BC Soccer News, Wednesday, May 16, 2018



WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018, 7:30 PM




Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps v San Jose EarthquakesAFTN
Despite plenty of action, and a grandstand finish, Vancouver Whitecaps’ match against Houston Dynamo last Friday was far from a satisfying result. Kendall Waston’s stoppage-time header saved a game that shouldn’t have needed saving, and the ‘Caps undoubtedly left two points on the table in a time when they really need to get back on track in the wins department.

Match Preview: Whitecaps vs. San Jose EarthquakesEighty-Six Forever
The Caps continue their homestand Wednesday, playing host to the San Jose Earthquakes in a match that could serve as a midweeek morale boost ahead of a weekend trip to Texas.

PREVIEW: San Jose Earthquakes at Vancouver WhitecapsProst Amerika
Opportunity is knocking on the door to move and shake in the Western Conference Standings for the San Jose Earthquakes and Vancouver Whitecaps as they meet Wednesday Night in Vancouver, BC in a rematch of last season’s MLS Cup Playoff Knockout Round matchup, a game in which Vancouver emphatically ended San Jose’s season with a 5-0 victory.

Rowe looking to get his 2nd start when Whitecaps face EarthquakesSportsnet
Rowe took over and played well in a 2-2 draw with the Dynamo. With Marinovic still hobbled, Rowe will start again when the Whitecaps (4-4-2) host the San Jose Earthquakes (2-5-2) at BC Place Stadium Wednesday.

MLS vet Sean Franklin confident in the ‘Caps: ‘We can be unbeatable’Whitecaps FC
As Sean Franklin continues to get comfortable in his role with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, it’s his confidence that might be the best asset he brings to town.

Wondolowski chasing scoring record as San Jose visits VancouverReuters
Chris Wondolowski can continue closing in on the all-time MLS scoring record when the San Jose Earthquakes visit the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night in search of a second consecutive away victory.

Whitecaps will have tall order to fill without World Cup-bound WastonEdmonton Journal
The clock is Ticos tocking on Kendall Waston’s time with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Just three games remain before the Caps’ formidable centreback heads to Russia to join Los Ticos and his Costa Rican teammates for the World Cup, leaving the Major League Soccer side without the player who, arguably, is most integral to the squad’s success.

Toronto FC vs. Orlando City SC | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
It’s not quite a must-win for the defending MLS Cup champions, but it’s getting late early for Toronto FC, which has dropped back-to-back games following a 3-2 defeat at New England last Saturday.

Money can’t buy wins for Impact and new coach Rémi GardeMontreal Gazette
Impact owner/president Joey Saputo isn’t happy and addressed the players in locker room after last Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Philadelphia.

Ben Olsen blasts “the hyperbole of everything” about Wayne Rooney rumorsMLS
Ben Olsen declined to elaborate on the state of his club’s pursuit of English superstar Wayne Rooney on Tuesday, and admitted he can’t quite relate to some exceptionally strong opinions surrounding the potential move.

MLS Week 12: Top 5 things to watch – Contenders collide MLS Multiplex
MLS Week 12 is officially upon us. Although the card is slightly less stacked then we are used to, there are still some riveting storylines. Here are five things to watch for.

Cost for Minnesota United’s Allianz Field still rising … to $250 millionPioneer Press
The price tag for Allianz Field, the under-construction home of Minnesota United, previously increased from $150 million to $200 million, and this week, the MLS club said the cost will be more like $250 million.

MLS: Striking down sports betting law will change everythingMLS Multiplex
The Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibits sports betting on Monday. The decision will change everything for MLS. Trust me, I’m English.

Centerplate at BC Place Receives Top Sports Venue AwardMeetings Canada
The onsite hospitality team at Vancouver’s BC Place is this year’s winner of the Best Sports Venue Award from Centerplate, a catering and hospitality services provider with more than 100 sports venue partners across North America and the United Kingdom.

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Elmes disappointed by “not very good” TSS Rovers in 4-1 season opening loss to Lane United AFTN
A first half hat-trick from Kyle Coffee put paid to TSS Rovers hopes of getting their second PDL season off to a winning start at Swangard Stadium on Monday night, with the visitors running out comfortable 4-1 winners by the end.

Highlanders vs Foothills Game ReportVictoria Highlanders
Victoria Highlanders FC travel back to Victoria following two tough losses in their opening weekend versus a strong Calgary side. The results give Foothills six points in the first week of the Premier Development League (PDL).

Vancouver Strikers knock off four league champions to win BC Provincial B CupAFTN
No-one can accuse Vancouver Strikers of having an easy route to lifting their first ever BC Provincial B Cup at Burnaby Lake on Saturday evening.

Emma Pringle invited to play with TSS FC in the WPSL this SummerSFU
The North Vancouver native will compete for the Rovers in their inaugural season prior to her junior campaign with Canada’s NCAA women’s soccer team.

Vikes soccer announces addition of striker Goertzen for 2018-19UVic
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team and head coach Bruce Wilson are pleased to announce the commitment of 17-year-old forward Rees Goertzen for the 2018-19 season.

Soccer Swap: PGYSA Aims To Make Soccer More AccessibleCKPG
Putting your kids through sports is expensive, from the registration fee to the equipment that needs to be replaced every season. That’s why the Prince George Youth Soccer Association has set up a soccer swap, for families to swap out old cleats and shin guards for a larger size, or to simply loan equipment.

Mariners name Stefanek new men’s soccer coachNanaimo News Now
Filling the void left by the departure of VIU men’s soccer coach Bill Merriman won’t be easy but the Mariners believe they’ve found the right candidate in Larry Stefanek.

A huge beach soccer tournament is happening in Vancouver this summerDaily Hive
Spanish Banks will be bumping with outdoor soccer enthusiasts from August 10 to 12 for the Beach Soccer Blast.

United U15s ambush Avalanche in Thompson Okanagan girls’ soccerVernon Morning Star
Vernon Tolko United celebrated a beautiful Mother’s Day afternoon in Revelstoke by ambushing the Avalanche 7-0 in Thompson Okanagan Under 15 Girls Rep Soccer League play.

Tolko U12s punish PinnaclesVernon Morning Star
The Tolko United U12 Boys Team Lockwood punished Penticton Pinnacles 7-2 before falling 4-2 to the Shuswap Selects in Thompson Okanagan Rep Soccer League play Sunday in Rutland.

Former players open Urban Soccer Centre in North VancouverUrban Soccer Centre
Alexander Elliott, Rob Friend, and Michael D’Agostino are opening Urban Soccer Centre in North Vancouver on May 21.

TSS Rovers release Season Tickets for the 2018 season TSS Rovers
A great summer of soccer is in store at Swangard Stadium with the PDL & WPSL TSS Rovers. Season yickets are only $70.

Victoria Highlanders FC 2018 Season Tickets now on saleVictoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.

Canada’s College ID Camps set for Shawnigan Lake & Kingston, OntarioCanada College ID Camps
Our purpose is to provide a space where players grade 9-12 can connect with college coaches from all levels in Canada and the USA. We hope to assist in the promotion of youth players into environments which will challenge them academically and athletically after high school.

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.

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Canada’s World Cup bid leader confident as vote for 2026 tournament nearsCBC
With the vote on the 2026 World Cup host less than a month away, Peter Montopoli is a man on the move.

Canadian Premier League welcomes Calgary into the mixWinnipeg Sun
The Canadian Premier League is done hiding its grand plans for Calgary. A major announcement is set for Thursday afternoon at Spruce Meadows, where spokesperson Ian Allison has confirmed they are building a 5,000-to 7,000 seat soccer stadium.

Winnipeg soccer executive hopes new club will score with local youthGlobal News
A new professional soccer team is coming to Winnipeg next year. The team will be playing in the Canadian Premier League, an upcoming fully professional, FIFA-sanctioned soccer league expected to begin play in spring 2019.

York 9 bid to be this region’s soccer team a tall orderYork Region
The team behind the York 9 FC entry in the Canadian Premier League are a confident lot. They are soccer lovers, certainly, and clearly sincere in their desire to bring professional soccer to York Region. The rest of us folks looking on during the May 10 unveiling of the franchise? Mmm, not quite sure. Cautiously optimistic, perhaps?

New-Look Griffons Down CS St-Hubert in Home OpenerThe Link
The Club de soccer Mont-Royal Outremont Griffons earned their first points of the Première Ligue de soccer du Québec season after defeating CS St-Hubert on home soil. Their victory came thanks to some help from a few new faces on the team.

League 1 Ontario Rapid ReviewNorthern Starting XI
Sigma finally got their season started with a 4-1 win over Windsor TFC.

Soccer Hall of Famer Candace Chapman paved the way for others to followSportsnet
Candace Chapman, who patrolled the middle of the Canadian team’s defence for over a decade, will receive the honour next month during a friendly between Canada and Germany at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field.

Ontario athletes honoured by Canada Soccer at recent AGMOntario Soccer
Canadian Players of the Year Atiba Hutchinson and Kadeisha Buchanan as well as the Top Moment featuring Toronto FC’s treble-winning season were highlighted.

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Toronto FC II keeper Angelo Cavalluzzo out long-term with ruptured AchillesWaking the Red
Toronto FC II assistant coach Chris Pozniak told WTR’s James Grossi on Monday that goalkeeper Angelo Cavalluzzo will be out of the lineup long-term with a ruptured Achilles tendon. The keeper appeared to twist his leg badly while backpedaling to try and stop Miguel Jaime’s goal in TFC II’s 1-0 loss to Penn FC last Wednesday.

U.S. Open Cup Second Round: A Look AheadSBI
The amateurs have had their fun, and now the worthy among them will stick around to challenge the pros in the second round of the 2108 U.S. Open Cup.

Charleston Battery open U.S. Open Cup play Wednesday nightPost Courier
The Charleston Battery have built a national reputation as a club that can not only compete with teams in Major League Soccer, but beat them on a regular basis.


The Lowdown: Three positions being exposed on NWSL clubsThe Equalizer
Here are three trouble spots I have noticed around NWSL so far this season.

Tournament of Nations to play in Kansas City, Hartford, ChicagoStars & Stripes FC
The 2018 Tournament of Nations is almost upon us. This year, USSF’s summer mini-tourno will take place from July 26 – August 2 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, and Toyota Park in Bridgeview. You can see the full schedule below.

Arsenal Women: England midfielder Jordan Nobbs signs new ‘long-term’ dealBBC Sport
England vice-captain Jordan Nobbs has signed a new “long-term” contract with Arsenal Women.

Eni Aluko to leave Chelsea Ladies this summer following double winning seasonEvening Standard
Eni Aluko has announced she will leave double winners Chelsea Ladies this summer.

Chelsea reclaim the high ground thanks to inspirational Emma HayesThe Guardian
Victory at Bristol City on Tuesday sealed the WSL title for Chelsea, and while their manager now has other priorities this was another double she was very much the mastermind.

Cheshire FA: Everton Ladies may use proposed £70m hubBBC Sport
A proposed £70m North West football hub is a “flagship opportunity” to develop the women’s game, the Cheshire FA says.

Confusion or healthy competition? U.S. soccer’s girls’ player development pathways remain complicatedFour Four Two
After one season of play, the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy needs to iron out some wrinkles. And some clubs still see more value in the incumbent ECNL.

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Marseille and Atlético battle for European glory in LyonFussballstadt
The Europa League final will kick off on Wednesday with Olympique Marseille looking to add to their 1993 Champions League trophy by beating Spanish side Atlético Madrid on home soil but in one of their biggest rival’s stadium on Wednesday night.

Marseille wary of Griezmann danger in Europa finalLigue 1
Keeping Antoine Griezmann in check could make all the difference in Wednesday’s UEFA Europa League final, the Atletico Madrid striker’s France team-mates, Olympique de Marseille pair Dimitri Payet and Steve Mandanda have said.

Aston Villa holds off Boro, moves onto playoff finalNBC Sports
Playoff finals are old hat for Steve Bruce, but a new event for Aston Villa.

Patrick Vieira upset at ‘token gesture’ from Arsenal after being contacted by former clubSky Sports
Patrick Vieira was left disappointed at Arsenal’s ‘token gesture’ after being contacted about the vacant managerial position at the club, say Sky sources.

Moyes leaves West Ham after keeping team in Premier LeagueSportsnet
Keeping West Ham in the Premier League wasn’t enough to earn David Moyes a new deal at the London club.

Allardyce out as Everton manager after 7 monthsYahoo Sports
Sam Allardyce was fired as Everton manager on Wednesday after his pragmatic style of football proved unpopular with fans despite helping to keep the team in the Premier League.

Neymar: ‘I’m more scared than anyone’Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar Jr has admitted he is “scared” as he closes in on a competitive return to the pitch with the FIFA World Cup with Brazil looming large.

World Cup 2018: The ups and downs of an England squad announcementBBC Sport
England manager Gareth Southgate has named his 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup and, as usual, the process was a rollercoaster ride for expectant fans.

World Cup referee banned in Saudi match-fixing caseSportsnet
A Saudi Arabian referee due to be overseeing games at the World Cup in Russia has been banned from soccer for life in his country.

Angry fans invade Sporting Lisbon’s practice to attack players and staffLeader-Post
A group of angry fans forced their way into Sporting Lisbon’s training centre on Tuesday and assaulted its players and staff, the club said.

UEFA raises doubts on $25 billion FIFA dealThe Star
European soccer leaders say they have “serious reservations” about the pace and process of FIFA pressing to accept a $25 billion, 12-year deal for two new competitions.

Serbian soccer referee detained for whistling wrong penaltyLondon Free Press
Police say a Serbian soccer referee has been detained for awarding a non-existent penalty during an important league match.

Bayern push deeper into US and Hispanic markets via content deal with ESPNInside World Football
ESPN has signed a content deal with German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich to bring club content to the broadcaster’s digital and linear networks in the US, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Ray Wilson obituaryThe Guardian
Ray Wilson, who has died aged 83, had the lowest profile of any player in England’s 1966 World Cup final-winning team, and generally liked to keep it that way. He was a fast, skilled, mobile left-back who was capped for his country 63 times, played in every England game in the 1966 finals, and was one of the best defenders his country has produced.

As Ramadan nears, so do tough decisions for World Cup-bound Muslim playersYahoo Sports
For more than 1 billion Muslims around the world, Thursday marks the beginning of Ramadan. It’s the beginning of a month of obligatory fasting; of abstention from food and drink between sunrise and sunset; of purification and self-discipline. For over 100 soccer players from six predominantly Muslim nations and several others, however, it will also be a month of preparation for the biggest days of their professional lives. One day before the holy month ends, the 2018 World Cup will begin.

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