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WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Kianz Froese for one match – Whitecaps FC
The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced today that Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Kianz Froese has been suspended for one match and fined an undisclosed amount for a serious foul in the 74th minute of Whitecaps FC’s match against Sporting Kansas City on March 12.
MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Kianz Froese, Shkelzen Gashi – MLS
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended two players, fined two more and suspended a staff member for actions taken in Week 2 of the 2016 MLS season.
Kendall Waston, Christian Bolaños, Blas Pérez called up for World Cup Qualifying – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Kendall Waston, midfielder Christian Bolaños, and striker Blas Pérez were called up to their respective national teams for the fourth round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying.
‘It’s been self-inflicted’: Whitecaps looking to correct mistakes – Times Colonist
The Vancouver Whitecaps’ main concern isn’t that they’ve dropped their first two games of the season. It’s the self-defeating way those losses came about. The club fell 3-2 at home to the Montreal Impact in its opener before last weekend’s 2-1 road setback to Sporting Kansas City.
The Blas Pérez Column: New team, new city, new derby – AFTN
We’re pleased to introduce to you our latest columnist here at AFTN and he’s a man very well known to Vancouver supporters and fans throughout MLS and the CONCACAF region – Whitecaps and Panama striker, Blas Pérez.
Big new Whitecap Andrew Jacobson spurns ‘crusher’ stigma – The Province
Andrew Jacobson is used to the judgments. The newest Whitecap is a 6-foot-2 central midfielder, which naturally means one thing.
Mattocks out, Jacobson in – Whitecaps Fan Blog
The Darren Mattocks soap opera in Vancouver has finally come to an end. The striker was known here for his blinding speed and poor touch. There is no doubt he scored some big goals, most notably his goal against the LA Galaxy which put the Whitecaps up 1-0 in their first ever Major League Soccer playoff game in 2012.
Newcomer Jacobson brings calm to Whitecaps – Sportsnet
With the Vancouver Whitecaps’ season off to a rough start—the club is 0-2 for the first time in its Major League Soccer history—a bit of calm and composure could be just what the team needs.
MLS Week 3 preview – Goal
Didier Drogba returns to the fold for the Montreal Impact against FC Dallas, while the LA Galaxy host the San Jose Earthquakes in a California Clasico clash.
MLS weekend preview: have NYC FC finally learned ‘the City way’? – The Guardian
Patrick Vieira side’s are scoring plenty of goals – they’re just not stopping them at the other end. Elsewhere, Montreal Impact are doing just fine without Didier Drogba.
PODCAST: Two Solitudes Soccer Podcast #130 VWFC Talk with Tyler Green, UWS and the CSA and the Canadian Review featuring Harry Shipp – SPN
Duane and Kevin talked to Tyler Green of Soccer Talk Vancouver Podcast and 24 Hours Vancouver about the early struggles for the Whitecaps and the Darren Mattocks trade.
Colorado’s Marco Pappa eager for fresh start after “dark” offseason– MLS
The Rapids are the latest stop in the 28-year-old’s soccer journey, which began at the age of 16 with Municipal in his home country of Guatemala before the Chicago Fire brought him to MLS, where he scored 26 goals and added 16 assists from 2008-2012.
Without Dykstra, who will D.C. turn to in goal? – Prost Amerika
It is never a good sign when just before the third match of the season a club is turning to their third string goalkeeper. It is usually a mark of bad luck and a sign that there could be trouble ahead. It is not necessarily a “all hope is lost” moment but mostly an indicator that their plans might need to change to achieve success.
Klinsmann to bring in injured Altidore to USMNT camp ahead of qualifiers – SBI
He has missed the first two weeks of MLS due to an injury, but Jozy Altidore will be joining the U.S. Men’s National Team ahead of two World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala.
Minnesota United Stadium Bill Heads to Legislature – Northern Pitch
Minnesota United FC’s stadium end game begins today. State House Rep. Tim Sanders (R-Blaine), and State Sen. Sandy Pappas (D-St. Paul), will each bring to the floor of the Minnesota State House and Senate a bill to give tax exemptions for a soccer stadium in St. Paul. It will also ask for sales tax exemptions for construction materials of the stadium lasting for one year after the completion of the project, and an individual liquor license for Minnesota United FC.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Major Award Finalists for 2015-16 Vikes varsity season announced –UVic
This year’s Athlete of the Year nominees on the men’s and women’s sides exhibit exceptional athletic achievement over the past season. The men’s nominees include CIS men’s swimming 1500-metre gold medalist Jon McKay, CIS cross-country and track gold medalist and Canada West Athlete of the YearOlivier Collin, as well as men’s soccer CIS and Canada West Player of the Year Cam Hundal. The women’s nominees include women’s soccer Canada West Most Valuable Player and CIS All-Canadian Emma Greig, women’s field hockey CIS silver medalist and Outstanding Contributor award-winner Kathleen Leahy and women’s rugby Canada West Most Valuable Player and CIS All-Canadian Jess Neilson.
LMG set for semifinal showdown with Saanich – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan LMG will make a bid to reach the Jackson Cup final for the sixth time in seven years when the team faces Saanich Fusion in the semifinal this weekend.
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!
BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting Candidates for its Board of Directors – BCSA
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.
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
Mexico release roster for upcoming World Cup qualifiers vs. Canada – MLS
The Mexican national team roster has been announced for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Canada.
Sinclair and Canadians gearing up for NWSL season – Sportsnet
Canada’s contingent of players head into the National Women’s Soccer League pre-season with plenty of motivation after the Reds captured their first Algarve Cup just a week ago.
Canada will face Japan, Nigeria and Spain in Group B at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 – CSA
Canada’s Women’s U-20 team was drawn into position B2 at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 final draw, setting the stage for a challenging group stage.
Intriguing groups drawn for PNG 2016 – FIFA
The Official Draw for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup has taken place at the Home of FIFA, with the pick of the sections pairing Canada and Japan with Nigeria & Spain.
Players selected for m15 identification camp as part of EXCEL Program – CSA
Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Youth Program’s eastern U-15 identification camp will take place from 21 to 24 March in Montréal, Québec. The camp will feature a selection of 14 players born 2001 or later from Québec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. The camp will also feature academy players from Impact Montréal FC.
17 players from the Academy at the national identification camp – Montreal Impact
Players from the Montreal Impact Academy born in 2001 will be invited to the East of Canada U15 identification camp, hosted by the Canadian Soccer Association, from March 21 to 24, in Montreal.
New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame to get 6 new members – CBC
David Foley, who played for the Winnipeg Fury Soccer Club, is the first soccer player to be inducted into New Brunswick’s hall. He was the Fury’s leading scorer when he retired in 1991.
Women’s indoor soccer from Barrie college eye provincial crown – Barrie Examiner
The Georgian Grizzlies women’s indoor soccer team begins its quest for a provincial championship starting Friday at Redeemer College.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
Miller pleased with how close-knit the Eddies have become in Scotland – the11.ca
With international call-ups, FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller has had to deal with a revolving cast of character as the team continues its preseason preparations in Scotland.
Montreal’s Sukunda confident ahead of year two – Indomitable City Soccer
Academy-styled FC Montreal got off to a slow start in its first USL campaign, but young defender Zachary Sukunda tells ICS that he and his mates have “no excuse” this year.
Even after strong 2015 season, still few people believe in Orange County Blues – Goat Parade
The fact that the club came in before the era of massive expansion in USL means they missed out on a lot of the hype new teams got the last few years. Add to that the irrefutable fact that OC’s fanbase is small, even by USL standards, and many folks just have it out for this team anyway.
Fans will have S2 ownership money returned, retain stake in club – Sounder at Heart
When the Seattle Sounders launched their USL affiliate in October 2014, it was supposed to be something more than a reserve squad. A major component of that “something” was a 20 percent fan ownership stake through a supporters trust.
2016 USL Preview: Sacramento Republic FC – USL
By Sacramento Republic FC’s high standards, the club’s sophomore season was a bit of a letdown following its 2014 championship in Year 1. A strong regular-season push in 2015 ended with a Western Conference Quarterfinal loss to the LA Galaxy II at Bonney Field. Some key players from last year’s squad have moved on, but rest assured, Paul Buckle’s club is eager to return to the glory it experienced in its first campaign.
SF Deltas Secure Kezar Stadium, Agree to Invest in Facility – Empire of Soccer
The NASL hopeful San Francisco Deltas have won the approval they were seeking to call Kezar Stadium their first home venue. The organization received unanimous approval from the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Commission for their request to use the historic venue starting in 2017.
TV Series Based On 70’s Era New York Cosmos In Works – Empire of Soccer
A new television show dealing with the Cosmos could be coming down the pipeline in the near future –and this one will have no connection to iconic scientists Carl Sagan or Neil deGrasse Tyson.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Dowie warning as women’s Super League prepares to kick-off for sixth season – Yorkshire Post
The rapid growth of the Women’s Super League has sparked fears that boom could turn to bust.
Long wait is over as Sheffield FC Ladies are set to kick off their first season in Women’s Super League – The Star
Sheffield FC Ladies general manager Helen Mitchell, hopes Club can make an impression on the FA Women’ Super League Two as she looks ahead to the biggest challenge the team has ever faced.
Lindsay Johnson on women’s ‘pocket money’ wages and media coverage – Vavel
The retired Everton Ladies defender gave her views on the wage gap and television coverage between men and women’s football.
Sasaki reflects on Nadeshiko tenure – Japan Times
Norio Sasaki said Friday he is proud of his endeavor with Nadeshiko Japan after his tenure as head coach of the women’s national came to an end.
Rio Olympics 2016: Matildas aiming for gold medal in games football sting – Daily Telegraph
THEY are three traits which earned them Olympic selection and now Matildas coach Alen Stajcic says Aussie fighting spirit, an intimidating attack and gritty defence can take his team to the top of the dais at the Rio Olympics — and beyond.
Rising soccer star Gloriana Villalobos: “Boys don’t like it when a girl is better” – Tico Times
Gloriana Villalobos, who first joined the Costa Rican Women’s National Soccer Team at the age of 15, has always been ahead of the game. Now 16, the young phenom is already getting serious looks from major college programs in the United States, where she hopes to play after graduating from the high school ranks here in Costa Rica. That is, if she doesn’t jump straight to the pro leagues, which the talented midfielder may have the ability to do.
Terms of the Deal Were Not disclosed. Wait, why? – Midfield Press
“Per league and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.” That sentence shows up in every story on NWSLSoccer.com about a player signing. Officially, no club can create a page on their website that lists what each of their players make. The only things we do know are that non-allocated players (players from the United States and Canada on their women’s national teams) are paid between $6,800 and $37,800 and that each team has a salary cap of $265,000.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Fifa to trial fourth substitute in extra-time at 2016 Olympic football tournament – The Guardian
An additional fourth substitute will be allowed in extra-time in matches played at this summer’s Rio Olympics and at the Club World Cup later in the year.
FIFA reveals former president Sepp Blatter’s salary – SI.com
FIFA revealed former president Sepp Blatter’s salary for the first time on Thursday, announcing he was paid $3.76 million in 2015, according to the Associated Press.
Barcelona-Atletico, PSG-Man City headline UCL quarterfinal pairings – SBI
Eight clubs from five different countries were paired together in the 2016 UEFA Champions League quarterfinals draw on Friday.
Philippe Coutinho’s ‘genius moment’ settled the tie, says Jürgen Klopp – The Guardian
Jürgen Klopp declared he was delighted with Philippe Coutinho’s “genius moment” that helped Liverpool moved into the quarter-final of the Europa League at the expense of their bitter rivals Manchester United.
Klopp, Liverpool draw Dortmund in Europa League – Sportsnet
Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool will meet in the Europa League quarterfinals in a match between Juergen Klopp’s past and present teams.
10 Premier League questions for the weekend – The Telegraph
Yes, Arsenal lost again. They crashed out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage for a sixth successive season. There was more disappointment for Arsenal fans and further turmoil for Arsene Wenger.
Liga MX Talking Points: Leon litmus test, Xolos playoff push Round 11 – Goal
There’s a top-four meeting this weekend with teams looking to go into the international break with a full head of steam.
Individual Tickets For Copa America Centenario To Go On Sale March 22 – LAFC
Individual tickets for all 2016 Copa America Centenario group stage, quarterfinal, semifinal and Third Place matches, will go on sale to the general public starting Tuesday, March 22 at 10 a.m. PT.
Hereford FC one step from historic Wembley visit after rising from the ashes – The Guardian
The club formed last summer when Hereford United were wound up play the second leg of their FA Vase semi-final against Salisbury on Saturday after getting a bigger crowd for the home leg than against Leicester City seven years ago
The Philadelphia World Cup: Kenney’s plan to unite a city – Aldia News
Mayor Kenney said his hope is the tournament will highlight Philadelphia’s diversity and bring together neighborhoods. It has always been a dream of his, he said. “The Germans from Cannstatter in the Northeast playing the Mexicans in South Philly playing the Ghanaians of Southwest and so on,” Kenney said. “When you bring people together around one commonality, it’s the foundation for important cultural exchange and understanding that increases tolerance across the city.”