BC Soccer News, Tuesday, June 6, 2017



SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017, 7:00 PM

Waston named to MLS Team of the Week after first MLS braceWhitecaps FC
It was a match to remember for Kendall Waston. The towering defender put together his first multigoal match of his MLS career in a 3-1 victory over Atlanta United FC on Saturday at BC Place.

Vancouver Whitecaps ascending, but still seek consistency across the boardMLS
Their roster is still injury-thinned and the consistency isn’t always there, but the Vancouver Whitecaps’ outlook is better going forward out of the weekend than it was going into it.

Bolaños, Waston closing in on World Cup berth with Costa RicaWhitecaps FC
At this time next year, all eyes will be on Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. And, if things continue trending as they have been, there could very well be two Vancouver Whitecaps FC players front and centre. Those players are centre back Kendall Waston and midfielder Christian Bolaños, who have each played integral roles in Costa Rica’s qualifying campaign to date.

On the road with Atlanta United: Brittany Arnold in VancouverAtlanta United
Traveling with Atlanta United for Fox Sports broadcasts has become second nature considering the immense number of away games the team has taken on this season, but the trip to Vancouver was a bit different than the rest.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3, Atlanta United 1, June 3, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 14SBI
The hottest team in the league was cooled-off by an unexpected challenger in week 14 of MLS action.

Person of Interest: Dzemaili adds touch of class to ImpactSportsnet
A lot of players from abroad struggle to adapt to Major League Soccer upon their arrival. There’s a lot to overcome, including the travel, the culture shock, language barriers and the high level of physicality in the league. But Montreal Impact midfielder Blerim Dzemaili seems to have settled in quite nicely since joining the MLS club last month on loan from Serie A’s Bologna.

NYCFC’s Patrick Vieira rejects talk of taking charge at St Etienne ESPN FC
New York City FC coach Patrick Vieira has dismissed reports linking him with the vacant coaching position at French club St Etienne.

Council vote deals blow to San Diego 2017 MLS bidProst Amerika
There was bad news for those hoping to bring Major League Soccer to San Diego today. The nine council members of the SD City Council voted 1-8 against funding a Special Election this November. Without it, there is no opportunity for the Soccer City initiative to be approved in time for December 2017, when MLS will award two new franchises.

Home-field advantage is greater in MLS than in other top leaguesMLS
In Week 14 we saw 12 of 15 home teams win, with the three other games ending in draws. This is a trend we have seen over the course of the entire 2017 season, which has been marked by an increased winning percentage and points per game for home teams.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0, D.C. United 1, May 27, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
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3v3 Live Soccer Tour Comes to Canada


PDL FRIENDLY Photos: TSS Rovers 3, Vancouver Whitecaps Residency 1, June 4, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Residency prepare for Academy Playoffs with friendly vs. TSS FC RoversWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency played a friendly against PDL side TSS FC Rovers on Sunday at Swangard Stadium as they prepare for the Academy Playoffs at the end of June.

Second chance nets Clan soccer star top honours SFU
After suffering a near career-ending hip injury two weeks into his first collegiate season in South Carolina in 2011, Brandon Watson never expected a second chance to fulfill his dream of playing soccer in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

BC PROVINCIAL MEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Club Inter 2 Aldergrove United 0, May 14, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PDL PHOTOS: TSS Rovers 2 Lane Utd. 2, May 12, 2017BC Soccer Web
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2017 BC Soccer Adult Provincial ChampionshipsBCSA
The Road to Burnaby continues! Complete brackets and results from the weekend’s games in the BC Provincial Cups.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour and Holbrook Sports Management are excited to announce the expansion of the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour into the Canadian soccer market.  With the first event previously announced to take place on the August 19/20 weekend in Surrey, BC, the 3v3 Soccer Tour will expand to Abbotsford, BC, on August 20 and will include men’s and women’s open divisions.

2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

REVIEW: The Miracle Mile. Stories of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games BC BookLook
Author Jason Beck is curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame in BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, and convenor two years ago of an excellent exhibition about the 1954 Games. In his first book, he proves to be a meticulous researcher, a compelling story-teller, and a crafty realist who knows how to hook his readers. Watch how, two pages into the book, he uses filmic technique to evoke the arriving athletes’ youthful buzz and give period colouring and costuming, but then smartly moves his camera in to introduce his stars.

TSS Rovers launch website & 2017 Season Ticket CampaignTSS Rovers
TSS FC Rovers play their inaugural season in the PDL at iconic Swangard Stadium. Season Tickets are $70 for Adults, $49 for U12 Youth.

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!

To our Readers: A Choice BC Soccer Web
Soccer has brought us to the United States many times. It’s a great place with decent people. We especially look forward to our Cascadia trips to Seattle and Portland. They’re incredible cities with wonderful supporters. That’s why it was so disheartening to see chaos and fear take hold in the airports and borders of our neighbours to the south.

Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on saleHighlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!

Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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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Zambrano Era Begins Against CuraçaoThe Link
This past Thursday, Zambrano was in attendance at Soccer Quebec’s Annual Press Conference. The Ecuador native came to speak about Canada’s upcoming friendly game against Curaçao on June 13 at Stade Saputo.

Canadian women’s team set for friendly series with Costa RicaSportsnet
The Canadian women’s soccer team welcomes Costa Rica for a pair of upcoming friendlies, with a date in Winnipeg on June 8, followed by a meeting three days later in Toronto.

National women’s squad hopes to fill the house at IGFWinnipeg Sun
Desiree Scott wants her hometown to show a warm Winnipeg welcome to her fellow Olympic bronze medallists.

Lots to talk about at U Sports AGMKamloops This Week
League branding and the rules surrounding recruitment and eligibility are what Ken Olynyk expects to be some of the biggest issues at the 2017 U Sports Annual General Meeting and Conference this week.

Official Inauguration of the Montreal Soccer Stadium and its Public Art Work Canada Newswire
Located in the borough of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, the Montreal Soccer Stadium is a unique recreational facility open to all Montrealers. The 12,600-square metre building, located in the northwest corner of the Saint-Michel environmental complex (CESM), is geared primarily to young people.

Worth the wait: Southward Park officially opened Grimsby Lincoln News
On Saturday the town held a grand opening for the Southward Community Park, a sprawling 35-hectare site featuring soccer and baseball fields, a running track and forested walking trail. There’s also a community building on site. It was a project 30 years in the making and became possible when the Southward family offered up the land by Mountain and Mud streets.

Grassroots Practices You Can Use – Fundamentals (Week 48)Ontario Soccer
The session is Star Wars themed. Players become either a Jedi Knight or a Storm Trooper as they work on their physical literacy. They must avoid the enemy while trying to defeat the leader. They must use their imagination and later on in the session they will be shooting the ball to defeat the opposition when the Empire Strikes Back.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2017, 6:30 PM

Didier Drogba to make Phoenix soccer debut against Whitecaps FC 2 The Province
Didier Drogba’s debut for his Arizona soccer team will be against the Whitecaps’ development team, WFC2, on Saturday in Phoenix.

Wright-Phillips Rising Again in Phoenix, and He Sees a Bright and Bold FutureBleacher Report
Stumbling upon Phoenix Rising FC’s training session, in the heart of Arizona, is like finding a football oasis in the desert. Hidden behind fences and some flimsy mesh branding are three instantly recognisable faces: Didier Drogba, Omar Bravo and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Fury FC Host Montreal Impact at TD PlaceOttawa Fury
Ottawa Fury FC announced Tuesday that they will play a friendly against the Montreal Impact Wednesday, July 12 at 7:00 p.m

NASL Week 11: Miami FC Builds 5-Point LeadEmpire of Soccer
NASL logoMiami FC opened a five-point lead atop the North American Soccer League’s Spring Season standings after its victory at intrastate rival Jacksonville Armada on Saturday.

USL Rewind: Rhinos’ revival continues – Soccer America
A first professional goal by a first-half substitute earned Rochester Rhinos a 1-0 defeat of FC Cincinnati that extended their unbeaten streak to five games.

FC Cincinnati to Host La Liga’s ValenciaUSL
FC Cincinnati announced on Monday the club’s second international exhibition against a top side from Europe, with Valencia from Spain’s La Liga set to be the club’s guests on July 24 at Nippert Stadium.

USL DIII VP Short Discusses League ExpectationsUSL DIII
As interest in the United Soccer League’s Division III league continues to grow, USL DIII Vice President Steven Short shared some of the expectations and criteria the league has ahead its first season in 2019.

NWSL: Mallory Pugh scores first professional goalSoccer America
Mallory Pugh scored her first professional goal as the Washington Spirit earned a 2-0 win over the visiting Houston Dash and moved out of last place in the NWSL.

Steph Houghton signs new Manchester City contractSporting life
Steph Houghton is targeting Champions League success after extending her professional contract with Manchester City Women.

Damallsvenskan Week 8 Review: Improved form sees Djurgården up to eighthVavel
Linköping slip back ahead of Eskilstuna at the summit.

A New Jersey Soccer Story: FC Kansas City’s Yael AverbuchEmpire of Soccer
Few people would describe Yael Averbuch‘s path to a life in soccer as conventional.

Sounders Women split weekend WPSL matchesGoalWA
The Sounders Women rebounded from the first loss of the year against Issaquah  by dispatching the Capital Timbers with a barrage of goals from the young squad. After a tough match Friday June 2nd that saw the Issaquah Gunners win by a score of 1-0, the ladies in green regrouped and hammered the Timbers to get back on track.

Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm support girl after disqualification from youth soccer tourneyMetro
Former U.S. soccer stars Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm are offering support to an 8-year-old Nebraska girl who says her team was disqualified from a youth soccer tournament because she says she looks like a boy.

Former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote dies after collapse in ChinaSportsnet
Cheick Tiote, a combative midfielder who played in the English Premier League for Newcastle and at the World Cup with Ivory Coast, has died after collapsing in training with his new Chinese team. He was 30.

Cheick Tiote ‘had most beautiful smile in football’ – McClarenBBC Sport
Former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has been described by Steve McClaren as the “toughest player” he has ever seen – but also a man with “the most beautiful smile in football”.

With one swish of his left foot Cheick Tioté was a Newcastle United cult heroThe Guardian
The Ivorian’s stunning 25-yard equaliser to complete the club’s remarkable fightback in a 4-4 draw with Arsenal is part of St James’ Park folklore.

Pepe angered by Real Madrid treatment as he confirms departureESPN FC
Pepe has confirmed that he is leaving Real Madrid, thanking teammates and fans but saying he is unhappy with the way he was treated in his final months at the club.

2022 World Cup in Qatar under threat as Saudi Arabia joins blockadeThe Guardian
The prospect of Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup has been plunged into the most serious doubt after the country’s neighbours broke off diplomatic relations and blockaded its borders. In a culmination of hostilities simmering for years and accusations that Qatar is a major funder of terrorist organisations, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have closed the only land route into the tiny peninsula and refused to allow use of their sea ports or airspace.

Diplomatic row squeezes beIN Sports as Egyptian clubs ban reporters and Mido stands downInside World Football
Egyptian giants Al Ahly and Zamalek have announced they will boycott the Qatari-owned television network beIN Sports following the damaging diplomatic rift between Qatar and several Arab countries, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

European leagues agree to a new co-operation deal with UEFASportsnet
Europe’s top soccer leagues say they will renew a working agreement with UEFA that avoids clashes between domestic and Champions League games.

AFC Champions League quarter-final ties confirmedAFC
The 2017 AFC Champions League quarter-final ties were confirmed on Tuesday following the competition’s Knockout Stage draw in Kuala Lumpur.

3 for 1 deal. Allstate signs on with CONCACAF and renews with MLS and FMFInside World Football
CONCACAF has signed the Allstate Insurance Company as its Official Insurance Sponsor for all championships for the next four years. No figure has been disclosed for the deal that also included four-year renewals of deals with the MLS and the Mexican national team’s US tours.

Grande Inter goalkeeper Sarti dies aged 83UEFA
Former Fiorentina and Internazionale player Giuliano Sarti, the goalkeeper of the ‘Grande Inter’ side that won the European Cup in 1964 and 1965, has died aged 83.

Cristiano Ronaldo named EA Sports FIFA 18 cover athleteSportsnet
Now, the famous No. 7 can add one more notch to his belt that, depending on who you speak to, is every bit as prestigious as any of his other vast accomplishments: EA Sports FIFA 18 cover star.

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