BC Soccer News, Thursday, March 14, 2019




SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019, 12:00 PM PT



Episode 329 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Compass Points – Houston v Vancouver Preview Show)AFTN
Third time lucky? That’s what Marc Dos Santos and Vancouver Whitecaps will be hoping for in Houston on Saturday afternoon, in the last MLS match for the ‘Caps before the international break.

Breaking down Erik Godoy’s strong start to his Major League Soccer careerWhitecaps FC
From the very beginning, Vancouver Whitecaps FC head coach Marc Dos Santos said that centre back is one of the toughest positions to play in his system.

Houston Dynamo: Tactical flexibility adds new threatMLS Multiplex
The Houston Dynamo have very quickly evolved from the overwhelming mass of attackers and disrupters that Wilmer Cabrera fielded in previous seasons. Understanding that tactical flexibility was required for his team to take the step to the next level, Cabrera has veered away from an over-reliance on the 4-3-3 that he hammered last season.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Independiente | Concacaf Champions League PreviewMLS
Sporting Kansas City look to bounce back from a first-leg loss to Independiente in Panama, but bring an away goal back to Children’s Mercy Park courtesy of an Ilie Sanchez penalty kick for the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals second leg Thursday night. A 1-0 win would send Sporting through to the semifinals for the first time.

Atlanta win second leg, crash out of CCLNBC Sports
Atlanta United restored some pride in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal tie on Wednesday.

FC Cincinnati nearing sellout for inaugural MLS home openerMLS
Nippert Stadium is going to be rocking for FC Cincinnati’s inaugural MLS home opener against the Portland Timbers on Sunday.





SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019, 4:00 PM


White Eagles clinch VMSL Division 1 title as Columbus close in on a return to the top flightAFTN
It’s been an exciting season in VMSL Division 1, with a fierce promotion battle raging from the start, and after 20 plus tough weeks it looks like Sunday’s matches may have been the ones to finally decide which teams get promoted to the VMSL Premier Division.

Pacific FC getting good look at local talentTimes Colonist
Familiar faces have been invited as trialists to fill out the roster at the Pacific FC training camp on the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence pitch in Saanich.

UNBC sign Duchess student to soccer squadPrince George Citizen
The UNBC soccer team unveiled their latest recruit and it’s a name already well known on the Prince George pitch.

Cowichan United clings to hope of Provincial Cup qualificationCowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan United needed some stars to align if they were to have any hope of qualifying for the U21 soccer Provincial Cup.

Development Squad faces Victoria Highlanders FC on Vancouver IslandWhitecaps FC
On Tuesday the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Development Squad traveled to the island to take on the Victoria Highlanders FC Futures team, falling 1-0 on a late goal.

Mr Soccer Bill Keserich honoured at Sport BC Awards GalaBCSA
Among the many individual honours recognized was the BC Soccer nominated “Presidents Award” in recognition of an individual who has gone above and beyond in the game of soccer. This year, the honour was given to a man known as “Mr. Soccer” in the Cowichan Valley, Bill Keserich.

Cranbrook Council exploring Balment options for sports facilityE-Know
City of Cranbrook council passed a resolution on February 25 to provide land at Balment Park to Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association (KEYSA) for the Cranbrook Indoor Sports Facility.

Want to be a mascot? Pacific FC to host open tryoutCTV
Think American Idol but with less singing and more dancing. Vancouver Island’s first professional soccer team has announced it will be hosting an open-tryout to find its first team mascot.

The 2019 BC Soccer Web Super Schedule of Soccer in BC – BC Soccer Web
With so much soccer happening in BC this year, it’s getting tougher to keep track of the big matches and your favourite teams. BC Soccer Web has you covered! Here, in one spot, are the combined schedules for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Pacific FC, TSS Rovers and Highlanders FC. We’ll also be adding the WPSL teams, along with the marquee matches from the amateur ranks as those dates become set, so keep coming back for the latest updates.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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.

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
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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.





SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019, 3:00 PM


Cavalry FC sign defender Wheeldon Edmonton Journal
The Calgary club announced the signing of Jonathan “Jay” Wheeldon, the brother of Cavalry FC head coach and general manager Tommy Wheeldon Jr.

Steve Milton: David Choinière bets on himself and the CPL’s Forge FCHamilton Spectator
When Forge FC landed Canadian midfielder David Choinière last week it was a Big Thing. Maybe larger in Quebec than elsewhere but a Thing nevertheless, and still Big.

League1 Ontario Kicks Off A Sixth Season With Early May OpenersLeague1 Ontario
New playoff format, streamlined schedule, and influx of next generation of talent to be showcased in 2019.

CanPL Development sides join AMSLAlberta Soccer
Alberta Soccer is proud to announce that the FC Edmonton and Cavalry FC U20 Development Teams will be joining the Alberta Major Soccer League (AMSL) this spring.

Provincial Champions named at Alberta Soccer’s first ever 7v7 Boardless ProvincialsAlberta Soccer
The 7 v 7 Alberta Soccer Championship pilot held last weekend at the Edmonton Soccer Dome and Edmonton Victoria Soccer Club was a great success.


Orange County SC sign Brazilian forward ViniciusAngels on Parade
Orange County SC announced on Wednesday they have signed 20-year-old forward Vinicius from FC Cascavel on a multi-year deal.

Seventeen-year-old Defiance forward Alec Diaz is making a name for himself in TacomaSounders FC
The Tacoma Defiance kicked off the 2019 USL Championship season on Friday with a tense 1-0 win over Rio Grande Valley FC. The player who scored the lone goal, 17-year-old forward Alec Diaz, has already amassed three goals and two assists from just 402 minutes of professional soccer.

Independence Bolsters Back Line with MaundUSL
The Charlotte Independence announced on Wednesday that the club has signed defender Aaron Maund for the 2019 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval.

Toronto FC II signs Adolfo Ovalle, Trevor Swartz and Patrick Bunk-AndersenToronto FC
Toronto FC II announced today that the club has signed midfielders Adolfo Ovalle, Trevor Swartz and defender Patrick Bunk-Andersen. In addition, the club has acquired defender Jesus West on loan from Club del Este FC of the Liga Panameña de Fútbol (Panamanian first division). All four players will join the club’s roster pending league and federation approval.


Nikita Parris’s hat-trick takes Manchester City five points clear at topThe Guardian
A first-half hat-trick from Nikita Parris helped Manchester City to secure a 4-3 win at Reading that increased their lead to five points over Arsenal at the top of the Women’s Super League table.

S. Korean women’s football team to face Iceland, Sweden in World Cup tuneup matchesKorea Herald
South Korea will play against Iceland and Sweden to prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the national football governing body said Thursday.

Horan, on important 2019: “I want to give as much as I can” to the ThornsTimbers.com
Lindsey Horan’s first media availability of the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League preseason was what you would expect during a World Cup year: a healthy mix of Portland Thorns FC questions and focus on the U.S. Women’s National Team’s impending summer. But while conceding “the World Cup is the biggest thing in soccer” and the tournament is, for her, a “big picture” goal, the 2018 NWSL Most Valuable Player was also clear about her priorities as it concerns the club side of her world.

Colombian women’s soccer league to keep professional statusLondon Free Press
Women’s soccer has been handed a major boost in Colombia as officials reverted plans to cancel the local professional league.

World Cup champions Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris announce engagementThe Guardian
USA teammates Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris confirmed on Wednesday they are engaged to be married later this year.


Wednesday UCL Rewind: Liverpool eliminates Bayern Munich, Barcelona handles LyonSBI
Liverpool handled an in-form Bayern Munich expertly on Wednesday defeating the German champions 3-1 at their own stadium.

Europa League preview: Arsenal seeks comeback, Chelsea sees “disaster” pitchNBC Sports
Arsenal has its work cut out for itself in Thursday’s Europa League second legs, while Chelsea has to just hold its water in Ukraine.

Four English clubs in the Champions League last eight. What took so long?The Guardian
Celebrate by all means but ask also why Premier League sides have underperformed for a decade and remember it means little without the trophy.

Argentina, Colombia set to co-host Copa America in 2020London Free Press
Argentina and Colombia have been chosen in principle to co-host the 2020 Copa America despite their capital cities being more than six hours apart by plane.

FIFA Wants 24-Team, Summer 2021 Club World CupSI.com
FIFA Council members will be asked on Friday to approve a pilot tournament for an expanded 24-team Club World Cup in June-July 2021.

FIFA panel rejects U.S. youth clubs’ payment claims related to Bradley, Dempsey transfersESPN
FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber has ruled against two U.S.-based youth clubs who were seeking solidarity payments related to the transfers of two U.S. players, according to documents obtained by ESPN FC.

Paul Merson: Former England midfielder thanks fans after revealing gambling addictionBBC Sport
Former England midfielder Paul Merson says he is “taking one day at a time” after revealing he is again struggling with gambling addiction.

Watford’s Adrian Mariappa: ‘I can’t see myself going back to eating meat’The Guardian
Veganism, athletics and basketball have helped the defender defy the odds and reach an FA Cup quarter-final against Crystal Palace.

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