VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. HOUSTON DYNAMO
MLS MATCHDAY #15
SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2016, 3:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
TV: TSN 1 RADIO: TSN 1040 LIVESTREAM: TSN GO
The Depth of the Vancouver Whitecaps Will Be Tested Again – Eighty-Six Forever
Three key members of the Vancouver Whitecaps have left the squad for Copa America duty, and that means Head Coach Carl Robinson will be looking to his bench as the Whitecaps take on the Houston Dynamo this weekend.
Training report: Copa-bound Waston pens apology as ‘Caps return to training – Whitecaps FC
Waston may not have faced the media on Tuesday, but he turned to social media to offer an apology after picking up a late red card in Sunday’s loss to Portland.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Houston Dynamo | 2016 MLS Match Preview – MLS
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Pedro Morales converted a penalty kick in the 23rd minute, giving Whitecaps FC a 1-0 win March 26 at BC Place.
Match Recap: Houston Dynamo 3, Real Sociedad 3 – Houston Dynamo
The Houston Dynamo claimed the 2016 BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup with a 5-4 victory in penalties over Real Sociedad after finishing 3-3 in regulation.
Whitecaps woes have fans looking elsewhere – 24 Hours
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are on a roller coaster — and those lows are so depressing that soccer fans should instead look forward to a few other events to help forget about the ‘Caps.
‘It’s shocking’: Whitecaps defender Fraser Aird on Scottish Cup final chaos – Whitecaps FC
Fraser Aird knew plenty of people on the field and in the stands as he opened his laptop to watch Saturday’s Scottish Cup final. He didn’t expect to be fearing for their safety a short time later.
MLS Week 13 Preview: Last week before Copa break – Empire of Soccer
This is the last full week on the Major League Soccer schedule before Copa America and a league-wide break. The theme of the week seems to be East vs. West, with six interconference matches over the weekend. So far, this season has tilted in the West’s favor.
Jordan Morris reacts to “disappointing” USMNT exclusion from Copa America – MLS
For many, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Seattle Sounders rookie forward Jordan Morris would make the US national team’s final 23-man roster for this summer’s Copa America Centenario.
Real Salt Lake: One of the youngest starters in MLS, Justen Glad sure isn’t playing like it – Salt Lake Tribune
Two months since, Glad has started seven of the club’s last eight. In those seven matches, RSL is 5-2-0. At 19, he’s one of two teenage starting defenders in Major League Soccer. Orlando City defender Tommy Redding — a mere month younger than Glad — is the other. The two were once roommates with the U.S. U-17 youth national team for six months.
Conte’s petty snub of MLS MVP Giovinco will only hurt Italy in Euro 2016 – Goal
The Italy coach left the Toronto FC superstar off his roster for next month’s tournament simply because he doesn’t play in one of Europe’s major leagues, and that’s not right.
Waiting on the Governor: Minnesota United Stadium Bill at the Mercy of Mark Dayton – Fifty Five One
In the wee hours of Sunday night a Midway soccer stadium bill, somehow, made its way though a very dysfunctional Minnesota State Legislature. Minnesota United fans as well as many citizens of the City of St. Paul who hope for redevelopment of the Midway area, woke up Monday morning to joyously discover the news. What United team owner Bill McGuire had requested and the City of St. Paul had shepherded, had actually passed.
From the Pigeon Loft: It is what it is – AFTN
Major League Soccer is like that guy that always talks about himself in the third person. It has a marketing department that covers itself as newsworthy and it has corporate sponsors that jump all over supporter culture with great ideas like “The Fabric of Seattle” and “Heineken Rivalry Week.”
BC SOCCER NEWS
2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries – BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.
Goals Galore on the North Shore – Maple Leaf Forever
On Saturday afternoon, four years after the demise of the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Victoria Highlanders Women, the North Shore Girls Soccer Club finally re-launched elite women’s club soccer in western Canada. Their new Women’s Premier Soccer League team kicked off for the first time at North Vancouver’s handsome Kinsmen Park, marking the hugely overdue return of elite interregional competition to Canada’s most women’s-soccer-mad province. Their next home game is 4:30 PM on Sunday, May 29 against ISC Gunners FC; do come if you can.
Wildcats roll to city and zone titles – Richmond News
The McMath Wildcats have steamrolled their way to next week’s B.C. AAA Girls Soccer Championships in Tsawwassen, having not lost a game yet in league and playoff action.
Campaign for new track up and running – North Shore News
The West Vancouver Place for Sports Fundraising Committee – a group made up of representatives from several community stakeholders – is hoping to raise $5.7 million by next February so that construction of a new six-lane track and artificial turf soccer field can begin by spring of 2017. The committee recently went public with plans that have been five years in the making, announcing that $600,000 has already been committed to the facility upgrade.
Pinnacles look to their young players to lead the way – Penticton Western News
The Penticton Pinnacles soccer team was held off the scoreboard in their PCSL home-opener on Saturday, losing 2-0 to the Mid-Isle Mariners. Despite the loss, assistant coach Manuel Borba said the young Pinnacles squad held their own in the match.
A soccer veteran at 15, Vancouver’s Grosso next in line for Canada – Vancouver Courier
Nearly two years younger than the next youngest teammate, fullback Julia Grosso entered last week’s closed-door matches against Mexico already steeped in the rituals and responsibilities of representing Canada.
City increases user fees for recreational facilities – CJFC
The City of Kamloops spent years building the Tournament Capital brand, making the city the one of the premier destinations in Canada for all kinds of different sporting events; being on top isn’t cheap, which is why City Council voted last week to increase user fees for recreational facilities across the city.
KYSA round-up to May 23, 2016 – Kamloops This Week
Brooke Bazian, Emily Mann, Cassie Morris and Hannah Marra earned game MVP awards for the under-18A Kamloops Blaze girls en route to gold at the Slurpee Cup on the weekend.
Royal Soccer summer camps – Aldergrove Star
The Royal Soccer Club, a registered non-profit, announce the 24th year of hosting Canada’s #1 grassroots summer soccer day camps. This summer, Royal Soccer Club will host camps during July and August in Langley and Abbotsford.
Boys do it for Bob – Vernon Morning Star
The late Bob Ross could and did talk soccer for hours when he coached youth and men’s teams in Vernon. Ross died in 2014, but his legacy lives on at MacDonald Park, where he spent a good portion of his life. Bob Ross FC of Vernon brushed back the LWO Legends of Salmon Arm 3-1 in a fast-paced men’s 35+ final Monday afternoon at Mac Park.
Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference – June 3-5 at SFU – BC Soccer Web
The Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference is back for its second year. Learn from some of the best coaches in the game. This year’s conference features speakers from Arsenal, Leicester City, Southampton, the English FA and more. Register before April 30 for early bird pricing.
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.
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!
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’s Women’s National Team to play Les Bleues 23 July in Auxerre, France – CSA
Canada’s Women’s National Team will continue Olympic preparations with a friendly match against France in Auxerre on 23 July, prior to flying into Brazil for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
2016 Amway Canadian Championship semi-finals kick off June 1 on TSN – CSA
The semi-final round of the 2016 Amway Canadian Championship is set to kick off on TSN, Canada’s Home of the Champions, on 1 June. Ottawa Fury FC, who advanced past FC Edmonton in the preliminary round for the first time in their three-year NASL history, will meet current Voyageurs Cup holders Vancouver Whitecaps FC live on TSN 1. The other two-legged tie will see Toronto FC play Impact Montréal FC live on TSN 4. Ottawa and Toronto host the first leg matches while on 8 June the teams move to Vancouver and Montréal with both games live on TSN 2.
Ottawa Fury ready for next Canadian Championship hurdle – CONCACAF
After three tries, Ottawa Fury FC is through to the Amway Canadian Championship semifinals for the first time. It knows, however, that the task of ultimately lifting the trophy and securing a berth in the 2017/18 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) will become more difficult.
No swashbuckling, all soccer for Pickering’s Gary Canham with Walsh University Cavaliers – Pickering News Advertiser
Gary Canham, 19, will begin training for his freshman season with the Walsh University Cavaliers (North Canton, Ohio) men’s soccer team in August after recently signing a scholarship offer from the university. The Cavaliers play within the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA Division 2).
How a Toronto high school soccer team plans to help Attawapiskat – CBC
One of Toronto’s top high school soccer teams is hoping to play a road game this summer — all the way in Attawapiskat. The Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School Royals decided to help after hearing about a series of attempted suicides in the remote northern Ontario community this spring.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
SAINT LOUIS FC vs. WFC2
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 5:00 PM
WORLDWIDE TECHNOLOGY PARK, ST.LOUIS, MO.
Rising Whitecaps FC 2 visit high-powered Saint Louis FC tonight – Whitecaps FC
Building off a big rivalry win against Timbers 2 on Friday night, Whitecaps FC 2 (6W-0L-2D) visit Saint Louis FC (4W-3L-2D) tonight at World Wide Technology Park for what could possibly be the toughest test yet for head coach Alan Koch’s fast-developing side.
USL Preview: Saint Louis FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 – USL
A top-four clash in the USL’s Western Conference is set for Wednesday night as Saint Louis FC hosts Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 looking to hand the conference leaders their first defeat of the season.
Fatawu Safiu named to USL Team of the Week after a triumphant return to Portland – Whitecaps FC
Striker Fatawu Safiu was named to the USL Team of the Week after his spectacular performance on Friday, leading Whitecaps FC 2 to a 3-1 win over Timbers 2 in his first return to Portland, the league announced on Tuesday.
Match Report: Harrisburg City Islanders 2 – 1 TFC II – Toronto FC
The Young Reds weren’t able to arrest their losing slide as Harrisburg City Islanders continued their winning streak, coming out 2-1 victors at Clipper Magazine Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Fordyce, Watson selected to NASL Team of the Week – FC Edmonton
Eddies all-time leading scorer Fordyce, captain Watson named to NASL Team of the Week following 1-0 win
Niko Kranjcar courted by clubs in Britain, France, Italy and MLS – The Telegraph
Reports that Niko Kranjcar, the Croatian playmaker, is on the brink of a move to Glasgow Rangers are premature, The Telegraph has learned. Kranjcar has returned to form and fitness in recent months following his move to NASL club New York Cosmos.
NASL: Winless Miami FC signs Lahoud – Soccer America
NASL expansion club Miami FC, the only winless team eight weeks into the spring season, has acquired midfielder Michael Lahoud from MLS’s Philadelphia Union.
The Miami FC: Breaking The Bank – Midfield Press
The Miami FC are only seven games into their inaugural season and they sit at the bottom of the table with just three points accumulated. Although the team may be struggling to get the results on the pitch, one can’t deny that the front office staff is throwing everything they have at bringing in proven talent.
From Manchester City to Oklahoma: how a rejected footballer kept the dream alive – The Guardian
It was a momentous walk for all of us: the first action on the first night in Tulsa Roughnecks history. For me, it proved the last, improbable leg of a 14-year journey that had transported me 4,000 miles from my English home. At 22 years old, after a sequence of rejection and lateral footballing progress, my professional debut had finally arrived.
Sports Our Blog, Our Club: The Future of Nashville Soccer – Nashville Scene
The big question is, what does the news of the new USL franchise mean for Nashville FC? On the face of things it seems to be a net positive. It doesn’t take a big leap to see that NFC already has a foothold on the soccer-dom of Nashville.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Where to watch the UEFA Women’s Champions League final – UEFA
Fans can enjoy the UEFA Women’s Champions League final across the world on Thursday thanks to UEFA’s broadcast partners and digital coverage on UEFA.com and UEFA.tv. Kickoff is 9:00 am PDT.
Lyon, Wolfsburg set to battle for UWCL crown – Equalizer
On Thursday two of Europe’s biggest clubs will clash as both look to become the first side to claim three UEFA Women’s Champions League titles. The little known 20,000 capacity Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy, will host French double winners Lyon and German Pokal Cup winners Wolfsburg in the finale of Europe’s biggest competition. The match sees a repeat of the 2013 final, where Wolfsburg ran out 1-0 winners at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, thanks to a solitary penalty from the now retired, Martina Muller.
Olympique Lyonnais vs VfL Wolfsburg Preview: Europe’s elite do battle for continental crown – Vavel
Nine months of European football will come to an end tomorrow evening, when Olympique Lyonnais and VfL Wolfsburg contest the 15th UEFA Women’s Champions League final at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Dickenmann and Bussaglia: Wolfsburg’s Lyon link – UEFA
Less than a year after leaving Lyon for Wolfsburg, Lara Dickenmann and Élise Bussaglia will face their old club in Thursday’s final – they are certainly ready for the showdown.
Sporting Club Albion and Brighton have licence to thrill – The FA
Sporting Club Albion and Brighton & Hove Albion do battle to be crowned National champions on Sunday and if their March meeting is anything to go by we are in for a cracker.
Christie Rampone not at fitness level to compete for Olympic spot – NBC Sports
Christie Rampone, the 40-year-old captain of the 2015 U.S. Women’s World Cup team, has yet to return to full fitness after December knee surgery and pulled out of a U.S. camp ahead of two pre-Olympic friendlies in June.
Sheffield FC have sights set on Women’s Super League spot – BT Sport
Sheffield FC have never been closer to boasting a top-flight side in their 159-year existence – and it is all thanks to the achievements of their women’s team.
England Women squad announced for the June Euro 2017 Qualifiers – Vavel
Mark Sampson has announced his 23-player squad, ready for the qualifiers against Serbia. England play Serbia at home at Adams Park on 4th June, and away on 7th June.
How Jordan is preparing to host the Women’s U17 World Cup – Al Arabiya
This September, Jordan will host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the biggest sporting event in the country’s history. Last week, during his visit to the capital Amman, Germany’s midfielder and Arsenal player Mesut Ozil met with the Jordanian female team as they’ve begun their preparations.
Panico: ‘I didn’t choose this sport, football chose me’ – UEFA
Patrizia Panico, the 41-year-old Italy player and UEFA Women’s Champions League final ambassador, opens up on her debut as a footballer and on the virtues of the sport.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Jose Mourinho: Image rights negotiations hold up Manchester United deal – BBC Sport
Negotiations over Jose Mourinho’s image rights are delaying him becoming the new Manchester United manager.
Manchester United still better off after Louis van Gaal – Vavel
After being dismissed by Manchester United this week, Louis van Gaal will depart with his head held high knowing that he has left the club in a better state than which he found it following the departure of David Moyes.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants £220,000-a-week to join Manchester United – The Guardian
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told Manchester United he is keen to join them but wants €15m (£11.3m) per season to do so. José Mourinho is considering making a concrete offer for the out-of-contract 34-year-old but has not made a final decision yet.
Champions League final 2016: Real Madrid finally have a true rival in Atletico Madrid – The Telegraph
“Wanted,” read the banner unfurled by Real Madrid supporters after another routine win over Atlético: “Serious rival for a proper derby. Apply here.”
Rafael Benitez stays as Newcastle United manager – BBC Sport
Rafael Benitez is staying as Newcastle United manager after signing a new three-year contract following their relegation from the Premier League.
Sydney FC’s ACL hopes crushed thanks to last-minute Shandong heartbreaker – Sydney Morning Herald
While the final score was a draw, it felt like a devastating loss for the home side and will be remembered as such. Shandong – who can hardly buy a win in the Chinese Super League – are now just a few games away from being Asian champions.
The Bandinis 2016: an utterly exhaustive review of the Serie A season – The Guardian
“Infinite Juve,” boomed one front-page headline on Sunday. Given that it belonged to the Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, you can assume that it was intended in a celebratory tone. Juventus had just done the double, again, reaffirming their hegemony over Italian football. Their fifth consecutive Serie A title had already been sealed weeks ago.
Andrew Warshaw: FIFA’s knight with the long knife – Inside World Football
First Domenico Scala, now Markus Kattner. Two big fish with key roles to play in monitoring FIFA’s good governance. Yet both gobbled up in deadly, shark-infested waters within the space of a few days under the new regime of Gianni Infantino.
Wembley development plan puts supporters at risk and is a ‘recipe for disaster’ claims FA – The Telegraph
The FA argues the change would see fans leaving Wembley funnelled “like cattle” down narrow streets in what would amount to a “kettling pen”, thereby risking “public disorder” of the kind which saw Manchester United’s team coach attacked before this month’s final match at Upton Park.
Germany’s far right outraged that blond boy on ‘Kinder’ chocolate is replaced – Toronto Star
Ferrero changed the packaging ahead of this summer’s European Championships with photos of some German soccer players of migrant origin as children.