BC Soccer News, Monday, February 23, 2018



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Report and Reaction: Sporting KC show no mercy for Whitecaps in rout AFTN
It certainly feels like rock bottom for Vancouver Whitecaps after one of the worst performances we’ve seen in their eight MLS seasons so far. The scary thing is, it isn’t. There’s still a long way to fall yet, they’re actually still third in the West after all, but the burning question after Friday night’s 6-0 demolition at Sporting Kansas City, is does this team have the moxie to halt the slide not and get back to the top or are we in for a tortuous few months of football?

Whitecaps FC fall to Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy ParkWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3-4-1) fell 6-0 on the road to Western Conference leading Sporting Kansas City (5-1-2) at Children’s Mercy Park on Friday.

Whitecaps vow to bounce back after embarrassing loss to Sporting KCNational Post
There’s a thin line between love and hate. There’s also a thin line between a close game and a blowout.

Talking Tactics: Were Whitecaps doomed to fail with set-up in KC?AFTN
Remember the date – April 20th, 2018. A dark day in Whitecaps history.

Vancouver Whitecaps: No alarms and no surprisesSoccer Shorts
Fans of the Vancouver Whitecaps probably feel more like joining a support group than supporter’s group right now.

MLS: Timbers end NYCFC’s unbeaten start; Seattle get 1st winNBC Sports
Sunday was a very good day for a pair of green-clad Cascadia rivals, the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders, as the former put to end the unbeaten start of the best team in MLS, while the latter picked up their first win of 2018.

MLS Week 8 review: Remi Garde leads Montreal forwardMLS Multiplex
MLS Week 8 saw more pain for a Montreal Impact side who are close to being a threat in the East, and a wacky game in Kansas City.

Toronto FC continue to drop points in MLS for Champions LeagueTip of the Tower
In another shocking display domestically, Toronto FC got dumped by the Houston Dynamo 5-1 away from home.

Houston Dynamo fix more kinks beating depleted Toronto FC SaturdayMLS Multiplex
Houston Dynamo chose a depleted Toronto FC squad to finish working out their early-season issues. The Dynamo won 5-1 Saturday at home.

Sacrificing early league games for CCL success the right move for Toronto FCWaking the Red
In this case it has become clear that “winning them all,” or at least playing their first choice roster every game, is not realistic. Instead of spreading themselves too thin, Toronto FC has done the smart thing: put all their eggs in the CONCACAF basket.

Matchday Seven: Loons Bright Spots Overwhelmed By Errors, Again, Again, AgainFifty Five One
At points last season, I sometimes felt like reprinting my previous columns, as Minnesota United FC made the same mistakes over and over again. Well, it’s deja vu all over again, after a fourth straight loss from the Loons, a third straight winnable game that was never as close as it should’ve been, and another early season mess to sort out.

Down to 10 men, the Impact falls 5-3 to LAFCMontreal Impact
The Montreal Impact lost its first game at Stade Saputo, 5-3 against Los Angeles FC in front of 20,302 supporters. Nacho Piatti scored his first hat-trick with the Bleu-blanc-noir in the first half, while Evan Bush made 14 saves, a club record, including one off a penalty.

Savarese calls Timbers’ emphatic win over NYCFC “a very important step”MLS
Opening the season with five straight road games due to the expansion project at Providence Park was rough for the Portland Timbers, as they scuffled to an 0-3-2 start.

Hanging on to Patrick Vieira about more than New York City FCMLS Multiplex
MLS still gets a bad rap across the Atlantic, and while it doesn’t really matter, holding onto Patrick Vieira would be a massive middle finger.

Major League Soccer needs to fix its officiating to be taken seriouslyMontreal Gazette
I confess that I’ve been slow to warm to Major League Soccer. Actually, “slow” doesn’t cover it — if this were a race with a glacier, the glacier would be ahead by several lengths.

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Canada Soccer Para Team to Hold Open Evaluation in VictoriaBCSA
The Canada Soccer Para Team is coming to Victoria BC on April 29 to host an open tryout. Coached by British Columbia resident Drew Fergusson the team competes globally making this a great opportunity to represent your home country in various locations across the world. To compete on the Canada Soccer Para team you have to have one of three disabilities; mild cerebral palsy, recovering from a stroke, or acquired brain injury.

Get To Know Your TSS Rovers: Brendan SkinnerAFTN
One of the great things about the TSS Rovers squad for this coming PDL season is the familiarity and existing chemistry so many of the players have together. Many of them have played their youth football together for years, whether through the Whitecaps Residency program, the BCSPL, or at college. Sometimes a combination of all three.

Get To Know Your TSS Rovers: Luciano TrasoliniAFTN
Goalkeepers. They’re a breed apart. A little bit crazy, let’s be honest here! A fingertip can be the difference between them being the game’s hero or villain. Last season, Andrew Hicks was the TSS Rovers hero time and time again. The big stopper kept the Rovers in so many matches and helped win them a lot of points. He was rightly named the club’s and the supporters’ Player of the Year.

Canada 150 funded lights up in West Kelowna sports fieldsInfotel
The lights are up on West Kelowna sports fields as of yesterday. Minor baseball, football and soccer clubs have been requesting the lights to the fields for several years.

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.


CONCACAF cancels women’s U-17 tournament due to violenceNBC Sports
CONCACAF has canceled the rest of its 2018 Women’s Under-17 Championship following violence in Managua, Nicaragua, where the tournament began Thursday. (Editor’s note: At the time of posting, there are credible reports that Canada’s U17 Women’s team are safe and on a flight headed to Miami.)

Ontario’s Toronto Idolo Futsal win 2018 Futsal Canadian ChampionshipCSA
Ontario’s Toronto Idolo Futsal defeated Québec’s Sporting Montréal FC 6:1 to earn their first Futsal Canadian Championship title on 22 April, at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. Last year’s silver medalists, Saskatoon Olimpia SK FC earned a bronze medal with a 5:2 victory over Québec’s Sporting Québec FC. Alberta defeated Manitoba 4:2 to secure fifth place while Yukon defeated Nunavut 3:2 to earn seventh place.

Manitoba soccer players hope to honour friend with refugee-filled teamCTV
A group of athletes in Winnipeg is hoping to keep their friend’s dream alive by raising enough money for their refugee-filled team to compete in Manitoba’s top soccer league.

Unionville Milliken Men To Spotlight Pro Model, Community Roots, In Debut SeasonLeague1 Ontario
With over 100 players now moved on from League1 organizations to professional environments, and the 2019 debut season for the Canadian Professional League (CPL) just around the corner, member organizations are eager to parade the quality in their ranks. One such organization is the new men’s team from Unionville Milliken SC.

Canadian Player PoolCanucks Abroad
Canucks Abroad is the best resource for tracking the current pool of Canadian pro players around the world. They now have their own website.

CS Saint-Laurent wins the U14 International Qualification TournamentMontreal Impact
On Sunday night, CS Saint-Laurent won the U14 International Qualification Tournament final, presented by Nutrilait, 1-0, against the Braves d’Ahuntsic, at Centre Nutrilait. The team also qualified for the International U14, which will be presented by the Fédération des producteurs d’oeufs du Québec, from June 28 to July 1.

Residents considering legal action to stop new soccer field at Immaculata High SchoolCTV Ottawa
Community members are considering legal action to delay the construction of a new soccer field at an Old East Ottawa high school. Earlier this year, The Ottawa Catholic School board signed a 21-year-deal with the Ottawa Footy Sevens to build a $2-million field at Immaculata High School.

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Match Report: Foxes, San Antonio FC play to scoreless drawFresno FC
The Foxes extended their unbeaten streak to six matches, but still couldn’t come away with three points as they were held to a 0-0 draw against San Antonio FC on Sunday evening at Chukchansi Park. It was the first time this season that Fresno FC was held scoreless through 90 minutes.

Noah Verhoeven thriving in his first season with USL affiliate Fresno FCWhitecaps FC
When Vancouver Whitecaps FC partnered with USL expansion side Fresno FC to be their USL affiliate, the club knew that it’s young prospects would be challenged.

USL Rewind – Week 6SBI
Week 6 of the 2018 USL saw eight draws from the eleven matches on hand.

Fury FC Strikes Late, Earns Draw with NCFCUSL
Portilla’s corner kick results in own goal equalizer before 6,137 at home opener.

NYRB II Extend Unbeaten Run to Four Games, Draw LA II, 1-1NYRB
New York Red Bulls II made their lone cross-country out to face fellow MLS 2 side, LA Galaxy II, battling to a 1-1 draw to extend their unbeaten run to four games.

Eastern Conf. Notebook — Carleton Keeps Cool for AtlantaUSL
While both ATL UTD 2 and Louisville City FC entering Saturday night’s game at Coolray Field on Saturday undefeated this season, the differences between the two in experience and previous performances meant it certainly served as a litmus test for the hosts.

Hounds, Cincinnati Finish Even Before 24,505USL
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC remained undefeated in the 2018 USL regular season after earning a quality 2-2 result against FC Cincinnati in front of 24,505 at Nippert Stadium on Saturday evening.


Brazil win women’s Copa America with unbeaten runEurosport
Brazil beat Colombia 3-0 on the final day of the Women’s Copa America on Sunday to win the tournament for the seventh time in eight attempts.

Chile qualify for maiden Women’s World CupFIFA
Chile broke through for their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification in spectacular fashion with a 4-0 win over Argentina in the final round of the Copa America Femenina on Sunday.

UEFA Women’s Champions League: Chelsea 1-3 VfL Wolfsburg – Germans come from behind to secure advantageVavel
Leading for just fourteen minutes, Chelsea were outclassed in the first leg of their UWCL semi final.

UEFA Women’s Champions League: Manchester City 0-0 Olympique LyonnaisVavel
Reigning Champions Lyon were held to a goalless draw at the Academy Stadium.

Champions Japan headline France-bound Asian quintetFIFA
Japan retained their AFC Asian Women’s Cup crown in a tournament which determined the five nations that will represent the world’s most populous continent at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.

Matildas’ Asian Cup defeat a setback that could prove a World Cup boonThe Guardian
Australia’s women’s national football team would have preferred silverware in Amman, but defeat could aid greater aspirations next year in France.

Utah Royals FC take a point on the road against undefeated North Carolina CourageVavel
After an eventful 90 minutes the Utah Royals were able to earn their third tie of the season against the undefeated North Carolina Courage in a 2-2 draw.

Orlando Pride concerned about lowest attendance mark in club history set during Sunday winPro Soccer USA
A night after Orlando City announced a sellout crowd for a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes, the Orlando Pride earned their first victory of the season in front of an all-time low crowd.

Chicago Red Stars 1-1 Sky Blue FCProst Amerika
The Chicago Red Stars are still awaiting a number of starting players returning to its team, but the club continues showing progress with its league standing sitting behind league-leading North Carolina.

BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2018: Five nominees up for awardBBC Sport
Five players have been shortlisted for the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2018 award and voting is now open.

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Juventus 0-1 Napoli: Serie A title race back on… againNBC Sports
This season’s scudetto race has been very much on, all but over, back on, a mere formality and now, following Sunday’s clash between first- and second-place Juventus and Napoli, on again… all inside the last four or five weeks of this roller-coaster Serie A season.

Napoli beat Juventus: Thousands of fans welcome team at Naples airportBBC Sport
Napoli, who have not won the Italian title since 1990, became only the third team to win a league game away to the Turin side in over five years.

Barcelona wins its fourth straight Copa del ReyThe Star
Barcelona became the first team in 85 years to win four straight Copa del Rey titles after blowing away Sevilla 5-0 in the final on Saturday.

Chelsea beats Southampton to book FA Cup final vs UnitedSportsnet
Chelsea will play Manchester United in the FA Cup final after beating Southampton 2-0 in the second semifinal at Wembley Stadium on Sunday with goals from Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata.

Man City celebrates title, Wenger’s farewell starts with winSquamish Chief
Manchester City’s jubilant fans ran onto the field in their thousands, singing and dancing as the Premier League champions’ title celebrations exploded into life at Etihad Stadium.

Week 34 review: Five stars for OL, OM as Monaco fallLigue 1
Big wins for the Olympiques and another loss for Monaco left the three sides separated by just a point in the race for second; Nice and Saint-Etienne both won to boost their bids for Europa League football next season.

Cologne on brink of relegation after draw with SchalkeSportsnet
Schalke put one foot in the Champions League next season while leaving Cologne on the brink of Bundesliga relegation with a 2-2 draw in a thunderstorm on Sunday.

Bayern host Real Madrid in the latest instalment of the European ClasicoFussballstadt
Bayern vs Real Madrid is the very definition of the clash of European football royalty. In fact, it is the continental equivalent of the EL Clasico or Klassiker as no match in the European competition has been played more often than Bayern against Real Madrid.

Mohamed Salah: From rescuing Roma to revitalizing LiverpoolLondon Free Press
His departure rescued Roma. His arrival revitalized Liverpool. When the two clubs meet over two legs in the Champions League semifinals, the matches will also serve as a celebration of Mohamed Salah, a player who means more to Roma and Liverpool than they could ever have imagined.

Arsène Wenger already attracting job offers for after Arsenal, says David DeinThe Guardian
The former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein believes Arsène Wenger will have “no shortage of offers” to continue his managerial career and has said that interest in the 68-year-old is already building.

Sunderland relegated: What awaits Chris Coleman’s side in League One?BBC Sport
Two seasons, two relegations, too many low points to chart for Sunderland Association Football Club.

UEFA: Europa League trophy not damaged after being stolenSportsnet
The silverware was at a promotional event in the Mexican city of Leon when it was reported by authorities to have been taken from a vehicle.

La Liga posts record €3.6 billion revenue figure and promises more to comeInside World Football
LaLiga has released record revenue figures for 2016-17 showing the Spanish league generating €3.662 billion, a 15.6% increase of €495 million on the previous season. LaLiga is moving aggressively in international markets and domestically to build the value of its commercial rights, vocally targeting the Premier League and its dominant international position, particularly as regards broadcast revenue.

Ian Wright’s £7m memorabilia haul sold off after ex-wife failed to keep up with storage paymentsThe Telegraph
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has expressed his dismay after discovering a hoard of his playing memorabilia sold off by debt collectors in America.

Gainsborough Trinity: The club that went 145 years without being relegatedBBC Sport
Non-league Gainsborough Trinity had two long-standing records to speak of prior to Saturday’s National League North visit to Telford. In the 145 years since they were first formed in 1873, they had never been promoted and never been relegated.

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