BC Soccer News, Monday, May 7, 2018





Loonacy! Ten man Minnesota United hand Vancouver Whitecaps another demoralizing defeat AFTN
Did last week’s win against Real Salt Lake signal a turn around in fortunes for Vancouver Whitecaps or did it just paper over the cracks? That was one of the questions heading into Saturday’s match in Minnesota, and although we may not have had a definitive answer, it was another game which left the ‘Caps fanbase feeling dejected and demoralised.

Whitecaps learn lessons new and old, but suffer the same old fateVancouver Sun
Two rookies, two costly mistakes. But only one ended up paying for it in the end.

10-man Minnesota United holds on to beat WhitecapsSportsnet
Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson thought his team played well enough to win on Saturday.

Another disappointing loss for Whitecaps as they are downed in MinnesotaRed Nation Online
Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Minnesota Untied FC tangled in the midwest as each side looked to record back to back wins. The Loons overcame a second half red card, and scored the lone goal in a one-nil smash and grab win.

‘Caps unable to overcome stellar effort from MNUFC keeper ShuttleworthWhitecaps FC
Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth and midfielder Miguel Ibarra led Minnesota United FC (4W-5L-0D) to a shorthanded 1-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4W-5L-1D) at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Facing Adversity, Loons Stay United, Defeat VancouverFifty Five One
Minnesota United’s 2018 season so far has been a paradox. The Loons have looked impressive in many of their defeats this season, and unimpressive in some of their victories. It’s all been about the game states. When Minnesota score first, they have been able to effectively preserve the advantage and win. When they concede first, they’ve labored mightily and unsuccessfully to close the gaps, and ultimately lost. Saturday afternoon’s win against Vancouver had a different script, but the overall plot was the same.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Can’t See the WoodSoccer Shorts
It’s not just that the 1-0 defeat to ten men Minnesota was bad (I’m even willing to listen to arguments that it was fair to mediocre) it’s simply that it reaffirmed everything we know to be wrong with this team.

MLS Week 10 review: TFC’s new wrinkle, Hudson River DerbyFansided
Breaking down the 10th week of MLS play, including Toronto FC, the Hudson River Derby and Seattle’s continued struggle.

Montreal Impact rout Revolution 4-2 to snap four-game losing streakMontreal Gazette
Anthony Jackson-Hamel scored his first two goals of the season and Ignacio Piatti had a goal and three assists as the Impact defeated the New England Revolution Saturday at Saputo Stadium. The victory ends a four-game losing streak as the Impact’s record improved to 3-6-0.

Toronto FC alleviates doubt with convincing win over UnionSportsnet
It certainly wasn’t a must-win game, but it was one that Toronto FC needed to win.

Victor Vazquez turns in another masterful performance at BMO FieldToronto FC
Victor Vazquez doesn’t score ugly goals. At least not usually… his late coup de grace in the 2017 MLS Cup Final may not have been the prettiest. But on Friday night against the Philadelphia Union at BMO Field, Vazquez’ tidy first half strike proved the game-winner in a 3-0 victory.

Sounders booed after failing to score again, even with man advantage, in draw with ColumbusSeattle Times
Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer sat amid the smoldering ruins of one of the worst weeks in franchise history and did his best to cover for one of his veteran players.

Portland Timbers’ victory in San Jose exorcises ghosts, builds on team’s spring momentumTimbers.com
The highlights will paint it as a night for the spectacular, with Diego Valeri’s late free kick into the right side of Andrew Tarbell’s goal following a number of clutch saves and reads from Jeff Attinella. Portland Timbers’ full 90 minutes in San Jose, though, played out like two novice acrobat walking the same tight rope; both wary of their next steps, reluctant to surge forward, lest they send themselves to the net below.

Despite six-game winning streak, Orlando City still has plenty left to proveSBI
Orlando City’s games have a knack for being chaotic, especially at Orlando City Stadium.

Our City: For Orlando City Supporters Impatience is a VirtueThe Mane Land
Leitão, Jason Kreis, Kay Rawlins, and Flavio Augusto da Silva are seemingly miles ahead of the curve when it comes to both planning and responding to the Orlando City community. At the same time, I won’t stop, can’t stop, demanding. And neither should you.

What we learned against LAFC: Santiago Mosquera steals the showBig D Soccer
After a disappointing first half, Dallas made improvements that won them a point on the road against LAFC. Here’s what I took away from that game:

Sporting KC signs Vermes to long-term extensionNBC Sports
The one constant at Sporting Kansas City is set to remain at the club into the next decade.

