BC Soccer News, Thursday, May 23, 2019





Report and Reaction: Understrength Whitecaps bullish after impressing in entertaining draw in New YorkAFTN
Sometimes the matches you’re least looking forward to are the ones that serve up the most entertainment, and that was certainly the case in Vancouver Whitecaps’ visit to New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night.

Montero scores on penalty kick, Whitecaps tie Red BullsSportsnet
Fredy Montero tied it for Vancouver with a penalty kick in the 61st minute and the Whitecaps held on for a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night.

‘Caps earn another road point in exciting match versus New York Red Bulls Whitecaps FC
A road-weary Vancouver Whitecaps FC side earned another valiant point on Wednesday night in a 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena.

Vancouver Whitecaps: New York Two-TwoSoccer Shorts
It’s hard to give an effective assessment of a team as injury battered as the Vancouver Whitecaps are and who face a travel schedule that would make the average amphetamine fueled rock band think “Hmm, this is a tad wearisome.”

16-year MLS veteran Chad Marshall retiresNBC Sports
Stalwart defender Chad Marshall, who spent his entire 16-year career in Major League Soccer, retired on Wednesday at 34 years old. The announcement confirmed that Marshall’s decision was made largely due to a knee injury that has kept him out of action for most of the last month.

DaMarcus Beasley on retirement: “When you know, you know”MLS
There have been few constants since the millennium turned in the world of soccer, particularly in our slice of the game in North America. One thing you could rely on was DaMarcus Beasley marauding up and down the left flank of some field, somewhere. That soon will change.

Impact face cream of MLS crop without Samuel Piette and Omar BrowneMontreal Gazette
The Impact hope to pick up points against the best team in Major League Soccer, but they’ll be missing key players in Los Angeles.

Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney sees silver lining in a weekend off for PozueloBurnaby Now
It may be looking for a silver lining, but Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney says Alejandro Pozuelo missing Sunday’s visit by the San Jose Earthquakes may not be such a bad thing.

LAFC: Mohamed El-Munir Gains Perspective Through Sacrifice During RamadanLAFC
The LAFC defender sat for an interview on the second day of Ramadan. El-Munir is one of the millions of Muslims around the world celebrating the most important month in the Muslim faith by abstaining from food and water during daylight hours.





WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2019, 6:30 PM


Cavalry knocks Pacific out of Canadian Championship with 4-1 aggregate winAFTN
Another closely-fought win from Cavalry FC ensured the Calgary club will move on to the second round of the 2019 Canadian Championship, after dispatching Pacific FC 2-1 (4-1 on aggregate) on May 22 at Spruce Meadows.

No Canadian Championship for Pacific FC after loss in CalgaryTimes Colonist
There would be no Champions League-type, miraculous second-leg rally for Pacific FC on Wednesday night.

B.C. girls Sweet 16 Soccer! B.C. tourney draw revealed for May 29-31 championship in SurreyVarsity Letters
Cloverdale Athletic Park in Surrey will welcome the province’s best for a three-day run (May 29-31) beginning this coming Wednesday.

Pipers, Royals and Cavaliers score tickets to soccer provincialsNorth Shore News
Argyle, Handsworth and Collingwood will represent the North Shore at the upcoming high school senior girls soccer provincial championships.

TRU WolfPack men’s soccer add NCAA playerKelowna Now
TRU announced today that Toronto-born Darupad “Dodi Sharma would join the team for the 2019-20 Canada West Season. Sharma, a 5’7” wing, spent last season playing for the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in the NCAA Division II. Prior to that, he was with West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Class of 2019…BC Soccer Assoc. Announces its 2018-2019 Scholarship WinnersBCSA
BC Soccer Assoc.’s Board of Directors is very excitied to introduce this year’s 24 Scholarship recipients, while expressing deep appreciation for the sponsors behind the donations. These scholarships demonstrate BC Soccer Association’s admiration for our graduating class of players by recognizing their scholastic endeavours in addition to their on-field dedication.

