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Saturday March 7

VMSL: Columbus FC vs Richmond FC Hibernian
4:00pm Trillium Park, Vancouver
The once powerful Columbus FC desperately needs all 3 points to climb out of the dreaded relegation zone!

LIWSA: Terry Price Cup
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March 13 - 15

FVSL: Packenham Cup Semifinals
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VISL: Jackson Cup Semifinals
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saturday, March 21

VMSL: Imperial Cup Semifinals
West Van FC vs Croatia SC
7:30pm Ambleside
EDC FC Burnaby vs Inter FC   8:00pm Burnaby Lake # 3

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Toronto FC
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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Toronto FC
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Whitecaps FC 2 vs Toronto FC II
3:00pm Thunderbird Stadium, UBC

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This Day in Football History

6 March 1902
Real Madrid Club de Futbol founded. In their centenary year 2002 they disappointed their fans losing 2-1 in the Copa Del Ray Final played at their own stadium in honour of their founding.
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ICST Pegasus 0-3 Surrey Utd. Firefighters
Vancouver Metro Soccer League Premier Division - February 27, 2015 - Newton Athletic Park, Surrey, BC
Photographs by Richard Howes © All rights reserved

Richard Howes: Passing the BC Soccer Web Torch
All good things come to an end, as in due course will my ten year stewardship of this website. This April, site ownership and editorial responsibility for The BC Soccer Web will transfer to Bill Currie; a great friend of the game, soccer aficionado and valued friend of mine. I know the site will be in capable, caring hands and we can all look forward to his imaginative, enthusiastic and informed input. Read more...

Bill Currie: Richard Howes Leaves “Very Big Shoes To Fill”
The BC Soccer Web has been a mainstay in our community since 1996. It's been around longer than Google. BCSW has seen some minor changes over the years, and this transition will be no different. We will continue to do the things that make the BC Soccer Web part of your day. BCSW has always been a simple site that curates eclectic and important soccer news. It's editors have never surrendered to the worst fads of today's Internet, and neither will I. This site will never be flashy. You'll find no click bait here; just soccer and substance. I promise we will not waste your time. Read more...

friday, march 6, 2015

Pieces to the puzzle: Meet the 2015 Vancouver Whitecaps FC roster
On the eve of First Kick against Toronto FC (3 p.m. PT kickoff at BC Place - TSN and TSN 1410 Vancouver), we conclude our season preview series with an in-depth look at how the team was built. Whitecaps FC

Relief and anticipation: Whitecaps season set to begin
There was a sense of relief and a buzz of anticipation at Vancouver Whitecaps FC practice on Thursday with players knowing they’ll open their MLS season at BC Place on Saturday. With the league and players’ union settling on a new collective bargaining agreement Wednesday night, the focus can now turn to the opening of the 20th MLS season, and the Whitecaps’ fifth in the league. 24 Hours

Let the games begin: Whitecaps FC set to open 2015 campaign Saturday against Toronto FC
Let the games begin! Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Union reached an agreement on a new CBA late Wednesday, meaning Vancouver Whitecaps FC will open their 2015 MLS season on Saturday afternoon against Toronto FC – just as planned. Whitecaps FC

Robert Earnshaw's experience worth a lot to the Whitecaps as signing decision expected "sooner rather than later"
I'm not sure at what stage football became such a stats heavy numbers game. I'm like most of you though, I lap up all the info Opta and their ilk can throw out at me. But as we all know, stats don't tell the whole story and you have to look away from the numbers. AFTN

Playoff hopefuls 'Caps, TFC kick off season
With a CBA in place, we can finally get excited about the game that will kickoff our MLS in TSN schedule this year. Two Canadian teams with expectations of making the playoffs will meet at BC Place as the Vancouver Whitecaps look to maintain their perfect record in MLS openers against Toronto FC on Saturday. TSN

Whitecaps Forging A Simple Plan 
As Vancouver enters its fifth season in MLS, the key to making 2015 a successful campaign will revolve around a simple game plan of keeping the ball. Goal

