BC Soccer News, Wednesday, July 6, 2016


MONDAY, JULY 4, 2016


Whitecaps FC reach agreement to transfer Octavio Rivero to Chilean side Colo-ColoWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Wednesday that the club has reached an agreement to transfer striker Octavio Rivero to Chilean side Club Social y Deportivo Colo-Colo. As part of the transfer, Whitecaps FC will receive a percentage of any future transfer fees obtained by Colo-Colo.

So farewell then Octavio RiveroSoccer Shorts
The Uruguayan striker is heading to Chile to join club side Colo Colo to bring to an end a strangely dissatisfying spell with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

After missing LA match, Robinson says Manneh “will be involved” this weekWhitecaps FC
The omission of Kekuta Manneh in Vancouver 18-man gameday roster on Monday created a little bit of a buzz on social media, but Carl Robinson said after the match that it was just a “coach’s decision” and that the youngster will be “back involved next week.”

MLS Week 18 Preview: Kamara vs. Columbus, moreEmpire of Soccer
Major League Soccer took Tuesday off, but there’s a game Wednesday night to make for a quick turnaround after a long holiday weekend. Five games will be on national TV, but the weekend’s most intriguing match will not be: Kei Kamara is taking on his former teammates Saturday night.

Whitecaps FC fall 2-0 to LA Galaxy in Independence Day showdownWhitecaps FC
Robbie Keane scored a world-class goal on his return from Euro 2016 and Nigel de Jong was sent off for an ugly tackle on Blas Perez as LA Galaxy (6W-3L-8D) defeated Vancouver Whitecaps FC (7W-8L-3D) 2-0 in an Independence Day clash on Monday night at the StubHub Center.

After shutout in LA, Vancouver Whitecaps admit they need striker helpMLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps arguably left their most menacing attacker out of the 18-man gameday roster for Monday’s 2-0 shutout loss against the LA Galaxy.

Report and Reaction: Vancouver Whitecaps a damp squib in loss in LAAFTN
After last week’s Voyageurs Cup heartache, Vancouver Whitecaps were looking for a bounce back performance to ease some of that pain. Although they put in a spirited display at time in LA, they were never really at the races against the Galaxy, going down to a 2-0 defeat.

The Best of MLS Week 17: Mauro Diaz, NYCFC and moreSBI
The 17th week of the MLS season had plenty of drama, and action, from the  latest installment of the New York derby, to Tim Howard’s return to the league and Robbie Keane’s return to the scoring list.

Altidore is Day to Day, But is His Spot in the Starting Lineup Suddenly is Question?Waking the Red
The play of Jordan Hamilton means Altidore has a longer way back to the starting lineup than usual.

Rookie Michael Salazar seizes moment for Impact Montreal Gazette
Michael Salazar picked a good time to score his first Major League Soccer goals, because competition for forward jobs on the Montreal Impact is heating up.

Vancouver Whitecaps refuse to release attendance numbers Business in Vancouver
Since BC Place Stadium reopened from its $512 million renovation in September 2011, the Whitecaps and BC Lions have overstated attendance by a combined 500,000 fans. But, after a three-year legal battle, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) ordered stadium management to release the actual counts.

Seattle Sounders hope West Ham win can provide much-needed confidenceMLS
Following his team’s 3-0 victory over West Ham United of the English Premier League in Tuesday’s international friendly at CenturyLink Field, Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid acknowledged that his team probably shouldn’t engage in any sort of prolonged chest-thumping over the result.

Impact to play friendly vs A.S. RomaMount Royal Soccer
The Montreal Impact have announced that they will host an international friendly with one of the biggest Serie A clubs. A.S. Roma are set to face off versus our Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo on August 3rd at 7:30pm.

Dynamo lose Leonel Miranda, David RochaHouston Chronicle
The summer transfer window is usually a time when MLS clubs add to their rosters. The Dynamo, however, lost two players before they could bring in anybody new.

Atlanta United announce signing of Irish midfielder Chris McCannMLS
Atlanta United on Wednesday announced the signing of 28-year-old Irish midfielder Chris McCann, who most recently played with Wigan Athletic in the English Championship.

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State of the First Nations: indigenous Canadians are reclaiming the cityThe Guardian
With indigenous people now the fastest-growing segment of Canada’s urban population, Mayana Slobodian meets the Vancouver street soccer players trying to break down the colonial barrier between ‘city’ and ‘reserve’.

Riptide Teams off to Provincial A Finals in BurnabyUpper Island Riptide
The Marine Harvest Upper Island Riptide is pleased to announce the preparations for the 2016 British Columbia Soccer Associations Provincial A-Cup are now complete. Three Riptide teams (the 2002 boys, the 2001 girls and the 2000 girls) will compete to be crowned Provincial Champions in Burnaby July 7-10, 2016.

Provincial tournament honours West Vancouver soccer pioneersNorth Shore News
Jopson and Sinnott helped pave the way for tournaments like this weekend’s B.C. showdown at Ambleside .

Heat grab first win Kamloops This Week
The Kamloops Heat men picked up the first victory of their Pacific Coast Soccer League season on Sunday, defeating Khalsa Sporting Club 3-2 at Kamloops’ Exhibition Park.

Loop off to soccer nationalsSquamish Chief
Squamish youth Stuart Loop, who plays for Mountain United FC’s U16 team as a starting right midfielder, and his teammates will be off to the nationals this fall in Alberta.

Canadian soccer legend to keynote Thompson Rivers University sports breakfastInfotel
Bob Lenarduzzi is returning to Thompson Rivers University. The Canadian soccer legend will be this year’s keynote speaker for the university’s annual scholarship breakfast in the fall.

United teams end seasonsVernon Morning Star
Vernon Tolko United Blasters split their final two rep soccer league games of the season.

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.

Victoria Highlanders 2016 Season Tickets Now Available Select Your Seats
The Victoria Highlanders are ready to return to the PDL for 2016. BC Soccer Web encourages all soccer fans on Vancouver Island to get behind their team. Season tickets are now on sale and extremely affordable. Support Local Soccer!

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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Labbé ready for challenge at Rio 2016CSA
As Canada prepare for matches against Australia, Zimbabwe and Germany in Group F at Rio 2016, Labbé took time to speak with FIFA.com about how she plans on staying focused in what will be a major milestone in her career.

Barbados and Canada deepening football tiesLoop News
The Unionville Milliken Soccer Club (UMSC) is here to help. The Canadian soccer club recently toured Barbados on a quest of social and athletic development as their U17 girls’ team participated in a three-match duel with a selection of local females and then made a special visit to the Ann Hill School.

Mississauga soccer teams claim Robbie tournament gold Mississauga News
Two Mississauga soccer teams won gold at the prestigious Robbie International Soccer Tournament Sunday in Scarborough.

Four Atlantic age-group showcases begin ThursdayThe Telegram
Four provincial age-group soccer teams will be competing at Atlantic Showcase tournaments, beginning Thursday.

Truro girls make the gradeTruro Daily
Dedication and hard training. That’s the key to being selected to represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Soccer Championships this week in Newfoundland, say the only two representatives from this region of the province.

Darlington Fusion sends a record dozen on to post-secondary soccer teams Clarington This Week
The Darlington Soccer Club’s Fusion team will be sending a record 12 players to post-secondary school playing opportunities this fall.

Erin McLeod: It’s time to Motivate a Nation! themotivenation.ca
After building a successful e-commerce (www.peaudeloup.com) and a physical retail store in West Vancouver (CAPOSHIE) Women’s National Team Goalkeeper Erin McLeod has decided after a series of misfortunate events it’s time to branch out on her own with her new inspiration project, Motive Nation, launching to the public on July 1st, online at www.themotivenation.ca.






Brett Levis named to USL Team of the Week after dramatic game-winner at Real Monarchs SLCWhitecaps FC
Brett Levis was named to the USL Team of the Week, the league announced today. The left back from Saskatoon came up huge in the clutch on Saturday for Whitecaps FC 2, scoring the game-winning goal in added time of the 2-1 victory over Real Monarchs SLC.

USL Week 16 Preview: Big Weekend for City Islanders and SwitchbacksEmpire of Soccer
Week 16 in the USL is filled with multiple fixtures for teams with the chance of putting some distance between opposition in the table or gaining much needed momentum.

Midway: What we’ve learned from Bethlehem Steel Philly Soccer Page
What have we learned about Bethlehem Steel FC since the announcement of the team’s creation? The August 19, 2015 announcement crystallized rumor into fact, but answered only three major questions: location, stadium and league.

USL Preview: Toronto FC II vs. Bethlehem Steel FC USL
Midweek clash sees both teams looking to rebound from weekend defeats.

The Best of NASL Week 12: Ramirez, Minnesota United and moreSBI
The NASL returned to action over the weekend, and no one impressed more than Christian Ramirez and Minnesota United.

FC Edmonton acquires defender Shawn Nicklaw in trade with Armada FC FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton announced July 6, the addition of defender Shawn Nicklaw from Jacksonville Armada FC in exchange for midfielder Jason Plumhoff. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Miller in discussions with agents as he looks to fill FC Edmonton’s vacant international roster spotthe11.ca
FC Edmonton got through the first week of the season with just 15 players on the traveling squad that went to Rayo OKC.

NASL Rewind: PRFC debuts with win against spring champSoccer America
In its first NASL game, Puerto Rico FC tied spring champ Indy Eleven, 1-1, on the opening weekend of the fall season. 2016 spring runner-up and 2015 champion New York Cosmos opened with a win over 2015 runner-up Ottawa while Christian Ramirez scored a hat trick for Minnesota.

RailHawks announce pro-diversity events for West Ham match, remainder of seasonWRAL Sportsfan
The Cary-based soccer club, along with its two supporters groups, the Triangle Soccer Fanatics and Oak City Supporters, will host a joint, pre-match tailgate open to all fans prior to the RailHawks’ friendly against English Premier League side West Ham United on Tuesday, July 12. Food and beverages will be provided, and donations will be accepted to benefit Equality NC, the largest LGBTQ rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in North Carolina.

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Why competition for places is so fierce on the US women’s national teamThe Guardian
Most of the players who have played this year are locks for the Olympic roster, and coach Jill Ellis rarely experiments – because she doesn’t need to.

NWSL Week In Review: In defense of aggressive attackersEqualizer
Is there a point where play of an aggressive striker can become reckless? Of course. But in a perfect world, an attacking player should lead a team in fouls, the downside of them getting whistled on the other team’s half of the field is not as much as defenders close to their own goal.

Houston Dash travel to the Garden State for duel with Sky Blue FC Houston Dynamo
The Houston Dash (2-6-1, 7 points) return to NWSL action this Saturday as they travel to the Garden State to meet Sky Blue FC (3-4-4, 13 points). The New Jersey club fell to Portland Thorns FC 2-1 last Saturday ending a four-match unbeaten streak.

Girls need women’s pros to look up to 24 Hours
Hopefully, one day, Vancouver has a professional women’s team so my daughter could find a female soccer player to look up to and watch on a regular basis, because she’s already told me that she’s going to play for Canada one day.

NWSL Rewind: Thorns win again without U.S. starsSoccer America
Even without its U.S. national team stars, the Portland Thorns remained unbeaten in the NWSL with a 2-1 comeback win over Sky Blue FC on goals by Icelandic international Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Afghani-Dane star Nadia Nadim.

CONCACAF Announces Participating Teams, Groups and Schedule for 2016 CONCACAF Under-15 Girls’ ChampionshipCONCACAF
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today announced the Member Associations that will participate in 2016 CONCACAF Under-15 Girls’ Championship, as well as the groups and schedule. The second edition of the CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship will be held in Orlando, Florida from August 9-21, 2016.

USSF names first 25 Girls’ Development Academy clubs Equalizer
U.S. Soccer announced the first 25 clubs which will take part in the Girls’ Development Academy, a controversial initiative designed to become the top path for developing female youth players. The league will begin in the fall of 2017.

South Africa: Rio-Bound Banyana Banyana Face Up to Their Toughest Challenge YetAll Africa
The Rio Olympics bound team are set to face their sternest test yet when they play defending world and Olympic champions, the United States at Soldiers Field, Chicago on Saturday evening.

AIFF conducts workshop for National Women’s LeagueAsian Age
In an attempt to bolster the National Women’s League, slated to begin later this year, the All India Football Federation conducted a workshop at its headquarters in the capital on Tuesday.

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How to Watch Euro 2016 on TV in Canada – BC Soccer Web
The Euros are one of the most popular soccer events on Canadian Television screens. Past Euro competitions have garnered high TV ratings in Canada, and all of the matches are easily accessible.

TSN’s Euro 2016 TV ScheduleTSN
The most up to date resource for upcoming Euro 2016 Matches on TSN.

Lionel Messi handed jail term in Spain for tax fraudBBC
Under the Spanish system, prison terms of under two years can be served under probation.

Barcelona stands by Messi after tax fraud rulingGoal
The club has pledged its star legal and moral support after it emerged on Wednesday that he faced a 21-month jail sentence.

Wales seeks first European Championship final against Portugal SBI
It’s already been a dream for Wales, making the semifinals in the nation’s first major competition since 1958, but Chris Coleman’s men aren’t done yet.

Wales target historic final after memorable run at Euro 2016 France 24
Wales will be playing the biggest game in their history when they take on Portugal in Lyon on Wednesday after an extraordinary run to the semi-finals at Euro 2016, their only major tournament since 1958.

Portugal plots another escape in Euro 2016 semifinal vs. WalesToronto Star
Portugal has been in the lead for a total of 22 minutes over the course of more than 8 hours of football in Euro 2016 so far, yet they’re now one win away from the final in Paris.

Their words: Earnshaw reflects on Wales’ tragedy-stricken journey to Euro 2016 Whitecaps FC
I remember the moment everything changed for Wales. It was about six years ago, when the late and great Gary Speed took over as head coach. Gary was our captain back in 2003, when we came within one game of qualifying for Euro 2004.

Deschamps urges France to create their own history Four Four Two
Didier Deschamps wants France to emulate the trophy-winning teams of yesteryear at Euro 2016.

Video: Iceland footballers return home as heroes after Euro 2016France 24
Iceland’s footballers were celebrated as heroes on their return home on Monday, after a surprisingly successful Euro 2016 campaign that saw the team advance as far as the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Manchester United sign midfielder from Borussia Dortmund BBC Sport
Manchester United have signed Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from German club Borussia Dortmund.

Mexican teams find second home in United StatesSoccer America
How popular is the United States as a preseason destination for Mexican clubs? Thirteen of 18 Liga MX clubs have spent time in the United States this summer. Nine will play on Wednesday, including Club America, which will face MLS’s New York Red Bulls. New Jersey is one of 11 states visited by Mexican clubs.

Argentine soccer in chaos — it goes from bad to worseSoccer America
Last month, there was the threat that Argentina would pull out of the Copa Centenario. It didn’t happen, and the Albiceleste went on to finish second at the tournament. But now there is the threat that Argentina will pull out of the men’s soccer tournament at next month’s Olympics. That threat is real — put at 50 percent by the head of Argentina’s Olympic committee — and it has led to the resignation of national team coach Gerardo Martino.

EFL Trophy: Competition format confirmed to include Premier League academies BBC Sport
The format of the 2016-17 EFL Trophy, which will include 15 Premier League academy sides, has been confirmed.

English Football League head defends controversial new EFL trophy formatThe Guardian
The English Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey has defended the controversial format change for the EFL Trophy, insisting inviting Premier League clubs to take part will “rejuvenate” the competition and help develop domestic talent.

World Cup tickets top $1000 for first timeSportsnet
FIFA said Tuesday the top price for the 2018 final in Moscow will be $1,100, up from $990 for the 2014 final in Rio de Janeiro. Other tickets for the final will cost $710 and $455, with additional category 4 tickets — which are sold exclusively to Russian residents — costing 7,040 rubles (currently $110).

Russia promises 2018 will be safe, and ticket prices cheap…for RussiansInside World Football
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko insists his country has learned from the bitter experience of hooliganism at Euro 2016 and that the 2018 World Cup will be safe for all supporters to attend.

Specializing in single sports at a young age can bring adverse consequences Medicine Hat News
It may be hard to remember, but there was a time when sports had a specific season, and were not a year-round activity.

Homeless World Cup set for Glasgow kick-off, and signs up Olso for 2017 Inside World Football
The Homeless World Cup kicks off this Sunday in Glasgow, Scotland, with 52 teams and 500 players competing in mens and womens competitions. It concludes July 16.

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