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.
Bob Lenarduzzi: Brilliant Mexico mustn’t let its guard down against Sweden – Edmonton Journal
Saturday’s incredible last-gasp goal by Germany’s Toni Kroos to defeat Sweden 2-1 has turned Group F on its head. Until that goal, Sweden and Mexico would have been able to coast into the knockout stage when they play on Wednesday. Instead they are locked into a battle for their tournament lives.
We are not afraid of Argentina – Shehu Abdullahi – African Football
Nigeria defender Shehu Abdellahi says the Super Eagles have no fear of Argentina ahead of the teams’ 2018 World Cup Group D decider later today.
Goalless draw sees Denmark progress – FIFA
The first goalless draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia has seen Denmark progress to the Round of 16, joining today’s opponents France – who top Group C ahead of the Danes.
Spain reaches World Cup round of 16 after draw with Morocco – The Star
It took a video review of an injury-time equalizer to give Spain first place in its World Cup group.
Australia eliminated, Peru leaves World Cup on high note – Delta Optimist
Already-eliminated Peru ended Australia’s hopes of advancing to the knockout round at the World Cup with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday.
Uruguay 3-0 Russia: Suarez sends Uruguay to Group A summit – Vavel
Luis Suarez inspired Uruguay to top spot in Group A as they defeated 10 man Russia 3-0 at the Cosmos Arena in Samara.
Mohamed Salah scores again amid dispute with Egyptian federation – Leader-Post
Mohamed Salah put aside his highly publicized troubles to score another World Cup goal.
Poland failed to deliver at a World Cup yet again – Prost Amerika
What Poland really lacked was one creative player out there in either game.
Preview: Korea Republic v Germany – FIFA
Given Germany’s nerve-jangling last-gasp victory over Sweden, it would come as no surprise if their players still had adrenaline coursing through their veins when they take to the pitch in Kazan on Wednesday. Ironically, Korea Republic will also have celebrated Toni Kroos’ sensational late strike as it meant the Taeguk Warriors still have a theoretical chance of reaching the last 16.
Panama and Tunisia battle each other for a historic World Cup win – Futbolgrad
The World Cup will say goodbye to two likeable underdogs at the end of the group stage. Both Panama and Tunisia failed to upset the apple-cart against the big boys from England and Belgium.
Manitoba politician related to most of Iceland soccer team – Sportsnet
Len Isleifson, legislature member for Brandon East, says he is related to 22 of the team’s 23 players, as well as to its coach.
Russian city Samara, football and the space race – BBC Sport
Where the Sputnik stadium used to stand there is a housing block, Orbita’s pitch is now wasteland and the old Voskhod ground, named after a space rocket, is crumbling into ruin. These are just some of the old football arenas in Samara, the Russian World Cup host city that is most famous for helping drive the Soviet Union’s space race with the United States.
Dubai hotel offers £20,000 World Cup final experience – Yahoo Sports
The experience on July 15 includes a stay overnight in their 548 square metre Imperial Suite, which will be decorated to resemble a football pitch.
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. COLORADO RAPIDS
MLS MATCHDAY #18
SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018, 4:00 PM PT
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, B.C.
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Episode 278 – The AFTN Soccer Show (The Spice Of Life with guest Rob Friend) – AFTN
Variety is the spice of life. Or say they say. Hopefully it is as we have a variety of subjects to cover in the latest episode of the AFTN Soccer Show.
Toronto FC must be sharper, smarter moving forward this season – Toronto Sun
Toronto FC continues to stick with the ‘It’s still early mantra,’ but no matter how much talent might be on the roster, if the team continues to play as haphazardly as it did during Sunday’s 2-1 loss against New York City FC, the playoffs will only be a pipe dream.
Everything to play for in second half of season – Montreal Impact
The term turning point can often be overused in sports and has become somewhat of a cliché. But considering the Montreal Impact’s situation, and the fact that the team has now won three of its last four games by shutting out its opponents, its latest win against Orlando City SC in Florida may be exactly what the Bleu-blanc-noir needed to kick off the second half of its MLS season.
LAFC brass encouraged by promising start to debut season, eyeing playoffs – MLS
Club brass are quietly thrilled with the start to the Los Angeles Football Club’s inaugural season, believing the team has quickly forged a dynamic personality and are confident the club will contend for silverware all year.
Who could be RBNY manager if Jesse Marsch leaves? – Metro
Reports have persisted for weeks that Marsch is headed to Red Bull Leipzig in Germany’s Bundesliga, a move that certainly would coincide with his pursuit of a UEFA license and studying German.
D.C. United reportedly signing Gabriel Gomez from Nueva Chicago – Black & Red United
In a move that has been bubbling up for a while now, reports out of Argentina have Gabriel Gomez coming to D.C. United on a free from Nueva Chicago.
Columbus Crew SC’s Zack Steffen out vs. Real Salt Lake after knee surgery – MLS
Columbus Crew SC goalkeeper Zack Steffen is set to miss his second consecutive match, as the team announced on Monday he underwent a successful meniscectomy on his left knee last week and is expected to miss Saturday’s game against Real Salt Lake.
BC SOCCER NEWS
PCSL PHOTOS: Vancouver United FC 2, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, June 23, 2018 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
2018 Provincial Premier Cup Results – BCSA
The 2018 BC Soccer Provincial Premier Cup came to close on Sunday, June 24th as 12 BC Soccer Premier League teams were crowned Provincial Champions. Vancouver Island Wave hosted the competition at Westhills Stadium and Goudy fields in Langford BC.
Academy Playoffs: U-19s advance to the Academy Championship semifinals – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-19 Residency defeated Sockers FC 1-0 in the Academy Playoffs quarterfinals on Monday.
SFU men’s soccer hosts summer Identification camp – SFU
Canada’s NCAA men’s soccer team will be holding an identification camp this summer from August 20 to 22.
AFTN’s Vancouver Whitecaps Residency ‘Ones To Watch’ 2018 (Part Two – the U19s) – 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). Our U17 “One To Watch” list came out on Saturday, and today we’re bringing you the U19s.
Vancouver Island Wave earns three provincial cup titles – Victoria News
U15 boys’ squad earns chance to play at national championship in Quebec.
South Delta United achieves B.C. Soccer’s top standard – Delta Optimist
South Delta United Soccer Club has achieved standard 1 of the B.C Soccer Club Charter Program.
Fort St. John City fields closed until further notice – Energetic City
The closing of the fields is due to the excessive rainfall that has hit the city since last night. Youth soccer, as well as minor baseball, will be cancelled because of this.
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
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
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
Rob Gale named first coach and GM of Valour FC, Winnipeg’s new CPL entry – Delta Optimist
On Tuesday, Rob Gale was entrusted with Winnipeg’s new Canadian Premier League entry when the 40-year-old was named head coach and general manager of Valour FC.
Junior Hoilett: Winger signs new Cardiff City contract – BBC Sport
The 28-year-old Canada international’s previous deal was due to expire this month after signing a one-year extension in June 2017.
Woodbridge Get 3-1 Win Over Aurora, Through To L1 Cup Semis – League1 Ontario
Woodbridge Strikers advance to the Semi-Finals of the women’s 2018 L1 Cup after a 3-1 win over Aurora FC on home turf.
Griffons 2, Gatineau 0: Griffons Extend Unbeaten Run in Win Over Gatineau – The Link
It was a tough battle for Luc Brutus and the Club de soccer Mont Royal Griffons, but an early first half goal and penalty save by Gabard Fenelon helped them leave with all three points on Saturday night against FC Gatineau.
Jubilee Trophy soccer: Holy Cross romps again, but does give up a goal – The Telegram
Holy Cross/Avalon Ford gave up its first goal of the season, but nevertheless easily posted its sixth win in as many games in Breen’s Jubilee Trophy women’s soccer play on a chilly Monday night at King George V Park.
Ottawa soccer club agrees to drop $200,000 lawsuit against former coach, emails reveal politics behind the scenes – Ottawa Citizen
The twisting tale of how a $200,000 lawsuit against an Ottawa youth soccer coach — accused of poaching players from a rival soccer club — was dropped just weeks after it was filed has laid bare the internal politicking that occurs in the world of competitive teenage soccer.
