BC Soccer News, Weekend, August 7-9, 2015







Red-hot ‘Caps cruise to 4-0 win over Real Salt Lake Saturday night at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
Octavio Rivero scored his team-leading ninth goal, Pa-Modou Kah found the back of the net again, and Cristian Techera added a second-half brace to help the Western Conference-leading ‘Caps extend their winning streak to three and sweep the season series with RSL.

Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson praises his team’s “desire to score goals” in Real Salt Lake rout MLS
The Whitecaps now boast 10 goals scored in their last three MLS matches, and only one conceded. As such, Robinson has been delighted with how his squad have responded to the challenge of sharing the goals to take some of the pressure off striker Octavio Rivero’s shoulders. He felt particularly pleased on Saturday night with how his team refused to ease up on the gas pedal.

Preview: Western Conference-leading ‘Caps return to MLS action Saturday at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (12W-8L-3D) continue their busy month of August on Saturday night, when they host Western Conference foe Real Salt Lake (7W-8L-8D) at BC Place.

Freshness factor could be key for Caps against Real Salt Lake The Province
The Whitecaps regular starters watched from the press level at B.C. Place Wednesday as their young teammates struggled through an ugly 1-1 tie against Seattle in the club’s CONCACAF Champions League debut.

Whitecaps FC acquire defender Jordan Smith on loan from Costa Rican side Deportivo SaprissaWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that the club has acquired right back Jordan Smith on loan through the end of 2015 with an option to extend or transfer from Costa Rica’s Primera División side Deportivo Saprissa – pending receipt of his international transfer certificate, Canadian work permit and visa. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Whitecaps FC loan Erik Hurtado to Norwegian side Mjøndalen IF through the end of 2015 Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that striker Erik Hurtado will join Norwegian side Mjøndalen IF on loan through the end of 2015 – pending receipt of his international transfer certificate.

Shallow depth on display in Champions League bore drawAFTN
Want to re-live Wednesday’s night’s Champions League “action”? No seriously, we’re asking you! Here’s our report and postgame reaction from both Vancouver and Seattle, whether you want it or not!

LA Galaxy 5, Central FC 1 | CONCACAF Champions League RecapMLS
Giovani Dos Santos punctuated a fine debut for the LA Galaxy on Thursday night with a goal in a 5-1 CONCACAF Champions League romp over Trinidad and Tobago’s Central FC, then nearly netted a second.

Dos Santos debuts well with LA Galaxy, but real test still to comeGoal
When an attacking player scores in his inaugural match with a team, it’s usually labeled a ‘dream debut.’ But with all respect to one of Trinidad and Tobago’s finest, Central FC, the first group match of the CONCACAF Champions League wasn’t the kind of match Dos Santos had dancing through his head when he placed it on his the pillow at the Barcelona academy.

Countdown: Toronto FC v Kansas CityRed Nation Online
Toronto FC are charged up and ready to take on all comers after their impressive 4-1 win midweek, and that motivation will be needed as they face Sporting Kansas City on Saturday afternoon. The Reds will be buoyed after a terrible stretch of road performances to have their remaining fixtures overwhelmingly at BMO Field, and what can be expected was on display on Wednesday. Kansas City will present a completely different level of opposition to Orlando and mistakes that went unpunished previously will certainly be cashed in should they occur.

Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire | MLS Match PreviewMLS
The Portland Timbers and Chicago Fire come together in their only meeting of the league campaign when they face off on Viernes de Fútbol at Providence Park. The Timbers are looking to put an end to a four-game winless run, but still hold one of the Western Conference’s playoff positions at present.

Sebastian Giovinco Named MLS Player Of The MonthToronto FC
Major League Soccer (MLS) announced Thursday that Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco has been named the Etihad Airways Player of the Month for July. He becomes the first player in club history to win Player of the Month honours.

Curtain falls on MLS’s historic summer transfer window  – Soccer America
A few more transactions are likely to be announced in the coming days pending completion of paperwork, but as the MLS secondary trade/transfer deadline passed Thursday, teams took widely varied approaches to prepare for the stretch run of the regular season.

Earthquakes Acquire Panamanian Midfielder Anibal GodoySan Jose Earthquakes
The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has acquired Panamanian international midfielder Anibal Godoy using Targeted Allocation Money, pending receipt of a P-1 Visa and ITC. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

D.C. United trades Jamaican forward Michael Seaton to Portland TimbersWashington Post
D.C. United traded homegrown forward Michael Seaton to the Portland Timbers on Thursday, giving up on a teenage prospect who made gains in the Jamaican national team program but fell out of favor with the MLS club after 2 1/2 years.

Columbus Crew SC fill immediate needs with summer moves as they look to become “top team in the East”MLS
In just eight days, the Crew SC added fullback Harrison Afful, striker Jack McInerney and center back Gastón Sauro, bolstering a club that suffered perhaps its worst defeat of the Berhalter era in a 5-2 blowout at the hands of Orlando City on Saturday.

