BC Soccer News, Thursday, May 19, 2016



SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016, 1:30 PM



Whitecaps FC invited to play Crystal Palace FC in Vancouver International Soccer Challenge Whitecaps FC
In conjunction with the Vancouver-Guangzhou Friendship Society and Vancouver Chinese Soccer Association, Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Thursday that the club has been invited to play against English Premier League side and FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace FC in the Vancouver International Soccer Challenge. The match will take place at BC Place on Tuesday, July 19 at 7 p.m. PT.

Road to the Cup: How Crystal Palace reached the FA Cup FinalWhitecaps FC
The 2015-16 English Premier League campaign may be over, but Crystal Palace is far from done. It was announced today that The Eagles will face Vancouver Whitecaps FC in an international friendly at BC Place on July 19 as part of the Vancouver International Soccer Challenge. First, they have some unfinished business to take care of: The FA Cup.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC to begin Amway Canadian Championship title defence versus Ottawa Fury FC on June 1 Indo Canadian Voice
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will begin their defence of the Voyageurs Cup against North American Soccer League side Ottawa Fury FC in the semifinal of the 2016 Amway Canadian Championship.

Whitecaps’ Manneh still learning to relaxEdmonton Journal
Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson has a few go-to phrases when his attacking players are on their game. They played with a smile on their face. They enjoyed their football. They didn’t overthink it. They played with freedom. Kekuta Manneh did all that in Saturday’s 4-3 win in Toronto, except perhaps for the smile.

Kekuta Manneh one step closer to USMNT eligibility SBI
Kekuta Manneh has taken a long road towards achieving his dream of representing the U.S. Men’s National Team, and the Vancouver Whitecaps forward recently took a major step forward in that pursuit.

Hurtado: ‘I needed to change my attitude’ NorthBayNippising.com
Getting shipped off to Europe did Erik Hurtado a world of good. After falling out of favour with Vancouver early last season, the Whitecaps loaned the forward to a tiny Norwegian club in hopes of getting him game action and, perhaps more importantly, some perspective.

Will Johnson Goal Gives Toronto FC Tie with East-Leading New York City FCWaking the Red
For the second straight match Toronto FC gave away points at home, and missed out on a chance to go first in the Eastern Conference.

NYCFC’s Vieira praises Poku, Mullins in Toronto: “We managed it quite well” – MLS
New York City FC’s winning streak came to an end at BMO Field on Wednesday night. But sometimes a draw is good enough, especially given adverse circumstances and near-wholesale changes to the starting 11.

Red Bulls Defense Find Some Redemption in VictoryEmpire of Soccer
Since the departure of Matt Miazga, the New York Red Bulls have had to cobble together a backline under less than ideal circumstances. Injuries certainly haven’t helped that situation, of course. However, it’s been a mixed bag of players playing out of position and youth at a position New York enjoyed stability at for the entirety of 2015.

Kaka, TFC’s Giovinco highest-paid players in MLSSportsnet
Orlando’s Kaka is the highest-paid MLS soccer player at US$7,167,500 this season. Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco is not far behind at $7.115 million. TFC captain Michael Bradley is making $6.75 million while Jozy Altdore is pulling down $4.825 million.

MLS Player Salary Information MLS Players Union
These figures include compensation from each player’s contract with MLS. They do not include any compensation from any contracts with individual teams or their affiliates.

List of MLS teams’ 2016 midseason friendliesMLS
MLS teams have lined up several midseason friendlies against international opposition. So far, teams from Spain, Mexico and England will be in the US and Canada to get in postseason or preseason action. Here’s a running list of friendlies between MLS teams and international clubs.

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PHOTOS: BC PROVINCIAL CUP MEN’S U-21 FINAL: Guildford FC 2 EDC Burnaby 0, May 14, 2016BC Soccer Web
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Atletico ascends in first seasonBurnaby Now
Born from a club breakup, the first-year Campo Atletico were an unknown to start the Vancouver Metro Soccer League’s Div. 2 season nearly a year ago. Even those in charge had their expectations tempered by all the new moving parts and new players. Following Saturday’s dramatic 3-1 triumph over Rino’s Fury, earning the Burnaby-based Atletico the Keith Millar Cup, the journey has a storybook feel.

