VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #22
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2017, 5:00 PM
GILLETTE STADIUM, FOXBORO, MA.
TV: TSN2 RADIO: TSN 1410 ONLINE: TSN GO
In-form ‘Caps look to conclude road swing on a high – Whitecaps FC
After picking up four of a possible six points against FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids, Vancouver Whitecaps FC conclude their three-match road swing on Saturday evening vs. New England Revolution.
Revs drawn to Nemeth’s MLS track record, not worried about attacking logjam – MLS
Before the start of MLS’ summer transfer window, one of New England Revolution general manager Mike Burns’ priorities was to sign an attacking player. At the 11th hour, he did just that, landing forward Krisztian Nemeth hours before the window closed on Wednesday via trade with Columbus Crew SC.
Vancouver Whitecaps Garber Bucks 2017 – Eighty-Six Forever
MLS is heavily reliant on General and Targeted Allocation Money. We review the Whitecaps current Garber Bucks situation.
Robinson recaps a busy deadline day for Whitecaps FC: ‘I want competition for places’ – Whitecaps FC
“If players don’t enjoy competition, that means they’re mentally weak. You’ve got to be able to deal with it and it brings out the best in players. When we get down to pressure-cooker situations, you need your big players to step up.”
MLS Week 23: A Look Ahead – SBI
There are no Friday or Sunday games this week, just 10 matches spread out over nine hours. The opening and closing contests of the weekend are probably the most intriguing with four of the league’s heavy hitters squaring off against each other.
MLS at Week 23: Sounders host Sporting KC in giant West clash – NBC Sports
MLS’ two expansion sides will be off this weekend, but that leaves a busy Saturday schedule of 10 matches left to be played.
NYCFC Left to Rely on Depth From Within – Empire of Soccer
Coach Patrick Vieira wished for reinforcements but thanks to limited cap space and allocation funds New York City FC was unable to make moves during the summer transfer window. Unless NYCFC adds talent from the free agent or loan market, it will have to push for silverware with the roster it has and the uncertainty within it.
MATCH PREVIEW: Union battle Montreal Impact in pivotal Eastern Conference matchup – Philadelphia Union
Philadelphia Union will return to action this Saturday night when they take on Montreal Impact at Talen Energy Stadium. Philadelphia owns an impressive 7-1-0 record in their last eight matches at home.
Toronto FC to host Portland Timbers side stacked with attacking talent – Waking the Red
The 2015 MLS Cup champions have one of the most gifted forward groups in the league, but have been ravaged by absences at the back.
Alex Bono has grabbed his chance as TFC’s keeper – Toronto Star
Alex Bono has done so well as an injury replacement that he now claims TFC’s starting job in goal.
Minnesota United FC see new acquisition Ethan Finlay as foundational piece – MLS
During the busiest MLS deadline day in recent memory, Minnesota United FC made a major splash. For the second time this season, the expansion side traded a large sum in exchange for a proven attacker, acquiring Ethan Finlay from Crew SC in exchange for a mix of $425,000 in Targeted and General Allocation Money.
Orlando City SC’s Jonathan Spector to miss three weeks with knee injury – Vavel
Orlando City SC defender Jonathan Spector left training early Tuesday due to injury.
LA Galaxy receive $500,000 in allocation money from D.C. United in exchange for rights to Paul Arriola – LA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy have received $500,000 in Allocation Money from D.C. United in exchange for the rights to midfielder Paul Arriola, the club announced.
Portland Timbers star Fanendo Adi wants MLS to invest in young talent – ESPN FC
Portland Timbers striker Fanendo Adi says Major League Soccer should stop investing huge sums of money in big-name older stars and concentrate on developing young talent in the league.
Why More Brands are Investing in MLS Jersey Sponsorships – Portada
To sponsor a soccer team’s jersey in the U.S. will cost a brand from US $3 to US$4 million dollars per year. Although this is much lower than the US $80 million-per-year Chevrolet paid English team Manchester United to be on its jerseys, the amount is relatively high considering that the MLS was created in 1996 and introduced jersey sponsorships in 2007.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Eight ‘Caps Super REX players called up to Canada U-20 national team camp – Whitecaps FC
Canada Soccer announced on Thursday that eight players who will be part of the newly minted Vancouver Whitecaps FC Super REX program, in partnership with BC Soccer, have been called up to a national EXCEL in its final preparations for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship. The camp will run August 11 to 18 in Burnaby, BC.
WolfPack Men’s Soccer Tie Opening Exhibition Match – TRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack opened up their 2017 Canada West exhibition season with a match against the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves. The WolfPack rallied from a pair of deficits to tie the Timberwolves 2-2 on Thursday (Aug 10).
Thunderbirds believe ‘the process is there’ to fight for national title – UBC
A dramatic, home field national title victory in 2015 followed by a heart-breaking 2-1 defeat in 2016’s national title game has given the 2017 ‘Birds a sense of both confidence and want.
WolfPack Women’s Soccer Set to Open Training Camp – TRU
It’s time to get down to work for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team.
Agassiz athletes help Team BC capture gold medals – Agassiz-Harisson Observer
Team BC captured four gold medals in soccer at Toronto’s 2017 North American Indigenous Games, July 16 to 23 – and local athletes and coaches were involved with three of the teams.
New program gives every kid a chance to play soccer – Tri-City News
A new program is aiming to get kids with special physical, cognitive or developmental needs off the sidelines and onto the soccer pitch. Port Moody adaptive soccer is a collaboration of the Port Moody Soccer Club and the Unique Get Together Society. The program, for kids aged 6-16, will run for 10 weeks beginning Friday, Sept. 15.
Smoke, air quality hurting Kamloops sports scene – Kamloops This Week
Sports teams, organizations and events are paying the price for smoke and poor air quality that is stealing Kamloops’ summer, the result of wildfires burning across the province.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.
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.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.
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.
2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 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!
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
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
Canada Soccer invites 26 players into EXCEL camp in preparation for 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship – CSA
Canada Soccer’s EXCEL Program, in its final preparations for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, has invited 26 players into an EXCEL camp running 11- 18 August in Burnaby, BC.
Soccer squad moving on to semifinals – Winnipeg Free Press
The hosts are moving on to the semifinals of the 2017 Canada Games male soccer event after a thrilling 2-1 triumph over a hardy New Brunswick team at a jam-packed Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex.
London soccer star heading to World University Games in Taiwan – London Free-Press
Matt Catalano made a “late-minute” decision to enroll at Fanshawe College last fall. It has him on the verge of representing Canada in men’s soccer at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan starting Aug. 19.
London soccer clubs receive OPDL licences – CTV
Two London soccer clubs received Ontario Player Development League licences Thursday from Ontario Soccer. Whitecaps London and FC London had applied for a licence as it will set their players on the highest pathway for player development in the province.
BYSA replacing indoor soccer with futsal in the winter – Brandon Sun
Futsal will replace indoor soccer at the recreational level in the Brandon Youth Soccer Association (BYSA), and Bo Kampmann is eager to implement the sport for its many benefits to the players.
New Peterborough City Soccer Association Academy head coach shares vision – Peterborough Examiner
The new head coach of the Peterborough City Soccer Association Academy wants to make sure his players can apply the same skills they develop on the pitch to all other aspects of their lives.
Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 November – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
SOUNDERS2 vs. WFC2
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2017, 6:30 PM
STARFIRE COMPLEX, TUKWILA, WA.
Eddies carry momentum into early Fall Season test against Cosmos – FC Edmonton
A 3-1 win on the road against the Indy Eleven boosts the Eddies confidence ahead of a home date with the NASL champion New York Cosmos on EPS 125 night.
FC Edmonton look to keep momentum against New York Cosmos – Edmonton Journal
FC Edmonton finally got the ball heading in their direction last weekend with an impressive 3-1 victory, on the road, against the Indy Eleven.
After frustrating spell with mystery calf injury, FCE captain Ledgerwood finally back to full health – the11.ca
It was supposed to be a great year for Nik Ledgerwood. He became a new father, and was named captain of FC Edmonton before the 2017 NASL season.
Match Preview: Fury FC vs Charlotte Independence – Ottawa Fury
Following a 2-1 setback against Bethlehem last weekend, Fury FC embark on a stretch of four games over the next 11 days starting with a clash against the hottest team in the USL – the Eastern Conference leading Charlotte Independence – Saturday under the lights at TD Place. Charlotte comes to the nation’s capital riding a 12-game unbeaten streak (8W-4D-0L) having not lost since June 7.
NASL Fall Season Week 3: What to Watch For – Empire of Soccer
It’s still early days in the NASL Fall Season, but things are not looking good for the Spring Season champions at the moment. Miami FC (0-2-0, 0 Fall; 11-4-3, 36 Combined) is the only team that has failed to record a point in the first two weeks of action, leaving others to stake their claim. Fortunately for Miami, it still has a six-point cushion over the second-place San Francisco Deltas (1-0-1, 4 Fall, 8-4-6, 30 Combined).
Jamaica’s Lambert Joins Rising FC – USL
Phoenix Rising Football Club announced on Thursday the addition of Jamaican international Kevon Lambert to the club’s squad. Lambert, a midfielder, was joined in signing by defender Doueugui Jean Marie Mala. The duo’s signings are pending visa and ITC approval.
S2 to benefit from additional depth in second half of season – Sounders FC
At first glance the Sounders FC 2 roster appears rather thin, with only 16 players officially under contract with the USL side. But as a conduit between the First Team and the Academy, S2 can draw from both player pools to round out the roster. This will afford Head Coach Ezra Hendrickson with more most and roster flexibility to draw upon than at any point in S2’s three-year existence.
USL Midweek Rewind: Week 21 – SBI
Toronto FC II is becoming a troublesome team in the late stages of the USL season. After picking up points sparingly for most of the year, TFC have now scalped points from the Charleston Battery and Charlotte Independence in consecutive matches. The impressive results are a testament to TFC’s stout defense of late that is keeping teams from running up the score, allowing the young Reds to remain in matches longer, and stay dangerous throughout.
Louisville Primed for Memorable Night – USL
When Louisville City FC played host to FC Cincinnati on July 15 in the second edition of this year’s River Cities Cup, it welcomed a club-record crowd of 11,632 to Slugger Field.
Newest generic NASL branding: California United FC – SocTakes
When the group bringing NASL soccer to San Francisco announced their branding on Jan. 30, 2016, I remember thinking “this is the most corporate, boring, design-by-committee crest in soccer.” And at the time it was, by miles.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
North Carolina Courage victory marks ninth winless match for FC Kansas City – Prost Amerika
The match that was scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 22, at Children’s Mercy Field was postponed due to dangerous weather in the nearby area of Kansas City. That match was rescheduled for Thursday this week and took place at WakeMed Field in North Carolina as FC Kansas City traveled to the home turf of North Carolina to battle a match out against the top team.
FC Rosengård sign Caroline Seger from Olympique Lyonnais – Vavel
One of the summer’s most well-known rumours is a reality now that Swedish International Caroline Seger returns home to Sweden to join up with FC Rosengård.
Orlando Pride Midfielder Maddy Evans Announces Retirement – Orlando City SC
Orlando Pride midfielder Maddy Evans has announced her retirement from professional soccer. The five-year National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) veteran will play her final match on Saturday, Aug. 12, at Orlando City Stadium when the Pride host Sky Blue FC.
Chicago Red Stars add Yuki Nagasato to active roster, waive Mary Luba – Vavel
The Chicago Red Stars announced that they have removed Japanese international Yuki Nagasato from the disabled list and have added her to the active roster fro the 2017 NWSL season. In order to follow NWSL roster limits and requirements, the Red Stars have additionally waived midfielder Mary Luba.
Portland Thorns have had nine different players score this season – Oregonian
The Portland Thorns have always had a star-studded roster. This year’s group alone includes Canadian Women’s National Team captain Christine Sinclair, French Women’s National Team star Amandine Henry and reigning U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year Tobin Heath, along with a handful of other national team regulars.
Lily Agg joins 1.FFC Frankfurt – Vavel
The English midfielder joins the Frauen-Bundesliga club from Bristol City.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
European Weekend Preview: Premier League season begins, Neymar expected to make PSG debut, and more – SBI
After close to three months of waiting, the English Premier League is back starting on Friday.
Sportsnet’s 2017-18 Premier League season preview – Sportsnet
Sportsnet is proud to present its comprehensive and in-depth preview package of the 2017-18 Premier League season.
2017-18 Premier League Predictions: Who’s tipped for stardom and who’s thought to be in trouble? – Vavel
Another year, another chance for our writers to be wrong. A handful of predictions ahead of the new season.
Neymar to make Paris debut after French transfer received – Toronto Star
The French football federation said on Friday it had received the Brazil star’s international transfer certificate from its Spanish counterpart.
Ranieri awaits new signings as Nantes face OM – Ligue 1
Claudio Ranieri is desperate to see some new faces arrive to strengthen his FC Nantes squad as Les Canaris prepare to host Olympique de Marseille at the Stade de la Beaujoire on Saturday afternoon.
Man City’s Pep Guardiola: I’m not under extra pressure this season – ESPN FC
Pep Guardiola says he is not under any greater pressure after finishing his first season at Manchester City without a trophy.
World Cup 2026: Morocco confirms it will bid to host tournament – BBC Sport
The deadline for countries to express their intention to bid to host the tournament is Friday, at which point Fifa will confirm the bidders.
Philippe Coutinho hands transfer request to Liverpool to force Barcelona move – SN
Liverpool have rejected Philippe Coutinho’s transfer request as he seeks to push for a move to Barcelona.
UCL: İstanbul Başakşehir v Sevilla: play-off facts and stats – UEFA
İstanbul Başakşehir host Sevilla in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off tie – the Turkish club’s most high-profile match since their European debut in 2015/16.
UCL: H. Beer-Sheva v Maribor: play-off facts and stats – UEFA
The last time Maribor reached the group stage, they overcame an Israeli team in qualification – a fate Hapoel Beer-Sheva will want to avoid in what is their second straight play-off.
Iran drops players from national team for playing against Israeli club – Reuters
Two Iranian soccer players have been dropped from the national team as punishment for playing against an Israeli side for their Greek club, a senior Iranian sports ministry official told state TV on Thursday.
Brighton and Hove Albion: Seagulls fans get ready for top flight – The Guardian
Flags fly in windows and seagulls decorate buildings all over south coast resort to celebrate club’s promotion to Premier League after 34 years.
Thailand launches Beach Soccer League – AFC
The national league is the first in Thailand and Southeast Asia.
Survival guide: how to avoid relegation from the Premier League – The Guardian
Statistics show there are a number of cast-iron rules when it comes to staying up in the Premier League. Oh … and not signing Rudy Gestede helps, too.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca