VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
MLS MATCHDAY #7
REAL SALT LAKE vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2016, 7:00 PM
RIO TINTO STADIUM, SANDY, UTAH
TV: TSN 1 RADIO: TSN 1040 LIVESTREAM: TSN GO
Whitecaps want the next game as soon as possible – The Province
In three quick sentences, midfielder Andrew Jacobson summed up the Whitecaps’ week ahead. “They’re a great team,” he said of Real Salt Lake, the Caps’ next opponent. “They’re playing well. We want the game as quick as possible.”
Training report: Attitude in training ‘a different class’ following loss to DC – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC returned to training on Tuesday following a 4-0 loss to D.C. United. Here are some news and notes from the day.
‘Mighty Mouse’ Perez sheds rep as pest, wins over Whitecaps fans – Sportsnet
Ask Blas Perez about his reputation as something of a villain in Major League Soccer—the 35-year-old striker is known as a pest on the pitch—and he’ll tilt his chin upwards, smile, and then shake his head before responding.
Bolanos: Goals will come for Whitecaps attack – Red Nation Online
One of the puzzling statistics concerning the Whitecaps offensive woes is the absence of goals from open play. Vancouver has scored six goals this season and none from open play, that’s 540 minutes for you math challenged folks. While fans might be concerned, Bolanos isn’t ready to hit the open play panic button.
Blowout highlights Whitecaps woes – 24 Hours
Vancouver failed to score against D.C. United, a team that had given up nine goals in their first five games. Through six matches, the Whitecaps have only scored six goals — four from the penalty spot and two from set pieces in the home opener. So far, they have scored zero goals from open run of play. If they had scored goals from open play, PK’s and set pieces, there would have been no need to worry.
MLS Week 7: A Midweek Look Ahead – SBI
While only three matches are on the docket Wednesday night around MLS, several intriguing matchups are slated to kick off a busy week of action.
FC Dallas seek first ever road win in Portland – Prost Amerika
FC Dallas are facing a big week with a match against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park this Wednesday, April 13th. Portland is not an easy place to play, and FC Dallas have yet to get a win there since the Timbers joined MLS in 2011.
Sporting KC vs Colorado Rapids Preview – Prost Amerika
On April 13th, Sporting KC welcomes the Colorado Rapids to Children’s Mercy Park for each team’s sixth match of the 2016 MLS season. The match takes place on the 20th anniversary of each of these original MLS teams inaugural league match, April 13th, 1996 when the Colorado Rapids went to Arrowhead Stadium to face the Kansas City Wiz.
MLS in Focus: Dom Dwyer maturing into a well-rounded striker – Empire of Soccer
Dom Dwyer is not overlooked, by any means. Even in the relatively small market of Kansas City, 34 goals in two seasons will earn you a fair bit of attention.
Houston Dynamo vs LA Galaxy, 2016 MLS: Match Preview – LAG Confidential
Still seeking their first road win of the season, the LA Galaxy travel to the Lone Star State to take on the Houston Dynamo on Friday.
Behind the Scenes of MLS’s Efforts To Improve Officiating – Vice Sports
Chicago Fire attacker Gilberto streaks down the field after a bad turnover on a breakaway. With only the keeper to beat, he enters the box. An NYCFC defender nips at his heels. Gilberto goes down and the ball trickles to the keeper. No call by the referee. Play on.
PRO GM Peter Walton on TSN Radio: “My mandate is to put the DisCo out of work.” – Whitecaps FC
Peter Walton, general manager of Professional Referee Organization, joined Peter Schaad on Monday Night Futbol on TSN Radio last night to discuss officiating in MLS, a major talking point early in the season.
PODCAST: Episode 154 – The AFTN Podcast – “There’s Still Time” (Capital Punishment with PRO’s Peter Walton and WFC2’s Sem de Wit) – AFTN
The horrorshow that was Vancouver Whitecaps 4-0 loss in DC was certainly one to forget. Yes, there were injuries and absences, but that doesn’t fully excuse the defensive deficiencies, lack of creativity and the impotent attack.
Toronto FC’s Achilles Heel: The First Half-Hour – Waking the Red
A number of factors have led to Toronto FC’s slow start in 2016, but the most concerning is the fact that they don’t seem to know how to start games.
From the Pigeon Loft: The only permanent job in football is “supporter” – AFTN
No matter the team, the league, the executives or the TV deals, we are here, supporting Vancouver. It is said, with truth, that the only permanent job in football is the supporter. That is a universal truth because love of place, longing for community and celebration of both is a basic human thing.
So, Minnesota United fans are already moving into houses in Midway – Twin Cities
Wes Burdine loves soccer, and the location of their four-bedroom home on Charles Avenue was based on three factors: finding an affordable neighborhood as first-time buyers, proximity to light-rail transit and being within walking distance of Minnesota United FC’s proposed $150 million soccer stadium near Snelling and University avenues.
BC SOCCER NEWS
PCSL: Women’s soccer stays on sidelines – Penticton Western News
Despite the Pacific Coast Soccer League’s best efforts, they will not operate a women’s premier division. It’s the second straight year the PCSL will operate without the division as they could not get enough commitments from clubs from other areas including the Lower Mainland.
U17 girls to host soccer Coastal Cup semi-final – Squamish Chief
Squamish’s U17 girls’ team is moving on to the semi-finals in Coastal Cup soccer following a one-sided win Sunday. It hosted VAF Phoenix, a Vancouver side that had beaten it in the league championship back in late February.
Vernon, B.C. midfielder signs with Heat women’s soccer – UBCO
The fourth player signed to the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s soccer program for the 2016-17 season is midfielder Maddy Laranjo. The Vernon, B.C. native comes to the Heat program from W.L. Seaton Secondary in Vernon, where she will be graduating in June.
Maya Bandy excited to join Heat – UBCO
“Being raised in Vernon,” explains Maya, “I have grown up watching and hearing about the UBC Okanagan women’s soccer team and I have aspired to play with them one day. I am very excited to play with them in the coming season, representing my home area and being coached by Claire Paterson at the CIS level.”
KYSA round-up to April 10, 2016 – Kamloops This Week
The under-13 Kamloops Blaze Blue boys earned a split in weekend TOYSL play. Hometown Kelowna disposed of Kamloops 3-1 on Saturday, but the Blaze bounced back with a 5-1 victory over hometown Vernon on Sunday.
Dates added for 2016 Kickin’ with the ‘Caps Community Clinics – Whitecaps FC
This spring, Whitecaps FC are running community clinics in Metro Vancouver that introduce soccer skills to boys and girls ages 7 through 10. Community clinics have been added in New Westminster, West Vancouver, Richmond and Vancouver.
Pinnacles FC keeper joins the WolfPack – Penticton Western News
When Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer keeper Travis Froehlich went to Penticton for three summers, little did he know that he was mentoring his possible successor.
Keeper having a ball with other passion – Richmond News
U18 Richmond United goalie Daniel Judkowicz will also be playing for Canada at World Junior Ball Hockey Championships in July.
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!
BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting Candidates for its Board of Directors – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June 11, 2016. Prospective candidates are invited to review the information provided on the BC Soccer web site www.bcsoccer.net. Candidates who provide notice to BC Soccer Assoc. of their intent to stand for election by May 1, 2016 will have their applications circulated to the membership in early May.
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
CONCACAF election gets bloody as CFU’s Derrick ruled out of standing – Inside World Football
The battle for the presidency of CONCACAF has been reduced to two contenders – Canada’s Victor Montagliani and Bermuda’s Larry Mussenden – after clear favourite Gordon Derrick was removed from the running after being ruled out by CONCACAF’s legal advisors Sidley Austin, supported by FIFA’s Ethics chief Domenico Scala.
Victor Montagliani of Canada 1 of 2 left in running for CONCACAF presidency – CBC
Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani is one of only two remaining candidates in the running to take over as the next president of CONCACAF, soccer’s regional governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean.
Mexico reportedly finalizing 2026 World Cup bid, could battle US, Canada – MLS
Mexico is finalizing a bid to host the 2026 World Cup, according to a report published in Mexican outlet Record on Tuesday. According to the report, Mexico will present the bid to FIFA officials at the annual FIFA Congress in Mexico City next month. In addition to Mexico, the US and Canada have also both shown interest in hosting the tournament.
Canadian coach John Herdman expects ‘3 groups of death’ to emerge from Rio draw – Times Colonist
Canadian coach John Herdman expects “three groups of death” to emerge from Thursday’s Olympic women’s soccer draw in Rio de Janeiro. The draw, for both the men’s and women’s fields, is being held at the historic Maracana stadium.
Canada Soccer confirms Lethbridge as U-16 Cup hosts – CSA
Canada Soccer has confirmed the City of Lethbridge and the Alberta Soccer Association as U-16 Cup hosts to this year’s 2016 Sport Chek National Championships. Lethbridge will host the youth club competition from 5-10 October 2016.
The two missing ingredients for success in Canadian soccer – Red Nation Online
Our Canadian Men’s National Soccer Team recently concluded the second of two FIFA World Cup qualification matches versus Mexico, in the 2nd stage of CONCACAF qualification, last week. Unfortunately, we lost both of those matches, by a score of 3-0 in the first match and 2-0 in the second.
Challenge Cup,Jubilee Trophy seasons begin in May – The Telegram
Soccer season is just around the corner and teams in both the Molson Coors Challenge Cup senior men’s circuit and the Breen’s Jubilee Trophy senior women’s league are getting ready to kick off their seasons in mid-May.
Dwayne De Rosario named honourary chair of the 50th annual Robbie International Soccer Tournament – Inside Toronto
Canadian soccer superstar Dwayne De Rosario is the honourary chair of the 50th annual Robbie International Soccer Tournament set for this summer in Toronto.
Soccer signs champion Canadian goalkeeper – Northwestern State Univ.
The Northwestern State soccer team added a nationally prominent goalkeeper in Canadian Kayla Bomben. Bomben led the her club team Bradford Eagles 98 to the Canadian national championship in their respective age group this past season.
Injury prevention programs in youth soccer reduce both injuries and health care costs – Market Wired
Sport is the leading cause of injury in youth, accounting for more than 30 per cent of all injuries. A new study by University of Calgary researchers published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that not only does a neuromuscular training warm-up program prevent injury in youth soccer, it also saves millions of dollars in health care costs.
LaSalle Stompers earn Ontario Soccer Association’s highest award – Windsor Star
The LaSalle Stompers Soccer Club is setting the bar for all clubs in Windsor and Essex County by being the first to receive top standing in technical standards from the Ontario Soccer Association.
Empty soccer fields being turned into urban agricultural site – Thunder Bay Newswatch
An empty set of soccer fields in the city’s north side is about to be transformed into an urban agricultural site. The goal of the project, to be paid for with more than $300,000 supplied by several different organizations, is to provide a place for young adults to learn about leadership and employment skills in a variety of ways, including bee keeping, gardening and raising rabbits.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 vs. OKC ENERGY FC
SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016, 7:00 PM
UBC THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC
Dutchman Sem de Wit named to USL Team of the Week – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 defender Sem de Wit was named to the USL Team of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.
FC Edmonton’s Gustavo settling into North American life – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton midfielder Gustavo is adjusting to a different way of life following his offseason signing with the club. The Brazilian midfielder is not only getting his first taste of the North American Soccer League (NASL), but North America in general.
Peterson talks Western, Canadian expansion, South Florida, Cosmos attendance issues, more – Empire of Soccer
With the league on the brink of western expansion, Peterson acknowledged that the league isn’t in active discussions with any Canadian markets. He says the long-rumored Canadian soccer league might be a reason why expansion has stalled north of the border, but he also admits he’s not sure if that league will ever actually come to fruition.
Sounders 2 vs Rio Grande Valley FC, recap: Finally goals and a point – Sounder at Heart
S2 draw 2-2 with Victor Mansaray finally opening the USL side’s scoring account. Tony Alfaro scored the other goal for Seattle.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 sign Cameroonian defender Nouhou Tolo – Sounders FC
We are very excited Tolo has agreed to join our club,” head coach Ezra Hendrickson said. “Our backline has seen a lot of rotation to begin the season, and we hope Tolo can prove himself as a steady presence for us.”
Buckle Bullish as Republic FC Rolls On – USL
Sacramento Republic FC has been an unequivocal success story since its formation and inaugural USL season in 2014. Winning a championship in your first professional season will do that to a club, but it goes beyond that. They’ve been drawing large crowds to their home matches, playing attractive football, and even their team branding is admired by many soccer fans across North America.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Abby Wambach pleads guilty to DUI, set to begin treatment – SBI
After being arrested for driving under the influence on April 3, former U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach plead guilty to the charges in Portland, Oregon, on Tuesday.
