BC Soccer News, Thursday, August 2, 2018







Juventus edge MLS All-Stars in shootout, Davies features as subWhitecaps FC
The MLS All-Stars and Italian giants Juventus FC put on a show in front of 72,312 fans at the 2018 MLS All-Star Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with the storied Serie A club winning via shootout after the showcase ended in a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes.

MLS all-stars fall in penalties for a second straight yearThe Star
Josef Martinez thrilled another record crowd in Atlanta by scoring in the Major League Soccer all-star game, but Italian powerhouse Juventus prevailed on penalty kicks after the match ended in a 1-1 draw Wednesday night.

Alphonso Davies shows maturity at the MLS All-Star gamePro Soccer USA
Alphonso Davies played 30 minutes in his first ever MLS All-Star game. Coming on 30 minutes into the game, Davies was used as a left back by MLS All-Star coach Tata Martino until being taken off in the 60th minute.

Whitecaps set to launch new development team to fill void left by closing down WFC2AFTN
After shutting down WFC2 at the end of last season, the chance to get meaningful developmental minutes has diminished so much for Whitecaps players that it is basically non-existent. The USL affiliation with Fresno has been an absolute bust.

From zero to hero, Whitecaps’ Teibert has been playing just super, manThe Province
The flare has gone up, the Bat Signal is shining on the clouds. The Vancouver Whitecaps have put out the call for help, and Russell Teibert has — as always —”caped up” for his Major League Soccer team.

Whitecaps FC look to extend winning run on Saturday in the Big AppleWhitecaps FC
After an entertaining 4-2 victory over playoff rivals Minnesota United FC last weekend, Vancouver Whitecaps FC visit Yankee Stadium on Saturday to face New York City FC as they try and make it three wins in a row and climb into a playoff place in the Western Conference.

Make Vancouver Great Again: A (Mostly) Costed Plan to Make The Whitecaps Competitive in 2019Eighty-Six Forever
2018 has been a huge disappointment for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Can they turn it around in 2019? Who knows but here’s some ideas on how they could.

Canadian legend De Rosario lauds legend-in-the-making DaviesMLS
One of MLS’s first Canadian success stories is hoping that the latest one signals a new era in the country’s soccer history.

Josef Martinez’s All-Star Game performance far from surprisingSBI
Josef Martinez is owning MLS at the moment. He leads the league in scoring with a whopping 24 goals with 11 matches remaining in Atlanta United’s schedule. So the fact that he scored a goal in the All Star Game while picking up the MVP award against one of Europe’s most storied clubs wasn’t all that shocking.

Will the General lead TFC out of the basement?Waking the Red
Michael Bradley’s leadership has been behind much of TFC’s success in the past.

Impact coach: Talks with Jimmy Briand have ‘definitively’ endedSportsnet
Any hopes of the Montreal Impact landing French striker Jimmy Briand are finished.

Atlanta’s Paul McDonough hired as Miami’s first GMSBI
David Beckham has his Miami based MLS expansion franchise and how he has somebody to run his brand new team.

Audi agree 4-year extension to MLS sponsorshipInside World Football
No official figure was announced for the deal though Forbes estimates it to be worth in excess of $10 million a season, in comparison with other league sponsors including beer sponsor Heineken which extended its own MLS partnership in March.

Nashville planning commission endorses rezoning for MLS stadium project at fairgroundsThe Tennessean
After hearing an earful from Nashvillians, the Metro Planning Commission voted Wednesday to recommend rezoning 10 acres of the city’s fairgrounds for a new mixed-use development as part of the city’s Major League Soccer stadium project.

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Cowichan adult soccer tryouts start soonCowichan Valley Citizen
Men’s Div. 1, Div. 4, U21, Over 35A and B teams, and women’s Div. 2 and Over 30A teams seek players.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Khalsa SC 2, Vancouver Utd. 0, July 29, 2018 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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.

Call for interest for 2018 TD Diploma course BCSA
Based on the level of interest, BC Soccer is planning to host a 2-day Technical Director’s course in late November or early December of 2018 (dates and location TBA). If you are interested in this course, please let BC Soccer know so they can update you.

PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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.

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Saskatoon youth soccer players capture gold in ChinaStar-Phoenix
They conquered the Great Wall of China and then claimed gold in Beijing. Not bad for a collection of impressionable, wide-eyed, soccer-crazed teenagers from Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Ramara soccer team to represent Canada in ItalyOrillia Matters
The Ramara Rockets girls soccer team will head to Agropoli, Italy, next year to represent Canada at an international tournament.

