BC Soccer News, Thursday, April 26, 2018




FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018, 7:30 PM



Episode 262 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Feeling Salty)AFTN
Friday’s match against Real Salt Lake isn’t so much a must win for Vancouver Whitecaps, as a must not lose. A defeat would certainly pile pressure on beleaguered coach Carl Robinson, but it’s not likely going to be the tipping point. This is very much an avoid defeat at all costs encounter, as the ‘Caps try to put an end to their three game losing streak.

‘Caps host RSL Friday at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3W-4L-1D) hope to get back to their winning ways on Friday night when they host Western Conference foe Real Salt Lake (3W-3L-1D) at BC Place.

Whitecaps host RSL with lopsided loss in rearview mirrorFox Sports
Whitecaps forward Kei Kamara is questionable for the match with a adductor strain. Vancouver is averaging 1.4 goals with Kamara on the field this season and 0.3 without.

Vancouver Whitecaps Vs Real Salt Lake: PreviewMLS Multiplex
The Vancouver Whitecaps host Real Salt Lake in a bottom-of-MLS clash in which both teams are searching for confidence. Here is everything you need to know.

Youths seizing chances as Real Salt Lake preps for Friday night clash at VancouverKSL
Just call it learning on the job. Real Salt Lake’s inconsistent 3-3-1 start to the 2018 season has come with a few caveats.

Whitecaps loan Doneil Henry to Ottawa to ramp up his return to game fitnessEdmonton Journal
Whitecaps centre back Doneil Henry is off to Ottawa to get some game time.

Vancouver Whitecaps hit with fines following shoving match with Sporting Kansas CityPro Soccer USA
The drama from Sporting Kansas City’s 6-0 win over Vancouver Friday night finally came to some kind of conclusion Wednesday. MLS announced both teams violated the league’s mass confrontation policy during their fracas last week.

Chivas win Concacaf Champions League despite Toronto FC fightbackThe Guardian
Mexico’s Chivas beat Toronto FC 4-2 on penalties on Wednesday night to win the Concacaf Champions League and the right to play in the Club World Cup for the first time in its history.

Toronto FC loses CONCACAF Champions League final in dramatic shootoutThe Star
TFC surprise Chivas de Guadalajara in second leg to force penalties, but costly misses mean Reds will leave Mexico empty-handed.

Despite Champions League loss, Toronto FC shows it’s world classCBC
There is no hiding place in professional sport. Nor should there be. If your day job is to entertain the public, criticism comes with the territory and judgment follows every performance.

‘I TAKE RESPONSIBILITY’: Toronto FC’s Marky Delgado holds up hand following Champions League lossToronto Sun
Marky Delgado could have done what most of his teammates did. He could have walked past media, head down, headphones on, all the way to the team bus, and never spoke of what happened. But he didn’t.

CCL: Don’t blame Michael Bradley for why Toronto FC lostSoccer America
In the minutes after Michael Bradley skied the final penalty kick into the Guadalajara night and fans at the Estadio Akron serenaded Chivas for its first international championship in 56 years, Soccer Twitter was harsh — brutal, in fact — on the Toronto FC captain.

Chivas ensure MLS wait for a CONCACAF Champions League title continuesESPN
Twelve long years have passed since a non-Mexican team has won the CONCACAF Champions League. None in that time has come closer than Toronto FC, but Chivas were crowned champion for the first time since 1962 and will play at the Club World Cup in December for the first time in the club’s history.

CONCACAF’s decision to scrap extra time robs fans of what could have been an epic Chivas-TFC finalethe11.ca
Come on. Not playing extra time? That’s no better than the offside lines of the old NASL, or the mini-games of the 1990s MLS. There’s no reason not to play a final the way finals are meant to be played. If they are tied after regulation, they play 30 minutes. If needed, then they go to kicks. That’s the game.

Toronto FC’s Giovinco wins CCL Golden Ball award; Osorio wins Golden BootMLS
Toronto FC’s 2018 Concacaf Champions League campaign ended in disappointment, but there were two players who could take individual solace in awards earned following the conclusion of the tournament.

Portland Timbers moving in right direction, but still have work to doOregonian
The Portland Timbers put in a dominant and tactically savvy performance on Sunday as they coasted past the best team in Major League Soccer in New York City FC. It was an outing that seemed improbable just a month and a half ago.

Houston Dynamo sign Swedish defender Adam LundqvistHouston Dynamo
The Houston Dynamo have signed Swedish defender Adam Lundqvist, the club announced today. He will join the Dynamo pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa.

New York Red Bulls Sign Daniel Royer to New MLS ContractNYRB
The New York Red Bulls have signed Austrian midfielder Daniel Royer to a new multi-year MLS contract, the club announced today. Royer signs a deal to stay in New York after a breakout 2017 campaign.

Federico Higuain signs one-year contract extension with Crew SCMassive Report
The Argentinian playmaker remains with Crew SC through the 2019 season.

Red Bulls’ Jesse Marsch: Important for American coaches to break through in EuropePro Soccer USA
The American coach in Europe — it might be the final frontier for soccer in this country.

A long season is looming for the UnionPhilly Soccer Page
All Philadelphia Union supporters should prepare for another long season. After last weekend’s loss in Dallas, it occurred to me that we’ve picked up right where we left off in 2017. Nothing has changed.

Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) Unveils World-Class Football Stadium in South L.A. LA Sentinel
Last Wednesday, April 18, the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) and its partners made history with the unveiling of Banc of California Stadium, the home venue for LA’s newest sports franchise.

Five food items to try at LAFC’s new Banc of California StadiumMLS
Duck fat fries, Korean sausage & Pita Nachos take centre stage at the new Banc of California Stadium.

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All five leagues still in with a shout of lifting Keith Millar B Cup after Round of 16 matches AFTN
Eight teams remain in this year’s BC Keith Millar Provincial B Cup after an action packed weekend that saw a lot of drama and a lot of goals, 34 of them to be precise.

Kicking up scholarshipsCastanet
A group of North Okanagan soccer players will be dispersing across the country as 10 players from one team were awarded post-secondary scholarships.

Get To Know Your TSS Rovers: Riley PangAFTN
For Riley Pang, he may be in new surroundings in the TSS environment but his knowledge of his new Rovers teammates is very familiar indeed.

2018 BC Adult Provincial Championships Schedule & ResultsBCSA
Schedules, Brackets & Results for the 2018 BC Provincial Championships.

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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Councillors approve temporary stadium for Wanderers GroundsThe Star
Sports & Entertainment Atlantic will host its first event at the 6,500-seat stadium in June: A rugby match between Team Canada and Team U.S.A.

Novak back from CONCACAF adventureLondon Free Press
Kaila Novak had a pretty good idea that playing in the CONCACAF U17 World Cup qualifying tournament would be an adventure. But it turned into much more of an adventure than anyone thought.

Quebec Soccer Federation mulls ban on headers for kids under 12CTV Montreal
Doctors are urging the Quebec Soccer Federation to adopt new rules to prevent concussions. The league is hoping to grow the game by making it safer, especially for kids under 12.

Overseas trip priceless experience for Foothills FCWestern Wheel
Foothills FC went across the pond for an education in the beautiful game. The United Kingdom played host to a pre-season tour of a lifetime for Foothills FC where their travels through a football first region left a lasting impression.

Thunder Bay pitches indoor soccer facility at Chapples Park to the publicCBC
A pitch to bring an indoor soccer facility to Chapples Park in Thunder Bay, Ont., was well received by the roughly 30 people who attended an open house on Wednesday night.

Prince Albert soccer achieving enrollment goalsPA Now
The Prince Albert Youth Soccer Association’s house league is scheduled to start April 30, and enrolment numbers are way up this year. Technical Director Dragan Ivkovic told paNOW they have 1,270 youth enrolled this year, an increase of almost 100 players since last season.

Western Wolves expected to field competitive roster in provincial Under-13 male soccer setup thanks to better recruitment effort, says Doug SweetappleWestern Star
Sweetapple, who is director of coaching for the Corner Brook Minor Soccer Association, said the Wolves didn’t qualify for the playoffs but he was proud of how they were competitive in most games with low scores all around and only a deep Feildians team proving to be too strong for them.

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Ottawa Fury FC gets MLS, English Premier League experience with Doneil HenryWinnipeg Sun
Ottawa Fury FC landed a big one Wednesday, even if it’s likely for the short term, acquiring centre back Doneil Henry on loan from Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps.

Match Recap: Toronto FC II at Richmond KickersToronto FC
Toronto FC II fell at the hands of the Richmond Kickers 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Toros Take Down Orange CountyUSL
Rodriguez leads side to first win of season with 2-0 victory.

Steel FC Adds Congolese Youth InternationalUSL
18-year-old Ngalina signs first professional contract with Bethlehem.

Las Vegas Lights: Freddy Adu, llamas, and a partnership with a cannabis dispensaryBBC Sport
Competing with global stars such as Celine Dion, Elton John and Jennifer Lopez is not easy, but Las Vegas Lights FC founder Brett Lashbrook is certainly taking a novel approach to ‘sport as entertainment’.


International Players’ Return May Not Be an Instant Cure for the Orlando PrideThe Mane Land
The return of the club’s Brazilians and Australians can only help the Pride.

UP CLOSE: Houston Dash defender Amber BrooksThe Equalizer
Following in her mom’s footsteps to be a “bad ass boss” is how NWSL veteran Amber Brooks described where she might see her life going after soccer.

Heather O’Reilly looks forward to beginning of a rivalry with … England!Prost Amerika
Arsenal Women’s Heather O’Reilly was in a buoyant mood after her side beat 3rd place Reading Ladies 3-1 in an FAWSL game.

Germany to hire Switzerland women’s coach Voss-TecklenburgVirginia Pilot
The German soccer federation says it has hired Switzerland coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg to take over the women’s national team after the 2019 World Cup qualifying program.

WSL 2 weeks 13-14 review: Top four spar on busy SundayVavel
Getting through their games in hand, the Bees won one and lost one in a busy few days at home as Sheffield hit Watford for four.

WNL Cup Quarter-Final fixture schedule confirmedIrish WNL
The WNL Cup quarter-final draw saw a repeat of last year’s final as Peamount United travel to Dublin rivals Shelbourne Ladies. WNL Champions Wexford Youths face a tough trip to Bishopstown to face Cork City whilst UCD Waves host Limerick.

Women’s Super League: FA still hopeful of sponsors for revamped divisionsBBC Sport
The Football Association is hopeful of securing a lead sponsor for the revamped Women’s Super League, although one may not be in place by next season.

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Europa League: Arsenal, Marseille host semifinal 1st legsNBC Sports
Arsenal’s Champions League dreams could be in for a rude awakening against tournament-tested Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid beats Bayern Munich to take control of CL semifinalRegina Leader-Post
After finding the net in every Champions League game this season, Ronaldo had to let others grab the spotlight on Wednesday as Madrid ended Bayern Munich’s unbeaten record at home this season with a 2-1 win in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.

Jaguars owner Shahid Khan looks to buy Wembley StadiumSportsnet
Selling off Wembley would give the FA about 500 million pounds to invest in grassroots soccer, which could increase the chances of the England team winning its first World Cup title since 1966.

Wembley sale would hand FA a golden opportunity to give England a chance to roar with grassroots investmentEvening Standard
Wembley Stadium is both the iconic home of English football and a lead weight which has slowed the Football Association’s investment in the grassroots game.

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard on Rangers shortlist for managerBBC Sport
Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard is on a shortlist to become the new manager of Rangers.

Serie A officials consider simultaneous Napoli-Juventus kickoffsESPN
Serie A officials are considering a request by Napoli for theirs and Juventus’ penultimate fixtures of the season to be played at the same time.

Germany’s anti-doping agency contradicts Bayern doctorLondon Free Press
Germany’s national anti-doping agency has contradicted Bayern Munich doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt’s recent claim that there is no doping in soccer.

Renovated pitches to help forge Namibia’s footballing futureFIFA
Following the memorandum of understanding signed in February 2017 between FIFA, the Namibian and German Football Associations and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), 45 sports fields at 22 schools and institutions across Namibia have been handed over to the school authorities following the joint programme carried out in the country.

How can East Africa compete with the rest of the continent?ESPN
While East Africa’s nations have enjoyed great success in other sporting disciplines, the region’s national football teams have largely failed to make a mark on the continent’s soccer scene.

Turkish Football Federation submits bid book to host UEFA EURO 2024UEFA
The Turkish Football Federation has visited UEFA’s headquarters to submit their bid book to host UEFA EURO 2024.

Sunderland are a club ‘in complete darkness’, says Chris Coleman The Telegraph
Chris Coleman has described Sunderland as a club in “complete darkness” as it comes to terms with relegation to League One and the continued failure of owner Ellis Short to find a buyer.

Leeds United Myanmar tour: Paul Heckingbottom admits ‘some may have had sleepless night’BBC Sport
Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom has admitted some players “may have had a sleepless night” over the club’s planned post-season tour to Myanmar.

US House of Representatives gives overwhelming support to United 2026 bidInside World Football
The tripartite North American bid to stage the 2026 World Cup has received a significant boost with a strong endorsement in Washington from the House of Representatives, the clearest indication yet of political backing for the bid.

US lifts sanctions placed on Colombian soccer team in 2014Vancouver Sun
The Trump administration is lifting U.S. sanctions that had been placed on a popular Colombian soccer team for alleged ties to a drug cartel.

Ukraine federation to boycott FIFA Congress in Moscow in JuneInside World Football
In a major geo-political snub to neighbouring Russia, Ukraine’s football federation (FFU) has announced it is boycotting the FIFA Congress in Moscow in June.

Why most of Fox’s 2018 World Cup TV announcers will work in Los Angeles, not RussiaPhilly.com
Most of David Neal’s recent travels to Russia have been, in his estimation, “uneventful.” Which is good. “Things are progressing as we’ve been told they would,” the executive producer of Fox Sports’ World Cup coverage said. On Wednesday, Neal had a day that was far from uneventful — and it happened on the home front. Fox was battered by soccer fans across the U.S. for only sending two of its six World Cup commentary teams to Russia.

Lionel Messi wins fight to register himself as trademarkBBC
A European court has ruled that Lionel Messi, the world’s top earning footballer, can trademark his own name.

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