BC Soccer News, Weekend, June 23-25, 2017
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
MINNESOTA UNITED 2 VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 2
MLS MATCHDAY #15
SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017
TCF BANK STADIUM, MINNEAPOLIS, MN.
Second half collapse and possession stats cast dark clouds over Vancouver Whitecaps draw in Minnesota – AFTN
Sometimes a draw feels like a win. A moral victory when against all the odds you come away with a battling point. Sometimes it feels like a defeat, where you come away from the match knowing that the win could, and should, have been there for the taking. And sometimes still it feels like the fair result.
Techera continues fine form in entertaining 2-2 draw with Minnesota – Whitecaps FC
Cristian Techera scored his fifth goal of the season and Tony Tchani opened his account with Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6W-6L-3D) in an entertaining 2-2 draw with Minnesota United FC on Saturday night at TCF Bank Stadium (5W-9L-3D).
Opportunity lost for Whitecaps in draw vs. Minnesota – Sportsnet
Depending on your perspective, the Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2-2 draw against Minnesota United on Saturday is a solid road point, or an opportunity lost.
Minnesota United FC Drops Points in 2-2 Home Draw Against Vancouver Whitecaps – Fifty Five One
Minnesota United FC fought back to draw 2-2 with the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps after going down two goals in the first half.
Episode 204 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Brilliant! Tragic! with guest Andrew Jacobson) – AFTN
What a weekend! Vancouver Whitecaps were in action at MLS, USL, and USSDA levels, and TSS Rovers had a double header with Victoria Highlanders with the Juan de Fuca Plate. A feast of football as the temperature gauge rose, and we have it all covered in this episode of the AFTN Soccer Show.
Vancouver Whitecaps: Something we learned yesterday – Soccer Shorts
The Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 half time lead over Minnesota United on Saturday evening wasn’t so much a vindication of Carl Robinson’s switch to 4-4-2 as it was a statistical anomaly caused by a penalty kick and another set piece goal.
Porter reels off Timbers errors after Seattle draw: “We lacked discipline” – MLS
The Portland Timbers didn’t lose to the Seattle Sounders on Sunday, but it sure felt like it to Timbers coach Caleb Porter.
MLS Weekend: Fire extends win streak to seven games – Soccer America
The Chicago Fire extended its home winning streak to seven games – the second-longest streak in club history — with a 4-0 win over Orlando City. David Accam scored a hat trick and had an assist on Nemanja Nikolic’s league-high 14th goal of the season. Despite the win, the Fire stayed a point behind Toronto FC, a 2-0 winner over New England.
NYCFC Finds Common Ground entering Second Half – Empire of Soccer
For a team that’s just found its rhythm, New York City FC is in a good position. NYCFC has nine wins in its first 17 matches and is comfortably in third in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference with the top-two places in reach. The club has won its third game in a row and just happened to defeat the archrival New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena for the first time, on Saturday afternoon. Entering the second half of the season, only now do they feel like the pieces are in place for them to challenge for a Supporters Shield.
New York City FC taking over Big Apple rivalry with Red Bulls? – ESPN FC
While they did get a win last season in a New York derby, there was a sense that this past Saturday’s 2-0 victory in Red Bull Arena for New York City FC signaled a power shift in the Big Apple. NYCFC were clearly better than their city rivals.
Impact can’t keep pace as Crew run wild in 2nd half – CBC
Federico Higuain scored two more goals and the Columbus Crew beat the Montreal Impact 4-1 on Saturday night.
Michael Bradley & Jozy Altidore give Toronto FC huge boost ahead of tough stretch – Waking the Red
The Reds are no longer facing the prospect of visiting FC Dallas, Orlando City and New York City without two of their best players.
Mid-season report card: Toronto FC passes with flying colours – Sportsnet
Where has the time gone? It’s hard to imagine that Toronto FC’s 2-0 win over the New England Revolution on Friday night marked the halfway point of the Major League Soccer regular season.
Toronto FC’s Jozy Altidore adapting to defenders getting free rein on him, but should he have to? – Toronto Sun
After being battered and bruised in a no-holds-barred battle with New England’s defensive unit, Altidore got something off his chest.
Why Houston Dynamo v FC Dallas is becoming MLS’s most vital rivalry – The Guardian
It may lack the glitz of the New York derby or the grudge match in the Pacific north-west but the Texas clubs are producing fine play on the field.
