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BC Soccer News, Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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4:30 PM, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015

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CANADA SOCCER NEWS

Time for rest of Canada to host national team - 24 Hours
Do you feel slighted? Or perhaps even a bit snubbed? You’re not alone – it actually is a common feeling if you are a fan, or attempting to be a fan, of the Canadian men’s national team and happen to live outside the Greater Toronto area.

Progress continues ahead of Canada-Belize series - CSA
Canada's FIFA World Cup Qualifiers preparation camp continued in Alliston, Ontario on Tuesday, now just three days away from a Friday night home match at BMO Field in Toronto. Canada will face Belize in a home-and-away series in CONCACAF Round 3, with Canada hosting the 4 September opening leg and Belize hosting the 8 September return leg.

Canada vs. Belize: Hosts look to stay calm - Goal
Canada is trying to stay calm ahead of the first leg of its World Cup qualifier against Belize. Benito Floro's men welcome Belize to the BMO Field in Toronto on Friday before the return leg in Belmopan four days later. Canada reached the third round of qualifying thanks to a 6-0 thrashing of Dominica in a two-leg playoff.

Edgar relishing leadership mantle with Canada - Red Nation Online
With the Canadian Men’s National Team continuing its evolution under the guidance of Head Coach Benito Floro with training sessions this week and two World Cup qualifiers against Belize, the Spanish gaffer will continue to depend on a handful of key veteran players to help lead a squad that contains a number of young players still finding their way at the International level.

Road To Russia: Canada v Belize Preview - Northern Starting IX
Having dispatched Dominica in their first round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Canadian men’s national team will now travel a familiar road in a home and home series against Belize, starting Friday night in Toronto.

De Guzman and the ultimate goal - FIFA
Canada captain Julian de Guzman has one thing on his mind: Goals. And he is not the only one. “It’s what everyone’s talking about up here,” he told FIFA.com in a hushed tone. “No goals at the Gold Cup. It was our downfall.”

FC Dallas striker Tesho Akindele using Canada call-ups to grow: "It opens your mind to the bigger game" - MLS
For FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele, bouncing back and forth between MLS and the Canadian national team has exposed him to a variety of different coaching styles.

Larin highlights Canada WCQ roster - Amandala
The Canadians will face Belize in a two-match series, hosting the Central Americans on September 4 at BMO Field in Toronto, before the return leg four days later at FFB Stadium in Belmopan.

Cyle Larin, the Most Exciting Canadian Prospect Since... - 24th Minute
When was the last time Canada had such a promising striker emerge for the National Team?

Floro: Osorio was a victim of the numbers game, Bekker “a very good player” - the11.ca
Canadian national-team coach Benito Floro re-affirmed his belief in Kyle Bekker, but said that the return of veteran midfielders Atiba Hutchinson and Will Johnson meant that there was no room at the inn for Jonathan Osorio.

Reigning national champs Laval, York open at No. 1 in soccer - CIS
Reigning champion Laval (women) and York (men) top the first national rankings of the 2015 CIS soccer season. On the women's side, Laval received 49 points in the inaugural coaches' poll to open at No. 1 for the second time in program history (2003). Trinity Western (45), Ottawa (37), Fraser Valley (29) and Montreal (27) round out the top five.

Canada Soccer appoints Isaac Raymond new Manager, Referee Department - CSA
Canada Soccer is pleased to announce the appointment of Isaac Raymond, FIFA Futuro III referee technical and fitness instructor, and national assessor, as new Manager of Canada’s Referee Department, effective immediately.

Mixed results for Canadians in NWSL this year - Sportsnet
Having the FIFA Women’s World Cup in June and July meant most of the players were away from their NWSL teams for much of the season and at times the transition back to the club game wasn’t easy for Canada’s national team members.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS

VOTE: Ousted up for MLS Save of the Week - Whitecaps FC
With four clean sheets in eight matches David Ousted has had a pretty good month between the sticks in August. However the Great Dane’s nomination doesn’t come from one of his shutouts, but for the reactionary save he made during last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Houston Dynamo.

TFC coach: ‘Giovinco’s injury not serious’ - Sportsnet
Coach Greg Vanney told reporters Tuesday that Sebastian Giovinco’s abductor injury isn’t serious, and that while he likely won’t be available for this Saturday’s road game in Seattle, the hope is the Italian will be ready for TFC’s three-game stretch from Sept. 13-19 when they play New England, New York City FC and Colorado.

TFC Stats Watch: Club Looks To Set New Records in September - Toronto FC
Toronto FC is on the cusp of setting a number of records in 2015. More importantly, the club is on course to make the playoffs for the first time in club history.

Saturday Proved It: BMO Field is Becoming a Fortress Again - Waking the Red
The stadium is getting louder, and for once, those in the stands have something to be proud of as a renovated BMO Field is becoming a fortress for the home team again.

Bradley Wright-Phillips wins MLS Player of the Week honors for two-goal, one-assist Atlantic Cup showing - MLS
On Tuesday morning, Bradley Wright-Phillips was named MLS Player of the Week for his two-goal, one-assist performance in the New York Red Bulls’ 3-0 dismantling of rival and Eastern Conference leading D.C. United on Sunday.

Orlando City Loans Adam Bedell to Danish First Division Team HB Køge - Orlando City SC
Orlando City SC has loaned forward Adam Bedell to Danish first division side HB Køge until December 31, 2015, the Club announced today. Per Club and league policy, additional details were not disclosed.

MLS's new gold standard - Soccer America
Heading into the final two months of the MLS regular season, D.C. United leads the Eastern Conference by two points over the New York Red Bulls. But after a 3-0 loss at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, D.C. coach Ben Olsen said the Red Bulls were the Eastern Conference's "gold standard." Indeed, the Red Bulls lead all MLS clubs in points-per-game, making them the favorite for the 2015 Supporters' Shield.

City Football Group and NYCFC Demand Fair and Ethical Treatment of Fans - Change.org
"During the home game against Columbus Crew on August 29th, a fellow supporter was tasered by the New York Police Department (NYPD). We believe the use of the taser was not necessary and indicative of the way we are treated by stadium personnel."

Rough run in the middle third ousted Klopas - Soccer America
The middle third of Montreal’s schedule collapsed right on the head of head coach Frank Klopas, who late Saturday night got the news by phone that he’d been fired.

Soccer Hall of Fame remains on track for Dallas suburb - Washington Post
Frisco, Tex., home to MLS’s FC Dallas and an expansive athletic complex in the fast-growing north Dallas suburbs, is the clear front-runner to become the site of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, multiple sources told the Insider.

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BC SOCCER NEWS

Soccer CIS Top 10: Trinity Western women, UBC men top Canada West squads - Canada West
A total of seven Canada West soccer squads earned a place inside the first CIS top 10 soccer polls of 2015 on Tuesday, as four conference teams cracked the women's poll, while a trio of Canada West teams appeared in the men's poll.

WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM OPENS AT NO. 2 IN CIS TOP 10 RANKINGS - TWU
The defending CIS silver medalist Trinity Western women’s soccer team will start its 2015 campaign ranked No. 2 in the country, as the season-opening polls were released Tuesday.

Cascades women’s soccer team No. 4 in first CIS rankings of season - UFV
The Cascades, coming off a fourth-place finish at last season’s Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national championship, return nearly every key contributor this fall. They hold down the No. 4 spot in the first CIS coaches’ poll, released Tuesday.

Vikes women's soccer host UBC to open CIS campaign - UVIC
It will be a year of unknowns for the 2015 University of Victoria Vikes women's soccer squad who lost five fifth-year players from last season and return only six players in fourth or fifth year. Head coach Tracy David, who enters her 14th season, is confident about the possibilities with this year's group which includes 11 new additions. The Vikes women host the CIS ranked UBC Thunderbirds this weekend, Sept. 5, in a single-header home opener match up at 5:00 p.m. at Centennial Stadium.

TRU WOLFPACK ATHLETICS; WSOC PREVIEW TO SEASON OPENER - TRU
For the first time in school history, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack will be playing a soccer match in the province of Manitoba. The WolfPack women’s team will head to Winnipeg for matches Friday (Sept 4) and Saturday (Sept 5) against the Manitoba Bisons and the Winnipeg Wesmen.

Vikes men head to mainland to kick-off season against T-Birds - UVIC
The University of Victoria Vikes men's soccer team enter the 2015 Canada West and CIS season with a strong midfield line up and a few key recruits. The Vikes men will begin their season this weekend with a single road game, Sept. 5, in Vancouver against the CIS No. 5-ranked UBC Thunderbirds.

POOR FIRST HALF FOR SPARTANS - TWU
The Trinity Western University men's soccer team finished their preseason exhibition tour with a disappointing 4-0 loss to the Corban University Warriors Tuesday afternoon in Salem, Oregon.

Clan men foiled by rival UBC in soccer matchup - Burnaby Now
Former Simon Fraser University student scores game winner on defensive miscue.

Men's soccer kicks off inaugural Ice Breaker Classic - Campbell River Mirror
Teams competing are from the Vancouver Island Soccer League and feature teams from Div. 1 and 2. A very high level of soccer is expected and will be worth watching for all Campbell River soccer enthusiasts.

Fraser Valley Soccer League Schedule Released - FVSL
The FVSL has released its winter schedule for all 12 of its divisions.

Opinion: Girls soccer team taking on bigger playing field - Sooke News Mirror
We formed a girls travel team in Sooke that consisted of 12- to 14-year-old girls. The purpose of this team was to give female soccer athletes a chance to travel to a tournament and set their skills against other teams from another country.

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PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

The Best Way to Cheer for Your Child - Wall Street Journal
We’ve all read about parents who yell and get into fights at their children’s games. But how are parents supposed to behave on the sidelines? What type of cheering helps? What adds pressure? Is coaching from the sidelines ever OK? Here are some ground rules.

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WOMEN'S SOCCER NEWS

NWSL commissioner Jeff Plush: ‘We need time to build it responsibly’ - Seattle Times
Jeff Plush is nearing the end of his first season as the National Women’s Soccer League commissioner, and he visited Seattle this past weekend to present the Reign with the Shield as the league’s regular-season champions.

SPIRIT'S CRYSTAL DUNN VOTED NWSL PLAYER OF THE WEEK - NWSL
Washington Spirit forward Crystal Dunn was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the media for Week 20 of the 2015 NWSL season.

NWSL: The Lowdown: What we know, what we don’t know - The Equalizer
As the calendar flips to September and takes NWSL play with it for the first time,  there is still much to be worked out regarding this year’s playoffs.  The four combatants are known but the order remains up in the air.  We know the Reign will finish first and host a semifinal and that FC Kansas City will be on the road for their semifinal.  The Breakers have also been assured of finishing bottom of the table and are unofficially on the clock for the 2016 draft.  With a week to go here’s what we know, and what we don’t know.

Jess Clarke – Wounded warrior Jess is tying ’em in Notts! - The Football League Paper
JESS CLARKE is used to overcoming obstacles. After all, with her mum out working hard to keep her daughter’s football dreams alive, Clarke could only get to training on a 40-minute bus ride across Leeds.

Natasha Dowie: Liverpool Ladies striker eyes England recall - BBC Sport
Liverpool Ladies striker Natasha Dowie says she would "love" to be recalled to the England team for their upcoming Euro 2017 qualifiers.

2015 a big year for women in sports, but will it carry over? - Chicago Tribune
The question, as always, is whether the passion so many have shown for women's sports is more than a summer romance, an abiding love more than a one-season stand, a caring for and celebrating the ordinary along with the extraordinary.

Alex Morgan to be featured in 'Becoming' series produced by LeBron James - Metro
Soccer star Alex Morgan will be the first athlete profiled on Disney's inspirational "Becoming" series produced by LeBron James. Morgan helped the United States win the FIFA Women's World Cup this summer. Her path from childhood to Olympic gold medallist will be told in the Sept. 13 premiere episode.

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NASL NEWS

Aaron Davidson's Stunning Soccer Bribery Case Could Clean Up FIFA's Corruption - Miami New Times
A long-haired whirlwind of energy, Aaron Davidson cut a larger-than-life figure in South Florida's sleepy soccer scene, speaking five languages and helming the entire NASL, a renegade league he'd helped form as part of a mad plot to topple the more popular and better-funded Major League Soccer. Now, in the wake of the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers' greatest on-field accomplishment, Davidson had bad news for the team's leadership: He was slashing the payroll by $200,000. For an already-bare-bones operation, it was a brutal blow.

MLS rival accuses league of violating antitrust laws - NY Daily News
Amid the turmoil of the U.S. government’s crackdown on FIFA corruption, American soccer authorities are facing accusations that the nation’s top professional league, Major League Soccer, violates antitrust laws. The allegations come from the North American Soccer League, a smaller rival to MLS that consists of 11 teams, including the New York Cosmos.

Haji Wright, the young star who chose New York Cosmos over MLS and Europe - The Guardian
It came as a shock across the US soccer landscape earlier this year when Haji Wright, star of the American U-17 team, onetime member of the Los Angeles Galaxy academy, and rumored target for European powers such as Schalke, chose to sign with the New York Cosmos.

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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Premier League clubs make 2015 the first £1bn calendar year for transfer spending - Inside World Football
Transfer spending by Premier League clubs was more than double any of the other 'Big Five' West European leagues in the summer transfer window, as gross expenditure by the English elite reached £1 billion in a single calendar year for the first time.

Financial fair play: how can Manchester City still spend £130m in one window? - The Guardian
It has been another transfer window with colossal sums of money changing hands. Manchester City, for example, have achieved a net spend of more than £130m. Wasn’t Uefa’s financial fair play supposed to put the brakes on this sort of thing?

TV cash takes more than England’s elite beyond reach of continentals - The Guardian
The astonishing amount of money spent in this summer 2015 transfer window by the two Manchester clubs on three particular players has lent the impression that football has gone mad again, paying record sums in a Premier League awash with improbable TV fortunes.

Manchester United are forging a bad reputation by targeting galacticos like Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar - The Telegraph
Ed Woodward's determination to target - and then failing to sign - superstars beyond his reach could hurt the club in the long run.

Euro 2016: Scotland: Andrew Robertson says Georgia game has a 'must win' feel - BBC Sport
Andrew Robertson says Scotland's Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia in Tiblisi has a "must-win" feel about it. The Hull City defender flew out with the rest of the squad from Glasgow ahead of the Group D match on Friday.

US, Swiss federal prosecutors to give update on FIFA cases - Yahoo Sports
On Sept. 14 in Zurich, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will join her counterpart from Switzerland, Michael Lauber, for a news conference about their separate investigations of corruption in world football.

Mutko heads Russian football ahead of World Cup - Sportsnet
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has taken over control of the country’s football association ahead of the 2018 World Cup, with promises of government money for the sport.

World Cup 2018: Michel Platini and co have to tackle Vladimir Putin - The Guardian
Before Steven Seagal can chat with Jeremy Corbyn at the opening ceremony, Fifa’s presidential candidates need to address the serious possibility of boycotts of the finals in Russia.

Nigeria's Segun Odegbami unveils Fifa presidential bid - BBC Sport
Former Nigeria international Segun Odegbami has announced his intention to become the next Fifa president. The 63-year-old, who won the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations as a player, is the second African to go for football's top job, after Liberia's Musa Bility.

Dimitar Berbatov: Ex-Man Utd forward joins Greek club PAOK - BBC Sport
Former Tottenham and Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has signed a one-year deal with PAOK of Greece.

Spector added to USMNT roster ahead of Peru, Brazil friendlies - SBI
U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday that Klinsmann has added fullback Jonathan Spector to the U.S. Men’s National Team roster ahead of friendlies against Peru and Brazil. The USMNT, which now sees its roster rise to 24 players, is currently training in Washington D.C. ahead of Friday’s clash with Peru.

Emmanuel Adebayor refuses to leave Tottenham Hotspur because he needs a sign from God - The Telegraph
Spurs striker who demanded his contract be paid in full to leave for Aston Villa also pulled out of transfer on the advice of his pastor.

Scottish referees' spokesman slams 'unjust criticism' - BBC Sport
Scottish referees claim the most recent examples of the "ongoing trend of personal and unjust criticism" towards top officials is "unacceptable."

QATAR: Khalifa International Stadium growing skywards as structure completion approaches - FIFA
With the concrete structure approaching conclusion and new levels of seating areas adding to the height of the stadium, approximately 90 per cent of the structural concrete has been laid and is expected to be fully completed within two months.

FFA muzzles Postecoglou after pay dispute criticism - Goal
Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has retracted his criticism of Football Federation Australia (FFA) and condemned Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) for playing out a pay dispute ahead of World Cup qualifying.

Socceroos refuse all FFA event in solidarity with A-League and Matildas counterparts - Inside World Football
According to a statement by the PFA on Monday, the players "would not attend FFA commercial events and appearances and will instead seek to undertake additional community and charity appearances to ensure fans do not miss out on meeting the players."

C.K. Gyamfi: Legendary Ghanaian footballer and coach dies - BBC Sport
Legendary Ghanaian former footballer and coach C.K. Gyamfi has died aged 85. Gyamfi was the first African player to play in Germany, when he joined Fortuna Dusseldorf in 1960, and he also captained the Black Stars.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS

Vancouver Whitecaps sitting pretty after "really good month," but know a lot is left to accomplish - MLS
Heading into August, the Vancouver Whitecaps knew it was going to be a decisive spell in their season with eight matches across three competitions.

Whitecaps lose game to forget in Houston - Whitecaps Fan Blog
The Whitecaps went to play in Houston last Saturday night for their 8th game of August 2015. After the emotional high of winning the Canadian Championship, there was no time to rest and it was off to hot and steamy Houston, Texas.

Injury forces Sebastian Giovinco to withdraw from Italy squad - SBI
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced on Monday that Giovinco has had to withdraw from Italy’s training camp because of the adductor injury that forced him to come out of Toronto FC’s game this weekend. As a result, Giovinco will miss out on a chance to play for Italy in a pair of upcoming Euro Cup qualifiers against Malta and Bulgaria.

New York City FC, forward Adam Nemec agree to mutually part ways - MLS
NYCFC announced on Monday an agreement of a mutual termination of the contract of Adam Nemec. The Slovakian forward made nine league appearances for the club this season, with his last appearance coming in a substitute's role in a 2-1 win over Montreal on July 4. Nemec did not score any goals in his time with NYCFC.

Houston Dynamo, Mexico Olympic Team call helps Erick "Cubo" Torres regain sharpness - MLS
Erick Torres is off to join the Mexican U-23 national team as they prepare for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship, and both "Cubo" and the Houston Dynamo are hoping his time there provides residual effects.

Montreal Impact interim coach Mauro Biello (again) hopes to make his mark: "It's my chance" - MLS
This is not Mauro Biello’s first rodeo. Not only has the Montreal Impact’s new interim head coach had a handful of cameos in the technical area (when former bosses Marco Schällibaum and Frank Klopas were suspended), but Biello also took over in late 2012, when the Impact embarked on a tour of Italy shortly after then-head coach Jesse Marsch parted ways with the club.

Montreal: Where only failure guarantees your job - Prost Amerika
Joey Saputo is fast earning a reputation for being a little trigger happy. Yesterday Mauro Biello became the Quebec club’s fifth coach in four years. He has been given the title interim (again), having been the man Saputo turned to after throwing out Jesse Marsch in 2012.

Soccer stadium: Will fed-up Minneapolis landowner boost St. Paul's chances?- Twincities.com
The team angling for a new Major League Soccer stadium in the Twin Cities has gone silent toward fans and foes alike, and even a property owner they need in their corner says he's had enough.

MLS players key to U.S. Olympic qualifying - ESPN FC
With MLS entering the business end of the regular season before the playoffs begin this fall, the squad that U.S. under-23 coach Andi Herzog names for next week's final pre-Olympic qualifying tournament tuneup in England against the hosts figures to be mostly European-based.

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UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE

WHITECAPS FC 2 vs. SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC FC

3:00 PM, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2015

UBC THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC

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WFC2 & USL NEWS

North Van teen signs with Whitecaps - North Shore News
North Vancouver's Thomas Gardner signed on with the Vancouver Whitecaps last week, inking a pro contract with the club's USL team, Whitecaps FC 2.

Record Crowd Sees City Islanders Fall To Union - USL
The Harrisburg City Islanders fell 3-1 to the Philadelphia Union in their annual friendly in front of a franchise-record crowd of 6,546 at Clipper Magazine Stadium on Monday night.

The Week That Was: Monarchs ‘Peaking’ Down Stretch - USL
Week 24 of the season featured some intense results in the race for a berth in the 2015 USL Playoffs. OKC Energy FC is now in the postseason picture in the Western Conference and a slew of teams are nearing a spot.

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BC SOCCER NEWS

Whitecaps FC name Emma Humphries full-time Girls Program Director - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that Emma Humphries has been named full-time Whitecaps FC girls program director. As part of her role, she will oversee all girls programs at the club, including continuing as head coach of the Girls Elite Regional Excel Centre (REX) program in partnership with BC Soccer, and as Whitecaps FC girls academy centre director.

Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Legacy Project - Viasport
A series of events are being held to inspire women across BC to get involved in the game through coaching, officiating or volunteering with a local soccer club. These events will provide participants with tools to become effective coaches and leaders, and connect them to impactful female roles models in the soccer world.

Upper Island Riptide soccer program secures major funding from Marine Harvest Canada - Upper Island Riptide
The Upper Island Riptide received a huge boost this week by confirming Marine Harvest Canada as the soccer club’s corporate sponsor. The Riptide partnership with Marine Harvest will allow unprecedented player and coach development to continue in the North Island by means of a highly qualified technical team of Shel Brodsgaard and Ken Garraway.

Griffins' second-half attack spikes T-wolves - Prince George Citizen
From bench-warmer to ball thief, Sarah Riddle completed the transition and helped solve the mystery of how to score on the UNBC Timberwolves.

VIDEO: Introducing Clan Women's Soccer - SFU
Meet the 2015 Simon Fraser Clan, Canada's NCAA women's soccer team.

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2018 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

CANADA vs. BELIZE

1ST LEG

4:30 PM, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015

BMO FIELD, TORONTO, ONT.

(LIVE STREAM: canadasoccer.com)

CANADA SOCCER NEWS

Canada opens camp ahead of Belize series - CSA
Twenty-three Canadian players have traveled safely from their professional clubs around the world to Alliston, Ontario, the small town that boasts Canada's training grounds for the days leading up to FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on Friday night.

Canada m20 camp kicks off in Toronto - CSA
Many of Canada's best young footballers are in Toronto this week training at an eight-day national youth camp in Toronto. The camp features 30 players, all born 1997 or later and eligible for the next FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017.

Six League1 Ontario players added to Canada U-20 camp - OSA
Following the initial roster announcement last week, coach Gale added six players from the weekend's three-day identification camp featuring League1 Ontario players.

FC Edmonton Academy splits weekend exhibition matches - FC Edmonton
Just over a week removed from their Edmonton District Soccer Association (EDSA) season, a new-look FC Edmonton Academy squad returned to the pitch at the University of Alberta’s Foote Field, Aug. 28-29.  The Academy team that featured several young prospects played to a 4-2 decision against NAIT on Friday before cruising to a 5-0 win against Green and Gold on Saturday afternoon in a game that featured a number of First Team players.

AROUND OUA: Copeland-Dinan hits winner as Ravens defeat Gaels 3-2 - OUA
Carleton's sophomore transfer Emily Copeland-Dinan struck a late go-ahead goal against Queen's as the Ravens defeated the Golden Gaels women's soccer team by a score of 3-2. The Ravens got the revenge they were seeking for last year's playoff loss to Queen's.

Gol TV Canada Leaves the Airwaves - BC Soccer Web
Gol TV Canada, a specialty cable channel owned by Toronto FC parent Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, signed off for the final time Monday evening. The channel was primarily a home for Toronto FC replays & shows, along with live Brazillian, Uruguayan, & Mexican league matches.

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WOMEN'S SOCCER NEWS

NCAA Weekly: Florida upsets No. 1 Florida State - The Equalizer
Week two of the 2015 women’s college soccer season has come and gone. Here’s a recap of the week’s big games and storylines.

Thorns final home match of the season entertains, disappoints - Prost Amerika
With playoff hopes dashed by last week’s FC Kansas City – Washington Spirit scoreless draw, the Thorns sought to go out on a high note in their final home contest of the season. But, as with most of the 2015 Thorns season, things didn’t go according to plan. Down 2-0 at the half, the Thorns fought back to a 3-2 lead only to lose that lead less than a minute later. It just wasn’t meant to be.

Mewis re-signs with Breakers, goes on loan to Bayern - The Equalizer
Kristie Mewis will join defending Frauen-Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich this fall on loan from the Boston Breakers. The Breakers also announced that the club re-signed Mewis for the 2016 NWSL season with a club option for the 2017 season.

Goals galore as seasons start - FIFA
The waiting is finally over for fans of women’s football in Germany and France as the new season got underway in both countries at the weekend. In the land of the two-time world champions, FF USV Jena were given a lesson by VfL Wolfsburg, and Bayern Munich already seem to be in scintillating form. In France, meanwhile, Olympique Lyon and Montpellier demonstrated an impressive hunger for goals.

Continental Cup: Manchester City face Arsenal in quarter-finals - BBC Sport
Holders Manchester City face Arsenal in the Continental Cup quarter-finals in what is a replay of last year's final.

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NASL NEWS

NASL claims proposed U.S. Soccer rules prevent league from attaining Division I status - SBI
As the league continues to grow, the NASL now looks set to go up against U.S. Soccer in pursuit of Division I sanctioning. The Financial Times reported Monday that the NASL believes proposed rule changes by U.S. Soccer are blocking the league’s ability to achieve D1 status. In a letter, NASL alleges U.S. Soccer has protected MLS’ status because the federation would be able to benefit from several joint business transactions.

NASL pursuing litigation against US Soccer; Here’s how it might play out - World Soccer Talk
In a nation without promotion and relegation, USSF is able to create arbitrary standards with the first-tier league MLS to determine what D1 standards should be. While the USSF is the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States, it maintains a very cozy relationship with MLS through its marketing arm, Soccer United Marketing (SUM), which works closely with US Soccer for promotion and television rights purposes.

Miami FC adds Alessandro Nesta as club’s first head coach - SBI
With one legendary Italian defender running Miami FC as an owner, another has now joined as the club’s first head coach. Miami FC announced Monday that the club has signed Italian legend Alessandro Nesta as the team’s first head coach. Nesta joins former teammate and Miami FC owner Paulo Maldini ahead of the club’s debut in 2016.

While Beckham still seeks stadium, Maldini puts Nesta in at Miami FC - Inside World Football
While David Beckham continues to attempt to finalise a deal to set up his new MLS team in Miami, the city's other professional side Miami FC, due to join the second-tier NASL, has appointed former Italian international Alessandro Nesta, who made 78 appearances for his country, as its head coach.

NASL Week 10: A Look Back - SBI
Elsewhere around the league, the Atlanta Silverbacks shot up the table with a 1-0 victory over FC Edmonton, and the Jacksonville Armada drew with the San Antonio Scorpions at home.

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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Transfer deadline tracker: Big moves in Europe as summer window shuts - SI.com
Monday's transfer deadline in Italy, Spain, Germany and France shut with controversy, with David de Gea's long-anticipated move from Manchester United to Real Madrid falling through due to a paperwork fiasco. What's in store for Tuesday, when all eyes shift to England's deadline?

Big spending Premier League clubs on course to break record of £835m before transfer window shuts - Evening Standard
The majority of Europe's major divisions closed their respective windows late last night but clubs in England's top tier still have several hours left to conduct any outstanding business.

Man Utd: David De Gea's move to Real Madrid off as paperwork late - BBC Sport
David De Gea's £29m move from Manchester United to Real Madrid has collapsed because the necessary paperwork was not submitted in time.

Real Madrid explain failure to sign David De Gea from Man United - ESPN FC
Real Madrid have published a statement insisting they "did everything that was necessary" in their unsuccessful attempt to sign David De Gea from Manchester United.

FIFA's Transfer Matching System a good step toward accountability - ESPN FC
This article was originally published on Jan. 23, 2015. We re-present it now as the David De Gea transfer saga stalled at the last minute while the teams sent paperwork to the Transfer Matching System (TMS).

Javier Hernández: ‘I left Manchester United to feel important and happy’ - The Guardian
Javier Hernández has revealed he left Manchester United for Bayer Leverkusen because he wanted to be happy again. The Mexico striker, who spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, has signed a three-year contract after the clubs agreed a fee believed to be around £7.3m.

Van Gaal does not get the luxury of time that was given to his predecessors - The Independent
It is curious to note that even in the 1950s there was still a premium placed on clubs developing their own players rather than buying those of other clubs.

DeAndre Yedlin left waiting for loan move as options dwindle - Goal
The U.S. national team fullback is still waiting on a loan move away from Tottenham as the transfer deadline cuts down his potential destinations considerably.

Euro 2016: How two wins in four days could make history for Wales - BBC Sport
Fever-pitch excitement surrounds Gareth Bale and the rest as Wales are on the brink of appearing at their first major tournament finals since 1958.

CONCACAF replaces Traffic Sports with SUM as commercial representative for USMNT-Mexico clash - SBI
CONCACAF has chosen Soccer United Marketing (SUM) to serve as its commercial representative for the upcoming playoff match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Mexico. According to Sports Business Daily, CONCACAF decided on SUM because it wanted to choose a company that has ties to both the U.S. Soccer Federation and Mexican federation.   SUM has represented both national teams for more than a decade, and is currently the marketing arm of Major League Soccer.

Pressure mounts as Teixeira offloads property assets - Inside World Football
A seven-bedroom mansion controlled by a company owned by the wife of disgraced former FIFA powerbroker Ricardo Teixeira has been sold for $9 million suggesting the Brazilian, under investigation back home for allegedly accepting millions of dollars in bribes, is no longer taking refuge in the United States.

Strict Enforcement of FIFA Rules Sidelines Young Players Abroad - NY Times
Ben Lederman still gets up early for school every morning so he can be finished in time for soccer training. He still practices, every day, at La Masia, the famed youth academy of F.C. Barcelona. When FIFA penalized Barcelona last spring for what it called illegal international transfers, one less publicized piece of the fallout was the talented youth players like Lederman, playing abroad at clubs all over the world, who soon found their player registration cards revoked (or impossible to renew) as clubs and federations hurriedly hewed to eligibility rules they had long ignored.

Former Rangers chief executive Charles Green questioned by police - The Guardian
Charles Green, the former Rangers chief executive, is being questioned by police over his time at the club. He is understood to be speaking to officers from Police Scotland in West Lothian.

Vietnamese call in police after more V-League match-fixing suspicions - Inside World Football
Organisers of Vietnam's V-League have pledged to step up their crackdown on match-fixing after several games ended with questionable results.

Socceroos will not boycott World Cup qualifier despite pay dispute with FFA - The Guardian
Professional Footballers Australia chief executive Adam Vivian says there is no way the Socceroos will boycott Thursday night’s World Cup qualifier with Bangladesh despite the ongoing pay dispute with FFA.

Revived Yang Xu seeks World Cup dream - FIFA
“A good sword needs grinding to sharpen its edge.” This well-worn Chinese proverb holds particular relevance for China PR striker Yang Xu. The Shandong Luneng front man endured a torrid season last year, where injuries and a lack of form limited him to a handful of chances before he found himself demoted to the reserves.

Nigeria: How a Youth League for NPFL Clubs Will Fix Age-Cheating and Make Serious Money for Nigerian Football - All Africa
One of the major problems with Nigerian football, especially in recent years, has been rampant age cheating. It starts at youth levels and has its imprints all over our game. Sadly it has earned our players an unwanted and limiting reputation on the global stage. Those who indulge in this phenomenon think they are being clever, but in reality this has contributed hugely to keeping a potentially vibrant multi-trillion naira industry on its knees

I-League faces loss of Goa's Dempo as ISL flexes its financial muscle - Inside World Football
Goa's Dempo Sports Club are set to be the third Indian club to drop out of the 2016 I-League. The All India Football Federation AIFF wants a roadmap to have a single national Indian league in the future and it looks like the Indian Super League (ISL) is winning the race.

How Google proves Arsenal are big in Russia - but Manchester United rule USA - The Telegraph
A map showing which Premier League clubs are most searched for by country throws up some surprises.

Graham Leggat: 1934-2015

We were sad to hear of the passing of Graham Leggat on Sunday. Beyond his stellar playing career, most Canadians will fondly remember Graham Leggat as the voice and face of soccer on TV. For two decades, TSN's Soccer Saturday was a weekly ritual for soccer fans, young & old, and Leggat guided Canadians through the unfamiliar world of English club football & Canadian soccer. For most of that time, Soccer Saturday was the only source of soccer most Canadians could watch anywhere.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends. He was a true gentleman of the game.

 - Bill Currie, Editor in Chief, BC Soccer Web

TSN Mourns the Passing of Soccer Broadcaster Graham Leggat - Bell Media

“With his distinct voice and Scottish charm, Graham set the standard for soccer broadcasting in Canada, helping to raise a new generation of Canadian soccer fans,” said Stewart Johnston, President of TSN.

Soccer player, analyst Graham Leggat passes away - TSN
Former TSN soccer analyst and Scottish international player Graham Leggat has passed away at the age of 81.  Leggat played with Aberdeen, Fulham and Birmingham City as well as for his national team before moving to Canada to manage Toronto Metros and moving into media work.

Graham Leggat: Former Scotland striker dies at the age of 81 - BBC Sport
Former Aberdeen, Fulham and Scotland striker Graham Leggat has died at the age of 81.

Graham Leggat: Statement & Career Highlights - Aberdeen FC
An AFC spokesperson said. "The term 'legend' is overused these days but in Graham's case it was entirely appropriate. He was a wonderful servant for both club and country and out thoughts are with his family at this extremely sad time.

Graham Leggat: Statement & Career - Fulham FC
His time at Fulham was a massively prosperous one on a personal and team level as he helped the Whites win promotion to the top flight, as well as reach the FA Cup Semi-Final in 1962.

BC Soccer News, Monday, August 31, 2015

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2015

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS

Whitecaps see red as Texas nightmares continue - Sportsnet
After Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo, the Whitecaps have lost all nine of their matches in the Lone Star State, highlighted by last season’s playoff defeat to FC Dallas.

Vancouver Whitecaps end great month with 2-0 loss in Houston - Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps remain winless in their MLS tenure in the state of Texas, as they lose 2-0 to the Houston Dynamo Saturday night. The result leaves a sour taste in the mouths of Whitecaps’ players and fans, despite an otherwise STELLAR August.

Dynamo boost playoff chances by blanking 9-man Whitecaps - SBI
Ricardo Clark and Raul Rodriguez scored on each side of halftime to help the Dynamo blank a nine-man Vancouver Whitecaps side, 2-0, at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Saturday night. Vancouver was already trailing when it lost Kendall Waston and Matias Laba to second yellow cards in an eight-minute span in the second half.

'Home Sweet Dome' could be the Whitecaps' cheer for Supporters Shield chase - The Province
Five straight road games through June and July couldn’t blow the Whitecaps off course. Carl Robinson’s crew went 3-2-0 while the Women’s World Cup took over B.C. Place. An overflowing August — eight games across three competitions — couldn’t sink them, either. The Caps went 4-2-2 and won their first Voyageurs Cup.

Whitecaps’ coach due ‘pinata treatment’ - Vancouver Sun
At the end of their busiest month since joining Major League Soccer 4½ years ago, the Vancouver Whitecaps ran out of players on Saturday. Nine men aren’t going to win, unless it’s baseball and your starting pitcher is David Price. So it really shouldn’t have surprised anyone that the Whitecaps, with both centre-back Kendall Waston and central midfielder Matias Laba red-carded, lost 2-0 on the road to the Houston Dynamo.

