BC Soccer News, Thursday, May 16, 2019





Report and Reaction: Marvelous Max can’t save Whitecaps against MLS champsAFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps were unable to keep their winning ways going as they dropped a 1-0 result to the defending MLS Cup Champions Atlanta United at BC Place on Wednesday night.

Crépeau stands tall, but ‘Caps fall in tight match versus defending champsWhitecaps FC
A first-half penalty kick ultimately decided a close match as Vancouver Whitecaps FC dropped a 1-0 decision to the defending MLS Cup champions, Atlanta United, under the rain at BC Place on Wednesday evening.

Atlanta 1 Whitecaps 0: Quiet storm capsizes Caps’ win streakNational Post
B.C. Place wasn’t empty for Wednesday night’s 1-0 to Atlanta United, but the announced crowd of 16,138 left the confines of the Dome feeling cavernous and quiet.

Whitecaps fall 1-0 to visiting Atlanta United Chilliwack Progress
Josef Martinez scored to help Atlanta United continue their winning ways Wednesday as the club posted a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

MLS Review: Atlanta extend winning streak, Sounders hold on Yahoo Sports
Atlanta United made it five straight wins in MLS on Wednesday, while the Seattle Sounders closed the gap atop the Western Conference.

Toronto FC shoots its way into MLS record book but still can’t scoreCTV
Toronto FC shot its way into the record book, ultimately for futility, in a disappointing 0-0 tie against D.C. United on Wednesday night.

Fernandez scores on debut to snare Portland point in TexasNBC Sports
Brian Fernandez scored on debut to lead the Portland Timbers in a 1-1 draw with the Dynamo in Houston on Wednesday.

Longtime Real Salt Lake mainstay Joao Plata’s days with the club may be numberedSalt Lake Tribune
It appears Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata will soon be on the move. Two sources with knowledge of the situation told The Salt Lake Tribune that RSL is in talks to find a landing spot for the 27-year-old Ecuadorian forward in Liga MX. Plata’s agent, Gonzalo Vargas, told The Tribune that multiple teams in Mexico are an option for Plata.

Is it actually surprising that Carlos Vela turned down Mexico?Angels on Parade
Carlos Vela was left off Mexico’s preliminary Gold Cup roster this week, closing the door on speculation he’d be off to play for El Tri this summer.

Toronto FC reacts after sexual comments attributed to player hit social mediaDelta Optimist
Citing actions “disappointing and inconsistent with the values and culture we believe in,” Toronto FC says it is handling internally “an issue with a player.”

It May Cost Chicago Fire Over $60M To Buy Out Bridgeview Stadium Lease, But It Will Be Worth ItForbes
It is not official yet but it looks as if the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer is close to calling time on life at SeatGeak Stadium in Bridgeview.

My dinner with Ernst: a review of the Philadelphia Union sporting director’s roundtableThe Brotherly Game
You know the trouble of being a Philadelphia fan. We don’t get dynasties; we only get moments. The Philadelphia Union are in one of those moments. As Ernst Tanner, the team’s sporting director, said–and I’m so paraphrasing here–that the Union are being asked every week if they can win and the team is answering.

MLS’s Left-Behind Bigger Markets Start to Feel the UrgencySI.com
It’s fun to speculate about expansion, to imagine what Austin FC might become or who among Sacramento, St. Louis, Charlotte, Phoenix, Detroit, Las Vegas, San Diego, or others might join the league. It distracts from games that still don’t mean enough, played by too many interchangeable teams wearing reversible uniforms in a competition where more than half the league makes the playoffs. And it distracts from the very real issues MLS faces in its biggest markets.






Cavalry ride away with key victory over Pacific FCTimes Colonist
It doesn’t look as if the dream B.C. derby against the Vancouver Whitecaps will be happening any time soon for Pacific FC. That is unless PFC is able to pull off a Liverpool in the second leg next week against Cavalry FC in Calgary.

Calgary’s Cavalry FC comes out with a win against Pacific FC Wednesday nightSaanich News
Despite a well-fought second half, Pacific FC came out of the first leg of the annual Canadian Championship with a loss to Calgary’s Cavalry FC.

Cougars come home with provincial silverCowichan Valley Citizen
The Cowichan Cougars came up just short of a provincial title, falling 1-0 to Meralomas United in the final of the masters women’s B Cup at Nanaimo’s Merle Logan Field on Saturday.

UBC Okanagan brings in wave of soccer talentKelowna Cap News
The mens’ Heat soccer squad at UBC Okanagan will look to round out the best possible roster with six new recruits coming into the upcoming season.

Registration extended for Mini World CupTrail Times
The Kootenay South Youth Soccer Association and Beaver Valley Minor Soccer is putting out the call to parents of soccer players born between 2009 and 2012 to sign them up for the upcoming Mini World Cup.

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.

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Halifax, Calgary lead Qualifying Round 1 of the 2019 Canadian ChampionshipCSA
Canada Soccer kicked off the 2019 Canadian Championship in Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia with the opening matches of Qualifying Round 1. 2018 Première ligue de soccer du Québec (PLSQ) Champion AS Blainville drew the Canadian Premier League’s (CanPL) York9 FC at home 0:0 in Blainville, QC. League1 Ontario champions Vaughan Azzurri fell behind in the first leg of their Qualifying Round 1 matchup with HFX Wanderers FC 3:2 in Vaughan, ON. Pacific FC fell behind 0:2 to Cavalry FC at home in Victoria, BC in the first leg of Qualifying Round 1.

HFX beat Vaughan 3-2 in first leg of Canadian Championship qualifierDelta Optimist
Mohamed Kourouma scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time, lifting the HFX Wanderers to a 3-2 road win over the Vaughan Azzuri on Wednesday in the first qualifying round for the Canadian soccer championship.

Canadian Championship – AS Blainville and York9 Battle To A StalemateMount Royal Soccer
The newly extended Canadian Championship got underway this evening at Parc Equestre, with hosts AS Blainville taking on Canadian Premier League opposition in York9 FC.

Valour to battle Forge before much-needed breakLondon Free Press
With a schedule-maker like this, who needs enemies? Valour FC, Winnipeg’s new pro soccer outfit, takes to the pitch on Thursday for its fifth game in 16 days, easily the most demanding early-season run of any in the seven-team loop.

Valour FC: So far, so good in the standsCanada.com
Valour FC’s third home game against Hamilton’s Forge FC on Thursday will provide one more piece of evidence as to the viability of pro soccer in Winnipeg.

Canadian women’s soccer team faces tough calls with World Cup roster deadline loomingThe Star
There will be some hard calls for Kenneth Heiner-Moller over the next week as the coach of the Canadian women’s soccer team whittles his roster down to the 23 players who will represent their country at next month’s Women’s World Cup.

Regina’s QC United getting ready for inaugural United Women’s Soccer gameCKRM
Another team is ready to dot the Regina sporting landscape, and it is hoped it is a team that will do great things for women’s soccer and soccer as a whole in Saskatchewan.

N.L. soccer players get Premier League thrill of a lifetimeCBC
A St. John’s soccer team had the field trip of a lifetime last week after they were tapped to march in the final game of the Premier League season in England.

A Canadian soccer era has unfortunately endedThe Star
But when I was watching the end of the post-game shows following the final games of the EPL season on Sunday morning, switching between the two Canadian networks, I got a bit wistful. For guys at TSN and Sportsnet – or Sportsnet and TSN because I don’t want to put one over the other – being forced out of the Premier League broadcast game had to hurt but it hurt guys like me a lot, too.


USL Review: Atlanta homegrown Lagos Kunga loaned to Memphis 901 FCPro Soccer USA
On Monday, the USL Championship expansion side announced that it was acquiring Lagos Kunga on loan from the reigning MLS champs, Atlanta United FC. Kunga, 20, is an MLS Homegrown and he will remain with Memphis for the rest of the 2019 season.

North Carolina Cruises Past Richmond in Open CupUSL
North Carolina FC got a pair of second-half goals from Robert Kristo to advance to the Third Round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 4-1 win against USL League One’s Richmond Kickers at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park on Wednesday night.

Hartford Athletic get first win in team history in U.S. Open Cup victoryCollinsville Press
After dropping a one-goal decision to Memphis 901 Friday night at Rentschler Field, head coach Jimmy Nielsen wanted to see his Hartford Athletic soccer team play with some passion and some urgency.

Orange County wins! Orange County SC 2 (3), Orange County FC 2 (5)Angels on Parade
The battle of Orange County was a doozy on Wednesday, as NPSL side Orange County FC upset USL Championship side Orange County SC with a penalty shootout victory, 5-3, after a 2-2 draw through 120 minutes, in the second round of the 2019 U.S. Open Cup at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine.

Detroit City FC lines up Indy Eleven for friendly on Aug. 13Detroit News
Detroit City FC will host USL Championship side Indy Eleven on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Keyworth Stadium in a friendly, the National Premier Soccer League club announced Wednesday.


Goalkeeper Casey Murphy joins Reign FCSounder at Heart
Reign FC announced today the signing of former Rutgers University goalkeeper Casey Murphy, who has spent the last two years playing for Montpellier HSC in Division 1 Féminine in France.

For Lyon boss, women’s football has been a good investmentYahoo Sports
Lyon’s women’s team can win a fourth consecutive Champions League title when they face Barcelona in the final in Budapest on Saturday. As many as eight members of that team will be in the France squad in June and July when the country hosts the women’s World Cup.

FIFA takes positive steps in women’s game strategyNewsday
When FIFA released its global strategy for women’s soccer last year, it was met with some skepticism. But the sport’s governing body is making some strides in implementing the long-range plan — against a backdrop of this summer’s World Cup in France.

High expectations after tough year for Football Ferns at World CupEuronews
New Zealand’s women’s soccer team sense their best chance to become the first senior side from the rugby-mad country to advance out of their group at next month’s World Cup in France, captain Ali Riley said.

Fulwell 73 Kicks Off Documentary Series on Chelsea Women’s Soccer TeamVariety
British production company Fulwell 73 is set to produce documentary series “Flying High,” following a season in the lives of the Chelsea soccer club’s women’s team. The fly-on-the-wall series will follow the team through the 2019-20 season and look at the rapid rise in interest in the women’s game.

Where to watch the UEFA Women’s Champions League finalUEFA
Canadian viewers can watch the UWCL Final on DAZN.

U17 Women’s Euros: Germany face Netherlands in Friday’s finalUEFA
The Netherlands ousted holders Spain 3-1 and Germany beat Portugal 2-0 to reach Friday’s final.

‘I wish I could remember them all’: Kristine Lilly on her 354 international capsThe Guardian
The USA star won two World Cups, the Olympics twice and scored 130 goals. Now she is looking to make a difference off the pitch.


French striker Griezmann announces he’s leaving Atletico Madrid France 24
French striker Antoine Griezmann has told Atletico Madrid he will leave them in the close season, the Spanish club said on Twitter on Tuesday.

Lazio controversially tops Atalanta to win seventh Coppa ItaliaNBC Sports
The latest name to grace the Coppa Italia is Lazio. Late goals from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Joaquin Correa lifted the Roman side to a 2-0 defeat of Atalanta in the Italian Cup Final.

Man City ban imminent as Uefa confirm investigation into potential FFP breaches has concludedThe Telegraph
Manchester City are set to be hit with Uefa sanctions imminently after the governing body confirmed the investigation into potential financial fair play breaches has concluded.

Man City hit out at UEFA after referral to financial chamberNBC Sports
Manchester City have hit back at UEFA, as European soccer’s governing body have referred City to the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) adjudicatory chamber after an investigation into alleged financial fair play irregularities.

South Korea pull out of 2023 Asian Cup bid leaving road clear for ChinaInside World Football
South Korea have pulled out of their bid to host the 2023 Asian Cup, leaving China as the last remaining bidder for the AFC’s 24-team blue riband event.

Arsenal furious at Europa League final in Baku: ‘It is unacceptable and cannot be repeated’The Telegraph
Arsenal have said it is “quite simply not right” that so many of their supporters will be unable to attend the Europa League final due to Uefa’s decision to host the match in Baku.

Why did Uefa hand Azerbaijan hosting rights for the Europa League final?The Guardian
The ruling body’s principle of rotating finals is a good one but the golden ticket has to be awarded for the right reasons.

Crunch time for Monaco, AmiensLigue 1
With both clubs just a whisker above the bottom three, Saturday’s Week 37 Ligue 1 Conforama clash between AS Monaco and Amiens SC could make or break either side’s season.

Marcelo Bielsa will listen to Leeds offers after ‘painful’ Derby play-off defeatBBC Sport
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa will “listen to proposals” for him to stay at the club after a “painful” play-off semi-final defeat by Derby.

Scotland close to naming manager with Kilmarnock’s Steve Clarke favouriteThe Guardian
The Scottish FA aims to be in a position to confirm the national team’s manager by Monday at the latest with Kilmarnock’s Steve Clarke the leading candidate to succeed Alex McLeish.

Real Madrid topple Man Utd from brand value chart as Reds fans lose their loveInside World Football
Real Madrid have returned to the top of world football as the most valuable football club brand globally, having retaken the title from Manchester United, according to the latest report from brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance.

Raheem Sterling: How speaking out on racism has helped make him a role modelBBC Sport
Once scorned for his lack of end-product and booed by England fans, he is now one of the most potent attacking forces in the country – scoring 23 goals across all competitions for City this season, plus another six for England, and a further 17 assists for his club. Yet it is his rise to become an unofficial spokesman for a generation of footballers on race, class, society and the media that has people asking whether Sterling is the most important sportsperson in Britain right now.

Prince William starts mental-health campaign for soccer fansNBC Sports
Prince William has launched a campaign to get more soccer fans, particularly male, talking about mental health.

Footballers seek mental health help in record numbersBBC Sport
A record number of footballers are seeking mental health support, according to the Professional Footballers’ Association.

Brazil is world’s biggest exporter of players, England and Italy are the biggest importersInside World Football
More than 1,300 Brazilians currently play professional football outside their country. While Brazil is the leading exporter of players, France ranks second (867 players overseas) and Argentina third (820).

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