BC Soccer News, Monday, April 30, 2018



FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018


MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Real Salt Lake 0, April 27, 2018BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

Davies, Blondell combine to seal ‘Caps win after going down to 10 menWhitecaps FC
Anthony Blondell and Alphonso Davies combined on a crucial insurance goal for Vancouver Whitecaps FC just minutes after the ‘Caps were reduced to 10 men, giving the home side the 2-0 victory on Friday evening against Real Salt Lake at BC Place.

Report and Reaction: Late game goals help ten-man Whitecaps scrape past RSLAFTN
While it may have seemed a long shot for the majority of the match, the ten man Whitecaps were able to break their three game losing streak by defeating Real Salt Lake 2-0 at BC Place on Friday night.

Whitecaps earn much needed win, downing RSL at BC PlaceRed Nation Online
Something had to give as Vancouver Whitecaps FC returned home to BC Place Stadium in search of a slump busting win. Whitecaps FC had an opportunity to suspend critics, and quiet fan displeasure that has made the rounds in Vancouver. Carl Robinson’s players found a way to win as they scored a pair of second half goals to defeat Real Salt Lake 2-0, in front of 19,283 spectators.

Patience and perseverance: Brett Levis makes long-awaited return to MLS actionWhitecaps FC
551 days. That’s how long Brett Levis had to wait between his Major League Soccer debut and his next appearance, which came on Friday night at BC Place.

Player spotlight: Anthony Blondell ‘excellent’ in first start at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
Anthony Blondell made his first start at BC Place and scored his first MLS goal on Friday night in a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake. Here’s a closer look at the Venezuelan’s performance.

Whitecaps put boo-birds to bed — at least for nowThe Province
One week, you’re getting booed off the pitch. The next, you receive a standing ovation. Such is life for the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Vancouver Whitecaps: That’s What Gets ResultsSoccer Shorts
It’s hard to know if the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Friday evening was a genuinely entertaining game or if it’s just a case of it simply being better than the turgid fare previously on offer.

Opinion: Southsiders Protests Are Well Meaning But Lacking In DirectionEighty-Six Forever
In the days before the Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake the Southsiders released a letter on their Twitter account entitled “We Demand Better.” I agree with this sentiment. The Whitecaps, despite beating RSL on Friday, have had some embarrassing results and you can sense that there’s a degree of apathy towards the club building in the city. Some small but noticeable protests could be an excellent way to send a message. The problem with the letter is, despite being called “We Demand Better,” it does not actually demand anything.

Impact suffers fourth straight defeat, losing 4-1 in AtlantaMontreal Gazette
For the second straight game, the Impact took a lead into the second half of a Major League Soccer game and for the second straight time they blew it by giving up four unanswered goals.

Alan Gordon scores in dying seconds as Fire rally to draw Toronto 2-2Chicago Tribune
Alan Gordon scored the equalizer in second-half injury time, and the Chicago Fire rallied for a 2-2 draw against Toronto FC on Saturday.

VIDEO: Every one of Alan Gordon’s stoppage-time goals to tie or take the leadMLS
Saturday against Toronto FC, forward Alan Gordon reminded everyone that even if you know it’s coming, he’s incredibly difficult to stop at the death. His goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time saved Chicago a point, and marked the seventh time “Gordo” has drawn level or won a match after the stopwatch paused.

Michael Bradley, Toronto FC baffled by VAR use in Chicago Fire tiePro Soccer USA
After a game in which referee Alan Kelly put his hand to his ear to consult the video assistant referee on at least four occasions, views on the system varied in the TFC locker room.

Galaxy rip into ‘horrendous’ officiating in loss to Red BullsSBI
The introduction of Video Assistant Review was supposed to lead to less controversy involving officiating. On Saturday night, controversy returned to the forefront.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic calls for more from LA Galaxy as poor home form overshadows brilliant debutESPN
It’s been almost a month since Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s gigawatt debut for the LA Galaxy, one in which he scored twice to complete an unforgettable comeback from 3-0 down to beat LAFC 4-3. While the adrenalin rush was always going to wear off at some point, the last month has revealed just how much.

Sporting KC’s seven-game unbeaten run snapped in 1-0 loss to New England RevolutionSporting KC
Sporting Kansas City’s seven-game unbeaten run was snapped following a 1-0 loss to the New England Revolution on Saturday in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Minnesota ends 4-game skid with win over HoustonFox Sports
Ibson Barreto da Silva and Darwin Quintero each scored to help Minnesota United beat the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Saturday night and end a four-game skid.

