BC Soccer News, Weekend, May 25-27, 2018




SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018, 2:30 PM PDT



Episode 270 – The AFTN Soccer Show (All Revved Up – New England preview show)AFTN
With his teacup spinning days sadly in the past, Gideon returns to the fold this week to rejoin up with Joe and Nick to look ahead to Vancouver Whitecaps’ Saturday afternoon encounter with New England Revolution.

Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps vs New England RevolutionAFTN
After stealing a point in Dallas, the Whitecaps return home and will look to finally get back to winning ways this weekend. They won’t be able to rely on many more own goals or 100th minute penalties going forward, so the ‘Caps will have to start playing much better if they are to hold onto a playoff place.

‘Caps host Revs Saturday afternoon at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
On Saturday, Kendall Waston will play his final match with Whitecaps FC before joining Costa Rica ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Whitecaps need to shift gears to roll past Revs, avoid panic scenarioEdmonton Journal
The Vancouver Whitecaps, like cash-strapped Lower Mainland property owners forced to defer their skyrocketing property taxes, know their bill will inevitably come due. The Caps won their first two Major League Soccer games of the season. In the 11 games since, they’ve won two.

New England heads west to take on Vancouver, old friend Kei KamaraThe Bent Musket
One of the biggest challenges facing an international player new to MLS is the travel, and it’s generally not appreciated until experienced. This past English Premier League season saw Newcastle traverse a league-high 9,000 miles — in total — to its 19 away fixtures. By comparison, your New England Revolution later this year will fly 3,000 miles to play one away match in California. Then they’ll do it a second time.

Criticism of Whitecaps super-sub Brek Shea has been overstatedSportsnet
Every Thursday/Friday, Sportsnet.ca will chat with Sportsnet 650 radio commentator Dan Riccio about the big stories and issues surrounding the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Defender Marcel de Jong reconnected with Canada to boost his soccer careerDelta Optimist
While Marcel de Jong has Canadian roots, his experience with hockey involved grass and a ball. The Vancouver Whitecaps’ left back was born in Newmarket, Ont., but at the age of four his family returned to their native Netherlands.

For The Sake Of PerspectiveEighty-Six Forever
Following last weekend’s 100th minute equaliser from Kei Kamara, the Whitecaps made it 3 draws in a row, following a disappointing 1-0 defeat in Minnesota. While not the bounce back one would hope for, perhaps taking a step back is in order.

Myer Bevan called up to New Zealand for upcoming 2018 Intercontinental Cup in IndiaWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Thursday that striker Myer Bevan has been called up to the New Zealand national team for the upcoming 2018 Intercontinental Cup in India.

Toronto FC needs result vs. visiting Dallas ahead of road-heavy schedule Toronto Sun
In a league where playoff seeds are often separated by as few as two or three games, early-season points are just as crucial as wins obtained in the fall.

Toronto FC looks to build up some momentumThe Star
An 87th minute game-winning goal by Toronto FC’s Ryan Telfer against Orlando City SC last Friday was undoubtedly a turning point in that game. But for the moment to mark a turning point in the overall Reds’ league campaign, the team will have to come up with another result this Friday, at home to FC Dallas.

Montreal Impact looking to end three-game skid against Minnesota UnitedGlobe & Mail
The Montreal Impact are hoping to put a crushing home loss behind them with a rare away win when they face Minnesota United on Saturday night.

Impact owner wants changes, but struggling team must make do for nowSportsnet
Montreal Impact president Joey Saputo has promised big changes to his struggling team, although coach Remi Garde cautions that little can be done before the next MLS transfer window opens on July 10.

Your complete guide to the Week 13 MLS slateMLS
The final weekend of May does not mark the final collection of games this month. There’s a quartet scheduled for Wednesday – two East, two West – so between that, injury and certain players headed off to World Cup camps, expect a decent amount of squad rotation this weekend.

VIDEO: Talkin Real: RSL heads north to SeattleKUTV
These are frustrating times for RSL fans. Why is Albert Rusnak upset with management? Why does the team struggle to possess the ball? Why has the club been outscored 16-3 during a five game road losing streak?

