BC Soccer News, Thursday, March 15, 2018




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Atanta United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
If we’ve learned nothing more from Atlanta United FC, it’s that they play exciting soccer and they continue to set MLS attendance records. Both were true Sunday when the hosts raced out to a three-goal lead in their first win of the season, much to the delight of the 72,035 who packed Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The art of the ‘smash and grab’: An in-depth look at Vancouver’s road successWhitecaps FC
Smash and grab. It’s a phrase commonly used in soccer when describing a team that comes away with a victory despite being under pressure for large parts of the match – the idea being that it’s a form of burglary. Many would say there’s an element of fortune involved in a “smash and grab” result. And they’re probably right, but fortune alone is not nearly enough.

CCL wrap: Chivas too much for Seattle; Club America cruises NBC Sports
Club America and Chivas Guadalajara joined Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals with wins on Wednesday evening.

David Villa is making the most of his time in New York, on and off the fieldSBI
David Villa is a busy man and, as he sat backstage at the SoHo Apple Store on Monday, his phone buzzed and buzzed. Text messages flew in, illuminating an NYCFC logo even as he was surrounded by friends, partners and confidantes. The vibrating phone sits on the long conference table in front of him, and it serves as an obvious reminder of the fact that there is barely a moment’s rest for New York City’s biggest soccer star, even on his off day.

Pizzolitto, Gervais are first members of Montreal Impact’s wall of fameMontreal Gazette
The first two members of the Montreal Impact’s wall of fame will be Nevio Pizzolitto and Gabriel Gervais, team president Joey Saputo announced Thursday.

MLS commissioner Don Garber walks a tightrope over sports, politics and immigrationPhilly.com
Like many other American sports leagues’ commissioners, if MLS’ Don Garber could have his way, he might keep sports and politics a bit more separate than they are.

Everyone is welcome: MLS WORKS launches “Soccer For All” platformMLS
Symbolizing the fact that everyone is welcome to MLS regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status, Soccer For All emphasizes Major League Soccer’s commitment to end discrimination and showcases the collective efforts taking place throughout the league to drive positive social change.

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B.C. confirms it’s no longer part of the 2026 FIFA World Cup bidCBC
The City of Vancouver confirmed itssupport for the bid in January. BC Place, where the Vancouver games would be held, is owned by the provincial government.

Bye bye, BC Place: Vancouver’s departure from WC bid offers boost to Edmonton, PR windfall for Moroccothe11.ca
Right now, somewhere in Morocco, the people at the top of that country’s bidding process are all saying “thank you” to B.C. Premier John Horgan and his government.

Vancouver dropped from United 2026 bid after city baulks at ‘unpredictable’ costsInside World Football
Twenty-four hours after the Canadian government threw its support behind the country co-hosting the 2026 World Cup with the United States and Mexico, the bid suffered a blow with the news that Vancouver, one of North America’s most popular tourist venues, is being dropped as a candidate city.

You can’t put a dollar value on hosting a World CupVancouver Sun
At first blush, it’s a similar story between the two antagonists in the current drama over the 2026 World Cup. On the one hand, you’ve got an arrogant, myopic, self-absorbed body that is motivated only by self-interest. On the other hand, you have FIFA, which makes the provincial NDP look like Doctors Without Borders. You’d like to see them pound each other into a bloody mess over Vancouver’s role in the group bid to host some part of the world’s largest sports event. The problem is there’s too much at stake to leave in the hands of these two nitwits.

BC NDP’s fiasco to kill Vancouver’s 2026 FIFA World Cup bid a deep embarrassmentDaily Hive
You can almost hear the laughter from government officials in Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal when news broke that British Columbia shot itself in the foot with landing a possible chance to be part of a continental bid to host the world’s largest sporting event.

Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching ProgramDasovic-Neil Coaching
(Spring Sessions now available) Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil have teamed up to provide training programs for players & coaches. The programs specialize in individual, positional, age, and gender specific training for players, with a combined technical and physical focus while providing education and mentorship opportunities for coaches to improve their skills and deepen their knowledge base.

Canada’s College ID Camps set for Shawnigan Lake & Kingston, OntarioCanada College ID Camps
Our purpose is to provide a space where players grade 9-12 can connect with college coaches from all levels in Canada and the USA. We hope to assist in the promotion of youth players into environments which will challenge them academically and athletically after high school.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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.

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.

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.

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Edmonton city councillor welcomes federal support for 2026 FIFA World CupCBC
Hosting the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup would be a great opportunity great chance to show Edmonton’s diversity to the world, an Edmonton city councillor says.

Marco Carducci comes home to play for Calgary Foothills FC and prepare for the futureTotal Soccer Project
Canadian U-23 national team goalkeeper Marco Carducci has returned home to play for Calgary Foothills FC in the upcoming the 2018 Premier Development League season, with plans on moving up to the Canadian Premier League when it launches.

The Montreal Impact Foundation will build multisport fields in MontrealMontreal Impact
A few hours away from its flagship event, the “C’est mieux en bleu” evening, the Montreal Impact Foundation, in collaboration with the City of Montreal and the Villeray—Saint-Michel—Parc-Extension borough, announced on Wednesday the construction of multiple multisport mini-fields, with the first one to be built as soon as this spring at Parc Champdoré, in Montreal’s Saint-Michel neighbourhood.

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Toronto FC II sign four playersToronto FC
Toronto FC II announced Thursday that the club has signed goalkeeper Drew Shepherd, defenders Robert Boskovic, Kyle Bjornethun and midfielder Alan Mariano Miño to USL contracts. Miño signing is pending league and federation approval.

USL Season Preview – Eastern Conference, Part 1USL
The 2018 USL regular season kicks off this Friday with 33 teams taking aim at first reaching the USL Cup Playoffs, and then potentially the USL Cup in mid-November. Continuing our preview of the season to come, we moved to the Eastern Conference for a look at some of the league’s newcomers, and those who’ll be looking to get back into the playoff picture this season.

New York City FC Loan Andre Rawls to Orange County SCNYCFC
Andre Rawls has joined Orange County SC of the USL on loan for the duration of the 2018 season. NYCFC will have the right to recall Rawls at any time during the loan period.

Phoenix’s MLS Expansion Bid Unveils New Stadium RenderingsSI.com
While Cincinnati and Sacramento (and Detroit, officially) continue to jostle for slot No. 26, Phoenix appears to be making up ground in Major League Soccer’s expansion marathon.

U.S. Soccer announces the competition details for the 2018 U.S. Open CupLA Galaxy
U.S. Soccer announced the format for the 105th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday. The tournament begins on May 9 and will feature 94 participating clubs from across all levels of American soccer. The tournament will feature a bracket and eight rounds of single-elimination play. The champion will be crowned in late September.


FIFA Plans to Launch Women’s LeagueNY Times
The proposed competition would feature 16 of the world’s top women’s national teams and begin play in 2020.

Continental Tyres Cup Final: Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City – Miedema strike enough to claim cup winVavel
Vivianne Miedema’s first half strike wa enough for Arsenal to claim their fifth WSL Cup title again a flagging Manchester City side.

Fortified Orlando Pride eager to build on 2017 successOrlando Sentinel
After clinching a playoff berth for the first time last season and making several offseason roster moves to bolster the squad, Orlando City SC CEO Alex Leitão expects the Orlando Pride to be highly competitive when the National Women’s Soccer League regular season kicks off in less than two weeks.

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Chicago drops out of World Cup bid, criticizes FIFASportsnet
Chicago, the home of the U.S. Soccer Federation, has dropped out of the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup.

Messi roasts Chelsea with virtuoso performanceNBC Sports
Lionel Messi put a pair of goals through the legs of Thibaut Courtois and Ousmane Dembele also scored as Barcelona worked Chelsea 3-0 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday to advance to UEFA Champions League quarterfinals by a 4-1 aggregate score line.

Juventus closing in on 7th straight Serie A titleMetro
Can anyone stop Juventus now? The defending champions took a decisive step toward winning a seventh straight Serie A title by beating Atalanta and now lead Napoli by four points — a significant cushion going into the final 10 matches of the season.

Arsenal vs Milan – Europa League – PreviewFussballstadt
Better late than never. It might have taken nearly eight months, but André Silva’s first ever goal in Serie A couldn’t have arrived at a better time. After collapsing against Arsenal last week, Rino Gattuso’s side were struggling against a resolute Genoa side at the Luigi Ferraris. With 94 minutes gone, the man that was supposed to lead their line all year finally sprung into action.

Last Eight target before Olympico meetingLigue 1
Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais are both seeking to secure spots in the qurter-finals of the UEFA Europa League before meeting in Ligue 1 Conforama on Sunday.

Besiktas charged by Uefa after cat runs on pitch and delays matchThe Guardian
Besiktas have been charged by Uefa after a cat ran on to the pitch during Wednesday’s Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich.

Southampton hires Mark Hughes as new managerSportsnet
Southampton has hired Mark Hughes as its new manager, hoping he can help the club avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Mark Hughes looks a big gamble for Southampton – but it could pay offThe Guardian
Mark Hughes’s spell at Stoke ultimately ended in failure but a Southampton survival mission over eight games could provide just the fresh start both manager and team need.

FA Cup taking on added importance for United, Chelsea, SpursMetro
For Antonio Conte, it might be a parting gift. For Jose Mourinho, another title to satisfy his insatiable desire for trophies. And for Mauricio Pochettino, a belated first title of his career to underline his growing status as one of Europe’s brightest young coaches.

Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck return for England as Gareth Southgate names four uncapped playersThe Telegraph
Gareth Southgate has insisted England are fully focused on their preparations for the World Cup, despite the escalating tension with Russia.

I’ve followed England around the world, but Russia is too riskyThe Guardian
There were already good reasons not to make the trip to Russia, even for people like me who have not missed a major finals in Europe since 1990. But thousands of England fans have spent non-refundable four-figure sums on getting to this summer’s World Cup and the chances that they will not, in fact, be following their team in Kaliningrad, Volgograd and beyond have certainly increased.

Andres Iniesta: Barcelona captain to decide on future by end of AprilBBC Sport
Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta will decide next month whether to accept an offer from a Chinese club.

Orlando Pirates coach ‘Micho’ apologises to fansAfrican Football
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has apologised to the fans following his side’s exit from the Nedbank Cup yesterday.

Chelsea settle neighbour dispute over new stadiumThe Telegraph
The neighbour blocking the construction of Chelsea’s £1 billion stadium has dropped his legal action after reaching an out-of-court settlement with the club.

Lennart Thy: VVV-Venlo striker to miss PSV game to donate stem cellsBBC Sport
VVV-Venlo striker Lennart Thy will miss Saturday’s Eredivisie clash with PSV Eindhoven so he can donate stem cells to try and help a leukaemia patient.

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