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Friday April 11

VMSL: West Van FC vs CCBRT United
7:30pm Ambleside Park, West Vancouver
The two top teams in the VMSL Premier Division standings will face off in the first round of the Provincial ‘A’ Cup.





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Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy
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This Day in Football History

8 April 1974
A new World Cup Trophy is unveiled by FIFA. This replaced the original Jules Rimet Trophy which was presented to Brazil after their third win in 1970.
(Association of Football Statisticians)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-2 Colorado Rapids
Major League Soccer - April 5, 2014 - BC Place, Vancouver, BC
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tuesday, april 8, 2014

*I am away, updates will resume upon my return April 16, 2014 - Richard Howes

Whitecaps' Laba vows to keep hands off ball - 24 Hours
It wasn't the smartest of decisions. Matias Laba knows it, having played Saturday's incident over in his head "thousands of times" already. The Vancouver Whitecaps defensive midfielder's second yellow card — a deliberate hand ball at the 77-minute mark — against the Colorado Rapids ultimately cost his team the game.

After opening his 2014 goal-scoring account, Mattocks continues to embrace team-first mentality (Photo: Richard Howes)After opening his 2014 goal-scoring account, Mattocks continues to embrace team-first mentality - Whitecaps FC
Finally, a goal for Darren Mattocks. And finally, no more questions from pesky reporters about his lack of finishing. That's what the speedy Vancouver Whitecaps FC striker expressed after bagging his first goal of the season on Saturday – the only downside being that his goal came in a 2-1 home loss to Colorado Rapids.

Defoe, Bradley could miss TFC’s next game - Sportsnet
Toronto FC is still not out of the woods when it comes to its ongoing injury problems. Coach Ryan Nelsen told reporters after Tuesday’s practice that a number of players are questionable for Saturday’s home game against the Colorado Rapids, including star striker Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley.

Jay Rodriguez out with ACL injury; Jermain Defoe on England plane to Brazil? - MLS
There's been plenty of speculation as to whether Jermain Defoe's move to Toronto FC in MLS will impact his chances at a World Cup spot with England. But if there were still any doubts he was going to Brazil, they were probably erased with news of a serious injury to another of England's World Cup hopefuls.

Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter will consider making changes to his starting back linePortland Timbers coach Caleb Porter will consider making changes to his starting back line - OregonLive
“You got to look in the back line,” Porter said. “There’s no doubt about it.” The Timbers' had their best offensive performance of the year Saturday, scoring a season-high four goals against the Seattle Sounders. But on defense, Portland made some major mistakes and gave up two goals in the final five minutes of the match as they settled for a 4-4 tie at home.

MLS closing in on deal to expand to Atlanta - CBC
Major League Soccer is negotiating with Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank to bring an expansion franchise to the city to play in its new $1-billion stadium, likely by 2017.

All about Major League Soccer - Atlanta Journal
Atlanta is expected to soon receive Major League Soccer’s 22nd franchise. An announcement is scheduled on April 16 at a to-be-determined location downtown. Falcons owner Arthur Blank will be the team’s owner. The team will begin play in 2017, which is when the new downtown stadium is scheduled to open. So, what is Major League Soccer?

LA Galaxy to host Manchester United in July 23 international friendly at Rose Bowl - MLS
The LA Galaxy announced on Tuesday that they will face English giants Manchester United this summer in an international friendly at the Rose Bowl on July 23.

Beckham keen to recruit LeBron James as Miami soccer club investor - Canoe
David Beckham has teamed up with another sports superstar as he attempts to get a Miami, Florida Major League Soccer club off the ground. The former Manchester United and L.A. Galaxy star is reportedly trying to recruit Miami Heat basketball star LeBron James as an investor in his new venture.

Edward, Parker miss out on FCE season-opening trip to Tampa - The11
FC Edmonton will be at least two players short of full strength when the club faces the Tampa Bay Rowdies in their NASL opener Saturday. But regular starting keeper Lance Parker and first-choice right back Edson Edward weren’t on the plane. Parker is out with a dislocated finger and Edward has what the club calls a “lower body injury.”

Inaugural Southsiders-VSSL Street Soccer Tournament – VSSL
The Inaugural Southsiders-VSSL Street Soccer Tournament and Fundraiser is upon us! It will be sponsored by the Vancouver Southsiders, and all funds raised will go towards supporting the VSSL. Lunch and tournament t-shirts will be provided! Please support us by donating or just drop-by and watch the Southsiders and VSSL play some soccer.

Anneswer to Cancer soccer fundraiser going for world record - Island Sports News
This year's 4th annual Answer to Cancer soccer tournament to raise funds for Victoria Hospice and families battling cancer will attempt to set a world record for the most people making consecutive soccer passes. The current record is 596 people.

the women's pro game

2014 NWSL season kicks off this weekend, features 14 Canadians - CSA
The second NWSL season is at hand and members of Canada’s Women’s National Team look to feature just as prominently in the league’s sophomore season as they did in the debut campaign last year. Forward Christine Sinclair will be leading the Canadian contingent once again as she looks to lead the Portland Thorns FC as they look to repeat as league champions from a year ago.

Thorns announce roster, make tradeThorns announce roster, make trade - The Columbian
The Portland Thorns FC made a significant trade and announced its initial regular-season roster on Monday. ­ Portland’s roster is led by the mainstays from 2013, including star forwards Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair and defender Rachel (Buehler) Van Hollebeke.

NWSL Clubs Announce 2014 Rosters - NWSL
The National Women's Soccer League's nine clubs announced their 2014 official rosters on Monday. The complete list of 18-20 player rosters are below.  The NWSL season kicks off on Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m. ET as Houston Dash begin their inaugural season against the defending champion Portland Thorns FC at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.

youth soccer

Kamloops Domestic Youth Soccer Season Kicks Off This Weekend
The 2014 youth soccer season kicks-off on Saturday (April 12) with U11 and U12 house league games slated for McArthur Island Park. In all, 227 house league teams, ranging from U5 to U18 will take part in the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association's (KYSA) local leagues.  This represents approximately 3,200 players. 

the local game

Croatia FC and Inter FC Tie in Intense, Competitive Final 2014 VMSL Game (Photo by Richard Howes)Croatia FC and Inter FC Tie in Intense, Competitive Final 2014 VMSL Game
On Friday evening, at South Memorial Park in Vancouver, the final Premier Division match of the season took place, between the hosting Croatia SC and the visiting Inter FC. Despite the fact that the final result was rather meaningless—since both teams had already avoided relegation and had qualified for the Provincial Cup—the match was very intense and competitive.

team canada

Para Soccer Team Continues Preparations for the America Cup - CSA
The Para Soccer team has completed its training camp at the Gorge Soccer Association in Victoria BC. This camp provided an opportunity for Coach Drew Ferguson to evaluate the status of his squad as he prepares for the upcoming America Cup. These championships, which will be held from the 19-26 of September at the University of Toronto, are a qualification event for the Parapan Am Games 2015 as well as the 2015 World Championships.

canadians abroad

Canada's petrasso signs Thee-Year Extension With QPR - TSN
Canadian forward Michael Petrasso has come to a three-year agreement with English Championship side Queens Park Rangers. The team announced the deal Tuesday on their official site.

south of the 49th

Sunil Gulati Denies 'Player Revolt' in Sermanni Sacking - American Soccer Now
When asked what exactly led to the dismissal, especially considering Sermanni's 18-2-4 record, Gulati said it came down to multiple factors. "It's three or four things. One of those is the subject of where the team is heading.

Gulati: Sermanni fired due to ‘underlying issues’ - The Equalizer
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said on Monday that Tom Sermanni being fired as U.S. women’s coach was not the result of losses at the Algarve Cup or of a player revolt, but was due to “underlying issues.”

Tom Sermanni ‘completely blindsided’ by firing - The Equalizer
Tom Sermanni says he was “completely blindsided” by his firing from the head coaching position of the U.S. women’s national team on Sunday, 15 months after taking the helm

fifa world cup brazil 2014

Official Song released; Official Album tracklist revealedOfficial Song released; Official Album tracklist revealed - FIFA
FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment are excited to reveal the tracklist for one of the most eagerly-anticipated albums of this year: “One Love, One Rhythm: The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Album”. Music and football fans all over the world now also have the chance to download “We Are One (Ole Ola)”, the Official Song of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, which was released today.

Brazil falling short in rush to overhaul airports - 24 Hours
With less than 10 weeks until the start of the World Cup, work on crucial new airport terminals has fallen behind in most of the dozen Brazilian host cities, heightening the risk of overcrowding and confusion during the tournament.

world football

FIFA Confederations Cup generates $20.7 billion BRL for Brazilian economy - FIFA
This Monday 7 April, the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism released the results of a study carried out by the Fundação Instituto de Pesquisas Econômicas (FIPE) (Economic Research Institute), which revealed the impact of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 on the Brazilian economy. In total, last year's competition generated R$20.7 billion.

Ireland, England to play friendly in June 2015 for 1st meeting in Irish capital in 20 years - WFP
England will play a friendly international against Ireland in Dublin in June 2015, marking the first meeting between the countries in the Irish capital since 1995 when the match was abandoned because of crowd disorder.

Serie A: Catania sack coach Rolando Maran for second time - BBC
Serie A's bottom side are seven points adrift of safety with six games left. Maran, 50, led Catania to eighth place last season as the Sicilians narrowly missed out on European qualification for the first time. But he was dismissed in October after a poor start and, after being reinstated in January, was axed again following Sunday's 2-1 home defeat by Torino.

Hull name change saga takes new twist - Yahoo!
Hull City season card holders have narrowly voted in favour of owner Assem Allam's plan to change the Premier League club's name to Hull Tigers despite the FA looking poised to block the move.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Missed chances, poor refereeing sink Whitecaps against Colorado - Whitecaps Fan
It was one of those games.  The Vancouver Whitecaps met their match against a solid Colorado Rapids team that put up the best fight of the three teams who have come to BC Place this season.  It was all going so well until a fellow wearing a yellow shirt who does not know anything about the game turned the game and handed the match to Colorado.

Swindle Attempt Backfires on Laba, Whitecaps - TSN
It's one of my biggest pet peeves in football and it happens all over the world and it happens often.  Moreover, it makes the game a little less beautiful.  I call it the "deliberate handball swindle."  

Whitecaps FC fall 2-1 to Colorado Rapids, suffer first defeat of 2014 season  - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2W-1L-1D) suffered their first loss of the 2014 season on Saturday afternoon, falling 2-1 to Colorado Rapids (2W-1L-1D) in front of a third straight sold-out crowd to start the season at BC Place.

DeMerit stunned as Mari scores two quick goals to lead Colorado over Vancouver - Canada.com
Jay DeMerit sounded like a boxer who did not see the knockout blows coming. The Vancouver captain and his teammates were left stunned after Jose Mari scored a pair of goals three minutes apart in the second half as the Colorado Rapids came back to beat the Whitecaps 2-1 before a sellout crowd of 21,000 at B.C. Place Stadium on Saturday.

Report and Reaction - Laba red card changes game in Rapids' favour - AFTN
The undefeated streak to start the season for Vancouver Whitecaps ended as they dropped a 2-1 result at home to Colorado Rapids on Saturday afternoon. The Whitecaps opened the scoring, with Darren Mattocks picking up his first of the season, but two goals from Jose Mari after Vancouver had gone a man down gave the visitors the three points.

Bittersweet moment for Whitecaps’ Mattocks (Photo by Richard Howes)Bittersweet moment for Whitecaps’ Mattocks - Sportsnet
It wasn’t in the best of circumstances, but finally, Darren Mattocks has his first goal of 2014. Scoring on a breakaway for the Vancouver Whitecaps in a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, the Jamaican international opened his account at the fifth time of asking.

