VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
2018 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. TORONTO FC
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018, 7:00 PM PT
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
TV: TSN 1 & 4 RADIO: TSN RADIO 1040 ONLINE: TSN DIRECT
TFC looking to “play smart” in Wednesday’s Canadian Championship final as Whitecaps head in feeling “quietly confident” – AFTN
An accusation levelled at Vancouver Whitecaps during their MLS era is that they don’t take the Canadian Championship seriously. Anyone who was there for the ‘Caps first, and so far only, triumph in the tournament in 2015 knows what it meant to the players, the club, and the supporters to lift the Voyageurs Cup, but that feeling is based on the club putting out weakened line-ups, especially in the semi-finals of the competition, over the years.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Toronto FC | 2018 Canadian Championship Preview – MLS
For the fourth time as MLS foes, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Toronto FC are meeting in the Canadian Championship final with the winner of the two-legged aggregate series not only lifting the Voyageurs Cup, but also booking their spot in the Concacaf Champions League as Canada’s lone entry.
Canadian Championship silverware is the Whitecaps’ golden goose – London Free Press
By resting their starters in a key league match, the Whitecaps have indicated that winning a Canadian Championship is their immediate priority.
Episode 289 – The AFTN Soccer Show (No Room For Error) – AFTN
August certainly feels like it could be a decisive month in terms of determining how successful we’ll look back at Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2018 season.
Hurtado nets late equalizer as ‘Caps claw back at NYCFC – Whitecaps FC
Substitute Erik Hurtado scored a late equalizer as Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8W-9L-6D) clawed back to draw 2-2 versus Supporters’ Shield contenders New York City FC (13W-5L-5D) on Saturday evening.
Vancouver Whitecaps: So good they scored twice – Soccer Shorts
At this stage it would be nice to outline just what the thinking was to achieve that reward but, aside from introducing the pace of Davies and Reyna in the second half, that’s pretty hard to do.
Montreal Impact settle for a draw in critical game in playoff points race – Montreal Gazette
The Impact let one get away Saturday night as DC United came from behind to earn a 1-1 tie in MLS action at Saputo Stadium.
MLS Weekly Wrap Up: Coming back from the All-Star game – Waking the Red
MLS was back into the swing of things this weekend. The New York Red Bulls retired Bradley Wright-Phillips’s number 99, while the LA Galaxy fell short due to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s forced absence for sitting out the All-Star game.
LAFC acquire Christian Ramirez from Minnesota United FC – MLS
In an evening surprise, Minnesota United FC sent forward Christian Ramirez — one of the young MLS club’s most closely identifiable players — to LAFC for up to $1 million in allocation money: $250,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) in both 2018 and 2019, $100,000 in 2018 Targeted Allocation Money (TAM), $200,000 in 2019 TAM, and up to $200,000 in future allocation money based on the player’s performance.
Sporting KC reacquires Krisztian Nemeth in trade with Revolution – SBI
Sporting Kansas City bolstered their attacking options with a familiar face returning home.
Save The Crew unveils downtown Columbus stadium design – 10TV
Save The Crew has released renderings for a downtown Columbus stadium. The group says the design is the result of conversations with the city’s soccer community with the goal of “designing the optimal fan experience in downtown Columbus.”
BC SOCCER NEWS
UNBC men practicing at Masich this week – Prince George Citizen
If you want to know who’s playing where for the UNBC Timberwolves men’s soccer team, better get a program. The lineup has changed considerably from last year.
KYSA HP SOCCER CAMPS START TUESDAY! – BC Soccer Web
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association’s High Performance soccer camps featuring coaches from Stoke City FC from England start Tuesday, August 7th at McArthur Island.
PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Khalsa SC 2, Vancouver Utd. 0, July 29, 2018 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League season – Pacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.
Call for interest for 2018 TD Diploma course – BCSA
Based on the level of interest, BC Soccer is planning to host a 2-day Technical Director’s course in late November or early December of 2018 (dates and location TBA). If you are interested in this course, please let BC Soccer know so they can update you.
PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.
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!
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
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Foothills wins PDL title in extra-time thriller – the11.ca
Calgary Foothills won the battle of attrition — and won the PDL title Saturday night.
Foothills FC’s PDL championship a crowning achievement – London Free Press
A championship is always going to feel sweet, but what Calgary’s Foothills FC accomplished this weekend somehow might feel even better that most.
Foothills’ first-ever championship title proves Canada has talented soccer players, says head coach – The Star
As Calgary’s Foothills FC soccer team celebrates its first-ever league title, head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. says the win represents a change in the “Canadian soccer story we’re trying to tell.” “Canada has talent,” he said.
Influential coach Bev Priestman leaves Canada Soccer – The Star
Bev Priestman, a key coaching figure in Canadian women’s soccer, is leaving the program to become an assistant coach with the English women’s team.
Golden performance on the soccer pitch by Team P.E.I. at Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games – Journal Pioneer
The Special Olympics P.E.I. soccer team is a perfect example of what can be achieved through hard work. The squad, comprised of 11 players and three coaches, returned home on Sunday with the gold medal from the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games in Antigonish, N.S.
Drinking with Supporters: Toronto CPL – Northern Starting XI
This is the final part (for now) of a series of brief interviews with members of Canadian Premier League supporters’ groups across the country. Each supporters group was asked the same basic questions, in an attempt to get a proper feeling for the similarities and differences that we’ll see from supporters across the country when the league officially kicks off in 2019.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Recap: Toronto FC II at Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC – TFC
Toronto FC II was unlucky to come out empty handed as they fell 1-0 to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday night at Highmark Stadium in downtown Pittsburgh.
Fury FC adds defender Daniel Kinumbe to its roster – Winnipeg Sun
Another Canadian has been added to the Ottawa Fury FC roster. Daniel Kinumbe was the latest acquisition, announced Monday, after the defender from Sherbrooke, Que., signed his first pro contract.
Western Conf. Notes – Sacramento Lifted by Fresno Native – USL
Scoring the winning goal on Saturday night to hand Sacramento Republic FC the series victory in the inaugural Highway 99 Derby against Fresno FC at Papa Murphy’s Park was one thing for Villyan Bijev but given his upbringing in Fresno it certainly felt like it meant a little bit more to the standout playmaker.
Eastern Conf. Notes – NSC’s Hume Makes Most of Chance – USL
With only six appearances and one start this season prior to Saturday night, Tucker Hume’s appearance in the starting lineup for Nashville SC against FC Cincinnati might have seemed a choice that was slightly out of left field by NSC Head Coach Gary Smith.
Miami FC, Calgary Foothills lift trophies in NPSL, PDL finals – NBC Sports
Two clubs that traveled a long way to play for a league title won their respective honors in National Premier Soccer League and Premier Development League championship matches on Sunday.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
NWSL Week In Review: It’s Okay to boo sometimes – The Equalizer
What did we learn in Week 18 of the NWSL season, where North Carolina captured its second straight NWSL Shield in a rather anticlimactic, but impressive fashion?
Orlando Pride midfielder Dani Weatherholt: It’s playoff mode already – Pro Soccer USA
To Orlando Pride midfielder Dani Weatherholt, the NWSL playoffs have already started.
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: Spain impress, as Haiti make their bow – FIFA
As was the case in Sunday’s opening matches in Groups A and B, there was plenty of entertainment, suspense and goals, as Groups C and D of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 got underway.
USA Drops 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Opener to Japan 1-0 – USSF
The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team fell to Japan 1-0 in a tightly-contested Group C match at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
#SBSSWPL Round-up – 06/08/2018 – Scottish WPL
Forfar Farmington reclaimed fourth spot in the Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 with a narrow victory over Rangers.
REPORT: Peamount United 6-2 UCD Waves – Irish WNL
Following last Sunday’s 3-0 League Cup semi-final win, Peas once again simply posed too much of an attacking threat for their visitors as they cruised to this league victory back at Greenogue.
Sunderland Ladies set to return to Academy of Light as home venue revealed – Sunderland Echo
Sunderland Ladies will once again train at the Academy of Light after the club’s new regime welcomed the side back in-house.
NWSL players combat locker room boredom with terrifying game of ‘fruit ninja’ – USA Today
What happens when the players on Washington’s NWSL team get to the locker room a bit too early?
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Stan Kroenke makes offer to take full ownership of Arsenal – Sportsnet
Majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has made an offer to take full ownership of Arsenal in a deal that would value the Premier League club at 1.8 billion pounds ($2.3 billion).
Community Shield: Man City show of strength, beating Chelsea – SF Gate
Despite the tight turnaround after the World Cup, Manchester City’s attacking ruthlessness has not been blunted by fatigue or the English heatwave. Winning the Community Shield demonstrated that beyond any doubt on Sunday.
Season preview: Can Man City go back-to-back? – NBC Sports
They have the best squad in the Premier League by a distance and the best manager in world soccer. Do I need to go on? Their record-breaking 100 points last season showcased just how dominant they can be and it would be a brave man who bets against City winning back-to-back league titles.
Manchester City youngster’s debut lasts just one second in Wembley win – Yahoo Sports
A young football’s debut is supposed to be a cherished moment. Some get their first ever shirt signed, others want it framed. When you’re a take your first steps on the Wembley turf, it’s even more of a big thing. But for poor old Claudio Gomes, his Manchester City bow on Sunday wasn’t one to remember. At least he won’t have to wash his top!
Premier League 2018-19 preview No 14: Manchester United – The Guardian
José Mourinho has been a discontented figure in recent weeks and the season must start well if they are to challenge City.
Ligue 1 Conforama: Who will challenge PSG? – Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain will start as favourites to claim the 2018-19 Ligue 1 Conforama title but the reigning champions cannot expect to canter to the domestic crown with their rivals poised to push them all the way.
West Ham to sign €50m Maxi Gomez – Football Espana
West Ham United have activated the €50m release clause of in-demand Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, according to reports in the Spanish press.
Burnley sign former England goalkeeper Joe Hart– Sportsnet
Burnley signed goalkeeper Joe Hart on a two-year deal from Manchester City on Tuesday.
Champions League play-off draw: Benfica, Celtic learn fate – UEFA
The UEFA Champions League play-off draw was conducted in Nyon on Monday.
FIFA broker resolution to Aussie governance issues, but Lowy not happy – Inside World Football
Four months after stepping into a festering internal dispute among Australia’s football stakeholders, a FIFA working group has come up with a proposed solution to the impasse.
7 ‘corrupted’ African soccer referees banned, 14 suspended – London Free Press
Seven Ghanaian soccer referees and assistant referees and one other official have been banned for 10 years to life for corruption, the Confederation of African Football said Tuesday.
Former Bolivian FA boss Chavez dies in hospital after release from prison – Inside World Football
Former Bolivian football boss Carlos Chavez, one of those caught up in the FifaGate scandal, has died in hospital in Brazil according to local reports.
Europa League play-off draw made – UEFA
The UEFA Europa League play-off draw took place in Nyon on Monday.
Usain Bolt commits to ‘indefinite training period’ with Central Coast Mariners – SN
Usain Bolt has taken a giant stride to becoming a professional footballer with the Central Coast Mariners confirming the Jamaican will join the club for an indefinite training period.
The gentle pleasures of watching football in the Scottish Borders – The Guardian
Take a wander through the Lowland League with Gala Fairydean Rovers, Hawick Royal Albert, Whitehill Welfare and others.