VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
2018 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
TORONTO FC vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
2nd Leg (2-2 agg.)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2018, 4:30 PM PT
BMO FIELD, TORONTO, ONT.
TV: TSN 1 & 4 RADIO: TSN RADIO 1040 ONLINE: TSN DIRECT
Toronto FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps | 2018 Canadian Championship Preview – MLS
Toronto FC are in the driver’s seat to win a third consecutive Canadian Championship, lift the Voyageurs Cup for a seventh overall time and return to the Concacaf Champions League when they host Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the second leg of the final Wednesday at BMO Field.
Preview: Whitecaps FC play for Voyageurs Cup Wednesday in Toronto – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will look to claim their second Voyageurs Cup on Wednesday when they visit Toronto FC in the second leg of the Canadian Championship Final. The winner of Wednesday’s match will also earn Canada’s entry into the 2019 Concacaf Champions League.
AUDIO: Whitecaps’ Marinovic: Kei Kamara key to beating Toronto FC – Sportsnet
Vancouver goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic joined Sportsnet 650 to chat about the Whitecaps’ big win in Portland over the weekend, and to preview Wednesday’s Canadian Championship final second leg away to Toronto FC.
The only Game That Matters to Toronto FC – Waking the Red
Everything will be forgiven with a win on Wednesday night. Well, maybe not everything, but certainly most things. Forget this lost MLS season, forget the heart breaking CCL loss to Chivas, forget the lack of player infusion, forget the stupid red cards — Wednesday’s Canadian Championship final against Vancouver is now the only game that matters this year.
It’s time for Toronto FC to cut out the nonsense – Toronto Sun
Too many silly decisions have led to dropped points the club could really use right about now.
The Top 5 Whitecaps Who Are Actually Really Good – Eighty-Six Forever
A lot of the players have been quite inconsistent and thus fan opinion is divided on many of them. For this list i’m choosing to focus on players who are quietly having a good season. Everybody knows that Kamara and Davies have had brilliant seasons.
DC United vs. Portland Timbers | 2018 MLS Match Preview – MLS
After a dramatic much-needed win Sunday night, D.C. United look to make it three straight wins at Audi Field when they welcome the Portland Timbers to the nation’s capital Wednesday night.
Galaxy face Rapids for the second time in 10 days, hoping for better result at home – Pro Soccer USA
The LA Galaxy host the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday night at 7:30pm P.T. at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Just 10 days ago, the Rapids ended the Galaxy’s nine game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 victory when the two sides met at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
Mark Wahlberg Interested in Buying Columbus Crew SC – Last Word on Soccer
Actor Mark Wahlberg visited the Buckeye State on Monday after buying the Bobby Layman Chevrolet plant in West Columbus. Wahlberg also has a love for sports. He claims to be a longtime sports fan. While being interviewed at the plant, he was asked the big question of having any interest in buying MLS original club Columbus Crew SC.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Clan favoured to win third straight GNAC championship – SFU
SFU enters the 2018 campaign as unanimous favourites to defend its title in the 2018 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Preseason Men’s Soccer Coaches Poll.
Soccer Opportunities in BC – BCSA
BC Soccer Association & a number of clubs have job and volunteer opportunities available for the upcoming season. Find the latest ones here.
PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Khalsa SC 2, Vancouver Utd. 0, July 29, 2018 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League season – Pacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.
Call for interest for 2018 TD Diploma course – BCSA
Based on the level of interest, BC Soccer is planning to host a 2-day Technical Director’s course in late November or early December of 2018 (dates and location TBA). If you are interested in this course, please let BC Soccer know so they can update you.
PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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!
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.
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
Canadian Premier League appoints senior leaders – Canadian Premier League
Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan announced today senior appointments to the league’s leadership team as the CPL builds towards its launch in 2019.
Sigma Goes Top Of League After Beating TFC III 2-0 – League1 Ontario
Sigma FC defeated Toronto FC III by a score of 2-1 to move three points clear atop the League1 Ontario men’s division standings.
CS MRO 1, Fabrose 0: Griffons Edge Past PLSQ New Boys – The Link
An early first-half goal by forward Ritch-Andy Jean-Pierre was enough for Club de Soccer Mont-Royal Outremont Griffons to earn three points. Club de Soccer Fabrose turned up the pressure in the second half, but CS MRO prevented the visitors from finding a late goal.
Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-15 side take 5th at 2018 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship – CSA
Canada won three of its four matches, with a 1:0 win over Dominican Republic, a 7: 0 win over Panama, and a 2:0 win over a Haiti. Canada’s only defeat came in it’s first match, with a 2:1 loss to Costa Rica.
DAZN LANDS PRESTIGIOUS MULTI-YEAR SERIE A TIM RIGHTS IN CANADA – DAZN Canada
DAZN, the first global pure sport live and on demand streaming service has secured a new three-year rights deal (2018/19-2020/21) for Serie A TIM, Italy’s top soccer league. Beginning this month, all 380 Serie A matches will be shown on DAZN Canada’s growing platform.
Two Academy teams headed to Mexico for top tournaments – Toronto FC
Two TFC Academy teams are heading south to take part in tournaments featuring top talent from around North America.
Soccer tourney back on its feet – Sudbury Star
A goal by Ray Purdon and a brilliant penalty kick stop by Peter Severinac helped propel SC Italia to a 1-0 win over North Bay All-Stars in the championship game of the Sudbury Star Cup on Sunday. But, more importantly, a healthy dose of competition over a two-day period at James Jerome Sports Complex, between five competitive teams, helped with getting this soccer tournament back on its feet after it was cancelled last year due to a lack of participation.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Western Conf. Notes – Hall Comes Through for Republic FC – USL
Sacramento Republic FC midfielder Jeremy Hall doesn’t score goals regularly, but when he does they tend to be important.
Eastern Conf. Notes – Louisville Happy to Come Away with Win – USL
It’s safe to say Louisville City FC had never quite experienced a game like this past Friday night’s against the New York Red Bulls II, but after the thrilling 6-4 victory at MSU Soccer Park there was plenty for player-coach Luke Spencer to reflect on at either end of the field as his side retained fourth place in the USL Eastern Conference at the end of the weekend.
INDY ELEVEN TO PLAY ON NEW TURF, FOOTBALL LINES FOR REMAINDER OF 2018 – Indy Eleven
For the rest of 2018, National Football League lines and configuration will be visible on-field during Indy Eleven home matches. The change comes after new turf was installed in Lucas Oil Stadium last month.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018: Nigeria, Germany and Spain made to sweat, Japan cruise – FIFA
pain, Japan and Nigeria booked their spots in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 quarter-finals in the final round of Group C and D action on Monday. However, of this trio, only the Little Nadeshiko were able to breathe easy on what was a day of comebacks. The West Africans starred in the most dramatic reversal of fortunes, breaking China PR’s hearts with a last-gasp equaliser in Dinan-Lehon.
The world caught up to the USWNT a while ago – The Equalizer
If you think that the world is catching up to the United States women’s national team, then you’re 10 years behind.
Nick Cushing convinced Manchester City will learn from last season – The Guardian
At the start of the year Manchester City were flying. With the side unbeaten in all competitions and two points ahead of Chelsea, their nearest rivals, the prospect of finishing the season empty-handed seemed almost laughable. Yet as the curtain fell, the humbled club were without silverware.
Cork boss Collins praise for young star O’Mahony – Irish WNL
Cork City women’s manager Ronan Collins has admitted he was pleased to see his side return to winning ways last weekend but he believes they still need to improve in certain areas.
Sage praise for FFA as Kerr closes in on marquee money – SBS
Perth boss Tony Sage has praised the vision of Football Federation Australia as they reach into their marquee fund to prise Matildas superstar Sam Kerr from the clutches of a top European club and return her to hometown team Glory for the W-League season.
Women’s Champions League qualifying report – UEFA
Ajax, Slavia Praha and Glasgow City are among the 12 teams that have progressed to complete the round of 32 line-up.
Division 1 Féminine 2018-2019 Preview: FC Fleury 91 Féminines – Vavel
Another season in the top division will be the goal for manager Lionel Cure.
Ticket sales for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 are now open. – FIFA
FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 are pleased to announce the opening of the first ticket sales window for the competition, which will take place in Montevideo, Colonia and Maldonado from 13 November to 1 December 2018.
