BC Soccer News, Weekend, August 16, 2019



SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2019, 7:00 PM



Wayne Rooney, D.C. United a tough test for struggling Vancouver WhitecapsDelta Optimist
Wayne Rooney is expected to draw a crowd in Vancouver this weekend, but the Whitecaps aren’t letting the soccer superstar change their game plan.

Wayne Rooney travels to Vancouver to take on the WhitecapsDaily Hive
One of the greatest players in soccer history is set to make his first appearance in Vancouver on Saturday night against the Whitecaps, at BC Place.

Ricketts aiming to showcase smarts, speed as depth forward with CapsVancouver Sun
Lithuania, let’s be clear, is not a soccer hotbed. When it comes to sports, the Baltic region is best known for its basketball. Tosaint Ricketts is back in Canada after a half season with the Majirampole-based FK Suduva.

Érik Godoy: Quiet and Confident for Vancouver Whitecaps FC!!Har Journalist
The most underrated player on Whitecaps FC this season? It’s not who you think, a durable defender that never complains, that’s been vital to the back-four in his first season in MLS. Érik Godoy.

A look at why the Caps heavy pursuit of strikers seems curiousBTS
The Vancouver Whitecaps have been interested in strikers all season. From bringing in 2 last winter, to being linked to 2 big-money ones in the summer before signing a cheaper Tosaint Ricketts, the Caps have been enamoured with frontmen this year.

Theo Bair’s sensational volley is MLS Goal of the Week for Week 23MLS
Theo Bair’s first MLS goal on a sensational volley was the kind of strike that gets remembered even in defeat. And now it’s also Goal of the Week for Week 23 by a substantial margin.

MLS W2W4: Galaxy stabilize summer swoon; RSL find life after PetkeESPN
The LA Galaxy will be looking for a second straight win when they take on the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, while Real Salt Lake’s post-Mike Petke era continues at home against league leaders LAFC. Those games, plus an old-school rivalry game between the New York Red Bulls and the New England Revolution, feature in this weekend’s MLS action.

MLS Playoff Picture: LAFC are the clear favorites for MLS Cup but who else has a chance?ESPN
The end of the summer doldrums — and the closing of the secondary transfer window for international players — is upon us, and with it, the start of the MLS stretch run can commence.

MLS Playoffs: Breaking down the Western Conference outlook in 2019MLS
We’re approaching the homestretch of the 2019 MLS regular season, which will culminate in Decision Day. With less than two months remaining, let’s take a look at the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs prospects among the Western Conference Conference teams.

It’s getting near sink-or-swim time and Reds’ coach VanneyVancouver Sun
Toronto FC has gone from being a club early in the season with barely enough players to start a game, to a team that has a glut of players ready, willing and able to go.

DaMarcus Beasley has some fixes for American soccerNBC Sports
DaMarcus Beasley wants to stick around soccer when he retires at the end of the MLS season. He just wants to move upstairs.

MLS PHOTOS: Portland Timbers 3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, August 10, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux and Bill Currie.




SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2019, 12:30 PM



‘It takes time’: Pacific’s Friend teases two new signings, calls for patienceCanPL
Dressed in a white button-down, shirt-sleeves rolled up his forearms, Pacific FC’s director of soccer operations was frank with supporters at his club’s town hall event Wednesday evening.

Academy Report: ‘Caps advance to Shield Final at Concacaf U-13 Champions LeagueWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Pre-Academy advanced to the Shield Final of the 2019 Concacaf U-13 Champions League with a 2-0 win over Canadian rivals Montreal Impact on Thursday.

50 great moments from 50 years of North Shore sportsNorth Shore News
In the 50 years since the North Shore News first hit our doorsteps as the North Shore Shopper in 1969, there have been hundreds of magical local sports moments and achievements: from world and Olympic titles to the time your team came from behind to win that special beer-league championship.

BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates!

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Candidates now being invited for BC Soccer Assoc. Board of DirectorsBCSA
BC Soccer is now accepting candidate applications for its Board of Directors for terms commencing November 2019. Elections for these positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday November 2nd .

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.

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.


A lot on the line as table toppers Cavalry FC and FC Edmonton face off in latest ‘Al Classico’ AFTN
Less than 48 hours after going out of the 2019 Canadian Championship semi-finals to the Montreal Impact, Cavalry FC will have to get back to business when they take on FC Edmonton in Canadian Premier League action on Aug. 16, at Spruce Meadows.

Petrasso’s Return Breathes New Life into Valour FCNorthern Starting XI
It was a long and treacherous road for Rob Gale’s Valour FC throughout June and July, when key player Michael Petrasso missed out on 7 consecutive league matches through injury. In those 7 matches, Valour picked up a measly 2 points, plummeting to the bottom of the Spring season table, and giving them a less-than-impressive start to the Fall season as well.

Cavalry FC run in Canadian Championship good for entire CPLMontreal Gazette
FC Edmonton head coach Jeff Paulus was pulling for his rival in the Canadian Championship on Wednesday.

UDFC, Halifax Dunbrack advance to Nova Scotia Soccer League finals Chronicle Herald
Two finalists for this weekend’s Nova Scotia Soccer League men’s and women’s championships were decided Thursday evening.

Nick Rivet makes NWT soccer history at Western Canada Summer GamesNNSL
Nick Rivet became the first-ever soccer official from the NWT to adjudicate on-field at the Games, taking charge of several games as a centre official.

Work on ‘Belli bubble’ in Sudbury about to beginSudbury Star
Construction is set to begin on the Belli bubble, a $4.1-million, 56,000-square-foot soccer dome located near Lasalle Secondary School in New Sudbury.


USL Championship Weekend Guide – Week 24USL
After Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC and the Charleston Battery took road victories on Wednesday night, Week 24 of the USL Championship continues Friday to kick off a busy weekend of 16 matches.

USL Launching New Initiative That Celebrates SupportersFront Office Sports
To pay homage, the USL is rolling out a new initiative across its USL Championship league that will see clubs do everything from feature fan-generated content to vote on a variety of things that will directly impact what their favorite clubs do on the field. Titled “Supporters Week,” the seven-day celebration will begin on August 17 and will run through August 24 across the USL Championship’s 36 markets.

US Soccer giving MLS full control over youth developmentFansided
By way of a swift Friday evening news dump, the US Soccer Federation announced the split-up of the Development Academy (DA) U18-19 age group into two tiers. The top tier will encompass all 22 MLS academies along with 14 others club teams. The bottom tier will include the remaining 44 DA clubs, who were effectively demoted into a lower tier without any prior knowledge or notification.


Women’s Champions League: Arsenal face Fiorentina test in last 32 BBC Sport
English champions Arsenal will face Italian Serie A runners-up Fiorentina in one of the standout ties in the last 32 of the Women’s Champions League.

North Carolina Courage, Lyon take different paths to ICC finalESPN
They know a thing or two about soccer teams that are larger than life here. They knew long before the North Carolina Courage and Lyon won Thursday’s semifinals in the Women’s International Champions Cup.

Kerr focused on leading Red Stars to title7 News
With the soccer world her oyster, the Chicago Red Stars are thrilled striker Sam Kerr wants to win the NWSL title first before looking elsewhere.

Pride midfielder Emily van Egmond set for season-ending ankle surgeryPro Soccer USA
The Australian first suffered the injury during the World Cup, and has returned home to undergo surgery and recover.

US lines up bid for 2027 Women’s World CupInside World Football
The United States will plan to bid for the 2027 Women’s World Cup, according to the president of US Soccer Carlos Cordeiro.


Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian could miss Southampton game after a pitch invader injured his ankleBBC Sport
Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian could miss his side’s Premier League game against Southampton on Saturday after a collision with a pitch invader.

5 talking points ahead of the Premier League weekendFour Four Two
The new Premier League season continues with Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United among the clubs looking to build on strong starts.

La Liga preview: Three-peat for Barcelona?NBC Sports
As we close out the decade, Barcelona has been far and away the best team in Spain, and possibly Europe, over the last ten years. This summer, they may have gotten even stronger.

La Liga’s big clubs have different outlooks after summer of spendingThe Guardian
Barcelona are fighting to maintain supremacy, Atlético have a new identity and Real Madrid’s rebuild is under threat.

“Big City Club” Hertha Berlin Open Season Against Bayern MunichForbes
On Friday Hertha Berlin will travel to Munich to face Bayern in the official opener of the 57th Bundesliga season. For Hertha Berlin, it might be the start of one of the most intriguing seasons in some time.

Bundesliga club Union Berlin: Between idealism and realityDW
Union Berlin hold cult status for many fans as a club that stands for more than just football. Yet before Union’s historic first Bundesliga season, the balance between tradition and reality is already being challenged.

Di Maria and PSG ready for Rennes testLigue 1
In-form Angel Di Maria will be a major threat to Stade Rennais FC on Sunday when Paris Saint-Germain head to Brittany with vengeance in mind.

UEL Roundup: Wolves thrash Pyunik, and moreNBC Sports
For the second time in as many games, Pyunik was no match for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Europa League play-off tiesUEFA
The UEFA Europa League play-off ties are now confirmed.

Guangzhou’s lead trimmed as Chongqing halt 13-match winning streakCanada.com
Guangzhou Evergrande’s lead at the top of the Chinese Super League was reduced to five points on Thursday as Fabio Cannavaro’s side saw their long winning streak ended by a 1-1 draw with Chongqing Lifan.

Twitter to discuss racism with Kick it Out after Tammy Abraham abuseSky Sports
Social media giant Twitter has agreed to discuss racist abuse with football anti-discrimination group Kick It Out for the first time.

Match-fixing report notes drop in suspicious games but rise in youth and international fixesInside World Football
A new report tracking the match-fixing trends and number of suspicious betting patterns in matches worldwide has found a small percentage drop in the number of ‘suspicious’ matches, but an increased activity at youth, international, friendly and women’s matches.

Take Us Home: What we learned from Leeds documentaryBBC Sport
Spygate, deadline-day confusion, an uncontested goal, hope, belief and a final spectacular defeat, all described by Russell Crowe – the latest football documentary to hit a streaming service is not for the faint-hearted.

Manchester clubs top list of payouts to injured players in record season of injuriesInside World Football
Shorter summer breaks and increased international workloads are resulting in an increasing number of injuries. The evidence is in the numbers and the costs of those injuries.

I’m Nicky Bandini – and I’m still a sports writerThe Guardian
For 13 years I have written under a different name. Today I am coming out as transgender, but my love of storytelling remains.

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