VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. ATLANTA UNITED
MLS MATCHDAY #12
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019, 7:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
TV: TSN 1 RADIO: TSN 1040 ONLINE: TSN DIRECT
Episode 342 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Punk Rock Football with guests Ali Adnan, Marc Dos Santos, and Will Cromack) – AFTN
Back to back wins certainly puts a spring in our step. As does the veritable feast of football that we had around this world this past week. And we talk about a lot of it in this week’s show.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Atlanta United | 2019 MLS Match Preview – MLS
Fresh off back-to-back victories, the Vancouver Whitecaps hope to snap Atlanta United’s four-match winning streak when the teams square off in a midweek clash at BC Place.
Without Jon Erice, Vancouver Whitecaps host red-hot Atlanta United – Pro Soccer USA
The Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the Portland Timbers 1-0 at home Friday. The Timbers had arrived in Vancouver on the back of a three-game winning streak, but were sent home empty-handed by the Caps. Next, the Caps want to end Atlanta United’s four-game winning streak at 7 p.m. PST Wednesday.
MLS Team of the Week: Montero makes Week 11 his own – MLS
This week’s spotlight player is Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Fredy Montero, who scored the winning goal in a 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers on Friday. Montero’s performance picked up 956 points, best in MLS for the week.
Crew announce contract extension for Gyasi Zardes – Massive Report
Columbus Crew SC announced on Monday a multi-year contract extension for forward Gyasi Zardes. The new deal makes Zardes a Designated Player.
Francisco Calvo adds to Chicago Fire’s defense, prefers to play centrally – Pro Soccer USA
Francisco Calvo had an abrupt exit from Minnesota United, but so far he has been a positive addition to the Chicago Fire’s defense.
Revolution part ways with General Manager Michael Burns – New England Revolution
The New England Revolution announced today that Michael Burns has been dismissed as general manager, effective immediately.
Bruce Arena reportedly to be named New England Revolution manager – Stars & Stripes FC
Noted turn around artist and soccer genius Bruce Arena is coming back to coaching. That’s according to a tweet tweeted by Taylor Twellman.
Ibrahimovic calls on MLS to ditch VAR after NYCFC loss – ABC 7 NY
LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants Major League Soccer to ditch VAR after being involved in another controversial incident during Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat to New York City.
Impact appealing to Montreal’s corporate community – Standard-Freeholder
Club president and MLS commissioner say renovations are needed at Saputo Stadium to attract more corporate clients to games.
MLS commissioner: We don’t treat Impact differently – Edmonton Journal
Impact coach Rémi Garde called his players heroes after a 2-1 road loss Saturday afternoon to FC Cincinnati, but he wasn’t happy about his team’s treatment by MLS and the game officials.
Has MLS expansion come at the expense of the league’s established teams? – The Guardian
The league is spreading its reach across North America. But some believe MLS and its owners have forgotten about clubs who helped build the league in the first place.
Colorado Rapids ask fans to remove Antifa flag from game vs. Real Salt Lake – Denver Post
Soccer is often a great unifier — an opportunity for locals to set aside their various differences and come together to cheer together for their team. But Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, matters became all the more complicated.
New England Revolution, Chelsea walk in remembrance of the Holocaust – MLS
The New England Revolution will host Premier League giants Chelsea in the “Final Whistle on Hate” friendly match on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium, intended to combat anti-semitism and hatred of all forms.
OneRepublic Headlines 2019 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend – FC Dallas
Grammy-nominated OneRepublic will headline the 2019 National Soccer Hall of Fame Weekend with a performance on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The Fray will serve as the opening act. The concert will take place at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX following the 2019 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
PACIFIC FC & BC SOCCER NEWS
PACIFIC FC vs. CAVALRY FC
CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUND 1, 1ST LEG
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019, 7:30 PM
WESTHILLS STADIUM, LANGFORD BC
Intrigue aplenty as Pacific FC prepares for debut in Canadian Championship – Pacific FC
The 2019 Canadian Championship kicks off Wednesday evening at Westhills Stadium. Pacific Football Clubs hosts Cavalry FC in the first of two opening round legs of the of the newly-expanded, 13-team domestic cup.
Vancouver TSS Rovers survive early onslaught to see off Lane United in season opener – AFTN
Vancouver TSS Rovers’ season opener against Lane United at Swangard Stadium on Sunday wasn’t so much a game of two halfs as much as it was a game of the first ten minutes of the match and the other 80.
Vancouver Island FC Announce Inaugural Rosters and Play TSS Rovers In First Friendlies – Northern Starting XI
Football is thriving on Vancouver Island. Vancouver Island FC has announced their first-team and reserve-team rosters for their inaugural season in the Women’s Premier Soccer League. The WPSL expansion club then played their first ever friendlies vs TSS FC Rovers.
