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Friday November 21

VMSL: ICST Pegasus vs Vancouver Olympics
8:45pm Newton Athletic Park #2
The top team in the Premier Division—ICST Pegasus—will face off with the bottom team—Vancouver Olympics—with 3 very important points at stake, obviously for very different reasons.

LIWSA: Vic West FC vs Victoria Athletics
6:00pm Finlayson Turf

saturday november 22

FVSL: Langley United vs Abbotsford United
4:00pm Willoughby Turf South
FVSL: North Delta Lions vs Aldergrove United
6:00pm Delsom Turf
All 4 teams at the top in the FVSL Premier are within 2 points of each other going into Week 12’s play.

VISL: Nanaimo United FC  vs Westcastle United
7:00pm Merle Logan Turf, Nanaimo
Only one point currently separates the two teams who will have the 4th spot after Saturday?

sunday november 23

MWSL: Fraser Valley Action vs Richmond FC
2:00pm Mercer Stadium, New Westminster

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22 November 2006
Canada wins 4:0 over Jamaica in the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifier semi-final. With the victory, Canada qualifies for the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007. Christine Sinclair scores two goals in the victory.
(Canada Soccer)
[Editor: Nothing of note I could find for today's date]

Inter FC 5-0 Surrey United Firefighters
Vancouver Metro Soccer League Premier Division - November 15, 2014 - Trillium Park, Vancouver, BC
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friday, november 21, 2014

Whitecaps FC launch USL PRO team, provide update on National Soccer Development Centre at UBCWhitecaps FC launch USL PRO team, provide update on National Soccer Development Centre at UBC
Soccer fans in Metro Vancouver will soon have a new professional team to cheer for. Whitecaps FC announced on Friday the launch of Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2), the club’s USL PRO team that will begin play in the spring of 2015. WFC2 will be owned and operated by Whitecaps FC and will play all home matches on the David Sidoo Field at Thunderbird Stadium, a natural extension of the club’s training home at the University of British Columbia: the National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC). Whitecaps FC

USL-Pro Dreams now a Reality?
With the Whitecaps set to make a 'special' announcement at UBC, has the long road to form a USL-Pro team finally reached its end? 86Forever

The Three Best Roster Moves the 'Caps made in 2014
While a lack of movement in the striker position was certainly a disappointment, there's no denying that Carl Robinson and the Whitecaps scouting department made several terrific moves that improved the squad and made them play-off bound for 2014. 86Forever

British bookie offers odds on Defoe's future, with Leicester and Queens Park Rangers favouredBritish bookie offers odds on Defoe's future, with Leicester and Queens Park Rangers favoured
If you're betting Jermain Defoe will stay at Toronto FC, Sky Bet will take your money. The British bookmaker, whose full name is Sky Betting and Gaming, is offering 9-1 odds that the English striker will still be with his MLS club come Feb. 4 after the next transfer window. TSN

Defoe's future at TFC unclear after surgery
Jermain Defoe is recovering after having off-season surgery, and remains in Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney’s plans for the future. But whether or not the Englishman will actually be back with TFC in 2015 remains to be seen. TSN

Former Toronto FC FB Eckersley gets second chance with Red Bulls
Former Toronto FC fullback Richard Eckersley is finally getting his second chance. Deemed surplus to requirements in Toronto due to his salary, Eckersley became a New York Red Bull this season only to find himself derailed by an ankle injury and, to a lesser degree, difficulties adjusting to his new surroundings. TSN

TFC II will be coached by current TFC assistant coach Jason BentVanney: 'USL Pro crucial to TFC's future'
Toronto FC announced Thursday that it has acquired the rights to an USL-Pro franchise, a move heralded by coach Greg Vanney as vital to the MLS club’s long-term future. The Toronto team will begin competing in the USL-Pro in 2015, and will be coached by current TFC assistant coach Jason Bent. Sportsnet

The real Bloody Big Deal
It's been a good week for Canadian soccer. A rare win over our southern neighbours in u20 play was followed up by an even rarer result in Central America for the senior team. However, the best news of all was saved for last. Another pro team was born. Toronto FC confirmed what we here at CSN reported last month: That the club would operate a USL-Pro side next year. 24th Minute

