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BC Soccer News, Weekend, May 20-23, 2016

PORTLAND TIMBERS  4  VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC  2

MLS MATCHDAY #14

SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016

PROVIDENCE PARK, PORTLAND, OR.

Whitecaps FC fall 4-2 to Portland Timbers in another wild, controversial Cascadia affair - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6W-6L-2D) saw their three-match winning streak come to a halt as Portland Timbers (4W-6L-3D) capitalized on a pair of penalty kicks to win 4-2 on another wild and controversial matchup between the Cascadia rivals on Sunday afternoon in Providence Park.

Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2016 MLS Match Preview - MLS
Fanendo Adi remained in a tie in the MLS Golden Boot standings with his eighth goal of the season, but the Timbers suffered their third consecutive defeat, falling 2-1 to New York City FC on Sunday afternoon at Providence Park. It’s the club’s longest losing run since an MLS club-record five-game losing slide in 2012.

Rivalry Week | How the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC have the rare "friendly" rivalry - Timbers.com
On October 10, 2010, Vancouver Whitecaps FC eliminated the Portland Timbers – in Portland – from the USL playoffs for the second straight year. In almost any other rivalry in the world, that result would have been grounds for a lot of grumbling and frustration. But the mood among Timbers fans that night was buoyant, even celebratory. Next season, they knew, their team would finally play in Major League Soccer.

Confident Whitecaps looking forward to Portland rematch - Goal
On a three-game winning streak, Vancouver is keen to show again the attributes that produced an unexpected run of results last week.

There's never a good time for the Whitecaps to play a friendly — but there's also an upside - Vancouver Sun
The last time the Whitecaps played an international friendly at home, club president Bobby Lenarduzzi was running around town buying up squeegees so the show would go on against Manchester City at soggy Empire Field.

Who is Vancouver Whitecaps' biggest rival? Players, coaches weigh in - MLS
When it comes to rivalry games, the Vancouver Whitecaps are spoiled for choice. They have their Canadian ones, and as last week's barnstormer in Toronto demonstrated, those can be quite tasty. But two key ingredients of an intense rivalry are history and proximity, and when it comes to those, Vancouver's Cascadia Cup derbies against the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders rise to the top.

Has the Real Pedro Morales Stood Up? - Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps have benefited from a rejuvenated Pedro Morales who appears to finally be playing up to the expectations of fans and his salary. Is this a mirage or will the current Morales stick around? The Caps season could depend on it.

Kekuta Manneh aiming for consistency as US citizenship quest nears end - MLS
Last week was a great one for the Vancouver Whitecaps: With a nine-point haul from their three matches, the ’Caps shot up the standings. Amongst the great team performance was a fantastic individual one from Kekuta Manneh that earned him MLS Player of the Week plaudits.

Blas Perez' stunning bicycle kick wins AT&T Goal of the Week for Week 11 - MLS
It was one of the more spectacular goals you will ever see and now it has taken home AT&T Goal of the Week for Week 11.

MLS preview: NYC FC emerge as favorites in the Hudson River derby - The Guardian
Patrick Vieira has shaped a side that has climbed to the top in the East, while in the West the MLS champions continue to struggle.

Toronto FC has MLS's largest payroll — more than triple the Whitecaps' - Vancouver Sun
The Whitecaps are the 10th-highest spenders in MLS based on player-salary information released Thursday by the MLS Players Union. Toronto FC, who are shelling out nearly US$21.8 million, have the league’s largest payroll, more than triple the Caps’ $6.6 million.

Pedro Morales is the Highest Paid Vancouver Whitecap, Again - Eighty-Six Forever
The Major League Soccer Players Union has released salary figures for the 2016 season, and in what's sure to be no surprise to any faithful follower of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Pedro Morales is the highest paid player on the team for the third straight year.

2 charts that prove how wildly unequal pay is in MLS - USA Today
Three teams — Toronto FC, LA Galaxy, and New York City FC — account for more than $61 million, or 40 percent of the league’s total compensation. Add Orlando City FC and it means those four teams account for 48 percent of league spending, a slightly higher split than the last time the same data were released.

Injuries mount as Montreal Impact visits Orlando in bid to get back on winning track - Montreal Gazette
Soccer superstar Kaka says he doesn’t want him and his Orlando City Soccer Club mates to be the ones who resuscitate the Impact’s sagging fortunes.

Toronto FC's lack of depth a worry  - Toronto Sun
At full strength, Toronto FC is undoubtedly the best team in the Eastern Conference. That caught your attention, didn’t it?

Earthquakes-Timbers headlines U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round draw - SBI
Seventeen of Major League Soccer’s 20 clubs learned how they will start the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Thursday.

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BC SOCCER NEWS

NSGSC Presents the WPSL - BC Soccer Web
Welcome to the first season of the Women’s Premier Soccer League right here in North Vancouver. With the Women’s World Cup in 2015 being such a success, the North Shore Girls Soccer Club recognized the need for an elite women’s team to be located in the Lower Mainland. To that end we sought membership in the Women’s Premier Soccer League. The top amateur level of play in North America.

Highlanders hope to school Timbers U-23 - Times Colonist
In many ways, the Portland Timbers U-23 and Seattle Sounders U-23 give the Northwest Division of the USL Premier Development League its cachet. It’s name-brand affiliate recognition tied into Major League Soccer. But even at that, what the Victoria Highlanders players face today in Portland against the Timbers U-23 is something they will not soon forget. A crowd of more than 8,000 shrieking students is expected for the special 11 a.m. school-day start.

Westside nips Northside at soccer zones - Prince George Citizen
With the wind at her back on a blustery day at Rotary Soccer Field, Sarah Irving stood on the goal line and offered an icy stare to Northside Christian North Stars shooter Emily Friesen, knowing if she made the save the Westside Academy Warriors would have their first win at the North Central zone single-A girls soccer championship.

PHOTOS: BC PROVINCIAL CUP MEN’S U-21 FINAL: Guildford FC 2 EDC Burnaby 0, May 14, 2016 - BC Soccer Web
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PHOTOS: BC PROVINCIAL CUP WOMEN’S A FINAL: Richmond FC 4 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 15, 2016 - BC Soccer Web
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PHOTO GALLERY: BC PROVINCIAL CUP MEN’S A FINAL: Surrey Pegasus 2 Coquitlam Metro Ford Wolves 1, May 14, 2016 - BC Soccer Web
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Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference - June 3-5 at SFU - BC Soccer Web
The Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference is back for its second year. Learn from some of the best coaches in the game. This year's conference features speakers from Arsenal, Leicester City, Southampton, the English FA and more. Register before April 30 for early bird pricing.

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.

Victoria Highlanders 2016 Season Tickets Now Available - Select Your Seats
The Victoria Highlanders are ready to return to the PDL for 2016. BC Soccer Web encourages all soccer fans on Vancouver Island to get behind their team. Season tickets are now on sale and extremely affordable. Support Local Soccer!

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

Donate to the Canadian Red Cross to help those impacted by the Alberta Wildfires- BC Soccer Web
The Canadian Red Cross is the most reliable organization assisting people who are fleeing the wildfires in Fort McMurray and beyond. Please donate. All individual donations are being matched by the Government of Canada.

FC Edmonton Academy heads to Toronto for Umbro Showcase - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton U-16, U-18's head to Toronto to compete in Umbro Showcase, exhibition matches versus TFC.

Zadorsky, Labbe following NWSL path to Rio Olympics - Sportsnet
2016 continues to be a big year for Shelina Zadorsky and Stephanie Labbe. After helping Canada qualify for this summer’s Olympics in Rio, they embarked on their first professional stints in the National Women’s Soccer League.

Aurora United men, women advance in League1 Cup soccer play - Aurora Banner
It is on to the second round for both Aurora United FC teams following wins in League1 Ontario Cup action Tuesday night at Sheppard’s Bush in Aurora.

New Regina stadium turf might deter major soccer matches - Regina Leader Post
The turf will have sewn-in Canadian Football League (CFL) line markings as well as ones adhering to FIFA dimensions. A requirement for hosting international soccer matches, though, is that only soccer markings be present on the field. “Stitched-in lines at this point prevent us from probably being host for major competitions for FIFA-standard games,” said Saskatchewan Soccer Association executive director Doug Pederson.

MacDonald re-elected as Atlantic soccer director - PEI Guardian
Gerald MacDonald of Brackley Beach was re-elected for a three-year term as the Atlantic Canada director at the recent Canadian Soccer Association annual general meeting in Saskatoon, Sask.

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WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS

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PORTLAND TIMBERS 2  1  WFC2  3

FRIDAY, MAY 20

PROVIDENCE PARK, PORTLAND, OR.

Whitecaps FC 2 kick off rivalry weekend with 3-1 win over Timbers 2 - Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 (6W-0L-2D) continued to showcase the improving ability of their young talents with a 3-1 win over rivals Timbers 2 (3W-6L-1D) at Providence Park on Friday night.

Jason Plumhoff Excelling In New Test With FC Edmonton - NASL
The midfielder is settling in with the Eddies and recently scored his first goal in a win over the New York Cosmos.

Trickett-Smith to join Sacramento Republic FC in the USA - Liverpool FC
Liverpool FC can confirm that Academy forward Daniel Trickett-Smith has completed a move to Sacramento Republic FC in the USA.

NASL Spring Week 8: Eddies Look To Move Up, Cosmos, Rowdies Clash - Empire of Soccer
While the finish may already be in sight for the NASL’s Spring Season, the race for the spring title and the postseason spot that comes along with it has shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Cosmos-Rowdies Rivalry Resumes This Weekend - Midfield Press
A major match lies ahead on Sunday for the Cosmos as the Tampa Bay Rowdies travel to Shuart to continue a rivalry that’s spanned decades. With the Cosmos’ stronger home performances and the Rowdies’ difficulty in scoring all season, the boys in green will need to capitalize on this opportunity to stay in the hunt for the spring season with a very congested schedule ahead.

USL Week 9 Preview: Battles for Supremacy in the East and West Highlight Short Week - Empire of Soccer
After weeks of games jam-packing nearly every day of the week, the US Open Cup has given the schedule a bit of breathing room with Week 9 not starting until Friday night.

The Villages SC field ineligible player in U.S. Open Cup win over Charleston Battery - Dirty South Soccer
The Villages SC pulled one of the big upsets of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Second Round, but there are some possible issues with the eligibility of one of their players. Forward Paulo Vaz started for The Villages in last night's win. However, Vaz previously played for Boca Raton FC.

Working with Nesta 'a privilege', says new Miami signing Ryan - Goal
The former Sligo Rovers and Ottawa Fury midfielder is embarking on a new chapter in his career under the guidance of the Italy and AC Milan legend.

Nashville looks to Louisville, Cincinnati for soccer league blueprint - The Tennessean
A group of investors awarded a club for Nashville by the United Soccer League can look to regional cities to find suitable blueprints on how to have a successful, upstart franchise.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS

Orlando Pride seek first road win at Houston - Orlando Sentinel
The Orlando Pride are chasing the first road win in franchise history. The Pride (3-2-0, 9 points) are aiming to score a victory over the Houston Dash (2-2-1, 6 points) when the teams face off at 8:30 p.m. Friday at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

Houston, Do We Have A Problem? - Midfield Press
One quarter of the way through the fourth NWSL season, the Houston Dash are 2-2-1, currently sitting at sixth on the table. After getting off to a bright start with a 3-1 win over the Chicago Red Stars, the Dash have had problems putting on convincing performances.

Meet the woman taking on a century of patriarchy in Fifa - The Guardian
When Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura was announced as the new secretary-general of Fifa last week, the organisation was widely praised for appointing a woman to its second-most powerful post. But since then questions have been raised about how Fifa can have taken more than 100 years to put a single female or non-European on its executive – and whether giving someone without any sporting experience such a senior role could be setting her up to fail.

Manchester City women get the better of second-placed Chelsea - Sky Sports
Manchester City continued their perfect start to the FA Women's Super League season as they triumphed 2-0 at second-placed Chelsea to increase the gap between the clubs to six points.

Division 1 Feminine - Week 22 Preview: 2015-16 season standings to be set in stone in final week - Vavel
This Saturday brings with it the final round of fixtures in the 2015-16 Division 1 Feminine season. Despite the teams that will end the league in the relegation zone and the UEFA Women's Champions League spots already being confirmed, all teams will want to end the year on a high.

Day will celebrate women’s football - Royal Gazette
Bermuda will be one of 41 countries in the region taking part in the Concacaf Women’s Football Day on Saturday.

The unlikely media interest in all things women's sports - CNBC
Just how sparse is coverage for women's sports? The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota says that 40 percent of all sports participants are women — but only 4 percent of sports media coverage is dedicated to those sports.

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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Lenarduzzi: History against Crystal Palace in FA Cup Final  -Vancouver Sun
Palace is coming off a turbulent Premier League season, but Alan Pardew’s side has saved its best for a thrilling run in the FA Cup. Palace knocked off four Premier League team, including Tottenham and my old club Reading, to reach the final.

FA Cup Preview: Crysral Palace vs. Manchester United - BBC Sport
Wilfried Zaha is expected to return for Crystal Palace after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury.

FA Cup could be parting gift or job-saver for Van Gaal  -Sportsnet
Even a victory for Manchester United in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on Saturday might not be enough for Louis van Gaal to stay on as manager at Old Trafford.

Coppa Italia finalists Juventus and Milan have an audience with the Pope - ESPN FC
"Your presence here offers me the opportunity to express my appreciation for the professional qualities and the beautiful traditions which your sporting society and football in general offers," the Pope said. "I think of all of the fans, particularly the young ones, who love to follow you.

Sir Claudio! Ranieri joins JFK, Pavarotti and Bocelli with Italian Knighthood - Goal
Italian president Sergio Mattarella will honor the coach after he won the Premier League with Leicester City, giving him a rank above the 1982 and 2006 World Cup winners.

German Cup Final Preview - BBC Sport
Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze has been ruled out of Saturday's German Cup final against former club Borussia Dortmund with a broken rib.

Spanish court allows Catalan flags at Copa del Rey final - ESPN FC
The judge's decision said: "It has at no time been proven that the display of this flag can incite violence, racism, xenophobia or any form of discrimination against human dignity."

Scottish Cup final: David Gray urges Hibs to end season on a high - BBC Sport
Hibernian can redeem a disappointing season with Scottish Cup final victory over Rangers, says captain David Gray.

Revamp of English domestic soccer leagues proposed - Sportsnet
English soccer’s domestic league structure could be reorganized into five divisions containing a total of 100 clubs in a proposed revamp starting from the 2019-20 season.

Football League plan: More questions than answers - BBC Sport
The Football League faces a problem getting plans ratified that would lead to the game's biggest shake-up since the Premier League was formed in 1992.

David Ginola undergoes successful quadruple bypass heart surgery - Sky Sports
Former France international David Ginola is recovering in hospital after undergoing quadruple bypass heart surgery.

Sydney FC in the box seat to qualify for ACL quarter-finals, says David Carney - Sydney Morning Herald
A hard-fought 1-1 away draw against Shandong Luneng on Wednesday night has given Sydney FC the perfect springboard to qualify for the final eight of the Asian Champions League next week, according to goal-scoring hero David Carney.

AFC Cup 2016 - Round of 16: Fixtures - AFC
All the fixtures ahead of the AFC Cup 2016 Round of 16 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Spanish league to fine clubs if empty seats shown on TV - CBC
The Spanish league plans to fine clubs that allow empty seats to be shown on television next season.

Infantino hustles to explain power grab was mission crucial and that money is no issue - Inside World Football
In a trouble-shooting exercise to offset the resignation of one of his most important anti-corruption watchdogs, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has sought to claim the moral high ground by denouncing what he described as “premature conclusions and speculation”.

Qatar 2022 chief questions why US bid not under scrutiny and says Kafala is ending - Inside World Football
Sepp Blatter’s support for the United States’ 2022 World Cup bid has been largely ignored and should face more scrutiny, according to the head of Qatar’s much-maligned winning bid.

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