BC Soccer News, Thursday, March 9, 2017




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San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2017 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Two Western Conference teams looking to retool toward playoff contention meet up in Week 2, when the the San Jose Earthquakes host Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Avaya Stadium.

Ed Willes: Young Manneh takes younger Davies under his wingThe Province
Now that he’s the senior-most forward on the Whitecaps, Kekuta Manneh has become a mentor to young Alphonso Davies.

3 questions heading into Quakes vs. Vancouver on SaturdaySan Jose Earthquakes
Still buzzing from last weekend’s 1-0 win over Montreal, the San Jose Earthquakes will head into Saturday night’s match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC full of confidence. The players executed a sharp game plan laid out by the coaching staff and the acquisitions brought in by general manager Jesse Fioranelli and technical director Chris Leitch all proved they belong.

LA Galaxy make offer to Man United for Zlatan Ibrahimovic – sourceESPN FC
The LA Galaxy have extended a contract offer to Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic that would make the 35-year-old Swede the highest paid player in MLS history, a source confirmed to ESPN FC.

MLS Spotlight: Refreshed and refocused, Alejandro Bedoya at home in Philadelphia Union limelightSN
To Alejandro Bedoya, the idea of an offseason had become an abstract notion. With U.S. national team status came summer obligations. The 2013 Gold Cup. The World Cup in Brazil a year later. Then another Gold Cup. And the Copa America Centenario last summer.

MLS Disciplinary Committee Decisions: Week 1MLS Multiplex
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Jermaine Jones and Dave Romney for their actions in Week 1 play.

MLS releases list of TAM playersSBI
In the era of increased transparency, MLS took a major step forward by unveiling a list of players whose contracts include Targeted Allocation Money.

Third Rail Letter Criticizes Orlando City on SecurityEmpire of Soccer
The Third Rail, New York City FC’s official supporters group, will send a letter to the Orlando City club and Major League Soccer criticizing the team for lax security that the supporters group said put traveling NYCFC supporters in danger.

Minnesota United FC vs. Atlanta United FC | 2017 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Come Sunday evening, at least one of the two new MLS expansion sides will have picked up its first points.

A rising MLS tide offers unexpected benefits to growing Liga MXFour Four Two
There’s no arguing Liga MX has MLS’ number. Even MLS’ brass concedes that.. With more CONCACAF Champions League titles, talent on the pitch and eyeballs on matches, Mexico’s top flight is the best that North America has to offer.

From the Pigeon Loft: TryingAFTN
For weeks I’ve been anticipating this opening match of the new MLS season. A chance to reset with a few new players in the side, and some new energy in the stands. A weak opponent coming on the heels of a solid counterattacking win and progress in the Champions League.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 Philadelphia Union 0, March 5, 2017BC Soccer Web
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Christine Sinclair named Best of BCCSA
Christine Sinclair has been named “Best of BC” at British Columbia’s 51st annual Sport BC awards. Sinclair won the award after an oustanding season with Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team as well as Portland Thorns FC.

15-year-old Jordyn Huitema makes Canada WNT debut with start in Algarve Cup finalWhitecaps FC
It was a milestone day for 15-year-old Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX striker Jordyn Huitema on Tuesday as she made her Canada women’s national team debut, starting the 2017 Algarve Cup final against Spain.

Cowichan LMG moves into Jackson Cup semisCowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan LMG moved closer to making their seventh Jackson Cup final in eight years with a quarter-final win over Prospect Lake’s Div. 2 team last Friday night.

BC Regional Tier 3: March UpdateNorthern Starting XI
There’s still precious little information available concerning BCRT3, but from the answers we were able to receive, we know that things are progressing.

Powell River Villa earns first point in monthsPowell River Peak
Soccer club still in hunt to remain in second division next season.

Soccer Glory for Aldergrove Youth TeamsAldergrove Star
This past Saturday saw Aldergrove’s Boston Pizza overflowing with young soccer players participating in Aldergrove Youth Soccer’s wind-up festivities.

