BC Soccer News, Wednesday, April 12, 2017




FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017, 7:00 PM

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders – MLS Game of the WeekFutebolcidade
Vancouver vs Seattle is one of the three major derbies in the Western Conference. The other two games, of course, also involve clubs from the Cascadia, and are Vancouver against Portland and Seattle against Portland.

Four ‘Caps called up for CONCACAF Men’s U-17 ChampionshipWhitecaps FC
Canada Soccer announced on Tuesday that four Whitecaps FC players have been named to the roster for the upcoming 2017 CONCACAF Men’s U-17 Championship. Coach Paul Stalteri has selected 20 players for the international competition that runs Apri 21 to May 7 in Panama.

MLS assignments: Week 7PRO Referees
Kevin Stott has been assigned to Friday’s match between Vancouver Whitecaps & Seattle Sounders.

Why the Wondo wound cuts Sounders deeperProst Amerika
Perhaps the only thing less predictable than Chris Wondolowski’s 90th-minute equalizer was the reaction to it.

Impact’s Bernier says team isn’t as dirty as red cards suggestMontreal Gazette
Captain Patrice Bernier insists the Impact is not a dirty club. Nonetheless, the Major League Soccer team has received three red cards, and the accompanying one-game suspension, through five matches — an alarming total.

MLS: Kennedy retires, moves into Galaxy front officeSoccer America
After a dozen years in pro soccer, goalkeeper Dan Kennedy has taken off the gloves for good.

GA Cup, Matchday 3: Miraculous results put New York Red Bulls in semisMLS
Coming into Matchday 3, few would have thought it was possible that the New York Red Bulls would advance out of their Champions Division group and into the semifinals. Only the top finisher from each group advances, and the Red Bulls were in a hole.

Atlanta United learning to close out gamesAJC
Atlanta United hasn’t given up a goal in the second half of its past four games, a stretch that started after allowing two in its season-opening defeat to New York Red Bulls.

Photos: Take a tour of Atlanta United’s new world-class training facilityMLS
The complex features six full-size fields: three artificial, three natural and a goalkeeper training area.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PHOTOS: Whitecaps FC 1 Tigres UANL 2, April 5, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour Comes to Canada


Trinity Western’s Ryan Scalter (men’s volleyball, Port Coquitlam, B.C.), Scott Plocktis (men’s volleyball, Kelowna, B.C.), Elly Wendel (women’s volleyball, Caronport, Sask.), Luca Schmidt ( women’s basketball, Langley, B.C.), Silas Matthys (men’s hockey, Wollerau, Switzerland), Ally Williamson (women’s soccer, Langley, B.C.) and Stephanie Chin (women’s soccer, Calgary) took home the Spartans most prestigious honour at the annual athletics banquet as they were each awarded the Complete Champion Award Friday night at the Langley Events Centre.

Soccer standout on European tourMaple Ridge News
Maple Ridge player Emma Felgner gets the soccer trip of a lifetime this month, as her club team does a European tour.

April 29th Coaching Workshop to Support Kids with Autism in SportBCSA
BC Soccer in partnership with Surrey United Soccer Club, Canucks Autism Network, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, City of Surrey, and Sport Surrey will be holding a coaching workshop supporting kids with autism at Cloverdale Athletic Park and the Cloverdale Recreation Center on April 29th 2017.

Delta opens in tough against Elgin ParkDelta Optimist
It was a daunting task last week when a young Delta Pacers squad opened its senior girls’high school soccer season against Elgin Park. And despite a 2-0 loss, Delta played well against the Surrey school that is one year removed from a fourth-place finish at the provincials and will likely be among the contenders again this season.

Sports history steeped in SaanichSaanich News
Longtime Cordova Bay resident Dave Unwin, 82, is a Greater Victoria sports historian and former member of the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame. He’s also the author of From the Sidelines 1896-1996: A 100 Year’s View of Vancouver Island Soccer and the Victoria West Athletic Association.

Get To Know Your TSS Rovers: Tim HicksonAFTN
If WFC2 had existed several seasons before it did, then Tim Hickson’s footballing journey may have taken a slightly different path from what it did for the Whitecaps Residency alumni.

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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Canada’s joint World Cup bid something to get behind Star Phoenix
It has since been a time of cleansing for the sport and its governing bodies. This led to an announcement that would hit home. Perhaps the biggest win in Canadian soccer was not on the pitch, but off it. Canadian businessman Victor Montagliani was voted in as our region’s president of North America, Central America and the Caribbean — a place that had been full of corruption for the better part of three decades.

World Cup is opportunity personified for game in CanadaSoccer America
After three decades in the doldrums, Canadian soccer is getting a big boost. And it’s been a long time coming.

