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VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
2017 MLS ALL-STAR GAME
MLS ALL-STARS vs. REAL MADRID
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2017, 5:30 PM
SOLDIER FIELD, CHICAGO, IL.
TV: TSN ONLINE: TSN GO
Davies pulled out of MLS Homegrown Game with adductor injury – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Monday that Alphonso Davies will not participate in Tuesday’s MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer due to an adductor injury.
Real Madrid arrive in Chicago ahead of Wednesday’s 2017 MLS All-Star Game – MLS
Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Gareth Bale and the rest of Real Madrid touched down in Chicago on Monday afternoon ahead of Wednesday night’s 2017 MLS All-Star Game.
Real Madrid unfazed by pre-season woes – Soccer America
Real Madrid lost all three matches at the International Champions Cup, including a 3-2 loss to Barcelona on Saturday, but head coach Zinedine Zidane and his players are not concerned.
Bastian Schweinsteiger brings world class, fire to Chicago – SN
Even if he leads his team to the MLS Cup championship, and even if he scores the game-winning goal in the final, and even if he puts that ball into the net with a bicycle kick worthy of Pele, it’s possible Bastian Schweinsteiger never will produce a greater moment than when his introductory press conference with the Chicago Fire led to an American journalist asking if he would help bring the city a World Cup.
Strictly business: Why MLS shouldn’t change the All-Star Game format – Four Four Two
MLS hardcores might like an East-West format, but the big clubs give MLS’ marquee summer event some visibility.
Toronto’s Michael Bradley gets back to his soccer roots in Chicago – MLS
Bradley and two of his Toronto FC teammates, Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco, will head to Chicago for Wednesday’s AT&T MLS All-Star game, presented by Target. They’ll face Real Madrid on a high after a 4-0 win over NYCFC on Sunday afternoon.
Seattle Sounders expected to sign 28-year-old Spanish midfielder Víctor Rodríguez – Sounders FC
General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey addressed the presence of Spanish midfielder Víctor Rodríguez at Monday’s training session. The 28-year-old arrived in Seattle from Sporting Gijón in La Liga 2, Spain’s second division. Lagerwey said there is still some paperwork to be done before the move is finalized, but is “optimistic we can complete the last steps and be able to add him this week.”
Don Garber: MLS Miami bid ‘at the finish line’ – SBI
After several years of steps both forward and backwards, MLS Miami is getting closer to putting all of the pieces in place, according to MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
Atlanta United recall Harrison Heath from Sacramento Republic FC – Atlanta Utd.
Atlanta United announced today it has recalled Harrison Heath from Sacramento Republic FC. The midfielder was loaned to the USL club on June 30 and made three combined appearances, two in league play.
Chris Mavinga’s ‘game-saving’ tackle shines a light on Toronto FC’s defensive competition – Waking the Red
With Nick Hagglund back, Greg Vanney has five options available for three spots in his lineup.
TFC GM Bezbatchenko not actively looking to make transfer-window move – Sportsnet
Sitting atop the MLS standings with 43 points, boasting the largest goal difference in the league and coming off a big 4-0 win over New York City FC on Sunday, everything seems to coming up Toronto FC these days.
Detroit MLS expansion group closing in on stadium site – SBI
Detroit’s MLS bid received a major boost this morning. Wayne County Commissioner Warren Evans announced the county will work towards striking a deal with Dan Gilbert and Tom Gores for prime downtown real estate. Gilbert and Gores are looking to acquire a plot of land on Gratiot Avenue, where an unfinished county jail has been sitting untouched for more than five years.
Why Target, Heineken and Allstate are betting big on the ‘other football’ – Campaign
Top marketers aim to reach a young, multicultural audience during this week’s Major League Soccer All-Star Game.
MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, Portland Timbers FC 2, July 23, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux
BC SOCCER NEWS
PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Development Week: Local players take pride in moving up the ranks – Whitecaps FC
Growing up in Richmond, BC, and playing soccer, Patrick Metcalfe naturally cheered on his hometown pro soccer team, Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Richmond Adult Soccer Assoc. Div.2 Champions Crowned – BC Soccer Web
Tuesday night marked the final league matches of the Division Two regular season before the start of the Sportstown Challenge Cup Tournament.
Pinnacles lose with heads held high – Penticton Western News
After closing out the Pacific Coast Soccer League season with a 5-1 loss to regular season champs Van United FC, the Pinnacles pushed the eventual playoff champs in a 2-1 decision on July 29 in Port Moody.
‘Bring on the rainbows!’ Vancouver Pride week kicks off – Metro
Carrie Serwetnyk and Tru Wilson, this year’s Grand Marshals for the Vancouver Pride Parade, had slightly different reactions when they received the request to fill the ceremonial position. Serwetnyk, 52, played on Canada’s national soccer team from 1986 to 1996 and was the first female soccer player to be inducted into the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. She founded Equal Play, a non-profit devoted to girls’ participation and leadership in sports.
Breakthrough software teaches computer characters to walk, run, even play soccer – Eurekalert
Computer characters and eventually robots could learn complex motor skills like walking and running through trial and error, thanks to a milestone algorithm developed by a University of British Columbia researcher. Using his algorithm, simulated characters have learned to walk along a narrow path without falling off, to avoid running into people or other moving obstacles, and even to dribble a soccer ball towards a goal.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.
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.
2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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!
To our Readers: A Choice – BC Soccer Web
Soccer has brought us to the United States many times. It’s a great place with decent people. We especially look forward to our Cascadia trips to Seattle and Portland. They’re incredible cities with wonderful supporters. That’s why it was so disheartening to see chaos and fear take hold in the airports and borders of our neighbours to the south.
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
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.
Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication – BC Soccer Web
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Day 2 Canada Games Women’s Soccer – Canada Games
It was Day 2 of the Jeux Canada Games 2017 in Winnipeg. A hot day at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex where temperatures averaged 32 C. In the afternoon, Alberta drew Newfoundland Labrador 1-1, Saskatchewan shut out Yukon 6-0. In the evening, Prince Edward Island blanked North West Territories 6-0, Manitoba edged New Brunswick 3-2.
Duguid, 14, to play for Alberta against older soccer stars at Canada Summer Games – National Post
At 14 years of age, call Calgary’s Hannah Duguid a pint-sized Lionel Messi. Her coach does. That’s because the female soccer talent is making waves in soccer circles, continuing with her much-ballyhooed performance this week at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg.
NAIG served as a development opportunity for Ontario match officials – Ontario Soccer
Ontario Soccer recently managed a Long Term Match Officials Development (LTOD) Development Project at the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG).
Pilot program for ACES soccer – Cambridge Times
Cambridge Youth Soccer recently ran its ACES (All Abilities Celebrated Soccer) pilot program, designed for participants between the ages of six to 18 with intellectual and/or physical disabilities.
Grassroots Practices You Can Use – Active Start (Week 51) – Ontario Soccer
In this week’s session, the Player Development department has focused on the Active Start level.
Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 November – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 vs. RIO GRANDE VALLEY FC
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2017, 12:00 PM
THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC
WFC2 Spotlight Series: Nazeem Bartman is ready to make a name for himself – Whitecaps FC
Last season, fans saw Alphonso Davies, Kyle Greig, Spencer Richey, and Brett Levis move up to Major League Soccer. Who’s next to follow their footsteps up the path to the first team?
USL Week 19 Rewind: Reno rolls past Swope Park Rangers, Battery stumble, and more – SBI
The Charleston Battery once again stumbled and all of the Eastern Conference challengers capitalized on the opportunity.
NASL Fall Season Week 1: Cosmos Start Fast – Empire of Soccer
The New York Cosmos came up short in the North American Soccer League’s Spring Season, but the club opened the Fall Season with an impressive win over Miami FC.
Monarchs, Roughnecks End Deadlocked – USL
Real Monarchs SLC and Tulsa Roughnecks FC played to a 0-0 draw on Monday night at Rio Tinto Stadium as the Roughnecks extended their undefeated streak to five games, and the Monarchs moved eight points clear at the top of the Western Conference.
As USL league meetings begin, MLS2 clubs a hot-button issue – NewsOK
Four years later, USL is contemplating its next progression of growth, one that will likely require altering and possibly dissociating itself from its MLS-owned clubs.
Why are foreign soccer stars buying up lower league teams in the US? – The Guardian
Players such as Didier Drogba and Eden Hazard are part owners of teams in the States. But it’s not top-flight MLS that attracts them.
USL PHOTOS: WFC2 1, Reno 1868 FC 1, July 15, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Matildas look mighty in Tournament of Nations play – Prost Amerika
The Australian women’s national team racked up their second consecutive win in the inaugural Tournament of Nations, defeating Japan 4-2 on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
Netherlands v England: Women’s EURO semi-final facts – UEFA
Eight years on from England’s 2-1 semi-final win against the Netherlands after extra time, they meet again in the last four in Enschede with both teams holding perfect records.
England keeper Karen Bardsley out of Euro 2017 with leg fracture – The Guardian
The England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley has been ruled out for the remainder of Euro 2017 by a broken leg. The Football Association has confirmed the Manchester City player suffered a fractured fibula during Sunday’s quarter-final win over France.
Denmark v Austria: Women’s EURO semi-final facts – UEFA
A new UEFA Women’s EURO finalist is ensured as Denmark, in the last four for the sixth time, take on major tournament debutants Austria in Breda a month after their friendly meeting.
Abily bids adieu to Les Bleues – FIFA
Having seen Louisa Cadamuro retire a year ago, France fans must shed a tear again as Les Bleues legend Camille Abily has called time on her career representing the national team. With 183 caps, she sits behind only Sandrine Soubeyrand in the list of her nation’s most capped players of any gender.
Camille Abily reflects upon retirement from international soccer – The Equalizer
As we enjoy watching our favorite footballers, there comes a time when we know they will retire and call it a day. France international Camille Abily has been the heart and soul of France. She’s a fantastique footballer that brings fans out of their seats with her clever ball work, terrific creativity, and sublime free kicks. On Sunday in Deventer, Camille Abily played her last match for France.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
PSG make plans for unveiling ahead of £197m deal for Barcelona’s Neymar – The Guardian
Paris Saint-Germain are so confident of signing Neymar that they were on Monday preparing his unveiling. They hope to conclude a deal this week to buy the forward from Barcelona for a world record £197m, the Brazilian’s release clause.
Klopp ready to end Liverpool’s long wait for title glory – SN
Jurgen Klopp sees Liverpool “playing for the championship” in 2017-18 as they seek to chase down the Premier League title.
Defiant Ronaldo denies he intentionally evaded taxes following court appearance – SN
Cristiano Ronaldo has released a statement following his hearing in court regarding claims he had failed to pay his taxes in full.
Jesus Navas re-signs for ex-club Sevilla after being released by Man City – ESPN FC
Jesus Navas has returned to former club Sevilla on a free transfer. Navas, 31, had been a free agent after being released by Manchester City at the end of last season, having joined from Sevilla in 2013.
Hearts: Ian Cathro sacked as head coach after seven months in charge – BBC Sport
Hearts have sacked head coach Ian Cathro after seven months in charge. The 31-year-old, who was in his first managerial role, appears to have paid the price for a shock League Cup exit.
‘Appalled and disgusted’ – Arsenal fan Corbyn blasts Kroenke’s hunting channel – SN
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is “appalled” and “disgusted” to learn of Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke’s hunting channel. The controversial programming, which shows lions and elephants being mutilated for sport, allows subscribers to watch thousands of hunting, shooting and fishing shows.
AC Milan set for 60,000-plus crowd at Europa League qualifying game – ESPN FC
AC Milan’s third qualifying round Europa League clash with Universitatea Craiova at the San Siro is set to attract over 60,000 fans.
Los Angeles Reaches Agreement to Host 2028 Olympics – Bleacher Report
Los Angeles and the International Olympic Committee have reached an agreement for the city to host the 2028 Summer Olympics after competing with Paris for the 2024 Games.
EFL to use ABBA penalty format for all its competitions this season – The Telegraph
Already being trialled by UEFA, the system is based on the format used in tennis tie-breaks, with the team taking the first kick in each pair of kicks alternating, so AB BA AB and so on instead of AB AB etc.
VIDEO: Heart surgery at 24 – the remarkable story of a Premier League footballer’s return – BBC Sport
Brighton defender Connor Goldson is preparing to play Premier League football after a remarkable recovery from heart surgery.
Freddy Adu joins Polish club Sandecja Nowy Sacz on trial against manager’s wishes – Sky Sports
Former USA international Freddy Adu has joined newly-promoted Polish club Sandecja Nowy Sacz on trial, despite the manager not wanting him there.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca