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24 August 1971
Canada wins 1:0 over Mexico in a Men’s Olympic Qualification match at Empire Stadium in Vancouver, BC. Neil Ellett scores the lone goal on a header in the 74th minute.
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Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-0 Sporting Kansas City
Major League Soccer - August 10, 2014 - BC Place, Vancouver, BC
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wednesday, august 27, 2014

Vancouver Whitecaps' Carl Robinson admits "we're not there yet" after LA Galaxy loss
If there’s one match this season that can act as a measuring stick for Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson, Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at the LA Galaxy would likely do it. The Galaxy loss was only the Whitecaps’ fifth defeat of the season, but there was a gulf in quality between the teams, MLS

Whitecaps may alter formation in bid to score
It was clear in his 45 minutes on Saturday, that newly acquired midfielder Mauro Rosales will give Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson a different attacking option. Vancouver Sun

Whitecaps seeing red with Leveron card
The Whitecaps have appealed Johnny Leveron’s red card but at Tuesday’s practice at UBC were already preparing to play without him. Rather than Leveron, it was recent Costa Rican signing Kendall Waston paired with Andy O’Brien at centre-back at UBC. The Province

Argentine midfielder Romero one of few bright spots with struggling Impact
It is as if a whole new player named Andres Romero joined the Montreal Impact this season. The bungler who repeatedly gave up the ball and wasted scoring chances in 2013 has become one of the few bright spots in a dismal campaign for the 4-15-5 Impact. Canada.com

Toronto FC continues turnaround but defensive concerns not far from surface
Plagued by injuries to its backline, Toronto FC continues to struggle on defence. While plenty of statistics illustrate Toronto's turnaround in the second year of manager Ryan Nelsen's tenure, stopping goals is not one of them. Canada.com

Caldwell, Morrow out injured for Toronto FC
Toronto FC continues to be hit hard by injury problems. TFC coach Ryan Nelsen confirmed on Tuesday that central defender Steven Caldwell is expected to be sidelined for “a couple of weeks” with a quad injury. Left-back Justin Morrow will likely be out for three to four weeks with a hamstring injury. Sportsnet

Frustrated De Rosario not thinking retirement
Dwayne De Rosario was quick to correct this correspondent when it was put to him that he’s seen very little playing time this season. “I’m not getting no playing time, man,” De Rosario affirmed. It wasn’t said with malice or bitterness. There was no pouting and stomping of feet. Sportsnet

Nigerian defender Gege Soriola joins the Impact
The Montreal Impact announced Tuesday that Nigerian centre back Gege Soriola has joined the club. Soriola, 25, has played the last three seasons with South African club Free State Stars, in the Premier Soccer League, playing 40 games, 37 as starter. Montreal Impact

Impact eager to secure permanent transfer of dramatically improved loanee Andrés Romero
“Easily our best player this year, with Justin [Mapp].” But Romero is not quite an Impact player: He belongs to Brazil’s Tombense. The 2014 season is the second he’s spending on loan with the Impact, who would like to keep him long-term. It just so happens that Romero wants to stay. MLS

The Piatti Effect is in full force in Montreal The Piatti Effect is in full force in Montreal
As Ignacio Piatti walked toward the training field, a father and his two children sprang up from the stairs they were sitting on. Phones up. Pictures. Chit-chat. One week in, the Piatti Effect is in full force in Montreal. Montreal Impact

The Montreal Impact Foundation donates $100,000 to the community
The Montreal Impact celebrates its Foundation’s first anniversary on Tuesday and to underline the event, the Foundation announced that it is donating $100,000 to five organizations in the greater Montreal region. Montreal Impact

Seminole County and Orlando City Reach Agreement on New Soccer Training Center Partnership
Seminole County Board of Commissioners today voted unanimously 5-0 in support of an agreement which secures Orlando City Soccer Club’s newest training facility within the County’s Lake Sylvan Park complex. Orlando City SC

Preliminary deal reached for downtown Las Vegas soccer stadium
Las Vegas’ hopes of someday landing an MLS franchise may have taken a big step forward on Tuesday after the city and developers reached terms on a plan for a downtown stadium. However, the plan will not move forward unless the city is awarded an MLS team. Preliminary deal reached for downtown soccer stadium. MyNews3 - KSNV

