BC Soccer News, Tuesday, August 16, 2016


SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2016, 7:00 PM



Gut check time: Crucial home-and-home series with Sporting KC next up for ‘Caps Whitecaps FC
Exactly one year ago Monday, Vancouver Whitecaps FC took a five-match unbeaten run into Children’s Mercy Park for a heavyweight clash with Sporting Kansas City.

Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

From the Pigeon Loft: come ON!AFTN
With the Whitecaps skidding through the summer again and falling well short of our expectations, the supporter base has been thrown into a tizzy about what to do. Options currently range from being so positive that you attack other supporters who are publicly expressing doubts in the team, all the way through to giving up season tickets and choosing to join the Umbrella Ultras, and spend the winter singing Vancouver United to First Division dominance in the Vancouver Men’s Soccer League. It’s a question of somehow striking the right balance.

We’d like to help you learn to help yourselfSoccer Shorts
Only the most optimistic of Whitecaps fans will have come away from the 2-1 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday evening thinking that Vancouver’s playoff hopes were still alive.

Major League Soccer Monday rewind: The bare-minimum requirement  – Seattle Times
It is the only reliable predictor of results in a league that spits out points seemingly at random and the reason why MLS Cup dark horses Vancouver and New England are in deep trouble.

CCL Preview: Red Bulls travel to Alianza, Sporting KC meets Central –  SBI
Two of the five Major League Soccer clubs participating in the CONCACAF Champions League take to the road for the first time in the competition on Tuesday.

Bradley Wright-Phillips wins MLS Player of the Week for Week 23MLS
New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips was voted MLS Player of the Week for Week 23 by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR), it was announced on Tuesday.

New coach, same problems for Orlando City Prost Amerika
Orlando City gave up another late goal to lose 2 points in Sunday’s game versus Chicago Fire. The Lions had the lead going into the sixty fifth minute and it just started to fade away. Orlando in an unorthodox move used a sub on a defender yet still gave up a goal in the seventy eighth minute to make the score 2-2.

Pride and Prejudice: A Minnesota United Stadium StoryFifty Five One
Minnesota United’s struggle to build a stadium took them through plots and proposals that would have made Jane Austen’s head spin.

MLS teams rank highly in JD Power fan experience surveyMLS
Major League Soccer teams ranked highly in the inaugural J.D. Power 2016 Fan Experience Study, with the New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire ranking first among pro teams in their respective markets while the LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo rank second in theirs.

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Whitecaps Youth Captain Marcello Polisi Chooses SFUSFU
Marcello Polisi, captain of the Vancouver Whitecaps U-18 team and long-time member of its residency program, has signed with Simon Fraser University.

Elizabeth Swoboda and the T-Birds even their pre-season record with win over North Idaho –  UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds women’s soccer team evened their pre-season record with a 2-0 road win over the North Idaho College Cardinals on Monday afternoon. The victory in the non-conference, exhibition affair will go down as Jesse Symons first as UBC’s head coach.  The win comes on the heels of a 4-1 loss to the Eastern Washington Eagles on Saturday and gives the Thunderbirds’ a pre-season record of 1-1.

The Spartans women’s soccer team will host NCAA Div. III Haverford College in their 2016 preseason home opener on Tuesday, August 16. Match time at Chase Office Field at TWU is set for 6 p.m. PST.

First weekend of action for Heat men’s soccerUBCO
An early start to the Canada West season has the UBC Okanagan men’s soccer team testing out their squad in inter-university competition earlier then usual as the Heat played a pair of exhibition matches this past weekend at an exhibition tournament hosted at Hillside stadium in Kamloops by the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.

Heat men tune up for new soccer seasonKelowna Capital News
The UBC Okanagan Heat continue their buildup to the Canada West men’s soccer season with a busy week of exhibition games. Tonight at Nonis Field on the Kelowna campus, the Heat will take the UNBC Timberwolves at 5 p.m.

WolfPack Women’s Soccer Set To Play First ExhibitionsTRU
After nearly a week of training, the new look Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team is gearing up for their first exhibition match.

Finlay McPhie clearly in WolfPack season picture Vernon Morning Star
Vernon’s Finlay McPhie has become the poster boy for Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer. Literally.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: Vancouver Thunderbirds 4, Mid Isle Mariners 1, July 24, 2016 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in ReviewBCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review.  The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach MandateBCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

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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TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2016, 12:00 PM


Canada’s Olympic Soccer Team heads to semifinals “all for the anthem”.Olympics.ca
The Canadian women’s soccer team is doing it “all for the anthem”. Throughout the Rio Games, members of the team have used the social-media hashtag #AFTA to remind themselves, and the world, of their goal of winning gold and hearing O Canada played at the medal ceremony.

Lawrence & Buchanan’s bond boosting CanucksFIFA
Football, like other team disciplines, is a sport in which players find strength through unity. All players and coaches agree that if a recipe for success truly does exist, then team spirit is the main ingredient. Judging by the excellent atmosphere prevalent in the Canadian squad during the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016, it has been one of the key factors in their exciting run to the semi-finals of the prestigious competition.

Is this finally the moment for Canada’s women’s soccer team?TSN
The Canadian women’s soccer team entered the Olympics ranked No. 10 in the world. They opened with a win over No. 5 Australia. Finished the round robin by beating No. 2 Germany for the first time ever to clinch top spot in the group. Then, in the quarterfinals, Canada beat No. 3 France. Seems like quite a magical ride through the tournament.

Behringer: Germany must be much more aggressiveFIFA
For anyone watching Germany at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament at Rio 2016, Melanie Behringer has been simply impossible to ignore. She is the heartbeat of the team and her thundering 20-yard strike in the quarter-finals against China PR earned her side a place in the last four. So where has this explosion in form come from?

Canadian women’s soccer team finds inspiration in different ways in Brazil Winnipeg Free Press
Before Canada’s preliminary-round soccer win over Germany at the Olympics, veteran striker Melissa Tancredi stirred the troops with a speech about making history.

Canadian Women Have Golden Opportunity Today in Olympic Semi-Final Against Germany Waking the Red
Technically, four years ago, the Canadian women’s national team were this close to a gold medal. Just two wins away from the biggest accomplishment in Canadian soccer history, it wouldn’t be close really.

Floro’s big job: Finding JDG’s replacement for upcoming World Cup qualifiers the11.ca
So, if you’re Benito Floro, do you draft in a centre back to play the holding midfield position for Canada’s two crucial upcoming World Cup qualifiers?

Calgary soccer club reveals plans for $10 million facilityMetro
Calgary Foothills Soccer Club announced plans to build a new $10 million training facility in southeast Calgary that will feature 80,000 square feet of high quality turf – perfect for athletes limited to training in the summer months.

Saskatoon HUSA Alumni provincial winners en route to St. John’s 2016CSA
Saskatoon HUSA Alumni have qualified for the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships as Saskatchewan’s men’s provincial winners. The one-time Challenge Trophy winners will represent their province from 5-10 October in St. John’s, Newfoundland Labrador.

Horns add some youth Lethbridge Herald
The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women’s soccer did a bit of off-season shopping up north and across the border to the west as well.

Edmonton councillors aim to create indoor soccer spaceMetro
City council took a first step Monday towards easing demand on the city’s indoor soccer fields, which are increasingly full at all hours of the day.

Eagles claim provincial title in the midst of trying soccer season Mississauga News
Erin Mills Eagles, which is in an ongoing legal dispute with the Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) regarding the club’s status in the league, captured both Ontario Summer Games gold and the Ontario Cup championship for their age group by defeating Waterloo United 5-0 at the Hershey Centre.

Soccer duo headed to Midland Sports Hall of FameSimcoe.com
The year was 1985 and the dynamic duo of Carole Coutts and Judy Thomas was trying to get soccer off the ground in Midland.

Erin McLeod: It’s time to Motivate a Nation! themotivenation.ca
After building a successful e-commerce (www.peaudeloup.com) and a physical retail store in West Vancouver (CAPOSHIE) Women’s National Team Goalkeeper Erin McLeod has decided after a series of misfortunate events it’s time to branch out on her own with her new inspiration project, Motive Nation, launching to the public on July 1st, online at www.themotivenation.ca.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2016, 3:00 PM



Road trip! WFC2 host Arizona Sunday afternoon in Langley Whitecaps FC
Langley, here we come. This Sunday, August 21, Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) will play their first of three matches at McLeod Athletic Park to close out the 2016 United Soccer League regular season. The match will kick off at 3 p.m. PT against Frank Yallop’s Arizona United SC

Veteran striker regains scoring touch with FC EdmontonEdmonton Journal
Earlier this season it seemed Tomi Ameobi was never going to score, which is never good for an out-and-out striker. Now, it seems FC Edmonton is never going to score without Ameobi.

FC Edmonton: The Unlikely Heroes?MLS Multiplex
After this weekend, it’s safe to say that FC Edmonton is on a roll and stopping doesn’t seem like something they want to do.

USL Preview: Real Monarchs SLC vs. Portland Timbers 2USL
Both teams look to build on weekend victories in pursuit of playoff berth.

Saint Louis FC Fires Head CoachSaint Louis FC
With seven regular season matches remaining,  Saint Louis FC has announced that Head Coach Dale Schilly has been relieved of head coaching duties and Assistant Coach Tim Leonard has been named interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

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Brazil-Sweden preview: Can Sweden use U.S. blueprint to win again?Equalizer
Being called a “coward” is not quite the same as being dubbed a “chicken”, but even if Brazil spends the hours between now and Tuesday’s Olympic semifinal clucking outside their hotel, I don’t think Pia Sundhage and Sweden will change their tactics that pulled off the fairly monumental upset of the United States in the quarterfinals Friday.

Joga Bonita – Brazil Looks to Go for GoldBackline Soccer
The Brazilian Women’s National Team is no stranger to the international stage. They have played in Olympics, World Cups, Copa America Feminina, and so on. Ranked 8th in FIFA Rankings, they also know what it’s like to play on the final day, in the Championship game. This team is not one to be taken lightly, especially not since they are playing at home and seem to have captured the attention of all of Brazil.

Brazil’s Alves making heads roll FIFA
The one thing you did not want to be giving Andressa Alves when she was around the age of seven was dolls. No matter that she was a nice little girl from Sao Paulo, or that you might think that a girl of that age should be playing with them. The fact is that Andressa didn’t want to play with dolls and she didn’t want to dress them either. All she wanted to do was decapitate them. The youngster, who grew up to become Brazil’s star performer in their quarter-final win at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016, would pull their heads off without a moment’s thought.

WSL 2 Catch-up: Everton and Durham lose ground in spare league fixturesVavel
In a rather muted weekend of action, there were just two WSL 2 games, as Everton and Durham played out an exciting draw and Sheffield hit Watford for three in Dronfield.

#SWPL16 – Game 13 Round upScottish WPL
It was a huge day in the SWPL, with key results in title and relegation battles in both SWPL 1 and 2.

USWNT loss to Sweden not about PKs, but game plansEmpire of Soccer
The smoke has now cleared. The hurt and disappointment still lingers for the United States Women’s National Team. Losing on penalty kicks is like that. It hurts. And it takes a long time to recover. And this one certainly will require a long time.

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How to Watch 2016-17 EPL Matches on TV or Online in Canada BC Soccer Web
The 2016-17 English Premier League season is upon us. For many, that means waking up bright and early on Saturday and Sunday mornings to watch your favourite club or marquee matchup.

Former FIFA President Joao Havelange dies aged 100 FIFA
The President of FIFA from 1974 to 1998, Joao Havelange died in Samaritano Hospital, Rio de Janeiro. He was 100.

João Havelange obituary The Guardian
President of Fifa who during 24 years in office modernised football and increased revenues, but whose record was stained by allegations of bribery.

Rio 2016: Heavyweight three joined by surprise packageFIFA
The semi-finals of the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament at Rio 2016 sees three heavyweights of past Olympics and FIFA World Cup™ tournaments line up alongside a surprise Central American outfit. Honduras – the only side of the final four never to have won a medal – stand in the way of Brazil’s latest quest for gold, which will be decided at the spiritual home of Brazilian football, the Maracana.

UCL Preview: Tuesday’s five play-off first legsUEFA
Manchester City, Ajax and Gladbach are among ten teams in UEFA Champions League play-off action on Tuesday. Here’s what their coaches had to say ahead of the first legs.

Joe Hart set to leave Manchester City – Sky sourcesSky Sports
England keeper Joe Hart looks set to leave Manchester City this summer, according to Sky sources.

Pep Guardiola casts doubt on Yaya Toure’s future after leaving him at homeThe Independent
Toure has not travelled to Romania for City’s Champions League play-off first-leg after being left out of their opening Premier League match at the weekend.

AS Monaco: Moutinho in, Sidibé out for Villareal testLigue 1
AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim will be without injured right-back Djibril Sidibé for Wednesday’s Champions League play-off first leg away to Villareal, but will have Portuguese playmaker João Moutinho available.

Swedish match abandoned after masked intruder attacks Ostersund goalkeeperThe Guardian
A top-flight match in Sweden had to be abandoned when the goalkeeper for Ostersund was attacked by a masked intruder.

Liga MX Review: What’s wrong with Leon? Vice Sports
Following some good signings over the summer—including the additions of noteworthy names like Alexander Mejia, Carlos Guzman and Andres Andrade—Leon suddenly appeared to have momentum after the tournament. The organization didn’t have a stacked roster like Monterrey or Tigres, but there was enough firepower and individual talent to build a squad that would be a dark horse for the upcoming 2016 Apertura.

Malaysia pulls out of hosting 2017 FIFA Congress as new venue sought Inside World Football
The Malaysian football federation has pulled out of hosting the 67th Annual FIFA Congress in Kuala Lumpur in May next year, citing security issues and on the advice of their government. The key issue appears to be the refusal of the Malaysian government to provide visas for Israeli delegates.

VIDEO: Football Aid: “The Man in the Middle!” YouTube
A referee wore a GoPro camera during a recent charity match at Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park. The results are interesting & fun.

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