Atlanta United Above The Red Line With Win Over Colorado – MLS Multiplex
It wasn’t how to rebound or anything like that. It had more to do with going forward and how to make sure something like that doesn’t happen again in a situation that’s just as vital if Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s side is to make the post-season in Major League Soccer and make more noise in the league’s second season.
VIDEO: Watch all the goals from Week 17 of the 2017 MLS season – MLS
Catch all the goals from Week 17 of the 2017 MLS regular season.
Earthquakes’ part ways with head coach Dominic Kinnear – SBI
After two playoff-less season in the Bay Area, Dominic Kinnear’s time with the San Jose Earthquakes is up.
D.C. United player has red card reversed after Philadelphia opponent defends his cause – Four Four Two
Luciano Acosta got a bizarre red card… but on reflection, the referee decided to rescind it.
Beyond the Lens – Heineken Rivalry Week – Eighty-Six Forever
First all, Rivalry Week is nothing more than a manufactured piece of business by MLS’ marketing arm, Soccer United Marketing, and Heineken. I think them calling this weekend Rivalry Week is a few steps beyond self-aggrandizing when only 4 of 11 matchups people would consider rivalries.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Victoria Highlanders set to strengthen squad as they get gruelling six game road stretch off to a winning start – AFTN
Victoria Highlanders got back to winning ways at Swangard Stadium on Friday night, coming away with a 1-0 victory over TSS Rovers thanks to Sho Goto’s match winning 88th minute strike.
BC Provincial Premier Cup Results – BCSA
Results from the weekend’s BC Provincial Premier Cup Finals.
U-18s and U-16s with all to play for after second day of Academy Playoffs – Whitecaps FC
It was a day of mixed results for the ‘Caps at the Academy Playoffs on Saturday, as both teams remain in contention to advance heading into the final group matches on Monday.
Thunderbirds battle heat and Melbourne University to scoreless draw – UBC
A gritty Melbourne University side didn’t stop the UBC Thunderbirds from getting the result they needed in their second group stage match at the WEUFT World Cup. Both teams battled stifling heat and stifling opposing defenders in a 0-0 draw, with the single point assuring the ‘Birds would move to a spot in the quarterfinals.
‘Birds storm China with 9-0 romp in WEUFT opener – UBC
A fourteen hour flight, a couple of partial monsoons and sixty percent humidity wasn’t enough to slow down the UBC Thunderbirds as they stormed to victory in their opening game of the World Elite University Football Tournament (WEUFT).
Seven Aside tourney offers weekend of fun – Comox Valley Record
The 11th annual Seven Aside Soccer Tournament on Denman Island offers a fun weekend for all ages July 22 and 23. Concession, games and raffles are some of the activities going on during the tournament.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC 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 Review – BCSA
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
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
PDL PHOTOS: TSS Rovers 2 Lane Utd. 2, May 12, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
3V3 LIVE NATIONAL SOCCER TOUR COMES TO ABBOTSFORD – 3v3 Live Canada
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
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 – BC 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 Campaign – TSS 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 Referee – BCSA
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 sale – Highlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
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 Syndication – BC Soccer Web
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Cyle Larin won’t be named to Canada’s initial Gold Cup roster –Sportsnet
Canada Soccer confirmed to Sportsnet on Friday that star forward Cyle Larin won’t be named to the Canada’s 23-man roster for next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Ontario Soccer re-elects President Ron Smale – Ontario Soccer
At a weekend that included: an SGM, an AGM and an election – the volunteers took centre stage.
Soccer players celebrate arrival of Foothills Fieldhouse – CTV
Calgary is home to Western Canada’s first full-sized, indoor soccer field following Saturday’s unveiling of the Foothills Fieldhouse.
Durham to host 2019 Ontario Parasport Games – Durham Region
Once again, Durham Region is throwing out the welcome mat to top-notch athletes. The 2019 Ontario Parasport Games will be hosted in Durham over a three-day period in February or March. The region expects more than 260 athletes will compete in 10 differing sports.
Connaught Series: Ulstermen returned honours to Toronto – CSA
In 1925, it was again the City of Toronto’s turn to lift the Connaught Cup. From the west, Nanaimo overcame a 10-man Winnipeg side to reach the final while in the east, Toronto Ulster United FC pushed aside both Montréal Carsteel FC and the Fort William War Veterans to reach the Dominion of Canada Football Championship.
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.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 2 OKC ENERGY FC 2
SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017
UBC THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER BC
Ten man WFC2 left “disappointed” with just a point after draw with OKC Energy – AFTN
In a match that had a bit of everything on a blistering hot Saturday afternoon at Thunderbird Stadium and 729 fans, WFC2 played out a 2-2 draw with OKC Energy that saw them twice fight back from going a goal behind and end the match with ten men after Dominick Zator’s 77th minute red card.
10-man WFC2 battle to thrilling 2-2 draw against OKC Energy FC – Whitecaps FC
Pace and energetic play was the name of the game on Saturday, as Whitecaps FC 2 (4W-7L-3D) and Oklahoma City Energy FC (5W-6L-3D) battled it out to a 2-2 draw in the summer heat at Thunderbird Stadium.
Eddies fall for third time to Deltas in 1-0 defeat at Clarke Stadium – FC Edmonton
The Eddies had multiple chances to equalize throughout the match, but ultimately couldn’t find their goal to pull the game back from 1-0.
FC Edmonton continues to spurn great scoring chances, lose third straight – the11.ca
FC Edmonton is transforming missing scoring chances into an art form.
Match Recap: Fury FC vs New York Red Bulls II – Ottawa Fury
In front of the largest crowd of the season, it seemed only fitting that it was the hometown guy who got to play hero on Saturday afternoon as Jamar Dixon rescued Ottawa from defeat with a stoppage time equalizer earning Ottawa a vital point against New York with his first goal as a member of Fury FC.
FCC Downs Saint Louis Before 20,125 – USL
FC Cincinnati scored once in either half to earn a 2-0 victory against Saint Louis FC in front of 20,125 fans at Nippert Stadium on Saturday night. Cincinnati (5-5-5, 20pts) took the lead seven minutes in as Andrew Wiedeman was played in behind the Saint Louis defense.
Toronto FC II undone against Charleston Battery – Waking the Red
It was a difficult night at the office for Toronto FC II, who lost 6-1 to the Charleston Battery at MUSC Health Stadium on Saturday.
Republic FC Withstands Los Dos’ Rally – USL
Sacramento Republic FC scored three goals in seven minutes in the first half, and then held off a second-half rally to earn a 3-2 victory against the LA Galaxy II on Sunday night at StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium.
Bravo’s Tally Leaves Rising FC, Monarchs Level – USL
Omar Bravo’s first league goal for Phoenix Rising FC earned the hosts a 1-1 draw with Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday night in front of 6,365 fans at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, ending the Monarchs’ USL record nine-game winning streak.
Ba, Hazard among investors in NASL San Diego expansion team – SBI
Professional soccer is coming to San Diego. The NASL, currently one of the two leagues designated as the second division of American soccer, is expected to make an announcement on Monday on a new expansion side in San Diego. Former Premier League striker Demba Ba leads the group of investors, while Chelsea star Eden Hazard, Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye, and Fenerbahce’s Moussa Sow are also among the ownership group.
Miami Eliminates Cosmos From Spring Season Race – Empire of Soccer
For a brief period on Saturday night in South Florida, it looked as if the New York Cosmos (5-3-5) were up to the task of replicating their April win over the NASL’s pacesetter, Miami FC (9-1-3). In the end, though, the Cosmos could not stifle Miami’s high-powered attack and fell for the first time on the road. The 2-1 defeat eliminates the Cosmos from the Spring Season race and moves Miami closer to claiming the spring crown.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Monday Morning Wakeup: NWSL Week 10 – The Equalizer
The top two won. The secon two lost, but maintained their positions on the table. The Reign earned a point playing with 10 women for 87 minutes. And the Dash extricated themselves from the bottom of the table. It was Week 10 in NWSL.
Orlando Pride lament facing Houston Dash during extreme heat – Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Pride defender Ali Krieger suggested the National Women’s Soccer League needs to further alter its schedules due to extreme summer heat.
Red Stars Flip Sky Blue with Two in Four Minutes – Prost Amerika
It only takes a second to score. And sometimes, it just takes four minutes to erase a mostly indifferent 86 minutes. That was the story for the Red Stars as two goals in four minutes lifted them to a 2-1 win over Sky Blue FC at Toyota Park. The Red Stars retain second place and four points behind North Carolina with a match in hand while Sky Blue FC are now winless in 11 NWSL matches against the Red Stars (0-5-6).
