BC Soccer News, Thursday, August 13, 2015







Montreal Impact 2-2 Vancouver Whitecaps: Wild finish in Canadian Championship first legGoal
The Vancouver Whitecaps were just six minutes from claiming a two-goal opening leg victory over the Montreal Impact in the Canadian Championship final, but late goals from Laurent Ciman and Anthony Jackson-Hamel drastically changed the game — and the two-legged series.

Despite giving up lead, Vancouver Whitecaps are confident they can win Canadian ChampionshipMLS
It’s advantage Vancouver Whitecaps in the Amway Canadian Championship final, but it remains all to play for following a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Montreal on Wednesday night.

Vancouver’s first Voyageurs Cup remains in sight after entertaining 2-2 road draw with Montreal ImpactWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s first-ever Voyageurs Cup remains firmly in sight. The ‘Caps scored two important road goals in a wild 2-2 draw with Montreal Impact on Wednesday night in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship Final.

Vancouver Whitecaps Play to Draw with Montreal Impact in First Leg of Canadian ChampionshipEighty-Six Forever
Vancouver Whitecaps traveled to Montreal Impact for the first leg of the Canadian Championship (Voyageurs Cup) Final on Wednesday night. Although not pretty, the ‘Caps left Saputo Stadium with a very positive 2-2 result, setting themselves up nicely for the final leg in two weeks at BC Place.

Impact rally to draw ‘Caps in Cup final 1st legSportsnet
What a wild and crazy game. Down by two goals, the Montreal Impact scored twice in quick succession in the final six minutes of regulation to earn a dramatic 2-2 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final on Wednesday night before 12, 395 fans at Stade Saputo.

Impact erase two-goal deficit, earn draw against Whitecaps in Amway Canadian ChampionshipMetro
Two late goals gave the Montreal Impact a fighting chance to defend their Canadian Championship title. Montreal scored twice within a minute to earn a 2-2 draw against the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final on Wednesday.

Impact 2 Whitecaps 2: Frantic finish makes for huge drama in Canadian Championship finalThe Province
For a tournament still trying to gain a foothold in Canada, Wednesday’s first-leg of the Amway Canadian championship can only help.

Whitecaps let lead slip against Impact 24 Hours
The Vancouver Whitecaps seemed as though they’d be bringing a big advantage home with them in the Amway Canadian Championship final.

Justin Mapp an instant spark on return from injury in Montreal Impact’s Canadian Championship drawMLS
Down 2-0 to Vancouver Whitecaps, the Montreal Impact came back with two goals in two minutes late on Wednesday night at Stade Saputo in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship. After Laurent Ciman, on a set play, cut Vancouver’s lead to one goal, Mapp’s run into space and cross for homegrown striker Anthony Jackson-Hamel’s first professional goal made it 2-2, the final score, in the 85th minute.

Young Canadians shine in 2: 2 draw in MontrealCSA
After a scoreless first half dominated by the home team, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Montreal Impact offered an explosive second half to spectators gathered at Saputo Stadium on Wednesday night en route to a 2:2 draw in the first match of the final of the 2015 Amway Canadian Championship.

Open Cup: After beating Chicago Fire, Philadelphia Union aim to end “unfinished business” in finalMLS
Ever since losing an extra-time heartbreaker to the Seattle Sounders in the 2014 US Open Cup title game at PPL Park, the Philadelphia Union made a pledge to get back to that same point this year.

Sporting Kansas City 3, Real Salt Lake 1 | US Open Cup Match RecapMLS
Benny Feilhaber had a goal and an assist, closing within one of Sporting Kansas City’s single-season all-competitions record in the latter category, and Sporting came back from an early 1-0 deficit for a 3-1 victory in Wednesday night’s semifinal.

Philadelphia Union to host Sporting Kansas City in U.S. Open Cup finalGoal
The U.S. Open Cup final is set for Sept. 30 at PPL Park after the Philadelphia Union ousted the Chicago Fire and Sporting Kansas City defeated Real Salt Lake.

Seattle Sounders bring in defensive help with signing of Panama international Roman TorresMLS
The Seattle Sounders have made quite the splash this transfer window by bringing in attacking reinforcements. Now they’ve addressed their defense, announcing Wednesday the signing of Panama international Roman Torres.

Orlando City defender Donovan out for seasonSportsnet
Orlando City says rookie defender Conor Donovan will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2015 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

As bye week passes, Revolution relish opportunity against HoustonProst Amerika
“Three days without soccer, it’s too long,” Andrew Farrell said in a phone interview on Wednesday afternoon. The wait got worse when Farrell decided to keep tabs on the MLS games being played Saturday and Sunday. The Los Angeles Galaxy gave the Seattle Sounders a beating while the New York Red Bulls closed out the regular season, Big Apple derby series with NYCFC with a third consecutive win.

Jaime Penedo considering retirement after LA Galaxy exitLAG Confidential
A week after the Galaxy and Jaime Penedo terminated his contract via mutual consent, the Panama national goalkeeper is considering retirement.

Examining South America’s Influence On Major League SoccerMLS Multiplex
What’s been fascinating to watch is the rise of young South Americans coming into the league.

Camilo to miss rest of season with new knee injuryGoal
Just weeks after his return from a knee injury that kept him out of the Clausura, Queretaro forward & former Vancouver Whitecap Camilo Sanvezzo has sustained another injury and will miss the rest of the Apertura, the club announced Wednesday.

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Creation of RGVFC Represents Next Step in USL Expansion EvolutionScratching the Pitch
In what is being labeled as a hybrid affiliation, Lone Star LLC, of which Cantu is a majority owner, will manage all aspects of RGVFC with the exception of soccer operations. Soccer will be handled by the Dynamo. The model for this type of affiliation was developed by Lone Star and the Houston Rockets for the D-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers. It is the reason that the Dynamo approached Cantu for USL affiliation.

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De Jong: Canada ready to bounce back against Belize Red Nation Online
It’s been almost a month since Canada was eliminated from the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup at the Group Stage. In many ways, Canada’s performance at the tournament was a letdown for a side that had previously been unbeaten against CONCACAF opposition under Spanish Head Coach Benito Floro.

Ledgerwood: Canada reaching Russia would surpass 2000FIFA
Due South, a television series screened in the mid-1990s, tells the story of a Canadian policeman transferred to the US city of Chicago, where it becomes clear that the investigation techniques used by Mounties differ significantly from those of local law enforcers. While Nikolas Ledgerwood’s own story has precious little to do with fighting crime, it quickly became apparent to him upon arriving in Germany from Canada in 2003 that his new homeland marched to a different beat from the country in which he was born.
Former Canadian international Olivier Occean on scoring tear in Norway but still searching for call-up – MLS
A return to Norway has done plenty of good for Olivier Occean; could a return to the Canadian national team also be on the horizon? The 33-year-old striker from Brossard, Quebec is having a standout season with Norwegian side Odds BK, with nine goals in 17 league appearances thus far. Occean made his professional debut with Odds back in 2004, and returned to the club in January on a six-month loan from German side Eintracht Frankfurt.

Parapan Am Games: Canadian coach Drew Ferguson has gone to great lengths to recruit players Canada.com
Para-soccer is for players with cerebral palsy, brain injuries, or stroke survivors.  It’s played seven-a-side, with a slightly smaller net.

World Number 3 Brazil shows their class against Canada’s Para Team CSA
No matter what version of soccer is being played, Brazil is always one of the top teams in the world. And on Wednesday, Canada’s Para Team was shorthanded but put up a valiant effort but ultimately dropped a 8:0 decision at the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto.

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2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship Will be Played in Dallas and HoustonUS Soccer
The United States will host the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship from Feb. 10-21 in Dallas and Houston.

FC Kansas City moves into third with win over ThornsThe Equalizer
Since the first game of the National Women’s Soccer League, the Portland Thorns and FC Kansas City have had some memorable battles. On Wednesday, Kansas City earned a 3-0 win over Portland in front of 2,982 fans. Mandy Ladish, Amy Rodriguez and Erika Tymrak all scored in the final half-hour of the match.

Reign clinch playoff berth with win over Dash The Equalizer
Seattle Reign FC extended its lead atop the NWSL table and became the first team to clinch a playoff spot on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dash. Merritt Mathias and Rachel Corsie scored to lead the comeback for Seattle.


NPSL chairman Joe Barone wants NASL merger to bring about promotion and relegation in North America The Telegraph
Joe Barone, the chairman of the National Premier Soccer League, has revealed he wants a merger with the NASL to kickstart promotion and relegation in North America.

NASL Notes: League releases statement on promotion/relegation; Flores impressing for Cosmos; and more SBI
With a spot in the playoffs already locked up, New York Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese has taken the chance to give some players more minutes thus far in the Fall Season. One player that has impressed Savarese to this point has been Andres Flores, who was previously limited to a substitute role in the Spring. Having now started the last three games, Flores has proven to be a main provider for the Cosmos in the Fall, highlighted by his two assist performance against Minnesota United.

Canadian players a key part of Eddies success in 2015 FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton ranks first overall among NASL and MLS squads for minutes played by Canadians this year.

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Best Player in Europe: Messi, Ronaldo or Suárez UEFA
Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo are the three nominees for the 2014/15 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.

Costa Rica coach Paulo Wanchope resigns after fight in stands ESPN FC
Costa Rica coach Paulo Wanchope resigned on Wednesday, one day after video emerged of him fighting with an unidentified man in the stands during a game.

Fenerbahce signings create optimism but season begins under cloud after shootingThe Guardian
Robin van Persie and Nani have both joined a league that is financially strong and growing in quality but the recent armed attack of a Fenerbahce player’s car has tempered the anticipation of the start of the season

Premier League Doctors’ Group condemn Jose Mourinho over treatment of Chelsea doctorThe Telegraph
Jose Mourinho has come under fierce attack for cutting back the first-team duties of Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn and has been accused of putting results ahead of the welfare of his players by the Premier League Doctors’ Group.

Kick It Out to gather video evidence through appGoal
Football fans will now be able to submit video evidence of racist abuse through the Kick It Out app. The first version of the app, which was launched in 2013 and facilitated the reporting of discriminatory abuse, accounted for 36 percent of reports during the 2014-15 season.

Blackpool face points loss and fine if fans step up anti-Oyston protests The Guardian
Supporters Trust battling for ‘heart and soul’ of club hit out at FA but urge fans to avoid pitch demonstration in first home game against Rochdale

Watch Germany’s Bundesliga on Sportsnet Sportsnet
Sportsnet’s Bundesliga agreement includes broadcast rights to the German Supercup, coverage of all 306 league matches (as well as the Bundesliga relegation playoffs) and highlight shows throughout the season, including the weekly Bundesliga Matchday.

Palestinian Cup Final back on after Gaza players successfully cross into West BankInside World Football
The second leg of the historic cup final between Al-Ahly, the top team in the West Bank and Gaza’s champion Shejaia is back on after the Gazan team on Wednesday successfully crossed the Eretz border crossing into the West Bank.

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