VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
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SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2016
B.C. PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
PHOTO GALLERY: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3 FC Dallas 0, April 23, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos of Vancouver’s win over FC Dallas by Monique Lamoureux.
BC Soccer Web MLS Matchday #8: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. FC Dallas, April 23, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
After dropping six points on the road, the Whitecaps exorcised their goal-scoring demons in a 3-0 win over FC Dallas on Saturday night at BC Place. Kekuta Manneh led the way by forcing an own goal by FC Dallas in the 1st half, and adding the first Whitecaps goal scored from open play this season in the 2nd. Jordan Harvey also scored his second goal of the season. David Ousted was the Man of the Match, recording his 3rd clean sheet of the season. The Caps are back in action on Wednesday night when they face Sporting Kansas City at BC Place.
The Rise of David Ousted – Eighty-Six Forever
David Ousted did not arrive in Vancouver to much fanfare. Quite the opposite, if anything. Incumbent starter Brad Knighton was riding high, having finally claimed the gloves from veteran Joe Cannon. The conversation surrounding Ousted’s arrival was only enhanced in the coming weeks as Knighton continued his fine form, including a multi-save performance in a Vancouver victory against the rival Sounders at BC Place.
Episode 155 – The AFTN Podcast – “There’s Still Time” (Texas Toast – Vancouver v Dallas postgame show featuring Robinson, Pareja, Akindele, Rosales and Zimmerman) – AFTN
They may have had some luck, poor finishing by their opponents and an inspired David Ousted along the way, but Vancouver Whitecaps got back on the horse again on Saturday night with a 3-0 win over MLS leaders FC Dallas.
Maple Leaf Soccer: A 2016 Canadians in MLS round-up (Wk 8) – AFTN
Quite the weekend for Canadian teams and players. Vancouver beat the MLS leaders 3-0 and Toronto got the better of the 401 derby with a 2-0 win in Montreal. While elsewhere, Canadian players were involved in all sorts of goals and controversies in New York Red Bulls 3-2 home win against Orlando City.
MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 8 – SBI
Week 8 in MLS had it all. Controversial calls, impressive goals, blowout wins and disappointing performances. Here’s a look at all nine match stories and follow-up features from over the weekend.
MLS Review: Red Bulls snap losing streak in controversial fashion – Four Four Two
Cyle Larin was denied a penalty in Orlando City’s loss at New York Red Bulls, while Sporting Kansas city were also left aggrieved.
TFC stun the Impact at Stade Saputo – Red Nation Online
With their season beginning eight game road trip continuing on Saturday with a stop in Montreal, Toronto FC were looking to continue their positive play to start their 2016 MLS campaign and a measure of revenge against Impact side that embarrassed them in their first MLS Playoffs appearance last year.
Silencing the Impact: Toronto FC take Down the Top Team in the East – Waking the Red
Sebastian Giovinco now has more goals than Toronto FC has conceded through seven games this season. It is a stat as flattering for Toronto FC’s designated player as it is for the club’s backline. The two have combined in bringing the club a near perfect start to the 2016 MLS season.
Atomic Ant’s two goals for Toronto smother Impact in Saputo debut – Montreal Gazette
Sebastian Giovinco, the 5-foot-4 scoring machine who has been nicknamed the Atomic Ant, scored both goals for the visitors, but the story of this game was the blanket Toronto FC threw over Montreal’s offensive stars Didier Drogba and Ignacio Piatti.
TFC’s start a satisfying one for coach Vanney – Toronto Sun
Long after the locker room had cleared, Toronto FC bench boss Greg Vanney cracked a smile during an offline chit-chat with the Toronto Sun post-game. Only Michael Bradley and Will Johnson remained inside the room shortly after whipping the Montreal Impact 2-0 at Saputo Stadium. In that moment, Vanney seemed satisfied.
Vanney due a lot of credit for TFC’s strong start to season – Sportsnet
Eight points. That was the public goal Toronto FC president Bill Manning set for his club through the first eight matches of the 2016 Major League Soccer season. TFC not only hit the target, but they did it with two games to spare, and they now impressively sit on 11 points from seven contests following Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Montreal Impact.
Orlando City’s frustrations mount after another controversial call proves costly – SBI
Another game, another controversial call. Orlando City suffered a 3-2 road loss to the New York Red Bulls on Sunday night after allowing them to mount a comeback, but it was the play that happened just before the rally began that most people will be talking about.
Adrian Heath lets loose on officials, PRO – and Peter Walton – Empire of Soccer
For the second time in as many weeks, Orlando City SC fell victim to poor calls and suspect officiating, this time on a Cyle Larin breakaway that could have, as Heath put it, “changed the complexion of the game.”
Sounders at Colorado Rapids, recap: Seattle crushed by Jermaine Jones, referees – Sounder at Heart
In another MLS match marred by horrific refereeing, the Seattle Sounders lose to the Colorado Rapids. The 3-1 scoreline ignores that Kevin Doyle scored from an offside position. Brad Evans was so outraged that he immediately earned a yellow card for dissent. Not seconds later he earned a second yellow card, also for dissent. While the team captain was in the right, he was also in the wrong.
Sigi Schmid’s blunt post-match comments emblematic of mounting Sounders frustration – Seattle Times
Sigi Schmid’s press conference following Seattle’s 3-1 loss to the Rapids on Saturday night in Commerce City, Colo., was a notable exception to his usually measured tone — and the clearest sign yet that frustrations are boiling after his team’s fourth loss in seven games
Wondolowski leads Earthquakes past Sporting K.C. – Santa Cruz Sentinel
Wondolowski, who has scored in all but one game this year, never bores Quakes’ fans. He got his 38th MLS game-winning goal as San Jose (4-2-2) won despite a subpar performance.
Chris Wondolowski will go down as one of the greatest American goalscorers – The Guardian
There are more glamorous players in MLS, certainly more illustrious names, but few are as consistent as the San Jose striker.
Penalty controversy for KC as Quakes win 1-0 – Prost Amerika
The San Jose Earthquakes hosted Sporting Kansas City on Sunday with both teams looking to bounce back from tough losses. San Jose was the better team in Portland but left with a disappointing 3-1 loss while Kansas City had dropped back-to-back 2-1 losses coming into the match. Sporting were the aggressors early on but would go on to lose 1-0 amidst a controversial non-call that would have given them a penalty kick with the match still scoreless.
Portland Timbers defender Zarek Valentin trying to make most of opportunity in starting lineup – Oregonian
Zarek Valentin made the decision this winter to leave Norwegian club FK Bodø/Glimt and sign with the Portland Timbers, fully aware that it would be a challenge for him to earn playing time with the defending MLS Cup champions.
D.C. United one step closer to Buzzard Point groundbreaking – DC United
D.C. United are one step closer in the journey towards their new home in southwest Washington after players and staff joined Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen and other District officials for a demolition event in preparation for the groundbreaking for a new soccer stadium at Buzzard Point.
BC SOCCER NEWS
PHOTO GALLERY: BC PROVINCIAL CUP – Club Inter 0 Pacific Utd. 1, April 24, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos from the BC Provincial Men’s ‘A’ Cup knockout round by Bill Currie.
Club Charter Letter of Intent & Application Process Now Open – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to be accepting members and their affiliate clubs to submit their letter of intent to opt into the BC Soccer Club Charter Program. The letter of intent gives Youth Districts and Adult Leagues the opportunity to support their affiliate club’s participation while also making BC Soccer Assoc. aware of clubs who would like to join the program.
Nelson Youth Soccer Kicks Off 2016 Season – Nelson Daily
The sun broke through the clouds on a spectacular opening day weekend for Nelson Youth Soccer. The association, with more than 950 registered players, kicked off the 2016 with House League action Saturday for all ages.
Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference – June 3-5 at SFU – BC Soccer Web
The Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference is back for its second year. Learn from some of the best coaches in the game. This year’s conference features speakers from Arsenal, Leicester City, Southampton, the English FA and more. Register before April 30 for early bird pricing.
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.
Victoria Highlanders 2016 Season Tickets Now Available – Select Your Seats
The Victoria Highlanders are ready to return to the PDL for 2016. BC Soccer Web encourages all soccer fans on Vancouver Island to get behind their team. Season tickets are now on sale and extremely affordable. Support Local Soccer!
BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting Candidates for its Board of Directors – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June 11, 2016. Prospective candidates are invited to review the information provided on the BC Soccer web site www.bcsoccer.net. Candidates who provide notice to BC Soccer Assoc. of their intent to stand for election by May 1, 2016 will have their applications circulated to the membership in early May.
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
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Report: Provincial Champions to Play in Voyageurs Cup as Early as 2017 – Waking the Red
It appears plans to expand the competition are already in the works. In an interview with RDS, Premiere Ligue de Soccer du Quebec (PLSQ) commissioner Kambiz Ebadi said that the CSA is working on how to include the provincial league in the tournament’s format.
New look: Despite changes to roster, P.E.I.F.C. looks to keep winning – PEI Guardian
The team wants to win the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League, go to national and win a Canadian championship. P.E.I. repeated as league champs in 2015, its third title in four seasons.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
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FRIDAY, APRIL 22
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Super subs lead comeback for Whitecaps FC 2 in 2-2 draw at LA Galaxy II – Whitecaps FC
Just when it looked like Whitecaps FC 2 would suffer their first defeat of the season, the young ‘Caps (2W-0L-2D) stormed back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Western Conference leaders LA Galaxy II (2W-0L-4D) at the StubHub Center on Friday.
Watson breaks FC Edmonton’s goalless drought, leads team to victory over Ottawa – the11.ca
As the players from FC Edmonton and the Ottawa Fury lined up for O Canada, Eddies captain Albert Watson had his infant, daughter, Scarlett, in his arms.
FC Edmonton captain Albert Watson helps Eddies earn first win – Edmonton Journal
Leave it to captain Albert Watson to get FC Edmonton off the mark. Watson was big at both ends of the field against the Ottawa Fury on Sunday, scoring Edmonton’s first goal of the season, off a corner kick, and then locking things up defensively in a 2-0 victory at Clarke Stadium.
NASL Rewind: Minnesota tops Cosmos late, RailHawks win and more – SBI
While the Carolina RailHawks maintained their unbeaten run, Minnesota United FC scored late to topple the New York Cosmos to highlight Week 4 of NASL action.
USL Week 5 Recap: Eastern Leaders Win Big, Western Giants Slide – Empire of Soccer
Week 5 in the USL showed us clear favorites in the Eastern Conference with both Louisville City FC and New York Red Bull II pulling away from the pack. Both sides had hard-fought wins and have proven to be vastly improved from their 2015 performances. New York in particular, has not allowed a goal in four weeks and, despite being in second place, have to be considered an early favorite for the Eastern Conference title.
FC Montreal lost 2-1 against the Rochester Rhinos – Montreal Impact
FC Montreal lost 2-1 against the Rochester Rhinos after scoring the first goal of the game, Saturday night, at Sahlen’s Stadium.
11 Things we Learned: USL Week 5 – USL
A rousing return in Rochester, and another Top 10 highlight for FC Cincinnati.
The USL Enters into Partnership with ESPN – Scratching the Pitch
The USL announced today that the league has entered into a partnership with ESPN that will include live broadcasts of matches and additional coverage through ESPN FC. To this point in the 2016 season, USL matches could only be accessed by a national audience via streaming on YouTube.
Peter Wilt Interview, Part I: Peter Provides A Chicago NASL Update – Midfield Press
The North American Soccer League announced a new franchise in a major league market that already has an MLS presence earlier this month, with the San Francisco Deltas giving the San Jose Earthquakes a regional rival across divisions. In the near future, NASL could announce that another major market entry, Chicago, will join the SF Deltas as new teams for the Spring 2017 season.
Elmont residents protest proposed Belmont Park soccer stadium – Newsday
Members of the Elmont community joined Nassau County Legis. Carrié Solages outside Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s regional office in Hicksville on Sunday to protest a proposed 25,000-seat soccer stadium at Belmont Park. The New York Cosmos soccer team wants to build a stadium in Elmont, one of four bids submitted in February 2013 for developing the state-owned property.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Pride top Dash with record crowd; Lloyd injured – The Equalizer
The Orlando Pride announced themselves in NWSL Saturday night with an entertaining 3-1 win over the Houston Dash, courtesy of three second half goals. 23,403 attendees filed into Orlando’s Citrus Bowl for the Pride’s home opener, enough to break the NWSL attendance record previously held by the Portland Thorns.
Carli Lloyd awaits MRI on injured knee – Soccer America
U.S. women’s national team captain and Delran native Carli Lloyd suffered what appeared to be some kind of knee injury while playing for the Houston Dash on Saturday at the Orlando Pride.
Orlando Pride shine before record crowd, auguring well for women’s game – The Guardian
An NWSL-record crowd of 23,403 turned up for the expansion Orlando Pride’s inaugural home match, a sign the women’s game is discovering real traction.
Sky Blue FC falls to Spirit in home opener – Empire of Soccer
Against a well-balanced Washington Spirit team, Sky Blue FC bent for most of the game but broke in a couple of key moments in a 2-1 loss before 2,571 energetic fans at Yurcak Field in Piscataway Sunday.
The Passion and Purpose of NWSL Supporter Groups – Prost Amerika
The Riveters are the largest, and most visible supporter group in the NWSL, but they are by no means alone in their passionate support for their local side. Every team in the league has a supporter group, and each express their pride and love for their city. For Heather Lamb with Cloud 9, “Jersey Proud isn’t just a throwaway motto. It’s something we truly feel.” From the punk-rock ethos of Portland, to the BBQ culture of Kansas City, these groups provide the color, the heartbeat, and the local soul.
NWSL Gains Mentions Overseas with Damallsvenskan Yet Struggle for Mentions in the US – Dynamo Theory
First it was Houston and Orlando. Then Washington. Then Chicago, and later Seattle. Subtle really, in that ‘blink and you miss it’ sort of way. But, despite it being an ungodly time in the morning for a soccer game in the United States, halfway across the world these NWSL teams were being mentioned on a global livestream.
Wolfsburg assume command against Frankfurt – UEFA
The holders suffered a damaging first-leg defeat as the 2013 and 2014 winners struck three times in a stunning first-half display.
Lyon blow Paris away to move to verge of final – UEFA
Last season’s runners-up Paris had no answer to a stunning display as Lyon set a number of new records in a comprehensive win.
Round-Up: O’Riordan drives Wexford on – Continental Tyres Women’s Premier League
Wexford Youths WFC rose to the summit of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League with a 2-0 victory over Galway WFC on Saturday night.
#SWPL16 – Game 5 Round Up – SWPL
The 2016 SWPL continues to impress, and Sunday saw eight super matches: including two top of the table clashes.
Vote for BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year – BBC Sport
Vote for your favourite from the five options in the voting section of this page. Voting is open until 08:00 GMT/09:00 BST on Monday 9 May.
WSL1 round-up: City and Chelsea continue to lead the way – Vavel
In another interesting weekend of WSL1 action, it was more of the same from the usual contenders at the top.
WSL2 round-up: Durham maintain top spot, Everton keep up the pressure – Vavel
Durham and Everton look to be the two sides that can really push for promotion this year, given early season performances.
Man City Women’s Izzy Christiansen reveals why PFA recognition means so much – Manchester Evening News
MCWFC midfielder says she is thrilled to be awarded with the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award.
W-League recognised on level playing field as FFA awards combined and renamed – Daily Telegraph
It is only fitting that during a time when the Matildas are in top form, Football Federation Australia decided to combine and rename their annual awards to the Dolan Warren Awards and give the women’s game the same level of recognition as the men’s.
U.S. Women’s Soccer Stars Are Finally Set to Score Olympic-Size Endorsements – AdWeek
The U.S. women’s soccer team captivated the entire country during its thrilling World Cup win last summer, and before gearing up to do it again at the Rio Olympics in August, the players’ fight for equality off the field has attracted waves of attention and support. Brands are taking notice, and analysts say that more endorsements could be in their future as a result.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Juventus clinches fifth consecutive Serie A title – Goal
Juventus has secured the Serie A title after Napoli fell to Roma on Monday.
Leicester crushes Swansea, closing in on first Premier League title – Sportsnet
No Jamie Vardy, no problem for Leicester. Even with their top-scorer suspended, the Premier League leaders still overpowered Swansea 4-0 on Sunday to move another step closer to collecting the trophy.
Claudio Ranieri and Leicester ramp up electricity with finish line close – The Guardian
Confidence and goodwill radiated around the Premier League leaders’ home and a slick destruction of Swansea spoke of their manager’s masterful guidance.
Tottenham Hotspur vs West Bromwich Albion: Spurs look to continue good form – Vavel
West Bromwich Albion will face an in-form Tottenham Hotspur this Monday night. This game will be vital in the race for the Premier League title as the games get fewer and fewer with time running out.
Manchester City vs. Real Madrid – BBC Sport
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is unlikely to face Real Madrid in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg because of a thigh injury.
Real Madrid vs. Manchester City: The battle for Sergio Aguero’s legacy – Sportsnet
Aguero has never personally underachieved in Europe. His record is miles better than the generic quality-marker of a goal every other game (21 goals in 35 games for City), and he’s scored a constant stream of important goals for his team, even as it has so often failed to come to grips with how you “do” the Champions League. A game-winning hat trick against Bayern Munich last season, anyone?
Gareth Bale fit and confident before Real Madrid head for Manchester City – The Guardian
The plan was for Gareth Bale to be withdrawn early but his team needed him and he eventually emerged victorious having led a rescue mission. Just as importantly he also emerged fit and ready for Tuesday night’s visit to Manchester, despite having sat out the previous game with a calf strain and then been forced to complete 90 minutes in the pouring rain. The Real Madrid forward insisted he was fine and dismissed suggestions that his injury had been due to playing golf in southern Spain.
Crystal Palace edges Watford to reach FA Cup final – Sportsnet
Twenty-six years on from its one and only appearance in the FA Cup final, Crystal Palace has another chance to win its first major trophy following a 2-1 defeat of Watford in the semifinals at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Wilfried Zaha: Manchester United are just another team in the FA Cup final – The Guardian
The Crystal Palace winger’s time at Old Trafford did not work out but he ‘does not see it as anything special’ that United are the team he will face at Wembley.
Spurs consider Wembley way as White Hart Lane rebuild plans cut capacity – Inside World Football
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly in discussion about moving some of their home games next season to Wembley as capacity at White Hart Lane may be reduced by more than initially expected and at an earlier stage under the rebuild plans.
Dynamo Kyiv – What is Next for Ukraine’s Champions? – Futbolgrad
Dynamo Kyiv have defended a Ukrainian championship for the first time since the early 2000s—the last time Dynamo won back-to-back championships was in 2003, and 2004.
A-League grand final 2016: Wanderland to Adelaide is just a minivan away – Sydney Morning Herald
It was a roller-coaster ride for Western Sydney Wanderers fans on Sunday night as their team stormed back from three goals down to secure a spot in the grand final against Adelaide United.
End of an era: PSV unplugs Philips after 33 years as shirt sponsor – Inside World Football
One of the longest running shirt sponsorships in European football comes to an end this summer when for the first time in 33 years Philips won’t be the brand on PSV Eindhoven’s shirt. Philips’ sponsorship will be replaced by Energiedirect in a three-year deal worth €18 million.
Celtic fans entitled to protest – Scott Brown – BBC Sport
Celtic captain Scott Brown says unhappy fans have every right to vent their feelings after a season in which the team have “let themselves down”.
Levante left needing a miracle in fight to avoid La Liga drop – The Guardian
Relegation now looks inevitable for Levante, but for a few moments on Saturday it looked like a cobbled together team might just survive in La Liga.
Dead referee appointed to officiate game symptomatic of Nigerian admin chaos – Inside World Football
The Nigerian soap opera continues as rival groups claim to represent the official Nigerian Football Federation – with the appointment of a dead referee as match official symptomatic of the chaos in the country’s football administration.