BC Soccer News, July 1, 2015

DAYS 25-26

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SEMI FINALS

Wednesday, July 1

JAPAN  vs. ENGLAND

4:00 PM – COMMONWEALTH STADIUM, EDMONTON

Tuesday, June 30

UNITED STATES 2  GERMANY 0

OLYMPIC STADIUM, MONTREAL

BC Soccer News, July 1, 2015

USA beats Germany to reach Women’s World Cup finalNewsday
The Americans will have to wait until Sunday before they can call themselves the best women’s soccer team in the world, but they certainly put their best feet forward against the world’s top-ranked team Tuesday night.

FIFA Women’s World Cup: U.S. beats Germany, 2-0, to advance to finalWashington Post
Carli Lloyd scored on a penalty kick and Kelley O’Hara added a late tally as the Americans’ shutout string continued.

Controversial calls overshadow U.S. semifinal winSportsnet
As the big games often go, Tuesday’s Women’s World Cup semifinal between Germany and the United States was decided on a few details. Unfortunately, on this occasion, those details happened to be referee decisions.

Robbie Rogers: Why Men Need To Stand With Women’s Soccer To Confront FIFAESPN W.
Unfortunately, FIFA, the governing body of soccer and organizer of all World Cups, has been in the news for a series of corruption charges that span the globe. The true impact of these actions is still unknown. That has overshadowed some of the alarming inequities spawned by FIFA politics at the Women’s World Cup — inequities that directly impact a significant contingent of our soccer community. I want to help make sure we put a stop to it.

FIFA slammed over treatment of women’s game CBC
Critics took aim on social media Tuesday after FIFA.com referenced American forward Alex Morgan’s looks in an article posted in advance of the United States’ match against Germany in the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup.

Reuters: Sepp Blatter won’t attend WWC finalThe Equalizer
Reuters has confirmed that outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter will not attend the Women’s World Cup final this weekend in Vancouver.

Iwashimizu leading Japan’s defence from the front  – FIFA
Amid all the attention to Japan’s technical prowess and ability to maintain possession, the world champions also boast impressive defensive capabilities. In their charge to the semi-finals at Canada 2015, the Nadeshiko have constantly defied opposition attacks thanks to both a solid structure and resolute individual performances. Indeed Japan have conceded just twice in their five matches thus far, and they have yet to concede prior to the 90th minute.

Japan v England: My predecessors banned women’s football for nearly 50 years, we will capitalise on its boom The Telegraph
FA chairman Greg Dyke writes exclusively for Telegraph Sport ahead of historic World Cup semi-final . “Tonight I will be one of millions across the nation tuning in to see if an England football team can reach a World Cup final. That we are in this position going into a semi-final with Japan in Edmonton is a phenomenal achievement in itself. But no one wants the journey to end now.”

NWSL and Fox Sports Announce National Broadcast DealNWSL
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and FOX Sports announced an agreement to televise 10 NWSL games during the current season. As part of the deal, FOX Sports 1 will air three regular-season matches and all three games of the NWSL Playoffs, which includes the two semifinal games on September 13 and the NWSL Championship Game on October 1.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

More US Open Cup magic for Philadelphia Union in “great win” after going down man, goalMLS
For Union head coach Jim Curtin, Tuesday’s 2-1 US Open Cup round-of-16 victory over D.C. United was still as special as they come.

Orlando City SC 2, Columbus Crew SC 0 | US Open CupMLS
Adrian Heath was as good as his US Open Cup word as his full-strength Orlando City SC team put paid to a makeshift Columbus Crew SC lineup in a 2-0 victory Tuesday night in a round-of-16 matchup.

D.C. United stadium land purchases approved by Council Black & Red United
The D.C. Council, just moments ago, unanimously approved contracts to purchase land for the D.C. United stadium site. The land owned by Super Salvage will be purchased for approximately $15 million, Mark Ein’s Rollingwood Real Estate’s lot will be purchased for approximately $10 million, and the PEPCO parcel will be traded for land at 1st and K NW. Now that that contracts have been approved, all that is left is to write the checks.

At The California Clasico, Or A Night Among San Jose’s BelieversVice Sports
The Earthquakes are optimistic. With a team “surprisingly better than I thought they would be,” as a top-hat wearing gentleman told me between sips of Trader Joe’s beer, San Jose’s MLS side are going into their biggest match against a hated rival with momentum on their side. The week before, the Quakes’ star Argentine carved up the league’s best D with a left-footed dagger.

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2015 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

Mexico manager Miguel Herrera faces must-win situation after recent woesMLS
A six-game run without a win – as well as some controversial political tweets by the manager – leave Herrera’s approval ratings at an all-time low. The once beloved and energetic leader of El Tri has quickly lost the trust and support of many fans.

Despite USMNT wins in Europe, Bradley looks to Friday’s Guatemala friendly for Gold Cup cues – MLS
US national team midfield stalwart Michael Bradley doesn’t want to underplay the team’s accomplishments in a pair of friendlies earlier this month. Yes, coming back from two goals down to beat the Netherlands 4-3 and holding off world champion Germany 2-1 was a big deal, and “we want to use those games in terms of building confidence,” Bradley said at the USA’s training session ahead of Friday’s Gold Cup warm-up against Guatemala in Nashville.

BC SOCCER

The BC Provincial Premier Cup Concluded With Six Teams Qualifying For The National Club Championships – BCSA
20 Teams took to the field this past weekend as the BC Soccer Provincial Premier Cup concluded at Burnaby Lake West. Mountain United FC was host to the one day event and with the incredible weather it turned out to be a memorable day of soccer.  Six teams from four separate clubs earned berths into the Canadian Soccer Association Sport Chek National Club Championships and ten teams took home provincial championship trophies.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Argentina punishes Paraguay, advances to Copa America final – SBI
For the third time in the previous four Copa America tournaments, Argentina will take part in the final, as the 14-time winner progressed against Paraguay, 6-1.

Sweden become tenth U21 EURO winners UEFA
Sweden became the tenth winners of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship with their shoot-out defeat of Portugal in Tuesday’s final in Prague.

Leicester City sack Nigel Pearson due to ‘differences in perspective’ The Guardian
Nigel Pearson’s tumultuous reign in charge of Leicester City was brought to an end on Tuesday night after he was sacked because of “fundamental differences in perspective” between the club’s owner and the manager. In a club statement that came like a bolt from the blue Leicester’s Thai owners made it clear that the damage was irreparable and that their working relationship with Pearson had totally broken down.

Nigel Pearson: Leicester boss’s sacking linked to son’s actionsBBC Sport
Nigel Pearson’s sacking by Leicester was linked to his son’s role in a racist sex tape in the owners’ homeland of Thailand, the BBC has learned.

China’s Evergrande lay down marker with £9.8m Paulinho buy from SpursInside World Football
As the centre of gravity of the world’s economy shifts toward the Asia-Pacific region, the signing of Tottenham midfielder Paulinho for £9.8 million, in the wake of the country’s leadership putting its weight behind the development of football, looks like a statement of intent from the Chinese club football.

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