BC Soccer News, Wednesday, May 23, 2018




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Training report: On Waston’s looming absence, the status of Mutch and Marinovic, and moreWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC hit the training pitch on Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s match against New England Revolution. Here are some news and notes from the day.

Whitecaps’ recent run is all about perspectiveThe Province
So the definitive answer is: the dress is blue and white. Or gold and black. And don’t even ask the tom-may-to/tom-ah-toe question around B.C. Place, because there’s a vocal segment of Caps fans ready to shower the team’s bench and management with said fruit.

From the Pigeon Loft: Waiting for Robbo AFTN
It’s been an eventful few weeks since that 6-0 loss I Kansas City. Eventful like the action sequences in a Beckett play. We’ve hit a beige patch of form with three consecutive 2-2 draws, each one exploring the narrow nuances of a different tempered emotion: bemusement, anticipation, astonishment.

Mauro Rosales trains with FC Dallas before returning for final professional season in ArgentinaSportsday
Mauro Rosales was back in training with FC Dallas this week, but the 37-year-old made it clear he’s just stopping by.

Wayne Rooney: Everton forward to meet MLS side DC United this weekBBC Sport
Everton forward Wayne Rooney is to travel to Washington this week to meet Major League Soccer side DC United.

Report: Toronto to send Giovinco to Tigres for Valencia, cashNBC Sports
An Mexican site reports that Tigres UANL is ready to send Enner Valencia and cash to Toronto FC to land Sebastian Giovinco. Normally that’s seem a bit wild for TFC to send their perennial MLS MVP candidate packing, but the club has been hesitant to meet Giovinco’s terms on a new contract.

Geoff Cameron considering MLS move, several teams interestedMLS
Longtime US men’s national team defender Geoff Cameron is considering a summer move from Stoke City to MLS, sources have told MLSsoccer.com.

LAFC draws with Borussia DortmundProst Amerika
On this night, the score didn’t matter much. On a Tuesday night at Banc of California Stadium, LAFC got a chance to measure themselves against one of Germany’s top clubs. LAFC hosted Borussia Dortmund in a match that saw all kinds of opportunities. For LAFC, it was a chance to give extended playing time to players that have rarely featured regularly during the season. Also, American soccer fans got a chance to finally see in person one of the rising stars in international soccer, a player it can call its own in Christian Pulisic.

MLS Week 13: Ranking the gamesAJC
Ranking this week’s MLS games from best to worst.

‘They can’t handle the heat’: How brutal Texas summers give FC Dallas an upper hand over its opponentsSportsday
FCD’s training sessions continue to edge earlier and earlier into the morning as temperatures in Frisco go higher and higher. Though the team is traveling Wednesday ahead of Friday’s match against Toronto FC, players already are hoping their bodies begin adjusting to the heat, which can give them the edge in future matches at Toyota Stadium.

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Montgomery Named to PDL Top – 50 Prospects For 2018 SeasonVictoria Highlanders
Highlander’s defender Callum Montgomery has been named to the Premier Development League’s (PDL) top 50 prospects for the 2018 season. For the local boy who has been a standout over the past three seasons at the University of Northern Carolina – Charlotte (UNCC), this is his second season in a row with this honour from the league.

Goalkeeper Gattafoni signs with Lethbridge College KodiaksTrail Times
Trail native and intrepid soccer goalkeeper Paige Gattafoni signed with the Lethbridge College Kodiaks women’s soccer team last week.

Soccer glory for Bob Ross FCRevelstoke Review
Bob Ross tried his best to coach and talk soccer 24/7. Only sleep and work got in the way.

Campbell River girls off to soccer provincialsCampbell River Mirror
The Carihi Senior Girls Soccer team are off to their 12th provincial championships after defying the odds and securing second place at the AA Island championship in Victoria.

United U11 Blue rule Slurpee CupVernon Morning Star
Vernon United Tolko Team U11 Blue went undefeated and didn’t allow a goal in the 40th annual Kamloops Youth Soccer Association Slurpee Cup.

Tournament Capital earning its nickname over the long weekendCJFC
We’re often bombarded with the City’s Branding, but over the long weekend, Kamloops demonstrated why it’s known as the Tournament Capital of Canada. A 165-team soccer tournament, a 50-team slow-pitch tournament, and a host of other activities, including minor baseball, skydiving, and target shooting brought thousands of visitors into the River City; with that many people in town, the economic benefit can be counted in the millions.

KYSA director to receive B.C. Soccer Award of MeritKamloops This Week
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) is pleased to announce that one of its directors has been chosen to receive an Award of Merit from BC Soccer at their Annual General Meeting in Burnaby, June 9th.

BC Games Society president to step downMaple Ridge News
After 26 years with the BC Games Society, 19 of which as president and CEO, Kelly Mann has decided to call it quits.

PHOTOS: BC Provincial Women’s A Cup: Surrey United 2, NSGSC Renegades 0 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

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.

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.

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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New soccer league deserves a kick at successWinnipeg Free Press
The juxtaposition of the World Cup tournament beginning June 14, and a news conference planned for June 6 about the new Canadian Premier League, offers context to ponder the challenges and opportunities facing Winnipeg officials aiming to give professional soccer a toehold in Winnipeg.

Halifax’s CPL team to be unveiled FridayChronicle Herald
Halifax’s new professional soccer club will be unveiled on Friday. A launch rally is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at Rogers Square plaza at the Nova Centre in downtown Halifax, where the city’s new franchise in the Canadian Premier League will be announced.

Trailblazing women’s keeper Steph Labbé talks DAZN sending her to Champions League finals, her playing futureThe Comeback
Steph Labbé wasn’t allowed to compete in the men’s Premier Development League, but she’ll be watching the men’s and women’s UEFA Champions League finals in person this week thanks to DAZN.

Sports Hall of Fame adds five new faces Brockville Recorder
Mike Toshack has an extensive resume in professional soccer having worked in various coaching roles for all three Canadian pro teams with the Toronto FC, Montreal Impact, and Vancouver Whitecaps. He’s been part of two Major League Soccer championships with the Houston Dynamo (2007) and Portland Timbers (2015).

Sudbury soccer league finding its waySudbury Star
Disappointed as Milton Lessis has been by the decline of competitive soccer in Sudbury the last several years, he’s becoming more and more optimistic about its future.

Coral shines at Super SoccerNunavut News
The Coral Harbour U19 girls team romped its way to the territorial A Division banner at the Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife May 4 to 6.

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Ledesma Voted USL Player of the WeekUSL
FC Cincinnati midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma has been voted the USL Player of the Week for Week 10 of the 2018 season. The Argentine recorded the first three-assist game in the USL this season, and found the net himself, as Cincinnati took a 4-1 victory against North Carolina FC this past Saturday before a crowd of 22,884 at Nippert Stadium.

Portland, Williams Rally Back vs. FC St. PauliUSL
The Portland Timbers 2 got a second-half brace from Augustine Williams, and then claimed a 4-2 victory in a penalty shootout against German club FC St. Pauli after the clubs had played to a 2-2 draw through regulation in an international friendly at Providence Park on Tuesday night.

How Atlanta United 2 measures development along with resultsDirty South Soccer
It’s easy to track how well a professional sports team whose main goal is to win is doing. Wins and losses will tell one as much. However, that’s not Atlanta United 2’s only concern.

Nashville Adds Allen To AttackUSL
Former USL Cup MVP joined by Jome as NSC makes two new signings.


Wolfsburg v Lyon: #UWCL final – all you need to knowUEFA
Wolfsburg and Lyon will face off in a UEFA Women’s Champions League final for the third time in Kyiv on Thursday.

Women’s Champions League final will shine brighter on its own – UEFA chiefEurosport
The Women’s Champions League final will become an unmissable event when it separates from the men’s contest next year, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said ahead of this week’s showpiece in Kiev between VfL Wolfsburg and Olympique Lyonnais.

Houston Dash vs. Seattle Reign FC preview: Teams look to bounce back in midweek battleVavel
Both the Houston Dash and Seattle Reign will look for three points after disappointing results this past weekend.

Van Wyk aims to erase World Cup heartachesESPN
Houston Dash defender Janine van Wyk is in the midst of one of the most important seasons of her career, as she prepares for what could be her last chance to qualify for a World Cup with South Africa.

Orlando Pride relying on depth, defense during five-match unbeaten runPro Soccer USA
The games aren’t getting any easier for the Orlando Pride. Orlando is unbeaten during its past five matches and notched franchise-first wins over Portland and Chicago during a three-match road swing. The Pride (3-2-3, 12 points) haven’t played at home since April 28 and still are in third place with 12 points.

Crystal Dunn named NWSL Player of the Week for Week 8Vavel
Crystal Dunn scored a goal and recorded four shots to help her team secure a 2-1 win for three points.

The Lowdown: How NWSL’s relationship with U.S. Soccer complicates FIFA windowsThe Equalizer
Here we have a pro women’s soccer league featuring some of the best players in the world and there will be one entire weekend without many of them. Worse still, losing the USWNT players for the weekend appears to be entirely preventable. No. It is entirely preventable. The question to ponder is whether or not doing this serves the best interests of all the groups it affects.

Lucy Bronze is first England player to win BBC women’s footballer of the yearThe Guardian
Lucy Bronze has become the first England player to win the BBC women’s footballer of the year award, with Holland’s Euro 2017 winner Lieke Martens and the Australian forward Sam Kerr finishing second and third respectively.

Women’s 2019 World Cup qualifiers: Wales dealt Estcourt blowBBC Sport
Wales will be without injured striker Charlie Estcourt for their 2019 World Cup qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Russia in June.

Chelsea Football Club Women: Blues rebrand drops ‘outdated and old-fashioned’ Ladies nameEvening Standard
Chelsea Ladies have been renamed Chelsea Football Club Women, in what striker Fran Kirby called a “massive step forward” for equality.

Division 1 Féminine Week 21 Review: Montpellier give themselves a lifelineVavel
With only one more round to go, the Champions League hopefuls will look to use the final match day as a chance to leapfrog Paris Saint-Germain.

China women’s national football team has second head coach in six monthsXinhua
The Chinese Football Association (CFA) Wednesday announced that the former China men’s under-19 football team head coach Jia Xiuquan, will replace Sigurdur Ragnar Eyjolfsson as the coach of the China women’s national football team.

Hall of fame to redo soccer star Brandi Chastain plaqueMedicine Hat News
A bronze plaque honouring soccer star Brandi Chastain got a red card Tuesday after a social media outcry over its unflattering portrayal of the athlete.

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Arsenal hires Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successorSportsnet
Arsenal hired Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor on Wednesday in the Premier League club’s first managerial appointment in 22 years.

Unai Emery: ‘I want Arsenal to be back among Europe’s elite’BBC Sport
Unai Emery said he wants Arsenal to be among Europe’s elite once more when he appeared at his first news conference since being appointed as Arsene Wenger’s successor.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah a beacon to Egyptians amid economic hardshipThe Star
The cafe began to fill up more than two hours before kickoff. By the time the match began, some 200 men and boys — some as young as 5 — huddled around two large TV screens at a cafe Mohamed Salah frequents when he’s back visiting his village deep in Egypt’s Nile Delta.

Everything Toulouse? TFC set for relegation play-offLigue 1
Toulouse FC face AC Ajaccio in the relegation play-off first leg on Wednesday, although the Corsicans” “home” fixture will take place at Montpellier Hérault SC’s Stade de la Mosson.

It’s the Adam and Erics 2018! The complete review of the Ligue 1 seasonThe Guardian
Luiz Gustavo, Neymar, Nabil Fékir and a suspended referee are among the big winners in our end-of-season awards

Jeonbuk face Suwon in all-Korean AFC Champions League tieYahoo Sports
Two-time champions Jeonbuk Motors will take on fellow South Koreans Suwon Bluewings in the quarter-finals of the Asian Champions League when the continental club championship resumes in August.

Rafael Benitez: ‘Miracle in Istanbul changed my life – and it can be same for Jurgen Klopp’The Telegraph
It was the game that changed his life forever. A victory that ensured Rafael Benitez’s name became enshrined in Liverpool legend. Even, now, 13 years after that dramatic Champions League final in Istanbul, the memories spark such raw emotion in the Spaniard that goose bumps shoot up his arms as he talks.

Manchester United ‘remains most valuable club in Europe’BBC
Manchester United has again been named most valuable European football club, being worth about €3.25bn (£2.9bn) says business services group KPMG.

AC Milan faces UEFA sanctions over financial rule breach – Sportsnet
AC Milan faces UEFA sanctions after an attempt to reach a settlement over a breach of financial fair play regulations was rejected by European football’s governing body.

Newcastle United’s accounts reveal spending at Sports DirectBBC Sport
A closer inspection of Newcastle United’s 2016-17 financial accounts has revealed the club spent nearly £1.3m at sportswear and equipment store Sports Direct, and at owner Mike Ashley’s other companies.

Putin’s World Cup Plans Can’t Escape His OpponentsBloomberg
Though it’s 1,100 miles east of Moscow, Yekaterinburg has played an outsized role in Russian history. Next month, as it hosts four World Cup games, the nation’s fourth-largest city will gain renown again as global media and thousands of soccer fans descend on its rebuilt stadium. What they may discover is that this city of 1.4 million has become a microcosm of Russia’s growing political strife.

Colombia conflict: Swapping the battlefield for the football pitchBBC
La Paz players are used to their squad being labelled the “Farc team” in reference to the rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, who fought the Colombian government for more than 50 years before signing a peace deal in 2016.

Fashionisto Simon Doonan sees magic, madness in soccer styleCape Breton Post
Simon Doonan is an established fashionisto and lifelong soccer obsessive, both of which he has poured into a new book dedicated to the style drivers of the sport. “Soccer players look great in clothes. They’re wiry. They have the perfect physique,” said Doonan, who is creative ambassador for Barneys New York. “They can run to any store and buy whatever they like. They can wear anything.”

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