Comox Valley United makes early exit at Province A Cup Comox Valley Record
Comox Valley United’s Provincial A Cup run was a short one. In their first-ever appearance at the tournament, United lost its opening game 5-1 to Pegasus FC of Surrey on April 23 in Surrey. Pegasus, the top-seeded team at the 16-team, single-knockout event, then proceeded to gallop through the rest of the field.

Zone soccer playoffs in full swingPrince George Citizen
This week’s north central zone single-A girls soccer championship at Rotary Field is a qualifier for the B.C. provincial playoffs in two weeks and the odds of advancing are better than ever for the five teams involved.

Mustangs soccer seasons ends with challenging battle Penticton Western News
There will be no trip to the provincial championship for the Mustangs, who won once in three games during the Okanagan Valley Championship at Kings Park and ended the season with a 6-1 loss to the Clarence Fulton Lady Maroons. Cayleigh Graham provided all the Maroons offence.

Boots and books Prince George Citizen
Austin Derksen had real reason to celebrate at his graduation ceremony. Anyone who can complete a line of study in cellular molecular biology while being a full-time varsity athlete deserves to blow off a little steam when the task is done. After all, finding the balance between a demanding academic lifestyle and an equally challenging athletic one requires a tremendous amount of discipline.

PHOTOS: BC PROVINCIAL CUP WOMEN’S A FINAL: Richmond FC 4 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 15, 2016BC Soccer Web
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PHOTO GALLERY: BC PROVINCIAL CUP MEN’S A FINAL: Surrey Pegasus 2 Coquitlam Metro Ford Wolves 1, May 14, 2016 BC Soccer Web
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Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference – June 3-5 at SFU BC Soccer Web
The Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference is back for its second year. Learn from some of the best coaches in the game. This year’s conference features speakers from Arsenal, Leicester City, Southampton, the English FA and more. Register before April 30 for early bird pricing.

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.

Victoria Highlanders 2016 Season Tickets Now Available Select Your Seats
The Victoria Highlanders are ready to return to the PDL for 2016. BC Soccer Web encourages all soccer fans on Vancouver Island to get behind their team. Season tickets are now on sale and extremely affordable. Support Local Soccer!

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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Donate to the Canadian Red Cross to help those impacted by the Alberta WildfiresBC Soccer Web
The Canadian Red Cross is the most reliable organization assisting people who are fleeing the wildfires in Fort McMurray and beyond. Please donate. All individual donations are being matched by the Government of Canada.

Ottawa Fury through to Championship semi finalsCSA
Ottawa Fury FC are through to the Amway Canadian Championship semi finals for the first time. The capital city’s third-year club won 3-2 in their two-match, preliminary series against FC Edmonton, booking their spot in a two-match series with last year’s national champions Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Ottawa Fury reach first-ever Voyageurs Cup semifinalsSportsnet
The Ottawa Fury FC have advanced to the semifinals of the Amway Canadian Championship for the first time in club history. Ottawa dropped a 2-0 decision to their North American Soccer League counterpart FC Edmonton in the second leg of the series Wednesday night but won 3-2 on aggregate.

Timbo’s tackle prevents FC Edmonton from finishing ACC comeback in Ottawa the11.ca
For FC Edmonton supporters, it had the making of a storybook plot twist. Eddie Edward, an Ottawa-born-and-raised FCE fullback, found himself in the unlikeliest of places — in front of the opposition goal — with a chance to finish off a heroic comeback. He had a chance to put a stake through the heart of his hometown team.

Canada m23 wins again on Caribbean tour CSA
Canada’s Men’s U-23 National Team won both matches on their 10-day camp and Caribbean tour, following a 5:1 win over Guyana on Sunday with a 3:0 win over Grenada on Wednesday 18 May. In both matches, Canada played the national “A” squad of their Caribbean counterpart, with both of those nations preparing for the upcoming Caribbean Cup.

TFC, Whitecaps talents shine as Canada U-23s cap Caribbean tour with win MLS
Canada’s Under-23 side ended their Caribbean tour on a high note Wednesday, posting a 3-0 win over Grenada’s senior side in a friendly in St. George’s, Grenada.