D.C. United’s struggles continue in loss to UnionSBI
For some teams, after earning your first victory of a new season it may be used a springboard for even more success. For D.C. United, it hasn’t provided the expected boost.

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Rino’s Tigers’ expulsion from the 2018 Provincial A Cup raises serious questions about procedures within BC SoccerAFTN
There will be one less quarter-final taking place this weekend in the BC Soccer Provincial A Cup following the expulsion of VMSL Imperial Cup champions Rino’s Tigers from the competition for fielding an ineligible player in their first round hammering of FVSL side Aldergrove United.

Royal Bay girls’ soccer team sets sights on provincialsGoldstream News Gazette
Royal Bay Secondary school’s senior girls’ soccer team is hoping to make their way into the history books this month.

Vancouver Whitecaps coach shows girl players their optionsNelson Star
Girls begin playing soccer for a myriad of reasons. The trick, according to Natalie Lawrence, is how to keep them in the game for life.

North Shore stars win big at Sport BC awardsNorth Shore News
Two North Shore athletes and one highly regarded referee were honoured at Sport B.C.’s 52nd annual Athlete of the Year Awards held recently at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.

2018 BC Adult Provincial Championships Schedule & ResultsBCSA
Schedules, Brackets & Results for the 2018 BC Provincial Championships.

TSS Rovers release Season Tickets for the 2018 season TSS Rovers
A great summer of soccer is in store at Swangard Stadium with the PDL & WPSL TSS Rovers. Season yickets are only $70.

Victoria Highlanders FC 2018 Season Tickets now on saleVictoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.

Canada’s College ID Camps set for Shawnigan Lake & Kingston, OntarioCanada College ID Camps
Our purpose is to provide a space where players grade 9-12 can connect with college coaches from all levels in Canada and the USA. We hope to assist in the promotion of youth players into environments which will challenge them academically and athletically after high school.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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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While symbolic, Hamilton and Saiko’s FC Edmonton returns represent a bridge the club needed to repair the11.ca
Don’t call it a comeback, even though Shaun Saiko was an Eddie for years. On Sunday, the man who scored the first NASL goal in FC Edmonton history looks to be rocking his peers, putting Calgary Foothills in fear.

Stingers Announce Addition of Three Women’s Soccer RecruitsThe Link
Early this week, Concordia announced the commitment of three new recruits to its women’s soccer program’s rookie class.

Mixed reaction for temporary stadium coming to Wanderers GroundsChronicle Herald
Mixed reviews greeted Halifax regional council’s endorsement this week of negotiating a one-year contract to erect a temporary 7,000-seat stadium at the Wanderers Grounds to host international rugby games and other sporting events.

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Phoenix Rising 1-1 Fresno FC, resilient Rising grab last-gasp equalizerNortheast Valley News
Phoenix Rising needed some late, late heroics from their bench to secure a 1-1 draw against Fresno FC at Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex on Saturday night.

Cincinnati FC prove in a league of their own against FuryEdmonton Sun
All the talk around the Cincinnati FC is that the franchise expects to move up to compete in North America’s top pro league, the MLS (Major League Soccer) by 2020. Judging by Saturday’s result on the TD Place pitch, the Ottawa Fury FC won’t be sad to see them go.

NYRB II draw, 0-0, with Toronto FC IIOnce a Metro
Wolyniec’s men pick up another point on their road trip, but are still searching for their first road win of the year.

Independence, Eleven Fight to StalemateUSL
Indy remains undefeated on the road after 0-0 tie against Charlotte.

Vazquez Saves Sacramento Against TulsaUSL
Substitute scores late goal to secure 1-1 result in front of 11,569.

Penn FC falls at North Carolina FCPenn Live
Penn FC saw its unbeaten streak ended at four matches after falling at North Carolina FC, 3-0, Saturday night at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Orange County Stifles Switchbacks in WinUSL
Early penalty and staunch defense earn Orange County three points.

Attendance Continues to Climb Across the USLUSL
The USL today reached a major milestone for the 2018 season – during its West Coast matches, the league surpassed a half-million fans in attendance, the earliest it has done so in its existence and two weeks ahead of its record-breaking 2017 season.


UEFA Women’s Champions League: VfL Wolfsburg 2-0 Chelsea – Wolfsburg come up trumps at homeVavel
Wolfsburg attack too much for Chelsea to handle as German Champions reach fourth Champions League final.

Lyon Feminines 1-0 Man City Women (1-0 agg): City beaten in Women’s Champions League semi-finalsSky Sports
Reigning champions Lyon have reached a record seventh Women’s Champions League final after a narrow 1-0 win over Manchester City.

