VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
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COLORADO RAPIDS vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #9
FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017, 7:00 PM
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‘Caps seek second straight win Friday at Colorado – Whitecaps FC
Two down, two to go. After a pair of strong performances at Portland and Montreal, Vancouver Whitecaps FC continue their season-long, four-match road trip on Friday night vs. Colorado Rapids.
Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps | 2017 MLS Match Preview – MLS
We’re still very early in the season, but it’s beginning to look like do-or-die time for the Colorado Rapids.
Deadline day approaches an injury ravaged Whitecaps FC – Red Nation Online
The clock is ticking as the MLS primary transfer window will close on Monday, May 8. Teams will no longer be able to sign players under contract in another country, or make trades within MLS until the secondary transfer window opens from July 10 – August 9.
Robinson provides update on Shea, Reyna – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s long list of injured players could be getting a little shorter in the coming weeks. Knock on wood.
Bolaños providing creative solutions for Vancouver as Reyna nears return – MLS
Injuries have hit the Vancouver Whitecaps hard in the first two months of the season, sidelining some key attacking pieces, including offseason acquisitions Yordy Reyna and Brek Shea.
Reeling Rapids happy to get Tim Howard back in lineup following suspension – MLS
After spending time away from the game serving a three-game suspension, Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard is eager to return to action.
Whitecaps v Impact: What did we learn? – Soccer Shorts
Sheesh! Do we have to go through this after every game? Few things are a more damning indictment of modern culture than the need to “learn” from everything. Can’t we just enjoy the moment for once? Immerse ourselves in the warm glow of three points on the road?
How a little soul-searching, and a cross-continent drive, led to Tim Parker’s strong start to 2017 – Whitecaps FC
Tim Parker did a lot of soul-searching this offseason. That’s what happens you when spend four straight days in a car driving across the continent alone, as the Hicksville, New York native did on his road trip back to Vancouver in January. That, and a lot of audiobooks.
Sebastian Giovinco outshines fellow star Kaka as Toronto FC top Lions – MLS
Half the world away from their former stomping grounds in Northern Italy, a pair of former Serie A stars met on the pitch once more on Wednesday night.
Dwyer powers Sporting KC past resting Red Bulls – SBI
The New York Red Bulls’ bid to rest starters in a midweek road match fell short Wednesday night as Dom Dwyer powered Sporting KC to another home victory.
TFC show they can win with pragmatism in victory over Orlando City – Sportsnet
Pretty? Hardly. Convincing? Not exactly. A big win? You betcha.
Sporting KC’s Dom Dwyer displays his right-footed prowess in victory – MLS
Dom Dwyer’s right foot isn’t just for planting any more. Sporting Kansas City’s left-dominant center forward has now scored his last three goals with his right foot, including his brace on Wednesday night in a 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls that lifted Sporting into the Western Conference lead.
‘Makeshift Lineup’ Leaves Red Bulls at a Loss – Empire of Soccer
Coach Jesse Marsch and the New York Red Bulls suffered on Wednesday night because they were looking past Sporting Kansas City and ahead to the Philadelphia Union.
Impact’s Oduro, Jackson ready to fill in for injured Mancosu – Sportsnet
Veteran Dominic Oduro and youngster Anthony Jackson-Hamel both say they’re ready to take on extra work while striker Matteo Mancosu recovers from a thigh injury.
What’s going wrong with LA Galaxy? Jones’ role, Dos Santos’ form an issue – ESPN FC
When the team’s home struggles come up, Galaxy manager Curt Onalfo said in a telephone interview: “I only look forward.” That is certainly in keeping with the optimist-in-public, pessimist-in-private approach of most managers. But an examination of LA’s issues this season shows Onalfo is dealing with multiple problems.
Bastian Schweinsteiger One Of Two New Entrants To MLS’s Top Ten Highest Paid Players List – Forbes
The survey is produced by the MLS Players Union and each time the league tells us that it is not accurate. Perhaps not 100% so, but it is good enough to use in terms of club-to-club comparisons and spotting trends.
