VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
REAL SALT LAKE 3 VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 0
MLS MATCHDAY #5
SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2017
RIO TINTO STADIUM, SANDY, UT
Whitecaps FC fall 3-0 to Real Salt Lake in snowy affair at Rio Tinto – Whitecaps FC
Albert Rusnak tallied a goal and two assists in the second half to give Real Salt Lake (1W-3L-2D) their first win of the season, defeating Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1W-3L-1D) 3-0 on a snowy Saturday evening at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Snow joke for the Whitecaps as it’s all white on the night for RSL – AFTN
Football in the snow is great fun. If you’re either a kid out playing in it, your team is winning in it, or you’re tuned in from afar as a neutral watching a match in a nice warm house.
Petke sees “building blocks” as Real Salt Lake bank wintry win on his debut – MLS
Real Salt Lake head coach Mike Petke wasn’t expecting to judge his team’s performance too harshly in his first game on the sideline. The weather made sure he’ll write this one off, even with a 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps to look back on.
MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 6 – SBI
Another week of MLS is in the books as several teams got their attacks on track in statement victories.
Toronto FC see “progress” in attack despite disappointment of Atlanta draw – MLS
Averaging a goal a game through the first four matches of the season, Toronto FC did not look like the team that scored 17 goals in six playoff matches last year during a run to the MLS Cup final.
Michael Bradley remains the anchor of Toronto FC – Sportsnet
There is a reason why the press horde congregates around Michael Bradley’s locker-room stall after home games, and it has nothing to do with the fact that he’s Toronto FC captain.
‘My toes are frostbitten’: why weather can be MLS’s toughest opponent – The Guardian
Teams will often play in a snowstorm one week, and blazing sun the next. Does any other league in the world present such challenges?
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PHOTOS: Whitecaps FC 1 Tigres UANL 2, April 5, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
BC SOCCER NEWS
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.
VISL – Year End Awards Night & Banquet – VISL
Our higher profile awards – was definitely the closest I have witnessed since being involved administratively for the past 17 years.
One month countdown: TSS FC Rovers get ready for first PDL season with launch event – AFTN
It’s just four weeks until TSS FC Rovers play their first ever PDL match when they head east to take on Calgary Foothills on May 5th. There’s still a lot for the TSS guys to do in that time, and you can be sure the next month will fly by at a seemingly alarming rate for Willie Cromack and Colin Elmes, but everything’s starting to take shape and Friday night saw the club’s launch event.
UBCO raises more than $75,000 at annual athletic scholarship breakfast – UBCO
It was a morning of accolades, accomplishments and astonishments at the Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast Friday morning. Close to 350 people gathered for the 12th annual breakfast, which not only recognizes student accomplishments, but also raises money for the student athlete scholarship endowments.
Nanaimo’s Syrian newcomers get in the game – Nanaimo News Bulletin
City’s soccer community extends welcome with Friendship Football.
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.
Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication – BC Soccer Web
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada, USA and Mexico to make historic announcement – CSA
Canada Soccer, US Soccer, and the Mexican Football Federation will make a historic announcement on Monday 10 April in New York City. The announcement will be made at a media event on 11.00 PT at One World Observatory on the 102nd and top floor of the One World Trade Center.
‘Historic announcement’ set at One World Trade Center – Soccer America
U.S. Soccer has announced plans for a press conference on Monday afternoon at New York’s One World Trade Center, where the presidents of the U.S., Canadian and Mexican soccer federations will confirm they will submit a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
US could gain FIFA support through Mexico, Canada joint bid – Winnipeg Free Press
A final on or around the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Modern stadiums across the United States and perhaps in Mexico and Canada, too. A North American World Cup in 2026 with 48 nations would be far larger and played in almost all different venues than the 24-team event the U.S. hosted in 1994.
CONCACAF TrumpTacoPoutine Superbid: What can Canada expect from a joint World Cup effort? – the11.ca
As for those who travel to this continent for the World Cup, will they get a special pass to get them through the wall? Oh, yeah, the wall! Like that’s not going to be a giant elephant in the room during the bid kick-off press conference.
Canadian women give up late goal in soccer friendly loss to Germany – CBC
Facing the best team in the world on two days rest proved to be too much for Canada. But John Herdman’s side came within four minutes of holding Germany to a tie.
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team knocking on the door of the world’s top teams – CSA
Despite a 2-1 loss to Germany in Canada’s second European friendly this week, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team come away from the two matches confident in its place among the world’s best.
Humber’s Aquino earns CCAA Coaching Excellence Award – CCAA
The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association is pleased to announce that Michael Aquino of Humber College is this year’s recipient of the CCAA Coaching Excellence Award. The award recognizes coaching contributions to sport and to student-athlete development over a period of at least five years.
The Impact U13 flies to France for the Tournoi Sans Frontières – Montreal Impact
The Impact U13 will fly to France on Monday to take part in the prestigious Tournoi Sans Frontières in Sens, Burgundy, from April 14 to 17.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 3 SOUNDERS2 0
SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2017
McLEOD ATHLETIC PARK, LANGLEY, BC
USL PHOTOS: WFC2 3 SOUNDERS2 0, Saturday, April 8, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
WFC2 put on a show in Langley, defeat Seattle 3-0 to earn first win of the season – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 opened their home schedule in style on Saturday afternoon, defeating rival Seattle Sounders FC 2 by a score of 3-0 at McLeod Athletic Park to earn their first win of the young 2017 United Soccer League season.
Whitecaps FC 2 get first win against Cascadia foes Sounders FC 2 – Prost Amerika
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC2 squad won their home opener in a Cascadia Match with their rivals on the road on I-5 as they took on Seattle Sounders FC 2 at McLeod Stadium in Langley, BC.
