BC Soccer News, Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Preview: Whitecaps FC set to kick off quest for Voyageurs Cup Wednesday night vs. FC EdmontonWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC kick off their quest for the Voyageurs Cup on Wednesday night, when they visit FC Edmonton in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship semifinal.

Whitecaps aim to break Canadian Championship curse24 Hours
In the seven-year history of the tournament, the ‘Caps have come close – five runner-up medals – but have never claimed the big prize. (Editor’s note: The Whitecaps have never won the trophy prior to the tournament either from 2002-2007. During those years, the Voyageurs Cup was awarded to Canadian pro team with the best record in USL.)

Earnshaw, Hurtado among ‘Caps eager to impress in Canadian Championship semifinalWhitecaps FC
Carl Robinson has already indicated that it will be a much-changed Vancouver lineup from recent league matches. But with the tournament affording the winner Canada’s spot in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League, the ‘Caps coach is still planning on putting out a very strong side.

Whitecaps’ depth to be tested in Canadian semis Sportsnet
Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson likes to trumpet the talent and depth of his squad.

It’s Timmy time and Dean day for Whitecaps in EdmontonThe Province
Anything can happen in these Cup competitions, and it almost did two years ago when these teams met in Edmonton. The Caps needed two late goals to steal a first-leg win. It’s all about mentality.

Eddies up for the testEdmonton Sun
The way they have been scoring goals this season, Colin Miller believes FC Edmonton has a puncher’s chance against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Nyassi Knows What’s Coming  – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton right-winger Sainey Nyassi knows what it is like to play against Major League Soccer clubs. The Gambian footballer spent five seasons at MLS club New England Revolution and another season with four-time MLS Cup champions DC United.

Why There is Nothing Wrong With The Voyageurs CupWaking the Red
As Club soccer in Canada stands right now it is the only format that really makes any sense.

Canadian clubs weigh costs and benefits as Voyageurs Cup chase commences Fox Sports
The reminder arrived right around the time Montréal Impact took the field at Olympic Stadium last week. It is sometimes difficult to recall the positives of lifting the Voyageurs Cup and securing a place in the CONCACAF Champions League given the ensuing fixture pileup.

Canadian Championship Preview: Montreal Impact – Toronto FCGoal
A week after losing in the final of the CONCACAF Champions League, the Montreal Impact will begin their journey toward next year’s edition.

TFC heads to humbled Montreal for Canadian Cup opener – Toronto Sun
A week later — still scarred by a disappointing loss to Club America — the Impact will start the process all over when it hosts Toronto FC in the first leg of the Voyageurs Cup semifinals.

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Houston Dynamo 0, San Jose Earthquakes 1 | MLS Match RecapMLS
The San Jose Earthquakes made Dominic Kinnear’s return to Texas a successful one with a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on a steamy night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

D.C. United is chasing history with a strong start to the MLS seasonWashington Post
Through 19 seasons, D.C. United has stuffed the trophy case on RFK Stadium’s fourth-floor lobby with honors large and small. So when the club posts the best eight-game start in organization history, as United has done this spring with a 5-1-2 mark, it means something.

Q&A with MLS executive J. Todd DurbinSeattle Times
J. Todd Durbin was one of the key figures behind the implementation of the league’s roster rules and guidelines released Friday.

New MLS TV deal hasn’t lived up to its billing yetWorld Soccer Talk
The steady diet of domestic soccer was supposed to provide stability and a destination for viewers to frequent every weekend. And it has, for those who have gone looking for it.

Parker pleased after MLS debut 24 Hours
The MLS record books show that Tim Parker logged two minutes for the Vancouver Whitecaps at Providence Park on Saturday. However brief, it’s a moment that Parker won’t forget.

WFC Residency finish California road trip strongWhitecaps FC
It was a productive road swing for Whitecaps FC Residency in California over the April 30 to May 3 weekend as both U-18 and U-16 sides came out with points.

Is a pro rugby loop on its way to Vancouver?The Province
There’s apparently interest on the part of USA Rugby in starting up their own professional league. Whether this would involve another entity – several MLS clubs are said to have kicked the tires on a rugby circuit – or another source of private money isn’t clear.

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Women’s World Cup

Alex Morgan: United States not the favorite for Women’s World Cup – Sporting News
“We’re not ranked No. 1 right now,” Morgan said. The U.S. is No.2, behind Germany. “We’re not reigning champions of the World Cup. So I think there are other teams that have targets on their backs.”

Top level is just the start for young Jessie FlemingLondon Free Press
Five months ago Fleming lived in London. But when January 2015 rolled around, Fleming left the comfort of home and ensconced in Vancouver, where she would toil for the next five months to train, seeking the ultimate goal of earning a spot on the World Cup roster.

Zurrer hopes Cup trail leads to B.C Cowichan Valley Citizen
The opportunity to play a Women’s World Cup game in Vancouver would mean a lot to Emily Zurrer on so many levels.

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Penticton PCSL Pinnacles get first winPenticton Western News
The Tim Horton’s Pinnacles kicked off their return to Premier men’s division action in the Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL) with a win.

Kamloops Heat open PCSL seasonKamloops This Week
The Kamloops Heat opened their Pacific Coast Soccer League schedule with a draw and a loss on the weekend on Vancouver Island.

Mustangs storm off with Nakusp tournament, againPenticton Western News
The Princess Margaret Mustangs girls soccer team defended its Nakusp tournament championship title on the weekend.

Soccer playoffs in full swing – Pipers play Spartans in knock- out game todayNorth Shore News
High stakes soccer hits the pitch this week as North Shore high school girls teams are battling for precious provincial championship berths.

One minute from glory: LMG falls in BC Cup semiCowichan Valley Citizen
Just one minute of soccer separated Cowichan LMG from the BC Cup championship match.

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Bayern manager Pep Guardiola ‘wants victory not homage’ on return to Barcelona The Telegraph
Pep Guardiola did not hide his emotions, nor his new allegiances. On Wednesday night, the Bayern Munich coach will return to the Nou Camp pitch that he graced as ball boy, midfielder and then the most successful manager in the club’s history.

Carlos Tevez penalty gives Juventus narrow advantage against Real MadridThe Guardian
When Juventus needed a striker with ice in his veins, Carlos Tevez answered the call.

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote wants to buy Arsenal  – The Independent
Africa’s richest man has admitted that he still wants to buy Arsenal, despite failing with a bid to buy the club in 2010.

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