BC SOCCER WEB WORLD CUP CENTRAL
Every day, we’ll bring you all of scores, news and best writing from around the web from the 2018 World Cup.
Uruguay beat ten-man Russia to win Group A – FIFA
Uruguay beat hosts Russia 3-0 thanks to goals from forward duo Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, alongside an own goal from Denis Cheryshev, to finish as Group A winners.
Saudi Arabia’s late winner dooms Egypt – SBI
Egypt went into Monday’s group finale looking for some consolation after a disappointing showing in the group stage. The Pharaohs started brightly, but by the end of the day their final match ended as their previous two had ended: with disappointment.
World Cup group-stage scenarios heat up – The Star
Who’s in, who’s out and possible scenarios at the World Cup.
Senegal’s Aliou Cisse unhappy with defence against Japan – African Football
Senegal coach Aliou Cisse has lashed out at his defence after their 2-2 draw against Japan on Sunday afternoon.
World Cup 2018: Peru’s Jefferson Farfan ruled out after ‘traumatic brain injury’ – BBC Sport
The Lokomotiv Moscow forward, 33, was unconscious for “a couple of minutes” after colliding with a team-mate in training and he remains in hospital.
Denmark’s new generation hoping for a 2002-style shock against France – The Guardian
Åge Hareide’s side will top Group C with victory over France and ‘the Brazilians of Scandinavia’ can draw inspiration from a seismic World Cup moment
Sources: Mohamed Salah considering retiring from Egyptian national team – Sportsnet
Mohamed Salah told Egypt team officials and teammates that he is considering retiring from international play because he is angry about being used as a political symbol while the World Cup squad was based in Chechnya, two people close to the player told The Associated Press Sunday.
High flying Swiss set to have their wings clipped over Albanian ‘eagle’ celebration – Inside World Football
FIFA has begun disciplinary proceedings against two Swiss players over their highly sensitive goalscoring celebrations that infuriated Serbia during last week’s clash between the sides.
Colombia dedicate win to Carlos Sanchez after death threats against midfielder – BBC Sport
Colombia coach Jose Pekerman dedicated Sunday’s 3-0 win over Poland to Carlos Sanchez, who received death threats after being sent off three minutes into their World Cup defeat against Japan.
England advances at World Cup after rout of Panama – London Free Press
In humidity usually so debilitating for England, the goals flowed freely. A 6-1 rout of Panama on Sunday — led by Harry Kane’s hat trick — was the national team’s largest-ever victory margin at the World Cup.
What do Costa Rica, Panama early exits say about US soccer? – Peterborough Examiner
Costa Rica and Panama were overwhelmed at the World Cup, both going two and out. What does that say about the United States, which didn’t even make it to soccer’s showcase?
Panama find a historic silver lining – FIFA
Panama were full of hope and belief ahead of their second outing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. As it turned out, however, things did not go to plan against an England team who demonstrated the difference in class between the two sides.
Argentine players likely selecting lineup for Nigeria match – NBC Sports
Drastic changes appear to be coming for the CONMEBOL nation, after relations with manager Jorge Sampaoli have soured significantly over the last week-and-a-half.
Iceland coach turns off cellphone to focus on Croatia – USA Today
Iceland’s coach isn’t dwelling on worldwide media attention, potential offers from big clubs, or even the prospect of having a hand in eliminating Lionel Messi and Argentina from the World Cup.
Belgium, England to rotate lineups in Group H finale – Sportsnet
Sadly for the fans, Belgium and England are ready to rest and rotate.
Lionel Messi retirement: Argentina star ‘won’t quit International football until he’s won World Cup’ – Yahoo Sports
Lionel Messi has reportedly claimed he won’t retire from International football until he’s won the World Cup.
Colombia fans pack downtown bar for World Cup win – London Free Press
Normally, most bars would be fairly empty at 2 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon. But this was not a normal Sunday. National pride was on the line as two of London, Ontario’s largest immigrant communities, Colombia and Poland, faced off in a game of soccer in this year’s FIFA World Cup group stage.