WFC2 Pulls Away Late vs. Seattle – USL
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 earned its first win of the 2017 USL season with a 3-0 victory against Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Saturday afternoon at McLeod Athletic Park.
USL Week 3: A Look Back – SBI
The reigning USL champions, New York Red Bulls II, slipped up again, this time losing in a thrilling 3-2 match to St. Louis FC.
NASL Week 3: Deltas Break Through – Empire of Soccer
Tom Heinemann scored two goals Saturday night to lead the San Francisco Deltas to their first win in North American Soccer League play, a 2-1 victory over North Carolina FC at Kezar Stadium to cap play in Week 3 of the Spring Season.
Eddies dominate on the stat sheet, but not on the scoreboard – the11.ca
FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller’s emotions about Saturday night’s home-opener loss can be summed up in one word. Disbelief.
Rowdies shutout Ottawa Fury FC stay unbeaten in the USL – Sportstalk Florida
The Tampa Bay Rowdies have moved to an impressive 3-0-0 start in their first full season in the United Soccer League where they sit on top of the Eastern Division. A Georgi Hristov, goal in the 47th minute of the match held up as the Rowdies beat the Ottawa Fury FC 1-0 in front of a loud and boisterous crowd of 5,400 at Al Lang Stadium.
Phoenix Rising 2, LA Galaxy II 1 – Soccernation
Phoenix Rising FC notched its first win Saturday night, defeating LA Galaxy II by a score of 2-1. An announced crowd of 6,330 saw Rising come back from 1-0 down in the second half, behind a brace from midfielder Luke Rooney.
Detroit City FC bid to turn pro hinges on outside investment – Crain’s Detroit Buisiness
The owners of the wildly popular semi-pro Detroit City FC soccer club want to move their team into a professional league as soon as 2018, but they say they need an infusion of capital first.
USWNT cruises past Russia in second game of friendly set – SBI
The U.S. Women’s National Team cruised past Russia in the first game of their scheduled friendly doubleheader. Sunday’s match proved more of the same.
Brazil Superstar Marta Signs Two-Year Deal with Orlando Pride – Rio Times
Late Friday, April 7th, the Orlando Pride of the U.S.’s National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced that it had just reached an agreement with Brazilian superstar football (soccer) player Marta Vieira da Silva, more famously known as simply “Marta.”
Female athletes get a trio of wins in equality fight – Sportsnet
In a matter of days, female athletes around the globe scored a trio of wins in their fight for equality after decades of work.
BBC to show Women’s Super League One Spring Series – BBC Sport
The BBC will show the Women’s Super League One across TV, radio and online when the Spring Series starts in April.
Pay Increases Good Sign for Growth of NWSL – Backline Soccer
The premiere league for women’s soccer, often considered the best professional league in the world, has once again stepped up their game when it comes to paying the players that make the league so fun to watch. Jeff Kassouf of Four Four Two reported that the minimum salary has been raised to a $15,000, a number that marks a significant increase when considering the historical minimums.
Sunday European Rewind: Napoli edges Lazio, Lukaku lifts Everton past Leicester, and more – SBI
Napoli showed a short memory on Sunday, defeating Lazio at the Olimpico Stadium, 3-0, in a top-four Serie A showdown.
Premier League weekend review: Top four battle offers intrigue – Sportsnet
Here’s what happened in the Premier League this weekend, in case you missed it…
Real Madrid make big point as Barcelona shoot themselves in the foot – again – The Guardian
Barça’s fate was in their own hands, which as it turned out was the worst place it could be against Málaga, despite the draw by La Liga title rivals.
Week 32 review: Lyon fall victim to Lorient as top three win – Ligue 1
Lyon’s hopes of a Champions League finish were all but ended on Saturday as Lorient continued their upward charge with a 4-1 win at the Parc OL; Monaco, Paris and Nice all claimed victory to keep it tight at the top.
Ligue 1 has Europe’s tightest title race … and most enthralling relegation battle – The Guardian
The bottom three clubs in Ligue 1 won this weekend to set up a close finish; Memphis Depay insulted some fish; and Mario Balotelli scored an away goal.
UCL: Dortmund injury woes heading into Monaco clash – BBC Sport
Borussia Dortmund have a host of injury concerns ahead of the Champions League quarter-final first leg against French leaders Monaco at Signal Iduna Park.
Chivas, Toluca finding fortune and more we learned from Liga MX Round 13 – SN
It’s a busy time in Liga MX — something that will make the league’s goalkeepers much happier than the leagues coaches.
Stan Kroenke not Arsene Wenger should be blamed for Arsenal struggles, says Alisher Usmanov – The Telegraph
Arsenal’s second-biggest shareholder Alisher Usmanov has launched a stinging attack on Stan Kroenke and the club’s board, and claimed Arsene Wenger should be allowed to choose his successor.
Swiss champion Basel looking for new coach for next season – Sportsnet
Swiss champion Basel is looking for a new coach after announcing it will not retain Urs Fischer despite the team cruising to an eighth straight league title.
CONCACAF rejigs Council and trumpets a year of ‘transition’ – Inside World Football
CONCACAF, whose corrupt US officials and marketing representatives wrought one half of the storm that has decimated FIFA, held their 32nd Congress on the relative calm of the Caribbean island of Aruba at the weekend. Top of their agenda was the election of representatives to their own Council as well as to the FIFA Council.
Referees are damned by their errors and ignorance of the laws is no defence – The Guardian
Keith Stroud’s bizarre interpretation of the penalty encroachment rules in the Newcastle-Burton game will haunt him for the rest of his career.