BC Soccer News, Weekend, July 31-August 2

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SEATTLE SOUNDERS   0  WHITECAPS FC   3

CASCADIA CUP

7:00 PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2015

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CENTURYLINK FIELD, SEATTLE, WA.

What makes a Cascadia derby so special?Whitecaps FC
Here’s what a few ‘Caps players had to say about playing in Cascadia derbies ahead of their much-anticipated home-and-away series with Pacific Northwest rival Seattle Sounders FC.

Whitecaps a confident group as they eye top spot in MLS against Seattle Sounders FC Metro
As if the geographical rivalry and bragging rights for at least a few days weren’t enough of a set up, the Whitecaps have a chance to take over the first overall spot in the MLS Supporters’ Shield standings, while putting seven points distance between them and the Sounders in the Western Conference.

Caps hope Manneh gets that CenturyLink feeling againThe Province
There’s something about Kekuta Manneh and CenturyLink Field. Two seasons ago, as a raw rookie, he made international headlines with a stunning hat trick as the Whitecaps romped to a rare 4-1 victory in Seattle.

Whitecaps’ Kekuta Manneh has had success against SoundersVancouver Sun
Kekuta Manneh is as comfortable at CenturyLink Field in Seattle as the salmon-tossing fishmongers are at Pike Place Market. The Vancouver Whitecaps’ 20-year-old Gambian winger by way of Texas has had some of his best Major League Soccer games against the Sounders, particularly in the ones at CenturyLink where he scored four goals in his last two games.

Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Three Questions Sounder at Heart
You’re going to see a lot of the Vancouver Whitecaps over the next two months due to MLS and CONCACAF Champions League play. You’ll be an expert on them soon. For now, we’ll talk to EightySixForever.

Seattle Sounders turn the page as stars return: “Nobody’s throwing in the towel”MLS
The Rave Green are coming off one of their tougher months in recent memory – a July where the Sounders only scored one goal in four games, and did little to remedy a recent stretch of listless attacking play that actually dates back to June, when Seattle initially lost star strikers Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins.

Obafemi Martins will return ‘sooner rather than later’Sounder at Heart
This weekend may still be too early for Obafemi Martins to make his return to the Seattle Sounders, but after a second straight day of being able to effectively train in full there is at least light at the end of his injury tunnel. Martins hasn’t played since June 17, when he left the Sounders’ U.S. Open Cup match with a adductor injury.

Tyrone Mears finally finds peace of mind with SoundersSeattle Times
The last few years before he signed with the Sounders, Mears says, were “the worst period of my career and of my life,” a personal and professional trial that involved a broken leg and a drastic move to the U.S. for a fresh start.

Didier Drogba cites club, culture, community as reasons for Montreal Impact move: “I was won over”MLS
“This cultural diversity is important,” Drogba said. “I quite simply felt like getting to know the city. I was won over by the project and by the work that the president has already started with the club, looking to give back to the community through soccer. It’s a little bit like what I do with my foundation.

Drogba: I won’t be a burden to Montreal Impact Goal
Montreal Impact striker Didier Drogba has asked for patience as he does not want to be a burden to the team on the day of his MLS debut. Drogba has not played since Chelsea’s final match of the 2014-15 Premier League season and the 37-year-old knows it will take him time to get back to peak fitness, with the rest of the Impact squad having completed half of this year’s MLS campaign.

Didier Drogba has arrived in Montreal, and the scenes suggest soccer has made it in Canada Soccer Gods
When will soccer make it in Canada? Well, Didier Drogba’s reportedly going to be formally unveiled as a Montreal Impact player later on Thursday in front of fans and journalists, but it’s hard to imagine anything topping his appearance on a staircase at the city’s main airport yesterday.

TFC’s Giovinco questionable for Saturday’s gameSportsnet
How valuable has Sebastian Giovinco been to Toronto FC this season? Consider the following:

Orlando City Trades Donovan Ricketts to LA Galaxy for 2016 Second Round SuperDraft Pick Orlando City SC
Ricketts joined Orlando City after being selected first overall in the 2015 MLS Expansion Draft from the Portland Timbers. The veteran goalkeeper started ten matches for the Lions early in the 2015 season, including the March 8 inaugural MLS match against New York City FC.  Overall, Ricketts posted two shutouts and 21 saves for Orlando City in 2015.

Portland Timbers hope break from training pitch provides “clean slate” after sudden winless slumpMLS
As the eyes of North American soccer fans turned toward Wednesday’s 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in Colorado, Caleb Porter gave his men – none of whom were named All-Stars – a three-day mini-break. And it came at a good time, as far as he was concerned, with Portland coming off a disappointing 4-1 loss over the weekend at FC Dallas.

LA Galaxy cagey on injury status of stars Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard for Colorado Rapids tripMLS
Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard are training with the LA Galaxy after skipping Wednesday’s night’s MLS AT&T All-Star Game, and whether they’ll be available for Saturday’s Western Conference clash at Colorado (9 pm ET; MLS LIVE) won’t be determined until the team has arrived in Denver.

MLS All-Star Game marks halfway, and will Frank Lampard finally appear?  – The Guardian
Despite half a season worth of matches, there’s little so far to separate the pack in either conference. In the West, the LA Galaxy’s struggle for away form has done little to threaten the likelihood they’ll make the postseason, and the same goes for the Sounders’ recent woes – seven league losses in their last nine outings. Meanwhile, though there is some daylight now between the top five spots and the bottom five in the Eastern Conference, that could all change within a month, particularly with the possible debut of Frank Lampard in New York and the arrival of Didier Drogba in Montreal.

MLS commissioner Don Garber says league losing money, but profile rising ESPN FC
“We’re still in investment mode,” said Garber. “But there’s a lot of momentum for the sport of soccer in the U.S. and Canada and that is empowering.”

Ganso missed a chance to reinvent himself when his move to MLS got shut downSoccer Gods
It appears now that Paulo Henrique Ganso will not be joining the Kaká & Flavio Augusto da Silva revolution at Orlando City. São Paulo refused the MLS club’s offer to wipe out the outstanding debt between the two sides, dating from Kaká’s loan spell in Brazil last year, in return for the midfielder’s services.

MLS members divided over best All-Star Game formatSBI
Two days after suggesting that the MLS All-Star game should go back to an East vs. West format, head coach Pablo Mastroeni felt differently on Wednesday night. He had led the MLS All-Stars to a 2-1 victory over Tottenham, and the result and performance against the talented Premiership club left him with a very gratifying feeling that made him change his mind about the annual game’s structure.

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UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE

WHITECAPS FC 2  3  TULSA ROUGHNECKS  1

FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015

ONEOK FIELD, TULSA, OK.

Whitecaps FC 2 begin road trip with impressive 3-1 win in TulsaWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 (7W-10L-5D) began their month-long road trip on a high note on Friday evening with an impressive 3-1 victory over Tulsa Roughnecks FC (7W-9L-4D) behind two goals by Marco Bustos and one from Victor Blasco.

Whitecaps FC 2 look to get back on track versus Tulsa Roughnecks FCWhitecaps FC
The ‘Caps turn their sights ahead and put last Friday’s tough 4-0 loss against the Roughnecks in the rear-view mirror as they get a chance for a quick payback.

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BC SOCCER

BC Soccer Assoc. To Create Club Charter ProgramBCSA
“We are pleased to officially announce that BC Soccer will be creating and launching a Club Charter Program in the near future,” said Roger Barnes, BC Soccer Assoc. President.  “The Club Charter Program will be open to all affiliate clubs with a baseline or entry club charter level that will be easily achievable by all clubs.  Developing and promoting the beautiful game is BC Soccer’s overall mission and this Club Charter Program will be integral in continuing to deliver against the strategic plan initiatives and BC Soccer’s overall mission.”

What Crying Over an Amy Schumer Quote in Glamour and Blocking Some BC Soccer Guys on Twitter Have in Common Life as a Female Soccer Player
Last night on twitter, I was checking out the Province Newspaper and came across a lead article talking about there being police presence at a youth soccer meeting in a suburb of Vancouver. ..I tweeted the article with the subcaption “if this doesn’t paint the picture of how toxic/dysfunctional soccer in BC is…” which led to a barrage of notifications coming in immediately from those offended by what I had said.

Canada U-15 national team calls in five Whitecaps FC Residency players for Mexico tournament Whitecaps FC
Canada Soccer announced on Thursday that five Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency and Pre-Residency players have been called-up for Canada’s U-15 men’s national team. In total, 18 young Canadians will take part in a five nations tournament during the first two weeks of August in Mexico.

New crop of Canada M15 heading to MexicoCSA
A new generation of Canadian internationals is about to take a crash course into the world of CONCACAF football as 18 players are off to Mexico City to represent Canada’s Men’s U-15 Team in a five nations tournament.

Central City Breakers Release Financial Statement & MinutesCentral City Breakers
Please click here to view the CCB Financial Statements for 2015 and the CCB AGM Minutes for 2014 as adopted at the AGM.

Venezuelan GK suffers internal bleeding in local Vancouver match, needs help with Medical BillsGo Fund Me
Jose Garcia sufferred a a serious injury to his kidney while playing for CFA of Vancouver’s Multicultural League on July 16. He’s not covered by the Canadian health insurance system, and needs help to cover medical bills exceeding $55,000.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER

Canadian midfielder Desiree Scott set to play in Women’s Cup final at WembleyCanada.com
After playing in front of packed stadiums at the Women’s World Cup this summer, Canadian international Desiree Scott can tick off another item on her bucket list. On Saturday, the 27-year-old Winnipeg midfielder known as The Destroyer is set to play for her club side, Notts County Ladies, against Chelsea in the Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley.

Women’s FA Cup final: Preview & pundits on Chelsea-Notts CountyBBC Sport
Chelsea Ladies and Notts County Ladies are chasing their first major piece of silverware as they meet in Wembley’s first ever women’s FA Cup final.

Women’s FA Cup final: Alex Scott breaks down Chelsea v Notts CountyThe Guardian
The England and Arsenal defender looks at why Chelsea should win but says they will have to match the physicality and aggression of Notts County.

Women’s FA Cup: Wembley win may not benefit clubs financially BBC Sport
Notts County stand to lose money from playing in the Women’s FA Cup, even if they win Saturday’s final at Wembley.

Women’s team needs ‘more Sinclairs more often’ Sportsnet
Going into this summer’s Pan American Games, the focus of the women’s team was development and experience. The coaching staff’s top priority was to get a clearer picture of the talent coming through the Canadian pipeline, while giving them valuable playing time on the international stage.

Australian Heyman settling into life in NWSL The Equalizer
Even though U.S. women’s national team forward Sydney Leroux is out for the rest of the season recovering from surgery on her right ankle, the Flash front line still has the capacity to shake up the opposing team’s defensive line – especially with the recent acquisition of Australian forward Michelle Heyman.

Pro women’s soccer is having a moment. Here’s how to make it lastFortune
Beyond their speed, strength and ability to smash a ball into the back of the net, professional women soccer players in the U.S. seem to be acquiring another talent: Putting butts in seats.

Women’s round-up: July 2015 FIFA
July proved to be a massive month for women’s football, headlined of course by the colourful goal-laden finale to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. So too, there was plenty of action elsewhere both internationally and at club level, with the momentum built during Canada 2015 reflected in greater interest across the globe. FIFA.com reviews all the action from what has been a hectic period.

NASL

Former Whitecap Wes Knight to Retire This Weekend Midfield Press
Knight’s career spanned two countries across two leagues. He caught on with the Vancouver Whitecaps during their USL days, and moved up with them to MLS in 2011. From there, he joined the San Antonio Scorpions for their highly successful inaugural season in 2012 before moving onto FC Edmonton in 2013.

Match Preview vs. Ottawa Fury FC FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (2-2-1) return to Fort McMurray’s Shell Place, Aug 2 to face North American Soccer League (NASL) leading Ottawa Fury FC (4-1-0) in a Canadian Rivalry showdown, presented by Oodle Noodle. Edmonton will welcome the return of midfielder Lance Laing as well as the debut of recent signing Dustin Corea as the battle for top spot in the Fall Season standings heats up.

FC Edmonton announces signing of midfielder Dustin Corea FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton announced the signing of attacking midfielder Dustin Corea, July 30, pending ITC clearance. Corea was a recent participant in this year’s edition of the prestigious Gold Cup tournament as a member of El Salvador’s national team, registering a goal versus Costa Rica in a 1-1 draw. The left-footed, product of Los Angeles, Calif. made 20 appearances for CD FAS of the Salvadoran Primera División through 2014-15, posting five goals in 1648 minutes of playing time.

FCE coach Miller sees Corea signing as part of a long-term plan the11.ca
FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller said that the team’s signing of El Salvadorean midfielder Dustin Corea is about the long-term future of the team.

NASL Notes: Cosmos to hold playoff game in Brooklyn; Fury FC look for improvementSBI
After playing in the borough earlier this year, the New York Cosmos are bringing even higher stakes to Brooklyn. The Cosmos announced Thursday that the club will play a playoff game at Coney Island’s MCU Park on Nov. 7.

