VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
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MLS MATCHDAY #2
SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2018
BBVA COMPASS STADIUM, HOUSTON, TX.
Episode 249 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Black Is The New Orange – Houston Postgame Show) – AFTN
Two games. Two wins. It’s been a great start for Vancouver Whitecaps this new MLS season.
Kei Kamara earns MLS Team of the Week honours after leading ‘Caps to historic win – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC striker Kei Kamara has been named to the MLS Team of the Week after leading the ‘Caps to their first-ever road win vs. Houston Dynamo on Saturday.
Inaugural Whitecaps FC captain Jay DeMerit among first-time nominees for National Soccer Hall of Fame – Whitecaps FC
For the first time, inaugural Vancouver Whitecaps FC captain Jay DeMerit is eligible for induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, U.S. Soccer announced today.
New York, Seattle, and Toronto Could Make MLS CCL History This Week – Last Word on Soccer
This week, three MLS teams will take on Liga MX opponents in second leg match ups in the CONCACAF Champions League. With the opportunity to knock out three Mexican clubs in two days, this week could make MLS CCL history.
Toronto FC enters Volcano with eyes wide open – Toronto Star
Tuesday night’s deciding leg between TFC and Tigres UANL in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals in Mexico pits sides that play similar styles. The atmosphere at Estadio Universitario, though, could be a whole new ballgame.
TIGRES WILL ‘ASSUME’ THEY’RE BETTER: Toronto FC remains underdog, but has weapons to shock Mexican mega-club – Toronto Sun
Greg Vanney expects Tigres to “assume” they’re the better side. But Toronto FC’s head coach also issued the Mexican mega-club something of a warning ahead of Tuesday night’s decisive Champions League quarterfinal: The Reds have players who’ve repeatedly shown they can hurt teams that throw caution to the wind and pour numbers forward with reckless abandon.
CCL Preview: After winning first leg on road, Red Bulls look to hold on at home against Club Tijuana – SBI
Going on the road and winning in Mexico has long been a near impossible task for MLS sides. The New York Red Bulls did just that last week, winning on the road at Club Tijuana to seal a massive advantage heading into the second leg.
Molino Suffers ACL Tear – Minnesota United
Minnesota United today confirmed that midfielder Kevin Molino will undergo surgery in the coming weeks to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of his left knee, an injury sustained in the match against Orlando City SC.
Darlington Nagbe settling into life with Atlanta United after big win – MLS
What a difference a week — and a timely tactical shift — made for Darlington Nagbe. In the opening weekend of the MLS season, Nagbe wasn’t his usual confident self throughout Atlanta United’s 4-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo. Paired with Chris McCann in the central midfield, Nagbe wasn’t sharp in his distribution, and manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino eventually subbed him out of the game in the 61st minute.
MLS and Liga MX announce Campeones Cup and future all-star plans – Sportsday
Major League Soccer and Liga MX have announced a partnership between North America’s largest domestic leagues that will see the respective league champions play, in addition to tentative plans surrounding MLS’ All-Star week.
Campeones Cup latest venture to unite Liga MX with Major League Soccer – ESPN
Rumors about MLS and Liga MX formalizing some kind of alliance have rumbled for the last few years. The big questions revolved around when it would happen and what that partnership would look like.
Columbus Crew SC are finding plenty of motivation for 2018 – Massive Report
Sometimes an underdog team’s story is so compelling that, in a very ironic way, their victory comes to be seen as assured. When the spell is strong enough, even the athletes themselves can start to buy into it.
D.C. United could play before largest and smallest crowds in MLS history in same week – Washington Post
By choosing to play one of two off-site home games at Maryland SoccerPlex while Audi Field is under construction, United was assured of a small audience against the Houston Dynamo. (The Montgomery County venue holds about 5,000.)
BC SOCCER NEWS
BC Soccer Assoc. is now accepting candidates for its Board of Directors. Can you help improve soccer for the 120,000 soccer players in BC? – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is now accepting candidate applications for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June 2018. Elections for these positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday June 9th at the Delta by Marriott Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre.
Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching Program – Dasovic-Neil Coaching
(Spring Sessions now available) Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil have teamed up to provide training programs for players & coaches. The programs specialize in individual, positional, age, and gender specific training for players, with a combined technical and physical focus while providing education and mentorship opportunities for coaches to improve their skills and deepen their knowledge base.
Canada’s College ID Camps set for Shawnigan Lake & Kingston, Ontario – Canada 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.
PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
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.
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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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.
Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication – BC Soccer Web
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
John Herdman announces first roster as Canada men’s soccer coach – Toronto Star
John Herdman went for a balance of experience and freshness for his first game as coach of the Canadian men’s national team.
The Government of Canada Announces its Support-in-Principle for the United 2026 bid to Co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Canada, Mexico and the United States – Government of Canada
The Government of Canada announces its support-in-principle for the United 2026 Bid to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Canada WNT keeper Stephanie Labbé to try out for Calgary Foothills men’s team – Waking the Red
Canadian women’s national team goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé will be suiting up for a men’s team in 2018, according to her personal blog and Twitter account. She will be joining the Premier Development League’s Calgary Foothills FC for a trial.
Foothills FC taking up roots in Okotoks – Western Wheel
Premier Development League soccer is set to kick-off in Okotoks. PDL side Foothills FC will call the Foothills Composite field home in the 2018 season after three years at different grounds within the Stampede City.
