BC Soccer News, Thursday, July 16, 2015


Whitecaps FC launch London Youth Academy Centre in partnership with Elgin Middlesex Soccer AssociationWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today the launch of a new Whitecaps FC London Youth Academy Centre in partnership with Elgin Middlesex Soccer Association (EMSA). The new academy centre will be based out of London, Ontario, the 11th most populated metropolitan area in Canada. This will be the first Whitecaps FC Academy Centre in Eastern Canada.

Vancouver Whitecaps planning further expansion for successful Academy CentresAFTN
The Whitecaps see themselves as “trailblazers” in Major League Soccer in terms of running an academy, youth development and producing homegrown talent. It’s justified, for as we’ve mentioned several times now, the ‘Caps lead the league with eight homegrown products on their MLS roster.

With Waston away, ‘Caps kids will play24 Hours
Carl Robinson’s insistence that the Vancouver Whitecaps would need five centre backs this season is looking pretty smart right now. So, too, is the club’s decision to take central defenders with its first pick in each of the past two MLS SuperDrafts.

Rookies to defend Timbers’ attackThe Province
The last time the Whitecaps were in Portland — May 2 — defender Tim Parker subbed on in the 88th minute for a cramping Ethen Sampson. It was Parker’s MLS debut, and it came in a tied game with his team under relentless pressure, defending their goal in front of the raucous Timbers Army.

Caps counting on kids to fill centre-back voidVancouver Sun
They walked together off the back end of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ training pitch Wednesday, seemingly oblivious to the club’s media relations man and a flock of reporters hurrying after them. Surely, young centre backs Tim Parker and Christian Dean didn’t, on this day in particular, think they were going to get away without dealing with the inquiring minds?

An old head on young shoulders: Parker showing ‘poise well beyond his years’Whitecaps FC
Tim Parker was one of eight players who made their professional debut in Whitecaps FC 2’s inaugural United Soccer League match back on March 29.

Columbus Crew SC savor “some of the best football we’ve played all year” in skid-breaking win at FireMLS
Wednesday was a night of streak-killing for Columbus Crew SC in Bridgeview, Illinois. With a 1-0 win over their Midwest rivals the Chicago Fire, Columbus earned their first road win of the season, their first shutout since April and their first win at Toyota Park since 2006.

LA Galaxy sign Mexican international Giovani Dos Santos as team’s third Designated Player MLS
Four years ago, Giovani Dos Santos ruled Los Angeles for one night. That’s when he inspired Mexico’s come-from-behind, 4-2 win over the USMNT in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, coming out victorious in front of more than 93,000 people at the Rose Bowl. Now, Dos Santos has a chance to enjoy a longer reign in Hollywood after signing a Designated Player contract with the LA Galaxy, following a transfer from Spain’s Villarreal CF.

Will Giovani Dos Santos find success with the LA Galaxy? Prost Amerika
Just days after Steven Gerrard made his debut in a Galaxy shirt, LA pulled off another signing coup. The Galaxy made official what had been rumored for weeks and even years, as they added Mexican international Giovani Dos Santos, who will transfer from Spanish club Villarreal for a fee of 7 million, and will be paid a salary of around 6 million according to numerous reports. Dos Santos will report to the Galaxy upon the conclusion of Mexico’s CONCACAF Gold Cup run.

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez unlikely to join MLS in summer – sourcesESPN FC
Hernandez has been heavily linked to Orlando City, but sources with knowledge of the state of play have confirmed to ESPN FC that there is a big difference between the offer from the MLS franchise and what the player is looking for, despite the club hoping for some positive news about the transfer.

San Jose Earthquakes Claim Midfielder Matheus Silva Off WaiversSan Jose Earthquakes
Silva, 18, was one of the top prep players in the country this year, leading the Montverde Academy (FL) to an undefeated 18-0-1 record and the top spot in the TopDrawerSoccer.com national rankings.

Following U-20 World Cup struggles, Marky Delgado embracing improvements with TFCSBI
Now earning time on the club level with Toronto FC, Delgado scored his first goal of the season on Sunday netting the final TFC goal in a wild 4-4 draw with NYCFC. Having now started four consecutive league games, Delgado is starting to make his way into the conversation in a crowded TFC midfield while offering a glimpse into his potential.

