VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
MLS MATCHDAY #7
REAL SALT LAKE vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2016, 7:00 PM
RIO TINTO STADIUM, SANDY, UTAH
TV: TSN 1 RADIO: TSN 1040 LIVESTREAM: TSN GO
Whitecaps trying to work through recent struggles – Goal
After an underwhelming start to the season, Vancouver believes hard work will help guide its MLS campaign back on track.
Bustos motivated after ‘bittersweet’ first MLS start: ‘It makes me want to come back and help the team even more’ – Whitecaps FC
Marco Bustos described his first MLS start as “bittersweet.” On the one hand, the 19-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency graduate was thrilled to get the nod for the first time in his young career. On the other, it came in a disappointing 4-0 defeat.
Back from ban, Whitecaps’ Laba will think twice before tackles – Vancouver Sun
Since Matias Laba was sent off for a tackle on L.A.’s Mike Magee a week ago Saturday, he’s watched Orlando’s Brek Shea and Galaxy midfielder Nigel de Jong stay in games for far worse.
Chris Wondolowski back atop MLS goal-scoring charts, now No. 4 all-time – MLS
With a precise header Wednesday night, San Jose Earthquakes captain Chris Wondolowski moved ahead of a three other players to take sole possession of the league lead on five goals. That tally helped the Quakes clinch a 2-0 victory against the New York Red Bulls, bringing San Jose (3-1-2, 11pts) into a tie for third place in the West.
277 Mins. and Counting: Red Bulls shut out again in San Jose loss – Empire of Soccer
Things have gone from bad to worse for the New York Red Bulls. Fielding a younger, hungrier side, the Red Bulls still found the same result, succumbing to an early deficit and dropping a 2-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes.
Game Recaps: Sporting Kansas City 1:2 Colorado Rapids–Massive Result in Kansas – Burgundy Wave
The Colorado Rapids and Sporting Kansas City got together for the first of three MLS matches in 2016 tonight at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. For the Rapids it was the end of a quick two game road trip and for Sporting it is a return home after a trip to New Jersey.
Peter Vermes says Sporting KC played “way too slow” in home loss – MLS
Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes wasn’t about to blame bad luck for Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss to Colorado, though – not after his team’s turnovers set up both of the Rapids’ goals.
Portland Timbers 1, FC Dallas 3 | MLS Match Recap – MLS
The Portland Timbers are still struggling out of the gate, as they were no match for a high tempo FC Dallas team that was able to take all three points with a 3-1 road victory.
Timbers demise made complete by Dallas destruction – Prost Amerika
The body language said it all. Down 3-0 at the half a furious Nat Borchers slammed the ball down in the turf as the teams headed towards the tunnel. The scene wasn’t entirely unfamiliar to the Timbers. Not this year. Since their season opening win against Columbus, only once in four games did Portland not face a two goal deficit.
Arena unhappy with ‘hysteria’ surrounding De Jong tackle – SBI
“I think it’s hysteria,” Arena told reporters on Wednesday. “If that was any other player in that tackle, it would not have received the hysteria that it has. I think the press and others have failed miserably in reporting the incident and what actually happened.”
The de Jong disconnect, an analysis – Soccer America
In an interview with reporters on Wednesday, the LA Galaxy head coach said he thought the coverage of de Jong’s tackle on Darlington Nagbe in the Galaxy’s 1-1 tie with Portland was “hysteria.” Arena is right that if it wasn’t de Jong, Sunday’s incident would have likely not received the coverage it has, but who’s fault is that?
PRO: Philadelphia Union’s Game-Winner vs. Orlando City “Incorrectly Allowed” – The Mane Land
The Professional Referee Organization (PRO) has spoken, and Orlando City fans probably aren’t going to like what they hear.
Didier Drogba: Charity Commission investigating player’s foundation – BBC Sport
A charity run by Didier Drogba is being investigated over “serious regulatory concerns” by the Charity Commission.
Didier Drogba considers legal action over charity allegations – CBC
On Wednesday, the Daily Mail alleged that only a fraction of the money donated to the Didier Drogba Foundation was used on charitable causes.
Toronto FC strength and conditioning coach watches Leicester success from afar – Penticton Herald
Tom Williams, TFC’s head of strength and conditioning, spent close to three years in the same position with the Leicester academy before joining the MLS club in February.
New downtown Sacramento soccer stadium renderings released – KCRA
A day before Major League Soccer (MLS) officials descend upon Sacramento, the Sacramento Republic FC released three new renderings of a proposed soccer stadium Wednesday.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Keith Millar Cup Action Opens BC Provincial Championships – BC Soccer Web
The road to the BC Provincial Cup kicks off the weekend with the first knockout matches in the Keith Millar Men’s B Cup. BC Soccer Web will be providing coverage all the way through the final weekend in Victoria May 14-15.
