BC Soccer News, Weekend, April 13-15, 2018




FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018, 7:00 PM PT



Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps v Los Angeles FCAFTN
The NHL playoffs are upon us, and the Canucks have done the Whitecaps the wonderful favour of being an awful team, focusing all of Vancouver’s attention on BC Place as the lights go out at Rogers Arena until the fall.

Whitecaps Game Day: Harvey returns to B.C. in L.A. strip to face CapsThe Province
The Vancouver Whitecaps, looking to rebound from a 2-1 loss in Utah last Saturday, will hope for good things on this, Friday the 13th.

‘Caps looking for home field as the advantage against unbalanced LAFCRed Nation Online
The glitz and glamour that is Los Angeles FC take on 3-2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Friday night at B.C. Place. Bob Bradley’s expansion side have had an up and most recently downward start to MLS life. Vancouver will be looking to continue a losing trend for 2-2-1 LAFC who were thumped 5-0 to Atlanta United FC on Saturday.

Up-and-down LAFC looking to steady itself in VancouverLA Times
The expansion Los Angeles Football Club has seen a little bit of everything four games into its existence.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. LAFC: Match PreviewAngels on Parade
The show must go on. Los Angeles Football Club are coming off back to back tough results, but there is no time to dwell, as they have a short week and a trip to Vancouver upon them.

Broadcast alert: Coverage for Friday’s match to begin at 6:50 p.m. PT on TSN 1/3Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC host Los Angeles Football Club tonight at BC Place across the TSN network. On TSN 1 and 3, the broadcast will start at 6:50 p.m. PT ahead of the 7:01 p.m. PT kickoff, while TSN 4 and 5 will join following the conclusion of the 5 p.m. PT match between Philadelphia Union and Orlando City SC.

MLS at Week 7: Atlanta hosts NYCFC in massive East clashNBC Sports
Two Eastern Conference giants meet on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in a battle that could gauge which club is the king of MLS right now, while Week 7 kicked off with another impressive performance from an Eastern Conference side.

Impact’s Piatti ready to return after missing game with thigh injurySportsnet
The Montreal Impact are glad to have midfield star Ignacio Piatti back, especially with their other designated player Saphir Taider serving a suspension.

Off long MLS layoff, Toronto FC visits RapidsFox Sports
The Colorado Rapids opened their home schedule last month in the snow and cold. It wasn’t exactly the ideal weather for a soccer match, and things won’t be much better when they host Toronto FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday night in Commerce City, Colo.

Houston Dynamo look to get season back on track against San JoseDynamo Theory
It may be too early in the season to start calling games must wins but the Houston Dynamo need to start taking three points from games if they want to be in the playoffs come November. Similar records both the San Jose Earthquakes and Houston will be keen to get three points on Saturday night. Both of the Western Conference teams started off their 2018 season with a win but neither has won since with Houston sitting on a 1-2-1 record while San Jose sits on a 1-3-1 record.

FC Dallas looks to keep unbeaten start on the roadPro Soccer USA
FC Dallas will go on the road for the first time this season, traveling to Foxborough, Mass., Saturday to play the New England Revolution.

El Jefe Diego Valeri is backProst Amerika
We can state that he is definitely back. In the last two matches already scoring and with near shoots denied by the posts. El Jefe we can say his game and contributions are starting to make a difference in his squad. Still after their last weekend disappointment. Don Diego is ready to get back home and start delivering his magic. By looking forward to the comforts of home as well, lead his troops to net that elusive win.

How Orlando’s Mohamed El-Munir found pro soccer, and a way out of LibyaMLS
Need a feel-good story for your weekend? Check out this interview with Orlando City outside back Mohamed El-Munir.

Sporting KC signs 19-year-old midfielder Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal as Homegrown PlayerSporting KC
A holding midfielder, Kuzain becomes the first Sporting KC Homegrown signing to progress from the Sporting KC Academy to the Swope Park Rangers to the senior team.

