DAY 8 – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
FRANCE 0 COLOMBIA 2
ENGLAND 2 MEXICO 1
MONCTON STADIUM, MONCTON
BRAZIL 1 SPAIN 0
SOUTH KOREA 2 COSTA RICA 2
OLYMPIC STADIUM, MONTREAL
DAY 7 – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
SWITZERLAND 10 ECUADOR 1
JAPAN 2 CAMEROON 1
BC PLACE STADIUM, VANCOUVER
AUSTRALIA 2 NIGERIA 0
UNITED STATES 0 SWEDEN 0
WINNIPEG STADIUM, WINNIPEG
Canada play New Zealand to a stalemate – Red Nation Online
Following a 92nd minute penalty winner from Christine Sinclair, defeating China PR 1-0 in the tournament opener, Canada was only able to earn a point in a 0-0 draw against New Zealand in front of a rain drenched crowd at Commonwealth Stadium.
Canada comes up empty, draws New Zealand – The Equalizer
Canada and New Zealand played a fast-paced match but ended in a 0-0 draw on a slick surface at Commonwealth Stadium on Thursday.
Canada heads east with work to do at Women’s World Cup before knockout round – The Province
Canada headed east Friday, celebrating captain Christine Sinclair’s 32nd birthday along the way. The Canadians (1-0-1) wrap up pool play at the Women’s World Cup on Monday in Montreal against the Netherlands (1-1-0), knowing victory at Olympic Stadium will leave them atop Group A with a more benign road in the knockout rounds.
Jason DeVos: Canada – Midsize sedan or Ferrari? – TSN
Coming into this tournament, there was a widespread expectation – a very unrealistic expectation, I might add – that this team would somehow recreate its remarkable run at the 2012 Olympic Games and finish on the World Cup podium. It won’t happen.
Time to stop hiding behind Herdman for Canada – TSN
No matter what the Englishman says in public between now and Monday in Montreal, his biggest challenge is getting them to believe they are still good enough to win big games at this World Cup. Canada may lead the group on four points, but they now stand in a precarious position at a crossroads of an uncertainty not knowing which path they will take come the World Cup knock out stages.
Hosts held as Thailand, Côte d’Ivoire make history – FIFA
Groups A and B played their second games of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ as Thailand and Côte d’Ivoire celebrated historic goals, two former world champions battled to a draw and Edmonton saw its fair share of drama including a late China PR winner before a thunderstorm disrupted proceedings as Canada were held to a goalless draw by coach John Herdman’s former side.
Thailand win first World Cup game edging fellow debutants Ivory Coast – The Guardian
Striker Orathai Srimanee scored two first half goals to lead World Cup debutants Thailand to a pulsating 3-2 comeback win over fellow minnows Ivory Coast in their Group B match.
Maren Mjelde’s free-kick earns Norway World Cup draw against Germany – The Guardian
The Norwegian midfielder Maren Mjelde scored a beautiful second-half free kick to earn her side a deserved 1-1 draw with Germany in their Women’s World Cup Group B game on Thursday.
Renard: French atmosphere almost as good as it gets – FIFA
Over the past few years, the French women’s national team have come close to triumphing at major tournaments, but have invariably returned home empty-handed. The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ offers Les Bleues the opportunity to remedy that situation.
FIFA’s questionable organizing to blame for unbalanced WWC structure – SI.com
With Germany and France still atop their groups having played against their toughest expected rivals, we’re looking at a strange and unfortunate situation in the World Cup knockout bracket. If results hold to form, the Germans and the French—the No. 1 and No. 3 teams, respectively, in the FIFA rankings—are on a collision course to meet surprisingly early in the quarterfinals.
Abby Wambach & the USWNT’s long-ball problem – MLS
The United States Women’s national team has been the focus of a lot of criticism around their occasional reliance on a “long ball” style of play. Abby Wambach, their talismanic target forward with an extraterrestrial ability to wrangle herself on the end of long balls and deep crosses has, naturally, been central to this debate.
