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BC Soccer News, Weeekend, May 22-24, 2015

WHITECAPS & MLS

Preview: Matchday 13, Rapids vs. Whitecaps - Eighty-Six Forever
It doesn't get any easier for the Whitecaps as they travel to the home of the struggling Colorado Rapids. Problem is, we've seen the 'Caps play down to their opposition before; will they do so in the notoriously difficult Dick's Sporting Goods Park?

Weary Whitecaps on the road again - 24 Hours
Vancouver will now be looking to build off the semifinal triumph when returning to Major League Soccer play on the road Saturday night against the Colorado Rapids, and also get back to scoring with a little more regularity like early in the season.

Kevin Doyle, Luis Solignac add flexibility to Rapids lineup - Denver Post
Now that the last-place Rapids (1-2-7) have two new strikers, the question is how coach Pablo Mastroeni will deploy them. Kevin Doyle and Luis Solignac might make their Major League Soccer debuts at home Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6-4-2).

Hey Rapids Fans, What's the Difference Between Winless and Unbeaten? More Than You Think - Burgundy Wave
The Rapids have strung together four straight 1-1 draws. Winless streak or an unbeaten streak? Depends on your attitude.

Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Matias Laba plays the unlikely hero- Metro
Laba, the 23-year-old designated player and midfielder from Argentina, is known more for his defensive style. He has never scored a goal in regular season play for the Whitecaps since joining the club prior to the start of the 2014 season.

Setback won't slow Whitecaps' Rosales - The Province
You think the players and fans looked frustrated in Saturday’s loss to Seattle at B.C. Place? You should have seen Mauro Rosales in the press box. The Whitecaps winger and former Sounder was crushed to miss a game he’d circled at the start of the season.

Whitecaps FC to learn opponents for 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League on June 1 - Whitecaps FC
A total of 24 teams will participate in the group stage. Teams will be placed or drawn into eight groups consisting of three teams. Each group must contain one team from each of the three pots.

Robbie Keane warns Steven Gerrard - You're joining MLS to win, not a holiday - ESPN
The Irishman said that the Galaxy did not sign Gerrard to help him ease into retirement, but expect him to help the club to league titles -- a feat he never accomplished in 17 seasons in the Premier League.

With Jozy Altidore out injured, Toronto FC set to move Michael Bradley into more attacking role - MLS
FC head coach Greg Vanney has now shifted Bradley to the top of a four-man diamond midfield, with Benoit Cheyrou behind him in support. That shift puts him in line with his role for the US national team, in an advanced position that Jurgen Klinsmann was quite vocal about last year.

Canadian National Team Players Unhappy about Argonauts Move to BMO Field - Waking the Red
Canada has been an afterthought in the entire process, and members of the men's national team aren't surprised.

US Open Cup: Sounders and Timbers set to clash in Round 4 - MLS
Seattle and Portland are the only two MLS teams that will meet in the fourth round of the tournament, with the other 15 US-based MLS clubs set to begin their USOC runs against a lower-division foe on June 16 or 17.

Maldini tackles Beckham in Miami – should MLS be worried? - World Soccer Talk
In a certain sense, NASL is indeed the alternative. The structure of the league, in which clubs are independently owned and face few if any restrictions on their spending, stands in direct contrast to MLS’s ‘single entity’ business model.

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AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP – THE VOYAGEURS CUP

Returning to Pain Like Moths to a Flame - Maple Leaf Forever
The Voyageurs Cup is the worst tournament in the world. Every year I and thousands like me end it with spears through our hearts, mouths agape like male salmon, eyes shot red with gin and hate, staring up at the ceiling wondering where it’s all gone wrong.

Whitecaps squeak by Eddies to advance in Voyageurs Cup - Red Nation Online
FC Edmonton hosted the Vancouver Whitecaps on a lovely sunny evening at Clarke Stadium in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship semi-final series in front of 3,803 supporters. The Vancouver Whitecaps scored early, and then late to advance to the Voyageurs Cup Final with a 2-1 win and a 3-2 total aggregate victory over FC Edmonton. Vancouver will now play the Montreal Impact on August 12 and August 26.

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WOMEN'S WORLD CUP 2015

19,000 tickets sold for Canada-England friendly - Hamilton Spectator
The powerful allure of the Canadian national women's soccer team has resulted in 19,000 tickets being sold so far for next Friday's friendly at Tim Hortons Field between Canada and England.

Abby Wambach, Unconcerned With Broken Records or Nose, Craves World Cup Title - NY Times
She made a controversial choice not to play this season in the National Women’s Soccer League, choosing to train mostly on her own for next month’s tournament in Canada. This is her last chance. Surgery on her broken nose can wait. Career fulfillment cannot.

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BC SOCCER

May Classic soccer delivers great action - Penticton Western News
The Murray GM Pinnacles defended their Pacific Western Brewery May Classic women’s open title over the weekend. The Pinnacles won the championship as they crushed Delta United 6-0 on May 17.

Joining the WolfPack - Penticton Western News
Marisa Mendonca is joining the WolfPack, the Thompson Rivers University women’s soccer team. Also courted by the UBCO Heat, Mendonca chose the WolfPack because of its soccer and education program, where she plans to work towards earning a bachelor of Science degree.

WORLD OF SOCCER

Luis Figo pulls out of Fifa presidential race to leave two-horse race  - The Guardian
Luis Figo has pulled out of the Fifa presidential race with a stinging broadside against Sepp Blatter and the electoral process.

Rafael Benitez: Real Madrid line up Napoli's ex-Liverpool manager - BBC Sport
Napoli boss Rafael Benitez has emerged as a leading candidate to become the next Real Madrid manager. Current Real boss Carlo Ancelotti is widely expected to leave his post after this weekend's final game of the season against Getafe.

Season's finale brings the end of an era for top coaches and players across the continent - The Independent
This weekend could be a day for final league appearances – Iker Casillas in Real Madrid’s goal, Xavi Hernandez in a Barcelona shirt, Jürgen Klopp in his Dortmund dugout and Paul Clement in the technical area at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Cong Vinh taking inspiration from history - FIFA
Cong Vinh comes into the World Cup qualifiers in a rich vein of form. His side Binh Duong were 2014 V-League champions, he was top scorer for Vietnam in that run to the 2014 AFF Cup semi-finals, and he scored the winner against Japanese heavyweights Kashiwa Reysol in his side’s most recent AFC Champions League match.

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BC Soccer News, Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP – THE VOYAGEURS CUP

‘Caps book ticket to Amway Canadian Championship final with thrilling 2-1 win over FC EdmontonWhitecaps FC
Second-half sub Matias Laba played the role of hero, scoring a stoppage-time winner to seal a 3-2 aggregate win for Vancouver – and as a result, a berth in the championship final with longtime rival and defending Canadian champion Montreal Impact.

Eddies fall short 2-1 in dramatic ACC semifinal thriller FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton lost in heartbreaking fashion, 2-1 in front of 3,803 fans at Clarke Field against Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps in the semifinals of the 2015 Amway Canadian Championships. Edmonton’s Tomi Ameobi equalized the match in stoppage time before Matias Laba sent the Whitecaps to the competition’s finals with a last-minute goal.

Vancouver Whitecaps stress importance of Canadian Championship by fielding strong lineupMLS
Vancouver Whitecaps were made to work hard by NASL side FC Edmonton in their Amway Canadian Championship semifinal second leg on Wednesday.

Heartbreak kids: Eddies lose Canadian Championship semifinal in 96th minute… againthe11.ca
FC Edmonton is developing a tragic history of giving up late goals to lose Amway Canadian Championship ties.

FC Edmonton vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Eighty-Six Forever
It was a sunny, warm afternoon in Edmonton (yeah, really) and the Vancouver Whitecaps visited Clarke Stadium searching for a win (or a tie of two goals or more) that would allow them to advance to the final of the Amway Canadian Championship and face this year’s runners-up, the Montreal Impact in hopes to lift the elusive Voyageurs Cup.

