BC Soccer News, Thursday, February 2, 2017


Davies, Manneh thrill in 4-0 preseason win over Bristol City FC U-23sWhitecaps FC
Alphonso Davies had two goals and Kekuta Manneh had three assists as Vancouver Whitecaps FC concluded their United Kingdom preseason tour with a 4-0 win over Bristol City FC U-23s on Thursday afternoon at Hensol Park.

The Welshman who went to North America before David Beckham in 2007BBC Sport
Ten years ago Carl Robinson left English football after making more than 500 appearances for the likes of Wolves, Portsmouth and Norwich to join Toronto.

Vancouver Southsiders won’t organize trips to the U.S. while travel ban is in placeGlobal BC
The club says recent developments in the United States present “very serious and distressing implications” for some of their members.

Vancouver Southsiders Won’t Travel to US with Travel Ban in PlaceEighty-Six Forever
The situation is shameful and unbelievable, and it’s nice to see the Southsiders taking a stand for what they believe in. It could have been very easy to hand-wave all of this away under the guise of ‘let’s not mix politics and sports’. However, the magnitude of the ban is immense, and the Southsiders statement is an example of just how far-reaching it truly is, and how many people it can affect. Or, simply put, some things are bigger than the game.

Beyond the Lens – Supporting Your TeamEighty-Six Forever
We’d all like to think that we support our team through thick and thin. Whether that’s actually true or not is a completely different story. Life throws many obstacles at us, of varying shapes and sizes. Life threw a whopper at everyone.

Toronto FC sign Tosaint Ricketts to new dealToronto FC
Toronto FC announced Thursday that the club has signed Canadian international forward Tosaint Ricketts to a new contract.

Jason Kreis says Kevin Molino asked to leave Orlando City this offseasonMLS
Jason Kreis knew Kevin Molino was on his way out of Orlando City when he asked the talented attacker one simple question: Are you still committed to this team?

1-on-1 with Ian Harkes: Writing the next chapter of a family legacyThe Score
Ian Harkes sat in a hotel room in England over the winter break, UK passport tucked into his pocket, contemplating football, family, and his future. There were a few options to consider. He had completed a trial with his birth town club, Derby County, had another booked with Fulham, and had an offer from D.C. United, in the city where he grew up. Whether by fate or by design, Ian’s father, John Harkes, faced a similar decision, once upon a time.

Connor Lade Nearing Match Fitness After Knee InjuryEmpire of Soccer
New York Red Bulls fullback Connor Lade is approaching game readiness according to the New York Red Bulls website. Lade suffered a major knee injury in August of 2016, keeping him out of action for the remainder of the year.

LA Galaxy extend Jelle Van Damme contract, making him a DPESPN FC
The LA Galaxy extended the contract of defender Jelle Van Damme on Wednesday, making the Belgian veteran a designated player for the start of the 2017 season.

Sebastián Blanco signs for the Portland TimbersProst Amerika
Following the departure of the under-producing Lucas Melano on loan back to Belgrano in Argentina, the Timbers have doubled down, bringing in another expensive Argentinian attacker in Sebastián Blanco.

TFC has no price tag on GiovincoToronto Sun
If — and that’s still a big if — a Chinese Super League club comes in for Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco, there’s no telling how much the Atomic Ant will cost.

Danny Hoesen to join San Jose Earthquakes on loanEmpire of Soccer
San Jose has reached an agreement to add depth to their offense. FC Groningen representatives tell EoS that the Dutch club and the San Jose Earthquakes have reached an agreement to loan forward Daniel Hoesen to California on a one-year deal.

Meet Raheem Edwards: A local product that could fill TFC’s midfield voidThe Athletic
It took him some time, but Raheem Edwards can now admit mothers know best. When the 21-year-old Toronto FC prospect was seven, he insisted his mom put him in football. He felt destined to be a running back but his mother refused, citing injury concerns, even as Edwards turned on the waterworks. “Thank God she refused,” he said with a smile.

MLS to give Sacramento groups time to come together for bid Midland Daily News
A group that included San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York, Sacramento Kings minority owner Kevin Nagle and Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman was among 12 areas that submitted bids Tuesday. The Sacramento Republic of the second-tier United Soccer League and its team president, Warren Smith, weren’t included.

