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BC Soccer News, Wednesday, April 26, 2017

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

 MONTREAL IMPACT  vs.  VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC

MLS MATCHDAY #8
SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017, 12:00 PM
STADE SAPUTO, MONTREAL, QC
TV: CTV   RADIO: TSN 1410

Frustration builds for Kekuta Manneh: "I'm not used to being left behind" - MLS
In nearly a month since moving to Columbus, Manneh has yet to see the field for Crew SC. And despite making the gameday 18 in the previous week, Manneh was left to train in Ohio as the club flew to New Jersey to play the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, where they dropped a 2-0 decision. That training prompted Manneh to tweet the now-deleted hashtag “#rockbottom” from the team’s training facility, adding to concerns about his future in Columbus.

Beyond the Lens - Player Salaries - Eighty-Six Forever
A couple times a year, the MLS Player Union releases what each player’s base compensation and actual compensation (base + signing bonus annualized over contract length - agent fees annualized over contract length). Focusing specifically on the Caps, let’s look at their entire roster.

MLS Player Salary Information - MLS Players Union
The documents linked below contain salary information for all MLS players as of the date shown.  In the survey, all player salaries are broken down into two numbers.  The first is the player's current base salary.  The second is characterized as annual average guaranteed compensation.

Kaka, Giovinco remain highest earners in latest MLS salary data - SBI
On Tuesday afternoon, MLS Players Union announced the league’s 2017 salaries, and Orlando City’s star Kaka tops the list for a third straight season, while Paraguayan Miguel Almiron is Atlanta United’s highest-paid player.

Toronto FC salaries: Reds add $1m between Victor Vazquez & Chris Mavinga - Waking the Red
The two players that immediately stand out are the two big signings of the offseason, Victor Vazquez and Chris Mavinga (more on him later). Vazquez’s $700,000 (I’m going to refer to the guaranteed compensation unless otherwise specified) is paid down below the maximum salary with targeted allocation money, and on the evidence we have seen thus far looks to be very good value.

MLS' 2017 best value-for-money, highest-paid starting XIs - ESPN FC
After Tuesday's release of 2017 Major League Soccer player salaries, Jason Davis pieced together the league's best value-for-money XI, as well as its highest-paid XI and a starting lineup composed of the best-compensated Americans.

Who is new LAFC player Monday Bassey Etim? - Angels on Parade
One of the surprises of the MLS Players Union salary drop on Tuesday was the presence of a second Los Angeles Football Club player. While we were already aware that LAFC had signed midfielder Carlos Alvarez and then loaned him to USL affiliate Orange County SC, there was a second player listed as taking a salary on behalf of LAFC: midfielder Monday Bassey Etim.

Impact needs to play with urgency and confidence, coach Mauro Biello says - Montreal Impact
It has been the dilemma of coaches since the beginning of competition, and one that’s undoubtedly causing Mauro Biello some consternation.

MLSsoccer.com Injury Report - MLS
This injury report is compiled on an ongoing basis by MLSsoccer.com editors based on club game notes, news reports, and original reporting.

FC Dallas is adding to the tasks of Kellyn Acosta in Diaz's absence - Soccer America
Six months into life without midfield maestro Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas is decidedly less elegant yet still undefeated.

Atlanta stadium official says new facility ready in 3 months - AJC
Workers are racing to complete Atlanta's new $1.5 billion stadium project in the next three months after ongoing roof issues have delayed the facility's opening.

A tug-of-war in the city of Los Angeles for Zlatan Ibrahimovic - MLS Multiplex
Residents of Los Angeles have been teased with the Zlatan rumor before, and along with it a fantastic line-up of competition for his signature. Yet this time, those rumors are different – he currently sits out of action with a potential 2018 return date attached to him, which opens the door wide open for something real to materialize with MLS.

