BC Soccer News, Monday, May 1, 2017





Montreal Impact 1, Vancouver Whitecaps 2 | 2017 MLS Match RecapMLS
Losing on the road was all the Vancouver Whitecaps knew before Saturday, but a comeback performance that included a sweet goal gave them their first result away from home this season.

Jacobson, Techera lead ‘Caps to first road win of 2017  – Whitecaps FC
That’s how Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3W-4L-1D) said they were going to approach matches away from home this season – and that’s exactly what they did on Saturday afternoon in a 2-1 comeback victory over Canadian rival Montreal Impact (1W-3L-4D) at Stade Saputo.

Techera goal lifts Whitecaps over Impact for first away winSportsnet
The Vancouver Whitecaps were due for a road win and it came at the expense of their struggling Canadian rivals the Montreal Impact.

Jacobson delivers slap-worthy performance in Whitecaps winSBI
Vancouver Whitecaps captain Kendall Waston has a rather unique way of celebrating: Slapping teammates in the face. “It’s part of the excitement of the game,” Waston said. “It’s part of the chemistry that we have in the locker room and obviously sometimes in the games I get very excited and I do it.”

Jacobson comes up big for ‘Caps  – Whitecaps FC
Andrew Jacobson made the connection he was hoping for on his volley, and it helped Vancouver Whitecaps FC to their first result on the road this year.

Robinson challenges Caps charges to push more offensivelyThe Province
Today’s chicken-and-egg question comes courtesy of the Vancouver Whitecaps, who seem to be finding their offensive form.

Episode 191 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Poutine On A Show)AFTN
The derby games have been coming thick and fast for Vancouver Whitecaps this month. On the back of two Cascadia Cup clashes, the ‘Caps headed east to take on Montreal in an all-Canadian clash, grabbing their first away win of the season in the process.

Vancouver Whitecaps and the fine art of surfacingSoccer Shorts
For much of last season and at the beginning of this it felt as though the Vancouver Whitecaps were treading water when it came to the progress of the team.

Struggling Impact score first, but Whitecaps rally for the winMontreal Gazette
The Impact were playing at home and, what surely was a rarity, scored the opening goal. And yet it still wasn’t enough.

Impact’s glaring weaknesses has team trending downward Sportsnet
Before Saturday’s match against the Vancouver Whitecaps, one could have perhaps excused the Montreal Impact for having only one win in their first seven games.

Impact look for solutions to poor start of seasonMontreal Gazette
It wasn’t supposed to play itself out this way, of course, not after the Impact reached the final in the Eastern Conference last season — among the final four teams still standing in Major League Soccer action.

Bologna director confirms Dzemaili’s transfer to the Montreal ImpactMount Royal Soccer
Report by Gianluca Di Marzio says that the director of Bologna FC Fenucci confirmed to the media that Blerim Dzemaili will be transferred to the Montreal Impact.

MLS Week 9: Race tightens in Western ConferenceSoccer America
The top-of-the-table clash between Portland and FC Dallas in the Western Conference ended in a 2-2 tie, allowing Sporting KC, a 3-0 winner over Real Salt Lake, to move into the top three. Seattle earned a 3-3 tie with New England, rallying for three goals in 13 minutes late in the game.

Sounders display heart in massive, stunning 3-goal comebackMLS
At halftime of his team’s wild 3-3 draw against the New England Revolution at CenturyLink Field on Saturday, Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei had a simple message for his teammates.

Orlando puts a halt to Rapids in the lion’s denProst Amerika
Two second half goals helped the Lions remain undefeated at home in a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids. The difference would come from the bench after Carlos Rivas and Kaká subbed into the game during the 59th minute. Rivas finally found himself on the scoreboard this season after burying a rocket of a shot from outside the 18-yard box. Kaká, in his first appearance since his week 1 injury, banged in a rebound coming from a Cyle Larin attempt to continue his goal per game streak.

Late Goal Denies Timbers Win In DallasPortland Mercury
If not for a moment of magic from Maxi Urruti and a late slip from Alvas Powell, the Portland Timbers might have handed FC Dallas their first defeat of the 2017 MLS season.

DC United thankful for “luxury” of Bill Hamid as ‘keeper anchors win in ATLMLS
With the help of a few tremendous early saves from Bill Hamid and moments of individual brilliance from Luciano Acosta, D.C. United took three points from a tough away environment vs. Atlanta United on Sunday.

First, knee surgery. Then, a blood clot. D.C. United’s Rob Vincent on comeback trail.  – Washington Post
Based on the original timetable, D.C. United‘s Rob Vincent should have been close to returning to active duty by now. The English midfielder underwent surgery March 22 to repair meniscus damage in his left knee, a routine procedure that sidelines a player four to six weeks. Instead, he is facing another one to two months because of a blood clot related to the operation.

Sporting Kansas City Rebound Against Real Salt LakeMLS Multiplex
Sporting Kansas City struck early and often to get three points in a convincing 3-0 win over Real Salt Lake.

NYCFC’s Youngsters Spark Come-From-Behind WinEmpire of Soccer
With two veterans taking the night off, the youngsters took over for New York City FC.

Jozy Altidore serves up a reminder; others find scapegoat in woodworkESPN FC
Altidore’s two goals against Houston in a 2-0 win Friday night served both as a reminder that he ranks among the league’s elite forwards and that Toronto’s dynamic duo is nearly unstoppable when in form.

247 days and counting: why Union’s winless streak threatens MLS record booksThe Guardian
Philadelphia last won a league game when Barack Obama was president. But not so long ago they appeared destined for success.

9 takeaways from Week 9 in MLS, as unpredictability reignedFox Sports
Week 9 is in the books and we got some returns from injury, some fun goals and some expected score lines. Here are nine takeaways from the week’s action.

Jeb Brovsky Set to Train with Minnesota UnitedFifty Five One
Brovsky suffered a torn ACL on October 22 in a non-contact injury. He was just nearing the finish line of his 2016 campaign — his first full one outside of MLS since going pro. Brovsky stayed in the Twin Cities, working with Twin Cities Orthopedics to recover and get back to playing fitness.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 Seattle Sounders FC 1, April 14, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour Comes to Canada


2017 BC Soccer Adult Provincial ChampionshipsBCSA
The Road to Burnaby continues! Complete brackets and results from the weekend’s games in the BC Provincial Cups.

Walking soccer strolls into CoquitlamTri City News
Ed Logan’s soccer boots were made for walking. And now the president of BC Oldtimers Soccer is hoping about 80 perambulating players will stroll their way to the pitches at the north end of Coquitlam Town Centre on Tuesday to try their feet at Walking Soccer.

Get To Know Your TSS Rovers: Aidan BainAFTN
There’s a few areas that TSS FC Rovers look to be strong in as they approach their inaugural PDL season, and one of those is most definitely in the goalkeeping department.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour and Holbrook Sports Management are excited to announce the expansion of the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour into the Canadian soccer market.  With the first event previously announced to take place on the August 19/20 weekend in Surrey, BC, the 3v3 Soccer Tour will expand to Abbotsford, BC, on August 20 and will include men’s and women’s open divisions.

2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 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.

REVIEW: The Miracle Mile. Stories of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games BC BookLook
Author Jason Beck is curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame in BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, and convenor two years ago of an excellent exhibition about the 1954 Games. In his first book, he proves to be a meticulous researcher, a compelling story-teller, and a crafty realist who knows how to hook his readers. Watch how, two pages into the book, he uses filmic technique to evoke the arriving athletes’ youthful buzz and give period colouring and costuming, but then smartly moves his camera in to introduce his stars.

TSS Rovers launch website & 2017 Season Ticket CampaignTSS Rovers
TSS FC Rovers play their inaugural season in the PDL at iconic Swangard Stadium. Season Tickets are $70 for Adults, $49 for U12 Youth.

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!

To our Readers: A Choice BC Soccer Web
Soccer has brought us to the United States many times. It’s a great place with decent people. We especially look forward to our Cascadia trips to Seattle and Portland. They’re incredible cities with wonderful supporters. That’s why it was so disheartening to see chaos and fear take hold in the airports and borders of our neighbours to the south.

Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on saleHighlanders FC
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Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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.

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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BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2017: Christine Sinclair profileBBC Sport
We are profiling each of the five nominees for the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2017 award. Christine Sinclair is the face of football in Canada with the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2017 nominee having quietly transformed her side from outsiders to Olympic bronze medallists.

Canada finishes strong with 2:0 win over Suriname at the CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 ChampionshipCSA
Canada won 2:0 over Suriname to collect three points and close out their group phase at the 2017 CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Championship. Jonathan David scored on either side of the break as Canada won the Friday night match at Estadio Maracaná in Panama.

Match Recap: Aurora FC 1 – 3 Ottawa South United ForceLeague1 Ontario
The Ottawa team was playing their first ever League1 Ontario match, and the team started brightly.

Welland native Sandra Gage helped promote four international tournaments in three sportsFort Erie Times
Sandra Gage is going on the Welland Sports Wall of Fame as a builder for her work behind the scenes in basketball and soccer.

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USL PHOTOS: WFC2 0 Sacramento Republic FC 0, April 29, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

WFC2 battle to 0-0 draw in entertaining match against SacramentoWhitecaps FC
On a wet spring Vancouver day at Thunderbird Stadium, Whitecaps FC 2 battled to a 0-0 home draw against Western Conference rivals Sacramento Republic FC.

Rich’s Reflections: Fagan left pleased as young WFC2 side draw with experienced Sacramento RepublicAFTN
As a team with an excellent infrastructure and MLS aspirations, Sacramento Republic are a team with a target on their backs according to head coach Paul Buckle when we spoke with him last season. They’re a team others are keen to beat, and a good measuring stick for others.

Republic FC battles Vancouver to scoreless drawElk Grove Citizen
Sacramento Republic FC ended their three-match losing streak as they battled Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 to a scoreless draw Saturday in the first of three straight road matches.

Sounders FC 2 defeats 10-man Switchbacks FC on the Road Sounders FC
Sounders FC 2 (3-4-0, 9 points) topped Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (2-2-3, 7 points) on Saturday evening at Weidner Field in Colorado Springs. Cameroonian forward Felix Chenkam recorded a second-half brace and now leads the club with three goals in the 2017 USL campaign.

Fury FC claim key point with strong effort versus first-place CharlestonOttawa Fury
Ottawa Fury saw their hopes of three points dashed late Saturday night but picked up a crucial point against the Conference-leading Charleston Battery in a hard-fought 2-2 draw.

Toronto Corrals Point at City FCUSL
Louisville City FC generated plenty of scoring chances, but the host side came away emptyhanded as it played to a scoreless draw against Toronto FC II on Saturday in front of a crowd of 8,282 at Slugger Field.

Miami, North Carolina, New York Gain Ground On First-Place JacksonvilleNASL
First place didn’t change hands in Week 6 of the NASL Spring Season, but league-leading Jacksonville Armada FC now has three clubs breathing down its neck after Saturday night’s results.

Match Recap: FC Edmonton defeated 2-0 on the road by Miami FCFC Edmonton
The loss comes in the first of a three-match road trip – the club’s longest of the season – which continues Wednesday, May 3 when the Eddies visit Canadian rivals Ottawa Fury FC in the Canadian Championship.

Hounds’ Hertzog Strikes for Derby VictoryUSL
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds claimed the first edition of this year’s Keystone Derby Cup as Corey Hertzog’s fourth goal of the season earned a 1-0 victory against the Harrisburg City Islanders at Highmark Stadium.

Joe Cole on following in the footsteps of Rodney Marsh in Florida: ‘I thought I was finished but I feel alive in Tampa’Daily Mail
There used to be a joke around Tampa Bay that St Petersburg was where old people went to die. ‘God’s waiting room,’ they called the city. But for Joe Cole, now a football veteran, joining Tampa Bay Rowdies has given him his life — and playing career — back again.

USL PHOTOS: WFC2 1 SAN ANTONIO FC 2, April 22, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Lyon to face Paris in all-French finalUEFA
UEFA Women’s Champions League holders Lyon will face Paris Saint-Germain at Cardiff City Stadium on 1 June in the first all-French UEFA competition final.

Alex Morgan and Lyon Advance to UEFA Champions League FinalMLS Multiplex
The much-anticipated matchup between Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd concluded on Saturday night as Lyon got the better of Manchester City with a 3-2 aggregate win. A 3-1 win in the opening leg was enough to hold off the English side, with only one more goal was needed from City to send them through to the final on away goals.

Paris beat Barcelona to reach Cardiff finalUEFA
Sabrina Delannoy’s penalty and a Miriam Diéguez own goal were enough for Paris to wrap up a comfortable aggregate win and reach the final.

NWSL Monday Morning Wakeup: Week 3The Equalizer
Here’s what you need to know to get your NWSL week started.

NWSL: Week 3 Roundup, Standings, and Team of the WeekMLS Multiplex
There was a big debate over who was the top team in NWSL this offseason. After three weeks the North Carolina Courage have proved to be the cream of the crop so far. After topping Orlando 3-1, they are the only undefeated team left in the league and are three points clear of everyone else.

Breakers Romp in Win Over SeattleProst Amerika
Unlike their fellow top-flight footballers down in Foxboro, the Breakers were able to a protect a three-goal lead against a side from Seattle on Saturday to secure a 3-0 victory over Reign FC at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.

Sky Blue Wins on Late Goal by RodriguezEmpire of Soccer
FC Kansas City and Sky Blue limped into Sunday’s game at Rutgers University’s Yurcak Field looking for goal.

Celtic narrowly through to SWPL Cup finalScottish WPL
Celtic battled their way to the SWPL Cup final after a 2-1 victory over in-form Spartans. The Glasgow side went down early on to a Colette Cavanagh strike, but Kirsty Howat restored parity with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. The second period was dominated by Celtic and they eventually made it tell when Suzanne Mulvey grabbed the winner and booked her side’s place in the final.

Last gasp Hibs on track for two in a rowScottish WPL
Hibernian can reclaim the SWPL Cup after seeing off SWPL 1 Champions Glasgow City in dramatic fashion. Similarly to their 2016 victory over City, it was a last minute goal that sealed the deal but they required extra time on this occasion. Abbie Harrison was the goalscorer, turning in a loose shot to give her side victory only two minutes after being denied a penalty as she was adjudged to have dived inside the box.

WSL 2 – Week 8 Review: Millwall pick up a head of steamVavel
It was a mixed week in WSL 2 with the Belles claiming one win from two, Sheffield struggling to find their best as Everton and Durham registered two big wins and Watford and Millwall found kept thier good form going.

Perth Glory star claims Julie Dolan MedalW-League
Sam Kerr from Perth Glory capped off a tremendous season by claiming the Julie Dolan Medal at the gala Dolan Warren Awards, which was held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney on Monday night.

Steph McCaffrey: Why is Swearing in Women’s Sports Taboo?Sporting Chic
To everyone who has sent me a text, tweet, message, etc about me swearing at the ref on Saturday- thank you for providing the catalyst to shed light on an issue I don’t think we talk about enough.

Barcelona, Madrid win as Liga title race nears climaxSportsnet
Barcelona and Real Madrid maintained their neck-and-neck title race in the Spanish league on Saturday, when both teams won to stay level on points at the top.

Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid – Champions League PreviewFussballstadt
Holders Real Madrid could scarcely face a more familiar foe as they continue their bid to become the first team to successfully defend the UEFA Champions League title with a semi-final against neighbours Club Atlético de Madrid–the side they beat in the finals of 2014 and 2016.

Champions Bayern and woeful Wolfsburg look forward to very different futuresThe Guardian
Bayern Munich wrapped up a fifth straight Bundesliga title sparking scene of celebration, but the outlook for Wolfsburg is far bleaker.

Manchester United face missing seven players for Celta Vigo semifinal tripESPN FC
Manchester United are set to head into their Europa League semifinal first leg at Celta Vigo on Thursday without seven first-team players.

Tottenham on top in north London for first time in 22 yearsToronto Star
Goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane clinch derby win and confirm Spurs will end season above bitter rival Arsenal.

Arsenal’s St Totteringham’s Day failure was inevitable and infuriatingESPN FC
In recent years, it has become customary for Arsenal fans to celebrate the fact they finish higher in the table than local rivals Tottenham. Despite what some would have you think, it’s a relatively recent development.

Keita’s brace helps Lazio cruise past Roma in derbySportsnet
Lazio won 3-1 at Roma in a controversial derby in Serie A on Sunday to leave its neighbours in the capital looking nervously over their shoulders.

Week 35 review: Monaco big winners as Nice knife PSGLigue 1
Monaco, 3-1 winners over Toulouse, inched closer to the Ligue 1 title as closest rivals Paris came unstuck 3-1 away to OGC Nice. The principality club now have a three-point lead, superior goal difference – and a game in hand.

Miazga helps Vitesse win Dutch Cup finalSBI
Matt Miazga went to the Netherlands in search of experience, with the hopes of developing well enough to break through at Chelsea. On Sunday, Miazga picked up the type of experience that should help him in that quest.

Championship play-offs: Fixtures, dates & teams in the race to the Premier LeagueSN
The Championship play-offs are arguably the most exciting games in the English football season.

Leeds United to honour fan refunds as club set to miss out on play-offsBBC Sport
Leeds United say they will honour a promise to partially refund fans who bought season tickets for 2016-17 if they miss out on the play-offs.

Chivas, Atlas book their places in the 2017 Liga MX Clausura playoffsESPN FC
It was a happy weekend for Liga MX’s Guadalajara clubs, with both Chivas and Atlas confirming their places in the 2017 Clausura playoffs in the penultimate round of matches of the regular season.

Pescara’s Muntari walks off in protest at racist abuseSportsnet
Pescara’s Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari walked off the pitch in protest during his side’s Serie A match at Cagliari on Sunday after being booked for complaining to the referee about racist abuse from fans.

Draw sees Aizawl FC crowned I-League championsAFC
Aizawl FC were crowned I-League champions for the first time on Sunday after a 1-1 draw away at Shillong Lajong helped secure the point they needed to claim the title.

Ninkovic wins Australian A-League’s player of the year awardMetro
Sydney FC playmaker Milos Ninkovic has won the Australian A-League’s player of the season award. The 32-year-old ex-Serbia international tallied 44 points to hold off Perth Glory’s Diego Castro by seven and Western Sydney’s Nico Martinez by 15.

FFA get dream A-League grand final as VAR technology plays its part The Guardian
Melbourne Victory proved they are the best-placed team to challenge Sydney FC on a weekend when video replays exacerbated symptoms of rage.

Sheikh Ahmed steps down from football roles after US law fingers him in Lai caseInside World Football
Asian influence at the top table of FIFA has been thrown into uncertainty following the resignation of arguably the biggest figure in Asian sport, Kuwait’s Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, from all his footballing roles, most notably membership of FIFA’s ruling Council.

FIFA Beach Soccer WC: Paraguay floor champions, Brazil win againFIFA
Paraguay sprang a major surprise in beating Portugal on Sunday to leave Group C of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 wide open with one round of matches remaining.

David Moyes: What went wrong and where now for Sunderland manager?BBC Sport
It was only four years ago that David Moyes was hand-picked by retiring Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to succeed him at Old Trafford after 26 years and 38 trophies – now his career and reputation has hit rock-bottom with relegation at Sunderland.

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