BC Soccer News, Tuesday, April 19, 2016







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A look ahead: Big tests upcoming as ‘Caps play four of next five at BC Place Whitecaps FC
Following back-to-back losses on the road, Vancouver Whitecaps FC are returning to BC Place for four of their next five matches – starting this Saturday against league-leading FC Dallas.

Has the time come for Whitecaps to bench Rivero? Sportsnet
Perhaps the most symbolic moment of how this season has gone in the final third for the Whitecaps came in the 89th minute when Rimando berated Designated Player Octavio Rivero after the Uruguayan’s embarrassing embellishment in the 18-yard box following a collision between the two players.

Whitecaps still searching for goals24 Hours
Will the Vancouver Whitecaps ever score a goal? The question is on the minds of local sports fans after they lost 1-0 at Real Salt Lake Saturday.

How Do You Fix the Whitecaps Attack?Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps put forth a much better effort against Real Salt Lake over the weekend, but they still weren’t good enough, falling 1-0. The Whitecaps attack had some chances, but their inability to finish was evident yet again, as this club fails to find any kind of swagger or confidence in their offense. It seems the only way this club can put balls in the opposition net is when Pedro Morales gets a chance at the penalty spot.

FC Dallas’ Matt Hedges suffers knee injuryMLS
FC Dallas will probably be missing key defender Matt Hedges for the next few weeks. A club spokeswoman confirmed to MLSsoccer.com Monday that Hedges has suffered a “torn meniscus in his left knee,” but the club did not provide any further details around a recovery timeline or what caused the injury.

NYCFC search for defensive solutionsEmpire of Soccer
New York City FC found out how much work has to go into being a contender in MLS during their loss to Columbus Crew SC Saturday night. After posting its first clean sheet of the season, NYCFC allowed three goals to Crew SC who had entered the match winless with only one goal in their previous three matches.

New York Red Bulls’ Luis Robles sets new MLS ironman record MLS
New York Red Bulls’ goalkeeper Luis Robles is the new MLS Ironman. With his start and 90-minute appearance in New York’s 2-1 loss over the weekend, Robles has now played the most consecutive full matches of anyone in MLS history at 113.

A statement game by Drogba, Impact in ChicagoSportsnet
What will please the Impact the most about Didier Drogba’s goal on Saturday, which helped Montreal come from behind to beat the Chicago Fire 2-1, won’t be so much the finish, as delightful as it was, but rather what the Ivorian did a few moments before.

In wake of Orlando City officiating debacle, head of MLS refs ‘banging drum’ for instant replayOrlando Sentinel
A message to professional soccer leagues across the globe from all of us American sports fans: Get your head out of your grass and start using instant replay to aid your embattled, beleaguered, overextended referees.

I felt as if there was an insidious attempt to transform me from a football supporter into someone heading to the cinema or theatre. Everything – from the security, to the screening of flags and banners, to the non-stop noise pollution – felt like it was a coordinated attempt to convert me into becoming a passive consumer. I was no longer there to create any atmosphere myself; my only involvement was now to merely observe. I sensed that I had been reduced to a walking ATM that the club was exploiting at every opportunity.

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PHOTO GALLERY: 2016 BC Provincial Cup, PMO Titans 1 Gorge Utd. 0 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

Former Champions move on after BC Provincial B Cup preliminary round matches AFTN
The Strikers are now on the road next weekend for a First Round match up at another FVSL side, Division 2 Champions, Westcoast FC United.

Tickets On Sale Now For Athletics Scholarship Breakfast SFU
Re-connect with old friends and support the dreams of Canada’s NCAA student athletes at the Simon Fraser University Athletics Scholarship Breakfast, featuring Canadian women’s national soccer team head coach John Herdman. The event takes place on May 30 at 7:00 AM at the Vancouver Convention Centre East. Early Bird tickets are on sale now.

Fundraising dinner and charity event on the horizon for Cascades men’s soccer – UFV
On Saturday, June 4, the Cascades are hosting their annual fundraising dinner at The Rancho (35110 DeLair Road, Abbotsford). The event will feature a buffet, cash bar, raffle, toonie toss and silent auction. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the buffet will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and must be purchased in advance from a Cascade player or from head coach Tom Lowndes (Thomas.Lowndes@ufv.ca). All proceeds go towards student-athlete scholarships.