US, Canada and Mexico push agenda for early 2026 award at FIFA Congress in MayInside World Football
The United States, Mexico and Canada have somewhat cheekily asked FIFA to fast-track their bid to stage the 2026 World Cup without a proper competitive process.

Canada announces squad for CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 ChampionshipCSA
Canada Soccer have announced their roster for the 2017 CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Championship. Coach Paul Stalteri has selected 20 players for the international competition that runs 21 April to 7 May in Panama.

Report: Canadian Premier League to apply for CSA membership in MayWaking the Red
The league’s organizers reportedly hope to take a major step towards an official announcement next month.

Canada women happy with European tour effortsCONCACAF
Although a late goal gave host Germany a 2-1 win over his team in a women’s international friendly on Sunday, Canada head coach John Herdman left the Steigerwaldstadion satisfied.

Major Arena Soccer League expands to GTAToronto Star
The 16-team league has announced its first Canadian franchise will debut in the Toronto area next year.

Three finalists to compete for Futsal Canadian Championship Ontario Soccer
The teams are set for the third annual Futsal Canadian Championship which will run 21-23 April in Kingston, ON. The matches will be streamed live via CanadaSoccer.com.

Glanbrook’s Don Clowes enters Hamilton Soccer Hall of FameThe Sachem
Don Clowes poses with one of the children’s nets at the Glanbrook Youth Soccer Club in Glanbrook. Clowes has been involved with Glanbrook soccer since 1980, sharing his passion for the sport with children in the community. On May 12, Clowes will be inducted into the Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame.

Provincial soccer Hall of Fame adds six, all from Burin PeninsulaThe Telegram
The Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association added six individuals — all from the Burin Peninsula — as the NLSA held its annual general meeting over the weekend in St. John’s

Alberta 2017 Women in Soccer ConferenceAlberta Soccer Association
The soccer community needs more strong, skilled women in leadership roles – and this unique conference was created with that in mind!

‘Proud to play for Syria’: Refugees find hope, community at Regina soccer tourneyCBC
Participation in a major soccer tournament is helping Regina feel one step closer to home for a group of Syrians.

Oakville receives Canada 150 community infrastructure funding Inside Halton
Oakville MP John Oliver announced $464,600 in funding for the Town of Oakville from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) on Friday, April 7 at Falgarwood Park.

Nepean sports dome falls flatCBC
The Superdome Sports Centre in Ben Franklin Park deflated while people were inside on Monday afternoon, but the sports facility’s operators say no one was injured.

Walking Soccer coming to Ontario Soccer CentreOntario Soccer
The Ontario Soccer Centre kicked off a new program this week.  Walking Soccer, already being embraced by clubs in Ontario, allows those who have been life-long lovers of the sport with the ability to continue playing the game they love. The rules are the same, with the one caveat: that you cannot move faster than a walking pace.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2017

VIDEO: A flip throw to a bicycle kick? This USL goal is amazingFox Sports
Check out this World Goal of the Year contender from Tuesday night OKC-Saramento match.

USL Television Network Debuts in 17 MarketsUSL
The United Soccer League (USL) – the largest Division II professional league in the world and longest standing member of the U.S. Soccer Federation – today debuts the USL Television Network, featuring local broadcast agreements in 17 unique markets.

Nashville SC has landed an MLS Cup-winning head coach in Gary Smith, who will take the helm of the professional club as it prepares for its inaugural season in the United Soccer League in 2018.

Louisville City unveils stadium location, renderingsSBI
Another USL team is getting a soccer-specific stadium as the league continues its push for permanent Division 2 status.

USL Discipline Report – Week 3USL
Five players were issued one-game suspensions and issued undisclosed fines this past week. FC Cincinnati’s Paul Nicholson was sent off for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity as the final defender during Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Bethlehem Steel FC. He will miss Saturday’s home opener against Saint Louis FC on Saturday.

Will the NASL expand in 2018? Four cities that hope so… Soccer ‘n Sweet Tea
Two of them also hope to be MLS cities, and two of them already are, but NASL could expand to these four cities, and soon, to fulfill their USSF Division 2 requirements.

USL PHOTOS: WFC2 3 SOUNDERS2 0, Saturday, April 8, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

NWSL: Seattle Reign – 2017 Season PreviewMLS Multiplex
After a year with a slow start and several hurdles, the Seattle Reign are looking forward to starting anew in 2017, with aspirations of a first NWSL title.

Portland Thorns season preview: the best is yet to comeThe Equalizer
Last year at this point, after the Thorns hired Mark Parsons away from the Washington Spirit, most pre-season analysis split down the middle: either the Thorns were the team to beat in 2016, or the team wouldn’t gel.

