BC Soccer News, Thursday, May 3, 2018



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Minnesota United FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Two teams who put losing streaks behind them in Week 9 look to continue their winning ways when Minnesota United FC host Vancouver Whitecaps FC Saturday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium.

Whitecaps need to keep emotions in check to have a shot in MinnesotaThe Province
In a word, Efraín Juárez was incensed. His Vancouver Whitecaps were down 3-0 in the first half to Kansas City, but he wasn’t mad about the score. Nor was his ire directed at Sporting’s Johnny Russell, who was going after Juárez’s teammates left and right like a belligerent Scottish Terrier.

Aly Ghazal optimistic ahead of World Cup, praises Mohamed SalahKingFut
Ghazal, who currently plies his trade at MLS outfit Vancouver Whitecaps, hasn’t been called-up by the national team since Egypt’s 1-0 loss to Tunisia in the 2015 AFCON qualifiers.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Health and EfficiencySoccer Shorts
The thing about some words and phrases is that context can be everything.

100 kids to take on two ‘Caps players at halftime on May 11Whitecaps FC
What happens when you pit 100 boys and girls against two professional soccer players? Chaos.

Off to a tough start, excuses aren’t going to win games for the ImpactMontreal Gazette
The Impact might want to think about borrowing the old “No Excuses” sign that used to hang in the Canadiens’ locker room.

Sun is shining on Laurent Ciman with Los Angeles FCMontreal Gazette
Former Impact defender has scored in each of last two games with MLS expansion team after trade from Montreal that was “kick in the teeth.”

LAFC adds Nguyen and DiomandeProst Amerika
Talk about putting out a potential fire rather quickly. LAFC responded swiftly to the loss of Marco Urena with two key additions on Wednesday, first by making a trade with the New England Revolution to acquire Lee Nguyen, then signing forward Adama Diomande from Hull City.

Lee Nguyen, LAFC and New England all get what they want in deadline dealESPN
In the end, Lee Nguyen, LAFC and the New England Revolution got most of what they wanted out of a trade that sent the one-time MVP finalist to the West Coast.

Real Salt Lake hoping to build on improved play despite recent lossDeseret News
A quarter of the way through the 2018 MLS season, Real Salt Lake sits at 10 points in the Western Conference in what has been an up-and-down season for coach Mike Petke’s team.

Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey says big DP signing will be coming this summerMLS
The MLS Primary Transfer Window has come and gone and the Seattle Sounders didn’t sign a much-anticipated new Designated Player attacker to help offset the loss of injured forward Jordan Morris. However, general manager Garth Lagerwey says that will change this summer — and the team is geared up to drop plenty of cash on whoever that player turns out to be.

MLS: Complete transfer deadline day recap and analysisMLS Multiplex
MLS Deadline Day has passed us by, so let’s look back at all the moves that did and didn’t happen in a recap of of all the activity.

Anthony Hudson included on five-man Sunderland shortlistNorthern Echo
COLORADO RAPIDS manager Anthony Hudson has been included on a five-man shortlist to take charge of Sunderland.

Reclaiming the Sense of Place of Great StadiumsFifty Five One
The greatest stadiums have a sense of place that comes from design, location, and history. The last of those cannot be faked, but the first two are available for interpretation right away. As Minnesota United prepare to inaugurate their new home, and with MLS as a whole in the middle of a stadium building-spree, it’s a good time to reflect upon how we think and talk about the stadiums in our sport and our league.

Timbers helped build soccer culturePortland Tribune
A glittering sign of the momentum MLS is enjoying came on Sunday, when the $350 million Banc of California Stadium opened on the former site of the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The arena drew rave reviews for its sight lines of the field and skyline and as a celebration of that city’s cultural diversity.

TFC installing new grass at BMO FieldTSN
The existing pitch has suffered through a long, severe winter. Its condition was not helped by an unforgiving, crowded schedule that saw Toronto begin CONCACAF Champions League play in late February.

MLS 3.0 starts with LAFC, but #SaveTheCrew needs to succeedMLS Multiplex
MLS is continuously developing and, that being the case, what stage are they currently on, and has LAFC raised the bar all on their own? What’s next?

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Drama all round as BC Provincial A Cup quarter-finals go down to the wire AFTN
Three closely contested quarter-finals this past week saw three champions advance to the last four of this year’s BC Provincial A Cup, setting up a pair of very tasty semi-finals this coming weekend, one of them a rematch from last season.

B.C. AAA girls soccer: Changes aplenty with a new No. 1 as zone playoffs sit around the cornerVarsity Letters
If Chilliwack’s Sardis Falcons needed any extra motivation to improve on last season’s fourth-place finish at the B.C. AAA championships, perhaps they’ll use their finish to the 2018 regular season as motivation.

Red card sinks Coastal FC’s provincial title hopesNorth Delta News
A red card has sunk the provincial title hopes of Coastal FC’s men’s premier soccer team.

Nanaimo United just misses in playoff loss to Cowichan FCNanaimo News Bulletin
Nanaimo United pushed it to overtime, but were unable to advance in provincial cup play.

Powell River Villa advances to provincial semi-finalsPowell River Peak
Home team dominates to win BC Soccer Provincial B Cup quarter-final match.

Ackinclose bids adieu after historic Para soccer runTimes Colonist
Like every player coming up through Gorge FC, Jamie Ackinclose dreamed of putting on the Canada jersey in soccer. He did just that, but he could never have imagined it would have been for the Canadian men’s Para team.

Langley teen ready to earn her Tiger stripesLangley Times
Reese Moffatt’s soccer odyssey is taking her from Langley to Louisiana. And if the talented teenager continues ascending in her sport, it just may end up with her wearing the red and white for Canada in a few years time.

Soccer coach put his players first even while fighting cancer Vancouver Courier
“This is my happy place,” Harry Green says while standing on a grass pitch with a soccer ball in hand. “When I’m out on the field, life just stands still.”

City of Fort St. John set to open City Fields next weekEnergetic City
The City of Fort St. John is set to open the city fields early next week but are urging residents not to go on the fields until then.

KYSA round-up to April 29, 2018Kamloops This Week
The tournament held in honour of Kamloops Youth Soccer Association pioneer Mike Bartram will be held on McArthur Island this weekend.

Kelowna man says giant soccer dome blocking backyard view deserves a red cardCBC
A Kelowna, B.C., man whose house backs onto the soccer fields of Rutland Senior Secondary School says a temporary soccer dome is a giant eyesore blocking his view of the Okanagan hills.

Esquimalt ‘field of dreams’ needs funding boost Saanich News
A dedicated group of volunteers associated with Esquimalt Ribfest have been raising funds for three years, with the goal of providing the community with an all-weather playing field.

KidSport Delta gala emphasizes the importance of athleticsSurrey Now-Leader
Sometimes the meaning of sport goes beyond having fun. Just ask Naadia Clayton.

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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Canadian soccer star Stephanie Labbé can’t play in Premier Development League because she’s a womanGlobal News
She may be one of the most highly regarded soccer players in Canada, but Stephanie Labbé says despite Calgary Foothills FC saying she was good enough for their team — the Olympian won’t be allowed to play in their league because she’s a woman.

If men’s and women’s soccer were truly equal, then Labbe wouldn’t have had to try and bridge the gender gapthe11.ca
Labbe has been on trial with Foothills for weeks, but it wasn’t till this week that her eligibility came into question? When I spoke to Wheeldon when Labbe came in on trial, the only issues of eligibility that came up was her age — but Foothills was well within its limits on overage players for an U23 squad.

Forging Your Own PathStephanie Labbe
In the past three weeks of my soccer life I have conceded more goals in training than I have in three years. I have also dislocated a finger, received a nice (large) fluid sac on my shin from a tackle and quickly realized that the only skill I have when playing FIFA on PS4 is scoring on my own goal. Despite these downfalls, my confidence and excitement about where my development is going is higher than ever. I feel myself getting quicker, I’m seeing the ball earlier, my hands have become stronger with every save and this is all because of making mistakes, and a lot of them.

Report: Canadian Premier League’s original eight teams revealedWaking the Red
Joey Alfieri of TSN 690 is reporting that the league is set to announce York, Halifax, Ottawa, Hamilton, BC, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Calgary as its original eight.

El Salvador soccer coach banned for attempt to fix game vs. CanadaOttawa Citizen
In a statement, FIFA said Ramón Maradiaga had allowed his players to be approached by a third party who offered money if they would fix the result of game between his team and Canada. FIFA also said he didn’t report the meeting.

VIDEO: Janine Beckie InterviewYouTube
Sky Blue FC forward Janine Beckie discusses how the team is coming together, as well as looks ahead to an upcoming home match against the Houston Dash.

New coach takes over Western Mustangs soccer programsLondon Free Press
Martin Painter, who has coached the Western Mustangs women’s soccer team the past six years, has been given the newly created position of head coach of varsity soccer for the university. He will continue to coach both the women’s team and take over as head coach for the men’s team from the now-retired long-time coach Rock Basacco.

Paulus keeps FCE going steady, despite uncertain timesthe11.ca
From 2012-17, on top of his duties developing the team’s young charges, he was the first team’s assistant coach. When the Eddies announced at the completion of 2017 that they were done with the NASL, the staff was whittled down. Basically, there’s general manager Jay Ball and Paulus.

Hamilton Soccer Hall welcomes new inducteesHamilton Spectator
The Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame, which inducted its first class in 2012, will welcome 12 new members at Michelangelo Banquet Centre, Friday May 11.

Soccer taking over the city Oshawa Express
Roughly 400 Ontario soccer teams from across the province are set to travel to Oshawa over the first two weekends of May to dust off their cleats and participate in one of the first outdoor tournaments of the season hosted by the Oshawa Kicks Soccer Club.

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First-round pick Justin Fiddes loaned to Fresno FCEighty-Six Forever
Despite manager Carl Robinson’s tendency towards using rookies right off the bat, the club announced they would loan 2018 SuperDraft pick Justin Fiddes to USL affiliate Fresno FC until the end of the season.

Successful School Day for Ottawa Fury FC in scoreless draw with Red Bulls II Ottawa Sun
For much of the first half of Wednesday morning’s School Day home game against New York Red Bulls II, Ottawa Fury FC defender Eddie Edward felt the pain. He could barely walk, but he kept going.

Match Preview: Toronto FC II vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SCToronto FC
Toronto FC II travels to Rochester this weekend to take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Marina Auto Stadium. To get you set here is everything you need to know ahead of kickoff.

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic 0, Portland Timbers II 2Indomitable City Soccer
Sacramento Republic FC went to Portland Wednesday night hoping to keep their undefeated record (4-0-3) alive. Although Sacramento had yet to lose a game, they have also struggled mightily on the road winning only one game out of three attempts (1-0-2). They have also been developing a poor habit in recent games by allowing early goals and scoring late in matches to come away with a tie. As Wednesday’s match came to an end, so to would their undefeated record.

Indy Eleven 2 – 3 FC Cincinnati: Rotation Reaps Hoosier State RewardsO&B Press
FC Cincinnati tested their squad depth on Wednesday and earned an impressive 3-2 road victory against Indy Eleven at Lucas Oil Stadium. The victory was their fourth this season in five matches played away from Nippert Stadium.

MLS expansion: Still work to do before FC Cincinnati approvedSoccer America
Cincinnati fans waiting on MLS’s signoff to make FC Cincinnati the league’s 26th team must wait some more despite key approvals from city leaders more than two weeks ago.


Orlando Pride earn their historic first win over the Chicago Red StarsVavel
In a midweek matchup where both teams were missing significant pieces, the Orlando Pride topped the Chicago Red Stars 2-0 on the road.

Red Stars’ Sam Kerr looking for connection with ChicagoChicago Sun Times
She’s the reigning MVP and league-leading scorer, but that’s not what the Red Stars’ Sam Kerr wants to be known for in Chicago.

Huerta named NWSL Player of the MonthKTVB
It was quite the month for Sofia Huerta. On Wednesday, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced the Centennial High School alum as it’s April “Player of the Month.”

Frauen-Bundesliga week 18 review: Essen come from behind in PotsdamVavel
Wins for Wolfsburg and Bayern over Jena and Duisburg left the top of the table unchanged, as Essen picked up a big three points in Potsdam and Frankfurt saw off Bremen. Elsewhere it was scoreless draws for Sand at home to Hoffenheim as well as Jena to Köln before Wolfsburg eased past Bremen midweek.

FA team up with Subbuteo to launch first all-female football setThe FA
The limited edition set of the iconic table football game represents a landmark moment in the long history of Subbuteo and supports The FA’s objective to tackle barriers within the women’s game.

Subbuteo’s first all-female teams left playing behind closed doorsThe Guardian
FA and Hasbro criticised for not making set available to buy – with it only being available to winners on social media.

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Europa League preview: Torres, Wenger aim to keep fairytale endings aliveNBC Sports
For all the talk — some of it authored by yours truly — about the romance of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger saying goodbye to the club in a French-hosted UEFA Europa League Final against French opposition, UEL semifinal opponents Atletico Madrid have an alluring argument of their own.

Atlético look to complete the job against Arsenal to reach the Europa League finalFutbolgrad
Will Arsène Wenger guide his side to the UEFA Champions League before finally riding into the sunset after 22 years in charge of Arsenal? That is the prevailing question ahead of the second leg semifinal clash against Atlético Madrid.

Liverpool advances to Champions League final despite losing 4-2 to RomaThe Star
The Reds scored two early goals and that was all they needed to advance 7-6 on aggregate. It’s the team’s first Champions League final in more than a decade.

Klopp drawing comparisons to Shankly as Liverpool return to big stageSportsnet
Klopp has not only made those fans believe and dream during Liverpool’s remarkable run to Kyiv, he has done the same with his players.

‘Mo Salah brings pride to all Arabs’ – Egypt joy as Liverpool reach finalThe Guardian
The Liverpool forward has reached demigod status in his home country and even Egyptian Real Madrid fans want him to win the Champions League final against the Spanish side.

Madrid v Liverpool: meet the Champions League finalistsUEFA
What’s their pedigree and how did they get here? A closer look at finalists Real Madrid and Liverpool.

Preview: 2018 Liga MX Clausura playoffsUS Soccer Players
The 2018 Clausura playoffs kick off Wednesday with a pair of games followed by the completion of the quarterfinal away legs with two more matches on Thursday. The highly-anticipated Clasico Capitalino matchup between Mexico City sides Pumas and Club America will get the postseason underway Wednesday followed by Tijuana vs Monterrey. Tigres vs Santos and Morelia vs Toluca is on Thursday.

Season over for PSG’s VerrattiLigue 1
Marco Verratti will miss Ligue 1 Conforama champions Paris Saint-Germain’s remaining three league matches and the Coupe de France final after undergoing surgery, the club has announced.

European Leagues body slams Infantino’s new competitions plan as half-baked ‘old FIFA’Inside World Football
The body representing Europe’s major leagues has issued its sternest warning yet over Gianni Infantino’s controversial plans to change the face of global football as fresh details emerged about the scale of his proposals.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero awaits CAS ruling on possible World Cup banSportsnet
Peru captain Paolo Guerrero is testifying at sport’s highest court in a doping case that could ban him from the World Cup next month.

Will Donald Trump cost North America the 2026 World Cup?The Guardian
The United States’ joint bid with Canada and Mexico once felt like a lock but it is looking more vulnerable by the day thanks in no small part to the US president.

Dunstable Town: Boss raises money for squad who played for freeBBC Sport
A non-league manager is raising money for his squad, who played for an entire season for free in an otherwise semi-professional league.

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