BC Soccer News, Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Whitecaps FC re-sign captain Pedro Morales to multi-year contract extensionWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that the club has re-signed Designated Player Pedro Morales to a multi-year contract extension. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

An open letter from Pedro MoralesWhitecaps FC
“I’m very happy to extend my contract with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. These have been two very important seasons in my career and I’m extremely grateful for the support that I’ve received from everyone that forms a part of this great family – and it truly is a family.”

Assessing the Kansas City debacleEighty-Six Forever
Yes. That happened. I wanted to take almost a full 48 hours before I wrote this piece as I wanted to gain a little clarity and perspective about what transpired as a whole on Saturday night in Kansas City. I have gone through a wide array of emotions ranging from anger, frustration, depression and concern. I jumped back and forth between.

Kekuta Manneh, Pedro Morales Recognized in Weekly MLS Awards Eighty-Six Forever
Whitecaps striker Kekuta Manneh was named to the MLS Team of the Week today, for his two goal performance against Sporting Kansas City on the weekend. It’s perhaps the lone bright spot in an otherwise putrid outing that saw the Whitecaps allow three straight, late goals en route to a 4-3 loss.

VIDEO: Vancouver’s penalty claim, Houston’s gripes and was that a hand ball on Chicago’s equalizer?MLS
Simon Borg breaks down the most controversial plays of the weekend in Week 24 of the 2015 MLS season.

Banners, Sell-outs & Mauro – oh my!Dallas Morning News
The biggest takeaway from Saturday’s defeat to LA could be seen in the simple, yet obvious, differences in the maturity and experience in the two rosters. As the tone of the game became more frantic and heated, LA seemed to find a cool zen about their game. Dallas, in stark contrast, became more hyper, overly-aggressive and sloppy in its play.

Quakes Defender Jordan Stewart Out for the Season with Achilles InjurySan Jose Earthquakes
San Jose Earthquakes defender Jordan Stewart will miss the remainder of the 2015 season after suffering a torn left Achilles tendon against the Colorado Rapids on Aug. 14. Stewart will undergo season-ending surgery later this week.

Report: Chris Korb Gone For The Season Prost Amerika
D.C. United’s road to a second straight regular season Eastern Conference title just got a bit trickier. On Monday the club announced that defender Chris Korb had a sustained a torn ACL in his right knee in the club’s 1-0 loss to New York City F.C.

Philadelphia Union rave about playmaker Cristian Maidana after he takes league lead in assistsMLS
The Philadelphia Union didn’t try to hide their devastation after blowing two second-half leads in Sunday’s 3-3 draw with the Chicago Fire. But they couldn’t help express amazement at Cristian “Chaco” Maidana, who assisted on three of Philly’s goals to set the Union single-season assist record (14), also passing Sporting Kansas City star Benny Feilhaber atop this season’s MLS leaderboard.

Union does what it does best – choke Philly.com
On any normal club, the goal by Sebastien Le Toux in the 90th minute would have held up for a miracle victory. For the Union, it simply provided an umpteenth opportunity to question what the heck is going on with a franchise that has continued the same sorry pattern through three coaches, dozens of players and hundreds of sports psychological consultations.

Belgian club Genk among clubs interested in signing LA Galaxy Homegrown forward Gyasi ZardesMLS
A source close to the situation said that Genk, who finished seventh out of 16 teams in last year’s Belgian Pro League, recently made an approach for the US international, as originally reported by Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws last Thursday.

New York City FC And Orlando City SC Providing MLS Economic BalanceForbes
Until this season Major League Soccer has primarily been a west coast sport in terms of stadium support. But expansion teams in New York and Orlando have provided MLS with much-needed fan support from the East. Last year four of the top five teams in attendance were out west.

Herculez Gomez Turned Down Bigger Pay Day from Cosmos to Join TFCEmpire of Soccer
Last week, U.S. international Herculez Gomez made the decision to come back to MLS and sign with Toronto FC. Was it all about the money? Not exactly. In an exclusive interview with EoS, Gomez reveals he turned down a bigger offer from the New York Cosmos to join MLS.

The craziest of nights in FoxboroughProst Amerika
Sometimes the unexpected and the abrupt can be fun. Nothing epitomizes that sentiment more than what took place at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night and early Sunday morning, when horrid rain and lightning forced two weather postponements, totaling around three hours of delay, before the Revolution finally beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0.

LA Galaxy vs. Comunicaciones | CONCACAF Champions League Match PreviewMLS
The Galaxy opened Group D play in the CONCACAF Champions Cup two weeks ago with a 5-1 massacre of Trinidad and Tobago’s Central FC, but they expect a fiercer challenge from Comunicaciones. The Guatemala City giants have won the past six Liga Nacional titles – 31 first division crowns in all – and are a CCL regular, making their fifth appearance.

United’s CCL Campaign Starts In Colon Against Arabe UnidoProst Amerika
It is always nice to go to Panama after a difficult loss. Although most people come to Panama in August for the sandy beaches and cigars D.C. United heads to the Central American nation for a far more important reason: the CONCACAF Champions League. On Tuesday evening, the club begins continental football play with a match against Panama side Arabe Unido.

Tim Hankinson takes helm at Montego Bay UnitedSoccer America
Tim Hankinson, the USA’s most traveled coach, has taken the helm of Jamaican club Montego Bay United, which faces D.C. United Aug. 25 in the Concacaf Champions League.

CONCACAF Watch: Belize finally hosting CCL matchGoal
After years of disqualifications because of stadium issues, the nation of Belize finally will host a CONCACAF Champions League match.

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WFC2 & USL

10 minutes with USL president Jake Edwards on MLS partnership, developing players, and expansionMLS
Jake Edwards is the president of the United Soccer League. A former player who has experienced quite a bit of American soccer history already, Edwards’ new position with the USL comes as the league is in the third year of a partnership with Major League Soccer. With the homestretch of the 2015 USL season approaching, Edwards discussed his background, the evolving nature of the MLS-USL partnership, and expansion for the league in 2016.

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BC SOCCER

VISL Organizational MeetingVISL
The VISL Organizational Meeting is coming up on Monday, August 24th, at 7:00 pm, in the lower level of The Strath (919 Douglas St.)

UBC Women’s Open Soccer Tryouts UBC
If you think you have what it takes to succeed on the pitch, here’s your opportunity. UBC Women’s Soccer will hold an OPEN TRYOUT on Tuesday August 25th, at 8 o’clock, at Thunderbird Stadium.

UNBC Names Interim Men’s Soccer CoachUNBC
Steve Simonson is the interim head coach of the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves men’s soccer team. Simonson was most recently the head coach of the Victoria Highlanders FC when the team played in the United Soccer League’s Premier Development League from 2012-2014. He was involved with the Highlanders since the team’s inception in 2007 and also served as the head coach of the club’s reserve team and as the head of player development for the organization.

Alderson says goodbye to UNBC men’s soccer teamPrince George Citizen
For once, the score didn’t really matter. On Saturday, as the sun shone on the North Cariboo Senior Soccer League fields with the backdrop of UNBC towering up above on Cranbrook Hill, Alan Alderson gathered around a group of current and former players he’s known for the last three years for one final message.

Canada’s Carmelina Moscato Attends Training CampSFU
Canadian national team player Carmelina Moscato conducted practice for the women’s soccer team today as the Clan opened preseason training camp Monday on Terry Fox Field at Simon Fraser University.

SPARTANS TIE NCAA DIV I OREGON STATE BEAVERSTWU
The Trinity Western University women’s soccer team finished their first road trip of the season with a 0-0 exhibition draw against the Oregon State University Beavers Saturday afternoon at Lorenz Field in Corvallis, Oregon. TWU finishes the trip with a 1-1-1 record.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER

Buchanan named to Canada 2015 All-Star TeamCSA
After her stellar play at this past summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, the accolades keep rolling in for Kadeisha Buchanan, defender for Canada’s Women’s National Team.

PROVIDENCE PARK NAMED HOST SITE FOR 2015 NWSL CHAMPIONSHIPNWSL
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that the 2015 NWSL Championship match will be played on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. The championship match will kick off at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT with a national television broadcast on FOX Sports 1.

Plush: NWSL Championship format about creating big eventThe Equalizer
One of women’s soccer’s biggest issues is its propensity to come and go from the national spotlight with major international tournaments. It is front and center every four years during the World Cup, as shown again this summer, but it lacks stability.

West Ham’s Aditi Chauhan becomes India’s first woman to play in EnglandBBC
Chauhan, the India international goalkeeper, made her debut for West Ham United in the opening game of the season against Coventry City on Sunday.

Seattle reach play-offs, Rosengard stumbleFIFA
As the title race in the USA enters the final straight, the gap between the top three in Sweden is shrinking, while in Norway, holders LSK Kvinner are back on track. FIFA.com reviews the pick of the action from selected women’s leagues around the world.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Benteke, Liverpool beat BournemouthTSN
Christian Benteke scored his first Premier League goal for Liverpool on Monday to give his new team a 1-0 win over promoted Bournemouth in a game that was marked by two disputed refereeing decisions.

Bournemouth bemoan confusion over offside law as Liverpool benefit The Guardian
Eddie Howe claimed the Premier League’s attempt to bring clarity to the offside rule has been undermined by Christian Benteke’s controversial winner for Liverpool against Bournemouth.

Club America charge up Liga MX table, slumping Tigres win: what we learned ESPN FC
Now that Week Five of Liga MX action in the Apertura 2015 is over and done, here’s a round-up of five things we learned.

Bilbao hold Barça to end 31-year trophy droughtFIFA
Athletic Bilbao claimed their first trophy in 31 years as they drew 1-1 with ten-man Barcelona to win the Spanish Super Cup 5-1 on aggregate on Monday. Lionel Messi had given the European champions – who trailed 4-0 from the first leg – a glimmer of hope with the opener two minutes before half-time.

Messi can’t save Barcelona this time as Luis Enrique fails to emulate GuardiolaGoal
The miracle never materialized. Barcelona came flying out of the blocks against Athletic Bilbao on Monday night at Camp Nou, but it was too little, too late from the Blaugrana. They were well beaten over two legs, and not even Lionel Messi could save them this time.

Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué faces up to 12 weeks out for rant at assistant refereeThe Guardian
The Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué faces being suspended for up to 12 weeks following an extraordinary outburst aimed at an assistant referee during the second leg of his club’s Spanish Super Cup tie against Athletic Bilbao.

Preview: Tuesday’s Champions League play-offsUEFA
Manchester United play Club Brugge, Lazio face Leverkusen, Sporting CP meet CSKA Moskva, BATE take on Partizan and Astana host APOEL in Tuesday’s play-off first legs.

Club Brugge and Malmo offer reminders of England’s European Cup zenith The Guardian
Long-time followers of English and Scottish fortunes in Europe’s premier competition will remember this week’s Champions League opponents of Manchester United and Celtic.

Portugal’s army of ‘special ones’Politico.eu
If you find José Mourinho hard to stomach, how about an army of “special ones?” Since Mourinho’s run of success with the likes of Chelsea, FC Porto and Inter Milan, soccer coaches have become one of Portugal’s best exports. There are around 250 plying their trade overseas.

China targets world’s elite as CFA breaks away from state control Inside World Football
One of the great anomalies in world football – FIFA’s tolerance of state control of football in China – looks to be coming to an end as the Chinese state publicly loosens its grip on the sport in a new reform drive announced on Monday.

Matthaus on Germany’s close ties with Asia and Maradona vs. MessiESPN FC
The Bundesliga is a natural fit for Asia’s top players and better suited to them than Europe’s other big leagues, according to one of the German championship’s favourite sons, Lothar Matthaus.

Postecoglou and Australia in limbo as Jedinak and co. struggle with clubsESPN FC
“I’ve said all along that the key thing will be form and fitness every time I select a squad.” Those were the words uttered by Ange Postecoglou in an interview with AAP in Dec. 2013, specifically referencing then national team captain Lucas Neill and his struggle to find a club in the lead-up to a World Cup warm-up against Ecuador.

Somali minister backs FA and pledges to return national stadium from militaryInside World Football
Somalian football has been held back by decades of conflict and unrest in the country, but as relative stability has returned so has an expectation for the game.

Booing used to be a football fan’s last resort – now it’s part of the matchday experienceThe Telegraph
Rising ticket prices and the spiralling of players’ wages have estranged supporters from their sides – as Premier League clubs are finding out.

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