BC Soccer News, Wednesday, April 20, 2016







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Training report: ‘Caps begin preparations for Saturday’s match vs. league-leading DallasWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC returned to training today at UBC ahead of Saturday’s match vs. FC Dallas.

Pérez declares himself fit ahead of ‘special’ match against former club FC Dallas Whitecaps FC
Pérez did some individual work on the sidelines and trained with the main group as a neutral before telling reporters he’ll be ready to go this weekend.

Is Blas Perez the answer to Whitecaps’ scoring drought? – The Province
With his old team in town, will Blas Perez be the magic man for the Whitecaps’ goal drought?

Whitecaps midfield can’t bail out forwards – 24 Hours
Vancouver Whitecaps FC failed to score on the weekend against Real Salt Lake. They haven’t scored a goal in three matches — and have yet to score a goal from open play in 2016.

Struggling Whitecaps ‘need to get on a run’ but they need to score firstMetro
The prevailing wisdom from the Vancouver Whitecaps continues to be that they’re getting their chances, but, whatever the reasons, they just aren’t taking them. But … they are getting their chances.

MLS updates security measures at all 20 stadiums MLS
Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday that it will bring security measures at MLS events in line with those of other North American professional sports leagues, with new individual screening methods upon stadium entry beginning Saturday, April 23 at all Major League Soccer matches, Soccer United Marketing games, or United Soccer League matches played at MLS venues.

New MLS bag policy is awful, but also follows trend Sounder at Heart
MLS is standardizing its security theater policy in both Canada and the United States. These changes will be for all MLS or SUM matches conducted in stadia that host MLS teams. That means the new policy will be enforced for US Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, Canadian Championship games, friendlies and even non-soccer fan events. The new policy prohibits certain styles of bags, as well as bags larger than 14x14x6.

Maple Leaf Soccer: A 2016 Canadians in MLS round-up (Wk 7)AFTN
This past week saw the first two games in a week of the season for some teams, giving two Canadian players, Tesho Akindele and Karl Ouimette, two starts each during the busy spell.

TFC meets president Manning’s eight-point target – Toronto Star
It wasn’t long after Bill Manning’s arrival at Toronto FC last fall that the club’s new president publicly proclaimed his expectation for the Reds’ opening eight-game road trip: anything less than eight points would be a bust.

TFC notebook: Cheyrou out 3-5 weeks; Endoh set to returnSportsnet
Toronto FC was back in training on Tuesday ahead of its road game against the Montreal Impact this weekend.

Justen Glad not taking starting spot on RSL back line for granted Salt Lake Tribune
Ten minutes after Real Salt Lake’s unbeaten start to 2016 extended through its first six matches, Justen Glad took to Twitter to commemorate the 1-0 win. The 19-year-old center back thanked goalkeeper Nick Rimando in his tweet and followed it up with an appropriate hashtag of “#3pts.”

MLS officiating leader says there was no makeup call in Orlando City game Orlando Sentinel
If a referee makes a mistake that significantly impacts a Major League Soccer match, will he try to make up for it with another questionable call against the other team?

Alan Hinton: the stylist in white boots who became America’s Mr Soccer The Guardian
He was a silken playmaker for Wolves, Nottingham Forest and Derby – and then Alan Hinton kicked off a hugely successful second act across the Atlantic.

Ex-NYCFC coach Jason Kreis weighs in on new documentary on inaugural season MLS
Win!, the documentary chronicling the first year in New York City FC history, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last week, giving fans and filmgoers and inside look at one of the most pored-over seasons in MLS history.

From the Pigeon Loft: Projection, alienation and antidoteAFTN
There is dispassionate criticism and then there are feelings, and they aren’t the same. A critic looks at what is going on and notes the objective reality: no goals from open play, winless and shut out in three, injuries riddling the squad, sub-par performances from players that we know can do better, from a team that is capable of so much more. From this platform, we might speculate about why and pour over stats and formations, substitutions, in-game decisions and a myriad of other factors. We might even find a person to blame.

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Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference – June 3-5 at SFU BC Soccer Web
The Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference is back for its second year. Learn from some of the best coaches in the game. This year’s conference features speakers from Arsenal, Leicester City, Southampton, the English FA and more. Register before April 30 for early bird pricing.

Upstart Ravens advance to Coastal Cup finalRichmond News
Having finished at the bottom of the standings in regular season play, the U18 Division One girls soccer team was considered a longshot when the 63rd annual Coastal Cup playdowns began earlier this month. Not only did the Ravens advance out of the opening round for the very first time, they are off to the championship game thanks to three straight wins on home field.

