BC Soccer News, Monday, July 27, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

WHITECAPS FC  3  SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES  1

SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2015

B.C. PLACE, VANCOUVER

WHITECAPS FC & MLS

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Whitecaps FC jump into second in the West with dominant 3-1 win over San JoseWhitecaps FC
Man of the Match Mauro Rosales scored his first goal in a Vancouver Whitecaps FC (11W-8L-3D) uniform, Kendall Waston opened his account for 2015, and the ‘Caps scored on a corner for the first time this season. And that was just the first half.

Latino threesome puts Whitecaps home woes to bedAFTN
Home woes. What home woes? Vancouver Whitecaps banished them, for now at least, and put in a decisive display that saw them cruise to a 3-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes.

Whitecaps find new ways to score in win over San Jose Goal
After registering his first-ever goal for Vancouver, Mauro Rosales orchestrated the match winner from a corner in an important home win over San Jose Earthquakes.

Vancouver Whitecaps say 3-1 win over Quakes a good building block for “massive battle” in WestMLS
Having already dropped 14 points at BC Place this year, the win was an obvious relief for head coach Carl Robinson, but it was the nature of Vancouver’s victory that pleased the Welshman the most.

Whitecaps top the Quakes in comprehensive fashionEighty-Six Forever
There was added value attached to the points available to the Whitecaps and the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday. Top-six neighbours Portland, Seattle, LA and SKC had all suffered defeat in the days preceding the much anticipated contest in Upper Cascadia, presenting the opportunity to climb the extremely tight standings.

Whitecaps quell ‘Quakes at BC Place24 Hours
Finally, some home delivery from the Vancouver Whitecaps. As underwhelming as the Whitecaps have been at BC Place this season, they were the opposite for most of Sunday’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes in a 3-1 triumph.

San Jose Earthquakes point to slow start in loss to Vancouver Whitecaps: “We got punished for it”MLS
Before the San Jose Earthquakes could even break much of a sweat in their match Sunday evening against the Vancouver Whitecaps, they found themselves right where they knew they couldn’t be: trailing on the road against one of the best teams in the Western Conference.

Rosales guides Whitecaps to solid victory over Earthquakes Red Nation Online
The Vancouver Whitecaps had an opportunity to turn their poor home record around with a date against the San Jose Earthquakes. Dominic’s Kinnear’s team has been on the wrong side of the playoff pictures in the western conference for much of the season.

Whitecaps dominate Earthquakes for first win in four gamesSBI
Anyone who thought the Vancouver Whitecaps were fading away as the dog days of summer drag on is probably thinking again now. The Whitecaps put on a dominant display against the San Jose Earthquakes to win, 3-1, at BC Place on Sunday.

Whitecaps see off Earthquakes, 3-1 Vancouver Sun
With goal scoring up around MLS the last few weeks – and isn’t that nice for the fans – the Vancouver Whitecaps finally got in on the act Sunday at BC Place

Morales nearing full fitness and looking towards future with Vancouver Red Nation Online
Pedro Morales made his long-awaited return to the Vancouver Whitecaps last night against the San Jose Earthquakes. The Chilean midfielder came on as a second half substitute and played 22 minutes in Vancouver’s 3-1 victory. Morales has been working his way back from a small tear in his left calf that left him on the sidelines for seven weeks and much longer than first anticipated.

Impact trample on Sounders dream of road point with late winner Prost Amerika
The Seattle Sounders dropped another late result on Saturday, losing 1-0 at Stade Saputo to the Montreal Impact. A similar performance to those so familiar of late followed the Sounders back East. Some will contend the scoreline did not accurately reflect the gulf in class, as Montreal looked the better side from minute 1 to 90.

Questionable no-call costs Revolution against ChicagoProst Amerika
Referee Ricardo Salazar awarded the Fire a questionable penalty kick late in the first half, Shaun Maloney converting the spot shot to tie the match at 1-1 before halftime. But Salazar didn’t call a penalty kick for the Revolution on a seemingly obvious handball in the penalty area in second half stoppage time.

Toronto FC earn big comeback draw in ColumbusRed Nation Online
After delivering a dominant win against the Philadelphia Union last weekend, Toronto FC were back on the road for a Saturday evening fixture against Eastern Conference rivals the Columbus Crew.

Never count out the ‘new’ Toronto FCSportsnet
Down 2-0 at halftime against the Columbus Crew—and on the road, no less—Toronto FC looked dead and buried on Saturday night.

New York Red Bulls Sign Shaun Wright-PhillipsNY Red Bulls
Former English Premier League standout Shaun Wright-Phillips has signed a contract with the New York Red Bulls. A former member of England’s World Cup team, Shaun Wright-Phillips joins his brother Bradley with the Red Bulls.Bradley Wright-Phillips, will be announced by the club as a new signing on Monday.

EXCLUSIVE: Drogba would not be eligible For Montreal in Voyageurs Cup BC Soccer Web
This weekend brought the revelation that the Montreal Impact are on the verge of signing former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. Even at 37, Drogba’s skill and size would make him a major acquisition and feared opponent throughout Major League Soccer. It also brought speculation on what impact he could have on the Whitecap’s upcoming Voyageurs Cup Final against Montreal.

Montreal Impact get Didier Drogba’s MLS rights from Chicago Fire – sourcesESPN FC
The Montreal Impact has acquired the MLS rights to Ivorian striker Didier Drogba from the Chicago Fire, and is poised to sign the player to a contract, sources have told ESPN FC.

Whitecaps’ path to Voyageurs Cup may go through Didier Drogba The Province
The Whitecaps’ path to a first-ever Voyageurs Cup will probably have to go through Didier Drogba. ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle reported Sunday that the Montreal Impact have acquired the MLS rights to Drogba, the 37-year-old Ivory Coast and Chelsea legend.

Montreal’s Ciman makes impact in 1st MLS seasonSportsnet
The Montreal Impact didn’t beat the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night, Laurent Ciman did.

Chicago Fire acquire Toronto FC forward Gilberto off waivers ESPN FC
The Chicago Fire’s quest for help up front has seen them turn to a familiar face in MLS circles, as the club have acquired Brazilian forward Gilberto off waivers from Toronto FC, sources have told ESPNFC.com.

Offensive outburst propels NYCFC over Orlando CitySBI
The emotions of the crowd at Yankee Stadium swung from side to side, but when it was all said and done, the home supporters among the 32,041 in the stands came away with a quite pleasant victory on Sunday afternoon.

Pirlo thanks New York City fans for ‘beautiful’ welcomeGoal
New York City midfielder Andrea Pirlo labeled his debut “beautiful” after featuring in front of 32,041 fans at Yankee Stadium.

D.C. United overcomes early deficit to beat UnionSBI
In just four minutes, D.C. United found itself in a deep hole Sunday, but the team’s new forward pairing led an impressive comeback charge, winning, 3-2, against the Philadelphia Union.

MLS announces exclusive education partnership with Southern New Hampshire UniversityMLS
Through the partnership, SNHU will empower MLS players to pursue their higher-education degrees, while MLS will provide exclusive learning opportunities and experiences to current SNHU students. The university will partner with MLS to reach and support students that require innovative education options.

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BC SOCCER

PACIFIC COAST SOCCER LEAGUE

CHALLENGE CUP

SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2015

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL

KHALSA SC  1  VICTORIA HIGHLANDERS  1

(KHALSA SC WINS ON PENALTIES 4-1)

TRILLIUM WEST TURF, VANCOUVER

SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2015

SEMI FINALS

VANCOUVER UNITED  1   KHALSA SC  4

VICTORIA HIGHLANDERS  2   MID ISLE MARINERS  1

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Khalsa Sporting Club defeated Victoria Highlanders on penalties. Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

South District Girls Soccer Assoc. Suspends Central City Breakers SDGSA
South District Girls Soccer Assocation (SDGSA) has suspended Central City Football Club (CCB) as a member effective immediately.

New VMSL Premier Team to be Coached by Blaise NkufoRino’s Vancouver SC
Over the summer months, the club’s management has been hard at work behind the scenes, and we now have two exciting announcements to make regarding the upcoming Vancouver Metro Soccer League season.

Pinnacles women’s soccer team earns draw in final gamePenticton Western News
The Penticton GM Murray Pinnacles wrapped up its exhibition season with a win and a draw. The Pinnacles were in Kamloops last weekend defeating Thompson Rivers University 2-1, then later on Saturday, earned a 2-2 draw against Prince George.

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CANADA – 2018 WC QUALIFYING – CONCACAF GOLD CUP

Canada MNT to face Belize in next round of FIFA World Cup QualifiersCSA
In the preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ that took place in St. Petersburg, RUS, on Saturday, Canada found out who they’ll play in the third and fourth rounds of qualifying in the CONCACAF region. First up is Belize in a home-and-away series that takes place on Friday 4 September at BMO Field in Toronto with the return leg that takes place in Belize on Tuesday 8 September.

Canada’s draw: I 8 to be the 1 to say this but24th Minute
Yes, you can make a joke here about how the only way CanMNT is going to Russia is on a tourist visa, but the undeniable truth is the slots aren’t determined on paper – not when you’re good and not when you’re, well, Canada.

USA gets break in World Cup 2018 qualifying draw Soccer America
The USA was drawn with Trinidad & Tobago and the winners of St. Vincent & The Grenadines/Aruba and Antigua & Barbuda/Guatemala in the third round of World Cup 2018 qualifying in the Concacaf zone. It should be a relatively easy group from which the top two teams advance to the Hexagonal, the final round of qualifying, certainly a lot easier than Group B, which might feature four of the seven 2015 Gold Cup quarterfinalists still alive in World Cup qualifying.

USMNT will play World Cup qualifier in St. Louis SBI
After hosting the U.S. Women’s National Team ahead of the World Cup this summer, fans in St. Louis will be getting a bit more U.S. Soccer action in the future. Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, will be the host of a U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup qualifier in November.

World Cup qualifying draw for Russia 2018 yields mouthwatering matchups ESPN FC
With FIFA’s World Cup qualifying draw now firmly in the books, Nick Miller analyses the biggest early storylines on the three-year march toward Russia.

Spain, Italy meet in 2018 WC qualifyingTSN
Relief for Germany. Apprehension for Spain, Italy, France, and the Netherlands. And England resuming international football’s oldest rivalry with Scotland.

England favourites to reach World Cup but must beware Scotland and Slovakia The Guardian
Unlike the European Championship, it remains fiendishly difficult to reach the World Cup finals – only one team from each group is guaranteed a ticket to football’s greatest jamboree, and the worst second-placed sides does not even get the chance of a two-legged play-offs. Yet England will be satisfied if not buoyant following a draw that pits them against an old enemy in Scotland but avoids the traditional powerhouses.

Russia glows with 2018 show, but dark side of racism lurks off-stage Inside World Football
The millions of fans who tuned in across the globe to watch Saturday’s 2018 World Cup draw could have been forgiven for thinking everything in Russia’s garden was rosy.

Jamaica 1, Mexico 3 | CONCACAF Gold Cup Match RecapMLS
Mired in controversy and engulfed in pressure, Mexico saved their best for last, breezing past Jamaica to capture a record seventh Gold Cup title that sets up a fascinating Confederations Cup playoff against the United States on October 9.

Corona, Guardado stand tall for Mexico in Gold Cup final triumphESPN FC
After weeks of awful finishing from the attack and a worrisome defense, El Tri finally emerged out of its shell and dominated Jamaica in a 3-1 Gold Cup final victory in Philadelphia.

Mexico is the most talented team in CONCACAF and finally showed it in the Gold Cup final Soccer Gods
Mexico is the champion of the 2015 Gold Cup. Well, Mexico and the refs. Some spectacularly bad refereeing helped El Tri make it to the final, but once there, it finally put on a show, beating Jamaica 3-1.

Grudge match: USMNT to host Mexico in Confederations Cup playoff at Rose Bowl on Oct. 9MLS
Mexico’s 3-1 win over Jamaica in the Gold Cup final on Sunday evening gave them not only another trophy, but a spot in a one-game playoff against the US men’s national team for the right to play in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

CONCACAF known for corruption as much as soccer – Washington Post
The banner moments of this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup belong to Panama.

Gulati gives Klinsmann full backing despite Gold Cup failureSBI
The calls for Jurgen Klinsmann’s job are starting to grow among U.S. Men’s National Team fans, but the one man who could actually fire the German coach sounds like he’s nowhere close to considering such a move.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER

Canada WNT misses Toronto 2015 podiumCanada Soccer
It was a lack of goals – but clearly not of opportunities – that ended Canada’s Women’s National Team’s run at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games on Friday night after conceding the bronze medal match 1:2 to Mexico.

Buchanan’s Pan Am reality check may pay dividends in the future the11.ca
It’s easy to forget that Canadian centre back Kadeisha Buchanan is months away from her 20th birthday. She’s was named the top young player at the Women’s World Cup, and her name is an automatic to appear in the Canadian starting XI.

Pan Ams a starting point for young CanadiansSportsnet
It all started on July 11. That was the beginning of a journey for a young Canadian women’s side at the Pan Am Games that featured ups, downs, plenty of learning experiences and now, ends on a bittersweet note.

‘Now what?’ Back to work in NWSL after Women’s World Cup thrill ride.Washington Post
Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris welcome return to routine and the Washington Spirit after winning World Cup.

Five-minute Yanez brace lifts Reign to top of tableThe Equalizer
The largest crowd ever to watch a Seattle Reign FC home match were treated to a 3-0 drubbing of rival Portland Thorns FC that brought the home side to the top of the NWSL table by a point over the Red Stars. Jessica Fishlock scored in the first half and Bev Yanez scored twice in the opening five minutes of the second half in front of 6,303 at Memorial Stadium.

Lloyd ‘lost all respect’ for Flash for handling of trade The Equalizer
Angering Carli Lloyd never ends up well for an opponent. That has been seen time and time again: the 2008 Olympics, the 2012 Olympics and the 2015 World Cup come to mind. That’s why Saturday seems ominous for the Western New York Flash.

Walk the walk: Lloyd sinks Flash after harsh wordsThe Equalizer
Carli Lloyd made her mark and scored the lone goal in the second half to secure the Houston Dash the 1-0 win against the Western New York Flash on Saturday in front of a season high crowd of 4,110 at Sahlen’s Stadium.

FA head of women’s leagues targets WSL expansionBBC Sport
The Women’s Super League could be expanded to 24 teams in the future, according to the FA’s head of women’s leagues and competitions, Katy Brazier.

The Football League Paper to introduce weekly women’s football coverageThe Football League Paper
The growing popularity of women’s football is to be reflected by The Football League Paper becoming the first newspaper to devote a weekly pull-out to the female game.

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WFC2 & USL

UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE

WHITECAPS FC 2  0   TULSA ROUGHNECKS  4

FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2015

U.B.C. THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, POINT GREY

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Rough night for WFC2 as they go down to “embarrassing” 4-0 home loss to Tulsa AFTN
It was ‘Beach Night’ at Thunderbird Stadium but WFC2 more gave the impression of playing in quicksand as they slumped to their worst defeat of the USL season, going down 4-0 at home to Tulsa Roughnecks and leaving their playoff hopes hanging by a thread.

WFC2 loses 4-0 at home against the Tulsa Roughnecks FC Eighty-Six Forever
The Tulsa side earns an emphatic win at Thunderbird Stadium in what was arguably the worst performance by the young Whitecaps squad this season.

Report: USL to Expand to Reno in 2016Scratching the Pitch
USL has communicated an official policy not to comment on potential teams. A source inside the league, however, has confirmed that Reno will be joining Rio Grande Valley and Cincinnati as independent (non-MLS) franchises joining USL for the 2016 season. These teams are reportedly paying a substantial $2,000,000 fee to gain entry into the league that continues to raise its profile in the American sports scene. Consider that teams established in 2013 and 2014 doled out a comparatively meager $500,000 to join USL PRO (as the league was known then).

NASL

Regulars return as Eddies concede first defeat of Fall SeasonFC Edmonton
Atlanta Silverbacks striker Jaime Chávez registered a brace and striker Shaka Bangura added a third goal right after second half substitute Tomi Ameobi scored the lone Eddies goal.

Defending a “calamity” as FCE gifts three goals to the Silverbacks the11.ca
The defensive issues that plagued FC Edmonton throughout the NASL spring season returned for the team’s first fall-season game at Clarke Field.

Unbeatable! Haworth’s last gasp winner sends Fury FC atop the NASL standings Ottawa Fury FC
In an unforgettable finish, Ottawa Fury FC defeated the Carolina RailHawks 2-1 at TD Place on Sunday afternoon to move into first overall in the NASL Combined standings for the first time in club history. Carl Haworth played hero with a dramatic stoppage-time winner and Aly Alberto Hassan scored his first goal for Fury FC in his first start with the club.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Belgian court backs FIFA ban on third-party player ownershipESPN FC
FIFA has welcomed the upholding of its ban on third-party investors owning players’ transfer rights by a Belgian court.

Brussels court boots TPO, slave traders and ‘loan sharks’ into touchInside World Football
UEFA and FIFA are celebrating a landmark victory in their joint fight to outlaw Third Party Ownership (TPO) after a Brussels court threw out a legal case against them launched to try and overturn the worldwide ban on the practise.

Fifasco: Corruption fallout could hurt soccer’s developmentDaily Maverick
One of the biggest knock-on effects of the ongoing corruption scandal at Fifa could stall development of the game because sponsors aren’t so keen to invest. Soccer’s world governing body is after $6-billion in revenue from the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia. That revenue will trickle down across the globe to ensure that the sport continues to grow, but Fifa has not singed a single new sponsor since the final in Brazil last year.

Twente given lifeline as Eredvisie OKs debt plan and clears club to playInside World Football
FC Twente will start the new Eredivisie without a points deduction or any other sanctions after the Dutch FA KNVB approved the club’s new plan to further reduce its debts.

When They Mattered: Ajax and its failed chance at a second dynastySoccer Gods
The high point was also the tipping point. The slow and torturous decline began almost at the very moment 18-year-old Patrick Kluivert’s 84th-minute toe-poke skittered past Sebastiano Rossi and into AC Milan’s net to win the 1994-95 Champions League, whereupon the teenaged striker wheeled away as he twisted his jersey around on his torso so everybody could see real well.

The stats guru helping keep alive football history in AustraliaThe Guardian
You can say, without fear of contradiction, that Andrew Howe is a nerd. A senior demographer at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, he has spent his adult life voluntarily collecting and organising Australia’s football statistics. “I grew up on stats,” he says. “I’m a population statistician by day and I’m the football statistician by night.”

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