BC Soccer News, Weekend, April 26-28, 2019




SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019, 2:00 PM



Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps v Philadelphia Union – time to regroupAFTN
After the ‘Caps earned their first point of the season against Seattle, they followed it up with a dismal loss to the Galaxy. After the ‘Caps earned their first win of the season against LAFC, they followed it up with a dismal loss to Orlando. The last few weeks have been quite stop-start, and the Whitecaps have been unable to string together two strong performances in a row.

Vancouver Whitecaps search for offensive spark against Philadelphia UnionNational Post
After weeks on the sidelines, Andy Rose is “itching” to get back on the field with his Vancouver Whitecaps teammates.

Dos Santos: Vancouver Whitecaps will do everything to keep Ali AdnanMLS
Since making his Vancouver Whitecaps debut on March 30, Ali Adnan has been an integral part of Marc Dos Santos’ rebuild north of the border.

After a long week of travel, Vancouver Whitecaps host Philadelphia UnionPro Soccer USA
The Vancouver Whitecaps are back home after a whirlwind travel week. The Caps played the Chicago Fire on the road, then midweek against league leader LAFC before heading to Florida to face Orlando City.

Montreal Impact, Vancouver Whitecaps voice concerns about MLS travel woesNational Post
Concerns are being raised about how Major League Soccer handles travel snags and scheduling after some tough games for two Canadian teams.

Impact travel saga highlights how far MLS still has to goNBC Sports
The Montreal Impact spent around 13 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday in transit ahead of its match on Wednesday evening against the New England Revolution. Remarkably, the Impact beat the Revolution, 3-0 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., but it should never have taken that long to get the Impact down – or any professional team – from Montreal to the Boston suburbs.

Nobody is shivering over the Timbers these days, but road-weary Portland isn’t that badToronto Sun
Toronto FC will be looking to cut the Portland Timbers down to size on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field.

Coming off frustrating losses, FC Cincinnati players vow to ‘work even harder’WCPO
Alan Koch walked silently through the FC Cincinnati locker room after April 19’s disappointing loss to Real Salt Lake. He made his players wait until after all his press obligations were complete before he returned to address the group.

Rapids-Atlanta United PreviewYahoo Sports
While it’s been a rough beginning to the post-championship season for Atlanta United FC, things have started even worse for the Colorado Rapids.

Real Salt Lake’s defense faces tough test against L.A.’s Zlatan IbrahimovicDeseret
Real Salt Lake’s backline will get another chance to test itself against one of elite strikers in MLS this Sunday when it travels to the L.A. Galaxy.

Minnesota United Defense Struggling Despite Offseason AdditionsLWOS
The Minnesota United defense was incredibly inconsistent over their first two seasons in Major League Soccer. They gave up 70 goals in their inaugural year and then topped that last season with 71 goals against. Through eight games now in 2019, they’re on pace to give up at least 63 goals.

Josef Martinez’s struggles continue, but FDB insists he’s not worriedMLS
On his way to winning the Golden Boot and setting the MLS single-season goals record last season, it seemed like Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez couldn’t miss.

The SBI View: MLS dropped the ball on Kaku’s suspensionSBI
One of the primary goals of the MLS code of conduct is to protect its fans. In fact, the first line of the code of conduct reads that the league, its clubs and venues are committed to creating a safe, comfortable and enjoyable soccer experience for all guests in and around our stadiums and facilities. What exactly is safe, comfortable and enjoyable about a player receiving a measly two-game ban for striking a fan with a ball?

Racism controversy around Whitecaps coach news, but an age-old storyNational Post
When it exploded into the public domain this week that the Vancouver Whitecaps had hired a coach who had been sanctioned and fined by the Football Association for racist abuse of his players, it predictably ignited a firestorm. But that is a cultural inferno that has long been burning, with flares of awareness spiking with increasing frequency in world soccer.





SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019, 4:00 PM


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AUDIO: Canadian Premier League set to invade Vancouver IslandSportsnet
On this week’s edition of Fines Lines, hosts Dan Riccio and J.J. Adams chat with Josh Simpson, the president of Canadian Premier League team Pacific FC.

Pacific FC signs full back Émile LegaultPacific FC
Pacific FC has signed full back Émile Legault, a dual Canadian and French international. Legault, who can play any position along the back, joins the club days before the season debut on Sunday, April 28 at Westhills Stadium.

Pacific FC adds rising star Emile Legault to its back lineTimes Colonist
Pacific FC landed the rising 19-year-old back-line performer as its 17th signed player ahead of the Canadian Premier League opener Sunday against the HFX Wanderers of Halifax at Westhills Stadium.

