VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
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MLS MATCHDAY #2
SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2018, 3:00 PM PST
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Q&A: On Kamara’s nightmares, outgoing personality, and more – Whitecaps FC
In the latest installment of Q&A, we chat with new Vancouver Whitecaps FC striker Kei Kamara.
Carl Robinson will choo choo choose who? – Soccer Shorts
Too much choice, it seems, can be a disincentive when it comes to making a decision.
Dynamo’s Darwin Ceren ready if called upon for first start – Houston Chronicle
Darwin Ceren expected to get plenty of minutes this season with the Dynamo, but he was surprised to be called into action so early in last weekend’s season opener.
CCL Preview: Sounders embracing chance to carry MLS banner against Chivas de Guadalajara – SBI
For years, Liga MX teams have dominated MLS foes. It hasn’t been much of a secret that, when it comes to regional dominance, Mexico rules the land.
MLS set to face toughest rivals: LIGA MX in CONCACAF Champion’s League – Philly Soccer Page
Five MLS teams entered the competition this year – Colorado, Toronto, Dallas, NY Red Bull and Seattle. Early on it looked grim. Colorado went out easily to Toronto after which the Colorado coach dismissed the entire competition as “pre-season.” And then Dallas was eliminated by FC Tauro, a Panamanian team in 8th place in its 10-team league.
New York Red Bulls make MLS history in Tijuana – NBC Sports
On Tuesday the New York Red Bulls became the first team from Major League Soccer to ever win a CONCACAF Champions League knockout game on the road in Mexico.
Toronto FC must turn Tigres test into controlled chaos amid nasty conditions – Toronto Sun
Mexican sides play with an annoying-but-deserved air of superiority in this competition. Their record against MLS sides in Champions League play has been near-perfect since 2015.
FRENCH FIREPOWER: TFC look to bottle up star striker Andre-Pierre Gignac – Toronto FC
Wednesday night will see a true clash of champions at BMO Field, as 2017 MLS Cup winners Toronto FC will host Liga MX 2017 Apertura winners Tigres UANL in the first leg of the 2018 CCL quarterfinals.
MLS Week 2: Ranking the games – AJC
Ranking this week’s MLS games from best to worst.
Something to build on, something to improve – Montreal Impact
It was a long time coming for Impact supporters. If the offseason seemed longer than usual this year, the wait for the Impact’s season opener to start on Sunday was eternal. There were a number of storylines heading into this one: head coach Rémi Garde’s first game behind the Bleu-blanc-noir’s bench, a number of players making their Impact debuts, Ken Krolicki playing his first professional game, and the electricity deriving from a rivalry between two compatriot clubs in their season openers.
MLS, Precourt: ‘Strongly disagree’ with Ohio’s lawsuit to keep Crew SC – Pro Soccer USA
Major League Soccer and the owner of Columbus Crew SC responded to a lawsuit aimed at blocking the club’s move to Austin, Texas, saying they strongly disagree with the interpretation of an Ohio law intended to keep professional sports teams from relocating.
Handwalla Bwana’s journey from Kakuma refugee camp to the Seattle Sounders – SB Nation
How Handwalla Bwana came from Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya to play for the Seattle Sounders, and what opportunity means to an immigrant.
Editorial: What did taxpayers get for investment in soccer stadium? – Delco Times
Talen Energy Stadium would be an impressive edifice anywhere. But it is especially important as it stands in the shadow of the Commodore Barry Bridge in the city of Chester, a town that continues to struggle mightily to reverse decades of economic decline. But there is something missing in this picture.
MLS fans emerge as growing league’s harshest critics –Toronto Star
As the league plants its flag in new markets — a 23rd franchise, Los Angeles FC, joined MLS this season, and expansion teams in Nashville and Miami were recently approved — many of the oldest groups see themselves as the true keepers of the institutional memories of their teams, and even of the league itself.
MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Montreal Impact 1, March 4, 2018 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Co-ed Soccer league comes to Kamloops – BC Soccer Web
Soccer Quest the leaders in soccer development in Kamloops are pleased to announce the start of a Co-ed outdoor soccer league for the spring of 2018.
Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching Program – Dasovic-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, Ontario – Canada 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, 2017 – BC 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
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
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FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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.
Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication – BC Soccer Web
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team to play at home in October 2018 and March 2019 – CSA
Canada will play home matches in October 2018 and March 2019 when the new Concacaf Nations League Qualifying kicks off across the confederation for 2018-19. The two home matches are part of a four-match international competition featuring 34 Concacaf nations who were drawn from four pots on Wednesday 7 March.
The Gift For Canada That Is The CONCACAF League of Nations – Northern Starting XI
When Victor Montagliani was elected President of CONCACAF, many of us wondered if we’d finally start to see some improvements to the way the confederation operated.
Canada defeats Japan to finish fifth at Algarve Cup soccer tournament – Metro
Goals by Janine Beckie and Ashley Lawrence lifted Canada to a 2-0 victory over Japan and fifth place at the 12-team Algarve Cup on Wednesday.
2026 World Cup bid shuffles leadership, Sunil Gulati remains on Board – MLS
The United States, Mexico and Canada remain united in a bid to land the 2026 FIFA World Cup. But there has been a shuffle in the leadership.
Warnings about North American 2026 World Cup bid heard loud and clear at Telemundo – Philadelphia Inquirer
Last week, ESPN blew the lid off what had become an increasingly open secret among international soccer observers: the North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico has sailed into rough water.
Ontario passes first of its kind concussion safety law – CityNews
Ontario has passed concussion safety legislation designed to protect amateur athletes and educate coaches about the dangers of head injuries, calling the law the first of its kind in the country.
To the evangelical CanPL boosters, we can’t be preaching to the choir – the11.ca
I worry that, as Canadian soccer supporters, we have created our own culture of confirmation bias, and we also have a very insulated social circle. But, as the Canadian Premier League prepares to launch in 2019, supporters are needed to be the evangelists to spread the new soccer gospel. But, are we only preaching to the converted?
Oakville Blue Devils Set To Bring Winning Habits To 2018 Women’s Division – League1 Ontario
As the Oakville Blue Devils men’s League1 side prepare for an action-packed season ahead, featuring an historic Canadian Championship appearance, the Blue Devils family also grows as a new women’s side will take the pitch in the League1 women’s 2018 division.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Penn Brings Peiser Aboard – USL
Penn FC announced on Tuesday the club had signed veteran French goalkeeper Romuald Peiser for the new season, pending league and federation approval.
T2 Will Host FC St Pauli in International Friendly – Stumptown Footy
It was announced today that T2 will host German club, FC St Pauli, in an international friendly on Tuesday, May 22nd. T2 has a home match on Friday, May 18th vs LA II, followed by another home match vs Real Monarchs on Saturday, May 26th. So this friendly fits nicely between a pair of home games. All three games that week will be at Providence Park.
Versatile Voser Joins Independence – USL
The Charlotte Independence have announced the signing of Swiss midfielder Kay Voser, pending league and federation approval, and receipt of his International Transfer Certificate. A former player for FC Basel and FC Zürich in his home country and England’s Fulham FC, Voser brings extensive experience to the Independence for the new season.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
USWNT have chance at redemption against England – SBI
The U.S. Women’s National Team have more than just a trophy on the line when they take on England to close out the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. The final match of the tournament also presents the opportunity for the team to bounce back from a disappointing performance against France.
Cyprus Cup: Wales (2) 1-1 (3) Austria – Shootout win seals it for Austria – Vavel
A late Kayleigh Green strike for Wales cancelled out Sarah Puntigam’s opener for Austria, forcing the two to take the match straight to the spot, Austria victorious from 12-yards.
Women and girl’s football on the rise, according to FA – Sky Sports
There has been a “massive shift” in the number of women and girls playing football in recent years, according to the Football Association.
Fans at UK women’s sport ‘set to break 500,000 barrier’ – BBC
The number of fans attending elite women’s sport in the UK is set to break the half million barrier for the first time in 2018, new research suggests.
Davinia Vanmechelen on moving to PSG and her dream debut for Belgium – Vavel
Still just eighteen, the last 12 months have been extra special for the Belgian attacker, from featuring for the Red Flames at their first ever major tournament to completing a move to PSG, Davinia Vanmechelen’s star is certainly on the rise.
2018 Continental Tyres Women’s National League season – FAI
The opening fixtures kicks off on Sunday, March 11 at 2pm as defending Women’s National League Champions Wexford Youths welcome former Champions Shelbourne Ladies to Ferrycarrig Park. Galway Women’s welcome Cork City Women’s to Eamonn Deacy Park, UCD Waves travel to Peamount United and Limerick host Kilkenny.
After storied career, Nadine Angerer guiding next generation as Portland Thorns goalkeeper coach – Oregon Live
Nadine Angerer decided that her future would be in coaching long before she announced her retirement from professional soccer in May 2015.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Champions League takeaways: PSG still can’t break through in Europe – Sportsnet
Here’s what happened in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, in case you missed it.
PSG need a re-think after another Champions League failure – but what will it take to break into the elite? – The Telegraph
One of the headlines that will grate most with Paris Saint-Germain following their Champions League exit appeared in the Spanish newspaper, Marca. “Real Madrid put PSG in their place,” it read.
Chelsea need Liverpool’s anger to save precarious position at Barcelona – The Guardian
Jürgen Klopp has given Antonio Conte the template: Chelsea must banish defeatism and be ‘hungry, alert and aggressive’ in season-saving Champions League second leg at Camp Nou.
Oscar scores 2 for Shanghai SIPG in Asian Champions League – Metro
Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar scored a pair of goals Wednesday to help Shanghai SIPG earn a 2-2 draw against Ulsan Horangi in the Asian Champions League.
La Liga relegation battlers staring at the abyss – Football Espana
At the top end of La Liga, it seems that Barcelona are fully in control of their destiny, marching towards the title with only Atletico Madrid remaining in touching distance, while Real Madrid have endured a dismal domestic campaign that sees them jostling for third or fourth position with Valencia.
Championship round-up: Marko Grujic fires Cardiff closer to leaders Wolves – The Guardian
Cardiff City closed to within three points of the Championship leaders Wolves after a 2-1 home win over Barnsley.
West Ham: Premier League club fined £30,000 over anti-doping breach – BBC Sport
The Hammers failed to ensure ‘club whereabouts’ information was accurate on three occasions within 12 months.
Russian Deputy PM Mutko no longer involved in World Cup – Sportsnet
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko will no longer have governmental responsibility for the World Cup, the latest soccer-related role he has left after being implicated in the state-sponsored doping scheme.
My aim is to let kids play football with a real smile – The Football League Paper
GROWING up, I played football for fun. There was no pressure. No expectation. No parents bawling from the touchline. Too often these days, kids aren’t allowed to do that. A flash of talent at seven or eight and you’ve got agents sniffing around. Mums and dads pushing too hard.