WHITECAPS FC & MLS
Whitecaps’ Mattocks helps Jamaica make history in win over U.S. at Gold Cup – The Province
Darren Mattocks missed his big chance against Uruguay at the Copa America but more than made up for it Wednesday. The Whitecaps’ striker scored Jamaica’s opening goal in a historic 2-1 win over the U.S. at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Bob Lenarduzzi Impressed with Youngsters on the Vancouver Whitecaps Roster – Eighty-Six Forever
When it comes to young guns on the Vancouver Whitecaps, most of the talk usually surrounds the attack and the club’s stable of youthful forwards. Last week though, the club went into Portland with a pair of question marks in their starting 11; The young Center Back pairing of Christian Dean and Tim Parker.
MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Cristian Techera – MLS
The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced on Wednesday that it has suspended and fined Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Cristian Techera for violent conduct that endangered the safety of an opponent in Vancouver’s 1-1 draw at Portland last Saturday.
Whitecaps FC Community MVP Steve McMinn ‘flattered’ at nomination, but says focus should be on Covenant House – Whitecaps FC
The MLS WORKS Community MVP contest is a league-wide contest that acknowledges someone who is committed to making a difference in their local community. The winner receives $10,000 to give to the charity of their choice and an all-expenses paid trip to the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in Denver, Colorado on July 29, 2015. Show your support for Whitecaps FC’s Community MVP Steve McMinn by voting now!
Chicago Fire expect an answer on potential Didier Drogba signing “in the next 48 hours” – MLS
The former Chelsea striker has been linked with a move to MLS, with the Fire and the Montreal Impact confirmed suitors. And with Inter Milan also in the mix, Fire head coach Frank Yallop revealed after his side’s 3-1 US Open Cup victory over Orlando City that he expects a decision by the weekend.
Orlando City closes negotiations with São Paulo for Paulo Henrique Ganso – Orlando Sentinel
Several reports indicated the team wanted to acquire the rights to Ganso as part of a plan that would cover the debt owed to Orlando City due to unpaid loan fees for Kaká, however Orlando City will now pursue the case in court.
FC Dallas signs 23-year-old River Plate midfielder Ezequiel Cirigliano – FC Dallas
FC Dallas has signed Argentine midfielder Ezequiel Cirigliano on loan from River Plate, the club announced today. Cirigliano will be added to the roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa. Per league policy, further terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Pirlo excited by New York challenge – Goal
The prospect of helping New York City establish itself in MLS was a key factor behind Andrea Pirlo’s move.
Independent Review Panel rescinds Orlando City SC forward Cyle Larin’s red card – MLS
MLS announced on Wednesday that the Independent Review Panel unanimously supported Orlando City’s appeal of Larin’s red card, which was given to the rookie striker after his 32nd minute challenge on New York midfielder Sacha Kljestan. The Independent Review Panel consists of one representative each from the US Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association and Professional Referees Organization (PRO).
Sporting KC players unhappy with quality of Sporting Park field – Kansas City Star
The Sporting Park field was left with a bevy of divots after Sporting KC’s match with Houston on Tuesday night, and its lack of solid footing drew the criticism of several players.
Defoe’s brace leads Sunderland to victory over TFC – Toronto FC
Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney got all that he wanted out of Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss against visiting English Premier League opponents Sunderland AFC, despite the defeat.
Defoe gets frosty reception in return to Toronto – Sportsnet
Jermain Defoe is gone, but he’s not forgotten in this city, and he’s certainly not forgiven.
Red Bulls’ ‘B’ team tops Chelsea – TSN
A New York Red Bulls team made up of mostly developmental third-division players scored four second-half goals and stunned Chelsea 4-2 on Wednesday night in the English Premier League champion’s first game on its U.S. preseason exhibition tour.
Jose Mourinho: Asmir Begovic tired in Chelsea debut vs. New York Red Bulls – ESPN FC
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said there was “no problem” with Asmir Begovic after the goalkeeper conceded four goals against New York Red Bulls.
Open Cup: Chicago Fire head coach Frank Yallop credits cohesion of star players in win vs. Orlando City – MLS
Goals from Patrick Nyarko and two from Kennedy Igboananike illuminated an attacking display that was full of promise and intent, especially so in the opening 30 minutes and the closing 25, when the introduction of substitutes David Accam and Igboananike inspired the hosts to a deserved 3-1 US Open Cup quarterfinal victory against Orlando City SC.
Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos Arrive Amid Season of Change for Galaxy – NY Times
For Bruce Arena, the Los Angeles Galaxy’s coach, this season has been one of changes. More are coming. So Arena was in no mood Tuesday night to spend time breaking down the nuances of an exhibition game, even if it was a rare chance to test his team against the visiting European champion, Barcelona.
WFC2 & USL
Whitecaps FC 2, Tulsa Roughnecks FC battle it out at Thunderbeach – Whitecaps FC
With a single point separating WFC2 and Roughnecks FC in the standings, and both sides on the outside looking in the Western Conference postseason picture, the match has season-shifting implications.
Welcome back Tulsa Roughnecks – Whitecaps FC
In 1983, Vancouver was the host city for the NASL Soccer Bowl. The match pitted the original Tulsa Roughnecks against Toronto Blizzard.
BC Soccer Assoc. Announces Selections for Western Canada Summer Games – BCSA
Western Canada Summer Games Male and Female Head Coaches Luca Dalla Pace and Gary Moody, have named their 18 player rosters that will assemble August 1, 2015.
Mid-Isle Mariners head to PCSL playoffs – Nanaimo Daily News
The Mariners will face the Victoria Highlanders at Trillium West turf field in Vancouver on Saturday, as both teams finished second and third in the league at the end of the regular season last weekend.
Castilians strong in B.C. soccer championships – Tri City News
The PoCo Euro-Rite FC Castilians are provincial champions after defeating Prospect Lake in a 4-1 victory at the under-13 finals in Nelson last weekend. PoCo’s Jade Lenton dominated the match, scoring a natural hat trick to put the game out of reach for the Vancouver Island opponents. Teammate Isabella Irvine added a fourth for the Castilians, who only allowed one goal in the match.
Soccer tourney raises cash for cancer treatment at Surrey hospital – Surrey Now
A weekend soccer tournament helped raise funds to buy equipment for cancer treatment at Surrey Memorial Hospital. The eighth annual Ashok Memorial Tournament and South Indian Food Fair was held Saturday (July 18) at Mackie Park in North Delta.
CONCACAF GOLD CUP
A Night of absurdity at CONCACAF Gold Cup – Washington Post
After Jamaica upset the United States, Panama got rather upset with referee Mark Geiger during a defeat to Mexico.
More controversial PKs move Mexico past Panama in ugly Gold Cup semifinals contest – SBI
Mexico is off to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final, but not without another victory mired in controversy. Three days after topping Costa Rica in extra time via a dubious penalty kick that drew the ire of fans and pundits everywhere, Mexico defeated 10-man Panama, 2-1, after 120 minutes in a scandalous and controversial semifinals match on Wednesday night.
Ugly scenes as Mexico beat Panama in semi-finals – BBC Sport
Players clashed and items were thrown from the stands as Mexico won a controversial Gold Cup semi-final against Panama to set up a match with surprise finalists Jamaica.
Mexico-Panama Takeaways: Gold Cup image takes big hit – Soccer America
For an organization suffering from an image problem in the aftermath of bribery scandals involving its past two administrations, things could hardly get any worse for Concacaf. But Wednesday’s Mexico-Panama match in the Gold Cup semifinals was a new low on the field. El Tri won, 2-1, in a chaotic match that was marred by repeated crowd trouble and turned in its favor on a controversial penalty kick awarded by American Mark Geiger in the 89th minute.
Panama 1, Mexico 2 | CONCACAF Gold Cup Match Recap – MLS
For 88 minutes through the second of two CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals in Atlanta on Wednesday, it appeared that neither the US nor Mexico would be in the final for the first time since 2000. But two penalties scored by Andrés Guardado, the first awarded under controversial circumstances just before the end of regular time, and a second in the first half of extra time, gave Mexico the edge over 10-man Panama in a 2-1 win, meaning El Tri will face first-time Gold Cup finalists Jamaica for the regional championship.
Panama players considering protesting third-place game vs. USMNT – SBI
CONCACAF Crooks. That is what was written on a banner that Panama’s players made and held up after their controversial loss to Mexico on Wednesday, minutes before attacker Luis Tejada revealed that the Canaleros were contemplating not playing in Satuday’s third-place match.
Andres Guardado considered kicking penalty wide vs. Panama – ESPN FC
Andres Guardado, who scored both of Mexico’s goals in their 2-1 Gold Cup semifinal win over Panama on Wednesday, has admitted that intentionally missing the controversial penalty kick which he scored to level the match briefly crossed his mind.
Panama manager Hernan Gomez mulls retirement after Mexico heartbreak – ESPN FC
“The press, more than us, are aware that things did not function well, in the legal way. Panama made an outstanding effort, with 10 men…If it was up to me, I could say ‘I do not want to continue in soccer anymore.’ It is a stain on football, it’s horrible, a robbery. I clean [the names of] Mexico’s players, it was nothing to do with them. They deserve to be champions.”
Mexico recognizes luck might not last in Gold Cup final – Goal
No players tried to convince reporters a penalty call that led to Andres Guardado sending the match to extra time from the spot was the right one for referee Mark Geiger to make. Manager Miguel Herrera, who usually spends his time complaining about calls Mexico doesn’t get, said El Tri shouldn’t have gotten the controversial 89th-minute penalty call.
Jamaica stuns, eliminates USMNT with two first-half goals in Gold Cup semifinals – SBI
The U.S. was eliminated from the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Wednesday night, as two first-half goals from Jamaica paved the way for a stunning 2-1 defeat of the Americans. Jurgen Klinsmann’s side nearly pulled off a ferocious rally in the second half in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, but the Reggae Boyz held on to move to Sunday’s tournament final.
Jurgen Klinsmann & USMNT flame out vs. Jamaica in Gold Cup loss – MLS
By virtue of winning the 2013 Gold Cup, the US still have a shot at qualifying for the 2017 Confeds Cup. For that right, they’ll face the winner of this event (Jamaica or Mexico) in a playoff come October. If the US win, Jurgen’s earned the right to take us into qualifying.
Answering big questions raised by USA’s stunning defeat to Jamaica – SI.com
So you’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers after the U.S.’s stunning 2–1 loss to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinals on Wednesday night. Let’s dive in.
Klinsmann with plenty to ponder with USMNT after shock Gold Cup defeat – ESPN FC
The United States’ 2-1 Gold Cup semifinal loss to Jamaica in Atlanta on Wednesday marked the worst defeat of the Jurgen Klinsmann era. So what’s next for the U.S. coach and his team?
Klinsmann must shoulder blame for USA loss – Goal
The U.S. national team fell well short in its quest to win a second straight CONCACAF Gold Cup and Jurgen Klinsmann should take the blame.
Should Jurgen Klinsmann be fired? Start with how to evaluate the USMNT manager – Stars & Stripes FC
The last time that the United States lost in Gold Cup was four years ago against Mexico in the final. It was enough to cost Bob Bradley his job and now that the Americans have fallen in the tournament again, this time to Jamaica in the semifinals, there are people questioning whether Jurgen Klinsmann should meet the same fate that his predecessor did in 2011.
Tim Howard Outlines USA Plans – Everton FC
Tim Howard says he is ready to return to the USA fold after taking a break from international football. The American custodian was allowed a sabbatical until after the Gold Cup currently being played in the States following his exploits at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
CANADA – PAN AM GAMES & WOMEN’S SOCCER
Canadian women fall to Colombia in soccer semi – CBC
Canada will not defend its Pan American Games women’s soccer title after losing 1-0 to Colombia in Wednesday’s semifinals at CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium.
Canada WNT to play for bronze after 0:1 loss to Colombia – CSA
It was a tale of two halves in Hamilton for Canada’s Women’s National Team on Wednesday night in the team’s semi-final match against Colombia at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games. After a first 45-minute spent mostly defending the relentless attacks from the Colombians, who scored in the 29th minute, Canada bounced back in the second half to create a lot of chances. Nonetheless, the Reds couldn’t level the score and left the pitch with a 0:1 loss.
Canada’s women to play for Pan Am bronze – Goal
Despite a valiant second half that saw Canada throw everything forward in an attempt to get the equalizer, Colombia won Wednesday’s Pan American Games women’s soccer semifinal match 1-0 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Canada learns tough lesson at Pan Am Games – Sportsnet
Canada’s loss to Colombia in the semifinals of the Pan American Games on Wednesday proved to be a tough learning lesson for the young squad.
Canadian international defender Chelsea Stewart waived by NWSL team – Canada.com
The 25-year-old made three appearances with the National Women’s Soccer League team since joining the Flash at the start of the season. She is currently playing for Canada at the Pan American Games.
Little, Reign spoil Thorn’s day in front of record crowd – The Equalizer
An NWSL record crowd wasn’t enough for Portland Thorns FC on Wednesday, as they lost, 1-0 to Seattle Reign FC. Kim Little’s 57th minute goal was the difference for the visitors.
Record crowd sees Thorns fall to Reign – Prost Amerika
Over 21,000 people were on hand as Portland honored her nine returning World Cup players: Steph Catley and Clare Polkinghorne from Australia, Jodie Taylor from England, Germany’s Nadine Angerer, Canadians Christine Sinclair, Rhian Wilkinson and Kaylyn Kyle, and World Cup champions Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath.
NASL Matches To Be Made Available To Canadian Viewers on NASL.com – FC Edmonton
Matches featuring U.S.-based NASL teams will be available in Canada on NASL.com, while FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury FC away matches will be shown on the clubs’ respective websites, FCEdmonton.com and OttawaFuryFC.com.
NASL ends relationship with TSN, takes Canadian streaming service in-house – the11.ca
This will be welcome news to Canadian NASL fans, who have suffered through a broadcast arrangement that has been frustrating, to say the least. At the start of the season, the league announced that all FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury road games would be streamed via TSN GO. But, viewers were continually frustrated when they’d go to the TSN site to find the games, and then find that they weren’t being offered, after all.
Fury FC Claim Top Spot in the NASL – Ottawa Fury FC
It was a monumental outing for Ottawa Fury FC Wednesday night at TD Place as the club moved into first place in the NASL Fall Season standings. It marks the first time in club history that Ottawa sits in a post-season position. Carl Haworth’s first goal of the season and Richie Ryan’s penalty kick conversion gave Fury FC the 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks extending the club’s unbeaten streak to nine games (4W-5D-0L).
Granitto seizing opportunity at midfield with Eddies – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton midfielder Tomas Granitto is quickly growing into his role with the Eddies. The 22-year-old signed with Edmonton’s squad prior to the 2015 North American Soccer League (NASL) season and has seen his responsibilities increase ten-fold due to the team’s recent string of injuries.
WORLD OF SOCCER
Tigres reach Libertadores final, River qualify for Club World Cup – FIFA
Mexico’s Tigres won through to the Copa Libertadores final on Wednesday when they overcame a first leg deficit to beat Internacional on aggregate and advance to a showdown against Argentina’s River Plate next week. The result also means that River will represent CONMEBOL in the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015, given Mexico are part of the CONCACAF confederation.
Recovery: Stuart Holden – The Players Tribune
“I hope that by the end of this post, everyone, including myself, will have a better understanding as to where my mind has been running when it comes to my tortoise-speed physical recovery, and more importantly, my career.”
FIFA questions why Russia punished black player who responded to racism – Washington Post
The team with the racist fans got a slap on the wrist.
Emmanuel Frimpong hits out at Russian FA after it rejects racism claims – The Guardian
Emmanuel Frimpong has criticised the Russian Football Union after it rejected allegations that he was racially abused by Spartak Moscow supporters. The Ufa midfielder described the verdict as “beyond a joke”.
Russia must do more to stop racism, says United Nations official – The Guardian
Football in Russia needs to do more to combat racism and has so far failed to fully grasp what it means, a United Nations official has said.
Swastika incident costs Croatia in qualifying – Sportsnet
UEFA has deducted one point from Croatia in its European Championship qualifying group after a swastika was painted on the field before a match against Italy.
French civil war as federation rules out Ligue 1 plan to cut relegation spots – Inside World Football
The plan of French League (LFP) president Frederic Thiriez to protect investors in Ligue 1 clubs by reducing the number of relegation and promotion places between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 to two up and two down hit a major obstacle today as the France Football Federation (FFF) annulled the move in its Executive Committee meeting.
Leopards kick-start Swazi success – FIFA
Swaziland football fans have not been treated to much success – either from their national team or from clubs competing in international competitions. However, that has begun to change this year with both the Sihlangu and Swazi club sides putting the small southern African country on the footballing map.
Trinidad receives US extradition request for Warner – TSN
Trinidad and Tobago’s attorney general says he has received a U.S. request for the extradition of former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner on corruption charges.
Would England win the Premier League? – BBC Sport
How would the current England team perform in the Premier League? The top-flight’s executive chairman Richard Scudamore has posed this question while defending the division’s elite sides’ right to buy foreign players.