BC Soccer News, Wednesday, March 1, 2017




THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017, 7:00 pm

CCL Preview: Red Bulls Travel to Vancouver to Take on Whitecaps in Second Leg  – Prost Amerika
The Red Bulls will be back in action on Thursday, March 2nd as they face the Vancouver Whitecaps away in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals.

Whitecaps look to maximize away-goal advantage in second leg of CCL quarter-final Metro
The Vancouver Whitecaps know they hold an advantage when they host the New York Red Bulls in Thursday’s second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final.

Vancouver Whitecaps eager to right last season’s wrongsSportsnet
The Vancouver Whitecaps have stood in front of reporters over the last three seasons insisting the goals would eventually come.

Vancouver Whitecaps News and Notes Eighty-Six Forever
There are several small stories that come up from time to time that we do not get to cover here. Instead of creating several separate articles, I thought I would pool them all into one. Depending on the interest from readers, this might be a one-time thing or become more regular. Let’s get started.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Life with the lionsSoccer Shorts
Now we can argue all day about how much things like “attitude” and the like really matter in sport, but if there has been a narrative arc for the Whitecaps in their recent signings then it has definitely bent toward “experience”.

Toronto FC: 2017 Season Preview MLS Multiplex
2016 ended in disappointment for Toronto FC after losing the MLS Cup on penalties. So their looking for redemption in 2017.

Giles Barnes thrilled to join Orlando CityOrlando Sentinel
Barnes found out the Whitecaps traded him to Orlando City in exchange for Brek Shea a few minutes before a scheduled preseason scrimmage Saturday and a week before the Lions’ season opens March 5. His first reaction? “Let’s go,” he said with a smile.

FC Dallas Putting CONCACAF Champions League Lead Out of Mind Ahead of Leg Two in PanamaFC Dallas
FC Dallas brought a commanding 4-0 lead with them to Panama ahead of Leg Two in their CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal against Arabe Unido – but it’s the furthest thing from mind.

MLS announces 2017 roster rulesSBI
MLS first introduced Targeted Allocation Money to increase the talent level on first team rosters, now they’re hoping the same mechanic might improve each team’s youth development.

What to expect from the MLS Homegrown class of 2017  – MLS
The arrival of the 2017 season means a lot of things to a lot of people. But for a handful of promising Homegrown Players, it means a chance to crack open a pathway to meaningful contributions with their home clubs.

Tata Martino happy to swap Messi for MLS and ambitious Atlanta United The Guardian
The former Argentina and Barcelona coach is ready to write a new chapter at the MLS expansion team.

Scheduling issues holding up vaunted Liga MX, MLS tournament ESPN FC
The door remains open and talks are ongoing about the much-touted tournament between Liga MX and MLS sides, but finding dates for it is proving a to be a headache, according to MLS technical director Alfonso Mondelo.

VIDEO: MLS commisioner: We want to be a league for a ‘new America’CNBC
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber discusses soccer as an investment and its growth over the years, as the new season kicks off.

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VMSL Round-up: Cup action takes centre stage as late drama saves Wolves’ blushesAFTN
Cup action took centre stage in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League this past weekend, with the quarter-finals now set in both the Imperial and Division 2 cups.

BC Soccer Assoc. Scholarships BCSA
BC Soccer is proud to award scholarships every year to players and referees proceeding on to post-secondary education. The Scholarships are presented at a special Scholarship Celebration at a Whitecaps FC match in June/July each year. Applications must be received by the British Columbia Soccer Association Office by March 31st.

Cermaq donates $100,000 to Campbell River fieldhouse projectCampbell River Mirror
Cermaq Canada is helping build a state-of-the-art facility for community sports in Campbell River. The company is donating funds to help the Campbell River Youth Soccer Association (CRYSA) build a new fieldhouse at Robron Park in exchange for naming rights to the field for 10 years. The fieldhouse will provide services to soccer groups and leagues of all ages, as well as lacrosse, football, rugby and tennis.

United launches adapted programDelta Optimist
South Delta United is excited to be bringing soccer to kids who have been left on the sidelines in the past. The SDU Screaming Eagles is an adapted soccer program for children of all abilities – run by coaches experienced with special needs kids.

PMSC Appoints Head Coach for Girls ProgramPMSC
The Port Moody Soccer Club is very pleased to introduce the new Head Coach of our Girls program, Brittany Baxter (nee Timko)!! Brittany will be working with our club Technical Director, Johnny Sulentic.

SFU men’s soccer open pre-season with victory over University of the Fraser ValleyThe Peak
SFU men’s soccer kicked off their pre-season preparations with a confidence-building victory over a dogged University of the Fraser Valley outfit at Terry Fox Field on Friday night. Goals from Adam Jones and Dzenan Bezdrob were enough to secure a 2–1 victory for the home side, which looked comfortable in possession throughout.

KYSA Women’s Indoor Soccer FinalsKYSA
The final games of the 2016-17 Women’s Indoor Soccer League will take place on Sunday (March 5) at the Soccer Dome in Mt. Paul.

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 CampaignTSS 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 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!

TSS FC Rovers Open TryoutsTSS Rovers
Vancouver’s newest team, TSS FC Rovers, is looking for Canada’s best up and coming players to play for their first squad in 2017. If you are a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, could possibly play for our national team one day, and meet the age requirment of 23 and under, we want to see you play!

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.

FVSL All-Stars to face WFC2 in MarchBC Soccer Web
January snow and ice in the Lower Mainland put the brakes on the annual clash between the Fraser Valley Soccer League All-Stars and the best from the VISL this year. That hasn’t stopped the FVSL from planning an ambitious All-Star series in March.

BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting 2016-2017 Awards NominationsBCSA
We are pleased to inform everyone that BC soccer Assoc. is currently accepting Awards nominations until the submission deadline date of March 31, 2017. Selection of the award recipients is based on many factors including the individual’s commitment, community involvement and willingness to give back to the game. This year any BC Soccer Assoc. member and their affiliate clubs may submit a nomination.

2017 BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June, 2017 (following the BC Soccer Annual General Meeting).

Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on saleHighlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!

Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

VMSL PHOTOS: Richmond FC Hibs 1, ICSF Columbus FC 0, November 5, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

MWSL PHOTOS: Van United Primas 0, Fraser Valley Action 2, October 30, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PHOTOS: GNAC Women’s Soccer: SFU 1 Concordia U. (Ore.) 0, October 20, 2016 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.

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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Preview: Canada Soccer faces Denmark in opening match of the Algarve Cup 2017CSA
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team begins its bid to repeat as Algarve Cup champions when they take on Denmark 1 March in Lagos, Portugal. Canada won the 2016 edition despite losing 0-1 to Denmark in its opening match, with victories over Belgium 1-0 and Iceland 1-0, ultimately defeating Brazil 2-1 in the final.

Canadian soccer veteran Diana Matheson to miss 2017 NWSL seasonCBC
Veteran Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson will miss the entire 2017 National Women’s Soccer League season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.

Canada Soccer looking for candidates to serve on the Board of Directors starting May 2017CSA
Deadline for application is 4:00 pm ET on Wednesday, 22 March 2017.

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Victoria’s Adam Straith begins next chapter with NASL’s Edmonton FCTimes Colonist
There have been two differing trajectories to the career of soccer player Adam Straith of Victoria. He has been among Canada’s most reliable internationals with 41 caps on the back line. But the defender’s pro club career has been spotty and nomadic. It’s a real puzzler because the two usually go hand in hand.

Roughnecks Sign Former Republic FC midfielder RivasUSL
Tulsa Roughnecks FC announced on Tuesday the club had signed midfielder Joaquin Rivas for the 2017 USL season. The signing is pending league and federation approval.

Algarve Cup: Australia v Sweden Preview The Women’s Game
8 months since a devastating exit from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Matildas are back in action in the 24th edition of the Algarve Cup. It is Australia’s first participation in the tournament since 1999 and Alen Stajcic’s side will face three top 15 opponents over the next 9 days.

Is Pia Sundhage’s “attacking football” all it appears to be?Vavel
In her opening gambit, Sweden coach Pia Sundhage expressed her desire to show a more attacking team at the Algarve Cup, hopeful the forward drive would be mirrored at Euro 2017.

2017 SheBelieves Cup previewThe Equalizer
The second SheBelieves Cup kicks off Wednesday night at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania. A year ago the United States won all three matches in the highlight of a year that ended with Olympic disappointment. How will the 2017 tournament shake out?

SheBelieves Cup: USWNT stars Lloyd, Morgan embrace new challenges abroadSN
With the NWSL kicking off its fifth season this spring, the league has developed into a stable environment for Jill Ellis’ pool to stay sharp. While the NWSL worked with the national team to make players available for any and every camp ahead of the 2015 Women’s World Cup and 2016 Olympics, European clubs were less willing to release players on non-FIFA dates.

USWNT’s Lloyd recognized as part of Philadelphia’s rich soccer historyPhiladelphia Union
Carli Lloyd will always have a part of her in the City of Brotherly Love. The Philadelphia native will have an autographed jersey hung in the Talen Energy Stadium club, where she becomes the first woman to be recognized to celebrate the Philadelphia region’s rich soccer history.

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Klopp joins Wenger under microscope as Liverpool and Arsenal collide The Guardian
The German has been trusted with returning past glories to Anfield but the cracks are beginning to show before Saturday’s meeting with an Arsenal side whose supporters have long been yearning for managerial change.

Liverpool announce £19.8m loss despite record £301m revenue The Guardian
Liverpool made a £19.8m loss in the financial year ending 31 May 2016 despite overall revenue increasing to a record £301m, the club’s latest accounts reveal.

Eintracht Frankfurt reaches German Cup semis; Dortmund match snowed outFox Sports
Eintracht Frankfurt defender Marco Russ made his return to soccer after cancer treatment on Tuesday as his side reached the German Cup semifinals, while Borussia Dortmund’s quarterfinal was called off due to heavy snowfall.

Napoli furious after controversial cup defeat at JuventusSportsnet
Juventus came from behind to beat Napoli 3-1 with the help of three favourable penalty decisions in a controversial first leg of their Italian Cup semifinal on Tuesday.

Weak penalty for stadium brawl more evidence Liga MX isn’t serious about changeSN
Liga MX is a strong league, a fun league and a league that is about to be passed by as the strongest league in its region. You’d think that third thing would be a motivating factor, but the league’s directors seem content to sit by and watch as Major League Soccer grows to the north, both in quality and in off-field interest.

Leyton Orient face worst case scenario over unpaid £250,000 tax billThe Football League Paper
League Two strugglers Leyton Orient have been served with a summons to appear the High Court regarding a £250,000 tax bill that has yet to be paid to HMRC. Relegation-threatened Orient will have to fight their case in order to avoid a winding-up order being imposed on them, when they appear in court on Monday 20 March.

Soccer Perspectives: Tryouts tips for players and parentsGoalWA
Tryouts can be such a stressful process for both players and parents and it can be difficult to focus on what elements are important for their preparation. I have been through quite a few tryouts over the course of my playing and coaching career, so I know a thing or two about what coaches are looking for in a player and their parents. Here are my top 5 tips for parents & players when approaching the potential minefield that is youth soccer tryouts.

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