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BC Soccer News, Weekend, June 23-25, 2017

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS

MINNESOTA UNITED vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC

MLS MATCHDAY #15
SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017, 5:00 PM
TCF BANK STADIUM, MINNEAPOLIS, MN.
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Minnesota United FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2017 MLS Match Preview - MLS
On Wednesday night Minnesota United FC won their fifth game of the season, defeating the Portland Timbers 3-2 to move within three points of the sixth playoff spot. Minnesota's second goal of the game was scored by Christian Ramirez, who has nine goals on the season for the Loons. That total is the most by an American in MLS this season.

Episode 203 – The AFTN Soccer Show (United We Stand with guests Marius Røvde and Myer Bevan) - AFTN
It’s a busy weekend of football, with Vancouver Whitecaps MLS, USL, and Residency teams all in action in crucial matches.

(Almost) Everyone Was Wrong About Minnesota United’s NASL Players - Fifty Five One
As Minnesota United stepped onto the pitch this week to face up against the 2015 MLS Champions, it wasn’t quite David and Goliath, but it wasn’t that far off. A Loons squad replete with second division talent has torn up the book of clichés. In fact, it has succeeded on the backs of its former NASL players and not despite them.

Vancouver vs. Minnesota: A look back into a long soccer history - Whitecaps FC
The date was April 24, 1976, Johnnie Taylor’s “Disco Lady” was number 1 on the Billboard 100 charts, and the Minnesota Kicks were about to make their pro debut in the North American Soccer League.

Whitecaps of the Future: Spencer Richey - Eighty-Six Forever
It’s never too early to think about the future and when you’re the Whitecaps, who possess one of the best run academy systems in MLS, there are plenty of young’uns coming down the pike to get excited about. Here at 86 Forever, we decided to start taking a look at some of the top young talent plying their trade for Vancouver Whitecaps 2 in USL, as well as in the Whitecaps Residency. Some of these guys won’t be taking the pitch at BC Place for many years but these profiles will hopefully give you an idea of what they have to offer when they do.

Toronto FC eager to get back on field against Revolution - Toronto Star
Team has little time to relax, with Friday game coming two days after game in Montreal.

Montreal Impact eager to see healthy attacking trio amid busy stretch - MLS
Three games back, three times on the scoresheet. Absent since the end of May when a thigh injury forced him off early against Vancouver, Matteo Mancosu has return to the Montreal Impact lineup in recent weeks, exhibiting the sort of play that one would desire from a key attacker.

Earthquakes Sign Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili as Designated Player - SJ Earthquakes
The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed Georgia National Team attacking midfielder Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili as a Designated Player, pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC. Qazaishvili scored for Georgia in their most recent World Cup qualifying match on June 11.

Hudson River Derby’s rapid rise from manufactured to meaningful - Prost Amerika
It was shoved down the throat of the league’s fans, playing on national television every single time they met, but those outside of the New York area weren’t buying in.

Seattle Sounders: Can the Gold Cup save their season? - MLS Multiplex
Once again finding themselves struggling through the first half of the MLS season, will the Gold Cup help jump start another late playoff run?

The 1975 goal that sparked a four-decade rivalry between Portland & Seattle - MLS
Portland vs. Seattle. Timbers vs. Sounders. Thanks to four decades of history in four different leagues, it's one of – if not the – best rivalry in North American soccer.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, FC Dallas 1, June 17, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour Comes to Canada

BC SOCCER NEWS

Soccer organizer facing extra scrutiny after inviting Tibetan women's team to tournament - CBC
"I suspect a big country is putting the pressure on the Canadian Soccer Association saying this team shouldn't play under the name Tibet," he said.

The Juan De Fuca Plate is back! – All you need to know about the trophy and its history - AFTN
After an absence of three years, the Juan De Fuca Plate is back as part of the BC footballing landscape. The Juan De Fuca Plate was established in 2012 to honour and reward the best PDL team in British Columbia each season, based on head to head matches between the sides that year.

Mid Isle excelling in summer soccer - Nanaimo News Bulletin
Mariners in first place in Pacific Coast Soccer League after weekend wins against Vancouver, Khalsa.

U-16s and U-18s start Academy Playoffs with impressive wins - Whitecaps FC
The Academy Playoffs kicked off on Thursday in Westfield, Indiana. Here's how the 'Caps did on opening day.

Residency Week 2017: Whitecaps U16s and U18s both get off to winning starts in playoffs - AFTN
There’s always rooms for improvements, but Vancouver Whitecaps U16s and U18s both got off to almost perfect starts in their first group games at this year’s USSDA Playoffs in Indiana on Thursday.

Seven Girls Elite BC REX players called up to Canada U-20 and U-17 national teams - Whitecaps FC
Canada Soccer announced on Thursday that five players have been called up to the Women's National EXCEL program from the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX program in partnership with BC Soccer. Two groups are set for July tournaments. A U-20 team will take part in the Australian Three Nations tournament, while a U-17 team will take part in the China Four Nations tournament.

BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations - BC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.

2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review - BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.

BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PDL PHOTOS: TSS Rovers 2 Lane Utd. 2, May 12, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

3V3 LIVE NATIONAL SOCCER TOUR COMES TO ABBOTSFORD - 3v3 Live Canada
3v3 Live Soccer Tour and Holbrook Sports Management are excited to announce the expansion of the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour into the Canadian soccer market. With the first event previously announced to take place on the August 19/20 weekend in Surrey, BC, the 3v3 Soccer Tour will expand to Abbotsford, BC, on August 20 and will include men’s and women’s open divisions.

2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

REVIEW: The Miracle Mile. Stories of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games - BC BookLook
Author Jason Beck is curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame in BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, and convenor two years ago of an excellent exhibition about the 1954 Games. In his first book, he proves to be a meticulous researcher, a compelling story-teller, and a crafty realist who knows how to hook his readers. Watch how, two pages into the book, he uses filmic technique to evoke the arriving athletes’ youthful buzz and give period colouring and costuming, but then smartly moves his camera in to introduce his stars.

TSS Rovers launch website & 2017 Season Ticket Campaign - TSS Rovers
TSS FC Rovers play their inaugural season in the PDL at iconic Swangard Stadium. Season Tickets are $70 for Adults, $49 for U12 Youth.

Becoming a BC Soccer Referee - BCSA
Whether you are an experienced referee new to British Columbia or if you are new to the discipline of refereeing BC Soccer Assoc. has a clinic and a pathway for you. The minimum age to become a referee is 12 years old (small sided) and 14 years old (11-a-side). Please enjoy the short video showcasing some Referee programs that BC Soccer offers and continue below for more on how to become a referee in BC!

To our Readers: A Choice - BC Soccer Web
Soccer has brought us to the United States many times. It’s a great place with decent people. We especially look forward to our Cascadia trips to Seattle and Portland. They’re incredible cities with wonderful supporters. That’s why it was so disheartening to see chaos and fear take hold in the airports and borders of our neighbours to the south.

Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on sale - Highlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!

PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Free Physiotherapy Clinical Trial for Achilles Pain at UBC - UBC Centre for Hip Health & Mobility
Do you have Achilles pain? Interested in free Physiotherapy? If yes, join our clinical trial to look at the effectiveness of intramuscular stimulation (IMS), a form of acupuncture therapy, in treating Achilles tendon pain.

The BC Soccer Web Guide to Empire Field - BC Soccer Web
Empire Fields and Plateau Sports Park is the lofty and formal name given to Vancouver's newest addition to the soccer scene. Yet, anyone who's ever kicked or carried both kinds of footballs around these parts knows the place by heart.

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CANADA SOCCER NEWS

ROSTERS: Canada Soccer National EXCEL program kicks into high gear with two international tournaments in July - CSA
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National EXCEL program kicks into high gear with two international tournaments in Australia and China in July.

Tickets on sale for #CanadaRED international soccer match in Toronto - CSA
Red, rouge, rosso, vermelho, rojo: no matter how you say it, Canadian supporters are asked to wear their #CanadaRED when Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team faces CONCACAF rivals Jamaica to close out the 2017 Summer of Soccer. The Men’s International Friendly match will give soccer fans a chance to show their Canadian pride when Canada returns to BMO Field in Toronto this Saturday 2 September.

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WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS

UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE

WFC2 vs. OKC ENERGY FC

SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017, 3:00 PM
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Whitecaps FC 2 back at the 'Bird, host playoff rematch versus Oklahoma City Energy FC - Whitecaps FC
Kicking off the first match of the summer season, Whitecaps FC 2 (4W-7L-2D) return home to UBC Thunderbird Stadium this Saturday, June 24, 3 p.m. PT to host Oklahoma City Energy FC (5W-6L-2D) for the first time this year.

Haworth Buoyed by Positive Start - Ottawa Fury
Having spent the first 12 weeks of the USL regular season on the sideline with an ankle injury, Ottawa Fury FC’s Carl Haworth has spent little time in re-establishing himself in the team’s lineup.

NASL Spotlight: Dylan Mares thriving with surging Miami FC - SBI
Miami FC has seen incredible success this season. The team has advanced to the fifth round of the U.S Open Cup, and through 12 league matches, Miami FC sits seven points clear at the top of the NASL league table.

Hounds Halt Winless Streak - USL
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds ended a five-game winless streak as Chevaughn Walsh and Romeo Parkes each tallied a goal for a 2-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Thursday at Highmark Stadium.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS

USA back on top, Women’s World Cup qualifiers make impact - FIFA
A busy few months across the world of women’s football has seen qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ get underway across Europe and Asia. This has meant some re-entries, new entries and movement in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking.

NWSL Notebook: It’s Official, Rodriguez Has Fastest Goal - Empire of Soccer
It didn’t take long for Sky Blue midfielder Raquel Rodriguez to score against the Portland Thorns last Saturday night. But it took a bit longer for the National Women’s Soccer League to confirm that Rodriguez set the league record for its fastest goal.

With college behind her, Lauren Kaskie focuses on pro career - The Equalizer
Lauren Kaskie had herself quite the three-day stretch last week. On Thursday, she graduated from UCLA before catching an early flight Friday morning back to Chicago for training. Then, on Saturday afternoon, she made her professional debut, coming on in the 79th minute for the Red Stars, who were trailing the Washington Spirit by a goal when she entered the match.

Women's Champions League qualifying round draw - UEFA
Ajax are in a group including Standard Liège while fellow newcomers Shelbourne face a short trip across the Irish border to take on Linfield following the UEFA Women's Champions League qualifying round draw.

Stand-off between the Scotland women's football team and SFA is a desperate state of affairs - Herald Scotland
In just 26 days, the Scottish women’s football team will make history. On July 19, the national team will make their first ever appearance in a major tournament when Anna Signeul and her charges play their opening game at Euro 2017 against, of all teams, England. Things, you would have thought, could not be better.

US Women’s Deaf National Team visiting Seattle - GoalWA
What a scene it was on Wednesday night at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila as the US Women’s Deaf National Team played WPSL side Seattle OSA FC – who wore earplugs in a sporting gesture. So did the referees!

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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Barcelona's Lionel Messi to pay fine, avoid prison sentence for tax fraud - ESPN FC
Prosecutors in Spain say they are happy for Lionel Messi's 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud to be replaced with a fine, a spokeswoman confirmed on Friday.

Socceroos and Cameroon draw to leave both close to Confederations Cup exit - The Guardian
It was a result that suited neither side, an enthralling end-to-end encounter that failed to separate the teams. After drawing 1-1 with the African champions Cameroon at the cavernous Saint Petersburg Stadium on Thursday, Australia are on the brink of a group-stage exit at the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Germany, Chile fight out 1-1 draw - Prost Amerika
It ended 1-1 Thursday night (or afternoon depending on your residence), as Chile and Germany moved to 4 points in group B in the Confederations Cup. Neither team is guaranteed through yet, but both look in a secure spot to advance.

Rangers sign Mexican pair, take summer signings to eight - Reuters
Mexicans Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera have signed three-year deals at Rangers, bringing to eight the number of players to join the Scottish side this summer as manager Pedro Caixinha overhauls a squad that finished 36 points behind champions Celtic.

Scottish Premiership fixtures: Celtic open title defence at home to Hearts - BBC Sport
Celtic will begin their title defence at home to Hearts when the 2017-18 Scottish Premiership season kicks off on 5 August.

Fifa’s anti-corruption efforts criticised after speedy clearing of Gianni Infantino - The Guardian
Fifa has been accused of further undermining the credibility of its anti-corruption reforms after it issued a statement reporting that the new chair of its ethics committee had effectively cleared the president, Gianni Infantino, of being under investigation.

Kenny Saief is now eligible to play for the U.S. national soccer team - Washington Post
Bruce Arena will not announce his U.S. Gold Cup squad until Sunday afternoon, but one player who seems certain to make the list: midfielder Kenny Saief, whose application to change associations was approved by FIFA this week.

FIFA bans Ghana defender Inkoom for 1 year because of debt - Metro
FIFA says Ghana defender Samuel Inkoom must serve a one-year ban or pay his debt to his former agent.

Community Shield proceeds to be donated to Grenfell Tower fire victims - ESPN FC
The Football Association (FA) will donate the proceeds from this summer's Community Shield match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Hudson’s youth revolution comes of age - FIFA
New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson has stressed repeatedly that it’s a work in progress trying to get his youngsters used to top-level international competition, especially since most of them play in New Zealand, Australia or in smaller leagues around the world.

VAR from the Madding crowd - Soccer Shorts
I’ve always been very much in the anti VAR crowd so don’t expect anything approaching objectivity here, but a few games into the Confederations Cup have done little to quell my unease.

AFC warns members to ‘respect principle of political neutrality’ - Inside World Football
Like the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has issued a warning and request to members to “respect the principle of political neutrality” in football, referring to the current Gulf crisis and the upheaval it could cause in the region’s club and national team competitions.

U.S. banks look to rebuild European football from the ground up - Reuters
U.S. banks that have carved out a lucrative niche financing the construction and renovation of sports stadia are making a push into Europe, signing a major deal with English Premier League soccer club Tottenham Hotspur last month.

How the Premier League became a dream destination for young Brazilians - The Guardian
Brazilian players once set their targets on Italy or Spain, but England has caught up thanks to satellite TV, video games and a string of high-profile signings.

2017's TOP SOCCER BOOKS - Amazon.ca

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