BC Soccer News, Wednesday, August 8, 2018




1st Leg





Preview: ‘Caps open Canadian Championship final at BC Place on WednesdayWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC start their quest to win the Voyageurs Cup for the first time since 2015 when they host the first of two legs against Toronto FC in the Canadian Championship final on Wednesday.

Whitecaps won’t be bullied by big-budget RedsEdmonton Journal
Toronto FC has spent nearly US$10 million more on players than the next highest-spending team in MLS, and $18 million more than the Whitecaps.

Whitecaps FC name 23-man roster for first leg of Canadian Championship FinalWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today the 23-man roster for Wednesday’s first leg of the Canadian Championship Final vs. Toronto FC.

Match Preview: Canadian Championship Final, Leg 1Eighty-Six Forever
Death, taxes and Vancouver vs. Toronto in the Canadian Championship: the three certainties in life, and with the third throwing down at BC Place this Wednesday night.

TFC’s Giovinco to sit out first leg of Canadian Championship finalSportsnet
The Vancouver Whitecaps won’t have to worry about the Atomic Ant in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final.

Lost Canadian championships haunt Whitecaps as they prepare for Toronto FCHamilton Spectator
It’s a part of their history the Vancouver Whitecaps would rather never happened. The last time the Whitecaps and Toronto FC met in the final for the Canadian soccer championship was 2016. Vancouver looked to have the Voyageurs Cup in hand, leading late in the match, until Will Johnson scored deep in extra time. That tied the game 2-2, but Toronto won due to an extra away goal.

TFC: We have to keep tabs on Alphonso Davies in Canadian ChampionshipSportsnet
The Canadian Championship tournament has not been kind to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Focus turns to Vancouver as Toronto FC gear up for another Canadian Championship FinalToronto FC
Another day; another big match. Days removed from a 2-2 draw in Atlanta on Saturday, Toronto FC are already in Vancouver preparing for the next match, yet another heavy with implication.

Extra incentive for Whitecaps, TFC in Canadian Championship finalSportsnet
Even though a third of the Major League Soccer regular season remains to be decided, there is a strong possibility both the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC will not be heading to the playoffs. That’s one of many reasons why the 2018 Canadian Championship is so valuable for both clubs.

Report: Whitecaps set to acquire Salvadoran defender Roberto DominguezMLS
According to a report out of El Salvador, Roberto Dominguez will play the remainder of the season in Vancouver after his current team, Salvadorian side Santa Tecla, agreed to let him go as a free player and will not ask for any compensation in return.

MLS Deadline Day: Every move as Secondary Transfer Window closesMLS
The MLS Transfer window closes today.

Mathieu Choinière enjoying the rideMontreal Impact
It’s been a rollercoaster of a few days for the Montreal Impact’s most recent signing, Mathieu Choinière. Just a day after the 19-year old signed his first ever professional contract with the Bleu-blanc-noir, he played his first minutes at Stade Saputo in the first leg of the Canadian Championship semi-final against the Vancouver Whitecaps while his team was defending a fragile 1-0 lead.

U.S. Open Cup Semifinals: A Look AheadSBI
The 2018 U.S. Open Cup finalists will be determined on Wednesday night at Talen Energy Stadium and BBVA Compass Stadium.

Earthquakes Midfielder Vako Named MLS Player of the WeekSan Jose Earthquakes
San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Vako was voted the Alcatel Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the 23rd week of the 2018 MLS season. It marks the Quakes’ first Player of the Week honoree since forward Danny Hoesen was recognized for his brace against Minnesota United FC in Week 1.

New England Revolution’s grasp on playoff spot slipping fastPro Soccer USA
One month ago, New England seemed like a team destined to return to the playoffs after a two-year absence. But now?

D.C. United announces changes in ownership groupSBI
D.C. United will have some new faces joining current managing partner & CEO Jason Levien as new owners of the team.

#SaveTheCrew ‘an inch deep’? Current events say otherwiseColumbus Dispatch
Crew owner Anthony Precourt on Oct. 17 announced he was “exploring” a franchise move to Austin, Texas. That night, a group of friends met in a bar in the Old North and #SaveTheCrew was born. Their motto: “It’s not over. Tell everyone you know.” That was 295 days ago.

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Simon Fraser Ranked No. 20 In Preseason Men’s Soccer PollGNAC
One year removed from its second consecutive conference championship, Simon Fraser finds itself ranked at No. 20 in the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Division II National Preseason Poll.

Three Earn C-USA Preseason Honors; 49ers Picked SecondCharlotte 49ers
Last week, Callum Montgomery was named to the Premier Development League’s All-League team as a result of his play this summer for the Victoria Highlanders FC.

Preston staying put with TimberwolvesPrince George Citizen
The tip-off that Anthony Preston might have a future in soccer came months before his first birthday when he uttered his first word. “Ball.”

#POCOvotes2018: Donnelly seeks PoCo council seatTri City News
A youth soccer coach launched his campaign for Port Coquitlam council this week.

Norburn soccer gang story starts with a photoBurnaby Now
A picture may be worth a 1,000 words, but as it fades it often rekindles fewer and fewer memories. One former Burnaby man is hoping one such old photo can rekindle some valuable history, as well as celebrate a former community leader who inspired him and his friends on to living a good life.

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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Valour FC Announces First Girls Soccer ProgramValour FC
Valour FC today announces the formation of the Valour FC Elite Girls program for players 14 to 17 years of age.

L1O Game of the Week: Vaughan Azzurri win L1O CupWaking the Red
Saturday evening’s game at Ontario Soccer Centre between Vaughan Azzurri and Toronto FC III was the easy choice as the game of the week as it was the L1O Cup Final.

Few Canadians competing in Canada’s domestic Cup – at least for nowTSN
Is an opportunity to create Canada’s next Cinderella soccer story just a year away?

The Impact will take part in the Concacaf U13 Champions LeagueMontreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Tuesday that it will participate in the Concacaf U13 Champions League from August 15 to 22, in Toluca, Mexico, with a team composed of players born in 2005 and 2006.

Wunderful weekend for Red Deer soccer teamRed Deer News Now
It was a wunderkind of a long weekend for one Red Deer soccer team. The U17 boys Renegades were competing with other teams from across the province in the Calgary Cup tournament, winning two group games 2-0 over Medicine Hat and then 3-0 over Calgary Chinook, then tying Airdrie 1-1.

Peterborough city soccer U18 girls earn promotion with division title victoryPeterborough Examiner
The Peterborough City Soccer Association’s Carstar Under-18 girls won the Ontario Women’s Soccer League Central Region East Under-21 Division title to earn promotion to the Provincial Division for 2019.


Match Preview: LA Galaxy II return home to face Fresno FC in rematchLA Galaxy
LA Galaxy II (5-12-5, 20 points) return home to host Fresno FC (7-8-9, 30 points) at 7:30 p.m. PT on Thursday, Aug. 9 at StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium.

Atlanta United 2 completes Ottawa Fury match with 1-1 drawGwinnett Daily Post
Tuesday’s abbreviated match between Atlanta United 2 and Ottawa Fury FC was the kind of match that forward Devon Sandoval wished his squad had another 45 minutes to seal a possible three points at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University.

USL’s Week Ahead – Western Conference Showdowns Take Center StageUSL
Top-five matchups see Monarchs host 1868 FC, Phoenix square off with Orange County in busy slate of contests.

Rowdies Bring USL Cup-Winner Morad AboardUSL
The Tampa Bay Rowdies announced on Wednesday the club had signed experienced defender Tarek Morad. The 25-year-old will be available for selection in the club’s game on Wednesday night against the Charleston Battery.

San Diego: City Attorney’s Appeals Denied – SoccerCity and SDSU West Set For November ElectionSan Diego Gazette
SoccerCity and SDSU West have both qualified for the November election via the very Citizens’ Initiative process that the City Attorney’s office attempted to strike them off the ballot with, claiming that both initiatives overstep the intent of the mechanism itself.


Lynn Williams Voted NWSL Player of the WeekNC Courage
North Carolina Courage forward Lynn Williams was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association for Week 19 of the 2018 NWSL season.

USWNT in NWSL: Horan and Williams locked in Golden Boot raceMLS Multiplex
The National Women’s Soccer League returned to action following a brief hiatus due to the Tournament of Nations. Here’s how the USWNT players in the league fared.

2018 Concacaf Championship Draw ConfirmedThe Equalizer
Concacaf confirmed the dates and process for the draw that will officially become the field for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship, serving as World Cup Qualifying for the region.

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018: Ariadina earns Brazil late draw with EnglandFIFA
A stoppage time strike from substitute Ariadina Borges earned Brazil a 1-1 draw with England in Group B at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 on Wednesday afternoon.

Atlético Femenino prepare for new season, new challengesInto the Calderon
The two-time defending league champions aim to make more history in 2018/19.

Rooney delighted with reaction in Kilkenny victoryIrish WNL
Limerick manager David Rooney was certainly happy with on-the-field matters after he watched his side secure a comfortable 5-1 win over Kilkenny United in Hogan Park last Sunday.

Annie Heatherson: Yeovil Town Ladies bring striker back for 2018-19 WSL seasonBBC Sport
Yeovil Town Ladies have re-signed striker Annie Heatherson on a professional contract for the 2018-19 Women’s Super League season.

Women’s Champions League qualifying: full guideUEFA
Qualifying has begun with the likes of Ajax, Glasgow City, Anderlecht, Slavia Praha, Basel and Sporting CP in action.

Birkirkara defeated in women’s Champions League openerTimes of Malta
Birkirkara opened their UEFA Women’s Champions League commitments with a 8-0 defeat at the hands WFC-Kharkiv, who are hosting the mini-tournament.

VIDEO: USC Women’s Soccer Looks For Another Stellar SeasonWLTX
After a first ever trip to the College Cup, the USC women’s soccer team starts out 2018 ranked fifth in the coaches preseason poll.

Danish FA: Ten recommendations for women’s footballUEFA
A Danish Football Association committee, headed by a former prime minister of Denmark, has published a series of recommendations for developing and strengthening the women’s game.

Women’s coaches back among The BestFIFA
Up until this year’s third instalment of The Best FIFA Women’s Coach Award, it was a very exclusive club for those to have received two nominations. Frenchman Gerard Precheur was the only member. Now he has some company.


Bilbao says Kepa’s release clause met as Chelsea move loomsSportsnet
Athletic Bilbao says Kepa Arrizabalaga’s buyout clause has been met as the goalkeeper prepares to join Chelsea.

Mbappe must stay humble and hungry to mark football history – BuffonSN
Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes France star Kylian Mbappe is on course to becoming one of the game’s all-time greats.

El Matador set to strike againLigue 1
Edinson Cavani has terrorised Ligue 1 Conforama opponents over the last five seasons, and there is no reason to suspect the Paris Saint-Germain striker will not be a defender’s worst nightmare once again in 2018-19.

Modric returns to Real Madrid training amid Inter rumoursFour Four Two
Despite being linked with a move to Inter, Luka Modric was back training with Real Madrid on Wednesday as expected.

Can Pachuca resolve its early crisis in the 2018 Apertura?ESPN
After three weeks of matches, no Liga MX team has looked worse than Pachuca. Of all the 18 clubs, Los Tuzos are the only one without a point in the league table. With three losses in three games, Pachuca is undeniably the most miserable team in the Mexican first division.

Liverpool 3-1 Torino: Reds end pre-season with victory at AnfieldBBC Sport
Liverpool concluded their preparations for the new season with a victory over Italian side Torino at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp spending puts Liverpool in title contention but squad still has holesESPN
After an active transfer window and a successful preseason, optimism at Liverpool is higher than for many years. That has translated into giddiness in some quarters. Some fans are even predicting a title win, never mind a challenge.

The 2018-19 Premier League XI: Are Manchester United, Jose Mourinho headed for ugly split?Yahoo Sports
It is never Jose Mourinho’s fault. Or, at least, never in the mind of Jose Mourinho.

2018-19 English Premier League preview: The 10 pretendersToronto Sun
Not every team has a chance at playing for a European spot in the Premier League and many will be happy to just survive in the top flight for another season. Here are the teams that should be closer to the relegation zone than the top of the table.

Cosafa Cup stars aplenty among new African arrivals in PSLESPN
South African Premier Soccer League clubs are still busy in the transfer market and have until the end of the month to sign new players, but most have already filled their foreign quotas for this season.

Corruption riddled Ghana FA battles to stay alive as government seeks its dissolutionInside World Football
Ghanaian football leaders are reported to be challenging attempts by the authorities to dissolve the association.

Keisuke Honda signing promises to rejuvenate flailing A-LeagueThe Guardian
In Japan, Honda is box office and there’s little to suggest things will be any different in Australia .

IMG launch Serie A Pass via its OTT platform, ESPN grab US rightsInside World Football
IMG own the international rights to Serie A and the Serie A Pass will be available initially in 20 markets via seriea-pass.com and available on desktop, tablet and mobile and via Apps on IOS and Android devices.

€136Bn Betting Turnover and no suspicious betting behaviour at Russia 2018FIFA
FIFA, in conjunction with its integrity partners and in particular with its service provider Sportradar, identify and analyse betting behaviour and patterns across a number of international and domestic football competitions around the globe, including the recent FIFA World Cup™ in Russia.

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