BC Soccer News, Weekend, August 14-16, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

SPORTING KANSAS CITY  vs. WHITECAPS FC

6:00 PM, SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2015

SPORTING PARK, KANSAS CITY, KS.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Summit in sight for Vancouver WhitecapsGoal
As Western Conference leaders and Supporters Shield contenders, the Whitecaps’ new focus should be to finish as high as possible this MLS regular season, writes Simon Fudge.

Preview: ‘Caps look for fourth straight win Saturday against Sporting Kansas CityWhitecaps FC
As far as regular season games in August go, they don’t get much bigger than this. Forgive us if we say the same thing next week.

Top teams like the underdog role The Province
In July, Peter Vermes, the Sporting Kansas City manager, called the Whitecaps the best team in the West. Then K.C. came to Vancouver and won 1-0. That hasn’t changed Vermes’s mind.

Eyes on the prize: Robinson, ‘Caps vow to make return leg a ‘very, very uncomfortable night’ for visiting ImpactWhitecaps FC
With all to play for now in the second leg at BC Place on August 26, the question Robinson now has to weigh up is just how strong a side does he put out to see the ‘Caps over the line. More rotation or his regular first teamers? “It’s too early for me to give an answer to that,” Robinson said. “I’ll put a team out that I think can win the game. I want to win it as much [as anyone].”

Vancouver Whitecaps: Go, Diego, Go!Vancouver Sun
The two main criticisms hurled at soccer from non-aficionados of the sport are that “it’s not physical enough” and that “it’s too slow”. But what these poor misguided creatures fail to understand is that those perceived weaknesses are actually two of the game’s greatest strengths because they each help intensify the fundamental element of what sport really is; theatre.

Thursday Night: NYCFC stakes flag in the ground Soccer America
New York City FC stayed within striking distance in the Eastern Conference playoff race as it came back from 1-0 down to earn a 3-1 victory over D.C. United in front of a crowd of 28,262 on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. While Frank Lampard was sidelined with a quad injury, NYCFC’s other two stars, David Villa and Andrea Pirlo teamed up for the winning goal.

DC United unhappy with second-half collapse in loss vs. NYCFC: “This is a lesson for all of us”MLS
United entered the encounter as league-leaders. And they’ve done it using a much less flashy approach: they’ve assembled a savvy group of veterans who’ve carved out result after result; sometimes flashy, always rich on character, United have ridden their no-nonsense approach to the top of the table.

Despite goal shortage, Giles Barnes contributing in other ways for Houston DynamoMLS
Giles Barnes has the ability to be one of the most influential players in MLS. The 6-foot-2 attacker can create excitement from all over the attacking third, especially with the ball at his feet and his head down. But those highlight-reel plays he was consistently producing early this season – leading to six goals in his first nine games – have been harder to come by in the summer months.

10 games to go: A closer look at the race to the MLS Cup Playoffs Whitecaps FC
10 games. It seems crazy, but that’s all that is left in the 2015 MLS regular season for Whitecaps FC. The Western Conference-leading ‘Caps have put themselves in a good position heading into the stretch run, but everything is still very much to play for – including a playoff berth, a home playoff date, and even the MLS Supporters’ Shield as the top team in the regular season.

Countdown: TFC @ New York Red BullsRed Nation Online
It is now a rare away fixture for Toronto FC as they look to get motivated in facing Eastern Conference rivals New York Red Bulls on Saturday night. The Reds are coming off a lacklustre display against Sporting Kansas City that exposed a lack of quality depth against a team missing some key players. New York won’t be in the same situation as the Red Bulls are in top form and have not lost a league match since the first week of July.

Can Toronto FC go on to lift the MLS Cup this season?Prost Amerika
Toronto FC are currently fourth in the MLS’ Eastern Conference and are well set for a playoff spot at the end of the season. Greg Vanney’s side have improved significantly since the last campaign and, with Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco and Michael Bradley as their Designated Players, they have talent and experience in abundance. We take a look at Toronto’s hopes and expectations for the remainder of the season and consider their chances of winning the MLS Cup at the end of the campaign.

Altidore discusses TFC’s rollercoaster seasonTSN
He could have chosen a lucrative deal elsewhere to be a squad player and although the money to come to Toronto FC was, of course, a factor Altidore had a real desire to play at a level where he felt he could make a difference.

Kaka thrilled with ‘big day’ after Brazil recallGoal
After missing out on a fourth World Cup appearance last year, Kaka was thrilled to break back into Brazil’s squad ahead of Russia 2018.

‘Tradition, Honor, Passion’ with the Chicago Fire? Not so much anymore Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Fire. Yeah, the soccer team, with the famed credo many of you have never heard: Tradition, Honor, Passion.  And now? No tradition, no passion. Major League Soccer is a supremely physical league. But we’re forced to watch so-called stars play defense as if they were a bunch of gentle Hobbits with hairy feet.

Here’s why we don’t have Major League Soccer yet in MinnesotaMPR
The way Major League Soccer and its newest set of owners were talking in March, you’d think there might already be a stadium under construction in Minneapolis. But there’s still no deal, and talks have moved to St. Paul — and into extra time.

Real Salt Lake adds ‘El Burrito’ to its attacking menuSoccer America
Juan Manuel “El Burrito” Martinez, 29, comes to MLS after playing 13 seasons in his native Argentina and Brazil. He has signed a Designated Player contract; RSL opened up a DP slot on its roster by using Targeted Allocation Money to buy down the salary-budget charge of midfielder Kyle Beckerman.

Matt Miazga’s rise with Red Bulls and U.S. U-20s borders on astoundingESPN FC
The towering 17-year-old center-back was the jewel of the club’s highly regarded youth academy, and his potential — Miazga was a boy in a man’s body, well over 6 feet tall with calves like small tree trunks — was obvious. But he also resembled a puppy who hadn’t quite grown into his outsized frame.

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UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE

PORTLAND TIMBERS 2  vs. WHITECAPS FC 2

7:00 PM, SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 2015

MERLO FIELD, PORTLAND, OR.

(USL LIVE STREAM)

WFC2 & USL

Whitecaps FC 2 sign New Zealand national team defender Deklan Wynne Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that defender Deklan Wynne has been added to the Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) roster in the United Soccer League (USL). Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WFC2 Sign Kiwi International Defender Deklan WynneEighty-Six Forever
Vancouver Whitecaps FC2 have announced the fee agent signing of New Zealand international Deklan Wynne. Wynne, who was born in South Africa, has three senior Caps for the All Whites and made his senior debut in November 2014 against China.  He has also played at the U-20 and U-23 level for New Zealand.

Football: Wynne joins Vancouver Whitecaps – New Zealand Herald
Wynne, who was at the centre of the recent eligibility controversy at the Pacific Games which saw the Junior All Whites disqualified, has been trialling with the Canadian team over the last few weeks.

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BC SOCCER

WolfPack wins exhibition opener in ArizonaKamloops This Week
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team has opened its exhibition slate with a victory. The WolfPack defeated Phoenix’s Mesa Community College Thunderbirds 3-0.

WolfPack Women Set To Take On Grande Prairie In Lone Home Exhibition Match  – TRU
After three days of training, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team is gearing up for its only home exhibition match of the 2015-16 Canada West season. Those players will take on the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves of the Alberta College Athletic Conference on Saturday morning (Aug 15). Kickoff is 10:30 am at Hillside Stadium.

McManus stays close to home with WolfPack recruitsKamloops This Week
Tom McManus travelled across Western Canada recruiting for the 2015 WolfPack women’s soccer season at Thompson Rivers University. But, perhaps ironically, the head coach’s three biggest recruits may have come from the Tournament Capital. Goalkeeper Taylor Shantz and midfielders Brianna Powrie and Danielle Fauteux, all seniors and Kamloops natives, were snapped up by McManus in the off-season and will debut for the WolfPack later this month.

Peach Classic brings competitive soccerPenticton Western News
Fifty-five teams in the under-11 to-18 age group hit the pitch to fill the nets with goals. Ezra Cremers, executive director and head coach of Pinnacles FC, said they have a good range of teams.  The competition is expected to be fantastic. Among the 55 teams will be eight PFC Excelsior academy squads.

Island athletes have B.C. out front at Western Canada Summer GamesTimes Colonist
The first-week B.C. athletes have passed the baton to the second week’s with a substantial lead in the medals table heading into the anchor leg at the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games in Wood Buffalo, Alta. The Games have provided a pathway for Olympic medallists from B.C. such as swimmer Ryan Cochrane of Victoria, shot-putter Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, soccer goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc of Maple Ridge and also two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash of Victoria.

