PORTLAND TIMBERS vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #14
SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016, 1:30 PM
PROVIDENCE PARK, PORTLAND, OR.
Manneh voted MLS Player of the Week – Whitecaps FC
Didier Drogba, David Villa, and Sebastian Giovinco all found the back of the net, but none shone brighter than Vancouver Whitecaps FC youngster Kekuta Manneh. The 21-year-old was named MLS Player of the Week today after contributing towards five of Vancouver’s six goals in wins over Chicago Fire and Toronto FC.
Two ‘Caps named to MLS Team of the Week – Whitecaps FC
Kekuta Manneh and Blas Pérez have been named to the MLS Team of the Week after leading Vancouver Whitecaps FC to wins over Chicago Fire and Toronto FC.
Kekuta Manneh might be key to unlocking Whitecaps’ 2016 prospects – MLS
Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson has been around the block a few times, and he knows that one week in May – however impressive – doesn’t mean much of anything in the grand scheme of an MLS season.
‘Caps in Copa: Waston, Bolaños, Pérez named to Copa América Centenario final 23-man rosters – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Kendall Waston and midfielder Christian Bolaños were named to Costa Rica’s final 23-man roster for the upcoming Copa América Centenario 2016. Striker Blas Pérez was also named to Panama’s tournament roster.
Waston: It’s more difficult to play against short players like Giovinco – Goal
The Vancouver Whitecaps defender feels that the Toronto FC star’s diminutive stature makes him a hard player to defend against.
Sebastian Giovinco Not Named to Italian Training Camp Roster Ahead of Euro 2016 – Waking the Red
The Italian national team will officially name its roster for Euro 2016 on May 23. But today, Italian coach Antonio Conte called 28 players into training camp. Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco was not on the training camp roster, and neither was New York City FC midfielder Andrea Pirlo.
Jozy Altidore likely to miss Copa America after another hamstring injury – MLS
Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore will be sidelined up to two months with another hamstring injury – and it appears he will miss the Copa America tournament, too.
Toronto FC: One bad game no reason to panic – Sportsnet
Asked directly by Sportsnet if he took any positives from the team’s performance, Bradley didn’t say a single word—he simply shook his head, barely able to hide his disgust.
Drogba recovering from hip flexor injury, expected to miss Saturday’s game vs. Orlando – Goal
Didier Drogba will likely miss the Montreal Impact’s next game on the road Saturday against Orlando City, as the 38-year-old recovers from a hip flexor injury he sustained Saturday against the Philadelphia Union.
Lampard return creates midfield confusion for NYCFC – SBI
For the first time in New York City FC’s brief MLS tenure the club is clicking in all facets of the game. The side’s most recent victory over the defending champion Portland Timbers highlighted that fact, starting with goalkeeper Josh Saunders and finishing up front with superstar forward David Villa.
Impact’s Johan Venegas selected for Costa Rican national team – Montreal Gazette
Montreal Impact midfielder Johan Venegas will suit up for the Costa Rican national team at the 2016 Copa América Centenario.
Chicago Fire Acquire Dutch Forward Michael de Leeuw – Chicago Fire
he Chicago Fire announced Tuesday that the club has signed Michael de Leeuw from Dutch Eredivisie side FC Groningen as a Discovery Signing using Targeted Allocation Money. The Dutch forward signed a three-year deal through 2018 with a club option for 2019 and will be added to the Fire roster upon receipt of his ITC and P1 Visa.
Columbus Crew SC acquires midfielder Cristian Martinez on loan – Columbus Crew
Columbus Crew SC today announced that it has acquired midfielder Cristian Martinez on loan for the duration of the 2016 Major League Soccer season. Martinez, 19, joins Crew SC on loan from Chorrillo FC of the first-division Liga Panamena de Futbol. The midfielder will occupy an international roster slot on the Black & Gold roster.
For Foreign Investors in a Soccer Stadium, U.S. Visas Are the Goal – NY Times
In what may be the first deal of its kind, da Silva, the majority owner of Orlando City of Major League Soccer, is asking investors from Brazil, China and elsewhere to pay $500,000 each for a stake in the stadium he is building near downtown Orlando. In return, the foreign investors receive annual dividends, two season tickets and something even more valuable: a green card that allows them, their spouses and sometimes even their children to live and work in the United States.
