BC Soccer News, Monday, April 15, 2019



FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019


Episode 336 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Game of Moans)AFTN
As Vancouver Whitecaps lost more points after a video review, we look back at the draw in Chicago on Friday night and the good, the bad, and the ugly things to come out of the game. We hear from both head coaches and look at what, if anything, the ‘Caps can do to quickly turn their fortunes around.

Ousted giveth but the VAR Lords taketh away as Whitecaps annus horribilis shows no signs of abating AFTN
Six games played have resulted in no wins and just two points. They’ve given up four penalties in those matches, with three of them controversial calls. The latest of those came in the Windy City on Friday evening as the ‘Caps had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw after a video review deemed Doneil Henry had handled in the box in the closing minutes.

‘Caps settle for draw as Fire equalize on late PK off VAR rulingWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC settled for a 1-1 draw against Chicago Fire at SeatGeek Stadium on Friday evening after the video assistant referee (VAR) awarded the Fire a penalty kick in the final minutes to draw level.

VAR overshadows bigger problems for Vancouver WhitecapsPro Soccer USA
After the fact, the penalty call might be a blessing in disguise for the Whitecaps. Overall, the debate on whether the referee team made the right call took away from the fact the Caps were once again poor.

Besieged Whitecaps try to look on bright side of bitter tie in ChicagoEdmonton Journal
Believe it — VAR once again has undercut a Vancouver Whitecaps performance, this time costing them a win in Chicago on Friday.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Homegrown Simon Colyn scores golazo vs. RevsMLS
Special players step up on the biggest stages and young Vancouver Whitecaps FC attacker Simon Colyn proved Saturday at the Generation adidas Cup that he is one of those special players.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Let’s talk about it Soccer Shorts
Due to circumstances beyond my control there will be no review of the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 tie with the Chicago Fire on Friday evening. So, instead, I’ve decided to post the notes from the regular Saturday morning trip to see my incredibly expensive analyst.

Altidore, Pozuelo efforts not enough as TFC suffer first lossSportsnet
Major League Soccer’s newest “Dynamic Duo” was at it again on Saturday. This time, though, there was no storybook ending for Toronto FC.

Home Again, Impact Steal The Points …Mount Royal Soccer
It was a victory for pragmatic football, over a team that came to play, and couldn’t finish. Montreal will be over-joyed at the outcome of this one. Not so, Conference leaders Columbus, who will feel their endeavours deserved more.

The week 7 roundup starts in Saint Paul on Saturday where Minnesota United opened Allianz Field by drawing 3-3 with NYCFC.

FC Cincinnati holds their own against LAFCSBI
LAFC lived up to its reputation of being the hottest team in the league on Saturday night as it topped MLS newcomers, FC Cincinnati 2-0 at Banc of California Stadium.

New York Red Bulls’ Kaku sent off after firing ball at fansESPN
New York Red Bulls midfielder Kaku was shown a red card for kicking into the stands a ball that struck a fan late in his team’s 2-2 draw at Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

DC United holds on to beat Rapids 3-2Newsday
Lucas Rodriguez had a goal and an assist and D.C. United scored three times within a nine-minute span to beat the Colorado Rapids 3-2 on Saturday night.

With homestand coming, United will soon need to find Allianz Field advantageTwin Cities
Minnesota United attacker Darwin Quintero dipped back in the Loons’ oval-shaped dressing room inside Allianz Field after their 3-3 draw with New York City FC on Saturday. The star Colombian midfielder did so briefly to show his young son around.

My Day At Allianz Field, Or: How Sean Johnson Made All Our Wildest Dreams Come TrueThe 18
Yesterday, I was one of the fortunate 19,796 to witness Minnesota United open Allianz Field in Saint Paul. Ultimately I was very blessed because I got to take part in a spectacular atmosphere, but more so because I got to watch NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson finesse one into his own net.

Toronto’s BMO Field undergoes transformation into a hybrid playing surfaceNational Post
Like an electronic caterpillar, a special machine is inching its way across the BMO Field pitch these days. It’s going 24 hours a day stitching green artificial fibres into the natural grass.

How MLS identifies talent and coaches them to become professionalsMLS
As MLS academies duke it out on the field at this week’s Generation adidas Cup, the players won’t be the only ones tested by international opponents.

MLS wrap: Three Things We LearnedYahoo Sports
A busy day of Major League Soccer action saw comebacks, golazos, howlers and more. Here’s what we learned.

Chicago Fire junior coach accused of fondling, grooming playersChicago Tribune
A coach with the Chicago Fire junior soccer team was jailed on accusations that he inappropriately touched and groomed three young female players for sex.





SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019, 4:00 PM


Academy Report: ‘Caps shine bright on Day 1 of the Generation adidas CupWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC U-17 academy boys opened the Generation adidas Cup on Sunday with two big wins.

