BC Soccer Web News, Friday, April 24, 2015

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Whitecaps & MLS
Countdown: Vancouver Whitecaps vs D.C. United Red Nation Online
Fresh off their first ever win against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium last weekend, the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Whitecaps will face off on Saturday evening against a D.C. United side that is off to a fine start of their own to their 2015 MLS campaign.

Whitecaps not rushing TecheraGoal
Vancouver’s new addition may have to wait his turn, as Whitecaps prepare to host D.C. United on Saturday night.

Espindola likely to return for United against Whitecaps Comcast Sportsnet
Before the season there was concern about how United would fare without Fabian Espindola, but Saturday’s game between United and Whitecaps FC is a matchup between two of the early season leaders in MLS. Indeed United more than survived Espindola’s absence and has put together a more than acceptable 3-1-2 record.

First place means more pressure on Whitecaps The Province
Life at the top means heightened expectations. The Whitecaps welcome it, says captain Pedro Morales.

Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders preview: Timbers playing for points and pride against rivals Oregon Live
The two sides will get the chance to renew their rivalry for the first time this season when the Timbers travel to Seattle Sunday night.

Fuel on the fire — Sporting KC’s Feilhaber says “I’ve never liked Real Salt Lake” NBC Pro Soccer Talk
While we give credit to the Seattle vs. Portland feud as one of MLS’s very best — if not the best —  rivalries, there’s quite the deep hatred brewing between another pair of MLS teams, this time in “flyover country,” and it reared its ugly head again on Thursday, for no real apparent reason.

LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane likely to miss Red Bulls clashESPN FC
LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane, who has missed two matches with a groin injury, will likely sit out Sunday’s game vs. the undefeated New York Red Bulls.

Colorado Rapids star Dillon Powers brushes aside Serie A rumors and aims for USMNT call-upMLS
Rumors have begun to surface about a move abroad, fueled by his acquisition of an Italian passport this offseason. Serie A clubs Palermo and Atalanta are among the teams that have reportedly shown interest in the Rapids’ midfielder.

Rapids’ Marcelo Sarvas suspended two games for stomping Sounders’ Clint DempseyDenver Post
Colorado Rapids midfielder Marcelo Sarvas has been suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Soccer.

Minnesota Disunited: The Fight Over an MLS Stadium in MinneapolisVice Sports
For a club renamed Minnesota United, things have never been more fractious in Minneapolis.

Orlando City Soccer Club’s $115 million stadium project in jeopardySI.com
Orlando City SC’s new $115 million stadium is in jeopardy of not being built if the team and the state of Florida can not reach an agreement on funding.

MLS remains the most diverse league in AmericaSounder at Heart
Major League Soccer is the champion when it comes to player diversity. Out of the five major leagues in the United States and Canada, 42.8% of MLS’s players currently in the league were born outside of the USA and Canada, which comes out to be 237 players.

 

WFC2 & USL
Preview: Whitecaps FC 2 return to UBC Thunderbird Stadium to take on Sounders FC 2Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 (1W-3L-1D) welcome rivals Sounders FC 2 (3W-2L-0D) for the first time. The ‘Caps will be looking for redemption after dropping their first match of the season 4-0 against S2 at Starfire Sports Stadium.

 

The Local Game
Edge returns home as Vancouver Island soccer championPowell River Peak
Powell River Edge under-18 girls’ soccer team followed up its impressive victory over Victoria’s Prospect Lake in its BC Soccer Provincial Cup qualifying match a couple of weeks ago with a repeat performance over Bays United in the 51st annual Vancouver Island Cup Championship held in Saanich Sunday, April 19.

Hibs look to extend Provincial Cup run in rubber match versus Burnaby side Richmond Review
Hard work has been the Richmond Hibernians’ calling card for some time now.But this Saturday the intensity will be ratcheted up yet another notch when the local men’s soccer team hosts EDC Burnaby in a playoff match at3 p.m. at Hugh Boyd Park. The game was originally scheduled for a 2 p.m. kickoff at Minoru Park.

Terrific run in youth soccer ends with quarter-final loss for Vipers Delta Optimist
An outstanding run through youth soccer has come to an end for the Ladner Vipers, courtesy of their longtime rival. The U18 girls soccer team was eliminated from the Coastal “B” Cup playdowns after a 4-3 home field quarter-final loss to the Coquitlam Black Ice. The Vipers captured Coastal Cup titles at the U15 and U16 levels.

 

Canada
Goalie says Canadian soccer team is a family and the whole country is part of itPrince George Citizen
Veteran goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc has issued a call to arms to Canadians in advance of this summer’s Women’s World Cup.

New England Revolution’s Teal Bunbury reflects on USMNT-Canada choice facing Tesho AkindeleMLS
“You have to do what’s best for you, ultimately,” said New England Revolution forward Teal Bunbury, who went through the very same process back in 2010. “There’s going to be a lot of outside forces, whether it’s fans, teammates, coaches, even family that are maybe going to be pulling him in different directions. At the end of the day, it’s your career, and being able to make decisions for yourself is huge.

A Stadium is Necessary for Halifax growthThe Coast
The idea of building a 20,000-seat stadium somewhere in the Halifax Regional Municipality has been embraced by some and loathed by others. Over the past few years, Halifax mayor Mike Savage, enthused by the Touchdown Atlantic CFL games in Moncton, has come out in favor of it.

 

Amway Canadian Championship – The Voyageurs Cup
Voyageurs Cup: An Easy Lead to LoseMaple Leaf Forever
FC Edmonton heads home up 3-1 on aggregate. They have not lost a home game since July 27, 2014 (nine matches) and have not lost at home by two goals since May 3.

 

International Soccer
They think it’s all over: ex-footballers on life after the final whistle The Guardian
Before the Premier League’s six-figure salaries, retiring footballers had to start again, with little experience off the pitch. From a detective to a former convict, ex-players talk about their second life

Spurs must pay Emmanuel Adebayor £2.5m to get striker off booksThe Telegraph
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy wants £100,000-a-week striker with a year left on contract out the club in the summer

Japan set to host continental champions in 2015 and 2016FIFA
Preparations for the upcoming edition of the annual FIFA Club World Cup are underway as the prestigious competition gets set to return to Japan. After last staging the event in 2012, Japan will play host again in 2015 and 2016, with this year’s FIFA Club World Cup confirmed for 10-20 December.

Qatar unveils design of fifth proposed venue FIFA
Al Rayyan Stadium will be built on the site of Al Rayyan Sports Club’s former stadium (Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium), which was recently demolished. During tournament mode, the stadium will have a capacity of 40,000 spectators which will be able to host group stage, Round of 16 and quarter final matches.

GPS Technology: Changing Safety And Strategy In Soccer And RugbySport Techie
To combat the risk of player injury, many teams are now utilizing GPS and associated technology on the field.

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