VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. PORTLAND TIMBERS
MLS MATCHDAY #11
SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016, 2:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
TV: TSN 1 RADIO: TSN 1040 LIVESTREAM: TSN GO
Whitecaps coach dresses down struggling squad – The Province
Carl Robinson rarely gets riled up in practice. If he scolds his players, it happens almost exclusively in the privacy of the Whitecaps’ locker-room. Tuesday, the Caps’ coach was the most animated he’s been this season — publicly anyway.
Are Any Extra Cheers or Jeers in Store for Darren Mattocks? – Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps faithful should see a familiar face when the Portland Timbers and Whitecaps square off at BC Place on Saturday, as striker Darren Mattocks is set to make his first visit since he was traded in March. Mattocks was the Whitecaps second overall SuperDraft pick in 2012 and though he had an impressive rookie season, he wasn’t able to find any consistency offensively and eventually found himself pushed further down the depth chart.
Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson named MLS Player of the Week – Oregonian
Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson has been named MLS Player of the Week for his performance in Portland’s 2-1 win over Toronto FC Sunday.
Colorado Rapids sit in first place in MLS for first time since 2012 – MLS
It has been a dream start to the season for Pablo Mastroeni and the Colorado Rapids, placing themselves on top of the Western Conference standings. It has been awhile since that last occurred, four years to be exact.
Report: Panama striker Gabriel Torres linked with DC United, Orlando City – MLS
Panamanian forward Gabriel Torres might soon be making his way back to MLS, but not with the Colorado Rapids, his former club. Torres has been linked with a potential move to D.C. United and Orlando City, according to a report out of Panama over the weekend. The 27-year-old striker is also rumored to be drawing interest from Fluminense FC in Brazil and an unknown German Bundesliga club.
Eight-Game Road Trip Turned Out to be a Blessing in Disguise for Toronto FC –Waking the Red
To start the 2016 season, however, Toronto FC were allowed to leave all of those critics behind. Renovations to BMO Field meant the team spent the first two months of the season playing away from home. It was a trip seen as a difficult test for the team. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
TFC notebook: Vanney pleased where Reds are right now – Sportsnet
Toronto FC was back in training on Tuesday ahead of its home opener against FC Dallas this weekend.
BMO Field ready for Toronto FC home opener with new canopy, lights and sound system – Battlefords Now
Thanks to the co-operation of Mother Nature and a lot of hard labour, BMO Field will be open for business as planned Saturday.
Columbus Crew SC set to add Panamanian midfielder Christian Martinez – MLS
Columbus Crew SC are in need of some help, and they look to soon be getting some in the form of a promising Panamanian teenager.
Real Salt Lake: Long-awaited field renovation underway at Rio Tinto Stadium – Salt Lake Tribune
Dan Farnes paced around the concrete exterior to the field he tended to season after season. It’s now temporarily home to the bulldozers that push the remaining mounds of dirt, clearing way for the second field installation in Rio Tinto Stadium’s eight-year history.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Assessing the Pinnacles – Penticton Western News
Cesar Ceppi, the new Penticton Pinnacles coach, knows the challenge that faces him. As the Pinnacles get set to open the Pacific Coast Soccer League season, his focus is on teaching his players how they should play the game.
LMG bows out of B.C. tournament – Cowichan Valley Citizen
It will be at least one more year before Cowichan LMG can call themselves B.C. champions. Despite being the dominant senior men’s soccer team on Vancouver Island over the last six years, a provincial championship has proven elusive.
Burnaby boys shine in BC Provincial B Cup quarter-finals – AFTN
It was a great weekend for Burnaby based teams in this year’s Provincial B Cup (Keith Millar Cup) quarter-finals, with three sides making it through to the semi-finals.
KYSA round-up to May 1, 2016 – Kamloops This Week
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association’s under-14 Blaze girls played to a pair of victories in Thompson-Okanagan Youth Soccer League (TOYSL) action on the weekend, improving to 5-0 on the season.
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
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
As Vancouverite vies for top soccer post, critics call for improved sports transparency – Business in Vancouver
On May 12 in Mexico City, Vancouver insurance executive Victor Montagliani could become one of the world’s most powerful soccer bosses.
Canadian futsal team looks to beat Americans, join CONCACAF championship field – CJFC
Canada’s futsal team looks to buck the odds and take a step forward on the world stage Wednesday when it opens a two-game series against the U.S. in Costa Rica.
NWSL Week 3 recap: How the Canadians did – Sportsnet
Diana Matheson was the talk of the National Women’s Soccer League in Week 3.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 vs. TULSA ROUGHNECKS
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 7:00 PM
THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, UBC
Whitecaps FC 2 host Tulsa Roughnecks FC on a ‘day that will long be remembered’ – Whitecaps FC
Sitting second in the Western Conference after a lengthy road trip, Whitecaps FC 2 (3W-0L-2D) head home to face Tulsa Roughnecks FC (1W-4L-1D) on Star Wars Night on Wednesday. Kickoff at Thunderbird Stadium is set for 7 p.m
USL Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC – USL
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 will try to maintain its undefeated start to the season on Wednesday night when it hosts a Tulsa Roughnecks FC side that has lost its past two contests.
Ben McKendry named USL Player of the Week after 35-yard wonder goal – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver native Ben McKendry was named the USL Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday. The first team player on loan to Whitecaps FC 2 scored his first goal of the season in grand fashion last Wednesday, finding the net from 35 yards out to help the young ‘Caps to a 2-1 comeback win at Swope Park Rangers.
USL Week 7 Preview: Teams Hope to Move Up the Table – Empire of Soccer
Situations are looking dire for teams at the bottom of each conference, especially for FC Montreal who have played five games and suffered five losses. Last season the results weren’t present but the team had some spectacular efforts. This season, they appear to be a bit flatter as the sophmore slump has hit them hard. In the west, the Tulsa Roughnecks have had the same issues, with only one win in four games.
FC Edmonton look to maintain momentum on the road – Edmonton Sun
FC Edmonton had to cool their heels after playing their best game of the North America Soccer League Spring Season.
Rowdies Set to Sign Former England National Team Star Joe Cole – Unused Subs
The Unused Substitutes has confirmed through multiple sources that former English national team national team veteran Joe Cole has signed a deal with the club. The move to secure the 34-year-old attacker has been in the works for months now, and he could be available for selection by the home match against Rayo OKC on May 14 if his visa and International Transfer Certificate are approved in time.
Crowd Count: NASL openers down 37 percent – Soccer America
Only two of the nine returning NASL teams — its two Canadian teams, Ottawa and FC Edmonton — had larger crowds for their home openers in 2016 than in 2015. The average for the home openers of the nine teams was 5,575, down from 8,882 in 2015, a decrease of 37 percent year-over-year.
Cosmos academy vision taking shape after U.S. Soccer approves DA status – SBI
Since their rebirth, the New York Cosmos have set out to create an academy to rival any in the world. Boasting a grand vision of a state-of-the-art in-house academy program, the Cosmos’ efforts took a major step forward with the introduction of the Under-13 and Under-14 age groups.
Developing lower division sides in Canada and the United States – Backpage Football
Whether it is the supporters of Detroit City F.C. showing up in the tens of thousands to a league match or FC Chattanooga drawing 18,000 supporters for an NPSL match there are little hints or signs that the game is growing.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Orlando Pride Completes Roster with Signing of Brazilian-American Leah Fortune – Orlando City
Orlando Pride has filled its 20th and final roster spot, signing Brazilian-American midfielder Leah Fortune. Per team and league policies, details of the contract were not disclosed.
Showtime in Belarus as Women’s U17 finals begin – UEFA
Hosts Belarus play fellow newcomers Serbia while holders Spain face a heavyweight duel with Germany – making for a busy opening day of WU17 EURO action in Minsk and beyond.
Andrew Warshaw: UEFA flexes its political manliness over women’s election – Inside World Football
How else can one explain the totally illogical move, by a 33-21 majority, to vote for Florence Hardouin of France (Florence Who?) as the first elected female member of UEFA’s executive committee in preference to Norway’s Karen Espelund, who for the last five years has worked tirelessly as the voice of European women’s football?
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Manchester City equipped for Real Madrid after learning from past faults – The Guardian
Manuel Pellegrini’s team displayed a newfound assuredness against Paris Saint-Germain but they will need to be at their best to defeat the 10-times winners in their Champions League semi-final second leg.
UCL Rewind: Atletico topples Bayern to reach final – SBI
Pep Guardiola’s Champions League pursuit with Bayern Munich has come to an end. Atletico Madrid’s chase is set to continue.
Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid – a tale of heart, guts and togetherness – The Guardian
It is not always easy to warm to Atlético’s antics but it took a supreme effort to beat Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich and seal a Champions League final place.
Pumas keeps Liga MX hopes alive; Atletico Nacional power past Huracan – ESPN FC
Pumas kept Liga MX’s Copa Libertadores hopes alive with a 2-0 win versus Venezuelan side Deportivo Tachira to secure a 2-1 aggregate success and passage to the quarterfinals.
Melbourne Victory join Sydney FC in Asian Cup last 16 – The Guardian
Australia will send two clubs to the knock-out phase of the Asian Champions League for the first time after Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC’s breakthrough triumphs on Tuesday night.
Dundee United: Mixu Paatelainen leaves as manager – BBC Sport
Mixu Paatelainen has left Dundee Utd with immediate effect after discussions over a financial package for his departure were concluded on Wednesday.
Portuguese police swoop on 22 clubs with suspected Russian crime links – Inside World Football
Portuguese police have carried out searches at several clubs, including Lisbon rivals Benfica and Sporting, as part of ‘Operation Matryoshka Dolls’, an investigation into suspected money laundering with possible links to Russian crime.
Jeffrey Webb: Former Fifa vice-president facing life ban from football – BBC Sport
Former Fifa vice-president Jeffrey Webb is facing a lifetime ban from football after Fifa’s ethics committee opened proceedings against him.
The Thai billionaire whose gamble on Leicester just paid off – The Guardian
Secretive and media-shy, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has risen to the top almost as fast as the Foxes and the £39m he paid for the club in 2010 now looks a steal.
World Cup winner Luca Toni announces retirement – Sportsnet
World Cup winner Luca Toni says he will retire after Sunday’s match against Serie A champion Juventus.
Fans pile bets on Burnley to win Premier League after Leicester’s shock success – Goal
Burnley started off at 5000/1 odds for 2016/17 after securing promotion this week. That has been cut to 1000/1 as unprecented numbers of bettors have taken a chance on the newcomers.