BC Soccer News, Wednesday, May 17, 2017




SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017, 4:00 PM

#StandUpForTravis: Whitecaps FC to honour former Residency playerWhitecaps FC
In the 35th minute of the match, friends of Travis are planning to stand and applaud in his memory. This is in honour of his squad number with Whitecaps FC Residency, 35, which also represented his birthday of March 5. Whitecaps FC encourage all attendees to join in standing up and remembering Travis Selje.

Get your popcorn ready… the Kendall Waston vs. Dom Dwyer battle is backWhitecaps FC
Some athletes you just love to boo. Dom Dwyer is one of those such athletes, and he’s back at BC Place on Saturday as Whitecaps FC face growing nemesis Sporting Kansas City

MLS Week 12: A Midweek Look AheadSBI
Major League Soccer opens up Week 12 with a battle of East versus West, starting in Philadelphia and ending in San Jose.

Sounders look to regain momentum against Sporting Kansas CityKHQ
The Seattle Sounders will try to end their two-game losing streak when they travel to take on Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday. The Sounders have not had much luck playing Sporting KC in the regular season going 0-3-2 in their last five contests dating back to 2014. Despite their history, the Sounders are 7-4-3 all time against Sporting KC, including a 4-2-1 record on the road.

Real Salt Lake take stock of 4-game losing skid: “Don’t throw the towel in”MLS
Upon hiring Mike Petke as their head coach, Real Salt Lake surged upwards, winning back-to-back games in early April over Western Conference foes.

Kljestan Calls Recent Results ‘Bizarre’ Empire of Soccer
What is ailing the New York Red Bulls?. The team is in the midst of a three-game losing streak, with the most recent loss, 3-1, against the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night. In 2017, the Red Bulls (5-6-1, 16 points) have only three more points than they did after their disastrous start last year. A major difference is a crisis of confidence and recognized route to recovery among the Red Bulls’ most important players, like the captain Sacha Kljestan.

Greg Vanney’s Toronto FC staff has well and truly silenced its criticsWaking the Red
The players have stolen the headlines, but impressive gameplanning behind the scenes has put them in a position to succeed.

Commissioner says Montreal not ready to host MLS all-star gameSportsnet
The Montreal Impact will need to start selling out their stadium regularly before they will be considered to play host to an Major League Soccer all-star game, commissioner Don Garber said Tuesday.

Hey Canada, it’s MLS. Baby, please look at all the nice things I do for you. Please don’t leave me. I’ll change.the11.ca
There are days, my word, there are days when you look at MLS like the most annoying girlfriend/boyfriend you’ve ever had. Being a Canadian fan of MLS is like watching your partner flirt with everyone at the bar, but the second you say you’re done, that person’s back with a gift and a promise that really, this time, (s)he’ll change.

MLS Injury ReportMLS
This injury report is compiled on an ongoing basis by MLSsoccer.com editors based on club game notes, news reports, and original reporting.

San Diego State University ends negotiations with San Diego MLS groupSBI
With San Diego State University pulling out of negotiations, San Diego is the latest MLS candidate to experience a surprise shift in their stadium landscape.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour Comes to Canada


BC PROVINCIAL MEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Club Inter 2 Aldergrove United 0, May 14, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Elmes feels TSS Rovers “entertained” as they look to build on good individual performancesAFTN
“Three under par. We’re three under par. We’re leading the tournament. We’re three under par.” That was a Swanguardians chant on Friday night at TSS Rovers’ home opener, following a week that had seen the team deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player and starting the match on a -3 points total.

Three North Shore soccer squads score Coastal Cup titles North Shore News
Three North Shore teams claimed gold at the prestigious B.C. Coastal Cup tournament during a weekend of championship clashes held at Aldergrove Athletic Park May 6-7.

Vancouver Club Inter win BC Cup provincial title –  CSA
Vancouver’s Club Inter won the 2017 British Columbia men’s provincial title with a 2:0 win over Aldergrove United. It marked Club Inter’s first provincial title, coming just two years after they lost in the final to EDC FC Burnaby.

Aldergrove Premier Men fall in Provincial Cup finalLangley Times
First time that a Fraser Valley Soccer League team played for the highest honour the province has to offer.

Coquitlam’s Best boots their way into provincialsTri-City News
The Charles Best Blue Devils have already qualified for the BC High School AAA Girls soccer provincials. But the fate of the Heritage Woods Kodiaks and Centennial Centaurs still hangs in the balance.

UBC to host 2018 U SPORTS Men’s Soccer ChampionshipUBC
It will mark the sixth time UBC will welcome the nation’s best in U SPORTS men’s soccer, having last hosted the tournament in 2007. The Thunderbirds last won the Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy in 2013, the team’s 13th title and second straight.

PDL PHOTOS: TSS Rovers 2 Lane Utd. 2, May 12, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

2017 BC Soccer Adult Provincial ChampionshipsBCSA
The Road to Burnaby continues! Complete brackets and results from the weekend’s games in the BC Provincial Cups.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour and Holbrook Sports Management are excited to announce the expansion of the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour into the Canadian soccer market.  With the first event previously announced to take place on the August 19/20 weekend in Surrey, BC, the 3v3 Soccer Tour will expand to Abbotsford, BC, on August 20 and will include men’s and women’s open divisions.

2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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!

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.

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.

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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Who is new Canada Soccer president Steve Reed?Waking the Red
Steve Reed of Surrey, BC was selected as the Canadian Soccer Association’s 34th president at a summit in Whistler in May. Reed beat out long-time Ontario Soccer Association president Rob Smale on the same day the CSA officially endorsed the Canadian Premier League.

Foothills FC’s Russo Looks to Build on 2016 SuccessPDL
Whether he suits up for the University of Calgary in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association or for Calgary Foothills FC in the Premier Development League, Dominic Russo has no problems scoring goals.

Park renos may include soccer facilityChronicle Herald
The Wanderers Grounds at the Halifax Common is undergoing a rehabilitation that could make it a prime spot for a Halifax soccer team.

Register for the UBCO High-Performance Summer Training Camp in Kelowna




SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2017, 3:00 PM

Whitecaps FC 2 striker Gloire Amanda named to the USL Team of the WeekWhitecaps FC
It’s been a great few days for Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) striker Gloire Amanda. On Thursday the Edmonton native and Whitecaps FC Residency graduate scored his first professional goal during a road match in Tulsa.

Beyond the Lens – Gloire AmandaEighty-Six Forever
For those who don’t follow the Whitecaps Residency teams or WFC2 that closely, might not recognize the name Gloire Amanda. Born in the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania, his family moved to Edmonton when he was 8.

Whitecaps 2 snap scoreless streak against SwitchbacksProst Amerika
The Whitecaps FC2 squad snapped a four game winless streak on Sunday afternoon on Mothers Day at Thunderbird Stadium with a solid 3-1 win over the Colorado Springs Switchbacks in USL soccer before 410 fans in attendance.

Could a shock NASL move be on the horizon for Francesco Totti?NBC Sports
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, a move to the United States could be in the offing with NASL side Miami FC due to the club’s Italian links.

New York Cosmos: Cosmos Ready for 2017 Open Cup PlayMLS Multiplex
The New York Cosmos are ready for their fourth attempt at Open Cup glory. Will this be the year they finally move past the Round of 16?

Rising FC Begins Open Cup in FresnoUSL
Phoenix Rising FC will head to Fresno, Calif., for the Second Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night, where the PDL’s Fresno Fuego and a familiar face to Rising FC fans will be awaiting them for the game at the Fresno State Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT and the game is set to be streamed live online.

Puerto Rico FC’s Payne Talks Island’s Debt CrisisEmpire of Soccer
Building a successful soccer team at any level is a hard task. The job can seem nearly impossible, though, when your market has been in a recession for a decade and the local government has filed for a form of bankruptcy as it searches for a way to pay off debt and pension obligations of $123 million.

USL Discipline Report – Week 8USL
The following is the USL’s discipline report for Week 8 of the 2017 United Soccer League season:

SF Deltas Building A Community Team In San Francisco, One Fan At A TimeMidfield Press
I first visited Kezar Stadium in August of 2015.  I was on a business trip, and made my way over to Golden Gate Park after my meetings for the day had concluded. The Uber let me out near the Kezar Pub, located right across from the stadium.  The words some posters on a popular Internet soccer forum used to describe Kezar Stadium were not kind, so my expectations were pretty low. As I entered by the peach hued columns, and looked across the field to see a lovely arch in the same color with Golden Gate Park as its backdrop, I thought it was a rather beautiful place.

USL DIII Aims to Showcase Homegrown, Regional TalentUSL D3
The first kickoff in the United Soccer League’s new third-division league is still years away, but the season structure is already starting to take shape.

NWSL: Pugh feels right at home in WashingtonSoccer America
Mallory Pugh admitted she had considered turning pro for a while, and there was much speculation that when she made the decision to leave UCLA she wouldn’t play for the Washington Spirit. But Pugh says she loves the vibe she’s gotten with her new teammates.

Doncaster Rovers Belles ‘disappointed’ by WSL 1 processBBC Sport
Doncaster are “disappointed” by the Football Association’s decision to open applications to all second-tier clubs to join Women’s Super League One for the 2017-18 season.

Orlando Pride Defender Toni Pressley Coming Into Her Own  – Orlando City SC
Pressley, a Melbourne native and a former Florida State seminole was well traveled before she landed with the Pride. She played for seven different women professional teams before joining the Pride in 2015 via the NWSL Expansion Draft.

How Rose Lavelle went from ordinary upbringing to pro soccer powerhouseExcelle Sports
Earlier this month, after the first few weeks of her first season as a professional soccer player ever, Rose Lavelle was named the National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) Player of the Month. Then, on Sunday, the Boston Breakers midfielder scored her second goal of the season, giving the club a 1-1 draw with Chicago Red Stars.

SWPL: Aberdeen Ladies face points forfeit for failing to fulfil Spartans fixtureBBC Sport
Aberdeen Ladies are calling for an investigation after they “were forced to withdraw” from Wednesday’s Scottish top-flight fixture against Spartans.

Uefa launches drive to boost girls’ football participation in EuropeThe Guardian
Uefa will launch its biggest-ever marketing campaign next month with the aim of making football the No1 participation sport for girls and women in Europe by 2022.

Report shows how football boosts girls’ confidenceUEFA
A report has confirmed that teenage girls who play football report higher levels of self-confidence than those who play other sports, further fuelling UEFA’s drive to make football Europe’s No1 sport for girls.

Arsenal’s top-four hopes intact as Alexis Sánchez ends Sunderland’s resistance The Guardian
It has been a long and arduous season for Arsène Wenger and Arsenal, underpinned by hostility and a basic lack of any real sense of enjoyment. It still has a pulse though. Wenger’s team continued their recent surge, digging deep to overcome obdurate opponents in Sunderland who, by the manager’s pre-match reckoning, ought to have been on the beach.

Zabaleta given perfect send-off as rampant Man City march towards Champions LeagueSN
Pablo Zabaleta was handed the perfect send-off in Manchester City’s final home game of the season with a resounding 3-1 victory over West Brom.

Walter Mazzarri leaving Watford jobSN
Walter Mazzarri is leaving his role as Watford head coach at the end of the season.

Kuyt retires after leading Feyenoord to Eredivisie glory Four Four Two
Dirk Kuyt has retired to take up a non-playing role at Feyenoord, just three days after his hat-trick secured the Eredivisie title.

How Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City could face a Champions League play-off  – The Guardian
If Arsenal draw 1-1 with Everton and Liverpool lose 2-0 to Middlesbrough, both clubs would finish with the same number of points and the same goal difference.

Sydney FC reveal new logo & sign 10-year stadium dealSN
A-League champions Sydney FC have unveiled a new logo and secured a 10-year renewal to their lease with Allianz Stadium.

VAR set for youth tournament debut in Korea Republic FIFA
With just days to go before the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 begins on 20 May, FIFA are preparing to test video assistant referee (VAR) for the first time at an underage event.

RB Leipzig: The amazing ascent of Germany’s most hated teamSportsnet
“Now we have a new enemy besides Dortmund that we can attack,” Bayern Munich’s president declared to its shareholders last November. That same night, some 300 kilometres west of that meeting at the Audi Dome, their new foe was rapidly advancing.

Virtual soccer, real-world stakes ESPN FC
xGUASTELLAx had already won $20,000 on the day by prevailing in the FIFA 17 Xbox division. He was battling recent NYCFC signing Christopher “NYC_Chris” Holly, champion of the PlayStation division, in a two-match final. The pair would play one game on Xbox and one on PlayStation with the winner by aggregate score earning another $10,000.

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