BC Soccer News, Wednesday, April 19, 2017




SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017, 1:00 PM
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MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 Seattle Sounders FC 1, April 14, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Training report: Captain Kendall, injury updates, and moreWhitecaps FC
After a 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC returned to training on Tuesday at the University of British Columbia with an eye towards Saturday’s clash with league-leading Portland Timbers (1 p.m. PT kickoff on CTV/TSN and TSN 1040).

What makes Alphonso Davies that once-in-a-generation playerMLS
By late last year, Davies’ name and tales of his fearless performances had seemingly circulated around the globe. There was news that Davies was being watched by a few European mega-clubs, and Jorge Alvial was actually the second scout to see Davies in person. Liverpool’s Andy O’Brien had seen Davies not long before, and the avalanche was on.

Beyond the Lens – SupportEighty-Six Forever
As we close in on another #CurvaonTour (it’s normally Caps, but I’ll get into that later) adventure into Portland, or as is sometimes referred to as Lower Cascadia, I always struggle with the question, “Why do you guys (Caps fans) have 3 supporters groups?” As we all know, in Portland, it’s just the Timbers Army whereas Curva Collective, RCB and Vancouver Southsiders make up the supporters landscape in Vancouver.

From the Pigeon Loft: Turning a corner AFTN
There is something powerful in the act of facing one another, acknowledging one another. One of my favourite chants is “Come on Vancouver, we’re together, supporting you tonight.” It’s slow and anthemic, sometimes dirgy, but its a lovely tune and the sentiment is exactly right. We are shoulder to shoulder in the Southside and the job of everyone there is to produce a unified noise towards the players. We are together. Supporting you. Making visual and auditory displays that express something.

Pride Park versus BC Place: Fight!Soccer Shorts
To cut a long story short a combination of emigrating to Canada and appallingly timed trips back to the UK meant that I hadn’t been to the home of my “other” team, Derby County for eight years.

Tim Howard is an increasingly outdated frontman for MLSThe Guardian
The Colorado Rapids goalkeeper remains a significant figure in American soccer culture, even if his best days are well in the past.

Impact’s Jackson-Hamel vies to earn more playing timeMontreal Gazette
It was Jackson-Hamel, a 23-year-old native of Quebec City, who scored the winning goal in stoppage-time by redirecting Hernan Bernardello’s low shot from outside the area with the heel of his right foot. The victory was Montreal’s first of the Major League Soccer League season, coming in the team’s sixth game.

Zavaleta thrilled with place on TFC Toronto Sun
Just knowing was the biggest boost Eriq Zavaleta received over the winter. Knowing that, for the first time in his five MLS seasons, he was an established professional after playing a big part in TFC’s MLS Cup run last year.

LA Galaxy sign forward Jack McInerney SBI
Jack McInerney has finally found a team. The LA Galaxy announced the signing of McInerney on Tuesday after the 24-year-old forward cleared waivers following his release by the Portland Timbers.

Orlando Pride coach Tom Sermanni: ‘Something special is happening here’The Guardian
The former US national coach is starting his second season in charge of the Pride – and believes the club, with its brand new stadium, is going places.

New York Soccer Stories: Alex MuylEmpire of Soccer
His soccer career began with Manhattan Kickers, but as he grew as a player, he outgrew the club and the constrictions of soccer in an urban environment, an island of skyscrapers and few fields.

Sounders will wear kits made from ocean plastic on Sunday at LAGoalWA
Today, adidas, Major League Soccer and Parley For The Oceans unite to raise awareness around the harmful impact of marine plastic pollution with the unveiling of four adidas MLS Parley club jerseys.

MLS, NWSL, US Soccer set to co-host head injury prevention summitMLS
The US Soccer Federation, the National Women’s Soccer League and Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday their joint hosting of a medical summit, dubbed “Head Injury in Soccer; From Science to the Field,” on Friday and Saturday in New York.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour Comes to Canada


Ruby ready to shine for CanadaNorth Shore News
North Vancouver soccer star joins U17 national team shooting for berth in World Cup.

Erica Reis coming to the Heat from CMFSCUBCO
Erica Reis, a 5’5″ midfielder from Port Moody, is the latest addition to the Heat women’s soccer program for next season. She is the younger sister of Lucas Reis, who finished his fifth year with the UBC Thunderbirds men’s side last season.

Get To Know Your TSS Rovers: Joel WatermanAFTN
Joel Waterman is one of a number of players coming to the TSS FC Rovers squad this season with previous PDL experience.

Surrey soccer players showcase skills for university scoutsPeace Arch News
After spending the weekend overseeing an event that saw more than 2,000 young soccer players putting their skills on display, Ryan Clark laughed at the question put to him Monday morning. “Why do we do it?” he said, both repeating the question and perhaps wondering why himself. As the manager of collegiate transition with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Clark oversaw the annual Whitecaps FC Showcase last weekend at Newton Athletic Park.

BC Soccer Women’s Provincial Cup Draw Monday April 3, Men’s Provincial Cup Draw April 13BCSA
Complete brackets and results for the 2017 Women’s and Men’s Provincial Cup Tournaments.

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 Soccer’s EXCEL program prepares 29 young players for international play at U-17 camp in Burnaby, BCCSA
Canada Soccer is holding its first full development camp for the U-17 eligible group of players 17-25 April at Fortius in Burnaby, BC ahead of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018.

RedNation Interview Series: Juan CordovaRed Nation Online
Juan Cordova, 21, is new to the Canadian program but has been a pro with Unión San Felipe of Chile’s Primera B Division since 2013. A player capable of playing both right and left back, Cordova has made more than 60 appearances with the first team and has earned call-ups from both the Chilean U20 team and Canadian U23 team.

Register for the UBCO High-Performance Summer Training Camp in Kelowna




SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017, 3:00 PM

Sean Melvin named to USL Team of the Week after five-save clean sheetWhitecaps FC
Sean Melvin was honoured with a selection to the USL Team of the Week after Sunday’s stellar performance against Timbers 2, the league announced on Tuesday.

OCB Finds Last-Gasp EqualizerUSL
The Harrisburg City Islanders were just stoppage-time minutes away from recording their first three-game winning streak in nearly two years. That notion was put to bed as Zach Carroll found a stoppage-time equalizer to help Orlando City B earn a 1-1 draw against Harrisburg on Tuesday at FNB Field.

Tactical Tidbits: Not all bad for FC Edmonton at bottom of table Soctakes
FC Edmonton’s offense needs a defibrillator. Luckily, it might have found one via an unlikely source: its back line. Or, more specifically, its fullbacks.

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

Reign FC goalkeeper Kopmeyer named NWSL Player of the WeekGoalWA
In her first opening day start, Kopmeyer made eight saves during the match, with six coming in the first half, helping Reign FC earn a 1-1 result against Sky Blue FC. Called upon several times early in the match, Kopmeyer made saves against Leah Galton in the 17th minute and Raquel Rodriguez in the 20th to keep Sky Blue off the board.

Man City Women hoping to make more history in the Women’s Champions LeagueManchester Evening News
Manchester City Women face Lyon in the semi finals of the Champions League and fans are urged to get behind the team.

Damallsvenskan Week 2 – Preview: Rosengård look to hold on to first placeVavel
Last year’s second place finishers look to hold on to the top spot as the Damallsvenskan approaches full swing.

Avon’s shirt sponsorship with Liverpool FC women’s team represents an evolution in female sports marketingThe Drum
Avon has become the first female-focused brand to sponsor a women’s professional football club after agreeing a shirt sponsorship deal with Liverpool FC’s ladies team.

Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick seals Real Madrid win over Bayern MunichThe Guardian
Real Madrid are in the Champions League semi-final for the seventh successive year, having defeated Bayern Munich 4-2, but that does not even begin to tell the story. So much happened, so absorbing was this game, so impressive and so controversial too that it is difficult to know how to begin telling it.

Atletico ends Leicester fairytale to reach another Champions League semiSportsnet
Atletico Madrid reached the Champions League semifinals for the third time in four seasons by ending Leicester’s fairytale European journey on Tuesday, drawing 1-1 at the King Power Stadium to advance 2-1 on aggregate.

Another all-Madrid final? Real loom into view for Simeone’s Atletico destinySN
There is a sense of destiny about Diego Simeone. The man in the dark suit operates with an unshakeable sense of belief in what he can do and what he can influence.

Falcao ready to silence critics againLigue 1
Radamel Falcao is ready to produce another matchwinning display for Monaco in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg with Borussia Dortmund after confounding his critics this season.

CCL: Gonzalez’s Pachuca earns draw at TigresSoccer America
Omar Gonzalez’s Pachuca escaped from Monterrey with a 1-1 draw against Tigres in the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League final.

Ukrainian Premier League Roundup – Shakhtar defeat Olimpik in the Donetsk DerbyFutbolgrad
Shakhtar Donetsk have won the derby in exile against city rivals Olimpik Donetsk. Both teams remain in exile from their hometown Donetsk due to the continued volatile security situation in the Donbass. While Shakhtar have recently moved to Kharkiv, Olimpik play their “home” games at the Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium in Kyiv.

Russia passes new laws to fight threat of fan violence at 2018 World CupInside World Football
The new legislation includes increased fines, 15-day detentions, deportation and, for Russian fans, a seven-year ban on attending fixtures.

Football child abuse suspects put at more than 250BBC
So far 252 potential suspects and 560 victims have been identified by officers investigating child sex abuse within football in the UK, police say.

Pitfalls and pressure await little diamonds in cut-throat youth footballThe Guardian
Dream of being a star can easily turn into a nightmare for parents and children – and the way footballers are developed needs addressing.

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