BC Soccer News, Thursday, April 21, 2016







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BC Soccer Web MLS Matchday #8: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. FC Dallas, April 23, 2016BC Soccer Web
The Whitecaps return home after dropping six points on the road, and still looking for their first goal from open play in 2016. Their FC Dallas nemesis is off to one of the best starts in their history. BC Soccer Web will update all the news and previews heading into Saturday night’s match at BC Place.

Manneh hoping to find his groove for slumping WhitecapsSportsnet
The 21-year-old native of Bakau, Gambia, makes his home in Point Roberts, Wash., in order to fulfill a residency requirement in his bid to become a U.S. citizen. He hopes to someday represent the U.S. men’s national team, so that means the Vancouver Whitecaps winger has to commute across the border to attend practices and games.

Mezquida’s work rate a positive for struggling WhitecapsRed Nation Online
Nicolas Mezquida has been a recent bright spot as a number 10 man during this difficult stretch. The 24 year-old played 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw vs Los Angeles on April 2, and 61 minutes away to an undefeated Real Salt Lake side on Saturday.

Do Whitecaps FC need a new striker?VanCity Buzz
When discussing the Vancouver Whitecaps, the topic on everyone’s mind right now is goals. Unfortunately for the Blue and White, that discussion is about how they seem unable to score them.

Final chance to become a 2016 Whitecaps FC season ticket memberWhitecaps FC
Season ticket sales will be cut off following Saturday’s home match against FC Dallas. For more information on season ticket membership, call 604-669-9283 or visit whitecapsfc.com/tickets.

MLS suspends D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen for clearing stray ball off field during matchWashington Post
Major League Soccer’s disciplinary committee has suspended D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen for one match for stepping onto the field last weekend to retrieve a stray, second ball.

MLS takes nitpicking to new high with Ben Olsen suspensionBlack & Red United
Despite the game having ended four days ago, the fallout from D.C. United’s 1-0 loss to Toronto FC keeps coming. Pablo Maurer first reported, and D.C. United has since confirmed to Black & Red United, that United head coach Ben Olsen will be suspended for one game and fined an unspecified amount for entering the field of play in the 80th minute of the game.

Didier Drogba expected to play for Montreal Impact in 401 DerbyGlobe & Mail
There’s a good chance Didier Drogba will be on the field when the Montreal Impact face Toronto FC in this season’s first instalment of the 401 Derby.

401 Derby: A History Mount Royal Soccer
The 401 Derby is one of the most exciting rivalries in Major League Soccer. The teams in Texas have some fun with their cannon, and animosity always runs high between the teams in Cascadia, but only those can even attempt to challenge the fire that burns when the Montreal Impact meets Toronto FC on the pitch.

NYCFC Notes: Lampard returns to training, Bravo at centerback, moreEmpire of Soccer
Frank Lampard returned to training Wednesday afternoon but only participated with the rest of New York City FC for light passing drills.

MLS rescinds red card against WahlColumbus Dispatch
The successful appeal brought an end to an embarrassing incident for Ted Unkel and his crew at a time when criticism of officiating in MLS is at a peak.

Instant replay not the solution to MLS’s referee problemsSBI
The first quarter of the MLS season is nearly over, and a major talking point throughout, deservedly, has been poor officiating. Referees have made calls that have been so controversial or poor that familiar cries for the implementation of instant replay have resurfaced across the league. Those cries should go ignored.

Giovani Dos Santos named MLS Player of the Week Vavel
LA Galaxy forward Giovani Dos Santos was named MLS Player of the Week following his performance in a 4-1 win over the Houston Dynamo.

Sporting KC not worried about forward Diego Rubio’s adjustment periodSporting KC
When Sporting Kansas City brought in Diego Rubio as a Young Designated Player in early March, they got a Chilean international with experience in Spain’s second division and Portugal’s top flight. But if anyone expected the 22-year-old forward to step right in as an immediate replacement for the departed Krisztian Nemeth – that’s not the way Sporting do things, manager Peter Vermes said, and not what they expect out of Rubio during his loan term from Spanish side Real Valladolid.

By the numbers: How the New England Revolution gain an edge togetherMLS
It’s Monday morning and Tim Crawford is sitting in his office mulling over the New England Revolution’s weekend match. But he’s not just relaxing, relishing in a win or heartbroken by a loss. He’s busy preparing a report that will help his coaching staff evaluate the team’s most recent performance.

