BC Soccer News, Monday, August 24, 2015






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Table watching: ‘Caps trail LA Galaxy by one point for top spot in Major League SoccerWhitecaps FC
The ‘Caps are now comfortably in second place after picking up a big 1-0 win over FC Dallas on Saturday night at BC Place – and even more so because Sporting Kansas City dropped both of their matches this week.

Kekuta Manneh powers Vancouver Whitecaps attack to another victory: “He’s hit a vein of form”MLS
Vancouver Whitecaps put last week’s late collapse to Sporting KC behind them with an assured performance against FC Dallas, reclaiming first place in the race for the Supporters’ Shield. A first-half goal from Cristian Techera proved enough, providing Vancouver all three points in a 1-0 home win over their Texan rivals at BC Place.

Whitecaps point to hard work and good defending in Dallas winGoal
Overcoming the sting of last weekend’s loss at Sporting Kansas City, Vancouver put in a solid shift in defeating Western Conference rival FC Dallas.

Problematic Whitecaps wingers drive Dallas buggyVancouver Sun
Scooter and The Bug. Sounds like a Saturday morning cartoon, doesn’t it? The animated adventures of a fast-talking little skateboarder and his human-like, winged insect friend.

Whitecaps 1, FC Dallas 0: Caps come up with perfect response to prior lossThe Province
Saturday was all about a response. How would the Whitecaps react to the most gut-wrenching regular-season loss in their MLS history? They answered that question with conviction in front of 21,000 fans at B.C. Place, beating Dallas 1-0 and going atop the MLS standings thanks to San Jose’s surprising win at D.C. United.

Whitecaps back to clean sheets and back on top of MLSAFTN
What a difference a week makes. After the despair of last week’s late collapse at Sporting KC, Vancouver Whitecaps bounced back with the perfect response, putting in an assured performance to see off FC Dallas 1-0 at BC Place on Saturday night, reclaiming first place in the Supporters’ Shield standings in the process.

Match Report: Whitecaps FC 1 – 0 FC DallasEighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps moved back into first place in the MLS Western Conference after a 1-0 win over FC Dallas in front of 21,000 raucous fans at BC Place stadium on Saturday evening.  In addition to the victory the Caps benefited from favorable results from around the league to take back top spot from the LA Galaxy.

FC Dallas attack comes up short again in loss vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: “One play made the difference”MLS
For FC Dallas, a team that was lauded earlier in the season for its dynamic attack, finishing a match with seven shots – only two on goal – seems out of character. But the team did exactly that on Saturday in a 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps, leaving FC Dallas fifth in the Western Conference, with only three points separating them from seventh-place San Jose Earthquakes.

Whitecaps claim league top spot with 1-0 win over Dallas  – Red Nation Online
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC defeated FC Dallas 1-0 on a goal from Cristian Techera at BC place Saturday night, propelling them into top spot in the league with 45pts.

Didier Drogba makes MLS debut in loss to Philly, eyes Voyageurs Cup next: “He’s going to play”MLS
“He’s going to be with the team,” Klopas said. “I think we have to [bring him in] slowly. It’s a final. He’s going to play. How much he plays? I know that, talking with him, and the plan we put together, he wants to be with the team. And he wants to be involved in the final.”

Manneh excited to go up against Drogba Wednesday at BC Place: ‘He’s a hero of mine’ Whitecaps FC
It’s not every day you get an opportunity to play against one of your childhood heroes. OK, let’s face it – that almost never happens.   But it very well could for Kekuta Manneh on Wednesday night at BC Place, when Whitecaps FC host Montreal Impact in the decisive second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship Final.

Just give it some time for Drogba in MLSSportsnet
Before Saturday’s game with the Philadelphia Union, Frank Klopas joked that Didier Drogba would score ten goals in his Major League Soccer debut. In the end the Montreal Impact coach would have been thrilled had the 37-year-old Ivorian striker managed to score just one, as the Impact suffered a second consecutive defeat, falling to the Union 1-0.

Toronto, Altidore bounce back in huge win over OrlandoGoal
If there’s a remedy for a Toronto FC slump in 2015, it’s a meeting with expansion side Orlando City SC. Each time TFC took on the Lions, it’s been on the back of a winless skid. Toronto broke a four-game losing streak in April with its first ever visit to the Citrus Bowl in April, and the Reds got an emphatic 4-1 result against Orlando earlier this month after being winless in two.

Sebastian Giovinco: A TFC saviour, and maybe the finest player in MLS historyGlobe & Mail
Just inside his right elbow, Sebastian Giovinco has a tattoo of a smiling cartoon blob flashing the “L” sign over its forehead. “Loser,” Giovinco explains, in a rare burst of English. The “loser” is Giovinco himself. After deciding six months ago to leave Juventus (hand way up here) for Toronto FC (hand way down there), he was slated in his national press.

TFC run rampant in victory over Orlando Red Nation Online
After arguably their most unconvincing performance of the season, Toronto FC were back at home on Saturday for a crucial fixture against Orlando City SC. With the Reds already having defeated Adrian Heath’s side twice this campaign, TFC supporters were likely hoping that the visiting men in purple would be just the tonic needed to get the beloved Reds back into the win column.

Galaxy overwhelms NYCFC in star-studded matchupProst Amerika
Though it was a bright and sunny Sunday afternoon, it was the stars that were shinning on the StubHub Center on the day. The Los Angeles Galaxy, featuring Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard, Giovani Dos Santos, Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes took on a New York City FC side boasting its own start power in Andrea Pirlo, David Villa and Frank Lampard, though his presence was strictly limited to a suite inside the StubHub Center due to nagging injuries.

LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane makes strong MVP case with showing vs. New York City FCMLS
The LA Galaxy sure look unstoppable right now, pouring in five goals in more games than not over the past couple of months, and Robbie Keane is making a strong case to repeat as Major League Soccer’s MVP.

Galaxy win not perfect showcase, but near ideal day for MLSGoal
There was a sold-out crowd, big-name stars, exciting attacking play and media coverage from outlets domestic and abroad. The only thing missing from making Sunday’s match between the LA Galaxy and New York City FC a marquee showing for the league was that one team hardly showed up, with the Galaxy romping to a 5-1 victory.

Bruce Arena: ‘We’ve come light years’  – Soccer America
The LA Galaxy became the first team to score 1,000 goals in MLS history, and the way it has been scoring recently it will take a lot less than another 20 years before it scores another 1,000 goals. The Galaxy’s match against New York City FC was billed as the battle of the stars, but it was a one-sided affair, not as close as the final score of 5-1.

David Villa laments loss of focus as New York City FC see strong start vs. LA Galaxy crumble awayMLS
The first 20 minutes were positive, a good showing from New York City FC and it came straight off the training pitch. But when NYCFC faced adversity, and there was a lot of it in a 5-1 loss to the LA Galaxy at a sold-out StubHub Center Sunday afternoon, the response wasn’t what the expansion team was expecting.

LA Galaxy continue to find success as MLS landscape changes ESPN FC
Sunday’s match between the LA Galaxy and New York City FC saw that interest reach a crescendo. A sellout crowd of 27,000 took in the festivities, and according to MLS commissioner Don Garber, the match was beamed to 150 countries around the globe. The press box was dotted with numerous journalists from abroad. It certainly represented the latest in a series of high-water marks for the league.

England legend Steven Gerrard “surprised” by quality of MLS since joining LA GalaxyMLS
Gerrard received word from friends with MLS experience, such as Galaxy captain Robbie Keane and former LA star David Beckham, on how good is the league, but he’s found the standard is better than he’d been told – and much better than critics in England claimed.

Latest loss at Real Salt Lake heightens Seattle Sounders’ playoff urgency: “At this point, it’s do or die”MLS
After a strong bounce-back performance in a 4-0 trouncing of Orlando City SC last weekend at CenturyLink Field, the Seattle Sounders had hopes that Saturday evening’s road matchup at Real Salt Lake could act as a continuation of that newfound confidence and attacking potency.

Wondolowski’s early finish puts Quakes past UnitedProst Amerika
Whoever said “It is not ho you start a match, but how you finish” clearly never played a soccer match. While it is true that a game can turn around at any point for any team allowing goals early can be a confidence killer. Hours of planning and preparation go out the window in the face of dropping points and losing ground in the standings. But for a team like the San Jose Earthquakes on the road against Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United it was exactly the start that they were looking for.

Whitecaps Franchise Not as Valuable as Fans May Think (According to Forbes)Eighty-Six Forever
Earlier this week Forbes wrote an article on the most valuable franchises in Major League Soccer. It was an interesting piece that I recommend fans read. On page 2 Forbes lists the 18 franchises active during the 2014 season (less Chivas), and their value, revenue, and operating income. As expected, Seattle Sounders lead the way in all three categories, followed by the LA Galaxy in value and revenue.

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WFC2 Report: Brace yourself, Bustos is coming 24 Hours
After missing the first half of the season with a foot injury, the Whitecaps 2013 Most Promising Player has taken both the team and the league by storm. Since making his season debut as a substitute against the Real Monarchs on June 3, Bustos has become the focal point of the ‘Caps attack. He is second on the team with six goals to go along with two assists.

USL Weekend: Los Dos climb into conference lead Soccer America
LA Galaxy II, which started off its second USL season with a 1-4-1 record, opened up a two-point lead at the top of the Western Conference thanks to a 1-0 victory at StubHub Center over Seattle Sounders FC 2 Sunday afternoon on Jack McBean’s goal in the 44th minute on a pass from Jose Villarreal.

FC Montreal plays Hammerheads FC to 0-0 draw in Wilmington Montreal Impact
FC Montreal battled to a 0-0 tie Saturday night, against the Wilmington Hammerheads FC, at Legion Stadium.  Wilmington found the best chances in the first half. Just before halftime, defender Andrae Campbell dribbled down the left flank. Almost at the goal line, he passed back for Paul Nicholson, who put the ball on net, but goalkeeper David Paulmin stood his ground and made the save.

Charleston Battery bookkeeper accused of embezzling $100,000The Post & Courier
The Charleston Battery bookkeeper has been accused of embezzling $100,000 over the course of four years, according to a police report released Tuesday.  The bookkeeper has not yet been charged, according to Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis. He added that the investigation is ongoing.

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UBC pots seven goals to roll past Northwest UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds women’s soccer team wrapped up its own tournament with a 7-0 shutout of the Northwest Eagles of Kirkland, Wash., on Sunday afternoon at Thunderbird Stadium.

Coaches Poll: SFU Clan Picked SecondSFU
Seattle Pacific is the clear favorite to repeat as champion and Simon Fraser University was picked to finish second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s 2015 Preseason Men’s Soccer Coaches Poll.

New coach likes look of T-wolves Prince George Citizen
Steve Simonson was interested in coaching at the university level. So, when his good friend Alan Alderson resigned as head coach of the UNBC men’s soccer team in July for a new job with the Vancouver Whitecaps in London, Ont., it was an opportunity Simonson couldn’t pass up.

WolfPack Go Through Own Exhibition MSOC Tourney UnbeatenTRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team went through their own exhibition tournament undefeated. The WolfPack won all three matches they played including a 4-1 victory over the Langara College Falcons (PACWEST) on Sunday (Aug 23) at Hillside Stadium

Wallis Notches Hat Trick As WolfPack Blank Royals In Exhibition MSOCTRU
Corey Wallis is known best for his defensive prowess with the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack. But Saturday afternoon (Aug 22) at Hillside Stadium, the fifth year player from Enderby, BC showed his offensive skill. He scored three second half goals leading the WolfPack to a 3-0 win over the Douglas College Royals at an exhibition preseason tournament.

WolfPack Women’s Soccer Puts On 5th Annual Benefit ClinicTRU
The WolfPack women’s soccer team held their annual benefit soccer clinic at the Hillside Stadium upper field on Saturday (Aug 22). Almost 100 youngsters took part with all the proceeds from the admission by donation event went to Alzheimers research. Some $ 396 dollars was raised.

Clarke helps LSU win opener at OregonRichmond News
Richmond soccer standout makes rare appearance on West Coast as Tigers slip past Ducks.

Whitecaps forward visits soccer camp in AbbotsfordAbbotsford News
Dozens of local soccer players got a chance to visit with the Vancouver Whitecaps’ Darren Mattocks this week during a five-day camp in Abbotsford. It was the first visit to the city for Mattocks, who plies his trade as a striker for the MLS club and the Jamaican National Team.


Whitecaps FC and Manitoba Soccer Association to host Identification CampsWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the Manitoba Soccer Association (MSA) have announced their first development camps in Manitoba this summer. These will include four Player Identification Camps running August 30 to September 4, and two Regional Camps running August 24 to 27. Both camps will be targeted to boys and girls U-9 to U-12.

Robbie Tice – In These Boots: Home away from home – back in EuropeRed Nation Online
I am writing this blog from a small town north of the Arctic Circle, in Northern Norway. I’ve signed for Leknes FK. This is a new club and a new adventure for me, but its not unfamiliar territory. It’s been a couple of years since I last wrote a guest blog for Red Nation Online. This is my story of how I got here with some of the highlights so far.

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Sky Blue holds off Portland, puts Thorns on brinkThe Equalizer
With their season hanging in the balance, Portland Thorns FC did just about everything in the final 45 minutes against Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field on Saturday — except score. (Editor’s Note: Christine Sinclair suffered an ankle injury in this match).

Red Stars draw Flash to clinch first-ever playoff berthThe Equalizer
The Chicago Red Stars clinched their first-ever NWSL playoff berth on Saturday with a 0-0 draw at home against the Western New York Flash. The result officially qualified defending champions FC Kansas City for the playoffs and eliminated the Flash.

Reign FC cruises to a 3–0 victory over the Dash behind a Little hat-trick Medium.com
Reign FC put in a solid performance on all ends of a very wet pitch in Houston, Texas on Friday night. And then Kim Little did some Kim Little things and by the final whistle, the midfielder had herself a nifty hat-trick.

WSL 1: Arsenal Ladies 0-2 Chelsea Ladies BBC Sport
Chelsea moved three points clear at the top of Women’s Super League One after a Vicky Losada own goal and Gemma Davison penalty gave them victory at Arsenal.

Goalkeeper Scores to Lift Texas Women’s Soccer in Season OpenerHorns Illustrated
One of the rarest plays in soccer — a goal scored by a goalkeeper — proved to be the deciding score as the University of Texas women’s soccer team kicked off its 2015 season with a 1-0 victory over Miami (Fla.) in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

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Strikers hand Eddies third defeat of Fall SeasonFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (4W-3D-3L) suffered their third defeat of the North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season, Aug. 23 in a 2-0 loss to Fort Lauderdale Strikers (3W-4D-2L). 3,110 fans attended Clarke Field for the match. Brazilian striker Stefano Pinho scored both goals for Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the second half, despite a valiant performance in net by Eddies goalkeeper Tyson Farago.

Giveaway after giveaway: Eddies offer up their worst performance of the NASL seasonthe11.ca
In his early days as FC Edmonton manager, Colin Miller presided over some very poor defeats. But, in his eyes, Sunday’s 2-0 loss at home to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers trumped them all.

Rowdies Shakeup | Quraishi and Rongen: ‘No regrets’Soccer America
The Tampa Bay Rowdies stunned the soccer community on Friday when they announced Rowdies president and general manager Farrukh Quraishi and head coach Thomas Rongen, both popular figures on the national and local soccer scene, had been fired. But the moves did not surprise the man who made them.

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FIFA Reform Commissioner Defends Blatter, Calls Soccer in U.S. “An Ethnic Sport for Girls in School”Vice Sports
In an interview with Swiss newspaper Le Matin Dimanche, Françoise Carrard, the head of the 15-person 2016 FIFA Reform Committee, handily proved that there couldn’t be a worse person for the job, as he defended Sepp Blatter, refused to acknowledge a systemic problem within FIFA, and called soccer in the U.S. “just an ethnic sport for girls in school.”

FIFA reform chief Carrard says criticism of Blatter ‘unfair’ Reuters
The head of FIFA’s new reform committee has said the soccer governing body’s outgoing president Sepp Blatter had been unfairly criticised and there was no evidence of him being involved in corruption.

Chung, facing 15-year ban, fires offensive at FIFA over campaign smearsInside World Football
Clearly feeling the pressure amid unconfirmed reports of a FIFA ethics probe against him which threaten his pursuit of a crowning comeback, Chung’s office points the finger squarely at Blatter whose presidency has long been opposed by the South Korean.

Pedro makes instant impact at Chelsea in 3-2 win at West Brom, Man City wins 3rd straight gameCanada.com
Pedro Rodriguez was signed by Chelsea to inject some life into the English champions after their lacklustre start to the season. He took 30 minutes to do just that.

Juventus, Milan and Roma stumble out of the Serie A starting blocksThe Guardian
If Juve were seeking reassurance after a home loss to Udinese, they might find it in the fact that most of their predicted challengers had similarly frustrating starts

Mexico: Pumas are Apertura title contenders with Britos, Martinez and Sosa ESPN FC
When you think of Apertura title contenders, a few suspects come to mind — America, Tigres and Leon — but it’s time Pumas gets some recognition. After winning the Clausura title in 2011, the Mexico City squad has failed to make much of an impact in the league in recent seasons. During the past few years, Los Felinos have tended to be average, generally finishing the regular season in midtable and exiting the playoffs in the first round.

AFC Champions League: Former champs take centre stage in AsiaFIFA
Familiar foes cross paths in Asia as the AFC Champions League quarter-finals commence on Tuesday. In the continent’s east, a pair former of champions in Jeonbuk Motors and Gamba Osaka will meet for the first time since 2006. Chinese powerhouse and 2013 champions Guangzhou Evergrande, meanwhile, challenge Kashiwa Reysol for the fifth time.

“We’re serious:” Ahead of Miller Park soccer match, group pushes for professional team in Wisconsin Fox 6 Now
There’s a big game Tuesday evening, July 14th at Miller Park — but this isn’t a baseball game! Instead, it’s a soccer matchup between Newcastle United and Club Atlas. Ahead of the match, FOX6 News caught up with a group pushing for a professional soccer team in Wisconsin.

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