Fleetwood Park’s Sim of all parts: For Dragon-hearted senior Simran Billen, no role too large on road to the B.C. AAA tourney – Varsity Letters
Battle-scarred but unbowed, Simran Billen has arrived at a truce with her pain. Now, the senior striker with Surrey’s Fleetwood Park Dragons is determined to bring a fairy-tale finish to her high school career on the very field she calls her soccer home.
Claremont, Oak Bay in showdown for spot in Island final – Victoria News
It was a tough Day 1 at the AAA Vancouver Island senior girls soccer championship for Reynolds and Royal Bay while Oak Bay and Claremont are on track for a Tuesday morning showdown.
KYSA round-up to May 12, 2019 – Kamloops This Week
The Kamloops Blaze left Vernon in the dust in under-14 Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League action at the Tournament Capital Ranch on the weekend.
Power Soccer in BC – SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League season – Pacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.
PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.
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.
CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE & CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Expanded 2019 Canadian Championship ‘Battle of the North’ kicks off 15 May – CSA
Canada Soccer’s professional club championship, the 2019 Canadian Championship, kicks off on 15 May with an expanded 13 team, 24-match competition format. Teams from League1 Ontario (L1O), Première ligue de soccer du Québec (PLSQ), United Soccer League (USL), Major League Soccer (MLS) and, for the first time, the Canadian Premier League (CanPL) will participate in the five-round competition. The winner will hoist the Voyageurs Cup after the second leg of the Final Round scheduled for 25 September. All games will be available live on OneSoccer.ca
Canadian Premier League soccer not relegating itself from early expansion plans – National Post
David Clanachan is definitely a dreamer. You had to squint a bit as Edmonton FC and Pacific FC played a nil-nil home debut of the Canadian Premier League, if you were trying to envision the entirety of the complete dream he decided to reveal Sunday afternoon.
3 talking points from Cavalry FC’s last-gasp win over Forge FC – TSP
Cavalry FC beat Forge FC 2-1 in Hamilton Sunday afternoon, thanks to a 94th minute strike by Lethbridge-born winger Nico Pasquotti.
Canadian midfielder Matheson questionable for Women’s World Cup – TSN
“There is concern” that a foot injury may make Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson unavailable for next month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, head coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller said on Monday.
Thoughts on Canada qualifying for the U-17 men’s World Cup – Waking the Red
The Canadian Men’s U-17 side booked their ticket to Brazil Sunday morning. In an intense shootout win over Costa Rica, Canada became the first team from Concacaf to qualify for the U-17 World Cup.
Alliance Get First L1O Win While Vaughan, Oakville, DeRo Add Seconds – League1 Ontario
Alliance FC women got a first ever League1 win in their debut season, taking down one of the top sides, Woodbridge Strikers.
Wilson And Reid Lead The Way For London And Aurora On Sunday Of Men’s Matchweek Three – League1 Ontario
Connor Wilson picked up where he left off last year, with a game-winning strike for FC London the difference over hosts, Durham United FA.
LFC men generating the chances, but still looking for first win – Lethbridge Herald
A trend has taken shape early in the Lethbridge Football Club men’s team’s season. Plenty of chances, some hit posts and some goofy hops, skips and jumps, thus far not in their favour.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Rowdies offer free admission for fans to begin U.S. Open Cup play – WFLA
The Tampa Bay Rowdies opening match in the nationwide Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will be free for fans to attend tonight.
A CONFUSING RIVALRY IS BORN IN THE OC – US Soccer Players
Orange County SC competes in the USL Championship (America’s second professional tier), while Orange County FC play in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), an amateur league a couple of rungs down the U.S. soccer ladder.
Memphis 901 FC Sign Former USMNT U-17 Standout, Lagos Kunga – WREG
The 901 FC have bolstered their roster today with the acquisition of 20-year-old forward, Lagos Kunga. Kunga is on loan from MLS side, Atlanta United for the remainder of the 2019 season.
San Antonio FC practicing light amid quick turnaround – KSAT
Seventy-two hours after battling Orange County SC to a draw on Saturday night, San Antonio FC returns to the pitch tomorrow night at Toyota Field for a match against Laredo Heat, its third home match in an eight-day span. The catch? Tuesday’s match is part of the U.S. Open Cup, not USL Championship competition.
Has the USL found the way forward in soccer’s concussion problem? – ESPN
The United Soccer League, which contains leagues in the second, third and fourth tiers in the United States and Canada, has submitted a prospective rule change to the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the body that determines the laws of the game in the sport, that would allow for a “head injury substitution.” This would allow teams to more carefully examine players with head injuries without having to burn a full substitution.
Week 2: Yakima, WA Premier & Oly-Pen Post Road Victories – EPLWA
Missael Lopez scored the equalizer in the 66th minute and the eventual game winner in the 73rd to lead Yakima United to a 4-1 road win on Saturday night. Surafel Wodajo gave Oly Town a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute until a four goal barrage over an 17 minute stretch in the second half. Luis Birrueta played all 90 minutes in goal for the Hoppers.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Sam Kerr to lead Australia squad at Women’s World Cup – London Free Press
Star forward Sam Kerr will lead an experienced Australia squad at the Women’s World Cup next month in France, where the Matildas are aiming to go beyond the quarterfinals for the first time.
Orlando Pride GM Erik Ustruck working behind scenes to rebuild team – Pro Soccer USA
The Orlando Pride’s rebuild is about more than implementing a new system on the pitch.
National Women’s Soccer League players face unique challenges juggling motherhood with demands of professional soccer – Oregonian
Dagny Brynjarsdottir stood on the edge of the field and watched her Portland Thorns teammates run through drills on a March afternoon in Beaverton. She cradled her nine-month-old son, Brynjar, in her arms. Brynjarsdottir had just arrived in Portland and wasn’t supposed to start training with the Thorns for a few more days. But she felt compelled to make a trip out to the training facility to surprise her teammates. She hadn’t seen them for over a year.
Full-time Women’s Super League a success but top clubs have work to do – The Guardian
Standards and sponsorship are up. Now the challenge is to build squads to fight on multiple fronts and boost crowds.
Megan Rapinoe is a ‘walking protest’ – Yahoo Sports
Megan Rapinoe used to sing. With grace and gusto, on fields from Frankfurt to Florida to Montreal, eyelids occasionally fluttering. Her chest would rise and fall with the trumpets on the “Star Spangled Banner,” lyrics rolling off her tongue, patriotism oozing from her entire figure.
Hungary’s commitment to growing women’s football – UEFA
With Budapest all set to host the 2019 UEFA Women’s Champions League final, the Hungarian Football Federation, in conjunction with UEFA, is taking steps to ensure women’s football develops to its full potential in the country.
Vatican launches women’s football team with pope’s blessing – The Guardian
The Vatican has launched its first women’s football team, with a debut challenge against AS Roma’s Serie A women’s squad on 26 May.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Manchester City could face a Uefa ban from Champions League for a season – BBC Sport
Uefa investigators want Manchester City to be banned from the Champions League for a season if they are found guilty of breaking financial rules.
Serie A: Inter Milan pick up massive win in UCL race – NBC Sports
Inter Milan took a crucial step towards securing Champions League football by beating 10-man Chievo Verona 2-0 in Serie A on Monday.
Palermo relegated to Serie C, could miss out on Serie B promotion playoffs – ESPN
Palermo have been relegated to Serie C by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) because of financial irregularities, in a move that effectively ends their hopes of securing promotion to Italy’s top division.
Tranmere heading for Wembley final after edging out Forest Green – The Guardian
James Norwood struck his 32nd goal of the season to help take Tranmere to Wembley for the Sky Bet League Two play-off final against Newport on 25 May.
Season Review: Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs & Arsenal – NBC Sports
Manchester City are champions; Liverpool are record-breaking runners-up; Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal round out the top-five, in the order.
Referee team appointed for UEFA Champions League final in Madrid – UEFA
Slovenia’s Damir Skomina will take charge of the match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.
Tebas argues Champions League changes would endanger European leagues – Inside World Football
Spanish league president Javier Tebas has once again come out fighting over plans to overhaul the Champions League warning that the changes will seriously affect competitive balance in his country and beyond.
Grasshoppers president says he was blackmailed by own fans – Cape Breton Post
The president of fallen Swiss giants Grasshopper Zurich wants tougher sentences for football hooligans and has said he was “blackmailed” by the club’s own fans on Sunday. Angry Grasshopper supporters threatened to storm the pitch after their team fell 4-0 behind to Lucerne in a Swiss Super League match, forcing a match involving the team to be called off for the second time in two months.
Violent fans banned from entering Brazil for Copa America – London Free Press
Soccer fans with a record of violence have been banned from Brazil as it prepares to stage the Copa America, Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro said.
Season Review: Man United, Wolves, Everton, Leicester & West Ham – NBC Sports
The group of clubs that finished between 10th and sixth spans a massive gulf in preseason predictions: from supposed title challengers Manchester United, to newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Season Review: Burnley, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Watford – NBC Sports
Managers in this group also could find themselves candidates for jobs down the road, and teams like Burnley, Bournemouth, and Watford may end up in a battle to keep one of their most prized possessions. How did these five teams perform this year?
Season Review: Huddersfield, Fulham, Cardiff, Brighton, Southampton – NBC Sports
Huddersfield Town, Fulham, and Cardiff City were relegated to the Championship, while Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton both managed to stay up, barely. Each team took its own path to where they finished in the table, so here’s a look back at some of the journeys.
Bolton Wanderers: emergency food bank set up to help unpaid staff – The Guardian
An emergency food bank has been set up to help Bolton Wanderers staff who have gone unpaid for two weeks.
The 83-year-old who has been a football manager since 1953 – BBC
It is Sunday lunchtime, and match day for Chaplins against Belleaire in the Greenock and District Welfare League. Larry Barilli is in the Chaplins dressing room, dishing out the strips to his players. He is pretty angry – his only reserve for the match is the back-up goalkeeper.