BC Soccer News, Monday, May 25, 2015


Whitecaps have no answer for bad callsVancouver Sun
There was a tornado warning in the area Saturday morning, but it was referee Jose Carlos Rivero who tore through the Whitecaps at night.

Emotional Ramblings: Not Good Enough AFTN
Pedro Morales provided the game changing moment the game was calling out for, as he struck a glorious free kick up and around the wall in the 82nd minute, and the road warrior Whitecaps were able to see out another 1-0 away win this season, this time in Colorado…is what the post-game reports should read in a world where there is average or better officiating.

Official MLS Highlights Censors Disallowed Morales Goal from Colorado – Vancouver MatchMLS & BC Soccer Web
(Editor’s Note) – Pedro Morales appeared to score the equalizer vs. Colorado with a spectacular free kick in the 82nd minute on Saturday. However, it was disallowed due to a controversial call by the official. It became the major talking point of the match, yet the league appears to have censored the incident from it’s highlight package. Please note that Whitecaps FC have provided their own highlights on their site, which includes the Morales free kick.

Vancouver Whitecaps rapidly running out of excuses for disjointed performances after loss to ColoradoAFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps and the altitude of Colorado have not been happy bedfellows over the years and so it continued on Saturday night with a 1-0 loss that made it just two wins and eight points for the ‘Caps in their last eight matches.

No alarm bells over two wins in eight games The Province
If the Whitecaps are in a funk, they’re not admitting it. After a stunning 4-1-1 start to the season, Saturday’s defeat left the Caps with just two MLS wins in their last eight games.

Match Report: Rapids 1-0 CapsEighty-Six Forever
Following last week’s disappointing 2-0 home defeat to the Seattle Sounders, Carl Robinson remarked that the good teams in the league bounce back from setbacks. This very clearly represented the objective for the Whitecaps heading into Commerce City after restoring some momentum midweek in Edmonton, though achieving the task at hand was never going to be simple.

Robinson ‘gutted’ after Whitecaps loss24 Hours
Pedro Morales at last scored a wonderful goal on the road for the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday. The only problem was it didn’t count.

Whitecaps Diego Rodriguez returns from injury and ready to challenge for MLS minutesAFTN
The game against Real Monarchs SLC marked the playing return of Whitecaps’ center back Diego Rodriguez. With a busy and gruelling summer schedule coming up, and some defensive lapses in recent matches, the return of Rodriguez to the MLS squad is a welcome sight.

Chris Wondolowski calls 100th goal “surreal” but wishes San Jose Earthquakes could have pulled off winMLS
When Chris Wondolowski scored the 100th regular-season goal of his MLS career, there was no ceremony, no special celebration. He simply picked the ball out of the net and ran back to the center circle, eager to start the game again.

Johnson on the comeback trail for Timbers, CanadaRed Nation Online
After enduring the a horrific leg injury at BMO Field eight months ago, the 28 year old midfielder is now back to full fitness and again available for selection by Timbers Head Coach Caleb Porter and Canadian Men’s National Team Head Coach Benito Floro.

‘Black Saturday’ a landmark day for Toronto FCSportsnet
Many Toronto FC supporters in the normally festive south end stands of BMO Field were dressed in black on a gloriously sunny Saturday evening during the Reds’ home game against the Portland Timbers.


PHOTO GALLERY: WFC2 2 Real Monarchs 1 , May 24, 2015BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

Hometown boys lead Whitecaps FC 2 to first win at Thunderbird StadiumWhitecaps FC
It was fitting that hometown players Caleb Clarke (Richmond, BC) and Ben McKendry (Vancouver, BC) scored as WFC2 defeated Real Monarchs SLC (1W-6L-3D), 2-1 in entertaining fashion in front of a crowd of loyal supporters and their families out to enjoy soccer in the sun.

Whitecaps Residency alumni secure WFC2’s first USL home winAFTN
With all the talk of the team developing young Canadian talent, it was perhaps fitting that it was two BC boys, and Residency alumni, that got the goals for the Whitecaps on the momentous day.

WFC2 Score First Home Win, 2-1 Over Real Monarchs SLCEighty-Six Forever
A picture perfect win for the Whitecaps USL Pro affiliate, WFC2, went down at Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday. The Whitecaps received goals from a pair of Canadians en route to their first regular season home win, 2-1 over the Real Monarchs SLC.

Real Monarchs Fall 2-1 to Whitecaps FC 2Real Monarchs
Real Monarchs continued its early-season trend of controlling the run of play, but failing to get a result on Sunday against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.  The Monarchs got a second-half goal from MF Lucas Baldin, but it wasn’t enough to erase a 2-0 first-half deficit and the Monarchs fell 2-1 at University of British Columbia’s Thunderbird Stadium.


It “could have been 9-6″: Eddies win high-scoring affair, but Smits named man of the match – the11.ca
It’s not often when there are six goals in a game — and the winning team scores four of them — that a goalkeeper is named the man of the match

Smits Brilliant while Offence Connects for Eddies WinFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (2W-2D-3L) jumped up the table into sixth place with a 4-2 win over Atlanta Silverbacks (1W-5D-2) in North American Soccer League (NASL) action at Clarke Field.

Fury FC Steal All the Points as Paterson Nets Late WinnerOttawa Fury
It was a dramatic finish in front of the biggest crowd at TD Place this season as a brilliant strike from Nicki Paterson two minutes from time gave Fury FC all three points with a 1-0 win over Indy Eleven.



Heat acclimation training part of Canada’s final World Cup preparations in MexicoRed Nation Online
Since taking over Canada’s women’s national team in late 2011, John Herdman has lived the “leave no stone unturned” mentality, having meticulously planned out every small detail in Canada’s road to their home World Cup.

Senseless anti-American hate from Canadian soccer fans confounds Sydney Leroux’s familyThe Province
It’s completely feasible that the Americans could win the Women’s World Cup finale on July 5.

Women’s World Cup teams, festivities begin to pop up in VancouverVancouver Sun
Excitement is building for soccer fans, as teams from around the world begin arriving in Vancouver, and the city gets ready to host part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada.

International Friendly: Seattle Reign 1: 1 People’s Republic of China Prost Amerika
With the start of the Women’s World Cup in Canada just on the horizon, teams across the NWSL are sending their allocated players off to their respective national sides, and those national teams are tuning up for the competition culminating on the 5th of July in Vancouver.

Alex Morgan: Sepp Blatter didn’t recognize meThe Equalizer
A little while back, Abby Wambach told the tale of how FIFA president Sepp Blatter confused Wambach’s partner, Sarah Huffman, for Marta. Marta — the five-time FIFA World Player of the Year, all of which came while Blatter has been in charge. Now Alex Morgan — also one of the most famous women’s players in the world and recently ranked among the most marketable athletes in the world — has a similar story.


Saluting De Guzman and De RosarioRed Nation Online
I always say that things happen for a reason. As someone who had the opportunity to play with two of the best Canadian Soccer Players of my time, I had started writing this piece about Dwayne De Rosario and Julian de Guzman about five months ago. Now that Dwayne is hanging up his boots, I felt it only made sense to finally get this piece out.


PCSL PHOTO GALLERY: Van Utd. 2 Vic. Highlanders 0, May 23, 2015 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Vancouver United Holds Fort | Highlanders Undefeated Streak EndsVictoria Highlanders
In a competitive battle, the home side, Vancouver United scored an eighty-sixth minute goal to take a 1-0 lead and netted an added-time insurance marker with Highlanders pressing forward to secure a 2-0 victory, their first on the season.

Jordan the architect of Highlanders’ downfallTimes Colonist
Jason Jordan may be 36, but he still has it. The former pro, who tallied 74 goals as the third-leading career scorer for the pre-MLS Vancouver Whitecaps of the United Soccer League, made a crafty move that turned the tide Saturday for Vancouver United of the Pacific Coast Soccer League.

WolfPack Women’s Soccer Secure Langley Keeper For 2016-17 Thompson Rivers University
Tom McManus has signed his third recruit for the 2016-17 Canada West season with the announcement that keeper Alyssa Smith of Langley BC (Walnut Grove Secondary) has indicated she will be attending TRU.



Migrant football team wins promotion in ItalyBBC
A football team made up entirely of African migrants has won promotion from the bottom tier of Italy’s league system

Qatar refuses to let Nepalese workers return to attend funerals after quake The Guardian
Nepalese workers building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have been denied leave to attend funerals or visit relatives following the earthquakes in the Himalayan country that have killed more than 8,000 people, Nepal’s government has revealed. The government in Kathmandu has also for the first time publicly criticised Fifa, world football’s governing body, and its commercial partners.

Why the Premier League’s Two Newcomers Aren’t the Underdogs You Think They AreEight by Eight
From the stories of Bournemouth and Watford emerges a depressing moral, and a sad truth: fans of Championship clubs just have to hope that they are next in line for a mysterious consortium who can boost the quality of the players by any means necessary.

Sepp Blatter re-election would tarnish Fifa – Michel Platini BBC Sport
The 59-year-old Frenchman said that having Blatter as a figurehead damages Fifa’s reputation after alleged abuse of position and power by ex-Fifa executive committee members, though claims of wrongdoing were denied.

£427,027 per shot: The shocking cost to United of Falcao’s ill-fated loanThe Independent
The club have opted not to sign the Colombian on a permanent basis.

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