VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
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MLS MATCHDAY #17
WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3, New York City FC 2, July 5, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
2017 MLS All-Star Fan XI headed by hometown stars – MLS
The fans have spoken. Hometown heroes Bastian Schweinsteiger and Nemanja Nikolic will be hanging around Chicago for the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, voted in to the 2017 MLS All-Star Fan XI, announced Friday by the league following a month-long online fan ballot. The match, against Spanish giants Real Madrid — the reigning UEFA Champions League winner, will take place August 2 at Soldier Field.
How do Bernie Ibini and Yordy Reyna fit into the Whitecaps lineup? – Eighty-Six Forever
As we head off to the Gold Cup break, the Whitecaps are sitting (perhaps surprisingly) in 6th place, with the potential to rise higher with at least a game in hand on all of their Western Conference foes. Several of the players returning from long-term injuries–new men Yordy Reyna and Bernie Ibini and old friends Christian Bolanos and Nicolas Mezquida–could not be returning at better times.
Whitecaps v NYCFC: What did we learn? – Soccer Shorts
The 3-2 win over New York City FC at BC Place on Wednesday evening was arguably the Vancouver Whitecaps’ best game of the season in terms of pure drama.
MLS Official Duped By Hilarious Dive After Contact With Hand Cast – the18
After the penalty, Waston ripped off the cast, which was being used as protection after surgery to repair a fracture on June 23, because he knew that Toledo had, once again, come to his own unique understanding of the rules of the game. “It was an awful decision,” said Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson.
Sporting Kansas City 1, Philadelphia Union 1 | 2017 MLS Match Recap – MLS
John McCarthy made six saves in an exceptional 90 minutes of fill-in duty for Andre Blake, Roland Alberg leveled on a second-half penalty earned by C.J. Sapong and the Philadelphia Union clawed to a 1-1 away draw against Sporting Kansas City on Thursday night.
LA Galaxy enquire about Tigres striker Andre-Pierre Gignac – ESPN FC
LA Galaxy has made an approach for Tigres’ French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, according to the Liga MX club’s sporting director Miguel Angel Garza.
FC Dallas Re-Signs Midfielder Michael Barrios Through 2019 Season – FC Dallas
FC Dallas has re-signed midfielder Michael Barrios through the 2019 season, with options for the 2020 and 2021 seasons, the club announced today.
Red Bulls’ Homegrown Brandon Allen Set for Loan to Minnesota United – Fifty Five One
The homegrown striker for the New York Red Bulls is set for a loan move to Minnesota United. The deal includes an option to purchase the player in the future.
The Real-Life Diet of Toronto FC’s Jozy Altidore – GQ
Professional athletes don’t get to the top by accident. It takes superhuman levels of time, dedication, and focus—and that includes paying attention to what they put in their bellies. In this series, GQ takes a look at what athletes in different sports eat on a daily basis to perform at their best. Here’s a look at the daily diet of soccer star Jozy Altidore.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency advance to Development Academy semis for first time – Whitecaps FC
For the first time in club history, Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s U-16 Residency boys are off to the semifinals of the 73-team Development Academy thanks to a 3-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC U-16s on Thursday evening at UBC’s Ken Woods Field.
Highlanders Face Sounders, Rovers In Penultimate Weekend Of PDL Season – Highlanders FC
It’s a busy week once again for Highlanders FC (3W-0D-7L), who travel to face Sounders U-23 (5W-1D-5L) on July 7 in Premier Development League (PDL) action, before returning to Centennial Stadium for their match versus TSS FC Rovers (2W-3D-7L), July 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Rising temps worry organizers of B.C. Soccer’s Boys Provincial Cup – CBC
As about 1,000 young soccer players descend on Vernon for a B.C. championship tournament this weekend, organizers are taking extra precautions to protect the boys from the sweltering temperatures.
Lenarduzzi opens Challenge Cup – Vernon Morning Star
The smiling 62-year-old, who is now president of the Major League Soccer Caps, spent Thursday morning watching youngsters in the Whitecaps Youth Academy in Vernon and then took in some of the Les Sinnott Memorial Challenge Cup at Marshall Field. Lenarduzzi addressed players, coaches and fans at the official opening ceremonies Thursday night.
WolfPack to play Moreton on Saturday; Friday match cancelled – Kamloops This Week
TRU and Moreton were scheduled to play on Friday, but the game has been cancelled.
