BC Soccer News, Tuesday, May 1, 2018



FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018


Episode 263 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Taps-Aff) – AFTN
The questions everyone wanted answered after last week’s hammering in Kansas City was how would Vancouver Whitecaps’ players react and what kind of mood would the fans be in. After a week building up to it, we got some answers at BC Place on Friday night.

Franklin’s experience pays off for VancouverRed Nation Online
Vancouver right-back Sean Franklin, earned his first start for Whitecaps FC vs Real Salt Lake. His strong defensive presence was quickly noted. The 33 year-old did not put a foot wrong, and his level of MLS experience was just what Vancouver needed after being thrashed 6-0 by Sporting Kansas City a week prior.

Davies named to MLS Team of the Week after mesmerizing substitute appearanceWhitecaps FC
Alphonso Davies has been named to the MLS Team of the Week after a mesmerizing substitute appearance on Friday night in a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Real Salt Lake 0, April 27, 2018BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

MLS week in review: Beautiful Banc of California Stadium witnesses a home opening victorySalt Lake Tribune
The stadium is in the heart of Los Angeles, with its architecture framing views of the downtown skyline. Its lobby and suites capture the flashy side of LA — its top level even includes a wading pool — while the stands form a formidable fortress.

The MLS report: Homecoming week Philly Soccer Page
You have to applaud Vancouver Whitecaps’ dedication to a bold strategy. The Canadian club led the league with four red cards (including doubling down last week), but surprisingly couldn’t produce a victory. Instead of abandoning their gameplan, the Whitecaps committed to the approach. Head coach Carl Robinson had to have been pleased when he saw winger Cristian Techera remove his jersey during his goal celebration while already sitting on a yellow card.

The transfer window closes tonight!Columbus Crew
The transfer window is wide open for Major League Soccer clubs — for just a few more hours.

Toronto FC to be without Drew Moor, Jozy Altidore, says boss Greg VanneyESPN
Toronto FC defender Drew Moor will be out for up to three months, while Jozy Altidore will miss more than a week with injuries, coach Greg Vanney confirmed on Monday.

Victor Vazquez could be the key to Toronto FC finding their footing in MLS actionWaking the Red
Recent talk around Toronto FC circles has been all about who is missing. The injuries continue to pile up, and the outlook on a lot of them has gotten worse in recent days.

LAFC soccer team, MLS condemn fans’ chant of anti-gay slurUSA Today
The Los Angeles Football Club and Major League Soccer publicly condemned the use of an anti-gay slur that was used by some fans in Sunday’s inaugural home game against the Seattle Sounders.

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Whitecaps expand partnership with BC Soccer to now include U13 and U14 age groupsDelta Optimist
Beginning this fall, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will build on the current partnership with BC Soccer by providing further support at the U13 and U14 age groups within the BC Soccer Provincial Program.

Residency Report: Battle in CascadiaWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency teams headed south to face Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders FC on the weekend.

Carihi claims 22nd annual Investors Group CupCampbell River Mirror
Teams from the mainland and the Island vied to win the longest-running high school tournament in the province. All the teams played four games over two days. The opening game determined where each team were to progress. The winners went to the Cup side and the losing team went to the Plate side of the draw.

It’s the time of year again when the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) pays tribute to one of its pioneers, Mike Bartram.

The BCCSL hires Head Scheduler and forms Operations CommitteeBCCSL
The BC Coastal Soccer League (BCCSL) is pleased to confirm further additions to the staff and operations team, with the ultimate goal of enhancing and streamlining its professional operations.

Italian Day on the Drive deserves official civic status, just like Pride, Black History Month, and Lunar New YearGeorgia Straight
This week, Vancouver city council will vote on a motion to recognize Italian Heritage Month and Italian Day on the Drive as “official celebrations and observances”.

BC Soccer Assoc. Donates $10,000 to KidSportBCSA
BC Soccer is pleased to announce that for the Fourth consecutive year, they have made a $10,000 contribution to KidSport to get more kids off the sidelines and into the beautiful game.

Meet the 23 men who will fly the flag for Cascadia in LondonProst Amerika
The full squads for the ConIFA Football World Cup will be announced tomorrow but Prost Amerika can reveal the provisional squad who will represent Cascadia in the tournament for non FIFA nations. They will play three matches between May 31 and June 3. The Cascadia squad that will battle Isle of Man, Barawa and Tamil Eelam contains five teenagers.

2018 BC Adult Provincial Championships Schedule & ResultsBCSA
Schedules, Brackets & Results for the 2018 BC Provincial Championships.

TSS Rovers release Season Tickets for the 2018 season TSS Rovers
A great summer of soccer is in store at Swangard Stadium with the PDL & WPSL TSS Rovers. Season yickets are only $70.

Victoria Highlanders FC 2018 Season Tickets now on saleVictoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.

Canada’s College ID Camps set for Shawnigan Lake & Kingston, OntarioCanada College ID Camps
Our purpose is to provide a space where players grade 9-12 can connect with college coaches from all levels in Canada and the USA. We hope to assist in the promotion of youth players into environments which will challenge them academically and athletically after high school.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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.

FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

Becoming a BC Soccer RefereeBCSA
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 SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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Big crowd turns up to support FC Edmonton AcademyMontreal Gazette
For the record, Foothills FC defeated the FC Edmonton Academy 4-0 in the first leg of the Al (Alberta) Classico at Clarke Stadium on Sunday. What was important were the 3,205 fans who came out to take in the exhibition game, offering a sample of the appetite for the resurrection of the professional soccer franchise.

Al Classico: Proof that fans will “invest in Canadian rivalries”the11.ca
For soccer fans in Alberta, this was a lot more about than a single exhibition game. This “Al Classico” match was a platform to promote the Canadian Premier League, which kicks off in 2019.

Early Watson Strike Proves Key In North Miss Win Over AllianceLeague1 Ontario
A great finish by Watson (30′) in a one-on-one with the keeper proved the difference, as North Mississauga SC won 1-0 against newly-added League1 side, Alliance United FC.

Parents need to play a role in growing minor soccer in Stephenville, says co-president Susan GallantWestern Star
Tammy Scott found out through social media that the Stephenville Minor Soccer Association needed parents to lend a helping hand to keep children engaged in the sport.

Drinking with Supporters: Barton BattalionNorthern Starting XI
Today begins the 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.

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USL’s Week Ahead – Indy hosts Rivalry Week as FCC, Louisville VisitUSL
One of the new arrivals to the USL this season will be center stage in both of its outings to highlight Week 8 of the 2018 USL regular season, as Indy Eleven plays host to both FC Cincinnati and Louisville City FC at Lucas Oil Stadium.

USL MATCH PREVIEW | T2 vs. Sacramento Republic FC | May 2, 2018Timbers.com
T2 close out a three-match home stand when they play host to Sacramento Republic FC on Wednesday, May 2, at Providence Park.

Monarchs Held by 10-Man Las VegasUSL
Visitors put up strong rearguard action as opener at Zions Bank Stadium ends scoreless.

New York Cosmos owner makes US$500m proposal to US SoccerSportsPro Media
Rocco Commisso offers to rejuvenate NASL in return for assurances from soccer body.

Rocco’s Godfather Offer Could Galvanize Independent Pro Soccer In The USAMidfield Press
New York Cosmos owner Rocco Commisso will invest $500M into American pro soccer, on one condition – that the United States Soccer Federation needs to give his planned league a fair shot to succeed. Commisso is seeking a 10 year runway for the league to gain traction, and is at the same time looking for the USSF to detach itself from conflicts of interest with MLS and regulate its constituents as a “truly independent, unbiased governing body.”


The Week in Women’s Football: African World Cup qualifiers; CONCACAF U17 Championships cancelled; Gold Cup/WCQ announcementTribal Football
We look at the results of the first round of the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations, which doubles as the African Football Federation’s Women’s World Cup Qualifiers for the 2019 Finals.

Westfield Matildas abroad: NWSL wrapFFA
Following their exploits at the recent 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, a host of Westfield Matildas have begun their commitments in America’s National Women’s Soccer League.

NWSL Disciplinary Committee reviewing Ashlyn Harris incidentPro Soccer USA
The NWSL’s Disciplinary Committee is reviewing an incident between Orlando Pride goalkeeper Ashyln Harris and Seattle Reign forward Jodie Taylor.

Tobin Heath is making her way back from injuries Fox Sports
When a local comic book company transformed a few of Portland’s soccer stars into superheroes, Tobin Heath’s character got the ability to conjure energized skateboards and surfboards.

A more confident Ordega is finally finding her rhythm with the SpiritThe Equalizer
Officially, Washington Spirit forward Franny Ordega has scored 12 times in her NWSL career. Ask her teammate, Estelle Johnson, and she’ll tell you the number is much higher. Ordega puts the strike in striker.

We’ve turned it around – Shels’ striker Leanne KiernanIrish WNL
Goal machine Leanne Kiernan showed her international class on Sunday afternoon as her four goals ensured the Reds secured a comfortable 5-1 win over Limerick at the Markets Field.

