(EDITOR’S NOTE: In the wake of Canada’s loss in the Women’s World Cup, TSN analyst & UEFA PRO coaching candidate Jason deVos penned a thoughtful and important article on Canadian player development. We’ll be keeping this article here all week. We think every player, coach, administrator and soccer parent should read it and consider his points. Please share it, and let us know what you think. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We will publish a summary of the best responses.)
Jason deVos: Canada needs to rethink development to compete with top nations – TSN
“Every single one of our national team players – both male and female – starts out in the game at the grassroots level. Yet we are doing them all a disservice by failing to adapt our development system to meet the requirements of the modern game. We are needlessly limiting our players’ ability to compete because we are falling to give them the skill sets they need in which to do so.”
BC Soccer News, Monday, June 29, 2015
DAY 24 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
Monday, June 29
England’s first-half flurry knocks Canada out of World Cup – TSN
Canada exited the Women’s World Cup in a painful 2-1 quarter-final loss to England on Saturday, undone on defence in a brutal three-minute spell early in the first half.
Women’s World Cup: Dream ends for host Canada – Goal
It was not supposed to end this soon for Canada’s women’s national team. In reality, the team’s dreams of winning women’s soccer’s highest honour on home soil were dashed at the quarterfinal stages, as the host nation failed to recover from a calamitous three minutes of first-half play to lose 2-1 to England in front of a mostly disappointed crowd of 54,027 in downtown Vancouver.
Canada loss to England a missed opportunity – The Equalizer
Canada’s journey to the quarterfinals was a booming success for the thousands of young girls who have been inspired to follow in the footsteps of their heroes. The team captivated a nation of supporters across the country from all ages and all walks of life. But the loss to England only leaves us wondering what could have been
Canadians pay tribute to women’s soccer team – TSN
From Prime Minister Stephen Harper to actor Ryan Reynolds, Canadians showed their support for their women’s soccer team in the wake of its quarter-final exit from the Women’s World Cup.
FIFA Women’s World Cup: Canada lacks knockout experience – CBC
In 23 matches over six Women’s World Cups, Canada has only been in position to advance directly on the strength of a single match on five occasions — four if you count the 2003 bronze-medal game, where the outcome decided whether they would finish third or fourth.
Clock ticking on Canada’s golden generation – Sportsnet
Canada benefited from a very good draw. They were on the easier side of the bracket. By defeating only teams ranked below them, they could have reached the semifinals. They couldn’t do that because their golden generation of players are past it.
Bright future beckons dejected Buchanan – FIFA
It is hard to keep smiling when your dreams are dashed. Just ask the 54,000 people who had flocked to Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium on Saturday 27 June to cheer on their home heroes in the quarter-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, only for their hopes to be thwarted by the rock-like English back-line. But as the dust settles and the worst of the sadness and disappointment ebbs away, the time comes to take stock and look ahead to the future, in which a rising star in the Canada defence is destined to have a big say.
England enjoying its summer moment at World Cup – Sportsnet
The consolation from an England perspective is that it has just beaten Canada, the excellent host, in a World Cup quarterfinal, winning just its second ever knockout game in the tournament in the process.
England coach optimistic keeper will recover – CBC
England coach Mark Sampson is optimistic goalkeeper Karen Bardsley will recover from a mystery eye problem in time for the Women’s World Cup semi-final against Japan on Wednesday in Edmonton.
England’s victory a ‘game-changer’ for women’s football – The Guardian
England’s historic victory over Canada in the Women’s World Cup has been hailed as a game-changer for women’s football, as a wave of new fans tuned in to see an England team reach a World Cup semi-final for the first time since Italia 90.
Late strike lifts holders Japan over Australia and into semis – TSN
Japan is one step closer to defending it Women’s World Cup title. Mana Iwabuchi scored in the 87th minute as Japan survived a scare on Saturday, defeating Australia 1-0 at Commonwealth Stadium.
The day Japan’s prodigy graduated – FIFA
Before the Homare Sawa-driven success of Japan at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and Women’s Olympic Football Tournament at London 2012, there was an unassuming teenager who grabbed many of the headlines in the Land of the Rising Sun. In 2008 a shy diminutive 15-year-old from Tokyo took the world by storm winning the Golden Ball as the best player at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in New Zealand, despite Japan being knocked out in the quarter-finals
Krieger embracing semifinal vs. familiar foe Germany – The Equalizer
Ali Krieger says she isn’t quite as sharp as she once was at speaking German, but her words still earn a thumbs-up from fluent German reporters. The United States national team defender is fluent herself, having spent the majority of her professional club playing career in Germany with 1. FFC Frankfurt.
Canada Soccer keeps World Cup finances behind the curtain – CBC
A big win on the pitch, it stood to reason, must also be great for the bottom line, given the crowd of 53,000 was the largest ever to watch a Canadian national team play on home soil. Who gets the gate receipts? What about concessions, merchandise, parking and other revenue that comes with running a big sporting event? How about expenses? Does any money stay with local hosts? What’s FIFA’s take?
WHITECAPS FC & MLS
Whitecaps road revolution continues in New England – AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps rolled, well bussed, into Massachusetts to take on a New England Revolution side unbeaten at home in their last 17 regular season games. And just as they did at LA three weeks ago, the ‘Caps smashed that record and set a couple of their own with a hard fought 2-1 victory over a Revolution side that played the final 61 minutes a man down after Andrew Farrell saw red.
Road Warriors: NE Revolution 1 – 2 Whitecaps FC – Eighty-Six Forever
In which we learned that David Ousted really is a god among men, Vancouver is a pretty good road team, and that Andrew Farrell really, really likes being sent off when he plays the Whitecaps.
Whitecaps 2, Revolution 1: Vancouver puts an end to New England’s 17-game home unbeaten streak – The Province
The Whitecaps and speed have been the storyline all season. So have David Ousted and his electric hands.
Analytics: Whitecaps defying convention in MLS – Sportsnet
The Vancouver Whitecaps have just passed the halfway point of their Major League Soccer campaign and they currently sit first in the Western Conference, averaging a league-high 1.78 points per game.
Pa-Modou Kah delighted with Vancouver Whitecaps start to the season – AFTN
Pa-Modou Kah has been a much maligned figure in certain quarters this season. It’s been a little unfair on the veteran, who has been a very solid and key figure in Vancouver Whitecaps league-leading seven clean sheets so far this year.
Darlington Nagbe takes center stage as Portland Timbers dominate rival Seattle Sounders – MLS
In the midst of all the green smoke, log slices and spraying beer in the Portland Timbers’ momentous 4-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders on a sweltering Sunday evening in the Rose City, it may be hard to believe that just four nights ago head coach Caleb Porter was trying to find the words to explain having been on the wrong end of an even more lopsided rout.
After slow start, New York Red Bulls thrilled with dominating second half in convincing derby triumph – MLS
The Empire State Building may be blue, but after their second derby win, the Red Bulls have proved that New York is red. Playing head-to-head for the first time at Yankee Stadium, the two New York clubs put on a show for the 48,047 in attendance as the Red Bulls fought back from an early 1-0 deficit to top NYCFC, 3-1.
Secondhand team names show MLS is still drawing inspiration from the wrong places – Soccer Gods
For a league that’s yet to put a team in Sin City, there’s something very Vegas-like about Major League Soccer team names. Clubs present themselves as ersatz, Americanized versions of European institutions, just like the strip’s hotels. For The Venetian, Paris and Caesar’s Palace, see the FCs and Uniteds of MLS. See Real Salt Lake.
Inside LAFC’s Stadium Maneuvering: Can Something Come From Almost Nothing? – Vice Sports
For the last few years, Major League Soccer’s quest to plant soccer-specific stadiums across the land has clashed with cold, hard political reality. So, cynical soccer fans might look at LAFC’s proposal in May for a soccer-specific stadium at the site of the present day Sports Arena and ask: are these guys legit?
AUDIO: Lutz Pfannenstiel, the global goalkeeper – The Guardian
Some players rack up massive transfer fees over the course of their careers. Lutz Pfannenstiel decided he would clock up air miles instead. The former Germany Under-17 goalkeeper is the only professional player to have played in all six of Fifa’s confederations (for a mere 25 clubs, including the Whitecaps, since you ask).