Former Toronto FC goalie Stefan Frei saviours comeback year in Seattle
After sitting almost two years in Toronto, Stefan Frei hasn't missed a beat this season in Seattle. In fact, the 28-year-old goalkeeper didn't miss a single minute during the MLS regular season, playing all 3,060 minutes of the Sounders' 20-10-4 road to the Supporters Shield. He also saw action in the U.S. Open Cup. Canada.com

Coach Sigi Schmid guided the Sounders to the Supporters’ Shield and a spot in the Western Conference finals in his sixth season at the helm.How Sigi Schmid saved his job and moved the Sounders forward
Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid was on the hot seat a year ago after another disappointing playoff exit. A year later, Seattle is the top seed in the MLS playoffs and has buy-in from players and management. Here’s how it happened. The Seattle Times

A glimpse into the thinking of Sounders' brain trust
byThe closest thing any MLS club is to a European-style members club, like Barcelona or Real Madrid and their socios, is Seattle. But at the end of the day, management -- majority owner Joe Roth, minority owner Drew Carey and minority owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer -- not the Alliance runs the Sounders. But the Alliance Annual Business Meeting gives a unique glimpse into the thinking of the Sounders' brain trust. Soccer America

LA Galaxy know fans want offense in Seattle Sounders showdown, but they may not get it
MLS's two best teams this season face off for the Western Conference Championship of the MLS Cup Playoffs, presented by AT&T, and Robbie Keane knows what “the fans want to see.” MLS

Landon Donovan's Other Legacy: Challenging the stigma of mental health
Donovan has battled depression at times during his career, has found respite in meditation and, for the past six years, sought help from a therapist. He’s also hinted at the idea that whenever his career ends – he's hoping it lasts as long as Dec. 7, when the MLS Cup final takes place – he’d like to become some sort of advocate for those struggling with the same issues he’s had for years. MLS

STOPPING HENRY That's what Revs must do Sunday
Stop Thierry Henry and there's a good chance you will stop the Red Bulls. That's the challenge of the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference series. The Red Bulls host the Revs in the first leg at Red Bulls Arena Sunday. Big Apple Soccer

Representatives from Las Vegas, Minneapolis & Sacramento meet with Major League Soccer officials about expansion
Three potential Major League Soccer expansion markets presented their case in New York City on Thursday as the league looks to meet its stated goal of 24 teams by the end of the decade. Representatives from Las Vegas, Sacramento and Minneapolis met with league officials. Future expansion will be discussed further at the MLS Board of Governors meeting, set for Dec. 6.  MLS

Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath signs contract extension through 2017
Adrian Heath won't just be manning the Orlando City touch lines in 2015. He will be doing so for the foreseeable future. Orlando City announced Friday morning that they have extended their head coach's contract through the 2017 season. MLS

MLS partner USL PRO growing as club-owned and independent expansion teams line up for 2015 MLS partner USL PRO growing as club-owned and independent expansion teams line up for 2015
Almost two years after Major League Soccer and USL PRO agreed to a long-term technical and commercial alliance to improve player development, the 2015 version of USL PRO will have a very different look than the 2013 and 2014 editions. MLS

Houston Dynamo riding "wave of the future" by embracing sports science, data analytics
The Houston Dynamo are joining the increasing trend in MLS – and professional sports leagues across the country – by embracing sports science and data analytics. Specifically, the club is looking to revamp the way they approach the game, in part, by introducing new metrics for fitness and performance into their decision-making formula. MLS

Montreal Impact's Stade Saputo to play host to Champions' Trophy, annual kick-off to French season
The annual curtain raiser for the French club season, the Champions' Trophy, will be held in Montreal next year, France's Ligue de Football Professionel (LFP) announced Thursday. The match, between the Ligue 1 champion and French Cup winner, will be held Aug. 2, 2015 at Montreal Impact's Stade Saputo. MLS

university soccer

Canadians to watch in the 2014 NCAA men's soccer tournament
We run down some of the top Canadians to watch in this year's NCAA tournament. Cyle Larin may be missing but that does not mean there is not anyone worth keeping an eye on over the coming weeks. Waking the Red

concacaf champions league

CONCACAF Sets Champions League Quarterfinal ScheduleCONCACAF Sets Champions League Quarterfinal Schedule
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today unveiled the schedule for the quarterfinals of the 2014/15 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League, the region’s premier competition for clubs. Canada Soccer

team canada

Canada begins 2018 World Cup qualifying in June
Predicting what CONCACAF will do is like predicting the weather. You might get it right, but most of the time it’s just guesswork. Rumours and speculation abound regarding what convoluted recipe CONCACAF will come up with for the qualifying cycle for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Sportsnet

fifa women's world cup canada 2015

Dutch, Italians duel for Canadian adventure
Eight places at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ were on offer at the start of the European qualifying campaign, with 42 nations each intent on securing one of them. The seven group winners can already begin their preparations for the tournament, while another two countries still harbour hopes of joining them. FIFA

south of the 49th

Tim Howard named U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year
Goalkeeper Tim Howard was named the 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year on Thursday. As revealed on ESPN's "SportsCenter," Howard received more votes than five of his teammates as the top performer for the United States men's national team, which reached the knockout stages of the World Cup this summer. ESPN FC

Vela out as New Mexico coach after hazing incident
New Mexico says women’s soccer coach Kit Vela will not return to the school after a season that included discipline for a hazing incident. School officials said Thursday that Vela’s contract will not be renewed after 14 seasons. She had a 122-104-45 record in 14 seasons with the Lobos. The Equalizer

world football

FIFA to revisit World Cup corruption report
FIFA will further review the 2018 and 2022 World Cup corruption investigation, putting the status of hosts Russia and Qatar back in question. The head of FIFA’s auditing committee will examine the full 430-page confidential report by American prosecutor Michael Garcia into impropriety during the bid process, reviving a probe which seemed closed one week ago. CBC

Animal instincts set to light up Morocco
The opening kick-off of the FIFA Club World Cup 2014 is just around the corner, and the anticipation for the competition is growing by the minute. The trailer above takes inspiration from the animal kingdom to encapsulate the excitement from tournaments past and anticipates what lies ahead at Morocco 2014. FIFA

Greek federation upholds league suspension over referee assault; league organizer quits
The Greek soccer association has upheld its decision to suspend the country's league matches after failing to reach an agreement with clubs on measures to protect referees from potential attacks. Canada.com

Swedish and German clubs sanctioned following incidents at friendly match
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned Swedish club Djurgardens IF with a fine of CHF 45,000 and issued a reprimand to the club after incidents which occurred during the team’s friendly match against German club Union Berlin on 25 January 2014 in Stockholm. FIFA

India win South Asian Women's Championship
India have clinched their third South Asian Women's Football Championship, thrashing Nepal 6-0 in a one-sided final in Islamabad. Ngangom Bala Devi was the star of the show, bagging four goals and running the Nepalese defence ragged. FIFA

Court lifts Zidane's coaching ban from Real Madrid's reserve team
A Spanish court has lifted Zinedine Zidane's coaching ban, allowing the Real Madrid great to manage its reserve team. The same court had already suspended the ban this month while it considered its ruling. On Friday, it ruled in favour of Madrid's appeal of the three-month ban. TSN

Wigan owner makes controversial comment about Jews
The owner of English club Wigan has made controversial comments about Jewish people while defending his decision to hire a coach who is under investigation for sending racist and anti-Semitic messages. Metro

thursday, november 20, 2014

Whitecaps FC captain Pedro Morales named finalist for 2014 MLS Newcomer of the Year award (Photo: Richard Howes)Whitecaps FC captain Pedro Morales named finalist for 2014 MLS Newcomer of the Year award
We saw this one coming. Major League Soccer announced today that Vancouver Whitecaps FC captain Pedro Morales is one of three finalists for the 2014 MLS Newcomer of the Year award. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps farm team to play at UBC, for now
The Whitecaps’ talented young Canadians will continue their soccer education on the UBC campus, at least in the short term. On Friday, the MLS club will announce the launch of a USL PRO feeder franchise to begin play in March 2015 at Thunderbird Stadium. The Province

Toronto FC to operate USL-Pro team in 2015
Toronto FC announced Thursday that it has acquired the rights to an USL-Pro franchise. The team will begin competing in the USL-Pro in 2015, and will be coached by current TFC assistant coach Jason Bent. Sportsnet

