BC Soccer News, Monday, April 4, 2016





BC Soccer Web MATCHDAY: Vancouver Whitecaps  0  LA Galaxy  0, Saturday, April 2, 2016BC Soccer Web
The biggest list of news, previews and match analysis for Saturday’s MLS match between the Vancouver Whitecaps and LA Galaxy.

Mynor Campos Photo Gallery: Whitecaps FC 0 LA Galaxy 0, April 2, 2016BC Soccer Web
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The Good, The Average and The Bad: Whitecaps Draw The Galaxy Goons EditionAFTN
Well that game didn’t go as planned. All players were back from international team duty, Nicolas Mezquida was rip raring to go after buzzing all week in training and, knock on wood, injuries have been at a minimum since the season started.

Whitecaps are building a reputation for resilience Sportsnet
Call the Vancouver Whitecaps whatever you like, but the club is at least gaining a reputation for resilience.

Whitecaps coach, players left searching for answers as MLS keeps handing down red cardsMetro
There have been 16 players sent off for red cards early this MLS season, according to league statistics on Sunday. That list now includes Whitecaps midfielder Matias Laba, and the lofty number of ejections has players and coaches calling foul.

MLS suffering from red card feverThe Province
“There’s just been too many red cards in this league,” Bruce Arena said after the game. Carl Robinson agreed.

MLS in midst of a red-card epidemicToronto Sun
Major League Soccer is inching towards a shinguardless game, the kind of football played on playgrounds and the training pitch — less contact, less risk for injury. It’s becoming an epidemic.

Red-card happy MLS referees: It’s a case of ‘Be careful what you wish for…’ the11.ca
On Saturday night, both the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC had players sent off. As is the case with most of the times a ref brandishes the red card, there were many howls of protest. And, we’re seeing more and more fans question why MLS refs are punishing infractions more severely than they have in the past.

MLS Week 5 Recap, highlights: Few goals, many red cards Empire of Soccer
Major League Soccer returned from the international break with more of a whimper than a bang. In week five, the attacks went as cold as the northeastern weather, with only two of the 18 teams in action managing more than a single goal. Tempers, meanwhile, were hot, as the early season trend of sending offs continued.

Orlando City SC 4, Portland Timbers 1 | MLS Match RecapMLS
Orlando City SC were rude hosts to the reigning MLS Cup champions Sunday night, routing the Portland Timbers 4-1 on goals from Seb Hines, Brek Shea, Kaká and Kevin Molino, with a Joe Bendik penalty kick save thrown in for good measure.

MLS Post-Mortem: Dallas’s plan B, Seattle’s youth and Orlando’s midfieldLAG Confidential
It was an eventful week five in Major League Soccer. MLS Post-Mortem analyzes the happenings, from FC Dallas’s backup plan in midfield to Seattle’s development of Oalex Anderson.

Toronto FC Miss out on Valuable Points in Colorado with this Loss this WeekendWaking the Red
At some point this season we might be able to just talk about a good soccer game.  Referee’s decisions have been the focal point now in three of four matches in 2016.  Oddly enough, not one of those decisions has gone Toronto’s way, so it would be reasonable to expect that the calls will eventually start to flow the way of TFC.

Marsch blasts “shameful” Revs goal, “bad” Geiger performance Empire of Soccer
It’s safe to assume New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch will be getting an unwelcome phone call from the MLS Disciplinary Committee this week.

10-man TFC lacklustre in loss to Rapids Sportsnet
After winning its season opener against the best team in MLS a year ago, Toronto FC is now winless in three games, its latest setback coming in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat away to the Colorado Rapids.

RSL depth players make statement with unlikely win over Sporting KCSBI
The team stayed on track with a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night in Kansas City, Kansas, and Real Salt Lake made a statement with that win by calling upon several players who aren’t regular starters.

Fire earn first win of the season over UnionProst Amerika
Dealing with the elements of Chicago area weather in the early parts of April caused havoc with the Saturday afternoon match at Toyota Park. Before the contest, snow had covered the field for a brief period of time. Then, it was continuous off and on during the match. The sun managed to come out at times, but the teams played in some very tough, brutal, windy conditions.

Montreal Impact shut out again as attack sputters without Didier DrogbaMLS
On Saturday, however, the Impact found themselves unable to find the back of the net for a second consecutive game, ultimately falling to the Sounders 1-0 courtesy of a 79th-minute goal off the head of Sounders forward Clint Dempsey.

Ontivero a work in progress for the Impact – Sportsnet
After opening the MLS campaign with two wins, the Montreal Impact has now lost two in a row. The team’s second defeat, a 1-0 setback, came on Saturday away to the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field, where a late goal from Clint Dempsey was the difference.

Reflections on a mixed football weekend Whitecaps Fan Blog
While I have always praised MLS for trying out new ideas in the very conservative sport of football, continuing MLS play while its best players are absent for international duty is a poor idea. MLS fans are sophisticated enough to see the difference in the football we watch.  MLS fans deserve to see the best players playing for their teams, and anything less shows us disrespect.

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VIDEO: V.I.S.L champs crowned on SundayCHEK
The Vancouver Island Soccer League champs were crowned today at Royal Athletic Park.

BC Soccer Announces its new Vision and Mission with its 2016-2019 Strategic PlanBCSA
Building on the success of the 2012-2015 BC Soccer Strategic Plan, BC Soccer is pleased to introduce to the membership and the wider soccer community it’s 2016-2019 Strategic Plan.

BCSPL 2016 scholarship applications will be open April 5 through May 6 – BCSPL
The annual EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League scholarships for grade 12 applicants will be launched on April 5.

VISL AGM Notice – Mon May 30/2016 VISL
The AGM is fast approaching, please note it is a mandatory meeting for all teams south of the Malahat. If you wanted to propose a rule change or put a request for something on the agenda, please do so by Friday April 15.

Trinity Western’s Leighton Johnson (Calgary) scored the game’s only goal in the 68th minute to lift the Spartans to a 1-0 win over Seattle Pacific Saturday. The victory marked TWU’s first win of the spring season as well as the first win since Mike Shearon took over as head coach.

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 DirectorsBCSA
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.

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Canadian women gearing up for Dutch friendlySportsnet
On the surface, Canada’s upcoming friendly versus the Netherlands may seem to be just a tune-up match for the Olympics in Rio. However, recent meetings between the Canadians and the Dutch have proven to be dramatic and intense.

Buchanan named to Canadian squad for international friendly  – Brampton Guardian
Brampton’s Kadeisha Buchanan has been named to the roster for Canada’s Women’s National Soccer team (WNT) for an upcoming camp and international friendly in the Netherlands.

Para Soccer stars Hodgson, Stiles returning from injuryCSA
Canada Soccer’s Para Soccer players were among the 54,798 fans in attendance on Friday at the record-breaking FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match in Vancouver, British Columbia. Coach Drew Ferguson and players attended the match during the recent three-day camp in nearby Burnaby.

United U12 ‘Germany’ crush ‘Canada’Yorkton This Week
Each year the City of Regina plays host to a soccer competition that allows Saskatchewan soccer players from the age of 10 and up to represent either their home country, country of ancestral origin, or country of their choosing in an ‘international’ competition.

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WFC2 Top Timbers 2 For Second Straight Win Eighty-Six Forever
Talk about an impressive opening to the season for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, the Whitecaps USL affiliate team. Starting the season with two straight road matches, the boys have walked away with all six points after topping the Timbers 2, 3-1 on Saturday.

Daniel Haber hoping to light up USL with WFC2 using “clear goal” of MLS as motivation AFTN
Haber has spent the last three years playing his football over in Israel and Cyprus, but the 23-year-old striker felt the time was right to head back home to Canada, with the ultimate aim of securing a MLS deal his motivation.

Arango brace lifts Cosmos over Fury 3-0Empire of Soccer
Despite some early worries along the back line, the New York Cosmos endured in their season opener to claim victory over the visiting Ottawa Fury FC 3-0 thanks to some opportunistic finishing from Juan Arango and Adam Moffat — as well as some uncharacteristic errors from the reigning NASL Golden Glove winner, Romuald Peiser.

Miller proud of FCE’s defensive doggedness the11.ca
After captain Albert Watson was sent off in the first half, FC Edmonton was forced to hunker and bunker in its NASL season opener at Rayo OKC. But a valiant double-save from FCE keeper Matt VanOekel and some dogged defending from the Eddies allowed the visitors to escape with a 0-0 draw.

Furious Review: Swept AsideTotal NASL
The New York Cosmos made short work of the Ottawa Fury Sunday night in Hempstead, New York, as the 2015 Champions romped to a 3-0 victory in a rematch of last year’s NASL Final.

Soccer party still rages in Sacramento Sacramento Bee
Three years into it, the soccer thing keeps getting more real around here. You need a witness? Talk to any of the 11,569 fans at Bonney Field on Saturday night for Republic FC’s home opener. They brought the energy. If you thought the novelty of a third-division iteration of the beautiful game that we’re seeing in Sacramento had worn off, you’d be as wrong as Arizona United SC goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski was when he fluttered right as Cameron Iwasa kicked left in the 84th minute. The goal accounted for Sacramento’s 1-0 victory.

Bethlehem Steel FC: the return of soccer royalty The Morning Call
Mark Cole hoisted the black, red and white flag high — its colors rippling in the wind as he led the Mackay Pipe Band and a contingent of soccer enthusiasts Sunday toward Lehigh University’s Goodman Stadium.

Steel foiled by Cincinnati in inaugural home openerWFMZ
Bethlehem Steel dropped a 2-1 decision to FC Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon at Lehigh’s Goodman Stadium in the franchise’s inaugural home game.

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U.S. women’s soccer star Wambach arrested for DUI in Oregon 24 Hours
Retired U.S. woman’s soccer star Abby Wambach was arrested in Oregon on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, an incident for which the popular player apologized on Sunday on social media.

NWSL slightly raises cap, minimum salary The Equalizer
The salary cap for each team has increased to $278,000 for the 2016 season, up from $265,000 last year. Rosters remain at 20 players per team, although United States and Canada women’s national team players are paid by their federation outside of that cap, so the number of players paid under that cap varies by team.

Women’s Under-19 EURO elite round preview UEFA
The elite round takes place this week, with holders Sweden and four-time champions Germany among 24 teams vying for seven places at July’s finals in Slovakia.

FA Women’s Cup Sixth Round – Round up: Clean sweep for the home teamsVavel
Chelsea, Sunderland, Arsenal and Manchester City make up the last four of the competition after Sunday’s quarter-finals.

#SWPL16 – Game 3 Round UpScottish Women’s Premier League
Despite the SWPL 1 games being postponed, the SWPL 2 produced four games full of entertainment, excitement and goals.

Round-Up: Wexford hit the dozenContinental Tyres Women’s National League
Wexford Youths AFC moved into third position in the Continental Tyres Women’s National League table after a blistering second-half performance against Kilkenny United.

Women’s soccer: why building a fanbase is a complicated puzzle for clubsThe Guardian
As the NWSL enters its fourth year and its financial future uncertain, clubs have a question to answer: should they focus on youngsters, or try to build an adult supporters’ culture?

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Antonio Conte confirmed as new Chelsea managerGoal
The 46-year-old coach is relishing the opportunity to work in the Premier League and return to club management, but says his only focus is on Italy until after the Euros.

Antonio Conte: the volcanic manager who will never settle for second best at Chelsea The Guardian
Chelsea’s new manager is demanding and unafraid of bruising egos. He has been likened to Sir Alex Ferguson and his success is built on flexibility and ferocity

Leicester now 7 points clear with win over Southampton Sportsnet
After a fourth successive 1-0 victory sent Leicester into a seven-point lead, some giddy fans started to unfurl Premier League “champions” scarves in the King Power Stadium.

Lyon climbs to third in Ligue 1 with win at LorientSportsnet
France forward Alexandre Lacazette scored twice as Lyon reasserted its credentials in the fight for Champions League spots with a 3-1 win at Lorient on Sunday.

Serie A round-up: Roma close in on second place after 4-1 win over LazioThe Guardian
Roma have second place firmly in their sights after closing to within four points of Napoli with a humbling 4-1 derby victory over Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico.

‘Panama Papers’ link football’s wealthy to tax avoidance network Goal
Millions of documents leaked from a Panamanian law firm reportedly show how the rich and famous store offshore wealth – a web which extends to soccer.

FIFA ethics’ Damiani, Platini, Valcke and Messi all named in Panama PapersInside World Football
FIFA is facing fresh crisis right at the heart of the body responsible for rooting out corruption after ethics committee member Juan Pedro Damiani was himself placed under investigation after being caught up in an explosive tax haven scandal dubbed the Panama Papers, one of the biggest leaks of a confidential database ever recorded.

Leaked papers give Fifa ethics committee new credibility crisis The Guardian
Fifa could face another crisis after the Panama Papers revealed an apparent conflict of interest at the heart of the ethics committee supposed to clean it up.

Ancelotti: Zidane changed the way I saw footballGoal
The Italian says that the sole reason he ditched his preferred 4-4-2 formation for 4-3-1-2 was to accommodate the “fantastic” Frenchman during their time together at Juventus.

Glasgow’s festival of football celebrates cultural influence of the beautiful gameThe National
During April it will be possible to see football on the big screen everywhere from the Centre for Contemporary Arts to Grier’s Bar in Easterhouse.

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