BC Soccer News, Monday, March 26, 2018





MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps 0, LA Galaxy 0, March 24, 2018 BC Soccer Web
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Report and Reaction: ‘Caps stuck in orbit against starless GalaxyAFTN
Once again Vancouver Whitecaps dropped to the level of their opponents as they drew a LA Galaxy side that was missing a significant chunk of their starting XI.

Whitecaps FC, LA Galaxy share points in early Western Conference testWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC drew LA Galaxy 0-0 in front of another sellout crowd in an early Western Conference test at BC Place on Saturday evening.

Lacking creativity, Whitecaps limp to scoreless draw with GalaxySportsnet
After the referee denied his team the chance to compete fairly last week against Atlanta United, Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson joked Saturday that at least Vancouver will get to replay the game.

LA Galaxy re-discover their steel in hard-fought draw at VancouverMLS
You can tell a lot about the character of a team with how they respond to adversity. On the basis of what was on display at B.C. Place on Saturday evening, the LA Galaxy have a lot more fight in them this season than they showed last year in MLS.

Vancouver Whitecaps: For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happenSoccer Shorts
Well at least we know one thing for sure after the Vancouver Whitecaps scoreless draw with the LA Galaxy on Saturday evening. Carl Robinson hasn’t changed.

Why Couldn’t the Whitecaps Break Down the Shorthanded L.A Galaxy? | An AnalysisEighty-Six Forever
Well that was disappointing wasn’t it? The Vancouver Whitecaps have just failed to beat what can charitably be described as a weakened L.A. Galaxy side. People are understandably looking for someone to blame. Is it the coach? The players? The infamously shadowy and mysterious front office? Well it’s a bit like Murder on the Orient Express, All of the suspects teamed up to commit the crime! Allow me to explain.

‘Caps super sub Erik Hurtado looking to offer moreRed Nation Online
Any successful championship calibre team has to have quality depth, and healthy competition in all areas of the pitch. As 2-1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC strive to become an elite MLS Cup contender, Coach Carl Robinson continues to build an interchangeable versatile roster with cover wherever required.

Alphonso Davies: The Kid is AlrightMLS Multiplex
The Vancouver Whitecaps have discovered a star. Teenage phenom Alphonso Davies could be just the spark that sets Canadian soccer on fire over the next few years.

Thor in attendance for Vancouver Whitecaps FC draw with LA GalaxyMLS
Vancouver Whitecaps FC might not have been able to drop the hammer on a depleted LA Galaxy side, settling for a scoreless draw, but in attendance at BC Place Saturday night was Australian actor Chris Hemsworth who plays Thor in the Marvel superhero movies.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 4SBI
It was an abbreviated weekend in MLS, but there were several intriguing results throughout the league.

Columbus beats DC United 3-1 to improve to 3-0-1Herald-Courier
Ricardo Clark scored his first goal for Columbus and Cristian Martinez had two assists to help the Crew beat D.C. United 3-1 on Saturday.

NYCFC extend unbeaten run in New England – Prost Amerika
Ismael Tajouri tallied twice to help a depleted New York City FC claim a 2-2 comeback draw against the New England Revolution Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Sporting KC rallies for dramatic 2-2 draw at Colorado RapidsSporting KC
Sporting Kansas City rallied from two goals down on the road in a 2-2 draw at the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. Felipe Gutierrez scored his League-leading fourth goal of the season and second-half substitute Diego Rubio capped the comeback with the game-tying goal in stoppage time to keep Sporting KC atop the Western Conference standings.

View From South Ward: A Case For The DefenseLast Word on Soccer
Last night, the Red Bulls were justifiably hostile to their hosts, Minnesota United, 3-0. While fan sites are excited about BWP and Kaku rounding into form and going nuts about favorite fan target Alex Myul winding up on the scoresheet (1 goal, 1 assist), some fans are overlooking a group that in my opinion, should be praised for their work thus far.

VIDEO: Watch every goal from Week 4 of the 2018 MLS seasonMLS
There were only six matches played in Week 4 due to the FIFA international window, but that slate still produced a whopping 17 goals.

MLS teams charting new ground as it embraces digital-only local rights Awful Announcing
After new deals for LAFC (YouTube TV) and the Chicago Fire (ESPN+), four MLS franchises have now sold their local rights to streaming services.