Vancouver Whitecaps happy to fly under the radar again in 2015
The Vancouver Whitecaps spent most of last season trying to prove doubters wrong. They find themselves in much the same boat heading into this campaign. After the messy departure of reigning Golden Boot winner Camilo Sanvezzo, and with an untested rookie head coach in Carl Robinson, the Whitecaps overcame a number of hurdles in 2014 to qualify for the playoffs. Globe and Mail

Whitecaps believe they’re building something special with 2015 MLS season set to begin
In their two previous season-opening meetings, the Vancouver Whitecaps have bested Toronto FC . Up until late Wednesday evening, there was some doubt the third such banner clash between these two Canadian rivals, scheduled for Saturday at BC Place Stadium, was going to go ahead as planned. Metro

Whitecaps' Pa Modou Kah has his own 'labour' pains
The labor dispute that threatened to keep Pa Modou Kah and his Whitecaps’ teammates, off the soccer pitch Saturday has been settled. But a different labor issue could still sideline the new centre back. Vancouver Sun

Impact set sights on MLS playoffs after major off-season changes
There is a new look and a new-found enthusiasm on the Montreal Impact. After finishing last in Major League Soccer at 6-18-10 in 2014, the Impact made wholesale changes in the off-season that they hope will make them a stronger defensive side with more depth at all positions. Canada.com

Playoff spot far from a lock for TFC in 2015
Optimism is a wonderful thing. It’s what often allows us to get through a dreary day, the promise of happier and better times ahead. Being a “glass is half full” type of person isn’t a weakness, nor is it a sign of delusion or gullibility. What morbid and joyless lives those people must lead who always see the negative side of things and ignore the positive. Sportsnet

Challenges faced by TFC mirror those of MLS
Spring is coming. Soccer is in the air (at least in North America, where the MLS season runs from March through November, counter to the typical FIFA calendar) and this year—year nine for TFC and, more significantly, year 20 for MLS—is going to be different. At least Tim Leiweke says so. “We clearly understand: Winning is not about double-decker buses or ad campaigns,” says the outgoing boss of MLSE. Sportsnet

Canadian MLS teams using common sense for 2015 season
Canada’s MLS triumvirate has done something never seen before. All three clubs enter the 2015 season with the same head coaches in place. An epidemic of common sense has apparently broken out, even though only the Vancouver Whitecaps scrambled into last year’s playoffs. Toronto FC blew up after a promising start while the Montreal Impact never got started – in league play at least. CBC

 Now that there’s a labor agreement, the 2015 Major League Soccer season is on
MLS may be 20 years old but there is a lot that’s new this season, from the overall league rebranding, to a pair of high-profile expansion teams and an influx of internationally proven talent. The Washington Post

Free agency lite: A small step forward in new Major League Soccer CBA
The players went into the Collective Bargaining Agreement process looking for some form of free agency. Major League Soccer and its owners said that free agency would never happen in their single entity system. So, in terms of owners opening the door on free agency, it’s barely open a crack. The lock is off, though — and it will be up to the players to kick it down when this CBA expires five years from now. The11

MLS CBA deal: who got what? who gave up what?
An agreement in principle was reached between MLS and the MLS Players Union early Wednesday evening on a five-year collective bargaining agreement, ending the threat of the league's first work stoppage. The historic agreement includes restricted free agency, "more movement," MLS Commissioner Don Garber noted on Sports Center, "than we probably thought we would provide when the league was launched." That does not mean all players were happy. Far from it. Soccer America

For MLS's Garber, the game is maturing in U.S.
Despite four straight days of negotiations, there was a spring in the step of Major League Soccer (MLS) commissioner Don Garber as he left the offices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service on Wednesday. Reuters

Analytics: Comparing Canada’s MLS teams
The three Canadian teams in Major League Soccer are all in relatively unfamiliar positions going into 2015—they all have the same coaches who were at the helm at the end of last season. For the Montreal Impact this is actually the first time in club history that they have had the same coach for back-to-back MLS campaigns. Sportsnet

