VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS
MLS MATCHDAY # 26
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018, 7:00 pm
AVAYA STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CA.
TV: TSN 2 RADIO: BNN/BLOOMBERG 1410 ONLINE: TSN DIRECT
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2018 MLS Match Preview – MLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC will attempt to push back ahead of the playoff line in the Western Conference, when they head to Avaya Stadium to take on a San Jose Earthquakes side that has lost just once in their last four games.
New Whitecaps centre-back brings depth to a threadbare cupboard – Vancouver Sun
The Vancouver Whitecaps’ acquisition of centre-back Roberto Domínguez last week initially seemed to be a head-scratching transaction, considering the Caps ran deep with four bonafide starters and a capable fill-in at the position, and there were other areas of need that seemed to be higher priority.
Is the writing on the wall for Robinson and Whitecaps coaching staff? – Red Nation Online
Whitecaps FC are in a precarious juncture of the season. The Caps have had a disappointing campaign thus far, and at 9-9-7, there is a strong possibility Vancouver will miss out on the 2018 MLS playoffs. Despite being only 3 points out of the 6th and final western conference playoff spot. It seems like a Mount Everest like gap for Coach Carl Robinson, his assistants, and his assembled squad of players.
From the Pigeon Loft: Whither? – AFTN
Making the playoffs would be a remarkable bonus now, but I believe the relationship needs to be reset between the team and the city. Coming into this season, the club and the supporters groups did a lot to improve things with each other, but various events this season have stalled that momentum.
Nine-man NYCFC gets derby draw vs. RBNY – NBC Sports
New York City FC’s Third Rail is going to come up with some terrific chants after their nine-men side held the New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw in the Hudson River Derby on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
Rivalry Week turns intensity up a notch in MLS – News Tribune
On Friday night, Atlanta United will visit Orlando City, a matchup that has grown in intensity in the two seasons since Atlanta joined the league as an expansion team.
MLS, Precourt unveil Austin FC name, crest – NBC Sports
Major League Soccer is likely coming to Austin, and the Columbus Crew’s owners have released a name and logo for the team.
Janson looking to make long-lasting impact with TFC – Sportsnet
Lucas Janson’s head is still spinning after what was a crazy week for the Argentine forward.
MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Jozy Altidore, Shea Salinas extra game – MLS
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has announced two suspensions following Week 24 of the 2018 MLS regular season.
San Jose’s Kashia honored with inaugural UEFA award – NBC Sports
The first winner of FIFA’s #EqualGame award is currently plying his trade in Major League Soccer.
Is the MLS Rookie of the Year award fair? – US Soccer Players
Like every other professional sports league in North America, Major League Soccer hands out an annual award to the best first-year player in the competition. That started back in 1996. That debut season’s winner was Steve Ralston of the Tampa Bay Mutiny, a player chosen in the league’s first-ever college draft.
TFC terminates Inebriatti’s supporters group status – Sportsnet
Toronto FC announced on Thursday that supporters group Inebriatti has had its supporters group status permanently terminated.
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BC SOCCER NEWS
Canada West MSOC: 2018 Pacific Division preview – Canada West
With the 2018 Canada West men’s soccer season set to open this Friday, here’s a team-by-team look at the conference’s Pacific Division.
Soccer team hoping for smokeless conditions – Prince George Citizen
Smoke and soccer are a toxic mix. In fact, with the amount of fine particulate matter in the air descending upon the city as a result of raging wildfires to the west, health authorities are advising people to avoid aerobic activity of any kind until the conditions change.
Wolfpack supports new Canada West air quality policy – CFJC Today
The smoke at Hillside Stadium has subsided, good news for the TRU men’s soccer team that is scheduled to open the season at home this weekend.
Grosso, Huitema called up to Canadian women’s national team for friendly vs. Brazil – Whitecaps FC
Included on the roster is striker Jordyn Huitema from the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Super REX program, in partnership with BC Soccer, as well as midfielder Julia Grosso, who recently graduated the program as she gets set for her freshman season at the University of Texas.
Dr. Lee Dental brush off Merlot in North Okanagan women’s soccer – Vernon Morning Star
Dr. Lee Dental grounded Shuswap Merlot 6-0 Tuesday night to lock up their first North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association Masters Division title in three years at Marshall Field #2.
Shuswap Youth Soccer cancels Shore’N’Score tournament due to smoke – Penticton Western News
The Shuswap Youth Soccer Association announced Aug. 22 they have cancelled their annual Shore’N’Score tournament due to health concerns caused by wildfire smoke in the Shuswap. The tournament was scheduled to run this coming weekend.
Soccer Opportunities in BC – BCSA
BC Soccer Association & a number of clubs have job and volunteer opportunities available for the upcoming season. Find the latest ones here.
PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Khalsa SC 2, Vancouver Utd. 0, July 29, 2018 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League season – Pacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.
Call for interest for 2018 TD Diploma course – BCSA
Based on the level of interest, BC Soccer is planning to host a 2-day Technical Director’s course in late November or early December of 2018 (dates and location TBA). If you are interested in this course, please let BC Soccer know so they can update you.
PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.
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!
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
Canada to face U.S. Virgin Islands in Florida on Sept. 9 – Sportsnet
Canada will open its CONCACAF Nations qualifying play in Bradenton, Fla., because of a lack of a suitable venue in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Canadian Soccer Business Announces ThePostGame to Represent the Sale of its Global Media Rights – BC Soccer Web
Canadian Soccer Business (CSB), the commercial representative of the Canadian Premier League (CPL) and Canada Soccer, announced today that ThePostGame will partner with the CSB on the sales and strategy of its global media rights.
Herdman: Canadian Premier League will create dreams for young players – Canadian Premier League
The CPL’s emblem is a unique beacon that, among many things, connects the league’s clubs and the communities they represent. But the “C” formed by the emblem’s inner rings also stands for Canada, a nation that Canadian men’s national team coach John Herdman says is set to experience a seismic shift.
MSOC: 2018 Prairie Division preview – Canada West
With the 2018 Canada West men’s soccer season set to open this Friday, here’s a team-by-team look at the conference’s Prairie Division.
Plenty of new faces on Laurentian women’s soccer squad – Leader-Post
Nine newcomers will join the Laurentian Voyageurs women’s soccer team for the 2018 OUA season.
PLSQ-F Electrified By Short Sharp Dynamo Shock – Northern Starting XI
The sunshine was hard and bright last Saturday in Blainville, when Dynamo de Québec’s stunning inaugural PLSQ-F season came to a triumphant close, the squad knowing full well before even putting a single foot on the turf that the league title had already been clinched some three weeks previously.
L1O Review: Mistakes and Spit-takes – Northern Starting XI
“No mistakes in life ever, it’s only lessons”. Was a blunderful afternoon at Stewart Burnett Park on Sunday afternoon where Unionville Milliken took on Aurora looking to cement their position in the playoff spots. Last year Aurora played some games Highland Park which is a much better venue, clubhouse, beer, grass, and somewhere they should really consider if they want to grow as a local team. If League 1 wants to be a legit division in the Canadian pyramid.
Huskies soccer start 2018-2019 season with Chambers Memorial game – Fort McMurray Today
Keyano College’s men’s and women’s soccer teams are getting ready to kick off the 2018-2019 season with a special Chambers Memorial exhibition game on Aug. 25.
Peterborough City move a point ahead of Cavan FC in OSL Central East first-place race – Peterborough Examiner
The Peterborough City men’s soccer team tied East Metal 3-3 in Ontario Soccer League Central Region East play on Sunday in Toronto.
Richard Wells says former soccer pro Bruce Grobbelaar deserves credit for instilling winning mentality in Monarchs – The Beacon
Richard Wells has had his share of highs and lows with the West Side Monarchs, but he’s finding it easy to forget the past knowing his team is in the hunt for a three-peat as Corner Brook senior men’s soccer champs.
Catholic school board resists city’s insistence to shorten playing time at new turf field – Ottawa Citizen
A controversial new artificial field at Immaculata High School could have its playing hours reduced by the City of Ottawa to protect neighbours from the hoopla of late-night recreational soccer.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Match Recap: Toronto FC II at Indy Eleven – Toronto FC
Toronto FC II came out on the wrong end of a five-goal thriller as the Young Reds fell 3-2 to Indy Eleven at a cavernous Lucas Oil Stadium.
Rochester Rhinos to move to USL D-3, return by 2020 – Yahoo Sports
The Rochester Rhinos are going to drop down from USL to the league’s D-III iteration by the 2020 season, and have been approved by the league as a member.
Austin Bold FC Signs Saudi Arabia International – USL
Faris Abdi joined by fellow midfielder Valeri Saramutin as club continues to build toward 2019 season.
‘We have no history’: Can casino-chip bonuses and llamas turn Vegas into a soccer city? – The Guardian
The Las Vegas Lights CEO says the city’s swagger and Hispanic population can make his club into a success story in the Nevada desert.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Seattle Reign FC clinches a playoff spot by beating the Houston Dash – Vavel
On a smoky night in Seattle, a pair of second-half goals pushed Seattle into the playoffs for the first time since 2015.
Orlando Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris: We’ve got to get a win – Pro Soccer USA
The Orlando Pride have been in “must-win” mode for their last few games.
NWSL: Players take extra breaks and oxygen tanks made available – BBC Sport
Players took breaks every 15 minutes and oxygen tanks were made available because of poor air quality during a National Women’s Soccer League match.
NWSL expansion could see teams added in USL cities – WRAL Sportsfan
When the subject of National Women’s Soccer League expansion is raised by league observers (which is quite often), it’s usually in the context of which Major League Soccer owner is next poised to add a women’s professional team to their portfolio.
Guijarro: Spain have a score to settle with Japan – FIFA
Spain have faced a number of tests at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 and passed each of them with style. La Rojita have one more test awaiting them, however, and it is the biggest one of all: Friday’s final against Japan.
Millie Bright: Chelsea Women’s England defender signs new deal until 2021 – BBC Sport
Chelsea defender Millie Bright has signed a new deal with the Women’s Super League champions until 2021.
Division 1 Féminine 2018-2019 Preview: Olympique Lyonnais Féminines – Vavel
The champions look to add a 17th title to their collection this season.
Asian Games 2018 – Round of Women’s Football action Day 5 – Sportskeeda
The final round of group matches got underway at Palembang in Women’s football today.
What women ‘banned’ from your stadium want you to know about football – Metro UK
The issue of sexism within football is far from isolated to an extremist group of fans, as a survey conducted in 2016 showed. The study, conducted by Women in Football, found that 61% of respondents had witnessed sexism within the football industry, and 90% believed that more could be done to increase the chances of females being able to break into the sport, and get opportunities once within it.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Ajax and AEK win first legs in Champions League qualifiers – Sportsnet
Four-time European champion Ajax is on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League group stage after beating Dynamo Kyiv 3-1 in the first leg of their playoff Wednesday.
Ex-Brazil soccer boss gets 4 years in prison in FIFA probe – Ottawa Citizen
A former South American soccer official convicted on corruption charges in the sprawling FIFA bribery scandal was sentenced in federal court to four years in prison on Wednesday.
Bundesliga season preview: Bayern, sure, but who’s next? – NBC Sports
Here’s your Bundesliga cheat sheet ahead of the Friday return of Germany’s top flight, though there’s little question that not much has changed: Bayern Munich is expected to win a seventh-straight title, and it’s not likely to be close.
BUNDESLIGA 2018-19: 5 new signings to watch out for – London Free Press
Although the transfer window in the Bundesliga doesn’t close until the end of August, there have been a number of big signings so far ahead of the season starting this weekend.
Bundesliga – 2018/19 Season Preview – Part III – Fussballstadt
The 2018/19 Bundesliga season kicks off in less than a week. Dominated by Bayern München for the last six years one of the major questions ahead of this season will be whether the Bavarians’ dominance over the league can be broken. We will break down every club in a three-part team by team breakdown.
Mbappé targets more trophies as PSG welcome Angers – Ligue 1
Kylian Mbappé might be a two-time Ligue 1 Conforama champion and FIFA World Cup winner at the tender age of 19, but the forward is hungry for more after returning from Russia. Angers, be warned.
Liverpool begin brightly but Klopp cannot underestimate Man United conquerors Brighton – ESPN
Liverpool have made a bright start to the season. Two wins, six goals scored and even more promisingly no goals conceded.
Thierry Henry hopes to land Bordeaux manager’s job after holding talks – The Guardian
Thierry Henry is edging closer to securing a first managerial position after holding talks at Bordeaux, with the former Arsenal striker and current Belgium assistant manager understood to be enthusiastic at the prospect of working for the Ligue 1 club.
Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel set to miss Afcon qualifiers – ESPN
Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel has withdrawn his name from contention for the Super Eagles’ squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles next month.
La Liga players ask for US match to be scrapped – Peterborough Examiner
Spain’s players’ association is asking the Spanish league not to play a regular-season match in the United States, and wouldn’t rule out a strike if its demands on that and other issues aren’t met.
Sydney FC unveil latest marquee signing Siem de Jong – The Guardian
Sydney FC have signed former Premier League player Siem de Jong as their marquee player on a season-long loan from Dutch giants Ajax.
Blackburn fight back to draw with Reading – BBC Sport
Two second-half penalties helped Blackburn Rovers come from 2-0 down to draw at home to Reading.
U.S. Soccer coach talks roster, Christian Pulisic, Michael Bradley ahead of Mexico clash – The Tennessean
The United States vs. Mexico soccer game is only 20 days away from kicking off at Nissan Stadium and coach Dave Sarachan said Wednesday his roster is coming together and will include Christian Pulisic and possibly Michael Bradley.
Liberian President Weah criticized for honoring Wenger – USA Today
Liberian President and former soccer star George Weah’s plan to honor Arsene Wenger with the West African country’s highest award was criticized by opposition politicians on Wednesday.
Premier League goes legal in Saudi as beoutQ steals another round of matches – Inside World Football
Saudi Arabian pirate broadcaster beoutQ is showing no signs of easing up on its copyright theft, stealing every match of the round two of the new Premier League season for broadcast into Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.
How Bobby Robson fought and failed to earn respect at Barcelona – The Guardian
The former England manager won trophies but not a second season in Catalonia, as Jonathan Wilson explains in his new book.
The 2018/19 Guide to Soccer on TV in Canada (and online) – BC Soccer Web
Finding your match on TV or online in Canada has become more difficult in recent years. League broadcast rights change hands, new online services pop up, and some leagues and channels vanish from our screens altogether. Fear not! BC Soccer Web has got you covered! We’ve made our way through the web of cable channels and online services available so you can watch the matches you want.