VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
COLORADO RAPIDS vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #21
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017, 7:00 PM
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Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps | 2017 MLS Match Preview – MLS
Conventional logic suggests the Vancouver Whitecaps should use Saturday’s visit to the Colorado Rapids as a springboard for a late-season push after their 4-0 thrashing of FC Dallas in Week 21.
Caps adjust attitude to avoid ‘trap’ in altitude against Rapids – The Province
Vancouver plans to attack the Rapids in Commerce City, Colo., this weekend and avoid any kind of letdown after dismantling FC Dallas last week.
Tale of the Tape: Saeid seeks to create chances in the attack and slow Laba – Colorado Rapids
The Colorado Rapids face Vancouver Whitecaps FC at home this Saturday, no doubt seeking to avenge the 1-0 loss back on May 5 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
MLS Admin and How it Could Impact the Whitecaps – Eighty-Six Forever
TAM! GAM! Promotion! Relegation! Litigation!
Vancouver Whitecaps: What is the best eleven? – Soccer Shorts
As we approach the business end of the Major League Soccer season now is the time for coaches to look back on the first half of the season and try to glean a modicum of order from the inevitable chaos that has gone before.
MLS Week 22: What to Watch For – Empire of Soccer
Week 22 in Major League Soccer will be unlike any of the first 21 weeks … or years in league history. Enter VAR (video assistant referee). Before we go to the videotape, the game is still about the players on the field — at least for now.
New York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls | 2017 MLS Match Preview – MLS
Is the tide of the New York Derby turning? It would’ve seemed that way after New York City FC’s impressive 2-0 win in the first of three league meetings with the New York Red Bulls this year, but the red side of the city has come roaring back to life in the four games since and finds itself in great position to re-assert its dominance at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
In surprising revelation, Higuain says 2017 will be final season with Crew – Columbus Dispatch
The tenure of the third-leading scorer in Crew SC history could be coming to an end after six seasons. Midfielder Federico Higuain, 32, told The Dispatch on Thursday that the 2017 season will be his last in a Crew uniform.
Young stars show MLS’ growth but next step is for league to let them leave – ESPN FC
In the past, Major League Soccer clung to what it had with white-knuckled fists. If you were a promising young player — particularly a promising young American player — good luck convincing the powers that be to let you chase your European dreams.
2017 MLS All-Star Game vs. Real Madrid sets new TV viewership record – MLS
Wednesday night’s 2017 MLS All-Star Game, which featured a dramatic finish vs. European champions Real Madrid in front of a sellout crowd in Chicago, will go down as one of the biggest soccer events in league history.
Sacramento a sure bet to get Major League Soccer team? How city broke from the pack. – Sacramento Bee
Although professional sports leagues routinely throw last-second curveballs that ruin expansion plans, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber appears to be sticking to his script. Miami is within a toenail of the finish line, Sacramento is only a few feet back and breathing hard, trailed by a handful of cities scrambling to break out of the pack.
New Hope For St. Louis Soccer – KMOX
The soccer stadium that St. Louis voters shot down in April may be coming back – and this time without a tax hike.
Impact signs Canadian international midfielder Piette to 2.5-year deal – CTV
The Montreal Impact have added to the local talent on their roster with the signing of Canadian national team midfielder Samuel Piette.
Lack of South Americans on Toronto FC not by design – Sportsnet
Like a lot of locker-rooms in pro sports, Toronto FC’s is a melting pot of players from around the world.
Orlando City defender Scott Sutter feels at home in Central Florida – Orlando Sentinel
Going on the road with a team, especially in a country as vast as the United States, can be tough. But after joining Orlando City this season, defender Scott Sutter has not been the only one who’s had to deal with lots of travel.
Video Review 101: Everything you need to know about video replay in soccer – MLS
Video Review will officially be introduced in all Major League Soccer matches beginning August 5, 2017. The video explainer above presents a one-stop tutorial on all the basic concepts of Video Review and how it works.
MLS video review should stop the whining – Toronto Sun
I’ve been to too many locker rooms and post-game news conferences where refereeing isn’t just the topic of conversation. It’s the entire story. As a result, you’d think video review, which will be implemented across MLS beginning this weekend, would be unanimously adored given the number of complaints heard around MLS on a weekly basis. But it’s not.
BC SOCCER NEWS
BC Soccer Air Quality Guidelines – BCSA
With wildfires polluting the air throughout the province, BC Soccer Assoc. has added Air Quality guidelines to its Good Practice Guides. They recommend postponing matches when the Air Quality Health Index is at 7 or higher.
Current BC Air Quality Conditions – Government of British Columbia
Find the current Air Quality Health Index conditions for your region here.
2017 NCAA DII MEN RANKINGS – PRESEASON – United Soccer Coaches
SFU start the preseason ranked #13 in the first coaches poll of 2017.
Demian and newcomer Ribeiro named to Canada U-15 roster for CONCACAF Championship tournament – Whitecaps FC
Canada Soccer announced on Thursday that Whitecaps FC Residency defender Nathan Demian, and incoming Residency player Tomas Ribeiro (pictured) have been called up for the 2017 CONCACAF Boys’ Under-15 Championship in Bradenton, Florida. The 18 players have been selected for the week-long confederation championship that runs August 13 to 19.
Remember the fun in kids soccer – Comox Valley Record
Importantly, the start of the soccer season brings great weather, beautiful grass fields and a lot of motivation from players, parents and coaches. Make sure to enjoy this opportunity and allow the children to explore and learn for themselves with the support of their family.
Pinnacles FC players to get high level coaching – Summerland Review
Pinnacles FC Excelsior Academy teams will get coaching from Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame members Aug. 14 to 18.
Langley duo selected for elite soccer program – Langley Times
Two Langley teenagers have been invited to join a prestigious youth soccer program. Reese Moffatt (2000 birth year) and Mikayla Tupper (2003) are among the 36 girls named to the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Super REX (Regional Excel Centre) program.
‘Caps set to open 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF U-13 Champions League – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are set to compete in the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF U-13 Champions League, which kicks off this Saturday and runs through August 12.
Senior soccer tryouts start next week – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Tryouts for three of the Cowichan Valley Soccer Association’s senior teams will get underway next week.
Comox Valley men’s soccer team needs players – Comox Valley Record
Comox Valley United’s Division 3 men’s team is preparing for its second season in the Vancouver Island Soccer League.
Castlegar soccer volunteer recognized for many years of service – Castlegar News
A long-time staple in the local soccer scene was recognized for his contributions at a ceremony Friday night. Carlos Amaral has been involved in Castlegar soccer for over 40 years in many capacities including minor soccer and adult soccer, president of the West Kootenay Men’s League, head referee and organizing tournaments.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.
PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.
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.
2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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!
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
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 Syndication – BC 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.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Québec wins gold at Canada Games Women’s Soccer Tournament – CSA
Québec struck gold at the 2017 Canada Games Women’s Soccer Tournament. La belle province won 1:0 after extra time over provincial neighbours Ontario, with Québec captain Marika Guay providing the heroics just three minutes into the extra period.
Three Cape Breton players earn soccer bronze with 1-0 win over Alberta – Cape Breton Post
Unfortunately for Becca LeBlanc, she was Nova Scotia’s best cheerleader on the sidelines for her team’s bronze-medal win in women’s soccer at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg. The 15-year-old leftwing from Sydney injured her knee in the previous game, but was beaming with pride as her side defeated Alberta 1-0 in the bronze medal match on Thursday.
From Edmonton to Spain to Gibraltar: The unusual footballing path of goalkeeper Will Sykes – the11.ca
So, you’re in your first season with a new club. The manager has worked with you in the past, and signed you because he believes in your ability. You get the starting keeper’s job.
Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 November – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC FC vs. WFC2
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017, 8:00 PM
PAPA MURPHY’S PARK, SACRAMENTO, CA.
WFC2’s Wynne, Bevan Selected by New Zealand – USL
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 defender Deklan Wynne and forward Myer Bevan, and Reno 1868 FC defender Kip Colvey have been named in New Zealand’s squad for a pair of World Cup Qualifying contests in September that was announced on Thursday night.
Match Preview: Fury FC vs Bethlehem Steel FC – Ottawa Fury
Fury FC look to extend home unbeaten streak as playoff race heats up.
Alan Koch extension bookends busy week for FC Cincinnati – Cincinnati.com
As Futbol Club Cincinnati picked up steam this summer, particularly in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Alan Koch became a sought-after commodity on the coaching market.
USL Announces Regular Season Expansion – USL
The United Soccer League, one of the most prominent Division II leagues in the world, announced on Thursday the league’s regular season will expand to 34 games per team in the 2018 season, and the regular season will be extended to 31 weeks.
Pro-Rel to CAS: The hurdles proponents face – Soccer America
Pro-rel is a subject that will not go away. The latest: the NASL’s Miami FC and amateur Kingston Stockade FC of the NPSL are taking U.S. Soccer, Concacaf and FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, filing a claim to require promotion and relegation be adopted across all U.S. divisions.
Does U.S. Soccer’s League Set-up Violate FIFA Rules? – Medium
FIFA has not indicated that the U.S. system violates its promotion and relegation rule. But at least on the surface, there is conflict between the U.S. format and the language in the rule. So this begs the question: Does U.S. Soccer’s league set-up run afoul of FIFA’s rules?
SF Deltas room together in Nob Hill apartment complex – SF Chronicle
It’s Wednesday afternoon and some pro soccer players are sitting around a small kitchen table, immersed in an intense card game similar to poker. San Francisco Deltas team captain Nana Attakora shuffles his cards with his thumbs, patiently waiting for his teammates to make a move.
New challenge, new home for Nashville SC coach from Nolensville – Nolensville Homepage
Gary Smith is building a new soccer team in Nashville and a new life for his family in Nolensville. The Harlow, England, native was named coach of the Nashville Soccer Club in mid-April. Nashville, a United Soccer League expansion team, will debut in 2018.
USL PHOTOS: WFC2 3, Rio Grande Valley FC 3, August 2, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Netherlands v Denmark: Women’s EURO final facts – UEFA
Hosts the Netherlands and Denmark are both in their first UEFA Women’s EURO final and one will become only the fourth different champions 17 days on from a group encounter.
Netherlands 3-0 England: The Dutch end Lionesses’ Euro 2017 dreams – Vavel
Goals from Vivienne Miedema, Danielle van de Donk and a Millie Bright own goal sees the hosts reach their first ever final, where they will take on Denmark.
Women’s Euro 2017: England left in tears at heartbreaking loss as Mark Sampson hits out at referee Stephanie Frappart – The Independent
Sampson was furious on the touchline when a number of penalty appeals were not given and he believed that they cost the Lionesses the chance to reach a first ever major final.
Denmark into maiden EURO final on penalties over Austria – The Equalizer
Denmark were unable to solve the riddle of Austria’s defense but after grinding out two hours of scoreless soccer—aided by a bit of good luck in the first half—advanced to the final match of the European Championship on the strength of two Stine Lyyke Petersen saves in penalty kicks.
England women: ‘We’ve come up short and I need time to reflect’ says Mark Sampson – BBC Sport
England head coach Mark Sampson said he needed “time to reflect” on his future after his team lost to the Netherlands in the Women’s Euro 2017 semi-finals.
England’s Lionesses smash TV audience record in Euro 2017 semi-final – The Guardian
England’s crunch Euro 2017 semi-final against Holland drew the biggest ever UK audience for a women’s football match.
Euro 2017: Steffi Jones and a watershed moment for Germany – Vavel
After Norway’s unspectacular exit from Euro 2017 I wrote a defence of Martin Sjögren, the central theme of the piece was that he needs time, of course with Germany’s swift exit from the quarter-finals many have called for Steffi Jones’ head.
VIDEO: UEFA TV Streaming all Women’s EURO 2017 Matches – YouTube
You can watch the entire Euro 2017 tournament live on Uefa’s YouTube Channel.
Australia rout Brazil 6-1 to win Tournament of Nations – Prost Amerika
Australia won the inaugural Tournament of Nations on Thursday, with a 6-1 rout against Brazil at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
USWNT cap off Tournament of Nations with victory over Japan – SBI
The U.S. Women’s National Team finished the Tournament of Nations on a high, beating frequent foe Japan, 3-0, on Thursday at the StubHub Center.
Reign FC prepare for first of two straight against Courage – GoalWA
his Saturday, Seattle Reign FC face the North Carolina Courage in the first match of a home and home doubleheader between the two teams. It is the second of three matches between the two squads, with the next game set for Sunday, August 13 at Memorial Stadium.
Sky Blue Faces Last-Place Washington – Empire of Soccer
Sky Blue hopes to overturn old habits when they meet the Washington Spirit as the National Women’s Soccer League returns to the field after the international break with a game Friday night at Yurcak Field at Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J.
VIDEO: Lloyd does not like the easy road to success – ESPN W.
Carli Lloyd talks about her soccer career and what has helped bring her success on the pitch.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Neymar to PSG: Fifpro demands investigation into ‘anti-competitive’ transfer rules – The Guardian
Neymar’s world-record €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain has encouraged international players’ association Fifpro to demand an investigation into “anti-competitive, unjustified and illegal” Fifa transfer rules.
Barcelona refusing to pay Neymar contract bonus – NBC Sports
Following Paris Saint-Germain’s signing of Brazilian superstar Neymar, his previous club Barcelona is making life difficult for its former attacker.
Milan CEO won’t rule out moving for Falcao or Ibrahimovic – SN
Former Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Monaco striker Radamel Falcao are being considered by AC Milan, according to CEO Marco Fassone.
AC Milan to face Macedonian side Shkendija in Europa League – Sportsnet
AC Milan’s return to European competition after a three-year absence continues with a Europa League playoff against Macedonian side Shkendija.
UEFA Champions League play-off draw – UEFA
Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp will return to Germany to face Hoffenheim while two of Europe’s great entertainers will meet as Napoli take on Nice. Check out all ten ties.
Indian Super League: Tottenham Hotspur Legend Robbie Keane Signs For ATK – NDTV
Two-time champions ATK on Friday announced the signing of Irish football legend Robert David “Robbie” Keane for the fourth season of Indian Super League scheduled to be held in November.
The ugly face of Polish football. Israeli team staff attacked in anti-semitic incident – Inside World Football
Masked hooligans attacked staff members travelling with an Israeli team following a friendly match in Poland on Wednesday in what the Israeli Embassy in Warsaw described as an “anti-Semitic incident.”
Arsenal owner Kroenke bans trophy-hunting bloodsports from TV channel – The Guardian
Arsenal’s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, has ordered all big-game hunting content to be removed from a new online TV service run by one of his companies after a wave of criticism.
Juan Mata: A Common Goal – The Players’ Tribune
Today, I am launching something that I hope will help to change the world, even if only in some small way. And I hope that other footballers around the world will help me in this goal. But before I tell you about it, I must tell you what football means to me.
The FBI vs. FIFA – ESPN Magazine
The exclusive account of how a small band of federal agents and an outsized corrupt official brought down the sports world’s biggest governing body.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca