VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. HOUSTON DYNAMO
MLS MATCHDAY #15
SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2016, 3:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
TV: TSN 1 RADIO: TSN 1040 LIVESTREAM: TSN GO
Houston Dynamo part ways with head coach Owen Coyle – SBI
The Houston Dynamo announced late on Wednesday night that they have parted ways with head coach Owen Coyle. The reason given for the decision was Coyle’s desire to be closer to his family in England, but the Dynamo are off to an abysmal 3-7-2 start this year in the cutthroat Western Conference.
It’s no surprise that the Houston Dynamo, Owen Coyle marriage ended in flames – Fox Sports
When the Houston Dynamo went looking for a new manager after the 2014 season, rumors started to trickle out that they were interested in Owen Coyle. Most people dismissed it as a joke. But then there were more rumors and reports that he was going to get the job. Still, it seemed like a joke. Finally, they hired him and it was no longer a joke, but it was bizarre.
Houston Dynamo get rematch opportunity in Vancouver against Whitecaps FC – Houston Dynamo
The Houston Dynamo take to the road this weekend as they face Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place on Saturday at 3 p.m. PT. The two teams have already met once in 2016, also in Vancouver on March 23.
Reflections In Red: Carl Robinson has some serious Whitecaps issues to address – AFTN
As we near the end of May, and Vancouver Whitecaps look forward to a three week break from MLS action after Saturday’s game as Copa America gets underway, it’s been something of a mixed start to the season for Carl Robinson’s squad.
Whitecaps back four faces more questions against Houston – The Province
At UBC on Wednesday, coach Carl Robinson was “absolutely gutted” as Christian Dean, just back from a broken foot suffered in March, limped off the field with help from the trainers, protecting his right knee.
How will Whitecaps deal with international absences? – Sportsnet
With any absence, though, there’s opportunity. In the coming weeks, the Whitecaps’ depth will be tested yet again, and some players especially will benefit from the minutes up for grabs.
In-form Manneh aims for consistency – Whitecaps FC
With three goals and two assists in his last three matches, Kekuta Manneh seems to be firing on all cylinders after a slow start to 2016. And Carl Robinson expects him to stay there.
Union draw late as OCSC defense fails again – Prost Amerika
Guess what ? Orlando City Soccer Club can’t close games out defensively. The continuing theme of the season for the lions. Again the Lions had the lead late and couldn’t protect it to get three points at home.
Marsch weighs in on Conte’s anti-MLS comments, Giovinco’s Italy ouster – Empire of Soccer
Jesse Marsch knows Major League Soccer can be overlooked as an inferior product — particularly to European based coaches, fans and players. In fact, Marsch dealt with that prejudice when the Montreal Impact signed Alessandro Nesta.
Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco takes high road on Italy selection snub – Penticton Herald
“I was upset about it, but it’s useless to think about,” he said through an interpreter after training Wednesday. “I need to keep going and I need to keep improving so I can try and find my place back on the national team.”
National-team duty, injuries handicap Impact – Montreal Gazette
The Montreal Impact’s depth will be put to the best Saturday night when the Los Angeles Galaxy visits Saputo Stadium.
Darlington Nagbe’s late winner lifts USMNT over Ecuador – SBI
Darlington Nagbe wasn’t in the starting lineup on Wednesday night for the U.S. Men’s National Team, but he made the most of the 45 minutes he was given, delivering the winning play in the final minute of regulation.
Tacoma loses soccer pioneer Stan Naccarato – Sounder at Heart
Although Naccarato’s legacy is most closely tied to baseball, he is also responsible for launching Tacoma’s soccer history. When the Rainiers decided to operate a professional soccer team for the first time, Naccarato served as GM for the Tacoma Tides.
Balancing derbies with decourum – Prost Amerika
At this point most people who are reading this article have seen the videos online have seen the videos of Red Bulls and NYCFC supporters fighting (can we call it fighting? Squabbling?) before the match. Although the exact figures cannot be named and it would be difficult to judge the exact actions of everyone in the video it would be safe to assume that something instigated the moment and that alcohol likely played a role.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Jesse Symons named new UBC women’s soccer coach – UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds have found the coach who will lead their women’s soccer program in 2016, as they defend their CIS National Championship. After an exhaustive and far-reaching search, the Thunderbirds have announced former Vancouver Whitecaps W-League bench boss Jesse Symons will patrol the sidelines for the six-time national champions.
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.
TRU WolfPack Men’s Soccer Sign St’ Ann’s Grad – TRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer have signed their third recruit for the upcoming Canada West season. For the second time, they have stayed local.
Powell River Villa soccer club names new coach – Powell River Peak
Mario Paul is returning to Powell River Villa soccer club as head coach and Chris McDonough, who coached Villa for three seasons, is moving to an executive position with the team.
Whitecaps FC Tim Horton’s Coaching Clinic – EA BCSPL
The EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League is pleased to support and spread the word about this great high performance coaching education opportunity from our partners, Whitecaps FC. Registration is free for any interested coach.
Elementary teams prepare for Wilson ‘World Cup’ – Prince George Citizen
Long before the Terry Wilson Cup became a coveted grail for Catholic and Christian elementary school soccer teams, Vanderhoof used to be the centre of the soccer universe for northern B.C. teams.
Rattlers girls soccer squad is confident group heading to provincial tourney in Prince George – Osoyoos Times
For the 16th time in the past 17 years, the Osoyoos Secondary School (OSS) Rattlers senior girls soccer team is headed to the provincial championship tournament. The Rattlers qualified for the provincials after reaching the championship game two weeks ago in the Okanagan Valley championship tournament in Kelowna.
Whitecaps clinic draws 160 players – Squamish Chief
For the Vancouver Whitecaps’ community clinic in Squamish last Thursday night, the response was great enough that the organizers had to add a couple of fields at Brennan Park. Sam Lenarduzzi, Whitecaps regional programs manager, said they had 160 players register for the free event and needed more space to accommodate all of them.
Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference – June 3-5 at SFU – BC Soccer Web
The Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference is back for its second year. Learn from some of the best coaches in the game. This year’s conference features speakers from Arsenal, Leicester City, Southampton, the English FA and more. Register now!
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.
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
Chicago Fire PDL Defeats WSA Winnipeg 5-0 – Chicago Fire
The Chicago Fire defeated WSA Winnipeg 5-0 in Premier Development League (PDL) action Wednesday afternoon on the Toyota Park Turf Field in their first home match of the 2016 season.
Mississauga’s Sigma FC remains perfect in League1 Ontario soccer season – Mississauga News
Mississauga’s Sigma FC kept its perfect League1 Ontario soccer record intact Saturday with a 2-1 win over Pro Stars FC at Victoria Park in Brampton.
Unbeaten St. Peter Saints win COSSA AAA senior girls soccer championship – Peterborough Examiner
The St. Peter Saints senior girls soccer team is headed to OFSAA for a third straight year. The Saints capped an unbeaten season in league and playoffs with a 3-0 win over the Adam Scott Lions in the COSSA AAA championship Wednesday at the Fleming Sport Field Complex.
Cardinals ‘win one for the old guys’ – Sudbury Star
As the final whistle sounded, the St. Charles Cardinals turned in unison and made a beeline for the sidelines. The Cardinals had just pulled off their second major upset in as many days to win the boys premiere division soccer city title with a 2-0 victory over the previously unbeaten Lockerby Vikings in the final season for their long-tenured coaching staff at James Jerome Sports Complex on Wednesday afternoon.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
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Brett Levis scores a rocket as WFC2 earn gritty 1-1 draw at Saint Louis FC to stay undefeated – Whitecaps FC
Brett Levis’ long-distance goal and Spencer Richey’s steady goalkeeping gave Whitecaps FC 2 a hard-earned 1-1 road draw against high-powered Saint Louis FC on Wednesday evening at World Wide Technology Park.
Saint Louis, Vancouver Finish All Square – USL
Saint Louis FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 played to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night at World Wide Technology Soccer Park. Vancouver had the better of the first half, and took the lead midway through as Brett Levis surged forward from his fullback position and drove a finish into the right corner of the net from 25 yards out.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 prepares for first clash with Portland Timbers 2 of 2016 – Seattle Sounders
Following a disappointing draw at home, Seattle Sounders FC 2 travel down I-5 to Providence Park to take on bitter rivals Portland Timbers FC 2 for the first time this season on Thursday at 7 p.m. PT.
It’s been soccer’s Season of the Underdog: Will FC Edmonton join those ranks? – the11.ca
The past year has given FC Edmonton Colin Miller a number of examples he can use to fire up his team as it challenges for the NASL spring-season title. With two games left in the spring season, the Eddies trail the first-place New York Cosmos by one point, and are ahead of Minnesota United and the Indy Eleven by a single point (although both of those clubs have a game in hand).
FC Edmonton midfielder to miss match with national team call-up – Edmonton Sun
Midfielder Dustin Corea has been called up to play with the El Salvador national team in an exhibition game against Peru on Sunday in Washington and will miss Saturday’s game with Edmonton.
Duk brace, penalty heroics lift Cosmos over Eibar – Empire of Soccer
A throwaway midseason friendly turned out to be a thrilling encounter for the New York Cosmos. A Yasmani Duk brace led a come-from-behind performance for the Cosmos against La Liga side, Eibar, leading to a penalty kick victory for New York. David Diosa nailed the final shot to put the Cosmos on top 7-6 in the PK stanza.
RailHawks, Town of Cary finalize multi-year lease for WakeMed Soccer Park – WRAL Sportsfan
The Carolina RailHawks will remain at WakeMed Soccer Park for the next three years, and probably beyond.
El Paso County may help kick off USL soccer – KFOX 14
“I know that there’s definitely a plan to bring a soccer team to El Paso, and there may be a possibility of the county working with MountainStar Sports to make that happen,” said El Paso County Commissioner David Stout. “We definitely have to look at if there’s going to be a partnership with the county how that would work out.”
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Necib, Schelin leaving Lyon; president targets Morgan – Equalizer
Thursday’s UEFA Women’s Champions League final could be bittersweet no matter what for Lyon. The 10-time defending French champions confirmed this week that forward Lotta Schelin and midfielder Louisa Necib will leave the club this offseason. All-world midfielder Amandine Henry previously announced that she is leaving Lyon after nine years to join Portland Thorns FC in the National Women’s Soccer League.
FA Cup champs Arsenal eager to face Seattle Reign – Equalizer
Seattle Reign FC vs Arsenal will be an unappreciated match tonight at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. Arsenal have traveled from across the pond for the opportunity to test themselves against an unfamiliar opponent. For fans of either side, this is a great chance to watch the tactics of a top NWSL club vs a FAWSL club. This will be the first time either league has played against the other.
US Women’s Soccer Team to Appear in Court over Wage Discrimination – KWBE
e U.S. Women’s national soccer team will appear in court Thursday morning to make their case in a wage-discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Upheaval won’t distract Albion Women from Super League goal – The Argus
Faye Baker has spelt out why Albion Women can turn their turbulent few weeks into business as usual – by clinching promotion.
Australia women’s soccer team hammered by teenage boys – Sporting News
As the U.S. Women’s National Team prepares for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, it can take consolation in this: one of its biggest rivals may not be ready, after all. The Australian team just lost 7-0 to the Newcastle Jets — an under-15 boys team — in a friendly in Parklea, Sydney.
Matildas trouncing a ‘wake-up call’, says former Football Fern Maia Jackman – Stuff New Zealand
New Zealand women’s football great Maia Jackman says the Australian Matildas’ 7-0 loss to an under-15 boys’ team will be “a wake-up call” before their test series with the Football Ferns. “It will kill their confidence a bit,” said Jackman, who won 50 full international caps for the Football Ferns between 1993 and 2010..
An Evening with the WPSL – Midfield Press
Last Saturday I decided to forego my usual Saturday night of watching two or three back-to-back (or overlapping) NWSL games in favor of an evening of live soccer of a slightly different variety: pro-am league WPSL, the second tier of professional women’s soccer in the U.S.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Jose Mourinho signs Manchester United contract – Sky Sports
Jose Mourinho has signed his contract to become the new manager of Manchester United, Sky Sports News HQ can exclusively confirm.
Luckiest Champions League finalist ever? Real Madrid has virtually had a bye to Milan – Goal
Los Blancos have faced Roma, Wolfsburg and Manchester City in the knockout rounds en route to Saturday’s showpiece, having met no champions and none of Europe’s elite clubs either.
Champions League: Atletico wants it more than Real – Sportsnet
Eliminate the sophistry, the word counts to fill and the high-powered, high-financed industry behind any single game of football and, almost always, if there’s any significant talent-gap between the two teams involved, you’d be wise to back the team made-up of the more talented group of players.
Carlo Ancelotti hoping for long stay at Bayern Munich – Sportsnet
Carlo Ancelotti’s next managerial assignment soon begins at Bayern Munich, and he still hasn’t mastered German. Given how clubs casually dispose of managers, Ancelotti could be forgiven for focusing his studies on the Bavarian team’s players rather than the native tongue.
Granit Xhaka: a born leader who will finally bring some grit to Arsenal – The Guardian
The Swiss midfielder was outspoken at Borussia Mönchengladbach and sent off three times last season before Arsène Wenger convinced him to leave Germany
Oscar Perez, Jonathan Orozco to steal the spotlight in Liga MX’s Gran Final – ESPN FC
It will be a final where once again it will evidence that Mexico is a country with great goalkeepers. “Conejo” Perez is the best example, and as Orozco recently declared: “I see him [Conejo] like good wine; the older the better.”
Rafa Marquez says Liga MX’s new ’10/8 rule’ will hurt young Mexicans – ESPN FC
Rafa Marquez lambasted Liga MX owners on Tuesday for introducing a rule he believes will restrict opportunities for young Mexican players, even though the league said it was intended to do the opposite.
Goal-line technology to be used at Copa America –Sportsnet
Hawk-Eye will be installed for next month’s Copa America, marking the first use of goal-line technology by the soccer’s governing bodies for South America and for North and Central America and the Caribbean.
Ki Sung-Yueng to join Swansea’s pre-season campaign late after pushing back military service – Vavel
Ki Sung-Yueng is expected to miss a large amount of Swansea City’s pre-season campaign after pushing his compulsory military service back to play for his country.
Holders, inaugural champions headline AFC Cup quarter-final lineup – AFC
The quarter-finals of the 2016 AFC Cup will feature both the defending champions and the inaugural tournament winners as Johor Darul Ta’zim and Al Jaish emerged victorious from their respective Round of 16 fixtures on Wednesday, albeit in very different circumstances.
Chinese group buys control of sports rights firm MP & Silva – Reuters
The acquisition, which adds to a growing stable of Chinese-owned soccer assets worldwide, will help MPS target the fast-growing China sports market, which Beijing is hoping will be worth over 5 trillion yuan by 2025.
Chinese poised to buy Spain’s Granada CF from Italy’s Pozzo family – Inside World Football
Rumoured Chinese investment in Spanish club Granada CF looks to be nearing completion with reports that a figure of €37 million has been agreed.
Shandong, Shanghai keep China’s flag flying in the last eight of the ACL – ACL
After reigning AFC Champions League champions Guangzhou Evergrande’s surprising failure to make it out of the Group Stage, China’s hopes of ensuring Asian club football’s most coveted prize will remain in the People’s Republic continue to rest with Shandong Luneng and Shanghai SIPG, although the Chinese Super League duo came perilously close to following the 2013 and 2015 ACL champions out the exit door with both sides scraping into the last eight on the away goals rule.
Scottish League Cup: New seeded group stage draw on Friday – BBC Sport
The 38 SPFL teams not involved in Europe are included, as well as Cove Rangers from the Highland League and Lowland League side East Stirlingshire.
Romanian cash crisis deepens as top clubs docked points and cut from Euro competition – Inside World Football
Three Romanian top-flight clubs have had points deducted for failing to put their financial affairs in order.
Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi is Pele’s ‘favourite player’ – ESPN FC
Pele has named Lionel Messi at the top of his list of all-time best players, ahead of Diego Maradona, while saying he was almost brought to tears by Brazil’s World Cup defeat to Germany two years ago.
Boy applies for vacant Inverness Caledonian Thistle job – BBC
A seven-year-old boy has written to a football club asking for the job as team manager. The handwritten application follows the departure of John Hughes from Inverness Caledonian Thistle.