FURY FC BOLSTER OFFENCE ACQUIRING ALY ALBERTO HASSAN – Ottawa Fury
Ottawa Fury FC today announced the acquisition of 26 year-old forward Aly Alberto Hassan from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, pending international transfer. As per club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
85 graduating players from the BC Soccer Premier League commit to university soccer programs – BCSPL
(NOTE: PDF File) – The EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League is pleased to announce the 85 players from its U18 boys and girls divisions who have now committed and are on their way to university soccer programs for the 2015 fall season. These commitments include schools in the NCAA, CIS, PACWEST, and even overseas to the United Kingdom.
Workmanlike Effort Sees Highlanders With All Three Points – Victoria Highlanders
With league leading Vancouver FC and second place Mid Island Mariners coming off away losses Saturday, the cards fell into place for Highlanders FC to step back into contention for a league title. With ambition to secure all three points, the Highlanders put together their best possession game on the season, earning a convincing 2-1 victory versus Island rival, Mid Island Mariners in Ladysmith. (PCSL)
Whitecaps Residency ‘Ones To Watch’ 2015 – AFTN
The basis of the feature is to highlight those players who have had a combination of a standout season and have shown potential to move up the ranks of football, whether still as Whitecaps or elsewhere.
Across the border, the 2004s begin Making their Mark – Edward Pereira
The development-first mentality of this age group’s coaches is beginning to truly take form. Case in point? All 8 semi-finalists participating in both divisions of this weekend’s Baker Blast tournament in Bellingham were Canadian teams! This was not accomplished at other age groups in the tournament.
Kamloops Youth Soccer House League Playoff Results – KYSA
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) crowned nine champions today at the association’s House League playoffs at McArthur Island.
WORLD OF SOCCER
Spanish league takes on FIFA over €65m losses of a 2022 Winter World Cup – Inside World Football
The Spanish League (LFP) has filed an appeal regarding the playing dates for the 2022 World Cup, according to a spokesperson for the Court of Arbitration for Sport, although a date for the hearing has yet to be set.
Guus Hiddink stands down as Dutch football coach – DutchNews
Guus Hiddink is stepping down as Dutch national football coach, broadcaster Nos and the Telegraaf said on Monday afternoon, quoting football association sources.
FIFA ousts Barbados from World Cup qualifying – Sportsnet
FIFA says Barbados has been eliminated from the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament for fielding an ineligible player, and Aruba will advance instead.
Manchester City’s stadium expansion matches support shown through the years – ESPN FC
City’s support, as any true maverick club should be able to claim, has actually stood firm and in some cases gone up, during periods of adversity too. The last of these happened not so long ago. In 1998, with the club licking its wounds in the third level of English professional football, everyone connected to the club were on their knees.
Arsenal signs Cech from Chelsea – Goal
Arsenal has completed the signing of goalkeeper Petr Cech from London rival Chelsea on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee.
Sweden v Portugal European Under-21 Championship final: how the players rate – The Guardian
Portugal take on Sweden in the Under-21 European Championship final on Tuesday as favourites after their 5-0 humbling of Germany. However, Sweden were impressive too in their dismantling of Denmark in the semi-finals and will look to spring a surprise again. Here we rate the players in the two teams’ probable starting line-ups.
The Barcelona presidential elections, explained – Soccer Gods
It’s election season at FC Barcelona. On July 18, tens of thousands of Barça fans will hit the ballot box to choose their fearless leader. Will it be the quiet incumbent or the charismatic challenger? Because let’s face it, no one else has a chance.
Los Angeles’ Forgotten Jewish Soccer Dynasty – Vice Sports
Eric Braeden lived a double life in the 1960s. On weekdays, the actor wore a Nazi uniform as Captain Hans Dietrich on ABC’s World War II drama The Rat Patrol. On weekends, he donned a blue-and-white jersey emblazoned with a Star of David for Maccabi Los Angeles, the Jewish entrant in the largely ethnic Greater Los Angeles Soccer League.