BC Soccer News, Thursday, June 11, 2015


GERMANY vs. NORWAY – 1:00 pm
Côte d’Ivoire vs. THAILAND- 4:00 pm


CANADA vs. NEW ZEALAND – 6:00 pm



Exclusive Women’s World Cup Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes

Exclusive Women’s World Cup Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes

Canada WNT ready to face New Zealand Thursday in second Canada 2015 match CSA
The match against New Zealand will pit Canadian coach John Herdman against a team he helped build, but that is not what he is thinking about going into Canada’s Women’s National Team second match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup set for Thursday 11 June at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, AB.

Christine Sinclair and host Canada look to make it two wins from two matches at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup when they take on Abby Erceg and New Zealand on Thursday.

Staying the course the goal as Canada gears up for New ZealandTSN
Canada remain a team considered by most as a team that could go ‘quite far’ at this tournament and, although winning the entire tournament remains doubtful, just how far they progress will come down to their finishing position inside Group A.

John Herdman makes bold statement for CanadaCBC
The Canadian coach made it clear that he does not expect the Football Ferns to bring anything new to the table Thursday. “Very clearly, we’re a better team … And I think quality for quality, we’re a better team than New Zealand,” said Herdman.

Herdman on New Zealand: ‘We’re a better team’The Equalizer
Canada coach John Herdman may as well have taken out advertising space in the local newspaper to provide his next opponent some bulletin board material. Herdman didn’t pull any punches when discussing New Zealand, the team he used to manage which is also Canada’s next opponent at the World Cup on Thursday.

Canada prepares for all World Cup scenariosSportsnet
With 1-0 wins in their opening games, Canada and the Netherlands currently share top spot in Group A, and hours before Canada faces New Zealand on Thursday at Commonwealth Stadium, the Dutch will face the Chinese.

Canada’s Chapman living a World Cup dreamSportsnet
Eight months ago in Edmonton the defender made her debut for the Canadian women’s team in an international friendly against Japan. On Saturday she was back in Edmonton, this time playing for Canada against China in the opening game of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Women’s soccer scores big audience in World Cup openerYahoo Sports
Saturday’s opening game of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, which saw Canada beat China 1-0 in a thrilling finish (after 90 minutes of tedium), set a viewing record by drawing an average of 1.8 million viewers to CTV, TSN and French-language RDS.

Ex-USWNT Coach Pia Sundhage Rips Abby Wambach and Hope SoloVice Sports
If Pia Sundhage was still in charge of the U.S. Women’s National Team, all-time leading scorer Abby Wambach—who played the entire 90 minutes in the USWNT’s 3-1 victory over Australia on Monday—would have been benched.

USA’s Ellis not concerned with Sundhage’s commentsThe Equalizer
Sitting in front of an overflow media crowd of Swedes and Americans packed into a room unfit for the size of the eager crowd, the first two questions to Ellis revolved around Sweden coach Pia Sundhage’s comments in a New York Times article that was published on Tuesday.

Hope Solo Is a Hero on the Field. Repeat, on the Field.NY Times
Forget about what she does off the field — reportedly harassing and belittling police officers when she was jailed last year after being accused of beating up her half sister and her nephew. That Hope Solo isn’t at this World Cup, says U.S. Soccer, the sport’s American governing body. Focus on what she does on the field, which is brilliant.

Alex Morgan gaining rhythm for U.S. World Cup squad ahead of Sweden match Washington Post
Sidelined for weeks with a knee injury, Alex Morgan was never under consideration for a starting role in the U.S. Women’s World Cup opener Monday. In a U.S. squad featuring a wealth of frontline options, Coach Jill Ellis was in no hurry to rush Morgan back onto the field.


Five Whitecaps FC players named to the provisional rosters for 2015 CONCACAF Gold CupWhitecaps FC
Defender Sam Adekugbe, as well as midfielders Kianz Froese and Russell Teibert were named to the provisional roster for co-host Canada, while defender Kendall Waston and striker Darren Mattocks were named to Costa Rica and Jamaica respectively. The final 23-player roster announcement will be made by CONCACAF and the Participating Member Associations on June 23.

When Will Robert Earnshaw Get Some Minutes?  – Eighty-Six Forever
Even as a substitute, Earnshaw has watched youthful legs go in front of him, like Kekuta Manneh, and Darren Mattocks. It’s a shame too, because Earnshaw has shown he clearly has some gas left in the tank and the Whitecaps could really use some goal scoring ability; They have just five goals in their last five MLS regular season matches.

LA Galaxy sign Robbie Keane to contract extensionLA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy have signed forward Robbie Keane to a contract extension, the club announced today. The reigning 2014 Major League Soccer MVP, Keane has totaled 55 goals in just 91 appearances for the Galaxy. Per club and MLS policy, specific terms of the deal were not disclosed.


DOMINICA vs. CANADA – 4:30pm

Morgan primed to kick off World Cup qualifyingRed Nation Online
With the Canadian Men’s National Team set to kick off their World Cup qualifying campaign for Russia 2018, it appears that Head Coach Benito Floro will continue to field squads that are a blend of up and coming youngsters and Canada’s most experienced players.

Mallan Roberts “thankful and grateful” after first national-team call-up MLS
The 23-year-old central defender for FC Edmonton (above, left) was a late addition to the Canadian squad that will face Dominica in a pair of World Cup qualifiers on June 11 and 16. The move came as a surprise to some – including Roberts himself, who got the news from Eddies head coach Colin Miller after the team’s game in Tampa on Saturday.


Canada’s 35-man provisional roster announced for this summer’s CONCACAF Gold CupCSA
Canada Soccer announced today the 35-man provisional roster Head Coach Benito Floro and his staff has submitted for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015 Provisional 35-Player Rosters AnnouncedCONCACAF
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) unveiled today the provisional 35-player rosters submitted by the 12 Participating Member Associations for the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015.

Bobby Wood credits newfound confidence in scoring latest game-winner for USMNTMLS
Before Friday’s stirring rally win against the Netherlands in Amsterdam, the 22-year-old was scoreless in six USMNT caps that included a few missed chances. One simple finish to beat the Dutch later, Wood hopped off the bench on Wednesday night to bag a fantastic decider away to World Cup holders Germany, resulting in a 2-1 win for the visitors.

Young forward Jordan Morris continues to play key role for USMNT in friendly win over GermanyMLS
If the truth is indeed stranger than fiction, then one could easily say that US national team attacker Jordan Morris has been living a surreal true-life fairy tale for the past six days.


Schneider Unveils 1st Recruiting ClassSFU
First-year Simon Fraser University men’s soccer head coach Clint Schneider introduced his first recruiting class today and it has a distinctively British Columbian flavor. The 2015 recruiting class features seven new players from British Columbia, with individuals hailing from North Vancouver, Port Moody, Anmore, Surrey, Victoria, and Penticton

UBC regular season soccer schedules releasedUBC
Both UBC teams will battle archrivals Victoria to begin regular season play on September 5. The Thunderbird men will host the Vikes while the women’s teams will square off in the provincial capital.

UNBC 2015 soccer schedules released UNBC
The first complete weekend of Canada West conference play on both the men’s and women’s side is slated for September 11-13. The women’s soccer team will play host to the UBCO Heat on Friday evening and the TRU WolfPack on Sunday afternoon in their season opener. The men open their season with back-to-back road weekends, starting in Victoria September 11-12. The home opener for the men will be the third week of regular season play, September 26-27, when they host the UFV Cascades.

Second year in Canada West for UBCO Heat soccer UBCO
For their second season in Canada West in soccer the UBC Okanagan Heat teams will have a decidedly different experience than in year one. In Canada West there are more universities fielding women’s soccer teams then men’s soccer teams and beginning this season the women and men will play divergent schedules.

Trinity Western men’s soccer team will open its 2015 Canada West regular season schedule on the road in B.C.’s Interior as it begins its quest to return to the post-season with games against Thompson Rivers and UBC Okanagan, Sept. 12th and 13th.

WolfPack Men’s Soccer Add Insurance In Goal (Harsany)TRU
Head coach John Antulov and the WolfPack are pleased to announce that 6’3” keeper Claye Harsany (Har-san-knee) of High River, Alberta has committed to the CIS and Canada West program and will be at training camp in early August.


Computer equipment from Sepp Blatter’s FIFA offices seized by Swiss authoritiesIndependent (IE)
The Swiss attorney general’s office, which is investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, took possession of some further computer data from FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich.

Walter De Gregorio, FIFA’s communications chief, resignsESPN FC
De Gregorio, who has dual Swiss-Italian nationality, was the first representative of the organisation to face the media on the day several FIFA members were arrested in dawn raids on a Zurich hotel last month.

German power play? Niersbach puts forward radical FIFA reform planInside World Football
In an open letter, sent to the 26,000 clubs organised in the German Football Association (DFB) and published on the DFB web site, DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach has put forward a 10-point plan for FIFA reform.

Brazil legend Zico wants Fifa presidencyBBC Sport
Brazil legend Zico intends to stand for the presidency of Fifa after admitting the corruption crisis in the sport’s governing body has saddened him.


FIFA U20 World Cup: Brazil see off Uruguay on penaltiesFIFA
Brazil scraped into the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup after penalties were needed to see them past Uruguay after two goalless hours of action in New Plymouth.

FIFA U20 World Cup: Portugal break hosts’ heartsFIFA
Hosts New Zealand are out of the FIFA U-20 World Cup but only after giving Portugal a major fright at Hamilton’s Waikato Stadium.

FIFA U20 World Cup: Oztunali the matchwinner for Germany FIFA
Levin Oztunali’s first half goal was enough to take Germany through to the last eight of the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 at the expense of Nigeria.

Craving Copa América Glory, Chile Vies to Finally Be South America’s Best8 by 8
Chile enters the Copa América with its best-ever generation of players—and the crushing weight of history on its shoulders.

The Out-of-contract XI – who would you pick?BBC Sport
As Premier League clubs release their retained list, BBC Sport picks a team of players out of contract this summer.

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