Jim Brennan, Kara Lang and Pat Onstad amongst the inductees of the Class of 2015 to the Soccer Hall of Fame in Vaughan, Ontario.
2015 CONCACAF GOLD CUP
CANADA 0 COSTA RICA 0
TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015
BMO FIELD, TORONTO, ONT.
Goalless Canada bounced from Gold Cup – TSN
In a lengthy news conference following Canada’s early exit from the Gold Cup, coach Benito Floro defended his team’s progress, pointed to the problems Canadian soccer faces and said how proud he was of his players.
Canada MNT eliminated from 2015 Gold Cup – CSA
Canada’s Men’s National Team were eliminated from the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup following a hard fought 0:0 draw with Costa Rica on Tuesday night at Toronto’s BMO Field. Despite playing their most complete match of the competition the Canadian side were once again unable to capitalize on their scoring opportunities against an experienced Costa Rican side.
Canada go down fighting in draw with Costa Rica – Red Nation Online
Coming into the final match of the group stages, and off a heartbreaking late match loss to Jamaica, head coach Benito Floro and Canada would need a focused mindset and intent to attack hosting Costa Rica at BMO Field in Toronto, Canada.
Canada bows out of Gold Cup in scoreless disgrace – Sportsnet
Canada bowed out in disgrace of the continental tournament following a 0-0 draw to Costa Rica on Tuesday evening at BMO Field, the third consecutive match the Reds failed to score during the group stage.
What’s next after Canada’s soul-crushing defeat? – MLS
Heartbreak, it would seem, is embedded in the DNA of Canadian soccer. How else to explain Tuesday’s soul-crushing and tournament-ending scoreless draw with Costa Rica at the Gold Cup?
Floro inches away from looking like a genius; instead, he’ll be under heavy criticism – the11.ca
There will be a lot of writers who will have their sharpened pens ready to stab Benito Floro voodoo dolls over the next couple of days. But, if Haber delays his run by a half second, if Hainault’s shot bounces a few inches higher and eludes Ruiz, well, the Canadian national-team coach looks like a genius, doesn’t he? He decided to start Haber rather than MLS super-rookie Cyle Larin. Floro also made the controversial call to bring in a defender, Hainault. with his third and final sub when Canada needed a goal — and still had forward Tesho Akindele on the bench.
Canada trying to focus on positives after another group-play elimination – MLS
“It is disappointing because we always want to win and go through,” Benito Floro said following Canada’s scoreless draw Tuesday against Costa Rica that left them at the bottom of Group B. “The level of Jamaica and Costa Rica is really better than our level. So in my opinion, it is true we should not be happy with the result but to be happy with the performance of the players.”
Canada youngsters Cyle Larin, Tesho Akindele disappointed, but learn valuable lesson – MLS
It obviously wasn’t the Gold Cup that Canada’s dynamic pair of MLS youngsters had hoped for. But for Cyle Larin and Tesho Akindele, their debut in the regional tournament was still a worthy experience, despite The Reds being left without a goal or a ticket to the knockout rounds after their scoreless draw Tuesday against Costa Rica.
Bobby Lenarduzzi hails trailblazing Whitecaps and slams “short term” view when it comes to Canadian player development – “It’s not going to happen overnight” – AFTN
We should all care. It’s our country, it’s our domestic game, it’s our future talent pool. But just how much we should care does somewhat rely on where you stand on the whole club v country debate.
Jamaica 1, El Salvador 0 | CONCACAF Gold Cup Match Recap – MLS
Garath McCleary sent Jamaica through to the Gold Cup quarterfinals in fine form, notching a late goal to give the Reggae Boyz a 1-0 win Tuesday night over an El Salvador side fighting for their tournament lives and the top spot in Group B.
Jurgen Klinsmann explains lack of fitness as reason for taking Jozy Altidore off USMNT squad – MLS
While changes were expected, to some extent these specific moves were somewhat surprising. In particular, Altidore – who admittedly had not had a strong group stage after suffering an injury with Toronto FC earlier this season – being removed from the team raised some eyebrows.
Lack of fitness, or lack of ability — what’s wrong with Jozy Altidore? – Prost Amerika
Is Altidore’s problem fitness, or is it that he’s hit his ceiling? On one hand he’s supposed to be one of the United States’ most important players, and theoretically, USMNT is better with him in the team. But on the other hand Klinsmann’s men really need to win this tournament to guarantee direct entry into the Confederations Cup in 2017 and Jozy hasn’t been up to snuff thus far.
WHITECAPS FC & MLS
Are the Whitecaps an Elite MLS Club? – Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps currently sit in a three-way tie for first place in the Western Conference after 20 games played, as themselves, FC Dallas, and the Seattle Sounders are all tied with 32 points. The lofty point total has also put them in the Supporter’s Shield race, as overall, the ‘Caps are just three points behind DC United for top spot in the league. However, there’s an air of disappointment over the club right now instead of triumph, after back to back losses, and weeks of sloppy play.
Whitecaps brass see further growth ahead – 24 Hours
When Jeff Mallett looks back at his original checklist for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC now, a lot of the boxes have Xs beside them today.
Galaxy acquires Mexico team star Giovani Dos Santos after long pursuit – LA Times
The Galaxy has acquired Mexican national team star Giovani Dos Santos from Spanish club Villarreal and signed him through the 2019 season, the Major League Soccer club confirmed Tuesday.
MLS move not the end of Dos Santos’ El Tri career – Goal
Though he’ll be playing in a lower-quality league, Giovani dos Santos won’t see a move to MLS dent his importance to the Mexican national team.
Three Whitecaps who deserve All-Star nods – 24 Hours
Among those first 11 names, exactly zero Whitecaps were selected and the commissioner’s picks are two players – Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard – who have yet to play in an MLS match and reek of a marketing and PR ploy.
MLS Players React to Commissioner’s All Star Picks –Total MLS
Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard were chosen as MLS All Stars by commissioner Don Garber on Monday night, having never played a minute in the league. Twitter was full of reaction, maybe the best coming from MLS players.
Commissioner makes joke of MLS All-Star game by choosing Gerrard, Lampard – Goal
In MLS, legendary England midfielders Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard were chosen for the all-star game before either had laced up a boot in a league game. Lampard might have played for New York City FC against Toronto on Sunday but was injured; Gerrard’s only appearance for the LA Galaxy was in a friendly.
TFC GM Bezbatchenko: ‘We’re trending well’ – Sportsnet
“We’re trending well, and I think that’s the most important thing,” Bezbatchenko said. “To be where we are at halfway through the year, I think we have an opportunity ahead of us to do great things.”
MLS enters latest broadcast agreement with beIN SPORTS to air matches in Southeast Asia, Australia – MLS
MLS announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with leading global media network beIN SPORTS to televise league matches live across Southeast Asia and Australia. The deal will see MLS games reach seven countries throughout the region and marks the first time MLS will be telecast on beIN SPORTS channels in Asia.
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUES
WHITECAPS FC 2 vs. COLORADO SPRINGS SWITCHBACKS
WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015
7:00 PM, UBC THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, B.C.
Whitecaps FC 2 face high-scoring Switchbacks FC at Thunderbird Stadium on Wednesday – Whitecaps FC
One of the top teams in the Western Conference rolls into town this Wednesday when Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (10W-6L-0D) visit Whitecaps FC 2 (6W-8L-4D) at Thunderbird Stadium.
Tyler Rosenlund named to USL Team of the Week – Eighty-Six Forever
Make it three wins in four matches for the in-form Vancouver Whitecaps FC2. Last Friday night the Thundercaps went into halftime down a goal to the Portland Timbers FC2, but drew level with their rivals just two minutes into the second half thanks to midfielder Tyler Rosenlund.
Philadelphia Union planning to create own USL team for 2016: “It’s been a missing rung in the ladder” – MLS
Like other MLS clubs, the Union have set the wheels in motion to launch and operate their own USL team with Sakiewicz telling MLSsoccer.com that he’s “confident it will be executed in the 2016 season.”
Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 1, Sunderland AFC 0 – Sacramento Republic FC
Sacramento Republic FC beat English Premier League side Sunderland in Paul Buckle’s first match as head coach.
Whitecaps say ‘nothing imminent’ on NWSL front – The Equalizer
Vancouver Whitecaps FC co-owner Jeff Mallett was available during a mid-season roundtable discussion earlier this week and clarified the organizations thoughts on bringing the NWSL to Vancouver.
U.S. women’s soccer players are trendy; why aren’t U.S. women’s sports leagues? – Washington Post
Women’s soccer players are on the cover of SI and serenaded in Manhattan. So does anyone wanna check out an WNBA game?
The story of Carli Lloyd’s rise to World Cup hero – The Equalizer
Carli Lloyd nearly quit soccer over a decade ago. She had just been cut from one of the United States’ youth national teams, she was out of shape and she was lacking motivation.
Kwantlen student athletes just want to play – Burnaby Now
An open letter on the recent termination of athletic department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
KPU cuts funding to varsity teams – The Runner
KPU has clipped the Eagles’ wings with the announcement of major cuts to the varsity athletics programs. It’s all aligned with the “strategic direction” for KPU’s Vision 2018 and academic plan.
PLAYOFF BOUND | HIGHLANDERS COMPLETE LEAGUE PLAY THIS SUNDAY – Victoria Highlanders FC
Highlanders players and staff were all smiles early Sunday evening having secured the season goal of reaching the Pacific Coast Soccer League playoffs. Teams with games in hand could not make up ground on the Highlanders who came out of the bye weekend confirmed of a season ending playoff semi-final contest to be played in Vancouver, July 25th.
Northern Sport Centre gets new turf – Prince George Citizen
Since it opened in 2007, the fieldhouse at the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre has endured an incredible amount of wear and tear.
Penticton Pinnacles peak at soccer provincials – Penticton Western News
All that glitters was gold for the Penticton Pinnacles U18 boys at the BC Soccer Youth Provincial B Cup championships in Penticton.
U16 boys kick to B.C. soccer gold – Prince George Citizen
The Prince George Youth Soccer Association Under-16 boys team exacted a measure of revenge against Surrey Liverpool in Penticton on Sunday. Two years after Surrey beat them at the U14 Les Sinnott Memorial Boys Provincial B Cup, the Timberwolves turned the tables in their favour at the U16 level in the gold-medal final.
Blaze find silver lining at provincials – Kamloops This Week
The under-13 Kamloops Blaze girls won silver at the B.C. Soccer A Cup Provincial Championship in South Surrey on the weekend.
U18 Timberwolves rally, secure bronze – Prince George Citizen
Sunday in South Surrey, the U-18 Timberwolves rallied from a 3-1 half-time deficit to edge the North Shore Renegades 4-3 to win the bronze medal at the four-team Provincial A Cup championship.
Rowdies Bolster Attack with Signing of Midfielder/Forward Freddy Adu – Tampa Bay Rowdies
“The Rowdies and Adu are a perfect fit. Adu, now 26 years of age, with his prime playing career still ahead of him, presents plenty of upside for the Rowdies. In Tampa Bay, he is reunited with head coach Thomas Rongen, arguably the coach for whom he has played his best soccer in the past.”
Why has Freddy Adu chosen to join the Tampa Bay Rowdies? – The Guardian
“He was almost like Ronaldinho. He always had a smile on his face.” That’s how Thomas Rongen remembers a young Freddy Adu. That boy is now a man, and on Tuesday he agreed to join the Tampa Bay Rowdies – who sit first in NASL and are coached by Rongen.
Heinemann’s A-Game Earns Him Team of the Week Selection – Ottawa Fury FC
Following one of his best games in Fury colours, Tom Heinemann is named to the NASL Team of the Week.
WORLD OF SOCCER
Swindon Town FC bans media outlets from press conferences – The Guardian
A football club has been accused of “pulling up the drawbridge” after it banned media outlets from attending press conferences. Instead, Swindon Town FC will put out interviews conducted by its own press officer on its website and a social media app.
Football Association urged to step in to outlaw club media bans – Hold The Front Page
Blackpool Gazette football writer Will Watt made the plea to the sport’s governing body after his newspaper was barred from speaking to players and management staff at Blackpool FC.
FA must intervene to stop journalists being banned by football clubs – The Guardian
A sports writer has called on the Football Association to intervene over the persistent problem of clubs either banning journalists or enforcing restrictions on them.
Real Madrid tops the Forbes World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams in 2015 – Forbes
The NBA and MLB may be hot right now, but the world’s most valuable team still resides in Spain. Real Madrid ranks first for the third straight year at $3.26 billion, edging out a couple of iconic American sports franchises in the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees, which tie for second at $3.2 billion.
Raheem Sterling: Manchester City signing ready to challenge – BBC Sport
Raheem Sterling says he is relieved to have completed his protracted £49m move from Liverpool to Manchester City and is ready to consistently challenge for major honours.
How the Eurozone crisis is tilting the transfer balance towards the Premier League – Goal
England’s finest are able to match European clubs’ asking prices and buyout clauses far more easily, as they can with prospective new players who make their wage demands in euros.
Moha El Ouriachi: Stoke City sign Barcelona winger – BBC Sport
Stoke City have signed teenage winger Moha El Ouriachi from Barcelona. The 19-year-old, who rejected a new contract at the Nou Camp, has joined the Potters squad for their matches in the Asia Trophy in Singapore.
Carlos Tevez says he wants to write history after returning to Boca Juniors – The Guardian
Carlos Tevez has been officially unveiled as a Boca Juniors player in a £4.6m (€6.5 million) transfer from Juventus. Thousands of fans packed La Bombonera to welcome Tevez home from a decade abroad the day after the team went top of the Argentine league championship.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus… but Carlos Tevez is back where his heart is – The Telegraph
Attacker’s return to Boca Juniors has attracted ridicule, but the Argentine man of the people should be applauded for bucking the mercenary trend.
Damien Duff: Former Chelsea and Newcastle winger to give wages to charity after joining Shamrock Rovers – The Independent
Former Republic of Ireland star Damien Duff has returned to his homeland after almost 20 years abroad to join Shamrock Rovers.It’s not the most surprising move for an ageing footballer to return home – but what is surprising is that the former Premier League winger will donate the entirety of his wages to a charity of his choosing.
Fifa crisis: Clock ticking for presidential candidates to declare – BBC Sport
Monday will see the first extraordinary meeting of Fifa since May’s corruption scandal whipped through its senior ranks.
Robbie Rogers Will Be ‘Extremely Flamboyant’ at Future World Cups – advocate.com
Major League Soccer’s first (and only) openly gay male player says he won’t boycott future World Cups hosted in antigay countries like Russia and Qatar. Instead, Robbie Rogers plans to make a statement if and when he takes to the pitch in Moscow in 2018, or Qatar in 2022.
Romario scores lead role in probe into Brazilian federation corruption – Inside World Football
Brazilian footballing legend turned politician Romario, who came to power on a platform of defending the rights of people with disabilities, has been appointed president of the Congressional Committee investigating corruption in the wake of the arrest of former Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Jose Maria Marin.