BC Soccer News, Weekend, June 28-July 1, 2019



SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2019, 7:00 PM



Resilient Vancouver Whitecaps searching for rare road win in SeattleChronicle Journal
The Vancouver Whitecaps have shown they can rally, completing last-minute come backs to snatch points from opponents multiple times this season. Now the squad needs to prove they can win, too.

Amid tough road trip, Vancouver Whitecaps face rivals Seattle SoundersPro Soccer USA
Vancouver Whitecaps continue tough road trip away against rivals Seattle Sounders.

As the Sounders return to MLS play, they hope to defend their new turf at CenturyLink Field Seattle Times
Australian left back Brad Smith, on loan to the Sounders from Bournemouth of the English Premier League, hadn’t played extensively on artificial turf until he signed with Seattle in 2018. And now, a year after arriving and getting used to the turf at CenturyLink Field, he’ll have to get used to another new surface.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s Yordy Reyna blasts way to MLS Goal of the WeekMLS
In a week when there were several outstanding goals around MLS, Yordy Reyna’s clinical free kick was truly a cut above in Week 16 of the 2019 MLS regular season.

MLS looks toward Asia as next major market for talentThe Telegraph
Greg Anderson was supposed to be bound for Orlando, Florida, and the MLS player combine in his role as vice president of soccer operations for the Vancouver Whitecaps. He was hours from going to the airport when a phone call changed his itinerary. Instead of east, Anderson headed west.

Vancouver Whitecaps show their Personality in TexasSoccer Shorts
How you feel about the Vancouver Whitecaps after the 2-2 tie with FC Dallas on a hot evening in Texas will tell you exactly what your personality type is and, using the exclusive Soccer Shorts “Personality Profile Producer”, you can now find out which one you are below.

Preview: League leaders look to avoid trap against revitalized RapidsLWOS
On first glance, LAFC looks primed to add another three points on Friday. Back on the road, they will play the league’s club with the worst record: Colorado Rapids.

Pablo Sisniega is seizing opportunity in net as LAFC returns to MLS actionOC Register
The 23-year-old, who survived a near-death experience on the pitch last year, has shined in goal the last two games for LAFC.

Wayne Rooney revels in goal from beyond midfield: ‘I’ve practiced it so many times’SN
Wayne Rooney revealed he often practices shooting from beyond midfield after his incredible goal for DC United against Orlando City in MLS play Wednesday.

MLS Spotlight: Pomykal hoping to carry Under-20 World Cup momentum into FC Dallas runSBI
Paxton Pomykal is just the latest homegrown player to make an impact in the 2019 Major League Soccer season. The 19-year-old FC Dallas midfielder has continued to grow as a professional after getting a small taste of senior team action it over his first two seasons.

For FC Dallas’ 16-year-old Ricardo Pepi, a big sacrifice pays off quicklyMLS
With 84 minutes on the clock as FC Dallas coasted past Toronto FC last weekend, Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez gave an MLS debut to the latest member of his youth movement at Toyota Stadium.

MLS opens up team shirts to betting and spirits sponsorshipInside World Football
MLS has relaxed its commercial rules to allow betting companies to brand team shirts opening up jersey fronts and sleeve patches from the 2020 season.

An open letter on inclusion from Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Bryan MeredithSounders FC
Let me start by making something perfectly clear: Everyone belongs in sports and sports belong to everyone. I don’t want to bury the lede. I don’t want to be misunderstood. With Pride Month upon us, I want to be direct and upfront with you. LGBTQ youth especially have every right as you and me to play and support and engage in the same games we both love. Anybody who says differently is an idiot and they don’t know what they’re talking about.




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BC Soccer Assoc. Provides Update on Proposed Regional Tier 3 LeagueBCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. Executive Director Jason Elligott hopes that between the end of August and mid September, there will a commitment from existing and new entities to support a league of at least 6 clubs.

VIDEO: ‘One of his first words was ‘ball:’ Comox Valley goalkeeper comes full circle with Pacific FCCHEK
After a long and winding road, Nolan Wirth is making the most of his opportunity with Pacific FC.

Chilliwack soccer stars help Surrey United win provincial championshipChilliwack Progress
Melissa Palmer, Joanna Gemmell and Breanne Weflen will now get to play in a national tournament.

Local Nelson Soccer star off to train in Real Madrid FoundationNelson Daily
Hard work and dedication to the game is paying off for Nelson Youth Soccer star Callum Cutler. Not only did the 16-year-old player pick up the Kerry Dyck Memorial Scholarship from the Hume Innkeepers, but Cutler also earned one of the two Generation Adidas nominations to train in Madrid, Spain at the Real Madrid Foundation.

Lead in Vancouver playing fields raises concerns about children’s healthLondon Free Press
Medical consensus on risks posed by crumb fields has yet to be reached. In a 2016 letter to the park board, Vancouver Coastal Health chief medical officer Patricia Daly wrote that “serious health risks, including cancer, are not increased” by the fields.

VIDEO: How the ‘Caps to College program worked for Sarah Brooks-WhiteWhitecaps FC
Learn more about the Whitecaps FC Academy System and the programs.

KEYSA: Combined effort will bring best outcome for allE-Know
The Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association (KEYSA) is extremely pleased with the discussion and outcome of the June 24 City of Cranbrook council meeting.

Candidates now being invited for BC Soccer Assoc. Board of DirectorsBCSA
BC Soccer is now accepting candidate applications for its Board of Directors for terms commencing November 2019. Elections for these positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday November 2nd .

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

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!

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 SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2019, 4:00 PM



Canada must be wary of ‘less-is-more’ Haitians CanPL
When the Gold Cup schedule was announced, the assumption in the Canadian soccer community would be that Les Rouges, expected to finish second behind Mexico in Group A, would face a quarter-final date with Costa Rica, heavily favoured to win Group B. Except that Haiti flipped the script.

Canada’s men’s soccer team has seen margin for error is very slimCBC
Despite his current soccer quest with the Canadian men’s team in the midst of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, John Herdman was watching every second of his former team’s World Cup loss Monday.

Haiti’s counter attack could be ‘lethal’ in Gold Cup quarterfinals: HerdmanTimmins Today
Haiti may be a surprise contender for this year’s Gold Cup, but the coach of Canada’s men’s soccer team says the squad shouldn’t be underestimated.

Canada’s David, Cornelius named to Gold Cup Best XI from group stageSportsnet
Canada forward Jonathan David and defender Derek Cornelius were named to the best XI of the 2019 Gold Cup group stage.

Cavalry FC scores first-ever CPL honour by winning spring season titleCanada.com
It was a historic night for Cavalry FC in the GTA. With their 2-0 triumph over host York9 FC, Calgary’s professional soccer squad copped the first honour of the upstart Canadian Premier League.

‘We refused to lose’: Wheeldon Jr. commends Cavalry’s Spring runCanPL
Cavalry FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. commended his team for their resilience and their determination in wrapping up the Spring title, as his side bounced back from a loss against Forge to clinch their spot in the CPL Championship via a 2-0 win over York9 FC on Wednesday.

Valour FC to train in SteinbachThe Carillon
Valour FC, Winnipeg’s soccer entry in the Canadian Premier League, announced Wednesday that the team will hold a training session in Steinbach on Thursday, July 4, as part of their rural outreach initiative in their first professional season in the inaugural nation-wide loop.

Thunder Bay Chill Long Weekend DoubleheaderNN Ledger
After battling back from a 2-0 deficit to tie their last game with only 9 men on the field the Thunder Bay Chill (3-3-2) will have to face their next opponent without the services of defender Neville Morgan and midfielder Ruben Garcia. Both are suspended for being ejected in last Saturday night’s game against the Des Moines Menace.

Cape Breton physicians to represent Canada at World Medical Soccer Championship in MexicoCape Breton Post
Two Cape Breton doctors will trade their orthopedic instruments and prescription pads for soccer cleats and shin guards next week.

Signatures needed for Edmonton soccer centreCTV
The push is on to gain support for a massive regional soccer centre that would offer a full-sized indoor field all year. A group of soccer enthusiasts has formed a not-for-profit group called the Capital Region Soccer Centre. It’s proposing to build a $55-million facility of the same name.


Haworth scores twice in win, Ottawa Fury FC extends unbeaten string to 10Montreal Gazette
Even when Ottawa Fury FC gets down, it doesn’t really ever seem like the USL Championship team is out. It’s the quality of a good team, with a strong culture within.

USL Championship Weekend Guide – Week 17USL
After Indy Eleven, Ottawa Fury FC and Reno 1868 FC earned victories on Wednesday night, USL Championship action returns on Friday to kick off a weekend slate of 16 games.

OCSC falls to Club Tijuana in exhibition match LA Times
Club Tijuana came north looking for a challenge. Orange County Soccer Club provided one, giving the top-tier Mexican club all it could handle in a tight contest decided by an early penalty kick.


USWNT aims to knock off hosts France in World Cup quarterfinalsSBI
After a narrow victory over Spain, the U.S. Women’s National Team faces its biggest test yet, as they face France in a quarterfinal showdown this Friday. Megan Rapinoe’s two penalty-kick goals were enough to beat Spain and seal a blockbuster clash against the Women’s World Cup hosts.

France to stay ice cool as heat rises ahead of U.S. clashEdmonton Journal
France coach Corinne Diacre said her side would stay cool and not buckle under pressure when they face the United States in a blockbuster women’s World Cup quarter-final that is likely to be played in fierce heat on Friday.

France lacks Americans’ ‘great trophy cabinet,’ but it’s no underdogThe Star
The United States has its ranking and its trophies, and that’s all the motivation France needs.

Inspired England outclass Norway to make World Cup semifinalsToronto Sun
England marched into the women’s World Cup semifinals with an impressive 3-0 victory over demoralized Norway on Thursday, delivering their best performance of the tournament.

For Megan Rapinoe, Boldness in the Spotlight Is Nothing NewNY Times
The interview room was packed with reporters and television cameras. Fox Sports went live with a telecast, as if it were covering a presidential news conference. In an indirect way, it was. Then Megan Rapinoe, the star forward for the United States women’s soccer team and a social activist, stood her ground.

Women’s World Cup 2019: What to expect in the quarterfinalsFrance 24
The roster for the 2019 Women’s World Cup quarterfinals is now complete. Seven European teams have qualified this year more than double the three that made it to this round at the 2015 Cup in Canada. The line-up leaves the United States as the only non-European representative, but as championship favourite, Team USA look more than capable of holding their own.

Sweden ready to get rid of Germany ghostFIFA
The first time Sweden and Germany met at a World Cup was in the very first edition of the competition back in 1991. Sweden won 4-0 and were awarded with a bronze medal. Four years later, the Swedes once again got the better of the Germans with a 3-2 group stage win.

England must handle World Cup expectation now talent matters mostThe Guardian
All eyes are on the Lionesses in Lyon and Lucy Bronze, Ellen White and Jill Scott are integral to their chances of progression.

It took 9 days for Marissa Everett to make her mark in Portland Thorns historyYahoo Sports
While the USWNT is abroad eating macaroons, escargot, visiting the Eiffel Tower, oh and dominating on the world’s biggest soccer stage at the World Cup in France, the NWSL moves along in the regular season.

Friday night Rio Tinto lights: Utah Royals FC vs. Reign FC match previewRSL Soapbox
Last week, it was Portland. This week, it’s Reign FC. If we flashback to last summer, when Utah had Pacific Northwest trip to Portland and Seattle, it didn’t go so well. Utah Royals FC dropped both games.

Sky Blue frustration becomes obvious after yet another lossPro Soccer USA
Sky Blue now sits last in the NWSL after losing the match between the bottom two teams in the league.


Milan hit with Europa League ban for 2019-20ESPN
AC Milan will be excluded from the Europa League for the 2019-20 season, the Court of Arbitration (CAS) has ruled.

USMNT win Gold Cup group, but work to be done in their eyes in tourneyMLS
With a lot of questions about the US national team swirling coming into the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, their run through Group D has answered a lot of those questions.

Brazil beats Paraguay in shootout in Copa America quartersSportsnet
Facing early elimination in the Copa America at home, Brazil finally found a way to get past Paraguay in a penalty shootout.

Copa America: Lionel Messi says ‘now starts another Copa’ for ArgentinaBBC Sport
Lionel Messi says “another Copa America starts” as Argentina face Venezuela in the quarter-finals in Brazil.

Sources: PSG in talks over Donnarumma dealESPN
Paris Saint-Germain are in talks with AC Milan over the signing of goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in a deal which would see Alphonse Areola go the other way, sources have told ESPN FC.

AFCON wrap; Senegal falters, Kenya produces thrilling comebackNBC Sports
The Africa Cup of Nations has been anything but predictable, and Thursday was no exception.

Algeria win over Senegal fires warning shot to Africa Cup of Nations rivals France 24
Riyad Mahrez and Algeria fired a warning to the rest of their Africa Cup of Nations title rivals with a deserved 1-0 win over Sadio Mane’s heavily-fancied Senegal in Cairo on Thursday.

Brazil fined for anti-gay chants at Copa AmericaESPN
CONMEBOL has fined Brazil $15,000 because of anti-gay chants during the Copa America’s opening match in Sao Paulo.

Germany to meet Spain again in EURO U21 finalNBC Sports
Defending champion Germany will again meet Spain in the Under-21 European Championship final after both won their semifinals on Thursday.

Under-21 EURO final: Spain v GermanyUEFA
Spain meet Germany in Sunday’s U21 EURO final, a rerun of the 2017 showpiece – here’s all you need to know.

Buffalo’s World Refugee Day soccer tournament announces teams, scheduleBuffalo News
The pride of nations will be at stake at LaSalle Park this weekend as the World Refugee Day soccer tournament has announced its accepted teams and structure.

Road to FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 marked by 61 million broadcast views to dateInside World Football
With the FIFA eWorld Cup now in full flow Electronic Arts and FIFA have released figures showing a huge mark-up in viewership for the early rounds.

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