DAY 3 – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP – JUNE 8
CAMEROON vs. ECUADOR – 4:00 pm
JAPAN vs. SWITZERLAND – 7:00 pm
BC Place Stadium, Vancouver
SWEDEN VS NIGERIA 1:00 pm
USA vs AUSTRALIA 4:30 pm
Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg
Japan midfielder Homare Sawa poised to make Women’s World Cup history at BC Place – AFTN
Homare Sawa is poised to write herself into the record books at BC Place on Monday evening. If the veteran midfielder sees any time on the pitch in Japan’s Group C clash with Switzerland, she will become the first female player in Women’s World Cup history to have appeared in six separate Finals.
Ecuador’s 26-Year-Old Coach is Making History at the Women’s World Cup – Vice Sports
When Ecuador takes on Cameroon on Monday afternoon in Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium, Vanessa Arauz, all 26 years, four months, and three days of her, will become the youngest person, male or female, to ever coach in a World Cup, surpassing Juan Tramutola, Argentina’s record holder from the 1930 men’s Cup.
Debutants share bill with Japan, USA – FIFA
Day three of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ will see tournament newcomers Cameroon, Ecuador and Switzerland make their debuts, all in the same group. Sharing the day’s bill with them are two of the favourites to lift the trophy: Japan and USA.
US women ready for fast test from Australia – The Equalizer
Peppered with media inquiries about FIFA’s corruption scandal, artificial turf and, on Sunday, a new report detailing domestic violence allegations against goalkeeper Hope Solo, the U.S. women can finally do what they’ve been saying they want to do all along: play soccer.
Centurion Rapinoe set to lead USA in Canada – FIFA
“You never take something like this for granted,” said an earnest Megan Rapinoe, referring to the grand spectacle that is the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, which she is about to embark upon for the second time in her career. “But I feel like I’m a little more prepared for it this time.”
Women’s World Cup: has the US failed to evolve with the times? – The Guardian
Despite Wambach’s assurances, the question heading into this World Cup lingers: has the rest of the world caught up with the Americans? The answer likely won’t come until 5 July, when a new world champion will be crowned. But one thing is clear: women’s soccer is evolving quickly and the rest of the world is getting better.
Europeans leave novice opponents trailing in Ottawa – FIFA
The opening matches of Group B in the Canadian capital demonstrated that experience is crucial at major tournaments. Former champions Norway and Germany made light work of newcomers Thailand and Côte d’Ivoire, who won friends despite losing all three points.
Sasic, Mittag record hat tricks in Germany blowout – The Equalizer
Germany overwhelmed Ivory Coast in Sunday’s nightcap, thrashing the African debutantes 10-0. It was the second most lopsided result in tournament history falling just short of the 11-0 win for Germany over Argentina in their opener eight years ago.
Germany drops double digits on Ivory Coast – TSN
The goals came early and often as the No. 1-ranked German team dismantled the Ivory Coast 10-0 in its 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup opener.
Germany too strong for Côte d’Ivoire – FIFA
Two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup™ winners Germany handed tournament debutants Côte d’Ivoire a harsh welcome to the competition, beating the newcomers 10-0 to make a flying start in Group B for the Europeans.
Four-star Norway outlast brave Thais – FIFA
Norway began their 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ campaign in confident fashion with a 4-0 win over debutants Thailand in Ottawa.
Women’s World Cup players adapting to Canada’s football turf pitches – AFTN
It’s generated much debate, much anger and a lot of hysteria, the latter coming primarily from the American media, and uneducated journalists in general, who love sensationalism.
Women’s World Cup 2015: England primed to find new level against France – The Guardian
By a quirk of fate – or was it Fifa deciding to test the Entente Cordiale? – England and France have been billeted in the same downtown Moncton hotel before Tuesday’s all important World Cup Group F opener.
New details emerge from Hope Solo’s 2014 arrest – SBI
Hope Solo has long claimed to be the victim when it comes to her June 2014 domestic violence arrest, but emerging details paint the U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper in a much different light.
Canada largely unscathed from win vs. China – Sportsnet
Canada emerged unscathed from its opening Women’s World Cup win over China other than an ankle contusion to defender Kadeisha Buchanan.
Canada 1, China 0: Sinclair saves the day with last gasp penalty – The Province
There may not be a stat for how many times Christine Sinclair has saved Canada’s bacon but if there is, add one to her total. The Canadian captain calmly stroked home a penalty in stoppage time Saturday to give Canada a 1-0 win over a young Chinese side in the opening match of the Women’s World Cup.
Canada sneaks by in opener with a PK win – Red Nation Online
Christine Sinclair scored the winning goal for Canada to take the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 against China on Saturday at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium.
FIFA Women’s World Cup: Controversy surrounds Canada’s win – CBC
Brave decision or non-call? Ukraine referee Kateryna Monzul’s decision to award a stoppage-time penalty Saturday proved to be the turning point in Canada’s 1-0 win over China in the opening match of the Women’s World Cup.
The Evolution of Christine Sinclair – Sportsnet
For 10 years, people have been calling her the best soccer player on Earth. Today, with an Olympic medal, more than 150 international goals and a chance to win it all on home turf, she might just believe it.
FIFA is still subjecting women to the demeaning practice of gender testing – Soccer Gods
At the time, I assumed the strange and invasive practice of gender testing in soccer was something uniquely troubling within the Confederation of African Football. That thought was born partially out of plain ignorance, and partially out of an unwillingness to believe that it was a common global practice. A sort of “we would never do such a thing” western arrogance. In reality, gender testing is quite common, and is even taking place at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
WHITECAPS FC & MLS
Report and Reaction: Record breakers Vancouver Whitecaps can now rest easy – AFTN
After the disappointment of defeat in Montreal on Wednesday night, and after a string of mixed results, the ‘Caps became record breakers on Saturday, beating LA Galaxy 1-0 to end their 29 home game unbeaten streak.
Robinson: ‘I want them to start believing’ – Whitecaps FC
“They deserve a pat on the back,” head coach Carl Robinson told Vancouver’s TSN 1410 radio after the match. “After a very difficult week, a long travelling week, we managed to get the result that we wanted, which we thoroughly deserved. I want them to start believing because I believe in them. I believe in every single one of them and if we do, then we can compete with the better teams. We just need to be more consistent.”
LA Galaxy held without a shot on goal for third time in history – MLS
Rarely have the LA Galaxy done so little with so much as in Saturday night’s home loss to Vancouver, but frayed connections and the Whitecaps’ superb defensive game plan proved too great to overcome.
Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo to sign for New York City FC over Sydney FC – sources – ESPN FC
New York City FC are in pole position to sign Andrea Pirlo with the Juventus star set to choose the MLS side over Sydney FC, sources have told ESPN FC.
Highlanders Poach FC Tigers | Third Consecutive Shutout Road Victory – Victoria Highlanders
Victoria Highlanders are in a heated race for first place in the Pacific Coast Soccer League with Mid Isle Mariners and Vancouver United FC. Highlanders going into today’s match were tied with the Mariners in first place on 16 points from 9 games played.
WolfPack Men’s Soccer Gets Faster With Acquisition of Ajibike – Thosmpson Rivers Univ.
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team wants to be more ‘fleet of foot’ when they enter their second season in the Canada West. Head coach John Antulov took a big step forward in that area with the announcement that forward/midfielder Olamide “Ola” Ajibike (pronounced Aji-bike) of Maple Ridge, BC has agreed to join the program in the fall.
Dominica vs. Canada | World Cup Qualifying Match Preview – MLS
Canada’s quest towards Russia 2018 is set to begin in the same way as its last few World Cup qualifying campaigns – in the early CONCACAF rounds, against an obscure and (almost certainly) overmatched opponent.
Eddies defender Roberts to replace Dejan Jakovic for Canadian World Cup qualifying camp – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton defender Mallan Roberts has been named to replace Dejan Jakovic (injury) for Canada’s World Cup qualifying camp, beginning June 7 in Orlando, FL. The 23-year-old has played in every minute of the 2015 campaign for Edmonton including both North American Soccer League (NASL) and Amway Canadian Championship (ACC) competition.
Canada ‘deserves’ men’s World Cup: Montagliani – Toronto Sun
“I would like nothing better than to get a men’s World Cup or a piece of a men’s World Cup in the near future,” Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani told Terry Jones Sunday.
FIFA CORRUPTION CRISIS
Fifa scandal: Is the long arm of US law now overreaching? – BBC
The world’s most powerful law enforcement agency versus the seemingly untouchable and omnipotent world sports body. That’s a match up that any fan would pay top dollar to watch.
FIFA compliance officer: World Cups could be stripped from Russia, Qatar – MLS
Russia and Qatar could be stripped of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups if conclusive proof emerges that the two countries engaged in corrupt practices during the bidding process, the independent chariman of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee revealed on Sunday.
Could Fifa really take the World Cup from Russia or Qatar? – BBC
Following Fifa’s head of audit and compliance Dominico Scala’s remarks that it was feasible for Fifa to strip a World Cup if corruption was proved, we examine exactly how this would work.
Did South Africa really win the right to host 2010 World Cup? – Goal
According to a report in The Sunday Times of London that cites secret tapes the newspaper had in its possession, the vote for hosting the event was actually won by Morocco, amid allegations that both countries offered bribes for FIFA votes:
Have 1,200 World Cup workers really died in Qatar? – BBC
The scandal surrounding corruption within world football’s governing body, Fifa, has focused fresh attention on the workers who have died building stadiums in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. The figure of 1,200 deaths is often cited – but how reliable is it?
No signal: NASL’s Canadian broadcast woes highlighted by FCE/Rowdies match – the11.ca
The league desperately needs a Canadian in the front office, close to commissioner Bill Peterson, who can help steer the league through some of the challenges it faces in the market north of the border. When NASL signed to get its games on ESPN3 for the 2015 season, it cut Canada out of the market; and the Band-Aid solutions to get games played in the United States to the Canadian fans aren’t working.
WORLD OF SOCCER
Youth soccer’s case of the missing $195,000 – Boston Globe Magazine
Did one Framingham United youth soccer dad really help himself to daily Dunkin’ Donuts, vacations, and piles of club cash?
Review: In ‘United Passions,’ a Fictionalized FIFA, Underwritten by the Soccer Group – NY Times
It turns out there is such a thing as bad publicity after all. Just ask Sepp Blatter. While he waits for other shoes to drop, he might want to curl up with “United Passions,” the dramatized history of FIFA that the association mostly financed and in which he figures prominently.