Rapids hope to right ship vs. surging TimbersFox Sports
The Colorado Rapids hired Anthony Hudson as head coach hoping the New Zealander would shepherd the squad to the top tier of the MLS Western Conference standings.

New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles deserves his momentMLS Multiplex
The New York Red Bulls are going to honor their goalkeeper and captain, Luis Robles, with an in-arena banner to acknowledge his starts record. He deserves every second of it.

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Pro dream drives Quebecer Mario Gerges to head back to BC with TSS Rovers: “I came here because there’s more opportunities”AFTN
It’s not easy coming to a new club when your main purpose is to dislodge the team’s ever present Player of the Year from the previous season. It’s even tougher when you’ve made the move across country to do so.

Highlanders Host Lane United FC Under The Lights At Centennial StadiumVictoria Highlanders
Victoria Highlanders FC (0-3-0) host Oregon-based side Lane United FC (1-1-0) in Week 4 of the Premier Development League (PDL) regular season, May 25 (6:35 PM PST KO) at the University of Victoria’s (UVic) Centennial Stadium.

Victoria Highlanders entertain Lane United Friday eveningTimes Colonist
The Highlanders began the season with 2-0 and 1-0 losses to the Foothills in Calgary, and a 1-0 loss to Portland Timbers U-23, in Victoria’s home opener last weekend at Centennial Stadium.

Hyacks make long-waited return to provincialsNew Westminster Record
A little luck never hurts, but a lot of determination can work wonders. The New Westminster Hyacks senior girls soccer team served an upset of sorts by knocking off the West Vancouver Highlanders 2-0 last Thursday to earn a berth to the provincial AAA soccer championship tournament at UBC.

Annual Terry Wilson Memorial Tournament Set For FridayCKPG
Friday at the PGYSA fields, another installation of the Terry Wilson Memorial Tournament will go off. The annual slate of games remembers Wilson, who played a pivitol role in the soccer community within Prince George.

Cascades soccer teams raising funds, participating in charity eventUFV
For the fifth year in a row, the University of the Fraser Valley men’s and women’s soccer programs will be involved with the Abbotsford Gutsy Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis.

Westside soccer dome waits on pipeDaily Courier
A large water main must be replaced and realigned before work can begin on West Kelowna’s new soccer dome.

Tirecraft roll over GeothermalVernon Morning Star
Peters Tirecraft shocked first-place Okanagan Geothermal Ltd. 4-1 in North Okanagan Soccer League play Wednesday night at MacDonald Park.

Four dedicated men on the soccer pitch Salmon Arm Observer
Thanks in large part to efforts of four teachers who emigrated here from Europe; Salmon Arm is a celebrated soccer community. At the peak twenty years ago, there were more players per capita in Salmon Arm than anywhere else in Canada.

Paddy Power releases Cascadia documentary ahead of ConIFA CupProst Amerika
Paddy Power has been making a series of films about the regions playing in the ConIFA World Cup which it sponsors. They have just released the fourth in the series which is about Cascadia. The bio-region of Cascadia includes the Canadian Province of British Columbia, and two American states, Oregon and Washington. Some also argue parts of northern California are Cascadian.

PHOTOS: BC Provincial Women’s A Cup: Surrey United 2, NSGSC Renegades 0 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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

TSS Rovers release Season Tickets for the 2018 season TSS Rovers
A great summer of soccer is in store at Swangard Stadium with the PDL & WPSL TSS Rovers. Season yickets are only $70.

Victoria Highlanders FC 2018 Season Tickets now on saleVictoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.

Canada’s College ID Camps set for Shawnigan Lake & Kingston, OntarioCanada College ID Camps
Our purpose is to provide a space where players grade 9-12 can connect with college coaches from all levels in Canada and the USA. We hope to assist in the promotion of youth players into environments which will challenge them academically and athletically after high school.

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.

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Streaming service DAZN gets Canadian rights to UEFA Champions League National Post
Canadian TV rights for UEFA Champions League soccer are headed to the sports streaming service DAZN. “It’s exclusive broadcast rights for every single round, every single game for both the Champions League and Europa League,” DAZN CEO James Rushton said from England. “We have no intention of licensing any of it.”

