BC Soccer News, Weekend, May 4-6, 2018



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Match Preview: Minnesota United v Vancouver WhitecapsAFTN
The Whitecaps broke their losing skid last weekend, beating RSL 2-0 in a game that went from good to bad to good again very quickly. Three points is three points (no matter the on-field antics) and the ‘Caps will look to follow up that much-needed result with a victory against the Loons. This will be the third-ever MLS match between the two sides, with last year’s trip to Minnesota ending in a disappointing 2-2 draw after the ‘Caps squandered a 2-0 advantage.

Whitecaps confident there will be no swoon against Loons in MinnesotaEdmonton Journal
The Vancouver Whitecaps bought themselves a little breathing room with last week’s win over Real Salt Lake, but players know they could be right back under water if they suffer a relapse Saturday against Minnesota United FC.

Episode 264 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Loony Tunes – Minnesota v Vancouver Preview)AFTN
It wasn’t pretty at times but Vancouver Whitecaps got back to winning ways last weekend against Real Salt Lake. Can they keep it going back on the road, and make it two straight wins as they head into Minnesota to take on the United Loons?

‘Caps set for matinee in MinnesotaWhitecaps FC
The ‘Caps, who sit third place in the Western Conference, look to continue their winning ways after snapping a three-match losing streak with a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake last Friday at BC Place. And it’s a similar story for the Loons, whose 2-1 win over Houston Dynamo last weekend snapped a four-match losing streak.

Anthony Blondell the biggest X-factor of this Whitecaps seasonSportsnet
Every Friday, Sportsnet.ca will chat with Sportsnet 650 radio commentator Dan Riccio about the big stories and issues surrounding the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Whitecaps hope teenager Davies can sweeten their trip to MinnesotaTSN
The Whitecaps will probably need more saccharine from Davies and other players in the lineup when they face Minnesota United FC on the road Saturday in a Major League Soccer match.

What is the Whitecaps Best XI?Eighty-Six Forever
We are nine matches into the 2018 season and Carl Robinson has had nine different Starting XI. Who is in your Best XI and what should the formation look like?

MLS Week 10: A Look AheadSBI
Week 10 gives us the second taste of major rivalries in Major League Soccer, as the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC clash for the first time this season.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union at Toronto FCToronto FC
Another battle at BMO awaits as the Union head to town. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Friday’s matchup with Philadelphia.

Morgan re-establishing himself as TFC regular through consistent playSportsnet
In many ways, the story of Ashtone Morgan and Toronto FC are one and the same. Like the MLS club, Morgan has gone through up and downs, and he’s had to consistently overcome adversity and setbacks since debuting for the Reds as a teenager in 2010.

Montreal Impact hope return home will help stop early season slideNational Post
The Montreal Impact knew it would be tough to pick up points while playing six of their first eight Major League Soccer games away from home.

Impact’s defence set to get a boost as Rod Fanni nears returnMontreal Gazette
The Impact is eager to have centre-backs Rudy Camacho and Rod Fanni playing alongside each other for the first time this season.

New York Red Bulls: Top 5 moments in Hudson River Derby historyMLS Multiplex
The Hudson River Derby is finally here, so let’s look back at the top five New York Red Bulls’ moments from derby’s past as we look forward.

Atlanta United enters match against Fire on a rollFox Sports
Atlanta United will try to increase its unbeaten streak to eight games when it visits the Chicago Fire on Saturday evening at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

Report: Sébastien Le Toux to retire as a Union playerBrotherly Game
Philadelphia Union legend Sébastien Le Toux will have a chance to retire in blue and gold, after all.

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Epic Provincial B Cup semi-finals set as three league champions battle through to final fourAFTN
The four quarter-finals last weekend produced 16 goals between them, saw a league champion knocked out, and leaves three leagues still hoping that one of their teams will lift the trophy next Saturday at Burnaby Lake.

Dynamite thrive in cup chaseBurnaby Now
If the Burnaby District Metro girls under-16 Dynamite can attest to anything, it’s that there’s always a chance.

United earns Coastal Cup chanceBurnaby Now
It’s a rematch that could offer a lot of satisfaction, nevermind the cup attached to it.

Meet Cascadia’s Opponents: Ellan Vannin (Isle of Man)Prost Amerika
The island lies between Ireland and England in the middle of the Irish Sea and is not officially part of the United Kingdom, having its own Parliament called the Tynwald. The Tynwald is believed to be the oldest continuous parliamentary authority in the world and consists of two Chambers, known as the Branches of Tynwald: the directly elected House of Keys and the indirectly chosen Legislative Council.

2018 BC Adult Provincial Championships Schedule & ResultsBCSA
Schedules, Brackets & Results for the 2018 BC Provincial Championships.

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.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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.

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.

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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Female Olympic medallist soccer star barred from male-only leagueCTV
A North American soccer league has thrown a red card in the face of a promising Canadian Olympic medallist, barring her from playing not for her lack of prowess on the pitch, but because she is a woman.

Female athletes blow whistle on soccer league for barring Stephanie Labbe from men’s teamCalgary Herald
The gender-based refusal of a pro soccer league to allow a female Olympic medallist goalie to play was scorched Thursday by women athletes.

Candace Chapman, Tomasz Radzinski latest to receive induction call from Canada Soccer Hall of FameThe Star
Candace Chapman first member of 2012 bronze medal-winning squad to enter hall; Tomasz Radzinski won 46 caps for Canada in 14-year span.

FC London women begin road to three-peat London Free Press
FC London women’s senior team will begin the journey to defending both their League1 Ontario league championship and League Cup when they open their regular season Saturday at Marconi Field.

Shooting Across Québec Skies: Canada’s Future Soccer StarsNorthern Starting XI
Over the years the daughters of the fine province of Québec have made no small contribution to the success of the national women’s side. Players like Amy Walsh, Rhian Wilkinson, Isabelle Morneau, Marie-Eve Nault, Josée Bélanger and others have helped push their national side to ever greater heights. Excitingly, a new generation of future national team players may very well be in the making in Québec, as the province launches its first-ever women’s Première Ligue du soccer du Québec (the PLSQ-F) in Laval on Sunday 6 May.

Former FOTR president hopes to become Canada Soccer VPCabin Radio
Former Folk on the Rock president Ryan Fequet is campaigning to become the next vice-president of Canada’s national soccer governing body.

Toronto FC’s Tosaint Ricketts throws support behind Canadian Premier LeaguePro Soccer USA
The Canadian striker toured European football’s less-heralded leagues for seven years before returning to his home country to join Toronto FC, rarely spending more than a single year at one club.

Spring soccer tournament with smaller playing surface designed to give players more touches on the ballGander Beacon
A good opportunity for smaller schools to compete and more touches on the ball for everyone involved. Those are the benefits Doug Sweetapple sees with organizing a seven-aside (or eight) spring soccer tournament for both high school and junior high teams will be held May 26 at Wellington Street Sports Complex in Corner Brook.

A new season of walking soccer kicks off in SarniaSarnia Observer
Sarnia’s Kevan Parsley, 70, thought his soccer-playing days were done. He came to Canada in the late 1970s from his native England, where he had been playing soccer from the time he was old enough to kick a ball. But, he had trouble with his knees in his early 40s. “I never played since,” he said. That is until he travelled back to Sheffield for visit a few years ago and old friends invited him to join a “walking soccer” game.

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Western Conf. Notebook – Switchbacks, Reno Ready for RematchUSL
Saint Louis only looking forward as record looms; Rising FC aiming for relaxed approach

Eastern Conf. Notebook – Rowdies Ready to Rectify Road RecordUSL
Formation change, defense working for Battery; Indy looking to lift after midweek defeat.

‘Living on your own in a foreign country isn’t easy but it teaches you a lot about yourself’The 42
New Yorker Jake Keegan has wound up at St Patrick’s Athletic, having played in the US, Germany, Canada and Galway. Having enjoyed two seasons at Galway United, the US-born striker joined Canadian outfit FC Edmonton in 2016.


SSE Women’s FA Cup final 2018: Arsenal v ChelseaBBC Sport
Saturday’s Women’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea will be a “great showcase” for the women’s game, says Gunners playmaker Kim Little.

Women’s FA Cup final to get TV boost and expected record crowdThe Guardian
The soaring profile of women’s football in England will be highlighted on Saturday as BBC1 provides live coverage of the FA Cup final, Arsenal v Chelsea, for the first time.

Portland Thorns host Seattle ReignOregonian
The Portland Thorns (2-1-2, 8 points) will host rival Seattle Reign (2-1-1, 7 points) in an NWSL regular season game.

Houston Dash travel to New Jersey to face Sky Blue FCHouston Dynamo
The Houston Dash return to action on Saturday as they travel to the East Coast to face former Dash players Carli Lloyd and Janine Beckie and Sky Blue FC at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J.

Utah Royals FC Host Washington Spirit Saturday Night at Rio Tinto StadiumRSL
The Washington Spirit arrive in Salt Lake City for the first time, recording a 2018 mark of 1-2-2 (5 points), occupying fifth place on the NWSL table. URFC Head Coach Laura Harvey, who holds an all-time mark against the Spirit of 10-4-1 during her time in Seattle, welcomes the visitors to Rio Tinto Stadium, the Spirit led by USWNT members Mallory Pugh, Andi Sullivan, and former BYU star Ashley Hatch.

UP CLOSE: Washington Spirit defender Whitney ChurchThe Equalizer
When Whitney Church found out she’d been drafted to the Washington Spirit in January 2015, her excitement for a “homecoming” was unmatched. Now with her fourth season with the club, the 25-year old has nothing but fantastic things to say about the club and the DC market as an area for women’s soccer popularity and growth potential.

WSL 1 week 16 review: Birmingham and Reading regain ground on top twoVavel
Reading and Birmingham both continued their charge on the top two with respective wins over Sunderland and Arsenal as Liverpool and Everton took a point a piece before Man City put six past Bristol.

Seven countries for regional women’s football championshipXinhua
Only seven teams have confirmed participation in this year’s Cecafa Women’s Championship, which will be held in Kigali, Rwanda from May 12-22.

Helping young female players achieve greatnessUEFA
The Swedish Football Association (SvFF) will spend €600,000 on a three-year project to help more young women players take the last vital step to greatness.

Football history made in Wales as female refereeing quartet take charge of major men’s cup finalWales Online
Saturday’s cup final is a landmark moment as Cheryl Foster and her female assistants run the show.

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European Weekend Preview: Barcelona hosts Real Madrid, Liverpool faces Chelsea, and moreSBI
The European domestic season may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean the excitement will take a break this coming weekend as El Clasico takes centerstage on Sunday with Barcelona hosting Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.

English Premier League relegation battle is down to six teamsThe Star
Now there’s little more than a week left of the season and, unless something truly remarkable happens, three of West Bromwich Albion, Stoke, Southampton, Swansea, Huddersfield and West Ham will soon be preparing for life in the second-tier League Championship.

Championship: Who needs what to beat the drop, go up or make play-offs on final day?BBC Sport
The final countdown. Survival Sunday. Whatever you call it, the final day of the Championship’s regular season has thrown up some fascinating permutations.

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Arsenal: Costa downs Gunners again, Atleti into Europa League finalNBC Sports
Diego Costa is yet again the scourge of Arsenal, even after having departed the Premier League.

Late Rolando winner sends Marseille to Europa League finalSportsnet
Marseille advanced to its first European final in 14 years after a goal late in extra-time gave it a 3-2 aggregate win over Salzburg in the semifinals of the Europa League on Thursday.

Hyundai A-League Grand Final preview: Newcastle Jets v Melbourne VictoryA-League
Every club that finishes with the wooden spoon starts the following season seeking redemption. The Newcastle Jets have not only achieved that; they’ve earned the right over the last 28 games to host the Hyundai A-League Grand Final for the first time ever.

Dortmund want to cap off Champions League qualification against MainzFussballstadt
After failing to convert their first match ball to reach the group stage of the Champions League Dortmund now have a second chance against Mainz. The Yellow and Blacks need two more points to be ensured participation in next season’s Champions League and could wrap it up with a victory over Mainz this season.

Stumbling Monaco seek to right ship in CaenLigue 1
AS Monaco will hope to arrest a worrying dip in form to keep their bid for a top-three finish on track at relegation-threatened SM Caen on Sunday.

Neymar back in France to continue recovery from injurySportsnet
Two months after undergoing surgery on a fractured foot, Neymar has arrived back in France to continue his rehabilitation.

Steven Gerrard: New Rangers manager says he can make fans happyBBC Sport
Steven Gerrard says he “got a special feeling” when he first spoke to Rangers about becoming their new manager as he vowed to “make the fans happy”.

Steven Gerrard going to Rangers gives Scottish game a show to be cherishedThe Guardian
If Scotland’s football were in as dismal a state as many insist, a lower-league job in England would have been more appealing.

N. American World Cup bid hopes economics outweigh politicsLondon Free Press
The economics of North America’s three-nation bid to host the 2026 World Cup can outweigh politics in next month’s vote, according to the U.S. Soccer Federation president.

WC2018: Yobo: Nigeria have talented, fearless youngstersFIFA
Joseph Yobo has urged Nigeria to focus on their first game rather than dream of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final, and backed them to hold their own against Argentina. The Super Eagles begin their Group D campaign against Croatia in Kaliningrad, before taking on Iceland and then Lionel Messi and Co.

Barcelona to rebrand soccer schools in U.S. as ‘Barca Academy’ESPN
Barcelona’s 12 soccer schools in the United States and Canada will be rebranded as the “Barca Academy” from July.

Brand survey reveals the secrets to success in football shirt sponsorshipInside World Football
Research by Brighton-based Brandwatch into the visibility of company logos on Twitter and Instagram provides a fascinating insight into the success of football-related visual marketing on the social web.

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