BC Soccer News, Thursday, September 1, 2016






Pedro Morales indicates 2016 may be last season with Vancouver WhitecapsMLS
Designated Players are brought in to make teams better. To make a difference. That’s why they get paid the big bucks, but with it comes the extra scrutiny and attention, especially when they’re not performing.

Pedro says this may be his last year as a WhitecapEighty-Six Forever
Pedro Morales says he doesn’t feel good this season and this may be his final season playing for Vancouver.

Pedro Morales: There he goes…  – Soccer Shorts
After watching him for almost three seasons it’s fair to say that Morales is one of those players who looks better the better the players around him are (he only really “clicked” with Kenny Miller among all the forwards he’s played with in Vancouver) and while few would describe the Scot as “world class” he did at least make the kind of runs Morales could predict and pick out.

‘Caps for Canada: Quartet of summer signings add more Canadian flavour to Whitecaps FC roster Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC made history this past weekend in Carson, California. Carl Robinson trotted out a starting lineup that featured four Canadians – a new club record in Major League Soccer – as the ‘Caps battled to a scoreless draw with LA Galaxy

Limited tickets remaining for Saturday’s match against New York Red BullsWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Wednesday that fewer than 500 tickets remain for Saturday’s important home match against New York Red Bulls.

Red Bull Injury Updates: Robles questionable, McCarty, Perrinelle on the mendEmpire of Soccer
Luis Robles is questionable for this week’s game following an MCL sprain in his last start against the New England Revolution. However, Dax McCarty and Damien Perrinelle returned to training from his injury, offering hope of a timely recovery for the Red Bulls captain and the team’s stalwart centerback.

REPLACING SACHA: Dax McCarty is the likely candidate for Kljestan Big Apple Soccer
Replacing an MVP candidate won’t be easy for the Red Bulls who head into Saturday’s match at the Vancouver Whitecaps without star midfielder Sacha Kljestan.

A treble for FC Dallas? Outlining the path to all three major trophiesMLS
We’ve got less than two months remaining in the 2016 regular season, and FC Dallas have a real chance to become the first team in MLS history to win the domestic treble.

Portland Timbers still searching for first road win as they head to FC DallasOregonian
The Portland Timbers put together their best first half performance of 2016 last week en route to a critical and decisive 4-2 victory over rival Seattle Sounders. Now, the Timbers have the challenge of trying to carry momentum from that victory on the road.

How will Toronto FC cope without Sebastian Giovinco?SBI
When a team loses a key player, it’s a devastating blow. It is especially difficult to handle when the key player is the MLS MVP and the league’s co-leading scorer.

With newfound swagger, Marky Delgado carves out a place with Toronto FCGoal
After an up-and-down first year in Toronto, the 21-year-old midfielder has found the confidence to utilize his technical gifts and build toward a bright future.

TFC’s Vanney: ‘I’m always looking for the perfect game’ Sportsnet
If ever there was a Major League Soccer coach who decided to drink from the poisoned chalice, that coach would be Greg Vanney.

De Jong move leaves gaping hole in Galaxy midfieldSoccer America
The departure of midfielder Nigel De Jong, who negotiated the termination of his contract so he could sign with Turkish club Galatasaray, is just one of several radical changes stemming from a 0-0 tie with Vancouver last weekend.

MLS Releases Video on Nigel de Jong After Transfer from LA Galaxy to Galatasaray Bleacher Report
Nigel de Jong completed a move to Turkish side Galatasaray on Wednesday, and it’s fair to say that Major League Soccer’s official Twitter feed were not fans of the Dutchman, based on the video they released to mark his departure from L.A. Galaxy.

Independent Review Panel rescinds red card to Sporting KC’s Roger EspinozaMLS
Peter Vermes not only promised to appeal Roger Espinoza’s red card from Saturday’s match against the Philadelphia Union, he promised Sporting KC would win the appeal. He wasn’t wrong.

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With a dynamic offence and new head coach the CIS champs look for a 2016 repeatUBC
Even with a storybook ending to 2015, winning a CIS national championship on their home field, the UBC Thunderbirds will have plenty of questions left to answer as the 2016 CIS season gets underway.

SFU looks to make statement on season-opening weekend SFU
Kicking off regional play and their NCAA season, the SFU Clan men’s soccer team (0-0-2 in exhibition matches)  will head to the Golden State as they prepare to face the Cal State San Bernadino Coyotes and key early season game against 2015 NCAA Division II finalist Cal Poly Pomona Broncos

Vikes enter season eyeing sixth-straight playoff appearanceUVic
The old adage is that hope springs eternal for every team before the season gets under way, that is certainly the case for the fourth-ranked 2016 Vikes women’s soccer team.

