BC Soccer News, Thursday, August 18, 2016


SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2016, 7:00 PM



‘Caps prepare for physical battle with Dom Dwyer: ‘They love butting heads’Whitecaps FC
The last time Vancouver Whitecaps FC played against Sporting Kansas City, Tim Parker left the pitch with a bloody shin courtesy of Dom Dwyer.

Play of the Week 23: Goalkeeper challengesPRO Referees
In Play of the Week 23 we are looking at challenges on goalkeepers, examining the Laws of the Game perspective and seeing whether two plays from the weekend, which involve goalkeeper challenges, are legal or not. Firstly, from Friday night’s game between Vancouver Whitecaps and San Jose Earthquakes, at an Earthquakes corner, we see Anibal Godoy cross the ball into the penalty area onto the head of team-mate Quincy Amarikwa.

Jozy Altidore playing major role in Toronto FC hot streakSportsnet
It’s been a tale of two seasons for Jozy Altidore. After sitting out the first two games of the Major League Soccer campaign due to an ongoing hamstring issue, the Toronto FC forward went goal-less in each of his first eight matches before suffering another hamstring injury on May 14.

Canadian defender Didic makes Sporting Kansas City debut in CCLthe11.ca
On the same day the Eddies announced that a deal had been reached to send academy prospect Amer Halilic to German side TSV Wacker 90 Nordhausen, Amer Didic, another FC Edmonton product, made his Sporting Kansas City debut.

CCL: Tigres beat Herediano on the road, Arabe Unido stuns MonterreyESPN FC
Liga MX side Tigres cruised to a 3-1 win over Costa Rica’s Herediano in Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League action.

Portland Timbers face Seattle Sounders in back-to-back games with playoff position on the line Oregonian
The Portland Timbers will head on the road to face the Seattle Sounders in an important rivalry game with serious playoff implications Sunday night.

NYCFC’s Lampard eager for Galaxy showdownMLS
Lampard said he is excited to get that rivalry renewed with his former England teammate, as well as play against former Chelsea teammate Ashley Cole and Premier League veteran Robbie Keane. But he’s not sure if he needs to reserve a table of three at a Manhattan restaurant with Gerrard and Cole.

Upgrades to Frisco’s Toyota Stadium scaled back after bids come in millions over budgetDallas Morning News
Work has been on hold for about a month after bids for the stadium’s structural changes came in “at a head-scratching $511 per square foot,” well above the $350 per square foot budget, FC Dallas president Dan Hunt told city officials on Tuesday. “Market conditions played a major part in this gigantic price increase,” Hunt said.

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PREVIEW: Clan Picked as Favourite to Win GNAC TitleSFU
With 15 returning players and one of the strongest recruiting classes in recent years, the Simon Fraser University men’s soccer team was picked by conference coaches as the favourite to become the 2016 Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular season champion.

Cascades go undefeated on stateside exhibition trip UFV Cascades
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team flexed its muscles on offence during a preseason trip through the northwest United States.

Cascades open preseason trip with win over No. 3-ranked Vikings UFV Cascades
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team earned an impressive result to open a four-game stateside exhibition swing, knocking off the Western Washington University Vikings 4-2 in Bellingham.

T-wolves tuning up for soccer seasonPrince George Citizen
Steve Simonson is getting a chance to see his players in action. So far, he likes what they’ve shown him. Simonson, head coach of the UNBC Timberwolves men’s soccer team, was on the sidelines Friday through Monday in Kamloops.

The Trinity Western Spartans tied visiting Haverford University 0-0 in Tuesday night’s preseason friendly at Chase Office Field at TWU’s Langley, B.C. campus.

Donaldson making mark with WolfPackKamloops This Week
Justin Donaldson called his career with the Victoria Vikes a wake-up call. Speaking to KTW before the Thompson Rivers WolfPack opened its pre-season soccer tournament against the Quest Kermodes, one of the club’s newest additions said his two seasons on Vancouver Island served to knock him down a peg or two.

‘Caps prospect Jordyn Huitema leads Canada to 10-0 win over Curaçao in CONCACAF U-15 quarter-finalsWhitecaps FC
As Canada’s senior women’s national team look to repeat as Olympic bronze medalists, the stars of tomorrow are already emerging.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: Vancouver Thunderbirds 4, Mid Isle Mariners 1, July 24, 2016 BC Soccer Web
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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.

Free Physiotherapy Clinical Trial for Achilles Pain at UBC – UBC Centre for Hip Health & Mobility
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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 19, 2016, 9:00 AM PT


Canada vs. Brazil | 2016 Women’s Olympic Match PreviewMLS
It’s Christine Sinclair vs. Marta, one more – possibly final – time. The two superstars have been the faces of their respective national teams for a decade, and both were aiming to help their squads claim a first-ever Olympic gold in Rio. As it stands, one will earn bronze and the other will go home empty-handed in what could be their final Olympic Games.

Canada’s women’s soccer focuses on bronze after crushing lossToronto Star
Canada will spend the time before Friday afternoon’s showdown for bronze against Brazil shaking off the disappointment of an opportunity lost while replenishing its energy for a moment that’s still vital.

Collaboration and consistency key to Canada’s continued soccer developmentCSA
With Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team aiming to return to the podium at Rio 2016 and the Men’s National Team poised to play two important matches on the Road to Russia in September, the association responsible for the sport’s technical leadership is beginning to see its investments pay off.

Canadian Soccer Organizations Team Up With Holland Bloorview on Concussion Awareness and Soccer SafetyMarketwired
The Ontario Soccer Association, Toronto Soccer Association and Toronto Football Club Have Each Teamed Up With Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s Concussion Centre in Collaborations Focused on Increasing the Safety of Youth Soccer Players.

UPEI’s new artificial turf set to be ready for fall seasonCBC
The new artificial turf will be in place at the University of Prince Edward Island for the fall season after funding was announced Wednesday.

British, N.S. players to headline St. F.X. soccer Chronicle-Herald
Two Nova Scotians and two Britons highlight the 2016 men’s soccer recruiting class at St. Francis Xavier University. Tane Caubo, Jack Eliot, Mitch Lehman, Josh Read and William Warren will all join the X-Men in the fall.

Yukon soccer ladies gain international experience in Norway – Whitehorse Star
There was a little Yukon flavour at the Norway Cup International Soccer Tournament. The U18 girls team, under coach Sarah Hanson’s tutelage made the trip overseas at the end of July to play in the 25-team tournament.

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.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2016, 3:00 PM



Road trip! WFC2 host Arizona Sunday afternoon in Langley Whitecaps FC
Langley, here we come. This Sunday, August 21, Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) will play their first of three matches at McLeod Athletic Park to close out the 2016 United Soccer League regular season. The match will kick off at 3 p.m. PT against Frank Yallop’s Arizona United SC

Monarchs Move Up West Table, Edge T2 LateUSL
Real Monarchs SLC benefited from an 87th-minute own goal and edged the Portland Timbers 2 by a 2-1 margin on Wednesday at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Mentally Strong Independence ‘Hitting Stride’USL
Charlotte makes quick work of Orlando to move into 4th place in East.

Q&A with San Francisco Deltas head coach Marc Dos Santos and CEO Brian Andrés Helmick SF Gate
I sat down with Deltas CEO Brian Andrés Helmick and new head coach Marc Dos Santos by phone. Here are some of the questions and answers from the interview:

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Sweden and Germany going for goldFIFA
After two weeks of intense competition, the Rio 2016 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament reaches its climax on Friday with Sweden and Germany pinning their hopes on gold. The two teams are perennial heavyweights of the women’s game, but both will be heading into unknown territory, with neither having graced the final in the five previous women’s Olympic competitions.

Marta accepting of loss, rooting for Sweden for goldEqualizer
Brazil will be playing on Friday, but not for the medal the team hoped for. Instead, Marta & Co. will take on Canada in the bronze-medal match after the Rio 2016 Olympic host fell to Sweden on penalty kicks in the semifinals.

Rio Olympics 2016: GB women could have won Olympic gold, says Mark SampsonBBC Sport
Great Britain could have won another Olympic gold had the women’s football team been allowed to compete, believes England head coach Mark Sampson.

Soccer America NCAA Women’s Preseason Top 25Soccer America
Stanford is the No. 1 team in the Soccer America Women’s Preseason Top 25 rankings, ahead of ACC powers Duke and Florida State, West Virginia and Penn State.

Hijab-wearing sportswomen won’t be held back The National
Discrimination against Muslim women and preventing them from participating in athletic pursuits can have a dangerous ripple effect in terms of future sport and fitness programmes for women and girls.

