Archive for September 23rd, 2011

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Edmonton mayor, FIFA officials to discuss Women’s World Cup bid

Stephen Mandel

Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel will meet with Canadian Soccer Association and FIFA officials this weekend as the Alberta capital pushes hard to be the jewel in the crown of the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Mandel will hold a press conference Monday morning along with FIFA officials to discuss progress on Edmonton’s portion of the Women’s World Cup planning process. Officials from the Canadian Soccer Association will also be in attendance.

Yes, there are elephants in the room; a new arena for the Oilers dominates the headlines, but there is no denying the need for Commonwealth Stadium to have major work done ahead of the WWC. As well, FC Edmonton is still searching for a soccer-specific facility it can call home.

But, for Canadian soccer fans, this presser will be the first public forum from FIFA officials on how they see this country’s bid progressing.
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Canadian women have rough second half in Portland

Sophie Schmidt

Sophie Schmidt’s visit to what she calls her second home didn’t go so well for the Canadian national women’s team.

Schmidt and the Canadian women lost the second of their two-game set of friendlies against the United States Thursday by a 3-0 count. But Schmidt got a loud ovation from the 18,000 plus at JELD-WEN Park who remembered her time as a standout for the University of Portland.

Karina Leblanc got the start in goal and shut out the Americans in the first half. But Stephanie Labbe allowed two goals to U.S. soccer hero Abby Wambach and a late insult-to-injury marker to Alex Morgan.
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