BC Soccer News, Weekend, August 5-7, 2016


SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2016, 6:00 PM



Preview: New faces expected when Whitecaps FC visit second-place Colorado Rapids on Saturday Whitecaps FC
Expect to see a number of new faces when Vancouver Whitecaps FC return to MLS action on Saturday as they conclude a tough four-match road swing with a visit to second-place Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2016 MLS Match PreviewMLS
The Rapids saw their 15-game undefeated streak – tied for fifth-longest in MLS history – put to an end in their 5-1 loss at New York City FC on Saturday afternoon. It was the most goals allowed in a game by Colorado since a 5-1 loss at Real Salt Lake on Sept. 19, 2014. Coming into the match, the Rapids had allowed 14 goals for the entire 2016 season, over their first 20 games.

Scouting Report: Rapids look to continue home form against Vancouver Whitecaps FC Colorado Rapids
The Colorado Rapids return home to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park this weekend following their 5-1 loss to New York City FC. That loss ended the 15 match unbeaten streak, but the Rapids still have their unbeaten home record intact. Eight wins and three ties has given them 27 points so far, and the only team with more points at home this season is FC Dallas with 30.

Newcomer Giles Barnes dreams of “lifting a trophy” with Vancouver WhitecapsMLS
When Giles Barnes signed a new contract with the Houston Dynamo in December and was subsequently named club captain for this season, it seemed that the English-born Jamaican international’s future lay firmly in Texas.

Barnes hopes to be the finishing touch for the WhitecapsThe Province
Giles Barnes wasn’t shy when asked what he’ll bring to the Whitecaps. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to provide that finishing touch, that match-winner, as well as being a great teammate,” Barnes said on a Thursday conference call.

Barnes excited to join talented Whitecaps squadRed Nation Online
The Vancouver Whitecaps newest summer transfer addition spoke to the media via conference call this week and expressed his extreme excitement in joining the Whitecaps organization.

MLS Week 22 Preview: LA vs. RBNY, more Empire of Soccer
Major League Soccer keeps cooking over the weekend with a slab of nine games. It’s fair to say that the league saved the best for last with a Sunday night game between the Galaxy and Red Bulls. But there’s enough meat on the other match-ups to chew over until then.

MLS weekend preview: Alejandro Bedoya could be signing of the season – The Guardian
Plus: Dempsey to benefit from Lodeiro’s signing; fit and focused Altidore could come good; Rapids must get back on track; Red Bulls poised for summer surge.

Portland Timbers vs. Sporting KC: Desperate times in the City of Roses?Four Four Two
When we last previewed Portland, the Timbers were unbeaten in nine and above the West’s red line, giving us reason to think they were growing into last year’s Cup-winning form. ‘Are we seeing the teams that will fight for the West’s crown?’ we asked two weeks ago. With the LA Galaxy in town, the game felt like a conference final preview.

FC Dallas 2, Real Esteli 1 | CONCACAF Champions League Recap MLS
Real Esteli made them sweat for it on a sweltering evening in Frisco. But thanks to a late blast by Maynor Figueroa, FC Dallas pulled out a victory in the opening match of their 2016/17 CONCACAF Champions League campaign on Thursday night.

Return of Bernardello shores up Impact’s midfieldMontreal Gazette
The Montreal Impact drew for a ninth time in the club’s last 14 Major League Soccer games. That’s a lot of points dropped, but this latest draw is certainly not one to complain about.

Trabzonspor announces completion of Fabian Castillo dealSBI
After weeks of uncertainty and talk of the move being “dead”, Fabian Castillo’s move from MLS to Turkish club Trabzonspor is finally complete.

Seattle Sounders FC waive forward Andy CravenVavel
As the transition continues in Seattle, the second-year forward is the next to leave the Rave Green.

MLS roster rules need overhaul if youth development is to truly work for clubs here AFTN
Progression. It’s what every young footballer strives for at their club. A natural progression through the ranks from the academy to a pro contract to minutes with the reserves and then breaking through to the first team, before finally staying there. That’s how it works in many places all over the world, but it’s not that smooth a path in North America and in Major League Soccer in particular.

Travel woes: MLS needs to find ways to help away teams become more competitivethe11.ca
Last season, only one team was able to boast that it won as many as it lost on the road; the Vancouver Whitecaps went 7-7-3. In the 2013 and 2014 campaigns, only one team each season could boast a winning road record.

Frank Lampard wins MLS Player of the MonthEmpire of Soccer
July belonged to Frank Lampard as he scored six goals to lead New York City FC to four wins on the month. NYCFC sit in first place as a result and Lampard’s contributions were rewarded with him being voted MLS Player of the Month.

MLS franchise fees may hit $200m, Beckham’s Miami dream looks good businessInside World Football
David Beckham’s Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise option of $25 million looks very cheap with league officials indicating earlier this week that they were preparing to double franchise fees to $200 million.

Chicago Fire Soccer Team Silences Anti-Gay ChantInstinct Magazine
Nelson Rodriguez, general manager for Major League Soccer team Chicago Fire, put fans oon notice that the homophobic soccer chant “Puto” would no longer be tolerated and that fans using the chant would be removed.

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WolfPack Men’s Soccer Adds Depth (Parhar/Nakano) TRU Wolfpack
Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer coach John Antulov wanted to have a spirited, competitive training camp with all positions up for grabs.

Kamloops talent exploding onto TOFC soccer scene Kamloops This Week
The Thompson Okanagan Football Club (TOFC) will feature more than double the number of Kamloops players this season than it did in 2015-2016.

Campbell River soccer girls pivotal in helping Vancouver Island/Coast win silverBC Local News
Eight zones and their best female soccer players from all over B.C. were represented in three days of soccer at this year’s BC Summer Games.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: Vancouver Thunderbirds 4, Mid Isle Mariners 1, July 24, 2016 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Jay DeMerit launches Rise & Shine Captain’s Camp in Pemberton Rise & Shine Foundation
A captain is an individual who unifies teammates into one team.  A captain has to be well rounded to lead by example. At the Rise & Shine: Captains Camps, the curriculum is specifically built around creating a balance of elite soccer training on the field, and all encompassing life skills training off the field.

BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in ReviewBCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review.  The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach MandateBCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.

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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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SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2016, 11:00 AM


Canada’s women’s soccer team preps for Zimbabwe’s Mighty Warriors Globe and Mail
The day after a statement win over Australia in its Olympic opener, the Canadian women’s soccer team was back to business Thursday.

Canada Prove They Still Know How to Win in Dramatic Rio Olympic Opener Waking the Red
If nothing else, this Canadian women’s national team sure knows how to do things in a dramatic fashion. Four years ago in London, they played in arguably the best game in women’s soccer history, before winning the bronze medal with a late goal against France.

Canada flaunts depth, physicality in win over AustraliaEqualizer
Canada’s depth shone through against world No. 5 Australia in the Group F opening match for both teams at Rio 2016. Goal-scoring depth was on display with Beckie scoring the fastest goal in Olympic tournament history, just 20 seconds into the match. Shelina Zadorsky’s sending off forced coach John Herdman into making a defensive substitution in the 23rd minute. Rebecca Quinn came on, stepped up and showed that she is capable of playing important quality minutes against a top opponent.

Canada Soccer announces roster to defend CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 ChampionshipCSA
Canada Soccer has announced their 18-player roster for the 2016 CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship in Orlando, FL, USA. Canada will defend their title this coming 9-21 August, having won the inaugural competition in 2014.

Canada Para Soccer to face Japan for seventh placeCSA
Canada will face Japan in their final ranking match after a 2:3 a.e.t. loss to Northern Ireland at the 2016 IFCPF Qualification Tournament. Canada twice held the lead against Northern Ireland, but conceded the winning goal late in extra time of the 4 August match at the Vejen Idrætscenter in Vejen, Denmark.

Coaches attend Canada Soccer’s National B License course in HalifaxCSA
Canada Soccer’s second 2016 National B Coaching License course wrapped 31 July in Halifax, NS. Coaches from eight provincial associations were registered for the course that was hosted by Soccer Nova Scotia. Canada Soccer Director of Coaching Ray Clark and Staff Coach Sean Fleming were on hand to guide the intensive seven-day course that presents coaches with classroom and on-pitch learning opportunities.

African soccer gets inadvertent Twitter bump from Canadian militaryCBC
The Canadian military has told its members and followers on Twitter to stop using the hashtag #CAF — at least for the duration of the Rio Olympics. A new Twitter emoji sees Canadian military supporters unknowingly cheering African soccer players.

Erin McLeod: It’s time to Motivate a Nation! themotivenation.ca
After building a successful e-commerce (www.peaudeloup.com) and a physical retail store in West Vancouver (CAPOSHIE) Women’s National Team Goalkeeper Erin McLeod has decided after a series of misfortunate events it’s time to branch out on her own with her new inspiration project, Motive Nation, launching to the public on July 1st, online at www.themotivenation.ca.




SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2016, 3:00 PM



Derby Day: Reloaded Whitecaps FC 2 host red-hot Seattle Sounders FC 2 on SaturdayWhitecaps FC
It’s derby day at Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday when Whitecaps FC 2 expect to have a reloaded lineup against Cascadia rival Seattle Sounders FC 2.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 set to square off against Cascadia rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2Sounders FC
Seattle Sounders FC 2 are riding high after their fourth straight victory on Monday against Real Monarchs SLC. S2 claimed both their largest margin of victory in the 4-1 win and extended their longest win streak of the season thus far.

Rayo OKC coach steps down, Management Group Steps AwayNewsOK
Rayo OKC head coach Alen Marcina resigned Thursday in a flurry of surprising moves from the North American Soccer League expansion franchise. Sold Out Strategies, the operating management group of Rayo, has also left the organization.

Eddies set to face Puerto Rico FC in first-ever meeting between clubsFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (9W-3D-4L) travels to face Puerto Rico FC (1W-3D-3L), Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m. MT at Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel. The Eddies will be aiming for their tenth win of the North American Soccer League (NASL) season in the first-ever meeting between themselves and Puerto Rico FC.

O’Canada! Fury FC becoming Canada’s teamOttawa Fury
Last Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies not only marked the club’s third straight victory, but marked a defining moment in club history that saw Paul Dalglish feature six Canadians in his Starting XI with seven total earning minutes over the course of 90-minutes. The seven Canadians that featured for Fury FC included a trio of local products – Ottawa’s Eddie Edward and Jamar Dixon and Gatineau’s Maxim Tissot.

The Future Between the Colorado Rapids and Switchbacks: An Interview with AndJasonSezBurgundy Wave
The MLS Colorado Rapids and the USL Colorado Springs Switchbacks play exactly 75.3 miles away from each other along the I-25 Corridor. While the Rapids were one of the original MLS squads fielded in 1996, the Switchbacks are in their second year and making some noise near the top of the USL Western Conference.

Study says Louisville City FC needs new 10,000-seat stadiumWDRB
A new study says Louisville needs a stadium made for soccer if the sport is going to continue growing in the city.

Republic FC makes adjustments to stay in USL West contention Sacramento Bee
Adam Jahn was a valuable addition for Republic FC this season while playing on loan from the San Jose Earthquakes. So when San Jose traded the former Jesuit High School and Stanford star to the Columbus Crew on July 30, it forced Sacramento coach Paul Buckle to re-evaluate his thin roster.

Former FC Edmonton player and his brother facing drug, weapons chargesCTV News
Officials with Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) said Thursday that two Edmonton brothers, one of them a former player with FC Edmonton, were facing a range of charges following a drug and weapon seizure.

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Day 1: NWSL players making their mark on the Rio OlympicsMLS MultiPlex
The National Women’s Soccer players performing at the Rio Olympics have indeed left a lasting impression after Match Day 1 with many more sure to follow.

NBCSN averaged 1.3 million viewers for the U.S. women’s soccer team’s 2-0 victory over New Zealand yesterday on the opening day of soccer competition at the Rio Olympics – topping by 107% the viewership for the team’s 2012 London Olympics opener (629,000 viewers for U.S.-France).

Reds target Conti Tyres Cup after season of transitionThe FA
Liverpool midfielder Sophie Ingle believes winning The FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup would be just reward for how the club have coped with their season of transition.

Hegerberg, Henry, Marozsán are women’s nomineesUEFA
Ada Hegerberg, Amandine Henry and Dzsenifer Marozsán are the three nominees for the 2015/16 UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe Award, with the final vote on 25 August.

Editorial: The U.S. women’s soccer team is playing to win on — and off — the fieldWashington Post
ON WEDNESDAY, the highly decorated U.S. women’s national soccer team began its most recent quest for Olympic gold, but that’s not the only contest its members face. The players recently launched a public campaign for equal pay, using their widely followed social media platforms to advertise gender inequities the U.S. Soccer Federation chooses to ignore.

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How to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC Soccer Web
The Rio Olympics offer yet another feast of football in this busy summer of 2016. In the past, Canadian viewers were out of luck if they wanted to see any matches; especially from the men’s tournament. While Canada’s Women’s team will be the focus of television coverage again this year, there’s still ways to look beyond our national side to a lot of the great soccer action the Olympics have to offer.

Rio Olympics: Men’s Soccer, Day 1Soccer America
Stranded in Atlanta, Nigeria didn’t arrive in Manaus for its opening game of the Olympic men’s soccer competition until six hours before kickoff. If its players were suffering any ill effects of the 3,000-mile flight, they didn’t show. Nigeria beat Japan, 5-4, getting four goals fromOghenekaro Etebo.

Neymar and Brazil draw blank in Rio 2016 opener with South AfricaThe Guardian
Brazil were held to a goalless draw by 10-man South Africa on the opening day of the men’s Olympic football tournament in Brasilia.

Champions League: Man City face Steaua Bucharest; Celtic meet Hapoel Beer Sheva BBC Sport
Manchester City will face Romanian side Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League play-off round.

Community Shield will be no friendly, insists Ranieri Four Four Two
Claudio Ranieri insists both Leicester City and Manchester United will not be treating the Community Shield as a friendly when they do battle at Wembley on Sunday.

PSG get Marco Verratti boost for French Super Cup but without fourESPN FC
New PSG coach Unai Emery will be without captain Thiago Silva, Edinson Cavani, Adrien Rabiot and summer signing Grzegorz Krychowiak for the Trophee des Champions clash with Lyon at Worthersee Stadion in Klagenfurt, Austria.

James Milner retires from England duty after discussions with Sam AllardyceThe Guardian
James Milner has confirmed his retirement from international football following discussions with the England manager, Sam Allardyce. The Liverpool midfielder made his senior debut in 2009 before going on to make 61 appearances for his country.

EFL 2016-17: Supporters angry about English Football League away ticketsBBC Sport
A spokesman for the Football Supporters’ Federation, Liam Thompson, says some clubs outside the top flight “treat away fans as an opportunity to make as much money as they possibly can”.

The Premier League soap opera hasn’t wasted a day getting ready for 2016-17ESPN FC
What used to feel like an eternity between May and August now has barely a wasted day. You can almost feel the players’ fatigue as they attempt to shake off their Euro 2016 or Copa America exertions by running themselves into the ground halfway across the globe to impress a new manager with new training methods and, crucially, a shopping list of squad replacements.

Messi left off UEFA Best Player award shortlist; Ronaldo in Sportsnet
Cristiano Ronaldo is in and Lionel Messi is out of a three-player shortlist for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award for last season.

FIFA ethics panel clears Gianni Infantino in misconduct probe ESPN FC
FIFA ethics prosecutors have cleared president Gianni Infantino in case of alleged misconduct over use of private flights.

Wayne Rooney’s home targeted by burglars during testimonial BBC
Wayne Rooney’s home was targeted by burglars while he was playing in his testimonial match at Old Trafford.

Is making a profit everything in pro sports?Soccer America
As a young engineer when I learned that the best product was the one that sold the best — hence marketed well — and not the best designed or the technically flawless one, I was flabbergasted. How could be the best designed product could not be the best one in the market? As an engineer, I had trouble comprehending this fact, but c’est la vie.

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