VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
MLS MATCHDAY #4
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 1 HOUSTON DYNAMO 0
SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2016
B.C. PLACE, VANCOUVER B.C.
PHOTO GALLERY: WHITECAPS FC 1 HOUSTON DYNAMO 0, MARCH 26, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.
Whitecaps’ Carl Robinson pleased with fill-ins in win over Houston – MLS
The ‘Caps were missing four starters from their Cascadia Cup win down in Seattle last weekend, including both their first-choice center backs, Kendall Waston and Tim Parker. So head coach Carl Robinson turned to two veterans to plug that hole against the red-hot Houston Dynamo: Pa-Modou Kah and midfielder turned center back Andrew Jacobson.
‘Humble and hard-working’ Masato Kudo draws inspiration from Ichiro – Whitecaps FC
The ‘Caps came calling this past offseason and Kudo said he felt an immediate “connection.” That’s why he decided to make the move, despite a very good offer to stay in Japan and interest from a few Dutch and German sides.
The Good, The Average and The Bad: Kudos To Kudo’s Earned Penalty Edition – AFTN
A win, is a win, is a win in professional sports. Doesn’t matter how you win the game. If you win by a penalty kick that you didn’t deserve, an own goal by the opposite team or a set piece you earned with hustle. That is the beauty of football and the fact that it’s not computer technology that makes decisions during the game. Sure it is nice when you come out on the top of these calls, but enjoy it while you can because before the year is over the football gods will have made calls that don’t help the Whitecaps.
Whitecaps’ Aird learning and improving on the job – Sportsnet
Fraser Aird may still be adjusting to his role at right fullback with the Vancouver Whitecaps—the natural winger has had his struggles in the position so far, being outpaced or outmaneuvered down the line.
Vancouver halts the Dynamo’s scoring streak; D.C. United’s defensive issues – ESPN FC
With a limited Major League Soccer schedule this week, the chances for the usual level of MLS-grade tomfoolery was cut down significantly.
NYCFC held by ten-man Revolution – Empire of Soccer
Gershon Koffie saw red six minutes into the second half with a studs up challenge on McNamara. Koffie slid into McNamara’s foot with his studs showing but the NYCFC midfielder appeared to make the most of the contact.
Patrick Vieira laments NYCFC home draw: “We didn’t play at all” – MLS
The Patrick Vieira era at New York City FC started with a win at Chicago, but the club has yet to win at home. A 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution Saturday afternoon meant the team has grabbed just two points out of a possible nine at Yankee Stadium so far.
MATCH RECAP: FC Dallas 3, DC United 0 – FC Dallas
Michael Barrios found the back of the net in the 14th and 28th minutes and Maxi Urruti added a third in the 52nd minute to lead FC Dallas to its first road victory of the season, 3-0, tonight against D.C. United at RFK Stadium.
Roberto Mancini’s son Andrea joins D.C. United after trial – ESPN FC
D.C. United has signed former Inter Milan and Manchester City youth Andrea Mancini.
BC SOCCER NEWS
In a little more than five months, both UNBC Timberwolves soccer teams will be booting balls around the field, playing for points in the CIS Canada West Conference.
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!
BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting Candidates for its Board of Directors – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June 11, 2016. Prospective candidates are invited to review the information provided on the BC Soccer web site www.bcsoccer.net. Candidates who provide notice to BC Soccer Assoc. of their intent to stand for election by May 1, 2016 will have their applications circulated to the membership in early May.
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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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
FIFA 2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIYING
MEXICO vs. CANADA
TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016, 7:30 PM
ESTADIO AZTECA, MEXICO, D.F.
TV: TSN 2
Canada Under-20 team blanks Man United’s Marcus Rashford and England 2-1 – MLS
For the third time in recent memory, Canada has gone out and gotten a result against England at the youth level.
Bustos, Chung score for Canada U-20 in upset 2-1 win over England U-20 – Whitecaps FC
Canada’s U-20 national team went head-to-head with a star-studded England U-20 side on Sunday in front of a crowd of 3,264 at Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster, England.
Canada regroup for rematch vs. Mexico in the Azteca: “Our goal is to win” – MLS
And although it’s highly unlikely that Canada’s upcoming match against Mexico at the Estadio Azteca will get that far out of hand, Friday night’s result in Vancouver (a convincing 3-0 win for the visitors) has raised the specter of the team possibly finding itself in damage-control mode on Tuesday night.
Mexico’s Estadio Azteca a death trap for Canada – Toronto Sun
Canada won’t come to play soccer at Estadio Azteca. Nobody in CONCACAF does. Les Rouges arrived here Sunday night ready to claw, to scrape by. Anything to survive.
Canada looks to end history of soccer failure at imposing Azteca Stadium – Penticton Herald
Jason Bent’s memory of playing in Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium has not been diminished by the almost 16 years that have passed since he waited to take the field. “I was one of the unfortunate ones to be hit with a plastic bag of urine — on my leg,” recalled Bent, now coach of Toronto FC II.
Mexico vs. Canada: Osorio hails Lozano potential – Goal
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio hailed the potential of 20-year-old Hirving Lozano ahead of the team’s next CONCACAF qualifier against Canada.
The Mexico Diaries: Part 1 – Como Estas, Mexico? – Waking the Red
Waking the Red writer James Hutton travels to Mexico to watch the Canadian men’s national team play at Azteca stadium in World Cup qualifiers.
It’ll take a team effort to lift Canadian soccer – Edmonton Sun
As attendance for Eddies games continues to grow and the number of youngsters playing soccer grows even faster, I am occasionally tempted to believe that those who truly care about men’s soccer will eventually get their wish and see Canada as truly competitive on the world level.
Memphis provides Canadian women’s team a helping hand – Sportsnet
The University of Memphis has long been a developmental hot bed for Canadian talent. Dozens of women have suited up for the Tigers since the early 2000s, and currently 15 Canadian-born players are on their roster, and many them have seen time in the national youth programs.
From war-torn Liberia to Edmonton, young soccer player selected for Canada’s U-20 team – Global News
He isn’t old enough to drive yet but an Edmonton teenager is making waves in the soccer world. Alphonso Davies has been selected for Canada’s U-20 soccer team, but his story starts in war-torn Liberia.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
ORANGE COUNTY BLUES FC 0 WFC 2 1
SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2016
ANTEATER STADIUM, IRVINE, CA.
Greig, Melvin lead Whitecaps FC 2 to 1-0 win over Orange County Blues FC in season-opener – Whitecaps FC
A young and shorthanded Whitecaps FC 2 side kicked off their second USL season on the road on Saturday evening, earning an impressive 1-0 victory over last year’s Western Conference champions Orange County Blues FC at Anteater Stadium.
RSL rookie Holness recovering from apparent seizure – Soccer America
Real Salt Lake rookie midfielder Omar Holness was released from the hospital and returned home after he suffered an apparent seizure Saturday night while playing with Real Monarchs SLC, RSL’s second team, in their USL season opener.
SBI NASL Preview: Rayo OKC – SBI
It’s been less than five months since Rayo OKC was named the NASL’s latest expansion franchise. With pieces now in place following a chaotic offseason, Rayo OKC is looking forward to establishing itself and its style within the ever-changing NASL landscape.
Rio Grande Valley FC take tough-luck 2-0 loss at Tulsa in USL debut – Houston Dynamo
The Rio Grande Valley FC Toros produced an impressive attacking display in their inaugural match, but were undone by tough luck, an in-form opposing goalkeeper and a sensational goal in a 2-0 defeat to Tulsa Roughnecks FC Saturday at ONEOK Field.
Timbers 2 drops season-opener – Portland Tribune
The Portland Timbers 2 squad’s season didn’t start so well, as they fell behind and lost 2-1 to the Swope Park Rangers at Children’s Mercy Park at Kansas City, Kan.
USL a breeding ground for coaches, too – Four Four Two
Third-division USL isn’t just a place for players to earn their stripes in hopes of an MLS call-up. Coaches have similar opportunities, too.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
#SWPL16 League Cup Quarter Finals Round Up – SWPL
The SWP League Quarter-Finals were all action-packed and full of goals, as Glasgow City, Hibernian, Aberdeen and Rangers all reached the Semi-Finals.
Canadian Josée Bélanger finds success with national team, Pride after nearly retiring – Orlando Sentinel
Four years ago, Josée Bélanger was on the verge of retirement, nursing an ankle injury while she coached youth soccer in Quebec.
Birth Control Pills Linked to Fewer Severe Knee Injuries in Teen Girls – U.S. National Library of Medicine
Teen girls who take birth control pills may be less likely to seriously injure their knees than those who don’t take the pill, a new study suggests. Female athletes are up to twice as likely to suffer an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury as male athletes, the study authors said. The ACL connects the top and bottom parts of the knee.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
A year ago, as Leicester City languished at the bottom of the Premier League and looked almost certain to be relegated back to the Championship after just one season in the top tier, you could spend a couple of hours at the club shop in central Bangkok and not see a single customer.
Football supporters are being treated with double standards compared to fans of other sports, according to a campaign group which has revealed there have been 3,033 prosecutions for “draconian” football-only offences since 2010.
Why is there such resistance to soccer analytics? – Sportsnet
The resistance to soccer analytics is understandable, if the understanding is that it will replace rather than compliment. The thought that soccer analytics represent the philosophical and romantic apocalypse for soccer is indicative of paranoia from an industry brimming with ossified, comfortable teachers and practitioners.