SWPL: Glasgow City all but end Celtic’s title chances – BBC Sport
Glasgow City all but ended Celtic’s Scottish Women’s Premier League title hopes with a 2-0 win at the K Park in East Kilbride.
Peamount United stay top as UCD Waves keep up pressure – Irish WNL
Peamount United stayed on top spot in the Continental Tyres Women’s National League with a narrow victory over Shelbourne Ladies at Tolka Park.
Scottish FA and Scotland Women’s national team resolve dispute – BBC Sport
The Scottish Football Association and the Scotland Women’s national team have resolved their dispute over financial, commercial and equality matters.
Rachel Yankey: ‘There aren’t enough female managers. Barriers need to be broken down’ – The Guardian
One of the most decorated players in women’s football is at the forefront of a campaign to deliver more Uefa-qualified female coaches and believes they would bring different qualities to the job.
Q&A: Soccer Legend Christie Pearce (Rampone) on Why the Future of the Women’s Game Looks So Bright – AdWeek
Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champ talks Lifetime’s league sponsorship and more.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Confederations Cup Rewind: Germany, Chile reach semifinals – SBI
The Confederations Cup semifinals are finally set, and they should be thrilling. Germany and Chile booked their spots in the semis on Sunday, joining Portugal and Mexico in the knockout stage.
Confederations Cup: Host Russia exits quietly – Soccer America
Host Russia fell to Mexico, 2-1, in a must-win game and exited the Confederations Cup in the group stage. The semifinal pairings: Portugal-Chile (Wednesday) and Germany-Mexico (Thursday).
Das Experiment: Werner’s Coming Out – Prost Amerika
Sunday’s match against Cameroon may well be the world’s formal introduction to Timo Werner. Werner, who was scoring the goals this past Bundesliga season for RB Leipzig, scored two today against ten-man Cameroon in Germany’s 3-1. It is also Joachim Löw’s 100th win as manager of Germany in his 150th match.
VAR leads to Mabouka red after referee initially sends off wrong man – SN
FIFA’s Video Assistant Referee system had another moment to forget after farcical scenes in Cameroon’s Confederations Cup clash with Germany eventually led to a red card for Ernest Mabouka.
Mario Balotelli signs one-year contract extension with French club Nice – France 24
Striker Mario Balotelli has signed a one-year contract extension with Nice, the French club said on Sunday.
Frank de Boer: Crystal Palace appoint Dutchman as new manager – BBC Sport
Crystal Palace have named former Ajax and Inter Milan manager Frank de Boer as their new boss on a three-year deal.
Southampton appoints Pellegrino as manager on 3-year deal – ESPN FC
Southampton appointed Mauricio Pellegrino as its new manager on Friday, a week after dismissing Claude Puel.
What happens to football managers who fall off the merry-go-round? – The Guardian
A few lucky managers always seem to have work but 70% of bosses aren’t given another opportunity after they lose their first job. What do they do next?
Tianjin Quanjian’s Alexandre Pato: AC Milan thought my career was over – ESPN FC
Former AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato says he was forced to leave the Serie A club to save his career after being told he would never play again.
Russia’s entire 2014 World Cup squad face Fifa doping investigation – The Guardian
Russia is at the centre of another doping scandal after it emerged the country’s entire 23-man squad from the 2014 World Cup is being investigated by Fifa over possible drugs offences. Russia is currently hosting the Confederations Cup and in under a year will stage the World Cup but these allegations are likely to throw its suitability to stage such events into serious doubt.
Fifa looking into Russia football doping claims from McLaren report – BBC Sport
Fifa says “it is still investigating allegations” that footballers were involved in a state-sponsored doping programme in Russia.
Champions League starts: Road to Kyiv begins in Yerevan – UEFA
The UEFA Champions League first qualifying round begins on Tuesday with the opening fixture of the season a rematch between Alashkert and FC Santa Coloma in Yerevan.
Bundesliga reports record crowds at 40,693 per game and 91% full over season – Inside World Football
Germany’s Bundesliga has reported a new attendance record for its top two divisions in the 201617 season football sets new attendance record.
In world’s largest refugee camp, youth are drawn to soccer – Seattle Times
The soccer field is littered with sharp stones, but the girls who attack the ball with their bare feet play on. Here in what has become the world’s largest refugee settlement, youth from South Sudan are drawn to soccer, a rare source of entertainment in an otherwise dreary existence.