USWNT faces off against familiar faces in Sundhage, Sweden – SBI
Following all of the talk of head coach Pia Sundhage’s views on the current team, the U.S. Women’s National Team gets the chance to display their worth on the field in a matchup with their former coach. The USWNT takes on Sweden on Friday night, pitting a Women’s World Cup contender against a coach that previously led them to the 2011 finale.
Christen Press Went Abroad and Found a Place on the U.S. Team – NY Times
As a forward at Stanford — before she became a starter for the United States team, which faces Sweden here on Friday night — Press often felt suffocated by her need to succeed. To score every goal. To lead her team to wins. To live up to expectations. To be the star.
Cameroon’s Lionesses know task ahead as they get set to face the queens of the Women’s World Cup jungle – AFTN
Every World Cup, whatever gender and whatever age group, fans want to see the underdogs have their day. To triumph over the odds and produce a Cup upset that will see them talked about for years to come.
Did the province pay too much for B.C. Place’s artificial turf ahead of FIFA Women’s World Cup? – Georgia Straight
Five months after FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, emphatically reaffirmed that Canada would host the first Women’s World Cup (WWC) played entirely on artificial turf, pitch politics are yielding to questions about economics.
2018 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
DOMINICA 0 CANADA 2 (1st Leg)
Canada MNT off and running in Qualifying win over Dominica – CSA
It could have been quite a bit more but Canada’s Men’s National Team is certainly not going to complain about a two-goal advantage as they head home for a game at BMO Field on Tuesday night.
Canada beats Dominica in World Cup qualifier – Sportsnet
The Canadian men’s team took its first step towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Thursday with a 2-0 road win over Dominica in the first leg of their two-game playoff.
Don’t panic: Canada good enough to beat Dominica – the11.ca
So, Canada’s World Cup qualifying campaign began by only beating Dominica 2-0, in a cricket stadium that looked on the web stream that was illuminated by a single floodlight.
WHITECAPS FC & MLS
Mattocks looks back before taking on world’s best – Whitecaps FC
On June 20, Darren Mattocks will go toe-to-toe with arguably the best soccer player alive. Before he lines up opposite to Lionel Messi and some of the world’s other top players at the 2015 Copa América this month, he reflects on some pivotal moments in his path to the mountaintop of his career and his thoughts on matching up with the Argentinian icon.
Report: Orlando City SC keen on summer move for Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski – Here is the City
The MLS club are said to be eager to pair the German striker with club captain Kaka ahead of the league’s transfer window opening next month.
MLS fines Orlando City SC and head coach Adrian Heath for violating league tampering policy – MLS
On June 9, Heath publically expressed interest in Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer on an Orlando radio show, saying, “There is no secret that Dom wants to be here. We have tried to bring him here. We have done everything we can. Unfortunately we can’t do it yet. But we will keep trying.”
Orlando City coach Adrian Heath issues apology for Dom Dwyer comments – Orlando Sentinel
Heath said on his radio show this week that Orlando City has tried to bring Dwyer back to Orlando, where the striker made a name for himself by setting a USL record with 15 goals and also netting four in the USL championship game.
The world visits North America: A full schedule of this summer’s international club friendlies – MLS
Here is a list of the biggest friendlies taking place in North America this year, including the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 29.
WFC2 & USL
Whitecaps FC 2 look to protect undefeated home record when they host LA Galaxy II – Whitecaps FC
The young ‘Caps are undefeated after five matches in Vancouver this season, and have won the last two in typical entertaining fashion.
Bustos ‘blessed’ to be back from injury – Whitecaps FC
Before Vancouver’s final preseason match in March, Bustos suffered a foot injury that had him sidelined until last week, when he made his long-awaited WFC2 debut.
Carmelo Anthony brings pro soccer back to Puerto Rico, unveils NASL franchise – NBC Sports
NBA star Carmelo Anthony is now the owner of his own professional soccer team. Anthony, who plays for the New York Knicks, announced on Thursday that he has formed a franchise in the North American Soccer League (NASL) which will be called Puerto Rico FC.
Mariners look to top PCSL – Nanaimo Daily News
The Mariners currently sit third in the PCSL, three points behind early frontrunners Victoria Highlanders who have played three games more.
Schedules released for WolfPack soccer – Kamloops This Week
The schedule for the 2015 Canada West soccer season is out and, on the women’s side of the ball, it’s slightly different than Thompson Rivers University expected.
FIFA CORRUPTION CRISIS
FIFA president election date to be set next month – Goal
The extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee is to meet on July 20 to set a date for the extraordinary elective Congress that will determine the successor to departing president Sepp Blatter.
Interpol postpones agreement with FIFA – Goal
FIFA has expressed its disappointment after Interpol suspended an agreement to tackle match fixing in football. Interpol, the world’s largest police organisation with 190 member countries, received €20million ($22.5 million) from FIFA in May 2011 to set up a 10-year program called “Integrity in Sport”.
Qatar to sue ex-German FA president Theo Zwanziger for libel – report – ESPN FC
Zwanziger has been critical of the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to the Arab nation and in June, after having left his DFB post in 2012, said Qatar was “a cancer on world football” in an interview with the hr-Info radio station.
Why open data should be central to Fifa reform – The Guardian
Allowing citizens to freely access data related to the institutions that govern them is essential to a well-functioning democratic society. It is the first step towards holding leaders to account for failures and wrongdoing.
WORLD OF SOCCER
35 Secrets of Brilliant Coaches – Can’t Pass-Can’t Play
While superior knowledge of the sport is a cornerstone of a brilliant coach, it takes so much more than content and procedural knowledge to be a brilliant coach or teacher. Simply because a person has great knowledge of the sport and a fabulous win-loss record, does not mean they are a brilliant coach.
Gareth Bale scores as Wales beat Belgium to top group in Euro qualifying – ESPN FC
Gareth Bale scored the only goal and Wales hung on through the rain to beat Belgium 1-0 and move top of their European Championship qualifying group.
Swastika pattern depicted on pitch during Croatia vs. Italy Euro 2016 qualifier – CBC
Croatia could face punishment by UEFA after a swastika pattern could be seen on the pitch during its European Championship qualifying match against Italy, which ended 1-1 on Friday.
Hosts apologise for Nazi pitch symbol – BBC Sport
The Croatian Football Federation has apologised after a swastika symbol was marked on to the pitch ahead of their Euro 2016 home qualifier against Italy. “This is sabotage and a felony,” said Tomislav Pacak, a Croatian Football Federation (HNS) spokesman. “We expect police to identify the perpetrators.
If Newcastle doesn’t want to be open to the media, the media should stop covering Newcastle – Soccer Gods
Even FIFA under Sepp Blatter has only ever banned one reporter (Andrew Jennings). But Newcastle under Mike Ashley have issued multiple bans, and even considered a scheme that would fundamentally transform the relationship between the club and the press.
Guam: the tiny US territory that just won its first ever World Cup match – The Guardian
In their last World Cup qualifier, the tiny Pacific island lost 16-0 to Tajikistan. They didn’t even have a home pitch. But after winning a historic match on Thusday, they’re top of their qualifying group – and they’re dreaming big.
FIFA U20 World Cup -Semis in sight for stars and surprise packages – FIFA
All but one of FIFA’s six confederations will be represented as the FIFA U-20 World Cup quarter-finals are contested in a single, mouth-watering day of action. The last-eight line-up includes some surprising names, with Mali, Uzbekistan, Senegal and Serbia all on unfamiliar ground in the latter stages of a global tournament. Alongside them are some of the game’s traditional giants, and Brazil and Germany will be among those aiming to avoid becoming New Zealand 2015’s latest high-profile victims.