BC Soccer News, Tuesday, June 21, 2016







Toronto FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps | Canadian Championship Match PreviewMLS
Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps will square off on Tuesday in the first of a two-legged final series in the 2016 Amway Canadian Championship. Vancouver, the defending champion in the competition, will attempt to win their second Voyageurs Cup, while TFC seek their fifth title all-time, and first since 2012. The Canadian Championship winner will also book their ticket to the 2017-18 CONCACAF Champions League as Canada’s entrant in the regional tournament.

Whitecaps FC add three players to Canadian Championship roster, call up DaviesWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today the addition of centre back Kendall Waston, midfielder Christian Bolaños, and striker Blas Pérez to their Amway Canadian Championship roster ahead of the first leg of the final series versus Toronto FC on Tuesday (4:30 p.m. PT on TSN1/4 and TSN 1410 radio).

Match Preview: Toronto FC v Vancouver Whitecaps – The Battle for the Voyageurs Cup continuesAFTN
Old foes on a familiar battle field. Here we go again folks! It’s the Canadian Championship final. This year’s heartbreak/jubilation will be against Toronto, after TFC beat Montreal 4-2 on aggregate in their fairly one-sided semi-final.

Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps Vs Toronto FC in ACCEighty-Six Forever
After disposing of the Ottawa Fury in the first round of the Amway Canadian Championship, albiet, just barely, the Vancouver Whitecaps are ready to take on Toronto FC in the first leg of the final on Tuesday, at BMO field in Toronto.

Whitecaps look to defend Voyageurs Cup starting at BMO FieldRed Nation Online
The Amway Canadian Championship Final will kickoff off tonight at BMO Field in Toronto as the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC will look to gain the upper hand in the first leg. Both teams played closely contested matches on Saturday in MLS. Drew Moor helped Toronto defeat the LA Galaxy 1-0 at home and the Whitecaps fell 2-1 to the New England Revolution at BC Place. It will be a quick turnaround as Carl Robinson and Grey Vanney will look for some fresh legs in the starting eleven.

Canadian Championship an important part of Toronto FC season, Vanney says  – The Record
The Amway Canadian Championship can get lost amid a busy Major League Soccer season, Greg Vanney says. But the Toronto FC coach has the Canadian derby pencilled in at the top of his priority list for a number of reasons.

Whitecaps should expect to see a tighter TFCToronto Star
The last time the Vancouver Whitecaps visited BMO Field, Toronto FC was left with a bitter taste in its mouth. A careless Reds side give up two early goal and two more late in 4-3 loss a little more than a month ago. And coach Greg Vanney and his players were the team’s harshest critics.

TFC knows it can’t take Whitecaps lightly in Canadian finalToronto Sun
Toronto FC has no room for passengers. Back in the grind of its Major League Soccer schedule after a league-wide break, the club also has to fit in two legs of the Canadian championship final.

Report: Toronto FC Captain Michael Bradley Drawing Interest from the Serie A Waking the Red
Michael Bradley has had a strong start to the 2016 MLS season, and it looks like it’s not just Toronto FC supporters who have taken notice. Toronto FC’s captain is reportedly again drawing interest from Italian teams ahead of this summer’s European transfer window.

MLS PHOTOS: Whitecaps FC 1 New England Revolution 2, Saturday, June 18, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

Whitecaps flop badly against RevolutionWhitecaps Fan Blog
We knew it was not going to be our strongest team when we headed to this match.  The Major League Soccer Discipline Committee and referees had seen to that. The suspension to Kendall Waston was understandable, but the suspensions given to Pedro Morales and Octavio Rivero were beyond stupid. We pay money to see our starters play, not our second stringers, thank you Don Garber.

Former Whitecap Dunfield enjoying his second career in broadcastingThe Province
Terry Dunfield considered himself lucky to have a 17-year playing career in England, Canada and Scotland, and he’s carried that same sense of good fortune into his next career.

Proud Welshman: Robinson revels in Wales’ success at Euro 2016Whitecaps FC
“It’s an unbelievable achievement,” Robinson told MLSsoccer.com before departing for Toronto ahead of Tuesday’s Amway Canadian Championship fixture. “All the hard work we’ve put in the last two years has been shown on the world stage in relation to topping the group.”

Impact trades Dilly Duka to Columbus CrewMontreal Gazette
Dilly Duka’s days as a member of the Impact came to an end Monday when the club traded the midfielder’s MLS rights to the Columbus Crew in exchange for general and targeted allocation money, along with a second-round pick at the 2017 SuperDraft.

Lampard, Harrison continue NYCFC integration process Empire of Soccer
Frank Lampard and Jack Harrison made strong arguments to earn more starts with their performances in New York City FC’s win against the Philadelphia Union.

Portland Timbers fan makes history in scaling seven summits, both polesMLS
If you know anything about elite mountain climbing, you know that climbers can’t pack any extraneous material on their trips. Still, it was pretty cool to see Colin O’Brady, a Portland native and Portland Timbers fan, find a bit of room for a fairly lightweight Timbers scarf, as he scaled not just one summit recently, but seven, and in record time.

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Residency Week: Vancouver Whitecaps U18s looking to extend 29 game unbeaten run with USSDA playoff successAFTN
The 2015/16 USSDA season had the potential to be a particularly testing one for Vancouver Whitecaps’ U18 side. Instead it became a triumph, as the young group overcame a number of obstacles to win another Northwest Division title, going on a 29 game unbeaten run in the process.

The tattle of Hastings — a Father’s Day to rememberKamloops This Week
The White Lightning and Blue Rapids squared off in one of nine Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) House League finals. The grudge match, which featured the top two teams in the under-13 girls’ division, did not disappoint.

Aldergrove Youth ‘Spring Soccer’ Wraps UpAldergrove Star
The Aldergrove Youth Soccer Spring Soccer series wrapped up for another year with the youngsters playing games at Aldergrove Athletic Park on Monday, June 13.

Head of the Class: David Norman Jr.The Province
David Norman Jr. is just a couple of weeks past his 18th birthday, but the Vancouver Whitecaps residency standout has already competed on so many continents and in so many U.S. cities, that he has already experienced so much of what the beautiful game has to offer.

Pinnacles FC soccer teams hitting peak as playoffs arrivePenticton Western News
Teams are vying for provincial berths in the Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League play downs at Kings Park this weekend.

‘The torch is in good hands’ says Elgin Park soccer coach Peace Arch News
It was by no means an easy road, but the Elgin Park Orcas wrapped up the senior girls’ soccer season on a high note, finishing as the fourth-best team in the province.

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.

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Victoria Highlanders 2016 Season Tickets Now Available Select Your Seats
The Victoria Highlanders are ready to return to the PDL for 2016. BC Soccer Web encourages all soccer fans on Vancouver Island to get behind their team. Season tickets are now on sale and extremely affordable. Support Local Soccer!

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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Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team Nominated for Rio 2016CSA
On Monday, Canada Soccer and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) named the 18 athletes nominated to represent Canada in women’s soccer at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.

Herdman hopes “craft and guile” will reap Rio result in Olympic football Olympic.ca
Canada’s women’s soccer team took the nation on an exhilarating ride to the podium at London 2012; now, it’ll be up to a new generation to try and repeat that feat.

Women’s soccer Coach Herdman believes in repeat Olympic success for CanadaToronto Sun
The group of women chosen to represent Canada on the soccer pitch in Brazil this summer is considerably different from the one that captured an Olympic bronze medal – and the hearts of many — in London four years ago.

Canadian coach Herdman says there’s no room for error in Olympic soccerThe Record
John Herdman talked up his players’ tactical flexibility, pace and bravery in naming his Olympic roster Monday. But the Canadian women’s team soccer coach was also blunt about the task that awaits them in Rio.

Three Thoughts on the Canadian Women’s Soccer Team’s Rio 2016 Roster AnnouncementWaking the Red
It was the usual suspects when Canada named their roster for Rio Monday morning. Anyone who saw the players selected for the tune up games against Brazil could’ve hazard a guess at the players selected for the upcoming Olympics. But before Canada play their final tune-up against the third-ranked French on the 23, here are three thoughts on John Herdman’s team for this August.

Vaughan Azzurri Maintains Unbeaten Streak With 3-0 Win Over Pro StarsLeague1 Ontario
Vaughan Azzurri wasted little time getting a lead on Pro Stars in the matchweek eight men’s finale at Victoria Park on Sunday night, getting first half goals from Jonathan Lao (20′) and Shiquan Lowe (31′) before going on to win 3-0.

Local soccer squad bound for BarcelonaIntelligencer
Joe Roberto is hoping there’s no rain in Spain when he brings his youth soccer team to Barcelona for an international tournament next week. Roberto coaches the Mix 97/Huff Estates U14 boys Belleville Comets, who’ll depart for Spain this weekend to compete at the 2016 Mediterraneo Summer Cup tournament near Barcelona.

Study to probe head hits’ impact in girls soccer London Free Press
Big-league athletes are already involved. So are university football players. Now, in a city known for its groundbreaking research on sports concussions, teenage girls in soccer are getting a chance to score for science.

United teams haul gold out of Saskatoon Southwest Booster
Swift Current United Soccer teams produced their best results of the season at the Saskatoon Eastside COPA Tournament over the weekend, including gold medals from three female teams.

Soccer teams hit the pitch for Yukon championshipsYukon News
Gold medal matches got consecutively tighter and tighter as the day went on at the Yukon Soccer Outdoor Championships on Sunday.







Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

WFC2 postponed home match rescheduled for September 21 in LangleyWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that the postponed Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) home match against Oklahoma City Energy FC has been rescheduled to Wednesday, September 21 at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley, BC. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. PT.

USL Week 13 Recap: Unlucky Teams Out West, Status Quo in EastEmpire of Soccer
USL Week 13 was indeed bad luck for some sides who were hoping to keep the momentum for previous weeks. Weaker sides also grabbed points where many thought it was extremely unlikely. San Antonio FC’s upset win over Colorado Springs and Arizona grabbing all three points against St. Louis standout as the biggest results in the West. Over on the East Coast it was more predictable with hard fought games but predictable results.

USL Rewind: Charlotte snaps loss streakSoccer America
Charlotte downed Richmond Kickers, 1-0, on a goal by Caleb Calvert on Saturday to end a run of five games without victory.

11 Things: San Antonio Shakes Things UpUSL
San Antonio shakes out of its slump, and shakes up the west’s picture, while Louisville continues its strong road form. Here’s what we learned from Week 13 in the USL.

USL Preview: Louisville City FC vs. Toronto FC II  – USL
Louisville looks to build lead in East as Toronto visits Slugger Field.

USL Preview: Harrisburg City Islanders vs. FC MontrealUSL
The Harrisburg City Islanders and FC Montreal meet on Tuesday night at FNB Field both looking for a quick rebound after defeats on the road this past Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. PT.

Reviewing USL Disciplinary ReviewScratching the Pitch
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds dismissed Romeo Parkes after the forward infamously kicked New York Red Bulls II’s Karl Ouimette in the back during a match on Saturday, May 8. Outrage over the on-field violence reverberated throughout much of the soccer world, and the USL reacted swiftly to the incident by suspending Parkes for the remainder of the season. Since the time that Parkes was banished from the league, cheap shots from other USL players have continued.

Cosmos COO Erik Stover: “Criminal activity” caused Hofstra to ban USOC matchesThis is Cosmos Country
On a press call last week, Cosmos COO Erik Stover disclosed that US Open Cup matches would no longer be held at Shuart Stadium. With fan behavior at the 2015 NYCFC derby getting out of hand, Hofstra University made the decision that the facility would no longer be available for the Cosmos to host MLS competition.

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NWSL Rewind: Red Stars take over first placeSoccer America
The Western New York Flash dropped from first to fourth place as it fell at home to the Portland Thorns, 2-0, and the three teams behind it all won. The Chicago Red Stars moved into first place with a 3-0 win over the last-place Boston Breakers, getting two goals from Sofia Huerta.

NWSL Week In Review: USWNT exiting a week earlyThe Equalizer
While I don’t believe it’s still been publicly announced (as of Monday afternoon), U.S. national team members heading to Olympic camp will report on July 1. Everyone knew they were reporting sometime in early July, so it’s obviously not shocking, but the date was a week earlier than some expected, reportedly including many NWSL teams who were a bit taken aback that they’ll now have to sell tickets for one more game without their biggest stars.

Satellite Super-Tracking Raises Women’s Soccer Performance And RecoveryPopular Science
Convincing the U.S. women’s soccer team that it needs an edge in Rio is like telling 1992 Michael Jordan he should practice his jump shot. With three World Cup trophies and four Olympic gold medals to its name, the Women’s National Team is the most dominant in soccer history—male or female. This time, however, the team will rely on advanced technology, in the form of GPS tracking devices, to provide a boost.

AFC President pledges support for women’s football Times of India
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has identified women’s football as one of the key areas of investment and development.

Let’s back Banyana BanyanaNews 24 (South Africa)
It will be a feat for the South African national women’s soccer team get to their second consecutive Olympics at all. A month ago, coach Vera Pauw put out her begging bowl. Appealing to “Mr Razzmatazz” Fikile Mbalula to extend a financial lifeline to women’s soccer, she said: “My big call is to the minister of sport. Help us, not afterwards, not at an awards ceremony. Instead of awards, help us prepare.”

Tears with cheers for West Brom Ladies boss Express & Star
West Bromwich Albion Ladies manager Graham Abercrombie was reduced to tears when he told his double-winning team he was moving on from the club.

AUDIO: Why Is U.S. Women’s Soccer so White? NPR
The U.S. women’s national team is one of the best in the world, but not when it comes to diversity.

Two Tibetan women footballers earn coaching licenses Tibet Sun
Two Tibetan women footballers have become licensed coaches, according to a press release from Tibet Women’s Football (TWF).





How to Watch Copa America Centenario on TV in Canada BC Soccer Web
The Copa America Centenario kicks off on June 3 and runs through June 26 with the final at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. In Canada, you have three options for watching matches on TV.

USA vs. Argentina: The most important game in American men’s soccer historyYahoo Sports
On Tuesday, the United States will host Argentina in the biggest, most important match in the history of the U.S. men’s national team program. Maybe in American soccer, period.

Jurgen Klinsmann on Argentina: “We want to take the game to them”MLS
Hear from U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann and USMNT Players Matt Besler and Gyasi Zardes as they discuss the Copa America Centenario clash with Argentina.

USMNT insists that Argentina is beatable ahead of semifinal clashSBI
Heading into Tuesday’s Copa America semifinal, the U.S. Men’s National Team readily admits they are the underdogs. Facing off with arguably the best player and best team in the world, the U.S. is fully aware that the odds are stacked against them in a one-off setting against elite opposition.

Argentina still the heavy favorite despite Martino caution and Klinsmann blusterGoal
The South Americans are expected to go all the way in the Copa America Centenario, and despite their coach’s concerns they should still expect to beat the United States.

U.S. progress report: Have Klinsmann & Co. truly turned the corner?ESPN FC
There’s something familiar about the way the U.S. men’s national team has reached the semifinals of the Copa America Centenario. Its last group-stage game, a 1-0 win against Paraguay, and its 2-1 win over Ecuador in the quarterfinals both were strong and committed performances that were long on organization, grit and commitment while being short on possession, passing and control.

When the US shocked the world – and Argentina – at the 1995 Copa AmericaMLS
IT’S HALFTIME AT THE ESTADIO PARQUE ARTIGAS in Paysandú, Uruguay. Improbably, the United States men’s national team leads Argentina 2-0 in the last match of group play of the 1995 Copa América.

Argentina’s Ramiro Funes Mori returns to his boyhood in Texas to play USA The Guardian
The Everton defender – known as ‘the yankee’ after spending his early career in America – will be on familiar ground facing the US in the Copa América semi-final.

Colombia vs. Chile: Vargas dismisses favourites tag ahead of Copa semi Goal
Defending Copa America champion Chile is in red-hot form heading into its semifinal clash with Colombia on Wednesday.

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How to Watch Euro 2016 on TV in Canada – BC Soccer Web
The Euros are one of the most popular soccer events on Canadian Television screens. Past Euro competitions have garnered high TV ratings in Canada, and all of the matches are easily accessible.

Euro 2016: Who will qualify for the last 16?BBC Sport
BBC Sport helps explain which sides can go through, why yellow cards could prove crucial, and who is in pole position in the ‘third-place table’.

Wales stuns Russia to top group at Euro 2016Toronto Star
Gareth Bale, star for the Wales side, leads all scorers after his third goal of the European Championship in a 3-0 win.

Germany fight back against leadership claims but have something to proveESPN FC
A nation’s footballing obsessions are often exposed by big, traumatic defeats. But in Germany’s case, a lacklustre 0-0 draw with Poland was enough.

Northern Ireland, others in defence of defenceToronto Sun
Like many, Joachim “Scratch-and-Sniff” Low is something of a soccer elitist. He’s a leading voice among those still lamenting UEFA’s decision to expand this Euro from 16 to 24 teams. He says there are too many “ultra-defensive” sides here in France.

Keane wants Ireland to be courageous and ‘streetwise’Goal
Martin O’Neill’s men head into their final group game with just one point and will need to secure a victory in order to reach the last 16.

English seek less stubborn opponent to show attacking threatSportsnet
England seems sure that facing more attack-minded sides in the knockout stages of the European Championship will work to its advantage.

Portugal promise that the goals will start to flowReuters
No team managed as many shots as Portugal in their opening two games at Euro 2016, yet all they have to show for it are one goal, two points and a possible early exit from the competition.

Russia’s Euro 2016 Failure Futbolgrad
There was still hope that Russia could avoid a disappointing result in the European Championships. Before the final Group B game versus Wales, Leonid Slutsky believed that his squad were the favourites, that they could defeat Wales and move on from the group stage.

Euro 2016: Russia exit in ‘disgrace’, according to pressBBC Sport
It has been a week to forget for Russian sport. First the ban over doping which threatens their athletes’ participation in the Rio Olympics, then a humiliating group-stage exit from Euro 2016.

Euro exit shows Russia’s soccer crisis ahead of World Cup Sportsnet
Going out in the group stage to a 3-0 defeat to Wales capped a disastrous European Championship for 2018 World Cup host Russia, which has been better known in France for its hooligans than its footballers.

Expelled Russian hooligan caught after sneaking back into France France 24
French police detained Russian far-right football fan leader Alexander Shprygin as he watched his country play at Euro 2016 just two days after being expelled from France, the interior ministry said.

Ibrahimovic says he will retire from international soccer after the EurosMetro
Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he will retire from international football after the European Championship.

Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic aims to use La Liga experience to good effect against SpainThe Guardian
Rakitic knows that better than most; he has seen it from the inside. Spain may be unique in the international game but there is more than a bit of Barcelona about them. Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta … He may be on the other side on Tuesday night but there will be something familiar about the midfield at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux: the trio who have won two leagues, two cups and the European Cup together, plus a European Super Cup and the World Club Championship.

Croatia fined but confident that fan trouble is over and football can be the focus Inside World Football
Croatia can consider themselves to have got off lightly after UEFA fined them €100,000 as a result of the ugly scenes towards the end of the 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic last Friday.

Albania football win brings team diplomatic passportsBBC News
They will not enjoy diplomatic immunity, as that is reserved for official diplomats, but they will benefit from easier international travel.

Neymar should not captain Brazil under new boss Tite – Carlos AlbertoESPN FC
Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning captain Carlos Alberto says new Selecao coach Tite should take the national captaincy away from Neymar.

Bayern Munich appoint Paul Clement as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistantESPN FC
Clement, 44, will reunite with Ancelotti under whom he already worked with at Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

Premier League renews IMG TV production deal and adds new programmingInside World Football
The Premier League has renewed its TV production partnership with IMG that sees more than 200,000 hours of programming broadcast globally. The two will continue to operate via Premier League Productions (PLP) for another three seasons to the end of 2018/19.

What’s with Switzerland’s tearing shirts at Euro 2016?Toronto Star
Puma has apologized for a faulty batch of jerseys after their constant shredding led a player to quip “I hope Puma doesn’t make condoms.”

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