Toronto FC selects MF Delgado, Impact takes D Toia in MLS dispersal draft
Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact were two of the seven clubs who chose to make a selection in Wednesday's MLS dispersal draft of former Chivas USA players. The team shut down operations at the end of their 2014 season. With the sixth pick, the Impact selected defender Donny Toia. Eight picks later, TFC chose midfielder Marky Delgado. TSN

Seven Players Selected in Chivas USA Dispersal Draft
It all went down as expected. Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, the jewel of the Chivas USA roster, was selected by FC Dallas with the first pick in the Chivas USA Dispersal Draft held on Wednesday. Only six other players were selected during the draft, and all of them are young players. the The Whitecaps opted not to make a selection at 20th overall. MLS

Sounders’ intensity crackles as team revs up for collision with Galaxy
The end of Sounders FC’s training Wednesday at Starfire Sports Complex crackled with intensity — too much intensity for former Seattle coach and club icon Alan Hinton. Hinton watched from the sideline, worrying about potential injuries, cringing with each hard tackle, grumbling as the drill moved at full speed from end to end. Seattle Times

LA Galaxy look to ride 20-game unbeaten run at StubHub Center in Sunday's showdown vs. Seattle Sounders
Every team, at least in theory, has an advantage when playing at home. The LA Galaxy have taken that to an extreme under Bruce Arena, especially in 2014. They're 16-1-4 and riding a 20-game unbeaten streak this year at StubHub Center. MLS

Red Bull Arena sold out for New England Revolution playoff encounter
The New York Red Bulls may not have drawn the numbers they hoped to see against Sporting KC and DC United in their last two playoff encounters at Red Bull Arena, but the Eastern Conference Final will be a different story. The New England Revolution will be welcomed by a sold-out crowd at Red Bull Arena this Sunday afternoon. Empire of Soccer

Robbie Keane, Obafemi Martins, Lee Nguyen vie for MVP as MLS announces 2014 awards finalists
Major League Soccer announced three finalists for each of its 2014 awards on Thursday, with the winners to be announced in the coming weeks. MLS

San Jose Earthquakes land sought-after tech partnership in stadium naming deal
The Quakes new home will be called Avaya Stadium after a naming-rights deal was struck with the Santa Clara-based communications firm. The 10-year deal will bring the Quakes more than just sponsorship cash, Avaya is expected to create the first cloud-enabled MLS stadium, putting the Quakes at the league’s forefront in terms of a high-tech customer experience. MLS

San Jose Earthquakes sign naming rights deal as stadium cost soars
The San Jose Earthquakes have signed their first stadium naming rights deal, teaming up with a Silicon Valley technology company for one of the richest team sponsorships in Major League Soccer -- and the Quakes will need the money, because the cost of their new home is soaring. San Jose Mercury News

Three cities will make pitch to league officials
The process for the next phase of Major League Soccer expansion is winding to a conclusion as representatives from Las Vegas, Minneapolis (two groups) and Sacramento will make presentations at MLS headquarters in New York on Thursday. One expansion slot remains available -- two if Miami falls through -- before MLS reaches its stated limit to 24 teams by 2020. Soccer America

2014 NASL Awards Recap
The North American Soccer League (NASL) honored its 2014 award winners as part of The Championship Final festivities in San Antonio. With the season officially over, we look at a recap of the players, coaches, and teams that took home league honors this year. NASL

the women's pro game

The Lowdown: Opportunity awaits new commissioner
For the first time the National Women’s Soccer League will undergo a seismic shift in leadership.  Cheryl Bailey will step down as executive director of the fledgling league as soon as the search for her successor is concluded. The Equalizer

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A year of progress for Canada A year of progress for Canada
It might have been a less than inspiring game to watch for Canadian men’s national team supporters on Tuesday night, but the goalless draw away to CONCACAF rival Panama culminated a productive year for Benito Floro’s squad. 2014 was always going to be a subdued 12 months for the program, with all the attention put on the World Cup in Brazil during the summer. Goal

