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WHITECAPS FC & MLS
Whitecaps FC suffer 2-1 loss to Montreal Impact– Whitecaps FC
Pedro Morales scored his third goal of the season, and Vancouver’s first from the penalty spot in MLS regular season action, in the 75th minute to draw the game level after an early Jack McInerney strike. But Ignacio Piatti answered with a late winner in what was a dress rehearsal for August’s Amway Canadian Championship Final.
Match Report: Montreal Impact vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Eighty-Six Forever
Looking back on tonight’s midweek match, it appears that Carl Robinson underestimated the Vancouver Whitecaps’ cross-country opponents. The ‘Caps head coach picked a lineup heavy on fringe players and substitutes and ended up paying the price, coming up empty handed for the third time in four games. Russell Teibert (manbun-less for a change), Nicolas Mezquida, Kekuta Manneh, Darren Mattocks, Mauro Rosales, Tim Parker, and Diego Rodriguez all slotted into the starting XI.
Impact strike late to topple Whitecaps – 24 Hours
One got the sense it might not be the Vancouver Whitecaps’ night in Montreal Wednesday when word broke that they hadn’t even filled out their lineup card correctly.
Impact 2 Whitecaps 1: Sloppy defending sinks the Caps– The Province
The Whitecaps scored a rare and, briefly, precious away goal on Wednesday in Montreal. Then they gave the game away with sloppy defending.
Whitecaps play sloppy, fall 2-1 to Impact – Vancouver Sun
The Vancouver Whitecaps, who can’t shake a reputation for unwarranted tumbles in and around the box, finally drew their first penalty of the 2015 MLS season on Wednesday.
Late Piatti winner propels Impact past Whitecaps – SBI
The Montreal Impact stood up to one of the top teams in the MLS Western Conference for the club’s third win of the season. Ignacio Piatti provided the finish with about seven minutes left to give the Impact a 2-1 win against the Vancouver Whitecaps at Stade Saputo.
After bad loss, Montreal Impact clear the air and grab “huge” win over Vancouver – MLS
This one felt good. Last Saturday, in a 3-0 defeat at Chicago, the Montreal Impact looked uninterested, unfocused. The scoreline flattered them. The performance did not bode well for Wednesday’s game, against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Long road stretch gets off to worst possible start for Vancouver Whitecaps – AFTN
Looking at what lies ahead for Vancouver Whitecaps in June and heading into July, the opening game of their five game road stretch, against Montreal Impact, looked, on paper, to be their best chance of a win. On grass, it was a whole different matter.
Busy month ahead at the international level – Whitecaps FC
The month of June is upon us and as you can see below, it’s going to be a busy one at the international level for several current and former Whitecaps FC players.
Philadelphia Union on verge of “something special” after big victory – MLS
When the Philadelphia Union gathered in the locker room during halftime of Wednesday’s game against Columbus Crew SC, head coach Jim Curtin implored them to find their killer instinct and extend their 1-0 lead. They listened.
Chicago Fire alarmed by second-half swoon vs. “forceful” DC United – MLS
Having watched his Chicago Fire side concede three second-half goals after leading 1-0 at the break, head coach Frank Yallop offered “no excuses” for his team’s capitulation in the final 30 minutes in their 3-1 defeat to D.C. United at RFK Stadium Wednesday.
D.C. United stadium news: D.C. politics at its finest – Prost Amerika
There is an old saying in Washington D.C.: no deal on a project is done until dirt is broken and the big giant ribbon is cut. It is an adage built out of years of deals being backed out of and a notion that an agreement between two parties is just another step in the negotiation process. For those outside of the Beltway it is everything that is frustrating about American politics. For those inside the Beltway it is Wednesday.
WFC2 & USL
Whitecaps FC 2 earn 2-2 draw at Real Monarchs SLC– Whitecaps FC
Caleb Clarke (Richmond, BC) and Andre Lewis scored as Whitecaps FC 2 (3W-4L-4D) earned a 2-2 draw versus Real Monarchs SLC (1W-6L-5D) at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday. With the road decision, Whitecaps FC 2 are now just a point outside of the playoff picture in the Western Conference of the United Soccer League.
Real Monarchs rescue late draw against Whitecaps 2 – RSL Soapbox
Twice, Real Monarchs went down against Vancouver Whitecaps 2, and twice, Real Monarchs came back to rescue a draw.
CSA confirms that it is looking for new broadcast partner – the11.ca
The CSA confirmed that it and the network have mutually agreed to part ways, even though Sportsnet’s broadcast deal to show Canada’s national teams was set to run till the end of 2015. As of this moment, there is no broadcast deal in place to show either the June 11 or June 16 World Cup qualifiers between Dominica and Canada.
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015
Art and soccer help Erin McLeod achieve a perfect balance – Avenue Edmonton
On her personal website, Erin McLeod lists three main headings: The Artist, the Athlete, the Speaker. It’s an interesting way of ordering things for a woman known nationwide as the last line of defence for Canada’s national women’s soccer team. But, in speaking about her experiences on and off the pitch, the relationship between those different spheres of the St. Albert-born goalkeeper’s life quickly becomes clear.