A Mid-Week Victory for FC Edmonton over U of A in Friendly Match
FC Edmonton faced a different sort of mid-week action on Tuesday, August 26 when they kicked off against the University of Alberta Golden Bears to help the Bears tune-up for their regular season. After a strong 90 minute match, the Eddies came away with the 2-0 victory. FC Edmonton

the women's pro game

Reign say NWSL final practically sold out
Sunday’s NWSL championship match will be played at Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila, Wash., since Seattle Reign FC’s usual venue in downtown Seattle, Memorial Stadium, is being used all weekend for a music festival called Bumbershoot. The Equalizer

Sauerbrunn wins second NWSL Defender of the Year award 
FC Kansas City's Becky Sauerbrunn repeated as the NWSL Defender of the Year after again leading the club to second place. She finished ahead of Washington Spirit defender Ali Krieger and Chicago Red Stars defender Julie Johnston, the Rookie of the Year, tied for second in the voting. Soccer America

Naeher wins Goalkeeper of the Year award
The Boston Breakers finished eighth out of nine teams with the worst defense (53 goals allowed in 24 games) in the NWSL, but that didn't prevent goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher from being named the Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2014 season. Soccer America

youth soccer

deVos: Change in Canadian soccer means new leadership required
“The system we had before wasn't perfect but it worked.” So says the president of London United Soccer Club in a recent London Free Press article discussing why the Henderson Memorial tournament – a youth soccer tournament that has taken place in London, Ontario over the Labour Day weekend for the past 36 years – is being scrapped. TSN

BC Soccer's Coastal Season Kicks Off the First Weekend in September
The BC Soccer Coastal Season, which includes the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, kicks off the first weekend in September with more than 70,000 youths and 17,000 adults taking to pitches. The coastal adult leagues and many of the youth soccer districts are in full preparation mode as the season kickoff draws near. BC Soccer

Girls' soccer team dedicates provincial title to late teammate
girls' soccer team in Rothesay overcame tragedy on Sunday to become provincial champions, just weeks after a teammate died from anaphylaxis. The Fundy Soccer Association's Under-14 AA team dedicated its bittersweet win to the late Caroline Lorette, and is now working to raise awareness about anaphylaxis. CBC

CONCACAF Champions League

New York Red Bulls' game plan works wonders in winning start
The New York Red Bulls' finishing left a bit to be desired, but in mostly all other respects the club executed to a tee on Tuesday night in their opening game of the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League. MLS

youth olympics

China triumph at home
After 13 days and 11 hotly-contested matches, the Girls’ Youth Olympic Football Tournament Nanjing 2014 is over and the final positions of the six participating teams have been determined. Following Chile’s crowning at the inaugural Girls’ YOFT four years ago in Singapore, hosts China PR vanquished Venezuela in this year’s final to dash the visitors’ dream of a second successive gold for South America. FIFA

canadians abroad

National teamers stay hot, with Nik Ledgerwood and Marcus Haber scoring goals
With Canada hoping to end their long, miserable winless streak in a friendly against Jamaica in two weeks’ time, it’s good news for head coach Benito Floro that some of his key veterans are settling in nicely with their foreign clubs. MLS

Why a Canadian International Chose the Cypriot First Division over MLS
With US men's college soccer set to get underway this weekend, one collegiate underclassman will not be back to play Ivy League soccer in 2014. Canadian Daniel Haber explains how he went from Cornell to Israel to Cyprus in search of professional minutes.  EightbyEight

World Football

Champions League draw wide open
Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea — the past four winners — are among the eight top-seeded clubs in the 32-team draw. However, lower-ranked seeding pots loaded with big spenders returning to the Champions League after years away promise to deliver trickier than usual groups. Metro

UEFA postpones Israel's game against Belgium
UEFA has postponed Israel’s opening 2016 European Championship qualifying match against Belgium for security reasons. Israel was scheduled to host Belgium in Jerusalem on Sept. 9. UEFA says it switched the game to March 31, at a venue to be confirmed later. Sportsnet

Further misery for Van Gaal at Man United with 4-0 loss to 3rd tier MK Dons in League Cup
In just his third match in charge of Manchester United, Louis van Gaal oversaw one of the most humiliating losses in the club's illustrious history on Tuesday. The record 20-time English champions timidly capitulated to MK Dons, losing 4-0 to the third-tier club in the second round of the League Cup. Canada.com

Man United roasted for stunning loss
After Manchester United suffered one of the most humiliating losses in the club's illustrious history – a 4-0 defeat to third-tier club MK Dons in League Cup action on Tuesday – there was no shortage of tweets and memes roasting the famed English soccer side.  CBC

Manchester United, Van Gaal facing serious questions after humiliating exit in League Cup
Louis van Gaal has always said it could get worse before it gets better at Manchester United. He couldn't have thought it would get this bad. Barely two months ago, a jubilant Van Gaal was leaping out of his seat and high-fiving his Netherlands players as he masterminded a 5-1 thrashing of Spain at the World Cup in Brazil. WFP

Manchester United ink Angel Di Maria to $99 million deal
Manchester United smashed the British transfer record when they signed Argentina winger Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds ($98.77 million) on Tuesday. Di Maria has signed a five-year contract, the Premier League club announced on their website with the fee breaking the British record of 50 million pounds Liverpool received from Chelsea for Spain striker Fernando Torres in 2011. Canoe

FC Porto keeping the cupboard stocked
How has FC Porto been so successful? By installing a model by which young talent is brought into the club, allowed to mature and then moved on at a profit. Sportsnet

tuesday, august 26, 2014

What are Whitecaps FC's playoff chances?
The push for the playoffs is officially on. With just 10 matches remaining in the regular season, Vancouver Whitecaps FC sit in sole possession of the fifth and final playoff position with 33 points. That’s two points up on Portland Timbers, Vancouver’s opponent this weekend, though the ‘Caps have a game in hand. Whitecaps FC

Inevitability about Whitecaps loss in LA
There was a feeling of sad inevitability abut the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 loss against the Los Angeles Galaxy. It was rather like watching one of those little Spanish teams travel to Barcelona or Real Madrid. The players all knew what the result would be, but had to go through the motions in any event. Whitecaps Fan

Emotional Ramblings: Be Reasonable
Saturday morning, my wife said, "let’s go see a movie tonight." I agreed, and I reminded her that I’d watch the game after we get home. She said, "Oh, right, the game. You sure you don’t want to watch it live?" "No, it’s okay, they’re going to lose," I said. AFTN

Rosales brings creativity, leadership to Whitecaps
Mauro Rosales was at the Los Angeles airport Thursday when he learned of his trade to Vancouver. Chivas was set to fly to Boston to face the New England Revolution. Instead, a surprised Rosales headed home, where he met his new teammates at Friday’s practice and then made his Whitecaps debut in the second half of Saturday’s 2-0 loss at the L.A. Galaxy. The Province

Whitecaps in desperate need of a game-breaker
With the MLS roster freeze coming Sept. 15, management of the disturbingly punchless Vancouver Whitecaps is still desperately searching for an experienced attacker with goal-scoring instincts. Vancouver Sun

LA Galaxy thinking Supporters' Shield again after dominant performance vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
The LA Galaxy are back on point, and they’re thinking about silverware again. LA put their 4-1 loss last weekend to the Columbus Crew thoroughly behind them with a dominant 2-0 triumph Saturday over the Vancouver Whitecaps and sit just five points behind Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield leader Seattle with 11 games to go. MLS

Six 'Caps make '24 under 24' shortlist
The shortlist for Major League Soccer’s annual “24 under 24” series is out and six Vancouver Whitecaps FC players made the list, which is tied with FC Dallas for the most from one team. Whitecaps FC

Welcome To The Blue Hell
While it’s easy to forget that things weren’t always as rosy as they are today for Sporting Kansas City, a look through the eyes of a first time fan reminds us all just how far the club has come in the city.  The Cauldron

Atlanta's future MLS team has fans. Now what?
By all appearances, Major League Soccer is destined for a great debut in Atlanta. The team is closing in on their initial goal of 5,000 so-called "charter members," and those people have pledged to purchase nearly 14,500 season tickets. If all those tickets are actually sold, that would give the still-unnamed MLS team one of the largest season-ticket bases in the entire league. SBNation

FC Edmonton's Lance Laing Earns NASL Player of the Week Honours
FC Edmonton’s Lance Laing was named North American Soccer League (NASL) Player of the Week on Monday after stealing the show in his team’s 2-1 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers this past weekend. FC Edmonton

Friends of Soccer Backs USLPro for New Westminster
In a brief to New Westminster City Council, Friends of Soccer (FoS) expressed their strong support for the proposal to bring Whitecaps USLPro Soccer to a revitalized Queen’s Park Stadium. FoS called on City officials to embrace the opportunity. Friends of Soccer

Women’s star power drives turf fight
It’s a tribute to the star power of the U.S. women’s national team that its fight to have grass installed at the six Canadian venues for next year’s Women’s World Cup has gained so much attention. It’s also a testament to the blindness of FIFA higher-ups that the case of #GrassNotTurf won’t die. inSoccer

Document shows Australian players against turf at 2015 World Cup, despite official’s comments
Australia presented an odd twist to this 2015 Turf War. On Sunday, Football Federation Australia’s head of women’s football Emma Highwood said the federation was fine with artificial turf being used at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada. The Equalizer

NFL, FIFA join forces to evaluate concussions
Medical officials from the NFL, FIFA and other sports organizations are banding together to look into better ways to identify, manage and treat concussions. The "think-tank ," funded by an educational grant from the NFL, was held Sunday and Monday at league headquarters in New York. Dozens of scientific and medical personnel from football, rugby and equestrian circles participated. CBC

25 Great Quotes From Football Players & Managers
We all like a good quote whether it’s for inspiration or to make us laugh. So i spent a bit of time searching for some good ones from some of Football’s memorable characters. Here are 25 great quotes from Football players & managers that I came across. Rennie Coaching

The soccer whisperer — a philosophical, practical approach to the ‘beautiful game’
Ian McClurg grew up in the peaceful countryside outside Belfast, but at a certain age had to come to the city for school. This was during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. "My first day, a bomb went off about two miles away and the floors of the classroom shook," Ian remembers. He was terrified. Hamilton Spectator

youth soccer

Vancouver Whitecaps FC announce 2014-15 Pre-Residency roster
"We have added to what is already a fantastic group,” said Whitecaps FC Pre-Residency head coach Bart Choufour. “We’re looking forward to supporting and nurturing these young players, but also to challenge them to maximize their full potential. I believe this is going to be a great group." Whitecaps FC

Academies have changed the landscape of youth soccer
“It’s a disgrace,” said longtime soccer coach George Scarpelli. “It’s a joke. What you’re doing, ultimately, is looking to put together your 25 best players in the country and affecting millions of high school players. “It’s an absolute travesty for the game itself. They’re trying to make it an elitist sport where the focus is on the best. The Boston Globe

university soccer

With exhibition season in rear view mirror, Clan prepare for non-conference schedule
With a perfect 3-0 record through the Simon Fraser University Clan men's soccer exhibition schedule, the Clan will now look ahead to some key non-conference match-ups ahead of the 2014 Great Northwest Athletic Conference schedule. SFU

concacaf champions league

Red Bulls start CONCACAF competition chasing the Champions League
Through no fault of their own, the New York Red Bulls start the CONCACAF Champions League quest trailing Group 3 leader Montreal Impact by six points. The Major League Soccer team will have an opportunity to make up important ground against CD FAS in their CCL opener at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Tuesday night. Soccerly

team canada

Tickets for Canada WNT v Japan in Edmonton on sale today
Canada’s Women’s National Team will be hosting reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Japan for a pair of matches, the first of which will be played on Saturday, 25 October (kickoff 14.00 local time) at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, AB. Tickets for the Canada-Japan match in Edmonton go on sale this Tuesday, 26 August. Canada Soccer

fifa u-20 women's world cup canada 2014

U-20 women cap Germany's golden summer
Given how the past few months have unfolded, could it really have been anyone else? Germany's footballers seem to be in the midst of a period in which everything they touch turns to gold, and Canada 2014 proved to be no exception. FIFA

FIFA U-20 attendance in Montreal a disappointment, organizers say
Overall, U-20 organizers said they're pleased with the combined attendance across the four host cities of Montreal, Toronto, Moncton and Edmonton. In all, more than 288,000 people across all four venues attended a match. But Montreal did not quite live up to expectations, with an average of fewer than 10,000 fans in attendance per match. For some games, the Olympic Stadium felt empty with about 5,000 seats filled. CBC

Canadians Abroad

Canadians to watch for 2014/15
With the 2014 World Cup now behind us, it sometimes comes as a surprise how quickly preparations for the next tournament begin. For Canada, despite not competing in a World Cup since 1986, there is always hope at the start of a new qualifying cycle that this could be the beginning of cultivating a group of players to make our country’s first return, which will be thirty-two years by 2018. RedNation

women's world football

Finale looms Stateside, fresh ambitions in Europe
Just two teams remain in the hunt in USA’s NWSL following the first of two weeks in the play-offs. Meanwhile across the Atlantic, it is a case of the calm before the storm with many of the major leagues on the verge of recommencing for another season. FIFA

world football

Lampard announces England retirement
Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from international football. The 36-year-old midfielder has called time on his England career which has spanned 15 years and earned him 106 caps. FIFA

Italy striker Mario Balotelli signs for Liverpool
Liverpool signed Italy striker Mario Balotelli from AC Milan for 16 million pounds ($26.5 million) on Monday, taking a calculated gamble on a headline-grabbing player known as much for his controversies as his goals. Metro

Controversies in the turbulent career of new Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli
A football bad boy or just a youngster having some fun? Across his eight-year career, Mario Balotelli has lived up to his billing as one the sport's box office characters with a string of misdemeanours on and off the field. Whether it's throwing darts at teammates, setting his bathroom on fire or wearing the jersey of his club's biggest rival on live television, Balotelli is rarely out of the headlines. Canada.com

Manchester United to pay British record transfer fee for Angel Di Maria 
After originally stating Angel Di Maria would stay at Real Madrid after all, it now appears the winger will finally sign for English Premier League side Manchester United. Louis van Gaal's team will pay a British record transfer fee of £59.7 million ($98.9 million) to the Spanish giants as one of the summer's longest transfer sagas finally comes to a close. Soccerly

Arsenal fans riding an emotional rollercoaster
Is there a Premier League fan base that has been on more of an emotional rollercoaster ride for the last few years than Arsenal's? For 80 minutes on Saturday, Arsenal fans were ruing the lack of a “world class” goal scorer, chastising manager Arsene Wenger for failing to address this shortcoming during the transfer window. TSN

Maccabi Tel Aviv coach Oscar Garcia quits because of 'security situation' in Israel, club says
Maccabi Tel Aviv coach Oscar Garcia has quit his job, with the club saying Tuesday it was because of the "current security situation" in Israel. The club said Garcia, a former Barcelona midfielder from Spain, will be replaced by Pako Ayestaran, another Spaniard. Ayestaran was previously an assistant coach at Liverpool and Valencia under Rafa Benitez. WFP

Player death: Algerian club banned from home stadium, faces more punishment
An Algerian football club has been banned from using its home stadium and could be thrown out of national and international competitions after one of its players was hit and killed by an object thrown by fans.

monday, august 25, 2014

Newcomer Mauro Rosales sees positives despite debut defeat: 'Everyone has to believe'
Despite only having one training session under his belt, Rosales is already feeling comfortable among his new teammates, but with a close playoff race expected in the season run-in, Rosales knows the new-look 'Caps need to gel quickly and have belief in what the they can achieve. Whitecaps FC

The Good, The Average & The Bad: Guardians of the Galaxy Edition
Vancouver Whitecaps headed to Californian dreaming of their first win against the LA Galaxy in their own backyard. That dream soon turned to a nightmare and it was a case of California Uber Alles once again. AFTN

The Vancouver Whitecaps California nightmare continues
One of the more frustrating features of the Vancouver Whitecaps this season has been their ability to go toe to toe with the better teams but then struggle when faced with the supposedly easier opponent. So maybe it’s a sign of progress that in the 2-0 defeat to the LA Galaxy they were outplayed by a team that now sits comfortably above them in the standings? Soccer Shorts 

Sounders achieve goal of making statement with lopsided victory over Portland Timbers
The Seattle Sounders had quite a productive Sunday. With a 4-2 victory over the Portland Timbers at Providence Park, Seattle grabbed leads in the Western Conference, Supporters’ Shield race and Cascadia Cup standings. Perhaps more importantly, the Sounders also got a loud bounce-back performance from their dynamic forward duo of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins. MLS

Total Surrender: Sounders Humiliate Timbers
Obafemi Martins had the ball and a counter-attacking opportunity, and Clint Dempsey got on his horse. He had to make a 50-some-odd yard run to get into the box, blow away the retreating Michael Harrington in the process, collect, and finish past Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts to make this extraordinary effort worth it. Prost Amerika

Timbers' Caleb Porter laments latest loss to Seattle Sounders: "We didn’t do well enough"
If the Portland Timbers had been offered a chance to have 56 percent possession and outshoot the Seattle Sounders 13-10 in a half of soccer, they most certainly would have taken it. Turns out that would have been the wrong choice, as Sunday afternoon's Cascadia clash saw the Sounders jump out to a 2-0 first-half lead en route to a decisive 4-2 victory over the Timbers at Providence Park. MLS

A Familiar Result at the Hands of Familiar Faces
By Rose Rago A announced crowd of 22,591 fans filed into BMO field to witness TFC and Chicago Fire play to a 2-2 draw. Supporters can’t help but feel like their team didn’t earn one point, but rather dropped two. 24th Minute

Welcome to Chicago: Robert Earnshaw scored against former side in debut for the Fire
The past came back to haunt Toronto FC, as former player Robert Earnshaw scored against them on his Chicago Fire debut. TFC were already unsettled before the game, having lost two starting defenders, and another former player, Quincy Amarikwa, capitalized to score a late goal and earn a 2-2 draw for the Fire. MLS

TFC’s defensive issues a serious concern
It was a scene that Toronto FC fans have become all too familiar with over the previous seven MLS campaigns. TFC sat on a 2-1 lead late in Saturday’s home affair against the Chicago Fire and appeared to be en route to collecting three valuable points when Quincy Amarikwa fired a shot into the roof of the net from in close in the final minute of regulation. Sportsnet

Red Patch Boys live and breathe all things Toronto FC
The announcer asks the crowd to rise for O Canada ahead of the Toronto FC match Saturday night but it’s entirely unnecessary in BMO Field’s south end. The fans in the supporter sections are already standing. Sitting isn’t allowed here, neither is silence. After the anthems, it’s straight into a never-ending stream of chants. Toronto Star

Impact fall back to Earth in loss to Red Bulls
he Montreal Impact arrived in New York Saturday night to face a New York Red Bulls side hanging on to the last playoff spot in the East. The Impact had finally strung some wins together ahead of this game and they were going for three straight victories in New York. RedNation

American Jones signs with Revolution after blind draw
American World Cup star Jermaine Jones is joining the New England Revolution. In an interesting turn of events, New England won a "blind draw" against the Chicago Fire for his rights and signed Jones as a designated player on Sunday. TSN

New mechanism -- blind draw -- sends Jones to Revs
Jermaine Jones is finally coming to MLS, perhaps not to the club he originally wished to, but the 2014 U.S. World Cup team star will play for the New England Revolution after a blind draw conducted by MLS. Jones, who last played in Europe for Turkish club Besiktas, was a free agent and has been living at his home in Los Angeles since the end of the World Cup. Jones was also pursued by Chicago, the city in which he was born. Soccer America

Eddies Capture Fourth in the Fall with Victory Over Fort Lauderdale
FC Edmonton took a crucial three points away from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the race for a good Fall Season finish on Sunday afternoon at Clarke Stadium, winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Ritchie Jones and Lance Laing. FC Edmonton

Laing haunts old team as FCE climbs the standings
All in all, it was a pretty good day at the office for FC Edmonton left winger Lance Laing. Set up a goal against your former team? Check. Score a goal against your former team? Check. Sneak in a smooch with your fiancée after scoring? Check. Run the opposing fullback into the ground? Check. The11

Perseverance Key in Fury FC Road Win
Ottawa Fury FC knocked the monkey off their back in a big way as Sinisa Ubiparipovic's 86ht minute goal stood to be the winner. Character was the word used by Fury FC Head Coach Marc Dos Santos to described their result with San Antonio last Sunday and tonight (Sunday) it was all about perseverance in what was a very long and trying weekend for Ottawa Fury FC. Ottawa Fury

