BC Soccer News, Weekend, May 17-20, 2019



SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019, 5:30 PM



Stagnant offence continues to plague Whitecaps ahead of game in Kansas CityDelta Optimist
Midway through the Major League Soccer season and the Vancouver Whitecaps are still desperately searching for scoring.

Whitecaps may have goals in mind, but they’re not getting them in netsThe Province
It’s an old story with new characters for the Vancouver Whitecaps: they just can’t score. With no help coming until the summer transfer window, Marc Dos Santos will do the best he can with the players he has.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Nothing to see here Soccer Shorts
So how do we judge a 1-0 defeat against the in form and reigning MLS Cup Champions? Especially when that defeat was decided by yet another unnecessarily conceded penalty kick? The answer to that is easy.

Peter Vermes: Sporting has “no other choice” but to fight through injury challengesSporting KC
If anything, Peter Vermes has come to terms with the unfortunate state Sporting Kansas City finds themselves in before hosting the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday evening.

With his trademark flat-top haircut, straightforward manner, and unquestioned authority over technical matters as Sporting Kansas City’s longtime coach and sporting director, Peter Vermes carries something of an old-school vibe. The former USMNTer and founding MLS player is presently getting an unwelcome throwback to the league’s early years thanks to an objectively incredible injury outbreak.

FC Dallas drops third straight game, losing 2-0 to LAFCBig D Soccer
The spring slide continues for FC Dallas they fell on Thursday night to LAFC 2-0. Bob Bradley’s club continues their league-leading ways as Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi picked up goals in the win, their first over FC Dallas since joining MLS. The loss extended FC Dallas’ losing streak to three games.

Impact star Ignacio Piatti might see action against RevolutionMontreal Gazette
Coach Rémi Garde confirmed that Piatti has looked good in training this week and is expected to be among the 18 players available for Saturday’s game. Being part of the starting 11 is another matter.

Accam traded again, will join Nashville after Crew seasonNBC Sports
David Accam is on the move again, or at least he will be come New Year’s Day. The 28-year-old Ghanaian forward was acquired by Nashville SC on Thursday, days after being sent to Columbus by the Philadelphia Union.

MLS Spotlight: Earthquakes’ Marcos Lopez still learning how to play left backSBI
When the San Jose Earthquakes landed Marcos Lopez this past winter, the team made it clear that it viewed him as a left back. Lopez had been used successfully as a winger prior to that on his title-winning club in Peru, but the Earthquakes projected the teenager’s long-term future in defense.

MLS commissioner Don Garber: ‘You’ll see more charter travels’ in new CBAPro Soccer USA
MLS commissioner Don Garber has hinted that the league’s new collective bargaining agreement will feature more charter flights.




SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019, 12:30 PM




Vancouver TSS Rovers forward David Malamura won’t “ever stop pursuing” footballing dream of turning proAFTN
There’s a number of names on Vancouver TSS Rovers’ 2019 roster that will be familiar to many supporters. There’s the 11 returning players, the Whitecaps Residency alumni, and the players from the local college scene. One of the names perhaps more unfamiliar to many will have been that of forward David Malamura.

While the Victoria Highlanders First Team just kicked off their 2019 USL League Two campaign this past Friday, the Highlanders Second Team are gearing up for their 2019 Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL) season. The Highlanders Second Team season starts tonight with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff against the Mid Isle Mariners at UVic Grass Field #4.

Fleetwood Park’s Sim of all parts: For Dragon-hearted senior Simran Billen, no role too large on road to the B.C. AAA tourneyVarsity Letters
Battle-scarred but unbowed, Simran Billen has arrived at a truce with her pain. Now, the senior striker with Surrey’s Fleetwood Park Dragons is determined to bring a fairy-tale finish to her high school career on the very field she calls her soccer home.

NDSS wins Island soccer championship Nanaimo News Bulletin
Make it three senior girls’ Island championships for the Nanaimo District Secondary School duo of Cassidy Byrne and Jayden Saywell.

BCSA Safety In Soccer Assessment SurveyBCSA
In follow-up to the update provided to the membership and soccer community in BC on April 15, 2019 from BC Soccer Assoc. President and its board of directors, we are pleased to share the third-party independent safety in soccer survey being conducted by Rubin Thomlinson LLP.

Galaxy knock off Guildford for Coastal momentumBurnaby Now
With their backs to the wall and a hill to climb, the Wesburn Galaxy under-16 boys soccer team took it as a challenge. In one of their biggest games of the season, the Burnaby squad rallied and emerged from a 2-0 deficit to pull out a dramatic 4-3 win in penalty kicks to capture the Coastal B Cup crown last week.

Age nothing but a number for women in Chilliwack 7-a-side soccer leagueChilliwack Progress
Leona Kelly, of Shxw’owhamel, got her start in soccer at the age of 12. She played one game, then put it aside for almost half a century before getting back at it. Now, at 60, she’s playing with and against women as young as half her age in Chilliwack’s Rockers’ Soccer league.

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.

Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

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 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 SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019, 10:00 AM



Canada ready to play Send-Off match against Mexico in Toronto ahead of FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019CSA
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team are ready to face Concacaf rivals Mexico in a Send-Off match before the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. The match, scheduled for Saturday 18 May in Toronto, will serve as an important tune-up before final squad selections are confirmed at the end of the month.

Veterans Diana Matheson, Erin McLeod ruled out of World Cup squad through injuryDelta Optimist
Veteran midfielder Diana Matheson and goalkeeper Erin McLeod, who have a combined 321 caps for Canada, have been ruled out of the World Cup through injury.

Christine Sinclair sounds call for women’s professional soccer in CanadaChilliwack Progress
On the eve of the Women’s World Cup, Canada captain Christine Sinclair is sounding the call for women’s pro soccer in Canada.

Closing in on scoring record, Christine Sinclair focused on national teamCalgary Sun
Sinclair, 35, is on the verge of becoming the most prolific goalscorer in the history of soccer, just four from the all-time record currently held by retired American striker Abby Wambach. Yet, when asked about it, Sinclair shrugs and shifts the attention to the Canadian women’s national team and their sendoff game against Mexico on Saturday.

FC Edmonton prepares to play Cavalry FC in CPL’s first-ever Battle of AlbertaGlobal
Saturday is set to be a sensational day for soccer fans in Calgary, as the Canadian Premier League’s only two undefeated teams go head-to-head in what will be the first-ever Battle of Alberta in the CPL.

Novak, Borges propel Forge to key away victoryCanPL
Forge FC notched an important 2-0 away win over Valour FC on Thursday, leapfrogging the Winnipeg-based side and getting within striking distance of first place in the Spring Season title race.

Stuck In The Middle With You: HFX Wanderers’ search for midfield balanceAFTN
By the time the final whistle blew on a fun, raucous night of Voyageurs Cup action in Vaughan, Ontario, HFX Wanderers had clocked up its 360th minute of game time over 18 delightful days of Canadian football. In terms of sample sizes, it’s a little on the small side, but we’ve seen enough now to make certain assumptions about how Stephen Hart wants his team to look this year.


U.S. Open Cup Third Round Draw SetUSL
Nineteen USL Championship clubs advanced to the Third Round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup over the past two nights, setting up a handful of notable rivalry contests for the Third Round to be played on May 28 & 29 for the opportunity to take on opposition from Major League Soccer in the tournament’s Fourth Round this June.

Nashville SC to Host Two Games at Nissan StadiumUSL
Nashville SC announced on Thursday it will host two of its remaining 2019 USL Championship regular season contests at Nissan Stadium. NSC’s contests on July 27 against Indy Eleven and the penultimate regular-season game on October 12 against North Carolina FC will be hosted at the home of the National Football League’s Tennessee Titans.


Women’s Champions League final: Lyon Feminines v Barcelona FemeninoBBC Sport
England stars Lucy Bronze and Toni Duggan are set to go head-to-head on Saturday as holders Lyon meet Barcelona in the Women’s Champions League final.

Barca look to end Lyon’s domination of Women’s Champions LeagueEurosport
Women’s football giants Lyon face a strong challenge to their domination of the Champions League when they take on Barcelona in Saturday’s final at Ferencvaros Stadium, looking for a fourth straight title.

How Lyon and their ‘star planétaires’ became the dominant force in women’s footballThe Telegraph
There are many reasons why Olympique Lyon are the omnipotent force in women’s football, but the most persuasive one is relatively straightforward – they do not only sign the best players in the world, they make sure they have most of the best characters too.

Carli Lloyd stars as USWNT beat New ZealandNBC Sports
Carli Lloyd left no doubt. She hates her role as a super sub for the U.S. women’s national team. “If I liked coming off the bench there would be something wrong,” Lloyd said. “That’s not my mindset.”

Hosts France drop PSG and league top scorer Marie-Antoinette Katoto from women’s World Cup squadThe Telegraph
Women’s World Cup hosts France left out Paris St-Germain striker and league top scorer Marie-Antoinette Katoto from a 23-strong squad announced by coach Corinne Diacre on Thursday.

Ada Hegerberg: Why ‘shaking things up’ is more important than playing at Women’s World CupCNN
She’s one of the globe’s best players but the world won’t be able to watch Ada Hegerberg this summer for what is being described as the mother of all women’s tournaments.

Time for Action: first ever UEFA women’s football strategy launchedUEFA
UEFA has launched a dedicated women’s football strategy for the first time, aiming to double number of female players in Europe by 2024.


Ten big games to watch this weekend in the European leaguesThe Guardian
The Premier League has ended but there is still a lot at stake in Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Turkey and Italy.

FA Cup: Treble-chasing Man City seek place in record books as Watford look to upset oddsFour Four Two
Manchester City will head to Wembley on Saturday on the brink of history. After last weekend’s Premier League title triumph, now only unfancied Watford can prevent Pep Guardiola’s exhilarating side from becoming the first team to win the domestic treble.

‘A demanding perfectionist’: how Gino Pozzo did the unthinkable at WatfordThe Guardian
Watford have gone from winding-up order to an FA Cup final under Pozzo but at his other club, Udinese, fans are unhappy.

Bundesliga title race: Bayern Munich-Borussia Dortmund battle goes to final day BBC Sport
The Bundesliga title race has come down to the final day for the first time in almost a decade, with Bayern Munich needing a point against Eintracht Frankfurt to see off the challenge of Borussia Dortmund.

Dijon dig out of trouble to continue at PSG?Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain will be presented with the Hexagoal trophy after Saturday’s home game against a Dijon side that really need the points as they continue their relegation fight.

Marseille’s ‘Champions Project’ in tattersNBC Sports
Two and a half years after Frank McCourt took over, the southern side has not lived up to expectations, and coach Rudi Garcia’s future is hanging in the balance after he failed to find the right balance in a squad featuring some brilliant individuals.

Massimiliano Allegri to leave Juventus at end of seasonThe Guardian
Massimiliano Allegri is to leave his post as Juventus manager at the end of the season after five years with the Italian champions.

Chelsea delay applying to CAS to freeze two-window transfer banThe Telegraph
Chelsea have not yet applied to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to try to freeze the two-window transfer ban that they are still appealing as the club consider their options.

Scotland ‘hard to turn down’ for Steve Clarke – Kilmarnock assistant Alex DyerBBC Sport
Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke would find the “honour” of becoming Scotland manager “hard to turn down” if offered the job, says assistant Alex Dyer.

Middlesbrough let Tony Pulis go after missing out on promotionFour Four Two
Middlesbrough are looking for a new manager after deciding not to renew Tony Pulis’ contract following the club’s failure to win promotion back to the Premier League.

Sunderland book League One final spot after cagey draw with PortsmouthThe Guardian
After the darkness of the past three seasons perhaps there is finally light at the end of the tunnel for Sunderland’s long-suffering supporters.

Mexico beats US in extra time to win CONCACAF U17 titleNBC Sports
Israel Luna scored the tiebreaking goal in the 108th minute, and Mexico beat the United States 2-1 in extra time Thursday night to win its fourth straight CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.

Bird lays eggs on fake turf, displacing soccer teams for now 660 News
A little birdie has displaced soccer players in New Jersey.

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