WHITECAPS FC & MLS
PHOTO GALLERY: Whitecaps FC – Philadelphia Union, May 9, 2015 – BC Soccer Web
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Report and Reaction: Union city blues for Philly as dominant Whitecaps hit three – AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps got back to much needed winning ways with a dominant performance against a hapless Philadelphia Union side that produced a three goal haul but should have provided a lot more.
Caps Defeat Union in Style – Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps were back to their winning ways at BC Place with a resounding victory over a dismal Philadelphia Union side.
Union fall to Whitecaps for fourth straight loss – Philly.com
As if the circumstances going into Brian Sylvestre’s first-ever start in Major League Soccer weren’t already strange enough, add this to the mix: It came against the Vancouver Whitecaps, the team that brought him into the pros four years ago.
Vancouver Whitecaps thrash Philadelphia 3-0 – Whitecaps Fan Blog
It cannot be said that the Whitecaps played particularly well even if the score was 3-0. But for a great save by goalkeeper Ousted and a funny sending off by the referee things might well have been different. It has to be said that the Union are a pretty poor side.
Whitecaps rookie Parker playing ‘like a seasoned vet’ – The Province
In January, Carl Robinson called Tim Parker the “most MLS-ready” player in the draft. That was after they’d picked him 13th overall, of course, and it’s the type of flattery most teams bestow on many of their picks.
Caps’ net worth boosted by Ousted – Vancouver Sun
David Ousted and Eddie Lack weren’t speaking the same language Saturday except when it came to goalkeeping.
‘Hulk’ doesn’t seem green in first start – Vancouver Sun
The mischievous Pa-Modou Kah snuck up behind the post-game media scrum facing Tim Parker and whispered: “Ask him why we call him The Hulk.” So we did.
Dwayne De Rosario Announces His Retirement on Instagram – Instagram
Salute to all my fans/family who supported me throughout my #MLS career I am humbled by all your love & support.
Canadian, MLS legend Dwayne De Rosario announces end of playing career on Instagram post – MLS
In an Instagram post Sunday evening, the legendary Canadian international announced he will be taking a role as an ambassador with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, who own Toronto FC and are De Rosario’s hometown team where he played on two different stops during his 18-year career.
Toronto FC less than dynamic in loss to Dynamo – Red Nation Online
It was home sweet home for Toronto FC as the Reds finally returned to BMO Field after a difficult 7 game road trip to start their 2015 Major League Soccer campaign.
Houston Dynamo “stand up” in much-needed victory against Toronto FC – MLS
Houston won in impressive fashion Sunday evening in a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC, spoiling TFC’s homecoming at newly renovated BMO Field and in the process stunning the large home crowd that had waited two months to see their team and new star acquisitions Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco.
They may have done their best to temper expectations in the buildup to Sunday night’s match, but there was no denying it after their 2-1 victory: this match meant something more to the New York Red Bulls.
Practicing with 10 men comes in handy for Red Bulls vs. NYCFC – SBI
The New York Red Bulls practiced playing a man down on Friday, and it sure came in handy two days later.
Schalke sack former Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng – The Independent
(Editor’s Note: Boateng has been linked with reports of a summer move to MLS NY Red Bull)
WFC2 & USL
USL to Expand to Cincinnati in 2016 – Scratching The Pitch
Multiple sources in and around the league have stated that a Cincinnati franchise has been awarded and will begin play in 2016.
FC Edmonton Fall to New York Cosmos in 4-2 Final – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton played their second away match of the 2015 North American Soccer League (NASL) season in New York against the New York Cosmos on Sunday, May 10. Coming into this match, FC Edmonton were undefeated in five matches across all competitions, but fell 4-2 against the Cosmos in James M. Shuart Stadium.
Fury FC Earn Crucial Point in Draw with Rowdies – Ottawa Fury
Looking to get back in the win column, Ottawa Fury FC had to settle for a scoreless draw against the Tampa Bay Rowdies at TD Place on Saturday despite a strong overall performance from the injury-plagued squad.
EDC Burnaby & NSSC Renegades Capture National Championship Berths – BC Soccer Web
The BC Provincial Cup Finals in Langley this weekend produced hard fought competitive matches. Eight Provincial Champions were crowned over the two days.
Four Women’s Teams Crowned BC Soccer Provincial Champions – BCSA
BC Soccer Association crowned four adult women soccer teams Provincial Champions. The four Women’s Provincial Cup matches took place on Saturday May 9, at Willoughby fields in Langley.
Victoria Highlanders bring down Pinnacles of Penticton – Times Colonist
Unlike last weekend, there were no late heroics required by the Victoria Highlanders on Saturday as they easily disposed of the visiting Tim Hortons Pinnacles of Penticton 4-1 at Royal Athletic Park.
Highlanders Defeat 10 Man Penticton | Remain Undefeated on Season – Victoria Highlanders
Things looked rather rosy early for Highlanders FC this afternoon at Royal Athletic Park. Warm sunshine, an enthusiastic crowd and an early two goal lead gave the impression things were going to be easy for the home team on our laid back Island in the Pacific. Things could be farther from the truth.
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
Abby Wambach scores twice as U.S. women defeat Ireland, 3-0 – Washington Post
The Americans did not perform up to the heightened standards of the world’s No. 2 ranked team. Absurd advantages in shots (29-0) and corner kicks (19-0) belied shortcomings in combination work and rhythm.
Women’s World Cup: England include Katie Chapman in squad – BBC Sport
The Chelsea midfielder, 32, did not feature between 2010 and 2015 and she claims her contract was cancelled after requesting time off for childcare.
Women’s World Cup: Who is in England’s squad for Canada? – BBC Sport
England boss Mark Sampson has named his 23-strong squad for the Women’s World Cup.
WORLD OF SOCCER
Robbie Rogers calls for bans over homophobia in sports stadiums – The Guardian
Robbie Rogers, the first professional footballer in England to come out as gay since Justin Fashanu, has called for a zero tolerance approach to homophobia in sport in light of a major survey that reveals disturbing levels of abuse and bullying.
Pep Guardiola: Bayern Munich boss says he will stay at club – BBC Sport
Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola says he will still be at the club next season, despite reported interest from Manchester City.
The cash-obsessed Glazers didn’t ruin Manchester United after all – thanks to Sir Alex Ferguson – The Independent
The Glazer brothers did not know it when they stood on the Old Trafford pitch, hearing the din of protesting supporters battering their fists against the gates outside, but Sir Alex Ferguson was the man who allowed them to take the juggernaut out to the rest of the world.
Fans in Malaysia urged to boycott Tottenham and Liverpool games – The Guardian
There is growing unease in Malaysia over the friendly between Tottenham Hotspur and a select XI on 27 May because it may disrupt the national team’s preparations for the World Cup qualifiers against East Timor and Palestine.