SPORTING KANSAS CITY vs. WHITECAPS FC
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2016, 7:00 PM
CHILDREN’S MERCY PARK, KANSAS CITY, KS
TV: TSN 1 RADIO: TSN 1040 LIVESTREAM: TSN GO
Preview: Whitecaps FC off to Kansas City for important Western Conference clash – Whitecaps FC
“If we’re going to go down, we’re going to go down fighting.” Those were the words of Vancouver Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson this week ahead of Saturday’s important Western Conference clash with Sporting Kansas City.
Preview: Sporting KC to host Vancouver in vital Western Conference clash on Saturday – Sporting KC
Sporting Kansas City’s busy month of August continues Saturday when the club returns to MLS regular season play against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Children’s Mercy Park.
Sporting Kansas City v Vancouver Whitecaps – all to play for, so much to lose – AFTN
Much like the Whitecaps’ defending, our match previews are back from a summer break to look towards the next potential playoff decider.
With playoff hopes fading, Robinson urges Whitecaps to play without fear – The Province
Sitting on the grass at the University of B.C.’s Dhillon Field earlier this week, Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson had a long post-practice chat with his players.
Whitecaps’ Barnes: ‘No reason to panic despite struggles’ – Sportsnet
At the end of a training session this week, the Vancouver Whitecaps gathered in a circle on the field at UBC. From afar, they had the look of a school group, seated obediently as their teacher—in this case, their coach, Carl Robinson—addressed them for a good 15 minutes.
Whitecaps looking for answers as they try to stay in playoff race – Metro
Carl Robinson has heard the question many times over the last few weeks but admits he doesn’t have an immediate answer. How can the struggling Vancouver Whitecaps turn their season around in time to make Major League Soccer’s playoffs?
Red Line Report: Who has the easiest schedule for the rest of the season? – MLS
It’s been a wild MLS season and after five and a half months of play, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. More importantly, every team is trying to get above the red line. FC Dallas, the Colorado Rapids and the LA Galaxy have set themselves apart at the top of the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings. At the bottom of the West, it appears there are five teams fighting for two spots, including all three Cascadia teams.
Listless Whitecaps look to star Pedro Morales as playoff hopes flicker – MLS
Season run-ins are when you learn a lot about the character of teams. Who will step up when the chips are down and the going gets tough?
Pedro: Not deep or deep? – Soccer Shorts
Most of the talk this week within the Whitecaps camp has concerned the kind of intangible states of mind which ultimately add up to “grit”.
MLS Week 24 Preview: Cascadia, Atlantic Cups, more – Empire of Soccer
There is a weightiness to most of the games this weekend. More than one match could be a preview of what is to come in November. In others, results this weekend could determine who is there and who is not. Amidst it all, there are a pair of classic rivalry matches on tap for Sunday.
MLS Week 24: A Look Ahead – SBI
Week 24 in MLS features a couple of big rivalry matches with huge playoff implications. This weekend’s action is headlined by a Cascadia Cup clash between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders. The Sounders have been heating up in recent weeks and could move to within two points of Portland in the Western Conference.
MLS preview: LA Galaxy are living in a Robbie Keane world – The Guardian
The veteran Irish striker has become his team’s talisman; Nicolás Lodeiro transforming Seattle; Vieira’s NYC FC sitting pretty; Barnetta boosts Philly.
MLS Countdown: English stars ready for first MLS clash – Soccer America
Described as “imcompatible” and “ideal partners” and every shade of middle ground during their stints as England internationals,Frank Lampardand Steven Gerrard get their first MLS opportunity to renew club rivalries when New York City FC and the Galaxy battle Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC – Toronto FC
The Reds are back on the road this weekend. On Saturday an important Eastern Conference clash between TFC and the Philadelphia Union goes down in Chester, PA. Here’s everything you need to know.
Drogba recovers as Impact prepare to face struggling Fire – Sportsnet
Didier Drogba returned to training with the Montreal Impact on Friday after missing a day with gastroenteritis and should be available to face one of his favourite opponents — the Chicago Fire.
Seattle Sounders versus Portland Timbers: A Breakdown of Cascadia – MLS Multiplex
In what is considered the biggest MLS rivalry to date, the Seattle Sounders will face the despised Portland Timbers for the second time in regular season play.
Seattle revival on the line vs. Portland; Bradley, Bedoya face off for first time – ESPN FC
A Cascadia Cup battle, with all the fraught emotion it brings, will give us the beginnings of an answer as to whether Seattle’s recent revival is legitimate. The Sounders have won two in a row and have gone three unbeaten while looking like a completely different team since the departure of Sigi Schmid and the addition of Nicolas Lodeiro.
CCL: Monterrey stunned by Panama’s Arabe Unido – Soccer America
Panama’s Arabe Unido stunned three-time champion Monterrey, 3-2, in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. Of the nine MLS and Liga MX clubs entered in the group stage, the Rayados are the only team that has lost.