Laba leaves it late, ‘Caps still in hunt for Voyageurs CupProst Amerika
Vancouver came into Clarke Field on Wednesday night in need of a goal to have any chance of advancing to the Voyageurs Cup final. Even though Tomi Ameobi cancelled out Pedro Morales’ early penalty with one of his own in stoppage time, Matias Laba stabbed the winner to send Vancouver through.

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WHITECAPS FC – MLS – NASL

Whitecaps to Learn CONCACAF Champions League Foes on June 1 - BC Soccer Web
The Vancouver Whitecaps will learn which teams they’ll face in this season’s edition of the CONCACAF Champions League on June 1. The Caps qualified for the Champions League last year by having the best regular season record amongst the three Canadian MLS clubs.

Why Whitecaps FC are setting up shop in ManitobaWhitecaps FC
Starting this fall, Manitoba will be home to Whitecaps FC Boys Residency Prospects and Girls Elite REX Prospects programs in partnership with the Manitoba Soccer Association (MSA).

Tim Leiweke open letter to TFC fans about Argos squatting at BMO Field 24th Minute
This afternoon, it was announced that Larry Tanenbaum and Bell Canada will assume ownership of the Argos beginning in 2016 and that the Phase 2 renovation plans for BMO Field, beginning in September, will also include a conversion to accommodate a CFL playing field, making BMO Field a true outdoor multi-purpose facility with numerous benefits to the City of Toronto.

MLSE doesn’t deserve benefit of doubt over BMO Sportsnet
TFC hasn’t managed to qualify for the playoffs in nearly a decade of MLSE ownership. So what makes them so sure they can deliver on Leiweke’s promise of TFC and the Argos living in peaceful harmony at BMO Field?

Miami FC Becomes 12th NASL ClubNASL
International entrepreneur Riccardo Silva and world-renowned soccer superstar Paolo Maldini have teamed up to bring Miami professional soccer to the world stage with the launch of Miami Football Club (Miami FC), co-owned by Maldini and Silva.

David Beckham Major League Soccer dream in Miami threatened by Paolo MaldiniThe Telegraph
David Beckham suffered another blow to his plans to own a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami on Wednesday when it was announced that his former AC Milan team-mate Paolo Maldini will launch a rival team in the city.

Miami gets NASL soccer for now Sun Sentinel
“If an MLS team comes to town I’m not to concerned. We went through the process of putting great ownership groups in great cities. MLS has no bearing on our decisions.”

NASL’s Miami move puts the pressure on MLS to bolster expansion plans SBI
After watching MLS snatch up its markets for years, including most recently Minnesota, NASL struck back with a move that has now put MLS on the defensive in a market it has struggled to make progress in.

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CANADA

Canada prepares to throw the summer’s biggest soccer partyPhilly.com
Yes, the organizing committees in the six Canadian cities that will be hosting Women’s World Cup games are well aware that they are about to be besieged by swarms of invading Americans. And yes, they’re happy to have you.

League1 Ontario Women’s Division launches SaturdayOSA
The debut matches for the League1 Ontario Women’s division will be played this Saturday, May 23 at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field and it marks the first time a soccer event will be held at the beautiful, new stadium.

Scott Arfield: Scotland call-up would be ‘pinnacle’ of career – BBC Sport
“I’m quite open-minded about it and I’ve not made my mind up whether it be Scotland or Canada. Once you’ve played club football for so long. you want to take the next step to see what it’s all about.”

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BC SOCCER

Bleacher sculpture eyed for Vancouver park 24 hours
At its May 25 meeting, the Vancouver Park Board is set to approve the installation of a $450,000 piece of artwork called Home and Away at Empire Fields, which will provide at least 150 people with a panoramic view over the whole park and “a playful slide exit back into the park.”

Wildcats deserve a good break Richmond Review
Having already endured the school of hard knocks this season, the R.A. McMath Wildcats won’t face many surprises when the 2015 provincial AAA girls’ soccer championship kicks off May 28 in Victoria.

Surrey’s Thunder ready to storm senior girls provincials –  Surrey Now
It was a tough loss at the Fraser Valley Senior Girls soccer tournament, but the Panorama Ridge Thunder have already found the silver lining as they prepare for provincials.

Kelowna United U17/18 boys bring home gold from Slurpee CupKelowna Capital News
KU teams continue to hone their skills at the Kamloops Slurpee Cup on the weekend.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Fifa should strip Russia of hosting 2018 World Cup, says Polish FA ChairmanThe Guardian
Zbigniew Boniek, the chairman of the Polish football association, has said Russia should be stripped of hosting the 2018 World Cup because of the conflict with Ukraine.

In defense of artificial turf: why it’s time to destigmatize plastic pitchesThe Guardian
The prevailing prejudice against artificial turf fields – a sentiment nowhere more pronounced than in the US – is unwarranted. Here’s why

Xavi has tarnished his name forever by selling his soul to Qatar Goal
The Spaniard has made the baffling decision to become an ambassador for the much-maligned Qatar World Cup bid, besmirching his previously glorious image.

Sterling contract talks cancelled: Liverpool make decision following ‘£900,000-a-week’ outburst from agentThe Independent
Liverpool have cancelled talks with Raheem Sterling and his agent, scheduled for tomorrow, after the representative launched an extraordinary attack on the club.

Emmanuel Adebayor released on compassionate leave by Spurs – The Telegraph
Emmanuel Adebayor has been granted compassionate leave by Tottenham Hotspur for a second time this season to return to Togo to sort out his personal issues.

‘Ted of Manchester’ – the character and soul of FC United’s new home – BBC Sport
The biggest problem new-build football stadiums can have is a lack of character and soul, but at Broadhurst Park – the new home of FC United of Manchester – it’s everywhere. This whole place is built on character and soul.

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BC Soccer News, Wednesday, May 20, 2015

AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP – THE VOYAGEURS CUP

Preview: Do or die for Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday night against FC EdmontonWhitecaps FC
The team that scores more combined goals between the two legs will move on to face Montreal Impact in the final in August.

Win, lose, or draw: Dissecting the scenarios for Wednesday’s second leg vs. FC EdmontonWhitecaps FC
Scorelines that would send the ‘Caps to the ACC final

Vancouver Whitecaps focus on Amway Canadian Championship in face of must-win game AFTN
Things haven’t gone entirely according to plan for the Vancouver Whitecaps in this year’s Amway Canadian Championship.

Match Preview: Whitecaps at FC EdmontonEighty-Six Forever
It’s the match that was supposed to take place two weeks ago, as the Vancouver Whitecaps will travel to Clarke Field in Edmonton Alberta Wednesday for the second leg of their Amway Canadian Championship against FC Edmonton. The Whitecaps were in town a fortnight ago, but a heap of snow altered plans a fair bit.

Whitecaps seeking victory in EdmontonGoal
With their semifinal tie versus FC Edmonton hanging in the balance, Vancouver Whitecaps FC are determined to advance in this year’s Canadian Championship by playing a stronger line-up versus the NASL club in the second leg on Wednesday night.

Eddies eyeing upsetEdmonton Sun
FC Edmonton do not need to score to advance in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship semifinal against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday at Clark​e Stadium.

Eddies can’t afford to try and manage the second leg against the Whitecapsthe11.ca
This year, the Eddies have the advantage by getting a 1-1 first-leg result at BC Place. But Tomi Ameobi says that the Eddies can’t try to nurse the score.

Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson: ‘If we don’t score, we’re out’Metro
The winner of this semifinal advances to the final, which is scheduled to be played in August. With no snow in the forecast this time, the Whitecaps will need a result in Edmonton on Wednesday. The team with the better goal aggregate moves on.

“There will be changes” says Caps’ Robinson of game against EdmontonProvince
Pedro Morales was on the first team during Tuesday’s scrimmage at the University of B.C. So was Kendall Waston.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Whitecaps FC and Manitoba Soccer Association announce player development partnership - Whitecaps FC
Starting in the fall of 2015, Manitoba will be home to Whitecaps FC Boys Residency Prospects and Girls Elite REX Prospects programs. Both will be full-time, fully funded school programs based in Winnipeg that will filter into the professional club environment in Vancouver through the Whitecaps FC Residency and Girls Elite REX programs. The girls program in Manitoba will be an official Canada Soccer licensed Regional EXCEL centre.