Canada’s young stars to face Portugal, Turkey, and Japan in FranceCSA
The 46th edition of the Festival International Espoirs Provence kicks off this weekend and Canada have their sights set on their opening Monday match against Portugal. Canada are one of 12 nations competing in the 2018 tournament with matches to be played from 26 May to 9 June in France.

Q and A with Calgary Foothills WFC head coach – Foothills WFC ready to kick off second season in United Women’s SoccerTSP
Calgary Foothills WFC kicks off their second season in the United Women’s Soccer (UWS) league with a visit to Real Salt Lake Women Friday, May 25. A week later Foothills WFC play their first home game of the season against So Cal Crush at the Calgary Soccer Centre Friday, June 1.

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Three-game homestand provides Fury with excellent chance to vault up standingsEdmonton Sun
The United Soccer League’s Eastern Conference table could have a distinctively different look eight days from now. At least the Ottawa Fury FC hope it does.

Crépeau’s amazing shutout run might mean his days with the Fury are numberedOttawa Sun
The clock might be ticking on Maxime Crépeau in more ways than one. What’s obvious to all is that when the Ottawa Fury FC keeper runs out Friday night and takes up residence in front of the goal at the east end of the pitch at TD Place, he will be just three days short of an entire month without surrendering a single goal.

Match Preview: Toronto FC II vs. Tampa Bay RowdiesToronto FC
Toronto FC II return home to take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies in a Saturday Afternoon affair at BMO Field. Here is everything you need to know ahead of kickoff.

Preview: Portland Timbers 2 versus Real Monarchs SLCProst Amerika
Portland Timbers 2 (6-3-2, 20pts) host league leaders Real Monarchs SLC (8-1-1, 25pts) Saturday at Providence Park.

Sacramento Republic FC off to a great startIndomitable City Soccer
The 2018 season has started in a pleasantly unpredictable manor with a 6-2-3 record with a squad that holds many new players on the roster. This includes an undefeated start during the first seven matches against teams with an average win/draw percentage of 61.4 percent. It is because of this run, Sacramento is currently in 3rd place in the Western Conference Standings right behind Phoenix Rising FC.

MLS Disappoints Sacramento Again With Cincinnati SelectionCBS 13
Major League Soccer is set to announce its next expansion franchise next week, and the announcement won’t be made in Sacramento. FC Cincinnati confirmed it is in line to become the league’s 26th team.


Lyon sweep to Women’s Champions League win over 10-player WolfsburgThe Guardian
Lyon’s right-back Lucy Bronze described becoming the first England player to win the Champions League in its current format as “the best thing I’ve done to date.”

Lyon beat Frankfurt’s recordUEFA
Lyon have set two pieces of history with their UEFA Women’s Champions League final win against Wolfsburg.

Portland Thorns FC vs Utah Royals FC preview: Both teams back on the riseVavel
Portland Thorns just snapped their losing streak while Royals are currently on an unbeaten streak.

A loss to Portland almost made Laura Harvey quit coaching. Now she’s facing the team again, as leader of the Utah Royals. – Salt Lake Tribune
Laura Harvey almost gave up on her NWSL coaching career on the steps outside Providence Park in June 2013.

Heather O’Reilly leaves Arsenal Women: What this means for Utah Royals FCRSL Soapbox
The former USWNT star and FC Kansas City member leaves Arsenal Women after two seasons overseas, and this could potentially mean something for URFC.

#SBSSWPL 2018 Preview – 27/05/18Scottish WPL
Hibernian come into this game full of confidence after their 9-0 win in the SWPL Cup final last Sunday. No one expected such a result against third placed Celtic but it was an incredible display from the now three in a row SWPL Cup winners. It’s back to league duties now and after briefly occupying top of the table after their 5-1 win over Hamilton, they are back to second on goal difference.

Dorsaf Ganouati is a Tunisian female referee with a missionBBC Sport
Tunisian Dorsaf Ganouati has her eyes firmly fixed on becoming a referee in a local Ligue 1 match.

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Real Madrid and Liverpool vie for European crownFIFA
An exciting and action-packed UEFA Champions League season will reach what promises to be a spectacular close on Saturday, as Real Madrid take on Liverpool in the final. Aside from the continental crown, a ticket to the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 will also be at stake.

Bob Lenarduzzi: Ronaldo looks to lead Real to third straight Champions League title The Province
The biggest prize in Europe will be decided Saturday in Kiev, as Liverpool takes on Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Liverpool vs. Real Madrid: Who has edge in Champions League final?Sportsnet
Well, this is it. The European campaign ends with the biggest match of the season in Kyiv, Ukraine as Liverpool takes on Real Madrid in what promises to be an excellent UEFA Champions League final.

Klopp hails Real Madrid; plots upset in UCL finalNBC Sports
Jurgen Klopp has placed all of the pressure on Real Madrid ahead of the UEFA Champions League final in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday.

Liverpool and Real Madrid prepare for battle of attack-minded aristocracyThe Guardian
Expect some sparkling fare from two great clubs who between them have claimed almost a third of all European Cups.

Mohamed Salah: The final is not between me and RonaldoAfrican Football
Salah spoke of the importance of enjoying the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday and his hopes for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia next month.

Champions League final preview: Real Madrid v LiverpoolUEFA
Team news, expert views, form guide, fantasy tips and key stats – it’s your UEFA Champions League final preview.

Toulouse taking nothing for granted against AjaccioLigue 1
Toulouse FC are halfway towards ensuring their Ligue 1 Conforama survival after beating AC Ajaccio 3-0 in the relegation play-off first leg on Wednesday, but coach Mickaël Debève remains cautious ahead of Sunday’s second leg.

Trophée des Champions: PSG to take on MonacoLigue 1
Ligue 1 Conforama and Coupe de France champions in 2017-18 Paris Saint-Germain will take on league runners-up AS Monaco in the Trophée des Champions in Shenzhen, China on August 4.

Germany’s ‘golden generation’ primed for World Cup defenseNBC Sports
Germany coach Joachim Loew is brimming with confidence just over three weeks before what he calls the country’s “golden generation” begins its World Cup defense against Mexico.

UEFA to force European clubs to make public wages, agents feesYahoo Sports
Fans of European clubs will soon be given details of how much their teams are spending on players wages and fees to agents, under changes to UEFA’s control system.

Liga MX mandates minutes for young MexicansSoccer America
Mexico’s top-flight league has brought back a rule forcing clubs to give young domestic talent playing time — something that MLS has contemplated but not taken action on.

Fifteen A-League expansion bids confirmed on deadline dayThe Guardian
Fifteen bidders are officially in the race for two spots in an expanded A-League after aspirants submitted a formal expression of interest in time for Thursday’s deadline, leaving Football Federation Australia’s hired help Deloitte with the task of examining applicants before a short-list is named next month.

FIFA Congress to debate 48-team 2022 World Cup, but $25bn plan is off agendaInside World Football
FIFA’s Moscow Congress on June 13 will not be asked to vote on president Gianni Infantino’s $25 billion new competition proposals. But it will be asked to push forward the 48-team World Cup agenda with the approval of a feasibility study for the expansion of Qatar 2022.

FIFA World Cup song released: Will Smith, Nicky Jam, Era Istrefi perform ‘Live it Up’ESPN
FIFA has revealed their official tournament song that they hope will go on to help define the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

A Beautiful Game In An Ugly WorldNorthern Starting XI
‘Is there a way FIFA can award hosting nations without becoming mired in politics? Or is it a pointless pursuit?’ Russia and Qatar are arguably instructive cases in point why the domestic political context does matter. In awarding these World Cups to Russia and Qatar in 2010 FIFA invited unrelenting popular criticism for its scant regard for the debatable human rights records of the two host countries (let alone any issue of transparency and accountability of the process).

A 2018 World Cup finals England will host. eFIFA World Cup heads for LondonInside World Football
For the second year running London will host the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final 2018. The finals organised by FIFA video gamemaker Electronic Arts will be played from August 2-4, though the venue is still to be announced.

Roy of the Rovers returns after 17 years with new lookBBC
A new look version of football comic hero Roy of the Rovers has been unveiled, sporting a younger, more contemporary look. The escapades of star striker Roy Race – known for his amazing football skills and sense of fair play – were printed in various forms between 1954 and 2001.

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