BC Soccer News, Thursday, June 23, 2016





Union extend home unbeaten streak to 10Philadelphia Union
Philadelphia Union defeated Chicago Fire 4-3 Wednesday night at Talen Energy Stadium and matched a franchise record for 10 consecutive home matches unbeaten. Roland Alberg led the way, recording the second hat-trick in Union history to secure the record, which dates back to Sept. 20, 2015. The club is 8-0-2 during that stretch in MLS matches. The Union will return to action on Saturday, June 25 against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

MLS Week 16 Preview: California Classico, moreEmpire of Soccer
Major League Soccer is nearing the halfway point of its regular season. This week, there are 12 matches going on. If you’re not interested in the third place match at Copa America, MLS will have a busy Saturday night slate of soccer.

RSL overcomes early deficit to top Red BullsSBI
A bizarre deflection made for the winning goal Wednesday night for Jordan Allen and Real Salt Lake. RSL claimed a late 2-1 win against the New York Red Bulls in the 89th minute off a corner kick, when Allen sent the ball toward goal and his shot deflected off of Chris Duvall and in the net.

Colorado Rapids’ depth is tested, but unbeaten run remains alive after draw MLS
The Colorado Rapids came into StubHub Center Wednesday night sporting the league’s best record and a ten-match unbeaten streak. They still have both, after drawing the LA Galaxy 0-0, and now move into a stretch where they’ll add in more players in the coming weeks, from injury, international duty, or via transfer.

Benoit Cheyrou Has Been the Glue Holding Toronto FC Together As of Late Waking the Red
It is no coincidence that the veteran’s return from injury has led to Toronto being in some of their best form of the year.

Portland Timbers still have chance to head into second half of season above the red lineOregonian
The Portland Timbers had every reason to believe that they were on their way to a strong start in MLS play when they beat the Columbus Crew to open the 2016 regular season on March 6.

LA Galaxy sign forward Jack McBean from LA Galaxy IILA Galaxy
McBean originally signed with the LA Galaxy in 2011 as a Homegrown Player. In MLS, McBean made 17 overall appearances with two goals and two assists. At age 16, McBean became the youngest player in LA Galaxy history to play in a game, start a game and score a goal.

Montreal Impact’s Laurent Ciman nominated for ESPY as best player in MLS Montreal Gazette
Montreal Impact defender Laurent Ciman is up for an ESPY award in the Best MLS Player category, the club announced Thursday.

Red Bulls’ Luis Robles nominated for an ESPYEmpire of Soccer
Luis Robles was a rock for the Supporters’ Shield winning New York Red Bulls throughout the 2015 season. His performances not only helped the team win a second piece of hardware for the trophy case, but also garnered Robles MLS honors as league Goalkeeper of the Year.

Impact practice facility key for club’s future, Saputo says Montreal Gazette
On Wednesday morning, it was Impact president Joey Saputo who was on hand to show off the family’s latest investment: a $16-million soccer practice facility on Letourneux St. in Montreal’s east end. Two years ago, the Impact purchased Caserne Letourneux, which was built in 1915, and it has been under renovation since February 2015. Officially renamed Centre Nutrilait on Wednesday, it is a very impressive, world-class facility.

In latest push, Kraft eyes soccer stadium in Dorchester Boston Globe
Robert Kraft’s hunt for a new home for the New England Revolution has led him to hold talks about building a soccer stadium in Dorchester at the site of the former Bayside Expo Center, now owned by the University of Massachusetts.

Move to BMO Field gives Argos another chance to succeed in TorontoMetro
For Scott Milanovich, it’s the most significant sign of stability since his arrival five years ago. For the Toronto Argonauts, it’s another chance to carve out their niche in a very crowded sports landscape.

VIDEO: Drogba the King & Montreal Soccer CultureMLS
The Movement, hosted by former MLS forward Calen Carr, is a new series from MLS Digital that explores the growing soccer movement and soccer culture in North AmericaIn Episode 1, Carr visits Montreal to learn about the city’s unique culture and history — on and off the field.

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Whitecaps FC Residency get off to winning start at 2016 Academy PlayoffsWhitecaps FC
In scorching Texas heat, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency teams both got off to winning starts in the 2016 USSDA Playoffs on Wednesday.

USSDA PLAYOFFS: FC Dallas teams roll on day one FC Dallas
The 2016 US Soccer Development Academy playoffs kicked off on Wednesday at the Toyota Soccer Center with FC Dallas teams starting the group stage strong. Here’s a recap of all the action.

Residency Week: Ten Count with Vancouver Whitecaps U18 captain David NormanAFTN
Most old time Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian National team supporters know the name David Norman. They would be talking about the current TSN 1040 Whitecaps colour man David Norman Sr, but to the newer supporters who have followed the Whitecaps Residency the past few seasons, they have been watching and following the up and coming career of David Norman Jr.

KYSA round-up to June 19, 2016Kamloops This Week
It was do-or-die and the under-13 Kamloops Blaze L boys delivered.

Whitecaps bringing prospects camp to Simcoe Simcoe Reformer
Norfolk County may well be Toronto FC country but the Vancouver Whitecaps are looking to change that.

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.

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!

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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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.

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Can a Canadian 2026 World Cup bid and a Calgary 2026 Olympic bid co-exist?the11.ca
Calgary has made national headlines over the last couple of days after its city council agreed to back a study that might return a recommendation that the city could, if it wanted, have the wherewithal to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

U. of Toronto Seeks Women’s Soccer Assistant CoachSIRC
The University of Toronto is seeking a candidate to fill the position of Assistant Coach for the Varsity Blues Women’s Soccer program.

Renegades soccer not phased by slow startRed Deer Express
A slow start to the season isn’t the end of the world to the Red Deer Renegades soccer team, who are off to an 0-3-0 start to the 2016 Alberta Major Soccer League season.

CDSL: Change for the better Cornwall Standard-Freeholder
At 53, Chris Smith is an elderstatesman in the Cornwall District Soccer League. He’s also been the league president for about a decade, and has played in the loop much longer than that. Yeah, he’s witnessed some changes, most notably with the product on the field.

Brock soccer team adds local talentNiagara This Week
The Badgers added St. Catharines goalkeeper Marilena Spagnolo of Sir Winston Churchill and three Niagara Falls players who attend Saint Michael Catholic: midfielders Cassandra Stirpe and CJ Belme and defender Kandis Klipich.







Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

WFC2 captain Kyle Greig looks forward to battle against former teamWhitecaps FC
On Saturday, Whitecaps FC 2 captain Kyle Greig will be lining up opposite some familiar faces on the other team when the ‘Caps visit Oklahoma City Energy FC at Taft Stadium.

FC Edmonton announces departure of midfielder Ritchie JonesFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton announced, June 22, the release of midfielder Ritchie Jones. Jones and the club mutually agreed to part ways following a meeting between the two parties at the conclusion of the Eddies’ North American Soccer League (NASL) Spring Season.

FC Edmonton GM: The Eddies can’t be “second or third fiddle” at Clarke Fieldthe11.ca
Jay Ball says that the Eddies want to make some more changes, too. The Eddies will play all of their home games — except one — on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. local. In 2017, the Eddies would like a lot of Saturday night home dates — but it’s not their call. Ball said that as tenants in a city-owned facility, the team doesn’t have control over dates it would like.

Rio Grande Valley, Arizona Finish DeadlockedUSL
Arizona United SC rallied to earn a 1-1 draw against Rio Grande Valley FC on Wednesday night at the UT RGV Soccer Complex.

Niko Krancjar leaves Cosmos, signs with RangersEmpire of Soccer
It’s official: Niko Kranjcar is leaving the New York Cosmos. Kranjcar, 31, has signed with recently promoted, historic Scottish side Rangers FC, putting an end to his half season in New York.

Sources: Red Bulls send Ouimette to Armada on season-long loanEmpire of Soccer
EoS has learned that the Red Bulls have reached an agreement with the Jacksonville Armada on a season long loan deal, sending the Canadian international to the North American Soccer League through the 2016 season.

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Henry assists as unbeaten Thorns beat Chicago, go top Equalizer
Amandine Henry registered an assist in her first NWSL start to help Portland Thorns FC reach the midway point of the season undefeated with a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Red Stars. Henry, in her home debut, redirected a Tobin Heath corner kick toward goal, where Nadia Nadim flicked it home from the doorstep. Christine Sinclair opened the scoring for the Thorns, who became the fourth team in NWSL history to go 10 or more games without a loss.

NWSL MATCH RECAP | Portland Thorns FC 2, Chicago Red Stars 0 Timbers.com
Behind a pair of first-half goals from forwards Christine Sinclair and Nadia Nadim, and an assist from midfielder Amandine Henry on her home debut, Portland Thorns FC extended their unbeaten streak to 10 matches with a 2-0 win against the Chicago Red Stars in front of 16,931 fans on Wednesday night at Providence Park.

Damallsvenskan Week 10 Preview: Crucial encounters all roundVavel
What another set of terrific fixtures we’ve got this week in the Damallsvenskan, which doesn’t hesitate to throw us right into the action with two high stake games as early as Thursday.

England’s Steph Houghton and Fara Williams collect MBEs The FA
England pair Steph Houghton and Fara Williams were at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday to collect their MBE awards.

Man City’s Houghton has a day she will never forget at Buckingham PalaceManchester Evening News
Manchester City captain Steph Houghton has been at the forefront in an upsurge in popularity for the women’s game.

FA WSL 2016 Mid-season review: ArsenalVavel
Can the Gunners push on after their FA Cup success?

New Fifa scribe Samoura wants more women in football hierarchy Goal
The Senegalese has assumed office as the first female and African Fifa secretary general after 21 years service with the United Nations and she hopes for more women in football.




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No Arturo Vidal, no problem as Chile beat Colombia en route to Copa final ESPN FC
Chile defeated Colombia 2-0 in the semifinals of the Copa America Centenario and will play Argentina in Sunday’s final at MetLife Stadium in a rematch of last year’s final.

Early goals pace Chile in win over ColombiaSBI
The first 45 minutes of Wednesday’s Copa America semifinal belonged to Chile. The next two hours were dominated by Chicago’s wild weather. Eventually, after more than two hours of delay and a wide open second half that saw Colombia reduced to 10 men, Chile pulled off a 2-0 win against Colombia at Soldier Field.

Copa Spotlight: Chile storms into final, againSoccer America
Chile and Argentina will meet for the third time in the last year in the Copa America as La Roja reached the final of the Copa Centenario with a 2-0 win over Colombia in a weather-delayed game in Chicago. Chile, the 2015 Copa America winner over Argentina in a shootout in the final, fell to Argentina in their opening game of the Centenario.

Colombia’s David Ospina praises Chile’s Alexis Sanchez after Copa lossESPN FC
Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina praised Chile rival and Arsenal teammate Alexis Sanchez after La Roja ended Colombia’s Copa America Centenario dreams on Wednesday night with a 2-0 semifinal defeat at Soldier Field.

Storms move across Midwest; Chicago soccer fans take shelter Medicine Hat News
Powerful storms packing hurricane-force winds and large hail moved across parts of the Midwest Wednesday night, including in Chicago where soccer fans attending the Copa America semifinal at Soldier Field were urged to take immediate shelter.

USA vs. Colombia: U.S. national team gets shot at redemption in Copa America 2016Goal
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann gets a chance to redeem himself with a Copa rematch against Colombia in the consolation game.

Gulati: ‘We’re obviously a long way off’ Soccer America
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said the USA-Argentina semifinal at the Copa Centenario was a way to judge the state of the national team program — and it did just that.

COPA AMERICA 2016 Photos: Argentina 3, Bolivia 0, June 14, 2016BC Soccer Web
Bill Currie’s exclusive photos from the Copa America Centenario in Seattle for BC Soccer Web.

COPA AMERICA 2016 PHOTOS: USA 2, Ecuador 1, June 16, 2016 BC Soccer Web
Bill Currie’s exclusive photos from the Copa America Centenario in Seattle for BC Soccer Web.

COPA AMERICA 2016 PHOTOS: Peru 1, Haiti 0, June 4, 2016 BC Soccer Web
Bill Currie’s exclusive photos from the Copa America Centenario in Seattle for BC Soccer Web.

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How to Watch Euro 2016 on TV in Canada – BC Soccer Web
The Euros are one of the most popular soccer events on Canadian Television screens. Past Euro competitions have garnered high TV ratings in Canada, and all of the matches are easily accessible.

TSN’s Euro 2016 TV ScheduleTSN
The most up to date resource for upcoming Euro 2016 Matches on TSN.

Euro’s expanded format was a bad idea, but knockouts should be better ESPN FC
The phony war at the European Championship is over. Let the games begin. Playing 36 matches for the expedient of reducing 24 teams to a final 16 proved as bad an idea on grass as it always looked on paper.

Euro 2016: Has the time come to ditch extra time?Sportsnet
Now the real stuff begins. With the group stages finished and the round of 16 ties locked, Euro 2016 will hit its stride beginning Saturday. Only eight teams have fallen at the first hurdle, making this the widest field in the tournament’s history.

Hodgson demands ruthlessness from England to open up IcelandGoal
The Three Lions boss has urged his side to become more clinical in and around the box in order to down the Euro 2016 minnows and advance through to the last eight.

Iceland’s Euro 2016 knockout clash vs. England a ‘dream’ – ArnasonESPN FC
Iceland midfielder Kari Arnason says meeting England in the knockout round of Euro 2016 is a “dream come true.”

VIDEO: Announcer goes wild as Iceland beats Austria at Euro 2016 Toronto Star

Historic win see Ireland advance to knockout round of Euro 2016SBI
The Republic of Ireland advanced out of the group stage at a major tournament for the first time since the 2002 World Cup on Wednesday with a 1-0 win  over Italy to conclude Group E action.

Euro 2016: Wales v Northern Ireland, England v Iceland & Republic of Ireland v France in last 16BBC Sport
Wales will play Northern Ireland in the last 16 of Euro 2016, while England take on Iceland and the Republic of Ireland face France.

Ronaldo scores twice in Portugal’s draw with Hungary at Euro 2016 Toronto Star
Cristiano Ronaldo erupted from his scoring slump by netting his first two goals of the European Championship on Wednesday, helping Portugal earn a 3-3 draw with Hungary and sending both teams into the round of 16.

The Rise of Ivan Perišić at Euro 2016 Futbolgrad
Together with Darijo Srna, Perišić threatened time and time again with his strong wing play in a game that, especially in the beginning of the second half, was going Croatia’s way. Unlike Srna, however, Perišić could be found coming down on both wings, and at times was supporting Srna on the right wing in what was a tactical master class by Croatia.

Iniesta: Italy tie will benefit SpainGoal
The playmaker admits the Azzurri are a “powerful” opponent but believes facing tough tests along the way will bring out the best in him and his team-mates in France.

Manchester United star De Gea sends message to Euro 2016 critics Manchester Evening News
David de Gea was blamed for Spain’s Euro 2016 defeat to Croatia but the Man Utd goalkeeper had a brilliant message for his critics.

Germany waiting on Jerome Boateng’s status vs. SlovakiaSportsnet
With fitness worries over central defender Jerome Boateng, Germany coach Joachim Loew gave his players the day off Thursday.

Belgium sends Sweden packing at Euro 2016 Toronto Star
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played his last game for Sweden, a 1-0 loss to Belgium on Wednesday at the European Championship.

Payet among star performers, Zlatan among busts from Euro group stageESPN FC
There has been no shortage of intrigue over the first couple of weeks of Euro 2016. Spain’s defeat to Croatia and England’s failure to knock down Slovakia’s defence finds the five pre-tournament favourites — Spain and England plus Germany, Italy and France — fighting for two semi-final spots.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘very proud’ of Sweden career ESPN FC
Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is proud of the career he has had for his country in the wake of their Euro 2016 exit on Wednesday.

Pundit for a day: ‘Caps head coach Carl Robinson appears on TSN’s Euro panelWhitecaps FC
Turns out Carl Robinson may have a future in TV one day.

Jamie Vardy signs new deal to stay at Leicester CitySportsnet
Jamie Vardy agreed to stay with Leicester on Thursday to spearhead their English Premier League title defence and first Champions League campaign.

Galatasaray: Uefa ban upheld after appealBBC Sport
Galatarasay’s appeal against their two-year ban from playing in Europe has been dismissed, Uefa has confirmed.

Griezmann signs new Atletico Madrid ContractGoal
The France international had been linked with a summer move away from the Vicente Calderon but he has now ended speculation by inking a five-year contract extension.

Real Madrid asked to pay up to €120m for Paul Pogba by JuventusThe Guardian
Juventus are likely to counter Real Madrid’s attempts to make Paul Pogba the world’s most expensive player by offering him a contract extension until 2021 and boosting his wages from €5m a year to €7m (£5.4m).

Romanian ex-soccer chief gets 7 years for evasion, fraudSportsnet
A Romanian court has sentenced the former chairman of the Romanian Professional Football League to seven years in prison for tax evasion, embezzlement, and money laundering.

ACL quarter-finalists FC Seoul, Jeonbuk advance in Korean FA CupAFC
Both of Korea Republic’s AFC Champions League quarter-finalists booked their place in the last eight of the 2016 Korean FA Cup on Wednesday, with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors coming from a goal down to defeat Dankook University 3-1 after extra time and FC Seoul edging Ansan Mugunghwa FC 2-1 in what was the last match under the helm of Choi Yong-soo, who leaves the club to join Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning.

Chinese set to clamp down on imported foreign players quotaInside World Football
China is reportedly considering a change to its foreign player quota at Super League clubs. Chinese clubs hit the news with a number of big international signings in the winter.

The key to an injury-free workout routine? Remembering everything is connected. Washington Post
Some gym-goers might forsake the warm-up because, well, they don’t have much time and warm-ups aren’t really a workout. True, but the body has a hard time adjusting when it goes from zero to 60, and on a muscular level, warming up is kind of like lubricating an engine. In other words, the soft tissue gets primed when the blood starts flowing, says Justin Mullner, a sports medicine doctor and team physician for D.C. United.

Forget Brexit, Liverpool fans get focussed on voting in a picture competitionInside World Football
Forget the ‘in or out’ vote for the UK’s future in Europe on Thursday, Liverpool fans – who definitely won’t be in Europe next season – have until Friday to vote for the winning picture of the new Main Stand redevelopment at Anfield.

Icelandic firm offers England players free whale-watching holiday to ‘recover from defeat’The Guardian
A sailing holiday company has offered to cheer up England’s players after Iceland beat them on Monday by taking them on a free whale-watching day-trip.

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