BC Soccer News, Wednesday, April 24, 2019




SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019, 2:00 PM



Ugly-duckling Whitecaps hope to turn into swans by second half of seasonStandard-Freeholder
The Whitecaps have just one win on the season, and the entertaining style the team’s fans had envisioned and hoped for hasn’t fully materialized this season. Instead of a Liverpool style, it’s been liver and onions for the faithful.

Inertia and The Whitecaps Organization: The forest and the treesAFTN
From the view of the forest, the Whitecaps have revealed themselves to be a rather steadfast and monolithic organization. Throughout their existence, they’ve presented certain consistent narratives to us the fans. Sometimes those narratives jive with reality. Often, however, not so much. We’ve seen enough years go by now to see certain patterns established.

MLS: 3 things to watch for in midweek actionMLS Multiplex
There is an enticing slate of five midweek MLS matches on Wednesday night. Here are three things to watch for across the intriguing contests.

Sounders look to bounce back against QuakesYahoo Sports
The league’s last undefeated team, the Sounders suffered a 4-1 setback Sunday at Los Angeles FC. Seattle (5-1-1, 16 points) will play host to the San Jose Earthquakes (2-5-0, 6 points) Wednesday night.

Colorado Rapids are on pace for the worst season in MLS history, but coach isn’t concerned about job securityDenver Post
Rapids coach Anthony Hudson couldn’t help but poke fun at the obvious during his media session Tuesday. “You’re giving us some nice questions,” he said. “I thought you’d be hammering us today. We deserve some tough questions.”

Montreal Impact hope to get back in goal groove against RevolutionEdmonton Journal
Despite being mired in the worst offensive slump in Major League Soccer, Montreal Impact coach Rémi Garde insists he’s not too concerned by his team’s lack of scoring.

Adrian Heath tries to settle Minnesota United players after leaky defense gets players riledStar-Tribune
Four days after his team came undone late in a 4-3 loss at Toronto, Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath addressed his players Tuesday with a real pep talk. “I don’t know why, I sensed after the game a little bit of despondency,” he said. “I’ve got none.”

Toronto FC shouldn’t change approach despite Altidore injury: Coach VanneyToronto Sun
Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney has a message for his players ahead of Saturday’s match against the Portland Timbers: Don’t try to be a hero.

Three Sporting KC players sidelined due to injurySporting KC
Sporting Kansas City announced today that three players will be sidelined through injury as the club prepares to play five of its next six matches at Children’s Mercy Park.

More Players Could See Their “Opportunity” On Road TripFC Cincinnati
When the FC Cincinnati coaches and team staff board a plane to New York on Friday, those will be the club’s first steps in an eight-day journey that crosses the continent with three games in between.

Sounders will host Dortmund in summer friendlySounder at Heart
One of the most successful clubs in Germany will be paying a visit to Seattle this summer.

MLS Announces Plan to Expand to 30 Teams, Could Add St. Louis, Sacramento ClubsBleacher Report
Anybody still doubting the growth of soccer in America may want to keep an eye on Major League Soccer.

NYFC Appoints Academy Coaching DirectorNY Sportsday
New York City FC is pleased to announce that Liam Manning has been named Director of Coaching for the Academy, pending receipt of Visa.

D.C. United players, personnel get new perks with partnership with St. JamesNBC Sports
DC United players’ latest training facility partnership now comes with a spa, pool and celebrity chefs. The team entered into a five-year partnership with The St. James, a sporting complex in Virginia, the club announced on Tuesday.

There’s a booming market for retro LA Galaxy gearLAG Confidential
For fans of the LA Galaxy and especially the kids who grew up watching Mauricio Cienfuegos, Cobi Jones and the rest of the gang dominate Major League Soccer during their first decade of existence, the visuals of classic jerseys and past logos bring back precious memories.





SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019, 4:00 PM


Pacific FC puts its best foot forward for inaugural gameSooke News Mirror
Langford-based Canadian Premier League club, Pacific FC, is having its inaugural game this weekend, and the opening celebration is unlike anything the area has ever seen, according to the team’s executive vice president of operations.

View From The Other Side: A Halifax take on Pacific FCAFTN
It’s an odd thing to say about a team with the most high-profile playing personnel in the league, but as the opening weekend approaches, Pacific FC remain somewhat of a mystery to many across the rest of the league.

Falsetta of Kamloops to join TRU WolfPackKamloops This Week
Kamloops product Daniella Falsetta will play soccer for the TRU WolfPack next season.

The 2019 BC Soccer Web Super Schedule of Soccer in BC – BC Soccer Web
With so much soccer happening in BC this year, it’s getting tougher to keep track of the big matches and your favourite teams. BC Soccer Web has you covered! Here, in one spot, are the combined schedules for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Pacific FC, TSS Rovers and Highlanders FC. We’ll also be adding the WPSL teams, along with the marquee matches from the amateur ranks as those dates become set, so keep coming back for the latest updates.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

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!

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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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.


Plenty of pop expected as HFX Wanderers FC spruce up home turf for Canadian Premier League actionThe Star
The countdown is on to a historic soccer game in a renovated pop-up stadium in the centre of the city.

How nomadic path positioned Tosaint Ricketts to help Canada’s next generationThe Score
Born and raised in Edmonton, the 31-year-old striker had nary the options his younger compatriots had when seeking footballing progression. The lengths – literally – to which Ricketts has gone to seek first-team opportunities have defined his career.

Did you lose a soccer ball in Lake Ontario? A Niagara woman hopes this washed-up ball will find its owner across the lakeHamilton Spectator
A Niagara woman who discovered a soccer ball washed-up on a Lake Ontario beach early Easter morning is determined to return it to its owner — a young girl from the other side of the lake in Etobicoke, according to a faint name written on the ball in marker.


Indiana lawmakers approve funding bill for Pacers, Indy ElevenFox 59
The bill also opens the door for a new soccer stadium for Indy Eleven, but any future developments would also have to be approved by the City County Council.

Indy’s Kelly Earns Championship Player of the WeekUSL
Indy Eleven forward Dane Kelly has been voted the USL Championship Player of the Week for Week 7 of the 2019 season. Kelly opened his account for the Boys in Blue with three goals and one assist across a pair of road victories against the Swope Park Rangers and Bethlehem Steel FC to help the Eleven continue its winning streak to four games.

Red Wolves FC’s Beattie Named USL League One Player Of The WeekThe Chattanoogan
Chattanooga Red Wolves SC forward Steven Beattie has been named the USL League One Player of the Week for Week 4 of the league’s inaugural 2019 season.

Hartford Athletic adds midfielder Collin Martin on loan from Minnesota United of MLSHartford Courant
Hartford Athletic will add midfielder Collin Martin on a season-long loan from Minnesota United of the MLS, the team announced Tuesday.

Trio of Sounders Academy alums join U23s for 2019 USL League Two seasonGoalWA
After previously announcing three Seattle Sounders academy graduates for 2019, the Sounders U23s signed three more for the USL League Two season. Habib Barry, Satoshi “Yoshi” Chaffin and Neil Boyal will make their return to wearing Rave Green this summer.


Portland Thorns captain Christine Sinclair wins NWSL Player of the WeekOregon Live
Portland Thorns captain Christine Sinclair has been named the NWSL Player of the Week for week two of the season.

Women’s World Cup: former England players on the threat of ScotlandThe Guardian
Avoid the hype and then Phil Neville’s side can go far in France, say Rachel Yankey and Kelly Smith.

West Ham request to accommodate Women’s FA Cup final blocked by LeagueThe Guardian
West Ham claim the Premier League has blocked a request to bring forward their match against Southampton to allow supporters to watch their women’s team in the FA Cup final later the same day.


PL Preview: Manchester Derby, Wolves-ArsenalNBC Sports
All Premier League clubs will have played 35 matches this season following the conclusion of two beautiful Wednesday outings in England.

Late Spurs winner v Brighton; Southampton gets quickest goalLondon Free Press
After bombarding the Brighton goal without success throughout the game, Tottenham was getting frustrated.

Pogba reportedly ready to leave Man Utd; But where would he go?NBC Sports
Paul Pogba doesn’t intend to be at Manchester United for much longer, according to a report from L’Equipe.

PSG, Neymar turn attention to Coupe de France finalLigue 1
With the French title clinched at the weekend, Paris Saint-Germain are now looking ahead to Saturday’s Coupe de France final against Rennes, with fit-again Brazilian superstar Neymar looking to make his mark.

Frappart set to become first female Ligue 1 refereeEurosport
Stephanie Frappart will become the first woman to referee a French Ligue 1 match when Amiens host Strasbourg on April 28, the French Football Federation (FFF) said on Tuesday.

Monterrey edges Tigres in CONCACAF Champions League final openerYahoo Sports
Monterrey beat fellow Liga MX powerhouse Tigres 1-0 in the first leg of the all-Mexican 2019 CONCACAF Champions League final.

Melbourne eliminated after draw in Asian Champions LeagueLondon Free Press
A pair of Australian teams earned draws in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday, good enough to keep one alive in the competition while eliminating the other.

Mark Clattenburg heads to China as head of officiatingNBC Sports
Mark Clattenburg left England last year at the peak of his refereeing career for a big-money move to Saudi Arabia, and it appears he has his next high-profile move sorted as well.

Ex-Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is acquitted of money launderingBBC Sport
Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been acquitted of money laundering, after 20 months in prison.

Belgian police raid Anderlecht and KBVB in new corruption investigationInside World Football
Belgium football has again been tarnished with corruption allegations with Belgian police carrying out raids this morning at top club Anderlecht’s training ground as well at the Belgian FA (KBVB) in a separate investigation into money laundering.

FIFA launches new Diploma in Football LawFIFA
As part of an on-going effort to share knowledge with sports law professionals around the world, FIFA is launching a new Diploma in Football Law in collaboration with the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES). The Diploma is designed for sports executives, either working in the legal department of a FIFA Member Association, holding a legal position in a players’ union, club or league, or working as a sports lawyer in the football field.

Football’s pathetic omertas only serve to benefit those with real powerThe Guardian
Of course, it isn’t just ex-players failing the candour test. Football coverage (and indeed, football) is riddled with all sorts of rather pathetic omertas, many of which are justified on the basis of the game’s most elastic concept, and sometimes its most corrosive.

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