Rivalries are central to Major League Soccer’s expansion plans – ESPN FC
Rivalry is key to growing the league specifically because it speaks to passions that exist outside the sport. If MLS can get casual fans interested in soccer because City A really likes to beat City B (and vice-versa), those fans might find reasons to stick around.
Q&A with Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank – AJC.com
Arthur Blank didn’t back down on Friday from the goal that Atlanta United would become one of the best MLS franchises. “We want to be competitive the very first day we get on the pitch,” he said during a brief stop during the community work that he and his associates were doing at various sites around the west side of Atlanta on Friday.
MLS must “Cross the Line” and talk about Trump, Zlatan and Georgia – Prost Amerika
As debate surrounds North Carolina’s legislation over what lavatories transgender people may use, most MLS fans continue to demonstrate their support for diversity and tolerance with the regular display of gay rights rainbow flags, or more recently pro refugee banners. MLS silence seems at odds with their well advertised “Don’t Cross the Line” campaign:
Delta, Seattle Sounders and goalkeeper Stefan Frei unite Seattle with tifo project – Seattle Sounders
Delta Air Lines and Seattle Sounders FC are teaming-up to unite Seattle and celebrate Delta’s support of the city through one of soccer’s most storied traditions – a tifo display.
THE FABRIC OF BETRAYAL – Emerald City Supporters
On Monday, Seattle Sounders FC announced it was “teaming-up” with its corporate partner Delta Air Lines to “unite Seattle and celebrate Delta’s support of the city through one of soccer’s most storied traditions – a tifo display.” Misuse of grammar aside, let’s make one thing crystal clear. Corporate “tifo” isn’t what tifo is about.
Fan Op-Ed: “I’ve been a Sounders ST holder for 10 years. Why there won’t be an 11th” – Prost Amerika
I am continuing to be disappointed by the actions of the Front Office as the season rolls onward. Gaffe after gaffe, it seems to me that nobody there has any concern whatsoever for the fanbase. Let me illustrate my points.
BC SOCCER NEWS
PHOTO GALLERY: BC PROVINCIAL CUP MEN’S A FINAL: Surrey Pegasus 2 Coquitlam Metro Ford Wolves 1, May 14, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Monique Lamoureux’s exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web .
TSS Publishes its Blueprint for Development – TSS Academy
TSS is pleased to announce its Blueprint for Development. After endless discussions around the boardroom table, impromptu touch line debates, long car rides into Washington State, watching the professional game, watching TSS teams play, watching other teams play, social media exchanges, trial and error, repeat – the evolution of the TSS Blueprint for Development was not a short ride. This document is about helping our youth players develop in the game. More specifically, it’s about the Canadian youth soccer player. That’s where we work. Canada has its own unique variables.
Highlanders still searching for offence – Times Colonist
The Victoria Highlanders are still looking for their first goal of the season, at least one scored on the pitch. The Highlanders (1-1) dropped their United Soccer League Premier Development League home opener 2-0 to Calgary Foothills FC (1-1) before a few hundred fans Sunday afternoon at Centennial Stadium.
Soccer master MacIver returns to action – Prince George Citizen
The 62-year-old midfielder returned to the sport he loves for the first time in nearly two years since a freak accident left him with a serious facial injury. He took his usual place in the Kason Kickers’ lineup to play the Mr. Quick Gunners, the defending champions of the North Cariboo Senior Soccer League’s 45-and-older Masters Division, in a 50-minute game in the league icebreaker tournament.
Ladysmith 49ers quickly closing in on Island soccer gold – Times Colonist
Kathleen Nicholls graduated from Ladysmith Secondary during the year of the greatest triumph in 49ers athletic history — the 1995 triple-A boys’ B.C. basketball championship. A 49ers soccer and basketball player at the time, Nicholls saw what that kind of moment does for a school, and she would like her current 49ers soccer players to experience those emotions.
