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VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
2017 MLS ALL-STAR GAME
MLS ALL-STARS vs. REAL MADRID
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2017, 5:30 PM
SOLDIER FIELD, CHICAGO, IL.
TV: TSN ONLINE: TSN GO
MLS All-Star Game: As North American as … All-Star Games – Empire of Soccer
It is fair to say that MLS is perhaps the only league in the soccer world with a midseason all-star game. The closest counterpart might be the many testimonial matches held for accomplished players.
MLS All Star Game preview: Surprise us, please? – NBC Sports
I’ll just say it: I’d rather watch Real Madrid play almost any singular MLS playoff team in a friendly than spy Wednesday night’s MLS All Star Game in Chicago.
Homegrown Team 2, Chivas Under-20s 2 | 2017 MLS Homegrown Game Match Recap – MLS
Colorado Rapids defender Kortne Ford sent in a looping header in second-half stoppage time to lift the MLS Homegrown Team to a 2-2 draw with the Chivas de Guadalajara’s U-20 Team in the 2017 MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois on Tuesday.
Late Kortne Ford header earns MLS Homegrowns tie with Chivas U-20s – SBI
It took until the last possible minute, but an unlikely goalscorer did just enough to lead the MLS Homegrowns to a draw in Tuesday’s annual showcase.
Training report: Injury updates, video review, and more – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC were back at training Tuesday morning following their big 4-0 win over FC Dallas. The ‘Caps will travel to Colorado to take on the Rapids on Saturday in another Western Conference showdown.
Missing pieces continuing to plague supporter culture in Vancouver – AFTN
Jigsaw puzzles are one of life’s simple pleasures that I don’t spend a lot of time on, but when I do, I usually enjoy them. Finding all of the edge pieces first to build the framework or shape of the puzzle and then grouping the rest of the pieces together by their dominant colour. Things often then are easier to put together in small clusters before being linked up to create the larger picture.
Michael Bradley tells Toronto FC fans: I’m not going anywhere – SN
There is a brand-new Major League Soccer team coming to Los Angeles that will soon be looking for players to fill its empty roster. And it happens that Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley knows the new head coach pretty well: That would be his father, Bob. But Michael left little doubt he has found a home in his current job that he has no intention of abandoning.
Orlando City focuses on stronger finishes as Lions push for wins – Orlando Sentinel
It has been a frustrating couple weeks for Orlando City. After allowing Atlanta United to score a late-game goal during each of the team’s past two matches, the Lions are still searching for a way to get back above the red line in the Eastern Conference.
Beckham-Miami deal: ‘We’re not there yet’ – Soccer America
Will MLS pull the trigger and approve David Beckham’s long-delayed bid to bring the league’s 24th team to Miami? It could happen as soon as Wednesday and the MLS board of governors meeting in Chicago. But MLS commissioner Don Garber cautioned that work on the project still needs to be done.
Howard Webb: Meet the soccer referee icon launching Video Review in MLS – MLS
Howard Webb begins most mornings on the west bank of the Hudson River, leaving his residence in Jersey City, New Jersey to jog or bicycle along the waterfront known for its dazzling views of One World Trade Center and the rest of the Lower Manhattan skyline looming across the water in New York City.
MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, Portland Timbers FC 2, July 23, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux
BC SOCCER NEWS
Nova Scotia tops BC on Penalties in Canada Games QF – Cape Breton Post
Nova Scotia’s women’s soccer team came out on top over British Columbia in penalty kicks in quarter-final action on Tuesday at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg.
VIDEO: Canada Games 2017: BC soccer star Emma Regan – Shaw TV Winnipeg (YouTube)
We meet BC soccer star Emma Regan, a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Elite Girls program and part of Canada’s U-20 Womens World Cup team last fall.
Development Week: Family sacrifices instill drive in immigrated Canadian prospects – Whitecaps FC
Each year, Whitecaps FC Residency teams are filled with players whose families immigrated to Canada. A number of young players have come from war-torn countries, and landed in the Prairies.
Work begins on Maple Ridge’s new turf fields – Maple Ridge News
A contract has been awarded for construction of the new Karina LeBlanc Field in Maple Ridge, and work is starting immediately on the second of three projects that will see four new artificial turf fields built.
Minor soccer season fast approaching in Harbour City – Nanaimo News Bulletin
Nanaimo minor soccer wants to fill the fields this fall.
World Cup soccer camp hits the North Island – North Island Gazette
World Cup soccer camp has been visiting the North Island for more than 25 years.
PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.
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.
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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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.
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
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.
Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication – BC Soccer Web
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Large number of players, agents already making inquiries about CanPL – the11.ca
This week, I asked Paul Beirne if he is getting a lot of inquiries from agents and players. He said there has been “tons of interest.” Word of the Canadian Premier League is not only spreading in this country, but in other parts of the world. That’s fairly impressive for a league that, as Beirne admitted in Saskatchewan, “hasn’t been announced yet”
Moving futsal forward in Canada – Three reasons ALL Canadian soccer players should play Futsal – Red Nation Online
On the weekend of July 21st-23rd, 2017, I was invited to attend the first-ever Futsal Canada Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, and to give a presentation about the physical demands of futsal, plus guidelines and best practices for futsal coaches in testing, training, and monitoring their players and teams.
League1 And OPDL To Compete In Respective Cup Finals At Ontario Soccer Centre – League1 Ontario
Sunday, August 6th will be a showcase of some of the best of what Ontario has to offer, when teams from the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) and League1 Ontario will compete in their respective Cup finals.
League1 Ontario Week 14 Match Reports – Northern Starting XI
Results and details from selected matches in League1 Ontario Week 14.
Turf Training Centre serves space-starved sports clubs – Edmonton Examiner
A lack of field space for local sports clubs led one soccer enthusiast to take matters into his own hands and open a new rental facility. Paul Morigeau, along with partners Ray Volmer and Karl Jevne, will be opening the multi-sport Turf Training Centre in early September.
How do we close the distance on Canada’s geographic challenge? – Whitecaps FC
How do we fix Canadian Soccer? It’s a question that many ask. But not often do we discuss the very real obstacles that we face. One of the biggest challenges is simply a matter of geography.
Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 November – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 vs. RIO GRANDE VALLEY FC
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2017, 12:00 PM
THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC
Young Whitecaps FC 2 look to capitalize against Rio Grande Valley FC – Whitecaps FC
On the heels of a 1-0 weekend defeat to Orange County SC, Whitecaps FC 2 face a quick turnaround when they host the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros for a Wednesday nooner at UBC Thunderbird Stadium, providing the young ‘Caps a great opportunity to bounce back with a win at home.
Bruna earns USL Team of the Week selection – Ottawa Fury
Fury FC claimed a decisive 2-0 win against FC II Saturday evening at TD Place, displaying an impressive offensive performance. Gerardo Bruna was brilliant during that game as the Argentinian midfielder picked up an assist and created several other scoring opportunities. His contribution was recognized by the league with a selection on the USL Team of the Week.
FCC Heads to Miami for Open Cup Clash – USL
FC Cincinnati return to South Florida on Tuesday looking to make another piece of club history, and become the first USL club since 2011 to reach the Semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup when they take on Miami FC in the 2017 tournament’s Quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
Tom Payne optimistic and critical toward NASL and own club, Puerto Rico FC – Soctakes
Puerto Rico FC has had a difficult year. Off-field issues have combined with poor performances on-field. Before the kickoff of Puerto Rico’s first fall season game against North Carolina FC, Soc Takes caught up with PRFC president Tom Payne to discuss the health of the NASL, the search for a head coach and the future of the club. As usual, Payne was forthright.
USL PHOTOS: WFC2 1, Reno 1868 FC 1, July 15, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Euro 2017 shows a power shift across the board to Germany’s detriment – The Guardian
It would be dangerous to say the dominance of Germany, winners of the past six Euros, is over but other teams including England appear to have caught up.
Record interest in Netherlands-England semi-final – UEFA
A record crowd will be matched by unprecented media interest when the Netherlands and England meet at a sold-out FC Twente Stadion on Thursday.
Women’s Euro 2017: The highs and lows of being an England player’s parent – BBC Sport
Mille Bright, a 23-year-old Chelsea player who two years ago was a midfielder, is the only member of the England squad to have started every game at the European Championship in the Netherlands. That has been both a blessing and a curse for her family.
VIDEO: UEFA TV Streaming all Women’s EURO 2017 Matches – YouTube
You can watch the entire Euro 2017 tournament live on Uefa’s YouTube Channel.
NWSL moves Thorns-Dash up to combat heat – The Equalizer
The Portland Thorns and NWSL announced on Tuesday that they are moving kickoff of Saturday’s Thorns-Dash match at Providence Park up by 90 minutes in an effort to combat temperatures expected to soar into the upper 90s. The match will now kick off at 11:20 a.m. local time.
Amanda DaCosta brings Euro experience back to Boston – The Equalizer
The expansion of participants from 12 to 16 teams competing at the European Championships has provided an opportunity for some countries that otherwise would not have qualified for the EURO 2017. Portugal competed for the first time at a major tournament and did not at all look out of place. They picked up a win over Scotland and suffered close defeats against Spain and England.
Glasgow City: Club land Katie McCabe on loan from Arsenal – BBC Sport
Glasgow City have signed Republic of Ireland international Katie McCabe on loan from FA Super League club Arsenal.
‘If I can make football a full-time career, so can other Northern Ireland girls’ says Everton star – Belfast Telegraph
Simone Magill became the first female footballer from Northern Ireland to play for a Premier League team when she was signed full-time by Everton FC a few months ago.
Women’s rights? FIFPro survey finds equality is still a thing for the future – Inside World Football
According to a FIFPro survey of nearly 3,300 elite players from 33 countries, timed deliberately to co-incide with the tournament in the Netherlands, “hundreds of top female players are leaving football in their early 20s to pursue a more sustainable career or start a family.”
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Barcelona confirm PSG target Neymar wants to leave, demand €222m – ESPN FC
Barcelona have confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain target Neymar intends to leave the club but insisted that his €222 million buyout clause be paid in full.
Neymar to PSG: how money and Messi led to the sale of the century – The Guardian
Barcelona inserted the Brazilian’s €222m buyout clause last year as a Not For Sale sign but playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi and the benefits of a world-record transfer have seemingly turned his head.
A soccer star from Gaithersburg won a college scholarship. But ICE plans to deport him. – Washington Post
Foster McCune will play Division I soccer at Georgetown University this fall. Matt and Ben Di Rosa, twins from the District’s Chevy Chase neighborhood, will play for the University of Maryland. On Monday night, they stood with other members of their elite Bethesda Soccer Club outside Department of Homeland Security headquarters in Northwest Washington, protesting the arrest and pending deportation of a beloved teammate: Lizandro Claros Saravia.
Chorrillo FC wins inaugural Scotiabank CONCACAF League match – CONCACAF League
Guillermo Sierra scored early in the second half and host Chorrillo FC earned a 1-0 win over Honduras Progreso in the first-ever Scotiabank CONCACAF League game on Tuesday at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.
Francesco Totti: Roma legend’s final shirt launched into space – BBC Sport
On Tuesday a rocket carrying the iconic number 10 shirt, from his final game against Genoa, was successfully launched from French Guyana.
Freddy Adu explains what really happened during his failed Poland move – SN
Freddy Adu went to Poland hoping to resurrect his career, but instead he found misinformation and a dead end in his search for a chance to return to the playing field.
Dioussé to don the green shirt – Ligue 1
AS Saint-Etienne have announced their third summer recruit in the form of Assane Dioussé, the 19-year-old Senegalese midfielder, on a reported five-year, €5m deal from Italian side Empoli.
Even Bayern Munich doesn’t have a magic formula for youth development – Soccer America
It seems like only yesterday that Bayern Munich was hailed for its ability to produce stars from its youth ranks. In fact, it’s been seven years since a Bayern academy player broke into the first team and remained in it.
Indian I-League raises foreign player quota in bid to boost profile and competitiveness – Inside World Football
New rules have been passed to allow Indian I-League clubs as many as six overseas players for the upcoming season. The aim is to raise the profile and the attractiveness of the struggling league.
Brin: eSport is a real sport – FIFA
Alan Brin, who previously coached FIFA Interactive World Cup legend Bruce Grannec and now oversees the career of Lucas “Daxe” Cuillerier, is a veritable eSport trailblazer, having foreseen the discipline’s potential well before most.
Dundee United use Twitter to sell keeper Cammy Bell – ESPN FC
Just as you might chuck an old wardrobe on Craigslist, one Scottish football club are hoping to utilise the power of the internet to sell off their very own unwanted bits and pieces.
What is pre-season training really like? I’ve done it for 18 years and still love it – The Guardian
Being watched, assessed and rated for each gut-busting run is exhausting but the sense of satisfaction after training far outweighs the aches in my muscles.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca