BC Soccer News, Thursday, August 11, 2016


FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2016, 8:00 PM




Whitecaps still kicking the tires on strikers The Province
Coach Carl Robinson dropped the hint Tuesday that the Whitecaps still might have a move or two up their sleeve this summer. The transfer window is closed, but free agents remain an option until the MLS roster freeze on Sept. 15.

Preview: Whitecaps FC host San Jose Friday night with playoff implications on the lineWhitecaps FC
For the first time in nearly a month, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8W-10L-6D) return to BC Place on Friday to host San Jose Earthquakes (6W-6L-10D) in an important Western Conference affair.

Vancouver Whitecaps aim to fix defensive woes with playoff slot on the lineMLS
With ten games of the regular season remaining, the Vancouver Whitecaps have their work cut out for them if they are to make the MLS Cup playoffs for the third straight year.

Playoff push: Breaking down Vancouver’s playoff chances with 10 matches to goWhitecaps FC
It seems crazy, but Vancouver Whitecaps FC have just 10 matches remaining in the MLS regular season. As it stands, they sit just below the red line in the Western Conference, two points back of Portland Timbers for the final playoff spot.

David Edgar adapting to MLS and targeting “stability” in Vancouver Whitecaps backlineAFTN
David Edgar brings a wealth of experience to Vancouver Whitecaps defence. After moving to England at the age of 14, Edgar came through Newcastle United’s youth system and heads back to Canada with an 11 season career in the English leagues under his belt.

FC Dallas dumps Galaxy late in extra time to reach U.S. Open Cup finalSBI
Just when it looked like Bruce Arena’s star-studded second-half subs were going to put the LA Galaxy through to the U.S. Open Cup final, FC Dallas conjured a response. Then seconds away from the uncertainty of penalties, Dallas came up with another goal to decide Wednesday night’s U.S. Open Cup semifinal on its own.

FC Dallas to host New England Revolution in 2016 US Open Cup finalMLS
Following the semifinals on Tuesday and Wednesday, the final for the 2016 U.S. Open Cup is set. FC Dallas will host the New England Revolution in the final, as both teams aim to win their second Open Cup titles in their respective histories.

Toronto FC midfielder Sebastian Giovinco named MLS Player of the Week Vavel
After scoring his second hat-trick in a matter of weeks, Toronto FC midfielder Sebastian Giovinco has been named MLS Player of the Week.

MLS Moves: Quakes add bulk up front by signing GoitomSoccer America
San Jose’s sputtering attack has been bolstered by the signing of forward Henok Goitom, who comes to MLS after playing for more than a decade in Spain and Sweden.

Diego Valeri signs contract extension with the Portland TimbersVavel
The Portland Timbers have agreed to a contract extension with midfielder Diego Valeri. With Valeri now a household name in Portland, fans will be pleased to know that their star player will continue to represent the Rose City through the 2019 Major League Soccer season.

Report: At least three groups interested in purchase of FireSBI
The 2016 season has been yet another disappointing one for the Chicago Fire, but some groups remain interested should the Fire opt for major shake-ups this offseason.

Fire sale? – at least three groups interestedChicago Now
As the Fire wind down another disappointing year this offseason may prove to be very interesting on and off the pitch. Not only does the club need to make smart use of the mounds of General Allocation and Targeted Allocation Money that they have amassed over the last two seasons, they must move toward repairing the perception that they themselves have perpetuated as an organization not seriously looking to compete with other big market clubs in MLS.

A Dorchester soccer stadium would require traffic fixes first, Walsh says Boston.com
Traffic improvements in the surrounding area should be a prerequisite for the New England Revolution to build a Major League Soccer stadium at the Bayside Expo Center site in Dorchester, according to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

Philadelphia’s Charlie Davies ready for ‘proper goodbye’ at RevolutionESPN FC
Philadelphia Union new forward Charlie Davies will head back to the Gilette Stadium on Saturday as he prepares for an emotional game against the New England Revolution.

Seattle Sounders Homegrown players contribute to big results on the roadSounders FC
Academy alumni were once again at the heart of a pair of positive results for both the Seattle Sounders and S2. Forward Jordan Morris recorded a pair of assists in the Sounders’ 3-1 rout of Orlando City SC, while Jordan Schweitzer and Darwin Jones played vital roles in a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps 2, which extended S2’s USL unbeaten run to six matches.

