DAY 12 – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
Canada’s first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup group win sets them up to face Switzerland in Round of 16 – CSA
Canada’s already historic run at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 continues this Sunday 21 June in Vancouver when the team faces Switzerland in the Round of 16. The Canadians won their group for the first time in the program’s history after Monday’s 1:1 draw against the Netherlands.
Canada to play Switzerland in Round of 16 – TSN
Team Canada will play Switzerland in the Round of 16 at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Canada – which finished atop Group A – was guaranteed to face the third-place finisher in either Group C, D or E according to the tournament format.
Women’s World Cup Round of 16 Bracket – ESPN FC
Complete bracket for the next round of the Women’s World Cup.
Travel, quality of opponents imbalanced for KO stage – The Equalizer
If you’re looking at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup knockout-stage bracket and scratching your head, you aren’t alone. From travel to world rankings, there is all sorts of imbalance with the tournament.
Group stage concludes with celebrations and tears – FIFA
he final four group stage matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ came to a close on Wednesday as Groups E and F were finalised and the remaining spots in the Round of 16 were determined.
Raquel sends Brazil through perfect, Costa Rica eliminated – FIFA
A late Raquel goal sent Brazil through to the knockout phase as one of only two teams on maximum points and eliminated opponents Costa Rica from the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ in the process with a 1-0 victory.
England qualify for last 16 of World Cup with win over Colombia – The Guardian
A goal from the impressive, immensely influential Karen Carney and a Fara Williams penalty ensured Mark Sampson’s side overcame awkward, tactically unconventional, opponents to escape the group stage. After a shaky start to Canada 2015 the Lionesses ended up second in Group F, finishing behind France on goal difference.
US women to play Colombia in Round of 16 – The Equalizer
The United States’ path to a 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup title is now set. The U.S.’ next opponent will be Colombia on Monday in Edmonton in the Round of 16.
Thailand taking positives from time in Canada – FIFA
Making their debut on the world stage of women’s football at Canada 2015, Thailand were given anything but an easy time with their group stage assignments. Going up against an admirable African side in Côte d’Ivoire, not to mention former world champions Norway and Germany, Group B of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ was always going to be an uphill battle for the south-east Asian newcomers.
World Cup critics, Colombia and Kirby – BBC Sport
Colombia’s shock win over France has made our last group game against the South American team even bigger on Wednesday, and in my mind it has proved this World Cup is wide open.
WHITECAPS FC & MLS
Vancouver Whitecaps get back to work – 24 Hours
The Whitecaps looked like a re-invigorated bunch on Wednesday, their last day of training at UBC before travelling east for Saturday’s date with the New York Red Bulls, as head coach Carl Robinson’s charges engaged in a high-intensity scrimmage.
Robinson: ‘It’ll be a very special game for me’ – Whitecaps FC
t’s not often that coaches or players admit that they’re looking forward to one game over another. “Every game is important,” they say. “We’ll focus on the task at hand.” But when asked about returning to New York ahead of Saturday’s date with the Red Bulls (4 p.m. PT on TSN2), Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson strayed from the script.
Caps captain Morales leads in chances, but needs more finishes – The Province
Pedro Morales leads MLS with 42 chances created this season. That’s an Opta Stat that adds together assists and key passes. A key pass, for those scoring at home, is the final pass that leads to an attempt on goal.
Will US Soccer dare make an example of Clint Dempsey? – The Guardian
Just a few hours after the US women’s team and their controversy-dogged but apparently indispensable goalkeeper Hope Solo had secured their passage into the knockout stages of the World Cup, the US men’s team captain was tearing up a referee’s notebook, stalking off the field, sarcastically applauding an inch from the face of the assistant referee as he did so, and spitting in a manner that, to the neutral at least, looked distinctly editorial.
Back from US duty & with Gold Cup in sight, Michael Bradley eager to make impact for in-form Toronto FC – MLS
Bradley, who returned to Toronto last week after leading the US to very impressive road wins at Germany and the Netherlands, says that his club side is just getting started.
Cosmos eliminate NYCFC from U.S. Open Cup – SBI
It took penalty kicks to decide the first East River Derby, but the New York Cosmos will live to fight another day after defeating their crosstown rival. Despite being down two goals in the second half, the Cosmos came back with a 90th minute equalizer from Lucky Mkosana before topping NYCFC in penalty kicks, 4-3, at Shuart Stadium.
New York City FC rue inability to hold onto lead in loss to New York Cosmos – MLS
NYCFC conceded twice in the second half and crashed out of the tournament 4-3 on penalty kicks to the New York Cosmos at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium Wednesday night.
Drogba reportedly turns down two-year deal with Orlando City – Fox Sports
The Florida-based MLS side had been hoping to link him with Brazilian star Kaka but the 37-year-old is considering other options after ending his second spell at Stamford Bridge at the end of the last season.
WFC2 & USL
Whitecaps FC 2 Midseason Review: Honouring the best performers of the first half of the season – Whitecaps FC
If the first Whitecaps FC 2 season was a roller coaster ride, this is the part you go on a slow steep ascent, bracing for a wild finish. WFC2 (3W-7L-4D) reached the halfway point of their inaugural USL season this past weekend after an opening 14 weeks filled with twists and turns.
This is the time for Pittsburgh FC – DK on Pittsburgh Sports
Maybe it was the 3,988 fans filling all 3,500 seats at Highmark Stadium, stringing the rest around the perimeter and highlighted by the singing, chanting, stomping, dancing Steel Army supporters section so loud it might have reverberated between Mount Washington and Downtown skyscrapers across the Mon. Maybe it was when one of the participants went down and milked an injury, and a fan stood and shouted, “Get up! This is Pittsburgh, dammit!”
Defining moments still to come – 24th minute
After a very dominating performance for the Men versus Dominica and first place in Group A after the group stage of the Canada 2015 Women’s World Cup for the Women, the true identity and future of the Canadian National program is now set to unfold in front of us in the next few months.
Canada’s Hutchinson ‘unlikely’ for Gold Cup – Sportsnet
It looks as though Canada will have to make do without one of its best and most influential players at next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Youth gets Canada through – Red Nation Online
You cannot look at these matches without mentioning the goal scorers, first and foremost Cyle Larin and Tesho Akendele. Akendele, especially after some controversy of getting a look in the USMNT set up, chose Canada and made an immediate impact in a wider position in the attack. Larin, who has come on strong with Orlando City, had a sublime finish from distance and fought every minute on the pitch. What is most encouraging from the appearance of these two is neither are the finished product.
Push For Playoffs | Highlanders Earn Win & Draw from Weekend Action – Victoria Highlanders
This past weekend saw the Highlanders home for back to back games with Khalsa Sporting Club and Vancouver Thunderbirds at Royal Athletic Park. In an effort to maintain pace atop the hot Pacific Coast Soccer Leagues Premier Men’s Division, the hosts netted a victory and a draw, keeping their name in a first place position at 23 points, tied with undefeated Vancouver United FC. The push for the playoffs is on, with every game requiring points to keep the Highlanders in contention.
KYSA hosts Thompson-Okanagan YSL Playoffs – KYSA
Kamloops will once again be the centre of attention in the sport of soccer this weekend as the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association plays host to the Thompson-Okanagan Youth Soccer League (TOYSL) playoffs.
North Shore girls live World Cup dream – North Shore News
The only way that the more than 50 North Shore athletes acting as ball girls and flag carriers for FIFA Women’s World Cup games being played at BC Place this month could get any closer to the action would be if they were playing in the tournament themselves.
Ottawa Fury: Spring Season Recap – Ottawa Fury
As the 2015 NASL Spring Season comes to a close and teams are given a few weeks off to recharge and train in preparation for the Fall Season, it is time to look back on what was an eventful opening 10 weeks for Fury FC.
FIFA CORRUPTION CRISIS
Michael Garcia’s report into Russia and Qatar World Cups suffers new delay – The Guardian
The full version of the report by Michael Garcia, the former Fifa ethics investigator, into the controversial race for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is now unlikely to be published for years, it has emerged.
Belgium may seek £3m compensation over World Cup bid – The Guardian
Belgium may seek compensation over the €4.5m (£3.2m) spent on their unsuccessful 2018 World Cup bid if Fifa’s decision to award the finals to Russia is found to be fraudulent.
WORLD OF SOCCER
Battered, bruised, beaten: Colombia brings out the worst in petulant Neymar – Goal
It’s one thing being man marked. It’s another thing altogether to be a marked man. That is exactly what Neymar found himself up against in this gritty 1-0 defeat for his Brazil at the hands of Colombia in the Copa America’s second round of matches and he didn’t like it one bit.
Scottish football fans given legal right to buy their clubs – The Guardian
The powers would give supporters’ groups the right to become the first and preferred bidders if the owner of their club decides to sell or the club is facing closure after a financial collapse.
FIFA U20 World Cup: Serbia dig deep to banish demons – FIFA
Serbia made a rapid start to their FIFA U-20 World Cup semi-final against Mali on Wednesday, taking a fourth-minute lead through Andrija Zivkovic and swamping their opponents with a high-energy pressing game. Every time a yellow shirt was in possession, two or three red jerseys swarmed around, eagerly challenging for the ball and springing forward as soon as they had regained it.
Are Parents Growing Weary of Football? – Vice Sports
According to a June 2015 poll conducted by YouGov and Huffington Post that asked 1,000 Americans what sports they would want their kids to play, 24 percent picked soccer, 4 percent picked football, and only 1 percent picked hockey.