COLORADO RAPIDS vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #15
FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2018, 6:00 PM PDT
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Match Preview: Colorado Rapids v Vancouver Whitecaps – AFTN
If you don’t win games, you don’t climb the standings. If you draw four matches in a row, you slip and fall right out of a playoff spot.
Whitecaps Game Day: Looking to rattle, roll Rapids at Mile High City – The Province
The Vancouver Whitecaps (4-5-5, 7th West) packed their bags for Denver directly after training Thursday, winging their way to the Mile High City to take on the deflating Rapids (2-7-2, 12th West) tonight (6 p.m., TSN 1/3, TSN 1410 AM). The Rapids have lost six straight Major League Soccer games — including three home dates — and sit last in the Western Conference.
Match Preview – Whitecaps FC vs Colorado Rapids – Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps (4-5-5) visit the Mile-High City on Friday to face the lowly Colorado Rapids (2-7-2). The Caps desperately need to take advantage of the bottom-of-the-league Rapids.
Game Preview: Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps – Burgundy Wave
The Rapids are hoping to break their 6-game losing streak tonight at home.
Whitecaps want improved, no-nonsense defence in game against Colorado – Estevan Mercury
The Vancouver Whitecaps have scored an average of 2.2 goals over their last four games, enough to win most Major League Soccer matches.
Tim Howard: Colorado Rapids getting ‘back to basics’ as competition heats up – Last Word on Soccer
The Colorado Rapids have lost six in a row. Tim Howard and company are looking to get back in the win column tonight against a dangerous but inconsistent Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Calendar: MLS, Week 14 – Soccer America
Complete list of all matches this weekend in MLS.
Dynamo go on the road to face Impact – Fox Sports
The Houston Dynamo have yet to lose consecutive games this season. To keep that streak alive, they’ll need to do something they’ve managed to accomplish just once thus far: win on the road.
Toronto FC’s Giovinco confident more goals are coming – Sportsnet
Sebastian Giovinco knows he hasn’t been at his best in Major League Soccer this season, but he’s promised that more goals are coming.
NYCFC brings unbeaten home mark into match vs. Orlando City – Fox Sports
It goes against conventional wisdom somewhat, but it can be argued that New York City FC has been better away from the Bronx than at Yankee Stadium, certainly in Patrick Vieira’s first two years as the club’s coach.
Wayne Rooney in advanced talks with MLS side DC United – Sky Sports
Wayne Rooney is in advanced talks with MLS side DC United, and a move could be completed as early as Monday, Sky Sports News understands.
Timbers’ Samuel Armenteros wins second straight Goal of the Week award – MLS
The Portland Timbers are riding a six-game winning run, and now their hottest striker is on a Goal of the Week streak as well.
Chris Mavinga injuries put TFC medical staff to test – The Star
How bad are Toronto FC’s injury problems? Defender Chris Mavinga missed practice Thursday after having a tooth removed the day before, a problem that apparently was related to his ongoing hamstring issue. After Mavinga raised the tooth issue, TFC medical staff found some overseas soccer studies showing there can be a connection between tooth infections and soft-tissue injuries.
FC Cincinnati isn’t first team to jump to MLS from lower leagues. Can they do it better? – Cincinnati.com
One of the things FC Cincinnati has working for it – and that they’d be wise to reflect on – is that they aren’t the first MLS team to attempt a transition to the top soccer league in the U.S. and Canada from a lower or “minor” league.
MLS stars to watch at the World Cup: Could Laurent Ciman lift the Jules Rimet Trophy? – ESPN
Below are five MLS players to watch when the 2018 World Cup kicks off in Russia on June 14.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Canadian Premier League Grants Club for Vancouver Island – Canadian Premier League
Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan confirmed today that the league has granted a conditional club for Vancouver Island. The club will be based in Greater Victoria, B.C. The club has been awarded to SixFive Sports & Entertainment – with a leadership team that includes local soccer professionals and former Men’s National Team members, Rob Friend and Josh Simpson, along with Vancouver financier, Dean Shillington.
Fleetwood’s back! FPSS Dragons survive B.C. semifinal against South Delta to earn amazing fifth straight trip to AAA finals – Varsity Letters
What if there was a scientific formula for proving just who, these days, is perhaps the most resilient team in all of B.C. high school sports?
Centaurs’ mojo equals magic! Centennial tops Reynolds to earn first B.C. girls AAA soccer title-tilt berth since turn of the century – Varsity Letters
In a way, you could say that the Centennial Centaurs spent the last 12 months preparing for a day just like Thursday.
Highlanders Face Sounders U-23 in Friday Night Clash at Centennial – Victoria Highlanders
Victoria Highlanders FC (1-4-0) host MLS affiliated Seattle Sounders U-23 (1-2-0) in Week 5 of the Premier Development League (PDL) regular season, June 1 (6:35 PM PST KO) at the University of Victoria’s (UVic) Centennial Stadium.
A Supporting Life: What it means to support TSS Rovers – AFTN
The way Rovers is set up invites traditional club support, the kind you find in clubs all around the world who operate outside of the franchise system. Will Cromack and Colin Elmes understand that without active supporters at all levels this entire enterprise is doomed. It cannot be done alone. We need sponsors, volunteers, coaches, season’s ticket buyers, media coverage, and supporters.
Conifa World Cup: Despite loss, morale remains high in Cascadian camp – Prost Amerika
You might think a 4-1 defeat in their opening game would see heads go down and recrimination ensue. Certainly FIFA World Cup history is littered with squads combusting after pre-tournament hopes are shattered by an opening game reality check. The same could have been true among the Cascadia squad after their loss to Ellan Vannin. However nothing seems to be further from the truth.
Chilean Women’s Tournament invites teams – BC Soccer Web
The Foundation Ganamos Todos wishes to extend your team our official invitation to participate in the First Women’s Pica Soccer Tournament 2018.
PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.
TSS Rovers release Season Tickets for the 2018 season – TSS Rovers
A great summer of soccer is in store at Swangard Stadium with the PDL & WPSL TSS Rovers. Season yickets are only $70.
Victoria Highlanders FC 2018 Season Tickets now on sale – Victoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.
Canada’s College ID Camps set for Shawnigan Lake & Kingston, Ontario – Canada College ID Camps
Our purpose is to provide a space where players grade 9-12 can connect with college coaches from all levels in Canada and the USA. We hope to assist in the promotion of youth players into environments which will challenge them academically and athletically after high school.
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!
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
Undefeated Canada takes command of first place with spirited 1:0 victory – CSA
Noah Verhoeven came through with the winner inside the last 10 minutes as Canada came away with a 1:0 victory over group opponents Turkey in France. On the heels of another spirited effort by the young Canadians, Canada are undefeated in first place with a draw and a victory at the Festival International Espoirs Provence.
Canada beats Turkey, leads Group C at Toulon Tournament – Sportsnet
Noah Verhoeven’s 80th-minute goal gave Canada a 1-0 victory over Turkey on Thursday at the Festival International Espoirs in France.
‘Caps prospect Noah Verhoeven carries Canada to victory at Toulon Tournament – Whitecaps FC
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC prospect, who is currently on loan with the club’s USL affiliate Fresno FC, curled in a dangerous left-footed cross that eluded everyone in the box and found the bottom left corner of the goal to secure the victory for Canada.
Turkey drive: Verhoeven’s late winner gives Canada a win in Toulon tourney – the11.ca
So, after all four teams have played their second games at the Toulon U-23 Tournament, Canada is topping a group that also features Turkey, Portugal and France.
