BC Soccer News, Wednesday, March 6, 2019





SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2019, 3:00 PM



AUDIO: Fine Lines: Big things to come from Whitecaps’ Inbeom HwangSportsnet
On this week’s edition of Fines Lines, hosts Dan Riccio and J.J. Adams discuss the Vancouver Whitecaps’ loss in their MLS season opener, and the play of young South Korean star Inbeom Hwang.

CONCACAF Champions League: Red Bulls, Houston beaten at homeNBC Sports
Major League Soccer sides New York Red Bulls and Houston Dynamo both failed to take advantage of home first legs, falling behind in CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal ties against Liga MX opposition.

Second-half strikes sink Dynamo against Tigres UANLHouston Chronicle
Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis was stout through most of the night, splitting and sliding to keep balls out of the net. But in a four-minute stretch, it all crumbled for the Dynamo as Tigres UANL scored successive goals to top Houston 2-0 in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals at BBVA Compass Stadium on Tuesday night.

‘Our priority is to get him under contract’: D.C. United wants Luciano Acosta to stick aroundWashington Post
Luciano Acosta is under contract with D.C. United until the end of the year. But for practical purposes, United would need to strike a deal with the Argentine playmaker by July 1 if it wants to retain him next season and beyond.

Philadelphia Union acquire Metz midfielder Monteiro on four-month loan6 ABC
The Philadelphia Union have acquired midfielder Jamiro Monteiro on loan from French second-division club FC Metz, the team announced Tuesday.

Ciman brings value to TFC, in more ways than oneSudbury Star
Toronto GM Tim Bezbatchenko signed the Belgian international in December to help clean up a defence that conceded a franchise-worst 64 goals last year, though much of that had to do with a plethora of injuries the club experienced.

Montreal Impact trust morale after season-opening road winPro Soccer USA
The Montreal Impact players were able to comfortably sleep through the flight home from San Jose. Game one of their six-game road trip to the start of the season ended with a 2-1 comeback win over the Earthquakes.

The resurgence of Mark-Anthony Kaye for LAFCAngels on Parade
Canadian midfielder showed he hasn’t lost a step, despite a tough battle back to the pitch.

Monterrey vs. Atlanta United | Concacaf Champions League PreviewMLS
After bouncing back from a stunning first-leg loss, Atlanta United flexed their muscles to blow away Herediano and win 5-3 on aggregate in the Concacaf Champions League Round of 16, settling up a scintillating showdown with Mexico’s Monterrey in the Quarterfinals. Los Rayados survived a complicated tie to edge Alianza, 1-0, to book their ticket. Monterrey are currently second in Liga MX, one point behind fellow quarterfinalist Tigres.

Preview: Sporting visits Panama for Champions League Quarterfinal clash with IndependienteSporting KC
Two teams that dismantled their respective opponents in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 will square off in the first leg of the Quarterfinals on Wednesday night at Estadio Agustin Sanchez in La Chorrera, Panama.

Nashville SC to retain Gary Smith as manager for debut MLS season – sourcesESPN
Gary Smith is set to be named Nashville SC’s manager for its debut MLS season, sources have told ESPN FC.

MLS begins 2019 season with disappointing TV ratings on ESPN, FS1 and UnivisionWorld Soccer Talk
Major League Soccer has kicked off 2019 right where it finished the 2018 regular season with disappointing TV viewing numbers on English-language television across both ESPN and FOX Sports, and a surprising drop in viewership on the Spanish-language Univision Deportes.

VIDEO: MLS and Its Address to a Bubbling White Supremacy Fan ProblemSI.com
Planet Futbol’s Grant Wahl shares his thoughts on how the MLS should be addressing a white supremacist element among a small section of NYCFC supporters.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Minnesota Utd. FC 3, March 2, 2019 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.





SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019, 4:00 PM


Pacific FC adds well-travelled soccer veteran Issey Nakajima-FarranTimes Colonist
The Canadian Premier League was established to give young Canadian soccer players a home domestic pro league that Issey Nakajima-Farran never had.

Soccer club knew about suspended B.C. coach’s past, says ex-memberVernon Morning Star
A former coach and executive member with Surrey-based Coastal FC is denying the youth soccer club’s claim that no one involved in the hiring of a now-suspended coach knew of past allegations against him at the time of his hiring.

MWSL Spring Season Team Registration now openMWSL
Metro Women’s Soccer League Spring Season Team Registration is open – March 4th, 2019 and will end March 29th, 2019. The 8 game season begins April 29.

Pacific Coast Soccer League star and Canada Soccer Hall of Famer Art Hughes passes away at 88CSA
Hughes won Canada Soccer’s Championship in 1956 with Vancouver Hale-Co FC and 1965 with Vancouver Firefighters FC. He was MVP and top scorer in 1965, scoring seven goals across three matches. He won national runners up medals with Vancouver St. Andrews FC in 1951, Westminster Royals FC in 1959, and Firefighters FC in 1961.

Chilliwack FC recognizes soccer stars at awards banquetChilliwack Progress
Chilliwack FC held its annual awards banquet last Friday, handing out 50-plus awards to deserving youth soccer players.

Bulkley Valley Youth Soccer registration openInterior News
2018 was another very successful year for youth soccer in the Bulkley Valley. Healthy and affordable outdoor fun was enjoyed by 306 girls and 445 boys in Smithers, Telkwa, Hazelton, and Houston, playing on 56 house league and five select teams.

The 2019 BC Soccer Web Super Schedule of Soccer in BC – BC Soccer Web
With so much soccer happening in BC this year, it’s getting tougher to keep track of the big matches and your favourite teams. BC Soccer Web has you covered! Here, in one spot, are the combined schedules for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Pacific FC, TSS Rovers and Highlanders FC. We’ll also be adding the WPSL teams, along with the marquee matches from the amateur ranks as those dates become set, so keep coming back for the latest updates.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

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!

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 SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019, 3:00 PM


Canada to face Sweden for Bronze at the 2019 Algarve CupCSA
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will face Sweden in the third-place match at the 2019 Algarve Cup this Wednesday 6 March at Estadio Algarve. It marks the third time in the last four years that Canada is playing for a medal at the Algarve Cup.

Sophie Schmidt tested in defence as Canada warms up for Women’s World CupThe Star
Better known as a midfielder, Sophie Schmidt has played in the Canadian backline at the Algarve Cup.

Canuck passion alive and well on the AlgarveFIFA
Since 2001, a Canadian-born couple have been doing their bit to help fans support their teams at the tournament. Patrick and Helen Ferreira run a bar in the centre of the town of Albufeira, though this is no ordinary watering hole.

Canadian international goalkeeper Milan Borjan honoured by Red Star BelgradeLondon Free Press
Canadian international goalkeeper Milan Borjan, who plays his club soccer for Red Star Belgrade, has been named Red Star Sports Club Male Athlete of the Year for 2018.

Competition for top ‘keeper begins at Valour training campWinnipeg Free Press
Valour FC head coach Rob Gale and his staff have many decisions to make prior to their season opener on May 1 in Victoria against FC Pacific. But one of the most important decisions facing Gale is deciding who will be the team’s starting goalkeeper — Winnipeg native Tyson Farago or Mathias Janssens of Belgium.

Hamilton’s Forge FC won’t charge for tickets to CPL’s inaugural soccer game … that’s right, freeHamilton Spectator
Forge FC will not sell any tickets to the first-ever Canadian Premier League game. Once their longest-term supporters exercise their option for extra seats free of charge, the Hamilton team in the new professional soccer league will hold a contest for fans to win tickets — also free of charge — to the April 27 opener between the Forge and York9 FC.

Former All-Stars Roberts, Thomas Join Mohsen As Latest L1O Signings At Forge FCLeague1 Ontario
Forge FC announced Saturday the club has signed four players, including Canadian goalkeeper and 2017 League1 Ontario Goalkeeper of the Year, Quillan Roberts, and perennial League1 All-Star, Kadell Thomas.

Soccer players take over the Yukon CGCWhitehorse Star
The Canada Games Centre was taken over by youth soccer players this weekend for the Northwestel Futsal Indoor Championships hosted by the Yukon Soccer Association.

‘There has to be leeway’: Boys soccer team handed loss over gender balance on coaching benchCBC
Lakewood Deportivo head coach Lewis Oteruelo and a female coach were on the bench as their squad won the round-robin game, 3-1. The coach of the Regina team protested, citing a Saskatchewan Soccer Association rule — designed to encourage gender equality — that states two coaches of the same gender as the players are required.


2019 USL Championship Season Preview – Western Conference, Part 1USL
After scanning over half of the Eastern Conference in the first section this year’s season preview, we now cast our eye to the West and a collection of squads that includes the side that finished on top of the conference standings a season ago in Orange County SC, and a side that’s looking for a big bounce-back year in OKC Energy FC.

2019 USL Championship Season Preview – Eastern Conference, Part 1USL
The ninth season in the USL Championship’s history kicks off this weekend in what is set to be the league’s biggest year so far on and off the field. Over the next two days we’ll be rolling out capsules for all 36 teams that make up the league this season, giving you what you need to know going into the new campaign and some key players that will be worth following over the course of 2019.

MLS youngsters Caldwell, Dally loaned to first-year USL club Memphis 901 FCMLS
FC Cincinnati and New York City FC have each loaned a youngster to USL expansion club Memphis 901 FC, which will play their first-ever professional game this weekend.

Indy Adds Korean Veteran KimUSL
Indy Eleven announced on Tuesday the signing of veteran South Korean midfielder Do-heon Kim ahead of the 2019 USL Championship season, pending league, federation, and visa approval and the receipt of his international transfer certificate.

Interview with San Antonio FC President Tim HoltTexas Soccer Journal
After a busy offseason, San Antonio FC (SAFC) begins their fourth season in the United Soccer League Championship (USL) this weekend.

EPLWA Launches 2019 Season ScheduleEvergreen Premier League
The Evergreen Premier League’s 2019 season opens play on Saturday, May 4th with four games hosted by the defending champs, Washington Premier FC, the Oly Town Artesians, Oly-Pen Force and Yakima United. Opening weekend continues on Sunday, May 5th with home openers for Bellingham United and the Vancouver Victory. It is the first weekend of a 50 game regular season running from May 4th to July 14th culminating with the championship game on the weekend of July 27th.


SheBelieves Cup: England’s win proves France 2019 will be a real battleCNN
England walked away with the SheBelieves Cup, taking the crown from hosts and reigning world champions the United States, signaling that the gap between the US and the rest has closed.

England’s SheBelieves Cup victory is significant, says Laura BassettBBC Sport
England defender Laura Bassett says winning the SheBelieves Cup is “really significant” for Phil Neville’s side as they prepare for this summer’s World Cup in France.

Australia beats Argentina 3-0 to clinch Cup of Nations titleLondon Free Press
Australia clinched the women’s Cup of Nations title with a 3-0 win over Argentina on Wednesday.

World Cup worries remain for Australia despite Matildas’ dominant Cup of Nations victoryABC
The Matildas were overwhelming favourites to claim the inaugural Cup of Nations trophy, and did so with relative ease on Wednesday night, wrapping up the tournament with a 3-0 victory over a combative and willing Argentina side at AAMI Park. But if Australia is to consider itself a challenger for the World Cup in France later this year, it should be comfortably beating those sides.

USWNT’s SheBelieves Cup report card: Take the good with the badThe Equalizer
The 2019 SheBelieves Cup is in the books, with England winning the competition for the first time in four attempts. The United States finished second after defeating Brazil, 1-0 on the final match day behind Tobin Heath’s first-half goal.

South Korea beat NZ in women’s soccerESPN
So-yun Ji’s long range strike has helped South Korea to a 2-0 win over New Zealand in their final Cup of Nations clash.

Orlando Pride players: First-year coach Marc Skinner brings new vibe to training Pro Soccer USA
New Orlando Pride coach Marc Skinner brings a new vibe to training sessions. That’s not a good thing or a bad thing when compared to last season, said veteran midfielder Ali Krieger. The Pride parted ways with coach Tom Sermanni after a disappointing 2018 and named Skinner the team’s new head coach in January.

Utah Royals FC begins second season with eye toward improvement despite World Cup challengeDeseret News
If the first day of training in 2019 for Utah Royals FC was any indication, the upcoming season will be an interesting combination of familiarity and adjusting to unique circumstances.

Southampton to spend one million pounds a year on women’s teamsReuters
Southampton will spend around one million pounds a year to develop their women’s teams in a bid to reach the top-tier FA Women’s Super League, the club’s managing director Toby Steele has said.

he U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team continued its new cycle with a match against Germany in the Women’s U-19 La Manga Tournament 2019. The USA fell 3-2 as midfielder Samantha Meza and forward Jordan Canniff tallied. Both were members of the U.S. team at the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

Gatorade expands Man City deal to include women’s teamInside World Football
Just as England were celebrating their tournament win in the SheBelieves Cup in the US, one England’s top women’s teams was welcoming a new sponsor partner with Gatorade becoming the Official Sports Nutrition Partner of Manchester City Women.


Pain, devastation, expletives: Real Madrid deals with Champions League failureNBC Sports
Real Madrid didn’t expect this, which is probably why they will not become the four-time defending champions of the UEFA Champions League.

Real Madrid’s unhappy birthday sees club with nothing left to play forThe Guardian
Today is 6 March, Real Madrid’s birthday, but there is nothing to celebrate. This week has been the worst in their 117-year history: three home defeats, eight goals conceded and just one scored, all three competitions gone, one after the other – knocked out of the Copa del Rey, the La Liga title race, and the Champions League.

UEFA Champions League Wednesday previewNBC Sports
Paris Saint-Germain and Roma each bring two goals from the first legs, PSG’s a vital away pair.

Daniel Congré’s second-half goal saw Montpellier Hérault SC return to winning ways on Tuesday as they beat troubled Girondins de Bordeaux 2-1 at the Matmut Atlantique.

Germany axes World Cup winners Mueller, Boateng, HummelsLondon Free Press
In a continuing shake-up of Germany’s national team following its woeful World Cup campaign, coach Joachim Loew on Tuesday axed the experienced trio of Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels from his future plans — paving the way for a new generation of players to take over.

Romelu Lukaku: Manchester United star calls for more diversity in the mediaYahoo Sports
The Belgian admits he has endured a tough relationship with the media throughout his time at Old Trafford. Lukaku insists he can never do enough, despite scoring 28 goals in 60 Premier League games with the Red Devils.

Kris Ajer says fans are ‘destroying’ reputation of Scottish fansBBC Sport
Fans throwing bottles and coins are “destroying” the reputation of Scottish football and “a line has been crossed” too many times this season, says Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer.

Milan clubs agree on new €600m stadium to replace San SiroInside World Football
Milan’s San Siro Stadium’s days may be numbered. The iconic ground shared by AC and Inter Milan looks set to be demolished and replaced by a new stadium as early as 2023.

FIFA reserves soar to $2.7B, revenue at $6.4BLondon Free Press
FIFA’s cash reserves soared to a record $2.74 billion and revenue climbed to $6.4 billion in the four-year period covering the 2018 World Cup, The Associated Press has learned.

Hacker who leaked soccer’s secrets loses extradition hearingThe Star
A computer hacker who for years published the innermost secrets of the global soccer industry — revelations that have shed light on questionable behaviour by some of the sport’s most influential figures and top clubs — was told Tuesday that he would be extradited to Portugal, where he faces charges linked to his activities.

Peter Beardsley leaves role as Newcastle under-23s coachThe Guardian
The 58-year-old former Magpies, Everton and Liverpool striker had been working as under-23s coach and had been investigated over allegations of bullying.

Cordeiro says door to Conmebol for 2020 in the US is still wide openInside World Football
The offer by the US Soccer Federation to South America’s 10 national federations to discuss the opportunity of playing a tournament in 2020 in the US is still open, USSF federation president Carlos Cordeiro has told Insideworldfootball.

Sunderland’s North Korea fan club: Supporter aims to build fan baseBBC Sport
While Donald Trump’s talks with Kim may have ended without agreement last week, one thing that seems to be progressing is an unlikely relationship with League One football club Sunderland.

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