Terry Walgren Tournament takes over Lakeside – Nelson Star
The beautiful game took over Lakeside Park this weekend. Nelson Youth Soccer held its annual Terry Walgren Tournament, which featured boys and girls teams made up of under-13 to U18 players.
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.
Fury FC players and staff share what the Canadian Championships means to them – Ottawa Fury
In Canada, the Voyageurs Cup – awarded to the winner of the Amway Canadian Championship – is to a certain extent the equivalent of the FA Cup and headed into Wednesday’s second leg of the competitions preliminary round, Fury FC look to etch their name into the competitions history books with their first berth in the semifinals and that sought after match-up against MLS competition – the Vancouver Whitecaps!
Big Sunday for Canadians as Atiba Hutchinson wins title, Tomori makes debut – MLS
Sunday was a big day in Europe for a pair of Canadians—one reached the top of the mountain with his club, while another took a big step in his own personal journey.
Regina’s soccer community hopes to bring Canadian national-team match to New Mosaic Stadium – the11.ca
It hasn’t been home to a Canadian men’s or women’s national-team match. It wasn’t a host city for the Women’s World Cup or the U-20 World Cup. When it comes to soccer, Saskatchewan hasn’t been a destination for any Canadian national side. But, could the completion of Regina’s 33,000-seat New Mosaic Stadium change all that?
Serban, McKendry feature for Canada U-23 in 5-1 win over Guyana – Whitecaps FC
Canada’s men’s U-23 national team won 5-1 over a young Guyana squad preparing for the next round of the 2016 Caribbean Cup. Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) right back Chris Serban was included in the starting lineup and first team midfielder Ben McKendry came on as a substitute, while former ‘Caps Caleb Clarke and Ben Fisk were among the goalscorers.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
PORTLAND TIMBERS 2 vs. WFC2
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 7:30 PM
15-year-old Davies sets USL record as Vancouver’s youth movement blossoms – Whitecaps FC
WFC2 are the youngest squad in the USL. They also sit at the top of the Western Conference standings, with the only unbeaten record (5-0-2) in the league. Whitecaps 2 have five teenagers on their roster, all of whom have seen regular minutes this season. The youngest is 15-year-old attacking midfielder Alphonso Davies, and on Sunday he became the youngest player ever to score a goal in the league.
Koch’s Korner: Table-topping WFC2 “ecstatic” after LA win but best is still to come – AFTN
It was quite the weekend for Vancouver Whitecaps sides. Two big 4-3 victories against two very tough opponents. In both games, the ‘Caps shot out to early leads, only to see their opponents gradually claw things back, before Vancouver survived some defensive pressure to come away with all the points.
WFC2 v Los Angeles Galaxy II – The Story In Pictures – AFTN
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game and here’s his “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
NWSL Rewind: KC Kansas City loses another stalwart – Soccer America
Already decimated by offseason losses with the retirement of defenders Leigh Ann Robinsonand Amy LePeilbet and midfielder Lauren Holiday and Amy Rodriguezand offseason acquisitionSydney Lerouxoff on pregnancy leave, FC Kansas City say goodbye to another veteran,Jen Buczkowski, who retired on Friday after starting every game it played and winning back-to-back NWSL titles. The 0-0 draw with the Chicago Red Stars left the Blues without a win in five games.
NWSL Week In Review: Our Kingdom For Some Goals – Equalizer
It’s been said that the hardest thing to do in sports is hit a baseball (thrown at a decent velocity presumably), but the NWSL would collectively beg to differ at the moment as a mysterious fog has descended over impenetrable goals around the league.
Women’s U17 Euro Final: Siems spot kick seals Germany title success – UEFA
Leonie Doege saved two to tee up Caroline Siems to smash in the winning kick after a goalless final in Borisov.
SWF Scottish Cup 2016 – 2nd Round draw – Scottish WPL
The Second Round draw of the SWF Scottish Cup was carried out at Hampden Park last week. SWPL Clubs enter at this stage. Fixtures to be played on Sunday 12th of June.
These are the keepers who could take over Hope Solo’s job – Stars & Stripes FC
Alyssa Naeher and Ashlyn Harris have both been fantastic in the NWSL this year. What would it take for them to upset the status quo?