On Gehenna; Or the Hell Outside MLS’ Expansion GatesFifty Five One
The recent fury of MLS Expansion activity has drawn quite a bit of excited comment. However, a troubling question lingers in the background: what happens when MLS has finished expanding?

Refugees WelcomeTimbers Army
We stand by our Muslim brothers and sisters, and by our friends in the immigrant and refugee community. We’re taking donations for immigrant and refugee families, and we’re gathering donated tickets so that we can take immigrant and refugee youth to preseason games. Our community outreach this year will focus on supporting the most vulnerable among us, including support for immigrants and refugees, participation in the Portland Pride March, support for homeless youth, and more.

Four Western Conference Stadiums Among Top 100 Stadium Experiences MLS Multiplex
Four MLS stadiums have been ranked among the top 100 stadium experiences in the world. Which teams make the cut and where do they rank?

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Langley picked to host 2017 National ChampionshipsCSA
Langley, British Columbia has been selected as host city for Canada Soccer’s 2017 National Championships Challenge Trophy and Jubilee Trophy finals. The two national amateur adult competitions for men’s and women’s soccer will be played from 4 to 9 October 2017.

Clan adds offensive talent, two-way ability with 2017 recruitsSFU
The most important part of sustained success in college sports is a strong ability to recruit top talent.  SFU men’s soccer head coach Clint Schneider has secured that and more, announcing the signing of Bjorn Borren, Connor Glennon, Christopher Guerreiro, and Dylan Defer to National Letters of Intent. The quartet of incoming freshmen will first set foot on Terry Fox Field this fall.

Soccer Quest become part of BC SoccerBC Soccer Web
Soccer Quest are pleased to announce their associate membership with BC Soccer. The membership process was started back in July 2016 and approved by the B.C. Soccer Association board in January 2017. This membership now allows Soccer Quest to enter B.C. Soccer sanctioned events and tournaments.

Powell River Villa soccer club loses first match of yearPowell River Peak
In its first game of 2017, Powell River Villa soccer club lost 2-0 on the road to Lakehill United in Victoria on Saturday, January 28.

Whitecaps Academy Centre Players of the Month – JanuaryWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC currently have a network from coast to coast, including locations in Kamloops, the Kootenays, Manitoba, Northern BC, the Okanagan, Squamish, Vancouver, and Vancouver Island, as well as in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, London (Ontario), Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.

Proud Family Tradition Aldergrove Star
Soccer fans are cheering on their Aldergrove United over 50s team and other teams now that local pitches have returned to scheduled play with the melting of the snowfalls in recent weeks.

FVSL All-Stars to face WFC2 in MarchBC Soccer Web
January snow and ice in the Lower Mainland put the brakes on the annual clash between the Fraser Valley Soccer League All-Stars and the best from the VISL this year. That hasn’t stopped the FVSL from planning an ambitious All-Star series in March.

BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting 2016-2017 Awards NominationsBCSA
We are pleased to inform everyone that BC soccer Assoc. is currently accepting Awards nominations until the submission deadline date of March 31, 2017. Selection of the award recipients is based on many factors including the individual’s commitment, community involvement and willingness to give back to the game. This year any BC Soccer Assoc. member and their affiliate clubs may submit a nomination.

2017 BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June, 2017 (following the BC Soccer Annual General Meeting).

Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on saleHighlanders FC
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VMSL PHOTOS: Richmond FC Hibs 1, ICSF Columbus FC 0, November 5, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Tickets now on sale for Canada Soccer Women’s National Team celebration match 4 February in VancouverCSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v Mexico Women’s National Team Bronze Medal celebration match on 4 February 2017 in Vancouver are now on sale to the public. Complete ticket information can be found at CanadaSoccer.com/Tickets.

MWSL PHOTOS: Van United Primas 0, Fraser Valley Action 2, October 30, 2016BC Soccer Web
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PHOTOS: GNAC Women’s Soccer: SFU 1 Concordia U. (Ore.) 0, October 20, 2016 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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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Labbe, Chapman ready to get back on Canadian soilThe Equalizer
There will be some familiar faces in some NWSL places when the 2017 season kicks-off in April. Canada’s Allysha Chapman will be shipping up to Boston, and goalkeeper, Steph Labbe will be making a surprising return to what will be a very different Washington Spirit side. Canada Soccer’s ten NWSL player allocations were announced on January 25, and many are wondering why Labbe is returning to a team with such an offseason exodus.

Days before suiting up for Canadian national team, Meadowdale soccer star signs with OregonSeattle Times
Hannah Taylor is in the midst of a big week. The Meadowdale senior signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to play soccer at the University of Oregon and this weekend she’ll suit up for the Canadian national team.

Kaylyn Kyle heartbroken over leaving Orlando PrideOrlando Sentinel
Kyle was subsidized last year, meaning the national team paid her salary and she did not require an international spot.  It is the responsibility of the Canadian Soccer Association to both assign subsidized players based on who the country wants to invest in each year and to inform all players of their federation status, according to the club. The Pride held exit interviews with all players at the end of last season, and Kyle was informed that her future with the club hinged on the Canadian national team’s decision.

Hopes are high for 13-year-old Canadian prodigy at Ipswich TownEast Anglian Daily Times
The name Marcelo Flores may not mean much to Ipswich Town fans at the moment. However, give it a few years and the Canadian youngster could well be gracing the turf at Portman Road.

Trio Of FC Edmonton REX Players Commit To NCAA programs for 2017FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton REX’s Erin van Dolder, Kayla Mostowich, Lauren Dluzewski headed south of the border in 2017.

Canada Soccer: Kingston to Host 2017 Futsal Canadian ChampionshipKingston Herald
Canada Soccer has announced that Kingston has been chosen to host the third annual Futsal Canadian Championship.

Thunder Bay Soccer community pitches $25-million complexThunder Bay Newswatch
Soccer Northwest Ontario is asking city council to find $100,000 in the 2017 budget for plans to build a $25-million soccer centre in Chapples Park.

Riverdale retains league leadWhitehorse Star
Riverdale continues to top the Yukon Soccer Metro League as they defeated Midnight Sun United 5-4 Friday night at the Canada Games Centre.

Soccer empowers Peel’s homeless into airing clean laundry  – Brampton Guardian
A soccer ball has come to symbolize hope for many homeless people in Peel. Steve McGrath and Ed Kiwanuka-Quinlan’s path from a homeless shelter in Brampton to finding a job, and a purpose in life was not easy, but support from Street Soccer Canada, a Peel non-profit, has made it possible.

Hamilton’s Canadian Premier League fans: No team yet, no league yet, but they’re already cheering  – Hamilton Spectator
So, are they the Red Patch Boys or more the Box J Boys? “I’d say we’re a combination of the two,” says James Hutton, the 25-year-old president of the Barton Street Battalion, the fan group which has dedicated itself to the Hamilton soccer franchise in the pending, but as yet unannounced, Canadian Premier League.

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Ameobi to lead offensive charge for FC Edmonton in 2017FC Edmonton
Entering his fourth season with the club, striker Tomi Ameobi looks to boost his numbers after playing in front of the league’s top defence last season.

Cosmos to MCU Park official; local luminaries laud the move Empire of Soccer
“When I took control of the club on January 10th, our immediate priorities were to stabilize the NASL, re-hire the Cosmos front office personnel and coaching staff, rebuild our team roster and relocate to a fan friendly venue within the five boroughs,” said Cosmos Chairman, Rocco B. Commisso. “In less than a month, we have achieved those objectives, including re-signing many of the starters from our 2016 Championship Team.

El Salvador International Burgos Joins 1868 FCUSL
Reno 1868 FC announced on Wednesday it had officially signed midfielder Junior Burgos, pending league and federation approval. Burgos, 28, is a current member of El Salvador’s national team.

Cosmos acquire striker Irvin Herrera on loan from St. Louis FCEmpire of Soccer
The roster building continues for the New York Cosmos — and their latest acquisition may fill in a key need for the club.

Meeus Re-Signs with Orange CountyUSL
Orange County SC announced on Wednesday the club had re-signed versatile Belgian veteran Roy Meeus. The signing is pending league and federation approval.

Italian group bringing NPSL club to Pierce CountyGoalWA
Pierce County, Washington will soon be getting a new adult men’s soccer team. Plans have been made to bring a National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) team to the area this season with the first games being played in May.

Lifetime to broadcast weekly NWSL matches as part of A+E investmentSN
The NWSL and A+E Networks announced a partnership Thursday, with Lifetime set to broadcast a weekly match as part of a three-year arrangement.

