BC Soccer News, Monday, August 3, 2015






Pa-Modou Kah leads Whitecaps FC to a dominant 3-0 win in SeattleMLS
There’s just something about Gambians playing for Whitecaps FC in Seattle. In the past two years it’s been Kekuta Manneh scoring to send Vancouver to victory, but this time it was centre back Pa-Modou Kah guiding the ‘Caps to a dominant 3-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC in front of 53,125 fans at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle Sounders FC 0, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3MLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps took Saturday night’s Cascadia Cup clash with the Seattle Sounders in resounding fashion, riding a trifecta of highlight-reel goals to a 3-0 blowout of the hapless Sounders at CenturyLink Field.

Sounders ‘pissed off’ by Whitecaps celebrations in SeattleThe Province
Wednesday can’t come soon enough. There was lingering bitterness Saturday at CenturyLink Field, after the Whitecaps romped to a 3-0 victory in front of 53,000-plus fans to reclaim top spot in the West and take control of the Cascadia Cup race.

Vancouver’s Pa-Modou Kah’s brace sends Sounders FC to 4th consecutive shutout loss Prost Amerika
Defender Pa-Modou Kah scored early in each half from redirected corner kicks and Pedro Morales’ rocket free kick led the Vancouver Whitecaps (12-8-3, 39 pts) to a 3-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders FC (10-11-2, 32 pts). The win moved Vancouver atop the Western Conference standings.

Kah at the double as Whitecaps trounce Sounders and move back to first in the WestAFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps are making the Clink a special place to visit with another commanding win against the Sounders on Saturday night in Seattle.

Kah’s brace propels Whitecaps to huge win over Sounders  – Red Nation Online
The Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders will be seeing a lot of each other in MLS and CONCACAF Champions League with four combined matches before the end of September. The Whitecaps visited CenturyLink Field on Saturday night hoping to deny the Sounders a chance to claim the coveted Cascadia Cup. Pa-Modou Kah scored a brace as Vancouver jumped out to an early lead and never looked back with a 3-0 win over Seattle in front of 53,125 bewildered fans.

Cascadia Corner: What is wrong with Seattle? What is right with Vancouver. Prost Amerika
Saturday’s match was possibly the most one sided Cascadia derby in the MLS era. The Whitecaps were superior in every position. Only some good timing and positioning from Brad Evans plus Stefan Frei’s post post prevented a bigger hammering.

Clint Dempsey is back – and the Seattle Sounders are still bad The Guardian
The USA striker returned to MLS duty this week but there were familiar problems to greet him .

August brings no change to Sounders’ fortunes – Soccer America
The way things are going, the Seattle Sounders’ season may remembered as before and after Tukwila. Their season has not been the same since the ill-fated U.S. Open Cup game against the Portland Timbers.

High-flying Whitecaps deserve a closer lookGoal
With MLS news currently dominated by new big-name signings entering the league, in-form clubs like Vancouver are poised to earn the kind of attention all MLS clubs should strive.

Canadian Content MLS Rounds 17-19 – How did the Canadians in MLS do these weeks? CSN
Twelve Canadians saw action over the three-week spell that spanned the group stages of the 2015 Gold Cup, combining for a total of twelve starts and six substitute appearance over that period. A further fifteen matches passed as unused substitutes for a variety of players.

Midfielder Venegas to join Impact TSN
Attacking midfielder Johan Venegas was acquired by the Montreal Impact on Monday. The club completed the transfer for the Costa Rican international from club L.D. Alajuelense. Targeted allocation money was used to acquire Venegas.

Frank Lampard feels Montreal Impact as New York debut ends in defeatThe Guardian
It will go down as one of the most delayed debuts in history. Frank Lampard, a player so good he needed two introductory press conferences, finally made his MLS bow for New York City on Saturday more than 12 months after the former England midfielder was unveiled as the club’s poster boy.

The ‘old TFC’ rears its ugly head in latest loss Sportsnet
On Saturday night, we saw the “old Toronto FC,” as Greg Vanney’s side imploded on the road in a humiliating 3-1 loss to New England, a game that was eerily reminiscent of the club’s trademark limp efforts under previous regimes.

Luiz targets American move, predicts massive future for MLS Fox Sports
Paris Saint-Germain centre-back David Luiz has revealed he could well join an MLS club before the end of his career after tipping America to be a leading division within five years.

FIFA 16  Adds CenturyLink Field to MLS Stadiums to join BC Place EA Sports
FIFA 16 will include nine new stadiums when it launches on September 22. In addition to the three promoted 2015-16 Barclays Premier League sides, we have stadiums from leagues across the world. See how the nine stadiums will look when you play FIFA 16. The complete list of FIFA 16’s 50 licensed and 28 generic stadiums follows.

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Canadian side K-W United win 2015 PDL Championship after seven-goal thrillerAFTN
It wouldn’t be Canadian soccer if things weren’t done the hard way! Ontario side K-W United FC became the third Canadian club to win the USL PDL Championship in a dramatic seven-goal thriller at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington on Sunday afternoon.

Report: C-League cities24th Minute
Multiple sources are confirming the cities that will be involved in the C-League launch. Currently, there are committed backers in eight cities. The launch target remains Spring 2017.


Fury score late goal to capture three points against Eddies FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (2W-2D-2L) suffered a 1-0 defeat against North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season leaders Ottawa Fury FC (5W-1D-0L) in the match presented by Heritage Landing at Parsons Creek and StoneCreek Communities at Shell Place in Fort McMurray.

Fury suffocates Eddies, then wins it late the11.ca
With its 1-0 win over FC Edmonton Sunday in Fort McMurray, the Ottawa Fury extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games. The Fury now has a six-point cushion atop the NASL fall standings.

Alves Named NASL Player of the Week Ottawa Fury
Ottawa Fury FC defender Rafael Alves has been named the North American Soccer League (NASL) Player of the Week, the League announced Monday. Alves’ stoppage time winner lifted Ottawa over Edmonton 1-0 Sunday afternoon in Fort McMurray extending the club’s impressive unbeaten streak to 11-games while building their lead atop the NASL standings. The Brazilian defender was also a rock on defence helping Fury FC earn their eighth shutout of the season.

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Women’s FA Cup Final: Fans’ verdicts on historic Wembley day BBC Sport
After 44 years of finals at venues ranging from Waterlooville FC to Nottingham Forest’s City Ground, the Women’s FA Cup final finally came to the ‘Home of Football’ on Saturday.

Wambach to sponsors: Support us or get left behind Sporting News
As she nears the end of her playing career, Abby Wambach is more comfortable about speaking out. After the U.S. Women’s team’s victory in the World Cup, she has some blunt advice for advertisers/sponsors reluctant to support women’s pro soccer: Get in while the getting is good. Or pay through the nose in the future.

Dunn makes strong case for NWSL MVPSoccer America
If the NWSL means anything to the U.S. women’s national team, Crystal Dunn will be in the squad when it takes on Costa Rica in its first post-Women’s World Cup matches Aug. 16 and 19. Dunn, one of the last cuts from the U.S. Women’s World Cup team, added three more goals to give her 12 in 14 games as her first-half hat trick — the first hat trick in Washington history — led the Spirit to a 3-1 win over the Houston Dash.

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John Terry: Community Shield defeat could be wake-up call Chelsea needed The Guardian
John Terry said defeat by Arsenal in the Community Shield could serve as “a wake-up call” to Chelsea as they prepare to defend their Premier League title.

PSG and Arsenal win their super cups: but is competition being strangled?Inside World Football
The victory of Paris St Germain in the Trophee des Champions has been greeted by predictable headlines regarding the club’s dominance of French soccer, but statistical analysis shows that behind Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea on Sunday lies an historically significant stranglehold on the Community Shield by a small group of England’s top clubs.

Champions League second legs: The lowdownUEFA
Monaco have hit form, Mydtjylland are feeling the heat, Celtic want an away goal, David Lafata is back for Sparta and Steaua are hopeful at Partizan: UEFA.com previews the second legs.

Sky Sports use Football Manager database to profile players in real lifeThe Telegraph
Video game’s scouting network used to analyse the abilities of various Premier League players.

How science is fine-tuning our elite footballersThe Guardian
In February, football’s lawmakers approved the analysis of a player’s performance during live matches, via a tracking device in the shirt. So what impact will this have on a player’s health, game management – and the half-time team talk?

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