BC Soccer News, Thursday, June 22, 2017



SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017, 5:00 PM

Whitecaps’ Nerwinski the next guy up, and ready at right back Red Nation Online
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are looking to head into the MLS Gold Cup break with some positive results. The Caps will take on expansion side Minnesota United FC on June 24, Chicago Fire on July 1, and New York City FC on July 5 at B.C. Place. The club is looking to turn the corner after a stretch of off the pitch news.

Whitecaps rookie Nerwinski hopes to make the most of opportunitySportsnet
Jake Nerwinski is still adjusting to life as a rookie in Major League Soccer — which has meant, in part, getting used to a lot of waiting.

MLS Disciplinary Committee fines Schweinsteiger, Ciman, OustedMLS
The The Disciplinary Committee has issued an undisclosed fine to Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted for instigating an escalating an incident in the 82nd minute of Vancouver’s match against FC Dallas on June 17.

From the Pigeon Loft: Serious and not so serious problems AFTN
Last week was one of those weeks in which there was so much to talk about and so little to say. As a supporter, one gets used to the club doing things that irritate and annoy, or that are downright stupid. We console ourselves by saying that “we’re really just here for the players”. In the Pigeon Loft we have a banner that says “Waving Flags and Singing Anyway” which captures this spirit perfectly. No matter what happens, we’ll be behind the players.

MLS Review: Orlando snatch last-gasp draw, Minnesota upstage Timbers in wild clashFour Four Two
Scott Sutter headed home Kaka’s free-kick in the 94th minute to snatch a 1-1 draw in Seattle on Wednesday.

Rookie scores winning goal in Minnesota United win over PortlandDuluth News Tribune
Minnesota United continues to raise its level of play at TCF Bank Stadium. Rookie Abu Danladi scored the winning goal in the 64th minute to propel the Loons to a 3-2 victory over the Portland Timbers on Wednesday in a Major League Soccer match.

Seattle Sounders FC 1, Orlando City SC 1 | 2017 MLS Match RecapMLS
Scott Sutter’s first goal in MLS was as dramatic as they come, as he headed in a free kick from Kaká on the final play of the match to earn Orlando City SC a 1-1 draw on the road against Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday night.

McBean’s career night helps Galaxy earn fifth road winSBI
Winning on the road is traditionally hard in Major League Soccer, but not for the LA Galaxy this year. The Galaxy picked up their league-best fifth road win on Wednesday by knocking off the Colorado Rapids, 3-1, behind a two-goal performance from Jack McBean at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Goals, points finally come for D.C. in United effort against AtlantaProst Amerika
Losing streaks are never easy to break. Clubs often have to literally throw every obstacle in their own direction to achieve their goals. Such was the case on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium with D.C. United. After going down a goal early things looked dim for the senior United side. But goals from Luciano Acosta and Patrick Nyarko gave D.C. all that they needed to down Atlanta United 2-1 and end their three game winless streak.

NYCFC to Sign Sands, First Homegrown PlayerEmpire of Soccer
NYCFC logoJames Sands will become New York City FC’s first homegrown player effective July 1, the club announced Wednesday.

How supporters’ groups view some of MLS Rivalry Week’s biggest matchupsESPN FC
MLS Rivalry Week is upon us again. And with those occasions animated as much by the fans as by the players on the field, ESPN FC asked fan reps from some of the teams playing in this weekend’s biggest games to give a sense of the mood in their camps leading into these matchups.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, FC Dallas 1, June 17, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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3v3 Live Soccer Tour Comes to Canada


Tibetan women’s soccer team set to make international debut in VancouverCBC
What seemed like a devastating setback has turned into a wonderful opportunity for a Tibetan women’s soccer team, and the USA’s loss can now be counted as a gain for Vancouver.

TSS Rovers looking to finish inaugural season strongly and “make it as difficult as possible” for playoff contendersAFTN
TSS Rovers have five games remaining in their inaugural PDL season, as they get set to welcome Victoria Highlanders to Swangard Stadium for a Juan de Fuca plate double header on Friday and Sunday.

Cascades men’s soccer program signs Surrey products Sandhu, AujlaUFV
University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer coach Tom Lowndes has added two more standouts to his 2017 recruiting class, signing Darash Sandhu and Ravin Aujla.

Matteo Polisi joins brother Marcello on Canada’s NCAA teamSFU
Matteo Polisi, an attacking midfield from the Portland Timbers Development Academy, has decided to join his brother Marcello Polisi on Canada’s NCAA men’s soccer team, Simon Fraser University head coach Clint Schneider announced today.

Residency Week 2017: A promising future awaits Thomas Hasal, the latest Whitecaps keeper to catch the eyeAFTN
If there’s one position the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency program has been stacked in these last few years, it’s the goalkeeping one.

KYSA House Playoffs This Weekend KYSA
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association’s (KYSA) house league season for U13 to U18 teams will come to an end this weekend when the teams take part in the 2017 House League playoffs.

Eleven Kelowna United teams advance to BC Soccer provincial tournamentsKelowna Now
Kelowna United and the KU/UBCO Junior Heat programs have combined to qualify 11 teams for BC Soccer provincial tournaments next month.

Looks like U13 Selects are ready to make a run at provincialsNelson Daily
The stars continue to align for Nelson Selects U-13 Boys. Fresh from capturing the BC Soccer Kootenay Zone title, the Select defeated Airdrie FC 3-2 to win the 2017 Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association (KEYSA) Tournament Sunday in Cranbrook.

Delta Police’s inaugural kids soccer camp this summerIndo-Canadian Voice
DELTA Police Department is offering a week camp from August 28 to September 1 for kids aged 6 to 12 years. Partial proceeds will be going to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

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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PDL PHOTOS: TSS Rovers 2 Lane Utd. 2, May 12, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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
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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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Toronto and Montréal all even in Canadian Championship finalCSA
t’s all going to come down to 90 minutes. Canadian rivals Impact Montréal FC and Toronto FC are all even after 90 minutes in the 2017 Canadian Championship final after the two sides played to a 1:1 draw in the opening leg at Stade Saputo on Wednesday 21 June. The return leg is next Tuesday 27 June at BMO Field in Toronto with a 19.30 local kick off. The match will be broadcast live across the country on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5, and RDS (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT).

TFC, Impact draw in 1st leg of Canadian championship finalCBC
​​It was a 1-1 draw, but Toronto FC emerged with the advantage after an intense, if somewhat sloppy, encounter with the Montreal Impact.

TFC, Impact rivalry not cooling down anytime soonSportsnet
The “unfriendly rivalry” between Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact continues unabated, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to cool down anytime soon.

Piatti’s penalty miss looms large in Canadian Championship final’s first legthe11.ca
We’ll have to wait a week to see just how large a part Ignacio Piatti’s penalty miss plays in the Canadian Championship final.

Canada’s Kadeisha Buchanan gets ESPY nomination for best female college athleteCBC
Canadian Kadeisha Buchanan was nominated for best female college athlete at the ESPYs on Wednesday after leading the West Virginia University women’s soccer team to the NCAA final.

The Canadian ConnectionThe Sentinel
Recently, I had a chance to sit down with Canadians Stephanie Labbé and Shelina Zadorsky for an exclusive interview about their second year with the Washington Spirit as professional soccer players in the National Women’s Soccer League.

Pro soccer to continue N.S. sports traditionChronicle Herald
For soccer fans and players, for other athletes, for thousands of Nova Scotians who remember the Wanderers Grounds in its glory days and would welcome them back, this is good news.

Canadian Arena Soccer Association makes Mississauga homeMississauga.com
Professional arena soccer is coming to Mississauga and the brains behind the movement are doing what they can to gather support.

Calgary Foothills set to open massive indoor soccer fieldhouseCalgary Sun
Ten years after initial planning began, the 85,000 sq.-ft. facility at 111 Exploration Ave. S.E. will be western Canada’s only soccer specific facility of its type, said a thrilled Tommy Wheeldon.

Some soccer players and North Bay Youth Soccer at oddsCountry 600 am
There is an issue of concern in local soccer. So says a North Bay man. Mike Ianeiro says there are 18 year old players in the North Bay Youth Soccer League who have been invited by the men’s adult soccer league to play there, but the youth league is prohibiting them from doing so.

Tickets on sale for #CanadaRED international soccer match in TorontoCSA
Red, rouge, rosso, vermelho, rojo: no matter how you say it, Canadian supporters are asked to wear their #CanadaRED when Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team faces CONCACAF rivals Jamaica to close out the 2017 Summer of Soccer. The Men’s International Friendly match will give soccer fans a chance to show their Canadian pride when Canada returns to BMO Field in Toronto this Saturday 2 September.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017, 3:00 PM

WFC2 Spotlight Series: David Norman Jr. turns in his application for the next levelWhitecaps FC
Last season, fans saw Alphonso Davies, Kyle Greig, Spencer Richey and Brett Levis move up to Major League Soccer. Who’s next to follow their footsteps up the path to the first team? Think of the 2017 USL season as their body of work as they climb up the ranks, and attempt to knock on the doors of the MLS team. First up is David Norman Jr. See below for his application for the next level.

Republic FC’s Caesar is a brute in rout of Rio Grande Valley FCSacramento Bee
Want to congratulate Republic FC on their latest victory? Start by tipping your hat to Trevin Caesar.

Rangers Rally Past SwitchbacksUSL
The Swope Park Rangers rallied to earn a 2-1 victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Wednesday night at Children’s Mercy Victory Field.

Cosmos Ink Moyal, Israeli MidfielderEmpire of Soccer
As the midway point of the North American Soccer League season approaches with the end of the Spring Season, the New York Cosmos continue to add pieces to their roster. After Tuesday’s re-signing of forward Lucky Mkosana, the Cosmos on Wednesday announced the signing of the Israeli midfielder Kobi Moyal.

Teenage Cosmos fan orchestrates Lucky Mkosana signingMetro
Few fans, if any, in the history of sports will ever have the impact that 13-year-old Angelo Coniglio had this week for his favorite team.

Reno 1868 FC Signs Dynamic Midfielder Darwin EspinalReno 1868
Reno 1868 FC has signed winger Darwin Espinal to a one-year deal, the club announced on Wednesday. Espinal’s signing is pending USL and federation approval. Espinal, 22, is a dynamic, pacey midfielder who most recently played for the South Florida Surf, a club in the Premier Development League (PDL).

Des Moines ‘Deserving of High-Level Soccer’USL D3
Menace General Manager, USL DIII VP reflect on expansion visit.

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Run of Play: Internationals get it doneThe Equalizer
In the four years and counting of the NWSL, over thirty countries have been represented among the players, including every continent but Antarctica. Acquiring international players has become an art among NWSL coaches, who have had to use ways other than salaries to persuade the world’s best players to spend seven months in the states.

No Regrets: How Mexican International Katie Johnson is Impacting the NWSLBackline Soccer
After a Week 8 match-up against the Chicago Red Stars and earning her first start, Katie Johnson spoke with Backline Soccer about NWSL draft day, rookie life, and making an impact in the league as a Mexican International and Mexican-American player.

Orlando Pride rookie Rachel Hill makes swift transition to NWSLOrlando Sentinel
Every player wants to start right away, but Rachel Hill knew she would have to wait. The rookie forward didn’t even sign with the Orlando Pride until late May and, coming off an injury, didn’t feel she was 100 percent full strength yet.

Roster News: Pride Add Morgan, Waive BurkenroadBackline Soccer
The Orlando Pride has added USWNT forward Alex Morgan to the club’s roster today, waiving Christina Burkenroad to make room for last year’s captain, returning from her time with UEFA Women’s Champions League winners Olympique Lyonnais Féminine.

Women’s Champions League qualifying round draw on FridayUEFA
The UEFA Women’s Champions qualifying round draw will be streamed live on UEFA.com from 13:30CET on Friday, with 40 teams aiming for 11 berths in the knockout phase.

NCAA Title IX report: Spending up, gender gaps remainWFTV
Spending on men’s and women’s athletic programs has doubled over the past decade across all three NCAA divisions and the greatest gap between the two can be found in Division I, according to a report released Wednesday marking the 45th anniversary of the Title IX ruling that bars discrimination based on gender.

The World According to Weimer: Remembering Tony DiCiccoEmpire of Soccer
There aren’t many people in my sphere who haven’t heard of Tony DiCicco. The ones who haven’t are simply too young. Too young to know that their opportunities and paved pathways are part of the design of the man with the awesome mustache who helped change thousands of lives in June 1999.

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John Terry weighs up Aston Villa move as he waits on Premier League interestThe Guardian
John Terry is weighing up an offer to extend his career with Aston Villa in the Championship, but anticipates top-flight clubs proposing terms over the next few weeks as he prepares for life away from Chelsea.

Schick completes €25 million move to JuventusSN
Patrik Schick is set to complete his €25 million move to Juventus from Sampdoria after arriving in Turin to have his medical on Thursday.

Qatar stadium safety concerns raised by death investigationSportsnet
An investigation into why a British man fell to his death on a building site for the 2022 Qatar soccer World Cup has raised concerns about stadium roof safety.

Players brawl as Mexico defeats New Zealand BBC Sport
Mexico came from behind to beat New Zealand and moved top of the group amid ugly scenes at the Confederations Cup.

Preview: New Zealand-Portugal FIFA
With one foot already in the semi-finals, Portugal will look to make sure of their spot when they take on already-eliminated New Zealand in Saint Petersburg on Saturday. The All Whites, for their part, are still chasing an elusive first win at a senior FIFA tournament and will be out to show the same determination and intensity that was on display in their last outing.

We wanted video replay in soccer, and it doesn’t work now that we have itYahoo Sports
The arrival of the Video Assistant Referee — or VAR — to help adjudicate every other decision hasn’t made the game better. Because it has slowed it down with extended pauses to review footage. Now in use in the first major tournament, the ongoing Confederations Cup in Russia, the technology has revealed itself as unready to be integrated seamlessly into the game just yet.

Low looks to learn from flexible ChileFIFA
Should world champions have role models? While that particular term is not one Joachim Low would presumably use, it has not stopped him from looking at what other countries are doing.

Confederations Cup: Russian revolution means warm welcome for Socceroos fansThe Guardian
Despite fears about hooligans ahead of the World Cup in 2018, Australian supporters have found friendly hosts and efficient organisation.

Gambling in football: FA ends deals with gambling firms including LadbrokesBBC Sport
The Football Association has ended all of its sponsorships with betting companies, including mutually terminating a long-term Ladbrokes deal.

Oscar banned for mammoth eight games after inciting China brawlSN
Former Chelsea attacker Oscar has been banned by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) for inciting a brawl in Shanghai SIPG’s 1-1 draw on Sunday.

U21 EURO – who’s through, who’s out, who can still qualify?UEFA
Spain are through and Denmark are out, but what do the other ten teams need to happen in order to qualify for the U21 EURO semi-finals? UEFA.com explains the matchday three permutations.

South African row brews over ‘slave wages’ for top playersInside World Football
A row has broken out over wages in the top divisions of South African football following claims that Kaizer Chiefs’ Bruce Bvuma was earning just R5000 (£303) per month against the background of a FIFPro survey which suggests 38% of players are earning less than R8000 (£486) a month.

China under-20s may play in German fourth tier, DFB confirmsESPN FC
Only 19 teams have qualified for the regional southwest division of Germany’s fourth tier, and to even out the fixture list the DFB has now invited China’s U20 team to join the league. That would allow China to prepare for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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