BC Soccer News, Wednesday, April 11, 2018




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VIDEO: ‘Caps host LAFC for the first timeWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC host expansion side Los Angeles Football Club for the first time this Friday at BC Place.

Whitecaps’ Teibert can relate to LAFC’s expansion experienceThe Province
The Caps are once again drawing criticism themselves after a 2-1 road loss to a depleted Real Salt Lake squad over the weekend, a game in which the visitors had most of the chances and possession. Vancouver (3-2-1) is now second in the Western Conference behind Sporting Kansas City.

Shea focused on the Caps, not detractorsRed Nation Online
Whitecaps FC’s Brek Shea is off to a torrid start to the 2018 MLS campaign. The MLS veteran has found the back of the net scoring three goals for the 3-2-1 Caps. As Vancouver prepare to host 2-2-0 Los Angeles FC on Friday night at B.C. Place, Shea is a big reason why Whitecaps FC have been able to jump out to a quick start this season.

AUDIO: Why the Whitecaps can’t play off back foot and expect to winSportsnet
MLS pundit Matt Doyle joined Sportsnet 650 to talk about the Whitecaps’ recent road loss, and why Vancouver’s lack of possession could be a problem. For a sustainable campaign, Vancouver needs to hang on to the ball more, Doyle argues.

Russell Teibert: The Whitecaps Unexpected ItemSoccer Shorts
The Canadian is almost the very definition of a limited player. He’s not especially fast, not exceptionally skillful and his range of passing mostly falls within an arc of about twenty metres behind and beside him. But this season, the season when it seemed the overall calibre of the squad would finally see him eased out of the picture altogether, Teibert has stepped his game up a notch.

Whitecaps honour Sedins with free ticket offer for all twinsVancouver Sun
There are all sorts of perks to being a twin. Companionship. Lifelong support. A lookalike to blame for misdeeds. And if you’re a fan of the Vancouver Whitecaps, two free tickets to Friday night’s home game versus Los Angeles FC.

2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC advance to Concacaf Champions League FinalCSA
Canadian International Jonathan Osorio scored early in the first half to earn Toronto FC a 1:1 (4:2) draw with Club América in the second leg of their Concacaf Champions League Semi-Final match at Estadio Azteca. The result earns the 2017 Canadian Championship winners a place against Mexican side Club Deportivo Guadalajara in the 2018 Concacaf Champions League final.

TFC draws Club America to advance to Champions League finalSportsnet
On a rainy Tuesday night at Mexico City’s iconic Estadio Azteca, where some of the sports’ biggest stars have played at one time or another, TFC took a massive step towards completely filling that trophy cabinet.

Vanney finds irony as Toronto FC advances past Club America to Champions League finalEdmonton Journal
It turns out Club America was talking trash long before this series started. Before the Reds and Las Aguilas tangled in Tuesday night’s decisive Champions League semifinal, the two sides met amid Toronto FC’s pre-season, with the Mexican powerhouse pummeling the MLS outfit 6-3.

TFC now two-thirds of the way through its Mexican odysseythe11.ca
Of course, as TFC progresses, there are worry about the shrinking squad. Jozy Altidore had to leave Tuesday’s game in the sixth minute with what looked like an ankle issue. And Gregory Van Der Wiel left at halftime.

Toronto FC ‘not happy’ with simply qualifying for Champions League finalESPN
Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley and head coach Greg Vanney believe that defeating Club America in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League will count for nothing if they don’t go on to win the competition.

Guadalajara beats Red Bulls to advance to Champions League finalSportsnet
Chivas of Guadalajara advanced to the CONCACAF Champions League final, playing to a 0-0 tie at the New York Red Bulls on Tuesday night for a 1-0 aggregate victory.

SAME OLD STORY: Red Bulls just can’t get over the humpFront Row Soccer
Minutes after the Red Bulls were ushered out of yet another competition to win some precious hardware, Bradley Wright-Phillips turned to teammate Luis Robles in a sullen locker room and said: “Hey, we’ve just got to stop having this feeling. We’re sitting here trying to figure out how to get over the hump.”

David Choinière undergoes successful ankle surgeryMontreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Wednesday that midfielder David Choinière has had surgery to his left ankle.

Minnesota United sign versatile Peruvian midfielder/defender Alexi GomezMLS
Minnesota United FC has signed Peruvian international Alexi Gomez on season-long loan from Club Universitario de Deportes with an option to buy, the club announced Wednesday morning.

Portland Timbers: Still adjusting to Giovanni SavareseMLS Multiplex
Don’t give up on the Portland Timbers. With a lot of season left. They still can find their footing under new Coach Giovanni Savarese.

Mario Balotelli To MLS Would Be A More Significant Signing Than Zlatan IbrahimovicThe Sportsman
Rather than heading across the English Channel, Balotelli could instead make a switch across the Atlantic. DC United are thought to be keen on the former Manchester City and Inter Milan forward, with the MLS outfit determined to make a big name signing this summer. They have a new owner and this would be a real statement of intent from a club that has fallen on difficult times of late.

Orlando City captain Jonathan Spector back in concussion protocolPro Soccer USA
Orlando City center back and team captain Jonathan Spector, who missed the Lions’ March 31 game against the Red Bulls with a concussion, is back in concussion protocol and did not participate in Wednesday’s training session.

MLS Week 7: Ranking the gamesAJC
Ranking this week’s MLS games from best to worst.

When Refereeing Soccer is Hard, We Need to Acknowledge the GoodEighty-Six Forever
Major League Soccer is notorious for terrible refereeing, and the Vancouver Whitecaps have certainly had their fair share already this season. As a result, when a referee does good, it is something to talk about. So, let’s talk about Marcos de Oliveira.

PRO releases referee assignments for Week 7 of the MLS seasonMLS
Robert Sibiga is the referee asigned to Friday’s match between Vancouver Whitecaps & LAFC.

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Residency Report: ‘Caps return to winning ways at homeWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency teams were back in Development Academy action on the weekend, taking on Sacramento Republic FC at the National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC).

Centaurs, Falcons put 2017’s heartache behind, open at the top of B.C. AAA girls soccer rankingsVarsity Letters
A pair of B.C. AAA Final Four teams a season ago, Coquitlam’s Centennial Centaurs and the Sardis Falcons of Chilliwack each felt the agony of provincial semifinal defeats.

Competitive league sets stage for provincialsTri City News
The Fraser Valley North league has always been one of the most competitive in the province with a history of success at provincials. This season, which launched on Monday, promises more of the same after Centennial, Dr. Charles Best and Port Moody secondary schools finished amongst the top four teams at the recent Guildford Park Tournament held at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex. Here’s a preview of the Tri-Cities’ teams.

The BCCSL hires a League Administrator and launches new websiteBC Coastal Soccer League
The BC Coastal Soccer League (BCCSL) has undertaken noticeable and important progress in its plans to streamline operations during this exciting period in the restructuring of youth soccer leagues in BC’s lower mainland.

The 2018 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Draw is CompleteBCSA
“We are really excited to be heading back to Swangard Stadium for the Men’s A and Women’s A finals, said Kjeld Brodsgaard, BC Soccer President. “It’s been years since BC Soccer has held provincial cup there and we know the stadium holds a lot of memories for many who play within the BC Soccer membership which makes this venue even more perfect for the finals.”

2018 BC Adult Provincial Championships Schedule & ResultsBCSA
Schedules, Brackets & Results for the 2018 BC Provincial Championships.

Thunderbirds honoured at 2018 Big Block Awards BanquetUBC
The 2018 Big Block awards and hall of fame banquet took place on Wednesday, April 4 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, continuing it’s more than 90-year tradition of honouring the best that UBC Thunderbirds varsity athletics has to offer.

Timberwolves hand out year-end awards at athletic banquetKelowna Now
The University of Northern British Columbia’s Athletic department celebrated the most successful season in school history on Sunday evening.

PACWEST Academic Excellence AwardsPacWest
The PACWEST Academic Excellence Award annually recognizes scholar-athletes in the conference. To be recognized, a student-athlete must have achieved Honours Standing or equivalent at their institution over the course of a set number of months enrolled at their institution.

PHOTOS: VMSL IMPERIAL CUP SEMIFINAL, Rino’s Tigers 3, Club Inter 2 (PKs), March 17, 2018 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

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.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 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.

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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Impact ends its weekend in the Development Academy unbeatenMontreal Impact
After three weeks with no Development Academy games, the U15, U17 and U19 teams were back in action last weekend. Against BW Gottschee Academy on Saturday, the Impact U15 won 2-1, while the two older teams tied 0-0. The day after, the Impact U15 faced New York Soccer Club and won 7-1.

US/Canadian Soccer: Whither Those Maddening Crowds?Northern Starting XI
In truth, nothing will be more dispiriting than watching CPL games with crowds as sparse as those found in the doldrums of the USL (or parts thereof anyway) and then to see formerly enthused owners giving up the longer view for reasons of compounding financial loss.

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Brett Voted USL Player of the WeekUSL
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC forward Neco Brett has been voted the USL Player of the Week for Week 4 of the 2018 season. Brett scored a hat trick for the Hounds as they swept to their first win of the 2018 season on Saturday in a 4-0 victory against Toronto FC II at Highmark Stadium.

Sounders FC 2 Signs Academy Forward Alfonso Ocampo-ChavezGoalWA
Sounders FC 2 today announced that it has signed Academy forward Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez.

USL Insights – Patience Paying Off for Orange CountyUSL
Pulling up the Western Conference standings going into Week 5 of the season, you’ll see a team that few would have expected to be so high sitting on top in the form of Orange County SC. After missing the USL Cup Playoffs a season ago – breaking a run of two consecutive trips to the postseason – there has been a dramatic change for Orange County’s fortunes under first-year Head Coach Braeden Cloutier.


Dutch women beat Ireland in campaign for 2019 World Cup competitionDutch News
The Dutch women’s football team beat Ireland 0-2 away on Tuesday night, consolidating their lead at the top of Group 3 in the 2019 World Cup qualifiers.

Scotland Women 3-0 Poland: Shelley Kerr says Scots ‘very fortunate’ to winBBC Sport
Relieved head coach Shelley Kerr admits Scotland Women must improve on their performance against Poland to reach the 2019 World Cup finals.

Matildas put eight past Vietnam in first win at Asian CupThe Guardian
Australia’s Women’s Asian Cup campaign is well and truly back on track following an 8-0 win over an outclassed Vietnam in Jordan.

Thai women’s football team confident to beat Philippine for a ticket to world cupThai PBS
Thailand women’s national football team will meet Philippine rival in a crucial match tomorrow night (April 12) in Jordan to earn a ticket to the semi-final of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup and the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Roundup: World Cup qualifiers continue around the globeThe Equalizer
Following their 4-0 win over the Czech Republic on Saturday, Germany defeated Slovenia by the same scoreline on Tuesday.

Becky Sauerbrunn reflective as U.S. sets sights on World CupSpokesman-Review
To hear Becky Sauerbrunn reference the “twilight” of her career is a bit unsettling. It’s abundantly clear from watching the 32-year-old defender on the field that she’s still at her peak.

Afghan football star helps Mexican streetkids score World Cup goalReuters
Yelling commands and lunging for the ball on the balding astro turf, Khalida Popal drilled the team of nine Mexican teenage girls through soccer training, weeks before they jet off to Russia for the World Cup – the street children’s version.

The ‘Price’ of women’s footballJamaica Observer
Andrew Price, the assistant senior women’s coach overseeing a locally based training programme, believes success will come for Jamaica through an agenda driven by consistency.

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Champions League: Roma knock out Barcelona with extraordinary comebackCBC
With his arms held out wide and his mouth gaping open, Kostas Manolas started running and yelling uncontrollably. Then he patted his chest and was mobbed by his Roma teammates.

‘It’s not a miracle, it’s something bigger’ – Italian press hails Roma’s winThe Guardian
The Italian newspapers were full of praise for Roma after their win over Barcelona, with Corriere dello Sport giving every player 10 out of 10.

Messi’s Champions League quarter-final curseSN
The Argentina superstar has not scored in his last 11 fixtures at this stage of the competition – a run that covers six straight seasons.

Liverpool beats Man City to head into Champions League semisSportsnet
Liverpool reached the Champions League semifinals after recovering from conceding a goal inside two minutes against Manchester City to win 2-1 thanks to second-half strikes by Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino on Tuesday.

Champions League: Why Liverpool will not fear anyoneBBC Sport
Liverpool will not be scared of anyone left in the Champions League but the team I think they would prefer to avoid in the semi-finals is Real Madrid.

Everything is possible – Juve not out of Madrid tie, insists PirloFour Four Two
Juventus must believe anything is possible in their bid to produce a Champions League great escape against Real Madrid, says Andrea Pirlo.

Player pay row puts pressure on parsimonious PanathinaikosInside World Football
Greek football, plagued by a raft of controversial incidents on and off the pitch in recent months, has been plunged into yet more turmoil after Panathinaikos players went on a brief strike in protest over unpaid wages from last year.

Financial Fair Play: Paris St-Germain to meet Uefa amid claims rules were brokenBBC Sport
Paris St-Germain are to meet with Uefa amid reports of evidence that the club has broken Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

Stability equals success? Barca and Real Madrid top ranking of player contract lengthsInside World Football
Player stability breeds more club success would be conclusion drawn from the latest CIES Football Observatory stats that rank clubs in Europe’s Big 5 leagues by the the longest average contract duration of first team squad members.

Sports minister accused of ignoring own safety experts over West Brom safe-standing rejectionThe Telegraph
The sports minister has been accused of ignoring her own safety experts after claiming safe-standing sections would not necessarily tackle the refusal of thousands of spectators to sit during football matches.

Egyptian fan cycles to Russia for World CupAfrican Football
Qualifying for the World Cup is massive for many countries around the world, but it is more sentimental for an Egyptian fan by the name of Nufal. The Pharaohs fan will use his bicycle to cycle to Russia and watch his heroes play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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