BC Soccer News, Weekend, June 30 – July 2, 2017



SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2017, 4:00 PM

‘Caps look to cool red-hot FireWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6W-6L-3D) face the red-hot Chicago Fire (10W-3L-4D) on Saturday afternoon in a Canada Day clash at Toyota Park.

Episode 205 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Burning Down The House with guests Shane Murray and Carl Robinson)AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps are on the road again, taking their injury and international call up ravaged squad to an in-form Chicago Fire side. Well in-form in the league, if not the Cup.

Injury-riddled Whitecaps aim to cool Chicago by fighting Fire with desireNational Post
The MLS has been working tirelessly at shedding its reputation as the Sunnyville Retirement Home of the soccer world, a place where fading stars come to play out their final few years, assuaging the pain in their aching legs with piles and piles of cash. (Steven Gerrard, we’re looking at you!).

After injury delay, Yordy Reyna ready to make MLS debut for WhitecapsMLS
It might have been only a fleeting glimpse, but Yordy Reyna’s preseason performances for the Vancouver Whitecaps were an exciting look at what the 23-year-old will bring to Major League Soccer in his debut season in North America.

How will the Fire respond after first setback in nearly two months?NBC Sports
Coach Veljko Paunovic has talked ad nauseum about how he wants the team to forge a winning mentality. While that sounds like coach speak, perhaps in defeat the Fire showed that the mentality is here. A team that hadn’t lost in nearly two months was still crushed to see a defeat as well as losing out on one of the trophies available to win this season.

New York City FC 3, Minnesota United 1 | 2017 MLS Match RecapMLS
New York City FC cruised to a 3-1 win over Minnesota United FC with three unanswered goals, two in the second half for its fifth straight league victory.

Pigeons Avoid Disaster in a Comfortable Win Empire of Soccer
New York City FC turned a disastrous start to the evening into a solid result Thursday defeating Minnesota United, 3–1, on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.

Actually, Minnesota United’s MLS Adventure Is off to a Good StartFifty Five One
Minnesota United isn’t going to make the playoffs this year, and it never was. Anyone who has said that making the postseason should be the club’s benchmark for success just isn’t living on the same planet where MLS has evolved from a messy and wide open contest to a mature and challenging league. But it wasn’t supposed to go this poorly, was it?

MLS Week 17: A Look AheadSBI
MLS week 17 is upon us and it will certainly be a 4th of July weekend filled with plenty of soccer.

FC Dallas and Toronto FC short on numbers while California Clasico loomsESPN FC
In any other week, a clash between the 2016 Supporters Shield winner and the defending Eastern Conference champion would be a really big deal. FC Dallas and Toronto FC are two of the most talented teams in Major League Soccer, each a serious contender to win silverware this season.

TFC’s Steven Beitashour undergoes surgery for injured pancreasSportsnet
Toronto FC defender Steven Beitashour underwent abdominal surgery for an injured pancreas, the team announced Thursday.

Red Bulls Sign Felipe to New DealEmpire of Soccer
The New York Red Bulls have agreed to terms on a new contract with Brazilian midfielder Felipe Martins, the club announced Thursday, the second member of its regular starting 11 to re-sign with the club in as many days.

Jesse Gonzalez Switches International Affiliation from Mexico to United StatesBleacher Report
FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez was approved to change his association from Mexico to the United States, according to U.S. Soccer, allowing him to play for the USMNT going forward.

Ashley Cole finds career rejuvenation, not a beach to relax, in Los AngelesSI.com
Now and then, perhaps out of habit or commitment to the cause, or maybe because they’re hoping to squeeze just a few more clicks out of their old chew toy, the English press will strain, lunge and take another swipe at Ashley Cole.

The Impact imposes sanctions on supportersSherbrooke Times
The organisation of the team in montreal has revoked certain privileges to the spectators in two sections of the stadium for the next three games at home.

Stoke City FC Coaches at Kamloops Youth Soccer High Performance School


Canada’s women’s soccer team to face U.S. at B.C. PlaceNational Post
Canada’s women’s soccer team will battle its American rivals in two games next fall. The Canadians and Americans will clash on Nov. 9 at B.C. Place Stadium in the first of two friendlies between the North American foes. The second match is Nov. 12 in the U.S.

Highlanders Capture Three Points In 1-0 Win Versus Lane United Highlanders FC
Highlanders FC (3W-0D-5L) posted a 1-0 win over Lane United FC (2W-4D-5L) in their first of three Premier Development League (PDL) matches in four days, June 29 at Willamlane Center in Oregon.

The 2017 Les Sinnott Memorial Boy’s Provincial CupBCSA
North Okanagan Youth Soccer Association (NOYSA) will play host to the Les Sinnott Memorial Boy’s Provincial Cup on July 6-9. Forty-six (46) under 13 to under 18 boys teams from throughout the province will arrive in Vernon to compete, within their respective age divisions, for the Les Sinnott Memorial Trophy.

