BC Soccer News, Thursday, March 8, 2018




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Houston Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
When the Houston Dynamo decimated Atlanta United FC Saturday, the result reverberated throughout Major League Soccer. But the talk focused more on how and why Atlanta lost rather than Houston’s performance in a 4-0 victory.

Caps have flown high on the road, but Houston have been hostile hostsThe Province
As the most-travelled team in MLS, the Vancouver Whitecaps rack up a lot of frequent flyer points. The same goes for road points.

Vancouver Whitecaps hit the road with confidence and squad depthPro Soccer USA
It was a great start to the Vancouver Whitecaps season. The Caps defeated the Montreal Impact 2-1 at home with new signing Kei Kamara and teenage sensation Alphonso Davies scoring the goals.

Toronto FC 2, Tigres UANL 1 | CCL Quarterfinal RecapMLS
Toronto FC, hosting a Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal match at BMO Field Wednesday night, gave up an early 2nd half away goal to Chilean international Eduardo Vargas, but answered back with goals from Jozy Altidore and Jonathan Osorio to lift the Reds to a 2-1 win over Tigres.

Toronto FC top Tigres in Leg 1, but history still against themWaking the Red
BMO Field seems to be the setting of a lot of happy endings of late. Last night saw more late drama propel the home side, Toronto FC, to a 2-1 victory over Tigres UANL in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. As if the scripting couldn’t get any better, the sensational winning goal was scored by hometown boy and fan favourite Jonathan Osorio.

‘WE FACED A STRONG TEAM’: Tigres coach praises Toronto FC following Champions League quarterfinal lossToronto Sun
Like the Cheshire Cat, Tigres bench boss Ricard Ferretti smiled and laughed as if he hadn’t just watched his side fold in a huge match. He joked with Spanish-speaking reporters and poked fun at a CONCACAF translator despite having just watched Toronto FC come from behind to take a 2-1 lead in this two-legged Champions League quarterfinal.

Mentally ‘stronger’ Osorio continues to evolve for Toronto FCSN
The evolution of Jonathan Osorio is happening before our eyes. The 25-year-old midfielder is one of the longest-tenured players on Toronto FC’s roster, and in the five years since his debut for his hometown club Osorio has worn many different hats.

Toronto FC re-sign defender Chris MavingaSportsnet
Toronto FC has rewarded French-born Congolese defender Chris Mavinga with an improved contract.

Seattle 1-0 Chivas: Dempsey gives Sounders advantageNBC Sports
A Clint Dempsey second half goal gave the Seattle Sounders a one-goal advantage over Chivas de Guadalajara as the sides head into next week’s CONCACAF Champions League second leg in Mexico.

Sigi Schmid optimistic Romain Alessandrini injury is not long-termMLS
Romain Alessandrini’s ailing hamstring will keep him out of the LA Galaxy’s game Sunday at New York City FC, but perhaps no longer than that.

Giovani Dos Santos on a new season with the Galaxy, El Tri, and moreNBC Sports
It’s a new year, and that means a fresh start for Giovano Dos Santos. 2017 was a trying year for the 28-year-old. In his second full season with the LA Galaxy, the Mexican star battled injuries and poor form as his MVP-level production from 2016 dropped to scoring just six goals to go with three assists (he had 15 goals and 13 assists in 2016).

Around the MLS: New coaches mark new seasonSpokesman-Review
Los Angeles FC coach Bob Bradley’s victory over Seattle in the team’s Major League Soccer debut was the second time he’d guided an expansion franchise to victory in its opener. The first was 20 years ago, when he was coach of the Chicago Fire. Bradley, while not new to MLS overall, is among a group of six coaches embarking on their first season with new teams. Last season was historic for its turnover.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Montreal Impact 1, March 4, 2018BC Soccer Web
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LMG gets past Nanaimo in contentious Jackson Cup gameCowichan Valley Citizen
A controversial call ended up deciding the Jackson Cup quarterfinal in Nanaimo on Saturday night, sending Cowichan LMG to the semifinal of the Vancouver Island senior men’s soccer championship once again.

Residency Report: 14 different goalscorers for oldest groups, U-14s prep for LondonWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency teams had a successful trip to California on the weekend, playing Santa Cruz and De Anza Force.

Cloverdale soccer player to attend A.C. Milan camp in ItalySurrey Now Leader
Luca Calandra, 9, is headed to Milan, Italy next week for the opportunity of a lifetime.

Turf war needs artificial intelligenceNorth Shore News
Artificial turf. It’s weird but true – it’s the best solution to keep the Vancouver advantage alive and play outdoor soccer all winter long. When downpours close the mud-grass and the gravel gets extra sharp, the one relative refuge is an artificial turf field that will really only shut down in a Noah-like flood or if it snows a lot. It’s the place you want to be on the most sleety Saturdays of the winter season.

Kamloops Sports Council unveils athletic award nomineesKamloops This Week
The Kamloops Sports Council has released names of those nominated for its annual athletic awards.

WolfPack Men’s Soccer: finalists for 2017 Kamloops Sports Council AwardsTRU
The success of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team has translated into multiple nominations for the upcoming Kamloops Sports Council awards.

