BC Soccer News, Tuesday, April 4, 2017




SEMI-FINAL, 2nd LEG (0-2 agg.)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017, 7:00 PM

The roof will be OPEN on Wednesday night at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
Yes, rain is in the forecast. Yes, the roof will be open. And yes, we hope it’s going to be a wet, cold, and miserable night on the pitch.

Whitecaps vs Tigres – CONCACAF Champions League PreviewFutebolcidade
Vancouver have finally recorded their first Major League Soccer win of the season. The Whitecaps beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 4-2 after going down 2-1 in the first half. Following the match, Carl Robinson appeared relieved that his team were able to overcome the deficit against one of the highest priced squads in Major League Soccer. When asked about the match on Wednesday, he stated that it was a “mission impossible.”

Fredy Montero sets sights on Tigres after getting first MLS goal since 2012MLS
It’s been an absence of nearly four-and-a-half years, but Fredy Montero is back scoring goals again in Major League Soccer.

Techera, Laba named to MLS Team of the WeekWhitecaps FC
Cristian Techera and Matías Laba were honoured with selections to the MLS Team of the Week, the league announced on Monday.

Episode 184 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Laba Land with guests Sam Adekugbe and Erik Hurtado)AFTN
Has the doom and gloom been lifted in Whitecapsland? Well, just as one swallow doesn’t make a summer, one victory doesn’t mean Vancouver Whitecaps have turned their season around. But it’s a promising sign.

‘We’re dreaming big’ – FC Dallas looking to reverse MLS’ CCL history, Pachuca streakSN
History is working against FC Dallas on Tuesday. Whether recent or distant, the past is not on the club’s side. Only a pair of MLS teams have advanced to the CONCACAF Champions League final, and neither of those sides won on Mexican soil.

Early arrival helps FC Dallas acclimate for “massive” CCL clash at Pachuca MLS
For decades, US sides – both the US national team and several MLS clubs – have generally suffered pain and loss on visits to Mexico, where most stadiums are located at lung-burningly high altitudes. But FC Dallas are doing everything in their power to prevent that from affecting their CONCACAF Champions League fate.

Impact keeps taking points away from Conference rivals Montreal Impact
Reactions to the Impact’s Chicago expedition have been mixed. Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla’s delightful goal from distance saw the deadlock broken for, it seemed, yet another wonderful Bleu-blanc-noir win in Illinois, until Luis Solignac deleted the visitors’ lead seconds later.

Jonathan Osorio speaks out after Twitter apologyWaking the Red
Jonathan Osorio faced the media at training today after coming in for some criticism following Toronto FC’s 0-0 draw with Sporting Kansas City. The midfielder clarified the Twitter apology he issued and then deleted and spoke further about his feelings in general after the home opener.

Romain Alessandrini happy with Vancouver brace but looking forward to bringing more wins to LA Galaxy LA Galaxy
Romain Alessandrini bagged his first goals in an LA Galaxy jersey in Saturday’s 4-2 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, but the Frenchman was hardly smiling given the result.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4 LA Galaxy 2, April 1 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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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.

BC Soccer Women’s Provincial Cup Draw Monday April 3, Men’s Provincial Cup Draw April 13BCSA
All qualified teams and brackets are available here and you can follow along as this will be updated in real time.

Niners hoist cup in debut seasonCowichan Valley Citizen
In just their first season of existence, the Cowichan 49ers became the first team from the region to win the Tony Grover Cup as the top over-35 team on Vancouver Island by beating Vic West 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Fleetwood Park ready for a repeat run? Surrey’s Dragons open season with UBC Classic titleVarsity Letters
The defending B.C. champs felt their share of loss through graduation, but Surrey’s Fleetwood Park Dragons are showing just how quickly their chemistry and camaraderie has come together.

Two Lakecity companies purchase team travel busWilliams Lake Tribune
Two companies have purchased a bus to help ease the burden of travel costs for sports teams in Williams Lake. The 24-passenger bus will primarily be used by the under-16 Storm girls rep soccer team as they travel throughout the province with their full-year program commitment.

No goals against in five games for Coquitlam SC Tri City News
The Coqutilam Metro Ford SC Schalke are under-13 Metro Select League soccer champions. The team finished up the season with six consecutive wins — five of which were shutouts — to take the top spot in the Coastal Mainland division.

World Cups Soccer Fest hatches over EasterSaanich News
The rebooted Peninsula Coop World Cups Youth Soccer Festival is back for a second straight year, following a three-year hiatus, for the 31st anniversary of the event. The two-day soccer festival runs April 14 and 15 over the Easter weekend.

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
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Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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.

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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Canada Soccer holds National EXCEL U15 camp 3-9 April in BurnabyCSA
Canada Soccer continues to develop young talent within the women’s EXCEL program with a U-15 National EXCEL Camp in Burnaby from 3-9 April, 2017.

Schedule set for Futsal Canadian ChampionshipOntario Soccer
Men’s Ontario Futsal Cup champions, Futsal Club Toronto, will take on champs from Quebec and Saskatchewan.

Whitecaps FC partner with Sarnia FC in Southern OntarioWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Tuesday a partnership with Sarnia FC as part of the club’s Southern Ontario Academy Centre program.

Bradey, Desveaux named Brock Athletes of the YearNiagara This Week
Eric Bradey, a two-sport athlete in men’s curling and soccer, and figure skater Katie Desveaux were anointed the athletes of the year in front of more than 850 people at the Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre.

Quebec invests in physical fitness planGlobal
The Quebec Liberal government has invested $64 million over the next three years into a physical fitness plan to encourage Quebecers to be more active.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2017, 3:00 PM

WFC2 returning to Langley for six-game stintMaple Ridge News
After a successful first season using Langley’s McLeod Athletic Park as a secondary home, WFC2 is back in the Fraser Valley, this time for a six-game stint. WFC2, the affiliate team for Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps, is set to hit the pitch at McLeod Athletic Park on Saturday, April 8.

USL Rewind: Roughnecks forced to forfeit game  – Soccer America
In the standings as of Saturday, Tulsa was 2-0-0 after beating Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, 1-0. But on Monday, the team was informed that it had used an ineligible player, Paris Gee, while beating Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, 4-1, in its season opener March 25 and would have to forfeit the match. Thus the game is officially recorded as a 3-0 victory for Colorado Springs.

Orlando City B Faces Quick Turnaround Against Toronto FC IIOrlando City SC
Following its 2017 United Soccer League (USL) home opener, Orlando City B (0-0-2, 0 points) hosts Toronto FC II (1-0-1, 3 points) on Tuesday, April 4, in the second match of a three-game homestand. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. PT at Orlando City Stadium.

Toronto FC II sign W Connection duo Aikim Andrews & Jelani PetersWaking the Red
Toronto FC II added a pair of Trinidad & Tobago youngsters to their roster on Monday, signing forward Aikim Andrews (pictured above) and defender Jelani Peters to USL contracts.

Time is right for professional soccer to sprout in FresnoFresno Bee
Judging by attendance levels for the semi-pro Fresno Fuego and the droves of soccer fans who turn out for matches involving Liga MX teams like the Club Atlas (above), the Fresno area could absolutely support a USL franchise.

SF Deltas offer Raider Nation a ticket to the ‘other’ footballSF Gate
Hoping to attract disaffected Raiders fans looking for a new Bay Area team to support, the San Francisco Deltas, a new pro soccer team, have offered Raider Nation fans discounted tickets to their next home game at Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park this Saturday.

Republic of Ireland women’s team could go on strike in row over treatment by FAI BBC Sport
The Republic’s women are scheduled to face Slovakia next week and the game now appears in serious doubt.

Sharing tracksuits and changing in toilets – Irish women’s team hit out at treatment as FAI respond with statementThe Independent (Ireland)
A long-burning resentment by members of the senior women’s international side came to a head today when a group of 13 players, supported by players’ union, the PFAI, spoke to the media in Dublin.

Division 1 Féminine – Matchday 18 Review: The race for second heats up – Vavel
As Olympique Lyonnais march to another title, it’s those behind them that will look to capture the attention of fans of the league with four matchdays to go.

Reign FC Sign Defender Kristen McNabbThe Bold
Seattle Reign FC have signed defender Kristen McNabb for the 2017 NWSL season. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Frauen-Bundesliga Week 16 Review: Wolfsburg inch ahead of PotsdamVavel
It’s tight at the top and at the bottom of the Frauen-Bundesliga, with the title and relegation races looking like they’ll both go the distance.

For Palestinian women, football is about overcoming misogynist challengesHindustan Times
The Palestinian women’s football team saw a crushing defeat in their first match in Asian Cup qualifiers — a 6-0 loss to Thailand — but for captain Claudie Salameh, the score means little. “Playing football for girls in Palestine is an enormous challenge,” she said after the match.

Inter Milan’s Champions League hopes evaporate in loss to SampdoriaSportsnet
Inter Milan’s hopes of sneaking into the Champions League all but evaporated Monday as it lost 2-1 at home to Sampdoria in Serie A.

Arsenal supporters should be careful what they wish for, warns Gaël Clichy The Guardian
Gaël Clichy has warned Arsenal supporters calling for Arsène Wenger to stand down as manager to be “careful what you wish for” following his return to the club with Manchester City on Sunday.

Copa MX – Midweek Semi-Finals Add Further Excitement to Mexican FootballFutebolcidade
CONCACAF Champions League, and Copa MX midweek fixtures mean that games are coming thick, and fast for Liga MX clubs. Two Liga MX clubs—Pachuca’s will be at home against Dallas, and Tigres UANL will travel to Vancouver—will try to maintain Mexico’s dominance over the CONCACAF Champions League.

Proud Cornet loving life on Lyon trophy trailUEFA
Lyon forward Maxwel Cornet describes his journey from street footballer to the attacking vanguard of an OL side targeting success in the UEFA Europa League.

Sadio Mane could miss rest of season, admits Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp The Telegraph
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed the possible absence of Sadio Mane for the rest of the season.

Rossi’s hat trick gives Celta win over Las Palmas in La LigaSportsnet
Italian forward Giuseppe Rossi scored a hat trick to lead Celta Vigo to a comfortable 3-1 win over Las Palmas in the Spanish league on Monday.

Coach detained in Spain as police probe match-fixing  – Metro
Spanish police investigating match-fixing said Tuesday they have detained the coach of a third-division club that lost 12-0 to Barcelona’s “B” team over the weekend.

The joshing, the slap-joke, the fallout: the Great Moyes Debate has begunThe Guardian
If David Moyes makes a habit of such joke-threats, then can the men who have been on the receiving end of them please step forward and speak out. Don’t all rush at once …

UEFA to revamp and expand futsal competitionsUEFA
The UEFA Futsal EURO is to be expanded to 16 teams, Women’s and Under-19 Futsal EUROs launched and a UEFA Futsal Champions League is to replace the UEFA Futsal Cup.

History class looks at global issues through soccerTemple News
“Football was always a large part of my life,” said Gary Scales, a history professor and a second-year Ph.D. student. “But I began to look at the sport differently as I became fascinated with the history and significance of the sport.” Scales now teaches a course that showcases his love for the sport: History of Global Soccer. The course is dedicated to studying the personal emotions, politics and social trends that have shaped soccer, and the ways soccer has shaped societies across the world in return, Scales said.

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