2026 World Cup Venues (Part 3): BMO Field, Toronto – Waking the Red
Canada isn’t in the World Cup right now, but that won’t stop us making it all about us. Now that we know Canada will be co-hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup alongside the U.S. and Mexico, we thought it would be a good idea to look at the state of our country’s prospective World Cup venues. Today, we’ll be looking at Toronto, and our own BMO Field.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
USL’s Week Ahead – ESPNews Debut for NSC, Indy Highlights Busy Week’s Action – USL
Week 16 brings key games throughout week as race for USL Cup Playoffs continues to build.
Roughnecks Appoint Tulsan Michael Nsien as Head Coach – Tulsa Roughnecks
Tulsa Roughnecks FC announced today that David Vaudreuil has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the team. Effective immediately, Tulsa native Michael Nsien will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Rowdies Make Splash with Poku’s Addition – USL
Former New York City FC standout set for action upon opening of transfer window on July 10.
Nansel Selbol departs Orange County SC – Angels on Parade
Orange County SC announced on Monday that they have “mutually agreed to part ways” with winger/forward Nansel Selbol.
Western Conf. Notebook — Orange County Depth Rewarded in Rout – USL
With six different players finding the back of the net in a 6-1 win against Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday night at Champions Soccer Stadium, the Orange County SC attack exploded for its biggest output of the season as the club’s progression toward a place in the USL Cup Playoffs continued in impressive fashion.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
NWSL Week In Review: Did Sofia Huerta Need To Be Traded? – The Equalizer
It seemed somewhat inevitable that Christen Press was coming back to the NWSL after her stint in Sweden ended, it was just a matter of when and where. Press had made it known that Utah was one of her destinations of choice, at least until California gets a team, so the fact that Laura Harvey and her general aversion to draft picks allowed Press to join this season isn’t a huge shocker.
Sheffield FC become latest casualty of FA’s restructuring of women’s football – The Guardian
Club’s withdrawal from the rebranded second tier for financial reasons raises questions about the FA’s application process and the financial criteria within it.
Former Chelsea footballer Jason Cundy apologises after saying women’s voices too ‘high-pitched’ to commentate football matches – The Independent
Former Chelsea footballer Jason Cundy has apologised for saying female football commentators’s voices are too “high-pitched” to commentate football matches.
ESPN Body Issue: Zlatan Ibrahimović, Megan Rapinoe, Crystal Dunn featured on covers – Pro Soccer USA
Soccer stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Megan Rapinoe and Crystal Dunn are among 10 athletes featured on covers for ESPN The Magazine’s 10th edition of its celebrated BODY Issue.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Nainggolan joins Inter Milan from Roma – NBC Sports
Combative midfielder Radja Nainggolan has joined Inter Milan from rival Roma.
Midfielder Javier Pastore joins Roma from PSG – Sportsnet
Roma has signed attacking Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore from Paris Saint-Germain.
Transfer rumor roundup: Ings on the move; Godin to Man United – NBC Sports
Danny Ings looks set to leave Liverpool this summer with multiple outlets reporting he has agreed with Jurgen Klopp to move on to find regular action.
Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas’ ‘guardian angel’ leaves Bernabeu – ESPN
Real Madrid goalkeeping coach Luis Llopis, referred to as the “guardian angel” of Keylor Navas, has left the club to join Real Sociedad.
Debuchy signs three-year Saint-Etienne deal – Four Four Two
Having initially joined for six months from Arsenal, Mathieu Debuchy did enough to earn a three-year contract from Saint-Etienne.
Toulouse rumoured to be next addition to CFG club stable – Inside World Football
French Ligue 1 club Toulouse is reportedly in discussion with Manchester City owners City Football Group (CFG) with a view to joining the club group.
USMNT to face Brazil, England, Mexico as part of six-match friendly slate to close 2018 – SBI
It’s now official: the U.S. Men’s National Team will face at least four heavyweights in a series of post-World Cup friendlies.
Ajax admit treatment for Abdelhak Nouri after collapse was ‘inadequate’ – The Guardian
Ajax have admitted to providing “inadequate” on-field medical treatment for Abdelhak Nouri after the former midfielder collapsed during a pre-season friendly last year, the Dutch club’s general manager, Edwin van der Sar, has said.