BC Soccer News, Thursday, April 25, 2019




SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019, 2:00 PM



Wayne Rooney’s goal against Columbus sees D.C. United top the Eastern ConferenceLWOS
A massive mid-week game as the Columbus Crew SC hosted D.C. United with a spot at the top of the Eastern Conference on the line. Last time these two met Columbus knocked D.C. United out of the playoffs. However, Ben Olsen’s men came to the MAPFRE Stadium unbeaten in their first three away matches.

Castellanos scores in 9th minute, NYCFC tops Fire 1-0The State
Valentín Castellanos scored in the ninth minute to help New York City FC beat the Chicago Fire 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Jackson-Hamel’s first two goals of the season lead Impact over RevolutionMontreal Gazette
Anthony Jackson-Hamel scored two of his team’s three goals in the last 11 minutes of the second half and the Montreal Impact defeated the New England Revolution 3-0 on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.

Sounders rally for a 2-2 draw against San Jose, remain unbeaten at home this seasonSeattle Times
The Sounders’ hot start to the season was on the verge of becoming a distant memory until they stoked a fire in the second half of their matchup against San Jose on Wednesday.

After initial struggles, Lima is adapting to Almeyda’s system in San JoseSBI
On the outside, it could seem like both San Jose Earthquakes and U.S. Men’s National Team fullback Nick Lima and Earthquakes’ head coach Matias Almeyda didn’t get along. Or maybe, Lima wasn’t a fit for Almeyda’s new system.

LA Galaxy, Minnesota United battle to drawLAG Confidential
The LA Galaxy and Minnesota United FC fought to a hard-earned scoreless draw in mid-week action at Allianz Arena.

Kaku gets 3 matches for booting ball into crowd, injuring spectatorNBC Sports
The struggling New York Red Bulls got a major let-off Wednesday with the news that Kaku would only be suspended two more matches for blasting a ball into a group of fans.

Can 30 teams thrive as MLS expands?Portland Tribune
Ten years ago this spring, MLS announced expansion to Portland. When the Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps joined the league in 2011, it had 18 teams. Commissioner Don Garber announced last week the league will expand from 24 to 30, with Nashville and (perhaps) Miami expected to begin play in 2020.





SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019, 4:00 PM


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VIDEO: Despite ongoing construction, Pacific FC ‘ready to rock ‘n’ roll’ for SundayCHEK
With only three days left until kick-off at Westhills Stadium, we caught up with team president Josh Simpson for an update on what fans can expect for Pacific FC’s first ever match in the inaugural Canadian Premier League season.

Projected XI: Will this be Pacific FC’s opening day lineup?CanPL
Pacific FC is a contender in just about every pundit’s list, with a solid collection of British Columbia-born players who have proven themselves with their performances abroad, along with some very exciting prospects and a smattering of imported talent.

Six ‘Caps named to Canada’s roster for the Concacaf U-17 championshipWhitecaps FC
Six Vancouver Whitecaps FC players have been named to Canada’s roster for next month’s Concacaf Men’s U-17 Championship, as the Red and White look to qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil.

Whitecaps give second chance to youth coach despite racism allegationsVancouver Sun
A coach currently working for the Vancouver Whitecaps’ West Kootenay academy in Nelson left his previous job in England while being investigated for racism.

From Uzbekistan to Vancouver: Meet the Habibullah brothersWhitecaps FC
Don’t be fooled by the stellar defensive record of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-17 academy team at least week’s Generation adidas Cup. Whitecaps U-17s coach Rich Fagan has also assembled some special attacking talent, headlined by the brothers Massud and Kamron Habibullah.

Interview with Vancouver Island FC Inaugural Signing Alexis McKintyNorthern Starting XI
New WPSL expansion club, Vancouver Island FC announced their first three signings in club history on April 19th. Three players were named to the roster: Liz Gregg, Mariel Solsberg, and Alexis McKinty. Coached by Neil Sedgwick and Wes Barrett, the first tryouts were held on April 1st and the club has two more tryouts scheduled for late April.

Big games on tap for Cowichan soccerCowichan Valley Citizen
This coming weekend is a big one for the Cowichan Valley’s adult soccer teams.

Burnaby teams sail into Coastal semifinalsBurnaby Now
Burnaby has a bunch of soccer teams that have advanced to their respective semifinals, with momentum one of the benefits to the playoff run. Some of the teams already have berths to provincial cup play booked, but getting some Coastal Cup bling is more than mere icing. Here’s a round-up of Burnaby’s teams on the brink.

CV Masters host inaugural soccer challengeComox Valley Record
The Comox Valley Masters Soccer club is hosting an inaugural home-and-away challenge tournament next month with a team from North Vancouver.

Whitecaps’ Dalrymple part of soccer panel in RidgeMaple Ridge News
Soccer parents who have questions about how to best develop both their child’s talent and love of the game are being invited to a special night with some high-calibre soccer evaluators.

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
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.


A long road to the starting line for Canadian Premier LeagueCalgary Sun
What started as a concept over five years ago is finally coming to fruition for soccer fans across the country.

Canadian Premier League aims to provide unique fan experienceEdmonton Sun
The Canadian Premier League believes they are filling a void with the launch of their inaugural season Saturday in Hamilton, Ont., and have a plan to showcase their product to every corner of the country.

Buzz for Cavalry FC grows with CPL season fast approachingThe Leader-Post
They sang songs and tipped back beer. Typical soccer support, you could say. But this was spirit reserved for a side not yet on the pitch, as Cavalry FC is still 10 days away from making its debut as Calgary’s entry in the nation’s professional circuit, the Canadian Premier League.

‘Leading by example’: Kyle Bekker named Forge FC captainCanPL
Kyle Bekker will be leading Forge FC out of the tunnel in the club’s inaugural match this Saturday at Tim Hortons Field.

Canadian Premier League FAQ: What you need to knowSportsnet
It’s been nearly 27 years since the old Canadian Soccer League folded, but long-suffering soccer fans in Canada once again have a professional league to call their own.

Canada announces squad for Concacaf Men’s Under-17 ChampionshipCSA
Canada Soccer have announced their squad of future stars to compete at the 2019 Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship, set to get underway with an all-important group opener against rivals USA on Thursday 2 May at the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, FL. The upcoming competition provides Canada’s Men’s EXCEL Program with the chance to lay the foundation for Canada’s cultural and tactical identity on the pathway to the Men’s National Team.


Rowdies take over first place in USL Championship’s Eastern ConferenceTampa Bay Times
The Tampa Bay Rowdies climbed into first place in the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference on Wednesday night with a 4-1 road win over Atlanta United 2.

Switchbacks FC Fall To Tulsa 2-0 On Wednesday NightKKTV
The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC lost to the Tulsa Roughnecks FC 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Atlanta United 2 falls at home to Tampa Bay Rowdies 4-1Dirty South Soccer
Dion Pereira and George Campbell impress in a loss that was closer than the score indicated.

LA Galaxy II secure a draw after a high-scoring game at homeLA Galaxy
LA Galaxy II (3-3-1, 10 points) drew 4-4 at home against Rio Grande Valley FC Toros (2-3-3, 9 points) on Wednesday.

Swope Park Rangers’ Justin Bilyeu Retires UnexpectedlyThe Blue Testament
On Wednesday a surprise announcement was made by the Swope Park Rangers. Left back Justin Bilyeu announced his retirement at just 25-years-old. Bilyeu has decided to return due to ongoing concussion issues. In 2019 he started the SPR opener out of position at center back and has been out injured since that time.


Jess Fishlock: Wales midfielder helps Lyon win French women’s titleBBC Sport
Wales midfielder Jess Fishlock is celebrating her latest success, helping Lyon win the French women’s league.

Houston Dash see new culture as road to progressThe Equalizer
The Dash now have four points from their first two matches for the first time since 2015. Two games hardly makes a season, but getting out of the box on the right foot can be important for a club that has never been in a playoff match and finished every season with more losses than victories.

Orlando Pride players, coach weigh in on ‘difficult’ pitch conditions at Cheney StadiumPro Soccer USA
Reign FC played its first home match of the season against the Orlando Pride at on Sunday at Cheney Stadium and the pitch conditions at the minor league baseball stadium weren’t ideal, according to Pride players and coach Marc Skinner.


Pep urges increased focus after Man City keeps PL title controlNBC Sports
Pep Guardiola and Manchester City are officially over their UEFA Champions League exit, and now salivating at the idea of defending their Premier League crown following a 2-0 defeat of Manchester United on Wednesday.

Obsession with past leaves Solskjær’s United stuck in a footballing PompeiiThe Guardian
Manchester United’s derby performance was that of a club cranking out the same jangly playlist while locked in a time warp as the present ebbs away.

Atletico wins, keeps Barcelona from clinching Spanish titleSportsnet
Atletico Madrid made sure Barcelona has to wait a little longer to celebrate the Spanish league title.

Wolves 3-1 Arsenal: Unai Emery still optimistic of Champions League spotBBC Sport
Fifth-placed Arsenal can “recover” and secure a top-four finish in the Premier League despite losing their past two matches, says Gunners boss Unai Emery.

Bayern beats Bremen 3-2 to reach German Cup finalNBC Sports
Robert Lewandowski sent Bayern Munich into the German Cup final by scoring twice in a 3-2 win over Werder Bremen on Wednesday, including the winner in the 80th minute.

Buffon not taking Coupe success for grantedLigue 1
Legendary Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is expecting a very tough game at the Stade de France on Saturday as the capital club take on Rennes in the Coupe de France final.

Lazio beats AC Milan to reach Italian Cup finalSportsnet
Lazio reached the Italian Cup final by beating AC Milan 1-0 away on Wednesday, dealing the hosts another setback.

Italian league condemns racist chanting in Lazio’s cup winLondon Free Press
The Italian league’s governing body has vowed to do “everything in our power” to wipe out racism in soccer after another incident.

Spain mulls Super Cup in Saudi Arabia; human rights concernsNational Post
The Spanish soccer federation is looking into playing its Super Cup in Saudi Arabia, prompting human rights concerns about the showpiece being staged in the Middle East nation.

Ajax “punishes” new signing who made past pro-Feyenoord commentsNBC Sports
Ajax signed 19-year-old goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen on a four-year deal from fellow Eredivisie club FC Emmen, and had a little fun with it. With rumors of Scherpen’s signing for the past few months, Ajax fans dug up old tweets from 2011 when the teen was just 11 years old and rooting for Feyenoord, one of Ajax’s biggest rivals.

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