BC Soccer News, Monday, June 15, 2015






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Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes

Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes

Canadian ‘goals will come’: Christine SinclairCBC
Canada’s women’s soccer team has scored just once in its first two group-stage matches at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Canada will look to find its scoring touch in their third and final group-stage game versus the Netherlands on Monday at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

Despite scoring struggles, Canada enters finale with advantageTSN
While goals have been difficult to come by for Canada’s Women’s National Team, they still sit in an excellent position heading into the final game of the World Cup Group Stage in Montreal on Monday night. The Canadians are top of Group A with four points from two matches knowing a win at Olympic Stadium will see them win the group, while a draw will be enough to secure second place.

Canada the sum of its parts at Women’s World CupSportsnet
Let’s not gloss over the reality with this Canadian team—it’s very lucky to be in its current position, virtually assured of a spot in the Round of 16.

Lawrence a standout for Canada at Women’s WC Sportsnet
A year ago, Ashley Lawrence was fully entrenched in Canadian youth camp, preparing to face other internationals in her age group at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Today, she’s a key contributor to the senior team.

Evergreen Tancredi enjoying elongated career twilightFIFA
When Canada forward Melissa Tancredi sets out on a goal she sticks to it. In many ways the 33-year-old’s work ethic and commitment perfectly embodies that of the Canucks with their unwavering spirit and will to come out on top regardless of the odds.

Dutch wunderkind Miedema still finding game at WWC The Equalizer
Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema has been kept in check by New Zealand and China, a large reason that the Dutch have struggled to find the back of the net. A victory against Canada on Monday night at Olympic Stadium could earn the Netherlands top spot in Group A. The Netherlands defeated New Zealand, 1-0 in their opening match but lost to China by the same score on Thursday.

Abby Wambach: U.S. would score more goals if World Cup games on grassESPN FC
United States forward Abby Wambach says the team would have more goals in the Women’s World Cup if it were being played on grass.

US Soccer has failed over Hope Solo – but it shouldn’t just ape the NFL  – The Guardian
The US Soccer federation failed in how they handled Solo’s domestic violence case. But this is as true as how necessary it is for USA to have Solo, the best goalkeeper in the game, on the field. The team needs her in order to have a chance at making a deep run in the tournament, and they do need to do a deep run. The stakes are ridiculously high when it comes to the fight for legitimacy of the sport.

Nigeria’s Ugo Njoku suspended 3 gamesCBC
Nigeria defender Ugo Njoku has been suspended three games at the Women’s World Cup for an elbow to Australia forward Samantha Kerr’s face in a match on Friday.

Lindahl leading Sweden from the backFIFA
Lindahl, who has travelled to every Women’s World Cup since USA 2003 and occupied the No1 role beginning at China PR 2007, exudes confidence in between the posts for Sweden. With more than 100 caps to her name since her debut in 2002, the 32-year-old is the centrepiece of a vastly experienced Swedish backline that includes the likes of Nilla Fischer, Lina Nilsson and Sara Thunebro.

Former Canadian soccer stars living dream again Edmonton Sun
They’re up there in the broadcast booths, living the dream again, but in a different way, and hoping to play their own role in inspiring Canadian youth to dream the dream. They are Andrea Neil, Kara Lang, Clare Rustad and Jason deVos, now listed as talent on the TSN payroll, not a Team Canada roster.


Galaxy II hand Whitecaps FC 2 first home loss Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 (3W-7L-4D) took to the Thunderbird Stadium pitch in front of a lively crowd of both humans and canines, but it was LA Galaxy II (7W-5L-1D) that came out with a 2-0 win on Sunday. It was the first-ever Bark at the ‘Bird as fans brought their dogs to enjoy a fine day of soccer, but WFC2 saw their undefeated home streak come to end at five matches

LA Galaxy II earn 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2LA Galaxy
LA Galaxy II (7-5-1, 22 points) earned a 2-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 Sunday afternoon at Thunderbird Stadium UCB in Vancouver behind goals from Travis Bowen and Ariel Lassiter. Galaxy II are now tied for third place in the USL Regular Season Western Conference standings.

USL Match Report: WFC2 0 – 2 LA Galaxy llEighty-Six Forever
Today, sadly, was to prove no different than the past several outings for Alan Koch’s freshman USL side.  WFC2 had a couple of glorious chances to open the scoring in the first half through Victor Blasco, and team scoring leader Caleb Clarke, who shanked a penalty kick wide of Clement Diop’s goal shortly before half time.


The season so far: By the numbers Whitecaps FC
OK, the ‘Caps haven’t hit the halfway mark just yet, but their break from MLS action this weekend makes it a good time for a midseason review.

Seattle Sounders 3, FC Dallas 0MLS
The Seattle Sounders survived an aggressive first-half push from a shorthanded FC Dallas squad Saturday night before riding a dominant second half that featured goals from Lamar Neagle, Obafemi Martins and Leo Gonzalez to a 3-0 victory at CenturyLink Field.

DC United miffed by penalty decision in 1-0 loss at Orlando City SC: “It seemed soft”MLS
“I had no problem with our effort,” United head coach Ben Olsen said after the match. “There were obviously some spots where we could’ve been better with the ball, a little bit more clinical and cutthroat when we were in the final third. Other than that though I thought it was a good effort, we just didn’t get the goal. They got a PK that, after looking at it, you could call it or you couldn’t. But he called it, so we can’t use that as an excuse.”

Abramowitz: NYCFC sign Athletic Bilbao’s Iraola, Man City defender AngelinoEmpire of Soccer
According to New York City FC play-by-play man and ESPN Deportes announcer Roberto Abramowitz, NYCFC is set to sign Athletic Bilbao’s Andoni Iraola and 18-year-old Manchester City youth prospect, Angelino (José Ángel Tasande).


BC Soccer Association Appoints Jason Elligott as Executive DirectorBCSA
The BC Soccer Association is pleased to announce that it has appointed long term employee, Jason Elligott as the new BC Soccer Executive Director.  Jason comes with a wealth of BC Soccer experience as he has worked for the organization for close to 12 years including serving in his most recent role as the Director of Community Development for the last seven.

2015 BC Soccer Association Annual General MeetingBCSA
The BC Soccer Annual General Meeting took place Saturday June 13, 2015 and amongst the highlights was the re-election of Kjeld Brodsgaard (Victoria) as 1st Vice President for another two year term, along with Rob Brown (Harrison Hot Springs) also re-elected on a two year term for the position of Vice President Adult.

Victoria Highlanders enjoy easy winTimes Colonist
Highlanders F.C. wasted little time getting Khalsa Sporting Club’s attention at Royal Athletic Park on Saturday afternoon. The visiting club, from Port Coquitlam, travelled with just one extra body and was forced to substitute David Malamura within the first six minutes as he pulled a hamstring shortly into the Pacific Coast Soccer League matchup.


New York Cosmos Capture 2015 NASL Spring Season ChampionshipNASL
The single point in the 3-3 draw enabled the Cosmos to win the Spring Season Championship and ensure themselves a home game in the league’s playoff semifinals in November. The Cosmos needed only a draw against Jacksonville to clinch the title, regardless of the result between the second-place Tampa Bay Rowdies and Atlanta Silverbacks.

Depleted Eddies roster drop 3-0 decision to Indy Eleven in Spring Season finaleFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (2W-3D-5L) dropped their final match of the North American Soccer League (NASL) Spring Season 3-0 to Indy Eleven (3W-4D-3L), June 13 at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis, Il. Eddies head coach Colin Miller made a handful of changes to the starting lineup due to the notable absences of internationals Lance Laing (Jamaica) and Mallan Roberts (Canada).

Goalkeeper sub the talking point of FCE’s spring-season finalethe11.ca
It’s not something you see often. So, when it happens for a reason other than injury, it’s a talking point. That’s why the analysis of FC Edmonton’s spring-season finale — a 3-0 loss on the road to the Indy Eleven — has to begin by looking at the decision to yank keeper John Smits at halftime.

MATCH RECAP: Shutout Streak Continues in San AntonioOttawa Fury
Ottawa Fury FC closed out the NASL Spring Season on a 5-game unbeaten streak thanks to a 0-0 draw in San Antonio Saturday night. After setting an NASL modern-era record for longest shutout streak last week, goalkeeper Romauld Peiser and company further cemented themselves in the NASL record books with a fifth straight shutout that has seen them hold the opposition of the score sheet for the last 526 minutes … and counting.


Sepp Blatter could stand for re-election as Fifa presidentBBC Sport
A source close to Blatter has told the BBC the Swiss could make an audacious bid to stay on if no suitable alternative candidate emerges.

Swiss attorney general to make statement on World Cup bids The Guardian
Switzerland’s attorney general will make a statement on Wednesday about his investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Michael Lauber is expected to detail the scope of the investigation as well as the time-scale and resources that will be used in the “criminal proceedings”.

Are the English FA now a target in the FBI’s sights?Inside World Football
In an ironic twist to the FIFA corruption scandal, given the grandstanding by FA Chairman Greg Dyke and vice-Chairman David Gill, British newspapers were full of reports at the weekend of how the FBI had the FA “in its sights.”


Nigeria: Defender Oniya Dies On Pitch in MalaysiaAll Africa
Nigerian defender David Faramola Oniya died yesterday after collapsing on the pitch during a friendly match between his Malaysian club T-Team and Kelantan. He was 30.

Mounting a Copa América Defense, Tabárez’s Uruguay Must Open Its Attacking Mind8 by 8
No one can deny that Tabárez possesses exceptional ability as a manager and tactician. Like Marcello Lippi, Tabárez’s teams are able to change formation mid-game to adjust to the situation and what is needed at that moment.

Fabio Capello: Russian Football Union to ‘discuss’ coach’s futureBBC Sport
Fabio Capello’s future as Russia manager is in doubt with the nation’s football chief due to “discuss” whether to sack him. Russian Football Union acting president Nikita Simonyan told the R-Sport agency Capello’s role was in question.

Ronaldo is carrying Portugal & what we learned from the Euro 2016 qualifiers Goal
The Seleccao has little to offer other than the Real Madrid star in a week which saw Jack Wilshere, Antonio Candreva and Isco shine for their countries

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