BC Soccer News, Wednesday, March 14, 2018




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Kamara has already fought his biggest battle. Scoring for the Caps is easyThe Province
This one should be easy to write. Kei Kamara was 16 when he arrived in the U.S. from his war-torn homeland of Sierra Leone. To that point in his young life he hadn’t really played organized soccer but, in short order, he became a high-school star in the Los Angeles area, a college star at California State, Dominguez Hills, then an elite striker in MLS, where he’s off to a fast start with the Whitecaps this season.

MLS’s Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls Oust Mexican Foes En Route to CCL SemifinalsSI.com
With one set of results Tuesday night, perhaps the tide is turning some in the Concacaf Champions League power struggle.

Toronto FC advances on away goals despite second-leg loss to TigresToronto Star
Giovinco scored once and forced an own goal as the reigning MLS champions secured one of the most impressive victories in CONCACAF Champions League history Tuesday night in the Monterrey stadium nicknamed “The Volcano”.

TFC gets a great effort, timely goals and rides luck in win over TigresWaking the Red
After nearly a decade of suffering, I have come to the conclusion that there’s a TFC fan who watched Tuesday’s game knowing full well that (s)he has made a deal with the devil. A deal that allowed the Reds to be built into the most powerful juggernaut MLS has seen. I have a feeling that this TFC supporter is a hyphenated Arsenal-TFC fan, because this deal with the devil might explain more than a few things at the Emirates.

CCL Preview: Sounders enter second leg against Chivas with confidence despite slender leadSBI
The Seattle Sounders did enough in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal matchup with Chivas de Guadalajara to feel a little comfortable heading into Wednesday’s second leg.

Sounders with chance to make historyProst Amerika
Two down, one to go. On Wednesday night the Seattle Sounders can become the third Major League Soccer side to punch their ticket to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals if they can hold off Liga MX side Chivas da Guadalajara. They currently lead the two-legged series 1-0.

Prideful Chivas might be hurting own cause in Champions League and beyondSeattle Times
Chivas will try to avoid elimination in the Champions League quarterfinals against the Sounders on Wednesday night. The popular club from Guadalajara allows only Mexican players, a policy that is hurting its legacy on a competitive global soccer scale.

Insider: Getting To Know Ken KrolickiMount Royal Soccer
On March 4th, 2018, Ken Krolicki surprisingly made his professional debut for the Montreal Impact in a 2-1 defeat to the Vancouver Whitecaps. Krolicki played admirably in his first professional game considering that Remi Garde thrust the Japanese native into the starting 11 with no prior experience professionally as he made the jump from university soccer to the MLS.

MLS Assignments: Week 3PRO Referees
The officiating assignments for Week 3 of the 2018 Major League Soccer season.

Does MLS really promote flashier clubs over less glamorous ones?The Guardian
Much of the league’s media coverage is generated in-house. So how much of a responsibility does it have to give equal attention to each team?

Don Garber sees ‘real ambition’ in Union academy, but wants to see it ‘pay off’Philly.com
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber sat for an interview with the Inquirer and Daily News at the league’s headquarters on Tuesday. He was asked a series of questions about his view of how the Union are faring at a time when they are being outspent by many other teams in MLS; their attendance dropped from 2016 to 2017 (and again early this year); and many other teams are out-drawing them.

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British Columbia may pull Vancouver out of World Cup bidCHEK
British Columbia may be on the sidelines if the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup is successful. A joint U.S., Canada and Mexico bid for the World Cup was supposed to have been finalized by March 16. However, now it appears the provincial NDP government is having second thoughts.

B.C. may pull Vancouver as a potential FIFA World Cup host cityGlobal BC
B.C. Liberal MLA Jas Johal says he is concerned the province is backing away from too good an opportunity. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for exposure, not just for British Columbia, but for dollars for our tour operators and hotels,” said Johal. “It’s concerning because there have been many months, even years put into this.”

Sources: Vancouver Whitecaps eye 2019 for NWSL entryThe Equalizer
The Equalizer has learned that Vancouver Whitecaps FC are looking at 2019 as the date they could join the National Women’s Soccer League.

Can a NWSL team succeed in Vancouver? AFTN
Is another pro soccer team heading to Vancouver? Since the demise of WFC2, it had been rumoured that Vancouver Whitecaps are pursuing an NWSL franchise. According to a recent report published by Equalizer Soccer on Friday, the ‘Caps are indeed eyeing an entry for the 2019 season.

SFU Athletics announces 2018 Hall Of Fame ClassSFU
Canadian Olympians Nikki Johnson (basketball) and Angela Lichty (softball), the 1988 NAIA national champion men’s wrestling team and business leader and philanthropist Frode Strand-Nielsen (men’s soccer) join the Athletics Hall of Fame.

Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching ProgramDasovic-Neil Coaching
(Spring Sessions now available) Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil have teamed up to provide training programs for players & coaches. The programs specialize in individual, positional, age, and gender specific training for players, with a combined technical and physical focus while providing education and mentorship opportunities for coaches to improve their skills and deepen their knowledge base.

Canada’s College ID Camps set for Shawnigan Lake & Kingston, OntarioCanada College ID Camps
Our purpose is to provide a space where players grade 9-12 can connect with college coaches from all levels in Canada and the USA. We hope to assist in the promotion of youth players into environments which will challenge them academically and athletically after high school.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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.

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.

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!

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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Ottawa backs North American 2026 FIFA World Cup bid, pledges $5 million if it winsToronto Star
Canada, Mexico and the U.S. are up against Morocco to host the men’s soccer showcase. Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Edmonton, identified as potential Canadian candidate cities, have already endorsed the bid.

