BC Soccer News, Wednesday, June 7, 2017



SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017, 7:00 PM

From a refugee camp to sporting the Maple Leaf: Whitecaps’ Alphonso Davies officially a CanadianThe Province
No doot aboot it. Alphonso Davies is Canadian. The Edmonton-raised Whitecaps prodigy passed his citizenship exam on Tuesday, and was scheduled to be sworn in as a Canadian later in the day in Vancouver.

VIDEO:  Becoming Canadian: The Alphonso Davies Story Whitecaps FC
Today, Alphonso Davies became a Canadian citizen and earned his first call-up to the senior men’s national team. This is his story. A story of hardship. A story of triumph. A story of Canada.

Waston’s rise with Los Ticos FIFA
The biggest challenge of any top-level football player is to become established as a starter at both club and international level. For centre-back Kendall Waston, success in achieving that with club side Vancouver Whitecaps has translated into him being a first-choice selection for his native Costa Rica.

Five ‘Caps named to Canada’s 40-man provisional roster for Gold CupWhitecaps FC
Ahead of this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada Soccer have submitted their official Provisional List of 40 players eligible for the 2017 confederation championship.

Orlando City SC appeal red card shown to Rafael Ramos during Chicago matchMLS
Orlando City SC have filed an appeal for review of the red card shown to defender Rafael Ramos in Sunday’s 0-0 draw with the Chicago Fire.

Zarek Valentin makes good on Porter’s pledges; seizes opportunity in starting line-upProst Amerika
When laying the foundation for the 2017 team, Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter knew one of the core was to improve the Timbers depth. Porter’s plan was to acquire “starter caliber depth from positions 12 to 18.” The idea of depth wasn’t just to have fixes for when players went down. The idea was that the level of talent will push each player to raise their individual games on the training field and, ultimately, to the games themselves.

Orlando City SC condemns fan’s social media post targeting a refereeESPN FC
Orlando City SC is condemning a social media post that targeted a Major League Soccer referee.

Traveling Dynamo fans banned, restricted by rival FC DallasHouston Chronicle
The Dynamo’s archrival FC Dallas on Tuesday sent a letter to the Dynamo front office stating that it will impose restrictions on Dynamo supporter groups for unacceptable behavior displayed before, during and after the May 28 match at Toyota Stadium.

Will Bruin is far more to Sounders than a pop-up goal scorerProst Amerika
The Sounders were badly in need of a lift when Will Bruin heaved his body forward, showing little regard for his dislocated left elbow. Seattle entered Sunday night’s match against Houston on the back end of a 3-0 beatdown at the hands of Columbus earlier in the week, and for more than an hour, it had struggled to break down a disciplined Dynamo defense.

MLSsoccer.com Injury ReportMLS
This injury report is compiled on an ongoing basis by MLSsoccer.com editors based on club game notes, news reports, and original reporting.

Beckham land purchase approved, stadium opening advanced to 2020SBI
David Beckham has cleared another legal hurdle in his quest to bring MLS to Miami.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3, Atlanta United 1, June 3, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour Comes to Canada


RASA Summer League Update – June 7BC Soccer Web
The latest roundup from the Richmond Adult Soccer Assoc. Summer League.

“Choice words” spark TSS Rovers comeback win over Vancouver Whitecaps ResidencyAFTN
TSS FC Rovers took on a Vancouver Whitecaps Residency side on Sunday in a match that allowed both teams to get some vital minutes under their belt for a number of players.

PDL FRIENDLY Photos: TSS Rovers 3, Vancouver Whitecaps Residency 1, June 4, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Bombers rebound to grab Bronze Medal at AA Girl’s Soccer ChampionshipsNelson Daily
Tears of disappointment were replaced with ear-to-ear grins after the L.V. Rogers Bombers posted a 2-0 victory over Arch Bishop Carney of Vancouver in the Bronze Medal Match Saturday at the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships Saturday at the Lakeside Fields.

Bellingham United—Local Semi-Pro Soccer Team Inspires and DeliversWhatcom Talk
It was just six years ago that former owner Jeff McIntyre came to Bellingham to establish a semi-pro soccer squad. Whatcom Sports & Recreation’s Executive Director, Lance Calloway, connected with McIntyre to become involved in the project to bring higher level men’s soccer to Whatcom County. From that moment forward, Bellingham United has paved the way for the growth of soccer in Whatcom County.

BC PROVINCIAL MEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Club Inter 2 Aldergrove United 0, May 14, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PDL PHOTOS: TSS Rovers 2 Lane Utd. 2, May 12, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

2017 BC Soccer Adult Provincial ChampionshipsBCSA
The Road to Burnaby continues! Complete brackets and results from the weekend’s games in the BC Provincial Cups.

3v3 Live Soccer Tour and Holbrook Sports Management are excited to announce the expansion of the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour into the Canadian soccer market.  With the first event previously announced to take place on the August 19/20 weekend in Surrey, BC, the 3v3 Soccer Tour will expand to Abbotsford, BC, on August 20 and will include men’s and women’s open divisions.

2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

REVIEW: The Miracle Mile. Stories of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games BC BookLook
Author Jason Beck is curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame in BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, and convenor two years ago of an excellent exhibition about the 1954 Games. In his first book, he proves to be a meticulous researcher, a compelling story-teller, and a crafty realist who knows how to hook his readers. Watch how, two pages into the book, he uses filmic technique to evoke the arriving athletes’ youthful buzz and give period colouring and costuming, but then smartly moves his camera in to introduce his stars.

TSS Rovers launch website & 2017 Season Ticket CampaignTSS Rovers
TSS FC Rovers play their inaugural season in the PDL at iconic Swangard Stadium. Season Tickets are $70 for Adults, $49 for U12 Youth.

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!

To our Readers: A Choice BC Soccer Web
Soccer has brought us to the United States many times. It’s a great place with decent people. We especially look forward to our Cascadia trips to Seattle and Portland. They’re incredible cities with wonderful supporters. That’s why it was so disheartening to see chaos and fear take hold in the airports and borders of our neighbours to the south.

Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on saleHighlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!

Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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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Canada Soccer welcomes Alphonso Davies as new CanadianCSA
Canada Soccer welcomed Alphonso Davies as a new Canadian after the young footballer took his Oath of Citizenship at his Canadian Citizenship Ceremony.

Davies not the savior, but Canada doesn’t need oneMLS
Alphonso Davies, come on down—you’re the next contestant on The Canadian Soccer Savior is Right! Much like the dude who was delirious at breaking the all-time Plinko record a few weeks back, fans of Canada’s national team are positively pumped at the news that Davies, the 16-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps FC phenom, is now a full Canadian citizen.

Canada Soccer releases 40-man Provisional List for CONCACAF Gold CupCSA
Ahead of this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada Soccer have submitted their official Provisional List of 40 players eligible for the 2017 confederation championship. All 12 nations can only select players from their respective 40-man rosters, starting with the 23-player squads that will dress for the group phase of the competition which starts 7 July.

‘We’re serious about going to No. 1’: National women’s soccer team returns to Winnipeg to face Costa RicaCBC
Canada’s national women’s soccer team is back in Winnipeg and ready to take on Costa Rica in a friendly match at Investors Group Field.

Paving the way forwardWinnipeg Free Press
Canadian national team members Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence have been side by side almost every step of the way of their soccer careers. The 21-year-olds grew up playing together in Brampton, Ont., and were college teammates at West Virginia University.

Sky’s the limit for Canada, SinclairWinnipeg Sun
It’s still two years to the next World Cup, three to the 2020 Olympics. But it appears Canada, the No. 5-ranked women’s squad on the planet, isn’t taking lightly Thursday’s friendly against 30th-ranked Costa Rica.

Canada draws good vibes from IGFWinnipeg Sun
Canada took to the field at the home of the Blue Bombers, Tuesday, and immediately got some good vibes. “We’ve got some great memories in this stadium,” coach John Herdman said. “Our last match was against the USA, 27,000 people. And it was a helluva match, a 1-all draw.”

AUDIO: TFC’s Osorio eager to play under new Canada coach ZambranoSportsnet
Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio talks to Sportsnet 590 The FAN about being a veteran on a very young Canadian national team, why he didn’t mesh with former coach Benito Floro, working with new coach Octavio Zambrano, and more.

4 Consecutive Wins for K-W UnitedNorthern Starting XI
Despite the constant threat of rain all week, it turned out to be a beautiful day down on Seagram Drive with the sun shining brightly on the stands and the United players showing even brighter lights on the field. The scoreline flattered Dayton, who could barely cross the half way line without being intercepted, tackled, and generally haggled off the ball.

Derbies draw attention in League1 Ontario’s Week 6Ontario Soccer
Regional rivalries added extra intensity to this week’s match-ups.

Top 10 Canadian Premier League prospects from PLSQRed Nation Online
What I do know about soccer in Quebec is that the structure in the province is much more developed than in other provinces around the country. Quebec has a provincial elite league played throughout the province for both boys and girls at U14, and this continues until the PLSQ, with many players also playing College and University soccer in the province.

Edmonton looking at artificial turf fields to extend outdoor soccer seasonEdmonton Sun
Artificial turf would give Edmonton athletes about 50 per cent more playing hours and can lengthen the season by 10 weeks, city officials said Tuesday as councillors debated replacing grass fields.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2017, 6:30 PM

PREVIEW | FC Edmonton wrap up two-game road trip against New York CosmosFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton and the New York Cosmos renew pleasantries for the first time this season when the two clubs meet at MCU Park in Brooklyn at 4:30 PM PT on Wednesday, June 7. The match will be streamed live on NASL.com.

USL Week 11: A Midweek Look AheadSBI
Each USL match in the midweek slate will feature video assistant referees’ which will be worth watching given the number of penalties that are given in each game.

FC Edmonton coach hopes players will absorb video lessons to prepare for New York CosmosEdmonton Journal
FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller planned an extensive video session following an embarrassing road loss to Puerto Rico FC on Saturday.

Energy FC Holds off Phoenix LateUSL
Wojciech Wojcik scored twice as OKC Energy FC took a 3-2 victory against Phoenix Rising FC.

Cameroon natives Albert Dikwa, Youmeni Jules find home with Orlando City BOrlando Sentinel
Albert Dikwa and Youmeni Jules both played at a high level in Cameroon, but they later faced more trials and tribulations in United States. The Orlando City B rookies moved to Florida and quickly worked to learn English so they could listen and learn from their coaches.

National Independent Soccer Association set to launch in 2018SBI
Peter Wilt, founder of the Chicago Fire and de facto ruler of lower division soccer in America, announced his intention to form a new NASL-affiliated Division 3 league earlier in the year. Those plans now seem to be reaching fruition.

Dash Announced Morales as Interim Coach for the rest of 2017Prost Amerika
The Houston Dash named Omar Morales as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2017 season. He is only the second coach in franchise history, after he took over Randy Waldrum, who was fired last week.

Portland Thorns FC’s Lindsey Horan and Adrianna Franch pick up NWSL Week 8 honorsExcelle Sports
Portland Thorns FC defeated Sky Blue FC 2-0 on Saturday in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Week 8 play, largely in part to midfielder Lindsey Horan’s two goal performance, and goalkeeper Adrianna Franch’s six saves.

Orlando Pride eager to build on critical home win Orlando Sentinel
They didn’t call it a must-win game before kickoff, but Orlando Pride players later admitted it felt like one. Entering Saturday’s matchup against the Boston Breakers, the Orlando Pride knew they had to get a win.

The World According to Weimer: Hitting ResetEmpire of Soccer
It’s a cliché to say “I can’t believe it’s June,” but I have to say it. I can’t believe it’s June. It’s unfair that our off-season seems to go on forever and the actual season flies by. It’s a good sign that we’re having fun, working hard and not bored. But still.

Manchester City Women sign Denmark’s Mie Jans from BrondbySky Sports
The 23-year-old, who played against City’s ladies team in the Women’s Champions League, will join the club on July 1.

Nebraska Soccer association investigating tournament Hamilton Spectator
The Nebraska State Soccer Association is investigating how a youth soccer tournament’s organizers disqualified a team after misidentifying an 8-year-old girl as a boy.

Qatar’s unifying World Cup vision erodes as nations cut ties Sportsnet
Soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, is hoping the regional rifts are healed long before there’s any need to contemplate any change of host, a move that would deal a heavy blow to Qatar’s reputation and economy as it is investing more than $150 billion on infrastructure to handle the World Cup.

Massimiliano Allegri: Juventus boss signs new contract until 2020BBC Sport
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has signed a new contract with the champions of Italy until 2020.

Indian Football: AFC wants AIFF to decide long-term plan by October endSN
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) stated that a long-term roadmap for Indian football needs to be agreed upon by the end of October this year.

Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma delays exams to play in Under-21 Euros ESPN FC
Gianluigi Donnarumma has postponed his college exams by a month after being named in the Italy under-21 squad for the European Championship in Poland this summer.

‘My daughter looks like she’s been living in a cave’ – Nolito slams English weather on way out of Manchester CitySN
Manchester City forward Nolito spoke of his frustration at his lack of playing time and slammed the English weather as he prepares to leave the club.

FA toughens its stance on hooligans by issuing first ever life bansThe Guardian
The Football Association has issued its first life bans after being shown previously unseen footage of England supporters making Nazi salutes and slit-throat gestures amid growing fears among security officials that the national team have become a focal point for a new generation of troublemakers.

Russia boosts Confederations Cup security but ticket sales fail to igniteInside World Football
Confederations Cup host Russia has boosted security ahead of the tournament’s kick-off on June 17. Russian president Vladimir Putin has approved legislation to curb violence and hooliganism at football games after violent clashes between Russian and English fans in Marseille at Euro 2016.

Former CONCACAF vice-president Horace Burrell dies at age of 67ESPN FC
Horace Burrell, a long-serving Caribbean football official and former ally of several controversial FIFA vice-presidents, has died at the age of 67.

3 stadiums compete for 2019 Europa League final; 4 withdrawMetro
UEFA says the candidates are the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, and the home venues of Spanish club Sevilla and Istanbul-based Besiktas.

Bulgarian football player swigs beer before scoring last minute equaliser – videoThe Guardian
Remember Willie Johnson? Vereya defender Ivan Bandalovski took a swig of beer from a can thrown on to the pitch during his side’s Bulgarian league play-off against Levski Sofia last weekend. Amazingly, he then goes on to score a 93rd minute equaliser to level the match at 1-1.

Stabbed 8 times, Millwall supporter saves lives in London attacksNBC Sports
When confronted by knife-wielding terrorists in a London pub, Roy Larner called upon the name of his favorite soccer club. “(Expletive) you, I’m Millwall.”

‘Inside a Volcano’ Opens 2017 K+S Film FestivalEmpire of Soccer
The story of the national soccer team that went to France and became the darlings of the soccer world certainly qualifies as one of the more uplifting sagas passed down across the generations in Iceland. That story is told in “Inside a Volcano: The Rise of Icelandic Football,” which opened the seventh edition of the Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival in New York on Tuesday, June 6.

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