BC Soccer News, Thursday, March 21, 2019





SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2019, 2019



The State Of Whitecaps Nation: Ten thoughts to digest at the first international breakAFTN
The pre-season has come and gone, as have the opening game jitters and excitement. Now we find ourselves at the March international break, so it seems like a natural time to assess where we are and what we’ve learned from this “new look” 2019 Vancouver Whitecaps’ side. Hype and anticipation are one thing, but let’s look at what has unfolded on the pitch.

Vancouver Whitecaps remain work in progressPro Soccer USA
It was another disappointing result for the Vancouver Whitecaps last weekend against a highly experienced Houston Dynamo side. As a result, the Whitecaps have now lost their first three games of the season, for the first time since joining Major League Soccer back in 2011.

Whitecaps FC provide injury update on midfielder Andy RoseWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Tuesday that midfielder Andy Rose suffered a concussion and a facial fracture during the second half of last Saturday’s match at Houston Dynamo.

Beasley to miss 4-6 weeks with knee injuryNBC Sports
One of Major League Soccer’s elder statesman could have used this injury as a sign it’s time to hang up the boots. Instead, it will just be a brief spell on the sidelines.

Erik Hurtado out 2-3 months after knee surgeryThe Blue Testament
On Tuesday, Erik Hurtado underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee at Lakewood Hospital in Lees Summit, Missouri. The Sporting Kansas City backup striker will be out for 2-3 months as he makes his recovery.

NYCFC may have found its goal-scoring answer in CroatiaNY Post
Is Heber New York City FC’s goal-scoring savior? After the club decided to start its season without a natural forward, and since has endured an early-season scoring drought, HNK Rijeka forward Heber Araujo dos Santos is indeed a target and is taking a medical in Manchester ahead of a possible transfer, according to sources.

Will Alejandro Pozuelo be the ‘new Victor Vazquez’ for Toronto FC?Sportsnet
How do you solve a problem like Victor Vazquez? If you’re Toronto FC, and you suddenly have to replace one of your most influential stars, you go out and find another Spanish playmaker in Alejandro Pozuelo, the team’s newest Designated Player who is slated to arrive in town this week.

Who needs Giovinco when you got a bunch of guys with lunch pailsToronto Sun
When Don Cherry coached the Boston Bruins, his team was known as the ‘Lunch Pail’ gang, for the blue-collar work ethic they showed in games and practices. Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney has the same feeling about his club this year.

Montreal Impact star Ignacio Piatti joins MLS “100 club”Sportsnet
Montreal Impact attacker Ignacio Piatti had a brace in Saturday’s 3-1 road win over Orlando City SC. Those two goals brought him up to 66 goals scored, which combined with 34 assists, makes him the latest player to join the MLS “100 Club” with 100 combined goals and assists in regular-season play.

“I’m wired in a way that I don’t want to be content” – Evan BushMontreal Impact
It’s been a hell of a 12 months for goalkeeper Evan Bush. Entering the last year of his contract last season, the American put up his best season yet, ranking among the league leaders in almost every category between the sticks.

Montreal Impact announce forward Jack McInerney on trial with clubMLS
The Montreal Impact announced on Twitter on Wednesday that forward Jack McInerney is currently on trial at the club.

Beckham’s temporary Inter Miami stadium site gets nod in Ft. LauderdaleESPN
David Beckham’s plans to build an 18,000 seat stadium in Ft. Lauderdale to temporarily house his MLS expansion club Inter Miami in 2020 and 2021 was given the green light by the city commissioners on Tuesday.

Right name, wrong team: Whitecaps fans caught up in jersey ordering snafuCTV
Four fans of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC have had refunds and replacement jerseys issued by the team after a jersey mixup that saw player names attached to the wrong team.





SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019, 4:00 PM


Rovers Tigers and West Van impress on their way to reaching VMSL Imperial Cup finalAFTN
The 2019 VMSL Imperial Cup final is all set after two hard fought semi-finals played out at Empire Fields on Saturday afternoon. By the end of them, BCT Rovers Tigers United and West Van FC are the last two teams standing for the chance to lift the famous old trophy at the end of the month.

SFU stadium project gets shovel treatmentBurnaby Now
Golden shovels pierced the ground on Tuesday morning, officially marking the start of construction for the new stadium at Simon Fraser University which is targeted to open in the summer of 2020.

Cowichan United punches ticket to provincial U21 tournamentCowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan United beat the odds to qualify for the U21 soccer provincial championships.

Inside the Whitecaps’ ambitious, Canada-wide academy programMLS
Late last week, as the club’s first team was kicking off their match at the Houston Dynamo, the Vancouver Whitecaps welcomed more than 450 of Canada’s top youth players to British Columbia for their academy center combine.

This Prince George soccer program produces players with Major League opportunitiesPrince George Matters
Vancouver Whitecaps inviting three Northern Academy members to annual youth showcase.

A Surrey coach recalls Alphonso Davies’ rise, days after his first goal for Bayern MunichCloverdale Reporter
Adam Day, technical director at Guildford Athletic Club since last fall, coached Davies when he first arrived in Vancouver to play in the Whitecaps system.

The 2019 BC Soccer Web Super Schedule of Soccer in BC – BC Soccer Web
With so much soccer happening in BC this year, it’s getting tougher to keep track of the big matches and your favourite teams. BC Soccer Web has you covered! Here, in one spot, are the combined schedules for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Pacific FC, TSS Rovers and Highlanders FC. We’ll also be adding the WPSL teams, along with the marquee matches from the amateur ranks as those dates become set, so keep coming back for the latest updates.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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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.





SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019, 3:00 PM


End of era for Canada’s most unheralded sporting star, Atiba HutchinsonThe Province
The rise of the Alphonso Davies era is counter-balanced by the end of Atiba Hutchinson’s. He never achieved the recognition at home that Davies has been bestowed, but Hutchinson is one of the most beloved figures in one of the world’s most soccer-mad countries.

Davies “devastated” to miss Canada match, may travel to BC despite injuryMLS
Alphonso Davies has been on a roller coaster ride of emotions over the last couple of days, and it’s taken its toll on the young Canadian winger.

Future pledged to Canada, Tabla eager to help “dangerous” group achieveMLS
There was a time, not that long ago, when the Canadian men’s national team wasn’t the country of choice for a number of Canada’s promising young dual nationality players. Things have started to change for the better in recent years, a trend proliferated with head coach John Herdman at the helm.

Eustáquio brings European savvy to Cavalry FCSudbury Star
The Canadian Premier League club has announced the signing of the 26-year-old Ontario product who was actually born in Portugal and spent his youth years learning his soccer skills in the European country.

Cavalry FC dominate in first preseason matchSudbury Star
Cavalry FC played host to the Vancouver Whitecaps U23 team, taking down the visitors by a score of 2-0.

It’s Official: York9 to Play in York Lions StadiumNorthern Starting XI
York9 has officially revealed that they will be playing the 2019 Canadian Premier League season in the York Lions Stadium, a surprise to very few people but a welcome announcement none-the-less.

Canadian Premier League to be powered by fan supportLeader Post
When Paul Beirne was previously in Edmonton, the idea of a local team in the Canadian Premier League was just a fan movement.

Former Vaughan Azzurri Player Ryan Telfer Returns Home Via York9League1 Ontario
By now, most GTA soccer fans have seen Ryan Telfer’s first MLS goal. Back in May of 2018, the deputized left winger came barrelling down, unmarked, into the 18-yard box from out wide and made no mistake in smashing a cross into the net, snatching a victory for Toronto FC from the jaws of an otherwise ordinary draw.

Using freestyle soccer to teach an anti-bullying messageLeader Post
For educators, engaging students in anti-bullying lessons can be difficult, unless of course those educators are two freestyle soccer champions.

Interim indoor turf options could hit roadblockThunder Bay Newswatch
Multi-million dollar price tags could freeze desire to move forward with a new interim indoor turf facility until the future of the proposed nearly $30 million multi-purpose venue is determined.


