BC Soccer News, Wednesday, August 21, 2019






20/20 vision: Some names to watch in the Caps last 7 matches of 2019BTS
It’s no secret: The Caps have not had much of a 2019 season to remember. It’s almost over, however, so with only a handful of games remaining before they put the curtains on this 40th anniversary campaign, we offer you some names to watch in those last few matches.

Is San Jose, Whitecaps FC’s top Rivalry?Har Journalist
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are back in the win column as they prepare for a two game road trip that will see them play San Jose, and Montreal. Vancouver visits the Earthquakes on Saturday, August 24, before flying across the continent to play the Impact on Wednesday, August 28.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, DC United 0, August 17, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

MLS Midweek Preview: D.C. United host Red Bulls, Quakes travel to LAFC, and moreSBI
One of the oldest rivalries in MLS headlines a busy slate of midweek action across the league.

St Louis wins 28th MLS franchise with female-led ownership group Inside World Football
St. Louis was officially announced as the newest MLS expansion franchise on Tuesday, in what is the league’s first female majority-owned team.

From ‘dead in the water’ to ‘we’re gonna get this done.’ How St. Louis recovered to win an MLS teamSt. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis is soccer. Its fingerprints are on World Cup teams and the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Its passion burns for any team that calls it home, from the college Billikens, to the dormant Stars. It produces must-know names in the game, like Becky Sauerbrunn, Josh Sargent, Taylor Twellman and more. But despite what it had always offered in regional fit and interest, the city lacked the necessary combination of who (leadership) and where (stadium).

Mexican giants Tigres, Cruz Azul to face off in Leagues Cup final in VegasMLS
Two of the biggest clubs in Mexico will face off in the championship final of the inaugural Leagues Cup next month, thanks to semifinal victories on Tuesday night.

Are the Union collapsing? Aurélien Collin doesn’t think so, and knows from experience Philly Inquirer
A defeat at the East’s 10th-place team — with a man advantage for the entire second half, by the way — cost the Union first place, and they might not get it back. Atlanta United, the team now sitting atop the conference standings, has finally turned its unrivaled array of talent into a cohesive unit; and third-place New York City FC still has multiple games in hand on the field.

Report Shows Miami MLS Stadium Site Has Unsafe Arsenic LevelsSI.com
An environmental report poses a new problem for the proposed site of David Beckham’s Major League Soccer stadium in Miami: Tests show the soil is far more toxic than expected.

By Banning Protest Signs, MLS Is Trying To Lobotomize The Fandom It Asked ForDeadspin
It’s a depressing commentary on our current national moment that signs stating opposition to gun violence, fascism, and racism are deemed “political”—scare quotes because whenever someone decries something for being “political” they rarely mean it literally, since anything and everything can be political.

MLS and Antifa: America’s top flight grapples with political signage banThe Guardian
The lone major North American sports league to ban political statements inside stadiums is finding enforcement isn’t so simple.





SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019, 3:00 PM


All set for Westhills Stadium grand opening on SaturdayTimes Colonist
Pacific FC has played through the construction in the inaugural soccer season of the professional Canadian Premier League. Everything will be finished — including three permanent concessions and the new plaza, stage and family area — for Saturday afternoon’s official grand opening. That will take place before the CPL game between Pacific FC and Valour FC of Winnipeg.

UNBC soccer coach awarded for expansion efforts in women’s professional leaguePrince George Matters
Neil Sedgwick led Vancouver Island FC to second-place finish in inaugural season.

SEASON PREVIEW: Cascades take deep, experienced roster into Canada West playUFV
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer program launches its 2019 conference campaign this weekend, aiming to build on a run to the Canada West Final Four last season.

UBCO Heat soccer team ready for conference season after impressive exhibition performancesKelowna Now
Ten goals scored and a pair of shutouts this past weekend has the UBCO men’s soccer team ready for the conference opener.

Ballinger brings brains, ball skills to TimberwolvesUNBC
The University of Northern British Columbia Men’s Soccer team has added a serious dose of competitive IQ, officially announcing the commitment of cerebral midfielder Noah Ballinger for the 2019-2020 Canada West season.

Donaldson with goal and assist leading MSOC past Apple ValleyTRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack got a goal and one assist from their lone fifth year player as they downed the Apple Valley Storm 2-1 in exhibition men’s soccer play on Tuesday(Aug 20).

Burnaby soccer legend Sinclair straps on the boots to beat MSBurnaby Now
Since her early teens, Christine Sinclair’s role and main job has been to bury the ball and be a force on the soccer pitch. It’s only been until the last few years that the Burnaby native has had to sell burgers.

BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates!

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Candidates now being invited for BC Soccer Assoc. Board of DirectorsBCSA
BC Soccer is now accepting candidate applications for its Board of Directors for terms commencing November 2019. Elections for these positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday November 2nd .

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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Christine Sinclair feels Canadian soccer needs to ‘wake up, join rest of world’Vancouver Sun
Every country in the world’s top-10 rankings has a professional women’s league, so why doesn’t Canada? It’s the next logical step for the game in this country, says the nation’s most respected star

Cavalry plans to continue dominance over York9 opponents in CPL playEdmonton Journal
It’s been exactly a month since the last time Cavalry FC has won a match in the Canadian Premier League. Panic time?

PREVIEW: Cavalry FC vs. York9 FC – Match #59CanPL
A crucial four-game road swing for York9 FC begins Wednesday night with their second visit to Spruce Meadows of the Fall season, as Cavalry FC looks to get back on a winning track at home.

CONCACAF League PREVIEW: Forge FC vs. CD Olimpia (Leg 1)CanPL
Continental club soccer will grace Tim Hortons Field once more this Thursday, as Forge FC enters the CONCACAF League’s Round of 16 with Leg 1 of their tie against Honduran side CD Olimpia.

Vaughan’s Kowal Takes Men’s Golden Boot As Azzurri, Woodbridge And London Lock In Playoff PositionsLeague1 Ontario
Vaughan Azzurri SC’s Maksym Kowal smashed in a hat-trick on the final weekend of match-play to lay claim the 2019 League1 Men’s Golden Boot, and guide his side to second seed position going into the 2019 League1 Ontario Championship Quarter-Final stage.

Why this youth soccer team is trying a different kind of practiceCBC
Coach Jack Wheeler says yoga has improved his team’s focus and performance.


North Carolina’s Fortune Voted Championship Player of the WeekUSL
North Carolina FC midfielder Dre Fortune has been voted the USL Championship Player of the Week for Week 24 of the 2019 season. Fortune recorded two goals and one assist, and completed 64 of 67 passes overall in NCFC’s 5-0 victory against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on Saturday night at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Roughnecks Enter Exciting New Era Under Craft FamilyUSL
Tulsa Roughnecks FC entered a new era on Tuesday afternoon as the sale of the USL Championship club to Tulsa natives and brothers JW Craft, Ryan Craft and Kyle Craft was officially announced at a press conference in Tulsa.


Orlando Pride prepares to counter Sam Kerr, Chicago Red StarsPro Soccer USA
The Pride’s focus will be on the league’s leading striker as it heads to Chicago on Wednesday.

Washington Spirit vs Utah Royals FC: Two teams going in opposite directions face offVavel
The Washington Spirit have tumbled all the way down to 7th place while Utah Royals FC are currently on a roll. Will fortunes be reversed on Wednesday night?

The Lowdown: A glimpse of the NWSL’s futureThe Equalizer
Allie Long has been playing professional matches at Yurcak Field since 2009 and played for Sky Blue in 2011, when the club was part of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). But that was the last league, and this one is now seven years old. It’s time for Red Bull Arena to be more the norm than Yurcak Field.

USWNT lawsuit goes to trial May 5NBC Sports
A judge has set a May 5 trial date for the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the women’s national team against U.S. Soccer.

Sean Jones: The Outspoken PresidentProtagonist Soccer
I sat down with Sean Jones, President of the WPSL, to discuss the WPSL from a variety of viewpoints.

Carli Lloyd Drills Impressive 55-Yard Field Goal at Eagles PracticeSI.com
U.S. women’s national team star Carli Lloyd attended the Eagles’ practice on Tuesday and showed the field goal kickers a few things.


UCL qualifying: Slavia Prague wins via golazo; 10-man Ajax heldNBC Sports
Nerves were jangly and defenses tight as the UEFA Champions League began its final stage before group play next month.

Serie A coaching shuffle gives Ancelotti’s Napoli hope of toppling JuventusYahoo Sports
As the sole survivor of a coaching shuffle among the leading challengers, Carlo Ancelotti could have the best chance to end Napoli’s 30-year wait for the Serie A title.

Franck Ribery signs for FiorentinaNBC Sports
The French winger, 36, left Bayern Munich when his contract expired over the summer and many thought he may retire after a long list of injuries.

Concacaf switch Honduran club last 16 games to San Pedro Sula after weekend violenceInside World Football
Concacaf has moved swiftly to relocate two Concacaf League round of 16 matches scheduled to be played in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to the northern city of San Pedro Sula following fan violence at the weekend that saw three at least three people were killed and 10 injured, three critically.

Racist abuse: footballers should boycott social media, says Phil NevilleBBC Sport
England women’s manager Phil Neville said footballers should “boycott” social media to send a “powerful message” that abuse is not acceptable.

Twitter release statement in response to Paul Pogba abuse after Manchester United vs WolvesManchester Evening News
The club have condemned the tweets sent over the past couple of days and MEN Sport understands it is possible clubs may meet with Twitter individually to discuss the incident.

Kevin MacDonald leaves Aston Villa following bullying investigationThe Guardian
The Aston Villa youth coach Kevin MacDonald has left the club “with immediate effect” following an investigation into allegations of bullying made by a number of former young players.

FA Cup: Lottery winner Gareth Bull hopes Sherwood Colliery can cash inBBC Sport
On Saturday, Sherwood Colliery, who play in the 10th tier of English football, are away at Loughborough Dynamo in the preliminary round – five hurdles from the first round proper – and Bull hopes his team can cash in.

Africa in chaos: FIFA step in to take control of Egyptian FAInside World Football
The image and reputation of African football administration has taken another significant blow with FIFA sending an emergency team into Egypt – where the Confederation of African Football is based – to solve the internal crisis at the national federation.

FIFA clears Iraq to host World Cup qualifying games in BasraNBC Sports
FIFA says the southern Iraqi city of Basra can host the national team’s return to playing World Cup qualifying games at home.

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