BC Soccer News, Weekend, February 5-7, 2016

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016, 7:30 PM


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Canada men’s soccer to have hands full against Americans on TSNTSN
The Canadian men’s national soccer team gets back on the pitch for its first international friendly of 2016 on Friday night against a full-strength American team in Carson, California. You can see the old rivals clash on TSN1, TSN3 and TSN5 beginning at 10:30pm et/7:30pm pt.

US vs. Canada: The highlights and lowlights for each national team over the yearsMLS
While it may not have the impact of USA-Mexico, the rivalry between the Yanks and Canada has certainly had its moments. Ahead of Friday’s matchup between the North American neighbors (10:15 pm ET; FS1, UniMas, UDN in the US, TSN in Canada), MLSsoccer.com’s Matthew Doyle and Daniel Squizzato take a look at the series’ highs and lows from three significant games in their own, unique perspectives.

Canadian ‘Caps trio face teammate Tim Parker in battle versus the U.S. on FridayWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC fans will have a keen eye on this one with four players from the club potentially featuring on either side. Residency products Sam Adekugbe, Marco Bustos, and Kianz Froese are all in the Canada camp, while second-year centre back Tim Parker earned his first call-up to the U.S. men’s national team.

Previewing U.S. vs. Canada men’s soccer friendly tonightWashington Post
The most burning question ahead of the United States-Canada men’s friendly tonight at StubHub Center is not who will start or which young player will make a lasting impression.

North American soccer needs a real Canada v USA rivalry The Guardian
The balance of power in North America has skewed south in recent times but competition could help both teams improve.

Expect Benito Floro’s Canada, even with fresh options, to keep consistent approach in friendly vs. USAMLS
Floro has been unambiguous in his assessment of the team and his preferred tactical approach; simply put, playing a tight, defensively-minded game is Canada’s best chance at success, in his eyes. To that end, Floro typically deploys a 4-1-4-1 formation, with an experienced midfielder (generally Julian de Guzman) protecting the back four, and a lone striker (generally Cyle Larin) hoping to nick something at the other end.

USA-Canada Preview: Youngsters should get second look Soccer America
Jurgen Klinsmann says he has two short-term goals for the USA’s second and final test of the national team winter camp against Canada on Friday night at StubHub : get his veterans ready for the double date against Guatemala in World Cup 2018 qualifying and look at more U-23s for their two-leg series against Colombia with a berth in the Olympics on the line.

Steven Vitoria set for Canadian soccer debutSportsnet
Nine years after pulling on a Portuguese jersey in Montreal at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, veteran defender Steven Vitoria could make his Canadian debut Friday.

How the Voyageurs supporters’ group became Canada’s biggest soccer familyMLS
People say that Benny’s is your No. 1 store–but really, for the best in sweet delicacies, you’ve got to hit Philip’s Bakery on Lower Middle Street. If the preceding sentence made any sense to you whatsoever, chances are you’re a member of the Voyageurs, the supporters’ group for Canada’s national teams.

The impossible dream of the Canadian Premier League24th Minute
For many people – especially the people who are regular visitors to this site – yesterday’s revelation in the Hamilton Spectator that planning for the Canadian Premier League was, indeed, well underway was not a surprise. It was simply further proof beyond what has been reported here for the better part of two years now.

What the Canadian Premier League Means for the Voyageurs CupWaking the Red
The five team tournament has struggled at the best of times to have intrigue, now a new league will spice it up and make the stakes higher than ever.

Canadian Soccer Star Christine Sinclair teams up with Envision Sports & Entertainment for brand management and commercial representation PR Newswire
Envision Sports & Entertainment announced today the signing of Canadian women’s soccer star and team captain, Christine Sinclair. The Toronto based sports marketing and athlete management agency will exclusively manage sponsorship, endorsements, public relations, and charitable and community initiatives on Sinclair’s behalf.

Saskatoon soccer player Kaylyn Kyle is ready for Rio if the call comesCKRM
Saskatoon’s Kaylyn Kyle says she’ll be ready if Canada’s women’s soccer team calls her up for the Olympics in Rio. The Canadian team will be playing an Olympic qualifying championship in the United States beginning next week with only the top two teams qualifying for the 2016 Olympics. However, Kyle, Saskatchewan’s only representative on the national stage, was left off the roster.

Busy Winter Transfer Season for Canadian International PlayersWaking the Red
A number of current and past members of the Canadian men’s national team have found a new home during the winter transfer window. James Hutton breaks down the moves and what they mean for the player’s future.

League1 Ontario Announced Conference Structure for 2016Toronto FC
Late last year, League1 Ontario announced the addition of eight new teams to its Men and Women’s divisions. Today, League1 Ontario is adding one more team to the Men’s division and announcing a new conference structure for that division in 2016.

The Spectator’s View: Dome plan has potential and problems Hamilton Spectator
A privately financed — meaning no capital cost to taxpayers — dome for soccer and other events at Tim Hortons Field. A home for the professional soccer team that’s coming here at some point soon. All-weather sports facilities in a part of the city that doesn’t have an abundance of them. What’s not to like? Nothing. Maybe.


David Ousted shows why he earned an All-Star nod last yearFox Sports
Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted submitted his best season in MLS last year. The Danish goalkeeper earned a place on the MLS All-Star team and played a key role in the Whitecaps’ miserly defense. His penchant for pulling off important saves made him indispensible as Vancouver made its push toward the top of the Western Conference.

VIDEO: Fraser Aird, the Whitecaps’ Canadian with a Scottish accentThe Province
Kenny Miller is a Fraser Aird fan. The former Whitecaps striker, still scoring goals for Rangers at age 36, has been a mentor to Aird at the storied Scottish club.

Colorado Rapids sign Trinidad and Tobago national team defender Mekeil WilliamsMLS
The Colorado Rapids added a defender on Thursday, when they announced that they have signed 25-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international Mekeil Williams on a transfer from Guatemalan club Antigua GFC.

San Jose Earthquakes sign midfielder Cordell Cato to new, multi-year contract MLS
Cato was the only San Jose player last season to make at least one start at four different positions: left back, right back, left midfield and right midfield.

Impact lose to Red Bulls in pre-season actionSportsnet
The Montreal Impact fell 5-0 to the New York Red Bulls in their first action of the Major League Soccer pre-season on Thursday.

Rumor Killer: NYCFC not pursuing Iker CasillasEmpire of Soccer
Despite several recent reports to the contrary, New York City FC will not be pursuing Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas’ signature.

Protecting The Pitch At BMO Field  – Toronto FC
Football and soccer are very different sports, and while that is definitely not breaking news by any stretch, soccer fans in Toronto are wondering what is being done to ensure BMO Field remains a soccer first venue.

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Riptide U15 boys must win final league game – Campbell River Mirror
Come out and cheer on our Upper Island Riptide U15 Boys at their final game of the season. Kickoff time is 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7 at the new Campbell River Robron Turf Field.

Spring sports on the horizon Oak Bay News
In the Div. 1 Vancouver Island Soccer League, the Bays United FC men play their last regular season game of the year on Friday, Feb. 5, hosting Nanaimo United FC at 8 p.m. on UVic Turf 2A. In VISL Division 3B play, Bays United FC take on Saanich Fusion FC at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Lochside Turf.

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Trafford sold to Miami FC, takes package that “justifies” his market valuethe11.ca
On Thursday, NASL expansion side Miami FC announced it had brought Canadian defender Mason Trafford into its ranks. His agent confirmed that Miami FC had purchased the defender and then inked Trafford to a new two-year deal.

Louisville City FC loses star Fondy to JacksonvilleWave3
Whatever Louisville City FC was planning for an encore in its second season, it will have to happen without star forward Matt Fondy. The USL’s Most Valuable Player a year ago, Fondy will play for Jacksonville Armada FC in 2016.

New USL San Antonio club reveals name, colors and crestSBI
USL’s latest expansion team has a name and crest. Spurs Sports & Entertainment announced San Antonio FC as the official name of the new USL club, while the team also revealed its badge with black, silver and red as its colors.

NASL Notes: Ottawa Loses Another Star Defender, Armada Adds USL Firepower, more Empire of Soccer
Ottawa Fury FC was on the outgoing end of another transfer this week as they lost leftback Mason Trafford to expansion side Miami FC.

Monarchs Loan Herrera to Liga MX’s PachucaUSL
Real Monarchs SLC goalkeeper Christian Herrera has been sent on loan to Liga MX club Pachuca for the 2016 Clausura and Apertura, the club announced on Thursday. Pachuca holds an option to purchase Herrera’s right following the conclusion of the season.

USL, A Growing Problem? Violet Crown  Soccer
The addition of six teams would be more remarkable, if it weren’t following a 2015 season that saw a staggering twelve new teams (seven MLS-owned, five independent) nearly double the size of the league. It took MLS 19 years to get to 18 teams, but USL has added that many new teams in just two years.

Detroit City FC hits financing goal for stadium work Soccer America
Detroit City FC, the community-based NPSL team that has become a hit in the Motor City, reached its fundraising goal of $400,000 in its historic community financing campaign to release funds for the rehabilitation of 80-year-old Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck. The stadium will be the new home of Le Rouge.

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United Women’s Soccer Announces West ConferenceUWS
United Women’s Soccer (UWS) is proud to announce the establishment of a West Conference for its inaugural 2016 season. All five teams slated to compete in the UWS West have shown themselves to be models of excellence not only on the field, but off the field as well. League spots are designated to aspiring second division clubs under U.S. Soccer who meet predetermined criteria relevant to developmentally-appropriate standards of facilities and infrastructure.

Nobody Wins in Women’s Soccer Bargaining BattleAthletic Business
The toughest battle the U.S. women’s soccer team faces in the runup to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this summer might be in a courtroom rather than a stadium. And win or lose, it is hard to see an end to the acrimonious stalemate between the world champions and U.S. Soccer, their national federation.

Indian Women’s Football Team draw with Maldives 0-0 in SAG openerSK
The Indian women’s senior football team was held to a goalless draw by Maldives in their first match of the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on Friday.

Abby Wambach gets her own Barbie doll The Equalizer
Abby Wambach is getting her own Barbie doll. Mattel, the makers of the iconic Barbie doll for the past 57 years, recently revealed that the company would get with the times and start making dolls of different body types, skin tones, eye colors and hair types to reflect the diverse world in which we live.

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Manchester City in Leicester battle as Manchester United head to ChelseaESPN FC
There’s a title showdown at the Etihad on Saturday as Premier League surprise package Leicester travel to Manchester City, while Manchester United face a trip to Chelsea on Sunday.

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini: Leicester game not a title decider ESPN FC
He told a news conference: “It’s not the biggest game of the season so far — we can win or lose this game and the Premier League will not end here.

Liga MX Talking Points: Pumas against the top, America on home turf and moreGoal
Last tournament’s runner-up faces this season’s leader, home teams look to snap losing streaks and more. Goal brings you the Liga MX talking points ahead of Round 5.

Gary Neville’s practice and puritanism count for little in crazy world of managementThe Guardian
Neville’s success as a player and pundit was based on hard work and a geekish enthusiasm for the game but attempting to bring order to a chaotic Valencia squad is a different matter altogether.

Louis van Gaal sets Luke Shaw goal of playing in Europa League finalESPN FC
Louis van Gaal has given Luke Shaw the target of returning to feature for Manchester United in the Europa League final.

Pep Guardiola hits out at media: there is no respect for managers anymoreThe Guardian
Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola has angrily hit out at the media for a perceived lack of respect shown to managers around the world, questioning why head coaches even bother with press conferences.

A-League finals series rewards mediocritySydney Morning Herald
It has been six years now since the finals series was expanded. Three of the four biggest finals series’ in terms of average crowds came under the old top four. Those crowds might well have been even bigger if not for the flawed practice of two-legged ties. Either way, the public clearly prefers a finals system which rewards excellence, not mediocrity. So let’s give them what they want, and deserve.

Fifa presidency: Sheikh Salman backed by African confederationBBC Sport
Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa has been backed to become the new Fifa president by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Lazio escape with fine after racist chanting returns to Stadio OlimpicoInside World Football
Racist chants by Lazio supporters, which led to the referee halting their Wednesday game against Napoli temporarily, have resulted in Lazio being fined €50,000 (£38,250) and being forced to close three sections of their Stadio Olimpico ground for their next two Serie A home games.

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