BC Soccer News, Thursday, July 20, 2017

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TT has Vancouver Whitecaps off to the races in LAAFTN
Trips to Carson to take on the Galaxy haven’t been the happiest for Vancouver Whitecaps over the years. With just one win and two goals from their nine previous regular season matches, this felt like the ideal time for the ‘Caps to add to that tally, against a Galaxy side who look a shadow of their former selves, with just one win at home all season, and six goals given up in their last league match against RSL.

Tchani’s second-half goal lifts Whitecaps FC to 1-0 road victory over LA GalaxyWhitecaps FC
Tony Tchani’s second-half goal and a pair of highlight reel saves from goalkeeper David Ousted lifted Vancouver Whitecaps FC to a 1-0 win over LA Galaxy on Wednesday evening at StubHub Center.

LA Galaxy captain Jelle Van Damme claims responsibility for lone ‘Caps goalMLS
The LA Galaxy’s 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps left Galaxy head coach Curt Onalfo and his charges frustrated by the game’s precious few chances which kept the Galaxy from leapfrogging the Whitecaps in the Western Conference Standings.

Galaxy stumbles to another home loss, dropping 1-0 decision to Vancouver Orange County Register
The loss was the Galaxy’s ninth of the season and sixth at home. Even more painful, it was the Galaxy’s fourth straight loss in MLS play and fifth in a row across all competitions, when the U.S. Open quarterfinal loss is included.

Two sides to the Whitecaps LA storySoccer Shorts
So the Vancouver Whitecaps beat the LA Galaxy 1-0 in Carson City on Wednesday evening, a great three points to be sure. But but before we look at all the good that entails let’s first of all wallow in a little negativity.

Kendall Waston steps in to help lead Costa Rica to Gold Cup semifinal berthMLS
As soon as the final whistle blew on Wednesday’s first CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal match at Lincoln Financial Field, Kendall Waston turned to the Costa Rica fans behind the goal and repeatedly pumped his arms in jubilation. The Ticos are moving on, and the Vancouver Whitecaps defender is loving every minute of it.

Marcel de Jong grows from just quiet to quiet leaderThe Province
Becoming the team’s old guy can sneak up on you. Marcel de Jong, now 30, has suddenly found himself a wise old hand for Canada’s national soccer squad.

NYCFC’s Yangel Herrera fined for embellishment vs. VancouverWhitecaps FC
The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced Wednesday that New York City FC midfielder Yangel Herrera has been issued an undisclosed fine for simulation/embellishment during the 42nd minute of NYCFC’s 3-2 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC on July 5 at BC Place.

MLS Wednesday: Roldan caps historic Seattle comeback Soccer America
Down 3-0 at home to D.C. United after 50 minutes, the Seattle Sounders rallied with four goals in 27 minutes for a 4-3 victory, becoming the first club in league history to win in regulation after trailing by three goals. The winning goal was scored by Cristian Roldan, who was released by the U.S. national team after the group stage of the Gold Cup.

Sounders roar to 4-3 comeback after going down 3-0 earlyProst Amerika
Wednesday’s match between DC United and the Seattle Sounders saw both teams achieve the depths of despair and the heights of jubilation as DC United went up 3-0 before surrendering four unanswered goals in the span of 27 minutes.

Shorthanded Toronto FC battles back to earn draw in New York after botched call: ‘I’ve never seen it’Toronto Sun
At a certain point, none of it seemed fair. Not that it has mattered to Toronto FC this season. Yet, Wednesday night’s 2-2 finish might have been TFC’s most impressive result this season given the circumstances: Bizarre calls, momentum swings and an ejection.

Raheem Edwards bounces back to prove he is already a gamebreaker for Toronto FCWaking the Red
Without the 21-year-old, TFC would have had nothing to show for a hard fought game in New York City.

Real Salt Lake dominate Timbers on road in big winSBI
The goals and red cards were flowing on Wednesday night, and they mostly flowed in Real Salt Lake’s favor.

Red Bulls Are Happy, Not Thrilled Empire of Soccer
Red Bulls Coach Jesse Marsch is happy. Ecstatic? Not so much. Despite routing San Jose, 5-1, Wednesday night with its greatest output of goals in a game in nearly 14 months, a victory that put New York over the .500 mark (9-8-2, 29 points) for the first time since losing to Philadelphia on May 6. But Marsch refused to throw a party.

A Weakened Minnesota United FC Side Can’t Unlock Houston Dynamo’s Defense in Scoreless DrawFifty Five One
Minnesota United FC spent the first half unable to unlock the visiting Houston Dynamo’s midfield press, then couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net in the second half when they controlled match. The match ended nil-nil, with neither side truly being able to lay claim to being the better team.

Blerim Dzemaili scores as Impact earn home win against UnionSportsnet
Giving youngster Michael Salazar a rare start was exactly what the Montreal Impact needed to begin the second half of their season with a bang.

