BC Soccer News, Weekend, July 14-16, 2017

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2017, 7:30 PM

Meet Alphonso Davies, the 16-year-old Gold Cup sensation being linked to EuropeFour Four Two
The first player born in the 2000s to play in the MLS is turning heads for both club and country.
Supporters Week – The Vancouver SouthsidersEighty-Six Forever
As we await the return of the Vancouver Whitecaps to MLS action, and collectively ponder the Gold Cup shenanigans of Flourent Malouda, our Supporters Week series continues as today’s focus shifts to, well, the south side of BC Place and the aptly named Vancouver Southsiders. Geography aside, there’s certainly much more to the group than their location off the pitch.

Galaxy reportedly close to record deal with Zlatan IbrahimovicLA Times
The Galaxy may be nearing a deal with Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic that would make the former Manchester United striker the highest paid player in MLS history.

New England Revolution 0, NY Red Bulls 1 | 2017 US Open Cup Match Recap MLS
Bradley Wright-Phillips struck in the 87th minute to lift the New York Red Bulls to a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals at Harvard University’s Jordan Field Thursday night.

Red Bulls Advance to Open Cup SemifinalsEmpire of Soccer
The New York Red Bulls advanced to the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the first time in 14 years, beating the New England Revolution, 1-0, in Boston on Thursday night on Bradley Wright-Phillips’ winner in the 87th minute.

Toronto FC inks coach Greg Vanney, GM Tim Bezbatchenko to multiple-year extensionsToronto Sun
Ex-MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke once stated Greg Vanney would be the first coach in Toronto FC’s history to receive a second contract. He was right.

Toronto FC move swiftly to sign wing-back Nicolas HaslerWaking the Red
It took Toronto FC just three days from the opening of MLS’ summer transfer window to fill their biggest need.

Impact lands left-back Shaun Francis in trade with Earthquakes Montreal Gazette
The Montreal Impact added depth at left back with the acquisition of Shaun Francis from the San Jose Earthquakes on Thursday.

TFC’s Steven Beitashour recalls anxious drive to hospital after injuring pancreasToronto Star
“I figure I can (finish) the game, I can drive myself,” Beitashour said with a laugh. The injury, which he sustained in a June 27 game, is more often seen in car crashes or stabbings.

Months after shocking trade, A.J. DeLaGarza feeling at home with surging DynamoSBI
From the outside, it’s a bit easy to get detached from the business of sports. Players are often described as pieces on a chessboard, and that chessboard is one that sees many fulfill their childhood dreams no matter where they land or what they face along the way.

A New York Soccer Story: Arun BasuljevicEmpire of Soccer
Some people have said that soccer is much like chess. They are both games where players compete for territory, try to impose their strategy and will on the opposition, and, of course … win. So perhaps the New York Red Bulls knew something about Arun Basuljevic that few other teams knew — the midfielder from Mahopac, N.Y., was a near-prodigy at the chessboard at the ripe young age of 8.

Supporters Week: Where is the Line?Eighty-Six Forever
It’s an important question to ask when it comes to supporters culture. The world is full of shades of grey which makes it tough to set down a hard set of rules for fan behaviour. As a matter of fact i’ve even changed my opinion a few times as i’ve written this piece. So let’s ask the important question: where is the line?

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3, New York City FC 2, July 5, 2017BC Soccer Web
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Stoke City FC Coaches at Kamloops Youth Soccer High Performance School


Whitecaps U16s look to find another “ruthless period” as they get set to face Atlanta United in USSDA semi-finalsAFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps U16s are out to make some history this weekend. It’s the first time that the ‘Caps 16s group has made the semi-finals of the USSDA playoffs. The U18s have been there twice before, making the USSDA Championship game in 2012 and 2016, and suffering close, heartbreaking losses to FC Dallas on both occasions. Will it be a case of third time lucky for the ‘Caps this weekend?

Sawicki’s No. 6 heads to Japan for first pro soccer contractUVic
For five years University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer stand out Jaclyn Sawicki (2010-2015) dawned the number six jersey and now the four-time Canada West First Team All-Star is wearing the very same number with Chifure AS Elfen Saitama, a top-division club in Saitama, Japan. The 24-year-old midfielder from Coquitlam, B.C. relocated to Japan in early July and is joining the club mid-way through their season.

Timberwolves make a Swift signingPrince George Citizen
Neil Sedgwick is ahead of the game. Even though the coach of the UNBC Timberwolves women’s soccer team is currently preparing for the 2017 Canada West Universities Athletic Association season, he has already recruited a key player for 2018. The UNBC athletics department announced the addition of midfielder Kiana Swift on Thursday.

Highlanders Aiming To Finish PDL Season On A High NoteHighlanders FC
The 2017 Premier Development League (PDL) season will wrap up this weekend for Highlanders FC (4W-0D-8L), with two more matches scheduled against Seattle Sounders U-23 (6W-1D-6L, 7:00 pm), July 14 at Centennial Stadium and at Calgary Foothills U-23 (8W-3D-2L, 1:00 pm) on July 16 in Calgary.

TSS Rovers’ inaugural PDL season wraps up, but Canada-wide recruitment plans have “already begun” for next year AFTN
The key thing is to send fans home happy. With a smile on their face and memories to cherish, making them want to come back next season and already looking forward to the next campaign. TSS Rovers managed to do that at Swangard Stadium on Wednesday night, beating Seattle Sounders U23 3-2 thanks to a stoppage time winner, in a victory that ended the Sounders postseason hopes.

Tri-Cities teams mine medals at soccer provincialsTri-City News
A number of teams from the Tri-Cities struck gold at last weekend’s provincial A and B soccer championships.

The meaning of soccerThe Coast Reporter
We would like to give a big shout out to the local youth soccer association. Watching our son play his last spring league soccer game on a sunny Friday evening at Shirley Macey and realizing it was a “last time,” we fondly absorbed what soccer has meant to our family over the past 14 years.

BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book RecommendationsBC 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.

2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in ReviewBCSA
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
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2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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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!

To our Readers: A Choice BC Soccer Web
Soccer has brought us to the United States many times. It’s a great place with decent people. We especially look forward to our Cascadia trips to Seattle and Portland. They’re incredible cities with wonderful supporters. That’s why it was so disheartening to see chaos and fear take hold in the airports and borders of our neighbours to the south.

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.

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FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017, 7:00 PM

Episode 209 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Ora Galora featuring Octavio Zambrano, Milan Borjan, and Junior Hoilett) AFTN
Canada are top of the world! Well, top of their Gold Cup group, so that’s the next best thing, and not as cold.

Canada in control heading into final group stage match against Honduras at CONCACAF Gold CupCSA
Group leaders Canada can book their spot to the quarter-finals with a positive CONCACAF Gold Cup result on Friday night. Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will face rivals Honduras in the final match of the group stage in another importance test against one of CONCACAF’s top teams.

Canada on the verge of advancing to Gold Cup quarter-finals Sportsnet
Canada plays Honduras on Friday night with a win or a draw ensuring its passage through to the knockout round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Even a loss might enough for the Reds to advance, depending on how the other round-robin groups play out.

Florent Malouda inclusion forces French Guiana to forfeit Gold Cup match SN
CONCACAF have enforced a stiff penalty on French Guiana for fielding Florent Malouda in a Gold Cup group game, handing Honduras a 3-0 win for the fixture that had finished as a draw.

Canada not thinking about French Guiana situation ahead of Honduras gameMLS
It may have seemed unfathomable prior to the 2017 Gold Cup, but Canada enter Friday’s encounter with rival Honduras with a shot of winning Group A.

2017 League1 Ontario Women’s Mid-Season All-Stars Announced League1 Ontario
In advance of the 2017 Women’s All-Star Match, League1 Ontario has announced the 2017 Women’s Mid-Season League1 Ontario All-Stars, comprised of a first-team eleven and a 13-player strong second team.

Canada Soccer looking for candidates to serve on the Nominations CommitteeCSA
It is preferred that candidates shall be resident in one of the following regions: Québec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, British Columbia, and Yukon.

Sports-streaming platform DAZN expected to expand into CanadaGlobe and Mail
Billionaire Len Blavatnik’s year-old quest to build the Netflix of sports will take its first step into North America with the introduction of his DAZN streaming platform in Canada, according to people familiar with the matter.

Sigma FC: Mo’ Molham, Mo’ ProblemsNorthern Starting XI
Well that was a nice surprise. Despite the long GO train up to Aurora, and Highland Park being in the middle of nowhere it was actually a delightful little ground. Aurora FC normally play down the road at the high school but I’m glad it was moved to here for this game.

Whitecaps FC camp a learning experience for everyoneLethbridge Herald
Local soccer players have been privy to some professional pointers this week. The Vancouver Whitecaps FC Camp hit the pitch for a pair of sessions Thursday afternoon at the Servus Sports Centre, the first in the morning for youths U7 to U12 and the second in the afternoon for the U13 to U16 athletes, giving potential future MLS players the chance to rub elbows with the pros they aspire to be.

Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 NovemberCSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.

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SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017, 3:00 pm

Miller looks to add players to FC Edmonton’s roster; says he plans to make contact with Fordycethe11.ca
If FC Edmonton had to face the New York Cosmos Thursday, coach Colin Miller would only have 13 healthy Eddies who’d be eligible to dress for the game.

Los Dos, Roughnecks Finish LevelUSL
Tulsa Roughnecks FC overcame a two-goal halftime deficit to earn a 2-2 draw at the LA Galaxy II on Thursday in Western Conference play at StubHub Track & Field Stadium.

Danny Deakin helps OCB earn 1-1 draw with rival Tampa Bay Rowdies Orlando Sentinel
Danny Deakin’s stoppage-time penalty kick salvages draw for OCB An unlikely hero emerged for Orlando City B in a midseason rematch with the USL Lions’ I-4 rivals.

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Europe seeks its latest footballing heroinesFIFA
The wait is finally over! The UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 kicks-off in the Netherlands on Sunday, as the hosts take on Norway. This year, for the first time, 16 teams will battle it out for European glory and the chance to bring Germany’s era of dominance to an end.

England Lionesses dream of landing first major trophy at Euro 2017 The Guardian
After finishing third at the 2015 World Cup, Mark Sampson’s squad launch their European championship campaign against Scotland in Utrecht on Wednesday.

Women’s Euro 2017: How has women’s football progressed across Europe?BBC Sport
It is only four years since the last Women’s Euros ended with Germany as champions. Yet between then and now, and with Euro 2017 about to start, the European women’s game has changed to the point that it is scarcely recognisable.

Orlando Pride star Marta handles lofty expectations with easeOrlando Sentinel
Marta is already the Pride’s all-time leading scorer with eights goals in 12 games. While her goal-scoring return has already made club history, Marta feels she can provide more quality in front of goal.

Portland Thorns remain hopeful that Tobin Heath can return to club in time for the NWSL playoffsOregon Live
Portland Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath has been continuing her rehabilitation from a lingering back injury away from Portland with the U.S. Women’s National Team staff.

NWSL fines coaches, player for referee commentsBent Musket
After a weekend of NWSL action that saw multiple cards and complaints about referees, the league announced it has handed down fines to two coaches and a player.

Women’s World Cup 2019: Prenton Park chosen for England’s first qualifier v RussiaBBC Sport
England will begin their 2019 Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign against Russia at Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park on 19 September.

The World According to Weimer: When I’m 64Empire of Soccer
Since I became a professional soccer player, I have had the pleasure of entertaining many interesting questions from people. What’s it like being a professional athlete? What’s your real job? When are you going to stop playing? Are you friends with Alex Morgan? What’s up with Hope Solo? Bro, I don’t know. Ask her yourself. Man, I strongly dislike when people ask me when I’m going to be done playing.

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Gold Cup Rewind: Mexico settles for scoreless draw with Jamaica, El Salvador tops CuracaoSBI
With Pompilio Paiz directing Mexico on the bench, El Tri delivered a lackluster performance in the Mile-High City.

El Tri get shutdown by JamaicaProst Amerika
It was not the result Mexico were looking for in their second match of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. And thanks to the disappointing final score few will remember that Mexico played some of its best football under Colombian manager Juan Carlos Osorio. El Tri tried and tried for 90 minutes but were unable to break down the Jamaican defense that has earned a second consecutive shutout in the Gold Cup.

Keisuke Honda joins Mexican club Pachuca after AC Milan exitESPN FC
Honda, 31, had been a free agent after parting ways with AC Milan at the end of last season and had recently been training with Orange County SC amid links to Major League Soccer clubs.

Japan star Kagawa extends Dortmund contract until 2020Metro
Japan star Shinji Kagawa has extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund contract by two years until June 2020. Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says “Shinji feels a very strong connection to this club, the city and our fans.”

Italy defender Bonucci nears move from Juventus to AC MilanSportsnet
Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci is close to completing a transfer from Juventus to rival AC Milan that could signal a shift in the balance of power in Serie A.

Kyle Walker for £50m? Collective madness has gripped the Premier LeagueThe Guardian
How are historians going to explain a society that has lived under austerity for seven years yet smiles benignly at a decent right-back going for £50m?

Barcelona opens new chapter with Ernesto Valverde, another Cruyff connectionSoccer America
Barcelona, which started its preseason training on Wednesday, arrives in the USA next week for three games, beginning with a July 22 match against Juventus in New Jersey. That will be Barcelona’s first game with new coach Ernesto Valverde in charge. Who?

Ajax paired with Nice in Champions League qualifyingSportsnet
Four-time European champion Ajax will play away first at French side Nice in the Champions League third qualifying round.

Scottish side Hibernian in Champions League draw after UEFA errorESPN FC
Despite playing in the second tier last season, Hibs came out of the pot in Friday’s draw for the third qualifying round of Europe’s premier club competition.

UEFA Europa League third qualifying round drawUEFA
Seven-time European Cup winners AC Milan will travel to Romania for their maiden UEFA Europa League fixture following the third qualifying round draw in Nyon.

Kerzhakov hangs up his bootsFIFA
Russia and Zenit Saint Petersburg’s all-time top scorer Alexander Kerzhakov has called time on his playing career, retiring after 16 years that encompassed two spells at the club and two trips to the FIFA World Cup.

Sin-bins: FA announces 32 leagues to begin pilot scheme in 2017-18BBC Sport
The Football Association has confirmed 32 grassroots leagues in England will trial sin-bins in the 2017-18 season.

Full List: The World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams 2017Forbes
Seven football clubs make the top 50 list for 2017.

The day Aberdeen and Wolves played for the US football championshipThe Guardian
Fifty years ago this week, the United Soccer Association title was decided in a 6-5 thriller. The teams in action were even more remarkable than the scoreline.

Dundee lose against team of 100 schoolchildrenESPN FC
Dundee suffered a heavy defeat in their first game of the preseason schedule, though in fairness they were ever so slightly outnumbered by their opponents. As part of a family fun day to launch the club’s new away kit, the Dees squared off against a team of 100 local schoolchildren.

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