VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
CHICAGO FIRE vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #16
SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2017, 4:00 PM
TOYOTA PARK, BRIDGEVIEW, IL.
TV: TSN 1 & 4 RADIO: TSN 1410 ONLINE: TSN GO
Shea feeling settled as he plays key role with Whitecaps – Sportsnet
After a mid-week training session at the National Soccer Development Centre, Brek Shea stood beside Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson, taking instructions.
An expanded role awaits Ibini against Chicago – Red Nation Online
Ibini is still trying to find his groove after the May 9th transfer that brought him to Vancouver.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, ‘the hardest player’ Carl Robinson has ever faced – Whitecaps FC
Carl Robinson was asked this week about his memories playing against Bastian Schweinsteiger, who Vancouver Whitecaps FC are set to face on Saturday when they pay visit to Chicago Fire at Toyota Park (4 p.m. PT on TSN1 and TSN 1410 radio). His answer: “Not good.”
Fire Crash Out on Penalties in Cincy – Prost Amerika
For only the second time in club history, the Chicago Fire’s US Open Cup run does not end at either the first hurdle or in the final two rounds. It ended before 32,287 fans at Nippert Stadium at FC Cincinnati defeated the Fire 3-1 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes. It is the sixth time that the Fire have fallen to a lower division opponent in the Cup.
Schweinsteiger falls and Nesta shines on night of shocks in US Open Cup – The Guardian
It was a night of shocks in the US Open Cup on Wednesday as two MLS teams fell to lower division opposition in the last 16.
Youngsters make most of run in Leitch’s first game in charge of Earthquakes – MLS
It’s almost always silly to read too much into any coach’s first match at the helm – even more so if it comes less than 100 hours after said coach has been given the job. Still, it was hard not to notice the number of seldom-used members of the San Jose Earthquakes who helped make Chris Leitch’s debut Wednesday a victorious one, pushing the club into the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals with a 2-1 triumph against the 10-man Seattle Sounders.
Red Bulls Prevail on Penalties to Advance in Open Cup – Empire of Soccer
he New York Red Bulls needed penalty kicks to end a two-game losing streak to the Philadelphia Union in the U.S. Open Cup, prevailing, 5-3, Wednesday night and advancing to the quarterfinals.
Lassiter proves doubters wrong with another goal in Galaxy Open Cup win – MLS
The U.S. Open Cup tournament is proving fruitful for 22-year-old LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Ariel Lassiter. Wednesday against Sacramento Republic he scored his second goal of the tournament, as he continues to show his developing skills.
New York City FC vs. Minnesota United FC | 2017 MLS Match Preview – MLS
NYCFC will host Minnesota United at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night in the first match of Week 18. Both sides head into this clash on undefeated streaks, but NYCFC are the hotter side right now given that they are coming off an impressive road win over a rival and have not lost in their last four.
Talking with Joe Tolleson, NYCFC’s play-by-play man on YES – Hudson River Blue
When New York City FC started up in earnest, just about every one of us in the ol’ MediaSphere was in the same boat: that is, making everything up as we went along. Everything was new: the organization, the players, the stadium, supporters, the parlance, you name it. But one gent had no need to make everything up on the fly— YES television commentator and Sirius radio host Joe Tolleson, a man that insiders would justly (and unanimously) determine to be a Total Pro.
Vanney, TFC remain all business after Canadian Championship win – Sportsnet
How does Greg Vanney celebrate a Canadian Championship title after the dust has finally settled? Does Toronto FC’s coach open up a bottle of wine and stretch out on the couch? A late dinner with his wife Amy? Some horseplay with the kids in the basement before putting them to bed? None of the above.
Real Salt Lake: The Curious Case of Jordan Allen – MLS Multiplex
It’s been a wild ride for one of RSL’s most prized academy graduates, but now four years into his RSL career, his future still seems very uncertain.
MLS Today: Orlando City waives Perez Garcia – Soccer America
Orlando City waived Argentine midfielder Matias Perez Garcia, whose contract was set to expire on Friday, opening an international roster spot for Orlando City B defender Leo Pereira.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Vancouver soccer tournament cuts ties with Canada Soccer, B.C. Soccer over Tibetan women’s team – CBC
The Vancouver International Soccer Festival has cut ties with the B.C. Soccer Association over the participation of a Tibetan women’s soccer team in next month’s tournament.
Highlanders Head On The Road To Face Lane United, Portland Timbers – Highlanders FC
Highlanders FC (2W-OD-5L) kick-off their first of three Premier Development League (PDL) matches in four days, beginning tonight against Lane United FC (2W-4D-4L), who they will also face Saturday before wrapping up the trip Sunday against Portland Timbers U-23 (5W-4D-1L).
‘Birds to play Oxford in semi-final after 5-1 rout of Renmin – UBC
Ryan Arthur’s three-goal performance keyed a offensive outburst for the UBC Thunderbirds, as they booked their place in the semi-finals of the WEUFT World Cup Tuesday with a 5-1 victory over Renmin University of China.
Big weekend for Vancouver Island Wave soccer club – Goldstream News Gazette
A pair of Vancouver Island Wave boys teams, stocked largely with players from Greater Victoria, reached the top of the soccer mountain in the province last weekend, capturing their respective B.C. Premier Cup championships.
AFTN’s Vancouver Whitecaps Residency ‘Ones To Watch’ 2017 (Part One – the U16s) – AFTN
The basis of the feature is to highlight those players who have had a combination of a standout season and have shown potential to move up the ranks of football, whether still as Whitecaps or elsewhere.
KYSA hands out scholarship awards – Kamloops This Week
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) announced the recipients of nine scholarship awards on Wednesday.
Whitecaps defender Kendall Waston scheduled to visit Nelson Youth Soccer Camp – Nelson Daily
Players attending the Whitecaps Youth Soccer Camp next week in Nelson will receive an added bonus as Major League Soccer star Kendall Waston is slated to make an appearance during the week long event.
Year-end play days end Prince Rupert’s youth soccer season – Northern View
Teams from the association’s girls and boys divisions braved the weekend’s rainy conditions and played in multiple games culminating in a series of parents vs player matches where the young athletes got to show off their improved skills.
Cowichan soccer players golden at World Masters Games – Lake Cowichan Gazette
After travelling around the world, a Vancouver Island soccer team featuring two Cowichan Valley players ended up facing a fellow B.C. team for the gold medal at the World Masters Games in New Zealand this spring.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.
BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
PDL PHOTOS: TSS Rovers 2 Lane Utd. 2, May 12, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
3V3 LIVE NATIONAL SOCCER TOUR COMES TO ABBOTSFORD – 3v3 Live Canada
3v3 Live Soccer Tour and Holbrook Sports Management are excited to announce the expansion of the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour into the Canadian soccer market. With the first event previously announced to take place on the August 19/20 weekend in Surrey, BC, the 3v3 Soccer Tour will expand to Abbotsford, BC, on August 20 and will include men’s and women’s open divisions.
2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
REVIEW: The Miracle Mile. Stories of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games – BC BookLook
Author Jason Beck is curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame in BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, and convenor two years ago of an excellent exhibition about the 1954 Games. In his first book, he proves to be a meticulous researcher, a compelling story-teller, and a crafty realist who knows how to hook his readers. Watch how, two pages into the book, he uses filmic technique to evoke the arriving athletes’ youthful buzz and give period colouring and costuming, but then smartly moves his camera in to introduce his stars.
TSS Rovers launch website & 2017 Season Ticket Campaign – TSS Rovers
TSS FC Rovers play their inaugural season in the PDL at iconic Swangard Stadium. Season Tickets are $70 for Adults, $49 for U12 Youth.
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!
To our Readers: A Choice – BC Soccer Web
Soccer has brought us to the United States many times. It’s a great place with decent people. We especially look forward to our Cascadia trips to Seattle and Portland. They’re incredible cities with wonderful supporters. That’s why it was so disheartening to see chaos and fear take hold in the airports and borders of our neighbours to the south.
Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on sale – Highlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
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
Brampton soccer star Cyle Larin told to expect Canada recall at Gold Cup despite DUI charge – Toronto Star
Cyle Larin’s absence from the Canadian soccer team could be a short one. Coach Octavio Zambrano said Wednesday that he plans to recall the Orlando City star striker for the knockout stage of the Gold Cup.
Epic Voyageurs Cup final a boost for tournament’s profile – Waking the Red
If a marketing team for Canada Soccer had planned out how the second leg of this final was going to go, they couldn’t have written a much better script than what happened organically. The game was an award-winning commercial for what this tournament can become.
No end in sight for Tim Hortons Field lawsuit, city says – CBC
The city says it’s “worked hard and in good faith” to settle a lawsuit over Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field stadium, but a new statement shows there’s no immediate end in sight.
Kitchener plans land deal to create city’s biggest sports park – CTV
A major park under construction in Kitchener’s southwest corner could end up doubling in size. The first phase of the South Kitchener District Park, located near Fischer-Hallman and Huron roads, is expected to include a community centre, three sports fields, and greenspace.
‘I’m just going to keep trying and trying’: Grade 2 student makes pitch for soccer at school – CBC
Carter Henry plays soccer every recess at Central Queens Elementary in Hunter River, P.E.I., but it’s still not enough. He’d like Central Queens to have a school team, complete with jerseys and the chance to travel to other schools.
Tickets on sale for #CanadaRED international soccer match in Toronto – CSA
Red, rouge, rosso, vermelho, rojo: no matter how you say it, Canadian supporters are asked to wear their #CanadaRED when Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team faces CONCACAF rivals Jamaica to close out the 2017 Summer of Soccer. The Men’s International Friendly match will give soccer fans a chance to show their Canadian pride when Canada returns to BMO Field in Toronto this Saturday 2 September.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 vs. SOUNDERS 2
SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2017, 3:00 PM
McLEOD ATHLETIC PARK, LANGLEY, BC
Falling short: TFCII, WFC2 need to boost Canadian content in order to meet mandated quotas – the11.ca
Nearly halfway through their 32-games USL schedules, TFCII and the WFC2 aren’t at the 540-minute target. The Whitecap’ affiliate isn’t that far off, at 474 minutes per game through 14 games, so there isn’t really a need to set off the warning bells, yet.
Why do we love the U.S. Open Cup? Let us count the ways. – Washington Post
We love the U.S. Open Cup because both Miami FC and FC Cincinnati won dramatic home matches Wednesday, setting up a quarterfinal showdown between the second-division sides and ensuring a non-MLS team in the semifinals.
Hildebrandt, FCC Stun Fire Before 32,287 – USL
The chant of “Mitch Says No!” has reverberated around Nippert Stadium ever since FC Cincinnati first took to the field at the start of the 2016 USL season.
Open Cup: Miami FC’s Kwadwo Poku adds to his legend – Soccer America
Two weeks after Miami FC beat Orlando City, 3-1, the NASL leader put three goals past Atlanta United to defeat a second MLS team, 3-2. The late winner came from 25-year-old Kwadwo Poku, who moved to Atlanta from Ghana as a teenager and achieved Open Cup heroics with the Georgia Revolution and Atlanta Silverbacks.
Depleted Eddies hope to end long scoreless drought in Jacksonville – the11.ca
On Saturday, while many Canadians will be toasting this country’s 150th birthday, the Eddies might be doing the most Canadian thing of all. Visiting Florida. FCE will take on a Jacksonville Armada team that recorded (drumroll, please) two 1-0 wins over Edmonton to kick off the 2017 NASL season.
FC Edmonton midfielder gets another call up to Canadian national team – National Post
Adam Straith will join the Canadian men’s national soccer team for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Sinclair, Raso Goals Lift Portland Over FC Kansas City – The Equalizer
The Portland Thorns FC rebounded from back-to-back losses and solidified their position in the race for playoffs with Wednesday night’s impressive 3-0 victory over visiting FC Kansas City in front of 16,199 fans. The top four teams qualify for the National Women’s Soccer League postseason and Wednesday’s win propelled Portland (5-3-3, 4-1-1 at home) into third place.
Red Stars Fall on Penalties in Seattle – Prost Amerika
Penalties doomed the Fire in Cincinnati and penalties would doom the Red Stars in Seattle. A pair of penalties from ex-Red Star Megan Rapinoe gave the Seattle Reign a come-from-behind 2-1 win over the Red Stars. The loss ends the Red Stars’ unbeaten run at six.
How Alex Morgan Fits Into the New Pride Lineup – Orlando City SC
After spending the first part of the season with Olympique Lyonnais in France, Alex Morgan is back in Orlando and nearly ready to return to the Pride. The only thing holding her back: a hamstring injury from the end of her time with Lyon. Morgan is on to return to the pitch for the Pride sometime in the next few games, and she spoke over the weekend with Lifetime about her excitement to return to the squad.
Washington Spirit Waive Katie Stengel and Cameron Castleberry – Backline Soccer
The Washington Spirit announced today that forward Katie Stengel and midfielder Cameron Castleberry have been waived.
Meet The Lionesses: The England Women’s Football Team Are Going For Gold – Refinery 29
A few weeks ago, the Women’s FA Cup final was held. Over 35,000 people attended the match between Manchester City and Birmingham. It was a record for the event. Just three years ago, the same cup final drew fewer than 5,000 fans. So what’s changed? Well, for starters, the FA Cup final was held this year, as it has been for the last two years, at Wembley. Rather than a much smaller stadium in Doncaster.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Germany vs Mexico – Confederations Cup Semi-Final Preview – Fussballstadt.com
The second semi-final of the Confederations Cup pitches two of the most fluid attacks in world football together. World Cup champions Germany, die Mannschaft, will host CONCACAF conquerors Mexico, El Tri.
Chicharito, Moreno fit for Germany match — and Mexico needs them – SN
After concerns at the start of the week that Mexico might have to do without Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez when it meets Germany in a Confederations Cup semifinal Thursday, the forward looks to be fit and ready to go after a bout of muscular fatigue.
Chile beat Portugal on penalties in Confederations Cup semi – France 24
Claudio Bravo was Chile’s hero on Wednesday as they beat Portugal 3-0 in a penalty shoot-out in the Confederations Cup semi-finals.
West Brom close to £12m deal to sign Jay Rodriguez – sources – ESPN FC
West Bromwich Albion are closing in on the signing of Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.
Defoe back at Bournemouth on 3-year deal – Metro
England striker Jermain Defoe has joined Bournemouth on a three-year deal, securing a return to a club where he scored in 10 straight league games during a loan spell in 2001.
Ins and Outs: Transfer targets lined up in Premier League – Sportsnet
With six weeks to go until the Premier League begins, English soccer’s top clubs are gearing up for preseason training and in the process of reshaping their squads in what is set to be another off-season of heavy spending.
Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Confederations Cup to meet his twins – ESPN FC
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo will not play in Sunday’s Confederations Cup third place playoff after leaving the camp after Wednesday’s semifinal defeat to Chile to visit his new born twins.
Garcia report: Serious Fraud Office reviewing document after Fifa release – BBC Sport
The Serious Fraud Office is reviewing a Fifa report into controversial bids to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Fifa lets Qatar 2022 sail on, its moral lines in the sand still on the horizon – The Guardian
War fears, deaths, slavery … the main lesson of the Garcia report appears to be that there is no conceivable dealbreaker that could derail Qatar’s World Cup
French police raid Paris Saint-Germain facilities – Sportsnet
French police raided Paris Saint-Germain’s soccer academy on Thursday, acting on a request from the body responsible for collecting taxes.
Police raid site of Lionel Messi’s wedding two days before ceremony – ESPN FC
Police and tax inspectors have carried out a court-ordered search at a casino attached to the hotel that is preparing to host the wedding of Lionel Messi, authorities said, though they denied any connection with the coming nuptials.
Steven Caulker: ‘I’ve sat here for years hating myself … This year was almost the end’ – The Guardian
The QPR defender talks powerfully about his struggles with mental illness, his addictions to gambling and drinking and why he is thankful still to be alive.
Barcelona host Chapecoense in friendly at the Nou Camp on 7 August – BBC Sport
Barcelona will host Chapecoense in a friendly on 7 August to pay tribute to those who died when the Brazilian team’s plane crashed last November.
‘It gets a bit boring’: a Montrose fan on 21 seasons in Scotland’s fourth division – The Guardian
Montrose have not been promoted or relegated since John Major was in No10 and George Michael was at No1, but the fans’ love of their club is undying.