VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. CHICAGO FIRE
MLS MATCHDAY #12
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016, 7:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
TV: TSN 2 RADIO: TSN 1040 LIVESTREAM: TSN GO
Preview: Whitecaps FC host Chicago Fire in midweek affair at BC Place – Whitecaps FC
After an exciting 2-1 win over the defending MLS Cup champions, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4W-5L-2D) return to BC Place on Wednesday night for a midweek clash with Eastern Conference side Chicago Fire (1W-2L-4D).
Forward Masato Kudo repays faith of Whitecaps coach – Sportsnet
On Masato Kudo’s 26th birthday, his Vancouver Whitecaps teammates fêted him in the standard way of North American office culture: with a chocolate cake from Costco. Kudo’s boss, coach Carl Robinson, missed the celebration—he was speaking to reporters on the eve of a big game—but gave the Japanese striker a better gift: the opportunity to start the next day in a derby match in front of a sold-out crowd at BC Place. Kudo, in return, made the most of the opportunity.
Leading like a captain, new Morales gives Whitecaps new look – Edmonton Journal
When 5-foot-2 Cristian Techera attacked a cross and had a free header between defenders directly in front of goal and we thought we’d seen everything from the Vancouver Whitecaps, Pedro Morales made a game-saving tackle by sprinting 60 yards toward his own net to track down Diego Valeri and deprive the Portland Timber a late breakaway and potential tying goal on Saturday.
Vancouver Whitecaps continue to lead in early stages of 2016 Cascadia Cup – MLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps hold a slim lead on points over nearby rivals the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers in the Western Conference standings, but have a lot more cushion when it comes to this year’s Cascadia Cup.
Harvey set to become Whitecaps all time appearance leader – Red Nation Online
Jordan Harvey was acquired by the Vancouver Whitecaps for allocation money on July 7, 2011 from Philadelphia. On Wednesday at BC Place vs Chicago Fire, Harvey will pass Gershon Koffie for first place in Whitecaps all-time MLS regular season appearances with 134 appearances.
Carducci, McKendry, Serban called up to Canadian U-23 national team – Whitecaps FC
Three Vancouver Whitecaps FC players have been called up to the Canadian U-23 men’s national team for an upcoming camp and Caribbean tour, which includes a pair of international matches.
Slamming Shut: MLS primary transfer and trade window closes Wednesday – MLS
MLS teams seeking reinforcements, be they domestic or overseas, must act by Wednesday or wait until midsummer.
MLS Talking Points: Crew player feud boils over – Soccer America
MLS Cup 2015 runner-up Columbus Crew broke out of its season-long scoring slump — seven goals in its first eight games — with four goals on Saturday, but that outburst only revealed a simmering feud between star Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain when they squabbled over who’d take the penalty kick that led to the fourth goal.
Kei Kamara blasts Crew SC teammate Federico Higuain after PK argument – MLS
Columbus Crew SC blew a three-goal lead in Saturday’s 4-4 draw to the Montreal Impact at MAPFRE Stadium – but a failure to capitalize on their best offensive showing of the season wasn’t even the biggest talking point coming out of the match.
Sporting KC not about to panic over six-game winless streak – MLS
Whatever was said during Monday morning’s team meeting, with Sporting Kansas City now on six matches without a win, there were no public shots fired by the players afterward.
Untimely BBC announcement produces further criticism for Lampard – SBI
BBC announced on Monday that Frank Lampard would be one member of the network’s Euro 2016 coverage team. Lampard is far from the first MLS player to partake in overseas media work, but Monday’s announcement certainly made him the most scrutinized.
How Frank Lampard became the worst signing in MLS history – USA Today
Lampard is a Designated Player for NYCFC and in two seasons with the club, he’s played just ten games. He hasn’t seen a minute of action this season, and it’s not clear if he even has a timetable for his return this year.
Orlando City coach Adrian Heath frustrated by criticism of draws – Orlando Sentinel
Orlando City coach Adrian Heath talked to his players Monday morning about some of the negative feedback the team has received.
Minnesota United Stadium Bill Moves Forward in Senate – Northern Pitch
With only 13 days left in the 2016 Legislative Session, the Minnesota State Senate has started moving forward on the Minnesota United stadium bill. The team, along with the City of St. Paul, held a press event on Monday on the plaza of the State Senate Building. With United players juggling balls and the state capital in the background, Mayor Chris Coleman and Senator Sandy Pappas (D-St.Paul), announced that the bill will likely make it’s way to the floor yet this week.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Victoria Highlanders partner up with England’s Sheffield soccer club – Times Colonist
“Sheffield Wednesday is internationally affiliated with the Victoria Highlanders and the plan is for us to share content, ideas and information regarding their academy and the academy we are about to embark on this fall. So we’re announcing we’re getting into the academy business,” Highlanders PDL head coach Dave Dew said.
Cascades men’s soccer program adds three players to recruiting class – UFV
Forward Nate Trampleasure (Pitt Meadows, B.C.), midfielder Bronson Hartley (Burnaby, B.C.) and midfielder/defender Kenny Larmour (Mission, B.C.) recently committed to head coach Tom Lowndes and the Cascades. They join three previously announced recruits: Right back Ryan Donald, holding midfielder David Parfett and goalkeeper Jesse March.
Pitt Meadows player commits to University of the Fraser Vallley – Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Times
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer program has fortified its roster by adding a trio recruits, including Pitt Meadows forward, Nate Trampleasure.
BC Soccer High Performance Program July Camp – BCSA
BC Soccer’s 2016 High Performance Program (HPP) which is designed to support the EA Sports BCSPL along with Whitecaps FC Residency and BC REX Programs, will continue with its second camp of 2016. The HPP will continue to provide a platform for high-performance youth players to be assessed by both those of Whitecaps FC and Canada Soccer programs.
Vancouver Park Board making switch in artificial turf fields due to concerns from parents – News 1130
Park Board says no concerns from a health perspective, but it is sensitive to concerns from public about artificial turf.
Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference – June 3-5 at SFU – BC Soccer Web
The Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference is back for its second year. Learn from some of the best coaches in the game. This year’s conference features speakers from Arsenal, Leicester City, Southampton, the English FA and more. Register before April 30 for early bird pricing.
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.
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
Donate to the Canadian Red Cross to help those impacted by the Alberta Wildfires– BC Soccer Web
The Canadian Red Cross is the most reliable organization assisting people who are fleeing the wildfires in Fort McMurray and beyond. Please donate. All individual donations are being matched by the Government of Canada.
Edmonton hosts Ottawa in 2016 Championship opener – CSA
The spotlight is on an all-Canadian playoff series for the next two Wednesday nights as Edmonton and Ottawa meet in the preliminary round of Canada Soccer’s Amway Canadian Championship. The 2016 series opens on 11 May at Clarke Field when FC Edmonton hosts Ottawa Fury FC in the first leg of the two-match series.
Montagliani and Mussenden go head to head for Concacaf’s tainted presidency – SportsPro Media
After years of power struggles and many months at the centre of a sprawling corruption scandal, members of Concacaf, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, head to the voting booths in Mexico City this week for a crucial presidential election that will define the future of their embattled confederation.
CONCACAF Watch: May crucial month for confederation’s future – Goal
While the CONCACAF Champions League final and upcoming Copa America Centenario steal the attention, this week is the most important of the year for CONCACAF.
Canada announces roster for Caribbean tour – CSA
Canada Soccer has announced an 18-player squad for their Men’s U-23 camp and Caribbean tour. All 18 professionals will meet in Toronto this week before heading to Guyana and Grenada for a pair of international matches.
Eight MLS players included in Canada’s U-23 roster for upcoming friendlies – MLS
With the camp not falling on a FIFA international window, the squad is comprised mostly of domestic youngsters looking to break through with senior teams at the top level. Thirteen of the 18 players are currently with an MLS team or a USL team with an MLS affiliation.
Canada one win away from FIFA Futsal World Cup – CSA
A Monday night 7:4 win over Curaçao has put Canada within a victory of qualifying for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016. With three points after two matches at the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship, Canada can qualify on Tuesday 10 May with a win over Cuba.
Futsal Fantasy – Maple Leaf Forever
For decades, if you wanted to watch Canadian men win at soccer, you watched indoor. Some of the sport’s greatest ever stars, including Tino Lettieri, Dale Mitchell, and Branko Segota, were Canadian. They were the spine of our 1986 FIFA World Cup squad, and until quite recently much of our senior men’s national team had considerable indoor experience.
In praise of Joshua Lemos, our newest Canadian hero – the11.ca
It’s the morning after Canada’s first group-stage game at the CONCACAF Futsal Championship, and I’m still trying to process just exactly what the few of us who watched the Facebook web stream witnessed.
Cambridge goalkeeper Foster bound for Mexico and beyond – Waterloo Record
The personable Glenview Park student, who hopes to one day represent Canada at the Olympics, will continue her push to that ultimate goal starting Wednesday, when she joins Canada’s Under-20 national team for a 10-day training camp in Mexico City. Foster, 17, and her teammates are preparing for the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup that starts Nov. 13 in Papua New Guinea.
Canadian women’s soccer star Kadeisha Buchanan’s perseverance pays off – Ottawa Sun
The 20-year-old Brampton native, the winner of the Hyundai Young Player award at the 2015 World Cup, was at TD Place for Ottawa Fury FC’s game against Minnesota United FC Saturday, promoting the Canadian women’s team’s friendly against Brazil here on June 7. She knows what it feels like to be turned away, to be told, ‘No.’
Durham Women Get Three Goals And Three Points Away To Clippers – League1 Ontario
Last year’s League1 Ontario women’s champions, Durham United FA hit the road to Kingston and eventually managed to secure the 3-1 win despite strong opposition from the 2016 league additions, Kingston Clippers.
Bisons roster grows with new recruits – Winnipeg Sun
Vanessa Martinez Lagunas welcomed four new recruits to her University of Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer team on Friday.
Former Winnipeg refugee using sport to help Canadian newcomers feel at home – CTV Winnipeg
When Omar Rahimi first came to Canada 15 years ago as a refugee, the one thing that felt like home, was being on the soccer field. “I remember I used to tell my coaches, ‘Look, this is great. I can forget about everything, I get away from everything and I come and just play. I loved to go play soccer ’,” he said.
Girls team wins spot at world’s biggest youth soccer tournament – Calgary Herald
For teenage soccer players, there’s nothing bigger than the Gothia Cup each summer in Sweden.
Myers joins familiar face on Hurricanes – Journal Pioneer
Holland College has announced the addition of Winsloe native Darby Myers, who will join her sister and current Hurricane Lauren for the 2016 Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) season.
Soccer program moves ahead with help of volunteers – Inside Ottawa Valley
The plan had been to use an area behind the community centre for the kids to play soccer but after some hard work to try and prepare it, it was determined it would not be ready for this year. The committee had two options: tender the job out or do the job in-house with donated equipment and labour. After receiving a quote, it was determined they did not have enough money in the budget and would go the volunteer route.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
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Canada’s Nana Attakora wins NASL weekly award – Simcoe.com
Canadian international Nana Attakora, a defender with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, has been named player of the week in the North American Soccer League.
FC Edmonton need to make a fan of Mother Nature – Edmonton Sun
FC Edmonton has done a lot of work this offseason to win over the local soccer community, but there’s one more person they still need to win over, and that’s Mother Nature.
