BC Soccer News, Weekend, April 6-8, 2018



SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018, 6:30 PM, PDT



Episode 256 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Snowballs – RSL Preview Show) AFTN
What’s the difference between Vancouver Whitecaps April trip to play Real Salt Lake and last years? Snowballs.

Whitecaps victory in Salt Lake depends on handling altitude, attitudeThe Province
Real Salt Lake coach Mike Petke was seething after last weekend’s 3-1 loss to Toronto FC, and took it out on some unsuspecting broadcasters in the post-game interview.

‘Caps look to continue strong start Saturday at RSLWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3W-1L-1D) continue their early-season travels on Saturday night when they pay visit to Real Salt Lake (1W-2L-1D) at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Whitecaps Game Day: Caps look to keep it Real in Salt LakeEdmonton Journal
Can it be overstated just how cross-centric the Caps’ offence is? It’s where the majority of their goals are developed from, including both in last week’s road win over Columbus. Striker Kei Kamara, who made a perfect redirection of a Felipe cross for the winner, said that’s what made coming to Vancouver attractive.

Whitecaps double down on style leads to continued road successMLS
There’s been a lot of chatter on this website and on ExtraTime Radio about the Vancouver Whitecaps’ less-than-pleasing style of play. And for good reason.

Lack of possession could be an issue for Whitecaps down the roadSportsnet
Every Friday, sportsnet.ca will chat with Sportsnet 650 radio commentator Dan Riccio about the big stories and issues surrounding the Vancouver Whitecaps.

RSL hopes to find offense vs. WhitecapsFox Sports
Generating offense is becoming a growing concern for Real Salt Lake.

Try and rough him up if you want, but Alphonso Davies “not worried” by tough tackling opponents and his Whitecaps teammates have his backAFTN
Alphonso Davies gets a lot of attention. We’re not just talking about media pundits enthusiastically waxing lyrical about his skill and potential, understandably that’s ramped up again after the start he’s had to the season, but on the pitch he’s getting some unwelcome attention, again albeit understandably.

Vancouver Whitecaps: The Sign on the Cross?Soccer Shorts
It might be an exaggeration to say that Carl Robinson has been laying out his footballing philosophy in recent days. But he’s certainly been far more specific about how he believes the game should be played.

Punk at the RioT: RSL’s counterculture undercurrentRSL Soapbox
There’s a strong counterculture movement among the RSL faithful.

Two confident clubs collide as Impact face Revolution at Gillette StadiumMontreal Gazette
Montreal coach Rémi Garde and his New England counterpart, Brad Friedel, have both had positive impacts on the teams they took over this season.

LAFC looking ahead to Atlanta United, still working to be “complete deal”MLS
After months of comparisons, two of the most recent three MLS expansion teams, LAFC and Atlanta United FC, will square off for the first time at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday.

Preview: Columbus Crew vs Chicago FireProst Amerika
The Columbus Crew has lost just once in their last 12 games against their Eastern Conference rivals the Chicago Fire (6W-5D).

Orlando City’s Defense Must Shine Against the Portland TimbersThe Mane Land
With the first win of the season in the books, it’s time to look forward to the next game. Waiting in the wings are the Portland Timbers, who currently sit 11th of 12 teams in the Western Conference and are still seeking their first win of the young season.

LA Galaxy aiming to keep rolling as “tough” Sporting KC come to townMLS
Kansas City (3-1-1) have their most versatile attacking group in some years, and Chilean midfielder Felipe Gutierrez is off to a terrific start in MLS, but you know what you’re going to get when you take on Sporting, and what you’re going to get is a difficult fight.

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Eight Girls Elite players to play in WPSL with TSS FC Rovers, 14 Residency alumni in PDLWhitecaps FC
Eight players from the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Super REX program, in partnership with BC Soccer, will be playing in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) this coming season for local side TSS FC Rovers.

Highlanders add two U Sports MVPsVictoria Highlanders
Victoria Highlanders are pleased to announce the signing of Defender Noah Cunningham and Forward Cory Bent, pending International Transfer Clearance (ITC), joining the squad as the eleventh and twelfth additions to Niendorf’s side.

North Delta goalie signs contract with Latvian pro soccer teamSurrey Now-Leader
Local soccer goalie Lukas Strauts has signed with Latvian football team FK Auda, after several weeks of tryouts over in Eastern Europe.

VMSL Imperial Cup Final SaturdayVMSL
Rino’s Tigers faces Croatia SC in the Imperial Cup Final Saturday at Coquitlam Town Centre. Kickoff is 5:30 PM.

FVSL Cup Finals Day in NewtonFVSL
The FVSL is holding their Cup Finals Day in Newton on Saturday, April 7. The feature match is the Pakenham Cup Final.

MWSL Cup Finals Sunday in BurnabyMWSL
The Metro Women’s Soccer League is holding their Cup Finals Day Sunday, April 8 at Burnaby Lakes.

Peter Price Honored with the 2018 Presidents’ AwardBCSA
Peter Price was presented with the Presidents’ Award for soccer at the Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards banquet at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on March 28, 2018.

Vikes soccer captain named President’s Cup winnerUVic
Fourth year women’s soccer captain and two-time Provost Award winner Emily Lieuwen took home top honours at the April 4 Celebration of Champions and UVic Sports Hall of Fame event after she was named the President’s Cup winner.

Charging Moose host B.C. sides for Special Olympics Yukon Soccer InvitationalYukon News
The inaugural Special Olympics Yukon Indoor Soccer Invitational was at the Canada Games Centre on March 23 and 24. The four-team tournament included three sides from B.C. — Delta FC, the Surrey Seagulls and the Chilliwack Wildcats — and Whitehorse’s own Charging Moose.

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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Foot culture: bidding for the FIFA World CupMontreal Impact
The mysterious world of bidding for a FIFA World Cup has always been a hot topic. Almost everyone, soccer fanatics and the average fan alike, has an opinion on whether it’s a good idea to host the world’s biggest tournament. But what do we really know about World Cup bidding? Who votes on the winner? And most importantly, why has FIFA been accused of corruption and bribery in its handling of World Cup bids?

Toronto among cities to be visited as FIFA evaluates 2026 World Cup bidsMetro
Toronto will be among the cities visited by FIFA as its bid evaluation task force considers a joint North American bid for the 2026 World Cup.

Sudbury to get $4 million soccer bubbleSudbury Star
Belli got his bubble. Sadly, the popular municipal councillor and sports booster, who passed away four years ago, couldn’t be there to hear about his dream coming true, although there was a Little Fabio present who may do his great uncle proud one day by booting a ball inside the year-round sports complex that is being erected in his honour.

Keough, Disipio and Bent top Cape Breton University athletesCape Breton Post
For the first time in school history, the Cape Breton Capers have named co-female athletes of the year.

Soccer on the rise in CanadaThe Charlatan
Soccer has been slowly creeping its way into Canadian society since the early 2000s and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) is planning to further promote the game across the country within the next few years.

St. Thomas teen headed to U17 CONCACAF soccer tournamentLondon Free Press
St. Thomas resident and London-born Kaila Novak is headed to the 2018 CONCACAF women’s under-17 championship in Nicaragua.

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Western Conf. Notebook – Undefeated Monarchs, Rising FC Ready for ShowdownUSL
San Antonio, Swope Park go head-to-head; California rivals fight for bragging rights.

Eastern Conf. Notebook – FCC, LouCity Set for Rivalry RenewalUSL
Indy, North Carolina square up for battle; Back home, Nashville looks to build on win

USL, ESPN Expand Broadcast Agreement Through 2019USL
The United Soccer League (USL) announced today the expansion of its broadcast agreement with ESPN for the 2018 and 2019 seasons that will bring more regular-season games to linear networks and make ESPN+ the league’s streaming subscription service in the United States. USL games will be available internationally through the USL Match Center and YouTube Channel, or on ESPN+ in applicable locations.


Alex Morgan brace helps USWNT earn 4-1 win over MexicoPro Soccer USA
Orlando Pride star Alex Morgan earned a brace, delivered a nutmeg and nearly had multiple assists during the U.S. women’s national team’s dominant 4-1 win over Mexico during a friendly Thursday night.

Reign FC’s Megan Rapinoe voted NWSL Player of MonthGoalWA
Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Month by the NWSL Media Association for the month of March of the 2018 NWSL season.

Orange fever: Dutch women’s football team expects largest-ever crowdDutch News
The European champion Dutch women’s football team is playing in a packed world cup qualifier against Northern Ireland in Eindhoven on Friday night.

Kenya plots Uganda fall in Africa Nations Cup women’s football qualifiersXinhua
The Kenyan National women’s football team known as the Harambee Starlet have an eye on away goals to boost their chances of progressing in the African Women’s Cup of Nations first round qualification on Sunday in Kampala.

Examining the fine line the NWSL walks between player control and losing talentThe Equalizer
In addition to being a defender with the Seattle Reign, Yael Averbuch is the president of the NWSL Player Association, a group formed last season to represent the interests of players that are not allocated by the United States and Canada.

CFU Women’s Challenge Series 2018 is a ‘recommitment’ to female players in CaribbeanInside World Football
The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) is championing its Women’s Challenge Series 2018 as a “recommitment to female players” in the region. The competition marks a return to locally organised game play in a forgotten region of world football that has been left emaciated, underfunded and excluded by political power plays at CONCACAF and FIFA level.

Matildas star Ellie Carpenter wants to bring home gold on her Asian Cup debutCanberra Times
Canberra United coach Heather Garriock knows exactly what her young defender and Matildas star Ellie Carpenter is going through ahead of her first Asian Cup.

Jess Fishlock in conversation: the heartbreak, challenges and joy of a career spent at the topThese Football Times
THREE MONTHS INTO 2018 and Jess Fishlock has already won a league title in Melbourne – scoring a spectacular goal in the W-League final – and kick-started her National Women’s Soccer League campaign with an opening night win with Seattle Reign against Washington Spirit in America. Now the Wales international is back home in Cardiff to prepare for her country’s crucial Women’s World Cup qualifier with England, and looking after her young nephews in the process.

Phil Neville: England women boss ‘certain’ Lionesses will return to Wembley next yearBBC Sport
England women head coach Phil Neville says he is “almost certain” his side will play at Wembley next year for the first time since 2014.

Women’s match sets world record inaugurating new Dead Sea pitch Inside World Football
A women’s football match at the Dead Sea this week entered the Guinness Book of Records for having been played at the lowest point on earth, 400 meters below sea level.

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Bob Lenarduzzi: Derby-filled weekend punctuates Premier LeagueThe Province
It’s a derby-filled weekend in the Premier League. On Saturday, Manchester City can clinch the title with a win at home to rivals Manchester United. It would be the earliest any team has won the Premier League title, in what is the first of many records City can break this season. United, of course, will be looking to play spoiler.

European soccer weekend: Man City, Bayern can clinch titlesLondon Free Press
Pep Guardiola could seal his first Premier League trophy with Manchester City on Saturday, just as former club Bayern Munich hopes to wrap up a sixth consecutive Bundesliga title.

Manchester City vs Manchester United Preview: Red Devils looking to delay title celebrationsVavel
Mourinho will take his side to the Etihad stadium on Saturday evening looking to make sure that their Manchester rivals don’t win the title with six league games to play.

Lyon ready to turn up pressure on MarseilleLigue 1
Olympique Lyonnais are aiming to pile the pressure on Olympique de Marseille in the race for UEFA Champions League qualification when they go to bottom side FC Metz on Sunday.

Arsenal eyes Europa League semis after 4-1 winGuelph Mercury-Tribune
Arsenal took a huge step toward securing a place in the last four of the Europa League by beating CSKA Moscow 4-1 in the first leg of the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan could miss rest of Arsenal season with knee injuryThe Telegraph
Arsenal could lose Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the rest of the season after manager Arsene Wenger revealed today that his midfielder has suffered a medial knee ligament injury.

32 teams begin battle for group phase in CAF Confederation Cup African Football
This weekend will see 16 CAF Confederation Cup playoff round, first-leg matches played across the continent, with 32 teams battling for a place in the group stage of the competition.

Dundee boss Neil McCann says Rangers’ Graeme Murty is under added pressureBBC Sport
Rangers manager Graeme Murty is under “enormous” pressure because of his short-term contract, says Dundee counterpart Neil McCann.

Juventus need another extraordinary transfer window – AllegriFour Four Two
Massimiliano Allegri does not feel Juventus need another squad revamp, but he thinks the club’s next transfer window should be ambitious.

FIFA vice-president David Chung quits for ‘personal reasons’Metro
FIFA vice-president David Chung has resigned as head of the Oceania Football Confederation after seven years in power.

Chung quits OFC presidency amid rumours of political and financial corruptionInside World Football
Chung’s resignation follows that of his general secretary at the OFC, Tai Nicholas, who left in February after almost two decades in the job. No reason was given for his departure though FIFA were known to be on the ground in the region following multiple reports made to the governing body of political and financial corruption within the OFC.

Portugal futsal kings follow Ronaldo’s lead and offer lessons for EnglandThe Guardian
Jorge Braz, head coach of Portugal’s Euro 2018 winning side, has plenty of good advice for the English FA to popularise the game.

FIFPro issues health warning after study highlights high incidence of knee damageInside World Football
Professional footballers often try to extend their careers as long as possible by dropping into the lower leagues but the international Players union FIFPro has warned that more than one in three former players over the age of 40 are now suffering from knee cartilage damage, “risking their long-term health or are unaware of the lasting effects of serious knee injuries.”

Team told footballers can’t just get food bonus if they winMetro
The English Football League has told a team owner he can continue to treat his players to post-match meals — but only if he does so regardless of the result.

VIDEO: Is love blind to a City-United rivalry?BBC Sport
BBC Sport sends Manchester United fan Joe and Manchester City fan Rachel on a date to see if they can put aside their football rivalry in the search for true love.

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