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SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2017

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, Portland Timbers FC 2, July 23, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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Vancouver Whitecaps sink to new depths in loss to depleted Portland TimbersAFTN
It was a case of the same old, same old story for Vancouver Whitecaps against Portland Timbers on Sunday. Another understrength side headed to BC Place and another disappointing home game would be the conclusion for the ‘Caps as they dropped a 2-1 result to a depleted Portland side missing a number of regulars due to injury, suspension, and international duty, travelling north with a squad of 16 players, including two USL call-ups.

‘Caps come up short in bid for third straight victory, fall 2-1 to Timbers at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8W-8L-3D) came up short in their bid for a third straight win on Sunday afternoon, falling 2-1 to Portland Timbers (8W-8L-6D) in front of a crowd of 25,083 at BC Place.

Blanco hits winner as shorthanded Portland beats Vancouver ESPN FC
Sebastian Blanco scored early in the second half and the undermanned Portland Timbers beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 on Sunday to snap a six-game winless streak.

Whitecaps fall to undermanned Timbers Global
Caleb Porter spent the last few days trying to patch together a lineup with injuries, suspensions and international duty ravaging his roster.

A familiar story for the Vancouver WhitecapsSoccer Shorts
To be fair to Carl Robinson he has solved one long standing issue with his Whitecaps team this season; they no longer view conceding the first goal as necessarily fatal to their chances in any game.

Marinovic signing adds ‘competition for places,’ Robinson saysWhitecaps FC
Carl Robinson said he wants “competition for places all over the field.” And with Friday’s addition of Stefan Marinovic, he’s certainly got it at the goalkeeping position.

Ousted encourages competition as Whitecaps welcome new goalkeeper Sportsnet
“You obviously want good players on your squad and you want good players at every position,” said Ousted, whose contract with Vancouver expires at the end of the year. “Competition for places is a big part of what makes a good team, so I think it’s healthy to get that competition here.”

MLS Weekend: Roldan on fire for SoundersSoccer America
All Cristian Roldan has done since returning from the U.S. national team is score two winning goals and three goals in two games.

Sounders steamroll Earthquakes, win third straightSBI
It used to be the calling card of Bruce Arena’s LA Galaxy, this easing into the season before finding your stride. But for the second season in a row the Seattle Sounders seem to be putting a slow start in the rearview mirror come late July. Last year the turnaround ended in an MLS Cup victory. December is a ways off yet, but the Sounders look far more the serious contender as August approaches than they did in early June.

Toronto FC draws Colorado Rapids in game that got away Sportsnet
When does a draw feel like a loss? When you’ve dominated one of the worst road teams in the league at home for most of the game, but you fail to put them away and let them stick around to inexplicably grab a point off of you.

Cheers for Patrice Bernier, but boos for Impact after lossMontreal Gazette
Impact captain Patrice Bernier received a nice ovation from the 20,481 fans at Saputo Stadium Saturday night when he came off the bench as a substitute to replace Michael Salazar.

NYCFC Shows Its Contender CredentialsEmpire of Soccer
New York City FC was down a man and under the sun on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The 90-degree temperature would have exposed past versions, but this year’s team outplayed the Chicago Fire in a 2-1 win. The Fire’s 11-game winning streak was snapped by a team that showed to be more than merely entertaining, but one that is capable of winning silverware.

Revolution’s Fagundez finally turning corner from talented youngster to MLS starSBI
When New England Revolution outside midfielder Diego Fagundez racked up 13 goals and seven assists in his breakthrough 2013 season as an 18-year-old, he seemed destined to become the Revs’ next face of the franchise and even a candidate to play abroad in Europe.

Red Bulls Win Third Straight in MLSEmpire of Soccer
The New York Red Bulls won their third straight game in Major League Soccer, and fourth in their last five, defeating Minnesota United, 3-0, on the broiling artificial turf at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on a toasty (88 degrees at kickoff) Saturday afternoon.

