BC Soccer News, Tuesday, May 22, 2018



SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018


Episode 269 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Never Say Dai – Dallas v Vancouver analysis, Marcel de Jong and Kekuta Manneh interviews, Canadian PL)AFTN
It’s a long weekend, so we have an extra long episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for you as we took over the airwaves at CiTR radio for two and a half hours on Sunday night.

Vancouver Whitecaps back from the brink to earn battling point in DallasAFTN
This is why you don’t leave or switch off football matches before the end. How do you have one shot on target in a match, yet score two goals and earn a draw? Read on!

Whitecaps rally for draw with FC DallasTSN
Anthony Blondell’s substitution in the 68th minute sparked the Vancouver Whitecaps as they climbed out of a two-nil hole to tie FC Dallas 2-2 on Saturday.

Why the Whitecaps game taught us what it means to be an FC Dallas fanBig D Soccer
This game felt like a microcosm of what it means to be an FC Dallas fan. I’ve broken the FC Dallas fan experience into three pillars that were present in Saturday’s game.

Scream if you want to go faster!Soccer Shorts
What a strange ghost pepper of a season it’s been thus far for the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The Big Question: Which Canadian team is in the most trouble?Sportsnet
It hasn’t been a smooth start to the 2018 Major League Soccer season for the three Canadian teams.

MLS Week 12: A Look BackSBI
It was a weekend filled with big goals, thrilling matches and several big red cards. Here’s a look back at MLS Week 12.

Telfer earns Team of the Week, Player of the Week honours Toronto FC
Another hometown hero has emerged for Toronto FC. Mississauga native and York University product Ryan Telfer made his presence felt in a big win in Friday’s 2-1 win over Orlando City SC, scoring the game-winning goal in the 87th minute. His stellar performance was recognized league-wide with his first-ever MLS Team of the Week nod to go along his Goal of the Week nomination.

Ryan Telfer’s long journey to Toronto FC shows how and why Canadian talent goes missingCanoe
Ryan Telfer’s feel-good story shouldn’t just invoke warm feelings among Toronto FC fans.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates Impact’s 25 years with slap, dive, red cardMontreal Gazette
Surely playing for a half against an LA Galaxy team shorn of its best player counts as an anniversary gift for Montreal’s soccer club.

For Portland Timbers there is no bad fifth, after a resounding 2-1 winProst Amerika
Five is the number of consecutive victories the Portland Timbers have accumulated over the last month . Despite playing expansion side LAFC, considered in league circles as one of its top rated squads, PTFC rose to the occasion and delivered a wondrous 2-1 win on Saturday.

Injuries aren’t halting Red Bulls from proving to be MLS’ top clubNBC Sports
It would have been understandable if the New York Red Bulls dropped their heads in agony last month after the club’s disappointing CONCACAF Champions League defeat to eventual tournament winners Chivas de Guadalajara.

Beasley shows no sign of slowing down for dynamic DynamoProst Amerika
At 35 years old, DaMarcus Beasley has shown he can still keep up in the rapidly developing MLS. His career has shown no signs of slowing down, and neither has his sprint speed.

Nice’s allure to NYCFC coach and French legend Patrick Vieira after almost 23 years ago away from homeSoccer America
After almost two and a half years as New York City FC head coach, Frenchman Patrick Vieira might be returning home.

Schweinsteiger frustrated in another home lossChicago Now
Bastian Schweinsteiger signed with the Chicago Fire in 2017 knowing that the team was coming off two consecutive wooden spoon seasons, and that there was work to be done with a team who had not reached the playoffs since 2012. After a mostly successful campaign earned them a third place finish in the league and a return to the playoffs resulting in a first round exit against New York Red Bulls, the Fire’s woes experienced at the end of 2017 have continued in 2018.

Alex McLeish could turn to MLS Scots to plug gaps left in squadThe Scotsman
Alex McLeish could call in the cavalry as he attempts to plug the gaps left by two more withdrawals from his Scotland squad for the upcoming friendlies against Peru and Mexico.

Nashville MLS expansion club snares ex-Liverpool CEO AyreYahoo Sports
Former Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre is moving from Merseyside to the Music City.

MLS attendance is still complicatedUS Soccer Players
MLS attendance has always been about looking at the bright side, especially in the league’s first decade. Seeing the glass half full has served the league well over the years. Boosters point to the fact that MLS now has a league-wide average that tops both the NBA and NHL. Despite that glowing talking point, there’s more to any assertion when you’re dealing with statistics.

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“Resilient” TSS Rovers show mental fortitude to battle back and beat Portland Timbers U23sAFTN
It was a far different looking Rovers side that took to the Swangard pitch against the Timbers, and not just in the form of the five changes to the starting line-up that Elmes made.

Highlanders vs Timbers U-23 Match ReportVictoria Highlanders
Victoria Highlanders FC (0-3-0) welcomed Portland Timbers U-23 (1-1-0) to Centennial Stadium, May 20 for their Home Opener. Despite relentless pressure from the home side in the second half, a curling ball off the left wing from Gio Magama-Rivera was the difference as Timbers took the 1-0 win.

Residency Report: Habibullah brothers double up in WashingtonWhitecaps FC
It was a great day for the Habibullah brother on Saturday as Whitecaps FC Residency teams were action just across the border, taking on Crossfire Premier in Kirkland, Washington.

Strong field at Island A girls soccer tournamentCowichan Valley Citizen
Duncan Christian School had its strongest team in years going into the single-A girls soccer Island championships hosted by Queen Margaret’s School last week.

Welcome to the world of Cascadia: America’s sole hope during World Cup seasonThese Football Times
Thankfully, at this summer’s CONIFA World Football Cup in London, Cascadia awaits, with arms flung wide open, ready and willing to tap into the support of their compatriots and utilise their place at the landmark tournament to fly the flag for America; albeit one that foregoes the star-spangled banner in favour of a horizontal set of blue, white and green stripes adorned with a towering Douglas Fir tree stood proudly at its centre.

World Cup soccer pool fundraiser for Comox Valley Food BankCampbell River Mirror
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is nearly upon us, and for the third time, Sure Copy is putting together a pool in support of the Comox Valley Food Bank.

PHOTOS: BC Provincial Women’s A Cup: Surrey United 2, NSGSC Renegades 0 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

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.

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.

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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Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé taking legal action against Premier Development LeagueCBC
Stephanie Labbé continues to grow and develop her game, training daily with the Calgary Foothills FC men’s under-23 soccer team, while challenging a recent ruling away from the pitch.

Canadian soccer star barred from playing men’s soccer overwhelmed by supportGlobal
As an Olympic bronze medallist, Spruce Grove’s Stephanie Labbé is used to overcoming adversity. But the 31-year-old is now in one of the biggest fights of her life and she has young athletes – especially young girls – from around the world in her corner.

A 3-1 Win By FC London Men Over Pro Stars Maintains Undefeated FormLeague1 Ontario
A total team effort from FC London men sent the home fans home happy on Friday evening as the Londoners won comfortably (3-1) over Pro Stars FC.

TFC III Remain Undefeated With 6-1 Win Over Toronto SkillzLeague1 Ontario
TFC III went a goal down after only 10 minutes, yet pulled off a 6-1 victory over Toronto Skillz FC thanks to Shaan Hundal (25′, 36′, 48′) and golden substitute Theodor Corbeanu (86′, 88′).

Fans and players excited for launch of Cavalry FC, Calgary’s new professional soccer teamTSP
Calgary soccer fans are rejoicing at the news that professional soccer will be coming to the city in 2019. Last week Cavalry FC was unveiled as Calgary’s newest professional sports franchise during a launch event at Spruce Meadows just south of Calgary.

Derek Martin talks Halifax CPL, community, club identityNorthern Starting XI
In early May, the soccer-loving community in Halifax came closer the dream of cheering on a professional club when the Canadian Premier League (CPL) kicks off in 2019.

West Side Monarchs capture 2018 Corner Brook Men’s Soccer League’s Kick-Off Cup Western Star
The West Side Monarchs captured the 2018 Corner Brook Men’s Soccer League’s Kick-Off Cup preseason championship with a 4-0 win over Grand Bank on Sunday.

Mississauga stroke survivor goes from wheelchair to walking five kilometres to raise fundsMississauga.com
At just 27, Sajeevan Eswarakumar suffered a stroke. Back in 2012, the Mississauga man was playing soccer when he made a routine play – he headed the ball. What he didn’t realize at the time is that he had suffered a carotid artery dissection to the right side of his brain. On Sunday, June 3, he will be taking part in the 31st Annual Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart in Toronto to support important research. This year’s goal is $6 million and since its inception the event has raised $64.5 million.

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Late surge not enough for Toronto FC II as they lose at CharlotteWaking the Red
TFC II lose 2-1 against the Charlotte Independence in North Carolina on Saturday night.

USL’s Week Ahead – Rivalry Clashes Feature in Open Cup, LeagueUSL
Big week of action in both Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and USL regular season in store for fans.

Steel FC picks up first road win of the season at Lucas Oil StadiumBrotherly Game
A 74th minute goal from way out by left back Prosper Chiluya led Bethlehem Steel FC to their first road win of the season over Indy Eleven on Saturday night.

Eastern Conf. Notebook – Louisville Overcomes Heavy LegsUSL
With the arrival of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to a usually-busy league schedule, May is a busy period for most USL teams which means a lot of work from players and Head Coaches to manage the workload to allow success in both competitions. In capping off a run of three games in six days by breaking a two-game league losing streak, Louisville City FC excelled on Saturday night to manage a dramatic 2-1 win against ATL UTD 2 before a crowd of 8,363 at Slugger Field that left Head Coach James O’Connor proud of his side’s ability to end strongly.

As Las Vegas Lights FC embarks on a key USL midseason push, the club has signed three proven, veteran players to its roster. Also this week, the club welcomes back Juan Jose Calderon from an injury suffered shortly after he led Lights FC in scoring in the preseason.

Western Conf. Notebook – OKC Gets Back in Winners CircleUSL
After eight consecutive losses, OKC Energy FC finally got back in the win column with a vital 1-0 victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Taft Stadium on Saturday night. With the side having been held scoreless in league play for almost 600 minutes before Callum Ross’ game-winner, and having suffered a tough elimination in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in midweek, OKC fought on Saturday and produced what could be a season-changing win.

Oakland Pro Soccer committed to bringing pro soccer to Oakland SF Gate
Oakland Pro Soccer is separate from USL 2 East Bay, which has announced it will bring a second division pro soccer team in the United Soccer Leagues somewhere in the East Bay by 2021. They made news in March when they offered to buy part of the Oakland Coliseum complex from the city and construct a soccer stadium on the land.


NWSL Week In Review: How Many Games Will USWNT Miss?The Equalizer
One day before the sixth NWSL season commenced back in March, U.S. Soccer announced a pair of friendlies against China which would take place June 7 and 12 in Salt Lake City (Sandy) and Cleveland, respectively.

Alex Morgan gets confidence boost after netting first Orlando Pride goal of 2018Pro Soccer USA
Alex Morgan is used to seeing her name on the scoresheet. Last season, she scored nine goals in 13 appearances for the Pride. Last month, she scored four goals – and probably could have had more – for the U.S. women’s national team in two friendlies against Mexico.

Carli Lloyd goal not enough; Sky Blue FC edged 2-1 by first-place CourageMy Central NJ
More time would have helped Sky Blue FC continue its fight back against the North Carolina Courage, as Carli Lloyd’s brilliant second half stoppage time free kick put Jersey’s National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) squad on the board.

Roses and Thorns: Same as it ever wasStumptown Football
Ahh. Do you feel that summery breeze? That sudden lightness? Do you smell, just faintly, a whiff of freshly-baked bread? That’s the feeling of long-awaited victory, my friends.

Seven Principles for Improving NWSL CommentaryBackline Soccer
NWSL fans deserve better. This is true for pretty much any issue you could identify—better stadium experiences, better coverage, better writing, better everything—but today I want to focus on one specific aspect: match commentary. In particular, the commentary in matches on the go90 platform.

Toppserien 2018 round 8 – Review: LSK, Sandviken and Klepp all winVavel
Sandviken and LSK continue their winning form, while Avaldsnes and Stabæk get back on track. That, and more, happened in an eventful weekend of Toppserien action.

WSL 1 week 18 review: Manchester City claim second and European footballVavel
Sunderland and Chelsea complete perfect second half comebacks against Yeovil and Liverpool.

WSL 2 week 18 review: Sheffield edge seven-goal thrillerVavel
It was a day of heavy scoring as WSL 2 wrapped up for the season on Sunday afternoon, with Sheffield hitting Villa for four of the best with the hosts bagging three of their own as Millwall put three past Brighton and the Belles fired four past Oxford. Further south, Spurs and the Bees played out a derby draw as Durham consigned Watford to their sixteenth loss of the season.

Spain head to World Cup as European championsFIFA
The European places at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2018 have been decided. Spain will travel to South America as European champions, while finalists Germany and third-placed side Finland can also start planning for Uruguay.

Eniola Aluko coy on future after Chelsea Ladies exit Sky Sports
Eniola Aluko says “it felt right to leave Chelsea”, amid speculation linking her with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Manchester United appointing Casey Stoney would be a very smart moveThe Guardian
With her standing in the game and experience, the former England captain would be the ideal candidate to lead United’s relaunched women’s side.

Brandi Chastain’s Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame plaque makes the Cristiano Ronaldo statue look goodSB Nation
Chastain, to her credit, was diplomatic about the casting, presumably because it will be doing all her aging for her from this point on. “It’s not the most flattering,” she said at the Hall of Fame ceremony. “But it’s nice.”

Female Premier League referee only a matter of time – Massey-EllisBBC Sport
English referee Sian Massey-Ellis believes it is only a matter of time before there is a female referee in the Premier League.

The Football Ferns are the 20th best team in the world, so why can’t you buy an official shirt in women’s sizes?TVNZ
Just when New Zealand Football was celebrating gender equality after they closed the pay gap, the release of the All Whites and Football Ferns’ new team kits have undone some of their good work.

Whole team was a doubt – Cork’s CollinsIrish WNL
Cork City Women’s Interim Manager Rónán Collins has praised the resilience of his squad as they earned the first victory of his reign on Sunday afternoon.

‘A whole generation of people my age will never get to buy their own place’ – Ireland striker Stephanie Roche can’t buy a homeIrish Independent
Star striker Stephanie Roche tells John Meagher why we need to bust the myths that prevent young girls playing sport – and why she’s backing a ‘yes’ vote this Friday.

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Chelsea and Eden Hazard win FA Cup over Manchester UnitedThe Star
Eden Hazard ensured Chelsea’s lacklustre season ended on a high note by securing the FA Cup in a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the final on Saturday.

Russian billionaire Abramovich runs into UK visa issues Edmonton Journal
Many wondered why Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich wasn’t in the stands to see his Chelsea soccer club win England’s FA Cup this weekend, and an associate confirmed Monday that his British visa hasn’t been renewed.

West Ham signs Pellegrini as manager on a 3-year dealSportsnet
Manuel Pellegrini is back in the Premier League after being hired as manager of West Ham.

Week 38 review: OL, Bordeaux secure European dreamsLigue 1
Lyon and Bordeaux both notched final-day wins to secure Champions and Europa League places respectively, while Troyes were relegated and Toulouse booked a place in the play-offs against Ligue 2’s Ajaccio.

Lazio’s late implosion against Inter could haunt the club for years to comeThe Guardian
Inter-bound Stefan De Vrij was at the centre of a wild collapse as Lazio surrendered a Champions League place to Inter.

Wolfsburg tops Holstein Kiel to secure Bundesliga statusSportsnet
Wolfsburg successfully defended its Bundesliga status by beating Holstein Kiel 1-0 in the second leg of their relegation-promotion playoff on Monday.

Lucien Favre confirmed as new Borussia Dortmund managerThe Guardian
Lucien Favre has been confirmed as the new manager of Borussia Dortmund, taking the 60-year-old Swiss from French Ligue 1 club Nice with a two-year contract.

Polish soccer club ordered to play 8 games without fans after riotsEdmonton Sun
Lech Poznan has been ordered to play eight games next season without spectators because of rioting and brawling by fans.

Ukraine match fixing: 35 clubs accused and about 50 people detainedBBC Sport
Neither champions Shakhtar Donetsk nor 15-time winners Dynamo Kiev are among those named.

Buffon given emotional send-off by Juventus as Parma return to Serie AThe Guardian
Gianluigi Buffon made his emotional farewell to Juventus on Saturday, marking his 640th and last Serie A appearance for the club with another victory.

Iniesta bids farewell to Barcelona, Torres to AtleticoYahoo Sports
First it was Fernando Torres, then Andres Iniesta. The league season in Spain ended Sunday with two Spanish soccer idols bidding farewell to their clubs.

Huesca promoted to La Liga for first time in club historySportsnet
The small club from northeastern Spain secured the historic promotion by beating Lugo 2-0 on Monday.

2018 FIFA World Cup – Group C PreviewFutbolgrad
Several World Cup teams have now announced their preliminary World Cup squads, and with the tournament kicking off in less than a month it is time to look ahead to the group stage of the tournament. Up next is our World Cup Group C preview.

Nigeria: Russia 2018 World Cup – Players Hit Super Eagles CampAll Africa
Super Eagles’ pre-World Cup training camp opened in Uyo on Monday, as more than six players arrived at the Ibom Meridian Hotel Camp.

£280m winner: Villa and Fulham fight for biggest cash prize in world footballInside World Football
Aston Villa and Fulham will battle it for what accountancy and financial advisory firm Deloitte says is the biggest prize in world football.

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