BC Soccer News, Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

SEATTLE SOUNDERS vs. WHITECAPS FC

CASCADIA CUP

7:00 PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2015

CENTURYLINK FIELD, SEATTLE, WA.

WHITECAPS FC & MLS

MLS All-Star Game needs a change as league evolves and draws more stars Goal
For the past 10 years, the All-Star Game has been a friendly featuring a team of MLS stars against a foreign club, with Wednesday night’s edition featuring Tottenham. As much as the matchup with the English side has some interesting subplots, such as DeAndre Yedlin’s return and Clint Dempsey facing his former team, this year’s match still feels contrived, even by all-star game standards.

Ousted set to take on Tottenham Hotspur at 2015 MLS All-Star Game Whitecaps FC
Ousted and the 2015 MLS All-Star Team are set to take on English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur tonight at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado (6 p.m. PT kickoff on TSN).

Ousted ready to impress as MLS All Star Red Nation Online
David Ousted will represent the Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS All-Star game tonight in Colorado against English Premier League side, Tottenham Hotspur. Since joining the Whitecaps mid-season in 2013, Ousted has worked tirelessly to prove that he is among the top keepers in Major League Soccer.

Why Steve Nash will be watching Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game closely Whitecaps FC
Former NBA star Steve Nash is a lifelong Tottenham fan. He’s also been a part-owner of Vancouver Whitecaps FC since July 2008 in their pre-MLS days.

All-Star: Who is Steve Nash rooting for? Vancouver Whitecaps owner and Tottenham fan takes sidesWhitecaps FC
“My grandparents supported Spurs, my dad, everyone. So it was a long-standing tradition,” Nash told MLSSoccer.com. “We used to go over every year. When we were kids it was still a bit rough, so we waited a little while [before going to games].

As Major League Soccer’s recognition grows in Europe, Tottenham players consider eventual moveMLS
It may be a ways down the road for some, but at least a couple of Tottenham Hotspur players have Major league Soccer on their minds as they make their long-term career plans.

A heart divided: Fans of both MLS, English Premier League teams walk fine line of supportMLS
Scan three rows up into the midfield stands at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park during Wednesday night’s AT&T MLS All-Star Game, and you just might spot Ryan Brashier. He’ll be easy enough to pick out – just look for a burgundy and white Colorado Rapids scarf draped over a Tottenham Hotspur jersey.

Teibert impresses for MLS Homegrowns in penalty shootout loss to Club America U-20 Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Russell Teibert started and played 59 minutes for the MLS Homegrown Team in a penalty shootout loss to Club America U-20 on Tuesday night in Colorado.

Bradley out, Giovinco unlikely for All-StarTSN
Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley will miss the 2015 MLS All-Star Game. Meanwhile, TSN Soccer Analyst Gareth Wheeler added that striker Sebastian Giovinco is also doubtful for the All-Star Game as he recovers from a heel injury.

Homegrown Game: Landon Donovan all smiles after coaching debut, but his future is undecidedMLS
Sure, his roster of MLS Homegrown players fell on penalty kicks in the second annual Chipotle MLS Homegrown game after a back-and-forth 1-1 draw on Tuesday night, but all in all, the experience was a positive one.

Robinson hopes Caps can cope with most crucial month in club’s MLS history – The Province
There are already eight lineups scrawled on the whiteboard in Carl Robinson’s University of B.C. office — one for each big game in August. Not that the Whitecaps coach has any illusions about the complexity of what’s ahead

MLS, Voyageurs Cup should be Whitecaps’ priority 24 Hours
August will test the overall depth and readiness of the squad to face some tough challenges as Vancouver play in Major League Soccer, the final of the Amway Canadian Championship, and CONCACAF Champions League. But which competitions should the ‘Caps focus on?

Sam Adekugbe back from disappointment of injury and hoping first team return “just around the corner”AFTN
After seemingly establishing himself as Carl Robinson’s first choice for the left-back role, 2015 was shaping up to be Sam Adekugbe’s breakthrough season. It still could very well be.

Training report: Rosales injury update, lineup news, and moreWhitecaps FC
Unfortunately for Robinson and the ‘Caps,it appears that Rosales will not be in the equation this weekend due to a groin injury sustained in that match against San Jose. Rosales didn’t train on Tuesday and Robinson said he wasn’t sure the extent of his injury, but that he’d likely be out “one or two weeks minimum.”

Whitecaps’ Mauro Rosales (groin) out for at least ‘a week or two,’ says Robinson Metro
Embarking on their busiest month of 2015, and the biggest game so far this season, it appears the Vancouver Whitecaps could be without midfielder Mauro Rosales for the foreseeable future.

Orlando City finalizing deal with former Real Madrid defender David MateosOrlando Sentinel
The club is finalizing a deal to sign Spanish centerback David Mateos from Ferencvárosi in Hungary, multiple sources confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel.

Orlando City SC Forward Cyle Larin Voted MLS Player of the Week Orlando City SC
Canadian Orlando City SC forward Cyle Larin was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 21 of the 2015 MLS season.

Major League Soccer Gambles On Star Power Of Aging Foreign Players NPR
This strategy of luring high profile stars with huge contracts isn’t unique to MLS, or even to soccer, but since the league instituted a “designated player” rule in 2007 — allowing teams to sign players who don’t count toward the salary cap — it has acquired a certain reputation in some circles.

