BC Soccer News, Thursday, April 28, 2016





PHOTO GALLERY: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 Sporting Kansas City 1, April 27, 2016BC Soccer Web
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BC Soccer Web MLS Matchday #9: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 Sporting KC 1, April 27, 2016BC Soccer Web
Honours were even in a spirited match at BC Place on Wednesday night. Christian Bolaños opened the scoring off a first half corner for the Caps. Diego Rubio equalized for SKC in the 27th minute. Vancouver was reduced to 10 men for most of the 2nd half after Kendall Waston earned his second yellow. Despite many opportunities for both sides to take the three ponts, the shorthanded Whitecaps were able to settle for a draw. We have full recaps and highlights here.

How an own-goal may have changed the Whitecaps’ seasonVancouver Sun
Let’s, for the purpose of our story, stop the Vancouver Whitecaps’ season with the ball dangling off Kekuta Manneh’s left boot 34 minutes into last Saturday’s game against FC Dallas.

Is Ousted the Best Goalkeeper in MLS?MLS Multiplex
David Ousted has been the goalkeeper for the Vancouver Whitecaps for the last three seasons. Last season, he was in the final voting for MLS AllState Goalkeeper of the Year, which was won by Luis Robles. He helped lead Vancouver to their best season in club history last year.

MLS Review: NYCFC stumbles again, Revolution draw TimbersGoal
There were three 1-1 draws from three matches in MLS on Wednesday as New York City FC and the Portland Timbers conceded late goals.

Montreal Impact rebound from “devastating” loss with last-minute draw MLS
It wasn’t perfect, but it didn’t need to be. The Montreal Impact needed to take something positive out of Wednesday night’s match with New York City FC following an emotional loss to Toronto FC on Saturday.

Montreal Impact attack’s has hit a stagnant patchSportsnet
Well, to be fair to French national team legend Patrick Vieira and his very spirited and attack minded New York City FC, they can defend—to some degree. They proved it in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with the Impact, but for the way in which the home dominated proceedings—especially in the second half—it was a game they really should have won and won handily.

Late own-goal helps Revs salvage draw vs. Timbers SBI
Playing the second of three games in nine days, and 3,000 miles away from home, the Portland Timbers were moments away from securing a scrappy three points. However, a self-inflicted finish forced the reigning MLS Cup champions to settle for a mere  tie.

Toronto FC midfielder Will Johnson is ‘excited’ to make return to PortlandOregonian
Last December, Will Johnson stood in the center of MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio hoisting the MLS Cup trophy in glee as fireworks shot into the air behind him.

Toronto FC looking forward to ‘weird’ PortlandToronto Sun
Heck, the city’s slogan is “Keep Portland Weird.” Not to mention the significant number of flannel shirts and beards. But it’s also a “fun” atmosphere, according to Toronto FC’s Drew Moor.

Vieira refuses to set timetable for Lampard returnSBI
Following New York City FC’s latest setback, Frank Lampard walked through the bowels of Yankee Stadium to greet former teammate and longtime friend Didier Drogba. While Drogba stood decked out in Montreal Impact apparel, Lampard stood in street clothes, a look all too familiar in what has been a nightmare of a season to this point.

Time for Toronto FC to rest Giovinco? Not on your life!Sportsnet
This reporter wasn’t even allowed to finish the question — do you have any plans to rest Sebastian Giovinco? — before being cut off by Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney. “I rested him — that was me giving him a rest,” Vanney quipped about subbing Giovinco out in the 89th minute of last weekend’s 2-0 win over the Montreal Impact.

Sigi Schmid: Sounders need to be ‘more aggressive in making our decisions’Seattle Times
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid mused on Wednesday about the unique nature of soccer as a sport, where his team needs to improve ahead of Saturday’s match against the Crew and chain reactions.

MLS Spotlight: Jonathan Campbell enjoying strong start to rookie season with Chicago Fire Goal
The 2016 first-round pick overcame a shaky MLS combine to establish himself at the center of the Fire defense.

Detroit group oultines plans for potential MLS franchise SBI
MLS commissioner Don Garber held a press conference in Detroit on Wednesday alongside NBA owners Tom Gores and Dan Gilbert to outline the plans for a potential MLS franchise in the Motor City. The press conference came a day after Gores, the Detroit Pistons’ owner, and Gilbert, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ majority owner, announced that they were teaming up to form an investor group for an expansion club.

It’s No David and Goliath: a Minnesota perspective on MLS in Detroit Northern Pitch
Yesterday, MLS held a press conference announcing talks with a potential Detroit ownership group. Just like that, a new expansion drama starts, but this time it’s David versus Goliath. More specifically grassroots soccer David versus single-entity Goliath. Where David crowd-funded his stadium and Goliath is an aging European Designated Player.

Irrational lower-division supporters should come back to reality Dirty South Soccer
In Detroit, not unlike Atlanta, news that MLS is likely coming to town caused a stir with supporters of the city’s NPSL club. While many may be excited by the prospect of being the next MLS expansion, loyal supporters of Detroit City FC fear it will likely be the end of their club.

Why it could already be too late for some teams to make the playoffs MLS
We are only two months into the 2016 season and many teams are still evaluating who they are and how their season will go. But for some teams, their odds of making the playoffs are already fading fast.

How sport science helps the Seattle Sounders survive the MLS grind MLS
Clint Dempsey shuffles toward the sideline at Starfire Sports Complex, another training session in the books. Before the Seattle Sounders’ Designated Player heads back to the locker room, he pulls off the harness wrapped around his chest and drops it off with the training staff. If you didn’t know better, you might think Dempsey was training in a bra.

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Aldergrove hosts youth soccer’s Coastal CupAldergrove Star
Aldergrove Youth Soccer is hosting the Coastal Cup this weekend, April 30-May 1. The BC Coastal Cup has a rich history in BC youth soccer since 1953. The Coastal Cup has two competitive levels of youth soccer and includes teams in six age groups of boys and girls from under 13 years to under 18 years.

Riptide progress to BC Coastal “A” Cup finalsCampbell River Mirror
The Marine Harvest Riptide U14 Boys are headed to the BC Coastal “A” Cup finals. To get there, Marine Harvest Riptide first had to beat Burnaby Mountain in the quarterfinals on April 10.

LMG moves into second round Cowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan LMG is on to the provincial quarterfinals. In a rematch of the Jackson Cup championship game earlier this month, Cowichan defeated Bays United 3-1 on Saturday afternoon to get through the first round of the B.C. senior men’s A Cup soccer tournament.

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 before April 30 for early bird pricing.

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!

BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting Candidates for its Board of DirectorsBCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June 11, 2016. Prospective candidates are invited to review the information provided on the BC Soccer web site www.bcsoccer.net. Candidates who provide notice to BC Soccer Assoc. of their intent to stand for election by May 1, 2016 will have their applications circulated to the membership in early May.

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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Familiar but unfamiliar: Group F will be tricky in RioThe Equalizer
“All the groups are difficult, honestly,” Canada defender Rhian Wilkinson said. “When you think about it, there’s 12 teams so there’s no easy groups. Ours is a tough one like all the other ones are. Everyone’s looking for a group of death, but for me they really seem quite equal.”

League1 soccer season begins for Peel clubs Mississauga News
The Region of Peel will be well represented as four teams from the area get ready to begin the League1 Ontario senior soccer season. Pro Stars FC, which is based in Mississauga, but plays out of Victoria Park in Brampton, will begin the men’s season this weekend along with Mississauga’s Sigma FC and the North Mississauga Panthers.

NWSL Week 2 recap: How the Canadians didSportsnet
With two weeks of the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League in the books, the team with the most Canadian content finds itself at the top of the table.

Canada Soccer names roster for CONCACAF futsal qualificationCSA
Canada Soccer has named their 14-player roster that will take on USA in next week’s play-in matches for the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship. The squad is led by National Futsal Head Coach Kyt Selaidopoulos and will be focused on qualifying for the region’s championship from 8-15 May in San Jose, Costa Rica.

New Peterborough soccer league for women 35 and older to play out of Trent University’s Justin Chiu Stadium Peterbororough Examiner
There is a new league in town for women looking to play a less competitive, more recreational brand of soccer. The Trent Women’s Community Soccer League, for women 35 and over, will play Tuesday nights on the artificial turf field at Justin Chiu Stadium at Trent University. Scores and standings will not be kept to keep the focus on fitness and fun, say organizers.

A quiet revolution – Swedish youth football and the idea of avoiding exclusionFootblogball
A quiet revolution is taking place in Sweden. The Swedish FA has reformed child and youth coach education. They have translated both national and international evidence based findings into guidelines for coaches and coach educators. The emphasis is on the young person, their perspective, their learning, development and needs.  A common problem when presenting evidence based material is that the academic language is not appropriate for the dissemination of information. The language used in the new coach education curriculum ensures that the content is accessible for coaches, parents and coach educators.

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WFC2 Vaults into First in West USL
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2’s Ben McKendry scored an impressive 30-yard goal for the winner as WFC2 rallied from an early deficit to defeat the expansion Swope Park Rangers 2-1 on Wednesday at Children’s Mercy Victory Field at Swope Soccer Village.

McKendry, Davies, Richey star as Whitecaps FC 2 win 2-1 over Swope Park RangersWhitecaps FC
The future of Vancouver Whitecaps FC was on full display on Wednesday evening as the dynamic play of Ben McKendry, Alphonso Davies, and Spencer Richey led Whitecaps FC 2 to a 2-1 win over Swope Park Rangers at Children’s Mercy Victory Field.

Recap: Swope Park Rangers suffer 2-1 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 Sporting KC
The Swope Park Rangers fell to their second straight defeat on Wednesday night, suffering a 2-1 loss against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2. Kris Tyrpak put the Rangers ahead with his first goal of the season, but Whitecaps FC 2 responded with goals from Kyle Greig and Ben McKendry to reach the summit of the USL Western Conference.

Dalglish Shoulders Blame For Poor Results, Looks Ahead To Home Opener Midfield Press
Ottawa Fury will host Miami FC in their home opener this Saturday, after playing their first four matches of the season on the road, and with a 0-1-3 record they will be hoping the home field advantage is enough to help them build up their confidence and find a win.  In two interviews with TSN 1200, Ottawa Fury manager Paul Dalglish discussed some of the complications of playing on the road and some of the advantages to playing at home.

Match Preview: TFC II vs. Richmond Kickers Toronto FC
Toronto FC II are on the road to take on the Richmond Kickers this Saturday at 4PM PT. The Young Reds saw their three-game unbeaten streak snapped last weekend in the 2-1 loss to USL newcomers FC Cincinnati.

Cosmos executive: Totti signing is ‘really unlikely’ Goal
New York’s chief operating officer has tempered talk of the Italian legend joining the NASL side, citing roster restrictions and salary requirements.

Peter Wilt Interview, Part II – The Business and Future of North American Club SoccerMidfield Press
You would be hard pressed to find anyone with a better track record starting multiple pro soccer clubs in the the United States. NASL fans will recognize Wilt for his success with Indy, but prior to that he also started up the Chicago Red Stars and the Chicago Fire.

The history of the New York ArrowsUS Soccer Players
One could argue the Cosmos deserve a place alongside New York’s other famed sports franchises like the Yankees and Knicks. But there’s another Big Apple soccer team lost to history. The New York Arrows dominated the MISL nearly 40 years ago, but faded into obscurity.

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The Week In Women’s Football: Can Kansas City defend their NWSL title or will newcomers Orlando upset the apple cart?Tribal Football
This week we review the 10 teams in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) fourth season. We look at the teams in the order that they finished the 2015 regular season.

Sky Blue heading for Houston in search of three pointsEmpire of Soccer
It’ll be a short week for both Houston Dash and Sky Blue FC as they both prepare for a rare Friday night match in Texas in week 3 of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

Portland Thorns sign defender Meg Morris Oregon Live
The Portland Thorns have signed defender Meg Morris, the club announced Wednesday.

Liverpool Ladies 1-2 Chelsea Ladies: Blues make it three wins from three with narrow win –  Vavel
Ji So-Yun and Gilly Flaherty were on the scoresheet as Chelsea Ladies claimed their third straight win at the start of the new Women’s Super League season.

WNL Cup Round-Up: Shels, UCD advanceContinental Tyres WNL
Shelbourne Ladies FC will meet UCD Waves in this season’s Continental Tyres Women’s National League Cup Final. Shelbourne ended Wexford Youths WFC’s hopes of a clean sweep in a dramatic 4-2 semi-final win in Tolka Park, inspired by a Noelle Murray hat-trick.

VIDEO: FC Barcelona Women’s recent derby joy over Espanyol FC Barcelona
The attached video shows all 14 goals that the blaugrana have scored against their local rivals in the last four meetings. This Sunday sees the derby between FC Barcelona Women against local rivals RCD Espanyol at Ciutat Esportiva.

Record numbers play their part in FA Girls’ Football Week The FA
FA Girls’ Football Week has proved a resounding success with more than double the original target of players taking part.

Cayman: We’ve come a long wayFIFA
“It would be amazing for Belgian women’s football if we could qualify for EURO 2017,” said midfielder Janice Cayman, who made her international debut at 18. “But there are still three games left. We had a good result against England but we dropped points against Serbia. We have to take things game by game, try to win all of them and then we’ll qualify.

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Club America repeats as SCCL champion CONCACAF
Club America secured its second straight Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League title, earning a 2-1 win over Tigres on Wednesday in the second leg of the final at the Estadio Azteca to capture the series 4-1 on aggregate.

Majestic Saul goal helps Atletico edge Bayern in Champions LeagueSportsnet
An early goal by youngster Saul Niguez gave Atletico Madrid a gritty 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesday.

A-League grand final 2016: Western Sydney Wanderers must overcome hoodoo to claim titleSydney Morning Herald
If the Western Sydney Wanderers are to win their first A-League title they will have to overcome one of the greatest hoodoos in the competition’s 11-year history – winning a grand final interstate. Only once in 10 previous seasons has a team lifted the A-League trophy having travelled past state borders and on that one occasion, it was hardly a win.

Jade North leads PFA team of season but A-League premiers Adelaide overlooked The Guardian
Adelaide United’s premiership winners have been overlooked for the Professional Footballers Australia team of the A-League season. Brisbane’s Jade North skippers the player-voted season-best XI, announced on Thursday in Melbourne.

Dele Alli’s Tottenham season over after three-game ban for violent conductThe Guardian
Dele Alli will not play for Tottenham again this season after the Football Association handed him a three-match ban for violent conduct. The 20-year-old midfielder was hit with the suspension after appearing to punch West Brom’s Claudio Yacob in Monday night’s 1-1 draw between the two sides at White Hart Lane.

Liverpool: Danny Ings’ move from Burnley to cost up to £8mBBC Sport
Liverpool have been told by a tribunal they must pay Burnley up to £8m for striker Danny Ings. The fee is made up of a £6.5m guaranteed payment, with an additional £1.5m through various add-ons.

Gabriel Agbonlahor steps down as Aston Villa club captainVavel
Gabriel Agbonlahor has stepped down from his role as Aston Villa club captain, following the conclusion of an investigation into his off-field behaviour.

Gothenburg-Malmo abandoned after firework explodes by playerBBC Sport
IFK Gothenburg’s home match with Malmo in Sweden’s top flight was abandoned when a firework exploded under the feet of a substitute.

China’s Evergrande win on the pitch but lose off it with $147m deficit Inside World Football
The cost of winning has caught up with Chinese Super League giant Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC who have revealed a staggering loss of RMB953 million ($147 million) in their year ended 2015 accounts.

Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels submits request to join Bayern MunichThe Guardian
The Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has submitted an official request to join Bayern Munich next season, with negotiations over a transfer fee now expected to be finalised.

Hillsborough families seek £19m in compensation for ‘police cover-up’ ESPN FC
Lawyers acting for the families of the Hillsborough disaster victims are to press ahead with legal action against South Yorkshire Police and West Midlands Police over the “widespread police cover-up” which had attempted to blame fans.

Hillsborough fall out claims first police casualty as purge beginsInside World Football
The head of the British police force at the centre of the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster has been suspended following this week’s sensational verdict that the 96 victims were unlawfully killed.

ESPN, Spike Lee pay tribute to Howard U’s soccer heroes with documentaryMLS
The Howard University teams of the early 1970s might just be the best soccer story most fans of the beautiful game have never heard. But that’s about to change. The Undefeated, ESPN’s project on the intersections of race, sports and culture, is set to make its long-awaited debut next month. The gripping tale of the 1971 and 1974 NCAA national championship-winning Bisons teams will be one of its first feature subjects–with a big assist from none other than Spike Lee.

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