BC Soccer News, Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Whitecaps FC & MLS

Vancouver Whitecaps: True or False?Vancouver Sun
If there is one thing I have learned during my time on this planet it’s that every seemingly complex problem can successfully be reduced to a simple black or white answer and that grey areas are merely the refuge of an unfocused thought process.

Time for the Whitecaps to take a fineTSN
The diplomatic comments and the concerted effort to avoid criticism towards refereeing decisions against the Whitecaps are starting to wear thin on everyone.  The organization seems to be on the receiving end of one too many beyond excusable judgements.

Why Are The Whitecaps Deflating?Eighty-Six Forever
After being pumped up by early-season results and a time atop the standings, the Vancouver Whitecaps have been knocked off of their perch and into an unsteady decline.

Refs and foul weather undo Whitecaps in ColoradoWhitecaps Fan Blog
Oh, how sad the refereeing is in Major League Soccer. We tune in or pay to see to see a professional match which gets spoiled by refereeing not worthy of a kids game. This most recent decision was so bad that MLS initially decided it was too ripe to put on the hi-light reel even though it was the crucial play in the match. The replay of the incident was added later after the outcry which followed.

The Good, The Average and The Bad: Mile High Screw Job EditionAFTN
The difference between the ‘Caps getting three, one or no points, was the difference between a referee making a right call or not. There were a lot of other factors to look at too, formations and tactics being just two. All in all it was a disappointing trip.

100 Goals … WowWondo’s World (A blog by Chris Wondolowski’s Father)
Chris Wondolowski scored his 100th goal in Major League Soccer yesterday and it made his father tremendously proud.  The thing about a Penalty Kick, when your son is taking the Penalty Kick, is that there is a short process … but a long enough process to make a dad completely nervous and crazy.  When Jordan Stewart earned the penalty, I promised myself that I would not jump out of my seat and thrust both arms into the air if Chris scored (basically I promised myself that I would not make a fool of myself).  That promise went into the category labeled unfulfilled unfortunately.

Why Isn’t Canada’s Biggest Professional Soccer Team Supporting the Local Soccer Community?Vice Sports
In their ninth season at the $120-million upgraded BMO Field, the frustrations of Toronto’s youth soccer community over the lack of partnerships between its clubs and the Reds is evident.

Report: Chelsea Legend Didier Drogba Seeks Deal With NYCFCCBS New York
It is believed that Drogba would like to play for NYCFC, The Telegraph reported, though it was not immediately known if the MLS expansion team had made an offer. NYCFC is no stranger to international stars as it already has former Barcelona striker David Villa and is expected to get Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard next month.

MLS Week 12: Hoping Miami FC Gets MLS MovingNorthern Pitch
Obviously, the NASL announcement makes MLS look pretty dumb. The country’s largest league suddenly looks incompetent, even next to a group that has had two expansion franchises mysteriously disappear in the past several years. But it’s also a reminder to MLS that, more than twenty years on from the formation of the league, merely continuing to exist is no longer an event for self-congratulation.

MLS PRO Referee Assignments – Week 13 – PRO Referees
Jair Marrufo is the referee for the Vancouver Whitecaps – Real Salt Lake match Saturday.

Official MLS Highlights Restores Disallowed Morales Goal from Colorado – Vancouver MatchMLS & BC Soccer Web
(Editor’s Note) – On Saturday, Pedro Morales appeared to score the equalizer vs. Colorado with a spectacular free kick in the 82nd minute on Saturday. However, it was disallowed due to a controversial call by the official. We, along with others, reported yesterday that MLS had removed the major talking point of the match from its official highlights. It has since been restored. MLS has not commented on the matter.

Women’s World Cup 2015

Canada survives Nigeria, but Herdman not happySportsnet
High winds and a physical Nigerian opponent made for a tough afternoon for Canada as the two teams played to a hard-nosed 0-0 tie in a pre-World Cup training match Monday.

Canada keeps faith with Diana MathesonMetro
The first group game has already been ruled out for Diana Matheson but the influential midfielder is still part of Canada’s World Cup plans.

BC Soccer

Vancouver park board postpones plans for $450K public art at Empire FieldsMetro
The Non-Partisan Association-dominated board hesitated to approve the not-so-subtle piece, which might include a slide, because the public wasn’t consulted. At its meeting Monday night, the board referred its decision on “Home and Away” until the public gets more information at the park’s July 18th opening event.

PCSL PHOTO GALLERY:Khalsa SC vs. Mid Isle Mariners May 24, 2015 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes

Player Development

2015 A License Coaching Course dates announcedCSA
Canada Soccer is pleased to announce the dates and location of its 2015 A License Coaching Course. Coaches working at the Train to Train and Training to Compete Development stages or higher, who meet the prerequisites below, are encouraged to apply.

Whitecaps FC Residency wrap-up successful weekend versus California rivalsWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency completed a busy weekend in Bellingham, Washington with the U-18 and U-16 squads each winning both of their matches against Chivas USA and LA Galaxy academy teams.

Motivating Young Soccer Players – Why Inspiration is KeyCoach Atkins
One of the questions that came out of my last article was “How do you teach young players to self teach” or “take responsibility for their own learning?” Coaches, if nothing else, should be inspiring their players and fostering a love of the game within every player they come into contact with.

World of Soccer

Real Madrid sack Carlo Ancelotti; Rafael Benitez tipped to take over BBC Sport
Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked as manager of Real Madrid after two seasons in charge of the Spanish club. The Italian, 55, led Real to victory in the Spanish Cup before claiming the club’s 10th European Cup last season.

Does Florentino Perez have too much power as Real Madrid president?ESPN
Florentino will be judged initially on his choice to replace Ancelotti, whether it’s Rafa Benitez, Sevilla’s Unai Emery (whose stock has risen of late) or somebody else. Later on, he’ll be judged on how Ancelotti’s successor performs. Simple as that.

West Ham are taking a big gamble by getting rid of Big SamThe Guardian
Only the most blinkered of Sam Allardyce’s critics could argue that he has not nursed West Ham back to health. They were promoted via the play-offs in his first season and have finished comfortably in mid-table in the past three seasons. People have short memories. West Ham are unrecognisable now from the flimsy, beige pushovers that Allardyce inherited.

Norwich secure £120m windfall with promotion to Premier LeagueThe Independent
Early goals from Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond see Norwich make swift return to the top flight.

Report: Illegal offer made in FIFA presidential electionSportsnet
Prince Ali bin al-Hussein’s FIFA election team says it rejected a potentially illegal offer to help him oust President Sepp Blatter in Friday’s election and informed law enforcement agencies about the approach.

Hernán Crespo on Istanbul 2005: ‘Some team-mates were crying. I was in shock’The Guardian
The former Milan forward, who scored two goals in the Champions League final of 10 years ago but still ended up on the losing side against Liverpool, talks about destiny, Jerzy Dudek and his admiration for Steven Gerrard.

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