No 2016 Special Session – What Now for Minnesota United? – Fifty Five One
One step forward – one step back. A day after the St. Paul City Council passed crucial resolutions allowing Minnesota United to start work on their stadium at the bus barn site in St. Paul, the team was thrown a setback on Thursday. There will be no special session of the Minnesota State Legislature in 2016.
MLS PHOTOS: WHITECAPS FC 1, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 2 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
BC SOCCER NEWS
South Surrey’s Herdman coaches Canada to bronze – Peace Arch News
Canada’s national women’s soccer team – with head coach and South Surrey resident John Herdman at the helm – has won Olympic bronze in Rio de Janeiro.
Women’s soccer crushed by Eagles, shut out Cardinals over weekend – Ubyssey
The women’s soccer team are the defending CIS championship team. But despite a fantastic ending to their 2015/16 season, they started their preseason in a disheartening fashion. The Thunderbirds fell 4-1 to the Eastern Washington Eagles at Cheney, Washington last weekend.
WolfPack Women’s Soccer Learn Through Scrimmage With Quest – TRU Wolfpack
The learning continues for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team. The youthful ‘Pack continued their Canada West exhibition campaign Thursday afternoon (Aug 17th) in Squamish, BC.
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.
BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in Review – BCSA
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 Mandate – BCSA
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.
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
2016 RIO OLYMPICS WOMEN’S SOCCER
BRONZE MEDAL MATCH
CANADA 2 BRAZIL 1
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2016
Canadian women repeat as Olympic soccer bronze medallists – CBC
Deanne Rose and Christine Sinclair scored to give Canada back-to-back Olympic soccer bronze medals with Friday afternoon’s 2-1 victory over host Brazil.
Canada defeat Brazil to win back-to-back Bronze – FIFA
Canada won their second consecutive bronze medal at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament after a 2-1 victory over hosts Brazil at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo at Rio 2016.
Canada upsets host Brazil to win women’s soccer bronze – ESPN FC
Canada held off Brazil to claim a second-straight bronze medal in women’s soccer with a 2-1 win on Friday.
Canadian women’s soccer team wins bronze at Rio 2016 – Sportsnet
Canada has a new Olympic hero in women’s soccer, and her name is Deanne Rose. Rose scored the opening goal and assisted on another in Sao Paulo on Friday, as Canada defeated Brazil 2-1 in the bronze medal game of the women’s soccer tournament at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Canada grabs Olympic bronze in soccer with win over Brazil – Toronto Star
Canada’s women’s national soccer team wins bronze medal with 2-1 win over host Brazil at Rio Olympics.
Young players shine as Canada claims bronze in Rio – the11.ca
Coach John Herdman decided to change things up a little bit for Friday’s Olympic bronze-medal match; he put teenager Deanne Rose into the starting lineup, in place of Janine Beckie.
N.S. soccer duo look to continue strong play at U-15 CONCACAF championship – Chronicle Herald
As Team Canada prepares for its semifinal match in the CONCACAF U-15 girls soccer championship, they’ll look for two Nova Scotians to lead the way offensively.
The Toronto FC Pipeline: Academy To MLS – League1 Ontario
The pathway from Toronto FC Academy’s League1 Ontario side to their full fledged pro levels – such as USL Pro, and in some cases MLS first team – has been well defined in the past three seasons, with nine players having made the leap.
Soccer club will pay for replacing turf it added to city park – Ottawa Citizen
The city says an Ottawa soccer club will have to pay for the eventual removal or replacement of the artificial turf it put down at a public park.
Local soccer talent on display in Halifax – Chronicle Herald
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC scouting staff is getting an early glimpse of Nova Scotia’s top soccer talent this week. As part of a partnership announced back in May, Soccer Nova Scotia is hosting its first Vancouver Whitecaps residency prospects identification camp at the BMO Soccer Centre in Halifax.
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.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 vs. ARIZONA UTD. SC
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2016, 3:00 PM
McLEOD ATHLETIC PARK, LANGLEY, BC
Road trip! WFC2 host Arizona Sunday afternoon in Langley – Whitecaps FC
Langley, here we come. This Sunday, August 21, Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) will play their first of three matches at McLeod Athletic Park to close out the 2016 United Soccer League regular season. The match will kick off at 3 p.m. PT against Frank Yallop’s Arizona United SC
USL Weekend Preview – Week 22 – USL
The top two teams in the Eastern Conference square off with the chance for either to clinch a place in the 2016 USL Playoffs, while six of the eight teams in the Western Conference playoff positions meet over the course of a 12-game slate of action this weekend to conclude Week 22 in the USL regular season.
NASL Fall Week 8: A Look Ahead – SBI
Three teams sit within two points of one another atop the Fall Standings, making each match vital as the NASL’s second phase nears its midway point.
VIDEO: FC Edmonton defender to mark 100th match with club – Global News
Albert Watson had a rocky start with FC Edmonton four years ago. Injury had the defender reconsidering a move across the pond. But since then, he’s been an ironman for the club. The Northern Irishman will play his 100th game with the Eddies Saturday. Quinn Phillips reports.
NASL Fall Week 9 Preview: Road Points Becoming Crucial – Empire of Soccer
The top three teams in the NASL standings are in their positions for one simple reason — they’ve been the best at home. First-place Indy Eleven and the third-place New York Cosmos have yet to be beaten once in front of their home supporters, and second-place FC Edmonton’s only losing effort at home came in week two of the Spring Season.
Match Preview: LA Galaxy II set for fourth match against I-405 rivals Orange County Blues FC – LA Galaxy
LA Galaxy II (9-4-9, 36 points) travel to Anteater Stadium in Irvine, Calif. on Saturday, Aug. 20, to face Orange County Blues FC (9-11-4, 31 points) in the two sides’ fourth meeting of the season.
Several Cosmos Called Up For Upcoming International Games – Empire of Soccer
As the New York Cosmos are scraping for every single point in a tight Fall Season race, four players are set to depart camp for international duty in early September.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers bounce to new home – Miami Herald
Just call them the Lauderhill Strikers. On Saturday night, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers will make their debut in their new digs, playing host to the Ottawa Fury at Central Broward Stadium in Lauderhill.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Gold Medal preview: Germany, Sweden to battle it out – Equalizer
Germany and, much to many soccer fans chagrin, Sweden, will face off Friday in the gold medal match at the legendary Maracana Stadium in Rio. For the first time in Olympic history and the second all-time in major international tournament history, the final will feature two women coaches at the helm (the other was also Germany-Sweden at the 2003 World Cup).
NWSL: Washington Spirit takes over lead – Soccer America
Ali Krieger became the first U.S. Olympian who returned to action in the NWSL, captaining the Washington Spirit to a 2-1 win at the Houston Dash in their makeup game. Christine Nairn scored both goals for the Spirit, the first on a penalty kick and the second on a shot from 40 yards.
The FA Women’s Premier League returns this weekend – The FA
Sporting Club Albion have got over last season’s FA Women’s Premier League Championship play-off final defeat with a change of name, ground and manager ahead of this weekend’s big kick-off.
US women’s soccer is totally fed up with Hope Solo – NY Post
While not-really-robbed swimmer Ryan Lochte has since taken the spotlight off Solo’s controversial comments following the US women’s soccer team’s Olympics ouster, in which she called the Swedish team “a bunch of cowards” for the defensive playing style they employed in the quarterfinal, the goalie’s teammates are not letting her live it down.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
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.
Golden finale beckons for the hosts, Germany – FIFA
All eyes will be on the Maracana, as Brazil are 90 minutes away from winning a first-ever gold medal in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament. As if an Olympic gold medal match needed another layer of intrigue, the hosts will have to get past Germany, a nation that defeated Brazil 7-1 in one of the most historic and shocking matches in FIFA World Cup™ history.
Premier League: What you need to know this weekend – Sportsnet
The 2016-17 Premier League season continues this week with Matchday 2, and Sportsnet will have live coverage of five games.
Premier League: Previews and team news for weekend’s games – BBC Sport
All of the latest team news, previews and statistics for the weekend’s Premier League games, as Stoke City host Manchester City in Saturday’s early kick-off before Liverpool travel to Burnley.
Premier League weekend team news: Injuries and suspensions – ESPN FC
Injury reports & Suspensions for every EPL match this weekend.
Watford vs Chelsea Preview: Old managerial rivals come head to head in derby clash – Vavel
Antonio Conte will look to be continuing his good start at Chelsea with another win while Watford manager, Walter Mazzarri, will be hoping for to improve on their last game. The two new arrivals will come head to head at 3pm on the August 20.
Alan Pardew backs Christian Benteke to make good Palace impression – ESPN FC
Alan Pardew believes Christian Benteke can lift Crystal Palace after the departures of “iconic” duo Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak.
Burnley vs Liverpool Preview: Klopp’s Reds looking to maintain winning start – Vavel
Liverpool travel to Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon, where they will face newly promoted Burnley, in their second Premier League game of the 2016/17 season.
Low crowds and chaotic La Liga fixture list cannot deter from guarantee of drama – The Guardian
Spain’s top clubs face fines for not filling their stadiums during the new season but as ever there will be plenty to enjoy on the pitch.
Dória dreams of ‘great season’ with OM – Ligue 1
Two years after he first arrived in France, Brazilian defender Dória admits he is hopeful of finally establishing himself in the Olympique de Marseille first team as the southern side prepare to face EA Guingamp this weekend.
Scottish Premiership: Team news and previews for weekend games – BBC Sport
Team news and previews for the Scottish Premiership, including St Johnstone v Celtic in Saturday’s early kick-off followed by Rangers v Motherwell.
Celtic charged over fans waving Palestine flags at Hapoel match – Sportsnet
UEFA has charged Celtic over fans displaying dozens of Palestinian flags at a Champions League game against an Israeli opponent.
Friday night football: a new dawn that has left fans feeling Sky’s the limit – The Guardian
Manchester United face Southampton in the first of 10 games to be shown in a new prime-time slot sure to bring in high viewing figures but which has already alienated some match-going supporters