BC Soccer News, Thursday, April 27, 2017




SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017, 12:00 PM

Whitecaps searching for answers on road ahead of Montreal visitSportsnet
Sheanon Williams felt strange leaving Providence Park last weekend. With a 2-1 defeat to the Portland Timbers still fresh in his mind, the Vancouver Whitecaps veteran defender thought his team had done enough to get something out of the game.

What makes Montreal Impact teenager Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla so specialMLS
For years, Montreal Impact fans waited for a Homegrown player to emerge as a regular starter for the first-team. Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla, who scored his first MLS goal in Chicago on April 1, the day after his 18th birthday, looks like he might be the player to break through.

O Canada: ‘Caps, Impact benefiting from Canadian talentWhitecaps FC
On Saturday afternoon at Stade Saputo, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will visit longtime rival Montreal Impact in the first all-Canadian matchup of 2017 (12 p.m. PT on CTV/TSN2 and TSN 1410 radio). And as you can see below, both teams have received significant contributions from their homegrown talent so far this season.

Williams solidifies the Whitecaps back lineRed Nation Online
Williams has found a home with his new club, and he’s settling in after being acquired from the Houston Dynamo on December 13, 2016. Through five MLS matches with Vancouver, he’s enjoying his teammates, the city, and being part of a new environment.

Osorio, Cooper or Delgado? A deep look at who belongs in Toronto FC’s starting lineupWaking the Red
The Reds’ depth in midfield leaves Greg Vanney to ponder who to start alongside Michael Bradley and Victor Vazquez.

MLS Discipline: Rapids’ Ford suspended for one gameSoccer America
Reviews of incidents from last weekend’s games has prompted the MLS Disciplinary Committee to issue a fine and one-game suspension to Colorado defender Kortne Ford for a foul he committed in a 1-0 loss to Minnesota United on Sunday.

New York Aims to Extinguish Fire at Red Bull Arena: New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire PreviewProst Amerika
The New York Red Bulls didn’t start the fire, but they sure will be looking to extinguish it come Saturday evening. New York will play the last of a three game home stand against the Chicago Fire, a game which is sure to burn hot with emotion.

Red Bulls Sanction Supporters’ GroupsEmpire of Soccer
The sometimes frail relationship among the New York Red Bulls and the club’s supporters’ groups has been strained anew after the Major League Soccer club announced that it will ban the display of tifos and banners, and the use of smoke bombs for the next two home games.

MLS: Timbers unveil plans for Providence Park expansionSoccer America
Seven weeks after Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson announced that a project to expand Providence Park had been finalized, specific plans for that expansion have been released.

David Beckham’s Miami investment group adds Todd Boehly – sourcesESPN FC
David Beckham’s goal of bringing an MLS expansion franchise to Miami is inching closer to the finish line, with banker Todd Boehly being added to his investment group, sources confirmed to ESPN FC.

MLS fans and all of Los Angeles should root for Galaxy revivalMLS
Not too long ago the LA Galaxy would have been a lock to beat the last-place Philadelphia Union this weekend. StubHub Center used to be impenetrable by Major League Soccer standards. The Galaxy didn’t just beat visiting teams, they toyed with them.

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


Defending Champions Pegasus crash out as 2017 BC Provincial Cups get underwayAFTN
Action in the four Men’s BC Soccer Provincial Cups finally got underway this past weekend and there were a few surprise results in the first round of matches across all the competitions.

LMG bounced from BC Cup Lake Cowichan Gazette
A premature finish to the Provincial A Cup tournament left Cowichan LMG head coach Glen Martin wondering what went wrong.

WolfPack Men’s Soccer Go To Penticton For Second Year For RecruitTRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team is developing quite the relationship with the South Okanagan Pinnacles F.C. youth program.

WolfPack Women’s Soccer Sign Defender Singleterry TRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team has added another young defender to its roster for the 2017-18 Canada West season.

UBC Women’s ID CampUBC
The UBC Thunderbird Women’s Soccer ID Camp is designed to give each player an inside look into what it means to be a collegiate soccer player as well as prepare for their upcoming club season.

Get To Know Your TSS Rovers: Matteo PolisiAFTN
TSS FC Rovers will have a pair of brothers playing for them this season, Marcello and Matteo Polisi.

Whitecaps FC learn opponents for 2017 CONCACAF U-13 Champions League Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will face Fuerza Naranja (Mexico), Herediano (Costa Rica), and fellow MLS side Chicago Fire (USA) this summer in Group D of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League, CONCACAF announced today at the draw held in Miami, Florida.

Okanagan athletes loving New ZealandVernon Morning Star
The Kickers, with six Vernon players on their men’s 55+ soccer roster, shut down the Edmonton Strikers 2-0 Monday morning on goals by Jenne Huberts of Vernon and Fritz Berenyi of Kelowna. Pat Arnieri of Kelowna recorded the shutout.

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.

BC Soccer Women’s Provincial Cup Draw Monday April 3, Men’s Provincial Cup Draw April 13BCSA
Complete brackets and results for the 2017 Women’s and Men’s Provincial Cup Tournaments.

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
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!

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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Shaping the future by embracing the past – through sportBackyard Sports
For the past few months, there has been much discussion and speculation about Sports & Entertainment Atlantic’s proposal to revitalize the Wanderers Grounds in downtown Halifax through the erection of a 5,000-7,000 seat “pop-up” stadium that will become the home of a professional team in a new national soccer league. We see this as a once in a generation opportunity for Halifax.

‘Big trouble’ ahead as muddy fields bog down Edmonton sports clubsCBC
City delays opening of outdoor sports fields by nearly two weeks after snow, sleet, rain wreak havoc.

Impact Academy to send third educator for FFF coaching courseMontreal Impact
Serge Dinkota will be part of the third generation of Major League Soccer educators attending the coaching course provided by the Fédération Française de Football and MLS since 2013. Wilfried Nancy and Philippe Eullaffroy have also completed this course in recent years.

Over-35 soccer players return to pitch for invitational tournamentWhitehorse Daily Star
The Yukon Brewing Invitational Co-ed Soccer Tournament last weekend was a tremendous occasion with over 60 players in five teams taking part.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017, 3:00 PM

Whitecaps FC sign forward Nazeem Bartman to USL contractWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Thursday that the club has signed forward Nazeem Bartman to a USL contract with Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2), pending league and federation approval.

Whitecaps FC 2 host perennial heavyweight Sacramento Republic FC on SaturdayWhitecaps FC
Looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss last week, Whitecaps FC 2 are ready to face perennial heavyweight Sacramento Republic FC this Saturday at UBC Thunderbird Stadium. Kickoff is at 3 p.m.

Corea, Shiels performances against Puerto Rico earn duo NASL Team of the Week spotsFC Edmonton
Goals in FC Edmonton’s 2-1 win over Puerto Rico help land Corea and Shiels spots in NASL’s Team of the Week for Gameweek Five.

Zebie has impressed at FC Edmonton since he’s made the move to the middle the11.ca
Before the start of the 2017 NASL season, FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller and Canadian fullback Allan Zebie had a conversation. How would Zebie feel about a move to the middle of the park?

Ottawa Fury FC, Toronto FC II Create New Rivalry in the USLThe Link
New Impact Affiliate Faces Rival Toronto, USL President Comments on FC Montreal, Canadian League.

TFC II Must Learn How to ScoreNorthern Starting XI
While Toronto FC II still has a long way to go before they can be considered real contenders for the USL title, there are some reasons for optimism within the young squad. A few standout players are making their presence known and working hard to prove themselves; plus, the team is beginning to look more like a soccer club rather than a collection of individuals.

USL Discipline Report – Week 5USL
FC Cincinnati’s Djiby Fall has received a six-game suspension and undisclosed fine. It consists of a one-game suspension and fine for the red card for serious foul play, and an additional five-game suspension and fine for major game misconduct during last week’s match against Louisville City FC. Fall’s suspension runs through June 3, pending any schedule changes.

Indy Eleven’s effort to score MLS franchise takes hitIndianapolis Business Journal
The Indy Eleven’s bid to join Major League Soccer appeared to take a serious blow last week when the Indiana General Assembly concluded its session without passing legislation that would help fund a downtown soccer stadium that the team’s owner says is necessary to land a spot in the sport’s top U.S. pro league.

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

NWSL: Interview with Seattle Reign Midfielder Lindsay ElstonMLS Multiplex
Now in her third season in the NWSL, Seattle Reign midfielder Lindsay Elston is looking to help a very deep squad make a run for its first league title.

The World According to Weimer: A Win, and a New BeginningEmpire of Soccer
With the National Women’s Soccer League season underway, there are a lot of things to reflect on. Aside from quality games, good team performances and individual bits of brilliance … there have been some cool things that maybe the fans don’t always get to see.

Women Working in Football – Doncaster Rovers Belles Chair and Marketing Director Faye LygoKick it Out
Whilst coverage of women’s football has increased in recent years, what often goes unnoticed are the hundreds of women who play a vital role in the day-to-day functions of professional clubs and organisations.

Omar Gonzalez, Pachuca defeat Tigres to win CONCACAF Champions League titleMLS
Pachuca won the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League title on Wednesday, defeating fellow Liga MX club Tigres 1-0 in Leg 2 of the final to win the series 2-1 on aggregate.

Manchester City v Manchester United: a long season boiled down to one gameThe Guardian
A derby draw could suit both teams but Mourinho is unbeaten in the league since October and would clearly love to make life even more miserable for Guardiola.

Totti out to ‘destroy’ Lazio in what could be his last derbySportsnet
Roma great Francesco Totti is out to “destroy” Lazio in what could be his last derby.

PSG cruise past Monaco and into the Coupe de France finalLigue 1
Paris Saint-Germain beat an experimental AS Monaco 5-0 at the Parc des Princes to set up a Coupe de France final with Angers SCO. Julian Draxler (26′), Edinson Cavani (31′), Blaise Matuidi (52′) and Marquinhos (89′) scored for PSG.

2019 Copa America set to include 16 teamsSBI
Copa America is slated for 16 teams yet again. CONMEBOL announced that the 2019 Copa America in Brazil will include 16 teams, up from the usual 12-nation format in previous tournaments.

Pep Guardiola is getting by on strength of his past recordSportsnet
Next season, the Blues have to be stronger. Guardiola was hired on the basis that he would impose his trademark style of play on the Etihad Stadium side, but that has yet to materialize. This Man City team is one without an identity. They are not a possession side, nor are they a counter attacking side. Guardiola is a philosopher, so where is his philosophy?

Dortmund’s character-building win exposes Bayern’s need for a rebuildESPN FC
Borussia Dortmund’s second trip to the Allianz Arena in the space of a month was billed as a rite of passage by coach Thomas Tuchel.

Brawl erupts after Palmeiras beat Penarol in Copa LibertadoresSN
Palmeiras overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Penarol 3-2 but the Copa Libertadores clash was overshadowed by a brawl.

Fifa: French probe 2018 & 2022 World Cup bidsBBC Sports
French prosecutors are investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and have questioned former Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

Marseilles and Chelsea dragged into transfer fraud probe as police hunt tax cheatsInside World Football
Secret payments made to players and agents is reported to be at the centre of the football tax fraud investigation launched by British and French authorities.

Joey Barton: FA gave Burnley midfielder ‘shortest possible ban’ BBC Sport
The Football Association says Joey Barton’s 18-month suspension from all football activities was “the shortest possible” ban it could have imposed after he breached rules on gambling.

In the wake of Barton ban, Etherington accuses gambling companies of preying on ‘vulnerable’ footballersSN
Matthew Etherington has suggested that gambling companies prey on vulnerable footballers and claimed that he was “targeted” during his time at West Ham United.

Match officials appointed for FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017FIFA
With only two months to go before the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 kicks off at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on 17 June, FIFA has appointed 36 match officials, representing all six confederations. They have been selected by the FIFA Referees Committee from the list of candidates for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

Infantino greenlights video refs for World Cup after he rules tests are a successInside World Football
In a move that seems sure to receive widespread support even though it is not technically a unilateral decision, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has confirmed that video replays will be used at the 2018 World Cup.

Fancy meeting you here: Europe’s local derbiesUEFA
With Atlético and Real Madrid set for their seventh and eighth UEFA club competition encounters in the semis, UEFA.com remembers the fixtures that took age-old rivalries to the biggest stages.

Graeme Souness: On RivalriesThe Player’s Tribune
I first learned what a rivalry really was at White Hart Lane. Well, to be honest, I probably learned it first from the Arsenal fans clinging to the top of the team bus in hopes of sneaking into the grounds for the match. How exactly they got on to the top of the bus, or how long they’d been there — for the life of me — I do not know. What I do know is that I never experienced anything else in my career quite like that day.

Inaugural Football writing festival to kick off in MayThe Bookseller
Jacqui Oatley MBE, Jonathan Wilson, Anna Kessel and Rory Smith are amongst the names taking part in the inaugural London Festival of Football Writing (LFFW) next month.

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