World Cup fades and comb-overs cause a buzz at Calgary barbershops – CBC
The beautiful game’s biggest show is in full bloom but it’s not just the football that has fans talking during the World Cup. The matches are also an opportunity for the sport’s biggest stars to show off their latest haircuts and those trendsetting ‘dos are often as hotly debated as the stars who sport them.
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
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Deadly double for Dočkal gives Whitecaps Union city blues – AFTN
The problem with bye weeks, or at least for Vancouver Whitecaps anyway, is that it kills momentum. Now we can argue whether momentum is actually a thing or not, but let’s save that for another day. What we can say is that the ‘Caps stunk out the place in their first match back after the World Cup break.
Whitecaps FC six-match unbeaten streak comes to an end in Philadelphia – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6-6-5) saw their six-match unbeaten run come to an end with a 4-0 defeat against Philadelphia Union (6-7-3) at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday.
Tired-looking Whitecaps need to re-energize after ’embarrassing’ loss to Union – Edmonton Journal
Carl Robinson thought something was off with his team from the first minute on Saturday. The Philadelphia Union thought something was off before the game even started.
Hard work undone as Whitecaps are humbled by the Union – Red Nation Online
The MLS World Cup break came to an end as Vancouver Whitecaps FC returned to action as against he Philadelphia Union. The Caps looked like they were still on a break as the Philadelphia Union out-played Vancouver in a 4-0 win in front of 15,250 fans at Talen Energy Stadium.
Vancouver Whitecaps: Too much time at Club Tropicana? – Soccer Shorts
There are times when the whole world can seem slightly off kilter. After a particularly vivid fever dream perhaps, the sudden death of a loved one that throws clarity on what was previously blurred or maybe the ingestion of industrial amounts of hallucinogenic drugs. One other such time is when watching a game of Major League Soccer immediately after a World Cup game.
Wayne Rooney set to complete move to DC United – Eurosport
Wayne Rooney is set to complete his move to DC United in the MLS on Monday evening, according to media reports.
Domenec Torrent a winner in NYCFC managerial debut against Toronto FC – Newsday
Jo Inge Berget scored twice and coach Domenec Torrent celebrated his New York City FC debut with a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on Sunday.
Toronto FC looked far from great in loss to New York City FC – Toronto Sun
Halfway toward picking up a huge road victory, bad old Toronto FC re-emerged. And against a dominant home side like New York City FC a visiting opponent needs to be strong, smart and committed for a full 90 minutes.
Impact shuts out Orlando 2-0 in Florida – Montreal Impact
Just 10 days after beating the Lions 3-0 at Stade Saputo, the Montreal Impact was victorious again against Orlando, this time in Florida, Saturday night at Orlando City Stadium, winning it 2-0 thanks to an own goal in the first half, and one from Nacho Piatti late in the second half.
Montreal Impact: Jimmy Briand makes sense in every way – MLS Multiplex
The Montreal Impact are being heavily linked with a move for French forward Jimmy Briand. The move makes sense in almost every way. And here’s why.
MLS Week 17: Shutouts for Philadelphia, the Red Bulls, Montreal, and LAFC – US Soccer Players
The 2018 MLS season resumed after a week off for the start of the group stage at the World Cup. The weekend schedule opened with a big result for the Philadelphia Union, shutting out Vancouver 4-0 at home.
Loons Swept Away by Rapids – Fifty Five One
After taking an early lead on a Miguel Ibarra goal, Minnesota went down a man and lost 3-2 to the Colorado Rapids. A late stoppage time goal gave the home team the win over Minnesota after the Loons had been the better team for the majority of the match.
Atlanta United wait on Nagbe injury news, ponder how to address “big loss” – MLS
Atlanta United may be without Darlington Nagbe in the lineup for the first time all season after the midfielder went down with what appears to be a muscle injury on Sunday.
Gressel ties it in Atlanta United’s 1-1 draw with Timbers – NBC Sports
Julian Gressel tied it in the 56th minute and Atlanta United held on for a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Sunday.
World Cup veterans headline 2018 MLS All-Star Fan XI – MLS
Five players touting FIFA World Cup experience and a bevy of young talent from host Atlanta United highlight the 2018 MLS All-Star Fan XI.
Six Atlanta United players headline MLS All-Star Fan XI – SBI
Atlanta United’s passionate fan base will have plenty to cheer for when the MLS All-Star Game comes to town on August 1.
How MLS tries to exploit the World Cup, even with the US absent – The Guardian
A crowd of soccer fans gathered at Avaya Stadium on 17 June – nothing unusual as it is the home of MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes. But it was 9am on a Sunday, and the Earthquakes nor any other MLS team were in action. A viewing party had been set up for Mexico v Germany, a match being played 6,000 miles and nine timezones from San Jose.
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BC SOCCER NEWS
Highlanders Drop Narrow 2-1 Loss in Salem, Oregon – Victoria Highlanders
Victoria Highlanders FC (3-7-0) dropped a closely fought matchup versus MLS affiliate Portland Timbers U-23 (3-4-2), June 24, at McCulloch Stadium in Salem, Oregon.
Highlanders Earn Three Points in Eugene, Oregon – Victoria Highlanders
Victoria Highlanders FC (3-6-0) captured all three points against Lane United FC (2-3-4) to kick off the first match of their two game road series on the right foot. After going down 1-0 in the 18′, the Highlanders fought back with two unanswered goals to capture their third win of the Premier Development League (PDL) season.
Academy Playoffs: U-17s finish season with 3-2 comeback versus Philadelphia Union – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-17 Residency wrapped-up their season on Saturday with a 3-2 comeback win against Philadelphia Union at the Academy Playoffs.
AFTN’s Vancouver Whitecaps Residency ‘Ones To Watch’ 2018 (Part One – the U17s) – AFTN
These past seven seasons we have put together our annual ‘Ones To Watch’ list of who we feel are the top Residency players within the Vancouver Whitecaps system (you can find links to all the previous years at the bottom of this article), and we kick this year’s rankings off with a look at the U17 squad.
KYSA ANNOUNCES 2018 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS – BC Soccer Web
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) today announced the recipients of ten Scholarship Awards it has to present this year.
Prince Rupert Youth Soccer Association wraps up season – Northern View
The Prince Rupert Youth Soccer Association (PRYSA) held its year-end play days over the weekend, giving parents, coaches and players an opportunity to stretch their legs on the pitch together one last time before the summer break.
PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.
TSS Rovers release Season Tickets for the 2018 season – TSS Rovers
A great summer of soccer is in store at Swangard Stadium with the PDL & WPSL TSS Rovers. Season yickets are only $70.
Victoria Highlanders FC 2018 Season Tickets now on sale – Victoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.
Canada’s College ID Camps set for Shawnigan Lake & Kingston, Ontario – Canada College ID Camps
Our purpose is to provide a space where players grade 9-12 can connect with college coaches from all levels in Canada and the USA. We hope to assist in the promotion of youth players into environments which will challenge them academically and athletically after high school.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
Whether you are an experienced referee new to British Columbia or if you are new to the discipline of refereeing BC Soccer Assoc. has a clinic and a pathway for you. The minimum age to become a referee is 12 years old (small sided) and 14 years old (11-a-side). Please enjoy the short video showcasing some Referee programs that BC Soccer offers and continue below for more on how to become a referee in BC!
Free Physiotherapy Clinical Trial for Achilles Pain at UBC – UBC Centre for Hip Health & Mobility
Do you have Achilles pain? Interested in free Physiotherapy? If yes, join our clinical trial to look at the effectiveness of intramuscular stimulation (IMS), a form of acupuncture therapy, in treating Achilles tendon pain.
The BC Soccer Web Guide to Empire Field – BC Soccer Web
Empire Fields and Plateau Sports Park is the lofty and formal name given to Vancouver’s newest addition to the soccer scene. Yet, anyone who’s ever kicked or carried both kinds of footballs around these parts knows the place by heart.
Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication – BC Soccer Web
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Sigma FC Batters FC London 8-0 In L1 Cup Quarter-Final – League1 Ontario
Sigma FC advanced to the semi-finals of the L1 Cup after defeating FC London with a blow-out score of 8-0. The “Boys In Blue” kicked off the game in attacking mode with a 4-3-3 formation quickly forcing FC London to defend.
Fisk hopeful that Derry City deal begins extended European stay – the11.ca
When FC Edmonton paused its first-team operation at the end of the 2017 NASL season, Ben Fisk had options.
Canadian midfielder Harry Paton joins club on permanent contract – Ross County FC
Ross County Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of former Heart of Midlothian and Fulham midfielder, Harry Paton. The Canadian 20-year-old spent last season on loan from Hearts at Stenhousemuir where he was a stand-out performer.
The Impact U17 moves on to the Development Academy quarterfinals – Montreal Impact
For the first time in the club’s Academy’s history, the Impact U17 qualified for the Development Academy quarterfinals on Saturday, after finishing first in its group.
Akinsola gets P.E.I. F.C. off to quick start – Journal Pioneer
P.E.I. F.C. swept a pair of weekend games from Suburban F.C. in Nova Scotia Soccer League’s under-15 boys’ action at UPEI.
Calgary foundation opens the game of soccer to less fortunate players – CBC
Second Effort Foundation sending cleats, jerseys, shorts and other equipment to teams in Mexico and Guatemala.
Soccer fields bridging cultural divide in Trois-Rivières – CBC
Soccer has become quite an event at the Al Basha household. The family, which includes five girls under 12, settled in Trois-Rivières two years ago after fleeing the war in Syria. Now, twice a week, four of them put on their uniforms and hit the soccer field.
Inaugural rugby game at Wanderers Grounds draws sell-out crowd – The Star
The game is one of eight events scheduled for the temporary stadium before it becomes the home to Halifax’s Canadian Premier League soccer team, HFX Wanderers FC, next spring.
Drinking with Supporters: Privateers 1882 – Northern Starting XI
This is part of a series of brief interviews with members of Canadian Premier League supporters’ groups across the country. Each supporters group was asked the same basic questions, in an attempt to get a proper feeling for the similarities and differences that we’ll see from supporters across the country when the league officially kicks off in 2019.
402 athletes lace up their soccer shoes for Summerside tournament – Journal Pioneer
Dust has yet to settle as the kick-off to the summer soccer season slides on to the turf at the Eric Johnston Field, the Credit Union grass pitch, including the Three Oaks Senior High School field in Summerside, with 29 teams competing to be crowned champion of the weekend tournament.
A new leg helps build a new life for a soccer-playing 10-year-old Syrian refugee – CBC
Winnipeg program uses the ‘common language’ of sport to help families integrate.
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USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Late goal sees Foxes fall in tough battle at Colorado Springs – Fresno FC
It was a hard fought match at Weidner Field, but the Foxes were unable to seal a draw in the Mile High State, as Shane Malcolm’s game-winner at the 89th minute saw the Switchbacks win 1-0 on Saturday night.
Eastern Conf. Notebook — Rowdies Say Goodbye to Schäfer – USL
The Tampa Bay Rowdies said goodbye to midfielder Marcel Schäfer against Penn FC on Friday night as he made his 45th and final appearance in the club’s colors before returning to Germany to become the Sporting Director at former club VfL Wolfsburg. But while the former German international’s time with the Rowdies spanned only a season-and-a-half, the impact he had on the club for which he earned USL All-League First Team honors last fall is one that all of those who played and worked alongside him will feel for a long time.
NYRB II defeated, 3-0, by Ottawa Fury FC – Once a Metro
New York Red Bulls II were defeated 3-0 by Ottawa Fury FC on Sunday.
