BC Soccer News, Tuesday, July 14, 2015

2015 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

CANADA vs. COSTA RICA

TUESDAY, JULY 14, 5:30 PM (SPORTSNET ONE)

BMO FIELD, TORONTO, ONT.

Canada needs a win against Costa Rica to keep going in Gold Cup tournamentVancouver Sun
Canada is hoping history and home-field advantage will help it survive a little longer in the Gold Cup. A goal or two would help as well.

Canada MNT looks to draw on home support against Costa Rica CSA
Canada’s Men’s National Team will be looking to draw upon strong home support when it faces Costa Rica in its final 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage match on Tuesday evening at Toronto’s BMO Field. Canada is nearly facing a ‘must-win’ scenario to advance from its group to the knock-out stages of the competition following a 0:0 draw against El Salvador and a heartbreaking 1:0 loss to Jamaica in its opening two matches of the confederation championship.

Will BMO Field be the difference for Canada?Red Nation Online
The Gold Cup drought continues for Canada as they are into their third and final match of the group stage, but still alive to advance as they host Costa Rica on Tuesday night. Already two games in with no goals, the Red and White will hopefully get a boost of needed confidence as they have a rare Gold Cup home match at BMO Field.

USMNT overcomes another slow start to tie Panama in group-stage finaleSBI
The U.S. Men’s National Team is making a habit of finding ways to get results despite playing far from its best. The U.S. used a second-half goal from captain Michael Bradley to overcome a drab first half and grab a 1-1 draw with Panama at a hot Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, on Monday night.

Bradley to the rescue for USA in draw with PanamaProst Amerika
Down a goal in the final match of the first stage of the 2015 Gold Cup? No sweat for the United States Men’s National Team. After going behind early, the U.S.A. were able to claw back and earn a 1-1 draw thanks to a second-half goal by Michael Bradley.

Ventura Alvarado and John Brooks shaky in USMNT struggle vs. PanamaESPN FC
For the second time in the Gold Cup group stage, the U.S. men’s national team manager trotted out his first choice back line, albeit one with some youthful elements, and for the second time in succession they failed to inspire much confidence.

Jozy Altidore out of squad, will not play for USMNT in Gold Cup knockout stage NBC Sports
The Toronto FC forward failed to score in the two games he played in against Honduras and Haiti. He was replaced at half time against Haiti by Gyasi Zardes and was an unused substitute in the draw with Panama. Altidore suffered a hamstring injury in May but made a speedy recovery to be fit in time for the Gold Cup campaign, however he appears to be lacking match fitness and that could point to a big reason for his release.

The Concacaf pack catches up: lessons from USA’s Gold Cup group stageThe Guardian
Jürgen Klinsmann’s men have struggled at the start of the tournament, and the smaller teams are catching up fast.

Honduras falls to Haiti, bowing out of Gold CupSBI
Haiti claimed a historic win against Honduras in its final Gold Cup group stage game, as it won, 1-0, thanks to a goal from Duckens Nazon in the 13th minute.

Honduras should make a cultural change Goal
The last team to qualify for the Gold Cup was the first to be eliminated. That wouldn’t be too much of a surprise, except that team is Honduras, one of CONCACAF’s representatives at both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

Gold Cup: With group over, USMNT turn attention to knockout games: “This is what a tournament is about”MLS
The group stage is wrapped up, the loss column filled with a zero, the knockout-round berth secured. This is when the CONCACAF Gold Cup really starts for the United States – on Saturday, in Baltimore, in a quarterfinal match against an opponent still to be determined.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Midseason media roundtable: ‘Caps brass discuss seating capacity, international friendlies, and moreWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC held a midseason media roundtable on Monday afternoon with co-owner Jeff Mallett, president Bob Lenarduzzi, chief operating officer Rachel Lewis, and vice president of soccer operations Greg Anderson providing a number of updates on a wide-range of topics.

Whitecaps set to compete with MLS’ big spenders The Province
Mallett said ownership is open to adding a player this summer if the coaching staff feels it’s the right move, but he said the club won’t make a knee-jerk decision just because other teams are strengthening.

Former Whitecaps Residency striker Dario Zanatta set to join Scottish club Hearts AFTN
After a couple of training stints with IFK Goteborg in Sweden, QPR and Ipswich Town in England and Dundee in Scotland in recent months, Zanatta is set to sign a two year deal with Scottish Premiership side Hearts this week and will become part of their U20 team in the SPFL Development League.

Returning Whitecaps stumble against Kansas CityWhitecaps Fan Blog
The Vancouver Whitecaps road trip was so long I had forgotten the names of the people sitting around me. The one fellow whose name I did remember was Italian football great Carlo Ancelotti. He must have been desperate to see some football but I was a bit embarrassed by what we showed him.

Newcomers David Villa, Kaka join US national team veterans on 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game Fan XIMLS
The first group of MLS stars have been named to the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game after the Fan XI was unveiled on Monday, nearly two weeks before the match against English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, July 29.

Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard selected as Commissioner’s picks for AT&T MLS All-Star GameMLS
Lampard and Gerrard, two of the league’s most recent international star arrivals who both have over 100 caps with England’s national team, recently joined New York City FC and LA Galaxy, respectively, as Designated Players.

Steven Caldwell Announces His Retirement Toronto FC
Steven Caldwell formally announced Tuesday that he is retiring after 17 seasons as a professional football player. Caldwell will transition into his role as Director of Corporate Development with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.

Will Philadelphia Union’s high-school create USA’s next soccer stars?The Guardian
“The idea is: Can we build an American solution to a youth academy model that produces world-class players that are good enough to some day play at PPL Park and that are good enough to some day represent the national team and help us win the World Cup?” Richie Graham said. “It’s a big vision but that’s the idea … It takes time though.”

Red Bulls limit NYCFC supporters’ ticket allotment due to behavioral issuesEmpire of Soccer
Bad behavior will be punished. That is the message from the New York Red Bulls Front Office as they have officially limited New York City FC supporters from their original 1,500 ticket allotment to just 500 seats in the third and final edition of the Hudson River Derby.

U.S. women, Red Bulls and NYCFC create a big weekend for New York City ESPN FC
From a historic U.S. women’s national team victory parade to both local MLS sides hitting four, this was a big weekend for New York soccer.

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NASL

Match Preview: vs. San Antonio ScorpionsFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton will be on the road again this Wednesday, July 15, 6:30 p.m. MT to face San Antonio Scorpions for the second of three North American Fall Season (NASL) matches in ten days.

FCE coach Miller laments injury crisis, blasts NASL schedule-makerthe11.ca
FC Edmonton is hanging back in Fort Lauderdale, the site of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the Strikers, so it can prepare for Wednesday’s match in San Antonio, which is expected to kick off in temperatures well over 30 C.

BC SOCCER

Pacific Challenge Series Kicks-Off July 13BCSA
The BC Soccer Assoc. and the University of British Columbia (UBC) in collaboration with the Canada Soccer Association will proudly host the 2015 Pacific Challenge Series from July 13-19. The Pacific Challenge Series is a competition designed for the Western Province’s (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) high performance U13 and U14 players.

Legacy fund created for women’s soccer in B.C.Richmond Review
The B.C. government has created a $100,000 fund to promote female participation in soccer, to carry on the interest generated by the recent World Cup games that set new attendance records at BC Place stadium.

Sisterhood of travelling jerseys New Westminster Record
Three soccer-playing friends won’t have to say any goodbyes following graduation this year. Mountain United FC teammates Teagan McManus and twins Allyson and Christina Dickson will be closer than ever next season, when they team up for their freshman seasons with the Simon Fraser University varsity women’s soccer team in September.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER

Back to business for World Cup starsFIFA
The Final confetti may still be fluttering in the Vancouver breeze but there has been no rest for many of Canada 2015’s star players, for whom an immediate return to domestic action awaited. In England, Fara Williams netted a brace to lead Liverpool to victory, while Chicago Red Stars and Seattle Reign continue their championship battle in the USA.

More to women’s soccer than just World CupWashington Post
Tiffany Weimer is a forward for the NWSL’s Washington Spirit. A Connecticut native who starred at Penn State, she has also played for clubs in Finland, Brazil, Sweden, Denmark and Canada.

Fran Kirby: Chelsea striker ‘does not know’ her transfer fee BBC Sport
New Chelsea Ladies signing Fran Kirby says she “does not know” how much money the club paid to sign her from Reading. The England striker’s former club said the deal was a British women’s record transfer fee – a claim Chelsea deny.

W-League set for new TV deal to build on Matildas’ World Cup success The Guardian
More double-headers featuring A-League and W-League matches will be a highlight of a new W-League broadcast deal with Fox Sports (Australia) ensuring the upcoming W-League season returns to television after it was dumped by the ABC last season.

Wambach to decide playing future ‘in due time’The Equalizer
Abby Wambach says she hasn’t had time to think about her future amid the whirlwind of promotion the United States women’s national team has received since winning the World Cup last week. Questions about her looming retirement will be answered “in due time,” she said.

Lloyd adds Goal of the Tournament to her haulFIFA
Carli Lloyd thought she had taken everything home with her when she packed her bags at the end of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. Her luggage certainly weighed more than on her arrival, with the addition of a winner’s medal, the adidas Golden Ball for the player of the tournament, the adidas Silver Boot as the second-top scorer and four Live Your Goals Player of the Match awards – one for every step of USA’s triumphant run through the knockout stages.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Study: Rough play is riskier than heading in soccerChicago Tribune
Heading takes the heat in youth soccer, but limiting rough play might be a better way to prevent concussions and other injuries, a nine-year study of U.S. high school games suggests.

Russia coach Capello resigns from national teamSportsnet
Fabio Capello left his post as Russia coach on Tuesday after a poor run of results put the 2018 World Cup hosts in danger of failing to qualify for next year’s European Championship.

Newcastle’s Tiote barred from entering USA over visa issues Goal
The midfielder, who was handed a suspended seven-month jail sentence in 2013 for possession of a fake driving licence, will not go on the preseason tour with Newcastle United.

The final days of Iker Casillas at Real Madrid were very, very strangeSoccer Gods
The image of Iker Casillas sitting alone in the dark press room of the Santiago Bernabéu with tears streaming down his face will live forever in the memory of Real Madrid and its fans. It was a quick, stark and austere act, wildly different from the lavish goodbyes of legends like Xavi and Gerrard.

Real Madrid try to repair Iker Casillas damage – but only make things worseThe Guardian
Two thousand people turned up for Iker Casillas’ second goodbye in 25 hours – but they were mainly interested in heckling Florentino Pérez.

Breakaway World Football Cup Comes to Abkhazia EurAsianNet
Separatist Abkhazia has been picked as the venue for the wannabe and stateless nations’ soccer championship in 2016. The enthusiast group behind the event – the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) that some describe as the anti-FIFA – is on a mission to put unrecognized or less-recognized self-declared countries like Abkhazia “on the world map” to have them share “the joy of international soccer.

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