Port Moody Soccer ClubJohn Grasty’s Blog
Thursday April 7 was an exciting night for the Port Moody Soccer Club annual awards at the Inlet Theater in Port Moody. Donations for the PMSC Girls and Boys players of the year, and also for the 2016 Raffle Draw, were sponsored by Port Moody Realtors, John Grasty and Jessica Chen Sargent.

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 DirectorsBCSA
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.

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Montagliani confident ahead of CONCACAF election Goal
Seeking to be elected the first Canadian as CONCACAF president, Victor Montagliani’s agenda includes changes to Gold Cup and Champions League competitions.

Mussenden manifesto woos Caribbean with corruption cash, pro-league and Trinidad training centre Inside World Football
Larry Mussenden, one of the last two standing candidates in the election to the presidency of CONCACAF, has launched his election manifesto promising to chase down the $190 million of corruption cash collected by the US justice department, to push for a Caribbean professional league and to get back the Trinidad training centre from Jack Warner,

North Toronto Nitros And University Of Toronto Partnership Enters League1 League1 Ontario
Inner city club North Toronto Nitros joins the 2016 League1 Ontario’s men’s division with a host of talented U21 players, a revamped professionalized club model, and an exciting partnership with the University of Toronto varsity soccer program.

Sigma FC: 2016 Technical Profile League1 Ontario
High-flying Mississauga academy Sigma FC will embark on a 2016 season full of expectation after performances in previous seasons from players such as Cyle Larin, Richmond Laryea (currently with MLS’ Orlando City FC), Emery Welshman (currently with MLS’ Real Salt Lake) and more have made headlines domestically and beyond.

Woodbridge Strikers Women Sign All-American Hope SabadashLeague1 Ontario
Woodbridge Strikers Women have signed second team All-American goalkeeper Hope Sabadash – a junior at Southeastern Lousiana University and native of Mississauga – to backstop the team for the 2016 League1 season.

2016, the year that hockey died in Canada Ottawa Citizen
Clearly the expense of keeping a child in the sport far exceeds that of soccer or basketball. The game that originated as backyard shinny has evolved to become a bastion of the affluent. It has been written that we may never again have another Wayne Gretzky or Gordie Howe, that is, kids who grew up in blue-collar families to become the best in the world in the sport. Blue-collar families can’t afford to keep a kid in hockey. Conversely, basketball and soccer don’t discriminate. The equipment costs are minimal and there are no exorbitant rink rental fees to contend with. Anyone can play.

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LA Galaxy II host Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on Friday | Weekly Schedule LA Galaxy
LA Galaxy II (2-0-3, 9 pts.) is setting up for a top-of-the-table clash with Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 (2-0-1, 7 pts.) at 7:30 p.m. PT on Friday, April 22 at StubHub Center.

FC Edmonton tries to keep up with deep pockets Edmonton Sun
FC Edmonton is trying to remain a competitive fish in a rapidly expanding pool. As the North American Soccer League continues to grow and owners starting pouring big dollars into their clubs, the local professional side is working hard to keep up.

Arizona Appoints Dulle as COO USL
Arizona United Soccer Club announced on Monday that Bobby Dulle has been appointed as the club’s new Chief Operating Officer.

New doc outlines the making of a classic OKC Energy supporters’ tifo MLS
“There’s no other sport where a fan can do what a soccer fan does,” says one supporter in a new documentary The Tifo. And the new, 14-minute online work details exactly how through a very specific lens: yes, through tifo creation as the title suggests, but a classic one proudly carried by fans of USL team OKC Energy FC.

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NWSL Rewind: Seattle and FCKC fall in stunnersSoccer America
The Seattle Reign won back-to-back regular-season NWSL titles thanks in large part to its invincibility at Memorial Stadium. But its perfect record since moving from Starfire Sports Complex prior to the 2014 season ended Sunday when it lost to Sky Blue FC, 2-1, on goals by Tasha Kai and Kelly Conheenney.

NWSL dominated by newcomers and rookies in Week 1SB Nation
Whether it was rookies, players making returns to the game after some time off or veterans from overseas trying their hand in NWSL for the first time, week one was all about the first-timers.

Frankfurt beat Bayern, Lyon in cup final UEFA
With the semi-final first legs next Sunday, FFC Frankfurt and Wolfsburg gained valuable league wins while Lyon reached the French Cup final but Paris Saint-Germain lost.

#SWPL16 – Game 4 Round Up SWPL
Two late goals from Stirling University saw them beat Celtic for the first time ever to pick up their first points of the season.

Fans flock Stateside, silverware up for grabs in Europe FIFA
FIFA.com reviews a big weekend in women’s club football across the globe highlighted by a spectacular opening to the new league season in USA, both on and off the pitch. We also look at the start of a new campaign in Sweden, plus some big news from Germany and England.

Kenya women fight for recognition BBC Sport
“Sometimes our communities have not supported girls to play football, it is considered a man’s game.” The words of Kenya women’s national team captain Mary Kinuthia reveal the enormity of their achievement in qualifying for the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations.

AFC seminar puts women’s football development into sharp focus Ghana Soccernet
Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Member Association representatives and women’s football experts from FIFA, UEFA, CAF and CONCACAF gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, over two days to discuss the way forward for women’s football development in Asia.

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Domestic leagues reject creation of European Super LeagueSportsnet
Europe’s domestic football leagues made clear their opposition to a European Super League on Monday, arguing that such a move would end many clubs’ dreams of competing at the highest level.

CONCACAF Watch: Tigres, America primed to produce fitting finalGoal
While some knockout competitions result in underdogs getting through, the CCL final pits the region’s two strongest teams.

Historic first step taken with referees’ joint-preparation FIFA
Football refereeing is imperfect by its essential nature: in fractions of a second, one must make decisions where right or wrong are often separated by a few centimetres, in actions performed by some of the fittest, fastest athletes on the planet. It is an open invitation to committing mistakes. Players know it, referees know it, top refereeing instructors know it too well.

Marseille fires coach Michel after less than year in charge Sportsnet
Marseille coach Michel was fired Tuesday after less than a year in charge of the crisis-ridden French league club.

African clubs line up for final eight FIFA
After this week, the CAF Champions League group stage will be set with two clubs each from Congo DR, Egypt and Algeria trying to infiltrate the final eight.

Roberto Martínez admits to a defining week for Everton ahead of derby The Guardian
Roberto Martínez has said he is “not stupid enough” to believe Everton’s results will not determine his position as manager as he approaches the Merseyside derby with serious injury problems in defence.

Metalist Kharkiv Dissolve First Team after Match-Fixing Scandal Futbolgrad
The uncertainty at Metalist Kharkiv continues. On April 18 the Ukrainian Premier League team—they are currently tenth on the table—announced that they had fired head coach Aleksandr Sevidov. According to Tribuna, Metalist will dissolve the first team, and then finish the season with the second team under the leadership of youth team coach Aleksandr Prizetko. It has since emerged that the reason for these drastic measures are suspicions of match-fixing.

Former German FA president free to call Qatar ‘a cancer on world football’ The Guardian
The former German Football Association president Theo Zwanziger is free to repeat his claim that “Qatar is a cancer on world football”, a German court ruled on Tuesday.

Wolves come under fire for taking Money Shop cash Inside World Football
The announcement that Wolverhampton Wanderers have agreed a deal with US headquartered payday lender Dollar Financial for their Money Shop brand to be the club’s main sponsor has stirred up controversy, with two local MPs and the heads of two local councils writing to the club’s chief executive Jez Moxey asking him to reconsider the deal in the interests of supporters and constituents.

Rangers get set for Premiership after ousting Celtic in Cup BBC Sport
For Rangers fans, victory over their Old Firm rivals would have felt like a cathartic moment. The emotions of four years could be released in the aftermath, but the club can only treat it as another staging post in their return to the top flight.

Ross County ticket sales for Celtic match thrown into chaos after website deleted The Guardian
Ross County’s website has been accidentally deleted, throwing into chaos ticket sales for the club’s Scottish Premiership match against Celtic on Sunday.

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