Beck off to Brazil with Canada Langley Times
Beck has been selected to represent Canada in July in futsal — a five-a-side version of soccer — at the FISU World University Championships in Brazil.

Sports economy no longer riding Canucks bandwagonBusiness in Vancouver
Three event dates at BC Place Stadium in March drew more than 110,000, the equivalent of six playoff games at Rogers Arena had the Canucks advanced. The two-day March-debuted World Rugby HSBC Canada Sevens is returning for at least three more years. Canada’s Russia 2018 World Cup soccer qualifier against Mexico benefited from the large Mexican-American population within driving distance.

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.

Victoria Highlanders 2016 Season Tickets Now Available Select Your Seats
The Victoria Highlanders are ready to return to the PDL for 2016. BC Soccer Web encourages all soccer fans on Vancouver Island to get behind their team. Season tickets are now on sale and extremely affordable. Support Local Soccer!

BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting Candidates for its Board of DirectorsBCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June 11, 2016. Prospective candidates are invited to review the information provided on the BC Soccer web site www.bcsoccer.net. Candidates who provide notice to BC Soccer Assoc. of their intent to stand for election by May 1, 2016 will have their applications circulated to the membership in early May.

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 adds Grenada match to Caribbean tourCSA
Canada has added an international match against Grenada as part of the upcoming Men’s EXCEL U-23 camp and Caribbean tour. The two-match tour will feature away soccer matches against the national “A” sides of Guyana on 15 May and Grenada on 18 May.

Ash, Redmond honoured in Newfoundland LabradorCSA
Sandy Faulkner Ash, a CONCACAF silver medal winner and Canada Soccer champion, has joined her hockey-playing father in the Newfoundland Labrador Sports Hall of Fame. Both were pioneers for their province in their respective sports, with Alex the first from Newfoundland Labrador in the National Hockey League and Sandy the first selected to Canada’s national “A” team for a CONCACAF tournament.

USA Soccer U-17s beat Canada twice Stars & Stripes FC
John Hackworth and his under-17 national team squad took on Canada in two matches at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and came away with two 3-1 victories. The roster was comprised of players from the Residency program in Bradenton.

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WFC2 release midfielder Victor BlascoWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 announced on Tuesday that midfielder Victor Blasco has been released after breaching the club’s personal conduct policy. “We thank Victor for his time at the club and wish him the best,” said Whitecaps FC 2 head coach Alan Koch. “As this is a private team matter, we will not be commenting further.”

FC Edmonton partners with City TV, TSN 1260 for 2016 NASL seasonFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton is excited to announce television and radio broadcast deals for the 2016 North American Soccer League (NASL) season. The Eddies will once again broadcast all home matches on City TV in Edmonton and will simulcast regular season matches on TSN 1260.

Canadian Youth International Shamit Shome Has Strong Debut For Eddies NASL
FC Edmonton’s Shamit Shome added another accomplishment to his young career this past weekend, making his professional debut against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Shome is the most recent product of the FC Edmonton Academy to sign a professional contract with the club’s first team.

USL Week 5 Preview: Portland, Cincinnati Look for MomentumEmpire of Soccer
Week 5 in the USL has moved in quickly with games starting on Wednesday night in the West coast and ending with some interesting fixtures in the East on Sunday afternoon.

USL Early Season Attendance ExplosionUSL
One month into its 2016 campaign, the USL’s 2016 expansion clubs are off to a very successful start. With teams built on experienced and committed local ownership in dynamic up-and- coming soccer markets and the continued investment into quality soccer specific stadiums, the newcomers to the fastest-growing league in the world have displayed unparalleled success on and off the field, led by record crowds.

USL Preview: Orange County Blues FC vs. Portland Timbers 2 USL
Orange County Blues FC and the Portland Timbers 2 will both try to build on their first wins of the season on Wednesday night when they meet at Anteater Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT.

Honduras National Team Player Nuñez Signs with Ft. Lauderdale Ft. Lauderdale Strikers
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers have today announced the signing of Honduras national team midfielder Ramon Nuñez. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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The Lowdown: The Memorial streak crashes and burnsThe Equalizer
For two full seasons, the Reign never lost at Memorial Stadium. And then they did. Laura Harvey always said the only thing for sure about the streak was that it would eventually end. But who would have imagined it would end on Sunday afternoon? Certainly not against a Sky Blue team starting three draft picks and two players who made the team as trialists. Not on opening day when the great midfield triumvirate of Kim Little, Jessica Fishlock, and Keelin Winters figures to rule the day. None of that happened.

Byrne and Blundell ready for Thursday’s FA WSL derby The FA
Experienced goalkeeper Emma Byrne wants her Arsenal team-mates to use their SSE Women’s FA Cup semi-final success to kick-start their Women’s Super League 1 season against Chelsea on Thursday.

Steph Houghton eager to help women’s football continue to grow EuroSport
England captain Steph Houghton is determined to beckon through the next generation of Lionesses and make sure women’s football builds on its biggest ever boom year.

Women’s FA Cup: Wembley final should have 50,000 crowd, says Emma HayesBBC Sport
Chelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes wants to see a crowd in excess of 50,000 at Wembley for the Women’s FA Cup Final.

AFC heads drive to get more MAs into women’s game at all levels Inside World Football
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is endeavouring to make greater efforts to support the growth of the women’s game which has struggled for recognition in many parts of the diverse continent.

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Europe’s top 10 football transfer targets under the age of 23 – The Guardian
From Ousmane Dembélé to Leroy Sané, we look at the young players on the continent who will be the most sought-after this summer.

VIDEO: Liverpool v Everton: Merseyside derby is ‘more than a game’ BBC Sport
In the lead-up to Wednesday’s Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp describes the fixture as “special” while Everton manager Roberto Martinez says it is “more than just a game”.

Jürgen Klopp tells Liverpool: ‘hurt yourself, not someone else’ in derbyThe Guardian
Jürgen Klopp has told Liverpool’s players to be prepared to “hurt yourself, not someone else” as he called for cool heads in his first Merseyside derby.

‘We’ve shown we can fight,’ says Newcastle’s Rafael Benítez The Guardian
No sooner has Rafael Benítez made a host of new friends among Newcastle United’s players and supporters than he finds himself having to rely on some very important old ones for assistance.

France wants to extend state of emergency during Euro 2016Sportsnet
France’s government is calling for a two-month extension of the state of emergency that was declared after the deadly Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, the country’s prime minister said Wednesday. The move, which will require parliament’s approval, is intended to cover the European Championship soccer tournament and the Tour de France.

Sydney FC stay on top of Asian Champions League group after stalemate with Urawa Red Diamonds Sydney Morning Herald
When a draw suits both teams, the fans tend to be the losers. The equation was simple for Sydney FC and Urawa Red Diamonds on Wednesday night with a draw ensuring the Sky Blues remained top of Group H and the J-League giants’ passage to the knockout stage of the Asian Champions League.

Ronny Deila to quit as Celtic manager at end of season Sportsnet
Celtic manager Ronny Deila is leaving the club at the end of the season. The Norwegian made the announcement Wednesday, three days after Celtic lost to rival Rangers in a penalty shootout in the Scottish Cup semifinals.

Leeds United: Massimo Cellino’s son Edoardo suspended and fined by FA BBC Sport
The son of Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has been suspended from all football-related activities for three matches and fined by the Football Association for comments he made on social media.

Do Manchester United fans want fourth if it means Louis van Gaal stays?The Guardian
Just imagine what a cheer Louis van Gaal will get if he manoeuvres his side into an unlikely fourth place and secures himself another season at Old Trafford. There will be no need for José Mourinho because the three-year plan will be back on. Ed Woodward will be able to take a break from manager-hunting and put his feet up for another six months. Van Gaal will be allowed to supervise the pre-season tour of China in the knowledge that he will still be working with the same players when the real season commences. United finishing fourth is a win-win situation, right?

Swansea directors face windfall as American takeover edges closer BBC Sport
Swansea City’s American takeover is edging closer to completion – and BBC Wales has learned which club directors are selling or keeping their shares.

Defense key in CCL final first leg for short-handed America Goal
After Tigres’ attack showed its capabilities in the league, Club America’s defense must put in a strong 90 minutes in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Bayern beats Bremen to reach German Cup final Sportsnet
Bayern Munich needed a disputed penalty to secure a 2-0 win over Werder Bremen and reach its 21st German Cup final on Tuesday.

Benefits of heading ban are clear to see Soccer America
I have now refereed and watched several games since the elimination of heading for children 10 and under – and have compared them to my notes and memories of games at the same level when heading was still allowed.

Infantino targets Russia 2018 for debut of World Cup video refs Inside World Football
New FIFA president Gianni Infantino says video replays could be introduced in time for the 2018 World Cup. The International Football Association Board, the game’s lawmakers, last month approved experimental trials over a two-year period and Infantino hopes that will bear fruit.

Rochdale announce player Callum Camps has left car lights onBBC Sport
Rochdale’s stadium announcer thought he was doing a fan a favour when he read out the number plate of a car with its headlights left on during Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Gillingham – little did he realize it belonged to one of the players.

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