FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
PHOTO GALLERY: 2015 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FINAL – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes
Women’s World Cup Final Was Most-Watched Soccer Game in United States History – NY Times
The United States’ 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday was seen by 25.4 million viewers on Fox — a record for any soccer game, men’s or women’s, shown on English-language television in this country.
Next challenge is to grow women’s game – TSN
Karina LeBlanc remembers playing in front of empty stands, so the well-attended stadium love-ins that embraced the Canadian team at the Women’s World Cup were something special.
Gale Brewer wants ticker-tape parade for U.S. women’s World Cup win – NY Daily News
It might just be time for a “Canyon of Heroines” parade in lower Manhattan. Less than 24 hours after the U.S. women’s soccer team’s amazing World Cup victory, one top city official called on Mayor de Blasio to honor the women with a ticker-tape parade — and City Hall agreed to consider the groundbreaking idea.
I’m a Believer – Finally – Prost Amerika
The US women’s national team won the World Cup on Sunday and I can’t help but feel like Jill Ellis and the entire USWNT pulled one over on us. Just a few short months ago, I wasn’t sure that the USWNT would make it out of the group stage, especially in the “group of death.” They just didn’t appear to be good enough to win the World Cup.
After WC title, Wambach, Ellis face Olympics decisions – The Equalizer
The U.S. had just won its first Women’s World Cup in 16 years, demolishing Japan, 5-2 in the highest-scoring final in history. But the Americans are also three-time defending Olympic champions, and the Rio Olympics start in just over a year. The U.S. was also the oldest team of 24 teams at this World Cup with an average age of over 29 years old.
How Whitecaps FC’s Girls Elite REX program is “going to leave a huge legacy” after the Women’s World Cup – Whitecaps FC
The Women’s World Cup is over and it wasn’t quite the storybook ending Canada had in mind. But their story is far from over. In many ways, it’s just beginning. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes to create sustained success for the Canadian women’s national team on the world stage.
Women of the World Cup shine despite Canada’s shameful plastic pitches – Whitecaps Fan Blog
The fact is we Canadians let the best women football players in the world down by making them play a World Cup on inferior plastic playing surfaces.
WHITECAPS FC & MLS
The TWO ONE: “This U-16 team has a great chance to go all the way” – Whitecaps FC
The last (and only) time a Whitecaps FC Residency team has made the final four was back in 2011, our first year in the league, when the U-18s fell to FC Dallas in the championship final. That team featured current first-teamers Sam Adekugbe, Marco Carducci, Caleb Clarke, and Ben McKendry.
Andrea Pirlo just blew up the MLS transfer market – 91st Minute
Pirlo will be the richest man in MLS with a contract of around $8 million per year. You need perspective here. In one season Pirlo will make more than twice the entire roster of the Colorado Rapids. One man.
WFC2 & USL
USL: Two more Cascadia clashes highlight busy week, Rochester maintain unbeaten season – MLS
It was a busy week in USL, and it started off Monday with the first of two Cascadia clashes when the Portland Timbers 2 played host to Seattle Sounders FC 2. The visitors ended up triumphant with Seattle posting a 2-0 victory at Merlo Field on goals from Pablo Rossi and Sam Garza. It was Sounders 2’s fourth victory in four games over their rivals to the south.
CANADA – GOLD CUP 2015
Gold Cup: Rising Canada return to big stage with reason to believe tough times could be behind them – MLS
More than any other team in Group B, Canada have something to prove at this Gold Cup. Not only is it the team’s only chance to qualify for next year’s Copa America Centenario, it is a crucial litmus test as to how far Canada has truly moved forward after its awful exit from 2014 World Cup qualifying.
Canada enters Gold Cup on four-game streak – Vancouver Sun
Soccer-ed out now? Or, has your appetite just been whetted by how this country rallied behind the semi-successful run of Canada’s plucky women’s team at the FIFA World Cup and by Sunday’s superb final at BC Place? If it’s the latter and you haven’t totally given up on Canada’s often-derided men’s team, you’re in luck.
Canadian league update — oh, and Floro talks Gold Cup, sort of – 24th Minute
“I consider MLS to be a foreign league,” was one bomb Floro dropped into the middle of the conversation. “It seems like we’re working for the American program sometimes,” another.
Floro: Lack of Canadian content on Canadian MLS teams puts national team in “bad position” – the11.ca
There are 10 MLS players on Canada’s roster for the upcoming Gold Cup. But national-team coach Benito Floro lamented how few of those 10 players are actually seeing regular MLS minutes when he spoke to media on a conference call Monday evening.
U.S. looks to repeat as Gold Cup champions – Sportsnet
The CONCACAF Gold Cup begins on Tuesday with the United States vying to defend its title. A revamped and new-look Canada side is also hoping to make an impact with a couple of young players on the roster.
Roundtable: Canada at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup – Red Nation Online
After dominating an overmatched Dominica squad in two matches in June, the Canadian Men’s National Team will now face the biggest test to date of the Benito Floro era as Canada will kick off their first CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament under the Spanish gaffer on Wednesday against El Salvador.
Michael Bradley set to earn 100th cap with USMNT in Gold Cup opener – SBI
Barring a surprise of epic proportions or unfortunate injury, Michael Bradley will achieve yet another milestone in his accomplished career on Tuesday. One that only 15 other U.S. Men’s National Team players have ever accomplished.
Familiarity Is Key For WolfPack Men’s Soccer Recruit – TRU
The latest recruit for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack is no stranger to how the program has developed over the past 17 years. That is because the program’s evolution has included no less than three other members of his family.
KYSA Sends 9 Teams to Provincial Cup – KYSA
Nine teams from Kamloops Youth Soccer will play for their Provincial Cup on July 9.
VISL 2015/16 Team Application & Deposit Deadline Looms – VISL
Just a quick reminder that team application forms and $200 deposits for the 2015/16 season are due Wednesday July 15/2015.
WORLD OF SOCCER
Iker Casillas nears Real Madrid exit after Porto lodge bid for goalkeeper – The Guardian
Iker Casillas’s 25-year association with Real Madrid drew nearer to a close on Monday night when his agent admitted the goalkeeper is interested in a move to Porto after a formal bid was submitted by the Portuguese club, manage by the Spaniard Julen Lopetegui.
Premier League clubs are being fobbed off with overpriced B-listers – The Telegraph
England are missing out on top talent in the transfer market – it is time for chairmen and chief executives to wise up.
CONCACAF promises iron fist of reform as it shoots for ‘best practice’ – Inside World Football
CONCACAF has published a ‘Reform Framework’ as the confederation covering North and Central America and the Caribbean seeks for the second time in four years to put in a place a robust governance and management structure that will take football in the region forward.
When Will Soccer Finally Embrace Psychology? – Vice Sports
Mental health isn’t necessarily on the agenda in the hyper-masculine world of professional soccer. After all, mental health isn’t really on society’s agenda. However, given the fashion in which football has embraced sports science, statistical analysis and performance technology, it’s odd to see football falling behind other sports in adopting psychology.
Micronesia suffer another humiliating defeat after 46-0 loss to Vanuatu – The Guardian
The Federated States of Micronesia suffered their third record defeat when they were thrashed 46-0 by Vanuatu in an Olympic qualifying tournament on Tuesday.