BC Soccer News, Weekend, May 15-18, 2015

WHITECAPS & MLS

Whitecaps enjoying the view from aboveThe Province
Since joining MLS in 2011, the Whitecaps have always been playing catch-up on the Seattle Sounders.

Whitecaps, Sounders set to renew rivalry24 hours
The intensity always seems to crank up when the Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders meet, and that’s exactly what ‘Caps players are expecting Saturday at BC Place.

Preview: Whitecaps FC set to host rivals Seattle Sounders FC in much-anticipated Cascadia derbyWhitecaps FC
“It’s a big rivalry and everyone’s excited,” said Whitecaps FC midfielder Russell Teibert. “From the fans to guys in the locker room to staff, there’s a buzz in the city and it’s going to be a great game.”

Seattle Sounders await result of X-ray for star forward Obafemi Martins ahead of Vancouver Whitecaps clashMLS
Sigi Schmid declined to divulge what it was that Martins was getting examined, saying that he was doing an impression of LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena and his propensity for withholding injury information.

With home stand forthcoming, Sounders focused on getting result at VancouverSeattle Sounders
Following a three-game road swing that concludes Saturday at Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the Rave Green will host four of their next five opponents at CenturyLink Field. After playing just one home match in almost two months, Seattle will host three of them in nine days.

Long road odyssey brings tests of endurance, patience for WhitecapsVancouver Sun
The hunted instead of the hunter, the Vancouver Whitecaps know what’s coming for them. And it’s not only the Seattle Sounders on Saturday at BC Place Stadium. More daunting than even their archrivals, the calendar is the Whitecaps’ enemy.

Whitecaps growing on and off the pitch 24 Hours
There is always talk about the growth of soccer and that it could be – if it isn’t already – the second-biggest professional sport in Vancouver.

Towering Whitecaps goalie loaned to Foothills U23s for start of inaugural PDL campaignCalgary Herald
Calgary Foothills manager Tommy Wheeldon found Sean Melvin through his development relationship with the Major League Soccer organization, just as he did last year when he was sent another Victoria keeper, Simon Thomas, from Vancouver.

MLS player acquisition rules have improved but still need tweaking Goal.com
Bruce Arena had to know he would probably face some backlash, and potentially a fine, when he used the term “blackmail” to describe one process MLS teams use to pick up new players. But he wasn’t about to take back the comments he made to the LA Galaxy website Tuesday.

MLS announces groundbreaking, long-term TV deal with China’s Letv Sports MLS
Major League Soccer on Thursday announced a partnership with Letv Sports, China’s leading digital sports broadcaster, to offer live coverage of all league matches in mainland China.

 

AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP – THE VOYAGEURS CUP

Whitecaps reserves salvage tie verses Edmonton Whitecaps Fan Blog
It has to be said that the Whitecaps played like a bunch of strangers playing in a pick-up game. There was no cohesion or shape to their play. Frankly, it was a real disappointment because I had hoped to see some of our team’s young talent show what they had to bring to the table.

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 FC Edmonton: ‘Caps earn late draw with plucky Eddies Goal
NASL side FC Edmonton came close to earning an upset at BC Place, but Gershon Koffie’s late equalizer leaves the Canadian Championship semifinal series in the balance.

Report and Reaction: All to play for as FC Edmonton make Vancouver Whitecaps pay for flat start AFTN
You have to feel that FC Edmonton have put themselves into the pole position after their 1-1 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps in the first leg of their Canadian Championship semi-final.

 

WFC 2 & USL

Preview: WFC2 host OKC Energy FC at Thunderbird Whitecaps FC
2013 MLS Cup champion and former Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen leads Energy FC into Vancouver with a 2W-1L-2D record in his second year at the helm.

NASL

Match Preview: vs San Antonio Scorpions FC Edmonton
After a disheartening defeat away to New York last weekend and a 1-1 draw away to Vancouver Whitecaps FC mid-week in the Amway Canadian Championship, the Eddies will continue a busy spring schedule this weekend at home.

NASL and Tiger-Cats moving forward with expansion plans for HamiltonWaking The Red
The North American Soccer League is working towards announcing another round of expansion franchises with the current front runners to land teams for as early as the 2016 season being Hamilton and Hartford.
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP & WOMEN’S SOCCER

Jessie Fleming scores as Canada women beat Mexico in women’s soccerMetro
The teenaged Fleming scored in the first half and LeBlanc took over in net in the second half to give Canada a 1-0 win over Mexico in a women’s soccer friendly on Thursday.

2015 Women’s World Cup: Breaking down the teams in Group AFox Sports
A quick look at Canada’s Group at the Women’s World Cup

Late strike fires FFC Frankfurt to record fourth Champions LeagueDW
The ladies of FFC Frankfurt secured another European crown for the trophy-laden German club. But the Berlin crowd had to wait until almost the last kick to celebrate glory.

BC SOCCER

PHOTO GALLERY: BC Provincial Cup U21Men’s Final – West Van FC vs. Surrey Utd. BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie

Riding the soccer wave Prince George Citizen
Now in his third year of training the Whitecaps’ way at their Northern Academy in Prince George, Briere has been selected as part of a group of 70 local players to be a part of a two-day training camp in Vancouver, May 29-30.

Kamloops Ready for 37th Annual Slurpee Cup KYSA
One-hundred-and-sixty seven teams are set to take part in the 37th Annual Slurpee Cup Youth Soccer Tournament this coming weekend (May 16-18, 2015).

WORLD OF SOCCER

Host Cities Named for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship USA 2015CONCACAF
Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City to host Championship; Mexico and United States to Head Groups

Brad Friedel gave US players what they wanted in England: respect The Guardian
He is the Premier League record holder for most consecutive appearances, 310, between August 2004 and November 2012. He has played in 479 Premier League matches, not to mention 40 FA Cup, 29 League Cup and 39 European matches. If he plays in one of Tottenham’s final two matches, he will become the oldest player to ever feature in an Premier League match.

Steven Gerrard deserves a place alongside Bill Shankly and Kenny Dalglish in Liverpool’s pantheon of greats The Telegraph
His great performances are stitched into Anfield folklore – but it is only when he has left that Steven Gerrard’s importance to Liverpool will be appreciated.

Blatter wants new rule helping US bid for 2026 World CupWashington Post
FIFA President Sepp Blatter wants a rule on World Cup hosting that would prevent Europe from bidding for the 2026 tournament, improving the chances of the United States.

The Journalist Fighting to Expose Qatar’s World Cup CrimesVice Sports
Last week, ARD televised its latest documentary on the alleged corruption and misdeeds surrounding the planned FIFA World Cups in Qatar and Russia. The documentary, “Football For Sale,” contained the footage Florian Bauer’s team shot in Qatar. Thanks to some quick thinking, they were able to load the scene they’d shot at the workers’ dorm onto a thumb drive before their computers were confiscated.

River Plate players taken to hospital after ‘tear gas attack’ by Boca Juniors fans  – The Guardian
Four River Plate players were taken to hospital after they were sprayed with what appeared to be tear gas by fans of their bitter rivals Boca Juniors on Thursday, causing their Copa Libertadores derby to be abandoned at half-time.

The season will go on, but Spain’s power brokers are no closer to a deal Soccer Gods
On Thursday afternoon, a Spanish court agreed with Javier Tebas, and the RFEF reluctantly agreed that games would go ahead this weekend. Strike averted. Barcelona can go to Atlético Madrid on Sunday and can potentially win La Liga, just like Diego Simeone’s side did at Camp Nou nearly one year ago to the day.

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