Impact’s Soumare asks for trade, Ciman unhappySportsnet
Montreal Impact defender Bakary Soumare has asked to be traded. The Major League Soccer club confirmed that the central defender, acquired in January from the Chicago Fire, requested a move but will continue to train with the team

Orlando City shows class in win over English Premier League side West BromOrlando Sentinel
The Lions got three fantastic goals from all three of its designated players during a 3-1 win over English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night in front of an announced crowd of 15,172 at the Citrus Bowl. They also saw several young players stand out when given an opportunity.

Orlando City Increases Season Ticket Capacity to 18,000; Begins Season Ticket Renewal for 2016Orlando City SC
Following the recent announcement that the Club’s new downtown stadium will feature capacity between 25,000 and 28,000 seats, Orlando City SC today unveiled that it will increase Season Ticket seating for the 2016 Major League Soccer season to 18,000.

Minnesota: One Stadium Site To Unite Them AllNorthern Pitch
The proposed “Bus Barn” stadium site could be a huge breakthrough for Minnesota United FC, Major League Soccer, and the city of Saint Paul.

LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane wins Best MLS Player ESPY, USWNT given Best Team awardMLS
Galaxy forward Robbie Keane took home the Best MLS Player ESPY on Wednesday night, with the 2014 MVP beating out Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins, New England Revolution playmaker Lee Nguyen and New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips. Keane led the Galaxy to their record fifth MLS Cup championship last year, tallying 19 goals and 14 assists in the regular season and scoring the game-winner against the Revs at Cup.

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Whitecaps FC 2 match high-powered Switchbacks FC to earn 2-2 drawWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 (6W-8L-5D) hosted high-scoring Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (10W-6L-1D) at Thunderbird Stadium on Wednesday and matched their firepower, earning an entertaining 2-2 draw behind stellar goalkeeping from Spencer Richey and goals from Marco Bustos and Andre Lewis.

USL Match Report: WFC2 2 – 2 Switchbacks FCEighty-Six Forever
Vancouver Whitecaps FC2 (W6-L8-D5) continued their march towards a playoff spot in the USL Western Conference after drawing two-all with the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (W10-L6-D1) on Wednesday evening at UBC Thunderbird Stadium.

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Canada’s football women in tough Pan Am spot following Costa Rica lossOlympic.ca
It was a very steep learning curve for an inexperienced Canadian women’s team at the Pan American Games on Wednesday night, as Costa Rica scored a historic 2-0 upset victory.

Young Canadians show inexperience at Pan AmsSportsnet
Canada’s second match of women’s soccer tournament at the Pan American Games proved to be a tough learning experience for the young side that had trouble creating and finishing chances against a poised and more experienced Costa Rica.

Canada WNT disappointing loss valuable experience for youth players CSA
Canada’s Women’s National Team faced Costa Rica its second group phase match of the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games on Wednesday night. Coming off an exciting 5:2 win against Ecuador, the Canadians saw their lack of spark cost them in a 0:2 loss, despite an evenly contested game against Costa Rica.

Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame announces Class of 2015 CSA
Jim Brennan, Kara Lang and Pat Onstad enter the Hall of Fame in this year’s Player category. In the Builder Category, John Kerr and Jim Hubay have been selected as part of the 2015 Induction Class. George Anderson has been selected as Pioneer in the 2015 Induction Class.

Having hope is killing Canadian soccerSportsnet
So maybe hopelessness is the way to go. Maybe we shouldn’t have any expectations. Maybe we should give up positivity, and disabuse ourselves of the idea that Canada will ever again qualify for the World Cup, or go on a decent run at the Gold Cup.

Takeaways from Canada at 2015 Gold CupRed Nation Online
Canada’s elimination from 2015 Gold Cup has both reinforced some things while also raising some concerns when it comes to the Canadian Men’s National Team program.

USMNT to play Group C third-place finishers Cuba in CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals on SaturdayMLS
For the first time since diplomatic relations between the two countries were restored in December, the Americans will face Cuba on the soccer field, taking on Group C’s third-place finishers at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Caribbean wave sweeps over Gold CupGoal
With all four of the region’s Gold Cup teams into the quarterfinals after Cuba’s defeat of Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago drawing with Mexico to win the group Wednesday, the Caribbean looks like it could be a factor again.

Mexico 4, Trinidad and Tobago 4 | CONCACAF Gold Cup Match RecapMLS
The Caribbean country emerged from the 2015 Gold Cup Group C as the surprise winners on Wednesday, following a thrilling 4-4 draw over tournament co-favorites Mexico that only became more exciting as the minutes ticked by. Paul Aguilar, Carlos Vela and Andres Guardado scored for El Tri, while T&T got a brace from Keron Cummings, a goal and own goal from Kenwyne Jones, and the last-second equalizer courtesy of Yohance Marshall.

Charlotte’s CONCACAF Gold Cup matches are as much festival as futbol Charlotte Observer
The crowd outside Bank of America Stadium at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday – more than three hours before the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament soccer game between Guatemala and Cuba and more than seven hours before the game between Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago – is compelling.

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Covered soccer pitch planned in Surrey 24 Hours
Surrey City Hall has agreed in principle to permit the municipality’s first covered soccer pitch — expected to cost more than $2 million — next to the existing Softball City stadium, with the earliest opening date anticipated in late 2016.

Hero keeper saves the day for Richmond cup gloryRichmond News
United U18 Metro side dedicated dramatic Provincial A title win to suspended coach Roberto Sciascia.

Soccer sides unite for Nations Cup Richmond Review
The 36th Nations Cup soccer tournament kicks off Friday evening and continues through Sunday. Games are at Hugh Boyd and Minoru parks, with a few at Manoah Steves Elementary School.

Two gold, six medals in all for Kelowna UnitedKelowna Capital News
It’s been a productive summer of soccer for Kelowna United FC. The local club capped off the 2015 season in style last weekend, capturing six medals at B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup championships.

Two gold, two silver for A Selects Burnaby Now
Burnaby under-18 girls and u-16 boys both win B.C. Soccer Provincial A Cup finals.

Soccer Snipers snag a bronze at B Cup Burnaby Now
An opening day loss to Prospect Lake cost Cliff Avenue United Snipers a shot at provincial gold. The under-13 Sniper girls lost 3-1 to eventual silver medallist Prospect Lake in the provincial opener, but had a clean slate the rest of the way, earning a bronze medal following a 4-0 victory over the Terrace Kermodes in Nelson on Sunday.

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Eddies remain undefeated in Fall Season with 2-2 draw versus ScorpionsFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (1-2-0) collected their fifth point of the North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season against San Antonio Scorpions (1-1-1), July 15, earning a 2-2 draw, at Toyota Field to remain atop the Fall Season league table.

Eddies come back twice to earn point in San Antonio the11.ca
FC Edmonton did enough to win its first road game of the NASL season. Despite fielding a skeleton crew thanks to an injury crisis, the Eddies were still able to create scoring chances and got goals from Michael Nonni and Cristian Raudales.

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Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer Leader, Misses a Hearing and Draws Ire From CongressNY Times
Congress turned its attention to world soccer for several hours Wednesday afternoon as a Senate subcommittee convened a hearing to examine what the United States Soccer Federation had known about widespread corruption within FIFA, the sport’s global governing body. But one of the senators’ most persistent lines of inquiry was simpler: why had U.S. Soccer’s top official, Sunil Gulati, declined to show up?

U.S. Senate subcommittee grills U.S. Soccer CEO about FIFA corruptionSBI
U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn is normally a behind-the-scenes official, but on Wednesday he was front and center in the eye of the FIFA corruption storm as he faced hard questions from a U.S. Senate subcommittee about U.S. Soccer’s knowledge of FIFA and CONCACAF corruption.

Calling FIFA officials ‘sleazebags’ and ‘lowlifes,’ British journalist does not spare U.S. Soccer at Senate hearingWashington Post
A British investigative journalist takes aim at US Soccer and FIFA officials at Senate hearing on corruption in the sport.

Fifa: Former aide of President Bill Clinton to help PR BBC Sport
Fifa has hired a consulting firm with links to America’s failed bid to secure the 2022 World Cup.

Not up for the Cup: Why so few amateur Cascadian clubs enter the US Open Cupthecup.us
In one of the country’s key soccer regions, Washington and Oregon, despairingly few amateur clubs participate in the Open Cup. Why is this? Will recent changes to US Open Cup qualification entice more of these amateur Cascadian clubs to join?

Is Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy in decline? The Guardian
La Masia graduates are leaving the club, with Xavi moving to Qatar to play for Al Sadd, Deulofeu moving to Everton on a permanent basis and Montoya, the player who completed the academy puzzle in November 2012, joining Internazionale. So, with a transfer ban in place and the constant pressure applied by a free-spending Real Madrid, the obvious question is: are Barça moving away from their academy-based approach?

The world’s five best destinations for “almost deceased” soccer playersSoccer Gods
You’re not young anymore. People in your home town are starting to look at you with the same crestfallen look that you give the ex-prom king now working at the local garage. So where do you go? What are your best options? Here are the five best destinations on the map for almost deceased soccer players.

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