Orlando City expects 62K at inaugural MLS match
Orlando City Soccer officials say the club has reached sellout status for its inaugural Major League Soccer match. Club officials said Thursday that an additional allotment of 2,000 standing room-only tickets have now been sold, pushing the sellout for Sunday’s match against fellow expansion team New York FC to 62,000 at Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium. Sportsnet

MLS and Eurosport announce four-year partnership to broadcast games in Europe
Major League Soccer and Eurosport today announced a four-year agreement for Eurosport to air MLS matches in all of Eurosport's European territories (except the United Kingdom). The four-year deal includes exclusive TV and digital rights for all regular-season matches, the AT&T MLS All-Star Game, MLS playoff matches and MLS Cup. MLS

Why Are There No Black Coaches in MLS?
Hylton Dayes is the men's soccer coach at the University of Cincinnati, and one of only eight black coaches in all of Division 1 soccer. But when Dayes and his assistant Dan McNally, who is white, are introduced in new settings it's often assumed that McNally is the one in charge. "I'm used to it by now, and Dan and I usually just laugh," Dayes says. Vice

FOX Soccer, Facebook combine to map out MLS fans in USA and Canada
In the buildup to the start of the MLS season, FOX Soccer and Facebook combined to map out the distribution of supporters across the United States and Canada. Facebook assessed the data for the most-liked teams in every American state and Canadian province to determine the most popular team in each location. Fox

The Cascadian Fantasy League
Prost Amerika in collaboration with Mondo Goal is proud to introduce the first ever Cascadian Fantasy League. It is like other fantasy leagues except that you can only select from Cascadian sides and their opponents. Prost Amerika

Why USL Holds the Key to Major League Soccer’s Future
The crucial number is two; that is II, as in, LA Galaxy II, Seattle Sounders FC II, Portland Timbers II, New York Red Bulls II, and counting. All are a part of USL (formerly USL Pro), a league of twenty-four teams, eight of which are MLS owned and operated franchises. Twelve more are MLS affiliated, solidifying a partnership that may not mean much to the average soccer fan today, but it will in the near future, and USL doesn’t mind saying so. 8x8

NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson backs ‘total free agency’ in wake of MLS labor deal
Free agency is nothing new in NASL, where players have the freedom to play for any team they want once out of contract, much as is the case in the rest of the soccer world. NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson remains a believer in that system, and while he is glad MLS is set to take the field on time, he believes the league’s players are still at a major disadvantage. SBI

RNO Interview Series: Dino Rossi
Recently, Red Nation Online had the chance to speak with Ontario Soccer Association Director-at-Large Dino Rossi, who is also the chair of League1 Ontario. L1O was founded in the fall of 2013 as a semi-professional league, and had some great success stories after it’s inaugural season in the summer and fall of 2014. RedNation

Kamloops' Colin Guise Improving Steadily
It has been 2-1/2 months since Colin Guise was diagnosed with a brain abscess. Guise is the Vice-President of the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association and chair of the Association’s Discipline and Volunteer Screening Committees. “Colin is improving steadily,” says KYSA Executive Director Keith Liddiard.

Kelowna Charity Soccer Tournament to Support Ronald McDonald House
A new charity soccer tournament will take place in Kelowna to raise more funds for Ronald McDonald House BC. The TRUE Consulting Charity Soccer Tournament will take place on May 22nd and 23rd at the Capital News Centre with all funds raised going to the Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon. Registration is now open, with an event entry fee of $1,000. Kelowna Now

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Impact to open CONCACAF Champions League semifinal March 18
The Montreal Impact will play host to Alajuelense in CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. The first leg of the two games, aggregate goals series is set for March 18 at Olympic Stadium with the second leg in Alajuela, Costa Rica on a date yet to be confirmed between April 7 and April 9. Canada.com

Manager of Montreal Impact sent off for THRUSTING at the fourth official
Impact were this week taking part in the quarter finals of the CONCACAF Champions League, a massive competition for any side from that part of the world. So, when Cameron Porter scored an injury time equaliser against Pachuca that put his side into the semis, you won't be surprised to learn manager Frank Klopas celebrated passionately. Mirror

Major League Soccer needs to drop CONCACAF Champions League
The CONCACAF Champions League is an incredible idea, the region’s answer to the world’s biggest club competition over in Europe. It’s a chance to pit the best teams from the United States, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and the rest against each other. It is an overlooked confederation’s staging of a truly massive tournament. But here’s the catch: it’s awful. Soccer Gods

youth soccer

Vancouver Futsal Youth Jamboree
Vancouver Futsal will host another Youth Futsal Jamboree at the Richmond Oval on May 24th. Our December 20th-21st Futsal Jamboree hosted 120 teams, and it is exciting to see Futsal catching on! The Jamboree is open to all Boys & Girls teams, whether you are a structured league team, spring program team, or a team that is made up of a group of friends. VFA

university soccer

Lorne Davies Celebration of Life Sunday, Mar. 8
Simon Fraser University will celebrate and remember the life of its founding Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Dr. Lorne Davies, in a public ceremony on Sunday, March 8 at 11:00 AM at the SFU West Gym, inside the building that bears his name – the Lorne Davies Complex. SFU

the local game

BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Draw March 30 at the Sandman Hotel in Langley
From 7-9 P.M. On March 30, BC Soccer will host the Adult Provincial Cup Draw at the Sandman Hotel at 8828 - 201 Street Langley, BC.  Players teams, clubs and leagues in the draw are encouraged to attend as BC Soccer will have special guest speakers, drinks, food, and prize draws on hand.  For those from outside the lower mainland BC Soccer will be working with Sportcanada.tv to live stream the event which will be viewable at www.bcsoccer.net.

EDC warms up for cup semi with win over Inter
EDC FC Burnaby sent a imperial Cup message to Inter FC, edging the premier division club 2-1 in a Vancouver Metro Soccer League game last weekend. Josh Hardy scored early in the second half and Rizal Ganief, with his 10th goal of the year, tallied the game winner with approximately 20 minutes to go in the match. Burnaby Now

canada's teams

Resilient Canadian squad tops Korea Republic in chaotic second match at the Cyprus Women’s Cup
In a match that saw the Korea Republic do everything in their power to cause chaos and disrupt the rhythm of the Canadian side, resilience and composure were the key factors in Canada’s Women’s National Team’s 1:0 victory. Canada’s goal came in the opening minute of the second half, when Josée Bélanger drew the Korean defence out of position, leaving Christine Sinclair square in front of the opposing net with the ball at her feet. Canada Soccer

Jessie Fleming: The next Christine Sinclair?
The goal was fitting. The combination of star Christine Sinclair and rookie Jessie Fleming represented the present and future of Canadian soccer on Wednesday at the Cyprus Women’s Cup in Nicosia. CBC

Win for Canada in World Cup tune-up
Christine Sinclair and Jessie Fleming chipped in with goals as Canada opened its final tune-up tournament before the FIFA Women's World Cup with a 2-0 win over Scotland at the Cyprus Cup. Fleming, 16, scored her first-ever goal with Canada while goalkeeper Erin McLeod earned the shutout. TSN

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Hayley Wickenheiser named as WWC ambassador
Hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser and Twitter executive Kirstine Stewart are the latest tournament ambassadors for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada. Wickenheiser and Stewart, vice-president of North America Media Partnerships for Twitter, join existing tournament ambassadors Rona Ambrose, Canada’s health minister, and Kara Lang, a former Canadian soccer international. Sportsnet

world football

Blatter urges Iran to allow women into stadiums
FIFA President Sepp Blatter is urging Iran to end the ban on women watching football in stadiums. In comments published in FIFA’s weekly magazine ahead of International Women’s Day, Blatter said that despite his efforts to convince Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to let women attend matches when he met him in 2013, "nothing has happened." Sportsnet

UEFA will set up new soccer league in Crimea
UEFA’s top official responsible for Crimea says the governing body of European soccer has decided to set up a league in the disputed territory. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014, but UEFA ruled in December that Crimean clubs could not join the Russian league, saying it would administer the peninsula as a "special zone." Sportsnet

