BC Soccer News, Wednesday, August 29, 2018







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Home stand puts playoff hopes in Whitecaps’ handsVancouver Sun
The Whitecaps begin a stretch of three straight home games, and seven of their eight remaining matches come against teams they’re chasing. The opportunity is there to make the playoff carousel — they just have to grab the ring.

Kendall Waston, Francisco Calvo among four MLSers called in for Costa RicaMLS
The Costa Rica national team has announced a 23-man roster for a pair of friendlies in the upcoming international window that includes four MLS players.

Vancouver Whitecaps Experiencing Major Goal Leakage…But Why?Eighty-Six Forever
The once defensively sound Vancouver Whitecaps are leaking goals this season at an alarming rate. We look at the numbers and try to determine why this is occurring this season.

Lots on the line in crucial TFC vs. Timbers clashSportsnet
Toronto FC will try to stay in the MLS playoff mix when they travel to Portland to take on the Timbers in a crucial mid-week game.

MLS Week 27: A Midweek Look AheadSBI
On Wednesday, four games take place that could alter the complexion of the Eastern and Western Conference standings, putting some teams on a level playing field with their direct competition for postseason positions.

Laurent Ciman leaves LAFC for Ligue 1NBC Sports
Los Angeles FC announced on Tuesday that Ciman will be leaving the club to join Ligue 1 outfit Dijon FC.

From Portland to Portugal: Timbers loan Eryk Williamson to Santa ClaraMLS
The Portland Timbers announced on Tuesday that rookie midfielder Eryk Williamson has been loaned to Portuguese first-division side CD Santa Clara for the club’s 2018-19 season, with the ability to recall the player in January 2019. The move was originally reported by journalist Brian Sciaretta.

Defender Jukka Raitala called up by Finland national teamMontreal Impact
Defender Jukka Raitala has been selected by the Finland national team for two UEFA Nations League C games against Hungary, on September 8 in Tampere, and against Estonia, on September 11 in Turku.

Schweinsteiger scores for Bayern in testimonial win over Chicago FireSN
Bastian Schweinsteiger marked his testimonial match between Bayern Munich and Chicago Fire with a goal at a packed Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

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Vikes, Thunderbirds announce inaugural Legends Cup SeriesUVic
The University of Victoria and University of British Columbia came together, Aug. 28, in Victoria to announce the launch of the Legends Cup Series, which will highlight the already long-standing rivalry between Vikes and Thunderbirds varsity athletics teams. The Legends Cup is the name of the new trophy that will be awarded to either university based on a season long series of competitions between varsity teams.

UVic Vikes, UBC Thunderbirds have new cup to chaseTimes Colonist
The Legends Cup competition begins Saturday when UVic hosts UBC in a Canada West women’s soccer game at 2 p.m. at Centennial Stadium.

SFU vs. UBC: Preseason paths converge at soccer crossroads! Now, directions diverge in the quest for national title spoilsVarsity Letters
One has secured all seven of its conference’s preseason votes as the No. 1 team, a position which has become as familiar as its annual perch on the top branch of NCAA Div. 2 national title contenders.

MSOC: UBCO, TWU open season with 1-1 drawCanada West
Although it had to wait an extra two days to happen, the UBC Okanagan men’s soccer team finally kicked off their 2018 Canada West season on Monday afternoon with a 1-1 draw against the Trinity Western Spartans.

Cascades men’s soccer team settles for split on road trip, falls 1-0 to UBCOUFV Cascades
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team suffered its first defeat of the young Canada West campaign, dropping a 1-0 decision on the road to the UBC Okanagan Heat on Tuesday afternoon.

PREVIEW: Strong senior group set to lead SFU women’s soccerSFU
The Simon Fraser University women’s soccer team is going to rely on the experience of its upperclassmen to lead the program back to the postseason.

CPL teams, including Pacific FC, to hold open tryoutsTimes Colonist
So you think you can dance, sing or be a star? That’s the pop reality craze of our times. So why not in soccer?

Metro-Ford fuels soccer dreamsTri City News
It’s a good time to be a soccer player in Coquitlam. The Coquitlam Metro-Ford soccer club is graduating 30 players to post-secondary programs across North America.

PoMo Soccer gets new sponsor, kitTri City News
The Port Moody Soccer Association is kicking up its game. A new sponsorship deal with Lougheed Hyundai will allow the association to provide better resources for its coaches, funding for its approximately 1,000 players to participate in more tournaments, as well as support for unique programs like adaptive soccer, said the association’s president, Matthew Campbell.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Khalsa SC 2, Vancouver Utd. 0, July 29, 2018 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.

Call for interest for 2018 TD Diploma course BCSA
Based on the level of interest, BC Soccer is planning to host a 2-day Technical Director’s course in late November or early December of 2018 (dates and location TBA). If you are interested in this course, please let BC Soccer know so they can update you.

PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

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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Defending champs Cape Breton, Montreal open at No.1 in soccerUSports
Fresh off their first-ever national titles last November, the reigning U SPORTS champion Cape Breton Capers (men) and Montreal Carabins (women) are the top-ranked soccer squads in the nation to begin the 2018 campaign.

Atiba Hutchinson: ‘There’s so much talent that goes unseen in Canada’Canadian Premier League
One of Canada’s most accomplished footballers still reflects back on a time when he had no choice but to go anywhere else in order to fulfill his dream of playing professionally.

Goderich Is CanadaMaple Leaf Forever
Our league will almost certainly always be smaller than American one even if we don’t concede Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal to Major League Soccer, which we have. The United States is big and we are little, and trained by decades of practice to attach ourselves to the Americans and hope for the best. An all-Canadian organization needs a lot more than “it’s like the American one but over here!” to succeed. So we fans try to shape the league while the clay is still soft, turning it into something that suits our Dominion. Already, there are good signs.

Whitecaps London alive, well and dedicated to soccer developmentLondon Free Press
Whitecaps London soccer club is alive and well and looking forward to following the Ontario player development model as part of the Ontario Player Development League.

Cannabis producer buys Stoney Creek sports complex to expand medical marijuana businessHamilton Spectator
“It has to be close to 10,000 soccer players (both youth and adult) potentially who will be affected,” says coalition founder Leo Cavalluzzo.

Committee restricts turf field hours on shaky legal footingOttawa Citizen
Late-night soccer, football and baseball on all sports fields in near homes could be scrutinized by city hall in light of the controversial turf field project at Immaculata High School.


Recap: Toronto FC II at Louisville City FCToronto FC
Shocker, Upset, Statement Game, whatever you want to call it Toronto FC II was simply clinical in their 4-1 victory over the reigning USL champions Louisville City FC at Slugger Field in Louisville.

Barlow Voted USL Player of the WeekUSL
New York Red Bulls II forward Tom Barlow has been voted the USL Player of the Week for Week 24 of the 2018 season. Barlow scored a second-half hat trick after being brought on as a substitute for the Red Bulls II to lead the side back from a three-goal halftime deficit to earn a 4-4 draw with the Charleston Battery on Saturday night at MUSC Health Stadium.


Phil Neville: England women ready for ‘grudge’ match with WalesBBC Sport
England women’s coach Phil Neville is preparing for a “grudge match” when they play Wales on Friday.

England’s women upgraded to business class for qualifier in KazakhstanThe Guardian
England’s women will find they have been upgraded when they check in for their flight to Kazakhstan before the potentially crucial final World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

Jess Fishlock: ‘Reaching a World Cup would be the best thing in my life’The Guardian
Wales’s most capped player is one win away from a World Cup but is under no illusions as to how difficult it will be against England.

‘This time last year, I can guarantee you that nobody knew who these three girls were’The 42
WORLD CUP HOPES may have been extinguished in Norway last June, nonetheless the Irish camp are remaining optimistic as they prepare for their final qualifier against Northern Ireland at Tallaght Stadium on Friday.

A Faroese football odyssey: An outsider’s view of a tiny nation trying to qualify for the World CupVavel
Intrigued by the hopes of the Faroe Islands since the 2019 Women’s World Cup UEFA qualification group draw that saw the preliminary qualifiers pitted against Germany, Iceland, Czechia and Slovenia I decided I had to go and see what was happening in the archipelago.

Asian Games: Japan hold off S. Korea, advance to women’s soccer finalThe Mainichi
Japan booked a spot in the Asian Games women’s soccer tournament final against China by beating long-time rivals South Korea 2-1 on Tuesday.

Concacaf announces new ranking system for women’s national teamsThe Equalizer
Concacaf, or the Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean Association Football, announced on Tuesday that they had launched a new ranking system for the senior women’s national teams in the region.

Women’s Euro 2021: FA submits bid to host Women’s European ChampionshipBBC Sport
The Football Association has submitted a bid to host the Women’s European Championship in 2021.

UAE 2019 launches initiative to showcase women in football and inspire more to join upInside World Football
The campaign, which continues the theme of the AFC’s highly-successful, ‘It’s My Game’ movement, is the first of its kind in the West Zone and will feature stories of real women involved in sport and the community, from players to doctors, marketers to managers, referees, photographers, coaches and more.

Women’s soccer: American Samoa’s World Cup qualifying return a family affairTimes Herald-Record
The return of the American Samoa women’s team to the World Cup qualifying competition for the first time in 20 years has been both a national and a family celebration.


Ajax returns to Champions League after 4 years awaySportsnet
Four-time European champion Ajax qualified for the Champions League group stage on Tuesday for the first time in four years, while AEK Athens and Young Boys Bern ended even longer absences.

CAF Champions League Review: Sundowns crash out, Setif battle throughFour Four Two
South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns have surprisingly missed out on the CAF Champions League last eight.

Yaya Toure has passed a medical in London, says agentSN
Yaya Toure has passed a medical in London and is “close to signing a new contract”, the player’s agent has claimed.

Dortmund finds its striker: Barcelona’s Paco AlcacerNBC Sports
Borussia Dortmund has agreed to sign Spanish forward Paco Alcacer on loan from Barcelona with an option to buy.

Copa Libertadores Review: Crowd trouble as Independiente advance after first-leg result overturnedFour Four Two
Independiente were awarded a 3-0 victory just hours before Tuesday’s return fixture after Santos fielded an ineligible player.

Pellegrini gets first win as West Ham avoid scare at AFC WimbledonBBC Sport
West Ham survived a scare at League One AFC Wimbledon as they came from behind to reach the Carabao Cup third round and secure Manuel Pellegrini’s first win as manager.

Stoke City beats Huddersfield Town in English League CupSportsnet
Saido Berahino, once one of the hottest young strikers in English soccer, ended a 2 1/2-year goal drought Tuesday to help second-tier Stoke into the third round of the English League Cup at the expense of Premier League club Huddersfield.

Celtic v Rangers: Is Steven Gerrard facing Brendan Rodgers a game-changer?BBC Sport
In certain parts of Scottish football, there is a fondness for billing the Old Firm game as the craziest thing on legs. The maddest, loudest, most intense, most colourful clash around. A compelling meeting of two Glasgow giants. An ‘I was there’ occasion. Maybe – probably – it was once, but not recently.

Tigres unlucky, Cruz Azul overrated in Liga MX based on expected goals metricESPN
There are two outstanding statistics a neutral would immediately find when scouring the Liga MX 2018 Apertura table after seven rounds of matches of the season. And both involve the number zero.

AFC Champions League Review: Suwon Bluewings down Jeonbuk with late goalsFour Four Two
Suwon Bluewings took a huge step towards the AFC Champions League semi-finals after a trio of late goals earned a 3-0 win at Jeonbuk Motors in Wednesday’s first leg.

Son Heung-min’s hopes of military reprieve rise as South Korea reach finalThe Guardian
Son Heung-min’s chances of avoiding compulsory military service increased after South Korea beat Vietnam to advance to the final of the Asian Games in Indonesia.

Chelsea investment could thaw Stamford Bridge redevelopment plansThe Telegraph
US investment bank hired by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could help kickstart the halted redevelopment of Stamford Bridge within months, a source close to him claimed on Tuesday.

Power of Russia’s new football love fails as Samara Arena goes dark over unpaid billsInside World Football
Within six weeks of the World Cup finishing, one of the stadiums used at the tournament is already in trouble despite Russian authorities promising that all venues would leave a positive legacy. Electricity was briefly cut on Tuesday at the Samara Arena over unpaid bills.

Ronaldo’s stunning overhead kick for Real Madrid voted UEFA’s Goal of the SeasonSN
Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning overhead kick for Real Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final clash with Juventus has been voted UEFA’s Goal of the Season for 2018.

Trump meets with FIFA president to talk World CupLondon Free Press
The head of FIFA, soccer’s international organization, is presenting President Donald Trump with a gift he might actually want to use.

FA Cup: Litherland Remyca thrown out over unpaid £10 fineBBC Sport
Non-league side Litherland Remyca have been thrown out of the FA Cup over an unpaid £10 fine.

The 2018/19 Guide to Soccer on TV in Canada (and online)BC Soccer Web
Finding your match on TV or online in Canada has become more difficult in recent years. League broadcast rights change hands, new online services pop up, and some leagues and channels vanish from our screens altogether. Fear not! BC Soccer Web has got you covered! We’ve made our way through the web of cable channels and online services available so you can watch the matches you want.

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