DAY 11 – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
ENGLAND 2 COLOMBIA 1
OLYMPIC STADIUM, MONTREAL
MEXICO 0 FRANCE 5
SOUTH KOREA 2 SPAIN 1
LANSDOWNE STADIUM, OTTAWA
COSTA RICA 0 BRAZIL 1
MONCTON STADIUM, MONCTON
World Cup fever hits Vancouver as over 100,000 fans see first round matches – AFTN
The Vancouver crowds have been good in general for the tournament so far. 25,942 for a Monday afternoon/evening double header that kicked off at 4pm was sneered upon by some out east, but was excellent as far as we’re concerned. Friday’s Group C double header brought out even more, 31,441, making a combined total of 109,506 for the three first round gamedays in Vancouver.
Wambach volley keeps USA top, sends Nigeria home – FIFA
An Abby Wambach volley seconds before half-time earned USA a 1-0 victory over Nigeria in Vancouver, which sent them through as Group D winners and eliminated their opponents.
Wambach wins it for USA – 24 Hours
Abby Wambach did the talking with her play Tuesday at BC Place, scoring the goal that made the United States group winners at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
United States beat Nigeria on Abby Wambach goal to win Group D – ESPN FC
Abby Wambach scored late in the first half and the U.S. women’s national team went on to beat Nigeria 1-0 on Tuesday night for a first-place finish in Group D at the Women’s World Cup.
Japan edge Ecuador to take top spot – FIFA
Japan edged Ecuador 1-0 to clinch top spot in Group C in what was their opponents’ final outing at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™.
Stalemate lifts Aussies through at Sweden’s expense – FIFA
Australia and Sweden shared early goals in a 1-1 draw that sent the former through to the knockout phase and left the latter facing an anxious wait to see if they will also progress.
Women’s World Cup critics are ‘uneducated & outdated’ – BBC Sport
England forward Eniola Aluko is writing a regular column for the BBC Sport website throughout the Women’s World Cup. Here she reflects on criticism of the football played at the tournament, inspirational team-mate Fran Kirby and looks ahead to Wednesday’s crunch group match against Colombia.
John Herdman tries to condition Canada into accepting women’s football – The Guardian
The coach from County Durham has steered the hosts into round of 16 at the Women’s World Cup and hopes psychology can help his team overturn scepticism in an ice hockey-obsessed country
Women’s World Cup: Who is the best-paid women’s footballer? – BBC Sport
Would it surprise you to learn the best-paid player in women’s football earns as much as a Premier League star?
Canadian reunion for club team-mates – FIFA
In one of the goals of the 2013 Swedish Damallsvenskan league season, a Pitea attacker outpaced two Tyreso defenders before finishing clinically to give her team the lead against a star side featuring Brazil’s Marta. It is fair to say that the grainy online highlights of the game never went viral and the fans of both clubs probably account for many of its views but that goal certainly caught the eye of Washington Spirit coach Mark Parsons, who watched it on repeat.
USA soccer fans arrive in Vancouver for FIFA Women’s World Cup – Metro
Thousands of soccer fans from across the United States descended on the city Tuesday to support their team in its final group stage game against Nigeria at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Kirby doing her fan club proud – FIFA
After keeping his secret weapon under wraps for most of England’s opening Group F match against France, England coach Mark Sampson was less cautious when it came to taking on Mexico in his side’s must-win second outing, handing pint-sized striker Fran Kirby a starting place for the Moncton showdown.
CANADA 2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
CANADA 4 DOMINICA 0
BMO FIELD, TORONTO
Canada 4-0 Dominica (6-0 Agg.): Canada easily advances to third round of World Cup qualifying – Goal
Canada cruised to the third round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying Tuesday with a 6-0 aggregate win over the Caribbean island of Dominica. After last week’s 2-0 away victory, advancement was a mere formality for Canada, but it still had the second leg to play in Toronto, and the side easily won 4-0 with goals coming from forwards Tesho Akindele, Cyle Larin and Tosaint Rickets.
Canada cruise to second straight over Dominica in World Cup qualifying – Red Nation Online
After earning a 2-0 victory away to Dominica last Thursday, the Canadian Men’s National Team was back in action on Tuesday for the home leg of their initial round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. With a win and two away goals to their credit, Canada went into this match firmly in control against a Dominica side that often looked outmatched in the opening game of the series.
Four star Canada through to the next round in World Cup Qualifying – CSA
The result was never really in doubt but Canada comfortably took care of business at BMO Field on Tuesday night and now rides into the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the next round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ after an encouraging performance against Dominica.
Now entrenched in CanMNT, Tesho Akindele enjoys “perfect day” in World Cup qualifying win – MLS
If Tesho Akindele was having any doubts about his decision to commit to Canada, they are now long gone. The 23-year-old Calgary native was instrumental for the national team in a 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Dominica on Tuesday, scoring Canada’s first goal and setting up teammate Tosaint Ricketts on a silver platter for the third.
Canada, El Salvador progress in CONCACAF qualifying, meeting Jamaica and more – SBI
CONCACAF is one step closer to determining its representatives for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after the Second Round of qualifying came to an end Tuesday.
WHITECAPS & MLS
Vancouver Whitecaps coaxing growth, consistency from “big-game player” Kekuta Manneh – MLS
When Kekuta Manneh hit the Vancouver Whitecaps’ match-winner against the LA Galaxy on June 6, it marked the ‘Caps first-ever road victory over the defending MLS Cup champions. For Manneh himself, though, it was just the latest of a series of goals and top performances against the top teams in MLS.
Weber: Whitecaps face possible absence of Kendall Waston – The Province
Kendall Waston was named to Costa Rica’s provisional Gold Cup roster last week.
Seattle Sounders lament calls leading to three ejections in wild US Open Cup loss to Portland Timbers – MLS
Seattle saw three of their players sent off and had to finish with seven men thanks to a late injury suffered by Obafemi Martins after they had exhausted their substitutions. The loss to the team they eliminated from the USOC in the quarterfinals last year prematurely ends Seattle defense of the tournament’s title, and they may also be facing the extended absence of one of their best players in Martins, who had to be stretchered off the field in the 87th minute and was unable to continue.
Mid Isle Mariners continue push for first – Nanaimo Daily News
The Mid Isle Mariners kept up their push for the Pacific Coast Soccer League title with a draw and a win in back-to-back home games this past weekend. The Mariners tied 1-1 with the Vancouver Thunderbirds on Saturday at Merle Logan Field and followed that up with a 1-0 win over Khalsa Sporting Club on Sunday in Ladysmith.
Lower Island Soccer Assoc.’s Bays United Gets a New Home – BC Soccer Web
The Greater Victoria School District and Bays United Football Club have signed a 25 year agreement that will result in a high quality artificial turf soccer field being built as part of the Oak Bay High School redevelopment.
FIFA CORRUPTION CRISIS
Swiss attorney general cites 53 possible money-laundering incidents in FIFA World Cup probe – canada.com
Banks in Switzerland have reported 53 possible acts of money-laundering in the investigation of FIFA’s 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests, the country’s attorney-general said Wednesday.
Threat of Russia and Qatar being stripped of next two World Cups intensifies – Telegraph
The threat of Russia and Qatar being stripped of the next two World Cups intensified on Wednesday after the man leading Switzerland’s criminal inquiry into their award declared he would have no qualms forcing their removal.
WORLD OF SOCCER
FIFA U20 WORLD CUP – Brazil and Serbia set up final date – FIFA
The two finalists at the FIFA U-20 World Cup have been determined, with Brazil and Serbia set to fight for the crown.
English Premier League Fixtures for 2015-16 Released – BBC Sport
Complete list of 2015-16 EPL matches and tentative start times.
Euro Under-21 Championship: England’s hopes & stars to watch – BBC Sport
The European Under-21 Championship starts in the Czech Republic on Wednesday with the host nation playing Denmark in the opening match.