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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

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

HOUSTON DYNAMO  2  WHITECAPS FC  0

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

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

HOUSTON DYNAMO  2  WHITECAPS FC  0

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.

BC Soccer News, Wednesday, August 26, 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!

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.

WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Montreal Impact | Canadian Championship Match Preview - MLS
With two crucial away goals and home-field advantage for the decisive second leg of the Canadian Championship on Wednesday at BC Place, the Vancouver Whitecaps may seem on course to lift their first Voyageurs Cup. But the ‘Caps have been here before, and it hasn’t ended well.

Coaches expect exciting Canadian Championship finale - Goal
The forecast for the Canadian Championship final, second leg, is a wide open and exciting contest - if the head coaches of holders Montreal Impact and second-leg hosts Vancouver Whitecaps FC are to be believed.

Whitecaps focused on Voyageurs Cup despite disappointment of not facing Drogba - Canada.com
Didier Drogba's toe injury snuffed out the opportunity to face a legend, but the Vancouver Whitecaps still have a chance to make history in Wednesday's second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final.

Whitecaps brush off talk of Voyageurs Cup curse - Sportsnet
Another year, and another chance for the Vancouver Whitecaps to win a Canadian Championship. On Wednesday, the ‘Caps will have a chance to claim their first-ever Voyageurs Cup trophy, as the side hosts the Montreal Impact in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final.

Whitecaps should get domestic for ACC final - The Province
Carl Robinson, the Whitecaps’ Welsh coach, was asked if he feels any pressure to play Canadians in Wednesday’s Canadian final against the Montreal Impact at B.C. Place. His response?

More than a trophy at stake for Whitecaps - 24 Hours
What’s in a win? There could be a lot at stake for Vancouver Whitecaps FC if they can beat the Montreal Impact in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship on Wednesday.

Impact plays in Vancouver for second leg of Canadian Championship finals - Montreal Impact
The winner of the two legged aggregate goal series will take home the Voyageurs Cup and represent Canada at the 2016/2017 CONCACAF Champions League. “All the excitement that was created this year with our Champions League run started with our Canadian Championship last year,” explained defender Wandrille Lefèvre. “So to get there again, we have to win the title again this year. With a 2-2 draw in the first game, our goal is clear, we need to go there and win.”

Turf war will keep Drogba out of BC Place - Canada.com
There won’t be any Drogba drama at BC Place on Wednesday. Toe-ld you so, say the cynics. And what’s going to happen a month from now when New York City FC is due in Vancouver to face the Whitecaps? Will Pirlo pirouette away from the plastic grass? Will Lampard come up lame days before the match? A field of dreams it isn’t down there on False Creek. In this case, the operative phrase is this: Lay it without real roots and they won’t come.

Didier Drogba’s Vancouver no-show latest kick in the grass - Vancouver Sun
It’s a toe. That’s the Montreal Impact’s story and they’re sticking to it. But it’s still a foot to the seat of the pants for soccer fans in Vancouver. In the days before Wednesday’s Canadian Championship final, before what could be a historic night for the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place against an Impact side that four months ago nearly became the first Major League Soccer team to win the CONCACAF Champions League, the player everyone talked about isn’t even here.

Three storylines for today’s Cup Final clash with Montreal Impact at BC Place - Whitecaps FC
Carl Robinson’s ‘Caps have a chance to make history tonight as they get ready to face Montreal Impact in the decisive second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship Final at BC Place. Here are three storylines to get you set for the match.

The Evolution of Kekuta Manneh - Eighty-Six Forever
At 20 years of age, Kekuta Manneh is still a young footballer, with plenty of time and opportunity to continue growing. Although he has plenty of growth remaining, this season Kekuta has shown a huge jump in his level of play and understanding of the game, and that deserves recognition.

Koffie is a steadying presence at midfield - Vancouver Sun
Gershon Koffie, who scored a cracker of a goal from distance back in late May, barely shows up on the basic offensive stat sheet these days — nothing but a row of zeros recorded under goals, assists and shots on goal in 10 consecutive starts. But the Vancouver Whitecaps’ soft-spoken, hard-tackling midfielder has become as indispensable as any of head coach Carl Robinson’s regulars.

CD Olimpia vs. Seattle Sounders | CONCACAF Champions League Match Preview - MLS
Last Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League Group F matchup between the Seattle Sounders and Honduran side Olimpia certainly wasn’t lacking in late-game theatrics, with the Sounders nabbing a dramatic 2-1 comeback victory on the strength of an Erik Friberg equalizer in the 90th minute and a Brad Evans penalty kick in the final moments of stoppage time.

Champions League: DC United businesslike after unfussy defeat of spirited minnows Montego Bay - MLS
It’d be difficult to find two teams in CONCACAF more dissimilar than D.C. United and Montego Bay United FC. United are MLS originals, sitting pretty atop the Eastern Conference two-thirds of the way through their season. Montego Bay are regional minnows, a cash-strapped bunch who leaned on supporters, friends and family just to make it to RFK Stadium at all on Tuesday. They’ve also yet to play a league match this season.

Homegrown defender Matt Miazga making good on his potential in third season with New York Red Bulls - MLS
Growing up, Miazga wasn’t interested in joining the neighborhood kids in other sports – one look at this home run swing goal celebration from the Red Bulls’ win at Yankee Stadium would tell you as much. The first-generation American was always drawn to the world’s game, first learning the sport in his backyard in in Clifton, New Jersey. Now the 20-year-old plays just up the road at Red Bull Arena, where he’s become a mainstay in the center of New York’s back line with 19 appearances – including 17 starts – this year.

Sky Sports' Geoff Shreeves takes in LA Galaxy's victory over New York FC - Sky Sports
They say that Britain and America are divided by a common language. After my trip to Los Angeles I would say the same about football and soccer. I was astonished by the differences in the same game.

VIDEO: CONCACAF Beyond the Pitch documentary examines the Portland Timbers & Thorns FC - Portland Timbers
CONCACAF, the regional soccer body for North and Central America, came to meet with the Portland Timbers and Thorns FC to learn about the day-to-day operations of the club and two teams as part of their "Beyond The Pitch" documentary series.

Direct and to the Point - Jon Townsend, Far Post Footy
When I was ten years old, the soccer we played was defined by short passing and individual competence. After all, most of what we played was on Californian pavement with defiant weeds poking through the cracks. We played nearly every day either informally or with an organized team and from what I remember both environments necessitated players be skilled the ball, tough in the tackle, quick in transition, and somewhat ruthless in victory and defeat — at ten years old.

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BC SOCCER NEWS

Women's World Cup revenue to exceed expectations: province - Vancity Buzz
The B.C. government said in a release that the Women’s World Cup will exceed revenue expectations. Original figures suggested the games would generate $52 million in economic benefits for the province, but the government said the numbers will be higher when they are announced in the coming weeks.

Late goal pushes UBC past Western Washington - UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds men's soccer team earned its first win of the preseason with a 2-1 victory over the host Western Washington Vikings in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday afternoon.

Cascades women’s soccer team wraps up preseason trip with three straight wins - UFV
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team’s experience and skill shone through on a preseason road trip to Oregon.

UNBC Women's soccer team kicking into gear - Prince George Citizen
Tianna Rossi's expectations for her soccer team this season are high. "I don't see any reason why we can't make the playoffs," said the sophomore midfielder with the UNBC women's soccer side. "We should be a force to be reckoned with."

VISL Posts Divisions and Schedules - VISL
Division 1 kicks off Sept.11 with Gorge FC vs. Saanich Fusion FC.

MWSL Posts Winter Season Schedule - MWSL
Metro Women's Soccer League launches the Winter  Season for its 14 Divisions on Sept.11.

Whitecaps FC add Jason Thompson as Okanagan Academy Centre assistant coach - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Monday the hiring of Jason Thompson as assistant coach alongside David Broadhurst at the Whitecaps FC Okanagan Academy Centre.

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CANADA SOCCER NEWS

Canada builds identification process for U-20 program - CSA
On the road to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017, Canada Soccer is deepening its talent pool through an identification camp with League1 Ontario. The four-day camp will precede an upcoming national U-20 camp for 1997-born players in the first week of September.

What you need to know about OPDL Trials - OSA
As the OPDL begins to work on the framework for the 2016 season, OPDL License Holders will begin Trial Process for players born in 2001, 2002 and 2003 on both genders.  As a standard based league, the OPDL has also established Trial standards and guidelines for OPDL License Holders similar to standards applied on Game Day, Operations and Technical aspects of the league.

Larin hungry for success with club and country - Red Nation Online
By all accounts, Cyle Larin’s first year as a professional player in Major League Soccer has been a major success story. The 20 year old Brampton, Ontario native has quickly established himself as a key starter for his club Orlando City SC and he is already the consensus pick for the 2015 Major League Soccer Rookie of the Year award, even considering the fact that there is still a decent chunk of the season left to play.

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WOMEN'S SOCCER NEWS

Reign FC can be NWSL’s Agents of Shield once again on Wednesday - Prost Amerika
The Seattle Reign FC return home to The MODA Pitch at Memorial Stadium (aka Fortress Memorial) on Wednesday evening August 26 with an opportunity to clinch the NWSL Shield for the second consecutive season.

REIGN FC KIM LITTLE VOTED NWSL PLAYER OF THE WEEK - NWSL
Seattle Reign FC midfielder Kim Little was voted the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the media for Week 19 of the 2015 NWSL season. Little, 25, recorded her first ever NWSL hat trick as she carried the Reign to a 3-0 victory on the road against the Houston Dash on Friday night at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.

USWNT's Van Hollebeke retiring to begin medical school - The Equalizer
Rachel Van Hollebeke announced she will retire from professional and international soccer to begin medical school at the end of the month. Van Hollebeke will make herself available for the Thorns in their final games, but will leave Portland to begin medical school at the University of California, San Diego.

Sinead Farrelly has what it takes to make U.S. team - Delco Times
At 25, the Haverford native is a prime candidate to feature in the inevitable generational shift from the veteran squad that lifted the cup in Canada. She’s run the gamut of youth national teams, from age 15-23. In her second campaign in Portland, she’s become one of the Thorns’ most consistent pieces and one of the most prominent names hovering on the national-team periphery.

National Women’s Soccer League Tries to Ride World Cup Momentum - SI for Kids
Jess Fishlock leaped into the air. Her fist rose to the gray Seattle sky as rain poured down in sheets. A roar erupted from the Reign record 6,300 fans gathered at Memorial Stadium to celebrate the first goal of the match scored by the home side. This was the key moment when the balance shifted in the Reign’s National Women’s Soccer League match against the rival Portland Thorns on July 26, a 3-0 win for Seattle.

Q+A with Lotta Schelin: Sights set on UWCL title - The Equalizer
Lotta Schelin is entering her eighth season in France with Olympique Lyonnais. Last season, Schelin led Division 1 Feminine with 33 goals as Lyon won the league championship with a perfect 22-0-0 record. The reminder of the year for Schelin hit a blip with Sweden under-performing at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. A formation and tactical change added to Sweden’s poor performance, which ended with a round-of-16 exit to Germany.

Congresswoman Speier's Gender Equality Summit: Title IX For Pro Sports? - Vice Sports
"There's a reason why we have Title IX, which is now over forty years old," California Congresswoman Jackie Speier said in an interview today. "There's a reason why we put the spotlight on inequality that exists in women participating in sports." Now Speier wants to focus that spotlight on the world of professional sports, starting with a summit on gender inequality this Wednesday, August 25, at Mercy High School in her home district of San Francisco.

In Iran, a Women’s Soccer Revolution - Wall Street Journal
In a country where women aren’t allowed to attend soccer games, the sport is taking off at the youth level—in part thanks to an Iranian-American.

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NASL NEWS

Playoffs within sight as Eddies hit midway mark of Fall Season - FC Edmonton
The North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season officially hit the halfway point for FC Edmonton (4-3-3) following Aug. 23’s match versus Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Halfway through the Fall campaign, the Eddies are just on the outside of the NASL playoff picture after solidifying their defence while continuing to produce goals at high rate.

Countdown: Ottawa Fury vs New York Cosmos - Red Nation Online
Ottawa Fury will host NASL Spring Season Champions New York Cosmos on Wednesday evening in what will be a clash between the two hottest clubs in the NASL. The Fury have never managed to earn a win vs New York in their previous meetings, however Fury have never played the level of football vs New York that they have been playing in recent matches.

Goalkeeper Coach Bruce Grobbelaar Helps Elevate Ottawa Fury FC - Ottawa Fury
With the day’s training over, Bruce Grobbelaar, Ottawa Fury FC’s goalkeeper coach, was in the process of clearing the decks ahead of his next big task – watching one of his former clubs, Liverpool, take on Arsenal in a Monday matinee from Emirates Stadium in London. Funny thing is, the well-traveled goalkeeper from Zimbabwe with a résumé stretching back more than 40 years wasn't recognized by Ottawa head coach Marc dos Santos at first. During the initial conversation, dos Santos was told it was a goalkeeper named Bruce from Cornerbrook, Newfoundland.

Lawsuit alleges Tampa Bay owner Bill Edwards drained mortgage company - Tampa Bay Times
The plaintiffs — the U.S. Department of Justice and two mortgage brokers — stated in a court filing last week that Edwards made the financial moves to help shield the money in the event that he and his company lose the lawsuit, allegations Edwards' attorney described as baseless.

USL NEWS

Club-Record Crowd Sees Louisville Down Orlando - USL
An historic night at Louisville Slugger Field was made even more special as the record crowd of 9,434 fans saw the Louisville City FC come away with a 3-1 victory against Major League Soccer’s Orlando City SC

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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Valencia, Malmo advance in CL play - TSN
Valencia lost 2-1 at Monaco but advanced to the Champions League group phase on a 4-3 aggregate score Tuesday, while Swedish side Malmo rallied to oust Celtic in their playoff.

Valencia become fifth Spanish team in Champions League - BBC Sport
Spain became the first nation to have five teams qualify for the Champions League group stages as Valencia beat Monaco in a qualifying play-off.

Champions League: Celtic weakness cruelly exposed in defeat - BBC Sport
In the minutes after Celtic's lame exit from the Champions League, the mixed zone at the Swedbank Stadium was like a hospital ward for damaged footballers.

Preview: Wednesday's Champions League play-offs - UEFA
BATE Borisov, Lazio, Manchester United, Sporting CP and, seeking to be the first Kazakhstani club to reach the group stage, Astana hold leads going into Wednesday's second legs.

Barcelona president on transfer rumors: We plan to keep Neymar ‘five or 10 years more’ - Washington Post
Josep Bartomeu said he plans to start negotiating a lengthy contract extension with the Brazilian star amid Manchester United rumors.

Will the Premier League's skyrocketing wealth ruin the European game? - Paste Soccer
Every fan knows that in European domestic football there is a hierarchy, with the super wealthy clubs on top and those struggling to make ends meet near the bottom. Nowhere is this enormous wealth gap more pronounced than in the English Premier League, where of the forty-seven teams that have competed in it since its inception in 1992, only five have won the title.

Union Berlin fans plan 15-minute silence in protest at RB Leipzig’s spending - The Guardian
Fans of the German second division club Union Berlin are planning a 15-minute silence at the start of their home game against RB Leipzig on Friday to protest against their big-spending opponents, who are backed by the energy drink maker Red Bull.

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini handed striking role by Louis van Gaal - The Guardian
Louis van Gaal will use Marouane Fellaini as a striker this season and the Manchester United manager believes the erstwhile midfielder can be dangerous as the main forward or in the No10 role.

Steven Gerrard will be Liverpool manager one day, says LA Galaxy boss Bruce Arena - The Independent
LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena has hinted Steven Gerrard will return to manage Liverpool when he leaves Major League Soccer.

Mario Balotelli set for Italian air force-style behaviour clause in Milan contract  - The Guardian
Mario Balotelli will have a good behaviour clause inserted into his contract with Milan which will ban extravagant haircuts and clothing and commit him to a healthy lifestyle.

Manchester United fans join campaign for inquiry into West Ham's Olympic Stadium move as petition gets more than 22,000 signatures - Evening Standard
The east London club will play their home fixtures at the ground, which has a capacity of 54,000, from the start of next season but rival supporters have voiced their concern following claims made in a BBC documentary that the majority of the stadium's running costs will not be met by the club.

FIFA Monitoring Committee Israel-Palestine holds first meeting in Zurich - FIFA
The FIFA Monitoring Committee Israel-Palestine, comprising representatives from the Israel Football Association (IFA) and the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) led by their respective presidents Ofer Eini and Jibril Rajoub, held its first meeting today at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, under the chairmanship of Tokyo Sexwale and in the presence of FIFA President Blatter.

Chung blasts FIFA again for leaks, lies and election manipulation - Inside World Football
FIFA presidential contender Chung Mong-Joon, whose candidacy is in danger of hitting the buffers before it has hardly taken off, has issued a damning and defiant indictment of the entire election process as he tries to grab the moral high ground in the face of persistent speculation about his past.

Alain Perrin's marvellous record a game changer for football in China - ESPN FC
Marseille against Monaco and Portsmouth versus Southampton are among the fierce derby games that Alain Perrin has experienced first hand, but next Thursday, his coaching journey will take him to a whole new level when his China side host Hong Kong in an AFC 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Uruguayan player throws himself off stretcher to waste more time - ESPN FC
As Juventud continued to hang on for their lives, forward Matias Alonso decided to eat up a bit of time by faking an injury and proceeded to hit the deck with a phantom cramp. The medical cart duly came out onto the pitch to escort Alonso to the touchline but, having obviously decided that the treatment had been too swift, the Juventud attacker purposefully threw himself off the stretcher to waste a few more precious seconds.

BC Soccer News, Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

THE VOYAGEURS CUP FINAL

WHITECAPS FC  vs. MONTREAL IMPACT

2nd Leg (2-2 Aggregate)

7:00 PM, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2015

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

(SPORTSNET ONE, TSN RADIO 1410)

WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS

'Caps look to 'make history' Wednesday in Amway Canadian Championship Final - Whitecaps FC
All season long, we’ve been asking if this will be “the year.” Well, we’re about to find out. On Wednesday night at BC Place, Vancouver Whitecaps FC host Montreal Impact in the final leg of the Amway Canadian Championship Final with their first-ever Voyageurs Cup firmly in sight.

Voyageurs Cup a secondary priority for Whitecaps - Vancouver Sun
Carl Robinson started four first-choice players and two Canadians in the opening leg of the Amway Canadian championship final in Montreal two weeks ago. On the eve of Wednesday night’s decisive second leg, two questions are in play: How many of the former does the head coach feel he needs to start to try to get a victory and hoist the Voyageurs Cup for the first time ever? And how many of the latter does he feel obligated to play?

Second leg scenarios: How the away goals rule could come into play on Wednesday - Whitecaps FC
So what exactly is the away goals rule and how might it come into play in deciding this year’s Voyageurs Cup winner? It’s really quite simple.

Handsome Phantom waiting in wings for Whitecaps - The Province
Pa-Modou Kah declared himself The Phantom of the Opera at Monday’s practice, although unlike the novel’s deformed lead character, Kah insisted he remains a handsome man despite his broken cheekbone and swollen face.

Nicolas A Martineau: Drogba won't play vs. Vancouver - Eighty Six Forever
Nicolas A Martineau of TVA Sports says Drogba has apparently hurt his toe, and will not make the trip to Vancouver when the Impact clash with the Whitecaps.

Drogba down for final against Whitecaps - 24th Minute
As the Whitecaps prepared Monday for the return leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final against the Montreal Impact – set for Wednesday at BC Place – discussion centred on Drogba, the former Chelsea striker who made his Impact debut Saturday. Although Montreal head coach Frank Klopas had originally confirmed Drogba would play in Vancouver, word broke later Monday that the 37-year-old will instead miss the match with a toe injury.

Montreal Impact's Didier Drogba to miss Amway Canadian Championship final versus Vancouver Whitecaps due to injury: report - Metro
One of the storylines for Wednesday’s Amway Canadian Championship final between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact appears to have hit an unexpected snag.

Didier Drogba facing fine for snubbing media duties after making MLS debut for Montreal Impact - Evening Standard
Drogba could be fined for failing to speak to the media, although it is unclear how much the striker could be asked to pay as the MLS has no set level for such incidents.

Will this be the year? Chronicling Vancouver's Canadian Championship heartbreak - Whitecaps FC
Mention the Amway Canadian Championship to Vancouver Whitecaps FC fans and you’ll not evoke too many happy memories. Some will even talk of a curse. The 'Caps have never won the competition, finishing as runners-up in five of the last six seasons and with a string of bad-beat tales to tell in the process.

The Good, The Average and The Bad: Techera Does In Dallas Edition - AFTN
It wasn’t the prettiest of wins that they’ve had in BC Place but this late in the long and gruelling MLS season, every team in the league will take a full three points anyway they can get them. Why should Vancouver be any different?

Robbo gets his mojo back in victory over Dallas - Whitecaps Fan Blog
Carl Robinson may have got it wrong in the disaster in Kansas City, but he got this one right from the start. He chose the best team and then helped matters along with smart substitutions. He also helped conserve key players for this Wednesday’s Voyageurs Cup final.

CCL: MLS clubs put unbeaten record on the line - Soccer America
Just two MLS clubs are in action in Week 3 of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. D.C. United welcomes Montego Bay United, coached by American Tim Hankinson, on Tuesday, while the Seattle Sounders face a grueling trip to Tegucigalpa the next day to take on Honduran powerhouse Olimpia a week after their miraculous 2-1 win at home.

CONCACAF Watch: Champions League off to competitive start - Goal
Sitting in a stadium where less than a year earlier the team he now manages racked up a goal difference of plus-16 in four CONCACAF Champions League matches, Club America coach Ignacio "Nacho" Ambriz declared that things have changed. It's not just lip service. Now even Mexican teams have to have a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t for their CCL foes.

Champions League: Former MLS coach Tim Hankinson leads Jamaicans into underdog clash vs. DC United - MLS
It will be Tim Hankinson's first match in charge of the humble Jamaican side, Montego Bay United,  but hardly his first visit to the old bowl on East Capitol Street – or his first face-off with D.C. coach Ben Olsen.

Sebastian Giovinco, MLS's classiest act: 'I'm playing better than I was in Europe' - The Guardian
Is Giovinco the league’s most valuable player? Greg Vanney, Toronto’s American coach, is unequivocal: “I don’t think there’s any question on that side of things.” Vanney has the pleasure of seeing Giovinco every day. “I break down video when I go back and look at our team, watch our games over and over, and I can’t help pick out some of the moments that he puts on the field, whether in the game or in training.”

MLS Roundup: LA Galaxy prove that they are MLS Cup favorites once again - ESPN FC
Week 25 in Major League Soccer saw New York City travel to Los Angeles for its marquee match-up with the Galaxy, Didier Drogba make his debut, the Quakes rejoin the playoff picture and Columbus put on a show vs. Sporting KC.

Godoy the spark plug behind San Jose Earthquakes' surge - Goal
Anibal Godoy hasn't had much time to settle in with the San Jose Earthquakes. The good news? It turns out a trial by fire suits him just fine. The Panamanian hadn't even practiced with his new teammates before starting against the Colorado Rapids on Aug. 14. Time for training was limited last week as San Jose went on a daunting cross-country road trip to face Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United, a pair of Supporters' Shield contenders.

Yallop supportive of Maloney ahead of Fire departure - SBI
The Fire are currently in the process of trying to finalize a move for Maloney to Hull City after the Designated Player requested that he be allowed to head back to England to be closer to his family. While nothing is official yet, Chicago anticipates a transfer to be completed before the end of the European summer transfer window.

Philadelphia Union part ways with goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi by mutual consent - MLS
The Philadelphia Union announced on Monday that the club has terminated the contract of goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi by mutual consent. The Algerian international did not take long to settle at a new home, signing on with Turkish side Antalyaspor – home of Cameroonian star Samuel Eto'o – on the same day.

Jurgen Klinsmann hoping clubs release all USMNT players during busy October - SBI
Two separate U.S. Men’s National Teams will be in action almost simultaneously in little over a month, as the full team tries to qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup and the Under-23 team attempts to punch its ticket to the 2016 Olympics. Jurgen Klinsmann’s group will be involved in a playoff with arch-rival Mexico on Oct. 10 to determine if it gets to travel to Russia in two years’ time while Andi Herzog’s side can only make it to Brazil next summer if it successfully navigates through a qualifying campaign that stretches from Oct. 1-13.

Tottenham's DeAndre Yedlin draws loan interest from England, Spain and across Europe - MLS
At least a half-dozen clubs spread around England, Spain, and the rest of Europe are eager to snare seldom-used Tottenham flank threat DeAndre Yedlin on loan before the September 1st transfer deadline, MLSsoccer.com has learned.

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WFC2 & USL NEWS

Louisville City FC Being Courted By Another Town, Franchise Chairman Says - WFPL
Louisville City FC Chairman Wayne Estopinal said in an interview Monday that another city is courting the franchise, which is in the final stretch of its inaugural season in Louisville. “I don’t think that’s in the best interest of anybody right now,” Estopinal said of relocation. But he said he isn’t dismissing the option.

Austin Aztex Stadium Crisis? - Reckless Challenge
The Austin Aztex have made public that pressure is mounting for a permanent stadium solution prior to the 2016 USL season. Currently displaced from their original home field, the centrally located House Park, their final remaining USL league home match at their temporary suburban location is slated for September 5th. After historic Memorial Day flooding left House Park unfit, the move to Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex was the easiest and best solution for a new venue. While it was not perfect, it was a shrewd stop-gap as it was already the training ground for the team and provided some familiarity.

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CANADA SOCCER NEWS

Christine Sinclair's ankle injury 'doesn't look good': Thorns coach Paul Riley - Oregon Live
The Canada international and Thorns fan favorite drew a foul in the box in the 87th minute when Sky Blue goalkeeper Brittany Cameron came out to challenge. Sinclair, who played in college at University of Portland, had to be helped off the field, not putting any weight on her left leg.

Dolo's desire - St. John's Telegram
Emmanuel Dolo returned to St. John’s this summer to play with the Feildians Athletic Association and work for the organizations academy program, but this fall the 16-year-old will join the Ottawa Fury FC Junior Academy team in the nations’ capital.

KW United finds success, is Canada ready for next step? - Red Nation Online
Through an extremely busy summer of soccer in Canada, as well as Southern Ontario, it would not be surprising if most people were unaware that K-W United won the PDL championship in the fourth highest tier of soccer in North America. K-W United beat the NY Red Bulls U-23 side 4-3 in the final.

Looking back on the Ontario Cup - The Northern Most Winners  - OSA
The Ontario Cup is in its 100th year of competition. To mark the occasion, the Ontario Soccer Association is running stories throughout the summer of interesting clubs, teams and events that have happened throughout the Ontario Cup's colourful history. The latest installment looks at how the Great Depression impacted one Ontario Cup win.

Nunavut, Nunavik elders converge in Iqaluit for friendly soccer match - CBC
Attendees at an elders' conference in Iqaluit held a seniors' soccer match Wednesday using a sealskin ball. Elders from Nunavut competed against elders from Nunavik.

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT NEWS

US Soccer announces two new major youth development initiatives - MLS
U.S. Soccer announced a pair of major initiatives in youth development on Monday, changing the birth-year registration calendars from an August-May format to January-December and mandating new small-sided game participation and field size standards based on age groups. Both initiatives will be fully mandated by August 2017.

Moneyball 2.0: Keeping players healthy - Washington Post
Pro and college sports teams are using advanced statistics to prevent and manage injuries — and predict them.

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WOMEN'S SOCCER NEWS

Star names shine for frontrunners - FIFA
Seattle Reign and Rosengard are sitting pretty at the top of the league table in USA and Sweden respectively, thanks to the goalscoring form of their star attackers. FIFA.com looks at the latest news from both those countries, plus updates from England, and also Norway where another goalscorer secured all the glory.

NCAA Weekly: Rough starts for Tennessee, UCLA - The Equalizer
The 2015 college season is finally underway!  With over 330 teams playing in Division 1, it’s impossible to recap everything but here’s some top news and notes from the week that was.

FC Kansas City make the playoffs for third straight year - Blue Testament
With FC Kansas City's win on Saturday and other results around the NWSL, the defending champion Blues qualified for the playoffs for the third straight year. The Chicago Red Stars earned their first playoff appearance over the weekend as well. The Seattle Reign had already secured a playoff spot and will finish on top of the table.

WSL 1: Birmingham City and Bristol in relegation 'dogfight' - BBC Sport
Birmingham City boss David Parker has called it a "doomsday scenario" and Bristol Academy manager Willie Kirk says the Vixens are determined to take the relegation fight to the final day.

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NASL NEWS

Fury FC Host the Madrid Magician and the Cosmos - Ottawa Fury FC
The New York Cosmos brand holds legendary status. The on-field success from the NASL Golden Era has entrenched the Cosmos brand globally which is also a result from the marquee talent that led them to that success. Pelé, Franz Beckbenauer, Carlos Alberto and Giorgio Chinaglia are just a few names that raised the profile of the sport in North America and the league itself.

Labor group pushes for Cosmos stadium resolution - SBI
For nearly three years, the New York Cosmos have been left waiting for a resolution to their stadium proposal, and it appears that state labor groups are becoming equally impatient. Mario Cilento, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, has urged Empire State Development president Howard Zemsky to get cracking on the Cosmos’ Belmont stadium proposal sooner rather than later.

Puerto Rico Football Club Announces Head Coach And Technical Director - NASL
Puerto Rico Football Club owner Carmelo Anthony, who stars for the NBA’s New York Knicks, announced Monday the appointment of Adrian Whitbread as the club’s head coach and Neil Sillett as the team’s technical director. Puerto Rico FC is scheduled to begin its first season in the league, playing its home matches at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón, during the 2016 Fall Season.

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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Preview: Tuesday's Champions League play-offs - UEFA
Hear from the coaches, check out the facts and remind yourself what happened in last week's first legs as ten teams look to book group stage places on Tuesday.

UEFA clears Olympiakos for Champions League after sports court rules in match-fixing case - Canada.com
UEFA says Olympiakos will enter the Champions League groups draw on Thursday despite match-fixing allegations after sport's highest court rejected an appeal by Panathinaikos.

Extradition deadlines loom for FIFA's 'dirty' half dozen - Inside World Football
A spokesperson for the Swiss Justice Ministry has confirmed a ruling will be made next month on the extradition requests filed by the US against the FIFA officials accused of corruption currently in Switzerland, whilst the lawyer for Nicolas Leoz, the former head of CONMEBOL, has applied to a Paraguayan judge for the extradition request filed against him to be rejected.

Football transfer rumours: Manchester United ready to seal £240m Neymar? - The Guardian
Brazil’s GloboEsporte reckons United have already offered the £140m required to spring Neymar from the Camp Nou and you can stick another £100m on that in tax, wages and add-ons.

Mario Balotelli: Liverpool striker completes medical at AC Milan - BBC Sport
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has completed a medical at AC Milan before returning to the Italian club on a one-season loan deal.

Borussia Dortmund score four again, Van Persie & Djourou - BBC Sport
With La Liga and Serie A getting under way this weekend, some of the other interesting stories from across Europe might have gone under the radar.

FIFA, here we go again: Reform chief Carrard talks Blatter-style nonsense - ESPN FC
The man charged with leading with FIFA's reform task force (he was appointed earlier in August) is a 77-year-old Swiss lawyer who spent 14 years as director general of the International Olympic Committee. He's also a guy who, in 2015, believes that football in the United States -- the FIFA kind -- is "just an ethnic sport," something for "girls to play in schools." And who thinks it's a good idea to say as much. In a public, on-the-record interview.

Carrard's US comments spark protest. Will his bite be worse than his bark? - Inside World Football
Comments made to a weekend newspaper in Switzerland by former Olympics guru Francois Carrard and head of FIFA's newly formed Reform Committee have questioned the role and motivation of the US, but other statements will not have endeared him to the growing US soccer community.

Russia reverses recent cuts to WC budget - TSN
The Russian government proposed a 2-per cent increase to its budget for the 2018 World Cup on Monday, reversing a trend of repeated cuts this year. A document written by the Sports Ministry and published on a Russian government database Monday envisages an increase of 12.5 billion rubles ($175 million), taking the budget to 643.8 billion rubles ($9 billion).

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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

WHITECAPS FC  1  FC DALLAS  0

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2015

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

WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS

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Table watching: 'Caps trail LA Galaxy by one point for top spot in Major League Soccer - Whitecaps FC
The ‘Caps are now comfortably in second place after picking up a big 1-0 win over FC Dallas on Saturday night at BC Place – and even more so because Sporting Kansas City dropped both of their matches this week.

Kekuta Manneh powers Vancouver Whitecaps attack to another victory: "He's hit a vein of form" - MLS
Vancouver Whitecaps put last week's late collapse to Sporting KC behind them with an assured performance against FC Dallas, reclaiming first place in the race for the Supporters' Shield. A first-half goal from Cristian Techera proved enough, providing Vancouver all three points in a 1-0 home win over their Texan rivals at BC Place.

Whitecaps point to hard work and good defending in Dallas win - Goal
Overcoming the sting of last weekend’s loss at Sporting Kansas City, Vancouver put in a solid shift in defeating Western Conference rival FC Dallas.

Problematic Whitecaps wingers drive Dallas buggy - Vancouver Sun
Scooter and The Bug. Sounds like a Saturday morning cartoon, doesn’t it? The animated adventures of a fast-talking little skateboarder and his human-like, winged insect friend.

Whitecaps 1, FC Dallas 0: Caps come up with perfect response to prior loss - The Province
Saturday was all about a response. How would the Whitecaps react to the most gut-wrenching regular-season loss in their MLS history? They answered that question with conviction in front of 21,000 fans at B.C. Place, beating Dallas 1-0 and going atop the MLS standings thanks to San Jose’s surprising win at D.C. United.

Whitecaps back to clean sheets and back on top of MLS - AFTN
What a difference a week makes. After the despair of last week’s late collapse at Sporting KC, Vancouver Whitecaps bounced back with the perfect response, putting in an assured performance to see off FC Dallas 1-0 at BC Place on Saturday night, reclaiming first place in the Supporters’ Shield standings in the process.

Match Report: Whitecaps FC 1 - 0 FC Dallas - Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps moved back into first place in the MLS Western Conference after a 1-0 win over FC Dallas in front of 21,000 raucous fans at BC Place stadium on Saturday evening.  In addition to the victory the Caps benefited from favorable results from around the league to take back top spot from the LA Galaxy.

FC Dallas attack comes up short again in loss vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: "One play made the difference" - MLS
For FC Dallas, a team that was lauded earlier in the season for its dynamic attack, finishing a match with seven shots – only two on goal – seems out of character. But the team did exactly that on Saturday in a 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps, leaving FC Dallas fifth in the Western Conference, with only three points separating them from seventh-place San Jose Earthquakes.

Whitecaps claim league top spot with 1-0 win over Dallas  - Red Nation Online
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC defeated FC Dallas 1-0 on a goal from Cristian Techera at BC place Saturday night, propelling them into top spot in the league with 45pts.

Didier Drogba makes MLS debut in loss to Philly, eyes Voyageurs Cup next: "He's going to play" - MLS
“He’s going to be with the team,” Klopas said. “I think we have to [bring him in] slowly. It’s a final. He’s going to play. How much he plays? I know that, talking with him, and the plan we put together, he wants to be with the team. And he wants to be involved in the final.”

Manneh excited to go up against Drogba Wednesday at BC Place: 'He's a hero of mine' - Whitecaps FC
It’s not every day you get an opportunity to play against one of your childhood heroes. OK, let’s face it – that almost never happens.   But it very well could for Kekuta Manneh on Wednesday night at BC Place, when Whitecaps FC host Montreal Impact in the decisive second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship Final.

Just give it some time for Drogba in MLS - Sportsnet
Before Saturday’s game with the Philadelphia Union, Frank Klopas joked that Didier Drogba would score ten goals in his Major League Soccer debut. In the end the Montreal Impact coach would have been thrilled had the 37-year-old Ivorian striker managed to score just one, as the Impact suffered a second consecutive defeat, falling to the Union 1-0.

Toronto, Altidore bounce back in huge win over Orlando - Goal
If there's a remedy for a Toronto FC slump in 2015, it's a meeting with expansion side Orlando City SC. Each time TFC took on the Lions, it's been on the back of a winless skid. Toronto broke a four-game losing streak in April with its first ever visit to the Citrus Bowl in April, and the Reds got an emphatic 4-1 result against Orlando earlier this month after being winless in two.

Sebastian Giovinco: A TFC saviour, and maybe the finest player in MLS history - Globe & Mail
Just inside his right elbow, Sebastian Giovinco has a tattoo of a smiling cartoon blob flashing the “L” sign over its forehead. “Loser,” Giovinco explains, in a rare burst of English. The “loser” is Giovinco himself. After deciding six months ago to leave Juventus (hand way up here) for Toronto FC (hand way down there), he was slated in his national press.

TFC run rampant in victory over Orlando - Red Nation Online
After arguably their most unconvincing performance of the season, Toronto FC were back at home on Saturday for a crucial fixture against Orlando City SC. With the Reds already having defeated Adrian Heath’s side twice this campaign, TFC supporters were likely hoping that the visiting men in purple would be just the tonic needed to get the beloved Reds back into the win column.

Galaxy overwhelms NYCFC in star-studded matchup - Prost Amerika
Though it was a bright and sunny Sunday afternoon, it was the stars that were shinning on the StubHub Center on the day. The Los Angeles Galaxy, featuring Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard, Giovani Dos Santos, Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes took on a New York City FC side boasting its own start power in Andrea Pirlo, David Villa and Frank Lampard, though his presence was strictly limited to a suite inside the StubHub Center due to nagging injuries.

LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane makes strong MVP case with showing vs. New York City FC - MLS
The LA Galaxy sure look unstoppable right now, pouring in five goals in more games than not over the past couple of months, and Robbie Keane is making a strong case to repeat as Major League Soccer's MVP.

Galaxy win not perfect showcase, but near ideal day for MLS - Goal
There was a sold-out crowd, big-name stars, exciting attacking play and media coverage from outlets domestic and abroad. The only thing missing from making Sunday's match between the LA Galaxy and New York City FC a marquee showing for the league was that one team hardly showed up, with the Galaxy romping to a 5-1 victory.

Bruce Arena: 'We've come light years'  - Soccer America
The LA Galaxy became the first team to score 1,000 goals in MLS history, and the way it has been scoring recently it will take a lot less than another 20 years before it scores another 1,000 goals. The Galaxy's match against New York City FC was billed as the battle of the stars, but it was a one-sided affair, not as close as the final score of 5-1.

David Villa laments loss of focus as New York City FC see strong start vs. LA Galaxy crumble away - MLS
The first 20 minutes were positive, a good showing from New York City FC and it came straight off the training pitch. But when NYCFC faced adversity, and there was a lot of it in a 5-1 loss to the LA Galaxy at a sold-out StubHub Center Sunday afternoon, the response wasn’t what the expansion team was expecting.

LA Galaxy continue to find success as MLS landscape changes - ESPN FC
Sunday's match between the LA Galaxy and New York City FC saw that interest reach a crescendo. A sellout crowd of 27,000 took in the festivities, and according to MLS commissioner Don Garber, the match was beamed to 150 countries around the globe. The press box was dotted with numerous journalists from abroad. It certainly represented the latest in a series of high-water marks for the league.

England legend Steven Gerrard "surprised" by quality of MLS since joining LA Galaxy - MLS
Gerrard received word from friends with MLS experience, such as Galaxy captain Robbie Keane and former LA star David Beckham, on how good is the league, but he's found the standard is better than he'd been told – and much better than critics in England claimed.

Latest loss at Real Salt Lake heightens Seattle Sounders' playoff urgency: "At this point, it's do or die" - MLS
After a strong bounce-back performance in a 4-0 trouncing of Orlando City SC last weekend at CenturyLink Field, the Seattle Sounders had hopes that Saturday evening’s road matchup at Real Salt Lake could act as a continuation of that newfound confidence and attacking potency.

Wondolowski’s early finish puts Quakes past United - Prost Amerika
Whoever said “It is not ho you start a match, but how you finish” clearly never played a soccer match. While it is true that a game can turn around at any point for any team allowing goals early can be a confidence killer. Hours of planning and preparation go out the window in the face of dropping points and losing ground in the standings. But for a team like the San Jose Earthquakes on the road against Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United it was exactly the start that they were looking for.

Whitecaps Franchise Not as Valuable as Fans May Think (According to Forbes) - Eighty-Six Forever
Earlier this week Forbes wrote an article on the most valuable franchises in Major League Soccer. It was an interesting piece that I recommend fans read. On page 2 Forbes lists the 18 franchises active during the 2014 season (less Chivas), and their value, revenue, and operating income. As expected, Seattle Sounders lead the way in all three categories, followed by the LA Galaxy in value and revenue.

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WFC2 & USL NEWS

UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE

ARIZONA UNITED SC  2  WHITECAPS FC 2  0

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2015

SCOTTSDALE STADIUM, SCOTTSDALE, AZ.

WFC2 Report: Brace yourself, Bustos is coming - 24 Hours
After missing the first half of the season with a foot injury, the Whitecaps 2013 Most Promising Player has taken both the team and the league by storm. Since making his season debut as a substitute against the Real Monarchs on June 3, Bustos has become the focal point of the ‘Caps attack. He is second on the team with six goals to go along with two assists.

USL Weekend: Los Dos climb into conference lead - Soccer America
LA Galaxy II, which started off its second USL season with a 1-4-1 record, opened up a two-point lead at the top of the Western Conference thanks to a 1-0 victory at StubHub Center over Seattle Sounders FC 2 Sunday afternoon on Jack McBean's goal in the 44th minute on a pass from Jose Villarreal.

FC Montreal plays Hammerheads FC to 0-0 draw in Wilmington - Montreal Impact
FC Montreal battled to a 0-0 tie Saturday night, against the Wilmington Hammerheads FC, at Legion Stadium.  Wilmington found the best chances in the first half. Just before halftime, defender Andrae Campbell dribbled down the left flank. Almost at the goal line, he passed back for Paul Nicholson, who put the ball on net, but goalkeeper David Paulmin stood his ground and made the save.

Charleston Battery bookkeeper accused of embezzling $100,000 - The Post & Courier
The Charleston Battery bookkeeper has been accused of embezzling $100,000 over the course of four years, according to a police report released Tuesday.  The bookkeeper has not yet been charged, according to Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis. He added that the investigation is ongoing.

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BC SOCCER NEWS

UBC pots seven goals to roll past Northwest - UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds women's soccer team wrapped up its own tournament with a 7-0 shutout of the Northwest Eagles of Kirkland, Wash., on Sunday afternoon at Thunderbird Stadium.

Coaches Poll: SFU Clan Picked Second - SFU
Seattle Pacific is the clear favorite to repeat as champion and Simon Fraser University was picked to finish second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference's 2015 Preseason Men's Soccer Coaches Poll.

New coach likes look of T-wolves - Prince George Citizen
Steve Simonson was interested in coaching at the university level. So, when his good friend Alan Alderson resigned as head coach of the UNBC men's soccer team in July for a new job with the Vancouver Whitecaps in London, Ont., it was an opportunity Simonson couldn't pass up.

WolfPack Go Through Own Exhibition MSOC Tourney Unbeaten - TRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team went through their own exhibition tournament undefeated. The WolfPack won all three matches they played including a 4-1 victory over the Langara College Falcons (PACWEST) on Sunday (Aug 23) at Hillside Stadium

Wallis Notches Hat Trick As WolfPack Blank Royals In Exhibition MSOC - TRU
Corey Wallis is known best for his defensive prowess with the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack. But Saturday afternoon (Aug 22) at Hillside Stadium, the fifth year player from Enderby, BC showed his offensive skill. He scored three second half goals leading the WolfPack to a 3-0 win over the Douglas College Royals at an exhibition preseason tournament.

WolfPack Women’s Soccer Puts On 5th Annual Benefit Clinic - TRU
The WolfPack women’s soccer team held their annual benefit soccer clinic at the Hillside Stadium upper field on Saturday (Aug 22). Almost 100 youngsters took part with all the proceeds from the admission by donation event went to Alzheimers research. Some $ 396 dollars was raised.

Clarke helps LSU win opener at Oregon - Richmond News
Richmond soccer standout makes rare appearance on West Coast as Tigers slip past Ducks.

Whitecaps forward visits soccer camp in Abbotsford - Abbotsford News
Dozens of local soccer players got a chance to visit with the Vancouver Whitecaps’ Darren Mattocks this week during a five-day camp in Abbotsford. It was the first visit to the city for Mattocks, who plies his trade as a striker for the MLS club and the Jamaican National Team.

CANADA SOCCER NEWS

Whitecaps FC and Manitoba Soccer Association to host Identification Camps - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the Manitoba Soccer Association (MSA) have announced their first development camps in Manitoba this summer. These will include four Player Identification Camps running August 30 to September 4, and two Regional Camps running August 24 to 27. Both camps will be targeted to boys and girls U-9 to U-12.

Robbie Tice - In These Boots: Home away from home – back in Europe - Red Nation Online
I am writing this blog from a small town north of the Arctic Circle, in Northern Norway. I’ve signed for Leknes FK. This is a new club and a new adventure for me, but its not unfamiliar territory. It’s been a couple of years since I last wrote a guest blog for Red Nation Online. This is my story of how I got here with some of the highlights so far.

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WOMEN'S SOCCER NEWS

Sky Blue holds off Portland, puts Thorns on brink - The Equalizer
With their season hanging in the balance, Portland Thorns FC did just about everything in the final 45 minutes against Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field on Saturday — except score. (Editor's Note: Christine Sinclair suffered an ankle injury in this match).

Red Stars draw Flash to clinch first-ever playoff berth - The Equalizer
The Chicago Red Stars clinched their first-ever NWSL playoff berth on Saturday with a 0-0 draw at home against the Western New York Flash. The result officially qualified defending champions FC Kansas City for the playoffs and eliminated the Flash.

Reign FC cruises to a 3–0 victory over the Dash behind a Little hat-trick - Medium.com
Reign FC put in a solid performance on all ends of a very wet pitch in Houston, Texas on Friday night. And then Kim Little did some Kim Little things and by the final whistle, the midfielder had herself a nifty hat-trick.

WSL 1: Arsenal Ladies 0-2 Chelsea Ladies - BBC Sport
Chelsea moved three points clear at the top of Women's Super League One after a Vicky Losada own goal and Gemma Davison penalty gave them victory at Arsenal.

Goalkeeper Scores to Lift Texas Women’s Soccer in Season Opener - Horns Illustrated
One of the rarest plays in soccer — a goal scored by a goalkeeper — proved to be the deciding score as the University of Texas women’s soccer team kicked off its 2015 season with a 1-0 victory over Miami (Fla.) in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

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NASL NEWS

Strikers hand Eddies third defeat of Fall Season - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (4W-3D-3L) suffered their third defeat of the North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season, Aug. 23 in a 2-0 loss to Fort Lauderdale Strikers (3W-4D-2L). 3,110 fans attended Clarke Field for the match. Brazilian striker Stefano Pinho scored both goals for Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the second half, despite a valiant performance in net by Eddies goalkeeper Tyson Farago.

Giveaway after giveaway: Eddies offer up their worst performance of the NASL season - the11.ca
In his early days as FC Edmonton manager, Colin Miller presided over some very poor defeats. But, in his eyes, Sunday’s 2-0 loss at home to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers trumped them all.

Rowdies Shakeup | Quraishi and Rongen: 'No regrets' - Soccer America
The Tampa Bay Rowdies stunned the soccer community on Friday when they announced Rowdies president and general manager Farrukh Quraishi and head coach Thomas Rongen, both popular figures on the national and local soccer scene, had been fired. But the moves did not surprise the man who made them.

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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

FIFA Reform Commissioner Defends Blatter, Calls Soccer in U.S. "An Ethnic Sport for Girls in School" - Vice Sports
In an interview with Swiss newspaper Le Matin Dimanche, Françoise Carrard, the head of the 15-person 2016 FIFA Reform Committee, handily proved that there couldn't be a worse person for the job, as he defended Sepp Blatter, refused to acknowledge a systemic problem within FIFA, and called soccer in the U.S. "just an ethnic sport for girls in school."

FIFA reform chief Carrard says criticism of Blatter 'unfair' - Reuters
The head of FIFA’s new reform committee has said the soccer governing body's outgoing president Sepp Blatter had been unfairly criticised and there was no evidence of him being involved in corruption.

Chung, facing 15-year ban, fires offensive at FIFA over campaign smears - Inside World Football
Clearly feeling the pressure amid unconfirmed reports of a FIFA ethics probe against him which threaten his pursuit of a crowning comeback, Chung's office points the finger squarely at Blatter whose presidency has long been opposed by the South Korean.

Pedro makes instant impact at Chelsea in 3-2 win at West Brom, Man City wins 3rd straight game - Canada.com
Pedro Rodriguez was signed by Chelsea to inject some life into the English champions after their lacklustre start to the season. He took 30 minutes to do just that.

Juventus, Milan and Roma stumble out of the Serie A starting blocks - The Guardian
If Juve were seeking reassurance after a home loss to Udinese, they might find it in the fact that most of their predicted challengers had similarly frustrating starts

Mexico: Pumas are Apertura title contenders with Britos, Martinez and Sosa - ESPN FC
When you think of Apertura title contenders, a few suspects come to mind -- America, Tigres and Leon -- but it's time Pumas gets some recognition. After winning the Clausura title in 2011, the Mexico City squad has failed to make much of an impact in the league in recent seasons. During the past few years, Los Felinos have tended to be average, generally finishing the regular season in midtable and exiting the playoffs in the first round.

AFC Champions League: Former champs take centre stage in Asia - FIFA
Familiar foes cross paths in Asia as the AFC Champions League quarter-finals commence on Tuesday. In the continent’s east, a pair former of champions in Jeonbuk Motors and Gamba Osaka will meet for the first time since 2006. Chinese powerhouse and 2013 champions Guangzhou Evergrande, meanwhile, challenge Kashiwa Reysol for the fifth time.

“We’re serious:” Ahead of Miller Park soccer match, group pushes for professional team in Wisconsin - Fox 6 Now
There’s a big game Tuesday evening, July 14th at Miller Park — but this isn’t a baseball game! Instead, it’s a soccer matchup between Newcastle United and Club Atlas. Ahead of the match, FOX6 News caught up with a group pushing for a professional soccer team in Wisconsin.