BC Soccer News, May 1, 2015

WHITECAPS & MLS

Whitecaps FC off to Portland for much-anticipated Cascadia derby at Providence ParkWhitecaps FC
There’s nothing like a Cascadia derby.

Whitecaps giant on D still looking for big goalThe Province
Kendall Waston leads the MLS in defensive categories but would love to score on a set piece

Ethen Sampson likely about to get his big moment with the top squad in PortlandThe Province
“It’s a good learning moment and (this week) is a prime example of playing USL and being ready to come into the first team.”

Whitecaps still searching for consistencyGoal.com
Nearing the first third mark of the 2015 MLS regular season, Vancouver Whitecaps FC are pleased to be where they are. Pleased, but not satisfied.

Whitecaps look to rebound once more 24 Hours
The Whitecaps head down to Portland for a Cascadia clash against the Timbers on Saturday night, looking to put last weekend’s 2-1 loss to D.C. United behind them.

Whitecaps-Timbers have a ‘goofy’ rivalryVancouver Sun
The Vancouver Whitecaps have owned the Seattle Sounders of late – 4-0-1 in the last five games. But something goofy seems to happen when they play the third team in the Cascadia Cup rivalry.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Great ExpectationsStumptown Footy
Will Johnson, not surprisingly, was one of the last players still on the pitch, practicing shooting and taking free kicks until the majority of the team had headed indoors.

Curtains Up! On gameday in Portland, the crowd creates a performance all its ownTimbers / Howler Magazine
This season, Timbers.com and Howler Magazine are collaborating on a series that will explore soccer in Portland and the city’s influence on the game in the United States.

Atiba Hutchinson to Toronto FC reports just do not add upWaking The Red
The Canadian international has been linked to a summer move to Toronto FC but it could be a rumour that is just too good to be true.

Toronto FC goalkeeper Joe Bendik in doubt for Saturday’s match at Philadelphia UnionMLS
The absence of goalkeeper Joe Bendik due to a minor foot issue that was most notable, with Greg Vanney indicating that the injury may force him into a change between the posts.

WFC2 & USL

Getting 2 Know Galaxy II: Midfielder Andre AurasLA Galaxy
Born in Senegal, Auras joined Auxerre’s Academy in France as a 15 year old, where he remained for five years.

Sacramento Republic FC Reaches 9,500 Season Tickets; Caps Season Ticket Sales for the SeasonSacramento Republic
Republic FC leads all USL clubs with 9,500 season tickets and have surpassed their total of 6,105 season tickets in 2014, a 56 percent increase.

BC SOCCER

Action packed quarter finals set up wide open BC Provincial Cups semisAFTN
It was quarter final time in the BC Provincial Cups this past weekend and there was some fantastic action served up for fans of local soccer.

On to the semifinals for Cowichan LMG!Cowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan LMG and the Langley Hurricanes had never played each other prior to last Sunday’s provincial quarterfinal at Ladysmith’s Forrest Field.

EDC a win away from first Provincial Cup final New Westminster Record
Burnaby-based mid-table Vancouver Metro Soccer League club having sweet run in cup play this season

Victoria Highlanders FC Begin Their Second Life in PCSLEighty-Six Forever
It’s not USL PDL, but it’s something – Victoria Highlanders FC will indeed see the pitch in 2015 starting this weekend at Royal Athletic Park.

SFU Women’s Soccer: Three From Whitecaps Elite Among Nine RecruitsSFU
The 2015 recruiting class includes three individuals from Burnaby, three from Surrey, and athletes from Maple Ridge, Vancouver, and West Vancouver.

Port Moody sets sights on West Van in u21 semifinal Tri-Cities Now
The Provincial Cup soccer playdowns march into the final weeks but only one Tri-Cities team remains in the hunt after another round of knockouts.

KYSA round-up to April 26, 2015Kamloops This Week

The under-15 Kamloops Blaze boys were able to fend off Kelowna long enough to claim a 3-2 victory in under-15 Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League (TOYSL) play on Sunday.

AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP – THE VOYAGEURS CUP

Can the Impact recover to take on congested schedule, Canadian championship?the11.ca
There is no time for the Impact to emotionally recover from the loss; and we’ll see if the agony of defeat gives the Impact the anger needed to win games in the next few weeks.

Three’s the magic number: Eddies score early to kill Fury’s hopesthe11.ca
Instead of bunkering and trying to protect the three road goals they scored in the first leg, they came out onto the Clarke Stadium turf looking to break the backs of their opponents.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Montreal’s Bush named SCCL Golden Glove recipientCONCACAF
Though a suspension for yellow-card accumulation forced him to miss the second leg of the final, Montreal’s  Evan Bush was named the tournament’s Golden Glove winner.

MLS’s Misguided Quest For Glory Vice Sports
Case in point? The league’s misguided pandering for recognition and respect by all but begging the Soccer Gods for a Montreal Impact win in the finals of the CONCACAF Champions League.

WORLD OF SOCCER

Man Utd prepare £100m Gareth Bale transfer bidThe Telegraph
Louis van Gaal will be handed £100m to lure Bale to Manchester United

Gregory Mertens: Ex-Belgium U21 player dies after collapseBBC
The 24-year-old Lokeren defender was treated on the pitch during the first half of Monday’s reserve-team game with Genk but did not recover.

Spain approves new law on the sale of TV rightsBBC
Real Madrid and Barcelona are being stopped from negotiating their own lucrative television rights deals under a new Spanish law.

Protests, Politics, and Corruption: The Fight to Control Indonesian Soccer Vice Sports
Less than four weeks ago, no one was sure if Indonesia’s national soccer league would start. It did, with a whole lot of fanfare, but after just two rounds of matches, the entire enterprise was suspended, under ambiguous circumstances.

Nigel Pearson’s ostrich outburst – 13 more Manager vs. Journalist rants (Warning: Foul Language)The Guardian
Nigel Pearson’s “ostrich” rant joins football’s list of awkward manager versus journalist moments – from Brian Clough’s classy 1979 deconstruction of John Motson, to Joe Kinnear’s less refined job on Newcastle’s press pack in 2008:

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