BC Soccer News, Weekend, March 11-13, 2016



SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2016, 5:30 PM




MLS Matchday #2 – Vancouver Whitecaps at Sporting Kansas CityBC Soccer Web
ALL of the previews and news for Saturday’s match between Sporting KC & Vancouver Whitecaps.

MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Christian Bolaños for one matchWhitecaps FC
The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced today that Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Christian Bolaños has been suspended for one match and fined an undisclosed amount for a serious foul in the 62nd minute of Whitecaps FC’s match against Montreal Impact on March 6.

Christian Dean Out 3 to 4 Months After Foot Surgery Eighty-Six Forever
Looks like the Center Back Position just got a little less crowded in Vancouver. According to a media release from the Whitecaps, defender Christian Dean will miss the next three to four months, as he recovers from left foot surgery.

Vancouver Whitecaps don’t like the tale of the tape Soccer Shorts
Thursday wasn’t a great news day for the Vancouver Whitecaps with central defender Christian Dean announced as being out of action for three to four months with a foot injury and midfielder Christian Bolaños suspended for one game for his challenge on Laurent Ciman during Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to the Montreal impact last Sunday.

Whitecaps’ ‘rock’ was rather porous, making little ImpactThe Province
The Whitecaps’ season-opening loss was the kind of game ex-professional defenders take personal offence to. Just trust me on that one. I’ve got the messages to prove it.

PODCAST: Soccer Talk – March 11 – 2016Soccer Talk
On this episode, Tyler Green and Simon Fudge discuss Whitecaps FC’s opening day defeat to Canadian rivals Montreal Impact at BC Place and if there is any need for concern, as Carl Robinson’s side head to the American Midwest to face Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.  Tyler and Simon give their thoughts on Thursday’s news that ‘Caps midfielder Christian Bolanos will miss this weekend’s game through suspension.

Drogba-less Impact look for second straight win over wounded Red BullsKelowna Daily Courier
If the Montreal Impact took it as a challenge to win in the early part of the Major League Soccer season without star striker Didier Drogba, then so far they’ve done just fine.

Shipp-Piatti combo shows promise for Impact Sportsnet
It’s only one game, so nobody is heralding them as the new midfield dynamic duo of Major League Soccer just yet. There’s no denying, though, that Harry Shipp and Ignacio Piatti combined to great effect for the Montreal Impact in last week’s season-opening win away to Vancouver Whitecaps.

New Style Brings Success for Toronto FC – Prost Amerika
Toronto FC came into New York to open the season and left a hushed Red Bull Arena with a 2-0 victory. Although all Marco Delgado could hear were the screams echoing from his mouth after his goal in the 91st minute sealed the deal for his club.

Toronto FC defender Damien Perquis wears his heart on his sleeveGlobe & Mail
The French-born Polish international centre back also wears his heart on his sleeve with Toronto FC. Most times, he will greet you with a smile and a handshake. But he can rage on the field and off it.

Toronto FC acquire right of first refusal for Ben Spencer in trade MLS
Toronto FC and Real Salt Lake announced a trade on Thursday, in which Toronto acquired the right of first refusal for forward Ben Spencer in exchange for targeted allocation money.

Toronto keeper Clint Irwin glad to have second chance in Major League SoccerESPN FC
Every time Clint Irwin finds himself back in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, he makes a point of catching up with his old boss, Kyck CEO Mac Lackey, and they end up having the same conversation.

Counting Canadians as Domestics for US-Based MLS TeamsEighty-Six Forever
Last week, Sporting Kansas City and Canadian defender Marcel de Jong ‘mutually’ parted ways after one season with the club. The next day Ottawa Fury FC of the NASL signed the defender. This came as a bit of a surprise to some fans as it was believed that Marcel de Jong was capable enough to be on an MLS roster. After all, he had played for 10 in the Dutch and German leagues, including 5 with FC Augsburg, had 42 caps for the Canadian national team, and will be a key contributor to the national team’s attempt to qualify for the World Cup. And yet, the 29-year-old was unable to find employment in MLS.

NYCFC Notes: Lampard questionable, Vieira talks Pirlo and moreSBI
If New York City FC is to win its home opener and improve to 2-0 this weekend, the club may very well have to do so without Frank Lampard.

Remember Chad Ochocinco? He’s at it again, saying he could make Sporting KC’s rosterKansas City Star
Five years later, no longer in the NFL, Ochocinco says he’s a talented enough soccer player to make the Sporting KC roster — if he receives the opportunity.

Orlando City needs focus and composure against Chicago Fire Orlando Sentinel
Focus and composure were themes this week in training and what Orlando City (0-0-1, 1 pt.) hopes to bring against visiting Chicago Fire (0-1-0, 0 pt.) in its second game of the season at 7 Friday night at the Citrus Bowl.

Nocerino eager to experience Orlando City “spectacle” as MLS debut looms MLS
Lions fans may not get to see too much of Nocerino on his much-anticipated Lions debut against Chicago Fire on Friday, but he is convinced it won’t be long before they see the best of him.

Orlando City SC’s Not So Magical Kingdom Vice Sports
This past summer, an odd thing happened: a pro sports owner experienced a change of heart and promised to pay for the construction of a stadium for his team. It seemed too good to be true.

Ignacio Piatti edges Higuain to win Week 1 AT&T MLS Goal of the WeekMLS
Montreal Impact star Ignacio Piatti is your first AT&T MLS Goal of the Week winner for 2016, after his mazy solo run and finish in Sunday’s win over Vancouver narrowly outpolled Federico Higuain’s jaw-dropping bicycle kick for Columbus Crew SC in a 2-1 loss at Portland.

For D.C. United’s Lamar Neagle, the time has comeWashington Post
Lamar Neagle went through the paces of preseason knowing full well he would not play in D.C. United‘s first two competitive matches of the 2016 campaign. Having participated in the CONCACAF Champions League with his previous team, the Seattle Sounders, he would have to watch the two-leg quarterfinals from afar and wait for the MLS regular season to begin before debuting with his new club.

Giovani Dos Santos out for LA Galaxy vs. Rapids, putting Mexico hopes in doubtMLS
Giovani Dos Santos looks like a no-go for the LA Galaxy’s match this weekend after exiting their MLS opener with a leg injury, and it could jeopardize his chances of returning to Mexico’s national team for its World Cup qualifiers against Canada later this month.

Colorado Rapids vs LA Galaxy, 2016 MLS: Match PreviewLAG Confidential
So now we’ve seen the LA Galaxy in MLS action. Bruce Arena’s men needed a bit of magic from Mike Magee to beat D.C United 4-1 at Stubhub Center last Sunday.

Houston Dynamo vs FC Dallas Preview: Injuries to play a part in rivalry match upDynamo Theory
Saturday’s match is the first of three big games between in-state rivals the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas to be played this season. This series has gone any way but Houston’s in recent history. FC Dallas has won the last five game between these two team. The Dynamo had dominated the early part of the Texas Derby’s history, but have struggled since 2013.

Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake PreviewEmerald City Swagger
The Sounders are off to Salt Lake City this weekend to face the fearsome front line of Real Salt Lake. For RSL, it’s their home opener and a chance to forget the miserable ending to their season opener on the road against Orlando City. Up 2-0 in stoppage time, RSL allowed Brek Shea to hit a beautiful cross in to Clyde Larin, who one-touched it home for the goal. 65 seconds later, Orlando City scored again to tie the game and cost RSL two points on the road.

MLS Preview and Prediction: San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland TimbersMLS GB
San Jose Earthquakes welcome Portland Timbers to Avaya Stadium on Sunday night in what is set to be a big test for the home side in an all-Western Conference affair.

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Dario Zanatta signs new contract with Hearts Edinburgh News
Dario Zanatta has signed a new contract tying him to Hearts until May 2019. The 18-year-old Canadian has impressed club management after breaking into the first team last October and been rewarded with an extended deal.

Dario Zanatta surprised by his speedy progress at Hearts EuroSport
Hearts midfielder Dario Zanatta admitted his recent progression has taken even him by surprise after signing a new three-year contract.

Burnaby takes aim at fifth B.C. soccer title Burnaby Now
When does a streak become a dynasty? The Burnaby Metro Selects Lakers have crossed that line. The under-18 metro boys team will be competing in their fifth straight provincial cup this summer, after topping the Metro League.

VIPL Riptide Spring Academy Meeting Wednesday, March 16th 6:30 pm at the Old House VIPL Riptide
The VIPL Riptide are pleased to see the momentum building for the 2016 Spring Soccer Academy. Following a very successful information meeting on Friday, February 26th, 2016 with plenty of new faces and returning families we are all looking forward to another wonderful program. The next meeting will focus on the completion of the registration process for all interested and provide the opportunity for all new participants to be sized for the required clothing.

Nanaimo United women win 13-0Nanaimo News Bulletin
Nanaimo United’s Div. 1 women’s side roared into the cup semifinals. United’s women defeated the Saanich Fusion 13-0 in a Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association Doug Day Cup playoff match on Sunday at Merle Logan Field.

North Coquitlam Rebels hoist district banner Tri City News
For the third year in a row the North Coquitlam USC Rebels have won the district championship. The under-18 girls soccer club took down the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Inferno 1-0 on Sunday to secure the title during a game at the Town Centre Park, punching their ticket to the provincial play downs.

Sell-out Canada Sevens event the result of Metro Vancouver’s Olympic legacyCTV News
Take the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Vancouver last year. Canada Soccer estimates the nine matches (including the final) generated $82.9 million worth of economic activity for the City of Vancouver alone. Analysis pegged the overall economic impact for Canada at a whopping $493.6 million. The month-long tournament had six host cities across the country.

BC Place’s pricey plastic pitch: lowest bidder with highest qualifications overlookedBusiness in Vancouver
The cost of the artificial turf installed in BC Place Stadium for last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup and this weekend’s HSBC World Rugby Canada Sevens tournament was almost double what two of the competing bidders offered.

BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting Candidates for its Board of DirectorsBCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June 11, 2016. Prospective candidates are invited to review the information provided on the BC Soccer web site www.bcsoccer.net. Candidates who provide notice to BC Soccer Assoc. of their intent to stand for election by May 1, 2016 will have their applications circulated to the membership in early May.

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 w17 face USA just one win away from Jordan 2016 CSA
Canada can qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 as early as this Friday night through a CONCACAF semi-final match against rivals USA. Canada, who finished second in Group A with two wins and six points, will face the Group B winners on 11 March in the second semi-final match of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship.

Canada aims to take ‘massive step forward’ against Mexico Goal
The Canadians sit in second place in Group A and could control their own destiny with a positive result against the Mexicans later this month.

Nigeria: Kanu Soccer Academy to Train 400 Young Nigerians in CanadaAll Africa
Former Super Eagles striker, Nwankwo Kanu has devised another means of helping young Nigerians achieve their dreams in football. From August 1, 2016, kids from all over the world, (U-11 and U-18) will converge in Alliston ON, Toronto, Canada, for the first Residential Soccer camp being put together by the Kanu Soccer Academy.

Alberta youth soccer teams look to wrap up their indoor season as Provincial Champions SIRC
Spring is coming and youth soccer teams across the province will look to wrap up their indoor seasons with the Alberta Soccer Indoor Provincial Championships this weekend. After five months of league and tournament play, the Championships  will determine the best teams in the province for each respective gender, age group and level of play.

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#FCEinScotland: How To Track FC Edmonton During Their Scotland TripFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton departs Edmonton, Mar. 10 for their inaugural trek overseas, as they head to Scotland for an immersive two-week, four-match preseason trip. The team will face Scotland’s Partick Thistle, Airdrieonians FC, Queens Park FC, as well as England’s Newcastle United U-21 side.

FC Edmonton building soccer culture on and off the pitchEdmonton Journal
While head coach Colin Miller hopscotches around the old country with a group of 30 players, assistant coaches, therapists, public relations and administration personnel, FC Edmonton’s new general manager Jay Ball will be minding the store for the next two weeks.

NASL Ticker: Rayo OKC signs Samaras, Rowdies, Puerto Rico FC and moreSBI
Ahead of its inaugural season, Rayo OKC has made a big splash by signing an international star, while teams like the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Puerto Rico FC continue to add to their rosters.

New York Red Bull II Announce Preseason RosterEmpire of Soccer
Two weeks away from New York Red Bull II’s first USL game of 2016, we have our first glimpse at who will take the field. New York’s preseason camp will see 21 players in total with the roster consisting of seven USL contracted players and 12 trialists.

USL Officially Announces New Rochester Ownership Empire of Soccer
The worst kept secret in the USL has finally been made official as minority owners of the Sacramento Kings, David and Wendy Dworkin, take over the 2015 USL Champion Rochester Rhinos.

T2 to play Swope Park Rangers in Boise in USL matchup on June 4Oregon Live
The Portland Timbers’ USL club T2 will play the Swope Park Rangers, the USL club of Sporting Kansas City on June 4 in suburban Boise. The match highlights the Timbers’ move to expand its exposure in Idaho, the team’s homegrown territory, and deepen its brand recognition in the region.

United Soccer League testing Boise as pro market with Timbers 2Idaho Statesman
After hosting two international soccer powers last summer, the Treasure Valley will further test itself as a soccer market this summer. Two United Soccer League clubs — the Portland Timbers 2 and Swope Park Rangers of Kansas City — will play a league match at 7 p.m. June 4 at Rocky Mountain High.

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U.S. Soccer Commits To Holding SheBelieves Cup For The Next Three Years Sports Business Daily
The USSF has confirmed that the SheBelieves Cup will return for the next three years, with England, France and Germany all returning as participants in future years. Dates and locations of matches are still to be determined.

Orlando Pride Defender Taryn Hemmings Announces RetirementOrlando SC
Orlando Pride defender Taryn Hemmings has retired from professional soccer, the Club announced today. Hemmings, 29, was selected by the Pride with the No. 3 pick in the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Expansion Draft after three seasons with the Chicago Red Stars.

Female referees working towards Hyundai A-League goalWestfield W-League
Football Federation Australia (FFA) is continuing to provide development opportunities for female referees at both the elite and grassroots level and is excited about the likelihood of female referees controlling Hyundai A-League matches in the future.

Eniola Aluko column: Walking on for my 100th cap was emotional BBC Sport
After reaching 100 England caps in our last match of the SheBelieves Cup against France, I was reminded by one of my team-mates about the first time I turned up to an England camp.

Lloyd looks back at Canada 2015FIFA
In our interactive video interview on FIFA.com, we invited the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2015 to look back at selected moments from last summer and review the tournament once more.

South Korea’s WK-League PrimerKeeper Notes
The eighth full season of WK-League kicks off next Monday, March 14th. The Korean women’s soccer league has been an integral part of turning the South Korean women’s national team into a side that is internationally competitive. The league has enabled the development of quality players for the national team.

Yolula shines in women football The Tembisan
A 23-year-old Tembisa resident plays for the South African national women’s soccer team. Yolula Tsawe, who originally hails from Umthatha, near Cape Town, where she first began playing soccer. “I was introduced to the sport by a family member. I joined the boys playing on the streets for small bets,” she said.

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Rafa Benitez to take over as Newcastle managerSportsnet
Rafa Benitez started this season tasked with winning the Champions League with Real Madrid. He will end it trying to keep Newcastle in the English Premier League.

Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United: Van Gaal’s side flop in first-leg as De Gea saves embarrassmentVavel
It was a night to forget for Manchester United as they were outclassed during the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the first-leg of their Europa League last-16 tie. Daniel Sturridge converted from the penalty spot on 20 minutes, and the hosts would have doubled their lead if it wasn’t for David De Gea, who produced some magnificent saves.

Europa League last-16 first-leg talking pointsUEFA
David de Gea prevented a rout and Marco Reus excelled out on a night when Shakhtar spread the goals around and holders Sevilla remained on course: our reporters recap the action.

Staying healthy key for Leicester’s title drive Sportsnet
Leicester have shown some good depth this season when necessary, but losing Mahrez or Jamie Vardy would be damning. Thankfully they don’t play until Monday this week so they have an extra day or so to get healthy.

Slaven Bilic cautious of United’s “wounded lions” Vavel
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has warned his side of ‘wounded lions’ at Manchester United ahead of their FA Cup quarter-final clash on Sunday.

Mario Balotelli’s Milan reunion is not working out well for either sideESPN FC
After an encouraging new beginning that got everybody’s hopes up, then there was nothing. Balotelli got hurt as an old hernia injury flared up and, after putting off surgery, he went under the knife in Munich. It was the worst thing that could happen to Balotelli because, when you get injured, all of a sudden you have a lot more time on your hands.

Russell Slade: Cardiff City play-off race ‘could go down to the wire’BBC Sport
Cardiff City manager Russell Slade has warned the scramble for Championship play-off places could go down to the final day of the season.

Former Argentina defender Roberto Perfumo dies at 73Winnipeg Free Press
Roberto Perfumo, a former Argentina defender who played in two World Cups, has died after falling at a restaurant. He was 73.

Antonio Conte told to give Chelsea squad core identity – not build new teamThe Telegraph
Wherever he watched Wednesday’s Champions League elimination to Paris Saint-Germain, the new Chelsea manager-in-waiting Antonio Conte will already have a clear idea of the task that awaits him next season and why he is the 12th managerial appointment of the Roman Abramovich era.

Could Italian match-fixing scandal count Conte out at Chelsea?Inside World Football
Italy national coach Antonio Conte is edging closer to taking over at Chelsea’s but hanging over him is a match-fixing debacle from his time at Siena.

Nigeria wonderkid Kelechi Nwakali reveals he has signed five-year deal with Arsenal The Independent
Nigerian wonderkid Kelechi Nwakali has revealed that he has signed for Arsenal. The highly-rated 17-year-old, who was player of ther tournament as Nigeria won the Under-17 World Cup in Chile last year, has confirmed that he has signed a five-year deal. Further reports claim that the fee is rise to around £3m.

Scottish FA to ramp up drug testing after embarrassing decline revealed The Guardian
The Scottish Football Association hopes to submit the funding necessary to re-establish drug testing levels to those of 2013 by the start of next season, after being embarrassed by a report which showed only eight such tests were carried out in a recent nine-month spell.

Thanks to FIFA and National Politics, Indonesian Soccer is a Giant MessVice Sports
Far away from FIFA’s glass-encased and Bond-villainesque Zurich offices, but somewhere among the shopping malls, mind-numbing traffic and tropical heat of Jakarta, you can find evidence of the international soccer organization’s inept governance.

Mansfield’s Adi Yussuf given five-match ban for urinating behind Plymouth standThe Guardian
The Mansfield forward Adi Yussuf has been banned for five games and fined after being found guilty of urinating at the back of a stand during a recent game.

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