BC Soccer News, Tuesday, April 24, 2018



FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018


Episode 261 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Hit For Six – VWFC v SKC, Marc Dos Santos, Whitecaps Woes)AFTN
If last week was a bad weekend for Vancouver Whitecaps, this one was far worse. Not only did they lose 6-0 in Kansas City, seven of their Western rivals picked up three points and they fell out of the promotion places when you look at points per game. Clearly not the response sought or expected after the failings in the last two matches.

Whitecaps need to ‘man up’ to end three-game losing streak, player saysThe Star
The Whitecaps were humiliated 6-0 by Sporting Kansas City on Friday. It was Vancouver’s worst defeat in MLS play.

Whitecaps still looking for right formula to find consistencyRed Nation Online
The sky isn’t falling in Vancouver, it just appears like that because of recent Whitecaps FC results. Scoring has dried up, defending has gone a-miss, and discipline along with the kitchen sink has gone out the window. There is however optimism, it’s still early in the season. The 3-4-1 Caps have plenty of time to right the ship.

AUDIO: Low confidence plagues Whitecaps, but Carl Robinson not on the hot seatSportsnet
Soccer analyst Mark Rogers joined Sporsnet 650 to examine what’s gone so wrong for the Whitecaps in recent weeks, including that embarrassing 6-0 loss to Kansas City on the weekend, and whether coach Carl Robinson is in trouble of losing his job.

Guadalajara vs. Toronto FC | Concacaf Champions League PreviewMLS
Toronto FC have an uphill climb to capture a first-ever Concacaf Champions League title and book a spot in the FIFA World Cup in December after dropping the opening leg to CD Guadalajara, 2-1, at BMO Field last week.

CONCACAF Champions League set to reach its conclusionFIFA
The 2018 CONCACAF Champions League will conclude on Wednesday, with Club Deportivo (Chivas) Guadalajara in pole position to claim the region’s top club prize after a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC in the first leg in Canada last week.

If Sebastian Giovinco delivers again vs. Chivas, how can Toronto FC say no?Toronto Sun
Giovinco hasn’t just been instrumental in the Reds getting to within a game of CONCACAF supremacy, he has quietly put together a Golden Ball-worthy run in a pressure-packed competition in which TFC has faced the best on offer from Liga MX.

Chivas fighting for pride vs. TFC in Champions League finalSportsnet
They were slow to hop on the bandwagon, but fans of Chivas Guadalajara are now fully onboard ahead of one of the biggest matches in the fabled Mexican team’s long and rich history.

Evan Bush shiningMontreal Impact
It hasn’t been the easiest of stretches for the Montreal club defensively, but the man between the posts has been turning heads with his elevated play. Evan Bush made 14 saves against LAFC this Saturday, and another eight against the Red Bulls the Saturday before that.

Houston Dynamo acquire U.S. international midfielder Luis GilESPN
The Houston Dynamo have acquired U.S. international Luis Gil from Mexican side Queretaro, the club announced on Monday. The 24-year-old midfielder joins Houston on a year-long loan.

Americans comprised less than one-third of starting field players in MLS’s Week 8Soccer America
Of the 68 field players eligible for the U.S. national team who started in Week 8, a majority — 38 — were defenders or wingbacks. Just 10 were forwards, and 20 were midfielders.

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Champions show their mettle as BC Provincial A Cup kicks offAFTN
The eight first round matches in this year’s Provincial A Cup took place this weekend and was the perfect pick me up after watching the ‘Caps capitulation in Kansas City. There were 28 goals and some cracking action as VMSL, FVSL, and VISL teams went to battle, with four of the matches needing more than the 90 minutes to settle them.

Gorge exits Province Cup as Nanaimo, Cowichan surviveTimes Colonist
The Sweet 16 proved just that over the Malahat in the senior men’s Province Cup soccer playoffs as Cowichan FC and Nanaimo United advanced.

Coastal FC beat Croatia, advance in men’s soccer provincialsPeace Arch News
Coastal FC’s premier men’s soccer team has advanced into the second round of provincials, after a victory Saturday afternoon against a familiar foe – Croatia SC of the Vancouver Metro Soccer League.

Sardis Falcons continue to gain altitude, Chilliwack girls extend stay at No. 1 in B.C. AAA soccer rankingsVarsity Letters
The province’s most dominant senior varsity girls soccer team continued its roll and extended its stay at No. 1 in the B.C. girls AAA rankings.

Highlanders add former national U-18 playerTimes Colonist
Midfielder Thomas Shores was in high school, at St. Josephs in Edmonton, when he was called on to make his international debut at a tournament in Slovakia with four games with Canada’s U-18 team.

Powell River Villa advances to provincial cup quarterfinalsPowell River Peak
In a game full of drama, Powell River Villa soccer club defeated Fraser Valley Blue Devils 2-1 in extra time on April 22 to advance to the quarterfinals of the BC Soccer Provincial B Cup.

WolfPack Women’s Soccer sign Calgary keeperTRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team has added some depth in the nets for the upcoming Canada West season.

Residency Report: Strong team performances against CrossfireWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency were on the road over the weekend, traveling across the border to take on Crossfire Premier in Development Academy action.

Fort St. John Soccer Club still looking for youth soccer coaches Energetic City
The Fort St. John Soccer Club has closed house league registration and is set to begin the regular season on April 30th, but they still need ten more youth soccer coaches.

VIDEO: ‘Caps talk injury prevention with Mountain United FC at Sport Chek on RobsonWhitecaps FC
The U-17 Mountain United FC team sat down with Whitecaps FC head athletic trainer Jake Joachim and defender/midfielder Brett Levis to talk training for injury prevention/recovery and did a little shopping at Sport Chek on Robson.

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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Canadians head home after U-17 tournament called off due to violenceSportsnet
Canada coach Bev Priestman was preparing her team for a game Sunday against Costa Rica when CONCACAF pulled the plug on its 2018 Women’s Under-17 Championship following violence in Managua, Nicaragua.

Canada Soccer statement re: Conacaf Women’s Under-17 ChampionshipCSA
Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 National Team and Canadian referees have all departed Nicaragua and are safely on their way back to Canada.

Local soccer star safe after Nicaragua riots cancel tournamentLondon Free Press
St. Thomas soccer star Kaila Novak and her Canada U17 soccer team teammates flew into Miami from Nicaragua Monday morning after the CONCACAF U17 women’s qualifying tournament for the World Cup was cancelled amid riots in the capital city, Managua.

York 9 FC to launch as official Canadian Premier League clubWaking the Red
It looks like we’ve finally got another confirmed Canadian Premier League club. According to a Twitter post from the budding York 9 FC supporters’ group, that club will be officially announced at an event on May 10 at Vaughan City Hall.

Rangers close in on Burnley midfielder Scott ArfieldSky Sports
The Canada international joined Burnley from Huddersfield in 2013 and has since scored 22 goals in 193 appearances.

Angels prevail at MethanexMedicine Hat News
Nine men’s soccer teams got outdoors at the Methanex Bowl this past weekend for the latest installment of a long-running tournament.

Coming to Halifax council: Flyer delivery, professional soccer team, Sportsplex naming rightsGlobal
Regional council is set to debate allowing the municipality to create two separate rental agreements with Sports Entertainment Atlantic (SEA) for the use of the Wanderers Grounds — a four-hectare natural turf sports field on the Halifax Commons.

Parents need to play a role in growing minor soccer in Stephenville, says co-president Susan GallantWestern Star
Susan Gallant is committed to being involved with the program again this summer by offering to run for the executive, but she’s hoping to see more parents come on board to assist with the program because there is a need for more helping hands, especially with the boost in numbers in one year.

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Wing play essential to maintained success for Indy ElevenIndiana Sports Coverage
Nine points after four games aren’t anything to be ashamed for Indy Eleven fans. I think fans are generally in the state of being thankful the team is playing at all but nevertheless, the on the field success has been a huge bright point for Indy Eleven.

Match Preview: Penn FC vs Nashville SCBrotherly Game
Nashville hasn’t played since their 2-1 loss against Indy Eleven on April 14th. They haven’t played as well on the road so far in 2018, but their best road result came on Pennsylvania soil as they topped Bethlehem Steel 1-0 back in March.

‘Coaching is something I love’: Christian Pulisic’s father follows his passionThe Guardian
Blending into the background doesn’t seem to bother Mark Pulisic one bit. It was true last year while tucked away on the southern shores of Lake Ontario in Rochester, upstate New York. And it’s equally the case this year further south on the banks of the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Chelsea and England striker Fran Kirby named inaugural FWA Women’s Footballer of the YearThe Independent
The 24-year-old has scored 22 goals for the Women’s Super League leaders across all competitions this season.

Damallsvenskan week 2 review: Hammarby continue to lead the wayVavel
With surprises at every turn the second week of Damallsvenskan played out this weekend, with Hammarby and Piteå the only two teams with two wins after both won on the road.

Brazil confirm their supremacy, Chile make historyFIFA
Brazil cruised to the Copa America Femenina Chile 2018 title and in the process qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 with plenty to spare.

NWSL Week in Review: Trying To Manage Mid-Week GamesThe Equalizer
The national understanding of soccer here in the United States has clearly grown by leaps and bounds over the past couple of decades, but there are still some holes.

#SBSSWPL Round-up – 22/04/18Scottish WPL
Sixth and fifth met at the start of the day and both remain in their positions after a draw at Ainslie Park.

REPORT: UCD Waves 0-7 Shelbourne LadiesIrish WNL
Leanne Kiernan scored a hat-trick as Shelbourne underlined their title credentials with a crushing 7-0 win over UCD Waves at Jackson Park on Sunday afternoon.

Women’s Under-19 EURO finals drawUEFA
The finals draw was made on 23 April in Ittigen.

Libya: The female footballers struggling on and off pitchNew Vision
Libya’s national women’s football team is not only struggling on the pitch but also battling a conservative society that frowns on women playing sports in public at all.

Lieke Martens: ‘Ronaldinho was my idol. Long hair, great dribbles … I loved him’The Guardian
The Netherlands midfielder, the reigning Fifa and Uefa player of the year, on life at Barcelona and the pressures of being a role model.

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UEFA Champions League Preview: Real Madrid travels to Bayern, Liverpool hosts RomaSBI
The UEFA Champions League is always good for some surprises or two along the way. Heavyweight clubs are expected to make a deep run in the competition, with some Cinderella sides looking to spoil the party.

Liverpool, Roma ride major emotions into the UCL semifinalsNBC Sports
Four clubs remain in this season’s UEFA Champions League competition, and while two of the teams have been considered heavy dogs in the fight all year long the other two sides look to continue on their storybook run.

Pochettino considering Tottenham future as Real Madrid prepare to replace ZidaneYahoo Sports
Mauricio Pochettino is considering leaving Tottenham Hotspur for Real Madrid at the end of this season. Madrid president Florentino Perez has been preparing to replace Zinedine Zidane as coach should the Frenchman fail to retain the Champions League and has made his interest in hiring Pochettino clear.

Euro 2024: Germany submits bid to host tournamentBBC Sport
The German Football Association (DFB) has submitted its bid to host the 2024 European Championship finals.

FIFA’s Infantino Calls for Rare Emergency Meeting Amid $25 Billion OfferNY Times
FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino, has called for an emergency meeting of the leading officials in international soccer to address a $25 billion rights offer from an investment group that could radically change some of the biggest competitions in the sport.

FIFA’s global calendar shake-up: Who gets what for $25bn? Inside World Football
Detail is starting to emerge on FIFA’s proposed $25 billion revamp of its global competitions structure. With FIFA Bureau members heading for Zurich for emergency meetings and FIFA saying it will call an unscheduled FIFA Council meeting before its Congress in June, FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s cards, or at least some of them, are slowly being laid out on the table.

After 10 years, Salzburg finally gets European successLondon Free Press
Although the desired breakthrough in the Champions League has yet to happen, Salzburg is finally enjoying the European success it has been targeting for more than a decade.

FIFA subjects 2026 Morocco World Cup bid to fresh scrutinySportsnet
Morocco’s World Cup bid is facing fresh scrutiny this week with the arrival of another delegation from FIFA after an initial task force found deficiencies in the proposals for the 2026 tournament.

Juve and Napoli players wear red stripes in stand against domestic violenceInside World Football
When Juventus and Napoli met in an all-important fixture at the top of Serie A last weekend, television viewers worldwide may have wondered why both sets of players had red stripes on their faces.

Leeds United defend post-season tour of Myanmar despite persecution and ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims The Telegraph
Leeds United have defended plans for a controversial post-season tour of Myanmar, despite an ongoing military offensive in the country that has been described by the United Nations as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.

The best players out of contract: Reina, Robben, Buffon, Can, Ribery, WilshereBBC Sport
The Premier League transfer window doesn’t officially open until 17 May but there are many out-of-contract players ready to pack their bags.

The January transfer window signings. Who have been the hits, misses and maybes?The Telegraph
Theo Walcott turned in a man-of-the-match showing for Everton in their 1-0 win over Newcastle at Goodison Park last night. Which got us thinking about how well those January transfer window signings have settled into their respective clubs. Which players have seen their careers take off, while whose still need a jump start?

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