BC Soccer News, Weekend, April 5-7, 2019



FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019, 7:00 PM




Whitecaps hoping not to pay the penalty from “provocative” Ibrahimović AFTN
Let’s be honest. When Zlatan Ibrahimović signed for LA Galaxy last season, how many of you expected to see him turn out on the BC Place turf? I certainly didn’t, and when he went down with an apparent Achilles injury a few weeks ago, that prospect looked even slimmer.

Fewer than 1,000 tickets remaining for Friday’s match versus LA GalaxyWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Thursday that fewer than 1,000 tickets remain for Friday night’s home match against Western Conference rivals Los Angeles Galaxy.

Whitecaps insist they won’t be blinded Friday by L.A. Galaxy megastarThe Province
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is like a black hole. He attracts all the attention, all the eyes and, usually, all the goals.

Ibrahimovic back as hot Galaxy face struggling WhitecapsABC 30
The rebuilding Vancouver Whitecaps are still searching for their first win of the season, but it won’t come easy at home on Friday night against the L.A. Galaxy and, most likely, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Sparked by Jonathan dos Santos, LA Galaxy midfield firing on all cylindersMLS
League-wide attention might flow Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s way, for good reason, but the most important figure on the LA Galaxy is arguably Jonathan dos Santos – and his remarkable form has much to do with their fine start to the 2019 season.

MLS preview: DCU host LAFC in possible MLS Cup preview NBC Sports
Get ready for another busy weekend of MLS action, beginning Friday night.

LA Galaxy travel to Vancouver to face WhitecapsPro Soccer USA
The LA Galaxy will take on the Vancouver Whitecaps on Friday night at BC Place in Canada. The Whitecaps are still looking for their first win of the season, while the Galaxy are hoping to continue in the right direction. Here’s what you need to know heading into the match:

Monterrey puts Sporting KC on the ropes in 5-0 first-leg thrashingESPN
The lone remaining Major League Soccer team in the CONCACAF Champions League would need a major comeback to reach the finals.

Real Salt Lake draws from memory of previous road win in Seattle for upcoming game against Sounders Salt Lake Tribune
Real Salt Lake is still hunting for its first road win of the season. With six of the team’s first nine games away from Rio Tinto Stadium, it may be time for that to happen soon.

TFC’s Pozuelo will try to keep magic coming on heels of electrifying MLS debutToronto Sun
The fallout from Alejandro Pozuelo’s explosive Major League Soccer debut last Friday is still being felt around the soccer world.

Impact sets sights on rebound against NYCFC after Kansas City drubbingMontreal Gazette
Saturday’s encounter with New York City FC can’t come soon enough for coach Rémi Garde and the Montreal Impact.

MLS cult heroes: The players who stood out for reasons other than soccerESPN
In its 24th season, Major League Soccer is a relatively young league. It lacks the history of its contemporaries in Europe and South America, or even its rival sports in North America. Yet in that span of time, there have been a handful of players who have transcended the league’s limitations, players whose reputations have been woven into the fabric of MLS folklore.





SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019, 4:00 PM


Soccer Hall of Famer Jim Blundell, a prolific goal-scorer, dies at 79Medicine Hat News
Canada Soccer Hall of Famer Jim Blundell, a Vancouver forward who was one of the top goal-scorers in Canada in the 1960s, has died at the age of 79.

Nanaimo soccer players help Danish school to World Cup tournamentNanaimo News Now
A tweet from BC Soccer in 2018 changed life significantly for the Krynowsky family.

FVSL Pakenham Cup Finals WeekendBC Soccer Web
The 2018/19 season has reached its climax and we have determined the finalists for the FVSL two biggest prizes. After some great semi-finals, the Pakenham and Soccer City Premier League Cups will both be awarded on Cup Finals Day, Saturday April 6, at Cloverdale Athletic Park. We hope you will join us for a great day of football and, in case you missed them, we have all the details of how the four finalists reached the big day, as well as look ahead to the two finals, below.

The 2019 BC Soccer Web Super Schedule of Soccer in BC – BC Soccer Web
With so much soccer happening in BC this year, it’s getting tougher to keep track of the big matches and your favourite teams. BC Soccer Web has you covered! Here, in one spot, are the combined schedules for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Pacific FC, TSS Rovers and Highlanders FC. We’ll also be adding the WPSL teams, along with the marquee matches from the amateur ranks as those dates become set, so keep coming back for the latest updates.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.

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

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
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’s Beckie ready to face off against Man City teammates in friendlySportsnet
Janine Beckie will see plenty of familiar faces when she lines up for Canada against England in an international soccer friendly Friday in Manchester.

Canada to face England and Nigeria in preparation for the FIFA Women’s World CupCSA
Canada will face England in a rematch of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Quarterfinals and then face Nigeria three days later as all three teams make their final preparations ahead of France 2019 this summer. The Canada-England match will be played this Friday 5 April in front of a sold-out crowd at the Academy Stadium in Manchester, England.

Move over, Milano: CPL’s ‘sfilata di moda’ rivals fashion’s top billingsCanPL
At a secret, undisclosed location in downtown Toronto (which turned out to be an abandoned church), Canadian soccer royalty across all sectors came out to mingle, nibble on canapés, and sit front row for the highly anticipated Canadian Premier League kit reveal.

GALLERY: Here are all 14 inaugural CPL kitsCanPL
The Canadian Premier League’s inaugural kits have been revealed during a live show in Toronto and through satellite events across Canada, and with that, here is a full look at all 14 shirts, home and away, for each of the seven founding CPL clubs.

Winnipeg roots run deep for Valour FCWinnipeg Sun
Frederico Pena’s Winnipeg roots are easy to find. To discover Calum Ferguson’s, you have to do some digging.

Jeff Paulus on FC Edmonton PreseasonLWOS
FC Edmonton is into week four of training camp as they prepare for the upcoming Spring Season. The inaugural season kicks off in Winnipeg on May 4 at Investors Group Field against Valour FC.

Forge inks former L1O top scorer Anthony Novak, defender Klaidi CelaLeague1 Ontario
Forge FC announced the signing of forward Anthony Novak and defender Klaidi Cela on Wednesday.

HFX Wanderers add two Canadian wingersChronicle Herald
The HFX Wanderers FC have boosted their attacking options with the signing of a pair of speedy wingers — 28-year-old Mohamed Kourouma and 19-year-old Abd-El-Aziz Yousef.


After two bye-weeks, the Ottawa club is eager to get back in action this Saturday, April 6, as it hosts powerhouse Nashville SC for the 2019 Home Opener at TD Place

Minnesota United loans out Canadian goalkeeper Dayne St. Claire to USL teamNational Post
Minnesota United has loaned Canadian goalkeeper Dayne St. Claire and three others to Forward Madison FC of USL League One.

Match Preview: LA Galaxy II looking for back-to-back wins at home as they host Tulsa Roughnecks FCLA Galaxy
LA Galaxy II (2-2-0, 6 points) host Tulsa Roughnecks FC (3-1-1, 10 points) at Dignity Health Sports Park Track & Field Stadium on Saturday.

LAFC Loan Watch: Phillip Ejimadu starts again as FC Tucson lose to Tormenta FCAngels on Parade
One of Los Angeles Football Club’s on-loan players, goalkeeper Phillip Ejimadu, was in action on Wednesday as his FC Tucson side took on South Georgia Tormenta FC in the teams’ second-ever USL League One game, with Tormenta FC coming away with a 3-1 win.

TFC II set to kickoff USL League One seasonWaking the Red
2019 looks to be very different from those that have come before for Toronto FC II.

With USL League One opener, Forward Madison FC’s focus changes from building to competingMadison State Journal
Madison’s professional soccer team was unveiled last May, but at that point it was really just a framework.

U.S. Soccer, ESPN+ Reach Multi-Year Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup AgreementUSL
U.S. Soccer announced on Friday it had reached an have reached an exclusive, multi-year media rights agreement with ESPN+ for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s national championship for clubs and the longest-running domestic cup competition in the United States. All U.S. Open Cup matches from the First Round through the Final will air exclusively on ESPN+, the direct-to-consumer sports streaming service, beginning this year and running through the 109th edition of the tournament in 2022. The deal, negotiated by SUM on behalf of U.S. Soccer, includes rights in all languages.


United States Beats Australia 5-3 as Alex Morgan Scores 100th Career GoalBleacher Report
The No. 1 U.S. women’s national team took to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park pitch against No. 6 Australia on Thursday night and left Commerce City, Colorado, with a 5-3 victory.

Orlando Pride trade 2020 draft pick for North Carolina Courage defender Morgan ReidPro Soccer USA
The Orlando Pride acquired defender Morgan Reid from the North Carolina Courage in exchange for the club’s natural fourth round pick in the 2020 NWSL College Draft, the Pride announced Thursday.

How to watch and follow the 2019 NWSL season on Yahoo SportsYahoo Sports
The National Women’s Soccer League and Yahoo Sports are joining forces this season.

Swedish women players question gender pay gapInside World Football
Sweden’s female players have rekindled the debate over the pay gap between men and women.


Premier League, FA Cup and Europe: 10 things to look out for this weekendThe Guardian
Man City’s quadruple bid continues in FA Cup, Fabinho can prove his worth to Liverpool and a pivotal Klassiker in Germany.

FA Cup: Man City, Brighton, Watford and Wolves compete in semi-finalsBBC Sport
A competition that started with 736 teams in August has reached the semi-final stage, but just who will make it to the FA Cup final on 18 May?

Mbappé central as PSG eye title-clinching win Ligue 1
Kylian Mbappé will look to continue his scoring streak to equal the Paris Saint-Germain club record and potentially fire the league leaders to the Ligue 1 Conforama title with victory over RC Strasbourg-Alsace on Sunday.

Serie A: Atalanta keep winning, making UCL race highly interestingNBC Sports
Atalanta produced four goals in the opening 15 minutes of a 4-1 win over visiting Bologna in Serie A on Thursday to move within one point of the Champions League places.

Player agents cash in on Premier League with £260m in fees, Liverpool pay mostInside World Football
Amid the constant debate over the role of agents, new figures reveal that Premier League clubs paid out an eye-watering £260 million to them during 2018-19 – an increase of £49 million on the previous 12 months.

Sterling arranges for 550 students from his old school to attend FA Cup semiNBC Sports
Raheem Sterling has made the year of 550 children from one of his former schools after arranging for them to attend the FA Cup semifinal between Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

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