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This Day in Football History

28 July 1966
In the play-off match for third place in the World Cup tournament, Portugal beat Russia 2-1 at Wembley. The attendance was 70,000. Eusebio scored his ninth goal for the winners in the competition and easily finished as top scorer, a position which won him £1,000.
(Association of Football Statisticians)

Chivas USA 3-1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Major league Soccer - July 12, 2014 - BC Place, Vancouver, BC
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Editor: Next update, Thursday July 31st.

monday, july 28, 2014

Dallas draw exposes Whitecap’s shortcomings
It was ironic that on the first match after rock steady veteran defender Jay DeMerit retired we had a match full of rookie errors. Both Pedro Morales and Darren Mattocks scored goals in the 2-2 draw, which under ordinary circumstances would look good on both of them. Both embarrassed themselves with missed chances that should have been goals, and the consequence was we lost two more points at home. Whitecaps Fan

Whitecaps salvage draw with FC Dallas
It was a draw that felt like a loss for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Despite blasting a franchise record 30 shots at goal the Whitecaps were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas in an entertaining Major League Soccer match Sunday afternoon. "It hurts like a loss," said Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted. "We deserved more out of this one. CBC

Mistakes, missed chances cost Whitecaps another draw, this time with FC Dallas
The Vancouver Whitecaps once again had a lead. Once again, they coughed it up. Once again, they came away with a single point. Lately, this has been the trend. The Whitecaps, playing FC Dallas in a pivotal Western Conference match-up. Metro

Stagnating Whitecaps lack ruthless edge
Draws are slowly killing the Vancouver Whitecaps. Yes, the club technically sits in the fifth and final playoff position in the Western Conference with 28 points, but given the sixth-place powerhouse LA Galaxy has three games in hand and sit just one point back, any realistic observer will consider the Whitecaps out of the picture if the season were to end today. Sportsnet

Whitecaps drop more points at home after Dallas draw
If one was to read the post-match statistics, Vancouver Whitecaps FC put in a performance more than worthy of claiming victory on Sunday afternoon. Instead, the Blue & White let another lead slip, as poor defending allowed visiting FC Dallas to claim a halftime advantage. Vancouver then ran into an in-form Raul Fernandez in the Dallas goal come the second half after the 'Caps had equalized from the penalty spot through Pedro Morales. Goal.com

Pedro Morales shines for the Vancouver Whitecaps
Tere are a number of things we could discuss following the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-2 tie with FC Dallas at BC Place on Sunday afternoon but, in the end, there is only one thing we really should be talking about. Pedro Morales.  Vancouver Sun

Toronto FC braintrust left with questions after 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City
As Toronto FC prepares for a challenging four-game road trip, manager Ryan Nelsen and his braintrust face some troubling questions. Make no mistake, the big picture remains positive. Toronto (7-6-5) is headed for its best ever season and first trip to the playoffs. The roster and team culture have been smartly remade. Canada.com

Toronto FC irate at ref in loss to Sporting KC
With a salary of $6.5 million US, Michael Bradley can afford a fine. And the Toronto FC star midfielder will likely be digging into his wallet after Saturday's 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City. "It's by no means an excuse, it was the same for both teams, but the referee was absolutely awful," Bradley said after carefully choosing his words. CBC

deVos: Toronto FC undone by lack of finish not officiating
Toronto FC lost its sixth game of the season on Saturday evening at BMO Field in Toronto, dropping a 2-1 decision to Sporting Kansas City. The game had many controversial incidents that, upon closer inspection, were not as controversial as many believed. TSN

Playoffs out of sight for Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact’s third season in MLS has been like one long cycle of grieving, of having to come to terms with the fact that the campaign was always destined to fail, because the team was never quite good enough. Sportsnet

Timbers defeat Impact with late goal
The Montreal Impact are feeling their losses both on and off the field. And it doesn't help that they're in a franchise worst slump. On Sunday, Montreal matched a team high five-game losing streak, falling 3-2 to the visiting Portland Timbers. As assistant coach Mauro Biello sees it, the struggles have started to take their toll on the players both mentally and physically. CBC

Last-placed Montreal Impact admit they're "very fragile" as losses continue to pile up
Time is running out increasingly quickly for the Impact. Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Portland Timbers, their fifth in a row, leaves Montreal 10 points from a playoff spot with 14 games left. Four other teams stand between them and fifth place. MLS

Timbers hand Impact their fifth-straight loss
The Montreal Impact are feeling their losses both on and off the field. And it doesn't help that they're in a franchise worst slump. On Sunday, Montreal matched a team high five-game losing streak, falling 3-2 to the visiting Portland Timbers. TSN

Bill Yoachim named MLS WORKS Community MVP Bill Yoachim named MLS WORKS Community MVP
MLS WORKS announced on Friday that Vancouver Whitecaps FC representative Bill Yoachim has been named 2014 Community MVP, a league-wide contest that acknowledges someone who is committed to making a difference in their local community.

Eddies Extra-Time Heartbreak
FC Edmonton took to the brand new turf at Clarke Stadium on Sunday afternoon on July 27 to host Indy Eleven for the first time in the 2014 North American Soccer League (NASL) season. After 90 minutes, FC Edmonton walked away without the three points in a 1-0 loss. FC Edmonton

Eddies find baffling new ways to not score in loss to Indy
For the second week in a row, FC Edmonton faced a team that had yet to keep a clean sheet in either the NASL spring or fall seasons. For the second week in a row, the Eddies obliged and gave the opposition its first shutout of the campaign. The11

Carolina RailHawks 3 Ottawa Fury FC 0
A pair of goals by forward Zack Schilawski and one from midfielder Nazmi Albadawi gave the host Carolina RailHawks a 3-0 victory over Ottawa Fury FC at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday evening. The crowd of 4,294 saw the RailHawks win their first game of the NASL Fall Season when Schilawski got them on the board in the 10th minute off an assist from midfielder Enzo Martinez. NASL

Whitecaps FC U-23 fall 1-0 to FC Tucson in Western Conference semifinal
With a trip to the United Soccer Leagues (USL) Premier Development League (PDL) Western Conference finals on the line, Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 saw their season come to a heartbreaking close on Friday night, falling 1-0 to FC Tuscon on a stoppage time stunner at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona. Whitecaps FC

Khalsa Sporting Club shooting for rare PCSL Triple Crown after winning Challenge Cup
Khalsa Sporting Club completed a double on Sunday in Penticton, defeating Kamloops Heat 2-0 to win the 2014 PCSL Sheilla Anderson Memorial Challenge Cup. The PCSL acknowledges the Triple Crown when a PCSL club wins the League, the Challenge Cup and the J. F. Kennedy Cup in one season, a feat achieved only twice before, in 2004 by Victoria United and 2009 by Okanagan Challenge.  Khalsa will look to earn a Triple Crown when they head down the I5 to for the J.F. Kennedy Cup in Portland, Oregon on August 9 -10.

Co-op Highlanders complete perfect season, capture first ever Dave Fryatt Challenge Cup
Peninsula Co-op Highlanders completed their perfect season, July 27, defeating Vancouver Whitecaps in the Pacific Coast Soccer League’s Challenge Cup final by a score of 2-0. Mia Gunter and Emma Greig scored for Victoria, while goalkeeper Steph Parker earned her second clean sheet of the weekend between the woodwork.

Highlanders Reserve men claim Challenge Cup with 1-0 win over Mid Isle
Victoria Highlanders FC’s men’s reserves capped of their 2014 Pacific Coast Soccer League campaign with a 1-0 win over Mid Isle Highlanders on Sunday, July 27. With the win, the Highlanders secured the 2014 Men’s U-21 Reserve Challenge Cup. The women's reserve Challenge Cup was won by the host team Penticton Pinnacles. Victoria Highlanders

the women's pro game

Fury FC Women Claim Third Place
It was a steamy one at the IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton, Florida on Sunday as the Fury FC Women faced the Charlotte Lady Eagles in the W-League Championship consolation match, coming out on top after penalties. Ottawa Fury