At home in MLS, Kaka expects more stars to make US move Four Four Two
Kaka, Andrea Pirlo, David Villa, Steven Gerrard, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Sebastian Giovinco – an illustrious group headlining the ever-growing star power of Major League Soccer. And Orlando City captain and Brazil international Kaka expects more big names to swap Europe for the United States.

Dragon players left team after CCL matchGoal
A pair of Dragon players and a coach have left the team after last week’s defeat to the Portland Timbers, choosing to stay in the U.S. rather than returning to El Salvador.

Coventry City transfer news: Sky Blues set to sign LA Galaxy striker on loanCoventry Telegraph
Coventry City are set to sign LA Galaxy striker Jack McBean on a six-month loan. The Telegraph can confirm the 21-year-old has been training with the Sky Blues and travelled with the squad to Swindon Town at the weekend where he watched the game in full club tracksuit.

Youth stars bail on college in numbersSoccer America
The Philadelphia Union’s signing of North Carolina recruit Auston Trusty on Wednesday raised to 16 the number of players on the 2015 U.S. Under-17 World Cup team who’ve turned pro and he is one of growing number of players whom MLS clubs are developing on their newly opened USL second teams. It will accelerate the rate at which players are skipping college altogether.

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Abbotsford’s Schmidt, Team Canada undefeated in preliminary round soccerAbbotsford News
The Canadian women are dominating early on the soccer pitch at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Abbotsford’s Sophie Schmidt and Team Canada are also off to an excellent start after three wins in preliminary tournament action.

‘A memory I’ll have forever’: Beck reflects on her experience at FISU futsal championship UFV Cascades
Shelby Beck couldn’t have imagined a better way to close the book on her university soccer career. Last month, the Langley product traveled to Goiânia, Brazil to participate in the World University Futsal Championship as part of Team Canada. It was the first time Canada had sent an entry to the FISU (Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire) futsal championship, and Beck helped her squad to a surprising fourth-place finish.

Community rallies to help father with brain aneurysm Salmon Arm Observer
The family of a North Okanagan-Shuswap man who suffered a brain injury while playing soccer are reaching out for help through a GoFundMe page. On Aug. 1 Gary Baker suffered a major brain aneurysm while playing soccer with Vernon’s Okanagan Spring Camels in the Capri Insurance Okanagan Oldtimers 45+ Soccer League.

A mother’s love: Vancouver woman receives Medal of Good CitizenshipNews 1130
Abbe Gates ran into a problem a few years ago. Her daughter, who has Down syndrome, wasn’t allowed to play on their local soccer team. So she decided to create a league where people with special needs could hit the pitch and have fun.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: Vancouver Thunderbirds 4, Mid Isle Mariners 1, July 24, 2016 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Jay DeMerit launches Rise & Shine Captain’s Camp in Pemberton Rise & Shine Foundation
A captain is an individual who unifies teammates into one team.  A captain has to be well rounded to lead by example. At the Rise & Shine: Captains Camps, the curriculum is specifically built around creating a balance of elite soccer training on the field, and all encompassing life skills training off the field.

BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in ReviewBCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review.  The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach MandateBCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.

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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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FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2016, 3:00 PM


Canada stand out as favourites march onFIFA
Only one team emerged from the group stages of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 with an unblemished record – Canada.

Canadian women’s soccer team quietly confident ahead of quarter-final against FranceGlobe & Mail
After dispatching two top-five countries in round-robin play, Canada’s women’s soccer team is primed for the knockout rounds at the Olympics, says coach John Herdman.

To hell with the draw: Canadian women deserve praise for group-stage perfectionthe11.ca
Last year, at the Women’s World Cup, Canada had a chance to win its group — and, theoretically, get a better draw — if it won its third game of the tournament, against the Dutch.

Canada w15 leads CONCACAF group after 2:0 win over Costa Rica CSA
Canada lead Group B at the CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship after a 2:0 win over Costa Rica. Canada are perfect with six points after two matches, with Sydney Kennedy and Jordyn Huitema the goalscorers in the 10 August victory in Orlando, FL, USA.

Brampton’s Allen MVP in League I all star soccer contestBrampton Guardian
Leaford Allen of Brampton, who plays for Sigma FC, scored twice and was the game MVP as the West defeated the East 4-2 in the League I Ontario men’s all-star game on Aug. 3 at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan.

Renegades take stock of a standout springRed Deer Express
It has been another successful outdoor soccer season for the Red Deer City Soccer Association and the Red Deer Renegades competitive youth soccer teams.

Belleville girls capture tournament soccer crownIntelligencer.ca
The DK Studios U16/17 girls Belleville Comets rep soccer team (above) went undefeated to capture their division title at the annual Quinte West Cameron Memorial Tournament, held recently in Trenton.

Erin McLeod: It’s time to Motivate a Nation! themotivenation.ca
After building a successful e-commerce (www.peaudeloup.com) and a physical retail store in West Vancouver (CAPOSHIE) Women’s National Team Goalkeeper Erin McLeod has decided after a series of misfortunate events it’s time to branch out on her own with her new inspiration project, Motive Nation, launching to the public on July 1st, online at www.themotivenation.ca.






USL PHOTOS: WFC2 0 OC BLUES SC 1, AUGUST 10, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Whitecaps FC 2 suffer late defeat against Orange County Blues FC Whitecaps FC
Playing a rare Wednesday night match at Thunderbird Stadium, Whitecaps FC 2 (10W-6L-7D) suffered a tough 1-0 home loss as Orange County Blues FC (9W-10L-4D) found the back of the net in the 88th minute.

Koch’s Korner: WFC2 “weren’t good enough from start to finish” after disappointing dose of the Orange County BluesAFTN
Former Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Joe Cannon was excited to head along to Thunderbird Stadium on Wednesday night, tweeting out how much he was looking forward to seeing WFC2 live for the first time after being impressed with what he had seen online. He couldn’t have picked a worst game to attend, as the young ‘Caps put in one of their worst performances of the season to come away on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat to last year’s Western Conference champions, Orange County Blues.

Griffiths, Blues Down WFC2 at DuskUSL
Orange County Blues FC Jamaican defender Brenton Griffiths headed home a late winner as the Blues went on the road to beat Western Conference-leading Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 1-0 on Wednesday at Thunderbird Stadium.

There’s no place like home Ottawa Fury
At the midway point of the season, Fury FC are set to open a crucial stretch of games at TD Place beginning Saturday against Jacksonville Armada FC and as they look to continue their ascent up the NASL standings they look to their 12th man – THE FANS – to bring the noise as they’ve done for three seasons now.

FC Edmonton ready for NASL stretch runEdmonton Journal
FC Edmonton have played their cards and are set for the home stretch of the North American Soccer League Fall Season.

NASL Paving the Way For Superstars?MLS Multiplex
With the recent Fort Lauderdale Strikers signing of former Italian international Amauri, the NASL adds another big name to its league roster as they continue to sign former stars.

New reinforcements weren’t enough help the Riverhounds against FC MontrealMassive Report
Crew SC’s USL affiliate were blown out by FC Montreal on Wednesday despite the presence of four MLS loanees.

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USA vs Sweden Preview: Can the World champions improve in the knockout stages?Vavel
Sweden will look to cause a major upset in Brasilia on Friday to knock out a US side who haven’t been up to their best.

Germany vs China Preview: Can Neid’s side lose their lethargy in time to take on China?Vavel
With both teams struggling for form and consistency coming into the quarter-finals, it is anyone’s guess as to which Germany or China side will turn up.

Women’s soccer team becomes source of pride for BraziliansUSA Today
Eduardo Tacto, a coach as enthusiastic as he is hard nose about women’s soccer, sits down with two of his athletes to watch what for Brazilians has flashed as a source of national pride at the Summer Olympics: their women’s national team.

Brazil vs Australia Preview: Can the home nation continue to meet expectations?Vavel
The Brazilian women have delighted fans at Rio 2016 so far, but can Australia thwart them just as they did 12 months ago?

Sky Blue’s Catherine Zimmerman undergoes season-ending surgery Empire of Soccer
Sky Blue forward Catherine Zimmerman had her rookie season end early — and under unfortunate circumstances.

Lionesses squad named for a week-long training campThe FA
England Women head coach Mark Sampson has selected a 23-player squad for a week-long training camp.

Round-Up: Series 1 Continental Tyres WNL
Galway WFC were the big winners in the opening series of games in the 2016 Continental Tyres Women’s National League, while Shelbourne Ladies also collected three points.

Abby Wambach: “I’m A Recovering Soccer Player” Fast Company
The former leader of the women’s soccer team talks about taking on wage inequality and why retirement is like being fired—and being reborn.

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How to Watch 2016-17 EPL Matches on TV or Online in Canada BC Soccer Web
The 2016-17 English Premier League season is upon us. For many, that means waking up bright and early on Saturday and Sunday mornings to watch your favourite club or marquee matchup.

Brazil rolls, Mexico falls as Olympic quarterfinals setSBI
Wednesday’s action at the men’s Olympic soccer tournament featured several twists, including the hosts coming up with a massive result when they needed it most.

Best, worst-case scenario for every Premier League team in 2016-17ESPN FC
The dreams and nightmares of the last Premier League season created a new climate in which underdogs are encouraged to think big. Whereas mid-table clubs once targeted incremental progress, Leicester have inspired modest clubs armed with sizeable budgets to challenge the elite. TV money has shattered the glass ceiling: anyone can move into top four and, as Chelsea know, anyone can also fall out of it.

Premier League living up to ‘greatest league’ hype Sportsnet
When does the expression “the greatest league in the world” not mean the greatest league in the world? Well, when it comes to the Premier League the bluster and hype doesn’t always match the product on the pitch. The self-styled greatest spectacle in soccer doesn’t always live up to its billing.

Premier League preview: 3 things we expect to happen and a bold predictionProst Amerika
Last season was maybe the best story that there has ever been in Premier League history — even better than Blackburn Rovers — but it was a team effort by the Foxes, and though the team is relatively untouched finishing outside of the top six is the most likely scenario for Claudio Ranieri’s men. With the engine room of their midfield (N’golo Kante) gone, and preparation for the new season disrupted by transfer rumors that haven’t strictly ended yet, it’ll be difficult for Leicester City to replicate their heroics of last season.

Where will it all go right? Fans of Premier League clubs preview the seasonThe Guardian
We asked supporters for their hopes for the season, but confidence is in short supply. Our Leicester City fan would take 17th – and let’s not even start on Hull.

Arsenal in talks with Valencia for defender Shkodran Mustafi – agent ESPN FC
Shkodran Mustafi’s agent says the Arsenal are in talks over signing the Valencia defender but that no agreement has yet been reached between the Gunners and either the Spanish club or the Germany defender.

Tim Cahill set to sign record-breaking deal with Melbourne CityEmpire of Soccer
After being without a club for most of the summer, veteran Australian captain Tim Cahill is finally set to return home.

Paulo Bento named Olympiakos boss after Victor Sanchez dismissalESPN FC
Olympiakos have named former Portugal coach Paulo Bento as their new manager.

CONMEBOL promotes female legal head Jimenez as interim CEOSportsnet
South American soccer body CONMEBOL says it appointed legal director Monserrat Jimenez as interim director general. She joins recently hired FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura as the most senior female administrators in the sport.

Turkey lifts ban on away games for supporters after failed coup attempt Yahoo Sports
Turkey has lifted a near five-year ban on supporters of some prominent soccer clubs attending away games, the head of the soccer club association said on Thursday, a move designed to reflect a spirit of unity after last month’s failed coup.

Sydney FC and Perth Glory advance to last 16 in FFA CupThe Guardian
Sydney FC needed two quickfire second-half goals from striker Matt Simon to see off Wollongong Wolves and avoid becoming the latest high-profile FFA Cup casualty. Simon scored twice within three minutes on Wednesday night midway through the second period, while David Carney netted in injury time for a 3-0 win.

Scottish League Cup: Aberdeen v St Johnstone, Celtic & Rangers at homeBBC Sport
Aberdeen and St Johnstone were paired together in an all-Premiership tie in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

EFL Cup roundup and draw: Aston Villa knocked out by League Two Luton The Guardian
Aston Villa’s manager Roberto Di Matteo has called for his side to go back to basics after crashing out of the EFL Cup with a 3-1 defeat to League Two Luton Town.

Homeless soccer stars get an LGBT-friendly refugeDaily Xtra
For a week in early July, George Square in downtown Glasgow was filled with homeless people playing soccer. And while this year kicked off the 14th annual Homeless World Cup, this was the first at which queer players had a place set aside just for them. Fifteen minutes’ walk from the action, Spoon Café in Old Glasgow’s historic Trongate Street opened the Cup’s first Pride House, to welcome LGBT players from the more than 70 countries in the competition.

Man Utd: Why £89m Paul Pogba deal is a bargainBBC Sport
Manchester United paid a world record £89m to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus – a player they let go for only £1.5m four years ago. The deal has been cited as the final example of a sport gone money-mad, and described as former manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s biggest mistake.

Poverty, unemployment, terror — €105M Pogba transfer is an insult to humanityGoal
On a purely human level, it is impossible to defend this deal — particularly in the current economic and political climate. Arsene Wenger was right when he argued that the Pogba deal “is completely crazy if you compare it to normal life.”

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