BC Soccer News, Tuesday, July 31, 2018






Episode 287 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Alphonso Über Alles – Whitecaps v Minnesota, Davies to Bayern, Doneil Henry interview)AFTN
What a dream week it’s been for Alphonso Davies. Bayern Munich will be his new home come January and Vancouver Whitecaps fans should be in for a fun ride to end his time here if his performance in Saturday’s win over Minnesota is any indication. Two goals and two assists. A true Canadian double double.

Melvin ready to shine at Tuesday’s MLS Homegrown Game in AtlantaWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC goalkeeper Sean Melvin has impressed many people since signing an MLS contract with the ‘Caps earlier this year. Having first joined the ‘Caps in 2010 as a Residency player, his hard work and determination over the years have been rewarded with a call-up to the MLS Homegrown Game on Tuesday against Mexican club Tigres’ U-20 team as part of All-Star festivities in Atlanta.

Toronto FC teenager Ayo Akinola in demand when it comes to international gameAlaska Highway News
Born in Detroit to Nigerian parents and raised in Canada, Toronto FC teenage forward Ayo Akinola has options when it comes to playing internationally.

Hasler: Being traded by TFC felt like ‘a punch in the face’Sportsnet
Toronto FC had just blanked the Fire 3-0, but that’s not why Hasler was so distraught. He was still coming to terms with how his life had drastically changed. Hasler was traded by TFC the previous week (for forward Jon Bakero and $50,000 in general allocation money) and, as it so happened, his first game for Chicago was against the Reds.

Montreal Impact broke promises in negotiations – Jimmy BriandESPN
Former France international Jimmy Briand has told L’Equipe that Montreal Impact failed to keep promises, scuppering his move to the Major League Soccer franchise.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Villa withdraw from MLS All-Star Game against JuventusESPN
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Villa will not play in the MLS All-Star Game against Juventus on Wednesday.

How Atlanta United plan to emerge as a player on the world stageMLS
From the moment he signed on as club president in September 2014, Darren Eales has always viewed Atlanta United through a global lens. For him, it wasn’t enough for the club to simply want to be a top dog in MLS or a cultural force in Atlanta, which will host the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target against Italian giants Juventus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Wednesday. He wanted to make them a player on the world stage.

MLS in ‘ongoing’ talks over Columbus’ plans should Crew move to Austin – Don GarberESPN
MLS commissioner Don Garber said that conversations with the city of Columbus “are ongoing” to determine a path forward should Columbus Crew SC relocate to Austin, Texas.

Phoenix, San Diego heavily in MLS expansion raceNBC Sports
The reality of rounding out a 28-team Major League Soccer could be closer than we think, and commissioner Don Garber gave a slight indication of a few cities that appear to be in the final mix to become teams 27 and 28.

MLS leaves lasting legacy in Atlanta with construction of new soccer spacesMLS
When the final whistle has blown at the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, the league and its partners will leave behind an enduring legacy in Atlanta, thanks to the construction of 10 brand new soccer “mini-pitches” throughout the city.

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PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Khalsa SC 2, Vancouver Utd. 0, July 29, 2018BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

UBC men’s soccer open tryout – August 2018UBC
UBC men’s soccer will host open tryouts in August.

Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific 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 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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Ali Brace Gets Oakville Valuable Win Over Hamilton Leading Into PlayoffsLeague1 Ontario
The Oakville Blue Devils defeated Hamilton United Elite 3-1 in a competitive affair at Sheridan College Stadium, Oakville on Matchweek 11.

Last Gasp Winner From Woodbridge’s Issac Settles Intense Derby Match With VaughanLeague1 Ontario
A fast-paced, energetic derby match between two local League1 teams saw five goals fly in during the second half – seven in total – as the Woodbridge Strikers came out on top 4-3 over the Vaughan Azzurri in Matchweek 11 action.

‘There’s a real thirst in the community for this’ : Wanderers win in front of sold-out crowd in first gameHalifax Today
Founder and President of Sports & Entertainment Atlantic Derek Martin said a near sold-out crowd at Wanderers Grounds bodes well for next year.

Peterborough City senior women double up on first-place West Rouge in OWSL soccerPeterborough Examiner
The Peterborough City senior women’s soccer team edged first-place West Rouge 2-1 in Ontario Women’s Soccer League action on Sunday night.

Challenge Cup soccer: Feildians feel right at home as they return to first placeThe Telegram
It was Double Blues over Big Blue Sunday in first Challenge Cup game at Feildian Grounds in half a decade.

Summerside United soccer team adds to title haulJournal Pioneer
It has been a big month for the Summerside United under-18 girls. The United, who sits atop the Subway P.E.I. Under-18 Girls Soccer League (Premier Division) standings at 5-1-2 (won-lost-tied), has now won two tournament titles in three weeks. After winning the Codiac First Touch FC annual soccer tournament in Moncton, N.B., on July 15, the United claimed top honours in the Eastern Eagles tournament on Sunday afternoon.

New Dryden soccer building offers washrooms, change roomsCBC
A new building at Dryden’s Rotary Park is making things easier for the city’s soccer players. The new soccer facility — located among the park’s four regulation soccer fields — opened its doors in May.

Donation to help young soccer players by remembering two from Scottish team who died in St. John’s automobile crash in 1978The Telegram
Exactly 40 years ago Sunday, the Queen’s Park Football Club from Glasgow, Scotland suffered an enormous tragedy in St. John’s when two of its players, Bernie Donnelly and David Ballantyne, were killed in a car crash on Portugal Cove Rd. in St. John’s, and another of the team’s players, David Gillespie, was injured to the point where he never played soccer again. Queen’s Park had just clewed up a series of exhibition matches in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and St-Pierre, and four games in Newfoundland.


Western Conf. Notes – Saint Louis Rewarded for PersistanceUSL
With Saint Louis FC on a five-game winless streak as it entered its contest against Reno 1868 FC on Saturday night, going down a goal just before halftime despite holding a man advantage since the 15th minute was far from ideal for the visitors at Greater Nevada Field.

Louisville City FC coach likely to be named by end of weekCourier-Journal
Could an announcement of a new Louisville City FC head coach be imminent? It appears so.

VIDEO: Lights FC making turnstiles sing in inaugural pro soccer seasonReview-Journal
Lights owner and CEO Brett Lashbrook talks about success at the turnstiles.


NC Courage returns to RDU with a trophy and a claim to world dominanceNews Observer
Abby Erceg wasn’t displaying the heavy silver cup above her head, just carrying it along like a piece of luggage at the head of her NC Courage teammates, but the fans at the bottom of the escalator could see it well enough anyway. As soon as the Courage captain descended toward baggage claim with the International Champions Cup trophy, wild cheers and applause broke out.

Hallelujah! The NWSL’s Best Club Finally Played Against Europe’s BestThe 18
Intrinsically tied to this trend of increasingly stronger women’s national teams across the globe is more and better domestic leagues. While there’s undoubtedly still work to be done, governing bodies in dozens of countries are coming to recognize the importance of making positive efforts toward better organization and better quality league competition.

Spain retain #WU19EURO crownUEFA
All the results and highights from Switzerland as Spain won the Women’s U19 title for the second year in a row.

Andreas Heraf steps down as New Zealand coach amid player revoltThe Equalizer
Andreas Heraf resigned from his positions as New Zealand technical director and head coach of the women’s national team on Tuesday following a widespread and public player mutiny.

Sue Ronan returns to international coaching set-up with Ireland women’s under 16 teamExtra Time
After a two year hiatus from the international managerial scene, former Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team Head Coach Sue Ronan has taken charge of the Ireland Women’s Under 16 side.

Megan Rapinoe Is Still Pulling All The Right StringsDeadspin
A 90th-minute Megan Rapinoe corner kick led to a dramatic Lindsey Horan goal for the USWNT on Sunday night, forcing a 1-1 draw with Australia and keeping America unbeaten through the first two games of the Tournament of Nations—which are just some friendlies but nonetheless hold real importance as World Cup tune-ups for as long as a women’s Confederations Cup fails to exist.

