BC Soccer News, Thursday, May 7, 2015

AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP – THE VOYAGEURS CUP

Amway Canadian Championship first leg postponedWhitecaps FC
After careful evaluation by the match officials and Canada Soccer, it was deemed unsafe for the Amway Canadian Championship semifinal first leg to proceed tonight in Edmonton.

FC Edmonton vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Match Postponed  – FC Edmonton
“It was good to see both professional clubs work towards a compromise on the match,” said FC Edmonton’s head coach Colin Miller. “The safety of the players and fans is paramount and we have to take these factors into consideration.”

Snow patrol: Caps, FCE and CSA “unanimous” in decision to postpone matchthe11.ca
Three Vancouver Whitecaps supporter ran onto the snowy field. They dodged snow-removal vehicles and then unfurled a bright blue and white banner, with a fist in the middle.

Whitecaps fans driven mad by the Edmonton snowThe Province
Mother Nature 1 Soccer 0: Fans drove 12 hours to cheer their team and Whitecaps game was postponed

Impact opens defence of Canadian title with 1:0 win over Toronto FCCanada Soccer
“We had a slow start to the game, but it was important for us to get the win and the clean sheet,” said head coach Frank Klopas.

Montreal Impact 1, Toronto FC 0 | Amway Canadian Championship Semifinal Match RecapMLS
Stade Saputo didn’t exactly witness a thriller for its season opener. But it was the desired result.

Impact defeat TFC for edge in Amway semifinal Sportsnet
McInerney’s goal was the lone bright spot in a dull and lifeless game that failed to capture the imagination, although that will hardly concern Montreal, the two-time defending Canadian champions.

  Do you follow @bcsoccerweb on Twitter? You should!

WHITECAPS & MLS

Flores called up to Honduras for FIFA U-20 World CupWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed today that midfielder Deybi Flores has been called up to the Honduran U-20 national team for the upcoming 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

LA Galaxy happy to escape Real Salt Lake with point despite chance to win it lateMLS
Another solid defensive performance, punctuated by three superb Jaime Penedo saves, enabled the LA Galaxy to claim a point Wednesday night at Real Salt Lake, and they were most pleased even if they missed a golden chance for victory in stoppage time.

RSL deserves better than tie with GalaxySalt Lake Tribune
The frustration continued for Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium, where the natural display in the sky that struck during the national anthem served as the most spectacular offensive moment Wednesday night in a 0-0 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Transfer Watch: LA Galaxy reportedly set to sign West Ham midfielder Sebastian LletgetMLS
Hours after reports surfaced that US youth international Will Packwood is leaving Birmingham City to join MLS, another English-based American is in the news for a potential return home.

NYCFC v New York Red Bulls: A rivalry without an official name or history but already plenty of intensityThe Telegraph
The Major League Soccer teams play their first derby match at Red Bull Arena on Sunday evening and shots (social media ones, at least) have already been fired across the Hudson River.

NYCFC open upper deck for Red Bull match at Yankee StadiumEmpire of Soccer
Due to the overwhelming interest in the second New York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls encounter, Yankee Stadium seating has been expanded to the 300 level, opening the upper deck for the second time in team history.

DC United stadium update: Club and city actively moving forward with plans for Buzzard Point – MLS
Ever since the club and city’s agreement in December to construct a state-of-the-art, soccer-specific stadium on Buzzard Point in D.C., there’s been a lull in news. But that doesn’t mean the club hasn’t drawn even closer to moving into their new home.

Whitecaps FC player development pathway extending throughout Western CanadaWhitecaps FC
While Whitecaps FC call Vancouver home, the Blue and White are very much becoming Western Canada’s club. A big part of that movement is to provide opportunities for young soccer players across the country to have a clear path to achieve their soccer dreams.

 Find a Team or Find a Player. Get Playing with BC Soccer Web FREE Classifieds

BC SOCCER

The Calvary Has Arrived – Highlanders Squad StrengthenedVictoria Highlanders
Coming off a successful opening weekend with a win and a draw, Highlanders FC have strengthened their roster with the arrivals of Ryan Ashlee, Paulo Diat and Spencer MacKinnin from various locales across the continent along with Paddy Nelson, Cooper Barry, and Craig Norman following their provincial cup run with Cowichan FC.

B.C. Provincial Cup Championships to be Live Streamed  –Via Sport B.C.
ViaSport TV has partnered with BC soccer to live-stream the 2015 Adult Provincial Championships May 9-10.

EDC Burnaby to first Provincial CupNew Westmnster Record
EDC FC Burnaby is on its way to a first-ever Provincial Cup final following a 3-2 shootout win over Cowichan on Saturday.

Local trio to join SFU soccer squad Surrey Leader
Three athletes from Surrey have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Clan women’s soccer team for next season.

Cowichan Blackout bows out in cup final Cowichan Valley Citizen
The Cowichan Blackout suffered their first loss of the 2014/15 soccer season in last Sunday’s Coastal Cup championship game, but the U14 boys Gold team will live to play another day.

Oak Bay, Reynolds reach Ryan Cup finalTimes Colonist
The Oak Bay Breakers advance to Thursday’s 3:45 p.m. senior girls city soccer championship game against the Reynolds Roadrunners, who blanked Glenlyon Norfolk School 2-0.

Blues produce late game magic to capture Coastal CupDelta Optimist
Tsawwassen girls soccer team scores twice in the final 10 minutes to force overtime then go on to defeat Langley 4-2 for its first-ever title.

Sooke Spring soccer ramps up for next seasonSooke News Mirror
Sooke Spring soccer kicked off its second season last Thursday with over 130  youth participating. With the help of some great coaches and the U14 girls coaching the U 4-6 age group, the kids got right into kicking it up in small sided games.

The Official Book of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. On Sale Now at Amazon.ca

WORLD OF SOCCER

FA told Graham Taylor not to pick ‘too many’ black players for EnglandThe Guardian
The Football Association tried to impose an unofficial quota system on the number of black players an England manager should be allowed to use, according to a new book about racism within the sport.

Graham Taylor denies speaking of pressure to limit black playersBBC Sport
Former England manager Graham Taylor has denied allegations he spoke about being put under pressure to limit the number of black players he selected for the national team.

Messi ruins Guardiola return with quick-fire double before Neymar adds third  – The Independent
Lionel Messi beat the best goalkeeper in the world twice here and beat his former manager in the process in a Champions League semi-final first leg– no wonder he celebrated as he has never done before.

Spanish domestic football to be suspended BBC Sport
The Spanish football federation says it is suspending indefinitely all end-of-season games in disputes with the government, including over TV rights.

GOAL: A foothold for pro soccer in Arizona with United SCTri-Valley Dispatch
Arizona United is a member of the United Soccer League, which is the third tier of professional soccer as designated by the United States Soccer Federation. It also provides an opportunity to prove that a city or market is supportive of soccer, enough to catch the attention of either the NASL or MLS.

Posted in BC Provincial Cup, BC Soccer News, MLS, PCSL, Player Development, Uncategorized, USL, Voyageurs Cup, Whitecaps FC.