VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #4
SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2019, 2019
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
TV: TSN 1 RADIO: TSN 1040 ONLINE: TSN DIRECT
Episode 331 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Band of Brothers with guests Atiba Hutchinson, Mark-Anthony Kaye, David Edgar, Russell Teibert, and Marcus Godinho) – AFTN
Wasn’t it nice to have a week off from watching Vancouver Whitecaps get screwed over by “PRO” referee decisions? We’ve enjoyed it anyway.
Training report: Adnan participates in first session as ‘Caps prepare for Seattle – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC were back on the training pitch Tuesday in preparation for Saturday’s much-anticipated Cascadia derby against Seattle Sounders FC.
AUDIO: Fine Lines: Whitecaps go limping into derby game vs. Seattle – Sportsnet
On this week’s edition of Fines Lines, hosts Dan Riccio and J.J. Adams look ahead to the Vancouver Whitecaps’ home game against the Seattle Sounders this weekend with Seattle-based reporter Matt Pentz.
Hwang plays 90 minutes, records assist for South Korea in 2-1 win vs. Colombia – Whitecaps FC
Inbeom Hwang played the full 90 minutes for South Korea today in a 2-1 win over Colombia.
Records within reach, but Sounders focused on just gathering points – Sounder at Heart
A win at Vancouver would set one franchise record and tie another MLS record.
Real Salt Lake not overly concerned about lack of scoring through first four games of season – Salt Lake Tribune
Through four regular season games, scoring has come at a premium for Real Salt Lake. The team’s three goals are the second-least in the Western Conference behind only the San Jose Earthquakes, and two of them came off penalty kicks.
Ignacio Piatti ‘very doubtful’ for Montreal Impact’s next game – Pro Soccer USA
The Montreal Impact may well be without their greatest offensive threat in their biggest game yet of the 2019 season.
Impact signs midfielder Amar Sejdic – Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Tuesday that it signed midfielder Amar Sejdic to a one-year contract, with three option years. The former University of Maryland player was selected 34th overall in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft on January 11.
TFC GM Ali Curtis has South America on his radar in the search for more depth – Edmonton Journal
Now that Alejandro Pozuelo is signed, sealed and delivered, Toronto FC GM Ali Curtis will be going back on the road — reportedly to South America — to see if he can acquire a couple of more players of quality using targeted allocation money (TAM).
Earthquakes Forward Danny Hoesen Obtains U.S. Green Card – San Jose Earthquakes
The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that forward Danny Hoesen has obtained a U.S. Green Card and no longer occupies an international slot on the club’s roster. The Green Card drops the Quakes from eight international players to seven.
How a former Orlando, Atlanta exec is shaping Inter Miami – MLS
Though he’d left the club a few months before to become sporting director of Inter Miami, McDonough traveled back to Georgia for the league final last December. The former college assistant coach, player agent and Orlando City exec was an Atlanta VP from January 2016 until last August, as responsible as anyone for building the roster that turned heads in Year 1 and raced to the title in Year 2. He wasn’t about to miss their potential coronation.
Tony Meola & Tim Howard reflect on MetroStars, MLS debut against Colorado Rapids – Colorado Rapids
Off the back of the 1994 FIFA World Cup which was held on American soil, there was a buzz about the sport of soccer in the United States. The newly-formed MLS had recognizable faces, but hardly the infrastructure and fan support enjoyed nearly 25 years later. Among those marketable faces from the ’94 Cup was the starting goalkeeper for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, and Tim Howard’s predecessor, Tony Meola.
Austin FC stadium’s price hike driven by need for more shade – The Statesman
On Monday, the construction manager and design team for the Austin FC stadium were announced by Precourt Sports Ventures. Local company Austin Commercial will lead assembly of the facility in North Austin. Another item highlighted in the press release was that the estimated cost of the stadium has risen to $240 million. An original estimate last June was $200 million, a number that rose to $225 million when the lease agreement with the city went public in December.
Toronto FC pro e-gamer suspended for violating soccer game’s code of conduct – Chronicle Journal
Phil Balke, the first pro e-gamer hired by Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment, has been suspended for the remainder of the FIFA 19 competitive season for violations of the soccer video game’s rules and code of conduct.
BC SOCCER NEWS
PACIFIC FC vs. HFX WANDERERS FC
CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHDAY #1
SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019, 4:00 PM
WESTHILLS STADIUM, LANGFORD, BC
Croatia SC crowned VMSL Premier champions after dramatic stoppage time winner and CCB loss – AFTN
At the end of it all, Croatia SC were the team left standing tall, becoming 2018/19 VMSL Premier Division champions thanks to a dramatic stoppage time winner from Mark Malamura in their final match of the season.
Andrea Neil hammers Whitecaps, CSA over Ciara McCormack blog post – The Province
Andrea Neil upset over lack of progress in changing a flawed minor sports system in Canada.
A Game of Two Halves – Andrea Neil
September 20th, 2007 was the last time I dressed for the Women’s National Team. I didn’t officially retire until a few months later, but I knew then it was my last match. I remember sitting on the field afterwards, cleats off, a thousand-mile stare on my face. My entire adult life I had been trying to fight my way through the physical, emotional and mental challenges that make up the life of a woman in professional sport. Now my career was over and those challenges were behind me, and I had to try and make sense of what it had all meant. More than a decade later I now realize I could not have been more wrong. My life with the WNT was anything but over, the challenges have just kept on rolling, and I’m still trying to make sense of what it was all about.
Pacific FC roster build highlights local talent – Pacific FC
As the inaugural season of the Canadian Premier League (CPL) approaches, Pacific FC’s roster continues to grow. The West Coast team has made it a priority to focus on bringing in local talent from the region, signing a majority of local players from British Columbia.
Cowichan 49ers grab masters title – Cowichan Valley Citizen
A four-goal effort against Saanich Fusion Forest on Saturday evening paid off for the Cowichan 49ers.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada to play ’Send-Off’ match against Mexico in Toronto ahead of FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 – CSA
Canadians will have the opportunity to see Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team live in action before the team departs on its mission to bring home the top prize in women’s football – the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy. Canada will face Mexico on Saturday 18 May at BMO Field in Toronto, ON at 13:00 ET/10:00 PT.
CONCACAF teams to learn Nations League draw on Wednesday in Las Vegas – The Star
Canada will learn its next CONCACAF Nations League opponents at Wednesday’s draw in Las Vegas, but it already knows that it will face one of Mexico, the U.S., Costa Rica and Honduras.
Herdman gives hope to CPL players aspiring to Canada’s national team – Sportsnet
Canadian soccer is riding high at the moment.
Alberta referee, Drew Fischer, was selected to participate in the Video Assistant Referees (VAR) Seminar for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France, 2019. – Alberta Soccer
After VAR was initially introduced at the men’s World Cup in Russia in 2018, FIFA recommended earlier this month that the tool be featured in the Women’s World Cup France as well. On March 15, The FIFA Council “ratified that Video Assistant Referees (VAR) WILL be used at the #FIFAWWC this summer in France.” In preparation for the tournament, Fischer will join just 15 other officials from around the world at this seminar.
League1 Alumni Represent Nearly One In Four Players Signed To CPL – League1 Ontario
With League1 Ontario’s competition structure centred squarely in the pro-am environment, the purpose has always been simple: showcase the multitude of primarily U23 elite players in the province as they pursue their dreams of professional and international tier selection.
‘Frustration across the board’ over proposed permanent turf sports facility in Thunder Bay – CBC
The president of Soccer Northwest says there’s “frustration across the board” over Thunder Bay city council’s Monday decision to request another report on a proposed indoor turf sports facility.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Sacramento’s Iwasa Earns Championship Player of the Week – USL
Sacramento Republic FC forward Cameron Iwasa has been voted the USL Championship Player of the Week for Week 3 of the 2019 season. The all-time leading scorer in Republic FC’s history notched a hat trick in the span of 11 minutes and also recorded an assist to lead his side to a 4-1 victory against OKC Energy FC at Papa Murphy’s Park on Sunday afternoon.
Louisville City FC faces LGBTQ backlash over partnership with Chick-fil-A – Courier-Journal
After Louisville City FC held off Hartford Athletic to win the club’s home opener on Saturday evening, fans were met with an offer to score a free Chick-fil-A biscuit. But instead of unbridled joy at the free Chick-fil-A offer, the social media posts have been met with criticism from fans angry that LouCity had partnered with the conservative restaurant chain, which has given money to anti-LGBTQ groups.
USL League One to Air Internationally on YouTube – USL League 1
The United Soccer League announced today that every game of USL League One’s inaugural 2019 season will air internationally on YouTube. The live-streaming service will supplement the previously announced partnership with ESPN+ for streaming rights in the United States.
League president feels Riverhounds are poised for growth — perhaps into a new stadium – Post-Gazette
“Looking out toward five years, I think both the USL and the club would like to see a significant demand in support for that team that we are looking for a much bigger stadium somewhere in and around the city,” Jake Edwards said.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Chicago Red Stars: A newbie’s guide and 2019 season preview – MLS Multiplex
The Chicago Red Stars are the women’s team based in Chicago. Here is a newbie’s guide of the organisation and a preview of their 2019 NWSL campaign.
Women’s football aiming high in Kuwait – FIFA
A group of young women in Kuwait are paving the way for a new generation of female players in the country through a set of pioneering football projects being supported by FIFA Forward and the FIFA Women’s Football Division.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Euro 2020 qualifiers: France thrash Iceland, Ronaldo limps off for Portugal – France 24
Mesmerising Kylian Mbappe led France’s rout of Iceland in Euro 2020 qualifiers Monday, but Cristiano Ronaldo hobbled off in Portugal’s disappointing draw with Serbia and racist abuse overshadowed five-star England in Montenegro.
EURO qualifying: A pair of 3-3 draws, feat. 3 stoppage-time goals – NBC Sports
A roundup of all of Tuesday’s action in 2020 European Championship qualification.
Quagliarella sets record in Italy’s win over Liechtenstein – Sportsnet
Veteran forward Fabio Quagliarella became the oldest player to score for Italy as he converted two penalties to help the Azzurri beat 10-man Liechtenstein 6-0 on Tuesday in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship.
USMNT draws Chile, 1-1, for another positive result in Gregg Berhalter era – Pro Soccer USA
Though it was only an international friendly, the United States men’s national team faced down a South American powerhouse in Chile and earned a 1-1 draw Tuesday evening before a crowd of 18,033 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
It is more expensive to watch the US than world champions France. Why? – The Guardian
The US men’s national team are starting to cohere under their new coach, Gregg Berhalter. But fans paid up to $600 to watch them against Chile.
El Salvador stuns “embarrassed” Peru with shutout victory – SBI
Peru suffered a stunning 2-0 loss to El Salvador at RFK Stadium on Tuesday night, succumbing to a pair of goals after the hour-mark to taste defeat for the first time in 12 matches on U.S. soil.
Gabriel Jesus helps Brazil rally past Czech Republic 3-1 – Leader-Post
Substitute Gabriel Jesus scored twice in the second half as Brazil came from behind to beat the Czech Republic 3-1 in an international friendly on Tuesday.
Euro clubs explore promotion-relegation for Champions League – London Free Press
Europe’s top soccer clubs will look at extending promotion and relegation for the Champions League in ongoing talks with UEFA to reform continental competitions in 2024.
Inter and Milan close to announcing plans for new stadium – NBC Sports
Inter and AC Milan are close to announcing a joint project for a new stadium, casting aside potential renovations to the San Siro.
Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid Bring Rivalry to MetLife Stadium in 2019 ICC – SI.com
The game, which will take place on July 26 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., marks the first time that Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid will have played each other outside Europe.
More FIFA indictments likely, corruption probe ongoing, say former US investigators – Inside World Football
FIFA beware, former investigators and prosecutors who worked on the US Department of Justice indictments in 2015 say that the investigation is still on-going and there will likely be more indictments on top of the 42 already charged.