BC Soccer News, Tuesday, July 3, 2018


Every day, we’ll bring you all of scores, news and best writing from around the web from the 2018 World Cup.

Forsberg sends Sweden into the last eight with 1-0 win over SwissBBC Sport
Emil Forsberg’s deflected strike saw Sweden into the World Cup quarter-finals at the expense of Switzerland.

Belgium comes back to beat JapanLondon Free Press
Nacer Chaldi capped a comeback from a two-goal deficit when he scored in the fourth minute of injury time to give Belgium a 3-2 victory over Japan on Monday and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Japan manager Nishino “devastated” after World Cup collapseNBC Sports
Japanese boss Akria Nishino had to be feeling pretty great, if not elated, when his Samurai Blue scored twice in five second-half minutes to take a stunning if not deserved 2-0 lead over Belgium in the World Cup’s Round of 16 on Monday.

Neymar helps Brazil roll into World Cup quarter-finals with 2-0 win over Mexico Edmonton Sun
Questions were raised about Neymar’s overacting after being fouled but there was no question about his talent.

Loew staying on as Germany coach despite World Cup exitSportsnet
Germany coach Joachim Loew is staying on despite the team’s shock first-round World Cup exit.

Elimination sends Mexico back to the drawing boardYahoo Sports
Mexico have had six different coaches at the last seven World Cups ranging from the impassioned, ranting Mexican Miguel Herrera to irascible Argentine Ricardo La Volpe and the cerebral Colombian Juan Carlos Osorio, their current boss. But the result is always the game.

Nigeria captain hid dad’s abduction, played World Cup matchSportsnet
Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel says he was told four hours before his country’s crucial World Cup game against Argentina that his father had been kidnapped back home and would be shot if the player reported it to authorities.

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has left calf injuryYahoo Sports
Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has a left calf injury and remains a doubt for its World Cup quarterfinal match against France.

Poland coach fired after 2-loss, 1-win World CupSportsnet
The head of the Polish Football Federation says national coach Adam Nawalka will not have his contract extended after Poland failed to advance from the group phase at the World Cup.

On the World Cup and memoryProst Amerika
What is your favorite World Cup? That is a question that has been posed quite a bit recently. This seems to be a question that is posed around this time of the year every four years. Unfortunately that is a pretty difficult question for me to answer. You see, my birthday is July 5th which means that pretty much every birthday every four years I get a World Cup. Pizza parties and Chuck-E-Cheese are awesome but knockout stage matches on your birthday? Way better.

Female broadcasters make history by being first to call a men’s World Cup gameThe Star
The men’s World Cup is notable for women. Fox’s Aly Wagner and Telemundo’s Viviana Vila are the first in-match analysts on U.S. television for soccer’s showcase. BBC’s Vicki Sparks is making a similar breakthrough in Britain and ZDF’s Claudia Neumann in Germany.

Putin at the World Cup – A case study in Russian image politicsFutbolgrad
Artem Dzyuba had just scored the tying goal against in the 40th minute of the quarterfinal clash between the Russian national team and Spain when the camera cut into the VIP-Box. Sitting next to FIFA President Gianni Infantino was the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and not President Vladimir Putin.

Volunteering at the FIFA World Cup: A unique experienceFIFA
Whenever teams are preparing to play at the Luzhniki Stadium, John gets a first-hand account of the goings-on. He witnesses the players chatting to each other before kick-off and senses how the tension gradually increases as a special atmosphere spreads throughout the stadium.

Brazil fan who is deaf, blind follows World Cup with helpNBC Sports
Like fans all over soccer-mad Brazil, Carlos Junior followed every move the national team made on the field Monday in its 2-0 victory over Mexico.

What’s it like to photograph a World Cup?The Guardian
More than 1.5 million images will be taken by photographers working for Getty Images, the photo agency, at this summer’s World Cup – and that’s just a fraction of the total number shot by the entire press pack. Yet only a handful will be recalled in years to come among the tournament’s defining images.


CONCACAF boss ‘disappointed’ with B.C. bailing on 2026 tournamentToronto Sun
“The BC NDP had assurances,” Montagliani added. “If things weren’t to their liking from a documentation standpoint (they could have walked away by 2020). The reality is they paid no attention to the file,” Montagliani suggested. “They put a junior person on the file. They didn’t pay attention until the eleventh hour.”




SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018


Episode 280 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Kicky Kicky Kick Kick – Vancouver v Colorado analysis, Kendall Waston, Tim Howard, World Cup)AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps must be wishing that the World Cup “break” was still going on. I know we do!

Rapids crash Canada Day celebrations with win over VancouverRed Nation Online
The Colorado Rapids came into Vancouver and crashed Whitecaps FC’s Canada Day celebrations. The Rapids earned their first road win of the season with a surprise one-nil victory over Carl Robinson’s squad. A first half own goal from Marcel de Jong was all that the visitors needed in front 21,038 fans at B.C. Place.

‘Caps can’t beat Howard, fall 1-0 to Rapids in Canada Day clash at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6W-7L-5D) saw their five-match home unbeaten run come to an end on Sunday with a 1-0 defeat to Colorado Rapids (4W-9L-3D) at BC Place.

Whitecaps release defender Justin Fiddes, midfielder Deybi FloresLondon Free Press
The Vancouver Whitecaps released defender Justin Fiddes and midfielder Deybi Flores on Monday.

#VANvCOL Takeaways: Burgundy hope springs eternalBurgundy Wave
Ugly wins count just as much as good-looking ones. The Colorado Rapids take their first match on the road with a 1-0 slugfest win against Vancouver Whitecaps in BC Place. This slight embarrassment of riches leaves Rapids supporters in an interesting spot in regards to the 2018 campaign. Let look at where the Rapids find themselves after their latest win.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Canada D’ohSoccer Shorts
So I’m calling it. The Vancouver Whitecaps aren’t going to make the playoffs this year.

Whitecaps Front Office answer Supporters Groups’ questions and concerns at Town Hall meetingAFTN
The Blarney Stone in Vancouver’s Gastown was the venue for a Town Hall meeting last Tuesday evening which gave supporters group members the rare chance to quiz Vancouver Whitecaps’ front office about the direction the club is heading and a lot more besides. You may not like some of the answers given, but it was an opportunity that not many fans in MLS get these days to quiz the people in charge of their club, and that’s a positive move forward, hopefully leading to more such meetings down the line.

Minnesota United FC vs. Toronto FC | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Raise your hand if you thought Minnesota United FC would have more wins at this point of the season than Toronto FC. That’s the reality for a pair of teams desperate for points heading into this Fourth of July clash in Minneapolis.

Injuries continue to plague Toronto FC star Victor VázquezPro Soccer USA
Victor Vázquez was on quite the run of form. Entering Toronto FC’s match against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, the Catalan had either scored or assisted seven of the Reds’ previous 10 goals.

It’s time for Toronto FC to smash the panic buttonMLS
After Sunday’s 1-0 home loss to the New York Red Bulls, defending MLS Cup champions Toronto FC sit second to last in the Eastern Conference after 16 games played. They are in deep trouble.

Toronto FC: Time to panic was a long time agoMLS Multiplex
Toronto FC are in deep trouble. They have 18 games to haul their way up the Eastern Conference and into the playoffs. But the warning signs have been there for a while. The time to panic was a while ago.

Talking Turf with BMO Field Head Groundskeeper Rob HeggieWaking the Red
I was invited to have a chat with Robert Heggie, Head Groundskeeper at BMO Field and passionate member of the Sports Turf Managers Association, to set the record straight and discuss some of those knee-jerk reactions in detail. The timing was nearly perfect, as BMO itself was scheduled to get a facelift only a few weeks later in early-June.

Colorado Rapids vs Seattle Sounders FC | Preview | July 4, 2018MLS
Two teams needing to quickly move up the Western Conference standings meet at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park where a Colorado Rapids team that won back-to-back games in three games without defeat, host Seattle Sounders FC, who have won just once in their last seven.

Atlanta, Dallas square off in battle of conference leadersPro Soccer USA
FC Dallas will welcome Atlanta United to Toyota Stadium for the team’s annual Fourth of July match Wednesday.

O’Connor embraces challenge of turning around slumping Orlando City SCMLS
A busy offseason pinned Orlando City SC as playoff contenders entering the 2018 MLS season. But a slow start, followed by a six-game winning streak and then a six game losing streak resulted in the firing of head coach Jason Kreis.

