SPORTING KANSAS CITY vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #8
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018, 6:00 PT
CHILDREN’S MERCY PARK, KANSAS CITY, KA.
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Episode 260 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Bring Me Sunshine – KC Preview Show with special guest Johnny Russell) – AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps are back on the road again, so at least there’s perhaps some hope of getting something out of this week’s match! After two straight defeats can Carl Robinson find a band of sunshine for his squad in KC?
‘Caps face West-leading Sporting KC on Friday – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3W-3L-1D) look to close the gap on Western Conference-leading Sporting Kansas City (4W-1L-2D) this Friday at Children’s Mercy Park.
Whitecaps head to Kansas City looking to end 2-game losing skid – Sportsnet
The Vancouver Whitecaps will shuffle the deck in hopes of dealing themselves a winning hand for their game against Sporting Kansas City Friday.
Sporting KC hosts hobbled Whitecaps – Fox Sports
Sitting atop the Western Conference table, Sporting Kansas City (4-1-2) will host the Vancouver Whitecaps on Friday night with a chance to stretch the lead in Kansas City, Kan.
Sporting knows struggling Whitecaps can kick it up a notch on the road – National Post
It’s one thing to know what your opponent is going to do. It’s another to stop it. That’s what Sporting Kansas City is facing this Friday when the Vancouver Whitecaps come a-calling to Children’s Mercy Park. They know all about the Caps, their style and their away-game lethality.
Loss of injured Kei Kamara a big blow for Whitecaps – Sportsnet
Every Thursday/Friday, sportsnet.ca will chat with Sportsnet 650 radio commentator Dan Riccio about the big stories and issues surrounding the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Whitecaps FC sign 16-year-old Residency attacking midfielder Simon Colyn to MLS Homegrown contract – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Thursday that the club has signed 16-year old Residency attacking midfielder Simon Colyn to an MLS Homegrown Player contract. Colyn has agreed to a multi-year contact with options through 2022.
From the stands at Empire to Major League Soccer: Colyn continues ‘Caps journey– Whitecaps FC
Simon Colyn was in the stands on March 19, 2011, when Vancouver Whitecaps FC kicked off their inaugural Major League Soccer season at Empire Stadium. He was only eight years old at the time.
LAFC’s Banc of California Stadium is officially open for business – MLS
Below a giant golden bow on Wednesday, LAFC executive chairman and co-owner Peter Guber welcomed several hundred attendees inside a completed stadium he hopes will become a “modern day campfire” for Los Angeles. “The purpose,” he said, “is for the people to be here.”
TFC down, but far from out in Champions League final series – Sportsnet
Toronto FC entered the CONCACAF Champions League final as the favourite against Mexican side Chivas Guadalaraja.
NOW WHAT? Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney has lineup decisions to make ahead of Chivas return – Toronto Sun
Now what? “We are in the hole going to Mexico,” TFC coach Greg Vanney stated the obvious. What’s less apparent, though, is who Vanney will call on next Wednesday night at Chivas’ Estadio Akron.
Around The League: Carlos Vela “trying to be the best in this league” after move to LAFC – AFTN
When Carlos Vela was announced as Los Angeles FC’s first ever Designated Player in August of last year, it was a statement of intent from the expansion club.
Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids | 2018 MLS Match Preview – MLS
A Rocky Mountain rivalry is renewed Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium, as Real Salt Lake hosts the Colorado Rapids with the two teams coming into the showdown at different ends of the spectrum.
Was it right for the Revolution to turn down $750K for Nguyen? – Bent Musket
According to ESPN’s Taylor Twellman, the Revs were offered $750,000 in Allocation Money for Lee Nguyen, but the club turned it down. Was this the right move?
Seattle Sounders’ Alex Roldan plays alongside his brother during first MLS start – Pro Soccer USA
Rookie midfielder Alex Roldan got the nod to make his first MLS start for the Seattle Sounders against Sporting Kansas City April 15. The 21-year-old performed well in the match, providing a crucial pass that led to Seattle’s second goal during a 2-2 road draw.
The Union have back line question marks ahead of FC Dallas match – Brotherly Game
Philadelphia Union center back Jack Elliott is questionable and head coach Jim Curtin has another potential decision to make about who he’ll start at left back for the FC Dallas game this weekend.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Nine ‘Caps named to Canada’s roster for Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship – Whitecaps FC
Canada Soccer’s U-17 women’s national team begin their run in the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship in Nicaragua this coming Friday, April 20 when they take on Bermuda at 4:30 p.m. PT.
Highlanders Welcome Heath and Waters – Highlanders FC
Highlanders are pleased to announce the signing of forward Charlie Waters, pending ITC clearance, and returning defender Stuart Heath for the upcoming 2018 Premier Development League(PDL) season. This announcement comes with less than a week prior to the PDL first team beginning their training at the University of Victoria practice facilities.
Highlanders Sign Canada West Standouts – Highlanders FC
Highlanders are pleased to announce the signings of midfielder Mitchell Popadynetz and forward Isaac Koch. The two Canada West standouts join the Highlander’s growing squad in preparation for the upcoming 2018 Premier Development League(PDL) season.
Get To Know Your TSS Rovers: Daniel Sagno – AFTN
It’ll be two years this summer since Daniel Sagno graduated from the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency program. He’s been calling San Diego home since then, but he’s back in town and will playing for TSS Rovers this summer in their second season in the PDL.
Get To Know Your TSS Rovers: Thomas Gardner – AFTN
The new TSS Rovers PDL season is less than a month away. Excited? Of course you are, and us too.
KYSA YOUTH SOCCER SEASON KICKS-OFF THIS WEEKEND – BC Soccer Web
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association’S (KYSA’s) U7 to 12 teams begin play this weekend as the 2018 season gets underway with an Ice Breaker Jamboree that will see the teams in these age groups play several small-sided games over two days.
VIU’s national MVPs now chosen as Athletes of the Year – Nanaimo News Bulletin
It was another unforgettable year for university sports in Nanaimo, and those involved got together to celebrate it one more time.
Three Riptide teams advance to soccer provincials – Comox Valley Record
A trio of girls’ teams from the Marine Harvest Riptide soccer program have qualified for the Provincial Club Championships this summer.
Villa returns to pitch for provincial playoffs – Powell River Peak
The quest for a BC Soccer Provincial B Cup begins for Powell River Villa soccer club on Sunday, April 22.
Tofino and Ucluelet host youth soccer tournament – Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News
Young West Coasters took on teams from Nanaimo and Port Alberni on Sunday, April 15 in a friendly, under-13 tournament held at Tugwell Fields in Ucluelet.
KYSA round-up to April 15, 2018 – Kamloops This Week
Marie Marshall’s second-half strike helped the under-18 Kamloops Blaze girls to a 1-0 victory over hometown Kelowna United in Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League play on Sunday.
2018 BC Adult Provincial Championships Schedule & Results – BCSA
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 sale – Victoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.
Canada’s College ID Camps set for Shawnigan Lake & Kingston, Ontario – Canada 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, 2017 – BC 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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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 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
FC Edmonton wants city to invest in Clarke Stadium — and bring professional soccer back – The Star
If you build it, they will come. At least that’s what FC Edmonton is banking on, after it asked the city Wednesday to fix up Clarke Stadium so it can bring professional soccer back to town by joining the Canadian Premier League.
Football leaders push back against soccer plan for Clarke Stadium – The Province
Frustrated football leaders pushed back Wednesday against a plan to give Clarke Stadium to professional soccer to support a new Canadian premier soccer league.
Football and soccer spar for rights to Clarke Stadium – CBC
It’s football versus soccer in the battle for a spot at Clarke Stadium, and city councillors may end up being the referees.
City seeks solution for all Clarke Stadium users – Global
FC Edmonton owner Tom Fath wants to see a return of pro soccer in Edmonton and on Wednesday, he got a step closer when the community services committee agreed to continue to look at requests from the soccer club to upgrade Clarke Stadium.
CanPL and CFL: Much better to be friends than enemies – the11.ca
The proposed changes include raising the capacity of Clarke from just over 4,000 to 7,000, and ensuring that FCE is the prime tenant — giving the club the right of first refusal on game dates that it didn’t have during its time in the NASL. Those proposals were challenged by the Edmonton Eskimos, who host this coming year’s Grey Cup. So, with that, the CFL and #CanPL love-story thing, is it over? Was it ever really there?
