BC Soccer News, Tuesday, June 7, 2016




2nd LEG, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016, 7:00 PM




Vancouver Whitecaps vs Ottawa Fury FC | Canadian Championship Match PreviewMLS
In order to be able to defend their Amway Canadian Championship title, the Vancouver Whitecaps will first have to dig their way out of a two-goal hole in the second leg of their semifinal against the NASL’s Ottawa Fury FC, following their 2-0 loss in the first leg of the series last week.

Whitecaps likely need a shutout vs. Fury The Province
An away goal for Ottawa could well be the death blow for the Whitecaps on Wednesday. If the Fury score at B.C. Place, the Caps will need four to overcome the North American Soccer League club and avoid an embarrassing exit in this semifinal stage of the Amway Canadian Championship.

Fury eyes major upset over Whitecaps – Toronto Sun
The notion that Ottawa Fury FC could beat an MLS team in a two-game series, that a third-year North American Soccer League team could advance to a Canadian championship, must have seemed far fetched.

Panama full of praise for Blas Perez after historic brace in Copa America MLS
As the final whistle blew, Blas Perez dropped his knees onto the soggy pitch, crossed himself and hugged teammate Abdiel Arroyo around the waist.

Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC | Canadian Championship Match PreviewMLS
Toronto FC won the first leg, 4-2, putting them in the driver’s seat to advance. Montreal will need to make up the deficit they face without the services of Patrice Bernier, who was red-carded in first-half stoppage time for a two-footed challenge.

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Highlanders slow up PumasTimes Colonist
Victoria Highlanders coach Dave Dew quipped that maybe his team is the one that should be playing the Seattle Sounders of the MLS. The Highlanders defeated the Kitsap Pumas 4-1 in a United Soccer League Premier Development League game Sunday at Centennial Stadium.

Highlanders Caber Toss Pumas – Northern Starting XI
On a blistering hot day in BC’s capital, the Victoria Highlanders took the field against the Kitsap Pumas. The Highlanders had previously been destroyed by the Pumas during their opening match, only to have the result overturned because of Kitsap registering too many over-age players. With the first match having ended as a 3-o blow-out, Sunday’s match would serve as a great measuring stick of how far the Highlanders improved since coming together.

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
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.

Victoria Highlanders 2016 Season Tickets Now Available Select Your Seats
The Victoria Highlanders are ready to return to the PDL for 2016. BC Soccer Web encourages all soccer fans on Vancouver Island to get behind their team. Season tickets are now on sale and extremely affordable. Support Local Soccer!

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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Melissa Tancredi: “This is my last club season” The Equalizer
You’ll have to excuse Melissa Tancredi for a moment tonight as she plays in what could likely be her final home match representing the Canadian Women’s National Team. The 34 year-old may possibly hangup her boots in November following the conclusion of KIF Orebro’s season in Sweden’s Damallsvenskan League. Tancredi currently has 118 caps, 25 goals and 20 assists to her name. “This is my last club season,” said Tancredi. “This is my last national team season, yes.”

Uzbekistan next up as Canadian men’s soccer team fine-tunes Times Colonist
With regular starter Milan Borjan nursing an injured wrist, Simon Thomas of Victoria will likely get the start again tonight for his fourth career cap in goal when No. 93 Canada concludes its two-game men’s soccer exhibition set in Europe following the 1-1 tie Friday against No. 138 Azerbaijan.

Canada’s women’s soccer team looks to even score with Brazil in OttawaToronto Star
John Herdman’s squad will be looking for a win Tuesday night at TD Place after losing to the Olympic hosts 2-0 on Saturday in Toronto.

Women’s national soccer team has friendly focus Ottawa Sun
The Canadian side, bronze medalists at the Olympics four years ago, are looking to gain some momentum on the Road to Rio, with the Summer Olympics two months away. A 2-0 loss to Brazil on Saturday was not exactly a momentum builder.

Canadian women’s soccer team rubs shoulders with prime minister on Parliament Hill  – Daily Courier
The team was posing for a group photo in front of Parliament when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Carla Qualtrough, minister of sport and persons with disabilities, appeared from behind in a high-profile photo op that the players had not known about.

The Impact U18 and U16 reach the USSDA playoffsMontreal Impact
The Montreal Impact U18 and U16 finished their USSDA regular season and qualified for the playoffs, which will start on June 22 in Dallas, Texas.

NLSA hands out monthly honours The Telegram
Stefan Slaney and Malorie Harris have been named the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association (NLSA) players of the month for May.

Clippers Women Post First Win 4-1 At Expense Of North MissLeague 1 Ontario
Kingston Clippers women recorded their first ever League1 win on Sunday evening, beating North Mississauga Panthers 4-1 at Queen’s University, Tindall Field.

Rising Syrian refugee soccer star to represent Canada at World Youth Cup Ottawa Citizen
Ali Audy’s soccer dreams were born in Syria. Ten years later, he’s set to represent Canada at the World Youth Cup in Sweden as an Iraqi-born Syrian refugee this July.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport looks to make itself more relevant Globe & Mail
Beginning Monday in Toronto, the CIS will gather for the start of its three-day annual general meeting where its new chief executive officer will outline to the members bold new strategies aimed at taking university sport to a new level in Canada.




THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2016, 7:30 PM



USL Week 11 Recap: Colorado Springs Jumps Up the Table; NY, Louisville Top EastEmpire of Soccer
Week 11 in the USL saw big results and riveting finishes across the league when many eyeballs were diverted for the Copa America Centenario kickoff.

Spring Season Championship Left Wide Open After NASL Week 10beIN Sports
New York Cosmos left the title race to the final week of the Spring season after their loss to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Is Boise a soccer town or an event town? NWCN
Tweaking a much-discussed old football phrase here in the aftermath of Saturday night’s USL exhibition game between the Portland Timbers 2 and Swope Park Rangers of Kansas City.  In this case, is Boise a soccer town or an event town?

Are Miami FC’s European spending habits sustainable in second-division NASL? Four Four Two
Miami FC is splashing unprecedented cash on players to right the ship. Is management out of touch, or setting a new precedent?

Chicago could add second men’s professional soccer team Daily Herald
North American Soccer League commissioner Bill Peterson wonders if two teams would be enough for Chicago in the long run.

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The Week In Women’s Football: USA meets Japan as Brazil take on Canada; US saga rolls on – Tribal Football
NWSL took a break for international friendlies, with Japan visiting the U.S. and Brazil going to Ontario to play Canada. We also have an update on the conflict between the U.S. National Women’s National Team Union and their Federation, with a federal court ruling late last week.

Women’s Euro 2017: Pressure on Scotland Women to qualify Rachel Corsie
Rachel Corsie admits the pressure is now on Scotland Women to make amends for their thumping 4-0 home defeat to Iceland on Friday.

Women’s Friendly: Australia 1-1 New Zealand – AFC
Melbourne: Captain Lisa De Vanna scored as Australia national women’s team drew 1-1 with New Zealand in their final preparatory match before they head to Brazil for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Women Football Development Delights Sissoho Observer (Gambia)
The Female Football Coordinator at the Gambia Football Federation, Sainey Sissoho is quite happy with the progress of women’s football in The Gambia.

What we can learn from the US women’s soccer teamLibCom
I’m generally not a sports fan. But I’m also not one of those who dismisses professional athletes as “overpaid crybabies”. The leagues they work for are hugely profitable enterprises and – along with all the other employees with whom they share an industry – they produce the massive amount of wealth generated by professional sports.







How to Watch Copa America Centenario on TV in Canada BC Soccer Web
The Copa America Centenario kicks off on June 3 and runs through June 26 with the final at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. In Canada, you have three options for watching matches on TV.

Report: Copa America, Gold Cup to merge; to be held in U.S. SBI
The Copa America Centenario may not be a once in a lifetime opportunity for the U.S. ESPN is reporting that negotiations between CONMEBOL and CONCACAF are nearly complete as the two federations look to merge the Copa America and Gold Cup into one tournament. The tournament would reportedly be held every four years in the U.S. Discussions have reportedly been ongoing for at least a year.

Argentina win despite missing Lionel Messi, who could feature vs. Panama MLS
Despite missing their star man, Argentina started out their Copa América Centenario campaign on the right foot, defeating Chile, 2-1, in a thrilling re-match of last year’s final.

The Beautiful Game appears at the Copa Centenario Soccer America
Argentina and Chile — they dazzled. Stats don’t tell the whole story, but these stand out: Argentina completed 89 percent of its passes and Chile 88 percent. In total, the two teams successfully passed 770 times, while playing at high speed, attacking in waves, providing end-to-end action.

Hernan Gomez: “I felt like crying” after Panama’s maiden Copa America win MLS
Whatever happens in their remaining Group D matches, Panama’s national team have already made history.

U.S. Soccer faces must-win at Soldier Field CSN Chicago
It’s must-win time for U.S. Soccer. The men’s national team takes on Costa Rica at Soldier Field on Tuesday in the Copa America Centenario and, after dropping a 2-0 game to Colombia in the opener, it will be a must-win game.

