VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
MLS MATCHDAY #5
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. LA GALAXY
SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016, 7:00 PM
B.C. PLACE, VANCOUVER B.C.
TV: TSN 1 RADIO: TSN RADIO 1040 LIVESTREAM: TSN GO
Three Whitecaps Make MLS Team of the Week – Eighty-Six Forever
Three members of the Vancouver Whitecaps have been recognized for their play in the club’s win over the Houston Dynamo over the weekend. Andrew Jacobson, the midfielder who started at Center Back, Goalkeeper David Ousted, and Captain Pedro Morales all made the cut.
Whitecaps gaining confidence with win over Dynamo – Red Nation Online
The Vancouver Whitecaps and Houston Dynamo continued a busy week of football action at BC Place. After watching Mexico beat Canada 3-0 on Friday night, 22,120 spectators filled BC Place to watch Vancouver and Houston. The Whitecaps had the better scoring opportunities through 90 minutes and came away with a 1-0 win thanks to a Pedro Morales converted penalty. The Chilean midfielder now leads the MLS Golden Boot race with 4 goals scored and all from the spot.
Whitecap Roundup: Undermanned VWFC & Baby ‘Caps Claim 6 Points – Northern XI
It’s been a superb weekend for Vancouver soccer from a record breaking home attendance for the Canadian men’s national team on Friday at BC Place, to matching 1-0 victories from both Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Whitecaps FC 2, all the way to a 2-1 Canadian U-20 upset over England on the backs of goals from Whitecaps players Kadin Chung and Marco Bustos.
My experience as a travelling Whitecaps supporter – The Peak
Due to their close proximity, the Seattle Sounders have been rivals since the old days of the NASL. That fierce competition between the two cities has only intensified since both teams joined MLS. One advantage of only being a two-and-a-half hour drive away is that opposing fans can make the trip to cheer on their team. On Saturday, nearly 1,000 Whitecaps supporters, many of them Southsiders (members of a Vancouver Whitecaps supporters group) made the trip down the I-5 to cheer on the boys in white. I was such a fan, joining in on the Southsider bus trip.
Giovani dos Santos returns to full training ahead of Vancouver Whitecaps FC match – LA Galaxy
Giovani dos Santos is back to full training according to LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena. The 26-year-old forward was an active participant in training on Monday, taking part in all drills during the portion that was open for media availability. Dos Santos has been sidelined with a left leg injury since the first half of the Galaxy’s March 6 win over D.C. United.
Fully healthy Nigel de Jong expecting to play against Vancouver Whitecaps FC – LA Galaxy
Nigel de Jong says that the knock he suffered at the end of the LA Galaxy’s victory over the San Jose Earthquakes will not keep him out of this weekend’s match with Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
2016 MLS Season, Week 4: What we learned – Big D Soccer
The schedule in week four was a light one in Major League Soccer thanks to the international window being played. While most of the league’s teams were on a break, six teams were out on the field for 90 minutes looking for more points in the early part of this season.
Houston Dynamo’s loss can be blamed on midfield shortcomings, not on the referee – Dynamo Theory
The Houston Dynamo lost the midfield battle, and that’s why they ended up losing the game in Vancouver.
Maple Leaf Soccer: A 2016 Canadians in MLS round-up (Wk 4) – AFTN
With only three matches in MLS this past weekend due to the international calendar (and there shouldn’t even have been any), that meant limited minutes for Canadian players this week, so we’ll keep our Week 4 update brief.
No Place Like Home? NYCFC’s Home Field Disadvantage – Hudson River Blue
After three straight home games, Patrick Vieira’s side has only managed to come away with 2 out of a possible 9 points. Is Yankee Stadium going to be a hindrance to NYCFC in 2016?
BC SOCCER NEWS
Vancouver: The undisputed soccer capital of Canada – Van City Buzz
Vancouver is the soccer capital of Canada. Period. I don’t care if the “national soccer stadium” is/was supposed to be in Toronto. The home for both national teams is in Vancouver and this is where they belong. If there was any doubt about this before, it should be all gone given the support shown in this city for soccer in the last year.
Carlo Ancelotti – Allenatore. – Montecristo Magazine
Even in Vancouver, his fame and his influence are remarkable. This past Major League Soccer season, New York City FC flew in to play the local Vancouver Whitecaps. The New York team features three European league stars, who have for various reasons decided to bring their careers to a close in North America: Andrea Pirlo, David Villa, and Frank Lampard. These highly decorated players, all veterans and champions in their own right, played in the Vancouver match, and had dinner with Ancelotti as well. It was a meeting of the minds.
2016 Athletics Awards Banquet Preview – UBCO
On Tuesday, March 29 UBC Okanagan will once again honour its best and brightest student athletes at the annual athletics awards banquet at the Coast Capri Hotel.
Nelson U16 Selects girls golden in Kelowna – Nelson Star
The Nelson U16 Selects Girls started the 2016 season on the right foot with a championship run at the annual Kelowna Icebreaker Tournament over the Easter weekend.
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!
BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting Candidates for its Board of Directors – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June 11, 2016. Prospective candidates are invited to review the information provided on the BC Soccer web site www.bcsoccer.net. Candidates who provide notice to BC Soccer Assoc. of their intent to stand for election by May 1, 2016 will have their applications circulated to the membership in early May.
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
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
FIFA 2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIYING
MEXICO vs. CANADA
TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016, 7:30 PM
ESTADIO AZTECA, MEXICO, D.F.
TV: TSN 2
Canada’s Road to Russia passes through Azteca – CSA
Canada’s Road to Russia continues on Tuesday night as they face Mexico away in 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers, with the match to be broadcast across Canada on both TSN2 and RDS INFO. It will be Canada’s fourth group match in the CONCACAF semi final round, with the second-place Canadians looking to avenge a Friday night home loss to the undefeated Mexicans at fabled Azteca.
Craig Forrest on playing at Azteca: ‘It’s 100,000 vs. 11’ – Sportsnet
Canada plays Mexico on Tuesday in a World Cup qualifier at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, a stadium that Sportsnet commentator Craig Forrest knows all about.
Canada ready for hostile Azteca atmosphere against Mexico – Yahoo Sports
Over the course of his long coaching career, Benito Floro has experienced a variety of atmospheres and environments. But now as head coach of Canada’s men’s soccer team, he may be in for something new as Canada takes on Mexico on Tuesday night in the Azteca Stadium, a venue known for its fierce intensity and rabid support for the home fans.
Canada vs. Mexico: A history in five games – Sportsnet
Canada and Mexico will renew their rivalry on Tuesday when the two sides meet in a crucial World Cup qualifier at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
Beating Mexico at Azteca Stadium could be mission impossible for Canada at World Cup qualifying – Toronto Sun
Canada’s men’s national team has never won in Mexico City in five previous visits. Nobody believes in them. “Impossible is nothing,” head coach Benito Floro told the Toronto Sun in an exclusive sit-down interview ahead of Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifier.
Canada’s Tesho Akindele not fazed by upcoming qualifier at Estadio Azteca – MLS
Following Canada’s 3-0 home loss to Mexico on Friday night, some Canadians are terrified about what awaits the team at Estadio Azteca in Tuesday night’s rematch. Tesho Akindele is not one of those Canadians.
Julian de Guzman: ‘We’re on a mission at Azteca’ – Sportsnet
If Canada was to claim any points from its pair of crucial World Cup qualifiers against Mexico, the consensus was that its best opportunity to do so was in the first game at BC Place last Friday night.
De Guzman: Canada cannot be overwhelmed by Mexico at Azteca – Goal
The Canadian captain stressed the importance of his team’s self-belief as it heads into the famed stadium following a 3-0 loss to Mexico last week.
Canada seeks to avoid worst-case scenario — blowout in Mexico City– Soccer America
So which team had a worse Friday night? The USA, which lost to Guatemala, 2-0, in Guatemala City. Or Canada, which fell to Mexico, 3-0, in Vancouver?
