BC Soccer News, Tuesday, March 21, 2017




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MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 Toronto FC 2, March 18, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Whitecaps v TFC: What did we learn?Soccer Shorts
Well I think we learned that a lot of people are running out of patience with the way the team is playing as much as the results themselves.

Episode 182 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Give Us A Break – Vancouver v Toronto Postgame Show)AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps are now on a two week break. I’m sure I speak for the vast majority of ‘Caps fans when I say it couldn’t come soon enough. I think we all need a break from this team right now, which is very worrying considering the season has just started.

Step Back From that Ledge My Vancouver Whitecaps Friends Eighty-Six Forever
While it feels like the sky is falling in Whitecaps land, it is not all bad news. We look at the reasons to be optimistic (and pessimistic) about the season going forward.

Fire acquire German star Bastian Schweinsteiger from Manchester United Chicago Tribune
More than four months after the Fire’s courtship of Bastian Schweinsteiger ignited during lunch at an Italian restaurant in England, the decorated German midfielder is officially moving to MLS.

Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Manchester United stats offer little in way of legacyESPN FC
The Chicago Fire may be signing a World Cup winner and Bayern Munich great in Bastian Schweinsteiger, but Manchester United are hardly losing an integral member of their squad to the MLS club.

Chicago Fire taking a huge risk by signing Bastian SchweinsteigerSB Nation
Schweinsteiger will depart Manchester United and join up with the Fire immediately. It’s a flashy signing for Chicago, but probably not a smart one.

Real Salt Lake fires head coach Jeff CassarSalt Lake Tribune
Less than an hour after receiving the news that his run at Real Salt Lake was over, Jeff Cassar explained that every coach wants more time. But the results, lingering goal droughts and the missed chances at home in recent months stacked up higher and higher against Cassar.

Three games into 2017, can Real Salt Lake change course quickly?MLS
When Real Salt Lake gave coach Jeff Cassar a new one-year deal for this season, the clear expectation was that he would get the team back on an upward trend. Three matches into this season, they’re headed the other way, and on Monday Cassar found himself out of a job. The team has garnered just one point from a draw, and now sit next to last in the Western Conference, and only because of Minnesota United’s awful goal differential.

Ambroise Oyongo called up by Cameroon national teamMontreal Impact
Defender Ambroise Oyongo has been selected by the Cameroon national team for two international friendly games, against Tunisia on March 24 in Monastir, followed by Guinea on March 28 at Stade Edmond Machtens in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Brussels, Belgium.

A New Yawn: The case against Toronto FC’s rebrand Waking the Red
The Reds are consistently hinting at a change of logo, but is it really necessary?

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VMSL round-up: Old foes to meet again as VMSL Finals Day takes shapeAFTN
It was semi-final weekend in both the VMSL Imperial and Division 2 cups this past Saturday, with a lot more enjoyable action being served up than what we took in at BC Place in the afternoon.

Whitecaps FC Residency sweep Development Academy matches in CaliforniaWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency completed a winning weekend in California as their Development Academy season continued.

Cascades women’s soccer alum Corneil launches pro career in SwedenUFV
Tristan Corneil took a historic step for the University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer program last week, as she became the first player in team history to land a pro contract overseas.

North Vancouver fullback La’Vere Corbin-Ong takes first step with CanadaWinnipeg Free Press
It is a name to remember — La’Vere Lawrence Corbin-Ong. And with any luck Wednesday, the London-born, North Vancouver-raised left fullback will be able to put Canadian international before it.

Port Moody Soccer Club enlists Olympic talent Tri City News
Soccer has taken Brittany Baxter (nee Timko) all around the world but now she is bringing her skills back home. The former Canadian women’s national team player has been named head coach of the girls program with the Port Moody Soccer Club in what club president Matthew Campbell said is a retooling of the organization’s operations.

Cascades soccer men second at Keg Spring CupUFV
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team wrung the maximum amount of drama out of its highest-profile spring exhibition tournament, finishing second at the Keg Cup hosted by the University of Victoria after a pair of games that went to penalties.

BC Soccer Assoc. Scholarships BCSA
BC Soccer is proud to award scholarships every year to players and referees proceeding on to post-secondary education. The Scholarships are presented at a special Scholarship Celebration at a Whitecaps FC match in June/July each year. Applications must be received by the British Columbia Soccer Association Office by March 31st.

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.

BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting 2016-2017 Awards NominationsBCSA
We are pleased to inform everyone that BC soccer Assoc. is currently accepting Awards nominations until the submission deadline date of March 31, 2017. Selection of the award recipients is based on many factors including the individual’s commitment, community involvement and willingness to give back to the game. This year any BC Soccer Assoc. member and their affiliate clubs may submit a nomination.

2017 BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June, 2017 (following the BC Soccer Annual General Meeting).

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.

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.

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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Canada to face Scotland in Men’s International Friendly matchCSA
Canada continues preparations for this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup when they face Scotland in a Men’s International Friendly match in Edinburgh on 22 March. The 2017 match will be broadcast live on CanadaSoccer.com and TSN GO at 15.45 ET / 12.45 PT this Wednesday.

Victor Montagliani ‘surprised’ by Canadian Premier League bids as Moncton expresses interestWaking the Red
New Brunswick adds its name to the mix and the Canada Soccer president gives an update on the status of the new league.

