BC Soccer News, Wednesday, August 30, 2017




MLS Ticker: Galaxy hire Kinnear as assistant, Fire’s Dean out for season and more SBI
A pair of teams have made some minor coaching hires as Dominic Kinnear returns to coaching in an assistant role and a couple former players take up jobs as academy coaches.

A new Bernier? Quebec native Samuel Piette could be next Montreal starMLS
Samuel Piette is uniquely positioned to give the Montreal Impact a successor to fellow midfielder Patrice Bernier as a hometown anchor in their starting lineup.

Impact defender Shaun Francis to play for Jamaica in friendly against CanadaMontreal Gazette
Impact defenceman Shaun Francis was selected by the Jamaican national team to take part in a friendly match against Canada on Saturday at Toronto’s BMO Field.

Former Toronto FC boss Leiweke ‘not as crazy’ as people thought: Reds’ head honcho reflects backToronto Sun
The first 18 months of ex-MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke’s time in charge of Toronto FC was an unmitigated disaster. Despite dropping untold sums of cash on Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe entering 2014, the Reds finished outside the MLS playoffs for the eighth season in a row.

MLS Playoff Picture International Break EditionMLS Multiplex
Thankfully only two matches this weekend have real playoff implications, but for those four teams they will need to fight and win while short-handed.

Cascadia chaos: Fieldside view of Sounders-Timbers a feast for the sensesFour Four Two
From afar, you look at tactics. But up close, you get a true appreciation for the nuance of the game.

Galaxy’s Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos looking ahead to Mexico dutyMLS
The 2017 season hasn’t gone as planned for the LA Galaxy. But for brothers Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos the dream of playing together for club and country is alive and well as they report for duty with the Mexican national team.

Crazy as Loons: How die-hard MN United fans keep soccer alive in MinnesotaCitypages
The ill-starred journey of the state’s most passionate soccer fans begins with Minnesota United’s predecessor, the now-defunct Minnesota Thunder. While the Thunder existed as barnstorming amateurs for their first four years, the team eventually fielded professional squads starting in 1995.

I went to a Whitecaps game with the Southsiders, here’s what happenedDaily Hive
“Be a part of the best sporting atmosphere in Vancouver.” Far and away the biggest reason for that atmosphere is the club’s largest and oldest supporters group: the Southsiders. Founded in 1999 when the team was known as the Vancouver 86ers and played at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, those fans at the south end of BC Place you see singing, chanting, and waving flags have helped the Whitecaps become cool in the city.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, Seattle Sounders FC 1, August 23, 2017BC Soccer Web
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CANADA WEST MSOC PHOTOS: UBC Thunderbirds 1, TWU Spartans 0, August 26, 2017BC Soccer Web
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Three stars of the week: Men’s soccer players earn first weekly honoursCanada West
Fourth-year Trinity Western Spartans soccer forward Leighton Johnson is the Canada West men’s first star of the week for the period ending Sunday, August 27.

VIU Mariners hoping to win a national men’s soccer championship on home soilNanaimo News Now
The VIU Mariners have already started down the road towards a national CCAA title. The men’s squad will host the national championship November 8-11 and they just completed an undefeated preseason with three wins and a tie.

WSOC PREVIEW: Canada West season kicks-off with Vikes hosting T-BirdsUVic
Another season, another year of change for the UVic Vikes women’s soccer team as a roster full of faces both familiar and fresh prepare for their first game of the 2017 Canada West season against the UBC T-Birds, taking place inside Centennial Stadium at 2:00 p.m.

MSOC PREVIEW: Vikes hit the road looking for first win of the seasonUVic
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team will hit the road this weekend, hoping that their time away from home will provide a better result than the opening weekend of the Canada West soccer schedule did.

Maracle never ceases to amaze in UBC women’s soccer creaseThe Province
Things keep getting taken from Marlee Maracle. She went from being an unquestioned starter in high school to not even seeing the field for two years with the UBC Thunderbirds women’s soccer team. When she finally was anointed the No. 1 goalkeeper, an ankle injury took her position away, and she could only watch as her teammates went on to win the national title.

WolfPack Men’s Soccer Gears Up for Home Opening WeekendTRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team will look for their first victory of the young Canada West season as they entertain the University of Victoria Vikes and the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds this weekend (Sept 2-3).

Barcelona soccer stars host grandson of Vancouver man killed in terror attackThe Province
Duncan Bates, 14, of Vancouver, got to meet his FC Barcelona soccer heroes on Friday. But the meeting with the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez was a small moment of joy in what’s been a difficult August for the teen and his family. Duncan lost his 75-year-old grandfather, Ian Moore Wilson, in the Aug. 17 terrorist attack in Barcelona. His grandmother Valerie Wilson was injured and only just released from hospital.

‘Caps wrap up first Northern and Kootenay Academy team residential camps hosted by TOFCWhitecaps FC
Over 80 Whitecaps FC Academy Centre players completed their first Northern and Kootenay team residential camp in Vernon this past week, in an event hosted by Thompson Okanagan FC (TOFC).

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
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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.

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Canada vs. Jamaica | 2017 International Friendly Match PreviewMLS
They’ve long been eliminated from World Cup qualifying, but both Canada and Jamaica will begin the process of building on successful 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup performances in an intriguing friendly matchup on Saturday at BMO Field.

Red Nation Interview Series: Adam Straith Red Nation Online
Adam Straith has been one of Canada’s most reliable players for the last decade, picking up 43 caps since 2010 and being a part of Canada’s squads at the 2013, 2015 and 2017 Gold Cups. Over that same time, the Victoria native has also enjoyed stints in Germany, Norway and Canada and earlier this week made his debut with Sportfreunde Lotte of Germany’s 3. Liga.

Canadian coach: Hutchinson keeping national team options open Sportsnet
After a year-long absence, Atiba Hutchinson has returned to the Canadian national team.

U SPORTS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#1): Defending national champions Alberta, Laval open at No. 1 in soccerUSports
The reigning U SPORTS champion Laval Rouge et Or (women) and Alberta Golden Bears (men) open the season as the top-ranked soccer programs in the country.

August 26/27 League1 Ontario Match ReportsNorthern Starting XI
Reports from selected matches in League1 Ontario.

Christine Sinclair’s mother at heart of her newest challengeMontreal Gazette
The Burnaby, B.C. native has scored 168 goals in international play and captained Canada to back-to-back Olympic bronze medal finishes. But now the 34-year-old Olympic star is embarking on a new challenge to help find cure for multiple sclerosis, a degenerative disease that has afflicted her mother, Sandi.

Fundy wins league title with win over Kent NordAmherst News Citizen-Record
The Amherst Fundy Youth Soccer Under-17 boy’s soccer team won the Eastern Soccer League championship Monday night at Amherst Regional High School.

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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USL PHOTOS: WFC2 2 LA Galaxy II 1, August 27, 2017BC Soccer Web
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USL Match Preview – #TORvSTLUSL
Toronto FC II welcomes Saint Louis FC to the Ontario Soccer Centre on Wednesday night looking to build on its biggest win of the season, while STLFC is in need of a bounce-back performance as it looks to maintain its chances at a place in the USL Cup Playoffs.

TFC II leaving Vaughan for Toronto after 3-season run; stadium size at issueVaughan Citizen
What started with great TFC fanfare in January, 2015 when they arrived is ending with a TFC II fizzle in October, 2017 as the team leaves Vaughan.

Miller believes June loss in Puerto Rico was the catalyst for FC Edmonton’s change in fortunesthe11.ca
It’s a relatively small sample size, but FC Edmonton has been more successful on the road than at home so far this NASL season.

SF Deltas’ Attakora will miss most of season after knee surgerySF Gate
San Francisco Deltas captain and defensive mainstay Nana Attakora underwent surgery on the meniscus in his right knee on Monday. Recovery time will be six to eight weeks, meaning he will miss most, if not all, of the remainder of the regular season.

Roughnecks Face Sounders 2 Wednesday in WashingtonRoughnecks FC
The Tulsa Roughnecks FC open up a three-game swing through the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday, August 30 with its first meeting this season with Seattle Sounders 2. The match is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. PDT at Starfire Sports Complex, located just outside Seattle.

Kerr Named USL Player of the WeekUSL
Pittsburgh Riverhounds midfielder Kevin Kerr has been voted the USL Player of the Week for Week 23 of the 2017 season. Kerr recorded a goal and two assists, as the Riverhounds took a 3-2 victory against Keystone State rival Bethlehem Steel FC on Saturday night for the club’s third consecutive victory, which helped boost Pittsburgh’s postseason push.

FC Cincinnati’s Alan Koch: ‘This is the exciting time of the season’ Cincinnati.com
As FC Cincinnati prepares to embark on a seven-game stretch to decide its USL playoff fate, head coach Alan Koch is preparing for an exciting, albeit it nervy and intense, run of games to finish the regular season.

Phoenix Rising Stadium Proposal Nearing “Turn-key” Completion Soccernation
In July, Phoenix Rising FC laid out details of its Major League Soccer stadium plan. Since then, meetings with the Solanna Group, which controls the real estate central to the plan, and MLS, as well as the involvement of additional consultants have brought the proposal even closer to completion.

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Houston Dash moves Sunday’s NWSL game to FriscoSoccer America
The Houston Dash’s NWSL game against Seattle Reign scheduled for Sunday has been moved to Frisco, Texas, 266 miles away, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey that hit southeast Texas.

Orlando Pride Sign Midfielders Jo Blankenship and Jordan O’BrienOrlando City SC
Orlando Pride has signed midfielders Jocelyn “Jo” Blankenship and Jordan O’Brien, pending the receipt of her International Transfer Certificate (ITC), ahead of the 2017 Roster Freeze on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Both players have been added to the team after joining the Pride as training players mid-way through the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season.

The Pride’s Brazilian Trio Named to National Team Roster Orlando City SC
The Brazilian National Team roster has been named ahead of their two September friendlies with the Matildas in Australia. The Pride’s Brazilian trio of Camila, Marta and Monica have all been called up for the trip to The Land Down Under and will face their Pride teammates Alanna Kennedy and Steph Catley September 16th and 19th.

Sam Kerr a star attraction when Matildas meet Brazil in women’s football friendliesNews.com
THE woman who has been smashing records and setting the National Women’s Soccer League in the US alight will be one of the star attraction when the Matildas take on Brazil in their upcoming two-match series.

Washington Spirit vs North Carolina preview: Courage must insure playoff performance with a win against WashingtonVavel
The Washington Spirit host North Carolina Courage for the last meeting this season. After two victories for the Courage, the Spirit must bring a challenge to the table as the tenth place team faces the first place team in the NWSL.

Lucy Bronze’s thirst for a challenge takes England defender to Europe’s peak The Guardian
Manchester City and England defender grabbed the chance of a move to Lyon where she hopes to fulfil her dream of winning the Champions League.

VIDEO: The Journey: Morgan BrianUS Soccer
Through her experience with the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team, with which she won a World Cup title in 2012, to her matriculation to the U.S. WNT, it wasn’t easy for Morgan Brian to graduate from the University of Virginia.

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Europe’s soccer transfer window set for frantic finaleToronto Star
There are a slew of high-profile and long-running sagas that are still to be finalized before the transfer window closes on Thursday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Liverpool move for £40m Arsenal manBBC Sport
Liverpool have opened talks with Arsenal over a move for midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The 24-year-old England international rejected a move to Chelsea on Tuesday after a £40m fee was agreed.

Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal reject £50m from Manchester City for Chilean forwardBBC Sport
Arsenal have rejected a £50m bid from Premier League rivals Manchester City for forward Alexis Sanchez.

Ceferin warns Euro giants that FFP still has teeth, and floats possibility of salary capInside World Football
As the summer transfer market reaches its denouement and the spending spree winds up for six months, UEFA president Alexandre Ceferin has made it clear his organisation is not turning a blind eye to the financial excesses many believe are spiralling out of control.

What to look out for in Thursday’s European Qualifiers UEFA
The European Qualifiers are back from Thursday, with the likes of France, Switzerland – one of only two teams with a perfect record – and Belgium looking to edge closer to a FIFA World Cup berth.

Heavyweight duels await as stakes rise in EuropeFIFA
With less than ten months to go until Russia 2018 gets underway, everything is still to play for in Europe as the battle for FIFA World Cup places intensifies.

After Depths of November, USMNT Aura Vastly Different Entering Costa Rica QualifierSI.com
For Toronto, the biggest games are down the road. For the USA, they’re here and now. At 2-2-2 and in third place in the Hex with four games remaining, Bradley and Co. have cleaned up a good chunk of the mess created last year.

Dick Advocaat: Everything is still in our handsFIFA
Dick Advocaat should be on a beach or a golf course. The veteran coach will turn 70 next month, and vowed as recently as March that he would be retired by now. One call was all it took to change his mind. It came, of course, from the Netherlands national team, a side he had coached twice before following earlier spells as assistant to the great Rinus Michels. And in truth, it was not so much a call as a distress signal.

Chelsea is a ‘tough place’ for youngsters says England’s Chalobah SN
Nathaniel Chalobah feels his “brave” decision to leave Chelsea has paid off and believes Stamford Bridge is a “tough place” for young players to be.

How Premier League starlets are cutting ties and going to Germany and PortugalThe Guardian
Arsenal youth-team graduates Chris Willock and Kaylen Hinds are just two players who have joined foreign clubs this summer, tempted by regular first-team football and new experiences.

Race resumes for Africa’s World Cup hopefulsFIFA
The scenes of joy and jubilation may have to wait, but expect intrigue aplenty in the upcoming round of African Zone qualifiers. Although no team stands poised to clinch a berth at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, several nations can take a major stride towards the global showcase.

Tentative Korea Republic aim for nine on the trotFIFA
Korea Republic are chasing a ninth successive FIFA World Cup appearance. The streak, which stretches all the way back to Mexico ’86, would be the envy of many an Old World football power. Indeed, aside from former World Cup winners, no nation has a better current unbroken run.

FA Cup: Billericay Town owner aiming for the Premier League BBC Sport
A weekly wage bill of £20,000, a battalion of former Premier League players and an owner who has made himself manager and films team-talks for social media. Billericay Town are not your average non-league club – and Glenn Tamplin is not your average manager.

Chapecoense plane crash survivors meet Pope Francis at the VaticanESPN FC
Brazilian side Chapecoense met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday. The club were devastated by an airplane crash in the mountains of Colombia in November, with all but six of the 77 players, officials and journalists on board killed.

How Kids’ Sports Became a $15 Billion IndustryTime
Neighborhood Little Leagues, town soccer associations and church basketball squads that bonded kids in a community–and didn’t cost as much as a rent check–have largely lost their luster. Little League participation, for example, is down 20% from its turn-of-the-century peak. These local leagues have been nudged aside by private club teams, a loosely governed constellation that includes everything from development academies affiliated with professional sports franchises to regional squads run by moonlighting coaches with little experience.

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