BC Soccer News, Tuesday, May 9, 2017




FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017, 6:00 PM

Whitecaps FC acquire winger/forward Bernie Ibini from Belgian club Brugge KVWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Tuesday that the club has acquired winger/forward Bernie Ibini-Isei from Belgian Pro League side Club Brugge KV prior to the close of the 2017 MLS primary transfer window.

Bernie Ibini: Sydney FC fan favourite headed to Major League Soccer club Vancouver White CapsDaily Telegraph (Australia)
Winger Bernie Ibini has brought his second spell with Sydney FC to a close, and is poised to sign a deal with MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps.

Report: Whitecaps to add striker Bernie Ibini The Province
Australian media is reporting striker Bernie Ibini is joining the Whitecaps, pending a physical.

Video Highlight reel: The best of Bernie IbiniWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Tuesday that the club has acquired winger/forward Bernie Ibini-Isei from Belgian Pro League side Club Brugge KV prior to the close of the 2017 MLS primary transfer window.

Episode 193 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Some Might Shea with guest Nazeem Bartman)AFTN
Another week, another away win for Vancouver Whitecaps. We could get used to this.

Toronto FC defender Moor itching to get back onto fieldSportsnet
Drew Moor is itching to get back onto the field. Moor has sat out Toronto FC‘s last five games due to an irregular heartbeat that was detected during a training session last month. The veteran defender subsequently consulted a cardiologist and then travelled to Boston where he underwent a 3 1/2-hour procedure to correct a minor heart defect.

Swiss midfielder Blerim Dzemaili joins Montreal Impact on loan from BolognaMLS
Swiss midfielder Blerim Dzemaili has joined the Montreal Impact ahead of Monday’s transfer-window deadline, on loan from Serie A side Bologna FC 1909, the club announced on Tuesday.

Real Salt Lake signs Jefferson Savarino, will be young DPRSL Soapbox
Savarino, 20, joins with Copa Libertadores experience, Venezuelan league goalscoring exploits behind him.

Injury Report: Toronto FC nearing full fitness for Columbus Crew tripWaking the Red
The Reds are getting players back just when they need them during a busy May.

Knee sprain sidelines LA Galaxy midfielder Jermaine Jones for 3-4 weeksMLS
The LA Galaxy will be without star midfielder Jermaine Jones for 3-4 weeks, the club announced on Monday, due to a grade 2 MCL sprain in his right knee.

MLS Week 10: What We LearnedEmpire of Soccer
Nine of 11 games ended in shutouts in Week 10 of the Major League Soccer season. Four of those were decided by three goals or more, while three ended 1-0.

Bastian Schweinsteiger: Difference between MLS and Europe is ‘huge’ESPN FC
Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger says he needs more time to adapt to Major League Soccer, given the “huge” difference in quality of football on show compared to that in Europe.

Montreal Impact to support victims of floods in Quebec Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Tuesday that it will help the victims of severe flooding in the Greater Montreal Area and in many regions of Quebec.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour Comes to Canada


2017 BC Soccer Adult Provincial ChampionshipsBCSA
The Road to Burnaby continues! Complete brackets and results from the weekend’s games in the BC Provincial Cups.

History awaits FVSL Champions Aldergrove United against Club Inter in 2017 BC Provincial A Cup final AFTN
After being dominated in recent years by their Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) counterparts, a Fraser Valley Soccer League (FVSL) side has advanced to the BC Provincial A Cup final for the first time this century.

Whitecaps FC mourn the passing of former Residency player Travis Selje Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are mourning the passing of Travis Selje on Friday, May 5 after his vehicle was struck in a tragic car crash in Cloverdale, BC on Wednesday. Travis was a much loved former Residency player, teammate, and friend of many at the club and throughout the BC soccer community.

2017 CCAA Hall of Fame Inductee: Joseph IacobellisCCAA
The Blues Men’s Soccer team captured 10 British Columbia Colleges Athletic Association (BCCAA, now PACWEST) championships under Iacobellis. Capilano University (formerly Capilano College) also earned the CCAA Supremacy Award (25 years) for Men’s Soccer in 1999.

Sport Performance Speaker SeriesCanadian Sport Institute
The Sport Performance Speaker Series is offered at all three CSI Pacific campus locations, with additional remote access by webinar.

Residency Recap: U-18s and U-16s faced LA Galaxy and FC Golden StateWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency teams were back in Development Academy action over the weekend, playing with heavy hearts following the passing of former teammate Travis Selje.

Comita selected by WhitecapsKamloops This Week
Alessandro Comita has become the second Kamloops soccer player selected to join the Whitecaps pre-residency program.

Forty-seven KYSA boys and girls house teams participated in the Tournament.

O’Keefes: 50 years since ‘Wrong Team’ wonTimes Colonist
The 1967 John F. Kennedy Cup champion Victoria O’Keefes celebrated their title Sunday at Uplands Golf Club with a half-century reunion exactly 50 years to the day of winning it. It was the team’s first reunion since its 10th on May 7, 1977.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour and Holbrook Sports Management are excited to announce the expansion of the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour into the Canadian soccer market.  With the first event previously announced to take place on the August 19/20 weekend in Surrey, BC, the 3v3 Soccer Tour will expand to Abbotsford, BC, on August 20 and will include men’s and women’s open divisions.

2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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.

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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FIFA set to fast-track North American bid for 2026 World CupSN
The three-country bid, led by the United States and supported by Canada and Mexico, could see an accelerated pathway to winning the event, with FIFA hoping to avoid voting scandals that have marred previous World Cups.

Valencia CF to play New York Cosmos at Regina’s Mosaic StadiumCKRM
International soccer is coming to Regina this summer, the province’s first ever international friendly match. The New York Cosmos from the North American Soccer League will face Valencia CF from Spain’s La Liga at the new Mosaic Stadium on July 22, officials from the city and provincial government were on hand for the announcement as were officials from the Saskatchewan and Regina Soccer Associations.

Valencia friendly offers a major CanPL test for Reginathe11.ca
A press conference has been scheduled for Tuesday morning in Regina, where it is expected that a friendly featuring Spanish side Valencia and a North American team (odds are on the New York Cosmos, as the July break in the NASL schedule offers a window for a team from that league to make the trip) will be announced.

Canada launches new pro-league but its top sides will stay in the MLS Inside World Football
Last Saturday the Canadian Premier League was introduced as a part of Canada Soccer in Whistler, alongside representatives from two league-founding cities, Hamilton and Winnipeg. The league had been in the making for nearly a year as Canada has been seeking an alternative to the constraints of the MLS, which remains predominantly an American league.

AUDIO: Corner Kicks – May 8, 2017TSN 1200
Peter Montopoli reveals many details on the upcoming Canadian Premier League.

COMMENTARY: CPL hopes to turn around the fortunes of Canadian soccerGlobal Winnipeg
In case you missed it this weekend, there was a major announcement that will hopefully go a long way towards ensuring Canada, one day, progresses from its minnow status on soccer’s global stage.

Fledgling Canadian Premier League could come to Waterloo Region  – The Record
The ball is rolling to bring professional soccer to Waterloo Region. Local soccer agent, promoter and K-W United FC president Barry MacLean is spearheading a bid for a franchise in the newly minted Canadian Premier League.

A Canadian Domestic Soccer League from Youth to Pro – The Canadian Way! Eduardo Badescu
Canada already sees its best players move across the border and oversees, so why not make it so more players have the opportunity? And also provide a stage for being noticed.

New Canadian Soccer League Faces Many Of The Old Problems As Well As Some New OnesForbes
Ever since the lights were turned out on the Canadian Soccer League in 1992 there have been rumors and even plans to reconstitute a coast-to-coast soccer circuit. Without a professional league, young Canadian players have nothing to aspire to or so goes the conventional wisdom.

League1 Ontario soccer newbies seek to shake rookie jitters in debut seasonSports Ottawa
The Ottawa South United Force men and West Ottawa Warriors women are set to make history as they get set to kickoff the inaugural season for a local team in the fourth League1 Ontario season.

Soccer legend Didier Drogba joins Encanto Potash Corp. boardCBC
Encanto Potash Corp. is working on building a potash mine on the Muskowekwan First Nation, about 100 kilometres north of Regina.

Ontario Soccer Webinar – Player Development – Why kids quit sportsYouTube
A lot of things are changing in the youth soccer world, but one thing has remained sadly consistent: Soccer loses 70 per cent of youth players by the age of 13.

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SUNDAY, MAY 14, 3:00 PM

USL Rewind: Kelly powers Reno to first victorySoccer America
A crowd of 6,067 gathered at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex hoping to see the debut of legendary striker Didier Drogba, but instead witnessed a virtuoso performance by all-time USL leading scorer.

VIDEO: Around The City | At Home In EdmontonFC Edmonton
The NASL followed FC Edmonton midfielder Dustin Corea around in Edmonton in the first episode of “Around the City,” looking at the Salvadorean international’s ties to the Latin community in Edmonton, competing for the national team and more.

United Soccer League eager to expand to Baltimore, executive saysWashington Post
Baltimore is in prime position to land an expansion team in the United Soccer League, a fast-growing, second-division circuit one level below MLS.

The Jacksonville Armada: Mark Lowry Doesn’t Do Simple Offside UK
With captain and stalwart center back Aaron Pitchkolan missing, Armada head coach Mark Lowry decided it was time for not one change, but a litany of change. The starting line up contained three new players.

USL PHOTOS: WFC2 0 Sacramento Republic FC 0, April 29, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

NWSL Rewind: McDonald becomes all-time leading scorer Soccer America
Jessica McDonald became the NWSL’s all-time leading scorer when her 33rd career goal gave the North Carolina Courage a 1-0 win at the Boston Breakers. She came into the game tied with Kim Little, who joined Arsenal Ladies after three seasons at Seattle.

NWSL: Week 4 Roundup, Standings, and Team of the WeekMLS Multiplex
On the production side of things, it was the least exciting weekend in NWSL. (Yay no major streaming issues!) On the field, there were fireworks all over the place. The Cascadia clash between Seattle and Portland ended in a 2-2 draw. Washington beat Sky Blue in a seven goal thriller, and Chicago got back on track against Houston.

Division 1 Féminine – Matchday 20 Review: Montpellier stay in second and Bordeaux pick up a big winVavel
With Olympique Lyonnais too far ahead to be caught barring an unlikely collapse, attention turns to second place and the last Champions League spot.

Fiorentina create history with maiden titleFIFA
There were scenes of jubilation at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence on Saturday after Fiorentina Women’s FC secured their first-ever Italian Serie A Femminile title with a 2-0 victory over Tavagnacco.

Monday Roundup: Morgan, Lyon Win 11th Straight French TitleThe Equalizer

Damallsvenskan week 4 review: Limhamn Bunkeflo and Kvarnsveden pick up wins away from homeVavel
Frustrated for the majority of the first-half in Malmö, Rosengård hit their visitors for three goals in eight minutes on another evening to forget for Göteborg.

#SWPL17 – Game 6 Round upScottish WPL
After Hibernian beat Glasgow City in the SWPL Cup Semi-Final, it was Glasgow City who took the spoils to go top of the SWPL 1 and end Hibs’ 100% start to the season.

Frauen-Bundesliga week 19 review: Wolfsburg one win from the titleVavel
Wolfsburg took a big step towards the Frauen-Bundesliga title with a convincing win over Potsdam after Frankfurt were able to stop Munich from closing down on second, Gladbach all but confirming Leverkusen will be going down with them after a narrow win over them.

Carli Lloyd disappointed new FIFA Council member can’t identify women’s World Cup championESPN W.
Lloyd was disheartened by the results of Monday’s election in which Australian Moya Dodd, a strong advocate for women’s soccer and outspoken reformer in the aftermath of FIFA’s scandals, was defeated by Bangladesh’s Mahfuza Kiron in a race for a female-allocated seat on the FIFA Council.

Setback for soccer with Moya Dodd defeat Soccer America
Asia is represented by Bangladeshi Mahfuza Akhter. It is bad enough that she beat Moya Dodd, one of the brightest male or female FIFA executives and a leading advocate of reforms in international soccer, in Monday’s Asian Football Confederation election by a vote of 27-17. Akhter couldn’t even name the current Women’s World Cup champion. She responded to BBC World Service’s Mani Djazmi‏ by saying “Korea” and “Japan” before finally coming up with the correct answer on the third try, the USA.