Senegal appoints Cisse as head coach
Senegal appointed former midfielder Aliou Cisse as coach on Wednesday, a rare chance for a black African to take charge of one of the continent's top teams. The Senegal Football Federation said Cisse, who captained Senegal to the World Cup quarterfinals in 2002, signed a four-year contract. TSN

Man United defender Jonny Evans denies spitting at Cisse, but Newcastle striker issues apology
When two English Premier League opponents spat at each other, the television evidence seemed clear. Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse apologized on Thursday for spitting at Jonny Evans, but the Manchester United defender denied any wrongdoing in the incident. Canada.com

Biting, butting, spitting... what is football's deadliest sin?
Fighting and biting are bad but never use an elbow. Headbutting is for cowards. No-one pushes the referee. And whatever you do, do not spit at an opponent. BBC

Cyprus group claims responsibility for 2 referee bombings
A new group has emerged in Cyprus to claim responsibility for two of five bomb attacks targeting soccer referees in the past year, police said Thursday. Yahoo!

thursday, march 5, 2015

Major League Soccer & MLS Players Union reach agreement in principle on new CBA
Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Major League Soccer Players Union today announced that they have reached agreement in principle on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) covering five seasons, commencing with the 2015 season and continuing through the 2019 season. MLS

MLS, players' union avoid strike, announce CBA deal in principle
Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Union avoided the first work stoppage in league history on Wednesday, reaching an agreement in principle on a new collective bargaining agreement thanks to compromises on key issues, including free agency. The league confirmed the news of a five-year agreement on Wednesday night. ESPNFC

wednesday, march 4, 2015

Getting the party started: Whitecaps FC hold Season Launch Event at the Commodore Ballroom Getting the party started: Whitecaps FC hold Season Launch Event at the Commodore Ballroom
So that was fun. Vancouver Whitecaps FC held their annual kickoff event for Season Ticket Members on Monday night at the Commodore Ballroom with First Kick against Toronto FC set for Saturday at BC Place. Whitecaps FC

1,000 tickets remain for Saturday's season opener
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Tuesday that 1,000 tickets remain for Saturday’s MLS season opener against Toronto FC at BC Place. Kickoff for this Canadian rivalry match is set for 3 p.m. PT

The midfielders: More to come
If there’s any question about how good Vancouver’s midfield was in 2014, consider this: four of the team’s six Player of the Year nominees were midfield players. And they’re all back in the fold. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps players stand united in face of looming strike - "We as players right now are fighting for what we consider as some basic rights"
With three days until the new MLS season is set to get underway, it would be a brave man to confidently put money on whether it actually will or not. After weeks of chatter, gusto and posturing from both sides, the latest murmurings seem to suggest that the MLS owners and players are still far apart, with the free agency topic still proving to be the major stumbling block. AFTN

Beitashour hopeful season starts
With MLS and the league’s players locked in CBA negotiations, Whitecaps hope Saturday’s season opener versus Toronto FC will go ahead. Goal

Beitashour: CBA talks going down to the wire
Will there be soccer on Saturday? That was the first question posed to Vancouver Whitecaps MLS player union rep, Steven Beitashour on Tuesday after the Whitecaps training session. The always positive right-back had this quick retort. "We hope so. Time will tell." RedNation

MLS talks in crunch time
Toronto FC players and brass don’t yet know if they’ll board a flight to Vancouver Thursday morning. Major League Soccer’s opening weekend hangs in the balance amid CBA talks in Washington D.C. 24 Hours

Weber: Threat of MLS shutdown looms over season’s opening games
At least Steven Beitashour hasn’t lost his sense of humour through these bleak CBA negotiations. The Whitecaps’ representative for the MLS players union had more microphones in his face after Tuesday’s practice than when he left for the FIFA World Cup last summer. The Province

MLS Strike Is Much Ado About Nothing
MLS Players and their union are currently in talks with MLS executives to reach a collective bargaining agreement (CBA).  The MLS Players Union can say all they want about 'striking', but it's just a ploy to voice their displeasure for the single entity system. The only thing a 'strike' would do for the players is lose money for them because MLS and its ownership groups are not going to budge on allowing free agency and why should they. Americanizing Soccer

