AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
THE VOYAGEURS CUP FINAL
WHITECAPS FC vs. MONTREAL IMPACT
2nd Leg (2-2 Aggregate)
7:00 PM, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2015
B.C. PLACE, VANCOUVER, B.C.
(SPORTSNET ONE, TSN RADIO 1410)
WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
‘Caps look to ‘make history’ Wednesday in Amway Canadian Championship Final – Whitecaps FC
All season long, we’ve been asking if this will be “the year.” Well, we’re about to find out. On Wednesday night at BC Place, Vancouver Whitecaps FC host Montreal Impact in the final leg of the Amway Canadian Championship Final with their first-ever Voyageurs Cup firmly in sight.
Voyageurs Cup a secondary priority for Whitecaps – Vancouver Sun
Carl Robinson started four first-choice players and two Canadians in the opening leg of the Amway Canadian championship final in Montreal two weeks ago. On the eve of Wednesday night’s decisive second leg, two questions are in play: How many of the former does the head coach feel he needs to start to try to get a victory and hoist the Voyageurs Cup for the first time ever? And how many of the latter does he feel obligated to play?
Second leg scenarios: How the away goals rule could come into play on Wednesday – Whitecaps FC
So what exactly is the away goals rule and how might it come into play in deciding this year’s Voyageurs Cup winner? It’s really quite simple.
Handsome Phantom waiting in wings for Whitecaps – The Province
Pa-Modou Kah declared himself The Phantom of the Opera at Monday’s practice, although unlike the novel’s deformed lead character, Kah insisted he remains a handsome man despite his broken cheekbone and swollen face.
Nicolas A Martineau: Drogba won’t play vs. Vancouver – Eighty Six Forever
Nicolas A Martineau of TVA Sports says Drogba has apparently hurt his toe, and will not make the trip to Vancouver when the Impact clash with the Whitecaps.
Drogba down for final against Whitecaps – 24th Minute
As the Whitecaps prepared Monday for the return leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final against the Montreal Impact – set for Wednesday at BC Place – discussion centred on Drogba, the former Chelsea striker who made his Impact debut Saturday. Although Montreal head coach Frank Klopas had originally confirmed Drogba would play in Vancouver, word broke later Monday that the 37-year-old will instead miss the match with a toe injury.
Montreal Impact’s Didier Drogba to miss Amway Canadian Championship final versus Vancouver Whitecaps due to injury: report – Metro
One of the storylines for Wednesday’s Amway Canadian Championship final between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact appears to have hit an unexpected snag.
Didier Drogba facing fine for snubbing media duties after making MLS debut for Montreal Impact – Evening Standard
Drogba could be fined for failing to speak to the media, although it is unclear how much the striker could be asked to pay as the MLS has no set level for such incidents.
Will this be the year? Chronicling Vancouver’s Canadian Championship heartbreak – Whitecaps FC
Mention the Amway Canadian Championship to Vancouver Whitecaps FC fans and you’ll not evoke too many happy memories. Some will even talk of a curse. The ‘Caps have never won the competition, finishing as runners-up in five of the last six seasons and with a string of bad-beat tales to tell in the process.
The Good, The Average and The Bad: Techera Does In Dallas Edition – AFTN
It wasn’t the prettiest of wins that they’ve had in BC Place but this late in the long and gruelling MLS season, every team in the league will take a full three points anyway they can get them. Why should Vancouver be any different?
Robbo gets his mojo back in victory over Dallas – Whitecaps Fan Blog
Carl Robinson may have got it wrong in the disaster in Kansas City, but he got this one right from the start. He chose the best team and then helped matters along with smart substitutions. He also helped conserve key players for this Wednesday’s Voyageurs Cup final.
CCL: MLS clubs put unbeaten record on the line – Soccer America
Just two MLS clubs are in action in Week 3 of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. D.C. United welcomes Montego Bay United, coached by American Tim Hankinson, on Tuesday, while the Seattle Sounders face a grueling trip to Tegucigalpa the next day to take on Honduran powerhouse Olimpia a week after their miraculous 2-1 win at home.
CONCACAF Watch: Champions League off to competitive start – Goal
Sitting in a stadium where less than a year earlier the team he now manages racked up a goal difference of plus-16 in four CONCACAF Champions League matches, Club America coach Ignacio “Nacho” Ambriz declared that things have changed. It’s not just lip service. Now even Mexican teams have to have a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t for their CCL foes.
Champions League: Former MLS coach Tim Hankinson leads Jamaicans into underdog clash vs. DC United – MLS
It will be Tim Hankinson’s first match in charge of the humble Jamaican side, Montego Bay United, but hardly his first visit to the old bowl on East Capitol Street – or his first face-off with D.C. coach Ben Olsen.
Sebastian Giovinco, MLS’s classiest act: ‘I’m playing better than I was in Europe’ – The Guardian
Is Giovinco the league’s most valuable player? Greg Vanney, Toronto’s American coach, is unequivocal: “I don’t think there’s any question on that side of things.” Vanney has the pleasure of seeing Giovinco every day. “I break down video when I go back and look at our team, watch our games over and over, and I can’t help pick out some of the moments that he puts on the field, whether in the game or in training.”
MLS Roundup: LA Galaxy prove that they are MLS Cup favorites once again – ESPN FC
Week 25 in Major League Soccer saw New York City travel to Los Angeles for its marquee match-up with the Galaxy, Didier Drogba make his debut, the Quakes rejoin the playoff picture and Columbus put on a show vs. Sporting KC.
Godoy the spark plug behind San Jose Earthquakes’ surge – Goal
Anibal Godoy hasn’t had much time to settle in with the San Jose Earthquakes. The good news? It turns out a trial by fire suits him just fine. The Panamanian hadn’t even practiced with his new teammates before starting against the Colorado Rapids on Aug. 14. Time for training was limited last week as San Jose went on a daunting cross-country road trip to face Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United, a pair of Supporters’ Shield contenders.
Yallop supportive of Maloney ahead of Fire departure – SBI
The Fire are currently in the process of trying to finalize a move for Maloney to Hull City after the Designated Player requested that he be allowed to head back to England to be closer to his family. While nothing is official yet, Chicago anticipates a transfer to be completed before the end of the European summer transfer window.
Philadelphia Union part ways with goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi by mutual consent – MLS
The Philadelphia Union announced on Monday that the club has terminated the contract of goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi by mutual consent. The Algerian international did not take long to settle at a new home, signing on with Turkish side Antalyaspor – home of Cameroonian star Samuel Eto’o – on the same day.
Jurgen Klinsmann hoping clubs release all USMNT players during busy October – SBI
Two separate U.S. Men’s National Teams will be in action almost simultaneously in little over a month, as the full team tries to qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup and the Under-23 team attempts to punch its ticket to the 2016 Olympics. Jurgen Klinsmann’s group will be involved in a playoff with arch-rival Mexico on Oct. 10 to determine if it gets to travel to Russia in two years’ time while Andi Herzog’s side can only make it to Brazil next summer if it successfully navigates through a qualifying campaign that stretches from Oct. 1-13.
Tottenham’s DeAndre Yedlin draws loan interest from England, Spain and across Europe – MLS
At least a half-dozen clubs spread around England, Spain, and the rest of Europe are eager to snare seldom-used Tottenham flank threat DeAndre Yedlin on loan before the September 1st transfer deadline, MLSsoccer.com has learned.
WFC2 & USL NEWS
Louisville City FC Being Courted By Another Town, Franchise Chairman Says – WFPL
Louisville City FC Chairman Wayne Estopinal said in an interview Monday that another city is courting the franchise, which is in the final stretch of its inaugural season in Louisville. “I don’t think that’s in the best interest of anybody right now,” Estopinal said of relocation. But he said he isn’t dismissing the option.
Austin Aztex Stadium Crisis? – Reckless Challenge
The Austin Aztex have made public that pressure is mounting for a permanent stadium solution prior to the 2016 USL season. Currently displaced from their original home field, the centrally located House Park, their final remaining USL league home match at their temporary suburban location is slated for September 5th. After historic Memorial Day flooding left House Park unfit, the move to Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex was the easiest and best solution for a new venue. While it was not perfect, it was a shrewd stop-gap as it was already the training ground for the team and provided some familiarity.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Christine Sinclair’s ankle injury ‘doesn’t look good’: Thorns coach Paul Riley – Oregon Live
The Canada international and Thorns fan favorite drew a foul in the box in the 87th minute when Sky Blue goalkeeper Brittany Cameron came out to challenge. Sinclair, who played in college at University of Portland, had to be helped off the field, not putting any weight on her left leg.
Dolo’s desire – St. John’s Telegram
Emmanuel Dolo returned to St. John’s this summer to play with the Feildians Athletic Association and work for the organizations academy program, but this fall the 16-year-old will join the Ottawa Fury FC Junior Academy team in the nations’ capital.
KW United finds success, is Canada ready for next step? – Red Nation Online
Through an extremely busy summer of soccer in Canada, as well as Southern Ontario, it would not be surprising if most people were unaware that K-W United won the PDL championship in the fourth highest tier of soccer in North America. K-W United beat the NY Red Bulls U-23 side 4-3 in the final.
Looking back on the Ontario Cup – The Northern Most Winners – OSA
The Ontario Cup is in its 100th year of competition. To mark the occasion, the Ontario Soccer Association is running stories throughout the summer of interesting clubs, teams and events that have happened throughout the Ontario Cup’s colourful history. The latest installment looks at how the Great Depression impacted one Ontario Cup win.
Nunavut, Nunavik elders converge in Iqaluit for friendly soccer match – CBC
Attendees at an elders’ conference in Iqaluit held a seniors’ soccer match Wednesday using a sealskin ball. Elders from Nunavut competed against elders from Nunavik.
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT NEWS
US Soccer announces two new major youth development initiatives – MLS
U.S. Soccer announced a pair of major initiatives in youth development on Monday, changing the birth-year registration calendars from an August-May format to January-December and mandating new small-sided game participation and field size standards based on age groups. Both initiatives will be fully mandated by August 2017.
Moneyball 2.0: Keeping players healthy – Washington Post
Pro and college sports teams are using advanced statistics to prevent and manage injuries — and predict them.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Star names shine for frontrunners – FIFA
Seattle Reign and Rosengard are sitting pretty at the top of the league table in USA and Sweden respectively, thanks to the goalscoring form of their star attackers. FIFA.com looks at the latest news from both those countries, plus updates from England, and also Norway where another goalscorer secured all the glory.
NCAA Weekly: Rough starts for Tennessee, UCLA – The Equalizer
The 2015 college season is finally underway! With over 330 teams playing in Division 1, it’s impossible to recap everything but here’s some top news and notes from the week that was.
FC Kansas City make the playoffs for third straight year – Blue Testament
With FC Kansas City’s win on Saturday and other results around the NWSL, the defending champion Blues qualified for the playoffs for the third straight year. The Chicago Red Stars earned their first playoff appearance over the weekend as well. The Seattle Reign had already secured a playoff spot and will finish on top of the table.
WSL 1: Birmingham City and Bristol in relegation ‘dogfight’ – BBC Sport
Birmingham City boss David Parker has called it a “doomsday scenario” and Bristol Academy manager Willie Kirk says the Vixens are determined to take the relegation fight to the final day.
Fury FC Host the Madrid Magician and the Cosmos – Ottawa Fury FC
The New York Cosmos brand holds legendary status. The on-field success from the NASL Golden Era has entrenched the Cosmos brand globally which is also a result from the marquee talent that led them to that success. Pelé, Franz Beckbenauer, Carlos Alberto and Giorgio Chinaglia are just a few names that raised the profile of the sport in North America and the league itself.
Labor group pushes for Cosmos stadium resolution – SBI
For nearly three years, the New York Cosmos have been left waiting for a resolution to their stadium proposal, and it appears that state labor groups are becoming equally impatient. Mario Cilento, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, has urged Empire State Development president Howard Zemsky to get cracking on the Cosmos’ Belmont stadium proposal sooner rather than later.
Puerto Rico Football Club Announces Head Coach And Technical Director – NASL
Puerto Rico Football Club owner Carmelo Anthony, who stars for the NBA’s New York Knicks, announced Monday the appointment of Adrian Whitbread as the club’s head coach and Neil Sillett as the team’s technical director. Puerto Rico FC is scheduled to begin its first season in the league, playing its home matches at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón, during the 2016 Fall Season.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Preview: Tuesday’s Champions League play-offs – UEFA
Hear from the coaches, check out the facts and remind yourself what happened in last week’s first legs as ten teams look to book group stage places on Tuesday.
UEFA clears Olympiakos for Champions League after sports court rules in match-fixing case – Canada.com
UEFA says Olympiakos will enter the Champions League groups draw on Thursday despite match-fixing allegations after sport’s highest court rejected an appeal by Panathinaikos.
Extradition deadlines loom for FIFA’s ‘dirty’ half dozen – Inside World Football
A spokesperson for the Swiss Justice Ministry has confirmed a ruling will be made next month on the extradition requests filed by the US against the FIFA officials accused of corruption currently in Switzerland, whilst the lawyer for Nicolas Leoz, the former head of CONMEBOL, has applied to a Paraguayan judge for the extradition request filed against him to be rejected.
Football transfer rumours: Manchester United ready to seal £240m Neymar? – The Guardian
Brazil’s GloboEsporte reckons United have already offered the £140m required to spring Neymar from the Camp Nou and you can stick another £100m on that in tax, wages and add-ons.
Mario Balotelli: Liverpool striker completes medical at AC Milan – BBC Sport
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has completed a medical at AC Milan before returning to the Italian club on a one-season loan deal.
Borussia Dortmund score four again, Van Persie & Djourou – BBC Sport
With La Liga and Serie A getting under way this weekend, some of the other interesting stories from across Europe might have gone under the radar.
FIFA, here we go again: Reform chief Carrard talks Blatter-style nonsense – ESPN FC
The man charged with leading with FIFA’s reform task force (he was appointed earlier in August) is a 77-year-old Swiss lawyer who spent 14 years as director general of the International Olympic Committee. He’s also a guy who, in 2015, believes that football in the United States — the FIFA kind — is “just an ethnic sport,” something for “girls to play in schools.” And who thinks it’s a good idea to say as much. In a public, on-the-record interview.
Carrard’s US comments spark protest. Will his bite be worse than his bark? – Inside World Football
Comments made to a weekend newspaper in Switzerland by former Olympics guru Francois Carrard and head of FIFA’s newly formed Reform Committee have questioned the role and motivation of the US, but other statements will not have endeared him to the growing US soccer community.
Russia reverses recent cuts to WC budget – TSN
The Russian government proposed a 2-per cent increase to its budget for the 2018 World Cup on Monday, reversing a trend of repeated cuts this year. A document written by the Sports Ministry and published on a Russian government database Monday envisages an increase of 12.5 billion rubles ($175 million), taking the budget to 643.8 billion rubles ($9 billion).