US soccer's coaching gap: 'I refuse to believe all the best people are white males' - The Guardian
MLS has made slow progress when it comes to hiring black and Latino coaches – and a lack of diversity threatens the future of soccer in America.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 Seattle Sounders FC 1, April 14, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour Comes to Canada

BC SOCCER NEWS

Striker Andrew Ofosu Signs With Highlanders FC - Highlanders FC
Victoria Highlanders FC announced Tuesday, the signing of London-born striker Andrew Ofosu. Ofosu’s addition adds another attacking option for Victoria as they edge closer to kick-off of the 2017 Premier Development League (PDL) season.

Get To Know Your TSS Rovers: Connor MacMillan - AFTN
Connor MacMillan heads to TSS FC Rovers with a wealth of PDL experience already under his belt. This will be the 23-year-old’s third season in the league, having played his summer football these last two years with Kitsap Pumas.

Premier soccer men aim for provincial cup - Aldergrove Star
The Aldergrove United Premier Mens Soccer Team is competing in provincial championships for the Adult Provincial A Cup (open age group).

Niners advance in provincial tournament - Lake Cowichan Gazette
A 4-0 win on Saturday afternoon propelled the Cowichan 49ers into the second round of the Deryl Hughes Cup provincial masters soccer tournament.

U17 United off to Coastal Cup final - Delta Optimist
The new South Delta United 's colours will be on display at B.C. Soccer's Coastal Cup finals for the very first time thanks to a terrific run so far for the club's U17 Division One boys rep team.

Whitecaps bring community clinic to South Delta - Delta Optimist
The Vancouver Whitecaps and South Delta United Soccer Club teamed up to offer young soccer players a night they will soon not forget.

Sportsnet Launches All-Sports Radio Station in Vancouver, This Fall - Sportsnet
One of Canada’s largest and most passionate sports markets is about to get a lot more premium sports content, as Sportsnet will launch a new, all-sports radio station – Sportsnet 650 – in Vancouver this fall.

Soccer season set to kick off this week - Williams Lake Tribune
Williams Lake Youth Soccer Association players are lacing up their cleats for another season in the lakecity. Rob Tazelaar, administrator for the WLYSA, said roughly 1,000 players are registered to play this year with the association.

3V3 LIVE NATIONAL SOCCER TOUR COMES TO ABBOTSFORD - 3v3 Live Canada
3v3 Live Soccer Tour and Holbrook Sports Management are excited to announce the expansion of the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour into the Canadian soccer market.  With the first event previously announced to take place on the August 19/20 weekend in Surrey, BC, the 3v3 Soccer Tour will expand to Abbotsford, BC, on August 20 and will include men’s and women’s open divisions.

BC Soccer Women's Provincial Cup Draw Monday April 3, Men's Provincial Cup Draw April 13 - BCSA
Complete brackets and results for the 2017 Women's and Men's Provincial Cup Tournaments.

2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 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, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

REVIEW: The Miracle Mile. Stories of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games - BC BookLook
Author Jason Beck is curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame in BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, and convenor two years ago of an excellent exhibition about the 1954 Games. In his first book, he proves to be a meticulous researcher, a compelling story-teller, and a crafty realist who knows how to hook his readers. Watch how, two pages into the book, he uses filmic technique to evoke the arriving athletes’ youthful buzz and give period colouring and costuming, but then smartly moves his camera in to introduce his stars.

TSS Rovers launch website & 2017 Season Ticket Campaign - TSS Rovers
TSS FC Rovers play their inaugural season in the PDL at iconic Swangard Stadium. Season Tickets are $70 for Adults, $49 for U12 Youth.

Becoming a BC Soccer Referee - BCSA
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!

To our Readers: A Choice - BC Soccer Web
Soccer has brought us to the United States many times. It’s a great place with decent people. We especially look forward to our Cascadia trips to Seattle and Portland. They’re incredible cities with wonderful supporters. That’s why it was so disheartening to see chaos and fear take hold in the airports and borders of our neighbours to the south.

Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on sale - Highlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!

PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries - BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.

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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CANADA SOCCER NEWS

Canada eliminated from CONCACAF U-17 Championship with loss to Cuba - MLS
Canada’s stay at the 2017 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship won’t last very long. Needing at least a point to stay alive in their quest to qualify for the FIFA Under-17 World, Canada was eliminated with a 2-1 loss to Cuba on Tuesday.

Canada eliminated after slim 1:2 loss to Cuba at the CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship - CSA
Canada were mathematically eliminated on their second one-goal loss at the 2017 CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship‎, this time falling 1:2 to rivals Cuba at Estadio Maracaná Panama. In need of a draw or better, Canada pushed their opponents to the end, but were unable to net the equaliser they needed to stay alive in the Group B standings.

The death of yet another World Cup dream: Canada’s U-17s can’t advance after loss to Cuba - the11.ca
When you need to write about kids who aren’t yet at the age of majority, who aren’t getting paid to play soccer, there’s an ethical question: Knowing that many of these kids aren’t ever going to make it as pros, how cutting should your criticism be?

Club Roma Soccer invests in 'renting rights' for new turf field at Churchill - St. Catherine's Standard
A synthetic turf field, now under construction at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, will become home to the high school’s Bulldogs teams, and a home away from home for Club Roma soccer teams when the $1.2-million project is completed in the fall.

Impact unveils schedule of 2017 Soccer Celebration summer tour - Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact revealed on Tuesday the schedule for its 2017 Soccer Celebration summer tour.

Webinar - Why kids quit and what we can do about it - Ontario Soccer
A lot of things are changing in the youth soccer world, but one thing has remained sadly consistent: soccer loses 70 per cent of youth players by the age of 13.

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WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS

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Sounders FC 2 falls to San Antonio FC 3-2 at Starfire Stadium - Sounders FC
Sounders FC 2 (2-4-0, 6 points) fell 3-2 to San Antonio FC (5-0-1, 16 points) on Tuesday evening at Starfire Stadium. Defender Sam Rogers scored his first USL goal and First Team midfielder Zach Mathers converted a second-half penalty attempt, but conference-leading San Antonio FC left with three points on three goals.

San Antonio Continues Strong Start - USL
San Antonio FC maintained its undefeated start to the season as it claimed a 3-2 victory against Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Tuesday night at Starfire Stadium.

17-year-old Academy defender Sam Rogers "coming along well" after first professional goal - Sounders FC
Sam Rogers is just 17-years-old but the former Seattle Sounders Academy member and current S2 defender officially has a professional goal to his name.

USL unveils Division 3 league to begin play in 2019 - SBI
The USL announced on Tuesday that the league will launch a third-division professional league to begin play in 2019. The league will be a follow up on the USL’s current second-division structure, which currently features 30 teams.

USL PHOTOS: WFC2 1 SAN ANTONIO FC 2, April 22, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Sky Blue FC Announces New York Surf as An Official Amateur Reserve Team - Sky Blue FC
Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that New York Surf Soccer Club will operate an official amateur reserve team for the club, which will play in United Women’s Soccer (UWS) beginning in 2017.

Run of Play: You Want Me to Play Where? - The Equalizer
Versatility. It’s the latest buzzword in soccer, heard over and over in commentary. Now more than ever, players are expected to be jacks of all trades. A forward can be a fullback can be a central midfielder. And on the 20-person NWSL rosters, versatility is a very valuable asset indeed. A few injuries coupled with an international absence or two, and suddenly depth is an issue. So you need those players who can fill a variety of holes.

Damallsvenskan - Week 2 Review: Two teams break away from the pack - Vavel
Following two successive wins, Rosengård and Linköping take the top two spots in the league.

A New Era for SWF with two new signings - Scottish WPL
Scottish Women’s Football are delighted to announce two new members of their team, who will be based at Hampden, the home of Scottish Football. Fiona Cardwell joins as Executive Officer on June 20th and Lorna Cameron has been appointed at Competitions and Administration Officer, starting next week.

Tuesday European Rewind: Chelsea defeat Southampton, Villarreal shock Atletico Madrid, and more - SBI
Midweek action across Europe kicked off on Tuesday with Premier League leaders Chelsea edging Southampton, 4-2, at Stamford Bridge.

CONCACAF and Twitter Announce Live Stream Partnership for SCCL Final - CONCACAF
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and Twitter announced today a partnership to live stream the final match of the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, to be played between Mexican sides Tigres UANL and C.F. Pachuca on Wednesday, April 26 at 7 pm PT.

Atletico loses to Villarreal, ending 11-game unbeaten run - Sportsnet
Atletico Madrid’s 11-game unbeaten streak came to an end on Tuesday after it squandered a series of chances and then conceded a late goal to lose 1-0 at home to Villarreal in the Spanish league.

German Cup: Hrgota the hero as Frankfurt beat Mönchengladbach to reach final - DW
Eintracht Frankfurt have booked their place in the final of the German Cup after a penalty shootout win over Borussia Mönchengladbach. Frankfurt will face Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund in the May 27 showpiece.

Derby Day: Manchester clubs have a bitter history - Sportsnet
Manchester City vs. Manchester United. Stunning goals. Drama and controversy. Heroic performances and memorable matches.

PSG and Monaco collide in Coupe de France semi-finals - Ligue 1
French champions Paris Saint-Germain and Ligue 1 leaders AS Monaco renew their rivalry at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday evening, with a meeting with Angers SCO in May's Coupe de France final at stake.

Arrests as Newcastle and West Ham raided in £5m tax probe - BBC
Newcastle United and West Ham United's grounds have been raided in a fraud investigation.

Barton suspended for 18 months after admitting to FA misconduct charge - SN
Joey Barton has been banned for 18 months by the Football Association over allegations the Burnley midfielder placed more than 1,000 bets on matches over a 10-year period.

Brazil goalkeeper guilty of murder back in prison after brief return to football - The Guardian
An earlier court decision had allowed Bruno Fernandes de Souza to sign for a second-division soccer club, causing a public uproar.

Ajax to rename Amersterdam Arena to celebrate club legend Johan Cruyff - Inside World Football
Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam will rename their stadium in honor of their greatest player Johan Cruyff, who died in 2016. Cruyff passed away on March 24 last year following a battle with lung cancer, he would have turned 70 yesterday.

AFC to investigate Guangzhou Evergrande fans' 'British dogs' banner - ESPN FC
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is set to investigate after fans of Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande displayed a banner reading "Annihilate British dogs" during their 6-0 Asian Champions League victory over Hong Kong champions Eastern. The banner at Eastern's Mong Kok Stadium also described Hong Kong's independence movement as "poison."

David Moyes: Sunderland manager charged over 'slap' comment - BBC Sport
Sunderland manager David Moyes has been charged by the Football Association after telling BBC reporter Vicki Sparks she might "get a slap".

CONMEBOL find $150m hole in accounts, auditors blame Paraguayan Leoz - Inside World Football
CONMEBOL’s internal audit has revealed an unaccounted gap of $150 million as the organisation seeks to establish the full-scale damage of corruption.

Who are in this summer's UEFA final tournaments? - UEFA
With six national team tournaments due to kick off this summer – including the men's Under-21 finals and UEFA Women's EURO 2017 – we survey the sides now dreaming of glory.

Beach Soccer: Stage set for Bahamas 2017 - FIFA
The wait is nearly over and the city of Nassau is counting down the hours to the start of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017. The scene is set for the ninth staging of the world finals – a tournament on the sand that promises lots of sun, spectacular action and an amazing atmosphere.

ESPN Expects to Part With 100 Sports Journalists in Content Strategy Shift - Variety
ESPN expects to part ways with 100 of its sports journalists as the Walt Disney sports media juggernaut places more focus on its rejiggered “SportsCenter” lineup as well as digital content associated with that program.

The five ages of being a football fan - The Guardian
You start off innocent and awestruck, become rambunctious, then detached and analytical, before finally reclining into a place where you say whatever you want.

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