BC Soccer News, Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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Episode 285 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Seattle Flannel – Sounders v Whitecaps, Davies transfer talk, Whitecaps’ woes, Pacific FC, Can PL, Josh Simpson, David Clanachan)AFTN
In been a busy week in Whitecapsland. Has Alphonso Davies played his last match as a ‘Cap? How will the team spend their DAM (Davies Allocation Money)? Will they win another game this season? So much to talk about and we have it all for you in the latest episode of the AFTN Soccer Show.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Montreal Impact | Canadian Championship PreviewMLS
The Montreal Impact take the slimmest of leads to BC Place for the second leg of the Canadian Championship semifinals, after beating Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 1-0, in the opening leg at Stade Saputo last Wednesday.

‘Caps face must-win situation Wednesday at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
After a 1-0 loss in last week’s first leg, Vancouver Whitecaps FC host Montreal Impact in the decisive second leg of the Canadian Championship semifinal on Wednesday night at BC Place.

Robinson expresses concerns about Whitecaps’ mentality, disciplineMLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps lost a chance at three points with a lackluster effort in Seattle on Saturday, which led to the team having a frank and lengthy postgame meeting in the locker room and head coach Carl Robinson proclaiming that his team were “too soft.”

Reported deal to send Edmonton-raised soccer phenom to Bayern Munich not finalized: WhitecapsGlobal
Rumours continue to swirl about a deal that would send the teenage star of the Vancouver Whitecaps to an elite European soccer club, but teammates say Alphonso Davies isn’t letting success go to his head.

Alphonso Davies on verge of making Canadian soccer historyEdmonton Sun
There’s a deal in the works right now like no other in the history of soccer in North America that is fascinating to follow as it goes down.

Toronto FC vs. Ottawa Fury FC | 2018 Canadian Championship Match PreviewMLS
After getting a critical away goal in a 1-0 victory in the opening leg of the semifinals, Toronto FC look to book their ticket for the Canadian Championship final when they host Ottawa Fury FC Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Briand – a legend leaves Ligue 1Ligue 1
Striker Jimmy Briand has left EA Guingamp and Ligue 1 Conforama to join Montreal Impact.

Jonathan Osorio’s future looks bright, but where will his skills take him?Alaska Highway News
Vancouver Whitecaps teenage star Alphonso Davies appears headed to Europe. Toronto FC fans are wondering whether fellow Canadian Jonathan Osorio may also soon be on the move.

Kellyn Acosta: Rapids move will get me out of my comfort zoneSBI
It’s fair to say that, over the last 12 months, Kellyn Acosta’s career had stalled. Last summer, the 23-year-old midfielder was a Gold Cup champion, viewed by many as a longtime U.S. Men’s National Team regular. This summer, Acosta struggled to find his own way with FC Dallas as injuries and a slew of rising midfielders kept him out of the team’s lineup.

David Villa back training, but praises NYCFC’s success in his absenceMLS
David Villa has missed the last four games with a knee injury suffered in the first half of a 2-1 win over Toronto FC on June 24, and while the New York City FC captain is frustrated to not be able to play, he’s also proud of the way his team has been able to win without him.

FC Dallas Signs Attacking Midfielder Pablo AránguizFC Dallas
FC Dallas has signed midfielder Pablo Aránguiz from Chilean first division side Unión Española, using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) and pending receipt of his ITC and P-1 visa. Per team policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

RSL parts ways with striker Alfredo Ortuño, the team’s highest paid player who contributed littleSalt Lake Tribune
Disgruntled center forward Alfredo Ortuño is headed back to Spain after what can only be described as a failed stint at RSL and in Major League Soccer. The 27-year-old striker, brought in this offseason to strengthen and solve RSL’s center-forward depth, played all of 119 minutes in three appearances.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Seattle Sounders FC appear to making yet another second-half surge, and head into this midweek tile at Avaya Stadium unbeaten in their last four after a 2-0 win over Cascadia rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday.

LAFC gets trip to Houston next month as U.S. Open Cup semifinal pairings announcedLA Times
The Los Angeles Football Club will travel to Houston next month, as U.S. Open Cup semifinal pairings were announced Monday.

TFC puts a cork in ‘Inebriatti’, fan activities in wake of fiery display in OttawaCBC
​Toronto FC’s so-called Inebriatti supporters’ group has taken responsibility for last week’s fiery display in Ottawa during the Canadian Championship semifinal.

Coastal elites: rating Major League Soccer’s best attacking triosThe Guardian
There’s no shortage of attacking talent across MLS, but five clubs have assembled groups that are a cut above the rest.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: How a Cartoon Villain Turned into Captain AmericaBleacher Report
Love him or hate him, Zlatan is never going to stop showing off how great Zlatan is.

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PCSL PHOTOS: Khalsa SC 1, A.S.A. Devils 0, July 18, 2018BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

Whitecaps FC product Jordyn Huitema to play with PSG at Women’s International Champions CupWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Monday that striker Jordyn Huitema from the club’s Girls Elite Super REX program, in partnership with BC Soccer, will play with French club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the upcoming Women’s International Champions Cup (WICC) at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium July 26 and 29.

VIDEO: CPL Commissioner sees promise in Pacific FCCHEK
CPL Commissioner David Clanachan was on hand for Pacific FC’s big unveiling on Friday in Vic West and says it’s about making it work in terms of stadiums and playing fields. The Commissioner’s biggest goal is to put an exciting product on the field for fans in the upcoming inaugural season.

Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.

Call for interest for 2018 TD Diploma course BCSA
Based on the level of interest, BC Soccer is planning to host a 2-day Technical Director’s course in late November or early December of 2018 (dates and location TBA). If you are interested in this course, please let BC Soccer know so they can update you.

PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

Becoming a BC Soccer RefereeBCSA
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!

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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Azzurri Through To Men’s 2018 L1 Cup Final After 2-0 Defeat Of OakvilleLeague1 Ontario
Goals from Jarek Whiteman (48′) and Mario Kovacevic (63′) were enough to put Vaughan Azzurri through to the finals of the men’s 2018 L1 Cup after a 2-0 win over the Oakville Blue Devils.

Woodbridge Through To Women’s 2018 L1 Cup Final After Rogers FinishLeague1 Ontario
Woodbridge Strikers advance to the women’s 2018 L1 Cup Finals after a 1-0 victory over De Ro United FA in an entertaining semi-final at Vaughan Grove, Woodbridge on Sunday evening.

Blainville 2, Griffons 1: Blainville Stay Composed in Heated Match Versus GriffonsThe Link
It was everything you would expect from a rivalry game. Emotions running high and both teams hungry to reap the rewards, Club de soccer Mont-Royal Outremont Griffons and Association de Soccer de Blainville faced off in a midseason battle for first place.

Griffons Acquire Forward Berlin Jean-Gilles from FC LanaudièreThe Link
In light of the Club de soccer Mont-Royal Outremont Griffons’ loss to Association de soccer de Blainville, head coach Luc Brutus stated that his team was “gonna make a move early this week to make sure [they] score more goals.”

A moment of silence: 15 years since lightning strikes, killing youth soccer player in N.B.CTV
“We went from a city of ‘oh don’t worry there’s lightning off in the distance, I can see it, but it’s far away, don’t worry about it’.. to a city that recognizes that when you do see lightening, when it does happen, you got to get off the field. You gotta get to a safe place, really which is a building or vehicle,” said Barry Morrison, the head coach of the Fredericton District Soccer Association Club.


Hundal rises to the occasion, but TFC II lose to Bekker-fuelled North CarolinaWaking the Red
Toronto FC II returned to action after a lengthy break on Saturday evening, but despite scoring first, dropped a third-straight match, losing 3-1 to North Carolina FC at Sahlen’s Stadium in WakeMed Soccer Park.

Western Conf. Notes – Maybin Comes Through for SwitchbacksUSL
After calling his side’s contest with Tulsa Roughnecks FC a must-win in the build-up to Saturday night, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC forward Marty Maybin put in a performance that ensured the Western Conference playoff contender got the victory it needed in a 4-2 win at Weidner Field.

Omar Salgado’s late strike lifts Lights FC past Portland Las Vegas Review-Journal
Omar Salgado’s first goal with the Lights FC was a thing of beauty. The 24-year-old forward sent a free kick 27 yards into the net in the 74th minute for the game-winning goal in the Lights’ 2-1 win at Portland Timbers 2 on Sunday. The left-footed finish displayed the skill the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 Major League Soccer SuperDraft carries, enough to tip the scales of a close game.

Reading United to host PDL semifinalBrotherly Game
Reading United is two wins away from hoisting a Premier Development League championship trophy after topping rival New York Red Bulls U23 on Saturday night to win the Eastern Conference championship.


Who will be The Best Women’s Player 2018?FIFA
Ten players have been named on the shortlist for The Best FIFA Women’s Player award. Several familiar names who have been nominated for the award before, including Danish star Pernille Harder and Brazilian legend Marta, make the cut. Despite the sense of familiarity there will be a new name on the trophy this year with neither 2016 winner Carli Lloyd or 2017 victor Lieke Martens among the shortlisted candidates.

2018 Tournament of Nations PreviewLast Word on Soccer
Last year, it was the Matildas who won it all. The Australian Women’s National Team lifted up the Tournament of Nations trophy on American soil last summer. This year ,the U.S. Women’s National Team will look to change the landscape of a forgetful 2017.

Brazil WNT seeing redemption in the 2018 Tournament of NationsVavel
After a last place finish in 2017, the Brazil WNT looks to continue their winning 2018 year by showing well in the 2018 tournament.

NWSL Week In Review: Recognizing Nicole Barnhart as one of all-time greatsThe Equalizer
In a week where we lament the fact U.S. national team players were not allowed to participate (while other international players were), I feel it’s appropriate to recognize one of the more underappreciated players in the recent history of women’s professional soccer.

2018 Women’s International Champions Cup Team Preview: Manchester City W.F.C.Vavel
After spending three seasons in the National Women’s Soccer League, Danish international Nadia Nadim makes her first return back to the United States after her move to Manchester.

Wales misses golden opportunity in game against England WomenThe Guardian
The Welsh FA has chosen Newport’s ground for a World Cup qualifier when a larger venue would have boosted the game’s profile.

Elmes trying to keep WNL focus ahead of Champions LeagueIrish WNL
Wexford Youths manager Tom Elmes was certainly happy with his lot after he watched his side take another step towards retaining their Continental Tyres Women’s League crown with a 3-0 win over UCD Waves in Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday.


France’s Deschamps, Zidane head FIFA coaching award nomineesSportsnet
Didier Deschamps and Zinedine Zidane head the 11 candidates in a likely French domination of FIFA’s best men’s coach award.

Who will be The Best Men’s Player 2018?FIFA
The much-anticipated ten names on the shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award have been revealed. Two-time winner of the award Cristiano Ronaldo returns, hoping to complete a historic hat-trick, while three members of France’s FIFA World Cup-winning squad – Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Raphael Varane – are named among the candidates.

Bordeaux block Malcom move to Roma after late Barcelona bidYahoo Sports
Bordeaux have blocked the transfer of Brazilian winger Malcom to Roma after a last-minute bid for the player from Barcelona, said a source from the French club on Monday.

What’s so special about $65m Richarlison?NBC Sports
Marco Silva‘s love for Richarlison is going to cost more than $80 million to Premier League clubs.

La Liga new season fixtures announcedFootball Espana
Barcelona will start their defence of their Spanish league title against Alaves on the opening day of the season, it has been confirmed.

Tom Ince: Stoke City sign Huddersfield winger for initial £10m feeBBC Sport
Stoke City have signed winger Tom Ince from Huddersfield Town for an initial fee of £10m, which could rise to £12m.

Lionel Messi, Barcelona World Cup stars to miss United States tourESPN
None of the Barca players who made it beyond the group stages of the Russian World Cup, which includes Argentina’s Messi, will travel to the U.S. on Tuesday.

England Under-19s out of European Championship after 5-0 defeat by FranceBBC Sport
Defending champions England were knocked out of the European Under-19 Championship at the group stage as they lost their final match 5-0 to France.

Liga MX wrap: Xolos beats Chivas as Apertura beginsNBC Sports
Liga MX’s Apertura season is off and running with all 18 clubs partaking in a match this weekend.

Russian Football Premier League 2018/19 Season Preview – Part IFutbolgrad
The 2018/19 Russian Football Premier League season kicks off in less than a week. Following a dramatic World Cup, Russia is back to the day-to-day business of club football.

Russian Football Premier League 2018/19 Season PreviewPart II
In our second part of the series, we preview Akhmat Grozny, Rubin Kazan, Rostov and Ural.

Heart of Midlothian docked two League Cup points & fined after fielding ineligible playerBBC Sport
Heart of Midlothian have been docked two points and fined £10,000 by the Scottish Professional Football League after fielding an ineligible player in their League Cup win over Cove Rangers.

Alex Iwobi to sign a new contract at ArsenalAfrican Football
The Super Eagles international is reportedly set to sign a new contract with the Gunners that will keep him at the club until 2022.

More post-World Cup turmoil for Nigeria soccer federationSportsnet
The Nigeria Football Federation says officers from the state intelligence agency have “stormed” its headquarters, removed a group who claimed to be in control, and restored the FIFA-backed head of Nigerian soccer to office.

Pinnick back in control in Nigeria after government backs down and removes GiwaInside World Football
After months of political in-fighting and with the threat of a FIFA ban hanging over the country, Nigeria has spectacularly restored Amaju Pinnick as its federation president.

UCL, Europa League third round qualifying drawNBC Sports
The third qualifying round draw for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League took place on Monday, with some intriguing clashes set up for the next few weeks.

This season’s Champions League qualifying explainedUEFA
Struggling to get to grips with the rejigged UEFA Champions League qualifying system? Allow us to explain.

Mbappe hid back injury from France at World CupNBC Sports
Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe improved his stock significantly at the 2018 World Cup, and the teenage sensation did so for France’s final two matches with a back injury, according to the player.

2026 FIFA World Cup bidding process – report of independent audit company publishedFIFA
Overall, BDO did not identify any indications that FIFA did not comply with the rules of the bidding process.

John Motson to come out of retirement to join TalksportBBC Sport
Former BBC commentator John Motson is to come out of retirement to take up a role at radio station Talksport.

Walking soccer offers a more casual way to playEverett Herald
No one beats Father Time, and in soccer eventually there comes a point when even the most well-trained athletes can no longer handle the sprinting, quick lateral movements and physical contact the game requires. That’s where walking soccer comes in.

Ethiopia, Eritrea set to play first soccer match in two decades Yahoo Sports
Ethiopia are set to play Eritrea in a friendly soccer match, the state-affiliated Fana news agency reported on Monday, weeks after a dramatic end to a 20-year old war between the two east African states.


(Editor’s note: In March, 2018, Vancouver unexpectedly & shockingly dropped out of the running to be a host city for the United 2026 World Cup bid. For the next eight years, BC Soccer Web will continue to cover this story of mismanagement by the BC NDP that denied our province and our children this once in a lifetime opportunity.)

EXCLUSIVE: City of Vancouver documents disprove NDP “Blank Cheque” for Vancouver 2026 World CupBC Soccer Web
Documents obtained by BC Soccer Web show that the BC NDP never faced a “blank cheque” scenario on the 2026 World Cup bid, and that FIFA negotiations would be ongoing with all three governments through 2020.

CONCACAF boss ‘disappointed’ with B.C. bailing on 2026 tournamentToronto Sun
“The BC NDP had assurances,” Montagliani added. “If things weren’t to their liking from a documentation standpoint (they could have walked away by 2020). The reality is they paid no attention to the file,” Montagliani suggested. “They put a junior person on the file. They didn’t pay attention until the eleventh hour.”

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