VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
CHICAGO FIRE vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #16
SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2017, 4:00 PM
TOYOTA PARK, BRIDGEVIEW, IL.
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Caps’ work around the net — at both ends of the park — still needs polish – The Province
With two big games in the next 10 days facing the Whitecaps, let’s take another look at Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Minnesota United.
John Ruddy has MLS interest, Vancouver among suitors: Source – Metro
John Ruddy has interest in MLS and the English international could be landing in the league potentially this summer, a league source tells Metro Ruddy is currently out of contract this summer, the former Norwich City goalkeeper fielding interest from the English Premier League as well as showing some intrigue in a move to MLS.
Nobody’s laughing at the Fire now — they’re the best team in Chicago – Chicago Tribune
The Fire are the best team in Chicago sports. Period. Chicago soccer fans have been waiting for the city and the sports media culture to acknowledge it. And I don’t think we’ll have to wait too long.
2017 US Open Cup Round of 16 Previews: Tuesday and Wednesday, June 27-28 – MLS
The tournament’s defending champions kick off this round of the Open Cup by welcoming an MLS Western Conference counterpart on Tuesday night, a matchup of two teams in need of some momentum. FC Dallas have won just once in their last eight league games, while the Rapids have seen a three-game home winning streak dissolve into back-to-back losses.
Timbers use TAM to sign defender Larrys Mabiala – SBI
The Portland Timbers need defensive help, and it appears they’ve found their reinforcement. The Timbers announced the signing of Congolese central defender Larrys Mabiala on Monday, using Targeted Allocation Money to secure the services of the former Paris Saint Germain defender.
Real Salt Lake part ways with director of goalkeeping Daryl Shore – MLS
Real Salt Lake on Monday announced that the club has parted ways with assistant coach Daryl Shore, who served as director of goalkeeping for the club.
More than 50,000 fans expected at Stanford Stadium for California Clásico in Rivalry Week Edición Especial – LA Galaxy
With a Rivalry Edición Especial featuring the LA Galaxy against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, July 1 (7:30 p.m. PT, Univision/facebook.com), a heartstopping California Clásico at Stanford Stadium will showcase two clubs who have been duking it out since the inaugural MLS season.
FC Dallas won’t repeat mistakes made with Freddy Adu while developing 17-year-old Paxton Pomykal – Sportsday
MLS made a mistake with Freddy Adu. FC Dallas has no plans to repeat that mistake with Paxton Pomykal.
A Soccer Factory in Football’s Heartland: ‘It’s Like It’s Europe or Something’ – Bleacher Report
It took Jesus Ferreira just 18 minutes to become Major League Soccer’s youngest goal scorer since Freddy Adu. The 16-year-old phenom, the son of former league MVP David Ferreira, made his debut for FC Dallas’ first team June 3, entering a match against Real Salt Lake in the 71st minute. A little more than a quarter-hour later, he demonstrated why there’s so much excitement about an attacker who’s too young to vote, deftly taking down a cross and calmly finishing past onrushing RSL keeper Matt Van Oekel.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Residency Week 2017: Whitecaps U16s advance, but U18s crash out after tense day at USSDA playoffs – AFTN
It was a day of tension and mixed results for Vancouver Whitecaps’ Residency teams on the final day of group games at the USSDA playoffs at a wild, wet, and windy Westfield in Indiana.
Academy Playoffs: U-16s advance to the quarterfinals – Whitecaps FC
The younger ‘Caps pulled out a nail-biting 3-2 victory over LA Galaxy Academy to win Group C and advance to the quarterfinals, to be played next Thursday, July 6.
Highlanders Concede 3-1 defeat to Rovers – Highlanders FC
You wait three years for a Juan de Fuca Plate match and then you get two within three days. Thankfully this one had more excitement than Friday’s PDL Game of the Week snoozefest, although a scoreless and less than stellar first half from both teams didn’t have hopes raised for what was to come.
‘He lived for soccer’: Dylan Buckle murdered in Lund – CBC
21-year-old was a volunteer firefighter and wanted to join the Canadian navy, says mother Terry Buckle.
Hagen Herold, Matthew Miller first players in years to win B.C. scholarships coming from same town – Sooke News Mirror
Two Sooke Soccer Club youth players have done what few have achieved in B.C. The pair – Hagen Herold and Matthew Miller – are the first players in more than 20 years to win $1,000 B.C. Soccer scholarships in the same year and coming from the same town.
Video: Largest outdoor Parkour park in Canada opens in Langley City Thursday, June 29 – Abbotsford News
The park has another first, a European-design multi-purpose sports plaza that can accommodate several sports, including basketball, ball hockey and mini-soccer.
BC Soccer to Host the Annual Referee Assessors and Instructors Symposium at the BC Soccer Provincial Championships – BCSA
Three BC Soccer Youth Provincial Championships will play host to the Annual Referee Assessors and Instructors Symposium on July 6-9, 2017. The Les Sinnott Memorial Boys Cup Championship, Girls B Cup Championship, and the A Cup Championships will all include on-field and in classroom education sessions for referees.
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.
PDL PHOTOS: TSS Rovers 2 Lane Utd. 2, May 12, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
3V3 LIVE NATIONAL SOCCER TOUR COMES TO ABBOTSFORD – 3v3 Live Canada
3v3 Live Soccer Tour and Holbrook Sports Management are excited to announce the expansion of the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour into the Canadian soccer market. With the first event previously announced to take place on the August 19/20 weekend in Surrey, BC, the 3v3 Soccer Tour will expand to Abbotsford, BC, on August 20 and will include men’s and women’s open divisions.
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.
REVIEW: The Miracle Mile. Stories of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games – BC BookLook
Author Jason Beck is curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame in BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, and convenor two years ago of an excellent exhibition about the 1954 Games. In his first book, he proves to be a meticulous researcher, a compelling story-teller, and a crafty realist who knows how to hook his readers. Watch how, two pages into the book, he uses filmic technique to evoke the arriving athletes’ youthful buzz and give period colouring and costuming, but then smartly moves his camera in to introduce his stars.
TSS Rovers launch website & 2017 Season Ticket Campaign – TSS Rovers
TSS FC Rovers play their inaugural season in the PDL at iconic Swangard Stadium. Season Tickets are $70 for Adults, $49 for U12 Youth.
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.
Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on sale – Highlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!
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
Canada selects dynamic squad for 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup – CSA
Canada Soccer have announced their official 23-man squad for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial confederation championship that runs 7-26 July across 14 cities in the United States. Head coach Octavio Zambrano has selected the squad that will meet in Alliston, ON this 28 June for a pre-tournament camp ahead of the opening match in Harrison, NJ on 7 July.
Voyageurs Cup to be awarded as rivals clash in Canadian Championship Final Tuesday night – CSA
Toronto FC will host the Montreal Impact in the second leg of the Canadian Championship Final Tuesday, June 27 at BMO Field in Toronto. Despite a 1-1 draw in the opening leg, Toronto lead the two-game aggregate score series with an all-important away goal.
Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact | 2017 Canadian Championship Final Preview – MLS
401 Derby bragging rights, the Voyageurs Cup trophy, the title of national champions and a shot at a berth in CONCACAF Champions League are on the line when Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact renew their intense rivalry in the second and decisive leg of the 2017 Canadian Championship on Tuesday at BMO Field.
Toronto FC knows struggling Impact will give it everything: ‘This match becomes pivotal moment’ – Toronto Sun
Toronto FC’s bitter rival enters Tuesday night’s Canadian Championship final desperate to turn around a season that, to this point, has gone awry.
Pressure is on Montreal Impact in Voyageurs Cup final second leg against Toronto FC – Waking the Red
It’ll be an emotional night at BMO Field, but the mission is clear for the Reds.
It doesn’t look good for the Impact heading into Toronto – Montreal Gazette
The Impact and Toronto FC tied 1-1 in Game 1 of the two-game, aggregate-goals series last Wednesday night at Saputo Stadium and since away goals are used as the first tie-breaker, TFC has the upper hand. The Impact are also coming off an embarrassing 4-1 Major League Soccer loss in Columbus on Saturday night, while TFC beat the New England Revolution 2-0 Friday night at BMO Field.
Playoff ends for Montreal Impact Development Academy teams – Montreal Impact
Both Montreal Impact Development Academy teams ended their playoff run Monday, in their last game of the group phase, in Indianapolis.
Sounders U23 drop two close ones in Calgary – GoalWA
he Sounders U23 team hit a tough patch in the 2017 PDL schedule losing to Calgary Foothills by a goal twice this past weekend in Calgary.
Italian Canadian HandiCapable Association celebrates 30 years – Windsor Star
A father’s love inspired Egidio Novelletto to take a handful of kids with intellectual challenges and show them how to play soccer.
Tickets on sale for #CanadaRED international soccer match in Toronto – CSA
Red, rouge, rosso, vermelho, rojo: no matter how you say it, Canadian supporters are asked to wear their #CanadaRED when Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team faces CONCACAF rivals Jamaica to close out the 2017 Summer of Soccer. The Men’s International Friendly match will give soccer fans a chance to show their Canadian pride when Canada returns to BMO Field in Toronto this Saturday 2 September.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 vs. SOUNDERS 2
SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2017, 3:00 PM
McLEOD ATHLETIC PARK, LANGLEY, BC
USL Rewind: Battery’s Williams takes scoring lead – Soccer America
Romario Williams took over the league scoring lead by netting twice and teammate Dante Marini matched that output for his first two goals of the season in a 6-1 Charleston demolition of Toronto FC II at MUSC Health Stadium.
“It’s a dream come true” – Jamar Dixon – Ottawa Fury
The Ottawa native midfielder scored his first goal in Fury FC colours against New York.
USL Match Preview – #TULvSPR – USL
Tulsa Roughnecks FC return to action as it welcomes the Swope Park Rangers to ONEOK Field on Tuesday night with the Roughnecks looking to jump back into the top eight, and the Rangers aiming to build on their four-game undefeated streak.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Ohai out for rest of 2017 with torn ACL – The Equalizer
The Houston Dash and Kealia Ohai both announced today that the forward tore her left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus this weekend while playing in Orlando. She will miss the remainder of the 2017 season as she recovers from the injury.
NWSL Rewind: Ohai ‘devastated’ by knee injury – Soccer America
Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai, who tied for the most goals in the NWSL with 11 in 2016, was lost for the rest of the 2017 season.
Portland Thorns fan support is unlike anything else in women’s soccer – Washington Post
The energy. The atmosphere. The roar of the 20,674 fans at Providence Park on March 8, 2014. All of it hit Emily Menges as she watched the Portland Timbers’ home opener from a suite. She would be playing in this same arena in about two months, and the fan support for the Timbers of the MLS was insane.
An equal playing field, atop a mountain – FIFA
Achieving gender equality is a daily challenge, and one which is embodied by many metaphors. ‘A long journey’, or ‘a balancing of the scales’. How about ‘climbing a mountain’? The Equal Playing Field (EPF) Initiative have taken this particular analogy and made it come to life. A brave group of women climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa’s highest peak, and played the highest altitude game of football in history.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Political football: Leaked Garcia report heaps more pressure on Qatar – Inside World Football
The first story of what Bild promises will be a series of exclusives focuses on Qatar and its winning bid for the 2022 World Cup. It is sketchy in detail but Bild promises more in tomorrow’s edition.
Fifa’s secret report into World Cup 2018 and 2022 bidding to be leaked – The Guardian
Qatar’s successful bid for the 2022 World Cup looks set to become mired in fresh controversy after the leaking of a secret Fifa report into the 2010 bidding contests. That highly controversial process saw Russia beat several European bids, including England’s, to win the right to host the 2018 World Cup and the wealthy Gulf state overcome the likes of the United States for 2022.
FIFA statement on recent media coverage regarding the “Garcia Report” – FIFA
The new chairpersons of the independent Ethics Committee, Maria Claudia Rojas of the investigatory chamber and Vassilios Skouris of the adjudicatory chamber, have decided to publish the Report on the Inquiry into the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup Bidding Process (the so-called “Garcia Report”). (Editor’s Note: Complete text of the previously secret report can be found here.)
FIFA accepts video reviews must improve after Russia – Sportsnet
Refereeing at the Confederations Cup in Russia may have been chaotic at times, but Video Assistant Referees have prevented major mistakes from being made, football’s governing body says.
Confederations Cup: Portugal-Chile Preview – FIFA
The reigning European champions meet the reigning two-time Copa America champions at the Kazan Arena at 21:00 (local time) on Wednesday to fight it out for a place in the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017.
Confederations Cup Preview: Germany v Mexico – FIFA
The second semi-final of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 sees reigning world champions Germany take on CONCACAF kings Mexico. Both sides are unbeaten in the competition, having scored two wins and a draw each in their three group matches.
U21 Euro: Semi-finals preview: England v Germany, Spain v Italy – UEFA
England face Germany and Spain play Italy in Tuesday’s U21 EURO semis – we look at the possible line-ups, hear from the coaches and come up with some killer facts.
Donnarumma shuts down Milan questions at Italy press conference amid social media ‘uproar’ – SN
Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma refused to answer questions related to his club future at a press conference on Monday and has apologised for the ‘uproar created around him.
Henry Onyekuru: Everton close to signing Nigeria striker – BBC Sport
Onyekuru, 20, scored 22 goals for the Belgian top-flight club last season and has been linked with Arsenal, West Ham United and clubs throughout Europe.
Sochi more holiday destination than football venue, with stadium set to fail – ESPN FC
Beyond the World Cup, Sochi risks becoming a city with some of the most spectacular sporting facilities in the world but nobody to use them.
Miracle footballer ‘played with one lung’ – SN
A Croatia international who played in Italy has revealed that he performed for a number of years with just one lung. Former Pescara striker Ante Vukusic says that he had been playing football for years without realising that he had a problem with his organs.
Fan protests spur Fiorentina owners to put club up for sale – Sportsnet
The owners of two-time Serie A champion Fiorentina have announced they are putting the club up for sale due to fan protests.
The Soccer Teams That Put The Most Bums In Seats – Forbes
The money coming directly from paying customers has climbed as attendances have generally increased along with ticket prices. However, the share generated by the paying spectator has declined significantly. Three decades ago ticket prices might have accounted for 80 to 90% of a team’s revenue – now it is more likely to range between 20 to 30%.
J-League nets La Liga partnership – SportsPro Media
The agreement, which is part of La Liga’s continued international expansion, will see the two institutions share information on matters such as management, stadium security, the promotion of women’s soccer and the battle against piracy.
Safe standing in English football edges closer after Shrewsbury Town apply to install rail seating – The Telegraph
So-called safe standing is set to be introduced to English football for the first time after Shrewsbury Town applied to install rail seating at their ground.
Football’s Future: What happens when Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo retire? – SN
There’s been a redefinition of ‘great’ and ‘greatest’. But what happens to football when the duo who have helped shape what it has become are no longer around? For a sportsperson to exact superiority over all others over a period of months or even a year is a mammoth task. But for two players to obliterate any opposition to their dominance over a decade isn’t just extraordinary; it distorts the understanding of what is generally possible.