BC Soccer News, Wednesday, June 8, 2016




2nd LEG, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016, 7:00 PM




Preview: ‘Caps host Ottawa Fury FC in do-or-die Canadian Championship semifinalWhitecaps FC
The ‘Caps will need to win by at least three goals (or in a penalty shootout should Vancouver win 2-0 after extra time) to advance to the tournament final, which – if nothing else – should make for an intriguing and exciting affair.

Vancouver Whitecaps v Ottawa Fury – Can the champs overturn the two goal deficit?AFTN
After last week’s bitter disappointment in our nation’s capital, the Whitecaps will look to overturn a formidable two goal deficit against the impressive Ottawa Fury.

Whitecaps FC add three players to Amway Canadian Championship roster for Wednesday’s semifinal second legWhitecaps FC
Joining the 23-man roster are midfielders Matias Laba and Pedro Morales, as well as goalkeeper David Ousted.  Captain Morales, who leads Whitecaps FC with six goals and three assists in league play so far this season, played a big part in Vancouver’s first-ever Voyageurs Cup in 2015, recording two goals and an assist in three matches.

Caps will go on Fury-ous attackVancouver Sun
The Whitecaps will have their big guns in the lineup Wednesday for a do-or-die Canadian championship second-leg semifinal at B.C. Place.

Fury FC focuses on finishing the job in Vancouver Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Fury FC needs to put aside its two-goal cushion heading into the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship semifinal in Vancouver.

Underdog Fury set sights on rankled MLS Whitecaps in cup semi rematch CBC
It’s been a truly odd season for Ottawa Fury FC. With a new head coach and a largely remade roster from last year, no one was sure what to expect from this year’s club. Nine weeks in, we still don’t.

Fury’s de Guzman: ‘We poked the bear with win vs. Whitecaps’ Sportsnet
The Fury may have entered the ACC semifinal as the underdog, but they’ll enter the second leg with a clear advantage. According to Ottawa midfielder Julian de Guzman, though, the team also knows to expect more from the Whitecaps this time around.

De Jong drawing on Team Canada experience in Amway showdown with Whitecaps Vancouver Sun
Marcel de Jong has enjoyed the support of the B.C. Place crowd for his last two visits with the Canadian national team.

Pre-Match: Whitecaps FC vs Ottawa FuryEighty-Six Forever
Vancouver Whitecaps FC face a challenge tomorrow unlike anything they’ve encountered during their MLS existence. Down 2-0 on aggregate to the NASL’s Ottawa Fury in the Amway Canadian Championship (ACC) semi-final, the team needs a massive come-from behind win against a lower-league opponent. Two goals are a must, three goals would be better, and one goal against would be game-ending.

Fans should be in a Fury about Whitecaps 24 Hours
The ‘Caps do have another chance to advance, but only if they get things together on Wednesday at BC Place for the return leg. What could possibly be more discouraging for Whitecaps fans and Canadian soccer fans in general was the apparent lack of quality the youthful Canadian players showed.

No lead is safe in Canadian soccer championship Montreal Gazette
There were scuffles, a red card, goals from Canadian internationals, plus some late drama. Exactly what you’d hope for in a Canadian championship semifinal match.

Toronto FC vs. Monteal Impact preview Toronto Sun
For 80 minutes last week, Toronto FC put themselves in a position to have an easy second leg of their Canadian Championship semifinal.

Montreal Impact face elimination in Canadian Championships CBC
If the Montreal Impact hope to make it back to the CONCACAF Champions League, the team is going to have to overcome a two goal deficit on home soil.

Bolaños goes 90 for Costa Rica in crushing 4-0 defeat vs. U.S. at Copa AméricaWhitecaps FC
Costa Rica’s dreams of advancing past the group stage at the 2016 Copa América Centenario are hanging by a thread after a crushing 4-0 loss to the U.S. on Tuesday in Chicago.

Houston Dynamo appoint Wade Barrett as interim head coach Houston Dynamo
The Houston Dynamo have appointed Wade Barrett as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2016 season. Barrett is in his seventh season on the Dynamo coaching staff. Following the resignation of head coach Owen Coyle, he led the team and the coaching staff for the last two games, garnering 1-1 draws on the road at Vancouver Whitecaps FC and FC Dallas. The two draws earned Houston its first points on the road this season after an 0-6-0 start away from home.

‘The Truth Is The Game:’ Perrinelle Returns to Red BullsEmpire of Soccer
New York’s defense is about to get a boost. New York Red Bulls defender Damien Perrinelle rejoined the team in training Monday morning. The Frenchman has been recovering from a torn ACL sustained in last year’s playoffs.

Does American soccer really only work for white kids?Soccer America
A decade ago when I researched the high cost of American youth soccer I aimed to explain one of the reasons why players from the Latino community, whose median income is lower than the average U.S. household income, were absurdly under-represented at the elite levels of American soccer. Especially considering the popularity of soccer in the Latino culture.

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Bob Lenarduzzi to receive honorary doctorate from Thompson Rivers UniversityWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi will receive an honorary doctorate from Thompson Rivers University on Wednesday, June 8.

His end of the bargain — Lenarduzzi says honorary degree from TRU allows him to fulfill commitment to parentsKamloops This Week
On Wednesday at Thompson Rivers University, Canadian soccer legend Bob Lenarduzzi will receive an honorary degree and make good on a deal he made with his parents.

VIU to host men’s soccer nationals in 2017 Nanaimo News Bulletin
The Mariners will be in the mix once again at nationals. Vancouver Island University announced Tuesday that it has been selected to host the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association men’s soccer championships in 2017.

Trinity Western women’s soccer coach Graham Roxburgh added four more key pieces for the 2016 season, as he officially announced the commitments of defender Elizabeth Hicks (Surrey, B.C.), striker/fullback Danielle Thune (Abbotsford, B.C.) and midfielders Lindsey Pegios (Surrey) and Taylor Bubnick (Saskatoon).

Royals rise up to claim provincial soccer silver – North Shore News
Coming off a 2015 season in which the team won just one game in North Shore league play, the Royals set the modestly optimistic goal of making it to the provincial championships this season. When they qualified for the tournament, they upped the ante a little by aiming for a top-three finish. And when their remarkable run saw them make it all the way into Saturday’s championship final in Delta, it was gold that was on their minds.

KYSA round-up to June 5, 2016Kamloops This Week
Hayden Koppes registered a hat trick to pace the under-13 Kamloops Blaze L boys to a 6-1 drubbing of Shuswap on Sunday in the Tournament Capital.

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.

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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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Canada rebounds to beat Brazil in last home match before Rio GamesSportsnet
On a night when Canada chased a goal for 90 minutes, substitute Janine Beckie delivered deep into injury time Tuesday to beat Brazil.

Beckie’s last-gasp chip gives Canada a 1-0 win over Brazilthe11.ca
The Canadian women’s national team that faced Brazil on Saturday in Toronto was disjointed and deserved to lose. The Canadian women’s team that faced Brazil Tuesday in Ottawa was nothing like that.

Sabrina D’Angelo hopes to be ready for Rio after wrist surgeryCBC
If you have any doubts that Sabrina D’Angelo can make it back for the Olympics from a fractured wrist, consider that the 23-year-old goalkeeper from Welland, Ont., broke the wrist in pre-game warmups for her NWSL club team, then had it taped up and played.

Own goal leads Canada to win over Uzbekistan in friendly – Sportsnet
The next time Canada’s men’s national soccer team sees the field, the atmosphere will be in stark contrast to the quiet afternoon in the Austrian countryside it enjoyed on Tuesday.

Canada capitalizes on late error, edges Uzbekistan in friendly CBC
The next time Canada’s men’s national soccer team sees the field, the atmosphere will be in stark contrast to the quiet afternoon in the Austrian countryside it enjoyed on Tuesday.

Yes, this Canada team could make the Hexagonal MLS
There’s nothing left to hide behind, Canadian soccer fans—the next stop is San Pedro Sula, Honduras. While the diehards scuttle off in cold sweats for a few moments, here’s a quick primer for those less attuned to the history of Canada’s men’s team. Following Tuesday’s 2-1 win in a friendly against Uzbekistan, Canada’s next game is a World Cup qualifier in Honduras on Sept. 2.

Unbeaten Sigma continues to roll in League1 soccer action Mississauga News
It took a while, but Mississauga’s Sigma FC picked up its sixth win in as many League1 Ontario soccer games Saturday at the Hershey Centre.




THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2016, 7:30 PM



Bark at the ‘Bird: What you need to know Whitecaps FC
This coming Sunday, June 12 is Bark at the ‘Bird at Thunderbird Stadium, where you have the opportunity to bring your dog to the WFC2 match! WAIVER FORMS must be completed before entering the stadium.

Relegated Rayo Vallecano explore possible sale of OKC – Empire of Soccer
NASL expansion side Rayo OKC still has one more fixture left in its 10-game Spring Season, but recent rumblings out of Madrid suggest primary investor Raul Martin Presa may already be mulling a sale of the young club following Rayo Vallecano’s recent relegation from La Liga.

Soccer notes: Republic FC still seeks impact scorer Sacramento Bee
Republic FC coach Paul Buckle insisted before the USL season he needed two forwards who could produce double-figure goal scoring if the team expected to challenge for a league title. But with one-third of the league season in the books, that scenario looks unlikely – unless someone catches fire with his feet.

Zanardi Leads Strikers to Best-Ever Start Ft. Lauderdale Strikers
After a slow start to the campaign, Zanardi has engineered a turnaround that few would have predicted. Riding a six-match unbeaten streak, the Strikers are just three points from first place with a game in hand heading into the final week of the Spring Season.

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Switzerland, Spain, England, Norway qualifyUEFA
Switzerland will play at the UEFA Women’s EURO finals for the first time after clinching their place during June’s qualifiers alongside England, Norway and Spain to emulate holders Germany and France in making it to the Netherlands next summer.

England book their place at UEFA Euro 2017 Vavel
UEFA have confirmed that England have mathematically qualified for Euro 2017 after their recent double win over Serbia.

Seven again in Serbia as England edge closer to Euros The FA
England stormed to the top of their Euro 2017 qualifying group with their second 7-0 victory over Serbia in three days.

On-form Ellen White excited by sharp-shooting LionessesThe FA
England striker Ellen White said she is delighted to be back among the goals and back involved with “an exciting group of players”.

Netherlands Too Good For BanyanaSoccer Laduma
South Africa were beaten 2-0 by Netherlands in an international Women’s friendly at the Mandemakers Stadium in Waalwijk on Tuesday.

Athletic Bilbao fans celebrate with HUGE party after women’s team pip Barcelona to Spanish titleThe Mirror
The Basque club knocked Barcelona off their perch for the first time in four years and fans celebrated the win by taking to the streets in celebration.

The Lowdown: Taking stock of NWSL at the FIFA break – Equalizer
There was no NWSL over the weekend. The league went dark for the FIFA window that saw the United States play Japan twice in friendlies, Canada tangle with Brazil two times, and several other international matches including Euro qualifiers. The action resumes Friday for what should be a five week stretch until the international interruptions begin.

Absence of money causes football friction The Namibian
There is no such thing in women’s football in Namibia. That little bit we get for playing for the national team means a lot. Some players support their families with that money,” said a concerned senior Brave Gladiators’ member, who is owed N$9 000 by the Namibia Football Association in unpaid appearance fees dating back to 2012.







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.

USMNT dominates Costa Rica to keep Copa America hopes alive SBI
The U.S. Men’s National Team knew what they needed to do Tuesday night against their CONCACAF foes, and Jurgen Klinsmann’s men stepped up big time in the face of adversity.

What the US needs to advance to quarterfinals MLS
It was a must-win match and the US national team, like many times before, were able to get the job done.

Clint Dempsey’s wile for USA in Copa América shows old dudes do it best The Guardian
The forward was at the peak of his powers against Costa Rica and little of what made the US so impressive would have been possible without him.

Colombia 2, Paraguay 1 | Copa America Centenario Match Recap MLS
Colombia held off Paraguay 2-1 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California Tuesday night to become the first team to qualify for the Copa America Centenario quarterfinals. Los Cafeteros raced out of the gate with two first-half goals, though fatigue showed in the second half as their South American rivals bravely battled to the end despite the 81st-minute ejection of Oscar Romero.

Tale of two halves for Colombia in win vs ParaguayProst Amerika
It wasn’t just the two goals that signified Colombia’s performance in the first half, but more so the flair it displayed that enabled them numerous chances.

Colombia move on to Copa America knockout stage Empire of Soccer
With one match remaining in group play, CONMEBOL side Colombia has earned themselves the first spot in this summer’s Copa America knockout stage.

Haiti prepared for Copa América match against powerhouse Brazil  Orlando Sentinel
Haiti is one of two teams making its debut in the Copa América this year. Brazil was one of the original participants in 1916.

Gulati shoots down reports of combined Copa America, Gold Cup SBI
Sunil Gulati admits that a tournament similar to the Copa America Centenario could be a possibility for the future, but the U.S. Soccer president insists that talks of ongoing discussions are a bit premature.

Mexico buying in to former MLS coach Juan Carlos Osorio’s “intense” dynamicMLS
Eight victories – three in friendly games and five in official matches, including four World Cup qualifying games and Sunday’s Copa America Centenario win over Uruguay – have demonstrated the great work that Colombian head coach Juan Carlos Osorio is doing with the Mexican national team.

COPA AMERICA 2016 PHOTOS: Peru 1 Haiti 0, June 4, 2016BC Soccer Web
Bill Currie’s exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web from the Copa America Centenario.

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Euro 2016: Will it be a mouth-watering banquet or an overstocked buffet?The Guardian
An expanded 24-team format is good for the likes of Wales and Iceland but runs the risk of stretching the tournament to boring breaking point.

Euro 2016: Meet the two ‘new Messis’ and ‘the Russian Ronaldo’ BBC Sport
From Dele Alli to Anthony Martial, some of the Premier League’s best young talent is heading for Euro 2016 and hoping for a chance to shine in France.

Germany plagued by ‘problems’ ahead of Euro 2016Sportsnet
“Our opponents in that first stage will go into those games playing their most important matches of the decade, maybe even the century,”Joachim Low said. “They play the World cup winner in a big and important tournament. But in the second stage, maybe we’ll play Belgium, Italy, Spain. They play, and they want to win. Bold and simple, we need two teams for this tournament.”

‘My family won’t be going, the risk is too big’ – Boateng fears terror attack at Euro 2016Goal
The Germany defender admitted he will not let his children attend any games in France this summer as he fears the tournament will be targeted by terrorists

The former defender feels Les Bleus must win their opening two games of Euro 2016 if they are to stand a chance of winning the competition.

Wales will not gamble with all three injuries from start against Slovakia – The Guardian
Chris Coleman has admitted there is no chance of Joe Allen, Joe Ledley and Hal Robson-Kanu all starting in Wales’s opening Euro 2016 group game against Slovakia on Saturday. The three players have been carrying injuries and the Wales manager said that it would be “reckless” to name the trio in his first XI when they are in a race to prove their fitness.

Euro 2016 ticket sales high, but seats still available for Paris opener – Inside World Football
Euro 2016 is set to be the best attended European Championship ever, but the opening match between France and Romania is struggling to sell out.

Football, fire and ice: the inside story of Iceland’s remarkable rise The Guardian
Iceland travel Euro 2016 as the smallest nation ever to reach a major tournament – not bad going for a lump of volcanic rock halfway to the Arctic with a population the size of Lewisham. This is the tale of their stunning journey.

Former Nigeria captain and coach Stephen Keshi dies at 54 Sportsnet
Stephen Keshi, Nigerian soccer’s charismatic and outspoken “Big Boss” who won African Cup titles as both captain and coach of his country, died early Wednesday. He was 54.

Nigerians Mourn KeshiAll Africa
Football enthusiasts have continued to mourn former Super Eagles coach who died in the early hours of Wednesday.

Roma captain Totti signs on for 25th and final seasonSportsnet
Roma captain Francesco Totti has penned a one-year extension to his contract, tying him to the capital club until 2017.

Manchester United sign Eric Bailly from Villarreal on four-year contractESPN FC
Manchester United have confirmed the transfer of Eric Bailly from Villarreal, subject to the defender successfully obtaining a work permit.

Man City bosses plot further expansion as Khaldoon Al Mubarak assures fans over future Manchester Evening News
Manchester City’s chairman spoke about plans to grow City Football Group in the last part of his big interview.

Sam Allardyce critical of long pre-season trips Vavel
The Sunderland manager was critical of the club’s last pre season trip to America in a recent interview.

ACL 2016 quarter-finalists to learn opponents on ThursdayAFC
Eight AFC Champions League 2016 quarter-finalists will learn their opponents during the competition’s Knockout Stage official draw which will begin at 4pm (local time), on Thursday in Malaysia.

Police vow crackdown on flare-lighting fans after Socceroos gameSydney Morning Herald
Up to 30 flares were set off in Melbourne’s CBD on Tuesday night before the Socceroos friendly match against Greece, including one lit flare that was thrown under a bus. Fans who set flares both in the streets and inside Etihad Stadium could face criminal charges and mandatory five-year bans from attending games.

Sydney derby at ANZ Stadium set for opening round of the 2016-17 A-League seasonSydney Morning Herald
A record crowd for an Australian club football match will likely feature in the opening round of the A-League season with a Sydney derby set to take place at ANZ Stadium.

Gulati: White House needs ‘outward-looking view’ Soccer America
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati didn’t come out and say Donald Trump would be bad for the USA and a World Cup bid, but he did make his point, saying how the world views of the next U.S. president will impact the success of such a bid and the race for the White House will have some bearing on a World Cup bid.

TSV 1860 Munich – The Long Decline of Munich’s True LoveFutbolgrad
It has been a tumultuous couple of weeks for the Munich based TSV 1860. The club, which by most fans is simply known as the Löwen (Lions), avoided relegation from the 2. Bundesliga for the second season in a row. But there has been progress, as last season salvation came at literally the last minute in a 2-1 relegation victory over Holstein Kiel, whereas this season the club managed to reach safety on match day 33 with a 1-0 victory SC Paderborn 07, which were subsequently relegated.

Neil Lennon: Hibernian agree deal to appoint former Celtic bossBBC Sport
Neil Lennon has agreed a deal to become the next Hibernian manager and should formally sign a contract on Wednesday.

Iranian footballer suspended for wearing SpongeBob trousers The Guardian
A professional footballer who has represented Iran’s national team has been suspended for six months from domestic competition after a picture surfaced online showing him wearing what has been described as a pair of SpongeBob SquarePants trousers.

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