MLS week 18 observations: Robles stands tall, Valeri brilliant, Philly strugglesASN
The recent weekend in MLS saw real separation in the standings. The top of both conferences is coming into picture with the Red Bulls and Atlanta poised for a fun race in the second half of the season. Meanwhile, stalwarts Toronto and Seattle are on life support.

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Highlanders Down TSS FC Rovers in Massive Rivalry WinVictoria Highlanders
Victoria Highlanders FC (4-7-0) grabbed a massive three points versus Vancouver rivals TSS FC Rovers (4-5-1), June 29, at UVic’s Centennial Stadium to move up from the bottom of the table.

Pinns drop Vancouver United 2-1Penticton Western News
The Tim Hortons Pinnacles handed Vancouver United FC their first loss of the Pacific Coast Soccer League season on Sunday afternoon, 2-1 at Kings Park.

Juan de Fuca gold boys U16 head to provincialsGoldstream Gazette
The Juan de Fuca gold boys U16 team is headed to provincials after a long break. Their season ended in February and playoffs took place in early March, but provincials aren’t until July later this month.

Call for interest for 2018 TD Diploma courseBCSA
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 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.

TSS Rovers release Season Tickets for the 2018 season TSS Rovers
A great summer of soccer is in store at Swangard Stadium with the PDL & WPSL TSS Rovers. Season yickets are only $70.

Victoria Highlanders FC 2018 Season Tickets now on saleVictoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.

Canada’s College ID Camps set for Shawnigan Lake & Kingston, OntarioCanada College ID Camps
Our purpose is to provide a space where players grade 9-12 can connect with college coaches from all levels in Canada and the USA. We hope to assist in the promotion of youth players into environments which will challenge them academically and athletically after high school.

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!

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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It’s tight at the top in Newfoundland Challenge Cup soccerThe Telegram
Only three points separate the top four teams after weekend action in the Johnson Insurance Challenge Cup provincial men’s soccer league.

Battlefords Senior Soccer league getting ready for changesBattlefords Now
The Adult Soccer League is new and revamped this year. Within the next few days, registration will start up for the league which will be done online for the 2018 season. There will be options of co-ed and gendered, which will be getting started around mid-July.

Corner Brook’s Beth Skeard will never forget meeting soccer idol Kadeisha Buchanan Northern Pen
Beth Skeard turned flush in the face when she was asked how she felt about meeting one of her idols in Halifax. The 14-year-old Corner Brook female soccer player, a member of the Western Wolves U15 female team in the provincial league, was one of 100 female soccer players in the 14-16 age group in Atlantic Canada selected to attend a Soccer Canada clinic in Halifax last week.

Next gen inspiration: How the 2015 World Cup changed young lives in New BrunswickCBC
When Olivia Rowinski was 14 years old, she had a life-changing experience. She and her Fredericton teammates travelled to Moncton to see Australia and Brazil play at the World Cup. Moncton was one of the host cities for the women’s tournament in 2015, and Rowinski had just started playing soccer. There, she got to see Marta Vieira da Silva, one of the best players in women’s soccer history.

How London, Ontario’s Colombian soccer fans have found a home at the Bull and BarrelCBC
At first glance, it seems like an unlikely partnership. London’s Colombian soccer fans … and a country music bar with a mechanical bull.

St. John’s team beats the heat … and everyone else in Quebec minor soccer tourneyThe Telegram
They stood up to the heat… and not just from the opposition. The St. John’s Soccer Association’s under-12 girls team won the 2018 Laval International Cup, going undefeated in the tournament held in sweltering suburban Montreal.

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MATCH REPORT: Caffa, Tayou lead Foxes past Republic FCFresno FC
Franck Tayou’s 60-yard golazo at the 92nd minute put the nail in the coffin for Sacramento Republic FC, as the Foxes won 2-0 at Chukchansi Park on Saturday to level the Highway 99 Derby series at a game apiece.

Toronto FC II Named as USL Division III Founding MemberUSL
Toronto FC II was unveiled on Monday as the newest founding member of USL Division III for the league’s inaugural 2019 season. TFC II is operated by Major League Soccer’s 2017 MLS Cup Champions Toronto FC and is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Group.

Western Conference Notebook – Tayou’s Wonder Goal Boosts FoxesUSL
Reno keeps rolling into clash with Monarchs; Youngsters star again for Los Dos.

Efrain Alvarez ups total to eight goals in seven USL gamesSoccer America
Efrain Alvarez, the 16-year-old sensation, scored two more goals in LA Galaxy II’s 5-3 win over Seattle Sounders FC 2 to give him eight goals in only seven USL games.

Eastern Conference Notebook – O’Connor Bids Louisville GoodbyeUSL
It was an emotional night at Louisville Slugger Field on Saturday as Head Coach James O’Connor said farewell to the club before heading to Orlando City SC of Major League Soccer, where he will be taking over the Head Coaching position. The only Head Coach in Louisville’s history, O’Connor led his side to the USL Cup in 2017 and leaves big shoes for fill for his successor.


NWSL News Round-up: Houston Dash add a historic friendly and Rory Dames hits 50Vavel
Houston Dash will host a team from Mexico for a practice match on Tuesday while Rory Dames became the latest coach to reach the 50-win mark.

Jasmine Matthews: Liverpool Ladies sign defender from Bristol City WomenBBC Sport
Liverpool Ladies have signed defender Jasmine Matthews from Women’s Super League rivals Bristol City Women.

Toppserien Week 11 Review: Klepp return to winning waysVavel
Røa, Arna-Bjørnar and Trondheims-Ørn all came out on the right side of 3-2 scorelines seeing off Sandviken, Vålerenga and Lyn in the process as Klepp squeezed past Stabæk. Elsewhere, Kolbotn bested Avaldsnes as LSK hit Grand for two.

REPORT: Cork City WFC 1-2 Shelbourne LadiesIrish WNL
Shelbourne Ladies secured an important three points in their pursuit of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League title as they defeated Cork City 2-1 at Bishopstown on Sunday afternoon.

Birmingham City Women: Women’s Super League side change name BBC Sport
Women’s Super League side Birmingham City Ladies have changed their name to Birmingham City Women.

Lyon’s Ada Hegerberg: ‘Girls in Norway don’t have the same opportunities as boys’The Guardian
The forward, still only 22, has proved a big success in France but has grown so disillusioned with women’s football in her homeland she has turned her back on the national team.

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Real Madrid denies report of $360M offer to buy NeymarSportsnet
Real Madrid has denied a report that it has offered to buy Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain for a world record transfer of 310 million euros ($360 million).

Jurgen Klopp happy after Mohamed Salah’s long term deal at LiverpoolAfrican Football
After signing a long term deal with Liverpool, coach Jurgen Klopp has welcomed Egypt star Mohamed Salah’s decision to stay put at Anfield.

UEFA decision to clear PSG of breaking FFP regulations will be reviewedESPN
UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) will review its decision to clear French champions Paris Saint-Germain of breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules after last year’s transfer spending spree, European football’s ruling body said on Tuesday.

Lyon lock down home-grown star AouarLigue 1
Olympique Lyonnais have announced that club youth academy graduate Houssem Aouar has extended his deal by three years, making him a key part of the club’s plans from here to 2023.

Andrés Iniesta ends Spain career: his greatness explainedUEFA
Andrés Iniesta has announced his international retirement following Spain’s 2018 FIFA World Cup exit; here is why we will miss him.

Early World Cup exit impacts on Aussie FA budgets as grassroots fees raisedInside World Football
Football Federation Australia (FFA), locked in a battle over money and control with its senior professional clubs, is coming under fire from its grassroots after a decision to raise registration fees for amateur and youth players.

A-League second division talks between FFA, AAFC set for JulyESPN
A meeting at the end of July will help determine how close the long-held dream of an A-League second division is to becoming a reality.

As Joe Hart returns to Man City training where does his future lie?BBC Sport
Joe Hart will return to training at Manchester City on Monday facing an uncertain future. Two years ago, Hart was England’s first choice goalkeeper.

Man City send their trophies on a pre-season tourInside World Football
With many European clubs back in training and looking towards pre-season marketing/training trips to foreign countries, Manchester City have announced that their two trophies – from their Premier League and Carabao Cup wins last season – will also be making a summer tour. The tour will visit cities across China, the United States, South America and south-east Asia.

Found Thai soccer team may risk diving to safety with heavy rains forecastESPN
A top Thai official said Tuesday that heavy rains forecast for the coming days could worsen floods in the cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were located after an exhaustive search, and could force authorities to speed up their extraction by having them dive their way out.

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