Two second-half goals send United to victoryJournal Pioneer
Two unanswered second-half goals proved to be the difference for the Summerside United in a Subway P.E.I. Under-18 Girls Soccer League (Premier Division) game Tuesday evening.

Four student-athletes earn Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame bursariesPeterborough Examiner
Girl Power was a theme of the 2018 Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame’s annual bursary presentation. Four exceptional student-athletes – Violet Hipkin, Aly Knox, Madison (Maddy) Moloney and Lily Stewart – were recognized at the Hall on Wednesday night. Each received $1,500 towards their post-secondary education.

Winnipeg Goldeyes’ Tucker Nathans a two-sport star in soccer, baseballGlobal
There aren’t many athletes with both division one U.S. college baseball and soccer on their resume, but Winnipeg Goldeyes second baseman Tucker Nathans is one of them.

YK Galaxy Junior Soccer Offers Youth a Real Chance to ImproveCKLB
Soccer players in Yellowknife will have more opportunity to hone their skills now and in the future. Galaxy Junior Soccer wrapped up it’s inaugural summer season this weekend with a tournament at the field house with over 70 participants.


Confidence Key as Brett Gets Hounds on TrackUSL
Having gone six games without a goal, there wasn’t necessarily added pressure on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC forward Neco Brett to find the net and help his side snap its first two-game losing streak of the season, but the Jamaican certainly wanted to make a difference as his side faced the Richmond Kickers.

Recap: SPR earns 1-1 road draw at LA Galaxy IISporting KC
The Swope Park Rangers (9-7-6, 6th place) would draw 1-1 with LA Galaxy II (5-11-5, 14th place) at the StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium on Wednesday evening. A 51st-minute goal from Hadji Barry and a penalty kick save from Adrian Zendejas would gain the Rangers the road point.

FCC Acquires Swedish Defender KonateUSL
FC Cincinnati announced on Wednesday the club had acquired Swedish defender Pa Konate from Serie A’s S.P.A.L. Konate has signed an MLS contract for a one-year loan and will be added to the team’s roster through a USL-loan agreement for the remainder of the 2018 season pending receipt of his ITC and P-1 Visa.

Louisville City FC Appoints John Hackworth as Head CoachLouisville City FC
Louisville City Football Club is thrilled to announce John Hackworth has been appointed the club’s second-ever head coach.

Colorado Rapids loan Michael Azira to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FCDenver Post
The Colorado Rapids on Wednesday loaned midfielder Michael Azira to the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC of the United Soccer League.

USL Announces Regular Season ExpansionNYRB
The United Soccer League announced on Thursday the league’s regular season will be extended to 33 weeks beginning in the 2019 season, with the regular-season schedule to remain at 34 games for a second consecutive year.

USL’s D3 train leaves for Chattanooga for 2019 arrivalInside World Football
The fast-franchising USL has added Professional soccer is coming to Chattanooga as USL Division III announced its sixth team for the league’s inaugural season.


2018 Tournament of Nations Final Day ScenariosOrlando City SC
The closing day of the 2018 Tournament of Nations will feature Australia vs. Japan in the first fixture of the day, followed by USA vs. Brazil, with three of the four teams still vying for the tournament title.

Portland Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan named NWSL Player of the MonthOregonian
Portland Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan has been named the National Women’s Soccer League Player of the Month for July.

The Case For The NWSL All-Star GameHot Time in Old Town
It’s time for an NWSL All-Star Game. Think of it as counter-programming. With these midseason breaks becoming an annual reality in the already-short NWSL season, it keeps making more and more sense to have a big, dumb, fun event right here in the middle.

Brazil banking on Geyse’s pace and finishingFIFA
Aged just 18 at the time, Geyse formed part of the Brazil attack at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea. And although A Seleçao bowed out in the quarter-finals, the forward still had a wonderful experience: “I learned many things at that World Cup and also matured and developed a lot there. Today, I have much more experience and will be taking everything I learned there to France.”

Nigeria: Glory Seeking Falconets to Arrive France ThursdayAll Africa
Nigeria’s Under-20 women national football team, Falconets, will fly into France today for this year’s FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup finals, taking place between August 5th and August 24th in the Brittany region of that country.

Female soccer players more vulnerable to brain trauma from heading, new study findsCBC
‘What we need to do is find out what the thresholds are that confer a risk,’ researcher says.

What drives the success of women’s international teams?Stars & Stripes FC
Since FIFA started ranking women’s teams in 2003, the United States Women’s National Team has been ranked first or second in the world, and never worse. They’ve hoisted three of the seven Women’s World Cup trophies, and over the course of history have to be considered the best team in the world.


Winners and losers of blockbuster swap between AC Milan, JuventusSportsnet
Just when the summer transfer window in Serie A was starting to settle down, Juventus and AC Milan added to the hysteria with a jaw-dropping three-player swap.

Bayern Munich Officially Unveils Leon Goretzka After Schalke Exit SI.com
Leon Goretzka confirmed that he rejected an approach from Barcelona to join Bayern Munich as he was finally unveiled at the Allianz Arena on Thursday.

UEFA increases Nasri’s doping ban to 18 monthsSportsnet
Former France midfielder Samir Nasri’s doping ban has been increased from six to 18 months following an appeal from UEFA’s ethics and disciplinary inspector.

Champions League third qualifying round line-up completeUEFA
The final nine teams booked their places in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round on Wednesday.

Burnley vs Aberdeen preview: Clarets favourites in Europa League second legVavel
Burnley will go into tonight’s Europa League clash with Aberdeen as favourites to progress into the next round.

Premier League: Six youngsters looking to break through this seasonBBC Sport
As established stars return late to pre-season training after featuring in Russia, opportunities could arise for young players to make an impact in the early weeks of the new Premier League season.

Trophée des Champions: PSG eye record win in ChinaLigue 1
Paris Saint-Germain will be out to claim a record-equalling sixth successive Trophée des Champions when they face AS Monaco in the Ligue 1 Conforama season curtain-raiser in the Chinese city of Shenzhen on 4 August.

Newcastle sign Japanese striker MutoNBC Sports
Newcastle have added Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto on an initial four-year deal from Mainz with the transfer fee reported to be in the region of $12.7 million.

Rafael Benitez: Newcastle United defeat by Braga ‘worrying’BBC Sport
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez says the club’s fans “need to be concerned” after a 4-0 hammering at Braga.

USMNT to host Colombia in OctoberNBC Sports
The U.S. men’s national team will host Colombia on Oct. 11 in yet another glitzy friendly.

Nations League: Chris Gunter confident of being fit for opening Wales gamesBBC Sport
Chris Gunter is confident of overcoming an injury for Wales’ Nations League games against the Republic of Ireland and Denmark on 6 and 9 September.

Carlos Tevez accepts he will not be a starter at Boca JuniorsESPN
“I have to give my contribution in the role that I find myself in and I accept it because this is the club that I love. I just have to be ready for when I do play.”

Egypt names Aguirre as national coachSportsnet
Javier Aguirre became the new coach of Egypt on Thursday despite his involvement in a match-fixing investigation in Spain.

Cuper takes the reins of UzbekistanFIFA
Cuper – last year’s CAF Coach of the Year – could not make Egypt’s trip to Russia a triumphant one, losing all three of their games to finish bottom of Group A. This will be his third spell as a national team coach, having also led Georgia for just over a year. He took charge of the likes of Valencia and Inter Milan at the turn of the millennium.

Hot tickets: Conmebol and FIFA official Jesurun caught in touting probeInside World Football
Less than two months after Ghanaian football chief Kwesi Nyantakyi was banned for 90 days following bombshell bribery allegations, reports have emerged that Uruguay’s federation president Ramon Jesurun is being investigated for alleged embezzlement and resale of tickets for World Cup qualifying matches.

FFA confirms opposition to Fifa-recommended congress changesThe Guardian
Football Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy has confirmed his board is opposed to “crucial aspects” of a report handed down by a Fifa-backed working group into how the federation’s congress should be expanded.

Premier League clubs paid £217m in wages to injured players in 2017-18BBC Sport
Premier League clubs paid out £217m in wages to injured players in the 2017-18 season, with Manchester United’s £23.3m the highest by a single club.

Thierry Henry yet to hold discussions regarding manager’s jobESPN
Thierry Henry has denied reports that he was in the running to take over at Aston Villa or Egypt as he prepares for life as a manager.

‘Soccer is a way to cope’: sport offers solace amid immigration anxietyThe Guardian
The opposite of the high-cost, pay-to-play system prevalent across much of America where young players are often charged money for elite coaching, Cabello’s players didn’t wear cleats and shinguards or brand name training shirts. They attended practice in school clothes. But as Rojas explains: “You are writing with your feet. You are expressing yourself.”

Making Meaning Out of a so-called “Meaningless” FriendlyFifty Five One
For Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan, it’s becoming more and more important to keep up with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Bayern München. Club soccer has become an international business, and the ICC is one way clubs that are starting to get left behind can catch up to the big spenders and big names.

Football transfer news: How announcements got extravagantBBC
With clubs becoming more and more desperate to make an impact on social media, gone are the days where a player forced a smile, held up a shirt and shook the manager’s hand. Now, we’re getting elaborate videos – akin to film trailers – before the signing is finally revealed.

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