BC Soccer News Tuesday, June 9, 2015

DAY 4 – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

FRANCE vs. ENGLAND  – 10:00 am

COLOMBIA vs. MEXICO – 1:00 pm

MONCTON STADIUM, MONCTON

SPAIN vs. COSTA RICA – 1:00pm

BRAZIL vs. SOUTH KOREA – 4:00 pm

OLYMPIC STADIUM, MONTREAL

Big guns open with victories, Africans shine in the sunFIFA
An action-packed, goal-filled matchday three saw wins for both 2011 finalists, while Africa’s two teams in action enjoyed strong showings. USA started their campaign amid strong cross-border support and the Stars and Stripes were forced to work overtime before prevailing 3-1 against Australia, thanks to an inspired two-goal showing from Megan Rapinoe. Holders Japan were less impressive in edging a 1-0 win over new faces Switzerland.

Holders Japan survive Swiss test in VancouverFIFA
Japan began the defence of their FIFA Women’s World Cup™ crown with a hard-fought 1-0 win over debutants Switzerland in Vancouver. Aya Miyama’s first-half penalty gave Norio Sasaki’s side a deserved lead, but Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s team, inspired by the brilliant Ramona Bachmann, gave their illustrious opponents unforeseen problems after the break.

Moments of class separate USA from Australia in Women’s World Cup winSI.com
Megan Rapinoe wasn’t on all the magazine covers entering the Women’s World Cup. She’ll never be the first U.S. player that opposing teams prepare to stop. She freely admits she shoots too much, and sometimes she tries stuff on the field that makes her coaches crazy. At one point on Monday she drove into the box and misfired so badly that it was almost a whiff.

Dynamic Rapinoe And Reliable Solo Lead The Way As USA Grind Australia Down At Women’s World CupForbes.com
The USA started its quest to win the Women’s World Cup with a 3-1 win over Australia. It was a convincing score line but it was a less than convincing display especially in the first 45 minutes.

Even on off day, US shows why it will contendThe Equalizer
Monday’s 3-1 victory over Australia was hardly the United States’ best performance. It wasn’t anywhere close. And while the Americans weren’t anywhere near their worst, either, their ability to grind out a result and adjust mid-match is a quality they’ll need over the course of the tournament.

Cameroon blasts Ecuador in battle of debutantesThe Equalizer
Cameroon and Ecuador authored very different openings to their World Cup histories as Cameroon routed Ecuador 6-0 on Monday afternoon at BC Place in Vancouver

Sinclair remains talisman of Herdman’s CanadaTSN
Canada coach John Herdman said he celebrated the award of Saturday’s stoppage time penalty against China as though his team had scored a goal. That’s how certain he was that Christine Sinclair would not miss from the spot. Goalkeeper Erin McLeod echoed those sentiments.

MLS

D.C. United, District reach final terms on stadium dealWashingtom Post
District Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and D.C. United’s owners have finalized a stadium development deal to keep the team in D.C. provided that the District government secures the needed land by Sept. 30, according to multiple officials involved in negotiations

Jozy Altidore makes successful early return from hamstring injurySBI
When Jozy Altidore left the field clutching his hamstring on May 16, Toronto FC fans—and USA fans—must have thought they were experiencing déjà vu.

BC SOCCER

PCSL PHOTO GALLERY: FC TIGERS 0 VICTORIA HIGHLANDERS 4, JUNE 6 2015BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes

Vikes soccer to kick-off 2015-16 season against T-Birds Univ. of Victoria
The Vikes men will open their regular season on the road as they take on mainland rivals UBC on Sept. 5 at Thunderbirds Stadium. This match will be the lone game of the weekend as the first complete weekend of Canada West conference play for both the men and women is slated for September 11-13.

FIFA CORRUPTION CRISIS

How The FIFA Busts Reach The Heart Of NASLDeadspin
When authorities barged into Zurich and snatched up nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives, and Sepp Blatter followed up with his resignation, the world rejoiced. But just because justice is seemingly—finally—being visited upon those who deserved it, there are still victims, and the North American Soccer League is one of them.

Obama: Fans want to ensure FIFA has integrity Sportsnet
Obama weighed in on the FIFA corruption scandal during a visit to Germany. He says in conversations with people in Europe, he’s heard concerns about the importance of FIFA operating with transparency and accountability.

WORLD OF SOCCER

Juventus confirms Khedira swoopGoal
Juventus has confirmed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira on a four-year contract.

FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP: Four-goal Mervo revelling in new roleFIFA
The smiling front man has taken everyone by surprise with his effectiveness in front of goal, not least himself, having struck four times so far in the competition, a statistic that should leave no one in any doubt that Hungary possess a No9 that can help them revive memories of their glorious past.

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