BC Soccer News, Thursday, July 26, 2018





(Whitecaps win 2-1 on aggregate)



CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Montreal Impact 0 (2-1 agg.)BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

‘Caps lessen Impact and advance to Voyageurs Cup finalAFTN
A second half Kei Kamara penalty was to be the difference in the second leg of the Voyageurs Cup semi-final at BC Place on Wednesday evening, as Vancouver defeated Montreal 2-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate.

‘Caps through to Canadian Championship Final after dominant 2-0 win over ImpactWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are headed to the Canadian Championship Final. After a 1-0 loss in last week’s first leg, the ‘Caps turned in an impressive 2-0 victory over Montreal Impact on Wednesday night at BC Place to advance 2-1 on aggregate.

Vancouver Whitecaps rally to set up Canadian Championship final vs. Toronto FCESPN
Toronto FC will face the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Canadian Championship final after both teams advanced on aggregate from their respective semifinals on Wednesday.

Impact eliminated from Canadian ChampionshipMontreal Impact
“We are in the middle of a series of games that’s very demanding,” said Impact head coach Rémi Garde. “Playing on a synthetic field today made moving the ball more difficult. We like to move the ball fluidly at the moment and we could not find it in this game. We tried to put the intensity we could and the team tried to do the maximum. Our regrets are mostly about the first leg, as we had opportunities to take a bigger advantage.”

Vancouver Whitecaps take their chancesSoccer Shorts
The 2-0 victory over the Montreal Impact at BC Place on Wednesday evening felt more like the release of a pressure valve than a sporting achievement but it does lead us to ask a question that hasn’t been asked about this team for the longest time.

Montreal pays price for poor finishing, as Whitecaps rallythe11.ca
In the first leg of their Canadian Championship semifinal against the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Montreal Impact spurned golden scoring chance after scoring chance, taking only a 1-0 lead even though the margin should have been much, much greater.

Whitecaps FC agree to MLS record-breaking transfer of Homegrown midfielder Alphonso Davies to Germany’s most storied club FC Bayern MunichWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have reached a record-breaking transfer agreement with FC Bayern Munich for Homegrown midfielder Alphonso Davies, the club announced today. The move involves a fixed transfer fee and additional compensation that could total more than $22 million US, the most ever received by an MLS club in the league’s 23-year history.

Alphonso Davies deal done; richest deal in MLS history has prodigy bound for Bayern Munich in winterVancouver Sun
When Vancouver Whitecaps’ prodigy Alphonso Davies completed his transfer Tuesday to FC Bayern Munich, he signed with the same club that took a chance on the Calgary-born Owen Hargreaves as a 16-year-old. Hargreaves, who infamously drew the ire of Canada’s soccer fans by spurning the national team to play for England’s, starred for Bayern for seven seasons before moving to England.

Transfer fee for Whitecaps’ star Davies could reach US$22MCTV
Alphonso Davies says his dreams are coming true with a record-setting deal that will see the teenage soccer star join a major European club.

Whitecaps boss says ‘ceiling is endless’ for Alphonso DaviesEdmonton Sun
The press conference in Vancouver had just wrapped up when Bobby Lenarduzzi was on the phone. “We’re a long way from that 52,000 in Commonwealth Stadium that watched us tie Brazil,” were the first words from the former coach of the Canadian men’s national team. We go back a bit, Lanarduzzi and your correspondent.

Davies already a win for Canada soccer as Bayern Munich scoops up Whitecaps teenMedicine Hat News
In many ways, Alphonso Davies was a win for Canada soccer before news of an MLS-record transfer to one of the world’s top clubs.

From refugee to phenom: Inspiring Alphonso Davies could be Canada’s greatest soccer player everNational Post
On June 6, 2017, Alphonso Davies became a Canadian citizen. He represents soccer hope, for some, but also stands for something more.

Inside Alphonso Davies’ rapid ascent to one of the world’s biggest clubsWhitecaps FC
Alphonso Davies was 13 years old when Vancouver Whitecaps FC started tracking him. It was Marco Bossio, head of the St. Nicholas Soccer Academy in Edmonton, who first alerted Whitecaps FC Residency technical director Craig Dalrymple to the youngster’s potential.

Does Alphonso Davies’ move to Bayern Munich raise the standard of MLS youth development?ESPN
It’s a measure of Major League Soccer’s present status that the deal sending Alphonso Davies to Bayern Munich is destined to be analyzed for its broader cultural significance as much as its relative transactional merits.

What Alphonso Davies needs to do to succeed at Bayern MunichMLS
The news feels like a perfectly natural move for Davies at this point. Anyone who’s watched the Whitecaps or Davies in the last year-and-a-half has picked up what the Whitecaps players saw back in 2016. He can be downright unstoppable.

Canadian Championship 2018: Toronto FC headed to third straight final after routing OttawaSN
In a year that has been far from normal for Toronto FC, Wednesday night was one of the more routine matches the beleaguered team has played all season.

Toronto FC blanks Fury to reach Canadian Championship finalNational Post
The second half of the Battle of the North was rather one-sided and, as a result, Toronto FC will go for another Canadian Championship hat trick next month against Vancouver.

Toronto to face Vancouver in 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round on TSN/RDSCSA
Toronto FC will face Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round. The two Canadian teams will face each other in the Battle of the North final with Canada’s place in the 2019 Concacaf Champions League on the line.

Toronto FC coach wonders why Canada is not wooing teen forward Ayo AkinolaAlaska Highway News
Ayo Akinola scored his first senior goal for Toronto FC on Wednesday night with coach Greg Vanney, taking off his American hat, campaigning post-game for the Canadian Soccer Association to get moving and woo the 18-year-old forward into the Canadian fold.

Impact gets international roster spot from San Jose for allocation cashMontreal Gazette
The move opens a spot for the expected signing of striker Jimmy Briand from French Ligue-1 club Guingamp.

Red Bulls’ Bradley Wright-Phillips fastest to 100 MLS goalsUSA Today
Bradley Wright-Phillips became the fastest to score 100 MLS goals and the New York Red Bulls beat Atlantic Cup rival D.C. United 1-0 on Wednesday night in a game delayed about 90 minutes due to lightning.

Union end Houston woes with convincing road victorySBI
It has been a long time since the Philadelphia Union claimed a victory in Houston. 2011 to be exact, was the last time Philly savored a win at BBVA Compass Stadium, but that all changed Wednesday evening.

Peruvian forward Ruidiaz gets first MLS goal; Sounders winNBC Sports
Raul Ruidiaz scored his first MLS goal in his first league start to help the Seattle Sounders beat the last-place San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Portland Timbers forward Fanendo Adi has reportedly asked to be tradedOregon Live
Portland Timbers forward Fanendo Adi has reportedly asked to be traded and the Timbers are actively looking to move the Nigerian striker.

Toronto FC release update on the status of supporter privilegesMLS
After Toronto FC suspended all supporters privileges after an incident in the first leg of their Canadian Championship semifinal against Ottawa Fury FC last week, they have been re-instated for groups cleared of involvement.

A review of Banc of California StadiumLAG Confidential
Does LAFC’s new home deliver on the hype?

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BC Games bursaries handed out to 16 provincial athletesMaple Ridge News
More than a dozen B.C. athletes have been recognized not only for their athletic abilities at the 2018 BC Summer Games, but also for their achievements in the classroom and contributions to their school and community.

South Okanagan athletes shine at B.C. Summer GamesPenticton Western News
South Okanagan-Similkameen athletes came home with of heavy load of medals from the 2018 Cowichan B.C. Summer Games, which took place July 19-22.

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows athletes medal at games Maple Ridge News
The Fraser Valley zone team included numerous athletes from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows who medalled in the games.

Cowichan 2018 president reflects on successful BC Summer GamesCowichan Valley Citizen
Last weekend’s BC Summer Games went “better than we expected,” according to Cowichan 2018 president Jen Woike.

North Shore athletes gear up for Canada’s Special Olympics Summer GamesNorth Shore News
Athletes will compete in athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, softball, and swimming, notes a release from Special Olympics BC.

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
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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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Karina LeBlanc Named as Head of Concacaf Women’s FootballCONCACAF
The Confederation has hired the former Canadian international to lead its efforts to strengthen and grow the women’s game throughout the Concacaf region.

Sault team determined to win championshipSault Ste. Marie Star
It was the focus of their hard work before the regular season had begun. “Our goal, absolutely, is to win the league championship,” Daniel Scarpino told The Sault Star in an early May interview. Now, almost three months later, the Sault City United coach and the members of his girls soccer team control their own destiny.

Two Corner Brook players help province win gold at Atlantic U16 male soccer tournamentGander Beacon
Two budding soccer players from Corner Brook have every reason to be wearing a big smile. Nathan Brake and Ayo Owolabi helped Newfoundland and Labrador claim gold at the 2018 Atlantic U16 male soccer championships in Halifax on Sunday.


Washington’s Winner Worth the Wait for NashvilleUSL
Exactly two years and four months after he made his professional debut for Bethlehem Steel FC on March 25, 2016, a moment that had been a long time coming for Taylor Washington finally arrived. And, for Nashville SC, it couldn’t have come at a better moment.

Diedie Traore makes LA Galaxy II history as the first player signed through Open Tryout process: “He’s a super talent”LA Galaxy
LA Galaxy II made history on Wednesday. Los Dos announced the signing of Diedie Traore, the first Galaxy II player to be signed through the club’s Open Tryout process. The 19-year-old native of Paris joins the club after a successful stint with the Galaxy U-19 team which advanced to the USSDA championship match.

Kickers Play Six-Goal Thriller with La Liga’s RCD EspanyolUSL
The Richmond Kickers fell 4-2 to Spanish La Liga club RCD Espanyol in front of a crowd of 7,356 fans that witnessed a thrilling international exhibition at City Stadium on Wednesday night.

El Paso USL names Mark Lowry as head coachThe Prospector
After what many thought would be an announcement of the club’s name, El Paso USL announced the hiring of new head coach and technical director Mark Lowry.

New stadium in downtown Colorado Springs expected to secure Switchbacks’ status as Tier II clubThe Gazette
The United Soccer League seems to have outpaced the growth of Colorado Springs Switchbacks in recent seasons, but the club hopes the addition of a new downtown stadium and a strengthened partnership with Weidner Apartment Homes announced Wednesday will put the young club back in step with some of the top teams in the USL.


Olympique Lyonnais vs Manchester City preview: A Champions League rematchVavel
In the inaugural Women’s International Champions Cup Olympique Lyonnais and Manchester City will see each for the first time since the 2017 UEFA Champions League semi-final.

Three things to help the NWSL-U.S. Soccer relationship thriveThe Equalizer
The marriage of U.S. Soccer to a group of owners looking to start a women’s professional soccer league was a stroke of brilliance when it was thought up and then quickly implemented in 2012. The National Women’s Soccer League would not be where it is today without the salary and logistical support from U.S. Soccer. But what is the endgame for the relationship?

Barcelona puts women’s team in economy while men fly up frontBBC
The first mixed-sex tour in Barcelona football club’s history has run afoul of women’s team fans – after it emerged only the men flew in business class.


Ronaldo reaches deal with Spain’s Tax Office to end tax caseSportsnet
Spain’s Tax Office has accepted a deal with Cristiano Ronaldo to plead guilty to tax fraud and pay a fine of close to 19 million euros ($22 million) in exchange for a reduced prison sentence that will likely be suspended.

Newcastle United agree £9.5m fee with Mainz for striker Yoshinori MutoThe Guardian
Yoshinori Muto is set to add electric pace to Rafael Benítez’s frontline after Newcastle United agreed to sign the Japan striker from Mainz for £9.5m. The 26-year-old spent Thursday flying from Tokyo to Tyneside for a medical and is expected to become Benítez’s fifth summer signing.

Billionaire Usmanov is reportedly exploring sale of his 30 percent stake in Arsenal soccer clubCNBC
The Russian is said to have grown frustrated that the club’s American owner, Stan Kroenke, is unwilling to engage in takeover talks and has given up all hope of acquiring the club outright.

Robert Green: Chelsea sign ex-England goalkeeper on a free transferBBC Sport
Chelsea have signed former England goalkeeper Robert Green on a one-year deal.

AS Monaco’s midfield turnoverLigue 1
The principality club have announced the arrival of Jean-Eudes Aholou from RC Strasbourg Alsace while Portugal midfielder João Moutinho ends his five-year stay at the club with a move to Wolverhampton Wolves.

Norway book Europe’s last spot, holders England eliminatedFIFA
Norway booked Europe’s last ticket to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019 after they defeated England 3-0 in the play-offs at the UEFA Under-19 Championship Finland 2018.

Scottish football’s child protection policies labelled ‘inadequate’The Guardian
Scottish football’s child protection policies have been criticised in a damning report which calls for a comprehensive culture change across the country’s footballing community.

Prosecutors seek 11-year sentence for ex-Barca presidentNBC Sports
Spanish prosecutors are seeking an 11-year prison sentence for former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell on charges of money laundering involving the sale of television rights for Brazil matches.

Moriyasu new coach of Japan, replaces NishinoSportsnet
The 49-year-old Moriyasu replaces Akira Nishino, whose contract expired this month after he guided Japan to the round-of-16 at the World Cup in Russia.

Manchester United beat Milan in epic shootout after Alexis Sánchez shinesThe Guardian
Manchester United won their opening International Champions Cup game after regulation time ended 1-1 and 26 spot kicks were required to finally separate the two sides in the ensuing penalty shootout.

Sir Alex Ferguson delivers first public message since suffering brain haemorrhageYahoo Sports
Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken publicly for the first time since suffering a brain haemorrhage in May.

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