AFC Election: How Politics Not Progress Left Moya Dodd On The SidelinesForbes
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) had one job during its election to fill the FIFA Council seat reserved for a female member – select the most qualified candidate to represent the interests of women in football.

Thursday’s WU17 semi-final schedule confirmedUEFA
Spain will face the Netherlands in the first of Thursday’s semi-finals before holders Germany meet Norway.

UCL Preview: Atletico look for comeback against Real Madrid, Monaco travels to JuventusSBI
Following an exciting weekend in Europe’s domestic action, four sides resume their fight this week for a place in the UEFA Champions League final.

How Monaco, Atletico Madrid could pull off Champions League comebacksESPN FC
This week’s Champions League semifinals will either be among the dullest in recent memory or perhaps will provide two of the most memorable comebacks in Champions League history. In the semifinal first legs, Juventus won 2-0 at Monaco, while Real Madrid won at home 3-0 versus Atletico Madrid. But what can Monaco and Atletico learn from previous Champions League comebacks?

The 2016-17 Liga MX Clausura Liguilla PreviewFutebolcidade
After a sensational final matchday in the 2016-17 Liga MX Clausura, it is time to look ahead to the first round in our Clausura Liguilla Preview.

Bundesliga Round 32 Round UpProst Amerika
The relegation fight is just heating up as well as the race for the places in Europe. That and more in the third to last Bundesliga round up of the 2016-17 season.

How Lyon put their faith in home-grown talent UEFA
Bruno Génésio was born in Lyon, schooled at Lyon, played for Lyon and is now a game away from leading Lyon to a major UEFA final – maybe Jean-Michel Aulas isn’t “crazy” after all.

Week 36 Review: Nearly there for MonacoLigue 1
Monaco are closing in on the Ligue 1 title, while Paris Saint-Germain are guaranteed to finish in the top two following Nice falling at Olympique de Marseille on Sunday evening.

Sulley Muntari: Italian FA may be disciplined by Fifa over handling of racism claimsBBC Sport
Italian football authorities may face disciplinary action over the treatment of Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari.

Gattuso’s Pisa relegated despite Serie B’s best defensive recordSN
Serie B side Pisa have been relegated to the Italian third tier, despite having the best defensive record in the league.

Advocaat begins third stint as Netherlands coachFIFA
Dick Advocaat has been named as Netherlands coach for a third time, with Oranje legend Ruud Gullit confirmed as his assistant.

Atletico Nacional, Chapeco play 5 1/2 months after crashMetro
Colombian club Atletico Nacional and Chapecoense of Brazil face each other on Wednesday after a match between the two clubs was cancelled 5 1/2 months ago following a plane crash in the Andes that killed most of the Brazilian team.

CONCACAF announces new Scotiabank CONCACAF LeagueSBI
In continuation of their expansion of the CONCACAF Champions League, the confederation announced a new tournament to serve as qualification for smaller countries in Central America and the Caribbean.

Premier League money is ‘destroying the game’, says Accrington chairmanBBC Sport
Accrington Stanley chairman Andy Holt has criticised Premier League clubs over the amount of money they spend.

Chelsea to sign 15-year-old wonderkid Billy GilmourNBC Sports
Billy Gilmour, aged just 15, has signed for Chelsea from Rangers FC and will join up the Premier League champions elect this summer.

Liverpool plan to expand Anfield to beyond 60,000Inside World Football
The success of their newly opened Main Stand that pushed Liverpool’s Anfield stadium capacity to 54,074 has prompted the club to accelerate a feasibility study of extending the ground further to more than 60,000.

Brazil win fifth Beach Soccer World CupFIFA
Brazil were crowned FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup champions for a record fifth time at Bahamas 2017 after a 6-0 victory over Tahiti in the final in Nassau.

David Squires on … crisis clubs and terrible ownersThe Guardian
The Guardian’s resident cartoonist turns his attention to the growing list of football clubs suffering at the hands of their custodians.

Champions League Anthem: The full lyrics for football’s most famous songSN
The Champions League Anthem has taken on iconic status among football fans since being introduced for the debut of the new competition in 1992, building up the anticipation of the crowd by being played immediately before kick-off in every match in the competition.

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