BC Soccer News, Monday, March 7, 2016


Vancouver Whitecaps Matchday #1 – Whitecaps FC 2 Montreal Impact 3BC Soccer Web
The Whitecaps dropped a 3-2 decision to the Montreal Impact at BC Place on Sunday. Here are the highlights and a complete list of match recaps and analysis from around the web.

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Vanney gets last laugh in TFC’s opening win Sportsnet
Greg Vanney is not at all the type to gloat, mostly because it’s just not in his demure nature, but also because there hasn’t been much to boast about during his tenure as Toronto FC coach.

A Bullish Effort: Toronto FC Beat New York Red Bulls in Season OpenerWaking the Red
As far as starts to the season go, Toronto FC likely couldn’t have drawn it up any better than today’s game. The backline that was the club’s downfall last season stood strong against one of the league’s best attacks. Then the club would turn the game on its head late for a huge 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls.

Giovinco leads TFC to season-opening win over Red BullsToronto Star
Toronto FC flipped the script on the New York Red Bulls in its season opener here Sunday, securing an unexpected 2-0 win over last year’s Supporters’ Shield winner.

Lack of Finishing Dooms Red Bulls in Home OpenerEmpire of Soccer
As the banner for the 2015 Supporters Shield dropped, so did the curtain on the 2016 Season. However, the New York Red Bulls failed to find their rhythm, dropping their home opener to Toronto FC 2-0.

Draw in Houston offers Revs more than just a point: “It’s a learning experience”New England Revolution
The most important thing the New England Revolution took away from Sunday afternoon’s 3-3 draw with the Houston Dynamo was a point in the Eastern Conference standings. But the Revs boarded their flight back to Boston with more than just a valuable road result.

Coelho strike lifts Sporting KC over 10-man SoundersSBI
The Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City had nearly carbon copy finishes to 2015: the two sides wrapped up the regular season tied on points, and both were eliminated from the playoffs on penalty kicks. Their new seasons got off to distinctly different starts on Sunday night, however, as Kansas City utilized a man-advantage to escape the Emerald City with a 1-0 win in front of 39,525 at CenturyLink Field.

Fortunately for Sounders, it’s one game and there’s plenty of time to improve Seattle Times
In a 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City, the Sounders failed to capitalize on opportunities and created chances for their opponent out of thin air. It’s a long season. But man — it was also a really long day.

NYCFC win in Patrick Vieira’s goal-filled debut Empire of Soccer
New York City FC‘s first game of 2016 was as open as any of its games in 2015. Nevertheless, they left Toyota Park with three points after defeating the Chicago Fire 4–3 in Patrick Vieira‘s debut as head coach.

Late Drama in the Lion’s Den – Orlando City vs. Real Salt LakeESPN Radio
Orlando City found themselves down two goals in stoppage time in their season opener against Real Salt Lake in Orlando on Sunday. “So you’re saying there’s still a chance!”

Orlando City Offseason Shortcoming Evident in Season Opener The Mane Land
Orlando City’s failure during this past off-season to sign a proven striker was evident in Sunday’s season opener.

MATCH RECAP | Portland Timbers 2, Columbus Crew SC 1Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers opened the 2016 regular season with a 2-1 victory over Columbus Crew SC before a sold-out crowd of 21,144 fans at Providence Park on Sunday afternoon. Forward Fanendo Adi and midfielder Diego Valeri, who combined for nine of the team’s 20 shots, both found the back of the net for Portland, propelling the Timbers to their third straight win over Crew SC, including the team’s MLS Cup victory in 2015.

Mike Magee leads Galaxy in second-half surge past D.C. UnitedSBI
In the first half, the LA Galaxy just looked old. In the second half, they called up some old Galaxy magic in the form of newly-re-signed fan favorite Mike Magee, and ran past visiting D.C. United, 4-1, before 25,667 on a cold breezy night in Los Angeles.

FC Dallas Opens Season with Shut Out of UnionMLS Multiplex
FC Dallas opened up their 2016 MLS season with a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union at Toyota Park in Frisco on Sunday. While the score was relatively close, the game was not, as FCD showed why they are a top contender in the west.

Recap: Quakes 1, Colorado Rapids 0 | Wondo’s second half header starts the 2016 season with a winSan Jose Earthquakes
Chris Wondolowski went back to doing what he does best, netting a close-range header to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids in both teams’ season opener.

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VISL Jackson Cup Quarterfinal Results VISL
So close to being another huge upset this past weekend in the Jackson Cup Quarter Finals.

Andrea Laycock to Receive BC Soccer President’s Award at the Sport BC Athlete of the Year AwardsBCSA
Andrea Laycock will be presented with the President’s Award for soccer at the Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards banquet held at Vancouver Convention Center on March 10, 2016. Each sport in BC nominates one person from among its membership who represents the spirit of volunteerism, and whose dedication, energy and commitment contribute to development of their sport or organization in the province of British Columbia.

