BC Soccer News, Thursday, May 9, 2019




FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019, 7:00 PM



‘Good teams push through’: Whitecaps continue points hunt vs. Portland TimbersDelta Optimist
As Marc Dos Santos readies his Vancouver Whitecaps for a rivalry matchup this week, another task nags at the back of the coach’s mind.

Vancouver Whitecaps want to continue good form against Portland TimbersPro Soccer USA
It is round two for the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Cascadia Cup. After a 0-0 draw against the Seattle Sounders, Vancouver are now looking for their first three points in the Cascadia Cup, and also their first consecutive back to back wins in MLS when they host the Portland Timbers 7 p.m Friday.

Dos Santos, Savarese set for first MLS battle after long history in NASLWhitecaps FC
Marc Dos Santos received a number of congratulatory messages after he won his first match as a Major League Soccer head coach last month against LAFC. And one of the very first ones came from his counterpart at Portland Timbers.

Bridgeview says the Chicago Fire will pay $65 million in a proposed deal to leave SeatGeek StadiumChicago Tribune
The first step in the Fire’s bid to return to Chicago has been taken. Under a tentative deal, the Fire would pay the Village of Bridgeview about $65 million to break their lease at SeatGeek Stadium, according to village spokesman Ray Hanania.

A move downtown won’t solve Chicago Fire’s problemsDaily Herald
Somewhere along the line, SeatGeek Stadium became the scapegoat in MLS circles for what ails the Chicago Fire. In a six-county metropolitan area of about six million people, surely a good team could draw 20,000 a game and fill SeatGeek Stadium. The location might not be perfect, but it’s not nearly as bad as its detractors say.

Atlanta United FC take down Toronto FC in road to redemptionLWOS
Atlanta United FC didn’t have the best start to their season. It was newsworthy, because just a few short months ago, Atlanta United hoisted the MLS Cup trophy.

Montreal Impact rallies to beat New York Red Bulls on the roadMontreal Gazette
The Impact earned another valuable victory on the road, coming from behind to earn a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls Wednesday in Harrison, N.J.

Higuaín sets Crew’s assist record in 3-1 victory over GalaxyFox Sports
Federico Higuaín broke Columbus’ career assist record in the first half and added a goal in the second in the Crew’s 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday night.

Revolution 0, Fire 5: Revs destroyed…againThe Bent Musket
The New England Revolution were overwhelmed by the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night, as they lost 5-0. The loss comes four days after the Revs were bested 6-1 by the Philadelphia Union.

Union promote Michee Ngalina from Bethlehem Steel to help replace David AccamPhilly.com
The Union used the international spot they acquired in the David Accam trade to promote 19-year-old forward Michee Ngalina from Bethlehem Steel to the first team.

Rapids trade Benny Feilhaber in exchange for CB Abdul Rwatubyaye, money, international slot & draft pickBurgundy Wave
Most Colorado Rapids fans were shocked to hear the rumors that the club had traded Benny Feilhaber to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for a centerback that has only had two appearances in MLS for a total of 164 minutes. As we learned last year, players take time to adjust to MLS. Sure, we need reinforcements in the back line, but giving up Feilhaber seemed like a mistake for a club that wants to be more attacking and aggressive.

Tim Bezbatchenko addresses Deadline Day moves, summer strategyMLS
The Columbus Crew SC roster looks a bit different thanks to a flurry of deadline-day activity, and the team’s president isn’t ruling out the possibility of bigger changes in the summer.

Beckham’s Inter Miami plans to sign players this summerNBC Sports
The expansion Major League Soccer team owned in part by David Beckham plans to start signing players this summer and will select its first coach later this year.

New meeting between Whitecaps and supporters’ groups ends in another impasseVancouver Sun
The supporters’ groups held a second meeting Tuesday with both ownership and team executives in an attempt to broker some kind of agreement or progress between the women — 14 of whom have put their names on a statement outlining both the allegations and what they are seeking — but they left without any meaningful progress.






Quick start sparks Forge victory over Pacific FCPacific FC
Anthony Novak and David Choiniere powered a Kyle Bekker-less Forge FC to a 3-0 win over Pacific FC in their CPL debuts on Wednesday, giving the Hamilton side their first victory in club history.

Forge stymies Pacific FC attackTimes Colonist
Pacific FC’s first Canadian Premier League road game in franchise history had barely started before it was basically over.

Pacific FC players impress in CPL openersNorthern Starting XI
With the club’s CPL journey now underway, Maxwell Mowbray and Jacob Noseworthy analyze Pacific FC’s top performers in each of the opening games.

Vancouver TSS Rovers Roster Reveal: Part Two – The new recruitsAFTN
Vancouver TSS Rovers’ 2019 USL League 2 season is nearly upon us (and rebranded from the old PDL moniker). The Rovers kick off their new season on Sunday with a home game against Lane United at Swangard Stadium (kick off 2pm).

Victoria Highlanders FC are pleased to announce the signing of Aly Adib, Elyad Shojaei, Keenen Colley, and Jack Hill, Pending League and Federation Approval. The trio of defenders and central midfielder are the latest additions to join Thomas Niendorf’s 2019 USL League Two squad.

Niners knocked out in semisCowichan Valley Citizen
Someone had to go home, and deciding who wasn’t easy. Saturday’s Deryl Hughes Cup semifinal saw two well-matched men’s masters soccer teams take to the Sherman Road turf, and whoever got the bounces would advance to the final.

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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.

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Report and Reaction: Escalante free kick ensures Cavalry wins “chess match” against ValourAFTN
A late free kick from Jose Escalante rescued all three points for Cavalry FC in a physical and chippy game May 8 against visiting Valour FC, at ATCO Field.

‘Moment of brilliance’: Wheeldon Jr. praises Cavalry’s late heroicsCanPL
Tyson Farago had an arsenal of excuses from which to choose. The pitch on his end of the natural-grass Spruce Meadows pitch was bumpy and unpredictable. Late in the second half, as it closed in on 9 p.m. local time, dark clouds rolled over a stadium that has no lights — and visibility wasn’t optimal. But, he wouldn’t use the pitch or the light conditions as excuses for allowing Jose Escalante’s 86th minute free-kick get past him, giving Cavalry FC a 1-0 win over Valour FC on Wednesday.

FC Edmonton are back and this time they’re here to stayAFTN
May 4th, 2019 to some was Star Wars day, but to this Canadian soccer fan, it was the first FC Edmonton League match in over 500 days and my first time ever watching my team win a match in the Canadian Premier League.

Halifax Wanderers’ success has owner considering a pro rugby teamCTV
Professional soccer returned to the Maritimes on the weekend and the response was impressive. More than 6,000 fans turned out for the Halifax Wanderers’ first game. Now, the team’s president and founder is wondering if there’s an appetite for professional rugby.

FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE: Ex-Lancer GK Howard honored by Canada SoccerLWOS
The Canadian Soccer Association named the former international and Rochester Lancers goalkeeper as its 2019 recipient of Canada Soccer’s Aubrey Sanford Meritorious Award in Quebec City on Saturday.

Grande Prairie Soccer Association hosts public forum to explain new sporting modelEverything GP
An open forum will be held for the public by Grande Prairie Soccer association to discuss recent changes to soccer programming within the region. Changes focus on moving away from games to focus on player development.


Foxes suffer first lossKMPH
Fresno FC saw it’s unbeaten streak come to an end Wednesday night with a 1-0 loss to Sacramento Republic FC.

Tampa Bay’s Collins Voted Championship’s Coach of the MonthUSL
The Tampa Bay Rowdies’ Neill Collins has been voted the USL Championship’s Coach of the Month for April after maintaining his club’s undefeated start to the season that has it in contention for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Rowdies stay unbeaten with win over NashvilleTampa Bay Times
The 1-0 victory pulls Tampa Bay into a first-place tie in the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference.

USL Championship Gameday Report: May 8, Week 10USL
Fresno FC suffered its first loss of 2019 at the hands of Highway 99 Derby rival Republic FC, while the Red Bulls II and Tampa Bay Rowdies now sit level on points atop the Eastern Conference, with Tampa Bay the last side to remain undefeated this campaign.


Portland Thorns sign Charley, Ogle and Pogarch to supplemental roster, waive Onumonu and WeberOregonian
The Portland Thorns have signed forward Simone Charley, midfielder Emily Ogle and defender Madison Pogarch to their supplemental roster. The Thorns have also waived forwards Ifeoma Onumonu and Mallory Weber.

I thought the main issue in women’s sports was equal pay. I was wrongThe Guardian
In March, the women’s team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against US Soccer. The media lasered in on the equal pay portion of the lawsuit, but ignored other facets. And there’s one issue in the lawsuit that is more important than equal pay: the argument that the women’s team is not marketed or promoted as much as the men, which leads to lower attendances and merchandise sales.

Concacaf to draw groups for restyled U17 Women’s ChampionshipInside World Football
Concacaf have unveiled details of their restructured 2020 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship which will be played over three rounds by 32 nations.

Neville plots World Cup glory for England womenFrance 24
England manager Phil Neville has hailed the ongoing revolution in the women’s game as he fine-tunes his preparations for the World Cup in France.

Millie Bright column: ‘I kept refreshing Twitter to get World Cup confirmation’BBC Sport
It’s been two days since the email landed in my inbox to say that I’d been picked for the England squad for my first World Cup, but it’s yet to truly sink in.

Nike kit deal with Barca could block women’s team entry into NWSL in USInside World Football
Barcelona, who have plans to enter a professional team in the US National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), have hit a stumbling block over their kit supply deal with Nike.


Wednesday UCL Rewind: Tottenham defeat Ajax late, book spot in finalSBI
Tottenham matched the effort of fellow Premier League club Liverpool in completing a three-goal comeback on Wednesday as they downed Ajax in Amsterdam.

Spurs whip up their own brand of miraculous amid enchanting run to Champions League finalYahoo Sports
After a season of unlikely Champions League results, two miracles occurred in the semifinals this week. Liverpool overcame a 3-0 deficit against mighty FC Barcelona to reach its second title game in a row, sure. But that was nothing.

Remembering a bold Ajax run that never strayed from its philosophyNBC Sports
Sometimes the football gods show us something special, something that gives us hope even in the face of unimaginable agony. Not necessarily the hope we wanted, but the hope we needed. Hope for the future that somehow touches us even though we are not directly connected.

Belief fuels era of remarkable Champions League comebacksThe Guardian
Liverpool and Tottenham recovered from seemingly impossible situations to show that, in the Champions League, anything is possible these days.

UEL preview: Arsenal, Chelsea one step from meeting in final NBC Sports
If Thursday’s Europa League semifinal second legs even come close to living up to the Champions League drama we just enjoyed/endured on Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll be endlessly thankful for two days of rest before the Premier League title race gets settled on Sunday.

Amiens and Monaco in dangerLigue 1
Respectively 16th and 17th heading into Ligue 1 Conforama’s Week 36, Amiens SC and AS Monaco are yet to secure their top-flight survival. What are their chances of beating the drop?

English Football League: Attendances reach 60-year high of almost 18.4mBBC Sport
Almost 18.4 million people attended the 1,655 matches in the Championship, League One and League Two – the most in tiers two to four since 1958-59.

The Stars Group and Fox Sports to launch sports wagering in the U.S.Delta Optimist
The Stars Group Inc. and the unit of Fox Corp. say they expect to launch two products this fall. One will be a free game that awards cash prizes to players who correctly predict the outcome of sports games. The second product will give customers in states with regulated betting the opportunity to place real money wagers on sports events.

Ceferin calls for calm as stakeholder debate over Champions League reform intensifiesInside World Football
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has issued a call for all relevant stakeholders not to jump to conclusions amid ongoing heated debate over proposed radical changes to the Champions League post-2024.

A Legal Roundup After a Busy Day in Soccer LawsuitsSoccerEsq
Just when things look like they are quieting down… Tuesday morning started off quietly enough, and then the floodgates opened, as we got news on no less than three cases/lawsuits in the United States. Well, technically one of them is a “foreign” case, but given that it has the ability to drastically impact soccer here domestically, I’d say it counts.

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