VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
COLORADO RAPIDS 2 VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 2
MLS MATCHDAY #21
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017
DICK’S SPORTING GOODS PARK, COMMERCE CITY, CO.
Episode 213 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Rapids Response Team with guests Adam Straith and Marco Carducci) – AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps’ road trip rolled into Colorado this weekend, fighting to a 2-2 draw with the Rapids. A tad disappointing or a hard point well earned? We look at that, the highs and lows of the match, and which players stood out for all the right and the wrong reasons. With New England next up, we also look ahead at what might be in store for the ‘Caps against the Revolution.
‘Caps keeping pace in Western Conference with key road results – Whitecaps FC
Consistency has been hard to come by for Vancouver Whitecaps FC this season, as it is for most teams. But following Saturday night’s 2-2 draw at Colorado, the ‘Caps are on a roll with 10 points in their past five matches, including seven on the road.
Whitecaps draw in Colorado showed attacking promise, defensive danger – The Province
Saturday’s 2-2 draw for the Whitecaps with the Rapids of Colorado was a fine representation in 90 minutes of Vancouver’s season so far.
After letting up late lead, last-place Colorado Rapids say draw is “a loss” – MLS
Saturday night’s 2-2 draw against the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps added another point to the Colorado Rapids’ 2017 campaign total, but the result felt more like a devastating loss than a point earned.
Vancouver Whitecaps get a Rocky Mountain High/Low – Soccer Shorts
Because the Colorado Rapids were nothing if not a tribute act to the 2016 Whitecaps (The “Vancouver Might Caps” maybe? I don’t know I’m still work shopping names).
Player spotlight: Tchani the ‘connector’ key to recent ‘Caps success – Whitecaps FC
In one of his first interviews following the acquisition of Tony Tchani earlier this year, Carl Robinson called the Cameroon midfielder a “connector.” We’re starting to see just exactly what he meant.
MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 22 – SBI
It was a big weekend of a few surprising results and one hugely compelling match between New York rivals in MLS during week 22.
Neagle returns home to Seattle in trade with D.C. – Prost Amerika
Apparently you can come home again. On Monday the Seattle Sounders and D.C. United announced that they had greed upon a trade which would see Midfielder Lamar Neagle return to the Northwest in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2018 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
NYCFC Resumes Its Search for Consistency – Empire of Soccer
After their emotional win on Sunday, New York City FC has the day off Monday. Then its a return to training where Coach Patrick Vieira is already vowing to make it one of the toughest weeks of preparation this season.
Sporting Kansas City vs. San Jose Earthquakes | 2017 US Open Cup Preview – MLS
Sporting Kansas City have made the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup final three times – and each time, they won the title. The San Jose Earthquakes are still waiting for their first trip to the title game. Will Sporting make it back to the final for the third time this decade, or will San Jose finally get there for their first shot at silverware in the Chris Leitch era?
Dynamo sign veteran European defender Philippe Senderos – NBC Sports
The Houston Dynamo have certainly exceeded expectations in 2017, and the Western Conference side doesn’t plan on relinquishing its new-found power.
Jay Chapman scores first MLS goal, continues progress as young professional player – CSA
Jay Chapman is starting to make his mark. Born in Brampton, Ontario, the 23-year old midfielder grew up idolizing Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team stalwarts like Dwayne De Rosario and Julian De Guzman. Already himself a two-time Canadian Championship winner, he has always had the focus and ambition to be standout player in the colloquial “engine room.”
Report: DC United to trade Bobby Boswell to Atlanta – AJC
D.C. United is preparing to trade center back Bobby Boswell to Atlanta United, according to a report by the Insider.
Football world watches as MLS rolls out video replays leaguewide – The Guardian
The system’s success in North America this season will go a long way to deciding VAR’s place in the game.
Nashville MLS ownership group adds Vikings owners Wilf family – SBI
The bid to bring MLS to Nashville just gained some major additional firepower. The Wilf family, owners of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, have joined forces with majority owner John Ingram and the Nashville bid as minority owners, reports the Tennessean. Mark Wilf, along with his brother Zygi and cousin Leonard, bring additional capital to the bid, though the terms of the agreement remain undisclosed.
As Appetite for Soccer in U.S. Grows, So Does M.L.S.– NY Times
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber was having a moment. On a sunny morning in mid-July, Garber arrived in Nashville to meet with politicians, business leaders and sports executives eager to bring an M.L.S. team to the city. The two-day fact-finding mission was part of a 12-city tour being conducted by Garber and his deputy, Mark Abbott, to determine which of the dozen cities will be chosen as home to the two expansion teams M.L.S. plans to approve this year.
BC SOCCER NEWS
SFU ranked No. 13 in United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll – SFU
Simon Fraser University men’s soccer team has been ranked No. 13 nationally by the United Soccer Coaches in its annual NCAA Division II preseason poll.
BC Soccer Assoc. 2017 Scholarship Winners – BCSA
17 graduating youth soccer participants in BC received a total of $21,700 in scholarships at the BC Soccer Awards and Scholarships Luncheon.
BC Soccer holds Annual Referee Instructor and Assessor Symposium at the Youth Provincial Championships – BCSA
The BC Soccer Youth Provincial Cups were host to the Annual Referee Assessor and Instructor Symposium on July 6-9, 2017. The BC Soccer Provincial A Cup, Les Sinnott Memorial B Cup, and the Girls Provincial B Cup all hosted the Referee Assessor and Instructor Symposium.
P.G. Sports Hall of Fame seeks nominations – Prince George Citizen
The time is now to nominate future candidates for the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame. Seventy-five inductees now grace the hall with their presence and a new round of applications is being gathered by the committee, which determines who gets into the hall for the next induction ceremony in the spring of 2018.
Connaught Series: young Radials upset Carsteel to claim national honours – CSA
A young Vancouver Radials team had their backs against the wall when they pulled off the improbable and captured the 1939 Dominion of Canada Football Championship. After eliminating Edmonton Civics and Winnipeg Irish in the playdowns, they faced a stern opponent from the east in Montréal Carsteel FC.
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
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
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.
Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication – BC Soccer Web
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canadian women’s soccer team aiming to be best in the world – Sportsnet
While Kailen Sheridan is technically a rookie in the National Women’s Soccer League, she’s played like a seasoned veteran.
Eagles Soar to 2017 PDL Championship Win – USL PDL
The Charlotte Eagles defeated the Thunder Bay Chill 2-1 at the Sportsplex at Matthews Stadium in Matthews, North Carolina, to win the 2017 Premier Development League Championship in front of 1,356 on Saturday.
Newfoundland and Labrador does what it had to do as Canada Games male soccer begins – The Telegram
It had to be seen as the expected result, but Newfoundland and Labrador’s 4-0 win over the Northwest Territories Monday in Winnipeg nevertheless represented an important first step in the quest for a men’s soccer medal at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
Canada Games Women’s Soccer Tournament All-Stars – CSA
The 2017 Canada Games Women’s Soccer Tournament All-Star Team features 18 players from six different teams, including seven players from the gold-medal winning side Québec. Both the tournament’s Top Player Wayny Balata and Top Scorer Jessica De Filippo were included in the all-star squad.
21 Thunder has promise but not many kicks – Toronto Star
Soccer has everything a good drama needs (behind the scenes, if not always on the field). It’s a game of personalities. A clash of international cultures. Because it’s a no-contact sport, all the contact has to be sneaky. As HBO’s Ballers (about pro football) demonstrates, it’s fascinating to swim in a sea of testosterone. How do you get a bunch of raging men to be a team, especially in our era of narcissism, of glorifying the individual?
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.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC FC 1 WFC2 0
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017
PAPA MURPHY’S PARK, SACRAMENTO, CA.
Gutsy road effort not quite enough as WFC2 fall 1-0 in Sacramento – Whitecaps FC
A gutsy road effort from Whitecaps FC 2 (4W-11L-6D) was undone by a late penalty kick in a 1-0 defeat against Sacramento Republic FC (9W-6L-4D) at Papa Murphy’s Park on Saturday.
Republic FC Leaves it Late vs. WFC2 – USL
Sacramento Republic FC’s Jeremy Hall scored with eight minutes to go to earn his side a 1-0 victory against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 in front of a sellout crowd of 11,569 fans on Saturday night at Papa Murphy’s Park.
FC Edmonton Defender Abdoulaye Diakité Named NASL Player of the Week – FC Edmonton
Playing on the road against Indy Eleven, the hottest team in the North American Soccer League (NASL), FC Edmonton posted a statement win on Saturday, and it was the play of centre-back Abdoulaye Diakité that stood out in the Canadian side’s 3-1 win at Carroll Stadium.
Corea’s two missiles help FCE trump the Indy Eleven – the11.ca
Throughout the NASL spring season — and the first game of the fall campaign — FC Edmonton, the league’s lowest scoring team, gave its fans many examples a game of how not to score from in close. Goalposts, great saves, missing the net from point-blank range; an Eddies highlight real could be simply called a series of unfortunate events.
Hundal strike leads TFC II to massive win over Charleston – Waking the Red
The Young Reds pick up a massive three points, and a measure of revenge, against the Battery.
Drogba, Rising FC See off Galaxy II – USL
A pair of first-half goals by Didier Drogba and Alessandro Riggi gave Phoenix Rising FC a 2-0 victory against the LA Galaxy II on Saturday night at StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium.
USL Week 20 Rewind – Drogba dazzles, several teams snatch late goals, and more – SBI
Didier Drogba stole the show with a thunderous free kick for Phoenix Rising this past weekend. The Ivorian veteran continues to make headlines in the USL scoring some audacious goals, even if the results haven’t been there for Phoenix.
Cosmos Let Three Points Slip Away in San Francisco – Empire of Soccer
Two concessions late in the first half of Saturday night’s road encounter with the San Francisco Deltas (1-0-1, 4 points Fall; 8-4-6, 30 points Combined) cost the New York Cosmos (1-1-0, 3; 7-5-6, 27) dearly. San Francisco only needed two to hand the Cosmos their first loss of the North American Soccer League’s Fall Season.
NASL: Puerto Rican coach starts strong – Soccer America
Four days after Puerto Rico FC dropped the interim tag from Marco Velez’s head coaching title, Puerto Rico won its second game of the 18 matches it’s played in 2017, 1-0 over Jacksonville. Velez, the first Puerto Rican native to play in MLS, replaced Englishman Adrian Whitbread in May.
USL PHOTOS: WFC2 3, Rio Grande Valley FC 3, August 2, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Dutch delight: how the Netherlands won Women’s EURO – UEFA
As the Netherlands savour their maiden UEFA Women’s EURO title, UEFA.com examines how the hosts became only the fourth different nation to taste continental glory.
Official UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 Best Eleven – UEFA
Five players from champions Netherlands and a trio of England players are among those chosen as the UEFA technical observers’ Best Eleven. See who made the cut.
NWSL: Short turnaround doesn’t deter NC stars – Soccer America
The North Carolina Courage is back in first place in the NWSL after it downed the Seattle Reign, 1-0, on Lynn Williams’ goal and the Chicago Red Stars had to play to a 1-1 tie at Orlando.
White Tallies Twice, Breakers Concede Late – Prost Amerika
Rosie White scored twice within a three-minute span, but the Breakers were unable to protect the lead late in Friday’s 2-2 draw to FC Kansas City at Jordan Field in Cambridge, Mass.
FA report clears England women’s manager of bullying charge – Inside World Football
The manager of the England women’s team, Mark Sampson, has been cleared of any wrongdoing after one his star players Eniola Aluko made a complaint to the Football Association about “bullying and harassment”.
American goalkeeper Hope Solo looks to revive career abroad – NBC Sports
American goalkeeper Hope Solo is looking to resume playing and says she had had offers to play overseas.
Uefa Women’s U19 Championship: Europe’s elite set for kick-off in Northern Ireland – BBC Sport
Six former winners will be vying for glory once again when the Uefa Women’s U19 Championship starts in Northern Ireland on Tuesday.
There’s a huge TV audience for women’s football. It’s time to capitalise on it – The Guardian
Support needs to grow for the sport at all levels if we want to keep it on our screens – and keep talented players such as England’s Lionesses on the field.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Real Madrid vs Manchester United – UEFA Super Cup Preview – Futbolgrad
The European season opener pits two of the world’s three wealthiest clubs against each other in the recently renovated 33,000-capacity venue in Macedonia.
Week 1 review: Stars shine on opening weekend! – Ligue 1
The 2017-18 Ligue 1 Conforama season got off to a spectacular start with Lyon emerging in top spot after a 4-0 win over Strasbourg, with champions Monaco besting Toulouse and a certain 222 million Euro Brazilian arrival watching on as PSG trumped Ami.
Marseille star Payet sidelined with hamstring strain – Four Four Two
Marseille opened their Ligue 1 campaign with an impressive 3-0 win over Dijon but they will be without Dimitri Payet for the next two weeks.
10 players to watch in the Premier League this season – Sportsnet
The 2017-18 Premier League season begins on Friday, and as always, there will be plenty of intrigue at both ends of the table.
Chelsea must avoid injuries in Premier League title defence, says Gary Cahill – The Guardian
Gary Cahill has suggested Chelsea will have to rely on keeping players fit this season if they do not add to their depleted ranks.
Arsenal beats Chelsea on penalties to win Community Shield – Toronto Star
After a traditional curtain-raiser to the English season ended 1-1 after 90 minutes, Olivier Giroud scored the winning penalty for the Gunners.
Cologne, Dortmund call for action over ultras threat – DW
Amid concerns that the upcoming Bundesliga season could see an upsurge in violence from hardcore fans, two teams have called for action from the league. They say clubs cannot get to grips with the problem themselves.
Aberdeen face UEFA sanction after team and fans lose the plot – Inside World Football
UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Aberdeen and Apollon Limassol following crowd trouble at their recent Europa Cup tie.
Lionel Messi swaps shirts with Chapecoense plane crash survivor Alan Ruschel – The Telegraph
On an emotionally charged evening at the Nou Camp on Monday, there was a poignant moment when Lionel Messi swapped shirts with one of the three Chapocoense survivors from the deadly plane crash in 2016.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca