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VMSL: West Vancouver FC vs Croatia SC
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Two of the top teams in the VMSL’s Premier Division will face off in the quarter-finals of the Provincial Cup.

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This Day in Football History

18 April 1995
British Steel, sponsors of Middlesbrough FC, withdraw from the deal after it is revealed that the new stadium will be built with steel from Germany. 
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Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-2 Colorado Rapids
Major League Soccer - April 5, 2014 - BC Place, Vancouver, BC
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Friday, April 18, 2014 - Easter Weekend

Preview: Action shifts to Vancouver as Whitecaps FC look for redemption against LA Galaxy (Photo: Richard Howes)Preview: Action shifts to Vancouver as Whitecaps FC look for redemption against LA Galaxy - Whitecaps FC
The ‘Caps will be looking for redemption on Saturday after coming up just short last weekend at the StubHub Center. It was an encouraging performance from the Blue and White, who created no less than three quality scoring chances in the first half before surrendering an early second-half marker.

As LA Galaxy prepare for familiar opponent, they expect different look from Vancouver Whitecaps - MLS
If the LA Galaxy are looking for positives to playing the same teams again and again, they can rest assured it’s in their familiarity with the opposition. They visit the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night at BC Place, just one week after beating them in Southern California, and it's the third time they've faced back-to-back encounters in the first seven weeks of the season.

Three storylines for Saturday's Galaxy rematch - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are back at BC Place on Saturday for a much-anticipated rematch with Western Conference powerhouse LA Galaxy, who edged the ‘Caps 1-0 last weekend in Carson, California.

Vancouver Whitecaps looking to avenge MLS loss to Los Angeles Galaxy - Canada.com
Striker Kenny Miller wants to make the most of his seemingly limited time left with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Miller, a former Scottish international slated to become a free agent under a quirky contract that expires at mid-season, hopes to start Saturday in the second of back-to-back games with the Los Angeles Galaxy at B.C. Place Stadium. He was deployed as a second-half substitute in the opening encounter last weekend in Carson, Calif.

Miller looks to extend stay with Whitecaps - Herald Scotland
The former Scotland striker is out of contract with Vancouver Whitecaps at the end of June and has been linked with a return to Scotland and a third spell at Rangers. However, the 34-year-old has indicated he would like to remain with his current club and Bob Lenarduzzi, the Vancouver president, has hinted Miller may be kept on due to his positive influence on the team's younger players.

Russell Teibert's Versatility Gives Him Edge in Vancouver's Midfield Battle - Soccerly
With designated player, and regular defensive midfielder, Matias Laba suspended last weekend, Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson, surprised many looking in, by keeping veteran English midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker on the bench and instead choosing to play young Canadian Russell Teibert, in one of the DM roles, alongside Gershon Koffie.

Teibert relishing chance to play Galaxy again - Whitecaps FC
There's something about playing against the LA Galaxy that brings out the best in Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Russell Teibert. And as the 'Caps prepare to host the Western Conference giants at BC Place this weekend, the 21-year-old Canadian international will be hoping for more of the same.

Whitecaps: Friend - and foe - back in Vancouver - The Province
Kelowna’s Rob Friend laughed at his soccer mortality this week. Not the fact he’s 33 and nearing the end of a career that took him to Norway, the Netherlands and Germany for seven seasons, before arriving in L.A. this year. Rather, the fact he’s a 6-foot-5 target forward.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Christian Dean called up to the United States U-21 men's national team - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC centre back Christian Dean has been called-up to the United States U-21 men’s national team training camp, which will take place from April 20 to 24 at the U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California.

Vancouver Whitecaps Team Up Against Mental Health - Soccerly
A dollar went a long way back in 1974 – bread was $0.39 per loaf and gasoline was $0.63 a gallon – and today the dollar will go a long way again. To celebrate the 40th anniversary, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be making a honorary donation to one of the club’s main charitable pillars, mental health. Proceeds will directly support Clara’s Big Ride Vancouver Community Champion – The Kettle Society – and the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division.

Match Preview: FC Dallas vs. TFC - Toronto FC
Dallas is a tough place to play. Apologies for the nail on the head cliche, but it’s true. For Toronto FC, a trip to Dallas usually means one thing: broken hearts and a sunburn that lasts for weeks.

Toronto FC to get Osario, possibly Bradley back for Dallas trip - Canada.com
There's a bit good news for injury-plagued Toronto FC as they head to Dallas to face the MLS Western Conference leaders. Midfielder Jonathan Osorio, who has missed the past three games due to a hamstring injury, will travel with the tam Friday and play in Dallas on Saturday. And midfield general Michael Bradley is close to returning from groin and quadriceps strains.

Preview: Impact takes on MLS Cup champions Saturday at Sporting Park - Montreal Impact
With points from its last three games, the Montreal Impact (0-3-3) will be taking on the defending MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City (2-1-2) this Saturday, 8:30pm EDT, at Sporting Park.

Impact face defending MLS champions hoping to end winless streak - Canada.com
The Montreal Impact will need to show some teeth over the weekend if they expect to register their first win of the season. The Impact (0-3-3), dead last in the Eastern Conference, are in Kansas City on Saturday to face the defending MLS champions at Sporting Park. Montreal, one of four winless MLS clubs this season, has drawn three straight after opening its season with three losses.

Where are they now: Neil Ellett - Whitecaps FC
On May 5, 1974, Ellett took to the field at Empire Stadium for the first ever Whitecaps match. But playing in that first match against San Jose Earthquakes isn’t the only reason that day was special for Ellett, he also scored the first goal in club history. Today, Neil is a referee assessor and the provincial and national level. He can be spotted at almost every ‘Caps match at BC Place.

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs New York Cosmos - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton will take on the New York Cosmos on Saturday, April 19 in this season’s Canadian Tire Home Opener (7:00 p.m. MT KO). Here’s what everyone need to know about the Eddies taking on last season’s North American Soccer League Champions.

Building the Soccer Pyramid: Ottawa Fury embrace first NASL season, hope to feed Canadian National Team - MLS
During his career, Sergio Agüero has made a massive impact in every city where he’s played. Consider his early days in Buenos Aires, a spell in Madrid, his current stint in Manchester City and, of course, his legendary visit to Ottawa. That’s right, Ottawa.

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Scoring prodigy Khanna commits to Vikes soccer for upcoming season - UVic
The University of Victoria Vikes are pleased to announce the commitment of 18-year-old Victoria native Jyotish Khanna to the Vikes men's soccer program for the 2014-15 season. The five-foot-eleven striker is no stranger to Victoria's soccer scene, having been involved with Glenlyon Norfolk and Highlanders soccer programs in recent years.

world football

Gareth Bale helps Real Madrid capture Copa del Rey title - CBC
Gareth Bale's late gallop and goal sealed Real Madrid its 19th Copa del Rey title on Wednesday in a thrilling 2-1 win over Barcelona, as the Welshman filled the void left by the injured Cristiano Ronaldo to claim his first career trophy.

Butler: relegation Dogfight Takes On new meaning - TSN
If reports of apparent bullying at Villa Park and training ground punch-ups at Swansea were not bad enough for a pair of clubs whose recent form has dragged them into the end of season relegation dog fight, then what to make of the alleged leaking of Cardiff's starting XI ahead of their crucial encounter with fellow strugglers, Crystal Palace on April 5th.

20-year-old West Ham forward Dylan Tombides dies after 3-year cancer battle - WFP
Emerging Australian forward Dylan Tombides, who broke into the West Ham first-team squad while receiving cancer treatment, has died. He was 20. The English Premier League club says Tombides, who was initially diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011, died on Friday having "courageously fought the disease for three years."

thursday, april 17, 2014

Whitecaps news and notes: ‘We’re a work in progress,’ says president Lenarduzzi - Metro
The bar was set maybe too high for the Vancouver Whitecaps after the opening of the 2014 Major League Soccer season. After going undefeated with a record of 2-0-2 in March, the local club has since lost two consecutive games.

Whitecaps: Robinson’s tactics about the long term - The Province
Six games into the MLS season, Carl Robinson has left his captain, Jay DeMerit, at home for a road game, and has left veterans Kenny Miller and Nigel Reo-Coker out of the starting lineup against one of the league’s top teams. If fans have gained an understanding of Robinson’s stylistic vision for this squad through a 2-2-2 start, they’ve also learned this: He isn’t afraid of tough decisions.

Huge matches coming up at BC Place - Whitecaps FC
Interested in coming to a Vancouver Whitecaps FC match at BC Place in the next three months? Now is the time to secure your tickets. The first three matches this season have sold out at BC Place and this Saturday's match is also selling fast. If you don't want to miss the action at BC Place, securing your tickets early is key.

Whitecaps' Teibert at his best against Galaxy stars (Photo: Richard Howes)Whitecaps' Teibert at his best against Galaxy stars - The Province
Russell Teibert called it a coincidence that two of his best games as a Whitecap have come against the L.A. Galaxy. We shouldn’t have to wait long to see if the young Canadian can rise to the challenge a third time.

Whitecaps' Nigel Reo-Coker seeks way back into lineup - Vancouver Sun
The concussion symptoms have lifted and the facial abrasions caused by that vicious tackle by a rogue bike rack are healing. Whitecaps' Nigel Reo-Coker seeks way back into lineup But is Nigel Reo-Coker feeling the pain of exclusion?

Youth Should Stay in the Lineup - 86 Forever
BWith the 'Caps readying for part 2 of their home and home series with the LA Galaxy, Eighty Six Forever wonders which personnel the 'Caps should use this weekend.

Pedro Morales is highest-paid Whitecap - Back of the Net
Chilean designated player Pedro Morales will earn $1.4 million in guaranteed compensation in 2014 (all salaries rounded), making him the highest-paid Whitecap and 10th highest-paid player in the league. The MLS Players Union released its 2014 salary numbers on Thursday.

Andy O'Brien's early season consistency credited to offseason regimen - RedNation
The Whitecaps are off to a 2-2-2 start to the 2014 MLS season. Carl Robinson's players have bought into what he's selling after a difficult offseason that saw a lot of change on and off the pitch. One key contributor on the back-end that has helped the Whitecaps and their first year head coach is stalwart central defender Andy O'Brien.

Lloyd Barker: Can we blame it on the Impact’s kids? - Montreal Gazette
The numbers tell some of the story. A season-low six shots for the Impact — including two on target — from only 44 per cent ball possession. With those numbers, one might think the Impact played an opponent stronger than the winless Chicago Fire — and away from home — last weekend.

Bernier: "Everyone has to look at themselves and know they can give something more" - TFC
While fifth-placed New England Revolution have seven points to show from six games, Montreal have picked up three in as many outings, and the going’s getting tougher: not only are two of Montreal’s next three MLS fixtures painted in Sporting Kansas City’s light blue, but there are also Amway Canadian Championship commitments to fulfill.

Bloom earns praise, respect from TFC coach - Sportsnet
The one thing that immediately strikes you the most about Mark Bloom is his affable demeanor. The Toronto FC right fullback is a friendly, down to earth person who doesn’t put on airs. He’s the kind of guy you’d want to sit with on an outdoor patio on a hot summer day while drinking beers, or set your single sister up with and not have to worry about him trying something.

The Wheels of the Bus: Timbers Can’t Get Rolling - Prost Amerika
Many Timbers fans may understandably be wondering if the wheels have fallen off the bus. There is still some confidence in the driver but some may begin to question if he knows where he is going.

MLS names Atlanta as 22nd franchise, set for 2017 debut - MLS
MLS is headed to the ATL. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced on Wednesday that Atlanta has been awarded the league’s 22nd team, the culmination of six years of courtship between the league and the one of the nation’s most diverse and influential markets. The expansion team – which will begin play in the 2017 season – will be owned by Arthur Blank, the co-founder of The Home Depot and the owner of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

Atlanta expansion signifies changing landscape ahead for Major League Soccer - MLS
Get ready for the next geographical shift in Major League Soccer. Wednesday’s news that the league will plant its flag in Atlanta in 2017 marks the next logical step for a league that has once again gone into expansion overdrive, with all eyes on 24 teams before the dawn of 2020.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Arthur Blank explain why pro soccer will take off in AtlantaMLS Commissioner Don Garber, Arthur Blank explain why pro soccer will take off in Atlanta - MLS
When you think about Atlanta, soccer is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But that's about to change. In fact, after awarding Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and the city of Atlanta the 22nd MLS expansion team to start in play in 2017, MLS commissioner Don Garber on Wednesday called the city "the perfect market" for professional soccer.

The 10 richest American soccer owners - Soccer America
Home Depot co-founder and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, announced as the owner of the MLS club to begin play in Atlanta in 2017, is one of 10 men on the 2013 Forbes list of richest Americans who now have ownership interests in soccer.

Citytv and FC Edmonton: Geoblocking plans have been aborted - The11
There’s been a change of course for FC Edmonton’s broadcast plans. After some discussions between the club and the league, the broadcasts of FCE home games in the 2014 season won’t be geoblocked on the new NASLLive subscription service. To make it work, Citytv/Rogers will broadcast the games on Sunday afternoons through the season, but won’t be streaming the matches.

Co-op Highlanders PCSL Roster Beginning to Take Shape - Victoria Highlanders
With less than a month until the start of the 2014 Pacific Coast Soccer League season, the Peninsula Co-op Highlanders roster is beginning to take shape. Fourteen players that include 12 members of this year’s UVic Vikes have committed to Vancouver Island’s premier women’s soccer team.

Canada Soccer celebrates National Officials Day with essay contest - CSA
National Officials Day is an annual initiative that takes place on 16 April. It was started by Sports Officials Canada to increase awareness and promote respect for officials in sport. To celebrate, Canada Soccer is inviting all registered referees to participate in our Why Do You Enjoy Being an Official essay contest.

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2014 Amway Canadian Championship set to kick off next Wednesday - CSA
The seventh edition of the Amway Canadian Championship is set for its kickoff one week from today, with the first of two preliminary round matches between Ottawa Fury FC and FC Edmonton to be played on Wednesday 23 April at 19.30 local time in Ottawa, ON.

the women's pro game

MLS affiliations could drive success in National Women's Soccer League - OregonLive
The NWSL’s second season began last weekend with Houston Dash drawing more than 8,000 fans to their opener at BBVA Compass Stadium. Considering the Portland Timbers' sister club, the Portland Thorns, drew an average crowd of 13,320 last year – almost 9,000 more fans than the next largest crowd – is it fair to suggest that partnerships with MLS teams are an important component for the NWSL?

youth soccer

Western Canada Soccer Showcase This Weekend
The Western Canada Soccer Showcase (WCSS), recognized by college coaches as the top female-only college showcase in Canada, is into its final preparations for its 7th year.  The event is hosted by girlsCAN Football, a worldwide leader in female-specific soccer development programs and will be held at Burnaby Lake West in Burnaby from April 17-20, 2014.

Danone Nations Cup: A Unique Opportunity to Experience an International Tournament
Danone has announced the 15th edition of the Danone Nations Cup, the largest international soccer tournament for 10 to 12 year-olds. Over the next few months, Team Canada coaches will be touring the country's major cities to select young players (girls and boys aged 10 to 12) who will compete for the opportunity to represent Canada in Brazil; the host country of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

the local game

Bays United lone VISL team left in Province Cup - Times Colonist
Of the elite teams in the Vancouver Island Soccer League, third-seed Bays United Liquor Plus seemed to make the least hubbub this season while top-seed Saanich Fusion won its first Jackson Cup, second-seed Cowichan FC made the Jackson Cup final and fourth-seed Vic West reawakened the echoes from its glory years.

Season ends in 3-0 loss for Cowichan - Cowichan New Leader
The drama of the Jackson Cup final didn’t carry over into the Provincial Cup soccer competition for Cowichan LMG Pringle. There was little of the same excitement generated during Cowichan’s heartbreaking 1-0 overtime loss to the Saanich Fusion two weeks earlier in Victoria when Cowichan ventured to Pitt Meadows Saturday.

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Canada's path to (theoretical) 2016 Copa America in the U.S. blurs  - Some Canadian Guys
Last week, beIN Sports’ Phil Schoen reported that the long-rumoured 100th anniversary Copa America to be held in the U.S. in 2016 is, well, no longer a rumour. However, the interesting news from a Canadian perspective centres around what Honduran Football Federation president Rafael Leonardo Callejas told local media (Spanish link) about the qualification process.

women's world football

Coaching change for Asian champs - FIFA
Asian champions Australia have made a coaching change one month out from their AFC Women’s Asian Cup title defence. Dutch coach Hesterine de Reus has exited as Matildas coach after 15 months in the role.

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More than 50 detained in anti-World Cup protest in Brazil's largest city - Canada.com
Police say that 54 people protesting against the World Cup have been arrested in Brazil's largest city. The police department says on its Twitter page that they were taken into custody during Tuesday night's demonstration in Sao Paulo, which will host of the first game of the World Cup on June 12.

world football

UEFA: Top teams change coaches almost yearly - Sportsnet
The unstable job security of a football manager is highlighted in a report released by UEFA on Thursday that showed the average top-division European club changes its head coach almost once a year.

Bayern sets up cup final against Dortmund - Sportsnet
Title holder Bayern Munich cruised to its 20th German Cup final by beating second-division Kaiserslautern 5-1 on Wednesday. Bayern will seek its 17th title in the May 17 final in Berlin against Borussia Dortmund.

Bundesliga relegation battle heats up - WFP
The relegation battle and race for the last Champions League qualification spot take centre stage in the Bundesliga with just four games of the season remaining. League champion Bayern Munich has already turned its attention to defending its Champions League and German Cup titles and will use the remaining games as warm-ups for Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

City's Title Hopes Hit by Home Draw to Sunderland - TSN
Manchester City's hopes of winning the Premier League took a big hit after it drew 2-2 at home to last-place Sunderland on Wednesday, with the title chasers needing an 88th-minute goal from Samir Nasri to earn a point.

Brazilian federation wins civil lawsuits, gets clearance to start national league - WFP
The Brazilian football federation said Thursday it has been successful in its appeal against a club that filed a civil suit trying to be included in the country's first-division league, guaranteeing the championship can start on time this weekend.

Court upholds Yildirim's match-fixing conviction - Sportsnet
Turkey’s High Court has rejected an appeal by Fenerbahce’s chairman, confirming his conviction for match-fixing. Aziz Yildirim was convicted in July 2012 and sentenced to six years and three months in prison for fixing games, trying to influence the outcome of matches and leading a criminal gang.

Greek police arrest PAOK fan for dumping anchovies on bench - WFP
Police in Thessaloniki have arrested a PAOK fan accused of dumping a crate of fish on the visiting Olympiakos bench, in a stunt that delayed a tense Greek Cup semifinal for more than an hour.

Slap-happy English footballer banned - 24 Hours
Crawley Town defender Paul Connolly has been banned for five matches by the FA after confronting a supporter who threw the ball at him from the stands during an English League One match last week.

wednesday, april 16, 2014

Training report: 'Caps manager Carl Robinson discusses lineup decisions ahead of Galaxy rematchTraining report: 'Caps manager Carl Robinson discusses lineup decisions ahead of Galaxy rematch - Whitecaps FC
As Vancouver Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson put it, he has “some nice decisions” to make heading into this weekend’s rematch with LA Galaxy.   The ‘Caps returned to training on Tuesday at the University of British Columbia after suffering a 1-0 road loss to the Galaxy over the weekend.

Positives remain despite Whitecaps slump - 24 Hours
Two weeks ago, you would have said they were on top of the world. Undefeated through four matches, the team posted an impeccable BC Place record, scored six goals in two home matches, and showed that the Whitecaps could get points on the road. A couple of weeks later, the Whitecaps have dropped two matches in a row to Western Conference teams and scored a grand total of one goal.

Fewer than 1,000 tickets remain for Saturday's rematch against LA Galaxy - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Tuesday that fewer than 1,000 tickets remain for Saturday’s Western Conference rematch against LA Galaxy. Kickoff at BC Place is set for 4 p.m. PT

Jack: Whitecaps' Robinson puts faith in youth and in himself - TSN
As a football manager you can easily be distracted by what the league table tells you. Take Vancouver Whitecaps boss Carl Robinson, for example. The young manager has now taken charge of a grand total of six professional matches as the boss of a club side.

Vancouver Whitecaps' Nigel Reo-Coker takes surprise benching in strideWhitecaps' Nigel Reo-Coker takes surprise benching in stride - MLS
This hasn't been the start to the 2014 campaign Nigel Reo-Coker was hoping for, and it may have gotten just a little worse over the weekend for the Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder. Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson brought the 29-year-old down Englishman to Los Angeles but left him on the bench for the duration of Vancouver's 1-0 defeat to the LA Galaxy.

Whitecaps youngsters tire of chasing Galaxy in loss - Whitecaps Fan
The first leg of the home-and-away series verses the LA Galaxy featured an experimental line-up.  For the Los Angeles leg Carl Robinson was faced with a suspended Mathias Laba and a still-recovering Nigel Reo-Coker;  our key midfielders were unavailable.  Robinson decided to put a young squad out to rattle the Galaxy with speed and pressure.  It nearly worked.  

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 40th anniversary match - Whitecaps FC
Get your bell-bottoms and afro wigs out of storage because May 3 will be “Saturday Night Fever” when Vancouver Whitecaps FC host San Jose Earthquakes at BC Place. Fans are encouraged to get in the spirit of the ‘70s and come to the match in their retro apparel.

BC Place hopes new artificial turf will attract rugby nations - Vancouver Sun
BC Place officials are considering the installation of a new rugby-friendly artificial turf playing surface that would clear the way for top-tier rugby nations to play at the 54,500-seat facility. The 31-year-old stadium has never hosted rugby, but it will host the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament next year and it’s likely the existing surface, installed in 2011, will be replaced before the tournament starts in June 2015.

TFC still waiting on injured Defoe, Bradley - Sportsnet
TToronto FC might have to make do without their two star designated players for a second consecutive week. TFC coach Ryan Nelsen was non-committal about whether or not top scorer Jermain Defoe (hamstring) and influential midfielder Michael Bradley (groin and quadriceps) will be fit to play in Saturday’s road game versus FC Dallas.

deVos: Understrength Toronto FC difficult to break down - TSN
Missing five players who would ordinarily be in the starting lineup, Toronto FC's squad depth was tested against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. No Jermain Defoe and no Michael Bradley meant that two of the league's premier players were unavailable for Toronto, providing Dwayne De Rosario and Kyle Bekker with opportunities to fill in.

Issey feeling home at last with Toronto FC - RedNation
After playing youth soccer as a teenager in Japan and England, the well-travelled Canadian International embarked upon a professional career that has encompassed playing for clubs in Japan, Singapore, Denmark, Australia and Cyprus. With his move to Toronto, MLS and Toronto FC, the 29 year old is now settling into a new environment that feels to him like a combination of something familiar and something exciting and special.

Frank Klopas defends Montreal Impact's effort in draw vs. Chicago Fire: "They're still human beings" - MLS
Frank Klopas’ apparent admission that he couldn’t explain his team’s drop in performance in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire came as a bit of a surprise. So when the Montreal Impact head coach was asked Tuesday whether he had a better idea of what happened, Klopas felt the need to set the record straight.

Impact still looking for first win of season - Montreal Gazette
The canvas was set for what should have been a masterpiece. But something quite clearly stinks with this year’s edition of the Impact. Six games played, still no victories. Only three ties and three paltry points to show for the team’s efforts.

Winless Impact lacking an identity - Sportsnet
The Montreal Impact (0-3-3) are still without a win in MLS and their lack of identity was on full display in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire.

Crew's Gonzalez fined for embellishment - Sportsnet
The MLS disciplinary committee has fined Columbus Crew defender Giancarlo Gonzalez an undisclosed amount for embellishment intended to deceive the referee. The infraction took place in the 92nd minute of the game against the San Jose Earthquakes on April 13.

2014 MLS Player Salaries - 2014 - MLS Players Union
The MLS Players Union has released detailed salary figures for all the league's players, it makes interesting reading.

A clearer picture, and questions raised, from updated MLS players salaries - RedNation
This past week, the MLS Players Union announced the updated 2014 player salaries for all players in the league. Since no other soccer league in the world does this, it can potentially be a great resource and is always a popular talking piece for people who write about MLS, as it seems to give a better view of player evaluation.

Player's Perspective: How should games be refereed? - SI.com
The most interesting part of the game of soccer is the myriad gray areas. No position on the field finds itself shaded gray more often than that of referee. Referees have a difficult job. It's certainly not a position of envy, with many viewers focusing on what the referee's decided. That's not what I'm concerned about, though. What I would rather do is look at how the game should be refereed.

Report: NYCFC to play first three MLS seasons at Yankee Stadium  - TSN
When New York City FC plays its first home game in the MLS next season, it will be at Yankee Stadium. According to the New York Times, sources familiar with the situation say the team will play its first three seasons in the home of the Bronx Bombers.

Vikings 'stepping up' efforts to bring MLS to Minnesota - TwinCities.com The Minnesota Vikings are "stepping up" talks with Major League Soccer about bringing a team to the Twin Cities, a team official told a group of metro-area business leaders Tuesday.  However, the report also notes that there are "other interests in the market," including, reportedly, a joint effort from owners of MLB's Minnesota Twins and NASL club Minnesota United FC.

Eddies Ink Broadcast Partnership - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton Professional Soccer Club inked a partnership agreement this morning with Rogers Media, which locally includes City Television, OMNI Television, 101.7 World FM, 102.9 SONiC and 91.7 The Bounce.

Love or hate the NASL’s 9-game spring-season sked, it made for a heck of an opening weekend - The11
Whether you love or hate the NASL’s decision to create a spring season in which each of the 10 teams plays a nine-game schedule — with one of the top two playoff, er, “Championship” seeds going to the league champ — there’s no doubt it brought a sense of immediacy to the opening weekend.

Despite late equalizer, FCE should feel frustrated with draw in Tampa- The11
In the game of soccer, it’s not about number of chances you create, it’s about the number of chances you convert. If there was a way to sum up FC Edmonton’s season-opening 1-1 draw with the Tampa Bay Rowdies on the bumpy grass of St. Petersburg that would be it.

Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2 Ottawa Fury FC 0 - NASL
Goals by defender Rafael Alves and forward Darnell King gave the host Fort Lauderdale Strikers a 2-0 victory over the newest club Ottawa Fury FC in the opening match of the 2014 NASL season in front of 3,105 fans at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Saturday evening.

Rowdies Savor Electric Crowd Support In Home Opener - NASL
Al Lang Stadium rocked downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday night as more than 7,000 green-and-gold fans watched the Tampa Bay Rowdies kick off their whole new era with a 1-1 draw against FC Edmonton.