BC Soccer Assoc. Scholarships BCSA
BC Soccer is proud to award scholarships every year to players and referees proceeding on to post-secondary education. The Scholarships are presented at a special Scholarship Celebration at a Whitecaps FC match in June/July each year. Applications must be received by the British Columbia Soccer Association Office by March 31st.

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!

TSS FC Rovers Open TryoutsTSS Rovers
Vancouver’s newest team, TSS FC Rovers, is looking for Canada’s best up and coming players to play for their first squad in 2017. If you are a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, could possibly play for our national team one day, and meet the age requirment of 23 and under, we want to see you play!

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.

FVSL All-Stars to face WFC2 in MarchBC Soccer Web
January snow and ice in the Lower Mainland put the brakes on the annual clash between the Fraser Valley Soccer League All-Stars and the best from the VISL this year. That hasn’t stopped the FVSL from planning an ambitious All-Star series in March.

BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting 2016-2017 Awards NominationsBCSA
We are pleased to inform everyone that BC soccer Assoc. is currently accepting Awards nominations until the submission deadline date of March 31, 2017. Selection of the award recipients is based on many factors including the individual’s commitment, community involvement and willingness to give back to the game. This year any BC Soccer Assoc. member and their affiliate clubs may submit a nomination.

2017 BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June, 2017 (following the BC Soccer Annual General Meeting).

Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on saleHighlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!

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VMSL PHOTOS: Richmond FC Hibs 1, ICSF Columbus FC 0, November 5, 2016BC Soccer Web
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MWSL PHOTOS: Van United Primas 0, Fraser Valley Action 2, October 30, 2016BC Soccer Web
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PHOTOS: GNAC Women’s Soccer: SFU 1 Concordia U. (Ore.) 0, October 20, 2016 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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
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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Canadian women drop Algarve Cup soccer tournament final to SpainSportsnet
Canada’s bid to defend its Algarve Cup title ended in a 1-0 loss to Spain in the final of the 12-team women’s soccer tournament Wednesday.

Canada places second at Algarve Cup 2017CSA
After making the final for the second time in as many tries, defending Champion Canada wasn’t able to convert on numerous chances and fell 0-1 to Spain in the Championship match of the Algarve Cup.

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition: Canada loses Algarve Cup final the11.ca
Canada entered the final of the Algarve Cup ranked as the fourth-best women’s national team in the world. Spain ranked No. 14 on the current FIFA charts.

Canada Soccer looking for candidates to serve on the Board of Directors starting May 2017CSA
Deadline for application is 4:00 pm ET on Wednesday, 22 March 2017.

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Whitecaps FC sign Residency product Michael Baldisimo to USL contractWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Thursday that the club has signed Residency defender/midfielder Michael Baldisimo to a professional contract with Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) in the United Soccer League (USL), pending league and federation approval.

The Winter City ThawsNorthen Starting XI
Friends, Footy fans, Edmontonians, Albertans, Canadians even.   Choke down that bitter pill we call Winter and lend me your … erhm… Eyes.

Toronto FC II signs Jordan McCraryToronto FC
Toronto FC II announced Thursday that the club has signed defender Jordan McCrary to a USL contract. He will be added to the roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and work permit.

Hassan Adds to SAFC’s AttackUSL
San Antonio FC announced on Thursday the club had signed forward Aly Alberto Hassan for the upcoming USL season pending league and federation approval. Hassan earned a permanent spot on the roster after a successful trial during the 2017 preseason.

Back Line Boosted with Defender Anthony Manning, ‘Keeper Christian LomeliIndy Eleven
Indy Eleven continues its 2017 preseason with a test at the University of Louisville on Friday, but they do so with two more “Boys in Blue” available in the form of defender Anthony Manning and goalkeeper Christian Lomeli. Per club policy, terms of the contracts will not be disclosed.

New Rising FC Venue Nears CompletionUSL
Phoenix Rising FC’s players and staff visited the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex on Wednesday to check out the progress that had been made on their new home for the 2017 USL season.

New York Red Bulls loan Zeiko Lewis to USL (New York Red Bulls II ) for 2017 seasonOnce A Metro
The highlight of the 2017 SuperDraft was Zeiko Lewis’ speech to the assembled technical staffs of MLS, telling almost every team but the one that drafted him – the New York Red Bulls – he’d give them cause to regret overlooking his talents.

