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Friday April 25
Vancouver FC vs Croatia SC
7:30pm Ambleside Park, West Vancouver
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
22 April 1904
Manchester United paid a then-record fee of £750 to Grimsby Town for Charlie Roberts. One of the great centre-halves of his era he captained United for eight years during which they won the League Championship in 1908 and 1911 and the F.A. Cup in 1909.
(Association of Football Statisticians)
wednesday, april 23, 2014
Robbo’s decisive substitutions earn draw against Galaxy -
Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson demonstrated he will not be intimidated by player reputations or seniority in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Shaw Go WiFi Coming to Victoria's Royal Athletic Park
Victoria Highlanders FC has entered into a new partnership with Shaw Communications Inc. for the upcoming 2014 Premier Development League season. Shaw Communications will provide Internet services to the press box and ticket box offices, as well as providing in-stadium WiFi services to Highlanders fans through access to the Shaw Go WiFi network.
Kicks’ 2014 Coaching Program a Huge Success
The ‘She Kicks’ program for 2014 recently concluded and was a great success. The program is a partnership between Lower Island Soccer Association and the University of Victoria Women’s Vikes soccer team that is geared to the development of female soccer coaches.
tuesday, april 22, 2014
Vote Manneh for MLS Goal of the Week - Whitecaps FC
It's that time of the week again: Get your vote in now for your favorite goal from weekend's action. Week 7 saw several players score highlight reel-worthy tallies, including Kekuta Manneh's well-taken equalizerz.
Manneh starting to make lineup choices tough - 24
To start Kekuta Manneh or not to start Kekuta Manneh, that is the question. Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson certainly struggled with that decision last Saturday and, well, who knows if the result would have been any different if he did inject the sophomore striker from the get-go instead of bringing him on at the half.
Manneh's magic deserves more minutes - TSN
The super-sub did it again on Saturday. Kekuta Manneh unleashed a 25-yard bomb that even the cat-like Jaime Penedo couldn't catch up to. The Panamanian keeper wasn't even close to it. The goal earned the Whitecaps a point in a game they had to chase twice.
Gambia: America Bows to Kekuta Manneh After Another
Brilliance - AllAfrica
Football fans in the United States of America's Major League Soccer once again bowed down to Kekuta Manneh's brilliance as his late strike rescued a point for the Vancouver Whitecaps in their dramatic MLS clash with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, ensuring that the young Gambian has picked up where he left off last season.
it all together: Mattocks emerging as reliable option
for Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Whitecaps FC
There was an interesting stat floating around before Saturday's 2-2 draw between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and LA Galaxy. Darren Mattocks was playing seven consecutive matches for the first time in his young career.
deVos: Defensive frailties prove costly for Whitecaps
After losing 1-0 to the Los Angeles Galaxy in Carson, California, last weekend, Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson chose a different tactical formation for the rematch at BC Place. The Whitecaps lined up in a 4-4-2 formation with a diamond midfield, with two changes from the previous match.
Pitch Imperfect: Stefan Ishizaki's opening goal for the
Galaxy - AFTN
Defensive lapses against the LA Galaxy have cost the Whitecaps dear these past two weeks. Vancouver may have twice fought back valiantly on Saturday against LA, but there will be disappointment in the camp about how they fell behind in the first half and were left playing the chasing game thereafter.
Whitecaps' Johnny Leveron on World Cup radar for
Honduras - The Province
Iran international Steven Beitashour might not be the only Vancouver Whitecap bound for Brazil and the FIFA World Cup in June. Members of the Honduras staff were in Vancouver last week to meet with Caps coaches and officials and watch smooth centre back Johnny Leveron in practice.
Wheeler: 5 Thoughts on Toronto FC's loss to West-leading
FC Dallas - TSN
Bring on the bye week. It was a difficult Saturday night in Dallas for Toronto FC in a 2-1 loss against the Western Conference best. It was always going to be a tricky test with seven regulars out through injury against one of the top side's in Major League Soccer.
Ex-Yankee Mariano Rivera is first New York City FC
season-ticket holder - MLS
Former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera is making the jump to the Yankee Stadium starting rotation. No, not that starting rotation. He really is gone from the game of baseball for good. Instead, New York City FC announced on Monday that Rivera would be the very first season-ticket holder for the club's inaugural Major League Soccer season in 2015.
NYCFC to play home games at Yankee Stadium -
New York City FC will play homes games at Yankee Stadium during its first season in 2015. Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost said at a news conference Monday he anticipated the upper deck would be closed off, leaving capacity at 33,444, down from the ballpark’s baseball capacity of 49,642.
Yankee President open to permanent NYC FC home outside
New York City - Empire of Soccer
While New York City FC were busy touting their temporary home at Yankee Stadium, much of the focus remained on their future, permanent home. A familiar refrain echoed as each representative of the fledgling club assured the gathered media a stadium would be built within the five boroughs.
Orlando franchise to delay opening of stadium -
Orlando City Soccer Club says it will play its first Major League Soccer season in 2015 at the renovated Florida Citrus Bowl because of delays in the city’s acquisition of land required for its downtown, soccer-specific stadium. The team announced the change on Monday after previously planning to open its new stadium in time for its first MLS season.
Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs Ottawa Fury FC - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton will meet Ottawa Fury FC in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championships on Wednesday, April 23 (5:30 p.m. MT KO) before returning home for the second leg on April 30.
United FC And Cosmos Remain Perfect - NASL
Four sellout crowds watched an explosive second week of North American Soccer League Spring Season action as Minnesota United grabbed a last second winner, Carolina RailHawks fired four goals and the New York Cosmos held on to top spot in the early standings.
Kiss Appointed West Ottawa TD - Canada Kicks
The West Ottawa Soccer Club (WOSC) announced today that it has named former Canadian international soccer star and Ottawa native Kristina Kiss as its Technical Director.
the women's pro game
Thorns FC Battle Back to Earn 1-1 Draw at Sky Blue FC
Midfielder Allie Long scored in a second straight match, converting a penalty kick in the second half, to help Portland Thorns FC earn a point on the road in a comeback, 1-1 draw against Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field on Saturday evening in front of 2,983 fans.
south of the 49th
Clubs rely heavily on foreigners in front sixes - Soccer America
A majority of 2014 U.S. World Cup players will likely come from MLS teams -- in a sharp contrast to four years ago when only four of 23 players were based in MLS -- but the MLS pool of players Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has to pick from remains quite small. A survey of the front sixes MLS clubs started last week shows that just 40 percent of the midfielders and forwards are Americans eligible for the national team.
Gulati: Decision on US women’s coach by mid-May - The Equalizer
“I’m pretty sure we’ll be done by the middle of May,” Gulati told NBCSN during halftime of Saturday’s Chicago Fire-New England Revolution game. “In the next week or so we’ll reach out to three or four candidates that are on the very short list, talk to them in the next two weeks, and hopefully by mid-May have a decision on which way we are going on this.”
women's world football
First win for Houston and Champions League deadlock
Although anyone hoping for goals in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals would have been left disappointed in recent days, there was far more scoring action in the Swedish and English leagues.
Giggs takes temporary charge, Klopp staying put -
Ryan Giggs has been named as Manchester United's caretaker-manager following David Moyes' sacking. The 40-year-old, who was player-coach under Moyes, will be in charge until a permanent replacement is appointed, with Louis van Gaal the front-runner.
David Moyes sacked as Manchester United manager - CBC
David Moyes was fired as Manchester United manager on Tuesday, paying the price for the soccer club's spectacular and sudden decline in his 10 months in charge since replacing Alex Ferguson.
often happy with poor performances, David Moyes lacked gravitas to
be Man United manager - WFP
When Manchester United overlooked Jose Mourinho and chose David Moyes to be the successor to Alex Ferguson, the club gambled on a manager without a winning mentality, experience of European football, and with no trophies on his resume. Instead, United went for someone with a track record of loyalty and building a dynasty, as 11 relatively successful years at Everton would attest.
