BC Soccer News, Monday, March 12, 2018






Shea it ain’t so! Vancouver grab first ever win in Houston to keep 100% start to the seasonAFTN
The wait for that elusive first win in Houston is finally over for Vancouver Whitecaps. The ‘Caps took their strong away record to Texas and came away with a hard fought 2-1 victory against a Dynamo side that had over 20 shots and two thirds of the possession, but couldn’t deal with the ‘Caps fast paced counters.

Kamara scores his 100th goal as Whitecaps FC take first ever win in HoustonWhitecaps FC
Kei Kamara scored his 100th MLS regular season goal and Brek Shea scored in his home state as Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2-0-0) earned their first ever win in Houston, taking down the Dynamo (1-1-0) 2-1 on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Before this river becomes an oceanSoccer Shorts
The best thing about the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 road win against the Houston Dynamo was that it garnered our heroes a valuable three points from one of the toughest trips in Major League Soccer.

Dynamo fall to Whitecaps at homeHouston Chronicle
It’s not going to be so easy for the Dynamo after all. One week after they breezed to a dominant victory over a soft-up-the-gut team in their Major League Soccer season opener, the Dynamo fell victim to the strong and organized Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Texas native Brek Shea leads Vancouver past the Houston Dynamo 2-1Dynamo Theory
On a day when USWNT star Christen Press spurned the Houston Dash, the news got worse by nightfall for Houston soccer. Texas native Brek Shea’s second half counter attack goal proved the difference maker as Vancouver despite being out-shot three to one, walked out of BBVA Compass Stadium a 2-1 victory.

Kamara becomes 10th player in MLS history to score 100 regular season goalsWhitecaps FC
Kei Kamara has joined elite company. On Saturday evening in Houston, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC striker became the 10th player in league history to score 100 MLS regular season goals. Kamara, who is second to only Chris Wondolowski among active goalscorers, reached the century mark in the 28th minute, slotting a penalty kick just past the outstretched arms of Dynamo keeper Chris Seitz.

Houston Dynamo: How DaMarcus Beasley stays indispensableMLS Multiplex
Important contributions in sports don’t always get statistical recognition. Baseball boxes go silent on great glove work. American rules football boxes get quiet regarding even the best offensive lineman.

Vancouver Whitecaps Continue Tradition of Defying All Analytics, and Leave Houston with First Ever VictoryEighty-Six Forever
The best road team, Vancouver Whitecaps, traveled to BBVA Compass Stadium to take on the best home team, Houston Dynamo. And the winner? The road team!

Vancouver Whitecaps: Appreciating the here and now of Alphonso DaviesMLS Multiplex
The Vancouver Whitecaps have a gem in Alphonso Davies, but, while it may be hard, it’s best to appreciate him in his present form and not beyond.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 2SBI
The second week of the MLS regular season is in the books and there were plenty of standouts, some we have seen before and some that are new to the league spotlight.

Late 3-2 loss in Columbus extends Montreal Impact’s road woesMontreal Gazette
The Impact is limping back to Montreal, winless in two games, ahead of next Saturday’s home opener against Toronto FC.

Atlanta United draws fourth-largest crowd in world soccer last weekAJC
Atlanta United’s 72,035 tickets sold and distributed for Sunday’s 3-1 win against D.C. United was not just the biggest crowd in MLS history, it was the fourth largest in world soccer for last week’s games.

Rio Tinto Stadium used to be a fortress for RSL, but LAFC easily broke throughSalt Lake Tribune
Rio Tinto Stadium is not the fortress it once was. Real Salt Lake has been talking about restoring the stadium’s fearsome reputation since last season. But Saturday’s 5-1 loss to LAFC, an expansion team playing its second-ever MLS game, shattered that notion.

17-Year-Old Ben Mines Scores in First MLS AppearanceNY Red Bulls
The Homegrown Red Bulls Academy product opened the scoring for New York en route to a 4-0 victory over the Portland Timbers. His goal came on a cross from Kaku, who also nabbed his first point in his first MLS start.

Loons Show Guts, Earn Glory In Excellent Road Win Against OrlandoFifty Five One
In the annals of Minnesota United history, Saturday night’s 2-1 road win against the Lions of Orlando City was not one of the most important, nor one of the most beautiful. But it surely must count as one of the most satisfying.

Where Does Orlando City Turn After Stéfano Pinho‘s Injury?The Maneland
Just a week after his stoppage-time goal to steal a point against D.C. United, Stéfano Pinho suffered an ankle injury in the first half against Minnesota United after putting a header on net from a Mohamed El-Munir cross. In the air, Pinho made contact with Minnesota’s Francisco Calvo, and he immediately held his ankle after hitting the ground.

Toronto FC fighting for themselves, MLS pride vs. TigresSportsnet
“Insulting and unacceptable.” That’s how Mexican daily sports newspaper Récord described the performances of Liga MX sides against Major League Soccer clubs in last week’s CONCACAF Champions quarter-finals.

Sounders getting healthier ahead of Chivas clashSounder at Heart
With a full week between matches, the Seattle Sounders are taking advantage of the time to heal up ahead of a decisive Concacaf Champions League match against Chivas on Wednesday.

Whitecaps, MLS make their move into the e-sports realmThe Province
Alphonso Davies couldn’t keep up with the newest Vancouver Whitecap. Ditto for Myer Bevan. Neither could handle his skill, speed or passing ability in their head-to-head games, with both losing to 17-year-old Erfan Hosseini.

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VISL Weekend Cup Results – March 9-10BC Soccer Web
There is a reason you play all the games in a tournament instead of just putting the top 2 placed teams into the Final – because anything can happen.

VMSL Round-up: Relegation battle goes down to the wire as Basso destroys Campo (with video highlights)AFTN
The 2017/18 Vancouver Metro Soccer League is coming to a close and with most teams having just one league game remaining, the battle for Provincial Cup places and to avoid the drop are still to be settled.

BC Soccer Provincial Program Schedule and Player Selection for Vancouver Whitecaps Academy CombineBCSA
Starting on Monday March 12, BC Soccer Provincial Program will be playing in the Vancouver Whitecaps Academy Combine at Minoru Park in Richmond.

LETTER: Bring a professional soccer league team to LangleyLangley Advance
Langley should bid for Canadian Premier League Soccer team. With a town as diverse and geographically separated as Langley, it can sometimes be difficult to unite the community around one project.

Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching ProgramDasovic-Neil Coaching
(Spring Sessions now available) Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil have teamed up to provide training programs for players & coaches. The programs specialize in individual, positional, age, and gender specific training for players, with a combined technical and physical focus while providing education and mentorship opportunities for coaches to improve their skills and deepen their knowledge base.

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
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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.

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.

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.

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Toronto FC academy returns to elite soccer showcaseToronto Star
Grooming the next generation of Reds means playing the long game, and winning along the way is an important part of the process, TFC youth director Laurent Guyot says. They earned a shot at some of the best under-17s worldwide in the Generation adidas Cup, starting March 23 in the Lone Star State.

Survey: You Are Canada SoccerCSA
In 2013, Canada Soccer embarked on the creation of the Leading a Soccer Nation Strategic Plan with its Tell Your Soccer Story campaign. The campaign led to the development of an ambitious four-year strategic plan that guided the principles of every decision made by Canada Soccer to achieve four key goals.

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Didier Drogba to retire at end of season with Phoenix RisingESPN
Didier Drogba he will bring the curtain down on his playing career at the end of his upcoming campaign with Phoenix Rising.

Ottawa Fury Finish Pre-Season With Emphatic 6-1 Win Over League1 Ontario All-Stars In Spring FriendlyLeague1 Ontario
The Ottawa Fury showed their professionalism in a 6-1 dismantling of the League1 Ontario All-Star Selects in the annual Spring Friendly between the two organizations.

Foxes Rally Past MonarchsUSL
Fresno FC rallied to take a 3-2 victory against Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday evening at Aggie Soccer Field on the campus of University of California – Davis as Renato Bustamante and Terran Campbell scored in the final 15 minutes to lift the Foxes past the defending USL Regular Season champions.

LV Lights goalie goes from Rancho High to pro ranks in two yearsLas Vegas Sun
Las Vegas Lights FC goalkeeper Angel Alvarez made his professional soccer debut on Feb. 13 in a preseason game against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The 20-year-old stood in front of his goal at Cashman Field with thousands of screaming fans at his back. The stadium is less than one mile away from Rancho High School, where Alvarez played just two years ago.

Soccer 2019: Ballpark groundskeeper ready for fast field swapsEl Paso Inc.
Transforming the ballpark into a soccer field typically takes two days, according to Travis Howard. That gives them a day to bring in sod and another to prepare the field with paint. Turning it back into a baseball field takes the same amount of time.


NWSL preseason roundup: Return of internationals help bolster pro squadsThe Equalizer
With the conclusions of the SheBelieves, Algarve and Cyprus Cups, as well as the closing of the recent FIFA window, international players are steadily returning to their NWSL clubs.

Open Questions: Looking Ahead to the Thorns’ 2018 SeasonStumptown Footy
With the Thorns’ best-ever year in the rearview mirror, the new season is closing in fast and the pressure is on. Although Portland has been very successful over the two years of Mark Parsons’s tenure, 2018 poses new questions for him as a coach.

Pauw says she’ll leave Press situation to managementFox Sports
When it comes to the uncertainty surrounding Christen Press, Houston Dash coach Vera Pauw says she will let management handle the situation. In the meantime, she is preparing for the season.

Press willing to stay in NWSL — just not HoustonThe Equalizer
From the beginning, Houston seemed an unlikely destination for Press, who had informed the Red Stars she wanted to move on after the 2017 NWSL season.

Division 1 Féminine Week 16 Review: Lille strengthen their position in the top divisionVavel
The newly promoted side distanced themselves even further from the relegation zone this weekend. Elsewhere, Olympique Lyonnais continued their rampant form.

#SBSSWPL Round-up – 11/03/18 Scottish WPL
In SBS SWPL 1, Stirling University’s game with Hamilton Academical was postponed while the top three all won their games. In SBS SWPL 2, Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale picked up their first win of the season and St Johnstone moved up to third after beating Hearts.

Rooney praises professional Limerick approachIrish WNL
Limerick FC hit four past Kilkenny United on their debut in the Continental Tyres Women’s National League and manager Dave Rooney was a happy man after the game.

Women’s Super League: 15 clubs apply for WSL and Women’s Championship licencesBBC Sport
The Football Association has received 15 applications to join the revamped top two tiers of women’s football for 2018-19, with nine vacancies available.

Women’s Champions League final tickets on saleUEFA
Tickets for the UEFA Women’s Champions League final at Valeriy Lobanovskiy Dynamo Stadium, Kyiv on 24 May are now on sale.

‘A joke’: Sam Kerr snub from world XI sparks Australian outrageThe Guardian
What more does Sam Kerr have to do to be recognised at the highest level? That is the question many are asking after the record-breaking Matildas striker was overlooked for a select world XI team, voted for by fellow players based on performances in 2017.

The Matildas’ rise to glory 40 years in the makingABC
For years the cards seemed stacked against Australian women footballers. Men stopped them from playing, insults were hurled as they trained, their boots were vandalised, and they couldn’t afford gear that fit.

How Arsenal’s Leah Williamson Is Playing Her Part Beyond The PitchVogue UK
“From the first time I kicked a ball for my local team, I knew that was it. This is what I wanted to do,” Leah Williamson told Miss Vogue over the phone. Signing for the Arsenal ladies team at age nine, it wasn’t till Leah turned 15 that she realised that being a professional footballer could become a full-time career.

After Playing The Highest-Altitude Soccer Game Ever, This Group Is Setting Its Goals LowerA Plus
Equal Playing Field continues to push for equal access for girls in sports.

Escaping Kakuma: How women find freedom through soccer in a refugee campSB Nation
In May 2017, Louis Bien and Kainaz Amaria went to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya to document the start of the Kakuma Premier League soccer season for a piece called “Escaping Kakuma: Soccer and the pursuit of meaning inside the world’s third-largest refugee camp.” There were still many more stories to tell within the world’s third-largest refugee camp, however, a place where sports have greater meaning as a way to combat idleness within an oft-forgotten population. This is a story about the women of Kakuma.

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Sunday European Rewind: Dortmund edges Frankfurt, Inter ties Napoli, and moreSBI
Michy Batshuayi has quickly made an impact at Borussia Dortmund since joining from Chelsea on-loan back in January.

Atletico Madrid shuts out Celta, keeps pace with BarcelonaSportsnet
Antoine Griezmann is keeping alive Atletico Madrid’s hopes of a Spanish league title challenge.

What are England’s options without Harry Kane?The Telegraph
It wasn’t just Spurs fans wincing at the sight of Harry Kane’s foot trapped underneath Asmir Begovic at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Serie A: Napoli drop points again, send Juve top with game in handNBC Sports
A roundup of all of Sunday’s action in Italy’s top flight.

Week 29 review: PSG back to business, OL stop skidLigue 1
PSG bounced back from their European exit with a 5-0 hammering of FC Metz, maintaining their 14-point lead atop the Ligue 1 Conforama standings; OL claimed victory 1-0 over SM Caen to brake a six-match winless run.

Milan have ‘30%’ chance vs. Arsenal, but Champions League hopes alive – GattusoESPN
AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso admits his side’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via the Europa League are slim — but says the Rossoneri can still get there via Serie A.

Paul Pogba likely to miss Champions League tie with Sevilla after missing trainingThe Telegraph
Manchester United are likely to be without Paul Pogba for Tuesday’s crucial Champions League tie against Sevilla after the France midfielder missed training on Monday morning.

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick to retire at end of seasonESPN
Michael Carrick has confirmed this will be his last season as a player at Manchester United.

Hamburger SV fires coach Bernd HollerbachMetro
Struggling Hamburger SV fired Bernd Hollerbach as coach on Monday after his failure to win any games since being appointed as a replacement for Markus Gisdol.

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s actionThe Guardian
Alex Iwobi is drifting, Pellegrino is on dangerous ground and Manchester United produced a classic performance

Angry West Ham fans storm Olympic Stadium fieldToronto Star
West Ham players evict pitch invaders, club calls emergency meeting on stadium security as long-simmering tensions boil over in English Premier League.

West Ham fans feel like we have been sold a lie – but the real issue is the disconnect between the board and the fanbaseThe Telegraph
There is real anger and frustration among many in the West Ham United fanbase, and hundreds of fans clearly felt this weekend that they had to get that message across in some way or another.

Sky suspends former Liverpool player Carragher for spittingMetro
The Sky television network has suspended soccer announcer Jamie Carragher after the former Liverpool player was filmed spitting in the direction of a 14-year-old girl through his car window.

Ligue 1 to investigate fan violence, pitch invasion in LilleSportsnet
The French football league says it will open disciplinary proceedings following the violent incidents that marred a league match between Lille and Montpellier.

Greek Super League suspended after PAOK Salonika president invades pitch with gunBBC Sport
The Greek Super League has been indefinitely suspended after PAOK Salonika’s president invaded the pitch with a gun during a match on Sunday.

Gunning for the top. A new style of Greek football ownershipInside World Football
Carrying a gun into a football stadium is forbidden by Greek Law. Reaching for the gun in a threatening fashion takes this to the next level. Demanding the ref to change a decision at gun-point is an altogether novel approach to winning a title. But when PAOK of Thessaloniki scored an offside goal in the 90th minute to win the match, that’s exactly what happened. The goal was not given and the proverbial hit the fan.

Rwanda pull out of bid to host 2019 U17 World CupInside World Football
President of the Rwandan FA, Vincent Nzamwita, said preparations were lagging. “We had so many things that were not ready or prepared and decided it was only good that we withdraw,” he told the BBC. “We however remain ambitious to bid again in the near future.”

UEFA Champions League final ticket application windowUEFA
The ticket application window for the 2018 UEFA Champions League final will open on Thursday 15 March at 14:00CET, exclusively via UEFA.com, and will run until 14:00CET on Thursday 22 March.

UEFA Europa League final ticket application windowUEFA
The ticket application window for the 2018 UEFA Europa League final will open on Thursday 15 March at 14:00CET, exclusively via UEFA.com, and will run until 14:00CET on Thursday 22 March.

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