The Mexico Diaries: Part 2- Taking the Capital – Waking the Red
As the plane began its descent over Mexico City the sun blinded me as I looked out the window. Mountains surrounded the valley we were destined to land in. As we neared the airport, and drew closer to the world below, us tiny tin rooftops began to scatter themselves among the green leafed trees. With each passing minute the roofs grew in higher and higher density until the only trees left could be seen where people had chosen not to build houses. Mexico showed why they were host to some of the largest favelas in the world – there were no limits to where they would live.
Young Canadians turn heads in England, offer soccer promise for the future – Winnipeg Free Press
Having already lost 4-1 to England, Canada’s under-20 soccer team looked to be behind the 8-ball when the English sent out an even stronger lineup complete with Manchester United’s rising star striker Marcus Rashford for the second game in the series. Score a memorable win for Canada.
League1 Ontario Launches New Website For 2016 Season – League1 Ontario
League1 Ontario launched a new website this morning, which better reflects the successes of a league that is preparing Ontario’s soccer stars for the next level.
Bisons soccer adds five Manitoban recruits – MyToba.ca
The Bison women’s soccer team enters their 12th season in CIS action as fourth year Bison head coach Vanessa Martinez Lagunas is pleased to announce the commitment of five Manitoban recruits for the upcoming 2016 season.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
PORTLAND TIMBERS 2 vs. WFC 2
SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016, 7:00 PM
MERLO FIELD, PORTLAND, OR
Shome has shown plenty for FC Edmonton so far – Edmonton Sun
It was showtime for one aspiring member of FC Edmonton on Sunday. Shamit Shome once again started at midfield for Team Canada in a U-20 international friendly against heavily favoured England at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday.
USL Roundup: Late goals shape Week 1 – Soccer America
FC Cincinnati nearly marked its first USL game with a result but fell, 1-0, to a stoppage-time goal in Charleston.
RSL’s Omar Holness says he’s ‘just grateful to be alive’ after seizure – ESPN FC
Real Salt Lake midfielder Omar Holness says he’s “just grateful to be alive” after suffering a seizure during his professional debut on Saturday. Holness, the fifth pick in the January’s MLS SuperDraft, was 34 minutes into his first game on loan at RSL’S affiliate club Real Monarchs when he collapsed and was taken to a hospital.
Roughnecks, Drillers Look Forward to Season – Greater Tulsa Reporter
Dallas beckoned the Tulsa Shock. The 66ers departed for Oklahoma City. Mike Melega is banking on Tulsa’s Drillers and Roughnecks sticking around for a long, long time. Thus far, the marriage of the Texas League baseball team and the United Soccer League franchise has been one made in sports heaven. And the honeymoon continues.
Minnesota United Signs Jeb Brovsky – NASL
After an impressive four years with Notre Dame, he was drafted 19th overall in the 2011 SuperDraft by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He made his professional debut on April 10, and played 24 matches for Whitecaps FC in their first MLS season.
NASL MEDIA ROUNDTABLE | Club And League Storylines; Most Impactful New Player – NASL
The NASL is getting set for an exciting year in 2016 with new teams, new players, and more intriguing storylines. NASL.com polled media members on several topics. The first will be the storylines and what player they feel will make the most impact in the coming season.
San Francisco Deltas: Silicon Valley’s AI-enhanced take on soccer – The Guardian
California will get a new professional team in 2017 with roots in the tech industry. And its founders hope to use virtual reality to boost performance.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Reign strike first blood in rivalry with Thorns – Midfield Press
The Seattle Reign’s first preseason game didn’t feel at all like a preseason game. Behind goals by Havana Solaun and Jess Fishlock the Reign won the first of 5 games played against the Thorns this season. After months of no NWSL games it was refreshing to not have to watch the USWNT’s messy midfield and instead watch the Reign do their thing.
Women’s Super League and Bundesliga most exciting in Europe – Melanie Leupolz – Feature Sport
German women’s football leads the way in Europe, if not the world, but England are certainly gaining on their old rivals..
WSL: Manchester City march to summit as Toni Duggan and Jane Ross strikes beat Arsenal – The Independent
Manchester City cruised past 10-woman Arsenal Ladies in a 2-0 win to maintain their winning start in the Women’s Super League.
Women’s Champions League second-leg preview – UEFA
FFC Frankfurt, Wolfsburg and Lyon take leads into Wednesday’s quarter-final second legs while Barcelona travel to Paris Saint-Germain with their tie goalless.
WSL 2 – Week One Round-up: Durham the early pacesetters after back-to-back wins – Vavel
Durham are the early WSL 2 pacesetters as we head into the international break, with them the only side to manage maximum points from their opening two games.
Mark Sampson names England squad for Bosnia and Belgium – The FA
England head coach Mark Sampson has selected his 23-player squad to play two Euro qualifiers next month.
Matildas star Kyah Simon hoping to inspire Indigenous girls – SBS
Kyah Simon is in some of the best form of her life having top scored in Australia’s successful Rio Olympic qualifying campaign earlier this month.
Pakistan International Joyann Thomas Makes Football History – The Football Mind
A 17 year old girl from Karachi did what not many could have imagine. Joyann Thomas has become the first Female Christian Footballer to play for the Pakistan Women’s National Football Team. The selection committee was biased against including Christians in the national team but hard work, determination and will power helped the midfielder make it all the way to the national team.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Nou Camp could be renamed after Johan Cruyff with Barcelona chiefs to discuss tribute – The Independent
Renaming the Nou Camp after Johan Cruyff is among the tributes being considered by the Dutchman’s former club Barcelona.
Klinsmann, USMNT stress urgency ahead of must-win Guatemala match – SBI
Jurgen Klinsmann isn’t mincing any words: the U.S. Men’s National team needs to walk out of MAPFRE Stadium with a victory on Tuesday night.
James Milner to captain England in Netherlands friendly – Vavel
The midfielder will captain his nation less than 48 hours after announcing that he’s to consider his international future following the European Championship’s.
Theo Walcott: Arsenal midfielder set to miss England vs Netherlands match with dead leg – The Independent
The winger suffers a major blow to his Euro 2016 hopes with Adam Lallana set to be given chance to impress instead.
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou takes aim at Australian public after massive win over Jordan – Sydney Morning Herald
Asian football may have been issued a warning from the Socceroos following their 5-1 demolition of Jordan, but there was an even greater message served to the Australian public from their coach.
Bruno Fornaroli stars as Melbourne City take top spot against Wellington – The Guardian
The sublime combination of Bruno Fornaroli and Harry Novillo gave Melbourne City a record-breaking 3-0 win over Wellington Phoenix and took them to the top of the A-League. With 60 goals, City are now the best-scoring outfit the A-League has ever seen. The goal that broke the record may have been the best of the lot.
Russia 2018/UAE 2019 Qualifiers – MD10: Results & Reports – AFC
Results and reports from the final matchday of the 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup Preliminary Round Two joint-qualifiers on Tuesday March 29.
France return to Stade de France as Euro2016 organisers beef up security plans – Inside World Football
Tonight France return to the Stade de France for the first time since the Paris attacks in November. French manager Didier Deschamps realises it will be an emotional game.
Hollande: Extra staff hired for Euro security – Sportsnet
French President Francois Hollande says private security firms have hired an additional 3,000 people for the European Championship soccer tournament.
Asian football mourns Iraqi deaths after IS attacks football tournament – Inside World Football
Asian football has reacted with shock and anger at the deaths of at least 41 people, many of them children, caused by a suicide bomber who blew himself up just as trophies were being presented after a local tournament.
Ex-president of Honduras admits to bribery in FIFA scandal – Medicine Hat News
A former president of Honduras pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges on Monday and admitted to taking bribes in the wide-ranging FIFA soccer scandal over lucrative broadcast rights.
Chad withdraw from Nations Cup on financial grounds – BBC Sport
The Chad Football Association (FTFA) has withdrawn its team from the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers due to financial constraints.
Don Garber, Brandi Chastain among U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame nominees – ESPN FC
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber and former women’s national team star Brandi Chastain are among the nominees for induction into the 2016 U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame class.
VIDEO: How much is the FA Cup Worth? – Antiques Roadshow
Silver expert, Alastair Dickenson, is thrilled to examine one of the world’s most highly prized trophies; the FA Cup.