BC Soccer News, Monday, August 31, 2015

Graham Leggat: 1934-2015

We were sad to hear of the passing of Graham Leggat on Sunday. Beyond his stellar playing career, most Canadians will fondly remember Graham Leggat as the voice and face of soccer on TV. For two decades, TSN’s Soccer Saturday was a weekly ritual for soccer fans, young & old, and Leggat guided Canadians through the unfamiliar world of English club football & Canadian soccer. For most of that time, Soccer Saturday was the only source of soccer most Canadians could watch anywhere.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends. He was a true gentleman of the game.

 – Bill Currie, Editor in Chief, BC Soccer Web

Soccer player, analyst Graham Leggat passes awayTSN
Former TSN soccer analyst and Scottish international player Graham Leggat has passed away at the age of 81.  Leggat played with Aberdeen, Fulham and Birmingham City as well as for his national team before moving to Canada to manage Toronto Metros and moving into media work.

Graham Leggat: Former Scotland striker dies at the age of 81 BBC Sport
Former Aberdeen, Fulham and Scotland striker Graham Leggat has died at the age of 81.

Graham Leggat: Statement & Career Highlights – Aberdeen FC
An AFC spokesperson said’ “The term ‘legend’ is overused these days but in Graham’s case it was entirely appropriate. He was a wonderful servant for both club and country and out thoughts are with his family at this extremely sad time.

Graham Leggat: Statement & CareerFulham FC
His time at Fulham was a massively prosperous one on a personal and team level as he helped the Whites win promotion to the top flight, as well as reach the FA Cup Semi-Final in 1962.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS

Whitecaps see red as Texas nightmares continueSportsnet
After Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo, the Whitecaps have lost all nine of their matches in the Lone Star State, highlighted by last season’s playoff defeat to FC Dallas.

Vancouver Whitecaps end great month with 2-0 loss in HoustonEighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps remain winless in their MLS tenure in the state of Texas, as they lose 2-0 to the Houston Dynamo Saturday night. The result leaves a sour taste in the mouths of Whitecaps’ players and fans, despite an otherwise STELLAR August.

Dynamo boost playoff chances by blanking 9-man Whitecaps SBI
Ricardo Clark and Raul Rodriguez scored on each side of halftime to help the Dynamo blank a nine-man Vancouver Whitecaps side, 2-0, at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Saturday night. Vancouver was already trailing when it lost Kendall Waston and Matias Laba to second yellow cards in an eight-minute span in the second half.

‘Home Sweet Dome’ could be the Whitecaps’ cheer for Supporters Shield chaseThe Province
Five straight road games through June and July couldn’t blow the Whitecaps off course. Carl Robinson’s crew went 3-2-0 while the Women’s World Cup took over B.C. Place. An overflowing August — eight games across three competitions — couldn’t sink them, either. The Caps went 4-2-2 and won their first Voyageurs Cup.

Whitecaps’ coach due ‘pinata treatment’Vancouver Sun
At the end of their busiest month since joining Major League Soccer 4½ years ago, the Vancouver Whitecaps ran out of players on Saturday. Nine men aren’t going to win, unless it’s baseball and your starting pitcher is David Price. So it really shouldn’t have surprised anyone that the Whitecaps, with both centre-back Kendall Waston and central midfielder Matias Laba red-carded, lost 2-0 on the road to the Houston Dynamo.

Seattle Sounders unbothered by Portland Timbers’ dominance, happy to collect vital rivalry winMLS
In the end, Seattle got the job done, holding on for a hard-fought 2-1 victory despite conceding a second-half goal to Jack Jewsbury and withstanding an onslaught of pressure from their Cascadia Cup foes that saw the Timbers outshoot the Sounders by a margin of 20-6.

Desperate Sounders pick up win over rival TimbersSBI
Ravaged by injuries, suspensions, and international call-ups for much of the summer, the Sounders came into Sunday afternoon’s match against the Portland Timbers having lost nine of their last 11 matches, out of the playoff spots, desperate for a win. And they got a break. Despite being outplayed for much of the match, the Sounders escaped with a 2-1 win over the Timbers in front of 64,358 at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle Sounders repel Portland Timbers’ shot barrage for 2-1 winProst Amerika
Sounders FC forward Obafemi Martins played a role in both goals to lead his side to an important 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers (11-9-7, 40 points) in front of 64,358 fans. With the victory, Seattle (12-13-2, 38 points) moved up to the sixth place in the West and is now tied with the San Jose Earthquakes.

Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter criticizes “poorly managed” game from referees in loss to Seattle SoundersMLS
It was a tough loss to swallow all the way around for Caleb Porter and the Portland Timbers. Not only did they lose to bitter rivals Seattle Sounders, by a 2-1 count, Sunday afternoon at a rocking CenturyLink Field, but they lost match in which the Timbers head coach felt his team overwhelmingly outplayed the hosts.

Montreal Impact brass cite August slump, need for “new momentum” in parting ways with Frank Klopas MLS
Late on Saturday night, Frank Klopas became the first MLS head coach to be let go in 2015 after the Montreal Impact relieved him of his duties. Results are what matters in professional sports, said Impact vice-president Richard Legendre, who met the media alongside technical director Adam Braz on Sunday afternoon.

Biello charged with difficult task of guiding Impact to postseasonGoal
Perhaps it came a little earlier than expected, or perhaps it should have happened a lot sooner, but the Montreal Impact’s decision to fire Frank Klopas and replace him with assistant coach Mauro Biello on Sunday always felt, in some way, inevitable.

With Klopas gone, will Impact make playoffs?Sportsnet
Klopas was in his second season in charge of Montreal after joining the club in December 2013. Assistant coach Mauro Biello will take over on an interim basis.

New York Red Bulls have plenty to thank their rivals for The Guardian
Before the season started there was a now infamous town hall meeting between long term Red Bulls fans and the new management team. It was a fractious affair, as angry supporters vented about the sacking of coach Mike Petke, who had won the team’s only trophy in its history and taken the side to within a goal of MLS Cup.

Lampard returns from injury, but can’t stop NYCFC’s strugglesGoal
The good news for New York City FC on Saturday was that Frank Lampard was healthy enough to be in the starting lineup after injuries forced him to miss three straight starts. The bad news was that Lampard wasn’t able to do much to keep NYCFC from suffering yet another heartbreaking loss.

Giovinco’s injury and victory in 401 Derby TSN
Three points worth celebrating. An injury worth worrying about.   Toronto FC’s 17-goal scorer and Major League Soccer MVP candidate Sebastian Giovinco was removed from the game after 50 minutes in 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact in the 401 Derby with a adductor injury.

TFC pick up win over Impact, but at what price? Sportsnet
TFC earned a crucial 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday evening before 30,266 fans at BMO Field, but star forward Sebastian Giovinco was subbed out after only 51 minutes due to soreness in his abductor—an injury for which he received treatment in the days leading up to this contest.

Toronto FC defeat shorthanded Impact 2-1 Red Nation Online
As something of symbol of the plight of Canadian players in Major League Soccer, each of these Canadian sides only started a single Canadian player for this so called Canadian rivalry match.

With dismantling of DC United, New York Red Bulls prove they’re at their best when lights are brightestMLS
Following Sunday’s thorough 3-0 dismantling of longtime rivals D.C. United at home, the Red Bulls have once again proven to be a team that produces some of its best soccer when the intensity gets ramped up. After sweeping the season series against New York City FC, the Red Bulls collected seven of a possible nine points against their Atlantic Cup rivals, a United side that they happen to be chasing for Eastern Conference supremacy.

Sebastian Giovinco’s Italy call “a global benchmark” for MLS, says Toronto FC’s Tim Bezbatchenko MLS
Shortly after his club officially confirmed his return to the Italian national team for a pair of upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers, the attacker collected his 13th assist of the season to help Toronto FC bag a vital three points against Canadian rivals the Montreal Impact in the midst of the Reds’ playoff chase.

Orlando City, Fire play to stalemate in rain-delayed matchSBI
Playing in the midst of a heavy storm that caused two delays in the action, Orlando City and the Chicago Fire played to a 1-1 stalemate at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday night. The two Eastern Conference playoff hopefuls had to deal with pauses in the action of 110 and 67 minutes, with the first coming prior to kickoff and the second happening midway through the opening stanza.

Rapids extend winning streak after coming from behind to top slumping Sporting KCSBI
The Rapids used a pair of second-half goals to come from behind and pick up a surprise 2-1 home win over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. Dom Dwyer put Sporting KC ahead in the 47th minute with a one-timed effort, but Figueroa equalized just six minutes later before Doyle found a winner in the 76th.

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BC SOCCER NEWS

PHOTO GALLERY: UBC 1 SFU 0, MEN’S SOCCER, AUGUST 28, 2015BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie.

UBC blanks Simon Fraser 1-0 in crosstown showdown UBC
After a scoreless opening half, fifth-year player Justin Wallace (Kamloops, B.C.) buried the game’s only goal in the 61st minute to give UBC all the offence it needed to claim a fifth straight triumph over the SFU.

Clan Loses 1-0 to Rival UBCSFU
Former Clan striker Justin Wallace scored the only goal of the game as Simon Fraser University lost 1-0 to crosstown rival University of British Columbia in an exhibition men’s soccer game Friday evening at Thunderbird Stadium.

EARLY GOALS LIFT WASHINGTON HUSKIES OVER SPARTANSTWU
The Trinity Western University women’s soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to NCAA Div. I University of Washington Sunday afternoon at Husky Soccer Field in Seattle.

SPARTANS TIE CAVALIERS TWU
The Trinity Western University Spartans tied the Concordia University Cavaliers 3-3 Friday evening in preseason soccer action at Tuominen Yard in Portland, Oregon.

T-Birds Women wrap up preseason with victory at Western WashingtonUBC
UBC’s winning goal came in the 104th minute, Madison Guy (Langley, B.C.) stealing a pass and depositing it from 10 yards into the lower right corner of the net.

SPARTANS DROP FIRST OF SEASON TO SEATTLE PACIFICTWU
The Trinity Western University men’s soccer team had a 2-0 exhibition loss to NCAA Div. I Seattle Pacific University Saturday evening in Seattle.

SPARTANS BLANK EAGLESTWU
The Trinity Western University men’s soccer squad used six second half goals to defeat the Concordia University Eagles (Everett, WA) 9-0 Friday afternoon at Lincoln Field in Everett, Washington.

Heat take both in home weekend tune upUBCO
With the conference season just two weeks away the Heat men’s soccer team enjoyed their home turf in a preseason tournament that netted the UBC Okanagan squad a pair of wins over the two nights.

WolfPack Men Close Out Exhibition Soccer Season With DrawTRU
The exhibition season is over for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team. The WolfPack tied the Douglas Collage Royals of the PACWEST 0-0 at a tournament being hosted by the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat in Kelowna, BC.

Timberwolves rally falls shortPrince George Citizen
A late rally by UNBC’s women’s soccer squad fell short Friday morning as the visiting Thompson River University WolfPack edged the Timberwolves 2-1 in CIS Canada West exhibition play.

WolfPack Women’s Soccer Ends Pre Season With LossTRU
The  Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team have ended their 2015-16 Canada West  preseason with a defeat. The WolfPack were in Prince George, BC  losing to the MacEwan Griffins 3-1 Saturday (Aug 29).

Tim Blaine Hired as Referee Scheduler for MWSL (PDF File)MWSL
We are pleased to announce that Tim Blaine has accepted the role of Referee Scheduler for the MWSL. Tim is currently a BCSA District Referee and works with the BCSA (BC Soccer Association) as Referee Assessor and Instructor.  He has been involved in Referee development over the last 10 years in roles of Assigner and head Referee with clubs in Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows area.

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CANADA SOCCER NEWS

Canada’s de Guzman healthy to join Russia 2018 campaignCSA
Canadian veteran Julian de Guzman has been given a green light to join Canada’s campaign against Belize in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. The Ottawa Fury FC midfielder will join the Canadian team this week in preparation for matches on 4 September in Toronto and 8 September in Belmopan, Belize.

Sinclair out Sunday with ankle, Achilles injuryThe Equalizer
Christine Sinclair will miss Portland Thorns FC’s 2015 home finale with a left ankle sprain and left Achilles tendon strain. Sinclair was injured last Saturday in a 1-0 loss to Sky Blue FC in New Jersey when she was taken down by Sky Blue goalkeeper Brittany Cameron in the box in the 87th minute. Sinclair went down hard, with her leg getting caught under Cameron’s sweeping arm. Sinclair left the field and did not return. After the match, she had her left ankle area wrapped in ice and she was putting minimal pressure on her left leg.

Ontario Soccer Centre Stadium Grand Opening marks a new era for soccer in the provinceOSA
“For League1 Ontario, which just hosted a Canadian U-20 ID camp here, we can now use this facility to showcase our best and brightest,” said League1 Ontario Commissioner Dino Rossi. “We will use this facility to play host to our marquee games and act as a home for the development opportunities of our young players.”

League1 Ontario players hoping to turn heads OSA
A number of Ontario born players, including five with League1 Ontario lineage, have already been called to the Canadian U-20 camp next week. Another crop of 28 League1 Ontario players are at the Ontario Soccer Centre hoping to turn the heads of the national team coaching staff.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS

Spirit, Thorns play to wild, 3-3 draw in PortlandThe Equalizer
The Thorns and Spirit played to a thrilling, 3-3 draw Sunday night in front of a sold out crowd at Providence Park. Crystal Dunn scored two goals including the final equalizer in the 80th minute which came mere moments after the Thorns had flipped a 2-0 halftime deficit into a 3-2 lead.

Masar lifts Dash to end Breakers’ miserable season The Equalizer
Ella Masar scored the game’s only goal in the 34th minute to lift the Dash past the Boston Breakers, 1-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Jessica McDonald got to the endline and sent in a low cross for Masar — who shifted to a forward role this match with the return to the lineup of fullback Allysha Chapman — to redirect into the roof of the net. Masar celebrated by ripping her jersey off, which, by FIFA laws, earned her a yellow card, as she knew it would.

Liverpool Ladies: Defender Becky Easton fractures arm BBC Sport
Liverpool Ladies defender Becky Easton could miss the rest of the season after sustaining a broken arm in Sunday’s 2-0 Continental Cup loss. The 41-year-old was injured after a coming together with Manchester City forward Toni Duggan and later tweeted that her arm had been stood on.

Continental Cup: Birmingham City beat Bristol 2-0 for last-eight spotBBC Sport
Birmingham City beat Women’s Super League One relegation rivals Bristol Academy 2-0 to progress to the knockout stage of the Continental Cup.

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NASL NEWS

Eddies drop first road match of Fall Season to Silverbacks FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (4W-3D-4L) suffered their first road defeat of the North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season, dropping a 1-0 decision, Aug. 29 to Atlanta Silverbacks (5W-4D-3L) at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.  Silverbacks midfielder Junior Burgos scored the lone goal of the match to guide his team to victory while goalkeeper Stuart Ceus earned the clean sheet for the home side between the woodwork.

Burgos’s free kick breaks Eddies hearts in Atlantathe11.ca
With 10 minutes left Saturday’s match between Atlanta and FC Edmonton, Silverback Junior Burgos came up with that moment of magic. He hammered a free kick from distance just inside the post to give Atlanta the 1-0 win.

Rowdies Strike Late to Steal Victory from Fury Ottawa Fury
It was a night of firsts for Ottawa’s Brazilian forwards as Paulo Junior scored his first-ever goal for Fury FC and Oliver collected his first of the season to pace Fury FC to a two-goal lead. However, the Rowdies would pull one back in the first half and find the equalizer three minutes from time to steal victory from Ottawa in front of yet another impressive crowd at TD Place. With the point, Fury FC remain atop the NASL Fall Season standings, with the Atlanta Silverbacks closing the gap to three points following their win over FC Edmonton.

Brazilian storm rains down on Indy Eleven as Strikers net seven in record winFt. Lauderdale Strikers
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers routed the Indy Eleven 7-1 in a record-scoring game for the club Saturday night at Lockhart Stadium. The game began  with a sideways rain shower, with the rain holding off until minutes after the final whistle.

Why NASL should consider breaking for international dates the11.ca
As more and more North American Soccer League players get the calls to play for their countries, that league should also be subject to the same scheduling scrutiny. In fact, you could argue that NASL teams are less equipped than the MLS teams are when it comes to dealing with games on international dates. NASL rosters aren’t as deep as MLS rosters; when the star players of NASL get called up to play for their countries, it’s harder for their coaches to replace them than it is for the MLS coaches to replace their national-teamers.

USL NEWS

Miller Ties Record, Rhinos Clinch Bye vs. STL FCUSL
The Rochester Rhinos clinched a bye to the semifinals of the USL Eastern Conference Playoffs as they took their third consecutive victory with a 2-0 win against Saint Louis FC in front of 5,532 fans at Sahlen’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Rhinos goalkeeper Brandon Miller led the way with his 11th shutout of the season, as he tied the USL single-season record, while Colin Rolfe and Tony Walls found the net for the hosts.

Oklahoma City Earn Playoff Spot In Win Turnpike Soccer
The Oklahoma City Energy (12-5-7, 43 points) defeated the Austin Aztex (8-13-3, 27 points) Saturday night, with goals coming from Sebastian Dalgaard and Danni Konig, making the Energy the first team in the Western Conference to clinch a playoff spot.

Late Goal Earns Independence Point In TorontoUSL
A late penalty kick from forward Ryan Finley rescued a point for the Charlotte Independence as the club earned a 2-2 draw against Toronto FC II on Sunday afternoon at the Ontario Soccer Centre.

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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Klinsmann Calls 23 Players for CONCACAF Cup tune-ups against Peru and BrazilUSSF
U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named the initial 23-player roster that will gather for friendlies against Peru and Brazil in the final preparation games before the decisive Oct. 10 playoff against Mexico at the Rose Bowl for a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Transfer window: Lessons to be learnt from a summer of spendingBBC Sport
Two months of excitement and desperation for football fans is almost over as the transfer window nears its conclusion.

Kevin De Bruyne: Manchester City sign Wolfsburg midfielder BBC Sport
Manchester City have signed Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne from German side Wolfsburg for a club record £55m.

Flagrant But True Statements About Crystal Palace’s Upset Over ChelseaGrantland
Crystal Palace beat Chelsea, 2-1, at Stamford Bridge on Saturday — something that hasn’t happened since the first Olympiad in 776 BC. Here are some flagrant but true statements about the game.

Louis van Gaal’s quest for control brings scant consolation at SwanseaThe Guardian
If only Club Brugge were in the Premier League. But they are not and, when you strip out the seven goals Manchester United scored in two games against them, they have scored just three in four this season. For all the talk of progress and of Louis van Gaal’s methods slowly being assimilated by his players, his 50th game in charge ended with the same result as his first: a 2-1 defeat to Swansea.

£230m spent and Manchester United remain just a work in progress under Louis van GaalEvening Standard
Really, someone ought to save Manchester United’s wise, powerful, hugely successful and vastly experienced manager from having to go head-to-head with Swansea City’s young coach of one season’s standing – because the Dutchman has now lost on all three occasions they have met.

Juventus rocked by Roma defeat which sees them roll to bottom of Serie AThe Guardian
Never before has the Old Lady started a Serie A season so poorly. The last time she lost consecutive matches to open a campaign was in 1912-13, back when the domestic leagues were still divided by region.

Di Maria shows United what the club is missing – and Cavani is not the answer Goal
It may have only been a 25-minute cameo, but Angel Di Maria’s debut for Paris Saint-Germain was a formidable sight that suggests he will be capable of lifting his new club to previously unattainable levels.

Pizarro: Let’s make the most of this generationFIFA
No other member of the Chilean national squad has been part of the senior set-up as long as David Pizarro, the cultured 35-year-old central midfielder having made his national-team debut back in 1999. Yet despite also being the only current Chile international to have been in the squad that grabbed bronze at the Olympic Football Tournament Sydney 2000, several of his Roja team-mates have nearly double the player’s tally of 46 senior caps.

September matches set to decide Euro 2016 qualifiersUEFA
Iceland, England, Slovakia, Austria, Sweden, Italy and Croatia could all book early qualification in September’s Week of Football: UEFA.com takes you through the groups.

Construction workers at Russian World Cup stadium complain of not being paid The Guardian
Labourers working on one of Russia’s World Cup venues are complaining that they have not been paid for months, despite the budget for the arena increasing fivefold since the country won the right to hold the 2018 competition.

Carlos Queiroz looks for ‘miracle’ as Iran target World Cup return ESPN FC
Carlos Queiroz never seems to age, with only a lengthening CV providing proof of passing time. It makes for impressive reading, but the 62-year-old still wants to do more. “I am attracted to the idea of taking four different national teams to a World Cup because only one or two guys have done that and it would be nice for my coaching career.” Mozambique-born Queiroz told ESPN FC.

German football fans welcome refugees and invite hundreds to watch match The Telegraph
Football fans in Germany have been getting to grips with the European refugee crisis in the best way possible this weekend – by welcoming asylum seekers at their grounds.

North vs South Korea football friendly mooted as bridge to new era Inside World Football
The tenuous rapprochement between the two Koreas may see North and South Korea competing in a friendly for the first time in 10 years, according to an article in the English language Korea Joongang Daily, part of one of South Korea’s biggest newspaper groups.

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