VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
MLS MATCHDAY #6
D.C. UNITED vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2016, 2:30 PM
RFK STADIUM, WASHINGTON, D.C.
TV: TSN 1 RADIO: TSN 1410 LIVESTREAM: TSN GO
No Morales for weeks, but Manneh is back training – The Province
The Whitecaps will be without their captain for weeks. Pedro Morales, who limped off the field just 19 minutes into Saturday’s scoreless tie with the L.A. Galaxy, has a groin injury that was still being assessed on Tuesday.
Whitecaps weigh in on MLS officiating controversy – Sportsnet
The Vancouver Whitecaps are five games into their Major League Soccer campaign, and a few themes have started to emerge: toughness in the face of adversity, for one, but also discipline—though not the kind they’d like to be talking about.
‘Effervescent’ Nicolas Mezquida sets the tone in first start of the season – Whitecaps FC
“He’s always got a smile on and a Spanish song coming out of him,” said Whitecaps FC goalkeeper David Ousted. “He’s a great guy and his energy level is impressive.”
DC United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps | MLS Match Preview – MLS
Whitecaps FC extended their undefeated streak to three matches, going a man down but holding out for a point in a scoreless draw with the LA Galaxy on Saturday evening at BC Place.
From the Pigeon Loft: Defiance – AFTN
Every match is an unmarked canvas. If you hang around the edges of the pre-game conversations in the bars and restaurants around BC Place, you will see a cloud of witnesses trying to get a crack of insight about how this is going to go. There is something about the basic uncertainty of the result in football that toys with our comfort. We love the thrill of being on the edge, but it unnerves us a little too and perhaps with just a little foresight, we can be prepared for what comes.
MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Brek Shea, fines Charlie Davies – MLS
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended one player and fined another for actions taken during Week 5 of the 2016 season.
Why does San Antonio want a Major League Soccer team? – The Guardian
The city has spent big money on trying to woo MLS – but is football’s international appeal worth the cost to the taxpayer?
Don’t panic, the BMO Field grass will be fine for Toronto FC and and the Argonauts, groundskeeper vows – National Post
Toronto FC head groundskeeper Robert Heggie has a message to any TFC fans gritting their teeth over sharing BMO Field with the CFL Argonauts. “I’ve always said there’s one person in Toronto that should be worried about this and it’s me. And I’m not overly worried about it,” Heggie said.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference set for June 3-5 at Simon Fraser University – PSCC
The conference has a secured a stellar lineup of speakers from Leicester City FC, Arsenal FC, Vancouver Whitecaps, English FA, Southampton FC, FCB Escola and the Dutch FA(KNVB). Whether a grassroots volunteer or high performance coach you will not want to miss the opportunity to learn from world class coaches. It will be an unforgotable weekend of learing new ideas and networking with your peers!
Kelly Shantz Becomes Third Head Coach Of WolfPack Women’s Soccer – TRU
Athletics and Recreation Director Ken Olynyk has announced that after an extensive search, Kamloops native Kelly Shantz will take over operations of the women’s soccer program effective immediately.
BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Draw – BCSA
BC Soccer held their 6th annual Adult Provincial Cup Draw on April 5 at the Strathcona Hotel in Victoria. There was food and prizes for those who attended and the draw was live streamed for those who couldn’t. Results of all of the draws can be found at http://adultprovincials.bcsoccer.net, which is the specific site for all information pertaining to BC Soccer’s 2016 Adult Provincial Championships.
UNBC adds two more into soccer fold – Prince George Citizen
Kitimat native Paige Payne had a full summer to adjust to life as a soccer player in Prince George. Starting this fall, she’s about to get her kicks suiting up for the top team in the city.
KYSA 2016 Season Kicks Off! – KYSA
On Friday, April 8th a handful of Kamloops Youth Soccer House League teams will begin play in the 2016 soccer season. They will be the first of more than 200 teams that will be participating in the KYSA’s Spring/Summer season and the first of hundreds of matches that will be played between Friday and the end of September.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canadian goalkeeper McLeod ruled out of Olympics – Sportsnet
The Canadian women’s team will head to Brazil for this summer’s Olympics without their starting goalkeeper.
Herdman says women’s soccer is on the rise but women need to buy into sport – Vancouver Sun
Canadian coach John Herdman says women’s soccer is on the rise but has a ways to go before it can generate the kind of money that the men’s game does.
Canadian Soccer Association opaque on women’s pay – CBC
While members of the U.S. women’s soccer team fight for pay equal to their male counterparts’, it remains unclear whether Canadian players are dealing with the same issues.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 vs. SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC FC
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016, 3:00 PM
UBC THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC
Second-half brace earns Haber USL Team of the Week selection – Whitecaps FC
The Toronto, Ontario native introduced himself to the WFC2 faithful in a resounding way this past weekend, scoring two goals in a span of 10 minutes in the 3-1 road win at Cascadia rival Timbers 2.
Five Canadian teenage prospects to watch with WFC2 this season – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency is widely regarded as one of the top academy programs in North America. The ‘Caps currently have six Residency grads on their MLS squad, but who are the next wave of youngsters rising through the ranks?
FC Edmonton notes: Gearing up for Minnesota, weighing in on red cards, the terrible turf in OKC – the11.ca
FC Edmonton’s home opener should create a lot of talking points. Minnesota United, loaded with new signings as the club prepares to move to MLS, is in town. Minnesota United signed FCE fan favourite Lance Laing in the off-season. The two teams have enjoyed a great rivalry, with lots of close games.
Crooks’ Soccer Journal: Q&A with USWNT, NASL attorney Jeff Kessler – Empire of Soccer
“The NASL hopes that the USSF is going to give them Division 1 status in the relatively near future and will continue their legal claims if they are not granted that status.”
Toronto Ready for Rivalry Clash in Montreal – USL
After a weekend off, Toronto FC II is looking forward to renewing its rivalry with FC Montreal this weekend at Stade Olympique after the side claimed a draw with the New York Red Bulls II on the opening weekend of the season.
Dunfield won’t join FC Edmonton after all: Moving on to a broadcasting career – the11.ca
After getting a trial with the NASL club in the preseason, the Canadian veteran was set to join the Eddies. Last week, FCE coach Colin Miller said that Dunfield’s signing was imminent.
USL Clubs Learn Potential Open Cup Opponents – USL
The draw for the opening two rounds of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup was announced on Wednesday, as the 17 USL clubs entered in the competition learned their potential matchups in the second round on Wednesday, May 18.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
PFA call for minimum medical standards after W-League injury report – The Guardian
A startling W-League season injury report will prompt Professional Footballers Australia to fight for improved conditions for Australia’s best female footballers.
USWNT pummels Colombia in first of two friendlies – SBI
In the first of two meetings with its South American opposition, the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Colombia, 7-0, at Rentschler Field on Wednesday evening.
Cuellar’s reign as Mexico coach ends after 18 years – The Equalizer
Leonardo Cuellar stepped down as coach of Mexico’s women’s national team on Tuesday, bringing to an end an 18-year tenure which included three appearances at the World Cup and one at the Olympics.
Abby Wambach pleads not guilty to DUII charge despite apology – Goal
Despite admitting guilt and taking responsibility for her actions, the soccer legend entered a not guilty plea Tuesday.
Women’s EURO 2016 Qualifying Scores – UEFA
Results from this week’s round of EURO 2017 qualifying.
Mark Sampson rules out experimentation as England eye Euro 2017 qualification – Football.co.uk
England manager Mark Sampson is so determined to deliver Euro 2017 glory he has ruled out any experimentation between now and the finals.
Scotland’s WNT: all eyes on the EURO 2017 – Kick It Like Jas
The women’s national team has experienced agonising defeats in the past three out of the past four qualifying campaigns. In the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers, Scotland finished up as runners-up in their group, behind Sweden. In the Play-Off Semi-Finals, Scotland was drawn against a very talented Netherlands’ squad and, unfortunately, fell to a 4-1 defeat on aggregate.
#SWPL16 League Cup semi-final draw – Scottish Women’s Premier League
The draw for the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup semi-final has been made. The draw is as follows:
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Real Madrid stunned by Wolfsburg’s two goals in seven minutes – The Guardian
Wolfsburg stunned Real Madrid with two goals in seven first-half minutes to take control of their Champions League quarter-final. The Spanish side, 10-time winners of the competition, face an uphill task to progress to the last four.
Premier League Title Race: How Spurs can be party-poopers come May – Vavel
As the most unpredictable season of the Premier League era reaches it climax, we discuss Tottenham’s outside chance of winning their first league title since 1961, offering a hypothetical prediction to both Spurs’ and Leicester’s final games.
PSG risk becoming a sock puppet super-club with no one to conquer – The Guardian
If PSG fail to overcome Manchester City in the second leg of their tie then they will have had no more than four really significant matches between December 2015 and the start of the next Champions League in October
FA governance structure needs reform – Prince William – BBC Sport
The Football Association’s governance structure is in need of reform, says the governing body’s president Prince William.
CONCACAF Champions League: Tigres, Club América advance to final – MLS
Two of the best clubs on the continent will meet in the CONCACAF Champions League final later this month, as title holders Club América and fellow Liga MX club Tigres advanced from their respective CCL semifinal series on Tuesday night.
Copa Libertadores Review: Pumas advance – Goal
The Mexican side advanced to the knockout round with a 4-1 win over Olimpia.
Rangers Promoted to the Scottish Premiership – BBC Sport
Rangers secured promotion back to the Scottish Premiership after victory over Dumbarton secured the Championship title.
Platini: It is ‘outrageous’ that I will not be at ‘my child’ Euro 2016 – Goal
The disgraced former official is distraught that he may not be able to be present at the European championships in his country in June.
Bizarre FIFA fine for Kuwait for not playing matches it was banned from playing – Inside World Football
FIFA’s ongoing spat with Kuwait, and by association the Asian football heirarchy, has deepened with the Kuwaitis being fined a symbolic SFr30,000 for failing to play two World Cup qualifying matches last month.