CANADA

“Canada must produce more goal scorers and gifted individual players”HDSA
Tom Sermanni, assistant coach for Canada women’s team at World Cup, gives his views on WWC and direction we need to go.

Confirmation that North Mississauga Soccer Club received training fees for Doneil Henry24th Minute
It appears that the USSF is standing alone in opposition against the “Solidarity payments” FIFA mandates be paid to youth clubs that train players prior to them moving into professional academies. We can now say with certainty that the issue is with the governing body. We know this because it has been confirmed that North Mississauga Soccer Club received the payment from West Ham United after the Doneil Henry sale. The CSA is not stopping such payments.

Canada Para Team to play for bronze at Toronto 2015CSA
Heading into their final game of round robin play against Venezuela at the 2015 Parapan Am Games, Canada’s Para Team already knew that they would be playing for the bronze medal on Saturday. All that remained to be decided was who their opponent would be. A United States loss earlier in the day handed Canada a spot in the bronze medal game and meant Venezuela could join the Canadians with a win or a draw.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER

Schmidt: I hope we have inspired the next generation FIFA
Playing a World Cup at home is undoubtedly a unique experience. It is also a multi-faceted one, where added support can also bring additional pressure. Canada midfielder Sophie Schmidt has recently experienced the rare emotion of playing for the host nation at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, one in which the local side enjoyed – and endured – a typically colourful roller-coaster ride of highs and lows.

Victory at Home: Crystal Dunn’s Breakout Summer Vice Sports
“How many times have we seen Crystal Dunn make something out of nothing?” Michael Minnich asked, late in the Washington Spirit’s draw against the Western New York Flash on Wednesday night. It wasn’t in the cards for Dunn or the Spirit, who failed to get a go-ahead goal despite nine minutes of stoppage time. But Minnich’s question hints at why Dunn is a leading candidate for the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League MVP award.

NWSL championship final set for Portland as league adopts neutral-site format mid-year Soccer Wire
Multiple sources have confirmed to SoccerWire.com that NWSL and U.S. Soccer Federation leaders have decided to locate the 2015 championship final at Providence Park in soccer-crazed Portland, Oregon, despite the fact that this season’s competition format calls for the title bout to be hosted by the finalist with the most regular-season points.

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NASL

NASL Roundup: Omar Cummings aims for the Golden BootSoccer America
The San Antonio Scorpions’ 33-year-old Omar Cummings became the first player to hit the 10-goal mark this season and leads the NASL Golden Boot race, ahead of Carolina’s Nacho Novo and last year’s leading scorer Christian Ramirez, who struck 20 times for Minnesota United in 2014 but got off to a slow start this season before scoring in six straight games.

Match Preview vs. Carolina RailHawksFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (3W-3D-2L) take on Carolina RailHawks (2W-2D-3L) Sunday, Aug. 16 at 2:00 p.m. MT. The Eddies ninth North American Soccer League (NASL) match will take place at Clarke Field.

NASL Week 7: A Look Ahead SBI
The New York Cosmos will try to work its way into the Fall Season’s top four with a home win over the San Antonio Scorpions this weekend. After a slew of unimpressive results to start the fall season, the Cosmos have now won two of their last three matches. The Scorpions, meanwhile, sit near the bottom of the league table six games in.

Coaching, ambition are key factors in why parity exists in NASLthe11.ca
In the NASL combined standings, only six points separates the last-place San Antonio Scorpions and fourth-place Minnesota United. If there was ever a sign of parity in a sports league, that’s it.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Manchester City vs. Chelsea: How Manchester City can darken Mourinho’s mood further Goal
The two title challengers made contrasting starts to the new season, but will the champions brush aside recent controversies to frustrate City yet again?

Bayern Munich looks unstoppable in BundesligaSportsnet
The 2015-16 Bundesliga season kicks off this weekend, and Sportsnet asks these five important questions for you to consider…

Five Reasons to Switch to the Bundesliga this SeasonPaste Soccer
For many fans of the English Premier League, it will feel like uncharted territory. Yet that’s part of the beauty of the sport; unlike the big four pro sports in the U.S.—all dominated by single league—soccer offers plenty of variety from country to country whether in playing style, strategy, or cultural differences.

Bayern set to kick off Bundesliga by adding to Hamburg’s comedy of errorsThe Guardian
The Bundesliga traditionally starts with the champions taking on another top team at home on Friday night. But for the 53rd instalment of the competition, the bosses at Frankfurt HQ have come up with a radically different idea. They’re sending Hamburg to Munich instead.

Americans Abroad: U.S. products missing in Bundesliga Soccer America
You will be seeing U.S. national team players in Bundesliga action this season, which kicks off this weekend, but chances are slim that you’ll see any U.S. products playing in Germany’s top tier.

Mexico: Last two LIGA MX champions face off Prost Amerika
Week 5 of the LIGA MX Apertura 2015 season gets underway on Friday night when Veracruz host Club Queretaro and the last two league champions Santos Laguna and Club America face-off.

Chelsea defy reason in treatment of Eva Carneiro after Mourinho’s rebukeThe Guardian
Club’s demotion of their doctor suggests that results matter more to them than player safety and sends a terrible signal.

Dvorak: The team doctor’s decision must be respectedFIFA
Following recent discussions around the role of medical staff and their relation with the coach, FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer Prof. Jiří Dvořák responds to questions from FIFA.com and clarifies FIFA’s position on this important matter.

West Ham fans are told we need to leave Boleyn Ground – but I don’t want to goThe Guardian
Ask supporters of most clubs and they will tell you English football kicked off again last weekend. For those of us who follow West Ham United, this season feels like it’s lasted a lifetime already. It’s as if the previous one never really ended.

Emirates unveils new deal with Arabian Gulf League, but Iranian tensions simmerInside World Football
Emirates announced Thursday that it has signed a three-year deal with the UAE’s domestic league – officially known as the ‘Arabian Gulf League’ – as its Official Partner and Airline, in a move which risks exacerbating tensions with Iran.

Swiss players banned for cash to side who beat league rival ESPN FC
Two Swiss top-tier players have been suspended for 12 matches over illegal payments to another team in last season’s promotion chase. The Swiss football league says it also fined Lugano players Patrick Rossini and Igor Djuric 8,000 Swiss francs ($8,200) each. Lugano won the second division in May after a promotion duel with Servette.

Andrew Warshaw: In reform can we trust?Inside World Football
It may seem cynical but that seems to have long been the approach of FIFA whenever the organisation has faced danger and crisis and needs to appease its critics. Except that the current crisis, involving unprecedented corruption allegations and the resignation (though he hasn’t called it that) of the man at the top, is on a scale never witnessed in the organisation’s 111-year history.

Bankrupt Parma put eight trophies up for sale to raise fundsThe Guardian
Official administrators Angelo Anedda and Alberto Guiotto have put the following trophies up for sale: three Coppa Italias won in 1992, 1999 and 2002, the Cup Winners’ Cup from 1993, the 1994 European Super Cup, the Uefa Cups of 1995 and 1999 and the 1999 Italian Super Cup.

Sepp Blatter urges Europe to back his ‘6 plus 5’ local talent ruleESPN FC
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has asked western Europe for “a little good will” to follow Russia and limit foreign players in club lineups. Blatter promotes his “6-plus-5” idea in FIFA’s weekly magazine, to “honor local talent” by forcing clubs to start matches with six players eligible for the national team.

VIDEO: History made as 14-year-old makes his debut in senior football Yahoo
You’ll never win anything with kids – fact. That point was borne out by Egyptian side Gouna who were forced to field a 14-year-old in their team following the exodus of all their players and coach at the end of last season when they were relegated to the second division.

Swedish referee shuts down Facebook page because he ‘doesn’t have the time’  – The Guardian
The Swedish referee who started a Facebook page to give fans an insight into his world, is to shut down the page because the national and international attention it attracted made it too much work.

FA Cup: Chocolate team & Premier League winner dream of WembleyBBC Sport
From a team named after a chocolate company to a former Premier League winner, there are plenty of sides and players dreaming of cup glory. BBC Sport takes a look at some of the stories from the extra preliminary round.

The longest journeys in UEFA football historyUEFA
A new record will be set when Kairat Almaty travel 5,947km west for a UEFA Europa League play-off opener against Girondins de Bordeaux; UEFA.com maps the extremes of the footballing continent.

Life at Lewes FC: an interview with the chairman of a non-league football club The Guardian
After becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the lot of a Premier League fan, Stuart Fuller lent his support to the Isthmian League club Lewes FC, where he is now chairman. Here he explains how a non-league club balances their budget.

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