VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. ORLANDO CITY SC
MLS MATCHDAY #16
SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2018, 4:00 PM PDT
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, B.C.
TV: TSN 1 & 4 RADIO: TSN 1040 ONLINE: TSN DIRECT
Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps v Orlando City – AFTN
Depending on how you look at it, the Whitecaps are either unbeaten in their last five, or have only one win in their last six. The former conjures images of a strong, somewhat dominant stretch, while the latter screams abject terribleness. The truth is somewhere in between, as the ‘Caps recent propensity for hard-fought draws means points have been both stolen and thrown away, leaving fans with a middling trail of results to ponder.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Orlando City SC | 2018 MLS Match Preview – MLS
After four consecutive maddening (if entertaining) draws, Vancouver Whitecaps FC finally returned to the win column with a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids last week. Next they host an Orlando City SC team desperate for three points after suffering their fourth consecutive defeat, dropping a 3-0 decision at NYCFC last Saturday.
High-flying ‘Caps host Lions in final match before World Cup break – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (5W-5L-5D) host Orlando City SC (6W-6L-1D) on Saturday afternoon in their final match before Major League Soccer’s World Cup break.
Teibert says it’s crunch time for Whitecaps to pile up precious points – The Province
The mythos of the B.C. Place Stadium fortress was first punctured by a rapier strike from LAFC, whose 2-0 victory in mid-April ended the Vancouver Whitecaps’ 11-game home unbeaten streak.
Canadian Doneil Henry off to a bright start with Whitecaps – Sportsnet
Every Thursday/Friday, Sportsnet.ca will chat with Sportsnet 650 radio commentator Dan Riccio about the big stories and issues surrounding the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Intelligence Report: Orlando City at Vancouver Whitecaps – The Mane Land
Orlando City got a reminder of what it’s like to win on Wednesday night as the club downed Miami United in the U.S. Open Cup. The Lions will look to build on that success with a quick turnaround as they travel on one of the most grueling road trips in the league (made slightly longer by leaving from Miami).
Orlando City, Whitecaps head in opposite directions – Fox Sports
With the midway point of the 2018 season and the two-week break for the World Cup looming, two teams currently holding on to tenuous spots above the playoff cutline will meet this weekend in Vancouver.
TSN joins the digital viewer chase – Vancouver Sun
Two years after Rogers launched their Sportsnet NOW service and just weeks after it was announced DAZN had taken on UEFA soccer rights, ending TSN’s history of showing top-level midweek European soccer, TSN has re-branded their TSN Go streaming service and opened it up to anyone who is willing to pay a fee. There had been little public chatter ahead of the move, making Thursday’s announcement something of a surprise.
Your complete guide to the Week 15 MLS slate – MLS
In to Week 15, which marks the final weekend before the World Cup break. Bear in mind that a bunch of teams are in a crazy busy stretch – Real Salt Lake, for example, are grinding through an absolutely brutal five-games-in-15-days run – which can/will undoubtedly lead to some squad rotation.
Despite scoring drought, Remi Garde is not worried about Ignacio Piatti – MLS
The Montreal Impact’s recent offensive struggles become easier to understand in the context of Ignacio Piatti’s silence on the scoresheet.
Heat is on as Impact tries to pad win streak in Dallas – Montreal Gazette
Impact visit coincides with heat wave in Dallas, but coach Rémi Garde said the biggest challenge will be overcoming a very talented squad.
Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC – Philly Soccer Page
The Philadelphia Union will surely be happy to be home on Friday night after a tempered debacle in Atlanta over the weekend. Before that match, things were taking a wide turn for the better. Four matches unbeaten in MLS and three wins by two goals or more. Hey, maybe the playoffs aren’t such a stretch. Then, very suddenly, Alejandro Bedoya and Haris Medunjanin get sent off on the road and the streak comes to a screeching halt with a 3-1 loss. What will the response be?
Everton’s Wayne Rooney and D.C. United discussions progressing – sources – ESPN
Wayne Rooney is continuing talks with Everton and D.C. United over his future, with sources telling ESPN FC that discussions are progressing with all parties and options remain open.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Groundhopping: Westhills Stadium (Langford, BC) – Future home to Victoria’s Canadian PL team – AFTN
The Canadian Premier League is coming to Vancouver Island next year and Westhills Stadium in Langford will be the place they will be calling home – hydro pole pending.
Best places to watch the FIFA World Cup in Vancouver – Daily Hive
Even though the Canadian men’s national team didn’t qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Canucks still love to watch the tournament along with the rest of the world (especially when there is food and beer involved).
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: KYSA seeks an Executive Director (PDF File) – KYSA
Kamloops Youth Soccer Association has an exciting opprtunity available for an Executive Director.
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
Canadian soccer official makes final stop on tour to promote North America World Cup bid – The Star
Peter Montopoli, Canada’s point man on the so-called unified bid to host the 2026 World Cup, has one more stop to make before flying to Moscow on Saturday for next week’s FIFA Congress.
Edmonton the next stop for Canadian Premier League – Edmonton Sun
The Canadian Premier League is getting it right. Still a year way from kicking a ball, the upstart league is already distinguishing itself from other failed attempts at a national professional soccer circuit.
Former FC Edmonton players can’t wait for city’s new professional club – The Star
Former FC Edmonton players are hoping the city gets behind a new soccer club coming to town as part of the Canadian Premier League.
Soccer takes centre stage with horses this summer at Spruce Meadows – Calgary Sun
For the first time, soccer cleats will be promoted alongside equestrian hooves in Spruce Meadows’ summer competition. Green logo signage of the venue’s Cavalry FC has appeared on jumping greens, while labelling on a Big Rock ale brewed for Spruce Meadows visitors bears the same martial imagery.
Would-be players giddy with excitement for pro soccer’s return – Winnipeg Sun
Tony Nocita looked at the excited faces of the kids in attendance and couldn’t help but go back in time. “I see myself and how it was for me,” the former pro soccer player from Winnipeg said, Wednesday.
Valour FC tickets moving nicely – Leader Post
Valour FC, one of the fledgling members of the new Canadian Premier League, took 643 deposits for season tickets in just over 24 hours, according to a spokesperson for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who own and manage the club.
Canadian Championships: Papouche Caps Off Historic Night of Soccer in Style – The Link
Flares, Broken Fences and Late Drama Highlight First Leg Match.
A Voyageurs Cup for the Rest – Maple Leaf Forever
The Voyageurs Cup is broadcast poison. Early rounds are no longer even televised; the semi-final and final make TSN on weird Wednesday evenings packed with Canadian Soccer Association house ads. Yesterday, when the 2018 edition kicked off, you could watch only on an obscure streaming service. I know a few serious Canadian soccer fans who had forgotten it was starting at all. That match was a historic one, too, between AS Blainville of the Première ligue de soccer du Québec and League1 Ontario’s Oakville Blue Devils. It was the first time teams from a domestic Canadian league had ever played in our national soccer championship, which for its first ten tournaments belonged to MLS, USL, and the NASL.
Canada finishes 6th in first appearance at prestigious Toulon soccer tournament – Medicine Hat News
Mathieu Choiniere scored in a losing cause Thursday as Canada suffered its first setback at a prestigious youth soccer tournament, falling 2-1 to France in the fifth-place game. Canada finished play at the 12-country Festival International Espoirs, better known as the Toulon Tournament, with a 1-1-2 record. Canada was playing at the event for the first time.
Four things we learned about Canada at Toulon Tournament – Sportsnet
Up until the final match, Les Rouges did not lose a single game. Canada had a young squad with just four players over the age of 19, with 17-year-old Noble Okello earning regular minutes and vital experience.
Camrose Soccer dominates Night Classic – Camrose Canadian
The Camrose Vikings U15 boys (Befus) soccer team got has exacted some revenge for a provincial gold defeat from last summer. The team beat the Vermilion Strikers 2-0 in the gold medal game in the U15 boys’ C Division of the Camrose Night Classic on Sunday. What was more important than revenge however, was gaining confidence that they could beat their northeastern rivals.
World Cup deserves extended drinking hours, says Edmonton MLA – CBC
If Edmonton-Ellerslie MLA Rod Loyola gets his way, World Cup soccer fans will be able to enjoy the beautiful game with a tall, cold one in hand first thing in the morning.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Toronto FC II sign Borja Angoitia – Toronto FC
Toronto FC II announced today that the club has signed goalkeeper Borja Angoitia.
Joe Cole Promoted to Player/Assistant Coach for Tampa Bay Rowdies – Tampa Bay Rowdies
Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Joe Cole has taken on additional duties as an assistant coach for the team, effective immediately, the club announced Friday.
USL denies expansion application for San Diego pro soccer team 1904 FC – San Diego Union-Tribune
On Wednesday the second-division United Soccer League announced a 2019 expansion team in Albuquerque, N.M., and the city was quickly added to the USL website with six others that have been granted future franchises. Not among them: San Diego.
It’s Time To Show Some Love For The Portland Timbers 2 Squad – Seattle PI
The Portland Timbers are looking like a winning franchise from top to bottom this season. It’s time to show some love to the (so far) highly successful Timbers 2 of the United Soccer League. The USL is the equivalent to the NBA G League or Triple-A baseball. It’s the second tier of American (and Canadian) soccer. The league is divided into East and West conferences and currently has 33 teams in total.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Alex Morgan scores, US women beat China 1-0 – London Free Press
Alex Morgan scored on a header in the 57th minute and the U.S. national team beat China 1-0 in an exhibition match Thursday night.
Sky Blue FC vs Washington Spirit preview: Two struggling teams meet in the lone game of the NWSL – Vavel
Sky Blue FC will host the Washington Spirit for the only game of week 11 in the NWSL. Both teams are coming off losses and are hoping to climb out of the bottom of the standings.
USWNT players and coaches thrilled to have Rodriguez back – American Soccer Now
Becoming a parent and rehabbing from a torn ACL has kept Amy Rodriguez away from the U.S. national team for long stretches in recent years, but the veteran returned last night in a 1-0 win over China, leaving her teammates and coaches thrilled to have her back.
Manchester United appoint Casey Stoney as head coach of women’s team – Manchester Evening News
Manchester United have appointed former England international Casey Stoney as head coach of their new professional women’s team.
Q&A: Casey Stoney’s first interview as head coach – Manchester United
The new Manchester United Women head coach, Casey Stoney, has spoken exclusively about her appointment and the club’s importance in the female game.
Jamaica to host Caribbean Women’s final-round WCup qualifiers – Jamaica Gleaner
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is elated that CONCACAF has accepted its bid to host the Caribbean Women’s Final Round Qualifiers at the National Stadium from August 25 to September 2.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Juventus seals $47 million move for Douglas Costa – NBC Sports
Douglas Costa’s outstanding loan season at Juventus has earned him a permanent move to Turin.
Liverpool: Emre Can and Jon Flanagan to leave Anfield – BBC Sport
Germany midfielder Emre Can will leave Liverpool when his contract expires this summer.
Ghana FA dissolved, risks FIFA ban ahead of 2026 WCup vote – Peterborough Examiner
Ghana risks being suspended from the 2026 World Cup hosting vote by FIFA after its government said Thursday it had disbanded the national soccer federation amid allegations of “widespread” corruption made in an undercover documentary.
Tensions rise at the World Cup as Nike refuses to supply Iranian players with cleats – CNBC
American sportswear brand Nike said they would not provide cleats to the Iranian National team this year. The decision followed the Trump administration’s plan to reimpose sanctions on the Middle Eastern nation, the company said.
Harry Kane: Tottenham striker signs new contract until 2024 – BBC Sport
England captain Harry Kane has signed a new six-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur until 2024.
World Cup match official resigns after cash sting revealed – Niagara Falls Reveiw
A World Cup assistant referee has resigned from duty after being caught taking a $600 cash payment in an undercover television sting. FIFA says Aden Range Marwa of Kenya told the world soccer body he would not go to Russia.
FIFA World Cup preview: Portugal and Spain set to cruise through Group B – Campbell River Mirror
The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14. Leading up to the tourney, we’ll offer our previews and predictions for each of the eight groups. Today, a look at Group B.
Argentina’s Lanzini tears knee ligament, out of World Cup – Sportsnet
Argentina midfielder Manuel Lanzini tore a ligament in his right knee on Friday, ruling him out of the World Cup.
All eyes on Lionel Messi, Argentina in Group D – Toronto Sun
Argentina wasn’t exactly convincing during CONMEBOL qualifying, winning just seven of 18 games to narrowly finish third in South America.
2018 FIFA World Cup – Group H Preview – Futbolgrad
Several World Cup teams have now announced their World Cup squads, and with the tournament kicking off in less than one week it is time to look ahead to the group stage of the tournament. Up next is our World Cup Group H preview.
FIFA World Cup preview: Uruguay expected to stomp through Group A – Abbotsford News
The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14. Leading up to the tourney, we’ll offer our previews and predictions for each of the eight groups, beginning with a look at Group A.
Uruguay have a good feeling ahead of World Cup, says Cavani – Four Four Two
Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani believes Uruguay have grown as a team ahead of the World Cup campaign in Russia.
Andrés Iniesta: ‘I’ve squeezed out every drop, there’s nothing left’ – The Guardian
As Spain’s midfielder prepares for his final World Cup he discusses how he spent his last minutes at Barcelona, the times he hit near-perfection and how football in his village shaped him.
English Premier League to implement winter break – Sportsnet
A February winter break will be introduced in the English Premier League from the 2019-20 season, the Football Association announced on Friday.
10 Great American Soccer Bars – Travel Channel
Take in the World Cup action this summer at these spots where fans of the beautiful game congregate regularly.
AUDIO: The World Cup: Holy Grail or Poisoned Chalice? – BBC World Service
All eyes will be on Russia shortly as it hosts the FIFA World Cup, one of the world’s great sporting occasions. The country will get a boost as tourists visit Russia’s many far flung cities and spend freely in hotels and restaurants. But staging the event is not cheap. Russia will be spending at least $12 billion at a time when its economy is suffering from sanctions. And – once the teams and their fans leave, the clean-up is expensive and the legacy uncertain. This week Ritula Shah and a panel of experts ask what’s to gain from hosting the beautiful game’s greatest showcase.