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29 August 1986
Canada wins 5:0 over host Trinidad and Tobago at the 1986 CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship in Port of Spain. It is Canada’s second win against the hosts (once in each round). Domenic Mobilio, John Fitzgerald, Billy Domazetis (two) and James Grimes score for Canada. Captain Burke Kaiser suffers a “head gash” and is administered seven stitches. Goalkeeper Pat Onstad posts his fifth clean sheet of the tournament.
(Canada Soccer)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0-3 Portland Timbers
Major League Soccer - August 30, 2014 - BC Place, Vancouver, BC
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Saturday - monday, august 29 - 31, 2013

Vancouver Whitecaps FC fall 3-0 to Portland Timbers Saturday night at BC Place
Portland Timbers (8W-8L-10D) scored three second-half goals en route to a 3-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC (7W-6L-12D) Saturday night in front of a sold-out BC Place crowd. After an evenly played first half, the Timbers took control after the break with goals from Alvas Powell, Maximiliano Urruti, and Rodney Wallace to hand Whitecaps FC their first Cascadia defeat of the season. Whitecaps FC

Second-half collapse leaves Vancouver on the outside of the MLS postseason picture
It was a highly anticipated encounter. A Saturday night on a Labour Day weekend, a sold-out BC Place with two sets of passionate fans, and two Pacific Northwest rivals writing the latest chapter in the growing folklore that is the Cascadia Cup. Oh, there was also the matter of claiming the last playoff spot in the MLS Western Conference as well… Goal.com

Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter calls win over the Vancouver their "best performance of the year" (Photo by Richard Howes)Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter calls win over the Vancouver their "best performance of the year"
Caleb Porter called it the Portland Timbers’ best performance of the season – and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Fresh off a bruising 4-2 loss to Cascadia foe Seattle Sounders last weekend, the Timbers bounced back with a comprehensive 3-0 away victory Saturday over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Defensive blunders lead Vancouver Whitecaps to 3-0 loss against Timbers
In one of the most important games of the season, the Vancouver Whitecaps suffered one of their worst Major League Soccer losses. The Portland Timbers took advantage of several Vancouver defensive blunders to rout the Whitecaps 3-0 Saturday night and leap-frog over Vancouver into the final playoff spot in the tight Western Conference. Canada.com

Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson says team was "chasing shadows" by end of loss to Portland
It was another missed opportunity for the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place on Saturday evening, as they stuttered to a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to the Portland Timbers in a game that could have big implications in the final playoff standings. MLS

Toronto FC fires Nelsen as well as coaching staff after public rift with GM
Toronto FC has fired manager Ryan Nelsen and his entire coaching staff in the wake of Nelsen's public dressing down of general manager Tim Bezbatchenko. The official announcement was made at a news conference Sunday, but Nelsen had confirmed the firing in advance to The Canadian Press. Greg Vanney, head of TFC Academy, was named Nelsen's replacement. WFP

Toronto FC fires Ryan Nelsen, coaching staff
Toronto FC has fired manager Ryan Nelsen and his entire coaching staff in the wake of Nelsen's public dressing down of general manager Tim Bezbatchenko. The official announcement was to be made at a 4 p.m. ET media conference Sunday. But Nelsen confirmed the firing in advance to The Canadian Press. CBC

Ryan Nelsen out as Toronto FC coachRyan Nelsen out as Toronto FC coach
Toronto FC have scheduled a press conference for Sunday at 4 pm ET to make what a club press release calls a "coaching announcement." According to the release, TFC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko will address the media.  There is no confirmation on the exact nature of the announcement, but reports out of Toronto claim that head coach Ryan Nelsen has been relieved of his duties. 24 Hours

TFC feud: Has Bezbatchenko sabotaged Reds?
Ryan Nelsen was in no mood to dump on his players following the team’s 3-0 loss to New England Saturday night at BMO Field. Instead, the Reds manager stored up his frustration until after the game was over, and then directed it to TFC GM Tim Bezbatchenko. CBC

TFC coach Nelsen calls out GM Bez
Here’s what happened in Major League Soccer action between Toronto FC and the New England Revolution on Saturday evening at BMO Field, in case you missed it. After the game, coach Ryan Nelsen called out general manager Tim Bezbatchenko regarding his comments about the players having to “take it up a notch,” feeling that put undue pressure on his team. Sportsnet

Signs of rift at Toronto FC as manager Ryan Nelsen lambastes team GM
Signs of a rift between Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen and GM Tim Bezbatchenko emerged Saturday, further complicating the landscape for an MLS team that is already losing its champion with the planned departure of MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke. Canada.com

Toronto FC fall to the New England Revolution 3-0 at home.
It all went wrong for Toronto FC and so very right for the New England Revolution on a hot night in Toronto. The Revolution walked out of BMO Field with three points after picking up a convincing 3-0 victory on Saturday. Toronto FC

Impact battles Columbus to 2-0 victory at Stade Saputo
In a tough game against a gritty opponent, the Montreal Impact put it in an all-around solid performance on Saturday night, battling to a 2-0 shutout victory over the Columbus Crew at Stade Saputo. The Impact’s newest Designated Player Ignacio Piatti scored his first two goals for the club. Montreal Impact

Montreal Impact thrilled with Ignacio Piatti's brace vs Columbus Crew: "We’re really happy that he’s with us"
Montreal Impact fans have seen the real-life version of the Ignacio Piatti YouTube highlights. The new Impact DP was irresistible on Saturday night, scoring the two goals in Montreal’s 2-0 win over the Columbus Crew. With his skillful display, Piatti no doubt lived up to the internet-generated hype. MLS

New DP Piatti's first two MLS goals lift Impact over Columbus 2-0
Crowds have thinned as the Montreal Impact dropped to the bottom of Major League Soccer's standings, but the 15,995 who turned out Saturday night got a show from recently acquired designed player Ignacio Piatti. The midfielder known as Nacho scored his first MLS goal in the 40th minute and added another in injury time as the lmpact cooled off the Columbus Crew with a 2-0 victory. Canada.com

Dempsey the difference, Dallas downed
The Seattle Sounders lead Major League Soccer's Western Conference by five points after a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids. Clint Dempsey scored the only goal seven minutes after half-time as his side stretched their advantage over the Los Angeles Galaxy, who beat DC United in midweek and remain second after their nearest pursuers dropped points. FIFA

Eddies Pull Off Three Wins in A Row
Two suFC Edmonton ended Minnesota United FC’s unbeaten streak of 11 games at Clarke Stadium on Sunday afternoon after beating the North American Soccer League (NASL) Spring Season Champions 2-1. FC Edmonton

Effort Not Enough as Fury FC Downed 2-0 by Rowdies
After going unbeaten in their last two games, Fury FC could drastically improve their chances at qualify for the Championship, the NASL’s four team post-season tournament, but despite their efforts were denied points by the visiting Rowdies who tallied twice in the first half and carried that through for a 2-0 victory. Ottawa Fury

Grass vs artifical turf debate hijacking Women's World Cup story
Before the story was hijacked by forces which had no basis in reality, this was mostly about soccer and mostly about a fantastic opportunity to grow the women's game. And who knows, when the 2015 Women's World Cup is finally played, maybe it will be about that again. The Province

university soccer

WolfPack Men’s Soccer End Pre Season With Draw
The 2014 Canada West men’s soccer pre season ended the way it began for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack: with a tie. The WolfPack and the host University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves played to a 1-1 tie Sunday (Aug 31). TRU

WolfPack Women’s Soccer Closes Out Exhibition Season Unbeaten
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team has finished its inaugural exhibition season in the Canada West unbeaten. The WolfPack swept a pair of ‘friendlies’ with the visiting University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves this weekend. TRU

world football

Putin hopeful Russia won't lose right to host 2018 World Cup
President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he hoped Russia would not lose the right to host the 2018 soccer World Cup following Western calls to stop the country staging the tournament. Asked whether there was any risk that Russia could lose its right to hold the tournament due to the complicated political situation, Putin said: "I hope not. FIFA has already said soccer and sport are outside politics and I think that is the right approach." 24 Hours

friday, august 29, 2014

'Caps return to BC Place to host Portland Timbers in a match with major playoff implications
After back-to-back games in California, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (7W-5L-12D) return to BC Place on Saturday to host Cascadia rival Portland Timbers (7W-8L-10D) in a "massive game for the organization," said head coach Carl Robinson. Whitecaps FC announced on Thursday that Saturday's match is sold out. Whitecaps FC

Timbers aim to "erase" painful Seattle Sounders thumping against Whitecaps
The last loss was a tough one – no doubt about it. Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter admitted as much Wednesday as his team hit the training field for the first time since falling in a 4-2 home defeat Sunday to their rivals, the Seattle Sounders. The math is simple: beat the Whitecaps on Saturday at BC Place, and the Timbers are above the red line for the first time this season.  MLS

Whitecaps Young Strikers Failing to Step Up
With the Whitecaps searching for a reliable triggerman to put goals in the net, the Whitecaps young forwards are failing to rise to the occasion. 86Forever

Nigel Reo-Coker: a tale of two seasons
I had the good fortune to run into none other than Nigel Reo-Coker yesterday in front of the US Consulate. He was getting his papers to go down to the US to play for Chivas USA, after the trade that sent him there in exchange for Mauro Rosales. Reo-Coker’s time in Vancouver was enigmatic; it really was a tale of two seasons. Whitecaps Fan