The Future of the Voyageurs Cup – Northern Starting XI
We’re less than a week away from the start of my absolute favourite soccer competition of the year: the Voyageurs Cup. I really hope Oakville and Blainville’s first round tilt paves the way for full expansion of the Voyageurs Cup. I’ll be glued to the live stream of the game next Wednesday. Will you?
Tim Horton’s Field stadium lawsuit officially settled, says Hamilton mayor – Global
A settlement has been finalized after two years of litigation involving Tim Horton’s Field.
Scholarships proof of Fleming’s coaching concept – Sherwood Park News
Sean Fleming — the head coach for Team Canada’s U-17 program at the 2005, 2009, 2011, and 2013 U-17 CONCACAF Championships, which included a second-place showing at the 2011 tournament; and head coach for the U-17 Team Canada squad at the U-17 World Cups in 2011 in Mexico and in 2013 in the United Arab Emirates — has returned to his Sherwood Park roots of late, where his success stories have continued.
University of Saskatchewan receives $2M for new sport science and health facility – Global
“Having six thousand square feet of research and lab space more than triples the space that we currently have for that activity and with teams being situated out of here, with (Huskies) hockey and with basketball training over here and soccer as well, the proximity makes sense,” Chad London said.
Western Wolves confident group heading into provincial U15 male soccer league play – The Beacon
It will mark the third year that more than half the roster have shared the soccer pitch as members of the Wolves U15 squad and that’s why Antle believes his team has a realistic chance of winning top honours in Tier 2 this year.
Camrose Soccer set for midnight spotlight – Camrose Canadian
The Camrose and District Soccer Association is hosting the annual Night Classic tournament starting on Friday night and rolling through Sunday afternoon.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Western Conf. Notebook — All-California Battle Key For Orange County – USL
OKC still looking to turn corner in form; SAFC gets back to basics as it hosts T2.
Eastern Conf. Notebook – FCC Brings Respect for Red Bulls II Ahead of Key Game – USL
In-form teams meet as Independence visit Ottawa; Bethlehem, North Carolina look for boost in standings.
Steel FC Begins June At Newcomer North Carolina FC – Philadelphia Union
Bethlehem Steel FC looks to build a strong foundation for a busy June when the club heads south for a first-time contest against USL-newcomer North Carolina FC on Saturday, June 2.
Nanchoff Earns Fans’ Choice Goal of the Week – USL
Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Michael Nanchoff has earned the USL Fans’ Choice Goal of the Week for Week 11 of the 2018 season as his long-distance finish that helped the Rowdies claim their second road win of the season took top spot in the weekly online poll.
Rocco Commisso’s proposal denied by U.S. Soccer; NASL not giving up legal fight – SBI
Rocco Commisso may have suffered another setback, but he isn’t giving up the fight for the NASL.
Can LouCity move up to MLS? League is ‘impressed’ by fans’ support – Courier-Journal
Louisville City FC said this week that it wasn’t ruling out anything regarding the chances of following United Soccer League rival FC Cincinnati to Major League Soccer. But could there be an opportunity to move on the horizon?
Ole! The Business of Soccer in Nevada – Nevada Business
Llamas are a quintessential piece of the Las Vegas Lights Football Club (LVFC). However odd that might sound, two live llamas, Dolly and Dotty, are a staple at LVFC games and events and embody the spirit the management wants to bring to Las Vegas with soccer.Llamas are a quintessential piece of the Las Vegas Lights Football Club (LVFC). However odd that might sound, two live llamas, Dolly and Dotty, are a staple at LVFC games and events and embody the spirit the management wants to bring to Las Vegas with soccer.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Tiffeny Milbrett latest inductee to soccer hall – London Free Press
Former U.S. forward Tiffeny Milbrett was surprised by her selection to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Thursday by former teammate Brandi Chastain in Portland, Oregon.
‘I use what God gave me’: Carson Pickett on life as a one-handed professional footballer – The Guardian
The Orlando Pride full-back is establishing herself as one of the best defenders in the US. Her journey to get where she is now has been extraordinary.
The unheralded Westfield Matildas star topping the NWSL charts – FFA
We’ve already had Ellie Carpenter break multiple records – becoming the youngest debutant and goalscorer in the competition’s history during her bright start to life with the Portland Thorns.
For the Red Stars, midseason means reevaluation and refocus – The Equalizer
Even before the season started, head coach Rory Dames knew the Chicago Red Stars were in for a rough start.
Fran Kirby: Chelsea FC Women forward signs new three-year contract – BBC Sport
England forward Fran Kirby has signed a new three-year contract with Women’s Super League One champions Chelsea.
New Changes to the Women’s Super League – Royal Blue Mersey
The FA has announced changes to the WSL 2018/2019 season. The Women’s Super League will keep its name but the second tier will now be called the FA Women’s Championship, instead of the WSL 1 & 2 designation from the past.
Caroline Weir: Manchester City sign Liverpool and Scotland midfielder – BBC Sport
Manchester City have signed Scotland midfielder Caroline Weir from Women’s Super League One rivals Liverpool.
Northern Ireland legend Alison Nicholl excited by the future of women’s football – Belfast Live
She’s one of the top names in Northern Ireland’s women’s football – and as the sport continues to go from strength to strength, Alison Nicholl says young girls have no excuse but to excel in the game.
South Africa line up 2023 Women’s World Cup bid – ESPN
South Africa will look to add the FIFA Women’s World Cup to their hosting records, according to football boss Danny Jordaan, who feels the infrastructure is already in place to stage the 2023 global event.
Orlando Pride star Alex Morgan appears in Maroon 5’s ‘Girls Like You’ video – Pro Soccer USA
Orlando Pride and U.S. women’s national team forward Alex Morgan is everywhere these days.
A Response to Jaelene Hinkle: You can have your opinion, but everyone else can have theirs – Vavel
Jaelene Hinkle officially confirmed in an interview what everyone already knew- she withdrew from the USWNT friendlies in 2017 because of the pride jerseys.
An open letter to Jaelene Hinkle – Stumptown Footy
You and I—you and most of my siblings in the LGBT community, I should say—are alike in that one way. We all know what it’s like to feel that we don’t belong in a world we desperately want to be part of. It’s not a good feeling, is it?
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UEFA’s Investigators Recommend Booting A.C. Milan – NY Times
European soccer’s top financial investigators have recommended excluding the storied Italian club A.C. Milan from continental competition for violating rules that limit spending, according to two people involved in the process.
International Weekend Preview: France hosts Italy, Portugal travels to Belgium, and more – SBI
With the World Cup tournament starting in 13 days, teams are continuing to tweak their rosters and prepare themselves for the competition. Many teams have already begun their warmup matches, while others will get their first taste this weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino ‘happy’ at Spurs but keeps Real Madrid door open – The Guardian
Mauricio Pochettino has said he will not force a move away from Tottenham but has not ruled out joining Real Madrid in the future.
Neymar left out of main Brazil team at World Cup camp – Peterborough Examiner
After saying last week that he was not 100 per cent healthy, Neymar was left out of Brazil’s main team Thursday at its World Cup training camp.
Chelsea reportedly stops negotiations with Courtois, likely to sell – NBC Sports
Chelsea could look very different last season, from front to back.
McKennie, at 19, joins Pulisic as German league regular – London Free Press
Weston McKennie thought back to last summer, when he was an 18-year-old midfielder trying to impress at his first preseason training camp with Schalke’s first team. Leon Goretzka, one of the club’s leaders, delivered a message.
Leeds sack Heckingbottom amid Bielsa rumours – Four Four Two
Paul Heckingbottom has been sacked by Leeds United after four months in charge, amid rumours linking Marcelo Bielsa with the Championship club.
Roman Abramovich, Chelsea owner, ‘withdraws’ UK visa application – BBC
Mr Abramovich, 51, has put plans to build the club a new stadium on hold amid the delay to renew his visa, which expired some weeks ago.
Australia warm up for World Cup with record-breaking rout of Czech Republic – The Guardian
Mat Leckie gave Australia’s World Cup campaign lift-off, scoring twice in a stunning and confidence-boosting 4-0 defeat of the Czech Republic on Friday.
Morocco and Ukraine battle to a goalless draw in Geneva – Futbolgrad
Morocco v Ukraine ended in a goalless draw as the Atlas Lions earned a positive result in their preparations for the FIFA 2018 World Cup this summer.
World Cup 2018: Why France travel to Russia with many unanswered questions – BBC Sport
France have one of the strongest squads in the competition but I’m not sure that many expect them to go all the way.
Germany face Austria ahead of Löw’s final squad nomination – Fussballstadt
In what will be just a short trip up north from Germany’s training camp in Eppan, South Tyrol, Bundestrainer Joachim Löw hopes to make his final assessment in the friendly test against Austria ahead of the final World Cup squad nomination on June 4. Perhaps the biggest question mark ahead of the friendly against Austria will concern goalkeeper, and captain, Manuel Neuer.
WORLD CUP WATCH: Mikel reunited with Nigeria team-mates, Simon to undergo medical checks in UK – African Football
Nigeria captain Mikel John Obi was joined on the chartered flight from Abuja to London on Wednesday afternoon by deputy skipper Ogenyi Onazi, defender Kenneth Omeruo, pacy winger Ahmed Musa and 21 other players as the Super Eagles headed for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. There will be stop-overs in London and Austria.
Doping: Russian player in 2018 squad was on drug programme, says Rodchenkov – Inside World Football
A member of Russia’s World Cup squad could be guilty of a doping violation according to famed whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov.
Chinese firms pile in to sponsor World Cup 2018 amid Fifa fallout – The Guardian
Football fans heading to the World Cup this summer are going to get an education in Chinese TVs, mobile phones, electric scooters and Mongolian dairy products.
Russian racism reports finds abusive chants up but racist banners down – Inside World Football
Just two weeks before the start of the World Cup, a report released by European football’s leading anti-discrimination body warns of a rise in racist and homophobic chants at Russian matches this season and claims FIFA and the Russian authorities have missed “valuable opportunities” to change attitudes.
‘Chicharito’ turns 30: meet CONCACAF’s European stars – UEFA
Javier ‘Chicarito’ Hernández turns 30 today; where does he rank among Europe’s top North, Central American and Caribbean performers?
Iran suspends soccer ties with Greece after friendly nixed – Peterborough Examiner
Iran’s official IRNA news agency says the country’s soccer federation has suspended all relations with its Greek counterpart after a friendly between the two nations scheduled in Istanbul was abruptly cancelled amid ongoing Greece-Turkey tensions.
Crystal Palace: Club to file accounts after threat of closure – BBC Sport
Crystal Palace will file their accounts within the next few days after being warned that failure to do so would lead to the club being closed down.
FIFA lifts ban on Guatemala ahead of 2026 World Cup vote – Brampton Guardian
FIFA has lifted its suspension of the Guatemala soccer federation, clearing the Central American country to vote in the 2026 World Cup hosting contest on June 13.
FIFA Council meeting agenda now available on FIFA.com – FIFA
The agenda for the next FIFA Council meeting, which will take place in Moscow on 10 June 2018, is now available on FIFA.com.
Delaware casinos to begin sports betting next week – London Free Press
Delaware will begin full-scale sports betting next week, wasting no time after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for states to implement wagering schemes.
Far from Russia, rival world cup kicks off in London – World Soccer Talk
The CONIFA World Football Cup 2018, being contested at non-league grounds around London, sees the likes of Tibet and Northern Cyprus mix with southwestern Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland, the Punjabi diaspora and the Abkhazia breakaway region of Georgia.