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VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
L.A. GALAXY vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #18
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2017, 7:30 PM
STUB HUB CENTER, CARSON, CA.
TV: TSN RADIO: TSN 1040 ONLINE: TSN GO
Ousted looking for ‘Caps to build and improve after Gold Cup break – Red Nation Online
The MLS Gold Cup break is upon us and many footballers are enjoying some much deserved time off at the beach. Whitecaps FC have ditched their sandals for boots as they returned to training this week at the National Soccer Development Centre at UBC. At 7-7-3, with 24 points, Vancouver sit tied for the sixth, for the final MLS western conference playoff spot, with Seattle Sounders FC.
Alphonso Davies named to MLS Homegrown Game roster – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Alphonso Davies has been named to the 18-man roster for the 2017 MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer®, Major League Soccer announced today.
Supporters Week – The Curva Collective – Eighty-Six Forever
In today’s installment of our series on Vancouver Whitecaps supporter groups we are speaking with Mike Gromm of The Curva Collective. My season ticket is half way up section 204 in BC Place, and the Collective have been a big part of my fan experience each game.
LA Galaxy acquire Dutch Defender Pele van Anholt – LA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy have acquired defender Pele van Anholt, the club announced today. Van Anholt, 26, is a Dutch fullback who joins the Galaxy after most recently playing for Willem II in the Eredivisie, Netherlands’ first-division league.
Red Bull Notebook: Can Lightning Strike Twice at New England – Empire of Soccer
Besides the head-to-head history, Thursday’s match is a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal, which the Red Bulls haven’t advanced past since the club lost the 2003 final to the Chicago Fire at the now-demolished Giants Stadium when the team was known as the MetroStars.
Rising Montreal Impact star Ballou Tabla to play in MLS Homegrown Game – Montreal Gazette
Montreal Impact midfielder Ballou Tabla was chosen for the 2017 MLS Homegrown Game. The young MLS players will face Chivas Guadalajara U20 team, current champion of Mexico’s U20 Liga MX, at Toyota Park in suburban Chicago on Aug. 1.
Kaka expecting tight game when MLS All-Star side meet Real Madrid – ESPN FC
Orlando City playmaker Kaka says his MLS All-Star side can face Champions League holders Real Madrid as “equals” when they meet in Chicago on Aug. 2.
David Villa wins ESPY for Best MLS Player – SBI
Though lost in the U.S. Men’s National Team focus last night, New York City FC’s David Villa came away with a trophy at the 2017 ESPY Awards.
Drew Moor hopeful of staying with TFC beyond this season – Sportsnet
On a Toronto FC side noted for its depth and that boasts star players Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, it’s sometimes easy to forget, or overlook, Drew Moor.
Matarrita Injury May Force NYCFC to Make Moves – Empire of Soccer
New York City FC was getting its fullback Ronald Matarrita back from an ankle injury and riding a winning streak. Then Matarrita broke his foot and City’s defense was exposed by a clinical Vancouver Whitecaps attack. Now with Matarrita out until October, Coach Patrick Vieira has reversed himself. NYCFC is now looking to add talent this summer.
Why college soccer isn’t going away as a path to MLS – Four Four Two
Supporters of professional soccer have a long history of beating up the college game. It’s too fast and too physical; the season is too short, and it doesn’t even abide by all the international laws of the game. Fair enough. But people who think college soccer and the college draft is completely outdated as an MLS feeder aren’t paying attention.
MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3, New York City FC 2, July 5, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
BC SOCCER NEWS
PREVIEW: U-16s face Atlanta United FC in Academy semifinals on Friday – Whitecaps FC
73 teams started out the Development Academy season, and now only four remain as Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency head to the StubHub Center soccer complex in Carson, California for the academy semifinals on Friday.
Long road to gold – Prince George Citizen
This championship was five years in the making. Last Sunday in South Surrey, the Under-18 Timberwolves from the Prince George Youth Soccer Association kicked their way to a B.C. banner in the girls Provincial B Cup tournament. In the final game, the Timberwolves defeated the Nelson Selects 2-0.
U-18 boys boot to bronze at top level – Prince George Citizen
The Under-18 Timberwolves were among the first in local history to qualify for the boys Provincial A Cup youth soccer championship. Obviously not satisfied with that accomplishment alone, the Timberwolves pulled a medal out of the elite-level tournament.
