BC Soccer News, Monday, April 29, 2019





MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, Philadelphia Union 1, April 27, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

Whitecaps haunted by Kacper equaliser as two more home points thrown away in Union drawAFTN
BC Place has been far from being a fortress for Vancouver Whitecaps in recent seasons. Any hopes that this would change under the leadership of Marc Dos Santos have so far proved unfounded and the ‘Caps’ poor home form continued on Saturday afternoon as they threw away two more points against an understrength Philadelphia Union side, making it just five points from their five home matches so far.

Doneil Henry scores second of the season as ‘Caps play to draw against UnionWhitecaps FC
Doneil Henry’s second goal of the year wasn’t enough to snatch all three points for Whitecaps FC as Philadelphia Union found the back of the net in the second half to split the points at BC Place Saturday afternoon.

First-time starters play big role for Union in drawSBI
For the second week in a row, the Philadelphia Union did not play their best 90 minutes of soccer. For the second week in a row, they were able to move their way up the Eastern Conference standings anyway.

End results are the cold, hard reality for Whitecaps right nowThe Province
There has been plenty of talk around positives and potential when it comes to the 2019 Vancouver Whitecaps, but the only metric that truly matters is their win-loss record, which is better than just one team in MLS.

Vancouver Whitecaps and Eternal RecurrenceSoccer Shorts
A competent team arrives from the East Coast, sets up shop not to lose and the Whitecaps are all too happy to oblige.

Impact tied for first place after 1-0 win over Chicago FireMontreal Gazette
This Montreal Impact team keeps finding ways to win games without its best player, Ignacio Piatti, in the lineup.

Remi Garde credits team’s mentality after Impact have six-point weekMLS
With Ignacio Piatti sidelined for weeks with a knee injury, it would not have been a surprise to see the Montreal Impact struggle to earn points. Adding on to the challenge of playing without Piatti is the fact that Montreal had just two home games among the seven they have played without Piatti.

Portland scores two highlight-reel goals in 2-1 victory over Toronto FCHamilton Spectator
The home side looked flat, out of sorts and without purpose in a 2-1 Major League Soccer loss to Portland on Saturday at a chilly, windy BMO Field.

Week 9 of the 2019 MLS season picked up on Saturday with plenty of goals at Children’s Mercy Park. Juan Caicedo put the Revs up on the road in the 18th with Krisztian Nemeth equalizing in the 33rd. New England was back up two minutes later through Caicedo and Juan Agudelo made it 3-1 in the 42nd.

Hudson: Colorado Rapids can’t overcome “massive gap in class” in MLSMLS
Following a loss to Atlanta United, Rapids head coach Anthony Hudson was asked what went wrong, and his conclusion was that fundamentally, there is a “massive gap” between his team and their opponents.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic delivers another winning goal for the GalaxyLA Times
Ibrahimovic’s game-winner goal was historic in its own right since it gave the Galaxy six consecutive home wins to start a season for the first time since 1996, when the team played in the Rose Bowl and the 15-year-old Ibrahimovic was on a youth team in Sweden.

Onuoha rejects Ibrahimovic’s apology after ‘unacceptable’ clashESPN
Nedum Onuoha has rejected an apology from striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the two players clashed during La Galaxy’s 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Sunday.

Sounders vs. LAFC, recap: Sometimes a tie feels really goodSounder at Heart
Sounders played 72 minutes down a man and finished with nine.

VIDEO: Watch every goal from Week 9 of the 2019 MLS seasonMLS
Every goal scored Week 9 in MLS are all served up right here in the latest edition of the All Goals reel.

Whitecaps protest over abuse allegations earns audience with ownershipLondon Free Press
The squeaky wheel gets the grease — or at least an ear, in the case of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ supporters groups.




SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019


Pacific FC wins inaugural game at purple-packed Westhills Stadium in LangfordTimes Colonist
Their stadium may not have been completely ready. But Pacific FC certainly was, and that’s what mattered most.

Pacific FC defeats Halifax 1-0 at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C.Medicine Hat News
The drumming and singing never stopped Sunday afternoon as a sold-out crowd at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C., welcomed the Canadian Premier League on its opening weekend.

VIDEO: Pacific FC nets historic win during inaugural game in LangfordSooke News Mirror
With Stewie the Starfish and over 5,000 fans cheering them on, the brand new Pacific FC brought home a historic win Sunday afternoon in Langford, beating the HFX Wanderers 1-0 to become the first ever winning team of the Canadian Premier League (CPL).

Wanderers fall 1-0 to PacificChronicle-Herald
Pacific FC became the first team to win in Canadian Premier League history at the expense of the HFX Wanderers FC. Pacific won 1-0 in front of a soldout crowd of 6,000 at Westhills Stadium in Langford B.C., on Sunday night.