FC Cincinnati’s young center backs are fighting for USL minutes and an MLS opportunity – Cincinnati.com
Earlier this season, head coach Alan Koch said the center back position develops later than others. Considering three of the club’s four youngest players are center backs, 2018 could’ve been a baptism by fire.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Portland Thorns FC earn road points with a 3-1 win over the Houston Dash – Vavel
Houston’s three-game unbeaten streak came to an end as they fell at home to Portland 1-3.
North Carolina Courage Thumps Seattle Reign in Massive 4-1 Victory – Last Word on Soccer
After the club’s first defeat by the Utah Royals FC on June 16, North Carolina bounced back to get back in the typical winning fashion. After the club’s first loss, Courage Head Coach Paul Riley noted how important the response would be.
Despite road unbeaten streak, Orlando Pride still have flaws they need to correct – Pro Soccer USA
The Orlando Pride held on for a 1-0 road win over the Washington Spirit Saturday, extending the team’s road unbeaten streak to six matches.
Chicago Red Stars convincingly beat Utah Royals FC 2-0 at home – Vavel
After beating the Courage for the first time this season, Utah traveled to Chicago and was soundly beaten by the Red Stars.
Toppserien week 10 review: Stabæk pick up third win of the year – Vavel
Sandviken kept the pressure on LSK with a win over Lyn as the champions saw off third-placed Klepp.
#SBSSWPL Round-up – 24/06/2018 – Scottish WPL
Stirling University came away with a big three points against Spartans, extending their gap to the relegation spot to six points with eight games left to play.
REPORT: UCD Waves 1-1 Cork City WFC – Irish WNL
Katie McCarthy’s second-half strike earned Cork City a point on the road against UCD Waves at Jackson Park on Sunday afternoon.
Damallsvenskan week 8 review: Växjö break into the top three – Vavel
Rosengård reduced their arrears at the top of the table with a win against Piteå as Växjö’s emphatic win at home Kristianstad saw them claim third with Göteborg rising to fourth with their own win away to Eskilstuna. Linköping dropped points at the dear at home to Djurgården as Hammarby picked up a vital win against Vittsjö as LB07 bested Kalmar.
Sheffield Ladies withdraw from Championship for financial reasons – Sky Sports
Sheffield Ladies have had to withdraw from the FA Women’s Championship after coming into financial difficulties.
England aim to repeat Women’s Euro Beach Soccer Cup success – Portsmouth News
Gemma Hillier believes England can retain their title when they head to the European Championships in Portugal.
Kangaroo stops play during Australian woman’s soccer match – Leader-Post
Capital Football Club official Amber Harvey said on Monday the misguided marsupial made its first appearance on the soccer field during the halftime break on Sunday afternoon in a match between Canberra’s two top teams — Capital and Belconnen United.
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WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Lyon to tempt Fekir with bumper new contract in attempt to thwart Madrid & Liverpool – SN
Nabil Fekir is open to signing a contract extension at Lyon after a transfer to Liverpool fell through, president Jean-Michel Aulas says.
AC Milan bail out? US Ricketts family step up to the plate with buyout interest – Inside World Football
The saga of the ownership and funding of debt-ridden Serie A club AC Milan has taken another turn with a potential new owner emerging in the shape of the Ricketts family from the US who own the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team.
Fellaini to reveal Manchester United future ‘soon’ – SN
Marouane Fellaini has revealed he will soon announce his club future as his Manchester United contract runs down.
Transfers: Pajot to Angers, Reims sign Konan – Ligue 1
Two Ligue 1 Conforama, Angers SCO and Stade de Reims, welcomed new faces on Friday.
Why the World Cup is a missed opportunity for the A-League – The Roar
Lots of neutral sports fans have been captivated by the events in Russia. The Australian media, who usually focus on the AFL and NRL, have given great coverage of the ‘greatest show on earth’. Yet where is the FFA promoting Australian football? This was a great chance for Australia’s football governing body to promote our own local leagues.