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This Day in Football History

25 July 1993
Brazil lose for the first time ever World Cup qualifying match to Bolivia in La Paz.
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Chivas USA 3-1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Major league Soccer - July 12, 2014 - BC Place, Vancouver, BC
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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

thursday, july 24, 2014

An Open Letter from Jay DeMerit An Open Letter from Jay DeMerit
Today, I announce the end of my career as a professional soccer player. Eleven years ago, I can remember feeling excited about what might be next. After years playing the game I love as an amateur, first for the Howard Hurricanes in my hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin and then at the University of Illinois-Chicago, professional soccer scouts had passed on me. I sat at O’Hare Airport in Chicago with about $1200, a full backpack that my parents had just bought me as a present for graduating from college, and a plane ticket to London. Whitecaps FC

The story of Jay DeMerit's improbable and inspirational 10-year professional career
As with any good story, this one never gets old. At the age of 21, Jay DeMerit packed his bags and went off to Europe searching for an opportunity to play the game he loves. It was a fool’s errand. DeMerit wasn’t supposed to make it. Whitecaps FC

Jay DeMerit's impending retirement beneficial for Whitecaps
It shouldn't really come as too much of a surprise that Vancouver Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit is set to announce his retirement. It has long been rumoured that DeMerit was going to hang up his boots at the end of the season, but it would seem that his latest injury is going to speed that retirement announcement up a little bit. AFTN

Whitecaps practicing patience in the summer transfer window
The midseason marketplace for MLS clubs opened nearly two weeks ago, and while speculation and debate has predictably taken place with regards to potential summer targets, Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson has opted for a careful and concerted approach in identifying new faces. Goal.com

Earthquakes ease past Fire
MLS Western Conference bottom side San Jose Earthquakes claimed a much-needed 5-1 victory over Chicago Fire on Wednesday night. Shea Salinas put the Earthquakes ahead just before half-time and Atiba Harris doubled their lead seven minutes after the break before Chris Wondolowski struck just after the hour mark to make it three. FIFA

Impact go with backup keeper vs Real Salt Lake
The Montreal Impact hope their backup goalkeeper can help the team return to winning ways. Evan Bush will get the start in goal for the second consecutive game when the Impact, hoping to halt a three-game losing skid, take on Real Salt Lake on Thursday night in Utah. CBC

Present and future strikers on display for Toronto FC in loss to Spurs
Toronto FC fans got to see the man of the moment, England forward Jermain Defoe, wear the captain's armband against his old club, and perhaps a glimpse of the future in Canadian teenage striker Jordan Hamilton. Canada.com

Man United thrash Galaxy in van Gaal's debut
Manchester United made an impressive debut under coach Louis van Gaal on Wednesday night, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice late in the first half of a 7-0 friendly victory over the LA Galaxy. Ashley Young and defender Reece James scored two second-half goals each as United opened its summer tour with a surprisingly polished win. Sportsnet

LA Galaxy's heavy loss to Manchester United "a real lesson for a lot of players," says Bruce Arena
Bruce Arena didn't have to look far to find a few positives from the LA Galaxy's 7-0 debacle in Wednesday night's Rose Bowl friendly against Manchester United, even as his players called the result embarrassing. "I think [it's] a real lesson for a lot of players," Arena said.

Man United humbles Galaxy 7-0 before 86,432 fans
Manchester United showed it had no problem adapting to the system of new Dutch manager Louis van Gaal, pounding the LA Galaxy, 7-0, before 86,432 fans at the Rose Bowl. Both teams subbed liberally and most of the goals came late in the two halves, but the result demonstrated the enormous difference in the depths of the two clubs. Soccer America

BPL Champs Man City Beat MLS Champs SPorting KC
The Premier League champions got the best of the MLS Cup holders as Manchester City defeated Sporting Kansas City 4-1 in an international friendly. TSN

Roma beats Liverpool in preseason friendly at Fenway Park
Marco Borriello scored in the 90th minute to give Roma a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in a preseason friendly Wednesday night at Fenway Park. There were limited chances until Borriello volleyed in a corner from in front of goal. "Both teams played with young players," Roma coach Rudi Garcia said via a translator. "I am quite happy with the development we had." TSN

Toronto FC acquires Creavalle from Houston
Toronto FC acquired versatile midfielder Warren Creavalle from Houston on Wednesday, paving the way for the Dynamo to sign U.S. international fullback DaMarcus Beasley as a designated player. The clubs exchanged allocation ranking positions in the deal. Sportsnet

New York City FC sign EPL, World Cup veteran Frank Lampard to Designated Player deal
New York City FC announced their second major signing of the summer on Thursday, adding English World Cup veteran and longtime English Premier League midfielder Frank Lampard ahead of their Major League Soccer debut next year. MLS

