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BC Soccer News, Monday, August 21, 2017

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS

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MLS MATCHDAY #23
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Houston Dynamo 1, August 19, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

Reyna the “rash” strikes terror into Houston and fires Vancouver Whitecaps back into the playoff places - AFTN
After roaming North America for nearly 30 days, Vancouver Whitecaps returned home triumphantly and defeated Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Saturday evening.

Whitecaps FC begin home stand with critical 2-1 win against the Dynamo - Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC (10W-9L-4D) defeated Houston Dynamo (10W-8L-7D) 2-1 in a crucial home match at BC Place on Saturday, courtesy of goals by Fredy Montero and Yordy Reyna.

Whitecaps 2 Dynamo 1: Montero, Reyna pace Vancouver home win - The Province
Fredy Montero and Yordy Reyna scored in the first half Saturday as the Vancouver Whitecaps downed the Houston Dynamo 2-1.

With results becoming more crucial, Whitecaps take a step forward - The Province
They haven’t exactly earned any style points along the way, but for a team that’s been stuck on a win-one-lose-one treadmill for the better part of six months, the Vancouver Whitecaps arrived at an interesting place on Saturday night.

Whitecaps sail to three points - Soccer Shorts
The Vancouver Whitecaps knew they were facing a dangerous opponent on Saturday evening at BC Place.

VIDEO: Beating the odds: A Saskatoon soccer story - Whitecaps FC
An emotional mini documentary on Brett Levis’ unlikely path to MLS and road to recovery from a torn ACL. (WARNING: This video contains some graphic surgery footage between 1:58 and 3:38 that may not be suitable for all audiences).

Seattle Sounders 2, Minnesota United FC 1 | 2017 MLS Match Recap - MLS
Last-place Minnesota United FC gave the red-hot Seattle Sounders all they could handle on Sunday. But just when the underdog Loons thought they'd scratched and clawed their way to a gutsy road draw at CenturyLink Field, Clint Dempsey broke Minnesotan hearts in stoppage time, earning then netting a last-second penalty kick to salvage a 2-1 win for Seattle.

Late Lewis Winner Spares NYCFC - Empire of Soccer
New York City FC is not getting better at not leaving it till late. Nonetheless, the club was able to turn one of its worst performances at home into a late 2-1 win against the New England Revolution Sunday evening with Jonathan Lewis scoring the winning goal in second-half stoppage time. It is the second game-winning goal Lewis scored in as many games and it keeps NYCFC (14-7-4, 46) firmly in second place in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference, four points behind Toronto.

Reds stretching the conference before the final stretch- Toronto Star
Toronto the favourite for Supporters' Shield with nine games to play.

After exciting but drama-free win, Impact turn focus to playoffs, Toronto FC clash - SBI
The Montreal Impact were free to simply celebrate their fourth straight win on Saturday night. With transfer rumors and Ignacio Piatti’s direct comments to Impact fans regarding contracts tensions, the bleu-blanc-noir always had something rain on their parade in recent weeks. Not this time.

Piatti stays red-hot for Montreal, says "it's not me who decides" future - MLS
Amidst the uncertainly of Ignacio Piatti's future beyond this season, the Argentine playmaker continues strengthening his bargaining position to the benefit of the Montreal Impact, at least in terms of their bid for a berth in the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.

MLS Week 24 Recap: What We Learned - Empire of Soccer
Only nine weeks remain in Major League Soccer’s 2017 regular season. As teams continue to jostle for playoff position and berths, a clash at the top of the Eastern Conference standings sent an emphatic message to the rest of the league.

Canadian clubs making big push, Jared Watts adds to rough Rapids season - ESPN FC
Talk about a statement win. Toronto FC departed the Windy City with a decisive 3-1 victory over the Chicago Fire in a battle of arguably the two best teams in the Eastern Conference, if not the league.

Tim Bezbatchenko, One-on-One: How a 'soccer wonk' turned Toronto into a force - Four Four Two
He's led the way as Toronto blossomed from perennial loser to cup contender. Get to know the man they call "Bez."

Steven Beitashour makes return from scary injury for Toronto FC - MLS
Nearly two months after a freak injury nearly ended his career and threatened his life, Toronto FC fullback Steven Beitashour returned to the pitch in Saturday night’s 3-1 win over the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park.

46,000 fans a game: Atlanta United's strange success far from soccer's heartland - The Guardian
How did the Five Stripes become MLS’s most popular team five months after their first ever game? Shifting attitudes towards football in the US explain a lot.

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BC SOCCER NEWS

UFV men’s soccer fashions resilient roster, young Cascades end preseason in 1-1 draw with SFU Clan - Varsity Letters
More depth. Better recruits. And maybe a chance to improve on the school’s U Sports’ regular-season wins record from a season ago? It’s a credit to the Fraser Valley Cascades men’s soccer program that those are its most prevalent preseason themes because if you do the math on paper, the team which opens Canada West conference play Friday (6:30 p.m.) at UBC is set to begin a campaign most would brand as a re-build.

Jasmin Dhanda scores twice in tie with Seattle Pacific - UBC
On the strength of two first-half goals by fifth-year forward Jasmin Dhanda, the UBC Thunderbirds women's soccer team earned a 2-2 draw against the Seattle Pacific Falcons Friday afternoon.

WolfPack Men’s Soccer Chop Down Timbers Residency team - TRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack continued a three-match tour of Oregon on Sunday as they met up with the Portland Timbers U-18 Residency team in Portland, Oregon.

WolfPack Women’s Soccer Blanked By MacEwan In Exhibition - TRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team continued their exhibition season as they opened up a two game exhibition tournament with the host MacEwan University Griffins and the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves.

Cascades women’s soccer team opens preseason with losses to elite U.S. foes - UFV
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team opened its preseason schedule this week with a pair of scrimmages on the road against tough U.S. opponents, sustaining a pair of losses.

T-Birds fall 1-0 in Seattle - UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds men's soccer team finished its 2017 non-conference slate with a 1-0 loss against the Seattle Redhawks Saturday afternoon at Championship Field.

UNBC Soccer Tweaks Schedule Ahead of 2017 Campaign - UNBC
The UNBC Men's and Women's soccer schedules have each been altered ahead of the 2017 Canada West season.

KYSA INTRODUCES VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DINNER & AWARDS NIGHT - KYSA
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) will stage its inaugural “Volunteer Appreciation Night” on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at the St. Ann’s Academy.

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.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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.

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
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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!

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

Canada Soccer builds strong squad for home match at BMO Field - CSA
Canada Soccer have added both experience and youth to their Men’s National Team squad coming off a strong performance at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Coach Octavio Zambrano has selected a pair of former Players of the Year and called in two debutants to the “A” squad for Canada’s return to BMO Field in Toronto this 2 September.

Hutchison, Johnson named to Canada’s roster ahead of friendly with Jamaica - Red Deer Advocate
Midfielders Atiba Hutchinson and Will Johnson, both former national players of the year, have been named to Canada’s men’s soccer team ahead of a friendly with Jamaica on Sept. 2.

Amer Didic earns first call up to Canada Soccer's Men's National Team - CSA
Amer Didic's breakout season in Kansas has earned him his first call up to Canada Soccer's Men's National Team. The 193cm tall centre back has been included in Head Coach Octavio Zambrano's squad for an upcoming home friendly at BMO Field in Toronto on Saturday 2 September.

Jubilee Trophy: Holy Cross dominant to the end - The Telegram
Noseworthy scored three goals as Holy Cross blanked Feildians 4-0 Saturday night at the Topsail Turf Complex for its second straight league title. As a result, the Crusaders will play in the national Toyota Jubilee Trophy championship in Surrey, B.C., on the Thanksgiving weekend in October.

Connaught Series: Montréal Canadian Nationals were best in the east - CSA
The 1929 Connaught Series was Montréal’s year. The first team to reach the Dominion of Canada Championship final in three successive years, the Montréal Canadian National Railways were runners up in 1928 and 1930 to Westminster Royals, but champions in 1929 over Winnipeg United Weston.

Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 November - CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.

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WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS

UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017
H-E-B PARK, EDINBURG, TX.

WFC2 battle RGV FC Toros to a 1-1 draw for a hard-earned road point - Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 (4W-12L-7D) battled Rio Grande Valley FC Toros (7W-10L-6D) to a 1-1 draw at H-E-B Park on a hot and gusty Saturday evening behind Deklan Wynne’s first-half goal and a steady performance in net from Sean Melvin.

Casner's Strike Leaves Toros, WFC2 Level - USL
Despite finishing with a double-digit advantage in shot attempts, TJ Casner and Rio Grande Valley FC were forced to come from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against visiting Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on Saturday at H-E-B Park.

Fisk scores first of season in 1-1 draw with Puerto Rico FC - FC Edmonton
Fisk’s marker in the 45th minute is the Vancouver. B.C. product’s fourth point in six games after notching three assists in his previous five.

Eddies can’t take full advantage of numerous chances, settle for draw with PRFC - the11.ca
For the fourth straight NASL fall season match, FC Edmonton wasn’t shut out. That’s a good trend for the lowest scoring team in the league in the spring season.

Richmond Kickers edge out Toronto FC II in 2-1 win - Black & Red United
On a humid Saturday night in Richmond, the Kickers took on Toronto FC II and won. TFCII’s MLS parent club is enjoying a banner season, but they find themselves at the bottom of the USL table along with Richmond. Both teams came out attacking, recognizing an opportunity to bag three points against a struggling opponent. Whoever won the day would leapfrog the other from last place in the standings.

Rowdies, Fury FC End Deadlocked - USL
Goals for either side in the opening 15 minutes saw the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury FC play to a 1-1 draw in front of a crowd of 6,710 at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday night.

Penalties Hurt Saint Louis FC in Home Loss to Pittsburgh - KTRS
Saint Louis FC fell 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in front of 4,703 fans at Toyota Stadium in Week 22 of the USL regular season. The team has a quick turnaround with a home game on Wednesday,

Cosmos Hope Arango Arrives This Week - Empire of Soccer
Political unrest and uncertainty in Venezuela have kept Juan Arango from rejoining the New York Cosmos since his signing was announced in late July, a few days before the start of the North American Soccer League’s Fall Season. The Cosmos are optimistic that the protracted wait will come to an end and Arango will be back in New York with his visa in hand this week.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS

Monday Morning Wakeup: NWSL Week 17 - The Equalizer
Week 17 saw some of the wildest action NWSL has ever produced.

Sky Blue FC come from behind to defeat Seattle Reign 5-4 - Prost Amerika
Saturday’s 5-4 win over Seattle Reign resembled a rollercoaster, showcasing both teams’ defensive faults and offensive prowess. Over the course of the past week, Sky Blue FC lost their head coach Christy Holly and their captain Christie Pearce. Holly exited this past Wednesday, while Pearce gave only one day’s notice prior to her departure. Both Sam Kerr and Kelley O’Hara were named co-captains in Pearce’s place. While there seemed to be disorganization in the back, but Sam Kerr’s offensive dominance helped give Sky Blue the win.

Alex Morgan leads Orlando Pride to 2-1 win over Boston Breakers - Orlando Sentinel
Alex Morgan is in the best form of her life. After netting twice in Orlando’s last game, the Pride’s star scored yet another brace on Saturday.

North Carolina Courage accomplish 13th season victory against the Washington Spirit - Prost Amerika
During this partially cloudy afternoon, the Washington Spirit were welcomed to WakeMed Field in front of 3,530 spectators for Week 17’s NWSL Lifetime match. Midfielder Denise O’Sullivan marked her first cap with the North Carolina Courage for their 18th match.

England’s Lucy Bronze joins European champions Lyon from Manchester City - The Guardian
The England defender Lucy Bronze has left Manchester City Women to join the European champions, Lyon, after admitting she “needed a new challenge”.

