BC Soccer News, Weekend, March 6-8, 2020




SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2020, 7:00 PM PT



LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2020 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez will make his anticipated home debut Saturday when the LA Galaxy host the Vancouver Whitecaps with both teams searching for their first win of the young season.

Whitecaps prepare to get chippy with Chicharito, cheap Galaxy defenceThe Province
A soccer legend in Mexican international Chicharito will be making his home debut against the Whitecaps, but the Houston Dynamo gave the Caps the blueprint to shutting him down.

Redemption: Vancouver Whitecaps ‘focused’ on LA Galaxy clash after tough opening day lossBTS
The Vancouver Whitecaps are preparing to head down to LA this weekend, where they’ll face off against the Galaxy in what promises to be an entertaining matchup. After a tough loss in their home opener vs SKC, they head down with redemption on their minds, as they look to pick up their first win of the season.

MLS Week 2 preview: Rapids aim for 2-0; LAFC hosts PhillyNBC Sports
Major League Soccer’s first week of the 2020 season was low on surprises excluding Colorado’s 2-1 win at DC United.

MLS club statements ahead of Week 2 matches in wake of Coronavirus (COVID-19) casesMLS
In the wake of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases reported in King County, the Seattle Sounders FC released the following statement on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s scheduled MLS Week 2 match against Columbus Crew SC at CenturyLink Field. The San Jose Earthquakes also made a public statement.

Match Preview: Toronto FC look to continue dominance over New York City FC in 2020 home openerWaking the Red
After last week’s heartbreaking draw, TFC looks to get its first win of 2020 in their home opener.

Toronto FC: Alejandro Pozuelo on course for MVP-calibre seasonMLS Multiplex
Toronto FC squandered a two-goal lead against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday. But in the midst of the drama, Alejandro Pozuelo was superb. The midfielder can have an MVP-calibre season in 2020.

Obstacles overcome, TFC rookie Achara now hoping to set MLS on fireToronto Sun
Trying to get a professional athlete to reveal his personal goals for an upcoming season can be as difficult as getting a Fort Knox guard to give you the combination to the vault.

FC Dallas vs. Montreal Impact | 2020 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Two teams coming off Week 1 wins meet in Frisco when FC Dallas faces the Montreal Impact at Toyota Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

LAFC star Carlos Vela acquires green cardAngels on Parade
Los Angeles Football Club announced on Wednesday star forward Carlos Vela has acquired a green card and will no longer count as an international player for MLS roster purposes.

Kei Kamara, MLS’ Most Underappreciated Forward, Might Keep Scoring Until He Isn’tForbes
It was somewhere toward the end of Robin Fraser’s international playing career when then-U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena imparted this bit of wisdom: “There are no old players or young players. Just good players and bad players.”

St. Louis unveils stadium renderingsMLS4theLOU
Our proposed stadium will be more than a sports venue. It will be a destination in a new Downtown West district that will reflect our rich history and look forward into our future. Our mission will be nothing short of creating architecture, green spaces and gathering places that inspire our city and our fans.

26 Thoughts: Bruce Arena says Carlos Cordeiro has ‘no business being’ USSF president, and details his plan in New EnglandYahoo Sports
The Brooklyn-born, Long Island-bred 68-year-old has been with the league since the beginning, leading D.C. United to the inaugural MLS Cup championship in 1996, the first of five league titles. He’d go on to win another in D.C. and three more with the LA Galaxy in between stints as the manager of the U.S. men’s national team. Along the way, he also earned a reputation for speaking his mind.


VISL Previews – March 6-8, 2020BC Soccer Web
The top flight; Division 1, still has a little bit of unfinished business this weekend for divisional play – and there is plenty on the line.

Highlanders Announce Vikram Virk As Head Coach For 2020 SeasonHighlanders FC
Victoria Highlanders FC are pleased to announce a coaching update for the 2020 Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL) season. Highlanders’ Assistant Coach Vikram Virk will take over as the Highlanders’ Head Coach as Thomas Niendorf moves to the role of Managing Director.

Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame to add five individuals and one teamCFJC
Michelle Pye in soccer took her career from Kamloops Youth Soccer to the highest level as a FIFA refereee and official.

KEYSA House soccer registration runs to April 1E-Know
The 2020 Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association (KEYSA) house soccer registration is closing soon.

Brain Trust: How B.C.’s sports organizations are facing the concussion epidemicCBC
Are grassroots collision sports keeping athletes safe from traumatic brain injuries?

Tickets on sale for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team return to VancouverCSA
Tickets to the highly anticipated Canada-Australia Women’s International Friendly Match set for Tuesday 14 April at BC Place are on sale to the public today 29 January 2020 via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000.

BC Soccer Assoc. introduces Soccer Hall of Fame and Heritage Archives WebsiteBCSA
British Columbia has a glorious past in the game of soccer. Now fans, observers and historians of the beautiful game have a place to explore the people and events that helped shape soccer in our Province.

Penticton & PCSL revives Kennedy Cup Tournament for 2020BC Soccer Web
The John F. Kennedy Cup has a unique history amongst North America’s trophies for soccer. Founded in 1960, the Kennedy Cup was the first (and only) sporting trophy to be sanctioned by the late President of the United States. It also was the base for some of the first meaningful matches between clubs from British Columbia’s PCSL, California, Oregon, Washington and Mexico. When President Kennedy was assassinated in November, 1963, it was one of the few sporting events in the United States to take place that month with the family’s blessing.

BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates!

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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!

Free Physiotherapy Clinical Trial for Achilles Pain at UBCUBC 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 SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020, 7:30 PM


Atletico Ottawa makes teenage midfielder Antoine Coupland its second signingKamloops Matters
Teenage midfielder Antoine Coupland will be juggling Grade 10 and pro soccer when Atletico Ottawa opens play in the Canadian Premier League this season.

Schaale on HFX Wanderers: Roster turnover won’t change culture of clubCanPL
There was an energetic buzz as players cooled down after Day 1 on the field on Wednesday. It was more first-day-of-summer-camp than nervous back-to-school vibes – perhaps, because with back-to-school you know most of the faces returning. That’s not the case with the Wanderers with only seven of the 21-player roster consisting of returnees from 2019.

“We don’t have to reinvent the wheel”: Forge hoping that continuity, experience help overcome long CPL offseasonBTS
The 2019 CPL Champions, Forge, kicked off training camp this week. Here is a report from their camp, where spirits are high, the mentality is good and bright things appear to be on the horizon are on a team that is expected to be among the league leaders once again in 2020.

Valour coach Rob Gale evaluating free agents at closed tryoutCanPL
About a dozen free agents have gathered in Winnipeg for an invite-only tryout, hoping to earn an invite to Valour FC’s full training camp, which opens in a few days. Players taking part range from amateurs looking for a first contract, to Canadian free agents with experience at the pro level. A few of them played for other CPL clubs in 2019.

Canada Soccer honours Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David, Kadeisha BuchananMedicine Hat News
Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David, who turned heads with their club performances in Europe, share Canada Soccer’s Player of the Month Award for February. Kadeisha Buchanan, who anchored Canada’s defence at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in Texas and California, was also honoured.

U.K. lags Canada in ban on heading the ballLondon Free Press
This past week, Scotland, followed by England and Ireland, banned heading the ball in under 12s. Heading the ball is the act of bouncing a flying soccer ball off of (ideally) the top of one’s forehead to direct the ball. It’s a practice that scientists have recently flagged as dangerous, linking it to neurological damage and 3.5 times the risk of dementia in later life. Canada, it turns out, has a similar ban in place.

Former Winnipeg refugee looking to help newcomers through sport: ‘soccer saved my life’Global
Liberty FC is made up of newcomer young men who came from war-torn, refugee backgrounds and who have a passion for the game.


Press, Lloyd lead USWNT past England in SheBelieves Cup winSBI
In Vlatko Andonovski’s second pursuit of hardware at the helm of the U.S. Women’s National Team, things got off to a positive start on Thursday in the opening round of the SheBelieves Cup in Orlando, Florida, as the Americans cruised past England by a 2-0 margin.

Spain win SheBelieves debut but USWNT loomsThe Equalizer
It was a historic SheBelieves Cup win for La Roja on their tournament debut. Spain dispatched Japan with an impressive 3-1 victory. The 17th-ranked Spaniards played free-flowing, brilliant football, and earned an upset victory over third-ranked Japan.

Five-star soccer Matildas hand Vietnam first leg thrashingYahoo Sports
Australia took a huge stride towards securing a spot at the women’s soccer tournament at this year’s Olympic Games as Ante Milicic’s side handed Vietnam a 5-0 thrashing in the first leg of their final eliminator for the tournament in Tokyo.

USA Takes on Host Dominican Republic for Berth to FIFA U-20 Women’s World CupUSSF
After rolling through its first five matches of the 2020 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team has arrived at the pivotal semifinal. A victory punches the USA’s ticket to the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica and Panama, as well as a spot in the tournament final.

CBS will air NWSL opener between Spirit and Reign as part of women’s pro soccer packageWashington Post
The National Women’s Soccer League is preparing to announce a multiyear TV contract with CBS Sports, and the network will show the Washington Spirit’s April 18 opener against Reign FC on the national over-the-air channel as part of this season’s package, multiple people close to the situation said Thursday.

Louisville NWSL team secures training facility at local park with Metro Council approvalCourier-Journal
Louisville’s new National Women’s Soccer League team will officially have a training facility and practice fields at a local park.

New horizons for women’s football in LebanonFIFA
When Lebanon entered its current political crisis towards the end of last year, few would have thought of women’s football as an outlet which could unite and bring joy to Lebanese people.


Maguire doubtful for Manchester derbyNBC Sports
Man United host Man City on Sunday and not having their best central defender will be far from ideal.

Saint-Etienne seal comeback win to reach first French Cup final since 1982France 24
Saint-Etienne reached their first French Cup final in 38 years with a dramatic 2-1 win over title holders Stade Rennais on Thursday thanks to a stoppage-time strike from midfielder Ryad Boudebouz.

Man United beats Rooney’s Derby to reach FA Cup quartersSportsnet
Odion Ighalo scored twice as Manchester United ruined Wayne Rooney’s reunion with his old club by beating Derby 3-0 Thursday to reach the FA Cup quarterfinals.

Coronavirus latest: Updates from the world of sportsDW
The head virologist at Berlin’s Charité, the oldest hospital in Germany’s capital, has called for all Bundesliga matches in the Rheinland region to be postponed this weekend in light of a Coronavirus outbreak in Heinsberg near Mönchengladbach.

Houston and Dallas to host CONCACAF Nations League semis, final – sourcesYahoo Sports
The CONCACAF Nations League’s final four is headed to Texas, with Houston to host both semifinals and Dallas the site of the championship match, multiple sources with knowledge of the plans told Yahoo Sports.

LaLiga loses court appeal over staging league match in US match, but vows to fight onInside World Football
LaLiga has responded swiftly to a Madrid court ruling today that dismissed the league’s appeal against the RFEF’s decision not to authorise the Miami match between Girona and Barcelona that was going to be played January 26.

VIDEO: USL’s Edwards Bullish on Championship’s FutureUSL
Ahead of this weekend’s kickoff of the 2020 USL Championship season, USL President Jake Edwards visited ESPN’s studios to discuss the state of the league, and its remarkable rise over the past decade as it reaches its 10th anniversary season.

Flamengo title wins drive Brazilian giant to record $200m+ revenueInside World Football
Flamengo, boosted by winning their national and continental crowns, are set to report a record revenue of 959 million reias ($208 million) in 2019, according to an internal club report that will be submitted to an auditor.

German soccer to test ‘sin bin’ sanction for 2nd yellow cardYahoo Sports
The German soccer federation will test a new “sin bin” sanction for a second yellow card rather than sending a player off with a red card.

Former MLS player Sebastian Velasquez joins Miami FC after battle with alcoholismMiami Herald
Known for his creativity and energy on the field, he entered Major League Soccer out of Spartanburg Methodist College as a first-round draft pick. His career was on the rise with Real Salt Lake and he played in the 2013 MLS Cup. But then personal problems got in the way. Velasquez was an alcoholic, admittedly made poor decisions, was arrested for DUI, and in 2015 decided to turn his life around.

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