Canada Soccer president defends position on Team Tibet, says ‘nothing nefarious’ going onCBC
The president of the Canadian Soccer Association says the Tibetan women’s soccer team is welcome to play in Canada in sanctioned tournaments as long as the required paperwork is completed.

Vancouver International Soccer FestivalOne Team United
VISF is a multi-cultural soccer tournament, including local, International, Homeless, First Nation, and multi-ethnic soccer teams.

South Delta players help Coastal win Premier CupDelta Optimist
A strong local contingent helped Coastal F.C. conclude the B.C. Premier Soccer League season in style on the weekend, defeating Mountain United 3-0 to be crowned Provincial Premier Cup champions.

U13 Selects win tournament prior to provincials Nelson Star
The Nelson Selects under-13 boys side are heading into provincials with a tournament win already behind them.

Chilliwack’s Connor MacMillan to don Canadian colours at 2017 UniversiadeChilliwack Progress
The University of the Fraser Valley athletic department is sending its largest-ever contingent to the 2017 Summer Universiade, which runs Aug. 19-30 in Chinese Taipei.

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
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PDL PHOTOS: TSS Rovers 2 Lane Utd. 2, May 12, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour and Holbrook Sports Management are excited to announce the expansion of the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour into the Canadian soccer market. With the first event previously announced to take place on the August 19/20 weekend in Surrey, BC, the 3v3 Soccer Tour will expand to Abbotsford, BC, on August 20 and will include men’s and women’s open divisions.

2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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.

REVIEW: The Miracle Mile. Stories of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games BC BookLook
Author Jason Beck is curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame in BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, and convenor two years ago of an excellent exhibition about the 1954 Games. In his first book, he proves to be a meticulous researcher, a compelling story-teller, and a crafty realist who knows how to hook his readers. Watch how, two pages into the book, he uses filmic technique to evoke the arriving athletes’ youthful buzz and give period colouring and costuming, but then smartly moves his camera in to introduce his stars.

TSS Rovers launch website & 2017 Season Ticket CampaignTSS Rovers
TSS FC Rovers play their inaugural season in the PDL at iconic Swangard Stadium. Season Tickets are $70 for Adults, $49 for U12 Youth.

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.

Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on saleHighlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!

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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Christine Sinclair recognized with Order of CanadaCSA
Canada Soccer congratulates Christine Sinclair on today’s announcement of her appointment to the Order of Canada. Having led Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team to two Olympic Bronze Medals, the medal she will wear today has a very different significance for Canada’s Captain.

Fiercest rivalry in women’s sport: Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team to face USA in Vancouver in NovemberCSA
It will be a clash between arch rivals when Canada hosts USA at BC Place at 19:00 PT (22:00 ET) on 9 November in the first of two matches between the North American foes, with a second match set for 12 November in the USA. With Canada determined to reach the top of the FIFA world rankings, the battle between the world’s top ranked USA and fourth ranked Canada will be must-see matches. Individual tickets for the match in Vancouver go on sale 5 July at 10:00 PT (13:00 ET) via Ticketmaster.ca and group tickets are available now.

Canada women handed chance to close in on World No. 1 USA in Vancouver friendlyWaking the Red
Fresh off a pair of comfortable wins over Costa Rica, Canada’s women’s national team will take on sterner opposition in November when they meet the United States in a double-header. The first match will be played at BC Place in Vancouver on November 9, with a return leg south of the border following three days later.

KW United Shakes Off Hard Road Trip With a Win at HomeNorthern Starting XI
KW United was eager to put a difficult road trip behind them as they entered University Stadium on Wednesday to face the West Virginia Chaos.

League1 Ontario Men’s Teams Looking To The Future With U23 FocusLeague1 Ontario
The 2017 League1 Ontario season is still young, but for almost half the teams in the men’s division, they are looking to the future rather than the present.

Tickets on sale for #CanadaRED international soccer match in Toronto CSA
Red, rouge, rosso, vermelho, rojo: no matter how you say it, Canadian supporters are asked to wear their #CanadaRED when Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team faces CONCACAF rivals Jamaica to close out the 2017 Summer of Soccer. The Men’s International Friendly match will give soccer fans a chance to show their Canadian pride when Canada returns to BMO Field in Toronto this Saturday 2 September.

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SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2017, 3:00 PM

Whitecaps FC 2 host Cascadia rival Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Canada’s 150th birthdayWhitecaps FC
On Saturday, Whitecaps FC 2 battle their cross-border rival Seattle Sounders FC 2 at Langley’s McLeod Athletic Park for their second meeting of the season. Aside from the Cascadia rivalry, the players should find extra motivation in impressing the home supporters on our country’s 150th birthday.

USL Weekend Preview – Week 15USL
The 2017 USL Regular Season reaches the halfway point of its 30-week schedule with top-three clashes in both the Eastern and Western Conference serving as the headline contests in Week 15’s weekend slate. After the midweek thrills of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the focus returns to the race for the USL Cup Playoffs, which remains tight in both conferences.

USL Week 15: San Antonio Takes on Water, Cincinnati Puts Out FireMLS Multiplex
All USL teams have been eliminated from US Open Cup play for this year, except one. FC Cincinnati carries forward the league banner having doused Chicago Fire of MLS in last week’s Round of 16.

Positive play rewarded for Diakité in second season with EddiesFC Edmonton
The towering defender has been a constant figure in FC Edmonton’s back-line since the beginning of 2016, rewarded with the captain’s armband twice this season.

Ingham making the most of opportunity in FC Edmonton netEdmonton Sun
Nathan Ingham believed he was capable of being the starting goalkeeper for FC Edmonton this season despite his inexperience at the professional level.

LouCity ready for Ottawa after intense weekNews and Tribune
After a tough road loss to Harrisburg City, Louisville City FC will return home this Saturday for a 4:30 p.m. PT game against Ottawa Fury FC at Slugger Field.

NYCFC Sends Gomez on Loan to RiverhoundsEmpire of Soccer
New York City FC defender Shannon Gomez has joined the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on loan for the remainder of the 2017 season.

FC Cincinnati shows there is no limit to what American soccer can becomeSB Nation
If you’ve followed American soccer for more than a couple of years, you’ve already heard that the men’s club game is “ready to explode” or “never going to make it” several times over. You also likely know that both of these statements are nonsense; men’s club soccer in the United States has been slowly, but very steadily growing over the last two decades.

USL DIII Hosts Informational Meeting for PDL TeamsUSL D3
DIII VP Short discussed ownership, stadium requirements and more.

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USWNT to play Canada WNT in home-and-home seriesSBI
It’ll be an exciting week in November as the U.S. Women’s National Team and Canadian Women’s National Team are set for a pair of friendlies later this year.

Waves target run of results ahead of Shelbourne test Irish WNL
UCD Waves manager Noel Kealy believes the current run of games could decide the direction of the WNL trophy at the end of the season.

Claire Emslie: Manchester City Women sign Scotland forward from Bristol CityBBC Sport
Manchester City Women have signed Scotland international Claire Emslie from Bristol City Women.

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Confederations Cup Final Preview: Chile v GermanyFIFA
Regardless of what happens in the FIFA Confederation Cup 2017 final in St. Petersburg, one thing is sure. After Brazil (4 titles), France (2), Argentina, Mexico and Denmark (1 each), there will be a new name on the trophy, as both Germany and Chile are in the final of this tournament for the first time.

Germany fires early to cruise past Mexico, into Confederations Cup final SBI
It only took 10 minutes for Germany to outclass Mexico for a spot in the Confederations Cup final.

Danilo: How did Real Madrid manage to convince Juventus to buy €32m flop?SN
When los Blancos signed the Brazilian from Porto for €31.5 million in 2015, they thought he would be their answer to Dani Alves. They were wrong. Spectacularly wrong.

Germany v Spain: U21 EURO final previewUEFA
Stefan Kuntz is looking forward to seeing Germany “measure ourselves against the best”, with Spain counterpart Albert Celades warning his side “miracles don’t exist”.

Gold Cup 2017: Group A PreviewMLS Multiplex
The Group without one of CONCACAF’s Giants will be one of the most even and interesting ones.

Gold Cup 2017: Group B PreviewMLS Multiplex
With the 2017 Gold Cup just around the corner, it is time to take a look at the USMNT and the three other teams competing to win Group B.

Manchester City could face transfer ban over signing 16-year-old Argentine The Telegraph
Manchester City face the prospect of a transfer ban if they are judged to have broken rules around the signing of a foreign teenage player at a court case due to be heard next week.

Sneijder plans Sampdoria switch as Galatasaray confirm Belhanda arrivalSN
Wesley Sneijder wants to return to Serie A and is keen on a move to Sampdoria, with his club Galatasaray bringing in Younes Belhanda as a potential replacement.

Club vs. club over I-League’s foreigners quota plan ESPN FC
Thursday’s meeting between representatives of the I-League clubs and All India Football Federation (AIFF) officials, to discuss the way forward for the 2017-18 season, appears to have split the clubs on the issue of the number of foreign players to be registered and fielded by the teams.

Temperatures rise in Australia as A-League clubs demand forensic audit of FFAInside World Football
Australia’s A-League clubs are increasing the stakes in their dispute with the Football Federation of Australia (FFA). Having refused the latest FFA cash offer earlier this week they are now demanding a forensic financial audit of the FFA’s accounts for the past three years.

Montpellier president Nicollin dies, helped club win title NBC Sports
Montpellier president Louis Nicollin, who helped to produce one of the biggest upsets in French football when his unfashionable club won the league in 2012, has died. He was 74.

Two rivals clubs announce same player as new signing on same day ESPN FC
Two rivals clubs from Belfast, Northern Ireland are at loggerheads once again after both claiming to have signed the same player.

‘You’re like a gladiator’: calcio storico players on the world’s most brutal gameThe Guardian
Every year in Florence four teams of locals kick, punch and wrestle each other in an event that dates back to the 15th century. Why do they keep doing it?

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