BC Soccer News, Thursday, May 25, 2017



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Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. DC United | 2017 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will look to embark on their second winning streak of the 2017 MLS regular season on Saturday as they welcome D.C. United to BC Place. The Whitecaps have won three of their last four league games and are coming off an impressive 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City, also at home.

VOYAGEURS CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 Montreal Impact 1, Semifinal, 1st Leg, May 23, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Whitecaps FC announce $25,000 donation to #BuckUp for Mental Health campaign in support of Covenant House Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that co-owner Jeff Mallett, on behalf of the club, will donate $25,000 to the #BuckUp for Mental Health campaign in support of Covenant House Vancouver. The $25,000 donation will be contributed if the goal of $50,000 is reached.

Tim Melia wins MLS Save of the Week for double-save against VancouverSporting KC
Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia’s penalty kick save and ensuing block on the rebound against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday was voted MLS Save of the Week for Week 12.

MLS Week 13: What to Look ForEmpire of Soccer
Week 13 in Major League Soccer has a handful of interesting rivalry games, great (Houston vs. FC Dallas) and a bit more obscure (the Brimstone Cup, Chicago vs. Dallas; and the Trillium Cup, Columbus vs. Toronto). And the slate of games on the Memorial Day Weekend starts on Thursday.

Tyler Pasher’s Sporting Kansas City debut hits close to home  – Red Nation Online
A football player never forgets that initial moment when you walk out on to the pitch for your first appearance with the first team. On Saturday afternoon at B.C. Place, Tyler Pasher made his debut with Sporting Kansas City against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The 23 year-old was in the starting eleven for Coach Peter Vermes. Although the visitors lost 2-0, this will always be a special memory for Pasher.

Union Notes: Consistency remains key, Yaro close to returningSBI
If isn’t broke, then why try fixing it? That saying rings true almost every time Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin puts together his starting XI during a decent run of form.

RSL: What’s next for Brooks Lennon? MLS Multiplex
RSL’s former academy star and Liverpool youth product has had a breakout season with Real Salt Lake this year. What is in the cards for his future?

How MLS clubs are undervaluing prospects from the US lower divisionsThe Guardian
Could homegrown imports like Minnesota United’s Christian Ramirez help MLS get over its reluctance to mine talent from the NASL and USL?

Return of Axel Sjoberg to Rapids’ back line is welcome news for unit that has lacked stabilityDenver Post
Following hamstring surgery that sidelined him for eight games, Axel Sjoberg has returned to the Rapids’ back line with hope of bolstering a defense that has fallen short of its record-setting ways of last season.

Yedlin joins Sounders training after title-winning season at NewcastleMLS
Former Sounders Homegrown star and current Newcastle United defender DeAndre Yedlin resurfaced at his old stomping grounds of Starfire Sports Complex this week, practicing with the club while he enjoys the English Premier League offseason.

Timber Joey, Caleb Porter respond to Brian Schmetzer’s “lumberman” commentsMLS
Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter came to the defense of his team’s mascot, Timber Joey, on Wednesday afternoon, reacting to aspersions cast by Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer ahead of Saturday’s match between the rivals at CenturyLink Field.

A Glimpse into the Mindset of Will JohnsonOrlando City
Orlando City is in the midst of its best start to a season in MLS since the club’s arrival in the League two years ago. Many factors have contributed to the team’s strong 2017 campaign thus far, but midfield anchor Will Johnson reflects on where it all started to for the Lions.

LAFC Announces Plans To Establish Soccer Training Facility At Cal State LALAFC
LAFC unveiled a proposal to locate its soccer operations headquarters and training facility on the eastside of Los Angeles, at the campus of Cal State LA.  Plans for the new facilities were approved today by the California State University Board of Trustees.

U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame: Beckham is on ballot for first timeSoccer America
David Beckham, who spent six seasons in MLS with the LA Galaxy and won two MLS titles, is on the National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Sporting Kansas City 0, May 20, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour Comes to Canada


BC PROVINCIAL MEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Club Inter 2 Aldergrove United 0, May 14, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

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.

Norway’s Idar Martin Knutsen signs with the Soccer ClanSFU
Idar Martin Knutsen, an attacking midfielder from Norway, has signed his National Letters of Intent to play for Canada’s NCAA men’s soccer program, head coach Clint Schneider announced today.

U-14s kick off Sweden trip with 1-1 drawWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC U-14 Residency played the first match of their trip to Sweden on Thursday, taking on local side Älvsjö AIK U-15 in a friendly match ahead of the Lennart Johansson Academy Trophy tournament starting on Friday.

Pinnacles win Pacific Western Brewing tournament Penticton Western News
Pinnacles get strong PCSL warmup by winning Pacific Western Brewing May Classic tournament.

Burnaby secondary school soccer programSFU
SFU Men’s soccer program is accepting applications for its year-round youth soccer program where individuals receive secondary school credits while training with SFU coaches.

$5.7M track campaign still in starting blocksNorth Shore News
An ambitious plan to raise several million dollars to completely overhaul and update West Vancouver Secondary’s running track and soccer field is persisting due to the passionate work of the project’s fundraising committee, though the process has slowed.

PDL PHOTOS: TSS Rovers 2 Lane Utd. 2, May 12, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

2017 BC Soccer Adult Provincial ChampionshipsBCSA
The Road to Burnaby continues! Complete brackets and results from the weekend’s games in the BC Provincial Cups.

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, 2017BC 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 CampaignTSS 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 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!

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 saleHighlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!

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.

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Paul Stalteri, Amy Walsh named to Canada Soccer Hall of FameCBC
Former Canada captains Paul Stalteri and Amy Walsh are the latest additions to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame.

Lessons to be learned by CPL from creation of MLS June of 86
The first dozen years of MLS (before-Toronto FC attracted the attention of many in Canada to the league) was full of mis-steps and setbacks before finding stability, and now, a level of success. If the early years of the league was full of trial and error, the creation of the league was something else entirely.

CanPL: Counteracting the Canadian Coaching Conundrum Northern Starting XI
After Benito Floro exited the role, the manager role for the Canadian men’s national team was empty for almost 6 months before Octavio Zambrano entered it, which is a long time. For comparison, Jurgen Klinsmann was replaced by Bruce Arena as the US manager within 24 hours and Gareth Southgate took over the England job full-time 2 months after Sam Allardyce left the role.

Canadian International Diana Matheson joins FC Edmonton for ‘Girls in Soccer’ WeekendFC Edmonton
Canadian Women’s National Team midfielder and two-time Olympic bronze medallist Diana Matheson is joining FC Edmonton this weekend, May 26-27, as part of ‘Girls in Soccer’ Night at Clarke Stadium on Saturday, May 27 when the Eddies host the Indy Eleven.

York Lions head coach looks back on men’s soccer seasonExcalibur
The 2016 regular season for the York Lions men’s soccer team was one for the ages, ending with an undefeated record of 14-0-2. The team continued their superior gameplay from the previous two seasons into last season, netting 59 goals in total while only giving up 19. Part of this success can be attributed to midfielder Jonathan Lao, who was recently named OUA male athlete of the year despite struggling with injuries throughout the season.

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SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2017, 3:00 PM

WFC2’s Bevan Strikes for New ZealandUSL
Recent Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 signing Myer Bevan made a big impact for New Zealand at the FIFA U20 World Cup on Thursday night at the Cheonan Sports Complex as he scored twice, including the opening goal inside the opening minute, in the All Whites’ 3-1 victory against Honduras.

FC Edmonton welcomed break with road game in New York rescheduledEdmonton Journal
A break in the schedule could not have come at a better time for FC Edmonton as they try to get their North American Soccer League campaign on track.

A New York Soccer Story: FC Edmonton’s Jake KeeganEmpire of Soccer
Even though he’s only 26, Jake Keegan thinks his path to development as a youth player is a thing of the past.

Toronto, Richmond End DeadlockedUSL
Toronto FC II and the Richmond Kickers played to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday afternoon at the Ontario Soccer Centre. Neither side was able create much in the opening 25 minutes, and Oliver Minatel’s header from Raul Gonzalez’s free kick which was saved by TFC II goalkeeper Mark Pais brought the first real scoring chance in the 28th minute.

Ben Mines adds to attacking options for New York Red Bulls IIOnce a Metro
There’s no such thing as too many attacking options and New York Red Bulls II may have found another.

T2 loses in OklahomaPortland Tribune
Defender Michael Daly’s header in the 75th minute lifted the OKC Energy to a 2-1 win over Portland Timbers 2 on Wednesday in United Soccer League action.

Fall, Rhinos Edge Out RowdiesUSL
The Rochester Rhinos extended their undefeated streak to four games as they took a 1-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Wednesday night in the USL Game of the Week on ESPN3 at Capelli Sport Stadium. The Rhinos (3-1-3, 12pts) had the better of the opening 20 minutes, but neither side created a serious threat on goal until Tampa Bay’s Michael Nanchoff fired a shot just over from 25 yards in the 26th minute.

NC Courage come back after two losses to defeat Sky Blue FCProst Amerika
The North Carolina Courage came into Week 7 of the season looking to celebrate a win in their home town and remain in first place in the NWSL standings. After losing their last two matches and allowing six goals, the Courage steered themselves in the right direction, earning three points and staying in first place.

NWSL: Japanese star Nagasato lands at Chicago Soccer America
The Chicago Red Stars signed Japanese midfielder Yuki Nagasato, a veteran of three Women’s World Cups and twp Olympics. She has spent the last seven years at clubs in Germany (FFC Turbine Potsdam, Wolfsburg and FFC Frankfurt) and England (Chelsea).

Orlando Pride players impressed by emergency goalkeeper’s playOrlando Sentinel
With backup goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe sidelined due to a concussion, replacement goalkeeper Caroline Stanley had to step up and she exceeded expectations against the best offense in the National Women’s Soccer League.

WPSL Update: Issaquah sweeps weekend; Sounders Women prepare for openerGoalWA
The Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) season is underway in the Northwest. Last weekend Issaquah SC took two away matches to vault to the top of the table. Meanwhile, OSA FC fell in their opener. The Sounders Women (see preview below) travel north this weekend to start their campaign.

Kim Little: Scotland and Arsenal midfielder injured before Euro 2017BBC Sport
Scotland midfielder Kim Little has ruptured her anterior cruciate knee ligament and is set to miss Euro 2017.

Emma Hayes: FA treats refereeing for women’s game as ‘afterthought’BBC Sport
The Football Association is treating women’s football as an “afterthought” by failing to properly prepare or reward match officials, according to Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes.

Manchester United beat Ajax to claim Europa League titleUEFA
Manchester United proved too strong for Ajax as a goal in each half won the 2017 UEFA Europa League to complete the English giants’ set of major UEFA club competition trophies.

Lack of a Plan B for Ajax costs them dear when chasing Europa League finalThe Guardian
Peter Bosz’s Ajax had been drilled so relentlessly in a specific style they were helpless when they needed to get back into the game against Manchester United.

Emotion bursts out of Manchester United fans shouting out for their violated cityThe Telegraph
To Ajax’s manager it was a “boring final”. For Manchester United it released torrents of emotion that clearly helped them win the game, for their club, their city and those back home who were probably too distraught to focus fully on a mere Europa League final.

Manchester City confirm summer exits for Sagna, Clichy, Navas, Caballero ESPN FC
Manchester City announced on Thursday that a string of players will leave the club this summer, with Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas, and Willy Caballero all moving on as their contracts expire.

Man Utd & Man City join forces to donate £1m to We Love Manchester Emergency FundSN
The initiative began in the wake of the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert on Monday and is designed to assist the families and dependents of the 22 people who died and the 64 who were injured.

Francesco Totti: Roma captain and striker to retire from playingBBC Sport
Francesco Totti says his “love for football will never fade” as he prepares for “the last time I can wear Roma’s jersey” on Sunday.

Chivas vs. Tigres: Everything you need to know about the Liga MX finalESPN FC
Looking for a breakdown of what could be a classic Liga MX final? Look no further! ESPN FC goes through it all ahead of Thursday’s final first leg between Tigres and Chivas at Estadio Universitario.

Russian Football Premier League Season ReviewFutbolgrad
The Russian Football Premier League concluded its final matchday this weekend. But in reality, there were only three decisions left before matchday 30 kicked off on Sunday. Who would finish second and qualify for the Champions League, who would finish fourth, and qualify for the Europa League, and who would be directly relegated?

World Cup 2018: Fifa admits workers have suffered human rights abusesThe Guardian
In a letter to the presidents of four Nordic football associations, which the Guardian has seen, Infantino also acknowledged that some men from North Korea, whose working conditions are “often appalling”, were deployed to work at the Zenit Arena in St Petersburg.

Indian Super League: Submission period for ‘Invitation To Bid’ tenders draws to a close SN
The operating authorities of the Indian Super League (ISL) have announced the close of the deadline to submit the ‘Invitation To Bid’ (ITB) documents for inclusion of new teams.

China curbs big spending clubs with new money rules on foreign transfers Inside World Football
In a move designed to halt the flow of highly-paid overseas players to clubs in the red, the Chinese FA has announced prohibitive new curbs less than a month before the next Chinese transfer window opens on June 18.

U20 World Cup: A tight race and some tremendous strikesFIFA
As the last of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 groups wrapped up their second games, there was plenty on show to ensure viewers came back for a third. While France sauntered into the next round, Group F remains wide open in the race for the knockouts.

Gambling in football: Latest figures show record turnover and profitsBBC Sport
Gambling on football was worth a record £1.4bn to bookmakers in a year, the most recent industry figures show.

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