VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
MLS MATCHDAY #7
REAL SALT LAKE vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2016, 7:00 PM
RIO TINTO STADIUM, SANDY, UTAH
TV: TSN 1 RADIO: TSN 1040 LIVESTREAM: TSN GO
Disaster in DC: Robbo’s worst game yet – Whitecaps Fan Blog
Poor Carl Robinson. So many of his preferred players were not available and so many of his squad players let him down in Washington DC.
Who Can Pick Up the Slack for the Attack? – Eighty-Six Forever
With a few key players nursing injury for the Whitecaps, is there anyone that can guide the attack back to respectability?
The Good, The Bad and The Even Worse: United The Whitecaps Fall In DC Edition – AFTN
The ‘Caps never had a chance from the opening whistle. The offence was non-existent, the defenders seemed like they didn’t want to get physical and David Ousted was the only player that bothered to show he cared by his play on the field and his comments afterwards.
Maple Leaf Soccer: A 2016 Canadians in MLS round-up (Wk 6) – AFTN
This past weekend proved to be another busy one for Canadian players in Major League Soccer, with 11 players seeing action and playing a total of 696 minutes, the most gametime so far this season.
Portland Timbers ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Darlington Nagbe’s injury – Oregonian
Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe does not have a broken ankle and the Timbers are “cautiously optimistic” that his injury will not be severe.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. New York Red Bulls | MLS Match Preview – MLS
A pair of clubs which have gotten off to opposite starts meet in an interconference matchup when the San Jose Earthquakes play host to the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday evening at Avaya Stadium.
Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids | MLS Match Preview –MLS
The league’s top two defenses in the early going this season face off when Sporting Kansas City play host to the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday evening at Children’s Mercy Park, exactly 20 years after they played each other for the first time during the inaugural MLS season of 1996.
MLSsoccer.com Injury Report – MLS
Latest list of injuries team-by-team buy Major League Soccer
Lamar Hunt Saved MLS From Folding In 2001 – CBS Local Sports
Lost in all of this growth and success is the fact that the league nearly closed up shop at the advent of the millennium. According to FC Dallas president Dan Hunt, talking to the Soccer Today podcast, the league had decided to cease operations back in 2001.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Report: Vancouver to host Canada/El Salvador World Cup qualifier in September – Van City Buzz
Canada Soccer is holding a media conference on Thursday in downtown Vancouver where they are expected to make the announcement.
‘He loved the beautiful game so much…’ – Prince George Citizen
Hans Niedermayer, the founding father of soccer in Prince George, didn’t realize it at the time he arrived in the city in 1956, but he soon found out. Soccer, as it was played then in a four-team men’s league, was more of a blood sport, a chance to sort out political differences on a gravel field at Connaught school. When the scoreboard wasn’t sufficient to determine the winners and losers, the Nechako Heaters, Hudson Bay, Mackenzie’s Menswear and Rustad Brothers settled scores with their fists. Feuding between ethnic backgrounds renewed old-country conflicts for players and fans alike and the games became problematic, requiring a police presence.
Residency Report: U-18s unbeaten in 23 games, U-16s continue to roll – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency continued rolling with a pair of results against Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders FC Academy at Richmond’s Hugh Boyd Park on Saturday.
Victoria Highlanders Try-out and assessment schedule – Victoria Highlanders
The PDL Victoria Highlanders will begin try-out / player assessments and their return to the USL PDL Northwest Division on April 18, 20, and 21at U-Vic’s Turf Field #3 beginning at 6:00 PM each night. Interested players should contact Head Coach Dave Dew by email if they have not already done so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Out with the Old, in with the Old – TSS Academy
With the new TSS Soccer Centre set to open in September, 2016, TSS Academy would like to announce that Rob Dattilo will be the Operations Manager for the new facility. Rob has spent 13 years with TSS, the last several functioning as the Director of Boys Programming. Rob has moved over from that role but will continue being a very active Staff Coach in both the Academy and TSS FC. In this new role, Rob will oversee facility rentals, tournaments, leagues and special events at TSS Soccer Centre.
Four BC Soccer Referees Participate in the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup – BCSA
Four BC Soccer referees; Amanda Cordua-von Specht, Scott Milliquet, Cameron Oliver, and Stephen Lebrechthausen, who were evaluated and selected for their recent successes and referee potential headed down the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup to referee one of North America’s largest and prestigious international youth soccer tournaments. Working with five other provinces this year, BC Soccer was able showcase four of their referees amongst the 18 Canadian referees who attended.
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!
BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting Candidates for its Board of Directors – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June 11, 2016. Prospective candidates are invited to review the information provided on the BC Soccer web site www.bcsoccer.net. Candidates who provide notice to BC Soccer Assoc. of their intent to stand for election by May 1, 2016 will have their applications circulated to the membership in early May.
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
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Report: Canada to Return to BC Place for September FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Waking the Red
In response to its success as a host venue for the Canadian men’s national team, Vancouver will be rewarded. The Canadian Soccer Association is expected to announce Tuesday that BC Place will host Canada’s September World Cup qualifier against El Salvador. The match will be played on September 6, following a September 2 trip to Honduras for Canada.
Canadian women’s soccer player LeBlanc to conduct memorial clinic in Conception Bay South – The Telegram
The event, open to boys and girls ages 10-17, is being held in memory of Makayla Puddicombe, a 15-year-old from Conception Bay South who lost her battle with Cancer earlier this year.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 vs. OKC ENERGY FC
SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016, 7:00 PM
UBC THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC
PHOTO GALLERY: WFC2 0 SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC 0, April 10, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.
WFC2: “They’re getting better every single week” – Whitecaps FC
After three USL starts, Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) remain unbeaten. Their latest result was a 0-0 draw in a tough battle against perennial contenders Sacramento Republic FC. Once again, a very young lineup saw the field for WFC2, including a 17-year-old at right back and a 15-year-old in attack. But the ‘Caps continued to show what they’re capable of.
USL Preview: Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs. Rio Grande Valley FC – USL
Seattle Sounders FC 2 hosts Rio Grande Valley FC on Tuesday night, with the Toros looking for a sweep of their trip to the Pacific Northwest, and S2 looking to break a three-game losing streak to open the season. Kickoff at Starfire Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. PT.
USL Preview: LA Galaxy II vs. San Antonio FC – USL
Two undefeated sides, both coming off draws this past weekend, will meet on Wednesday night as the LA Galaxy II host San Antonio FC. Kickoff at StubHub Center is set for 7:30 p.m. PT.
Minor leagues, major goals: Current, former MLSers light up USL, NASL – MLS
Some current and former MLSers got their goal on in the lower divisions this weekend, with FC Dallas Homegrown forward Coy Craft, former New England Revolution forward Sean Okoli and ex-Columbus Crew SC midfielder Ben Speas scoring wild goals in USL and NASL action.
NASL Spring Week 2 Recap: Big Crowd in Miami, Cosmos, RailHawks Stay on Top – Empire of Soccer
The second round of action for the North American Soccer League’s Spring Season saw Minnesota United FC recover well from their disheartening loss in Carolina last week. The Loons traveled north of the border to face FC Edmonton and they looked every bit the dynamic attacking side everyone expected to see as they confidently dismissed the Eddies 2-0.
Cameroonian goalie shines in Edmonton, Canada – Patriotic Vanguard
The Minnesota United goalkeeper frustrated every effort by the Eddies to get their very first goal this year. The six-foot-three keeper was on the roster for Cameroon at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and he was simply superb on Sunday.
NASL might pose a threat to MLS on TV – World Soccer Talk
The NASL, despite being an officially sanctioned second division by the US Soccer Federation (USSF), created quite a splash less than two weeks ago by securing national TV deals with CBS Sports Network and beIN SPORTS. The respective packages give the league, which aspires to challenge Major League Soccer (MLS), exposure to American soccer fans and casual sports that no other “minor” league gets in the United States.
Can FC Cincinnati repeat its league-leading crowd? USL president says yes – Cincinnati Business Journal
FC Cincinnati’s first-ever home game probably couldn’t have gone much better if it was written as a movie script.
Nashville To Be Part Of Next Wave of USL Expansion – Scratching the Pitch
The 2016 USL season kicked off two weeks ago with 29 teams dotting the Continental United States and Canada. The planned return of the Austin Aztex and the commencement of Reno 1868 FC would raise the number of teams to 31 in 2017. The USL, though, will not settle for the same number of teams as Baskin-Robbins has flavors. According to multiple sources in and around the league, Nashville will be making its entry into USL next season.
Fall Out Boy’s Wentz Becomes Investor in Arizona United SC – USL
Arizona United Soccer Club announced on Monday the addition of Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz as an investor in the club. Wentz becomes the second high-profile musician to become part of United’s team, joining two-time Grammy Award winner Diplo.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
NWSL clubs announce 2016 rosters – The Equalizer
NWSL clubs announced their opening day rosters on Monday. Teams had to reduce their rosters to between 18 and 20 players.
Women’s EURO 2017 Qualifying: Bosnia & Herzegovina 0 England 1 – BBC Sport
England women moved top of their Euro 2017 qualifying group after a narrow victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Avilia fires Starlets to Africa Championships history – Citizen TV (Kenya)
Super substitute Cheris Avilia Salono’s second half goal fired Kenya to Cameroon 2016 CAF Africa Women’s Championships finals as Harambee Starlets edged out north African giants Algeria on away goals after a nerve wracking 1-1 draw in Nairobi on Tuesday.
Sauerbrunn: Boycott of Rio Olympics ‘on the table’ – The Equalizer
United States women’s national team co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn says a boycott of the Rio 2016 Olympics is possible.
Gender Equality Concerns Surface as NWSL Ramps Up – American Soccer Now
OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS, issues of gender equality have dominated the headlines in the world of women’s soccer. First, U.S. Soccer sued the union that represents the women’s national team in February. Then, two weeks ago, five American players filed an EEOC complaint against the federation.
Equality can’t simply be asked for — it must be demanded – ESPN W.
For decades, USWNT players waited for their employers to recognize and reward their efforts, to acknowledge the visibility and millions of dollars they were bringing to the party. Instead, the federation shrugged. So the USWNT filed a wage discrimination claim, hoping that perhaps by airing the federation’s dirty fiscal laundry and bias, the World Cup champs might finally be paid equally to their male counterparts who lose.
Women’s Soccer Salaries: The Economic Justification – Forbes
The women on the U.S. national soccer team don’t get paid as much as the men, so they have filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The numbers in the complaint are stark, showing that the women earned less than the men’s national team despite far better performance. Team member Becky Sauerbrunn said, “U.S. Soccer has no justification for paying us as little as they do.” There actually is an economic justification for the women’s soccer pay disparity.
Young Lionesses boss targets spot at FIFA Under-17 World Cup – The FA
After naming his squad for next month’s UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championship finals, England head coach John Griffiths said he is targeting a place at the World Cup later this year.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UCL Preview: Man City, Wolfsburg aiming to make history – SBI
The first two spots in the UEFA Champions League semifinals will be earned on Tuesday. After netting two important away goals, Manchester City will host Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their quaterfinal series. In Spain, Real Madri will look to mount a comeback against Wolfsburg, which holds a two-goal advantage.
Weary Bara prep for season-defining showdown with Atletico – Sportsnet
he quarterfinal encounter, which will be played at the capital outfit’s Vicente Calderon stadium, looms as a season-defining moment for Barcelona, one in which their quest for an unprecedented second treble in as many years, and third since 2009, will either be derailed or pick up some much-needed steam.
Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri: last five games will be terrible in race for title – The Guardian
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has admitted his players face a “terrible” last five games in their attempt to win the Premier League title and acknowledged closest rivals Tottenham will fight until the very end.
West Ham United vs Manchester United Preview: Must win for Louis van Gaal – Vavel
Louis van Gaal takes his Manchester United side to Upton Park in an FA Cup quarter-final replay on Wednesday.
Former Fifa vice-president Alfredo Hawit admits to corruption – The Guardian
Prosecutors told a New York court that the Honduran negotiated and accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes linked to the sale of marketing rights to tournaments since 2008.
CONCACAF Watch: Hawit plea warning for current executives – Goal
A courtroom isn’t a new setting for Alfredo Hawit, but his position in the room was a novelty. The former head of Honduran soccer’s governing body and on two occasions the interim leader of CONCACAF is a lawyer by trade but was the defendant Monday in the United States District Court for the Eastern District. He pled guilty to three conspiracy charges, related to soliciting and accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. That, Hawit and Co. have determined, is his best option.
Australia, Japan in Group B for Asian World Cup qualifying – Sportsnet
Asian Cup champion Australia and Japan have been grouped together in the last round of Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Aston Villa warn of job cuts upon relegation from Premier League – The Guardian
Aston Villa have warned their staff there will be job cuts due to the club’s impending relegation from the Premier League.
Can brain training make better footballers? – The Guardian
Southampton’s Ronald Koeman says young players are so lost in their headphones that they don’t talk to each other – and it’s affecting their performance. So, he’s brought in a German cognitive technique to tackle it.