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BC Soccer News, Weekend, August 26-28, 2016

LA GALAXY vs. WHITECAPS FC

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2016, 7:30 PM

STUBHUB CENTRE, CARSON, CA.

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Preview: 'Caps look to ride CCL momentum Saturday vs. LA Galaxy - Whitecaps FC
A midweek CONCACAF Champions League thriller may have been just what the doctor ordered for Vancouver Whitecaps FC. At least that’s the hope for the ‘Caps, who visit LA Galaxy on Saturday with renewed confidence after a 3-0 win over Sporting KC.

Whitecaps air gripes before facing stars in L.A. - The Province
Carl Robinson appealed for consistency Thursday as the Whitecaps prepared to face the L.A. Galaxy on the road this weekend. Robinson wasn’t talking about his struggling team.

Vancouver Whitecaps looking for a win in a place they usually lose - Yahoo Sports
If the Vancouver Whitecaps hope to pump some air into their deflating playoff hopes they badly need a win Saturday night in a place where they have rarely won.

LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2016 MLS Match Preview - LA Galaxy
The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Robbie Keane and Jeff Larentowicz netted goals as the Galaxy claimed a 2-0 victory July 4 at StubHub Center; they reached a scoreless draw April 2 at BC Place.

Marcel de Jong, David Edgar called up to Canadian senior national team for upcoming World Cup Qualifying - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed today that left back Marcel de Jong and centre back David Edgar have been called up to the Canadian men's national team for the upcoming World Cup Qualifying matches versus Honduras and El Salvador, with the latter to be played at BC Place.

Six MLS players named to Canada roster for crucial World Cup qualifiers - MLS
Six MLS players have been called to the Canadian national team for their crucial World Cup qualifiers at Honduras and against El Salvador next month.

Pa-Modou Kah joins WFC2 as player/coach - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Thursday that centre back Pa-Modou Kah will join the club's USL side, Whitecaps FC 2, as a player/coach for the remainder of the 2016 season. To facilitate the move, Kah's MLS contract has been mutually terminated.

The sun not yet down on the Vancouver Whitecaps - Soccer Shorts
The year 2016 certainly feels as though it’s one where decades are happening in almost every week; but what would Lenin have said about the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 win over Sporting Kansas City in the CCL on Wednesday evening?

MLS weekend preview: what's gone wrong with the Revolution?  - The Guardian
Rocky Mountain Cup rivals; top plays bottom; Kreis looking for revenge against NYC FC; all aboard the Toronto train.

MLS Countdown: Timbers' health improving - Soccer America
Three players sidelined by injuries recently could be ready for Portland when it hosts archrival Seattle Sunday at Providence Park.

MLS Week 25: A Look Ahead - SBI
Rivalries dominate Week 25 in MLS, and there a few salivating matchups on tap this weekend. The most notable is the Cascadia Cup as the resurgent Seattle Sounders face the Portland Timbers at Providence Park. Both sides met last week with the Sounders cruised to a 3-1 win.

Vanney believes this isn’t even TFC’s ‘best version’ - Toronto Sun
It’s OK to look forward, to dream, to visualize what a home playoff date will mean for Toronto FC. That’s how comfortable the Reds are following an impressive midweek win in Orlando.

Galaxy's Giovani dos Santos left off Mexico roster for World Cup qualifiers - MLS
Giovani dos Santos will have to wait a while longer for that second chance with El Tri. The LA Galaxy star was not called up by Mexico for their upcoming brace of World Cup qualifiers, one of the most prominent absentees along with Real Sociedad's Carlos Vela and injured strikers Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Oribe Peralta. Mexico visit El Salvador on September 3 and host Honduras on September 7.

Offensive makeover helps D.C. United’s push for MLS playoffs - Washington Post
Struggling to score, D.C. United underwent an offensive makeover last month by acquiring three players.

