SPORTING KANSAS CITY vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #8
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018, 6:00 PT
CHILDREN’S MERCY PARK, KANSAS CITY, KA.
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Match Preview: Sporting Kansas City v Vancouver Whitecaps – will the road warriors bounce back or will it be three losses in a row? – AFTN
We are now over a month into the 2018 MLS season, and the Whitecaps have hit a bit of a rut. After two straight victories to open the year the ‘Caps have gone 1-3-1 over their last five, have only scored four goals during that time and have been held scoreless in two straight home games. A punchless 2-0 loss to LAFC was another disappointing outing in a recent run that has included too many of them, and the ‘Caps will have to turn the ship around soon if they want to keep their hold on a top-tier spot in the West.
Whitecaps Game Day: Caps looking to have a Blondell moment – Montreal Gazette
The Whitecaps will be happy if they get booed Friday night. The Caps, losers of two straight games, were booed off the field after their 2-0 loss to LAFC at B.C. Place Stadium last week, but get a little reprieve from the pressures of playing at home when they travel to Kansas City to take on Sporting. It’s no easy task, though, as SKC lead the Western Conference and are unbeaten in six games.
‘Caps look to bounce back on the road – Red Nation Online
Whitecaps FC will be looking to avoid any spring snowstorms as they head out to the midwest to take on MLS western conference leaders, Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park on Friday night. The 3-3-1 Caps will be in for quite a test as 4-1-2 Sporting Kansas City are in top form and firing on all cylinders.
The Tactical Ways of Carl Robinson – Eighty-Six Forever
Seven matches into the 2018 MLS season, we have a lot of the same from Carl Robinson’s Vancouver Whitecaps. Is that enough though?
‘Caps to wear limited edition jerseys made from ocean plastic for Earth Day – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be donning adidas Parley jerseys made from recycled ocean plastic in conjunction with MLS Works this Friday in Kansas City.
MLS Disciplinary: Vancouver Whitecaps’ Felipe simulation-embellishment – MLS
The Disciplinary Committee has found Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Felipe guilty of simulation/embellishment in the 90+ minute of Vancouver’s match against LAFC. As a result, Felipe has been fined an undisclosed amount.
MLS at Week 8: Galaxy host Atlanta, NYCFC aims to stay unbeaten out west – NBC Sports
A full weekend of MLS action kicks off on Friday night with two of the Western Conference’s elite, while Saturday and Sunday feature a number of quality matchups.
Reports: Montreal Impact in talks with Spanish striker Fernando Torres – MLS
The Montreal Impact and Chicago Fire have competed for big-name players before, most memorably Didier Drogba. Now it seems that both clubs may be in the running for Fernando Torres.
Impact hoping to turn season around at Saputo Stadium – Montreal Gazette
The Impact have had five head coaches during their seven seasons in Major League Soccer, but one thing hasn’t changed — they have problems winning on the road.
Los Angeles FC-Impact Preview – Fox Sports
Home is where the heart is. The Montreal Impact hope it’s also where the points are.
Ciman gets chance to pay back Montreal Impact for surprise trade to LAFC – Estevan Mercury
Defender Laurent Ciman is about to get his chance to take revenge on the Montreal Impact.
The Houston Dynamo look to regain home form against visiting Toronto FC – Dynamo Theory
The reigning MLS Cup champions Toronto FC are coming to town Saturday afternoon as the Houston Dynamo hope to get their first win since their home opener last month.
Tata: Atlanta United vs. LA Galaxy a clash of methodologies, philosophies – MLS
As Atlanta United prepare to face the Galaxy Saturday, Greg Garza told the media earlier this week that he wasn’t surprised by Ibrahimovic’s sensational debut.
New York City Hope to Stay Undefeated in Portland – Prost Amerika
With all the rumors circulating in New York right now about a new soccer specific stadium being built to house New York City Football Club in the Bronx it is easy to lose site of the really impressive streak being created. NYCFC is undefeated through seven games and will be looking to extend their best start in club history this weekend against a tough Portland Timbers team.
PSV/MLS File Motion to Dismiss Modell Lawsuit – Socceresq
The moment we’ve been waiting for has finally…belatedly…arrived. Precourt Sports Ventures and Major League Soccer have finally filed their motion to dismiss the Modell lawsuit. The brief is, as expected, 25 pages and cites a number of constitutional arguments for dismissal.
Chicago Fire venue to be renamed SeatGeek Stadium – NBC Sports
For years, the Eastern Conference side has played its home matches at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, but starting next season the Fire’s home turf will be called SeatGeek Stadium as part of a rebrand.
BC SOCCER NEWS
2018 BC Provincial A Cup gets underway this weekend as VMSL looks to continue dominance – AFTN
Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) teams have won the last seven titles, with Club Inter lifting the famous old trophy at Burnaby Lake last May. Can a Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL) or Fraser Valley Soccer League (FVSL) side stop the VMSL dominance this year and become the first team since islanders Gorge FC in 2010 to win the cup? Well it’s going to be a tall order, but that’s the beauty of cup football.
Coastal FC to begin provincial run Saturday in South Surrey – Surrey Now-Leader
Two weeks after adding a Soccer City Premier League Cup to their trophy case, Coastal FC’s men’s soccer team is set to take aim at an even bigger prize – a provincial championship.
Teams ramp up for provincials – Burnaby Now
The local soccer scene has a number of contenders still alive in the sweet-16 section in a variety of divisions, while the EDC Burnaby under-21 men are among the final 12 teams vying for a spot at next month’s finals.
RASA rivals square off in Provincial Cup quarter-finals Friday at Boyd – Richmond Now
It will be a rematch between the Richmond Adult Soccer Association’s Don Taylor League Cup finalists Friday night when West Coast F.C. takes on the Graduates in Keith Miller Provincial “B” Cup quarter-final action.
Langley teen signs with Vancouver Whitecaps – Surrey Now-Leader
He is barely old enough to drive and still has a couple years until he graduates high school, but Simon Colyn is on his way to playing soccer professionally.
Highlanders Making all the Right Moves – Northern Starting XI
The Victoria Highlanders have made a lot of moves during their off-season. Most of them have been fantastic, and if I were lucky enough to still be living in Victoria, I would be really stoked about the upcoming season. Heck, I’m stoked anyways despite being half-way across the country now.
Get To Know Your TSS Rovers: Connor Glennon – AFTN
Connor Glennon will be one eight Simon Fraser University Clan players on the TSS Rovers squad for the upcoming PDL season.
U18 Riptide playing in Coastal Cup semi-final this weekend – Campbell River Mirror
The U18 Girls Riptide played the Upper Island Storm on Saturday in the league semi finals, winning 2-1.
Top 10: Sardis Falcons grab No. 1 spot in B.C. girls soccer ranks after Riverside upsets Centennial – Varsity Letters
PoCo’s Riverside Rapids have cut short the stay of crosstown rival Centennial atop the B.C. senior girls AAA high school soccer rankings.
Forfeit first blemish for soccer Hyacks – New Westminster Record
After just over two weeks of league play, the New Westminster Hyacks haven’t lost a game on the pitch yet. They did lose one on the schedule, though.
Sechelt GP leading Canada’s team at soccer tourney – Coast Reporter
Dr. Paul Dhillon’s soccer career may have humble origins but the local general practitioner is gearing up to lead team Canada at the World Medical Football Championship this July in Prague.
Girls soccer team kicks off at Sooke school – Goldstream Gazette
Edward Milne Community School has a girls soccer team for the first time in about eight years.
Prince George Joins Physical Literacy Initiative – CKPG
The goal of the initiative is to increase physical activity for local children and youth while developing their physical knowledge.
2018 BC Adult Provincial Championships Schedule & Results – BCSA
Schedules, Brackets & Results for the 2018 BC Provincial Championships.
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 sale – Victoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.
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
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, 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
Watch: Canada begins journey to Uruguay 2018 at the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship – CSA
Canada will open the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship this Friday in a Group B match against Caribbean opponent Bermuda. The Friday 20 April match is the first of three group matches in five days for the young Canadian team in Managua, Nicaragua.
Two provinces and two territories make Futsal Canadian Championship debut – CSA
For the very first time in any Canada Soccer national competition, Nunavut made their Futsal Canadian Championship debut along with Alberta, Mantioba, and Yukon on Day One of the 2018 Futsal Canadian Championship from Kingston, ON. Manitoba’s Winnipeg Rovers FC earned three points in their 17:2 victory over Rankin FC from Nunavut while perennial favourites Quebec and Ontario led the way. The eight team format includes five additional teams from 2017 with last year’s champions Sporting Montréal FC joining as Quebec 2 to round out Group B.
Yukon Selects FC gearing up for 2018 Futsal Canadian Championship – Yukon News
‘You wouldn’t anticipate as many things from anywhere with remotely the same size of population’
We’re Getting a Better Idea of What the Canadian Premier League Will Look Like – Eighty-Six Forever
With 10-teams slated to make their debut next year, it leaked last week that CPL has trademarked six names, giving eagle-eyed observers a good sense of which markets will get an expansion team.
Pro Soccer Player Shares Heart-Stopping Story – NC Register
Drew Beckie recovers from mysterious illness that caused cardiac arrest.
RDCSA new executive director brings wealth of soccer experience – Red Deer Advocate
The Red Deer City Soccer Association has found their man to guide the organization forward. They decided on Greg Kern, 54, who played professional soccer with the Montreal Manics of the North American Soccer League and also suited up for 12 caps with Team Canada between 1987-1992.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC home opener at TD Place – Apt613
After a disappointing three game road trip to start the 2018 USL season, Ottawa Fury FC is looking to come home and make TD Place what it once was: a fortress.
USL Week 6: A Look Ahead – SBI
This week, USL will feature a some cross-conference matches as the season continues to roll on.
Eastern Conf. Notebook — Penn, Battery Ready For Rematch – USL
After playing early in the season, Penn FC and Charleston Battery meet again this Saturday night at FNB Field, which also served as Penn’s first home opener since the club’s new look and identity was unveiled this offseason.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Women’s World Cup Countdown: Brazil qualifies for eighth straight time – Soccer America
Brazil became the first team from South America to qualify for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France when it beat Argentina, 3-0, at the Copa America Femenina in Chile.
AFC Women’s Asian Cup draw to close with Japan defending title against Australia – Inside World Football
The AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018 concludes tonight in Amman, Jordan, with Australia facing reigning champions Japan. The final will follow on from the play-off for third place between China and tournament surprise package Thailand.
Forward or midfielder? Mallory Pugh gives the Spirit options – The Equalizer
A month ago, the North Carolina Courage dominated the Washington Spirit 3-0 in each teams’ last tune-up before the regular season. Last Saturday was, of course, a different affair, despite the end result being the same. In the most recent meeting, the Spirit got off to a quick start and forced the Courage to concede its first goal of the year. Washington’s success was short-lived, however, as North Carolina would score two goals to close the first half and take a lead they never relinquished.
#SBSSWPL 2018 Preview – 22/04/18 – Scottish WPL
It’s fifth versus sixth in Edinburgh as these two teams come into the match with contrasting results from last Sunday.
Millwall Lionesses the next victim of professionalisation in women’s football – RealSport 101
Once again, this shows the financial insecurity inherent within the womens’ game as it stands.
Shaping the future of the women’s game in Asia – FIFA
The FIFA-AFC Conference for Women’s Football – a unique event featuring General Secretaries and Heads of Women’s Football from 38 of the Member Associations within the AFC – proved to be a hotbed of ideas for the development of women’s football in Asia.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Arsene Wenger ends 22-year run at Arsenal – CBC
Arsene Wenger is leaving Arsenal after 22 seasons in charge against the backdrop of growing disillusionment from fans as the team struggles to compete for the Premier League title.
