BC Soccer News, Weekend, July 15-17, 2016




Whitecaps FC, Orlando City SC play to thrilling 2-2 draw at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8W-8L-5D) and Orlando City SC (4W-5L-10D) played to a thrilling 2-2 draw on Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd. It was a match that had just about everything, including some highlight-reel saves, a missed penalty, and a Major League Soccer debut for 15-year-old Alphonso Davies.

Preview: Whitecaps FC host Orlando City SC for the first time Saturday night at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
After a 2-0 midweek win over Real Salt Lake, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8W-8L-4D) return to BC Place on Saturday night to host Orlando City SC (4W-5L-9D) for the first time.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Orlando City SC | 2016 MLS Match Preview MLS
Orlando City had scored in each of their first 15 league games this season, before being shut out in two in a row after the scoreless draw with Houston at Camping World Stadium. OCSC and the Portland Timbers were the final teams to be shut out offensively this season, both blanked for the first time on the same day (July 4).

Orlando City endures latest setback with loss to Red Bulls SBI
Missing the injured Kaka and fielding a depleted lineup due to the loaded scheduled it currently has, Orlando City was outdone at Red Bull Arena by two goals off of set pieces. Left back Connor Lade scored his first career MLS goal and the winner in the match late in the first half, and the second tally came via a Felipe free kick just before the hour-mark.

Orlando City head north in search of win against the Vancouver WhitecapsVavel
OCSC under interim manager Bobby Murphy will look to break its recent skid against the Whitecaps in an interconference matchup.

City Heads Directly to Vancouver to Prepare for WhitecapsOrlando City SC
Orlando began its first of a three-game road expenditure in the Big Apple Wednesday night falling two-nil to the New York Red Bulls. Although Orlando displayed a resilient work ethic early on, the Red Bulls prevailed when Connor Lade scored the game-winner in the 39th minute that later was capped off with a strike from a free kick in the 59th minute.

Cristian Techera strikes goal from distance as slump officially endsFox Sports
Cristian Techera started off this season’s MLS campaign on a whimper, but he’s found his footing now. The Uruguayan highlighted the Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2-0 win against Real Salt Lake with this beautifully laced goal on Wednesday night.

Techera rocket lights up miserable matchWhitecaps Fan Blog
The fare that Major League Soccer serves up in its midweek matches is pretty lukewarm stuff.  The participating clubs have usually played on the weekend previous and often have to play the weekend after.  The tendency is to play reserves and give stars a rest, at least for most of the match.

Kudo’s return boosts Whitecaps’ front line The Province
Masato Kudo didn’t deliver a goal on Wednesday night but he did provide the Whitecaps with a needed emotional lift.

MLS Week 19: A Look Ahead SBI
As Week 19 in MLS heats up this weekend, a Cascadia clash will headline the action as the Portland Timbers host the Seattle Sounders.

Portland vs. Seattle – Cascadia Cup | MLS RivalryMLS
Including their MLS series, these two teams have met 92 times across all competitions and eras. Seattle have dominated the MLS series between these two teams, though Portland have won the only MLS Cup Playoff series between them to date.

Report: Montreal to sign striker Marcelo Larrondo from Rosario CentralMLS
The Montreal Impact could be on their way to landing a big signing – it just looks like he won’t play for the club until 2017.

Impact loses defender Ciman in draw with TimbersMontreal Gazette
Star Impact defender Laurent Ciman appeared to twist an ankle and left the game in the 54th minute. He was replaced by Victor Cabrera. It’s unclear how much time Ciman will miss with the injury.

Transfer News: Marcus Haber in Ohio to Talk to Columbus Crew, Not Toronto FC Waking the Red
The Toronto FC Twitterverse was already abuzz over the mutual termination of Damien Perquis’ contract on Tuesday night, when Marcus Haber sent out a cryptic tweet. “In Columbus” the tweet read, followed by a city skyline emoji. It didn’t take long for Toronto FC fans to start to put two and two together.

Summer of Soccer 2016: MLS teams take on international clubsMLS
Here’s a running list of the friendlies between MLS teams and international clubs, which currently sees MLS sporting a 4-0-1 record

MLS weekend preview: what the New York Times got wrong about US soccer culture The Guardian
On Tuesday, the New York Times published an article by Jay Caspian Kang on soccer. The headline was certainly provocative: The Dark Side of American Soccer Culture. It sounded like an interesting long read. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out like that.

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Whitecaps FC U-18s fall 2-1 to FC Dallas in USSDA championship finalWhitecaps FC
An incredible season for Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency came to a close in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday, as they fell 2-1 in extra time to FC Dallas in the United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) championship final.

Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency win 4-1 to advance to Academy Championship finalWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency are headed to the program’s second ever United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) championship match after a 4-0 victory over Players Development Academy (PDA) in the semifinals on Thursday.

Vancouver Whitecaps U18s heading to USSDA Championship game: “We’ve been waiting for the final all year” AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps U18s are going back to the USSDA Championship game following a comprehensive 4-1 victory over New Jersey’s Players Development Academy in Thursday night’s semi-final.

Vancouver Whitecaps’ Terran Campbell looking to round off great year with a national championshipAFTN
It’s been a great footballing year for Vancouver Whitecaps forward Terran Campbell. One he hopes to round off on Saturday evening by lifting a USSDA national championship with the ‘Caps U18s.

Hansen to take soccer talents to Holland Williams Lake Tribune
Williams Lake’s Justin Hansen will leave for Holland at the beginning of August to begin a playing stint with v.v. OFC Rosmalen’s division three team. Here, Hansen and Amar Talic of the Vancouver-based European Football School — the organization that helped Hansen land a spot on the club — catch up at the July 11-15 camp being held in Williams Lake this week at the Esler Sports Complex.

Newshounds soccer streak hits 10 Vernon Morning Star
The Infonews.ca Newshounds ambushed the North Enderby Timber Celtics 7-0 in North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association  Division 1 play.

Heartbreaker in Burnaby for KYSAKamloops This Week
Their BC Soccer Provincial A Cup ended in crushing fashion. The only Kamloops club to play for gold in the tournament in Burnaby, the Blaze under-18 boys watched a 1-0 lead evaporate in their championship match against the Burnaby District Metro Soccer Lakers, falling 2-1 and settling for silver.

PCSL PHOTOS: Vancouver United FC 1, Kamloops Heat 1, July 10, 2016BC Soccer Web
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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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Canada’s Men’s EXCEL Program continues to build towards Costa Rica 2017 CSA
Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program continues to look ahead to next year’s 2017 CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship, the qualification tournament for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017. The 12-nation continental championship runs 17 February to 5 March in Costa Rica.

Vaughan Through To L1 Cup Final Following 3-0 Victory Over Masters League1 Ontario
Vaughan Azzurri put away three unanswered goals in their Wednesday night L1 Cup semi-final against Masters FA Saints, progressing through to the Cup final after tallies from Jarek Whiteman (23′), Joseph Di Chiarra (25′ penalty) and Jonathan Lao (62′).

Late Issac Penalty Wins Men’s L1 Cup Semi For Strikers League1 Ontario
A very even L1 Cup semi-final between North Toronto Nitros and defending L1 Cup champions Woodbridge Strikers concluded on Tuesday night with an extra time penalty dispatched by Strikers’ Emmanuel Issac (90′ + 2′) for Woodbridge to win 1-0.

League1 Ontario Announces Women’s All-Star Game Roster League1 Ontario
League1 Ontario announced its roster today for the Women’s All-Star game between Ontario’s best and a selection of top talent from Quebec.

New soccer coach relishes opportunity, hosts clinic Camrose Canadian
When it comes to resumes, recently appointed Augustana men’s soccer coach Tom McManus has one as diverse and successful as they come, spending time with McMaster University, Canadian Soccer League team Winnipeg Fury and even the women’s national soccer team.

Munro Park gets federal funding to help with upgradesCape Breton Post
NORTH SYDNEY – Munro Park will get spectator bleachers, a storage facility and public washrooms thanks to $100,500 in federal funding.

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, JULY 16, 2016, 2016


WFC2 fall 2-0 in first ever match against San Antonio FCWhitecaps FC
Goalkeeper Spencer Richey stole the show, but Whitecaps FC 2 (9W-4L-5D) fell to a 2-0 defeat in their first ever match against USL expansion side San Antonio FC (6W-5L-6D) on Saturday.

USL Preview: San Antonio FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2USL
San Antonio FC will try to build on a strong recent run of form when it welcomes a Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 side that is looking to bounce back from defeat in the first game of its trip to Texas this week. Kickoff at Toyota Field is set for 5:30 p.m. PT

Fury FC ink Gatineau native and Canadian International Maxim TissotOttawa Fury
Ottawa Fury FC head coach Paul Dalglish has added another local talent to his roster with the signing of Gatineau native Maxim Tissot, the club officially announced on Friday. The midfielder joins Fury FC after spending the last four seasons playing in MLS with the Montreal Impact.

Struggling Fury shakes up roster – Ottawa Citizen
Get your programs here! Can’t tell the players without a program! OK, that’s a bit of hyperbole, but also some truth as Ottawa Fury FC continues to shuffle its ranks in a bid to reverse fortunes and get back into the chase for a North American Soccer League playoff spot.

Eddies must continue to ‘stay humble, work hard for each other,’ insists MillerFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton is quietly having a very consistent North American Soccer League (NASL) campaign. The team has dropped just three league matches all season, all but one of which could be classified as uncharacteristic performances on the day.

Miller: FC Edmonton has contract offers out to three players the11.ca
FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller is playing the waiting game. He said Thursday that the NASL club has made solid contract offers to three separate players — and he’s expecting their responses, soon.

NASL Fall Season Week 3: A Look Ahead SBI
After a healthy dose of goals in the last seven days, NASL is starting to really heat up at the start of the Fall Season.

USL President Edwards Eyes Further Expansion, D2 JumpEmpire of Soccer
Last week, Nashville FC became the 32nd team to join the United Soccer League — the third division in the US soccer pyramid. That number seems somewhat astonishing given the fact that just five years ago, 14 teams competed — and just two were located on the West Coast!

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Carolina RailHawks prez on NWSL: ‘We are interested’ Equalizer
The Carolina RailHawks, a North American Soccer League franchise located in Cary, N.C., just outside of Raleigh, is exploring the possibility of putting a team in the NWSL.

WSL 1 Week 8 Preview – Arsenal looking to dent Chelsea title bidVavel
With just three WSL 1 fixtures this weekend, the attention will be firmly fixed on Chelsea’s game with Arsenal.

Why Not Weimer? Midfield Press
FC Kansas City, the two-time defending champions of the NWSL, currently sit near the bottom of the league table. Although they haven’t been letting in many goals, they have still lost or drawn a significant number of their games due to a sheer inability to score.

NWSL 2.0: Stakeholders weigh in on what’s next, Part TwoExcelle Sports
Beyond the MLS question, a divide starts to appear when it comes to thoughts on keeping NWSL together as it grows. Some independent teams are making it work, but there are certainly concerns about smaller teams with struggling attendance numbers.

A younger raft of Women’s U19s earn a draw against USAThe FA
England Women’s Under-19s picked up an encouraging 2-2 draw against USA at St. George’s Park.

WU19 EURO Group B previewUEFA
Germany have waited since 2011 to win their seventh title at this level and they are up against 2004 champions Spain, Switzerland and debutants Austria in Group B.

What women really wantThe Hindu
Yes, we all know that the state of women’s sports in India is dismal. That they don’t get as much publicity, as many opportunities, rewards and recognition, as the men do. It’s a malaise that extends even to cricket, that sport/religion.

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Pumas vs. Chivas tops Liga MX Apertura week one ESPN FC
The Copa America and European Championship are over, but the Liga MX Apertura gets underway this weekend to sweep away those post-tournament blues. Here’s what to watch for in Liga MX week one.

Tijuana Xolos will get 2016 Apertura startedProst Amerika
Soccer in Mexico’s top flight league, LIGA MX officially returns on Friday July 15th. It will be Tijuana Xolos who will have the honors to get things started again as it hosts Monarcas Morelia in the opening match of the new season. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (local Pacific Time) at Estadio Calinete in Tijuana, Baja California.

U.S. Abroad: New barriers on Americans moving to Mexico Soccer America
Mexico’s Liga MX resumes this weekend with the start of its 2016 Torneo Apertura. More Americans are playing in the top level of Mexico soccer than in any other foreign league in the world. But new rules will slow the tide of Mexican-Americans to clubs south of the border.

Patrick Kluivert joins PSG as director of footballSportsnet
French champion Paris Saint-Germain has appointed former Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert as its director of football.

Marc Wilmots sacked as Belgium head coach following poor Euro 2016The Guardian
Belgium’s star-studded team, ranked No.2 in Fifa’s world rankings, lost 3-1 to Wales in the quarter-finals and generally underwhelmed during their time in France.

Barcelona criticized for #WeareallLeoMessi campaign Sportsnet
Barcelona has drawn widespread criticism for its campaign to support Lionel Messi after a court found the Argentine forward and his father guilty of tax fraud.

Dallas Cowboys take Real Madrid’s world’s most valuable team title, Man Utd hold 5th spot Inside World Football
Real Madrid have slipped to second behind NFL team the Dallas Cowboys in the annual Forbes list of 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams.

European football transfers: who has done the best business so far? The Guardian
Barcelona have been the busier of Spain’s traditional big two, Serie A is largely watching and waiting, Bundesliga clubs have brought in a couple of Europe’s most-wanted young talents, and PSG have made a statement signing of their own

Neil Lennon: Touchline ban for Hibs boss following dismissal BBC Sport
Neil Lennon has been given a one-match touchline suspension by Uefa following Hibernian’s 1-0 defeat by Brondby.

Russia fires stadium contractor ahead of 2018 World CupSportsnet
The Russian city of St. Petersburg said Friday it has fired the general contractor building a trouble-plagued stadium which is to host World Cup matches in 2018.

Top FIFA execs lined up to blow whistle on Infantino, only to be shown the exitInside World Football
Four separate whistleblowers have come forward with evidence to FIFA’s ethics committee over the suspect conduct of Gianni Infantino, Insideworldfootball has learned.

Man City, Benfica open Pokemon Go gyms, Vancouver “catch” new signings ESPN FC
As we’ve already seen, the football sphere has been quick to embrace the Pokemon Go craze that is quickly and succinctly taking over the entire world. The game involves using your smartphone to wander around your neighbourhood and capture various Pokemon who pop up here and there in augmented reality — or something like that anyway.

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