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BC Soccer News, Monday, August 29, 2016

LA GALAXY  0  WHITECAPS FC  0

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2016

STUBHUB CENTRE, CARSON, CA.

'Caps show fight in scoreless draw with Galaxy at the StubHub Center - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8W-12L-7D) rolled up their sleeves and scrapped their way to a scoreless draw with LA Galaxy (9W-4L-13D) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center.

Vancouver Whitecaps Leave LA with a 0-0 Draw - Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps traveled to LA to face the Galaxy Saturday night and while the better team on the night, left Carson City with only 1 point. Although the Whitecaps will be happy to have taken a point from the LA Galaxy, they missed a golden opportunity to move up in the standings, given the results earlier in the day that had both San Jose and Sporting Kansas City losing.

Vancouver Whitecaps battle to point in LA but is scoreless draw something to build on or a missed opportunity? - AFTN
Coming away from LA with any points at all has been a hard ask for Vancouver Whitecaps over the years. They’ve played well in the past and come away with nothing, but on Saturday night they headed to the Stub Hub Center and looked the better team for large patches of the game, creating the better chances, but unable to take them against a pretty poor LA side.

Can Whitecaps revive their MLS playoff dreams? - Sportsnet
Great teams and top coaches care more about the process than the result. Certainly in the context of a long campaign, if you get the process right, the results will come.

Is there a place for Erik Hurtado on this team right now? - Eighty-Six Forever
This is a rant. I am well aware of that. An emotional, frustrated rant written too soon after the final whistle for rational reflection. What use is Erik Hurtado to the Whitecaps if he cannot score. I know this will be a controversial stance considering he seemed to play well Saturday night.

Whitecaps’ Edgar finding form ahead of Canada’s huge World Cup qualifier - The Province
David Edgar said he probably wouldn’t sleep after Saturday night’s scoreless tie at the L.A. Galaxy. He can’t sleep after night games. Too wired. Hopefully he caught a nap on his Sunday morning flight to Orlando, where he and fellow Whitecaps defender Marcel de Jong will meet up with the Canadian national team ahead of Friday’s do-or-die FIFA World Cup qualifier in Honduras.

Tiny steps for the Vancouver Whitecaps - Soccer Shorts
Only time will tell if the Whitecaps 0-0 tie with the LA Galaxy was a good road point gained or two valuable playoff points dropped but, for the first time in a long time, at least Vancouver looed like a coherent football team during an away fixture.

LA Galaxy lose Gerrard and Van Damme in draw - Goal
The Galaxy got a point against the Vancouver Whitecaps, but may have lost two key players in the process.

Toronto FC’s Kryptonite Revealed Again in Loss to Montreal Impact - Waking the Red
The number of opponents doesn’t seem to matter, Toronto FC struggles against bunkering opposition.

Impact upset with MLS referees after beating Toronto FC with 10 men - Montreal Gazette
To say the Impact doesn’t have much faith in Major League Soccer referees would be putting it mildly.

Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco sidelined four weeks with muscle strains - MLS
The injury bug has reared its ugly head once again in Toronto, and this time it has taken a bite out of one of MLS's defending MVP.

Impact to evaluate Didier Drogba after injury - Goal
The star forward came off in the second half of his side’s 1-0 victory over rival Toronto FC.

MLS Week 25 Recap, Highlights: Portland romps, more - Empire of Soccer
Rivalry week in Major League Soccer delivered more than its fair share of storylines. There was the usual Cascadia clash, a testy game in Toronto, and real stakes in the Rocky Mountain Cup. This week’s recap begins in the Pacific Northwest, where Portland exacted some revenge.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 25 - SBI
The Portland Timbers cruised to a statement win, while FC Dallas came from behind to continue their stay atop the West. In the East, Patrick Mullins shined while the Montreal Impact shocked Toronto FC at BMO Field.

Orlando win the Jason Kreis derby, and Clint Dempsey's absence a worry for all - The Guardian
Kaka scores twice as Lions beat Kreis’s former club 2-1; Sounders miss Dempsey in 4-2 defeat by Portland; Piatt shines for Montreal; more refereeing debates.

