BC Soccer News, Thursday, September 7, 2017




Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake | 2017 MLS Match PreviewMLS
A pair of Western Conference squads in fine form will square off on Saturday night, when the fourth-place Vancouver Whitecaps will welcome Mike Petke and Real Salt Lake to BC Place.

Legends & Stars: Rosters announced for Whitecaps FC charity alumni matchWhitecaps FC
Fan favourites Davide Chiumiento, Jay DeMerit, Young Pyo-Lee, Ivor Evans, Steve Macdonald, and Alfredo Valente headline the list of players who will take part in Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s third annual charity alumni match, in support of BC Children’s Hospital, on Saturday, September 16 at BC Place.

Orlando City midfielder Will Johnson arrested on domestic battery chargeOrlando Sentinel
Orlando City midfielder Will Johnson was arrested on a domestic battery charge early Wednesday morning.

Late goal from Jack Harrison leads NYCFC past Sporting KCSBI
Although the club’s biggest name was out of action, one of NYCFC’s young stars helped lead them to a major home victory over a playoff contender.

Preview: MLS Week 27 Empire of Soccer
With the international break over, Major League Soccer has a full slate of games this weekend. The biggest event will be in Atlanta, where United will be playing in front of what is expected to be a record-setting crowd.

Toronto FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes | 2017 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Toronto FC have history in their sights, while the San Jose Earthquakes are just trying to hang on for dear life. That’s the tale of the tape entering Saturday’s contest at BMO Field.

Impact’s Mancosu broke his hand at practice but could still play Saturday Montreal Gazette
He smacked his hand against a piece of gym equipment while jumping Wednesday during his workout.

United looking to catch lightning in the bottle twice against OrlandoProst Amerika
Rest breaks for a professional soccer team can be both a blessing and a curse. If the club is on a losing streak it is a chance to reset and recharge. But for clubs on a winning streak it can cripple the positive energy around a side. After two weeks off D.C. United will be back in action on Saturday night at RFK Stadium against Orlando City SC .

Historically frantic schedule stands between Atlanta and MLS’ playoffsFour Four Two
The only comparison Atlanta United coach Tata Martino could find for his team’s upcoming schedule was the Copa America Centenario last summer.

LAFC Signs Argentine Forward Rodrigo PachecoLAFC
LAFC has announced the signing of 21-year old forward Rodrigo Pacheco. Pacheco joins LAFC on loan from Club Atletico Lanus of the Argentine Primera Division and will play the rest of the 2017 season on loan with Orange County SC, LAFC’s USL affiliate.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, Seattle Sounders FC 1, August 23, 2017BC Soccer Web
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Canada WNT vs USWNT at BC Place, Vancouver – November 9 – Buy Tickets!


VMSL Premier League Opening DayVMSL
The Vancouver Metro Soccer League kicks off 2017-18 with six Premier League matches this Saturday at Newton Athletic Park.

WolfPack Women’s Soccer Kicks Off Season On RoadTRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team starts playing for real this weekend. (Sept 8-10). After getting the opening week bye, the WolfPack will visit the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves on Friday (Sept 8) before heading to Edmonton, Alberta to face the MacEwan University Griffins on Sunday (Sept 10).

Canada West Women’s Soccer Preview: Thompson Rivers @ UNBCUNBC
After two years away from the program, Sidney Roy returns for her fourth season of eligibility with the Timberwolves. The program’s all-time leading scorer, Roy will look to ripple the mesh for UNBC, while providing leadership to the 11 freshmen on the TWolves roster.

Cascades men’s soccer to host Heat, WolfPack on home-opening weekendUFV
This weekend is a huge one for the University of the Fraser Valley soccer programs, as they play their first home games of the Canada West regular season.

Mariners look mighty as soccer season startingNanaimo News Bulletin
VIU’s home openers are against the Langara Falcons on Saturday (Sept. 9) at Merle Logan Field.

Pinnacles FC alum clash in Canada West soccer Salmon Arm Observer
James Fraser helped the TRU WolfPack defeat the UVic Vikes in Canada West soccer.

Trinity Western will host the University of Northern British Columbia this weekend, as the Spartans men’s soccer team opens its regular season home schedule Friday and Saturday at Chase Office Field.

Burnaby players help boost Trinity Western in pre-season pollsBurnaby News
The Trinity Western University women’s soccer team is just three exhibition games into the season, but already on the rise.

Men’s soccer takes unbeaten streak to four games with successful Okanagan road trip Ubyssey
UBC Men’s soccer continued their unbeaten streak this weekend in the Okanagan, keeping them at the top of the table for Canada West early on in the season after a two-game road trip.

BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book RecommendationsBC 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.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017BC Soccer Web
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2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in ReviewBCSA
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
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2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
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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!

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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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Canadian goalkeeper Labbe takes medical leave from NWSL clubCBC
Canadian international goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe is taking a medical leave of absence from the Washington Spirit for the remainder of the NWSL season. Neither Labbe nor the soccer team gave a reason for the leave but Labbe has been candid in recent weeks about her struggle with depression.

How to Turn Female Athletes into CEOsOutside
Rhian Wilkinson was cut from her high school soccer team. And from the Canadian youth national team. And a few other squads along the way, all of which she rattles off without hesitation. She’s as quick to list these failures as she is her accomplishments on the field—and she has plenty of those.

AUS SOCCER: X-Women hope to build on last season’s successChronicle Herald
Maybe the clock hasn’t hit midnight yet on Atlantic university soccer’s Cinderella team. Graham Kennedy, the architect behind the St. Francis Xavier X-Women’s stunning run to a 2016 conference championship, certainly hopes last year’s success carries over into the 2017 campaign, which begins this weekend.

Commonwealth Stadium would get real grass for World Cup year: Edmonton staffGlobal
Commonwealth Stadium will go back to the future and will have natural grass for an entire Edmonton Eskimos CFL season in 2026, according to the long-range plan sent to Soccer Canada on Tuesday.

Saskatoon soccer star’s comeback from ACL tear captured in new mini-documentaryCBC
When Saskatoon’s Brett Levis stepped onto the field recently for his Major League Soccer debut, it was a dream come true, but it ended in a nightmare when he suffered a serious knee injury.

Wolves’ soccer coach cautiously optimistic for women’s squadDaily Herald Tribune
After a history-making trip to nationals for the GPRC Wolves women’s soccer squad last year, their head coach hopes the team remains competitive this season.

Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 NovemberCSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.

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Young Whitecaps FC 2 entertain but fall 3-1 to Tulsa Roughnecks FCWhitecaps FC
A young Whitecaps FC 2 side came out of the gates firing but Tulsa Roughnecks FC converted on their chances to win 3-1 on a hazy Wednesday evening at McLeod Athletic Park.

Cosmos Find a Late Draw in MiamiEmpire of Soccer
The New York Cosmos (1-2-4, 7 Fall; 7-6-10, 31 Combined) avoided a second straight defeat on Wednesday night, tallying a goal in the dying moments of their final regular-season encounter at Miami FC (5-2-1, 16 Fall; 16-4-4, 52 Combined) to earn a 3-3 draw.

Rising FC, Orange County End DeadlockedUSL
Phoenix Rising FC and Orange County SC played to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday night at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex in the USL Game of the Week on ESPN3 as the sides finished all square for the third time in the regular season.

Reno 1868 FC Wins, Moves Into SecondKTVN
Darwin Espinal’s second-half goal helped Reno 1868 FC move to second place in the USL’s Western Conference and seven points closer to clinching a playoff spot.

USL Cities Get High Marks in National RankingUSL
Cincy, Sacramento lead 16 markets in top 40 for fans on WalletHub.com

SF Deltas — How Can I Help?Medium
It’s been a little over a month since Brian Andrés Helmick posted, “SF Deltas CEO Challenge to the Fans.” The outpouring of support from fans, friends and family has been incredibly heartwarming. I can’t put into words how much we care about this club.

United Premier Soccer League Announces Midwest Expansion with 11 Premier League of America TeamsUPSL
United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is proud to announce that, effective immediately, 11 Premier League of America (PLA) teams have formed the new UPSL Midwest Conference.

USL PHOTOS: WFC2 2 LA Galaxy II 1, August 27, 2017BC Soccer Web
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Megan Rapinoe, Reign teammates ask NWSL to postpone Orlando match as Hurricane Irma approachesSeattle Times
The NWSL on Wednesday moved the Reign’s match at Orlando up two days, from Saturday to Thursday, because Florida is in the projected path of Hurricane Irma. Now Reign players are asking the league to postpone the match so Seattle’s players can get out of Orlando safely.

Fara Williams just keeps going and going…and goingThe Equalizer
Reading look poised to make some noise when the WSL campaign kicks off later this month on September 23. The Royals made a legendary acquisition on August, 16, signing England international, Fara Williams to a two-year contract. A move that surprised many people was in the works for a while and no shock to Williams.

Pride’s winning form result of smart recruitingOrlando Sentinel
At the end of a 20-game inaugural season last year, the Orlando Pride had 19 points and a 6-13-1 overall record. After 20 games this year, the Pride had 32 points and a 9-6-5 record. The team added another win to that last week and have three matches left in the National Women’s Soccer League’s expanded 24-game schedule.

Spirit looking to build off of challenging seasonProst Amerika
Of all the scenarios that Washington Spirit supporters could have thought of with regards to their 2017 season this is most certainly the darkest timeline. While the losses of Ali Krieger, Crystal Dunn, Diane Matheson, and Christine Nairn certainly dimmed expectations coming into this campaign their was some level of hope that this side would put up a fair number of results and have a puncher’s chance at a playoffs spot.

Alex Morgan named NWSL Player of the Month for AugustVavel
The 28 year-old scored seven goals and picked up two assists as she helped the Orlando Pride to an undefeated August in the NWSL.

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 Host Cities announcedFIFA
Located in the region of Brittany, which will host the entire competition in August 2018, Concarneau (Guy Piriou Stadium), Dinan/Léhon (Clos Gastel Stadium in Léhon), Saint-Malo (Marville Stadium) and Vannes (Rabine Stadium) are the four official Host Cities of the women’s youth tournament.

#SBSSWPL Round-up – 3/9/17Scottish WPL
It was another great weekend of football in the SWPL and SSE Scottish Cup, with key stories in both the title and relegation battles in both divisions.

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Premier League transfer window to close before season starts SN
Premier League clubs have voted to close the next summer transfer window before the beginning of the 2018-19 season.

European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leaguesMetro
After routing Arsenal 4-0 before the international break, Liverpool will return to action with another match that will signal the strength of the team’s title credentials. It’s a strengthened side, too, that will face Manchester City on Saturday after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was bought from Arsenal on transfer deadline day.

Bundesliga’s 50+1 rule must end for clubs to compete – RummeniggeESPN FC
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes the Bundesliga has no choice but to scrap the 50+1 ownership rule to remain competitive in a “global” game.

Roma waiting to see what Schick can do in Serie AMetro
Few had heard of Patrik Schick when he moved to Italy last year. Fast forward 12 months and Roma fans can barely contain themselves as they wait to see what the 21-year-old Czech forward can do.

FIFA orders Senegal and South Africa replay due to corrupt officiatingESPN FC
FIFA has ordered that a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal be replayed after the referee awarded a penalty for a non-existent handball and was banned for life for match manipulation.

Manchester City owners consider legal action over ‘financial doping’ commentsBBC Sport
Manchester City’s owners say they are considering legal action after La Liga president Javier Tebas accused them of “financial doping”.

LFP condemns La Liga on Paris Saint-GermainLigue 1
The LFP has released a statement critical of comments from Spain’s La Liga president concerning Paris Saint-Germain’s transfer activity and notably the world-record transfer of Neymar Jr from FC Barcelona.

How the UEFA Nations League could line upUEFA
The UEFA Nations League kicks off in 2018, with UEFA’s 55 member associations split into four leagues – but who will be in which? Here’s how it currently stands.

St. Louis soccer legend Bob Kehoe dies at 89St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Robert “Bob” Kehoe, the only man to captain and coach the U.S. men’s national soccer team, died late Monday afternoon (Sept. 4, 2017) in hospice care. He was 89.

Didier Deschamps: ‘In today’s society an 18-year-old wants everything and they want it straightaway’ The Guardian
In an extract from a new book the France manager discusses leadership, talent and creating a link with his players based on trust.

English soccer player banned for FA Cup pie-eating bet stuntSportsnet
The English Football Association has banned a player for influencing a betting market when he ate a meat pie during his team’s landmark FA Cup game against Arsenal.

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