Frank Lampard says that move to New York City FC "ticks all the boxes"
Frank Lampard reckons that some of his old teammates at Chelsea will be a bit jealous of him after Thursday. The legendary English midfielder was unveiled as the fourth-ever player signing for 2015 MLS expansion club New York City FC, penning a two-year deal with the club. And he says the move represented a perfect fit after his decision to part ways with Chelsea after 13 seasons. MLS

Ottawa Fury Fall To Rangers FC In International Friendly
A crowd of 8,643 saw the NASL's Ottawa Fury FC fall 1-0 to visiting Scottish side Rangers FC in an international friendly at TD Place on Wednesday evening. NASL

Simonson reflects on Highlanders largest match to date, PDL season
Victoria Highlanders FC concluded their season, July 21 against Scotland’s pro-club Rangers FC at Centennial Stadium. The historic friendly saw Rangers edging the home side 2-1 in front of 5,735 fans after a spirited 90 minutes of play from both sides. Steve Simonson shared his thoughts following the match and touched on both the event and the 2014 Premier Development League campaign itself. Victoria Highlanders

the women's pro game

Anna Picarelli is a Finalist for W-League GK of the Year
Anna Maria Picarelli is one of four finalists for W-League Goalkeeper of the Year award. Picarelli was voted the best keeper in the West earlier this week. Picarelli, also a goalkeeper for the Italian National Team, tallied 53 saves this year, and gave up just 1.3 goals per match. Seattle Sounders Women

Final 4 Showcases W-League's Rich History
As the W-League celebrates its 20th season, the four teams set to compete this weekend at the world-class facilities of IMG Academy offer an excellent indication of the league’s rich history and the platform it currently provides top up-and-coming players. USL

W-League, W-20 Finals to Stream Live
The W-League and W-20 announced that all matches at this week’s W-League and W-20 Championships, presented by Nike, will be streamed live thanks to a partnership with Tourbeau Sports. Friday’s W-League Semifinals and Sunday’s championship and consolation matches will stream live and free for fans on the W-League’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/uslwleague.

university and college soccer

Satar transfers to Clan from Division I Buffalo
Another Division I transfer will join the Simon Fraser University Clan men's soccer program this fall as Shane Satar, originally from Pickering, ON, comes to SFU from the University of Buffalo Bulls. SFU

SFU's Hamel announces 2014 coaching staff
The Simon Fraser University Clan women's soccer team has announced their 2014 coaching staff as Anna Picarelli, Lee Tregonning and Chris Sargeant will join new head coach Annie Hamel. SFU

team canada

Nine Whitecaps FC Residency products named to Canada's U-20 roster for 2014 Dale Farm Milk Cup
The Canadian Soccer Association announced on Wednesday that nine players who have developed through the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency program have been named to the Canadian men’s U-20 roster for the upcoming 2014 Dale Farm Milk Cup in Northern Ireland. Whitecaps FC

FCE’s Boakai and Jalali to join national U-20 side for the Milk Cup
FC Edmonton teenagers Hanson Boakai and Sadi Jalali will be leaving the team on Wednesday. Why? So they can join the Canadian U-20 squad for the Milk Cup, a tournament to be held in Northern Ireland from July 27-August 1. Canada will face Mexico, China and the Irish hosts. FC Edmonton

world football

Vanishing spray gets green light in France
The French Football Federation (FFF) have agreed to adopt the use of vanishing spray, to fix distances for free-kicks and their walls, at top level matches this season, president Noel Le Graet announced on Thursday. FIFA

Japan appoint former Mexico coach Aguirre
Former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre has been appointed installed at the Japan reins. The 55-year-old from Mexico City replaces Italian Alberto Zaccheroni, who resigned earlier this month after failing to guide the Samurai Blue into the knockout stages of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. FIFA

Pro-Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soccer team
Federal and local law enforcement agencies in Austria are investigating an incident in which pro-Palestinian protesters stormed the pitch during a football match between an Israeli club and a French team. CBC

wednesday, july 23, 2014

Blowing leads a bad look for Whitecaps
With just one victory over their last seven Major League Soccer matches, are the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in a slump? The stats might suggest they are a team on the downslope, which is dangerous considering Vancouver has consistently been a poor second-half team. 24 Hours

Whitecaps not satisfied with draws, need wins as Western Conference race tightens
Russell Teibert was quick to point out at least one difference in the Vancouver Whitecaps this season compared to years past. Draws on the road used to be a good thing, a result the club and players were pleased with. Now, not so much. Metro

