VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
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VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. L.A. GALAXY
SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017, 7:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
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Back injury didn’t dull Whitecaps goalkeeper coach Stewart Kerr’s soccer passion – Medicine Hat News
Stewart Kerr had no idea what do with himself. A goalkeeper with Scottish giant Celtic for a decade, he had just been forced to retire at age 26 because of a crippling back injury that resulted in two discs being surgically removed.
LA Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget to undergo foot surgery – LA Galaxy
After additional tests Monday, it has been determined that LA Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget sustained a Lisfranc injury during U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup Qualifier against Honduras Friday, March 24 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
LA Galaxy approaching full fitness ahead of Vancouver: “We’re getting close” – LA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy are approaching full fitness per head coach Curt Onalfo. As the Galaxy prepare for Saturday’s road match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Ashley Cole (calf), Giovani dos Santos (hamstring), and Gyasi Zardes (knee) were all participating in full training. Goalkeeper Brian Rowe (shoulder) also took part in full practice.
Bastian Schweinsteiger to land in Chicago Tuesday, meet media Wednesday – MLS
One week after he officially joined the Fire, Bastian Schweinsteiger will arrive in Chicago on Tuesday night.
Former Sheridan star happy to play at home for Toronto FC – Toronto Star
Raheem Edwards had decided to focus on his education until a dream season put his career on the fast track.
New York Red Bulls Add Bradley Carnell to Coaching Staff – NYRB
The New York Red Bulls announced today that Bradley Carnell has been named as an assistant coach. The former South African international will join Jesse Marsch’s staff immediately.
Futbol instead of football? What next for cities abandoned by NFL teams? – USA Today
One example of a city recovering after the loss of a major-league team is Seattle, which was abandoned by the NBA SuperSonics in 2008. In 2009, an MLS expansion team, the Sounders, began play there and sold out of 22,000 season tickets.
BBC commentator Alan Green lands broadcasting job at MLS side Atlanta United – The Telegraph
Atlanta United, the Major League Soccer expansion team, have landed a major coup by signing veteran BBC broadcaster Alan Green as their play-by-play commentator.
Metro Soccer: Meet the World’s First Soccer Pitch / Transit Stop – MLS Multiplex
Bringing the beautiful game to a unique space that was otherwise under-used, this transit stop in Atlanta offers a new inner-city soccer option.
Ex-MLS ‘keeper Tally Hall sworn in as Orlando Police Department officer – MLS
Former Orlando City goalkeeper Tally Hall joined a different Orlando team last week, when he was officially sworn in as an officer in the Orlando Police Department.
MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 Toronto FC 2, March 18, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Cascades men’s soccer program signs three from the U.K. – UFV
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer program has extended its recruiting reach across the Atlantic, signing a trio of players from the United Kingdom.
WolfPack Men’s Soccer Goes To Vernon via Williams Lake For Recruit – TRU
It has become almost an annual tradition for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer program. That is to sign a recruit from Vernon, BC and the Thompson Okanagan Football Club.
Gorge FC a goal shy of B.C. berth – Saanich News
Gorge FC’s top men’s side proved its on the rise once again, but fell a goal shy of qualifying for the Province Cup.
SOCIAL ROUND-UP: ‘Caps host successful Academy Centre Combine – Whitecaps FC
During the past week, Vancouver Whitecaps FC welcomed U-13 and U-14 boys and girls players from the club’s youth partners across Canada to participate in the first ever Academy Centre Combine.
SFU shut out by UBC as visitors take victory– The Peak
SFU men’s soccer was unable to find a way past UBC goalkeeper Chad Bush on Friday night, as the Thunderbirds produced a solid defensive display to leave Burnaby Mountain with a 2–0 victory.
Soccer Academy headed to Eugene Reimer Middle School – Abbotsford School District
The Board of Education approved the Eugene Reimer Middle Soccer Academy at the March 7th board meeting. The academy will be for students in grades six through eight, competing in the U11-U14 range.
Norfolk claims Soccer Quest co-ed title – Kamloops This Week
Norfolk edged Just the Tip 4-3 in penalty kicks in the Soccer Quest Fresh Is Best Co-ed League final on Saturday.
A year of change in the Evergreen Premier League – GoalWA
The Evergreen Premier League kicks off its fourth season of play on Sunday April 30th. The elite statewide men’s soccer competition which resides unofficially in the fourth division of US Soccer has seen an off-season of change that will carry over and shape the new campaign.
BC Soccer Assoc. Scholarships – BCSA
BC Soccer is proud to award scholarships every year to players and referees proceeding on to post-secondary education. The Scholarships are presented at a special Scholarship Celebration at a Whitecaps FC match in June/July each year. Applications must be received by the British Columbia Soccer Association Office by March 31st.
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.
BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting 2016-2017 Awards Nominations – BCSA
We are pleased to inform everyone that BC soccer Assoc. is currently accepting Awards nominations until the submission deadline date of March 31, 2017. Selection of the award recipients is based on many factors including the individual’s commitment, community involvement and willingness to give back to the game. This year any BC Soccer Assoc. member and their affiliate clubs may submit a nomination.
2017 BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June, 2017 (following the BC Soccer Annual General Meeting).
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.
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.
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
‘Original Six’ cities for Canadian Premier League revealed in Halifax documents – Waking the Red
Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Hamilton and Halifax. That’s what the Canadian Premier League is going to look like – at least to begin with.
Canada looks for second win at Qatar U-23 series – CSA
Fresh from a 1:0 win over Uzbekistan, the Men’s National U-23 Team will face host Qatar in their second match at a U-23 series in Doha on 28 March 2017. Octavio Zambrano, newly-appointed Head Coach of the Men’s National Team Program, will look to build on the team’s success and confidence throughout this eight-day camp in Asia.
Octavio Zambrano visits Qatar, already planning strategy to get back for World Cup – CFJC
Just days into his job as head coach of Canadian men’s national team program, Octavio Zambrano finds himself in Qatar — site of the 2022 World Cup and hopefully his team’s ultimate destination.
Veteran ‘keeper Erin McLeod returns to pitch as recovery from knee injury continues – CBC
One year on from suffering a third serious knee injury, veteran Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod is back.
Ontario Soccer announces launch of pilot Ontario Academy Soccer League – Ontario Soccer
Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce the launch of the new Ontario Academy Soccer League (OASL), as a two-year pilot program in the province. This strategic initiative will develop and implement a separate Academy soccer stream, made up of private academies, which can be aligned with Ontario Soccer’s player development pathway.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
RENO 1868 vs. WFC2
SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017, 7:00 PM
GREATER NEVADA FIELD, RENO, NV.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK | San Francisco Deltas Midfielder Kyle Bekker – NASL
Canadian international scores first NASL goal for the Deltas in 1-1 draw against Indy.
FC Edmonton’s Focus Shifts To Season Opener After Successful Trip To Manchester– NASL
Preparation for FC Edmonton’s NASL season opener in Jacksonville on Sunday, April 2, hits high gear as the Eddies resume training following their return from a challenging and rewarding four-match preseason in Manchester, England.
USL Weekend Rewind: Week 1 – SBI
The USL returns in 2017 as a Division 2 league seeking to impress, and it succeeded in Week 1 with some highly entertaining matches.
Ottawa Fury FC Unveils TV and Radio Deals – USL
Ottawa Fury FC fans will have unprecedented access to pro soccer in the nation’s capital this season. All Fury FC home and away matches are available on TV, radio (English and French) and online stream coupled with in-depth and behind the scenes coverage on the club’s social media channels.
SF Deltas’ Saalih Muhammad suffers season-ending injury – SF Gate
Richmond, California native Saalih Muhammad, one of four players invited to training camp after the SF Deltas open tryout in November, tore his Achilles tendon during a routine workout on Saturday morning, just hours before the SF Deltas first home game ever at Kezar Stadium.
How Jake Edwards became a key figure in US soccer – with help of Saint and Greavsie – The Telegraph
Edwards, 40, is the president of the United Soccer League, which kicked off last weekend emboldened by its recent sanction of division two status by the United States Soccer Federation.
How brilliant is Rosengård’s Marta? – UEFA
Considered one of the world’s top women players since her teenage breakthrough in 2004 and showing no signs of fading, we salute brilliant Brazilian Marta as she aims for another European title.
Why Alex Morgan will Benefit from Playing in Europe – The Mane Land
Alex Morgan’s recent goal-scoring success for Lyon should be a welcome sight to Orlando Pride supporters.
Division 1 Féminine – Matchday 17 Review: FC Metz look to pull off a surprising comeback – Vavel
With only five games to go, the team that up until now looked most likely tog o down, have given themselves a fighting chance of surviving relegation.
Lloyd shines for City, Fiorentina on course for title – FIFA
Olympique Lyon are one step closer to defending their UEFA Women’s Champions League title. The French giants will seek to make the most of home advantage in the return leg of their quarter-final after beating Wolfsburg 2-0 on the road in the first leg. Elsewhere in Europe’s premier club competition, Carli Lloyd made an instant impact for Manchester City, scoring the only goal in a victory against Fortuna Hjorring. Meanwhile Turbine Potsdam retained top spot in Germany’s Bundesliga while Fiorentina pulled away from their rivals in Italy.
Injured Morgan Brian out of USWNT camp – The Equalizer
The knee injury suffered by Morgan Brian during the SheBelieves Cup will keep her from joining the United States for its camp that opens later this week and the two friendlies against Russia on April 6 and 9.
Heffernan delighted to step up after first Youths win – Irish WNL
Wexford Youths manager Laura Hefffernan was unsurprisingly a happy manager after watching her charges eke out a 2-0 win against Galway in their Continental Tyres Women’s National League season opener in Ferrycarrig Park.
T&T senior Women players secure retainers – Trinidad Express
Eight Trinidad and Tobago national senior women footballers have received retainer contracts from the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).
Motherhood & football a winning blend for Iceland’s skipper – FIFA
With careers in top-level football notoriously short, time is precious. As such, for most players, the thought of dropping out of the game for a full year would be the stuff of nightmares.
Revealed: Britain’s first black female footballer after case of mistaken identity – The Guardian
Emma Clarke, who was playing in the 1890s, has been established as Britain’s first black female footballer and her remarkable story is being brought to life in a play.
CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Honduras faces Costa Rica, Mexico visits Trinidad and Tobago – SBI
With the top three teams set to take on the bottom three in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, Tuesday’s games could go a long way towards determining who makes it out of the Hex and into Russia.
Argentina star Messi slapped with four-game ban hours before Bolivia clash – SN
Lionel Messi will miss Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Bolivia after being slapped with a four-game ban for a foul-mouthed rant at a match official.
CONMEBOL WCQ: Venezuela, Bolivia teetering on elimination – NBC Sports
CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying is always a challenge, and this World Cup cycle is no different.
Iran, Japan and South Korea victorious in AFC World Cup qualifiers – ESPN FC
Iran moved to within a single victory of the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over China in front of 100,000 fans at the Azadi Stadium.
UAE coach quits after World Cup qualifying defeat – Four Four Two
Defeat to Australia in Sydney has prompted Mahdi Ali to end his five-year tenure as United Arab Emirates coach.
Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann reiterates his desire to stay at Atletico Madrid – The Independent
Antoine Griezmann has reiterated that he is ‘happy’ at Atletico Madrid, despite Diego Simeone casting doubt on his future last week.
Fabinho: ‘Ligue 1 is our priority’ – Ligue 1
Monaco midfielder Fabinho says the principality club’s priority is to lift the Ligue 1 title for the first time since 2000.
Liverpool rocked by Lallana injury blow ahead of Merseyside derby – SN
Liverpool’s preparations for Saturday’s Merseyside derby have been severely dented with Adam Lallana to miss the hosting of Everton with a thigh injury.
European clubs deny Champions League changes favour wealthy – Sportsnet
Champions League changes won’t favour the wealthiest clubs on the continent, according to European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Chinese Super League: Shanghai Shenhua stadium damaged by fire – BBC Sport
Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua’s Hongkou stadium has been damaged by a fire. There were no casualties reported after the incident on Tuesday morning.
Simon Weston launches Players Trust in bid to protect young footballers – The Guardian
A free service to protect young footballers and provide them with guidance throughout their careers was launched on Tuesday in Westminster by the Falklands veteran Simon Weston four months after the uncovering of the biggest sexual abuse scandal in the history of the sport.
The Long History of the Eternal Derby – Futbolgrad
Never before have I experienced first-hand, a fixture that is different in almost every conceivable way, as is Serbia’s Eternal Derby between the nation’s two biggest sides, Red Star Belgrade and Partizan Belgrade.
Striker Jermain Defoe turns vegan to prolong soccer career – Mississauga News
At an age when most soccer players are winding down, Jermain Defoe is enjoying a career revival. And the 34-year-old striker credits his endurance through trying to abide by a vegan diet.