Seattle Sounders unbothered by Portland Timbers' dominance, happy to collect vital rivalry win - MLS
In the end, Seattle got the job done, holding on for a hard-fought 2-1 victory despite conceding a second-half goal to Jack Jewsbury and withstanding an onslaught of pressure from their Cascadia Cup foes that saw the Timbers outshoot the Sounders by a margin of 20-6.

Desperate Sounders pick up win over rival Timbers - SBI
Ravaged by injuries, suspensions, and international call-ups for much of the summer, the Sounders came into Sunday afternoon’s match against the Portland Timbers having lost nine of their last 11 matches, out of the playoff spots, desperate for a win. And they got a break. Despite being outplayed for much of the match, the Sounders escaped with a 2-1 win over the Timbers in front of 64,358 at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle Sounders repel Portland Timbers’ shot barrage for 2-1 win - Prost Amerika
Sounders FC forward Obafemi Martins played a role in both goals to lead his side to an important 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers (11-9-7, 40 points) in front of 64,358 fans. With the victory, Seattle (12-13-2, 38 points) moved up to the sixth place in the West and is now tied with the San Jose Earthquakes.

Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter criticizes "poorly managed" game from referees in loss to Seattle Sounders - MLS
It was a tough loss to swallow all the way around for Caleb Porter and the Portland Timbers. Not only did they lose to bitter rivals Seattle Sounders, by a 2-1 count, Sunday afternoon at a rocking CenturyLink Field, but they lost match in which the Timbers head coach felt his team overwhelmingly outplayed the hosts.

Montreal Impact brass cite August slump, need for "new momentum" in parting ways with Frank Klopas - MLS
Late on Saturday night, Frank Klopas became the first MLS head coach to be let go in 2015 after the Montreal Impact relieved him of his duties. Results are what matters in professional sports, said Impact vice-president Richard Legendre, who met the media alongside technical director Adam Braz on Sunday afternoon.

Biello charged with difficult task of guiding Impact to postseason - Goal
Perhaps it came a little earlier than expected, or perhaps it should have happened a lot sooner, but the Montreal Impact’s decision to fire Frank Klopas and replace him with assistant coach Mauro Biello on Sunday always felt, in some way, inevitable.

With Klopas gone, will Impact make playoffs? - Sportsnet
Klopas was in his second season in charge of Montreal after joining the club in December 2013. Assistant coach Mauro Biello will take over on an interim basis.

New York Red Bulls have plenty to thank their rivals for - The Guardian
Before the season started there was a now infamous town hall meeting between long term Red Bulls fans and the new management team. It was a fractious affair, as angry supporters vented about the sacking of coach Mike Petke, who had won the team’s only trophy in its history and taken the side to within a goal of MLS Cup.

Lampard returns from injury, but can't stop NYCFC's struggles - Goal
The good news for New York City FC on Saturday was that Frank Lampard was healthy enough to be in the starting lineup after injuries forced him to miss three straight starts. The bad news was that Lampard wasn’t able to do much to keep NYCFC from suffering yet another heartbreaking loss.

Giovinco's injury and victory in 401 Derby - TSN
Three points worth celebrating. An injury worth worrying about.   Toronto FC's 17-goal scorer and Major League Soccer MVP candidate Sebastian Giovinco was removed from the game after 50 minutes in 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact in the 401 Derby with a adductor injury.

TFC pick up win over Impact, but at what price? - Sportsnet
TFC earned a crucial 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday evening before 30,266 fans at BMO Field, but star forward Sebastian Giovinco was subbed out after only 51 minutes due to soreness in his abductor—an injury for which he received treatment in the days leading up to this contest.

Toronto FC defeat shorthanded Impact 2-1 - Red Nation Online
As something of symbol of the plight of Canadian players in Major League Soccer, each of these Canadian sides only started a single Canadian player for this so called Canadian rivalry match.

With dismantling of DC United, New York Red Bulls prove they're at their best when lights are brightest - MLS
Following Sunday’s thorough 3-0 dismantling of longtime rivals D.C. United at home, the Red Bulls have once again proven to be a team that produces some of its best soccer when the intensity gets ramped up. After sweeping the season series against New York City FC, the Red Bulls collected seven of a possible nine points against their Atlantic Cup rivals, a United side that they happen to be chasing for Eastern Conference supremacy.

Sebastian Giovinco's Italy call "a global benchmark" for MLS, says Toronto FC's Tim Bezbatchenko - MLS
Shortly after his club officially confirmed his return to the Italian national team for a pair of upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers, the attacker collected his 13th assist of the season to help Toronto FC bag a vital three points against Canadian rivals the Montreal Impact in the midst of the Reds' playoff chase.

Orlando City, Fire play to stalemate in rain-delayed match - SBI
Playing in the midst of a heavy storm that caused two delays in the action, Orlando City and the Chicago Fire played to a 1-1 stalemate at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday night. The two Eastern Conference playoff hopefuls had to deal with pauses in the action of 110 and 67 minutes, with the first coming prior to kickoff and the second happening midway through the opening stanza.

Rapids extend winning streak after coming from behind to top slumping Sporting KC - SBI
The Rapids used a pair of second-half goals to come from behind and pick up a surprise 2-1 home win over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. Dom Dwyer put Sporting KC ahead in the 47th minute with a one-timed effort, but Figueroa equalized just six minutes later before Doyle found a winner in the 76th.

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BC SOCCER NEWS

PHOTO GALLERY: UBC 1 SFU 0, MEN’S SOCCER, AUGUST 28, 2015 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie.

UBC blanks Simon Fraser 1-0 in crosstown showdown - UBC
After a scoreless opening half, fifth-year player Justin Wallace (Kamloops, B.C.) buried the game's only goal in the 61st minute to give UBC all the offence it needed to claim a fifth straight triumph over the SFU.

Clan Loses 1-0 to Rival UBC - SFU
Former Clan striker Justin Wallace scored the only goal of the game as Simon Fraser University lost 1-0 to crosstown rival University of British Columbia in an exhibition men's soccer game Friday evening at Thunderbird Stadium.

EARLY GOALS LIFT WASHINGTON HUSKIES OVER SPARTANS - TWU
The Trinity Western University women's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to NCAA Div. I University of Washington Sunday afternoon at Husky Soccer Field in Seattle.

SPARTANS TIE CAVALIERS - TWU
The Trinity Western University Spartans tied the Concordia University Cavaliers 3-3 Friday evening in preseason soccer action at Tuominen Yard in Portland, Oregon.

T-Birds Women wrap up preseason with victory at Western Washington - UBC
UBC's winning goal came in the 104th minute, Madison Guy (Langley, B.C.) stealing a pass and depositing it from 10 yards into the lower right corner of the net.

SPARTANS DROP FIRST OF SEASON TO SEATTLE PACIFIC - TWU
The Trinity Western University men's soccer team had a 2-0 exhibition loss to NCAA Div. I Seattle Pacific University Saturday evening in Seattle.

SPARTANS BLANK EAGLES - TWU
The Trinity Western University men's soccer squad used six second half goals to defeat the Concordia University Eagles (Everett, WA) 9-0 Friday afternoon at Lincoln Field in Everett, Washington.

Heat take both in home weekend tune up - UBCO
With the conference season just two weeks away the Heat men's soccer team enjoyed their home turf in a preseason tournament that netted the UBC Okanagan squad a pair of wins over the two nights.

WolfPack Men Close Out Exhibition Soccer Season With Draw - TRU
The exhibition season is over for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team. The WolfPack tied the Douglas Collage Royals of the PACWEST 0-0 at a tournament being hosted by the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat in Kelowna, BC.

Timberwolves rally falls short - Prince George Citizen
A late rally by UNBC's women's soccer squad fell short Friday morning as the visiting Thompson River University WolfPack edged the Timberwolves 2-1 in CIS Canada West exhibition play.

WolfPack Women’s Soccer Ends Pre Season With Loss - TRU
The  Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team have ended their 2015-16 Canada West  preseason with a defeat. The WolfPack were in Prince George, BC  losing to the MacEwan Griffins 3-1 Saturday (Aug 29).

Tim Blaine Hired as Referee Scheduler for MWSL (PDF File) - MWSL
We are pleased to announce that Tim Blaine has accepted the role of Referee Scheduler for the MWSL. Tim is currently a BCSA District Referee and works with the BCSA (BC Soccer Association) as Referee Assessor and Instructor.  He has been involved in Referee development over the last 10 years in roles of Assigner and head Referee with clubs in Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows area.

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CANADA SOCCER NEWS

Canada's de Guzman healthy to join Russia 2018 campaign - CSA
Canadian veteran Julian de Guzman has been given a green light to join Canada's campaign against Belize in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. The Ottawa Fury FC midfielder will join the Canadian team this week in preparation for matches on 4 September in Toronto and 8 September in Belmopan, Belize.

Sinclair out Sunday with ankle, Achilles injury - The Equalizer
Christine Sinclair will miss Portland Thorns FC’s 2015 home finale with a left ankle sprain and left Achilles tendon strain. Sinclair was injured last Saturday in a 1-0 loss to Sky Blue FC in New Jersey when she was taken down by Sky Blue goalkeeper Brittany Cameron in the box in the 87th minute. Sinclair went down hard, with her leg getting caught under Cameron’s sweeping arm. Sinclair left the field and did not return. After the match, she had her left ankle area wrapped in ice and she was putting minimal pressure on her left leg.

Ontario Soccer Centre Stadium Grand Opening marks a new era for soccer in the province - OSA
"For League1 Ontario, which just hosted a Canadian U-20 ID camp here, we can now use this facility to showcase our best and brightest," said League1 Ontario Commissioner Dino Rossi. "We will use this facility to play host to our marquee games and act as a home for the development opportunities of our young players."

League1 Ontario players hoping to turn heads - OSA
A number of Ontario born players, including five with League1 Ontario lineage, have already been called to the Canadian U-20 camp next week. Another crop of 28 League1 Ontario players are at the Ontario Soccer Centre hoping to turn the heads of the national team coaching staff.

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WOMEN'S SOCCER NEWS

Spirit, Thorns play to wild, 3-3 draw in Portland - The Equalizer
The Thorns and Spirit played to a thrilling, 3-3 draw Sunday night in front of a sold out crowd at Providence Park. Crystal Dunn scored two goals including the final equalizer in the 80th minute which came mere moments after the Thorns had flipped a 2-0 halftime deficit into a 3-2 lead.

Masar lifts Dash to end Breakers’ miserable season - The Equalizer
Ella Masar scored the game’s only goal in the 34th minute to lift the Dash past the Boston Breakers, 1-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Jessica McDonald got to the endline and sent in a low cross for Masar — who shifted to a forward role this match with the return to the lineup of fullback Allysha Chapman — to redirect into the roof of the net. Masar celebrated by ripping her jersey off, which, by FIFA laws, earned her a yellow card, as she knew it would.

Liverpool Ladies: Defender Becky Easton fractures arm - BBC Sport
Liverpool Ladies defender Becky Easton could miss the rest of the season after sustaining a broken arm in Sunday's 2-0 Continental Cup loss. The 41-year-old was injured after a coming together with Manchester City forward Toni Duggan and later tweeted that her arm had been stood on.

Continental Cup: Birmingham City beat Bristol 2-0 for last-eight spot - BBC Sport
Birmingham City beat Women's Super League One relegation rivals Bristol Academy 2-0 to progress to the knockout stage of the Continental Cup.

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NASL NEWS

Eddies drop first road match of Fall Season to Silverbacks - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (4W-3D-4L) suffered their first road defeat of the North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season, dropping a 1-0 decision, Aug. 29 to Atlanta Silverbacks (5W-4D-3L) at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.  Silverbacks midfielder Junior Burgos scored the lone goal of the match to guide his team to victory while goalkeeper Stuart Ceus earned the clean sheet for the home side between the woodwork.

Burgos’s free kick breaks Eddies hearts in Atlanta - the11.ca
With 10 minutes left Saturday’s match between Atlanta and FC Edmonton, Silverback Junior Burgos came up with that moment of magic. He hammered a free kick from distance just inside the post to give Atlanta the 1-0 win.

Rowdies Strike Late to Steal Victory from Fury - Ottawa Fury
It was a night of firsts for Ottawa’s Brazilian forwards as Paulo Junior scored his first-ever goal for Fury FC and Oliver collected his first of the season to pace Fury FC to a two-goal lead. However, the Rowdies would pull one back in the first half and find the equalizer three minutes from time to steal victory from Ottawa in front of yet another impressive crowd at TD Place. With the point, Fury FC remain atop the NASL Fall Season standings, with the Atlanta Silverbacks closing the gap to three points following their win over FC Edmonton.

Brazilian storm rains down on Indy Eleven as Strikers net seven in record win - Ft. Lauderdale Strikers
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers routed the Indy Eleven 7-1 in a record-scoring game for the club Saturday night at Lockhart Stadium. The game began  with a sideways rain shower, with the rain holding off until minutes after the final whistle.

Why NASL should consider breaking for international dates - the11.ca
As more and more North American Soccer League players get the calls to play for their countries, that league should also be subject to the same scheduling scrutiny. In fact, you could argue that NASL teams are less equipped than the MLS teams are when it comes to dealing with games on international dates. NASL rosters aren’t as deep as MLS rosters; when the star players of NASL get called up to play for their countries, it’s harder for their coaches to replace them than it is for the MLS coaches to replace their national-teamers.

USL NEWS

Miller Ties Record, Rhinos Clinch Bye vs. STL FC - USL
The Rochester Rhinos clinched a bye to the semifinals of the USL Eastern Conference Playoffs as they took their third consecutive victory with a 2-0 win against Saint Louis FC in front of 5,532 fans at Sahlen’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Rhinos goalkeeper Brandon Miller led the way with his 11th shutout of the season, as he tied the USL single-season record, while Colin Rolfe and Tony Walls found the net for the hosts.

Oklahoma City Earn Playoff Spot In Win - Turnpike Soccer
The Oklahoma City Energy (12-5-7, 43 points) defeated the Austin Aztex (8-13-3, 27 points) Saturday night, with goals coming from Sebastian Dalgaard and Danni Konig, making the Energy the first team in the Western Conference to clinch a playoff spot.

Late Goal Earns Independence Point In Toronto - USL
A late penalty kick from forward Ryan Finley rescued a point for the Charlotte Independence as the club earned a 2-2 draw against Toronto FC II on Sunday afternoon at the Ontario Soccer Centre.

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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Klinsmann Calls 23 Players for CONCACAF Cup tune-ups against Peru and Brazil - USSF
U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named the initial 23-player roster that will gather for friendlies against Peru and Brazil in the final preparation games before the decisive Oct. 10 playoff against Mexico at the Rose Bowl for a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Transfer window: Lessons to be learnt from a summer of spending - BBC Sport
Two months of excitement and desperation for football fans is almost over as the transfer window nears its conclusion.

Kevin De Bruyne: Manchester City sign Wolfsburg midfielder - BBC Sport
Manchester City have signed Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne from German side Wolfsburg for a club record £55m.

Flagrant But True Statements About Crystal Palace’s Upset Over Chelsea - Grantland
Crystal Palace beat Chelsea, 2-1, at Stamford Bridge on Saturday — something that hasn’t happened since the first Olympiad in 776 BC. Here are some flagrant but true statements about the game.

Louis van Gaal’s quest for control brings scant consolation at Swansea - The Guardian
If only Club Brugge were in the Premier League. But they are not and, when you strip out the seven goals Manchester United scored in two games against them, they have scored just three in four this season. For all the talk of progress and of Louis van Gaal’s methods slowly being assimilated by his players, his 50th game in charge ended with the same result as his first: a 2-1 defeat to Swansea.

£230m spent and Manchester United remain just a work in progress under Louis van Gaal - Evening Standard
Really, someone ought to save Manchester United’s wise, powerful, hugely successful and vastly experienced manager from having to go head-to-head with Swansea City’s young coach of one season’s standing – because the Dutchman has now lost on all three occasions they have met.

Juventus rocked by Roma defeat which sees them roll to bottom of Serie A - The Guardian
Never before has the Old Lady started a Serie A season so poorly. The last time she lost consecutive matches to open a campaign was in 1912-13, back when the domestic leagues were still divided by region.

Di Maria shows United what the club is missing - and Cavani is not the answer - Goal
It may have only been a 25-minute cameo, but Angel Di Maria's debut for Paris Saint-Germain was a formidable sight that suggests he will be capable of lifting his new club to previously unattainable levels.

Pizarro: Let’s make the most of this generation - FIFA
No other member of the Chilean national squad has been part of the senior set-up as long as David Pizarro, the cultured 35-year-old central midfielder having made his national-team debut back in 1999. Yet despite also being the only current Chile international to have been in the squad that grabbed bronze at the Olympic Football Tournament Sydney 2000, several of his Roja team-mates have nearly double the player's tally of 46 senior caps.

September matches set to decide Euro 2016 qualifiers - UEFA
Iceland, England, Slovakia, Austria, Sweden, Italy and Croatia could all book early qualification in September's Week of Football: UEFA.com takes you through the groups.

Construction workers at Russian World Cup stadium complain of not being paid - The Guardian
Labourers working on one of Russia’s World Cup venues are complaining that they have not been paid for months, despite the budget for the arena increasing fivefold since the country won the right to hold the 2018 competition.

Carlos Queiroz looks for 'miracle' as Iran target World Cup return - ESPN FC
Carlos Queiroz never seems to age, with only a lengthening CV providing proof of passing time. It makes for impressive reading, but the 62-year-old still wants to do more. "I am attracted to the idea of taking four different national teams to a World Cup because only one or two guys have done that and it would be nice for my coaching career." Mozambique-born Queiroz told ESPN FC.

German football fans welcome refugees and invite hundreds to watch match - The Telegraph
Football fans in Germany have been getting to grips with the European refugee crisis in the best way possible this weekend - by welcoming asylum seekers at their grounds.

North vs South Korea football friendly mooted as bridge to new era - Inside World Football
The tenuous rapprochement between the two Koreas may see North and South Korea competing in a friendly for the first time in 10 years, according to an article in the English language Korea Joongang Daily, part of one of South Korea's biggest newspaper groups.

BC Soccer News, Weekend, August 28-30, 2015

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2015

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS

Houston Dynamo 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 0 | MLS Match Recap - MLS
Ricardo Clark helped pump life into the Houston Dynamo’s playoff chances Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium, scoring in his first game back from a hamstring injury to push the club to a 2-0 win over the nine-men Vancouver Whitecaps.

Vancouver Whitecaps disappointed to see two key players ejected in "difficult" loss to Houston Dynamo - MLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps troubles in Texas continued Saturday night in a 2-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium that saw the 'Caps finish the match with just nine men.

Montreal Impact announce coaching change, replacing Frank Klopas with assistant Mauro Biello - MLS
In the wee hours between Saturday night and Sunday morning the club announced that Frank Klopas would be replaced as head coach by 43-year-old assistant Mauro Biello, who was named interim head coach. Klopas is the first manager to be replaced in MLS this season.

Preview: Voyageurs Cup-winning 'Caps return to MLS action Saturday vs. Houston - Whitecaps FC
Fresh off their first-ever Amway Canadian Championship title, Vancouver Whitecaps FC return to MLS action on Saturday against Houston Dynamo.

Adekugbe, Teibert Called Up For World Cup Qualifying vs. Belize - Eighty-Six Forever
Now that the Voyageurs Cup party has died down somewhat, it's time to put our focus on other competitions of importance to the Canadian soccer fan - World Cup qualifying, for example. Canada is set to take on Belize in a two-legged fixture this September, playing the home leg first at BMO Field in Toronto on Friday, September 4th before jetting off to FFB Field in Belmopan for the second leg on Tuesday, September 8th.

Mattocks called up to Jamaican national team for 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers versus Nicaragua - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed today that striker Darren Mattocks has been called up to the Jamaican national team for the third round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifying versus Nicaragua in September.

Whitecaps celebrate long-awaited Canadian Championship title - Goal
After so many heartbreaking, if not bizarre, moments that has seen the Blue and White miss out on the title, the Whitecaps ended their long wait for the Voyageurs Cup with a convincing 2-0 second-leg win over holders Montreal Impact at BC Place for a 4-2 aggregate success - the club’s first-ever Canadian Championship crown.

Vancouver Whitecaps finally win the Voyageurs Cup - Whitecaps Fan Blog
After years of frustration and anger the Whitecaps finally won the Canadian Championship, dispatching the other finalist the Montreal Impact with a 2-0 win on the night giving them a 4-2 aggregate victory over two legs. It may not be such a coveted prize, but the Voyageurs Cup is ours after long last.

About damn time? Damn right! - AFTN
Those were the first words from Russell Teibert as he met the media after Vancouver Whitecaps won the Voyageurs Cup for the first time in their history. From 2009 to the freak storm in 2011 to other close calls, the Whitecaps have experienced their share of heartbreak in this tournament.

'I love this team, I love this club' - Whitecaps FC
This championship clearly meant a lot to everyone involved in the club. That’s easy to see. But you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who wanted it more than Canadian midfielder Russell Teibert, a Whitecaps FC Residency graduate who has been with the club since 2008.

Cup-starved Teibert now in mood for more trophies - The Province
Russell Teibert sprang from the Whitecaps’ locker-room a half-hour or so after Wednesday night’s historic win, shirtless, reeking of champagne, and beaming like a kid. The club’s first-ever Voyageurs Cup win — in their 14th try — clearly meant a whole lot to the whole team.

USMNT captain Michael Bradley confirms that he'll miss Peru friendly to play for Toronto FC at Seattle - MLS
Michael Bradley has confirmed reports that he'll miss out on the US national team's friendly against Peru on Sept. 4 in Washington, D.C., acknowledging that he'll remain with his Toronto FC in an interview with Toronto sports-talk radio station TSN 1050 on Friday morning.

Three Impact players selected by their respective national team - Montreal Impact
Defenders Laurent Ciman and Ambroise Oyongo as well as midfielder Johan Venegas have been called by their respective senior national teams for international matchups in September. Ciman will rejoin the Belgian selection for two Euro 2016 qualifying games. Belgium, who currently sits in second place in Group B after six games, will face Bosnia and Herzegovina at King Beaudoin Stadium, in Brussels, on September 3, before meeting Cyprus at GSP Stadium, in Nicosia, three days later.

Portland, Seattle take center stage in Major League Soccer's rivalry week - ESPN FC
For all the talk in MLS about rivalries, the one between the San Jose Earthquakes and the LA Galaxy seems to occupy a peculiar place in league circles. Thanks to the Quakes' two-year hiatus from 2006-07, it isn't the longest running feud in MLS history and the set-tos involving, say, Seattle and Portland, or the New York Red Bulls and New York City F.C. rivalry seems to get more attention these days.

Countdown: Toronto FC v Montreal - Red Nation Online
Toronto FC are now in the midst of a favourable home stretch as they prepare to host their most legitimate rivals on Saturday afternoon, the Montreal Impact. The Reds are in their second of back to back home fixtures and feeling confident after a 5-0 hammering of Orlando City a week ago. Montreal comes to town in a slight dip in form that at one point had them able to overtake TFC but now need to start winning games if they are to contend for an advantageous playoff position.

3 Keys To TFC vs. Montreal Impact - Toronto FC
With August drawing to a close we’re getting a clear look at where Toronto FC stands in the Eastern Conference. Last weekend’s 5-0 thrashing of Orlando City SC, combined with losses by Montreal and New York City, opened a small gap between the Reds and the bottom tier of the playoff race. Now Greg Vanney’s side has their sights set on making ground on the teams ahead of them. That process begins with Saturday’s match against the Impact at BMO Field.

The five formations of Toronto FC - TSN.ca
What is Toronto FC’s best formation?  It is a reasonable question to ask, even at this advanced stage of the season. Injury, international absence and mid-season additions play into the unknown. Inconsistent defensive play is another factor. Nothing has come easy for Greg Vanney and his coaching staff.

Confident Delgado bringing key balance, depth to TFC - Red Nation Online
Sometimes when a club possesses a superstar that has been shining as brightly as Sebastian Giovinco has been for Toronto FC this year, the fine performances of other players can be eclipsed.

Major League Soccer's rivalry week raises the question of what a rivalry is  -ESPN FC
It's "rivalry week" in MLS again, which once again raises the question of what exactly a rivalry is in this league. Geography plays a part in creating rivalries, though not usually to the intimate degree that it does in most of Europe. But just as commonly, and maybe problematically, rivalries in MLS are built by the league.

Giovinco, Pirlo to join Italian squad, Balotelli must earn spot - TSN.ca
Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco will be called up to the national team for European Championship qualifiers against Malta and Bulgaria next week, after their recent moves to MLS.

Kaká planning on being more vocal as Orlando City looks to snap out of slump: "I love this kind of crisis" - MLS
With Orlando City SC stuck in a major slump, their playoff hopes hanging by a thread, Kaká is conducting an intervention. The captain plans to shoulder more of the load, taking a more vocal role in getting his teammates back on track.

D.C. United’s Hamid and Espindola might start against N.Y. Red Bulls - Washington Post
Both players practiced "full-out" Friday and scheduled to travel with MLS's Eastern Conference leaders for Sunday match.

Potential trap game awaits Revolution in Philadelphia - Prost Amerika
Regardless of the Philadelphia Union’s form and place in the standings, their home, PPL Park in Chester, Pa. has always been inhospitable for the New England Revolution, something which could add an extra air of hostility when the two teams meet up on Saturday night as part of MLS’ “Rivalry Week.”

Report: Argentina, PSG star Ezequiel Lavezzi turned down $17 million offer from MLS club - MLS
Argentine international Ezequiel Lavezzi was the subject of a five-year, $17-million contract offer from an unnamed MLS club, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Currently at big-money French side Paris St.-Germain, the 30-year-old is being pursued by Inter Milan. La Gazzetta cites the supposed MLS offer as evidence that the versatile attacker may be open to a return to Italy, where he starred for Napoli from 2007 to 2012.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy | MLS Match Preview - MLS
The third edition of the California Clasico in Major League Soccer play kicks off Heineken Rivalry Week when the San Jose Earthquakes play host to the LA Galaxy on Viernes de Fútbol at Avaya Stadium. It’s a meeting of two of the hottest teams in MLS.

A Tale of Polarities in California: the Cali Clasico - Corner of the Galaxy
In its heyday, San Jose v.s. LA was highlighted by heart-stopping playoffs, historical comebacks, supporter club rivalries and the age-old North v.s. South melodrama all states have. I’m from NJ, and though I have no soccer team saga to discuss, that tension between the two poles is undeniably a core of my formative years.

Sebastian Lletget makes his name known after fruitful move to LA Galaxy - SI.com
Having spent so many seasons playing most of his soccer in front of teammates, coaches and perhaps a few groundskeepers or club staffers at Chadwell Heath, it was only natural that Sebastian Lletget listened closely the first couple times he heard a large, live crowd scream his name. Or, at least, something that sounded kind of like it.

Giovani dos Santos, Guillermo Ochoa omitted from Mexico squad - ESPN FC
Interim Mexico coach Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti has omitted LA Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos and Malaga goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from his squad to face Trinidad and Tobago and Argentina in the United States on Sept. 4 and 8, respectively.

RSL promotes Waibel, moves Zarkos into soccer operations - Soccer America
With the exit of general manager Garth Lagerwey to Seattle at the end of the 2014 season and more recently of club president Bill Manning, there has been a void on the Real Salt Lake soccer operations side that will be filled by Craig Waibel, who has been promoted to general manager, and Real Monarchs president Rob Zarkos, now RSL's vice president of soccer administration.

St. Paul OKs forgoing taxes on proposed soccer site - Twincities.com
The St. Paul City Council passed a resolution Wednesday in support of keeping 10 acres of public land near Snelling and University avenues off the tax rolls to accommodate a proposed Major League Soccer stadium.

Herzog Names 24-Player Roster for Final Camp Ahead of Olympic Qualifying - USSF
U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog has called 24 players to England for a final preparation camp before the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in October.

USMNT prospects blog: MLS players key to U.S. Olympic qualifying - ESPN FC
With MLS entering the business end of the regular season before the playoffs begin this fall, the squad that U.S. under-23 coach Andi Herzog names for next week's final pre-Olympic qualifying tournament tuneup in England against the hosts figures to be mostly European-based.

What You Don’t Know About: Being a Striker by Chris Wondolowski - The Players Tribune
Have you ever been cornered and asked, “So, what do you do?” Or maybe, “What’s your major?” Sometimes, it can be tough be explain. Everyone thinks they know what a pro athlete does. But do we really know? We asked MLS All-Star Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes to explain his job without any cliches. This is What You Don’t Know About: Being a Striker.

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BC SOCCER NEWS

Two of the nation’s top sides collide as UBC, SFU prepare for men’s crosstown soccer clash Friday - The Province
Two of the best men’s collegiate soccer programs in the country finished last season with a sour taste in their mouths. So on Friday (7:30 p.m., Thunderbird Stadium), when UBC plays host to the Simon Fraser Clan in a preseason derby, the crosstown rivals will each be looking for the kind of emotional victory that will help springboard them into their upcoming conference campaigns.

Crosstown Rivals Meet on the Pitch - UBC
Friday August 28th, it's a date most Thunderbird soccer players had circled on their calendars. It's the day the T-Birds battle the SFU Clan, and while it is only preseason, the game still carries with it, city bragging rights.

WolfPack Soccer Women Beat UNBC To Remain Unbeaten In Exhibition - TRU
  The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team are unbeaten after their first two exhibition matches. The WolfPack opened up a two game series in Prince George by downing the host University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves 2-1. That gives TRU a preseason record of a win and a tie. The WolfPack led 2-0 after the first half.

Leung Notches A Pair in Win - SFU
The Simon Fraser University Clan opened the women's soccer season with a 2-0 win over Douglas College in an exhibition game Thursday on Terry Fox Field at Simon Fraser University.

Burnaby teen going pro with Whitecaps FC2 - New Westminster Record
Sixteen-year-old footballer Terran Campbell of Burnaby is going pro. Campbell inked the deal with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC2 team on Wednesday, along with local residency teammates Kadin Chung of Port Coquitlam and North Vancouver’s Thomas Gardner.

Whitecaps sign Port Coquitlam's Chung to USL contract - Tri City News
Port Coquitlam soccer player Kadin Chung is going pro. The 16-year-old athlete signed a professional contract with the Vancouver Whitecaps USL squad (Whitecaps FC 2) on Wednesday afternoon after four years in the pre-residency program.

Cascades men’s soccer team shows promise during stateside exhibition trip - UFV
A whirlwind preseason trip through the Pacific Northwest afforded new University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer head coach Tom Lowndes a unique opportunity to take stock of his squad.

Heat men host three teams in preseason tune-up on the Nonis Sports Field - UBCO
Two Canada West teams and a former foe from the PACWEST will join the UBC Okanagan Heat in an exhibition tournament just two weeks prior to the start of the Canada West conference season. Hosting Canada West opponents is a rare occurrence for the Heat with the last friendly on the Nonis turf between conference foes on August of 2013 when Fraser Valley visited Kelowna.

WolfPack Men Hit Road To Kelowna For Final Exhibition Matches - TRU
The exhibition season comes to a close for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team this weekend. The WoflPack are heading to Kelowna to face the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and the Douglas College Royals (PACWEST) at a tournament hosted by the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat.

PCSL working to bring women back - Penticton Western News
The Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL) is working hard to bring its Premier Women’s division back. The league did not operate the division this past season after the Victoria Highlanders folded and Whitecaps FC chose not to play. PCSL president Dave Collard said the league currently has a commitment from the Penticton Murray GM Pinnacles and Kamloops.

Hockey and soccer seasons to begin soon - Sooke News Mirror
You had a long and fruitful summer of fun in the sun, time with your friends and perhaps even with your parents; now the time has come to dust off those cleats and that hockey stick and get ready for the next season of hockey and soccer.

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CANADA SOCCER NEWS

Christine Sinclair injury may be less serious than originally thought - Canada.com
The prognosis on Canadian captain Christine Sinclair, who had to be helped off the field last weekend in a NWSL game, may be better than initial reports suggested.

Canada picks players for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Belize - CSA
Canada will see an experienced side head into the third round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ as Head Coach Benito Floro has selected 22 players that will take on Belize in a home-and-away series.

Will Johnson, Cyle Larin among 9 Canadian MLSers called for World Cup qualifiers vs. Belize - MLS
After missing out on this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, both Will Johnson and Atiba Hutchinson return to Canada’s roster for a pair of upcoming World Cup qualifiers. On Thursday, Canada released its 22-man roster for the two-legged series against Belize (Sept. 4 and 8), with veteran midfielders Johnson and Hutchinson the key returnees. Fellow midfielder Issey Nakajima-Farran, enjoying a successful season in Malaysia, is also back with the national team.

USL Alumni Called Up By Canada For WC Qualifying - USL
Also selected is FC Montreal goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau and midfielder Kyle Bekker. Crépeau has appeared in 11 USL games this season, and has recorded four shutouts and posted a 1.18 goals-against average. Bekker, meanwhile, recently suited up in Montreal’s 2-1 victory against Toronto FC II.

Red-less: No Toronto FC players on the roster for Canada’s WC qualifiers against Belize - the11.ca
We’re hard pressed to remember the last time a Canadian national-team roster featured no Toronto FC players. But that’s the case, as neither midfielder Jonathan Osorio nor fullback Ashtone Morgan were named to the roster.

13 Ontario players called for Canada World Cup Qualifier - OSA
Ontario will once again have a big impact on the line-up with 13 players hailing from the province being called into camp.

Canada U-20 team trains in Toronto on road to Korea Republic 2017 - CSA
Building on a good start to the U-20 cycle, a group of young players hoping to take part in the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 has gathered for its latest camp under coach Rob Gale.

Five Residency players called up to Canada U-20 men's national team - Whitecaps FC
Canada Soccer announced on Friday that four Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency players, and one Residency graduate, have been called up to the Canadian U-20 men’s national team. Among the call-ups from head coach Rob Gale are defenders Quinn Bredin and Kadin Chung, midfielder Vana Markarian (pictured), and striker Daniel Sagno. Also earning a call-up is Residency graduate Aymar Sigue.

TFC II and TFC Academy Players Called Up to Canada U-20 Camp - Toronto FC
Building on a good start to the U-20 cycle, a group of young players hoping to take part in the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 has gathered for its latest camp under coach Rob Gale.

Kaiswatum, Shome, Shores named to Canadian roster for upcoming U-20 camp - FC Edmonton
Building on a good start to the U-20 cycle, a group of young players that includes three FC Edmonton Academy graduates will gather in Toronto for Canada’s latest camp under head coach Rob Gale in anticipation of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017.

Canada's best homeless soccer players crowdfund their way to the World Cup this fall - Yonge Street
With last month’s national tournaments now complete, Canada’s best homeless soccer players have set their sights on a new goal: the Homeless World Cup, happening in Amsterdam September 12. Facing off against tough international competitors like the Czech Republic and Costa Rica, the national champions from Toronto’s Covenant House team will join their coaches and managers in the Netherlands.

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WOMEN'S SOCCER NEWS

Spirit clinch playoffs with draw; Thorns eliminated - The Equalizer
A scoreless draw on Thursday on the road was all the Washington Spirit needed to clinch the fourth and final berth in the National Women’s Soccer League playoffs. The Spirit drew defending league champions FC Kansas City, 0-0 at the Swope Soccer Village.

Washington Spirit's Crystal Dunn Only Getting Better - ESPN W
It would have been easy, even understandable, for Crystal Dunn to let disappointment take the reins. She could have convinced herself that she had done her part. She could have dropped her head and wallowed in the easy comfort of what might have been.

With regular routine, O’Hara hitting stride in NWSL - The Equalizer
For Kelley O’Hara, those things are confidence and day-to-day happiness. O’Hara returned from the World Cup in July as a world champion, and her play since then for Sky Blue FC in the National Women’s Soccer League has seen a noticeable uptick.

World Cup hero Carli Lloyd wouldn't mind a career in ... the CIA? - NJ.com
World Cup star and Delran native Carli Lloyd appeared on the SiriusXM Town Hall broadcast Thursday and revealed a very interesting tidbit about her career ambitions outside of soccer.

Scotland defender Corsie enjoying life in Seattle - The Equalizer
Rachel Corsie, a 26-year-old Scottish international defender who played most of her career at home with Aberdeen and Glasgow City before transferring last season to Notts County in the FA WSL1, has been a strong presence in the Seattle Reign defense in her first season in the NWSL. She has contributed two goals, one a game-winner on August 12 against the Houston Dash in a 2-1 victory at home before 6,021 fans.

Women's round-up: August 2015 - FIFA
Enthusiasm for the women's game is still evident in every corner of the globe. Just a few weeks after the spectacular FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ came to an end, packed stadiums and top stars continue to create headlines, while there have also been several prominent changes on the touchline.

Referee Michael Oliver replaces injured official at women's match - BBC Sport
"If there is a qualified assistant referee in the stadium, please can they make themselves known." That was the request made at half-time in Thursday's Continental Cup game between Arsenal Ladies and Reading FC Women following an injury to one of the officials. And just who should happen to be in the ground at Boreham Wood FC? None other than Premier League referee Michael Oliver.

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NASL NEWS

Fans in Cary, N.C., Protest as FIFA Scandal Hits Their Little Home Team - NY Times
Protest banners rise from the stands, one quoting language from a federal indictment. The RailHawks, who compete in the North American Soccer League, have a loyal and vocal fan base, and it is not pleased that the team has found itself touched by a major international case of sports corruption.

NASL Week 10: A Look Ahead - SBI
The New York Cosmos have the chance on Sunday to take three points from the Carolina RailHawks for the second time in a week. Gio Savarese’s men posted a 3-1 win in North Carolina last weekend, and will relish the chance to further close the gap on the league-leading Ottawa Fury. A man of the match performance from Leo Fernandes led the Cosmos in that game.

NASL Roundup: Rowdies hand the reins to Stuart Campbell - Soccer America
After serving one game as Tampa Bay Rowdies interim coach in the wake of the firing of Thomas Rongen, Stuart Campbell has been named Rowdies head coach. The 37-year-old Englishman had been an assistant coach after joining the Rowdies as a player for the 2012 season.

USL NEWS

Orlando City SC close to picking location, name for USL team set to kickoff in 2016 - MLS
Currently, the choice of location remains in the Greater Orlando metro area. Recent reports have indicated the city of DeLand (40 miles to the north) and Melbourne (70 miles east) are among the front-runners, but other possibilities remain.

Orlando City SC head coach Adrian Heath lauds atmosphere in Louisville after defeat in friendly - MLS
Louisville City’s fledgling MLS hopes have been given an emphatic thumbs-up by Orlando City SC head coach Adrian Heath following a 3-1 defeat for his largely second-string Lions team at the hands of the promising USL outfit in a friendly in front of almost 10,000 fans.

Charlotte Tops Montreal 1-0 For First Road Win - Charlotte Independence
The Charlotte Independence wrote franchise history on Wednesday night, recording a 1-0 victory on the road against FC Montreal. A strong performance from resurgent goalkeeper John Berner and a cohesive back four saw Charlotte record its fifth clean sheet of the season. Substitute forward Caleb Calvert provided the difference with a poacher’s finish in the 74th minute.

RGVFC USL soccer stadium to be completed by March - Valleycentral.com
Last month, the United Soccer League (USL) awarded its 25th franchise to Alonzo Cantu, owner of the NBA Development League Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The club, known as RGVFC, will serve as the hybrid affiliate of the Houston Dynamo.

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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Barcelona aim for Champions League history but a repeat won't be easy - ESPN FC
Champions League title-holders Barcelona will start their chase for their sixth big-eared trophy by facing Bayer Leverkusen, Roma and BATE Borisov in the group stage of the 2015-16 Champions League. With due respect to all of the Catalans' rivals, the truth is that the draw could have certainly been much harsher with Luis Enrique's men given that Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal could have crossed their paths instead.

Célia Šašić and Lionel Messi voted UEFA Best Players in Europe 2014/15 - UEFA
Awards presented at Monaco ceremony during UEFA Champions League draw.

FIFA disowns 'girls in schools' and Blatter comments by reform chief - Reuters
FIFA on Thursday disowned comments made by the head of its reform committee, who had questioned why American authorities were investigating corruption in soccer, which he described as "just an ethnic sport for girls in schools" in the U.S.

Michel Platini to quit as Uefa president if Fifa bid fails - BBC Sport
Michel Platini has announced he will step down as Uefa president in 2019 if he fails to win Fifa's top job in next February's election.

Transfer window continues to destroy games worldwide - TSN.ca
Never before have so many managers complained about the transfer window being open when the season has started. The stance of “lower” teams so far has been admirable. Too often in the past teams at this level with no interest in selling have had the giants barge into their homes and convinced their most valued goods to leave with them before handing over the money as they leave.

Europa League: Ajax, Celtic grouped together - Sportsnet
Former European champions Ajax and Celtic were drawn together with Fenerbahce and Molde in the Europa League groups on Friday. "There are three big teams in this group," said Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar, counting Fenerbahce which signed his former Netherlands teammate Robin van Persie from Manchester United in the off-season.

Liga MX features Clasico Joven, Toluca vs. Leon and Pako Ayestaran's debut - ESPN FC
Leon, America, Pumas and Toluca are starting to look like early title contenders, while others like Santos Laguna must pick themselves up and quickly gain vital points in the Liga MX table.

With Mexico playoff looming, Klinsmann can't afford to experiment too much with September U.S. squad - Goal
The U.S. national team has a Confederations Cup playoff looming in October, which will force the coach to take a different tact with the upcoming friendlies.

Confusion at Manchester City after ‘not-for-sale’ player is sold for £9m - The Guardian
Confusion reigned at Manchester City on Friday after Manuel Pellegrini insisted the young midfielder Marcos Lopes would not be sold by the club only for City’s official website to announce he had been signed by Monaco shortly after.

Heung-Min Son joins Tottenham: Spurs complete deal for Bayer Leverkusen forward - The Independent
Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Bayer Leverkusen forward Heung-Min Son for a reported £22m. The South Korea international Son, 23, will wear the No 7 shirt at Spurs, and moves after two years at Leverkusen, where he scored 29 goals in a total of 87 appearances.

Robben replaces van Persie as Dutch captain - TSN
Arjen Robben has been made captain of the Netherlands in Danny Blind's first squad since taking over from Guus Hiddink as national coach, replacing striker Robin van Persie.

Newcastle United’s no swearing rule and dress code help change mood  - The Guardian
Newcastle United are still waiting for their first Premier League win but nearly three months into Steve McClaren’s Tyneside tenure, the mood at St James’ Park has altered significantly.

Gary Smith: Bournemouth prove football dreams do come true  - Prost Amerika
Many teams across history in England have overspent and put the club in a perilous situation in search of the Holy Grail of the Premier League and the millions of pounds that can catapult the organisation into another stratosphere.

Free-scoring Lam aims high with Hong Kong - FIFA
For many Asian players, even rubbing shoulders with global power like Manchester United would be a fond memory to cherish. But Hong Kong midfielder Lam Ka Wai can pride himself on a serious of brilliant displays against the Red Devils, including scoring through a wonder-strike.

BC Soccer News, Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

THE VOYAGEURS CUP FINAL

WHITECAPS FC  2  MONTREAL IMPACT  0

(WHITECAPS FC WIN 4-2 on Aggregate)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2015

B.C. PLACE, VANCOUVER, B.C.

WHITECAPS FC ARE CHAMPIONS OF CANADA!

PHOTO GALLERY: VOYAGEURS CUP FINAL, WHITECAPS FC 2 MONTREAL IMPACT 0 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web of the Voyageurs Cup Final by Bill Currie.

Canadian Champions: Whitecaps FC defeat Montreal 2-0 to win first Voyageurs Cup - Whitecaps FC
After 13 years of heartbreak, Vancouver Whitecaps FC won their first-ever Voyageurs Cup on Wednesday night at BC Place. The ‘Caps lifted the trophy in front of a crowd of 19,616 after defeating 10-men Montreal Impact 2-0 in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship Final, which sealed a 4-2 win on aggregate.

Vancouver Whitecaps thrilled to make a "little bit of history" with first Canadian Championship triumph - MLS
It's been a long time coming, and there's been a lot of years of heartache along the way, but the Vancouver Whitecaps finally lifted their first Voyageurs Cup with a commanding 4-2 aggregate win over the Montreal Impact in the Amway Canadian Championship final second leg.

Vancouver wins 2015 Amway Canadian Championship - CSA
At last, Vancouver have won their prize. Five times a runner up, historic club Vancouver Whitecaps FC won the 2015 Amway Canadian Championship after a 4-2 aggregate win in the national final. The Whitecaps now have their name engraved on the Voyageurs Cup for the first time. They've also booked a spot in the 2016/17 edition of CONCACAF Champions League.

Whitecaps beat Impact for Voyageurs Cup - TSN
Russell Teibert yearned to play in the Wednesday night's second leg of the Amway Canadian Championships — and he did not disappoint. The 22-year-old from Niagara Falls, Ont., who has been used mainly as a substitute lately, was named the game's most valuable player as the Vancouver Whitecaps won their first Voyageurs Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Montreal Impact. The Whitecaps had finished as runner-ups in five of the previous six Canadian championships.

Historic hardware signals significant progress on pitch - Vancouver Sun
So that’s what the Voyageurs Cup looks like — shiny and a little squat, like a royal soup tureen. Or a cremation urn. For a change, it didn’t contain the Vancouver Whitecaps’ ashes, but something to drink in celebration of a Canadian soccer championship.

Finally, 'Caps are Canadian champs - 24 Hours
At long last, the Voyageurs Cup is headed west. So often runners-up in the Amway Canadian Championship but never before winners, the Vancouver Whitecaps finally claimed their first title with a 2-0 win in the second leg of the final – and a 4-2 total on aggregate – over the Montreal Impact.

Whitecaps finally crowned Canadian champions - Sportsnet
There was never any curse. Let’s get that straight. It wasn’t because they were cursed—or because the soccer gods had it in for them—that the Vancouver Whitecaps never managed to win the Amway Canadian Championship.

Curse Broken: Whitecaps top Montreal 2-0 to Win Voyageurs Cup - Eighty-Six Forever
For Vancouver Whitecaps fans, it was long, long overdue. After years of misfires and unbelievable frustration, the Whitecaps slayed past demons to win the Voyageurs Cup Wednesday night, booking a ticket to the 2016/2017 CONCACAF Champions League in the process.

Add it to the collection: Voyageurs Cup the latest addition to Whitecaps FC's trophy case - Whitecaps FC
For years, there had been a big hole in Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s trophy case. Not anymore. The ‘Caps won their first-ever ever Voyageurs Cup on Wednesday night at BC Place, defeating 10-men Montreal Impact 2-0 in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship Final (4-2 on aggregate).

Caps 2 Impact 0: Whitecaps finally lift the Voyageurs Cup - The Province
The Whitecaps finally won the Canadian championship on Wednesday. And after all these years — the crushing disappointments and bizarre defeats — they didn't even make their fans sweat for it.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Montreal Impact 0 | Canadian Championship Match Recap - MLS
Vancouver Whitecaps are the winners of the 2015 Amway Canadian Championship. A 2-0 win on the night gave Vancouver a 4-2 aggregate win over the Montreal Impact, to lift their first ever Voyageurs Cup and clinch a place in next season's CONCACAF Champions League.

Whitecaps beat Impact in second leg to win Amway Canadian Championship - Canada.com
Russell Teibert yearned to play in the Wednesday night's second leg of the Amway Canadian Championships — and he did not disappoint.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 Montreal Impact (4-2 Agg.): 'Caps win Canadian Championship - Goal
The Vancouver Whitecaps finally lifted the Voyageurs Cup after 13 years of trying after they comfortably defeated the Montreal Impact 2-0 in the second leg of the Canadian Championship at BC Place on Wednesday night. (Editor's Note: One correction to this story. The Whitecaps have won the Cascadia Cup twice since joining MLS. This is their third competitive trophy since 2011.)

Whitecaps FC headed back to CONCACAF Champions League as top team in Canada - Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC are the first team to qualify for the 2016-17 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League . A total of 24 of the top teams from North America, Central America, and the Caribbean will make up the field, including five clubs from Major League Soccer.

Montreal Impact's Frank Klopas critical of red card decision in Canadian Championship title decider - MLS
It was, Impact head coach Frank Klopas said, “two different games.”...“The first one wasn’t even a foul,” Klopas told reporters postgame. “Not even a yellow. The linesman calls it from the side. It’s a final. [Laurent] Ciman makes a first foul, he’s the captain, and he gets a yellow card. Come on. It’s unfortunate, because I think that both teams came to play. Then, the game changed.”

The Impact threw away the Voyageurs Cup 10 minutes before Cabrera was sent off - the11.ca
The Impact was set up to bunker and counter, a system that served the team well in its run to the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League final. Speedy striker Dominic Oduro was the lone man up top, and it would be up to him to pace the counterattack.

Report: Impact falls 2-0 in Vancouver in Canadian Championship final - Montreal Impact
After going down a man in the 30th minute, the Montreal Impact fell 2-0 to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday night, at BC Place, and ultimately finishes as runner up for the Amway Canadian Championship with a 4-2 aggregate score.

MLS NEWS

Colorado Rapids credit newcomer Sean St Ledger for taking advantage of "key opportunity" in win - MLS
Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni stresses the importance of finding the “key moments” of games in securing wins, and perhaps no moment was more key than Sean St Ledger’s cross to Kevin Doyle in the 79th minute of their 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night.

Seattle Sounders cite distance traveled, young squad in CONCACAF Champions League loss - MLS
Coming into Wednesday night’s CONCACAF Champions League clash with Club Olimpia in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid knew that getting a result would be a tall order.

Chicago Fire hoping "important" home win can spur them on during tough upcoming road stretch - MLS
The Chicago Fire will embark on the beginning of a three-game road swing this weekend hoping that Wednesday’s impressive 3-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls can provide the momentum to score their first away win since July 2014.

New York Red Bulls score on trick play via corner kick, but was it lawful? - MLS
The New York Red Bulls dug deep into their bag of tricks on Wednesday, and it paid off handsomely. Red Bulls center back Ronald Zubar temporarily pulled his club level at 2-2 in the 49th minute of their road game against the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night thanks to a well drawn-up set piece. Having won a corner kick on the right, Lloyd Sam stepped up to whip in a cross and stepped on the ball a few times before nonchalantly making way for Sacha Kljestan to take. Or so we thought.

Taylor Twellman, MIAA team up for concussion awareness week - Boston Globe
Taylor Twellman, the former Revolution All-Star and ESPN’s lead soccer analyst, is teaming up with the MIAA and Inaria Apparel to produce the inaugural Massachusetts Concussion Awareness Week, centered on Twellman’s concussion awareness organization THINKTaylor.

MLS Live cuts late season price by 60% - MLS
Just in time for the season's final MLS Rivalry Week, we are dropping the price of MLS LIVE Season Subscriptions to just $27.99 - that's 63% off the regular season price. (Editor's note: This is not an ad that we are being compensated for. We're just annoyed that many non-Canadian MLS matches - such as last Saturday's LA Galaxy - NYCFC match -  aren't available on any of TSN's five channels. This was despite the fact that TSN showed the same CFL game on four of them! TSN is the rights holder for all national MLS matches in Canada. MLS Live is a way to see a small handful of the games they don't broadcast. More on this in September.)

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WFC2 & USL NEWS

WFC2 Signs Three Canadian U17 Standouts - USL
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 announced on Wednesday that Residency defender Kadin Chung, midfielder Thomas Gardner, and midfielder/striker Terran Campbell have been signed to professional contracts. All three players were introduced at BC Place prior to the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final.

Taking An In-Depth Look At USL Eastern Conference Playoff Race - Pittsburgh Soccer Report
With four weeks left in the season, other than a strong front-runner (Rochester), and another impressive second place team (Louisville City FC), the rest of the USL Eastern Conference playoff race for the final four spots will likely come down to a battle to the very last weekend with six primary contenders that include our local team, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and for now, two additional teams on the fringe who will need a lot of help,.

Louisville FC - If you build it, will MLS come? - Courier-Journal
If you want to run with the big dogs, there’s a price to be paid for participation. If Louisville City FC is to parlay the success of its inaugural season into a home of its own, one that is suitable for expansion to the specifications of Major League Soccer, Phase One would likely run about $60million.

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BC SOCCER NEWS

UVic unveils new Walk of Excellence - Times Colonist
The displays and panels encompass four themes: A Walk Through Time has Victoria College sports items dating to 1941. The International Success section features Vikes-related Olympic Games memorabilia. The National Champions section honours past Vikes CIS champions. The With The Vikes portion features the UVic Sports Hall of Fame inductees and, annually, the previous year’s Vikes award winners. There are also two video touch screens allowing for an interactive trip through UVic sporting history.

WolfPack Women’s Soccer To Close Out Exhibition Campaign On Road - TRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team closes out its 2015 Canada West pre-season on the road this weekend. And that is going to be a familiar theme for Tom McManus’ team over the next few weeks. That’s because not only are the ‘Pack away from Hillside Stadium this weekend (Aug 28-29) but they will also spend the first three weekends of the regular season on the road.

Soccer Schedule for the 2015 BC 55+ Games in North Vancouver (PDF FILE) - 55plus Games
The B.C. 55 Plus Games runs through Saturday in North Vancouver.

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WOMEN'S SOCCER NEWS

Seattle Reign win second-straight NWSL Shield - Goal
The NWSL Shield is staying in Seattle. The Seattle Reign (12-3-3) clinched the best record in the 2015 NWSL season with a 3-1 win over the Boston Breakers on Wednesday, securing the Shield and the postseason's No. 1 seed for the second straight year.

REIGN FC EARNS 3-1 WIN OVER BREAKERS - NWSL
Seattle Reign FC (12-3-3, 39 pts) clinched the 2015 NWSL Shield, awarded to the team with the best regular season record, with a 3-1 over the Boston Breakers (4-12-3, 15 pts) on Wednesday night in front of a crowd of 4,484 on the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium.

Washington Spirit on brink of NWSL playoffs, but last step won’t be easy - Washington Post
Leading scorer Crystal Dunn and the Spirit will visit defending champion FC Kansas City on Thursday night.

Can women's soccer maintain its World Cup high? - The Guardian
NWSL commissioner Jeff Plush says ‘People call it a bump or a bounce – I think it’s actually a new normal’; plus wilting Thorns, Crystal Dunn and bad Breakers.

Werder make their entrance as stars return - FIFA
The new Frauen-Bundesliga season gets underway on Friday, with defending champions Bayern Munich taking on six-time winners Turbine Potsdam in the opening match, a prestigious occasion that will be graced by some of the stars of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™.

Hammer time for India's English export - FIFA
Until recently, Aditi Chauhan was living a quiet life in a small English town. There, in Loughborough, she combined her master’s degree in sports management by keeping goal for the university team. But if football was mistaken for a mere hobby, and Chauhan for a typical, run-of-the-mill international student, that wasn’t to last.

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NASL NEWS

Top-of-the-Table Clash Ends in a Stalemate - Ottawa Fury FC
Ottawa Fury FC played the New York Cosmos to a scoreless draw in a top-of-the-table tilt on Wednesday night in front of over 6,000 fans who brought TD Place to life. With the point, Fury FC remain atop the NASL Fall Season standings with a 6W-2D-1L record, maintaining their lead over second-place New York and building their lead over Edmonton, Atlanta and Minnesota to five points. Fury goalkeeper Romuald Pesier collected his league-best ninth shutout of the season in the win.

Ameobi is NASL's most effective striker - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton striker Tomi Ameobi has truly arrived as one of the North American Soccer League’s (NASL) most dangerous players. The 27-year-old’s breakout season has continued into the Fall Season following a two-month absence due to injury.

Match Preview vs. Atlanta Silverbacks (Aug. 29, 2015) - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (4-3-3) will put their undefeated road record in the North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season on the line as they head to Atlanta, Aug. 29 to take on Silverbacks (4-3-3) at Atlanta Silverbacks Park at 5:30 p.m. MT.

"The team will be in Oklahoma City" - Marca
Oklahoma City FC, the North American team that has Rayo Vallecano has its main shareholder, will not be moving. Oklahoma City FC co-owner Brad Lund confirmed that news to MARCA.com on Wednesday. Despite the presence of another professional team in the city of Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Energy of the USL which is the third level of North American football, Lund clarified that Oklahoma City FC will also belong to the city of Oklahoma City.

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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Champions League: Group Stages Set - UEFA
Juventus, Manchester City & Sevilla draw"Group of Death".

Copa America 2016 may not be in U.S., says CONMEBOL president Napout - ESPN FC
CONMEBOL president Juan Angel Napout is unsure if the 2016 edition of the Copa America will be played in the United States as planned.

Wolfsburg, Man City, Kevin De Bruyne: how 2015's biggest deal is playing out - ESPN FC
The most drawn-out saga of the summer might soon be over. Local paper Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung reported Wednesday night that Kevin De Bruyne will be sold to Manchester City for €74 million, plus add-ons worth another €6 million. Those figures would make it a record for a Bundesliga player and one of the most expensive in the Premier League as well.

I can handle criticism - Rooney - BBC Sport
Wayne Rooney says he is strong enough to handle being criticised after he ended his 10-game goal drought for Manchester United.

Manchester United fans held after Club Brugge clash - BBC
Fifty-seven Manchester United fans were arrested in Belgium on Wednesday night after fighting broke out following their team's Champions League victory. Glasses and chairs were thrown in a clash between English and Belgian "hooligans" outside a bar in Bruges, the Chief Constable said.

Pogba to Chelsea: Blues set to smash British spending record with £70m midfielder and £34m John Stones - The Independent
Chelsea are believed to be supremely confident of securing the most expensive spending spree in British history by completing the deals for John Stones and Paul Pogba within the next five days to take their summer outlay to an incredible £160m.

Emile Heskey talks Michael Owen, 'Heskey Cam' and life back in England at 37 - Sky Sports
After seemingly settling for an easier life Down Under, Emile Heskey changed his mind and returned home. The Bolton striker tells Pete Hall about why at 37 he fancied one last hurrah in England, telepathy with Michael Owen, a famous night in Berlin and 'Heskey Cam'.

Brisbane Roar told to address financial problems or lose A-League licence - The Guardian
Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop has thrown down the gauntlet to the embattled owners of Brisbane, demanding they immediately address the Roar’s extensive financial problems or their A-League licence will be revoked.

USWNT, Sounders among playable teams in EA FIFA 16 demo that drops on Sept. 8 - SBI
In need of a taste test of FIFA 16? You do not have to wait much longer. EA Sports announced on Wednesday that the FIFA 16 demo will be made available on Sept. 8, exactly two weeks before it hits stores in North America. The demo will be available for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles, and it will give gamers their first hands-on preview as to what to expect from this year’s edition of the popular soccer video game.

Sir Alex Ferguson joins LinkedIn - ESPN FC
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has opened a LinkedIn account. Yes, you read that correctly. Sir Alex is now on LinkedIn. In fact, the 73-year-old has described himself as a "Director, Ambassador, Visiting Fellow and Author" on the professional social networking site, quickly garnering himself more than 15,000 followers in a matter of hours.

In the new New Orleans, an international soccer hero hides in plain sight - The Guardian
For 32 years Tony Liang was the last Honduran player to score in the World Cup. Now he’s helping New Orleans re-emerge from the ruins while coaching in the city’s bustling Spanish-speaking leagues.

Mother forced to buy ticket for her baby after Barcelona refuses to let infant enter stadium - Washington Post
A mother in Spain is livid after officials at Camp Nou, the stadium in which Barcelona plays, demanded she purchase a ticket for her 10-month-old baby who was to sit in her lap.