BC Soccer News, Thursday, August 6, 2015

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

WHITECAPS FC   1  SEATTLE SOUNDERS  1

MATCHDAY #1, GROUP F

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2015

B.C. PLACE, VANCOUVER, B.C.

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Historical night for Vancouver Whitecaps ends in a draw against Seattle Sounders FCMetro
The Vancouver Whitecaps made club history on Wednesday, but one defensive lapse dampened the occasion.

Whitecaps draw Sounders in CONCACAF debutSportsnet
The Vancouver Whitecaps and the Seattle Sounders fought to a 1-1 draw in front of 19,683 fans at BC Place on Wednesday evening in what was the home side’s first ever CONCACAF Champions League match.

Tim Parker scores first professional goal as Whitecaps FC play to 1-1 draw with Sounders FC in CCL opener Whitecaps FC
“It’s important that we didn’t lose,” Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson told reporters. “We didn’t play great. Sometimes that happens when you make that many changes. I’ll accept that, but we got our noses in front. Unfortunately, we switched off at a vital moment and let them back in with a bad goal, but I think it was probably a fair result.”

Caps 1 Sounders 1: Paying customer the loser in this drawThe Province
The opening act of the Whitecaps’ first-ever CONCACAF Champions League campaign was decidedly tragicomic. That is, if you can laugh at a string of misplayed passes and poor touches.

Vancouver and Seattle open Champions League campaign with a draw  – Red Nation Online
CONCACAF Champions League Group F action kicked off between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders on a cloudy evening at BC Place. The Cascadia rivalry was once again on display with two bitter rivals squaring off for the second time in four days. Champagne football it was not. Tim Parker and Lamar Neagle exchanged second half goals as the match ended in a 1-1 draw in front of 19,683 spectators.

Vancouver Whitecaps Battle to 1-1 Draw with Seattle Sounders Eighty-Six Forever
It’s been quite the season for Tim Parker. The rookie Center Back has smashed expectations and has even gotten some quality playing time this year, despite some names ahead of him on the depth chart at the beginning of the season. Well, Parker added to his impressive campaign by scoring the only Whitecaps goal in what would be a 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders in CONCACAF Champions League play.

Wednesday night: CCL Cascadia clash ends in stalemate Soccer America
After their MLS match on Saturday that left Vancouver in first place and Seattle reeling, neither team was ready to send out its first team for Wednesday’s Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League opener that ended in a 1-1 draw.

Whitecaps settle for 1-1 draw in CCL debut24 Hours
Tim Parker’s first professional goal should have been enough for the Vancouver Whitecaps to claim a win in their CONCACAF Champions League debut.

Vancouver Whitecaps squad players struggle to find chemistry in team’s first Champions League game MLS
Vancouver Whitecaps’ first ever CONCACAF Champions League campaign got off to a fairly inauspicious start with a 1-1 draw with Cascadian rivals Seattle Sounders at BC Place on Wednesday evening.

Robinson: CCL opening draw was fair result for VancouverGoal
Though disappointed to drop points at home, the Whitecaps are fairly satisfied to start their odyssey in the CONCACAF Champions League with a draw versus Seattle.

Seattle Sounders say breaking scoreless run in Champions League draw vs Vancouver is “a big step”MLS
It wasn’t exactly an offensive bonanza but the Seattle Sounders finally scored a goal and also managed to get a result in their 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League group play opener, salvaging a 1-1 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place on Wednesday night.

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MLS

Brilliant Giovinco leads TFC to victory over Orlando Red Nation Online
With two Designated Players – Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore – unavailable to due to injury and suspension respectively, TFC were likely going to need another big performance from the Atomic Ant to get back on form and add to their win column.

Giovinco scores three more to lead TFC past Orlando City SBI
There seems to be no stopping Sebastian Giovinco. After being held scoreless for the first time in four games last time out, the Italian star provided a hat-trick Wednesday night, leading Toronto FC to a 4-1 victory over a Kaka-less Orlando City at BMO Field.

Giovinco provides goals, star power in Toronto FC rout Goal
The 28-year-old scored a hat trick against Orlando on Wednesday, claiming the lead in the MLS Golden Boot race in the process.

Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney: Sebastian Giovinco “mesmerizing” in win over Orlando City SCMLS
Like every single one of the 26,648 fans who departed BMO Field with a smile on their faces following Toronto FC’s 4-1 win over Orlando City SC on Wednesday night, head coach Greg Vanney was ebullient with the display put on by his superstar, Sebastian Giovinco.

Montreal Impact 1, New York Red Bulls 1 | MLS Match RecapMLS
Despite the road point, the New York Red Bulls may leave Montreal with some regrets.

Red Bulls settle for draw with 10-man Impact SBI
Wednesday night’s clash between the New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact proved to be a game of inches.

Secondary transfer window closes at Thursday’s trade deadline of 2pm PT MLS
MLS teams only have a few hours of wheeling and dealing left in the 2015 season, with the secondary transfer window set to close and the trade deadline set for 2 pm PT on Thursday. MLS teams may still sign out-of-contract players – think Didier Drogba and Andrea Pirlo – past Thursday’s deadline, all the way up until rosters freeze on Sept. 16.

Transfer Watch: Seattle Sounders to sign Paraguayan international Nelson Valdez? MLS
The Seattle Sounders are looking to regain their footing in the Western Conference and have already added one international this week, Austrian Andreas Ivanschitz, to help bolster their attack.

Orlando City Acquires Forward Adam Bedell from Columbus Crew SCOrlando City SC
Orlando City SC has acquired forward Adam Bedell from Columbus Crew SC in exchange for its highest 2016 second round draft pick the Club announced today. Per Club and league policy, additional details were not disclosed.

The Krafts have brought in a financial heavy hitter for a soccer stadium planBoston.com
The Kraft family, which owns the New England Patriots and New England Revolution, is working with investment banking giant Goldman Sachs to finance a soccer stadium in Boston. Representatives of the Krafts most recently met with city officials in early July.

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WFC2 & USL

WFC2 Report: Rosenlund’s experience invaluable24 Hours
While only 28 years of age, WFC2 captain Tyler Rosenlund finds himself as the elder statesman of the youngest team in the USL. The Port Coquitlam native is a veteran of the USL game, having played the last five seasons with the perennially strong Rochester Rhinos before returning to the West Coast for the chance to play in his hometown. Rosenlund’s poise with the ball and strong soccer IQ are an important part of WFC2’s midfield, but his leadership and experience are what truly make him such a crucial part of the team.

Daily Five: 2016 USL Schedule To GrowUSL
The 2016 USL regular season will see each team play 30 games, continuing the steady increases that have been implemented since the league began in 2011 with a 24-game regular season.

USL Roundup: Top joins list of callups for Olympic qualifiersSoccer America
Several USL teams have released players so they may represent their countries in the semifinal round of Concacaf Olympic qualifying that will be played next week.

BC SOCCER

B.C. youth soccer club suspended over allegations of financial irregularities Canada.com
A hearing before the South District Girls’ Soccer Association is scheduled for Aug. 11, followed by another hearing with the Surrey Metro Soccer Association two days later. The club may appeal the results of each to BC Soccer.

WolfPack men’s soccer team looking to improveKamloops This Week
The head coach of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team, Antulov was putting his team through the paces this week as it opened training camp for the 2015 season. With more than 40 players in attendance, some of whom were still trying to make the club, there was no shortage of grunting and groaning yesterday — along with a few choice words — as the Pack went through its fifth practice of the camp.

Richmond athletes off to Western Canada Summer Games Richmond News
Twelve Richmond athletes are part of the Team B.C. contingent headed to Wood Buffalo, Alberta for the Western Canada Summer Games.

B.C. Sports Hall of Fame is accepting nominationsNew Westminster Record
Do you know a British Columbian who has accomplished sporting greatness? The B.C. Sports Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the 2016 Class of Inductees until Oct. 1.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER

Thorns hammer Breakers to join playoff fray The Equalizer
McCall Zerboni notched her first two goals as a Portland Thorn to lead the Rose City club to a rousing, 5-2 victory over Breakers on Wednesday night to move within a point of fourth-place Houston. The Thorns were dominant from the opening kick and opened the match up with a three goals over seven minutes just after halftime. The Breakers dropped their fourth in a row to equal their club record.

The return of the ThornsProst Amerika
There are only so many times one can type “the Thorns struggled to put an attack together” or “there was a distinct lack of creativity” or “the team was thwarted by a defensive breakdown” before you start to wonder if you should be writing about sports at all. What’s the point? Why do we bother? And then there are nights like tonight.

WSL 1: Notts County Ladies 0-1 Bristol Academy BBC Sport
Jade Boho Sayo scored the only goal as bottom club Bristol Academy beat Notts County for their first league win of the season after making a 4,000-mile trip back from international duty.

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NASL

Eddies return to win column with clean sheet victory over Indy ElevenFC Edmonton
Eddies captain Albert Watson opened the scoring for the Eddies in the first half, while Tomi Ameobi would go on to double the Eddies lead in the second half from the penalty spot. Goalkeeper Matt VanOekel earned the clean sheet in net.

Eddies break losing streak, shut out Indy the11.ca
FC Edmonton snapped a two-game losing streak with a 2-0 Wednesday over the Indy Eleven. But, Indy Eleven coach Tim Regan felt that, with his club trailing 1-0 in the second half, that the momentum had shifted in favour of the visitors. He felt that the equalizer was coming.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

River Plate down Tigres to win the Copa Libertadores for a third time ESPN FC
Another Mexican team has been sent back to the northern hemisphere to think again. The Copa Libertadores, won for the third time by River Plate of Argentina, will stay in South America. After holding Tigres to a goalless draw a week ago, River won the second leg 3-0 in front of their own fans in Buenos Aires.

Gold Cup finalists Mexico, Jamaica big movers in August FIFA Ranking, USMNT gets moderate bumpMLS
CONCACAF’s best sides all moved up in the FIFA World Rankings in August, with Gold Cup champions Mexico rising 14 spots to No. 26 and Costa Rica, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the US – yes, even the US – rising, as well. Canada is ranked 101.

UEFA Champions League play-off draw lineupUEFA
The 20-team lineup for the UEFA Champions League play-off draw, streamed live in our DrawCentre from 12.00CET on Friday, has been set with the end of the third qualifying round.

The locals bringing soccer back to Detroit: ‘We want this to last for generations’ The Guardian
Eventually, the people of Detroit became tired of the unfulfilled promises to bring a professional soccer team back to their city.

Premier League strikers braced as new offside rules are passed.. just in time for new seasonThe Independent
If a player shoots towards goal and a teammate, in an offside position, makes a play for the ball – even if they don’t touch it – they will find their effort being chalked off under the new rules.

Sydney FC and Adelaide United progress to the FFA Cup round of 16ESPN FC
Adelaide United proved to be a class above minnows Darwin Olympic as they opened their FFA Cup title defence with a comfortable 6-1 win at Darwin Football Stadium on Wednesday night.

American Outlaws raising money to send veterans to U.S.-Mexico matchSI.com
The U.S. men’s national team is slated to take on Mexico at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 9 as part of qualifying for the 2017 Confederations Cup, and the American Outlaws fan group is crowdfunding money to send veterans to support the team.

West Ham’s Olympic Stadium running costs ‘to be funded by taxpayer’The Guardian
A significant amount of West Ham’s running costs at the Olympic Stadium will be paid for by the taxpayer once the Premier League side move into the venue next year, according to a BBC documentary.

Why did Samuel Eto’o abruptly stop talking about racism once he moved to Russia? Soccer Gods
Samuel Eto’o was incensed. He marched defiantly toward the touchline, swatting aside pleas from the referee and players. His colleagues tried to dissuade him, but the Cameroon international had reached his fill of the racial abuse spewed so casually from Spanish crowds.

How to be a football referee: the golden rule is ‘thou shalt not create an incident’ The Guardian
Two referees explain what it takes to survive on the marshy pitches of England’s lower leagues: patience, devotion, a thick skin, a quick brain and a strong chin.

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