BC Soccer News, Tuesday, May 31, 2016



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Can the Whitecaps repeat as Voyageurs Cup champions?Sportsnet
The Amway Canadian Championship kicks into high gear on Wednesday with the first leg of the semifinals, the round where the three Major League Soccer teams enter the fray.

Ottawa Fury FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps | Canadian Championship Match PreviewMLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps will embark on the quest to defend their Amway Canadian Championship title beginning with their first-leg semifinal clash against NASL side Ottawa Fury on Wednesday. The first competitive meeting between the sides, Ottawa will seek the upset and make waves in Canadian soccer. Meanwhile, Vancouver will look to both give players minutes ahead of the MLS break during the Copa America Centenario group stage and do what it takes to advance to the final once again.

Whitecaps FC submit 20-man roster in advance of Wednesday’s Amway Canadian Championship semifinal Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have submitted a 20-man Amway Canadian Championship roster ahead of their tournament opener against Ottawa Fury FC on Wednesday at TD Place Stadium (4:30 p.m. PT – TV: TSN1, Radio: TSN 1410).

Whitecaps conscious of Amway Canadian Championship perils Edmonton Journal
Heading into Wednesday’s Amway Canadian Championship semifinal series against the Ottawa Fury, the Whitecaps shouldn’t need a reminder about the perils of playing a lower-league opponent.

Preview: Young ‘Caps begin defence of Voyageurs Cup Wednesday in OttawaWhitecaps FC
After 13 years of heartbreak, Vancouver Whitecaps FC won their first-ever Voyageurs Cup as the top team in Canada in 2015. Now, they want to keep it.

Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact | Canadian Championship Match PreviewMLS
The Montreal Impact and Toronto FC will begin the fight to try to unseat the Vancouver Whitecaps as reigning Canadian champions for a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League. The teams met once already on April 23 during the MLS regular season, when Toronto beat the Impact 2-0 in Montreal. Each side will likely be able to field strong squads with the MLS break for the Copa America Centenario group stage underway beginning this weekend.

Two Solitudes Derby: Player Profiles, Part OneMount Royal Soccer
The Two Solitudes Derby is one of the most exciting rivalries in Major League Soccer. For some players, this rivalry runs even deeper. Today we take an in-depth look at some of the players who have seen some of their best moments in the Two Solitudes Derby. This week, the spotlight is on Dominic Oduro and Dwayne de Rosario. Next week, we’ll take a look at Patrice Bernier and Hassoun Camara.

CCL: Whitecaps FC drawn into Group C with Central FC and Sporting KC Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will face Central FC from Trinidad and Tobago and fellow Major League Soccer side Sporting Kansas City in the group stage of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League. The official draw was held on Monday night in Miami Beach, Florida, with Whitecaps FC being placed in Group C.

MLS clubs learn opponents for 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League group stageMLS
The stage is now set for the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League after the draw for the tournament’s eight groups took place in Miami on Monday night.

MLS Week 14: A Midweek Look Ahead SBI
With three matches each on Wednesday and Thursday, several MLS sides have the opportunity to rise or fall in the standings before the league breaks for two weeks.

A look inside Atlanta United’s first academy selections AJC
n 6-10 years, there may be a player lining up for Atlanta United who was part of the club’s first under-12 academy team. Should that happen, and it’s the sincere hope of team president Darren Eales and academy director Richard Money, then it is the clearest indication that the team’s academy is doing exactly what it’s supposed to.

Vancouver Whitecaps defence in tatters 24 Hours
I’m having a hard time continuing to get excited about Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the thrill of the Major League Soccer season this year. Mostly I’m just left feeling unsatisfied.

Emotional Ramblings: The Chicken or the EggAFTN
Much is being made of the Whitecaps discipline, or lack thereof. An astronomical number of six red cards and 30 yellow cards through 15 matches, with an added handful of supplemental suspensions to Christian Bolanos, Kianz Froese, Masato Kudo, Kekuta Manneh and most recently to Kendall Waston, have led to questions surrounding Vancouver’s ability to acquire the control needed to stay in the law’s good graces.

