BC Soccer News, Tuesday, June 23, 2015

DAY 18 – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

ROUND OF 16

Tuesday, June 23

JAPAN vs. NETHERLANDS – 7:00 pm

BC PLACE, VANCOUVER

PHOTO GALLERY: CANADA 1 SWITZERLAND 0, JUNE 21, 2015 BC Soccer Web
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Bronze, England edge Norway; will play Canada in quartersTSN
Steph Houghton and Lucy Bronze scored second-half goals as England rallied to a 2-1 win over Norway on Monday in the knockout stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. England will face Canada next Saturday at Vancouver’s B.C. Place in the tournament’s quarter-final.

England comeback sinks former champs FIFA
An impressive winner from Lucy Bronze helped England record one of their finest FIFA Women’s World Cup™ victories as 1995 champions Norway saw their ambitions ended despite briefly taking the lead.

Proud Mark Sampson heaps praise on England after comeback World Cup winThe Guardian
An overjoyed Mark Sampson was in jocular mood after his England side reached a significant milestone in their history, posting their first knockout stage victory in any World Cup finals with a 2-1 win over Norway in Ottawa. “Don’t drop it,” the coach said as Karen Bardsley, his goalkeeper, was presented with her much-deserved player of the match award.

Canada to face England at Women’s World CupMetro
Canada’s road to the Women’s World Cup semifinals goes through England. The sixth-ranked Lionesses defeated No. 11 Norway 2-1 in Ottawa on Monday to set up a quarter-final showdown with No. 8 Canada in Vancouver on Saturday. Canada’s all-time record against England is 5-6 although John Herdman’s team also holds a 2-0 win over Great Britain in the quarter-finals of the London Olympics.

Canada’s had recent history vs. England CBC
Canada’s road to the Women’s World Cup semifinals goes through England. The sixth-ranked Lionesses defeated No. 11 Norway 2-1 in Ottawa on Monday to set up a quarter-final showdown with No. 8 Canada in Vancouver on Saturday.

Devos: What’s next for Team Canada?TSN
Canada reached the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup on Sunday after a gritty 1-0 victory over Switzerland at BC Place in Vancouver. Josee Belanger fired a left-footed strike past Swiss goalkeeper Gaelle Thalmann early in the second half to put Canada in front, a lead that she and her teammates resolutely defended for the remainder of the game. When the final whistle blew, the roar inside the stadium was deafening; Canada’s dream would continue.

Can Sinclair pull ‘a Paolo Rossi’ at World Cup?Sportsnet
Enzo Bearzot, if he was alive today, could probably relate to what John Herdman is going through right about now. Italy stumbled and laboured through the group stage of the 1982 World Cup in Spain, earning three draws and barely managed to qualify for the knockout round.

In defence of Christine SinclairTSN
This tournament is attracting Olympic-size television numbers and supporters, but the nation needs to understand that Sinclair is not a high-profile 100-metre runner on an Olympic team. Much of her success depends on the others on this team.

US edges 10-player Colombia, advances to QFsThe Equalizer
Catalina Perez said last week that facing the mighty United States was “a game I played in my head a thousand times,” but the 20-year-old never could have imagined her World Cup debut would end with an ejection. “That wasn’t in the dream,” the Colombian goalkeeper admitted afterward.

USA 2, Colombia 0 | Women’s World Cup Match RecapMLS
The US women’s national team continued their pattern of choppy, disjointed play and briefly gave their underdog opponents hopes of a monumental upset. But in the end their superior talent won out in a 2-0 Women’s World Cup Round of 16 win over Colombia at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton Monday evening.

USA 2-0 Colombia: Americans reach Women’s World Cup quarterfinalsGoal
The final score says the U.S. women’s national team won 2-0 Monday at Commonwealth Stadium. However, it was the upstarts from the 28th-ranked team in the world who earned a different kind of victory — and may be one that points to changes the U.S. will have to consider if it wants to reclaim its reputation as the most powerful team in women’s soccer.

Another second-half surge propels USWNT to World Cup quarterfinalsSBI
Despite seeing a missed penalty kick and a goal ruled offside, the U.S. Women’s National Team produced just enough on the attacking end to book a spot in the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup.

Abby Wambach says teammates ‘purposefully’ given yellow cards by ref USA Today
Abby Wambach controversially suggested that U.S. midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday had been “purposefully” given the yellow cards that will cause them to be banned for the Women’s World Cup quarterfinal.

U.S. forward Wambach sounds off on World Cup refSportsnet
It’ll be interesting to see what action, if any, world soccer’s governing body will take against Wambach after she suggested French referee Stephanie Frappart “purposefully” gave two of her teammates yellow cards during the Americans’ 2-0 win over Colombia at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Edmonton on Monday evening.

Women’s World Cup: USWNT steamroll plucky Colombia – but is there a Plan B? MLS
On Monday night – just like in all three of their group-stage matches – the Yanks were uninspired going forward, rhythm-less in midfield and generally aggravating to watch if you’re someone who puts a lot of weight into footballing aesthetics. And they still hacked down the plucky Cinderellas from Colombia in a 2-0 win that was effectively stitched up with half an hour still to play.

Colombia players see WWC as agent for social changeThe Equalizer
“I see it changing a lot,” Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez said. “In the past few years it has been very difficult. It’s been something that wasn’t seen too much, but I feel like we’re opening a new path for that, for all of soccer to grow in Colombia. I feel like it is more than just a game to us. I feel like we can really be the generation that makes soccer acceptable and bring a lot of opportunities to Colombian girls.”

Martens keen to keep making historyFIFA
“Our first World Cup is already a success and we shouldn’t be ashamed if we lose to Japan,” says  Lieke Martens, although she is far from resigned to defeat. “We still have goals we want to achieve and we want to go even further.”

Dutch starlet Vivianne Miedema hoping to shock the World Champions and be an inspiration to young girls back homeAFTN
“I felt a lot of pressure the first games from my home country,” she told reporters at training on Friday. “Not that much from FIFA or whatever. It’s exciting for us to play. We know that we can play way more tournaments after this, so we’re just here to learn and get the experience but also to get the good result.”

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WHITECAPS & MLS

A Win is a Win, But Boy Was That Ugly  – Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps have won two tough road matches in a row, and sit tied with the Seattle Sounders atop the Western Conference Standings. In fact, they’re only two points behind DC United for first place overall. However, it’s tough to determine whether this club truly belongs there, if they can be counted among the upper echelon of MLS teams after performances like the one over the weekend.

A day before Father’s Day, Kianz Froese scoring Whitecaps’ winning goal meant so much more than victory The Province
When Kianz Froese scored his first professional goal for the Whitecaps on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena, the proudest man in Canada was sitting at the Shark Club in downtown Winnipeg.

New York Red Bulls set to rotate lineup vs. RSL as losing skid lengthens: “We have to stop the bleeding”MLS
Through the majority of their five-game winless streak, New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch has insisted that changes weren’t necessary to break out of their funk, but merely a bit of luck. But following a fourth straight loss, his tone appears to have changed.

Andrea Pirlo’s Beautiful GameVice Sports
Pirlo claimed his right to final cut on his career when he reportedly decided to leave Juve for New York City FC, an expansion team in Major League Soccer that currently plays its home games in Yankee Stadium. The signing is expected to become official sometime soon.

Documents outline possible South Boston soccer stadium, rail station Boston.com
What makes the potential South Boston location for a New England Revolution soccer stadium so attractive to the Krafts? The answer’s not a hard one: In large part, it’s access to public transit.

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BC SOCCER

USSDA Playoffs: Whitecaps FC Residency U-18 and U-16 teams set to begin playoff run in IndianaWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency teams begin their quest in the United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) playoffs this week, with both U-18 and U-16 sides qualifying for postseason action. The two sides roll into Westfield, Indiana with high expectations, after both put out strong outings in the regular season.

Residency Week 2015: Whitecaps U18s and U16s get set for USSDA PlayoffsAFTN
Both Vancouver Whitecaps’ U16s and U18s have qualified for the group stages once again and flew down to the Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana at the weekend with high hopes and expectations of advancing to the last eight and the quarter-finals.