Timbers to use "momentum" from Seattle win to fuel another late-season push - MLS
Since Caleb Porter took over as head coach of the Portland Timbers in 2013, the side have ended each of their seasons on a hot streak, including 2015's MLS Cup-winning run through the playoffs.

"Fragile" NYCFC can't overcome sluggish first half in loss to Orlando City - MLS
NYCFC leaves Florida with no points to show for a hard-fought game that was dominated for long stretches by Orlando City, as the home team won 2-1 on two goals from Kaká.

Kreis’ Revenge: Kaka brace leads Orlando to win over NYCFC - Empire of Soccer
Kaka’s brace led the way for Orlando in a convincing win over their sophomore rivals, giving Jason Kreis a modicum of revenge against his former club. Steven Mendoza notched the only goal for NYCFC.

BWP Sweet 16 Lifts Red Bulls Past Revolution - Empire of Soccer
Bradley Wright-Phillips’ 16th goal of the season powered New York Red Bulls past the New England Revolution on Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.

Why the Revs are a mess, and how they hope they can save their season - Four Four Two
The New England Revolution has gone six hours without scoring and six MLS games without a win. Although nine players from the 2014 MLS Cup Final squad played ins Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls, New England is now 5 points out of a playoff spot with eight games remaining.

Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes fumes at red cards, vows to appeal - Sporting KC
Facing the end of an absolutely grueling stretch of matches, Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes knew his team would have an uphill battle on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union. What he didn’t expect is for his exhausted club to go down to nine men.

Toronto FC apologizes to Montreal Impact fans over ‘sexist’ banner - Global
Toronto FC has issued a public apology to the City of Montreal and Impact soccer fans after a ‘sexist’ banner was raised in the crowd during Saturday night’s match at BMO Field.

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BC SOCCER NEWS

Heat and Thunderbirds play to inter-institution stalemate - UBCO
The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds and the UBC Okanagan Heat played to a 1-1 draw Sunday afternoon at Nonis Field in Kelowna. UBC Okanagan held a 1-0 lead at the half, thanks to an early goal from Luke Warkentin in the 22nd minute. Warkentin capitalized on a rare misplay by All-Canadian Chad Bush, the Thunderbirds’ veteran goalkeeper.

UBC earns comeback draw - UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds and the UBC Okanagan Heat shared the points Sunday as the teams played to a 1-1 draw in a Canada West men's soccer match in Kelowna, B.C.

UBC battles from behind to begin 2016 with a win at TRU - UBC
After not trailing in a game all of last year, the UBC Thunderbirds found themselves behind early in their season opener versus the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack. But a second half comeback gave the T-Birds a 2-1 victory and three points to begin their 2016 campaign.

Donaldson on fire against ex-team, 'Pack blank Vikes - TRU Wolfpack
Justin Donaldson (2nd year, midfield, Kamloops, BC) came back to haunt his old team.  The former Victoria Vike had a natural hat trick in the first half en route to TRU's 4-0 blanking of the visiting Vikes at Hillside Stadium.  The victory was the first of the season for the WolfPack.

Heat launch season with win and draw - Kelowna Capital News
The UBC Okanagan Heat kicked off the 2016 Canada West men's soccer season on the right foot with a win and a draw on their home pitch.

Late goal from local freshman Young gives Heat season-opening win - UBCO
The UBC Okanagan Heat defeated the University of Victoria Vikes 1-0 on Saturday evening at Nonis Field in Kelowna. In the first game of his career with the Heat, freshman defender and local Kelowna product Spencer Young scored the match’s only goal in the 88th minute to earn his new team a win to open their 2016 campaign. Sophomore midfielder Robert Hamilton earned the assist on the goal.

ADEKUGBE SCORES TWICE IN CONVINCING WIN OVER UNBC - TWU
The Trinity Western men's soccer team took all six points from its trip to Prince George, capping the weekend with a 2-0 win over UNBC Saturday at NCSSL Field.

