BC Soccer News, Weekend, August 12-14, 2016


FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2016, 8:00 PM




Vancouver Whitecaps vs. San Jose Earthquakes | 2016 MLS Match Preview MLS
A crucial contest in the Western Conference is set for Viernes de Fútbol when Vancouver Whitecaps FC play host to the San Jose Earthquakes at BC Place. Both teams come into the game sitting below the red line in the conference, Whitecaps FC two points out in seventh place, and the Quakes a further two points back in eighth.

Preview: Whitecaps FC host San Jose Friday night with playoff implications on the line Whitecaps FC
For the first time in nearly a month, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8W-10L-6D) return to BC Place on Friday to host San Jose Earthquakes (6W-6L-10D) in an important Western Conference affair.

Quakes Aim to Earn First Win in VancouverSJ Earthquakes
The San Jose Earthquakes have accomplished a lot since Major League Soccer’s inaugural season in 1996, including winning two MLS Cups and two Supporters’ Shields, and building a privately financed state-of-the-art stadium which hosted the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in just its second year. But one thing the team has yet to accomplish is to fly back to the Bay Area from Vancouver with three points in hand.

Whitecaps legend Joe BOOM! Cannon’s back in townVancouver Sun
Joe Cannon’s never taken himself too seriously. It’s one of the reasons he was such a popular Whitecap from their inaugural MLS season in 2011 to his retirement following the 2013 campaign.

Caps face a huge challengeThe Province
Carl Robinson rejected the notion this week that he’s enduring his toughest moment in a young coaching career. “My toughest moment was when I took the job,” he countered, “because I looked at my squad and I thought we were a million miles away.”

Members of 2006 USL First Division championship ‘Caps to be honoured on Friday at BC Place Whitecaps FC
Just under 10 years ago, Vancouver Whitecaps FC won their first-ever USL First Division championship, defeating Rochester Rhinos 3-0 on September 30, 2006 in upstate New York after knocking off Miami FC and Montreal Impact in the first two rounds as a fourth seed.

MLS Week 23 preview, TV scheduleGoal
Two teams in the Western Conference playoff positions meet in Saturday’s nightcap between the LA Galaxy and Colorado Rapids.

MLS Week 23 Preview: Big games out west, moreEmpire of Soccer
We have entered the final third of the Major League Soccer season, and the matches scheduled for this weekend hint at the heightened stakes. The biggest games of the weekend are out West, where teams at the top and teams in the playoff hunt are all pitted against each other.

Could FC Dallas become the first MLS team to win a domestic treble? MLS
FC Dallas’ dramatic extra time win over the LA Galaxy on Wednesday didn’t just put the club into the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup final against the New England Revolution – it put them one step closer to the elusive treble, too.

Toronto FC’s Beitashour dealing with a hip injury Sportsnet
Starting right fullback Steven Beitashour is questionable for Saturday’s road game vs. the Houston Dynamo due to a hip injury he picked up in the Reds’ 4-1 win over the New England Revolution last weekend.

Camara, Bush take pride in helping shepherd Impact into MLS Montreal Gazette
Despite constant turnover of players, goalkeeper Evan Bush and defender Hassoun Camara keep rolling along with the Montreal Impact.

Sporting KC’s injury crisis easing as CCL play looms: “We need our players” MLS
Peter Vermes had hoped to have his full squad available, something Sporting Kansas City’s manager hasn’t had in a long time, for the club’s CONCACAF Champions League opener.

MLS previews: are Toronto FC too dependent on Sebastian Giovinco?The Guardian
Here’s the dilemma for those who write about Major League Soccer – there often comes a point with Sebastian Giovinco when little else can be written about just how great he is. There are only so many times the Atomic Ant’s exploits can be charted without verging into monotony, and yet the failure to acknowledge such excellence would be a disservice to the standard at which he is playing. Solve that one.

MLS acknowledges errors in LA-NY officiating, discussing issues with PRO MLS
MLS VP of Competition, Jeff Agoos, told MLSsoccer.com on Thursday that the league office earlier this week reviewed the officiating in Sunday’s 2-2 draw between the New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy, identifying errors, including two missed penalty kicks.

MLS suspends three; league acknowledges officiating error SBI
Officiating has, once again, been a hot topic in MLS circles this week, and the league has taken action against a trio of players while admitting to a series of mistakes over the weekend.

MLS, USL receive IFAB approval for live video assistant referee experimentsMLS
Major League Soccer and the United Soccer League (USL) announced on Friday morning that they have received approval from the International Football Association Board (The IFAB) to conduct live Video Assistant Referee (VAR) experiments in select competitive matches during the remainder of the USL regular season.

The tragedy in Erick Cubo Torres Top Drawer Soccer
MLS is full of cautionary tales so quiet and barely whispered that they dissipate before rising to an auditory decibel level. Who weeps for Omar Salgado? Or Danny Mwanga? In a league that struggles for abiding storylines, there is barely enough room for Michael Jordans, let alone Sam Bowies. And yet even as the league’s narrative generator struggles to kick online, what has happened to Cubo Torres in MLS remains one of the saddest unfurling what-ifs in MLS history. And it is getting worse.

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WolfPack Men’s Soccer Open Exhibition Tournament With VictoryTRU Wolfpack
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team has their first match action of 2016 under their belt.

Penticton Peach City Classic soccer tourney draws 54 teamsPenticton Western News
The Pinnacles FC is hosting the ultimate soccer showcase this weekend with nearly 1,000 young players doing battle in the 19th annual Peach City Classic soccer tournament.

Eshom wins prestigious bursary at Summer GamesNorthern View
Brendan Eshom wasn’t able to finish atop the podium at the BC Summer Games with his northwest zone soccer team, but the 14-year-old North Coast athlete did bring something extra special back home with him from Abbotsford in July.

Accomplished coach joins Soccer Quest Kamloops This Week
Matt Sheppard, who has coached at the national, provincial and university levels, has joined the club in time for the upcoming 2016-2017 indoor season.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: Vancouver Thunderbirds 4, Mid Isle Mariners 1, July 24, 2016 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Jay DeMerit launches Rise & Shine Captain’s Camp in Pemberton Rise & Shine Foundation
A captain is an individual who unifies teammates into one team.  A captain has to be well rounded to lead by example. At the Rise & Shine: Captains Camps, the curriculum is specifically built around creating a balance of elite soccer training on the field, and all encompassing life skills training off the field.

BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in ReviewBCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review.  The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach MandateBCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.

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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FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2016, 3:00 PM


Surging Canadian soccer women team face tough French sideCBC
Canadian soccer coach John Herdman usually leaves no stone unturned, working around the clock to prepare his team.

Canada vs. France | 2016 Women’s Olympic Match Preview MLS
There’s not a single soccer fan in Canada who doesn’t remember the last time these two teams met at the Olympics. It was the bronze-medal game at London 2012. After absorbing waves of attacking pressure from the French, who simply couldn’t find the back of the net on the day, Canada won it at the death, with Diana Matheson scoring the goal to give her country its first-ever podium finish in Olympic soccer.

Quarterfinal Preview: Canada, France meet again Equalizer
Melissa Tancredi proved doubters wrong on Tuesday when she scored a decisive brace to give Canada its first ever win over Germany. Can she come out and prove herself once again? Christine Sinclair and Janine Beckie, who had good chemistry together in Canada’s first two groups wins, were both rested on Tuesday, so they will have fresh legs on Friday.

Canada w15 qualifies for CONCACAF Quarterfinals after 5:0 winCSA
Canada have qualified for the Quarterfinals at the 2016 CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship after a 5:0 win over Jamaica. Canada are perfect at the top of the Group B standings with three straight wins in Orlando, FL, USA.

Arfield ready to kick off Premier League seasonTSN
Canadian international Scott Arfield is back in England’s Premier League with Burnley FC, with the 2016-17 season set to kick off this Saturday at home against Swansea City. Arfield and the Clarets won the 2015-16 Championship to earn promotion to the Premier League, having previously spent the 2014-15 season in England’s top division.

Young soccer stars strut their stuff for Whitecaps development coaches Whitehorse Star
A group of young soccer athletes worked with coaches this week in Yukon’s first Vancouver Whitecaps Prospects Training Camp.

Erin McLeod: It’s time to Motivate a Nation! themotivenation.ca
After building a successful e-commerce (www.peaudeloup.com) and a physical retail store in West Vancouver (CAPOSHIE) Women’s National Team Goalkeeper Erin McLeod has decided after a series of misfortunate events it’s time to branch out on her own with her new inspiration project, Motive Nation, launching to the public on July 1st, online at www.themotivenation.ca.




SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2016, 3:00 PM



USL PHOTOS: WFC2 0 OC BLUES SC 1, AUGUST 10, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Silent assassins: League continues to ignore table-topping FC Edmontonthe11.ca
FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller thinks that, until the Eddies or the Ottawa Fury win the Soccer Bowl, neither of the Canadian NASL sides will truly get league-wide respect.

History: Red Bulls II help pioneer Video Assisted Refereeing Empire of Soccer
After both the MLS and USL received approval, Friday’s New York Red Bull II game will be a history making affair as Video Assisted Refereeing (VAR) will be tested in the live game against Orlando City B.

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USA vs. Sweden | 2016 Women’s Olympic Match Preview MLS
The US women’s national team open the last, and trickiest, phase of their gold-medal title defense on Friday afternoon, as the Olympic knockout rounds begin vs. a grizzled Sweden side led by former USWNT coach Pia Sundhage.

Quarterfinal preview: Brazil, Australia meet again Equalizer
In the last contest of the day, Brazil and Australia will square off at 6:00 pm PT. The game will take place at Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte. Last summer, the Aussies sent Brazil packing from the World Cup early with a 1-0 victory in the Round of 16 of that tournament courtesy of a late Kyah Simon goal.

Sky Blue’s Leah Galton gets call up to England’s national team Empire of Soccer
Sky Blue striker Leah Galton’s wonderful summer just got better. She’s going home — and for a good reason. She’ll be playing for her country.

Doncaster Rovers Bells 0 Manchester City 4 BBC Sport
Manchester City Women moved 10 points clear at the top of Women’s Super League One with a convincing victory at bottom side Doncaster Rovers Belles.

SSE Women’s FA Cup early round draws made at Wembley The FA
The draws for the opening two rounds of this season’s SSE Women’s FA Cup have been made.

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How to Watch 2016-17 EPL Matches on TV or Online in Canada BC Soccer Web
The 2016-17 English Premier League season is upon us. For many, that means waking up bright and early on Saturday and Sunday mornings to watch your favourite club or marquee matchup.

Premier League 2016-17: All you need to know about the new season BBC Sport
Ninety days after the curtain came down on a season full of surprises and drama, the Premier League is back.

Pogba suspended for Man United’s first Premier League game- Sportsnet
World-record signing Paul Pogba will not be available for Manchester United‘s first game of the Premier League season as he is serving a ban carried over from his time at Juventus.

Forget the fairy tale – consolidation the key for miracle worker Leicester CityGoal
The Foxes stunned the footballing world in winning the Premier League last season, but they now must avoid dropping back into obscurity.

Pep Guardiola is a radical who will perfect his ideas at Manchester City BBC Sport
As I learned at Barcelona, Pep is a character who commands instant respect and the demands he makes are contagious; if anyone can change City, it is him.

Lionel Messi may decide to make Argentina return – Edgardo Bauza ESPN FC
Argentina manager Edgardo Bauza has said he is confident Lionel Messi will change his mind and opt to return to the Albiceleste team, and could do so in time to be named on the list of players for September World Cup qualifying matches.

Joe Hart’s future at Manchester City still to be decided – Pep Guardiola ESPN FC
Joe Hart’s future at Manchester City remains uncertain after new boss Pep Guardiola said the club is yet to make a decision over the England keeper.

Turkey coup: Ex-footballer Hakan Sukur sought over Gulen links BBC
Turkish prosecutors investigating the failed July coup have issued an arrest warrant for one of the country’s best-known footballers, ex-international Hakan Sukur, state media report.

Charlton Athletic: Fan told not to criticise club or lose season ticket BBC Sport
A Charlton Athletic supporter has been told he would only receive his season ticket if he agreed not to criticise the club on social media.

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