BC Soccer News, Wednesday, May 1, 2019



FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019, 6:00 PM



Reyna injury opens doghouse door Friday for Whitecaps’ Montero, ArdaizThe Province
The most effective forward for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Yordy Reyna, is out for up to a month with an injury, leaving the door open for his higher-paid backups to come in and make an overdue impact.

Vancouver Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos criticizes striker Joaquin ArdaizMLS
In search for their striker of the future, the Vancouver Whitecaps made a splash this offseason and signed striker Joaquin Ardaiz as a young Designated Player, on loan with option to buy.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Which Wingers?Eighty-Six Forever
One of the most vexing squad selection decisions that has faced the Vancouver Whitecaps is who should start on the wings. With every game, save one, of the 2019 season being decided by a single goal it’s important to get these decisions right. So let’s get into the nitty gritty of who the best two wingers on the Vancouver Whitecaps are.

Planes, Trains, and not enough MLS ChartersHar Journalist
The life of a professional football player is often spent in airports traveling to and from matches in cramped conditions. While NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB teams on the road are whisked from their comfortable charter seats to hotels. MLS players are often left squished in economy and wondering if they’ll make it to their destination city at all.

Minnesota United’s Ozzie Alonso looks to keep emotions in check vs. Seattle, his former teamDuluth News Tribune
Minnesota United’s historic first win at Allianz Field on Sunday, April 28, had barely begun to be savored when Loons defender Ike Opara turned the page.

MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Wagner, fines Nani and RoldanMLS
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended one player and fined two others after weekend games from Week 9 of the 2019 MLS regular season.

New England Revolution hire Kevin Hitchcock as assistant coachNew England Revolution
The New England Revolution have added Kevin Hitchcock as an assistant coach. He will replace Rubén Garcia, who departs the club to become Sporting Director of La Liga side SD Huesca. Hitchcock arrives in New England with nearly two decades of professional coaching experience in the top flights of England, Qatar, and India, as well as a decorated 18-year playing career.

Crew SC’s cross-heavy offensive attack to shift some toward middleColumbus Dispatch
In the past two weeks, the Crew has become predictable. It has been conceding the first goal, trying to get the ball wide and crossing it into the penalty area with no success in finishing.

Pro soccer and New York City: We have a problemNY Daily News
Here in the metropolitan area, where the Cosmos once thrived and where towns like Kearny, N.J., practically gave birth to the sport in America, early-season doldrums have evolved into an ill wind. It isn’t just that the Red Bulls and NYCFC aren’t scoring enough goals, though that certainly doesn’t help. It’s also that these teams have hit a formidable wall because of lackluster star power and stadium geography.





WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 , 2019, 8:00 PM


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Pacific FC looks for a triumphant encore against Valour FCTimes Colonist
The true measure of the CPL, the long-awaited domestic Canadian pro soccer league, will become evident in what comes after the openers. The Island will be the first market to find that out tonight at 8 at Westhills when Pacific FC hosts Valour FC in the CPL’s first midweek game.

Marcus Haber feeling “at home” with Pacific FC as he looks to lead them to CPL gloryAFTN
If you want to know how much Pacific FC already means to Marcus Haber, you only had to look at the back of his head on Sunday, for shaved into the back of it was the club crest.

After a decade’s wait, Lake Side Buoys celebrate soccer on Van IsleCanPL
“In 2009, a bunch of people got together at a Highlanders game right here and started a supporters group called the Lake Side Buoys, with the dream of a professional soccer team. Ten years later, we’re here!”

VISL holding strong in BC Provincial CupBC Soccer Web
It is a crazy time of year – not just on the Island with the arrival of Pacific FC, but also across the Province as amateur teams enter the final stages of BC Soccer’s Provincial Cup.

Victoria Highlanders FC are pleased to announce the signing of Jake Ruby, pending USL League and BC Soccer approval. The 18-year-old will join Thomas Niendorf’s USL League Two side as the first defender signed.

Cowichan LMG on to provincial semifinalsCowichan Valley Citizen
A victory on Sunday ensured that Cowichan LMG can do no worse than match their best-ever result in the men’s provincial championships.

U18 Coastal Selects advance to cup finalDelta Optimist
Members of the U18 Delta Coastal Selects will be looking to extend their youth soccer careers this weekend at Minoru Park in Richmond.

Confident Niners return to provincial semisLake Cowichan Gazette
A confident Cowichan 49ers club booked a return trip to the provincial masters A soccer semifinal with a 3-1 win over ISCF Columbus in a quarter-final showdown at the Sherman Road turf on Sunday.

Blue Devils accomplish soccer mission #1Tri City News
First mission accomplished for the Dr. Charles Best Blue Devils senior girls soccer team. Now it’s on to the next.

Short-staffed Gorge given no quarter by Cowichan CougarsCowichan Valley Citizen
The Cowichan Cougars’ first-ever provincial cup game was a success as the over-30 women’s team defeated a shorthanded Gorge team 3-0 at the Sherman Road turf on Saturday afternoon.

Adams set to play big for Timberwolves in 2019UNBC
Good things come in small packages, and the UNBC Timberwolves think they have added a great example of that to the program as the University of Northern British Columbia’s Men’s soccer team has officially announced the commitment of five-foot-six Reid Adams for the 2019-2020 Canada West season.

CapU women’s soccer ID Camp: June 13Capilano University
On the heels of a silver medal at the 2018 PACWEST Championships, the CapU Blues women’s soccer program is hosting an ID Camp for players in grade 10 and older.

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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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.


Back To The Numbers: A statistical look at Week 1 of the CPLAFTN
This past weekend marked the first ever games in the Canadian Premier League and was certainly one many Canadian soccer fans will never forget.

Young Canadians stand up through first weekendCanPL
Tristan Borges. Manny Aparicio. Noah Verhoeven. Chrisnovic N’Sa. Few of the 23,611 fans in attendance for the Canadian Premier League’s opening weekend will have known much about those players, among others, prior to Saturday’s match in Hamilton and Sunday’s on Vancouver Island.

Calgary’s Cavalry FC to share soccer pitch with four-legged athletesCBC
Cavalry FC and Spruce Meadows mark the intersection where footy meets the horsey set.

AMSL set to Kick Off for 2019Alberta Soccer
The 28th season of the Alberta Major Soccer League will get underway this week, with some exciting changes in store for the Province’s top amateur league.

New FC Oshawa soccer team set to kick off League1 Ontario campaignDurham Region
The soccer season will begin with a flourish this weekend in Oshawa, where not only will the annual Frank Sobil Spring Classic be filling fields throughout the city, but the new FC Oshawa women’s team will be making its debut in the League1 Ontario semi-professional loop.

Foothills FC prepares to defend last year’s historic PDL championshipAFTN
With the arrival of the Canadian Premier League and a new professional team in Calgary, it’s fair to say the attention of soccer fans in the city has been squarely focused on Cavalry FC this year, rather than Foothills FC U23.

Canadian athletes want the lip service around safe sport to stopCBC
50 Olympians, Paralympians and other athletes gather to make recommendations on improving system.

Super Soccer is coming back to CBC North!CBC
On May 5, watch athletes from across the North battle it out at the Yellowknife Fieldhouse. CBC’s Garrett Hinchey and Alyssa Mosher will call the action, along with colour commentary from Alex Brockman.


USL Championship Gameday Report: April 30, Week 9USL
LouCity grabbed victory in the USL Championship Game of the Week against Memphis, while Rio Grande Valley FC extended its undefeated streak to five games to vault up the Western Conference in Portland.

MLS expansion: Dark horses already building great soccer palacesMLS Multiplex
The Chattanooga Red Wolves, Louisville City FC, and Indianapolis Eleven are all making stadium plans ahead of an MLS expansion bid. Here is the rundown on all three.

Toros Push Unbeaten Streak To FiveKRGV
Rio Grande Valley FC (3-3-3, 12 pts.) defeated Portland Timbers 2 (4-2-3, 15 pts.) on Tuesday night at Merlo Field, 2-1. The victory moves the Toros up to fourth in the USL Championship Western Conference Standings.

Steelheads bring elite men’s soccer to Snohomish CountyEverett Herald
The Snohomish County FC Steelheads are beginning their first season in the Western Washington Premier League, an elite men’s adult league, and the team is giving an opportunity to those — whether they’re college players looking to stay sharp during the summer or post-scholastic players who just want to continue competing — who seek a high level of competition beyond their school experiences.


Where each NWSL team stands as USWNT players departThe Equalizer
Three weeks into the National Women’s Soccer League season and things are about to take a dramatic turn. United States national team coach Jill Ellis has yet to name her World Cup roster, but that announcement is expected this week and the players on that roster will not be seen again in the league until after the U.S. finishes at the World Cup.

Utah Royals FC defender, Katie Bowen, invited to her third World Cup with New ZealandFox 13
The Utah Royals FC is undefeated in the early days of the National Women’s Soccer League, but some of the best players will soon be unavailable to play.

World Cup coming at right time for women, says New Zealand Football presidentThe Guardian
Newly-appointed Johanna Wood is championing diversity as the country rides a wave of interest heading to France.

Meet the FIFA Women’s World Cup fans: FranceSBS
As part of a continuing series, SBS News looks at the local fans of some of the nations competing in the Women’s World Cup in June. Here, we meet the Chauvet family, who will always have a spot for France in their hearts.


Champions League preview: Barcelona v. LiverpoolNBC Sports
It’s as simple as that, really. When it comes to Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, the Reds can deal with being behind but have little hope with a zero on the board in terms of away goals.

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool will ‘suffer’ in Champions League semi against BarcelonaBBC Sport
Liverpool will “suffer” in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final in Barcelona but will also have chances, says manager Jurgen Klopp.

Tuesday UCL Rewind: Ajax top Tottenham in LondonSBI
Ajax continued their impressive UEFA Champions League run defeating yet another top European side away from home. The Dutch club defeated Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday in the first leg of the UCL semifinal.

‘OMG I’m in the Champions League semi-final’ – Neres revels in Ajax’s ‘incredible’ European runSN
Ajax star David Neres still cannot believe he is in the Champions League semi-finals following Tuesday’s victory at Tottenham.

Temporary replacements and longer assessment periods – the concussion protocol changes needed in footballThe Telegraph
The concerning footage of Jan Vertonghen being helped from the field on Tuesday night against Ajax, having initially been medically cleared by the Tottenham Hotspur team doctor to continue, is just the latest in a string of incidents this season involving concussion that have raised concerns over the current protocol in football.

Marseille to reignite European hopes in Strasbourg?Ligue 1
Olympique de Marseille hope to get back to winning ways, and fast – starting at RC Strasbourg Alsace on Friday – as they look to keep their dream of playing European football next season alive.

‘He’ll be the best striker in Europe’ – the stunning emergence of Luka JovicThe Guardian
The 21-year-old Serbia striker is being chased by clubs such as Real Madrid and Liverpool as he prepares to face Chelsea in the Europa League semi-final

China FA silent on prospects of Lippi replacing CannavaroNBC Sports
The Chinese Football Association is staying silent over speculation that Marcello Lippi could make a surprise return to take over the national team job after Fabio Cannavaro quit this week.

League One promotion: Luton Town and Barnsley return to Championship for 2019-20BBC Sport
Luton Town and Barnsley have secured promotion back to the Championship after Tuesday’s results saw both Portsmouth and Sunderland lose.

Does Norway Have the Answer to Excess in Youth Sports?NY Times
A decade ago, I wrote a book that comprehensively surveyed the landscape of youth sports. I wanted to know: How did the United States become the world’s sports superpower while producing such a physically inactive population? What contribution, if any, did our sports ecosystem play in producing these seemingly opposite outcomes? And, has any nation figured out a more effective model?

Forest Green’s Vince treks to UEFA to enforce climate change messageInside World Football
It isn’t every day that a new age traveller turned environmentalist pioneer and lower-league football club chairman is invited to address the great and the good of UEFA.

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