BC Soccer News, Weekend, May 3-5, 2019



FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019, 6:00 PM



Match Preview: Colorado Rapids v Vancouver Whitecaps – the battle of the cellar dwellersAFTN
Despite what you may think, the Whitecaps are not the worst team in MLS. Yes, they only have six points from nine matches, but there is another team doing even worse. That team is the Colorado Rapids, who are still winless with a hardy 0-7-2 record, and it is Colorado who the ‘Caps face next.

Colorado Rapids vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Preview | May 3, 2019MLS
After Anthony Hudson was relieved of his duties, Conor Casey will try to lead the Colorado Rapids to their first win of the season when they host the Vancouver Whitecaps Friday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Whitecaps maintaining caution ahead of matchup vs. RapidsSportsnet
The Vancouver Whitecaps and Colorado Rapids occupy the bottom two spots in the Major League Soccer standings.

Whitecaps not investing big? That’s OK — Dos Santos wants to invest himself in his playersStandard-Freeholder
The Whitecaps don’t spend. Coach Marc Dos Santos knew this coming in. That’s why he’s committed to coaching up the best recruits he can find.

Conor Casey eager to bring wins, momentum back for Colorado Rapids fansMLS
Once a captain for the Colorado Rapids as a player, Conor Casey will now lead his hometown club as interim head coach, following the announcement Wednesday that Anthony Hudson was relieved of his duties with the club.

After firing coach, Colorado Rapids GM Padraig Smith now under pressurePro Soccer USA
With a winless start to the season through nine matches, Colorado Rapids executive vice president and GM Padraig Smith believes drastic measures will get the club back on track.

LAFC Preview: Los Angeles looks to re-establish control of the MLSLWOS
When Los Angeles FC host the Chicago Fire this weekend it will be a chance to cross another name off their list. Though not at battle for an iron throne, they are at battle for a cup.

New York City FC-Impact PreviewYahoo Sports
Goals could very well be at a premium in Montreal on Saturday when the Impact face New York City FC in a clash of defensively stingy teams of late.

Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney is keeping the faith that his goalkeepers will rise to the occasionToronto Sun
Toronto FC goalkeepers Alex Bono and Quentin Westberg share the same birthday (April 25) and it appears they will be sharing starting duties for the club this season. At least until one of them takes the bull by the horns.

Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas | 2019 MLS Match PreviewMLS
The Texas Derby heats up again Saturday afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium with the Houston Dynamo hosting FC Dallas.

TFC officials globe-trotting in search for quality additions ahead of transfer window closingToronto Sun
With the MLS primary transfer window closing on Tuesday, Toronto FC officials have been pulling out all of the stops — or at least most of the stops — to try to land a quality player or two.

REPORT: NYCFC plan to build new stadium in the BronxHudson River Blue
The last significant update on New York City FC’s planned stadium within the five boroughs came back in March when New York Yankees president Randy Levine told Bloomberg that the club were planning on announcing a stadium site before 2019 was up. This came off the heels of NYCFC athletic director Claudio Reyna told SBI that the team was “close” to procuring a site.

MLS announce Atletico Madrid as opponent for 2019 MLS All-Star GameChicago Fire
Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that Spanish giants Club Atletico de Madrid will face the best in MLS in the 2019 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, set for Orlando City Stadium on Wednesday, July 31.




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VMSL trio make Provincial A Cup semi-finals as Cowichan keep island hopes alive (with video highlights)AFTN
The Vancouver Metro Soccer League’s dominance in the BC Provincial A Cup looks set to continue, with fivepeat Vancouver Island Soccer League champs Cowichan FC now the only remaining team that stands between another VMSL name being etched on the famous old trophy.

Galaxy, Spartans and T-birds advance to B Cup finalsBurnaby Now
The Wesburn Galaxy are on a mission to go where they’ve gone before. The u16 boys squad have demonstrated grit and determination to reach the Coastal B Cup final, thanks to a heroic comeback last Saturday in a 3-2 victory over Richmond.

Burnaby United, FC and Fire advance to cup finalsBurnaby Now
The Burnaby District Metro Select United have charted a course to the Coastal Cup final. The under-13 boys metro soccer team will square off against Fraser Valley Real on Saturday in Richmond, battling for the Coastal A Cup banner.

Winnipeg native Dylan Carreiro writes himself into the history books with winning goal to secure first Valour victoryAFTN
At some stage soon we’re going to have a match where we don’t write that history was made in the Canadian Premier League. Probably. It’s a first year, so who knows what firsts will be set. Wednesday night at Westhills Stadium in Langford was no exception to the ever increasing list of firsts in the league.

North Vancouver soccer player Ciara McCormack blows the whistle on alleged abuseNorth Shore News
The fallout of the post is still being felt throughout the soccer world in Canada. Along with some serious allegations of mistreatment of players, there is a call to action to clean up the way sport is administered in this country.

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.

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FC Edmonton ready to kick off Canadian Premier League seasonFC Edmonton
After eight weeks of mostly kicking against each other, FC Edmonton will finally get to kick against an opponent when their Canadian Premier League season gets underway Saturday.

Canadian Premier League lures Spanish midfielder to FC EdmontonEdmonton Sun
Ramon Soria Alonso comes from a country where soccer is king and clubs such as FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have a global following.

Halifax ready for a party as CPL’s Wanderers ready for their close-upCBC
With hometown boy on squad, team prepares for their inaugural home opener Saturday.

Wanderers coach Stephen Hart has Halifax soccer in his bloodSportsnet
Saturday will see HFX Wanderers FC make their home debut in the Canadian Premier League when they host Hamilton-based Forge FC, marking the return of the sport to Halifax for the first time since the Nova Scotia Clippers competed in the old Canadian Soccer League in 1991.

Finishing touches being put on Cavalry FC pitchLeader-Post
Calgary’s newest professional sports team, Cavalry FC, are about as ready as can be for their Canadian Premier League debut Saturday afternoon.

An inside look at the life of HFX Wanderers playersThe Star
Halifax’s new pro soccer team will show off their skills for the first time at home this Saturday — but their karaoke abilities are already well established.

Saskatchewan summer soccer series aims to elevate sport in provinceGlobal
Close to three thousand fans are expected at SMF Field on Saturday when the SK Selects host Calgary Foothills FC.

Match Preview: Hamilton United Elite v Unionville Milliken SCLeague1 Ontario
In the third and final game of Day One, we open our women’s division with what promises to be a cracking contest featuring two young sides that have made an instant impact in their first seasons.”

Match Preview: Darby FC v FC LondonLeague1 Ontario
In Game 2 of Matchweek 1 we get another intriguing men’s match-up, with the 2018 regular season champions travelling to an east-GTA side with a new look and management.

US Under-17s come from behind to beat Canada 3-2 in Concacaf Ch’ship openerMLS
The US Under-17 national team came back from a 2-0 halftime deficit to defeat their Canadian counterparts 3-2 in the opening match for both nations in Group H of the 2019 Concacaf Under-17 Championship in Bradenton, Florida.

Canada Soccer Men’s EXCEL staff to visit Alberta in support of player tracking and ID strategiesAlberta Soccer
The REX Staff will work with 2003, 2004, and 2005-born boys in Alberta as part of their player tracking and player identification strategies. Scouting and identification of the players who will be involved in these events will be determined by Alberta Soccer staff in collaboration with District/Club Technical Leaders.


Coming off an exciting home win on Sunday, Ottawa Fury FC will look to take this momentum on the road and earn another three points as it faces challenging opposition in conference-leading Saint Louis FC.

USL Championship Weekend Guide – Week 9USL
There have already been plenty of talking points to draw from the opening five games in Week 9 of the 2019 USL Championship regular season, but this weekend’s 15-game slate of games figures to provide plenty more with some intriguing contests set for the next three days.

Coach Jimmy Nielsen says Hartford Athletic has leadership problemPro Soccer USA
It would be a massive understatement to say that things are off to a rough start for Hartford Athletic, an expansion side in the USL Championship this season.

Eric Wynalda is in the soccer wilderness of Las Vegas and he’s loving itLA Times
he former all-time leading scorer of the U.S. men’s national soccer team, the 49-year-old Wynalda is the head coach of the Las Vegas Lights Football Club of the United Soccer League. The Lights play in Cashman Field, a downtown baseball stadium that was abandoned by the triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. Advertisements on what used to be the outfield wall include a display for a local marijuana dispensary. This is soccer’s version of purgatory.

USL Announces Participating Clubs for Inaugural USL Academy CupUSL
The United Soccer League is proud to announce the 33 USL clubs that will compete in the USL Academy Cup, a new event beginning this year featuring the country’s elite youth players from the U-13 and U-17 age groups. This announcement comes off the back of the unveiling of the league’s vision for an Academy system and begins with the Academy Cup serving as a forerunner to the first-ever USL Academy League, built to provide a clear youth-to-pro path in each USL community.


Ellis Names U.S. Team for Women’s World CupProst Amerika
U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis today revealed the 23 players who will represent the United States at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France this summer.

Krieger, Brian took winding paths to 2019 World Cup roster placesEqualizer
Jill Ellis sat at a podium following another suspect performances by her outside backs. The United States women’s national team coach looked her questioner in the eye and said: “I haven’t thought about that.”

France Women’s World Cup features seven players from champions LyonESPN
Women’s World Cup hosts France left out Paris Saint-Germain striker and league top scorer Marie-Antoinette Katoto from a 23-strong squad announced by coach Corinne Diacre on Thursday.

The North Carolina Courage take on Sky Blue FC on Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. in their fourth match of 2019. The two teams previously met in July 2018 where the Courage won 4-0 thanks to a hat trick from Lynn Williams and an additional goal from Abby Erceg. The defending NWSL Champions enter the month of May undefeated for the third consecutive season.

Does the NWSL matter enough to the USWNT’s World Cup plans? Yahoo Sports
Every single player that will represent the U.S. at the Women’s World Cup this summer plies her trade in the National Women’s Soccer League, and when coach Jill Ellis announced her roster Thursday for the tournament she espoused the importance of the NWSL.

Crystal Dunn’s Long Road From 2015 Cut to 2019 USWNT World Cup Roster LockYahoo Sports
Crystal Dunn wanted to watch the 2015 Women’s World Cup, but not by herself. She couldn’t watch with other soccer players, because they knew how close she’d been to making the team. She was too far away from family—they were in Long Island, N.Y., and she lived in Washington, D.C. She needed to find someone who loved the game as much as she did and also wouldn’t judge her emotions, which were “up, down, all around.”

Former Sunderland trio plot Wembley revenge with Manchester CityTelegraph
No prizes for guessing who Sunderland will be cheering on in Saturday’s FA Women’s Cup final.

West Ham’s Alisha Lehmann keen to add Wembley knees-up to East End adventureThe Guardian
We are just shy of 10 months on from when the Swiss forward Alisha Lehmann joined West Ham. With no English, and at the age of 19, it was a step into the unknown for her. Now, though, the winger has a PFA young player of the year nomination under her belt and is preparing for West Ham’s first FA Cup final, against Manchester City on Saturday.

Westfield keep naming rights to Matildas and W-League for two more yearsInside World Football
The Football Federation of Australia (FFA) and Westfield have extended the existing naming rights deal for the Matildas and the W-League in a 2-year deal.


What to watch in Europe’s leading soccer countriesCanada.com
Manchester City is two wins away from retaining the Premier League trophy, but there’s an outside chance the title could be clinched a week early.

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendThe Guardian
Leicester can test City but Liverpool face a challenge of their own, it’s all or nothing for Cardiff and Watford need to regroup

Arsenal, Chelsea in strong positions in Europa League semisLondon Free Press
The possibility of an all-English final in the Europa League grew likelier after Arsenal and Chelsea moved into strong positions in the semifinals on Thursday.

Ruffier in Monaco’s way as Sainté eye top three Ligue 1
AS Monaco are not safe from the threat of relegation just yet and they will need to find a way past the in-form Stéphane Ruffier on Sunday as their ex-goalkeeper returns to the Stade Louis II with AS Saint-Etienne.

Bayern Munich hoping to edge nearer Bundesliga title against HannoverFour Four Two
Bayern Munich host bottom side Hannover on Saturday afternoon looking to move a step closer to the Bundesliga title.

Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi Hernandez officially announces retirementESPN
Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi Hernandez has announced that he will retire from football after 21 years.

Bolton plunges into deeper crisis after takeover scrappedLondon Free Press
Bolton has been plunged into a deeper crisis after a potential takeover of the financially stricken English team was scrapped.

Sport sponsorship spend to hit £49bn in 2024 but rightsholders are missing outInside World Football
Football clubs and sports generally are missing out on £14 billion of sponsorship money annually, according to an analysis by sports marketing agency Two Circles.

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