Women’s FA Cup final: 40,000 tickets sold for Wembley showpieceBBC Sport
More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday’s Women’s FA Cup final, with Arsenal and Chelsea set to play in front of a competition-record crowd.

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UEFA Champions League Preview: Real Madrid hosts Bayern, Liverpool visits RomaSBI
The UEFA Champions League semifinals conclude this week with the fate of four teams hanging in the balance. One European heavyweight will see the exit from the competition, while two relative Cinderella stories will eventually be reduced to one.

‘Greedy’ Bayern aims for win in MadridNBC Sports
Real Madrid doesn’t need much to qualify for another UEFA Champions League final.

Stadio Olimpico will be an inferno: everyone here believes Roma can do itThe Guardian
The two late goals in the first leg at Anfield have given the Giallorossi hope they can repeat their Barcelona heroics and beat Liverpool to reach the Champions League final

Tottenham beats Watford 2-0, boost hopes of EPL top-4 finishLondon Free Press
Tottenham regained its five-point cushion over Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification by beating Watford 2-0 on Monday, with Harry Kane netting the second goal to keep alive his chances of being the English Premier League top scorer.

Calm before the storm? Infantino’s global calendar powwow fuels a love but still no detailInside World Football
Gianni Infantino’s grandiose plan to radically change the landscape of world football kicked into gear Monday when FIFA hosted initial talks with confederation leaders over investment proposals for two new competitions worth an estimated $25 billion.

Barcelona celebrates La Liga triumph in city paradeLondon Free Press
Barcelona players and coaches showed off the Spanish league and Copa del Rey trophies to the city and themselves in selfies in a victory parade on Monday.

Betis wins in La Liga to stay in race for Champions LeagueSportsnet
Real Betis defeated last-place Malaga 2-1 in the Spanish league on Monday to keep alive its hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

Mancini in talks with federation to become new Italy bossNBC Sports
The Italian football federation says it is in talks with Roberto Mancini about taking over the Azzurri’s vacant coaching job.

Steven Gerrard in Rangers frame after Graeme Murty sackedESPN
Rangers sacked caretaker manager Graeme Murty on Tuesday, clearing the way for Liverpool under-18s coach Steven Gerrard to lead the club.

FIFA picks 13 referees as World Cup video review specialistsSportsnet
FIFA says they will act “solely as Video Assistant Referees (VARs)” in four-man teams reviewing potential game-changing incidents at each of the 64 matches.

Mohamed Salah named writers’ Footballer of the YearBBC Sport
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year.

Chelsea Youth enjoy more FA Cup success but first team remains distant dreamESPN
Four years on, the overwhelming evidence is that Chelsea’s academy stars are more ready to win than most — at least at youth level. At the Emirates on Monday they secured a fifth consecutive FA Youth Cup triumph with a 7-1 aggregate thrashing of Arsenal, equalling the record set by Manchester United’s “Busby Babes” in the 1950s.

President Trump is actively hurting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada World Cup bidYahoo Sports
Whatever help Trump believes he’s contributing is more likely to backfire than actually buttress the bid. This isn’t a partisan point. And it isn’t even necessarily about the violation of FIFA rules — which are unlikely to result in significant punishment for the bid. This is about anti-American sentiment. The biggest issue with the United States-led bid is that it includes the United States.

Scorecard: Who’s supporting whom in World Cup 2026 bid raceSoccer America
Public declarations of support have been rare in recent weeks as the battle between United 2026 (USA, Canada and Mexico) and Morocco for the 2026 World Cup hosting rights winds down.

Referee attacked by Ethiopian footballers for goal decisionBBC
A referee has been attacked by players after making a controversial decision in Ethiopia’s football premier league.

FIFA advances African World Cup teams $2M for player bonusesSportsnet
FIFA will give five Africa soccer federations a $2 million advance each on World Cup prize money to pay player bonuses before the tournament in Russia.

Taking stock of Premier League managers in post-Wenger eraNBC Sports
As Sir Alex Ferguson pointed out Sunday in saluting Arsene Wenger, the days of long tenures are (mostly) done.

Disguised women get into Iranian football matchBBC
Donning beards and wigs, they disguised themselves as men so they could watch their team, Persepolis, play rivals Sepidrood at the Azadi stadium in Tehran last Friday.

Dortmund’s Şahin signs for Harvard Business SchoolInside World Football
Nuri Şahin has struck a blow for footballer-intellectuals, gaining admittance to the uber-prestigious Harvard Business School in the United States.

Demise of the match-day programme threatens treasured memoriesThe Guardian
The digital age is undermining an important match-day ritual and what was once the primary way for supporters to engage with the club as well as a welcome half-time distraction.

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