Naho paces Reign in rout of rival Thorns
The Pacific Northwest battle of this year's leader, Seattle, and last year's champion, Portland, proved to be no contest as the Reign got two goals and an assist from Japanese star Nahomi Kawasumi in a 5-0 win over the Thorns in front of 5,597 fans -- the second sellout of the season -- on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Soccer America

W-League, WPSL trophies heading to California
On Sunday the two Californian teams were crowned champions of the W-League and WPSL respectively. Katie Stengel recorded a brace to lift the LA Blues over the Washington Spirit Reserves for the W-League crown while Beach Futbol Club’s Kristina Larsen scored in her club’s 1-0 WPSL victory over the Houston Aces.  The Equalizer

university and college soccer

Influential Indiana University coach Todd Yeagley backs proposal for split college soccer schedule
The growing chorus of advocates for a revamped college-soccer schedule picked up a very influential voice on Saturday, as Indiana University head coach Todd Yeagley threw his backing behind the proposed plan for NCAA soccer to shift from a fall season to a year-long season. MLS

south of the 49th

In-form Manchester City inflict more pain on AC Milan
English Premier League champions Manchester City cruised to a 5-1 triumph over Italy's AC Milan on Sunday in a weather-hit friendly at Heinz Field, home of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers. FIFA

Dallas Tornado: Football's most bizarre pre-season tour
It was not your usual pre-season tour. In 1967 the Dallas Tornado football team played games in Saigon during the Vietnam War, came face-to-face with Chinese militants, smuggled themselves past gun-toting border guards and Bengal tigers to cross from Pakistan into India and survived a riot in Singapore.
As the only American on the team, Jay Moore recalls: "That tour was worth a college education." BBC

world football

Russia should lose 2018 World Cup: UK deputy PM
Russia should be stripped of the right to host the 2018 soccer World Cup unless President Vladimir Putin stops destabilising Ukraine, Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on Sunday, warning the world would look weak if it did not act. 24 Hours

FIFA extends Sammut, Edusei match-fixing bans
FIFA has extended the sanctions imposed on Kevin Sammut and Mark Edusei for match-fixing to prevent them from playing anywhere in the world. Sportsnet

Cup marks another milestone Down Under
Another milestone in the ongoing growth of Australia football will take place in four humble suburban grounds across the country on Tuesday evening. The FFA Cup will make its bow with the nationwide cup competition finally in operation nearly ten years since the A-League commenced. FIFA

FIFA asks the Italian FA to investigate alleged racist comments by presidential candidate
Media reports concerning alleged racist comments by one of the presidential candidates for the Italian FA have alerted FIFA’s Task Force against racism and discrimination and its chairman Jeffrey Webb. As such, FIFA has written a letter to the Italian FA asking it to take the appropriate steps to investigate and decide on this matter and report to FIFA. FIFA

Lionel Messi fails to get tax fraud charges dropped
A Spanish judge has rejected a prosecutor's request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed. CBC

Cheating and violence win top games — does FIFA even care?
One’s patience with FIFA begins to run out. By which I mean, of course, my patience. I, along with most of the soccer world, have been watching FIFA’s contortions for over a decade now, as it attempts to convince the world that it is an organization of pristine honesty and unassailable incorruptibility. inSoccer

Meet the Putins: Inside the Russian Leader’s Mysterious Family
When the mayor of a Dutch city, angry in the wake of the MH17 disaster, called for the deportation of Maria Putina, the world was reminded that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not an island unto himself — he has kids. Not just one beautiful daughter, but two. inSoccer

friday, july 25, 2014

Jay DeMerit, the eternal underdog, retires from football
It is a sad day. With his recent ankle injury, speculation was that Jay DeMerit would hang up his boots. That speculation proved to be accurate as Jay today announced his retirement from football. Time has caught up with our beloved captain. Whitecaps Fan

Whitecaps looking for leadership as Jay DeMerit retires
Now that it’s certain the gritty, inspirational captain won’t be providing a late-season injection of heart and desire, who drives the Vancouver Whitecaps towards the 2014 playoffs? Vancouver Sun

DeMerit's improbable story comes to an end
It was overcast on Thursday at B.C. Place, and the weather seemed fitting, as the media gathered at the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame for Jay DeMerit's retirement announcement. News that the former United States international was hanging up his boots first broke Wednesday night, and while there was a sense that such an announcement was expected in the near future, the sudden nature of the news caught many off-guard. Goal.com

DeMerit’s retirement ‘a life-starter’ (with video)
Jay DeMerit sat on the sideline at practice last week. He watched the Whitecaps train. Watched Christian Dean, “a young, strapping athlete,” slide in for a tough tackle. It must have felt a bit like watching himself from a decade ago, a fresh-out-of-college American all full of fire and dreams. The Province

DeMerit thanks fans, supporters in announcing his retirement from soccer
His career was built on making the right choices so it's no surprise Jay DeMerit knew the time had come to walk away from playing professional soccer. DeMerit, the first player signed by the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps in 2010 and the Major League Soccer team's first captain, officially announced his retirement Thursday. Canada.com

MLS Disciplinary Committee charges Vancouver Whitecaps, Real Salt Lake with mass confrontation
Last weekend's Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps matchup marked the birth of a new MLS rivalry, according to 'Caps boss Carl Robinson. But it came at a price. MLS

Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter has options at striker heading into game against Montreal
Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter has often talked about liking to have options at his striker position.  But in recent weeks, the Timbers have been short handed at the No. 9 position as forward Maximiliano Urruti has been dealing with an injury. OregonLive

Real Salt Lake beats Montreal Impact 3-1
Optimism was in short supply in the Montreal locker-room after the Impact found a new way to lose on the road on Thursday night. This time, it was a second-half red card that did them in. Canada.com

Montreal Impact head coach Frank Klopas admits Issey Nakajima-Farran's red undid promising showing
“It was good up to that call, to the red card that changed everything on Issey,” Klopas told reporters postgame. “I don’t know what else can go wrong with us. It seems everything goes wrong with us." MLS

Portland Timbers' Diego Valeri runs away with AT&T MLS Goal of the Week award for long-range strike
Valeri scored an absolutely stunning goal in the Timbers' 2-1 defeat of the Colorado Rapids, firing a swerving shot that found the top corner of the net in the 77th minute. MLS

New England Revolution send DP Jerry Bengtson on year-long loan to Argentina
After getting just four league goals from Honduran international forward Jerry Bengtson over the past two-plus years, the New England Revolution announced on Friday they have loaned the World Cup veteran to Argentine club Belgrano for the next year. MLS

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs Indy Eleven
While only three games into the Fall 2014 North American Soccer League (NASL) season, FC Edmonton and its fans have a lot to look forward to on Sunday, July 27 for the match presented by Coldwell Banker Edmonton against Indy Eleven for Christmas in July at Clarke Stadium. FC Edmonton

PDL Regular Season Honors Announced Michigan’s Catic claims Golden Boot, Scoring title
The PDL announced its 2014 Regular Season honors on Tuesday as Michigan Bucks forward Dzenan Catic claimed both the league’s Golden Boot and Scoring Champion title after a standout season in the Great Lakes Division. USL

2014 Pacific Coast Soccer League Challenge Cup Tournament
The 2014 Challenge Cup Tournament for all four PCSL divisions will be hosted by Penticton Pinnacles SC over the weekend of July 26 - 27 at Kings Park, Penticton, BC. PCSL

Peninsula Co-op Highlanders return to Challenge Cup, aim for top finish
Top-ranked Peninsula Co-op Highlanders will aim for their first championship title as they head to Penticton, B.C. for the 2014 Challenge Cup tournament. The Highlanders open the tournament against the Kamloops Heat and will look to erase the memories from last season where they faced an early exit after being defeated by the very same Heat. Victoria Highlanders

Heat Heading To PCSL Playoffs Facing Abbotsford
After being denied a chance to play last year, the Kamloops Heat are anxious to put on a good show and have a great result in the 2014 Pacific Coast Soccer League Premier Men’s Playoffs. PCSL

Mid Isle Highlanders the clear favourite heading into Challenge Cup play
The Mid Isle Highlanders' dream season in the Pacific Coast Soccer League all comes down to this weekend's two-game Challenge Cup final, in Chilliwack. Mid Isle (10-1-1) is scheduled to go head-to-head against the PCSL's fourth-place West Vancouver FC (4-7-1) on Saturday during semifinal play. Nanaimo Daily News

Playoff pressure relished by the Pinnacles
The Penticton Pinnacles under-21 teams are prepared to face the pressure to win the Pacific Coast Soccer League’s (PCSL) Challenge Cup, which they host this weekend at King’s Park. Ray Hintz, coach of the women’s team, said the players put pressure on themselves, as and he does, because they have standards they want to reach. Penticton Western News

Olympiacos blanks Milan in Toronto friendly
The Guinness International Champions Cup is off and running but you can forgive Olympiacos and AC Milan if they are battle-weary after just one game. In the wake of a 3-0 loss to Olympiacos on Thursday, Milan coach Pippo Inzaghi pointed to a punishing schedule that had his team arrive at 2 a.m. the day of the game from New York after two days travel from Italy. Sportsnet

How I Became a Referee — and Why I’m Glad I did
When I was 15 years old, one of my soccer coaches, Gordon Barr (son of U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer George Barr) phoned me to ask if I would like to ref our local soccer club’s intramural program. I thought who would want to become a referee? After all, the ref gets yelled at and is booed, so I declined. inSoccer

the women's pro game

Sorting it out: NWSL as it approaches year three
Three is an ominous number in women’s soccer. Twice since the turn of the millennium, a women’s soccer league has folded after three seasons. This time around, the prevailing wisdom among those involved in building the National Women’s Soccer League, now in the stretch-run of its second season, is that there’s no room for error. To steal another sport’s rules, it’s three strikes and you’re out. The Equalizer

fifa women's u-20 world cup canada 2014

Squads announced as kick-off draws nearer Squads announced as kick-off draws nearer
The squads for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup were announced today, with all 16 teams naming their 21 players to reveal the 336 individuals who will be representing their country in Canada between 5 - 24 August. The hosts have named several veterans of previous FIFA tournaments. FIFA

south of the 49th

Top 20 U.S. soccer crowds
Wednesday's game between the LA Galaxy and Manchester United drew 84,632 fans at the Rose Bowl for their international friendly dubbed the Chevrolet Cup. It's the largest crowd of the year to date for a match in the United States. The all-time record for a U.S. soccer crowd should be set next week when Manchester United plays Real Madrid in Ann Arbor, Mich. Soccer America

world football

FIFA won't strip 2018 World Cup from Russia
"History has shown so far that boycotting sport events or a policy of isolation or confrontation are not the most effective ways to solve problems," FIFA said, adding that global attention on the World Cup "can be a powerful catalyst for constructive dialogue between people and governments." CBC

Ranieri named Greece coach
Claudio Ranieri has been appointed as the new coach of Greece, the Greek Football Federation has announced. The 62-year-old Italian takes over from Fernando Santos, whose contract expired following the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, in which he guided Greece to the Round of 16. FIFA

Luis Suarez bite ban appeal ruling 'likely' before season: CAS
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it could rule on Luis Suarez's appeal of his biting ban before the Spanish league season starts. CAS says Suarez, the Uruguay federation and Barcelona have filed a request for a fast-track appeal of FIFA's ban for nine competitive international matches and four months from all soccer. CBC

Football's famous curses and sorcery
Football is a magical game that often has a mystical quality about it. Take, for example, the players, who are sometimes elevated to the status of idols or gods. Then there are the stadiums, which are often referred to as temples or shrines, while famous victories occasionally go down in the annals of the game as miracles, with equally famous defeats brought about by cruel twists of fate. FIFA

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