BC Soccer News, June 30, 2015

DAYS 25-26

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SEMI FINALS

Tuesday, June 30

UNITED STATES 2  GERMANY 0

OLYMPIC STADIUM, MONTREAL

Wednesday, July 1

JAPAN  vs. ENGLAND

4:00 PM – COMMONWEALTH STADIUM, EDMONTON

BC Soccer News, June 30, 2015

Germany vs. USA semifinal: A battle of the bestSportsnet
When the draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup was held and the match schedule unveiled, two knockout games carried a great deal of expectancy, given the likelihood of the teams that they would feature.

USWNT enter semifinal showdown with top-ranked Germany full of confidenceSBI
For the first time in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team is set to enter a match as the underdogs. After knocking off China in the tournament’s quarterfinals, the USWNT faces its toughest test yet Tuesday night in a matchup with Germany in a matchup that pits the world’s top two teams against one another.

US, Germany treating WWC semifinal like a finalThe Equalizer
Like a script making the rounds in Hollywood, the United States and Germany meet on the big stage again on Tuesday in the 2015 Women’s World Cup semifinals, in sequel No. 30 of this rivalry.

Hard work paying off for MaierFIFA
“More than anything, it was a huge shock; I’d never had such a major injury before,” Leonie Maier told FIFA.com, recalling the moment a ruptured cruciate ligament was diagnosed following an incident in a Germany training session on 11 March 2014. It was the start of 22 months of hard work as an operation was followed by a long and difficult rehabilitation programme.

Morgan looking for a fairytale finishFIFA
Alex Morgan is one of the most popular players in USA women’s football. A talented goalscorer with a style that is very easy on the eye and good looks to match, she is nothing short of a media phenomenon.

England must accept demands of World Cup success, says Mark SampsonThe Guardian
Mark Sampson has reminded his players that the privilege of representing England involves accepting wider responsibilities. He is hoping the World Cup semi-finalists will continue to serve as exemplary ambassadors for the national game at a time when they are experiencing unprecedented and, quite possibly, unexpected scrutiny.

Experts set to meet for 6th FIFA Women’s Football SymposiumFIFA
The 6th FIFA Women’s Football Symposium will take place from 3-5 July at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver, Canada, bringing together hundreds of representatives from the 209 member associations to focus on women’s football and the role of women in football.

U.S. Soccer had goalkeepers coaches train with Hope Solo during banSI.com
U.S. Soccer paid to have two of its goalkeepers coaches travel to Seattle and train Hope Solo during her 30-day U.S. Soccer suspension earlier this year, the federation has confirmed to SI.com.

FIFA explains all-female referee crew for World CupThe Equalizer
Referees and officials face increasing scrutiny, that is only increasing. This is part of the reason why it is so difficult to find referees who are up to the standards of being a referee at a World Cup. The referee pool simply is not expansive enough to pick officials who are all at the top-level quality wise. The notion that male referees should be involved in women’s soccer is a topic with many avenues.

Herdman: Expect some new faces at Rio Olympics Sportsnet
A tournament review is planned, to help prepare for the 2016 Olympic campaign. “When I do that, I’ll do it with passion and integrity and no remorse,” Herdman said. “At this point I haven’t got the ability to look at anything yet.”

FIFA Women’s World Cup: Lauren Sesselmann fires back at critics after Canada’s loss CBC
In a raw, very personal response to fans, Team Canada defender Lauren Sesselmann has broken her silence and lashed out against negative feedback she has received since her team was eliminated from the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Saturday in Vancouver.

Sesselmann has nothing to apologize for 24 Hours
“The country of Canada is disappointed the team lost and got knocked out of the competition, but as a nation we are proud that you gave your blood, sweat and tears over the course of that tournament. You gave your all and true fans of the team realize that. We truly hope to see you continue to wear the maple leaf with pride and honour.”

Has NWSL helped Canada, Mexico? The Equalizer
The World Cup is not over yet but it is for Canada and Mexico and those are the two countries that bought into Sunil Gulati’s plan of subsidizing player salaries in a new soccer league when it launched in late 2012. Two-and-a-half league seasons and one World Cup later, the questions linger. Did the partnership help either side? And is it beneficial for either to continue or even for other federations to join the party?

Buh-Bye, “Babe City”: How Sexist Coverage Of The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Is DyingVice Sports
Days before the United States women’s national team traveled to Canada for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, head coach Jill Ellis was so taken aback by the amount of press at the team’s media day in New York City that she later called it a “circus.” But not so long ago, the same sort of attention was unthinkable.

