BC Soccer News, Thursday, May 10, 2018




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‘Caps host Houston on Friday nightWhitecaps FC
The ‘Caps have never lost to the Dynamo in Vancouver, having posted a 6W-0L-1D record at BC Place and Empire Field. They also defeated the Dynamo 2-1 in Houston earlier this season thanks to a goal and an assist from Kei Kamara and a breakaway tally from Shea.

Robinson’s unsteady lineup par for the course with WhitecapsSportsnet
Every Thursday/Friday, Sportsnet.ca will chat with Sportsnet 650 radio commentator Dan Riccio about the big stories and issues surrounding the Vancouver Whitecaps.

‘Caps, Dynamo a battle of two of the best counter-attacking teams in MLSWhitecaps FC
In many ways, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Houston Dynamo will be looking at a mirror image of each other when they square off on Friday night at BC Place.

Dynamo look for elusive road win in Vancouver Fox Sports
Entering this season, the Dynamo had never won in Vancouver and the Whitecaps had never won in Houston.

Reports: Wayne Rooney ‘agrees deal in principle’ with D.C. UnitedSportsnet
Everton striker Wayne Rooney has agreed to a deal in principle with D.C. United, according to multiple reports in England.

D.C. United: Wayne Rooney doesn’t help MLSMLS Multiplex
Wayne Rooney has agreed on a ‘deal in principle’ with D.C. United. The transfer may seem like an exciting addition, but his arrival doesn’t help MLS’ most harrowing image: The Retirement League.

MLS Recap: Sporting Kansas City Beats Atlanta, Sounders Edge Toronto FC SI.com
Daniel Salloi and Gerso Fernandes scored second-half goals and Tim Melia came up with several huge saves, leading Sporting Kansas City to a 2-0 victory over short-handed Atlanta that snapped United’s eight-game unbeaten streak Wednesday night in a showdown between the two conference leaders in Major League Soccer.

Late goal sinks Impact in Chicago; Fernando Torres linked to MontrealMontreal Gazette
Montreal suffered another late-game collapse as Kevin Ellis scored in the 89th minute to give the Fire a 1-0 win Wednesday night.

Rémi Garde on Fernando Torres Montreal Impact
“Fernando Torres is a very good player, but he isn’t in the Impact’s objectives,” said Garde. “He isn’t a part of our current plans.”

Sounders win against defending champion Toronto on Handwalla Bwana’s goalYakima Herald
Their championship beatdown in Toronto last December and an offensive pit of misery ever since had convinced Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer a change in tactics was needed.

Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney on Seattle winner: “I know it’s offside”MLS
Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney did not hold back after the defending MLS Cup champions lost a Week 11 match at home, 2-1 against the Seattle Sounders in a rematch of MLS Cup.

‘It’s inexplicable’: We need to talk about VARWaking the Red
Although I still support the concept, the use of VAR in this league has been consistently inconsistent. Giovinco’s goal against the Chicago Fire was called back for offside, and perhaps it should’ve been. Jonathan Osorio’s marker wasn’t, and that one might’ve been even further offside. Chicago were awarded a penalty for a play that you can certainly make a case for, but I don’t know if I’d call it a stonewall PK.

Referee explains Atlanta United’s disallowed goalAJC
There was controversy in Atlanta United’s 2-0 loss to Sporting KC on Wednesday when an early goal was disallowed by an offsides call on Josef Martinez.

Judge orders 90-day pause in suit over soccer team’s moveRegina Leader-Post
An Ohio judge has ordered a 90-day pause in a lawsuit that seeks to stop a Major League Soccer team’s proposed move to Austin, Texas.

Will Johnson Showing He Can Be a Full-Time Option at Right BackThe Mane Land
Placed in the position by need, the Canadian has played well in relief of Scott Sutter.

Miguel Almirón – The Atlanta United ace with European ambitionsFutebolcidade
After making an impressive impact on the MLS during their inaugural 2017-18 season, Atlanta United seem both comfortable and content in setting the pace of the 2018-19 campaign. Led by star midfielder Miguel Almirón appear to be a much more polished side now, both tactically and technically, buoyed by the strong complement of talented young players the side boasts.

In the ‘Flo’: Red Bulls midfielder Florian Valot’s meteoric risePro Soccer USA
With arms stretched, Florian Valot ran toward the corner flag, spun and tugged on the shoulders of his jersey before Michael Murillo jumped into his arms. The New York Red Bulls midfielder had just scored a fourth-minute goal against New York City FC, sending Red Bull Arena into a frenzy Saturday afternoon.

Stop calling the Union cheapProst Amerika
David Accam is off to a tepid start with the Philadelphia Union. That’s not fair. Tepid implies a certain degree of warmth. Accam has been cold. Very cold. Zero touches in the box cold. No goals, no assists cold. And while he isn’t technically a Designated Player, the fact that the Union paid down his salary with TAM to fit him under the salary cap does make it reasonable to expect DP-level performance from him. They are after all paying him $820,000 dollars in one way or another.

