BC Soccer News, Weekend, August 3-6, 2018




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Episode 288 – The AFTN Soccer Show (A Puliser Prize – NYCFC v Vancouver Preview Show)AFTN
There’s no rest for the wicked. Vancouver Whitecaps are in the midst of their toughest spell of the season with games coming thick and fast in both MLS and the Canadian Championship.

New York City FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
After their four-match winning streak was snapped in Seattle Sunday, New York City FC return to the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium, where they are 10-0-1 this season. They take on a Vancouver Whitecaps FC side coming off a 4-2 home win over Minnesota United FC.

Whitecaps looking to reverse road woes, play spoiler in New York CityDelta Optimist
The Vancouver Whitecaps will be the underdogs when they face off against New York City FC this weekend, but coach Carl Robinson believes his squad can take a bite out of the big apple.

Circus soccer? Whitecaps going for the ‘juggler’ Saturday in New YorkVancouver Sun
The Caps travelled Thursday to the Big Apple where they will face New York City FC on their tiny, possibly crooked, field at Yankee Stadium. The postage-stamp pitch has a reputation for turning games into frenetic free-for-alls, with the smaller confines leaving less breathing room for players on the ball.

Whitecaps begin make-or-break August with tough trip to NYCSportsnet
History has shown the month of August can make or break a club’s chances of securing a playoff spot in Major League Soccer. The Vancouver Whitecaps experienced that a year ago and are hopeful the same can happen in 2018.

Alphonso Davies wins MLS Goal of the WeekWhitecaps FC
In case there was any doubt, Alphonso Davies officially won the MLS Goal of the Week on Thursday.

Alphonso Davies on life as Canada’s next great soccer starMaclean’s
A big-money move from the Vancouver Whitecaps to Germany’s storied Bayern Munich is just the latest move in the young football player’s incredible journey.

Torrent: Even with Davies’ “Special Quality”, Bayern brings learning curveMLS
Dome Torrent is certainly impressed with Alphonso Davies, calling the Vancouver Whitecaps’ phenom a player with “special quality, who is able to score two goals every single game.”

Alphonso Davies thankful for support of EdmontoniansEdmonton Sun
Fonzie called. The wonderful whirlwind and worldwide wave of attention focused on the 17-year-old soccer star from Edmonton had finally subsided. And Alphonso Davies was finally able to catch his breath and make the call from Atlanta.

MLS Week 23: A Weekend Look AheadSBI
Break time is over in Major League Soccer with regular season play resuming this weekend following a midweek All-Star Game in Atlanta.

Toronto FC full of confidence ahead of “measuring stick” match in AtlantaMLS
It couldn’t have come at a better time. The 2018 season has been a strange one for Toronto FC, but riding a four-match unbeaten streak in all competitions and having taken six points from the Chicago Fire to get within sight of the playoff divide in the Eastern Conference, Saturday’s trip to face Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be a match that has the potential to speak volumes for the team.

Portland Timbers approaching club record as unbeaten streak continuesOregonian
The Portland Timbers surprised Major League Soccer back in 2013 as they rebounded from a dismal 2012 campaign by going on a club-record 15-game unbeaten run under new head coach Caleb Porter.

LAFC’s Mark-Anthony Kaye out 4-6 months after ankle surgeryFox Sports
Los Angeles FC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye will be sidelined for four to six months after undergoing surgery to repair his broken left ankle.

Justin Meram rejoins Crew from Orlando CitySBI
Justin Meram is heading back to the Columbus Crew after less than a year away from the club where his professional career began.

Revolution Sign Defender Michael MancienneNew England Revolution
The New England Revolution have signed defender Michael Mancienne on a free transfer from EFL Championship side Nottingham Forest F.C., the club announced today. Mancienne, a former England youth international and graduate of Chelsea’s youth system with 99 combined career appearances in the English Premier League and German Bundesliga, will be added to the roster using Targeted Allocation Money upon receipt of his P-1 Visa and international transfer certificate (ITC).

‘They said it was over, I said NO!’ – Ibrahimovic’s defiant message after LA Galaxy hat-trickSN
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still turning on the style for the LA Galay at 36 years of age, with the former Manchester United and Juventus striker making it clear that injury was never going to stop him.

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THE BEST XI: PDL unveils its All-League teamFront Row Soccer
Victoria Highlanders Callum Montgomery and former WFC2 GK Marco Carducci are in the league’s starting XI.

Langley Special Olympians compete in Nova Scotia Langley Times
Two hundred and forty-four members of Special Olympics Team BC 2018, including a number of athletes from Langley, are set to represent their province with pride at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Khalsa SC 2, Vancouver Utd. 0, July 29, 2018 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.

Call for interest for 2018 TD Diploma course BCSA
Based on the level of interest, BC Soccer is planning to host a 2-day Technical Director’s course in late November or early December of 2018 (dates and location TBA). If you are interested in this course, please let BC Soccer know so they can update you.

PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

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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2018 PDL Championship PreviewUSL PDL
Winner between Reading, Calgary will earn first PDL title in team history. Full Preview and Livestream info for Saturday’s championship match.

Cyle Larin nets hat trick in Besiktas Europa League winSBI
Cyle Larin ended his last season with Turkish side Besiktas on a high note and it looks like that carried over to the start of the 2018 season.

Canada Soccer confirms departure of Bev Priestman – CSA
After five years with Canada Soccer, Bev Priestman will be leaving her position as National EXCEL Director U15-U23, Women’s National Team U-20 Head Coach and Women’s National Team Assistant Coach at the end of August.

Canadian LeBlanc hoping to make a big difference in CONCACAF roleSportsnet
It’s not often that a new executive position is created in the soccer world, let alone given to someone from Canada. That is the case for former national women’s team goalkeeper Karina Leblanc, now the new Head of Women’s Football for the CONCACAF region.

Foot Soldiers SG hoping to make CPL matches a ‘destination’ in CalgaryCanadian Premier League
Calgary native Sean Clarke describes himself as a “disgruntled” hockey fan looking for a “fun, real experience,” and found it, in spades, through soccer. Now, the 35-year-old hopes to inspire, lead and grow that same love of the sport in his hometown.

Supporter’s Voice | Lucas Piatti, Generation IXYork 9 FC
In this series, passionate soccer supporters tell their story of falling in love with the beautiful game, and how they’re helping lead the charge in their communities to support new clubs in the Canadian Premier League. Lucas Piatti of Generation IX is one of those dedicated supporters in York Region.

Ontario Summer Games come to London for 4th timeGlobal
Athletes from across the province are descending on the Forest City for the 2018 Ontario Summer Games.

Leicester City Football Club holds soccer camp in Happy Valley-Goose BayNorthern Pen
Young Happy Valley-Goose Bay soccer players had an amazing opportunity and experience recently training and participating in skill development with a group of coaches that are part of a club that finished ninth in the English Premier League last season and were the Premier League champions in 2015/16.


Playoff Pressure on Ottawa, Tampa BayUSL
Even four months later, the first meeting of the 2018 season between Ottawa Fury FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies still feels like one of the more remarkable games of the season.

Western Conf. Notes – Fresno’s Familiar Faces Return to SacramentoUSL
Energy FC looks to start new streak in Colorado Springs; San Antonio looking to stay on gas pedal.

Match Preview: Toronto FC II at Pittsburgh RiverhoundsTFC
Toronto FC II returns to action this Saturday as they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Riverhounds.

Toronto FC II Sign Tsubasa EndohTFC
Toronto FC II announced Thursday that the club has signed midfielder/forward Tsubasa Endoh to a USL contract.

Eastern Conf. Notes – Southern Derby Looms Large for NCFC, BatteryUSL
Fitzpatrick makes desired impact for Hounds; Steel FC expecting different look from Kickers.

Austin Bold FC Hosts Official LaunchUSL
Club appoints Marcelo Serrano as Head Coach, introduces first three players for 2019.

Miami FC 2 reaches the NPSL league final despite turmoil and uncertainty over team’s futureMiami Herald
Left without a league when the floundering North American Soccer League canceled its 2018 season, Miami FC, which had beaten two MLS teams last summer and finished atop the NASL standings, opted to play in the predominantly amateur fourth-tier National Premier Soccer League under the name Miami FC2.


USWNT dominates Brazil, wins the 2018 Tournament of NationsThe Equalizer
The first half could have been considered touch-and-go, but the U.S. women’s national team eventually walked away with the 2018 Tournament of Nations trophy after taking down Brazil, 4-1 on Thursday in Bridgeview, Ill., behind goals from Rose Lavelle, Julie Ertz, Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan. Brazil’s lone strike came from a Tierna Davidson own goal in the 16th minute on a sharp counterattack.

Australia tops Japan to go unbeaten again at Tournament of NationsThe Equalizer
In a repeat of this year’s Asia Cup final in Jordan, it was Australia who were able to achieve a small chunk of revenge with a 2-0 win over Japan thanks to goals from Alanna Kennedy and Sam Kerr.

Five things the USWNT must do to successfully defend the World CupThe Guardian
With the Tournament of Nations behind them, the world’s No 1 team is eight weeks from opening their France 2019 qualifying campaign.

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018: Brittany welcomes the worldFIFA
The eyes of the world were on Russia for the first half of the footballing summer. And as fate would have it, they will now turn to France, the home of the newly crowned world champions and the venue for the second global event of the holiday season: the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018.

Junior Football Ferns refuse to bury heads in sandFIFA
When the New Zealand U-20 side appeared on Ploemeur beach this morning, heads turned in the direction of the 21 young women kitted out in orange-red and black. What could a team about to compete in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 be doing on a Breton beach?

Women’s Champions League kicks off: full guideUEFA
The qualifying round begins on Tuesday with the likes of Ajax, Glasgow City, Anderlecht, Slavia Praha, Basel and Sporting CP in action.

Sports Minister Asiamah adamant Ghana won’t lose Women’s AFCON hosting rightsGhana Soccernet
Minister of Youth and Sports Isaac Kwame Asiamah is adamant Ghana will not lose the hosting rights for the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations.

Canberra United reveal first signs of rebuild with two new signings Sydney Morning Herald
Canberra United coach Heather Garriock has shown the first signs of her rebuild after revealing the club’s first two recruits for 2018-19 W-League season.

Emily Fox Wins Race to Recover for 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World CupUSSF
When Emily Fox hit the turf on a chilly October night against Boston College in the fall of 2017, her knee hurt, but she couldn’t gauge the injury’s severity. She hoped it was only a sprain of some sort. It wasn’t. An MRI confirmed the worst – a torn ACL. As soon as she found out, Fox didn’t waste any time with “why me” diatribes, she started to make a plan.

UWS experience a boon for Ephrata grad LieblLancaster Online
Coming off a loss in the United Women’s Soccer championship game, Kay Liebl is looking to use her experience as she begins the fall season.


2018 Community Shield: Chelsea vs. Manchester CityBBC Sport
Jorginho and Riyad Mahrez are expected to make their debuts at Wembley as FA Cup winners Chelsea face Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield.

Guardiola and Sarri ready to dine out at WembleyFour Four Two
Manchester City and Chelsea’s meeting in the Community Shield brings together two coaches who hold a deep mutual admiration for one another.

The ‘curse’ of the Community Shield and its history of false startsThe Telegraph
It would be tempting to indulge in some footballing revisionism and claim that the Community (née Charity) Shield has fallen from grace. In truth, the breathless football calendar – with what now passes for a close season – has simply buried whatever curtain-raising thrill we might have felt whenever the fixture comes round.

Neymar joins PSG squad in ShenzhenLigue 1
Brazil superstar Neymar Jr has arrived in Shenzhen, China, where Paris Saint-Germain will take on AS Monaco in the Trophée des Champions on Saturday.

Scaloni, Aimar to lead Argentina on interim basisFIFA
Lionel Scaloni and Pablo Aimar will take charge of Argentina on an interim basis in the wake of Jorge Sampaoli’s exit from the role.

‘Modric can leave for €750 million’ – Perez slams door on star’s exitSN
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has dismissed any real chance of Luka Modric’s departure by declaring that any buyer must pay his €750 million (£670m/$870m) release clause.

Leicester swoop to beat Watford to Monaco’s Rachid Ghezzal – sourcesESPN
A number of Premier League clubs, including Watford and Southampton, have been chasing Ghezzal this summer, but Leicester have moved to agree a deal with Monaco.

Europa League: Burnley, Rangers, Leipzig all advanceNBC Sports
Burnely advanced in Europa League in extra time thanks to a bullet header from former Swansea and Southampton midfielder Jack Cork.

Burnley in talks to sign Joe Hart from Manchester City – sourcesESPN
Burnley are in talks to sign Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, sources have told ESPN FC.

Stabbings and mass brawls outside Ibrox mar Rangers’ Europa League victory over OsijekThe Telegraph
Footage on social media appeared to show mass brawls between fans of the two clubs ahead of the second qualifying round second leg. The stabbing victims, aged 24 and 40, were taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow and medical staff described their conditions as stable.

Scottish Premiership 2018-19 preview: Celtic favourites but focus on GerrardThe Guardian
Brendan Rodgers’ side are in the box seat for an eighth championship running but Rangers’ new manager adds interest.

Terry Butcher: Former England captain quits as Philippines head coachBBC Sport
Former England captain Terry Butcher has quit as Philippines head coach before he had taken charge of a match. The 59-year-old was appointed on a two-year deal in June, starting this weekend, but he does not believe the right system is in place for the country to be successful.

Nigerian courts keep Giwa in presidential pole position, FIFA’s move next?Inside World Football
The never ending crisis enveloping Nigerian football has taken another twist with the Federal High Court refusing to grant a request to stop Chris Giwa from taking over as the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

South Korea kickoffs put back for first time ever as heatwave strikesESPN
Record-breaking temperatures that have caused 30 deaths in South Korea have forced the country’s top-flight K-League to delay kickoffs until after sunset for the first time ever this weekend.

US sanctions pressure forces Adidas to follow Nike and drop Iran sponsorshipInside World Football
German sportswear company Adidas is cutting ties with the Iranian national team ahead of next year’s Asian Cup, following in the footsteps of rival Nike because of increasing geopolitical uncertainty in the region.

Estadio Azteca’s new turf will carry heavy burden over rest of 2018ESPN
Estadio Azteca’s switch from natural grass to a hybrid turf came about with the promise that it would create a world-class playing surface on the level of La Liga’s Santiago Bernabeu or Camp Nou venues.

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