Toronto FC Again Linked to Serie A Striker Marco BorrielloWaking the Red
A little more smoke rose yesterday from a Toronto FC transfer story that appeared to have died in January. Striker Marco Borriello was again linked to the club, after being reported as a possible transfer target during the winter window.

Sebastian Giovinco: ‘I don’t really care if I’m the face of MLS or not’ The Guardian
The little Italian has started this season in sparkling form – and he wants a place in Italy’s Euro 2016 squad. Josh Kloke caught up with him briefly after a recent Toronto FC training session.

Supporting Toronto FC: A Q & A with the Red Patch Boys Waking the Red
As we await the first home game at BMO Field, Waking the Red is featuring the various Toronto FC supporters groups to gain more perspective on what they bring to the stadium.

MLS to Detroit is not a thrilling possibilty to some Detroit City FC supporters MLive
With the announcement last week that Major League Soccer has planned to expand from 20 to 28 teams by 2020, not many were surprised to hear that Detroit was named as a candidate city.

MLS announces new deal with Fuji TV, expands Le Sports partnershipMLS
It will be easier than ever to watch Major League Soccer games from East Asia, as the league announced on Thursday new and expanded television agreements in the region.

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BC Provincial Cup Schedule & ResultsBCSA
Men’s & Women’s ‘A’ Cup action gets underway this weekend with some marquee matchups on both the mainland & the island. Fields’ Times & results are updated by the BCSA here.

Concussion Webinar and Available Health and Fitness Resources BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. believes that coach, parent, and player education regarding player health and concussions is of utmost importance and they would like to make everyone aware of a free concusion webinar that is happening on Thursday April 28 at 6:30 PM.  The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Shelina Babul who is the Associate Director and Sports Injury Specialist at the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit.

LMG ready for rematch in Provincial Cup openerCowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan LMG is well prepared for this Saturday’s rematch with Bays United in the first round of the Men’s Provincial A Cup tournament. Cowichan memorably beat Bays 2-0 in the final of the Jackson Cup tournament for Island soccer supremacy, in a game that was closer than the score might suggest — the score was knotted at 0-0 through regulation and both Cowichan goals came in extra time.

Thunder wins squeaker in Soccerfest men’s finaleSquamish Chief
Soccerfest has been a Squamish institution for more than 35 years. Last weekend, local and visiting teams took over the pitches at Brennan Park for the latest installment of the two-day tournament.

Coquitlam SC extends win streak to 5 gamesTri City News
Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC put another notch in the win column, shutting out Fusion FC’s under-17 squad 6-0 in B.C. Soccer Premier League action at Town Centre Park last Saturday.

KYSA round-up to April 17, 2016Kamloops This Week
Lauren Walkley and Calli Lawrence tallied for the under-16 Kamloops Blaze in a 2-1 victory over under-18 Kelowna United on Sunday.

Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference – June 3-5 at SFU BC Soccer Web
The Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference is back for its second year. Learn from some of the best coaches in the game. This year’s conference features speakers from Arsenal, Leicester City, Southampton, the English FA and more. Register before April 30 for early bird pricing.

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 DirectorsBCSA
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.

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How to watch the 2016 Amway Canadian ChampionshipCSA
Fans from coast to coast to coast across this nation can watch all eight matches to Canada Soccer’s 2016 Amway Canadian Championship, with both the semi-final and final rounds broadcast on TSN and the preliminary round streamed live on canadasoccer.com.

League1 Ontario Kick-Off Event To Honour 2015 League Champions League1 Ontario
League1 Ontario will be hosting its league kick-off event at the Sheridan College on May 1 as part of the 2016 opening weekend of men’s division action.

The power of improvisation in coaching Red Nation Online
As coaches, we are all trained on the importance of planning and organization. When I first started coaching, I would typically write a training session plan on a Monday night and revise it numerous times between then and Saturday’s training. To deliver a good session, I thought, I simply had to follow this process. But while I was in this plan-revise-deliver mode, I often marveled at the more experienced coaches that I worked with, who seemed to simply turn up and deliver a high-quality training session. What I’ve learned since then, though, is that far from being unprepared, these coaches were just following a different path — one that combined preparation with improvisation.

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Cosmos acknowledge “contact” with Roma’s Totti Empire of Soccer
Is Francesco Totti coming to the New York Cosmos? That answer seems to change by the day. The New York Cosmos originally denied that Roma striker Francesco Totti would be joining the club this year following reports to the contrary.

Tensions run high at FC Edmonton practice Edmonton Journal
Following an hour-long intrasquad scrimmage on Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s North American Soccer League encounter against the Ottawa Fury at Clarke Stadium, midfielders Dustin Corea and Cristian Raudales nearly came to blows and had to be separated by teammates.

Fordyce, Watson set to become Canadian citizens — what does it mean for FCE, CanMNT? the11.ca
Daryl Fordyce and Albert Watson have made major impacts since they left their native Northern Ireland three years ago to sign with FC Edmonton.

FCE teenager Shome made NASL debut Saturday, wrote university exam Tuesdaythe11.ca
FC Edmonton’s 18-year-old midfielder made his professional debut Saturday, playing 80 minutes against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. But, he couldn’t let himself get too carried away — on Tuesday, the University of Alberta first-year engineering student wrote an exam.

NASL Spring Week 4 Preview: Minnesota, Cosmos Clash, RailHawks Face RowdiesEmpire of Soccer
We’re only a month into the North American Soccer League’s season and there are already serious Spring Season title implications on the line for some teams.

Guerin Steps Down as CEO Ft. Lauderdale Strikers
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers today announced CEO Sean C. Guerin is stepping down from his day-to-day role with the club. Guerin will continue to work with the organization in an advisory role assisting on key projects with the club including finding both a short-term and long-term stadium solution in Broward County. Guerin will continue to work closely with Strikers Managing Director Luis Cuccatti and the ownership group in their efforts to improve the club’s overall footprint in South Florida.

USL MATCH RECAP | Portland Timbers 2: 0, Orange County Blues FC: 1 Timbers.com
Playing their first game of a three-match road trip, T2 were unable to overcome a one-goal halftime deficit, falling 1-0 to Orange County Blues FC at Anteater Stadium on the campus of UC Irvine Wednesday night.

Octavio Guzman waiting in wings for Republic FCSacramento Bee
Octavio Guzman isn’t the forgotten man. That’s one thing Republic FC coach Paul Buckle wants to make clear. “I’m a big fan of Tavo,” Buckle said. “When we lost him last season, I knew it was going to be a loss to us in a big way. To get him back is great … it’s been a real long road for him.”

State of the Game in MLS: USL and development of the N.American playerRed Nation Online
The USL is a few weeks in and it is already providing some interesting stories for the 2016 soccer season. The league is somewhat hard to follow with their new site design (courtesy of a web company many soccer leagues seem to be adapting to), and without clear or easily accessible scores, box scores and statistics. They are thankfully still showing all their games live on Youtube, and I have had a chance to watch many including most games with MLS-affiliated clubs.

Life of a Pro at USL ExperienceUSL
Thanks to an incredibly successful USL Experience event, hosted this year by FC Cincinnati and culminating with being a part of a USL-record crowd of 20,497, an elite group of 70 Super Y League players earned the opportunity to get a taste of the pro lifestyle and the work to get there.

A Decade Without Professional Soccer in MilwaukeeMidfield Press
More than a decade ago, the stands at Uihlein Soccer Park were packed with over 3,000 people to watch a professional Milwaukee soccer team. For the last decade, no stands have been filled for a professional soccer team. The best Wisconsin had to offer in soccer in the last decade, were the amateur and college teams. Coincidentally the last time there was a professional team in Wisconsin, David Wangerin wrote about his experience coming back to his college, UW Whitewater, in his celebrated book Soccer in a Football World.

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NWSL Week 1 recap: How the Canadians didSportsnet
Canadians came roaring out of the gate in the first week of the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League season.

Espelund, Hardouin looking to become 1st elected female UEFA execs Sportsnet
UEFA says there are two candidates to be the first elected female member of its executive committee. Karen Espelund, who was co-opted to the panel in 2012, is being challenged by Florence Hardouin, the French soccer federation’s marketing director.

Former Sunderland ace looking for next generation of international stars Sunderland Echo
Former Sunderland Ladies star Steph Houghton is determined to find the next generation of English talent as women’s football continues to grow.

‘Girls realise they can now make a career out of football’The FA
Women’s football is a world away from where it was when Alex Scott was eight years old. The only way she could play the game she loved was with the boys from her neighbourhood in Poplar, east London.

Pay Disparity in U.S. Soccer? It’s Complicated NY Times
The core fact is not in dispute: The players on the World Cup-winning United States women’s national soccer team earn less money than their counterparts on the men’s national team. After that truth, things are muddier. How much less? How can that be fair? And most important: What is being done about it?

