BC Soccer News, Thursday, May 24, 2018




SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018, 2:30 PM PDT



Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. New England Revolution | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
After three consecutive 2-2 draws, Vancouver Whitecaps FC look to get back in the win column Saturday afternoon, but it won’t be easy because the New England Revolution will come to BC Place attempting to bounce back from a 1-0 home loss to Columbus Crew SC.

Fewer than 1,000 tickets remaining for Saturday’s home match versus New EnglandWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Thursday that fewer than 1,000 tickets remain available for Saturday’s home match against New England Revolution.

Vancouver Whitecaps: In the Land of PainSoccer Shorts
Nobody can attend a Vancouver Whitecaps game at BC Place and not feel the cloying clasp of commerce on their shoulder. But neither can one watch a game and not sense the spirit of something more intangible. The joy at a moment of magic, the laughter at a moment of farce and the sense that those around you, in that instance at least, feel the same or something similar.

A more direct approach for Crew SC led to road success in New EnglandMassive Report
The Black & Gold like to play pretty, but sometimes on the road, you have to win ugly.

Shifting Focus: Voyageurs CupMount Royal Soccer
With a season in the slumps and Joey Saputo promising changes in the summer transfer window (starting July 10th) the focus of the club should shift to the Canadian Championship.

Toronto FC’s Osorio exudes confidence en route to MLS milestoneSt. Catherines Standard
One game away from his 150th for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer regular-season play, Canadian midfielder Jonathan Osorio continues to bloom on the soccer pitch.

Brazilian Auro Jr. adjusting, thriving at Toronto FCToronto FC
Offseason additions usually require filling positions of need, but stocking up on top footballers is always a good philosophy to follow, regardless of the depth chart.

Dynamo has its road win, now return home vs. New York City FCYahoo Sports
For the past three years, the Houston Dynamo has struggled on the road while being mostly dominant on their home pitch.

Colorado Rapids striker Yannick Boli eager to face longtime friend Mabiala in Timbers clashPro Soccer USA
Major League Soccer has been known to divide lines among families, but it can also create rivals among even the best of friends.

Major League Soccer expected to name FC Cincinnati as expansion team TuesdayWCPO
Finally! It looks like we’re in. The long, nerve-wracking wait is almost over for FC Cincinnati and its fans.

Can LAFC learn from the Vegas Golden Knights?US Soccer Players
While the NHL and MLS are different entities entirely, there may be a parallel between the Golden Knights and LAFC that extends beyond their similar colors.

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Rapids find their passage, 11th-hour victory propels PoCo’s Riverside to first-ever B.C. girls AAA soccer tourneyVarsity Letters
When it comes to the senior varsity girls athletic program at PoCo’s Riverside Secondary, basketball and volleyball have had their fair share of the spotlight at provincial championship tournaments. Beginning next week at UBC, you can add soccer to that list.

New soccer centre brings high-tech training to North VancouverNorth Shore News
The high-powered proprietors of a new soccer training centre in North Vancouver are hoping to bring not just the skills, but also the culture and passion of the beautiful game to players on the North Shore and beyond.

Highlights from a week of Shuswap soccer Salmon Arm Observer
The Shuswap was alive with frantic soccer action May 17-21 as regular season play and tournament games kicked off.

Hosting BC Grant application window openViaSport
Eligible applicants are invited to apply for Hosting BC funding of up to $35,000 depending on the type of event .

PHOTOS: BC Provincial Women’s A Cup: Surrey United 2, NSGSC Renegades 0 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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

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.

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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Whitecaps, provincial soccer partnership paying offThe Telegram
It will be two years next month that the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association and Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps FC entered into a partnership with the opening of the Whitecaps FC Academy Centre, a high-performance training centre in St. John’s. And while it’s still way too early to see any direct correlation between the centre’s creation and on-field results for provincial teams, NLSA player development director Mike Power says the provincial soccer association is enjoying the benefits.

Impact well represented at the Toulon tournamentMontreal Impact
What was formally known as the Toulon Tournament, now called the Festival international espoirs – Tournoi Maurice-Revello, is a tournament of good repute for young international players that was created in 1967, in France.

League1 Ontario Game of the Week: Oakville downs AuroraWaking the Red
Matt George earned the shutout for Oakville. He had a few routine shots to save but was well protected by his defenders. Most important was at 88 minutes when AFC’s Connor Woodroffe took a corner kick and George punched the ball away in a crowd of players at 12 yards. This is his third shutout in three games and fourth for the team as Karman Saini had one in his start. That makes the Blue Devils the only team that hasn’t conceded a goal this season.

New Soccer Team Brings Excitement To Airdrie And BeyondDiscover Airdrie
General Manager and Head Coach of Calvary FC Tommy Wheeldon shares how exciting the Canadian Premier League team is not just for Calgary but for Airdrie as well.

Aggravated assault charges laid after soccer player attacked in St. AlbertEdmonton Journal
A verbal disagreement at a soccer game in St. Albert ended up with one man being sent to an Edmonton hospital with serious facial injuries and two men being charged with aggravated assault.

U19 Saints begin 2018 outdoor season with double winsSpruce Grove Reporter
It may be the early days in the 2018 soccer season, but they’ve been good days for the U19 Premier Saints as they’ve racked up a pair of wins and are sitting pretty at the top of the league.

Soccer has some very deep roots in Central AlbertaRed Deer Express
The first organized soccer match in Red Deer took place in May 1897, when the community had less than 200 residents.

New youth soccer club launching soonLaronge Now
Organizer Erin Layton addressed council at a regular meeting Tuesday asking for permission to use the soccer fields in Air Ronge, a spot to place a shed to hold supplies and for access to a portable toilet. She said the club is currently working with Soccer Saskatchewan to become established and the group hopes to be operating by the end of August.

Alberta Soccer District Outreach Program underwayAlberta Soccer
The Alberta Soccer District Outreach Program has long been known to go to the furthest corners of the province to bring the grassroots game to all Albertans and over the first weekend of May, that journey went to the furthest corner yet, High Level, Alberta. Approached by the Dene Tha’ (DTFN) Recreation and Cultural Society with the help of Ever Active to support an organized soccer program for the First Nation Communities in the area, John Clubb, Alberta Soccer’s Manager of Grassroots Development, drove over 1,000 km to help develop coaches to deliver the program.

ACADIAN GAMES: Photos and results from the Nova Scotia Jeux de l’Acadie held May 18-20 in ClareKings County Register
There were cheers, Acadian flags and lots of great sportsmanship on display at the Nova Scotia Jeux de l’Acadie (Acadian Games) held in the Municipality of Clare over the May 18-20 weekend.

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U.S. Open Cup Third Round Rewind: FC Golden State Force provides a cupsetSBI
FC Golden State Force of the PDL scored a stoppage time penalty to break a deadlock with the Las Vegas Lights to score the lone victory for the amateurs over the pros in the round.

LAFC to host Fresno FC in 2018 U.S. Open CupAngels on Parade
U.S. Soccer conducted the fourth round draw of the 2018 U.S. Open Cup on Thursday, the round in which MLS teams enter the competition. Of particular note, Los Angeles Football Club was drawn to face USL side Fresno FC, at Banc of California Stadium on June 6.

Hudson River Derby Highlights 2018 US Open Cup 4th Round DrawLast Word on Soccer
The full draw for the 2018 US Open Cup was revealed on Thursday morning after the third round wrapped up on Wednesday night. The Fourth Round acts as the round of 32, and incorporates the lowest levels who have advanced with MLS teams. It is the first round where MLS teams are incorporated. The Round of 32 will take place on June 6th. Here are the draws:

$10,000 flights and personal credit: How the US Open Cup cripples smaller clubsThe Guardian
Smaller teams dream of taking on an MLS club in the US Open Cup. But that dream can come at a steep cost

Los Dos’ Efrain Alvarez Kept Grounded by FamilyUSL
The USL has been the professional starting point for some outstanding young players in recent years, with the likes of the New York Red Bulls’ Tyler Adam and Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s Alphonso Davies making their mark in the league before ascending to Major League Soccer and the international ranks.

FC Cincinnati to make significant soccer announcement at May 29 eventMLS
FC Cincinnati and special guests will hold a special event on Tuesday, May 29, to make a significant announcement about the future of soccer in Cincinnati.

Rocco Commisso extends deadline for U.S. Soccer to accept $500 million offerSBI
New York Cosmos owner Rocco Commisso recently pledged to invest up to $500 million in U.S. Soccer, provided president Carlos Cordeiro sat down with him to discuss the future of the game in this country and the future of the NASL.


Reign FC v. Houston: Poor second half gives Seattle its second loss of the season Sounder at Heart
Seattle Reign FC dominated the first half, scoring one goal and managing 69 percent possession. Earning her first start of the season, Elizabeth Addo showed her creative flair and put in a solid 45 minutes. But the team played their worst 45 minutes of the season in the second half — despite subbing on Megan Rapinoe to start the half.

Orlando Pride fall 4-3 to North Carolina Courage in wild matchPro Soccer USA
Orlando Pride coach Tom Sermanni will have his work cut out for him looking at film of Wednesday’s match against the league-leading North Carolina Courage.

Sky Blue suffers 1-0 road loss to Washington SpiritOnce a Metro
The team’s seven-game winless streak is tied for worst start in NWSL history.

Portland Thorns aiming to reclaim dominance at Providence ParkOregonian
Portland Thorns fans haven’t had a lot to celebrate at Providence Park in recent weeks.

The Thorns got their championship ringsStumptown Footy
The Portland Thorns finally received their championship rings last night at a team dinner. Merritt Paulson tweeted some images from the event, where everybody looked very nice and Mark Parsons was having a conversation with extreme focus.

2020 women’s Champions League final to be staged in Vienna – UEFAEurosport
The 2020 Women’s Champions League final will be held at the Austria Arena in Vienna, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin announced after an executive committee meeting on Thursday.

Lisa Cole joins Washington Spirit as Academy coach, pro team scout Washington Spirit
The Washington Spirit has hired Lisa Cole in a dual role with the club at the professional and youth levels. Cole will serve as a coach with the Spirit Academy – Virginia program in the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy, and as a scout for the pro team.

An ode to women’s football: The antithesis to every internet comments sectionVavel
First and foremost, I have to say if you’ve ever responded to a social media post about women’s football with the word “kitchen” this article isn’t for you. Or if you’ve ever taken the time out of your busy schedule to reply, “no one cares,” again, I thank you for the click but this article will do little to change your already made up mind. For those who’ve caught a bit of women’s football on the tv, or even been down to a local ground to see a match and don’t think it’s up to scratch, please do stick around.

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Real Madrid’s silver ageFIFA
Crowned European champions more times than any other club, the Spanish giants have their sights set on a third consecutive continental title and on moving ever closer to repeating the feat achieved by that legendary side containing the likes of Alfredo Di Stefano and Paco Gento. We look at the keys to the club’s recent European success.

Champions League final: Liverpool fans’ innovative journeys to KievBBC Sport
A Champions League final against Real Madrid is a pretty big deal and some diehard Liverpool fans are willing to do just about anything to get there.

Italy coach Mancini leaves door open for Gianluigi BuffonLondon Free Press
Italy coach Roberto Mancini says former captain Gianluigi Buffon will still be considered if he wants to return to the national team.

Championship Play-off Final Preview: Aston Villa vs Fulham – Who will return to the promised land?Vavel
Aston Villa take on Fulham at Wembley on Saturday afternoon with a place in the Premier League next season up for grabs for the winners.

Prince v Michael Jackson – a non football fan’s guide to Fulham v Aston VillaProst Amerika
This Saturday at Wembley Stadium, Fulham will meet Aston Villa for a place in next season’s EPL. Fulham overcame Derby County 2-1 on aggregate and Villa overcame Middlesbrough 1-0 after defending a Mile Jednak goal for 165 minutes.

Advantage Toulouse in relegation play-offLigue 1
Toulouse FC are halfway towards ensuring their 14-year stay in Ligue 1 Conforama continues for another season after beating AC Ajaccio 3-0 at Montpellier Hérault SC’s Stade de la Mosson.

Serie B playoffs postponed as Bari face points deductionESPN
The Serie B promotion playoffs have been postponed by a week because Bari could be deducted two points on Friday.

Yaya Toure talks future, wants to play with Paul PogbaNBC Sports
There is very little debate: Yaya Toure is his own special case.

Former Barcelona legend Iniesta joins Japan’s Vissel KobeSportsnet
Andres Iniesta is, finally, a member of Japanese club Vissel Kobe. The former Barcelona great appeared at a packed news conference at a central Tokyo hotel on Thursday along with billionaire Kobe owner Hiroshi Mikitani.

Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham manager signs new five-year contract until 2023BBC Sport
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new five-year contract with Tottenham, keeping him at the club until 2023.

UEFA president Ceferin slams FIFA investor dealNiagara Falls Review
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has criticized plans for secretive investors to buy soccer tournaments just as FIFA president Gianni Infantino promotes a $25 billion offer from a Saudi Arabia-backed fund.

Istanbul to host 2020 UEFA Champions League finalUEFA
The Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı, stage for the famous 2005 final, will host the decider again in 2020.

Gdansk to host 2020 UEFA Europa League finalUEFA
The distinctive Arena Gdańsk, venue for four games at UEFA EURO 2012, gets the nod.

Fired coach Halilhodzic sues Japanese soccer associationPeterborough Examiner
Former Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic filed a suit Thursday in Tokyo district court against the Japanese soccer association, saying his firing damaged his honour and reputation.

3 German organizers of 2006 WCup indicted for tax evasionAP
Three German organizers of the 2006 World Cup have been charged with tax evasion linked to a payment to FIFA.

San Francisco 49ers buy stake in English soccer club LeedsSportsnet
The San Francisco 49ers have taken a minority ownership stake in English soccer club Leeds.

KPMG report shows European football business growing with English clubs dominantInside World Football
The top end of European football’s club financial pyramid is growing faster than Europe’s leading market-quoted businesses, according to KPMG global head of sports Andrea Sartori, speaking at the official unveiling of the third edition of the firm’s football club valuation report.

Hard road to World Cup dream for young Russian playersNational Post
A large white banner hangs above a stand covered in peeled paint flakes and discarded sunflower seeds: “The Best Start Here.” The Start Stadium in Saransk may not look like much, but it’s the jumping-off point for hundreds of young Russians’ dreams of football stardom.

Amateur football referee attack is ‘worst assault on a match official on British soil’BBC Sport
An attack on a referee at an amateur football match has been described as the “worst assault on a match official on British soil”.

‘Go back to Mexico’? A better idea: Let the racists crawl back under their rocksChicago Sun-Times
Imagine the middle-aged man — quite possibly a dad, certainly a blight on kindness and decency, lower than a crumble of dirt on the bottom of one’s shoe, really — who would say to a 17-year-old stranger playing soccer in a youth-league game, ‘‘We’re going to call Immigration on you.’’ Max Marquez doesn’t have to imagine such a man. He met a pair of them this month outside Indianapolis while playing for a club team of Chicago-area high school juniors and seniors against an all-white opponent from Michigan.

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