BC Soccer News, Weekend, April 8-10, 2016




SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2016, 2:30 PM



BC Soccer Web MLS Matchday #6: DC United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, April 9, 2016BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web presents the best way to gear up for Saturday’s clash between the Whitecaps & DC United. All of the Previews, Recaps, Match Analysis and News in one place.

Philadelphia Union 2, Orlando City SC 1 | 2016 MLS Match RecapMLS
The Philadelphia Union left it until nearly the end, but they came away from Friday’s match against Orlando City SC at Talen Energy Stadium with a 2-1 win.

MLS Week 6: A Look Ahead SBI
A full slate of 10 MLS matches are on the weekend’s schedule as all 20 teams take the field for Week 6 action.

MLS preview: Kaka’s back for Orlando City – and he’s still brilliant The Guardian
Lions travel to Florida with their Brazilian playmaker in top form; refs showing red cards but how many is too many?; Portland not worried by mediocre start.

Episode 153 – The AFTN Podcast – “There’s Still Time” (Disco Daze with guests Kadin Chung and Daniel Haber)AFTN
Another Vancouver Whitecaps MLS match, another week we end up speaking non stop about MLS referees and their DisCo overlords. It’s all getting a bit old now.

Red Bulls Confident Preparing for SKC’s Multiple WeaponsEmpire of Soccer
The New York Red Bulls are hoping to “get things going” on Saturday when they face Sporting Kansas City. “It’s about what we want to do,” forward Mike Grella said after training on Thursday. “It’s been a slow start for everyone all over the field.”

Walton: MLS refs are more consistent on red cardsSoccer America
There has been the perception that MLS referees are issuing more red cards than in the past and for less serious infringements. PRO general manager Peter Walton says the number of red cards has indeed slightly increased but for a reason — referees are doing a better job of applying the rules.

Sportsnet’s Paul Dolan: MLS refs losing feel for the gameSportsnet
Every Friday, Sportsnet.ca will chat with Sportsnet soccer commentator Paul Dolan—a former Canadian national team goalkeeper—about the big stories and issues in Major League Soccer.

Giovinco has Revolution in his crosshairs Prost Amerika
Gillette Stadium is one of a limited number of Major League Soccer venues that has yet to witness a goal by Toronto FC striker Sebastian Giovinco.

Gutting It OutWaking the Red
There will always be trials & tribulations, what matters is how Toronto FC reacts to the recent disappointments.

TFC focused on New England, not bad calls from refsSportsnet
There were no furrowed brows or hangdog expressions around Toronto FC’s training sessions this past week as players and coaches prepared for Saturday’s road game versus the New England Revolution.

Frank Lampard set to miss fifth straight match for NYCFCMLS
With Week 6 of MLS play kicking off this weekend, New York City FC’s Frank Lampard is still waiting for his first minutes of the season – and they won’t be coming this week.

Shut out in last two, Drogba-less Impact look for goals against ColumbusCanada.com
They were hot and now they’re not, but the Montreal Impact hope to get the fire going again with a revenge win over the Columbus Crew.

List of MLS teams’ 2016 midseason friendliesMLS
MLS teams are beginning to announce midseason friendlies against international opposition. So far, teams from Spain and Mexico will be traveling to the US and Canada and get in postseason or preseason action. Here’s a running list of friendlies between MLS teams and international clubs.

Republic FC Announces MLS Block Party to Welcome Commissioner Garber to Sacramento Sacramento Republic
Today, Sacramento Republic FC announced plans for an MLS Block Party at Firestone Public House and de Vere’s Irish Pub on Thursday, April 14 to welcome MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the MLS delegation to Sacramento.

TFC keeper turns to writing to take mind off the game Toronto Star
Clint Irwin has contributed articles for Sports Illustrated’s website and has also written for the Telegraph newspaper in England.

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LMG draws Bays againCowichan Valley Citizen
Glen Martin couldn’t quite believe his ears, but it was true. After the Provincial Cup draw on Tuesday, Martin learned that his team’s opponent will be none other than Bays United, the team his squad had defeated two days earlier in the Jackson Cup final for Island men’s soccer supremacy.

Saanich stands out in men’s soccer finalsSaanich News
Saanich was well represented in the Vancouver Island Soccer Association cup finals at Royal Athletic Park on Saturday and Sunday.

All-Richmond U18 battle in Coastal Cup quarter-finalsRichmond News
It will be a Richmond derby Saturday afternoon as B.C. Soccer’s 63rd annual Coastal Cup Championships reaches the quarter-final stage.

NC Rebels take another step in Coastal Cup soccer campaign Tri City News
The North Coquitlam Rebels defeated the Whistler Sea to Sky Lightning in under-18 girls first division Coastal Cup action in Squamish on Sunday.

Cowichan U13 Silver girls add District Cup to trophy caseCowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan’s U13 Silver girls soccer team continued its postseason dominance of Juan de Fuca with a win in the District Cup final in Victoria last Saturday.

Merritt youth soccer kicks off seasonMerritt Herald
It was a festival-like atmosphere at Voght Park on Saturday morning as the Merritt Youth Soccer Association officially kicked off its 2016 spring season.

For the first time in program history, the Trinity Western women’s soccer team will host an NCAA Division I side on the TWU campus, as the Spartans will play Washington State University Saturday at 3 p.m.

WolfPack Soccer Sign Local Product As First Recruit for 2016-17 (Nicolson) TRU
Head coach John Antulov and the WolfPack are pleased to announce that 6’2 Centre back Kailum Nicolson of Valleyview Secondary in Kamloops, BC has agreed to join the squad effective August 1st. Kailum is currently playing rep soccer with the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association’s U-18 Blaze.

EDC falters in U21 finalBurnaby Now
As losses go, Saturday’s 3-2 at the hands of Guildford FC put a frosty chill in what had to that point been an extremely strong season for the Estrella de Chile FC Burnaby.

Richmond FC product signs with Whitecaps ResidencyRichmond News
Patrick Metcalfe will be in action on Saturday at Hugh Boyd as U18 Whitecaps take on Seattle.

‘It’s great what the game can do:’ WFC2 visit Vancouver Street SoccerWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Street Soccer is a volunteer-run organization that aims to enhance the lives of the homeless, individuals who feel marginalized within their communities, and/or those who are recovering from drug and alcohol addictions, through soccer and inclusivity.

MRC turf fields open FridayAbbotsford News
The official grand opening of the Matsqui Recreation Centre fields occurs on Friday, and the entire community is invited to celebrate.

Bronze for Nelson U13 Boys SelectsNelson Star
Nelson won bronze at the Okanagan Ice Breaker tournament, held March 25 to 27 in Lake Country and Kelowna. Andreas Rentke scored a hat trick – two of which came on penalty kicks – as the Selects beat the Prince George Timberwolves 3-2 to secure the medal.

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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EPIC presents the 2016 Western Canada College ID Camp


Men’s EXCEL U-23 squad to face Guyana in May CSA
With a continued emphasis on player development, Canada Soccer has organised a Men’s EXCEL U-23 camp featuring an international match against Guyana. The 2016 camp will feature players born 1993 or later.

Canada’s road to India 2017 continues to April camp in USACSA
Canada Soccer has announced a 19-player squad for a pair of Men’s U-17 International Friendly matches in Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA. The two international matches highlight an eight-day camp with U-17 coach Paul Stalteri from 10-17 April 2016.

Four Whitecaps FC Residency players called up to Canada’s U-17 campWhitecaps FC
Canada’s 19-man roster features goalkeeper Trevor Schneider, fullback Gabriel Escobar (pictured), midfielder Michael Baldisimo, and forward Devin O’Hea of Whitecaps FC’s U-16 Residency side.

P.E.I. pulls plug on national soccer championship because of ‘dangerous’ turfCBC
The P.E.I. Soccer Association has withdrawn as host of the Under-16 National Soccer championships after being unable to guarantee to the Canadian Soccer Association that the artificial turf at UPEI will be replaced by October.

Futsal Canadian Championship will be livestreamed via CanadaSoccer.comCSA
The Canada Soccer Futsal Canadian Championship between Toronto United Futsal of Ontario and Sparte FC of Québec runs this weekend, 9 & 10 April 2016. The Ontario Soccer Association play host for the two-match final at Durham College in Oshawa, ON which will also be livestreamed via CanadaSoccer.com.

#CanadaRed soccer weekly: Similarities to U.S. WNT pay disparity hard to find here Yahoo Sports
As the American women’s soccer team prepares to defend their Olympic gold medal this summer in Rio, much of the news coming out of their camp deals with off-field matters—specifically, their legal action against the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Soccer players named top CBU athletesCape Breton Post
Cape Breton University honoured its student-athletes on Thursday during an evening filled with stories and accolades, tears and laughter, and hugs and handshakes.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016, 3:00 PM



Fun in the sun: WFC2 host Sacramento in home opener on SundayWhitecaps FC
After back-to-back road wins, Whitecaps FC 2 (2W-0L-0D) are looking to keep things rolling on Sunday in their home opener against Sacramento Republic FC (2W-0L-0D) at UBC Thunderbird Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. PT.

Match Preview: Sacramento Republic vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2Indomitable City Soccer
As difficult as it is to see the Republic head away from Bonney Field right after the home opener victory over Arizona United, it must be done. It will be three weeks until the Republic have another USL contest at home, and they have two away games to deal with before the that time comes. This Sunday’s game against Vancouver Whitecaps 2 is the first of a two away game stretch, with the other coming next Sunday against Portland Timbers 2.

Know Thy Enemy: A look at MLS hopeful Sacramento Republic FCWhitecaps FC
The past two match outcomes have been a result of hard work and development. This Sunday, the young ‘Caps play MLS-hopeful Sacramento Republic FC at Thunderbird Stadium.

Know the Opponent: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 Sacramento Republic
Sacramento Republic FC travel north of the border for their second road match of 2016 to vist Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 this Sunday, Apr. 10. Kickoff is 3:00 p.m.

Expansion Cincinnati, San Antonio Set for Home Openers in Week 3 USL
The third week of the 2016 USL season features 13 games from Friday through Sunday, with one of the big spotlights on the first home openers for Western Conference expansion side San Antonio FC and the Eastern Conference’s FC Cincinnati.

WATCH LIVE: TFC II vs. FC MontrealToronto FC
Watch a Livestream of TFC II vs. Montreal FC on Saturday, April 9 at 4:30 pm PST. Replay available as well.

Eddies, Loons set to clash at Clarke Field FC Edmonton
Sunday is set to deliver. FC Edmonton returns to Clarke Field for the first time in 2016, and they are bringing an abundance of intriguing storylines along with them. On top of their Home Opener, the team will see the home debuts of several offseason signings (Ledgerwood? Gustavo? Shome?). Both teams will be hungry for their first win of the young season, and both teams feature former players in goalkeeper Matt VanOekel and midfielder Lance Laing. Ever heard of the Flyover Cup? It’s the first round of that competition as well.

Preview: Eleven -vs- Fury FC Ottawa Fury FC
Two years removed from their respective debuts as NASL expansion sides back in 2014, Ottawa Fury FC and Indy Eleven meet once again Saturday, now well-established members of the league both looking to take that next step forward.

Ottawa Fury FC adds midfielder Bryan OliveraOttawa Sun
Ottawa Fury FC has acquired Uruguayan midfielder Bryan Olivera on loan from Brazilian side Fluminense, pending ITC approval.

NASL Week 2: A Look AheadSBI
In an opening weekend that was less than stellar for the majority of the teams in the league, the New York Cosmos made waves to follow up on their 2015 championship.

NASL has made mark in international playOne World Sports
Two years ago, Miguel Ibarra went from Minnesota United to the U.S. national team. No NASL player has since followed Ibarra’s path to the U.S., but plenty of the league’s players are competing, or have competed, internationally. In fact, about one in five NASL players (more than 50 on opening day rosters) have national team experience.

Sounders exploring possibility of moving USL games to TacomaSounder at Heart
Although it’s unlikely anything will change in the next couple years, the Seattle Sounders are officially exploring the possibility of moving their USL team’s games to Tacoma, according a letter distributed to members of the Sounders Community Trust.

New Charleston Battery owner gives USL unnecessary black eyeIndomitable City Soccer
Not quite two months after purchasing USL legacy club Charleston Battery, new owner Eric Bowman is making no friends in the media after his club pulled credentials from the Charleston Post and Courier newspaper over a pretty innocuous e-mail. Naturally, the USL will suffer some of the bad press that’s going to follow, and that’s not fair.

Charleston Battery restores Post and Courier’s press credentials Post & Courier
The Battery revoked the paper’s media credentials on Thursday, citing an email sent by a Post and Courier business reporter inquiring about a lawsuit filed against team owner Eric Bowman.

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2016 NWSL Preview: Portland Thorns FC The Equalizer
The biggest splash won’t be felt until midseason.  After much speculation the Thorns and French midfielder Amandine Henry agreed to terms on a deal that will see the dynamic midfielder head to Portland after her Lyon contract runs out in early June.

NWSL: Microsoft is named Seattle Reign’s jersey sponsorSoccer America
The NWSL’s Seattle Reign FC has signed Microsoft as its jersey sponsor and presenting partner for the 2016 season, replacing Moda Health. Microsoft is the highest-profile jersey sponsor an NWSL club has landed. It has an agreement with MLS’s Sounders to have its Xbox logo on their jerseys, a deal in place since the club’s MLS launch in 2009.

Women’s Olympics Soccer Tournament Draw SetKeeper Notes
The process and procedures for the 2016 Rio Olympics Women’s Soccer Tournament have been released by FIFA. Twelve teams will play in the tournament after having qualified through their Confederations. The teams will be drawn into three groups of four teams, Group E, F and G (Groups A-D are the men’s tournament groups).

Sampson: Belgium will be toughest test on road to EurosThe FA
Mark Sampson is preparing his England side for their biggest test on the road to Euro 2017.

England 1 Belgium 1BBC Sport
Jill Scott’s late equaliser earned England women a point at home to Belgium in their Euro 2017 qualifier.

How much do women footballers earn? WSL salaries explainedManchester Evening News
Top earners can receive around £35,000 for the year, but there is a significant disparity between top and bottom and any middle may not be that useful to know.

Women’s soccer shows how far we’ve come since Title IX – and what battles remain – The Conversation
Five members of the women’s national soccer team recently filed a complaint alleging the sport’s governing body in the U.S. violated the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by paying them less than the men. Whether the women legally prevail, simply raising the issue could have a powerful impact on changing the culture that has allowed this pay discrepancy to fester.

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Stage set for a week of remarkable return legs in Europe TSN
During the early stages of the Borussia Dortmund/Liverpool match on Thursday, there was some confusion inside the broadcast truck. Jurgen Klopp, the former Dortmund boss, was shown on the screen alongside a caption reading “Thomas Tuchel, Dortmund manager.” Later in the half when Liverpool took the lead, the director cut to a shot of Klopp celebrating and the score bug incorrectly pointed out that Dortmund were leading 1-0.

Liverpool’s draw in Dortmund shows European resilience non-existent under previous regimesVavel
The Reds were fancied by few to get a result against Dortmund, but the indication is that they could be shocking teams for years to come.

Leicester City’s exploits break fans’ adherence to modern loyalty obsessionThe Guardian
These days football fans usually invest all their emotions in a single club but Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester squad have introduced some to the concept of a second team.

Weekend’s Premier League previewsBBC Sport
Read all the team news, MOTD commentator notes, quotes, graphics and stats for this weekend’s Premier League matches.

Premier League: from August to April – how every club’s mood has changed The Guardian
With the opening days’ fixtures reversed this weekend our writers look back to early August and gauge how each team compare to their pre-season targets.

Embarrassment vs. Juventus could spell the end for Mihajlovic at AC MilanESPN FC
Gazzetta dello Sport reports that a disappointing performance and defeat to Juventus at the San Siro on Saturday could spell the end for the Serbian tactician, with a whole host of coaches being linked as his successor.

Liga MX Talking Points: Herrera’s Azteca return, Pachuca vs. Tigres headline Round 13 Goal
The former Mexico manager taking his new team to face his old one and Tigres’ quest to get back in the victory column are the top storylines ahead of Liga MX Round 13.

Saint Petersburg’s World Cup Budget ProblemsFutbolgrad
In recent years, there has been much publicity about the money spent on Russian sporting events. The Sochi Olympics were the most expensive Winter Olympic Games ever organized, and the 2018 World Cup could become the most expensive World Cup to date.

Melbourne City lose again, Adelaide United lock in top-two finishSydney Morning Herald
Melbourne City has dropped into the elimination finals after a 2-0 loss to Adelaide United on Friday night.

A-League needs to reconsider staggered last round, says Lowe  – The Guardian
Perth coach Kenny Lowe says the A-League might need to consider playing all final-round matches at the same time to try to avoid mass restings in the future.

Guest column: ‘Plan U’ – Destroy FIFA, an excuse called Panama Papers Inside World Football
A few months ago, FIFA – damaged goods already – “elected” a new president. The old regime had been duly dismantled, and renovation was on the agenda. An unlikely employee, two Mid Eastern Royals and two wishful thinkers stood in line to be crowned by the power that has no clout in football, but one that would run the game by the grace of US extraterritorialism. The employee won, or did he?

Swindon suspend players over alleged use of laughing gas Football League Paper
Swindon Town have suspended three of its players and initiated an investigation into alleged abuse of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.

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