VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. HOUSTON DYNAMO
MLS MATCHDAY #11
FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018, 7:30 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
TV: TSN 1, 4, 5 RADIO: TSN 1040 ONLINE: TSN GO
Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps v Houston Dynamo – who will counter the counter? – AFTN
After a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake, it seemed as though the Whitecaps’ early season woes might have been on the way out. That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Supporters were calling for big changes after the 6-0 battering at the hands of Sporting KC. After a 1-0 defeat to 10-men Minnesota United, many are calling for Carl Robinson to get the sack, and sweeping changes to the organization. It’s hard to blame them.
Whitecaps Game Day: Caps could use a Blondell moment to defuse Dynamo – The Province
The Vancouver Whitecaps (4W-5L-1D) took a step back last week with a 1-0 loss to 10-man Minnesota, and look to bounce back tonight when they host the Houston Dynamo (3-3-2) at B.C. Place.
Episode 266 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Current Direction – Vancouver v Houston Preview) – AFTN
Finally, we have back to back home games! But be careful what you wish for because that means watching Vancouver Whitecaps live twice in the space of six days. Are you ready for that?
Match Preview: Whitecaps vs. Houston Dynamo – Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps are going to get their dose of Vitamin C in Rain City, as they play host Friday Night to the “Forever Orange” Houston Dynamo.
Defending counterattacks key for Dynamo – Houston Chronicle
After a season-opening victory, the Dynamo could only muster one point through their three remaining games in March.
Whitecaps go against MLS trend of splashing out cash – Edmonton Journal
A short week, with three games in nine days, is guaranteed to test the Vancouver Whitecaps’ depth. It will be a test of their financial philosophy, as well.
Parity slipping on MLS pitch as salary hikes strengthen big spenders – The Province
Make no mistake: Major League Soccer is trending toward a world where a few teams are spending big and netting success, and the rest are just hoping to get some good rolls of the dice.
What Whitecaps fans should take away from MLS salary dump day – Eighty-Six Forever
For all you amateur CPAs, the best day of the year happened Thursday: the MLS Players Association released its annual batch of salary information. The results were, per usual, quite interesting.
Saskatoon’s Brett Levis battles back from knee injury with Whitecaps – Sportsnet
Defender Brett Levis made his Major League Soccer debut for the Vancouver Whitecaps when he came on in the 84th minute of a game against the Portland Timbers on Oct. 23, 2016.
Manneh back in Vancouver reflecting on LigaMX experience – Red Nation Online
Erstwhile Vancouver Whitecaps FC winger, Kekuta Manneh is back in Vancouver this week following the 2018 Clausura with C.F. Pachuca in Liga MX. Manneh has been staying in shape and working on his fitness while training with the Whitecaps FC.
Wayne Rooney: DC United coach Ben Olsen confirms interest in Everton striker – BBC Sport
DC United coach Ben Olsen has confirmed the club’s interest in signing Wayne Rooney but Everton boss Sam Allardyce says the player has not asked to leave.
MLS Week 11: A Weekend Look Ahead – SBI
Rivalries are once again at the forefront of the Major League Soccer weekend schedule, as two of the league’s best headline a terrific Sunday tripleheader.
Toronto FC hoping to change their fortunes at Gillette Stadium – Toronto FC
The action continues thick and fast for Toronto FC as they hit the road this weekend for a third match in eight days.
Toronto FC’s full blown injury crisis has spoiled early-season expectations – Edmonton Sun
“Put him on the list,” is how coach Greg Vanney put it post-game. Despite being forced to replace an injured Victor Vazquez at halftime of Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders, Vanney remains hesitant to blame injuries for TFC’s slow start.
Montreal Impact vs. Philadelphia Union | 2018 MLS Match Preview – MLS
Two Eastern Conference foes coming off midweek road defeats face off at Stade Saputo when the Montreal Impact host the Philadelphia Union Saturday afternoon.
Ex-Impact coach Biello stays in the game with Canada Soccer – Montreal Gazette
I like to believe what goes around comes around and that good things happen to good people. With that in mind, I wasn’t surprised — and was also very happy — to see Mauro Biello land on his feet after getting fired as head coach of the Impact after the team missed the Major League Soccer playoffs last season.
New York Red Bulls look to avoid complacency against Colorado Rapids – Pro Soccer USA
New York Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch called the first Hudson River Derby of the 2018 season a “massive challenge,” and his team passed that test with flying colors in a 4-0 trouncing of New York City FC.
Sporting KC are for real, but Atlanta United are better – MLS Multiplex
Sporting Kansas City dispatched Atlanta United 2-0 on Wednesday night. Sporting KC are certainly for real, but Atlanta are better. It’s harsh, but true.
2018 MLS Player Salaries – MLSPA
These figures include compensation from each player’s contract with MLS. They do not include any compensation from any contracts with individual teams or their affiliates.
MLS millionaire club grows to 46 players – Soccer America
The number of MLS players making $1 million or more in total compensation grew to 46 players, according the annual release of player compensation by the MLS Players Association after the close of the primary transfer window.
RSL must emulate D.C. United’s Wayne Rooney grab and sign an aging former star – RSL Soapbox
Let’s not have this week’s foes taking all the fun for themselves.
BC SOCCER NEWS
BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals This Saturday May 12 and Sunday May 13 – BCSA
The BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals takes place this coming weekend as 12 teams take to the pitch at Burnaby Lake West on Saturday 12 and 4 teams take to Swangard Stadium on Sunday May 13.
Strikers and Lupi see off VISL and Burnaby champs to set up an all-VMSL B Cup final – AFTN
With three league champions in the Keith Millar B Cup semi-finals you expected some fireworks and drama on Sunday, and the two matches certainly didn’t disappoint.
TSS Rovers work to keep Canadian soccer dream alive in second season – National Post
The Rovers are a team in the Premier Development League, which sits on the fourth rung of the North American soccer pyramid, and the product of two friends with a dream: the emergence of Canadian soccer onto the national stage. Cromack and Colin Elmes knew it would have to start at the grassroots.
Highlanders ready for tough first hurdle – Times-Colonist
Into the eye of hurricane go the Victoria Highlanders. They open the 2018 United Soccer League Premier Development League season with games tonight and Sunday in Calgary, a city that has been making a lot of news lately in soccer.
Burnaby’s EDC punch ticket to provincial final – Burnaby Now
EDC Burnaby Over-35 premier men’s soccer team will have one more game as underdogs.
LMG out-paced in B.C. semifinal – Cowichan Valley Citizen
In some ways, Cowichan LMG’s season ended much the way it started.
Striker buddies boost Gray Monk in Okanagan women’s soccer – Vernon Morning Star
It was a special strikers reunion as the Gray Monk Impact grounded Vernon Liquor Store VQA 3-0 in North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association play Tuesday night at Marshall Field.
Three Kamloops soccer players earn scholarships, along with seven TOFC teammates – Kamloops This Week
Three girls from Kamloops are among 10 Thompson Okanagan FC teammates who have signed soccer scholarships at Canadian universities.
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.
PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
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.
FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
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
York 9 Football Club Joins Canadian Premier League – York 9 FC
The Canadian Premier League (CPL) confirmed Thursday that York 9 Football Club is one of the founding clubs to play in the highly-anticipated professional men’s soccer league set to debut in Spring 2019.
Soccer’s fledgling Canadian Premier League unveils its first team, the York 9 Football Club – The Star
Aurora, East Gwilimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stoufville are each represented by a bar on the team’s crest, which was unveiled at the event.
Canadian Premier League officially launches York 9 FC in Vaughan – Waking the Red
York 9 FC will begin their inaugural season at York University’s stadium, and they’re expecting to be there for about two years. Meanwhile, the club plans on building a 12-15,000 seat soccer-specific stadium to call their permanent home.
York 9 FC professional soccer team takes aim at York Region fan base – York Region
York 9 FC was unveiled May 10 at Vaughan City Hall as a founding franchise for the Canadian Premier League, which is set to kick off its inaugural season in 2019.
Martin Nash joins Calgary Foothills FC coaching staff – Northern Starting XI
Former Canadian International Martin Nash has joined Calgary Foothills FC as assistant coach for the 2018 PDL season, the club have announced.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Real Monarchs SLC Returns to Zions Bank Stadium to Host Fresno FC – RSL
Real Monarchs SLC (6-1-1, 19 points, 1 West) will look to retain its place atop the United Soccer League and the Western Conference on Saturday May 12 when it hosts league newcomer Fresno FC at 1:00 p.m. MT at Zions Bank Stadium. Head Coach Mark Briggs is set to lead his side in its effort to build its lead atop the Western Conference, USL.
LA Galaxy prospect Efrain Alvarez bags hat trick in USL play for Los Dos – MLS
LA Galaxy academy product Efrain Alvarez is one of the most highly-touted youth prospects in North America, and on Wednesday night he produced a head-turning – and historic – performance in a USL match with Galaxy II.
USL Week 9: A Look Ahead – SBI
Week 9 of the USL season rolls on with a number of great matches to look forward to on the weekend.
Riverhounds SC Aim to Protect Stellar Home Record – USL
Pittsburgh has yet to concede at Highmark Stadium as Indy arrives for big Friday-night clash.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
NWSL Preview: Kerr and Simon set to collide – FFA
An intriguing weekend awaits in the National Women’s Soccer League with Westfield Matildas players set to star in three matches.
Portland Thorns focused on snapping winless streak against Orlando Pride – Oregonian
The Portland Thorns endured their longest winless streak last season in May when they posted draws in three consecutive matches. And the club didn’t go more than two games without posting a victory in 2016.
Houston Dash-Sky Blue FC: Too Stuck to Dash, Too Cloudy for Sky Blue – Last Word on Soccer
The Houston Dash shifted their talent to be more offensive at Sky Blue FC last Saturday. Manager Vera Pauw went to a 4-2-3-1 from the controversial 2-3-2-3 formation against North Carolina on April 28th. Her boldest move was placing Rachel Daly up top and Kristie Mewis at defensive midfield.
Anderlecht Women in crisis – The Equalizer
Reports out of Belgium on Wednesday were that newly crowned Belgian champions Anderlecht would cease operating its women’s side next season. Those fears were later eased a bit but there is unrest at the top of the Belgian pyramid.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
European Weekend Preview: Roma hosts Juventus, Dortmund travels to Hoffenheim, and more – SBI
One point stands in the way of Juventus and their goal of winning their seventh consecutive Scudetto.
Premier League Matchday 38: What you need to know – Sportsnet
The Premier League concludes this weekend with Matchday 38, and Sportsnet will have live coverage of five games.
Bob Lenarduzzi: Terriers to get final nip at Arsenal’s Wenger’s heels – Vancouver Sun
The Premier League concludes play on Sunday with all teams in action simultaneously. One side that’s been in the thick of things lately is Huddersfield, which has been playing spoiler in all kinds of ways.
Championship playoff preview: First legs see underdogs at home – NBC Sports
Who’s going to join Cardiff City and Wolves in the Premier League next season, and who will be left behind to meet Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, and (probably) Swansea City? The next steps in that particularly journey are Friday.
Manchester United clinches second place in Premier League with draw at West Ham – Toronto Star
Manchester United clinched second place in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw at West Ham on Thursday.
Caen clash vital for Nice European hopes – Ligue 1
Saturday’s meeting with SM Caen could turn out to be a final home bow for the likes of Lucien Favre and Mario Baotelli, but OGC Nice must maintain their focus on their quest to qualify for Europe.
Premier League farewells: The players and managers signing off this weekend… and those who could be – The Telegraph
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad.
Farewell then Yaya Touré, Manchester City’s clanking midfield giant – The Guardian
The Etihad Stadium said goodbye to the Ivorian this week and he leaves with the feeling that the Premier League never quite appreciated how good he was at his peak.
Liverpool feeling the heat as Real Madrid showdown looms – ESPN
Huddersfield’s battling draw at Stamford Bridge in midweek has aided Liverpool’s quest to secure a top-four position, but there is still work to be done this weekend against Brighton.
WC 2018: Russia, Iceland and Poland name provisional squads – FIFA
The hosts have announced their provisional squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, with coach Stanislav Cherchesov naming a 28-man selection, which will be whittled down to 23 in time for the tournament.
Russia and Argentina take measures to keep the Barras Bravas out of 2018 World Cup stadia – Inside World Football
The Argentine government will sign an agreement Russia to prevent more than 3,000 Argentine hooligans from entering Russia and the host venues this summer during the World Cup.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s son Darren issues first statement following Manchester United great’s emergency surgery – Manchester Evening News
Sir Alex Ferguson’s family have been ‘overwhelmed’ by messages of support following his emergency brain surgery, says his son Darren.
Ronaldo to produce drama series on US high school team – NBC Sports
The Real Madrid and Portugal legend, 33, will produce a drama series for Facebook Watch which focuses on a girls high school soccer team in Upstate New York.
Grant Wahl’s ‘Masters of Modern Soccer’: A unique contribution to coaching and player education – Soccer America
For a book that’s chock-full of insight into playing successful soccer, “Masters of Modern Soccer: How the World’s Best Play the Twenty-First-Century Game” stands out because it comes mainly from the players’ perspective.
Aniko – Empowering refugees in Greece through football – Futbolgrad
Thomas Farines voice booms over the Iraklis Thessaloniki training pitch “listen to me I am the coach, and I make the decisions.” But this is not a training session by one of Thessaloniki’s professional clubs but rather a training session organised by Aniko for refugees, who have recently arrived in Thessaloniki