BC Soccer News, Monday, July 20, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

PORTLAND TIMBERS  1   WHITECAPS FC  1

CASCADIA CUP

SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2015

PROVIDENCE PARK, PORTLAND, ORE.

Cascadia derby doesn’t disappoint: ‘It had a little bit of everything’Whitecaps FC
The two Cascadian rivals added to the intensity from their recent meetings with a match that saw two goals, five bookings, two late sending-offs, chances galore for both sides, and almost end-to-end action in the midst of the Rose City’s sweltering summer heat wave.

Whitecaps FC put in gutsy road performance, earn 1-1 draw with Portland at Providence Park Whitecaps FC
In the build-up to Saturday’s Cascadia derby, Carl Robinson said there would be “no excuses” from his team despite fielding a young and depleted side. Turns out they didn’t need any.

Laba comes through for Whitecaps’ road point in Portland  – Red Nation Online
The Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers renewed their Cascadia rivalry for the final time this season. The Whitecaps came in looking to end a two-match losing streak and Portland looked to continue climbing the MLS Western Conference table. Carl Robinson’s side fought hard and earned an important 1-1 draw before 21,144 spectators at Providence Park.

Cool Laba claims a point for comeback ‘Caps amongst hot heads in PortlandAFTN
Hot, hot, hot. That could describe Vancouver Whitecaps away form this season, but it also described a sweltering day in Portland for the latest Cascadia Cup clash between two teams that don’t really like each other.

Laba laser a rare bonus for the Whitecaps The Province
Matías Laba could deliver a line like the Dos Equis guy: “I don’t always score goals, but when I do, I prefer gigantic ones.” The Whitecaps’ tireless and talented defensive midfielder scored his second goal for the club — and first in 51 MLS games — on Saturday night at Providence Park.

Whitecaps find their own ‘new’ talent in Christian DeanVancouver Sun
There’s been a strong influx of talent entering, or re-entering, MLS in the last week. Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Giovani dos Santos. Erick Torres, Christian Dean. And perhaps even Didier Drogba on the way. Wait a second. One of those names is not like the other.

Matias Laba scores 2nd-half equalizer in Vancouver’s 1-1 draw with PortlandCanada.com
Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter figures a draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps is a fair result given the circumstances. Matias Laba scored in the 58th minute to pull the Whitecaps even in a 1-1 draw with Timbers in a Cascadia Cup rivalry match Saturday night.

Whitecaps pass depth test in draw vs. Timbers Sportsnet
Inevitably, there are games in Major League Soccer when a squad’s depth is tested. For the Vancouver Whitecaps, Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers was one of those games, and coach Carl Robinson’s men largely passed the test.

Handbags and Matias Laba in the Rose CityEighty-Six Forever
Man, I love Cascadian derby matches. Handbags, sizzling goals, handbags, screaming coaches, handbags, energetic supporters… did I mention handbags?

Will Johnson’s post-game red card puts pressure on road-bound TimbersSBI
The match was over. The Portland Timbers secured their one point against the Vancouver Whitecaps and players should’ve been looking ahead to an important match in Dallas next week. But moments after the whistle, captain Will Johnson apparently wasn’t ready to move on just yet. He immediately went over to referee Juan Guzman to complain about an earlier call, and Guzman didn’t hesitate in pulling out a yellow card and then quickly a red one.

Russell Teibert taking positives from Canada’s Gold Cup disappointment but excited to be back for Cascadian Cup “battle”AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps may have lost Kendall Waston to Gold Cup duty this week, after his late call-up to the Costa Rican squad, but they at least welcome back another player, with Russell Teibert returning to the ‘Caps after Canada crashed out of the tournament with a whimper, not a bang.

David Ousted named to 2015 MLS All-Star gameday roster Whitecaps FC
It was announced on Saturday that the Vancouver Whitecaps FC goalkeeper was named to the 22-man gameday roster as selected by Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni, who will serve as this year’s MLS All-Star coach.

Giovinco, Ousted, Ciman added to MLS all-star teamTSN
Players from all three Canadian clubs were named to the Major League Soccer all-star team on Saturday, including Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco & Whitecaps FC goalkeeper David Ousted.

Columbus Crew SC vow “we’re not going to get complacent” after launching win streak over ChicagoMLS
Though they sit in second place in the Eastern Conference standings, Columbus haven’t put more than two wins together in a row all season, notching back-to-back wins April 18 and 25 before embarking on a largely inconsistent summer campaign. But the club won consecutive matches against rival Chicago Fire this week, with a 1-0 win Wednesday in Bridgeview and a 3-1 win to cap off the week in Columbus.

Chicago Fire’s Frank Yallop: It’s tough to lose after “phantom red card”MLS
Head coach Frank Yallop criticized referee Chris Penso for what he called a “phantom red card” as ten-man Chicago Fire fell to their second defeat to Columbus Crew SC in five days. The 3-1 result at MAPFRE Stadium was harsh on the visitors, who found themselves on the wrong end of a 12-second penalty call, had two goals disallowed and saw Jason Johnson sent off on the back of two yellow cards.

Sporting KC far from satisfied with performance in win over Impact SBI
After Sporting Kansas City’s 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact Saturday night, the team’s eighth straight home win in all competitions, one may have expected a much more cheerful Peter Vermes. Instead, the Sporting KC manager was satisfied with the three points, but lamented the inability to control the game.

Giovinco lifts Toronto FC to win over UnionTSN
While Major League Soccer dithered over getting Sebastian Giovinco into the all-star game, the Italian dynamo continued his assault on the Toronto FC record book. Giovinco added another chapter to a remarkable first season in North America with a goal and an assist in Toronto’s 2-1 win Saturday over the Philadelphia Union.

Toronto FC turn up the heat on the UnionRed Nation Online
Saturday’s game saw two clubs right in the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff race meet for a second time this season. Both squads were missing their captains, with Michael Bradley still on international duty and Maurice Edu suspended for the Union.

Toronto, MLS Need to Recognize How Special Sebastian Giovinco Truly IsVice Sports
Torontonians could be forgiven for not being totally familiar with Sebastian Giovinco. They might have heard him being referred to by one of his many nicknames: Seba, Gio, or The Atomic Ant (though how could you not want to learn a little more about a man who goes by such a title). The team itself spent nearly the first two months of the 2015 Major League Soccer season on the road while the finishing touches were put on upgrades to the team’s home field.

LA Galaxy 5, San Jose Earthquakes 2 | MLS Match Recap MLS
Steven Gerrard enjoyed a winning MLS debut Friday night, twice setting up Robbie Keane goals and netting one of his own as the LA Galaxy rallied from a two-goal first-half deficit for a wild 5-2 triumph over the San Jose Earthquakes to vault into the Western Conference lead.

Seattle Sounders FC 0, Colorado Rapids 1 | MLS Match RecapMLS
An 84th minute tally from forward Kevin Doyle was the difference for the Colorado Rapids Saturday night against the Seattle Sounders, as Colorado rode the playmaking striker’s late goal to a 1-0 victory over reeling Seattle at CenturyLink Field.

Orlando City SC plan to appeal Cyle Larin red card vs. New York Red BullsMLS
Phil Rawlins, the Orlando City SC president, has confirmed the club will mount an appeal against Saturday night’s red card for Cyle Larin, which was the team’s sixth dismissal of the season.

Didier Drogba open to Inter Milan despite Major League Soccer talksESPN FC
Sources have told ESPN FC that Drogba, 37, has been offered a contract with Chicago Fire and that several other MLS sides are interested, but he is keeping his options open amid links with Inter.

Earthquakes sign U.S. youth international Marc PelosiGoal
The 21-year-old midfielder joins after four seasons at Liverpool, where he played in the Reds’ youth setup.

MLS Players Union reveal 2015 player salariesMLSPU
The documents linked below contain salary information for all MLS players as of the date shown.  In the survey, all player salaries are broken down into two numbers.  The first is the player’s current base salary.  The second is characterized as annual average guaranteed compensation.

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UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE

PORTLAND TIMBERS 2   4   WHITECAPS FC  2  2

SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2015

MERLO FIELD, PORTLAND, ORE.

Tough loss to T2 hits WFC2’s playoff push but still all to play for – “It’s going to be a dogfight till the bitter end”AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps headed down to Portland this past weekend hoping to come home with a six point haul. But best laid plans and all that, for despite two strong performances that merited more, the ‘Caps return with just the one solitary point.

WFC2 Doubled up by Timbers 2 in USL Action Eighty-Six Forever
While the Vancouver Whitecaps battled back to tie with the Portland Timbers 1-1 in MLS action over the weekend, there was no such comeback in store for WFC2 in the USL Pro League. WFC2 fell to Portland’s USL team, Timbers 2, by a final score of 4-2.

Goals from Earnshaw and Froese not enough as WFC2 fall 4-2 to Timbers 2 Whitecaps FC
On another scorching evening in Portland, Whitecaps FC 2 (6W-9L-5D) battled valiantly but came up short in a 4-2 defeat to Timbers 2 (7W-9L-2D) at Merlo Field.

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CANADA – PAN AM GAMES & GOLD CUP

Canadian women’s soccer team falls to Brazil 2-0, still advances to semifinals Toronto 2015
The Canadian women’s soccer team moved into the Pan American Games semifinals despite a 2-0 loss to Brazil in the final round-robin game Sunday night.

Canada WNT through to Toronto 2015 medal round CSA
The young Olympic Development squad forming Canada’s Women’s National Team at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games offered decent opposition to a much more experienced Brazil team, but were ultimately defeated 2:0. While on paper Canada finishes group action in the tournament with a win and two losses, they will still live to compete another day as they go through to the medal round on a favourable goal difference over Costa Rica.

Goals dry up for Canadian women at Pan Ams Sportsnet
Ecuador’s surprising win over Costa Rica on early Sunday evening at the Pan Am Games was a welcomed result for Canada. It meant the Reds didn’t have the pressure of a “must win” on their shoulders against Brazil to secure a spot in the semifinals. A draw or even a loss would get them through, depending on goal differential.

Mexico 1, Costa Rica 0 (AET) | CONCACAF Gold Cup Match Recap MLS
Oribe Peralta had four or five good chances to score for Mexico — all of which he missed — but it was the one he set up that mattered most.  Peralta drew a dubious penalty in the 120th minute, and Andres Guardado converted from the spot to give Mexico a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in the quarterfinals of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. El Tri advanced to the semifinals, where they will take on Panama on Wednesday in Atlanta.

No redemption for Jaime Penedo, just a “divine moment” for victorious PanamaMLS
All the Panamanian goalkeeper wanted to do was lead his team into the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals and he did that in heroic fashion. The LA Galaxy standout made a pair of saves during a penalty kick shootout, including the decisive kick by Lester Peltier in the ninth round, to guide Los Canaleros to a 6-5 shootout win after Panama and Trinidad & Tobago played to a 1-1 draw at MetLife Stadium Sunday.

United States 6, Cuba 0 | Gold Cup Match RecapMLS
The United States men’s national team welcomed Cuba to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Saturday afternoon for a balmy Gold Cup quarterfinal, the heavily favored Americans looking to book their spot in the tournament’s semis with a win over the overmatched Cubans.

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NASL

Eddies wrap up road trip with 1-0 clean sheet victoryFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (2W-2D-0L) capped off their three-match road trip with a 1-0 win over North American Soccer League (NASL) combined table leaders Tampa Bay Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium.

Practice? Who needs practice? Eddies beat Rowdies despite lack of training the11.ca
FC Edmonton is through the toughest road trip of their season; a three-games-in-seven days jaunt that took the club out to Florida, back to Texas and then back to Florida.

Fury FC Offence Heats Up in 4-2 Win Over Indy ElevenOttawa Fury FC
Ottawa Fury FC’s offence exploded for four goals against the Indy Eleven on a scorching Sunday afternoon at TD Place extending the club`s unbeaten streak to an impressive eight games. A brace from captain Richie Ryan and goals from Rafael Alves and Tom Heinemann gave Ottawa their biggest offensive outing in TD Place history with the 4-2 victory.

Ottawa Fury earn big home win over Indy ElevenRed Nation Online
Ottawa Fury were finally able to put their scoring troubles behind them as they put four goals past Indy Eleven keeper Nicht and earned a vital three points at home. In their first of three matches this week, Fury were able push themselves into just a point of first place in the Fall Season standings, with a game in hand, and tied for fourth in the combined standings. The club are also on a red hot eight game unbeaten streak as they continue collecting points and making up for early slips in the Spring Season.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Stephen Ross Hopes to Turn Soccer Friendlies Into a Moneymaking JuggernautNY Times
Every summer, soccer fans in the United States pay steep prices to see the world’s best teams compete in preseason exhibitions against other top clubs as well as squads from Major League Soccer. It is more a taste of world soccer than a feast; some stars are allowed to skip the tours, and those who do arrive are routinely pulled by managers wary of injuries.

PSG defeats Benfica at BMO FieldTSN
While some big names were missing, it was an entertaining affair that followed on the heels of Toronto FC’s 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union. The international friendly drew an announced crowd of 17,843 to BMO Field, compared to 25,032 for the MLS game.

Bartomeu absolutely crushed Laporta in the Barcelona presidential electionsSoccer Gods
It’s official. Josep Maria Bartomeu will be FC Barcelona’s president through 2021. He demolished his main rival, former president Joan Laporta, by 21 points.

Sepp Blatter: My conscience told me to do something for FIFA ESPN FC
Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he made the decision to resign because his conscience told him to “do something” for the organisation as he announced a new reform task force.

Fifa to discuss governance reforms amid pressure from sponsors and campaignsThe Guardian
Fifa will discuss a series of wide-ranging governance reforms on Monday in the face of growing pressure from sponsors and campaigners for external intervention.

Coke and McDonald’s demand reform for a healthier FIFA – Inside World Football
As FIFA’s executive committee gather in Zurich to discuss dates for the presidential election, Coca-Cola have called on football’s world governing body to reform itself and bring in independent specialists to oversee its future conduct and help restore trust.

FIFA sets presidential election date TSN
FIFA will hold a presidential election on Feb. 26, giving Sepp Blatter seven more months in power before leaving the scandal-tainted governing body.

Prankster showers Sepp Blatter with fake dollar bills at Fifa press conferenceThe Guardian
The Fifa president Sepp Blatter walked out of a press conference after being showered with fake dollar bills by the British comedian Lee Nelson.

Fifa: New taskforce announced to tackle corruption BBC Sport
Fifa is to set up a taskforce of 11 people to look at reforming football’s scandal-hit world governing body. Proposals for reform will include term limits for presidents and integrity checks for top officials, president Sepp Blatter announced.

UK: We will force Fifa to changeThe Telegraph
“Alongside the US and Swiss prosecutions, other national parliaments and government agencies also have a role to play in using their powers to support Fifa reform. Britain must play its part. That is why we can announce that in September the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport select committee will open an investigation into the issue of Fifa reform, in the light of the latest revelations.”

Michel Platini receives further backing to stand as Fifa presidential candidateThe Guardian
Michel Platini could announce as early as this week that he will stand for Fifa president after receiving backing from four out of the six confederations.

Inside West Ham’s new home: how football came to 2012’s Olympic StadiumThe Guardian
The home of the London Games has been completely rebuilt at huge public expense in the hope West Ham can give it a glorious new era.

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup: Madjer: There’s more to come from us FIFA
Chants of “Portugal Allez” could still be heard ringing around the Estadio da Praia da Baia well after the end of Sunday’s final at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal 2015. They came from the tunnel inside the main stand, where the Portuguese players were celebrating their defeat of Tahiti.

Bert Patenaude, the forgotten hero who scored the first ever World Cup hat-trick The Guardian
Eighty-five years ago, Bert Patenaude scored all three goals in USA’s 3-0 win over Paraguay – but it wasn’t until 2006 that he was recognised by Fifa.

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