Carl Robinson admits Vancouver Whitecaps not ready to out-possess teams like RSL on road
The Vancouver Whitecaps have played an exciting, free-flowing brand of soccer for much of the season, sometimes at the expense of their defensive obligations. Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson has been well aware that his side cannot keep relying on scoring multiple goals to win matches, and the big focus in recent weeks has been tightening up at the back and playing more of a containment game on the road. MLS

Road Performance Will Be the Key
There have been plenty of electrons devoted this season to the Vancouver Whitecaps and their home field advantage under the Bell hole at BC Place. But it's been the club's road performance thus far that's kept them in playoff contention in 2014. 86 Forever

No "quick fix" in summer transfer market, says Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson
"There has been a lot of turnover in summer transfer windows at the club in the last two years," Robinson told reporters at training on Tuesday. "Whether it's worked or not is up for debate, but I've got to make a decision based on what I think is best for the group and I will never put the group at risk for just one individual. MLS

Roughly 1,500 fans descend upon Swangard for Whitecaps FC Open Practice
After a full week on the road, Vancouver Whitecaps FC returned to training on Tuesday – and they had some company. Approximately 1,500 boisterous fans descended upon Swangard Stadium for the third annual Whitecaps FC Open Practice. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps FC to host members of the Pride community this Sunday at BC Place
In anticipation of the 36th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade, Whitecaps FC will welcome members of Vancouver Pride Society, Out For Kicks, New West Pride, and Qmunity to BC Place on Sunday when the ‘Caps take on FC Dallas. Whitecaps FC

Will Defoe wear captain's armband against old team as Toronto hosts Spurs?
With just one game under its belt, Tottenham has barely worked up a pre-season sweat. But for Toronto FC, in the midst of a gruelling July league schedule, Wednesday's friendly with the English Premier League club has manager Ryan Nelsen in full protective mode. Canada.com

Toronto looks to manage minutes against Spurs
With just one game under its belt, Tottenham has barely worked up a pre-season sweat. But for Toronto FC, in the midst of a gruelling July league schedule, Wednesday’s friendly with the English Premier League club has manager Ryan Nelsen in full protective mode. Metro

Montreal Impact plan to keep Evan Bush in goal, insist "it's not a demotion" for Troy Perkins
Bush thus looks set to start again on Thursday night when the Impact visit Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. It would be a second straight start for Bush, who made four saves in his first of the MLS season last Saturday, a 2-1 loss at Columbus. Head coach Frank Klopas insisted on Tuesday that he was not downgrading Troy Perkins, who has been a fixture in front of the Montreal goal since his arrival from Portland in August 2012. MLS

Montreal Impact captain Patrice Bernier cautions not to "overanalyze" struggles: "It's collectively"
Team captain – and central midfielder – Patrice Bernier conceded on Tuesday morning that there were gaps in the middle for Bernardo Anor to exploit. Anor duly did, scoring two goals in the 2-1 Columbus victory at Crew Stadium. But for Bernier, it all goes back to Montreal’s collective play. MLS

New England Revolution harness frustration from record losing skid: "This anger is going to help us"
By any account, a seven-game losing streak is enough to sink a team to the point of no return. But the New England Revolution are still living life above the playoff line in the Eastern Conference – albeit holding on for dear life. But the Revs know they must halt their downward progression in order to maintain that status. MLS

Who cares about MLS friendlies? It depends who you ask
Tottenham, of course, is in the midst of its pre-season. Spurs are more or less using this midweek fixture to gain fitness while expanding their brand in North America — the perfect scenario. The Reds — the front office, that is — will use this match to continue facilitating a relationship that helped bring Jermain Defoe to BMO Field. Toronto Sun

Report: Xavi’s move to New York City FC collapses, will remain at Barcelona
Fans of New York City FC and Major League Soccer may have to wait a little bit longer than they thought to see Xavi Hernandez suit up in North America. In fact, they might not get to see him at all. If you believe the latest round of reports Xavi, 34, has made a dramatic last minute U-turn and decided against joining MLS newcomers NYC FC. NBC

$350 million soccer plan floated for Las Vegas
A gaming industry entrepreneur from New York City said he is going to launch a $350 million effort to bring a Major League Soccer team to Las Vegas, complete with a new covered stadium of 18,000-20,000 seats and players with international appeal. Las Vegas Review-Journal

Ottawa Fury Host Rangers FC In International Friendly Tonight
NASL's Ottawa Fury FC and Scottish League One Champions Rangers FC in an international friendly at TD Place tonight at 7:30 pm ET. This encounter is following a record breaking weekend for Ottawa Fury FC and the NASL. Fury FC broken the modern day NASL single game attendance record of 13,151 held by San Antonio as 14,593 fans attended the first-ever soccer match at TD Place. NASL

FCE raves about new longer and wider pitch at Clarke Stadium
For FC Edmonton’s players, there was cause for celebration, Tuesday. After two and a half seasons of playing on the rock-hard, football-line filled turf at Clarke Stadium, the Eddies were able to train on the new FieldTurf surface for the first time. “It’s quite nice,” said assistant coach Jeff Paulus. “It plays as close as we can get to real grass. I think it’s now the best artificial surface in the country. I can’t think of anything better.” The11

Highlanders conclude season with historic friendly versus Rangers
Victoria Highlanders FC finished their 2014 campaign in front of an ecstatic crowd of 5,735 as they played host to Scotland’s Rangers FC, eventually conceding a 2-1 defeat despite an inspired 90 minutes of play. Cam Hundal registered the lone Highlanders goal, while Calum Gallagher and Nicky Clark posted goals for Rangers FC. Victoria Highlanders

The Training Edge: Time to give the referees a break
Referees at the World Cup – and in soccer in general – have a very challenging job. Physically, they are being placed under enormous stress, and are still expected to perform almost flawlessly if they are to avoid criticism. RedNation

the women's pro game

Christine Sinclair named women's soccer player of the weekChristine Sinclair named NWSL player of the week
Canadian star Christine Sinclair has been named the National Women's Soccer League player of the week after her hat trick helped the Portland Thorns to a 6-3 win over the Boston Breakers. The 31-year old from Burnaby, B.C., recorded the first hat trick in Thorns history in Sunday's game and the second of the NWSL season.

youth soccer

VI Coast Salish Hope and Health 2014
Earlier this month, Vancouver Whitecaps FC participated in the third annual Hope and Health event in Nanaimo, BC. The two-day event in partnership with two Vancouver Island-based Aboriginal Child and Family Service Agencies: Kw'umut Lelum and Lalum’utul' Smun’eem brought more than 1,000 community members together to inspire hope and health with the children at the centre. Whitecaps FC

team canada

Canada M20 heads to 2014 Dale Farm Milk Cup
Canada’s Men’s U-20 Team is off to Northern Ireland to take part in the 2014 Dale Farm Milk Cup. Head Coach Rob Gale is bringing together 18 players who will see action against the host country, as well as China PR and CONCACAF rivals Mexico in the four-team tournament. Canada is preparing for the CONCACAF U-20 Championships – likely to take place early next year – so this is an early test against a Mexican team they could face in competition.

south of the 49th

Fad or forever smitten: Has the US finally fallen in love with soccer?
Soccer is still far enough below the radar in the United States for Robbie Keane to lead a relatively normal life in his adopted city of Los Angeles. Intending to watch the US take on Belgium in the last 16 of the Fifa World Cup, the Republic of Ireland international was able to head into town with Los Angeles Galaxy  technical director Jovan Kirovski in virtual anonymity. BBC

world football

German government cool on calls for Russia to be stripped of 2018 World Cup over Ukraine
The German government has responded coolly to calls from some members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party for Russia to be stripped of the 2018 World Cup. Peter Beuth, Hesse state's interior minister, told Wednesday's Bild daily that if President Vladimir Putin doesn't actively help investigate last week's Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine, the World Cup in Russia is "unthinkable." WFP

Joachim Loew will coach Germany through Euro 2016 Joachim Loew will coach Germany through Euro 2016
World Cup champion Joachim Loew says he will remain as Germany's coach through the 2016 European Championship. There was speculation Loew might step down after Germany lifted its fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina in the final in Rio de Janeiro 10 days ago, although Loew's contract was extended well before the tournament. CBC

Lviv to be temporary Shakhtar home
Shakhtar Donetsk will base themselves in Kiev and play their home games in the western city of Lviv this coming season due to the ongoing troubles in eastern Ukraine. Shakhtar beat Dynamo Kiev 2-0 in Lviv in the Ukrainian Supercup on Tuesday night. FIFA

What Rodriguez means to Real Madrid
There are times when you have to stand back and look at Real Madrid with wonder. They won the Copa Del Rey last year, and the prized decima—their tenth Champions League crown. They finished just three points shy of the La Liga title. Two months later, they’re dropping over €100 million on new talent. Sportsnet

Man City's Under-21 team walks off pitch in Croatian friendly after alleged racist abuse
Manchester City says a friendly being played by its Under-21 team in Croatia on Tuesday was abandoned after team management ordered the players off the pitch following alleged racist abuse. City said in a statement that its 19-year-old French midfielder Seko Fofana, who is black, was targeted by an opponent from Croatian team HNK Rijeka toward the end of the first half in Novigrad. WFP

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