Canadian Soccer Business and BC Soccer Commit to CollaborationBCSA
BC Soccer and Canadian Soccer Business (CSB) are excited to announce their commitment to collaborate on both development and commercial aspects of soccer operations. The move creates a recognized connection between the two organizations, along with the Canadian Premier League (CPL) with its seven professional clubs across Canada including BC’s own Pacific FC.

Vernon women’s soccer leagues in full swingVernon Morning Star
Masters and Open Divisions both start 2019 schedules.

Vernon Kal Tire cruises in 45+ men’s soccerVernon Morning Star
Vernon Kal Tire FC laboured to a 4-1 win over Real JVL in Capri Insurance Okanagan Oldtimers men’s 45+ Soccer League action in Lake Country.

Williams Lake youth soccer season kicks into actionWilliams Lake Tribune
WLYSA teams are now heading full steam ahead for the season in all divisions.

Registration underway for Williams Lake men’s outdoor soccer seasonWilliams Lake Tribune
The season typically features four to six teams and runs and begins May 21.

Chilliwack filmmaker looks at ‘The Cost of Winning’ and how adults suck fun out of kids’ sportsCampbell River Mirror
Documentary ‘The Cost of Winning’ a wide-ranging analysis of how adults took fun out of kids’ sports.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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.

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Canadian Premier League kicks off, marking new era for soccer in CanadaSportsnet
It’s a moment that was 27 years in the making. Not since the Canadian Soccer League folded in 1992 has Canada had a soccer league to call its own. But that all changed on Saturday afternoon when the Canadian Premier League officially kicked off its inaugural season with a matinee match between Forge FC and York 9 FC at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field.

Promising pro soccer future in Hamilton as Forge FC and York9 FC play to drawHamilton Spectator
By the end of 90 minutes, and arguably much earlier, it had become a sometimes-bitter soccer game between two neighbouring teams whose paths are destined to frequently cross. It had become real.

Canada’s CPL kicks off first season with a local look and a passionate commitmentInside World Football
The world’s newest tier 1 national league kicked off at the weekend with the Canadian Premier League (CPL) officially opening its inaugural season in Hamilton with a 1-1 draw between Forge FC and York 9 FC.

CPL looks for players to become household names by season’s endCape Breton Post
For a professional league to be viable it needs players worth watching. And while most of the players in the Canadian Premier League are yet to be household names, there is plenty of talent on the seven rosters heading into the inaugural season, which kicked off with Forge FC hosting York9 FC in at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton on Saturday.

Encouraging start for the Canadian Premier LeagueGlobal
Basked in bright sunshine, albeit with a chilly and persistent wind, the 17,611 fans who went to Tim Hortons Field for Saturday’s debut of Canada’s new national soccer league were treated to an entertaining afternoon.

FC Edmonton open CPL week with a bye, look ahead to Valour FCLWOS
Saturday, the Canadian Premier League kicked off in Hamilton with the league’s inaugural match. Expectations were high and the match did not disappoint.

A league is born but growing pains ahead in CanadaYahoo Sports
While the opener offered plenty of potential, there were signs of the hard work that lies ahead for the modest seven team league.

Seven Canadian Premier League clubs granted Canada Soccer National Club LicenceCSA
Ahead of the kickoff of the inaugural Canadian Premier League season, Canada Soccer announced that all seven professional clubs in membership have been granted Canada Soccer National Club Licences. Forge FC, Valour FC, FC Edmonton, HFX Wanderers FC, York9 FC, Cavalry FC and Pacific FC all met the requirements of Canada Soccer’s highest Club Licence.

Canada Soccer announces squad for May camp in MarkhamCSA
Canada Soccer will hold a six-day Women’s U-17 camp in Markham, Ontario as part of the Women’s EXCEL Program. The 5-10 May 2019 camp will feature players from Canada Soccer’s Super REX Centres in British Columbia, Ontario and Québec as well as Regional EXCEL Centres from across the country.


Ottawa Fury FC takes home win over Atlanta United 2Vancouver Sun
For Christiano Francois, a goal was a payoff for five games of hard work and no final result.

What Goes On? Ottawa Fury at SixNorthern Starting XI
It looked grim, really grim, you will recall. At this point last year with six games under their belt, Ottawa Fury had notched up four defeats and achieved only two draws. The team had just two points to show for 540 minutes or more of football, having conceded 14 goals, five of them in one game alone.

Fury FC Acquires Sejdic on Loan from ImpactUSL
Ottawa Fury FC announced on Friday it had acquired midfielder Amar Sejdic on a season-long loan from Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact. Sejdic signed with the Impact in March after being selected 34th overall in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.

USL side Tulsa terminates player’s contract after racially abusing opponentNBC Sports
USL club Tulsa Roughnecks have announced they terminated the contract of midfielder Fabian Bastidas after it was learned he racially abused an opposing player during a match against Oklahoma City Energy on Saturday.

USL Championship Gameday Report: April 28, Week 8USL
Second-half goals from Jared Stroud and Tom Barlow propelled the New York Red Bulls II to a comeback victory over Indy Eleven on Sunday afternoon at MSU Soccer Park, which also saw the hosts jump up to second place in the Eastern Conference standings after picking up their fourth win in five games and ending the Eleven’s four-game winning streak.

USL Championship Gameday Report: April 27, Week 8USL
Saint Louis FC regained the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings on Saturday night as the side cruised to a 3-1 victory over the Swope Park Rangers at World Wide Technology Soccer Park. Elsewhere in the East, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC scored twice late on to salvage a home draw with Nashville SC, while Birmingham Legion FC’s Prosper Kasim and the Charleston Battery’s Dante Marini grabbed dramatic, late goals to propel their respective sides to victory.

North Texas SC defeats Orlando City B thanks to “Deflectico”Sportsday
North Texas SC took the field following the conclusion of FC Dallas’s game against San Jose, to face Orlando City’s second team, Orlando City B, on Saturday night.


Barcelona and Lyon reach #UWCL finalUEFA
Barcelona beat Bayern to become Spain’s first finalist, while Lyon held off Chelsea and will seek a fourth straight title in Budapest on 18 May.

Arsenal crowned WSL champions with game to spare after thrashing BrightonThe Guardian
Arsenal’s success has been achieved despite a string of significant injuries, with the England international Jordan Nobbs – to whom Mead headed as soon as her goal went in – out since sustaining a serious knee injury in November and Lia Wälti, one of three Arsenal players named in the WSL team of the year, out for nine months after surgery on a serious knee injury of her own this month.

Vivianne Miedema wins PFA Player of the Year with Georgia Stanway collecting PFA Young Player of the YearProst Amerika
Arsenal Women forward Vivianne Miedema won the PFA Player of the Year Award for the 2018-19 season while Manchester City Women forward Georgia Stanway won the PFA Young Player of the Year Award.

Arsenal Women set sights on Champions League elite after ending Super League title waitEvening Standard
Arsenal Women want to become a major force in European football again after securing their first Super League title since 2012, according to boss Joe Montemurro.

NWSL Roundup: Courage Enjoy Statement Win Over Dash as Lloyd Drives Sky Blue to First Point of 201990 Min
The ​North Carolina Courage continued their strong start to the new NWSL season over the weekend after a comprehensive 4-1 win inflicted a first defeat of 2019 on the Houston Dash.

Reign falls 3-0 in ChicagoGoalWA
Reign FC suffered their first defeat of the season on Sunday at Seat Geek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois. The club fell 3-0 on the road to the Chicago Red Stars.

Orlando Pride coach Marc Skinner pushes for more from players after lossPro Soccer USA
Marc Skinner didn’t bother waiting to get back to the locker room Saturday night to start unloading his frustrations.

#SBSSWPL ROUND-UP – 28/04/2019Scottish WPL
All the weekend’s action from the Scottish Women’s Premier League.

How the Women’s World Cup may help — and hurt — NWSL teams this summerESPN W.
Going on 13 years in Chicago, the Red Stars are the oldest U.S. women’s professional soccer club. The NWSL, now in its seventh season, is the country’s longest-running women’s professional soccer league. Both are hoping to draw better than ever this year, and the World Cup promises to both interrupt and energize the NWSL season. In 2015, the league experienced then-record attendance after the U.S. women’s national team defeated Japan in the Women’s World Cup championship; it will look for a similar bump after this summer’s tournament in France.

Spurs Ladies to be renamed Tottenham Hotspur WomenTottenham Hotspur
Originally known as Broxbourne Ladies, the Club was formed in 1985 before becoming Spurs Ladies in 1991. Glenn Weaver, who was the first team coach for three years and then Chairman from 1994 until his sad passing in 2015, was instrumental in growing the Club. Glenn worked tirelessly alongside his sister Valerie Weaver and June Clarke who continue to be involved in the Club.

Women’s World Cup Watch: Global stars celebrate trophies and finalsBBC Sport
There are five weeks to go until the Women’s World Cup and the celebrations have started early for some of the players hoping to make the trip to France.

2019 World Cup must be mid-summer feast for women’s game to thrive onThe Guardian
With 40 days to the tournament and the BBC showing all matches, the spectacle must not hide the game’s need for big investment.

European giants buying into women’s soccerJapan Times
Back in 2001-02, the semifinalists in the inaugural UEFA Women’s Cup were Frankfurt, HJK Helsinki, Toulouse and Swedish side Umea. Fast forward 17 years to this season, and the presence of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Chelsea and Lyon in the semifinals of the Champions League is testament to the growing influence of Europe’s biggest clubs on the women’s game.


Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s actionThe Guardian
Chris Hughton’s position looks uncertain after five successful years, Youri Tielemans catches the eye but Leicester will face a battle to keep him and Wolves show the way forward.

Manchester City wins Premier League match by less than three centimetresThe Star
Cruelly denied by VAR in its agonizing Champions League exit, Manchester City relied on technology to keep its Premier League title charge on course on Sunday.

Bayern unable to end title race after Dortmund self-destructNBC Sports
Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich unexpectedly dropped points in a 1-1 draw at 17th-place Nuremberg on Sunday in another twist in the German title race.

Rennes stun PSG to win the French cup on penaltiesFrance 24
Kylian Mbappe was sent off for a shocking tackle as Paris Saint-Germain were stunned by Rennes in Saturday’s French Cup final, losing 6-5 on penalties after a dramatic game finished 2-2 at the end of extra time.

PSG’s out of control Neymar get 3-match CL ban from UEFAInside World Football
Brazil’s Paris St Germain superstar Neymar has been banned by UEFA for three European games for insulting match officials on Instagram after the Champions League last-16 defeat by Manchester United.

Tuchel condemns Neymar punch with lengthy ban likelyNBC Sports
Neymar could face up to an eight-match ban for striking a fan in the stands after Paris Saint-Germain fell to Stade Rennes in the Coupe de la Ligue final over the weekend.

Week 34 review: European race tightensLigue 1
Olympique Lyonnais laid down the gauntlet to their fellow European aspirants on Friday night, coming back from 2-1 down against Girondins de Bordeaux to win 3-2, with Moussa Dembélé coming off the bench and snatching all three points five minutes from time.

Real Madrid loses at Rayo as poor away form continuesLeader Post
Real Madrid continued to struggle in away matches under coach Zinedine Zidane with a 1-0 defeat to second-to-last Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish league on Sunday, practically ending the team’s chances of catching Atletico Madrid for second place.

Bus carrying Turkish club crashes, killing Czech international SuralNBC Sports
A mini-bus carrying a number of squad members from Turkish club Alanyaspor crashed just outside the club’s home city of Alanya on Sunday, killing 28-year-old Czech international Josef Sural.

Marcelo Bielsa orders Leeds players to allow Aston Villa to equalise in dramatic scenes at Elland RoadThe Telegraph
Sheffield United are now officially back in the Premier League, but that was the last thing on anyone’s minds after the extraordinary events at Elland Road.

How Marcelo Bielsa gave Leeds fans something to be proud of againThe Guardian
The Leeds manager, who let Aston Villa score after his team had taken the lead against the spirit of the game, understands what it means to be a representative for your club.

Championship leaders Norwich City promoted to the Premier LeagueThe Football League Paper
Norwich City are back in the Premier League after turning in a scintillating display to beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Carrow Road.

Sterling voted as player of the year by soccer writersNational Post
Raheem Sterling was voted player of the year by soccer writers on Monday for his impact on Manchester City’s bid for a domestic treble as well as his influential stance against racism in the game.

Former USMNT defender Jimmy Banks passes away at 54SBI
Jimmy Banks, a player on the U.S. Men’s National Team during the 1990 FIFA World Cup, passed away on Friday.

Stevie Chalmers: Celtic great who scored 1967 European Cup final winner dies at 83BBC Sport
Stevie Chalmers, who scored Celtic’s winner in the 1967 European Cup final, has died, the club have announced.

Qatar 2022 venue Al Wakrah Stadium to be inaugurated in MayFIFA
The 40,000-seat modular arena is one of eight venues that will host matches at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. It is the second to complete construction behind the redevelopment of Khalifa International Stadium, which hosted the 2017 Amir Cup final. Al Wakrah Stadium is the first Qatar 2022 stadium to be built from scratch.

FIFA calls-in human rights bodies in bid to find ‘acceptable’ location for 2022 expansionInside World Football
FIFA has written to human rights groups to hold talks about issues related to a potential expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams as Gianni Infantino and the governing body continue their push to find one more regional co-host for the tournament.

From bedlam to the Bernabéu – how Ajax performed a miracleThe Guardian
Acrimony and underachievement have given way to stability and nous and taken the Netherlands’ most storied club to the verge of an unthinkable achievement.

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