BC Soccer News, Monday, May 27, 2019

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC  2   FC DALLAS  1

MLS MATCHDAY #15

SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2019

BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC

Report and Reaction: Vancouver Whitecaps show pride and passion in crucial win over DallasAFTN
It certainly seems to be that when the going gets tough, Vancouver Whitecaps start to get going. Playing in their sixth match of the month, and still with a slate of injuries, the ‘Caps put in an assured performance that was far more comfortable than the final scoreline suggests.

Ali Adnan scores wonder goal, Venuto tallies winner as ‘Caps victorious on Pride NightWhitecaps FC
Ali Adnan opened his Whitecaps FC account with an MLS Goal of the Year candidate, and Lucas Venuto tallied the eventual winner in a 2-1 win against FC Dallas on Pride Night at BC Place on Saturday.

Another stat-bending performance from surging WhitecapsThe Province
The numbers don’t lie — but they also don’t tell the story of how the Vancouver Whitecaps are unbeaten in their last three games.

Whitecaps academy product Theo Bair moved by MLS debut: “I wanted to cry”MLS
Saturday’s 2-1 win over FC Dallas was a sweet one for the Vancouver Whitecaps, capping a haul of five points in eight days in which they also earned road draws at Sporting KC and the New York Red Bulls – and gave their latest academy prospect an emotional MLS debut.

Vancouver Whitecaps enjoy the green, green turf of homeSoccer Shorts
There was a moment somewhere around the seventieth minute of the 2-1 victory over FC Dallas at BC Place when every single Vancouver Whitecaps player ran into a mental, physical and metaphorical brick wall.

What we learned against the Vancouver Whitecaps: The struggle continues Big D Soccer
FC Dallas continued to struggle against the Vancouver Whitecaps. While Dallas had their fair share of chances, poor finishing let them down. As the summer drags on, Dallas desperately need to right their ship if they’re going to continue to compete for a playoff spot.

WEEK 13: LAFC SCORES FOUR, PORTLAND BEATS PHILADELPHIAUS Soccer Players
Week 13 resumed with two games on Friday night. In Orlando, Jonathan Dos Santos scored the game’s only goal in the LA Galaxy’s 1-0 win over City. Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham saved a penalty in the 39th minute.

Toronto FC trending in wrong direction with loss to San JoseSportsnet
Things continue to go from bad to worse for Toronto FC. Playing without three key starters, including captain Michael Bradley, TFC suffered a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday night before an announced crowd of 23,524 fans at BMO Field.

Impact can’t make up early deficit, lose to LAFCMontreal Gazette
Carlos Vela continued on his goal-a-game pace Friday night as he led Los Angeles Football Club to a 4-2 win over the visiting Impact Friday night at Banc of California Stadium.

Fernandez helping to lift Timbers out of slow startSBI
The long, gruelling road trip is over for the Portland Timbers. After a dozen games away from Providence Park, the defending Western Conference champs can finally return home with a few wins to their name. They also have an exciting new signing making his mark on the tail end of the away swing.

Caleb Porter not Making Excuses: “I Take the Blame First and Foremost.”LWOS
Columbus Crew SC are in free fall. After winning four of their first six games, they have lost eight of nine. Their fullbacks aren’t healthy and more players seem to be joining the injury report with each game. First year head coach Caleb Porter is understandably upset with the form of his team. He’s also not shying away from it.

PACIFIC FC & BC SOCCER NEWS

HFX WANDERERS  vs.  PACIFIC FC

CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHDAY #6

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019, 10:00 AM PT

WANDERERS GROUNDS, HALIFAX, NS

ONLINE: onesoccer.ca

Why Brandon Bassi will never be forgotten: North Delta grad, SFU soccer player left a legacy of empathy, loyalty and integrityVarsity Letters
“You could say he was larger than life,” Jesse Hundal said. “People just gravitated to him.” Added Gary Sandhu: “I have never seen his kind of leadership and intensity before. It’s something I will never forget. He exuded so much confidence and strength. When I think of him, I think of that strength, of his pure leadership. And how he always smiling, too.” Hundal and Sandhu, both high school basketball coaches, choked back their emotions on Friday afternoon and delivered the words that best described Brandon Bassi, a multi-sport star and 2018 graduate of North Delta Secondary School who passed away on Thursday at the tender age of 19 to injuries sustained in an automobile accident in the early hours of May 18.

Whitecaps FC mourn the passing of former Academy player Brandon BassiWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are mourning the loss of Brandon Bassi, who has passed away at the age of 19 following a tragic car accident last week.

SFU mourns the loss of student-athlete Brandon BassiSFU
Simon Fraser University, its men’s soccer program and our students and student-athletes are saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Brandon Bassi, a first-year student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and a member of the men’s soccer team.

HIGHLANDERS EARN 2-1 WIN OVER SOUNDERS U23Highlanders FC
Victoria Highlanders FC (2-0-1) welcomed Seattle Sounders U23 (1-2-1) to Centennial Stadium, May 26th. While the visiting team opened the scoring on a goal by Arthur Herpreck, the Highlanders responded with two goals in the latter stages of the first half from Joshua Walter and Connor Guilherme and held on for the 2-1 home win.

U18 Storm strike gold at Umbro Challenge Cup in SurreyWilliams Lake Tribune
The Williams Lake U18 Storm boys soccer team marched away as champions from the Umbro Challenge Cup in Surrey during the long weekend.

Drew Ferguson named to Powell River Sports Hall of FamePowell River Peak
In its inaugural year, Powell River’s Sports Hall of Fame will induct one team and eight athletes who have had a lasting legacy. In the weeks leading up to the gala, taking place June 15 at Hap Parker Arena, the Peak has been profiling the inductees, giving more insight into their accomplishments and contributions to the fabric of the community. Drew Ferguson’s love of soccer began early.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
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Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

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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CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE & CANADA SOCCER NEWS

Together We Rise: Canada Soccer announces squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019CSA
Canada Soccer have announced their official 23-player squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. Unveiled with the theme “Together We Rise”, Canada’s official squad will compete in their seventh consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup™ building on the program’s existing foundation and peaking towards the best possible performances on the world’s biggest stage.

Canada sending its most skilled team to Women’s World CupThe Star
There were no surprises when the group of 23 players selected to represent Canada at next month’s Women’s World Cup was announced on Saturday. Coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller began the selection process in earnest last fall as the team competed in World Cup qualifiers, securing its spot in France.

Sinclair says she’s been waiting for this Canadian teamChilliwack Progress
While Christine Sinclair edges closer to the all-time international goals record, her team will be chasing a title.

Forge wins 2nd ‘905 Derby’ of CPL season over York9Sportsnet
York9 FC will have to wait a little bit longer for their first win in the Canadian Premier League.

CPL Roundup: Dominique Malonga leads Cavalry past WanderersSportsnet
Dominique Malonga scored twice to lead Cavalry FC past HFX Wanderers 2-0 on Saturday in Canadian Premier League action.

Passion for soccer Burns bright in Calgary Foothills WFC goalkeeperNorthern Starting XI
Heading into her third season of play in United Women’s Soccer (UWS), 21-year-old Emily Burns is as excited to start the season as she’s ever been.

Alphonso Davies celebrates two Bayern Munich victories in whirlwind 48 hoursPro Soccer USA
Bayern Munich forward Alphonso Davies had an eventful 48 hours. Saturday he traveled with the team to Berlin, where Bayern faced RB Leipzig in the German Cup final.

P.E.I. F.C. earns road victory Journal Pioneer
Alex O’Brien’s goal in the 62nd minute was the winner Saturday as SoccerStop P.E.I. F.C. defeated the rival Fredericton Red 3-1 in McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League action.

USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS

USL Championship Gameday Report: May 26, Week 12USL
Bethlehem Steel FC clawed their way back from a two-goal deficit to draw with Louisville City FC in a game that featured three red cards and a Chavany Willis brace in the first of two Sunday contests. Elsewhere, the Tacoma Defiance and Fresno FC produced a dramatic six-goal draw the saw the Defiance score a late equalizer to secure their point.

USL Championship Gameday Report: May 25, Week 12USL
The Indy Eleven and Nashville SC battled to a scoreless draw at Lucas Oil Stadium as the pair maintained their impressive defensive beginnings to the season, while Hartford Athletic came back against Ottawa Fury FC to earn a point for the home crowd at Rentschler Field. Elsewhere, the Charleston Battery and Atlanta United 2 also battled for a point in a one-all draw while the Tampa Bay Rowdies maintained their unbeaten start and their place at the top of the table with a 1-0 win over Swope Park Rangers.

405 Stalemate: LA Galaxy II 2, Orange County SC 2Angels on Parade
Substitutes for each team came off the bench to score and in the end nothing separated LA Galaxy II and Orange County SC, as they tied 2-2 in the 405 Derby on Saturday at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson.

NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Final squad lists for FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 announcedFIFA
With less than two weeks until the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 and preparations for the tournament entering their final stages, the final squad lists for the 24 participating teams have now been announced.

World Cup send-off can be a ‘watershed moment’, says Scotland boss KerrFour Four Two
Shelley Kerr believes it would be a “watershed moment” for Scottish women’s football if her side can attract a crowd of more than 10,000 for their friendly against Jamaica at Hampden Park on Tuesday night.

Women’s World Cup 2019 team guide No 1: FranceThe Guardian
Corinne Diacre has a very strong squad at her disposal but can they cope with the pressure on home soil?

US women beat Mexico in World Cup send-offTSN
Ten prep games for the U.S. women’s soccer team this year ended with an unimpressive 3-0 win over Mexico in a send-off match on Sunday. The Americans travel to England on Monday and will work out at Tottenham’s training grounds before heading to France on June 7, four days before starting their World Cup title defence against Thailand.

Why the U.S. women’s national team’s cultural meaning transcends soccerYahoo Sports
In a lot of ways, there are two United States women’s national teams.

The real power of the U.S. women’s soccer team? Just ask a 7-year-old girlNJ.com
Tobin Heath is too focused on her job, scoring goals for the U.S. Women’s National Team, to look up at the young girls in the crowd that she is inspiring. Even if she did, she wouldn’t be able to see the one that I was hoping she would inspire without pulling a pair of binoculars out of her shorts.

Washington Spirit knock off Chicago Red Stars 2-0Black & Red United
Ashley Hatch struck again, and Washington won their third straight game

NWSL Saturday: Orlando, Sky Blue remain winlessThe Equalizer
Sky Blue FC and the Orlando Pride both lost on Saturday, leaving each winless on the season through seven matches.

WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Valencia upsets Barcelona to win Copa del Rey titleSportsnet
There was no lifting of a winner’s trophy this time for Lionel Messi. The Barcelona star had to settle on receiving the runner-up plate from Spanish King Felipe VI after Valencia beat his side 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.

Serie A: Atalanta, Inter snatch UCL places on wild final dayNBC Sports
A roundup of all of Sunday’s final-day action in Italy’s top flight.

Claudio Ranieri and Daniele de Rossi bid farewell to RomaBBC Sport
The Stadio Olimpico was an emotional place on Sunday night. It wasn’t just because Roma failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League – it was also because manager Claudio Ranieri and captain Daniele de Rossi said a tearful goodbye to the club.

Bayern beats Leipzig in German Cup final to seal doubleSportsnet
Captain Manuel Neuer returned from six weeks out injured to help Bayern Munich complete a domestic double after beating Leipzig 3-0 in the German Cup final on Saturday.

Charlton wins promotion to Championship in stoppage timeNBC Sports
Charlton Athletic struck a wildly late blow to clinch the final place in the 2019-20 Football League Championship, defeating Sunderland 2-1 in Sunday’s promotion playoff at Wembley Stadium.

Championship play-off final: Aston Villa v Derby CountyBBC Sport
Villa, looking to end a three-year exile from the Premier League, play the Rams for a place in the top flight worth £170m on Monday.

Ligue 1 Week 38 ReviewLigue 1
Dijon are still alive following a dramatic final round of matches but there was heartbreak for Caen, who will join Guingamp in Domino’s Ligue 2 next season.

U-20 World Cup – Triumphant Italy, Senegal punch first tickets to knockout stageFIFA
The road to the knockout rounds became much clearer on Sunday for Groups A and B at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019. With two of three group stage matches played for eight teams, two sides can already count themselves among the final 16.

Newcastle in takeover talks with UAE billionaireNBC Sports
United Arab Emirates billionaire Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan is said to be in talks with Ashley about a takeover of the St. James’ Park-based club, though there’s a lot of work to do for a deal to be complete.

Rocco Commisso, Cosmos Owner, Is Said to Be Close to Buying Italy’s FiorentinaNY Times
Rocco B. Commisso, the billionaire founder and chairman of the cable provider Mediacom, is expected to complete a deal to purchase the Italian soccer club A.C.F. Fiorentina in the coming days.

Celtic ‘immortals’ make history but Lennon job offer paints bizarre pictureBBC Sport
A treble treble secured on Saturday at Hampden not in the bells-and-whistles fashion they’d have wanted, but in a hard grind against Hearts that might have, in some ways, given them even more satisfaction. A battle can be more rewarding than a cakewalk at times. Celtic had to dig deep to pile another layer on to their history mountain.

Wambach, Gulati elected to U.S. National Soccer Hall of FameNBC Sports
Two of the biggest names in United States soccer history have been voted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

José Enrique: ‘I couldn’t do anything, couldn’t move, had to sleep at an angle’The Guardian
The former Liverpool defender on surviving cancer, sitting with the fans and his excitement at soon playing in the club shirt again.

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