BC Soccer News, Wednesday, April 25, 2018




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Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Real Salt Lake | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Two teams desperately seeking consistency square off at BC Place as Vancouver Whitecaps FC looks for their first win of April against a Real Salt Lake team that hasn’t won — or lost — consecutive games all season.

After the ugliest of losses, the Whitecaps hoping for ugly win to stem the tideThe Province
On Friday in Kansas City, there was little good and a whole lot of bad, and now the Vancouver Whitecaps are hoping for a little ugly — of the good kind — this week.

Winding Champions League road comes down to 90 minutes for Toronto FCToronto FC
Only 90 minutes remain. Chivas, and the ticking of the clock, stand in the way of Toronto FC achieving yet another feat that no MLS club has ever done before: a Concacaf Champions League title.

’90 MINUTES IS A LONG TIME’: Michael Bradley-led Toronto FC confident ahead of Champions League finalToronto Sun
You think you know football. Then you meet with Michael Bradley on the eve of a major final. It’s a conversation, a test, a learning experience — the furthest thing from a textbook interview.

Sebastian Giovinco eager to open new contract talks with Toronto FCESPN
Giovinco, 31, is the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer on a deal that paid him over $7 million last season but expires after next year.

Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney eyes MLS history … and possibly the USA jobThe Guardian
The Virginian aims to lead his side to MLS’s first ever Concacaf Champions League title on Wednesday night. And victory could lead to bigger things.

MLS refs leave frustrated Impact coach, players seeing redMontreal Gazette
Keeping 11 players on the field for the full 90 minutes will be a must for struggling Impact when they visit Atlanta United FC on Saturday.

Tenacious defense, restored confidence on offense key to FC Dallas’ 3-0-3 startSportsday
One thing that looks like a trend is FC Dallas’ strong defense. With just three goals against, FCD has allowed five fewer than any other team. That’s with a defense that has an entirely new left side after the offseason signings of left back Anton Nedyalkov and left center back Reto Ziegler.

With trust of Brad Friedel, Revs’ Teal Bunbury thriving at center forwardMLS
During a summer 2017 stretch of six goals in eight games, Teal Bunbury’s answer for what clicked was simple: more playing time.

Richard Sánchez states his case for long-term starting goalkeeper jobChicago Fire
Richard Sánchez may be a young goalkeeper with just eight matches in MLS under his belt. But the 24-year-old Chicago Fire netminder has a chance to not only be the goalkeeper of the present for the Fire, but also the future.

MLS Week 9: Ranking the gamesAJC
Ranking this week’s MLS games from best to worst.

New York City FC not focused on Harlem River Yards as site for proposed stadium – presidentESPN
New York City FC president Jon Patricof says that a tract of land at Harlem River Yards is not an area of focus for a proposed stadium site.

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Soccer stumped as District of North Van preserves parkNorth Shore News
Trees topped turf Monday as District of North Vancouver council voted 6-1 to preserve Digger Park and kick a proposed soccer field down the road.

EDITORIAL: Turfed outNorth Shore News
Ultimately, council decided the neighbours who pleaded to preserve a forest in their backyard were more persuasive than the soccer community who wanted side-by-side pitches.

The Return of HundalVictoria Highlanders
Highlanders are excited to welcome back former Highlanders and UVic legend Cam Hundal for the upcoming 2018 Premier Development League (PDL) season. The attacking talent signs with the team bringing head coach Thomas Niendorf’s roster to 22 ahead of the Highlanders first training session at UVic.

Get To Know Your TSS Rovers: Erik EdwardsonAFTN
Erik Edwardson may not be a name familiar to many as he gets set for his first PDL season with TSS Rovers, but that should soon change as soon as he steps foot on the pitch at Swangard this summer.

LMG eyes Nanaimo after 2-1 win over ‘classy’ West Van sideCowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan LMG’s win over West Van FC on Saturday was a monumental one, even though it came in the early going of the provincial men’s soccer championships.

Okanagan athlete becoming national successKelowna Now
Vernon native Connor Glennon has been chasing professional success in soccer since childhood and is making his way into the big leagues.

Huitema comes home early after CONCACAF tournament cancelledChilliwack Progress
Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema had a Nicaraguan adventure cut short this week as political unrest forced the cancellation of the 2018 CONCACAF World U-17 Championship.

United U15s draw with KelownaVernon Morning Star
Vernon Tolko United let a two-goal second-half lead slip away and settled for a 4-4 draw with Kelowna United N in Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League U15 Boys Rep soccer action Sunday at Kelowna’s Mission Park.

Richmond All-Stars sure have lived up to their nameRichmond News
It was back in 2013 when the U13 Richmond All-Stars completed a dominant season as B.C. Soccer’s Coastal and Provincial “A” Cup champions. The depth of promising talent on their roster would be reflected five years later.

Nelson Youth Soccer hosts ceremony to honour Kerry DyckNelson Daily
Nelson Youth Soccer held a brief ceremony Tuesday to honour the amazing contribution of former executive member, coach and player, Kerry Dyck.

Ogopogos shade Soccer UnitedVernon Morning Star
The new look Turn-Key Controls Ogopogos opened the Capri Insurance Men’s 45+ Soccer League season with a 2-1 win over Soccer United Monday night at Kelowna City Park.

Cascadia unites for World Cup appearance in LondonGoalWA
Representing British Columbia, Oregon and Washington, the Cascadian International Team will compete at the CONIFA World Football Cup, a global soccer tournament played this summer in London.

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

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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Canadian Premier League website starts mysterious countdownWaking the Red
The CPL looks to be launching a new website later this week.

Match Preview: West Ottawa S.C. v Hamilton United EliteLeague1 Ontario
The fifth League1 Ontario season starts with a bang this weekend, featuring 14 matches across the men’s and women’s divisions.

Hayley Wickenheiser, John Herdman join gender equity panelThe Star
Wickenheiser, Olympic champion paddler Adam van Koeverden, soccer coach John Herdman, Olympic water polo player Waneek Horn-Miller and Paralympic swimmer Chelsey Gotell are among the dozen Kirsty Duncan recruited to tackle dropout rates among adolescent girls, a lack of women in leadership roles and sexual harassment in sport.

Soccer league hopeful warm weather keeps season on scheduleCJME
Saskatchewan is the land of living skies and that’s making things difficult for sports league’s in Regina to find out when their seasons will begin.

Delayed opening for Owen Sound fieldsOwen Sound Sun Times
With the arrival of warmer weather, sports teams are itching to get onto Owen Sound’s playing fields. But the city is asking user groups to stay off the field a while longer so that they can get them ready for the summer playing season.

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Battery Run Wild Against AtlantaUSL
Charleston takes 3-0 victory behind pair of goals by former Maryland standout.

Toronto FC II at Richmond Kickers: USL match preview, stream, & game threadWaking the Red
Toronto FC II will be looking to build on their best outing of the season come Wednesday night when they travel to Virginia to face the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium – kickoff is set for 4 p.m. PT

Penn FC And Nashville Fight to StalemateUSL
Penn FC and Nashville SC fought out a physical 0-0 draw in a bruising encounter at FNB Field on Tuesday night.

Orange County SC pick up Nicolas Czornomaz on loan from LAFCAngels on Parade
Orange County SC announced on Tuesday they have acquired midfielder Nicolas Czornomaz. The 22-year-old will be available for the USL side from Wednesday’s game against Rio Grande Valley FC.

USL’s Week Ahead – Stage Set as Monarchs Open New HomeUSL
The newest venue in the United Soccer League will officially open next Monday night in Herriman, Utah, as Real Monarchs SLC plays its first game at Zions Bank Stadium against Las Vegas Lights FC to cap an exciting seven days of action across the league’s two conferences.


The Lowdown: Dash, others, remain in search of first wins of 2018The Equalizer
When the Dash went to Chicago for last Wednesday’s match they were playing on 11 days of rest compared to three for the Red Stars. But Vera Pauw sensed the team was not fully locked in and warned her players that if they were not ready for the start of the match they would be down 2-0 within seven minutes.

Washington Spirit to play one NWSL match at Audi Field this summerWashington Post
The Washington Spirit plays its home matches at Maryland SoccerPlex in the outer reaches of Montgomery County, a distant location for city dwellers and those reliant on public transportation. But for one game this summer, the National Women’s Soccer League team will call Washington its home.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: NWSL honors Red Stars’ HuertaFront Row Soccer
Chicago Red Stars forward Sofia Huerta was voted the National Women’s Soccer League player of the week by the NWSL Media Association for Week 4 of the season.

Michelle Betos returns to where it all beganSounder at Heart
Five years later & the goalkeeper finally gets her wins as a Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper.

How Thorns FC’s depth has kept the 2018 season on courseTimbers.com
The most ardent Thorns FC fans might have highlighted it on their calendar the second they saw the schedules. Both the Asian Cup and Copa América were going to deprive Portland of prominent players this spring, with both set to end during the last weeks of April. You couldn’t blame Rose City Riveters if, long before the preseason, they took their calendars, found the week of April 22, and surrounded it in thick, red highlighter, marking the when their team’s full allotment of talent would return.

Utah Royals already raising the bar in first season in National Women’s Soccer LeagueOregonian
An incredible 19,302 gold-clad fans filled Rio Tinto Stadium on April 14 to cheer on the Utah Royals as they took on the Chicago Red Stars in their inaugural home opener as a National Women’s Soccer League club.

WSL 1 weeks 14-15 review: Yeovil pick up first and second points of seasonVavel
It was a long-time coming but the big news of the midweek round of fixtures was Yeovil’s first point of the season.

FA Women’s Super League 2: Tottenham Hotspur Ladies forward Katie O’Leary keen to right some wrongs against Durham Women FCHam & High
Katie O’Leary says Sunday’s home defeat to Sheffield FC Ladies was ‘difficult to take’ after being on such a high from Thursday’s morale-boosting win at Oxford United Women.

Party in the USA: How the new International Champions Cup plans to grow women’s soccerSportsPro Media
Charlie Stillitano, executive chairman of International Champions Cup (ICC) organisers Relevent Sports, discusses the new women’s event and the path ahead for the women’s game.

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Mohamad Salah gives Liverpool 3-goal cushion in Champions League semifinalThe Star
The Ballon D’Or candidate scored two goals and set up two more against Roma, giving Liverpool a 5-2 lead.

Mohamed Salah: The night the ‘phenomenal’ Liverpool man downed RomaBBC Sport
Mohamed Salah was named Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year on Sunday. Two days later, he established himself as one of the best in Europe. Next step: the world?

2 men from Rome arrested after attacking Liverpool fanSportsnet
Two men from Rome were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an assault before a Champions League game that left a Liverpool fan in critical condition, police said Wednesday.

Roma condemn ‘abhorrent’ fan behaviour in LiverpoolBBC Sport
Roma have condemned the “abhorrent behaviour” of some fans after a Liverpool supporter was attacked before the Champions League semi-final.

UCL Preview: Will CR7 continue to haunt Bayern Munich?NBC Sports
Bayern Munich hopes home field can be the key to its first win over Real Madrid in six tries.

Wenger says timing of his Arsenal departure not his decision Delta Optimist
Arsene Wenger says the timing of his departure from Arsenal “was not really my decision,” effectively confirming he was forced out of the English club he has managed for more than 21 years.

Arsenal face tough Atlético Madrid challenge in the Europa LeagueFussballstadt
Will Arsène Wenger guide his side to the UEFA Champions League before finally riding into the sunset after 22 years in charge of Arsenal? That is the prevailing question ahead of the semifinal clash against Atlético Madrid.

Madrid could match unique Milan featUEFA
With Real Madrid into the UEFA Champions League semi-finals and Atlético Madrid also in the UEFA Europa League’s last four, this could be just the second time a single city has claimed two major UEFA club competitions in the same year. The previous occasion was 1994, when AC Milan won the UEFA Champions League and Internazionale Milano lifted the UEFA Cup.

OM-OL: Lopes, Rami get three matchesLigue 1
Lyon ‘keeper Anthony Lopes and Marseille defender Adil Rami have each received three-match bans following the incidents at the end of the Olympico at the Orange Vélodrome in Ligue 1 Conforama’s Week 30.

Fifa secretary general reported to ethics chiefs over World Cup bidBBC Sport
One of Fifa’s most senior executives, Fatma Samoura, has been reported to the organisation’s powerful ethics committee. The claims stem from allegations relating to Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The North African country wants to host the tournament but is up against a North American joint effort comprising Canada, the USA and Mexico.

UEFA hand Panathinaikos European ban as club’s debt crisis mountsInside World Football
Greek football, consistently in turmoil on and off the pitch, has been plunged into yet more ignominy with the country’s oldest and most revered club Panathinaikos banned from European competition for a year for failing to pay their debts, with the sanction covering the next three seasons.

Bailey on the Wright path for SocceroosFIFA
It’s fair to say Bailey Wright’s career has come a long way in the past four years. Few knew of Wright when the defender was named in the Socceroos’ 2014 FIFA World Cup squad.

Argentina shocked by abuse of minors at top clubsNBC Sports
The teens live in the boarding house for Independiente’s youth section, where they should have been safe, dreaming of becoming Argentina’s next soccer great. Instead, investigators say pedophiles turned their lives into a nightmare.

Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs: who can still finish where?The Telegraph
We’re into the final month of the season across England’s top four tiers, and there is still plenty to play for.

Sixteen teams confirmed after epic eClub World Cup qualifier weekendFIFA
After a non-stop weekend of online qualification, we now have our 16 confirmed teams for the first ever FIFA eClub World Cup, which will take place on 19 and 20 May in a soon to be revealed iconic and eSports-crazy European city.

French great Henri Michel, exiled at 40, remembered as ‘Papa’Soccer America
Henri Michel, who led France to the Olympic goal medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics in his first coaching job at the age of 36 and third place at the 1986 World Cup, died on Tuesday at the age of 70 after a long battle with cancer.

Premier League safe standing petition reaches threshold for parliamentary debateESPN
A petition calling for the return of standing in Premier League and Championship games has reached the required number for MPs to consider a debate in parliament on the matter.

Leeds owner defends Myanmar tour: ‘This is about people not governments’The Guardian
The owner of Leeds United has defended the club’s highly controversial decision to play two post-season friendlies in Myanmar, a country accused of ethnic cleansing and human rights abuses against its Muslim Rohingya minority.

Leeds United, their Myanmar muddle and football’s most boggling toursThe Guardian
Leeds’ planned trip to Myanmar highlights the malarial atmosphere of the modern game, yet Dallas Tornado’s 1967 world tour may remain football’s most unfathomable odyssey.

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