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Whitecaps FC Residency wrap-up regular season as Northwest Division championsWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC U-18 and U-16 Residency teams finished off their regular seasons in California this weekend as both teams completed their schedule as Northwest Division champions. Both teams now await their draws for the upcoming 2016 United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) Playoffs in Dallas, Texas.

First 2016 National B License course wraps in Langley, BCCSA
Canada Soccer’s first of four National B coaching license courses was held 16-22 May in Langley, BC. Twenty-one men and women from the BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) participated in the seven-day course lead by Canada Soccer Director of Coaching Ray Clark and Staff Coach Sean Fleming and hosted by the BC Soccer Association.

Whitecaps FC to participate in U-13 CONCACAF Champions LeagueWhitecaps FC
But one month prior to the first team’s quest for regional supremacy, Whitecaps FC will be sending a much younger group to the CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League. The youth tournament will be held in Mexico City from July 23-30.

800 elementary school kids play soccer at B.C. Place Vancouver Sun
B.C. Place on Monday became a huge soccer camp as 800 elementary school kids from east Vancouver spent the day on the pitch.

“No scores are recorded and no standings are kept,” says KYSA President, Graham Cope. “The emphasis is placed on participation and having a lot of fun playing our great game. In not having trophies and medals as an objective, there should not be any stress placed on the shoulders of these young children and the coaches who work with them. I think Errol would have appreciated that the Festival is run on this basis!”

Highlanders Trampled by the Foothills: A Look Back at the Home Opener Northern XI
The Victoria Highlanders played their home opener at Centennial Stadium on a slightly cloudy May 15. Coming off a resounding stomping by Kitsap Pumas that was flipped from an L to a W due to a boardroom forfeit, the team had high hopes of performing well at their new home. With an attendance of 482, the 5000-seat stands seemed as sparse as the cheering, which was solidly concentrated to the bag-piping Lake Side Buoys at the center of the South Stands.

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 now!

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach MandateBCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

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.

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.

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Canadian Championship: The full list of Voyageurs Cup winnersMLS
The semifinals of the 2016 Amway Canadian Championship are set to get underway this week with the Voyageurs Cup and a berth in the 2017-18 CONCACAF Champions League on the line.

FC Montreal Players that Should Join the Amway Canadian ChampionshipMount Royal Soccer
Despite having told the fans that winning the Amway Canadian championship was one of their objectives for the 2016 season, no one is certain of the true intentions of the bleu-blanc-noir.

Canada vs. Azerbaijan | International Friendly Match PreviewMLS
Benito Floro’s side is looking for another rebound in Austria, coming off a pair of tough World Cup qualifying losses to Mexico in March. For friendlies against Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan (June 7), the Canadian manager has brought virtually the same lineup as he selected for those Mexico games—which includes Larin, Akindele and Hoilett—in preparation for September.

National men’s team friendly impacts competition at homeYahoo Sports
Canada’s men’s soccer team will play a pair of friendlies early next month in Austria and it will negatively impact the only all-Canadian professional club competition.

Herdman names Canada’s roster for series against BrazilThe Equalizer
If John Herdman is at all worried about his goalkeepers or all-time Canadian leading goal-scorer Christine Sinclair, he didn’t express that concern during a conference call on Monday afternoon. Canada Soccer announced Herdman’s 20 player roster that will play no. 8 ranked Brazil on June 4 at BMO Field in Toronto and June 7 at TD Place in Ottawa.

Canadian women’s soccer team takes different approach to Rio 2016 after World CupNational Post
It’s not Mt. Everest, John Herdman says, but the Olympics might be K2. This time last year Canada’s head coach sat at base camp preparing to climb one of soccer’s highest peaks — the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Another Canadian women’s soccer goalie goes down ahead of Rio Olympics Westman Journal
Sabrina D’Angelo, who figured to be Stephanie Labbe’s backup in Rio, fractured her left wrist last week with the Western New York Flash of the NWSL. Canada lost No. 1 ‘keeper Erin McLeod in March when she injured her anterior cruciate ligament playing for her Swedish club team.

