BC SOCCER WEB WORLD CUP CENTRAL
Every day, we’ll bring you all of scores, news and best writing from around the web from the 2018 World Cup.
Defending champion Germany eliminated from World Cup – Delta Optimist
Germany is out of the World Cup, the fourth defending champion in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage.
Sweden dominates Mexico 3-0, but both head to knockout round – Delta Optimist
Sweden dominated Mexico 3-0 to move on to the World Cup knockout round, and thanks to South Korea, Mexico also advances.
Argentina avoids heartbreak with late strike to advance in World Cup – CBC
Lionel Messi and Argentina finally got things going at the World Cup.
Croatian reserves halt hard-fighting Iceland’s run at World Cup – Edmonton Sun
Croatia ended Iceland’s chances at the World Cup and helped out Argentina at the same time.
Bob Lenarduzzi: Will England and Belgium push for win Thursday, or save it for later? – The Province
When the FIFA World Cup 2018 schedule came out, one game that a lot of people marked on their calendar is Thursday’s clash between England and Belgium.
Senegal eye Round of 16 spot with win over Colombia – African Football
The Lions of Teranga remain undefeated at the tournament after drawing 2-2 with Asian giants Japan at the Yekaterinburg Arena on Sunday.
African teams face worst World Cup performance since 1982 – ESPN
If Senegal fail to hold off Colombia in their last group game on Thursday and are knocked out of the World Cup in Russia, all five African representatives will have been eliminated in the worst return for the continent since the 1982 finals in Spain.
Dejan Lovren: ‘I want Croatians to remember me, not Bilic and Stimac’ – The Guardian
The Liverpool defender is used to hearing about the history boys of 1998 but is confident Croatia’s current generation can go one better and reach the World Cup final.
Serbs unafraid of the hard route as Mitrovic sets his sights on Brazil – Inside World Football
Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has warned Brazil that Serbia will be coming out all guns blazing in their crunch Group E World Cup clash in Moscow tonight.
Danes promise new style for knockout phase – FIFA
Danish coach Age Hareide indicated after the goalless draw against France, which guaranteed the Danes’ progression to the knockout phase, that they will adopt a more open, entertaining and attacking style of football against Croatia.
Deschamps: ‘Reached our objective’ – Ligue 1
France coach Didier Deschamps was circumspect after his much-changed side drew 0-0 with Denmark to top Group C, while opposite number Age Hareide was full of praise for a Les Bleus side he thinks could go all the way in Russia.
What does Didier Deschamps want from his France team? If only he knew – The Guardian
France and Denmark emphatically ended a streak of 36 matches without a goalless draw at Russia 2018. Their 90-minute standoff in Moscow took both sides through to the last-16 but it represented something of a nadir for this World Cup, with France somehow managing to double down on their slow, turgid opening to the tournament. The game also posed further selection questions for Didier Deschamps as he attempts to wrestle some form from his supremely talented yet cripplingly uninspired squad.
Russia can hide from doping concerns at World Cup, but not shortcomings – The Star
Doping quite literally comes with the territory when the sports world drops in on Russia. The vast state-sponsored doping scheme that enveloped the Olympics in Sochi four years ago would likely have hung even heavier over the national team in the buildup to this tournament had they not looked so utterly hapless, listless even, in warm-up matches.
Hector Cuper leaves Egypt after World Cup failure – SN
The 62-year-old’s contract was set to expire after the tournament in Russia, but he was expected to enter talks with the Egyptian Football Association over an extension as he insisted he did not want to leave.
Diego Maradona is Argentina’s biggest fan – and distraction – Vancouver Sun
He danced, he dozed, he prayed, he gave a double middle-finger salute to spectators and then, when it was all over, he was helped out of his chair and out of the stadium.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Reyna can’t go Rogue for Whitecaps FC – Red Nation Online
Whitecaps FC came undone on the Saturday against the Philadelphia Union. In a shocking 4-0 loss on the road, Vancouver also had two players shown late red cards. Carl Robinson’s team was never in the match from the first whistle. It was a poor showing after a run in which Vancouver scored sixteen goals, playing exciting football during a 2-0-4 stretch.
Members of Canada’s 1986 FIFA World Cup team to be welcomed at Canada Day match – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will welcome members of Canada’s 1986 FIFA World Cup team to BC Place this coming Sunday, July 1 when the ‘Caps take on Colorado Rapids on Canada Day.
Toronto FC needs to make changes ASAP – Waking the Red
After Toronto FC’s latest “performance” against New York City FC, I had a Good, Bad & Ugly prepared and ready. But, I could not bring myself to submit it for publication. From an on-field perspective, it was just more of the same.
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers | 2018 MLS Match Preview – MLS
This is the second of three meetings between the Cascadia rivals, with the Timbers prevailing, 1-0, at Providence Park, on May 13 with Sebastian Blanco scoring the winner four minutes from full time.
Schweinsteiger looking forward to facing off against former coach Torrent – Chicago Fire
When the Chicago Fire host New York City FC Saturday night in an Eastern Conference clash, there’ll be a pregame player-coach reunion that would have seemed unlikely as recently as three weeks ago.
Atlanta United Signs Eric Remedi from Atletico Banfield – Atlanta United
Atlanta United announced that it has signed Eric Remedi to a multiyear contract using Targeted Allocation Money, pending the receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC). A Discovery Signing, Remedi has spent his entire professional career in Argentina’s Primera Division with Banfield. He’ll be available for selection once the secondary transfer window opens on July 10.
San Jose Earthquakes sign fullback Nick Lima to new multi-year contract – MLS
The San Jose Earthquakes have signed defender Nick Lima to a new multi-year contract, as announced by the team on Tuesday.
Wayne Rooney will enjoy lack of scrutiny and pressure in MLS with DC United, says Jermain Defoe – Sky Sports
Jermain Defoe believes Wayne Rooney would not miss the scrutiny and pressure he faces in England if he leaves Everton to join MLS side DC United.
Austin City Council discusses multiple resolutions for McKalla Place – Massive Report
Just before the start of today’s work session, PSV introduced an updated proposal for an Major League Soccer stadium at McKalla Place.
BC SOCCER NEWS
KYSA 2018 VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION & AWARD RECIPIENTS – BC Soccer Web
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) held its 2nd Annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner on Saturday evening, June 23rd at St. Ann’s Academy.
PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.
TSS Rovers release Season Tickets for the 2018 season – TSS Rovers
A great summer of soccer is in store at Swangard Stadium with the PDL & WPSL TSS Rovers. Season yickets are only $70.
Victoria Highlanders FC 2018 Season Tickets now on sale – Victoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.
Canada’s College ID Camps set for Shawnigan Lake & Kingston, Ontario – Canada College ID Camps
Our purpose is to provide a space where players grade 9-12 can connect with college coaches from all levels in Canada and the USA. We hope to assist in the promotion of youth players into environments which will challenge them academically and athletically after high school.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
Whether you are an experienced referee new to British Columbia or if you are new to the discipline of refereeing BC Soccer Assoc. has a clinic and a pathway for you. The minimum age to become a referee is 12 years old (small sided) and 14 years old (11-a-side). Please enjoy the short video showcasing some Referee programs that BC Soccer offers and continue below for more on how to become a referee in BC!
Free Physiotherapy Clinical Trial for Achilles Pain at UBC – UBC Centre for Hip Health & Mobility
Do you have Achilles pain? Interested in free Physiotherapy? If yes, join our clinical trial to look at the effectiveness of intramuscular stimulation (IMS), a form of acupuncture therapy, in treating Achilles tendon pain.
The BC Soccer Web Guide to Empire Field – BC Soccer Web
Empire Fields and Plateau Sports Park is the lofty and formal name given to Vancouver’s newest addition to the soccer scene. Yet, anyone who’s ever kicked or carried both kinds of footballs around these parts knows the place by heart.
Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication – BC Soccer Web
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Six host cities selected for Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships – CSA
Canada Soccer has selected six host cities for the 2020 and 2021 Toyota National Championships, Canada’s premier amateur soccer competition that brings together clubs from coast to coast to coast. The six host cities were selected from 15 candidates that expressed interest in hosting either the adult, U-17 or U-15 competitions.
Kitchener, Waterloo to host national soccer championship – The Record
Canada Soccer has selected Kitchener and Waterloo as the host cities of the 2020 Toyota National Championships U15 Cup.
Rob Gale takes reins of Valour FC – Winnipeg Sun
Just call him the Soccer Salesman. Rob Gale was named the first head coach and general manager of Valour FC, Winnipeg’s new professional soccer team, and didn’t waste any time inviting Manitobans from all walks of life to the Beautiful Game.
“For Manitobans, by Manitobans:” Rob Gale is the first GM and coach in Valour FC history – the11.ca
For a Canadian league to survive and thrive, it has to be more than giving Canadian players a place to play. It needs to be about giving Canadian coaches the chance to work in professional environments. It’s about having Canadian administrators and general managers.
Valour FC hoping for crowds of up to 9,000 – Winnipeg Sun
Wade Miller, who oversees Valour FC and the Blue Bombers, which owns the soccer team, says nearly 1,100 people have put down deposits for soccer season tickets.
From Wolverhampton to Winnipeg – The Manitoban
Bison soccer recruit Katelyn Isfeld has spent time training in Europe.
Melfort Soccerfest returns for another year – Melfort Journal
The Melfort Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) wound down their outdoor season this weekend. They hosted their annual Soccerfest on Saturday, June 23.
Greg Turner honoured with the 2018 Joe Casey humanitarian award – Nova News Now
He helped start minor soccer in Digby and kept the program running for 20 years. He was very involved as a coach, on the board, as a referee and a referee trainer.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Real Monarchs SLC Topple Fresno FC – RSL
Real Monarchs SLC (12-3-1, 37 points, 1 West) held off Western Conference foe Fresno FC 1-0 in front of 1,812 fans at Zions Bank Stadium on Tuesday night. With the win the Monarchs move to an undefeated 7-0-1 (22 points) in its new Herriman home during the 2018 season.
HAT’S OFF: USL names Ottawa Fury FC’s Reid player of the week – Front Row Soccer
Ottawa Fury FC forward Adonijah Reid was voted the United Soccer League player of the week, the league announced Tuesday.
Match Preview: Toronto FC II vs. FC Cincinnati – Toronto FC
Toronto FC II opens up the Lamport Stadium era this Wednesday as they host first-place FC Cincinnati in a Wednesday night affair. To get you set here is everything you need to know ahead of kick.
FC Cincinnati Announces Training Complex Plans in Milford – FC Cincinnati
FC Cincinnati has agreed to enter into an agreement, pending final local government approval, with the City of Milford, Clermont County, Clermont County Port Authority and Clermont County Ohio Convention and Visitors Bureau to develop a world-class team training complex in Milford, Ohio.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
A CRYSTAL CLEAR SELECTION: Dunn named NWSL player of the week – Front Row Soccer
North Carolina Courage forward Crystal Dunn was voted the National Women’s Soccer League player of the week by the NWSL Media Association, it was announced Tuesday.
Portland Thorns FC vs Sky Blue FC preview: No success for Sky Blue – Vavel
Portland Thorns FC hosts Sky Blue FC in one of three-midweek matches across the NWSL.
U.S. soccer star Christen Press says she’s found her landing spot with the Royals – Salt Lake Tribune
The 29-year-old forward has starred on fields around the world as a regular on the U.S. women’s soccer team. But as she signed autograph after autograph for the line of fans at Rio Tinto Stadium last week, the newest member of Utah Royals FC felt something different.
Orlando’s Alanna Kennedy rebounds in a big way – The Equalizer
Everyone has bad days or off moments, no matter your job. For professional athletes, though, those moments are on full display for everyone to see, dissect and discuss. Many people noticed when Orlando Pride midfielder Alanna Kennedy had a first half to forget against Sky Blue FC on June 16.
Orlando Pride searching for consistency, fan support entering home stand – Pro Soccer USA
Through 13 matches so far this season, the Orlando Pride haven’t yet played – by coach Tom Sermanni’s standards – a complete match.
Ahead of next Women’s World Cup, Americans hit their stride as key forward makes move – USA Today
The U.S. women’s national team is ranked No. 1 in the world. The team beat Japan in the final to win the 2015 Women’s World Cup, becoming the first three-time winner in tournament history. The Americans will host Japan, Australia and Brazil this summer for the Tournament of Nations beginning July 26.
O’Riordan praises progress of hometown club Limerick – Irish WNL
Limerick native Claire O’Riordan has praised the progress made by her hometown club despite succumbing to a heavy 5-1 defeat against her high-flying Wexford side on Saturday at the University of Limerick.
Baton Rouge soccer coach fired after he allegedly sexually assaulted female player in Connecticut – The Advocate
The Baton Rouge Soccer Club fired a coach on Tuesday after learning the man was arrested and accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting one of his female players while coaching in Connecticut several years ago.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
AC Milan: Italian giants banned from European football for one season – BBC Sport
Italian giants AC Milan have been banned from European football for one year for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.
Dortmund rebuilding continues with defender Abdou Diallo – NBC Sports
Borussia Dortmund signed French defender Abdou Diallo from Bundesliga rival Mainz on Tuesday.
Liverpool: Naby Keita to wear Steven Gerrard’s number eight shirt – BBC Sport
Naby Keita will become the first player to wear Liverpool’s number eight shirt since Steven Gerrard left in 2014.
Juventus complete deal for Joao Cancelo – Four Four Two
Joao Cancelo has completed his move from Valencia to Serie A champions Juventus, the LaLiga club have confirmed.
Ghana crisis: FIFA calls Zurich meeting to seek FA solutions – Inside World Football
The fallout over the ban of disgraced Ghanaian football boss Kwesi Nyantakyi has intensified with FIFA reportedly inviting four members of the Ghanaian FA for crisis talks even though the federation has been dissolved by the government.
Southampton in £15m move for Man City keeper Gunn – SN
City are ready to cash in on Gunn, 22, who spent last season on loan at Norwich City, but the Premier League champions will insert a buy-back clause in any deal.
UEFA lifts in-stadium booze ban for Champions and Europa Leagues – Inside World Football
UEFA is lifting its alcohol ban during Champions League and Europa League matches “within the limits permitted under national and local law”.
Transfer no-brainer: Willo Flood quits Dunfermline after 9 days for Bali move – ESPN
Scottish midfielder Willo Flood certainly hasn’t found work hard to come by after being released by Dundee United in June. Indeed, the 33-year-old has now managed to sign for not one, but two clubs since being let go by the Tannadice side on June 18.