BC Soccer News, Weekend, April 18 – 22, 2019





MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 LAFC 0, April 17, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Report and Reaction: Seventh heaven for Whitecaps as they knock off league leaders to get first win of the seasonAFTN
It took a while but seven was the lucky number for Vancouver Whitecaps as they defeated the previously undefeated LAFC 1-0 at BC Place on Wednesday evening.

Whitecaps 1, LAFC 0: Formerly winless Whitecaps pull off the miracleVancouver Sun
The Whitecaps (1-4-2) knocked off LAFC (6-1-1) and made a statement in the process, as Inbeom Hwang’s 27th minute strike stood up as the winner.

Hwang’s first MLS goal lifts Vancouver Whitecaps to 1-0 victory over LAFCTri City News
The Vancouver Whitecaps took down the top team in the league on Wednesday, but coach Marc Dos Santos says the victory is just another step in the team’s process.

Winless Upsets Undefeated: Vancouver Whitecaps 1, LAFC 0Angels on Parade
Los Angeles Football Club’s unbeaten start to 2019 finally came to an end in Vancouver Wednesday night, going home without a point or goal for the first time in a 1-0 loss. Whitecaps FC earned their first victory with a goal from Inbeom Hwang.

Marc Dos Santos: No obvious captain for Vancouver Whitecaps amid rebuildMLS
Marc Dos Santos’ rebuild of the Vancouver Whitecaps saw him scour the globe for talent, assembling a squad comprised of 14 different nationalities and diverse levels of experience. Finding the right player to lead that squad was one of the early decisions Dos Santos needed to make. It sure wasn’t easy.

Vancouver Whitecaps: And Breathe…Soccer Shorts
The Vancouver Whitecaps earned their first win of the season versus LAFC at BC Place on Wednesday with an impressive, if tad nervy, 1-0 win.

Red-hot Dynamo face toughest test yet in GalaxyHouston Chronicle
Out to its best five-game start in club history, Houston will face what is arguably its toughest test of the season against the L.A. Galaxy this Friday.

Orlando City determined to stop surrendering early goalsPro Soccer News
If there was a moment to embody Orlando City’s slew of slow starts, Sam Johnson’s goal last Saturday would be a good place.

Toronto FC vs. Minnesota United FC | 2019 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Minnesota United FC hope their early-season road success continues when they head to BMO Field to face a Toronto FC side coming off their first defeat of the 2019 season Friday night.

It’s a new field of dreams for Toronto FCToronto Sun
It will be the first match TFC will play at BMO Field on the new hybrid grass playing surface, which was finished being installed earlier this week. For years, TFC players have complained about the inconsistent surface at BMO.

Crew will not get frustrated by lack of goals; believe the floodgates will openMassive Report
The Black & Gold like what they see on tape and believe the goals will come.

FCC Look to Rebound at Nippert Against RSLCincinnati Soccer Talk
This season has been one of ups and downs for both FC Cincinnati and Real Salt Lake. Both clubs have pulled off solid victories and have been dealt some hammering losses. When these two clubs face off, for the first time, it is certain that both are in need of a victory. After a tough loss on the road in Los Angeles, FC Cincinnati is hoping a return home to Nippert Stadium will get them back on track.

MLS Disciplinary Committee fines three players after Week 7MLS
Following Week 7 of the 2019 MLS regular season, the MLS Disciplinary Committee has fined three players.

Ex-Impact forward Brown plays large role in nephew’s journey to teamNational Post
Midfielder Omar Browne might never have been on the Impact’s radar if it weren’t for his uncle and club ambassador to Panama, Roberto Brown.

Atlanta United, Seattle Sounders prove global competition possibleMLS Multiplex
Atlanta United and Seattle Sounders both rank in the top 30 for average attendances by a recent study. They prove that MLS can be a globally competitive league.

