COLORADO RAPIDS vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #15
FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2018, 6:00 PM PDT
DICK’S SPORTING GOODS PARK, COMMERCE CITY, CO.
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‘El Bicho’ named MLS Player of the Week – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Cristian Techera was named the MLS Player of the Week for his hat trick performance in last Saturday’s match against New England Revolution, the league announced on Tuesday.
Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2018 MLS Match Preview – MLS
After rallying to score the late equalizer for a second consecutive game, Vancouver Whitecaps FC are looking to buck the trend of four straight draws when they head to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to meet a reeling Colorado Rapids team that has dropped six straight following a 3-2 home defeat to the Portland Timbers.
Whitecaps look for Rapid improvement after maddening month of miscues – The Province
Groundhog Day is a comedy classic. Watching Bill Murray’s TV weatherman character, Phil Connors, who’s forced to relive the same day over and over again, is a holiday tradition. And Punxsutawney, Penn., could stand in for Vancouver, at least where the Whitecaps are concerned.
With Whitecaps duties over, Kendall Waston readies himself for his first World Cup and aims “to enjoy each moment” and grab his opportunity – AFTN
Kendall Waston didn’t want to tempt fate. As much as he has been excitedly anticipating appearing in the World Cup this summer, the Whitecaps captain was determined not to look too far ahead until after his final pre-tournament match for the ‘Caps this past weekend.
There is a problem with the Vancouver Whitecaps Defense – Eighty-Six Forever
I never thought that this would be said with a Carl Robinson-led Vancouver Whitecaps club, but there are some problems at defense and, especially, defensive midfield.
The Whitecaps’ numbers actually aren’t looking so bad anymore. Credit Felipe. – The Province
The Whitecaps have turned some sort of statistical corner. So, these kinds of posts really only work if you can point to a previous post where you said “hey, this is interesting. Something to keep an eye on.” Sorry folks, I failed you in that. I’m here to fill in a blank that you probably didn’t even realize was there.
TFC notebook: Reds must get back to being ‘difficult to play against’ – Sportsnet
Toronto FC was back in training on Tuesday ahead of its road game against the Columbus Crew this weekend.
Atlanta United’s Greg Garza out 4-6 months after shoulder surgery – MLS
Atlanta United announced on Tuesday that left back Greg Garza underwent successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Recovery from the surgery will take 4-6 months.
MLS Week 14: Ranking the games – AJC
Ranking this week’s MLS games, from best to worst:.
FC Dallas-Galaxy Preview – Fox Sports
Times have greatly changed for the LA Galaxy since FC Dallas beat them 3-2 with only 10 players less than three weeks ago on May 12 at Frisco, Texas.
Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire | 2018 MLS Match Preview – MLS
Two teams trying to push ahead of the playoff line in the East square off at Talen Energy Stadium as the Philadelphia Union bring a three-match unbeaten streak, following a 0-0 draw against the New York Red Bulls, against a Chicago Fire team that went on the road to defeat Orlando City SC, 2-1, last week.
RSL to make history, serving up first-ever Pride Night by a top-tier Utah professional sports team – Salt Lake Tribune
Former Real Salt Lake defender Brian Dunseth was 11 years old when a kid on the playground taunted him during a basketball game with, “At least my dad’s not gay.” “It was devastating,” Dunseth recalled. “Not because of what he said, but that it would be used in that context, as something that I should be disgusted by.” On Wednesday, as a TV analyst, Dunseth will participate in RSL’s first Pride Night on the broadcast of RSL’s home match against the Houston Dynamo.
Revolution aim for a better outcome against Atlanta United – Pro Soccer USA
The New England Revolution haven’t gone more than two games between wins this season.
Sporting Kansas City: Frustrated and in first place in West – MLS Multiplex
How many MLS clubs can say this? First place for Sporting Kansas City after a tough match against Columbus Crew SC. And they’re still dissatisfied.