Soccer Quest Celebrates 10 Years of Building Soccer in the Kootenays – Soccer Quest
Soccer Quest this year celebrate 10 years of developing soccer in Nelson and the Kootenays for both Youth and Adults.
Casual soccer Wednesdays in Kamloops – Kamloops This Week
The Kamloops Co-ed Rec Soccer Group has introduced an ultra-casual night for parents, grandparents, kids and friends to kick the ball around together.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.
BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
PDL PHOTOS: TSS Rovers 2 Lane Utd. 2, May 12, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
3V3 LIVE NATIONAL SOCCER TOUR COMES TO ABBOTSFORD – 3v3 Live Canada
3v3 Live Soccer Tour and Holbrook Sports Management are excited to announce the expansion of the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour into the Canadian soccer market. With the first event previously announced to take place on the August 19/20 weekend in Surrey, BC, the 3v3 Soccer Tour will expand to Abbotsford, BC, on August 20 and will include men’s and women’s open divisions.
2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
REVIEW: The Miracle Mile. Stories of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games – BC BookLook
Author Jason Beck is curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame in BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, and convenor two years ago of an excellent exhibition about the 1954 Games. In his first book, he proves to be a meticulous researcher, a compelling story-teller, and a crafty realist who knows how to hook his readers. Watch how, two pages into the book, he uses filmic technique to evoke the arriving athletes’ youthful buzz and give period colouring and costuming, but then smartly moves his camera in to introduce his stars.
TSS Rovers launch website & 2017 Season Ticket Campaign – TSS Rovers
TSS FC Rovers play their inaugural season in the PDL at iconic Swangard Stadium. Season Tickets are $70 for Adults, $49 for U12 Youth.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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!
To our Readers: A Choice – BC Soccer Web
Soccer has brought us to the United States many times. It’s a great place with decent people. We especially look forward to our Cascadia trips to Seattle and Portland. They’re incredible cities with wonderful supporters. That’s why it was so disheartening to see chaos and fear take hold in the airports and borders of our neighbours to the south.
Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on sale – Highlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
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
CONCACAF GOLD CUP 2017
CANADA 4 FRENCH GUIANA 2
GROUP A: MATCHDAY #1
FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017
RED BULL ARENA, HARRISON, NJ
Canada off to strong start with 4:2 win in CONCACAF Gold Cup opener – CSA
Canada scored four goals to kick off the 2017 CONCACAF Gup in a big 4:2 victory over French Guiana. Man of the match Alphonso Davies scored a pair including the winner as Canada Soccer opened the confederation championship with a win at Red Bull Arena.
Davies brace carries Canada to 4-2 win over French Guiana in Gold Cup opener – Whitecaps FC
The 16-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps FC winger scored his first two goals for Canada, including the game-winner, in an entertaining 4-2 win over French Guiana on Friday night in the opening match of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Canada ready to make mark at 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup – CSA
Canada will look to start strong when they kick off the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup at New York Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team are facing French Guiana as part of an opening day double header, with group opponents Costa Rica and Honduras facing each other in the other Friday night match in the biennial confederation championship.
Canada’s Gold Cup goal is to score a goal – SN
Octavio Zambrano knows change won’t happen immediately. The Canada men’s national team coach has been on the job for just more than 100 days and has been excited by what he’s seen. But, as he prepares his team for Friday’s Gold Cup opener against French Guiana, he knows that nearly any step forward would be progress.
For Canada, 2017 Gold Cup begins with must-win game vs. French Guiana – MLS
With a six-game Gold Cup goalless drought extending all the way back to the start of the 2013 competition, the Canadian national team has made it a priority to leave Red Bull Arena with three points in Friday night’s tournament opener against French Guiana.
CONCACAF: Florent Malouda is ineligible to play in Gold Cup for French Guiana – SI.com
Unfortunately for everyone but Canada, which needs all the Gold Cup help it can get, one of the most unique and compelling stories of this month’s CONCACAF championship may end before the tournament kicks off. Or that story may get even stranger, depending on how Canada’s first opponent, French Guiana, decides to proceed.
Straith, Canada know fast start key to Gold Cup – Times-Colonist
Adam Straith of Victoria certainly doesn’t have to be reminded of the last time Canada thought it had a soft opponent to begin the CONCACAF Gold Cup of soccer. It was in 2013 and Canada was stunned 1-0 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena by Martinique, a French colony that isn’t even in FIFA.
Gold Cup contenders banking on youth – FIFA
The 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup is all set to begin, with 12 teams vying for regional glory in the United States over the next three weeks.
The 7 rising stars to watch in the 2017 Gold Cup – MLS
The CONCACAF Gold Cup has proven a showcase event for countless young stars who had their breakout national team performances in past editions. Here are seven players who could take advantage of the stage in 2017.
Patrice Bernier’s journey with Canadian team comes full circle – Sportsnet
All of Patrice Bernier’s contemporaries are gone. He’s the last man standing. The lone survivor.
TSN Delivers Canadian Soccer’s Finest as Part of its Exclusive 2017 CONCACAF GOLD CUP Coverage, Beginning Friday, July 7 – Bell Media
TSN’s coverage of the 2017 CONCACAF GOLD CUP – the newest addition to TSN’s roster of 60+ championship events – begins, Friday, July 7, with Canada vs. French Guiana at 4 p.m. PT on TSN5.
Canada, Mexico and United States form United Bid Committee to compete to host 2026 FIFA World Cup – CSA
The National Federations of Canada, Mexico and the United States have officially formed a United Bid Committee to kick off the bidding process to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to North America. Uniquely suited to handle the expanded format of a 48-team tournament, this unprecedented joint bid will be best positioned to unite the world in celebrating the biggest sporting event on the planet.
Framework fleshed out for CONCACAF joint bid for 2026 men’s World Cup – National Post
The CONCACAF joint bid for the 2026 World Cup now has a board of directors and an executive team. What lies ahead is a lot of work in a short time frame.
2017 Men’s Mid-Season League1 Ontario All-Stars Announced – League1 Ontario
In advance of the 2017 Men’s All-Star Match, League1 Ontario has announced the 2017 Men’s Mid-Season League1 Ontario All-Stars, comprised of a first-team eleven and a 23-man strong second team.
Young soccer players vie for spot on Canadian team heading to Danone Nations Cup – Global
It is an exciting time for pre-teen soccer players vying for their chance to represent Canada at an international tournament in September.
Dawson City win streak continues at soccer championships – Yukon News
Indoor or outdoor, Dawson City has the best under-16 soccer team in the territory. That was clear once again at the end of the 2017 Yukon Soccer Championships, June 23-25 at multiple locations in Whitehorse.
Ex-national soccer player Ashley Campbell fits in quickly with FC London – London Free Press
You can never have enough former national team members on your team no matter what sport you participate in. FC London’s League1 women’s team has taken that to heart with the signing of Ashley Campbell, a former Canadian national U20 player who participated in the U20 Women’s World Cup when it was played in Canada in 2014.
Camrose prepares to take on the province – Camrose Canadian
The best of tier IV youth soccer in Alberta will be coming to Camrose this weekend. The tier IV rural youth provincials will be played on July 7-9. There will be teams from all across rural Alberta competing for the provincial championship in their respective age group.
Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 November – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
COLORADO SWITCHBACKS FC vs. WFC2
SATURDAY, JULY 8, 2017, 5:00 PM
WEIDNER FIELD, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO.
Earthquakes midfielder Silva wakes up from coma – SBI
“We are incredibly excited and relieved to announce that Matheus Silva has awoken from his coma and is fully responsive,” said Quakes GM Jesse Fioranelli. “The entire Earthquakes organization is grateful for the invaluable effort by the doctors, players and staff at Reno 1868 FC and bystanders on the beach that contributed to Matheus being alive and well today.”
Match Preview: Fury FC @ Toronto FC II – Ottawa Fury FC
After suffering a 2-1 loss in Louisville last weekend, Ottawa will be back in action Saturday evening in Toronto to wrap a two-game road trip against TFC II – a team that held Fury FC scoreless in a 0-0 draw at TD Place on April 22 – the club’s home opener.
PREVIEW | Eddies host North Carolina FC in first Friday home match since 2011 – FC Edmonton
The last time the Eddies were beaten at home by Carolina was that very same Friday home match in 2011, winning seven and drawing four since then.
New name, new look, but can NCFC break the Carolina curse at Clarke Field? – the11.ca
As the Carolina RailHawks, the NASL franchise now known as North Carolina FC never won a game at Clarke Field, and were on the end of the some real pastings. Look at the history of FC Edmonton, and the list of most-lopsided wins in club history are filled with “home to Carolina.”
Midfielder Sainey Nyassi covers plenty of ground for FC Edmonton – National Post
He has just one goal to his name, despite being among Edmonton’s best players thus far on the year.
Rowdies Snap Streak, Down Cincinnati – USL
The Tampa Bay Rowdies broke a seven-game winless streak with a 2-0 victory against FC Cincinnati in the USL Game of the Week on ESPNU in front of 6,269 fans at Al Lang Stadium on Thursday night.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Three of next five Reign FC matches are against first place North Carolina Courage – GoalWA
This Saturday, Seattle Reign FC face the North Carolina Courage for the first time in club history. The two teams will face off against each other in three of their next five matches. This is the first of two matches at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Star defender Ali Krieger has found ideal home with Orlando Pride – Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Pride coach Tom Sermanni was thrilled when the club added U.S. women’s national team defender Ali Krieger to the roster during the offseason.
Emma Berglund becomes a Parisien – Vavel
One of the busiest clubs in the window so far, Paris Saint-Germain have swiftly moved on Swedish international defender, Emma Berglund to sure up their back line for the coming season.
Women’s Euro 2017 can inspire Scottish girls – Anna Signeul – BBC Sport
Scotland head coach Anna Signeul views the Women’s Euro 2017 tournament as a potential catalyst for attracting more girls to play football.
Mettam sets her sights on France – New Zealand Football
Midfielder Nicole Mettam has her heart set on a trip to France for next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup but must first deal with the best the Pacific has to offer in the qualifying tournament next week on home soil.
A walk down World Cup memory lane – The Equalizer
On July 4, my friends and I celebrated the United States. And on July 5, we celebrated the United States winning the 2015 Women’s World Cup. It was hard not to, with all of the On This Day anniversary tweets and social media posts flooding the internet. My WoSo friends shared pictures of them adorned in red, white and blue, posted memories of being at the game, and reshared articles written from BC Place in Vancouver.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
‘This is the age of Messi’ – Barcelona insist £500k weekly wage won’t ruin club – SN
“I talked to Leo and asked how he was, because of what had gone on. I told him we had to talk about the future. He replied: ‘I want to stay here. Talk to my dad.’ And that’s it.
Mexico internationals Chicharito, Damm, Jimenez could be on the move – ESPN FC
With the World Cup warm-up tournament over and the transfer window in Europe very much open, the rumor mill has been ratcheted up further. Andres Guardado is set to be announced shortly by Real Betis and there is a good chance there will be other movement in the days and weeks to come.
Former Arsenal star Podolski explains his decision to move to Japan – SN
CSL clubs attracted worldwide headlines earlier this year when they went on a pre-season shopping spree that stretched to almost €400 million. But 32-year-old Germany international and former World Cup winner Podolski says the “more professional and intense” Japanese football remains the best the continent has to offer.
Europa League: First Round Qualifying Results – UEFA
First Round of Qualifying for the UEFA Europa League concluded Thursday.
Premier League pre-season fixtures: Clubs try to balance fitness & finance – BBC Sport
Australia, China and the United States are among the destinations for more than 100 fixtures this summer.
Facebook, Twitter Are Said to Seek World Cup Clips From Fox – Bloomberg
Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Snap Inc. are seeking online rights to video highlights from next year’s World Cup, soccer’s most popular tournament, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Sudan banned by FIFA, CAF throws 3 clubs out of competitions – Sportsnet
FIFA said Friday it has suspended the Sudan Football Association because of government interference, leading to three of the country’s clubs being thrown out of African competitions.
Australia given November deadline to get its house in order or risk a FIFA take over – Inside World Football
The dispute between Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Australia’s A-League clubs over the composition of the FFA Congress needs to be resolved by November 30 or FIFA may impose a “normalisation committee” to push through changes.
Athletic Bilbao players shave heads to support Yeray Alvarez in cancer battle – ESPN FC
The whole Athletic Bilbao squad have shaved their heads in solidarity with one of their teammates who has just undergone chemotherapy for the first time.
ESPN’s ’30 for 30′ to Profile George Best – Empire of Soccer
The greatest player to never have played in the World Cup will receive the “30 for 30” treatment from ESPN when the documentary “George Best: All by Himself” debuts on Tuesday, July 20.
‘They’re stealing from children’: US youth soccer’s embezzlement scourge – The Guardian
An army of volunteers help run the youth game in America, but a lack of professional oversight could be costing the game in the US future stars.
VIDEO: Andorra’s captain and his 600-shirt collection – BBC Sport
Ildefons Lima, the Andorra captain, has collected 600 football shirts in his career including those of Ronaldo, Rooney and Ibrahimovic.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca