BC Soccer News, Monday, March 4, 2019







MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Minnesota Utd. FC 3, March 2, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Report and Reaction: Defensive deficiencies commit Whitecaps to the Loony bin in season openerAFTN
MLS is back, as their Twitter hashtag proclaims, but it wasn’t to be an ideal season opener for Vancouver Whitecaps as they fell to a 3-2 defeat against Minnesota United in front of a lower bowl sell out 27,837 crowd at BC Place on Saturday afternoon.

Whitecaps look for the next stage of their evolution after dropping home openerThe Province
Darwin Quintero shredded the Whitecaps Saturday in Minnesota’s 3-2 win, but it’s not all doom and gloom for the VWFC.

New-look ‘Caps unveiled but fall 3-2 in season opener Whitecaps FC
New-look Vancouver Whitecaps FC unveiled in season opener but fall 3-2 on Saturday afternoon to Minnesota United FC at BC Place.

Loons fullbacks Francisco Calvo and Romain Metanire were dangerous in season openerTwinCities.com
Minnesota United captain Francisco Calvo didn’t stir a surprise when he spoke his mind again last week. Now in his third season with the Loons, holding back has never been his thing.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Pressing onSoccer Shorts
A home game against a poor Conference rival. An early lead through a set piece goal. Failure to take the initiative and build on that early advantage and allow the opposition to grow in confidence. Concede an equalizer thanks to a defensive loss of concentration. Resort to hitting long balls to an isolated forward. Fall behind but then another set piece goal and a late attacking flurry creates the illusion that the game could have gone either way.

Toronto FC signs Alejandro Pozuelo as Designated PlayerToronto FC
Toronto FC announced today that it has agreed to terms on a transfer fee with Belgian Jupiler Pro League side, Koninklijke Racing Club Genk (KRC Genk) and has signed Spanish midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo as a Designated Player. He will be added to the roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

Michael Bradley has first multi-goal MLS game as TFC wins openerHamilton Spectator
Michael Bradley scored his first goal since the 2016 season and added another in the second half for his first career multi-goal Major League Soccer game as Toronto FC opened the season with a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

Toronto FC seems to have something that was lacking last seasonToronto Sun
After Toronto FC defeated the Philadelphia Union 3-1 in scary Chester, Pa., on Saturday night, everyone inside the Reds’ room talked about how the victory was as much about character as anything else.

Taider scores winner as Impact open season with win over EarthquakesSportsnet
Saphir Taider punched home a well-placed cross from Zakaria Diallo in the 44th minute and the Montreal Impact opened the season with a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

Thrilling opener further demonstrates LAFC is taking on the life of its cityYahoo Sports
Substitute Adama Diomande slipped past Graham Zusi and blasted the winning goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time, giving LAFC a 2-1 win over 10-man Sporting KC, who lost Roger Espinoza to a red card in the 84th minute.

March 2 Major League Soccer roundupRecord Online
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on a header in the 80th minute and Los Angeles beat Chicago Fire after unveiling a statue of former star David Beckham.

Portland Timbers concede late goal in 3-3 draw with Colorado RapidsOregonian
The Portland Timbers conceded a late goal as they settled for a 3-3 draw with the Colorado Rapids in their 2019 MLS season opener Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.

FC Cincinnati MLS debut spoiled in SeattlePro Soccer USA
Despite taking an early lead through a Leonard Bertone wonder-strike, FC Cincinnati’s first match in Major League Soccer ended in a 4-1 loss to Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night.

D.C. United’s revolution on course after victory over reigning MLS Cup champs Atlanta UnitedESPN
On a cold, rainy Sunday night at Audi Field, Major League Soccer’s past, present and future collided in D.C. United’s 2-0 victory over Atlanta United.

MLS commissioner Don Garber: LA Galaxy designated player situation ‘a bit overblown’Pro Soccer USA
The LA Galaxy did the near-impossible by making rules and regulation compliance interesting in the week leading up to the start of the 2019 Major League Soccer season.

Don Garber: MLS ready to embrace legalized sports gamblingESPN
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber is ready to embrace legalized sports gambling.

Beckham statue unveiled at LA Galaxy on opening day of MLS seasonInside World Football
A statue of former England captain David Beckham was unveiled outside the stadium of LA Galaxy before their opening game in the new MLS season at the weekend.

How New York City Soccer Fans Are Fighting Fascism In The StandsHuffington Post
With the start of the new season, NYCFC fans want to know what the team will do about the far-right extremists in their midst.





SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019, 4:00 PM


The 2019 BC Soccer Web Super Schedule of Soccer in BCBC Soccer Web
With so much soccer happening in BC this year, it’s getting tougher to keep track of the big matches and your favourite teams. BC Soccer Web has you covered! Here, in one spot, are the combined schedules for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Pacific FC, TSS Rovers and Highlanders FC. We’ll also be adding the WPSL teams, along with the marquee matches from the amateur ranks as those dates become set, so keep coming back for the latest updates.

VISL Weekend Results – March 1-3BC Soccer Web
One of our busiest weekends of the year as we had Jackson Cup and Regular season mixed in together.

Victoria Supporters Organizing Bus for March 24 CMNT GameLakeside Buoys
Victoria supporters are planning to charter a bus for the Canada – French Guiana match at BC Place on March 24.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019, 3:00 PM


Canada tops Scotland 1:0 in second Algarve Cup matchCSA
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team defeated Scotland 1:0 and earned three points, for a total of four over two matches at the 2019 Algarve Cup. Captain Christine Sinclair converted a penalty for her 179th International goal, leaving her five away from the all-time Women’s International goal scoring record. Canada will play a third and final match of the 2019 Algarve Cup on 6 March to determine its final rank in the tournament.

Former All-Stars Roberts, Thomas Join Mohsen As Latest Pro Signings At Forge FCLeague1 Ontario
Forge FC announced Saturday the club has signed four players, including Canadian goalkeeper and 2017 League1 Ontario Goalkeeper of the Year, Quillan Roberts, and perennial League1 All-Star, Kadell Thomas.

Valour FC sign Canadian youth international Diego GutierrezCanadian Premier League
Valour FC announced the signing of Canadian midfielder Diego Guitiérrez to a multi-year contract on Monday.

Is Ottawa’s pro soccer future with the Canadian Premier League?Ottawa Citizen
John Herdman calls the Canadian Premier League “the missing piece of the jigsaw” for developing the country’s male professional soccer players.

FC Edmonton: Dare To DreamLast Word on Soccer
Edmonton is a city full of grit and determination. People need to be here. With the ups and downs of the oil industry, one never knows when the good times are going to come to a halt, but never count Edmonton out. Edmonton perseveres and so can FC Edmonton.

Canada selects U-17 squad for Mexico trip as part of Men’s EXCEL ProgramCSA
A group of young Canadian players take the next steps on their journey in the Men’s EXCEL Program as Canada prepares for the 2019 Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship. The 11-day camp takes place in Mexico from 4-14 March at the Mexican Football Federation training centre through a collaborative effort with Canada Soccer’s United 2026 partner Mexico.

What Marie Kondo can teach us about finding joy in Canadian soccerCanadian Premier League
What can Marie Kondo teach us about Canadian soccer? If that name somehow doesn’t ring a bell, Kondo is the suddenly ubiquitous home organizational expert who has, for years, extolled the virtues of analyzing our possessions and holding onto those that truly spark joy.


Indy, Nashville fight to draw in brutal conditionsSoctakes
In the final preseason fixture for both sides ahead of the start of the 2019 USL Championship season, the Indy Eleven and Nashville SC battled to a nil-nil draw Saturday afternoon at Arad McCutchan Stadium on the campus of the University of Evansville.

Energy FC Owners Back 10,000-seat Stadium ProposalUSL
The owners of the USL Championship’s OKC Energy FC are among those backing a 10,000-seat multi-purpose stadium that was proposed to Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt on Thursday, according to The Oklahoman.


Finally, Adrianna Franch gets her first cap — and a valuable lessonThe Equalizer
U.S. women’s national team fans potentially got a glimpse into the future as goalkeeper Adrianna Franch made her much awaited senior team debut on Saturday in a 2-2 draw with England.

England can go toe-to-toe with world’s best teams, says Steph HoughtonThe Guardian
The England forward Nikita Parris has had a busy two weeks with three crucial games for Manchester City, including a 120-minute grind against Arsenal to their third Continental League Cup, before travelling to the US to take part in the SheBelieves Cup.

Australian women’s soccer team outguns South Korea 4-1 in BrisbaneXinhua
Australia’s women’s soccer team, the Matildas, have eased their way past South Korea on Sunday evening, beating the Asian powerhouse in the inaugural FFA Cup of Nations tournament 4-1 at Brisbane’s Lang Park.

Infantino says joint Korean Women’s World Cup bid possible London Free Press
A joint World Cup bid by North and South Korea is being talked up by FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Ribbons Raso rises againFIFA
Few players will have taken a tougher road to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 than Hayley Raso.

U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team honors iconic women in SheBelieves CupABC13
The U.S. Women’s National Soccer team paid a special tribute to iconic and inspirational women during their match against England in the ‘SheBelieves Cup.’

The Week in Women’s Football: Future of the W-League; UWS preview; Mexico squad for Cyprus Cup;Tribal Football
This week we discuss the attendance figures for the recent Westfield W-League season in Australia and weigh in on suggestions to improve the league in the future. We also look at the teams set for the United Women’s Soccer League’s (UWS) fourth season this summer and look at the Mexican Women’s League Closing Championship season to date and the squad.


European Weekend Rewind: Barcelona win El Clasico, North London Derby ends level, and moreSBI
Barcelona held Real Madrid scoreless for the second time in four days as they left Madrid with a 1-0 win on Saturday. Ivan Rakitic scored the game’s lone goal which featured a clever finish in the 26th minute.

Premier League weekend review: Don’t count out Liverpool just yetSportsnet
Here’s what happened this weekend in the Premier League, in case you missed it.

La Liga: Morata double helps Atletico Madrid keep La Liga paceNBC Sports
A pair of Alvaro Morata headers was all Atletico Madrid needed to move past Real Sociedad 2-0 and keep pace with Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table.

Celta sack coach Cardoso after miserable runEurosport
Celta Vigo have sacked coach Miguel Cardoso less than four months after he took charge, the La Liga club said in a statement on Sunday.

Stuttgart routs Hannover in Bundesliga relegation fightSportsnet
Two Bundesliga teams offered contrasting examples on Sunday over the value of switching — or keeping — coaches in a midseason relegation fight.

Anger, humiliation and ‘pure chaos’ as Schalke go from bad to worseThe Guardian
If you thought, before they welcomed Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday, that things couldn’t get much worse for Schalke, then you were wrong. So, so wrong.

Olympique Lyonnais put five goals past Toulouse FC to cement their grip on third; Olympique de Marseille leapfrogged AS Saint-Etienne into fourth with Mario Balotelli winning hearts, minds.

Serie A: Juventus survives to beat Napoli, Torino and Atalanta both strollNBC Sports
Juventus survived a late scare to top Napoli and essentially wrap up the Serie A title, winning 2-1 to open up a massive 16-point lead at the top of the table.

Asian giants begin race for continental gloryFIFA
A little less than four months since Kashima Antlers lifted the 2018 AFC Champions League trophy, the race for this year’s title commences on Tuesday. Thirty-two of Asia’s top teams representing 12 countries battle against each other for the continental laurels, in a mammoth campaign which runs across nice months, concluding on 24 November.

IFAB make changes to handball lawNBC Sports
The International FA board (IFAB) have confirmed that changes have been made to the deliberate handball law at their AGM in Scotland. “At last, some clarity!” I hear you cry. Let’s see how this goes…

Distance no object for dedicated groundhoppersFIFA
Travelling 26,000 kilometres in 14 days and visiting 18 stadiums in the process might sound crazy, but not when you have a passion for football and discovering new cultures, making new friends and fulfilling lifelong dreams. It is these passions that drive the groundhoppers, the globetrotters of football.

VIDEO: Brexit divides the beautiful gameFrance 24
The English Premiership is one of the most diverse in the world, with players and managers coming from across the world to make it one of the most popular leagues internationally. There is no doubt about the contribution these players and managers have made, but critics argue that the wealth of foreign talent has been detrimental to English talent and the national team. These critics hope that with Brexit looming, the English FA (Football Association) will introduce quotas to favour home-grown talent.

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