BC Soccer News, Weekend, May 24-26, 2019




SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2019, 4:00 PM



Whitecaps Game Day: Dome sweet dome for road-haggard Caps squadThe Province
A busy stretch of five games in 15 days comes to an end Saturday afternoon for the Vancouver Whitecaps when they host FC Dallas at B.C. Place.

FC Dallas-Whitecaps FC PreviewYahoo Sports
FC Dallas took four points from last season’s two matches and won 2-1 at Vancouver as Hedges scored the winner on 87 minutes. That snapped a seven-match winless drought in British Columbia in which they went 0-4-3.

BUFFERY: If Toronto FC had a quality winger, it’d probably win more gamesToronto Sun
As he prepared to board a flight home from Salt Lake City International Airport on Sunday morning, Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney was asked what his slumping team could use right now more than anything else.

Impact manager Rémi Garde eyes lineup shuffle against high-flying LAFCSudbury Star
Garde said he would consider using a 4-2-3-1 formation in L.A. instead of his 4-3-3 with the absence of suspended midfielder Samuel Piette.

Damet: “We’re in a tough place, we know it”SBI
As FC Cincinnati shifts gears from Sunday’s 5-1 defeat in Orlando, interim head coach Yoann Damet has much to unpack ahead of Saturday’s matchup with the New York Red Bulls at Nippert Stadium.

Orlando City set to face LA Galaxy without Zlatan IbrahimovićPro Soccer USA
Orlando City coach James O’Connor isn’t breathing easy before the Lions’ match against the LA Galaxy just because superstar Zlatan Ibrahimović isn’t playing.

After life-altering winter, Tesho Akindele producing for Orlando City SCMLS
It was a life-altering offseason for Tesho Akindele. His December 2018 trade from FC Dallas to Orlando City SC wasn’t nearly his most important event, either.

MLS W2W4: Red-hot Vela has LAFC firing, surprise package Philly hosts PortlandESPN
Goal-scoring machine Carlos Vela will be back at it on Friday at home against Montreal, while Eastern Conference leader Philadelphia welcomes in surging Portland on Saturday and a Alejandro Pozuelo-less Toronto FC hosts MLS goal king Chris Wondolowski and San Jose on Sunday.




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B.C. girls soccer team scrambles to raise funds after unexpected winCBC
They never imagined they’d make it this far. In fact, a secondary school in Clearwater, B.C., more than an hour’s drive north of Kamloops, has never sent a team to the provincials in any sport.

Surplus South Delta soccer gear being sent around the worldDelta Optimist
Children around the world are getting a chance to play soccer thanks to the South Delta United and other community volunteers.

Hundreds of kids taking part in 7th annual free soccer tournament at BC PlaceDaily Hive
On Monday, May 27, hundreds of kids will participate in 7th annual KidsPlay Foundation Super Soccer Tournament on the same field where the Vancouver Whitecaps and BC Lions play.

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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Canada ready to face Spain in its last match before FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019CSA
Canada will have their last international test less than three weeks before their big summer event, the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. The Friday 24 May Women’s International Friendly match will pit Canada against top European opposition Spain.

Women’s World Cup 2019: Canada among world’s best despite lack of professional leagueSN
Women’s soccer is booming around the world, and in Canada, it’s no different. A crowd of 19,610 cheered on as Canada defeated Mexico 3-0 at BMO Field last week, and the Canadian team is a big draw across the country – both in live attendance and television ratings.

Hold your judgement on sluggish CanChamp performancesCanPL
Before assessing York9 and HFX Wanderers’ great escapes in Canadian Championship play, let’s turn back the clock to 2014.

Federal government contributes $4.3 million to prepare for 2026 World CupChilliwack Progress
The federal government is providing $4.3 million to help Canada prepare for the 2026 World Cup.

Edmonton mayor looks to province to secure 2026 FIFA gamesCBC
A $4.3-million federal pledge to help Canadian cities host FIFA World Cup games in 2026 is prompting Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson to call on the province to pony up.

The strong get stronger for 2019 Jubilee Trophy seasonThe Telegram
Three-time defending champion Holy Cross adds perennial all-star Malorie Harris to its lineup.


After two wins in a row, tide has begun to turn with Hartford AthleticHartford Courant
Hartford Athletic coach Jimmy Nielsen did not mince words two weekends ago when his team lost to Memphis 901, the ninth loss in 10 games to open the season.

Preview: Rangers head to Florida for a meeting with the first-place Tampa Bay RowdiesSporting KC
Another first-time matchup between the Swope Park Rangers (1-5-4, 7 points) and the Tampa Bay Rowdies (6-0-5, 23 points) will take place Saturday night when the teams meet at Al Lang Stadium.


England Lionesses get ‘reality check’ for World Cup from Royal MarinesThe Guardian
Toni Duggan and Beth Mead have spoken of the “reality check” they got from spending a night with the Royal Marines as the England team get stuck into their World Cup preparations.

In Bosnia, women footballers play against the patriarchyYahoo Sports
As a young girl, Irena Bjelica had to furtively sneak to football training in defiance of a family who thought she would be better suited as a dancer or model.

Women’s World Cup: ‘It’s way more than football’ — Jamaica’s remarkable journey to France 2019CNN
Against the odds, after cuts in funding, after disbandment, after hearing naysayers opine that women couldn’t and shouldn’t play football, Jamaica’s women qualified for the Women’s World Cup for the first time in the country’s history.

Spain and La Liga are showing the world how to support women’s soccerSB Nation
Spain is out to prove the idea that women’s sports can’t inherently succeed has always been coded nonsense.

Caitlin Murray: The sexist imbalance in how FIFA treats women’s soccer is as stark as everYahoo Sports
Whether it’s inappropriate comments from the president of FIFA about how the women should play in tighter shorts, or FIFA paying the women small fractions of what it pays men, or giving the women worse conditions for tournaments, FIFA’s past is filled with instances of double standards and sexism that, so far, haven’t been proven wrong.


Barcelona wants to redeem itself with Copa del Rey titleLondon Free Press
Although Barcelona is still smarting from its collapse at Liverpool two weeks ago, the team has another cup final to play in this weekend.

Aston Villa and Derby play for £170m prize and a potential £300m futureInside World Football
Dubbed the £170 million game, the Championship play off for a spot in the English Premier League to be played between Aston Villa and Derby County on Monday is the most lucrative one-off fixture in world football. And it could be worth as much £300 million.

EFL play-offs: Is this the year Sunderland break the red and white curse?BBC Sport
The English Football League season comes to an end this weekend at Wembley with three promotion places decided in the play-off finals.

Celtic chase ‘treble treble’ as Neil Lennon and Craig Levein renew acquaintancesThe Telegraph
Together, Neil Lennon and Craig Levein have been employed in professional football for a total of 71 years, yet the pair – who will face each across the Celtic and Hearts dugouts in Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park – could scarcely present a greater contrast between the haves and have-nots of the sport.

French charge PSG boss and new UEFA exco member Al-Khelaifi with corruptionInside World Football
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, one of the most influential figures in world sports administration, has reportedly been charged in France with corruption over Qatari bids to host the world athletics championships.

Baku boycott would solve Arsenal dilemma rather than leave a man behindThe Guardian
If Arsenal refused to contest Europa League showpiece they would generate headlines that may force Uefa into climbdown.

U-20 WC Matchday Preview: Redemption motivates next eightFIFA
The action in Groups C and D gets under way on day two of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019, with Qatar and Nigeria meeting in Tychy.

U-20 World Cup Rewind: Italy tops Mexico, host Poland falls on Day 1NBC Sports
Italy opened the FIFA Under-20 World Cup with a bang, knocking off fellow Group B favorite Mexico, 2-1, in Gdynia, Poland.

Three-country Gulf pact leads pack of bidders for U-20 World Cup in 2021Inside World Football
Eight countries, including a potential three country bid from the Gulf states, have expressed interest in the U-20 World Cup in 2021. The 2019 edition has just kicked off in Poland.

USSF, Relevant Sports clash in court over international matchesNBC Sports
The USSF last month denied an application by Relevent Sports, a company partly owned by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, to have Ecuador’s Barcelona and Guayaquil clubs play on May 5 at Miami Gardens, Florida. The USSF cited an Oct. 26 announcement by FIFA that its ruling council “emphasized the sporting principle that official league matches must be played within the territory of the respective member association.”

Everton sign goalkeeper Jonas Lossl on free transfer as back-up to Jordan PickfordThe Telegraph
Everton have made their first transfer move of the summer by signing goalkeeper Jonas Lossl on a Bosman deal.

PRO’s Mark Geiger explains “major overhaul” to FIFA Laws of the GameMLS
The International Football Association Board (IFAB) updated their Laws of the Game, with rule changes that are first taking effect with the U-20 World Cup. There are more than a few consequential changes fans should familiarize themselves with and they’ll be coming to MLS in 2020.

River Plate to sponsor car in Indy 500NBC Sports
On Thursday, Club Atletico River Plate announced, along with car owner Juncos Racing that Kyle Kaiser’s No. 32 car will feature a River Plate logo on the front of the vehicle. Juncos Racing is named after founder Ricardo Juncos, an Argentine native and clearly a big River fan.

‘Worse than Ronaldo’s’: fans mock George Best statue in BelfastThe Guardian
Artwork joins list of footballers’ bronzes that received less than glowing reviews.

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