De Vanna: ‘We’re serious about becoming world champions’ - W-League
Westfield Matildas superstar striker Lisa De Vanna says the Australian team is serious about becoming world champions in 2019.

Spain win Women's U19 title: the full story - UEFA
As Spain celebrate their second Women's Under-19 title and first since 2004, UEFA.com looks back at their victorious campaign – which ended a run of three straight final defeats.

Shelbourne Ladies ready for UEFA Women's Champions League test - Irish WNL
Continental Tyres Women's National League Champions Shelbourne Ladies head to Belfast this week for their UEFA Women's Champions League qualifying round.

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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Preview: New-look teams collide as Man City host Everton - NBC Sports
Manchester City welcome Everton to the Etihad Stadium on Monday.

Chelsea rebounds with win over Tottenham - Toronto Star
Gunners back in winning form after dropping their Premier League opener last week.

Premier League weekend review: Not the end of the world for Spurs - Sportsnet
Here’s what happened in the Premier League this weekend, in case you missed it…

Week 3 review: Neymar shines brightest in blockbuster round - Ligue 1
The Brazilian's star turn in ten-man PSG's 6-2 hiding of Toulouse stood out in a round of breath-taking goals, which included Nabil Fekir's screamer and Malcom's thunderbolt in the 3-3 draw between OL and Bordeaux.

Honoring victims of attacks, Barcelona wins league opener - NBC Sports
Wearing shirts honoring victims of the recent attacks in Spain, Barcelona opened its Spanish league season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday.

Bayern goal points out how VAR can increase scoring - Soccer America
The era of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in the Bundesliga started Friday with the system providing a penalty kick to Bayern Munich, which beat Bayern Leverkusen, 3-1, in the season opener.

Dortmund jettison Ousmane Dembélé worries as Peter Bosz has instant impact - The Guardian
Christian Pulisic and Mario Götze excelled in a ruthless, full-throttle victory at Wolfsburg which made mincemeat of the predictions after a summer of turmoil.

Serie A: Patrick Cutrone stars in AC Milan win, Roma and Inter triumph - Sky Sports
Academy product Patrick Cutrone was the standout performer in an AC Milan team full of expensive summer signings as his goal and assist helped the ambitious Rossoneri thrash 10-man Crotone 3-0 in Serie A on Sunday night.

Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta: Romance dying in football - ESPN FC
Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has said he is becoming disillusioned with the direction in which football is going.

PSV Eindhoven – Where has it Gone Wrong for Phillip Cocu? - Fussballstadt
To say PSV Eindhoven is not off to a great start of the season could be the understatement of the year. Quite a poor pre-season, in which scoring goals seemed the biggest bottleneck of Phillip Cocu’s side, was topped off with an embarrassing two-legged Europa League tie versus the number four of last season in Croatia, NK Osijek.

Kylian Mbappe 'sent home from Monaco training after bust-up with teammate' - The Telegraph
Kylian Mbappe was sent home from Monaco training after a furious altercation with a teammate, according to reports in France.

Samir Nasri leaves Man City for Turkish club Antalyaspor - Sportsnet
French playmaker Samir Nasri is leaving Manchester City for Turkish club Antalyaspor.

Scottish Premiership round-up: Aberdeen keep pace with Celtic as Rangers held - Sky Sports
Aberdeen and St Johnstone joined Celtic in maintaining their perfect start to the season but Rangers were held at home.

Leicester City homophobic chants at Brighton 'disgusting' - BBC
Supporters of both clubs have condemned homophobic abuse after anti-gay chanting was heard during Leicester's match against Brighton.

Breitbart Mocked For Using Photo of German Soccer Star to Illustrate Fake Human Trafficking Story - Slate
Mere days after Steve Bannon returned at the helm, the far-right website Breitbart seemed to identify German international soccer star Lukas Podolski as some sort of human trafficking victim. The website posted a photo of Podolski on the back of a jet ski (making a peace sign!) to illustrate a story headlined “Spanish police crack gang moving migrants on jet-skis.”

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