BC Soccer News, Monday, June 1, 2015


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Koffie and Techera standouts as Whitecaps down RSLEighty-Six Forever
The Whitecaps get an overall F. F is Formidable! The Vancouver Whitecaps played their last game at BC Place before embarking on a five game road trip, and they went out with a bang. Which ‘Caps impressed during the win over RSL?

Report and Reaction: The Bug provides stinger for Whitecaps in win over RSLAFTN
It was an entertaining, end to end affair at BC Place on Saturday afternoon, as Vancouver Whitecaps put some of their recent home woes behind them to come away with a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake.

Whitecaps hoping for consistency from Gershon KoffieVancouver Sun
In his 100th start as a Vancouver Whitecap, Gershon Koffie played a game that was invigorating and exhilarating. He was a physical, ball-winning force in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake at BC Place.

Whitecaps 2, Real Salt Lake 1: Caught The Bug, Vancouver’s got the feverThe Province
How smart a soccer player is Whitecaps’ winger Cristian Techera? Check out his description of his opportunistic winner from Saturday’s game, a 2-1 victory over Salt Lake at B.C. Place.

Sky’s the limit, but Koffie’s head isn’t in the cloudsThe Province
Gershon Koffie made his 100th start for the Whitecaps a memorable one. The Ghanaian midfielder scored a sensational goal in front of 21,000 fans at B.C. Place. He also won balls, created chances, and did a lot of little things right in the Caps’ 2-1 win over Salt Lake.

New York Red Bulls stung by Seattle Sounders’ late winner: “It’s a really tough one to swallow” MLS
For 90 minutes, it looked as though the New York Red Bulls had done enough to earn a hard-fought road point against the league’s top team. But Chad Barrett’s stoppage-time winner – courtesy of Clint Dempsey – sent New York to their second straight loss, dropping the Red Bulls to 1-3-3 in their last seven.

TFC’s Bradley called up by U.S. national teamSportsnet
Toronto FC will have to make do without their captain for their next Major League Soccer game. Midfielder Michael Bradley on Sunday was called up by the U.S. national team for a pair of friendlies against the Netherlands in Amsterdam (June 5) and Germany in Cologne (June 10).

De Rosario’s mission will remain the same in retirementRed Nation Online
A couple of weeks after letting the cat out of the bag via an Instagram post, Canadian soccer icon Dwayne De Rosario officially announced the end of his playing career at a press conference at BMO Field on Saturday.

CONCACAF Champions League field set for 2015-16 tournament ahead of Monday’s drawMLS
The MLS teams participating in this year’s tournament are the LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders, Real Salt Lake, D.C. United and Vancouver Whitecaps. They will be joined by 19 other teams from across North America, Central America and the Caribbean, with the 24 participants being draw into eight groups of three, playing four games from August-October 2015. The top team in each group will advance to the knockout stages, starting in February or March 2016.


Whitecaps FC 2 defeat Arizona United SC 2-0 for second straight winWhitecaps FC
The fun family atmosphere at Thunderbird Stadium is starting to become the exact opposite for visiting teams as Whitecaps FC 2 defeated Long Tan and Arizona United SC 2-0 on Sunday.


Small clubs, youth teams feel victimized by FIFA scandal The Sentinel
The DOJ FIFA indictment said “youth leagues and development programs” were hit hardest by corruption. FIFA spent $1 billion on development projects the last three years. But it’s unclear how much of that money got to players and clubs, or ended up in the bank accounts of FIFA officials.

England should boycott 2018 World Cup, says Andy BurnhamThe Guardian
England should boycott the 2018 World Cup because someone needs to take a stand against corruption in Fifa and military aggression by Russia, Andy Burnham, the favourite to be the next Labour leader, has said.


For United States, World Cup goals are clear-cutThe Equalizer
United States supporters raised a banner from rooftop to field level behind the south goal of the stadium prior to the match that read, “BRING IT HOME,” with a drawing of the Women’s World Cup trophy emblazoned over the red stripes of an American flag. The United States’ goals in Canada in June – and they hope July – are as black and white as their new home jerseys: Win or fail. The Americans haven’t won the World Cup in 16 years.

USA held by Korea Republic FIFA
The United States were held to a goalless draw in their final warm-up match against Korea Republic, just over a week before they open their FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign in Canada. The Americans, ranked at number two in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking, dominated play but lacked finishing in front of goal as they struggled without star striker Alex Morgan, who has not played in a month because of a knee injury.


Eddies Spring Season home match summaryFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton’s North American Soccer League (NASL) Spring Schedule came to an end this past week after a roller coaster two-month period. The Eddies reached an 11-game unbeaten streak at home while registering two wins, two draws, and a loss. Eddies home fans witnessed 22 goals scored at Clarke Field, with the home side registering thirteen of those.



Brazil triumph in Taranaki thrillerFIFA
Brazil have beaten Nigeria 4-2 in dramatic and hugely entertaining game at New Plymouth’s Taranaki Stadium. This meeting of Africa’s champions and the five-time U-20 World Cup winners more than lived up to its billing, with the South Americans triumphing in a game that neither side deserved to lose.

Rampant Germany smash eight past FijiFIFA
Germany cruised to the most comfortable of victories in their FIFA U-20 World Cup opener, beating debutants Fiji 8-1 in Christchurch. A rampant first-half performance, with Hany Mukhtar and Niklas Stark getting three and two respectively, saw the 1981 winners storm into an unassailable lead, though the Pacific nation’s fans did have something to cheer about when Iosefo Verevou claimed an unexpected consolation strike.

Motherwell crush Rangers to stay up before ugly scenes shame play-offThe Guardian
Rangers supporters would have been delighted never to hear the name of Bilel Mohsni again, even before the ugly conclusion to Scotland’s domestic season. They will be denied that pleasure. Somehow the Tunisian defender’s meltdown on confirmation that Rangers had been defeated 6-1 on aggregate by Motherwell summed up the rudderless football setup at a once dominant club.

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