USA Roster named for 2018 Concacaf U-15 Girls’ ChampionshipUSSF
The 18 players who will represent the USA at the 2018 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship have been named. April Kater will coach the USA at the third Concacaf tournament for this age group being held from August 6-13 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.


Gonzalo Higuaín set to join Milan on loan as Bonucci returns to JuventusThe Guardian
Gonzalo Higuaín has agreed to join Milan on a season-long loan from Juventus, with the Argentina forward set to move to San Siro after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this month.

Tottenham Hotspur vs AC Milan Preview: Pochettino faces midfield injury crisis ahead of Milan clashVavel
Tottenham Hotspur will finish their International Champions Cup with a final game against AC Milan in Minneapolis.

How preseason tours evolved into money-making, brand-building machinesYahoo Sports
They gathered just as Scousers do at Anfield, hours before kickoff on a Saturday afternoon, to greet their heroes. There were hundreds of them, either side of the entrance, all stationed in wait, yearning for a glimpse. Just a fleeting glimpse, between bus door and stadium tunnel. Maybe a quick wave.

Chelsea struggling to find Courtois replacement with Madrid move on holdNBC Sports
Chelsea will not sell Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid without securing a replacement, and have thus halted all discussions, according to a Sky Sports report on Monday afternoon.

League One 2018-19 previewThe Guardian
New owner and managerfor Sunderland, who hope to turn the tide; Kenny Jackett’s Portsmouth can also revive old glories; Barnsley with German manager Daniel Stendel should challenge.

M’Vila doubles down at SaintéLigue 1
After playing a key role for Les Verts after joining in the second half of last season, Yann M’Vila has extended his contract with Jean-Louis Gasset’s side by three years.

Jose Mourinho: What is going on – and does he want out of Man Utd?BBC Sport
The key point is this: does Mourinho harbour a growing sense of genuine unhappiness at all these supposed sources of irritation, is he trying to make points, or is he attempting to deflect attention from a heavy defeat at the hands of a major rival?

Birmingham City under transfer ban after Redknapp’s failed spending spreeYahoo Sports
Birmingham City is under transfer ban from the English Football League for running afoul of Financial Fair Play after their efforts to overturn their temporary ban fell flat on Monday.

US investor close to snapping up Ligue 1’s Bordeaux for estimated €70mInside World Football
The attractiveness of French Ligue 1 clubs to foreign investors is undiminished. Girondins de Bordeaux owner M6 Group has announced it has entered into exclusive negotiations with US-based investment fund GACP to sell its shareholding.

Rangers expected to win trophies, says captain James TavernierBBC Sport
Captain James Tavernier says Rangers are expected to win trophies in Steven Gerrard’s first season as manager – and believes a title challenge is a must.

Rummenigge calls for end to 50+1 rule to enable Bundesliga clubs to be more competitiveInside World Football
It’s regarded as the bastion of commercial fair play in an increasingly money-driven world. But Bayern Munich Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the time has come to scrap Germany’s so-called 50-plus-one structure which effectively bars wealthy overseas investors, many with no previous football experience, from seizing control of clubs.

Anzhi Makhachkala – Russia’s weirdest club is out of moneyFutbolgrad
The World Cup has only been over for three weeks, and the newly rebranded Russian Premier Liga is just one matchday old, and the league might already lose their first club. Anzhi Makhachkala – a club that once invested hundreds of millions of dollars – is on the brink of bankruptcy once again.

Number of clubs sponsored by betting firms is ‘disturbing’, say campaignersThe Guardian
Experts on problem gambling have described the growing number of football clubs with betting firms and online casinos on their shirts as “disturbing” and “worrying” and said a national debate on the potential harm is overdue.

Alisson almost quit football for being ‘too fat and short’Yahoo Sports
Liverpool’s £67m goalkeeper Alisson was almost forced to give up football when his club believed he was too small and too overweight to compete.

Forest Green Rovers named world’s first UN certified carbon-neutral football clubThe Guardian
A British professional football club that is powered by renewable energy and serves vegan food to players, staff and fans has received a prestigious United Nations certification.

VIDEO: Messi has a kickabout with his dogBBC
A video posted by Lionel Messi’s wife, of the footballer playing football with his dog, has gone viral.

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