BC Soccer News, Weekend, June 3-5, 2016




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MLS Review: RSL’s second-half turnaround stuns NYC Four Four Two
Real Salt Lake won at New York City, while FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo played out an entertaining draw in very wet conditions.

MLS Week 14 Recap: Big wins for Union, RSLEmpire of Soccer
Amidst Copa America preparations and the third round of the U.S. Open Cup, 13 Major League Soccer teams were in action during midweek. That includes three teams who played the first legs of their Canadian Championship semifinals. In regular season play, Philly and Salt Lake each claimed statement victories.

Real Salt Lake pleased with victory over NYCFC to cap off long road swing MLS
It might not have been the most aesthetically pleasing performance, but Real Salt Lake coach Jeff Cassar will take a 3-2 win over New York City FC at Yankee Stadium and the six points his team accumulated from a brutal five-match road trip, taken so the grass at Rio Tinto Stadium could be replaced and given time to settle.

FC Dallas 1, Houston Dynamo 1 | MLS Match RecapMLS
FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo had to wait a bit to get going, but once they did they played it even and finished level at 1-1, splitting a point in the Texas Derby’s second installment.

Galaxy and Sporting KC crawl to scoreless drawSBI
Cheers turned to yawns on Thursday night as the LA Galaxy and Sporting Kansas City struggled to a goalless draw before 19,651 enthusiastic, if disappointed, fans.

Changes Afoot For Sounders After MLS Break KPLU
The Seattle Sounders head into a two-week Major League Soccer break on a high note. They beat D.C. United on Wednesday, giving them their first road win of the season and breaking a three-game losing streak.

PRO to test video assistance for referees in MLS and USLPRO Referees
The Professional Referee Organization is to work closely with Major League Soccer and the United Soccer League to test video assistance for referees in the United States and Canada, it has been announced by The International Football Association Board (IFAB).

VIDEO: Jozy Altidore’s Long Road to Europe and Back – Vice Sports
Jozy Altidore was supposed to be America’s greatest soccer export. It didn’t work out that way. But now he’s found a home with Toronto FC and continues to excel in international play for the USMNT.

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Real Madrid soccer clinics coming to B.C. in JulyCBC
Kids who sign up for the July clinics — to be held in Burnaby, Richmond, North Vancouver and Surrey — will receive 90 minutes of coaching a day for five days.

Playing strong defence is the concern for the Pinnacles Penticton Western News
The Penticton Tim Hortons Pinnacles have yet to score in three Pacific Coast Soccer League matches. That isn’t a concern for assistant coach Manuel Borba, who works with coach Cesar Ceppi. The Pinnacles have allowed 16 goals, nine of which came in a shutout loss on May 28 to the Vancouver Thunderbirds, who come to Kings Park on Saturday for a rematch at 7 p.m.

Host Sun Devils join favourites, Final 4 Friday arrives at BC 3A girls soccer championships The Province
Royals, Wildcats, Orcas, Dragons, Breakers and Sun Devils. A half-dozen schools have the best chance to advance to the semifinal round Friday afternoon at the B.C. girls triple-A soccer championships in Tsawwassen.

Sun Devils host provincial championships Delta Optimist
The 16-team event will take place on four fields – SDSS Oval, South Park, Peeble Hill and the Winskill Turf. The SDSS Oval will be the featured venue with a main concession and a SoccerCity store. It will also host two semi-final games Friday (12:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.) as well as the medal games Saturday – 10 a.m. (bronze) and gold (12:15 p.m.).

L.V. Rogers undefeated at girls soccer provincialsNelson Star
L.V. Rogers finished the opening day of the AA girls high school soccer provincials in Campbell River with a win and a tie.

Nelson Selects win silver at tournament in InvermereNelson Star
The Nelson Selects under-13 boys squad came up just short at a weekend tournament in Invermere. Nelson lost to Airdrie on penalty kicks in the gold-medal final Sunday after finishing regulation tied at two on goals from Andreas Rentke and Tiger Good.

Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference – June 3-5 at SFU BC Soccer Web
The Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference is back for its second year. Learn from some of the best coaches in the game. This year’s conference features speakers from Arsenal, Leicester City, Southampton, the English FA and more. Register now!

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.

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.

Victoria Highlanders 2016 Season Tickets Now Available Select Your Seats
The Victoria Highlanders are ready to return to the PDL for 2016. BC Soccer Web encourages all soccer fans on Vancouver Island to get behind their team. Season tickets are now on sale and extremely affordable. Support Local Soccer!

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 Soccer names roster for “tier one test” on the Road to Rio Series: Canada v Brazil – CSA
Canada Soccer has named the 20 player roster for the Road to Rio home match series against Brazil. Canada’s Women’s National Team will take on Olympic hosts Brazil in a two game series in Toronto 4 June and Ottawa 7 June, as both teams prepare for this summer’s 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Strong rivalry brewing between Canada and Brazil Sportsnet
It’ll be much more than friendly when the Canadian women’s team hosts Brazil in a pair of high-profile matches this month.

Canada’s Kadeisha Buchanan has been growing up at BMO Field Toronto Star
Kadeisha Buchanan can track the progression of her career with the Canadian women’s national team based on games she has played at BMO Field.

Canadian men’s soccer team focused on pair of World Cup qualifiersGlobe & Mail
Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan are next up for Canada, but coach Benito Floro says the focus remains on a pair of key World Cup qualifiers in September.

Pragmatic Priestman plotting Canada’s courseFIFA
Beverly Priestman was just 14 when she was first coached by John Herdman in the north-east of England. The future Canada coach made quite an impression – “it was his passion and enthusiasm that struck me”, she recalls – and he has been a mentor ever since.

How NIMBYism ‘killed a field of dreams’ for Ryerson soccer Toronto Star
Ryerson University has turfed plans to make over an east-end high school field. The university abruptly ended plans to upgrade the soccer pitch at St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School to a FIFA-grade turf field. The downtown university had been willing to finance the $2-million project in return for claiming the site as its home field.

Should Toronto FC Consider Playing Voyageurs Cup Games at a Small Venue? Waking the Red
It’s not about attendance numbers, it’s about growing the game in the region, and a way to make a tournament born of supporter’s passion more intimate.

Canadian Forces women’s soccer team play in France Coast Reporter
The World Military Cup is a soccer competition for national military teams. It is organized by the International Military Sports Council (CISM).

Ford strong late in P.E.I. F.C. victory in Moncton – PEI Guardian
Noah Bitar’s goal at the end of the first half was the winner Thursday as SoccerStop P.E.I. F.C. defeated Codiac First Touch 1-0 in McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League action in Moncton.







Kicking & Screaming: Whitecaps FC 2, Real Monarchs SLC to settle score on Footy and Film Night on Saturday Whitecaps FC
After a thrilling 2-2 tie last Sunday, Whitecaps FC 2 (6W-0L-4D) face Real Monarchs SLC (3W-4L-4D) again this Saturday in their second meeting in under a week. The undefeated ‘Caps continue to develop well but look to further improve and produce a full 90-minute performance as they go into their 11th match of the season.

USL Weekend Preview – Week 11 USL
The 11th week of the 2016 USL season includes a 14-game weekend slate that includes a number of big rivalry games on Saturday night. At the forefront is the clash between Sacramento Republic FC and the LA Galaxy II at Bonney Field, while games between FC Montreal and the Rochester Rhinos, and the Black Gold Derby will also feature prominently on a busy night of action.

Velazco Named USL Player of the WeekRSL
Real Monarchs midfielder Ricardo Velazco has caught fire in recent weeks and on Tuesday he was rewarded as the USL Player of the Week for the 10th week of the 2016 season.  He tallied two goals in a 2-2 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on Sunday after registering an assist in the Monarchs’ 3-1 loss to the Oklahoma City Energy earlier in the week.

NASL Spring Season Hits Crucial Penultimate WeekendNASL
All eyes will be on South Florida as the New York Cosmos have a chance to claim back-to-back Spring Season titles in the first of five kickoffs on Saturday night. Several teams will be cheering on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers to nick any amount of points off the league leaders.

USL: Surgery scheduled for Kickers forward Delicate Soccer America
Richmond Kickers forward Matthew Delicate will undergo a medical procedure Friday to remove a cancerous growth from his kidney, the team has announced.

Kickers to Welcome Premier League’s Swansea CityUSL
The Richmond Kickers have announced the club will host Swansea City A.F.C. of the English Premier League in an international exhibition at City Stadium on Saturday, July 16 at 7 p.m. ET. The prestigious match will be part of an 11-day, two-game East Coast tour for the Swans, and will mark the third consecutive year a team from England’s top flight will appear in Virginia.

New dad tries to keep professional soccer dream going with RowdiesTampa Times
Juan Guerra is 29. He is Venezuelan and has one of seven Rowdies roster spots available to international players. To keep his job, he has to bring something to the field an American player can’t. The competition is always fierce. Santiago was born just before preseason training started, and two-a-day practices on three hours’ sleep take a toll. Maria’s green card doesn’t allow her to work, so Juan is the sole breadwinner. And they just bought a house.

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Japan rallies to tie US women in ColoradoTSN
Kumi Yokoyama scored in stoppage time to give Japan a 3-3 tie with the United States on Thursday night in a rematch of the Americans’ victory last year in the Women’s World Cup final.

Matildas wind up Rio preparations with NZ double header over next week Sydney Morning Herald
Australia has never won a soccer medal at the Olympic Games. But the nation has probably never had a better chance than in Rio, when the Matildas go into the 12-nation tournament as one of the form teams.

Female Leaders coming to Zurich for 2nd edition of FLDPFIFA
Participants in the second edition of FIFA’s Female Leadership Development Programme (FLDP) will attend workshops in Zurich from 6-9 June.

UEFA Euro 2017 Qualifier – Denmark 4-0 Slovakia: Crucial victory puts the Danes in secondVavel
After a dominant display, Denmark overtake Slovakia in the standings and are one step closer to the European Championships. Pernille Harder, Sanne Troelsgaard and Nadia Nadim got the goals in Thursday’s win.

Griffiths asks his U17s side to be long-term LionessesThe FA
John Griffiths has led his England side to the FIFA Women’s U17s World Cup finals – but he has asked his players to already be thinking about a place at the senior equivalent in 2023.







How to Watch Copa America Centenario on TV in Canada BC Soccer Web
The Copa America Centenario kicks off on June 3 and runs through June 26 with the final at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. In Canada, you have three options for watching matches on TV.

Copa America Centenario starts FridayCONCACAF
The biggest soccer event in the United States in more than 20 years kicks off Friday, when the Copa America Centenario is launched with a meeting between the host nation and Colombia at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Copa America Centenario group previews SI.com
The much anticipated Copa America Centenario kicks off June 3, with the host United States taking on Colombia at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The match kicks off a march toward the June 26 final at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., where the champion of this one-of-a-kind competition will be crowned.

The SBI 2016 Copa America PreviewSBI
While the U.S. Men’s National Team will look to pull off some magic on their whole soil, the SBI team has broken down each group ahead the summer’s big tournament.

USA and Colombia ready to kick off Copa América partyAS.com
USA take on Colombia in the opening match of the Copa América Centenario at what will be a star-studded party as the world’s oldest international football tournament gets under way in Santa Clara California on Friday at the Levi’s Stadium.

What USA need to do to win the Copa América CentenarioThe Guardian
The USA are coming into the tournament on a learning curve, but if they start strongly, and play with a sense of adventure, Klinsmann has reason for optimism.

US praise Colombia’s talent, but Klinsmann, Cameron say they’re “beatable”MLS
Even if you don’t put much stock into the FIFA rankings, the prognosis for the United States national team’s Copa América Centenario opener against Colombia on Friday evening (6:30 pm PT, Univision Canada, PPV) looks unfavorable when you compare the two teams in terms of talent and pedigree.

USA-Colombia: Can hosts expose Cafeteros’ weaknesses? Soccer America
No doubt the Americans need their outside backs to get into the attack at opportune times, but the Colombians are renowned for pushing and chipping balls into spaces behind over-eager defenders.

Argentina have the class and confidence to end 23-year Copa América droughtThe Guardian
The generation of Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero and Angel Di Maria have never won a senior international prize. They may never have a better chance.

New IFAB rule changes will be implemented at Copa America CentenarioMLS
The Copa America Centenario will be the first major competition to implement soccer’s latest round of rule changes.

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Arsenal trigger Jamie Vardy’s release clause in move for Leicester strikerThe Guardian
Arsenal have triggered the release clause in Jamie Vardy’s contract and are ready to prise the England international from Leicester City in a deal worth around £20m. Arsène Wenger’s pursuit of Vardy represents a significant shift from Arsenal’s transfer policy in the past but the striker’s availability for a relatively modest fee, and the alternative option that he provides in attack with his searing pace, has fuelled the manager’s interest.

Swiss authorities search Fifa HQ as part of criminal investigationThe Guardian
Swiss authorities carried out a search of Fifa’s Zurich headquarters on Thursday into football’s world governing body.

FIFA lawyers say Blatter, Valcke and Kattner took $80m in bonuses ESPN FC
FIFA lawyers say former top officials Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner awarded themselves pay rises and World Cup bonuses totalling $80 million over 5 years.

Infantino reportedly orders council tapes destroyed as FIFA’s new culture of cover-up deepensInside World Football
Explosive new allegations have emerged of a cover-up orchestrated by FIFA president Gianni Infantino which could push him towards an ethics hearing only three months into the job.

Prosecutors split over Messi’s guiltTSN
Lionel Messi’s tax fraud trial has concluded with a public prosecutor calling for the player’s acquittal and the government prosecutor renewing his demand for a conviction.

Neymar: Barcelona striker will stay at club for ‘a long time’ BBC Sport
Barcelona forward Neymar is set to sign a new long-term contract, says sporting director Robert Fernandez.

Euro 2016: All 24 teams profiled in-depth Sportsnet
Sportsnet breaks down all 24 nations competing at this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament in France with our series of in-depth team profiles.

UEFA EURO 2016 final tournament scheduleUEFA
France will open UEFA EURO 2016 against Romania in St-Denis on 10 June while Spain start their defence versus the Czech Republic three days later after the match schedule was confirmed.

Euro 2016 and the forgotten victims of Saint-Denis The Guardian
The European Championship starts on Friday in Saint-Denis, a fragile area where the inhabitants are still scarred by last November’s terrorist attacks but hopeful the tournament can mark a new beginning.

England completes Euro preparations with win over PortugalSportsnet
Deploying England’s prolific striking trio for the first time as a combination didn’t produce the desired outcome — even against a Portugal side reduced to 10 men for most of Thursday’s friendly.

Carlo Ancelotti: This is how to win Euro 2016The Telegraph
When I look back over the league seasons in the biggest football countries in Europe, and then ahead to the championships in France over the next six weeks, I believe that Euro 2016 could be a tournament suited to one style above all. This could be the tournament of counter-attacking football.

Laurent Blanc’s future as manager of Paris Saint-Germain in doubtThe Guardian
Laurent Blanc’s position as the manager of Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain looked in jeopardy on Friday when the club president, Nasser al-Khelaifi, described their season as a failure.

Aston Villa hires Roberto Di Matteo as new manager Sportsnet
Roberto Di Matteo was hired Friday by Aston Villa, ensuring there will be two Champions League-winning managers in English soccer’s second tier next season after Rafa Benitez opted to stay at Newcastle.

Gulf nations set up new regional body to manage their competitionsInside World Football
Saudi Arabia and Yemen may have their political differences but football is bringing them together under a new eight-nation regional body that aims to streamline the administration of the sport in the region.

Authoritarian Rules Football: When sport becomes a political weaponFusion
Whether it is the 1974 Zaire World Cup squad (today’s Democratic Republic of Congo) that was a pawn of dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, Argentina’s 1978 World Cup team that became unwitting poster boys for the country’s military junta, or the army and secret police-backed clubs of the former USSR and the Communist states of Central and Eastern Europe, the stories of autocratic leaders manipulating teams and players to boost their popularity or egos are legion.

Clement d’Antibes and his famous cockerel will be absent from Euro 2016ESPN FC
The France supporter, real name Clement Tomaszewski, has become a familiar face at international tournaments after starting to bring a live bird to matches.

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