BC Soccer News, Monday, August 10, 2015






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Whitecaps romp over RSL “B” teamWhitecaps Fan Blog
Major League Soccer fans could not be faulted for scratching their heads and wondering why their teams are fielding such bad teams for matches. The answer is fixture congestion; too any games in too many competitions.

First-place Caps are White-hot24 Hours
There hasn’t been any summer vacation for the Vancouver Whitecaps this year. Traditionally a team that has slumped through the summer months of the schedule, the Whitecaps (13-8-3) are instead the hottest team in Major League Soccer.

Why Saturday’s win over RSL was a milestone match for Whitecaps FCWhitecaps FC
The Western Conference-leading ‘Caps extended their winning streak to three matches on Saturday night with a dominant 4-0 win over Real Salt Lake at BC Place. Turns out the win was a momentous one for Whitecaps FC – for the reasons listed below.

He’s in for offence, but Nico Mezquida’s pressure game proving invaluable for Whitecaps defending The Province
There isn’t a defensive statistic that measures what Nicolás Mezquida does best for the Vancouver Whitecaps. MLS fans can view a player’s tackles, his blocks, interceptions, clearances and recoveries of loose balls.

Caps continue taking care of business Vancouver Sun
Thoughtful and perfectly fluent in English, which to soccer reporters in Vancouver makes him like Guinness in Ireland, David Ousted was doing his customary post-game press conference when it was punctured by a shrill, piercing voice from the back of the Whitecaps’ locker-room. It was defender Pa-Modou Kah, at a pitch high enough to break glass.

Vancouver Whitecaps 4, Real Salt Lake 0 | MLS Match RecapMLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps consolidated their lead at the top of the Western Conference standings with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Real Salt Lake at BC Place on Saturday evening.

Salty tears for RSL in four goal rout by WhitecapsAFTN
Ten goals, six different goalscorers and two clean sheets. That’s Vancouver Whitecaps’ record over the last three MLS matches and it’s a record that sees them with a four point lead at the top of the Western Conference standings after their 4-0 rout of an understrength Real Salt Lake side at BC Place on Saturday night.

Techera lifts Caps over RSL in emphatic 4-0 winEighty-Six Forever
The diminutive Uruguayan scores a brace and the Blue and White continue their good form in MLS action. Which Whitecaps stood out on the day?

Vancouver demolishes a depleted Real Salt Lake Red Nation Online
Carl Robinson and the Whitecaps busy month of August continued with a match against Real Salt Lake at BC Place. Coach Jeff Cassar decided to leave a lot of his regular players back in Utah. The players that Real Salt Lake did insert were no match for the high-flying Vancouver Whitecaps. The good times kept on rolling as Vancouver won 4-0 in front of 20,638 fans.

History Lesson: Techera scores twice as Whitecaps thump Real Salt Lake 4-0Canada.com
The Vancouver Whitecaps made sure history didn’t repeat itself. Cristian Techera scored twice and Octavio Rivero and Pa-Modou Kah added goals of their own Saturday as the Whitecaps thumped undermanned Real Salt Lake 4-0.

Whitecaps’ depth need to impress soon or be left pining for the fjords alongside Erik The Viking AFTN
The MLS summer transfer window has come and gone and the final bits and pieces are just filtering through, once all the i’s crossed and t’s dotted. There was never going to be a big splash by the Whitecaps but I did think they’d be a little bit busier than they were on the attacking front.

Dos Santos scores as Galaxy knock off SoundersSBI
The LA Galaxy trotted out their new star-studded starting lineup for the first time, and it delivered with a dominating 3-1 win against a struggling Seattle Sounders before a sold-out crowd of 27,000 at the Stub Hub Center.

LA Galaxy bullish on prospects after win over Seattle: “We can achieve every goal we want” MLS
There were moments in the LA Galaxy’s 3-1 triumph Sunday afternoon over Seattle that offered a glimpse of what’s to come, and it couldn’t have been pretty for the defending MLS Cup champions’ many rivals.

Sigi Schmid: ‘When it rains it pours’ Soccer America
How bad are things going for the Seattle Sounders? Fifty seconds in their match at the LA Galaxy, they took the lead on a goal by Chad Barrett, starting because stars Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey are both injured. The goal ended a 363-minute scoreless streak, the longest stretch without a goal in Seattle history, but did not signal an end to the Sounders’ misfortunes.

Where does Dos Santos fit with the Galaxy? Maybe it doesn’t matterGoal
The attacker can play as a midfielder or a forward, but which role he fills for the LA Galaxy might be irrelevant, writes Jon Arnold.

Montreal Impact 0, DC United 1 | MLS Match Recap MLS
After coming from two goals behind to win their last two games, D.C. United put themselves into no such trouble on Saturday night.

Bernier deserves better treatment from Impact Sportsnet
If there’s one area where the Montreal Impact have led the way in MLS over the last two seasons it’s in the number of public displays of discontent.

Toothless TFC fall 3-1 to Kansas CityRed Nation Online
After a convincing win midweek over Orlando City, Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC were back in action on Saturday afternoon looking to make it two wins in a row at home. Facing off against an imposing opponent in the form of Sporting Kansas City, the Reds were bolstered by the return of Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore to the starting eleven.

New York Red Bulls 2, New York City FC 0 | MLS Match Recap MLS
In case there was any lingering doubt, 2015’s kings of New York once again painted the town red for good measure.

NYCFC’s pride, playoff chances damaged in yet another loss to rival Red BullsSBI
New York City FC traveled back across the river Sunday night with plenty of disappointment and without any points. For the third time this season, NYCFC were bested by their local rivals, the New York Red Bulls, in a 2-0 defeat Sunday at Red Bull Arena.

New York Red Bulls pleased to sweep New York City FC, but turn page to quest for silverware MLS
The sweep is complete, and the Red Bulls are moving on. With nine points in tow after their inaugural three-game set with New York City FC, there’s no doubt that the Red Bulls are reveling in the spoils of their victory. And in their much-hyped matchup with the crosstown rivals, the home side embodied the big brother role, showing no fear against their star-studded counterparts in a 2-0 win on Sunday.

New York derby marred by crowd trouble before MLS match in New Jersey (VIDEO)The Guardian
Sunday’s New York derby was marred by the ugly sight as supporters of both MLS sides clashed before kick-off in New Jersey.

Roster merry-go-round has Orlando City struggling for consistencyProst Amerika
The long inaugural MLS season may be starting to take its toll on expansion side Orlando City. Lacking energy and ingenuity, the Lions settled for a tepid 0-0 draw against a struggling Philadelphia Union squad on Saturday night, reaping just a single, meager point toward their playoff dream.

Complete comings and goings from the MLS Transfer Window Soccer America
Seattle followed up its signing of Austrian Andres Ivanschitz by acquiring Paraguayan attacker Nelson Valdez, and Colorado jumped in just as the window closed to drastically alter a defense that will be anchored by World Cup and English Premier League veteran Maynor Figueroa.

Soccer News: As the project continues to move ahead, the Los Angeles Football Club announced to the Coliseum Commission that they have selected Legends to oversee project management for the new venue and PCL Construction Services, Inc. (PCL) as general contractor to build the to-be-developed state-of-the-art soccer stadium in South Los Angeles.

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Bustos records second straight brace as WFC2 win 3-0 versus Sounders FC 2Whitecaps FC
Marco Bustos recorded his second consecutive brace and Andre Lewis added another tally to lead Whitecaps FC 2 (8W-10L-5D) to a 3-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC 2 (11W-8L-3D) at Starfire Sports Stadium on Saturday.

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Canada scores big win over USA at Parapan Am GamesCSA
It was high drama at the Pan Am/Parapan Am Fields on the campus of the University of Toronto on Sunday as Sam Charron scored a late goal to give Canada’s Para Team a massive 2:1 victory over the United States.

Woodbridge Strikers hold on to win League1 Ontario Men’s L10 Cup OSA
Sigma FC and the Woodbridge Strikers faced off in the League1 Ontario L1O Cup final, in a game that would ulitmately go down to the wire.  Earlier this month, Sigma advanced to the final in a close 3-1 win over ANB Futbol in their semi-final. Woodbridge defeated Durham United in razor thin close game, downing Durham 7-6 on penalties.

North Mississauga capture League1 Ontario Women’s L1O CupOSA
The North Mississauga Panthers and the Vaughan Azzurri put on a showcase for some of the best soccer in Ontario at the League1 Ontario Women’s L1O Cup on Sunday, hosted at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan.

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USWNT to play Brazil in Seattle in October The Equalizer
The United States women’s national team will play Brazil twice in October — in Seattle and Orlando — as part of the team’s 10-game 2015 Women’s World Cup victory tour.

A work in progress: Thorns win third in a rowProst Amerika
It wasn’t exactly pretty, but the Thorns eked out a 2-1 win over the Chicago Red Stars before a crowd of nearly 16,000 at Providence Park tonight.

FCKC, without Holiday, jump back into playoff spotThe Equalizer
FC Kansas City moved back into the top four with a 4-0 rout of the Western New York Flash on Saturday night at Swope Soccer Village.

Fran Kirby: Chelsea Ladies striker ‘can’t believe sexist comments’ BBC Sport
People aiming sexist comments at women’s football need to “catch up with the times”, England striker Fran Kirby said.

Ellis balancing evaluation, celebration ahead of Rio The Equalizer
Jill Ellis’ dilemma hasn’t changed, but the circumstances have. The United States women’s national team coach was rewarded with a new multi-year contract on Wednesday, exactly one month after leading the U.S. to its third Women’s World Cup title and exactly one year before the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics, Ellis next challenge.

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Eddies earn 1-1 draw with Minnesota after impressive second half performanceFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (3W-3D-3L) remains undefeated on the road after a 1-1 draw against Minnesota United FC, Aug. 8 at NSC Stadium in North American Soccer League (NASL) action. The two sides sit in a 2-2 deadlock after leg two of the three-leg, supporter-run Flyover Cup.

Miller upbeat about draw after Eddies’ nightmarish trip to Minnesotathe11.ca
For FC Edmonton, a game at Minnesota United represents the shortest road trip it goes on all NASL season long. It’s a direct flight from Edmonton to the Twin Cities.

Ottawa Fury: Better by the DozenOttawa Fury FC
In one of their most dominant performances of the season, Ottawa Fury FC ran their impressive unbeaten streak to 12 games with a 4-1 road win in Indianapolis. Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Andrew Wiedeman and Mauro Eustaquio all netted their first goals of the season, with Wiedeman adding a second for good measure in the win. The club’s fifth win in a row has extended Ottawa’s lead atop the Fall Season standings to five points and given them a single point edge over the New York Cosmos in the Combined standings.

Trafford thriving amid Ottawa’s furious unbeaten runRed Nation Online
One player who has been vital to Ottawa’s current 11 game unbeaten run while playing a new but familiar role is Canadian defender Mason Trafford.

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Monday EPL Preview: West Brom vs. Manchester City BBC Sport
West Brom defender Joleon Lescott is doubtful but the Baggies are hopeful he will be fit to start.

Barcelona face tough Sevilla test in Luis Enrique’s quest for sextupleESPN FC
As fierce a competitor as any, he would like nothing more than to equal his old friend Pep Guardiola’s feat of winning six trophies within a calendar year at the Camp Nou, having already matched the Catalan’s record treble.

Chelsea sloppy, Arsenal shoddy but it’s far too early to write them offGoal
The Premier League returned with a bang this weekend and the performances of this season’s title protagonists provided plenty of ammunition for those who claim that this is the most competitive division in the world.

Juventus signal intent for 2015-16 with Supercoppa triumphESPN FC
Claiming their seventh Supercoppa, Juventus defeated Lazio 2-0 in Shanghai on Saturday to win their first trophy of the season. Banishing a certain amount of pressure, Juventus demonstrated that while how many may doubt the team’s capability for ongoing success, they are still a heavily motivated giant vying for more honours.

One game, one loss and Bielsa quits Marseilles leaving stunned fans and board Inside World Football
Marseille are looking for a new coach after one solitary game of the new French season. Marcelo Bielsa stunned supporters by announcing his resignation within minutes of their opening-day Ligue 1 defeat by Caen having just started his second campaign in charge.

Police investigating Hertha bus shootingGoal
Police have started an investigation after Hertha Berlin’s team bus was shot at Sunday. Hertha’s players were not aboard the vehicle at the time of the incident, as it was being driven to collect the squad.

Football fans should not be so quick to abuse and demonise managersThe Guardian
True or false? Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew helped install the windows of Sea Containers House in London’s Blackfriars. The former Millwall manager Ian Holloway has three deaf daughters. The Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale was once a top-rated teenage cricketer in England. The Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth is a practising Catholic who occasionally fronts a rock band named Road To Eden. The former Leyton Orient manager Martin Ling once considered taking his own life while having a mental breakdown in a service station on the M5.

US and Mexico line up for winner-takes-all Rose Bowl shoot-out Inside World Football
It looked lined up to be the Gold Cup final in July, but it never happened once Jamaica knocked out the US in the semi-final. Now the US and local rivals Mexico will have the chance to kick a ball in competitive anger with the winners taking the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup berth.

American soccer players get started in Europe, though few are starters Washington Post
Tim Howard, Brad Guzan and Geoff Cameron are in the lineup in the Premier League, while newly arrived Aron Johannsson awaits his Bundesliga debut.

NPSL championship draws 18,227 fans in ChattanoogaSoccer America
A year after the New York Red Bulls U23 beat Chattanooga FC to capture the NPSL championship, the New York Cosmos B spoiled the Tennessee club’s title hopes with a 3-2 win in overtime in front of a record-breaking crowd of 18,227.

Joy turns to despair as Palestinian cup final called off after Israel denies entry permits Inside World Football
Sunday’s second leg of the historic cup final between Al-Ahly, the top team in the West Bank and Gaza’s champion Shejaia was called off by the Palestinian Football Federation on Friday as Israel denied entry permits to seven of the Gaza party, including four players, whom it demanded be subjected to questioning.

The Weird, Angry World of Sports Dads: An Excerpt from “Crossing the Line” Vice Sports
How did a high school soccer game in Virginia lead to allegations of assault and battery? It’s a long, strange story, but the short answer is “sports dads.”

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