Chelsea monitoring Montreal Impact’s Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla – sourcesESPN FC
Chelsea are among several European clubs monitoring Montreal Impact winger Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3, New York City FC 2, July 5, 2017BC Soccer Web
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Stoke City FC Coaches at Kamloops Youth Soccer High Performance School


Pinnacles head to post season for first time in Premier division Penticton Western News
For the first time since joining the Pacific Coast Soccer League Premier Men’s division the Penticton Pinnacles are headed to the playoffs.

Connaught Series: Vancouver Johnston National Storage win national titleCSA
In 1937, Vancouver Johnston National Storage won the title over Toronto Ulster United FC. The easterners won the first match, but then Vancouver won the next two. Opponents James “Swede” Larson and George Graham finished with six goals each (across all rounds), but Larson was the hero with two goals in the final match.

‘Caps connecting with Aboriginal communities at Hope and HealthWhitecaps FC
Hope and Health is an annual event that utilizes soccer to build resilience and connection amongst Aboriginal children and youth. More than just an event, Hope and Health is a movement to inspire hope, as well as improve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and life conditions for Aboriginal children and youth.

BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book RecommendationsBC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.

2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in ReviewBCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.

BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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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!

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.

Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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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Cosmos steal Valencia’s thunder in Reginathe11.ca
We’re now talking about Saskatchewan being an underserved market that could be a gem for a Canadian pro league. We’re talking about a city that rolled out the red carpet for two foreign teams. We’re talking about a vibe in a stadium that felt like one big party for the better part of two hours.

Pro soccer game delights Saskatchewan fansCBC
Long-time soccer fans were excited that their sport had finally come to the prairies. “This is the first chance I’ve had to watch a decent soccer game here,” said one fan, who came to Canada from Scotland around ten years ago.

Potential CanPL owners talk about their big dreams for Saskatchewan soccerthe11.ca
How do you know that you’re at a Canadian Premier League meet-and-greet event with circuit president Paul Beirne and two prospective partners in a Saskatchewan franchise? When one of the 60 attendees stands up and airs his concerns that the Canadian Premier League schedule could conflict with seeding and harvest. Yup. Peak Saskatchewan.

Top 20 Canadian Premier League prospects from PDLRed Nation Online
In my ongoing articles highlighting potential players for the CanPL I now look into the PDL. US Pro Development League is the fourth level of soccer in the United States and is mostly known for being a college summer league. I’ve followed the league closely for a number of years in evaluating potential MLS draftees, although the addition of League1 Ontario/PLSQ means they are traditionally less Canadians in the league and the new development structure of MLS means PDL is having a less important role in a players path to becoming professional.

Final Selection Announced For 2017 Women’s All-Star Match Versus Canada Games’ Team OntarioLeague1 Ontario
Roster slected for upcoming All-Star match vs. Canada Games Team Ontario July 25.

Canada-Quebec starts the Jeux de la Francophonie with a winMontreal Impact
The Canada-Quebec selection started the Jeux de la Francophonie with a positive result, winning 1-0 against the Democratic Republic of Congo Saturday, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Halifax City closes in on Nova Scotia Soccer League titleChronicle-Herald
Canada Games’ chase for the top spot in the Nova Scotia Soccer League title will fall just short, it appears. The second-seeded club — holding an 7-3-3 record and 24 points (win-loss-tie) — picked up a 3-2 win over the No. 3-ranked Western Halifax Durty Nelly’s Futbol Club (6-3-2, 20 points) on July 19.

Halifax’s Katelynn Fines going from Indigenous Games to Canada Games in one memorable weekChronicle-Herald
Halifax soccer player Katelynn Fines is having a stellar summer, going from the North American Indigenous Games to the Canada Summer Games in the space of a week.

Valley United girls proud to play at Gunn Baldursson Memorial Soccer TournamentKing’s County Advertiser
Dara Ramirez, head coach of the Valley United Girls Under-15 AAA team, said it meant a lot to her to see her players competing in the annual tournament held in Baldursson’s memory, played this year on July 21, 22 and 23.

A look back at Northern stories from the Indigenous Games CBC
Teams Nunavut, N.W.T. and Yukon won a combined 55 medals.

Sydney Daines balances Alberta Pandas soccer with summer rodeo circuitEdmonton Sun
There may not be a more famous rodeo family in Alberta than the Daines family. Every time Sydney Daines races out on to the arena grounds on her horse named Flame and flies around three barrels in a clover leaf pattern, she’s carrying on her family’s legacy.

Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 NovemberCSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.

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SATURDAY, JULY 29, 2017, 5:00 PM

FC Edmonton and Adam Straith part waysFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton can confirm that the club and Canadian international Adam Straith are parting ways after terms for an extension to keep the Victoria, B.C. product with the Eddies could not be agreed upon ahead of the 2017 North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season.

TFC II come up short in New Jersey against NYRB II Waking the Red
The Young Reds lose their first of three matches beginning an eight-day road trip.

Long USL break can’t cool Republic FC. Another win pushes team up standings Sacramento Bee
Republic FC hadn’t played a United Soccer League match in more than three weeks, but that didn’t stop them from remaining one of the hottest teams in the league.

T2 Strikes Late, Ends Level with 1868 FCUSL
he Portland Timbers 2 scored a late equalizer to earn a 1-1 draw with Reno 168 FC in front of 6,027 fans at Greater Nevada Field on Saturday night.

Owner outlines plans for S.F. USL soccer teamSF Gate
Meet the San Francisco Football Club, which has applied for a United Soccer League expansion franchise to kick off in the spring of 2019.

Chattanooga Football Club beginning to look at rise to pro level Times-Free Press
Chattanooga Football Club’s time as an amateur soccer power could be ending soon. Its time as a professional team could be ready to begin.

THINK TANK FC: Soccer surges again in SalemGoalWA
Think Tank FC talks about running adult soccer clubs at the elite / semi-pro level in the state of Washington and the Northwest.

USL PHOTOS: WFC2 1, Reno 1868 FC 1, July 15, 2017BC Soccer Web
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Euro Day 8: England’s shutout of Spain keeps all of Group D aliveThe Equalizer
England rained on Spain’s hopes of advancing early, defeating the Spanish side, 2-0. Had the result gone in Spain’s favor, they would have won Group D and been the first team to advance to the quarterfinals, eliminating Scotland in the process. However, the result keeps all four teams in the group alive, even after Scotland’s 2-1 loss to Portugal earlier in the day.

Euro 2017: England benefit from a bizarre refereeing decision in counter-attacking victory over SpainThe Independent
Fran Kirby opened the scoring before Jodie Taylor made sure of the win in a game that will best be remembered for a bizarre refereeing decision.

Women’s EURO: Who needs what to go through?UEFA
The top two teams in each group will enter the UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 quarter-finals: UEFA.com explains the permutations ahead of the last set of games from Monday.

Euro 2017: The relaxed, trouble-free football tournamentBBC Newsbeat
There’s something rather refreshing about the Netherlands-based football tournament. We’re now into the second week and it has largely passed without incident.

VIDEO: UEFA TV Streaming all Women’s EURO 2017 MatchesYouTube
You can watch the entire Euro 2017 tournament live on Uefa’s YouTube Channel.

Monday Morning Wakeup: NWSL Week 14The Equalizer
As we reach the second of three FIFA breaks, there is a team other than the Courage on top of the table for the first Monday this season. And we just saw what may have been the wildest, craziest NWSL game ever.

Reign FC and Sky Blue FC play a wild one in SeattleProst Amerika
Seattle Reign FC and Sky Blue FC entered Saturday night’s match fighting for position as the final third of the NWSL season approaches. For Sky Blue, holding position and grabbing any points in Seattle would be a victory, especially given that the New Jersey side has already played one more match. For Seattle, points at home are something in short supply, with more road matches than home matches down the stretch.

Sky Blue’s Amazing Comeback Falls ShortEmpire of Soccer
For the third straight game, a dramatic goal in the closing minutes was the difference for Sky Blue on Saturday night.

VICE Sports Q. & A.: Marta on Coming Back to the U.S. Vice Sports
The Brazilian soccer star talks to VICE Sports about playing for Orlando, how women’s soccer in the U.S. has changed since her days in the now-defunct WPS, and her plans for the future.

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Kemar Lawrence stunner leads Jamaica to upset of Mexico in Gold Cup semifinalSBI
Kemar Lawrence provided a moment of magic to lead Jamaica to a stunning victory on Saturday’s Gold Cup semifinal.

Aiming for elite, Jamaica relish another “David & Goliath” Gold Cup moment MLS
Jamaica have unfinished business at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. But first, they will relish slaying the giant. Two years after knocking off perennial tournament favorites the United States in the semifinal round to reach the final against Mexico, the Reggae Boyz defied the predictions again on Sunday, upsetting Mexico in the semifinal at the Rose Bowl.

That’s so CONCACAF: The six most incredible upsets in Gold Cup historyFour Four Two
Think the Gold Cup is bereft of surprises? Think again. Here are the six most jaw-dropping upsets in the tournament’s history.

Clint Dempsey’s record goal helps USA past Costa Rica into Gold Cup finalThe Guardian
Clint Dempsey fed Jozy Altidore for the go-ahead goal, then scored a free kick to match Landon Donovan’s American record with his 57th international goal and lead the United States over Costa Rica 2-0 Saturday night and into the Concacaf Gold Cup championship game.

Gold Cup: Concacaf throws book at SalvadoransSoccer America
Salvadorans Henry Romero and Darwin Ceren escaped unpunished for their antics in the USA-El Salvador quarterfinal match at the Gold Cup, but the tournament disciplinary committee came down hard.

Benjamin Mendy: Man City sign Monaco defender for £52mBBC Sport
Benjamin Mendy has completed his £52m transfer from Monaco to Manchester City to become the world’s most expensive defender.

Neymar: How can PSG afford to pay £199m for the Barcelona forward?BBC Sport
Paris St-Germain are reportedly ready to pay £199m for Barcelona forward Neymar. That’s £199m for one player. Just let that sink in. It is more than double the current world record fee of £89m paid by Manchester United for Paul Pogba and almost two and a half times that paid by Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.

Chelsea ‘persona non grata’ in China over Kenedy’s offensive postsSN
Kenedy’s insensitive Instagram posts may result in Chelsea being banned from China, Goal understands, amid an angry national backlash against the club. The Brazilian attracted criticism for a pair of videos posted to his social media page during his side’s pre-season tour of the country.

Jose Mourinho hails “perfect” pre-season tour to AmericaIrish Independent
Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United’s hectic-looking pre-season schedule will help rather than hinder, going as far to say as their American tour is “perfect”.

All FIFA Confederations Cup doping control tests negativeFIFA
FIFA today announced that the analyses of all doping tests conducted for the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 have yielded negative results.

The longest journeys in UEFA club football UEFA
With Astana still involved in the UEFA Champions League, and Marítimo entering the UEFA Europa League, UEFA.com maps the extremes of the footballing continent.

Football clubs finding a voice their fans can relate to in social media gold rushESPN FC
Aston Villa’s July 3 Twitter announcement of John Terry’s signing through the medium of a WhatsApp conversation between club owner Dr. Tony Xia, manager Steve Bruce and a host of current and former players was retweeted almost 21,000 times and liked almost 29,000 times.

How fans were betrayed as Premier League club owners made fortunes The Guardian
When the Premier League was established with great fanfare 25 years ago, no mention was made of top club owners being allowed to walk away with millions.

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