Arsène Wenger: his landmark Arsenal games – UEFA
Arsène Wenger has been in charge of more than 1,200 Arsenal games – we pick out the landmark moments.
Time for Arsenal fans to give Arsène Wenger the send-off he deserves – The Guardian
Arsène Wenger’s departure is a relief to many Arsenal fans but the final home games of the season should see him cheered to the rafters. His achievements deserve nothing less.
Replacing Wenger: The contenders to take over at Arsenal – Sportsnet
The turbulent last five years at Manchester United should act as a cautionary tale to the board at Arsenal as the club looks to hire a new manager for the first time this century.
Bob Lenarduzzi: Spurs aiming to rattle ‘cagey United’ in FA Cup semis – The Province
The FA Cup semifinals are this weekend as Manchester United faces Tottenham on Saturday, while Chelsea plays Southampton on Sunday. Both games are at Wembley, which gives Spurs the home advantage of sorts.
European Weekend Preview: Juventus hosts Napoli, Sevilla faces Barcelona, and more – SBI
For most of this season it looked like Napoli would run off with the Serie A title after a dominant start. However, the script has been changed with defending champions Juventus currently leading the table by four points over their opponents this weekend.
Dortmund and Bayer look to rebound from defeats in Saturday’s Topspiel – Fussballstadt
Two teams with Champions League ambitions will be facing each other at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK in Dortmund Saturday evening. Furthermore, both Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen will be looking to compensate for heavy defeats.
Paris left to chase records with title won – Ligue 1
Having secured the Ligue 1 Conforama title in style last weekend, Paris Saint-Germain are now looking to break records as they head to Girondins de Bordeaux on Sunday evening.
Fenerbahce v Besiktas: Turkish Cup semi-final abandoned after Senol Gunes hit on head – BBC Sport
Fenerbahce and Besiktas’ Turkish Cup semi-final second leg was abandoned after the visitors’ boss Senol Gunes was hit on the head by an object thrown from the crowd.
How Millwall became the Championship’s surprise package – The Telegraph
Millwall go into Friday night’s game with Fulham on the back of a 17-game unbeaten run that has taken them from 19th to sixth in the Championship, with the final play-off spot in their hands. Despite having one of the smallest budgets and average gates in the division, no star players, and the lingering threat of losing their stadium, Millwall are in with a shot at the big time.
France veteran Malouda loses appeal in Gold Cup case – NBC Sports
Former France winger Florent Malouda has lost his appeal against being ruled ineligible to play for French Guiana at the 2017 Gold Cup.
Premier League clubs hit £1 billion operating profit mark – Inside World Football
Premier League clubs generated record operating profits of around £1 billion on aggregate revenues of £4.5 billion, according to Deloitte, in its latest piece of financial analysis on England’s top tier.
FIFA’s handling of racism case sparks Russia World Cup fears – Sportsnet
FIFA’s willingness to prosecute any racism complaints at the World Cup in Russia was questioned by activists Thursday after the governing body dropped a case from the final of the Under-17 edition without taking action.
FIFA reform guru and Congo FA boss Omari released on bail over $1m embezzlement probe – Inside World Football
Constant Omari, the Democratic Republic of Congo football association president and one-time FIFA reform official arrested as part of an embezzlement probe in his country, has been released on bail for health reasons after being held for 21 hours.
Swiss prosecutor appeals for co-operation on FIFA case file – London Free Press
Switzerland’s attorney general has a message for his foreign counterparts as his office pores over reams of seized documents and dozens of criminal cases linked to FIFA: “Come to us.”
Bocanegra, Hucles to chair USSF technical development group – NBC Sports
Former U.S. men’s captain Carlos Bocanegra and retired women’s midfielder Angela Hucles will chair a new technical development committee established by the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Premier League clubs unite to honour refugees’ contribution as Football Welcomes doubles in size from last year – The Independent
Twelve Premier League sides will celebrate the anniversary of child refugees arriving in the UK during the Spanish Civil War who made a notable impact on professional football.