Whitecaps must decide what they are 24 Hours
The Whitecaps are coming off a loss in league play to Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders FC. Elsewhere, Vancouver played to a 1-1 draw in the Voyageurs Cup against lower division FC Edmonton.

Whitecaps FC launch #BuckUp for Mental HealthWhitecaps FC
This year, the funds raised through #BuckUp for Mental Health will be donated to Whitecaps FC community partner Covenant House Vancouver. Covenant House Vancouver works to improve the lives of more than 1,500 homeless youth, most of whom struggle with mental illness.

Bell, Larry Tanenbaum to purchase ArgonautsToronto Star
A lease with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment for BMO Field is also done, per sources, and the team is expected to move there from Rogers Centre for the 2016 season.

Two Surfaces, One Stadium 24th Minute
It’s done. The Argos are moving in and there is nothing soccer fans can do about it now. The $55-million in public spending almost a decade ago trumps all. The fact the Argos somehow missed out on the close to a billion dollar public spending orgy that saw pretty much every other CFL city get a new stadium or a vastly renovated one is irrelevant.

Leiweke: Altering BMO Field won’t impact soccerSportsnet
Many fans see opening up the soccer stadium to other sports as going counter to the MLS goal of soccer-specific stadiums. Others simply fear the CFL team will churn up the pitch.

Timbers’ Will Johnson could fittingly return at BMOToronto Sun
With World Cup qualifying and the Gold Cup fast approaching, Johnson is desperate to get back into the national team picture for the first time in two years.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber meets with St. Louis officials to discuss future expansionMLS
MLS Commissioner Don Garber met with public officials and business leaders who are heading up an open-air stadium project in downtown St. Louis, Mo., on Tuesday to discuss the possibilities of expanding to what he called “a great soccer market.”

Minnesota United Statement On Stadium ProposalMinnesota United
“Unfortunately the legislature, during the regular legislative session, was unable to reach agreement on a number of important issues including a tax bill, or to consider our request for tax relief and economic development tools that have been used for every professional sport facility as well as many major building projects throughout the state,” said United President Nick Rogers.

Minnesota Legislative session closes with no tax relief for stadium twincities.com
Minnesota United FC President Nick Rogers said it was unfortunate the Minnesota Legislature failed to include or consider tax relief to help build a $150 million soccer stadium before the close of its session Monday.

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BC SOCCER

VIDEO – BC referee prepares to officiate at Women’s World Cup – Global News
Canada won’t just have players at the upcoming Women’s World Cup…there will be a couple of referees as well, including a local woman. Michelle Pye who has worked games all over the world and now gets a spot on the biggest stage there is.

BC Soccer is pleased to provide to the members the 2015 Proposed Bylaw and Rule AmendmentsBCSA
This document outlines the Proposed Bylaw Amendments, Rule Changes Requiring Ratification, and proposed Rule Amendments for consideration at the 2015 Annual General Meeting which is to be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

All-native soccer team gets ready to represent Canada at world’s first Indigenous GamesGeorgia Straight
This fall, 23 soccer players from First Nations communities across the country will travel to Palmas, in central Brazil, to compete in the world’s first Indigenous Games.

WolfPack Men’s Soccer Signs Local Player Haris Djelmo - Thompson Rivers University
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team will have more local talent on its roster when it hits the pitch to begin the 2015-16 Canada West season. The program has prided itself in trying to secure the top Kamloops talent in the past and plan to continue that tradition with the announcement that midfielder Haris Djelmo has committed to the program.

Third straight valley title for KSS OwlsCapital News
Make it a three-peat for the Kelowna Owls senior girls soccer team. KSS won its third consecutive Okanagan Valley AAA title last Thursday with a 1-0 home pitch win over the South Kamloops Titans.

Undefeated Orcas beat Thunder for Valley soccer title Peace Arch News
Last Thursday at Newton Athletic Park, the Elgin Park Orcas defeated their Surrey opponents 3-1 in the final game of the Fraser Valley Championships, dethroning the defending champs, while also securing a top berth at upcoming provincials.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

FIFA sponsors Coke, Visa express concern over Qatar labor Washington Post
FIFA came under pressure from sponsors Coca-Cola and Visa on Wednesday to ensure Qatar improves conditions for migrant workers as the country rapidly expands to host the 2022 World Cup.

How many slave deaths for the Qatar World Cup can Fifa put up with? The Guardian
This week has seen the launch of a campaign by the International Trade Union Confederation, Play Fair Qatar and the NewFifaNow group to shame them with the appalling conditions endured by labourers building tournament infrastructure for 2022. “As things stand,” declares Play Fair Qatar, “more than 62 workers will die for each game played during the 2022 tournament.”

Arrested for reporting on Qatar’s World Cup labourersBBC
“We were invited to Qatar by the prime minister’s office to see new flagship accommodation for low-paid migrant workers in early May – but while gathering additional material for our report, we ended up being thrown into prison for doing our jobs.”

Barcelona’s Xavi poised to join Qatar side Al SaddBBC Sport
Barcelona midfielder Xavi is ready to announce on Thursday he is leaving Barcelona to join Qatari side Al Sadd in a three-year deal, says his agent.

Survey: Athletes making $17.94 billion on 333 top teamsESPN
“Foreign ownership, and oil money in particular, has transformed elite English soccer in the past decade and is now making a significant impression in other leagues — and sports,” says the editor of SportingIntelligence.com, Nick Harris, who has compiled the survey for ESPN since 2010.

Tractor Sazi’s Persian Gulf Pro League title celebrations cut short BBC Sport
Title celebrations cut short, brawls in the stands and a call for calm from government – Iran’s Persian Gulf Pro League had a thrilling final day.

LMA’s message to stressed Premier League managers – eat more soybeans The Telegraph
All managers in the Premier League and Football League have been sent a 120-page survival guide by the League Managers Association, offering expert advice from clinical psychologists, cardiovascular specialists and even an addiction counsellor on how to handle the multiplying stresses and strains of their job.

Harpo’s FC Is The Greatest Amateur Team In The US… And They Started In A Pub – The 18
They’ve made it further than any other amateur side in the U.S. Open Cup, and are about to take on the pros.

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BC Soccer News, Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WHITECAPS & MLS

PHOTO GALLERY: Whitecaps FC 0 Seattle Sounders 2 May 16, 2015BC Soccer Web
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Whitecaps need their magician to start performing The Province
This brings us around to the Vancouver Whitecaps and their artist in residence, Pedro Morales who, at his best, inspires poetry and song. It’s just that 12 games into the team’s MLS schedule, Caps’ supporters have seldom seen the midfield magician who dazzled last year en route to being named the league’s newcomer of the year.

Vancouver Whitecaps: All sound and no fury Vancouver Sun
A 1-1 tie with Edmonton and a 2-0 defeat to the Seattle Sounders probably isn’t enough of a sample size to conclude that things just aren’t working out for the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place this season.

Seattle Sounders spoil Vancouver’s Cascadia partyWhitecaps Fan Blog
If you are a fan of the Vancouver Whitecaps, it was no fun last Saturday watching the Seattle Sounders dominate us on our own pitch. In recent memory we have had a lot of fun with the Seattle Sounders but it was their turn this time.

Jozy Altidore out 4-5 weeksWaking the Red
When Jozy Altidore left the game against the New England Revolution it was pretty clear that he was not going to be back in the lineup for some time.  Given the Americans history of hamstring injuries it seemed likely that he would once again be sidelined for some time with a muscular injury.

Pro Referee MLS assignments – Week 12Professional  Referees Assoc.
Jose Carlos Rivero is scheduled to officiate the Colorado Rapids – Whitecaps FC match Saturday.

LAFC’s Henry Nguyen: Our stadium will be “one of the cathedrals of soccer”MLS
The privately financed $250 million complex on the site of the Los Angeles Sports Arena, next to the Coliseum in Exposition Park, will include a 22,000-seat stadium that the Los Angeles Football Club – its current name, although that could change – will call home when it kicks off in 2018.

LAFC’s stadium deal and what it means for Minnesota, MLS expansionSI.com
Major League Soccer’s expansion timeline came into further focus on Monday as Los Angeles FC announced its plan to construct a stadium on the site of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, which is adjacent to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and about five miles south of downtown.

Don Garber to return to Miami to continue ongoing stadium discussionsSBI
Garber informed reporters on Monday that he is set to return to Miami to continue the ongoing soccer-specific stadium talks that prospective MLS club owner David Beckham is having with the city.

A short but storied history of Miami soccer The New Tropic
As David Beckham and company prepare to bring MLS 2.0 to Miami, we take a look back at the surprisingly long history of the beautiful game in South Florida.

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AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP – THE VOYAGEURS CUP

Match Preview vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC FC Edmonton
There will be all to play for on Wednesday evening as FC Edmonton and Vancouver Whitecaps FC meet for the final leg go the Amway Canadian Championship (ACC), May 20 at Clarke Field at 8:00 p.m. The two-leg semifinal currently stands at a 1-1 scoreline, determined on aggregate goals.

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WFC2 & USL

PHOTO GALLERY: WFC2 2 OKC Energy FC 2, May 17, 2015BC Soccer Web
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Three things from Sunday’s WFC2 matchWhitecaps FC
This was one of the youngest lineups WFC2 head coach Alan Koch has fielded so far this season.

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015

Cameroon first to arrive in Canada, begins training - The Equalizer
The race is on and Cameroon is the first country to arrive in Canada for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Not only have the Lionesses started acclimating themselves to their new surroundings, but coach Enow Ngachu has also setup a string of friendlies against local club teams.

Historic Empire Field gets upgrade ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ – Canada 2015
Vancouver’s Empire Field will have its football (soccer) surface upgraded in the coming weeks ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. The historic site features two training fields that will be used by the national teams in June and July, both of which will meet the FIFA Recommended 2 Star requirements for international competition.

BC SOCCER

Unbeaten Highlanders all tied up by talented Vancouver United side Times Colonist
After salvaging several wins and ties in the late going of games this season, the Victoria Highlanders were victims of the old switcheroo Sunday at Royal Athletic Park.

Devils earn 14th straight BC berthDelta Optimist
Survive and advance. It’s the theme of the South Delta Sun Devils’ season and it perfectly sums up their unprecedented 14th consecutive trip to the B.C. AAA Girls Soccer Championships.

After nine years, Duncan Christian School back in girls soccer provincialsCowichan Valley Citizen
For the first time in nine years, Duncan Christian School’s girls soccer team is headed to the provincial single-A championships.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Is the World Cup worth it?Washington Post
“Sponsors know that Qatar is a slave state,” said Sharan Burrow of International Trade Union Confederation during a news conference. “This is the richest country in the world and they don’t have to work this way. … Fans don’t want the game to be shamed this way.”

BBC demands explanation for arrest of crew investigating Qatar World Cup  – The Guardian
The BBC is demanding a full explanation from the Qatari authorities after its journalists were detained for two days while investigating the situation of migrant workers before the 2022 World Cup.

Fifa World Cup sponsors urged to speak out over QatarBBC
Fifa sponsors are being asked by a new campaign grouping to speak out about working conditions at the 2022 World Cup building sites in Qatar.

Boca Juniors thrown out of Copa Libertadores after derby chaosCNN
Argentine giant Boca Juniors has been booted out of the Copa Libertadores after its fans sprayed players from Buenos Aires rival River Plate with an irritant substance during the pair’s last-16 tie last week.

Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger: £5bn TV deal has caused Uefa’s climbdown on FFPThe Guardian
Arsène Wenger believes that Uefa has caved in over the robustness of its financial fair play regulations because of pressure from Europe’s top clubs, who have been uneasy about the Premier League’s new £5.14bn TV deal.

Understanding Platini’s proposal to ease the financial fair play rulesESPC FC
What’s this? UEFA President Michel Platini says they’re relaxing financial fair play restrictions? So they’re getting rid of those pesky spending limits?

John Abraham: the Bollywood star making football big in India The Guardian
When you are a model, Bollywood superstar and international sex symbol, it must be difficult to get your kicks. Fortunately for John Abraham, something came along for him last year. Abraham would co-own one of the eight clubs in the inaugural Indian Super League.

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