BC Soccer News, Weekend, September 7-9, 2018








Whitecaps FC add experienced Dutch striker/winger Marvin EmnesWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC added another option to their attack on Thursday, signing Dutch striker/winger Marvin Emnes.

Whitecaps add Dutch striker Marvin EmnesThe Province
The 30-year-old has top-flight experience in a 12-year career that’s seen him play in the English Premier League and Football League, scoring 50 goals in 301 appearances.

Ghazal turns disappointment into motivation as he earns Egypt recallWhitecaps FC
When Aly Ghazal joined Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2017, one of his main goals was to not only impress in a ‘Caps shirt, but to earn a spot on Egypt’s roster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Development Squad debuts in exciting 4-3 match versus USL affiliate Fresno FCWhitecaps FC
The new Whitecaps FC Development Squad debuted on Wednesday, traveling to California to take on USL affiliate Fresno FC. In the end, a back-and-forth match saw the Foxes from Fresno take a 4-3 victory.

Around The League: Chris Wondolowski unsure about his future after “mentally and physically” draining season chasing down MLS scoring recordAFTN
Chris Wondolowski’s quest to become the all-time leading goalscorer stalled at BC Place on Saturday night. If there was a match you fancied the veteran striker to grab a goal in, it was against the Whitecaps.

MLS, Liga MX unveil Campeones Cup trophy ahead of Toronto FC-Tigres clashMLS
MLS and Liga MX on Thursday unveiled the sleek new trophy for the Campeones Cup, the new competition between the champions of the two leagues, ahead of the inaugural edition between Toronto FC and Tigres UANL later this month.

TFC coach Vanney still standing after 4 years, poor MLS seasonSportsnet
When Greg Vanney was hired to replace Ryan Nelsen as coach of Toronto FC on Aug. 31, 2014, few outsiders believed he’d stick around for any length of time.

Independent Panel rescinds Chad Marshall red cardSeattle Sounders
Major League soccer today announced that Sounders FC defender Chad Marshall’s red card from Seattle’s match vs. Sporting Kansas City on Saturday has been rescinded by the Independent Panel.

It’s time for Timbers to get dangerousPortland Tribune
Let the real football season begin! Not the tackle football league that this week begins playing games that count, but MLS, where the final quarter of the regular season will sort out the tight playoff race.

LAFC quietly sets record for away victories in inaugural seasonPro Soccer USA
After putting away its sixth win on the road this season against Toronto on Saturday, LAFC set the bar for fledgling teams in their inaugural season.

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Pacific FC nabs former NHL executive Josh Bender as Executive Vice PresidentCanadian Premier League
After beginning his career close to two decades ago with the Canucks, sports executive Josh Bender is back on Vancouver Island after being named Executive Vice President, Sales and Business Development of the Canadian Premier League’s west coast club.

The defending Canada West champion Trinity Western women’s soccer team opens the year as the top-ranked team in the conference and will begin its regular season this weekend, when the Spartans host Victoria Friday and UBC Saturday.

WSOC: 2018 Pacific Division previewCanada West
The 2018 Canada West women’s soccer season hits full gear this weekend, and to get you ready, here’s a team-by-team look at the conference’s Pacific Division.

Stars shine in SFU men’s soccer 2-1 win over Cal State LASFU
Mamadi Camara has two assists, Matteo Polisi scores his third in three games for another Clan win.

Cowichan’s soccer teams begin season this weekendCowichan Valley Citizen
The adult soccer season begins this weekend with games for five of Cowichan’s senior teams.

VMSL 2018/19 Division 1 Season PreviewAFTN
We continue our build up to the new season today with a look at the Division 1 runners and riders.

Women’s soccer ranked No. 3 in Canada West coaches pollUVic
If the coaches pre-season poll is any indication, it’ll be a West Coast battle for top spot in Canada West women’s soccer this season.

WSOC: T-Birds face stiff competition on early season road tripUBC
Following a successful start to the 2018 Canada West season, the No. 6 UBC Thunderbirds (1-0) hit the road once again this weekend for a pair of contests against solid competition.

MSOC: T-Birds look for consistency with two home games on tapUBC
The UBC Thunderbirds open the second week of their Canada West season looking to take advantage of a couple of dates on home turf. First welcoming the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack to Thunderbird stadium Friday, September 7 ahead of hosting The UBCO Heat the next evening on Saturday, September 8, both kickoffs are set for 6:30 p.m. PT.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Khalsa SC 2, Vancouver Utd. 0, July 29, 2018 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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.

Call for interest for 2018 TD Diploma course BCSA
Based on the level of interest, BC Soccer is planning to host a 2-day Technical Director’s course in late November or early December of 2018 (dates and location TBA). If you are interested in this course, please let BC Soccer know so they can update you.

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.

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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With Davies, Herdman leading the way, future is now for CanadaMLS
As Canada begin their quest for Qatar 2022 with a Concacaf Nations League qualifier against the US Virgin Islands on Sunday (4 pm ET | Live stream on Concacaf.com), Herdman has become the program’s voice while Davies has become its face.

Wotherspoon hasn’t actually been to Canada yet, but he’s relishing the Nations League challenge the11.ca
If David Wotherspoon is named to the Canadian roster for the Oct. 16 Nations League qualifier against Dominica, he’ll be making his first-ever trip to the country he’s representing.

Why is Concacaf Nations League so important for Canada?Sportsnet
The Canadian men’s team will mark a new era in its history this weekend. The Reds will be in Bradenton, Fla., to take on the U.S. Virgin Islands on Sunday in their opening game of qualifiers for the 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League.

From Glasgow Celtic to U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada’s Scott Arfield is readyCTV
Scott Arfield went to work before 58,865 rabid fans last Sunday when his Glasgow Rangers visited city rival Celtic.

Ottawa Fury FC’s Sherman becomes Canada’s third female A Licence coachCSA
Audra Sherman, who leads Ottawa Fury FC’s women’s program, has become the third female certified Canada Soccer A Licence coach after completing the required workshops and assessments. The former NCAA player has coached with the Fury FC since 2012 and has also held coaching roles in the Ontario Soccer provincial program as well as the Carleton Ravens Women’s Soccer program.

Milan Borjan hopes to earn recognition as sole Canadian in Champions LeagueCanadian Premier League
Milan Borjan hopes fans of the beautiful game in Canada watch the UEFA Champions League closely this season – he’s the only Canadian competing in it, after all.

WSOC: 2018 Prairie Division previewCanada West
The 2018 Canada West women’s soccer season hits full gear this weekend, and to get you ready, here’s a team-by-team look at the conference’s Prairie Division.

Tigers soccer previewDalhousie University
Coming off of a tremendous season of improvement, some key additions up front and on the back line have the Tigers women’s soccer team primed to be a threat in the AUS once again this season.

Whitecaps have two shots at Ontario Cup glory this timeLondon Free Press
Every trip to the Ontario Cup soccer final comes with a crazy story or two. A couple of weeks ago, the London Youth Whitecaps ’03 girls found themselves a little shorthanded going into their under-15 semifinal match.


Match Recap: Toronto FC II vs. Ottawa Fury FCToronto FC
TFC II and the Ottawa Fury played to a seven-goal thriller on Thursday night at Lamport Stadium on what turned out to be a beautiful night for football.

Making pro soccer debut with hometown Fury ‘means the world’ to local teenage productToronto Sun
Realizing one dream has intensified Jadon Vilfort’s focus on others.

Impact takes on Ottawa Fury FC Friday night at TD PlaceMontreal Impact
The Montreal Impact will play a friendly game against Ottawa Fury FC, its affiliated club in USL, this Friday night, at 4pm PT at TD Place in the Canadian capital. The winner will lift the CapCity Cup for the first time.

Eastern Conf. Notes – Rowdies Relish Rare Shutout VictoryUSL
Claiming victory to snap a six-game winless streak last Saturday night was big for the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ playoff hopes, but almost as important to the side was the defensive performance the side put in during its 3-0 victory against North Carolina FC.

Orlando City B Becomes USL Division III Founding MemberUSL
At the forefront in shaping the future of professional soccer in the United States, USL Division III is pleased to announce today Orlando City B, which is operated by Major League Soccer’s Orlando City SC, as a founding member set to begin play in the league’s inaugural 2019 season.

Q&A with newly-named NISA president Bob WatkinsNBC Sports
The National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) has announced its new president, and made him available for media interviews.


Play-offs: Netherlands-Denmark, Belgium-SwitzerlandUEFA
The play-offs, involving the four qualifying group runners-up with the best record against the sides first, third and fourth in their sections, will decide the last of Europe’s nine berths (including hosts France) for next summer’s Women’s World Cup tournament.

Reign Report: Cascadia rivals battle for second bestSounder at Heart
Seattle Reign FC and the Portland Thorns will meet on Friday in Portland to determine who will lock up second place and host a semifinal match in the playoffs. A win or a draw will see Reign FC secure the second seed and possibly see them play the Thorns in the semifinal game. This is the third and final meeting between the two in regular season play, with Reign FC winning both prior games, 3-2 and 1-0 on May 5 and June 30, respectively.

Women’s Super League is here – and it already has winners and losersThe Guardian
England’s top football league is fully professional for the first time, but some clubs have suffered from the new rules.

Women’s Academy offers pathway to the professional game with UELWHUFC
West Ham United have partnered with the University of East London to offer a pathway to professional football for talented young women.

England set to host European Women’s Championship in 2021 after FA was only association to submit bidIndependent
England is set to be awarded the 2021 European Women’s Championship after the FA were the only prospective host to submit a bid.

Manchester City 2018/19 WSL Season Preview: Citizens hope to return to the topVavel
Manchester City will be hoping for a better title challenge this season.

W-League draw puts Matildas in prime timeMail-Times
The W-League has received a huge broadcasting boost, with weekly Thursday night matches to showcase Matildas stars through the summer. A Sydney derby on October 25 to kick off the season, a stand-alone AAMI Park Melbourne derby and 15 A-League double-headers were the highlights of the 2018/19 W-League draw release on Thursday.

FA release new film to inspire next generation of female footballers on eve of Women’s Super LeagueThe Telegraph
The newly restructured FA Women’s Super League will kick off an historic season on Sunday 9 September when it becomes fully professional for the first time.

Chelsea’s Emma Hayes: ‘I’ve learned as a leader to not be afraid to let go’The Guardian
After leading the club to a double last season while pregnant, the manager now faces the challenge of rebuilding a squad after the departure of several key players.

NCAA Player of the year watch: Savannah DeMelo ready to pounce when opportunity presents itselfESPN W.
Maybe it’s the dizzyingly unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean beyond one sideline of Pepperdine’s home field. Or maybe it’s just that the host, an NCAA tournament regular in recent years, is one of college soccer’s better organized teams. Whatever the case, while Malibu may be a welcoming destination for those wearing sandals, it is less kind to those in soccer cleats.


Inaugural UEFA Nations League under wayUEFA
The first UEFA Nations League got under way on Thursday with France visiting their predecessors as world champions, Germany.

Germany 0-0 France: 2018 World Cup champions held by former holders in goalless stalemateVavel
Germany responded well from their World Cup nightmares as Die Mannschaft held out World Cup winners Les Blues in a goalless Nations League Group A draw at the Allianz Arena.

Gareth Bale’s brilliance and Ampadu’s impudence help Wales rout IrelandThe Guardian
Ryan Giggs outlined his belief that Wales can be a match for any team in the world after delivering a swashbuckling and ruthless display to secure a first victory over the Republic of Ireland in 26 years.

Danes agree stop-gap deal with players in time to face rampant Welsh in Nations LeagueInside World Football
The Danish FA has reached a short-term agreement with the country’s players’ union to ensure that the regular senior team can return for the Nations League game against Wales on Sunday.

Man City’s Zinchenko nets injury-time winner for UkraineBBC Sport
Manchester City midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko scored an injury-time winner as Ukraine beat Czech Republic in League B of Uefa’s Nations League.

Wesley Sneijder views career highlights from sofa on pitch after Dutch farewellThe Guardian
It was quite the send off for Wesley Sneijder. The 34-year-old – making the last of his Netherlands appearances on Thursday – sat with his family in a makeshift living room, constructed in the middle of the pitch in the Johan Cruyff Arena after the friendly against Peru, and enjoyed some of his career highlights.

Pepe grateful for Portugal opportunities after netting in 100th gameFour Four Two
Portugal earned a 1-1 draw with Croatia thanks to centurion Pepe, who spoke of his joy at the chance he has had to play for his country.

Neymar named permanent Brazil captainSN
Neymar believes the responsibility of leading Brazil will be good for him after the Paris Saint-Germain star was appointed captain.

Dorados de Sinaloa appoint Diego Maradona as manager at 2nd-tier Mexican clubESPN
Diego Maradona has been appointed coach of Mexican second-division team Dorados, local media reported on Thursday.

Girona OKs planned La Liga game vs. Barcelona in U.S.Sportsnet
Girona is willing to play a regular-season game against Barcelona in the United States as part of La Liga’s goal of promoting soccer and the league in North America, the small club said Thursday.

Gambia out to stun much-fancied AlgeriaAfrican Football
Gambia will square off with Algeria in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification Group D match on Saturday.

United States host Brazil in high stakes friendly matchupFutebolcidade
The United States continue their rebuild following the failed qualifying campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Led by 64-year-old interims head coach Dave Sarachan the United States will now play two high profile friendlies against Brazil and rivals Mexico.

Mexico wonderkid Diego Lainez’s future is away from AmericaSN
There were plenty of America fans in Puebla last weekend, and they were treated to a 2-0 victory by their team. Even after the game, though, some left disappointed. Diego Lainez, the teenage sensation who will suit up for Mexico against Uruguay on Friday, came on only for a late cameo.

U.S. Soccer general manager Earnie Stewart ready to tackle the task of hiring national team managerLA Times
The way Earnie Stewart describes it, he and the U.S. Soccer Federation are searching for a new coach the same way some people search for a date online: They’ve compiled a profile and now they’re looking for a match.

West Ham: London Stadium rent ‘does not even cover cost of matches’, owners sayBBC Sport
West Ham’s rent at their London Stadium “does not even cover cost of staging matches”, the ground’s owners say.

Stadium MK will host the Tottenham-Watford EFL Cup tie despite fan protestsSN
It was acknowledged by Spurs that Milton Keynes, approximately 50 miles north-west of White Hart Lane, was not an “ideal destination” for supporters in a statement.

Football League clubs balk at loan deals that have too many stringsThe Guardian
Lower-division sides help young players develop and benefit from having them but there’s growing disquiet about demands that loanees play regardless of form.

Betting links found on football clubs’ junior fan pagesBBC
Links to online gambling firms have been placed in junior sections of the websites of 15 football clubs, a BBC investigation has found.

The 2018/19 Guide to Soccer on TV in Canada (and online)BC Soccer Web
Finding your match on TV or online in Canada has become more difficult in recent years. League broadcast rights change hands, new online services pop up, and some leagues and channels vanish from our screens altogether. Fear not! BC Soccer Web has got you covered! We’ve made our way through the web of cable channels and online services available so you can watch the matches you want.

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