Toronto fans basking in unfamiliar success of their pro sports teams - Toronto Star
With soccer and baseball teams in first place, a basketball team coming off an historic run and its beloved hockey club undergoing a promising overhaul, today’s Toronto pro sports scene is looking decidedly un-Toronto.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PHOTOS: WHITECAPS FC 3 SPORTING KC 0, AUGUST 23, 2016 - BC Soccer Web
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BC SOCCER NEWS

Aboriginal soccer titles up for grabs - Prince George Citizen
Spots in the 2017 North American Indigenous Games will go to the winners. Starting today at 8 a.m., the B.C. Aboriginal provincial youth soccer championships - featuring 24 regional all-star teams spread across four divisions - will kick into action in Prince George.

The UBC and SFU derby returns in women's soccer - UBC
Soccer fans will get the chance to see the Vancouver derby between SFU and UBC for the first time in several years. In the 2008 game UBC striker Anja Sigloch scored twice in the first half to give the T-Birds a 2-0 victory on Burnaby Mountain.

UBC opens their 2016 season with road games against Canada West rivals - UBC
UBC will kick off its 2016-17 season with a pair of games in BC's Interior against Canada West rivals Thompson Rivers and UBC Okanagan. UBC dominated the two games played against each of the teams last season, outscoring TRU 5-0 and UBCO 8-1.

SOCCER: UBC men's team rebuilds with lots of Surrey United talent - Surrey Now
Yes, an impressive number of recruits from the Surrey-based soccer club will be with the Thunderbirds this year, and Mosher has a bit of a plan for the university team’s current training camp.

Clan Draws 2-2 With UFV Cascades In Exhibition Match - SFU
Simon Fraser University battled the University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team to a 2-2 draw Thursday evening in its final pre-season exhibition game.

Goals from Sekhon, Jhaj earn Cascades a preseason draw with SFU - UFV Cascades
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team turned in a strong performance against a quality opponent on Thursday evening, battling the Simon Fraser University Clan to a 2-2 draw.

Vikes kick off 2016 season ranked second in Canada West coaches poll - UVic
After five years, the Cam Hundal era is finally over at UVic—and that makes the upcoming season one to watch for the team that enters 2016 ranked second in the Canada West coaches poll.

Time for the Timberwolves - Prince George Citizen
Their off-season training and exhibition schedule is behind them. The UNBC Timberwolves are now focused on what's in front, and their first challenge is a season-opening game tonight against the Trinity Western University Spartans.

AFTN’s Vancouver Whitecaps Residency ‘Ones To Watch’ 2016 (Part Two – the U18s) - AFTN
Over the past five seasons we have put together our annual ‘Ones To Watch’ list of who we feel are the top Residency players within the Whitecaps system.

Whitecaps FC announce U-16 Residency roster for the 2016-17 season - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today the club’s U-16 Residency roster for the 2016-17 United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) season. The opening league match for the ‘Caps is on Saturday, September 3 on the road at Sacramento Republic FC.

WolfPack men's soccer set to begin 3rd CIS season - CJFC
With an expanded schedule to 16 games the Canada West men's soccer season  is getting an early start.

Ryan Glanville looks to lead TRU to playoffs- Williams Lake Tribune
Despite plenty of individual success last season, Ryan Glanville’s primary goal is helping his Thompson Rivers University Wolf Pack men’s soccer team earn their first ever Canada West playoff berth this 2016 season.

Canada West to livestream over 100 Soccer matches in 2016-17 - Canada West
With the 2016-17 Canada West regular season set to open later this week, Canada West is proud to launch passes for Canadawest.tv – the official streaming home of the conference.

BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in Review - BCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review.  The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach Mandate - BCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries - BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.

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's September squad announced for crucial FIFA World Cup Qualifiers - CSA
Canada Soccer have released their 23-man squad for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Qualifiers in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The September series represents a final two-match, three-nation dash for one spot in CONCACAF's final round of qualification matches for Russia 2018, "The Hex."

Floro quietly unveils roster ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers - the11.ca
Maybe the most likely answer to the no-press-availability question is that Floro and everyone involved in Canadian soccer knew that much of the talk was going to be about a return to Honduras, the place where Canada’s most recent World Cup qualifying run came to a brutal end, in the form of an 8-1 shellacking that rocked the program. That was two coaches ago. Floro wasn’t the coach in that game; and it’s probably fair that he doesn’t want to have to answer for a loss that really had nothing to do with him.

TFC’s Johnson left off Canada’s roster for World Cup qualifiers - Sportsnet
Canada announced on Thursday its 23-man roster for a pair of crucial World Cup qualifying matches next month, and one player was conspicuous by his absence from the list.

Canada scale new heights on the back of Rio success - FIFA
Canada’s bronze medal win at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 saw the North Americans reach their highest-ever position of fourth in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking.

Fresh off Olympic bronze, CanWNT eager to find next crop of young stars - MLS
With another Olympic bronze medal in their collection, the Canadian women’s national team are now looking ahead to a rather promising future.

CanWNT: Rio 2016 thoughts and Canadian NWSL expansion - The Equalizer
It’s been almost a week since the Canadian women’s national team secured their second straight Olympic bronze medal and upon reflection, the bronze won last week looks a lot different than the one earned in 2012.

Huskie men's soccer continues to build upon a winning tradition - Star Phoenix
The University of Saskatchewan men’s soccer team has made the playoffs four years in a row and head coach Bryce Chapman is looking to carry on that winning atmosphere into the upcoming Canada West season.

Vaughan Trounce Visitors Kingston 10-0 - League1 Ontario
Vaughan Azzurri Women rode the stellar play of captain Nour Ghoneim (2', 14', 42'), Sydney Hoareau (22', 53', 75'), Colleen Beesley (65', 71'), Sarah Wong (10') and Claudia Piazza (79') in a 10-0 win over the visiting Kingston Clippers Women.

20 years of Digby soccer - MacNaughton wins DASA’s highest honour - Digby Courier
Digby Minor Soccer, the club’s orginal name, was founded in 1996 by a group of four parents who saw their children had an interest in soccer and took the lead on starting something in the community.

Laurentians will need three straight wins to capture soccer crown - Southern Gazette
A third-place finish wasn’t what the St. Lawrence Labatt Laurentians were hoping for from the Molson Challenge Cup provincial men’s soccer regular season, but they’ll take it.

Suspected drunk driver leads cops on chase across soccer field -- while kids were playing - Toronto Sun
A man arrested for drunk driving took Ottawa cops on a car chase - right through a children's soccer game.

Why Canada’s Olympic medalists can’t outrun the taxman — yet - Financial Post
When Canada’s Olympic athletes returned home from Rio this week with a 22-medal haul, they were met at the airport by cheering family and friends as well as autograph-seeking fans. But some of them may also soon be greeted by the taxman looking for a piece of their Olympic winnings.

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WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS

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SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC FC vs. WFC2

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2016, 8:00 PM

BONNEY FIELD, SACRAMENTO, CA.

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Sanner Finding Stride after College Detour - USL
Princeton graduate bringing new dimension to WFC2 attack since midseason arrival.

Veteran Defender Kah Joins WFC2 - USL
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 announced on Thursday center back Pa-Modou Kah will join the club as a player/coach for the remainder of the 2016 season. To facilitate the move, Kah's MLS contract has been mutually terminated.

Sacramento Republic Face Big Test On Saturday In Race To Host USL Playoffs - CBS Sacramento
They’ll meet the Vancouver Whitecaps at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Bonney Field. The Whitecaps are currently tied for second in the Western Conference.

USL Push for the Playoffs: Aug. 27-28 Edition - USL
With five weekends to go in the 2016 USL regular season, two teams have already claimed their spots in the postseason – the New York Red Bulls II and Louisville City FC. Let’s look ahead at who else is close to a postseason place ahead of Week 23’s weekend action.

Top Two Clubs Look To Continue Strong Home Form In Week 9 - NASL
As the NASL Fall Season reaches its halfway point, the time is now for clubs to make their push towards The Championship, the league’s postseason tournament that begins in November.

FC Edmonton’s Nik Ledgerwood selected to Canadian roster for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers - FC Edmonton
Canada Soccer have released their 23-man squad for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Qualifiers in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Among those selected to Canada's squad is FC Edmonton midfielder Nik Ledgerwood. The September series represents a final two-match, three-nation dash for one spot in CONCACAF's final round of qualification matches for Russia 2018, "The Hex.”

Miller on U-20 call-up for Shome: “If there is a better young player in our league, I have yet to see it” - the11.ca
FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller said he isn’t sure if teenage midfielder Shamit Shome will be available for this Sunday’s match at home to Puerto Rico.

Fury FC midfielder and Ottawa-native Jamar Dixon called to represent Canada - Ottawa Fury
Ottawa Fury FC midfielder and Ottawa-native Jamar Dixon has been named to the Canadian Men’s National Team for a pair of upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in September, Canada soccer announced on Thursday.

FC Montreal’s Crepeau Named in Canada Squad - USL
FC Montreal goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau has been named to Canada’s squad for the country’s upcoming CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers against Honduras and El Salvador, as the team looks to advance to the final stage of World Cup Qualifying for the first time this century.

Potential Chicago NASL Team Won’t Launch in 2017 - Empire of Soccer
There was some optimism earlier this year that the group attempting to bring a NASL team to Chicago might be ready to kick off for the 2017 season, but setbacks in securing a home venue have squashed that hope.

USL PHOTOS: WFC2 3 ARIZONA UTD. 1, Sunday, August 21, 2016 - BC Soccer Web
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WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS

Ellis's silence keeps Solo's U.S. Soccer future beyond her ban on uncertain terms - SI.com
I want to know what Jill Ellis and Hope Solo think about Solo’s future with the U.S. women’s national team. Do they think Solo, 35, has a shot at making the U.S. roster for the next meaningful competition, the 2019 World Cup, in three years? Or is Solo done for good with the national team?

Hope Solo's punishment shows that women are judged more harshly - The Guardian
The goalkeeper’s remarks after crashing out of the Olympics were tactless, but her suspension proves female athletes are unjustly held to a higher standard.

Week 16 Preview: NWSL playoff drive begins - The Equalizer
The USWNT makes an early return to the NWSL as the teams gird themselves for the final four weeks of regular season play and one last push for the playoffs. The top three teams look to continue to distance themselves, while the fourth spot is highly contested, and at least one team is already looking at 2017. It feels like it’s been much longer than a month, but NWSL finally returns with Week 16.

NWSL: Olympians back in fold, mostly - Soccer America
Off for 26 days because of the Olympics -- except for one make-up game -- the NWSL resumes this weekend.

Sky Blue Preview: Playoff spot within reach with a win over Chicago - Empire of Soccer
For one of the few times all season, Sky Blue will have all its weapons available when they take on the Chicago Red Stars Saturday at 7 p.m. at Yurcack Field.

UEFA award just the start for Ada Hegerberg - The Equalizer
Lyon forward Ada Hegerberg was today honored with the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award after a prolific season with her club, and it will only get better for the young Norwegian moving forward.

UWCL Qualifying Day 2 Roundup: Seven Round of 32 places still up for grabs - Vavel
With one game of qualifying remaining, Apollon Limassol and FC Minsk reached the Round of 32 of the 2016-17 UEFA Women's Champions League. Here we round up the action.

Wexford undone by late goal  - Continental Tyres WNL
Wexford Youths WFC suffered a 2-1 defeat to Gintra Universitetas in their second game of the 2016/17 UEFA Women's Champions League Qualifying Round.

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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Portugal’s Ronaldo wins UEFA award for best player in Europe - France 24
Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA's award as the best player in Europe last season after helping Portugal to win the European Championship and having another stellar campaign for Real Madrid.

Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Werder Bremen - Prost Amerika
The 54th season of the German Bundesliga gets underway on Friday as four-time defending champions Bayern Munich take on Werder Bremen. Bayern are coming off a comprehensive 5-0 win over FC Carl Zeiss Jena in the DFB Pokal First Round while Bremen are coming off a shock defeat in the Pokal to Sportfreunde Lotte of 3. Liga. Bremen finished 13th last season and will be without Max Kruse who damaged ligaments against Lotte, last week.