Fudge: Rosales a coup for 'Caps
It may have been his first training session in Vancouver, but Mauro Rosales' commitment to share his experience and wisdom was immediate. Though the arrival of Rosales adds another playmaker to Vancouver's ranks, the 33-year-old's impact as an MLS player would suggest that head coach Carl Robinson might have pulled off a bit of a coup in landing the South American veteran. Goal.com

Whitecaps FC already reaping benefits from veteran guidance of Mauro Rosales
When Vancouver Whitecaps FC traded for Mauro Rosales last week, it wasn’t just for what the creative midfielder can do for Carl Robinson’s young squad on the pitch, but also for the experience and knowledge that he can impart off it. Whitecaps FC

Johnny Leverón called up to Honduras national team for the 2014 Copa Centroamericana
The Honduran team, alongside six other Central American teams, will compete to become champions of Central America while also looking to secure a spot at both the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2016 Copa América Centenario. The native of Yoro, Honduras will miss three matches with Whitecaps FC. Whitecaps FC

Impact faces tough home test Saturday versus Columbus Crew
Following a tough stretch of games last week, winning two of out of three in just eight days, the Montreal Impact (4-15-5) enjoyed a full week of training prior to hosting the Columbus Crew (8-8-9) at Stade Saputo this Saturday. Montreal Impact

Countdown: Toronto FC v New England - No pressure
Toronto FC are rested and ready for a pivotal Eastern Conference fixture as they host the New England Revolution Saturday afternoon. The Reds were at one point in an excellent position in the table, with games in hand, but that advantage has all but withered away and now this match has become must-win if they are to control third place in the table. RedNation

Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen is a student of the ever-changing beautiful game
When Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen sees wide open spaces on the soccer field, he also sees opportunity. "Space is what really creates goals," Nelsen said. Especially when you combine that space with a quickfire counter attack and players who know what to do with it. Canada.com

Portland Timbers' Norberto Paparatto Suspended for One Game
Portland Timbers defender Norberto Paparatto has been suspended one match by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for his elbow to the head of Seattle Sounders defender Chad Marshall. Stumptown Footy

Seattle's Obafemi Martins claims Week 24 AT&T Goal of the Week with powerful solo run
The Seattle Sounders delivered an emphatic win over their rivals the Portland Timbers on Sunday, and Obafemi Martins powerfully punctuated the commanding victory with an incredible goal. MLS

FC Dallas mourn the passing of academy player Delfino Garcia
FC Dallas are mourning the loss of a well-loved academy player who passed away Thursday after suffering a ruptured blood vessel in the brain. Delfino "Fino" Garcia was a member of FC Dallas' Premier 98s and has been a part of the FC Dallas Academy since 2010. MLS

Match Preview: Edmonton FC vs Minnesota United FC
FC Edmonton (3-2-3) have turned their NASL Fall Season around and currently sit in fourth place in the Fall Standings heading into an important match-up against Minnesota United FC on Sunday, August 31. FC Edmonton

If Eddies want to keep the hot streak going, they’ll need to stop Minnesota’s Christian Ramirez
The past few weeks have been very good to FC Edmonton. The club has at least temporarily put a halt to the what-if-they-could-score talk, bagging 10 goals over the last five games. The Eddies are up to fourth in the NASL fall standings, and have moved to within just four points of a playoff spot in the NASL overall table.

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs Tampa Bay Rowdies
Character continues to be the buzz word used by Marc Dos Santos describing his side in each of their last two matches. Their late-game comeback two weekends ago at TD Place to level San Antonio provided Ottawa with some much needed confidence for their road match in Indianapolis. Ottawa Fury FC

Cosmos Sign Danny Mwanga On Loan From Rapids
The NASL's New York Cosmos announced that the team has signed forward Danny Mwanga on loan from the Colorado Rapids. NASL

New Westminster accepting input on pro soccer proposal until Sept. 5
“Our intent is to play next year, whether it’s in New West or elsewhere,” Whitecaps president and CEO Bob Lenarduzzi told The Record. “That’s something we will need to monitor as we get closer to that deadline.”  The Whitecaps are working to a Sept. 15 deadline. Royal City Record

US 'soccer moms' sue Fifa over concussions
The California class-action lawsuit accuses the sport's governing bodies of acting "carelessly and negligently" and failing to protect young players. The filing also calls for new safety rules, including limiting the number of headers for young players, The US collegiate sports authority settled a similar suit last month. BBC

Where others fear to tread: Soccer Moms sue FIFA
Maybe it doesn’t sound like a big deal, this business of “soccer moms” suing FIFA over concussion injuries. Maybe it is something that the FIFA biggies can laugh off. At any rate, you know that’s what they’ll try to do. I mean, the very idea! inSoccer

the women's pro game

NWSL Championship Preview: Seattle Reign FC v. FC Kansas City
The NWSL championship. Seattle claimed the regular season Shield, finishing thirteen points clear of Kansas City, who placed second. How did they get here: Kansas City whitewashed the third-seeded Portland Thorns FC, 2-0, in a game played in scorching heat in Kansas City. Prost Amerika

university soccer

Marc Rizzardo vindicated, reaches out of court settlement with UBC
Marc Rizzardo, fired one day after being hired as UBC women's soccer head coach in 2012 has reached an out of court settlement with UBC, the terms of which have not been disclosed. A separate letter from UBC to Rizzardo states: "The result of UBC's failure to follow its own processes is that you were treated unfairly, through no fault of your own... For this we apologise... We also acknowledge that this unfairness resulted in your public embarrassment... UBC was solely responsible for your hire and termination without just cause" CLICK HERE for the full letter of apology from UBC (pdf).

TWU women's soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision
British Columbia - Playing in its final game of its 2014 preseason schedule, the Trinity Western women's soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision against Western Washington Wednesday at Rogers Field. ISN

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Canada MNT announces roster for Jamaica match
As the build-up for next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup begins, Benito Floro, Head Coach of Canada’s Men’s National Team, has named the 23-man squad that will host Jamaica in a Men’s International Friendly on Tuesday 9 September (kickoff 19.30 local time) at BMO Field in Toronto, ON. Canada Soccer

Floro's Canada roster blends youth, experience
Floro has also called in a number of younger players for his first home game in charge of Canada, most notably Toronto FC centre-back Doneil Henry, Montreal Impact defenders Karl W. Ouimette and Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare, and forward Randy Edwini-Bonsu, who plays in the German third division with Stuttgarter Kickers. Sportsnet

Veterans lead Canadian roster for Jamaica soccer friendly in September
Veterans Atiba Hutchinson, Dwayne De Rosario and Julian de Guzman lead the 23-man Canadian squad for the Sept. 9 soccer friendly against Jamaica in Toronto. Coach Benito Floro has chosen nine MLS players: De Rosario and four others from Toronto FC and four from the Montreal Impact. The BMO Field game marks the first at home for Floro since he was hired in July 2013. Canada.com

Five Reds Called for National Duty
Canada Soccer announced Thursday that five members of Toronto FC have been called into the Canadian Men’s National Team. Goalkeeper Quillan Roberts, defenders Doneil Henry, Ashtone Morgan, midfielder Kyle Bekker, and forward Dwayne De Rosario have been called into Canadian Head Coach Benito Floro’s 23-man roster for the upcoming friendly match against Jamaica. Toronto FC

Floro’s choice of Canadian goalkeepers offers food for thought
Kenny Stamatopoulos has been named to the team, along with Milan Borjan, who is unattached at the moment, and Quillan Roberts, the kid who was recently recalled from the USL back to Toronto FC, but isn’t seeing any MLS action. The11

world football

Putin rules out cutting any of the venues for 2018 World Cup despite FIFA recommendation
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ruled out cutting any of the 11 host cities for the 2018 World Cup despite repeated recommendations from FIFA head Sepp Blatter. Russia's tournament organizers were surprised when Blatter suggested at the World Cup in Brazil that two stadiums should be dropped for the 2018 tournament. WFP

Real Madrid, Liverpool group highlights Champions League draw
Real Madrid will start its Champions League campaign against five-time winner Liverpool, FC Basel and Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad. The 10-time champions, aiming to become the first team to defend the title in 25 years, were drawn into Group B on Thursday. TSN

Toast of EuropeToast of Europe
Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA's award as the best player in Europe last season after scoring a record 17 goals in the Champions League. The Real Madrid and Portgual forward beat Bayern Munich pair Manuel Neuer of Germany and the Netherlands' Arjen Robben. TSN

English clubs have spent record amounts
With frenetic deadline-day dealings still to come, Premier League clubs have already spent record amounts in this summer’s transfer window as they benefit from increased income from broadcast revenues. Sportsnet

Winless after 3 games, including cup rout, Van Gaal needs upturn in United fortunes at Burnley
Winless after 3 games, including cup rout, Van Gaal needs upturn in United fortunes at Burnley
From the World Cup semifinals to a bruising introduction in Britain, Louis van Gaal's fortunes have changed rapidly inside two months. The coach who led the Netherlands to a third-place finish at the World Cup enters his fourth match as Manchester United manager still searching for his first win. Canada.com

Club promises to punish fans who taunted player in latest case of racism in Brazilian football
Brazilian club Gremio has promised to help identify and punish the fans who taunted a player in the latest case of racism to taint the national game. The club said Friday it will do all it can to find the fans responsible for monkey taunts directed at Santos goalkeeper Aranha in Thursday's Brazilian Cup match in Porto Alegre. WFP

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