FS1 to feature first all-female on-air team for a national U.S. professional men’s soccer broadcast in English – Awful Announcing
Fox Sports is doing something interesting, having an all-female on-air team for this coming Sunday’s D.C. United-New England Revolution MLS clash (7:30 p.m. Eastern on FS1), with Lisa Byington doing play-by-play alongside analyst Danielle Slaton and reporter Katie Witham. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic notes that this is “the first time an all-female booth will call an English-speaking broadcast of a men’s professional soccer match on a national sports network.”
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Keep bribes quiet for 10 years, FIFA won’t punish you – SF Gate
FIFA has officially eradicated corruption. All it took was pressing the delete key. Soccer officials and players who bother checking out the new code of ethics governing their conduct will find the word “corruption” missing. They also will discover how to avoid being banned for paying and receiving bribes.
Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid continues La Liga’s UEFA Super Cup dominance – ESPN
Spain’s UEFA Super Cup dominance will continue on Wednesday evening in Tallinn as the country are guaranteed a ninth victory from the past 10 years.
LaLiga 2018-19 – Bale or Griezmann, who will step into Ronaldo’s breach as Messi’s main rival? – Yahoo Sports
When Real Madrid sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus in a block-busting transfer-window move, the greatest domestic rivalry in history with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was ended.
Weah making early mark on PSG squad – NBC Sports
Timothy Weah is just 18 years old. He may just be earning playing time with others still missing from the squad. He may be coming off the bench. None of that matters if he keeps scoring goals.
Milan signs Bakayoko on loan from Chelsea with option to buy – Sportsnet
AC Milan has signed French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko on loan from Chelsea.
Roma set to complete Steven N’Zonzi signing from Sevilla – ESPN
Roma are set to make France international Steven N’Zonzi their 12th new signing this summer after reaching an agreement with his club Sevilla.
Premier League: 11 of 20 clubs could have made profits in 2016-17 without fans at games – BBC Sport
More than half of Premier League clubs could have played in empty stadiums and still made a pre-tax profit in the first season of the current broadcast deal, BBC research has found.
Manchester United confident David de Gea will sign new deal – The Guardian
Manchester United are confident that David de Gea will sign a new deal, with the goalkeeper expected to receive a marked increase on his current salary of around £180,000 a week.
Tottenham apologise to fans and say stadium delay ‘unavoidable’ – BBC Sport
Tottenham have apologised to fans for the delay in opening their new stadium, but say it was “unavoidable” because they could not “compromise safety”.
Why do teams play out from the back, why are Man City good at it and why did it not work for Arsenal? – The Telegraph
Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City was notable for many things but their determination to play out from the back is of particular note.
Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic retires from national team – Sportsnet
Mario Mandzukic is retiring from international soccer after 11 years with Croatia’s national team, with his decision coming a month after he scored in the World Cup final.
Samuel Eto’o: Qatar Sports Club announce signing of former Barcelona player – Sportsnet
The Qatari top-flight club announced the signing on their Twitter account, saying they would hold a “press conference to present the international star Samuel Eto’o” on Tuesday.
Raheem Sterling is victim of racially-fuelled media agenda, claims Ian Wright – The Guardian
Wright, the former Arsenal and England striker, believes the criticism the 23-year-old Sterling receives is different to any other player – and says that it can only be down to the colour of his skin.
FIFA gives Nigeria and Ghana final deadlines to avoid bans – NBC Sports
FIFA has given Nigeria and Ghana final deadlines to avoid international suspensions because of outside interference in their soccer associations.
Germans revamp flailing VAR systems for kick off of the Bundesliga – Inside World Football
Defending champions Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim kick off the new Bundesliga season this week and will be the first test of Germany’s reworked approach to the usage of the video assistant referee (VAR) system and technology.
Hereford United legend Ricky George jailed for money laundering – BBC
The man who scored the winning goal when Hereford United famously knocked Newcastle out of the FA Cup in 1972 has been jailed for money laundering.
Cristiano Ronaldo returns on the cover of FIFA 19 — and is joined by Neymar – ESPN
He’s back! Cristiano Ronaldo is on the cover of EA Sports’ FIFA 19, but there’s something different this year: He has swapped the all white of Real Madrid for the black and white of Juventus.
Is the US falling out of love with European clubs’ summer tours? – The Guardian
The International Champions Cup is still capable of attracting huge crowds in the US, but away from the marquee games, attendances were down.