year-old centre back from Brampton, Ont., is up against Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg and Chinese midfielder Jiali Tang.

Canada underachieved at Women’s World Cup - Sportsnet
I feel almost ashamed to admit it, but I have come to the conclusion that it was not a success. In fact, it was far from it. If we separate the act of hosting the World Cup from Canada’s actual play on the field, the latter was a disappointment.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Manneh finds the net again but Whitecaps FC fall short 2-1 at Colorado Rapids - Whitecaps FC
Kekuta Manneh provided the fireworks again but it was not enough as Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10W-7L-2D) fell 2-1 versus Colorado Rapids (3W-6L-9D) on Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

'Caps set to conclude season-long five-match road trip Saturday vs. Colorado - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10W-6L-2D) conclude their season-long five-match road trip on Saturday, when they visit Colorado Rapids (2W-6L-9D) in their annual Independence Day fixture.

Vancouver Whitecaps pleased with other contributors to supplement Pedro Morales - MLS
Last season it often felt that if Pedro Morales wasn’t firing on all cylinders and on his game, then the Vancouver Whitecaps’ offense stuttered.

David Ousted voted as MLS Player of the Month for June - Whitecaps FC
Ousted, 30, takes home the honours after twice earning MLS Team of the Week this month while securing three straight road victories to take his league-leading win total to 10. In that time, Ousted earned his seventh clean sheet (tied for second most in MLS) in a 1-0 win at defending MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy, snapping their 29-game home-unbeaten streak in all competitions.

Let’s skip the award this month and support Ousted - The Province
David Ousted is the MLS player of the month. His teammates hope he doesn’t have to be again.

Is David Ousted the best goalkeeper in MLS? - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are fast running out of superlatives to describe the play of goalkeeper David Ousted this season.

Steve Nash: A New Role With The Same Goal - 8 by 8
Steve Nash has taken kindly to his retirement from the NBA, by investing in the family business—soccer.

Tyrone Mears opens MLS scoring account at perfect time in Seattle Sounders' dramatic win - MLS
Playing without star strikers Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins on Friday night against D.C. United at CenturyLink Field, the slumping Seattle Sounders were firmly locked in a frustrating 0-0 tie in the game’s waning moments and in dire need of an offensive savior.

Houston Dynamo lament "terrible result" after squandering late lead against Chicago Fire - MLS
Consistency was a topic this week for the Houston Dynamo. After 90 minutes of uneven soccer Friday night against the Chicago Fire, the club is no closer to finding it.

D.C. United visits depleted Seattle Sounders - Washington Post
Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, Brad Evans and Marco Pappa among the missing at CenturyLink Field.

TFC defender Perquis fined again - TSN
For the second week in a row, Toronto FC defender Damien Perquis has run afoul of the MLS disciplinary committee. The Polish international has been fined an undisclosed amount "for embellishment" in the 32nd minute of Toronto's 0-0 tie with visiting D.C. United on the weekend. Perquis won a free kick on the play, going down after seeming contact with Luis Silva.

WFC2 & USL

Late Blasco brace propels WFC2 to thrilling 3-1 win over Sounders FC 2 at UBC - Whitecaps FC
A late Victor Blasco brace propelled Whitecaps FC 2 (5W-8L-4D) to a thrilling 3-1 win over Sounders FC 2 (9W-6L-2D) on a sunny Saturday afternoon at UBC Thunderbird Stadium.

Preview: Whitecaps FC 2 host Sounders FC 2 in Cascadia clash on Saturday - Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 (4W-8L-4D) are back at home this Saturday as they face Seattle Sounders FC 2 (9W-5L-2D) in a highly-anticipated Cascadia rivalry tilt at UBC Thunderbird Stadium.

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CANADA - 2015 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

Toronto Needs to Show Up For The CONCACAF Gold Cup - Waking The Red
On July 14 the most important game in BMO Field history will be played. Having missed out on the Women's World Cup, this is Toronto's chance to do its part towards the greater goal of improving Canadian soccer.

Gold Cup: Toronto FC lament "devastating" loss of four starters to international duty - MLS
While many teams have lost players to the Gold Cup, are Toronto FC’s losses the most devastating?  “Definitely,” TFC head coach Greg Vanney said, when asked by reporters at training. “It’s two Designated Players and two other starters. It’s amongst the most devastating of any teams in the league.”

5 Canadians to watch at the 2015 Gold Cup - Red Nation Online
With the 2015 Gold Cup tournament set to kick off in less than a week, the competition will provide a major test for a Canadian Men’s National Team side that easily saw off CONCACAF minnow Dominica in two World Cup qualifying matches last month and that has impressed in recent months under Spanish Head Coach Benito Floro.

Gold Cup: Jurgen Klinsmann pleased with USMNT's win, but "not happy with performance" - MLS
A 4-0 win over a fellow CONCACAF team just days before the start of the continental championship is the kind of thing that should please a coach. And US national team boss Jurgen Klinsmann was pleased with the result.

After youthful spring, USMNT's Klinsmann says veteran-laden roster about "getting results"-MLS
In a lot of ways, it's been a spring of youth for the US men's national team. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann admitted as much Thursday. "It's a transition year. It was a chance to see fresh players, younger players," he said. "We took a lot of good stuff from the last year and some lessons, too." The Gold Cup, though, isn't about building for the future

Reuniting of Bradley, Altidore and Dempsey headlines U.S. final Gold Cup tuneup - Goal
The U.S. national team is riding the momentum of some recent big victories, but Friday's tuneup vs. Guatemala is still an important step ahead of the Gold Cup.

Gold Cup: Once more unto the breach for Panama's almost-golden generation - MLS
Blas Perez is 34, Luis Tejada, Luis Henriquez and Jaime Penedo are 33, Gabriel Gomez is 31, and Felipe Baloy is already gone. Those six players are the generation that transformed Panama from a CONCACAF minnow into a legitimately terrifying team to play in any venue. Panama was a baseball nation before these guys arrived; now they live and die with soccer.

Thriving in a Barren Land - Soccer in Canada's Arctic - NY Times
Sports, like most aspects of life, are not easy in the Canadian Arctic. But a major youth tournament recently revealed soccer’s importance to the area.

BC SOCCER

BC Soccer Assoc. is Looking for a Director of Community Development - BCSA
The Director of Community Development is responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of community development activities which align with BC Soccer’s strategic objectives, including membership services, programs and resources, referee administrative support (referee clinics), events management, competitions and special initiatives.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Copa America: Neighbours primed for ultimate test - FIFA
The 2015 Copa America comes to a conclusion in Santiago on Saturday, with two of the pre-tournament favourites fighting it out for the trophy. Hosts Chile are on form and brimming with confidence as they seek to win the competition for the very first time, while star-studded Argentina, who turned on the style in their semi-final defeat of Paraguay, are aiming to lift their first Copa in over two decades.

The connection between Copa América and its hosts remains one of the tournament’s unique charms - Soccer Gods
Rather regrettably, the success of modern soccer tournaments often seems tied to their isolation from the culture, history and political and footballing climates of the countries where they are held.

UEFA lifts Man City and PSG spending restrictions after FFP targets met - ESPN FC
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have had their restrictions on transfer spending and Champions League squad size lifted after meeting their financial fair play targets, UEFA has announced.

Chelsea signs Monaco striker Falcao on loan - Sportsnet
Radamel Falcao has clinched a deal to stay in the English Premier League at champion Chelsea on a season-long loan from Monaco despite a lacklustre stint at Manchester United.

'It's beyond beauty or ugliness': Chelsea's new stadium - The Guardian
A medieval village is being built in the heart of London. Oliver Wainwright talks to the architects Herzog & de Meuron about their vast gothic design, making fans feel at home ... and why a refined stadium would be absurd for Stamford Bridge.

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