BC Soccer News, Wednesday, August 31, 2016






Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. New York Red Bulls | 2016 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Whitecaps FC had their winless streak extended to seven matches, the club’s longest in league play since the 2013 season, though they snapped a four-game losing skid following a goalless result with the LA Galaxy on Saturday evening at StubHub Center.

Vancouver Whitecaps President Bob Lenarduzzi talks youth development, players attitudes, and the importance of a club hierarchyAFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps Residency program was one of the first, and is still considered one of the best, academies amongst the top professional clubs in North American soccer. Founded in August 2007, the program has developed from the Prospects team to a fully blown academy system that now goes from pre-Residency to U18 levels.

International ‘Caps: Who’s away on Saturday and who might replace themWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be without six players due to international duty this Saturday when they host New York Red Bulls at BC Place.

MLS Countdown: NYCFC and D.C. kick off Conflict WeekSoccer America
Generally speaking, the weekend after Labor Day marks the stretch run of the MLS season, but for this pre-holiday week the FIFA international dates are causing headaches for 16 of 20 teams.

Sacha Kljestan at USMNT: ‘I’m pretty excited to be here and prove my case’ NYRB
Sacha Kljestan leads Major League Soccer in assists, boasts the highest Audi Player Index of any player eligible for the U.S. men’s national team, and has scored as many club goals as Jozy Altidore this season. But he thought he was the victim of a cruel joke when he was told he had gotten a call-up for the USMNT for the first time in more than two years.

MLS Player of the Week Patrick Mullins proving a good fit with DC UnitedMLS
With five goals in his first seven appearances for D.C. United, Patrick Mullins has already justified the trust shown by his new club.

Despite leading the East, Toronto FC has ‘a lot more to prove’Globe & Mail
Never in the 10-year history of the franchise have the Reds been able to peer down on the rest of the competition so late in the Major League Soccer season.

TFC coach Greg Vanney celebrates two years on the jobToronto Star
Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney knew expectation was bearing down on him at the beginning of this Reds season.

Cyle Larin Stacks up Statistically with the Best in MLSOrlando City SC
After winning MLS Rookie of the Year last season, Forward Cyle Larin has done pretty well for himself. With 13 goals this season, Larin is the 5th ranked goal-scorer in the league and in the running for the Golden Boot. But how does he match up to other strikers in the league statistically?

LA Galaxy: Nigel de Jong working on Galatasaray move “with our blessing”MLS
There were some missing faces at LA Galaxy training on Tuesday morning, including Nigel de Jong, who is reportedly finalizing a move to Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray.

Sudden departure, new injuries force LA Galaxy to bet on depth Four Four Two
Nigel de Jong brought a lot of bite and much, much more to the LA Galaxy this season, so his imminent departure to Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray is certain to leave a sizable hole, one that MLS’ signature club must adequately fill if its going to realistically challenge for a fourth MLS Cup title in six years.

Pablo Mastroeni showing patience pays off for Colorado RapidsThe Guardian
The head coach endured two disappointing campaigns, but owner Stan Kroenke kept the faith – and these days Colorado are clicking more often than not.

Obafemi Martins is not coming back to the SoundersSeattle Times
The Sounders social media sphere was momentarily set aflutter on Monday evening when former Seattle striker Obafemi Martins was spotted at Starfire Stadium watching S2’s 2-1 home win over Portland.

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Three Stars of the Week: Donaldson opens 2016-17 as first starCanada West
After a stellar opening weekend, Thompson Rivers University midfielder Justin Donaldson is the Canada West male first star of the week for the period ending Sunday, August 28.

UBC looks to return to winning ways in home opener versus UNBCUBC
The UBC Thunderbirds open the home portion of their 2016 season against the UNBC Timberwolves with a weekend double bill at Thunderbird Stadium. Kick-offs go Saturday at 1 PM and Sunday at 1 PM. In 2015 the teams played a weekend double bill in Prince George, where UBC won both matches by identical 2-0 scores.

Clan set to host Academy of Art in NCAA season openerSFU
The SFU Clan women’s soccer team (1-0-2 in three exhibition matches) are set to open their 2016 NCAA season at home, as the Academy of Art Urban Knights will make their way to Terry Fox Field on Burnaby Mountain this Friday, September 2.

The Trinity Western women’s soccer team will open their 2016 campaign ranked No. 3 in the CIS Top 10.

Men’s soccer season preview: Cascades aim to continue ascentUFV
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team, winners of two conference bronze medals in the past three seasons, are eying a return to the Canada West podium in 2016 – and to take a step beyond and earn the program’s first CIS championship berth.

