BC Soccer News, Weekend, April 22-24, 2016






BC Soccer Web MLS Matchday #8: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. FC Dallas, April 23, 2016BC Soccer Web
After dropping six points on the road, the Whitecaps exorcised their goal-scoring demons in a 3-0 win over FC Dallas on Saturday night at BC Place. Kekuta Manneh led the way by forcing an own goal by FC Dallas in the 1st half, and adding the first Whitecaps goal scored from open play this season in the 2nd. Jordan Harvey also scored his second goal of the season. David Ousted was the Man of the Match, recording his 3rd clean sheet of the season. The Caps are back in action on Wednesday night when they face Sporting Kansas City at BC Place.

MLS Week 8: A Look Ahead SBI
Both Real Salt Lake and the Montreal Impact have emerged as contenders in their respective conferences, but the two sides will face stiff tests this weekend.

MLS weekend preview: get ready for the battle of Canada The Guardian
The encounter between Montreal Impact and Toronto FC is likely to be tight, and a moment of magic could settle matters.

MLS Week 8 Preview: 401 Derby, more Empire of Soccer
Through seven weeks of this Major League Soccer season, more than one team finds themselves much lower in the standings than they would have expected. Week 8 will give them another chance to figure things out, or to further entrench their struggles. Missing from action this week are Chicago and Portland; the other 18 teams all play.

#CanadaRed weekly: ‘401 Derby’ matches in-form Montreal with road warriors TFC Yahoo Sports
Nine years of waiting for a maiden Major League Soccer playoff berth came to a quick and crushing end for fans of Toronto FC last season as the team went out quickly in losing 3-0 in the knockout round to the Montreal Impact, their most heated rivals.

Sebastian Giovinco striving to banish ghosts of Montreal as rematch loomsMLS
For Sebastian Giovinco last season, there were not many negative moments to dwell upon. He took the league by storm, scoring goals by the bucketful and settting a new high mark for combined goals and assists in a single season en route to collecting the Landon Donovan MVP Award in his debut MLS campaign.

TFC’s commitment to defending paying off so farSportsnet
It was about as bold a statement that any Toronto FC coach has ever made. “I know for a fact we’ll be a better defensive team next year,” Greg Vanney proclaimed last November.

Disciplinary Committee suspends Nocerino, Olsen; panel rescinds Wahl banMLS
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Orlando City midfielder Antonio Nocerino and D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen and fined three players for actions taken during Week 7 of the 2016 season.

Falcao admits MLS interestVavel
After another underwhelming season Falcao has begun weighing up his options for next season, with a move to America potentially being in his sights.

St. Louis, Sacramento lead MLS expansion raceSBI
Speaking to the Associated Press, Garber said Sacramento and St. Louis were the “front-runners” for MLS expansion, while Detroit, San Diego, San Antonio, Austin and Cincinnati follow suit in that order.

NYCFC announces affiliation with LI Rough RidersEmpire of Soccer
The club announced today the Rough Riders will be their official Premier Developmental League partner for the upcoming season.

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“I want Bishop’s to be a destination for girls to come to continue their education and athletics,” said Paul Ballard, the newest member of the Bishop’s Gaiters family.  He will take the reins as head coach of the university’s women’s soccer program starting in August.  Ballard makes his way to Lennoxville from Langley, B.C. where he was an assistant coach with Trinity Western Spartans men’s soccer team and coach of the Coquitlam Metro-Ford U13 team. He is also the National Soccer Director for Athletes in Action.

BC Provincial Cup Schedule & ResultsBCSA
Men’s & Women’s ‘A’ Cup action gets underway this weekend with some marquee matchups on both the mainland & the island. Fields’ Times & results are updated by the BCSA here.

Cowichan FC has eyes on Province Cup prize Times Colonist
The Province Cup is the one thing missing from an otherwise admirable Cowichan FC resumé, which includes four Jackson Cup Vancouver Island Soccer League titles in six championship game appearances over the last seven years.

Women’s soccer season starts May 16 Prince George Citizen
Indoor soccer season wraps up Saturday with playoff finals at the Northern Sport Centre and the outdoor fields are already green, weeks ahead of schedule.

Isfeld Ice midfielder latest signing by Heat men’s soccerUBCO
Vancouver Island’s Christian Taylor is the most recent recruit for the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s soccer program’s 2016-17 season.

UFV men’s soccer set for summerAbbotsford News
The first weekend of June is shaping up to be a big one for the University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team.

Volunteers make lakecity sporting community tickWilliams Lake Tribune
Volunteers are the lifeblood of any successful sporting community. In Williams Lake, those sentiments are no different as hundreds of adults step into mentorship, managerial and other positions to ensure our youth can enjoy the benefits of sport. The Williams Lake Youth Soccer Association, for example, houses 1,000 players.

Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference – June 3-5 at SFU BC Soccer Web
The Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference is back for its second year. Learn from some of the best coaches in the game. This year’s conference features speakers from Arsenal, Leicester City, Southampton, the English FA and more. Register before April 30 for early bird pricing.

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 DirectorsBCSA
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.

