BC Soccer News, Monday, May 30, 2016



SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2016


PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 Houston Dynamo 1, May 28, 2016 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

Rivero golazo earns ‘Caps 1-1 draw with Houston in action-packed affair at BC Place Whitecaps FC
Octavio Rivero scored a stunning half-volley, David Ousted made a diving fingertip save, and both teams were shown red cards as Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6W-6L-3D) came back to earn a 1-1 draw with Houston Dynamo (3W-7L-3D) on Saturday at BC Place.

Whitecaps 1 Houston 1 in ‘keeper duel  – Whitecaps Fan Blog
Whenever the Houston Dynamo come to town of late it has typically been an easy 3 points for the Whitecaps.  Houston is one of the less ambitious MLS franchises in footballing terms.  This despite having built a beautiful new stadium recently. Houston has followed the old MLS model of  putting together a team of big strapping athletes with little or no football skill or brains.

Red card incident leads to entertaining draw in VancouverGoal
Red cards usually change the tone of games, either for the better or the worse. On Saturday at BC Place, the entertainment value of a 1-1 draw between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Houston Dynamo took an upturn after both sides were reduced to ten men shortly before halftime.

Vancouver Whitecaps recurring problems cost them more points in home draw with HoustonAFTN
A goal by Octavio Rivero seven minutes into the second half helped the Whitecaps salvage a point in a 1-1 draw against the worst road team in the West, Houston Dynamo, after the visitors opened the scoring in the 20th minute when DaMarcus Beasley picked up his first of the season and both teams were reduced to ten men by half time.

Whitecaps need to fix their team discipline problem The Province
Stop us if you’ve heard this before. Saturday afternoon at B.C. Place, the Vancouver Whitecaps were held to a 1-1 draw by Houston Dynamo in a game where team captain Pedro Morales was sent off in the 42nd minute and the ‘Caps accumulated three others yellow cards.

Whitecaps looking for balance going into MLS break Sportsnet
Entering the match, Houston was without a point on the road. The team sat at the bottom of the Western Conference and had undergone recent upheaval, parting ways with manager Owen Coyle earlier in the week. For Vancouver, that meant facing something of a wild card.

The Return of St Deric: Dynamo Earn First Road Point of Season Keeper Notes
The Houston Dynamo did something Saturday afternoon that they’ve never done in 2016: earn a point on the road.

The Good, The Average and The Bad: Houston This Game Was Boring EditionAFTN
Two games in six days and five points dropped to two of the worst teams in the MLS Western Conference. Not the high point going into a three week early summer MLS break that both the coaching staff and the players want to be on.

Wade Barrett lauds Houston Dynamo’s effort in 1-1 draw at VancouverHouston Dynamo
A week to forget for the Houston Dynamo ended on a fairly positive note at BC Place on Saturday afternoon, as the visitors survived a second-half surge from the Vancouver Whitecaps to come away with a 1-1 draw.

Whitecaps’ Robinson will give young Canadians a look in Ottawa The Province
For Robinson, the Caps’ MLS coach, Sunday most crucially offered one more look at a handful of players who could be involved in Wednesday’s Amway Canadian Championship first-leg semifinal in Ottawa (TD Place, 4:30 p.m. PT, TSN, TSN 1410).

Beyond the Lens – Carl RobinsonEighty-Six Forever
Let’s face it:  Carl Robinson will not get everything right, and when he doesn’t he gets pasted mercilessly, including by yours truly.  When he gets it right, why shouldn’t we lump the praise on him in the same fashion he gets pasted.

MLS Week 13 Recap: NYCFC collapse, Drogba’s late winner, moreEmpire of Soccer
With Copa America looming, many key players were missing in action for their Major League Soccer clubs over the weekend. That didn’t prevent a great deal of late drama and high scoring games. Week 13 was unlucky for the Western Conference; not one of those 10 teams managed a win.

Philadelphia Union are for real, and David Villa’s worst ever penaltyThe Guardian
The leaders in the East are there on merit; Houston’s coaching decision is crucial; individual errors a problem for Galaxy; and David Villa’s embarrassing spot kick.

Didier Drogba: Win over LA Galaxy “something important” for Montreal Impact MLS
Just moments away from seeing another game tacked onto their six-game winless streak, the Montreal Impact broke through for their first win of the season at Stade Saputo on a powerful free kick by star striker Didier Drogba.

Giovinco picks up injury in Toronto FC matchGoal
The reigning MLS MVP was forced off the pitch early on in TFC’s match against the New York Red Bulls.

Toronto FC desperately needs improved depthToronto Sun
Toronto FC’s top brass are still waiting for someone to step up. Someone other Sebastian Giovinco, or Michael Bradley, or Jozy Altidore. They need a role player to emerge as something more.

Love Him or Hate Him: Mo Babouli A Polarizing Figure for Toronto FC SupportersWaking the Red
Toronto FC’s lack of striker depth was bound to be an issue for the team at some point this season. When the club rid themselves of Herculez Gomez and Luke Moore due result of cap room issues, their forward ranks became razor thin.

NYCFC dealt a reality check following Orlando City comebackSBI
A noticeably melancholy David Villa stood in front of reporters in the New York City FC locker room just moments after his side conceded yet another lead and blew yet another chance at home points. In a soft voice, Villa said plenty about what went wrong on Sunday afternoon, but four words rang most true. “We need to improve.”

Red Bulls Ride Defense to the Top of the EastEmpire of Soccer
While most will look at the Red Bulls’ offensive assault as the driving force to their rise as Eastern Conference leaders, it is defense that has changed their form.

Cascadia Corner: We may not be very good after allProst Amerika
The worst weekend for the rest of the Western Conference I can recall mitigated the harm done by three mediocre Cascadian performances. All ten Western Conference sides played without a single winner. Perhaps only bottom placed and managerless Houston can look at their result with any degree of satisfaction, and only because expectations have plummeted so low.

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North Shore Girls team makes historic debut in international soccer league North Shore News
The North Shore Girls Soccer Club made a little history Saturday, becoming the first Canadian team to play a match in the Women’s Premier Soccer League.

Soccer success for Penticton teams Penticton Western News
Three Penticton teams made it to their respective finals in the 55th annual Pacific Western Brewery May Classic Soccer Tournament. The PSC Pinnacle Reunion team took the recreational division while the other two Penticton teams settled for second place in the women’s open division.

The Soccer World Cup Started This Week, but It’s Not the One You Think It IsTime
All 35 members of CONIFA, including names you’ve probably never heard of such as Padania (a region in the north of Italy), the Chagos Islands (an archipelago in the Indian Ocean about 300 miles from the Maldives) and Cascadia (a “distinct cultural entity” in North America made up of players from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia), are unrecognized by the U.N. as well as by soccer’s global governing body FIFA.

Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference – June 3-5 at SFU BC Soccer Web
The Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference is back for its second year. Learn from some of the best coaches in the game. This year’s conference features speakers from Arsenal, Leicester City, Southampton, the English FA and more. Register now!

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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Whitecaps FC partner Atlantic Provinces, extend pathway from coast to coastWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that the club will be extending their development pathway across the country to Canada’s Atlantic Provinces, partnering with Soccer Nova Scotia,  Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association, and Prince Edward Island Soccer Association.

Atlantic leaders thrilled with player pathway, look to follow in hockey’s successWhitecaps FC
“The club finds the best players they can from across the country and puts them on a field together every single day,” says Liam Elbourne. “That in itself is remarkable.”

Sinclair leads squad infused with youth for Brazil friendliesSportsnet
Canada, ranked 10th in the world, hosts No. 8 Brazil at Toronto’s BMO Field on Saturday. The teams meet again at Ottawa’s TD Place on June 7.

Janine Beckie adjusting to professional soccerLubbock Online
It’s an overcast morning in downtown Houston as a light rain falls onto Holloway Field at Rice University.

Perfect weekend sends Foothills FC to top of the table Calgary Herald
Not even Tommy Wheeldon Jr. could have predicted that Calgary Foothills FC’s first two home games of the 2016 season would have gone as well as they did.

Aurora Get One At Home But Woodbridge Take The Points With Four Goal Haul League 1 Ontario
Aurora United FC completed a home opener double-header with the men’s side looking for points against joint-top of the east division, Woodbridge Strikers. It was not in the cards on the day, as Strikers’ ran out 4-1 winners.

Saints boys win NWOSSAA soccer crownKenora Daily Miner
St. Thomas Aquinas Saints boys soccer team’s defence-first philosophy continued to be effective this past weekend with the Saints winning the NWOSSAA ‘A’ crown in a three-team playoff.

Young Calgary soccer star gets chance of a lifetimeCalgary Herald
Earlier this month, Marqus Barneswas the only Albertan to be chosen out of the Ontario Selection Camp for the Danone Nations Cup national final. The game, which is set for June 25 in Laval, Quebec, will see Barnes’ team take on a group of Quebec-based 11-year-olds for the chance to represent Canada at the 32-country Danone Nations Cup.






McKendry, Greig score back-to-back goals as WFC2 record 2-2 draw versus Real Monarchs SLCWhitecaps FC
With back-to-back first-half goals from Ben McKendry and Kyle Greig for Whitecaps FC 2, and a comeback for Real Monarchs led by Ricardo Velazco, Whitecaps FC 2 earned a 2-2 draw in their return to Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

WFC2 still seeking more consistency after remaining unbeaten for first third of USL seasonAFTN
WFC2 are now a third of the way through their second USL season, and they remain unbeaten following a 2-2 draw with Real Monarchs at Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Martinez goal the difference as Eddies fall 1-0 to Miami FCFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (4W-2D-3L) saw their five-match undefeated streak in North American Soccer League (NASL) play come to a close, as the Miami FC (1W-3D-4L) captured their first win in team history by a score of 1-0, May 28 at FIU Stadium in Miami, Fl.

Martinez’s strike eliminates FC Edmonton from spring-season title racethe11.ca
FC Edmonton began Saturday evening’s action in a dogfight for the NASL spring season title. But a fantastic 25-yard strike from Miami FC’s Ariel Martinez ended those dreams.

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NWSL Week 7: Results & Standings Soccer America
The Portland Thorns extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches with a 0-0 tie against its archrival, the Seattle Reign. The game drew 18,114 fans on Sunday afternoon at Providence Park even though both teams were missing their U.S. national team players. The scoreless draw dropped the NWSL’s goals per game to 2.06.

Reign struggles continue in 0-0 draw with ThornsEqualizer
The Thorns and Reign played to the first scoreless draw in the 11-match history of NWSL’s Cascadia Cup before an enthusiastic crowd of 18,114 at Providence Park on Sunday. The Thorns remained undefeated and moved up to second place while the Reign extended their winless run to four straight and slipped to seventh while gaining a point to pull within four of the playoff zone.

Cascadia grinds out a draw: Thorns vs Reigns RecapMidfield Press
It’s been almost two years since the Reign have failed to score on the Thorns, and this will likely raise the stakes for the next match, where the USWNT players will likely be missing again.

FC Kansas City Get Their First Win of The SeasonProst Amerika
In their first meeting of the season FC Kansas City played host to the Orlando Pride Saturday night. Both clubs were missing their national team players, including Orlando’s standout keeper Ashlynn Harris. With three rookies getting a start, it was FC KC who would come away with their first win of the season, defeating the Pride 2-0.

Galton’s first goal gives Sky Blue FC important point on the roadEmpire of Soccer
It was just one point but it may be the most important point of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season for Sky Blue FC.

Natkiel bags brace as Brighton are crowned championsThe FA
Two-goal hero Kate Natkiel thanked Brighton’s fans for spurring them on to a comeback win against Sporting Club Albion to clinch the Women’s Premier League Championship play-off.

#SWPL16 – Game 9 Round upScottish WPL
Week 9 of the SWPL dealt up some exciting games, with both Hibs and Hearts scoring heavily, Spartans picking up their first away win, and Hamilton narrowly beating Jeanfield Swifts.

Lyon: The making of a European dynastyUEFA
Lyon’s third UEFA Women’s Champions League triumph, to follow their first two in 2011 and 2012, has confirmed them as Europe’s pre-eminent force. UEFA.com looks at their rise to dominance.

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Thousands welcome Real Madrid home after Champions League winSportsnet
Tens of thousands of fans endured the rain to greet Real Madrid players as they returned home early Sunday from their Champions League triumph, then packed the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium at night to watch them lift the trophy one more time.

Real Madrid twist the knife again to give Atlético the cruellest of nightsThe Guardian
European Cup finals can hardly have treated Atlético any more cruelly, and the feeling is compounded by the fact that Real consider this trophy to be their own.

Cristiano Ronaldo gets shootout redemption in Champions League finalESPN FC
Saturday’s Champions League final was certainly not the first time that Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has been involved in a penalty shootout. Going back to the 2006 World Cup, the Portuguese has been involved in some of football’s most memorable shootouts and hasn’t exactly distinguished himself from the spot. But Saturday was a different story.

Time to introduce the Pepe Rule after his Champions League final anticsThe Guardian
Outcry over Real Madrid defender’s behaviour against Atlético might convince the game to pay more than lip service to punishing those who flout rules.

Alan Pulido: Seized Mexico footballer freed BBC News
International football player Alan Pulido has been rescued in north-east Mexico hours after he was kidnapped, officials say.

Pachuca wins Liga MX Clausura Goal
A draw with Monterrey in the second leg of the Clausura final was enough to give the Tuzos an aggregate victory and their sixth-ever Liga MX championship.

Former LA Galaxy star Omar Gonzalez wins Liga MX title with PachucaMLS
Former LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez wrapped up a dream first season in Mexico’s Liga MX, clinching a Clausura title with Pachuca in a dramatic finale on Sunday. And it came at the expense of another US international.

Lightning hits children’s soccer match in Germany, 35 hurtGlobal News
More than 30 people were taken to the hospital after lightning struck Saturday at the end of a children’s soccer match in western Germany, police said.

Messi Update: Argentine star moving uncomfortably but no broken bonesSoccer America
Lionel Messiinjured his back and ribs in a Copa Centenario warmup game for Argentina against Honduras but didn’t suffer any broken bones. He was scheduled to fly back to Barcelona for a court hearing while his teammates fly to California to prepare for the Copa Centenario.

Pulisic makes history, shows poise ahead of Copa AmericaSBI
For those following the U.S. Men’s national team, any time Dortmund’s 17-year-old Christian Pulisic takes the field is a landmark. A player so young  playing in a top European league and featuring regularly with the national team is something to behold.

Copa América: what we learned from USA’s warm-up friendliesThe Guardian
Gyasi Zardes is starting to become an established presence for Jürgen Klinsmann’s team, while Christian Pulisic could be the real deal.

Colombia top Haiti 3-1 in final tune-up ahead of Copa America opener vs. US MLS
Colombia walked away with an expected win in their final tune-up game ahead of the Copa América Centenario opener against the United States, topping 10-man Haiti by a 3-1 scoreline.

Matteo Darmian: Italy in need of improvement for Euro 2016ESPN FC
Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian admits Italy have a lot of work to do between now and the start of Euro 2016, but he is confident they will be ready when it matters.

Germany loss to Slovakia a knock to momentum in Euro 2016 preparationESPN FC
Germany suffered a shock 3-1 defeat to Slovakia as part of their Euro 2016 preparations at the weekend. Here’s what went wrong for the world champions.

Didier Deschamps will not add Mamadou Sakho to Euro 2016 squad The Guardian
The France head coach, Didier Deschamps, has confirmed that he will not add Mamadou Sakho to his Euro 2016 squad, even if the centre-back is allowed to return to action after serving a provisional drugs ban.

Hull City 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Diame’s wonder-strike secures Premier League returnVavel
A second-half wonder strike from Mohamed Diame secured Hull City’s return to the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final.

Manuel Pellegrini regrets announcing Manchester City exit early ESPN FC
Manuel Pellegrini admits he has regrets about deciding to announce that he would leave Manchester City before the end of the season.

Barcelona reverts to tradition with new kitGoal
Barcelona’s kit for 2016-17 sees the club return to striped shirts and no sponsor.

High-profile tax fraud cases could hurt Spanish soccerCanadian Business
Now that the season is over, Lionel Messi is getting ready to go to court. Messi will appear in front of a judge this week to defend himself from accusations he failed to properly pay taxes for part of his earnings from Barcelona, becoming the latest high-profile player to have to deal with Spain’s tough tax system.

Tottenham Hotspur agree deal to play Champions League home matches at Wembley next seasonVavel
Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that they have agreed a deal to play their home Champions League fixtures at Wembley next season.

FIFA clamps down on discrimination with seven sanctions Inside World Football
FIFA has punished seven nations – including Mexico, Chile and Croatia – for discriminatory behaviour from supporters, including homophobic chants.

North Korea suspected of ‘extorting’ young footballer’s wages  – The Telegraph
The financial affairs of a teenage football prodigy from North Korea are being investigated on suspicion that the boy’s salary is being expropriated by the regime in Pyongyang.

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