BC Soccer News, Thursday, April 11, 2019



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Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2019 MLS Match PreviewMLS
The Chicago Fire will attempt to extend their winless streak to three games when they host the winless Vancouver Whitecaps Friday night at SeatGeek Stadium.

Patience for process wears thin for winless WhitecapsStandard-Freeholder
Five games into this Major League Soccer season, the Whitecaps are winless, and have been shut out in three of the games. The expectation coming into the season, with 18 new faces and 21 departing, was that it would be a process akin to being an expansion side. And yes, we’d have to trust the process.

Dos Santos: Winless Vancouver Whitecaps have shown growth despite slow startNational Post
Felipe Martins says the Vancouver Whitecaps’ poor start won’t necessarily define their season.

After Zlatan, Vancouver Whitecaps face Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Chicago FirePro Soccer USA
Now on Friday at 5:30 p.m. PST, one week after Zlatan visited BC Place, the Whitecaps face another league superstar in Bastian Schweinsteiger. The former 2014 World Cup winner has, however, seen his role change since joining the Chicago Fire in 2017.

Chicago Fire can update logo, but don’t change the nameChicago Tribune
Section 8 wouldn’t mind games played in the city — who would? They wouldn’t mind if the logo were modernized somewhat, if they’re included in the decision, and that’s fair. But as true fans, they’re protective of the name of the club.

For The Fire, The Best Defense May Be A Good OffenseOld Time in Hot Town
The league is moving in an attack-heavy, defense-light tactical direction. It’s time the Fire follow those trends.

VIDEO: Hunger, strength, determination: How Henry’s darkest of days led him to VancouverWhitecaps FC
It hasn’t been an easy road for Whitecaps FC and Canadian national team centre back Doneil Henry, who has played the full 90 minutes in Vancouver’s first five matches of 2019.

Blizzard warning forces cancellation of Seattle Sounders match in ColoradoKOMO
Major League Soccer postponed a game scheduled for Wednesday night between the Seattle Sounders and Colorado Rapids after a blizzard warning was issued for the Denver area.

Toronto FC says veteran defender Drew Moor unlikely to play Saturday in SeattleKamloops Matters
Defender Drew Moor is unlikely to play in Toronto FC’s game Saturday in Seattle due to a groin issue. And Brazilian fullback/wingback Auro is questionable.

Orlando City forward Tesho Akindele off to solid start with LionsPro Soccer USA
During just three games with Orlando City, forward Tesho Akindele has already matched his goal-scoring total from last season.

Kendall Waston on playing LAFC: FC Cincinnati must be very organized, own the midfieldCincinnati.com
Cincinnati might have an inside track on how to achieve a result at the vaunted LAFC home field, though. They have a prominent voice in the locker room that can speak to how you steal a point there, at the very least.

The inside story of how Real Salt Lake’s traditionally divided supporters groups have finally united under one flagSalt Lake Tribune
In the moments before Real Salt Lake kicked off its 2019 home opener against the Vancouver Whitcaps, after the Unity Gospel Choir finished singing the national anthems for the United States and Canada, a group of fans behind the south goal of Rio Tinto Stadium made their way down the stairs.





SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019, 4:00 PM


Nanaimo United women win Island’s premier cup for first time in 20 yearsNanaimo Bulletin
Nanaimo United won the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association’s Terry Price Cup this past Sunday in Saanich, defeating Lakehill 2-1 on a last-minute goal.

2019 Keith Millar BC Provincial B Cup gets underway with flurry of preliminary actionAFTN
The 2019 Keith Millar Provincial B Cup got underway this past weekend across the lower mainland. The eight Preliminary Round matches threw up some early drama and surprises as teams from the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL), Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL), Burnaby Mens Soccer Association (BMSA), Richmond Adult Soccer Association (RASA), and the Fraser Valley Soccer League (FVSL) battled it out.

Pacific FC to get former Cincinnatti FC player, new goalkeeping coachGoldstream Gazette
Pacific Football Club is building on its defensive repertoire ahead of the season with two newly-announced additions.

Highlanders Announce First Player Signing of 2019Highlanders FC
The Highlanders are pleased to announce the first signing of 2019, Goteh Ntignee, pending USL League Two and BC Soccer approval. Ntignee, a forward, marks the first addition to Thomas Niendorf’s 2019 USL League Two squad.

Centaurs motivated by defence of soccer titleTri City News
Senior girls soccer in the Fraser Valley North is not unlike a game of Survivor. Persevere and do what it takes in league competition and your team will be steeled for a run through the Fraser Valley championships and on to provincials.

Mowi Upper Island Riptide holds free clinic at Port Hardy Secondary School soccer pitchNorth Island Gazette
The Port Hardy Secondary School soccer pitch was once again put to use by high class Mowi Upper Island Riptide soccer coaches teaching the local youth.

Breakers soccer lead Oak Bay into spring seasonGoldstream Gazette
With a top-four placing at last week’s UBC Soccer Kickoff tournament the Oak Bay Breakers senior girls soccer team leads the high school into the spring sports season.

KYSA round-up to April 7, 2019Kamloops This Week
Mykaela Woods and Taryn Meixner had goals for the under-18 Kamloops Blaze girls in a 2-0 win over Vernon United in Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League play at Hillside Stadium on Sunday.

The 2019 BC Soccer Web Super Schedule of Soccer in BC – BC Soccer Web
With so much soccer happening in BC this year, it’s getting tougher to keep track of the big matches and your favourite teams. BC Soccer Web has you covered! Here, in one spot, are the combined schedules for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Pacific FC, TSS Rovers and Highlanders FC. We’ll also be adding the WPSL teams, along with the marquee matches from the amateur ranks as those dates become set, so keep coming back for the latest updates.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.


Canada to face Mexico, Martinique and Cuba at the 2019 Concacaf Gold CupCSA
Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will face Martinique, Mexico and Cuba in Group A of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup this June fresh from an undefeated Concacaf Nations League Qualifying campaign in which they posted four wins and a +18 goals difference. The biennial Concacaf Gold Cup provides Canada with a valuable next step as the nation faces the region’s top teams for the first time since 2017, with a notable group-stage clash against 10-time Concacaf champions Mexico.

Canada gearing up for “tougher test” in 2019 Concacaf Gold CupMLS
After three consecutive Concacaf Gold Cup tournaments where they failed to get out of the group stage, the Canadian national team put in a surprisingly strong campaign in the 2017 tournament and made the quarterfinals.

Cavalry FC signs Honduran midfielder José EscalanteTSP
Cavalry FC announced the signing of Honduran midfielder José Escalante Wednesday, as the Calgary club continues to build its squad for the inaugural season of the Canadian Premier League (CPL), Canada’s new professional soccer league. Escalante is currently with the Cavalry FC squad at training camp in Dominican Republic.

‘The sickest thing’: Canadian soccer rocked by claims of systemic abuseThe Guardian
With the Women’s World Cup only months away, soccer in Canada has been jolted by allegations of abuse, manipulation and inappropriate behavior by an elite coach toward players involved with a junior national team and one of the country’s most prominent professional clubs.

2019 Canada Soccer Futsal Canadian Championship kicks off in Kingston, ON on 11 AprilCSA
The newly expanded competition features the seven provincial futsal champions from Québec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Yukon and Nunavut once again in 2019, after growing from three teams in 2017. Nunavut’s appearance in 2018 was that Territory’s first-ever appearance at a Canada Soccer National competition.

Lethbridge Soccer Association in urgent need of coachesLethbridge News Now
The Lethbridge Soccer Association is looking for coaches for this season, who can commit to at least one hour per week and who know the game of soccer.


USL Championship Gameday Report: April 10, Week 6USL
In the ESPN Game of the Week on ESPNews Wednesday night, Atlanta United 2 clung to a narrow win over Memphis 901 FC to spoil the party in front of the home crowd. Out west, Orange County SC pulled off a remarkable four-goal outing to defeat the Tacoma Defiance for their second win of the season.

Four goals, two wins: Orange County SC 4, Tacoma Defiance 0Angels on Parade
Orange County SC made it two wins in a row, as they defeated Tacoma Defiance 3-0 on Wednesday at Orange County Great Park.

Louisville City FC signs 16-year-old Collegiate student as first Academy signingCourier-Journal
Louisville City FC on Wednesday announced the signing of its first Academy player in 16-year-old Oldham County native Elijah Wynder.

Sacramento City Council approves stadium deal, moving city a step closer to MLS expansionSBI
Sacramento’s hopes for an MLS club took another positive step forward on Tuesday night.

The pairings for the First Round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s National Championship, have been determined by U.S. Soccer.


As NWSL embarks on a new year, can it ride the women’s soccer wave? Yahoo Sports
There’s a lot of excitement around women’s soccer. And now, it’s up to the National Women’s Soccer League to keep up.

Utah Royals 2019 season preview: Harvey knows her team nowThe Equalizer
On paper, it looked like Laura Harvey had simply inherited a complete team, as if the National Women’s Soccer League powers that be had plucked FC Kansas City, moved them 1,000 miles to the west, and dropped them just outside Salt Lake City, Utah.

Thorns kick off quest to regain titlePortland Tribune
Six and a half months after the Portland Thorns lost to the North Carolina Courage 3-0 in the National Women’s Soccer League championship game, their chase of a third NWSL title begins on Sunday at Orlando.

Orlando Pride stars Alex Morgan, Marta impressed with new coach Marc SkinnerPro Soccer USA
American superstar Alex Morgan’s time with new Orlando Pride coach Marc Skinner has been limited, but he’s already made a positive impression.

2019 NWSL Team Preview: Reign FCVavel
A new city, a new stadium and additional ownership were all a part of Reign FC’s offseason activity as well as new signings for their roster. This new lease of life will hopefully, in the fans’ eyes, give the Reign to that elusive NWSL Championship after falling short on three previous occasions in the National Women’s Soccer League.

NWSL weekend preview: Kerr’s Red Stars face daunting season-openerW-League
It’s back. A host of Westfield W-League stars will be in action as the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season kicks-off in the US this weekend.

The best club partnership in Europe is coming to an untimely endThe Equalizer
Peanut butter and jelly, Rose Lavelle and Wilma or, my personal favorite: bacon and more bacon. Some partnerships were just meant to be. Although men’s soccer is replete with attacking duos whose harmonies would be welcome in any glee club, women’s soccer sits a way behind with a few notable exceptions.


Wednesday UCL Rewind: Barcelona edge Man United, Juventus ties AjaxSBI
Barcelona’s search for another UEFA Champions League trophy continued on Wednesday as the Catalan club defeated Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford.

Europa League Preview: Chelsea, Arsenal take next stepsNBC Sports
The Europa League quarterfinals begin Thursday, with Arsenal home to Napoli in the most tantalizing of four solid match-ups.

Solskjær needs to be more than just not-Mourinho at Manchester UnitedThe Guardian
So Manchester United need a 2-1 win at Camp Nou. Can anybody think of a time when they have done that? Yes, you at the back there – baby-faced man in the grey V-neck?

CONCACAF Gold Cup groups: U.S. faces challenge while Mexico has easier roadESPN
The draw for the CONCACAF Gold Cup did the U.S. men’s national team no favors.

Duesseldorf aims to annoy Bayern again in Bundesliga raceLondon Free Press
Though it’s only playing for pride with Bundesliga survival all but secure, Fortuna Duesseldorf could yet have a major say in whether Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund wins the title.

Costa suspended 8 games for ref insult, arm grabNBC Sports
Diego Costa will miss the rest of Atletico Madrid’s season as a result of the red card he received for verbal abuse of a referee in a loss to Barcelona last week.

Reinhard Grindel resigns form UEFA, FIFA ruling committeesLondon Free Press
German soccer official Reinhard Grindel has resigned as a UEFA vice-president and as a member of the FIFA Council, one week after being forced out as president of his national federation.

Qatar to return for 2020 Copa America. US and Mexico snubbed by ConmebolInside World Football
Qatar will participate in the 2020 Copa America that is set to be co-hosted by Argentina and Colombia. China is reportedly going to be the second team invited from outside Conmebol to the 12-team tournament.

VIDEO: How to become a Spanish football folk heroBBC Sport
Before this weekend’s Seville derby BBC Sport meets Real Betis legend Joaquin, who joined the club aged 16 and has gone on to become skipper and shareholder.

Uruguay on the reinvention trailFIFA
Whenever Uruguay’s national team and their footballing philosophy are the topic of conversation, talk inevitably turns to the garra charrúa, the gritty determination and togetherness for which La Celeste is so well known.

In praise of the Cup Winners’ Cup, the competition that was never retainedThe Guardian
Atléti, Anderlecht, Arsenal, Ajax, Fiorentina, Milan, Parma and PSG all played finals as reigning champions – and they all lost.

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