VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
MLS MATCHDAY #5
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. LA GALAXY
SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016, 7:00 PM
B.C. PLACE, VANCOUVER B.C.
TV: TSN 1 RADIO: TSN RADIO 1040 LIVESTREAM: TSN GO
BC Soccer Web MATCHDAY: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. LA Galaxy, Saturday, April 2, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
The biggest list of news, previews and match analysis for Saturday’s MLS match between the Vancouver Whitecaps and LA Galaxy.
Is Kekuta Manneh set to break out vs. the Galaxy? He thinks so. – The Province
The L.A. Galaxy used to batter the Whitecaps. Now they bring out the best in them. It’s a credit to how much the Caps have improved, especially the last two seasons under Carl Robinson.
Tactical Breakdown: Kekuta Manneh – what to do with you? – AFTN
Kekuta Manneh has that ‘prospect’ tag hanging off him for the last couple of years now, but the only consistency he has found is the back of [Insert Sounders goalkeeper name here]’s net. He can be quite frustrating to watch: the fastest player on the park, but with the control of a hyper schoolchild and the shot of an old Nerf gun.
MLS preview: could it be a glorious fourth for in-form Sporting KC? – The Guardian
Back to league play after a testing week for the USMNT; Sporting, three for three, host injury-hit RSL; Columbus need their attack to spark; Sounders need a win.
MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends RSL’s Martínez, fines TFC’s Bradley – MLS
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended one player and fined another for actions taken during Week 3 of the 2016 season.
Ultimate Guide to MLS Weekend: Sporting KC, Real Salt Lake Set to Renew Rivalry – Bleacher Report
One of the fiercest rivalries in Major League Soccer opens its latest chapter on Saturday night, as Real Salt Lake visits Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park.
Impact head to Seattle with promising west coast record – Yahoo Sports
For a second game in a row, the Montreal Impact will be visiting a team that is hungry for victories.
MLS Week 5 Preview: Saturday Night Specials – Empire of Soccer
With the international break over, Major League Soccer resumes a mostly full schedule for the fifth week of the season. Only New York City and Houston are out of action this weekend. The weekend’s most intriguing matchups are perhaps those late on Saturday night in the West.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Cup Final Weekend Set for VMSL, FVSL, VISL & MWSL – BC Soccer Web
It’s a big cup final weekend on the B.C.’s Southwest Coast, as the major adult senior leagues wrap up the 2015-16 season.
Jackson Cup hasn’t lost lustre for Cowichan LMG vets – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan LMG is heading to the Jackson Cup final for the sixth time in seven years this Sunday, and hoping to win Vancouver Island’s biggest soccer tournament for the fourth time in that span, but it’s not getting old.
Tide rolls into spring soccer sessions – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Tide Soccer, which recently entered into a partnership with the Cowichan Valley Soccer Association, is getting bigger as spring sessions get closer.
One final Coastal Cup run for U18 Blues & Celtic – Delta Optimist
It will be the final chapter in more ways than one when the Tsawwassen Blues and Ladner Celtic begin play this weekend in B.C. Soccer’s 63rd annual Coastal Cup Championships.
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.
Victoria Highlanders 2016 Season Tickets Now Available – Select Your Seats
The Victoria Highlanders are ready to return to the PDL for 2016. BC Soccer Web encourages all soccer fans on Vancouver Island to get behind their team. Season tickets are now on sale and extremely affordable. Support Local Soccer!
BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting Candidates for its Board of Directors – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June 11, 2016. Prospective candidates are invited to review the information provided on the BC Soccer web site www.bcsoccer.net. Candidates who provide notice to BC Soccer Assoc. of their intent to stand for election by May 1, 2016 will have their applications circulated to the membership in early May.
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
#CanadaRed soccer notebook: Four years on from Honduras debacle, MNT has shot at redemption – Yahoo Sports
Few Canadian soccer fans can forget the disaster that was Canada’s World Cup qualifier four years ago in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Now, like out of a storybook, Canada will be in the same place looking for redemption on Sept. 2. It won’t be their final game of the round like that last time, but it could very well decide their fate.
Canada more than double CONCACAF average attendance for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers in March – CSA
On the Road to Russia, more than 300,000 spectators attended the 12 CONCACAF matches in March 2016, with the Canada-Mexico series accounting for nearly 40% of that total. A home crowd of 54,798 fans at BC Place in Vancouver on 25 March – more than double the collective average of 25,321 spectators – was followed by 64,340 fans in attendance at Azteca in Mexico on 29 March.