RedNation Interview Series: Martin NashRedNation Interview Series: Martin Nash
In this interview, RedNation and Martin discuss the Ottawa Fury and their inaugural year in the North American Soccer League, his move from Vancouver to Ottawa and joining the Fury staff as an Assistant Coach and his upcoming induction into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in the Team of Distinction category along with his teammates on the 2000 CONCACAF GOLD CUP Winning Canadian National Team. RedNation

the women's pro game

Reign Claim NWSL Shield with 4:1 Triumph Over Houston Dash
Whether the players of Seattle Reign FC knew going into the game that a draw or win would send the NWSL Shield to a new home in Seatte may not be disclosed given coach Laura Harvey’s inclinations. It didn’t seem to matter – it was clear the Reign were playing for three points. By the end of the night both the points and the Shield were in hand, as the Houston Dash fell to the visitors from the Pacific Northwest 4:1. Prost Amerika

team canada

Floro to call up first choice squad for Jamaica match
With the Canadian Men’s National Team scheduled to play their first home fixture of the Benito Floro era on September 9th in Toronto, there has been plenty of speculation as to the makeup of the roster that will face off against Jamaica at BMO Field. RedNation

Floro monitoring Akindele’s progress
As a player whose recent displays have recently pushed him into the discussion for the 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year Award, Calgary-born forward Tesho Akindele has also recently vaulted himself into consideration for a call-up by the Canadian Men’s National Team. RedNation

fifa u-20 women's world cup canada 2014

Germany outlasts Nigeria to win U-20 Women's World Cup Germany outlasts Nigeria to win U-20 Women's World Cup
Lena Petermann scored in the eighth minute of extra time to lead Germany to a 1-0 victory over Nigeria to claim the under-20 Women's World Cup at Montreal's Olympic Stadium on Sunday. The game finished tied 0-0 after 90 minutes. The victory is Germany's third at this competition, after winning the event in 2004 and 2010. CBC

Germany crowned, France end on a high
It is said that good things come to those who wait, and the patience of Montreal's fans was certainly rewarded handsomely as Canada 2014 reached a dramatic conclusion. In the final, it took 98 minutes to find a winner, but when Lena Petermann popped up with a truly golden goal, Germany were able to celebrate a record-equalling third FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup crown. FIFA

Petermann: I can’t grasp what’s happened
“On days like these you wish it would never end, on days like these we still have all the time in the world.” Those are the lyrics from a song by German band die Toten Hosen that have now become a standard part of any celebration by Germany’s football teams, so it was no surprise to hear them blaring out of the speakers in the changing room following the country’s triumph at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014. FIFA

Oshoala leads the way as individuals recognised
After 32 games the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 has come to an end, with Germany overcoming Nigeria to win the trophy for a third time and France sealing third place. A clutch of individual awards were also handed out on Sunday. FIFA

world football

Van Gaal still winless in EPL as Man U. manager after Sunderland draw; Spurs thrash QPR
The World Cup memories are fading fast for Louis van Gaal as the size of the Manchester United rebuilding task hits home. A week after losing the season opener, United was held to a 1-1 draw at Sunderland on Sunday, leaving the former Netherlands coach still searching for his first win in the Premier League.  Canada.com

Bad World Cup memories cast aside as Lionel Messi rekindles fire under new Barcelona coach
Bad World Cup memories be gone. Lionel Messi is back to his match-winning self. Not even a black cat — regarded as unlucky in Spain and other cultures — zigzagging across his path on Sunday could stop Messi from sending the message that the four-time world player of the year is ready to do battle once again with 2013 Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo for the title of football's best player. WFP

Premier League waging losing war against social media: Mudhar
The EPL announced last week it was actively cracking down on Vines and animated GIFs, and specifically fans trying to share video of goals on social media. Toronto Star

Atletico coach Diego Simeone suspended for 8 games for Spanish Super Cup incident
The Spanish football federation has suspended Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone for eight matches after he was sent off during the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup. The federation announced its decision on Monday, three days after defending Spanish champion Atletico beat Real Madrid 1-0 to win the Super Cup 2-1 on aggregate. WFP

9 professional football players punished for fixing a regional match
A court in northern Vietnam has sentenced a professional footballer to 30 months in jail and given eight other players suspended sentences on charges of match fixing, state media reported Monday. WFP

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