Landon Donovan reflects on MLS, retirement, U.S. soccer’s futureESPN
Landon Donovan, the coach? While it may be too early to say that the former U.S. legend has found his new calling, Donovan has been named coach for the MLS Homegrown Team for their match against Club America Under-20s on Tuesday, July 28 (9 p.m. ET) as part of the league’s All-Star Game week. We chatted with Donovan about his new role and whether the U.S. is on the right track for player development.

Opinion: Why are the New York Red Bulls being compared to NYC FC?Once a Metro
The New York Red Bulls currently sit at #3 in the Eastern Conference with a 8-6-5 (29 pts) record on the year, and is almost guaranteed a playoff spot for the 6th straight year. So why then are some Red Bull fans comparing the team to New York City FC?

Jock Math: The first half review 24th Minute
As we enter the unofficial second half of the MLS season (it’s closer to the final third, but we like to define seasons as pre and post All Star Games in North America), let’s have a look at how things are shaping up. Not a subjective look – you can get that yourself by looking at the standings and putting your pre-conceived notions of what teams are into the mix.

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BC SOCCER

Harrison Industrial claim President’s Cup soccer trophyKamloops This Week
Harrison Industrial Contracting posted a 2-1 victory over Bold Pizzeria in the Kamloops Men’s Soccer League President’s Cup Tournament final.

Khalsa wins sixth Sheila Anderson trophy New Westminster Record
Khalsa Sporting Club won the PCSL’s Sheila Anderson Memorial Cup for the sixth time in club history following a 1-0 victory over the Victoria Highlanders at Trillium Turf on Sunday.

Mid Isle Mariners go down 2-1 in playoffsNanaimo Daily News
It was a disappointing end to the season for the Mid Isle Mariners, who lost out in their first PCSL playoff game Saturday and failed to advance to the provincial final.

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CANADA

Ontario Soccer Centre fields receive FIFA 2-Star designationOSA
The Ontario Soccer Centre has officially received FIFA 2-Star designation for both its new indoor and outdoor turfs.  The AstroTurf GT is now a FIFA recommended 2-Star quality and is a major improvement over its former aging turf.

FIFA 16 for Xbox One is coming September 22! Pre-Order Now and Save.

NASL

Excitement builds for Eddies second match at Shell PlaceFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton returns to Fort McMurray, Aug. 2 to host the North American Soccer League’s (NASL) first-place squad Ottawa Fury FC. The Eddies found recent success up north, cruising to a 4-0 victory in the most northern professional soccer match ever played in CONCACAF competition. The Fort McMurray setting was unique, with enthusiasm for this weekend’s match building as a result of last visit’s dramatic match.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Mexico manager Miguel Herrera fired following alleged incident with journalistMLS
Days after allegedly punching a journalist at the Philadelphia airport in the aftermath of his team’s Gold Cup title game victory over Jamaica, Mexico manager Miguel Herrera has been fired.

There was more to Miguel Herrera’s firing than just punching a journalistSoccer Gods
On Tuesday, he was fired as Mexico’s coach, leaving the team headless at a particularly challenging time, with the qualifiers just a few months ahead, as well as a crucial match against the United States in October to settle who will represent CONCACAF at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

Copa Libertadores: Tigres, River in touching distance of glory – FIFA
Familiar foes, having already met in the group phase of this year’s Copa Libertadores de America, Mexican club Tigres UANL and Argentina’s River Plate will again go head-to-head in the final. A first in this competition for Tigres, for River this will be their fifth appearance in the title decider – 19 years on from their second and last triumph in the coveted Copa in 1996.

Michel Platini confirms he will run for Fifa president: Uefa president favourite to succeed Sepp Blatter The Independent
The Frenchman said he wants to “to give FIFA back the dignity and the position it deserves”.

Michel Platini wants top Fifa job but Prince Ali is unhappyBBC Sport
Michel Platini has been criticised by a potential Fifa presidential rival, hours after confirming he will stand for world football’s top job.

Jamaica’s Rudy Austin ‘has to leave UK’ under FA’s new work permit rulesThe Guardian
Austin, who spent three seasons at Leeds and turned down a £500,000 move to Wigan in January, will be forced to uproot his family as he no longer qualifies for a work permit under the FA’s new regulations. Under the new rules, a player’s country of origin has to be in world’s top 50.

UEFA Champions League: Monaco and Skënderbeu well set for play-offsUEFA
Monaco and Skënderbeu won by two goals away from home on a night of nine third qualifying round first legs that also yielded victories for APOEL, Panathinaikos and Viktoria Plzeň.

Zimbabwe sanctioned for Olympic qualifying no-showFIFA
The qualifying match for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 that was scheduled for 19 July 2015 between Côte d’Ivoire and Zimbabwe has been declared a 3-0 forfeit victory for Côte d’Ivoire.

Supporter-Owned Soccer Team Fights For Its Future In Nashville Vice Sports
A team like Nashville FC has to dream big. But while club soccer’s rapid growth in the United States makes such an ascent a possibility, Nashville FC’s present is interesting enough. Nashville FC is owned and controlled by its supporters, who vote on every club decision.

Manchester United charge season ticket holders for game with no confirmed date or opponents The Telegraph
United are seeded in the draw for the ties, which will take place on the 18th or 19th of August and 25th or 26th of August, and since every single one of the club’s fans are filthy rich and none of them have any work or personal commitments that may possibly clash with the game, they have had the exact amount that a ticket for the match will cost deducted from their personal collection of money, as per the rules of direct debit.

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