VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
MLS ALL-STARS vs. JUVENTUS
2018 MLS ALL-STAR GAME
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2018, 4:30 PM PT
MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM, ATLANTA, GA.
TV: TSN 1 ONLINE: TSN DIRECT
MLS All-Stars vs. Juventus | 2018 MLS All-Star Game Preview – Whitecaps FC
Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be the epicenter of the soccer universe Wednesday night as the MLS All-Stars line up to play one of Europe’s most decorated squads in Juventus, the reigning Serie A and Coppa Italia champions.
Alphonso Davies set to make a splash at MLS All-Star Game– Sportsnet
One might forgive Alphonso Davies for wanting a bit of down time after all he has experienced in the last week, both on and off the field. That’s not going to happen, though.
All-Stars react to Alphonso Davies’ big Bayern Munich move – MLS
Alphonso Davies’ record-breaking transfer from the Vancouver Whitecaps to Bayern Munich last week wasn’t just a career-altering move for the star Canadian attacker – it was a potentially huge moment for MLS, too.
The Challenge That Follows Alphonso Davies’s Transfer to Bayern Munich – SI.com
Now comes the hard part for the Whitecaps that all teams must encounter after a major sale: reinvesting the transfer windfall and proving to its fans that there’s reason to turn out despite dealing away its top attraction.
VIDEO: How Davies’ youth soccer coach orchestrated biggest transfer in MLS history – TSN
It didn’t take a big time agent for one of the biggest deals to go down in MLS history. Instead, the Alphonso Davies deal to Bayern Munich was struck with the help of a former coach and lifelong friend from Edmonton. Nick Huoseh coached Davies in minor soccer as a 10-year old with the Edmonton Strikers, and helped broker the richest transfer in MLS.
Will Europe Start Buying Major League Soccer’s Stars? – NY Times
Despite its stated ambitions, M.L.S. is not considered one of the best leagues in the world. For years it pursued an attention-grabbing, star-centered strategy similar to China’s. American teams have a trade deficit worthy of a White House tweet storm, buying $69 million worth of players last year while selling just $2.4 million.
Melvin, Homegrowns draw Tigres UANL U-20 1-1 in wild MLS showcase – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC goalkeeper Sean Melvin and the MLS Homegrown team drew 1-1 versus Tigres UANL U-20 in a wild end-to-end friendly at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground on Tuesday evening.
Toronto FC in transfer talks but will only add players if fit is right – Delta Optimist
With the departure of Mariano Mino and Ager Aketxe, Toronto FC has two international slots open on its roster and coach Greg Vanney says the team is in transfer talks.
Victor Vazquez back pulling strings for TFC – The Star
Like captain Michael Bradley, the 31-year-old Vazquez helps connect the Toronto backline to the attackers. It is Vazquez’s vision, however, that finds teammates in good positions and takes opponents where they don’t want to go.
LAFC among Forbes’ most valuable teams in Americas – NBC Sports
From hiring Bob Bradley to announcing Carlos Vela as the club’s first DP, Los Angeles FC has translated all its organizational momentum on to the field, where the club currently sits in second place in the Western Conference standings.
Orlando to host 2019 MLS All-Star Game – Pro Soccer USA
Major League Soccer will soon announce its annual marquee event is heading to Orlando City Stadium, multiple sources told Pro Soccer USA.
State of the league: MLS’s growth remains steady rather than spectacular – The Guardian
As MLS pauses for Wednesday’s All-Star Game, the state of America’s top division is very much in the eye of the beholder.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Canada Soccer announces National Club Licensing Program – BCSA
BC Soccer is committed to supporting Canada Soccer and the national direction as outlined in Canada Soccer’s Strategic Plan. Over the past 18 months BC Soccer have worked closely with Canada Soccer’s development department in the creation of the recently announced Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program.
Quesnel girls come fifth in BC Games soccer – BC Local News
The Cariboo-North East girls soccer team came fifth at the BC Summer Games while the boys team finished in eighth place.
Maple Ridge soccer player suits up for Canada at u-15 CONCACAF championship – Maple Ridge News
Isabella Muzzolini of Maple Ridge will play for under-15 Canadian national soccer team at the CONCACAF championship next week in Florida.
PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Khalsa SC 2, Vancouver Utd. 0, July 29, 2018 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League season – Pacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.
Call for interest for 2018 TD Diploma course – BCSA
Based on the level of interest, BC Soccer is planning to host a 2-day Technical Director’s course in late November or early December of 2018 (dates and location TBA). If you are interested in this course, please let BC Soccer know so they can update you.
PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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 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
Canada Soccer introduces Club Licensing Program – CSA
Canada Soccer has launched a new era of development for the sport with the introduction of its Club Licensing Program across Canada. The program is designed to raise the standards of soccer development across the country to improve the overall soccer system and guide soccer organizations toward best principles for organizational development both on and off the field.
Reading to host Calgary in 2018 PDL Championship Game – Reading United AC
Reading United (15-0-2) will face Calgary Foothills FC (14-1-2) for the chance at their first ever PDL Championship in team history.
Woeller hopes to make up for lost time with Canadian women’s team – Sportsnet
Shannon Woeller is a seasoned veteran in the soccer world. The 28-year-old defender from Vancouver had a strong college career at Rutgers. She has also played professionally across Europe with stops in Norway, Iceland, Germany, and she recently signed a new contract with Eskilstuna United of Sweden’s Damallsvenskan.
Woodbridge And Vaughan Return To L1 Cup Finals To Face Unionville And Toronto FC – League1 Ontario
The 2018 L1 Cup Finals will take place this Saturday August 4 (2 p.m. women’s kickoff & 4:30 p.m. men’s kickoff Pacific Time) at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan, featuring a return to the finals from 2017 finalists Woodbridge Strikers and Vaughan Azzurri, and a first date at the big show from Unionville Milliken and Toronto FC III.
Brennan to assume York 9 head coaching post along with role as VP and co-owner – June of 86
In becoming York 9’s first head coach Brennan is going to be wearing a lot of different jackets with the new Canadian Premier League club. Brennan is also the team’s executive vice-president and a co-owner of the club.
NWT Soccer to launch new futsal league in November – Cabin Radio
A new indoor futsal league will launch in Yellowknife this November, providing a weekly league open to anyone aged three to 19.
Lethbridge athlete loses foot in lawn mower accident: ‘This is not going to knock her down’ – Global News
A Lethbridge College soccer player is recovering in hospital after an accident over the weekend. Payden Olsen sustained extensive injuries while using a lawn mower and now her hometown of Cardston is fundraising to help during her recovery.
Canadian GoalMachine21 set to rep his country at FIFA eWorld Cup – Sportsnet
The FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final will take place beginning Thursday in London where 32 of the world’s best EA Sports FIFA 18 players will compete for a share of a $400,000 prize pool, including a $250,000 grand prize. Among the 32 competitors is one lone Canadian, Toronto native Nawid (GoalMachine21) Noorzai.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
USL’s Week Ahead – Rivalry Clashes Feature Across a Busy Weekend Slate – USL
Major rivalry clashes highlight Week 21 of the 2018 USL regular season as the season enters its final third with the race for the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs now in full swing for sides aiming to be part of the postseason in October.
Rittmeyer Voted USL Player of the Week – USL
Charleston Battery midfielder Nico Rittmeyer has been voted the USL Player of the Week for Week 20 of the 2018 season. Rittmeyer scored his first two professional goals to lead the Battery to a 3-0 victory against longtime rival the Richmond Kickers this past Saturday night as Charleston took its fourth consecutive victory and moved into second place in the Eastern Conference.
August will determine season for Republic FC – Indomitable City Soccer
After a much-needed bye week, Sacramento Republic FC return the pitch this Saturday when they host Fresno FC.
What’s the long-term plan for MLS, USL, and USL D-III? – Yahoo Sports
Clearly the USL is building up power and reserves, as MLS has done that already. Most of its top-end teams aren’t amongst the MLS B-sides and have the look of top-tier sides (FC Cincinnati, Sacramento Republic, Phoenix Rising).
USL Mid-Season Meetings Set for Atlanta – USL
Representatives from across USL, USL’s Division III on hand to discuss plans for 2019 .
Washington Premier FC wins 2018 EPLWA Championship – Evergreen Premier League
Washington Premier FC ran away with the 2018 Evergreen Premier League Trophy thanks to a comprehensive 5-1 win over Seattle Stars FC that concluded the EPLWA’s first-ever post season. Red hot striker Brandon Madsen repeated his hat trick feat of the semifinals with another 3 goals in the Final to lead the winners.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Orlando Pride view final stretch as must-win matches – Pro Soccer USA
For the Orlando Pride, making the playoffs for a second consecutive year depends on their success during their final five remaining National Women’s Soccer League games.
The NC Courage won the ICC, and it matters – WRAL
Reactions from all corners of media and social media spanned a spectrum. On one extreme, the Courage were trumpeted as the undisputed champions of the women’s soccer world. On the other, they’d “won” a jerry-built junket, a glorified friendly that was treated as practice by all but one participant. The truth, as is usually the case, lies somewhere in between.
Mexico WNT wins Barranquilla 2018 – The Equalizer
The Mexico Women’s National Team won the Central American and Caribbean Games Championship over Costa Rica on Monday, in a wild match that saw Mexico score three goals in as many minutes to notch the come-from-behind victory.
WSL fixtures release: Chelsea begin title defence against rivals Manchester City – BBC Sport
Chelsea’s Women’s Super League title defence will begin against Manchester City, while Manchester United’s first senior competitive women’s game since 2005 will be at Liverpool in August.
Emma Hansberry hopes “experience” will help in the UEFA Champions League – Irish WNL
Match-winner Emma Hansberry was delighted to have helped her side to move a step closer to some silverware as her spectacular late strike earned Wexford Youths a 2-1 win over Galway in their Continental Tyres Women’s National League semi-final in Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday evening.
Women’s Under-19 EURO team of the tournament – UEFA
Winners Spain provide four players to the UEFA technical experts’ youthful official team of the tournament.
Switzerland look to take women’s football development to next level with UEFA help – UEFA
The Swiss Football Association (SFA) has big plans for the development of women’s football in the country – with assistance from UEFA’s HatTrick programme, it aims to have in excess of 30,000 people playing the sport in total.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Malcom scores for Barcelona against Roma in 4-2 defeat in Dallas – BBC Sport
Just a week after snubbing Roma to join Barcelona, Malcom scored against the Serie A side in a 4-2 defeat in Dallas.
Alexis leads Man United past Real Madrid; Spurs, Roma win – NBC Sports
The International Champions Cup brought some power matches to the preseason pitch on Wednesday, and two of the three brought some real entertainment.
French defender Digne joins Everton from Barcelona – Sportsnet
France left back Lucas Digne has joined Everton from Barcelona as the second signing of recently hired manager Marco Silva.
Premier League brings in cards for touchline misconduct – Sportsnet
Referees are to issue yellow and red cards to English Premier League managers who misbehave on the touchline during FA Cup and League Cup matches in a pilot scheme for season 2018-19, the FA said on Tuesday.
Championship 2018-19 season preview – The Guardian
Big-spending Nottingham Forest will hope they can do a Wolves but the English second tier remains unpredictable.
Corruption cases haunt CAF, but Ahmad says fight is ongoing and change is happening – Inside World Football
Confederation of African Football president Ahmad Ahmad says African football is making improvements in its fight against corruption despite a string of recent cases including the suspension of his former vice-president Kwesi Nyantekyi who ran the Ghanaian federation.
How College Sports Killed Summer Vacation – NY Times
Want to play volleyball or field hockey or soccer in college? Say goodbye to your summer.
Concussions: Changing soccer culture – Investigate West
Organized Latino clubs in Portland shake off an “ice it and play” attitude toward injuries — including concussions — while rising in the ranks
World Cup 2030: FA considers England bid to host tournament – BBC Sport
The Football Association is considering putting England forward as a potential host for the 2030 World Cup.
Guangzhou Evergrande get major CSL boost from Paulinho and Anderson Talisca – ESPN
Fabio Cannavaro’s smile lit up the Tianhe Stadium as he punched the air to celebrate Anderson Talisca’s second goal — a delightful curling, dipping effort — in Guangzhou Evergrande’s 5-0 mauling of Chongqing Lifan on Sunday.
AS Saint Etienne takes player announcement to new level – NBC Sports
A week after FC Nantes spoofed Fortnight in announcing a new signing, fellow French club AS Saint Etienne went a little more old school.
FIFA publishes second Global Club Football Report – FIFA
FIFA has published the 2018 Global Club Football Report, an annual analysis undertaken by the Professional Football Department with the objective of sharing knowledge and establishing standards for the development and governance of club football.
Free Tibet. Just don’t try it in Russia at a FIFA World Cup – Inside World Football
While most French fans in Moscow were able to celebrate their team’s World Cup triumph, one supporter was apparently not so lucky after being detained allegedly for simply displaying a Tibetan flag.