Norwegian Forward, Spanish Defender Goals Extends Cosmos Unbeaten Streak In NASL International Spotlight - NASL
A goal by Norwegian forward Mads Stokkelien and a goal and assist from Spanish defender Ayoze helped the New York Cosmos to a 4-0 victory over the visiting Atlanta Silverbacks among the NASL international player highlights this past weekend.

NASL commissioner to meet with CSA execs: To discuss how NASL “can be a better partner” to CanadaNASL commissioner to meet with CSA execs: To discuss how NASL “can be a better partner” to Canada - The11
NASL commissioner Bill Peterson will be in the nation’s capital on April 19, when the Ottawa Fury plays its first regular-season match on the Carleton University turf against Minnesota United. As part of the trip to Ottawa, Peterson will meet with the Canadian Soccer Association officials. His stated goal? To find ways that NASL “can be a better partner” to the CSA.

BC Soccer Unveils Their New U9-U12 Festival Grant Program - BC Soccer
The new Festival Grant Program will help communities and grassroots soccer clubs and districts, in collaboration with BC Soccer, deliver an outstanding grassroots festival for kids age U9-U12. The main objective for grassroots programming across the province is to bring the enjoyment of soccer to as many people as possible.

Three BC Soccer Referees Head Down to Texas to the Dallas Cup - BC Soccer
Three BC Soccer referees; Juan Marquez, Erina Cho, and Jas Parr are heading down the Dallas Cup to referee one of North America’s largest and most prestigious international youth soccer tournaments.

Unhappy with your coach? How to respond - inSoccer
Invariably as I talk to players, there are usually complaints surrounding coaches. I’m sure that the players believe the gripes are legitimate. This is a perfect opportunity to use your focus and circumvent things you can’t control. First of all, think of the things that you really want in a coach. Think of the attributes in your ideal coach, not the outcomes.

the women's pro game

Reign FC Shut Out Breakers - NWSL
Seattle Reign FC shutout the Boston Breakers, 3-0, on Sunday evening in front of 3,021 fans at Moda Health Pitch in Seattle. Scottish international Kim Little scored a penalty kick in the 49th minute and added a second goal in the 54th minute, and Megan Rapinoe capped the scoring in the 88th minute to give the hosts the victory.

Thorns Defeat Dash 1-0 - NWSL
Midfielder Allie Long scored the game’s decisive goal in the first half and goalkeeper Nadine Angerer helped register a shutout as defending-National Women’s Soccer League champions Portland Thorns FC opened the 2014 regular season with a 1-0 win on the road against the Houston Dash before 8,097 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night.

Canadians to watch in NWSL 2014 - RedNation
Fifteen Canadians are rostered for the sophomore season of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), which begins this weekend. Here’s a breakdown on where CanWNT members will be playing.

After Iacchelli fails physical, Canada loses another NWSL allocation - The11
When the NWSL season starts this Sunday, 15 Canadians will be on team rosters across the nine-franchise league. Fourteen of them will come from the 2014 roster spots the Canadian Soccer Association. Those 14 will be joined by Nkem Ezurike, who was taken in the draft by the Boston Breakers. But, Canada has 16 allocations, not 14. Why did the number shrink?

youth soccer

Canadians in Tough at Dallas Cup - Canada Kicks
Canadian youth teams are struggling in the sun and heat of this year’s Dallas Cup tournament. Five teams have managed just two wins in games so far with both wins coming for Ottawa South United in the U17 Division.

the local game

Relentless Surrey United Firefighters come back to keep threepeat hopes alive - AFTN2
The quarter final line-up is now complete after the final first round matches in the 2014 BC Provincial Cups were played out on Sunday. Defending A Cup Champions Surrey United Firefighters were made to work hard to overcome a dogged Vic West FC side, coming back from being a goal down at the half to eventually secure their quarter final spot with a 2-1 victory.

5 of 7 VMSL Teams Advance to Provincial Cup Quarters (Photo: Richard Howes)5 of 7 VMSL Teams Advance to Provincial Cup Quarters
The Provincial Cup playdowns began this past weekend, with 7 teams representing the Vancouver Metro Soccer League. Not surprisingly, 5 out of the 7 teams advanced to the quarter-finals, while two of the top teams—Columbus FC and CCBRT United—were knocked out of the competition due to their losses to fellow VMSLers Inter FC and West Van FC.

Lots of home comforts in Saturday's BC Provincial Cup first round action- AFTN2
The action continued apace in the 2014 BC Provincial Cups on Saturday with goals galore in the first round matches. AFTN continued our travels around the lower mainland to take in a game in both the A and the B Cups.

Mid Isle Highlanders extending soccer season after Cup win - Nanaimo News Bulletin
The Mid Isle FC Highlanders collected another championship this month and have refocused on trying to win another. The U21 soccer team, representing Ladysmith and Nanaimo, won its first-round B.C. Cup game this past weekend, defeating Surrey on the road Saturday by a 3-0 score.

New Recreational League in the Fraser Valley - Lower Mainland Soccer League
The development of the LMSL has come about because we as players, coaches, Club Executive, and referees have found that choices are currently not available to meet the needs of all players and teams in our soccer community.   The LMSL’s goal is to allow people to play soccer and recognize that sport is part of an active life style in British Columbia.  The LMSL wants to provide an outlet for Teams and Players to enjoy the game recognizing that sometimes life does get in the way of being able to play.

"KickOff Vancouver World Cup 2014" - Kickoff Canada
At 11:00 am on June 7th at Andy Livingstone Park, 16 teams from all around Vancouver will represent 16 countries and battle it out in a 7-a-side charity tournament. Has your team got what it takes? Register NOW. Early Bird for $240/team. Limited quantities available.

team canada

Canada MNT adds Moldova face off to May camp - CSA
Canada’s Men’s National Team will get a second match in their second camp of the year as a Men’s International Friendly against Moldova has been added to their training camp at the end of May. Canada will play Moldova on Tuesday 27 May at a venue that will be announced later. The game will be four days after Canada takes on Bulgaria at the Sonnenseestadion in Ritzing, AUT.

M15 ID camp underway in Montreal - CSA
It’s Eastern Canada’s time to catch the eye of Canada Soccer as 29 of the best U-15 players from Quebec, the Atlantic provinces and a handful of players from Ontario are assembled in Montreal in the third and final Canada Soccer National Identification Camp.

Canada’s M16s Down France 1-0 at Montaigu - Canada Kicks
TFC Academy defender Gabriel Boakye scored the only goal to lead Canada’s M16s to a 1-0 win over France today at the Montaigu Tournament. The French team had most of the chances but the only goal of the game came in the 30th minute when Boakye fired a shot in from long range.

Canada M16 heading to Montaigu, France - CSA
For a second time, Canada will have an entrant in the prestigious Montaigu Tournament in France as 18 of the best Canadian male players born in 1998 and 1999 will get to test themselves against some of the elite programs in the world in the eight-team tournament.

Canada's M18 concludes California camp - CSA
Canada’s Men’s U-18 Team wrapped up camp in California after a pair of close-fought games against the two elite teams in CONCACAF. After four days of training in Ventura, California, Canada, under new Head Coach Rob Gale, made the trip down to Redondo Beach for a pair of friendlies against USA and Mexico.

south of the 49th

Soccer is becoming a major draw in U.S. despite poll proving otherwise - inSoccer
Soccer is becoming a major draw in U.S. despite poll proving otherwise Most Americans do not care about the biggest sporting event on the planet. This is the news served up Monday morning by the Reuters agency, which may cause you to believe you’ve flashed back to 1982. Except you’re reading about it on the Internet, so that clearly is not the case.

fifa world cup brazil 2014

Bosnia-Iran match hardest sell as World Cup tickets are snapped up - CBC
Tickets for nearly two-thirds of the World Cup matches sold out within hours of FIFA opening the final phase of online sales. Five hours after sales opened Tuesday on FIFA's website, tickets were available for only 20 of the 64 matches. The match with the most tickets still available was Bosnia-Iran in the northeast city of Salvador. Only a few second-round matches remain on sale.

women's world football

Women's league resumes in England - FIFA
The FA Women’s Super League (WSL) is back this week for its biggest season yet. For the first time there will be a second division, FA WSL 2 and ten new clubs, along with promotion and relegation between tiers.

world football

Trial of ex-Bayern president Hoeness prompts surge in number of Germans confessing tax evasion - Canada.com
The high-profile tax evasion trial against former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has prompted a surge in the number of Germans turning themselves in to authorities for failing to properly declare their taxes.

Hillsborough soccer victims remembered on 25th anniversary of tragedy - CBC
Liverpool supporters, as well as players past and present, attend a memorial service at Anfield on Tuesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster that killed 96 people.

Zidane's calculated approach bodes well - Sportsnet
 Zinedine Zidane’s calculated approach bodes well for his inevitable career in club management. Unlike countless retired superstars who see management as an entitlement, Zidane has put the work in.

Zidane's bid to coach France was turned down - Sportsnet
MMidfield great Zinedine Zidane offered to coach the national team two years ago but was turned down by the president of the French Football Federation because Zidane, now Real Madrid’s assistant coach, lacked experience.

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