CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
CENTRAL FC vs. WHITECAPS FC
TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2016, 5:00 PM
ATO BOLDON STADIUM, COUVA, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
TV: UNIVISION DEPORTES (U.S. ONLY) RADIO: NONE LIVESTREAM: WHITECAPSFC.COM & FACEBOOK
Preview: Whitecaps FC open 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League Tuesday in Trinidad and Tobago – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC kick off the 2016-17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League with a visit to Central FC on Tuesday in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago (5 p.m. PT at Ato Boldon Stadium). All group stage matches will be broadcast on Univision Deportes in the U.S. An announcement on Canadian viewing options is expected on Tuesday.
Central FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps | 2016-17 CCL Match Preview – MLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps open CONCACAF Champions League play with the longest road trip for any MLS team in the group stage: More than 4,400 miles from British Columbia to Couva, Trinidad and Tobago, where the ‘Caps face Central FC on Tuesday night at Ato Boldon Stadium in the group stage opener for both sides.
Whitecaps preparing for the unknown in CONCACAF Champions League game – Metro
The Vancouver Whitecaps are heading into the unknown as they prepare to face Central FC on Tuesday night in a CONCACAF Champions League match being played in Trinidad and Tobago.
Levis is dressed to impress as Caps open CCL play – Vancouver Sun
Brett Levis made a great first impression against Crystal Palace. His reward is a trip to Trinidad & Tobago and another chance to show coach Carl Robinson and Whitecaps fans what he has to offer.
CONCACAF Champions League – Eighty-Six Forever
Why should people care? It’s a question that’s been tossed about since the Caps claimed the 2015-2016 CONCACAF Champions League spot by virtue of being the highest placed Canadian team in MLS.
CCL Preview: Red Bulls host Antigua, Whitecaps face Central and more – SBI
The 2016/17 CONCACAF Champions League kicks off on Tuesday, while four of MLS’ five teams participating in the competition will be in action this week.
2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League FAQ: What you need to know – MLS
The CONCACAF Champions League is back, and with it comes another opportunity for MLS teams to strut their stuff against the best competition that the rest of North America has to offer.
Whitecaps FC acquire Giles Barnes from Houston Dynamo – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that the club has acquired forward/midfielder Giles Barnes from Houston Dynamo in exchange for general allocation money and right of first refusal to defender Keyner Brown – pending receipt of his international transfer certificate and Canadian work permit.
Dynamo on Barnes trade: “Status quo not acceptable” but “identity” growing – MLS
Trading Giles Barnes to the Vancouver Whitecaps is a transaction for the future of the Houston Dynamo as much as it is for the present. That was the message delivered by Dynamo GM Matt Jordan Sunday afternoon before the Dynamo faced the San Jose Earthquakes.
Edgar expected to start in Trinidad, but what about MLS? – Vancouver Sun
Carl Robinson plans to start David Edgar in Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday as the Whitecaps open CONCACAF Champions League play at Central FC. But Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at FC Dallas has left Caps fans wondering when they might see Edgar in his first MLS game, because it was another night of simple mistakes at Toyota Stadium.
Whitecaps FC fall 2-0 to league-leading FC Dallas in 40-degree Frisco heat – Whitecaps FC
For 45 minutes, the ‘Caps held their own against the league leaders. But FC Dallas (13W-6L-5D) scored two goals in the span of three minutes early in the second half en route to a 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8W-9L-6D) Sunday on a scorching hot evening at Toyota Stadium.
Vancouver Whitecaps melt under FCD pressure: “The mistakes are costing us” – MLS
While the scoreboard read 2-0 when the final whistle blew, the differential could have been more lopsided given the volume of chances created by hosts FC Dallas. It’s also nothing the Caps aren’t accustomed to – Vancouver has been outscored 16-3 in their last nine trips to Frisco, all of them losses.
Whitecaps looking awful in Texas and 2016 – Whitecaps Fan Blog
What happened to all of the fun of Whitecaps 2015? Where did all of that great squad harmony go? Last year the Whitecaps were highly motivated and the players were playing for each other in what was one big Robbo love-in. The recent indifferent back-to-back performances in Texas were enough to get even the best Whitecaps fans questioning whether it was worth it to spend four hours watching the Whitecaps play really awful football.
Report: Smith and Flores to return to their previous clubs – Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps will free up two roster spots by sending Jordan Smith and Deybi Flores back to the clubs they came from.
MLS Week 21 Recap: Colorado’s streak ends, more – Empire of Soccer
Most of Major League Soccer’s 21st week was packed into Sunday. Nine games were played, with some important results for the playoff picture. But, perhaps the most interesting result of the weekend came from the sole game on Saturday.
New York City FC’s Frank Lampard wins MLS Player of the Week for Week 21 – MLS
Frank Lampard made history Saturday, scoring the first hat trick in New York City FC history to power the Eastern Conference leaders to a 5-1 win over the Colorado Rapids at Yankee Stadium.
Dax McCarty out four to six weeks with tibia fracture – SBI
It’s a blow for the New York Red Bulls, but the team will be counting their blessings that it wasn’t worse than Monday’s news revealed.
Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer addresses transfer offer – Kansas City Star
After Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes confirmed last week that his club turned down a multimillion-dollar transfer offer from Greek side Olympiakos, Dwyer addressed the proposal in a conversation with The Star.
Buying an MLS Franchise Just Got a Lot More Expensive – Bloomberg
Once seen as one of the last affordable investments in pro sports, Major League Soccer is preparing to nearly double expansion fees to about $200 million, MLS Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott said in an interview.
Portland Timbers examining new stadium expansion plan that could add 3,500 seats – Oregon Live
The Portland Timbers are in the process of examining the feasibility of a new stadium expansion plan that could add up to 3,500 seats to Providence Park.
BC SOCCER NEWS
‘Caps U-13s wrap-up trip to Mexico City – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s U-13 group wrapped up their trip to Mexico City on Friday with two more matches against international competition.
Mom sounds warning after North Van girl’s long recovery from concussion – Vancouver Sun
Mom Candice Moormann said parents, coaches and soccer clubs need to be aware of the dire consequences that can result from a blow to the head.
PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: Vancouver Thunderbirds 4, Mid Isle Mariners 1, July 24, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
Jay DeMerit launches Rise & Shine Captain’s Camp in Pemberton – Rise & Shine Foundation
A captain is an individual who unifies teammates into one team. A captain has to be well rounded to lead by example. At the Rise & Shine: Captains Camps, the curriculum is specifically built around creating a balance of elite soccer training on the field, and all encompassing life skills training off the field.
BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in Review – BCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review. The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.
BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach Mandate – BCSA
IMPORTANT: If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.
2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries – BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.
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
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
2016 RIO OLYMPICS WOMEN’S SOCCER
CANADA vs. AUSTRALIA
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2016, 11:00 AM
TV: CBC RADIO: TSN RADIO 1040 LIVESTREAM: CBC.CA
Prepare to cheer Canada’s Olympians – Toronto Star
The opening ceremony remains days away, but Olympic competition starts Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro with Canada’s women’s soccer team getting an early kick at Asian champions Australia.
Herdman reshaping identity of Canadian women’s team – Sportsnet
The term “identity” gets thrown around by fans and pundits a lot in modern sports. “A team has to have an identity.” “They’re searching for an identity.” “What they lack is an identity.” “Barcelona has a clear identity.” But what, exactly, does “identity” mean within the context of soccer?
Manitobans On The Road To Rio: Soccer Star Desiree Scott – CJOB
She’s barely 5 feet, but she’s ranked among the top 10 players in the world at her position. Winnipegger Desiree Rose Marie Scott has certainly come a long way since joining the Canadian Women’s Soccer Team in February of 2010 as a 22-year-old.
Canada Para Soccer wins group, will face Venezuela in Quarterfinals – CSA
Canada will face Venezuela in the Quarterfinals of the 2016 IFCPF Qualification Tournament. Canada have reached the final eight – and already qualified for next year’s IFPCF World Championships – after winning their group perfect with wins over Denmark (10:0 on 29 July), Finland (10:0 on 30 July), and Japan (7:0 on 1 August).
Triple hat trick threat Samuel Charron still a teen – CSA
In three quick games, Samuel Charron has shot up the Canada Para Soccer goal-scoring leader board. The Ottawa-born midfielder has suddenly moved into second place on the all-time list, scoring an incredible 10 goals in three international matches over a long weekend in Denmark.
Foothills FC Relishes Huge Victory – PDL
Following Calgary Foothills FC’s PDL National Semifinals win against the Ocean City Nor’easters on Saturday, players summed up the historic accomplishment in one word: huge. The Canadian club defeated the Eastern Conference Championship winners, 3-0, at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex in Ocean City, New Jersey. Players, as well as Head Coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr., were ecstatic following the final whistle.
2016 PDL Final: Michigan Bucks vs. Calgary Foothills FC – PDL
The PDL Final will take place Saturday, August 6 at 4:30 PM PT. Click here for the livestream.
Bukovec The Hero In Vaughan L1 Cup Triumph Over Woodbridge – League1 Ontario
Vaughan Azzurri emerged as the 2016 Women’s L1 Cup champions after defeating local rivals Woodbridge Strikers 2-1 (4-2 pk) in penalty kicks.
Miller Header Wins Men’s 2016 L1 Cup For Vaughan Azzurri – League1 Ontario
Vaughan Azzurri won their second L1 Cup trophy in one day, as a Kamal Miller (29′) header proved to be the winner over Woodbridge in the 2016 Men’s L1 Cup double-header final. Miller also claimed MVP honours.
Holy Cross women clinch spot at St. John’s 2016 – CSA
Holy Cross women have clinched a spot in the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships Jubilee Trophy competition. The regular season winners will be one of two Newfoundland Labrador teams at this year’s national competition in St. John’s from 5-10 October.
PEI FC milestone on road to St. John’s 2016 – CSA
PEI FC have been confirmed as Prince Edward Island’s representative in the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships Challenge Trophy competition. The former national champions will represent their province in St. John’s, Newfoundland Labrador from 5-10 October.
Challenge Cup: Crusaders create a cushion – The Telegram
Over the weekend, first-place and defending champion Holy Cross downed Feildians and the St. Lawrence Labatt Laurentians — its two closest challengers in the Molson Challenge Cup soccer standings — to extend its advantage over those teams to 11 points.
Erin McLeod: It’s time to Motivate a Nation! – themotivenation.ca
After building a successful e-commerce (www.peaudeloup.com) and a physical retail store in West Vancouver (CAPOSHIE) Women’s National Team Goalkeeper Erin McLeod has decided after a series of misfortunate events it’s time to branch out on her own with her new inspiration project, Motive Nation, launching to the public on July 1st, online at www.themotivenation.ca.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
ARIZONA UTD. vs WFC2
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2016, 7:30 PM
SCOTTSDALE STADIUM, SCOTTSDALE, AZ
USL Rewind: Richey sets record as ‘Caps claim road point – Soccer America
Clutch goalkeeping is especially important away from home, and by posting nine saves Spencer Richey helped Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 claim a 1-1 tie in Colorado Springs Saturday night.
Argentina’s Di Biase comes from Bolivian League to FC Edmonton – the11.ca
The Eddies are set to fill their open international roster spot, as Argentine midfielder Nicolas Di Biase trained with the team Friday.
USL Expanding 2017 Regular Season Schedule to 32 Games – USL
The 32-game schedule will allow each team to play its conference opponents at least twice, one home and one away, with regional rivalries rounding out the schedule. Teams will not play an opponent more than three times in 2017.
USL sets rapid expansion pace adding games, teams and promising a new division – Inside World Football
The 2016 season has seen the introduction of six teams – Bethlehem Steel FC, FC Cincinnati, Orlando City B, Rio Grande Valley FC, San Antonio FC and Swope Park Rangers – and will add Reno 1868 FC in 2017 and Nashville FC in 2018.
Aztex & Hammerheads Out for 2017 USL Season – Scratching the Pitch
As if losing 4-1 to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds was not enough bad news for Hammerheads fans, a somewhat unexpected bit of news to come out of the USL midseason meetings is that Wilmington does not plan to compete in 2017. This report comes from independent sources within the league.
Clarke vs. Clarke: Carolina coach fumes as Edmonton goes to the top of the table – the11.ca
Maybe the Carolina RailHawks need to hire a shaman. Maybe someone at the club has wronged a Canadian in the past, and to fix it they’ll need to have Drew Beckie sing William Shatner quotes to the tunes of Rush songs.
NASL Rewind: Freddy Adu makes an appearance – Soccer America
Freddy Adumade his third NASL appearance of 2016, coming on for the final 16 minutes of the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ 2-0 loss at Ottawa. The New York Cosmos’ 3-0 win over Puerto Rico extended their home win streak to a league record 10 games and moved them back into first place.
NASL Roundup: New York Breaks New Record, Miami Climbs Table – BeIN Sports
The NASL defending champs continued their dominance in the fall season grabbing their 10th consecutive regular-season home victory, while Miami FC continues their hot streak up the table.
Christian Ramirez Eyes the Modern NASL Goalscoring Record – Fifty Five One
By the end of just his third season in the North American Soccer League, Christian Ramirez could become its all-time record goalscorer. Having scored his 44th goal, Ramirez needs eight goals from the Loons’ remaining 17 matches to tie the current record.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
NWSL Rewind: Thorns and Spirit lead at Olympic break – Soccer America
Portland and Washington lead the NWSL as it enters the league heads into its August break for the Olympics. The Spirit has a game in hand, which it will play Aug. 18 at the Houston Dash.
The Lowdown: Team talking points for the break – Equalizer
A fascinating Week 15 likely left NWSL fans clamoring for the rest of the season, something they will have to wait for as the league steps aside for the Olympic tournament. The Spirit and Dash will play a makeup game on August 18, but otherwise there will be no league activity until August 26, exactly one week after the medal matches.
Rio Olympics Women’s Soccer – Groups, Schedules & Results – CBC
Live updated results & standings from Women’s Soccer at the Rio Olympics.
Women provide Olympic warm-up as Brazil set to take challenge to US – Inside World Football
The Women’s football tournament will kick off competition at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games tomorrow with six matches across three venues in Rio, Sao Paulo and Mineirao. The official games opening ceremony takes place two days later in the Maracanã Stadium.
Marta, USA headline Rio 2016 opening day – FIFA
It’s time for a new chapter to be written in women’s football. Twelve nations compete across the country, from the Amazon in Manaus to the coasts of Rio de Janeiro, to kick off a month when the world stops to celebrate sport.
USWNT embracing pressure in pursuit of fourth-straight Olympic gold – SBI
The U.S. Women’s National Team is a group that tends to have the spotlight fixed upon them, especially when it comes to Olympic soccer. It’s only natural, given the team’s successes. With three straight gold medals and four of the first five, the USWNT has proven dominant since the women’s game was added to the Summer slate in 1996, but with a mix of old and new faces, the 2016 tournament run presents a new series of challenges.
Opportunity Lost: Sky Blue’s run ends with Spirit – Empire of Soccer
With the Olympic break in sight, Sky Blue FC had a chance to go out with a bang Sunday morning. A win against the Washington Spirit would send them into the month-long league-wide recess still in fourth place and with a series win against the Spirit.
Breakers Reserves, Santa Clarita claim league titles – Equalizer
The Boston Breaker Reserves and Santa Clarita Blue Heat won lower-division titles over the weekend as the WPSL and UWS seasons came to a close.
France win WU19 title in stormy final – UEFA
France 2-1 Spain. France claimed their fourth WU19 EURO title following a final that lasted for four hours due to a rain interruption.
Georgia Stanway: City ‘feel invincible’ in FA WSL1 – The FA
Georgia Stanway admitted Manchester City feel almost invincible at the moment, after she scored a hat-trick to stretch their lead at the top of The FA Women’s Super League 1 table.
#SWPL16 – Game 12 Round up – Scottish WPL
Glasgow City went into their match against Forfar Farmington knowing that they had to win to be sure of staying top and Forfar were looking to move away from the bottom.
New season set to kick off – Continental Tyres WNL
Wexford Youths WFC will begin the defence of their Continental Tyres Women’s National League title against UCD Waves on Saturday, August 6 in Ferrycarrig Park.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Rio Olympics 2016: Football kicks off Games before opening ceremony – BBC Sport
Rio 2016 officially gets under way with the opening ceremony on Friday – but did you know football kicks off the action two days earlier?
Germany forward Leroy Sane joins Manchester City – Sportsnet
Manchester City took its off-season spending close to $100 million under coach Pep Guardiola by signing Germany winger Leroy Sane from Schalke on Tuesday.
Hull close to appointing Gianfranco Zola as new manager – ESPN FC
Hull City are close to naming Gianfranco Zola as their new manager, sources close to the Italian have told ESPN FC.
Bauza appointed Argentina coach – FIFA
Edgardo Bauza is Argentina’s new national team coach. The appointment was announced on Monday 1 August by Armando Perez, the chair of the Argentinian Football Association’s Regularisation Committee.
New Argentine boss wants Messi back for crucial World Cup qualifiers – Inside World Football
Argentina’s new national coach Edgardo Bauza has made it a priority to try and persuade Lionel Messi to come out of international retirement as he starts to think about next month’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Sunderland’s David Moyes: ‘I was unfairly treated’ as Man United boss – ESPN FC
David Moyes insists he was unfairly treated at Manchester United as he begins his new role at Sunderland.
Meet the Champions League play-off entrants – UEFA
Who are the five teams entering the UEFA Champions League in the play-offs? With the draw on Friday, UEFA.com assesses their strengths, weaknesses and main men.
Brendan Rodgers & Mark Warburton: New rivalry forged in old partnership – BBC Sport
For seven months, Brendan Rodgers and Mark Warburton forged an alliance.. Now, Rangers boss Warburton and new Celtic manager Rodgers are preparing to be drawn together by a different dynamic: the Old Firm rivalry and a Scottish Premiership season in which promoted Rangers will be striving to challenge champions Celtic for the title.
U.S. U-19s involved in brawl during loss to Bahrain – SBI
The U.S. Under-19 Men’s National Team’s clash with Bahrain got very, very ugly, as a brawl broke out between the two sides due to a late incident.
2018 World Cup qualifying – how it works – ESPN FC
The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup began on March 12, 2015 with preliminary ties between the 12 lowest-ranked nations in Asia.
Russian Football Premier League – Who will win the 2016-17 Title? – Futbolgrad
Russian football may have taken a hit after the national team’s disappointing Euro 2016 campaign in which the Sbornaya managed just one point as they finished bottom of Group B, but the start of the 2016-17 Russian Football Premier League could help take people’s mind off what happened in France.
Turkish soccer federation sacks 94 staff, including referees – Yahoo Sports
The Turkish Football Federation said the action was taken as a ”necessity” without saying whether those dismissed were suspected of links to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of masterminding the country’s July 15 failed coup.
Nostalgia of 1966 World Cup holding England back – Sportsnet
Nothing that happened 50 years ago is remembered with such rose-tinted nostalgia as England’s World Cup win—its only World Cup win to date.