BC Soccer News, Thursday, May 18, 2017




SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017, 4:00 PM

TSN to broadcast 2017 Canadian Championship beginning with Semifinal doubleheader on May 23Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Thursday that TSN will be broadcasting the 2017 Canadian Championship. The ‘Caps campaign in search for their second Voyageurs Cup begins when they host Montreal Impact at BC Place on Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. PT live on TSN.

Brek Shea already on scoring streak, but Whitecaps say best is yet to comeMLS
“He was a nightmare to play against,” Robinson, who went up against Shea in his playing days, told reporters. “I think you’re seeing that the way he’s playing now. We know he’s athletic and strong. He’s direct. You think you can get the ball as a defender and you can’t.

Waston leads the Whitecaps in mending their undisciplined reputation.Eighty-Six Forever
Beleaguered by red cards and suspension last season, the ‘Caps have recast themselves in the eyes of MLS referees of late with their disciplined play.

Whitecaps could face weakened Kansas City lineup SaturdayThe Province
The Whitecaps opponent on Saturday, Sporting Kansas City, played a home game Wednesday night vs. Seattle. They won 3-0 to put themselves to the top of the MLS’s Western Conference standings.

MLS Midweek Rewind: Week 12SBI
A handful of league matches took place on Wednesday as week 12 in MLS kicked off with some midweek action.

Sporting Kansas City 3, Seattle Sounders 0 | 2017 MLS Match RecapMLS
Sporting Kansas City kept their home dominance going with a 3-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders Wednesday evening at Children’s Mercy Park.

MLS Review: Gerso scores 13-minute hat-trick, Dynamo lose in PhiladelphiaFour Four Two
Gerso Fernandes scored a 13-minute treble to inspire Sporting KC’s 3-0 victory at home to Seattle Sounders on Wednesday.

NYCFC Squanders Lead at RSLEmpire of Soccer
Ten minutes in, it appeared as if New York City FC’s rotated lineup was on its way to a victory. By the end of the night, the players were exhausted and defeated in Sandy, Utah.

Nick Rimando sets MLS all-time saves recordSN
The 37-year-old Real Salt Lake keeper, who already has the league’s all-time win mark, picked up the MLS career save record Wednesday night by making his 1,476th stop.

Justin Meram Named MLS Week 11 Player of the WeekMLS Multiplex
Columbus Crew winger, Justin Meram, was named the Major League Soccer Player of the Week after his hat-trick performance in week 11.

Caleb Porter Talks Up Timbers DefenseProst Amerika
Caleb Porter discussed the current state of Portland Timber affairs during his weekly Wednesday media address at Providence Park. The Timbers head coach talked about what he thinks it was one of the best defensive performances this season in front a good attacking team like Atlanta United.

Impact’s Kyle Fisher seizes opportunity after drawing starting roleMontreal Gazette
The temperature wasn’t the only thing heating up Wednesday as coach Mauro Biello ran the struggling Impact through a high-energy practice at Centre Nutrilait. “It’s competitive,” said centre-back Kyle Fisher. “It’s getting chippy in training because we have to get back on track and we don’t have unlimited time.”

What should Toronto FC do with Armando Cooper?Waking the Red
With the Gold Cup on the horizon, the Panama midfielder is struggling for form and minutes this season.

Beckham group reveals new Miami stadium planSBI
MLS in Miami received a big boost on Wednesday night, as Tim Leiweke unveiled a new stadium plan at a town hall in the Overtown neighborhood.

Kaka still adapting to life in MLS, while helping teammates with ‘bad habits’ESPN FC
Orlando City midfielder Kaka said that playing in Major League Soccer has required him to be more patient, even as he tries to help his teammates correct “bad habits.”

MLS Commissioner Don Garber discusses MLS Canada office, CPL, CanMNT starsMLS
MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced at a press conference Tuesday that the league will soon be opening an MLS Canada office.

Major League Soccer: Algorithm and BluesSoccer Shorts
Isn’t the way we consume music kind of analogous to how we also consume sport these days? And isn’t that having an impact on Major League Soccer?

The club next door: as MLS expands, concerns over gentrification loomThe Guardian
Certainly, Orlando City are helping to make this an upwardly mobile area again, and new money is coming into the area – along with rising property values and, more importantly, rising rents.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour Comes to Canada


BC PROVINCIAL MEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Club Inter 2 Aldergrove United 0, May 14, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

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.

Royals’ striker remembered with Hall honourNew Westminster Record
On a powerful Westminster Royals soccer team, Jack Coulter was an elite finisher. Known to many as ‘Jock’ – he was tagged by sports reporters of the day with such labels as “an opportunist,” “unselfish” and “in a class by himself” — Coulter had a way of filling the net. Now, nearly 57 years after his death, Coulter is being welcomed into a class of his peers.

PDL Team of the Week PDL
Highlanders’ Callum Montgomery was name to the USL PDL Team of the Week.

Cascades men’s soccer program signs Coastal FC teammates Rangi, MinhasUFV
University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer head coach Tom Lowndes continues to build his roster, signing a pair of midfielders from Coastal FC.

Seibel headed to Vancouver for elite soccer campKamloops This Week
Kamloops’ Sophia Seibel has been selected to join the Women’s Regional EXCEL Centre (REX), an elite program that is part of the Canada Soccer Pathway and supported by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, BC Soccer and Canada Soccer.

Clan Women’s Soccer to host ID & High Performance CampsSFU
Canada’s NCAA women’s soccer team, led by head coach Annie Hamel, will be holding an identification camp and two high performance camps this summer on Terry Fox Field atop Burnaby Mountain.

From the Pigeon Loft: Back on hallowed groundAFTN
Last Friday a new local supporters group began life with two guys sitting in the back of a pickup truck with a broken tailgate in Burnaby supporting a team that had begun their life on -3 points. The Swanguardians arose – like many things these days – first as a Twitter handle a few weeks back, and then as an invitation to gather anybody interested in actively supporting TSS Rovers in their inaugural season in the Premier Development League (PDL).

Spring seven-a-side soccer league startsPowell River Peak
Different rules make for fast and fun games.

NDSS soccer and lacrosse coach Joel Smith juggles two successful teamsNanaimo News Now
When you coach two teams in two different sports you have to make sacrifices. Joel Smith is the head coach for the NDSS Academy junior lacrosse team and the junior girls soccer team. Both had big tournaments over the weekend so the coach had to make a choice – soccer or lacrosse?

PDL PHOTOS: TSS Rovers 2 Lane Utd. 2, May 12, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

2017 BC Soccer Adult Provincial ChampionshipsBCSA
The Road to Burnaby continues! Complete brackets and results from the weekend’s games in the BC Provincial Cups.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour and Holbrook Sports Management are excited to announce the expansion of the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour into the Canadian soccer market.  With the first event previously announced to take place on the August 19/20 weekend in Surrey, BC, the 3v3 Soccer Tour will expand to Abbotsford, BC, on August 20 and will include men’s and women’s open divisions.

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.

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!

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.

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

Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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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TSN Delivers Exclusive Live Coverage of 2017 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP  – CSA
Canada Soccer and TSN have unveiled broadcast details for its exclusive live coverage of the 2017 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP. The action kicks off with a semifinal doubleheader on Tuesday, 23 May as Ottawa Fury FC host Toronto FC at 4 p.m. ET on TSN, followed by Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Montreal Impact at 7 p.m. ET

Top 10 Canadian Premier League prospects from League1 OntarioRed Nation Online
In my first of potentially a number of articles going forward, I give my Top 10 League1 Ontario players who I would select if I was starting a Canadian Premier League team today.

2017 Canada Soccer Board of DirectorsCSA
Meet the 2017 Board of Directors for the CSA.

KW United vs Michigan Bucks: Season OpenerNorthern Starting XI
KW United faced what was likely their greatest challenge of the season this past weekend when they traveled to Pontiac, Michigan to face off against the Bucks.

Saskatoon’s World Cup is on tap, and here’s what to watch forStar Phoenix
The most exciting time of year is upon us — the Saskatoon World Cup. From Thursday to Monday, the SaskTel Sports Centre will be hopping. Seventy soccer teams will take part in men’s, women’s, masters, under-13 and under-15 boys.

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SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2017, 3:00 PM

Three PDL sides record shock upsets in second round of U.S. Open CupSBI
The second round of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup just wrapped up, and there have already been some major upsets in the early stages of the tournament.

NASL Goes 4 for 6 in U.S. Open CupEmpire of Soccer
The New York Cosmos and Indy Eleven, the league’s two finalists last year, were ousted by amateur teams from the Premier Development League, while four other NASL clubs advanced to the third round, scheduled to be played on May 31.

North Carolina FC trounces Carolina Dynamo 6-1 to advance in U.S. Open CupWRAL Sportsfan
The bucolic environs of MacPherson Stadium in Browns Summit was the setting for a midweek U.S. Open Cup tie between the visiting North Carolina FC of the NASL and the Carolina Dynamo of the USL PDL.

River Cities Clash Headlines Open Cup Third RoundUSL
FC Cincinnati and Louisville City FC will meet for the first time in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup when the River Cities Cup rivals square off in the Third Round on May 31 at Nippert Stadium. The game is one of four in the final round before the entry of clubs from Major League Soccer to the tournament that will feature two USL clubs squaring off with each other, with the league’s 16 teams the largest remaining contingent of clubs outside the top flight remaining in the competition.

The Road to Recovery — Karsten SmithFC Edmonton
Centre-back Karsten Smith was hit with news that his season would have to start later than usual after suffering a calf injury in February, and only just returned to full training this past week after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Orange County NASL team files trademark on possible nameAngels on Parade
Now that NASL is coming to Southern California with the announcement last week that an expansion team is coming to Orange County, comes the logical next question of what the new team will be called.

NWPL Recaps: Seattle Stars off to best start in league historyGoalWA
The May 13-14 weekend of play in the Northwest Premier League saw Seattle Stars set a league record for number of straight wins to open a season and the debut of last year’s champions as Spokane Shadow scored two victories. Speaking of scoring – Yakima United put seven goals in.

Toppserien – Week 5 review: Grand Bodø get first winVavel
With a lightning fast turnaround from their fourth round of fixtures over the weekend, ten of the twelve Toppserien teams were back in action yesterday, the top three all adding another three points to their tallies.

Spencer Prior interview: Taking over as Thailand Women’s coach, via AustraliaPlanet Football
It is often said that not enough British coaches, like players, are willing to work abroad – and the ones that do seem to be back on home soil before you know it. But that criticism certainly can’t be directed at former Southend United, Manchester City and Cardiff City defender Spencer Prior.

Japan’s females take next step with futsalFIFA
For the past few decades, Japanese football has been marked by innovation at both club and international level, as well in the development sphere. A thorough bottom-up approach to developing the game has seen a boom at grassroots level, with that momentum echoing all the way up the football pyramid.

Megan Campbell on cup final inclusion: ‘My heart nearly burst’Irish Times
Saturday? “Surreal,” she laughs, “I still can’t actually believe it happened.” It did, though. Megan Campbell played in an FA Cup final at Wembley, made two of her team’s goals, and by the time she met up with her family after the game she had a winner’s medal around her neck. Cloud Nine? “Higher!”

Vacancy: Team Manager U-17 Women’s National TeamNew Zealand Football
New Zealand Football is seeking applications for a Team Manager for the New Zealand U-17 Women’s National Team for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup campaign.

Teen star Mbappe helps Monaco claim first title in 17 yearsFrance 24
Teenage star Kylian Mbappe helped Monaco secure their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years with his 15th goal of the season in Wednesday’s 2-0 victory at home to Saint-Etienne.

Jardim: ‘Best season in Monaco’s history’ – Ligue 1
AS Monaco’s players and coach Leonardo Jardim looked back on an almost perfect season after clinching the Ligue 1 title on Wednesday.

Juventus win Coppa Italia, Madrid on brink of Liga titleUEFA
Juventus are one-third of the way to a treble following a 2-0 defeat of Lazio in the Coppa Italia final, with Real Madrid in sight of the Liga title thanks to a 4-1 win at Celta Vigo.

Italian Cup title puts Juventus in line for trebleUSA Today
Juventus secured the first title of a possible treble by winning the Italian Cup with an authoritative 2-0 victory over Lazio in the final on Wednesday.

Inter’s recent struggles even causing fans to walkoutSportsnet
Winless in eight matches, even the hardcore fans are walking out on Inter Milan. The Italian team, which won the Champions League title in 2010, has been struggling this year and is currently working under its fourth coach since August.

Bundesliga Match Day 33 Round Up  – Prost Amerika
Another team relegated but the fight to avoid the playoff is going to the wire.

Ajax boss Peter Bosz says he feels ‘no pressure’ ahead of Man United clash ESPN FC
Ajax manager Peter Bosz says he is confident his team can trouble Manchester United in next Wednesday’s Europa League final by concentrating on their own game, rather than worrying about what Jose Mourinho might have planned.

Ajax v Manchester United: the past meetingsUEFA
Ajax and Manchester United have each won two of the clubs’ four previous encounters – UEFA.com looks back at their past meetings, including a “young, 100-mile-per-hour team” of the 1970s.

Football Association approves retrospective diving bans in EnglandESPN FC
English football is introducing retrospective bans of at least two matches for players who deceive referees by diving to win a penalty or get an opponent sent off.

UEFA seeks research into risk of youths heading a ballSportsnet
UEFA has asked for research proposals into the effects of young players heading the ball.

FIFA Watchdogs Quit in Protest, Sparking New Soccer CrisisBloomberg
The latest ethics crisis shaking global soccer intensified Wednesday as two members of FIFA’s governance committee resigned over the firing of their chairman. Between the ethics committee and the governance committee, six officials have now been ousted or quit in protest in the last week.

Swedish league game canceled because of match-fixing attempt NBC Sports
A Swedish league soccer match between Goteborg and AIK was called off Thursday because of an apparent match-fixing attempt. Swedish soccer federation general secretary Hakan Sjostrand said it was “a very serious attack against Swedish football and we will never, never accept it.”

U17 EURO final preview: Spain v EnglandUEFA
Spain or England will become UEFA European Under-17 Championship winners for a record third time when they go head to head in the 2017 final in Varazdin on Friday.

Online ALDI MiniRoos videos launched for grassroots footballFFA
We will be rolling a new video every week for a ten week period with each NAB Skills Series backed up with more information available in our Activity Guide for ALDI MiniRoos.

What we see when we watch football: how replays and close-ups reflect societyThe Guardian
The camera angles and photos used in football coverage – pictures that zoom in on individuals – mirror our view of the world.

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