BC Soccer News, Wednesday, May 20, 2015

AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP – THE VOYAGEURS CUP

Preview: Do or die for Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday night against FC EdmontonWhitecaps FC
The team that scores more combined goals between the two legs will move on to face Montreal Impact in the final in August.

Win, lose, or draw: Dissecting the scenarios for Wednesday’s second leg vs. FC EdmontonWhitecaps FC
Scorelines that would send the ‘Caps to the ACC final

Vancouver Whitecaps focus on Amway Canadian Championship in face of must-win game AFTN
Things haven’t gone entirely according to plan for the Vancouver Whitecaps in this year’s Amway Canadian Championship.

Match Preview: Whitecaps at FC EdmontonEighty-Six Forever
It’s the match that was supposed to take place two weeks ago, as the Vancouver Whitecaps will travel to Clarke Field in Edmonton Alberta Wednesday for the second leg of their Amway Canadian Championship against FC Edmonton. The Whitecaps were in town a fortnight ago, but a heap of snow altered plans a fair bit.

Whitecaps seeking victory in EdmontonGoal
With their semifinal tie versus FC Edmonton hanging in the balance, Vancouver Whitecaps FC are determined to advance in this year’s Canadian Championship by playing a stronger line-up versus the NASL club in the second leg on Wednesday night.

Eddies eyeing upsetEdmonton Sun
FC Edmonton do not need to score to advance in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship semifinal against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday at Clark​e Stadium.

Eddies can’t afford to try and manage the second leg against the Whitecapsthe11.ca
This year, the Eddies have the advantage by getting a 1-1 first-leg result at BC Place. But Tomi Ameobi says that the Eddies can’t try to nurse the score.

Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson: ‘If we don’t score, we’re out’Metro
The winner of this semifinal advances to the final, which is scheduled to be played in August. With no snow in the forecast this time, the Whitecaps will need a result in Edmonton on Wednesday. The team with the better goal aggregate moves on.

“There will be changes” says Caps’ Robinson of game against EdmontonProvince
Pedro Morales was on the first team during Tuesday’s scrimmage at the University of B.C. So was Kendall Waston.

 

WHITECAPS FC & MLS

Whitecaps FC and Manitoba Soccer Association announce player development partnershipWhitecaps FC
Starting in the fall of 2015, Manitoba will be home to Whitecaps FC Boys Residency Prospects and Girls Elite REX Prospects programs. Both will be full-time, fully funded school programs based in Winnipeg that will filter into the professional club environment in Vancouver through the Whitecaps FC Residency and Girls Elite REX programs. The girls program in Manitoba will be an official Canada Soccer licensed Regional EXCEL centre.

Whitecaps must decide what they are 24 Hours
The Whitecaps are coming off a loss in league play to Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders FC. Elsewhere, Vancouver played to a 1-1 draw in the Voyageurs Cup against lower division FC Edmonton.

Whitecaps FC launch #BuckUp for Mental HealthWhitecaps FC
This year, the funds raised through #BuckUp for Mental Health will be donated to Whitecaps FC community partner Covenant House Vancouver. Covenant House Vancouver works to improve the lives of more than 1,500 homeless youth, most of whom struggle with mental illness.

Bell, Larry Tanenbaum to purchase ArgonautsToronto Star
A lease with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment for BMO Field is also done, per sources, and the team is expected to move there from Rogers Centre for the 2016 season.

Two Surfaces, One Stadium 24th Minute
It’s done. The Argos are moving in and there is nothing soccer fans can do about it now. The $55-million in public spending almost a decade ago trumps all. The fact the Argos somehow missed out on the close to a billion dollar public spending orgy that saw pretty much every other CFL city get a new stadium or a vastly renovated one is irrelevant.

Leiweke: Altering BMO Field won’t impact soccerSportsnet
Many fans see opening up the soccer stadium to other sports as going counter to the MLS goal of soccer-specific stadiums. Others simply fear the CFL team will churn up the pitch.

Timbers’ Will Johnson could fittingly return at BMOToronto Sun
With World Cup qualifying and the Gold Cup fast approaching, Johnson is desperate to get back into the national team picture for the first time in two years.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber meets with St. Louis officials to discuss future expansionMLS
MLS Commissioner Don Garber met with public officials and business leaders who are heading up an open-air stadium project in downtown St. Louis, Mo., on Tuesday to discuss the possibilities of expanding to what he called “a great soccer market.”

Minnesota United Statement On Stadium ProposalMinnesota United
“Unfortunately the legislature, during the regular legislative session, was unable to reach agreement on a number of important issues including a tax bill, or to consider our request for tax relief and economic development tools that have been used for every professional sport facility as well as many major building projects throughout the state,” said United President Nick Rogers.

Minnesota Legislative session closes with no tax relief for stadium twincities.com
Minnesota United FC President Nick Rogers said it was unfortunate the Minnesota Legislature failed to include or consider tax relief to help build a $150 million soccer stadium before the close of its session Monday.

 

BC SOCCER

VIDEO – BC referee prepares to officiate at Women’s World Cup – Global News
Canada won’t just have players at the upcoming Women’s World Cup…there will be a couple of referees as well, including a local woman. Michelle Pye who has worked games all over the world and now gets a spot on the biggest stage there is.

BC Soccer is pleased to provide to the members the 2015 Proposed Bylaw and Rule AmendmentsBCSA
This document outlines the Proposed Bylaw Amendments, Rule Changes Requiring Ratification, and proposed Rule Amendments for consideration at the 2015 Annual General Meeting which is to be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

WolfPack Men’s Soccer Signs Local Player Haris DjelmoThompson Rivers University
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team will have more local talent on its roster when it hits the pitch to begin the 2015-16 Canada West season. The program has prided itself in trying to secure the top Kamloops talent in the past and plan to continue that tradition with the announcement that midfielder Haris Djelmo has committed to the program.

All-native soccer team gets ready to represent Canada at world’s first Indigenous GamesGeorgia Straight
This fall, 23 soccer players from First Nations communities across the country will travel to Palmas, in central Brazil, to compete in the world’s first Indigenous Games.

Third straight valley title for KSS OwlsCapital News
Make it a three-peat for the Kelowna Owls senior girls soccer team. KSS won its third consecutive Okanagan Valley AAA title last Thursday with a 1-0 home pitch win over the South Kamloops Titans.

Undefeated Orcas beat Thunder for Valley soccer title Peace Arch News
Last Thursday at Newton Athletic Park, the Elgin Park Orcas defeated their Surrey opponents 3-1 in the final game of the Fraser Valley Championships, dethroning the defending champs, while also securing a top berth at upcoming provincials.

WORLD OF SOCCER

FIFA sponsors Coke, Visa express concern over Qatar labor Washington Post
FIFA came under pressure from sponsors Coca-Cola and Visa on Wednesday to ensure Qatar improves conditions for migrant workers as the country rapidly expands to host the 2022 World Cup.

How many slave deaths for the Qatar World Cup can Fifa put up with? The Guardian
This week has seen the launch of a campaign by the International Trade Union Confederation, Play Fair Qatar and the NewFifaNow group to shame them with the appalling conditions endured by labourers building tournament infrastructure for 2022. “As things stand,” declares Play Fair Qatar, “more than 62 workers will die for each game played during the 2022 tournament.”

Arrested for reporting on Qatar’s World Cup labourersBBC
“We were invited to Qatar by the prime minister’s office to see new flagship accommodation for low-paid migrant workers in early May – but while gathering additional material for our report, we ended up being thrown into prison for doing our jobs.”

Barcelona’s Xavi poised to join Qatar side Al SaddBBC Sport
Barcelona midfielder Xavi is ready to announce on Thursday he is leaving Barcelona to join Qatari side Al Sadd in a three-year deal, says his agent.

Survey: Athletes making $17.94 billion on 333 top teamsESPN
“Foreign ownership, and oil money in particular, has transformed elite English soccer in the past decade and is now making a significant impression in other leagues — and sports,” says the editor of SportingIntelligence.com, Nick Harris, who has compiled the survey for ESPN since 2010.

Tractor Sazi’s Persian Gulf Pro League title celebrations cut short BBC Sport
Title celebrations cut short, brawls in the stands and a call for calm from government – Iran’s Persian Gulf Pro League had a thrilling final day.

LMA’s message to stressed Premier League managers – eat more soybeans The Telegraph
All managers in the Premier League and Football League have been sent a 120-page survival guide by the League Managers Association, offering expert advice from clinical psychologists, cardiovascular specialists and even an addiction counsellor on how to handle the multiplying stresses and strains of their job.

Harpo’s FC Is The Greatest Amateur Team In The US… And They Started In A Pub – The 18
They’ve made it further than any other amateur side in the U.S. Open Cup, and are about to take on the pros.

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