BC Soccer News, Tuesday, May 29, 2018



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Episode 271 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Déjà Vu Again – Vancouver v New England analysis, MLS and Canadian PL chat)AFTN
Another week, another draw, another week, another match of individual errors, another week, another game of frustration. Welcome to Vancouver Whitecaps World 2018. Strap yourselves in, it’s a bumpy ride.

State of TFC: Where are they with one-third of the season done?Sportsnet
Where has the time gone? Toronto FC is 11 games into the 2018 Major League Soccer season, and things don’t look too good for the reigning MLS Cup champs at the moment.

I have a point to prove’ – Mattocks targets 20 MLS goals after hot start Jamaica Gleaner
Having enjoyed his most successful start to his Major League Soccer (MLS) career, Jamaican striker Darren Mattocks has set his sights on scoring 20 goals in the competition for his new club, DC United.

After third straight loss, Orlando City vow to bring urgency on the roadMLS
Cristian Higuita was blunt following Orlando City’s 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire on Saturday at Orlando City Stadium.

Will Bruin: A Model Product of Indiana SoccerHoosier Network
If you want to know the type of player Seattle Sounders forward Will Bruin is, look no further than Seattle’s training session on May 24. Just 15 days after a foot injury that Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer would take “weeks” to heal, Bruin was itching to get back on the pitch.

New to FC Cincinnati? Here’s everything you need to know about the next MLS expansion teamCincinnati.com
That Futbol Club Cincinnati will soon be a member of Major League Soccer might be a surprise to out-of-towners, but it’s not especially shocking to a lot of people in Cincinnati.

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Julia Grosso and Emma Regan called up to Canada WNT to face Germany on June 10Whitecaps FC
Canada Soccer announced on Tuesday that defender Emma Regan and midfielder Julia Grosso from the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Super REX program are among 20 players who have been selected for the Women’s National Team to represent the maple leaf against Germany on June 10 in Hamilton, Ontario. Both players are spending the summer playing with the newly launched TSS Rovers FC Women’s team in the WPSL before heading to play at the University of Texas.

PCSL: Big win for Penticton Pinnacles soccer squadPenticton Western News
Nico Kahl scored twice with James Fraser and Charles Park rounding out the Tim Hortons Pinnacles offence in a 4-1 win over the Mid Isle Mariners.

Rovers’ late strike lethal as Highlanders lose at home Times Colonist
Perhaps the toughest way to lose a soccer game is by having the winning goal scored against you when down to 10 players. Even more so when the red card was controversial.

Tolko U15s roll over KelownaVernon Morning Star
Vernon Tolko United dispatched Kelowna United Yellow 4-2 in Thompson Okanagan Under 15 Boys Rep Soccer League play Sunday afternoon at MacDonald Park.

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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Canada Soccer releases roster for Canada v Germany on 10 June in HamiltonCSA
Canada Soccer has selected the 20 Women’s National Team Players who will represent the maple leaf against Germany 10 June in Hamilton, Ontario. Canada, the two-time Olympic Bronze Medal winners, will welcome Germany, the reigning Olympic Champions, to Tim Hortons Field for the Sunday afternoon match.

Young Canadians draw Portugal in debut game at renowned Toulon soccer tournamentNanaimo News Now
Canada drew Portugal 0-0 Monday at the Festival International Espoirs in France. Better known as the Toulon Tournament, the youth soccer competition has seen the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Jean-Pierre Papin, Cafu, Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard since its inception in 1967. This year’s tournament, which runs through June 9, marks Canada’s first participation.

Canada pulls together significant 0-0 draw against heavyweights PortugalCSA
Canada have quickly pulled together a significant result against one of the tournament favourites at the 2018 Festival International Espoirs Provence. After just a handful of days together, Canada have drawn 0-0 with Portugal at the Stade Jules Ladoumègue in Vitrolles. Canada and Portugal are tied in second place after group leaders Turkey won 2:1 over last-place Japan.

Tied up in Toulon: Canada draws Portugal in group-stage opener the11.ca
As stated above, you can’t get too high about a decent result against a country whose senior program holds the European championship. But, at the same time, resting players or not, there are positives that the Canadians can take from their first game of the group stage, with matches upcoming against Japan and Turkey.

Murphy Brace Enough For Aurora To Move On In L1OW Cup League1 Ontario
Aurora FC women are moving into the quarterfinals of the League1 Cup with a 2-1 win over the Oakville Blue Devils at Stewart Burnett Park.

Ribeiro-Moojen soccer combine attracts college scouts to PierrefondsMontreal Gazette
The seventh annual edition of the Ribeiro-Moojen Soccer Combine is taking place in Pierrefonds this week.

Zajac Brace Helps Sigma Advance In L1OM CupLeague1 Ontario
Marcel Zajac (23′, 85′) helped punch Sigma FC’s ticket to the next round of the men’s League1 Cup, scoring a brace in a 4-0 victory over Sanjaxx Lions at Monarch Park Stadium on Sunday.

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USL Rewind – Week 11SBI
Louisville City FC led the way in Week 11 of the 2018 USL season, retaking first place in the Eastern Conference on the road.

NCFC Continues String of Home Wins, Beating Atlanta United Cary Citizen
Fresh off a win at home in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, North Carolina FC defeated Atlanta United 2 with a wide margin of victory.

Soccer History: New York Greek AmericansUS Soccer Players
Before the game went mainstream in the 1970s and a national pro league became a reality, soccer was still thought of as an “ethnic sport” played by immigrants. While that was mostly true, what emerged were a series of clubs located in major cities that featured some of the world’s best players.


NWSL Week In Review: What draws a crowd in mid-week?The Equalizer
As Captain Obvious would surely tell you, most people in the entertainment business would much rather sell an event on the weekend than a weeknight because the folks attending generally don’t have to worry about getting up early the next day.

Houston Dash MF Kristie Mewis to miss the remainder of the season with left knee injuryHouston Dash
Kristie Mewis will miss the remainder of the 2018 NWSL season with a left knee sprain, the team announced today. The diagnosis was confirmed after further evaluation this morning at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Division 1 Féminine Week 22 Review: Guingamp stay in the top divisionVavel
A nail-biting 1-0 win kept EA Guingamp in the top division for another season while Paris Saint-Germain secured continental football.

Damallsvenskan week 6 review: Växjö brush Kalmar off as promoted pair sparVavel
In action twice, Hammarby fell at home two times in three days first to Linköping before Djurgården claimed honours in the Stockholm derby after having been held at home by LB07 as Växjö sprung into fourth with a win over Kalmar.

Frauen-Bundesliga week 21: Köln and Jena officially relegatedVavel
It was a day of four-goal matches with Freiburg, Potsdam ad Sand putting four of the best past Jena, Hoffenheim and Duisburg as SGS claimed the spoils at home to Frankfurt. Elsewhere Munich bested Wolfsburg to take one huge step towards Champions League football next season as Werder confirmed their safety, downing Köln in the process.

West Ham United will join the restructured Women’s Super League from next seasonBT
The Football Association have announced a restructure to the women’s leagues for the start of the 2018/19 season in September that will see West Ham United join the Women’s Super League.

FA won’t abandon women’s football in the North East, says Baroness Sue CampbellSky Sports
Baroness Sue Campbell says the FA plans to rebuild women’s football in the North East after Sunderland were not awarded a place in the FA Women’s Super League or Championship.

From Manchester United to Lewes, newcomers benefit from WSL revampThe Guardian
United’s new women’s side and equal-pay pioneers Lewes are among the new sides but Sunderland and Southampton were left disappointed.

After helping Chile qualify for its first FIFA women’s World Cup next year, Cote dreams of facing the Matildas in HindmarshAdelaide Advertiser
CHILEAN star Maria Jose Rojas ‘Cote’ dreams of facing the Matildas at Hindmarsh this year has put ambitions of having a baby and marrying SA-based partner Karlea Williams on hold.

U.S. Soccer Needs to Better Balance its Responsibilities to the Women’s GameThe Mane Land
Having a stake in the NWSL means U.S. Soccer needs to find a better way to balance the national team and the league.

Sexism reports in football at record levels after 400 percent increaseESPN
Women in Football has recorded an almost 400 percent increase in reports of sex discrimination and harassment during the 2017-18 season. The group, a network of professionals in and close to the football industry, said on Tuesday that 271 incidents had been reported.

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UEFA announce Squad of the SeasonNBC Sports
There was quite a significant announcement from UEFA which you may have missed, as European soccer’s governing body released their UCL Squad of the Season for 2017/18 which was picked by their Technical Observers.

Coventry City: Mark Robins feels League Two promotion has brought fans closerBBC Sport
The Sky Blues beat Exeter in the play-off final on Monday to gain promotion for the first time in 51 years.

USMNT 3-0 Bolivia: U.S. kids pummel visiting CONMEBOL sideNBC Sports
The average age of the United States starting eleven on Monday night was under 23 years old. It showed at times, but ultimately it did not matter.

Sevilla hires former Girona coach Pablo MachinLondon Free Press
The 43-year-old former right back arrives after three seasons with Girona, which he helped reach the Spanish first division for the first time in its history.

La Liga investigates match-fixing claimsFootball Espana
La Liga are investigating a series of betting abnormalities surrounding Sunday’s La Liga 123 clash between Huesca and Gimnastic.

Tunisia fight back to draw and expose Portugal’s defensive weaknessesThe Guardian
Portugal’s defensive frailties were again exposed as England’s first group stage opponents Tunisia hit back from two goals behind to hold the European champions to a 2-2 draw in a World Cup warm-up on Monday.

South Korea 2 Honduras 0: Son and Moon shine in comfortable winFour Four Two
Son Heung-min and Moon Seon-min were on target as South Korea brushed aside Honduras in the first of their World Cup warm-ups.

Mexico dominant yet drab in 0-0 draw with WalesNBC Sports
Mexico dominated Wales on the stat sheet, racking up nearly 70% possession and 22 shots (9 on target) to just two for Wales. But the eye test told a different story.

FIFA calls 2026 World Cup candidates for meeting in ZurichSportsnet
FIFA’s bid inspectors will hold a meeting in Zurich on Wednesday with the North American and Moroccan candidates hoping to host the 2026 World Cup.

World Cup 2026: Morocco bid team says tournament would be ‘almost European’BBC Sport
A World Cup in Morocco would be “almost a European” tournament, the man leading the African nation’s 2026 bid says.

Mario Balotelli hits back at supporters over ‘Italian blood’ racist bannerThe Guardian
Mario Balotelli has urged Italy supporters to “wake up” after his goalscoring return to the national team was soured by an offensive banner in the stands.

Four reasons why Tico lightning could strike twiceFIFA
In the lead-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil nobody gave Costa Rica much hope of progressing beyond the group phase. Who would have dreamed, after all, that they would top a section also containing Italy, England and Uruguay and then make it to the last eight?

2018 FIFA World Cup – Group E 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 E preview.

No visa no problem. Israeli citizen Abramovich will never miss another Cup FinalInside World Football
One month after the British government delayed renewing his visa amid increasing diplomatic tension between London and Moscow, Chelsea’s billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich no longer needs one to visit the UK after managing to quickly become an Israeli citizen.

Russia World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictionsThe Guardian
Stanislav Cherchesov applied a new broom when taking over following failure at Euro 2016 but injuries and fall-outs mean uncertainty remains over Russia’s best XI.

Nigeria World Cup Focus: Lionel Messi wary of Super Eagles threatAfrican Football
Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi reckons Nigeria will be a tough opponent at the 2018 FIFA World Cup next month.

Rwanda defends $39 million sponsorship deal with ArsenalSportsnet
Rwanda’s government on Tuesday defended its $39 million sponsorship deal with the Arsenal football club as some aid donors and rights activists raised an outcry.

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