Women’s soccer season preview: Lofty goals for accomplished groupUFV
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team brings a talented roster into Canada West action this season as they seek another trip to the CIS national championship.

Trinity Western men’s soccer midfielder Elijah Adekugbe (Calgary) was named the Canada West Male Second Star of the Week after leading the Spartans to a pair of road victories over the UNBC Timberwolves to open their Canada West season this past Friday and Saturday in Prince George, B.C.

Richmond league standout helps Canada win at Jubilee Games Richmond News
One of the top players in the Richmond Adult Soccer Association helped Canada strike gold this summer on the international stage. Tawfiq Jamal was a member of the Canadian team that captured the men’s soccer competition at the Jubilee Games in Dubai back in late July.

Campbell River Youth Soccer launches fundraiser for new fieldhouse at Robron ParkCampbell River Mirror
The Campbell River Youth Soccer Association is fundraising to build a new fieldhouse to enhance the sports facilities at Robron Park.

KYSA Set For Fall Mini-SeasonKYSA
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association’s (KYSA’s) one-hundred-seventy small-sided teams will resume play starting Labour Day (September 05) and will play through the month of September, culminating in the Chopped Leaf-sponsored Fall Season Wind–Up Jamboree on the September 24/25 weekend.

Canada West to livestream over 100 Soccer matches in 2016-17Canada West
With the 2016-17 Canada West regular season set to open later this week, Canada West is proud to launch passes for Canadawest.tv – the official streaming home of the conference.

BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in ReviewBCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review.  The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach MandateBCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.

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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 Invests in Technical Leadership with Announcement of new Director of DevelopmentCSA
Canada Soccer is pleased to announce that Jason deVos will join the organization as Director of Development. In this newly created role, the former Men’s National Team and professional player will be responsible for the overall management, direction and development of coaching and grassroots development programs across Canada.

Ex-international Jason deVos taking his passion from TSN to Canada SoccerThe Province
“It’s always about this principle: What is in the best interest of the player,” said deVos, 42 and former Canadian captain. “And we have to continually ask ourselves that question because (the answer) changes as the world moves on.”

 de Vos in charge of Canadian soccer’s development  – Toronto Sun
It’s a big job. But somebody has to do it. And that man, according to Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani, is Jason de Vos.

DeVos named new Director of Development: “I want us to qualify for every World Cup… every cycle” the11.ca
Canada Soccer’s brand-new Director of Development has a simple mission statement, but a bold one. “I want us to qualify for every World Cup, male and female, every age group, every cycle,” said Jason DeVos as he was introduced in a Tuesday conference call.

Honduras vs. Canada | CONCACAF 2018 World Cup Qualifying Match Preview MLS
If there were ever a time for Canada to exorcise their demons of World Cup qualifying campaigns gone by, this would be it.

Make it to the Hex and anything can happen CSA
Canada are amongst the 11 remaining CONCACAF nations still in the hunt for a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The CONCACAF nations are split into three groups for the continent’s 2015-2016 semi-final stage. The top-two nations in each group will advance to the final round in 2017, from which three nations qualify for Russia 2018 and the fourth team advances to an intercontinental playoff against a team from Asia.‎

Canada can quiet critics against Honduras24 Hours
This is a very important week for the Canadian Men`s National Team. I wouldn`t say the hope of a nation rests on players’ shoulders, but Canadian soccer fans are looking for a reason to get excited.

Canada’s snub of TFC’s Johnson for World Cup qualifiers is bafflingSportsnet
The uncertainty surrounding Will Johnson’s exclusion from the Canadian national team for a pair of upcoming World Cup qualifiers has become much clearer. It was strictly the coach’s call, and not Johnson’s, according to the midfielder.

Will Friday in Honduras be CanMNT’s “Last Chance”?Red Nation Online
I recently finished watching the Netflix documentary series Last Chance U and although the show is about an American Football team and players in Mississippi, it had many similar storylines seen in Men’s professional soccer in Canada. The basic theme of the series is that talent wasn’t preventing these players from succeeding in becoming superstars in the game, but instead surrounding circumstances.

WCQ: What’s at stake Friday in ConcacafSoccer America
Neither Honduras nor Canada can clinch on Friday, but the winner in San Pedro Sula can knock out El Salvador.

CIS TOP TEN  (#1) Reigning national champs UBC, York open at No. 1 in soccer CIS
The defending national champion UBC Thunderbirds (women) and York Lions (men) top the first national rankings of the 2016 CIS soccer season.

Canadian phenom Fleming makes quite a first impressionSoccer America
It didn’t take long for Jessie Fleming to make an impact at UCLA. Fresh off the Rio Olympics, where she started for Olympic bronze-medalist Canada in women’s soccer, she scored twice less than four minutes apart in the Bruins’ 4-3 loss to Florida.

VIDEO:  FC Edmonton’s Shamit Shome attracts attention from Canada’s under-20 teamGlobal
FC Edmonton’s Shamit Shome, a local 18-year-old soccer star, has been a workhorse for his team in his rookie season. He’s suited up for 15 games and as Jack Haskins reports, his workload is about to increase both on and off the pitch.

Rhian Wilkinson Speaks to Concordia Stingers Women’s Soccer The Link
Two-Time Olympic Bronze Medalist Tells Life Stories to Stingers Players.

Teams showcase women’s soccer  – Moose Jaw Times
When the University of Regina Cougars and the Medicine Hat College Rattlers met Tuesday at the Canada Games field in Moose Jaw it was a chance for both teams to prepare for their upcoming women’s soccer seasons. It was also the first chance for many local fans have had to see the women’s game played at the collegiate level in person.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2016, 7:30 PM


What the hell, Edmonton? What do the Eddies have to do to win you over?the11.ca
Last Sunday, FC Edmonton went for its 10th home win in a row — a quest to tie a league record. So, for sure, Clarke Field was packed to see a winning team continue its remarkable streak, correct? After all, everyone loves a winner. Well, according to NASL, the attendance was at 2,007. Less than half-full in a stadium that — with a capacity of 4,500 — shouldn’t be hard to fill.

USL UPDATE: First Place Red Bulls II Continue Winning WaysNYRB
New York Red Bulls II is now on a five game winning streak, thanks to a 2-0 home victory over FC Cincinnati Sunday.  Their next game is at 3 pm on Sunday, September 4, a short trip over to Goodman Stadium to play Bethlehem Steel FC.

Isles Strike Back to Draw with Steel FC USL
For two clubs sitting under the important eighth-place cutoff point for the USL Playoffs, a victory on Tuesday was a must. Ultimately, the Harrisburg City Islanders and Bethlehem Steel FC settled for a 2-2 draw at FNB Field as both teams’ postseason hopes took a bit of a hit.

International call-ups will have impact on NASL’s fall-season race the11.ca
The New York Cosmos and FC Edmonton enter this week of NASL play tied atop the fall-season standings. FCE has a game in hand.

Preview: New York Cosmos host Indy ElevenEmpire of Soccer
Having won four of their last five matches, the New York Cosmos now sit atop the Fall Season and Combined standings. Their recent hot streak will be put to the test on Wednesday night against Indy Eleven, the team that delivered the Cosmos their first loss of the year back in April and swooped in on the final weekend of the Spring Season to take the title through tiebreaker.

USL Preview: FC Montreal vs. Wilmington Hammerheads FCUSL
FC Montreal plays host to Wilmington Hammerheads FC on Wednesday evening at the Complexe Sportif Claude Robillard with the hosts sitting on a four-game winning streak, and the Hammerheads needing victory to jumpstart their playoff hopes. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.

Strikers host Minnesota with unbeaten streak in balance Sun Sentinel
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers look to continue their run up the NASL Fall Standings as Minnesota United visits Central Broward Stadium on Wednesday.

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Hope Solo steps away from Seattle Reign for rest of NWSL seasonSBI
Solo tweeted on Tuesday her decision to walk away from her club team, the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League. She is no longer listed on the club’s roster on the official team website.

Time To Move On: Hope Solo is tired – and so is U.S. SoccerEmpire of Soccer
It’s probably for the best. For everyone involved. For the United States Women’s National Team; for the Seattle Reign; and for Solo herself. Because even though Solo is tired, so is everyone else.

Why Portland Loves Women’s Soccer Like No Other City Willamette Weekly
The Portland Thorns are a perfect storm of soccer fever, gay rights and feminist empowerment.

US Women to Face Switzerland in MinnesotaFifty Five One
US Soccer announced a women’s national team friendly for October 23rd against Switzerland to be played in the brand-new US Bank Stadium.

WSL 1 – Week 12 Preview: Chelsea hoping to make ground on Manchester CityVavel
Six teams are in action on Thursday in WSL 1 as Chelsea look to close the gap on leaders Man City whilst a relegation battle is set to take place.

Meet the UEFA Women’s Champions League contendersUEFA
Holders Lyon and four debutants including Manchester City are among the 32 teams in the UEFA Women’s Champions League knockout phase: we introduce the contenders.

Double headers highlight 2016/17 DrawWestfield W-League
A total of 19 double headers with Hyundai A-League fixtures and 17 broadcast matches headline the Westfield W-League 2016/17 draw.

#SWPL16 – Game 15 Round up Scottish WPL
SWPL 1 leaders Glasgow City maintained their five-point lead at the top of the table after beating an in-form Stirling University.

WSL 2 – The Promotion Race: Who’ll make the top two?Vavel
Four teams are going for two spots. Who’ll step up and who’ll fail to make the cut?

The Nigerian and the football dreamFIFA
When Nigeria’s U-20 women’s team arrived in Canada for the first FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2002 (then a U-19 tournament), Akudo Iwuagwu was the youngest player in a very youthful Falconets squad. With over half of their players under the age of 18, Iwuagwu was just 15, but the striker was relatively experienced after having played in most of the side’s qualifying matches.

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Leicester to splash £60m, Chelsea eye up David Luiz and Marcos AlonsoESPN FC
Antonio Conte is searching for defensive cover and the biggest name in this chase is David Luiz. Paris Saint-Germain are considering the sale of the Brazilian after his former club tabled a substantial offer — reportedly £35 million — to take the defender back to Stamford Bridge, a source close to the French club has told ESPN FC.

Man City clear-out continues as Bony arrives at Stoke CityGoal
Joe Hart and Samir Nasri are set to finalize loan moves away from the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday and the Ivory Coast striker is also close to the exit door.

New managers for Belgium, Spain and Italy have questions to answerESPN FC
Euro 2016 left some of the continent’s major powers in need of new coaches. James Horncastle looks at the appointments made by Belgium, Spain and Italy.

Joe Hart joins Torino: ‘I’m very excited to test myself in the beautiful Serie A’The Guardian
Joe Hart has spoken of his excitement after joining Torino on a season-long loan from Manchester City – calling the move a sudden turning point in his career.

Premier League clubs spend record £1bn in summer transfer windowBBC Sport
Premier League summer transfer spending has surpassed £1bn for the first time.

Premier League is draining talent from Spain but not catching the very bestThe Guardian
Shkodran Mustafi became the 17th player to move from La Liga to the Premier League this summer when he joined Arsenal but English clubs, for all their financial muscle, are landing mainly second-tier talent

Schalke hits transfer market as Bayern and Dortmund quietSportsnet
With Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund making no last-minute moves, Bundesliga rival Schalke and other clubs signed new players as the transfer deadline expired Wednesday with record spending.

Dia returns to NancyLigue 1
Senegal international striker Issiar Dia has returned to France after a season spent in Qatar, on Tuesday signing a one-year deal with the club from eastern France.

Mario Balotelli: Ligue 1 club Nice expected to sign Liverpool striker on loanBBC Sport
Mario Balotelli is expected to complete a loan move from Liverpool to Nice before the transfer deadline.

Ki warns Korea Republic against World Cup qualifying complacencyAFC
Seoul: Korea Republic captain Ki Sung-yueng insists his nation must avoid any complacency in their quest for a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia despite their status as red-hot favourites to take one of the two automatic places in Group A.

Syria left ‘homeless’ as Macau withdraw from hosting their World Cup qualifiersInside World Football
With 2018 World Cup qualifiers starting this week, Syria, who have made it through to the final group stage of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) qualification, have been informed by the Macau FA that they will not now be able to host their ‘home’ matches.

Liverpool stake purchase not happening – China Everbright chiefESPN FC
The chief executive of China Everbright has said they have not approached Liverpool about purchasing a stake in the club.

Sky Sports News reach new levels of strange with their Transfer Deadline Day coverage The Telegraph
Sky Sports’ typically bombastic coverage of transfer deadline day reached new surreal heights on Wednesday.

Gibraltar’s rock-solid familyFIFA
“If you had told me three or four years ago that we would playing FIFA qualifiers and against some of the best nations in world football, I would’ve told you that you were mad. We’re all living the dream.”

Barcelona under-12s console Japanese squad after beating them in World Challenge – video The Guardian
Barcelona’s under-12 side win the Junior Soccer World Challenge at the weekend, beating local side Omiya Ardija 1-0 in Tokyo. In a show of good sportsmanship, Barça’s players console their opponents who are distraught about losing.

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