A look behind murky MLS disciplinary system that took 25 days to further punish Sounders forward Clint Dempsey for red cardSeattle Times
Sounders forward Clint Dempsey has been suspended an additional game for a red card taken 25 days earlier: a delayed decision that’s caused much head-scratching amongst MLS fans ever-frustrated by the league’s murky disciplinary system.

Boxall at forefront of New Zealand’s increasing influence in booming MLSESPN
In its 23 years of existence, Major League Soccer has been home to just 18 players from New Zealand. Of those 18, eight are plying their trade in MLS right now. Not since 2011, when five Kiwis played in the U.S. and Canada, has the league been home to so many players from the Land of the Long White Cloud.

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TSS Rovers new addition Nick Soolsma looking to “help the team with my experience”AFTN
Nick Soolsma’s name will be known to most fans here for his two seasons spent with Toronto FC.

Victoria Highlanders: NCAA Divison 1 All-Conference Defender SignsHighlanders FC
The Highlanders are pleased to announce the return of NCAA Division 1 standout and local player Callum Montgomery. The Victoria native will be a key addition to a growing squad in preparation for the 2018 Premier Development League (PDL) season.

Dean Schutz wraps up his last season with ThunderbirdsCoast Reporter
Dean Schutz is a well known soccer figure on the Sunshine Coast, and after almost 20 years of coaching, he will retire from his eight-season career with the SCYSA U18 Boys team, the Thunderbirds.

2018 BC Adult Provincial Championships Schedule & ResultsBCSA
Schedules, Brackets & Results for the 2018 BC Provincial Championships.

PHOTOS: VMSL IMPERIAL CUP SEMIFINAL, Rino’s Tigers 3, Club Inter 2 (PKs), March 17, 2018 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.

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.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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.

FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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.

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FC Edmonton asking city for help with soccer stadiumCanoe
According to the City of Edmonton upcoming agenda, discussions will take place on a proposal by the local soccer club to renovate Clarke Stadium, which includes increasing seating capacity, adding more washroom facilities and expanding concessions.

Clarke Stadium renovations needed to give Edmonton ticket to new soccer leagueCBC
The league requires its teams to have a stadium with at least 7,000 seats, which would mean Clarke Stadium would need to be expanded from its current 4,153.

Big day for CanPL next Wednesday: City of Edmonton to discuss making changes to Clarke Stadium to benefit FC Edmontonthe11.ca
The City of Edmonton’s Community and Public Services Committee’s agenda for its April 18 meeting includes a discussion on “Support for Professional Soccer in Edmonton.”

RECAP: United 2026 Bid Technical Tour Day 3 – TorontoCSA
Having already visited Mexico City and Atlanta, FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force continued its technical tour of the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States on Thursday with a visit to Toronto—the third of four United Bid Candidate Host Cities that the Task Force will visit and evaluate during their trip.

VIDEO: Mayor Tory speaks about Toronto’s part in the ‘United 2026’ World Cup bidTSN
After it was announced that the United States, Mexico, and Canada have submitted a joint bid for the FIFA World Cup in 2026, Toronto Mayor John Tory speaks about what hosting the tournament would mean to the city of Toronto. While United 2026 Canadian Bid Director and General Secretary of the Canadian Soccer Association Peter Montopoli and TFC President Bill Manning also weigh in on what the bid means for Canada.

VIDEO: Soccer NS and the #WhyiPlay campaignGlobal
We check in with members of Soccer Nova Scotia to learn more about their recently launched campaign to put the fun back in soccer.

Berger, Harrison top Vikings athletesCamrose Canadian
Tara Berger went into Colour Night not knowing what to expect and left making history. The 23-year-old striker became the first soccer player to be named the University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings Female Athlete of the Year.

Stratford’s Kathrine McEwen to play soccer for Holland College HurricanesPEI Guardian
Stratford soccer player Kathrine McEwen will be carrying on the family tradition when she pulls on the Holland College Hurricanes jersey and takes to the pitch this fall.

Canham committed to the gameStandard-Freeholder
Ethan Canham wants to go as far as possible in the sport of soccer, wherever that may take him.

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Western Conf. Notebook — SAFC Runs With DarrenUSL
Orange County building positive momentum; Undefeated Lights FC, Republic FC set for battle.

No players, no fixtures: Paul Dalglish and his tumultuous time in MiamiThe Scotsman
Paul Dalglish had only been in his new job for a matter days when he found out that his new team had nowhere to play, no fixtures to look forward to, no league to call home. Miami FC were expected to be challengers in this season’s NASL having won both the spring and fall titles in 2017. But just one week before the 2018 campaign was due to start, the league, which acts as North American football’s second tier, cancelled its season.

USL Stadiums Provide Unique BackdropsUSL
Breathtaking views, bars, restaurants give fans plenty of entertainment in addition to on-field action.

VIDEO: Detroit FC – The StadiumYouTube
The Stadium is a story about the rebuilding and rebirth of an historic stadium by soccer fans across Detroit.


Portland Thorns ready for first home game as defending NWSL ChampionsOregonian
The Portland Thorns had a lot to celebrate last time they competed in front of their home fans at Providence Park as they knocked off the Orlando Pride in the playoffs to advance to the 2017 NWSL Championship Game. The club went on to win the NWSL Championship title.

Brianna Scurry on her return to soccer and why NWSL is differentThe Equalizer
Despite having the most successful team in the history of women’s international soccer, only a few former United States national team players have entered the coaching ranks in the professional game.

NC Courage Welcome Defender Cari Roccaro to 2018 Roster, Sign Midfielder Sarah Teegarden as National Team Replacement PlayerNC Courage
As the North Carolina Courage heads into Week 3 of the 2018 NWSL Season, the team has signed defender Cari Roccaro ahead of Saturday’s road trip matchup against the Washington Spirit. Additionally, the NC Courage has signed midfielder Sarah Teegarden as a National Team Replacement player.

Utah Royals hope to elevate women’s soccer league to historic levelsSalt Lake Tribune
Yes, the Utah Royals locker room is fancy. It’s brand new, connected to a training room and a lounge. It’s filled with amenities beyond necessity.

Thailand head for France 2019 – Japan, Korea and Australia battle for final slotsInside World Football
Thailand’s women became the second Asian Football Confederation (AFC) nation to qualify for the France 2019 Women’s World Cup with a 3-1 win over the Philippines that also put them into the semi-finals of the Asian Women’s Cup currently being played in Jordan.

Ethiopia excel in first round of African qualifyingFIFA
The road from Africa to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 is long and arduous and ends at the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana later this year, where the top three teams will advance to next year’s world finals.

#SBSSWPL 2018 Preview – 15/04/18Scottish WPL
It’s sixth versus seventh in SBSSWPL 1 and a win for either team will provide some added breathing room from bottom spot.

Joe Montemurro: Arsenal role ‘still surreal’ as lifelong fan bids for WembleyBBC Sport
Having stayed up late to watch re-runs of Match of the Day in the middle of Australian nights during his childhood as a Gunners fan, Joe Montemurro admits it is still “a bit surreal” to now be coaching Arsenal Women.

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Bob Lenarduzzi: Slumping Man City looks to put the boots to HotspurEdmonton Journal
Manchester City this season is still one of the most dominant English teams in recent memory, but with three big losses in a week, Pep Guardiola‘s squad looks tired and burned out.

European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leaguesNational Post
After Bayern Munich won the title last weekend, the big Bundesliga game this week is the Ruhr derby between second-place Schalke and third-place Borussia Dortmund in Gelsenkirchen on Sunday.

PSG a win away from title with Monaco in ParisLigue 1
Paris Saint-Germain know victory in Sunday’s Ligue 1 Conforama encounter with reigning champions AS Monaco will see them take back the crown from the principality club.

Europa League wrap: Arsenal advances, RB Salzburg completes furious comebackNBC Sports
The UEFA Europa League continued on Thursday afternoon, and there was drama all throughout the competition that provided for tremendous angst in the quarterfinals second legs.

Arsenal draws Atletico Madrid in Europa League semifinalsSportsnet
Arsenal will play two-time champion Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semifinals.

It’s Madrid vs. Bayern, Liverpool vs. Roma as Champions League sets semifinal matchupsThe Star
The first legs will be played on April 24-25, with the return games on May 1-2. The final is scheduled for May 26 at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine.

The Italian view on Liverpool vs Roma: After Barcelona win everything is possibleThe Telegraph
If Rome is the Eternal City, then AS Roma are the eternally unfulfilled. Few other cities exert more pressure on their football clubs, and Roma are often suffocated by expectations. At the slightest false step coach and players are put on trial.

Mohamed Salah scoops record-breaking third Player of the Month award during one seasonVavel
Mohamed Salah has been awarded with the Premier League Player of the Month award for March, breaking a record in the process.

Motherwell v Aberdeen: Alex McLeish & Craig Brown preview Scottish Cup semi-finalBBC Sport
Motherwell and Aberdeen have waited 27 and 28 years, respectively, to get their hands back on the Scottish Cup, so both clubs could be forgiven for thinking their time has come.

Martin Dubravka interview: From hyperactive ice-hockey goalkeeper to Newcastle cult hero – via a freak machete injuryThe Telegraph
You may not have heard much of Dubravka – that he has been a revelation on Tyneside, that he is yet to concede a goal at St James’ Park and has, without any real credit, been Newcastle United’s best signing of the season.

EFL: Several crunch games between promotion contendersBBC Sport
It goes without saying that in mid-April you are going to get pivotal weekends in the English Football League.

Niko Kovac leaves Eintracht Frankfurt to join BayernFussballstadt
The cat is out of the back. Two weeks after Thomas Tuchel supposedly turned down FC Bayern München the Rekordmeister have ended their hunt to find a replacement for Jupp Heynckes by signing Eintracht Frankfurt head coach Niko Kovac at the end of the season.

What new coach Niko Kovač will bring to BayernUEFA
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić was clear when asked why Bayern had opted for Niko Kovač to replace Jupp Heynckes as coach this summer: “He knows Bayern’s DNA,” came the swift reply.

Ventura Alvarado, Necaxa win Copa MX thanks to stunning Toluca own goalSBI
Wednesday night’s Copa MX was a wild one and, when all was said and done, Ventura Alvarado and Necaxa had claimed a trophy.

Sydney FC 1 Melbourne Victory 0: Bobo’s 27th strike seals victoryFour Four Two
Sydney FC cruised through their final A-League match of the regular season, beating Melbourne Victory with a goal from in-form Bobo.

French soccer commentator suspended for anti-gay commentsSportsnet
A French TV soccer commentator was suspended Friday for anti-gay comments directed at RB Leipzig players following their loss to Marseille in the Europa League quarterfinals.

FA Cup: Bookmaker fined £84,000 for Sutton goalkeeper Wayne Shaw’s ‘piegate’BBC Sport
The betting firm that offered odds on former Sutton reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw eating a pie on camera during an FA Cup match has been fined £84,000.

Infantino says it is time for a 24-team Club World Cup, but ducks the $25bn questionInside World Football
He is remaining tight-lipped about details of the $25 billion buyout offer for the Club World Cup and a global Nations League, but FIFA president Gianni Infantino was keen to expand on his plans for the Club World Cup.

Uruguay could demolish Centenario stadium for 2030 World CupNBC Sports
Uruguay may demolish the historic Centenario stadium as part of its bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

Premier League clubs vote to delay VAR in favour of more testsInside World Football
Despite football’s lawmakers giving it the thumbs up and the system being used at the World Cup, English Premier League clubs have voted not to use video assistant referees next season.

Could a Fifa esporter be coming to a League Two club near you?BBC Sport
“If a team in League One or League Two get a Fifa player they can attract a worldwide audience almost instantly, one they would never be able to attract before,” esports commentator Richard Buckley tells BBC Sport.

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