USL Week 7 Recap: A Texas Rivalry is Born, Los Dos Fall, More – Empire of Soccer
A game-filled week for LA Galaxy II started well with a win against Colorado Springs but ended with a tough loss against California rival Sacramento Republic FC. For the Republic it was a much needed win to get their season back on track, while for LA it shows just how difficult the USL schedule can be to remain consistent week to week.
USL Rewind: Ex-Sounder Ochoa stings former team – Soccer America
Forward Sammy Ochoa returned to Starfire Stadium and scored twice against his former organization in a 2-1 Tulsa triumph over Seattle Sounders FC 2. He notched a pair of goals in a second straight game by netting in the eighth and 35th minutes as Tulsa raised its record to 2-5-1. S2 is at the bottom of the Western Conference at 1-4-3.
Jamaican forward banned for a year for attack on Canadian international defender – CFJC
The United Soccer League has suspended Jamaican forward Romeo Parkes for the remainder of the 2016 season and fined him an undisclosed amount for attacking Canadian international defender Karl Ouimette in a game Saturday.
Ouimette to undergo MRI after “cowardly” attack – Empire of Soccer
On Saturday night, Red Bulls defender Karl Ouimette was assaulted from behind by now-former Pittsburgh Riverhounds player Romeo Parkes.
USL Suspends Romeo Parkes for Remainder of 2016 Season – USL
After conducting a thorough review, the United Soccer League has suspended former Pittsburgh Riverhounds player Romeo Parkes for the remainder of the 2016 regular season and playoffs and he has been fined an undisclosed amount.
NASL Rewind: Cosmos jump to top of table; RailHawks fall; and more – SBI
Following two straight losses, the Cosmos have now picked up two straight victories, with the most recent triumph coming in a 3-0 dispatching of Miami FC. With the win, the Cosmos now assume the role of league leaders after the Carolina RailHawks were upset by a previously-winless Fort Lauderdale Strikers team.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Women’s FA Cup: Chelsea and Arsenal set to attract record crowd at Wembley – BBC Sport
The Women’s FA Cup final is set for a new attendance record after initial ticket sales of more than 30,000, the Football Association has said.
Gilly Flaherty insists Chelsea are ready to stay at the top – The FA
The FA WSL 1 champions and SSE Women’s FA Cup holders want to create a dynasty similar to the one started by Vic Akers at Arsenal who, ironically, are the Blues’ opponents in Saturday’s showdown at Wembley.
Kulcsár to referee Women’s Champions League final – UEFA
Hungarian referee Katalin Kulcsár will take charge of the 2016 UEFA Women’s Champions League final between Wolfsburg and Olympique Lyonnais later this month.
NWSL Week In Review: FCKC a shell of its champion self now – The Equalizer
As two-time defending champions with a coach who has been equal to every NWSL challenge in Vlatko Andonovski, FCKC had to be given some respect heading into this season, even though it did suffer some roster turnover. But – at least as this early stage of its life – every team in the NWSL is going to have to deal with that, aren’t they?
NWSL Rewind: Washington Spirit remains on top – Soccer America
The Washington Spirit and Portland Thorns played to a 0-0 tie that kept both teams unbeaten after four games. The game featured the ejection of Thorns star Tobin Heath late in the game. The Spirit leads Chicago, a 1-0 winner at Boston, by one point at the top of the standings.
Hagen celebrates 11 years cancer-free with goal – The Equalizer
There are goals and then there are goals you’ll never forget. Sarah Hagen experienced the latter on Sunday. The Orlando Pride forward scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory over Seattle Reign FC. Last week, Hagen celebrated 11 years of being cancer-free.
Matildas set to face New Zealand in Rio Olympics send off match – The Women’s Game
Australia is set to meet fellow Rio 2016 qualifiers and Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand on 7 June 2016 at Etihad Stadium. Played before the Socceroos friendly against Greece, the match will be Alen Stajcic’s sides send off before they head to Brazil for a month long pre-Olympic camp.