Canadian women’s soccer players ‘supported well,’ says coach Herdman – CBC
Canadian women’s soccer coach John Herdman understands the frustration of several U.S. players regarding wage discrimination, but doesn’t think it’s a problem with his team.
Dalhousie Tigers pick Tye as new women’s soccer boss – Chronicle-Herald
Cindy Tye has been named head coach of the Dalhousie Tigers women’s soccer team. Among her accomplishments, Tye coached Nova Scotia’s 2013 Canada Sumer Games women’s soccer team, leading them to a fourth place finish at the event in Sherbrooke. She will also lead the 2017 team that heads to Winnipeg next summer.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
PORTLAND TIMBERS 2 vs. WFC 2
SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016, 7:00 PM
MERLO FIELD, PORTLAND, OR
Whitecaps FC 2 visit Cascadia rival Timbers 2 on Saturday – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 (1W-0L-0D) continue their road trip with the second match of the season against Cascadia rivals Timbers 2 (0W-1L-0D). The match kicks off at Merlo Field on Saturday at 7 p.m. Watch live or on replay at whitecapsfc2.com.
WFC2 single match tickets now on sale – Whitecaps FC
This season, every MLS season ticket membership includes three open WFC2 tickets to redeem. Season ticket members are able to select their matches online using their Account Manager. Complete instructions can be found at whitecapsfc2.com. For help on WFC2 redemption, contact your Whitecaps FC account representative.
Ten Count with Whitecaps U18 and USL defender Matthew Baldisimo – AFTN
With new USL challenges upcoming this season, I recently had the chance to chat with Matthew Baldisimo for AFTN’s latest “Ten Count”.
NASL Preview: Minnesota United is favored – Soccer America
Minnesota United FC gets the nod over the defending champion New York Cosmos in our preseason rankings of the NASL’s 11 teams, who kick off the spring championship this weekend. Rayo OKC and Miami FC have replaced the Atlanta Silverbacks and San Antonio Scorpions. Puerto Rico FC will begin play in the second half of the season.
NASL Week 1 Preview: Soccer Bowl Rematch, Florida Rivalry, more – Empire of Soccer
The North American Soccer League is set to kick off its sixth season this weekend with the fourth edition of the Spring Season. Rayo OKC and Miami FC are the latest entrants into the nascent league, and they will be joined by the Carmelo Anthony backed Puerto Rico FC in July for the NASL’s Fall Season.
The SBI 2016 NASL Season Preview – SBI
Rayo OKC and Miami FC are set to begin their inaugural NASL campaign, where they will hope to push their way into a strong group of playoff contenders. The reigning champion New York Cosmos appear to have loaded up yet again, while clubs like Minnesota United and the Tampa Bay Rowdies look poised to challenge for the league’s top prize.
MIAMI FC MATCHES TO BE BROADCASTED NATIONALLY AND WORLDWIDE – Miami FC
The Miami FC, the team of Italian legend Paolo Maldini, has announced US and global broadcast deals for its inaugural 2016 season in the North American Soccer League (NASL). The deals mean that Miami FC will be the only club in the NASL to broadcast all its matches internationally.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
USWNT complaint reverberating everywhere – The Equalizer
Thursday morning’s news that five United States national team players lodged a complaint against U.S. Soccer with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission spent the day reverberating around the world. From being the lead story on CNN’s website to some testy Twitter exchanges involving Landon Donovan, this is a story that grew legs quickly and used them to stay in the conversation all day.
What’s behind U.S. women’s equal pay suit – Soccer America
The U.S. women’s national team took their dispute with U.S. Soccer to a new level as five players — Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Alex Morgan — filed an action with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, charging the federation with wage discrimination by paying them far less than the men.
U.S. Soccer: Commitment to women’s soccer is ‘unwavering’ – Goal
U.S. Soccer has responded to a federal complaint filed by women’s national team stars alleging wage discrimination.
Men of Soccer Don’t Get It, as Usual – NY Times
The gentlemen at U.S. Soccer are saddened, aggrieved and cut to the quick. Members of the women’s national team who have won Olympic gold medals and a World Cup last year insist that in the upstairs/downstairs gender world of soccer, they are stuck in the pay sub-basement. So they filed a federal complaint, charging U.S. Soccer, the sport’s governing body here, with wage discrimination. And when they did that, the men got sad.
Lyon-Paris, Wolfsburg-Frankfurt: full guide – UEFA
The final will be a Franco-German affair for the sixth time in the seven seasons since the launch of the UEFA Women’s Champions League, the only exception in 2013/14 when Wolfsburg won 4-3 in Lisbon against Sweden’s Tyresö.
VIDEO: Hinton Unleashed on USWNT pay issues: ‘Pay them the same’ – Prost Amerika
In the latest Hinton Unleashed video, Prost Amerika columnist Alan Hinton showcased his famous white boots. He went on to review the USMNT’s recent World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala, U23’s disappointing loss to Columbia to end their Olympic hopes, USWNT’s lawsuit for increased pay and Seattle Sounders’ poor 2016 regular season start.
Reign add rights to Romero, Perez – The Equalizer
Seattle Reign FC were the only team to participate in Thursday’s Distribution Draft, acquiring the rights to Arianna Romero and Veronica Perez. The other nine clubs all passed on their options to make a pick. Nine players were eligible for the draft after being deallocated by Canada and Mexico and having their most recent NWSL team relinquish their rights.
UEFA investigating racism in Women’s Champions League tie – Goal
Rosengard’s coach Jack Majgaard Jensen condemned alleged racist behavior in a Women’s Champions League quarterfinal against Frankfurt.
Castlebar Celtic withdraw from WNL – Continental Tyres Women’s National League
Castlebar Celtic have made the decision to withdraw from the Continental Tyres Women’s National League. One of the founding members of the League, the County Mayo club reached the FAI Women’s Cup Final in 2013 – narrowly losing to Raheny United after extra-time – and were also runners-up in the WNL Cup on two occasions.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Real Madrid not focused on el Clasico as they brace for a summer of change – ESPN FC
José María Giménez was on the front cover of Spain’s best-selling sports newspaper, Marca, on Thursday. Two days before the clásico, and here was a player who doesn’t play for Real Madrid or FC Barcelona. But he might one day, and that, of course, was the point.
Barcelona to wear ‘Gràcies Johan’ shirts in clásico tribute to Cruyff – The Guardian
Barcelona will pay further tribute to Johan Cruyff by wearing a shirt with the words ‘Gràcies Johan’ on their shirts for Saturday’s clásico against Real Madrid.
Lenarduzzi: Premier League-leading Leicester better be wary of rising Saints – The Province
Second-place Tottenham visits Liverpool on Saturday while leader Leicester hosts Southampton on Sunday in two of the Premier League’s big games. Spurs trail Leicester by five points. This is the final time this season that they play before Leicester does, giving them a chance to apply a little extra pressure on the leaders.
Fitness the crucial difference between Pochettino’s Spurs, Klopp’s Liverpool – ESPN FC
This weekend’s most intriguing Premier League fixture is Saturday’s late game, Tottenham travelling north to face Liverpool. In a sense, Tottenham are the new Liverpool. Peculiarly, they’re also what Liverpool must become.
Pellegrini: Don’t judge City’s season just yet – Goal
Manchester City can make their season a success with a strong finish in the Champions League and Premier League, according to their Chilean head coach.
Premier League: Previews and team news for Saturday’s games – BBC Sport
All of the latest team news for Saturday’s Premier League games as Aston Villa host Chelsea in the lunchtime kick-off while Tottenham travel to Liverpool in the late game.
Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon plans to retire in two years – ESPN FC
Legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has announced he will retire in two years, once the Italy and Juventus great turns 40 years old.
Lazio vs. Roma Preview – BBC Sport
Supporters of Lazio and Roma say they will boycott Sunday’s Rome derby in protest over increased security measures at the Stadio Olimpico.
Western Sydney Wanderers go top of A-League as Central Coast Mariners set unwanted record – Sydney Morning Herald
It was the site of an Asian Champions League final triumph, a Sydney derby and 24 other A-League victories. But for all the emotions attached to their sentimental home ground, Western Sydney Wanderers’ final performance at Pirtek Stadium was nothing but cool, calculated and methodical.
AFC Wimbledon: Hollywood film to be made about League Two Dons – BBC Sport
Several football clubs tried to catch out their supporters on April Fool’s Day – but one of the more remarkable stories to appear is in fact true. AFC Wimbledon are set for the big screen, having reached agreement with Hollywood studio Fox 2000 for a film to be made about the club.
Is specialization the big culprit? It’s not so simple – Soccer America
In recent years there has been a growing discussion on youth sport injuries which I applaud wholeheartedly as it is a part of all of our jobs in youth sport to make sure the safety of children is a primary focus. It is also our job to view the growing number of overuse injuries from all angles to determine all efforts that could be made to curb this growing trend.
Football is thriving again in Juárez, the former murder capital of the world – The Guardian
More than 3,000 people were killed in Ciudad Juárez in 2010 as violent, drug-related crime reached a peak. Since then, murder rates have fallen and the return of a successful football club has brought joy back to the Mexican border city.