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BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals This Saturday May 12 and Sunday May 13 BCSA
The BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals takes place this coming weekend as 12 teams take to the pitch at Burnaby Lake West on Saturday 12 and 4 teams take to Swangard Stadium on Sunday May 13.

Get To Know Your TSS Rovers: Patrick Metcalfe AFTN
A year can be a long time in football. A lot can happen. A lot can change. And that’s certainly been the story for Patrick Metcalfe.

Soccer stars sport power in VernonPenticton Western News
The 15th annual event saw those with mobility issues using power chairs, complete with specialized bumpers, push an oversized soccer ball around the Vernon Secondary School gymnasium. It is the first time the event has come to Vernon, since being hosted by Penticton for the last 14 years.

2018 BC Adult Provincial Championships Schedule & ResultsBCSA
Schedules, Brackets & Results for the 2018 BC Provincial Championships.

TSS Rovers release Season Tickets for the 2018 season TSS Rovers
A great summer of soccer is in store at Swangard Stadium with the PDL & WPSL TSS Rovers. Season yickets are only $70.

Victoria Highlanders FC 2018 Season Tickets now on saleVictoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.

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.

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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CPL to unveil club in York RegionCanoe
The club’s name — believed to be York 9 FC — will play out of a yet-to-be-confirmed stadium in York Region when the CPL opens this time next year.

Soccer tourney in St. John’s gives prospective college players a chance to showcase their talentsThe Telegram
A dozen scouts from nine schools will take in Atlantic Showcase at King George V Park.

Devils Strike Hot, while Unionville Milliken Lose CoolNorthern Starting XI
Match Reports from around League1 Ontario.

Burlington Youth Soccer Club to use $150K OTF grant to replace artificial turf at Sherwood Forest ParkInside Halton
For the Burlington Youth Soccer Club (BYSC), its annual House League Kick-Off Day at Sherwood Forest Park on May 5 was doubly special — the sports organization is also the recipient of a $150,000 capital grant.

Elite girls team takes aim at titleSault Star
The coach of Sault City United is leaving little doubt as to what he wants to see his team accomplish this season.

Free kicks is name of game for regional soccer program Newmarket Era
In a world where even talent is taxed, how revolutionary is this: free soccer. It is the concept behind the York Academy Player Program which kicks off this month and is to serve as a development stage for talented players from the under-12 to under-16 levels within the York Region Soccer Association (YRSA).

Cardinal Newman players, coaches enjoy Italian cultural exchangeHamilton News
It was an unforgettable experience, or as they say in Italy: Un’esperienza indimenticabile. That old adage was true for a group of 21 student soccer players and four educators from Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School. They began a 10-day excursion flying from Toronto to Rome on March 28, spending Holy Week in the Italian Capital, before venturing south to Sicily. While in Sicily the group was centered in Racalmuto (a twin city of Hamilton), where for a week they trained, played a series of games with local Sicilian soccer team Libertas Racalmuto.

‘Walking soccer’ a hit with Sarnia seniorsCBC
A slow-motion version of soccer is proving to be a hit with seniors in Sarnia. “Walking soccer” recently started its second season at Norm Perry Park.

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Alex Cooper had an assist and a goal, but the frustrations continued for Los Zorros, who played to a 2-2 draw against visiting Rio Grande Valley FC Toros in the USL Game of the Week on Wednesday. The RGVFC Toros rallied from a goal down twice with the final equalizer coming at the feet of Aldo Quintanilla in the 73rd minute on a pass from Jordan Jones.

U.S. Open Cup First Round Rewind: Christos FC out on penalties, wild extra time on Long IslandSBI
The first round of the U.S. Open Cup featured plenty of drama as penalty shootouts and extra time matches were abundant.

Open Cup Matchups Set for USL ClubsUSL
The 22 USL clubs entered in the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup learned their opponents in the tournament’s Second Round on Wednesday night, with the league’s clubs set to face some of the top clubs from the Premier Development League on May 16 after a busy night of action across the country.

What does Tom Ricketts’ ownership of a USL expansion team in Chicago mean for the Fire?Chicago Tribune
The United Soccer League’s expansion into Chicago got a boost Wednesday when it was announced Cubs owner Tom Ricketts will be the new soccer team’s majority owner.

Commisso, USSF at impasse over $500m meetingNBC Sports
New York Cosmos owner Rocco Commisso tells ProSoccerTalk that he pulled out of a Wednesday meeting with U.S. Soccer regarding his nine-figure offer to fund an American soccer league due to the federation’s unwillingness to send what the NASL deemed the proper decision-makers.

Roadies Bring the Noise for Soccer for the NationsUSL
Nashville supporters group planning ‘unforgettable’ day for club made up of refugee children.


NWSL Wednesday: Both matches end in drawsThe Equalizer
The Dash rallied in the second half to earn a 1-1 draw with the Thorns while the Royals and Pride were unable to find a goal in the Wasatch Valley in Wednesday night NWSL action.

WSL 1 week 16.5 review: Chelsea regain advantage in title fightVavel
A first goal wasn’t enough for Yeovil as they fell away to Everton who themselves had just lost to Bristol whilst wins over Liverpool and Chelsea over Manchester and Birmingham City has put the Blues in pole position in the title race.

The Week in Women’s Football: Quarterly NWSL review; Texas’ two new UWS teams; Lyon & Wolfsburg make UCL finalTribal Football
This week we look at the first quarter of the NWSL season, after the games on April 29, with the two table toppers having played six games of their 24 game 2018 regular season schedule and most of the other sides having played 5.

Toppserien 2018 round 6 – Review: Klepp and LSK continue to impressVavel
It has been an interesting first few weeks in Norway, with some teams falling short of expectations, while others have far exceeded what was expected of them thus far.

Jamie Sherwood: Yeovil Town Ladies boss wants first WSL 1 win after ending goal droughtBBC Sport
Yeovil Town Ladies boss Jamie Sherwood says his team “celebrated like we won the World Cup” after scoring their first league goal of the season, but is now targeting an “all-important” first win.

WSL 2 week 16 review: Brighton do a four-day double over WatfordVavel
Having lost their unbeaten record, Millwall picked up just one point from two outings as they were held by Spurs before losing to a rampaging Sheffield team who themselves were halted by the Belles. Keeping the Doncaster team from scooping the title early, Brighton made it two wins from two against Watford as Durham deepened Villa’s woes.

#SBSSWPL Round-up – 08-09/05/2018Scottish WPL
Forfar Farmington made it two wins in a row with victory over Stirling University. They followed up their strong performance against Rangers with another clinical display on their travels.

UP CLOSE: Seattle Reign midfielder Morgan Andrews The Equalizer
Second-year NWSL rookie Morgan Andrews has had a pretty unbelievable last 18 months. In that time period, the now 23-year old won an NCAA national championship, began her professional soccer career, was part of an NWSL team that collapsed completely, and moved herself all the way across the country to continue playing.

Police calling for witnesses to brawl at women’s soccer matchSydney Morning Herald
ACT Police are calling for witnesses to an ugly brawl in a lower-division Capital Football women’s match last month, which resulted in three players being suspended by the league.

How football is saving the lives of young Turkish girls in MalatyaThe Guardian
Ikranur Sarigul is only one of many young girls in Malatya whose life was transformed by joining a girl’s school team set up to keep them in education and out of an early marriage.

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AC Milan’s mistakes hand Italian Cup title to JuventusSportsnet
AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma gifted two goals and Nikola Kalinic added an own-goal in a nightmare 4-0 defeat for the Rossoneri as Juventus claimed a record fourth straight Italian Cup title on Wednesday.

Huddersfield seal Premier League survival and dent Chelsea’s ambitionsThe Guardian
Huddersfield Town’s sojourn back in the top flight was supposed to be fleeting, a one-season dalliance with the elite, but David Wagner and his side are not done with life at this level just yet. A point squeezed despite incessant Chelsea pressure will prolong their stay into a second year, effectively at Swansea’s expense.

Man City sets Premier League record for points, goals and winsSportsnet
Manchester City set the Premier League record for most points, most goals and most wins in a single season by beating Brighton 3-1 on Wednesday.

Santos Laguna’s strength is its ‘Warrior Factory’ for Liga MX talentESPN
Santos has achieved seven Championships at different levels in Mexican soccer over the past five years. Only a couple of those, the 2013 and 2015 Clausura tournaments, went to its Primera Division side. The rest is divided among Santos’ U-17 and U-20 squads, which have become a veritable “Warrior Factory” for top talent.

Records for PSG, Europe for Rennes?Ligue 1
With another domestic quadruple in the bag, Paris Saint-Germain host Europe-chasing Rennes at the Parc des Princes on Saturday evening.

Barcelona stays unbeaten, Real Madrid loses to SevillaSportsnet
Ousmane Dembele scored twice and Lionel Messi added to his league-leading tally as champion Barcelona stayed on track to finish unbeaten in the Spanish league with a 5-1 rout of Villarreal on Wednesday.

QPR part company with Ian Holloway after underwhelming campaignThe Guardian
Ian Holloway has left QPR with immediate effect, the Championship club have announced, amid reports that the former England manager Steve McClaren is to replace him.

Leeds United in Myanmar: Andrea Radrizzani ‘never reconsidered’ controversial tripBBC Sport
Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani says he did not reconsider the decision to take the club on a controversial post-season trip to Myanmar, despite criticism from the city’s MPs.

FIFA cuts comms lines, scrapping daily 2018 World Cup briefingsInside World Football
In a move that seems likely to be regarded in some circles as a protectionist measure to avoid negative publicity, FIFA has scrapped its daily media briefings at next month’s World Cup, with a need-to-know policy installed instead.

Arsene Wenger says European Super League will ultimately replace Premier LeagueYahoo Sports
Arsene Wenger has predicted that a European Super League will ultimately replace the Premier League at weekends, with major domestic competition moving to weeknights.

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