BC Soccer News, Monday, May 15, 2017




FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017

Report and Reaction: Whitecaps still haven’t found what they’re looking for in Texas after Dynamo defeatAFTN
Heading to a Houston Dynamo side that were unbeaten at home this season and in fine goalscoring form was a daunting task without their hoodoo, and even though the ‘Caps played well and put in a strong performance, a first half goal from Alberth Elis and a second half penalty from Erick Torres put the home side on easy street.

Shea scores again as ‘Caps downed by DynamoWhitecaps FC
The ‘Caps fell 2-1 to Houston Dynamo (6W-3L-1D) despite another goal from Brek Shea – his third in as many matches. Shea, who grew up just outside of Houston, pulled the ‘Caps within one with an 85th-minute header after goals from Alberth Elis and MLS Golden Boot leader Erick Torres, whose 68th-minute penalty proved the difference.

Whitecaps fall 2-1 in Houston as road trip finally endsMLS Multiplex
Vancouver Whitecaps FC lost 2-1 to Houston Dynamo on Friday night. Despite a late goal from Brek Shea, a controversial penalty for Houston prevented Vancouver from collecting their first ever points in Texas.

Questionable penalty helps sink the ‘Caps in HoustonRed Nation Online
The Whitecaps four-match road trip came to an end with a match against the resurgent Houston Dynamo. Vancouver was looking to earn a their first ever win in Houston. In the end, it wasn’t to be as the Dynamo prevailed with a 2-1 victory in front of 16,075 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Better Performance, But Script Stays the SameEighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps came to a place where they had never won, looking to change that pattern. Despite having back-to-back road victories and three good road performances, the outcome ended up the same as the Houston Dynamo defeated the Caps 2-1.

Houston’s midfield “machine” Alex shining bright for ascendant DynamoMLS
La Maquina is Spanish for “the Machine.” It’s also what Alex Lima’s Houston Dynamo teammates call the 28-year-old midfielder, for his tireless play on the field.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Now for the real quiz Soccer Shorts
So the Vancouver Whitecaps ended their four game road trip in the same way it began with a 2-1 defeat that woulda, shoulda, coulda been a tie on another day.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 11SBI
There was plenty to see across a busy week in MLS, as plenty of goals were scored across the league.

Toronto FC release details on injuries to Sebastian Giovinco, Nick HagglundMLS
Toronto FC announced on Monday that star striker Sebastian Giovinco and starting defender Nick Hagglund will miss several weeks due to injuries sustained in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Minnesota United.

Raheem Edwards a key ingredient to Toronto FC’s record runRed Nation Online
So far it’s been a Toronto FC season for the history books, highlighted by the club’s recent six-game winning streak. The Reds look easily on pace to make the playoffs, and are favorites in winning the Supporters Shield as the team with the most points during the regular season.

Vanney sets the tone as fearless TFC pushes for wins every gameSportsnet
Don’t let Greg Vanney’s easy-going demeanour fool you. Toronto FC‘s coach cuts a mid-mannered and soft-spoken figure in public, but underneath that thoughtful veneer lies a ruthless streak.

Veteran Bernier sparks listless Impact in 3-2 loss to CrewMontreal Gazette
Blerim Dzemaili is the Impact’s new star designated player, but captain Patrice Bernier remains the heartbeat of the club.

Montreal Impact donate match-day proceeds to support Quebec flood victimsMLS
The Montreal Impact may have finished Saturday night’s match at Stade Saputo with a disappointing result, as visitors Columbus Crew SC came away with a 3-2 win. Still, off the field, they celebrated a win, as the team donated thousands of dollars towards flood-relief efforts in Quebec.

Onyewu continues to prove doubters wrong in return to fieldSBI
Everything has gone against Oguchi Onyewu over the last few years. On Saturday night, inside a stadium that holds plenty of significance to the player, those fortunes were finally reversed.

Onalfo’s bold move has LA Galaxy moving away from disastrous start to 2017 SN
Before the 2017 season began, Curt Onalfo was asked how he had changed in the years since his last go-round as an MLS head coach. The newly minted LA Galaxy boss thought about it for a second, and begrudgingly admitted that when he was a younger coach he may have been guilty of being too nice.

NYCFC Scraps to a Draw at DallasEmpire of Soccer
Two of the best teams in Major League Soccer did not disappoint Sunday night as New York City FC and FC Dallas played to a hard-fought 1–1 draw in Frisco, Tex.

Are the days of the West’s MLS dominance over the East finished?The Guardian
The Western Conference has won eight of the last 10 MLS Cups. But much of that has been to do with the power of the now declining LA Galaxy.

FC Dallas’ Ryan Hollingshead returns to MLS action after car accidentMLS
FC Dallas and their fans gave Ryan Hollingshead a warm welcome on Sunday night, as he made his first match appearance since being struck by a car in a near-deadly accident on an icy January night in the Dallas suburb of Irving.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour Comes to Canada


PDL PHOTOS: TSS Rovers 2 Lane Utd. 2, May 12, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

TSS Rovers get first PDL point in entertaining home opener with Lane UnitedAFTN
Home openers are always fun and exciting occasions. It’s the start of a new season, bringing all the hopes and aspiration that go with that, realistic or not! When it’s your first ever home opener, in your first ever season, well that’s just all the more special.

Highlanders come out firing in 4-1 victory over Lane UnitedHighlanders FC
Callum Montgomery celebrated his birthday with the opening goal in the seventh minute and the Victoria Highlanders didn’t look back on Sunday, picking up a 4-1 victory over Lane United FC in their Premier Development League (PDL) home opener at Centennial Stadium.

Surrey United SC win 12th British Columbia titleCSA
Surrey United SC won the 2017 British Columbia women’s provincial title with a 1:0 win over rivals North Shore GSC. It marked Surrey United’s record 12th title in 14 years and their first provincial title since 2014.

3 Women’s Teams Crowned BC Soccer Provincial ChampionsBCSA
BC Soccer crowned three adult women soccer teams Provincial Champions Saturday.  The three Women’s Provincial Cup matches took place at Burnaby Lake West with a live stream available on the BC Soccer Provincial Cup site.

2017 BC Soccer Adult Provincial ChampionshipsBCSA
The Road to Burnaby continues! Complete brackets and results from the weekend’s games in the BC Provincial Cups.

Whitecaps FC partner with Westside Youth Soccer AssociationWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Friday a partnership with the Westside Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) to provide technical services to the club.

SFU Clan men’s soccer: Grades and on-field greatness find a perfect stormVarsity Letters
Adam Jones spent this past season showing every school in the NCAA’s Div. 2 West Region, why he was its top men’s soccer talent.

Close call for U17 UnitedDelta Optimist
U17 boys soccer team turns its attention to provincials in July after losing Coastal”B” Cup final in penalty kicks.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour and Holbrook Sports Management are excited to announce the expansion of the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour into the Canadian soccer market.  With the first event previously announced to take place on the August 19/20 weekend in Surrey, BC, the 3v3 Soccer Tour will expand to Abbotsford, BC, on August 20 and will include men’s and women’s open divisions.

2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 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.

REVIEW: The Miracle Mile. Stories of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games BC BookLook
Author Jason Beck is curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame in BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, and convenor two years ago of an excellent exhibition about the 1954 Games. In his first book, he proves to be a meticulous researcher, a compelling story-teller, and a crafty realist who knows how to hook his readers. Watch how, two pages into the book, he uses filmic technique to evoke the arriving athletes’ youthful buzz and give period colouring and costuming, but then smartly moves his camera in to introduce his stars.

TSS Rovers launch website & 2017 Season Ticket CampaignTSS Rovers
TSS FC Rovers play their inaugural season in the PDL at iconic Swangard Stadium. Season Tickets are $70 for Adults, $49 for U12 Youth.

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!

To our Readers: A Choice BC Soccer Web
Soccer has brought us to the United States many times. It’s a great place with decent people. We especially look forward to our Cascadia trips to Seattle and Portland. They’re incredible cities with wonderful supporters. That’s why it was so disheartening to see chaos and fear take hold in the airports and borders of our neighbours to the south.

Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on saleHighlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!

Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.

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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‘I mean, it’s massive’: Why a North American World Cup in 2026 would galvanize Canadian soccerNational Post
Given its track record, it’s quite possible FIFA will study the no-brainer bid from North America, then look at a competing bid from, say Morocco, and determine: “You know, Rabat really is beautiful in the summer.”

Oshawa’s UOIT Ridgebacks women’s soccer squad named OUA team of the yearDurham Region
The UOIT Ridgebacks women’s soccer team and head coach Peyvand Mossavat capped off a memorable season by being recognized at the annual Ontario University Athletics (OUA) honour awards banquet in Huntsville May 10.

Canada Soccer Hall of Fame launches new name, logo, and missionCSA
Canada’s rich soccer history will be celebrated during our nation’s 150th anniversary as the newly-named Canada Soccer Hall of Fame expands its mission to capture and promote the sport in this country. Now under the direction of the national body, the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame will continue to celebrate the past, present, and future of the world’s game.

Canadian Premier League gaining momentumJune of 86
In the week since they have been sanctioned by the Canadian Soccer Association, the Canadian Premier League has gained valuable momentum.

Dos Santos on CanPL: It “cannot be an amateur league that we call professional”the11.ca
San Francisco Deltas coach Marc Dos Santos said Sunday that he was excited that the still-under-construction Canadian Premier League has received the green-light from the Canadian Soccer Association. But, Dos Santos, who has four Canadians signed with the Deltas and is one of the biggest boosters of the Canadian game, reiterated some of the warnings he’s made earlier about the Canadian Premier League.

National league, local guy Hamilton Spectator
“I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t see it with soccer,” said Derek Martin, the 41-year-old sports marketer and promoter, who now lives in Halifax. “But after the opportunity we’ve had and being closer to it, I’ve come to believe.” That belief is important.

1-on-1 with Cyle Larin: Canada’s World Cup dream and the art of scoringThe Score
Like many poachers, Cyle Larin makes scoring look easy. Sure, not all goals are created equal, but Larin scores them all the same. In the latest installment of theScore 1-on-1, Larin spoke about those “simple” tap-in goals and how soccer is growing in Canada.

Thank you everyone: Plastic Pitch has reached the 90th minute the11.ca
The mag has had  to deal with escalating costs, a drop in ad revenue and, maybe the biggest killer of all, the poor performance of the Canadian dollar (we have to pay our fees so we can be available on Apple and Google in American dollars). As well, we in the media industry are all dealing with a slide in interest when it comes to apps as a whole. These factors have all forced me to make a difficult decision. Unfortunately, issue 12, which came out in  Spring 2017, will be the final issue.

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SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2017

WFC2 Ends Skid, Tops SwitchbacksUSL
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 put an end to a four-game winless stretch on Sunday, earning a 3-1 victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Thunderbird Stadium. Marco Bustos converted a first-half penalty kick, and the club strengthened in the run of play with second-half goals from Gloire Amanda and Chris Serban.

Bustos, Amanda, and Serban score in 3-1 Mothers Day win for WFC2Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 got a win for all moms on Mothers Day at Thunderbird Stadium, holding off Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Match Recap: FC Edmonton denied by late winner against DeltasFC Edmonton
Cristian Portilla’s late free-kick fooled everyone in the FC Edmonton 18-yard-box to give the Deltas the three points in the two clubs’ first ever meeting.

Deltas claim an, ahem, Canadian Derby win over FC Edmontonthe11.ca
The first edition the NASL’s unofficial Canadian derby went to San Francisco Deltas.

Match Recap: Fury FC -v- Pittsburgh Riverhounds Ottawa Fury
Part one of today’s Ottawa versus Pittsburgh doubleheader saw Fury FC host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Despite a solid overall display by Fury FC – who dominated in almost every statistical category – Paul Dalglish’s side saw its unbeaten run halted at six games as the Riverhounds defeated Ottawa 1-0, Saturday afternoon at TD Place.

Fury FC add Nick DePuy on loan from Montreal ImpactOttawa Fury
Ottawa Fury FC announced on Friday that the club has acquired striker Nick DePuy on a loan from the Montreal Impact, ahead of their USL match against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday afternoon.

NASL Rewind: Jacksonville falls as Miami streaksSoccer America
The Jacksonville Armada, in first place two weeks ago, dropped to fifth place after a 3-1 loss to North Carolina while Miami won its third straight game to remain on top of the spring standings after Week 8 action. Defending champ New York Cosmos moved into third with a 4-3 win over Puerto Rico while newcomer San Francisco moved into second.

SWP, Rising FC Thrive in StoppageUSL
In a wild finish down the stretch, Phoenix Rising FC endured two early injuries, as well as a penalty kick concession, as Shaun Wright-Phillips scored in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time to lead his side to a thrilling 2-1 victory against OKC Energy FC in front of 6,251 at Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex.

Cosmos Win a Wild One Empire of Soccer
Mother nature made them wait, but the New York Cosmos were finally able to secure their first home win of the year after wiping away a two-goal deficit to Puerto Rico FC with a four-goal rally in front of a sparse Mother’s Day crowd at MCU Park on Sunday afternoon.

Los Dos Rally Past Red Bulls IIUSL
The LA Galaxy II rallied from a halftime deficit to take a 2-1 victory against the New York Red Bulls II on Sunday night at Red Bull Arena on Sunday night in the first meeting between the two clubs.

No mere MLS feeder: USL expansion powers up this summerMLS Multiplex
It’s true. Some USL (United Soccer League) teams have a ‘2’ in their names. Yet 2 doesn’t mean back burner. You’ll learn that in a summer announcement as USL expansion rockets exciting soccer into more cities.

USL DIII Plans to be ‘Digital-First Property’USL D3
Fans of the game and of clubs in the United Soccer League’s new Division III league will be able to follow all of the action across North America come 2019, as every match is planned to be streamed live.

Portland NPSL sides rule the night versus Puget Sound clubs; Kitsap notches preseason winGoalWA
National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) Northwest Conference action on Saturday night saw the debut of Pierce County FC and the return to the pitch of OSA FC after their big mid-week US Open Cup win over the Sounders U23. Both Puget Sound area sides were handed defeats.

USL PHOTOS: WFC2 0 Sacramento Republic FC 0, April 29, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Manchester City wins Women’s FA CupToronto Star
Two-time world player of the year Carli Lloyd will return to the United States with at least one winner’s medal from her short stint at Manchester City after helping the team beat Birmingham 4-1 in Saturday’s final of the Women’s FA Cup.

How to celebrate a Women’s FA Cup Final triumph? A trip to McDonald’sThe Telegraph
In many ways, it was refreshing – imagine the reaction if a male footballer popped into the local McDonald’s hours after winning the FA Cup. But it also provided a reminder of just how far the women’s game has to go, and that these players, the best the country has to offer, are still some way short of being recognizable stars on these shores.

NWSL: Pugh signing is ‘monumental moment’Soccer America
Mallory Pugh, who agreed to play for the Washington Spirit, is the first of what will be, in the short term, a select group of American players who turn pro in the NWSL after giving up their four years of college eligibility.

Pride ends North Carolina’s streak for first win of the seasonThe Equalizer
The Orlando Pride hosted a North Carolina team steaming into Orlando City Stadium in pursuit of their fifth straight win of the season. Marta and her Pride teammates had something more to prove. Orlando risked tying the league record with the 2013 Washington Spirit club for most games without a win at 13. Washington still holds that record as of today as the Orlando Pride defeated North Carolina FC 3-1 on Sunday evening.

Reign FC defeats Spirit 6-2 in Seattle Prost Amerika
Washington Spirit and Seattle Reign FC entered Saturday’s week 5 NWSL match needing points to move up the league table and out of the log jam of 8 teams with three points separating them.

Germany clinch sixth title after shoot-out winUEFA
The holders secured their record sixth UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship title after keeping their nerve from the spot.

WSL 2 – Week 8 review: Everton win both in hand to go topVavel
After playing their games in hand, the Belles have found themselves a little off the pace as Everton have one hand on the WSL 2 Spring Series title.

Kealy delight after Waves battle to win at PeamountIrish WNL
Noel Kealy was delighted, if a little surprised, to hear that his team now sits on top of the Women’s National League on goal difference thanks to a 2-1 win away to Peamount United.

Women’s football in need of more adequate investmentVietnam.net
The Vietnamese women’s football team have created a miracle after securing an official place in the finals of the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.

Sunday European Rewind: Tottenham edges Man United, Roma tops Juventus, and moreSBI
Since 1899, Tottenham called White Hart Lane its home winning their only top-flight title there in 1951. On Sunday, the Spurs played their final match there, defeating Manchester United, 2-1.

Tottenham tops Man United in final match at White Hart LaneSportsnet
Tottenham signed out of White Hart Lane, and Hull left the Premier League. Sunday’s results meant there’s only Champions League qualification at stake entering the final week of the season.

Roma serve up win over Juve to court automatic Champions League placeThe Guardian
Luciano Spalletti’s side became first team to beat Juventus in Serie A in four months and manager can feel vindicated after often being accused of getting tactics wrong for big games.

Barcelona sweating on Mascherano ahead of crunch clash in La Liga title huntSN
Javier Mascherano is a doubt for Barcelona’s final game of the season after suffering a minor hamstring injury.

Week 37 review: PSG keep Monaco waitingLigue 1
AS Monaco moved to within a point of the Ligue 1 title with another goal-filled win in Week 37, but reigning champions PSG did the principality club no favours by also winning big to keep their slim hopes intact.

Monaco did not buy the Ligue 1 title – they earned it in glorious style The Guardian
Monaco’s performance in their 4-0 win over Lille this weekend was a perfect summary of their season: entertaining, dominant and full of goals.

Tottenham waste no time as White Hart Lane demolition work begins The Telegraph
Tottenham Hotspur have wasted little time starting work on demolishing White Hart Lane, just hours after the club’s emotion fuelled final game at the famous stadium.

Liverpool will let Mamadou Sakho leave this summer for £30mThe Guardian
Liverpool will sanction Mamadou Sakho’s departure from Anfield this summer but will seek at least £30m for the France international, whose loan spell at Crystal Palace proved so critical to the club staving off the threat of relegation.

Chelsea: How Antonio Conte can sustain success at Stamford BridgeBBC Sport
Antonio Conte is enjoying a spectacular first season as Chelsea manager, but can he follow it up by bringing sustained success to Stamford Bridge?

Ezequiel Lavezzi apologizes to Chinese fans over offensive photoSportsnet
Argentina international Ezequiel Lavezzi has apologized to his Chinese fans over a photo leaked online in which he pulls back his eyes with his fingers in a gesture widely seen as offensive.

Five winners crowned at The FA Disability Cup Finals dayThe FA
The FA Disability Cup Finals day has taken place at St. George’s Park for a second successive year, providing a platform for the very best in impairment specific football in the country.

FIFA beware, Michael Garcia may be back, and this time with real FBI teethInside World Football
Timing is everything in football and there would have been a few ironic smiles at the weekend when it was announced in the US that Judge Michael J. Garcia of the New York Court of Appeals was one of four candidates being interviewed for the role of FBI Director to replace the ousted James Comey.

Soccer player arrested for smuggling migrant into SpainNBC Sports
A lower-division Spanish soccer club says one of its players has been arrested for allegedly smuggling an illegal immigrant across the Mediterranean with the team.

Kelvin MacKenzie leaves the Sun ‘by mutual consent’BBC
Columnist Kelvin MacKenzie’s contract with the Sun newspaper has been “terminated by mutual consent”, the paper’s publisher has said. It follows criticism over an opinion piece in which he compared Everton footballer Ross Barkley to a gorilla.

Forest Green to become smallest club to ever play in Football LeagueESPN FC
The club hails from Nailsworth in Gloucestershire, and with a population of 5,794 it will become the smallest place to ever have a club in the Football League.

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