BC Soccer News, Thursday, June 1, 2017



SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017, 2:30 PM

Know thy enemy: Atlanta United FCWhitecaps FC
On Saturday afternoon at BC Place, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will face Atlanta United FC for the first time in club history.

The ‘Caps commitment to Canadian talent matures in the Canada CupEighty-Six Forever
The Whitecaps’ neophyte Canadian starters of Cups past are now experienced MLS players able to compete.

Toronto advance to final of 2017 Canadian ChampionshipCSA
It will be a Toronto-Montréal final to decide the 2017 Canadian Championship. With Montréal already through on Tuesday night, Toronto FC joined them via their Wednesday 4:0 win at BMO Field, completing their two-leg series 5-2 over visiting Ottawa Fury FC.

Fairytale run ends but Ottawa Fury still turning headsSportsnet
Changes can be difficult, but sometimes they can lead to greater things. The Ottawa Fury can attest to that after the last 12 months they have experienced.

Raheem Edwards humbled by quick rise with Toronto FCSN
Speed has always been a big part of Raheem Edwards’ game, but even he couldn’t predict how quickly he’d integrate himself into Toronto FC’s first team.

Houston Remains Undefeated at Home as They Run Over Real Salt LakeProst Amerika
The Dynamo keeps the good times at home as they win 5-1 against a Real Salt Lake team that looked lost and slow in defense. The Orange created many opportunities and controlled the position of the ball throughout the entire match.

NYCFC Lets Two Leads and Two Points SlipEmpire of Soccer
New York City FC lost two leads and two points Wednesday night. Despite Miguel Camargo‘s first goal in Major League Soccer, NYCFC was unable to hold onto a 2–1 lead and conceded an 86th minute goal at Yankee Stadium to draw with the New England Revolution. It’s points dropped for NYCFC against a team it felt it should have beaten and it has Coach Patrick Vieira ruing the team’s naiveté.

Depleted Seattle Sounders searching for answers in the attackMLS
As they get ready for the streaky Houston Dynamo for their second match in five days on Sunday (7 pm PT | MLS LIVE), the Seattle Sounders return to the Pacific Northwest searching for answers in their depleted attack.

LA Galaxy bring American dream to small corner of north LondonThe Telegraph
It is a scorching day. Hundreds of young footballers, all wearing iconic LA Galaxy jerseys, are desperately trying to catch the eye of the onlooking coaches in their search for the American dream. But this is not southern California – this is north London.

MLS teams find out opponents for 2017 US Open Cup Fourth Round MLS
The field is now set for the Fourth Round of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup, and each of the US-based MLS clubs entering the tournament know their respective opponent.

FC Dallas keeper Jesse Gonzalez to represent Mexico rather than U.S.ESPN FC
Gonzalez, a Mexican-American, had verbally accepted an invitation to the U.S. camp in 2016 before changing his mind and joining Mexico’s Olympic-bound under-23 team instead.

MLS: At long last, Minnesota United gets its tax breaksSoccer America
Finally, Minnesota United received the (modest) tax breaks it was seeking from the Minnesota legislature for the $150 million soccer stadium it plans on building. Governor Mark Dayton signed the omnibus tax bill on Tuesday night, ending two years of wait by the Loons, who initially hoped to play in Minneapolis but will play instead in St. Paul.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0, D.C. United 1, May 27, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour Comes to Canada


Team BC Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coaches Selected for Canada GamesBCSA
The Canada Summer Games will run from July 28-August 13 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Team BC has now selected their coaches for the Competition.   Head Coach Emma Humphries will be leading the Women’s Team while Head Coach Luca Dalla Pace will be leading the Men’s teams throughout the Competition.

Parity Party: Day of draws sure to bring Thursday madness to BC girls soccer championshipsVarsity Letters
Take one step into tournament headquarters here at the 2017 B.C. girls high school soccer championships, and one of the first things you’re handed is the tie-breaking procedure to determine champions in each of the four pools.

Vancouver defender Shannon Woeller earns Canada callback for Costa Rica gamesThe Province
Vancouver defender Shannon Woeller, summoned by coach John Herdman as an injury replacement in April, has earned a callback for Canada’s games against Costa Rica in Winnipeg and Toronto.

Langley player’s drive on and off soccer pitch noticedLangley Advance
Three months after cancer was removed from his thigh, John Kaspar was back training.

Own goal gifts Vancouver Greencaps their first BC Provincial B Cup crownAFTN
Vancouver Greencaps are the 2017 BC Provincial B Cup champions, lifting the Keith Millar Cup for the first time in their short six year history following a 1-0 victory over VMSL rivals NVFC Norvan Storm at Burnaby Lake on Sunday.

Grand Forks soccer team cries foul after being booted from tournamentVancouver Sun
A West Kootenay soccer team is crying foul after being sidelined from a tournament this week over a rule it believes unfairly impacts rural players.

Errol Wild soccer festival not about winning, but having fun, says KYSAKamloops This Week
Pitches across the city will be busy, with 142 teams in the under-six through under-12 divisions participating in the non-competitive event.

BC PROVINCIAL MEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Club Inter 2 Aldergrove United 0, May 14, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

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, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

2017 BC Soccer Adult Provincial ChampionshipsBCSA
The Road to Burnaby continues! Complete brackets and results from the weekend’s games in the BC Provincial Cups.

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, 2017BC 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 CampaignTSS 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 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.

Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on saleHighlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!

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.

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Canadians Ashley Lawrence, Kadeisha Buchanan face off in Champions League finalToronto Star
Match between Paris Saint-Germain and defending champion Lyon pits national team members against each other.

ROSTER: Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Costa Rica series 8 June in Winnipeg & 11 June in TorontoCSA
Canada Soccer has released the Women’s National Team roster ahead of two matches against Costa Rica on 8 June in Winnipeg and 11 June in Toronto. The June matches will mark the first meetings between Olympic Bronze Medalist Canada, ranked fifth in the world by FIFA, and upcoming CONCACAF rival Costa Rica since the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in February 2016, which secured Canada’s spot at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The Do’s and Don’ts the Canadian Premier League Should FollowVice Sports
It’s a good time to be a Canadian soccer dreamer. Though the impending launch of the Canadian Premier League was only officially confirmed a few weeks ago, fans across the nation have been speculating for years about when the league would launch, who’d be involved and how it’d look.

Many Impact players will take part in the Jeux de la FrancophonieMontreal Impact
The Quebec Soccer Federation announced on Thursday that a team comprised of the best U20 players available in the province will take part in the 8th edition of the Jeux de la Francophonie, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, from July 21 to 30, 2017.

‘We all have to be vigilant’: Winnipeg goalpost safety highlighted after teen diesCBC
The soccer goalposts at more than 500 Winnipeg pitches are inspected regularly and new purchases are designed to reduce the possibility of deadly accidents like the one that killed an Ontario teen, a parks administrator says.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2017, 2:00 PM

Fury FC’s Canadian Championship Quest EndsUSL
Ottawa Fury FC threatened early, but saw Toronto FC pull away for a 4-0 victory on the night and a 5-2 victory on aggregate as a pair of late first-half goals sent the defending champions back to the final of the Canadian Championship at BMO Field on Wednesday night. Toronto will face the Montreal Impact in the final next month.

Edmonton punches above its weight when it comes to nurturing MLS-level talent the11.ca
It’s hard to find a major city in Canada that’s more lacking in soccer facilities than Edmonton. There is no option for teams to play on full-size fields through the winter, as a bubble over a pitch (or pitches) is still in the nice-to-have category. There are several indoor-soccer facilities — the turf-and-boards kind — throughout the city, and they are heavily utilized. As a result, futsal is still limited to school gyms and hasn’t developed like it has in Ontario or Quebec.

Netan Sansara: ‘Why can’t there be successful British Asian footballers?’The Guardian
Sansara currently resides in Edmonton, Canada, where he plays for FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League. During his 10-year professional career, the 27-year-old’s work has seen him play in six countries for nine teams.

U.S. Open Cup Rewind: Christos FC defeat Chicago United, Miami FC tops Rowdies and moreSBI
The U.S. Open Cup third round matches saw one big upset, while the remaining amateur teams bowed out of the competition.

Albadawi nets brace to lead Oaks to 4–1 win over Jacks in NC DerbySoccer n’ Sweet Tea
Nazmi Albadawi collected a brace in the second half to push North Carolina FC to a 4–1 win over the Charlotte Independence in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.

USL Match Preview – #STLvTORUSL
Saint Louis FC hosts Toronto FC II on Friday night at Toyota Stadium – Saint Louis for the club’s first home game since April 22 after historic flooding in early May saw the venue require restoration.

Women’s Champions League: Two French finalists ‘no coincidence’, says Lyon captainBBC Sport
Two French teams contesting this season’s Women’s Champions League final is “no coincidence”, says France and Lyon captain Wendie Renard.

Uefa to push #WePlayStrong women’s scheme during Champions League finalThe Guardian
Women’s football will be exposed to a rare prime-time audience during Saturday’s Champions League final in Cardiff as part of a Uefa scheme to encourage growth in the women’s game .

The World According to Weimer: Portland on My Mind Empire of Soccer
Over the weekend, we had an away trip to Portland to play the Thorns. We had some of the toughest turbulence I’ve ever experienced on the five-and-a-half-hour flight there. Other than that, it was uneventful, which doesn’t seem so common anymore, according to social media anyway.

Houston Dash interim head coach Omar Morales continues transition after club goes in new direction Houston Dynamo
Omar Morales has lived in a state of transition since he arrived to Houston earlier this year as the first full-time assistant coach in franchise history. From commuting across the state to uprooting his family to work with Houston’s former head coach, Randy Waldrum, Morales is still adjusting to life in the National Women’s Soccer League.

Spurs Ladies all set for Women’s Super LeagueTottenham Hotspur
Spurs Ladies have reached the pinnacle of an incredible 2016-17 season – they have won promotion to the FA Women’s Super League.

Sounders Women kick off WPSL home slate this weekendGoalWA
The Sounders Women opened the 2017 WPSL season with a win in Vancouver, BC over NSGSC. The women now turn their sites on the opening two home games of the year. The women will play ISC Gunners on Friday, June 2nd at Sunset Stadium in Sumner at 7:30pm. They will turn around and play Capital Timbers on Sunday, June 4th at Starfire Sports at 2pm.

Hope Solo takes shots at herself, Messi, Neymar, U.S. Soccer in weird Eurosport debutSI.com
Former U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo debuted as Eurosport’s “Commissioner of Women’s Football” on Thursday … and it got weird.

Atletico Madrid transfer ban defeat kills Costa bid and ends Man Utd’s Griezmann hopesSN
Atletico Madrid have lost an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against a transfer ban imposed by FIFA, meaning they cannot register players until January 2018.

Manchester United drop interest in £87m Antoine GriezmannThe Guardian
Manchester United have cooled their interest in Antoine Griezmann, with the Europa League winners prioritising a striker rather than a No10 this summer.

Real Madrid look to confirm dynasty status with Juve standing in their wayESPN FC
Dynasties are cyclical. Right up until the 1990s Real Madrid prided themselves on having won more European Cups (six) than any other club. While it is true, their rivals could always snort and cruelly point out that all of that happened “in black and white” — meaning it was a long time ago, belonging to the age of sepia-tone newsreels. Indeed, 32 years passed between 1966 and 1998 when the club appeared in just one final (1981), which they lost.

Daniele de Rossi: Roma captains signs new dealBBC Sport
Midfielder De Rossi has a reported £5.24m-a-year contact, making him the highest paid player in Serie A.

Juventus renaming ground to Allianz Stadium in six-year dealSN
Juventus have signed a naming rights deal which means their ground will be called the Allianz Stadium from July.

Italy downs France to reach U20 World Cup quarters with USSportsnet
Italy defeated France 2-1 to move into the Under-20 World Cup quarterfinals on Thursday and partially avenge losing the final of the 2016 Under-19 European Championship.

PAOK docked six points, AEK Athens fined after Greek Cup violenceESPN FC
The Greek football association has punished PAOK and AEK Athens after supporter violence marred last month’s Greek Cup final.

1860 Munich facing ruin as financial backer makes demandsSportsnet
Former Bundesliga team 1860 Munich said Thursday its financial backer has made demands that cannot be fulfilled, creating an impasse that threatens the club’s future with a key deadline approaching.

Fourth workshop on video assistant referees held in ZurichFIFA
The fourth IFAB workshop related to experiments with video assistant referees (VARs) concluded at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on Friday 1 June. The three-day program was the final workshop before many participants start testing VARs in the second year of the experiment.

Dani Alves: The SecretThe Players’ Tribune
I’m going to start with a secret. Actually, you may learn a few secrets in this story, because I feel like I am misunderstood by many people. But let’s start with the first one.

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