Standing with the MLS Players Union
The beginning of the MLS season is under threat. As I wrote this article, top pundits upgraded the odds of a strike by MLS players from “50-50″ to “near-certain”. Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hanson was fined by the league for calling the MLS Players Union’s demand for free agency “a go-nowhere conversation” and “a foolish waste of time”. Maple Leaf Forever

Side careers for Whitecaps in case of MLS strike
Due to the deadline for this column, there are two scenarios heading into this weekend’s soccer action. One is that the Major League Soccer season starts on time and we continue to write about what happens in the game. The other is that MLS and the players union can’t agree on a collective bargaining agreement and the season is postponed. 24 Hours

Canadian basketball star Steve Nash trains with Whitecaps FC: 'I just love it'
Steve Nash is 41 years old. He’s played over 1,000 games in the NBA. He’s an eight-time NBA all-star and two-time league MVP. And on Tuesday, he felt like a little kid again. Whitecaps FC

Vancouver | 2015 City Guide
Soccer culture in Vancouver has a long, rich history influenced by a varied mix of ex-pats from footballing hotbeds. The game is now finding a new generation of supporters to enthrall, many of them disillusioned by the dire, morgue-like atmosphere to be found when the NHL’s Canucks play. MLS

Portland Timbers unveil new primary jerseyPortland Timbers unveil new primary jersey
The Portland Timbers and adidas unveiled the club’s official new primary jersey for the 2015 MLS season as part of a special season kickoff event Tuesday night at the Exchange Ballroom in Northeast Portland. Portland Timbers

Xavi to join Frank Lampard and David Villa in signing for MLS franchise New York City
After a career spent going head-to-head in the Champions League, Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez and former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard are about to become team-mates, with the Spain international finalising negotiations on a move to New York City. Daily Mail

Player's Perspective: Ex-MLSer Bobby Warshaw on what rivalries mean to the players
There are some things athletes simply don’t say.
You’re right, that was a cross, but I hit it wrong and luckily it ended up upper 90.  
Yes, I tried to lower my shoulder pads into his knees and knock him out for the season.
No, I don’t care as much about beating the Yankees as the people of Boston do.

Sports manufacturer steps up with reward offer to nab Tyndall Park vandals
With yet another incident of vandalism to the soccer pitch and surrounding area at Tyndall Park last month, Sidney-based soccer company Scoremaster Goals has offered a $1,000 to anyone with information that leads to an arrest. Saanich News

Thanks to Richard Howes of bcsoccerweb.com
There will soon be a changing of the guard at British Columbia’s best soccer website: bcsoccerweb.com. Richard Howes, who has been the editor for the last 10 years, is passing the torch to Bill Currie, local soccer enthusiast and activist. Under Richard Howes, bcsoccerweb.com has been a superb soccer website; a treasure trove of news about local soccer, including the Vancouver Whitecaps. Whitecaps Fan

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Montreal advances to SCCL semifinals on away goals
Cameron Porter scored four minutes into second-half stoppage time to boost the Impact de Montreal into the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) semifinals on Tuesday before 38,104 fans at the Stade Olympique. The forward’s dramatic strike gave the Major League Soccer (MLS) side a 1:1 draw with Pachuca, a result that saw it advance on the away-goals rule after the quarterfinal series ended level at 3-3. Canada Soccer

Impact tie Pachuca to move into CONCACAF semis
Cameron Porter was the unlikeliest of heroes for the Montreal Impact as the 21-year-old scored in extra time to lift the Impact to a 1-1 second-leg draw with Pachuca on Tuesday night. It gave Montreal the victory in their CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final on the away goals rule. CBC

Impact achieve historic result in CONCACAF
What a game! Montreal was staring elimination squarely in the face, but Porter’s very late goal allowed the Impact to salvage a historic stalemate and advance to the semifinals on the away goals rule. Sportsnet

Worst-case scenario haunts DC United, but optimism reigns ahead of return leg
Now it’s DC United’s turn, as they take on Alajuelense tonight (8 pm ET, Fox Sports 2). Can they overcome a three-goal deficit in front of their home crowd? While their 5-2 defeat in the first leg presents them with a tough task, it seems the team is optimistic that they can do it, provided they follow coach Ben Olsen's plan. MLS

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How the ball rolls: Sooke Soccer News
District Cup play downs started this weekend for many teams.  Next weekend is semi finals and then after Spring Break SSC hosts District Cup Finals Mar 28/29. The U9 boys team #2 participated in the PLSC Tournament. They lost their first 2 games but managed to tie the last game. Sooke News Mirror

the local game

West Van Clinch First Place in VMSL Premier Division (Photo: Richard Howes)West Van Clinch First Place in VMSL Premier Division
Some interesting results occurred this past weekend, making things more and more interesting in the middle, and at the bottom of the table. At the top of the standings, West Van FC clinched first place by virtue of a 4-1 victory over the Division 1-bound Vancouver Olympics, while several teams are still in danger of being relegated.

Villa walks from cup competition
CCircumstances beyond its control conspired to defeat Powell River Villa in its latest bid to win the George Pearkes Cup. Work and other commitments put a big dent in the lineup for its semifinal game against Campbell River Cermaq City FC 3A and proved costly in the 3-1 loss. Powell River Peake

canada's teams

Coming from behind not a problem as Canada M17 win second straight
IIn two games thus far at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, Canada’s Men’s U-17 has found themselves trailing on three separate occasions but each time they’ve fought back and now have won both of those games. Canada Soccer

Kosovar Sadiki leads Canada over Costa Rica at CONCACAF U17
Canada sits in a tie atop Group B at the 2015 CONCACAF men's under-17 tournament after defeating Costa Rica 3-2 on Tuesday at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano. With a victory against Haiti already in the books, Canada is currently tied with Mexico in group play with six points — however the Mexicans have a better goal differential than the Canadians. CBC

On a big night for soccer, we should celebrate Sadiki’s goal more vociferously than Porter’s
Kosovar Sadiki So, on a Tuesday night packed with action for the Canadian soccer supporter — what was the most important moment? Was it a last-gasp goal from Cameron Porter, or a second-half marker from Kosovar Sadiki? The11

Canada gearing up for Cyprus Cup
Canada’s women’s soccer team plays Scotland on Wednesday to open the Cyprus Cup, the final tournament before this summer’s World Cup in Canada. TSN

Herdman on CNWT: “There’s not too many cards left up our sleeves”
We’re now at the stage of the poker game where it’s time to call. We’ve gone through the bets, the bluffs and the folds. As Canada’s national women’s team prepares for the Cyprus Cup — its final tournament before the Women’s World Cup, coach John Herdman knows he has very few secrets left to keep. He knows he has to have his team playing to its strengths — and that means there’s very little left to hold back and to keep those scouting for their World Cup opponents guessing. The11

FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015

94 days to go
Canada’s Sonja Denoncourt became the first woman on the FIFA refereeing list in 1994 and the first woman to officiate an Olympic football match in 1996.  FIFA

world football

FIFA president Blatter wants points deductions for racism
Teams involved in racial incidents should suffer more severe punishment like the docking of league points, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday. “The biggest problem we’ve had in recent days here in this continent is racism, discrimination. This is unacceptable,” Blatter said. Globe and Mail

Seven candidates vie for Asia's spots on FIFA's executive committee
Seven candidates are competing for three vacant Asia seats on FIFA's executive committee. The CONCACAF region has also confirmed its slate for FIFA elections. ESPNFC

Dynamo ordered to close stadium section for Everton visit
UEFA has ordered Dynamo Kyiv to close part of the Olympic Stadium when the club hosts Everton in the Europa League because of fan disorder. UEFA's disciplinary panel acted Wednesday after fans invaded the pitch and clashed with security staff during a match against Guingamp last week. Play was briefly stopped during Dynamo's 3-1 win. TSN

Dutch football association docks FC Twente 3 points for slow pace of financial reforms
The Dutch football association has docked FC Twente three points for missing targets to reform its finances, a further blow for the former league champions who are also struggling on the field this season. NewEurope

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