BC Soccer News, Wednesday, August 12, 2015








Canadian Championship: The amazing story behind the fan-created trophy awarded to Canada’s bestMLS
That Champions League berth may dominate the headlines surrounding the games, but it is the Voyageurs Cup – which predates the Canadian Championship tournament and even MLS’s arrival in Canada – that carries with it the weight of years of shared history between the two clubs. The cup also carries the name of the Canadian national team’s supporters’ group that created, paid for and still owns the trophy to this day.

Montreal Impact vs. Vancouver Whitecaps | Amway Canadian Championship Match PreviewMLS
‘Let’s Make History,’ the Montreal Impact’s tagline as they reached the CONCACAF Champions League Finals in April, will apply again this week. The Impact will host the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final on Wednesday. The prize, should Montreal win? A record-tying fourth tournament title and another CCL berth.

Montreal Impact vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: ‘Caps hope to build first leg Canadian Championship lead Goal
After a deflating loss over the weekend against D.C. United in MLS play, the Montreal Impact have to quickly shift their focus to another competition that sees the Vancouver Whitecaps in town for a visit.

Whitecaps face Impact in first leg of ACC finalEighty-Six Forever
It’s very difficult not to be excited about where the Caps are right now. Emphatic wins over San Jose, Seattle, and RSL have put the team in great stead for a season-defining August. There’s the opportunity to translate this fine run of form into some silverware, with the Voyageurs Cup on the line over two legs with the Montreal Impact. Capturing the trophy could be the confidence boost needed in order for Vancouver to remain in the Supporters’ Shield race down the stretch.

Amway Canadian Championship: The full list of Voyageurs Cup winners since its inception MLS
From 2002 to 2007 the Cup was awarded to the team who had the best record against the other Canadian teams in the USL First Division. Check out a complete list of the trophy’s winners since its inception in 2002.

Whitecaps having a go at reversing Voyageurs funkVancouver Sun
The Vancouver Whitecaps are the reigning two-time champions of Cascadia, but they’ve never been the champions of Canada. They are north-south winners, but east-west losers. They own the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers, but when Great White North bragging rights are on the line, they can’t solve the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC.

Impact, Whitecaps each have reasons to want Amway Canadian Championship Canada.com
The Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps have different reasons for wanting to win the Amway Canadian Championship, and the Voyageurs Cup that goes with it.

History lesson: Chronicling Vancouver’s Canadian Championship heartbreakWhitecaps 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.

New Montreal winger Johan Venegas could have impact The Province
Didier Drogba has stolen the headlines but Johan Venegas could be the key to Montreal’s success in this Voyageurs Cup. The Costa Rican winger, who transferred — rather quietly — to the Impact from Alajuelense a week ago, showed his creativity in Montreal’s 1-0 loss to D.C. United last weekend.

Impact’s Mapp set to return after lengthy layoffSportsnet
Mapp, 30, suffered a dislocated and fractured shoulder in the Montreal Impact’s Major League Soccer season-opening loss on March 7 when he fell over D.C. United’s Bill Hamid and Chris Korb while running onto a pass from teammate Eric Alexander.

Not going to Whitecaps games? You’re missing out24 Hours
Have you bought into the hype of the so-called “best sporting atmosphere in Vancouver” yet? If you haven’t, you’re missing something special. More importantly, you’re missing something fun.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Real Salt Lake | US Open Cup Match PreviewMLS
Kansas City and RSL have already faced off three times this season, with the Claret and Cobalt prevailing two times and drawing the third against their Western Conference rivals. And it’s the first knockout match between the two teams since they faced off for the 2013 MLS Cup, with Sporting taking the title after a memorable 10-round shootout.

Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire | US Open Cup Match Preview MLS
Although the Union have struggled in MLS play this season, they’ve found a whole lot of magic in the US Open Cup, winning two games while being down a man and surviving two shootouts en route to the semifinals.

Real Salt Lake had a bad Saturday, to say the least The Spectrum
Three-quarters through a whirlwind travel marathon, one that has seen Real Salt Lake post a 1-2-0 mark and get outscored 10-5, you could argue that it looks pretty bleak.

D.C. United, N.Y. City FC show it’s not what you spend, it’s how you spendWashington Post
Shortly before kickoff Thursday, when they walk side by side onto Yankee Stadium’s converted soccer field, D.C. United and New York City FC starters will symbolize the stark philosophical and economic differences between MLS organizations.

“The Rapids Way” can be pronounced deadBurgundy Wave
Remember the promises we were given after the 2013 season? Bury ’em, because we’ve got all the proof we need that ‘The Rapids Way’ is a dead dream.

Mayor Of St. Paul Hoping To Land Soccer StadiumCBS Minnesota
Back in March it was announced that Major League Soccer would be coming to Minnesota. Just a few months later, however, that plan could be in jeopardy with a stadium site yet to be decided.

LA Galaxy’s USL loans open door for New York Red Bulls and MLSOnce a Metro
You may have missed it, but the LA Galaxy kicked another door down and it’s a pretty significant one. For their match against the Houston Dynamo on July 25th, they loaned three players from their USL reserve squad, Los Dos, to their MLS squad: Dave Romney, Ariel Lassiter, and Daniel Steres. Lassiter and Romney both appeared during the match, with the latter recently signing a contract with the MLS squad.

Tangled Up In Blue 8 by 8 Magazine
Frank Lampard’s move to NYCFC might be a money grab, or one last chance to put some shine on his legacy.

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Marco Bustos named to USL Team of the Week for second straight weekWhitecaps FC
Add another honour to Marco Bustos’ fast-growing list of accomplishments. The USL announced the Team of the Week for Week 21 on Tuesday and for the second consecutive time, the Winnipeg-born midfielder is among the league’s brightest stars.

Report: FC Cincinnati to join USL in 2016, hire Harkes as head coachSBI
After months of rumors, professional soccer looks set to be returning to Cincinnati. Calling themselves FC Cincinnati, the club released a promotional trailer on Youtube on Tuesday morning, with the team allegedly set to join USL and have former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder John Harkes as the team’s head coach. Cincinnati’s NPR station, WVXU, was the first to report the story on Tuesday.

Rob Valentino Named Assistant Coach of Orlando City’s USL Team Orlando City SC
Orlando City SC today announced the return of former Lions stalwart Rob Valentino, naming him assistant coach of the Club’s USL franchise, set to begin play in 2016. The former City captain will join the technical staff along with Anthony Pulis, who was recently named head coach of the team.


Alan Alderson named London Youth Academy Centre head coachWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that Alan Alderson has been named head coach for the club’s recently launched London Youth Academy Centre, a partnership with the Elgin Middlesex Soccer Association (EMSA).

Alderson surfaces in OntarioPrince George Citizen
Alan Alderson is trading in the mountain ranges of northern B.C. for the Great Lakes region of southern Ontario. Alderson, who announced last month he was leaving the head coach position of the UNBC men’s soccer squad for a yet-to-be revealed destination, was introduced Tuesday as head coach for the London Youth Academy Centre.

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Canada’s Montagliani joins FIFA reform task force leb by IOC veteran CarrardCanada.com
Canada Soccer president Victor Montagliani is joining Francois Carrard’s FIFA reform task force. Carrard, who helped oversee cleaning up the IOC after the Salt Lake City bidding scandal, will chair a group leading reforms of soccer’s corruption-hit governing body and Montagliani is one of 12 officials that have been picked by the six soccer continental confederations, plus two chosen by World Cup sponsors.

Canada Soccer President Victor Montagliani appointed to FIFA 2016 Reform CommitteeCSA
“The world of football is changing, and I look forward to being part of that change at FIFA,” said Montagliani. “Football fans have made it clear that comprehensive reform is required at every level of the game. It is now our responsibility to put the proper structures in place to promote transparency and good governance.”

Some old, some new, some borrowed… no it’s not a wedding, it’s Carrard’s reform cabal Inside World Football
Francois Carrard, former director-general of the International Olympic Committee, has been confirmed by FIFA as the independent head of its much-trumpeted Reform Task Force set up in the wake of the worst corruption crisis to hit the organisation in its 111-year history.

VIDEO: Canada’s forgotten hero George PakosTSN
He scored two of the most significant goals in Canadian soccer history. If he had scored them with a hockey stick, he would be a household name across the country. But he scored them with his feet, and has largely been forgotten. Rod Smith shares the incredible story of George Pakos.

VIDEO: Meet the OSA – Gary Miller and the Vision for the OPDLOSA
Gary Miller, the OSA Technical Director, speaks about his decision to return to the OSA, how OPDL was formed and the vision for the OPDL’s future.

The “You need to be big and strong to play in this league” myth Red Nation Online
The problem with this line of thinking when it comes to youth development and professional soccer is that it is a complete fallacy. Of course, muscular strength and power, particularly leg strength and power, plays a role in soccer players’ performance, and numerous studies have demonstrated that higher level soccer players have greater lower body strength than lower level soccer players.  But muscular “size” and, to a lesser extent, muscular strength, is not the best measuring stick for predicting the physical performance of a professional soccer player.

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Home again, Washington Spirit looks to rebound from road defeatWashington Post
Western New York Flash visits Maryland SoccerPlex for key National Women’s Soccer League match Wednesday night.

Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the media for Week 17 of the 2015 NWSL season.

The Lowdown: NWSL playoff races tightenThe Equalizer
Just when it looked like the final month of the NWSL season might be quiet in terms of which teams will be in and out of the playoffs, the race got tighter than an outgrown sneaker.  The teams that entered last weekend in the second, third, and fourth positions all lost (the first place team, the Reign, did not play).  That meant wins for the teams sitting fifth, eighth, and ninth.  And the other winner, FC Kansas City, jumped from sixth to fourth thanks to a lopsided win over the Flash that changed the goal difference tiebreaker against the Thorns.

Women’s NCAA College Soccer: First preseason polls are outSoccer America
The first preseason conference polls are out. Stanford is the heavy favorite in the Pac-12, while Florida was the strong choice of coaches in the SEC.

China’s Han Peng inspired by World Cup experienceFIFA
In a sense, Han Peng’s emergence at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ was unexpected. After all, this is a name that few Chinese fans were familiar with before their opener against the hosts. However, after the Steel Roses’ run to the quarter-finals, many global viewers would have been impressed by the eye-catching performances of the China PR No18.


Cosmos continue to focus on signing, developing young starsSBI
Since the start of 2015, the New York Cosmos have turned a major eye towards finding the game’s future stars, and that search is beginning to pay off. On one hand, the Cosmos have made major splashes in signing two established U.S. youth internationals while, on the other, the club’s creation of a reserve team has paid immediate dividends in the form of a championship victory.

MIAMI FC Unveils Official Badge and Seal Miami FC
Miami Football Club (MIAMI FC), Miami’s sole professional soccer team, is pleased to debut the official look of the much awaited NASL soccer club. The badge and shield were designed to reflect Miami’s unique culture. International entrepreneur Riccardo Silva and world-renowned soccer superstar Paolo Maldini have teamed up as co-owners to launch MIAMI FC and bring Miami’s professional soccer to the world stage.

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Barcelona shed summer fatigue to win UEFA Super Cup in impressive fashionESPN FC
There were nine goals and almost twice as many conclusions to be drawn from this match which gave FC Barcelona their fourth title in less than three months.

Mexico’s search for a manager continues without much clarityESPN FC
Two weeks on from the announcement of Miguel Herrera’s dismissal as Mexico coach, it appears we aren’t any closer to a definitive answer as to who will take over. The panorama seems even more complicated now, although the Mexican football federation (FMF) has remained stoically silent.

Low: Bayern not guaranteed the titleGoal
Germany coach Joachim Low believes Bayern Munich will face a sterner test to claim a fourth successive Bundesliga title this season. Pep Guardiola’s side secured the 2014-15 championship by 10 points from Wolfsburg, and enjoyed winning margins of 19 and 25 points in the previous two campaigns.

Football Association announces extra £60m investment in grassrootsThe Guardian
With the number of English players in the top flight falling, the FA has increased its 2015-2019 funding for grassroots football – part of its National Game Strategy for Participation and Development – by £60m on the previous four-year period.

Against Modern Football: Q&A With Author Jim KeoghanPaste Soccer
Whether it’s the Glazer family and Manchester United, Vincent Tan and Cardiff City, or the Oyston family and Blackpool, English clubs have served as both battleground and prize in an ongoing clash between moneymen and fans. The perception, for the most part, is that the owners hold all the cards. They have the money, they have the legal paperwork that names them as rightful property owners, and supporter culture is such that fans can’t just take their business elsewhere. Yet club supporters are not entirely without recourse.

Swedish referee Mohammed al-Hakim’s online honesty runs risk of backfiring The Guardian
Everyone knows referees make mistakes but is it a good idea if they hold their hands up afterwards and admit them? That is the sort of scenario taking shape in Sweden, where a leading official has launched a Facebook page to explain his decisions, accept responsibility for some of the bad ones, and open up a dialogue with fans in order to, as he puts it, “increase the accessibility in the football family”.

Qatar set to finalise its 2022 stadium build planInside World Football
Qatar hopes to finally reveal how many stadiums it will use in total for the 2022 World Cup by the end of this year.

Expats’ Love for the Game Helps Them Rebuild Their Lives After Katrina NY Times
If there is true addiction toward men’s soccer in the United States, it is probably strongest among the ex-patriate community. That strength is manifested in New Orleans, La., where Finn McCool’s FC is preparing to play a match that is as much a celebration of life as it is of the sport.

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