SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016
CENTURYLINK FIELD, SEATTLE, WA.
WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Kendall Waston Named to MLS Team of the Week – Eighty-Six Forever
Vancouver Whitecaps Center Back Kendall Waston is the first Whitecap to make it to an MLS Team of the Week in 2016. Waston was recognized for his outstanding performance against the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, one that saw the Whitecaps earn their first points of the season.
Parker embraces challenge of leading U.S. back to Olympics: ‘It would be an honour’ – Whitecaps FC
The stellar play of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC centre back during his rookie MLS season last year has shot the defender back into the international reckoning and following on from a mixed senior and U-23 national team camp in January, Parker was included in Andi Herzog’s 23-man U-23 roster for the upcoming Olympic qualifying playoff games against Colombia.
Top 2, Bottom 2:Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders – Prost Amerika
Blas Peres was brought in by Carl Robinson to be a game changer for this team, doesn’t matter if it is with his physical play, making the other team take stupid penalties or by scoring goals.
Houston Dynamo return to training with focus on Vancouver Whitecaps – Houston Dynamo
There’s no time to lament over what could have or should have been on Saturday. Not when the next challenge awaits in the form of a Vancouver Whitecaps side that is coming off of a huge road victory in Seattle.
PHOTO GALLERY: SEATTLE SOUNDERS 1 WHITECAPS FC 2, MARCH 20, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.
From MLS to Champions League – Eighty-Six Forever
The 2016 MLS season has just begun, but across the Atlantic the pinnacle of club soccer is rolling right along as the UEFA Champions League concluded its round of 16 play and the draw for the quarter finals has taken place. The next round will see massive stars taking on massive stars, and, if you look close enough, you may see a little bit of some Whitecaps in those players.
Called out: MLS referees have rough weekend, cost Toronto FC – Waking the Red
Poor refereeing has long been a criticism of Major League Soccer, and this weekend it may have cost Toronto FC a deserved away point.
VIDEO: Should the Brad Davis goal have been called back against Toronto FC? – MLS
MLSsoccer.com’s Brian Dunseth brings you 5 of the most controversial and talked about referee decisions in Week 3.
It’s high time MLS allowed use of instant replay – Toronto Sun
Major League Soccer already uses instant replay to assess referees throughout games.
MLS international call-ups for March FIFA window – MLS
Here’s a running list of MLS players called to their national teams for the March FIFA window. The list will be updated as squads are announced.
Collision course: MLS schedule vs. FIFA calendar – Washington Post
As soccer leagues around the world completed their weekend schedules, hundreds of players summoned for international duty dashed off to train stations and airports.
MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 3 – SBI
While some clubs earned their first wins of the season in Week 3 of MLS action, many more continued to struggle. Here’s a look at all 10 match stories and follow-up features from over the weekend on SBI.
Facing Adversity, Red Bulls Rediscover Chip On Their Shoulder – Empire of Soccer
In short, the Red Bulls looked all but doomed on Saturday night. However, after dropping two uncharacteristic defeats and facing tremendous adversity against the Houston Dynamo, it fell to head coach Jesse Marsch to challenge his players.
Can Tim Howard deal lift Colorado to prominence? – Soccer America
Along with a major jolt of publicity for the team and MLS, Howard’s transfer signifies a renewed commitment to Colorado’s success on the field. “If they put my face on a billboard, that doesn’t take care of a lot,” he said during the conference call. “Winning takes care of everything.”
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL Cup Finals are set – VISL
All four VISL Cup Finals will be held the weekend of April 2-3.
Vikes men win Keg Spring Cup, women finish second – UVic
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team won both of their games over the weekend to take first place at the Keg Spring Cup, hosted at Centennial Stadium from March 19-20, while the women’s team made it to the finals before falling to Trinity Western.
Epic semifinal win over UBC highlights strong showing for men’s soccer team at Keg Cup – UFV
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team built momentum for their 2016 Canada West campaign with a solid runner-up performance at the Keg Spring Cup in Victoria on the weekend.
TOFC Evaluation dates for U13 – U18 – TOFC
All dates at Department of National Defence Fields (DND) in Vernon, BC.
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!
BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting Candidates for its Board of Directors – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June 11, 2016. Prospective candidates are invited to review the information provided on the BC Soccer web site www.bcsoccer.net. Candidates who provide notice to BC Soccer Assoc. of their intent to stand for election by May 1, 2016 will have their applications circulated to the membership in early May.
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
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
FIFA 2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIYING
CANADA vs. MEXICO
FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016, 7:00 PM
B.C. PLACE, VANCOUVER, B.C.
TV: TSN 2
Tesho Akindele wary of Azteca challenge – Goal
The Canada attacker isn’t sure what to expect against Mexico in World Cup qualification but knows El Tri will provide a challenge.
Johnson, Henry, prepared to be in tough against Mexico – Red Nation Online
Canada has assembled in Vancouver this week as Benito Floro’s squad of 23-players prepare for a crucial World Cup Qualifying fixture against Mexico on Friday, March 25 at BC Place. 50,000 spectators are expected to pile in for what is slated to be an epic clash between CONCACAF rivals looking to solidify a spot at the top of Group A.
Burnley winger Scott Arfield thrilled to join Canada ahead of World Cup qualifier against Mexico at B.C. Place – The Province
Scott Arfield practised with his Canadian teammates for the first time Monday at B.C. Place. The Scottish-born Burnley winger, who was eligible for Canada through his Toronto-born dad, revealed that he’d made his mind up a year ago and was just waiting on the paperwork.
Professional soccer could work in Canada – The Manitoban
A Canadian Premier League might be on the way and there’s no reason why it wouldn’t succeed.
Canada Soccer and Allstate Canada team up on new multi-year partnership – CSA
Canada Soccer and Allstate Insurance Company of Canada kicked-off a massive week for Canadian soccer by announcing a new multi-year partnership, which will see Allstate Canada and its Agents across the country lending their support to Canadian soccer at every level. With the announcement, Allstate Canada becomes the official Home and Auto Insurance partner of Canada Soccer.
NDP pledges $125M to build, renovate Manitoba recreational facilities – CBC Manitoba
James Allum pledged more outdoor soccer pitches in partnership with the Winnipeg Soccer Federation, including a new field at Red River College’s Notre Dame campus and two at Kilcona Park. He said existing work on the St. James Civic Centre and the Dakota Collegiate field would also be completed.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
2016 USL regular season kicks off this weekend with exciting new teams and players – LA Galaxy
The 2016 season will see another step up in competition on the field in the USL, which in the past 12 months has seen the league’s players feature in both CONCACAF World Cup Qualification and the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Players who have competed in the USL represented both the United States and Canada at the full, U23 and U20 levels internationally in the past 12 months, highlighting the outstanding talent throughout the league.
Joe Cole offered one-year deal by Tampa Bay Rowdies – source – ESPN UK
Former West Ham, Chelsea, Liverpool and England midfielder Joe Cole has agreed a deal to join North American Soccer League (NASL) side Tampa Bay Rowdies, a source has told ESPN FC.
Sounders FC 2 sets expectations for sophomore season – Sounders FC
Seattle Sounders FC 2 begins its 2016 USL campaign on Friday, March 25 (7:30 p.m. PT) at Starfire Sports, the club’s second since its inception in October 2014. Following a successful maiden voyage with a playoff appearance and two players ultimately signed to first-team contracts, S2 will be looking to advance its developmental purpose and process.
Albuquerque Aims For Pro Soccer In 2018 – Midfield Press
Ron Patel, co-owner of Albuquerque Sol FC, intends to bring professional soccer to ABQ by 2018. The 900,000 person strong Albuquerque metro area has several ingredients for pro soccer success in its favor, with a large latino population, no major league sports teams and only AAA baseball for a soccer club to compete with.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Women’s Champions League quarter-final preview – UEFA
Can Wolfsburg, FFC Frankfurt, Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain set up all-German and French semi-finals? Brescia, Rosengård, Slavia Praha and Barcelona have other ideas.
Pěničková and Slavia thrilled by Lyon meeting – UEFA
Last year Slavia Praha captain Blanka Pěničková was commentating on Lyon’s players, but as the clubs now meet she admits: “I never thought I would have a chance to play against them.”
2016 FAWSL Preview: Part I – The Equalizer
When the FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL) in England launched in 2011, the idea was to add more competition to the English domestic calendar, create a sustainable and high performing league, and develop a bigger and stronger pool of players eligible for the national team.
Women’s Super League: Can Chelsea again finish top in ‘unpredictable’ competition? – BBC Sport
The Women’s Super League One season kicks off this week, with Chelsea hoping to retain the title they secured in dramatic fashion 170 days ago.
Women’s Super League: our team-by-team guide – The Guardian
From Arsenal to Sunderland, the contenders and pretenders as the new season beckons – with England’s Karen Carney bound to make a big impact with champions Chelsea following her move from Birmingham.
WSL 2 – Week One Preview: Early statements to be made? – Vavel
It’s that time of the year when the FAWSL swings into action, and the first week of the new WSL 2 campaign promises to be as action-packed as any as teams prepare to play two games in the opening week.
FFA announces Dolan Warren Awards 2016 – Westfield W-League
The joint awards night for the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League will be renamed the “Dolan Warren Awards 2016”, which will celebrate the Julie Dolan Medal and Johnny Warren Medal for the top players of the Westfield W-League and Hyundai A-League respectively.
NWSL preseason schedule: Team-by-team – The Equalizer
Preseason is underway for teams in the National Women’s Soccer League, which means the excitement of the new campaign is just around the corner.
The Sexism in Pro Tennis Still Pales in Comparison to Soccer – Slate
It’s been a rich two days for the intersection of tennis and gender politics. Since Sunday, when Indian Wells CEO Raymond Moore declared that he wants to come back as a female tennis player in his next life because they “ride on the coattails of the men,” top tennis players past and present have spoken up in response, seizing the opportunity to both defend the athletic accomplishments of women and commend them for playing through their menstrual cycles.
Notts County’s Carly Telford: we don’t want young keepers to get lost – The Guardian
The England No1 has helped design the first goalkeeping gloves specifically for women and thinks it is high time that Super League clubs maximised the use of full-time keeping coaches, females in particular.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Brussels in lockdown as terror attacks put Belgium vs Portugal match in doubt – Inside World Football
Next week’s friendly international Belgium – Portugal at Brussels’s King Baudouin Stadium may be cancelled after the Belgian capital was hit by terrorist attacks.
‘Football is not important today’ – Belgium cancel training due to Brussels explosions – Goal
Terror attacks in Brussels mean that the national team will not train as expected ahead of next Tuesday’s game against Portugal.