VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
CHICAGO FIRE vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #16
SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2017, 4:00 PM
TOYOTA PARK, BRIDGEVIEW, IL.
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Will Yordy Reyna make his Major League Soccer debut on Saturday? – Whitecaps FC
Yordy Reyna could make his MLS debut as early as this Saturday vs. Chicago Fire, Vancouver Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson told reporters on Tuesday.
What’s missing from the Whitecaps? – AFTN
After a somewhat disappointing draw on the road to Minnesota, I wanted to look into what the ‘Caps need to push themselves into the next gear for the rest of the season, taking them to the playoffs and beyond.
Edmonton’s teenage soccer phenom Alphonso Davies named to Canada’s Gold Cup roster – Global
Vancouver Whitecaps rising star Alphonso Davies headlines a young Canadian squad for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Vancouver Whitecaps passing passeth all understanding – Soccer Shorts
Of all the stats that now bounce around soccer as chaotically as a ball at a Whitecaps training session there is perhaps none to have undergone such a change of perception as that of “possession”.
Dax McCarty sets championship goals for red-hot Chicago Fire: “Why not us?” – MLS
There isn’t a player on the Chicago Fire roster who was around the last time the club made the playoffs in 2012. For that matter, no one currently with the club was in Chicago the last time the Fire finished outside of last place in the league. The way midfeidler Dax McCarty sees it, that’s a good thing.
Crew Cuts: Manneh makes ‘great case’ for additional playing time with Saturday performance – Columbus Dispatch
Kekuta Manneh put together his best 21 minutes of his fifth MLS season Saturday night, scoring and later assisting on an Ola Kamara goal to help the Crew to a 4-1 win over Montreal. The performance is a good indication Manneh will see more time in the near future, but it’s unclear how much his minutes count will increase in the coming weeks.
Los Angeles FC close to deal for Wesley Sneijder – sources – ESPN FC
Los Angeles FC, the expansion team due to enter the MLS in 2018, is close to agreeing a two-year deal for Wesley Sneijder to become its first Designated Player, sources have told ESPN FC.
Larin cleared for team activities – SBI
Forward Cyle Larin has been cleared to participate in team activities following an assessment by the league’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program. Larin will continue to participate in the program as he returns to the field.
Diaz, Hollingshead provide FC Dallas promise in USOC victory vs Rapids – MLS
Two weeks ago, they were making their first starts since their respective devastating injuries. On Tuesday night, Mauro Diaz and Ryan Hollingshead were the difference between maintaining FC Dallas’ US Open Cup championship defense with a 3-1 round-of-16 victory over the Colorado Rapids and being eliminated from the tournament.
Fioranelli confident in appointing Leitch as Quakes coach after Kinnear firing – SBI
Paralyzing, stupefying, and seemingly unwarranted, Dominic Kinnear’s firing from the San Jose Earthquakes swept the league like a thief in the night. But for the man calling the shots, Quakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli, it was only a matter of when he would decide to act on his ‘gut feeling.’
NYCFC’s Johansen Gets Opportunity for Redemption – Empire of Soccer
Eirik Johansen assumed the starting goalkeeper job just weeks before last year’s playoffs, but his coming out party turned into a disaster. Seven goals and a trade later, Johansen was again a backup.
Here’s how much other cities have paid to help build MLS soccer stadiums – WCPO
Leaders in Cincinnati and Newport are considering what kind – if any – support to give for a Futbol Club Cincinnati stadium should the team be selected to join Major League Soccer. We took a look at what kinds of financial incentives other cities across the country have offered to help build MLS stadiums.
BC SOCCER NEWS
2017 Girl’s Provincial B Cup Hosted by Coastal FC – BCSA
Coastal FC will play host to the Girl’s Provincial B Cup on July 6-9, 2017. Forty-eight (48), under 13 to under 18 Girl’s teams from across the province will arrive in Surrey at South Surrey Athletic Park to compete, within their respective age divisions for the BC Soccer Girl’s Provincial B.
Residency Week 2017: Nicolas Apostol UConn bound after six seasons as a Whitecap – AFTN
Nicolas Apostol has grown up as a Whitecap. After first joining the club’s Prospects program as an 8-year-old in 2011, the Surrey native has continued to impress as he’s moved through the age levels these past six seasons.
