BC Soccer News, Monday, June 6, 2016




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Possible scenarios for Wednesday’s decisive canChamp semifinal second leg at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
Keeping in mind that it’s a two-leg aggregate series and away goals are the tiebreaker, here are the different scenarios for Wednesday’s decisive second leg.

Can the Whitecaps repeat as Voyageurs Cup champions? Sportsnet
The Amway Canadian Championship remains in high gear this week with the second leg of the semifinals.

Canadians play role in Amway Canadian Championship CSA
Canadians continue to play an important role in the Amway Canadian Championship, with the upcoming second leg of the semi-final round on 8 June set to decide which two clubs will advance to the national final. Both home teams will need to be at their best, with Vancouver Whitecaps FC trailing 0-2 against Ottawa Fury FC and Impact Montréal FC trailing 2-4 against Toronto FC.

Voyageurs Cup: Time for Expansion? Mount Royal Soccer
This week, both Montréal and Vancouver are expecting large crowds. Is it not time to expand this tournament to more than five teams?

Vancouver Whitecaps Rivero and Waston receive supplementary disciplineEighty-Six Forever
Another week and another Vancouver Whitecaps player suspended by the MLS Disciplinary Committee (#DisCoSucks). However, to ensure that MLS Disco keep their reputation of throwing in the unexpected supplementary discipline, we have a bit of an unexpected addition.

Impact loses Ignacio Piatti for 2-3 weeks after hand surgeryMontreal Gazette
Midfielder Ignacio Piatti underwent hand surgery Friday and will be out action for two to three weeks, Montreal Impact coach Mauro Biello said.

PODCAST: Episode 159 – The AFTN Podcast – “There’s Still Time” (Feast of Football with Bruce Grobbelaar, Carl Robinson and Cole Seiler)AFTN
June is very much a feast of football. There’s the Euros, Copa America, the Canadian Championship, MLS and USL matches to enjoy. So many games to watch, so little time.

Beers, bandanas and boos: the American Outlaws’ grapple with frat-boy soccer – The Guardian
US soccer has been boosted by a lively fan culture around its national teams. But striking the balance between passion and petulance can be difficult.

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Dragons of Fleetwood Park win intensely competitive B.C. triple-A tourneySurrey Now
Liesanne Musico, like the rest of the seniors with Surrey’s Fleetwood Park Dragons, finished her high school soccer career over the weekend, safe in the knowledge that she had helped lay the foundation of a burgeoning provincial girls dynasty.

L.V. Rogers wins girls soccer gold at provincials Nelson Star
The Bombers survived penalties to beat St. Thomas More 2-1 in the final.

Playing strong defence is the concern for the Pinnacles Penticton Western News
The Penticton Tim Hortons Pinnacles have yet to score in three Pacific Coast Soccer League matches. That isn’t a concern for assistant coach Manuel Borba, who works with coach Cesar Ceppi. The Pinnacles have allowed 16 goals, nine of which came in a shutout loss on May 28 to the Vancouver Thunderbirds, who come to Kings Park on Saturday for a rematch at 7 p.m.

Ten Count with Vancouver Whitecaps U18 player Eric de Graaf AFTN
The one thing de Graaf knows is winning, He has been a part of the Whitecaps U16s and U18s the past four seasons and has helped build them into one of the top teams in the USSDA standings season in and season out.

Pinnacles FC sending 11 players to Abbotsford Games Penticton Western News
Eleven. That’s how many soccer players from Pinnacles FC make up the Zone 2 Thompson Okanagan under-15 rosters for the 2016 Abbotsford B.C. Summer Games.

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
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.

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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Canada looking towards next match after falling 2-0 to Brazil in Toronto CSA
Canada’s Women’s National Team Head Coach John Herdman is looking firmly into the future after Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Brazil in Toronto. Five time FIFA Player of the Year Marta scored both of Brazil’s goals in the first half (11th and 41st minutes).

Canada stumbles against Brazil in women’s soccer friendly Toronto Star
Playing on home soil for the first time since last summer’s Women’s World Cup, a rusty Canada conceded a pair of first-half goals in a 2-0 friendly loss to Brazil.

Canadian women look ‘rusty’ in friendly loss to Brazil Sportsnet
Two of the best players in the history of women’s soccer faced off on Saturday. One of them scored two goals. The other was largely anonymous.

Ashley Lawrence adjusting to left back spot for Canada Equalizer
As Canada gets set to play Brazil on Tuesday, June 7 at TD Place in Ottawa, they will look to re-group and show that a 2-0 loss to Brazil on Saturday at BMO Field was a small blip. Canada was outmatched by the Brazilians from start to finish and struggled with many simple aspects. The defensive posture was especially concerning during the first half.

Canada MNT to face Uzbekistan to wrap up Austria series CSA
A second match in Austria will wrap up Canada Soccer’s 10-day Men’s National Team camp in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Qualifiers. Following a Friday 1:1 draw with Azerbaijan, Canada will face Uzbekistan on Tuesday 7 June at the tail end of the camp.

Uzbekistan vs. Canada: Floro eyes key stop off for road to RussiaGoal
Tuesday’s friendly match with Uzbekistan concludes Canada’s 10-day trip to Austria and coach Benito Floro is eyeing a World Cup place.

Hands off the Kaffeewerk cup: Canada and Azerbaijan play to drawthe11.ca
For the three thousand or so watching the stream of the Canadian men’s national team’s friendly against Azerbaijan, it was 90 minutes that offered very little in terms of hope or discouragement ahead of the next two crucial games of World Cup qualifying. Tesho Akindele’s goal, thanks to a wonderful set-up from Scott Arfield, was clinical. And Akindele put a ball off the bar earlier in the first half, as well.

Combo of Tesho Akindele, Scott Arfield proves crucial for CanadaMLS
Could we have just seen the birth of a new dynamic duo for Canada?

David Edgar continues to lead the way for Canadian men’s soccer team Sportsnet
The 29-year-old defender/midfielder from Kitchener, Ont., served as skipper for Friday’s 1-1 tie with Azerbaijan in Rohrbach an der Lafnitz, Austria. And he will likely play a key role again Tuesday when the Canadian men, currently ranked 93rd in the world, face No. 66 Uzbekistan in another international friendly in Bad Waltersdorf, Austria.

Michael Petrasso “delighted” to accomplish dream, earn senior Canada capMLS
Michael Petrasso took a big step on Friday night, but knows there are many steps left to come for both him and his team. The 20-year-old, Toronto-born winger, who moved from the Toronto FC Academy to Queens Park Rangers in England’s Championship in 2013, made his debut for Canada’s senior national team in their 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan on Friday.






‘Caps suffer first defeat on last-minute goal in thriller at Thunderbird Stadium Whitecaps FC
Real Monarchs SLC substitute Frederick Amankona scored in added time to hand Whitecaps FC 2 a 1-0 loss at Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday evening, giving the ‘Caps their first loss of the season.

“Sluggish” WFC2 lose their unbeaten record but gain “perspective” after loss to Real Monarchs AFTN
It had to come at some point, unless they were going to go on an unbeaten run like Alan Koch’s Arsenal invincibles, but WFC2’s first loss of the season on Saturday night left a disappointing taste in the mouth.

Despite a valiant effort at the Al Lang Stadium and an early second half equalizer from Carl Haworth, a pair of goals from Georgi Hristov gave the Tampa Bay Rowdies a 2-1 win over Ottawa Fury FC on a hot Saturday night in St. Petersburg.

The details on Mallan Roberts’s loan move to Ottawa the11.ca
Canadian defender Mallan Roberts will join the Ottawa Fury on loan from FC Edmonton. This marks the first direct transaction between the two Canadian NASL teams.

FC Edmonton is in the midst of one of its strongest starts since taking the field in the North American Soccer League (NASL) in 2011, and among the many reasons for the club’s early-season success is the play of defender Papé Diakité.

Coffee Talk: Embrace the Hristov HrenaissanceUnused Subs
What a week it’s been for everyone’s favorite Bulgarian. It took Georgi Hristov only four days to equal his goal total from the last two years, lifting the Rowdies to victory with three goals combined in the U.S. Open Cup win over FC Cincinnati and in league play against Ottawa Fury FC.

NASL Rewind: Strikers put Cosmos spring title on hold Soccer America
The NASL spring title, with which comes a semifinal spot in the championship playoffs following the fall season, will be decided next weekend because the 2015 NASL champion New York Cosmos lost, 2-1, at the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. The Cosmos, however, are still poised to lift the spring championship.

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U.S. women beat Japan in rain-shortened match Soccer America
The U.S. women’s national team beat Japan, 2-0, in the second game of their two-game series. Julie Johnston and Alex Morgan scored for the USA in the match that was played in Cleveland and halted in the 76th minute due to inclement weather. The American defense shut down the Japanese, who had scored three goals in the 3-3 tie in Colorado three days earlier.

The USWNT is evolving and playing better soccer than ever beforeSB Nation
Have you been begging for the USWNT to catch up to the rest of the world technically and tactically? You may have finally got your wish.

Carney warns rampant England against complacency The FA
Hat-trick hero Karen Carney has asked her England team-mates to re-focus for their second match against Serbia in three days.

Japanese International Midfielder Rumi Utsugi Signed by Seattle Reign FCThe Bold
Seattle Reign FC has signed Japanese international midfielder Rumi Utsugi, pending receipt of her International Transfer Certificate (ITC). Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Don’t be Afraid to Dream” An interview with Raquel Rodriguez Midfield Press
After seven weeks, the NWSL is just a few games away from the half season mark. Some of the rookies of NWSL 2016 draft class have seen considerable playing time in these last several weeks. One prominent rookie that stands out is Raquel ‘Rocky’ Rodriguez.

Mexican legend, local stars mix on Lansing women’s soccer team – Lansing Journal
Former Mexican national team captain Fatima Leyva headlines foreign-local blend on Michigan Chill’s first-year WPSL team

The Senate Passed a Unanimous Resolution Supporting Equal Pay for U.S. Women’s Soccer Slate
For the second time this week, the U.S. legislative body best known for its obstructionist leanings managed to squeak out a unanimous vote for the public good. Following Monday’s passage of a progressive rights bill for sexual assault survivors, the Senate passed a resolution on Thursday asking U.S. Soccer to grant equal pay to its female players.







COPA AMERICA 2016 PHOTOS: Peru 1 Haiti 0, June 4, 2016BC Soccer Web
Bill Currie’s exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web from the Copa America Centenario.

Short memories: One year after 1st Copa America title, Chile aim to repeatMLS
Chileans will never forget last year’s 4th of July. After 120 minutes in Santiago’s Estadio Nacional, they became the 2015 Copa América champions after winning a penalty shootout against Argentina, who were looking to tie Uruguay’s record of 15 titles. Despite being one of the four original countries that participated in the first Copa América in 1916, it was Chile’s first championship in a then 99-year history of the competition.

Haiti loses heartbreaker to Peru, 1-0 Seattle Times
Haiti’s Kervens Belfort nudged a wide-open header six yards from goal past the near post in the 94th minute, the substitute forward breaking down in tears at the final whistle.

Small crowd, big drama as Peru defeats Haiti in Seattle’s first Copa America matchSeattle PI
Saturday’s Copa America Centenario match at CenturyLink Field didn’t feature the kind of crowd you’d typically find at a world-class soccer tournament, but the back-and-forth game delivered enough drama to make up for the lackluster setting.

Lionel Messi set to miss out as Argentina prepare for Chile showdownESPN FC
The absence of Lionel Messi in Argentina’s lineup would normally be a source of joy for the Albiceleste’s opponents, such is the influence of the reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or winner.

Waston, Costa Rica suffer frustrating Copa America opener SBI
Nobody could blame the Costa Rican fans for feeling frustrated after an unexpected scoreless draw with the lowest ranked team in their group on Saturday, but Kendall Waston says the Ticos were not surprised by the way it played out.

Mexico 3, Uruguay 1 | Copa America Centenario Match RecapMLS
Mexico got some late help from an old hand to bag a gritty 3-1 win over Uruguay in their Copa America Cenenatrio opener in Phoenix, Arizona.

Copa America organizers apologize after playing wrong anthem before Mexico-Uruguay SBI
Uruguayan players stood dumbfounded as Chile’s national anthem was played ahead of Sunday’s clash with Mexico, prompting an apology for Copa America Centenario organizers.

Bradley Heavily Involved in Disappointing USMNT Loss To Colombia Waking the Red
Often for better – occasionally for worse – Michael Bradley was a major factor for the United States’ strategy against Colombia in the opening match of the Copa America Centenario Friday evening.

Jamaica 0, Venezuela 1 | Copa America Centenario Recap MLS
They were picked as one of the dark horses of the tournament before it started but Jamaica’s Copa America Centenario hopes may have been extinguished after just 24 minutes.

Panama, Bolivia ready to start challenging Copa América Group D play in Orlando Orlando Sentinel
Surviving Group D will be a near-impossible task for Panama and Bolivia, but both are looking forward to the challenge.

Copa America: Extreme heat plagues opening weekendSoccer America
The Copa Centenario has been billed as a showcase for what a World Cup could be like in the United States, but a big issue is the summer heat. While much has been made of what it will be like in 2022 when Qatar hosts the World Cup, teams felt the extreme heat on the first weekend of the tournament.

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Ukraine arrests Frenchman for plotting attacks on Euro 2016 Sportsnet
Ukraine’s intelligence agency has thwarted a plot to attack the European Championship soccer tournament in France by arresting a heavily-armed Frenchman who wanted to cross into the European Union, officials said Monday.

France’s security measures complicated by flooding, transit strikes ESPN FC
France remains in a state of emergency, but flooding (rather than the threat of a terrorist attack) has been the most pressing concern as Euro 2016 approaches, with more than 1 million foreign visitors expected to attend. Complicating matters, widespread strikes against labour reforms have disrupted transport networks and caused a fuel shortage throughout the country.

Euro 2016: France Breakdown Prost Amerika
The last time France organized a major championship was back in 1998, when it hosted the World Cup. With Deschamps captaining the side and Zinedine Zidane announcing himself to the world, Les Bleus were able to hoist the Jules Rimes trophy in Paris.

England winners at nostalgia but we should not believe the Euro 96 hype The Guardian
Euro 2000 was far more exciting than its predecessor, when the country seemed to be mired in a collective psychosis centred around Cool Britannia.

Jamie Vardy: England striker yet to decide on Leicester or ArsenalBBC Sport
Jamie Vardy is keeping Arsenal and Leicester City waiting as he continues to ponder his club future.

Chinese company Suning buys majority stake in Inter MilanSportsnet
Retail giant Suning has bought a majority stake in Inter Milan, marking the latest entry into the European soccer market by cash-rich Chinese firms.

Goal-line technology ‘too expensive’ for La Liga Goal
La Liga will continue to avoid implementing goal-line technology because it is too expensive, president Javier Tebas has said.

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