Minutes From Victory Over UBC, Clan Settles For 1-1 Draw - SFU
Simon Fraser University came within seven minutes of beating defending CIS Champion University of British Columbia, instead settling for a 1-1 draw in a women's exhibition soccer game Saturday afternoon before 200 fans on Terry Fox Field.

UBC, SFU rekindle lost rivalry in women’s soccer - The Province
If it had been far too long since the women’s soccer teams from UBC and Simon Fraser last met in an in-season derby, then at least Saturday’s pre-season crosstown clash atop Burnaby Mountain came at a time where the health of the game locally has never been stronger.

UNBC on the board with first preseason win, blanking TRU 1-0 - Canada West
A scramble in the box in the waning seconds of the first half led to the only goal of the game as the University of Northern B.C. claimed its first victory of the Canada West women's soccer preseason slate on Saturday at Jasper Place Bowl.

TRU Preseason match a nailbiter - News Kamloops
A youthful Thompson Rivers Unviversity WolfPack women’s soccer team got their first shot at a Canada West opponent on Saturday, Aug 27.

Cascades tie Cavaliers in preseason finale - UFV
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team wrapped up its exhibition schedule with a 1-1 draw at home against the Concordia Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon.

Cascades fall to Seattle Pacific in final exhibition match - UFV
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision on the road to the Seattle Pacific University Falcons on Saturday afternoon in their final preseason tune-up.

B.C.’s 15% tax on foreign buyers doesn’t worry recruiters  - Business in Vancouver
Executives at local sports teams do not expect to find it more difficult to recruit players because of B.C.’s new 15% property transfer tax levied on Metro Vancouver home sales to foreign residents.

Canada West to livestream over 100 Soccer matches in 2016-17 - Canada West
With the 2016-17 Canada West regular season set to open later this week, Canada West is proud to launch passes for Canadawest.tv – the official streaming home of the conference.

BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in Review - BCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review.  The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach Mandate - BCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries - BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.

Free Physiotherapy Clinical Trial for Achilles Pain at UBC - UBC Centre for Hip Health & Mobility
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The BC Soccer Web Guide to Empire Field - BC Soccer Web
Empire Fields and Plateau Sports Park is the lofty and formal name given to Vancouver's newest addition to the soccer scene. Yet, anyone who's ever kicked or carried both kinds of footballs around these parts knows the place by heart.

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CANADA SOCCER NEWS

2018 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

HONDURAS vs. CANADA

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2016, 2:00 PM PT

ESTADIO OLIMPICO, SAN PEDRO SULA, HON.

TV: TSN  LIVESTREAM: TSN GO

Much at stake for Canada, boss Benito Floro in looming World Cup qualifiers - MLS
With their 2018 World Cup qualifying fate to be decided in the coming days, there’s no looking back for Canada.

“Even if he’s on a bed, we will take him”: Floro calls in injured de Guzman to provide leadership to CanMNT - the11.ca
Julian de Guzman’s knee injury won’t allow him to take the field for Canada in its two upcoming do-or-die World Cup qualifiers. But he’s still going along for the ride.

Canadian men’s soccer youth spark hopes for World Cup berth in 2022 - Globe and Mail
A year ago, when he was just 14, Alphonso Davies moved to Vancouver from Edmonton to join the Whitecaps FC soccer development residency program. The rapid ascent of Davies and other budding stars is something rarely seen in Canadian men’s soccer, and it has sparked some hope that the men’s national team could eventually contend for a World Cup berth in 2022 and 2026.

Atiba Hutchinson’s tale of two worlds - CSA
Istanbul lives and breathes football. The game is religion in Turkey’s largest city. The stadiums, temples. “Fans put so much into the game there,” Besiktas’s lanky Canadian midfielder Atiba Hutchinson told FIFA.com with genuine awe. “When we win, there’s extreme happiness and when we lose, well, it’s the other side of that coin. Desolation.”

CIS Men's Soccer Monday Roundup - CIS
All of the weekend's action in CIS Men's Soccer

CIS Women's Soccer Monday Roundup - CIS
All of the weekend's action in CIS Women's Soccer

OUA women's soccer: 10-side Marauders battle to draw Mustangs in opener - Hamilton Spectator
Despite suffering an almost immediate setback in their opening match of 2016, the McMaster Marauders battled to a deserved draw (box score) the Western Mustangs at Ron Joyce Stadium on Saturday.

OUA men's soccer: Kovasevic pots first career goal as McMaster blanks Western - Hamilton Spectator
A few moments of offensive flair served to remind McMaster fans of the talent their team has on offer, as the Marauders blanked the Western Mustangs 2-0 (box score) to open their season at home on a positive note Saturday.

Women’s soccer impresses with season opening wins - The Fulcrum
Although the U. of Ottawa Gee-Gees women’s soccer team may look a little different this year, their first two games of the season have proven that it’s business as usual at Matt Anthony Field in 2016.

Fleming scores twice, wows, but loses first UCLA game - Equalizer
Jessie Fleming scored twice and provided the first of surely many NCAA career viral highlight clips in her debut for UCLA, a 4-3 loss to Florida.

FC Winnipeg Lions win 2016 Manitoba Cup provincial title - CSA
FC Winnipeg Lions won the 2016 Manitoba Cup men's championship, their fourth provincial title in five years. In a Manitoba Cup final that pitted two former national champions, FC Winnipeg Lions captured the honours 4-2 on kicks from the penalty mark following a 2:2 a.e.t. draw with Hellas SC. FC Winnipeg Lions now return to the Sport Chek National Championships for the first time since 2014.

Winnipeg WSA North Stars win Manitoba Cup women's championship - CSA
Winnipeg WSA North Stars won the 2016 Manitoba Cup women's championship, their fourth provincial title in seven years. With a 2:0 win over Winnipeg CCS Sweatshack, the champion WSA North Stars qualified for the Sport Chek National Championships for the first time since 2013.

L1O Women's Division: College And University Exodus - League1 Ontario
The annual bane of League1 coaching staff across the division's landscape is the mid-late summer departure of perhaps some of the club roster's most important players to date. With the arrival of university athletics comes the inevitable obligation of Ontario's most talented female players.

Orléans soccer referee returns from Olympic assignment - Orleans Online
Team Canada may not have made the final, but our country was represented in the gold medal game nonetheless with the presence of an all-Canadian officiating crew led by Orléans resident and former Gloucester Hornet Carol-Anne Chenard.

Sinclair voted NWSL Player of the Olympics - TSN
Canada's Christine Sinclair, who plays for the Portland Thorns, has been named the National Women's Soccer League Player of the Olympics.

 VIDEO: West Island soccer club shines light on disabled athletes - Global News
Children with special needs can often be excluded from taking part in different activities, including sports. But a West Island soccer club is making sure that isn’t the case. And Saturday, the Lakeshore Soccer Club got a helping hand from a Canadian Olympic medalist.

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WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS

UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE

SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC FC  0  WFC2  0

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2016

BONNEY FIELD, SACRAMENTO, CA.

WFC2, Republic FC battle to a scoreless draw in Western Conference top-three matchup - Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 came away with a hard-earned road point against first-place Sacramento Republic FC as the two sides battled to a scoreless draw at Bonney Field on Saturday evening.
Crowd of 11,569 sees WFC2 Hold Republic FC to Draw - USL
Sacramento remains first in Western Conference after 0-0 draw at Bonney Field.

FC Edmonton pockets point in scoreless draw with Puerto Rico FC - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (12W-4D-4L) extended their unbeaten record at home to ten consecutive matches following a 0-0 draw with Puerto Rico FC (1W-5D-5L) in North American Soccer League (NASL) play on August 28 at Clarke Field.

Home win streak comes to an end for FC Edmonton - Edmonton Journal
In a season where everything has seemingly bounced in FC Edmonton’s direction, it was expected they would somehow manage to pull out another victory at home Sunday.

NASL begins investigation into racial-slur allegations stemming from FCE-PRFC - the11.ca
The North American Soccer League has confirmed that it has begun an investigation into allegations that FC Edmonton midfielder Nico Di Biase uttered a racial slur aimed at Puerto Rico FC midfielder Chris Nurse during Sunday’s 0-0 draw.

