BC Soccer News, Monday, April 16, 2018



FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018


Report and Reaction: Whitecaps vanquished by Vela and LAFCAFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps were unable to extend their 11 game unbeaten streak at home, dropping a 2-0 result to expansion side LAFC.

Whitecaps fall 2-0 to expansion LAFC, breaking 11-game MLS home winning streakThe Star
The Vancouver Whitecaps gave up a pair of second-half goals in a 2-0 loss to Los Angeles Football Club Friday night, which snapped Vancouver’s 11-game Major League Soccer home unbeaten streak.

LAFC star duo Vela and Rossi score to halt ‘Caps home unbeaten streak at 11Whitecaps FC
Star duo Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi sparked Los Angeles Football Club (3W-2L-0D) to a 2-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3W-3L-1D) on Friday evening, snapping the ‘Caps home undefeated streak at BC Place at 11 matches.

Alphonso Davies at Left BackEighty-Six Forever
This season, the Vancouver Whitecaps have experimented with Alphonso Davies in a left back role. The fan reaction to this has been, to put it mildly, less than positive.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Trying to find a futureSoccer Shorts
One of the more annoying traits of us human beings is our capacity to not do anything about a problem until it gets completely out of hand.

From The Pigeon Loft: Harvey All The TimeAFTN
Last November, a couple of hundred of us were stood in the cold rainy wind high up in the away supporters section at Century Link, watching dejectedly as our team was bundled out of the MLS Cup playoffs with a dire performance to fall 2-0 to the Sounders.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 7SBI
It was a busy weekend in MLS that included some big goals, some impressive efforts and even more Zlatan.

Toronto FC vs. Guadalajara | Concacaf Champions League Match PreviewMLS
After knocking off defending Mexican champions Tigres UANL and then Club America, Toronto FC will attempt a clean sweep of Liga MX foes and capture a first-ever Concacaf Champions League title, which would be their fourth championship in less than 10 months, when they face Chivas de Guadalajara in the first leg of the final Tuesday at BMO Field.

Toronto and Guadalajara braced for final testFIFA
The 2018 CONCACAF Champions League is nearing its conclusion. Of the 16 teams who began the competition, only Club Deportivo (Chivas) Guadalajara and Toronto FC remain to battle in the two-legged final.

Toronto FC must keep their nerve in first leg as yellow card suspensions loomToronto FC
Ahead of two of the biggest nights in club history loom plenty of questions and concerns.

Toronto FC success shaped by talent that came through Chivas USAESPN
The match-up in this year’s CONCACAF Champions League final is awash in irony.

There Is No Doubt That Winning The Concacaf Champions League Is A Priority For Toronto FC and ChivasForbes
Poor performances by Major League Soccer representatives in the Concacaf Champions League have often been “excused” by pointing to teams not treating the competition as a priority.

Impact loses 3-1 at Red Bull ArenaMontreal Impact
The Montreal Impact brought three consecutive road games to an end with a 3-1 loss against the New York Red Bulls, Saturday afternoon at Red Bull Arena. Jeisson Vargas brought his side level in the first half after Bradley Wright-Phillips opened the scoring, but two unanswered goals by the Red Bulls in the second half gave the hosts all three points.

Seattle Sounders captain Osvaldo Alonso returns, brings “steadying influence” to midfieldSounders FC
For the first time in 2018, Seattle Sounders captain Osvaldo Alonso made an appearance as a second-half substitute in a 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park on Sunday. It was his first action since coming on as a sub against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first leg of the 2017 Western Conference semifinals.

Ager Aketxe shines in otherwise forgettable loss to ColoradoWaking the Red
Saturday afternoon was the most uncomfortable Toronto FC have looked in a long time. It was understandable, really. The team Toronto fielded against the Colorado Rapids was a hodgepodge group of players who have rarely taken the pitch together outside of training.

Watch every goal from Week 7 of the 2018 MLS season | All GoalsMLS
Watch every goal from Week 7 of the 2018 MLS season.

Usain Bolt to MLS Teams: ‘Bring the Big Contracts!’Bleacher Report
Legendary sprinter Usain Bolt has told Major League Soccer sides he would be interested in a switch if the money is right.

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Women’s soccer adds six recruits for 2018 at Nike Spring ClassicUVic
University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer head coach Tracy David announced the addition of six new recruits to the program in an event held during the Nike Spring Classic women’s high school tournament on April 13.

Canada West Athlete of the Year field completeCanada West
Now the focus shifts to the conference athlete of the year awards, which will be announced in conjunction with U SPORTS at a later date, and then the national stage. The BLG Awards, which honour the top athletes in U SPORTS, will be handed out Monday, June 4 in Vancouver as part of the U SPORTS annual general meeting.

Soccer coach believes goalie was robbedCowichan Valley Citizen
Darian Achurch robbed a lot of opposing soccer players of goals this season. Now, at least in the view of his coach, it’s Achurch who has been robbed. Achurch led the Vancouver Island Soccer League’s top division in every goaltending category in his first year of Div. 1 competition, but when it came time to honour the most outstanding goalie in the league, he was denied.
2018 BC Adult Provincial Championships Schedule & ResultsBCSA
Schedules, Brackets & Results for the 2018 BC Provincial Championships.

PHOTOS: VMSL IMPERIAL CUP SEMIFINAL, Rino’s Tigers 3, Club Inter 2 (PKs), March 17, 2018 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

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.

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CONMEBOL nations pledge votes to United 2026 World Cup bidInside World Football
South American confederation CONMEBOL has pledged the votes of its 10 member associations to the United 2026 bid (Canada, Mexico and the US). Their announcement gives the North Americans a timely boost with FIFA’s 2026 bid evaluation committee having just completed their four-city tour of North America, and now heading to bid rival Morocco.

Tommy Wheeldon Jr. leads Calgary Foothills FC into 2018 PDL seasonNorthern Starting XI
Calgary Foothills FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. knows a winning formula.

Whitecaps FC name associate head coach for Saskatchewan Academy CentreWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that Jonathon O’Neill has been appointed associate head coach of the Whitecaps FC Saskatchewan Academy Centre.

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USL Weekend Rewind: Week 5SBI
The USL season continues on with some intriguing results in week 5.

S2 earns 3-2 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC TorosGoalWA
Sounders FC 2 (2-4-0, 6 points) earned its second victory on the season on Saturday evening at a rainy Cheney Stadium against USL Western Conference foe Rio Grande Valley FC.

Eastern Conf. Notebook — Rennie’s Rant Pushed Indy to VictoryUSL
Seemingly cruising with a two-goal lead with halftime approaching things were looking good for Indy Eleven as it was on course for its first home win at Lucas Oil Stadium. But then just before halftime things changed as Ropapa Mensah pulled a goal back for Nashville SC, making Indy Head Coach Martin Rennie completely change his notes for halftime.

FC Cincinnati stays unbeaten on the road with 1-1 tie against Bethlehem Steel FCWCPO
FC Cincinnati stayed unbeaten on the road thanks to Naz Albadawi’s goal in the 72nd minute that earned the Orange and Blue a 1-1 tie with Bethlehem Steel FC Sunday.

Foxes announce player moves, sign goalkeeper Sam HowardFresno FC
Fresno Football Club announced Thursday the signing of goalkeeper Sam Howard to the club’s USL roster, pending league and federation approval. Howard, 25, is signed through the end of the 2018 USL season and will look to add to the Foxes’ goalkeeping arsenal behind starter Kyle Reynish.

Rescheduled Date for TFC II, Fury FC AnnouncedUSL
The USL regular season game between Toronto FC II and Ottawa Fury FC originally scheduled for March 31 at BMO Field will now take place at Lamport Stadium on Wednesday, September 26.

Miami FC begins new life as Miami FC 2 draws in Magic City ClasicoSoccer America
Miami FC, one of three clubs still operating in the NASL when it suspended operations for the 2018 season, was the first team to begin a new life in the NPSL when Miami FC 2 opened with a 1-1 tie against Miami United FC in the Magic City Clasico.


Royals open to rave reviews before massive crowd at the RioTThe Equalizer
NWSL is getting good at these opening acts. The latest one played out Saturday in the Wasatch Valley where Rio Tinto Stadium, known affectionately as The RioT, welcomed its newest tenant, Utah Royals FC. Five months ago, Dell Loy Hansen purchased a team from NWSL and promised to treat his new female side in an identical manner as his existing men’s team Real Salt Lake.

Megan Rapinoe’s Seattle Reign put damper on Carli Lloyd’s Sky Blue home opener, but Lloyd hopes blue skies are aheadPhilly.com
Take Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe, put them in U.S. jerseys, along with the rest of the members of the national team, and they’ll put 15,000 to 20,000 fans in a stadium. Put Lloyd in her Sky Blue FC jersey against Rapinoe of Seattle Reign FC in a more competitive matchup for the National Women’s Soccer League and they draw 1,193 fans, as they did Sunday at Yurcak Field at Rutgers University.

The North Carolina Courage top the Washington Spirit in a late-night barnburnerVavel
Goals came early and often in the 4-2 victory by the North Carolina Courage while the Spirit lost their first game at home this season. The Courage remain undefeated, and the Spirit worry about the health of Mallory Pugh.

Pride Fall 2-1 in PortlandOrlando City SC
Orlando Pride (0-2-1, 1 point) fell 2-1 to the Portland Thorns (2-1-0, 6 points) on Sunday at Providence Park. Chioma Ubogagu scored her first goal of the season.

Chelsea at heart of women’s revolution – but more help is neededEurosport
There was a drop-jaw moment for Chelsea live on TV this weekend, and it even managed to eclipse coming back from 2-0 down at Southampton to win three points.

Last Minute Goal Dashes Everton Ladies’ FA Cup DreamsRoyal Blue Mersey
The stage was set for an Everton Ladies upset over Arsenal today: a packed and enthusiastic crowd showed up at Marine Travel Arena and the Toffees were ready to prove that they deserve more than their 8th place standing in the WSL table.

#SBSSWPL Round-up – 15/04/18Scottish WPL
The Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 title chasers met for the first time in 2018 for what was a hugely entertaining encounter. Unlike previous matches where one side has usually dominated, this was a much closer affair which reflected in the final result.

Murphy takes the point on long roadIrish WNL
Wexford Youths captain Kylie Murphy wasn’t overly downbeat after her side surrendered a two-goal advantage before picking up a point against one of their major title rivals Peamount United in their Continental Tyres Women’s National League match at Ferrycarrig Park.

A Screwed-up Suspension, a PR NightmareFifty-Five One
Quietly, outside of the excitement of Zlatan and the Loons’ double-barreled South American raid, a less noticeable story took place in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) this past week.

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Manchester City locks up Premier League crown after Man United lossThe Star
Man City takes third English soccer title in seven seasons on day off, with last-place West Brom upsetting Manchester United.

Manchester United in the 60s weren’t as good as this City sideThe Guardian
City fan Chic Wilson, 75, reflects on how Pep Guardiola’s champions measure up and picks David Silva above Colin Bell as his all-time club great.

Week 33 review: PSG claim title in style, race for second back onLigue 1
PSG claimed a seventh Ligue 1 Conforama title with a 7-1 devastation of closest rivals Monaco in Week 33, leaving victorious OL and OM just four points shy of second with five matches left to play.

Juventus widens Serie A lead to 6 pointsThe Star
Douglas Costa facilitates three goals to help Juventus win 3-0 against Sampdoria, widening the gap on a second-place Napoli.

Celtic tops Rangers in Scottish Cup semifinalNBC Sports
Tom Rogic scored twice and Moussa Dembele converted a pair of penalties as Celtic knocked Rangers out of the Scottish Cup with a 4-0 semifinal win on Sunday at Hampden Park.

Tigres, Club America fail to clinch playoffs, relegation race still openESPN
Following the end of Round 15 in Liga MX, here are five takes from the weekend slate of games as we near the end of the regular season.

Schalke power past Dortmund in the RevierderbyFussballstadt
Schalke vs Dortmund saw the Königsblauen power past their neighbours. Peter Stöger’s Schwarzgelben had no response to their hosts fast flowing football, on an afternoon that cemented a shift in the balance of power in the Ruhr region.

La Liga: Torres starts Atletico Madrid farewell with a goalNBC Sports
Fernando Torres entered the weekend with only seven league games remaining in his Atleti career after announcing this week that he would leave the club this summer. The 34-year-old World Cup (2010) and Champions League (2012) winner began his farewell tour on Sunday and marked the occasion with a goal, Atleti’s third in their 3-0 win over Levante.

Newcastle beats Arsenal, virtually assures Premier League statusSportsnet
Newcastle virtually assured its Premier League status for another season by coming from behind to beat a depleted Arsenal side 2-1 thanks to Matt Ritchie’s second-half winner on Sunday.

Rafa Benitez is the ideal manager for Newcastle but it is also the perfect club for himThe Telegraph
There will be doubts, there will be concerns, there will probably be tension behind the scenes and possibly even the occasional row with the men in suits who have always frustrated him in football, but Rafa Benitez should stay at Newcastle United because he will not get a better club.

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic not talking PSL title raceAfrican Football
Having fought back to secure a 2-1 win over AmaZulu on Sunday afternoon, Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic says they are not chasing the Premier Soccer League title.

South Africa backs Morocco in bid to host 2026 World CupSportsnet
South African soccer leader Danny Jordaan has promised Morocco “unqualified support” to host the 2026 World Cup in a contest against a combined North American bid.

Being a soccer fan in Egypt is a risky, even deadly, passionNBC Sports
Being a soccer fan in Egypt has been a dangerous, sometimes even deadly, passion for years. That may soon change.

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