BC Soccer News, Thursday, April 5, 2018



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Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have secured maximum points from trips to Houston and Columbus and will try to do the same against Western Conference foe Real Salt Lake, who are looking to bounce back from a 3-1 defeat in Toronto last Friday night.

Whitecaps fail to impress critics despite success on fieldEdmonton Journal
The Vancouver Whitecaps are tied for first in the Western Conference, their 10 points the second-highest total in Major League Soccer, and could match their best start in history with a win in Salt Lake on Saturday.

Chivas edges Red Bulls in CCL semifinal first leg in MexicoSBI
The New York Red Bulls may have finished the match with 10 men, and watched Bradley Wright-Phillips miss a golden chance for an equalizer, but they will feel good about leaving Mexico down by just a goal heading into next week’s decisive CONCACAF Champions League semifinal second leg.

CONCACAF looking into TFC-Club America kerfuffleToronto Star
An alleged brawl at halftime of Toronto FC’s win over Club America on Tuesday is being reviewed by the tournament’s governing body, but not Toronto police.

Unpacking the utter ridiculousness in Toronto FC’s deserved Champions League win over Club AmericaToronto Sun
The utter ridiculousness of Tuesday night deserves recounting. Admit it. You appreciated every bit of it – including the spate of post-game accusations from both Toronto FC and Club America. Like me, you enjoyed the theatre.

Portland Timbers midfielder Sebastian Blanco off to fast start in second MLS seasonOregonian
When the Portland Timbers have needed a goal this season, Sebastian Blanco has delivered.

Orlando City SC vs. Portland Timbers | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
The monkey is off the Lions’ back as Orlando City SC finally picked up their first win of the season, beating the New York Red Bulls, 4-3, last Saturday.

Montreal Impact: Could Hatem Ben Arfa actually come to MLS?MLS Multiplex
Remi Garde has been speaking of a possible reunion with Hatem Ben Arfa at current club Montreal Impact. Could the unwanted and unused Paris Saint-Germain midfielder actually make the MLS switch?

Mike Grella, Gaston Sauro return to training from long injuries togetherMassive Report
The two players have become close friends while working back from their similar long-term knee issues.

Soccer in Austin: The Road to RealnessAustin Chronicle
Thanks to City Council’s approval of a resolution directing the city manager to complete a “community engagement process” and detailed analysis of McKalla Place as a possible site for a stadium for the potentially incoming Columbus Crew, soccer fans in Austin are now one step closer to having their own top-shelf American soccer team to support.

LAFC Players In Awe Of New Training FacilityLAFC
Built on the campus of Cal State LA, the LAFC Performance Center officially opened its doors this week. The $30 million investment, in addition to a $1.6 million partnership with the university to be used in renovating existing facilities around campus and creating new master’s program in which students get hands-on experience with the Club, is already getting rave reviews from its new tenants.

MLS’ top academies and the players who make themPhiladelphia Union
Major League Soccer has implemented different strategies over the years to raise level of play and competition. Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) has had the most immediate impact. Its returns are quick and obvious. What is not quick is the investment in academies.

What you need to know about the eMLS CupWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are one of 19 Major League Soccer clubs who will be represented at the first-ever eMLS Cup, which begins today in Boston.

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Canadian National Team players Jordyn Huitema and Julia Grosso headline first TSS Rovers WPSL rosterAFTN
There will be a new Rovers team in town this summer, as the club’s new Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) side prepare themselves for their inaugural season.

VMSL Imperial Cup Final SaturdayVMSL
Rino’s Tigers faces Croatia SC in the Imperial Cup Final Saturday at Coquitlam Town Centre. Kickoff is 5:30 PM.

FVSL Cup Finals Day in NewtonFVSL
The FVSL is holding their Cup Finals Day in Newton on Saturday, April 7. The feature match is the Pakenham Cup Final.

MWSL Cup Finals Sunday in BurnabyMWSL
The Metro Women’s Soccer League is holding their Cup Finals Day Sunday, April 8 at Burnaby Lakes.

Coastal FC men’s team aims for return to the topPeace Arch News
Coastal FC’s top men’s soccer team has their eyes on a pretty big prize this weekend – the Soccer City Premier League Cup.

Trio of South Delta teams open Coastal Cup on weekendSurrey Now-Leader
A trio of South Delta rep teams are off to B.C. Soccer’s Coastal “B” Cup’s round of 16 playdowns, including a colossal match-up for U18 United.

United U16s strike gold at IcebreakerKelowna Capital News
The Kelowna United U16 boys could be a force to be reckoned with during the 2018 soccer season.

Excellence on menu at UVic sports awards banquetTimes Colonist
The Vikes’ strong season in soccer was again acknowledged with attacking defender Brea Christie, out of Royal Bay Secondary, named Vikes female top rookie.

Baxter first NCAA statistical champion in women’s soccerSFU
Simon Fraser University women’s soccer midfielder Jenna-lee Baxter was recognized by the NCAA as a statistical champion in the assists per game category. Her 13 assists in 16 games during the 2017 season gave her a 0.81 average, the highest in all of Division II.

Luciano Trasolini joins Canada’s NCAA men’s soccer teamSFU
The Whitecaps Residency product transfers to Simon Fraser and will compete for the Clan in Fall 2018.
VISL PHOTOS: 2018 JACKSON CUP FINAL, Gorge FC 3, Lakehill FC 2, March 25, 2018BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie.

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.

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100+ League1 Ontario Players Signed To Professional Clubs Since Fall 2014League1 Onatrio
Incredibly, now in early 2018, over 100 players – 89 men and 14 women – have migrated from the podium of League1 Ontario to be picked up by professional clubs all over the world. The future is definitely bright for the province’s elite U23 players with pro standard ambitions.

Impact U14 finishes 12th the Tournoi Sans FrontièreMontreal Impact
The Impact U14 had a great experience at the Tournoi Sans Frontière again this year. On Monday, Eduardo Sebrango’s team lost 2-1 against FC Nantes and finished 11th out of 25 teams but was still able to display its qualities against big European clubs through eight games in the span of four days.

France to support Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bidSBI
French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet says France will vote for the African country’s bid over the one presented by the U.S., Mexico and Canada. All of FIFA’s 211 member nations vote on the host on June 13.

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Match Preview: Toronto FC II vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SCToronto FC
TFC II will open up their 2018 home schedule with an afternoon clash against the new look Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. TFC II will be looking to pick up their first points of the season after dropping their first two games on the road. Here is everything you need to know ahead of the match.

Edgar’s journey back from injury begins in NashvilleThe Record
David Edgar is on a mission to prove he can still be an effective defender. So when a sweet sounding soccer deal sprung up in Music City, the Kitchener native didn’t hesitate to take his fancy footwork south of the border to sign a contract with Nashville SC in the United Soccer League.

Rangers Too Strong For SwitchbacksUSL
A dominant performance from the Swope Park Rangers gave the defending Western Conference champion a 1-0 victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Children’s Mercy Park on Wednesday night. After controlling almost all the ball in the opening minutes, some short and sharp passing opened things up for the opening goal for the Rangers in the seventh minute.

USL MATCH RECAP | Tulsa Roughnecks FC: 0, Portland Timbers 2: 0Timbers.com
Playing the second game of a three-match road trip, T2 earned a point after battling Tulsa Roughnecks FC to a 0-0 draw on the road at ONEOK Field on Wednesday night.

Republic FC Adds Slovenian MidfielderUSL
Sacramento Republic FC announced on Wednesday that the club has signed Slovenian midfielder Jure Matjašič for the 2018 season, with a club option for the 2019 season.

Kitsap Pumas to kick off U.S Open Cup at old rival: Timbers U23sGoalWA
The Kitsap Pumas will open the 2018 U.S. Open Cup with an away match against Portland Timbers U23, US Soccer announced on Wednesday.

#ProSocc3r Primer: League Set to Visit Multiple MarketsUSL D3
USL Division III executives have another busy month ahead of them, with multiple site visits throughout the country. Building on the previous 25 markets visited, the recent West Coast swing for the league increased the official visit count to 30, with visits to an additional five markets set for next week.


New coach, new team, new day for Sky Blue FCThe Equalizer
New faces, new coach, new philosophy. The 2018 version of Sky Blue FC bears little resemblance to last year’s team that finished sixth in the NWSL with a 10-11-3 record.

What is taking so long on Boston Breakers season ticket holder refunds?Bent Musket
NWSL operations manager Amanda Duffy was tight-lipped about season ticket holder refunds in a league preview conference call on March 21. “We can’t comment to specifics as it’s an ongoing discussion with the entity and their legal counsel,” she said. “As soon as next steps are able to be taken, they will be.”

The women at the heart of an incredible Welsh football tale unfolding right now – and the fascinating stories behind themWales Online
Meet the women aiming to topple Phil Neville’s England, including an ex-prison worker, a qualified accountant and a star that’s played for the biggest names in the game.

Liverpool’s Alex Greenwood added to England Women’s World Cup squadSky Sports
Liverpool defender Alex Greenwood has been called into the England Women’s squad to face Wales and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

As the Matildas capture the public’s imagination, coach Alen Stajcic opens up on the qualities that make them so specialFox Sports
Australia’s national women’s football team plays a brilliant, engaging style of football, has overcome a number of hurdles, is full of diverse, well-spoken role models — and most of all, they’re winning.

United Women’s Soccer: The Emerging Platform of American Women’s SoccerWomen’s Soccer Zone
Below the top division, there is even more of a spotted past when looking for a stable lower division, especially one that emulates a professional atmosphere and provides a proving ground for not only players looking to make the move to the next level but additionally ones who are trying to get back. Enter United Women’s Soccer.

How Bend It Like Beckham bent the rules and became a girl power classicEW
Made for about $6 million, director and co-writer Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham follows a British-Indian girl named Jess (Parminder Nagra) as she struggles to reconcile her love of football with her love for her traditional immigrant family. Along the way, she befriends her teammate Jules (Keira Knightley), strikes up a relationship with her hot coach (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), and learns a little bit about herself. Not only did the film become a feel-good global smash and launch Knightley to stardom, but it stands as a coming-of-age classic.

VIDEO: Watch Soccer Superstar Alex Morgan Make Her Acting Debut in ‘Alex & Me’ TrailerEntertainment Tonight
In the upcoming family film, Alex & Me, Olympic gold medalist and all-around soccer superstar Alex Morgan makes her big screen debut playing herself — or a version of herself, magically brought to life off a poster in a young fan’s bedroom in order to impart the girl with the determination and self-worth required to make her dreams come true.

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Liverpool blows away Man City in Champions League quarterfinalsSportsnet
The night started with their team bus being smashed up by beer cans and bottles. It ended with their Champions League ambitions in pieces, too.

2 own goals help Barcelona beat Roma 4-1 in CL quarterfinalsNorth Bay-Nipissing
Roma made the already daunting task of beating Barcelona that much harder after scoring two own goals to help the Spanish side secure a 4-1 victory in the opening leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday.

Spain 7, Italy 1: A fiasco for Juventus and Roma in EuropeMetro
Spain 7, Italy 1. The combined scores of the Champions League matches against Spanish opposition amounted to another debacle for Italian football this week.

Mauro Icardi misses 2 sitters as Inter draws at MilanSportsnet
Mauro Icardi missed two great chances as his Inter Milan side was held 0-0 at AC Milan in an entertaining Serie A derby on Wednesday.

Lazio ‘motivated’ to win the Europa League – Simone InzaghiESPN
Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi has vowed to name his strongest team for Thursday evening’s Europa League clash with Salzburg, since it could now provide his side with their most viable route into next season’s Champions League.

Manchester United’s dreadful derby record must end to deny City title partyESPN
Manchester United’s recent record in derby games is abject. Since that prophetic 6-1 defeat at home in 2011, they have won only one of the last seven league derbies at Old Trafford, drawing one and losing five.

Injury-hit OM face Leipzig testLigue 1
A raft of defensive injuries to the likes of Steve Mandanda, Adil Rami and Rolando has forced OM coach Rudi Garcia to re-jig his back-line for the trip to face RB Leipzig in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League quarter-final tie.

Bayern preoccupied with new coach while team wraps up titleMetro
Bayern Munich’s search for a new coach is overshadowing its likely Bundesliga title win on Saturday.

Packages of bullets sent to Italian referees associationSportsnet
The Italian referees association says it has been sent packages filled with bullets amid fan protests over the video assistant referee.

Ronaldo on THAT goal: ‘It was a great night’UEFA
After Cristiano Ronaldo had smashed the ball from high out of the rainy sky into the left-hand corner of Gianluigi Buffon’s net for his second goal against Juventus on Tuesday, there was a stunned silence in Turin while the Real Madrid star wheeled away to celebrate, followed by spontaneous applause as home fans offered due respect. What a finish!

Clubs in Finland banned from postponing matches, could play awayESPN
In what appears ostensibly to be a rather bizarre move, the football authorities in Finland have banned all clubs from postponing matches due to bad weather.

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