BC Soccer News, Tuesday, September 5, 2017




Episode 217 – The AFTN Soccer Show (It’s Time To Dream with guest Robert Earnshaw)AFTN
It’s a bye week for Vancouver Whitecaps in MLS due to the international break. Seems the perfect time to have a roundtable discussion on the ‘Caps season so far, the highlights and low points, and what may lie in store, and we’re joined by Anna Namshirin to do just that.

Reyna voted Whitecaps FC Player of the MonthWhitecaps FC
Yordy Reyna has been voted the Whitecaps FC Player of the Month for August.

AUDIO: Whitecaps’ Jordan Harvey: Davies can expect ribbing over his red cardSportsnet
Vancouver Whitecaps defender Jordsan Harvey joined Sportsnet 560 The FAN to share his thoughts on teammate Alphonso Davies’ outburst in the Canada-Jamaica game.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 26SBI
The weekend was a brief one in MLS due to the international break, but there were some memorable performances and results throughout the four-match schedule.

New York City FC vs. Sporting Kansas City | 2017 MLS Match PreviewMLS
It’s been more than a week since either New York City FC or Sporting Kansas City played a match. Obviously, a lot has happened since NYCFC’s 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Aug. 25 and Sporting’s 2-0 victory over FC Dallas all the way back on Aug. 19 (including the postponement of their scheduled Aug. 26 match at Houston, due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey).

Montreal Impact players, staff to shave their heads for cancer researchMontreal Gazette
The only loss Montreal Impact players might accept at this point of the season is of the hair nature, and many of the team’s players are now prepared to sacrifice theirs for a good cause.

Are LAFC and MLS ready for English footballer Gary Gold? A new digital comedy series aims to find outAFTN
You can probably count the amount of successful football dramas on the one hand. Two at a push. But there have been several comedic efforts covering the sport (which we’ll go into in more detail another time), some hilarious, some about as funny as a last day relegation. The latest attempt is a new six-part digital series called The Gary Gold Story.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, Seattle Sounders FC 1, August 23, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Canada WNT vs USWNT at BC Place, Vancouver – November 9 – Buy Tickets!


VISL Opening WeekendVISL
Almost all local soccer opens this weekend at a variety of parks across Vancouver Island, as well as Saltspring, Penelakut, and Powell River. As we enter our 122nd year, the one thing that does not grow old – the excitement of the first game!

WSOC: Erhardsen penalty kick goal delivers overtime winSFU
Junior midfielder Katelyn Erhardsen scored on a penalty kick in the second overtime to give the Simon Fraser University women’s soccer team a come-from-behind win against California State University Los Angeles in a non-conference game on Monday.

Late goal gives UBCO men first soccer win of the seasonKelowna Now
Hamish Walde scored the only goal of the game in the final minute of stoppage time to earn the host UBC Okanagan Heat a 1-0 Canada West men’s soccer victory over the University of Victoria Vikes on Sunday.

‘Birds salvage point with dramatic second half comeback UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds (3-0-1) remained unbeaten in 2017 after two second half goals salvaged a valuable road point in a 2-2 draw with the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack (1-1-2) on Sunday afternoon at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops.

WSOC: Vikes defence stands tall in season-opening win over No. 3 T-BirdsCanada West
11 different times the No. 3 ranked University of British Columbia Thunderbirds threw everything they could towards net and 11 different times Vikes goalie Puck Louwes had an answer, in her team’s 1-0 victory in a Canada West season-opening game played at Centennial Stadium on Sep. 2.

WolfPack men win, tie in weekend soccer actionKamloops This Week
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team sports a record of 1-1-2 following an undefeated weekend at home.

2017 CW Men’s Soccer Results & ScheduleCanada West
Complete Results from this weekend’s Canada West Men’s Soccer action.

2017 CW Women’s Soccer Results & ScheduleCanada West
Complete Results from this weekend’s Canada West Women’s Soccer action.

Connaught Series: Nanaimo City win national titles in 1923 and 1927CSA
From 1921 to 1927, British Columbia’s representatives in the Dominion of Canada Football Championship were all Vancouver Island teams. While Ladysmith (1921) and Cumberland (1926) finished as runners up, only Nanaimo succeeded as champions, doing so in 1923 and 1927.

BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book RecommendationsBC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.

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.

2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in ReviewBCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.

BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
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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!

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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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Canada WNT vs USWNT at BC Place, Vancouver – November 9 – Buy Tickets!




Impact’s Anthony Jackson-Hamel, Samuel Piette star for Canada – in TorontoMLS
The match might have been played at the home of their arch-rivals, but a pair of Montreal Impact players were at the center of the action for Canada on Saturday night.

Great crowd for Summer of Soccer at BMO Field in TorontoCSA
Canada Soccer’s National Teams are perfect five for five at home in 2017 as the Men’s National Team won 2:0 over Jamaica to close out a Summer of Soccer Series. Anthony Jackson-Hamel and Jonathan Osorio were the goalscorers as Canada thrilled a terrific crowd of 21,724 at BMO Field in Toronto. David “Junior” Hoilett was named Man of the Match.

Anthony Jackson-Hamel making the case he’s Canada’s best striking optionthe11.ca
Well, you have to thank coach Octavio Zambrano for going with Anthony Jackson-Hamel as Canada’s striker in the first half of Saturday’s friendly against Jamaica, and then going with Cyle Larin in the second half.

El Salvador to face Canada in international friendly at BBVA Compass Stadium on October 8Houston Dynamo
The national teams of El Salvador and Canada will square off in an international friendly on Sunday, Oct. 8 at BBVA Compass Stadium, stadium officials announced today.

Success with national team boosting the club careers of Canada’s playersWaking the Red
Playing internationally for your country is an honour, to be sure. But at times, for players who are already committed elsewhere to making the most of their limited window as a professional athlete, it can also be a burden.

MSOC: Golden Bears rebound with dominant win over SaskatchewanCanada West
The high-powered offence of the No. 1 ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears soccer team was on full display on Sunday afternoon, as they cruised past the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies 4-1 at Foote Field.

MSOC: Griffins’ lack of finish proves costly as visiting Pronghorns rally to steal victoryCanada West
Sometimes sports are just downright strange. And on Sunday, the MacEwan Griffins will be left scratching their heads for a long time after somehow winding up in the loss column despite thoroughly dominating the visiting Lethbridge Pronghorns in time of possession and scoring chances.

Lancers women’s soccer team unbeaten while men’s team earns first pointWindsor Star
The University of Windsor Lancers women’s team remains unbeaten while the men’s team picked up its first OUA point of the season.

Refugee who lost fingers to frostbite chasing soccer dreamsCBC
A refugee who lost fingers to frostbite while coming to Canada is chasing his dream of becoming a professional soccer player.

Edmonton Victoria SC win 12th Alberta women’s provincial titleCSA
Edmonton Victoria SC tied a provincial record by winning their 12th Alberta women’s title on Labour Day Monday. The six-time national champions won the Alberta women’s provincial championship to qualify for the 2017 Toyota National Championships after a 3:2 victory over Edmonton Northwest United at the Calgary Soccer Centre.

Holy Cross SC wins 19th provincial title in Newfoundland LabradorCSA
Holy Cross SC won the 2017 Newfoundland Labrador provincial championship to qualify for the 2017 Toyota National Championships on Sunday 3 September. Holy Cross won 3:1 over defending provincial champions St. Lawrence Laurentians, who were also the 2017 regular-season champions.

NDG residents upset about Concordia plan to build on soccer fieldCBC
Concordia is opening a research facility at the Loyola campus but neighbours don’t want to lose green space.

Thunder Bay, Ont. indoor soccer finds temporary winter homeCBC
After a tough 2016/2017 season that saw the number of teams and players drop drastically due to a lack of space, a new home has been found for the sport in the city.

Only ‘crazy action’ by Trump can stop US-led 2026 World Cup, says executiveThe Guardian
US sports executive Charlie Stillitano believes only a “crazy action” by Donald Trump would prevent the United States from winning the right to stage the 2026 World Cup. The US has made a joint bid with neighbours Canada and Mexico for the expanded 48-team tournament, with US venues getting 60 of the 80 games and every match from the quarter-finals onward.

Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 NovemberCSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.

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The Bustos ParadoxEighty-Six Forever
If you’re a fan of the Vancouver Whitecaps you’ve probably come across the name Marco Bustos at some point. Depending on your level of fanaticism your knowledge of him probably varies quite a lot.

RECAP | Eddies earn road point off fortunate own goal against North CarolinaFC Edmonton
A fortunate own goal handed FC Edmonton a point on the road in a 1-1 draw with North Carolina FC on September 2, stretching the Eddies’ unbeaten streak to five matches.

Surreal own goal from NCFC’s keeper allows Eddies to get a draw on the roadthe11.ca
The North American Soccer League is continually looking for ways to bring more exposure to the league. Well, North Carolina FC keeper Brian Sylvestre’s own goal on Saturday night will get the NASL that exposure. It’s going to find its way onto blooper reels on sportscasts around the world. It’s that, well, odd.

Match Recap: Fury FC vs Saint Louis FCOttawa Fury
It was another late-game thriller at TD Place on a cool and wet Sunday afternoon that captivated the 4,000+ who braved the conditions to help Ottawa’s push for the USL playoffs. After the visitors erased a strong first half and an impressive goal from Jonathan Barden, Fury FC produced another comeback as Steevan Dos Santos tallied for the fourth straight match.

Late Goals Give Phoenix Vital WinUSL
Amadou Dia could not have picked a better time for his first goal of the season as his 78th minute header helped give Phoenix Rising FC a 2-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC 2 at Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex on Saturday night.

Catastrophic 5 Minutes Dooms CosmosEmpire of Soccer
A full moon hung high over Sunday night’s proceedings between the New York Cosmos (1-2-3,6 Fall; 7-6-9, 30 Combined) and Jacksonville Armada (2-3-2, 8 Fall; 8-7-8, 32 Combined) at MCU Park. The lunar effect may offer an explanation for the peculiar five-minute stretch in New York’s box that saw Jacksonville capture a two-goal lead against the run of the play that it was able to ride to a win.

In Division 3 battle, Initially USL D3 looks stronger than NISAProst Amerika
On Wednesday, the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) an aspiring third division in the US Soccer landscape announced its initial eight cities for competition. NISA is competing with USL’s 2019 Division three startup (USL D3) in the marketplace.

USL PHOTOS: WFC2 2 LA Galaxy II 1, August 27, 2017BC Soccer Web
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Division 1 Féminine Matchday 1 Review: OL and Montpellier start their seasons with a statementVavel
The top teams in France last year made sure to let the rest of the league know that they were keen to finish at the top again this time around with two goal-filled results.

Emphatic wins for Lyon and Bayern Munich show up growing inequalityThe Guardian
One-sided victories for the top sides in Europe’s best leagues prove their strength but also highlight how financial differences are already distorting women’s game.

Red Stars Come from Behind to Sweep Courage Prost Amerika
After losing three on the bounce at home, the Red Stars eventually found their tonic in the form of the North Carolina Courage whom they have beaten twice already this season. The third time came in the form of a second half comeback for a 2-1 win to close the home portion of the regular season.

Reign FC notch win over Houston DashGoalWA
Seattle Reign FC scored an important away win on Sunday night against the Houston Dash in a match that was moved to near Dallas in light of the recent flooding.

Sky Blue FC Suffers Road Loss to FC Kansas City Once a Metro
FC Kansas City (7-9-5, 26 points) kept its playoff hopes alive on Sunday evening after defeating Sky Blue FC (9-10-2, 29 points) 4-1 at Children’s Mercy Victory Field. Shea Groom scored a brace and added an assist in the victory while Madison Tiernan scored the lone goal for the New Jersey club.

Alex Morgan and Marta lead Orlando’s NWSL charge Soccer America
The hottest team in the NWSL is the Orlando Pride, which has won five straight games and all but ended the suspense in the 2017 playoff race. Alex Morgan, who announced she will remain in the NWSL instead of returning to French club Lyon, and Marta make the Pride a formidable postseason threat.

Defense Abandons Breakers in Latest LossProst Amerika
It was another game, and another set back for the sinking Breakers, who dropped a 4-2 loss to the Orlando Pride on Saturday at Orlando City Soccer Stadium in Orlando.

Alex Scott: England defender retires from international footballBBC Sport
England and Arsenal defender Alex Scott has retired from international football. The 32-year-old right-back is the second most-capped player in England history, with 140 appearances.

Damallsvenskan week 14 round-up: Eskilstuna find firm footing with big winVavel
It was another unpredicatble round of Damallsvenskan fixtures in Sweden, with wins for Rosengård, Djurgården, Linköping, Piteå and Eskilstuna, elsewhere Örebro, Kvarnsveden and Vittsjö all picked up the odd point.

NCAA Weekend Recap: UNC gets first shutout, Sullivan first goal of 2017The Equalizer
It might be a holiday weekend, but there was no rest in NCAA soccer, as over 250 games played out around the country. Over the last three days, there were shutouts, upsets, and even comebacks of the Sunshine Sully variety to keep fans entertained. Here’s a quick recap of five of the most talked about games of NCAA Week 3 action.

Frauen-Bundesliga week 1 round-up: Champions make early statementVavel
There was little in the way of shocks as the 2017-18 Frauen-Bundesliga season go underway this weekend.

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Crucial tests for South American seven FIFA
The South American qualifying competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ could not be tighter, with a mere five points separating second from eighth and three automatic berths and the play-off place still up for grabs.

World Cup qualifying: Could Argentina really fail to make Russia 2018?SN
The Albiceleste go into Tuesday’s clash against Venezuela knowing that only a win will suffice to keep them in the hunt for one of the qualifying spots, while they also will be watching nervously for results elsewhere in South America.

Europe’s big names close in on automatic qualificationFIFA
Although no teams managed to advance directly to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ from the eighth round of European qualifiers held on Monday, the leaders of the three groups involved will certainly have a smile on their faces when they look at the standings.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Costa Rica takes on Mexico, Panama faces T&TSBI
One CONCACAF team has booked a spot to the World Cup on Friday. Tuesday’s matches may or may not officially confirm who joins Mexico, but they will go a long way towards clarifying what the picture looks like ahead of Russia 2018.

United States’ immigration policies are inspiring USMNT opponents – ArenaESPN FC
Bruce Arena said he believes that current U.S. immigration policy is being used as a rallying point by the U.S. team’s World Cup qualifying opponents, including Honduras.

Africa champion Cameroon misses out on World CupSportsnet
Cameroon was the first team to be eliminated in the final round of qualifying in Africa after drawing with Nigeria 1-1 at home on Monday.

New Zealand through to intercontinental play-off for World Cup in RussiaEurosport
The All Whites extended their unbeaten run in the qualifying campaign to 11 games and will now face the fifth-ranked South American nation in a two-legged clash for a place in Russia.

Nervous World Cup 2018 wait for Australia despite win over ThailandAFC
Goals from Tomi Juric and Mathew Leckie have kept Australia’s 2018 FIFA World Cup hopes alive after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Thailand at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Tuesday night.

Barcelona claim Messi HAS signed new contract… so why is it not official?SN
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu claims Lionel Messi has in fact signed a new contract, blaming “schedule problems” for the delay in announcing the news officially.

Agnelli foresees Champions League peace, scheduling changesSportsnet
Elected Tuesday to chair the 220-member European Club Association, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli gave a vision for soccer’s future working closely with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.

OM open fan dialogueLigue 1
On Friday, a delegation of directors from Olympique de Marseille met with representatives of OM fan groups to take stock of the summer transfer action and discuss a number of hot topics.

Supporters Direct lobbies for tougher ‘fit and proper people test’ for owners The Guardian
The Football Association should introduce a rule requiring owners of clubs to comply with “basic standards of good stewardship” or face a range of sanctions including fines or ultimately a ban, according to proposals by the campaigning organisation Supporters Direct.

Supplements ‘a big problem’ for UEFA in doping casesSN
UEFA admits it is concerned about the use of supplements in football’s fight against doping and warned players not to get involved with “third party” doctors and specialists outside their clubs.

Boxing tournament planned in Russia to tackle 2018 World Cup hooliganismESPN FC
A boxing tournament for football fans during the 2018 World Cup in Russia is being planned in a bid to combat hooliganism at the tournament.

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