NASL football league looks to kick on in North AmericaBBC
According to the US Soccer Federation (USSF), the NASL sits below the MLS as the official Division 2, but as NASL commissioner Bill Peterson tells the BBC website, “we certainly don’t see ourselves as a second-status league”.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

The Swift Rise and Inevitable Political Fall of Mexican National Team Coach Miguel Herrera Vice Sports
Mexico’s men’s national soccer coach Miguel Herrera won fans at home and across the globe during the 2014 World Cup with his colourful sideline antics. Memes of him losing his mind, stomping along the sidelines went viral.

CONCACAF announces review of confederation’s Refereeing Department in wake of Gold Cup controversyMLS
CONCACAF announced Thursday that acting president Alfredo Hawit will personally oversee a review of the confederation’s Refereeing Department following requests for a formal investigation by the Panamanian and Costa Rican football federations in the aftermath of the Gold Cup.

Greeks send 85 to trial for match-fixing, but Olympiakos boss clears first round Inside World Football
A Council of Appeals ruled Thursday that 85 out of a possible 158 original defendants should go on trial for a variety of offences related to the match-fixing scandal of 2010-11, including membership of a criminal organisation, bribery, manipulation of results and illegal betting.

Harvard Paper Uses Statistics to Examine Corruption in Italian Serie B Soccer Harvard Sports Analysis Collective
Italian soccer is infamously riddled with corruption, with multiple scandals over the past decade. Although various forms of match fixing have occurred, the match fixing  described in Joe McGinniss’s book The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro particularly caught my eye. McGinniss recounts how, on the final weekend of the Serie B season, Castel Di Sangro, who had already secured a position above relegation but below promotion, purposely lost a game to Bari, who needed a win to ensure promotion.

Gillingham and chairman Paul Scally fined £75,000 for ‘race victimisation’The Guardian
Gillingham and their chairman, Paul Scally, have each been fined £75,000 for “race victimisation” relating to the departure of the striker Mark McCammon in 2011. McCammon claimed the club refused him treatment for an injury and docked his wages.

New Zealand appeals Olympics disqualificationSportsnet
New Zealand Football has appealed the disqualification of its Under-23 team from the Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament for use of an ineligible player.

Legia Warsaw player hit by ‘stone’ in Europa League match BBC Sport
A player was “hit by a stone” leading to a Europa League qualifier between FK Kukesi and Legia Warsaw in Albania being abandoned.

Adrian Mutu signs for Indian Super League’s Pune City as marquee player The Guardian
The former Chelsea forward Adrian Mutu has joined FC Pune City as their marquee player for the second season of the Indian Super League.

Klinsmann is a long-term hire, not one to be fired for a short-term failureSI.com
It’s totally impossible to imagine Jurgen Klinsmann assaulting a critic. Publically, the U.S. coach is easy going and affable. He deflects criticism with a laugh and an “It’s fine,” or “It’s just normal.”

Celtic will win Scottish Premiership but hope springs eternal for the restThe Guardian
Scottish football does not exactly celebrate diminishing standards but it has been forced to accept them.

“Gunners will prefer three points than the Community Shield”, says Jimmy Bullard The Independent
There might not be a whole host of new talent on show in Sunday’s Community Shield but, in my mind, the whole country has gone a bit mad on the importance of signing new players.

Kang Soo-il’s drugs ban ruins inspirational tale for mixed-race KoreansThe Guardian
Instead of leading the line for his country at the start of qualification for the 2018 World Cup, Kang is banned for much of the season, his international career likely over before it started.

The unsackables: Europe’s longest-serving coachesUEFA
Ignacio Quereda has ended his record-breaking 27-year reign as Spain women’s coach and we salute him and the other longest-serving managers at club and international level.

Aberdeen to Almaty: Scottish club make longest Uefa journeyBBC Sport
You’ve only got two options if you’re flying from Aberdeen to Almaty on Thursday: via London or Beijing. Via London, it’s 10 hours and it is July, so surely you can get the time off. Why do it? The chance to witness football history as Aberdeen take on Kazakhstan’s Kairat Almaty in the Europa League third qualifying round first leg.

FIFA’s shifting sands turn friends into foes in race for the summit Inside World Football
You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. But if things don’t work out, I’ll willingly scratch someone else’s. Welcome to the world of shifting allegiances and alliances that have become the hallmark of footballing presidential elections.

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