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Sports program for low-income Edmonton kids sees demand spike Metro
KidSport, a not-for-profit that funds kids who wouldn’t otherwise be able to play organized sports, has seen a big spike in applications this year. The Edmonton chapter reviewed almost 900 applications for funding by the end of March this year—an increase of 53 per cent over the same time period in 2015.

Kitchener Soccer Club hoping to field team for visually impaired570 News
The Kitchener Soccer Club is hoping to field a new team this summer. This team however plays the game a bit different. It’s known as 5-a-side blind soccer and it is for visually impaired athletes.

Pickering Soccer Centre stays on track by attracting the Speed Academy  DurhamRegion.com
A joint project between the Pickering Soccer Club and the City of Pickering continues to gain momentum with the addition of a new track, and a club that’s taking advantage of it.

Fieldhouse should be priority after CalgaryNext plan called unfeasible, advocate saysCBC
Amateur sports groups are hoping a new fieldhouse can go ahead sooner rather than later now that city staff has dismissed the more ambitious CalgaryNext plan as too expensive.

Summerside wants second indoor soccer facility for P.E.I.CBC
The City of Summerside wants a second indoor soccer facility on P.E.I., to better serve soccer players in the western part of the province.

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Super subs lead comeback for Whitecaps FC 2 in 2-2 draw at LA Galaxy II Whitecaps FC
Just when it looked like Whitecaps FC 2 would suffer their first defeat of the season, the young ‘Caps (2W-0L-2D) stormed back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Western Conference leaders LA Galaxy II (2W-0L-4D) at the StubHub Center on Friday.

Best of the West: Whitecaps FC 2 visit USL-leading LA Galaxy II on Friday Whitecaps FC
After an unexpected week off, Whitecaps FC 2 (2W-0L-1D) are heading back out on the road to face top-ranked LA Galaxy II (2W-0L-3D) at StubHub Center on Friday. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. PT and will be webcasted live.

USL Preview: LA Galaxy II vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2USL
The LA Galaxy II and Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 meet on Friday night as two of the three remaining undefeated sides in the Western Conference. Kickoff at StubHub Center is set for 7:30 p.m. PT.

Match Preview: LA Galaxy II host Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on Friday LA Galaxy
After two shutout wins to start the season, Galaxy II have turned in three consecutive draws. In the last two, they’ve let slip 1-0 leads at home. After Jack McBean scored the opening goal in the team’s latest match against San Antonio FC, the visitors converted a free kick opportunity at the top of the box in the 89th minute.

PREVIEW: FC Edmonton -vs- Fury FC Ottawa Fury
The heated Canadian rivalry between Fury FC and FC Edmonton resumes this weekend – the first of three battles between the NASL’s two Canadian clubs set for the coming month.

Canadian internationals Ledgerwood, de Guzman, de Jong set to meet as opponents for first timeFC Edmonton
One of the most intriguing storylines ahead of FC Edmonton’s 2016 North American Soccer League (NASL) all-Canadian clash between the Eddies and Ottawa Fury FC this Sunday at Clarke Field features the potential meeting of Canadian internationals Nik Ledgerwood, Julian de Guzman and Marcel de Jong as opponents for the first time.

FC Montreal faces the Rochester Rhinos Saturday Montreal Impact
FC Montreal will face an old club rival this Saturday as they play against the Rhinos in Rochester, at 2:00 PM (PDT) at Sahlen’s Stadium. The Bleu-blanc-noir has had a rough start, staying winless in 2016 with a 0-3-0 record. The last team’s loss was away, last Sunday, against Wilmington Hammerheads FC.

NASL Week 4: A Look Ahead SBI
In NASL action this weekend, two stalwarts of recent seasons face off in Minnesota while new standouts match up in Tampa Bay.

Miami FC returns home, hopes for first win vs. Rayo OKCMiami Herald
Miami FC is back at FIU Stadium Friday night for its second home game of the season, and hoping to find the same spirited crowd of over 10,000 fans the team drew for their inaugural game two weeks ago.

What Professional Soccer in San Francisco Means to MeMidfield Press
Last month, advocates for professional soccer in the city expressed their viewpoint on pro soccer in the city in front of the San Francisco Parks and Rec commission awaiting approval for the team’s lease at Kezar. After watching and listening to each proponent’s speech, I thought I’d offer my perspective on soccer in the city.

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Garber thinks half of MLS teams will get into NWSL The Equalizer
MLS commissioner Don Garber says he thinks that the league will soon see half of its members operating women’s teams as part of their club. Garber added that there is no league-level initiative to be involved in the women’s game, a point he has made previously.

Lyon v Paris: semi-final previewUEFA
Paris Saint-Germain travel to the Stade de Lyon for the first leg of their semi-final hoping to repeat their rare win against their French rivals in last season’s round of 16.

Wolfsburg v Frankfurt: semi-final previewUEFA
“I like our chances,” Nilla Fischer told UEFA.com as a Wolfsburg side without three key players host an FFC Frankfurt team with fitness concerns of their own for the semi-final first leg.

Chelsea Ladies focusing on the league, admits HayesVavel
Despite a cup final against Arsenal at Wembley on the horizon, Chelsea Ladies are firmly focused on the task at hand in the league until the cup final comes around.

WSL 2 Week Two Preview: Can Durham continue their winning streak?Vavel
With a flawless start to the year so far, the top-of-the-table squad face their third game of the 2016 season.

Round-Up: Wexford, Shels triumph Continental Tyres Women’s National League
Continental Tyres Women’s National League champions Wexford Youths WFC moved to just three points behind UCD Waves in the race for this season’s title.

Aine O’Gorman wins Continental Tyres WNL Player of the Month Continental Tyres Women’s National League
UCD Waves striker Aine O’Gorman has been named Continental Tyres Women’s National League Player of the Month for March.

Spartans FC Women v Glasgow City FC (20/04/2016) – Match ReportSWPL
Glasgow City produced a superb attacking display to increase their lead at the top of the SWPL 1 table, beating Spartans 8-0.

Chan makes history as Eastern win Hong Kong Premier League AFC
The victory was enough to see Eastern claim an unassailable seven-point lead at the top of the table, securing their first league crown in two decades. To add even more significance to their triumph, Chan is now the first-ever female coach to have led a professional men’s team to a top-flight championship.

Kessler Says USSF Disparity Defense “Comparing Soccer Balls to Beach Balls” Empire of Soccer
“Some of the financial information that’s been provided (from the USMNT and their attorneys) has been either inaccurate or misleading,” said Neil Buethe, the Director of Communications at U.S. Soccer. “We wanted to share this information to help provide clarity.”

Opportunity key for Sampson during Girls’ Football WeekThe FA
When Mark Sampson discusses FA Girls’ Football Week, he uses one word more often than any other: ‘opportunity’. The England Women’s head coach is fully behind the initiative which is focused on encouraging primary and secondary schools to put on football sessions for girls.

Houston Dash’s Haley Carter takes on role with Afghanistan WNT Keeper Notes
In this environment of increasing opportunity, the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee formed the Afghanistan women’s national soccer team in 2007. The team played games against the International Security Assistance Force and a couple of small tournaments outside of the country. Since then, the Afghanistan WNT has played off and on, participating in the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship in 2010, 2012 and 2014 (winning one game and reaching the semi-finals in 2012).

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Lenarduzzi: Everton can save season in FA Cup Vancouver Sun
Bob Lenarduzzi’s weekly look at upcoming matches at home and abroad.

Everton vs Manchester United Preview: Reds must steer past Blues to reach finalVavel
Manchester United take on Everton at Wembley in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final on Saturday evening.

Leicester City: Now or never for Premier League title, says Claudio RanieriBBC Sport
Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri believes it is “now or never” for the Foxes to win the Premier League title.

Leicester’s Vardy accepts improper conduct charge, awaits banSportsnet
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy accepted an English Football Association improper conduct charge on Thursday over his reaction to being sent off against West Ham.

Tottenham squad banned from PFA dinner and told to focus on West Brom The Guardian
Mauricio Pochettino has banned his Tottenham Hotspur players from attending the Professional Footballers’ Association awards dinner on Sunday night, as he refuses to contemplate any distraction for them before their vital home game against West Bromwich Albion 24 hours later.

Klopp urges Anfield to welcome ‘old friend’ BenitezGoal
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp must compete with Rafael Benitez for the Kop’s affection on Saturday, but the German will not be jealous.

French League Cup final: Paris St-Germain v LilleBBC Sport
Including the season-opening Trophee des Champions, PSG are chasing their second consecutive domestic quadruple.

A-League: Reds see off City challenge 4-1 and will host A-League grand final Sydney Morning Herald
Adelaide United will host its first A-League grand final at the Adelaide Oval next Sunday after seeing off Melbourne City 4-1 in an A-League semi-final rout in front of 15,489 delighted fans at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

China recruits Brazilians as it aims to become footballing superpowerThe Guardian
A growing number of Brazilian players are signing for clubs in China, whose national side ranks 81st in the world.

UEFA to put on sale final batch of Euro 216 tickets next week Inside World Football
With less than 50 days to go until kick-off at EURO 2016, UEFA has announced that there will be a final round of ticket sales for this summer’s European Championship in France.

Aston Villa and Charlton: two clubs contorted by a new style of disastrous ownershipThe Guardian
Charlton and Villa fans have seen their clubs suffer the consequences of owners who are bad in new and innovative ways; bad in a way that frankly makes no real sense for anyone

FIFA announces workers’ welfare monitor systemGoal
The governing body has finally “woken up” to the terrible conditions in stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, say Amnesty International, as Gianni Infantino instates an oversight body.

Wage slaves: Romanian players given right to leave clubs if unpaidInside World Football
With scores of their players repeatedly unpaid, Romanian football authorities have eased contract restrictions that will now allow them to move on and not be retained by clubs against their will.

Watford’s Quique Sánchez Flores: ‘Journalism made me a better manager’The Guardian
Watford manager’s stint in the media gave him the skills that would shape his approach to being in charge of a football team and lead to an FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace that could prove pivotal

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