How Residency forward Daniel Sagno found peace at Whitecaps FC following a string of family tragediesWhitecaps FC
At the age of five, Daniel Sagno and his family immigrated to Winnipeg from their native Guinea to escape a civil war. And by the age of 14, he had lost both his parents. If you look at Sagno’s birth certificate, it will tell you that he just turned 17 last month. He feels a little older – and you can understand why.

The Province honours Hanson and Pannu as part of B.C.’s best in Head of the ClassUBC
wo UBC Thunderbirds recruits are featured as top student-athletes in their respective sports in The Province newspaper’s annual Head of the Class feature, which appeared on newsstands and online today.

FIFA CORRUPTION CRISIS

Teixeira denies bribes but details vote swapping deal Inside World Football
Former FIFA and Brazilian powerbroker Ricardo Teixeira has spoken openly for the first time about his role in the 2018 and 2022 bid process, describing claims that he took bribes as “nonsense.” Teixeira, who acknowledges he voted for Qatar’s controversial 2022 hosting bid, denied he was paid to do so.

Frozen Bank Accounts Hit Copa America as Messi Seeks VictoryBloomberg
A U.S. probe into global soccer corruption has led to a $45 million shortfall at South America’s Copa America tournament after organizers had their bank accounts frozen.

FIFA Needs a MiracleThe New Yorker
“A lot of FIFA‘s needed reforms are going to be technical, wonky stuff that governance experts like to discuss, but which are not as exciting as F.B.I. raids or Blatter’s resignation,” Roger Pielke, Jr., a political scientist who has studied the soccer organization and its accountability problems, said.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Parma: Bankrupt Italian club set for amateur status in fourth division BBC Sport
Parma are set to begin next season as an amateur club in Italy’s fourth tier after failing to find a buyer to pay off a debt of 22.6m euros (£16.2m). Former baseball player Mike Piazza and businessman Giuseppe Corrado have both ended their interest in the bankrupt club, and no other offers  were made before Monday’s deadline.

Parma: the football club milked for all their worthThe Guardian
It is incredible that a Serie A team could go bankrupt so spectacularly twice in a little over 10 years. But in Italy the incredible has become the commonplace.

Mijatovic: Yugoslavia could have been one of the best FIFA
“We had all we needed to become one of the best teams on the planet, but the war changed everything,” lamented the former Valencia forward. “The teams from the Balkans couldn’t play in competitions for four years. We only played friendlies between 1992 and 1996, and we missed out on a four-year period when we were all on top of our games.”

Catania: Seven arrested in Italy over suspected match-fixingBBC Sport
Catania president Antonino Pulvirenti is one of seven people arrested over suspected match-fixing involving some of the Italian Serie B club’s matches.

Tanzania FF fires Taifa Stars coach NooijTanzania Daily News
THE Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) fired the national team, Taifa Stars, coach Martin Ignatius, popularly known as Mart Nooij, hours after an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to Uganda Cranes in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers.

Copa America host city Santiago declares ‘environmental emergency’ over air pollutionGoal
The Chilean capital is among the most polluted cities in Latin America and rising levels of smog have led to a first ‘environmental emergency’ to be declared in 16 years.

Fatigue is proving Chile’s biggest obstacle to ending its 99-year droughtSoccer Gods
Sampaoli’s Chile may have lost the penalty shootout in a 2014 World Cup round of 16 matchup, but La Roja’s head coach took note of the emotion that consumed his opposition. It influenced his thinking so much so that he floated the idea of Chile doing all its preparation for this summer’s Copa América in Europe, to escape the circus ahead of the competition his team would host.

Petr Cech closes in on Arsenal move after Chelsea reluctantly pave way  – The Guardian
Petr Cech is edging closer to a transfer from Chelsea to Arsenal in a move to be sanctioned reluctantly by the Premier League champions as acknowledgment of his glittering career at Stamford Bridge.

Russia cuts 2018 World Cup budget by £340m amid cost-cutting measures The Guardian
The Russian government has cut the budget for the 2018 World Cup by £340m as part of belt-tightening measures, even though stadium construction projects have reportedly been over cost and behind schedule.

Partick Thistle FC’s new mascot will haunt your dreamsWashington Post
Partick Thistle, a club in Scottish soccer’s top division, has introduced a new mascot and, um … yeah. I have questions, namely: WHAT IS THAT HORRIFYING THING?

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