Toronto FC loans Jon Bakero to USL’s Phoenix Rising FCSportsnet
Toronto FC has loaned forward Jon Bakero to Phoenix Rising FC of the USL Championship.

Reno 1868 FC has signed midfielder Sergio Rivas pending league and federation approval, the club announced Wednesday.

We Play for OurselvesFresno Soccer News
The MLS’s relationship with the USL is an interesting one. Many hardcore USL fans are often down on the deal – seeing MLS owned teams as an unneeded drain on resources and conference spots. There are some upshots to be sure, like the ability to get players farmed out from the MLS which might raise the caliber of affiliate teams, but the consistent presence of “2” teams is looked at with disdain by most.

Take A Virtual Tour of Louisville City FC’s New StadiumUSL
Ahead of this Saturday’s final home opener at Slugger Field, two-time defending USL Cup champion Louisville City FC revealed on Wednesday what fans will have to look forward to in approximately 12 months with an incredible virtual tour of the club’s soccer-specific stadium that is currently under construction in the Butchertown neighborhood.


Lyon, Barcelona ahead as Bayern heldUEFA
Lyon edged a quarter-final first-leg win against Wolfsburg as Barcelona took control and Slavia pegged back Bayern.

Women’s Champions League: Chelsea Women v Paris Saint-Germain FemininesBBC Sport
Media interest in Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final, coupled with a new sponsorship deal for the Women’s Super League, is a sign of the game’s growth, says midfielder Karen Carney.

Women’s soccer in England secures record sponsorship dealNBC Sports
Women’s soccer in England will receive record levels of investment after its top league secured a sponsorship deal reportedly worth more than 10 million pounds ($13.2 million) over the next three seasons.

Women’s Super League: Emma Hayes says Barclays sponsorship is ‘watershed moment’BBC Sport
Barclays’ multi-million pound sponsorship of the Women’s Super League is a “watershed moment” for the game, says Chelsea manager Emma Hayes.

FIFA receives record nine expressions of interest to host 2023 Women’s World CupThe Equalizer
Nine different federations have expressed their interest to host the 2023 World Cup, FIFA says, a record number for the marquee women’s tournament.

FIFA will only allow natural grass fields at 2023 Women’s WCNBC Sports
The stipulation is contained in requirements sent to bidding nations and follows controversy over the use of artificial turf at the 2015 tournament in Canada.


Euro 2020 qualifiers and international football: 10 things to look out forThe Guardian
Giggs’s credentials under the microscope, Berahino’s Burundi opportunity and another international debut for Rice.

Undistracted by tradition, tactical Giggs presses on with Slovakia planFour Four Two
Ryan Giggs says his determination to press home Wales’ “advantage” at the start of their European Championship campaign was the reason behind fielding a second-string side in the 1-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago.

Lionel Messi returns for Argentina but can his dreams finally be realised?The Guardian
The Barcelona forward will play for his country again on Friday but can he lead this squad, which is less gifted than in the past, to glory in the Copa América?

Conmebol’s Dominguez says South American bid leads race for 2030 World CupInside World Football
The four-nation South American bid to host the 2030 World Cup should definitely be regarded as the favourite to win the rights, according to the region’s top official, despite what will likely be a strong challenge from Europe.

Wambach, Buddle, Cooper headline newcomers on National Soccer Hall of Fame ballotSBI
The National Soccer Hall of Fame released its official list of eligible candidates for 2019’s induction class on Tuesday. One of the greatest players in U.S. Women’s National Team history headlined the selections while plenty of former MLS standouts entered their first year of eligibility.

Ex Colombia soccer star arrested for drug shipmentsStar Phoenix
Former Southampton and Portsmouth midfielder Jhon Viafara has been arrested in his native Colombia on a U.S. drug warrant.

Watch: A-League referee mic’d up during matchNBC Sports
In his final A-League match before moving to England to be in the League Championship pool of referees, Jarred Gillett agreed to be mic’d up by local broadcasters so that fans could hear the game through his senses. The result is an incredible display of communication, knowledge, confidence and refereeing expertise that gives the viewers a new-found respect for referees.

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