Manchester City Women’s Keira Walsh says they’ll come back stronger after Champions League defeatManchester Evening News
Manchester City Women’s manager Nick Cushing insists his side have plenty to be proud of despite their Champions League semi-final defeat to Lyon.

Samantha Kerr, Julie Ertz debut for Chicago in 1-1 draw against Washington SpiritLast Word on Soccer
After a month of NWSL action, the Chicago Red Stars had two of their key players return against the Washington Spirit. Samantha Kerr and Julie Ertz made their season debuts Saturday night.

Marta’s brilliance earns a point for Orlando Pride against Seattle Reign FCVavel
A moment of brilliance from the Brazilian foiled Seattle’s attempts of leaving Orlando with a win.

Rodriguez’s historic goal spoiled as Royals draw Portland, 1-1KSL
Amy Rodriguez walked off with a little piece of history Saturday night. The Utah Royals forward came off the pitch in the 55th minute of the Beehive State women’s soccer outfit’s match against the Portland Thorns, but not before a significant first in franchise history.

Another three points: North Carolina Courage blank Houston DashLast Word on Soccer
Another three points have skyrocketed the North Carolina Courage up the NWSL standings. The Courage dominated the Houston Dash in a 2-0 victory this weekend.

REPORT: Wexford Youths 1-0 Cork CityIrish WNL
An early goal from Aisling Frawley earned Wexford Youths a hard-fought victory over a spirited Cork City outfit in their Continental Tyres Women’s National League clash in Ferrycarrig Park.

The struggles and triumphs of women’s football brought to the stage in LeedsKeighleynews.co.uk
A play inspired by real, untold stories from the world of women’s football, launches at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds.

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Late goals lift Juventus over Inter MilanThe Star
Juan Cuadrado and Gonzalo Higuain scored in the final four minutes as Juventus remained on track to win seventh straight Serie A title.

Fiorentina 3 Napoli 0BBC Sport
Napoli’s hopes of winning Serie A for the first time since 1990 suffered a setback as a big defeat at Fiorentina handed Juventus a clear advantage in the race for the title.

Celtic clinches Scottish league title by thrashing RangersYahoo Sports
Celtic clinched a seventh straight Scottish league title in the sweetest way imaginable on Sunday by thrashing fierce Glasgow rival Rangers.

Pain for Wenger as United grabs late winner against ArsenalSportsnet
Arsene Wenger endured more agony at Old Trafford as his depleted Arsenal side conceded an injury-time goal by Marouane Fellaini to lose 2-1 to Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.

Arsenal star Henrikh Mkhitaryan didn’t celebrate his goal against Manchester United and fans are puzzledManchester Evening News
Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s return to Old Trafford was met with defeat for his new club – and a very odd reaction to scoring against his former club.

PL roundup: Saints go marching up; Chelsea close in on 4thNBC Sports
A roundup of all of Saturday’s action in the Premier League.

Depleted Atletico beats Alaves in Spanish leagueSportsnet
Atletico Madrid’s depleted team defeated Alaves 1-0 to strengthen its grip on second place in the Spanish league on Sunday.

OM miss out on going third after Angers drawLigue 1
Olympique de Marseille failed to hold onto a lead given to them by an early Florian Thauvin penalty as they drew 1-1 at Angers, meaning they failed to climb above Monaco and into the top three.

Bundesliga wrap: Mainz, Hamburg could send relegation race to wireNBC Sports
With two matches to play, the Bundesliga’s relegation race is muddled and the European battle is set to go down to the wire.

Bayern and Roma find goalscoring touchUEFA
Needing second-leg Champions League comebacks next week, Bayern and Roma produced timely reminders of their attacking prowess on Saturday.

FC Twente relegated BBC Sport
FC Twente have been relegated from the Dutch Eredivisie eight years after winning the title under Steve McClaren.

Cape Town City end Pirates’ title challengeAfrican Football
Cape Town City have ended Orlando Pirates’ Absa Premiership title hopes after defeating the Soweto side 1-0 at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

American owner Short writes off Sunderland debt, sells clubNBC Sports
Turn and face the strain, ch-ch-changes. Relegated in consecutive seasons, troubled club Sunderland announced the departure of manager Chris Coleman on Sunday.

‘It’s soulless here’: why West Ham fans are in revoltThe Guardian
When a football club moves from its historic home to a shiny new stadium, it leaves more than memories behind – as West Ham supporters are discovering at the London Stadium

Dear President Trump, please never tweet about soccer againYahoo Sports
Donald Trump tweeted about soccer on Thursday. And, in a wholly unsurprising development, he had no idea what he is talking about.

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