BC Soccer News, Weekend, May 19-22, 2017




SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017, 4:00 PM

Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps v Sporting Kansas City – get your popcorn readyAFTN
A successful road trip. Let those words fill your ears and run through your mind while you soak in the boundless joy that the meaning behind that phrase brings. Six points on the road in MLS is not something that should be sneered at, especially for a team that seem to have tried everything, to no avail, before turning to the 4-1-4-1.

Episode 195 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Football’s Coming Home – Whitecaps v Sporting KC preview show)AFTN
Football’s coming home! Well Vancouver Whitecaps are anyway. After a tough four game road stretch, the ‘Caps will be back at BC Place next weekend, returning with six points from 12, a new formation, and a lot more promise than how things were looking at the start of April.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Sporting Kansas City | 2017 MLS Match PreviewMLS
A rested Vancouver Whitecaps host Sporting Kansas City in a Saturday matchup sure to test SKC’s ability to maintain momentum on the road.

Whitecaps fans to pay tribute to the late Travis SeljeThe Province
Whitecaps fans will rise in tribute Saturday during the team’s MLS match vs. Sporting Kansas City to remember Travis Selje, the young soccer player who lost his life in a car crash earlier this month.

 ‘Beast’ in Whitecaps Waston tries to live down his reputationThe Province
Following the conclusion of a dreadful Vancouver Whitecaps 2016 season, Carl Robinson sat down and spelled things out to Kendall Waston. You’re an important player and a leader on this team, the Caps’ manager told the imposing defender. But when you miss games because of red cards and suspensions it hurts the club.

Sporting Kansas City seeing benefits of balanced attackMLS
So who’s going to come up with the next big scoring game for Sporting Kansas City? Just over a third of the way into the season, the club that couldn’t seem to find the net in March is suddenly full of breakout threats, with multi-goal outings from two newcomers in their last two matches.

MLS Spotlight: Barcelona product Ilie Sanchez is now SKC’s invaluable manSN
Peter Vermes had three players in mind to sign this winter to help fill a void in Sporting Kansas City’s deep-lying midfield role, but before he could decide on any of them he received word that a player he had his eye on five years earlier was suddenly available. Just that quickly, the coach’s shortlist was reduced to one name. That player was Ilie Sanchez, and so far this season the Barcelona academy product has proven to be worth the wait.

Montreal Impact vs. Portland Timbers | 2017 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Two teams in the midst of disappointing stretches will meet in an inter-conference matchup with the Montreal Impact hoping to climb out of the Eastern Conference basement and the Portland Timbers ready to regain their footing among the Western Conference’s best.

New York’s Marsch challenges team as surging Toronto FC comes to townToronto Sun
Red Bulls manager Jesse Marsch challenged his side this week after being absolutely battered by the Los Angles Galaxy.

Match Preview: Toronto FC at New York Red Bulls MLS
Two Eastern Conference powers trending in opposite directions will meet on Friday, when the slumping New York Red Bulls will welcome Toronto FC – winners of six straight – to Red Bull Arena.

Play of the Week 11: HandballPRO Referees
Even amongst refereeing circles there is usually a lot of debate and disagreement when discussing whether or not a handball is deliberate. At last week’s PRO referee camp, we discussed a number of handball decisions that occurred recently and only one had 100 per cent agreement. With that in mind, I would like to show two handball penalty decisions that occurred during MLS Week 11; one given, one not given and, on this occasion, I would like you to decide on the correct decision.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour Comes to Canada


BC PROVINCIAL MEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Club Inter 2 Aldergrove United 0, May 14, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

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.

Wilson adds three local, one international to men’s soccer lineup UVic
Local talent dominates a group of incoming recruits for the 2017-18 University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team’s line-up as head coach Bruce Wilson announces the addition of three Vancouver Island products and one international. Joining the Vikes next fall are Reynolds Secondary grads Will Adams and Josh Lamothe, Dover Bay’s Rhys Foster, as well as Mark Kaiser from Hong Kong.

Alderson joins Abbotsford United Soccer ClubAbbotsford News
It was announced on Monday that former Trinity Western University Spartans and University of Northern British Columbia men’s soccer coach Alan Alderson is now the technical director and head coach for the AUSC.

Provincials next for U17 UnitedDelta Optimist
Motivation shouldn’t be a problem when South Delta United heads to Vernon in early July for the Provincial “B” Cup championships. The U17 boys rep soccer team saw its bid to become Coastal Cup champs end with a heartbreaking 3-2 loss in penalty kicks to Port Moody Barcelona last Sunday in Aldergrove. The two District 5 League rivals could very well meet again in the Okanagan where they both will be part of what’s expected to be an eight team tournament.

South Burnaby celebrates dual Coastal titlesBurnaby Now
Two champions and a runner-up represented South Burnaby Metro Youth Soccer well last week.

Penalty kick delivers first point for RoversBurnaby Now
For a new franchise, the TSS Rovers have already experienced more than their share of growing pains in just a handful of weeks. And with four games under their belt, the Rovers look to have absorbed some of those lessons and turned them into something positive.

PDL PHOTOS: TSS Rovers 2 Lane Utd. 2, May 12, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

2017 BC Soccer Adult Provincial ChampionshipsBCSA
The Road to Burnaby continues! Complete brackets and results from the weekend’s games in the BC Provincial Cups.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour and Holbrook Sports Management are excited to announce the expansion of the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour into the Canadian soccer market.  With the first event previously announced to take place on the August 19/20 weekend in Surrey, BC, the 3v3 Soccer Tour will expand to Abbotsford, BC, on August 20 and will include men’s and women’s open divisions.

2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 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, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

REVIEW: The Miracle Mile. Stories of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games BC BookLook
Author Jason Beck is curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame in BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, and convenor two years ago of an excellent exhibition about the 1954 Games. In his first book, he proves to be a meticulous researcher, a compelling story-teller, and a crafty realist who knows how to hook his readers. Watch how, two pages into the book, he uses filmic technique to evoke the arriving athletes’ youthful buzz and give period colouring and costuming, but then smartly moves his camera in to introduce his stars.

TSS Rovers launch website & 2017 Season Ticket CampaignTSS Rovers
TSS FC Rovers play their inaugural season in the PDL at iconic Swangard Stadium. Season Tickets are $70 for Adults, $49 for U12 Youth.

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!

To our Readers: A Choice BC Soccer Web
Soccer has brought us to the United States many times. It’s a great place with decent people. We especially look forward to our Cascadia trips to Seattle and Portland. They’re incredible cities with wonderful supporters. That’s why it was so disheartening to see chaos and fear take hold in the airports and borders of our neighbours to the south.

Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on saleHighlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!

Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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.

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Canadians Lawrence, Buchanan face off in French Cup final Sportsnet
Canadian internationals Ashley Lawrence and Kadeisha Buchanan square off for the second time in six days Friday when Paris Saint-Germain plays league champion Lyon in the French Cup final.

CPL Is the Soccer League Canada NeededVice Sports
This month, Canada Soccer officially approved the creation of the Canadian Premier League, our first national pro soccer league in a quarter-century.

Time right for beautiful game’s returnWinnipeg Free Press
The sports scene in Winnipeg has changed considerably since 1992, when members of the Winnipeg Fury professional soccer team hung up their cleats after bringing home the championship of the Canadian Soccer League. The league folded that year after six seasons, but interest has been renewed recently by news that professional soccer may return to Winnipeg.

Why on earth would Canada co-host the World Cup? Do we want to become bedfellows with crooks?National Post
While all of this is business as usual for FIFA, Canadians need to be asking whether it’s a business we want to be in. The question is particularly pressing now, as Canada edges closer to co-hosting its first World Cup.

Winnipeg soccer player’s professional dream on hold while awaiting work visaGlobal
Getting his first professional contract should have been a dream come true for Winnipeg soccer player Moses Danto. But after signing with the United Soccer League’s Phoenix Rising FC, it’s turned into a nightmare.

Yukon Soccer Metro League grazes grass once again Whitehorse Star
After a successful indoor season with four teams, the Yukon Soccer Metro League is outside once again in the land of the midnight sun.

‘The right thing to do’: Company, community works to repair soccer pitchCBC
A month after a school’s soccer field was pulverized by joyriding vandals, scores of volunteers — and a generous donation from a Fredericton company — will help to fix the pitch.

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SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2017, 3:00 PM

Match Preview: Fury FC vs New York Red Bulls IIOttawa Fury
Fury FC looking to bounce back against reigning USL Champs in the Big Apple.

Match Preview: Toronto FC II vs. Tampa Bay RowdiesToronto FC
The Young Reds return to action and to the Ontario Soccer Centre this Friday as they play host to the second-place Tampa Bay Rowdies. Here is everything you need to know:

NASL: Puerto Rico FC fires Whitbread and Sillett  – Soccer America
Last-place Puerto Rico FC, owned by NBA star Carmelo Anthony, fired head coach Adrian Whitbread and technical director Neil Sillett, who were both hired by the NASL team for its 2016 launch.

Former RSL midfielder Velasquez finding redemption with Real MonarchsKSL
Velasquez’s efforts earned him a nod on the league’s team of the week, and the Real Monarchs took its seventh win in eight matches to start the 2017 United Soccer League season. Velasquez was home, thriving and winning with his new club.

‘Naho’ named NWSL Player of Week for Reign FCGoalWA
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) today announced Seattle Reign FC forward Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi is the NWSL Player of the Week. This is the fourth time Naho has been named Player of the Week, second most to only Crystal Dunn, who has won the award six times.

 A 19-year-old upends the model for women’s soccer by skipping college for the prosWashington Post
Under the traditional plan, one that female soccer players have followed since Mia Hamm stormed the sport some 25 years ago, Mallory Pugh would have completed her first year of college this spring and begun turning full attention to her athletic craft for the summer months. She would’ve repeated the cycle for three additional years, alternating between the quiet world of NCAA soccer and the swelling buzz of the next World Cup.

WSL 1 – Week 5 review: Birmingham bounce backVavel
Liverpool stretched their unbeaten streak to five as Reading netted their second win of the year and Birmingham got back to winning ways whilst Chelsea and Arsenal played out a lively draw.

Soccer star Carli Lloyd on her dream season away from the USNY Post
When she signed a short-term deal with Manchester City in February, Carli Lloyd gave herself four months to leave her mark on European women’s soccer. Three months in, she helped the club to its first FA Cup title in history, scoring a goal in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Birmingham City.

The World According to Weimer: Fit as a Fiddle, Finally Empire of Soccer
The past couple of weeks have been a little off for me. I have been sick and so I’ve missed some training and the last two games (and the last two blogs). It’s never fun to have to watch your team via a live stream (especially one that doesn’t always work so well) and not be able to help.

Shelbourne Ladies young guns up and running ahead of Cork tripIrish WNL
Current Continental Tyres Women’s National League Champions Shelbourne Ladies look to be back on the winning track after a difficult start to the 2017 campaign.

Real Madrid on brink of La Liga title while Juventus can clinch Serie ABBC Sport
The race to be crowned champions of Spain will be decided on Sunday when Real Madrid and Barcelona play their final La Liga games of the season.

Anderlecht back on top in BelgiumUEFA
UEFA Europa League quarter-finalists Anderlecht are Belgian champions for the 34th time after outlasting Club Brugge in their first season under Swiss coach René Weiler.

Premier League final day can be saved by Middlesbrough at Liverpool ESPN FC
With the title Chelsea’s and the three relegated clubs already confirmed, all that remains to realistically play for is fourth place. Try not to get too excited.

Wenger: Announcement on Arsenal future will come after FA Cup final SN
Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal appears likely to be settled at a board meeting after the FA Cup final, although the veteran manager tried to remain typically evasive on the issue.

Hellas Verona promoted back to Serie A after one seasonSportsnet
Hellas Verona has won promotion straight back to Serie A, joining second-tier champion SPAL in next season’s top flight.

Coupe final focus for PSGLigue 1
Paris Saint-Germain sign off on their Ligue 1 campaign against relegation-threatened SM Caen on Saturday with thoughts of the Coupe de France final foremost in their minds.

Juventus and Real Madrid face final showdownUEFA
The 2017 final is a repeat of the 1998 showpiece, with holders Real Madrid aiming to be the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League title and Juventus seeking a third European crown.

Tigres and Chivas with advantages in Liga MX semifinals  – Prost Amerika
The first leg matches of the semifinal round of the 2017 Clausura season of Liga MX were played on Thursday evening. Tigres UANL took a 2-0 win and Chivas Gudalajara takes the advantage from a 1-1 draw. Tiuana Xolos and Toluca FC will need to come from behind in the return legs on Sunday in order to make the Liga MX Final.

Scottish Premiership: Will Inverness or Hamilton avoid automatic relegation?BBC Sport
With one round of Scottish Premiership fixtures remaining, Inverness Caledonian Thistle or Hamilton Academical will face automatic relegation.

South Korea set for U-20 World Cup kick off with France and Uruguay favouritesInside World Football
This Saturday the FIFA U20 World Cup kicks off with Germany and Venezuela playing the opening match in Daejeon, South Korea, thought the tournament favourites are a two other teams from Europe and South America – France and Uruguay.

2 Australian players terminate contracts with Chinese teamAP
An Australian players’ union says Robbie Kruse and James Holland are free agents after terminating their contracts with Chinese Super League club Liaoning Whowin due to unpaid wages.

Asian benefits yet to transpire as Australian football struggles to cash inThe Guardian
Fast forward a decade and Sydney are sizing up their fourth ACL campaign, but the promise of an Asian goldmine has not yet been fulfilled. In fact, if the experience of this year’s participants is any guide, Sydney and the other qualifiers will be looking at a huge drain on their resources in 2018.

League Managers’ Association names new trophy after Sir Alex FergusonESPN FC
The League Managers’ Association (LMA) has announced that it will mark the 50th anniversary of its Manager of the Year award by commissioning a new trophy named in honour of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Scorer of fastest football hat-trick, Tommy Ross, diesBBC
Mr Ross set the Guinness World Record by scoring three goals in 90 seconds as an 18-year-old while playing for Ross County against Nairn County in 1964.

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