Spaceman Bill Lee helps Impact ring in second half on right footMontreal Gazette
The former Expos pitcher — known as Spaceman — was invited to the Major League Soccer game between the Impact and Philadelphia Union by the 1642 Montreal Supporters Group, which has a different celebrity guest join them each game to ring the North Star Bell after an Impact goal.

Should the Montreal Impact go after Samuel Piette?Mount Royal Soccer
Since the beginning of the 2017 Gold Cup, there’s only one player that everyone wants to see in the Montreal Impact jersey and that is Samuel Piette. The 22-year-old defensive midfielder has impressed everyone with his performance with Canadian men national team, especially since the nomination of Octavio Zambrano as coach.

Brad Guzan brings a sense of stability to Atlanta United’s defensive effortsFox Sports
It hasn’t always been easy for Brad Guzan. Atlanta United’s newest goalkeeper receives his first nod in the Five Stripes’ matchup against Orlando City FC on Friday. Not too long ago, the Illinois native was blocking shots for the U.S. men’s national soccer team in the group stages of the Gold Cup.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3, New York City FC 2, July 5, 2017BC Soccer Web
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Stoke City FC Coaches at Kamloops Youth Soccer High Performance School


NCAA veteran to join UNBC women’s soccerMy Prince George Now
The UNBC women’s soccer squad is gaining a BC-born player with top North American college experience for the season ahead.

Residential school survivor now coaching at Indigenous GamesCBC
B.C. soccer team changes name to ‘94 Calls’ to honour coach Alex Nelson.

WolfPack Men’s Soccer Adds Experienced Assistant CoachesTRU Wolfpack
Antulov has veterans Tim Hutton and Adam Dodgson returning to the sidelines this coming fall. They will be joined by two TRU instructors: Peter Soberlak and Greg Kozoris as they gear up to host the 2017 USport Men’s Soccer Nationals in November.

Powell River Villa’s future hinges on challenge matchPowell River Peak
In what could be one of Powell River Villa’s most important matches in recent history, 90 minutes or more will decide if the soccer club returns to Vancouver Island Soccer League’s Division 2 or remains in Division 3. On Sunday, July 23, Villa hosts Victoria’s Fernwood Town with the winner earning the right to compete in the higher division for the 2017/2018 season.

‘It’s for my own mental charity’ Man seeks solace on cross-country walkJasper Fitzhugh
Everyone deals with heartbreak in different ways. For some they reach out to friends and family for support, for others, like Ryan Steer, they decide to walk across Canada. The impetus to begin the 7,000 kilometre journey to Newfoundland began nearly four years ago when Steer broke his ankle playing for the Vancouver Street Soccer League (VSSL).

BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book RecommendationsBC 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 ReviewBCSA
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
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2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
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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!

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.

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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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THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2017, 4:30 PM

Canada prepares for first Gold Cup knockout game since 2009SN
The Octavio Zambrano era has gotten off to a near-perfect start for Canada. Since the Ecuadorian took over the program in March, the team has yet to experience a loss. In fact, the Canucks have not tasted defeat in 2017, with the unbeaten streak extended to six games thanks to a scoreless draw with Honduras last week in Canada’s final group stage match at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Familiar foe Jamaica poses stern test for Canada at Gold CupSportsnet
Jamaica was the surprise of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup by reaching the final before ultimately falling to Mexico.

Cyle Larin aiming to make up for lost time with Canada at Gold CupMLS
Cyle Larin has served his punishment with Canada’s national team and now wants to help it get back to heights it hasn’t achieved at a Gold Cup in more than a decade.

Canadian coach: No moral dilemma recalling Larin for Gold CupSportsnet
Canadian men’s soccer team coach Octavio Zambrano feels Cyle Larin has learned a valuable lesson and that he deserves a chance to redeem himself.

Ex-Canadian coach Lenarduzzi high on fountain of skilled youth in Gold CupNational Post
Having a broad range of skilled youngsters to choose from is something Bob Lenarduzzi says he only dreamed of while running the national team in the 1990s.

Edmonton climate expert creates air quality index for Alberta soccer leaguesCBC
An Edmonton climate expert has developed a set of air quality guidelines designed to help other officals across the province know when to sideline games to protect players’ health. Before the wildfire in Fort McMurray last year, Dixon said the province of Alberta had few high-risk air quality days.

Robert Kraft Named Honourary Chairman of the Board for the United Bid Committee of Canada, Mexico and United StatesCSA
Legendary sports executive and National Football League and Major League Soccer owner Robert Kraft has been named the Honourary Chairman of the Board for the United Bid Committee of Canada, Mexico and the United States that will oversee the bidding process to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ to North America.

Chill confident entering playoffsCBC
The head coach of the Thunder Bay Chill is confident about his squad’s chances in their upcoming playoff run. Now, they’re readying for the Central Conference semifinal game against Kitchener-Waterloo’s K-W United FC, which takes place in Pontiac, Michigan, on Friday.

Centuries look to defend Kenora Men’s tournament championshipKenora Daily Miner
For the first time ever the Centuries head into the Kenora Casey’s Men’s Soccer tournament as the defending champions when play begins on Thursday night.

‘Motivated me to make it to these games’: Family a familiar theme at Indigenous GamesCBC
Soccer is a part of Kiana Joseph’s familial history. Joseph, a member of Team Saskatchewan’s 19U female soccer team at the North American Indigenous Games, has been playing the game since she was five or six, she estimates.

SDSC fundraising for cancer research againSudbury Star
The Sudbury District Soccer Club is at it again this year, picking up from last year’s Breast Cancer Fundraising efforts.

Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 NovemberCSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.

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SATURDAY, JULY 29, 2017, 5:00 PM

Trafford has become a key piece for the Miami FC juggernautthe11.ca
Miami FC is unlike any team we’ve seen in NASL 2.0. With a big budget and the inspiration from coach Alessandro Nesta, the team won the 2017 spring season title by 10 points over the San Francisco Deltas. And, in the midst of it all is Canadian Mason Trafford, who has been a regular starter with Miami FC since the team acquired him from the Ottawa Fury after the 2015 season.

Stadium Approval Paves Way for USL to Las VegasUSL
The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday approved the City of Las Vegas’ agreement with Las Vegas Soccer, LLC, which would allow a United Soccer League team to compete at Cashman Field beginning in 2018. The approval paves the way for a formal announcement from Las Vegas Soccer, LLC, which expects to unveil more details about its club in mid-August.

RGVFC, Orange County Share Spoils in DrawUSL
Rio Grande Valley FC and Orange County SC both found the net in the first half as the sides played to a 1-1 draw at H-E-B Park in the USL Game of the Week on Wednesday night.

Preview: Swope Park Rangers end three-game road trip Thursday at Seattle Sounders FC 2Sporting KC
The Swope Park Rangers (11-4-2, 3rd place) will put a pair of club records on the line Thursday when the team travels to face Seattle Sounders FC 2 (7-9-2, 7th place) to conclude a three-game Pacific Northwest road trip.

LouCity’s Kyle Smith more than just a soccer playerCourier-Journal
Louisville City FC right back Kyle Smith spends some days relaxing his sore muscles after a hard day of practice. But on other days, Smith heads to his second job.

Premier League’s Swansea Edge KickersUSL
Swansea City AFC scored a late winner against the Richmond Kickers, who welcomed a crowd of 8,119 to City Stadium on Wednesday night for the club’s international exhibition at City Stadium. Tammy Abraham scored the winner for the Premier League side after Kickers forward Franck Tayou had leveled the score midway through the second half in the second meeting between the two clubs.
USL PHOTOS: WFC2 1, Reno 1868 FC 1, July 15, 2017BC Soccer Web
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Euro Day 4: Jodie Taylor hat trick leads England’s charge of Scotland The Equalizer
EURO 2017 was always going to be a hard road for Scotland. It was their first ever appearance in a major tournament, and they were missing star midfielder Kim Little, out with a torn ACL. Additionally, they opened the tournament against England, two-time runners-up and current fifth-ranked team in the world. Scotland has only beaten England once in 25 meetings between the two countries.

Jodie Taylor ends 20-year wait in record finals winUEFA
Jodie Taylor has secured her place in history with only the third Women’s EURO hat-trick – over two decades after the first two – in England’s record finals win.

Mark Sampson tells England women to keep on improvingSky Sports
Sampson was thrilled with the performance but he said: “We know it’s a work in progress. We’re not the finished product yet. We’re fighting to be the best we can.”

First steps: how the Women’s EURO debutants got onUEFA
Five teams have made their UEFA Women’s EURO debut, with Austria the only winners and mixed fortunes for the rest – our reporting team assess their first performances.

VIDEO: UEFA TV Streaming all Women’s EURO 2017 MatchesYouTube
You can watch the entire Euro 2017 tournament live on Uefa’s YouTube Channel.

Sky Blue FC Waives Forward Kim DeCesare Sky Blue FC
Sky Blue FC (7-6-2, 23 points) of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that the team has waived forward Kim DeCesare.

The Curse of CaliforniaBackline Soccer
Women’s soccer has had a slow climb to popularity in the United States. Before the NWSL existed there were two other leagues that started and failed. Both of those teams, Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league, and the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) had two teams in California. The WUSA had teams in San Diego and San Jose while the WPS had a team in Carson and Hayward California. However, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) does not have a single team in California.

The Lowdown: “It’s interesting how we evaluate the players”The Equalizer
If you cut up the tape of last weekend’s Sky Blue-Chicago Red Stars draw and randomly mixed up the chances in the final third, it would be difficult to arrive at Christen Press as the Woman of the Match.

Frawley excited to learn from World University GamesIrish WNL
Life is good for Aisling Frawley. Her club Wexford Youths WFC are sitting pretty on top of the Continental Tyre’s Women’s National League, she’s enjoying a well-earned break from her studies and she has the not so small matter of the World University Games in Taipei to look forward to next month.

African hopefuls set sights on France 2018FIFA
Featuring 17 teams and 36 matches, with two tickets to the global finals on off, the African qualifying campaign for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 kicks into gear on 21 July. First off, a two-legged preliminary round, with matches spaced two weeks apart, will pit Burundi against Djibouti, Libya against Sierra Leone, and Botswana against Kenya.

The FA and Disney reveal women’s soccer dream Sportspro Media
The Football Association (FA), the governing body for soccer in England, has entered a new partnership with mass media and entertainment conglomerate Disney. The two parties will collaborate to launch the ‘Dream Big, Princess’ campaign, which aims to increase participation in soccer among young girls.

VIDEO: Ban to boom – brief history of women’s football in ScotlandBBC Sport
Scottish Football Museum curator Richard McBrearty talks us through the early years of women’s football in Scotland to the pioneering Rose Reilly and on to Euro 2017.

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2017 Gold Cup: U.S. 2, El Salvador 0Empire of Soccer
The United States used two goals late in the first half to escape with a 2-0 victory over El Salvador in a quarterfinal match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Jozy Altidore is bitten, has nipple tweaked vs. El Salvador, offers classic responseSI.com
Things got a little weird for Jozy Altidore Wednesday night. O.K., they got a lot weird. Altidore was bitten and had a nipple tweaked during the USA’s Gold Cup quarterfinal victory over El Salvador in Philadelphia, but that didn’t break his sense of humor.

Gold Cup 2017: Mexico v Honduras PreviewMLS Multiplex
Group C winner Mexico will face off against Honduras on Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the 2017 Gold Cup.

West Ham confident of Chicharito dealSN
The former Manchester United striker is out of favour at Bayer Leverkusen and has been targeted by the London club, who have a budget of £70 million for the summer.

Africa’s expanded 24-team AFCON showcase to switch play from January to JuneInside World Football
The biennial club-versus-country row that has dogged African football’s major competition looks set to end after a landmark decision to switch the African Cup of Nations from January to June.

Petr Cech: Arsenal prepared well for preseason tour despite food poisoningESPN FC
Petr Cech says Arsenal are finding the right balance between pushing the players in training and protecting their health in the heat, after food poisoning struck the Gunners camp during their preseason trip to Shanghai.

Conte signs new 2-year deal at Chelsea after winning Premier LeagueSportsnet
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has signed a new two-year contract with the English Premier League champions.

Chelsea confirm deal agreed to sign Álvaro Morata from Real MadridThe Guardian
Chelsea are on the verge of bolstering their attack for their Premier League title defence after agreeing a club record deal worth an initial £58m with Real Madrid to sign the Spain forward Álvaro Morata.

Manchester United vs Manchester City preview: City look to start pre-season with victory in historic overseas derbyVavel
Manchester City will look to hit the ground running in their first pre-season game of the new campaign against bitter rivals Manchester United.

Europa League 2nd Round Qualifying Fixtures & Results UEFA
Qualifying matches for the Europa League are underway.

Aberdeen fans attacked ahead of Bosnia Europa League tieBBC
Two Aberdeen fans have been treated for injuries after supporters were attacked in Bosnia ahead of the club’s Europa League game against Siroki Brijeg.

Spanish law enforcers target Teixeira and share info with Brazilian prosecutorsInside World Football
Is the net starting to close in on former FIFA and Brazilian powerbroker Ricardo Teixeira? Brazilian and Spanish federal prosecutors have reportedly begun exchanging information about suspected corruption by Teixeira, for whom an international arrest warrant is apparently on the verge of being issued by Spanish authorities.

First six clubs confirmed for Interactive Club World Cup FIFA
FIFA will launch the first edition of the FIFA Interactive Club World Cup (FICWC) competition in London on 5 August. 24 players from 19 professional football clubs will compete in the inaugural edition of the FICWC.

Editorial: So what do we really know about Qatar that isn’t fake?Inside World Football
Last week reports that FIFA had received a collective request from Arab nations to strip Qatar as 2022 World Cup hosts very rapidly emerged as fake after a news agency picked up the report from a Swiss website and sent it worldwide.

After magnificent opening, game on in DeaflympicsDaily Sabah
The 23rd Summer Deaflympics in Samsun has brought together more than 3,000 athletes and a total of 5,000 participants from 97 countries.Following a magnificent opening ceremony Tuesday the games officially began with three football matches.

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