BC Soccer News, Monday, July 13, 2015



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Missed chances cost Whitecaps points at homeGoal
Homecomings tend to be joyous occasions, for the most part. The Vancouver Whitecaps were keen to make Sunday night one of those occasions after a lengthy five-game road trip. Unfortunately, Sporting Kansas City had other ideas.

Home woes continue for Vancouver Whitecaps: “A lot of things need to be better after today”MLS
Vancouver Whitecaps’ home woes continued upon their return to BC Place after five games on the road. The home fans went home unhappy as Vancouver went down in a tough 1-0 defeat to Sporting Kansas City.

Same old story as Whitecaps made to pay dear for multitude of missed opportunitiesAFTN
Home may very well be where the heart is, but it’s not been the happiest of hunting grounds for Vancouver Whitecaps this season and it continued against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday evening.

Whitecaps FC fall 1-0 to Sporting KC in entertaining and physical battle at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
For a while, it seemed Vancouver’s homecoming would be a triumphant one. But after a pair of goalline clearances, some fantastic goalkeeping by Tim Melia, and a 52nd-minute Kevin Ellis goal, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10W-8L-2D) fell 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City (8W-3L-6D) on Sunday in their first home match since May 30.

Entertainment without the Reward. Whitecaps lose again at homeEighty-Six Forever
Despite a very entertaining first half, the same struggles were evident for the Whitecaps in their long-awaited return to BC Place -inability to capitalize on first half chances and poor second half play- as the Whitecaps fall to .500 at home, losing 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City.

Whitecaps’ return home not so sweet 24 Hours
Making their first appearance at BC Place in well over a month, the Vancouver Whitecaps had the building energized with a spirited start Sunday against Sporting Kansas City.

Failure to score comes back to bite Whitecaps ‘on the bum’ in loss to Sporting Kansas CityMetro
The Vancouver Whitecaps finally returned to BC Place Stadium, but visiting Sporting Kansas City spoiled the homecoming.

Whitecaps’ Waston and Sporting KC’s Dwyer downplay turf warThe Province
The Gold Cup may be going on elsewhere, but it was all very CONCACAF-y in the dying minutes at B.C. Place on Sunday.

Whitecaps’ lack of finish continues at homeVancouver Sun
Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson likes to say soccer is a game of fine lines. It was the relatively thick, white one on the artificial turf between the goalposts that his club couldn’t master on Tuesday. They couldn’t get a ball across it.

Sporting get massive road victory despite necessary squad rotation: “They’ve matured very quickly” MLS
Maybe it’s time to retire the words “flux,” “turmoil”, and “depleted” from any talk about Sporting Kansas City’s roster. Oh, guys are still getting hurt, and going on international duty at inconvenient times – or just going home to Chile to deal with family issues, but the way Sporting are playing these days it doesn’t seem to matter all that much.

Sporting KC continues hot streak with win at WhitecapsSBI
Sporting KC continued to close the gap out West Sunday night with a victory over one of the conference’s top teams. Led by a 52nd minute Kevin Ellis finish, Sporting KC went to BC Place and earned a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. With the victory over the second-place Caps, Sporting KC extends its recent hot stretch to four wins in the team’s past five outings.

After latest loss, Seattle Sounders say it’s time to “figure out a way to win” without big starsMLS
For the Seattle Sounders, Saturday night’s 1-0 loss to the Chicago Fire was just an extension of the same storyline that has dogged the team in recent weeks.

Giovinco gets redemption and more in New York City thrillerRed Nation Online
Toronto FC headed into New York City and Yankee Stadium looking to even the score after losing 2-0 in the home fixture three weeks back.  The story of the first encounter between these two sides was a bruising approach to the game from Jason Kries’ side and TFC seeming to have no answer to Giovinco being physically marked out of the game. How would Toronto deal with New York on their field and could Giovionco make an impact?

TFC waste magical Giovinco effort in stalemateSportsnet
It was the single greatest individual performance in Toronto FC history, and there’s a case to be made it was one the best—if not the best—in the history of Major League Soccer.

Gerrard solid in LA Galaxy debut Prost Amerika
Steven Gerrard finally stepped onto the pitch at the StubHub Center in a Los Angeles Galaxy shirt on Saturday night. Gerrard was in the Galaxy’s starting 11 for their friendly match against Club America in the International Champions Cup. Gerrard was active for the 45 minutes he played on the field, making plays, runs, creating scoring chances, and making some tackles as well.

Steven Gerrard comes into an LA Galaxy team with little margin for errorThe Guardian
Into this mix steps Steven Gerrard, who, having fulfilled his “sitting behind a table talking about happy he is to be a Galaxy player” part of his arrival, actually played a half of soccer on Saturday night. This being summer in MLS, of course, said game wasn’t a league fixture but an ICC game against Club America, who briefly threatened to ruin the narrative of Gerrard’s arrival by taking the lead early in the first half.

Orlando City in negotiations with ChicharitoGoal
Orlando City is in negotiations to bring Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez to MLS and could make an announcement within a fortnight. According to Orlando’s owner Flavio Augusto da Silva, the new MLS club is “at the beginning of the conversation” with Hernandez, who is out of favor at Old Trafford and spent last season on loan at Real Madrid where he failed to secure a starting position.

Christian Dean maturing, growing and pushing for MLS minutes – “His chance will be around the corner”AFTN
Dean may miss out tonight, but the 22-year-old is knocking at the door of the first team after a string of strong performances in USL and his chance to impress in MLS action is set to come very soon.

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Commentary: Scoring issues persist for Canada as history repeats itself in 2015 Gold CupMLS
For all the talk of progress, Canada’s 2015 Gold Cup is playing out exactly the same way as its 2013 Gold Cup did. The order of events is a bit different—in 2013, Canada broke its fans’ hearts with a last-minute 1-0 loss in the tournament opener; in 2015, that heartbreaker came in its second group-stage match, against Jamaica on Saturday night.

Gold Cup: With quarterfinal berth already clinched, USMNT not focused on revenge-minded PanamaMLS
The last time the United States met Panama in CONCACAF competition, Graham Zusi left the Central American nation’s’ players and supporters gutted and made himself a soccer saint in Mexico.

Fortune favours brave, not Canada at Gold Cup Sportsnet
Canada has it all to do going into its final group stage game at the CONCACAF Gold Cup following a 1-0 loss to Jamaica in Houston on Saturday evening.

Jurgen Klinsmann has to balance development with meeting expectations at the Gold CupSoccer Gods
You might think that top of U.S. men’s national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s summer to-do list is identifying his top center back combination. Or you might suspect that his first priority over these next couple of weeks of the CONCACAF Gold Cup is building depth at striker. We all saw what happened when Jozy Altidore’s hamtring gave out last summer, right? Ooof.

Canada beats Ecuador in Pan Am women’s soccer openerCBC
Canada’s women’s soccer team opened defence of its gold medal with a 5-2 victory over Ecuador at CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium on Saturday night.

Brazilians prove too much for Canada M23 CSA
Canada’s Men’s U-23 Team opened their first quest at the Pan American Games since 1999 with a 1:4 loss to Brazil. While the Canadians showed great flashes, notably on the goal by Babouli, the Brazilians proved to be too much to handle for this Olympic development squad.

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Comsia chasing soccer dreams at Pan Am Games North Shore News
Young defender one of 19 North Shore athletes competing at Toronto-hosted event

Nanaimo United clubs begin summer workNanaimo Daily News
This past Monday marked the start of the Nanaimo United pre-season tryouts ahead of next season and one of the club’s coaches said it was the highest turnout of hopefuls since 2011.

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Resilient Eddies earn hard-fought draw against StrikersFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton collected their fourth point of the North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season against Fort Lauderdale Strikers, earning a 1-1 draw, July 11 at Lockhart Stadium in front of 3,816 fans.

Does Miller deserve an apology? Comparing Canada’s scorelessness to FCE’s scorefulnessthe11.ca
Let’s think back to the 2013 Gold Cup. Interim Canadian national-team coach Colin Miller was taking a lot of criticism from this country’s soccer supporters. The claims were that Miller’s defensive style was a major reason for Canada’s goalless three-matches-and-out at the CONCACAF Championships. Miller was derided on message boards, Twitter, comment sections.

Fury FC Earn Hard Fought Point in Minnesota Ottawa Fury FC
Ottawa Fury FC might have seen their league-record shutout streak come to an end Saturday night in Minnesota, but they proved to be road warriors earning a hard fought point with a 1-1 draw against Minnesota United FC extending their unbeaten streak to seven games (2W-5D-0L). After Christian Ramirez ended the shutout streak in the first half, Tom Heinemann converted a penalty kick fifteen minutes from time to help Ottawa climb the NASL Fall Season standings where they sit second with just goal difference keeping FC Edmonton on top.

Freddy Adu close to signing deal with Tampa Bay Rowdies of NASL – reportESPN FC
Former U.S. phenom Freddy Adu is close to signing a deal with Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League, according to a report.

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Dash fall to Red Stars before record crowd at BBVA The Equalizer
On a record-setting night in Houston, the Chicago Red Stars reminded everyone who the better side is with a 2-1 victory over the Dash in front of a club-record crowd of 13,025 at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Women’s World Cup Lionesses return to record crowdsBBC Sport
Record crowds turned out to watch Women’s Super League sides as stars of the World Cup returned to domestic action with their clubs.

Rampone will play in Olympics ‘if body holds up’The Equalizer
The longtime United States women’s national team captain will be 41 years old by the time the Rio Olympics begin next August. Rampone just won her second World Cup title with the U.S. on Sunday, when the Americans dominated Japan in a 5-2 victory in Vancouver. She was also part of the 1999 team that won the World Cup on home soil.

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Claudio Ranieri appointed new Leicester City managerThe Guardian
Claudio Ranieri has been appointed as the new manager at Leicester City, the club have announced. The Italian, previously in charge of Chelsea, Juventus, Internazionale, among many others, has been given a three-year deal.

Asmir Begovic completes move to Chelsea from Stoke City ESPN FC
Asmir Begovic has finalised his to move to Chelsea from Premier League rivals Stoke City.

Swiss investigators flag more suspicious transactions around 2018 and 2022 bidsInside World Football
Despite persistent claims by Russia and Qatar that their respective 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids were clean, the Swiss investigation into possible corruption linked to the bids has flagged up another 28 acts of possible money-laundering which have been received since June, bringing the total to 81.

FIFA Seven: Webb agrees to US extradition Inside World Football
The Swiss Federal Office of Justice last Friday said that one of the seven FIFA officials arrested in the dawn swoop on the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich on May 27, had agreed to extradition to the United States.

Micronesia appear on Fifa’s radar after massive Pacific Games defeatsThe Guardian
Micronesia – the team that just shipped 114 goals at the Pacific Games – is readying itself to face the likes of Australia, Japan and South Korea, with the Pacific nation poised to follow in the footsteps of nearby island Guam and join the Asian confederation.

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