BC Soccer News, Monday, July 3, 2017




Whitecaps destroyed by four alarm FireAFTN
Chicago Fire took their unbeaten run to ten matches, maintaining their undefeated home record in the process, with a first half demolition job on Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday afternoon.

10-men ‘Caps fall 4-0 to red-hot FireWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6W-7L-3D) were the latest victim of the red-hot Chicago Fire (11W-3L-4D) on Saturday, falling 4-0 in a Canada Day clash at Toyota Park.

Whitecaps shut out by Eastern Conference-leading FireSportsnet
Nemanja Nikolic scored two early goals, pushing his MLS-leading total to 16, and the Chicago Fire beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-0 on Saturday night to take the Eastern Conference lead.

Chicago Fire ironman Bastian Schweinsteiger injured in 4-0 winMLS
The first three months of Bastian Schweinsteiger’s time in Major League Soccer have been a rebuke to those who worried health or fitness might be concerns for the 32-year-old, or that he might be over the hill after two years struggling to get on the field for Manchester United.

Episode 206 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Sound The Alarm with guests Brett Levis and Marcel de Jong)AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps headed east to face the best team in MLS right now, Chicago Fire, and they got their asses handed to them. We look back at the highs and lows from the game, some individual performances, and we hear from coaches Carl Robinson and Veljko Paunović.

Red-hot Nemanja Nikolic says he’s still not at his scoring best with FireMLS
The only person who seems unimpressed by Nemanja Nikolic’s goalscoring clip with the Chicago Fire this season is the Hungarian himself.

Whitecaps FC defender Sheanon Williams cleared to return to team activities and competitionWhitecaps FC
Following an assessment by MLS’ Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) Program doctors and an investigation by Major League Soccer, Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Sheanon Williams has been cleared to return to team activities and competition.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Danger! High Voltage Soccer Shorts
There can’t have been many Vancouver Whitecaps fans who approached the game against the in form Chicago Fire with much hope or expectation, but the ensuing 4-0 rout must surely have been at the low end of those hopes and expectations.

Toronto FC now chasing red-hot Chicago Fire in MLS standings: ‘They’re a different team now’Toronto Sun
At one point this year it seemed as if Toronto FC’s reign atop the Eastern Conference would persist for the entirety of the MLS regular season.

Montreal Impact 2, DC United 0 | 2017 MLS Match RecapMLS
Blerim Dzemaili scored on a 25-yard cracker in the 21st minute and then set up Chris Duvall’s second career MLS goal with a deft chip two minutes later, helping the Montreal Impact to a 2-0 victory over D.C. United on Saturday evening at Stade Saputo.

FC Dallas 3, Toronto FC 1 | 2017 MLS Match RecapMLS
Despite two of their top players being with the US national team, Dallas were able to beat the top team in MLS 3-1 at Toyota Stadium on Saturday night. Toronto FC were also missing a few of their regular starters and fall behind the Chicago Fire in the Supporters’ Shield standings with the loss and Chicago’s 4-0 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Toronto FC can only overcome the odds without full-strength XI for so longWaking the Red
The Reds’ ability to cope with losses has been lauded this season, but eventually they were going to catch up with them.

Union cruise to win over depleted Revs SBI
Playing against a depleted New England Revolution team that is without a road win in league play this season, the Union came away with a 3-0 victory at Talen Energy Stadium.

San Jose Earthquakes 2, LA Galaxy 1 | 2017 MLS Match RecapMLS
The San Jose Earthquakes were able to come from behind and grab a 2-1 victory in the Cali Clasico. It’s a result that pushes the Earthquakes forward in the Western Conference, and has the LA Galaxy asking serious questions heading into the Independence Day holiday.

Bruce Arena shows that many of USA’s best prospects are MLS basedThe Guardian
The USMNT coach has always respected players from the domestic league, and this summer is likely to be a showcase of the talent available in MLS.

Stoke City FC Coaches at Kamloops Youth Soccer High Performance School


UBC settles for silver at WEUFT World CupUBC
The UBC Thunderbirds ran into a very tough and skilled Tubingen (Germany) side in the final of the WEUFT (World Elite University Football Tournament) and settled for the silver medal after falling 2-0.

Highlanders Concede 4-1 Loss To Timbers U-23 To Close Out Road TripHighlanders FC
Victoria Highlanders FC (3W-0D-7L) closed out their three-game road trip with a 4-1 defeat to Portland Timbers U-23 (6W-1D-5L), July 2 in Salem, Oregon.

Highlanders Fall 7-1 In Saturday Match Versus Lane UnitedHighlanders FC
Victoria Highlanders FC (3W-0D-6L) dropped a 7-1 decision to Lane United FC (3W-4D-6L), July 1 in their first of back-to-back weekend matches south of the border.

Sounders U23 clip TSS Rovers in PDL playGoalWA
The Sounders U23 team got back to their winning ways with a 3-2 victory over the TSS Rovers on Saturday, July 1st at Sunset Stadium in Sumner.

Connaught Series: dominant Westminster side wins four national titles in nine yearsCSA
From 1928 to 1936, the Westminster Royals were the dominant team of Canadian soccer, winning four Dominion of Canada Football Championships, five Connaught Series provincial playdowns, and four BC Province Cup titles. They won 23 of 30 matches in the inter-provincial playdowns, with captain Dave Turner lifting the Challenge Trophy at the end of the championship in 1928, 1930, 1931, and 1936.

Surrey midfielder Bachra signs with Cascades women’s soccer programUFV
University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer head coach Rob Giesbrecht has rounded out his 2017 recruiting class by signing Raman Bachra.

UK Academy Team Returning to KamloopsKYSA
For the third straight year, the Moreton School Football Academy soccer team from Wolverhampton, England is coming to Kamloops. While in the Tournament Capital, the U18 boys will be playing four Exhibition games: one against the Kamloops Blaze U18s Boys, one against the Thompson-Okanagan Football Club U18 Boys and two matches against the TRU Men’s Soccer Team.

UFV’s MacMillan, Park and Bertram to represent Canada at Summer Universiade UFV
The University of the Fraser Valley athletic department is sending its largest-ever contingent to the 2017 Summer Universiade, which runs Aug. 19-30 in Chinese Taipei. Connor MacMillan will suit up for the Canadian men’s soccer entry at the FISU (Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire) event.

BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book RecommendationsBC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.

2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in ReviewBCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.

BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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PDL PHOTOS: TSS Rovers 2 Lane Utd. 2, May 12, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour and Holbrook Sports Management are excited to announce the expansion of the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour into the Canadian soccer market. With the first event previously announced to take place on the August 19/20 weekend in Surrey, BC, the 3v3 Soccer Tour will expand to Abbotsford, BC, on August 20 and will include men’s and women’s open divisions.

2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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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.

REVIEW: The Miracle Mile. Stories of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games BC BookLook
Author Jason Beck is curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame in BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, and convenor two years ago of an excellent exhibition about the 1954 Games. In his first book, he proves to be a meticulous researcher, a compelling story-teller, and a crafty realist who knows how to hook his readers. Watch how, two pages into the book, he uses filmic technique to evoke the arriving athletes’ youthful buzz and give period colouring and costuming, but then smartly moves his camera in to introduce his stars.

TSS Rovers launch website & 2017 Season Ticket CampaignTSS Rovers
TSS FC Rovers play their inaugural season in the PDL at iconic Swangard Stadium. Season Tickets are $70 for Adults, $49 for U12 Youth.

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!

To our Readers: A Choice BC Soccer Web
Soccer has brought us to the United States many times. It’s a great place with decent people. We especially look forward to our Cascadia trips to Seattle and Portland. They’re incredible cities with wonderful supporters. That’s why it was so disheartening to see chaos and fear take hold in the airports and borders of our neighbours to the south.

Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on saleHighlanders FC
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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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Canada’s preparations underway at home for the CONCACAF Gold CupCSA
Canada have begun preparations for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a camp at home in Alliston, ON. Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will have five days together just north of Toronto before heading to USA for the confederation championship.

Golden age could be on the way for CanadaWinnipeg Free Press
An exciting season of Canadian soccer, that kicked off with the April announcement that this country will endeavour to co-host the 2026 World Cup, is set to intensify further with next week’s start of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Canada, which hasn’t progressed beyond the group stage of the North and Central America and Caribbean tournament since 2009, will play the 2017 installment’s first match Friday against French Guiana.

Kadeisha Buchanan, Remember the Name Montreal Gazette
CANWNT’s roster of incredible athletes includes a soon-to-be-household name who is already known all over the football world for her passion, intensity and thrilling, peerless defending: Kadeisha Buchanan. At just 21 years old, her accomplishments stagger belief.

WVU Soccer: Kadeisha Buchanan nominated for ESPYHail WV
WVU soccer standout Kadeisha Buchanan is nominated for the Best Female College Athlete at the 2017 ESPY Awards.

NWSL in good hands with Canada’s top goalkeepersThe Equalizer
Canada’s climb up the latest FIFA rankings to fourth overall has been in part due to the tremendous goalkeeping the red and white have available. Stephanie Labbe, Sabrina D’Angelo and Kailen Sheridan have all made a terrific impact in the NWSL with Washington, North Carolina and Sky Blue FC, respectively. Canada’s depth in net has provided a competition battle whenever the national team comes together.

Celebrating Canada: The greatest Canadian Women’s national team players AFTN
With the 150th birthday of Canada, we at AFTN decided to try to come up with a definitive list of best all-time Canadian soccer players on both the men’s and the women’s side. In order to do that we sent out invitations to a cross section of people that included media covering Canadian soccer, former players, and hardcore supporters of the national teams.

Celebrating Canada: The greatest Canadian Men’s national team players AFTN
With the 150th birthday of Canada, we at AFTN decided to try to come up with a definitive list of best all-time Canadian soccer players on both the men’s and the women’s side. In order to do that we sent out invitations to a cross section of people that included media covering Canadian soccer, former players, and hardcore supporters of the national teams.

U SPORTS announces Universiade rosters for soccer, men’s volleyball, and men’s basketball Canada West
U SPORTS announced Thursday the rosters for the men’s and women’s soccer, men’s volleyball and men’s basketball teams set to represent Canada at the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei.

The Rivalry Grows as KW United is Frustrated by the Michigan BucksNorthern Starting XI
Tensions were high, as were expectations in this clash of the titans in the Great Lakes division of the USLPDL. The two leading teams of the division; KW United and the Michigan Bucks, had not met on the pitch since the beginning of the season in Michigan, when the Bucks defeated KW United 2-0. A lot has changed since that early season game; KW has added to their roster significantly and has found their chemistry, and the Bucks have continued to build a solid winning team.

Four soccer fields destroyed in act of vandalismKingston Whig-Standard
Kingston Police have charged a youth after four soccer fields were destroyed at John Machin Soccer Park on Saturday night. Residents in a Kingston East neighbourhood woke up Sunday to find four of the nine natural turf fields at the park had been driven on by a pickup truck. Tire tracks were sunk deep into the fields after the vehicle had done “doughnuts” in the soft, damp grass.

Tickets on sale for #CanadaRED international soccer match in Toronto CSA
Red, rouge, rosso, vermelho, rojo: no matter how you say it, Canadian supporters are asked to wear their #CanadaRED when Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team faces CONCACAF rivals Jamaica to close out the 2017 Summer of Soccer. The Men’s International Friendly match will give soccer fans a chance to show their Canadian pride when Canada returns to BMO Field in Toronto this Saturday 2 September.

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Whitecaps FC 2 fall 2-0 to Sounders FC 2 on Canada 150 in LangleyWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 (4W-8L-3D) suffered a tough 2-0 loss against Seattle Sounders FC 2 (7W-7L-2D) as fans were treated to a Canada Day celebration with some USL soccer action at McLeod Athletic Park on Saturday afternoon.

S2’s Seesaw Trend ContinuesUSL
Seattle Sounders FC 2 continues to alternate between wins and losses going all the way back to the start of June. S2 was on the positive end Saturday with a 2-0 victory against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 at McLeod Athletic Park.

USL Week 15 Rewind: Monarchs lose, Timbers tie Orange County, and moreSBI
Real Monarchs SLC lost their first game in almost three months, dropping points to the Tulsa Roughnecks.

NASL Rewind: SF and Jacksonville gain groundSoccer America
During a bye week for league leader Miami, which plays at North Carolina on the Fourth of July, Jacksonville moved into third place with a win over Edmonton and second-place San Francisco extended its undefeated streak to six games.

Broken record: Controversial call, lack of scoring touch send Eddies to another loss the11.ca
For the fourth straight NASL match, FC Edmonton failed to score a goal. For the fourth straight match, the Eddies chalked up a loss.

Toronto FC II fall short in seven-goal thriller against Harrisburg City IslandersWaking the Red
The Young Reds found their scoring boots, but could not overcome mistakes on Saturday evening.

Match Recap: Fury FC -@- Louisville City FCOttawa Fury
Fury FC late-push not enough as Ottawa drops 2-1 decision in Louisville.

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NWSL Rewind: Rapinoe: ‘This week was ridiculous’ Soccer America
Megan Rapinoe scored twice in consecutive matches to give the Seattle Reign a pair of wins (2-1 over Chicago and 2-0 over Portland) that catapulted it into third place in the NWSL standings behind only North Carolina and Chicago.

Rapinoe dominates to level Pacific Northwest Derby; Fishlock leaves with knee injuryThe Equalizer
For the first time since the Pacific Northwest Derby kicked off four years ago, the Reign and Thorns are on even terms against each other. After spotting the Thorns a four-game lead during their forgettable debut season in 2013, the Reign made it 6-6-3 with a 2-0 victory in front of 4,270 Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

Houston Dash continue winning streak at FC Kansas City’s home fieldProst Amerika
FC Kansas City hosted the Houston Dash for their first meeting of three between the two teams. The Dash have never lost to the Blues on the road and tonight, they were determined to continue their winning streak in Kansas City.

Alex Morgan, Orlando Pride working to get back in syncOrlando Sentinel
After missing the first half of the season, it’s no surprise there was some miscommunication between Alex Morgan and her Orlando Pride teammates when she returned on Saturday.

Kerr’s Late Goal Gives Sky Blue Huge Win Over North CarolinaEmpire of Soccer
Through Sam Kerr, all things seem possible. Kerr, one of the most exciting players in the National Women’s Soccer League, volleyed home the game-winner in the 84th minute to spark Sky Blue’s improbable 1-0 victory over first-place North Carolina Courage in Cary, N.C., on a sweltering Saturday afternoon.

Euro 2017: Group A Preview – Netherlands, Norway, Denmark & BelgiumVavel
The hosts have a long road ahead of them to get out of Group A and into the knock-out rounds.

Women’s EURO: contenders get readyUEFA
With UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 set to kick off on 16 July we see how the 16 contenders are preparing: who has named their squad, who are dealing with injury blows?

Euro 2017 round-table: VAVEL writers make their predications ahead of the tournamentVavel
Less than two weeks before the tournament kicks off, our writers share their opinions.

Toppserien week 12 review: LSK enters the Euro break as table leadersVavel
The Toppserien goes on a break for the upcoming European Championship, LSK have most to celebrate as they sit top.

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Germany overcomes Chile to win Confederations CupSportsnet
Germany’s experimental young side overcame street-wise Chile to win a bruising Confederations Cup final 1-0 on Sunday, vindicating Joachim Loew’s decision to leave most of his world champions at home.

Germany top FIFA World Ranking over Brazil as Switzerland and Poland riseESPN FC
Germany will return to the summit of the FIFA World Ranking after their Confederations Cup victory over Chile.

Marquez, Ochoa slam sporadic VAR use in Confed Cup loss to PortugalESPN FC
Mexico captain Rafa Marquez has questioned FIFA’s decision-making in choosing the officials for their third-place playoff against Portugal in the Confederations Cup on Sunday and slammed the decision not to use video assistant referee (VAR) on a penalty shout late in extra time.

FIFA insists VAR is ending ‘big’ mistakes. But even when it is ‘clearly wrong’?Inside World Football
The future of football or an expensive counter-productive exercise? The jury seems very much to still be out when it comes to video technology following the conclusion of the Confederations Cup.

Russia upbeat as Confederations Cup goes off smoothly Sportsnet
Russia’s dress rehearsal for the World Cup is over, and it looks comfortable in the spotlight.

Where the U21 EURO final was won and lostUEFA
Germany’s final win owed plenty to a powerful, aggressive start that knocked Spain out of their stride and provided the platform for a deserved triumph at the Krakow Stadium.

Ex-Chelsea captain John Terry joins Aston Villa on one-year contractESPN FC
Former Chelsea captain John Terry has joined Championship club Aston Villa on a one-year contract.

AC Milan’s summer spending spree set to break €200m markSN
Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux’s takeover of AC Milan may have been a painfully protracted affair but the club’s new owners have wasted little time in investing in new players, with their summer spending spree set to pass the €200 million mark by the end of the week.

José Mourinho frustrated at lack of Manchester United summer signingsThe Guardian
José Mourinho is becoming increasingly frustrated at so far adding only Victor Lindelof to his squad in the transfer window, with the Manchester United manager concerned no more major signings will be in place when the pre-season tour starts on Sunday.

Gold Cup 2017: Group C PreviewMLS Multiplex
The 2017 Gold Cup is just one week away and Group C could be highly competitive, particularly in light of Mexico’s experimental roster.

Chinese whispers scarce after rules put brakes on CSL’s megastar transfersThe Guardian
Not long ago China threatened to upset the established order but a hefty levy on imports means it is no longer the leading destination for big names after another payday.

Asif Burhan on the FIFA World Cup in RussiaProst Amerika
On our last day in Russia, as we made our way on the metro to the expensive new Vnukovo Aeroexpress shuttle whisking foreign tourists to one of three international airports in this London-sized megalopolis, my fellow journalist Amber and I saw something we’d been told about for the first time. For no apparent reason, a young man of Caucasian (central Asian) appearance was stopped at the bottom of the escalator by a member of the security force and was having his papers scrutinized as thousands of his lighter-skinned countrymen and women passed him by.

Jeff Webb associate Bruce Blake arrested in Cayman on corruption charges Inside World Football
The Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) has been hit by further scandal with the arrest of First Vice-President Bruce Blake (pictured) by the Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Commission. A second Cayman Island football official is believed to have been arrested but no names have been released.

Back for pre-season but no real break: how footballers’ summers changedThe Guardian
Players now start pre-season in better shape than they ended it 15 years ago. At Bournemouth one squad member even went on holiday with the fitness coach.

Syrian refugees join teams for annual soccer tournamentIrish Times
Whoops of joy echo around the walls of Dublin’s Law Society gardens as the Rohingya football team from Carlow throw high fives and slap each other on the back in celebration. The male team, made up of players from the minority ethnic Muslim Rohingya group that resettled in Ireland in 2009, have just scored their second goal against the Syrian team from Ballaghaderreen. The men shake hands and head towards the sidelines as two more teams spread out across the pitch ready to kick off the next seven-a-side game.

“I can’t believe I missed that…” Fans recall their horrifying tales of distractionFour Four Two
FFT’s first rule of attending a match: never leave your seat before full-time. The second? Don’t get distracted by naked photos on your mate’s phone while your team are attacking. As these daft and down-on-their-luck fans can attest, the gods will ensure you pay the price.

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