BC Soccer News, Weekend, April 27-29, 2018




FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018, 7:30 PM



Vancouver Southsiders: We Demand Better!!Vancouver Southsiders
Last Friday, our club reached a critical impasse in its football endeavours. We understand how frustrated you are and we stand with you. The Whitecaps ownership, management, and coaching staff need to recognize and acknowledge that the “meh, good enough” model of football they are putting on the pitch week after week, year after year, is quite frankly, NOT good enough. FINE. LINES. They are doing the players and the supporters a disservice in their continued complacency and the time has come for the supporters to stand as one and say, “We demand better.”

Vancouver Whitecaps anticipate ‘must-win’ game against Real Salt LakeThe Star
The team is focused on snapping a three-game losing streak after suffering a 6-0 loss, the worst in their MLS history, to Sporting Kansas City.

Whitecaps Game Day: Can Vancouver pepper Salt Lake, snap the skid?The Province
The Vancouver Whitecaps host Real Salt Lake Friday night in a crucial game for both Major League Soccer teams. While the Caps have lost three in a row, RSL hasn’t been any more consistent, failing to win — or lose — two consecutive games this season.

Match Preview: Whitecaps vs. Real Salt LakeEighty-Six Forever
After last week’s six-goal, double send-off embarrassment, the Whitecaps return to Vancouver to prove they can, “Show up, show life, and show heart.”

Snakebitten Whitecaps look to recapture set-piece magic of last seasonRegina Leader-Post
The Vancouver Whitecaps need a bit of magic of their own, because they’re starting to feel a little cursed these days.

Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps match previewRSL Soapbox
For all RSL’s struggles, the Whitecaps have struggled nearly equally, with a 6-0 loss still in the rear view mirror for the Vancouver side.

Real Salt Lake heads north of border to face reeling VancouverDeseret News
It was the third straight loss for Vancouver and the most embarrassing yet. When Vancouver hosts Real Salt Lake this Friday (8:30 p.m., KMYU), RSL midfielder Albert Rusnak fully expects that 6-0 shellacking to have an impact on this weekend’s match.

The Vancouver Whitecaps have found their identity and stuck to itThe Comeback
Parking the bus doesn’t always work but the Whitecaps are getting better using this strategy.

New season, same old NachoMontreal Impact
There aren’t many things Nacho Piatti hasn’t already done in an Impact uniform. The Argentine maestro has taken the league by storm and has left Stade Saputo’s supporters in awe on more than one occasion since he first came to Montreal in 2014.

The next few MLS games could define TFC’s seasonWaking the Red
Toronto FC struggled in the beginning, now it’s time for them to lay down their ambitions.

Preview: Toronto FC versus Chicago FireProst Amerika
Few expected the Fire to be currently above Toronto FC in the table heading into this match. The Fire are coming off a 2-1 away win at New York Red Bulls and things look better than they did the previous week with some stellar play by goalkeeper Richard Sanchez and Aleksandar Katai stepping up his game after being benched.

Los Angeles Football Club vs. Seattle Sounders FC | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
After a very respectable four wins in six road matches, LAFC are ready for a housewarming party and will christen Banc of California Stadium against Seattle Sounders FC, who will be hungry to spoil the party and avenge a season-opening 1-0 loss at CenturyLink Field.

How LAFC rose from the ashes of Chivas USA and aims to be the team of Los AngelesLA Times
“We are not a suburban team. We are not a beach team,” Tom Penn said. “We’re brick and mortar. We’re downtown L.A.

New York Red Bulls wary of Ibrahimovic, LA Galaxy attackPro Soccer USA
Having spent the first three years of his Major League Soccer career in the Western Conference with Vancouver, New York Red Bulls defender Tim Parker is keenly aware of what challenges the LA Galaxy attack poses.

San Jose Earthquakes use extended road trip to find focusPro Soccer USA
While most Major League Soccer teams travel home between road games, especially when those games fall a week apart on the calendar, the San Jose Earthquakes decided to extend their stay away from the Bay Area in between road games against Orlando City and the Columbus Crew.

Sputtering Revolution up against streaking Sporting KCFox Sports
After lackluster efforts in the last two weeks, the New England Revolution hope to turn things around against one of the best teams in MLS and led by a player who’s quickly made an impact in his first year in the league.

Kevin De Bruyne likely to finish career in MLS in Los Angeles, agent saysESPN
De Bruyne, 26, signed a new five-year contract in January that will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until 2023, but his agent, Patrick De Koster, said the player could follow in the footsteps of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Zlatan Ibrahimovic by finishing his career in California.

Has the perception of MLS really changed?NBC Sports
Over the years, MLS has strived to move into the upper-echelon of the global game, in an attempt to compete with the likes of the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga, but naysayers still indicate to this day that the United States’ top flight lacks the quality of the aforementioned.

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Highlanders reveal 2018 Technical StaffVictoria Highlanders
Highlanders FC are pleased to announce their technical staff for the upcoming Premier Development League (PDL, first team) and Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL, reserves) season, as well as the 2018 Futures program.

Academy Preview: Young Sounders welcome Cascadia rival Vancouver WhitecapsWhitecaps FC
After a weekend off, all three Seattle Sounders Academy squads return to USSDA league play on Saturday, April 28. The Rave Green will host a trio of matches at Starfire Sports, where they’ll face their Cascadia rivals the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Burnaby u21s punch ticket to B.C. quarterfinalsBurnaby Now
A journey to Vancouver Island resulted in a reaffirming and satisfying victory Saturday for the EDC Burnaby under-21 men’s soccer team.

Cowichan United bows outCowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan United’s impressive debut season in U21 soccer came to an end last Saturday with a 2-0 loss to EDC Burnaby in the first round of the provincial tournament.

Crushers’ Coastal Cup dream endsCowichan Valley Citizen
The Coastal Cup tournament has come to an end for the Cowichan Crushers, but the U14 Gold girls soccer team’s season is far from over.

2018 BC Adult Provincial Championships Schedule & ResultsBCSA
Schedules, Brackets & Results for the 2018 BC Provincial Championships.

TSS Rovers release Season Tickets for the 2018 season TSS Rovers
A great summer of soccer is in store at Swangard Stadium with the PDL & WPSL TSS Rovers. Season yickets are only $70.

Victoria Highlanders FC 2018 Season Tickets now on saleVictoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.

Canada’s College ID Camps set for Shawnigan Lake & Kingston, OntarioCanada College ID Camps
Our purpose is to provide a space where players grade 9-12 can connect with college coaches from all levels in Canada and the USA. We hope to assist in the promotion of youth players into environments which will challenge them academically and athletically after high school.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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.

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Canadian Premier League reveals logo & manifestoCanadian Premier League
The Canadian Premier League unveiled its league logo this morning.

Canadian Premier League unveils emblem, manifesto a year out from inaugural seasonToronto Sun
Despite grinding out an admirable career in Europe, Nik Ledgerwood wonders if he could have gone further. Did he reach his potential? Was there another level for him beyond the German second division? How did his early development — or lack thereof — in Alberta influence his career?

North star, northern lights: CanPL unveils its league brandingthe11.ca
Roy Nasrallah, the marketing director for the nascent Canadian Premier League, is, well, giddy. His grin is stretched wide. He greets me not with a handshake, but with a hug. And, when he talks about the national first division, set to kick off in the spring of 2019, he doesn’t refer to it as a business. It’s a “movement.”

League 1 Ontario 2018 PreviewNorthern Starting XI
These are exciting times for soccer in Canada, and with CPL just around the corner what better way to warm up for the big day in 2019 than by getting stuck into the new League 1 Ontario season kicking off this weekend.

Canadian international Arfield leaving Burnley from Glasgow RangersSportsnet
Canadian international Scott Arfield is set to leave Burnley for Glasgow Rangers.

Niagara teen taking advantage of showcasing soccer skills at tournament in ItalySt. Catherines Standard
Marco Primerano will miss at least a week of class early next month, but that doesn’t mean the Grade 11 student at A.N. Myer Secondary School in Niagara Falls will be putting his education entirely on hold. He expects to learn a lot about the game he loves, as well as more about himself, in Rome, Italy, putting his soccer IQ to the test on the pitch against some of the best 16- and 17-year-old players in the world.

FC London changes colours, continues to growLondon Free Press
When FC London was formed in 2009, the neophyte soccer organization had one team, a men’s team playing in the USL PDL league.

Yukon Selects FC competes at futsal nationalsWhitehorse Star
With the growing popularity of the sport of futsal across Canada, the Yukon Selects FC jumped at the opportunity to expand their skills by competing at the national level.

Trump threatens countries who don’t back US World Cup bidVancouver Sun
U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold support from nations who don’t back the joint bid by the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup.

Trump bids for 2026 World Cup glory with ‘vote for us or suffer’ tweetInside World Football
The increasingly bitter race to stage the 2026 World Cup has been plunged into unchartered and unprecedented territory after tweets by US president Donald Trump appeared to violate strict FIFA rules over the bid process.

FIFA responds to Donald Trump’s 2026 World Cup bid tweetSBI
Donald Trump took to Twitter to discuss to the 2026 World Cup hosting bid on Thursday, and now FIFA has responded in kind.

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USL Preview – Week 7SBI
Week 7 of USL is set to kick off on Friday night with the team making the most waves on and off the field in 2018.

Western Conf. Notebook – Lights FC Aim to Put on ShowUSL
Attitude key to Sacramento’s hot start; Reno relieved and ready for more.

FC Cincinnati vs. Ottawa Fury FC: 5 Things to KnowCincinnati Soccer Talk
FC Cincinnati returns to their travels for their fourth away match and sixth regular season match of the 2018 season.

Independence Sign Jamaican International WatsonUSL
Veteran has recorded 73 appearances for Reggae Boyz more than 10,000 minutes in MLS.

Former Eagles coach Dixon returns to Charlotte with Indy ElevenCharlotte Post
Dave Dixon turned to coaching to stay in soccer. He returns to Charlotte on April 28 as a USL assistant coach with Indy Eleven after spending the last four years with the Charlotte Eagles.

Roughnecks Add Vukovic to Back LineUSL
Former USL Cup-winner joined by Levin, Tulsa also acquires Omsberg on loan from MNUFC.

Lane United opens with a few changesRegister-Guard
Lane United Football Club will kick off its soccer schedule at home on Saturday with something of a dress rehearsal for another season in the Premiere Development League’s Northwest Division.


Calendar: NWSL, Week 5 Soccer America
Four matches on tap this Saturday in the NWSL.

Sam Kerr Officially Joins Red Stars RosterHot Time in Old Town
With international duty in the rearview mirror, Kerr comes to Chicago ready to dominate.

Yuki Nagasato adding new dimension to Chicago Red StarsThe Equalizer
About to enter the final year of her contract with Frankfurt in the Frauen-Bundesliga, Yuki Nagasato traveled to Colorado in June 2016 with the Japanese national team for the first of two friendlies against the United States. There, she had a conversation with Alyssa Naeher—a former teammate of Nagasato dating back to their days at Turbine Potsdam—and the seed was planted.

Toppserien 2018 round 4 – Review: Vålerenga get their first winVavel
Klepp and Vålerenga both took clear victories, while Trondheims-Ørn, LSK and Sandviken all had to grind out small victories.

Liverpool Ladies captain eyeing Champions League final – and return to England foldLiverpool Echo
The lifelong Reds fan returned to action earlier this month after eight weeks out with ankle ligament damage.

Clery confident of any result ahead of Peamount testIrish WNL
Galway WFC were defeated 2-1 by reigning Women’s National League champions Wexford Youths WFC at Eamonn Deacy Park during the week thanks to goals from Aisling Frawley and Rianna Jarrett.

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Bob Lenarduzzi: Wenger prepares to leave Arsenal after 22 years in chargeThe Province
It’s the end of an era in the Premier League, with Arsene Wenger preparing to leave Arsenal after 22 years in charge. On Sunday, he’ll make his final visit to Old Trafford in Arsenal colours, as the Gunners visit Manchester United. Wenger should be the focus of this match, which otherwise doesn’t carry much significance for either club.

Arsene Wenger vs. Man United comes to an endESPN
It says something about the current positions of Manchester United and Arsenal that both go into Sunday’s clash at Old Trafford with little left to play for in the Premier League.

10-man Atletico and Arsenal draw in Europa semifinalSportsnet
Antoine Griezmann scored late for 10-man Atletico Madrid to draw at Arsenal 1-1 in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Thursday.

Thauvin sets Marseille on way to Salzburg victoryLigue 1
Florian Thauvin and Clinton Njie got the goals as Olympique de Marseille beat FC Red Bull Salzburg 2-0 at a raucous Orange Vélodrome in their UEFA Europa League semi-final, first leg on Thursday.

Andres Iniesta leaving Barcelona after 16 seasonsSportsnet
Andres Iniesta, the midfielder who embodied Barcelona’s creative attacking style and helped the team win dozens of trophies, is leaving the Spanish club after 16 seasons.

Andres Iniesta: Barcelona legend ‘more than just a player’ to his admirersBBC Sport
The word legend absolutely applies to Iniesta, who will head away from the Nou Camp after winning 32 trophies and making nearly 700 appearances, having first joined the club more than two decades ago at the age of 12.

Roma’s De Rossi tops list of modern one-club menUEFA
In his 17th season in Roma’s first team, Daniele De Rossi is 2017/18’s ultimate club servant.

Newcastle Jets beat Melbourne City to reach Grand FinalESPN
Riley McGree’s wonder goal inspired Newcastle past Melbourne City and into the A-League Grand Final.

Pirates look to take title race to final roundAfrican Football
Orlando Pirates will hope to take the Absa Premiership title race to the final round of the season by winning at Cape Town Stadium against hosts Cape Town City on 28 April 2018.

Liga MX: Five teams battle for three spots as playoff picture is finalizedESPN
With Toluca, Santos Laguna, Club America, Monterrey and Tigres all already safely in the playoffs, only three other spots remain unclaimed.

Paris St-Germain: Unai Emery to leave French champions at end of seasonBBC Sport
Paris St-Germain manager Unai Emery is leaving the French champions at the end of the season.

FIFA bans Brazilian official Del Nero for life for briberyLondon Free Press
Brazilian soccer official Marco Polo del Nero was banned for life for bribery and corruption by the FIFA ethics committee on Friday.

Rangers increasingly confident of appointing Steven Gerrard as managerThe Guardian
Rangers are increasingly confident of appointing Steven Gerrard as their manager. The decision of whether Gerrard will take over at Ibrox is now believed to be the Liverpool icon’s to make, with Rangers hopeful of receiving that answer over the weekend. Gerrard, who initially met Rangers at the end of last week, has been involved in further and detailed discussions as he ponders a first step into frontline management.

Despite Quarrelsome Pro Leagues, Indian Soccer Investment Continues To SkyrocketForbes
While sports sponsorship in 2017 grew 14% across the board, it was soccer, once an afterthought for the parochial Indian sports fan, that recorded the highest level of growth. Sponsorship of soccer teams and events increased 64%. And in 2018, the soccer industry’s growth will be reinforced by a planned doubling of government investment in sport.

VIDEO: English football is elitist – ClarkeBBC Sport
Former West Bromwich Albion and Reading manager Steve Clarke says English football is becoming more elitist and moving further away from the fans compared to Scottish football, where he is now managing Kilmarnock.

Manchester City parade: Tens of thousands expected to line city’s streetsBBC
A parade and open top bus tour to celebrate Manchester City’s Premier League victory has been announced. Pep Guardiola’s title-winning squad will tour the city centre on 14 May.

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