BC Soccer News, Monday, July 23, 2018






A brutal performance results in a “brutal assessment” as Whitecaps’ woes continue with unacceptable loss in SeattleAFTN
We joked on Twitter last weekend that imagine what this Whitecaps side is going to be like without Alphonso Davies, after his excellent goal in the loss to D.C. United. Saturday gave the first indication of what the post Phonzie era might look like in Vancouver, and it’s even more terrifying than we feared. Post Alphonsolyptic. It’s like post apocalyptic, just more bleak.

Sounders 2, Whitecaps 0: Poor start, no offence as Caps sink at The ClinkEdmonton Journal
The Vancouver Whitecaps may have said “auf Wiedersehen” to Alphonso Davies — and it looks like they may have waved goodbye to their playoff chances, too.

With stars stepping up, Sounders put together standout performanceSBI
What a strange sight it was on Saturday afternoon. The Seattle Sounders controlled a home match for 90 minutes. For long stretches they displayed something resembling swagger. Even a hint, now and then, of panache. The soccer at CenturyLink Field was legitimately entertaining.

Bayern Munich in talks for Alphonso Davies from Vancouver Whitecaps – sourceESPN
Leading German publication SportBild said earlier on Sunday that the Whitecaps were also seeking performance add-ons that could bring the total value of the deal to $18 million (€15m), as well as 15 percent of any deal should Bayern sell Davies in the future.

Alphonso Davies sits out Whitecaps match with ‘club’s permission’Sportsnet
Canadian teenage star Alphonso Davies sat out the Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders on Saturday afternoon. Prior to the game, the team announced on Twitter that Davies had the “club’s permission” to miss the match.

Robinson gives away little on Alphonso Davies saga, expects more news soonMLS
If Vancouver Whitecaps fans are wondering what their team may look like post-Alphonso Davies, they’ll be hoping that Saturday afternoon’s 2-0 loss at the Seattle Sounders is not an indication.

Alphonso Davies, a Canadian soccer player the country can get behindEdmonton Sun
Once upon a time there was a Canadian player who became a major international star in soccer.

Vancouver Whitecaps do what they’ve done beforeSoccer Shorts
So this is where we are now. The Vancouver Whitecaps will sell Alphonso Davies for north of ten million dollars and we have no idea if that money will be spent on players or on some other chunk of club expenditure (New filing cabinets perhaps? Upgrading from Windows XP?).

Must-win: Breaking down the scenarios for Wednesday’s Canadian Championship semifinal at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
After a 1-0 loss in last week’s first leg, Vancouver Whitecaps FC host Montreal Impact in a must-win second leg of the Canadian Championship semifinal on Wednesday night at BC Place (7 p.m. PT kickoff – tickets still available). Here’s how the ‘Caps can advance to the tournament final, keeping in mind it’s a two-leg aggregate series with away goals as the tiebreaker.

FC Dallas trades Kellyn Acosta to Rapids in blockbuster dealSBI
Kellyn Acosta is on the move in a blockbuster trade few could have imagined when the 2018 season began.

Impact settle for a 2-2 tie with Timbers in PortlandMontreal Gazette
A couple of errors from goalkeeper Evan Bush cost Impact a victory, but they move into fifth place in Eastern Conference with the one point.

Toronto FC still believes and win at Chicago was a big stepToronto Sun
After so many weeks of disappointing results and negative storylines, Toronto FC is eager to turn the page.

Minnesota United FC Routs Visiting Los Angeles FC 5-1Fifty Five One
Three home matches, three wins. Minnesota United FC beat Los Angeles FC 5-1 off Rasmus Schüller’s first goal for the Loons, two goals for Christian Ramirez, and a goal each for Miguel Ibarra and Darwin Quintero.

MLS Review: Toronto, Seattle and Galaxy all find wins as Martinez continues to rollSN
The Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC, both MLS Cup finalists in 2017, both found wins on Saturday as both clubs look to climb back into the playoff hunt after struggling through the first half of the season.

Impact to complete signing of forward Jimmy Briand this weekSportsnet
The Montreal Impact have announced that forward Jimmy Briand will arrive this week to complete his signing from Guingamp.

Zlatan claims he would be President if he had arrived in America earlierYahoo Sports
Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims that he would be President of the United States in America had he come to the country 10 years before joining LA Galaxy this spring.

Three Eastern Conference sides on record-setting paceNBC Sports
2017 saw Toronto FC dominate the MLS regular season before going on to hoist the club’s first MLS Cup in club history. Fast forward to this season, and three more Eastern Conference sides are poised to break barriers as they continue a near record-setting pace.

Man Utd held to scoreless draw by EarthquakesYahoo Sports
Manchester United, buoyed by the arrival of Alexis Sanchez on Sunday, nevertheless remained without a win in their North American pre-season tour after a 0-0 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Sights & Sounds: ‘Caps changing lives through Hope & HealthWhitecaps FC
Hope and Health is an all-day experience that utilizes soccer to build resilience and connection amongst Aboriginal children and youth ages 4 to 18. Hope and Health was founded in 2011 by Whitecaps FC head of first team operations and facilities Ed Georgica and his wife Deana Gill-Georgica, along with Bill Yoachim, executive director of Kw’umut Lelum Child and Family Services. Yoachim is also a former Whitecaps FC Community MVP nominee and league contest winner.

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Pacific Football Club Unveiled as Vancouver Island’s New Canadian Premier League ClubCanadian Premier League
The Canadian Premier League (CPL) introduced Pacific FC as one of its founding clubs – slated to hit the pitch when Canada’s highly-anticipated professional men’s soccer league debuts in Spring 2019. The official announcement was made today at Vancouver Island’s historic E & N Roundhouse in front of hundreds of local supporters and business leaders.

Josh Simpson hoping Pacific FC can be “part of the solution” to take Canadian soccer to the next level and provide development pathway he never had AFTN
British Columbia has it’s newest professional soccer club as Pacific FC launched itself to the world in Victoria on Friday afternoon amongst a sea of purple and turquoise and a lot of hope and excitement.

Work begins to build pro soccer’s Pacific FC teamTimes Colonist
Now that the sizzle is done, it’s time for the steak. With Friday’s slickly produced introductory celebration unveiling of Pacific FC behind them, president Josh Simpson and executive Rob Friend turn their thoughts to building the product on the field for next spring’s inaugural season at an upgraded Westhills Stadium in the professional Canadian Premier League of soccer.

Purple reign: Pacific FC is official CanPL team No. 7the11.ca
The announcement was made Friday afternoon at the E&N Roundhouse in Victoria. The team’s colours will be “starfish” purple, “lagoon” blue and “lighthouse” white. The team will play out of Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C. The stadium is expected to be expanded from its current capacity of just over 1,700 to what the CanPL calls “steep, intimate seating” for 6,500. The logo is a stylized representation of a Douglas fir.

BC Games: Day 3 wrap and closing ceremoniesCampbell River Mirror
The torch in the Cowichan Valley has been extinguished as Fort St. John gets ready to host the 2020 BC Winter Games.

Why do they do it? Coaches guide kids to wins, personal bests at the BC GamesWilliams Lake Tribune
Behind the 2,300 B.C. athletes are the 450 coaches who dedicate time to help train, compete.

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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Penalties Settle Women’s L1 Cup Semi As Unionville Beats Vaughan 1-0 (4-3 pk)League1 Ontario
A sensational performance from Unionville Miliken SC’s Levanta Staggolis sent them to the 2018 L1 Cup Finals after a 0-0 (4-3 pk) Semi-Final win over the hosts, Vaughan Azzurri SC.

FC London Go Joint-First In Men’s Division After Wilson Puts Two Past AllianceLeague1 Ontario
Two goals from prolific striker Connor Wilson put him top of the League1 Ontario Men’s Golden Boot race with nine scored, leading FC London to a 3-1 result over Alliance United and a joint-first place position in the table.

TFC III Win Men’s L1 Cup Semi 2-1 (6-5) Over Sigma FC In PKsLeague1 Ontario
Toronto FC III advance to the 2018 L1 Cup Finals after sticking away six to Sigma FC’s five penalty kicks, following an exciting 1-1 draw in full time between these two men’s division powerhouses.

North Bay splits soccer challengeNorth Bay Nugget
The Nipissing District Adult Soccer Club and its Sudbury counterpart split the first half of the 4th Annual Northern Ontario Masters Soccer Championship with each side winning at the Nipissing University pitch Saturday evening.

20 Questions with Rob GaleCanoe
Last month, Zambian-born, English-raised Winnipegger Rob Gale took the reins of Valour FC, Winnipeg’s fledgling Canadian Premier League soccer team, calling it an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.

Little settled between Western and Paradise in boys U17 soccer over the weekendThe Aurora
At the end of the weekend, both the Western Wolves and Paradise had something to smile about and something to lament.

Ti Amo Festival celebrates 20 yearsSt. Catherines Standard
Club Roma celebrated its 20th annual Ti Amo Festival on Sunday with soccer, music and food.

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Fury FC breaks Nashville’s heartOttawa Sun
All the Ottawa Fury FC needed Saturday night was a guitar and some paper and they could have penned their own down-and-out, hard-luck, life-isn’t-treating-me-right, hit about the visiting Nashville FC.

Eastern Conf. Notes – Louisville Regains Control with WinUSL
Hounds remain upbeat despite defeat to Battery; FCC’s Ledesma closing in on record.

FC Cincinnati rewarded for persistence on set piecesCincinnati.com
For the first 19 matches of the 2018 United Soccer League season, Futbol Club Cincinnati rampaged in the attacking half of the field and was consistently among the league leaders in goals scored.

Flemmings Takes Off, Can Rowdies Follow Suit?USL
Facing a side sitting six points above it in the Eastern Conference standings while looking to snap a four-game winless streak, taking victory on Saturday night was essential for the Tampa Bay Rowdies as it welcomed Indy Eleven to Al Lang Stadium.


Jodie Taylor’s goal gives Seattle Reign FC a draw at OrlandoSeattle Times
Jodie Taylor scored on a left-footed shot from close range in the 70th minute for the Reign, which had an 8-4 advantage in shots on goal in the National Women’s Soccer League match that ended in a 1-1 tie.

Royals show Courage in scoreless tie with powerful North CarolinaSalt Lake Tribune
The Utah Royals most likely won’t make the playoffs in their inaugural season in the National Women’s Soccer League, but at least they can always claim the season series against the league’s best team.

Sky Blue FC Falls 2-1 to Portland Thorns FCOnce a Metro
Sky Blue FC (0-13-3, 3 points) returned to National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) action on Saturday night, falling to Portland Thorns FC (8-5-5, 29 points) 2-1 at Yurcak Field. A second half surge by Sky Blue FC was not enough to earn at least one point as shots hit everything but the back of the net.

Houston Dash earn 1-0 win over Washington Spirit in match postponed due to stormsPro Soccer USA
The Houston Dash earned a 1-o win over the Washington Spirit Sunday morning, claiming three points in a match originally scheduled to be played Saturday night but was postponed due to storms.

Raso: Getting waived was the best thing that happened to meFFA
Few professional athletes would describe having their deal ripped up as the best thing that could have happened to them.

Izzy Christiansen: Manchester City Women midfielder completes Lyon moveBBC Sport
England midfielder Izzy Christiansen has joined European champions Olympique Lyon from Manchester City Women.

Millie Farrow: Reading Women sign Bristol City Women strikerBBC Sport
Women’s Super League side Reading have signed former Chelsea striker Millie Farrow from Bristol City.

REPORT: Limerick WFC 2-5 Galway Women’sWNL
Limerick suffered their third defeat in a row in the Continental Tyres Women’s National League as Galway grabbed the advantage over a side lacking in confidence at the Markets Field.

Houston Aces win UWS title; Seattle Sounders Women claim WPSL crownThe Equalizer
The Houston Aces and Seattle Sounders Women claimed their first championships in their respective leagues on Sunday. Houston won the United Women’s Soccer championship for the first time, while Seattle won the WPSL for the first time since joining the league in 2016.

Washington Premier will host Seattle Stars in first-ever EPLWA Championship FinalEPLWA
The Seattle Stars beat the Spokane Shadow 4-1 on Saturday and Washington Premier beat Bellingham United 3-2 on Sunday as both sides advance to the first-ever EPLWA Championship Final to be hosted the last weekend in July.


Ozil retires from German national teamFIFA
The Arsenal playmaker announced his decision via social media on Sunday, with the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil winner explaining “it is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level”, having felt he has been on the receiving end of “racism and disrespect”.

Why has Mesut Ozil retired from Germany? Behind the disgraceful treatment of Arsenal starSN
Just days after Germany returned home from being humiliated at the World Cup, German football association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel demanded a public statement from Mesut Ozil about the Arsenal star’s pre-tournament meeting with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. On Sunday, Grindel received exactly what he asked for. But it was definitely not what he wanted or expected from the 93-time Germany international.

Mesut Özil’s Germany saga is symptomatic of a world under strainThe Guardian
Midfielder’s retirement from international football sadly illustrates that, in a polarising world, the ideas of multiculturalism are struggling to regain the upper hand.

Napoli owner de Laurentiis tells Chelsea and Sarri to back-off stealing his teamInside World Football
New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been accused of trying to “dismantle” former club Napoli by the Italian club’s president Aurelio de Laurentiis.

Perth Glory 0 Chelsea 1: Pedro earns win in Sarri’s first gameFour Four Two
Chelsea had little difficulty seeing off A-League side Perth Glory in a friendly on Monday, winning 1-0 as the Maurizio Sarri era began.

Atalanta faces Europa League trek after AC Milan reprieveSportsnet
Dropped into Europa League qualifying rounds by AC Milan’s reprieve, Atalanta has been drawn against an opponent in Israel or Iceland if it first beats Sarajevo.

Marquez hangs up his bootsFIFA
Rafael Marquez, one of only three players to play at five FIFA World Cup tournaments, has announced his retirement.

Parma gets 5-point penalty, Calaio banned 2 yearsSportsnet
Parma retained its Serie A status but will start the new season with a five-point deduction, while forward Emanuele Calaio was banned for two years for what the Italian football federation deemed to be attempted match-fixing on Monday.

More historic Italian clubs go bust … while Juventus sign Cristiano RonaldoThe Guardian
Juventus agreed to pay Cristiano Ronaldo €500,000 a week in wages while Bari had their water cut off over a €6,000 bill.

Roma win race to sign Brazilian winger Malcom from BordeauxESPN
Roma have won the race to sign highly coveted winger Malcom from Bordeaux, as the clubs announced on Monday that a deal has been agreed.

Liverpool 1-3 Borussia Dortmund: Pulisic flutters his eyelashes at Klopp in comeback winVavel
Virgil van Dijk’s header handed Liverpool a lead before Dortmund’s whirlwind comeback in the International Champions Cup.

Italy, Portugal heading to U-20 World CupFIFA
Italy & Portugal secured their places at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019.

Leyton Orient: Club appeal for fans with male dogs to help rid fox problemBBC Sport
Foxes have been regularly spotted on National League Orient’s Brisbane Road pitch in recent weeks. Such is the problem, the club has issued an appeal to any fans who can walk their dog around the ground during mornings and late afternoons.

Comedy result becomes a reality: East Fife 4, Forfar 5NBC Sports
Read this out loud, East Fife 4, Forfar 5 – Yes, that was tough. Well, a famous comedy sketch from Eric Morecambe has become a reality.


(Editor’s note: In March, 2018, Vancouver unexpectedly & shockingly dropped out of the running to be a host city for the United 2026 World Cup bid. For the next eight years, BC Soccer Web will continue to cover this story of mismanagement by the BC NDP that denied our province and our children this once in a lifetime opportunity.)

EXCLUSIVE: City of Vancouver documents disprove NDP “Blank Cheque” for Vancouver 2026 World CupBC Soccer Web
Documents obtained by BC Soccer Web show that the BC NDP never faced a “blank cheque” scenario on the 2026 World Cup bid, and that FIFA negotiations would be ongoing with all three governments through 2020.

CONCACAF boss ‘disappointed’ with B.C. bailing on 2026 tournamentToronto Sun
“The BC NDP had assurances,” Montagliani added. “If things weren’t to their liking from a documentation standpoint (they could have walked away by 2020). The reality is they paid no attention to the file,” Montagliani suggested. “They put a junior person on the file. They didn’t pay attention until the eleventh hour.”

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