BC Soccer News, Thursday, July 14, 2016




MLS PHOTOS: Whitecaps FC 2, Real Salt Lake 0, July 13, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Techera stunner propels ‘Caps to 2-0 win over RSL in front of sold-out BC Place crowd Whitecaps FC
Cristian Techera scored his second goal in as many games – and what a goal it was – as Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8W-8L-4D) defeated Real Salt Lake (8W-6L-5D) 2-0 in front of a sold-out crowd of 22,120 on Wednesday night at BC Place.

Bug exterminates all Real hope as Vancouver Whitecaps get back to winning ways AFTN
Two goals in a three minute spell in the first half would prove to be the difference as the Whitecaps came away with a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake at BC Place on Wednesday evening.

Whitecaps back in the win column with solid display hosting Real Salt Lake Red Nation Online
A mid-week fixture featuring the Vancouver Whitecaps and Real Salt Lake was on the docket at BC Place on Wednesday evening. The Caps were looking to get back in the win column and Jeff Cassar’s side were hoping to continue their high scoring prevalence on the road. Vancouver shut the door and came up with a 2-0 win in front of 22,120 supporters.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Real Salt Lake 0 | 2016 MLS Match Recap MLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps grabbed a vital three points in the competitive Western Conference on Wednesday, defeating Real Salt Lake 2-0 at BC Place on the back of two first-half goals.

Techera’s highlight-reel goal helps Whitecaps to much-needed winSportsnet
At least for one night, the Vancouver Whitecaps didn’t have to answer questions about their leaky defence.

Whitecaps bounce back to winning ways on Wednesday Goal
After a couple of late-game disappointments at BC Place, a clean sheet and three MLS points were a welcome return for Vancouver’s efforts versus Real Salt Lake.

Mexico striker Enrique Esqueda arrives in VancouverThe Province
Enrique Esqueda, the Pachuca striker on loan to Veracruz, is in Vancouver and expected to train with the Whitecaps and discuss a move to MLS.

Their words: Masato Kudo opens up about the collision after making his return Whitecaps FC
This was the first real injury I’d ever had since I started kicking a soccer ball at the age of three. I don’t really remember what it was like when it happened, but I know for sure that – more than feeling the pain – I was really mad at myself for getting injured right after my first goal. That goal was very special for me.

“Floodgates open up” for Seattle Sounders just in time for Timbers clash MLS
Seattle jumped ahead on a penalty kick in the 6th minute and never looked back, eventually cruising to a resounding 5-0 rout of Supporters’ Shield leading FC Dallas in their Wednesday evening home fixture at CenturyLink Field.

Lade’s First MLS Goal Pushes Red Bulls Past Orlando Empire of Soccer
Connor Lade’s first MLS goal kickstarted the offense for New York as they cruised to a 2-0 win over Orlando City on Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena.

MATCH RECAP | Portland Timbers 1, Montreal Impact 1 Timbers.com
Playing their second match in four days, the Portland Timbers battled the Montreal Impact to a 1-1 draw before a sold-out crowd of 21,144 fans at Providence Park on Wednesday night, extending their unbeaten streak to eight games in league play.

MLS referee Allen Chapman: Ignacio Piatti should have seen red vs. TimbersMLS
Following the game, MLS postgame protocol calls for a designated pool reporter to ask questions of the match referee in writing, if requested. When questioned about the call after the match, Chapman responded in writing that a red card would’ve been a more appropriate sanction.

Toronto FC’s Youth Come Up Big to Salvage Draw Against Rival Columbus CrewWaking the Red
It doesn’t matter who is, or isn’t, on the field, or where the match is being played. This year’s Toronto FC team are not easy to beat, and they are proving it time and time again.

Fire beat Sporting KC on De Leeuw’s first MLS goalSBI
Sporting Kansas City did nearly everything right offensively on Wednesday against the Chicago Fire. The visitors kept 67 percent of the possession, completed twice as many passes and outshot Chicago 19-3, but time and time again couldn’t find the most important, final piece of the offensive puzzle.

Union prepare for Red Bulls with friendly tie against Crystal PalaceSBI
The Philadelphia Union’s friendly on Wednesday with English Premier League side Crystal Palace served a few purposes for head coach Jim Curtin.

Sebastian Giovinco Wins ESPY Award For Best 2016 MLS Player Waking the Red
It is just the latest accolade that the Toronto striker has won since making the move over to North America.

Nigel de Jong suspended additional match Goal
The Galaxy midfielder will sit an additional match for what was deemed to be “serious foul play that endangered the safety of an opponent.”

Diversity in Our Stands is About Outreach, Not Songs Fifty Five One
On Tuesday, the New York Times published an article by Jay Caspian Kang that puts forward the following thesis: MLS supporters culture has co-opted aspects of European (by which he means English) football culture historically tied to racist hooliganism. He also adds that this Euro-philia has turned away Latinos (by which he means Mexicans) as potential fans of MLS. Take it from a brown skinned immigrant to America from a country oppressed by the English for close to a hundred years: Kang’s argument is complete and utter rubbish.

The Real American Soccer Culture: New York Times Response Midfield Press
Like many soccer supporters, I was left mystified when I read Jay Caspian Kang’s synopsis of American soccer culture for New York Times Magazine.

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PREVIEW: Whitecaps FC U-18s face PDA in academy league semifinals Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency continue their quest to make club history on Thursday when they face Players Development Academy in the United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) semifinals. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. PT at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The match will be streamed live at whitecapsfc.com.

‘Nations’ ready to battle in Richmond’s annual feast of soccer Richmond News
The 37th annual Nations Cup kicks off next weekend, with thousands of players and spectators expected to descend on the soccer fields at Hugh Boyd, Manoah Steves and Minoru Park. A veritable feast of soccer is expected to fill the three-day schedule which kicks off Friday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. with multiple games on tap at all three tournament venues.

Groupon: Victoria Highlanders Soccer Game on July 17Groupon
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PCSL PHOTOS: Vancouver United FC 1, Kamloops Heat 1, July 10, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos from Pacific Coast Soccer League by Bill Currie.

Jay DeMerit launches Rise & Shine Captain’s Camp in Pemberton Rise & Shine Foundation
A captain is an individual who unifies teammates into one team.  A captain has to be well rounded to lead by example. At the Rise & Shine: Captains Camps, the curriculum is specifically built around creating a balance of elite soccer training on the field, and all encompassing life skills training off the field.

BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in ReviewBCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review.  The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach MandateBCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

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.

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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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Ottawa soccer teams head to Gothia Cup in Sweden Ottawa Community News
Players on the U14 and U17 boys teams at the Kevin Nelson Soccer Academy will fly out on Friday, July 15, to represent Ottawa and Canada in the Gothia World Youth Cup running July 17 to 23.

Poor field conditions plague Saint John Soccer ClubCBC
City of Saint John to start pre-season inspections of school fields used by Saint John sports groups.

Erin McLeod: It’s time to Motivate a Nation! themotivenation.ca
After building a successful e-commerce (www.peaudeloup.com) and a physical retail store in West Vancouver (CAPOSHIE) Women’s National Team Goalkeeper Erin McLeod has decided after a series of misfortunate events it’s time to branch out on her own with her new inspiration project, Motive Nation, launching to the public on July 1st, online at www.themotivenation.ca.






10-men Whitecaps FC 2 suffer 4-0 loss to Rio Grande Valley FC Toros Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 suffered a 4-0 loss to Rio Grande Valley FC on Wednesday evening at RGV FC Practice Complex as Toros midfielder Jose Memo Rodriguez recorded a first-half brace.

Still Undefeated: Cosmos beat Armada 3-0 Empire of Soccer
The New York Cosmos put in a commanding effort, beating the Jacksonville Armada 3-0 at Shuart Stadium.

Ottawa Fury Sign Maxim TissotMidfield Press
According to Maxim Tissot’s twitter account, the Gatineau native has signed with his local club Ottawa Fury. Recently released from Montreal Impact, Tissot will be moving much closer to home in a deal that will please many Fury supporters.

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USA victorious, but South Africa wins experienceMidfield Press
Don’t tell the Republic of South Africa they aren’t a FIFA top 50 ranked team, because they didn’t look like one when they went up against the number 1 team in the world. The U.S women’s national team faced South Africa July 9 in Chicago for an Olympic sendoff.

NWSL Week In Review: No Such Thing As Bad Publicity? Equalizer
“There’s no such thing as bad publicity,” is usually attributed to Phineas T. (P.T.) Barnum, a legendary showman and businessman, who could probably help the NWSL get a sponsor or two these days, and might have loved the idea of the still fledgling league staging a publicity stunt on a somewhat quiet July sports weekend where its best players were preparing for the much higher profile Olympics.

NWSL 2.0: Stakeholders weigh in on what’s next, Part OneExcelle Sports
The National Women’s Soccer league is past the halfway mark in its fourth season. Attendance is up in almost every market. NWSL average attendance is over 5,500 per game. Progress seems to be happening, whether it’s inching along at a crawl or given a hard shove by events like the World Cup–and soon, the Olympics.

WU19 EURO Group A preview UEFA
Hosts Slovakia hope to show “what they are capable of” as they face former winners France and the Netherlands plus three-time finalists Norway, all of them unbeaten in qualifying.

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Liga MX Apertura Preview: Leon, Pachuca, Queretaro, Toluca, PueblaGoal
Goal’s Liga MX preview continues with a look at the teams in the central, including the reigning champion and a few other dark-horse candidates to lift the trophy in December.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Dynamo Kyiv – Ukrainian Super Cup Preview Futbolgrad
This Saturday Odesa will play host to the opening act of the 2016-17 Ukrainian football season—the Ukrainian Super Cup, which will be contested by familiar foes Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Panathinaikos to open their league season behind closed doors Inside World Football
Panathinaikos will play their first home game of the new Greek Super League season behind closed doors as punishment for crowd disturbances in a playoff match last season against PAOK Salonica.

Colin Murray quits TalkSport after takeover by Sun ownerThe Guardian
Murray would not elaborate on his issue with the Sun, but he is a fervent supporter of Liverpool, many of whose fans boycott the paper following its coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster.

Chile’s players threaten strike after FA leaves 420 without contracts Inside World Football
Professional footballers in Chile have announced strike action for the weekend of 22, 23 and 24 July if the country’s football association (ANFP) does not comply with the wishes of players’ association Sifup, according to the international players’ union FIFPro.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino to be interviewed by ethics committeeBBC Sport
Fifa president Gianni Infantino is to be interviewed by ethics investigators following allegations he breached the governing body’s code of ethics.

Premier League clubs should rethink pre-season tours Sportsnet
Wait long enough at the arrivals gate of any airport in either North America or the Far East and you’ll eventually witness something distinctly synonymous with modern soccer. You’ll see bleary-eyed Premier League players clutching neck pillows and designer wash bags, oversized headphones draped round their shoulders.

Martin Skrtel completes move from Liverpool to Fenerbahce The Guardian
Martin Skrtel has completed his transfer from Liverpool to Fenerbahce. The Turkish Super Lig side announced the deal with a tweet welcoming the Slovakia defender and said he would be presented to the media on Friday.

Premier League transfers: Lowdown on summer signingsBBC Sport
The new Premier League season is just over a month away and the 20 top-flight clubs have been predictably busy, amassing over 30 new signings already.

How to win at five-a-side in 10 very difficult stepsThe Guardian
Nick Ascroft, author of How to win at five-a-side, reckons players should pass to feet, stay central, react quickly when they lose the ball and keep on dreaming

An autistic’s view of the beautiful game Unusual Efforts
If this were a movie, I would describe how through football I found friends and a normal teenage life, but it’s dumb old reality and I didn’t. I was kept at the margins of all things social. I still didn’t speak to anyone. But I found a home in football.

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