BC Soccer News, Monday, March 21, 2016







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The Good, The Average and The Bad: Three Point Theft At C-Link EditionAFTN
Welcome to Cascadian football at its finest. This game had everything that is great about this game of football. We had controversial penalties, rough physical play and a former Whitecaps bad guy, Blas Pérez, playing the role of hero.

Whitecaps awake in 2016 with Cascadia win Whitecaps Fan Blog
After walking in their sleep through two early season matches the Vancouver Whitecaps finally woke up to the 2016 season in time to beat our greatest rival, the Seattle Sounders, 2-1.  It was a tough, physical contest in front of another big Seattle crowd with about 800-1000 Whitecaps fans making the trip down South.

Whitecaps Claim First Three Points of the Season with Cascadia Win at Seattle Eighty-Six Forever
Vancouver takes the first Cascadia Cup match of the season with a 2-1 away win at Seattle, in a game that saw three dead ball goals over the course of ninety minutes.

Pérez a difference-maker in new-look formationWhitecaps FC
You just knew Blas Pérez would have a part to play in this game. Turned out to be a pretty big one.   To the surprise of no one, the Panamanian striker got under Seattle’s skin from the get go (see Zach Scott’s post-match comments). But he also was involved in both of Vancouver’s goals.

Pesky Perez shows the Whitecaps how to win The Province
It’s a funny old game. Eight months ago, Blas Perez and his Panama teammates were holding up a banner proclaiming CONCACAF as “corruptos ladrones” — corrupt thieves — following a hugely controversial 2-1 loss to Mexico in the Gold Cup semifinal at the Georgia Dome.

Winless Sounders find solace in quality of playSBI
The Seattle Sounders entered 2016 hoping to make their first trip to an MLS Cup. While that goal is certainly still well within reach, the team has thus far achieved a far less distinguished club record: three straight losses to start a season.

BC Soccer Web has gathered all of the match analysis, highlights and news in one spot for the first Cascadia Cup clash of the season.

Tim Howard signing the latest step in Rapids’ revolutionGoal
The Rapids made the biggest splash of all Sunday, announcing the signing of Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard — one of the most recognizable faces in American soccer for the past decade.

The world has changed a lot since Tim Howard last played in MLSFox Sports
Tim Howard is coming back to MLS. The United States goalkeeper has signed with the Colorado Rapids and, come July, will once again be a part of the league where he got his start as a 19-year-old. The MLS (and world) that Howard returns to is nothing like the one he left, though. It might as well be a whole other world.

The Rapids gave up a late goal and had to settle for a 1-1 draw at D.C United on SundayDenver Channel
A late equalizer forced Colorado Rapids to settle for a 1-1 draw at D.C. United on Sunday.

Steven Gerrard’s case not helped by LA Galaxy’s performance in his absence The Guardian
If the calf injury suffered just four minutes into the clash with the San Jose Earthquakes was considered a blow to the Galaxy, it didn’t play out that way

Maple Leaf Soccer: A 2016 Canadians in MLS round-up (Wk 3)–  AFTN
Good old Vancouver Whitecaps. Canada’s sweethearts and the only Canadian side in MLS this weekend to not only score, but to get any points.

Toronto FC aggrieved by no-call on Sporting KC’s game-winning goal MLS
Another week, another sense of being hard done by a no-call. Toronto FC’s manager and players felt they deserved a point out of Sunday’s match against Sporting Kansas City, not a 1-0 defeat on halftime sub Brad Davis’ 70th-minute goal.

Ref fails to blow it in TFC’s loss to Kansas City Toronto Sun
Referee Baldomero Toledo swallowed his whistle late in Sunday night’s match here at Children’s Mercy Park. And the Reds coughed up the point that would have kept them unbeaten through three road games to start the season.

A Sporting Effort: Toronto FC Lose First of Season in Kansas CityWaking the Red
Toronto FC will leave Kansas City empty handed, but they can keep their heads high. Tonight’s 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City was their first of the season. But their performance against the league’s only undefeated team was impressive for a number of reasons.

Impact fall to FC Dallas: Two outta three ain’t bad Mount Royal Soccer
Montreal Impact supporters have no reason to be disappointed, the Bleu-Blanc-Noir have six points after three games. Very honest points earned vs very balanced and strong teams.

Cyle Larin continues to ward off sophomore slump while battling illness SBI
It might still be early, but Cyle Larin looks more and more ready to avoid a sophomore slump with each passing game. Larin helped propel Orlando City to its first win of the season on Friday night, scoring the decisive goal in the seventh minute of a 1-0 road victory over New York City FC. The Canadian striker had his quietest performance of the opening weeks of the 2016 campaign, but still managed to make a game-winning impact at Yankee Stadium by scoring for the third consecutive match.

Timbers fall behind to RSL but storm back for 2 all draw behind Adi braceOregon Live
You know it’s a really odd match for the Portland Timbers when Timbers Coach Caleb Porter is dropping Pulp Fiction quotes within his post-match press conference.

MLS Review: Sporting KC stay perfect, Union crush Revs Four Four Two
A 70th-minute goal from substitute Brad Davis was all that separated Sporting Kansas City and Toronto FC, while Philadelphia Union won again

Match Recap: New York Red Bulls 4, Houston Dynamo 3 – Houston Dynamo
This is the kind of game that rewards fans who stick with it until the seemingly bitter end. Over a tumultuous 94 minutes, the ol’ emotion-meter swung from elation to depression and back again for both sides. At several points, it seemed like a newly goal-bolstered Houston Dynamo were set to sew it up on the road.

Match Report: Gyasi Zardes scores twice as the LA Galaxy top San Jose Earthquakes, 3-1 LA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy drew first blood in the 2016 Cali Clasico, beating the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 at StubHub Center Saturday night. The Earthquakes spent the entire second half down a man, as Simon Dawkins received a straight red card in first-half stoppage time for a tackle on Sebastian Lletget.

Union not satisfied with performance in win over RevsSBI
The Philadelphia Union’s performance in their 3-0 win over the New England Revolution wasn’t good enough in the eyes of the players or manager Jim Curtin.

KATU crew finds man donning Timber Joey’s stolen gear KATU
Timber Joey, the official club mascot of the Timbers, said someone got away with a ton of his official gear during a car break-in on Saturday night. KATU spotted someone wearing the gear while on assignment along West Burnside, and managed to return the gear less than a day later.

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Jackson Cup Semi Final ResultsVISL
The Sir John Jackson Cup – amazing to think the trophy has been around for over 100 years. Amazing that think of how many local people have been involved in competing for, winning and losing the Final game of the Jackson Cup.

The Trinity Western women’s soccer team won the Keg Cup for the first time since 2012 as the Spartans beat Victoria 2-1 in the final Sunday afternoon. TWU’s Isabelle Di Trocchio (Burnaby, B.C.) scored three minutes into the game before Leanne Verhoeff (Calgary) scored what would be the game-winner for the Spartans midway through the second half. The Vikes scored their lone goal of the night just a few minutes before the final whistle.

The Trinity Western men’s soccer team played to a 0-0 tie with UBC in the consolation final of the Keg Cup Sunday in Victoria. A day after falling to Victoria in the semifinals, the Spartans were step-for-step with the Thunderbirds over 90 minutes, but were forced to settle for a draw after being held off the scoresheet.

Victoria Highlanders 2016 Season Tickets Now Available Select Your Seats
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BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting Candidates for its Board of DirectorsBCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June 11, 2016. Prospective candidates are invited to review the information provided on the BC Soccer web site www.bcsoccer.net. Candidates who provide notice to BC Soccer Assoc. of their intent to stand for election by May 1, 2016 will have their applications circulated to the membership in early May.

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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JDG: Mexico match “could change the future of Canadian soccer”the11.ca
“This one game at home could change the future of Canadian soccer, it could change careers,” de Guzman said Friday in a media conference call.

Five Brampton players on Canadian Soccer squad Brampton Guardian
A total of five players from Brampton are on the Canadian senior men’s soccer squad named on Friday (March 18) for Canada’s upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against Mexico.

Journey to St. John’s starts in April for 2016 Challenge Trophy & Jubilee Trophy CSA
The journey to St. John’s starts in April. Kicking off in British Columbia, Canada’s best amateur clubs will compete in provincial championships on the road to this year’s two senior soccer competitions – the men’s Challenge Trophy and women’s Jubilee Trophy – at the Sport Chek National Championships in St. John’s, Newfoundland Labrador.

U16 Hurricanes outlast Rtimi, win Saskatoon league title Discover Humboldt
It was a strange goal in the game’s final minutes, but it was the one that put the Under 16 Humboldt Hurricanes over the top to defeat Hollandia Rtimi 3-2 in the Saskatoon Youth Soccer League final.

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WFC2 complete undefeated preseason with 2-1 comeback win over Oregon StateWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) completed their undefeated preseason with a 2-1 comeback win over the Oregon State University Beavers on Saturday afternoon at SFU – a week ahead of their 2016 United Soccer League regular season opener.

Ex-Fury coach thriving in K.C.  – Toronto Sun
Like many break-ups, it wasn’t you, Ottawa, it was him. Ex-Ottawa Fury bench boss Marc Dos Santos needed a change. Now, the 38-year-old Canadian is continuing to build his coaching resume here in Kansas City.

Terry Dunfield takes a shot at making FC Edmonton’s rosterthe11.ca
Could Terry Dunfield make a career comeback with FC Edmonton? The 34-year-old Canadian midfielder is on trial with the Eddies and played in Friday’s friendly against Newcastle United’s U-21 squad. The Eddies are in the midst of their preseason camp in Scotland.

RECAP: Haworth Brace Sends Fury Past FC Montreal Ottawa Fury
Ottawa remains unbeaten in pre-season action following 3-1 win in Montreal

New York Cosmos Preseason Recap Empire of Soccer
The New York Cosmos wrapped up their preseason this past weekend with a 3-0 loss to the USL’s Charleston Battery. The away result was the most lopsided defeat for the Cosmos, who finished with five wins and two loses overall in a preseason that saw the club also travel to California and Florida.

2016 USL Preview: Saint Louis FCUSL
Even though Saint Louis FC was out of the postseason picture in its first USL season, the fan support was electrifying and the club generated some exciting moments along the way. The Aug. 21 stoppage-time winner against the Charleston Battery probably took the cake. Dale Schilly’s side needed a maturation process and perhaps a few extra pieces to push into the playoff conversation. Heading into 2016, Saint Louis has a good returning group with a year under its belt, as well as a few names that just make a postseason berth a reality.

Coach Is Pissed: Indy Eleven Struggles Continue Bloody Shambles
People get worked up over preseason.  Should they?  The teams are preparing and training and in the case of Indy Eleven they are playing all in the hopes of being ready for the actual season.  These games and practices don’t count in the standings and no points are awarded from the strength of schedule.

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The field is set for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and currently NWSL has players from eight of the 12 countries that will be represented in Brazil in August.

Women’s FA Cup: Chelsea, Arsenal through to quarter-finals Sky Sports
Chelsea Ladies began their defence of their FA Women’s Cup with an emphatic 4-1 win at Doncaster Rovers Belles in the Fifth Round Proper on Sunday.

SSE Women’s FA Cup quarter final draw made at Wembley The FA
Thirteen-time winners Arsenal will take on last season’s runners-up Notts County in the SSE Women’s FA Cup quarter final.

New Women’s Super League season brings new squads and a new intensity The Guardian
The big three – Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City – have all strengthened for a season that promises to be more competitive than ever

Manchester City and England star Lucy Bronze targeting Super League successThe Telegraph
On Wednesday night, the Women’s Super League returns and Manchester City and England defender Lucy Bronze hopes some of that feel-good factor will continue to rub off, to keep feeding a competition and a sport that is continuing to bloom.

#SWPL16 – Game 2 Round UpScottish Women’s Premier League
Spartans went top of the SWPL 1 table as they beat 10-player Forfar Farmington 3-1.

Sky Blue dominates possession in 1-0 preseason victoryEmpire of Soccer
There wasn’t a whole lot of scoring, but then again, this was just the start of the 2016 preseason for Sky Blue FC. The New Jersey team held the advantage in the attack but could only hit the back of the net once – on a penalty kick – to take a 1-0 win over St. John’s University in the team’s opening preseason match.

Dash add Irish midfielder Denise O’SullivanThe Equalizer
The Houston Dash have signed Irish midfielder Denise O’Sullivan as an international player. The 22-year old is already a five-year veteran of the Irish national team. She comes to the Dash from Glasgow City of the Scottish Women’s Premier League.

Women’s Champions League: the story so farUEFA
The quarter-finals get under way on Wednesday with FFC Frankfurt in their tenth last-eight tie and Slavia Praha and Brescia making debuts: UEFA.com presents a full guide.

Frankfurt final hero Islacker looks to RosengårdUEFA
Ten months on from her dramatic final winner for FFC Frankfurt, Mandy Islacker has not looked back, as the Germany forward talks to UEFA.com about their tie with Rosengård.

Record numbers at the Under-17 Women’s Sudamericano Conmebol
Three weeks that marked a before and after in women’s football. That was the 20 days of competition in Venezuela at the Women’s Under-17 Sudamericano that broke records for women’s football in South America.

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Juventus’ Buffon breaks Serie A shutout recordSportsnet
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon set a Serie A record on Sunday for not conceding a goal, while Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain closed in on a league record of his own.

Nature of Newcastle’s equaliser points to best attacking option for avoiding dropThe Guardian
Rafael Benítez’s side earn vital point against Sunderland by simple expedient of a well-directed cross to the head of their centre-forward Aleksandar Mitrovic

Leicester vs. Spurs: An unlikely two-horse raceSportsnet
Manchester City’s loss in Sunday’s Manchester derby dropped them 15 points off the pace of table-toppers Leicester City. Although mathematically still alive, and with a game in hand, Manchester City isn’t going to catch Leicester—and there’s some questions as to whether they can even hold off West Ham United and Manchester United for a covered top four spot.

Istanbul soccer match called off over unspecified threat12 News Now
Turkish authorities called off the Galatasaray-Fenerbahce derby in Istanbul about two hours before kickoff on Sunday, citing an unspecified threat, and said the match would be played at a later date.

Two dead and 49 injured after violent clashes during Raja Casablanca matchThe Guardian
Morocco’s official news agency says violent clashes among Raja Casablanca fans in the western city of Casablanca have left two people dead and 49 injured. The state news agency, MAP, said it is unclear why the deadly violence erupted on Saturday evening, following the start of Raja Casablanca’s game against Chabab Rif Al Hoceima.

Neymar gets guilty verdict for tax fraud and told to stump up €45.9mInside World Football
Brazil and Barcelona player Neymar has been convicted of tax fraud and ordered to pay €45.9 million in fines and back-taxes. The guilty verdict was passed by an administrative judge in Rio de Janeiro. The court found Brazil’s iconic player guilty of tax evasion for failing to report earnings from a number of lucrative contracts.

2022 World Cup: Fans could be housed in Bedouin-style campsBBC Sport
Supporters at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar could be housed in traditional Bedouin-style desert camps. Some of the 500,000 fans expected in the Gulf nation might be accommodated under canvas near stadiums.

New FIFA sponsor has sights on China World Cup Sportsnet
Chinese conglomerate Wanda says becoming a top-tier sponsor leaves it “better placed” to help decide where future editions of the World Cup will be staged.

Wenger wins longevity league; Italians changes managers as frequently as their socksInside World Football
The most dangerous league in Europe to be a manager – in terms of job security in the Big 5 leagues – is Italy’s Serie A. Managers last on average just 9 months, compared to 14.5 months in England’s Premier League.

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