Contenders vie for Foord’s Young Player crown – FIFA
The names of the young women eligible for the Hyundai Best Young Player award at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ were made public on 28 May, and with just a few days to go before the opening match of the tournament, all the players on the list, who had to have been born after 1 January 1995 to be considered, will likely have their eyes on this illustrious prize.
Women’s World Cup: from unofficial tournaments to record-breaking event – The Guardian
Studying guides to the women’s World Cup in Canada this week, you would be forgiven for thinking female footballers only started playing in global tournaments in 1991.
Pitch Imperfect: How ready will new BC Place pitch be for Women’s World Cup? – AFTN
With the world fully focused on all the transgressions that are coming to light and the falling house of cards amongst the elite of FIFA, no-one’s talking about artificial pitches at the Women’s World Cup anymore. Well, at least not for now.
FIFA unveils new Live Your Goals website and social media campaign – FIFA
FIFA are launching a social media campaign and dedicated microsite to help promote FIFA’s Live Your Goals campaign today. Join Abby Wambach, Christine Sinclair and many of your favourite female football stars from around the globe in pledging your support for the #LiveYourGoals campaign and share your stories on your social media platforms.
FIFA CORRUPTION CRISIS
Ex-FIFA Official Chuck Blazer Admitted Accepting Bribes for World Cup Votes – NY Times
“Among other things, I agreed with other persons in or around 1992 to facilitate the acceptance of a bribe in conjunction with the selection of the host nation for the 1998 World Cup,” Mr. Blazer told Judge Raymond J. Dearie when he entered his plea in 2013 in United States District Court in Brooklyn.
FIFA fallout: Australian $500,000 ‘stadium redevelopment’ payment faces probe – Sydney Morning Herald
Fairfax Media can reveal that senior members of the senate committee set to investigate the nation’s anti-foreign bribery regime are pushing for Football Federation Australia officials to answer questions about the $500,000 “stadium redevelopment” payment, which was allegedly stolen by disgraced former FIFA executive Jack Warner in 2010.
FIFPro Speaks Out On FIFA Scandal – FIFPro
“The election of a new FIFA President is not the most pressing issue up for debate in the coming months. Urgent attention is needed to address a deeply-flawed governance structure which has permeated itself on international, regional and national levels. Football is now a breeding ground for corruptible and abusive behavior.”
England ‘ready’ to host World Cup in 2022 – Whittingdale – BBC Sport
England would be ready and able to host the Fifa World Cup in 2022 if it is stripped from Qatar, according to a British government minister.
Disgraced former FIFA vice president Jack Warner ‘fears for his life’ – ESPN
Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner made a televised address in Trinidad on Wednesday night, saying he will prove a link between soccer’s governing body and his nation’s elections in 2010. “I will no longer keep secrets for them who actively seek to destroy the country,” Warner said. Warner also said in the address, which was a paid political advertisement, that “I reasonably actually fear for my life.”
Sepp Blatter is still king, but FIFA’s political realities will endure after he’s gone – Soccer Gods
In a rather extraordinary turn of events, Blatter strolled out in front of a giant blue FIFA-detailed backdrop and dropped one of the all-time great walk-backs. He announced that he will no longer be the “president of everybody” before slouching his way toward a door that looked like the entrance to an alien spaceship, ready to transport him to his new life as president of nobody.
Powrie Comes Home To Finish University Career With WolfPack Women’s Soccer – TRU
McManus and the WolfPack are pleased to announce that midfielder Brianna Powrie has agreed to join the CIS program to complete her university eligibility starting this August. Powrie, a graduate of South Kamloops Secondary and the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association has spent the last four years at Quest University Canada in Squamish, BC.
KYSA Errol Wild Mini-Soccer Festival This Weekend – KYSA
This coming weekend (June 6/7) the KYSA will once again honour the memory of Errol Wild by staging its annual Active Start Mini-Soccer Festival on parks throughout the Tournament Capital.
WORLD OF SOCCER
Berlin, Germany’s Half-Hearted Football Capital, Readies For the Champions League – 8 by 8
Sure, Berlin does the big events well: the final of the 2006 World Cup; the opening of the 2011 Women’s World Cup; the annual final of the German Cup. This weekend, the city will add the UEFA Champions League Final to that list.But outside of these major occasions, Berlin does not have the feel of a football city.
FIFA U20 World Cup: Germany, Brazil advance, historic day for Fiji – FIFA
Both Germany and Brazil rubber-stamped their places in the Round of 16 at the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 on Wednesday. The former beat Uzbekistan 3-0 in Christchurch, while the South Americans narrowly edged past Hungary with a 2-1 triumph to see the giants coast in the knockout stages.
THE NEW YORK SOCCER LANDSCAPE 2015 – In Bed With Maradona
Settle in for a bit. This is a long, epic look at the current soccer scene in New York City.
Globe-trotting Myanmar’s trip of a lifetime – FIFA
For the Myanmar side taking part at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, in many ways theirs is much less abstract than the stories of growth and pain that football often provides, but it is no less fulfilling, having seen this engaging group take a life-changing adventure.