Former Indian football team captain Sona Chaudhary alleges sexual exploitation of players in new book – Catch News
Former captain of the Indian women’s football team, Sona Chaudhary, has made a few startling revelations about female players being exploited by the team management, the coach, and the secretary.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Bayern Munich sign Dortmund’s Mats Hummels and Benfica’s Renato Sanches – The Guardian
Bayern Munich have completed the signings of Benfica’s midfielder Renato Sanches and Borussia Dortmund’s defender Mats Hummels.
Ranieri warns Leicester stars ‘you’ll regret leaving’ – Yahoo Sports
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has warned his freshly crowned Premier League champions that they would regret leaving the club, in comments published by British newspapers on Monday.
Danny Welbeck set to miss Euros with Walcott and Townsend standing by – The Guardian
Danny Welbeck faces missing the European Championship this summer with the knee injury he sustained at Manchester City on Sunday, leaving Roy Hodgson to consider the inclusion of Theo Walcott or Andros Townsend for the tournament in France.
Bale skips pre-Euro 2016 training camp with Wales – Sportsnet
Gareth Bale will not link up with Wales for its pre-European Championship training camp in Portugal because of Real Madrid‘s involvement in the Champions League final.
It is Make or Break for Igor Akinfeev at Euro 2016 – Futbolgrad
Since 2004 Akinfeev has played 86 times for his country, and for the most part has been the undisputed number one goalkeeper for the Russian national team in the last decade.
No European qualification a ‘football disaster’ for Hiddink – Goal
Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is disappointed the club failed to achieve new targets this season having moved clear of the drop zone.
Paul Scholes insists “major surgery” is not needed at Manchester United – Vavel
The former Reds midfielder feels his old team need three key players in the summer not six or seven to challenge next season.
Allardyce hails Defoe-for-Altidore swap as Sunderland’s best move ‘in a long time’ – SBI
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce wasn’t with his current club back when the Black Cats swapped Jozy Altidore for Jermain Defoe, but he considers himself and his club very lucky the deal went down.
Luca Toni exits pursued by deserved fanfare and tears in fair Verona – The Guardian
The first Italian to win the European Golden Shoe retires from game after helping to beat Serie A champions Juventus with ‘most beautiful goal of my career’
Tampines scrape past Selangor 1-0 to make AFC Cup Round of 16 – ESPN FC
Tampines Rovers defeated Selangor 1-0 at the Singapore Sports Hub on Tuesday night to give the S.League a first representative in the knockout stages of the AFC Cup since 2012.
Mark Clattenburg to referee Madrid derby in Champions League final – The Guardian
Uefa has confirmed that the English official Mark Clattenburg will referee the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, on 28 May at the San Siro in Milan.
Football in China: Will China become a ‘world football superpower’? – BBC Sport
President Xi Jinping, a football enthusiast, wants the country to have at least 20,000 football training centres and 70,000 pitches in place by 2020. And former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, now coaching Chinese Super League team Shanghai SIPG, believes China can be world champions within 20 years.
Gazprom refuels Schalke 04 with €120m shirt deal until 2022 – Inside World Football
Schalke 04 and Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom have agreed to an extension of their shirt sponsorship deal, which had been due to expire in 2017, until 30 June 2022 in a deal reported to be worth at least €120 million.
Olympics 2016: Brazil World Cup winner Rivaldo warns tourists to avoid Rio – The Guardian
Brazilian World Cup winner Rivaldo is telling tourists to stay away from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because of the danger of endemic violence.
Llandudno FC to borrow Conwy council cash for Euro bid – BBC
The Welsh club is waiting for a Uefa £157,496 (200,000 euro) payment after qualifying for the Europa League. But with the money not due to hit their account until December, the club needed to borrow £30,000.
West Ham’s Boleyn Ground farewell: What will become of Upton Park? – BBC Sport
The 35,000-seater stadium will be replaced by flats, but food outlets, pubs and street traders face an uncertain future when the Hammers move from E13 to E20.