BC Soccer News, Thursday, June 30, 2016







VOYAGEURS CUP PHOTO GALLERY: Whitecaps FC 2, TFC 1 (TFC wins 2-2 on Agg.), June 29, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

Reds Win Canadian ChampionshipToronto FC
The Vancouver Whitecaps were seconds away from securing a second consecutive Amway Canadian Championship, but a miscommunication between goalkeeper David Ousted and defender Kendall Waston left a rebound for Will Johnson’s stoppage time goal that stole the championship for Toronto FC Wednesday night in BC Place.

Will Johnson delivers heroics in Amway Canadian Championship finalCSA
Will Johnson scored a dramatic last-minute winner as Toronto FC won the 2016 Amway Canadian Championship title, their first Canadian title in four years. Johnson blasted the winning goal in the fifth minute of added time after a Vancouver collision dropped the ball into his path.

Toronto FC win Voyageurs Cup on away goals after dramatic stoppage-time winnerWhitecaps FC
An inconsolable Nicolas Mezquida left the pitch in tears. David Ousted stood at the halfway line, with his hands on his knees, for what seemed like an eternity. As the crowd left for the exits, Jordan Harvey remained on the pitch staring at the skies.  The ‘Caps were shattered. They couldn’t believe what had just happened. Neither could the 19,376 fans in attendance.

Toronto FC stuns Vancouver with late goal to win Canadian ChampionshipCBC
Will Johnson scored a goal late in added time as Toronto FC snatched the Voyageurs Cup out of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ hands on Wednesday.

Thanks to away goals rule, Toronto FC are Voyageurs Cup ChampionsMLS
Toronto FC claimed their first Amway Canadian Championship in four years thanks to a stunning stoppage time winner from Will Johnson at BC Place on Wednesday evening against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The Whitecaps lose the Voyageurs Cup in the final seconds Eighty-Six Forever
19,376 chests are ripped open simultaneously as their hearts slip limp and lifeless to the floor. (Yes, I know there were thirteen TFC fans in the stands, but screw them.) Vancouver wins the game. The two leg series is tied. And Toronto wins the Voyageurs Cup. Crap.

Every second counts as Toronto dish out last ditch heartbreak to snatch Canadian Championship away from Vancouver AFTN
Never leave until the final whistle. That was how I was brought up. Sometimes though you wish you hadn’t listened to that advice.

No Amway: Caps lose Canadian final in crushing fashion to TFC The Province
The home fans were up celebrating — in full song.  The Whitecaps bench was up, too, embracing, anticipating, imploring the referee, Drew Fischer, to blow the whistle for full-time.  It was into the fourth minute — creeping toward the fifth minute — of the four minutes of time added on. It was over, right?

Dramatic Toronto FC win adds to Canadian Championship folkloreGoal
Though not at its best in Vancouver on Wednesday night, TFC used its very last scoring opportunity to win the Voyageurs Cup and break Whitecaps hearts.

Vancouver’s Robinson on ACC stunner: “I’m absolutely gutted for the guys”MLS
BC Place was bouncing. The fans were loud and on their feet, and the Vancouver Whitecaps were seconds away from winning back-to-back Voyageurs Cups. Then Will Johnson hit Toronto FC’s series winner four minutes into stoppage time and in a split second, apart from the celebrations on the TFC bench, you could have heard a pin drop.

TFC loses to Whitecaps, but wins Voyageurs Cup Sportsnet
The Vancouver Whitecaps thought they had their hands on the Voyageurs Cup. Then Toronto FC ripped it out of their fingers.

Vancouver keeper howler hands Toronto FC Canadian ChampionshipESPN FC
Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted and defender Kendall Waston were at fault for the goal, colliding in mid-air and leaving a free ball for Johnson to turn into an empty net.

Canadian Championship leg two: Will Johnson’s goal at the death wins Toronto FC the championshipVavel
Johnson and his teammates were second-best for almost all of Wednesday’s contest but scored a crucial away goal to give TFC the Amway Canadian Championship trophy.

Will Johnson The Hero as Toronto FC Score Late To Win the 2016 Voyageurs CupWaking the Red
An unbelievable ending gives Toronto FC their biggest result of the year, even if it was technically a loss.

US Open Cup quarterfinal matchups are set for July 20MLS
The quarterfinal field for the 2016 US Open Cup is set after the final set of Round of 16 matches were played on Wednesday night.

Timbers eliminated by Galaxy in US Open Cup Prost Amerika
A deflection came to the foot of Raul Mendiola who one-timed it past Wade Hamilton to give the LA Galaxy a 1-0 lead five minutes into the game. That would be the Galaxy’s only shot on goal for the first 50 minutes but it was enough to secure the lead despite Portland’s best efforts to equalize. Stellar play in goal by Clement Diop nullified a great chance by Jack McInerney. Jack Barmby had a strong first half as well.

LA’s “best Homegrown player” Mendiola makes most of US Open Cup opportunityMLS
The LA Galaxy brought a mixture of youth and experience to the Rose City for Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup match against the Portland Timbers, but it was the Galaxy’s young attacking players that caught the eye in a 1-0 win for the visitors.

Marsch loses cool, gets ejected in loss to Philadelphia Empire of Soccer
A controversial handball call cost the New York Red Bulls some late momentum — and the cool of their head coach. Jesse Marsch was ejected in the 90th minute, arguing with the fourth official over a called handball on Bradley Wright-Phillips. Afterwards, he grabbed a pair of balls, spiking one at the feet of Philadelphia Union boss Jim Curtain’s feet, and the other against the wall.

Toronto FC’s homegrown players starting to shineMLS MultiPlex
Since the forming of TFC II a few players have been turned heads and got called up and signed to Toronto FC’s first team. Jordan Hamilton, Molham (Mo) Babouli, and Jay Chapman are 3 players who have gone through TFC’s academy system, played for TFC II and are now playing for Toronto FC.

Chicago Fire, Gilberto agree to mutually terminate contractProst Amerika
The Chicago Fire have announced that they and forward Gilberto have mutually agreed to terminate his contract.

1st Place Isn’t Good Enough For The Rapids: Welcome To Colorado Tim HowardCBS Denver
As if being in first place wasn’t good enough, the Colorado Rapids went and added one of the premier goaltenders in the world.

MLS Expansion Guide: How and When It’s All Going Down Orlando City
The MLS doesn’t see its expansion stopping any time soon, with three clubs committed to joining the league in the next two seasons and one more awaiting a stadium deal. Commissioner Don Garber announced at the end of last year that the league is aiming to have 28 teams.

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Six Teams Qualify For National Club Championships as BC Soccer Provincial Premier Cup Finals ConcludeBCSA
20 EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League Teams took to the field last weekend as the BC Soccer Provincial Premier Cup took place in Kelowna.  Thompson Okanagan FC hosted the two day event which turned out to be a memorable weekend of soccer.  Six teams from four separate clubs earned berths into the Canadian Soccer Association Sport Chek National Club Championships and ten teams took home provincial championship trophies.

Smith tabbed as interim coach for Heat women’s soccerUBCO
With success at coaching stints at the amateur, professional, and national team level, Craig Smith makes a great addition to the UBC Okanagan women’s soccer program. Smith has been hired to replace Claire Paterson who is on extended leave.

KYSA round-up to June 26, 2016Kamloops This Week
The under-18 Kamloops Blaze girls posted three wins and one draw at the Baker Blast tournament on the weekend, good enough for gold in their division.

BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in ReviewBCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review.  The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach MandateBCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.

Free Physiotherapy Clinical Trial for Achilles Pain at UBC – UBC Centre for Hip Health & Mobility
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Victoria Highlanders 2016 Season Tickets Now Available Select Your Seats
The Victoria Highlanders are ready to return to the PDL for 2016. BC Soccer Web encourages all soccer fans on Vancouver Island to get behind their team. Season tickets are now on sale and extremely affordable. Support Local Soccer!

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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Whitby’s Olivia Smith earns trip to Paris for Danone Nations Cup world finals Whitby This Week
Olivia Smith of Whitby will be headed to Paris in October to represent Canada in soccer.

Young Syrian refugee scores game-winning goal for N.B. soccer teamCTV
A young Syrian refugee who is new to Canada is already making a big impact on New Brunswick’s Under-16 soccer team. Mohammed Matar Haj Ale and his family spent three years in a camp for Syrian refugees before moving to Fredericton in January.




SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2016, 7:00 PM


U.S. Open Cup Fifth Round recap: Strikers pull off cupset, moreEmpire of Soccer
Round five of the U.S. Open Cup produced some very entertaining matches over two nights. Home field for the round was determined randomly, but it wasn’t much of an advantage; home teams went just 4-4. The biggest story from the round of sixteen, however, is that an NASL team is on their way to the quarterfinals.

Strikers stun Orlando City in Open Cup with 120th-minute winnerSBI
Cinderella is wearing red and gold to the ball this year. The Ft. Lauderdale Strikers kept their improbable run in the U.S. Open Cup going on Wednesday night thanks to a dramatic winner seconds before the end of extra time. Brazilian defender Victor Giro, also known as PC, came up with the decisive goal in the 120th minute to push the Strikers to a 2-1 road win over Orlando City in a Round of 16 bout at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Reno Becomes San Jose USL Affiliate Empire of Soccer
Reno 1868 FC has announced a two-year partnership with the San Jose Earthquakes effectively becoming the USL affiliate team to the MLS side starting in 2017.

NASL: More rebuilding by Miami FC — Kwadwo Poku Soccer America
Miami FC, the NASL expansion club that finished last in the Spring Season, continued its spending spree with the acquisition of Kwadwo Pokufrom MLS’s NYCFC ahead of the Fall Season kickoff on Saturday.

Kamara Comes Off Bench to Crush Cosmos’ Open Cup Dreams Empire of Soccer
After two straight years of being knocked out in the Fifth Round of the U.S. Open Cup, the New York Cosmos could taste the victory in the final stages of Wednesday’s matchup with the New England Revolution. The match was theirs with a 2-1 lead at the 75th minute mark, but two defensive lapses and a goal and assist from Kei Kamara in the moments swiped the win from the Cosmos.

USL PDL MATCH RECAP | Lane United FC 0, Portland Timbers U-23s 1 Timbers FC
Playing their first game of a two-match road trip, the Portland Timbers U-23s defeated Lane United FC 1-0 for their second win of the PDL season on Wednesday night at the Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation.

Adrian Ables ’16 Signs Pro Soccer Contract with NASL’s Rayo OKC DePauw Univ.
Adrian AblesAdrian Ables, a May 2016 graduate of DePauw University, has signed a contract with the North American Soccer League’s Rayo OKC. A forward, Ables “began training with Rayo OKC later in the spring following the completion of his degree from DePauw University,” notes a story in the Oklahoman.

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Sunderland Ladies  0   Chelsea 5  – BBC Sport
Chelsea Ladies thrashed Sunderland Ladies to move two points behind Women’s Super League One leaders Manchester City Women.

NWSL Attendance Trends and What They Say About The LeagueProst Amerika
With almost half the 2016 NWSL season gone, the weekly battle for a spot at the top of the table continues to be fiercely competitive. This battle is about to become even more interesting as the USWNT players leave at the beginning of July to start preparing for the Olympics, with international players following shortly after.

Transfer news: Matilda signs for Swedish clubWestfield W-League
Westfield Matildas striker Chloe Logarzo has signed a deal with Swedish club Eskilstuna United, the club announced overnight.

NWSL streaming keeps Canberra United’s Ellie Brush on Matildas’ radarSydney Morning Herald
Canberra United coach Rae Dower is confident online streaming of the USA’s National Women’s Soccer League means defender Ellie Brush isn’t out of sight, out of mind when it comes to Matildas Olympic selection.

Why Soccer Star Alex Morgan Is Proud To Play #LikeAGirlHuffington Post
Before she became a soccer star, Alex Morgan faced a coach who discouraged her from playing the game she loved. Now, the U.S. women’s national soccer team forward is partnering up with Always to ensure that young women maintain the confidence and motivation to stay in sports.

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How to Watch Euro 2016 on TV in Canada – BC Soccer Web
The Euros are one of the most popular soccer events on Canadian Television screens. Past Euro competitions have garnered high TV ratings in Canada, and all of the matches are easily accessible.

TSN’s Euro 2016 TV ScheduleTSN
The most up to date resource for upcoming Euro 2016 Matches on TSN.

Bob Lenarduzzi: Tale of two strikers in Portugal-PolandVancouver Sun
The Euro 2016 quarter-finals kick off at noon on Thursday, as Poland faces Portugal. This match features the two most deadly goal-scorers in the competition — at least in theory. In practice, it’s been a different story for Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski.

FA chief Greg Dyke asks why anyone would want England job  – SkySports
Outgoing Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has questioned why anybody would want to manage England – while claiming the players looked ‘scared’ during the defeat to Iceland on Monday night.

Gareth Southgate does not want England manager jobBBC Sport
England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate has no interest in succeeding Roy Hodgson as boss of the senior national team.

England will reap rewards if they hire Klinsmann as manager  – Prost Amerika
So… how did we get here? Reports in England suggest that Jurgen Klinsmann is being heavily backed by bookmakers in England to be the next England manager.

Copa America champion Chile set to face Euro 2016 winnerGoal
CONMEBOL and UEFA are in discussions to set up a match between the Euro 2016 winner and Copa America champion Chile.

Diego Maradona tells Argentina to ‘let Lionel Messi have his holidays’ESPN FC
Argentina legend Diego Maradona is urging his countrymen to leave Lionel Messi alone after Messi’s decision to retire from the national team following their loss to Chile in the Copa America final.

Falcao targeting Ligue 1 top scorer awardGoal
Monaco striker Radamel Falcao is targeting a return to form following two disappointing seasons in the Premier League.

Pressure still arriving for Juan Carlos Osorio, MexicoGoal
While Juan Carlos Osorio has retained his place in charge of the Mexican national team, the country’s media members and fans are only beginning to heap pressure on his shoulders.

Melbourne City midfielder Aaron Mooy joins EPL giants Manchester CitySydney Morning Herald
Aaron Mooy is set to embark on a dream move to English Premier League giants Manchester City after their sister club in the A-League Melbourne City agreed to a transfer on Thursday.

Southampton appoint former Monaco, Lyon coach Claude Puel as managerESPN FC
Former Monaco, Lille, Lyon and Nice coach Puel, 54, has never worked outside of France and spent his entire playing career at Monaco where he was coached by Arsene Wenger.

Is it OK to take pain medicine in order to continue playing?Soccer America
Several factors cause athletes of all levels to continue to play through pain: the warrior mentality, shame from showing weakness and letting others down, pressure from teammates and coaches, and the threat, imagined or real, of lost playing time. Warning: if you can’t play without pain medicine then don’t play.

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