BC Soccer News, Monday, July 4, 2016


MONDAY, JULY 4, 2016, 7:30 PM



Preview: Whitecaps FC visit star-studded LA Galaxy for Independence Day clash Whitecaps FC
Just over a year ago, Vancouver Whitecaps FC stunned LA Galaxy with a historic 1-0 win at the StubHub Center, ending LA’s 29-match home unbeaten run.

Match Preview: Los Angeles Galaxy v Vancouver WhitecapsAFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps are trying to lift their spirits after a frustrating second leg Cup loss to Toronto on Wednesday night. Although they played well in that game, one moment where communication and concentration failed allowed Toronto to escape with the Voyageurs Cup.

LA Galaxy look to snap MLS winless streak against Vancouver LA Galaxy
The five-time MLS Cup champions certainly appear to be in a positive frame of mind entering Monday’s Western Conference clash with Vancouver at StubHub Center.

LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2016 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Whitecaps FC snapped their three-game winless run, coming back for a 3-2 victory against Philadelphia Union on Saturday evening at Talen Energy Stadium.

LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps: MLS Match PreviewMLS MultiPlex
The LA Galaxy are set to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps at the StubHub Center as there should be plenty of fireworks for this Fourth of July MLS match.

MLS Match #18 Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps Visit LA GalaxyEighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps will be looking to get back to winning on Monday evening as they celebrate Independence Day against the star-studded LA Galaxy. We review the two teams history with one another and preview the upcoming match.

Wales’ success gives Whitecaps hope in L.A.The Province
Wales gave Carl Robinson a reason to smile last week, two days after the most gut-wrenching defeat of his young coaching career.

MLS secondary transfer window to open on MondayMLS
For the first time since the primary transfer window closed on May 11, teams will again be allowed to acquire new players via international transfers or intra-league trades beginning on Monday. They’ll be able to do so until August 3, when the window closes for the remainder of the season.

Whitecaps could be busy during MLS transfer windowThe Province
The summer transfer window is often more hype than substance, but this one promises to be an eventful month for the Whitecaps. Here’s a look at five talking points as the silly season kicks off July 4.

Major League Soccer summer transfer window opens Monday: ‘I’m sure there will be lots of conversations’Whitecaps FC
“We’re always looking to strengthen,” said Greg Anderson, Whitecaps FC vice-president of soccer operations. “We’ve already been fielding lots of calls from other teams and there generally is a lot of talk in the weeks leading up to the opening of the window – especially now that trades within the league are limited to transfer windows. I think there will certainly be a lot more talk about potential moves going into the window.”

The Curious Case of Vancouver Whitecaps Nicolas Mezquida Eighty-Six Forever
The numbers say that the Vancouver Whitecaps are a far better team with Nicolas Mezquida on the field, playing in the #10 role. Despite those numbers, Mezquida has not been a regular starter. This begs the question: Why is Nico not starting more?

Montreal better without Drogba; and NYC FC’s best Englishman isn’t LampardThe Guardian
Plus: Cristian Maidana could be the wildcard the Houston Dynamo need; happy returns at Sporting; Chicago Fire’s quiet rise.

The One That Got Away: Toronto FC Settle For Draw Against the Seattle SoundersWaking the Red
It is points like this that teams end up regretting giving away at the end of the season.

Red Bulls deliver flat performance in first loss to NYCFC SBI
The New York Red Bulls were forced to look in the mirror on Sunday afternoon. What they saw was not pretty.

Tim Howard on track for Rapids debut as “seamless integration” continuesMLS
Pablo Mastroeni wasn’t going to give away his starting 11 for Monday night’s game against the Portland Timbers. But all signs point to new addition Tim Howard making his Colorado Rapids debut against the defending MLS champs.

Youth clubs sue MLSPU, Dempsey, Bradley and Yedlin Soccer America
In the latest quest by American youth clubs to get compensation, as is common in other nations, for their players who succeed at the pro level, the Dallas Texans, Crossfire Premier (Washington) and Sockers FC (Illinois) filed a class action lawsuit in a federal court in Texas against the MLS Players Union (MLSPU) and Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin and Michael Bradley, who played for those three youth teams, respectively.

MLS Players Union calls youth compensation lawsuit ‘baseless’SBI
A unique scenario has unfolded, as three United States youth clubs filed a class action lawsuit on Friday against the MLS Players Union, as well as three current and former MLS players.

Toronto FC coach praises BMO Field pitch after busy stretch with football, rugbyWinnipeg Free Press
In the wake of hosting international rugby and CFL football, BMO Field’s pitch got a thumbs up from Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney after his MLS team returned home. “I thought it was very good,” Vanney said after Toronto’s 1-1 tie with the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night.

Late, late error robs Whitecaps of Canadian ChampionshipWhitecaps Fan Blog
I had the feeling it was going to be a good match at BC Place on Wednesday night.  The Whitecaps were down 1-0 from the first leg in Toronto and needed to score goals.  My feeling was not wrong as we were treated to a thrilling match.

From The Pigeon Loft: The Thin PlaceAFTN
Wednesday night was utterly astonishing. It is so rare in football that a single goal changes a result from a win to a loss. It is only through the anomaly of the away goals rule that such a scenario is possible at all. That rarity of the moment, combined with the magnitude of the occasion, made for the most bizarre atmosphere I have ever witnessed.

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Against all odds, Burnsview’s Peckinpaugh puts knee pain behind her, lands spot with CIS champion UBCThe Province
When she begins soccer life anew in the fall with the defending CIS national champion UBC Thunderbirds, it will be with a level of appreciation few others will understand.

Double shot of Blues in the OkanaganDelta Optimist
Two Tsawwassen girls rep soccer teams are set to resume their outstanding seasons in the Okanagan heat. The U18 and U17 Blues head to Penticton July 7 to 10 for the Provincial “B” Cup Championships. The tournament brings together eight teams from across the province to determine B.C. bragging rights.

Spain to welcome Kamloops Millenium Kamloops This Week
The Kamloops Millenium have been fundraising for two years in preparation for a trip to Spain. The club’s soccer journey of a lifetime began on Thursday.

House soccer teams cap season with Pinnacles FC Cup victories Penticton Western News
Champions arose from the pitches at Kings Park over the weekend during the Pinnacles FC Cup. Boys and girls teams battled for house league supremacy. On the girls side, Summerland defeated Osoyoos 3-0 to win the under-11/12 division, while Penticton (Barron) defeated Osoyoos in the U13/14 division and Penticton (Pat Buchanan) defeated Penticton (Mario Carelse) 2-1 in the U15/16 division.

BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in ReviewBCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review.  The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach MandateBCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.

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!

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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Erin McLeod: It’s time to Motivate a Nation! themotivenation.ca
After building a successful e-commerce (www.peaudeloup.com) and a physical retail store in West Vancouver (CAPOSHIE) Women’s National Team Goalkeeper Erin McLeod has decided after a series of misfortunate events it’s time to branch out on her own with her new inspiration project, Motive Nation, launching to the public on July 1st, online at www.themotivenation.ca.

Sigma Suffers First Loss Of League Season 1-0 To Toronto FC AcademyLeague1 Ontario
Toronto FC Academy handed Sigma FC a chastening 1-0 defeat in Thursday night league play, breaking Sigma’s nine match opening season unbeaten streak and hinting at form developing in the Junior Reds.

Soccer: Montagliani leads efforts to restore CONCACAF’s image Salt Lake Tribune
The Canada federation leader was elected to the CONCACAF office in May, months after the organization’s last three presidents were indicted in the U.S. in the overarching corruption and bribery scandal that also brought down the leadership of the South America confederation, known as Conmebol.

Scarborough’s own Robbie International Soccer Tournament is down to the finals Inside Toronto
The Robbie Tournament has been whittled down to its top teams, with finals slated to take place throughout Sunday, July 3.

Canada should use Iceland’s model for soccer successStandard-Freeholder
Canada’s issues still reside at the grassroots level, where youth and entry-level coaches rarely seek proper training and aren’t made to. In Canada, coaching standards either don’t exist or aren’t applied evenly on a wide enough scale.

Nafar Brace Leads FC London To 4-2 Win Over Kingston Clippers League1 Ontario
FC London demonstrated their ability to rebound under pressure, coming back from an early goal by Kingston’s Andrew Martin (40′) to win 4-2.

Popular All-African Soccer Tournament wraps for another yearGlobal
It’s become an annual tradition for Edmontonians of African descent every summer. The weekend nearest to Canada Day is devoted to a soccer tournament that sees hundreds of participants hit the pitch from countries across the African continent.






Levis, WFC2 Outlast Monarchs in Chaotic FinishUSL
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 found some late magic as Brett Levis tallied a stoppage-time game-winner to lift the Western Conference leader to a 2-1 victory against Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium. Daniel Haber scored Vancouver’s other goal in the opening half.

Anatomy of a goal: WFC2 put on a clinic to score stoppage-time winner Whitecaps FC
We need to talk about this goal. Brett Levis scored a stoppage-time winner in WFC2’s 2-1 win over Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium – and it was a thing of beauty from start to finish. Let’s break it down.

Gustavo’s rocket earns FC Edmonton a draw at Rayo OKC the11.ca
Gustavo’s first-ever NASL goal sure wasn’t a cheapie. His 93rd-minute, 25-yard drive came off the underside of the bar and across the goal line to give FC Edmonton a 1-1 draw at Rayo OKC.

USL Week 15 Recap: Charleston and Sacramento SurgeEmpire of Soccer
Sacramento has inserted themselves, once again, into the conversation in the Western Conference. LA Galaxy II and Vancouver continued to win but the Republic have newfound momentum and look to bring some order to a chaotic table.

LA Galaxy II battle for three points against OC Blues FC, 2-1LA Galaxy
LA Galaxy II (7-2-8, 29 points) defeated Orange County Blues FC (6-7-3, 21 points) 2-1 behind goals from Adonis Amaya and Jack McBean on Saturday night at StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium. Los Dos are now unbeaten in their last seven fixtures.

Crowd of 11,569 sees Republic FC Down S2 USL
A sellout crowd of 11,569 fans saw Sacramento Republic FC claim a 2-1 victory against Seattle Sounders FC 2 at Bonney Field in a back-and-forth clash on Saturday night.

NASL Fall Opening Week Recap: Puerto Rico Debuts, More Empire of Soccer
Only two teams were able to post winning results in the opening round of the NASL Fall Season.

NASL football sets US expansion goalsBBC
The NASL hopes that the new deal with CBS Sports Network, started on 2 July with nationwide coverage of the game between Oklahoma City-based Rayo OKC and Canadian club FC Edmonton, will kick-start additional fan interest.

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NWSL Rewind Week 11: Naho makes great return for SeattleEmpire of Soccer
Deuces were wild in the Week 11 fixtures of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). All four victorious teams scored two goals with three matches being decided by 2-0 scores.

Portland comes from behind to beat Sky Blue 2-1Equalizer
The Portland Thorns came from behind to pull off a 2-1 win at home over Sky Blue FC on Saturday night, in front of 14,287 fans. With the win, the Thorns remain undefeated this NWSL season.

The Week In Women’s Football: Amandine Henry settling well at Portland, Huerta stars for ChicagoTribal Football
This week we look at the NWSL at the midway point of the 2016 season; featuring last week’s Player of the Week Sophia Huerta, which emphasizes that – despite attracting players from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and South America – young local players are blossoming and are a key reason why the U.S. Soccer Federation launched the league after the 2012 Olympics.

FA WSL Continental Tyres quarter-final draw confirmedThe FA
Arsenal and Notts County – the 2015 FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup finalists – will meet in the quarter-final stage of this year’s competition.

WSL Continental Cup – 1st Round review: Drama at the Hive, as Chelsea crash out to buzzing BeesVavel
A game that shocked everyone, derby delight for the red half of Merseyside and a thumping win for City; just another weekend of WoSo, then.

Australian Women’s Football Team named for Rio GamesWestfield W-League
Eighteen Australian footballers united by the goal of climbing onto the Rio 2016 Olympic podium are heading to Brazil after the final women’s squad was announced today.

Toppserien – Week 13 round-up: Trondheims-Orn are the pick of the round Vavel
After an unwelcome result last week, Trondheims-Orn bounce back emphatically while the league leaders duke it out at the top.

One year later, Nigerian women still seeking progressEqualizer
“Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday,” Dale Carnegie rightly said. What is left for us, then, is to assess what has changed (or not) between that today that has now become our yesterday and the tomorrow that we now live in as today.

Brighton and Hove Albion appoint female directorThe Argus
Brighton & Hove Albion have appointed what is believed to be their first woman director. Michelle Walder has joined the club’s board as a non-executive director.

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How to Watch Euro 2016 on TV in Canada – BC Soccer Web
The Euros are one of the most popular soccer events on Canadian Television screens. Past Euro competitions have garnered high TV ratings in Canada, and all of the matches are easily accessible.

TSN’s Euro 2016 TV ScheduleTSN
The most up to date resource for upcoming Euro 2016 Matches on TSN.

UEFA confirm referees Rizzoli and Eriksson for Euro 2016 semifinals ESPN FC
World Cup final referee Nicola Rizzoli has been appointed by UEFA to officiate the Germany vs. France semifinal on Thursday in Marseille.

Bale plays down Ronaldo rivalry ahead of Wales v Portugal clashGoal
The 26-year-old insists Wednesday’s last four meeting is about two nations, not just the two Real Madrid stars and insists Chris Coleman’s team are a match for anybody.

Wales at Euro 2016: Our journey is not over yet – John Hartson BBC Sport
It sounds ridiculous to say Wales are 90 minutes away from the final of Euro 2016, but we are – and anything can happen now.

Wales plight proves a cautionary tale for Uefa’s harsh new rule changeThe Guardian
Wales go into the biggest game in their football history without two key players. Is it time for a new disciplinary system?

Euro 2016: France thrashes Iceland, advances to semisSportsnet
The Icelandic thunderclap roar proved no match for the sheer talent of France as the hosts finally showed their title credentials at the European Championship on Sunday.

Regina’s Icelandic Consulate watches as Iceland falls in the EuroCBC
Hunkered down in the basement of the the honorary Icelandic Consulate in Regina, Jon Jonsson and his son Haukur spent Sunday afternoon tensely watching their beloved Icelandic soccer team battle powerhouse hosts France.

France seek to settle old scores in Marseille meetup with GermanyFrance 24
Germany is Europe’s winningest football team and the one that every nation loves to hate. Thursday’s match against the French hosts in Marseille revives a historic rivalry.

France have few worries in attack but more to fear at the back against GermanyThe Guardian
A France back four who include Bacary Sagna and Patrice Evra – combined age 68 – do not inspire the same confidence as some defences of the past when the hosts face Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-finals

PSG president denies making move for Real Madrid’s James RodriguezESPN FC
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has denied the club have made a move to sign Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez.

Sir Alex Ferguson tells Ryan Giggs ‘it is time to stand on your own feet’The Guardian
Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Ryan Giggs’s decision to leave Manchester United, saying it is time for the Welshman to stand on “his own feet” and accept the challenge of being a manager elsewhere.

Landon Donovan set to become part-owner of Premier League’s Swansea CityMLS
Landon Donovan is singing a Swans song – not of endings, but of new beginnings in club ownership for the former Los Angeles Galaxy and US national team star.

Real Madrid, Barcelona among La Liga clubs ordered by EU to repay state aidESPN FC
Real Madrid, Barcelona and five other La Liga clubs were ordered Monday by the European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, to repay money to the Spanish government over various instances of the state providing aid to them.

Lionel Messi fans rally in Argentina begging star to return to national teamToronto Star
Support for the soccer star has been overwhelming on social media with sports figures, artists and politicians asking him to stay.

European police sign pact to share intelligence on football’s most violentInside World Football
Fourteen countries have signed a potentially ground-breaking convention between the 47-member Council of Europe and UEFA designed to prevent any repetition of hooliganism at future European Championship finals.

Vladimir Putin confirms visa-free system for 2018 World Cup in RussiaESPN FC
Few countries outside the former Soviet Union and South America have visa-free access to Russia, with Canadian, U.S. and European Union citizens among those usually required to apply for visas.

Pressure on Infantino intensifies as leaked memo catalogues multiple ethics breaches Inside World Football
Speculation that the net could be closing in on FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been intriguingly stepped up following the publication of an explosive leaked memo, seemingly on official FIFA letter-headed paper, that accuses Infantino of a series of ethics violations.

Premier League pre-season friendlies: a complete list of summer fixturesThe Telegraph
Complete list of summer friendlies for all EPL clubs.

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