Which Whitecaps FC U-17s might stand out at the Generation adidas Cup?Whitecaps FC
A highly talented Whitecaps FC U-17 academy team has headed off to Dallas for the 2019 Generation adidas Cup. The ‘Caps kick off the action on Sunday, and conclude group play on Wednesday vs. Mexico’s Deportivo Toluca.

Victoria Highlanders sign two ahead of new seasonTimes Colonist
The Victoria Highlanders have signed their first two players for the 2019 United Soccer League-2 (former Premier Development League) season.

Vernon United soccer squads start seasonsVernon Morning News
Two teams take part in Surrey tournament; U18 boys nearly pull off incredible rally.

49ers’ Barker leads Cowichan trophy harvestCowichan Valley Citizen
Stu Barker was starting to raise the ire of his tablemates at the Vancouver Island Soccer League awards banquet last Saturday.

Whitecaps FC launch new Northwest training initiativeThe Northern View
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are looking to expand their youth training program in the Northwest regions of B.C., and are launching a new programs initiative.

The 2019 BC Soccer Web Super Schedule of Soccer in BC – BC Soccer Web
With so much soccer happening in BC this year, it’s getting tougher to keep track of the big matches and your favourite teams. BC Soccer Web has you covered! Here, in one spot, are the combined schedules for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Pacific FC, TSS Rovers and Highlanders FC. We’ll also be adding the WPSL teams, along with the marquee matches from the amateur ranks as those dates become set, so keep coming back for the latest updates.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
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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.

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! BC Soccer Web
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Canadians Beckie, Leon advance to SSE Women’s FA Cup finalSportsnet
Canadian internationals Janine Beckie and Adriana Leon are headed to the SSE Women’s FA Cup final.

Class of 2019: Hermus and McKenna named to Canada Soccer Hall of FameCSA
Canada Soccer has announced that former National Team standouts Randee Hermus and Kevin McKenna have been named to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. The two stars will be inducted as part of the Class of 2019 at future home international matches this year.

Despite results, Montreal Impact have strong showing in Champions DivisionMLS
As if needing a win against the Houston Dynamo in the final qualifying match to clinch their spot in the Champions Division of the Generation adidas Cup wasn’t a tall enough task, Montreal Impact’s U-17s then drew a group with reigning Champions Division champions Flamengo from Brazil as well as Spanish power Valencia.

Herdman reflects as former teams face France duelFIFA
France 2019 will be the first FIFA Women’s World Cup since 2003 that John Herdman will follow as a mere spectator.

McGill drops Redmen name, citing pain caused to Indigenous studentsThe Northern View
McGill University has dropped the Redmen name for its sports teams. Principal Suzanne Fortier said in a statement Friday that the Redmen name has caused pain and alienation for Indigenous students at the university.


T2 earns a clean-sheet victory and moves to the top of the WestStumptown Footy
Portland Timbers 2 came into the match against Sacramento Republic tied with their opponents at the top of the West, each with 10 points in five matches. With stout defensive work and complete team performance, they fought Sacramento back and earned a clean sheet, winning 1-0. The victory puts them at the top of the USL Championship — West at 13 points in six matches, with a nice stretch of home games upon which to build on the lead. They played four of the six matches away, and are now at 4-1-1.

Birmingham Legion FC earns victory over league-leading St. Louis FCAL.com
Birmingham Legion FC earned its second win of its debut USL season, beating previously-undefeated St Louis FC 3-2 on Saturday night on the road.

USL Championship Gameday Report: April 13, Week 6USL
Home wins came for Ottawa, Pittsburgh, and Bethlehem, while Red Bulls II stole three points from Charlotte and the Tampa Bay Rowdies and defending champions Louisville City FC played to a one-all draw. In the Western Conference, Phoenix Rising FC and Rio Grande Valley FC both picked up their first wins of the season, while Las Vegas, San Antonio FC, and New Mexico United were also all among those to claim wins on Saturday.

Orlando City B Earns First Result of the SeasonOrlando City SC
Orlando City B (0-2-1, 1 point) secured its first draw of the season against Tormenta FC (2-1-2, 8 points) in a 1-1 result Sunday evening at Montverde Academy.

USL League 1 Gameday Report: April 14, Week 3USL
Eckenrode’s late goal preserved Tormenta’s undefeated start to the season, while Orlando City B earned its first point of the season.


Dash, Reign kick season off with a 1-1 resultDynamo Theory
The Houston Dash kicked their 2019 season off on Sunday evening against Reign FC. While the team was hoping to walk away with three points to start the season they had to settle for one point after the Reign managed a second half come back.

Reign FC Sign Forward Bethany Balcer GoalWA
Reign FC announced today that it has signed forward Bethany Balcer for the 2019 NWSL season.

Portland Thorns open 2019 NWSL campaign with 2-0 win over Orlando PrideOregon Live
Portland Thorns coach Mark Parsons was ecstatic when the club inked Caitlin Foord to a contract back in January 2018. At the time, Parsons referred to Foord as one of the “most explosive and exciting players in the world.” The Australian forward was supposed to bring a new dimension to Portland’s attack.

VIDEO: Thorns’ Tobin Heath is a real life video gameTimbers.com
Thorns FC midfielder Tobin Heath scores an insane goal against the Orlando Pride – her first of the 2019 NWSL campaign.

North Carolina Courage: Strange start to title defenseMLS Multiplex
This weekend, after a dominant 2018 season, defending champions North Carolina Courage began their title defense against the Chicago Red Stars. And it was a strange opening encounter.

Washington Spirit kick off season with 2-0 win over Sky Blue FCLWOS
The Washington Spirit are putting the past behind them. After a rough 2018 season, that saw the Spirit drop to eighth place in the NWSL, the Spirit are on the road to revival.

NWSL president Amanda Duffy: A&E split, staffing issues and search for new TV partnerPro Soccer USA
The beginning of Saturday night’s game between the North Carolina Courage and the Chicago Red Stars was a celebration of sorts, not just for the Courage, but for the National Women’s Soccer League.

Manchester City reach Women’s FA Cup final after horror own goal by ChelseaThe Guardian
Emma Hayes described Magdalena Eriksson’s own goal in added time as a “cruel” way to crash out of the FA Cup and hand Manchester City a Wembley date with West Ham. Chelsea had dominated the edgy encounter but a late City resurgence knocked out the holders and kept alive hopes of a domestic treble.


Premier League weekend review: Title race headed down to the wireSportsnet
Here’s what happened this weekend in the Premier League, in case you missed it.

Salah leads Liverpool to crucial win against ChelseaYahoo Sports
Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday as Jurgen Klopp‘s took another huge stride towards winning their first-ever Premier League title.

Man City’s Kevin de Bruyne & Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah show class is permanentBBC Sport
For different reasons, Kevin de Bruyne and Mohamed Salah have not hit the heights of last season during the current campaign – but they both showed their quality when it mattered on Sunday.

La Liga: Valencia strengthens European position, Valladolid takes massive late blowNBC Sports
Valencia earned a massive three points in the race for a European place as they topped Levante 3-1 thanks to a brace from Santi Mina.

Sevilla’s resurrection continues under Caparrós in the ‘holy derby’The Guardian
Exhilarating, passionate and very sevillano, Saturday’s derby saw Joaquín Caparrós oversee another triumph over Betis.

Celtic into Scottish Cup final, still on for domestic trebleLondon Free Press
Celtic stayed on course for a third straight domestic treble after reaching the Scottish Cup final with a 3-0 win over nine-man Aberdeen on Sunday.

Serie A: Inter hangs on, Koulibaly bags Napoli braceNBC Sports
Inter struck twice in the opening half and hung on from there as they top Frosinone 2-1 for a critical boost in the Champions League race.

PSG’s title celebrations were made to wait after LOSC’s stunning upset win, while Saint-Etienne and Marseille closed on Lyon in the race for Europe. Week 32 review.

European football struggles with racism as French team Amiens halts Ligue 1 gameFrance 24
The interruption of the Dijon-Amiens Ligue 1 match on Friday after visiting captain Prince Gouano was the target of monkey chants adds to a string of recent racist incidents across Europe.

Zero tolerance. Infantino urges refs to abandon matches when racism occursInside World Football
The recent resurgence of racism across world football has prompted FIFA president Gianni Infantino to call for a crackdown following several high-profile incidents, echoing UEFA’s call for referees to abandon matches in the worst-case scenarios.

Bayern and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer injured againSportsnet
After fighting with teammate Robert Lewandowski in training, Kingsley Coman struck again with two goals to help Bayern Munich return to the top of the Bundesliga with a 4-1 win at Fortuna Duesseldorf on Sunday.

American Marsch to coach Salzburg from next seasonCape Breton Post
Former New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact coach Jesse Marsch will coach Salzburg from next season, the Austrian champions said on Monday.

Bayern Munich return to top of BundesligaNBC Sports
After fighting with teammate Robert Lewandowski in training, Kingsley Coman struck again with two goals to help Bayern Munich return to the top of the Bundesliga with a 4-1 win at Fortuna Duesseldorf on Sunday.

Infantino’s one-man mission for 48-team 2020 World Cup lands in KuwaitInside World Football
FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s determination to win his battle to expand the 2022 World Cup beyond Qatar’s borders has taken him to Kuwait in a last-ditch effort to pull in another 16 finalists in three years’ time.

Undercover: female football fans in IranThe Guardian
For nearly 40 years, Iranian women have been banned from watching stadium football matches. The photographer Forough Alaei, a World Press Photo winner in the sports category for her Crying for Freedom series, describes following the story of Zeinab, one of the first women to disguise herself as a man to watch matches.

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