Halifax Pro Soccer Information Session (With Derek Martin And Paul Beirne)Facebook
Derek Martin and the Canadian Premier League’s Paul Beirne are hosting an information session to present their vision for a professional soccer team in Halifax.

Saskatchewan Soccer approves academy membership – CSA
Saskatchewan Soccer Associate (SSA) broke new ground on Saturday when its membership moved to approve acceptance of private soccer academies as full, regular members of the Association, alongside traditional youth soccer clubs and associations. The SSA is the first jurisdiction in Canada to formally recognize private soccer institutions in this way.

BMO Centre in London ready to grow London Free Press
Only weeks away from a major expansion, an indoor soccer complex in London is about to become one of the largest of its kind in Ontario and among the top three in Canada.

Calgary chosen as inaugural Canadian city to host Real Madrid Foundation soccer campMetro
This summer, Calgary kids will have the opportunity to “live and breathe the life of their favourite soccer stars” at the inaugural Canadian Real Madrid Foundation Campus Experience soccer camp.

Canada Soccer looking for candidates to serve on the Board of Directors starting May 2017CSA
Deadline for application is 4:00 pm ET on Wednesday, 22 March 2017.

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Four returning WFC2 team leaders to watch this seasonWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 begin their third USL season this Saturday when they travel to face LA Galaxy II at 2 p.m. PT.

Manchester camp: Eddies enjoying more “freedom” in their attack the11.ca
FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller spent some of Monday talking to the Scottish press about the importance of his club to the Canadian national side.

MLS and USL partner to conduct 25 live Video Assistant Referee experimentsMLS
Major League Soccer announced on Monday that the league will be working with the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) and the United Soccer League (USL) on live in-game Video Assistant Referee (VAR) testing in 25 matches during the 2017 USL season which kicks off on Saturday, March 25.

Another year, another loophole: How MLS teams exploit their USL rostersFour Four Two
MLS’ latest roster-mechanism fad rewards teams with USL reserve teams, and shows how far MLS has come in scouting and roster management.

2017 USL Preview: Portland Timbers 2USL
After just missing postseason, T2 returns solid squad for third year.

Division 1 Féminine – Matchday 16 Review: OM’s superb season continuesVavel
The champions of the top division in France may be more clearer now but the story this season undoubtedly belongs to the team from Marseille.

#SWPL17 – Game 2 Round upScottish WPL
Hibernian climbed to the top of the SWPL 1 table after a comprehensive 6-0 win over Aberdeen, but in truth, they were frustrated by an Aberdeen side that was set up with a disciplined 4-5-1 formation. Playing their first game at Ainslie Park since moving stadium, Hibs took the lead in the tenth minute through ex-Aberdeen’s Rachel Small.

VIDEO: Kim Little picks up where she left off at Arsenal LadiesProst Amerika
Asif Burhan captured Kim Little’s post match press conference after her debut match, where the Arsenal Ladies defeated the Tottenham Hotspurs Ladies 10-0 in the 5th Round of the Women’s FA Cup.

NWSL parity is just as vital as USWNT starsStars & Stripes FC
After a weekend of blowout scores from Europe, NWSL shows why it’s still an attractive league despite losing some USWNT stars.

‘Women’s football needs to stand on its own’ – readers on the FA’s new plansThe Guardian
Last Monday the FA announced a new ‘Gameplan for Growth’ plan in an attempt to strengthen women’s football in the UK. Focus will be on developing talent and infrastructure, increasing the number and diversity of women’s coaches, referees and administrators and changing perceptions and social barriers to taking part. Enhancing the profile and value of the England team and improving the commercial prospects of women’s football has also been highlighted.

Korea: South asks North to guarantee team safety at Women’s Asian Cup qualifierInside World Football
South Korea is taking steps to ensure the safety of its players as its national women’s team prepares to play North Korea. Seoul’s Unification Ministry said it had asked North Korea to provide assurances  ahead of next month’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifier in Pyongyang.

Tobin Heath remains the magnificent enigma of the U.S. women’s national team Yahoo Sports
Unlike most of her fellow stars on the team, you won’t see much of her away from the field. She doesn’t do bikini shoots. She’s isn’t on magazine covers. The USWNT’s reigning Player of the Year has a habit of ignoring interview requests, actually.

Hoffenheim coach Nagelsmann wins Bundesliga Coach of the Year at 29Sportsnet
Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann, the youngest coach in the Bundesliga, has been named the German football federation’s coach of the year for 2016.

Argentina players still refusing to talk to media following boycott – reportsESPN FC
Argentina’s players first made the move back in November when Lionel Messi led the team into the postmatch news conference after a 3-0 win against Colombia and declared that they will no longer talk to the media after accusations were made regarding teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Italy coach Ventura brings in youth to build teamSportsnet
Ventura has not been afraid to bring in new players since he took charge after the 2016 European Championship, including giving teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma his debut.

Jamie Vardy reveals ‘death threats’ for perceived role in Claudio Ranieri’s exitESPN FC
Jamie Vardy says he received death threats “walking down the street” and also alleged that his wife was the victim of a road-rage incident as a result of suggestions he was involved in a dressing-room revolt against Claudio Ranieri.

Rio Ferdinand talks of pain and helplessness after wife’s death  – The Guardian
Ferdinand has also spoken of how difficult he found coping with being a single parent to his three children after he lost Rebecca to cancer in 2015. His sons, Lorenz and Tate, were then nine and six and his daughter, Tia, was four.

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