Cincinnati awarded MLS expansion club, will start play in 2019 – MLS
On the strength of record-breaking soccer attendances and the completion of an innovative plan to build a new, state-of-the-art soccer stadium, Cincinnati has been awarded a Major League Soccer expansion team, Commissioner Don Garber announced on Tuesday. The club will begin MLS play in the 2019 season.
Alan Koch is excited to build FC Cincinnati’s MLS roster – Cincinnati.com
With next season beginning in late February 2019, plans for FC Cincinnati’s inaugural roster are already underway, Koch, the club’s head coach, said Tuesday night at the announcement.
FC Cincinnati changing from Spanish to German with ‘Fussball’ rebrand for MLS in 2019 – Cincinnati.com
The club will keep its FC Cincinnati name but change the “Futbol” Spanish spelling for “Fussbal,” which is the German spelling of soccer and pays homage to the city’s German heritage.
FC Cincinnati’s inclusion has ‘no effect’ on Columbus Crew SC future – Don Garber – ESPN
MLS commissioner Don Garber has waved away suggestions that FC Cincinnati’s introduction to the league will harm the Crew’s chances of remaining in Columbus.
MLS will hit point of diminishing returns if league doesn’t embrace change – World Soccer Talk
MLS continues to pat itself on the back. And why shouldn’t it, many would ask? The 2018 season has seen MLS reach new heights in visibility and quality of play relative to a past when the league existed in a complete vacuum and the level of soccer on display was average by any truly objective standard. But permanent growth is difficult in a closed-league, single-entity (MLS) or franchise-based (USL) structure.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Whitecaps Residency alumni Brendan Skinner “playing the best soccer of his life” and back in BC for first PDL season with TSS Rovers – AFTN
This past weekend was both a busy and a successful one for TSS Rovers. Friday night saw the team head over the border to take on Seattle Sounders U23s at Starfire Stadium, earning their first ever road point with a stunning late comeback that saw Matteo Polisi score in the 89th and 94th minutes to secure a battling 2-2 draw.
BC Soccer Announces changes to the BC Soccer, Soccer Development Department – BCSA
BC Soccer is pleased to advise the membership and wider soccer community of some changes within the Soccer Development Department that are being made to better support the Members and the affiliate clubs including the hiring of a new Soccer Development Officer position (applications now open) and the full-time appointment of Mike Salmon.
A school to watch in 2018-19? Girls soccer, basketball on a rapid rise at Surrey’s Fraser Heights Secondary – Varsity Letters
As the calendar prepares to hit June, and the time comes to look back on another season in B.C. high school sports, it’s the broad prism view which can reveal so much of what to expect when we gather to do it all again come September.
Conifa World Cup: Cascadia holds first training session – Prost Amerika
A football team representing the bio-region of Cascadia took the training field for first time ever today at at Barnet FC’s Hive Stadium. Captain James Riley and coach James Nichols were joined by the rest of the squad, as well as representatives of the Cascadian FA.
PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.
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 sale – Victoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.
Canada’s College ID Camps set for Shawnigan Lake & Kingston, Ontario – Canada 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 Referee – BCSA
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 Syndication – BC Soccer Web
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
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.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada to field experienced squad against Germany in women’s soccer friendly – CBC
Kenneth Heiner-Moller makes his home debut as Canadian women’s soccer coach on June 10 against Olympic champion Germany. And the 47-year-old Dane is bringing his big guns to Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field.
Blainville 2, Mont-Royal Outremont 1: Griffons Can’t Hold on as They Fall to Blainville – The Link
The Club Soccer Mont-Royal Outremont Griffons were left stunned by Association de Soccer de Blainville on Sunday night. The visitors reaped the rewards, sending the Griffons home empty handed and remaining undefeated on the season, sitting at the top of the The Première Ligue de soccer du Québec.
L1O Game of the Week: ProStars down Aurora on penalties – Waking the Red
This weekend instead of regular league games all contests were second round L1O Cup games.
International Duty: Youth Getting Noticed – Mount Royal Soccer
For the first time ever Canada’s U21 team was invited to the Festival international espoirs – Tournoi Maurice-Revello. This tournament is allowing young Canadian players, and numerous Impact players, to make a name for themselves.
PYSA Jamboree A Success – Portage Online
The Portage Youth Soccer Association’s annual jamboree took place last Saturday at Republic Park. PYSA President Chris Tornato says 45 teams participated and the jamboree went very well.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
USL’s Week Ahead – May 29-June 2, 2018 – USL
Important Midweek Clashes Give Way to Big Saturday Of Action.
Match Preview: Toronto FC II at Ottawa Fury FC – Toronto FC
Toronto FC II travel to Ottawa to take on their inter-provincial rivals Ottawa Fury FC. To get you set here is everything you need to know ahead of kickoff.
Fury taking a page out of the past with current unbeaten run – Ottawa Sun
Just short of the one-third pole in the regular season, and with the Ottawa Fury FC on their best run in four seasons, Carl Haworth can already draw comparisons between the 2018 edition of the Fury and the incredible run to the North American Soccer League’s Fall League final back in 2015.
Real Monarchs coach suspended after allegations he assaulted his girlfriend and offered her money to stop speaking to prosecutors and police – Salt Lake Tribune
The head coach of the Real Monarchs soccer team has been suspended after being charged with multiple misdemeanor counts of domestic violence and reportedly trying to persuade his accuser to stop talking to police and prosecutors about her allegations.
Monarchs Edge Out Republic FC – USL
Chandler Hoffman scored his 50th regular-season goal in the USL, and provided the only goal as Real Monarchs SLC took a 1-0 victory against Sacramento Republic FC on Tuesday night at Zions Banks Stadium.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
NO DOUBT: Rachel Daly named NWSL player of the week – Front Row Soccer
Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly was voted the National Women’s Soccer League player of the week by the NWSL Media Association.
Seattle Reign Over the NWSL After Two Years Off the Throne – Last Word on Soccer
Seattle scored 43 goals and conceded 37 in 2017. The teams of the NWSL followed the trend set by the Courage to goal scoring success. North Carolina contained themselves giving up 22 goals.
Jill Ellis names roster for USA vs China friendlies – Stars & Stripes FC
Jill Ellis has released the 24-player roster for the United States’ pair of friendlies against China PR on June 7 and June 12. There are a couple of moderate surprises here.
Earning the call: An in-depth look at the USWNT’s scouting and player-selection process – Four Four Two
It’s that time again: another U.S. women’s national team roster has been announced. How does Jill Ellis actually pick the team? She and B.J. Snow take FourFourTwo inside the intricate process.
The Week in Women’s Football: Season reviews from Portugal, Spain, Belgium & Greece – Tribal Football
We look at a number of leagues around Europe as the 2017-18 seasons come to a close in Portugal, Belgium, Spain and Greece.
England women: Jill Scott and Millie Bright back for World Cup qualifier – BBC Sport
Midfielder Jill Scott and defender Millie Bright have been included in the England women’s squad for the World Cup qualifier in Russia on 8 June.
Draw sets out path to Uruguay 2018 glory – FIFA
The road to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 reached an important milestone on Wednesday, as the Official Draw was held in the Auditorium at the Home of FIFA, in Zurich.
Amandine Henry on her footballing passion – Vavel
Following Lyon’s fifth Champions League title, VAVEL briefly spoke to player of the match Amandine Henry about her desire to keep winning.
Masterclass: Nick Cushing – The Coaches’ Voice
Manchester City’s first foray in the Women’s Champions League saw them progress all the way through to the semi-final stage, where they came up against a Lyon side in search of a second successive European title (and fourth overall). After watching his side lose 3-1 in the first leg at the Academy Stadium in Manchester, City manager Nick Cushing knew they faced a massive task in the second leg at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
‘It’s a level playing field for us’: Life as a female referee is improving, says Lisa Rashid – iNews
From the pitches to the stands, football has traditionally been perceived as a man’s world. Responses to female participation often fell somewhere between quiet scepticism and open hostility, but thankfully times are changing. Football is becoming far more inclusive. However, referees and their assistants have often been forced to operate in difficult circumstances, with respect for their authority in short supply – and being a female official potentially presents extra challenges, which Lisa Rashid has met head on.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Agent: Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski wants to leave club – Sportsnet
Robert Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich, according to agent Pini Zahavi.
Updated timeline for Mohamed Salah’s return – NBC Sports
Mohamed Salah is doing all he can to be fit for the World Cup but it appears the Liverpool and Egypt star is running out of time.
Roma to demand £79m from Liverpool for goalkeeper Alisson – The Guardian
Roma plan on resisting Liverpool’s advances for Alisson until at least after the World Cup and would expect to get around €90m (£79m) for the Brazil goalkeeper should they ultimately agree to sell him.
Africa: Mozambique Win, Seychelles Hold Madagascar in Group A – All Africa
The Seychelles played spoilers at the COSAFA Cup on Tuesday, holding a 10-man Madagascar to a 1-1 draw and opening up a chance for Mozambique to yet emerge as winners when Group A is concluded on Thursday.
Premier League set for mid-season break, claims FA chief executive – Four Four Two
After years of debate and discussion, the FA’s chief executive Martin Glenn has confirmed the Premier League will get a mid-season break.
AFC roadmap for India pushes hard for unification of I-League and ISL – Inside World Football
In a confidential report the Asian Football Confederation, the AFC, has recommended a unified domestic Indian football league to replace the concurrent Indian Super League (ISL) and I-League. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Indian clubs face exclusion from the continental club competitions if they don’t comply with the recommendations.
Home wins for Peru and Messi-inspired Argentina – FIFA
Argentina and Peru kick-started their final preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia with morale-boosting home wins on Tuesday, while Panama had to settle for a scoreless draw against the visiting Northern Ireland.
Japan 0 Ghana 2 – BBC Sport
Akira Nishino suffered defeat in his first game as Japan manager after losing 2-0 to Ghana on Wednesday.
Who’s on for a Champions League-World Cup double? – UEFA
Only eight players have done it before – who can still join them this summer?
Ipswich Town name Paul Hurst as Mick McCarthy’s successor – BBC Sport
Championship side Ipswich Town have appointed Paul Hurst as their new manager on a three-year deal.
Real Madrid sign Brazil youngster Rodrigo Rodrigues from Gremio Novorizontino – ESPN
Real Madrid have signed 18-year-old forward Rodrigo Rodrigues, who will join up with the Castilla youth side ahead of the 2018-19 season.
Kilmarnock: Billy Bowie aims to mount Premiership title challenge – BBC Sport
Kilmarnock director Billy Bowie is aiming to build a club capable of breaking the traditional league dominance of the Old Firm.
The Knowledge: Is Dundee United really slang for idiot in Nigeria? – The Guardian
“I’ve recently discovered that, in Nigeria, Dundee United is slang for ‘idiot’ or ‘fool’, apparently the result of a disastrous tour in 1972,” mails Nicholas Reid. “Are there any similar examples of football club names becoming slang terms around the world?”
World Cup 2018: The story of the 1927 British Workers tour of Russia – BBC Sport
As Gareth Southgate’s side turn left into the first-class section of a St Petersburg-bound airliner this summer, nearly a century before – in 1927 – another English team were preparing for their own odyssey east.
A beginner’s guide to the World Cup 2018 – The Guardian
From when does the World Cup start to who’s likely to win football’s greatest prize – the 2018 tournament explained.
FIFA World Cup Schedule – ESPN
The complete Group Stage Schedule & Times for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.