BC Soccer News, Wednesday, April 4, 2018



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“Trust” shown by Robbo giving Jose Aja the extra confidence to solidify a starting spot in VancouverAFTN
The depth on this year’s Whitecaps squad is probably the strongest in their eight MLS seasons to date. The midfield in particular raises a number of questions around starters and formations to best utilize them, but it’s been in the centre of the defence that perhaps the most pressing issue has arisen so far.

Maund prepared with ‘Caps to take on Real Salt LakeRed Nation Online
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are on the road again as they continue to rack up early season air miles. The Caps take on 1-2-1 Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah on Saturday night. The road has been kind to the 3-1-1 Caps as they’ve won two of three fixtures away from B.C Place. Including a 2-1 second half come from behind win against Columbus Crew SC on Saturday.

Vancouver Whitecaps sign Victoria goalkeeper Sean MelvinTimes Colonist
Six-foot-four goalkeeper Sean Melvin says he has the size to “create a presence” in the crease. The Vancouver Whitecaps certainly think so, signing the Victoria product to a Major League Soccer contract on Monday.

Whitecaps’ Ibini just biding his time until next big breakEdmonton Journal
Somewhere, perhaps in a box gathering dust in his attic, is the metal plate and screws that held Bernie Ibini’s once-broken right tibia together, forgotten relics of a traumatic training incident that derailed his European football dreams.

Three things: How the ‘Caps handed Columbus their first loss of 2018Whitecaps FC
Earlier this month, I wrote about the secret to Vancouver’s success on the road over the last four plus years (they’ve had the most wins away from home since the start of 2014) and how the ‘Caps have mastered “the art of the smash and grab.” Guess what? They’ve done it again. Well, kind of.

Whitecaps find a fair wind in ColumbusSoccer Shorts
Can the Whitecaps just play every game away from BC Place? The 2-1 win against the Columbus Crew looked like being a case of the all too familiar “Meh” in the first half as Vancouver were easily outplayed by the home team and trailed 1-0 thanks to a Stefan Marinovic error.

Episode 255 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Crew Cut – Columbus Postgame Show)AFTN
If the Crew do end up leaving Columbus this offseason, it’s likely Vancouver Whitecaps will be the saddest team to see them go. Saturday’s win for the ‘Caps made it four straight victory in Columbus. We clearly enjoy being there, even if the Crew owners don’t.

Giovinco, Altidore power Toronto FC past Club America in CONCACAF semifinal openerCP24
Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore scored first-half goals as Toronto FC beat Mexico’s Club America 3-1 in its CONCACAF Champions League semifinal opener on a wet and breezy Tuesday night.

Toronto FC 3, Club America 1 | CCL Semifinals RecapToronto FC
Toronto FC banked the home win they needed on Tuesday night, downing Club América 3-1 at a cold, rain-soaked BMO Field in the first leg of their Concacaf Champions League semifinal clash via goals from Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore and Ashtone Morgan.

Toronto FC’s Jonathan Osorio claims he was assaulted by Club America staff during halftime meleeEdmonton Sun
Someone’s lying. And it probably isn’t Jonathan Osorio. Or Greg Vanney. Or the Toronto Police. Welcome to CONCACAF, where lines are blurred and chaos often ensues.

Club America’s Miguel Herrera claims Toronto police ‘were hitting my players’ESPN
Miguel Herrera has slammed the match officials and accused police of assaulting his players following Club America’s 3-1 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal first leg loss to Toronto FC at BMO Field on Tuesday.

Toronto FC deserves plaudits, while Club America’s baffling tactical approach needs to be questionedthe11.ca
It’s awfully hard to defend the way Club America approached the first leg of its CONCACAF Champions League semifinal match-up against Toronto FC.

CCL Preview: Red Bulls up for ‘exciting game’ in GuadalajaraSBI
The New York Red Bulls’ dominant victory over Club Tijuana is in the rear view mirror according to coach Jesse Marsch. A date with C.D. Chivas de Guadalajara awaits in the CCL semifinal, and the task at hand is larger than ever.

Make that two straight shutouts for the Montreal ImpactMontreal Impact
Four games in, and the Montreal Impact is hitting its stride.

Precourt, MLS on deadline to respond to Columbus lawsuitPro Soccer USA
The owner of Columbus Crew SC and Major League Soccer have until April 19 to respond to a lawsuit aimed at keeping the club in Columbus.

MLS’s turf problem: can a league be world-class on artificial grass?The Guardian
According to a poll, most of the league’s players are put off by a surface that can put strain on joints. But there are good reasons for its place in MLS.

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Rovers Return: TSS’ 2018 PDL roster combines key returnees, Whitecaps alumni, and top local college talentAFTN
The new USL PDL season is six weeks away. Swangard Stadium will be the venue for Monday night football when TSS Rovers kick off their 2018 PDL campaign with a match against Oregon side Lane United. The return of the Rovers, a season opener, a Cascadian derby. A perfect night of football really. Make sure you’re there to see it.

Year two: The TSS Rovers storyThe Short Pass
Docked points, dirty team kits on the floor of garages and players helping set up stands for the fans. One year on and Will Cromack and Colin Elmes both admit they’re still coming to grips with all the nuances of owning and running their own club.

Highlanders Add Pearce and BartolilloVictoria Highlanders
Victoria Highlanders are pleased to announce that midfielders, Owen Pearce and Francesco Bartolillo will be returning for the upcoming 2018 Premier Development League (PDL) season. The midfielders will add to Head Coach, Thomas Niendorf’s growing squad for the 2018 season.

2018 BMO Kickin’ with the ‘Caps Community Clinics announcedWhitecaps FC
This spring, Whitecaps FC will run community clinics in Metro Vancouver that will introduce soccer skills to youth ages 7 through 10. Participants can meet some of their favourite Whitecaps FC players and receive coaching from ’Caps players and coaches.

Popadynetz, Windhorst named WolfPack athletes of the year (2017-18)TRU
A soccer player who led his team to a national medal and a volleyball player who was a consistent offensive threat in each match have been honored as the Athletes of the Year by the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack for 2017-18.

WolfPack women’s soccer sign Smithers forward (Gammie)TRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer program has gone to the Northwest part of the province for their latest recruit.

Yale-bound soccer star has lofty goals on and off the pitchPeace Arch News
South Surrey’s Saje Brar to play NCAA soccer this fall.

49ers’ cup celebrations on hold after protestCowichan Valley Citizen
Following a protest by Gorge FC Backfit, the 49ers’ opponent in the March 25 final, the Vancouver Island Soccer League has given Gorge the opportunity to replay the last seven minutes of the match, which Cowichan won 4-1.

Academy of Football host U14 Easter tournamentWest Ham United
The Hammers’ young outfit took on the likes of Norwegian side Sandefjord, Canadians Vancouver Whitecaps, an Irish FA squad and eventual winners and Japanese team Kawisha Reysol in the group stages over the two-day tournament in east London.

VISL PHOTOS: 2018 JACKSON CUP FINAL, Gorge FC 3, Lakehill FC 2, March 25, 2018BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie.

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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Canada Soccer announces roster for International Friendly match featuring #4 Canada against #5 FranceCanada Soccer
Canada Soccer have announced their squad for an important Women’s International Friendly match against the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 hosts France. The match pits the world’s fourth-ranked Canada against fifth-ranked France at Roazhan Park on 9 April, one of the nine venues for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.

Price of soccer sidelines some newcomer playersCBC
When Anthony Chance came to Winnipeg as a refugee from Rwanda in 2010, he and his friends made a point of not getting involved with the wrong crowd, so they turned to soccer. Now he’s worried other people won’t get the same chance.

AUDIO: Canadian Premier League ‘A league for Canadians by Canadians’Sportsnet
Canada Soccer’s new Business CEO Scott Mitchell joins Sportsnet 590 The FAN’s Prime Time Sports to discuss the Canadian Primer League, and its objectives.

Canadian Soccer Through The Looking GlassNorthern Starting XI
ust recently the official statement of the creation of Canadian Soccer Business (CSB), the new marketing and fundraising firm owned by the ownership groups of the Canadian Premier League (CanPL), was released via CanPL’s twitter account. While this is simply monumental for the advancement of the sport in this country, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be overcome with the glitzy promise of sunshine and lollipops to the point of becoming blind to reality.

Westerner Park unveils potential $180 million in improvementsRed Deer Express
One thing Ben Antifaiff was excited for was the Exhibition Hall’s ability to convert to a full-sized soccer pitch.

Celebration of Adult Soccer in Exeter to be held in JuneExeter Lakeshore Times-Advance
A celebration of adult soccer in Exeter is set to take place on the first weekend of June.

Orangeville Minor Soccer celebrating 50 yearsOrangeville Citizen
The Orangeville Minor Soccer Club has a lot to celebrate this season. The local Club is entering its 50th year as an organization that helps kids play the sport while honing their skills on the soccer pitch and learning the value of competition and sportsmanship.

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Canadian International Edgar Joins NashvilleUSL
Nashville SC announced on Wednesday the club had signed Canadian international David Edgar, pending league and federation approval. Edgar is a veteran of England’s Premier League and Major League Soccer in his 13-year professional career.

Fresno Battles Past OKCUSL
Argueta’s late winner delights 5,123 fans as Foxes claim first home win.

MLS players’ union calls FCC ‘deplorable’ in Heinemann situation Cincinnati Soccer Talk
The MLS players’ union today issued a statement labeling FC Cincinnati’s release of former FCC striker Tommy Heinemann and its actions following as “deplorable and well below the standards necessary to succeed in MLS.”

Independence Set for Memorial Stadium MoveUSL
The Charlotte Independence’s future lies at American Legion Memorial Stadium, which under a recent agreement approved by Mecklenburg County commissioners will undergo a $32 renovation that will modernize the historic venue in downtown Charlotte for both the Independence and the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse to call their home early in the next decade.


NWSL Week In Review: Being Positive But HonestThe Equalizer
At approximately 1:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time Saturday afternoon, Swedish megastar Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his long anticipated MLS debut, taking the field in the second half for the Los Angeles Galaxy against cross-town rival and expansion squad LAFC.

Are we seeing the end of independent clubs in the NWSL?Soccer ‘n Sweet Tea
After losing two more independent clubs following the 2017 season, the trend towards MLS/USL-owned NWSL clubs seems to be the future.

Sinclair comes up big in close Portland Thorns victory over ChicagoLast Word on Soccer
After falling in their rematch of the 2017 NWSL Championship game last week, the Portland Thorns secured an away victory against the Chicago Red Stars.

Another comeback: Joanna Lohman’s ‘beautiful’ struggle and triumphant returnThe Equalizer
Three consecutive opening days. Three games showcasing the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. While these three games couldn’t possibly tell the full story of Joanna Lohman’s career, in many ways they do encapsulate the essence of it.

Division 1 Féminine Week 18 Review: Montpellier take a giant step towards Champions League footballVavel
With only a few more rounds of Division 1 Féminine football left to play, Montpellier HSC’s win over Paris Saint-Germain may prove to be a vital one.

Ireland Women now in a comfortable place after last year’s trouble and strifeRTE
It’s exactly a year since more than a dozen members of the Ireland Women’s National Team side went public, angered at their treatment by the FAI.

Frauen-Bundesliga week 16 review: Duisburg continue to pick up steamVavel
Fast trying to make up for postponements both Sand, Potsdam and Duisburg won one and lost one as Frankfurt slumped to two losses. Elsewhere Köln picked up a win in Hoffenheim, Freiburg hit Bremen for three as Essen, Munich and Wolfsburg all won on the road.

Women’s Under-17 EURO elite round reportUEFA
Holders Germany, former winners Spain and Poland, England, the Netherlands, Finland and Italy have joined hosts Lithuania in May’s finals.

WSL 1 week 13 review: Extended winter weather hits leagueVavel
With swathes of disparity over the number of fixtures played and an increasingly cluttered schedule, Arsenal, Everton, Yeovil and Bristol have all found themselves with two games in hand.

United Women’s Soccer Expands Into SoutheastUWS
United Women’s Soccer (UWS) is excited to announce the formation of the Southeast Conference, which will commence provisional play this season. Five teams from the state of Florida will join the mix in 2018, playing a series of home and away matches under the supervision of the league office. The provisional teams will be Cosmos FC, North Florida Reign, Orlando FC Royals, Orlando Kicks and Winter Haven United FC. Future expansion into Georgia and the Carolinas is anticipated for 2019.

A Power to aim high Illawarra Mercury
Teenage referee Lottie Cabassi-Power hopes one day to reach the W-League.

Female footballers to attempt record-breaking match for equalityCNN
The fight for equality will never be an unbroken upward curve. There are ups and downs in any fight for long-lasting change. That is why, less than 12 months after playing the highest football match in history, a group of female footballers are to attempt another record-breaking feat — to play football at the lowest point on earth.

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Liverpool v Manchester City: where Champions League tie could be won or lostThe Guardian
Mohamed Salah could expose City’s problem left-back position while Gabriel Jesus must rise to his biggest challenge yet.

Ronaldo scores stunner as Madrid beats Juventus 3-0 in CLNorth Bay – Nipissing
Cristiano Ronaldo latest masterpiece was so good even the opposing fans had to stand up and applaud.

Bayern Munich comes from behind to beat Sevilla in Champions LeagueSportsnet
Bayern Munich needed a couple of lucky bounces to prevent Sevilla from pulling off another Champions League upset.

Ulsan Horangi advances to 2nd round in Asia Champions LeagueMetro
South Korean club Ulsan Horangi joined Shanghai SIPG in the second round of the Asian Champions League after routing Melbourne Victory 6-2 Wednesday.

Fifa to appoint independent chair to lead FFA reformThe Guardian
An independent chairperson will lead an eight-member panel that has been tasked by Fifa with fixing the broken governance structures of Football Federation Australia.

Premier League clubs spent £211m on agents over past year – Football AssociationBBC Sport
Liverpool were the top flight’s biggest spenders at £26.8m and Chelsea second with £25.1m, according to Football Association data based on transfers from 1 February 2017 to 31 January 2018.

FIFA’s ‘white elephants’ warning after Morocco bid criticismSportsnet
FIFA issued its second rebuke inside a week to Morocco’s World Cup bid for questioning the fairness of the process while warning it does not want unsuitable “white elephant” stadiums built for the 2026 tournament.

FIFA reject Morocco claims that 2026 bid criteria were manipulated at last minute Inside World Football
Morocco’s claim of unfair treatment by FIFA in the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup has been strongly rejected by football’s world governing body which has moved swiftly into face-saving overdrive in an effort to maintain credibility.

Former England captain Ray Wilkins dies at 61Sportsnet
Ray Wilkins, an elegant midfielder who captained England’s national soccer team and played for illustrious teams such as Manchester United, Chelsea and AC Milan in a 24-year career, died Wednesday. He was 61.

The real and remarkable Ray Wilkins was always a joy to watchThe Guardian
From Chelsea captain at 18 to a generous-spirited pundit, he was the most well-mannered and courteous of football men.

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