UBC looks to return to winning ways in home opener versus UNBC UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds open the home portion of their 2016 season against the UNBC Timberwolves with a weekend double bill at Thunderbird Stadium. Kick-offs go Saturday at 1 PM and Sunday at 1 PM. In 2015 the teams played a weekend double bill in Prince George, where UBC won both matches by identical 2-0 scores.

New West girls celebrate soccer win, NAIG berth New Westminster Record
From word of mouth to bonding as a team, a quintet of New Westminster teenagers came together to play key roles at the B.C. Aboriginal Soccer championships last week in Prince George.

Nelson uses drone to scare geese from playing fields Nelson Star
The Nelson public works department uses a drone to scare geese away from the playing fields at Lakeside Park. “A lot of municipalities have problems with geese,” says Nelson’s public works supervisor Karen MacDonald. “Some other communities are going to try using a drone. We are the first community that has.”

Canada West to livestream over 100 Soccer matches in 2016-17Canada West
With the 2016-17 Canada West regular season set to open later this week, Canada West is proud to launch passes for Canadawest.tv – the official streaming home of the conference.

BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in ReviewBCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review.  The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach MandateBCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.

Free Physiotherapy Clinical Trial for Achilles Pain at UBC – UBC Centre for Hip Health & Mobility
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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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Canada battles Honduras on Road to World Cup CSA
Canada have a chance to take a step closer to the “Hex” with a positive result this Friday on the Road to Russia when they face rivals Honduras on Match Day 5 of the CONCACAF semi-final stage of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers.

Canada returns to site of humiliating World Cup qualifier lossSportsnet
Nearly four years on from a spectacular humiliation, Canada’s men’s soccer team returns to Honduras with its World Cup qualifying hopes once again hanging in the balance.

Canadian men face crucial week in World Cup qualifiers CBC
On the heels of the Canadian women’s captivating bronze-medal performance at the Rio Olympics, the men have a chance to continue Canada’s success on the pitch by taking another step toward qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Canada returns to Honduras with 8-1 loss still fresh  – Toronto Sun
Amid untold humiliation and condemnation, ex-Canadian coach Stephen Hart took refuge inside a Honduran watering hole four years ago. A post-game flight delay prevented Canada’s men’s soccer team from immediately exiting San Pedro Sula with hardly a trace of dignity.

Will Johnson mystified by Canadian national team snub on fitness groundsMLS
When Canada take to the pitch in Honduras on Friday for their most significant match since October 2012, they will do so without one of their most influential, tenacious midfielders.

Floro talks about Honduran heat, focusing on Friday’s WCQ and why he keeps leaving Osorio off the CanMNTthe11.ca
Canadian national team coach Benito Floro spoke via conference call with the media Wednesday. Ahead of Friday’s crucial World Cup qualifier in Honduras, the coach answered questions about the struggles of playing in Central America, how Canada has prepared to play in oppressive midday heat and came clean (at least more than he has in the past) on why he continues not to select Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio.

Tosaint Ricketts hopeful stable club situation leads to more Canada successMLS
As the rematch (vs. Honduras) in San Pedro Sula approaches on Friday (2 pm PT, TSN), it appears the Edmonton-born attacker has finally found some equilibrium, after signing with Toronto FC this summer.

AUDIO: Jason deVos in the trenches to help Canadian soccer Sportsnet
Former Canadian national team captain Jason deVos joined Sportsnet 590 The FAN to discuss his new job as Canada Soccer’s director of development.

Success now the norm for Saskatchewan Huskies men’s soccer as season beginsGlobal
There was a time when talk of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies men’s soccer team contending for a title might get you laughed off campus. That time is long gone.

Dinos strike early and often in second half Canada West
Rookie Bori Falaye and veteran Dominic Russo each scored twice to lead the University of Calgary Dinos to a 5-0 shutout over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Wednesday night at the West Varsity Soccer Pitch.

McGill University, CBI-Concordia Physio Sport NDG becomes FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence FIFA
During a ceremony held today at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy (SPOT), in partnership with CBI-Concordia Physio Sport NDG, was officially recognized as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence.

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FC Cincinnati’s Mitch Hildebrandt was the victim of VAR’s first big mistake Once a Metro
A rescinded suspension tells us VAR has made its first error. Or at least failed to prevent one for the first time.

Eng Out as Arizona Owner, leaves brewing Trump controversy in wake Empire of Soccer
Eng’s exit as majority owner follows one final act of controversy; his support of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump. That endorsement caused outrage among team fans, most notably in their Hispanic support. After a series of tweets, the fan base and supporters groups acted quickly in claiming they would not support the club should Eng remain in power.

Funk, OKC Set for 37-Acre Downtown PurchaseUSL
OKC Energy FC Co-Owner Bob Funk Jr. is set to lead a group of investors that will close on the 37-acre plot of land that has been home to the Producers Cooperative plant south of Bricktown. The land is the largest available for development in downtown Oklahoma City, with the potential in the long-term it could be used for an expanded home for Energy FC.

Toronto FC II Sign Shaan HundalToronto FC
Hundal, 17, has appeared in 24 matches, registering five goals, one assist and logging 1534 minutes this season for Toronto FC II. He was originally added to the TFC II player pool from the Kia Toronto FC Academy Senior team on April 7, 2016. He made his professional debut for Toronto FC II on April 9, 2016 against FC Montreal.

Independence Clinch Playoff Berth With 3-2 Victory Over CincinnatiCharlotte Independence
The Charlotte Independence (12-7-6) on Wednesday night defeated FC Cincinnati (13-7-7) in a five-goal thriller at Ramblewood Stadium to clinch their first USL playoff berth. Second-half substitute Jorge Herrera scored the go-ahead goal directly from a long-distance free kick in the 85th minute, while goalkeeper John Berner preserved the win with the Save of the Game in stoppage time.

Arango brace gives Cosmos historic win over 10-man IndyEmpire of Soccer
The New York Cosmos showed no signs of distress over the shocking announcement that longtime defender Hunter Freeman was on his way to Miami FC. Instead, the Cosmos put in one of their most compete performances of the year and rolled over the vistors 3-0, erasing any lingering demons from their heartbreaking loss to the Spring Champions back in April.

Recap: Loons Take Point from Florida Fifty Five One
A night that will hardly live in many memories: Minnesota’s 0-0 draw with Fort Lauderdale offered a single point and the consolation of seeing both Kevin Venegas and Stefano Pinho return from injury.

Hounds midfielder Earls handed 8-game suspension by USLTrib Live
Riverhounds midfielder Danny Earls was handed an eight-game suspension by USL after his red card Saturday in the 1-1 draw at the Harrisburg City Islanders, the league announced Wednesday.

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Women’s Football round-up: August 2016FIFA
August 2016 was undoubtedly headlined by the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 as Germany collected a first-ever gold medal. But, as ever, there was plenty going on elsewhere in women’s football including UEFA Women’s Champions League action, Norwegian football royalty crowned and far-reaching work done by FIFA’s development department.

Heather O’Reilly to announce retirement from USWNTEqualizer
Heather O’Reilly is expected to announce her international retirement on Thursday. The news was first reported by Excelle Sports, but The Equalizer confirms that O’Reilly plans to continue playing in the NWSL next season with FC Kansas City.

NWSL: Week 17 PreviewsBackline Soccer
A look at the matchups in NWSL’s Week 17.

The Thorns’ Newest Star is an Afghan Refugee Who Escaped the TalibanWillamette Weekly
“As a Muslim, I was told not to play sports,” she says. “But just because you have a certain religion and culture, that should not define you as a person.”

Lloyd, Ohai lift Dash past Breakers, 3-1Equalizer
In front of a nearly sold out home crowd, the Boston Breakers’ first winning streak (two games) of the season was snapped by the Houston Dash behind two goals from Kealia Ohai and one from Carli Lloyd. Natasha Dowie scored the Breakers’ lone goal one minute into stoppage time.

Women’s UCL: Wolfsburg face Chelsea: round of 32 draw UEFA
The 2015/16 runners-up Wolfsburg face a rematch with Chelsea while both French contenders meet teams from Norway after the round of 32 draw was made.

This week in women’s college soccer Soccer America
Five Top 25 matchups will be played on Friday in women’s soccer, including three rivalry games: Florida State-Florida, Clemson-South Carolina and Duke-North Carolina.

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 beIN Sports offers exclusive coverage of European soccer leagues Cartt.ca
beIN Sports has unveiled its upcoming slate of soccer programming in Canada which includes exclusive UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League plus the return of English soccer to its lineup.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Costa Rica eyes Hex berth, and more SBI
Mexico was the first team to reach CONCACAF’s final round of World Cup Qualifying. Costa Rica is hoping to be the second.

St Vincent and the Grenadines to take national half day for game vs. USAMLS
“[Soccer] is what we do,” said Ezra Hendrickson in a story on the Sounders’ website. “You’re going to see a sea of yellow down there. They’re going to come out in their numbers. I think the stadium holds maybe 10,000 [fans] or so, it’s going to be full, it’s going to be packed, there’s going to be music, there’s going to be dancing, it’s going to be a national half day. The government, the prime minister, has given a 12 pm [cutoff time] for everyone to leave work and head to the game. It’s a big thing for them. It’s a big occasion.”

Mexico national team legends reflect on 7-0, believe Osorio can still succeedESPN FC
The wound of Mexico’s 7-0 loss to Chile in the quarterfinal of the Copa America Centenario is starting to heal. The scar, however, will always remain. The question of whether it becomes a reminder of a rock-bottom moment that inspired El Tri to rebuild and strengthen or a symptom of a deeper malaise remains to be seen less than 100 days after the event.

Joe Hart to start for England in Slovakia after Fraser Forster pulls outThe Guardian
Joe Hart is set to start England’s opening World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Sunday after Fraser Forster was forced to withdraw from Sam Allardyce’s squad after picking up a minor injury in training.

Champions League ambition, Europa League market – PSG’s disastrous summer of transfersGoal
The French giant professes to have a burning desire to shine on Europe’s greatest stage – but did not show it as the club lost key men and did not replace them.

Transfer deadline day: Premier League spending reaches £1.165bnBBC Sport
Premier League clubs spent more than £155m on transfer deadline day as the summer window outlay reached a record £1.165bn.

Tottenham Hotspur complete Moussa Sissoko transfer after hijacking Everton’s initial bidVavel
Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the £30million signing of French midfielder Moussa Sissoko from Championship side Newcastle United.

Serie A clubs break Italy’s transfer record with €708m summer spendESPN FC
Italian clubs spent a record of almost €708 million in the transfer market this summer, thanks mainly to investments made by Juventus and Inter Milan.

Bastian Schweinsteiger brought to tears in Germany farewellESPN FC
Bastian Schweinsteiger received an emotional Germany farewell on Wednesday night, with the Manchester United midfielder brought to tears in his final match for his nation.

Galaxy’s Robbie Keane scores a spectacular goal in final Ireland appearanceMLS
On the day he played his final international match for the Republic of Ireland, LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane scored, in a 4-0 friendly win over Oman in Dublin on Wednesday.

Socceroos off to winning start with victory over Iraq in World Cup qualifierThe Guardian
The Socceroos are off and running on the road to Russia, overcoming a dogged Iraq with a 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Perth. Second-half goals to Massimo Luongo and Tomi Juric on Thursday night ensured the right result for Ange Postecoglou’s side on an evening that almost threatened to end sourly.

Indian Super League: Stiven Mendoza stays put at New York City FC, Chennaiyin bank on Italian strike forceYahoo Sports
Chennaiyin FC coach Marco Materazzi was aware that it would be difficult to prise away John Stiven Mendoza from New York City FC (NYCFC). Hence, it wasn’t surprising to see him rope in two Italian strikers, namely Davide Succi and Maurizio Peluso to lead the line for the Indian Super League (ISL) defending champions.

Swiss open criminal probe into Beckenbauer and 2006 World Cup bid dealsInside World Football
Despite continually protesting his innocence over any involvement in manipulating the vote that handed Germany the 2006 World Cup, Franz Beckenbauer, his country’s most revered footballing figurehead who led the bid process, is being investigated by Swiss prosecutors as part of a corruption probe.

Ferguson, Mourinho, Wenger discuss abolishing extra time at UEFA forumESPN FC
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was among a number of top coaches who discussed the possibility of scrapping extra time in UEFA competitions.

Kosovo set for World Cup debut but waits for nation-switching players to be clearedInside World Football
Of all the countries taking part in the forthcoming World Cup qualifying programme, none is surely anticipating the occasion with more relish than Kosovo who make their competitive international debut on Monday. Yet the Balkan state, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008, still needs confirmation from FIFA whether a raft of players can switch nationality to join them.

How a fan started Justin Meram’s international career with IraqDaily Telegraph
FOOTBALLERS should always acknowledge the fans, but Justin Meram has every reason to embrace them. For he knows that without one in particular, his international career with Iraq would never have happened.

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