BC Soccer News, Thursday, August 4, 2016


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Carl Robinson looking to Giles Barnes to strengthen Whitecaps FC attackWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are currently in one of the toughest spells of their season and it’s testing Carl Robinson’s squad depth to the max. The ‘Caps have one match left of a four-game road stretch that has seen them already endure the Texas heat for MLS matches in Houston and Dallas, and a trip to the Caribbean to face Central FC in CONCACAF Champions League action. It doesn’t get any easier with a trip to the altitude of Colorado coming up on Saturday.

Bolaños voted Whitecaps FC Player of the MonthWhitecaps FC
The Costa Rican took home the honours for July after narrowly beating his countrymate Kendall Waston in a poll conducted on Twitter this week.

Rapids acquire Union’s Le Toux; trade Solignac to FireSBI
The Colorado Rapids were very active in the waning moments of the transfer window. Just hours before the close of the transfer window, the Rapids completed two separate deals. The Western Conference club sent General Allocation Money to the Union in exchange for veteran Sebastien Le Toux before trading Luis Solignac to the Fire for the very same roster mechanism.

Sounders expect Nicolas Lodeiro to help unlock best of Clint DempseyMLS
If there’s a player for the Seattle Sounders who stands to benefit the most from the team’s acquisition of Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro, forward Clint Dempsey is him.

MLS moves: Quakes and Lions swap midfieldersSoccer America
He was signed to run the Quakes’ midfield, but problems with injuries and lackluster form have moved Matias Perez Garciato Orlando City in exchange for Darwin Ceren.

Charlie Davies traded to UnionSBI
Just hours after acquiring Alejandro Bedoya, the Philadelphia Union bolstered their attack with the addition of a veteran forward.

Houston Dynamo acquire Honduran midfielder José Escalante on loanHouston Dynamo
Escalante, a left-footed winger, is the first player to move from Rio Grande Valley FC, the Dynamo’s hybrid USL affiliate, to the Dynamo on a full MLS contract. The 21-year-old joined RGV FC on loan from Olimpia in March and scored three goals and added two assists in 14 appearances for the Toros, who are in sixth place in the Western Conference with 29 points, second-most among six USL expansion clubs.

Winners and losers of the MLS summer transfer windowGoal
The Philadelphia Union, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps were among the teams to have strong MLS summer transfer windows.

Toronto FC stops RSL for third straight winToronto Sun
Along with Tosaint Ricketts’ first MLS goal, the 22-year-old Alex Bono came up big on both sides of halftime to push Toronto FC up into second place in the Eastern Conference.

They All Look the Same in the Standings: Toronto FC Narrowly Overcome Real Salt LakeWaking the Red
This one likely won’t live long in the memory, but Toronto FC won’t care as they extended their winning streak to three games.

Timbers edge CD Dragon to start CCL campaignProst Amerika
Even though it was a CONCACAF Champions League match, many things about Wednesday’s fixture with CD Dragon were in line with expectations of a regular MLS gala affair.  Caleb Porter produced a strong line-up that included Fanendo Adi and Diego Valeri. Timber Joey was on hand to slice off log slabs.

Red Bulls open CCL play with convincing win against AntiguaSBI
After being absent from last season’s competition, the New York Red Bulls came out with a strong performance in their return to the CONCACAF Champions League.

Roma outclass, outscore Impact in preseason friendlySportsnet
The Montreal Impact‘s youngest players got a chance to shine against one of the most storied soccer clubs in Europe.

AS Roma impressed with Montreal Impact’s atmosphere following friendly winMLS
The Montreal Impact won over Italian club Roma AS everywhere but on the Stade Saputo scoreboard Wednesday night.

US Bank Stadium Offers a Glimpse at the Future of Soccer in MinnesotaFifty-Five One
For some, US Bank Stadium opening this week offered their first glimpse at the brand new, billion dollar Vikings stadium. But opening as it did, with an international friendly between Chelsea and AC Milan, for many others, the match offered a glimpse at the future of soccer in Minnesota.

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WolfPack Men’s Soccer Adds ExperienceTRU Wolfpack
You can never have enough experience on your roster, especially when you are a young team. The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team got that and as an added bonus: a top home grown player when Justin Donaldson committed to the team.

Comox Valley United Div. 1 men’s soccer team holding try-outsComox Valley Record
Comox Valley United Div. 1 men’s soccer team is preparing for the 2016-17 Vancouver Island Soccer League season.

Whitecaps FC and BCIT Community Captains: Manveer TaggarWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC and BCIT are proud to present the Community Captains scholarship program. Manveer Taggar is one of five deserving high school students who have been awarded a $1,000 RESP to put towards their post-secondary education, as well as a Whitecaps FC match-day experience where they will be recognized for their achievement.

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.

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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Canada upsets Australia in Rio 2016 women’s soccer openerOlympic.ca
A 10-woman Canada squad beat Australia 2-0 in the opening match of the Olympic football tournament at Rio 2016 on Wednesday.

Canadian women’s soccer team earns dramatic 2-0 win over Australia CFJC
It was a dramatic start for Canada at the Rio Summer Games on Wednesday. Janine Beckie scored the quickest goal in Olympic soccer history as the Canadian women’s soccer team earned a dramatic 2-0 win over Australia in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Beckie opened the scoring just 20 seconds into the match as Canada secured the victory despite playing short-handed for 71 minutes after Shelina Zadorsky received a red card.

Canada opens Rio 2016 with impressive 2:0 win over AustraliaCSA
A Canada 2:0 win has kicked off the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after a memorable match in São Paulo, Brazil. Janine Beckie and Christine Sinclair were the goalscorers as #CanadaRED earned the maximum three points despite playing more than 70 minutes with just 10 players.

A perfect 10: Canada opens Olympic tourney with win over Australiathe11.ca
Canadians hunched at their desks watching the stream, Canadians who knocked off for extended breaks at the pub, Canadians nervously watching in their living rooms… they could all sing on Wednesday afternoon. “We’ve only got 10! We’ve only got 10!”

Canadian national team’s opening Olympics win shows anything’s possibleMLS
It was a classic Canadian performance — gritty, gut-churning and, ultimately, providing observers with almost as many questions as answers.

Beckie proves Canada call was the right oneFIFA
Janine Beckie was training with USA’s U-20 side when she received a call one day from Andrew Olivieri, the head of the Canadian Soccer Association’s youth set-up, who was on the lookout for new talent. He had an offer to make to the talented forward, who was born in Highlands Ranch, Colorado: to play instead for the country where her parents and three brothers were born.

Christine Sinclair adds another leadership moment to her legacy of brilliance National Post
“Cometh the hour, cometh the woman: That’s Christine Sinclair,” is how Canadian head coach John Herdman put it Wednesday.

Stephanie Labbe’s Olympic debut at Rio 2016 comes with a shutout winCBC
The pressure was on Stephanie Labbe in her first Olympic soccer game, and though Canada was down a player for three-quarters of the match she stopped every shot. A continent away in Edmonton, her family watched from a local restaurant.

Rio 2016 Olympics: Matildas downed by Canada in women’s football openerSydney Morning Herald
Australia conceded the fastest goal in Olympic women’s football in a spirit-sapping 2-0 loss to Canada.

Calgary Foothills’ Russo: “I know that being a finalist for MVP could open a lot of doors for me”the11.ca
So, how did the players of Calgary Foothills prepare for last weekend’s 3-0 Premier Development League semifinal triumph over Ocean City Nor’easters?

Canada falls in Para Soccer QuarterfinalsCSA
Canada were eliminated in the Quarterfinals of the 2016 IFCPF Qualification Tournament in Vejen, Denmark after losing 2-3 on kicks from the penalty mark. Canada drew 1:1 with Venezuela in the 3 August match, but were then eliminated by their South American foes beyond extra time.

Local competitive soccer team gets second place in Toronto area tournamentClinton News Record
A local soccer team has achieved second place at a tournament for the highest league soccer for their age group. The team, consisting of youth born in 2003, is a part of Huron FC, the competitive soccer league for Huron County. They are under the umbrella of the London Athletic Club (LAC),

Papa leads Juventus; youth land in big campChronicle-Journal
An Angelo Papa hat trick led Juventus to a 4-2 victory over Fury in Thunder Bay men’s senior soccer action.

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.






United Erases Deficit, Stuns WFC2 in StoppageUSL
Arizona Untied SC’s Luke Rooney tallied two second-half goals and Chris Cortez garnered a stoppage-time game-winner to lead the host side to a thrilling 3-2 victory against Western Conference-leading Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on Wednesday at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Shorthanded Whitecaps FC 2 fall late to Arizona United SCWhitecaps FC
Arizona United SC came back from a two-goal deficit to stun a shorthanded Whitecaps FC 2 side in the dying minutes, 3-2 on a hot Wednesday evening at Peoria Sports Complex.

Arizona Finds ‘Justice’ in Comeback ThrillerUSL
Less than one week ago, Arizona United SC suffered a blow with a 2-1 home loss to the Western Conference’s last-place Tulsa Roughnecks FC, on its home ground. Midfielder Luke Rooney said that prompted a much-needed meeting from Head Coach Frank Yallop and his staff, including assistant coach Marc Bircham.

Fury FC claims ‘huge’ new forward Danny Mwanga Ottawa Citizen
On a day where two of its players were honoured by the NASL, Ottawa Fury FC got stronger Wednesday with the acquisition of Congolese-American forward Danny Mwanga, who will join the team on loan from the Tampa Bay Rowdies for the duration of the 2016 season, pending ITC approval.

McIntosh, T2 Deny Switchbacks VictoryUSL
Clarke’s equalizer earns Portland 1-1 draw with Colorado Springs.

Minnesota United, Puerto Rico Battle To DrawNASL
Minnesota United upped its record to 13W-5D-1L in its last 19 games at NSC Stadium after a 1-1 draw with Puerto Rico FC on Wednesday night. A victory could have put the Loons into first place in the NASL Fall Season Standings.

Indy Eleven Determined To Get Back On TrackNASL
Defender Greg Janicki says two recent losses are only blips as the club prepares Wednesday night for its second of three games this week.

Miami FC Signs Former La Liga Forward Vincenzo RennellaNASL
Miami FC announced today that it has signed Vincenzo Rennella from Valladolid of Spain’s Segunda División.

Wilmington Hammerheads issue statement, players focused on late season pushPort City Daily
After days of uncertainty surrounding the future of the Port City’s only professional sports organization, Wilmington Hammerheads FC released a statement early Wednesday reiterating the club’s dedication to the current season and the team’s push for a spot in the USL playoffs.

Andy Smith appointed as general manager for Reno 1868 FC Reno 1868
Reno 1868 FC on Wednesday announced the appointment of Andy Smith as the club’s first general manager. Smith will lead day-to-day soccer operations and manage Reno 1868’s relationship with the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer (MLS), while handling soccer-related business with the United Soccer League (USL).

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USA get easy win in Rio opener as crowd taunts Hope Solo with Zika chants The Guardian
Carli Lloyd began this Olympic tournament as she ended the last one: scoring in an American victory.

Rio Olympics: Germany Get The Better of Zimbabwe Prost Amerika
Twice World Champions, eight-times European champions but never Olympic champions, Germany produced a typically solid performance to open their campaign in São Paulo but the early loss of influential midfielder Simone Laudehr to injury may prove costly later in the tournament.

Brazil women’s football team beat China 3-0 at Rio’s Olympic StadiumIBT
The Rio Olympic games got officially underway on 3 Wednesday with Sweden’s women’s football team beating South Africa 1-0 in a Group E encounter at the Olympic Stadium.

A look back at the Olympic openersEqualizer
Before kickoff yesterday, perhaps the biggest question in Group E was how hosts Brazil would fare. After the first day of action, the green and gold look the part of medal contenders. The hosts stand on top of the group on goal differential following a 3-0 victory over China. Monica, Andressa Alves, and Cristiane all recorded a goal in the affair. For Cristiane, the goal was her record 13th in four Olympic competitions.

Women’s Euro 2017: Switzerland, Spain, England, Norway qualifyUEFA
Switzerland have qualified for the first time alongside England, Norway and Spain while Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Belgium and Austria secured top-two finishes.

Reading 1-2 Manchester City: Jill Scott happy with win despite sub-par performanceVavel
After their 2-1 win over WSL 1 newcomers Reading, VAVEL spoke to Manchester City midfielder Jill Scott about the match as well as City’s double-header against the Belles.

Finalists dominate WU19 all-star squad UEFA
UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship winners France and runners-up Spain both supply six players to the official squad of the tournament.

Fan rampage mars women’s football match in MandalayFrontier Myanmar
Football authorities in Myanmar on Thursday blamed a “mindset” problem among some fans after hooliganism marred a women’s national team match against Vietnam – the latest in a series of violent flare ups at the country’s stadiums. A small group of supporters went on the rampage Tuesday night in Mandalay, tearing up stadium seats and destroying a public toilet block, after a penalty was awarded against Myanmar in the dying minutes of the second half.

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Storylines to watch at the Men’s Olympic tournamentSBI
A summer full of soccer has seen plenty of international tournaments, but the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio provide plenty of interesting storylines and trends to watch ahead of the club season.

What are the rules for Olympics men’s soccer?Fox Soccer
Olympic men’s soccer is kind of weird. The World Cup is obviously the biggest international competition in the sport and while the Olympics is still a big deal because it’s the damn Olympics, it’s not for the best of the best in men’s soccer.

Olarticoechea out to make most of unexpected opportunityFIFA
“I want to introduce myself so that people can get to know me a bit better and see how I think, what sort of coach I am.” The first thing that Julio Olarticoechea did behind the microphone 28 days ago, after being drafted in as Argentina’s Olympic coach, was to introduce himself.

Roberto Martínez: Belgium have ‘the world at their feet’The Guardian
The former Everton, Swansea and Wigan manager was appointed on Wednesday to lead the Euro 2016 quarter-finalists in their qualifying campaign for the World Cup in Russia in two years’ time.

Real Madrid to bid €65 million for Bayern Munich’s David AlabaESPN FC
Spanish newspaper AS reports that Real Madrid are planning a third bid for Bayern Munich star David Alaba.

UCL: Monaco, Ajax, Celtic joy, Shakhtar, Olympiacos fallUEFA
The third qualifying round ended with drama as the likes of Monaco, Ajax, Celtic and København booked play-off spots but Olympiacos, Anderlecht and Shakhtar Donetsk fell.

Bayern president slams Schweinsteiger snub at Manchester United  – The Guardian
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s situation at Manchester United could put players off from joining the club, according to Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Metlife Stadium sold out for Real Madrid, Bayern Munich clashEmpire of Soccer
As the New York Red Bulls prepare to host Antigua at Red Bull Arena for their first CONCACAF Champions League match of the year, Madrid and Munich still managed to garner plenty of interest in their match. Mere hours prior to kickoff, event organizers announced a sellout crowd for this latest International Champions Cup battle.

Nigeria finally depart Atlanta for Brazil African Football
Nigeria’s team to the football event of the Rio Olympics have finally departed their training base in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States of America for Brazil after they failed on four other occasions to do so.

Redlands FFA Cup upset of Adelaide puts spotlight on NPL playersThe Guardian
Redlands United shocked A-League champions Adelaide United, coming from a goal down to win 2-1 in the FFA Cup on Wednesday night in front of a small but heaving crowd at Brisbane’s Perry Park.

Judge pushes ‘FIFA’ trial to end 2017 with more arrests on cards as probe ‘broadened’ Inside World Football
The federal judge overseeing the US-led corruption probe into FIFA and a raft of its former senior officials says the trial of the first eight defendants will probably now not start before September or October next year.

Jeremy Menez loses part of his ear in Bordeaux debut Fox Sports
New Bordeaux signing Jeremy Menez redefined what it means to have a nightmare debut.  Playing in his first match since arriving from AC Milan on Monday, the 29-year-old lost part of his right ear in Wednesday’s friendly win against Lorient after a tangle with Didier Ndong.

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