BC Soccer News, Wednesday, June 22, 2016






Whitecaps FC fall 1-0 to Toronto FC in first leg of Amway Canadian Championship FinalWhitecaps FC
Advantage Toronto FC – just barely. Vancouver Whitecaps FC fell 1-0 to Toronto FC in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship Final on Tuesday night at BMO Field. Sebastian Giovinco’s fortuitous 43rd-minute goal puts Toronto in pole position to win this year’s Voyageurs Cup, but it’s far from over.

TFC 1 Whitecaps 0: Caps must shine at home to retain Voyageurs Cup The Province
The Whitecaps lost the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final at BMO Field on Tuesday, but Toronto FC looked the more disappointed team at the final whistle.

‘Caps frustrated with “unlucky” goal in Canadian Championship Finals openerMLS
It wasn’t the hoped for result, but Vancouver kept themselves within striking distance for the Voyageurs Cup following a 1-0 loss at Toronto FC in the opening leg of the 2016 Amway Canadian Championship finals.

Toronto FC opens with 1-0 leadCSA
Toronto FC have taken a 1-0 lead in the 2016 Amway Canadian Championship final, drawing first blood in their two-leg series with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco scored the lone goal in the Tuesday home victory at BMO Field.

Deflection gives Toronto narrow Canadian Championship final lead over VancouverAFTN
As 1-0 losses come, Vancouver Whitecaps first leg Canadian Championship final defeat to Toronto hasn’t left us too downbeat. The difference between the two teams was a bit of luck from a deflection of a Sebastian Giovinco shot, giving TFC a narrow one goal lead to take into BC Place next Wednesday in the second leg.

Giovinco gets some luck as TFC takes first leg of Amway finalSportsnet
Although outplayed for most of Tuesday night’s first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final, Toronto FC still managed to earn a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps before 20,011 fans at BMO Field.

TFC defeat Whitecaps in 1st Leg of Canadian ChampionshipRed Nation Online
The first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship Final kicked off at BMO Field between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC. Each side looked to set the tone and pick up momentum heading into the second leg on Wednesday, June 29 at BC Place in Vancouver.

Toronto FC 1-0 Vancouver Whitecaps: Fortunate Giovinco goal gives the Reds a first-leg advantageGoal
TFC takes slim aggregate lead into next week’s decisive leg of the Canadian Championship final in Vancouver after winning the home leg on Tuesday night.

 TFC gets a leg up against Whitecaps Toronto Sun
This time, there was no collapse. And now Toronto FC holds the dagger with a chance to put it square in the hearts of the Vancouver Whitecaps next Wednesday at BC Place, where the Reds are positioned to claim a fifth Voyageurs Cup — and first since 2012 — following a 1-0 win in the opening leg of the Canadian Championship final at BMO Field on Tuesday night.

Post-Match Report on Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 Loss in 1st Leg of Amway Canadian Championship Final Eighty-Six Forever
It could have been worse. That seemed to be the sentiment after the Vancouver Whitecaps lost the opening leg of the Amway Canadian Championship at Toronto FC 1-0.

A Step in the Right Direction: Toronto FC Defeat Vancouver Whitecaps in Voyageurs CupWaking the Red
A decent, if flawed, home performance has Toronto FC on the brink of their fifth Canadian Championship win.

TFC left wanting more after narrow win in 1st leg of Canadian ChampionshipMLS
Victory is always nice, but when it is by the most slender of margins, especially in a two-legged series, it leaves scant room for comfort.

Canadian international defender Edgar to train with WhitecapsThe Province
Canadian international David Edgar was at BMO Field to watch Tuesday’s Amway Canadian Championship first-leg final between the Whitecaps and Toronto FC. On Wednesday, the out-of-contract defender will join the Caps for a training stint.

MLS: Robbie Rogers sidelined by ankle surgerySoccer America
Outside back Robbie Rogers is expected to miss six weeks to recover from arthroscopic surgery performed on his ankle on Monday. Rogers has played 12 games (10 starts) for the Galaxy this season while changing sides from left back to right back to accommodate the offseason acquisition of former English international Ashley Cole.

Kraft may move New England Revolution to Dorchester WHDH Boston
The New England Revolution may be moving to Dorchester. Owner Robert Kraft has talked about building a soccer stadium at the site of the former Bayside Expo Center.

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Academy Playoffs: What you need to know about ‘Caps U-18 and U-16 teams Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-18 and U-16 Residency teams are back in the United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) postseason after both winning their respective Northwest Division titles. This year’s playoffs take place at the Toyota Soccer Center in Dallas, starting on Wednesday.

Vancouver Whitecaps U16s heading into playoffs with belief they can “go and win this whole thing”AFTN
It’s been a fantastic season for Vancouver Whitecaps U16 side. One that has even surprised the coaches themselves with just how well the team has done.

Head of the Class: Three ‘Caps grads featured in The Province Whitecaps FC
It’s that time of year. Graduation time! In an annual tradition, Howard Tsumura from The Province features some of British Columbia’s best student athletes. This is the 17th edition, and this three year three ‘Caps grads are featured.

Soccer player earns residency with WhitecapsAirdrie Echo
Airdrie’s Jacob Aulin-Angelozzi is pursuing his soccer dreams to the next level. The 15-year-old striker was recently selected by the Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club’s residency program for the U16 team starting this fall.

Howaniec howitzer sends TOFC to premier league final Kamloops This Week
Kiera Howaniec of Kamloops sealed her soccer team’s place in the provincial final with a game-winning blast in Burnaby on Saturday.

Pinnacle team punches ticket to soccer provincialsPenticton Western News
Three Pinnacles FC soccer teams are Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League play down winners. After trailing 1-0 at the end of the first half, the U15 boys picked up their game and got goals from Christian Martins and Austin Afonso against Kelowna United in a 2-1 win at Kings Park.

KYSA Announce Summer Soccer Schools KYSA
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) has announced the dates and location of its 2016 Summer Soccer Schools.

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
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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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The Montreal Impact officially opens Centre NutrilaitMontreal Impact
The Montreal Impact celebrated the official opening of its new training centre on Wednesday, announcing that the facility will now be called Centre Nutrilait.

Impact Academy to play international tournament in July Montreal Impact
The International U14, presented by Nutrilait, will take place at Centre Nutrilait from July 7 to 10. Young Bleu-blanc-noir players will get a chance to take on the Chicago Fire Academy, the D.C. United Academy and the Bologna FC Academy.

Brampton’s Kadeisha Buchanan to play in Rio Olympic soccer competitionBrampton Guardian
It is official Kadeisha Buchanan is going to the Olympics.

Courtice’s Allysha Chapman, Ajax’s Nichelle Prince named to Canadian soccer team for Rio Olympics Ajax News Advertiser
Courtice’s Allysha Chapman and Ajax’s Nichelle Prince have been named to the Canadian women’s soccer team that will be looking to match or better its bronze medal performance from the 2012 London Olympics.

Huskies are provincial soccer champsWinnipeg Free Press
The Sturgeon Heights Huskies girls soccer team wasted no time during the lightning-quick high school soccer season and earned itself a second consecutive championship win in a final against the St. Mary’s Academy Flames.

Celtic youth soccer program keeps rollingPrince Albert Daily Herald
The Prince Albert Celtics youth soccer program is giving technical director Dragan Ivkovic a few problems, but thankfully they’re the good kind.

Calgary Muslim girls soccer team bond on field and offCBC
Kicking soccer balls gives Setra Ahmad a chance to unleash her feelings and let off some steam. It also means a lot to her that everyone on her team is a Muslim girl.

York U unveils spectacular Inuit soccer player sculptureYork Univ.
A monumental sculpture of an Inuit soccer player, embellished with silver eyes and holding a bronze walrus skull for a ball was unveiled today at York Lions Stadium. The soccer player, carved out of a 26-tonne rock, is poised in an Alaskan high-kick position – inspiration to athletes and spectators who will attend the North American Indigenous Games at York University next summer.







Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

USL Week 14 Preview: Big Games for Teams Atop the TableEmpire of Soccer
Several teams will be looking to rebound in Week 14 of the USL, especially in the Western Conference where upsets dominated the scorelines last weekend. Colorado Springs in particular will be looking for a result against the Real Monarchs after a crushing road loss to San Antonio saw them set back to third place in the standings. Meanwhile, Louisville City faces a tough two game week that could see their lead in first place slip through their fingers.

Big week ahead for Colorado Springs Switchbacks with two games in four daysThe Gazette
This week could prove to be an opportunity or the start of a downturn for Colorado Springs with two games in four days against the Real Monarchs Salt Lake this week.

Montreal Holds Off Harrisburg’s Comeback BidUSL
FC Montreal held off a late charge by the Harrisburg City Islanders to take a 3-2 victory at FNB Field on Tuesday night for its second win of the season.

Louisville Clicks on All Cylinders, Routs TFC IIUSL
After enduring a grueling, low-scoring 1-0 road victory against the defending champion Rochester Rhinos last week, Eastern Conference-leading Louisville City FC enjoyed one of its more customary offense-heavy affairs Tuesday.

Nashville’s new pro soccer franchise to unveil name, logoThe Tennessean
The ownership group behind a new United Soccer League franchise recently awarded to Nashville is holding an event next week to announce a team name, logo and other details.

Stover: Staying In Shuart “Unlikely,” “Not Ideal Venue”Empire of Soccer
The relationship between the New York Cosmos and Hofstra University has never been great, but after four years, it looks as if both sides could finally be ready to move on from one another entirely.

US Open Cup Draw Highlights: Round of 16Midfield Press
The Round of 16 will take place on Tuesday, June 28th and Wednesday, June 29th. Here are my most intriguing matchups of the Round of 16 and potential quarter final matchups.

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Women’s Champions League draw on FridayUEFA
Kosovan history-makers Hajvalia are one of six debutants among the 36 clubs involved in the 2016/17 qualifying round draw, to be made in Nyon at 13:30CET on Friday.

The Lowdown: ‘It’s over!’ Huerta breaks the Press hexThe Equalizer
Rory Dames was addressing his team ahead of Saturday’s match against the Breakers when he turned his attention toward Sofia Huerta. The Red Stars head coach looked at his second-year forward and told her it was time for her to score a goal. “I’m tired of answering questions about you not being able to score when Christen Press plays.”

Orlando Pride Acquires An International Roster Spot from Western New York Orlando SC
Orlando Pride has acquired an international roster spot, one for the remainder of the 2016 season and the 2017 and 2018 seasons, from the Western New York Flash in exchange for midfielder Lianne Sanderson, the Club announced today.

Portland Thorns injury report: Meg Morris out for season with fractured hipOregon Live
Portland Thorns defender Meg Morris has a fractured hip and will be out for the remainder of the season, Thorns coach Mark Parsons said Monday.

What if Alex Morgan left NWSL for Lyon?Stars & Stripes FC
Olympique Lyonnais has apparently been courting Alex Morgan pretty hard, trying to entice her to their club to continue their habit of beating other teams in France’s top women’s division by five or more goals per game.

Coates becomes new Belles bossVavel
Following on from last week’s news of Glen Harris leaving the WSL1 club, the Doncaster Belles have today announced that his replacement, Emma Coates, has been given the go-ahead by the FA.





How to Watch Copa America Centenario on TV in Canada BC Soccer Web
The Copa America Centenario kicks off on June 3 and runs through June 26 with the final at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. In Canada, you have three options for watching matches on TV.

Lionel Messi continues to wow in Argentina’s hunt for Copa America gloryMLS
Messi’s game is so electric that it mesmerized the US national team on Tuesday. The problem was, the US were playing against him.

Lionel Messi passes ‘Batigol’ as Argentina romp their way to Copa America Centenario finalProst Amerika
It was all Argentina at NRG Stadium on Tuesday night as Lionel Messi continued to make history.

Klinsmann: Overmatched US “had far too much respect for” Argentina MLS
On Tuesday night, in a historic Copa America Centenario semifinal played in front of a sellout crowd of 70,858, the US national team learned the hard way that respecting Lionel Messi and Argentina and competing with them are two different things.

Argentina’s Lavezzi breaks elbow in Copa semifinal Sportsnet
Argentina will be without Ezequiel Lavezzi in the Copa America final after he broke his left elbow in the second half of his team’s 4-0 semifinal win against the United States on Tuesday when he tumbled backward over a barrier chasing a ball.

Gap in talent made clear as Argentina ends USMNT’s Copa runFour Four Two
Argentina is just a different race horse, a “next level opponent” compared to what the United States had faced previously in this newly created Copa America Centenario, before Tuesday’s reminder of what true world class soccer looks and feels like. Argentina’s 4-0 win was classy and convincing, but certainly not that surprising.

South American teams absolutely crushed CONCACAF at Copa America CentenarioFox Sports
Nobody doubted that South American teams were much better than their CONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) counterparts coming into Copa America Centenario. But few would have predicted that the gap between the two would be so wide.

USA were dazzled by Argentina – even if they were dazzled by the best The Guardian
Jürgen Klinsmann deserves credit for inspiring enthusiasm among his players at this month’s Copa América but willpower only takes a team so far.

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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.

Day 13 Euro previews: Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic in action with final points to proveInside World Football
Ronaldo returns to action searching for that exclusive goal on a night that could see the Portuguese burst back in to Euro contention…or fizzle out. Ibrahimovic is also on show, his final show, and will want to leave his final mark as Sweden cling on to qualification hopes.

Croatia storm into Euro last 16 with 2-1 victory over Spain France 24
Croatia pipped Spain to first place in Group D at Euro 2016 after Ivan Perisic struck a late winner in a 2-1 victory on Tuesday.

Germany edges past Northern Ireland to win groupSBI
Germany has yet to truly look like the reigning World Cup champions, but a Mario Gomez finish proved just enough to emerge atop their Euro 2016 group.

Croatia conquers adversity, stuns Spain, changes Euro 2016Soccer America
Ivan Perisic capped off a magnificent performance in Croatia’s comeback win over Spain with a 88th minute goal that won Group D, turning Euro 2016 on its head. The result put five World Cup champions on one side of the bracket, and finds group runner-up Spain facing Italy in the round of 16.

Spain lose to Croatia, will face Italy in loaded half of Euro 2016 bracketESPN FC
The five most prestigious teams at Euro 2016 found themselves on the same side of the bracket as the knockout stage took shape on Tuesday.

Turkey remains alive after win over Czech RepublicSBI
Turkey knew there was only one possible outcome that would give them a chance at continuing their road at Euro 2016, and their gritty performance was enough to at least keep their hopes alive.

FA unsettled by Roy Hodgson’s risky team selection against SlovakiaThe Guardian
Roy Hodgson’s unsuccessful selection gamble in England’s final group game of Euro 2016 has left senior figures within the Football Association questioning whether he has made a serious error of judgment that could jeopardise the team’s progress and potentially have repercussions for his future as manager.

Keane: I’m not a cheerleader, I’m here to playGoal
The former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool forward has found his time on the pitch to be limited but insists that he is determined to play his part at Euro 2016

Irish fans add life to Euro tourney – 24 Hours
The Ireland fans are getting the most notoriety — in a good way. While other countries are getting media coverage for violent supporters, the groups of Irish fans are a pleasure to be around. They are always friendly and having a good time, whether it is before a match or after a tough 3–0 loss to Belgium.

Gareth Bale seizes chance to become the main man at Euro 2016 as Wales emerge as team to be feared The Telegraph
We will never know how George Best or Ryan Giggs might have influenced a major international tournament but we can at least feel privileged to witness the answer that is currently being provided by the finest British player of this generation.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo throws TV interviewer’s microphone into lake ESPN FC
Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to cut an irritated figure while the Portugal players were out walking near their team hotel in Lyon.

French slip up over Lille pitch as UEFA order it to be re-laid…fast Inside World Football
UEFA has ordered the pitch at the Lille to be hastily re-laid following tonight’s game between Italy and the Republic of Ireland because of “irreversible damage” caused by bad weather.

Leicester sign Luis Hernandez from Sporting GijonVavel
Premier League champions Leicester City have announced that defender Luis Hernandez will be their first signing of the summer on a free contract from Sporting Gijon.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil urges Germany stars to join Premier League clubsESPN FC
Mesut Ozil is recommending his Germany teammates move to the Premier League, saying he only has “good experiences” of playing in England with Arsenal.

Neymar: Barcelona do not expect to lose forward despite PSG interest BBC Sport
Paris St-Germain, one of several clubs linked with Neymar, are reportedly ready to double his salary, but Barcelona are confident of keeping him.

Kevin De Bruyne excited by prospect of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester UnitedVavel
Manchester City and Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne says that he is excited about the prospect of Zlatan Ibrahimovic signing for Manchester United this summer.

Aston Villa face trip to Luton in first round of renamed League Cup The Guardian
The EFL Cup, known as the Capital One Cup for the past four seasons, has been renamed as part of the English Football League’s rebranding, announced last November and which came into use at the end of last season.

Nigeria: There’s More Money in Football Than Oil Industry – Dalung All Africa
Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, believes the leadership crisis in Nigeria’s football has continued to fester because “there’s more money there than in the oil industry,” reports africanfootball.com.

David Beckham voting for Britain to remain in European UnionSportsnet
Former England captain David Beckham is voting for Britain to remain in the European Union in Thursday’s referendum.

FIFA vs PES: The battle to make the best soccer game rages onEnGadget
FIFA or Pro Evolution Soccer? It’s a debate that’s been around almost as long as I’ve been playing soccer (or football, to me and the rest of the world) games. Since their introductions in 1993 and 1996, respectively, EA and Konami’s series have been trying to outdo each other, adding various new features, tweaking their gameplay styles and snapping up licenses to appeal to fans. This year is no different, and the question is once again a hard one to answer.

Swedish footballer sent off for farting during matchThe Guardian
A Swedish footballer has hit out after being sent off for breaking wind during a match – with the referee accusing him of “deliberate provocation” and “unsportsmanlike behaviour”.

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