Sabrina, the Keeping Hitch Maple Leaf Forever
I like Sabrina D’Angelo. In fact I believe that, with Erin McLeod’s nightmarish multi-year injury, D’Angelo should start the Rio Olympics as Canada’s number one ahead of the more experienced Stephanie Labbé. However, a couple weeks ago D’Angelo fractured her left wrist during warm-ups with the Western New York Flash. The current word from the Flash is that she’ll probably be healthy by the Olympics but is unlikely to play any league games before then.

Canadian women’s team putting plans in place to deal with Zika risksthe11.ca
The Canadian women’s national team has plans in place if the team has to go to one of the Zika Virus “hotspots” during the 2016 Olympic Games.

Canada learns schedule for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016CSA
Canada will face Cameroon, Germany, and Venezuela in the group phase of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016. The 16-nation draw was unveiled on Monday 30 May, with two nations from each of four groups escaping the three-match group phase.

P.E.I. soccer players one step closer to professional club CBC
Whitecaps FC Academy — which already had centres across B.C. and in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario — announced three east coast centres Monday: in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and P.E.I.

Vancouver Whitecaps eye N.S. soccer talentLocal Express
An agreement between the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer and Soccer Nova Scotia will allow a clear development path for youth players from the grassroots to the professional level.

Mind and bodyMoose Jaw Herald
Young players got to learn about soccer and mental health Sunday. Once again JJ Soccer held its annual Play It Forward day which combined an Ombrelle Active Start Soccer Fest with a charity fundraiser.







USL Rewind: Louisville City short-circuits BatterySoccer America
Eastern Conference leader Louisville City FC parlayed goals by George Davis IV and Kyle Smith into a 2-0 triumph that snapped Charleston’s 29-game home unbeaten streak Saturday on an MUSC Health Stadium field saturated by heavy rains. LCFC ran its unbeaten streak to nine games by scoring twice in the first half and fending off the Battery’s attempts to get back in the game.

NASL Spring Week 9 Recap: Cosmos Back in Driver’s Seat Empire of Soccer
The North American Soccer League’s Spring Season title race narrowed to six teams this weekend, but that in no way means things are ready to cool off just yet.

US Open Cup third round features NASL teams’ entry, amateurs seeking upsetMLS
The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup returns on Wednesday for the third round of action and the regional rivalries will continue as more amateur sides look to upset their professional competition.

U.S. Open Cup Preview: Cosmos host Jersey ExpressEmpire of Soccer
The U.S. Open Cup is traditionally the most anticipated part of the New York Cosmos’ campaign. This year is no different.

Energy FC, Oklahoma FC Announce Groundbreaking PartnershipUSL
The USL’s OKC Energy FC and Oklahoma Football Club announced on Monday a groundbreaking partnership which will create opportunities for players in Oklahoma to have a direct developmental path that takes them from youth academy soccer to professional soccer within one organization.

It Is Time For The Cosmos To Get Over The Belmont Blues Midfield Press
The Cosmos were never supposed to be in Hofstra this long.  If all had gone to plan, the Cosmos might have been opening a world-class, privately funded 25,000 seat soccer stadium on the border of Queens and Nassau County this season.  The Elmont Crossings project has languished in bureaucratic purgatory as the Empire State Development Corporation has refused to choose between the Cosmos and three other bidders.  The Cosmos have waited, some would say too patiently, for the ESDC to make a decision.

Chicago Fire PDL Claims US Soccer National Amateur ChampionshipChicago Fire
The Chicago Fire Premier Development League (PDL) team — comprised of top regional talent at the U-23 level — earned the claim of US Soccer National Amateur champions Saturday, defeating Chattanooga FC, 2-1 in extra time, to raise the 2016 Hank Steinbrecher Cup.

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NWSL Rewind: Thorns draw without stars; scoring downSoccer America
Sunday’s Cascadia match between the Portland Thorns and Seattle Reign game drew 18,114 fans on Sunday afternoon at Providence Park even though the Thorns were were missing six U.S. national team players. But the scoreless draw dropped the NWSL’s goals per game to 2.06.

NWSL Week In Review: Controlling what you canThe Equalizer
There has been a little (probably not enough, but hey) written about the decision to pull the U.S. national team players from the NWSL last weekend. I don’t agree with it and I believe it was unnecessary (and taking 24 players and four goalkeepers was particularly so), but that’s not a battle I’m going to win at the moment and I’ve come to terms with that.

2016 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup Draw: England Face Tricky GroupVavel
The draw for the 2016 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup held in Jordan was made on Monday 30 May at the Al-Hussein Cultural Centre in Amman.

That’s a wrap! Continental Tyres WNL
We really have had everything this past season: bad weather, floodlight issues, travel issues, waterlogged pitches, managerial changes, even a Play-Off game. It’s been eventful. And that, I would say, is the best word to describe the 2015/16 Continental Tyres Women’s National League season.







Copa America Centenario group previews – SI.com
The much anticipated Copa America Centenario kicks off June 3, with the host United States taking on Colombia at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The match kicks off a march toward the June 26 final at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., where the champion of this one-of-a-kind competition will be crowned.

Copa America Centenario is the Next Step for American Soccer Empire of Soccer
For this tournament to be successful, the United States needs to perform at a high level to get the general public into it. With that said, the tournament also needs Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil to make a run. It is fitting that in a country were star power reigns supreme that the financial success of this tournament will come down to how long the likes of Messi and James Rodriguez stay in the mix.

2016 Copa America Centenario: Squads named for all 16 teamsESPN FC
All 16 national teams competing at the Copa America Centenario in the United States in June have announced their final, 23-man rosters.

Argentine FA threatens Copa America exit over government interferenceESPN FC
Their participation has been thrown into doubt by the AFA after the Argentine government suspended the federation’s presidential elections, which had been scheduled for June 30, and appointed two inspectors to investigate allegations that TV revenues had been misappropriated.

Lionel Messi tax-fraud trial begins as Copa America opener loomsGoal
Lionel Messi’s trial on three counts of tax fraud totaling almost $4.6M has begun in Barcelona, with the Argentinian to testify Thursday.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas ruled out of Copa America for Costa RicaSky Sports
Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas will miss the Copa America Centenario because of chronic tendinitis in his left foot, his country’s football federation said on Tuesday.

Inside the churning mind of Mexico’s Javier “Chicharito” HernandezSI.com
English is not the first language of Javier Hernández, the golden boy of Mexican soccer, and yet his command of it—largely­ from his four years at Manchester United—is such that he enjoys transporting evocative expressions from Spanish into his newer tongue. Flashing a language maven’s smile that brightens a rainy day in the German Rhineland, North America’s greatest modern striker explains his knack for being in the right place at the right time in the penalty box.
Vancouver Whitecaps make Copa America picks – and US doesn’t fare well MLS
Sixteen players of the Vancouver Whitecaps have tried their hands at predicting each group, starting with Group A, which has the USA facing Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay.

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Mexican football star Alan Pulido disarmed kidnapper in daring escapeThe Guardian
The Mexican footballer Alan Pulido, who was kidnapped and held for 24 hours over the weekend, escaped his captors by disarming and taking a mobile phone away from one of them, then calling the police, according to an official summary report obtained by the Guardian.

How Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido overpowered his kidnappersToronto Star
Pulido wrested away a captor’s pistol and phone, called emergency and authored his own release.

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.

Marcus Rashford and Daniel Sturridge both included in England’s Euro 2016 squadThe Guardian
Roy Hodgson has handed both Daniel Sturridge and the 18-year-old Marcus Rashford an opportunity to make a mark at the summer’s European Championship after including the strikers among a quintet of forwards in his final 23-man squad for Euro 2016.

Giroud does not understand France booingGoal
The Arsenal striker was heckled by fans in Nantes despite scoring his fifth goal in his last six international appearances but insists the jeers do not affect him.

