TORONTO FC vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #13
SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016,
BMO FIELD, TORONTO, ONT.
TV: TSN 1 RADIO: TSN 1040 LIVESTREAM: TSN GO
BC Soccer Web Matchday #13: Toronto FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC, May 14, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
The Whitecaps head for Toronto in good form after scoring a pair of major victories at BC Place this week. However, it’s come at a heavy cost as they travel to BMO without Kudo, Rivero & Waston. Meanwhile, Toronto FC continues to ride Giovinco’s coat tails as they survived a marathon road swing to start the season while their stadium renovations were completed. It’s a tough task for the Caps, but their current form and the prospect of beating their Canadian rivals should make for a great match. We have the match previews & news.
Vancouver Whitecaps’ Masato Kudo has fractured jaw, will have surgery – ESPN FC
Vancouver Whitecaps striker Masato Kudo will have surgery for a fractured jaw he suffered in Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat of the Chicago Fire, the team has announced.
Kudo horror, Perez glory: ‘Caps beat Chicago – Whitecaps Fan Blog
Anyone who thinks soccer is for wimps should have been at BC Place on Wednesday night for the Vancouver Whitecaps verses the Chicago Fire. The ordinarily sleepy Wednesday night Major League Soccer match was punctuated by two extraordinary moments: one a horrific injury, and one a spectacular goal.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic ’90 percent’ likely to opt for LA Galaxy over Man United – ESPN FC
The future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been a talking point in world football for months now. The Swede has been consistently linked with big-money moves to Manchester United and AC Milan as his Paris Saint-Germain contract runs out, but one rumour has idled on the back burner throughout: moving to the U.S. and joining up with an MLS club.
Kei Kamara’s trade from Columbus Crew SC not just down to Higuain spat – ESPN FC
The Crew shipped star forward Kei Kamara to the New England Revolution for a passel of assets, but no players. The haul includes Targeted Allocation Money, General Allocation Money, the Rev’s highest first-round draft pick in 2017, their highest second-round draft pick in 2018, an international roster spot for the 2016 season, and a percentage of any future transfer fee should Kamara be moved outside of Major League Soccer. A source confirmed to ESPN FC that the total allocation haul was $500,000, a number first reported by The Columbus Dispatch.
STAY IN LINE: PLAYERS ALWAYS COME SECOND IN MLS – US National Team Players
From its conception, Major League Soccer has always revolved around levers of control. A single-entity structure limits and disperses risk for investors. A severe salary cap keeps a tight lid on their player costs. On the field, there’s the constant tweaking of competitive balance via an overly generous playoff format and a convoluted rulebook that promotes parity above all. So perhaps no one should’ve been surprised this week when one of the league’s most lovable eccentrics talked out of turn.
MLS weekend preview: how will Kei Kamara’s shock move affect the league? – The Guardian
New England Revolution have landed a potential gamechanger in the Sierra Leone striker; and the top two in the East meet in Montreal.
MLS Week 11: Weekend schedule – Soccer America
Columbus plays its first game without Kei Kamarawhen it hosts Supporters’ Shield leader Colorado on Saturday. The Crew has just nine points, the third fewest in MLS. Two other struggling Eastern Conference teams, D.C. United and NY Red Bulls, kick off the weekend on Friday. First place will be on the line when Montreal hosts Philadelphia on Saturday.
NYCFC’s Frank Lampard trains with full team, Jack Harrison further off – MLS
For the first time this season, Frank Lampard trained with the full team Wednesday morning and the New York City FC midfielder’s long-awaited 2016 debut may not be far away.
Preview: New York Red Bulls at DC United – Empire of Soccer
Have the Red Bulls truly turned their season around? A three-match unbeaten run would make the argument, along with the return from injury of Ronald Zubar and Gonzalo Veron. After picking up their first road point of the year in Orlando, New York visits their old enemy for the first of three Atlantic Cup matches this season. DC is hurting this season, and has been shout out three times so far at RFK.
BC SOCCER NEWS
BC Soccer Adult Provincial Championships May 14 and 15 at Westhills Stadium Langford – BCSA
The BC Soccer Adult Provincial Championship Finals takes place this coming weekend as 14 teams and two Special Olympic teams take to the pitch at Westhills Stadium and Goudy Field in Langford. The four Men’s Provincial Championship matches and the Special Olympics’ showcase match will begin the weekend of play on Saturday with three Women’s finals taking place on Sunday.
How to Follow and Watch the 2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Finals – BC Soccer Web
The 2016 BC Soccer Provincial Championships take place May 14-15 in Langford, BC. If you can’t make it to the Victoria region this weekend, there are lots of ways to keep track.
Pacific Coast Soccer League Set To Kick Off 2016 Summer Season – BC Soccer Web
The Pacific Coast Soccer League is set to kick off again, with the 2016 season opener this Sunday at UBC’s Ken Woods Field, 4:00 pm. Vancouver United will take on the UBC Thunderbirds a block away from Thunderbird Stadium, where WFC2 will be finishing up their USL match against LA Galaxy II just before kickoff time.
Victoria Highlanders Home Opener Sunday – Highlanders FC
Victoria Highlanders play their home opener on Sunday when they face Calgary Foothills at 2pm at Centennial Stadium.
From London to Vancouver: Coachability the key for newcomer Ethan Gopaul – Whitecaps FC
For Ethan Gopaul, coachability has helped take him a step closer to his dream. After joining the newly launched Whitecaps FC Academy Centre in London, Ontario last year, Gopaul has earned a spot with the club’s U-18 Residency team. He will move to Vancouver in August and train in a full-time professional environment with a direct pathway to the club’s MLS and USL pro teams.
Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference – June 3-5 at SFU – BC Soccer Web
The Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference is back for its second year. Learn from some of the best coaches in the game. This year’s conference features speakers from Arsenal, Leicester City, Southampton, the English FA and more. Register before April 30 for early bird pricing.
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.
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!
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
Donate to the Canadian Red Cross to help those impacted by the Alberta Wildfires– BC Soccer Web
The Canadian Red Cross is the most reliable organization assisting people who are fleeing the wildfires in Fort McMurray and beyond. Please donate. All individual donations are being matched by the Government of Canada.
Living in the limelight: Montagliani takes the CONCACAF reins – the11.ca
Just minutes after he was elected, it feels surreal. A Canadian now has the levers of power in his hands. Of course, he has a massive job; in a FIFA community that’s dogged by scandals, CONCACAF may be the most corrupt member of the family. Three previous presidents have all been caught with their hands in a very, very, large cookie jar.
Can Concacaf’s new Canadian president clean up a tainted confederation? – The Guardian
Victor Montagliani’s victory means Concacaf has its first non-Caribbean president since 1969. But the confederation has become synonymous with corruption – and reform is desperately needed.
Canada’s Montagliani wins CONCACAF presidency, fracturing the Caribbean vote – Inside World Football
In fairness a lot has happened but Montagliani seems to be implying that he isn’t starting with a ‘clean’ slate and spoke of the work to be done on the implementation of the reforms through member associations.
Canada youth international Fikayo Tomori turning heads at Chelsea FC – MLS
On Wednesday, 18-year-old defender Fikayo Tomori made his first appearance on the matchday roster for the Blues, in their penultimate league match of the season against Liverpool. It’s just the latest step for Tomori, who’s been a part of the Chelsea system for most of his life.
Gerry Dobson: A True Canadian Soccer Builder – Lee Godfrey
It was with mixed emotions that I heard Gerry Dobson plans to retire later this year. With that said, if someone deserves it, it’s Gerry. As someone that worked day in and day out for quite a few years with Gerry I wanted to share some of the moments I had the opportunity to experience with him while starting up this new Canadian sports network called Sportsnet.
Soccer Central podcast: Paying tribute to Gerry Dobson – Sportsnet
On the latest edition of the Soccer Central podcast: Sportsnet commentator Gerry Dobson discusses his pending retirement, his remarkable career as a Canadian soccer broadcaster, and his favourite memories.
5-foot force from 4 World Cups aims for 3 Olympics, 2 major injuries be damned – Washington Post
After Canada’s elimination, Diana Matheson rejoined the Spirit for the conclusion of the season. She was not in peak form but scored three goals in nine matches as Washington qualified for the semifinals for the second consecutive year.
Fury batters FC Edmonton in Voyageurs Cup opener – the11.ca
In a two-legged series, we so often see the team that’s on the road for the first game play cautiously. Bu that’s not how coach Paul Dalglish set up the Ottawa Fury.
Lemos sees bright futsal future for Canada – CONCACAF
After falling behind 5-1 to Cuba in its Group B finale at the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship, Canada staged a furious comeback, cutting the deficit to one goal with less than five minutes left on the clock.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 vs. LA GALAXY II
SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2:00 PM
THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, UBC
WFC2, Los Dos Eager for Sunday Rematch – USL
The top two teams in the USL’s Western Conference will battle it out once again at Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday when the second-placed Vancouver Whitecaps 2 play host to leaders Los Angeles Galaxy II.
NASL Spring Week 7 Preview: Cole Set for Rowdies Debut, More – Empire of Soccer
With the finish line of the Spring Season sprint approaching quickly, it’s still unclear which North American Soccer League team will be left standing when it’s all said and done.
NASL Week 7: A Look Ahead – SBI
What has been a progressive NASL season will continue this weekend, with the best teams looking to extend their lead atop the table.
Jacksonville’s Richie Ryan Sold to Miami FC – Northern Pitch
2015 NASL Best XI midfielder Richie Ryan has been sold by Jacksonville Armada to expansion franchise Miami FC. Ryan was purchased for a $750k transfer fee according to a source with knowledge of the deal who wished to remain anonymous. The deal runs through the end of the 2018 season. Salary figures were not given.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Casey Stoney excited by ‘biggest game in women’s football’ – The FA
There is no doubt in Casey Stoney’s mind about how important Saturday’s SSE Women’s FA Cup Final is.
Sinclair set to return from injury on Saturday – The Equalizer
Portland Thorns FC coach Mark Parsons says striker Christine Sinclair is set to return from an Achilles injury for Saturday’s road match against rival Seattle Reign FC.
Sky Blue looking to make some noise at home against Boston – Empire of Soccer
They’ve proven to be adequate road warriors by picking up all four points this season away from New Jersey, but now Sky Blue FC hopes a little home cooking tastes better than it has lately.
Tiffany Weimer: What A Fool Believes* – Tiffany Weimer
“So here’s the thing. I was waived from the Washington Spirit two weeks after my host family’s house burned down. Heard that right. I went home for a few weeks and figured out some things in my life. The first thing I figured out was that I need to play soccer forever. I wanted to go to the best environment no matter what that meant for me logistically. The decision was easy: FCKC.”
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Who can win the title and who can go down in Europe’s top leagues? – GOAL
As the top leagues reach their end this weekend, Goal provides a run through of all the possible permutations at the top and bottom of each league as well as the European spots.
Manchester United, Arsenal and PSG lead chase for £40m Álvaro Morata – The Guardian
Real Madrid have decided to activate their £23.6m buy-back option on Álvaro Morata but will then sell him on to the highest bidder for around £40m with Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain all interested in the forward.
Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend – The Guardian
Will Arsenal finish above Tottenham once more, will Spurs take advantage of Newcastle’s relegation and can Southampton secure European football?
Manchester United can pin hopes on FA Cup if Champions League push fails – ESPN FC
Manchester United blew their best chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League with a 3-2 loss to West Ham on Tuesday evening. Having seen rivals Manchester City slip up against Arsenal at the weekend, United knew that if they won their two remaining games, they would finish in the top four.
Jamie Vardy’s wrist operation unlikely to impact Leicester City or England – ESPN FC
Vardy is expected to be included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the upcoming European Championship, and will undergo surgery in July after the tournament in France.
John Terry: Chelsea captain offered new one-year contract – BBC Sport
Chelsea captain John Terry has been offered a new one-year contract by the Blues and is considering whether to accept it.
The 170 million pound game: What’s at stake in the Championship Playoffs? – GOAL
Brighton, Hull City, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday will compete in the end-of-season tournament for the financial windfall that is promotion to the Premier League.
Chivas and America renew hostilities in physical Liguilla first-leg draw – ESPN FC
Mexico’s Clasico Nacional ended 0-0 on Thursday evening in Estadio Chivas, with Chivas and Club America failing to find the net, and both teams ending the match with 10 players.
Argentine player Rodrigo Espindola shot and killed – GOAL
The 26-year-old attempted to resist a robbery and was subsequently shot in the stomach. The Nueva Chicago central defender later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
Rayo Vallecano deny match-fixing claims as La Liga investigates – BBC Sport
Rayo Vallecano have denied any wrongdoing after the Spanish league launched an investigation into suspicious betting patterns around Sunday’s defeat by Real Sociedad.
Spanish fourth-tier football team unveil flesh-themed kit for play-offs – The Guardian
A Spanish fourth-tier side will be wearing one of the weirdest football kits of all time during their play-off campaign to ensure their players give their heart and soul to the cause.