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VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
L.A. GALAXY vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #18
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2017, 7:30 PM
STUB HUB CENTER, CARSON, CA.
TV: TSN RADIO: TSN 1040 ONLINE: TSN GO
Training report: More Reyna, Nerwinski’s jump, loan updates, and intra-club rivalries – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are back in training this week while the league is on international break for this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. Their next match comes on Wednesday, July 19 when they face LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center.
From the Pigeon Loft: The Next Note – AFTN
Soccer is jazz with a ball at your feet. It’s about improvisation and flair within constraints. It’s about creatively using what you’ve got, and responding to what’s happening. Seeing ahead and not getting stuck on what you’ve just done. You can neither rest on your laurels nor wallow in your self-pity. You simply need to make the next move, make a better choice, lift up someone else, or slot home your chance when it comes around.
Supporters Week – Vancouver Whitecaps Front Office – Eighty-Six Forever
In the first of our Supporters Week series, we talk with the Vancouver Whitecaps Fan Services.
Minnesota United adds New Zealand national team defender Michael Boxall – Star-Tribune
Michael Boxall started three matches in the recent Confederations Cup and is expected shore up the Loons at center-back.
Sporting Kansas City 3, FC Dallas 0 | 2017 US Open Cup Match Recap – MLS
A brace by Latif Blessing in the first half of extra time helped lift Sporting Kansas City to a wild 3-0 win over FC Dallas in the quarterfinal round of the US Open Cup Tuesday night at Children’s Mercy Park.
Sporting KC’s Ike Opara diagnosed with concussion after leaving match on a stretcher – Kansas City Star
Sporting Kansas City defender Ike Opara was described as awake and alert at University of Kansas Hospital after being stretchered off the field Tuesday at Children’s Mercy Park.
New York Red Bulls head to Harvard to face revenge-minded Revolution in Open Cup quarterfinal – Prost Amerika
The New York Red Bulls complete one of the strangest sequences of scheduling in club history Thursday night. In their last five matches, they’ve faced just three opponents, a list which will remain the same size when they return to the same state they were in just a week ago to play the same team in a different competition.
Quakes hope to have landed their own Almiron in new signing ‘Vako’ – SBI
MLS continues to morph, shifting not only aesthetically but internally for the greater good of the league. The San Jose Earthquakes’ latest Designated Player signing Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili’s is simply another indication of how.
Amid reported DC interest, should Revolution flip Kei Kamara? – Prost Amerika
Transfer season, also known as “Silly Season,” is upon us and the rumor mill in churning. It’s churning especially for the New England Revolution, who, reports say, are interested in off-loading out of form attacker Kei Kamara.
TFC notebook: No set return date for injured Beitashour – Sportsnet
Major League Soccer is taking a hiatus this week as the group stage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup continues to unfold, but Toronto FC was back in training today at their training facility in Downsview.
Close call for Toronto FC fullback Steven Beitashour after on-field collision – Edmonton Journal
What is clear is that Beitashour is a lucky man, given the seriousness of an injury usually associated with car crashes and stabbings, not soccer games.
Mehdi Ballouchy Rejoins NYCFC as U-15s Coach – NYCFC
Former New York City FC player Mehdi Ballouchy has rejoined the club as Academy U-15s Coach. The Moroccan-born 34-year old retired from soccer at the end of the 2016 season after two seasons at NYCFC and returns following a spell coaching at World Class FC.
Gores’ Palace Sports files federal trademark for ‘Detroit City Soccer Club’ – Crain’s Detroit
The Detroit City Soccer Club name is strikingly similar to Detroit City Football Club, which plays to 5,000 fans a game. The owners of Detroit City FC are seeking to become a professional club and have acknowledged they’ve talked to the Gores-Gilbert effort about possible investment or purchase.
MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3, New York City FC 2, July 5, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
BC SOCCER NEWS
U-16s seek first title as they look to build on past program success – Whitecaps FC
Almost there. Again. The Whitecaps FC Residency program are one game away from competing for the 2017 U-16 Development Academy Championship.
Nelson U16 Boys rally to capture Provincial B Cup Bronze Medal – Nelson Daily
Nelson Youth Soccer claimed its second piece of hardware at the BC Soccer Les Sinnott Provincial B Cup tournament when the U16 Boy’s captured the bronze medal with a thrilling 3-2 extra-time victory over Prince George Sunday in Vernon.
U15 girls soccer team places fourth in province – Salmon Arm Observer
Every player on the roster contributed as the Shuswap FC U14/15 team finished fourth at provincials.
United U13s collect B.C. bronze – Vernon Morning Star
Vernon Tolko United took bronze in the U13 Boys Division of the Les Sinnott Provincial B Soccer Cup.
Songhees Nation athletes to compete at indigenous games – Victoria News
Caleb Sam is excited and ready for the challenge of competing against higher level opponents. The 15-year-old defender will play soccer for Team B.C. during the Games.
Moreton academy defeated Thompson Rivers – Kamloops This Week
The Moreton School Football Academy capped their B.C. tour with a 3-0 defeat of the Thompson Rivers WolfPack on the weekend, returning to the United Kingdom undefeated.
Immigrant author Dirks McLean releases new children’s book – Canadian Immigrant
In the upcoming book, Victor travels with his soccer team, the GTA Gazelles, to Vancouver to participate in Thank You Canada, a soccer tournament featuring teams of Syrian refugees. The experience is meant to be a fun one, but on his journey the young goaltender is plagued with the guilt of leaving his family, the drama of teammate issues and the memories of his homeland and the loved ones left behind.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC 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.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
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
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
PDL PHOTOS: TSS Rovers 2 Lane Utd. 2, May 12, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
3V3 LIVE NATIONAL SOCCER TOUR COMES TO ABBOTSFORD – 3v3 Live Canada
3v3 Live Soccer Tour and Holbrook Sports Management are excited to announce the expansion of the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour into the Canadian soccer market. With the first event previously announced to take place on the August 19/20 weekend in Surrey, BC, the 3v3 Soccer Tour will expand to Abbotsford, BC, on August 20 and will include men’s and women’s open divisions.
2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
REVIEW: The Miracle Mile. Stories of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games – BC BookLook
Author Jason Beck is curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame in BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, and convenor two years ago of an excellent exhibition about the 1954 Games. In his first book, he proves to be a meticulous researcher, a compelling story-teller, and a crafty realist who knows how to hook his readers. Watch how, two pages into the book, he uses filmic technique to evoke the arriving athletes’ youthful buzz and give period colouring and costuming, but then smartly moves his camera in to introduce his stars.
TSS Rovers launch website & 2017 Season Ticket Campaign – TSS Rovers
TSS FC Rovers play their inaugural season in the PDL at iconic Swangard Stadium. Season Tickets are $70 for Adults, $49 for U12 Youth.
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!
To our Readers: A Choice – BC Soccer Web
Soccer has brought us to the United States many times. It’s a great place with decent people. We especially look forward to our Cascadia trips to Seattle and Portland. They’re incredible cities with wonderful supporters. That’s why it was so disheartening to see chaos and fear take hold in the airports and borders of our neighbours to the south.
Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on sale – Highlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
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
CONCACAF GOLD CUP 2017
CANADA 1 COSTA RICA 1
GROUP A: MATCHDAY #2
TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017
BBVA COMPASS STADIUM, HOUSTON, TX
Canada stays atop Group A with impressive 1:1 draw with Costa Rica at CONCACAF Gold Cup – CSA
Canada remain undefeated in first place following a CONCACAF Gold Cup 1:1 draw against Group A rivals Costa Rica. Alphonso Davies scored his third goal of the tournament while Milan Borjan put forth a man of the match performance to keep Canada undefeated through five international matches in 2017.
Canada 1 Costa Rica 1: Davies does it again in draw at Gold Cup – The Province
The 16-year-old Davies’s third goal in two games came in the 26th minute and helped the Canadian men’s soccer team move one step closer to qualifying for the knockout rounds of the tournament.
Davies “OK” after injury scare cuts short another breakout game for Canada – MLS
Canadian fans may have feared the worst when Alphonso Davies hobbled off with an apparent foot or ankle injury with just over 20 minutes remaining of Tuesday’s 1-1 Gold Cup draw with Costa Rica.
Canada remains on course at Gold Cup after draw vs. Costa Rica – Sportsnet
Alphonso Davies continues to be the revelation of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, helping Canada to within sight of its first quarterfinal appearance since 2009.
Canada newcomers continuing to prove worth at Gold Cup – MLS
The fact that their opponent in the next game is Honduras is sufficient to send chills up the spine of any longtime fan. However, the youthful, free-flowing Canadian side we’ve seen so far at this Gold Cup is unlike any other in recent memory.
Honduras 0, French Guiana 0 | 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Match Recap – MLS
Honduras and French Guiana played to a scoreless draw in a CONCACAF Gold Cup Group A match Tuesday night at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium. But Honduras appear likely to be awarded the three points for a win due to a forfeit.
French Guiana took a forfeit so they could play Florent Malouda in the Gold Cup – SI.com
Even in the continually-crazy world of CONCACAF, this is a new one. It’s not often that any team in any sport purposely forfeits a game to intentionally field an ineligible player.
It’s time for Alberta to field a team in the Gold Cup – the11.ca
What we do need to have is our own “national” soccer team. I put “national” in quotes because, well, it would be only a sort-of national soccer team. There’s no way we’d be given FIFA’s blessing to compete as our own nation for World Cup qualifying. But (and this is the big “but”) what we can do is ask CONCACAF, the fine people who oversee the North American, Central American and Caribbean zone, to make us a member “nation” in their little group.
Preview: Canada Soccer National EXCEL program continues summer tour with U-17 China Four Nations Tournament – CSA
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National EXCEL program is preparing for a U17 Four Nations Tournament in Weifang, China, with matches against China 12 July, USA 14 July, and Japan 16 July.
Foster earns win in three nations tournament – Cambridge Times
Trying to establish herself as a key piece of the future of Canada’s women’s soccer, goalkeeper Rylee Foster earned herself a win during the under-20 squad’s three nations tournament in Canberra, Australia.
Assistant coach Julian de Guzman to play for Fury FC against Impact – National Post
Canada’s most decorated male soccer player will have the chance to run onto the field for one last game knowing that will be it for his career.
Cordoba on record-breaking pace – Chronicle Herald
Jhonattan Cordoba is ready to add another chapter to his Nova Scotia Soccer League legacy. The Western Halifax Durty Nelly’s striker tacked two more goals onto his league-leading total in a 4-1 victory against Halifax Dunbrack this past week. With 11 goals in just eight games, the 27-year-old is on pace to shatter his previous Golden Boot-winning mark in 2016 when he notched 13 in 17 matches.
Canada’s Women’s Championship Challenge – Maple Leaf Forever
At this moment, Canada is #4 in the world in women’s soccer. On merit we must be in the top eight, in an international pool that’s never been deeper. Our national team is stronger than ever and for once we’ve accomplished as much as, on paper, we should. Yet on the club side, we can’t even decide a national champion.
Hamilton a key location for sports, cultural festival for North American Indigenous Games – CBC
Toronto is hosting the 2017 North American Indigenous Games starting Sunday, and as with the 2015 Pan Am Games, Hamilton will be home to plenty of the action.
Grassroots Practices You Can Use – Learn to Train (Week 49) – Ontario Soccer
This week’s session focuses on running with the ball.
Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 November – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 vs. SWOPE PARK RANGERS FC
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017, 12:00 PM
UBC THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC
Whitecaps FC 2 arrive home to battle Swope Park Rangers under the midday sun – Whitecaps FC
Rich Fagan and Whitecaps FC 2 are back on the north side of the 49th with red hot Swope Park Rangers on the docket for a midweek nooner at Thunderbird Stadium on Wednesday. It will be a tough test for young WFC2 who are showing signs of turning things around with a solid first half in last Saturday’s road draw in Colorado Springs.
FCC Acquires Greig, De Wit from Vancouver – USL
FC Cincinnati has boosted its roster with the acquisition of Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s Kyle Greig, Whitecaps FC 2 defender Sem de Wit, and the addition of Kevin Schindler, a free agent from Weden Wiesbaden.
Swope Park signs Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal to USL contract – The Blue Testament
The Swope Park Rangers announced they have signed midfielder Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal to a full USL contract. Kuzain was already on Swope Park’s roster on an Academy contract and played two games to start the season.
Energy FC Acquires Angulo on Loan – USL
OKC Energy FC announced on Tuesday it had acquired former USL Most Valuable Player Jose Angulo on loan from Saint Louis FC, with winger Daniel Jackson moving in the opposite direction to STLFC in a separate transaction.
Freeman Chasing Open Cup in Miami – Empire of Soccer
Miami FC taking the North American Soccer League’s Spring Season championship felt like a foregone conclusion for a few weeks now. Still, no one would have predicted the dominant scoreline the team would drop on the second-place San Francisco Deltas over the weekend to clinch the title and lockdown a berth in the league’s postseason tournament.
Miami FC is the Heel That US Soccer Needs – Fifty Five One
On Wednesday night, Cincinnati and Miami will meet in a U.S. Open Cup matchup that looks straight out of a WWE ticket: good versus evil.
USL Match Preview: NYRB II Head to Harrisburg for Wednesday Match – NYRB
New York Red Bulls II (6-8-3, 21 points) travel to face another local rival, the Harrisburg City Islanders (4-8-4, 16 points), Wednesday evening at FNB Field.
2017 USL Mid-Season Review – USL
Amid a Summer of Soccer, highlighted by international and domestic tournaments, the United Soccer League reached the midpoint of its 2017 season and continued to set new records with more fans, more action, more stadiums and more stars. One of the most prominent Division II leagues in the world, the USL continues to reach new heights.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Women’s EURO 2017 guide: Group C – UEFA
Can third-time qualifiers Iceland or debutants Austria and Switzerland top France? That is the question as we profile the teams in UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 Group C.
Kirby emerges shining after dark year – FIFA
Still aged just 24, England’s Fran Kirby can now stand tall, knowing she has wandered that path of doubt and frustration, standing on the brink of the UEFA Women’s EURO brimming with self-belief after knee and ankle injuries have blighted the last 12 months of her career.
A European Holiday: The NWSL in the Euros – Backline Soccer
With the European Championship fast approaching, NWSL teams have seen players leave to attend pre-tournament camps with their national teams. All in all, there are seven NWSL players representing their country at the EUROs.
Why making a living as women’s pro soccer player is no easy task, especially in high-price Seattle – Seattle Times
This year, the minimum salary in the NWSL is up to $15,000, but far below the league minimum of $53,000 in MLS. As a result, finding viable ways to stay in women’s professional soccer continues to be an issue for players who aren’t on the U.S. or Canadian national teams.
Lewes FC become first professional club to pay women and men equally – The Guardian
Lewes FC have become the first professional or semi-professional football club to pay its women’s team the same as its men’s team, as part of its Equality FC campaign.
Scotland women’s players given parting gift ahead of Euros – The Scotsman
A trio of Scotland women’s football squad were treated to their own personalised football chants before heading to the Netherlands to compete in the UEFA Women’s Championship.
Around the world in women’s soccer: France – Prost Amerika
France has one of the longest traceable histories when it comes to women’s soccer. The first female football league in France was established in 1918, by women’s sport pioneer, Alice Milliat, who is best known for her successful efforts to include women’s events in the Olympics. In 1920, her team of Parisians travelled to England to play Lily Parr and the famous Dick Kerr’s Ladies as representatives of France, marking the first international incident of women’s soccer.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Dani Alves: Manchester City target joins Paris St-Germain – BBC Sport
Manchester City have missed out on one of their summer transfer targets after Brazil full-back Dani Alves joined Paris St-Germain on a free transfer.
PSG beat Man City to Alves by offering whopping £230,000-per-week deal – SN
Paris Saint-Germain beat Manchester City in the race for Dani Alves by offering the Brazilian a huge contract worth £230,000 per week, Goal understands.
Donnarumma signs new AC Milan contract – Reuters
The 18-year-old put pen to paper on the new contract after initially rejecting an extension to his current deal, which was due to expire at the end of the coming season.
Donnarumma apologises after AC Milan renewal: ‘I’m sorry to the fans who felt betrayed’ – SN
Gianluigi Donnarumma has apologised to AC Milan supporters after signing a new contract with the club until 2021.
Manchester City to sign Vasco da Gama’s Douglas Luiz – sources – ESPN FC
Manchester City are close to completing the signing of Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz from Vasco da Gama, sources have told ESPN.
Leicester’s owner, King Power, accused of £327m corruption in Thailand – The Guardian
The company that owns Leicester City and funded the club’s rise to become 2016 Premier League champions has been accused of multimillion-pound corruption in the operation of its business in Thailand.
After disappointing effort against Panama, Acosta looking to seize next USMNT chance – SBI
Kellyn Acosta understands the expectations he now faces. In just a matter of months, he’s grown from fringe U.S. Men’s National Team prospect to midfield regular. It’s a role that comes with pressure and weight, a status he must fight for each and every time he steps on the field for the USMNT.
Collapsed pro soccer player to be woken from induced coma – Toronto Sun
Doctors at a hospital in Innsbruck will start waking up an Ajax midfielder who has been kept in an induced coma since collapsing during a friendly game in the Austrian Alps on Saturday.
No Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid tour squad – Soccer America
Real Madrid released its traveling squad for its summer tour of the United States that includes a meeting with Barcelona in Miami and ends Aug. 2 at the MLS All-Star Game in Chicago, and there is a notable omission: Cristiano Ronaldo.
UCL Qualifiers: First-leg wins for Qarabağ, Salzburg, Rijeka and Partizan – UEFA
Qarabağ beat Samtredia 5-0 in the first leg of their second qualifying round tie on Tuesday, with Salzburg, Rijeka and Partizan also picking up wins ahead of Friday’s draw.
Roadmap set for Sudan to return to FIFA as security services raid sports newspapers – Inside World Football
A roadmap was agreed on Sunday between the Sudanese Minister of Youth and Sports, the Sudan Football Federation, and the so-called ’30 April Group’ to try and restore the country to FIFA after last week’s suspension. However, any hopes Sudanese authorities would take a back seat in sports affairs were dashed as security forces raided leading sports newspapers on Monday morning.
Premier League kicks on to record revenues of £3.6bn – BBC
Buoyant Uefa TV income helped Premier League clubs’ revenues rise 9% to a record £3.6bn in the 2015-16 season, according to analysis from Deloitte.
Iranian players call for lifting of ban on women spectators at men’s matches – Inside World Football
Two high-profile Iranian footballing figures have called for the ban on women attending major men’s sports events to be lifted.
Vinícius Júnior: the £38m teenager who hasn’t actually done anything yet – The Guardian
Perhaps Vinícius Júnior will go on to have a happy and successful career and explore the outer fringes of his own talent. The question is: why do this to him?
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca