CANADA SOCCER NEWS
FIFA 2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIYING
CANADA vs. MEXICO
FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016, 7:00 PM
B.C. PLACE, VANCOUVER, B.C.
TV: TSN 2
BC SOCCER WEB MATCHDAY: CANADA VS. MEXICO, FRIDAY, MARCH 25 – BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web has all of the previews, stories and match analysis leading up to Friday’s important World Cup Qualifier against Mexico. Keep coming back as we get closer to kickoff for the latest updates.
A closer look at the CanMNT U20s call-ups against England – Red Nation Online
Canada recently announced the roster that will be playing the England U20 side in Doncaster on March 27, 2016. Although it might be premature to say this is one of the most exciting youth set-ups for Canadian Men’s Soccer, there are some players who might not be household names yet, but are compelling prospects in the Canadian game.
Barrie native off to Tennessee Tech in the fall on soccer scholarship – Barrie Examiner
Kaitie Shipley’s scholarship at Tennessee Tech University means she’s going to be away from home for the first time in her life. The Grade 12 student at Barrie Central Collegiate admits she can hardly wait to start the new chapter in her life when she heads down to the Cookeville, Tenn., in early August.
Quebec Ptiches in for Dorval Synthetic Sports Field – Montreal Gazette
Quebec will contribute $475,000 toward a joint venture between the city of Dorval and a private school to build a proposed $3-million synthetic sports field along Bouchard Blvd.
Atlantic University Sport releases fall league schedules – Chronicle-Herald
All 10 AUS soccer teams will see their first action from Sept. 9 to 11.
Girls win soccer provincials – Airdrie Echo
As Airdrie’s first U18 girls team in almost a decade, the girls went unbeaten in four games in the round-robin, beat Medicine Hat (RASC) 4-3 in the semifinal and Edmonton’s Mill Woods Selects 3-2 in the final.
WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
MLS MATCHDAY #4
WHITECAPS FC vs. HOUSTON DYNAMO
SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2016, 7:00 PM
B.C. PLACE, VANCOUVER B.C.
TV: TSN 2 RADIO: TSN 1040 LIVESTREAM: TSN GO
Whitecaps FC doom reputation with the dark arts of Blas Pérez – Van City Buzz
I don’t care if he drew the winning penalty against a hated rival, as he did on Saturday against the Seattle Sounders. I’m still not a fan of Blas Pérez.
Vancouver Whitecaps pressure with speed on the wings: “[They] very much remind me of Dallas” – Houston Dynamo
The Vancouver Whitecaps are one of the youngest teams in the league, and also one of the fastest, with outstanding counterattacking capabilities. The Houston Dynamo know the Whitecaps well – the two teams met on the final day of the 2015 season and in February at the Tucson Desert Friendlies.
MLS anonymous player poll on diving, relegation, salaries, concussion, more – ESPN FC
Major League Soccer is celebrating its 20th season and, to commemorate the anniversary, 61 current players on the condition of anonymity gave their thoughts to ESPN FC on the state of the league and its place in the world game.
Camara proud to be Impact’s most-used player – North Bay-Nippissing.com
Hassoun Camara is not the name that jumps out among the list of Montreal Impact mainstays since they joined Major League Soccer in 2012.
Why doesn’t MLS recruit more players from Asia? – The Guardian
Japan and South Korea sends much of its top baseball talent to America, but its top soccer talents tend to choose Europe. Is MLS missing out?
PODCAST: Episode 151 – The AFTN Podcast – “There’s Still Time” – AFTN
For Club And Country with Benito Floro, Scott Arfield, Will Johnson, Cyle Larin, Christian Bolanos. Tim Parker and Cole Seiler.
BC SOCCER NEWS
North Vancouver teen living World Cup dream – North Shore News
North Vancouver’s Caitlin Shaw has always been one of the youngest, smallest players on any soccer field that she’s played on, so why should it be any different when she’s battling with Team Canada for a berth in the World Cup?
Jackson Cup soccer run ends on penalty kicks – Goldstream Gazette
Westcastle United FC were close enough to qualifying for the provincial championships that they could taste it.
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!
BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting Candidates for its Board of Directors – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June 11, 2016. Prospective candidates are invited to review the information provided on the BC Soccer web site www.bcsoccer.net. Candidates who provide notice to BC Soccer Assoc. of their intent to stand for election by May 1, 2016 will have their applications circulated to the membership in early May.
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.
Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication – BC Soccer Web
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
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WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
ORANGE COUNTY BLUES FC vs. WFC 2
SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2016, 7:00 PM
ANTEATER STADIUM, IRVINE, CA.
Kyle Greig named Whitecaps FC 2 captain ahead of Saturday’s opener – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 head coach Alan Koch has tabbed experienced striker Kyle Greig as the team’s captain in advance of their 2016 USL season, the club announced today.
NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson unconcerned on impact of proposed Canadian domestic league: “Things like that are not going to affect where we’re going long term” – AFTN
Where any domestic Canadian league will sit in the grand North American soccer pyramid is also still unknown. Will it have a D1A status? D2? Does it really matter and are we too hung up on these tags?
Peterson: If Canadian teams wanted to leave NASL for a new domestic league, “we’d wish them well” – the11.ca
The North American Soccer League has advertised itself as a place where owners — not the league office — control the destinies of their teams. And that laissez-faire, free-market attitude also extends to how NASL views the possibility of a Canadian professional league.
Eddies close out Scotland preseason trip with 1-0 win over Queen’s Park FC – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (3-1-0) closed out their 2016 Scotland preseason trip with a 1-0 win over Scottish Professional Football League’s (SPFL) Queen’s Park FC. The Eddies scored a late second half winner, Mar. 22 at Lesser Hampden to register a sweep against all three SPFL clubs faced on the two-week trip abroad.
Success of pre-season Scotland trip has coach Colin Miller thinking of more in the future – Edmonton Sun
FC Edmonton all but wrapped up their preseason tour on Tuesday with a 1-0 win against Scottish club Queens Park FC, but the team is already looking ahead to what 2017’s preseason may offer.
USL Preview: Twenty key offseason moves – Soccer America
The USL kicks off its sixth season this weekend after a flurry of activity on the player front. Players on the move include a former MLS Cup champion, the USL’s all-time leading scorer, the 2015 USL Goalkeeper of the Year and a highly touted Nigerian midfielder who won the 2013 Under-17 World Cup.
FC Montreal: 2016 USL Season Preview – Mount Royal Soccer
The shirts are printed, the Olympic Stadium is as ready as can be, FC Montreal is days from its second season in USL.
Toronto FC II 2016 USL Preview – Waking the Red
Toronto FC may be off this week on international break, but just in time to fill the void comes the USL season. Toronto FC II will play their first game of their sophomore season away to New York Red Bulls II on Saturday. Here is a season preview for Toronto FC’s minor league affiliate.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
ELLIS NAMES 23 PLAYERS FOR FRIENDLIES AGAINST COLOMBIA – NWSL
U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 23 players to a training camp roster ahead of two matches against Colombia. The USA will train in Orlando, Florida, for six days before heading to Connecticut for an April 6 match at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford (7 p.m. on FS1). The teams will meet again on April 10 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania. (2 p.m. ET. on ESPN). Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for each match.
Alex Morgan, Hope Solo Lead U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Into Rentschler Field Match – Hartford Courant
The roster has been set for the U.S. women’s soccer team’s game vs. Colombia on April 6 at Rentschler Field.
2016 FAWSL Preview: Part II – The Equalizer
Liverpool Ladies can join Arsenal Ladies in being the only club that can brag about winning back-to-back titles in the Women’s Super League. Unfortunately, they didn’t have much to boast about last season, with injuries and some poor performances seeing the club finish second from last, despite going into the campaign having won the two previous league titles.
‘It’s become a worldwide phenomenon’ – Arsenal.com
Arsène Wenger says that women’s football has “become a worldwide phenomenon” ahead of the 2016 FA Women’s Super League season.
Women’s football in Burundi offers hope to a shattered nation – The Guardian
Marriage can wait, says Sakina Saidi, star striker for league winners Fofila, as football offers women in Burundi a way to earn respect – and hard cash.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Belgium vs. Portugal moved to Leiria – ESPN FC
Belgium and Portugal’s friendly on May 29 will now take place in Leiria. Following the bombings in Brussels, Belgium announced the game had been cancelled, but then revealed it had been moved to Portugal.
French PM: It’s ‘vital’ Euro 2016 goes ahead – Sportsnet
Striking a defiant tone, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says it is “vital” the European Championship in France goes ahead to show the country will not cower in the wake of the deadly attacks in Brussels and Paris.
UEFA defiant that Euro 2016 will be safe and not derailed by terrorist threat – Inside World Football
As next summer’s expanded European Championship finals in France come under increasing scrutiny because of the threat of terrorism, UEFA have been quick to express assurances about safety and security in the wake of Tuesday’s Brussels attacks that killed at least 34 people and left scores more injured, with one high-ranking UEFA official suggesting matches might even have to be held behind closed doors.
Greece could face Europe ban after authorities uphold cup cancellation – The Guardian
Teams in Greece could face a ban from European competition after the country’s deputy sports minister said he will not reverse a decision to cancel this season’s domestic cup because of crowd violence.
Russia 2018/UAE 2019 Qualifiers: A Look Ahead – AFC
Despite there only being two rounds left to go in the 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 Asian Cup joint-qualifiers, there is still plenty to play for in each of groups.
Leicester City’s participation in the International Champions Cup confirmed – Vavel
The end of the season almost upon us with only 7 games left to play , pre season planning has already come into play with Leicester City accepting a invitation to play in the International Champions Cup.
Recreativo de Huelva: Spain’s oldest club on the brink of extinction – BBC Sport
“It would be a national disaster if Recre disappears. Because if it can happen to El Decano, it can happen to anyone.”
How Puerto Rico’s ‘not-so Puerto Rican’ team scored a World Cup shock – The Guardian
When players from the US territory boycotted international games in the lead-up to the 1994 World Cup, officials had to scramble around New York’s amateur leagues for back ups – and the results were extraordinary.
Cape Verde’s Remarkable Football Revolution – All Africa
Cape Verde’s rapid progress owes nothing to luck, however. Instead, the national side have built their climb up the ranking on a series of excellent results in a short space of time, outstripping their African rivals with their success on the pitch.
The Grand Balkan Football Tour – Futbolgrad
Copșa Mică (also known as Kleinkopisch, or Kiskapus) is a small town located in Transylvania. It is here where Futbolgrad’s Balkan Football Tour begins.
Twitter, at 10, has changed how sports is covered – Vancouver Sun
Twitter has changed how sports are covered, and maybe even how they are played, and coached and managed. One original opinion can turn into an echo chamber of rapidly increasing volume and weight. (Editor’s Note: You can follow BC Soccer Web on Twitter here.)