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BC Soccer News, Weekend, July 20-22, 2018

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC

CASCADIA CUP, MLS MATCHDAY #21

SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018, 1PM PT

CENTURYLINK FIELD, SEATTLE, WA.

TV: TSN 1       RADIO:   TSN 1040       ONLINE:  TSN DIRECT

Episode 284 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Cups Runneth Over – Seattle v Vancouver Preview Show) - AFTN
Two Cup matches in four days. Three in eight. Usually that would be a yes please from us, but with Vancouver Whitecaps in a bit of a slump after three defeats in their last four matches, we’re at what feels like a crucial turning point in the ‘Caps season. Will they be able to follow the right path to success or does a trip to a witch in a gingerbread house await?

'Caps visit Seattle in their first Cascadia derby of 2018 - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver are headed down the I-5 on Saturday for an afternoon affair against longtime rivals Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field.

Teammates rave about integration of new Seattle Sounders striker Raul Ruidiaz - Pro Soccer USA
While the club was unable to bring its latest signing onto the field in a 1-1 road draw against Atlanta United July 15, members of the Seattle Sounders are already saying that new designated player Raul Ruidiaz will provide a big boost to a Sounders team that is 11 points below the red line.

Bezbatchenko: "Everyone in this building" believes TFC can make playoffs - MLS
The opening of the summer transfer window is always a busy time for general managers across the league. It is no different for Toronto FC's Tim Bezbatchenko, perhaps more so because of where the club finds itself just past the halfway point of the 2018 MLS regular season.

Toronto FC’s 2018 MLS season: Who’s to blame for this mess? - Waking the Red
In just seven months, why have the 2017 treble winners slipped from the top of the heap to the bottom of the barrel? What specific event transpired to place Toronto FC in this calamitous situation?

TFC suspends supporter groups after fires set during game in Ottawa - CBC
Toronto FC indefinitely suspended recognized supporter group privileges and announced plans for a review of the program Thursday after fires briefly burned in the stands during a Canadian Championship game at Ottawa's TD Place Stadium.

Portland Timbers vs. Montreal Impact | 2018 MLS Match Preview - MLS
The Portland Timbers tasted defeat for the first time since early April when they fell to LAFC, 3-2, in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium, but they still have a 12-match league unbeaten streak that will be tested by the Montreal Impact Saturday night.

Columbus Crew SC turns down Bristol City's offer for Zack Steffen - ESPN
Columbus Crew SC turned down an offer from English Championship side Bristol City for goalkeeper Zack Steffen on Thursday.

U.S. Open Cup Delayed as Officials Try to Figure Out the Rules - NY Times
On Wednesday night, Los Angeles F.C. defeated the visiting Portland Timbers, 3-2, in a quarterfinal match. Or did they? On Thursday morning, Portland officially protested, saying L.A.F.C. had broken rules by using too many foreign players. Now L.A.F.C. could even face disqualification from the tournament.

Dynamo see Texas Derby clash vs. FC Dallas as litmus test in West - MLS
Twelve points separate first-place FC Dallas from the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference standings but whenever these two Texas teams meet on the pitch, the game — dubbed the Texas Derby — is about much more than three points.

D.C. United finally got a new stadium, but did it sell its soul in the process? - SB Nation
Everyone agreed that for D.C. United to succeed in its new home, those cultures that the supporters’ groups had created would need to endure. That was the hope, anyway.

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BC SOCCER NEWS

Island pro-soccer franchise unveils its ‘look’ Friday; public invited - Times Colonist
The name, logo and colour scheme of the Island franchise will be unveiled Friday in a ceremony at the Roundhouse on Esquimalt Road. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. with the reveal beginning at 3:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and organizers say they expect up to 500 fans to come out for the first glimpse of the franchise’s look.

Whitecaps FC holding evaluations for UBC and Fraser Valley academy programs this September - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be holding evaluations for the club’s UBC and Fraser Valley academy programs this fall. Boys and girls players from U-9 to U-12 are invited.

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan - Maple Ridge News
Hundreds of athletes and thousands of volunteers, coaches, parents and officials. While the 40th annual BC Summer Games officially begin on Friday morning in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley, the opening ceremonies kicked off the four-day event Thursday evening at Laketown Ranch.

Island Fire soccer sends three players to BC Summer Games - Saanich News
When Oak Bay’s Jake Robson takes the field as a member of the U15 B.C. Summer Games team representing Vancouver Island, he hopes to bring his extensive experience in the game to the field and help his team come away from the tournament with a win for the region.

Creek to play USports soccer - Comox Valley Record
Liam Creek, a rookie-of-the-year nominee in the Vancouver Island Soccer League, will be playing varsity soccer in the fall at MacEwan University in Edmonton.

Galaxy peak at u15 boys provincials - Burnaby Now
Combine 15 teenage boys, a soccer ball and a goal. If that goal includes fun, other objectives will follow.

Coast girls help win silver in provincials - Coast Reporter
Sunshine Coasters Ingrid Hansen, Lydia Harvey-Lloyd and Mikayla Towert helped their team earn the silver medal in the BC Provincial A Cup in Richmond.

Call for interest for 2018 TD Diploma course - BCSA
Based on the level of interest, BC Soccer is planning to host a 2-day Technical Director’s course in late November or early December of 2018 (dates and location TBA). If you are interested in this course, please let BC Soccer know so they can update you.

PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions - BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

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!

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication - BC Soccer Web
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! - BC Soccer Web
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS

VIDEO: HFX Wanderers get ready for Int’l friendly - Global News
We chat with members of HFX Wanderers FX about the upcoming friendly versus a pro team from Germany on July 28th at Wanderers Grounds.

Grassroots soccer group wins support for Mississauga stadium - Mississauga.com
It began with a tweet. It was one of many that soccer enthusiasts Rob Ditta and Mark Guilherme sent to mayor Bonnie Crombie, hoping to catch her attention and persuade her to support a local Mississauga team for the newly founded Canadian Premier League.

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USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS

Western Conf. Notes – San Antonio Focused Internally as Monarchs Visit - USL
Orange County makes statement in SPR victory; Colorado Springs faces ‘must-win’ against Tulsa.

Eastern Conf. Notes – Hounds, Battery face Pressure Test - USL
Red Bulls II looking forward to Cincinnati visit; Looking to rebound, Nashville expects test in Ottawa.

NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Portland Thorns must navigate key absences as they aim to pick up win at Sky Blue - Oregon Live
The Portland Thorns have played their best soccer of the season over the last two games.

Orlando Pride set for battle for second place against Seattle Reign - Pro Soccer USA
Orlando Pride coach Tom Sermanni said his club’s focus is clear with six regular-season games remaining: Perform well and win games.

Utah Royals FC vs North Carolina Courage: Can the Royals cause an upset again? - Vavel
The Royals caused an upset in Week 12 with a stoppage time goal to defeat the Courage. They look to repeat the result at home before the international break.

Utah Royals FC, North Carolina Courage to each miss a bevy of players due to USWNT call-ups on Friday - Deseret News
Friday night's game between Utah Royals FC and the North Carolina Courage will in many ways be more about who won't be playing than who will be.

Rapinoe, Kerr win ESPYs - The Equalizer
The 2018 ESPY Awards took place in Los Angeles, California last night, with two NWSL players bringing home trophies.

Murphy orders that players on the pro soccer club he owns be treated like pros - NJ.com
A day after a pair of published reports described bleak living and working conditions at the New Jersey professional women's soccer team he owns, Gov. Phil Murphy released a statement Wednesday night saying the players "deserve better" and that he's requiring management to "improve" the situation.

Alex Greenwood the jewel in Casey Stoney’s Manchester United crown - The Guardian
The manager has recruited an experienced defence, mainly from Liverpool, with some exciting young talent further forward for their first season in the women’s Championship.

WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Alisson: Liverpool make Brazilian world's most expensive goalkeeper - BBC Sport
Liverpool have made Roma's Alisson the world's most expensive goalkeeper by signing him on a six-year deal.

The rush after Russia – Premier League clubs struggle with new transfer deadline - The Guardian
With only three weeks until the window closes activity will be squeezed into an uncomfortably short space of time.

Sports court overturns AC Milan’s ban from Europa League - Sportsnet
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has overturned UEFA’s ban on AC Milan competing in the Europa League this season.

Conte to sue Chelsea for delayed sacking - Yahoo Sports
Antonio Conte is planning to sue Chelsea after his protracted sacking from the Stamford Bridge club.

Manchester United 1-1 Club America: Mata saves face for United after Chong reignites Reds - Vavel
Juan Mata equalised on 77 minutes after the lively Tahith Chong created the opportunity with a troubling ball into the box.

International Champions Cup finding friends in new places for Europe’s elite - The Guardian
Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and 15 other heavyweight European teams. Twenty-seven matches staged in 22 venues on three continents. Inaugural women and youth team tournaments. More than 5m tickets sold and plans for a quantum leap in global sponsorship and TV coverage.

Aston Villa: Wes Edens & Nassef Sawiris to make 'significant investment' in club - BBC Sport
Billionaire businessmen Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris will inject "significant investment" into Aston Villa, the Championship club has announced.

Ajax tells clubs to back off their young Dutch stars - NBC Sports
In the past, Dutch giants Ajax have looked to make a profit developing strong Dutch talent from the youth level and selling them to big clubs all across Europe. Today, Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars has told clubs not to bother inquiring about their rising young stars.

Neymar rubbishes talk of PSG exit and insists 'I'll stay' as Real Madrid step up hunt for Cristiano Ronaldo replacement - Yahoo Sports
Neymar has rubbished rumours that he will leave Paris Saint-Germain to join Real Madrid following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, and has instead reaffirmed his commitment to the French champions.

Football safety: More than 1,800 fans injured at matches in 2016-17 - BBC Sport
Falling over, being hit by a ball, celebrations and insect bites were among the causes of the injuries.

How pipping Messi to the Puskas Award saved Wendell Lira’s life - The Guardian
Maybe Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and James Rodríguez do not have any idea where exactly their Puskas Award given by Fifa is these days. For them the trophy is just one more to go in the cabinet which already has the Champions League and many other more important prizes. But this is not the case for Wendell Lira, who won the Fifa prize for the best goal of the year in 2015.

BC NDP 2026 WORLD CUP SCANDAL

(Editor's note: In March, 2018, Vancouver unexpectedly & shockingly dropped out of the running to be a host city for the United 2026 World Cup bid. For the next eight years, BC Soccer Web will continue to cover this story of mismanagement by the BC NDP that denied our province and our children this once in a lifetime opportunity.)

EXCLUSIVE: City of Vancouver documents disprove NDP “Blank Cheque” for Vancouver 2026 World Cup - BC Soccer Web
Documents obtained by BC Soccer Web show that the BC NDP never faced a “blank cheque” scenario on the 2026 World Cup bid, and that FIFA negotiations would be ongoing with all three governments through 2020.

CONCACAF boss 'disappointed' with B.C. bailing on 2026 tournament - Toronto Sun
“The BC NDP had assurances,” Montagliani added. “If things weren’t to their liking from a documentation standpoint (they could have walked away by 2020). The reality is they paid no attention to the file,” Montagliani suggested. “They put a junior person on the file. They didn’t pay attention until the eleventh hour.”

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