VIDEO: ‘I like to live it up differently:’ Could Issey Nakajima-Farran be Canada’s most interesting soccer player?CHEK
A commissioned artist, spear fisherman and boat captain are just some of the many hats worn by Pacific FC forward Issey Nakajima-Farran.

Kelowna United teams relish in succesful weekend Kelowna Cap News
Multiple Kelowna United soccer teams are coming off impressive wins during various Easter weekend soccer tournaments. The local soccer season has started back up, and Kelowna teams are off to a great start.

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.


New era of Canadian soccer kicks off with the Canadian Premier LeagueRed Deer Advocate
Allan Gorman and his fellow Forge FC supporters have spent hours painting a 15-by-12-metre banner welcoming their team and the Canadian Premier League.

A message to our fans from Commissioner David ClanachanCanadian Premier League
Our journey began with the spark of an idea. The beautiful game, played coast-to-coast. United by soccer, under one flag.

PREVIEW: Forge FC vs. York9 FC — Inaugural MatchCanadian Premier League
The Canadian Premier League kicks off its inaugural season with an additional first: The introduction of the 905 Derby.

HFX Wanderers field local flair for CPL openerChronicle-Herald
Christian Oxner cannot believe his good fortune. The Clayton Park resident, one of the top soccer keepers in the country, stayed home for university and enjoyed a stellar five-year career with the Saint Mary’s Huskies, posting 11 shutouts in 43 appearances.

Canadian Premier League roundtable: Coaches weigh in on challengesSportsnet
How do you go about building a professional sports team from scratch? That’s the challenge faced by seven coaches ahead of the inaugural Canadian Premier League season.

6 things you need to know about the new Canadian Premier LeagueCBC
The Canadian Premier League is ready for kickoff this weekend and it promises to change the face of the sport in this country.

A look at the seven Canadian Premier League franchisesRed Deer Advocate
The Canadian Premier League kicks off this Saturday. Here’s a guide of what to watch for.

A long road to the starting line for Canadian Premier LeagueVancouver Sun
What started as a concept over five years ago is finally coming to fruition for soccer fans across the country.

Bob Young’s Canadian Premier League vision comes to life with inaugural match in HamiltonGlobal
If you’re a soccer fan in Canada, you’ll likely be focused on Tim Hortons Field on Saturday when Hamilton’s Forge FC hosts York9 in the first ever Canadian Premier League (CPL) regular season match.

Edmonton and Calgary have a leg up going into inaugural CPL seasonMontreal Gazette
FC Edmonton and Cavalry FC have a running start on the rest of the teams in the Canadian Premier League as the inaugural season kicks off Saturday in Hamilton.

Canada Soccer referees appointed to inaugural Canadian Premier League matchCSA
Canada Soccer has named the referee crew for the inaugural match of the Canadian Premier League between York9 FC and Forge FC at Hamilton, ON’s Tim Hortons Field Saturday 27 April 2019 at 1 p.m. ET. FIFA Referee Dave Gantar will be the referee with FIFA Assistant Referee Phil Brière and Canada Soccer National List Assistant Referee Peter Pendli as assistants and Canada Soccer National List Referee Yusri Rudolf as the Fourth Official.

‘A great moment’: Referee Gantar reflects on soccer’s growth ahead of 1st kickCanadian Premier League
Gantar was born and raised in Edmonton, where his love of soccer was sparked by watching the Edmonton Drillers, Eagles, Brickmen and Aviators, clubs from his hometown that played in many a different league throughout his childhood.

OneSoccer announces pricing, release dateCanadian Premier League
OneSoccer will carry live coverage of all 98 Canadian Premier League matches kicking off with the much-anticipated opening match on April 27th between Forge FC and York9 FC at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field. Coverage of the Pacific FC vs. HFX Wanderers FC match on April 28th will be aired live and exclusively worldwide on OneSoccer.ca.

Foothills FC maintaining winning mentality despite heavy roster changesMontreal Gazette
What do you do when you lose most of your roster after a championship season?

Sports dome project at Lasalle Secondary to move aheadCTV
The Rainbow District School Board is moving ahead with plans to build a new multi-million dollar soccer dome in Sudbury without provincial backing.

Former Calgary Dinos Mens Soccer Coach Peter Welsh passes at 75U. of Calgary
The University of Calgary Dinos men’s soccer program is mourning the loss of former head coach Peter Welsh, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 75.


Orlando City B heads to north Texas for first away matchFox 35
Coming off a four-game homestand to open the season, OCB looks to secure its first win of the season in Frisco. Midfielder Koby Osei-Wusu registered his second goal of the season during Friday’s match against Forward Madison.

Preview: Rangers renew rivalry with Saint Louis FC in Saturday road testSporting KC
SPR and Saint Louis FC have experienced differing levels of success since their respective launches as USL Championship clubs. The Rangers were crowned Western Conference champions in 2016 and 2017 before falling in the Conference Semifinals last year, while Saint Louis missed the postseason in their first three years of existence prior to breaking through with a Conference Quarterfinal exit last October.

Memphis Makes Move for GrafUSL
Memphis 901 FC announced on Thursday it had acquired veteran forward Jochen Graf from the New York Cosmos. The signing is pending league and federation approval.

Chattanooga Red Wolves Unveil Plans for Soccer-Specific StadiumUSL League 1
USL League One’s Chattanooga Red Wolves SC announced plans on Thursday to build a state-of-the-art, soccer-specific stadium as part of $125 million investment in East Ridge, Tennessee. The stadium will be part of a mixed-use development with living, working and entertainment opportunities.


Week 2 Player of the Week: Christine SinclairNWSL
Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair has been voted Week 2 NWSL Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association.

At 35, Portland Thorns captain Christine Sinclair is at the top of her gameOregon Live
Portland Thorns captain Christine Sinclair calmly stepped up to the penalty spot with the game on the line in the 87th minute of Saturday’s match against the Chicago Red Stars. She then expertly placed her shot into the right side of the net, sending Chicago goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher the other way.

Karina LeBlanc and Aaron West Co-Host @FOXSports FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Now Show on Twitter Live From ParisFox Sports
This summer, expert soccer personalities Karina LeBlanc and Aaron West team up to co-host FOX Sports’ “FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™ NOW” live on Twitter every matchday.

Matchups for the 2019 Women’s International Champions Cup were announced today. The tournament will open with five-time Champions League champion Olyimpique Lyonnais taking on Atlético Madrid at 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 15 at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park. The match will be followed by the reigning Women’s ICC and 2018 NWSL champions NC Courage taking on Manchester City at 7:30 p.m.

WSL Team of Year: Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City dominate line-upBBC Sport
Nine players from the top three sides in the Women’s Super League are in the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Team of the Year.

Lyon reaping rich rewards of greater gender equalityThe Star
Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas was wringing out his women’s team shirts in the locker room on a rainy London day eight years ago when he decided it was time to take gender equality more seriously.


What to watch in Europe’s leading soccer countriesNational Post
Barcelona can clinch its 26th Spanish league title on Saturday.

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendThe Guardian
A chance for Shaqiri to shine, City may need to show their dark side and Cardiff can pile pressure on Brighton.

Jürgen Klopp defiant: ‘Only one will be there at the end – like Highlander’The Guardian
Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool remain firm in their belief the Premier League title race is far from over and he would not relish the test that awaits Manchester City at Burnley.

Clubs push for promotion-relegation in European competitionsNBC Sports
The head of the European Club Association says the existing Champions League format should be overhauled to introduce promotion and relegation.

Muller urges Bayern to ‘seal the deal’ in Bundesliga and DFB-PokalSN
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller is desperate to “seal the deal” in both the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal.

Pépé wants more as Lille close on secondLigue 1
It has been a wonderful season for Nicolas Pépé but he insists he can still improve “every aspect” of his game as the LOSC star and his side prepare to welcome Nîmes Olympique to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Sunday.

Milan defender Calabria to miss rest of season with injuryNBC Sports
AC Milan defender Davide Calabria will miss the rest of the season because of a fractured bone in his left leg.

Mbappe closing in on Messi in race for Europe’s Golden ShoeSportsnet
The next weeks will decide if Kylian Mbappe can usher in a new era in European soccer by knocking Lionel Messi off his perch.

Raheem Sterling: Manchester City forward wins award for stance against racismBBC Sport
Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling said he hopes to set an example for younger players as he received an award for his stance against racism in football.

Match-fixing claims in Ligue 1 spark ‘backstage games’ row between Guincamp and CaenInside World Football
The French league are investigating allegations of match-fixing made by EA Guingamp against their relegation rivals SM Caen before the latter’s 1-0 defeat against Angers earlier this month.

Former Watford owner to takeover Bolton WanderersSN
Bolton Wanderers have avoided administration after Laurence Bassini, the former owner of Watford, agreed to buy the club.

FIFA clears up match-fixing cases with raft of player bans across Africa and CaribbeanInside World Football
FIFA have issued lifetime bans to eight current and former players and an agent after they were found guilty of match manipulation.

Emiliano Sala’s father dies three months after son is killedBBC
The father of Premier League footballer Emiliano Sala, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this year, has died three months after his son.

Former soccer star Kyle Martino: ‘Why have we turned it into a rich kid’s game?’Yahoo Sports
Kyle Martino played Major League Soccer for five years, played on the U.S. Men’s National Team, and even ran for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation—but he doesn’t like what he sees in American youth soccer today.

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