BC Soccer News, Wednesday, July 20, 2016


TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016


PHOTOS: INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY, Whitecaps FC 2, Crystal Palace FC 2, July 19, 2016 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

D.C. United trades Fabian Espindola to Vancouver, acquires Patrick Mullins from NYCFC  – Washington Post
D.C. United shook up its anemic attack Wednesday, trading Argentine veteran Fabian Espindola to the Vancouver Whitecaps and acquiring former University of Maryland star Patrick Mullins from New York City FC, multiple sources said.

Report: Fabian Espindola linked with trade to WhitecapsSBI
Fabian Espindola is in the midst of another productive MLS season, but it appears the Argentinian forward could be on the move to his fourth MLS club.

Fabian Espindola – MLS Career StatsMLS
A statistical look at the Argentine forward’s M:S career.

Edgar scores on his debut as ‘Caps draw Crystal Palace FC 2-2 at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
For the first time in five years, Vancouver Whitecaps FC faced an English Premier League opponent on Tuesday night. And they did not look out of place, earning a 2-2 draw with FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace FC in front of a crowd of 14,788 at BC Place.

Report: Vancouver Whitecaps 2-2 Crystal Palace Crystal Palace FC
Crystal Palace ended their three-game tour of North America undefeated after they drew 2-2 with Vancouver Whitecaps in a hugely entertaining game in BC Place.

Whitecaps’ youngsters show well vs. Crystal PalaceSportsnet
It was the 61st minute of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ friendly with Crystal Palace on Tuesday, and the home side was making eight substitutions at once. You could almost hear “Yakety Sax” playing in the background.

Match Recap: Caps vs Palace Eighty-Six Forever
Well, in front of an announced crowd of 14, 788 in BC Place Stadium, the hometown Caps and visiting FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace played to a 2-2 draw, in a friendly that was widely condemned by Caps supporters, leaving what appeared to be a very dull atmosphere, save for the travelling support, backing the Palace.

Why I didn’t go to see Crystal PalaceWhitecaps Fan Blog
I am a football nut.  I can’t walk by a football match at any level without stopping to see what is going on.  I have been a season’s ticket holder for the 86ers and the Vancouver Whitecaps since 1998 or so.   So why didn’t I go see Crystal Palace play the Whitecaps? Especially after griping for years about no friendlies!

New additions good, but ‘Caps must get hot24 Hours
Other than a professional soccer team based in Vancouver, Canada and playing in Major League Soccer, who exactly are Vancouver Whitecaps FC? A few friends have been asking about their identity not only on the field, but off it.

Orlando City hires Jason Kreis as head coach Empire of Soccer
Orlando City SC has hired former Real Salt Lake and New York City head coach Jason Kreis, following the firing of Adrian Heath earlier this month.

Kreis a coup for Orlando – and a gamble for the veteran coachMLS
During my first year and a half in Utah, Jason Kreis was head coach of RSL. I saw every game he coached and just about every training session he ran from July 2012 until his departure for New York City FC at the end of the 2013 season. I got to know a little bit about him away from the field, too.

Hopefully Orlando and Jason Kreis have been careful what they wished for The Guardian
It’s no surprise that Kreis didn’t remain jobless for long after an abbreviated stint with NYCFC, but will manager and club prove a winning match?

Familiarity on both sides as Vancouver hosts Crystal PalaceRed Nation Online
Major League Soccer has gone through massive growth since the Whitecaps joined the league in 2011. Coincidently that was the last time Vancouver hosted an international friendly with Manchester City visiting a soggy Empire Field. A lot has changed since then and MLS is now becoming a destination for players from England and Europe who may have previously laughed off the possibility of playing here.

Inter Milan’s Jovetic stuns RSL with backheel game-winner in stoppage timeSalt Lake Tribune
For RSL, it was the latest home match packed into this summer. For Inter, it was the start to its preseason prior to the upcoming International Champions Cup, which features 10 of the top teams in Europe facing off around the U.S.

Allen shines again as Real Salt Lake glean lessons from Inter Milan match – MLS
It took a flash of world-class skill in the 92nd minute to decide Tuesday night’s international friendly between Inter Milan and Real Salt Lake, as Inter’s Stevan Jovetic pulled off a phenomenal backheel for the game-winner in a 2-1 stoppage-time win at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Real Salt Lake reinstates Tribune columnist’s credential Salt Lake Tribune
“At the behest of Major League Soccer and in accordance with league policy, Real Salt Lake has reinstated media access and related privileges to The Salt Lake Tribune columnist,” said Andy Carroll, RSL’s chief business officer in a statement.

Why Real Salt Lake’s journalist ban damages the credibility of MLSThe Guardian
Banning journalists seems to be something of a trend in American politics right now. Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Politico, and the Washington Post have all felt the brunt of Donald Trump’s ire at one point or another over the past year or so, with the Republican presidential nominee serving banning orders like Oprah hands out book prizes. It’s an ethos that has seemingly seeped into American soccer, too.

Toronto FC Sign Tosaint Ricketts Toronto FC
Toronto FC announced Wednesday that the club has signed Canadian international forward Tosaint Ricketts.

Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco being hard on himself amid drought Toronto Star
The defending MLS MVP has struggled to find opportunities as Jozy Altidore’s injury allows defences to focus on him.

TFC’s Hamilton shows he’s ready for the big timeToronto Sun
For Hamilton, getting to this point has been more of an odyssey than a journey. While he has been in TFC’s system since 2011, Hamilton is under no illusion that he’s anywhere close to the finish. But he’s miles from where he began.

U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals Preview Empire of Soccer
We are down to the last eight teams in the U.S. Open Cup and the quarterfinals will all be held Wednesday night. Of those eight teams, seven are clubs from Major League Soccer, while Ft. Lauderdale is the sole representative of the NASL.

Seattle Sounders Must Win in USOC Quarterfinal versus L.A.MLS Multiplex
An unfortunate must-win for the Seattle Sounders It has been a dismal season for the blue and green. Scoring woes continue to darken the normally sharp squad.

USOC quarterfinal preview: Revolution vs. UnionProst Amerika
The Open Cup is a fickle thing. There are rarely easy games, even against lower league teams. Both the Philadelphia Union and the New England Revolution have scratched and clawed their way to the quarterfinals in Harvard. The Revolution have yet to play an MLS team in the competition, but that shouldn’t diminish what they’ve done so far.

Watch all 2016 US Open Cup quarterfinal matches live on YouTubeMLS
The oldest soccer competition in the United States continues on Wednesday, and if you can’t catch one of the quarterfinal matches in person, you’re in luck. US Soccer confirmed all four quarterfinal games on Wednesday will be streamed live on their YouTube channel.

MLS PHOTOS: Whitecaps FC 2, Orlando City City SC 2, July 16, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccerweb by Bill Currie.

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‘Caps connecting with Aboriginal communities for fifth annual Hope and Health Whitecaps FC
Hope and Health is an annual event that utilizes soccer to build resilience and connection amongst Aboriginal children and youth. More than just an event, Hope and Health is a movement to inspire hope, as well as improve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and life conditions for Aboriginal children and youth.

Fundraiser to help former TRU soccer player with cancerCBC
Cassie Gardner’s husband Sebastian has been living with terminal cancer for the last two and a half years. The former TRU soccer player first was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma while he was in university. Despite alternative treatments and participating clinical trials, Sebastian hasn’t managed to beat the disease.  So this year on his 28th birthday, Cassie decided to create a Go Fund Me page.

European Football School camp sees record numbersWilliams Lake Tribune
More than 110 soccer players were sharpening their skills last week during the European Football School camp.

SOOKE HISTORY: Sooke soccer smilesSooke News Mirror
When Larry Underwood brought in this photo, copied from one published in the Sooke Mirror in 1968, he was beaming all over, with memories of school days at Saseenos School. The young fellows had just finished the soccer season and you can see how proud they were.

Jay DeMerit launches Rise & Shine Captain’s Camp in Pemberton Rise & Shine Foundation
A captain is an individual who unifies teammates into one team.  A captain has to be well rounded to lead by example. At the Rise & Shine: Captains Camps, the curriculum is specifically built around creating a balance of elite soccer training on the field, and all encompassing life skills training off the field.

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.

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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CBC Sports to broadcast Canada Soccer’s final pre-Olympic International Friendly against FranceCSA
Canada Soccer’s final Road to Rio Women’s International Friendly match against France will be broadcast LIVE via CBC Sports on CBC, Canada’s Olympic Network, on 23 July at 15.00 ET / 12.00 PT with pre-match programming beginning fifteen minutes earlier. The match will also be available via live-streaming at cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices. Radio-Canada will also provide French-language coverage via live-streaming at ici.radio-canada.ca.

Road to the Olympic Games: Canada vs. France in women’s soccerCBC
The friendly in Auxerre, France is a rematch of the 2012 Olympic bronze-medal game in London, where Diana Matheson’s last-minute goal put the Canadian women on the podium for the first time.

The repatriation acts: Dixon yet another Canadian who decides to return home in 2016 the11.ca
If there’s a word that best describes Canadian soccer right now, it’s “repatriation.”

Simeon Jackson becomes Walsall’s ninth summer signingBBC Sport
Canada striker Simeon Jackson has signed for League One side Walsall on a two-year contract after leaving Blackburn Rovers.

Sounders U23 season ends in overtime playoff loss in CalgaryGoal Washington
The Sounders U23 lost 3-1 to Calgary Foothills FC in overtime on Tuesday night in the PDL playoffs.

Veteran midfielder Kaylyn Kyle watches Canadian soccer team from afar CFJC
Kyle was a fixture for Canada from 2011 to 2014, playing in 62 consecutive matches. But she was one of several veterans not to get a recall after last summer’s World Cup.

St. John’s 2016 draw opens door for second Alberta teamCSA
This year’s Challenge Trophy competition at the Sport Chek National Championships will feature a second Alberta men’s team in St. John’s, Newfoundland Labrador. The second Alberta entry was confirmed after a draw at the Canada Soccer offices following the withdrawal of Northwest Territories entry.




SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2016, 2:00 PM



Fury FC acquire Ottawa native and Canadian International Jamar DixonOttawa Fury
Ottawa Fury FC have acquired Ottawa native and Canadian International midfielder Jamar Dixon, the club announced Wednesday pending ITC approval. Dixon comes to Ottawa after spending the last two years in Finland playing FF Jaro.

Fury FC adds English midfielder Ryan WilliamsOttawa Citizen
Ottawa Fury FC made another move in a bid to fire up its offence Tuesday, announcing the signing of English midfielder Ryan Williams.

Ben Fisk on his training stint with FC Edmonton: “We’ll see how the club likes me and we’ll go from there” the11.ca
Canadian midfielder and former Vancouver Whitecap Ben Fisk began a training stint with FC Edmonton on Tuesday.

FC Edmonton says Landskrona BoIS can’t use Boakai until a deal is sealedthe11.ca
Last week, Swedish side Landskrona BoIS announced the signing of 19-year-old Canadian midfielder Hanson Boakai. Not so fast, says his former club.

Vancouver brings up Benedictine’s Greig for friendly News Express Now
Former Benedictine College men’s soccer player Kyle Greig signed a short-term agreement with the Vancouver Whitecaps for its international friendly against Crystal Palace FC.

Cincinnati’s reminder: North America has more markets ready for top-level soccer Four Four Two
Markets across the United States are ready for something bigger, something more grand, in professional soccer. Plenty of them. They have pro soccer; they covet pro soccer writ large. The case for something more grandiose was literally all around Alan Pardew late Saturday night in Ohio.

Does anybody want to play minor league soccer?US Soccer Players
The USL’s growth is due to that MLS partnership. Serving at the top league reserve division will always make it “minor league”. Rather than fight against that label, USL embraces it. The USL knows what it wants to be. That doesn’t mean completely independent. What the league lacks in prestige, it makes up for with that direct link to the topflight.

Strikers Announce Move to Central Broward Stadium Ft. Lauderdale Strikers
Beginning in August 2016, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers will play all North American Soccer League (NASL) home matches at Central Broward Stadium in Lauderhill, Fla. The club has undertaken the move in order to enhance the fan experience and gameday amenities.

Fort Lauderdale Strikers Leave Historic Lockhart Stadium Empire of Soccer
The Strikers have called Lockhart home since the original days of the NASL in the 1970s, as did the defunct MLS side the Miami Fusion. Fans will have one more shot to catch a league match at Lockhart. The club is set to play their final match at Lockhart Stadium on July 30 against instate rival Jacksonville Armada FC.

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UEFA Women’s under-19 Championship – Matchday 1 round-up: Fancied nations underwhelm in openersVavel
While many had tipped France and Germany to top their respective groups, neither kicked off the tournament with a win.

Watford Ladies 3-2 Oxford United Women: Lady Hornets complete stunning comebackVavel
Watford Ladies produced a stunning comeback from two-goals down as they managed to secure a 3-2 victory over Oxford United Women at Berkhamsted.

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Sam Allardyce: Sunderland boss will be named as new England managerBBC Sport
Sam Allardyce is set to be named as the new England manager – with confirmation expected in the next 24 hours.

UEFA Champions League: Celtic vs. Lincoln Red Imps (0-1 Agg.) BBC Sport
Defender Erik Sviatchenko will be available after recovering from a head injury as Celtic seek to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Lincoln Red Imps.

Lincoln Red Imps: ‘Celtic are great but we want to finish the job’The Guardian
Assistant manager Mick McElwee has known a lot of success since becoming first involved with Lincoln Red Imps in the 1980s … now he hopes to help them to their greatest triumph.

Copa Libertadores finalists braced for shot at gloryFIFA
The first leg of the 2016 Copa Libertadores final sees a side that has never progressed this far before take on a former winner. With Quito providing the setting, surprise package Independiente del Valle will play host to Atletico Nacional, who are appearing in their first final in 21 years, all of which should make for an entertaining two legs.

Arriola, Moreno score lead Tijuana to Copa MX winSBI
Club Tijuana’s Copa MX-opening victory ha a distinct American feel. Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno scored early goals, leading the way as Xolos topped CD Toluca, 3-0, on Tuesday night in the first match of 2016 Apertura Copa MX play. The win sees Xolos claim three points to open group play.

Mario Gomez to leave Besiktas because of Turkey coup attemptBBC Sport
Germany striker Mario Gomez “will not be playing” for Besiktas again because of the “political situation” in Turkey.

After the McLaren report should Russia still have the World Cup?The Guardian
The IOC does not trust Russia to host any sporting event, placing Fifa under more pressure before the 2018 tournament.

Manchester United’s first official bid for Paul Pogba rejected by JuventusESPN FC
According to multiple reports in the UK and Italy, Manchester United have made an initial bid for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, but it has already been rejected by the Serie A club.

Aston Villa to give Brad Guzan a free transfer to speed up Middlesbrough move The Telegraph
Aston Villa are ready to grant Brad Guzan a free transfer in a bid to speed up his move to Middlesbrough.

Bayern Munich promotes 16-year-old Fruchtl to first teamGoal
Bayern Munich has handed promising 16-year-old goalkeeper Christian Fruchtl a new long-term deal and promoted him to the club’s first team.

Napoli rejected Atletico bid of ‘€60m plus two or three players’ for HiguainFour Four Two
Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis says he has rejected one offer for Gonzalo Higuain – a €60million-plus-player bid from Atletico Madrid.

Premier League, EFL & FA introduce new player behaviour rulesBBC Sport
Plans designed to reduce “intolerable behaviour” by players and managers in English football have been announced.

International Champions Cup: What to expect from the Premier League clubsESPN FC
The International Champions Cup tournament kicks off on Friday as Manchester United face Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai .

Barcelona stand by extension of shirt deal with Qatar AirwaysESPN FC
Barcelona’s marketing and communications vice-president Manel Arroyo has defended the club renewing their shirt sponsorship contract with Qatar Airways.

Daniel Agger: ‘Maybe my story will make other athletes take fewer pills’The Guardian
The former Liverpool defender opens up on his overuse of anti-inflammatory drugs and the day in 2015 when his body had simply had enough.

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