France, Spain, Switzerland lift trophiesUEFA
Spain have won the Algarve Cup on debut, with Switzerland having triumphed in the Cyprus Cup after France had secured the SheBelieves Cup in the United States.

So close, and yet so far: the curious downfall of the Washington SpiritThe Guardian
The Washington Spirit came this close to a NWSL title before a final-reel collapse, then dismantled the team’s core in the off-season. Can they bounce back?

Scottish Women in Football Unite To Launch Season Scottish WNL
As the women of the World gather to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th representatives from Scottish Women’s Football united to launch their 2017 Season at Hampden. The overwhelming feeling was that this season will be very special indeed. With all 16 clubs from SWPL 1 and 2 in attendance, the message was clear: 2017 will be the most important year for the women’s game ever.

Football Ferns to be part of boys’ leagueNew Zealand Herald
The Football Ferns are set to play in an Auckland boys’ league this season, in New Zealand Football’s latest initiative in women’s football. It means that the domestic based-Ferns won’t play for their clubs, except in Cup competitions, when the league takes a break.

My weekend with the NWSL refereesThe Equalizer
So you think you can be a referee?

Football perfectly placed to lead the gender equality charge for women in sportABC Australia
Former Matildas midfielder Tal Karp believes football is the perfect vehicle to instigate gender equality in sport.

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‘Yes we can!’ – Barcelona as good as their word in delivering greatest comeback in history! SN
“If Paris Saint-Germain scored four, we can score six.” That is what Luis Enrique said in the pre-match press conference ahead of this match and his team did exactly that to produce perhaps the greatest comeback in football history.

Neymar stands apart to make the impossible possible for Barcelona The Guardian
The Brazilian has been criticised for a lack of goals but against PSG he led from the front, culminating in seven minutes and 17 seconds in which he won the tie.

French press ponders PSG’s ‘unspeakable’ surrender to Barcelona France 24
Baffled French commentators were lost for words to describe what happened at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night after Paris Saint-Germain capitulated before a Barcelona side that scored six goals without even playing at their best.

Barcelona’s improbable comeback was a reminder of sport’s ability to enthrallESPN FC
No team in the history of European competition — from the time that Sporting Lisbon and Partizan Belgrade drew 3-3 in the first ever European Cup game back on Sep. 4, 1955, to this past Tuesday night — had ever overturned a 4-0 first leg deficit.

Aubameyang inspires Dortmund comeback against BenficaUEFA
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the disappointment of his first-leg performance behind him with a hat-trick as Dortmund stormed through to the quarter-finals.

U.S. travel ban could affect chances of hosting 2026 World Cup – FIFA chiefESPN FC
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has indicated Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban could prevent the United States from hosting the World Cup.

Talks for another joint Copa America ‘beyond preliminary’ – Montagliani ESPN FC
CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani says that negotiations with CONMEBOL for another combined Copa America are “beyond preliminary” though the earliest one could take place is 2020.

Xabi Alonso announces shock retirement in cryptic farewell messageSN
Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has announced his intention to retire from professional football at the end of the season.

Status quo maintained as South Americans stay topFIFA
With only four ‘A’ international games considered for the March edition there are few changes in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. South American heavyweights Argentina and Brazil remain in first and second respectively, while reigning FIFA World Cup™ champions Germany stay third.

AfricanFootball previews the weekend’s Champions League actionAfrican Football
AfricanFootball looks ahead to the 2017 CAF Champions League first round, first leg matches which will be played this weekend.

Bobby Wood: From Honolulu to Hamburg The Player’s Tribune
I had no idea what the World Cup was. Seriously. No clue. I was nine years old and had only been playing soccer for a couple of years in Hawaii, and I was sitting around a TV with my rec team, watching the 2002 World Cup, and I had just one thought: What the heck is going on?

More money, more football, but are we now reaching saturation point?The Guardian
BT Sport has gambled on the Champions League with a new £1.18bn deal but could the competition’s predictability lead to more people switching off?

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