St. Boniface soccer star honoured by MSA – Winnipeg Free Press
Damian Truong has really kicked things up a notch this past year. The 16-year-old Old St. Boniface resident was a key member of the Bonivital U17 boys’ soccer team that won the 2017 Canadian championship in Fredericton, N.B., last October by beating CS Mistral from Sherbrooke, Que.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Season Preview: Predictions for Ottawa Fury FC before the USL opener on Saturday—03.17.18 – Apt613
Ottawa’s 2018 season kicks off in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 17 versus Charlotte Independence. It’s the first of four straight road games to start the season before the club’s home opener on April 21 at TD Place. Before Fury FC hit the pitch, Apt613 is here to get you all caught up with the team, who’s new, and what to expect from this season.
USL Season Preview – Western Conference, Part 1 – USL
The 2018 USL regular season kicks off this Friday with 33 teams taking aim at first reaching the USL Cup Playoffs, and then potentially the USL Cup in mid-November. Kicking off our preview of the season to come, we first look at the teams that either missed out the first of those goals a season ago, or will be looking to emulate Reno 1868 FC, which earned a postseason berth in its inaugural season.
USL Division III Welcomes Greenville as Founding Member – USL DIII
South Carolina-based side becomes third team to join pro league.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Germany sack women’s football coach Jones – World Soccer Talk
Germany have sacked national women’s coach Steffi Jones after a string of poor performances in the SheBelieves Cup in the United States.
Germany’s Hrubesch takes over women’s team on interim basis – Euronews
Former Germany international Horst Hrubesch has been named interim coach for the women’s national team after the sacking of Steffi Jones, the German Football Association said on Tuesday.
Liga Iberdrola week 22 review: Betis make history – Vavel
Following on from home wins for Madrid and Betis against Valencia and Santa Teresa, Espanyol and Sevilla both fell at home to Albacete and Sociedad to wrap up Saturday’s action.
Christen Press: how did a World Cup winner end up at a club she didn’t want to join? – The Guardian
The saga of an unwanted trade highlights the complicated balancing act between the National Women’s Soccer League and the US national team.
Route Two Soccer: Is There a Method to Houston’s Madness? – Backline Soccer
It’s been a strange offseason for the Houston Dash, in more ways than one.
It is time for female footballers to be treated as equals – The Guardian
A survey showed that 88% of Women’s Super League players earn less than £18,000 a year and Phil Neville is right to want England’s women to fly in the same comfort as the men.
Game changer: Meet the FA’s first executive tasked with unlocking the commercial power of women’s football – CityAM
A large component of Marzena Bogdanowicz’s role — created by the FA for the first time in 2017 — is to get sponsors and commercial partners working directly with the women’s game, not as a nice bonus from sponsoring the men’s team.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
David Silva double earns title-chasing Man City win at Stoke – Sportsnet
For Manchester City, a record-setting season in the English Premier League could yet have the perfect ending.
David Silva ‘forgets’ pain in his home life to inspire Man City victory – The Telegraph
David Silva has revealed how Manchester City’s Premier League title chase is helping him stay focused during a difficult time off the field.
UCL: Iniesta likely available for Barca ahead of massive Chelsea meeting – NBC Sports
Barcelona could receive a major lift ahead of its crucial UEFA Champions League second leg on Wednesday against Chelsea.
Delusions of stadium grandeur haunt West Ham and club’s owners – The Guardian
The fate of the little memorial garden on Green Street, next to where the Boleyn ground’s main entrance once stood, is just one of the problems facing West Ham United. Full of bedraggled scarves and wilting flowers and plaques dedicated to long-gone fans – should it be taken from its present location, where the roar of the crowd will never be heard again, and reinstalled in the club’s widely detested new home?
Relegation-threatened Southampton dismiss manager Mauricio Pellegrino – Vavel
It is going from bad to worse for Southampton Football Club, as they announced the dismissal of coach Mauricio Pellegrino following a run of abysmal form which has seen them become prime candidates for Premier League relegation.
Shanghai advances to Asian Champions League knockout stage – Metro
Elkeson scored a second-half goal Tuesday to give Shanghai SIPG a 1-0 win at Ulsan Horangi and put the Chinese team into the knockout stage of the Asian Champions League.
Liverpool’s Salah adds €74.7m to his transfer value since season start – Inside World Football
Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah is now worth €74.7 million than he was on 1 September 2017, when the summer transfer window closed, according the latest stats by the CIES Football Observatory.
FIFA apologizes as World Cup ticket site fails to cope – Sportsnet
FIFA has apologized after its website failed to cope with demand for World Cup tickets.
Morocco woos West Asian 2026 vote as Nascimento calls for African solidarity – Inside World Football
With just days to go before the two 2026 World Cup contenders have to hand in their bid books to FIFA, Moroccan officials have met with a key group of Asian nations to try and gain crucial support ahead of the vote in June.
Gun-toting PAOK owner ‘deeply sorry’ for his role in chaotic scenes – The Guardian
Ivan Savvidis, who was pictured carrying a gun in a holster when he marched on to the pitch during a Greek league match, said he is “deeply sorry” for his role in the chaotic scenes that led to PAOK’s game against AEK Athens being abandoned.
Former FIFA VP Webb loses appeal against $1M bribery fine – Sportsnet
Former FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb has lost his appeal against a 1 million Swiss franc ($1.05 million) fine imposed by the soccer body’s ethics committee.
England World Cup boycott talk is attempt to ‘punish’ us – Russia’s foreign ministry – ESPN
Russia’s foreign ministry has said British threats to boycott the 2018 World Cup over the poisoning of secret agent Sergei Skripal will damage both the relationship between the two countries and world sport.
Nominees for National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Announced – USSF
Ballots have been finalized for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 elections. Voting will begin Monday, March 12 and run through Monday, March 26 for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories. The results of the voting will be announced at a later date.
Nothing compares to the raw and rugged brilliance of Scottish football – The Guardian
It may be unfashionable but Scottish football has a beauty you won’t find at PSG or on Barcelona’s tourist-filled stands.