Canada 0, Panama 0: Why boring can be beautiful
If you were a neutral and stuck out all 94 minutes of Canada’s 0-0 draw at Panama, well either you really, really love soccer or you’re immune to boredom. You could sit through a Kenny G concert and be entertained. The11

Canada WNT announces roster for series v Sweden
CCanada’s Women’s National Team continues its string of Women’s International Friendlies against the top teams in the world when they’ll take on Sweden for a pair of matches to take place in California, USA. Head Coach John Herdman has selected 24 players to be in contention for the series that takes place on 24 and 26 November. CSA

fifa women's world cup canada 2015

Dutch, Italians duel for Canadian adventure
Eight places at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ were on offer at the start of the European qualifying campaign, with 42 nations each intent on securing one of them. The seven group winners can already begin their preparations for the tournament, while another two countries still harbour hopes of joining them: after reaching the play-off final, the Netherlands and Italy will square off for the last remaining European berth. FIFA

south of the 49th

Sermanni now has ‘freedom to look around’ at jobs
It has been about seven months since Tom Sermanni was unceremoniously dismissed as U.S. women’s national team coach, a move that came just 15 months into his contract and a little over a year before the World Cup. He was last seen in Canada, working as a consultant for John Herdman.  The Equalizer

US sanctions Colombia soccer team for drug ties
The Treasury Department on Wednesday placed Envigado soccer club and its owner, Juan Pablo Upequi, on its foreign narcotics kingpins list, freezing any U.S. assets they may have and barring Americans from doing business with them. Yahoo!

world football

Denouncing FIFA, whistleblower fears for safety
A whistleblower in the World Cup bidding controversy fears her treatment by FIFA will prevent people from coming forward with allegations of corruption and says she was approached three years ago by the FBI, which was worried about her safety. Yahoo!

Nigeria in shock after qualifying failure
African champions Nigeria have been left reeling after they failed to qualify for next year's CAF Africa Cup of Nations to defend their title.  The Super Eagles finished a disappointing third in Group A on eight points despite a 2-2 draw against South Africa on Wednesday night in the southern town of Uyo. FIFA

Italian FA approves radical reforms limiting squad size to 25 players and focusing on youth
The Italian football federation has approved reforms to shake up the national game, which include limiting Serie A squads to 25 players. The radical reforms were agreed on by a majority vote, despite the Italian Players' Association and managers' representatives voting against them. WFP

Spanish league aims for fair split of TV revenues
The president of the Spanish league says the government has forwarded some details of a law that would give the league control over the collective sale of television rights. Sportsnet

Greek federation league organizer quits, upholds league suspension
The Greek soccer association has upheld its decision to suspend the country's league matches after failing to reach an agreement with clubs on measures to protect referees from potential attacks. TSN

Bayern settles 346M euros stadium debt in less than 10 years instead of planned 25
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says it has "completely paid off" its stadium debt nearly 16 years ahead of schedule. Rummenigge tells the club magazine, "In 2005 we borrowed exactly 346 million euros in a 25-year plan, which was meant to last until 2030. WFP

Colombian team accused of laundering money for drug cartel
Colombian soccer club Envigado helped launder money for a drug trafficking group, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Wednesday, blacklisting the team under the anti-crime Kingpin Act. Canoe

Pele's son released from jail to appeal conviction
The 44-year-old son of soccer great Pele has been released from jail and will remain free while he appeals a conviction in a money laundering case that involved a drug gang. Sportsnet

wednesday, november 19

Klopas: “We’re going to add players.”
Impact head coach Frank Klopas has a number of decisions to make in the offseason in terms of personnel and work has already begun. One obvious area of need is up front. “With Marco retiring, we definitely need some depth up front,” explained Klopas. “That is definitely one area of the field we need to look at.” Montreal Impact

Montreal Impact promise new arrivals, mentality for 2015 at Members General Assembly
The Montreal Impact held their Members General Assembly on Monday night. Faced with questions from season-ticket holders – and season-ticket holders only, as there was no media availability – the front office and staff said roster moves are coming. But there was no breaking news on this day. MLS

Toronto FC parts ways with veteran equipment manager Malcolm Phillips
Toronto FC has parted ways with veteran equipment manager Malcolm Phillips. Phillips had been with Toronto since Day 1 in 2007. The native of Southampton, England, has been associated with the MLS since 1998, starting with Tampa Bay before moving to San Jose. A club spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Phillips had left the club but declined further comment. Canada.com

LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders | 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs Match Preview
It was almost preordained: The two best teams in MLS, superstar-laden squads who fought down to the wire for the Supporters' Shield, square off for a chance to play in the MLS Cup final. The Seattle Sounders took the Shield on the last day of the season, but they've made it clear their biggest target is the Cup. MLS

New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution | 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs Match Preview
The New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution both return to the Conference Championships for the first time in years. In fact, neither club has made it to this stage of the MLS Cup Playoffs since the Red Bulls did it in 2008; the Revs haven't been here since their mid-00s heyday in 2007. MLS

MLS Dispersal Draft takes place this afternoon
MLS clubs acquiring Dispersal Draft players must take players at their full 2015 budget charges and options must be exercised, including any associated transfers or loans. If a team selects a player in the Dispersal Draft but leaves him unprotected ahead of the Expansion Draft on Dec. 10, he will be available for selection by either Orlando City or NYCFC at that time. MLS

Fire decline options on 11, re-sign Patrick Nyarko
The Chicago Fire declined contract options on 11 players Tuesday, but some still could be back for the 2015 season. Veteran defenders Gonzalo Segares, Bakary Soumare and Steven Kinney were among the players whose options were declined, according to a team announcement. Chicago Tribune

Crew Declines Options On Seven Players
The Crew has declined options on seven players for the upcoming season. Today, the Crew announced that it had picked up the options on 16 players but that seven would not be back next year. Those seven are forward Jairo Arrieta, midfielders Fifi Baiden, Daniel Paladini, Agustin Viana and Matt Walker and defenders Ross Friedman and Matt Wiet. The Columbus Dispatch

MLS confirms expansion meetings with Las Vegas, Minneapolis & Sacramento set for Thursday
Three markets will present their case for a Major League Soccer expansion team on Thursday in New York as the league looks to meet its stated goal of 24 teams by the end of the decade. MLS

Why is it OK for coaches to advocate cheating?
When this sort of thing happens — and it keeps happening in soccer — you’re left to ponder whether there is ever anything really new for the sport to explore. I’m talking about the decision made by England coach Roy Hodgson that his team must, as The Guardian put it, “drop their ‘nice’ side and implement a tougher streak.” inSoccer

Diary of a weekend at the Soccer Hall of Fame
An account by Robert Janning of the proceedings leading up to, and including, the day of November 9, 2014, when the Soccer Hall of Fame in Vaughan, Ontario, inducted British Columbia First Nations soccer pioneer Harry Manson (1879-1912). Straight.com

youth soccer

BC Soccer Premier League Cup Champions!
On the November 15/16 weekend, the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League officially finished its fall league season.  With a revamped League Cup format, and a great host in Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC, the matches were entertaining with great soccer on display all weekend. BCSPL

the local game

Defending Champs West Van Crawl to Within Two Points of League Leaders ICST Pegasus (Photo: Richard Howes)Defending Champs West Van Crawl to Within Two Points of League Leaders ICST Pegasus
The defending Premier Division champions—West Van FC—crawled within 2 points of first place by defeating the current league leaders—ICST Pegasus—by a 2-0 margin. Also, Inter FC climbed out of last place in thunderous fashion by disposing of the Surrey United Firefighters by an elaborate 4-0 score.

Tyler Hughes digs Cowichan LMG out of a two-goal hole
With the game on the line last Saturday, Tyler Hughes almost single-handedly preserved Cowichan LMG's unbeaten record. Cowichan was trailing host Comox Valley United 2-0 going into the second half when Hughes took over and led his team to a 2-2 draw. Cowichan Valley Citizen

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A draw in Central America helps build MNT mental toughness
In a World Cup qualifying campaign, a point on the road is generally seen as a positive, no matter the circumstance. So the fact that Canada’s Men’s National Team picked up a scoreless tie on the road in Central America against Panama, despite their best performance, is certainly cause for measured optimism. CSA

Canadian men's soccer side draws with Panama
Goalkeeper Milan Borjan made several big saves Tuesday to help Canada tie Panama 0-0 in an international soccer friendly. Canada has only lost once this year (1-1-3) and that was a 1-0 defeat at the hands of third-ranked Colombia last month. CBC

Small victory for Canada in Panama draw
CCanada played Panama to a 0-0 draw Tuesday night in Panama City in the Reds’ fifth and final international friendly of 2014. Canada enjoyed a man advantage for the final 16 minutes of regulation time after Panama’s Anibal Godoy was sent off for earning his second yellow card of the match. Sportsnet

Canadian men’s U20 soccer team ends Euro tour unbeaten
The Canadian under-20 men’s soccer team finished its European tour unbeaten in three games Tuesday with a 1-0 victory over the United States in Marbella, Spain. Dylan Carreiro’s fifth-minute goal, with an assist from Manny Aparicio, proved to be the difference. Carreiro is currently on loan to Arbroath from fellow Scottish side Dundee FC while Aparicio is with Toronto FC. Metro

south of the 49th

Robbie Brady's two goals carry Ireland to win over United States
Robbie Brady helped himself to a superb double as the Republic of Ireland defeated the United States 4-1 in a friendly on Tuesday in Dublin. Brady produced a deft 55th-minute finish and then dispatched a late free-kick to cement the victory. Goals from Anthony Pilkington and Brady either side of halftime eclipsed Mix Diskerud's equaliser. ESPN

world football

Blatter warns English of corruption report fallout
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has warned the English of the legal consequences of their demands for the World Cup corruption report to be published. The conduct of England’s failed 2018 bid was criticized in judge Joachim Eckert’s summary of the full report. Sportsnet

Eckert and Garcia set to meet amid crisis for FIFA World Cup bid corruption case
The judge and prosecutor behind FIFA's World Cup bid corruption investigation will meet Thursday in an effort to repair their relations and restore the reputation of a case seemingly in disarray. The whereabouts of the meeting between FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert and prosecutor Michael Garcia is a secret — as is the American lawyer's investigation findings. WFP

What Needs To Happen In Next Ten Weeks To Help Reform FIFA
Through the 70s, 80s, 90s IOC and FIFA evolved in tandem, changing from organizations that were run like country clubs to businesses with a worldwide focus and almost unlimited revenue potential. Revenue generation became the barometer of success and as the money flowed it was too easy for the people elected and hired to govern and to manage these organizations to adopt a “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” philosophy.  inSoccer

French soccer rocked by arrests in separate financial, match-fixing cases
French police detained three people on Tuesday as part of an investigation into the 2010 transfer of France international Andre-Pierre Gignac to Marseille, and also launched an operation against suspected match-fixing in the second division. Canada.com

Lionel Messi’s father downplays hints of star’s Barcelona exit
Lionel Messi’s father, who acts as the player’s agent, has downplayed the stir his son caused by hinting at an exit from Barcelona. Jorge Messi tells Barcelona-based La Vanguardia newspaper “the plan is to stay here, but since people read between the lines they exaggerate.” Metro

UEFA punishes Galatasaray, Dortmund for disorder
UEFA has punished Galatasaray and Borussia Dortmund for crowd disorder and sanctioned BATE Borisov for racism by its fans at Champions League matches. UEFA says its disciplinary panel fined Galatasaray 70,000 euros ($87,700) for disturbances which stopped play twice during a 4-1 loss at Dortmund this month. The Turkish club’s fans ran onto the pitch and threw lit fireworks. Sportsnet

UEFA punishes Ukraine for fan racism in qualifier
Ukraine has been punished by UEFA for another racist incident involving fans in Lviv, which is already banned from hosting World Cup qualifying matches. UEFA says its disciplinary panel found Ukraine fans guilty of racist behaviour during a European Championship qualifier against Macedonia last month. TSN

Italian players union says proposed reforms for more homegrown youth too radical
Italy's once-proud national team has been eliminated from the last two World Cups in the first round. Former European champions such as AC Milan and Inter Milan didn't even qualify to compete in this season's Champions League. And the days of Serie A landing top foreigners like Diego Maradona, Marco van Basten and Zinedine Zidane are long gone. So it's of little surprise that the Italian football federation is planning to vote on Thursday on of proposed reforms to shake up the national game. WFP

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