Updated agreement would permanently prevent Portland Timbers fans from lining up too early for gamesOregon Live
Portland Timbers fans would no longer be allowed to line up more than 24 hours before games at Providence Park when the stadium reopens in June if the Portland City Council votes to approve an updated agreement between the Timbers and the neighborhood associations around the stadium.





SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019, 4:00 PM


Pacific FC calls on veteran Island player McCurdyTimes Colonist
They are known as walk-ons in other sports. But they are trialists in soccer, which has its own parlance. Whatever you call Ryan McCurdy, call him a pro player with Pacific FC.

Champions advance as 2019 BC Provincial A Cup gets underway (with video highlights)AFTN
The 2019 Provincial A Cup got underway this past Saturday and it was a good first outing for the three league champions and the defending Provincial Cup champs, with all four advancing into the quarter-finals.

Academy Report: ‘Caps defeat Toluca to conclude dominant group playWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC U-17 academy boys completed a clean sweep of their Generation adidas Cup group matches with a dominant 3-0 win over Mexican club Toluca FC on Wednesday.

Columbus Crew SC top Group C over Vancouver to advance to GA Cup semifinalsMLS
With forty-nine of fifty minutes elapsed in the match, the Columbus Crew and Philadelphia Union stood level at 0-0. Meanwhile, the undefeated Vancouver Whitecaps led Toluca FC 3-0 and stood above Columbus in the standings of Group C in the Premier Division. In this year’s Generation adidas Cup, Group C teams played Group D teams in the group stage.

Trinity Western women’s soccer star Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.) is one of three finalists for the 2018-19 Canada West Athlete of the Year award, with the nominees for the conference’s top three male and female student-athletes unveiled Wednesday.

A letter to the Whitecaps Community regarding the 2008 Whitecaps Women’s team.Whitecaps FC
There is no higher priority at Vancouver Whitecaps than the safety and well-being of our staff and athletes. We have noted recent blogs and commentary in respect to the Whitecaps Women’s Team of 2008 and the club’s ongoing leadership in such matters.

Whitecaps supporters, fans, stage walkout protest during Wednesday’s gameVancouver Sun
In the 35th minute, as part of a planned protest, fans turned their backs to the game on the field and filed up the steps to the concourse.

Victoria Highlanders FC are looking for the next Callum Montgomery, Brett Levis or Jamar Dixon. Follow your dreams with your Victoria-based soccer team. Apply now for the Highlanders Trial Week starting April 29, 2019.

KYSA buys Kamloops Soccer DomeKamloops This Week
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association has purchased the Kamloops Soccer Dome from Lane’s End Holdings Ltd., according to a press release issued by KYSA executive director Missy Cederholm.

2019 BC Soccer Assoc. Award nominations now openBCSA
These award winners represent the hundreds of volunteers and players across the province who are the heart of soccer in BC. They are the individuals who administer, coach, officiate, schedule (and everything else in-between) whom without, the players of BC would not be able to participate in our beautiful game.

Kelowna a great place for sport tourismKelowna Daily Courier
Kelowna was recognized nationally by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance as the top mid-size city in Canada for sport hosting.

The 2019 BC Soccer Web Super Schedule of Soccer in BC – BC Soccer Web
With so much soccer happening in BC this year, it’s getting tougher to keep track of the big matches and your favourite teams. BC Soccer Web has you covered! Here, in one spot, are the combined schedules for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Pacific FC, TSS Rovers and Highlanders FC. We’ll also be adding the WPSL teams, along with the marquee matches from the amateur ranks as those dates become set, so keep coming back for the latest updates.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

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!

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 SyndicationBC 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.


The Canadian Premier League is coming to CBC SportsCBC
Each of the 20 games will be streamed live on CBCSports.ca, CBC Gem and the CBC Sports app, with 10 also available on the CBC TV network.

Canadian Premier League Available on OneSoccer – 365 Days a YearCanPL
Through the Canadian Premier League’s “Official Media Partnership” with MEDIAPRO, one of the largest global soccer rights holders and content creators in the world, with 58 offices on four continents, OneSoccerwill carry live coverage of all Canadian Premier League matches,with a selection of key matches to be simulcast on a national conventional broadcaster.

FAQ: Here’s how you can watch the 2019 CPL seasonCanPL
The Canadian Premier League, in partnership with MEDIAPRO, announced Wednesday a new and unprecedented platform to enjoy all of the league’s matches and video content – OneSoccer. Here’s everything you need to know about OneSoccer.

Calgary’s Loturi, 17, signs on with Cavalry FCEdmonton Journal
Born in 2001, Calgary’s soccer entry in the Canadian Premier League has made its youngest signing in Victor Loturi, a 17-year-old native of the city.

FC Edmonton make a signing and Dominican preseason recapLast Word on Soccer
FC Edmonton returns to the city after a one-week stint in the Dominican Republic along with the rest of the Canadian Premier League teams.

Fanshawe College’s Jade Kovacevic chosen Ontario’s top collegiate female athleteLondon Free Press
Fanshawe soccer star Jade Kovacevic was named the 2018-2019 Ontario collegiate female athlete of the year Wednesday.

Recap: Women in Sport Conference 2019Alberta Soccer
Last weekend saw 60 women from across the province take part in the 5th annual Women in Sport Conference in Red Deer. This event marked the first year the conference featured speakers and guests from multiple sports, including hockey, basketball, swimming, and more.


Match Recap: NYRB II Set Club Record for Best Start to a SeasonNYRB
New York Red Bulls II (4-0-1, 13 points) shutout Hartford Athletic (0-7-0) 4-0 at MSU Soccer Park on Wednesday evening.

Rising’s unbeaten season comes to an end with 1-0 defeat to Austin BoldAZ Sports
Phoenix Rising FC payed its second match in five days Wednesday as the club took on USL Championship debutant Austin Bold FC.

Championship Rivalries Highlight US Open Cup Second Round DrawUSL
A pair of rivalry clashes between top USL Championship clubs highlighted the draw for the Second Round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday afternoon, with Sacramento Republic FC and Reno 1868 FC set to square off at Republic FC’s Papa Murphy’s Park and Phoenix Rising FC to play host to New Mexico United at Casino Arizona Field on either May 14 or 15 for a place in the Third Round.

Elijah Wynder, 16, says he’ll be ready for first game opportunity with Louisville CityCourier-Journal
Now that he’s signed his first professional soccer contract, there’s something else Louisville City FC’s Elijah Wynder needs to take care of — getting his driver’s license.

Sandoval Makes Move to Las VegasUSL
Las Vegas Lights FC bolstered its midfield on Wednesday as the club agreed to terms with fellow USL Championship side Memphis 901 FC for the transfer of Junior Sandoval.

From NASL to USL, Tampa Bay Rowdies passion still runs strongWorld Soccer Talk
On a picture-perfect Florida spring evening this past Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rowdies hosted Louisville City at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg. For this, my very first visit to Al Lang Stadium, I found that there’s a lot to love about the stadium, and the fans that fill it.


Pride Shutout by North Carolina CourageOrlando City SC
Orlando Pride (0-2-0, 0 points) fell to the defending National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) champion North Carolina Courage (1-0-1, 4 points) on Wednesday night, by a 5-0 scoreline. The Pride will next turn its attention to Sunday’s match in Tacoma, when they play their third game in a week, this time on the road at Reign FC.

Portland Thorns players Emily Menges, Hayley Raso unavailable for game against Chicago Red StarsOregon Live
Portland Thorns defender Emily Menges and forward Hayley Raso will both be unavailable for Saturday’s game against the Chicago Red Stars.

Houston Dash forward Veronica Latsko looks to build on breakout rookie seasonHouston Dash
Late round NWSL draft picks rarely make rosters, much less have a significant impact in their rookie season. That has been the general rule of thumb in recent years (prior to roster rule changes in 2019), as a lack of expansion resulted in intensified competition for a limited number of roster spots. In 2018, Houston Dash forward Veronica Latsko was one of the rare exceptions.

Man United set for promotion to Women’s Super LeagueLondon Free Press
Manchester United is set to play in the Women’s Super League next season after securing promotion by beating Aston Villa 5-0 on Wednesday.

France 2019 World Cup ticket sales top 700,000 Inside World Football
With just 50 days to go until the kick off the Women’s World Cup in France, new ticket sales records are being set with more than 720,000 tickets sold.

BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2019 shortlist revealed – vote for your favouriteBBC Sport
The shortlist for the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2019 has been revealed – and you can now vote for your winner.


Wednesday UCL Rewind: Tottenham eliminates Man City, Liverpool handles PortoSBI
Tottenham Hotspur managed to eliminate Manchester City from the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday in a match that sent fans on a rollercoaster of emotions.

Spurs outlast Man City in chaotic UCL 2nd legNBC Sports
Fernando Llorente’s 73rd minute goal withstood the review of VAR and Raheem Sterling‘s stoppage time finish did not, as Tottenham Hotspur advanced past Manchester City in an all-timer of a UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg.

Pep Guardiola will be seen as a Champions League failure. But is it fair?The Guardian
This will be the eighth Champions League final in a row not to feature Pep Guardiola – which perhaps should not feel as extraordinary as it does.

Juventus’ failure linked to Italy’s ‘catenaccio’ pastLondon Free Press
Juventus has come in for harsh criticism over its defensive play during a surprising elimination by a young and exciting Ajax squad in the Champions League this week.

Juventus shares temporarily halted after Cristiano Ronaldo’s team crash out of Europe’s top soccer competitionCNBC
Shares in Italian soccer team Juventus plunged as much as a quarter in value on Wednesday after it was knocked out of Europe’s Champions League competition by Ajax Amsterdam.

Jürgen Klopp looks forward to ‘proper game’ with Barcelona in semi-finalsThe Guardian
Jürgen Klopp said Liverpool had made a big statement on the European stage by reaching the Champions League semi-finals for a second year in a row. “That is really something crazy,” Klopp said after his team’s ultimately convincing quarter-final defeat of Porto.

Europa League preview: Arsenal, Chelsea nurse advantagesYahoo Sports
Only one of four Europa League quarterfinals sees two clubs within a goal of each other after 90 minutes, and that’s heavily-favored Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat of Slavia Prague in the Czech Republic.

Nantes keep PSG waiting for titleLigue 1
Paris Saint-Germain suffered a second successive defeat as they were beaten 3-2 at FC Nantes on Wednesday to leave the Ligue 1 Conforama leaders still waiting to clinch the 2018/19 title.

Valencia sell land to enable new Mestalla build to restartInside World Football
Spanish club Valencia will restart their efforts to complete the construction of their new stadium after they accepted a $128 million offer for the Mestalla stadium plot from local co-operative ADU Mediterráneo.

Scotland: Alex McLeish exits after poor start to Euro 2020 qualifyingBBC Sport
Alex McLeish says he was “grateful for the opportunity” after his second spell as Scotland head coach ended after 14 months in charge.

Chelsea continue their fight against anti-SemitismEurosport
Chelsea will raise awareness of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism by visiting Nazi concentration camps next month.

The best goalscoring partnerships across Europe this season The Guardian
Bournmouth’s Fraser and Wilson are doing something remarkable, but they are not the partnership who are thriving in Europe’s big leagues this season. In fact, two Sevilla players are combining just as well.

Mohamed Salah: ‘We Need to Change the Way We Treat Women in Our Culture’Time
In an interview with TIME, the Liverpool striker spoke frankly for the first time about the importance of women’s equality. “I think we need to change the way we treat women in our culture,” Salah said. “It’s not optional.” Salah was named in the 2019 TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people, and appears on one of the issue’s six covers.

More BC Soccer News…

Posted in BC Soccer News.