Women’s football league from OctoberTimes of India
In what will be a huge boost for women’s football in the country, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is planning to launch a women’s league later this year.

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CCL: Alvarado’s America closes in on title defenseSoccer America
Defending champion Club America beat Tigres, 2-0, in Monterrey to close in on its second straight Concacaf Champions League title.

Everton’s Roberto Martínez admits to ‘embarrassment’ after Anfield disaster The Guardian
Roberto Martínez described Everton’s 4-0 defeat in the 226th Merseyside derby as an “embarrassment” as pressure mounted on his position following a shambolic display at Liverpool.

Can Newcastle United fans dream of a great escape?Vavel
Newcastle United earned a well-deserved point against former Premier League champions and third placed Manchester City as the Magpies continue to fight in their bid to avoid relegation.

Marco Reus drives Borussia Dortmund past Hertha Berlin to German Cup finalDW
Goals from Castro, Reus and Mkhitaryan confirm a German Cup final for Borussia Dortmund in Tuchel’s first season at the club. They will now face Bayern Munich after they beat Werder Bremen 2-0.

Luis Suárez and Fernando Torres seize the day as La Liga becomes a sprintThe Guardian
Former Liverpool strikers excel on a night when wins of differing margins for Barcelona, Atlético and Real Madrid left the title race tougher to call than ever.

Barcelona announces Neymar to miss Copa America Centenario SBI
One of the world’s biggest soccer stars will not be competing on U.S. soil this summer at the Copa America Centenario. Barcelona announced a deal struck between itself and the Brazilian Football Confederation — and its president Marco Polo del Nero — which will let Brazilian playmaker Neymar play for the nation during the 2016 Olympic Games but not during the Copa America tournament.

VIDEO: Barcelona’s stunning $680 million Nou Camp plans revealedNBC Sports
FC Barcelona has unveiled stunning plans for the redevelopment of the Nou Camp. President Josep Bartomeu spoke on Thursday and revealed that the team will not have to relocate while building work to extensively renovate and expand the famous stadium is carried out over the next five years.

Melbourne City aim to keep style and cool while winning semi-final over Adelaide UnitedSydney Morning Herald
Melbourne City’s record-setting season shows they have style but Friday night’s semi-final against Adelaide United will prove if they have substance.

Juventus move closer to title after Paulo Dybala double sinks LazioThe Guardian
Paulo Dybala scored twice as Juventus closed in on a fifth successive Serie A title with a 3-0 win against 10-man Lazio. Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring for Juventus with his third goal in four matches by redirecting a cross within the box from Paul Pogba near the end of the first half.

ACL last 16 takes shape as holders Evergrande exitAFC
Debutants Shanghai SIPG Sydney FC, former champions Urawa Red Diamonds, FC Seoul, Shandong Luneng, Tractorsazi Tabriz, Zobahan and Lekhwiya all advanced to the last 16 of the AFC Champions League this week as defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande missed out on a place in the knockout stage.

India: Patel confirms IPL and I-League will merge as AIFF builds French bridge Inside World Football
Speaking at a press conference to announce cooperation between the All-India Football Federation (AIFF) and France’s FC Metz academy over youth training, AIFF President Praful Patel (pictured) argued the blanket ban on sporting activities in Maharashta was unfair on football and revealed that the Indian Premier League (IPL) and I-League are to be merged in the near future.

FIFA says was slow to act on Qatar labor rightsYahoo Sports
FIFA was late to raise concerns about the treatment of migrant laborers on World Cup stadiums in Qatar and tournament organizers should do more to improve working conditions, an official from world soccer’s governing body said on Wednesday.

Sepp Blatter ‘offered Fifa role to Burundi president’BBC
Fifa ex-president Sepp Blatter says he was asked by the Swiss authorities to help ease Burundi’s political crisis by offering the country’s president a job.

Exclusive: FIFA Ethics ruled out Derrick despite him passing integrity checkInside World Football
Gordon Derrick, the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president who was banned from running for the presidency of CONCACAF after FIFA’s Independent Audit and Compliance chief Domenico Scala ruled he had failed the integrity test, did in fact clear all the CONCACAF integrity hurdles before the file was passed to FIFA. Inside World Football has seen correspondence from Sidley Austin lawyer Samir Gandhi (acting for CONCACAF) to Scala saying that they saw nothing in the file that warranted banning Derrick from the election race.

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