T-wolves hand reins to Sedgwick – Prince George Citizen
Neil Sedgwick, the newly-minted coach of the UNBC Timberwolves women’s soccer team, is the answer to a Canadian pro soccer history trivia question. What player was drafted in the Canadian Soccer League three consecutive years?
Top high school girls soccer teams spring into action at UVic – Times Colonist
Once again, high school senior girls’ soccer teams from across the province will have an opportunity to shine at the annual UVic Nike Spring Classic tournament. The No. 2-ranked Fleetwood Park Dragons of Surrey, No. 3 Oak Bay Breakers, No. 6 R.A. McMath Wildcats and honourable mentions Reynolds, Kelowna Secondary and South Delta will be among the 22 teams competing at UVic fields, beginning this afternoon.
Fans invited to participate in Whitecaps FC Shoreline Cleanup on April 18 – Whitecaps FC
The Shoreline Cleanup is a public event with Whitecaps FC staff, fans and the general public invited to participate. The cleanup will take place at False Creek (North-Central) from Burrard Bridge to Cambie Bridge.
Kootenay Co-op wins men’s open soccer final – Nelson Star
It was a battle between two old rivals as the Hume Hotel Innkeepers and the Kootenay Co-op battled in another soccer final in Nelson.
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.
Victoria Highlanders 2016 Season Tickets Now Available – Select Your Seats
The Victoria Highlanders are ready to return to the PDL for 2016. BC Soccer Web encourages all soccer fans on Vancouver Island to get behind their team. Season tickets are now on sale and extremely affordable. Support Local Soccer!
BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting Candidates for its Board of Directors – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June 11, 2016. Prospective candidates are invited to review the information provided on the BC Soccer web site www.bcsoccer.net. Candidates who provide notice to BC Soccer Assoc. of their intent to stand for election by May 1, 2016 will have their applications circulated to the membership in early May.
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 Syndication – BC Soccer Web
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
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 SOCCER NEWS
Canadian soccer women get tough draw for Rio Olympics – CBC
The Canadians find themselves in Group F with Germany, Australia and Zimbabwe after the Olympic draw was announced Thursday in Rio de Janeiro.
Canada Soccer completes successful 2016 Futsal Canadian Championship – CSA
Futsal was on display in all its forms at Durham College in Oshawa, ON 9-10 April as Canada Soccer’s 2016 Futsal Canadian Championships provided showcase and development opportunities for referees, coaches, men, women and youth in the futsal community.
New U of C study looks at importance of warmups for soccer players – 640 Toronto
A new study from the University of Calgary Kinesiology Department is helping both local and international soccer governing bodies tackle injury prevention in youth systems around the world. Pre-game stretching techniques, specifically targeting the lower body, like knees and ankles, on top of core body stretching, is meant to make the body looser, thus less prone to injury.
Macdonald, Fru lead green squad to soccer glory – Whitehorse Star
The Yukon Brewing Co-ed Soccer Tournament brought together the best talent the territory has to offer last weekend. More than 60 players on five teams took part in a highly competitive but fun competition at the Canada Games Centre.
Local 10-year-old invited into developmental soccer program – Kenora Daily Miner
Scanlon Wiebe is like many other young soccer players developing their skills in Manitoba — he wants to play for the Vancouver Whitecaps. After the Whitecaps and Manitoba Soccer Association announced a groundbreaking player development partnership last May, Wiebe and many of his peers began dreaming of one day pulling on a Whitecaps uniform.
How can the Inclusive Programming Model work at your club? – Ontario Soccer Assoc.
The very thought of attending a trial puts fear into most of us adults. Think of how you feel when you go for a job interview. Can you imagine what a child feels when attending a tryout? One of the guiding principles in Grassroots Soccer, is that there are opportunities for all. In this document, there are three options that can be used to provide inclusive programming to players at your club who wish to play at a higher level than recreational soccer.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 vs. OKC ENERGY FC
SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016, 7:00 PM
UBC THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC
Execution needs to improve for the scoreless Eddies – the11.ca
Think back to two weekends ago; FC Edmonton played its NASL season opener in Oklahoma City. Before the Eddies went down to 10 men, they had a fantastic chance to open the scoring. Sainey Nyassi took the ball down the wing, as the Eddies were on a two-on-one break. Striker Daryl Fordyce was streaking into the penalty area.
Eddies ‘keeper Ingham returns to Florida – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton’s Nathan Ingham will be in familiar territory when his team makes their inaugural Florida road trip of 2016 to face the Tampa Bay Rowdies, April 16 at Al Lang Stadium. The 22-year-old goalkeeper played his entire varsity career in the Sunshine State, competing with NCAA Division 1’s Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Eagles before signing his first professional contract with the Eddies.
San Antonio Thrilled by Late Equalizer – USL
The side’s undefeated record appeared to be slipping away on Wednesday night, but San Antonio FC found a way to grab a point late on as Carlos Alvarez’s goal earned a 1-1 draw with Western Conference leaders the LA Galaxy II at StubHub Center.
The B-List: Orlando City B Loses in Louisville – The Mane Land
You can’t simply gloss over the fact that the team lost 4-1. This team has a long way to go, and it would be nice to see a victory before players and fans start to get too frustrated. Yet, just as the primary focus of this team is the development of players, a side effect of that development will be us, as fans, learning how to apply a bit of patience.
Robbie Findley Ready To Contribute To Rayo OKC With Experience, Goals – NASL
Rayo OKC has played the first two matches in club history and while the club has yet to win, there have been numerous positive signs. The fans have turned out to watch at Miller Stadium in Yukon, Okla., an experienced squad assembled by the club’s coach, Alen Marcina. So far it has yielded one draw, while this past weekend’s match was moments away from a second consecutive draw until Carolina’s Austin da Luz stunned the home team with a last-gasp header for the 3-2 win.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
USWNT to play New Zealand, France and Colombia at Olympics – SBI
The groups for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are set, and the U.S. Women’s National Team’s road to a repeat features familiar foes.
Olympic boycott would be the wrong play by U.S. women – Goal
The women’s national team players are winning the PR battle as they fight for wage equality. They should not mess around with the Rio Games.
Infantino suggests Women’s World Cup prize money should increase – Sportsnet
New FIFA President Gianni Infantino called prize money for the Women’s World Cup “very low” and suggested that it should be increased.
Former Ballon d’Or winner Kessler retires – The Equalizer
Former Women’s World Player of the Year Nadine Kessler has been forced to retire from the game at the age of 28 after failing to recover from a serious knee injury. Kessler is one of the most coveted players in Germany having won honors that include the UEFA Best Player in Europe award, the European Championships with Germany, and the UEFA Women’s Champions League with Wolfsburg and Turbine Potsdam, along with her 2014 Ballon d’Or.
Women’s football in Northern Ireland is on rise – Belfast Telegraph
In another significant step forward for women’s football in Northern Ireland, guests at Belfast City Hall last night welcomed the new 2016 Danske Bank Women’s Premiership season.
Scotland star Fiona Brown inspires young girls to play football – Daily Record
Fiona, who has been capped for Scotland in a number of age groups as well as at full international level, plays for Glasgow City and is also a member of the SFA’s role model scheme. She said: “I was delighted to be able to support these sessions and it was great to see so many young girls interested in the sport.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Mexico draws Germany for Rio Olympics – Goal
Brazil’s men have received a favorable draw for the Olympic football competition in August, while Mexico will face Germany.
UCL Rewind: Atletico takes down Barca, Bayern top Benfica – SBI
In a game that turned out to be as controversial as it was entertaining, Atletico Madrid toppled Barcelona to reach the Champions League semifinals.
Champions League takeaways: Atletico is the team to beat – Sportsnet
A tactical masterclass from Atletico Madrid saw them earn a 2-0 victory over Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon in the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday. Atletico won 3-2 on aggregate.
Champions League semi-final draw: where hope and worries lie for Manchester City – The Guardian
One of Atlético Madrid, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid lie in wait for Manuel Pellegrini team in Friday’s draw. We assess the reasons for City to be fearful and cheerful about their potential opponents
West Ham United 1-2 Manchester United: Hammers bow out of the FA Cup – Vavel
Manchester United progressed to the FA Cup semi-finals on a disappointing night at the Boelyn Ground. Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini were on hand to spoil the party, despite a late goal from James Tomkins and a disallowed effort from Cheikou Kouyate.
Jonas Gutierrez wins Newcastle United discrimination tribunal case – BBC Sport
Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez was dropped by Newcastle United because of his cancer diagnosis, an employment tribunal has found.
Fifa faces ‘tough decision’ over Qatar World Cup if human rights abuses continue – The Guardian
Fifa will have to consider the future of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar if its record on the treatment of migrant workers does not improve within 12 months, according to the Harvard professor who has authored an independent report commissioned by world football’s governing body into its human rights responsibilities.
Time for justice: US judge promises trial dates for football’s bad boys – Inside World Football
The US federal judge overseeing the sweeping football corruption scandal says he will rule within days on a prospective trial time scale after state prosecutors set a target of February next year to begin the process of sentencing a raft of disgraced powerbrokers snared by the massive corruption investigation.