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
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BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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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
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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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Canada win 2:0 over former FIFA Women’s World Cup™ champions Japan to close out Algarve CupCSA
Canada defeated former FIFA Women’s World Cup champions Japan by two goals in their final match of the 2018 Algarve Cup. Janine Beckie and Ashley Lawrence were the goalscorers as Canada won 2:0 over the reigning AFC Women’s Asian Cup winners. Canada won three of their four matches to finish fifth spot in the annual international soccer tournament.

Two highlight-reel goals punctuate Canada’s Algarve Cup finalethe11.ca
The Canadian women’s national team finished their run at the Algarve Cup Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Japan — winners of the 2011 World Cup, finalists in 2015, but now on a downward trend.

Canada, Mexico, U.S. seem ‘afraid’ they won’t win joint 2026 World Cup bid, Blatter saysToronto Star
“They give the impression that they are not any longer very sure that they will win, that’s my impression,” former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said. “But I don’t know why they are afraid.”

How to understand Nations League qualifying in about 600 easy steps! the11.ca
Canada now has its qualifying path set for the 2019 Gold Cup and the new CONCACAF Nations League.

Providence Methodist gets gears from Canadian clubJamaica Star
In the midst of Career Day, the football club and team members at Providence Methodist Early Childhood Institution were last week gifted with gear from Kleinburg Nobleton Soccer Club (KNSC) of Ontario, Canada.

Local Soccer Teams Win at Slush CupDiscover Airdrie
It was a slushy weekend for several Airdrie Soccer teams last weekend…literally. From March 1st to 4th, hundreds of teams from Alberta and across Canada came to Edmonton for the annual Slush Cup of Indoor Soccer.

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1868 FC Strikes Late, Downs MonarchsUSL
Reno 1868 FC got a late penalty kick by Tommy Thompson to earn a 1-0 victory against Real Monarchs SLC in a preseason clash between the two USL Western Conference rivals at Greater Nevada Field on Wednesday evening as Reno completed its preseason slate on a high note on home turf.

Phoenix Rising FC wraps challenging preseason, sets sights on USL titleAZ Central
For players and coaches at Phoenix Rising FC’s media day, the goals for this season are not subtle. “This year, the motivation will be to be champions,” head coach Patrice Carteron said.

From The Pitch to Bring Fans an Inside Look at USLUSL
Introduced for the 2018 campaign, USLSoccer.com’s From the Pitch series will deliver a unique look at what it takes to be a professional player in the USL and much more each week – straight from the source.

SCATTERING TO THE WIND: Updated: Where 16 Cosmos players will perform this yearFront Row Soccer
Since the end of the 2017 North American Soccer League season, 16 players have moved on from the Cosmos. Some have signed with new teams, whether it is in Major League Soccer, the United Soccer League or overseas. One has decided to retire.

Robert Palmer: Armada to build stadium, but location uncertainJacksonville.com
The Jacksonville Armada is one step closer to building its planned stadium, but the club is still searching for the most important element of all: location.

McKay At Home with Fury FC FamilyUSL
When Carrie McKay first headed to Canada from her native Australia, it wasn’t necessarily going to be a long-term move. “I just wanted to have a year off and try and experience different cultures,” McKay said. “Moving to a place like Canada is not that much of a culture shock, it’s very similar to Australia, so I thought it would be a good place to start.” Eleven years later, McKay has become an integral part of the Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group, having recently being appointed as Assistant General Manager of Ottawa Fury FC.


USWNT wins SheBelieves Cup with victory over EnglandVavel
The US Women’s National Team wins the SheBelieves Cup by edging England in the Final match. The win marks the second SheBelieves Cup in USWNT history.

England women: ‘There is a gap to the best and Phil Neville has to close it’ – Rachel Brown-FinnisBBC Sport
Phil Neville did not start by winning a trophy but the experience he got from the SheBelieves Cup was the next best thing.

France dismantles Germany, 3-0 in SheBelieves playThe Equalizer
France crushed Germany 3-0 to open play on the final match day of the SheBelieves Cup on Wednesday in Orlando. Amandine Henry, Eugenie Le Sommer, and Valerie Gauvin scored the goals.

Revealed: Women’s World XIFIFPro
FIFPro proudly presents the new Women’s World XI, the all-star team selected by top female players.

Lieke Martens: “Be Like Ronaldinho”Players’ Tribune
Dreams are funny things, aren’t they? Why do we dream what we dream? For instance, you could say this past year has been a dream come true for me. Winning the Euros at home in Holland and becoming the player of the tournament. Signing for Barcelona, my favorite club. Sharing a plane with Lionel Messi. Being named the best player in the world. Sometimes it’s hard to even comprehend it all.

Cyprus Cup matchday four round-up: Spain claim tournament honoursVavel
Spain claim tournament win as Korea DPR scoop third place.

What we learned from the Matildas’ difficult Algarve Cup campaignDaily Telegraph
On the face of things, it’s a disappointing Algarve Cup outcome for the Matildas.

AFC launches ‘It’s My Game’ celebrating women’s role in football in Asia Inside World Football
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has launched a campaign highlighting the women working in football across the Continent to mark this year’s AFC Women’s Football Day. The “It’s My Game” campaign celebrates women’s contribution to Asian football and their varied roles within the game.

Equal football pay raised as MPs mark International Women’s DayBT
Lewes Football Club was the first in the country to give equal pay to their men’s and women’s teams, the Commons heard.

Groundbreaking women’s football conference highlights buried storiesThe Guardian
A groundbreaking women’s football history conference aims to blow apart perceptions of the sport as it kicks off at the National Football Museum in Manchester on Thursday.

Changing perceptions: How the FA aims to transform women’s soccer in EnglandSportsPro Media
SportsPro caught up with Marzena Bogdanowicz, the Football Association’s head of commercial and marketing for women’s soccer, to find out how the restructured Women’s Super League represents a game-changing opportunity for players, broadcasters and brands.

Women footballers: Born with talent, held back by prejudiceBBC
Football is one of the most popular female sports, with about 30 million girls and women playing it worldwide. But in several countries, girls are not allowed to play. In others, they are discriminated against. Even in football-crazy Brazil, women come up against a lot of challenges as Irene Caselli, Claudia Jardim and Mariangela Maturi found when they spoke to well-established and aspiring female footballers in Africa, Europe and Latin America.

VIDEO: Meet Annie – the only hijab-wearing Uefa B coach in EuropeBBC Sport
Meet Annie Zaidi, the only hijab-wearing Uefa B coach in Europe, who coaches National League side Solihull Moors’ Under-15 boys side.

International Women’s Day 2018: Women in football – working not playingBBC Sport
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, we talk to three women who work in non-playing roles in football about how they started out and the best ways to get involved.

‘She Is Not Normal’ – The Unlevel Playing Field Of Women’s FootballElle UK
30 million girls and women play football worldwide, but in some countries, they’re also questioned, are accused of being manly and banned from the pitch. With the World Cup starting in June, ELLE spoke to three female players, across three continents, about their experiences of stereotypes, equal pay and cultural barriers.

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Juventus comeback stuns TottenhamUEFA
Having come back to draw 2-2 in the first leg, Tottenham took the lead in the tie for the first time when Heung-Min Son scuffed in from Kieran Trippier’s 39th-minute cross. The home side then continued to hold sway until two goals in quick succession turned the contest on its head.

Juve were mentally strong and ruthless. Does that mean Spurs bottled it? No …The Guardian
Tottenham failed to deal with Max Allegri’s second-half tactical switch after his side went one down in the first and again Spurs came up short despite having most of the play

Team spirit paying off for Eintracht Frankfurt under KovacMetro
Two years after taking over relegation-threatened Eintracht Frankfurt, Niko Kovac is on the verge of taking the side into the Champions League.

Paris Saint-Germain – New money does not buy successFussballstadt.com
Despite investing plenty of money Paris Saint-Germain are once again out of the Champions League. While they were embarrassed at this stage by Barcelona in the round of 16 with a 6-1 defeat at the Camp Nou after a 4-0 home victory this time, they fell to a Real Madrid that has been struggling in La Liga.

OM, OL look to bounce back, fly the flag for FranceLigue 1
In the wake of PSG’s unceremonious European exit, Marseille and Lyon will be out to do France proud – and correct some wayward league form – against Athletic Bilbao and CSKA Moscow respectively in the round of 16.

Barca wins Catalan Super Cup as ex-Arsenal teen debutsNBC Sports
After 90 scoreless minutes, Les Blaugranas converted their first four penalty kicks and their rivals missed two en route to the 4-2 victory at the Camp d’Esports in Lleida.

FA, Kick It Out slam UEFA over response to Rhian Brewster’s racial abuse caseESPN
The Football Association and Kick It Out have both expressed disappointment at UEFA’s decision not to impose any punishment over a racism allegation made by Liverpool teenager Rhian Brewster.

Morocco ends speculations regarding AFCON 2019 hosting rightsAfrican Football
Despite speculation that Morocco are positioned to take over the 2019 CAF African Cup of Nations hosting rights, the country’s FA has backed Cameroon as hosts.

Predicting the CAF Champions League group-stage line-upESPN
While nothing is entirely confirmed at this stage, three of Africa’s bona-fide giants have almost certainly ensured their progression to the group stage after one-sided results in their First Round first-leg bouts.

Thousands gather for funeral of Fiorentina captain AstoriSportsnet
ome of the biggest names in Italian soccer gathered along with thousands of mourners in one of Florence’s main squares for the funeral of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori on Thursday.

The loneliness of the sub goalkeeperThe Guardian
Carlo Nash, who watched two FA Cup finals on the bench, and Richard Lee explain how No 2 keepers deal with not playing.

What does the extra official behind the goal actually do? (…and what they are told not to)The Telegraph
There is a general lack of understanding of what the additional assistant referees, the officials who stand to the side of the goal in European games, actually do. They have a limited number of signals that they can give, and everything has to be kept very low-key, including body language and facial expressions.

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