Bayern Munich not so untouchable this season in Bundesliga - Sportsnet
“Meister” quite simply translates as “champions” in German. That has been Bayern Munich for the past four years, predominant at the top of the Bundesliga, unrivalled and unmatched as an era-defining force. The masterful meister have made the Meisterschaft their own.

Bundesliga 2016-17: Half the teams have a U.S. player - Soccer America
From age 17 to 28, from newly promoted RB Leipzig to four-time defending champion Bayern Munich, half of the 18 Bundesliga teams have a U.S. player in their squad for the 2016-17 season, which kicks off Friday.

12 young Bundesliga players who could be stars - Fox Sports
Bayern Munich looks to make it five titles in a row, while the rest of the league gears up to challenge the reigning champs. Germany is chock full of young talent, and this year looks to be a banner year for up-and-coming stars ready to make their mark. Here's a look at 12 players set to break out in Germany this season.

Premier League: Team news & previews for weekend's games - BBC Sport
Catch up on all the team news and previews for this weekend's games, which starts with the early kick-off between Tottenham and Liverpool at White Hart Lane.

Fixtures set for UEFA Champions League groups - UEFA
Real Madrid begin their title defence against Sporting CP on 14 September while the previous night Paris Saint-Germain play Arsenal after the group fixtures were confirmed.

UEFA announces top four leagues to get four guaranteed Champions League spots - Goal
European football's governing body has confirmed teams from Spain, Germany, England and Italy will no longer have teams in the qualifying rounds of the elite club tournament.

David Owen: Why the Champions League needs some surgery - Inside World Football
Thursday’s group stage draw provides the perfect illustration of why the Champions League needs reform.

Group fixtures set for UEFA Europa League - UEFA
The group stage will kick off on 15 September with Feyenoord hosting Manchester United and Ajax replaying a European Cup final against Panathinaikos after the fixtures were confirmed.

Manchester United draw Fenerbahce, Feyenoord in Europa League - ESPN FC
Manchester United will face Fenerbahce and Feyenoord in Group A in the 2016-17 Europa League.

PSG gear up for Monaco test - Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain's 100 per cent start to the season faces its stiffest challenge yet with the Ligue 1 champions heading to AS Monaco on Sunday evening.

Tim Cahill re-born after taking Melbourne City bow in FFA Cup win - The Guardian
Socceroo Tim Cahill made his first senior club appearance in Australian football on Wednesday night, coming on as 64th-minute substitute in Melbourne City’s 2-1 victory over Brisbane Strikers in the FFA Cup round of 16.

CONCACAF Champions League Review: Dragon holds Saprissa, Connection and Progreso draw - Goal
There were no wins in the CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday as Deportivo Saprissa, Dragon, W Connection and Honduras Progreso all drew.

Robbie Keane: the street footballer who became Ireland’s greatest striker - The Guardian
The forward, who is calling time on his 18-year international career after next Wednesday’s friendly with Oman, was always there when it mattered.

The Seleção – A Barometer for Football Globalization - Futbolgrad
Brazil’s new national team coach, Tite, has finally announced his new squad, and the team includes two players that are currently plying their trade in the post-Soviet space.

Premier League clubs smash transfer record after £880m spending bonanza - The Telegraph
Premier League clubs have smashed the transfer spending record after the summer spending spree reached £880m with nearly a week left of the transfer window.

I love the Olympics, but at least football spares us all that learning - The Guardian
Attention, football! My love for you is not conditional on you “learning” from the Olympics. In fact, it’s not conditional. Honestly, darling, you’re like a child to me in that way. I will love you whatever – even when you’re naughty, even when I’m cross, even when it sounds like I’m really disappointed in you. (It might feel confusing at the time, but in some ways those are the moments I love you the most.)

How to Watch 2016-17 EPL Matches on TV or Online in Canada - BC Soccer Web
The 2016-17 English Premier League season is upon us. For many, that means waking up bright and early on Saturday and Sunday mornings to watch your favourite club or marquee matchup.

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