Women hit the headlines in sport – why aren’t there more writing about it? The Guardian
Two weeks of Olympic coverage are a rare time when sustained coverage of female sports stars hits the headlines. The airwaves are full of women running, jumping, cycling and riding. Yet outside the period of major sporting festivals, evidence from the Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation suggests that only 5% of total sports coverage relates to activities by women.

David Squires on … Hope Solo’s inglorious exit from the Olympic GamesThe Guardian
This week, the cartoonist David Squires turns his attention to the US goalkeeper, who was lacking in Olympic spirit after the quarter-finals of the football competition in Rio.

The Best Play I Ever Made: Barndi ChastainPlayer’s Tribune
Back then in San Jose — whether it was skateboarding or hiking or playing sports — girls were encouraged to be just as scrappy as boys. The problem was that, outside of figure skaters and tennis players, there were only a handful of female athletes who we could aspire to be. There also wasn’t a WNBA. There wasn’t a women’s Olympic hockey team. There wasn’t a women’s national soccer team — let alone a women’s professional soccer league.

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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.

Germans, hosts set up mouth-watering Maracana clashFIFA
The mythical Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro was packed to the rafters on Wednesday for the semi-final of the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament between Honduras, whose presence in the last four was already something of a surprise, and hosts Brazil, who were keen to make up for their female counterparts’ disappointing defeat by Sweden the night before.

Brazil blasts Honduras to book spot in Olympic gold medal gameSBI
Scoring problem? What scoring problem? After dismantling Denmark, 4-0, in their final group stage match and subsequently defeating Colombia, 2-0, in the quarterfinals, a lightning start devolved into an utter beatdown in the Olympic semifinals as Brazil laid waste to Honduras by a final scoreline of 6-0.

Roma hangs on for draw with Porto in Champions League action Sportsnet
Roma hung on to draw 1-1 at Porto in a Champions League playoff first-leg on Wednesday after having defender Thomas Vermaelen sent off before halftime on his debut.

Juventus to dominate Serie A title race but there will be plenty of dramaThe Guardian
Despite questions about how Gonzalo Higuaín will fit in, Juventus have added more depth and variation and are favourites to seal a sixth-straight championship.

Barcelona stroll to Super Cup titleMarca
Barcelona claimed their 13th Spanish Super Cup in style with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Sevilla on Wednesday night in the second leg at the Camp Nou, giving the Catalonians a whopping 5-0 win on aggregate.

Brendan Rodgers hails ‘exciting’ Celtic’s character after thrilling winESPN FC
Boss Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side answered a big question about their mentality during a pulsating 5-2 win over Hapoel Be’er Sheva, which took the Parkhead club closer to the Champions League group stage.

Celtic fans wave Palestinian flags at UCL play off against HapoelInside World Football
Celtic fans, a hard-core group of whom have never been shy to express political opinion at football matches, defied Scottish police and club requests with hundreds of them waving Palestinian flags at their first-leg Champions League play-off against Israeli champions Hapoel Be’er Sheva. The protest against the Israeli occupation of Palestine will undoubtedly win the club’s tenth UEFA sanction for the behaviour of their fans.

Dundalk’s Champions League hopes dented BBC Sport
Dundalk’s hopes of becoming the first Irish club to make the Champions League group stage look remote after defeat by Legia Warsaw in Dublin.

Santos Laguna hires Chepo de la Torre, welcomes former coach Galindo as Auxiliar TecnicoProst Amerika
It looks as though Santos Laguna’s streak of bad luck is up. The club announced on Monday night – after having recently lost to Chivas in its 11th straight game without a win – that head coach Luis Zubeldia would step down after only seven months in charge.

Greek soccer league matches delayed for fear of violence Yahoo Sports
Greece’s sports minister has postponed the start of top-tier soccer matches for more than two weeks due to fears of violence.

Daniel Cobb quits Brisbane Roar as Bakrie Group crisis gets out of controlESPN FC
Daniel Cobb has quit as Brisbane’s managing director and says he will submit a final “take it or leave it” offer to buy the A-League club from their Indonesian owners.

Own goals galore! Duffy endures nightmare start to Championship seasonGoal
The central defender has gone from impressing for Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 to scoring three own goals in the space of just two days for Blackburn Rovers.

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