Ferguson's choice proves costly for Man United - Sportsnet
Even while accustomed to success, Manchester United realized just how reliant its unprecedented dominance was on the managerial mastery of Alex Ferguson. "Any successor to our current manager may not be as successful," the club’s American owners warned potential investors in 2012, a year before Ferguson’s sudden retirement after delivering 38 titles.
Miserable Moyes Era Ends at Manchester United - TSN
The jury is in. Manchester United Football Club finds David Moyes guilty of guiding them to their worst season in 25 years. Until now, none of us really knew what the club's owners thought about the whole mess that has been the 2013/14 season.
looking like 'The Miserable One' - Sportsnet
Whether Jose Mourinho is in England or in Spain, "The Happy One" is looking a lot more like "The Miserable One" these days. Ahead of the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against Atletico Madrid, the Chelsea manager seemed like the sulky and irritable coach who marked his three-season spell at Real Madrid.
Guangzhou, Western Sydney advance to 2nd round in Asian Champions
League; Ulsan out - WFP
Guangzhou Evergrande ensured its Asian Champions League title defence progressed to the knockout stages, while Shinji Ono helped Western Sydney Wanderers reach the second round on debut. Brazilian midfielder Elkeson scored both Guangzhou's goals in the 2-1 win over Yokohama F-Marinos on Tuesday, helping the big-spending Chinese Super League champions top Group G.
Qatar 2022 organizers reviewing bid commitment to build 12 World Cup
stadiums - WFP
The organizing committee issued a statement in response to reports Monday that only eight World Cup stadiums would be constructed, saying that it was customary for hosts to review bid plans before proposing "final host cities and stadia projects" for approval by FIFA, soccer's world governing body.
monday, april 21, 2014
Manneh's goal gives Whitecaps 2-2 draw with Galaxy -
Second-half substitute Kekuta Manneh scored in the 86th minute to give the Vancouver Whitecaps a 2-2 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night. Manneh fired in a shot from just outside the top of the 18-yard box after taking a pass from Darren Mattocks. In addition to setting up the tying marker, Mattocks scored Vancouver's other goal as the Whitecaps overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits.
Vote Kekuta Manneh now for 2014 AT&T MLS Goal of the
Week: Week 7 - MLS
Get your vote in now for your favorite goal from weekend's action. Week 7 saw several players score highlight reel-worthy tallies, ranging from Kekuta Manneh's well-taken equalizer to Stefan Ishizaki's powerful header following a well-worked team sequence. The other deserving candidates up for the award are Obafemi Martins, Ned Grabavoy and Hector Jimenez.
youth movement going forward - Vancouver Sun
He’ll willingly concede to some grey in his tight buzz cut. But at 37 years old, Carl Robinson is far from a grizzled old man prowling the sidelines of MLS pitches.
Robinson proud of 'Caps character after rallying twice to tie
Western Conference rival LA Galaxy - Whitecaps FC
“Totally important we got a result today,” Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson said. “In the last two games we've shown we can compete with one of the top teams in Major League Soccer in LA, and a top manager. It was hard, hard work. We made it hard work.
Robbie Keane frustrated after LA Galaxy allow two separate leads
slip away vs. Vancouver Whitecaps - MLS
“You can't go up five minutes to go and lose the game,” he said on the club's postgame broadcast. “There's no point in speaking about the two goals that we scored, because it's pointless if we go away from home and play the way we played, how well we played, and then concede goals like we conceded. It's schoolboy, under-12s kind of stuff.
Whitecaps need much more from Miller - Sportsnet
The Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy at BC Place on Saturday will surely be viewed as a positive result for the home side. It’s difficult for a forward to play well if the service isn’t there, and for large stretches in this game it wasn’t. But given his $940,000 salary (assuming the team extends his deal beyond its June expiry date), Kenny Miller will need to contribute more than the one goal from open play he has scored this season.
Ousted assured coach he could play, and he was right - The
After Saturday’s 2-2 tie with the L.A. Galaxy at B.C. Place, Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted summed up the previous 36 hours in two words. “Hectic,” he said.