2016 NWSL Preview: Seattle Reign FC – The Equalizer
Last Season (13-3-4, 1st place; lost NWSL Championship): The oh-so-nearly team for the last two years, setting the pace in the regular season with two Shields, but falling at the final hurdle in 2014 and 2015 to FC Kansas City.
Remembering FC Gold Pride: When Will Women’s Pro Soccer Return to the Region? – Midfield Press
With the 4th NWSL season now upon us, California’s women’s soccer fans are still waiting for a professional team to support. The lack of a professional women’s franchise in California, and more specifically in the Bay Area, is one total head scratcher to any women’s soccer supporter in the US.
Women’s EURO 2017: France and Germany first to finals – UEFA
France and holders Germany are the first teams to book their place at UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 alongside hosts the Netherlands next summer, while Spain, Norway and Switzerland are in sight of joining them after they, Sweden, Scotland and Iceland – but not England – kept up their perfect records in April’s qualifiers.
Women Nations Cup: Eight teams qualify, Kenya to make maiden appearance – Africa News
Eight teams have qualified for the 10th Women Africa Cup of Nations to be held in the Cameroonian cities of Limbe and Yaounde between November 19 and December 3, 2016.
Bosnia is buzzing over a women’s football match – Farenet
A match that is usually watched by less than a hundred supporters will tonight attract up to 4000 fans including music and film celebrities, the former Prime Minister of the country, members of the parliament, and ambassadors from the UK, the United States and the Council of Europe.
Bleachers Full of Women: Are American clubs treating women as fans or products? – Howler Magazine
Besides the fact that using pretty women to sell a product isolates the half of the human population they’re promising will be in attendance, it exposes the double standard underlying what men and women are allowed to find appealing. The trope that women only like sports to impress men or because they find the players attractive is the oldest one in the book.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Bundesliga still lags behind, despite Premier League’s underperformance – The Guardian
A group of German clubs are banding together to demand a bigger slice of the pie, with the Bundesliga still trailing the English top flight in financial terms.
UCL Rewind: Real Madrid, Man City progress to semifinals – SBI
Paris St. Germain’s attack struggled to break down Manchester City’s defense, and Joe Hart stepped up when needed to book City’s first trip to the semifinals in club history.
Karim Benzema will not be selected by France for Euro 2016 – The Guardian
The Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will not be selected for France’s Euro 2016 campaign, the country’s football federation (FFF) has confirmed.
A-League: When the business of soccer gets personal – Prost Amerika
It is the right of every spectator to complain when the season, match, or draft pick doesn’t go how they want to. When I hear friends complain or see the internet rip into a the head office I think back to a team in the Australian state of Queensland and all the promise they had on the field and problems off it.
Lionel Messi remains world’s highest paid footballer with annual income of 84.3 million dollars – Fox Sports
ARGENTINA and Barcelona star Lionel Messi remains the world’s highest paid footballer with an annual income of 74 million euros ($84.3 million, £59.3 million), according to a report set to appear in Tuesday’s edition of France Football magazine.
FA of Wales to investigate alleged match-fixing in Welsh Premier League – The Guardian
An investigation into alleged match-fixing in the Welsh Premier League has been launched by the Football Association of Wales.
Four bidders line up for right to host 2023 Asian Cup – Inside World Football
China, Indonesia, Thailand and South Korea are bidding to host the 2023 Asian Cup, with Indonesia in the running despite being under a FIFA-imposed ban from international competition because of government interference in the running of the national soccer federation.
Remove headphone and talk to team mates, Koeman tells players – Reuters
The sight of elite footballers getting off team buses with headphones on does not impress Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, who insists the near-obsession with smartphones and social media leads to a communication breakdown on the pitch.
Beleaguered Aston Villa scraps end-of-season awards – Sportsnet
On the verge of relegation after a miserable year in the English Premier League, Aston Villa says it will not be holding its annual player of the season awards.
Jumping the U.S.-Mexico border with the Gringo Xolo – Goal
The Tijuana Xolos are attracting fans from San Diego, and the international border isn’t going to keep these Americans from rooting for their favorite club.
Which footballers have scored for a country they have never been to? – The Guardian
“Conor Washington scored for Northern Ireland in their friendly recently … and it was the first time he had ever set foot in the country,” emails Ian Bendelow. “My question is: has a player ever represented a country – and even scored – without ever going there?”