What we learned vs Colorado Rapids - Whitecaps FC
Things changed very quickly for our ‘Caps on Saturday after Darren Mattocks gave the home team a 1-0 lead with his first goal of the season. A sending off for Matias Laba and two highlight goals from Jose Mari resulted in Vancouver’s first defeat of the season. So, what did we learn?

Michael Bradley scores early as Toronto FC blanks Crew - CBC
Michael Bradley's goal in the 11th minute was enough for Toronto FC to end the Columbus Crew's unbeaten run with a 2-0 victory on Saturday. Bradley scored from a bad angle, beating goalkeeper Steve Clark at the near, right post with a shot taken 2 yards from the end line. Substitute Issey Nakajima-Farran added a goal in the 85th minute off a cross by Justin Morrow.

TFC’s depth and role players shine in win - Sportsnet
On paper, Saturday’s Toronto FC-Columbus Crew match in Ohio was a mismatch—a certain saying involving the words “lamb” and “slaughter” came to mind.

Felipe goal gives Impact 2-2 tie with Red Bulls as both teams remain winless - Canada.com
Matteo Ferrari describes the Montreal Impact as "a team that likes offence but doesn't like to defend." Those traits were clear to the 24,071 at Olympic Stadium on Saturday as the Impact dominated the scoring chances but settled for a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls in a battle of still-winless Major League Soccer teams.

Poor defence is killing Impact’s game Poor defence is killing Impact’s game - Montreal Gazette
Italian central defender Matteo Ferrari has become the conscience of the Impact this season, the Major League Soccer team’s voice of reason. It was Ferrari, the 34-year-old veteran, who expressed concerns last January, only two days into training camp, over the team’s lack of personnel activity during the short off-season.

Montreal Impact’s dependence on Marco Di Vaio is just what makes him tick - Goal.com
The fact is that Di Vaio enjoys the responsibility of being the main man in the team and it’s a position he’s always thrived in. Though having played with several top European sides, it was always in prominent roles with teams less plush in talent that Di Vaio was most prolific. 

Wenger trade a no-brainer for Impact - Sportsnet
The Montreal Impact had just lost 2-0 to the Seattle Sounders and Andrew Wenger was in the middle of the locker-room, solemnly standing still. It was the last game before Marco Di Vaio’s return to the lineup and it was Wenger’s last chance to prove himself, to show that he had turned a corner. But he hadn’t done so and he knew it too. He was at a breaking point, almost in tears.

Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins finally strut their stuff for Seattle Sounders: "Just the beginning" - MLS
The Portland Timbers and the Seattle Sounders produced one for the ages on Saturday with a 4-4 draw at Providence Park. Trailing 4-2 towards the end of the match, the Sounders looked dead and buried, but two late goals from Clint Dempsey allowed the visitors to walk away with a point.

Despite positives, Portland Timbers can't escape fatal flaws in draw vs Seattle Sounders - MLS
To the surprise of nobody, there were some long faces in the Portland Timbers locker room after they squandered a second-half, 4-2 lead Saturday in a 4-4 draw against Cascadia rival the Seattle Sounders.

LA Galaxy dismantle Chivas USA, but insist that their best soccer is yet to come - MLS
The LA Galaxy played the kind of soccer they envision for much of Sunday's SuperClasico romp over Chivas USA, then issued something of a warning to the rest of the league: This is just the start.

MLS viewers on NBCSN up 76 percent after four games - inSoccer
Through the first four weeks of the MLS season, the average audiences for its games on NBCSN are up 76 percent from last year’s average for four games and 115 percent from the 2012 average to an average of 209,500 viewers a game.

Atlanta confirmed as Major League Soccer’s next expansion market - Philly.com
Major League Soccer’s wave of expansion across the south is headed to the region’s biggest metropolis.  Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation have confirmed to me that Atlanta will be officially awarded MLS’ 22nd franchise later this month.

NWSL and NASL both open on Saturday - Soccer America
A busy week includes the season openers in the NWSL and NASL, as well as key second legs in both the UEFA Champions League (quarterfinals) and Concacaf Champions League (semifinals).

Pele on Jon Stewart's 'The Daily Show' - Soccer America
Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show," played college soccer at William & Mary in 1981-83 after playing youth and high school ball in Central New Jersey. His affinity for the game was on display last week when he had on his show the great Pele.

youth soccer

Soccer tryouts set for B.C. Summer Games - Victoria News
Tryouts for the Zone 6 (Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast) B.C. Summer Games soccer team will be held on the South Island, beginning this week. Evaluations take place regionally in Victoria and Nanaimo. The final evaluations sessions is in Ladysmith.

south of the 49th

Sermanni fired as U.S. women's national coach - Sportsnet
On Sunday afternoon, Tom Sermanni coached the U.S. women’s team to a 2-0 win over China in a friendly in Colorado. By Sunday night, he was out of a job. U.S. Soccer fired Sermanni after a disappointing seventh-place finish last month at the Algarve Cup. The surprising move came just 16 months after he took over the program.

Another Sunday night surprise: Sermanni fired - Soccer America
A week after U.S. Soccer announced on a Sunday night that U.S. men's national team assistant coach Martin Vasquez had been reassigned, another Sunday night release brought a surprise. And this was a stunner: U.S. women's national team coach Tom Sermanni was fired hours after his team's 2-0 win over China.

canadians abroad

Across the Pond: April 6, 2014 - RedNation
As the final weeks of the fall/winter seasons are winding down, and summer seasons just about all in full swing, it is one of the most exciting times of the year to follow football. Across the continent the battles continue to see what teams will fend off relegation, which teams will gain promotion, and who will earn some silverware. There are a handful of Canadians in all of those scenarios.

fifa u-17 woman's world cup costa rica

Japan captures first championship with six-game sweep - Soccer America
Japan became the third different Asian team in four tournaments to win the Under-17 Women's World Cup thanks to a 2-0 triumph over Spain in Friday night's final at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica. The tournament was a victory for Asako Takemoto Takakura, the first woman to coach a Japanese national team, and the local Ticos, who set a tournament attendance record.

women's world football

Germany survive scare, USA wield axe - FIFA
Surprises were conspicuous by their absence, on the field at least, as some of women’s football’s leading sides did battle over the weekend. There was also a return to form for USA, who looked impressive in a 2-0 win over China PR. The big news came a few hours afterthe final whistle, though, with the announcement that the match would be Tom Sermanni’s last in charge.

FIFA endorse Irish FA's Girls' and Women's Football Plan - FIFA
Following an extensive two-year consultation process the Irish FA, on 4 April 2014, launched its Girls’ & Women’s Football Plan. The plan which has already been positively endorsed by UEFA aims to put structures in place that will provide female players to qualify for a major tournament in the next 10-15 years.

world football

Italian cleared to take control of fallen English power Leeds after winning appeal - Canada.com
Cagliari president Massimo Cellino can take over Leeds after successfully challenging the Football League's attempt to block him from buying the fallen English power over a tax conviction. The Football League, which runs the divisions below the Premier League, had ruled that Cellino's conviction in Italy for failing to pay import taxes on a yacht he purchased in the United States was "a disqualifying condition" under the test directors must pass.

Dutch league footballer appears to grab American’s junk mid-game - Canoe
U.S. soccer star Aron Johannsson appeared to be the victim of a sexual assault during a Dutch league game Sunday. Does that phrasing seem harsh? Well, it’s not. It’s hard to tiptoe around this — for legal purposes — alleged incident. For men, it’s hard to watch.

Ex soccer chief, 6 others detained on suspicion of money laundering in TV match rights - WFP
Romanian Prosecutors have detained the former chairman of the Professional Football League and other officials on suspicion of avoiding tax in the sale of match rights to television stations.   

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