TAM, GAM and trades: why MLS is the world’s most overcomplicated leagueThe Guardian
For the past four years, ESPN has conducted an anonymous survey of MLS players. There are always angles and headlines: this time around Giovani dos Santos was voted the most overrated player in the league by his peers. But in amongst the whimsy and trivia a more troublesome statement was served on how MLS is seen even by those on the league’s payroll.

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Gorge FC defeats Lakehill to win Jackson CupCHEK
Dylan Abbott’s 85th minute goal lifted Gorge FC over Lakehill 3-2 to capture the 2018 Jackson Cup.

Cascades fall to Vikes, tie Spartans at Keg CupUFV Cascades
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team turned in a pair of solid performances on the weekend, as they finished tied for third at the Keg Cup tournament hosted by the Victoria Vikes.

Whitecaps FC U-14 Residency team to participate in West Ham United Football CupWhitecaps FC
The ‘Caps U-14 Residency squad will be participating in this year’s West Ham United Football Cup, taking on an array of top academy sides from around the world.

Indoor soccer champs crownedNelson Star
The whistle has blown on the indoor soccer season. The Nelson Soccer Association held its indoor finals last week and crowned six teams.

Annual Juan de Fuca Soccer Tournament renamed Sandy Stewart Mini FestivalGoldstream Gazette
The Juan de Fuca Soccer Association renamed it’s annual tournament the Sandy Stewart Memorial mini festival.

Lakecity athletes announced as WolfPack awards finalistsWilliams Lake Tribune
Two Williams Lake athletes have been announced as finalists for the 2017/18 Thompson Rivers University WolfPack Athletic Awards.

PHOTOS: VMSL IMPERIAL CUP SEMIFINAL, Rino’s Tigers 3, Club Inter 2 (PKs), March 17, 2018 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

TSS Rovers release Season Tickets for the 2018 season TSS Rovers
A great summer of soccer is in store at Swangard Stadium with the PDL & WPSL TSS Rovers. Season yickets are only $70.

Victoria Highlanders FC 2018 Season Tickets now on saleVictoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.

Canada’s College ID Camps set for Shawnigan Lake & Kingston, OntarioCanada College ID Camps
Our purpose is to provide a space where players grade 9-12 can connect with college coaches from all levels in Canada and the USA. We hope to assist in the promotion of youth players into environments which will challenge them academically and athletically after high school.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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!

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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Canada open 2018 with hard fought 1-0 victory over New ZealandCSA
Canada won 1:0 in their opening match of the 2018 season as head coach John Herdman made his Men’s National Team coaching debut a positive one over New Zealand. Tosaint Ricketts was the goalscorer, Milan Borjan and his backline posted the clean sheet, and 18-year old debutant Liam Millar put forth a man of the match performance.

Canada’s men’s soccer team wins first start under HerdmanToronto Star
The John Herdman era is off to a winning start for Canada’s men’s soccer team.

International Break: Canada Gets First Win of 2018Mount Royal Soccer
Canada started off their 2018 season under new head coach John Herdman Saturday March 24th with a 1-0 win against New Zealand.

Liam Millar impresses in debut for Canada in win over New ZealandMLS
As head coach of Canada’s women’s soccer team, John Herdman never had a problem tossing in teenagers in big international games. When asked, time and again Herdman would say that “if a player is good enough, they’re old enough.” That mantra has transferred over to Canada’s men’s side where newcomers Liam Millar and former Toronto FC Academy and now Hearts player Marcus Godinho were given debuts against New Zealand as the men’s team started his tenure with a 1-0 win.

Edmonton experiences the big-tent soccer evangelism of the Canadian Premier Leaguethe11.ca
This is the challenge for Beirne; the president of the nascent Canadian Premier League is in the process of touring the country, learning more about each of the potential markets. But he sees that soccer culture in Canada isn’t homogenous; each city that could be part of the CanPL’s debut 2019 season offers something a little different.

Canadian Premier League president intrigued by Edmontonians’ push for return of pro soccerGlobal
The Canadian Premier League is set to kick off in 2019 with a minimum of six teams, and Edmonton may be one of them. The president of the CPL, Paul Beirne, was in Alberta’s capital again this week as part of the vetting process. He admitted he’s been to Edmonton a number of times before, but this trip was really about learning more about Edmonton’s soccer fans.

Open letter from FC Edmonton GM Jay Ball on CanPL campaign: “For me, it’s about the community”the11.ca
Below is an open letter from FC Edmonton General Manager Jay Ball. FCE, after playing in NASL from 2011-17, is not running a professional program this season. But ownership remains in talks with the coming-in-2019 Canadian Premier League. CanPL President Paul Beirne was in Edmonton this past week to learn more about the Alberta capital and the YEG4CPL movement; that’s a supporters-driven initiative to raise the profile of soccer and FCE in the city.

2026 FIFA World Cup bid books now availableFIFA
In line with the approved timeline for the bidding process of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, FIFA has received the following bid books, which are available on FIFA.com along with their respective executive summaries.

2026 World Cup: Fifa boss Gianni Infantino says bid process is ‘fair, objective and transparent’BBC Sport
Previous World Cup bidding processes have been mired in controversy, with allegations of corruption made around the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to Russia and Qatar.

World Cup 2026: Morocco fear FIFA politics are pushing them to a pre-vote exclusionInside World Football
On the day FIFA released the bid books of the two contenders to stage the 2026 World Cup, African supporters of Morocco are crying foul over what they perceive as too much power being handed to the all-important panel that will determine whether the underdogs meet the necessary criteria to take on the heavyweight favourites from North America.

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Match Report: Zorros secure first point in draw against Galaxy IIFresno FC
Fresno FC secured its first point of the USL season, drawing 1-1 against LA Galaxy II in front of 6,128 fans Saturday night at Chukchansi Park.

Match Recap: Toronto FC II at Charlotte IndependenceToronto FC
Toronto FC II dropped its second match of the season following a 2-0 loss at the hands of the Charlotte Independence on Saturday night.

T2 spring a 1-0 win on SwitchbacksProst Amerika
Portland Timbers 2 (1-1-0, 3 points) beat Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (1-1-0, 3 points) 1-0 for their first win of the 2018 regular season. Forward Augustine Williams was the lone goal scorer on Saturday and has now scored two goals in as many matches.

Rangers secure 4-2 win over Seattle Sounders FC 2 in home openerSporting KC
The Rangers (2-0-0) defeated Seattle Sounders FC 2 (1-1-0) 4-2 in their home opener at Shawnee Mission South District Stadium on Saturday night. Kharlton Belmar recorded his second straight two-goal game and, in doing so, became the Rangers all-time scoring leader with 19 goals.

Sacramento Too Strong For Orange CountyUSL
Sacramento Republic FC needed just one opening to claim a 1-0 road win over in-state rival Orange County SC at Champions Soccer Stadium on Saturday night for a second consecutive win to start the season.

San Antonio Rallies Past Saint LouisUSL
Austin Martz and Kyle Greig combined in the second minute to produce a dream start for visiting Saint Louis FC at Toyota Field on Saturday, but the dynamic duo of Mikey Lopez and Kris Tyrpak helped hosts San Antonio FC rally for a 2-1 win before a sellout crowd of 7,946.

Nashville, Pittsburgh End Deadlocked before 18,922USL
Riverhounds SC go closest to claiming victory in 0-0 draw at Nissan Stadium.

Atlanta United 2’s opening night was ideal for players and fans – Gwinnett
In front of an official crowd of 5,615 fans, Atlanta United 2 came through with a victory in its inaugural match 3-1 over New York Red Bulls II.

Indy Downs Kickers, Opens With WinUSL
Indy Eleven got off to a perfect start to life in the USL thanks to a 1-0 win against the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium on Saturday night.


North Carolina Courage Wins Season Opener, Defeat ChampsCary Citizen
The North Carolina Courage’s first ever home game saw them defeat the Portland Thorns. One year later, and with the Thorns crowned as last year’s champions, the Courage returned home to take the Thorns on again with a similar outcome.

New Look Reign FC Host Washington Spirit in NWSL OpenerProst Amerika
Seattle Reign FC and Washington Spirit battled to a 2-1 Seattle victory in Memorial Stadium Saturday Night in both teams’ opener for the 2018 NWSL season. The match featured an early goal and wide open play, with the opposing side having the opportunity to snatch away a point late.

Dash draw Red Stars in season openerDynamo Theory
As the Houston Dash entered stoppage time with a one-goal lead against the Chicago Red Stars, the Dash looked poised to open the 2018 NWSL season with a victory.

Megan Rapinoe leads Seattle Reign to win over Washington SpiritPro Soccer USA
Seattle Reign forward Megan Rapinoe helped her club build an early lead during a 2-1 victory over the visiting Washington Spirit late Saturday night.

SSE Women’s FA Cup – Sixth Round: Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton join Chelsea in semi-finalsVavel
Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton and Manchester City were all victorious in the sixth round of the FA Cup.

Division 1 Féminine Week 17 Review: OL look unstoppableVavel
The current champions looked like champions elect in Week 17 while Olympique de Marseille picked up a crucial win.

Elmes delighted with the Champions’ styleIrish WNL
New Wexford Youths Women’s manager Tom Elmes was satisfied with his evening’s work as the champions put in a five-star display to comfortably overcome Limerick FC in their Continental Tyres Women’s National League opener in Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday.

From the ashes: South American women rise again for the Copa América FemeninaThe Guardian
Following shabby treatment by national federations, determination and solidarity among the players in Brazil, Chile and Argentina are rescuing women’s football from oblivion.

Toppserien 2018 Round 1 Review: LSK make an early statementVavel
Toppserien is finally back, and the first round certainly had plenty of surprises in store for us.

Ghana Earmarks U.S.$8 Million for Women African Cup of NationsAll Africa
Government has approved eight million US dollars for the Women’s African Cup of Nations to be hosted in Ghana in November, this year. This was disclosed by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah during the launch of the tournament in Accra on Friday evening.

Eastern Sporting Union begin Indian Women’s League title defence with narrow winHindustan Times
Eastern Sporting Union began their title defence of the Indian Women’s League with a thrilling 3-2 win over Indira Gandhi Academy for Sports & Education in Shillong on Monday.

Ex-England women’s coach Sampson threatened ref with poleNBC Sports
Former England women’s soccer team coach Mark Sampson was being investigated for intimidating a female UEFA official with a metal pole at the 2017 European Championship before he was fired.

UEFA ‘Press Play’ vlog series passes three million viewsUEFA
UEFA’s ground-breaking weekly vlog Press Play has now had over three million views on the Together #WePlayStrong Youtube channel.

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Germany fretting on Neuer fitness ahead of World Cup defenceMetro
Germany’s biggest concern three months ahead of its World Cup defence is whether captain Manuel Neuer will be fit enough to lead the side in Russia.

England players in last-chance saloon against Italy to seal World Cup spotsThe Telegraph
England players believe they have one last chance to change Gareth Southgate’s World Cup plans in Tuesday night’s friendly against Italy.

Cavani goal leads Uruguay past Wales in China Cup FinalNBC Sports
Uruguay continued its warm-up for this summer’s World Cup with a 1-0 win over Wales in the China Cup Final on Monday.

Spain’s World Cup squad ‘not closed’; Javi Martinez, others have chance – Julen LopeteguiESPN
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui said he has the squad he wants to take to the World Cup in mind but is leaving the door open for Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez and other players.

Man City owners CFG hint at getting closer to Chinese club acquisitionInside World Football
City Football Group (CFG), owners of Premier League Manchester City and New York City FC in the MLS, has again indicated that further club acquisitions are likely and that China will likely be the next market.

Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri honoured as top Serie A coachESPN
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has been named Serie A’s coach of the 2016-17 season, beating Atalanta’s Gian Piero Gasperini and Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri.

Greek game in crisis and Nottingham Forest’s Marinakis is at the heart of itThe Guardian
Evangelos Marinakis faces drug trafficking charges and Greek Super League strife has enveloped his other club, Olympiakos.

Morocco touts gun safety in 2026 World Cup bid against USMetro
Morocco has touted its limited threat from gun crime in a 2026 World Cup bidding proposal to take on the United States-led rival for the soccer showpiece.

England youth coach said I’d never play for my country: David Beckham Four Four Two
Prior to going on to captain England and play for them 115 times, David Beckham was told as a child that he would not represent his country.

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