BC Soccer News, Wednesday, March 21, 2018



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Whitecaps appeal Kendall Waston’s controversial red card in Atlanta gameNational Post
Carl Robinson’s blood was boiling after Saturday’s Major League Soccer game against Atlanta FC.

Fewer than 500 tickets remain for Saturday’s home match against LA GalaxyWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Wednesday that fewer than 500 tickets remain for Saturday’s home match against LA Galaxy at BC Place. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT.

Crystal Palace man impresses on his Major League Soccer bow for Vancouver WhitecapsCroydon Advertiser
Crystal Palace midfielder Jordon Mutch has had an instant impact following his loan switch to Vancouver Whitecaps.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Through a Glass DarklySoccer Shorts
If you’re the kind of Whitecaps fan who sees that the LA Galaxy will be decimated by injuries and suspensions for their upcoming visit to BC Place and thinks ‘Uh, uh that means Carl Robinson is going to think the whole thing is a dastardly ruse and so he’ll get his team to bunker down and happily settle for a point” then give your head a shake.

CONCACAF Champions League final next frontier for Toronto FCSportsnet
While Toronto FC is still looking for its first win of the Major League Soccer regular season, the reigning MLS Cup champs are just a few steps away from making history in the CONCACAF Champions League.

March date for 401 derby a poor decision by MLSWaking the Red
The league hurt one if its best rivalries by downgrading the level of play.

NYCFC signs 15-year-old Joe Scally to Homegrown contractSBI
New York City FC have made a historic Homegrown signing. The club signed 15-year-old Joe Scally to an MLS contract on Wednesday, making him the second youngest player to sign a professional contract with the league. Only Freddy Adu was younger when he first went pro.

MLS Focus: Young Designated Players poised to succeedSoccer America
Even though Ezequiel Barco, the most expensive acquisition in MLS history, has yet to play a game, Young Designated Players have made a big impact at the start of the 2018 season.

Atlanta United’s Escobar in concussion protocolAJC
Escobar’s injury occurred in the second half when he was hit in the head by the knee of goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who jumped into a group of players to catch a cross.

What’s the best sports ticket in Vancouver right now?Georgia Straight
B.C. Place is just a fun place to be when the Whitecaps are on tap, as the home crowd is constantly into it. Casual fans often equate soccer with the word ‘boring’, but the fans packing the stands in simply won’t let you lose interest.

Safe Standing & inclusion in Orlando: “Finally someone gets it”FSF
As the safe standing campaign has progressed over recent years more and more spurious arguments have emerged about why it can’t happen in England – one example is that safe standing will exclude disabled supporters. Here former FSF national council member, and wheelchair-using Arsenal fan, Steve Powell tells us why the Orlando City Stadium debunks that myth.

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Lakehill FC wins all-Saanich final to claim Terry Price CupPeninsula News Review
Lakehill FC claimed the Terry Price Cup awarded by the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association with a 1-0 victory Sunday against Saanich Fusion FC at Braefoot Park.

Highlanders Announce Further 2018 SigningsVictoria Highlanders
Victoria Highlanders FC are pleased to announce the signing of two returning players to their roster for the upcoming 2018 Premier Development League (PDL) season. Goalkeeper Tyrone Venhola and midfielder Jonah Smith.

Fourth record year for Vancouver TourismNews 1130
Sporting events like World Rugby Sevens, Canada Sevens, Canada-Maori All Blacks rugby game, and the Canada-USA soccer game also helped draw more people to the Lower Mainland.

Home cooking important for soccer CentaurTri City News
As Danae Robillard prepares to embark on her final season of high school soccer at Centennial secondary, she knew she didn’t want to stray too far from home after it’s done. So the Centaurs’ captain will dribble up Burnaby Mountain in the fall to win a midfielder position with the Simon Fraser University Clan.

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PHOTOS: VMSL IMPERIAL CUP SEMIFINAL, Rino’s Tigers 3, Club Inter 2 (PKs), March 17, 2018 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

VISL Cup Finals Set for March 24-25 WeekendBC Soccer Web
All teams are now official, the pairings are set, here are the match ups for the upcoming weekend and all 4 Cup Finals.

TSS Rovers release Season Tickets for the 2018 season TSS Rovers
A great summer of soccer is in store at Swangard Stadium with the PDL & WPSL TSS Rovers. Season yickets are only $70.

Victoria Highlanders FC 2018 Season Tickets now on saleVictoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.

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
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BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
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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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Canada vs. New Zealand | 2018 International Friendly Match PreviewMLS
The next phase for the Canadian national team kicks off Saturday at Pinatar Arena, where the John Herdman era begins when Les Rouges face New Zealand in an international friendly.

Foothills FC visits its new homeWestern Wheel
“What we have are players from the local area, — Calgary, Edmonton — players who are hungry,” said Foothills FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. “I love that they are hungry.”

2018 University of Manitoba Spring TournamentU. of Manitoba
The Prairie Division of U SPORTS women’s soccer will be in display next weekend, as the University of Manitoba hosts their second annual Bison Spring Tournament. The 2018 edition of the three-day competition will feature four teams, including the Bison Women’s Soccer team, their affiliates Junior Bisons, as well as the Saskatchewan Huskies and Regina Cougars. Matches will take place at the Winnipeg Soccer Federations North and South pitches, with the opening match scheduled for Friday, March 23.

BYSI well represented on SSA’s grassroots team of the yearBattlefords Now
Eight Battlefords Youth Soccer Inc. players and their coach were named as part of the grassroots team of the year at the Saskatchewan Soccer Association’s awards night in Saskatoon last weekend.

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2018 SuperDraft pick Cory Brown signs with USL affiliate Fresno FCWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Tuesday that 2018 MLS SuperDraft pick Cory Brown has signed a USL contract with affiliate club Fresno FC. He joins fellow Whitecaps FC prospects Matthew Baldisimo, Terran Campbell, Sean Melvin, and Noah Verhoeven at Fresno FC, along with assistant coach Robert Earnshaw.

Professional soccer comes to Fresno — finally this city will be on the map!LA Times
Like any debut, the Fresno Football Club’s first game was not without a few glitches. The scoreboard wasn’t working. A fire alarm went off for no reason. Merchandise sales were stalled by sluggish iPads. But none of the nearly 8,000 soccer fans who turned out Saturday evening at Chukchansi Park seemed to mind. This was, after all, the first game of the first professional soccer team in an absolutely soccer-mad part of the state.

Ottawa Fury FC gets Canadian Shamit Shome on loan from Montreal ImpactCanoe
In the middle of its bye week in the United Soccer League schedule, Ottawa Fury FC has added another Canadian player, acquiring Edmonton native Shamit Shome on a year-long loan from the Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer.

USL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Swope Park Rangers’ Belmar earns the honorFront Row Soccer
Swope Park Rangers forward Kharlton Belmar has been voted the United Soccer League player of the week for Week 1 of the season, it was announced Tuesday afternoon.

Penn Signs El Salvador International MenjivarUSL
Penn FC announced on Monday the signing of El Salvadoran midfielder Richard Menjivar and forward Saalih Muhammad, pending league and federation approval.


FIFA struggles with women’s game as Council kills World League proposalInside World Football
Gianni Infantino, used to getting his own way since taking over as FIFA president, has failed in his bid to introduce a new global league for women amid concerns that not enough consultation took place with the various stakeholders before the idea was officially tabled.

Liga Iberdrola week 23 review: Zaragoza continue to buildVavel
Barcelona fail to capitalise on Atleti’s slip.

Orlando Pride Acquires Swedish International Lotta Ökvist from Houston DashOrlando City SC
Orlando Pride acquires Swedish defender Lotta Ökvist from the Houston Dash in exchange for the Pride’s natural third-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft.

Matildas benefiting from Stateside experienceFIFA
“The Aussie players are quite sought after now, and you wouldn’t have imagined that even five years ago.” Those were the words of Tom Sermanni, current Orlando Pride coach, and former manager of both USA and Australia.

2018 NWSL Team Preview: Can Sam Kerr take Chicago Red Stars over the top?The Equalizer
For even the most dedicated Chicago Red Stars fans, the beginning of the 2018 season might be tough to follow. Gone is the team’s most iconic player, superstar forward Christen Press, traded away in a three-way deal that brought in another superstar, Australian forward Sam Kerr. Chicago also gained midfielder Nikki Stanton in that same deal.

Seattle Reign Preview: the NWSL’s Newest Old TeamBackline Soccer
Once upon a time, the Seattle Reign were the most dominant team in the NWSL, playing a brand of fast-paced, possession-oriented soccer that remains some of the most attractive we’ve seen in the young league. For two years, they were all but unstoppable, winning the shield in 2014 with 54 points and a ridiculous goal differential of +30. Although they’ve never won a championship, that squad was the most successful in league history by just about any other measure.

Seattle Reign reveal 2018 NWSL rosterGoalWA
Seattle Reign FC today announced its 2018 National Women’s Soccer League roster.

NWSL Preview: Sky Blue FC lands Carli Lloyd, but will it be enough?Last Word on Soccer
The two-time FIFA World Player of the Year was traded to to Sky Blue FC after a three-way trade with the Chicago Red Stars and Houston Dash.

Frauen-Bundesliga week 13.5 review: More postponements in GermanyVavel
With just seven of the scheduled 12 ties over weeks 13 and 14 going ahead, we recap the snowy action.

Scotland Women: Kim Little returns to squad for World Cup qualifiersBBC Sport
Arsenal playmaker Kim Little has returned to the Scotland women’s squad after recovering from the cruciate ligament injury that kept her out of the Euro 2017 finals.

Peas praise for new signings after Shelbourne winIrish WNL
Peamount United manager James O’Callaghan heaped praise on new signings Aine O’Gorman and Karen Duggan after they played a key role in a 4-1 opening day win over Shelbourne.

What does it take to win the UEFA Women’s Champions League?UEFA
UEFA has been supporting football-related academic research projects through its Research Grant Programme since 2010. Two academics, Edson Filho and Jean Rettig, present one such study on performance in elite women’s football.

Orlando Pride’s Chioma Ubogagu embraces role as NWSL Players Association representativePro Soccer USA
Before getting completely swept up in the commitment it takes to be a top soccer player, Chioma Ubogagu was a student council representative.

UEFA extends with Leaders XX Series to drive commercial reality of women’s gameInside World Football
UEFA has extended its partnership with the Leaders XX Series into a second year. The Leaders XX Series is a forum that gathers football and sports industry leaders grow women’s sport through innovation.

In Somalia, women defy strict rules to play footballYahoo Sports
The sight of young women playing football is highly unusual in Somalia, due to societal pressures as well as fear of Al-Shabaab. The Al-Qaeda linked Islamist group launches regular attacks in Mogadishu and considers forms of entertainment, such as football, to be evil, worse still if women are involved.

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The Russia World Cup has to save international football from crisisThe Guardian
This will be the last round of friendlies before the club seasons end, a place where squads are trimmed and sharpened, tactical plans junked or fleshed out. And where we might get a sense of the look and feel of Russia 2018, European football’s last sensible international tournament before the inanities of the multi-nation Euros and Qatar’s winter-sun break.

Europe’s World Cup hopefuls: March friendliesUEFA
The start of the FIFA World Cup finals is less than three months away and Europe’s hopefuls are continuing their preparations. Check out the latest fixtures and results.

Nigeria are going to World Cup to win it, says Ikechukwu EzenwaESPN
Nigeria goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa says that the Super Eagles are targeting the trophy when they travel to Russia for the World Cup in three months.

African teams in midweek friendly actionAfrican Football
No less than 12 African teams will be involved in midweek international friendlies today and tomorrow, including South Africa, Burkina Faso and Algeria.

Gold Coast United is set to bid for a return to the A-LeagueFox Sports
Resurrected former A-League club Gold Coast United is set to bid for a return to the competition, almost six years after being booted out.

Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini on course to recover in time for Real Madrid clashESPN
The thigh injury Giorgio Chiellini picked up in Juventus’ goalless draw with SPAL at the weekend is not thought to be serious enough for him to miss the Champions League clash with Real Madrid next month.

Zenit St. Petersburg charged with fan racism by UEFAMetro
UEFA has charged Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg with fan racism in a Europa League game.

5-year prison sentence sought for Xabi Alonso in tax caseSportsnet
Spanish prosecutors are seeking a five-year prison sentence for former Real Madrid player Xabi Alonso for alleged tax fraud.

Reading part with Jaap Stam by mutual consent after winless runESPN
Reading have announced that they have parted company with manager Jaap Stam “by mutual consent” after a winless run has left them 20th in the Championship, just three points from safety.

FIFA urges Russia to hasten work on delayed World Cup arenaMetro
FIFA has urged Russia to speed up World Cup preparations at a stadium which needs “a huge amount of work” to be ready on time. With less than three months to go until the World Cup, the 45,000-seat Samara Arena is the only one of 12 stadiums which doesn’t yet have a pitch installed.

World Cup poisoning. Euro politicos pull out of attending Russia 2018 amid boycott callsInside World Football
European governments are lining up behind Britain in considering a diplomatic snub of the World Cup in protest at the poisoning of a former double agent and his daughter on British soil that is being widely blamed on Russia.

Football Association announces record £127m investment after profits doubleBBC Sport
The Football Association has announced it invested a record £127m back into the game as its profits more than doubled in 2016-17.

How Carlos Queiroz turned Iran into Asia’s best World Cup hopeThe Guardian
The former Manchester United coach eased the Iranians through qualification but they now want tangible finals success, something that has always eluded Team Melli.

Soccer fans in Iraq celebrate end of three-decade FIFA banToronto Star
The world soccer’s governing body lifted the ban last Friday, allowing Iraqi cities of Basra, Karbala and Irbil to host full international games and competitions for the first time since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

Poland to host U20 World Cup in 2019. Peru picked for U17Inside World Football
Poland has been awarded the right to host the 2019 U-20 World Cup, seeing off competition from India. Peru will host the 2019 U-17 World Cup.

Inside Real Madrid’s academy: ‘Only a certain type of person succeeds here’The Guardian
Real Madrid are happy to break the world transfer record but they have also invested €100m in building an academy they call ‘the greatest sports facility ever built by a football club’.

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