TRU secure speaker for Athletic scholarship breakfast/sponsor for soccer nationals – CFJC
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack struck pay dirt when they went looking for a major sponsor for their upcoming Athletics scholarship breakfast. Not only did they secure a top notch speaker but they also secured a major sponsor for the upcoming 2017 USport men’s soccer nationals.
Saanich soccer team ready to take on the world in Sweden – Victoria News
Show me, don’t tell me. As a coach with the Alma Libre Fútbol Club, Sergio Duran knows the value of this teaching principle. In fact, it has inspired the upcoming trip to the Swedish city of Gothenburg, where the team will compete in the Gothia Cup in the Boys 14 division.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.
BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
PDL PHOTOS: TSS Rovers 2 Lane Utd. 2, May 12, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
3V3 LIVE NATIONAL SOCCER TOUR COMES TO ABBOTSFORD – 3v3 Live Canada
3v3 Live Soccer Tour and Holbrook Sports Management are excited to announce the expansion of the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour into the Canadian soccer market. With the first event previously announced to take place on the August 19/20 weekend in Surrey, BC, the 3v3 Soccer Tour will expand to Abbotsford, BC, on August 20 and will include men’s and women’s open divisions.
2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
REVIEW: The Miracle Mile. Stories of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games – BC BookLook
Author Jason Beck is curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame in BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, and convenor two years ago of an excellent exhibition about the 1954 Games. In his first book, he proves to be a meticulous researcher, a compelling story-teller, and a crafty realist who knows how to hook his readers. Watch how, two pages into the book, he uses filmic technique to evoke the arriving athletes’ youthful buzz and give period colouring and costuming, but then smartly moves his camera in to introduce his stars.
TSS Rovers launch website & 2017 Season Ticket Campaign – TSS Rovers
TSS FC Rovers play their inaugural season in the PDL at iconic Swangard Stadium. Season Tickets are $70 for Adults, $49 for U12 Youth.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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!
To our Readers: A Choice – BC Soccer Web
Soccer has brought us to the United States many times. It’s a great place with decent people. We especially look forward to our Cascadia trips to Seattle and Portland. They’re incredible cities with wonderful supporters. That’s why it was so disheartening to see chaos and fear take hold in the airports and borders of our neighbours to the south.
Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on sale – Highlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
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.
Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication – BC Soccer Web
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
CONCACAF GOLD CUP 2017
CANADA vs. HONDURAS
GROUP A: MATCHDAY #3
FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017, 7:00 PM
TOYOTA STADIUM, FRISCO, TX
TV: TSN2 ONLINE: TSN GO
Huitema makes history with Canada at Four Nations Tournament – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX forward Jordyn Huitema made history on Wednesday, becoming the first player to score for Canada’s U-17, U-20, and senior women’s national teams in one year.
Canada playing without fear at Gold Cup, and it’s fun to watch – Waking the Red
It has been a long time since a Canadian team has played with this much self-belief.
AUDIO: New coach Zambrano instills belief in Canadian men’s soccer team – Sportsnet
MLSsoccer.com’s Matt Doyle joined Sportsnet Tonight to discuss Canada’s showing so far at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the rise of Alphonso Davies and the influence of new coach Octavio Zambrano.
Group plans to bring pro soccer to Saskatchewan – CKOM
The Saskatchewan franchise is planned for either Regina or Saskatoon, expected to be treated as a provincial team like the Roughriders and Rush.
Halifax pop-up soccer stadium plan stalled – Chronicle Herald
The pop-up soccer stadium at the Wanderers Grounds in Halifax remains in limbo, waiting for an agreement to be finalized.
De Guzman Steals Show for Fury FC – USL
Ottawa Fury FC said hello to the Montreal Impact for the first time, and one final goodbye on the field to former captain Julian de Guzman on a historic night at TD Place that saw 6,601 in attendance for the club’s exhibition clash with its MLS partner.
If Fury coach could only turn back time – National Post
Ottawa Fury FC head coach Paul Dalglish couldn’t be blamed for wondering what his lineup might look like with a Julian de Guzman in the lineup every day.
12 Ontario players called for U-17 China Four Nations Tournament – Ontario Soccer
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National EXCEL program is preparing for a U17 Four Nations Tournament in Weifang, China, with matches against China 12 July, USA 14 July, and Japan 16 July.
Humboldt quartet win provincial soccer medals – Humboldt Journal
A quartet of Humboldt natives captured provincial soccer medals during the Canada Day Long weekend, all with Yorkton based teams.
AUDIO: De Vos: Canadian soccer’s development system still a work in progress – Sportsnet
Jason De Vos, director of player development with Canada Soccer, talks about the current challenges in Canadian player development, and the rise of Alphonso Davies.
Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 November – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 0 SWOPE PARK RANGERS FC 1
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017
UBC THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC
Melvin comes up big in net, but WFC2 fall 1-0 to Swope Park Rangers – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 (4W-9L-4D) fought hard but fell 1-0 to Swope Park Rangers (10W-4L-2D) on Wednesday in a windy matinee Western Conference match-up at UBC Thunderbird Stadium.
Rangers Earn Fifth Consecutive Victory – USL
The Swope Park Rangers claimed a club-record fifth consecutive victory as Kharlton Belmar scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on Wednesday afternoon at Thunderbird Stadium.
U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal between Miami FC, FC Cincinnati postponed – SBI
Miami FC ‘s clash with fellow second division side FC Cincinnati was postponed on Wednesday evening due to consistent thunderstorms in the Miami area.
USL Match Recap: NYRB II Fall in Harrisburg – NY Red Bulls
New York Red Bulls II played Harrisburg City Islanders to a 2-0 loss at FNB Field Wednesday night. The result dropped NYRB II to 6-9-3 on the season.
Armada sneak out a point against Puerto Rico – News 4 Jax
The Jacksonville Armada FC (6W-6D-3L) tied its final home match of the NASL Spring Season to Puerto Rico FC (1W-6D-8L) 1-1 after a header by Derek Gebhard in stoppage time.
Las Vegas council to vote on deal for minor league soccer team – Review-Journal
The Las Vegas City Council has spent years trying to entice a professional soccer team to Cashman Field, and next week will vote on a stadium lease agreement for a United Soccer League team to begin play in 2018.
How The Miami FC went from Also-rans to Spring Season Champs – Magic City Soccer
What a difference a year makes. Back in 2016 with the spring season of the NASL drawing to a close, The Miami FC were struggling. Porous at the back and mis-firing up front, the promise the franchise showed off the pitch had not been fulfilled. They finished 11th of 11 and deserved no more than that. Fast-forward 12 months and Alessandro Nesta’s men are playing scintillating soccer, marauding their way to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals and trouncing teams by four goals… seven goals even, while also keeping clean sheets. So what has changed? In truth, it’s not been a revolution but an evolution.
Cobi Jones: Let’s see how we can give back to the kids in the City of Angels – The Guardian
The USA’s most capped player says going home to become director of football at the fourth-tier City of Angels FC ‘was a no-brainer’.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Women’s EURO 2017 guide: Group D – UEFA
Wednesday 19 July is derby day at UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 as Group D starts with Spain v Portugal and England v Scotland: we profile the four teams.
England’s Fara Williams: ‘We’re feeling the pain but if you want to win it needs to hurt’ – The Guardian
The midfielder says a punishing training regime and Mark Sampson’s willingness to let his players go ‘walkabout’ are setting up England well for Euro 2017.
Kerr’s hot form recognised again in USA – W-League
The plaudits keep coming for Sam Kerr after the Westfield Matildas striker was named the NWSL player of the week for the second time this season.
The Inexact Science of NWSL Player Allocation – Backline Soccer
I drew the short straw with writing about the player allocation system in the NWSL and if it works in general. I gave it some thought. Had an adult beverage. Gave it some more thought. Had another adult beverage. Watched the two Planet of the Apes movie reboots to distract myself (they’re pretty decent, for those curious). Then I gave it some more thought.
Football Association confirms plan for eight Women’s High Performance Football Centres – Sky Sports
The Football Association has unveiled plans for eight Women’s High Performance Football Centres to be based at universities around England.
The female coach defying the trend in Ghana – FIFA
When the second division resumed in Ghana a couple of weeks ago, Mavis Appiah was standing on the sideline, instructing the players of DC United to stick to her game plan. Just like coaches all over the world do at every football match.
Women’s soccer has another pay gap issue: The gulf between USWNT and NWSL – Four Four Two
Keelin Winters cracked under the strain of it all. From the time she was a little girl, her life was directed toward a singular purpose: a spot on the U.S. women’s national team. Her adolescence was spent on soccer fields. She attended summer school throughout college at the University of Portland in order to graduate a semester early with a jump on her peers.
Nevertheless, She Played: What It Means to ‘Play Like a Girl’ – Backline Soccer
Sports is still a major part of our American culture, and more and more women are playing them. So why does it seem like there’s still a double-standard when it comes to female athletes and aggressive play?
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Former FIFA ExCo member turned whistleblower Chuck Blazer dies at 72 – ESPN FC
Chuck Blazer, the disgraced American soccer executive whose admissions of corruption set off a global scandal that ultimately toppled FIFA President Sepp Blatter, has died. He was 72.
Chuck Blazer: Life of ex-Fifa official turned whistleblower – BBC
Chuck Blazer was the central figure behind the Fifa corruption scandal, which led to the eventual downfall of the organisation’s president, Sepp Blatter. But the ex-Fifa executive-turned-whistleblower was also known for leading an eccentric, and often lavish, lifestyle, with reports he had a separate Manhattan flat for his cats and a parrot frequently seen on his shoulder.
PSG shoots for Champions League win with Alves acquisition – France 24
Brazilian right-back Dani Alves vowed to add to his trophy collection at Paris Saint-Germain as he was unveiled by the French giants on Wednesday after signing a two-year deal.
For Mexico players, a tournament to win and places to earn on next year’s World Cup squad – Denver Post
As the biennial CONCACAF Gold Cup unfolds over the next two weeks, national soccer teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean will battle for pride and a title they give high priority. But for Mexico and the U.S. national team, there is another underlying drama at work: What happens now could shape the makeup of their World Cup squads next summer.
Morris double helps U.S. avoid Gold Cup scare from Martinique – ESPN FC
The United States needed three second-half goals to see off Martinique 3-2 in its second Group B match at the 2017 Gold Cup.
Gold Cup: Panama rallies to beat Nicaragua – Soccer America
Panama rallied from an early second-half deficit to beat Nicaragua, 2-1, in the opening game of the Group B doubleheader in Tampa. The USA’s 3-2 win over Martinique left it in first place on goal difference.
Ajax confirm Abdelhak Nouri suffered ‘serious and permanent brain damage’ – SN
Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri has suffered serious and permanent brain damage after he collapsed during Saturday’s friendly against Werder Bremen, the Eredivisie club have confirmed.
Kyle Walker: Man City sign close to signing Tottenham right-back – BBC Sport
Manchester City are close to completing the signing of Tottenham and England right-back Kyle Walker.
Watch the 2017-18 Premier League season live on Sportsnet – Sportsnet
Sportsnet reveals first part of 2017/18 broadcast schedule.
UEFA U-19: Third time lucky in final for Portugal and England? – UEFA
Portugal and England have both lost two Under-19 finals as they prepare to meet in the 2017 decider with one team guaranteed to lift the trophy for the first time.
Dortmund’s Sven Bender to join twin Lars at Leverkusen – Metro
Bayer Leverkusen is signing Sven Bender from Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund, reuniting the German midfielder with his twin brother Lars, who captains the club.
Captain Michael Carrick quietly outlasts peers at Manchester United – ESPN FC
And there was one. When Wayne Rooney decamped to Everton, ready to see if he can get a staff discount on pajamas in the club shop, Michael Carrick was left alone. Rooney’s replacement as Manchester United captain is now the sole survivor of their 2008 Champions League win, the last remaining hero of Moscow.
East Timor soccer official gets life ban over fixed matches – Sportsnet
The Asian Football Confederation has banned former East Timor technical director Orlando Marques Henriques for any football-related activity for life, after he accepted money to lose a match at the Southeast Asian Games in 2015.
Just win it. Adidas eat Nike’s lunch in Europe’s big competitions – Inside World Soccer
Nike may have been the dominant brand when it comes to winning major European leagues and titles over the past 11 years (Nike 37 Adidas 26), but last season Adidas wiped out the swoosh winning six out of seven major European tournaments.
The Original Fake News: Soccer Transfers – The NY Times
In a sport known for its post-truth propagation of transfer rumors, a journalist created a fake phenom to see how much traction his story could get. A lot, it turned out.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca