BC Soccer News, Weekend, August 31 – September 3, 2018







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Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
After rallying to defeat the San Jose Earthquakes a week ago on the road, Vancouver Whitecaps FC return to BC Place looking to stretch an unbeaten streak to six games, while the Quakes are coming off their first home win since early March, beating West-leading FC Dallas in a barnburner Wednesday night.

Whitecaps look to strengthen defence in rematch with Earthquakes Delta Optimist
The Vancouver Whitecaps know they will have to work to successfully defend home turf when a revenge-minded San Jose Earthquakes club visits B.C. this weekend.

Whitecaps FC President discusses why team won’t join NWSLThe Equalizer
he NWSL is not coming to Vancouver, and Whitecaps FC will not be adding a professional women’s soccer team from the already established league.

Alphonso Davies headlines Canadian roster for CONCACAF qualifierCBC
​Confident in the young talent at his disposal, Canada coach John Herdman says he’s not going to beg players to wear the Maple Leaf.

Sixth-place Montreal Impact making do with slumping strikersSportsnet
Goals have been scarce, but the Montreal Impact are prepared to play out the season with a threesome of strikers who have scored only five goals between them this season.

Samuel Piette called up by Canada for Concacaf Nations League qualification gameMontreal Impact
Midfielder Samuel Piette has been selected by the Canadian national team to take part in a training camp and in a Concacaf Nations League qualification game, on September 9 against the U.S. Virgin Islands, in Bradenton, Florida.

Toronto FC must now come through at BMO FieldToronto Sun
Greg Vanney has opened himself up to some criticism in prioritizing his club’s remaining home games over its road tilts.

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Experienced new additions and key returnees help strengthen SFU Clan squad depth as they look to live up to the “expectation” of chasing a NCAA national titleAFTN
It’s been five years since Simon Fraser University Clan’s last run to the NCAA Division 2 Final Four. For an ambitious program, that’s seen some fantastic talent take to the pitch for it in that time inbetween, that’s not just disappointing, it’s been something of a head scratcher as well.

PACWEST Soccer Preview: VIU MarinersPACWEST
It was a magical season for the VIU Mariners in 2017 winning the CCAA national championship on their home turf.

Joel Waterman: TWU’s tide is high and so are its hopes as Spartans’ soccer feeds off the presence and purpose its fifth-year leaderVarsity Letters
It may be the simplest game of Xs and Os ever invented, yet the ability to consistently win in the ancient discipline of tic-tac-toe doesn’t come without a complex level of sureness and clarity, which in intangible terms, might be best described as having an instant presence.

Vikes women’s soccer set to host ‘Birds in first-ever matchup of Legends Cup seriesUVic
Following an exciting media launch for the Legends Cup series on Aug. 28, the University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team are ready to open the inaugural rivalry match-up with their foes from across the water this weekend. Head coach Tracy David and the Vikes will host the UBC Thunderbirds to open the 2018 Canada West season on Sept. 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Centennial Stadium.

WSOC: T-Birds kick off 2018 season in VictoriaUBC
The UBC Thunderbirds open up the 2018 Canada West soccer season this weekend with a boat ride across the water to meet the rival University of Victoria Vikes on Saturday, September 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Centennial Stadium. It will also mark the opening game of the inaugural Legends Cup Series, which was announced earlier this week that features a season long series of competitions between the school’s varsity teams across six sports. The new Legends Cup trophy will be on site and will surely serve its purpose of adding even more fun and fuel to the healthy, longstanding rivalry between the institutions.

MSOC: New look ‘Birds open Canada West seasonUBC
The UBC Thunderbirds open up a highly anticipated 2018 Canada West soccer season this weekend starting with a visit to the Fraser Valley Cascades on Friday, August 31 followed by the ‘Birds’ home opener Sunday afternoon at Thunderbird Stadium.

UBC Soccer features plenty of Richmond talentRichmond News
If the UBC Thunderbirds are going to defend their Canada West men’s soccer championship, it will be plenty of Richmond F.C. talent helping them get there.

WolfPack Women’s Soccer Harpoon Orcas in ExhibitionTRU Wolfpack
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team kept their 2018 preseason unbeaten.

WolfPack and Heat meet in first of Presidents Cup SeriesTRU Wolfpack
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack will look to get into the win column when they take to the field Friday(Aug 31) at Hillside Stadium.

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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Canada Soccer announces squad for Concacaf Nations League QualifyingCSA
Canada Soccer have announced their Men’s National Team squad for the start of 2018-19 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying that kicks off Sunday 9 September. Head Coach John Herdman and his staff have put together an exciting squad that includes established stars and some of Canada’s next generation of bright young stars. The squad will gather on Monday 3 September during the international window in preparation for the opening match against US Virgin Islands.

John Herdman admits transition to Canadian Men’s National Team has been “bloody hard”, but he’s excited for the future as he takes a shot at his doubtersAFTN
Next month will mark John Herdman’s eight month anniversary of his appointment as head coach of the Canadian national team. It will also see him lead the team in their first competitive match, as the new CONCACAF Nations League gets underway on September 9 with a game against the US Virgin Islands in Florida.

John Herdman says he won’t beg players to choose Canada over another countryPrince George Citizen
Confident in the young talent at his disposal, Canada coach John Herdman says he’s not going to beg players to wear the Maple Leaf.

Herdman sees Canada playing in the World Cup in four years timethe11.ca
Not since the 1990s, the days of Bunbury, Radzinski and Peschisolido, has a Canadian national team offered so much attacking promise.

VIDEO: Head of Women’s CONCACAF on how to grow soccerSportsnet
Karina LeBlanc talks about her role in the new CONCACAF,

Regina Exhibition Association Ltd. announces 10-year partnership with AffinityLeader Post
For TJ Singh, executive director of the Regina Soccer Association, this partnership will benefit the city’s soccer community.


Finding themselves on the outside looking in for a moment, Fury FC will look to continue their push for a playoff spot this Friday as they visit New York Red Bulls II in Montclair, NJ. Red Bulls II are a strong and skilled team, but also one that Fury FC have historically had great success against.

Fury FC’s Crépeau Earns Canada Call-UpUSL
Ottawa Fury FC announced on Thursday that goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau had been selected in the Canada Men’s National Team squad for the country’s opening game of 2018-19 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying that kicks off Sunday, September 9 against the U.S. Virgin Islands at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The call-up is Crépeau’s first under new Head Coach John Herdman.


Pernille Harder wins UEFA Women’s Player of the Year awardUEFA
Pernille Harder of Wolfsburg and Denmark has been voted the 2017/18 UEFA Women’s Player of the Year.

The girls who grew up to stand on the brink of something remarkableWales Online
This time tomorrow, Wales could be celebrating making it to a first World Cup since 1958.

England will embrace hostile Wales atmosphere in World Cup qualifier, says Phil NevilleThe Independent
The two sides meet in a winner-takes-all qualification clash on Friday night, with only 250 England fans present in a 5,000 sell-out Rodney Parade crowd.

Scotland Women’s World Cup hopes out of own hands despite win over SwissBBC Sport
Scotland Women’s World Cup hopes are now out of their own hands after Shelley Kerr’s side could only beat Switzerland by just a single goal.

Swedish legend Lotta Schelin announces retirement due to ongoing painThe Equalizer
Legendary Swedish striker Lotta Schelin announced her retirement on Thursday, citing chronic neck and head pain.


European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leaguesSF Gate
The pressure on Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will ratchet up if the team loses at Burnley on Sunday for a third straight defeat in the Premier League.

Champions League group stage draw made in MonacoUEFA
The 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage draw has been made in Monaco, with highlights including Juventus v Manchester United – meaning a return to Old Trafford for Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid v Roma, Paris v Liverpool and Atlético v Dortmund.

Europa League group stage draw made in MonacoUEFA
The 2018/19 UEFA Europa League group stage draw has taken place in Monaco.

Copa Libertadores Review: Tevez helps Boca reach QFs, Palmeiras advanceFour Four Two
Carlos Tevez was on target as Argentine powerhouse Boca Juniors progressed 6-2 on aggregate thanks to Thursday’s 4-2 victory.

Bordeaux finally firing before Rennes tripLigue 1
Girondins de Bordeaux head to Brittany to face Stade Rennais FC on Sunday after coming through a turbulent last week buoyed by two very significant victories on the pitch as they look to move on from the Thierry Henry saga.

Transfer deadline day: Seven transfers to watch from around Europe and Football LeagueBBC Sport
The Premier League transfer window has already shut but deals can still be completed around Europe and in the Football League.

Modric wins best player in Europe vote; Beckham honouredLondon Free Press
Modric helped Madrid to win a third straight Champions League title, and fourth in five seasons, before leading his country to the World Cup final. Croatia lost 4-2 against France.

Infront wins overseas distribution rights to Scottish leaguesInside World Football
Infront has picked up the international media rights for the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) in a multi-season deal that covers all four leagues, the IRN-BRU Cup and the Betfred Cup.

All eyes on Usain Bolt as he makes debut as footballerThe Guardian
The world’s fastest man was neither good nor did he disgrace himself, but there is a great deal of work to be done.

The 2018/19 Guide to Soccer on TV in Canada (and online)BC Soccer Web
Finding your match on TV or online in Canada has become more difficult in recent years. League broadcast rights change hands, new online services pop up, and some leagues and channels vanish from our screens altogether. Fear not! BC Soccer Web has got you covered! We’ve made our way through the web of cable channels and online services available so you can watch the matches you want.

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