The Most Inspiring Professional Athletes You’ve Never Heard Of – Medium.com
During my time in KC, I was privileged to stay with my good friend, Yael Averbuch and her teammates Heather O’Reilly (HAO), Tiffany Weimer, and Molly Menchel. I’m not sure what I expected life to be like as a professional soccer player, but what I experienced as a honorary guest in their apartment left me feeling both inspired by their hard work and commitment and shocked by how much they truly have to sacrifice just to get by.
Keep Girls in Youth Sports with These 5 Simple Tips – TeamSnap
Want to help set up your daughter for success? Keep them active! Research indicates that for young girls, a lack of physical activity is directly related to rebellious behavior, such as substance abuse, low self esteem and poor health. On the other hand, if girls stay active they are more likely to develop positive coping skills, increased self esteem and increased confidence.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
2016 European Championship full squad lists for all 24 teams – ESPN FC
Euro 2016 is almost set to kick off, so here are all the squads who have announced their provisional squads to date. The deadline for finalising the final 23-man squad is May 31.
Estimated 240,000 people watch Leicester parade trophy – Sportsnet
An estimated 240,000 people turned out to watch Leicester’s players parade the Premier League trophy in an open-top bus tour through the streets of the city in central England on Monday.
Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday (1-3 agg.): Carvalhal’s men reach Wembley – Goal
Ross Wallace scored a vital goal as Sheffield Wednesday endured a Brighton onslaught to reach the Championship playoff final at Wembley.
Paris Saint-Germain romp to Ligue 1 title but Hatem Ben Arfa the big story – ESPN FC
To say that we didn’t expect it would be a lie but we didn’t imagine it would happen as it did. Paris Saint-Germain dominated Ligue 1 from start to finish but unlike previous seasons in which the Parisians started slowly and always had some sort of competition, this time they were brutal from Day 1 until Day 38.
Europa League final: Why Liverpool should fear Sevilla – BBC Sport
Liverpool will attempt to secure their first major piece of European silverware for 11 years when they take on Sevilla in the Europa League final in Basel, Switzerland, on Wednesday.
Liverpool vs Sevilla – Konoplyanka’s Redemption? – Futbolgrad
There are several story lines emerging before the UEFA Europa League final Liverpool vs Sevilla, which will take place on Wednesday in Basel’s St. Jakob-Park. For Sevilla’s Yevhen Konoplyanka the final could become a time of redemption.
The secret behind Sevilla’s success? Meet Monchi, the transfer wizard – The Guardian
When Sevilla take on Liverpool in Wednesday’s Europa League final, they will be aiming to win the tournament for the third year running. The architect of their unprecedented era of glory is their sporting director
Spain without Costa, Torres on early Euro 2016 list – Sportsnet
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque left strikers Diego Costa and Fernando Torres off his preliminary list for the European Championship on Tuesday.
Bayern Munich win another title but Germany’s top teams feel bittersweet – ESPN FC
It’s a game of perspective as much as results. Bayern Munich were once again thwarted in their attempts to win the European Cup under Pep Guardiola, a hefty blow that took quite a bit of shine off their historic fourth consecutive Meisterschaft. Their dominance since Borussia Dortmund’s double in 2012 is the best example of the law of diminishing returns: the more they win, the less it’s appreciated.
Bayern Munich send off Guardiola like a brilliant but unloved CEO – The Guardian
Guardiola failed to deliver the Champions League but for Bayern’s supporters it is his lack of emotional connection with the club which will taint his legacy
CONCACAF Watch: Add violence to long list of issues facing new CONCACAF president – Goal
In the same week Victor Montagliani was elected to CONCACAF’s top office, he was reminded how many serious issues he faces, including an outbreak of violence at matches.
World Cup 2022: Players criticise Qatar stadium working conditions – BBC Sport
Two players from Danish club FC Copenhagen have criticised conditions for labourers working on venues for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Futsal: The Other Indoor Soccer – Prost Amerika
The Professional Futsal League (PFL) is set to debut in 2017 with an exhibition season, followed by a full season in 2018 with teams in “major NBA and NFL markets.” One high profile owner who has taken a stake in the league is Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.