RECAP: Spirited affair ends in 1-1 draw - Ottawa Fury
Thomas Stewart scores in his return from injury as Ottawa and Indy share the points at TD Place.

Montreal Tallies Late for Fourth Straight Win - USL
FC Montreal overcame two deficits and earned a 4-3 victory against Toronto FC II on Sunday in this season’s final edition of the I-401 Derby at the Ontario Soccer Centre.

Cosmos Steamroll Carolina RailHawks 6-1 - Empire of Soccer
After a fiercely contested first half. The New York Cosmos blew past the visiting Carolina RailHawks in the closing 45 minutes, finishing with a 6-1 result.

Loons’ Lance Laing licks Miami FC - MLS Multiplex
Three-time NASL Best XI honoree Lance Laing scored his first of the season with a gorgeous chip in the 59th minute, capping off a night of chaos in Miami’s end.

USL Preview: Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs. Portland Timbers 2 - USL
Seattle Sounders FC 2 hosts the Portland Timbers 2 at Starfire Stadium on Monday in a crucial contest for both Cascasdia clubs as they look to keep their slim playoff hopes alive in the USL Western Conference. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT.

NYRBII Extends East Lead, Blanks Cincinnati - USL
Brandon Allen and Derrick Etienne Jr. each converted penalty kicks to lead the New York Red Bulls II to a 2-0 victory against FC Cincinnati on Sunday at Red Bull Arena.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS

NWSL: Hope Solo granted 'personal leave' - Soccer America
The Hope Solo saga took another turn on Saturday as her NWSL team, Seattle Reign FC, announced that the U.S. star was “was granted a personal leave."

NWSL Cascadia Derby in Seattle keeps playoff race close - Prost Amerika
The final NWSL Cascadia Derby match Saturday night in Seattle was full of plots and sub-plots. Reign FC needed points to stay alive for a shot at the playoffs. Thorns FC had a chance to move closer to clinching the NWSL Shield. Reign FC had the emotional roller coaster of a week where their star keeper was suspended by US Soccer and ultimately given a leave of absence.

Sky Blue falls flat in 3-1 loss to Chicago Red Stars - Empire of Soccer
With everything in front of them, Sky Blue FC couldn’t have picked a worse game to come out a little flat. And the Chicago Red Stars couldn’t have picked a better night to have one of their best games of the season.

Houston Dash earn 2-2 draw against Western New York Flash - MLS Multiplex
A Carli Lloyd-less Dash came away with a 2-2 draw against the Western New York Dash on Saturday night.

Orlando Pride Sign Australia WNT Forward Lisa De Vanna - Orlando City SC
Orlando Pride has added one of the world’s best strikers to its roster, signing Australia Women’s National Team captain Lisa De Vanna. De Vanna will join the Pride pending receipt of her P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC). Per team and league policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Women's Champions League knockout seedings - UEFA
Holders Lyon and Wolfsburg are among the 16 seeds in the round of 32 draw, streamed live at 13:30CEST on Thursday, while Chelsea and debutants Manchester City are unseeded.

Manchester City Women 2 Reading FC Women 0 - Football in Bracknell
Following Reading’s narrow 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester City in their last WSL1 game this was a chance to see if they could go one better up in Manchester in the bizarrely scheduled reverse fixture. SPOILER ALERT – no, they couldn’t. But we’ll come to that part later!

Boro and Charlton lead way in Women's Premier Divisions - The FA
It may be early days in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division but Middlesbrough continued their rampant start to the season with a 2-0 victory away to Bradford City on Sunday.

Two Namibian female football coaches on high level FIFA courses - New Era
Local women football administrators and coaches are hoping to improve the beautiful game of football in their respective areas despite ongoing financial hiccups that threaten to hamper development. Salome Iyambo recently attended a CAF Women’s Instructors Course in Cameroon, while Thuba Sibanda is due to visit Europe for a FIFA’s Master Programme.

ROUND-UP: Wins for UCD and Peamount, Shels draw - Continental Tyres WNL
Galway WFC and Shelbourne LFC resulted in a 1-1 draw in their match at Tolka Park on August 27th keeping Galway WFC undefeated in the league.