Kekuta Manneh makes most of time on pitch in Whitecaps
2-2 draw with Galaxy - Canada.com
Kekuta Manneh made his limited minutes count Saturday. The second-half substitute's goal in the 86th minute gave the Vancouver Whitecaps a 2-2 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday before a sellout crowd of 21,000 at B.C. Place Stadium.
Hurtado moving up the charts Whitecaps' Hurtado moving
up the charts - The Province
Whitecaps' Hurtado is moving up the charts while Kekuta Manneh, who came on at halftime Saturday, stole the headlines with his wonderful late goal in a 2-2 tie against the L.A. Galaxy, substitute Erik Hurtado also provided a lift for the second straight game against the perennial MLS Cup contenders.
Toronto FC falls to .500 mark with loss in Dallas -
Toronto FC ended a difficult early-season stretch with the kind of game they didn't want. The Reds were dominated in possession and conceded an astounding 16 corner kicks to Western Conference leader FC Dallas, but still managed to hang in until a devastating goal in the final minutes handed them a frustrating 2-1 loss Saturday night at Toyota Stadium.
Winless Impact nearing crisis point - Sportsnet
The Montreal Impact’s season went from bad to worse on Saturday as they were dealt a heavy blow against Sporting Kansas City in a 4-0 loss at Sporting Park. Nothing seems to be working for the Impact, who are still without a win after seven games.
Montreal Impact blasted by Sporting Kansas City -
The Montreal Impact's winless streak has grown to seven. And based on its performance Saturday night, the end may not be anywhere near. Sporting Kansas City handed Montreal a 4-0 defeat on Saturday — the Impact's worst loss to date — in front of 20,306 fans at Sporting Park, the venue's 40th consecutive sellout.
Seattle Sounders hail collective determination in
comeback win vs. Chivas: "We'll fight until the end"
Someone may want to tell the Seattle Sounders that there are no added points for degree of difficulty. The Sounders beat Chivas USA 2-1 on Saturday, but only after falling behind on a 5th minute penalty by Erick Torres.
Winless Portland Timbers see silver linings in RSL loss,
but know "it's about results" - MLS
Things were setting up perfectly for the Portland Timbers. They were finally getting the better of Real Salt Lake, a side that they had beaten just once in 10 tries from their three-plus years in MLS, at Rio Tinto Stadium, grounds where Portland have never won. The Timbers were winning the possession battle and creating a number of chances in the Saturday night meeting.
Will Johnson: Timbers must face the reality - Soccer
The Portland Timbers remain winless in seven games after another loss to old nemesis Real Salt Lake Saturday night. It took a world-class performance by Nick Rimando, back in the RSL goal after missing two games with a knee injury, but the Timbers are now 0-3-4.
Eddies Fall 1-0 to Cosmos in Home Opener - FC
FC Edmonton played its second game of the 2014 North American Soccer League (NASL) season and first on home turf at Clarke Stadium on Saturday evening as the team took on the New York Cosmos in the 2014 Canadian Tire Home Opener in a 1-0 loss.
Minnesota United Steal Late Victory over Ottawa Fury
with 97th Minute Winner - Ottawa Fury
History was made Saturday afternoon in front of a sold out crowd at Keith Harris Stadium at Carleton University as professional soccer kicked off in the Fury FC home opener against Minnesota United FC.
Highlanders sign 2013 Canadian national team member
Manny Gomez - Victoria Higlanders
Victoria Highlanders FC are excited to announce the signing of 27-year-old midfielder Manny Gomez. The five-foot-nine product of Argentina grew up playing soccer in Victoria before leaving the country to play internationally at the age of fifteen.
not enough private enterprise in Canadian soccer to
allow it to be successful - Rennie Coaching
The first major problem that I see with Canadian Soccer: There is not enough private enterprise to allow it to ever be successful. I truly believe that one of the reasons soccer has flourished so quickly in the US is that private soccer enterprise exists everywhere.
Stadium size matters in US soccer - inSoccer
For all the benefits the soccer-specific stadium boom has brought to soccer in America, there remains a very distinct set of tiers when it comes to staging soccer games in the United States. Sometimes, an MLS soccer-specific venue that seats less than 25,000 fans just won’t do.
Very attractive sports reporter gets clocked in the head
by soccer ball - Guyism
Kelli Tennant of TWC Sportsnet is quite the lovely sports reporter, but even the hot sideline reporters are not exempt from getting besieged by the occasional errant ball.
Despite win against France, M16 short of final round at
Montaigu Tournament - CSA
Canada’s Men’s U-16 Team has finished with a record of 1-2 after their three group stage matches at the Montaigu Tournament in France. The team is building for next year’s 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championships that serve as qualifiers for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015.
Canadian international, MLS defender Ante Jazic talks
challenges abroad for players - MLS
Ante Jazic is about as well traveled a soccer player you’ll find. The retired Canadian international started his lauded career in Croatia before moving to Russia and finally stateside with MLS, playing seven seasons with the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA. He retired in 2012 and currently works as a coach with Canada’s Under-15 national team.
Ex-Hajduk Split, Rapid Vienna defender Jazic: How a
vacation turned into an 18-year career - Tribal
Former Canada international Ante Jazic recently spoke about his professional soccer career in Europe. The now-38-year old ex-defender was 19 when he travelled to Croatia to visit some relatives in between college years. Jazic had no idea that a trial with Croatian side NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac would lead to a pro career in world soccer’s strongest landscape that lasted almost two decades.
Across the Pond: April 20, 2014 - RedNation
The sun is shining, everyone has an extra spring in their step and it is an exciting time of year to be following football as there is barely a minute to spare following teams around the world. For Canadians outside of our borders, it is good to see a handful competing in MLS each week, and across the Atlantic in Europe, there are some big battles to get teams promoted, and some that are looking like they will avoid relegation.
south of the 49th
Scottish star of national title-winning community
college team in NY collapses, dies - Yahoo!
Authorities are trying to determine the cause of death of a junior college soccer star who collapsed inside his upstate New York apartment. Officials at Herkimer County Community College say 22-year-old Peter McAvoy of Scotland collapsed about 6 p.m. Saturday.
fifa world cup brazil 2014
FIFA’s Valcke to visit unfinished World Cup sites - Sportsnet
FIFA's top World Cup official is arriving in Brazil to visit the three stadiums yet to be completed for the World Cup, including the one hosting the tournament's opener in a few weeks.
Guardiola and Mourinho back in Madrid for Champions
League semifinals - WFP
Madrid will be the centre of the football world this week when Real Madrid hosts Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid welcomes Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals. The oversized personalities of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho dominated Spanish football for half a decade until first Guardiola, then Mourinho, moved abroad.
Manchester United set to fire manager David Moyes -
Just 11 months after being handed a six-year contract as Sir Alex Ferguson’s hand-picked successor at United, Moyes is understood to have lost the backing of the Glazers and senior executives at the club, with Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Everton proving the final straw.
Fan violence mars Swiss Cup final again - Yahoo!
The Swiss Cup final was marred by violence for the second year running on Monday when fans let off fireworks, urinated in the streets and smashed windows in the centre of Berne before the game, witnesses said.
Tight contest: 10 spots still up for grabs in knockout
phase of Asian Champions League - WFP
With so many spots still up for grabs in the knockout rounds and so many clubs in contention, the Asian Champions League is raising its profile with an intensely tight competition. Only six of the 32 competing teams have confirmed their places in the second round ahead of Match Day 6, leaving 10 spots still hinging on outcomes of the last preliminary games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Official says goal keeper dies after being kicked in the
head during Gabon soccer match - WFP
A team official says a goalkeeper has died after being kicked in the head during a championship tournament match in the West African country of Gabon. Sylvain Azougoui of the AC Bongoville soccer club had just stopped a shot on goal, but the attacker lost his balance on the wet grass and stepped on the goalkeeper's head.