BC Soccer News, Monday, June 27, 2016




Whitecaps FC top Eastern Conference leading-Philadelphia Union in 3-2 thriller at Talen Energy StadiumWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (7W-7L-3D) put an end to Philadelphia Union’s (7W-5L-5D) 10-match home unbeaten run with an entertaining 3-2 win on Saturday night at Talen Energy Stadium.

Whitecaps 3, Union 2: Vancouver deals Philadelphia its first home loss The Province
The Whitecaps on Saturday showed some of the road warrior mentality they thrived on last season.

Vancouver’s smash and grab win leaves Philadelphia with Union city bluesAFTN
A look at Philadelphia Union’s MLS matches in June promised something of a goalfest at the TALEN Energy Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Eastern Conference leaders had hit nine goals in their three league games this month, but they had also conceded eight on their way to two wins and a loss.

Whitecaps end Philadelphia’s home streak in a thriller  – Red Nation Online
The Vancouver Whitecaps and Philadelphia Union tangled for a tasty encounter at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania. Carl Robinson’s lads were looking to get back to winning ways against the table toppers in the MLS Eastern Conference. Philadelphia had been inform, but Vancouver was able to come away with a convincing  3-2 victory thanks to an outburst of goals from Andrew Jacobson, Kekuta Manneh, and Christian Bolanos before 17,225 spectators.

Union suffer first home loss to WhitecapsProst Amerika
The game started out with chances for both sides. The Union’s great opportunity from a Rosenberry throw. His long toss was flicked smartly by Richie Marquez and found Tranquillo Barnetta streaking through the box. Barnetta took a touch and was promptly closed down by David Ousted in goal, who made a great stop by making himself big, preventing a point blank shot.

Vancouver Whitecaps Top Philadelphia Union 3-2Eighty-Six Forever
The Whitecaps used goals from Kekuta Manneh, Andrew Jacobson and Christian Bolanos in the victory.

Alberg records seventh goal in four games and Union start three rookies for first time, but ultimately fall 3-2 to Whitecaps FCPhiladelphia Union
Philadelphia Union fell to Vancouver Whitecaps 3-2 Saturday night at Talen Energy Stadium in front of 17,225 fans. The loss was the first time the Union dropped a decision at home since Sept. 12, 2015, snapping a 10-game home unbeaten streak. Philadelphia returns to action Wednesday night when they host New York Red Bulls in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16. They return to MLS action on July 2 when they travel to Houston Dynamo.

 ‘Silly goals’ have Union defense searching for answers after loss to Whitecaps CSN Philly
It’s clear, following the club’s 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, that Jim Curtin’s once defensively stout team has sprung a leak. The Union have allowed nine goals in their last three MLS games.

Carl Robinson praises Whitecaps’ team offense as Rivero’s departure loomsMLS
Carl Robinson made it clear that Octavio Rivero’s days are numbered in Vancouver, saying that “in the next 24-to-48 hours, probably something will happen” with the Designated Player, who did not dress for Saturday’s game.

Vancouver Whitecaps’ Rivero joins Colo-Colo in ChileThe Province
Octavio Rivero didn’t play Saturday in Philadelphia, and the striker has, indeed, played his final game for the Whitecaps. Rivero, the 24-year-old striker from Uruguay, will join Colo-Colo in Chile, as first reported by media outlets there.

Voyageurs Cup to be presented on WednesdayCSA
A new maple leaf will be engraved on the Voyageurs Cup this Wednesday 29 June with the conclusion of the 2016 Amway Canadian Championship. The maple leaf will be engraved with the club name of the national champions, be it Vancouver Whitecaps FC or Toronto FC.

#DefendTheCup: The different scorelines that would see Vancouver lift the Voyageurs Cup on Wednesday at BC Place Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Toronto FC will play for the Voyageurs Cup on Wednesday night at BC Place (7 p.m. PT – tickets still available). After the ‘Caps fell 1-0 in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship Final, and keeping in mind that it’s a two-leg aggregate series with away goals as the tiebreaker, here are all the different scenarios for Wednesday’s match.

Whitecaps take down Union, Orlando too much for TFC, Impact draw with KCCBC
Andrew Jacobson, Kekuta Manneh and Christian Bolanos scored to help the Vancouver Whitecaps hand the Philadelphia Union their first home loss of the season with a 3-2 result on Saturday.

TFC endure hard loss to OrlandoRed Nation Online
Toronto suffered their most painful loss of the season so far at the hands of Orlando City. Not only did they lose due to a questionable penalty call in the last minute of injury time but keeper Clint Irwin had to leave the game with an injury. However, Jordan Hamilton scored his first league goal and Canadian Cyle Larin scored for Orlando.

100th-minute penalty gives Orlando City SC victory over Toronto FCVavel
Greg Vanney’s side thought it had salvaged a point against Adrian Heath’s side, until Kaka converted from the penalty spot late in the match to give the home side a precious win.

MLS Week 16 Recap, highlights: late drama the themeEmpire of Soccer
Your eyes may have been focused on Copa America or the European Championship, but an exciting week of Major League Soccer just wrapped up. There was controversy, some high-scoring matches, and late, late goals.

Houston Dynamo refuse to blame ref for loss in Portland, vow to improveMLS
In the aftermath of seeing a two-goal lead evaporate at steamy Providence Park on Sunday, the Houston Dynamo vowed to make the gut-punch 3-2 loss to the Portland Timbers a launching pad for better days ahead.

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Academy Playoffs: U-18s win all three matches, advance to quarterfinalsWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency saw one team advance to the USSDA quarterfinals and one team’s season come to a close on the final day of the Academy Playoffs group stage.

Vancouver Whitecaps U18s book a quarter-final spot but U16s bow out in USSDA playoffsAFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps’ Residency teams wrapped up their playoff group games down in Frisco, Texas today and they head back to Canada with a lot of positives to take from a very hard week of football in testing conditions.

Gosselin: USSDA was more than a college showcase at FC Dallas’ facility; the future of American soccer was on displayThe Ticket
U.S. Soccer Development Academy conducted the group stage of its playoffs for the under-16s and under-18s at the FC Dallas facility. There also was a series of showcase games for younger players and younger teams. In all, 196 teams and more than 3,600 players competed on the 17 fields at the Frisco facility over the past seven days.

Academy Centres strengthening Vancouver Whitecaps Residency program with Canada-wide talent poolAFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps Residency has been consistently strong year upon year. With regular Division titles and playoff appearances for both the U16 and U18 sides since joining the USSDA in 2011, the young ‘Caps seem to have had a conveyor belt of BC and Canada-wide talent regularly coming through the program.

Former UK soccer star Callum Irving takes ‘unorthodox’ path to pro ranks Kentucky.com
Now with the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, former Kentucky goalkeeper Callum Irving has proved to be the latter by reaching the professional ranks in soccer despite not being chosen in the MLS Draft.

BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in ReviewBCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review.  The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach MandateBCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

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
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Victoria Highlanders 2016 Season Tickets Now Available Select Your Seats
The Victoria Highlanders are ready to return to the PDL for 2016. BC Soccer Web encourages all soccer fans on Vancouver Island to get behind their team. Season tickets are now on sale and extremely affordable. Support Local Soccer!

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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CANMNT: Edgar, Hoilett and Jackson Released by Clubs: Can IMFC benefit?Mount Royal Soccer
As of Friday, national team members David Edgar of Birmingham City, David ‘Junior’ Hoilett of Queen’s Park Rangers and Simeon Jackson of Blackburn Rovers were released from their clubs. Can Montréal, or another Canadian team benefit?

Three generations celebrate soccer at Scarborough’s Robbie tournament Inside Toronto
As the Robbie soccer tournament kicked off its 50th year on Saturday, June 25, Scarborough’s Lou Milveski celebrated the third generation of his family taking part in the event.

Sigma Goes Nine Matches Undefeated In League After 3-1 Win Over ClippersLeague1 Ontario
Alex Halis (34′) got a goal and an assist on the night as Sigma FC beat visitors Kingston Clippers 3-1 at the Hershey Centre on Saturday.

Maccabi Canada is planning on sending 6 football teams to the 20th Maccabiah Games Maccabi Canada
On July 4, 2017, the torch will be lit to officially open the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel. The Maccabiah Games takes place every 4 years and was last held in 2013 with over 9,000 participants. The 20th Maccabiah Games will host over 10,000 participants representing over 80 countries competing in 40 different disciplines. Some of these athletes are the best in the world, having competed in world class competitions including the Olympics.

Syrian kids find soccer, and love itHamilton Spectator
When the second season of the ArcelorMittal Grassroots Soccer Program — for children ages 5 to 13 living in the general vicinity of the stadium — begins at Tim Hortons Field with uniform distribution Tuesday and the first games July 12, it will expand from 100 players to 500. And 110 of them, more than 20 per cent of the enrolment, will be Syrian refugees who have immigrated to Hamilton in the past few months.

Bringing soccer to Attawapiskat Toronto Sun
A group of Toronto students hopes “the Beautiful Game” helps youth in Attawapiskat First Nation end the epidemic of suicide attempts engulfing the community.






WFC2 earn road draw at Western Conference rivals Oklahoma City Energy FCWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 (8W-2L-5D) continued their strong form away from home on Saturday with a 1-1 draw against Oklahoma City Energy FC (5W-2L-5D) at Taft Stadium.

Energy FC, WFC2 Settle For DrawUSL
Western Conference-leading Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 and OKC Energy FC played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday at Taft Stadium. Fatawu Safiu put Vancouver up in the 26th minute and Coy Craft notched a clutch equalizer in the closing moments of the first half for Energy FC. While the two sides split with a point apiece, Vancouver maintains its first-place position in the West with an 8-2-5 record and 29 points. WFC2 is 4-1-3 on the road this season. OKC moves to 5-2-5 (20 points) and 2-1-3 at home.

Crettenand on the Spot: Rio Grande Valley FC 1, Orange County Blues FC 2Goat Parade
The Orange County Blues got back on the winning track Sunday night, taking a 2-1 win at Rio Grande Valley FC, the second match of a two-match road swing in Texas.

Capacity Crowd Pushes Saint Louis To VictoryUSL
Given the atmosphere at World Wide Technology Soccer Park on Saturday night, it didn’t come as a big surprise when Saint Louis FC sent another sellout crowd of 5,513 fans home happy.

Sources: Kwadwo Poku sold to Miami FC Empire of Soccer
Kwadwo Poku has been sold to Miami FC of the NASL, multiple sources tell Empire of Soccer.

Recap – Indy 1 : 0 Pachuca Indy Eleven
On a day that made conditions difficult for players and spectators alike, it was Indy Eleven that conquered the heat and visiting Mexican Liga MX champion C.F. Pachuca by posting a 1-0 victory in their international friendly.

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Horan’s late winner caps Thorns rally in Orlando Equalizer
The Thorns used a late push to rally for a 2-1 victory in Orlando on Sunday night to remain undefeated ahead of the departure of several key players. One of them, Lindsay Horan, stuck the match-winner in the 90th minute to send the expansion Pride to their first ever loss at Camping World Stadium.

Manchester City held by Liverpool in FA Women’s Super League 1 SkySports
Manchester City retained their unbeaten record in FA Women’s Super League 1 with a 1-1 draw with Liverpool in front of a crowd of 2,172 at the Academy Stadium.

Lady Pies good value for the points, says BassettFA WSL
Laura Bassett felt the best team won as Notts County edged out bottom of the table Doncaster Rovers Belles.

Arsenal Ladies beat Sunderland Ladies to stretch unbeaten runNews Hub
Natalia Pablos Sanchon scored a brace as Arsenal beat Sunderland.

Toppserien Week 12 Round-up: the fate of the bottom two looks sealedVavel
As the second half of the season kicked off, the relegation slots seem all but settled now as neither team could salvage any points in this match day.







Chile tops Argentina in PKs again to win second straight Copa America crownSBI
For the second straight year, Chile and Argentina could not be separated through 120 minutes and, for the second straight year, Lionel Messi and co. saw their trophy hopes dashed in a penalty shootout.

Argentina 0, Chile 0 (4-2, PKs) | Copa America Centenario Final RecapMLS
Even the greatness of Lionel Messi and the rest of the world’s No. 1-ranked team could not separate Chile from the title of Copa America champions.

Lionel Messi ‘to retire from internationals’ after Argentina lose Copa America finalSydney Morning Herald
Lionel Messi has indicated he will retire from international football after Chile upset favourites Argentina with a penalty shootout victory in the Copa America final at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

Sanchez crowned Copa’s best as champion Chile sweeps awardsGoal
The Golden Ball, Glove and Boot awards went to Chile players following its penalty shootout win over Argentina in the Copa America final.

Vidal: This Chile generation will stand among the best Four Four Two
Chile claimed back-to-back Copa America titles with a penalty shoot-out win over Argentina in the Centenario edition of the tournament.

Messi’s legacy stained by third consecutive final defeat Goal
The Argentina No. 10 may still go down as the finest player in history but there can surely be no denying that three final defeats in as many years is a significant disappointment.

Aguero: This is the worst I have seen MessiFour Four Two
Sergio Aguero says he has never seen Lionel Messi as broken as he is following Argentina’s penalty shoot-out loss to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final on Sunday.

Copa America Final breaks attendance records Empire of Soccer
The Copa America Centenario final between Argentina and Chile drew a record breaking crowd of 82,026 fans, shattering the all-time record for soccer attendance in New Jersey history. The previous record for a soccer match in New Jersey also featured Argentina. Argentina vs. Brazil registered 81,994 fans in a friendly encounter in 2012. That match ended 4-3 Argentina.

Jurgen Klinsmann: United States players ‘deserve a huge, huge compliment’ESPN FC
The United States fell 1-0 to Colombia in the third-place match of the Copa America Centenario, but that didn’t stop manager Jurgen Klinsmann from hailing his team’s performance in this game and the tournament.

USA at the Copa América: the team’s winners and losersThe Guardian
It was a good tournament for Jürgen Klinsmann, Clint Dempsey and John Brooks, but Michael Bradley and Brad Guzan didn’t enjoy it quite as much.

Copa Centenario Graded And Why Granit Xhaka Might Have Missed That Penalty Forbes
When you consider how the birth of the Copa America Centenario was plagued by corruption “complications” it was a major achievement that the tournament even took place at all.

How Latino fans at the Copa América stuck it to Donald TrumpThe Guardian
The supporters at this summer’s Centenario have been terrific – and they’ve shown a different, dignified side of an often maligned Latino community.

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How to Watch Euro 2016 on TV in Canada – BC Soccer Web
The Euros are one of the most popular soccer events on Canadian Television screens. Past Euro competitions have garnered high TV ratings in Canada, and all of the matches are easily accessible.

TSN’s Euro 2016 TV ScheduleTSN
The most up to date resource for upcoming Euro 2016 Matches on TSN.

Conte wants Italy to be extraordinary against Spain in game of ‘no tomorrow’ ESPN FC
Italy coach Antonio Conte has urged his players to find something extraordinary in order to beat Spain in their Euro 2016 round of 16 match in a game of “no tomorrow” on Monday.

Euro roundup: Irish adversity best thing for France Sportsnet
Here’s what happened on Sunday on Matchday 15 of UEFA Euro 2016 in France, in case you missed it.

France survive early shock to eliminate Irish Republic 2-1  Prost Amerika
France relied heavily on an improved second half performance to to advance past a stodgy and hardworking Irish side. Two Antoine Griezmann goals overcame the early loss of a penalty kick but there were few indications that France have the quality or the connectivity to win this tournament.

Renato Sanches emerges in tepid Croatia tie to propel Portugal throughThe Guardian
Nothing illustrates the underwhelming nature of Portugal’s surprising advance into the quarter-finals at the expense of a better-equipped Croatia team better than the fact that Renato Sanches was named the official Uefa man of the match.

Germany cruises past Slovakia in Round of 16SBI
It was always going to be a tall task trying to defeat the reigning World Cup champions, but Slovakia did themselves no favors on Sunday after a poor start against Germany.

Belgium thrashes Hungary 4-0 to advance to Euro 2016 quarterfinal Toronto Star
Toby Alderweireld opened the scoring in the 10th minute. But Belgium had to wait until closing to assure victory.

‘In 1946 Iceland played against Ilford. Now it’s England in the Euros … Afram Island!’The Guardian
Monday, England take on the smallest nation ever to play in the tournament

Swiss forward Embolo makes $28M move to SchalkeSportsnet
Less than 24 hours after being eliminated from the European Championship, Switzerland forward Breel Embolo has secured a move to Schalke in the Bundesliga.

Why Nigeria CANNOT be talking tough on qualifying for World CupAfrican Football
Even at the peak of their powers Nigeria’s Super Eagles would have had to be very much apprehensive of their chances of topping a World Cup ‘Group of Death’ that has Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia.

Undefeated Jeonbuk set K League record AFC
AFC Champions League 2016 quarter-finalists Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors set a K League record for the longest unbeaten run on Sunday when their 1-1 draw with Gwangju FC saw them go 16 matches without defeat.

UK divorce terms with Europe will determine impact on soccer Canadian Business
Britain’s vote to leave the European Union could mean profound changes for the country’s most successful sporting export if continental players can no longer easily join Premier League clubs.

Iceland commentator whose Euro 2016 euphoria went viral loses day jobThe Guardian
Gudmundur Benediktsson loses post as assistant manager of KR Reykjavik.

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