Tangled up in blue: NYC FC’s brand new training center stresses City connectionThe Guardian
NYC FC may not yet have opened the stadium home their fans want, but last week’s opening of their Etihad City Football Academy may prove to be just as significant in the long run.

Sébastien Le Toux, longtime fan favorite, retiring with UnionPhilly.com
The most popular player in Union history has returned to the team again, and this time it’s for the last time as a player. Sébastien Le Toux will sign a one-day contract with the team Tuesday to confirm his retirement from playing after 14 years as a pro.

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B.C. soccer club gets professional membership; can join Canadian Premier LeagueTerrace Standard
Clubs from B.C., as well as Halifax, Calgary, Port City, and York Region, Ont., got the seal of approval at the national governing body’s annual general meeting in Yellowknife.

Ambleside field renamed in honour of West Van sports organizerNorth Shore News
Field B at Ambleside Park goes by a more unique name these days. During a District of West Vancouver council meeting last month, it was announced that the grass sport field, a well-known spot for eager youngsters to try their hand at soccer or baseball, was being renamed Fred Jopson Field in honour of the longtime local resident and pioneer in youth sports.

2018 BC Adult Provincial Championships Schedule & ResultsBCSA
Schedules, Brackets & Results for the 2018 BC Provincial Championships.

TSS Rovers release Season Tickets for the 2018 season TSS Rovers
A great summer of soccer is in store at Swangard Stadium with the PDL & WPSL TSS Rovers. Season yickets are only $70.

Victoria Highlanders FC 2018 Season Tickets now on saleVictoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.

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
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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.

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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Four more make it official: Canada Soccer sanctions more CanPL clubsthe11.ca
The Canadian Premier League took four major steps towards its planned 2019 kickoff. At the Canada Soccer annual general meeting Saturday in Yellowknife, four more CanPL clubs received their official professional sanctions: York (Toronto Area), Port City (Vancouver area), Calgary and Halifax.

Professional soccer stadium coming to Spruce Meadows next yearNational Post
A group from Calgary was approved for professional club membership by Canada Soccer on Saturday, paving the way for them to potentially join the Canadian Premier League. The league is set to debut as a professional men’s soccer league in the spring of 2019, and will serve as a Tier 1 league.

Halifax a step closer to Canadian Premier League soccer teamChronicle Herald
The Nova Scotia capital was accepted for professional club membership by Canada Soccer during the national governing body’s annual general meeting Saturday in Yellowknife.

Field of dreams? As CanPL owners meet in Edmonton, commissioner turns eyes towards baseball stadium the11.ca
Is there a new home in sight for FC Edmonton? As the Canadian Premier League’s Board of Governors meeting in downtown Edmonton wrapped up Friday afternoon, Commissioner David Clanachan suggested that Clarke Stadium may not be the only option on the table.

Canada Soccer celebrates its North Star Rising at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the MembersCSA
The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Members for Canada Soccer marked its North Star Rising reflecting on its collective goals as it enters a new era for the sport.

Deanne Rose: Game on!Simcoe.com
Hard work, focus and dedication have helped Alliston’s Deanne Rose kick her soccer game up to the international stage. And she’s only getting started.

Williams Equalizer Gets DeRo A Point Away To HamiltonLeague1 Ontario
On a cool, windy evening at Ron Joyce Stadium, on the campus of McMaster University, Hamilton United and DeRo United treated the fans in attendance to an extremely entertaining, back-and-forth match that ended in a 1-1 draw.

P.E.I. under-15 soccer squads have good weekend in Nova ScotiaJournal-Pioneer
The P.E.I. F.C. under-15 soccer teams had a perfect start to their Nova Scotia soccer league schedule. The girls defeated Cape Breton 6-1 on Saturday and 3-0 on Sunday.

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Foxes’ unbeaten streak ends at San AntonioFresno FC
An unlucky bounce at the 67th minute snapped the Foxes seven-match unbeaten streak in the Alamo City, as Fresno FC fell 2-1 to host San Antonio FC in a Cinco de Mayo showdown at Toyota Stadium.

Fury hope draw serves as springboard for road encountersOttawa Sun
If a team can face a must-win situation in game No. 7 of a a 34-game regular season, the Ottawa Fury FC have just about found it.