Canada begins journey to Uruguay 2018 at the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship – CSA
Canada will open the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship this Friday in a Group B match against Caribbean opponent Bermuda. The Friday 20 April match is the first of three group matches in five days for the young Canadian team in Managua, Nicaragua.
Edmonton Soccer Dome aiming for August 2018 kickoff – Edmonton Sun
What was once considered a pipe dream is nearing reality for the Edmonton Scottish Society, benefitting the entire city
Girls soccer team penalized over trip to England – CBC
Parents and coaches of 11- and 12-year-old girls on an Ottawa soccer team say they’re furious after being sanctioned for taking the young players to England to learn from some of that country’s top youth clubs.
Husqvarna Canada plants 17,600 trees through partnership with pro-soccer teams – Wood Business
Thanks to every goal scored by Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact teams, Canada will have 17,600 more trees.
Poor weather delays soccer season – Global Regina
League play was set to kick off across Regina and other parts of southern Saskatchewan in the next two weeks. Instead, everyone is now playing the waiting game- and it’s cutting into playing for nearly 1000 athletes in Regina’s east zone alone.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Match Report: Late goal forces Foxes to settle for draw – Fresno FC
The Foxes were forced to settle for a point on virtually the last kick of the match, as Jon Bakero scored the equalizer to see Tulsa Roughnecks FC draw 2-2 against host Fresno FC.
North Carolina FC’s late push held back in 0-0 draw against Toronto FC II – WRAL Sportsfan
North Carolina FC battled Toronto FC II to a scoreless draw on Wednesday night at BMO Field to earn its second consecutive shutout of the season.
Major League Soccer sees ‘positive step’ for Cincinnati. What now for Sacramento? – Sacramento Bee
Sacramento is once again falling behind in the race for a Major League Soccer expansion team. But that appears to have changed very little in the city’s years-long campaign to join the big league ranks.
FCC Signs Experienced Midfielder Lahoud – USL
Sierra Leone international has made more than 150 appearances in professional career.
Red Bulls II Sign PDL Standout Stauffer – USL
The New York Red Bulls II announced on Wednesday the club had signed defender Lucas Stauffer to a USL contract. A former player for the PDL’s Des Moines Menace, Stauffer was selected with the 26th pick of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft by Vancouver Whitecaps FC, but is excited to join the Red Bulls II to start his career.
‘Too Small to Succeed’: The perils of owning a lower-division pro soccer team – Soctakes
The current status of lower-division American soccer, specifically Division II and Division III men’s professional soccer, means that owners don’t stick around. Not because they don’t want to. Not because they don’t care about the sport. They simply cannot afford to.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Results: NWSL, Week 4 – Soccer America
NWSL mid-week results.
Portland Thorns midfielders Lindsey Horan, Christine Sinclair leading the way in the attack – Oregonian
When the Portland Thorns needed a goal Sunday afternoon, Lindsey Horan and Christine Sinclair stepped up.
Chicago Red Stars roll to 3-0 win over Houston Dash – Pro Soccer USA
The Chicago Red Stars rolled to a 3-0 win over the Houston Dash Wednesday night at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., recording their first home victory of the season.
McCaffrey working her way back to full health for Chicago – The Equalizer
When the lineup for the Chicago Red Stars’ season opener came out an hour before kick off on March 25, it surprised many to not see Stephanie McCaffrey’s name. Considering Chicago’s extensive injury woes, the four-year NWSL veteran seemed a lock for the starting XI.
Damallsvenskan week 1 review: Hammarby top after first round of fixtures – Vavel
Narrow wins the order of the week in Sweden.
PFA WSL 1 Team of the Year: Five Chelsea Ladies players named – BBC Sport
Five Chelsea Ladies players have been named in the PFA Women’s Super League 1 Team of the Year.
‘Nervous’ Kerr relishing third AFC Women’s Asian Cup Final with Westfield Matildas – FFA
She’s about to play in her third AFC Women’s Asian Cup Final but Westfield Matildas superstar Sam Kerr admits there’s still plenty of nerves ahead of Australia’s clash with Japan.
Second-half was the best we’ve played – Crowley – Irish WNL
Shelbourne Ladies manager Danny Crowley was delighted with the character and reaction that the girls showed in the second half on Sunday after a tough first half which saw two of their players carted off in separate ambulances.
Millwall Lionesses: Women’s Super League 2 club surpass fundraising target – BBC Sport
The Women’s Super League 2 club set a target of £10,000 to help secure their short and long-term future, which they surpassed on Wednesday.
Manchester United set to make Collette Roche their first female chief operating officer – CityAM
Manchester United are set to make Collette Roche the highest-placed woman in the club’s history by hiring her as chief operating officer.
Soccer coverage is sexist: Letter to the editor – Oregonian
I have been an avid soccer fan since 1975 — with the Timbers, and then with two sons, two daughters and two grandsons all playing high school soccer over the years. Portland-area media have covered the sport quite adequately until recently. Why is there such glaringly sexist coverage with stories about the Timbers and a lack of coverage of the Thorns?
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Wednesday European Rewind: Frankfurt ousts Schalke, Real Madrid ties Bilbao, and more – SBI
Eintracht Frankfurt haven’t been in the best form in Bundesliga action lately, but Niko Kovac’s answered their critics on Wednesday in the German Cup.
Juve slips to draw, Napoli wins ahead of scudetto-defining Sunday – NBC Sports
For once in this decade, it’d be kinda cool if at least we could get a Serie A scudetto race last into the final week of the season.
Mbappé double eases PSG into Coupe de France final – Ligue 1
Kylian Mbappé scored twice as Coupe de France holders Paris Saint-Germain saw off SM Caen 3-1 in Wednesday’s semi-final and moved to within a game of completing a domestic quadruple.
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo equals scoring record ahead of Champions League semifinal – ESPN
Cristiano Ronaldo equalled his personal record of scoring in 12 consecutive games for Real Madrid on Wednesday and could set a new landmark against Bayern Munich in the Champions League next week.
What stands between Bayern and the treble? – UEFA
Only eight trebles of league, domestic cup and UEFA Champions League have been achieved: can Bayern make it nine?
AFC Champions League heats up as big clubs move into round of 16 battle – Inside World Football
The last 16 teams in this season’s AFC Champions League were confirmed on Wednesday following the competition’s final group stage fixtures on Wednesday.
CAF Confederation Cup wrap – Wednesday, April 18 – African Football
The CAF Confederation Cup playoff round wrapped up on Wednesday, April 18 with 12 matches across the continent and featured progress to the group stage for the likes of Aduana Stars, Enyimba, Al Hilal and Raja Casablanca.
FIFA fines clubs for breaches of third party ownership rules – Inside World Football
In the latest crackdown on third party ownership of players, FIFA have handed out a raft of sanctions to clubs for transfer deals.
FIFA Council member Constant Omari arrested for corruption – London Free Press
FIFA Council member Constant Omari was arrested on suspicion of corruption and held for 24 hours in a public prosecutor’s office in his home country of Congo while being questioned for alleged involvement in embezzlement, officials said.
PFA names its Premier League team of the year – and only one Liverpool player makes the grade – The Telegraph
The PFA’s Premier League Team of the Year has been announced ahead of the 45th PFA Awards this Sunday and while Manchester City and Tottenham are, unsurprisingly, well represented, Liverpool – currently third in the league and through to the Champions League semi-finals – have just one man in the XI.
FIFA trains video refs for Russia and promises to keep fans in the big picture – Inside World Football
Amid widespread concern about supporters being left in the dark, FIFA have confirmed that giant screens will be used at World Cup matches for replays of incidents decided by the video assistant referee – accompanied by written explanations.
Fifa’s fantastical diversions: stop fretting about Russia, start meddling with Qatar – The Guardian
Global political turmoil might be set to wreck Russia’s World Cup but, fear not, Gianni Infantino won’t take his eye off the ball and has some interesting other ideas for us all
Joey Barton: Fleetwood Town announce ex-Burnley midfielder as head coach – BBC Sport
Joey Barton will become the new manager of League One side Fleetwood Town this summer – one day after his ban for betting ends.