Academy Playoffs: U-16s to host Seattle in quarterfinals on July 6 – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency have advanced to the quarterfinal stage for the third time. The U-16s will host Seattle Sounders FC Academy next Thursday, July 6 (time and location TBA). The winner of that match will move on to the final four, taking place from July 14-16 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
124 GRADUATING PLAYERS FROM THE BCSPL ARE ON THEIR WAY TO UNIVERSITY SOCCER PROGRAMS – BCSPL
The EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League is pleased to announce the 124 players from its U18 boys and girls divisions that have committed and are on their way to university soccer programs for the 2017 fall season. These commitments include schools in USPORTS, the NCAA, CCAA and the NAIA.
Richmond Adult Soccer Assoc. Summer League Update – BC Soccer Web
In a derby matchup between club rivals Rino’s Originals and Rino’s Tigers it was the underdog side of the Originals who caused a major upset in the race for the RASA Division One Championship.
Nanaimo United recruiting for its soccer sides – Nanaimo News Bulletin
Nanaimo United hopes to field seven teams – men’s Div. 1, 2, 3, U21 and masters’ sides in the Vancouver Island Soccer League, as well as women’s premier and Div. 2 sides in the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association.
Fall soccer offered free of charge – SAO Observer
In response to scheduling challenges caused by the wild weather in April and May Shuswap Youth Soccer Association (SYSA) have decided to offer their fall street soccer program free to any registered spring soccer players.
The Thunderbirds visit Great Wall of China – UBC
With a quarterfinal match looming against defending World Elite University Football Tournament (WEUFT) champion, Renmin University of China, the UBC Thunderbirds took good advantage of their off day on Tuesday. Along with the tournament’s other participating teams, the ‘Birds boarded a bus and took in one of he greatest sights the Far East, and the world for that matter, has to offer.
Alumni tourney all about Graeme – Delta Optimist
The Sun Devils soccer program created an alumni game with all proceeds going to the Graeme Carswell Follow Your Dreams Award.
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
Toronto FC repeat as Canadian Champions; earn berth in CONCACAF Champions League – CSA
Toronto FC hoisted the Voyageurs Cup and earned its spot in the CONCACAF Champions League with a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact at BMO Field. Sebastian Giovinco scored twice for Toronto, and Ballou Tabla scored for Montreal.
Toronto FC 2-1 Montreal Impact: Sebastian Giovinco clinches Voyageurs Cup – Waking the Red
Toronto FC versus the Montreal Impact has become quite something. Sebastian Giovinco scored a 95th-minute winning goal to conclude another wild affair between the two rivals and deliver the Reds their sixth Canadian Championship.
Canadian Championship final serves up another instant classic – MLS
With tensions running as high as could be, Toronto FC once again vanquished their most bitter rivals on Tuesday night – and earned a spot in the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League in the process.
Heartbreak for Impact as they lose Canadian Championship on last-second goal – Montreal Gazette
For the Impact, it was their first game at BMO Field since losing a heartbreaking MLS Eastern Conference final to Toronto FC in overtime of Game 2 on a rainy night last November. Tuesday’s loss was just as painful, especially after captain Patrice Bernier was given a controversial red card in the 90th minute and ejected from the game.
Montreal Impact lament ‘unacceptable’ refereeing in loss to TFC – Sportsnet
Most of the questions asked to players and coaches were about referee Dave Gantar, and the Impact were especially displeased with his performance.
Canadian champions Toronto FC party hard, aim high: “We want the treble” – MLS
It couldn’t have ended any other way. Just as they did last year, Toronto FC hoisted the Voyageurs Cup courtesy of a last-minute strike that clinched their second consecutive Canadian Championship, their sixth in ten editions.
Soccer battalions on the rise across Canada – Hamilton Spectator
The Canadian Premier League is walking softly and letting their potential customers carry the big stick.
K-W United FC face toughest test of the season – Waterloo Record
Two games against Michigan likely to determine first place in Great Lakes Division.
Teen soccer phenom Teni Akindoju begins whirlwind journey – Local Xpress
Halifax soccer player Teni Akindoju, still 15, will take her talents to Vancouver this September to pursue her goal of playing for Canada in the 2020 Olympics.
The OPDL Spotlight Series – Bill Manning interview – Ontario Soccer
This week features comments from the Toronto FC President on their investment in OPDL, TFC Juniors and more.
City of Mississauga goes all in on arena soccer – Mississauga.com
Formed earlier this year and sanctioned by the World Minifootball Federation, CASA has set up shop at the Hershey Centre and went into detail about its long-term plan to build the arena game in Mississauga and to a larger extent, Canada.
Maskwacis a key host of World Indigenous Nations Games – Red Deer Advocate
From July 1 through to July 9, athletes and indigenous groups from around the world will come to Central Alberta for the celebration of sport and cultural events.
Final plans being made for Saskatchewan Lotteries “Soccer Day in Saskatchewan” – CKRM
Plans are being finalized for the first ever “Soccer Day in Saskatchewan”. On July 22, FC Valencia will play the New York Cosmos at Mosaic Stadium in a “friendly” in what will be the first international soccer game played in our province.
Dawson U16 crew strikes gold at Yukon Soccer Championships – Whitehorse Star
A Dawson City soccer team led the charge for medals at last weekend’s Yukon Soccer Championships, which were held at various fields around Whitehorse.
Tickets on sale for #CanadaRED international soccer match in Toronto – CSA
Red, rouge, rosso, vermelho, rojo: no matter how you say it, Canadian supporters are asked to wear their #CanadaRED when Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team faces CONCACAF rivals Jamaica to close out the 2017 Summer of Soccer. The Men’s International Friendly match will give soccer fans a chance to show their Canadian pride when Canada returns to BMO Field in Toronto this Saturday 2 September.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 vs. SOUNDERS 2
SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2017, 3:00 PM
McLEOD ATHLETIC PARK, LANGLEY, BC
U.S. Open Cup preview: FC Cincy focused inward ahead of Chicago Fire visit – Cincinnati.com
Futbol Club Cincinnati’s biggest on-field challenge to date – hosting Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire – is, in many ways, a familiar task that requires a familiar approach.
USOC: Atlanta United and Miami FC ready for epic cup showdown – MLS Multiplex
Both Miami FC and Atlanta United are ambitious young clubs in the US Soccer scene, and the two sides will clash in the high profile Open Cup matchup.
Why Alessandro Nesta is American soccer’s most interesting coach – Four Four Two
Miami FC is storming through the NASL. Is this Italian legend destined for greatness?
Republic FC Feeling at Home for Open Cup – USL
While it may be considered the underdog on Wednesday night in the Round of 16 in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Sacramento Republic FC at least has a great affinity for the surroundings it will enter to face the LA Galaxy for a place in the Quarterfinals.
Ba Open to Being a Player/Owner for San Diego NASL Team – Empire of Soccer
San Diego’s North American Soccer League expansion team is being backed by considerable star power in the ownership suite. The former Premier League striker Demba Ba is spearheading the new team as majority owner and has brought in as investors his old Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard, Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye and Senegal international Moussa Sow.
Fort Wayne said to be ripe for pro soccer – Journal Gazette
With a vibrant, long-standing youth program, multiple powerhouse high school programs and the nation’s preeminent college showcase, soccer in Fort Wayne’s as healthy as it’s ever been. But where does the Summit City stack up when considering professional soccer?
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Sky Blue host Orlando in final match of ‘Pride Month’ – Prost Amerika
The final match of June for Sky Blue FC will be against a club sharing the same moniker as the month — Pride. After earning three points in Orlando via a 2-1 win in the final match of May, the Jersey Girls welcome the Pride to Yurcak Field Wednesday night to conclude their ‘Pride Month’ celebrations.
Hope Solo Transfer Reportedly Wanted by Marseille – Bleacher Report
According to L’Equipe, the French club are seeking to make a big impression in a bid to cement their spot in the top flight.
Soccer’s ugly sexism is keeping women from coaching the beautiful game – SB Nation
Amanda Cromwell is one of the most well-known names in women’s collegiate soccer. But, she says, you wouldn’t know it from the way male NCAA referees have treated her.
Mexico Hopes New Women’s Pro Soccer League Will Boost Its National Team – Vice Sports
The Liga MX Femenil, which begins play in July, may be the first step on a long journey to gender equality in Mexican soccer.
Signeul announces historic Scotland squad –Scottish WPL
Anna Signeul has announced her squad ahead of taking Scotland to their first ever major championships, Euro 2017, this summer.
Soccer star Sydney Leroux to be inducted into Little League Hall of Excellence – Global
She may play soccer for the U.S. Women’s National Team, but Sydney Leroux is getting Little League’s highest honour thanks to her time playing for Whalley.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
FIFA admits it gave 2026 World Cup to Fox to avoid a lawsuit, knew it would lose money on deal – Awful Announcing
Fox is getting the deal of a lifetime thanks to the dysfunction of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Garcia report unmasks a seedy culture open to ‘abuse’, but no smoking gun – Inside World Football
The Garcia report into the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding procedures is both as revealing as it is, for the most part, old news. It shows the political depths that the individuals on FIFA’s executive committee would go to solicit favours from bidders; it also shows how far bids will push their people and the rules to win. What it doesn’t do is find the smoking gun that would derail Russia or Qatar hosting 2018 or 2022.
World Cup ‘corruption’ report: England friendly plan ‘a form of bribery’ – BBC Sport
A plan for England to play a friendly in Thailand to win backing for their 2018 World Cup bid was “a form of bribery”, investigators were told. Ex-Football Association chairman Geoff Thompson made the admission when interviewed during an inquiry into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting bids.
Germany confident at Confederations Cup thanks to great preparation – ESPN FC
Joachim Low didn’t even hesitate when asked whether Germany were planning for Moscow or Saint Petersburg after their Confederations Cup semifinal against Mexico in Sochi.
Saul fires Spain into Euro U-21 final with stunning hat-trick against Italy – Eurosport
Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez fired a glorious treble as Spain booked their place in the U21 European Championships final against Germany with an impressive 3-1 win over 10-man Italy.
Germany beats England on penalties, into U21 Euros final – Durham Region
Germany inflicted another penalty-shootout loss on fierce soccer rival England, this time in the semifinals of the Under-21 European Championship on Tuesday.
Germany and Spain to meet in U21 EURO final – UEFA
Germany will look to add to their sole U21 EURO title when they take on four-time winners Spain in the 2017 final at Krakow Stadium on Friday evening.
Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu leaves PSG for Torino – Sportsnet
Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu has been released by Paris Saint-Germain and will join Serie A club Torino.
Tapping up remains rife in football with little appetite for change among clubs – The Guardian
Liverpool’s approach to Virgil van Dijk highlighted an area of little regulation where almost anyone can become a player intermediary.
VAR Is a Solution in Search of a Problem – Fifty Five One
As FIFA has rolled out Video Assistant Referee (VAR) during the Confderations Cup this month, the debate has often centered around the larger role of technology at the center of the matches. The problem with VAR is not a problem of technology, but rather that it is a solution in search of a problem.
Former England midfielder Scott Parker announces retirement – ESPN FC
Former England midfielder Scott Parker has announced his retirement from football after a 20-year career.
Duckenfield faces manslaughter charges over Hillsborough disaster – SN
Former South Yorkshire Police (SYP) chief superintendent David Duckenfield was among six people charged with criminal offences in relation to the Hillsborough disaster.
TV money: Is more cash making the game more equal? – Inside World Football
TV revenues have revolutionised club football finances in Europe. But it is how those revenues are distributed that is crucial to the competitive integrity of leagues, the sustainability of clubs and the competitive balance between the rich and poor.
Tell your kids not to be gloryhunting fans. They’ll thank you in the end – The Guardian
Your children will avoid the pain you suffered if they support a successful club, but they’ll also miss out on their heritage.
Not-so-shy Messi tying the knot with childhood sweetheart – Sportsnet
It’s the lighthearted and extroverted version of Messi that will be the centre of attention on Friday in his hometown of Rosario when he marries 29-year-old Antonella Roccuzzo, his childhood sweetheart and mother of his two children.