Crunch time for USA as Jürgen Klinsmann tries to find a winning formulaThe Guardian
USA play Costa Rica in Chicago on Tuesday – and another defeat will see them all but eliminated. What – if any – changes will Klinsmann make?

Paraguay gearing up for must-win game, with or without Colombia’s Rodriguez MLS
The possible absence of James Rodriguez for Colombia for Tuesday’s Group A Copa America Centenario game is an advantage that Paraguay want to maximize.

Copa America Centenario on Univision Deportes Reaches 21.2 Million Total Viewers During Opening Weekend, Outperforming World Cup Group Stage by Double Digits Business Wire
Univision Deportes, the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) that includes UDN, the No. 1 Spanish-language sports network, delivered impressive ratings during the opening weekend of Copa America Centenario which kicked off on June 3rd with a match between USA and Colombia. Tournament to date, Copa America Centenario has reached 21.2 million Total Viewers 2+ and is averaging 2.9 million Total Viewers 2+ and 1.5 million Adults 18-49 per match. Compared to the 2014 World Cup tournament group stage, Copa America Centenario to date is up +14% among Total Viewers 2+ and +16% among Adults 18-49.

Why Copa America’s High Ticket Prices Are Leaving Some Stadiums EmptyVice Sports
Copa America Centenario finally kicked off this past weekend, and, so far, it is a tale of two tournaments. On the one hand are the anticipated matches, including every U.S., Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina game—despite the absence or injuries of the three biggest names, Messi, Neymar, and Suarez—that have been greeted with near-sellouts or, at the very least, large crowds. But Copa’s opening weekend was mostly…not this. For the most part, the weekend’s games were played in front of sparse crowds dotting massive stadiums.

Copa America in United States was a mistake – Uruguay FA chiefESPN FC
Uruguay Football Association president Wilmar Valdez said it was a “mistake” to play the Copa America Centenario in the United States. Valdez outlined his frustrations with the event after Copa America organisers in Glendale, Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium mistakenly played the Chilean national anthem instead of that of Uruguay before his country’s 3-1 loss to Mexico.

COPA AMERICA 2016 PHOTOS: Peru 1 Haiti 0, June 4, 2016BC Soccer Web
Bill Currie’s exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web from the Copa America Centenario.

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First Messi, now Neymar. Spanish courts show appetite for Barca’s tax evaders Inside World Football
Brazil and Barcelona striker Neymar faces his second prosecution this year for tax evasion. Having been convicted of tax fraud and ordered to pay €45.9 million in fines and back-taxes in March in Brazil, now Spanish prosecutors want him to go trial in their country.

Eva Carneiro settles constructive dismissal claim with Chelsea The Guardian
The former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro has agreed a settlement with the club over her claim of constructive dismissal, minutes before she was due to give testimony that was expected to be highly damaging.

Montoya ready to leave Barcelona despite Alves exitGoal
The Betis loanee, along with Cristian Tello and Alex Song, will restart his career with a new club while Denis Suarez’s return from Villarreal is not yet a done deal.

Hazard confirms desire to stay at Chelsea Vavel
Eden Hazard has confirmed his desire to stay at Chelsea FC, amid speculation linking him with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer.

Ahead of Euro 2016, more than 10,000 words cut from ‘Laws of the Game’ CTV News
More than 10,000 words have been cut from the “Laws of the Game” ahead of the European Championship, but don’t expect the changes to make the games in France any less controversial.

Euro 2016 venue by venue: France’s 10 stadiums for finals – BBC Sport
This month’s European Championship finals will be the biggest ever, with 51 games staged at 10 locations, including new stadiums in Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon and Nice.

AFC Wimbledon a ‘big step closer’ to their proposed relocation ESPN FC
AFC Wimbledon have taken a big step closer to their proposed relocation to Plough Lane after exchanging contracts for the sale of Kingsmeadow stadium to Chelsea.

Profile: Bristol Rovers promotion spinner Darrell Clarke The Football League Paper
WHEN Darrell Clarke returned to Bristol Rovers’ training ground in the summer of 2014, his first task was to tear down the ‘Clarke Out’ posters sellotaped to the gates. Two years, 57 victories and a double-promotion later, the man tainted by relegation and dismissed as the cheap option is already a legendary figure at the Memorial Ground.

Panini turned me into a chest-beating, shiny-chasing stickerhead – and I love it The Guardian
How a chance freebie at Wembley led to Euro 2016 collector heaven, the joy of swap shops and the search for a Gary Cahill swapsie.

Pele auction: Escape to Victory boots sell for £8,025 BBC Sport
The boots worn by Brazil legend Pele in the classic football film Escape to Victory have sold at auction for £8,025 in Los Angeles.

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