BC Soccer News, Tuesday, March 20, 2018



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Episode 251 – The AFTN Soccer Show (A Week To Forget/Remember with guests Colin Elmes and Will Cromack)AFTN
It’s not been a great week to be a football fan in Vancouver. First it was announced that the city won’t be hosting any matches if the bid for the 2026 World Cup is successful, then the Whitecaps were Elfathed in Houston, going down a man and to a 4-1 defeat.

Ailing LA Galaxy could miss as many as 10 players this weekend NBC Sports
We’re less than a month into the new Major League Soccer season, and one club is already left scrambling to find players for its next match.

Whitecaps weekend foes missing a Galaxy of talentThe Province
Line ’em up: there’s a slew of stars who will not be available for selection by Sigi Schmid on Saturday at the dome.

19 years in, Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando shows he’s still got itMLS
Watching Nick Rimando keep a clean sheet against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday reminded everyone of two things: how great Rimando is and that he can’t play forever.

Sounders increasingly judged by on-field results, and the fan base is growing antsy fastSeattle Times
Drawing huge crowds and making money off the field might no longer be enough for the Sounders, who are drawing increased fire from a fan base that feels the team needs to do more to repeat lofty prior on-field results.

New England Revolution players hail increased professionalism under FriedelMLS
Heading into the 2018 season, it loomed large as to how a Brad Friedel-led New England Revolution team would look. The first-year manager, after all, had previously only coached in Tottenham Hotspur’s academy and with the U-19 US national team, never mind a game of top-flight soccer.

A new stadium for Austin is a lose-loseThe Daily Texan
The Austin Chamber of Commerce has a goal: score a new Major League Soccer franchise. The Columbus Crew announced plans to relocate from its Ohio home earlier this year. Since then, owner Precourt Sports Ventures has been courting Austin as the leading contender for its new spot.

Marcel de Jong named Jeans Day ambassador for 2018Whitecaps FC
De Jong and fellow ambassadors Henrik and Daniel Sedin (Vancouver Canucks) and Jeremiah Johnson (BC Lions) will support and promote Jeans Day through a variety of events and fundraising initiatives, and will be among the thousands of British Columbians sporting a Jeans Day button with their “Canadian Tuxedo” – head-to-toe denim – on May 3 to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital.

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Vikes Female Athlete of the Year finalists announced for 2017-18UVic Vikes
As part of the second of four days of announcements for University of Victoria Vikes major award finalists three stand-out females are highlighted for Female Athlete of the Year. Rowing stand out Caileigh Filmer, four-time U SPORTS medalist from swimming Danielle Hanus and U SPORTS soccer First Team All-Canadian Puck Louwes highlight the finalists for 2017-18.

Residency Report: Winning weekend in Northern CaliforniaWhitecaps FC
It was a winning weekend for Whitecaps FC Residency teams as they traveled to Northern California on the weekend to face San Jose Earthquakes and Silicon Valley Soccer Academy.

More than 320 soccer teams flock to Surrey for Mayor’s Cup tourneyNorth Delta Reporter
From March 16 to 18, Surrey-based Central City Breakers Football Club hosted its annual Surrey Mayor’s Cup, a tournament featured more than 320 boys and girls soccer teams (U9 to U18).

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PHOTOS: VMSL IMPERIAL CUP SEMIFINAL, Rino’s Tigers 3, Club Inter 2 (PKs), March 17, 2018 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

VISL Cup Finals Set for March 24-25 WeekendBC Soccer Web
All teams are now official, the pairings are set, here are the match ups for the upcoming weekend and all 4 Cup Finals.

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.

Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching ProgramDasovic-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, 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.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017BC Soccer Web
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BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
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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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Rumour: Canada may be invited to 2019 Copa AméricaWaking the Red
South America’s soccer governing body is looking to expand the field for the 2019 Copa América, and — according to one rumour — Canada may be one of the countries invited to fill out the tournament. This comes from a report by ESPN Deportes Radio’s Alejandro Etcheverry.

Joint World Cup bidders: Trump hasn’t sparked voter concernsThe Record
Organizers of the North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup insist FIFA members have not expressed concern about President Donald Trump’s harsh words about foreigners or the U.S. Justice Department prosecuting corrupt soccer officials.

Like it or not, ‘Trump Factor’ looms over 2026 World Cup bidSportsnet
Sports is politics, and politics is sports. That won’t sit well with the “stick to sports” crowd who would just as soon see politics completely divorced from sports. But the truth is that politics is naturally infused into our everyday lives – be it in cultural, social or economic matters – that it would be silly to expect politics and sports never to intersect with one another.

U.S.-Canada-Mexico 2026 World Cup bid plays nice in public, but knows the real game is differentPhilly.com
To put it bluntly: The bid chiefs know that while their proposal should be a shoo-in favorite, its promises of clean money and transparent governance are seen by some in the global game as vices, not virtues. They also know that rival Morocco will scrape for every advantage it can gain, fair or not. And they don’t have to look far for proof that their strategy is working.

FIFA needs to act like guests — not like visiting royaltyNational Post
During the course of a 45-minute conference call Monday, the United Bid Committee for the 2026 World Cup took every opportunity to impress on its audience just how united they are in their pursuit of FIFA’s crown jewel.

St Johnstone’s David Wotherspoon is called up by Canada after switch from Scotland BBC Sport
Scottish-born St Johnstone midfielder David Wotherspoon has switched allegiances to Canada and been called up by the Canucks for the first time.

Twenty-five Canada Soccer Referee Assessors complete annual camp in Vaughan, ONCSA
Canada Soccer held its annual Referee Assessors camp in Vaughan, ON 17-20 March. With an emphasis on promoting practical refereeing in the game, Canada Soccer’s Manager, Referees, Isaac Raymond said the clinic is vital to providing guidance to the assessors who are trusted with the responsibility of providing reports that gauge a referee’s promotion prospects.

Gold, bronze at indoor provincialsMedicine Hat News
Two Medicine Hat-based indoor soccer teams finished on the podium at provincials this past weekend, including one on home turf and another that brought home a title.

BYSI well represented on SSA’s grassroots team of the yearBattlefords Now
Eight Battlefords Youth Soccer Inc. players and their coach were named the grassroots team of the year at the Saskatchewan Soccer Association’s awards night in Saskatoon last weekend.

Innisfail Titans complete a dream seasonInnisfall Province
Their final beautiful game victory concluded a successful season for the Innisfail Titans. The local indoor soccer squad won their last game of the season 8 to 5 against the Camrose-2 team in Red Deer at the Collicutt Centre on March 10.

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TFC II fall at Red Bull Arena in opening game of the seasonWaking the Red
Matt Srbely scored an early goal for Toronto FC II, his first in USL, but a saved penalty kick from Ben Spencer at the start of the second half and a pair of goals from Andrew Tinari in a ten-minute window turned the tide in the first USL match of the 2018 season for the Young Reds.

Affiliates be gone: How USL affiliates are harming Canadian youth developmentNorthern Starting XI
Fresno FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s USL affiliate following the shuttering of Whitecaps FC 2, kicked off their inaugural season with a 3-2 loss to fellow newcomers Las Vegas Lights FC. However, despite their affiliation with Vancouver, all four of the Whitecaps players spent the entirety of the game on the bench.

Rangers defender Justin Bilyeu undergoes surgery to repair torn meniscusSporting KC
Swope Park Rangers defender Justin Bilyeu has suffered a torn meniscus that will keep him sidelined for the next four months, the club has announced.


Lyon the favourites as Women’s Champions League reaches last eightThe Guardian
Manchester City, after a flying start, are under scrutiny for the first time. This tie against Sweden’s champions comes amid their worst run since May 2015. City have lost twice and drawn once since their extra-time victory over Birmingham on 18 February in the FA Cup, their most recent match being a crushing 1-0 defeat by Arsenal in the Continental Cup final.

AFC unveils new trophy for showcase Women’s Asian Cup next monthInside World Football
Final preparations for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018 are under way with the AFC unveiling a brand-new trophy which will be lifted at the final in Amman on April 20.

WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Durham tipped for more FA Cup successNorthern Echo
DURHAM WOMEN’S no-fear attitude will prove crucial if they want to keep their historic SSE Women’s FA Cup adventure alive, according to England legend Sue Smith.

Cork City WFC 2-1 LimerickIrish WNL
Cork City made it two wins out of two at the beginning of the new Continental Tyres Women’s National League season as they came from behind to defeat Limerick 2-1 in the division’s first ever Munster Derby at C.I.T.

CFU launches Women’s Challenge Series 2018 with 20 teamsInside World Football
The Caribbean Football Union (CFU), emaciated by the withdrawal of financial support by CONCACAF and FIFA, has shown that it still has some teeth left with the announcement of a new women’s competition, the CFU Women’s Challenge Series.

2018 NWSL team preview: Courage are an ‘even if’ team — not a ‘what if’ teamThe Equalizer
The 2017 North Carolina Courage managed to mix continuity with being the new kids on the block. After surprising many by winning the 2016 NWSL Championship as the Western New York Flash, the team was sold to North Carolina and relocated to Cary.

A league of their own for India’s womenFIFA
Football in India received a massive boost last year as the FIFA U-17 World Cup was welcomed by enormous crowds and huge interest across the world’s second largest nation. With that major landmark ticked off, attention has now focused on further developing women’s football in this sprawling and diverse nation of 1.3 billion people.

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Why I was wrong over Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s Egyptian kingThe Guardian
The £35m forward looks one of the best buys in years now he is being given a proper run after his Chelsea false start.

Liverpool ready to resist offers for Mohamed Salah as Real Madrid and Barcelona eye record-breaking forwardThe Telegraph
Liverpool will not sell Mohamed Salah under any circumstances this summer, with the club determined that the Egyptian remains central to their pursuit of honours.

Lionel Messi suggests 2018 will be his final World CupNBC Sports
Lionel Messi’s track record as a professional has encompassed just about every imaginable accolade, but one that has eluded he and his Argentina national teammates is winning the World Cup.

Title-chasing Sarri closes on Napoli renewal as he hopes to repay fansFour Four Two
Maurizio Sarri plans to stay at Napoli for as long as he can give his all as he continues to chase the Serie A title. Napoli looked to be falling away in the Scudetto race, but they moved back to within two points of defending champions Juventus with victory over Genoa at the weekend.

Game over in La Liga: Atlético’s title hopes fade in league that stands still The Guardian
Atlético’s loss at Villarreal means Barça are set to win a league in which the same faces have sat in the same places for some time.

Banker Gaetano Micciche elected as Serie A presidentSportsnet
Bank boss Gaetano Micciche has been elected president of Serie A. Micciche, the president of Banca IMI, was chosen unanimously on Monday by the Italian league’s 20 clubs.

South Korean Football Round-up: Suwon/Pohang, South Korea MNTProst Amerika
Pohang Steelers gave up top spot in the K-League, drawing 1-1 at Suwon Bluewings.

Newcastle charged over betting logo on under-18 side’s shirtsBBC Sport
Newcastle United have been charged over the club’s under-18 side wearing kits bearing the logo of a betting company.

Adidas reveals away kits for Mexico, Argentina, 7 other World Cup squadsNBC Sports
Fans of El Tri, La Albiceleste, Die Mannschaft and more can now get their hands on another set of 2018 World Cup jerseys.

The Game: football through the lens of Stuart Roy Clarke – in picturesThe Guardian
Veteran football photographer Stuart Roy Clarke has been covering the game for the past 30 years. His favourite shots are on show at the National Football Museum from 23 March 2018.

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