What Goes On? Ottawa Fury at SixNorthern Starting XI
A whole swathe of reasons have been advanced to explain the Fury’s poor start to the new season. A significantly overhauled squad working under a new coach, Nikola Popovic, who is striving to implement a new system of play (largely based on possession) seems to lie at the core of the slow start. Nikola Popovic is a man who unquestionably knows his onions, yet there is no denying the fact that team performances have often been very slapdash.

Match Recap: Toronto FC II vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SCToronto FC
Toronto FC II fell 2-1 at the hands of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday evening.

Penn FC Canadian Double Match Preview The Brotherly Game
Penn FC faces Ottawa Fury at home Monday and visits Toronto FC II Wednesday morning.

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic 2, Seattle Sounders 2 1 Indomitable City Soccer
Sacramento Republic FC (5-1-3) entered Sunday’s match coming off easily their worst performance of the year in a 0-2 loss against Portland Timbers 2. To their credit, they rebounded nicely on the road in a 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders 2 (2-5-1), in what was a cleaner performance from what we saw against Timbers 2.

Cincinnati Sweeps Past ATL UTD 2USL
Ledesma keys 4-2 win before 22,532 in FCC’s third consecutive win.

Rangers top OKC Energy FC with 86th-minute game-winning goalSporting KC
The Swope Park Rangers moved within a point of first place in the USL’s Western Conference with a 1-0 road win at OKC Energy FC on Saturday. Hadji Barry converted a penalty kick in the 86th minute for his third goal of the season and Darrin MacLeod recorded four saves for his first clean sheet of the year.

USL Smashes Single Week Attendance RecordUSL
Surpasses 100,000 in Week 8 to continue record-setting 2018 season.

Results: USL, Week 8Soccer America
Complete results from USL Week 8.


Katie Chapman the heartbeat of Chelsea’s FA Cup final winThe Guardian
Chelsea’s powerful forward line of the FWA and PFA player of the year Fran Kirby and two-goal hero Ramona Bachmann may have dominated the FA Cup final headlines but a familiar face in midfield was described by the manager, Emma Hayes, as “the best player on the park”.

Reign FC beat Portland Thorns in an instant classicSounder at Heart
On a warm Saturday afternoon in Portland, Oregon, the Seattle Reign FC and Portland Thorns FC added the latest chapter in the NWSL’s version of the vaunted Seattle/Portland rivalry.

Houston Dash win first match of the year 3-2 at Sky Blue FCVavel
Houston Dash head coach Vera Pauw collected her first win in the NWSL. The win is the first for the Houston Dash in the 2018 season.

Utah Royals defeat Washington Spirit, celebrate first win in franchise historyPro Soccer USA
Utah Royals coach Laura Harvey and her players savored a mix of joy and relief as they finally celebrated the first win in franchise history Saturday night.

North Carolina Courage vs. Chicago Red Stars recap: Late goal earns the Courage a tieVavel
An 82nd minute goal by McCall Zerboni helped the Courage earn a draw and remain unbeaten this season.

NWSL Championship returning to PortlandThe Equalizer
The 2018 NWSL Championship will be held at Providence Park in Portland, the league announced at the top of Saturday’s Lifetime Game of the Week broadcast. The match has been announced with a 1:30 p.m. PDT start time on Saturday, September 22.

REPORT: Cork City WFC 1-2 Wexford YouthsIrish WNL
Wexford Youths progressed to the semi-finals of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League Cup as they came from behind to defeat Cork City 2-1 in Bishopstown on Sunday afternoon.

Salford City: Club co-owned by former Man Utd players to add women’s teamBBC Sport
Salford City, the football club owned by ex-Manchester United players Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and England Lionesses manager Phil Neville, will have a women’s team from next season.

Adámková to referee Women’s Champions League finalUEFA
Czech referee Jana Adámková, 40, will officiate the 2018 final between Wolfsburg and Lyon.

FFA Steering Committee for FIFA Women’s World Cup Bid holds first meetingFFA
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has taken the next step in its quest to win the right to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 with the first meeting of the official Bid Steering Committee in Sydney on Monday.

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Fighter Sir Alex Ferguson has the world on his side for this battleManchester Evening News
He’s simply ‘the boss’ to his players. But Sir Alex Ferguson is also a fighter. The greatest manager the British game – and arguably world football – has seen, faces a new battle after undergoing emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage . The 76-year-old former Manchester United boss was taken to Macclesfield District Hospital on Saturday morning and then transferred to Salford Royal.

Sir Alex Ferguson: true to Clydeside and certainly no average pensionerThe Guardian
The news about Sir Alex Ferguson will have come as a shock to anyone who saw him on the pitch at Old Trafford last Sunday, presenting Arsène Wenger with an award in recognition of his 22 years as Arsenal manager.

Man City lift trophy; Chelsea heats up Champions League huntSportsnet
As Manchester City finally collected the Premier League trophy on Sunday, Chelsea closed in on salvaging Champions League qualification from a lacklustre title defence and further weakened Liverpool’s grip on a top-four finish.

Cardiff draws into English Premier League for 2018-19The Star
Manager Neil Warnock earned his record eighth promotion after the Bluebirds clinched the final automatic promotion spot from the League Championship with a scoreless draw against Reading. Wolverhampton is already going up, while Aston Villa, Derby, Fulham and Middlesbrough are in the four-team playoff for the last EPL place.

Messi helps 10-man Barcelona draw with Real Madrid to stay unbeatenSportsnet
Rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid showed Sunday that they don’t need titles at stake to produce a thrilling game of football.

Neil Warnock: Anatomy of a promotion winnerBBC Sport
It’s now eight promotions for Warnock, a record in English football and a feat described as “the ultimate achievement” by League Managers’ Association chairman Howard Wilkinson.

Stoke is first English Premier League team relegatedThe Star
The last-place Potters’ 10-season stint in the top flight of English soccer will end; meantime West Bromwich Albion, Southampton and Swansea City are scrambling to avoid being among the other two teams relegated to the 2018-19 Championship.

Napoli draws against Torino to all but hand Juventus titleSportsnet
Juventus has the champagne on ice after Napoli was held to a 2-2 draw by Torino on Sunday to all but mathematically hand the Bianconeri their seventh straight Serie A title.

Week 36 review: Monaco bounce back, Metz first to dropLigue 1
Monaco had Moussa Sylla’s brace on debut to thank for the win over SM Caen that kept them in the race for second as OL and OM both won; Metz punched their ticket for a Ligue 2 return after losing 2-1 at home to now-safe Angers.

Wrongly awarded goal decides Aussie title after VAR failureNorth Bay-Nippissing
A technical malfunction with the video review system was blamed Sunday on the incorrect awarding of a goal that decided Australia’s soccer title, throwing fresh doubts on the technology ahead of its World Cup debut.

Perfect start for Nigeria’s Enyimba in Confed CupAfrican Football
Nigeria’s Enyimba got their CAF Confederation Cup campaign off to an impressive start after beating Mali’s Djoliba 2-0 in a Group C game at the U. J. Esuene Stadium on Sunday.

Five things we learned from Lokomotiv’s championshipFutbolgrad
Lokomotiv Moscow have finally done it and wrapped up their first Russian championship since 2004. With the Russian championship settled it is time to take a look back on Lokomotiv’s season and recapitulate in what is, after all, an unlikely championship year for the Railwaymen.

Bundesliga state of play with one match day to goNBC Sports
After a penultimate match day with 28 goals and a single 0-0, the Bundesliga knows what’s on the line for Week 34.

Bayern Munich: Franck Ribery signs one-year contract extension with Bundesliga sideBBC Sport
Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery has signed a one-year contract extension with the Bundesliga side.

Cristiano Ronaldo to rest but should be fit for Champions League final – reportsESPN
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be fit for Real Madrid’s final La Liga game at Villarreal later this month, according to multiple reports in Spain on Monday, easing fears that a right ankle injury picked up Sunday’s Clasico could rule him out of the Champions League final.

UEFA picks Serbian referee Mazic for Champions League finalSportsnet
UEFA has picked two World Cup referees for its club competition finals before the tournament in Russia.

Herrera: Mexico must stop thinking we’re a small teamFIFA
Hector Herrera has urged Mexico to shed its small-side mentality and start thinking about winning the FIFA World Cup.

Paris St-Germain v Les Herbiers: The biggest mismatch in history?BBC Sport
Tuesday sees arguably the greatest mismatch of any cup final in football history. At the Stade de France, Ligue 1 champions Paris St-Germain – one of the richest clubs on earth – face Les Herbiers, who are battling relegation from the third division, in the Coupe de France final.

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