VIDEO: BC Place becoming hub for international sporting eventsGlobal TV
Next weekend, sports fans will converge on Vancouver to see World Rugby Sevens at BC Place. As John Hua reports, not only is Vancouver garnering a reputation as a great place to host a sporting event, the economic impact will also be significant.

Fraser Valley Soccer League All-Stars vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC2BCSA
On March 9th at Port Moody Turf (300 Loco Road, Port Moody) the Fraser Valley Soccer League All Stars take on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC2 with a kick off at 8:00pm.

BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting Candidates for its Board of DirectorsBCSA
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.

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Canada w17 secures spot in CONCACAF semis CSA
Canada has secured a spot in the semi finals at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship. The undefeated Canadian side won 7:0 over the hosts Grenada on the second match day at Grenada Athletic Stadium in St. George’s, GRN. Four different players scored for Canada in the win, led by a hat trick by striker Teni Akindoju.

Canadians join ranks for 2016 Amway Canadian ChampionshipCSA
There will be some new Canadian blood injected into the Amway Canadian Championship this 2016 season. It all starts 11 May when the preliminary round kicks off for the ninth edition of Canada Soccer’s professional soccer title race.

5 things we should want the Canadian Premier League to have that we’re not talking aboutRed Nation Online
There are a great number of things that the league is going to need to make the impact that it’s hoping to create in the Canadian market. The following is a list of things I feel are needed to help the league survive.

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RECAP: Offence shines for Fury FC in win over RSL AcademyOttawa Fury
Ottawa Fury FC closed out their week-long camp in Casa Grande, Arizona with a convincing 4-0 win over RSL Academy on Sunday afternoon. Paulo Junior, Carl Haworth and Dennis Chin (with a pair) took charge of the Ottawa offence while Andrew MacRae and Marcel DeBellis shared the shutout for Fury FC who have now outscored the opposition 9-1 in pre-season action that also includes wins over TFC II (2-1) and Indy Eleven (3-0).

Marcel de Jong feeling positive about his first few weeks with the Ottawa Furythe11.ca
Marcel de Jong’s departure from Sporting Kansas City and short-term deal with the Ottawa Fury were only announced earlier this week. But the Canadian national team winger/fullback knew for months that his MLS odyssey had come to an end.

FC Montreal Defeats Universite de Montreal USL
FC Montreal scored twice inside the opening half-hour as it took a 2-0 victory against the Universite de Montreal on Sunday night at Complexe sportif Marie-Victorin in a preseason exhibition.

Steel FC Sweeps Past Syracuse in ExhibitionUSL
Bethlehem Steel FC scored a goal in the opening minute, and then swept to a 5-0 victory against Syracuse University on Sunday afternoon at Philadelphia Union Training Center. Trialist Mohammad Diallo scored twice to lead the way for Steel FC.

MLS rules: USL players can sign short-term agreements with MLS teamsRSL Soapbox
Friday’s MLS rules release clarified an important developmental question that’s cropped up in the last year for a number of teams: Yes, teams can sign USL players to short-term agreements (‘four-day contracts’, they say).

Cosmos Stadium: Is the Wolf Actually Real This Time?Midfield Press
Belmont was never the first choice for fans in the city, but realistically, Belmont represents the best chance anyone has at building a stadium in a short period of time in the City or on Long Island. Remember, this lot of land the stadium would sit on actually is divided by the Queens/Nassau border so one of the goals would technically would be in New York City.

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Australia, China women’s teams qualify for RioSportsnet
Australia and China both qualified on Monday for the women’s soccer tournament at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

FFA launches Female Football Week Westfield W-League
The week of activities across Australia are dedicated to developing Female Football in Australia coincides with tomorrow’s International Women’s Day and the Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Football Day.

SheBelieves Cup | Lindsey Horan, Tobin Heath and Meghan Klingenberg all start as US defeats France 1-0Timbers.com
In its second day of SheBelieves Cup action, the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated France 1-0 behind a stoppage time goal from Alex Morgan.

Germany rallies to beat England, to play U.S. for titleThe Equalizer
Germany rallied to beat England 2-1 in Sunday’s SheBelieves Cup nightcap setting up a Wednesday night encounter for the title against the United States. The result snapped a two-match winless streak for Germany against England. They fell 1-0 in extra time in the third place match at last summer’s World Cup and played to a scoreless draw in their most recent matchup.

SheBelieves Cup: England undone by controversial penaltyFootball League Paper
It was a “crazy decision,” said an angry Fara Williams of the penalty awarded against her that led to Babett Peter scoring the goal which sentenced England to a 2-1 defeat by Germany at the She Believes Cup in America last night.

Mark Sampson looks at bigger picture after Germany defeatThe FA
Mark Sampson said England are better equipped to win Euro 2017 after their last two matches, against Germany and USA at the SheBelieves Cup.

Olympic qualifiers latest: Sweden in commandUEFA
Sweden are just a point away from keeping up their record of reaching every Olympic tournament but hosts the Netherlands or Norway could pip them on Wednesday.

Cyprus Cup: Czech Republic Women 1-0 Wales Women BBC Sport
Wales women’s hopes of reaching the Cyprus Cup final were ended by a 1-0 loss to the Czech Republic on Monday.

Five Things the NWSL Needs To Do In 2016 to Survive Long-Term The Mane Land
With NWSL preseason just two weeks away, we take a look at what the league needs to do to survive once the warm glow of success from the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup starts to dissipate.

Annie Zaidi: Football coach faced racism, sexism & IslamophobiaBBC Sport
Annie Zaidi is a female football coach of South Asian heritage. She has passed her FA Level 2 badge and is working towards her Uefa B coaching licence.

Female game-changers in a field bent out of shapePRI
The world’s soccer body just held its presidential elections, but it’s a distant pipe dream that a new president will do much to fix what has bent the “beautiful game” so badly out of shape. One particular group represents a strong and overlooked potential catalyst for game change: female players.

VIDEO: FIFA Women’s Football and Leadership Conference 2016 – Morning SessionFIFA
The annual conference is part of FIFA’s commitment to promote, develop and invest in women’s football, and it will bring to the Home of FIFA diverse voices discussing ways in which women’s football and women in football can be further promoted.

VIDEO: FIFA Women’s Football and Leadership Conference – Afternoon SessionFIFA
The annual conference is part of FIFA’s commitment to promote, develop and invest in women’s football, and it will bring to the Home of FIFA diverse voices discussing ways in which women’s football and women in football can be further promoted.

Why we need female brains in CTE researchOUP Blog
Brandi Chastain’s decision to donate is important for two reasons: She’s the highest-profile female athlete to date to make the commitment, and it also hopefully will bring to light to the serious need for women’s brains to be donated for study. Male athletes dominate concussion research, and that needs to change.

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Football’s rules get major overhaul to bring them up to modern speed Inside World Football
After an 18-month study, football’s lawmakers have released the findings of the most extensive and far-reaching review ever undertaken of the laws of the game in order to inject what former World Cup referee David Elleray describes as “more commonsense” into the interpretation of the rules.

Luka Modric earns a third of Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid salary, according to new Football Leaks reveal The Telegraph
Luka Modric’s Real Madrid contract is the latest high profile deal to be exposed by the Football Leaks website.

Juventus restore three-point lead at top with win over AtalantaThe Guardian
Juventus restored their three-point lead in the Serie A title race on Sunday while Internazionale reignited their challenge for a top-three finish.

Frank Lampard encourages Manchester United to appoint Jose MourinhoVavel
The former Chelsea midfielder has encouraged the Red Devils to appoint to Portuguese coach, as he can fight with a Pep Guardiola-led Manchester City.

Leicester City: Premier League ‘table’ over past 38 games BBC Sport
“Leicester – a great story but they’ll never keep this up over the course of a whole season.” The suspicion has lingered throughout this campaign that the Foxes’ remarkable run cannot be sustained over the course of a 38-game Premier League season. But the evidence suggests otherwise.

Only winners of the much-anticipated north London derby were LeicesterThe Guardian
Tottenham and Arsenal gave their all but you can’t help thinking that they have helped to hold the door a little further for Claudio Ranieri’s Premier League leaders.

Abuse Heaped On Stillitano Deserved But Was Charlie Just Doing What Any Good Promoter Should?Forbes
Somewhere along the line, it seemed that Stillitano had lost the plot and no longer understood that his thoughts were those of a businessman and not the thoughts of a fan and it is the fans that produce the money that fuels the gravy train.

Can Americas Champs League have success?One World Sports
Media rights magnate Riccardo Silva believes the United States is on the verge of becoming a driving force in international soccer. But in leading the way, the U.S. will need to expand its horizons, and Silva has devised a vehicle to help place the country at the forefront of game: the Americas Champions League.

Bolton Wanderers: Winding-up petition adjourned again to allow time for takeoverBBC Sport
A winding-up petition against Bolton has again been adjourned at the High Court to give Dean Holdsworth’s consortium time to complete a takeover.

Chinese Super League preview: Guangzhou Evergrande still team to beatThe Guardian
Talking about the Chinese Super League season, which started on Friday, without mentioning money is like trying to discuss the US presidential election while ignoring Donald Trump. It just cannot be done when Chinese Super League clubs have spent about £200m over the winter and the country’s second tier is the third highest-spending league in the world.

Nordic nations discuss joint bid for 2024 or 2028 Euros hostingInside World Football
The Danish Football Association (DBU) announced officially on Friday that it, along with the football associations from Sweden, Norway and Finland is exploring the possibility of bidding for European Championship hosting in 2024 or 2028.

Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo fan row leads to murder charge in IndiaThe Guardian
An argument over whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s best footballer has led to a Nigerian man being charged with the murder of his friend.

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