The World According to Weimer: Good HabitsEmpire of Soccer
Preseason is over. The 2017 National Women’s Soccer League season is here. That means we are sailing smoothly into our own routines we’ll be able to uphold for at least six or seven months. This brings me to one of my favorite books, “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg.

Women’s World Cup preliminary round reportUEFA
Kazakhstan, Albania, Israel, the Faroe Islands and best runners-up Moldova will progress to the qualifying group stage after coming through the preliminary round.

Women’s football on the cusp on something bigThe Irish Times
Women’s soccer has come on hugely in recent decades. For a man who was brought up at a time when girls could barely kick a football – or more to the point, were barely allowed to kick a football – it was a genuine eye-opener to see these wonderfully strong and athletic young women, most of them amateurs, perform at a level not that far below the highly paid full-time professionals of the men’s game. They are powerful role models for girls growing up in these thankfully more emancipated times.

Police detain suspect in Borussia Dortmund team bus blast case ESPN FC
German federal prosecutors investigating the three explosions that hit the Borussia Dortmund team bus on Tuesday night said they had detained a suspect.

Marc Bartra out for ‘several weeks’ after surgery on injury from Borussia Dortmund bus explosionsThe Telegraph
Borussia Dortmund’s Marc Bartra has thanked those who have sent him messages after being injured in last night’s attack on his team’s bus. The defender required surgery on his right arm and wrist after being wounded in the incident.

UEFA reviewing safety for Champions League ties after Dortmund bus explosionSN
UEFA is reviewing security procedures for Wednesday’s Champions League fixtures after the attack that apparently targeted Borussia Dortmund’s team bus.

Dortmund bombs highlight challenge of combating modern terrorism actsThe Guardian
Strict security measures designed to counter random attacks have been introduced across Europe but the nature of risks is always changing.

Dortmund fans open their doors to stranded Monaco supportersSportsnet
With the help of a hashtag, Borussia Dortmund fans have opened their doors to stranded Monaco supporters after their Champions League game was called off.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Juventus hosts Barcelona, Real Madrid faces Bayern, and moreSBI
After a thrilling Round of 16 back in March, eight teams remain with a chance to clinch a spot in May’s UEFA Champions League Final.

Dybala outshines Messi in Juve’s big win over BarcelonaSportsnet
Paulo Dybala bagged a first half brace, Gianluigi Buffon made a word class save, and the MSN trio was neutralized, as Juventus took a commanding lead in this two-legged series in pushing Barcelona to the brink of elimination.

Oxlade-Chamberlain linked with £35m Liverpool move as sharks circle Arsenal ESPN FC
It’s been a rough week for Arsenal, and their state of turmoil appears to only be enticing their rivals to take advantage.

Sleeping Tigres awake to top Chivas, join playoff huntSN
Andres-Pierre Gignac scored two headed goals for Tigres as the sleeping beast roared to life Tuesday night at the Volcan with a 3-0 win over Chivas.

Santos president Irarragorri gives Liga MX perspective on 2026 bid, MLS tiesESPN FC
To get an inside perspective on what is happening in the Mexican game, ESPN FC caught up with perhaps Liga MX’s most progressive club owner, Santos Laguna president Alejandro Irarragorri.

Genoa defender Izzo given 18-month ban in match-fixing caseSportsnet
Genoa defender Armando Izzo has been handed an 18-month ban from soccer in a match-fixing scandal.

Bob Bradley ‘angry’ with Swansea City ownersSBI
The American coach says he is “angry” with the Swansea owners Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan for what he perceives as an admission that his hiring was a mistake. Bradley was appointed as Swansea’s manager in October, but was fired on Dec. 27 after just 11 games in charge.

Four EFL clubs ‘at risk of failure’ according to studyBBC Sport
According to the report by financial services firm Begbies Traynor, three unnamed clubs in League One and one in League Two are in “financial distress”.

AFC Champions League 2017 MD4: Results, Reports, HighlightsAFC
Complete roundup & highlights of Matchday 4 in the AFC Champions League.

Budget Problems and Government Ownership in Russian FootballFultbolgrad
Budget problems for some Russian clubs has meant that once again the oddity of the Russian Football Premier League schedule has been a major topic in our weekly Futbolgrad Podcast. Russia made the switch from the spring to fall season to the more commonly used European fall to spring of the following year calendar during the 2011-12 season.

The aim of the experiment is not to achieve 100% accuracy for all decisions as there is no desire to destroy the essential flow and emotions of football which result from the game’s almost non-stop action and the general absence of lengthy stoppages. The philosophy is “minimum interference – maximum benefit”.

Lost Aberdeen football washes up 1,000 miles away off NorwayBBC
A football belonging to an Aberdeen club has been found more than 1,000 miles away, washed up off the far north coast of Norway.

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