Irish women's football legend Anne O'Brien dies aged 60 - The 42
Dublin-born O’Brien, who is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest-ever female footballers, died after a short illness in Rome.

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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Man City's work in progress, PSG lose, Arsenal's buys, Rashford debate, more - ESPN FC
If counting the Champions League playoff round, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have five wins in five games. Perhaps just as important, we've seen moments of breath-taking, free-flowing football, exactly as advertised by those who view Guardiola as a revolutionary genius.

Man. U, Chelsea stay perfect through three matches - Toronto Star
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic having an off day, Manchester United turned to a striker at the opposite end of his career to keep its winning run going in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Joe Hart tells Manchester City he wants to join Torino on season-long loan - The Guardian
Joe Hart has informed Manchester City he wants to join Torino on a season-long loan. The clubs were on Monday discussing the deal and it is understood the goalkeeper is confident it will go through before the transfer window closes on Wednesday.

Bayern, a dead certainty to lift the Meisterschale, again - Soccer America
One game into the 2016-17 Bundesliga season, Bayern Munich looks unstoppable, a dead certainty to lift the Meisterschale for a fifth straight season.

Bayern begin as they mean to go on but Schalke are in a sticky patch - The Guardian
Bayern hammered hapless Werder 6-0 but matchday one in the Bundesliga did offer some shiny, genuine newness in other quarters.

Monaco drops defending champs PSG to reach Ligue 1 summit - Sportsnet
Monaco beat defending champion Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 on Sunday to move level on points with Guingamp and Nice at the top of the French league.

Week 3 Review: Monaco topple champions, go second - Ligue 1
Monaco's momentous 3-1 win over PSG on Sunday left them in second place, locked on points with leaders Guingamp and third-placed Nice. Lyon's perfect start also came undone; Marseille got a first win of the season, 2-0 vs Lorient.

Noisy neighbours Leganés give Atlético blues to take back corner of Madrid - The Guardian
The tiny club from cucumber country south of the capital, where most people support Real or Atlético, are the only side in La Liga not to have let in a goal. Ever.

Patience not always a virtue when it comes to “inflated” transfer market - Prost Amerika
We’ve been here before, haven’t we? Rumors swirl around transfer targets, all of whom have price tags that a manager claims are “overpriced,” citing that the market “has gone crazy.” This time it’s a Chelsea manager’s turn to lament it.

Sources: Chelsea closing in on Inter's Brozovic - Goal
There are still some details for the Stamford Bridge side to iron out, but it seems that the Blues are perhaps only hours away from completing their fourth signing of the summer.

English Football League to consider Celtic and Rangers for inclusion in new 'fifth division' - The Telegraph
Shaun Harvey, the English Football League chief executive, says that his members will decide whether Celtic and Rangers can join a new ‘fifth division’ planned for the start of the 2019-2020 season.

Argentina lose injured Aguero and Pastore for World Cup qualifiers - Yahoo Sports
Argentina suffered a blow to their 2018 World Cup qualifying plans when Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero withdrew on Monday from their squad to face Uruguay and Venezuela.

Chivas' attack working, Tijuana strong into break and more from the Liga MX weekend - Goal
As Liga MX heads into the international break, Goal looks at Chivas' attack, Tijuana's defense and other lessons learned from this weekend's slate of action.

Humility virus killing Club America from within - Prost Amerika
For decades Club America has prided itself in importing some of the best talent that has ever set foot in Liga MX. But the glory years all seem to far behind. The era of humility has now struck Club America. The concept of humility has spread throught the Mexico City giant like a virus infecting and destroying the club from within.

Marseille in talks with businessman Frank H McCourt Jr. over takeover - ESPN FC
The French club confirmed the news on Monday after multiple media reports said McCourt, a former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, was in Marseille to meet with current owner Margarita-Louis Dreyfus.

Why English football will have to adapt to Guardiola, rather than the other way around - Vavel
Pep Guardiola is battling against the mythologies and arrogant nature of English football to turn it around for its own good.

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