Chicago Fire sign Trinidad and Tobago defender CyrusGoal
Chicago announced the acquisition of Daneil Cyrus on Thursday, signing the defender on loan from Trinidad and Tobago side W Connection. Per MLS policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Toronto FC trades Warren Creavalle to PhiladelphiaSportsnet
Toronto FC has traded defender/midfielder Warren Creavalle to the Philadelphia Union for a second-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

Sporting KC signs midfielder Jordi QuintillaSporting Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City announced on Thursday that the club has signed 21-year-old midfielder Jordi Quintilla. He becomes the youngest Spaniard currently in Major League Soccer and occupies an international roster spot for Sporting KC.

Bernier’s wife lashes out against the Impact on FacebookGoal
Patrice Bernier ’s lack of playing time with the Montreal Impact has drawn the ire of his wife, Melisa Barile, who lambasted the club Wednesday evening with comments made public on her Facebook account.

Impact coach on the defensive after Bernier’s wife accuses club of disrespectCanada.com
Montreal Impact coach Frank Klopas has defended captain Patrice Bernier’s reduced role on the team amid criticism from fans, media and now the player’s wife.

The 10 year marriage of FC Dallas & FriscoDallas Morning News
A decade has passed since that day in August when the much delayed, not-yet-quite-finished Pizza Hut Park opened its doors to a goofy 2-2 draw against the then still named New York-New Jersey MetroStars.  The attendance that night was limited to 15,000 because the full 20,000+ were not quite ready.

MLS: Among the Brands 8 by 8
It’s a hot Sunday afternoon in downtown Denver, Colorado, and on my walk from Union Station down the 16th Street Mall, the city coughs up evidence that the 2015 Major League Soccer All-Star Game will be played here in three days. Banners hang from lampposts. A giant plastic soccer ball rises from the pavement. That distinctly American hodgepodge of international club kits begins to appear in in the crowd. I know I’ve arrived at my destination, though, when I see the brands.

MLS has tested video review, ready to move forwardOrlando Sentinel
Major League Soccer has never been afraid of innovation. As far back as the league’s launch in 1996, MLS has experimented with changes to the beautiful game. Some of it has failed (read: shootouts and clocks counting down), but the league has not been shy about its desire to again be a testing ground for new advancements such as goal-line technology or instant replay.

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Andre Lewis called up to Jamaica U-23 national team for next round of Caribbean Zone Olympic qualifyingWhitecaps FC
Prior to departing, Lewis will be available for WFC2 as they travel to Seattle to take on Sounders FC 2 this Saturday, August 8. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT, live on whitecapsfc2.com.

Midfielder Ben McKendry undergoes successful knee surgeryWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed today that midfielder Ben McKendry underwent successful surgery for a meniscal tear of his left knee on Wednesday, August 5.

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Schmidt heads to Germany Abbotsford News
It didn’t take long for Abbotsford’s Sophie Schmidt to reappear in headlines since the Women’s World Cup. The Canadian international signed with German women’s football club FFC Frankfurt last week, making her one of just a handful of non-German players on the squad.

Soccer Players In Surrey, B.C. Sidelined Over ‘Power Struggle’ Huffington Post
Thousands of young soccer players could find themselves sidelined this season thanks to a power struggle between the adult organizers of a British Columbia league.

MWSL Appoints Debbie Prudek as Director of Marketing & Communications MWSL
Debbie’s role will focus on increasing membership opportunities, driving new sponsorship contracts and managing overall membership communications.

WolfPack Men’s Soccer Opens Up 2015-16 Training CampTRU
John Antulov began his second season as head coach of the WolfPack men’s soccer team on Tuesday (Aug 4). The ‘Pack held a fitness session and a training session at Hillside Stadium. Antulov will be quick to pare down the over 40 players vying for a position with the team this Canada West season. That is because they will be heading to Arizona next week for some exhibition matches.

VISL’s Castaways FC launches Blood Drive Challenge VISL
Hello fellow soccer players of the lower Vancouver Island area. My name is Ryan Emo and I am the Vice-president of Castaways FC. Our club is striving to do more within the community and promote soccer on Vancouver Island, therefore we are officially throwing down the gauntlet of our first Blood Drive Challenge. I have been working with Canadian Blood services and the board of VISL to organize this, but do need help from within each club should you wish to take up the challenge.


There and back again: Issey Nakajima-Farran’s football journey Four Four Two
What sets the Canadian international apart from his peers is the international wanderlust that is inherent in the Nakajima-Farran household. Born to an English-Canadian father and a Japanese mother in Calgary, Issey and the family of four travelled to three different continents in his formative years.

OSA to implement a number of TAC recommendations for 2016 OPDL seasonOSA
Looking ahead to the 2016 OPDL season, the OSA will be implementing the following recommendations from the Technical Advisory Committee:

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2015 NWSL Playoff PictureNWSL
With five weeks left in the 2015 NWSL season, the playoff push is on and is getting more interesting with every game played.

Thorns acquire England international Lianne Sanderson Prost Amerika
Portland Thorns FC today announced that the club has acquired the rights to midfielder Lianne Sanderson and a 2016 first-round draft pick from Seattle Reign FC in exchange for Portland’s 2016 first-round and third-round draft picks. Possessing a green card, Sanderson would not occupy an international roster spot for Portland. Per league and club policy, terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Veteran midfielder Nyassi most recent Eddie to return from injuryFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton midfielder Sainey Nyassi has recently returned to North American Soccer League (NASL) action following a recent knee injury, coming in during the Eddies most recent match against Indy Eleven. The Gambian midfielder was just one of several Edmonton players who missed multiple games to open the 2015 NASL Fall Season.

Cheaper by the dozen. By its definition, this idiom references things more efficiently done by a group, rather than individually. And that is how Fury FC has gotten to where they are – atop the NASL Fall standings, an 11-game unbeaten streak and chasing yet another NASL record – but nothing has come cheap to this squad; it has been a determined group effort to get them here.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend  – The Guardian
Will Liverpool bully Stoke, do Chelsea have enough squad depth, can Arsenal push on, and should Palace be positive?

From TV blackout to a Premier League broadcasting fortuneBBC
The Premier League kicks off again this weekend, and for fans raised in an era of wall-to-wall live televised matches it will be a shock to learn that 30 years ago the 1985-86 season began with not a minute of live action shown on TV.

Manchester Utd. gets Club Brugge, Valencia gets Monaco in Champions League play-off draw SBI
Manchester United will have to go through Club Brugge to book a spot in the Champions League group stages. The matchup pitting the English and Belgian sides was one of 10 drawn on Friday morning, with Spanish side Valencia’s matchup with French powerhouse Monaco proving to be one of the more promising ties.

The Championship 2015-16: Derby County fancied to win the league, but expect the unexpected The Independent
This time last season Derby County, Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic were the bookmakers’ favourites to gain promotion from the Championship. Derby and Cardiff did not even make the play-offs while Wigan were relegated. Meanwhile, Bournemouth (best price 20-1) won the title ahead of Watford (18-1). Brentford, a 50-1 shot, made the play-offs.

Stock-piling of talent in England is ruining romance across EuropeThe Guardian
It’s arguable that the agglomeration of talent at the top clubs means football, at the highest level, has never been better. For those of us who watch most of our football in the Premier League, the present situation is great: we may worry that the readily availability of off-the-shelf stars means English football remains tactically conservative and perhaps doesn’t develop as much of its own talent as it ought to, but we get to see vast numbers of vastly gifted.

Financial Fair Play: Brighton call for ‘severe’ QPR penalty BBC Sport
Brighton chief executive Paul Barber says he expects QPR to be “punished severely” for allegedly breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. QPR, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, are challenging the legality of the Football League’s FFP rules. The west London club could face a fine of up to £58m.

PSG kick off Ligue 1 but expectancy already turning to European competitionInside World Football
Today Paris Saint Germain kick off Ligue 1 with an away game to Lille. The question is not if the Parisians will dominate domestic French football, but how far they can progress in the UEFA Champions League?

Slutsky succeeds Capello as Russia coach FIFA
Russia’s football authorities have appointed CSKA Moscow head coach Leonid Slutsky as the country’s national team manager, filling a void left by the sacking of Italian Fabio Capello.

Uefa say François Carrard is only candidate to chair Fifa reform task force The Guardian
The Uefa secretary general Gianni Infantino says former Olympic official François Carrard is the only current candidate to chair Fifa’s reform task force.

Hawilla and Teixeira at war as lid lifts further on South America’s murky worldInside World Football
As the two seemingly followed intertwined paths to the top of world football – Texeira in football politics and Hawilla in sports marketing – so their fall from the top of the pile has been simultaneous and intertwined.

The Great American Scouting Crisis 91st Minute
The US Youth Soccer National Championships is not the biggest club event on the calendar, but it isn’t so far off. U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy playoffs has siphoned the prestige role into its own tank, framing the discussion like Jupiter framed the orbits of its planetary neighbors in those primordial days. The biggest planet with the most gravity always determines the trajectories of the bodies around it.

Eintracht Frankfurt coach calls for Chandler to reconsider USMNT participationSBI
Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh says that the fullback should reconsider his participation on the international level, as he believes that Chandler’s USMNT responsibilities are impacting his abilities on the club level.

Wales (!!!) is ninth in the latest FIFA World RankingsSoccer Gods
Wales is now officially better at soccer than Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Uruguay, France, Denmark, Mexico, the USA, and Russia.

Mazembe icons aiming for historyFIFA
Al Ahly legends Hossam Ashour, Wael Gomaa and Mohamed Aboutrika top the list of most CAF Champions League winner medals, having appeared in six finals and winning five of them. The only non-Egyptian to pick up three winners’ medals is Nigeria-born Benin international Mouritala Ogunbiyi, who won his three titles with Tunisian club Etoille and Nigerian side Enyimba. However, several members of Congo DR giants TP Mazembe are greedily eyeing the all-time record list.

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