Columbia University students dissect how to climb above the red line in MLS – MLS
Every team that ends the regular season below the red line, and out of the MLS Cup Playoffs, spends the whole offseason trying to figure out a way to climb above it and thus get a chance to win MLS Cup the following year. Recently, students at Columbia University have been lying awake at night trying to figure out a way to do the same.
What MLS teams lose when they don’t value soul – Four Four Two
What a telling, emotional scene it was on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena. Not the match, but what happened afterward. Dax McCarty, a folk hero around those grounds, but now soaked in the sweat of a Chicago Fire jersey, circled the ground late into the night. Even after the stadium lights had been dowsed, there was McCarty, still shaking hands and signing autographs, saying the farewells he didn’t get to before.
BC SOCCER NEWS
2017 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Championships – BCSA
The Road to Burnaby continues! Complete brackets and results from the weekend’s games in the BC Provincial Cups.
Here comes the 2017 Premier Development League Northwest Season – GoalWA
A total of six teams, including 2016 Western Conference Champion Calgary Foothills FC, will compete in the 2017 Northwest Division.
Episode 192 – The AFTN Soccer Show (PDL Special with League Director Todd Eason, and TSS Rovers’ Colin Elmes, and Will Cromack) – AFTN
The new PDL season gets underway this weekend. To celebrate, we’re bringing you an hour long PDL special.
Niners keep on rolling in provincial masters tournament – Cowichan Valley Citizen
The Cowichan 49ers’ magical debut season continues. The masters soccer team is on to the third round of the Deryl Hughes Cup over 35 provincial soccer championship after beating Burnaby’s Roma FC 3-1 on Sunday afternoon, and will host their next match at the Sherman Road turf this coming Saturday.
Favourites move on as the action gets set to heat up in BC Provincial B Cup – AFTN
And then there were eight. Last weekend’s First Round proper in the Keith Miller Provincial B Cup (I really don’t know why it’s not the second round and the preliminary round the first round) produced some expected results, a shock or two, and saw our favourites for the title move on and seemingly set on a semi-final collision course.
KYSA round-up to April 30, 2017 – Kamloops This Week
Nothing was decided between the Kamloops Blaze and Kelowna United in under-15 Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League play on Sunday on McArthur Island.
WOMEN’S SOCCER EMBARKS ON MISSIONS AND SERVICE TRIP TO AFRICA – TWU
Trinity Western’s women’s soccer team is on its way to Africa as the Spartans side begins a 17-day missions and service trip that will see the group spend time in both the country of Benin and the city of Bulembu, which is in Swaziland.
3V3 LIVE NATIONAL SOCCER TOUR COMES TO ABBOTSFORD – 3v3 Live Canada
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, 2017 – BC 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 Campaign – TSS 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 Referee – BCSA
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 sale – Highlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
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.
Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication – BC Soccer Web
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canadian Championship: Ottawa wins 1-0 over Edmonton in first of two match qualifying round – CSA
The 10th edition of the Canadian Championship kicked off in Ottawa with hosts Fury FC defeating FC Edmonton in the first of two matches in a head-to-head elimination series to determine who will take on Toronto FC in the Semi-final. Ottawa Fury FC now head to Edmonton with a 1-0 series lead ahead of the second leg of the series on 10 May at Clarke Field.
Williams’s late goal, Irving’s wonder save give Fury first-leg win over the Eddies – the11.ca
Ryan Williams’s 89th minute goal gave the USL’s Ottawa Fury a 1-0 advantage over NASL’s FC Edmonton in the first leg of the opening round of the Canadian Championship.
Williams delights Fury, mom with winning goal over FC Edmonton – Ottawa Citizen
“Football means something to us,” Fury FC coach Paul Dalglish said. “It means something to play in a Canadian championship. I think you saw two teams that really wanted to win.”
Williams’ Late Strike Boosts Fury FC – USL
Ottawa takes 1-0 win vs. Edmonton in first leg of Canadian Championship series.
Scott maintains soccer career on year-by-year basis – Winnipeg Free Press
Desiree Scott is in a good place these days. The two-time Olympic bronze medallist has been a major player on the national women’s soccer team for seven years and the 29-year-old Winnipegger is a full-time professional, splitting her time between FC Kansas City of the National Women’s Soccer League and John Herdman’s national squad.
Another Canadian to join UCLA soccer – The Record
Defender Kennedy Faulknor is joining fellow Canadian international Jessie Fleming at UCLA. Faulknor went from leading Canada to the title at a CONCACAF under-15 tournament in 2014 to making her debut at 16 with the senior national team in December 2015 at a tournament in Brazil.
Calgary Foothills 2017 Season Preview – Northern Starting XI
When a club goes on a long postseason run, typically the turnaround before the next campaign is a quick one. However, in the PDL, the “quick campaign” is still 9 months long, so supporters of the club are anxiously awaiting a new season. After surprising many around the PDL with their strong 2016 campaign, third year club Calgary Foothills will enter the season with a target on their backs from clubs in the PDL’s Northwest Division.
Opportunity for Cochrane soccer player – Cochrane Eagle
Last month, 14-year-old striker Jamie Rovere was invited to travel to British Columbia to play in the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Showcase. Known as western Canada’s largest soccer demonstration weekend. The Whitecaps-hosted tournament brings motivated and passionate female players to Newton Athletic Park in Surrey to play in front of more than 100 NCAA and CIS coaches and scouts, along with officials from girls elite programs.
Drumheller youth earns Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award – Drumheller Mail
Drumheller’s own Carmanah Olbrich has been awarded her Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. The 17-year-old St. Anthony’s student travelled to Calgary to receive the award from Her Honour the Lt. Governor of Alberta Lois E. Mitchell at a ceremony last Friday, April 28.
Ontario Soccer Webinar – Player Development – Why kids quit sports – YouTube
A lot of things are changing in the youth soccer world, but one thing has remained sadly consistent: Soccer loses 70 per cent of youth players by the age of 13.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
SWOPE PARK RANGERS vs. WFC2
FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017, 5:30 PM
SWOPE SOCCER VILLAGE, KANSAS CITY, MO.
Whitecaps FC 2 visit Swope Park Rangers in Western Conference Final rematch on Friday – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 look to get back into the win column this Friday in a Western Conference Final playoff rematch against Swope Park Rangers in Kansas City.
Souto Lifts Riverhounds Past Toronto – USL
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds claimed their first back-to-back victories in more than a year with a 1-0 victory against Toronto FC II in the USL Game of the Week.
NASL PLAYER OF THE MONTH | Indy Forward Justin Braun – NASL
Salt Lake City native leads league in scoring, assists after fast start in 2017.
USL Announces May 6 Saint Louis FC – Rochester Game Postponed – Saint Louis FC
The decision comes as historic flooding has left Toyota Stadium in an unplayable condition for this weekend’s game.
FC Dallas Signs Academy Goalkeeper Carlos Avilez to a USL Contract – FC Dallas
FC Dallas has signed its current Under-18 academy goalkeeper, Carlos Avilez, to a USL contract per its agreement with Oklahoma City Energy FC, FC Dallas announced today.
USL PHOTOS: WFC2 0 Sacramento Republic FC 0, April 29, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
Insider Notes: Latest on Mal Pugh’s NWSL saga – SI.com
The most fascinating signing saga in U.S. soccer right now involves Mal Pugh, the 19-year-old budding superstar who just left UCLA to turn pro.
NWSL Notebook: Lavelle Leading Breakers’ Revival – Empire of Soccer
The youthful Boston Breakers may be turning things around. Boston won its second straight game, beating Seattle, 3-0, in Week 3 action in the National Women’s Soccer League.
Portland Thorns lead the way as NWSL hits 5 year milestone – Oregonian
The National Women’s Soccer League kicked off its historic fifth season on April 15, showcasing its product to a national television audience on Lifetime for the first time as the Portland Thorns hosted the Orlando Pride in front of a remarkable 16,145 fans at Providence Park.
Despite record, Red Stars pleased with start – The Equalizer
Looking at the National Women’s Soccer League table heading into Week 4, it would be tough to tell that many pundits tagged the Chicago Red Stars as the preseason favorites to win the league.
Higuain ends four-year knockout drought with Monaco double – SN
Gonzalo Higuain had more reason to celebrate his brace to down Monaco than usual, as he ended an incredible run of four years without finding the net in a Champions League knockout tie.
Treble-chasing Juventus could clinch title this weekend – Toronto Star
The team can secure an unprecedented sixth straight Serie A title this weekend if results go its way.
Juventus are entirely dominant in Italy. When will their rivals step up? – The Guardian
Juventus are on course to win a sixth successive Serie A title and are again the last Italian team left in Europe, but other clubs are showing signs of revival.
Ajax sweep Lyon aside – Ligue 1
Olympique Lyonnais have their work cut out to reach the UEFA Europa League final after suffering a 4-1 semi-final first-leg defeat at Ajax on Wednesday.
Manchester United must be wary of Celta fire power – Vavel
head of Manchester United’s UEFA Europa League Semi Final first leg tie versus Celta Vigo at Balaidos, the Red Devils are favourites for a place in Stockholm later this month. However the unfancied Spaniards could yet spring a major surprise.
Lionel Messi appeals 4-match World Cup qualifying ban – Sportsnet
Lionel Messi‘s appeal against a four-match ban in World Cup qualifying for insulting a referee’s assistant was being heard by FIFA on Thursday.
Soccer weekend: What to watch in Europe’s main leagues – Metro
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend.
Tianjin Quanjian would break ground for CSL with Diego Costa capture – ESPN FC
Summer is fast approaching but reports linking Diego Costa to Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian have already returned.
Sydney FC come into grand final with mental edge – SN
Sydney FC defender Alex Wilkinson believes his side has an edge heading into Sunday’s A-League showpiece final against Melbourne Victory because of the dominance they had over their opponents throughout the season.
Portuguese first division to use VARs for 2017-18 season – ESPN FC
Portugal’s first division will use video replay for all league matches beginning with the 2017-18 season, the Portugal FA said in a statement on Thursday.
Racism scars European soccer with sanctions still often weak – Brampton Guardian
Muntari’s case hasn’t been the only one in recent days. Both Inter Milan and Lazio were found guilty by Serie A’s disciplinary division after fans bellowed racist abuse during games. The punishment for both teams was having parts of their stadiums closed — but only if there is a repeat of the conduct.
AFC bites down on political banners with sanction for Evergrande – Inside World Football
China’s Guangzhou Evergrande have been fined US$22,500 and handed a suspended two-match stadium ban by the Asian Football Confederation after their fans unfurled a provocative banner in an Asian Champions League match describing Hong Kong’s independence movement as ‘poison’ and carrying the words: ‘Annihilate British Dogs’.
Mental health: Slaven Bilic wants more support for players with mental health issues – BBC Sport
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic wants more support for players facing mental health problems and says pressure in the game has never been so intense. Everton winger Aaron Lennon is currently receiving treatment for a stress-related illness after being detained under the Mental Health Act.
Streaming: New EFL service will target overseas fans – Soccer America
The English Football League, which oversees the lower three tiers of English pro soccer, is launching a streaming service targeting overseas fans next season. “iFollow” will allow fans to watch all matches not distributed to television broadcasters in their country.
Millwall fans’ group continue protest by fielding candidate in general election – The Guardian
Millwall’s battle against the seizure of its land by the local Labour council has taken an unexpected twist, with a supporters’ group candidate set to stand in the general election.
Female football fans ready for promotion in new photography exhibition – Evening Standard
Amy Drucquer and Laura Blake are two football fans who created This Fan Girl, a photography project dedicated to women and football, in order to celebrate the diversity of football fans. They visited every Premier League club to meet and take pictures of the women who support their local teams.