Geoff Johnson: Putting the fun back into children’s sports – Times Colonist
Sports appear to be more popular, but elite-level participation rates across younger age groups continue to decline. A new study prepared by Community Foundations of Canada indicates that some rethinking about kids and sports is overdue.

Nova Scotia Soccer League kicks off 2016 season Chronicle Herald
The province’s best soccer teams are getting ready to kick off the 2016 Nova Scotia Soccer League season. Games begin Thursday night with Halifax Dunbrack men’s and women’s teams hosting a couple new additions to the NSSL, the Nova Scotia boys’ and girls’ Canada Games teams.

Canada’s hope: How Victor Montagliani rose to CONCACAF’s top spotMLS
Newly-elected president of CONCACAF and vice-president of FIFA Victor Montagliani is suddenly one of the most powerful Canadians ever in world sport. He’s also the man tasked with restoring CONCACAF’s reputation after years of controversy, and could be the one to oversee the awarding of the 2026 FIFA World Cup to one (or perhaps several) of this region’s three biggest nations.

AUDIO: Victor Montagliani on the challenge ahead for CONCACAF Sportsnet
Canada Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani, the newly elected president of CONCACAF, talks to Jeff Blair & Stephen Brunt about what drove him to run for the head of the soccer federation, the steps he sees before him, whether he’ll bring a strong Canadian voice to the organisation, and if he can envision Canada & the USA co-hosting a World Cup any time soon.

League1 Ontario to take part in Women’s Football Day this Saturday OSA
CONCACAF will celebrate its second annual Women’s Football Day on Saturday, May 21, 2016 and League1 Ontario will be taking part in the festivities.

Ajax two-sport star Nicole Remedios ready to soar with Eastern Michigan EaglesAjax News Adviser
Choices, choices, choices. Ajax resident Nicole Remedios has long been able to handle the rigours and demands of being a two-sport athlete, playing soccer and hockey at a high level through her teenage years.

England a veritable shoe-in at the Saskatoon World Cup Saskatoon Star Phoenix
The seventh annual Saskatoon World Cup is upon us. Many will tell you that this is the most exciting weekend of soccer in our City.

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 7:30 PM



US Open Cup Round 2 Recap: Seven amateur clubs advance MLS
Seven amateur teams advanced to the 30-team Third Round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup after a wild first night of the 42-team Second Round on Wednesday included five shootouts.

Rayo OKC is set to host Oklahoma City United Soccer League side (USL), Energy FC, June 1 at 8 pm CT at Yukon Miller Stadium. Energy FC defeated Professional Development League side (PDL) Mississippi Brilla FC on Wednesday 10-9 on penalty kicks to advance to the third round.

Richie Ryan and the New NASL Landscape Northern Pitch
Last week, Jeff Rueter broke the news for Northern Pitch that Jacksonville Armada had sold a 31-year-old holding midfielder to fellow NASL table basement-dwellers Miami FC for $750,000. I was suddenly inundated with messages from players, agents, and other writers. To say they were incredulous would be an understatement. But beyond the particular craziness of an intra-league transfer fee of this size, something else strikes me as interesting about the Richie Ryan story. Over the last couple of years the NASL has found itself increasingly squeezed in the market for good players and so it has turned inward to proven NASL talent.

Nashville awarded United Soccer League franchiseThe Tennessean
A group of Nashville investors has been awarded a new expansion professional soccer franchise by the United Soccer League, a potential major first step toward soccer becoming Nashville’s next professional sport.

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Morgan, Solo, Rampone headline USWNT roster ahead of Japan friendlies SBI
U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 25 players to participate in training camp prior to two matches against Japan in June.

Rampone may get one last chance at USWNTEmpire of Soccer
Could this be Christie Rampone’s last chance — and really her first as well – to win one of the 18 roster spots on the United States roster as the opening ceremonies for the Rio Summer Olympics loom only a only a couple of months away?

Going for Gold: USWNT players prepare for Olympics in NWSL Equalizer
There are less than 80 days until the women’s Olympic soccer tournament kicks off in Brazil. Although the U.S. national team has not been together over the past month, national teamers have been busy with their respective NWSL clubs as the 2016 season has kicked off.

Orlando Pride sign NWSL draft pick Christina BurkenroadOrlando Sentinel
The Orlando Pride have added another player to their roster, signing forward Christina Burkenroad.

AFC Women’s Championship draws revealedFFA
Australia’s U-16 and U-19 national teams have learned their path to next year’s AFC Women’s U-16 and U-19 Championships following tonight’s official qualifying draw in Malaysia.

WSL 2 Week Five Preview: Big week in the promotion race, plus plenty of basement battles – Vavel
After two games this week already, we’ve got a further seven to look forward to between tomorrow and Sunday as another round of WSL 2 fixtures gets underway.

Defense, Goals, And Ice Cream: My Chat With Ali Krieger – Midfield Press
For those of you that are new to women’s soccer, Ali Krieger is one of- if not the- best right backs in the world.For those of you that are new to women’s soccer, Ali Krieger is one of- if not the- best right backs in the world. A veteran of two World Cups, she was part of one of the greatest backlines to every play the game, and gave us one heck of a summer last year, not to mention that epic penalty kick in 2011 and a load of amazing memories in between.

2015/16 WNL Awards winners unveiled Continental Tyres WNL
The 2015/16 Continental Tyres Women’s National Awards ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 18 in the Marker Hotel, Dublin.

The Female Athlete Triad — Be on the LookoutSoccer America
I was recently with a friend watching his daughter in a NorCal Premier State Cup soccer game on a beautiful spring afternoon. The girls were skilled players and the game was played at a high level. The players were fit and athletic, and yet I was reminded that female athletes in many sports have unique pressures that can predispose them to injuries only girls can get.

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Coke double shakes Liverpool as Sevilla hit back to win Europa League final The Guardian
They stood in the rain with runners-up medals around their necks, watched Sevilla hoist the Europa League trophy for the third year running, and promptly disappeared down the tunnel. Jürgen Klopp and his Liverpool players had no appetite for standing on ceremony after their European dreams were shattered by Sevilla’s second-half transformation and their own inability to withstand it.

Sevilla wins third straight Europa League title Sportsnet
Sevilla stunned Liverpool with a 3-1 comeback win to take a record third straight Europa League title on Wednesday.

Norwegian who called Sepp Blatter ‘a role model’ appointed Fifa’s head of strategy The Guardian
The Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has hired the Norwegian FA official Kjetil Siem as his new director of strategy to oversee reform – two years after Siem hailed Sepp Blatter as “a role model”.

Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia to give new boss ‘up to £50m’ to spendBBC Sport
New Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia has said the club’s next manager will be given up to £50m to spend to get the club back into the Premier League.

Barcelona hit out at Copa del Rey final ban on Catalonia’s separatist flagsThe Guardian
Barcelona says the Spanish government’s ban on Catalonia’s separatist flags during the Copa del Rey final is “an attack on freedom of expression”.

TV Report: EPL outdraws NHL in 2015-16Soccer America
For the third consecutive year, NBC Sports Group set a record for its average viewership of the English Premier League. Across all networks, NBC Sports Group averaged 514,000 viewers per match window — up 7 percent from 2014-15. The EPL outdrew the NHL, which averaged 503,000 viewers for 105 NHL regular-season games on NBC and NBCSN in 2015-16.

African Confederation Cup boasts a crowded, talented final eight ESPN FC
It was late into the night on Wednesday that the last of the knockout round matches in this year’s African club competitions were completed and the line-up for next week’s group phase draw decided.

France extends ‘state of emergency’ for Euro 2016 and Tour de France Goal
Extreme security measures implemented following last November’s Paris terror attacks will be extended to cover this summer’s showpiece events in France.

At least 19 per cent of professional football leagues do not have a heart-starting defibrillator at every match, according to research by world players union FIFPro.

Troubled Twente hit with relegation for breaking money rules Inside World Football
The Dutch FA, the KNVB, has relegated FC Twente from the domestic top flight, the Eredivisie, as punishment for breaching financial regulations. Twente will, however, maintain their professional license.

AFC Wimbledon edge past Accrington in extra-time to book Wembley dateThe Guardian
AFC Wimbledon are one win away from reaching the third tier of English football following an extra-time victory over Accrington in the League Two play-offs.

FA Cup must remain football’s hollow crown to maintain its magic The Guardian
For Manchester United and Crystal Palace glory is the goal but were a Champions League place at stake the FA Cup would be annexed by the Premier League.

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