BC Soccer News, Thursday, April 12, 2018




FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018, 7:00 PM PT



Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. LAFC | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s bid to capture a league-high third win away from home came up short in Sandy following a 2-1 defeat to Real Salt Lake in Week 6, while LAFC, which came roaring out of the gate to start their first season, stumbled for a second consecutive game in a stunning 5-0 loss to Atlanta United.

Episode 258 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Coming Home – LAFC Preview Show)AFTN
It’s Jordan Harvey night at BC Place on Friday! The former Whitecap returns to the place he has tattooed on himself but it will be many happy returns or a homecoming to forget? The Whitecaps are coming home themselves after a mixed couple of games on the road, hoping it won’t be a case of Friday night frights under the Friday night lights.

The key storylines for Friday’s inaugural ‘Caps, LAFC clashWhitecaps FC
The ‘Caps return to BC Place, where they are unbeaten in 11 MLS matches, after starting the season with four of six matches on the road.

Los Angeles FC-Whitecaps FC PreviewFox Sports
Later this month, the MLS expansion club will play its first home game at Banc of California Stadium. But for now, LAFC remains road warriors.

The Man in Black: Whitecap legend Jordan Harvey returns with LAFCThe Province
Players come in, players leave. The convoluted world of MLS contracts and salary caps make it inevitable, let alone the transformation of a team trying to change its composition or constitution. Case in point: the Whitecaps. There were 17 departures from last year’s roster alone. Then there’s Jordan Harvey.

AUDIO: Ex-Whitecap Jordan Harvey adjusting to life with LAFCSportsnet
LAFC defender Jordan Harvey joined Sportsnet 650 to preview Friday’s road game against the Vancouver Whitecaps, and about playing against his former team.

Healthy midfielder Ghazal still battling for a spot in Whitecaps’ lineupNational Post
Getting healthy again was only part of the challenge for Aly Ghazal to get back on the field with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

LAFC learning MLS surface lessons one game at a timeAngels on Parade
What do Atlanta United, Minnesota United, New England Revolution, Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps and sometimes Montreal Impact have in common? They all play on turf at home games.

Q&A: Catching up with former ‘Caps midfielder John ThorringtonWhitecaps FC
In 2011, John Thorrington became a member of the inaugural Vancouver Whitecaps FC MLS side after he was selected in the Expansion Draft.

NYCFC pastes helpless RSL to extend undefeated startSBI
The goals came early and they came often, and the end result was yet another victory for a New York City FC side that is enjoying the best start of any club this year.

With or without David Villa, NYCFC looks like an MLS powerhouseSN
There is no debating that Toronto FC is wearing the crown as the king of Major League Soccer between its MLS Cup title and recent run to the CONCACAF Champions League title. That said, it is looking more and more like New York City FC will be the biggest challenger to the throne.

LA Galaxy sign Norwegian striker Ola Kamara to 3-year dealNBC Sports
The LA Galaxy have signed striker Ola Kamara to a three-year contract. The Galaxy announced the deal Wednesday after the Norwegian forward’s first four games with his new club.

Finally Awake: Many-faced Toronto FC find themselves favoured to win CCLWaking the Red
Rain or shine, attack or defence, Toronto FC have shown they can win in a myriad of ways.

Toronto FC boss to fans: Get to BMO Field Tuesday night for biggest home game everToronto Sun
Next Tuesday night will be the biggest club match ever played at BMO Field, TFC president Bill Manning told the Toronto Sun a day after the Reds progressed to their first CONCACAF Champions League final.

FC Dallas signs defender Chris Richards to Homegrown contractBig D Soccer
FC Dallas has signed defender Chris Richards to a Homegrown contract, making him the 22nd HGP signed to the club.

Result needed for Crew against D.C.Prost Amerika
This weeks contest is Columbus Crew’s second week in a row facing off against the last place team in the Eastern Conference.

Solo golazo by Sporting KC’s Johnny Russell wins MLS Goal of the WeekMLS
It upstaged Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s second MLS match and vanquished his LA Galaxy side on their own turf, so it’s fitting that it inherits Ibra’s GOTW mantle, too.

Why VAR will never get it rightAFTN
When VAR was introduced, it was in order to help referees work better at this scale. They were to be aided in clear and obvious situations that they missed because perhaps they were not in a good position, something else had their attention, or they gave a card to the wrong player. VAR was supposed to help correct obvious errors.

eMLS: Road to eWorld Cup runs through ManchesterToronto FC
PhilB94’s road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 continues this weekend in Manchester, England at the second FUT Champions Cup. Phil joins 128 of the world’s top FIFA 18 players vying for one of the 16 FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs qualification spots and a top prize of $22,000 USD.

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Victoria Highlanders Invite Public & Media to Special AnnouncementBC Soccer Web
Victoria Highlanders are pleased to invite the public, media and fans to a special announcement on Friday April 13th at 11:30AM. Join Highlanders ownership, players and head coaches Thomas Niendorf (First Team) + Nico Craveiro (Reserves) for this special day.

Former TFC player Nick Soolsma joins TSS Rovers as player/coachAFTN
The USL Premier Development League (PDL) aims to be just that – a league for young players to continue to develop their game in a professional environment.

Two Heat women selected to play in WPSL with TSS FC RoversUBCO
Erica Lampert, a Kelowna Secondary grad, and Andrea Stinson, a product of Neslon, BC, are the only two Canada West players selected to suit up with the TSS FC Rovers and will play for the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) this coming season.

Coastal FC men’s soccer team wins Soccer City CupPeace Arch News
Coastal FC’s premier men’s soccer team has its second trophy of the season, after a convincing victory Saturday evening over Langley in the Soccer City Premier League Cup championship game.

Gorge FC’s “Danny Van” honoured at VISL year end awardsBC Local News
Danny Van Gylswyk is synonymous with Gorge FC. The lifelong member has been with the club since he was a boy, about 50 years.

Cowichan cleans up at VISL awards nightCowichan Valley Citizen
The Cowichan Craig Street 49ers were formally presented with the Tony Grover Cup during the Vancouver Island Soccer League award ceremonies in Victoria last Friday, seemingly putting an end to any debate over the result of the championship game.

United Carpet captures third straight indoor titleWilliams Lake Tribune
United Carpet captured its third consecutive Williams Lake Men’s Futsal League playoff championship Tuesday night with an 8-3 victory over Pinnacle Pellet at Lake City secondary.

Terrace youth soccer short on coaches BC Local News
The Terrace Youth Soccer Association is gearing up for another season, with plans for a new storage building this spring.

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

PHOTOS: VMSL IMPERIAL CUP SEMIFINAL, Rino’s Tigers 3, Club Inter 2 (PKs), March 17, 2018 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! BC Soccer Web
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Christine Sinclair: Hosting World Cup would be huge for CanadaSportsnet
Sportsnet recently chatted with Sinclair about the departure of John Herdman, new Canadian coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller, the future of the women’s team, and Canada’s bid to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup with the United States and Mexico.

Another deep Canadian run helps the case for a second team in the CCL: And it stands to benefit the CanPLthe11.ca
It’s been openly acknowledged by the CanPL brass that Canada Soccer is actively pushing to get Canada at least one additional slot in the CCL; the hopes are that this second spot would go to the CanPL champion, as the league, once it kicks off in 2019, will be recognized as Canada’s official division one.

Canada rises to 80th in FIFA rankings; Germany No. 1Sportsnet
Germany stayed at the top of the FIFA rankings despite losing to No. 2 Brazil in a friendly last month.

UP CLOSE: Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen SheridanThe Equalizer
At only 12 years old, Sky Blue FC and Canadian international goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan knew what path she wanted to get on to become one of the best soccer players in the world.

GolTV offers Canadian viewers live streaming of Portuguese Liga NOS On new over-the-top (OTT) soccer platform – GolTV PlayBusinesswire
GolTV Play offers five live weekly matches from the top three teams – Benfica, Porto and Sporting CP, plus other league matches that vary based on team schedules and standings.

Paradise joining Challenge Cup this seasonThe Telegram
Corner Brook won’t be back, but the Molson-Coors Challenge Cup provincial senior men’s soccer league will still have six full-time members next season.

Outdoor soccer teams ready when Mother Nature isDrumheller Online
Drumheller Minor Soccer held its final registration evening last week. President Mark Olbrich thinks they’re looking pretty good.

Soccer is alive and well in KindersleyThe Clarion
Close to 190 youth, about 20 more than last year, have registered for the spring outdoor season and there is still time to register

FIFA wraps tour of Atlanta as possible host city for 2026 World CupESPN
The committee toured Mercedes-Benz Stadium, one of the proposed venues for the joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Striking a Soccer Ball Over Long DistancesAmplified Soccer
Driving a soccer ball dead straight or, “On a rope” is one of the skills many of our players have never really mastered. That is, partly, because our coaches have not taken the time to make sure they are striking the ball correctly from a young age.

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Drogba Goal Lifts Phoenix Past Los DosUSL
Legendary forward’s first goal of the season makes difference in 1-0 victory.

Kacher Leads Monarchs Past S2USL
Strikes twice as Real takes 3-1 victory for fourth consecutive win.

Fury Fanatics program giving money back to minor soccerEdmonton Sun
Ottawa Fury FC continues to invest in the minor soccer community, announcing Wednesday that $3 from each $5 Fury Fanatics ticket sold will go back to the player’s respective club.

Schedule & Results: USL, Week 5Soccer America
Full schedule & mid-week results for USL Week 5.

Indy Eleven to Face Nashville SC Without Starting Center Back Karl OuimetteNashville Golden Goal
The Indy Eleven will be without starting center back Karl Ouimette against Nashville SC on Saturday. The 25-year-old defender was suspended for one game after receiving a red card against North Carolina FC for violent conduct.

LA Galaxy II announce upgrades to StubHub Center Track & Field StadiumLA Galaxy
LA Galaxy II and StubHub Center announced today stadium upgrades to the home of Los Dos, the StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium. An additional 2,500 seats have been added to the stadium’s capacity, with the installation of bleachers on the east side of the stadium.

U.S. Open Cup second round pairings releasedSBI
The initial draw for the U.S. Open Cup’s first round was made last week, now we know who the winners of those amateur matches will play when the pros enter the fray in round two.


International Champions Cup Will Add Women’s Event This SummerNY Times
Manchester City, Paris St.-Germain, the N.W.S.L.’s North Carolina Courage and a fourth club will make up the first Women’s I.C.C. field. The tournament will be contested in two doubleheaders in South Florida this summer: back-to-back semifinal matches on July 27, and then a third-place game and the final on July 29 at Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami Dolphins’ home stadium, in Miami Gardens.

Referee union condemns ‘insulting’ actions by Thorns coach Mark Parsons, NWSL’s handling of situationOregonian
The Professional Soccer Referees Association, the certified labor union representing officials employed by PRO, contends that Parsons “squeezed a hidden clump of dirt and grass” into the hands of an official when going to shake hands with the referees after the game. The PSRA claims that the action was “willful, intentional and insulting.”

Scottish women’s player of the month is 15-year-old Chelsea McEachranBBC Sport
A schoolgirl playing in the second tier of Scottish women’s football has been named player of the month.

Sabina a gift for Indian Women’s LeagueDaily Star
Bangladesh’s women footballers have had a very successful year with the team winning the SAFF title and the clinching the four-nation title in Hong Kong. One player that has caught the attention is Sabina Khatun, who is currently taking the Indian Women’s League by storm.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s late penalty puts Real Madrid into Champions League semifinals; Bayern Munich advancesToronto Star
Despite a 3-1 home loss on Wednesday, Real Madrid advanced and prevented Juventus from pulling off another stunning comeback. As for Bayern Munich, the team reached its sixth Champions League semifinal in seven seasons with a 0-0 draw against Sevilla.

Juve’s Buffon slams referee after late penalty and red cardSportsnet
Gianluigi Buffon harshly complained against the referee for awarding a late penalty and sending him off in what was likely his final Champions League match on Wednesday.

Buffon braced for ‘heartbreaking’ retirement after Juventus’ cruel Champions League exitSN
Gianluigi Buffon is readying himself for a “heartbreaking” farewell at Juventus, with a cruel Champions League exit edging him closer to retirement.

Europa League preview: Ranking the comeback bidsNBC Sports
Thursday’s Europa League quarterfinal hosts all trail heading into the second leg, and only two of them are bringing away goals back to the crib.

Record crowd to see if OM can reach semisLigue 1
Olympique de Marseille will boast a new attendance record for a home match in Europe as they attempt to overturn a one-goal deficit to RB Leipzig in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals at Orange Vélodrome.

FIFA asked to expand 2022 World Cup to 48 teamsNBC Sports
The South American soccer confederation (CONMEBOL) has asked FIFA to expand the 2022 World Cup tournament to 48 teams, with the first-ever 48-team World Cup currently schedule to take place in 2026.

Real Madrid, Juventus, Manchester City, PSG all added to ICC 2018Four Four Two
The organisers of the International Champions Cup have announced the latest raft of clubs to be included in the tournament.

Pep Guardiola spending at Man City could top £600 million as he targets three more ‘big’ players this summerThe Telegraph
Pep Guardiola’s spending at Manchester City could top £600 million in two years as he targets three more players this summer in a bid to address successive Champions League failures and build on the club’s domestic dominance.

Chelsea must win FA Cup and finish above Arsenal to rescue poor seasonESPN
There is a glum feeling around Stamford Bridge at present. The slump that began at the start of 2018 has not yet been arrested and Chelsea’s aspirations in the Premier League and the Champions League have expired as a result of a series of self-inflicted wounds.

Wolves get ready to celebrate promotion after Rúben Neves’ stunning volleyThe Guardian
If this is the game that moves Wolves to within touching distance of the Championship title, then it will also be remembered as the night Rúben Neves scored a goal worthy of any champions.

PSG’s big spending and ‘overstated’ sponsorships again push UEFA’s FFP rules to limit Inside World Football
Paris St-Germain are facing fresh accusations of failing to meet financial fair play (FFP) regulations with officials set to meet with UEFA in an effort to stave off being sanctioned again, according to reports.

Barcelona win key city council approval for €600m Camp Nou redevelopment projectFour Four Two
Barcelona’s massive redevelopment plans for the area around Camp Nou and beyond have taken a step closer towards a final approval.

Sunday morning football referee quits after alleged assault by playerBBC Sport
Sunday morning football is a “powder keg waiting to explode”, says a referee who is quitting after allegedly being assaulted by a player for the second time in his career.

SoftBank named as one of Infantino’s $25bn FIFA buyout backersInside World Football
FIFA president Gianni Infantino was reluctant to divulge detail of the $25 billion buyout bid for the Club World Cup and a Nations League competition to his own stakeholders at FIFA Council and to European clubs, but it appears the guys with the money have fewer qualms over releasing more of the detail of their proposal.

AS Roma president to pay fine after jumping into fountainSportsnet
Surrounded by a crowd of flag-waving Roma fans, Pallotta performed a backward somersault in his dress shirt and pants into a fountain in the Piazza del Popolo.

An eighteen point plan to enjoy soccer in 2018Prost Amerika
Over the past couple of months yours truly has tried to do something different to think of ways on how to improve my own experience of enjoying the game. Around January or so I created an eighteen point plan to better enjoy the game. Here are my goals and a little bit of reason for why each is important to me.

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