Euro 2016 players more important for country than clubESPN FC
International team selection is a complex issue. Supporters demand that players are picked according to form, whereas managers generally prefer to assemble a solid, settled starting XI; often paying more attention to which players excelled during the qualification process.

Last-gasp Payet wonder strike sees France beat Cameroon 3-2France 24
West Ham’s Dimitri Payet scored a last-gasp wonder free-kick to help Euro 2016 hosts France snatch a dramatic 3-2 victory over Cameroon on Monday.

Right wing politicians pollute German Euro preparationsInside World Football
Racial tension is building in Germany ahead of next month’s Euros in France after a right-wing politician’s  incendiary comments about international defender Jerome Boateng whose father is from Ghana.

Euro 2016 in France could be extremist target, US warnsBBC News
The US has warned that the Euro 2016 football championship being held in France next month could be a target of militant attacks.

AFC Wimbledon: The most righteous team in England SI.com
Wimbledon has shaken off many of its insurgent roots in its progression from pressure group to League club. It took over Couper’s rebel program. It learned to sack managers. It agonized and rejected a takeover offer from an Irish property magnate (a decision that post-crisis looks as sensible as it then looked idealistic). It has decided what it is: a democratic football club for people who just want to watch football, but one that wants to win as well.

Man City’s Division Two promotion anniversary a reminder for today’s fans ESPN FC
Sunday May 30, 1999 demonstrated just how far City had plummeted. Three years earlier, they’d suffered a final day relegation from the Premier League, after drawing 2-2 with Liverpool at Maine Road. Two seasons in Division One ended in demotion to Division Two for the first time ever and on 90 minutes in the third tier playoff final, they were losing 2-0.

Heather Rabbatts considers quitting FA board after latest reform failureThe Guardian
The Football Association’s independent director Heather Rabbatts is considering her position after being left “very frustrated” and “very disappointed” at the latest failed attempts to reform the English game’s governing body.

José Mourinho promises he will not get personal with Pep Guardiola next season The Guardian
José Mourinho has said he will not get into personal arguments with Pep Guardiola next season when they are in charge of Manchester United and Manchester City respectively as it would mean “someone else” winning the title.

Scottish Cup Final: Bans for Hibs fans after pitch invasionBBC News
Hibernian FC have imposed bans on a number of their supporters following the trouble at the Scottish Cup final.

Brisbane Roar owners given more time by FFA to allay financial concerns  – The Guardian
Brisbane’s embattled owners have been given yet another chance to show why they should remain in charge of the A-League club. Football Federation Australia has granted the Bakrie Group a one-week extension to provide the governing body with a “comprehensive response” to serious concerns over the Roar’s administrative and financial standing.

Indian league roadmap hits roadblock with Goan and Kolkata clubsInside World Football
Indian clubs from both Goa and Kolkata are protesting against the reformed league structures proposed earlier this month by the All Indian Football Federation (AIFF) and their marketing partners IMG-Reliance. At the top of the roadmap towards a new league structure was the positioning of the Indian Super League (ISL) as the top league.

AFC holds its first Refereeing Expert WorkshopAFC
It is the first time that all the top AFC Instructors in both the technical and fitness areas were put together in a single programme working towards designing and setting the groundwork for future programmes and activities.

Football Association to lead study into brain disease in footballers BBC News
The Football Association will lead a study into possible links between football and brain diseases.

Pele set to auction off Jules Rimet trophy amongst 2,000 itemsThe Telegraph
Three World Cup medals, a one-of-a-kind Jules Rimet trophy and commemorative medals are set to be auctioned off by football legend Pele.

Soccer shootout distance is a cruel joke24 Hours
Real Madrid defeated crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid in a penalty shootout Saturday at the San Siro in Milan to win the Champions League final.

Tijuana announces entire roster eligible for transferSBI
Coming off of a 14th-place finish in Liga MX’s Clausura season, which included just three wins in 17 matches, Club Tijuana could be making drastic changes this summer.

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