Futsal funSquamish Chief
A futsal jamboree was held on May 5 at Howe Sound Secondary. There were indoor soccer teams from Whitehorse, Vernon and players from across the Lower Mainland, including the Brazilian Futsal Club’s travel team, which is heading to Brazil in June.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.


HFX Wanderers survive Vaughan scare to advance in Canadian Championship showdownChronicle Herald
The scoreboard read 1-0 for Vaughan Azzurri but it’s the HFX Wanderers FC who advances in their Canadian Championship showdown.

Telfer helps York 9 FC to first-ever win, move on in Canadian ChampionshipSportsnet
Ryan Telfer’s goal in the 71st minute lifted the Canadian Premier League’s York9 FC to a 1-0 win over AS Blainville on Wednesday night to advance to the second qualifying round of the Canadian Championship.

CTV and TSN Announce FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FRANCE 2019 Broadcast ScheduleTSN
CTV and TSN feature exclusive live coverage of all 52 matches throughout the month-long tournament, from the opening match on Friday, June 7 all the way to the final on Sunday, July 7.

After “complete rebuild”, Leon Hapgood delighted with Calgary Foothills’ six points on the road as they begin defence of USL League 2 championshipAFTN
Calgary Foothills’ defence of their USL League 2 championship couldn’t have got off to a better start this past weekend with a pair of hard fought road wins to kick off their 2019 campaign.

Erin Mcleod: Lessons from JakartaThe Players’ Tribune
When I was 14 years old, I had the craziest car ride of my life. I had just arrived at a place that I knew nothing about. To my left, I saw buildings that looked like those in Gotham City. To my right, I saw people living in cardboard boxes. I saw burning garbage. I saw an open sewer system that ran along the road. Just next to it, people were bathing in the same dirty water. This was going to be my home for the next few years. Welcome to Jakarta.

Vanessa Gilles took different path towards Canadian women’s teamSportsnet
No pathway to playing competitive sports is the same. Just ask Canadian defender Vanessa Gilles, who didn’t even start playing soccer until she was a teenager.

Pro-am elite women’s soccer team kicking off in ReginaCKOM
Women’s soccer in Regina is about to get kicked up a notch, with the first United Women’s Soccer league game coming up for the city’s QC United pro-am women’s team.

FC Edmonton striker balancing high school with professional soccerEdmonton Sun
Marcus Velado-Tsegaye did not have a lot time to loiter around following FC Edmonton practice Wednesday, he had to get to school.

Soccer pitch perfect for First Nation youthBattleford News-Optimist
Some area First Nations youth have discovered a positive new passion: soccer. Recently the News-Optimist received a tip about the involvement of Wade Favel, a local player from Poundmaker Cree Nation, in a soccer tournament in Saskatoon.


USL Championship Gameday Report: May 22, Week 12USL
Nashville SC maintained their standing in the Eastern Conference with a gritty 1-0 win at Birmingham Legion FC thanks to a Daniel Rios penalty while Swope Park Rangers and Memphis 901 FC dueled to a 2-2 draw at Children’s Mercy Park. In Western Conference action, Fresno FC defeated Austin Bold FC after a late winner from forward Qudus Luwal tipped the scales in the Foxes’ favor.

Swope Park Rangers Remain Frustrated in Draw Against MemphisBlue Testament
Paulo Nagamura’s side have gotten some confidence which could cause a few eyebrow-raising results in the coming weeks.


The best NWSL players of 2019 — so farThe Equalizer
For those of us — and I use us because I was part of it — who thought this National Women’s Soccer League season would be a boring repeat of 2018, the opening six weeks have been anything but.

Betos out for season, Reign FC sign goalkeeper WatsonGoalWA
Reign FC announced today that it has placed goalkeeper Michelle Betos on the Season-Ending Injury list. Betos ruptured her Achilles tendon in second-half stoppage time of the club’s win against Sky Blue FC on May 18.

Marta, Orlando Pride eyeing NWSL playoffsSN
Brazil legend Marta and the Orlando Pride are still hoping to reach the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) playoffs after an underwhelming start to the season.

Argentina name nine professionals in women’s World Cup squadEurosport
Argentina announced its squad for the women’s World Cup on Wednesday, with coach Carlos Borrello calling up nine professional players and drafting in the rest from the country’s domestic amateur league.

‘You Have to Take a Stand.’ Soccer Phenom Alex Morgan Wants the Respect—and Money—Female Players DeserveTime
On a drizzly spring evening in New York City, Alex Morgan fixes her gaze on the golf ball at her feet, cocks her arms and then propels them forward with effortless power. The ball leaps off the tee and sails toward the netting between the tee and the Hudson River 200 yd. away. “This is nice,” Morgan says, exhaling between swings. “Really nice.”

China undergo ‘patriotic education’ to win Women’s World CupWorld Soccer talk
China’s Women’s World Cup football team swapped the training pitch for the classroom to beef up their political knowledge and reinforce their dedication to the communist-ruled country.

Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreamsCape Breton Post
When Gaelle Asheri first started playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home in Cameroon’s capital, she was the only girl on the informal neighborhood teams which used stones for goal posts and kept score by chalking results on a wall.

I always wanted to chase something. Am I surprised I’m about to play in a fourth World Cup? I’m not. I live for it, and I sacrificed everything for those four World Cups. I appreciate every moment I play for my country.

Juve plan new stadium in Turin for Women’s and youth teamsInside World Football
Juventus has said it plans to build a new stadium specifically for its women’s and youth teams near to its Allianz Stadium.

Roy of the Rovers tackles women’s football in World Cup comicBBC
A Roy of the Rovers-inspired story will feature a female lead and women’s football for the first time. The Roy of the Rovers football comic series was first published in 1954.


FIFA scraps plan to expand 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 teamsFrance 24
FIFA scrapped plans to expand the 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 nations, deciding Wednesday to stick with 32 countries due to the political and logistical complexities of using another Persian Gulf nation.

48 into 32 doesn’t go. FIFA drops Infantino’s push for expanded Qatar World CupInside World Football
Gianni Infantino’s hopes of expanding the Qatar World Cup to 48 teams have been dealt a crushing blow with FIFA announcing it has ditched the idea – exactly two weeks before it was due to be debated by the organisation’s entire global membership.

Dortmund continue shopping spree, sign Julian BrandtNBC Sports
Hot off the heels of signing Thorgan Hazard for $38 million on Wednesday and adding German defender Nico Schulz for $30 million, Dortmund have signed Julian Brandt for $30 million.

Brazil’s Athletico tops River Plate in 1st leg of RecopaLondon Free Press
Marco Ruben scored in the 25th minute and Brazil’s Athletico beat Argentina’s River Plate 1-0 on Wednesday night in the first leg of the Recopa Sudamericana final.

Yuriy Semin guides Lokomotiv Moscow to a historic eighth Russian Cup victoryFutbolgrad
Lokomotiv Moscow v Ural comes up with the expected result as the Railwaymen walk away with yet another Russian Cup.

Kashima, Guangzhou advance in Asian Champions LeagueLondon Free Press
Defending champion Kashima Antlers and two-time winner Guangzhou Evergrande both advanced to the knockout round of the Asian Champions League on Wednesday.

Monaco hope for Nice neighbours in final day derbyLigue 1
Radamel Falcao and AS Monaco will head nervously into their final day Côte d’Azur derby against OGC Nice with their Ligue 1 Conforama status still in jeopardy.

Let the games begin at Poland 2019FIFA
The time has come! Roughly two years after the trophy was lifted by England, who are not competing this time around, the search begins for the new U-20 world champions in Poland. The hosts, staging their first FIFA tournament, will take on Colombia in their opening match. In the group’s other game, Tahiti will be hoping to score their first goal at their second U-20 World Cup when they meet Senegal, having conceded 21 while scoring none on their debut.

U-20 World Cup preview: Ramos to make historyNBC Sports
The United States U-20 side is set to begin its 2019 World Cup campaign on Friday when it begins Group D play in Poland.

Premier League finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdictThe Guardian
Club accounts for 2017-18 show Manchester United spent the most on wages while champions Manchester City had the third-highest bill.

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