BC Soccer News, Thursday, July 19, 2018







Uninspiring Whitecaps still with all to play for after narrow Canadian Championship first leg loss to the ImpactAFTN
We love the Canadian Championship. Always have since watching that first one play out at Swangard (and elsewhere) back in 2008. For me, you can’t beat Cup football. Sadly though, that’s not how the majority seem to see things here in North America, and as this year’s competition welcomed in the MLS teams, the fact that there is no television deal to show the semi-finals is a sad testament to that.

‘Caps face must-win situation at BC Place after 1-0 defeat in first leg of Canadian Championship semisWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will face a must-win situation next week at BC Place after falling 1-0 to Montreal Impact on Wednesday in the first leg of the Canadian Championship semifinal at Stade Saputo.

Silva strike gives Montreal leg up in Canadian Championship semifinalEdmonton Journal
The Impact and the Whitecaps were neither ecstatic nor overly disappointed after Montreal’s 1-0 victory over Vancouver to open their two-game Canadian Championship semifinal on Wednesday.

1-0 is a win for Montreal Impact, but a weak oneMontreal Gazette
Some would view the glass as being half full. Others, half empty following the opening leg of the Canadian Championship semifinal.

Whitecaps fail to make an impact (again)Soccer Shorts
If a person were forced to select Carl Robinson’s least appealing trait as a coach than that fellow could do worse than select his propensity to view the limitations of his squad as a safety net rather than a challenge to be overcome.

Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
After a win and two draws in three consecutive away games, including a pragmatic 1-1 draw against Atlanta United on Sunday, the Seattle Sounders return home to take on a Vancouver Whitecaps FC side that has one win in their last four games in a Cascadia Cup clash.

TFC beat Fury in first leg of Canadian Championship semifinalSportsnet
Toronto FC is right where they want to be after the opening leg of the Canadian Championship semifinal.

Fury can’t solve Toronto FC in violent opening leg of Canadian Championship semifinalOttawa Sun
The Ottawa Fury FC, who are built around their Canadian talent, just couldn’t take advantage after the defending MLS champions left most all of their international stars back home.

Toronto FC soccer fan group triggers blast, ignites fire in the stands at Ottawa Fury gameGlobal News
Members of a sub-group of Toronto FC supporters were escorted out of Ottawa’s TD Place Stadium after they set off a blast, ignited a fire in the stands and threw a flare onto the field during a game against Ottawa Fury on Wednesday night. Ottawa Police are investigating the incident.

TFC is efficient; Montreal wins, but is wasteful in front of goalthe11.ca
Toronto FC will be happy with an efficient 1-0 road win over the Ottawa Fury. The Montreal Impact, meanwhile, might not be so happy with its 1-0 home win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Orlando City can’t build on momentum, falls to Philadelphia in U.S. Open CupPro Soccer USA
The momentum from Orlando City’s first league win in two months didn’t carry over into U.S. Open Cup play.

USOC roundup: LAFC, Chicago join Philly, Houston in semisNBC Sports
All four quarterfinals of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup were played on Wednesday, and not a single one of the fixtures required extra time or penalty kicks. The semifinal field is set, as follows:

Fire Advance in U.S. Open Cup with 4-0 WinChicago Fire
The Chicago Fire advanced to their record 13th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal with a 4-0 win over Louisville City FC Wednesday evening at Toyota Park.

LAFC’s Adama Diomande says he was called racial slur in Portland Timbers gameESPN
LAFC striker Adama Diomande says he was subjected to racial abuse during Wednesday night’s U.S. Open Cup match against the Portland Timbers.

Loons strikers shine to help down RevsSBI
Minnesota United’s dangerous duo of Darwin Quintero and Christian Ramirez chipped in a goal apiece to help the Loons to a 2-1 home win over the New England Revolution on Wednesday.

English club Bristol City make big bid for Crew SC’s Zack SteffenMLS
Columbus Crew SC recently received a transfer offer of nearly $4 million from English Championship club Bristol City for goalkeeper Zack Steffen, league sources have told MLSsoccer.com.

Miami City Commission sends Beckham stadium to Nov. ballotNBC Sports
The Miami City Commission voted on Wednesday to place a referendum on the November ballot, paving the way for Beckham and Co.’s privately-funded complex on city land currently occupied by a golf course.

Faces change, yet Real Salt Lake still relish Rocky Mountain Cup vs. RapidsMLS
Even though the Colorado Rapids have only won three games in the Rocky Mountain Cup since 2013, all at home, what made the rivalry matchup great is still around, even if Real Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando are all that’s left from the heated early days.

Moralez, Blanco and the biggest MLS All-Star snubsSN
The MLS All-Star Game has become a signature event for Major League Soccer, but over the years it has become a bit less about showcasing the players who are actually performing the best at the time of the game.

Real Salt Lake coach Mike Petke suspended, finedNBC Sports
Real Salt Lake coach Mike Petke has been suspended an additional game and fined $10,000 by Major League Soccer for on-field misconduct during a game against Minnesota United.

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BC Games opening ceremonies promise to be magicalGoldstream News-Gazette
The Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games will kick-off on Thursday, July 19 with an opening ceremony that will inspire, delight and entertain. Everyone is invited, and it’s free!

Delta athletes, coaches and officials set to participate in the 2018 BC Summer GamesSurrey Now-Leader
53 athletes and 17 coaches, officials and adult supervisors from Delta are taking part in the games.

CPL Vancouver Island Launch PartyEventbrite
It is our pleasure to invite you to an important announcement regarding the future of professional soccer on Vancouver Island. Please join us at the Roundhouse on July 20th for a celebration of soccer in true Island manner including the announcement of our new Canadian Premier League Club team name, logo and colours.

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 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!

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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AUDIO: Calgary Foothills WFC on cusp of Canadian soccer history660 News
When the United Women’s Soccer National Championship kicks off this weekend, a Canadian team will be there.

CPL players will come from five ‘pools’Hamilton Spectator
With Hamilton’s pro soccer franchise formally launched, and opening kickoff just nine months away, the next public discussion revolves around where Forge FC (Football Club) and the rest of the Canadian Premier League (CPL) will get their players.

Impact U17 looks to future after U.S. Development Academy league semisGlobal News
Montreal Impact’s U17 team for the first time reached the U.S. Soccer Development League’s semi-finals during the 2017-2018 season.

PLSQ-F: Dynamo for Success?Northern Starting XI
Statistically it may not yet be an absolute improbability, yet for the non-Klingons among the faithful NSXI readership it remains highly doubtful whether anyone this season is going to sweep past Québec City’s light-speed flying-machine, Dynamo du Québec. Progressing into the final third stretch of this inaugural season of the PLSQ-F, the team are currently soaring at the top of the table with an impressive 20 points after just eight games played.

Canada fired up to face Brazil on holiday weekend in nation’s capitalThe Equalizer
Paris Saint-Germain’s Ashley Lawrence could be someone who Heiner-Møller calls on to defend Marta. Back home in Caledon, Ontario following her second season in Féminine Division 1, Lawrence can’t wait to play against Brazil on Labour Day weekend.

Canadian officials return from FIFA World Cup in RussiaCSA
Canadian officials have returned from duties at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. While Joe Fletcher was appointed as an Assistant Referee for the second time, both Charmaine Crooks and Charlie Cuzzetto took part in their first FIFA World Cup Russia this summer.

Newest Hurricane no stranger to P.E.I.Journal Pioneer
With plenty of family in the province, Buchanan considered Prince Edward Island her second home. This fall, the Stittsville, Ont., native and Ottawa Fury youth club graduate will make the Island her home for the foreseeable future, as she has committed to the Holland College Hurricanes for the 2018-19 Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association women’s soccer season.

VIDEO: League1 Ontario – Men’s Highlights of the Week (Matchweek 8, 9 & L1 Cup Quarters)YouTube
Video highlights from recent League1 Ontario matches.

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Independence claims Queen City Cup in lossWBTV
The Charlotte Independence claimed the 2018 Queen City Cup with a 4-3 aggregate score of the two-game season-series.

Orlando City SC Loans Pierre Da Silva to Saint Louis FCOrlando City SC
Orlando City SC loans midfielder Pierre Da Silva to United Soccer League (USL) side Saint Louis FC until July 29, 2018.

MLS’s D.C. United add USL affiliate Loudoun United for 2019 kick-offInside World Football
The USL has announced a seventh and final new club for the 2019 season. Loudoun United, based in Loudoun County, Virginia, will play in the USL’s Eastern Conference and will be a subsidiary of MLS’s D.C. United which has just signed Wayne Rooney on a three-year deal.

Austin USL team to unveil name, coach, players early next monthMy Statesman
The name, brand, coach and at least a few players for Austin’s new United Soccer League franchise will be announced Aug. 3 at Circuit of the Americas.

Minor-league soccer could come to Spokane with construction of downtown stadiumSpokane Spokesman
Mayor David Condon is making the hard sell for a new downtown Spokane sports stadium ahead of school board deliberations Wednesday, a pitch that now includes the possibility of professional soccer.


Hey, Gov. Murphy: Fix your sweatshop of a women’s soccer teamNJ.com
Players lived in a house with “plastic bags for windows,” routinely had travel issues that made Planes, Trains and Automobiles feel like a documentary and faced the less-than-professional choice of doing their own laundry or wearing dirty uniforms to practice.

Phil Murphy responds to complaints over poor conditions at Sky BlueThe Equalizer
New Jersey governor and majority Sky Blue FC owner Phil Murphy has responded to a report from The Equalizer about poor living and working conditions for players.

Lynn Williams awarded NWSL Player of the WeekVavel
Lynn Williams was voted NWSL’s Player of the Week for week 16 after leading the Courage to the Playoffs.

Utah Royals FC to Host NWSL Leaders N.C. Courage Friday Night at Rio Tinto StadiumRSL
Friday’s match marks the final of three games against the Courage, the most recent resulting in a 1-0 win for the Utah side back on June 16 at WakeMed Soccer Park, Carolina’s only loss this season.

Jaelene Hinkle got called up to the USWNT. Now what?Stars & Stripes FC
Jaelene Hinkle has once again received a call-up to the US women’s national team after a long absence, first brought about when she declined a spot on a June 2017 roster because she felt she could not wear a jersey with a rainbow number in support of LGBTQ Pride Month.

Jill Ellis names Tournament of Nations rosterStars & Stripes FC
Jill Ellis has named 25 players to her USWNT 2018 Tournament of Nations roster.

NWPL FINAL Preview: A year later Timbers, Stars coaches preparing for championship rematchNWPL
A year ago the Washington Timbers and Seattle Stars faced off in the Northwest Premier League (NWPL) Final at Starfire Sports Stadium. Now it is July 2018 and the same two clubs under the leadership of the same two head coaches are counting down the hours until Saturday night’s kick off at French Field in Kent.

Australia and Ireland in race to secure talented Fowler familyThe Guardian
Australia faces a battle to secure the long-term allegiances of 15-year-old football prodigy Mary Fowler and her talented siblings amid strong overtures from Ireland.

Australia’s Sam Kerr wins ESPY award for Best International Women’s Soccer PlayerESPN
Matildas star Samantha Kerr has added another chapter to her growing list of accolades, taking home the ESPY award for Best International Women’s Soccer Player on Wednesday.

Matildas’ groundswell of support to fuel 2023 Women’s World Cup bid – The Guardian
The Matildas are a representation of modern Australian. A dynamic blend of youth, diversity, enthusiasm and grit. At the Tournament of Nations they face a tough challenge with three of the four competing nations ranked above them, but they’ll demonstrate the determination which has made them one of Australia’s most popular teams. It isn’t the first time, after all, that they’ve been ranked as the underdogs and come out on top.

WSL transfer round-up: 18 JulyVavel
Following on from a busy weekend, we round-up the comings and goings from the last few days in WSL.

Les Bleuettes hoping to extend France’s summer football partyFIFA
Just like the French men’s senior team, they too could be crowned world champions this summer. And just like Les Bleus in 1998, they could achieve the feat on home soil. France’s women’s U-20 side have their own date with destiny next month, with the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup set to kick off in Brittany on 5 August.

Everton and Barcelona take pioneering lead towards equalityThe Guardian
Groundbreaking initiatives at Everton and Barcelona have seen women’s football take two significant steps towards a brave new world of growing commercial opportunities and increased equality with the men’s game.


Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp concerned by increasing demands on internationalsThe Guardian
Jürgen Klopp has said the increasing demands of international football have to stop or clubs will be “collecting the bones” of players throughout the season.

Nantes sign former Manchester United full-back FabioSN
Former Manchester Untied defender Fabio da Silva has signed for Nantes from Middlesbrough, bringing his 10-year spell in English football to an end.

Premier League transfers: Your guide to the window so farBBC Sport
There have been plenty of Premier League transfers you might have missed this summer during the World Cup. So who have each team signed and sold – and who do they need to bring in?

Mourinho discouraged by Man United’s ‘very bad’ pre-seasonSportsnet
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has described the team’s preseason as “very bad” because of the disruption caused by the World Cup and the absence of Alexis Sanchez for the tour of the United States.

Alexis Sanchez: Forward given ‘green light’ to join Man Utd team-mates in USABBC Sport
Sanchez , who accepted a 16-month suspended jail sentence in February for tax fraud, missed the start of the tour as he was unable to get a visa.

Premier League pre-season 2018: a full list of all the clubs’ friendliesThe Guardian
From Singapore to San Diego via Stevenage, here is a rundown of the 20 clubs’ fixtures before the season starts on 10 August.

2018 ICC schedule, teams, scores and TV stream in CanadaSN
It all starts July 20 as Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund clash at Chicago’s Soldier Field, with 27 matches featuring some of the biggest teams in club soccer vying for the ICC title.

CAF Confederation Cup Matchday 3 wrapAfrican Football
The 2018 CAF Confederation Cup returned from an almost two-month break with a full set of group stage Matchday 3 fixtures played across the continent on Wednesday, July 18.

Debutants score as Hearts win first competitive game of seasonBBC Sport
Top-flight Hearts battled past Highland League champions Cove Rangers to win their first competitive match of the season in League Cup Group C.

Hearts CEO: “We inadvertently fielded an ineligible player” in League Cup winHeart of Midlothian FC
“It is with much embarrassment that we have to advise that during last night’s Betfred Cup group stage match away to Cove Rangers, Hearts inadvertently fielded an ineligible player.”

Chinese Super League: Beijing Guoan go first while Anderson Talisca nets debut hat trickESPN
Jonathan Viera’s 87th-minute strike earned Beijing Guoan a 2-1 win over Henan Jianye on Wednesday evening to move Roger Schmidt’s side into first place in the Chinese Super League — as Anderson Talisca had a debut to remember with a hat trick for Guangzhou Evergrande.

Name drain. £450K and still no sponsor partner for West Ham’s London StadiumInside World Football
Nearly £450,000 of taxpayers’ money has been spent trying to find a sponsor for West Ham United’s London Stadium, formerly the capital’s Olympic stadium, according to reports.

7.7 million football fans visit FIFA Fan Fest during Russia 2018FIFA
The FIFA Fan Fest took Russia by storm. Following the exhilarating final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia that saw France take the title, FIFA can confirm that the Russian edition of the FIFA Fan Fest welcomed 7.7 million visitors. This compares to 5.2 million fans at the 2014 edition.

Arsenal hire Candy Crush guruYahoo Sports
Arsenal have turned to one of the minds behind the phone app Candy Crush Saga in an effort to secure Premier League glory.


(Editor’s note: In March, 2018, Vancouver unexpectedly & shockingly dropped out of the running to be a host city for the United 2026 World Cup bid. For the next eight years, BC Soccer Web will continue to cover this story of mismanagement by the BC NDP that denied our province and our children this once in a lifetime opportunity.)

EXCLUSIVE: City of Vancouver documents disprove NDP “Blank Cheque” for Vancouver 2026 World CupBC Soccer Web
Documents obtained by BC Soccer Web show that the BC NDP never faced a “blank cheque” scenario on the 2026 World Cup bid, and that FIFA negotiations would be ongoing with all three governments through 2020.

CONCACAF boss ‘disappointed’ with B.C. bailing on 2026 tournamentToronto Sun
“The BC NDP had assurances,” Montagliani added. “If things weren’t to their liking from a documentation standpoint (they could have walked away by 2020). The reality is they paid no attention to the file,” Montagliani suggested. “They put a junior person on the file. They didn’t pay attention until the eleventh hour.”

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