World Cup road trip: Va. family follows U.S. team across Canada in SUV, pop-up camperWashington Post
The Hemphills from southwestern Virginia have been on the road for more than three weeks watching soccer and exploring Canada.

5 Quick Ways to Fix The Deadbeat Boyfriend That is Canadian SoccerLife as a Female Soccer Player
While I have wandered away for the most part, completely in frustration from Canadian soccer, to places that allowed me to thrive and not be stifled, both as a player (Ireland) and as a coach (United States), it’s like that old first love that you can’t help but still care so deeply for, despite the flaws they have that you know deep down are never going to change. But you have hope. You never lose hope.

Fewer mind games, more focus would help a scrappy Canadian sideGlobe and Mail
Throughout their disappointing World Cup, the Canadian team wanted it both ways. They told people they weren’t very good. Players and coach said that over and over again. At the same time, they thought they had a chance to win it.

Women’s World Cup Post-Mortem Red Nation Online
Watching Canada lose sucks. It’s something I’ve gotten used to over the years, but it still hurts every time we are knocked out of a major competition or miss out on qualifying.

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WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Group stage schedule set for 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions LeagueWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will kick off their first-ever Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) campaign against a familiar foe in Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday, August 5.

CONCACAF unveils Champions League group stage schedule, set to kick off August 4MLS
The first matchday will be played on Aug. 4 and group play wraps up on Oct. 22. Only the winners of the eight groups will advance, leading to the elimination of 16 of the 24 participating teams in the group stage.

Havana Days: First MLS goal prompts introspection, motivation for Kianz FroeseWhitecaps FC
If you needed to know what scoring his first goal in Major League Soccer meant to Vancouver Whitecaps FC Homegrown midfielder Kianz Froese, the joy was clearly written all over his face for everyone to see.

U.S. Youth Club Petitions FIFA For Right To Collect Fees on DeAndre Yedlin Vice Sports
On Monday, Crossfire Premiere, a youth club based in Redmond, Washington, sent a letter to FIFA’s Executive Committee asking for the right to collect solidarity fees in regards to former academy product DeAndre Yedlin, who last year transferred from Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders to the English Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspurs for a reported $4 million fee.

Yedlin’s youth club takes grievance vs. MLS, USSF over compensation to FIFASI.com
FIFA Article 20 dictates that training compensation must be paid to all clubs that had a hand in a player’s development up to age 21 for first-time professionals and transfers between clubs in different national associations until he turns 23. Article 21 states that solidarity is due for non-free player transfers to every club that held his registration until age 23. Yedlin will turn 22 on July 9.

LA Galaxy announce details of new Designated Player Steven Gerrard’s official unveiling, first trainingMLS
“Stevie G” will be officially introduced to his new country on Independence Day. Steven Gerrard is set to be unveiled as an LA Galaxy player at this Saturday’s home game against Toronto FC at StubHub Center (10:30 pm ET, MLS LIVE in US, Sportsnet 360 in Canada), the club announced on Monday, and the England international will begin training with his new team on Tuesday, July 7.

Seattle Sounders announce fan favorite Erik Friberg’s return to the clubMLS
The club announced on Monday that it has signed midfielder Erik Friberg, who was with Seattle in 2011. The 29-year-old Swedish international is being added to Sounders’ roster pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate once Major League Soccer’s transfer window officially opens on July 8. Per MLS and club policy, additional terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

Report: Galaxy in discussions to sign Giovani Dos SantosSBI
After years of rumors linking him with a move to the league, Giovani Dos Santos has reportedly found himself a serious suitor in MLS. Reports out of Spain state that the Mexican star is currently in discussions with the LA Galaxy. The reports state that the transfer fee for the Mexican playmaker, who plays for Villarreal, would be somewhere around $7.84 million.

Sporting KC’s Robb Heineman says club pursuing Chelsea winger Marko MarinMLS
Discussing his club’s possible activity in the international transfer market when the summer window opens next month, Rob Heineman stated that Sporting are in contact with Chelsea winger Marko Marin in the hopes of cinching a move for the onetime Germany international.

Orlando City to End Affiliation with Louisville City FC, Will Pursue Local USL Team The Mane Land
The Lions will end their USL agreement with Louisville City FC after only one season and will own and operate an “OCSC2-type” franchise out of Orlando for player development purposes starting in 2016.

Fans of Sporting Kansas City, Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas launch the Midwestia ChampionshipDallas Morning News
South Stand SC President, Corbin LeGrand’s, initial idea was one of something fun and yet unique – the Midwestia Championship. Doesn’t the name sound strangely familiar, and why call it a Championship rather than Cup? Brandon Huckabee, of the Midwestia Championship board, as well as Dallas Beer Guardians President, and panelist on the 19th Minute podcast, provided the answer:

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BC SOCCER

Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency to host USSDA quarter-final next Wednesday, July 8 at 6pmWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency will host their United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) quarter-final against Georgia United next Wednesday, July 8 at Simon Fraser University (SFU) Field #4. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. PT.

SPARTANS ADD FIVE TO ROUND OUT 2015 RECRUITING CLASSTWU
Trinity Western women’s soccer coach Graham Roxburgh officially announced the addition of five more players to round out his 2015 recruiting class, including three from Burnaby, B.C. and one each from Langley and Calgary.

Highlanders win PCSL Island derby over Mariners Times Colonist
The Victoria Highlanders recorded a key 2-1 victory Sunday in Ladysmith over the Mid Isle Mariners in the Island derby that made the top of the Pacific Coast Soccer League table even tighter.

Emma Humphries visits Kootenay AcademyWhitecaps FC
In the midst of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup being held in Canada, former New Zealand international and current Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX head coach Emma Humphries visited the club’s Kootenay Academy over the weekend.

United teams gear up for provincials Kelowna Capital News
Seven Kelowna United teams will represent the Thompson Okanagan later this month at the B.C. Soccer provincial B championships.

White Rock soccer pioneer earns hall-of-fame nod Peace Arch News
Last week, when Kerry Olahan stood inside BC Place – host venue for the FIFA Women’s World Cup – and saw thousands upon thousands of fans cheering, she marvelled at just how far her sport had come.

Classic soccer match-up Cowichan Valley Citizen
The Cowichan Classics over-50 soccer team will play host to Costa Rica’s Real Cartago in an exhibition match at McAdam Park on Tuesday, June 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to attend.

What do you believe in?Go Play Better
Last year at one of our Youth Coaches’ Boot Rooms Nick Dasovic asked this question. So now I’m asking you, as a youth coach, what is it that you believe in? Ponder this question and really let it settle into your thoughts. For the majority of youth coaches across North America it’s my guess that you’ve never really thought about it, or perhaps you’ve never been asked.  So what does Dasovic mean by this? What he’s getting at is that as a coach you need to have a philosophy.  This in essence is what you believe in.

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WORLD OF SOCCER

Chile advances to Copa America final over 10-man PeruSBI
For the third time in history, and first time on home soil, Chile will play in the Copa America final.

Copa America: Paraguay’s Diaz out to prove Argentina wrongFIFA
Back in 1995, then-Argentina coach Daniel Passarella had a message for the wife of Ramon Diaz, who at the age of 35 was winding down his goalscoring career in the Japanese league. “Tell Ramon that I recommended him for the coach’s job at River Plate,” said the Millonarios legend.

Is soccer in the US letting Hispanic talent slip through the cracks? The Guardian
As Miguel Ibarra posed for photographs with his new team, Club Leon of Mexico, George Kuntz would no doubt have cracked a smile. It was a moment of validation for a coach who three years earlier had urged nigh every contemporary in Major League Soccer to take Ibarra in the 2013 SuperDraft.

Falcao ‘sign contract’ with Chelsea and will join pre-season tour in MontrealThe Independent
Former Manchester United striker said to have agreed a deal to join Premier League champions after Copa America duty

UEFA approves changes to FFP rulesGoal
UEFA has updated its Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules in a bid to make clubs more attractive to new investors and improve competition. FFP was introduced as a way of preventing clubs from spending beyond their means and curbing huge losses, with fines imposed on those found in breach and some clubs receiving bans from UEFA competitions.

Catania president admits fixing Serie B matchesSportsnet
Catania’s owner admitted to fixing five Serie B matches aimed at preventing the Sicilian club from relegation to the third division.

Uefa rejects suggestion that confederations blocked Fifa reforms  – The Guardian
Uefa has hit back at suggestions that it and other continental confederations have been responsible for blocking reforms aimed at cleaning up football’s scandal-plagued world governing body, Fifa.

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