Lots of new changes for the Orlando PrideVavel
The 2017 NWSL season is shaping up with new faces on the roster and a new stadium for the Orlando Pride.

Sofia Jakobsson out with ACL injuryVavel
The current top goalscorer in Division 1 Féminine, Jakobsson has helped propel MHSC to the top two in France and after a strong start to the season was firing on all cylinders when she joined up with the Swedish team for their Spanish training camp last month.

Retainers coming for women footballersTrinidad & Tobago Newsday
THE TRINIDAD and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams has announced plans to contract national women’s players on a regular basis while recently-appointed Director of Women’s Football, Italian-born Carolina Morace, admitted that she is impressed by what she has seen from a pool of TT players, both local and foreign- born.

Rodriguez dedicated to getting back on the fieldThe Blue Testament
FCKC and USWNT forward Amy Rodriguez spoke about coming back from her second pregnancy.

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Legendary England, Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard retiresSI.com
Frank Lampard retired from soccer on Thursday, ending a 21-year career in which he won every major honor at club level with Chelsea and established himself as the Premier League’s highest-scoring midfielder.

Farewell Frank Lampard – the greatest Chelsea player everSN
Fans of other clubs can chew over debates that span decades, arguing about which player was better or what season produced the best team, but things are a little different for Chelsea supporters.

How brilliant was Chelsea’s Frank Lampard?UEFA
He was one of England’s best midfielders of modern times, and as bright as his football was beautiful; to mark his retirement, UEFA.com builds a shrine to one of Chelsea’s all-time greats.

Peter Crouch: Stoke striker ’emotional’ to reach 100-goal Premier League milestoneBBC Sport
Peter Crouch said joining an elite group of just 26 players to score 100 Premier League goals had been an “emotional” moment for him.

Manchester United 0-0 Hull City: The hosts are frustrated by a solid Hull defensive displayVavel
Eldin Jakupovic made a handful of excellent saves as the Tigers grabbed a crucial point at Old Trafford.

Where will Chile international Eduardo Vargas fit in at ‘Tuca’ Ferretti’s Tigres?ESPN FC
On Monday, Chile international Eduardo Vargas completed his transfer from Hoffenheim of the Bundesliga to reigning Liga MX champions Tigres. It’s a hugely exciting move for Mexican football, but where will the attacker fit into Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti’s star-studded team?

Graham Taylor funeral: Crowds gather for England bossBBC
Football legends have joined fans for the funeral of former Watford, Aston Villa and England boss Graham Taylor.

Top spot up for grabs in Côte d’Azur derbyLigue 1
Top spot in Ligue 1 is on the line when Monaco entertain Côte d’Azur rivals Nice on Saturday afternoon.

Ego-less and unfancied, Cameroon bid to become giants of Africa once moreThe Guardian
Hugo Broos, who became Cameroon manager after seeing the role advertised online, has catapulted the country into the Afcon semi-finals by instilling a new mentality.

Santa Clara to host 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup finalSportsnet
This year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup final will be played on July 26 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Go West Young Man – Ukrainian Footballers and the Transfer Window Futbolgrad
Until recently, Ukrainian footballers were in no particular rush to leave the comforts and oligarch-backed salaries offered in their motherland. But times have changed. Ukraine is hobbled by the conflict in the Donbass. This led to the forcible relocation of two of the Ukrainian Premier League’s stalwart clubs—Shakhtar Donetsk and Zorya Luhansk.

David White says he was ‘petrified to spill the beans’ over football sexual abuseThe Guardian
David White, the one-time England international, has talked about football operating in a “climate of fear, secrecy and ignorance” during the years when he was sexually abused and confessed that he dreads to think how many other boys suffered alone because of the “culture of shame and silence”.

Lionel Messi criticism for lack of World Cup ‘ridiculous’ – Mario KempesESPN FC
Argentina World Cup winner Mario Kempes has called for the constant comparisons between Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona to stop.

VIDEO: The World’s First Soccer Pitch At A StationSoccer in the Streets
Thanks to Atlanta United, Atlanta Public schools and other supporters we bring you the story of the world’s first soccer pitch built at a train station and the social impact it’s having on the kids and communities who live nearby.

The life of a football coach in ChinaThe Guardian
After impressing in Taiwan and the Philippines, Matt Ward moved to Shanghai Shenxin, where he gained ‘all the experience you need to deal with anything’.

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