Canadian feds back United 2026 World Cup bid. But is Morocco ready to swoop?Toronto Sun
Canada’s feds announced Tuesday they’re backing the United 2026 World Cup proposal in advance of the U.S., Mexico and Canada submitting their tri-bid Friday in an effort to coax the FIFA Congress away from selecting Morocco.

Canadian women’s international Labbe looks to win job with men’s club teamTimes Colonist
Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe, who has earned 49 caps for Canada and helped the women’s team claim Olympic bronze in Rio, is looking to win a job with the Calgary Foothills FC men’s soccer team.

2018 League1 Ontario Season To Feature New Format, Divisional Configuration And Several Exciting New AdditionsLeague1 Ontario
Highlights include single-table divisions, expanded playoff structure, Canadian Championship 2018 and All-Star matches hosted in Quebec.

We don’t have a proper stadium, but hopes for new regional soccer club still high: CPL570 News
Hopes remain high for a new professional soccer team in Waterloo Region, although a big piece of the puzzle is still missing.

The Impact U17 will take part in the 2018 Generation adidas Cup in TexasMontreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Tuesday that its U17 team will participate in the 2018 Generation adidas Cup in Frisco, Texas. FC Dallas is hosting the 32-team event, composed of 20 MLS teams and 12 international teams, played from Friday, March 23 to Saturday, March 31.

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‘Caps quartet get ready for Fresno’s USL debutWhitecaps FC
Four Whitecaps FC Residency graduates are currently playing south of the border with new USL affiliate Fresno FC.

Reynish Leads Trio of Signings for FoxesUSL
Reno adds 2018 SuperDraft selection; Indy signs local college standout.

USL 2018 Opens with Div II Cascadian Cup, Round 1MLS Multiplex
USL opens the 2018 regular season with two matches. Seattle Sounders 2 face Portland Timbers FC 2 in one of those. Here’s a preview.


The FA Women’s Super League Cup Final PreviewBBC Sport
Holders Manchester City Women face Arsenal Women in the Continental Tyres Cup final on Wednesday, with both teams looking to secure the first silverware of the season.

WSL: Arsenal ‘will thrive’ under cup final pressureIslington Gazette
While their male equivalents were hammered 3-0 by City in the Carabao Cup final last month, Wednesday’s meeting at Adams Park is expected to be a much closer affair.

Inside the new mindset of Thorns FC defender Emily SonnettTimbers.com
There are two moments that capture the contrasts of Emily Sonnett’s last 12 months, the highs and the lows that the Thorns FC defender has experienced since the beginning of her second professional season.

VIDEO: Dunn Comes HomeUSSF
After a successful and fulfilling year playing with Chelsea FC in London, where the versatile Crystal Dunn played several positions, including wing back, the former NWSL MVP returns to the league for the 2018 season and is excited to start anew with the North Carolina Courage.

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UCL Weds: Barca hosts Chelsea; Bayern carries huge leadNBC Sports
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is demanding his side “stay in every moment of the game” as it attempts to score at the Camp Nou against Barcelona. Chelsea opens the leg with a 1-1 score line, and knows it needs a 1-0, 2-1, 2-2, or better.

Sevilla ousts Man United from Champions League with winSportsnet
Frustrated and feeling increasingly uneasy, Manchester United fans unleashed a loud cry of “attack, attack, attack” with their team’s Champions League fate hanging in the balance against Sevilla.

Roma beats Shakhtar to reach Champions League quarterfinalsSportsnet
Roma overcame a poor first-half performance to beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 on Tuesday and reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League on the away goals rule after a 2-2 aggregate score.

Manchester United favourites to sign Fred after Man City cool interest in Shakhtar Donetsk midfielderThe Telegraph
Manchester City have cooled their interest in Fred, which could pave the way for rivals Manchester United to sign the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder.

Guangzhou Evergrande wins again in Asian Champions LeagueMetro
Nemanja Gudelj and Alan Carvalho scored a goal each Wednesday to give big-spending Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande a 2-0 win over Jeju United in the Asian Champions League.

Championship round-up: Aston Villa slip to shock defeat against QPRThe Guardian
Aston Villa’s hopes of automatic promotion suffered a major blow with a surprise 3-1 defeat at home to QPR that, coupled with wins for Wolves and Cardiff, saw Villa fall seven points off the pace in third.

Manchester City-Barcelona, Chelsea-Porto in Youth League semisUEFA
The line-up for the UEFA Youth League finals in Nyon have been decided as Porto, Barcelona, Manchester City and Chelsea came through the last-eight ties.

CAF president responds to Morocco criticismAfrican Football
CAF president Ahmad Ahmad has responded to criticism that Morocco is hosting many of the organisation’s major events.

FIFA lifts suspension of Pakistan soccer federationMetro
FIFA has lifted the Pakistan soccer federation’s suspension, which had been imposed in October because of outside interference by a court.

Greek soccer faces FIFA expulsion because of violenceMetro
Greece could be expelled from international soccer competitions because of widespread violence, a FIFA representative said Wednesday.

Kick It Out chief ‘very worried’ by rise in hate crime in footballBBC Sport
The anti-discrimination body has received 282 reports halfway through the 2017-18 season, compared to 177 this time last year.

British royalty, politicians to skip World Cup after attack on former spySportsnet
British Prime Minister Theresa May says members of the royal family and politicians will not go to the World Cup to protest against the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England.

Oprah to invest in Premier League club?NBC Sports
Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon have been recruited as the newest members of the Jack Army…Seriously.

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