BC Soccer News, Weekend, June 10-12, 2016


SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016, 4:00 PM




CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP PHOTOS: Whitecaps FC 3, Ottawa Fury 0, June 8, 2016BC Soccer Web
Bill Currie’s exclusive photos from the Whitecaps win over Ottawa Fury for BC Soccer Web.

Whitecaps’ Robinson hopes Wales plays with ‘a free mind’ at Euro 2016Alaska Highway News
Carl Robinson could see his country’s plan starting to take shape early on. Having just missed out on the European Championship in 2004, Wales went about implementing a long-term blueprint with the goal of finally qualifying for a major tournament for the first time since 1958.

Talented teen a hero to Whitecaps’ residency playersThe Province
The Alphonso Davies cheering section was as fun to watch on Wednesday night as Davies himself. Seated just below the press box at B.C. Place, the Whitecaps’ residency players were going bonkers as the 15-year-old Davies started for the MLS team and showcased his skills in a 3-0 win over the Ottawa Fury in the Amway Canadian championship.

Colorado Rapids debut “Tim Howard: The Journey Home” video seriesMLS
As soon as the US national team’s Copa America Centenario run comes to an end, Tim Howard’s newest journey will begin.

Shaun Wright-Phillips loaned to New York Red Bulls reserve teamThe Telegraph
Shaun Wright-Phillips, the former Manchester City, Chelsea and England winger, has gone on loan to New York Red Bulls reserve team to get some much-needed playing time.

War of Words Continues ahead of Toronto Argonauts First Game at BMO FieldWaking the Red
It appears like its going to be a while before hardcore Toronto Argonauts and Toronto FC fans can co-exist at BMO Field, if it ever happens.

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Members of VISL community to be honoured at BC Soccer AGM this upcoming weekend.VISL
Every year, League & Association leaders submit recommendations from across the Province. This year, the VISL is fortunate to have 4 community members acknowledged for their ongoing support, hard work, participation, and volunteering over the course of the year.

Terrace Hosts Northern Cup Soccer Tournament This Weekend CFTK News
Some of the top youth soccer teams from 100 Mile House to Prince Rupert will be in Terrace this weekend, for the Northern Interior Cup tournament — and organizers are hoping it leads to even bigger things.

Developing player skills has been focus for Pinnacles under-15 girls soccer Penticton Western News
A lot of tinkering has happened with the Pinnacles FC under-15 girls soccer team. Coach Derrick Webb has had the luxury to do that with squad because Pinnacles FC is hosting the B.C. Soccer Girls Provincial B Cup championship July 7-10.

Cascades host fundraiser, help with charity eventUFV
The busiest non-competition weekend of the year for the University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team turned out to be a smashing success. On Saturday, June 4, the Cascades held their annual fundraising dinner at The Rancho in Abbotsford. The event drew a crowd of 180, comprised of program sponsors and family members of Cascades student-athletes.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach MandateBCSA
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.

Victoria Highlanders 2016 Season Tickets Now Available Select Your Seats
The Victoria Highlanders are ready to return to the PDL for 2016. BC Soccer Web encourages all soccer fans on Vancouver Island to get behind their team. Season tickets are now on sale and extremely affordable. Support Local Soccer!

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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Winnipeg soccer’s ‘crown jewel’ set to openWinnipeg Sun
A huge facility about to open its doors on Leila Avenue promises to be a “crown jewel for indoor soccer in Winnipeg and across the country,” says the Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association’s executive director.

CanWNT Things Learned: Herdman has optionsEqualizer
Canada bounced back from a disappointing 2-0 loss last Saturday in Toronto against Brazil with a 1-0 win on Tuesday night in Ottawa. The series was a good chance to see how the team is progressing towards the Rio Olympics, where they have set the lofty goal of returning to the podium. Here are my thoughts and things learned from the pair of friendlies.

Canada women’s soccer team rounding into form ahead of RioCBC
Four years ago in Moncton, with Diana Matheson playing provider, Canada beat China 1-0 on a Christine Sinclair stoppage-time goal in its last game on home soil before the London Olympics.

Canada to develop national strategy on concussions in youth sports by next yearNational Post
Canada should have a national approach to dealing with concussions in youth sports within a year — including awareness, prevention, detection, management and surveillance.

Canada newcomer Scott Arfield “buzzing to be part” of World Cup qualifyingMLS
Scott Arfield barely had any time to get acquainted with his new country and new national team before being thrown in the deep end against Mexico in March.

Junior Hoilett torn between QPR – or backing himself to make it in Premier League with Swansea City or othersGet West London
Rangers winger likes it at Loftus Road where he has rebuilt his career – but thinks the Premier League is still not out of reach as he celebrates 26th birthday

Why Sidney Crosby Would Not Be Playing After High School If He Was a Canadian Soccer PlayerCiara McCormack
Annie Ulliac, who I met via her guest playing at the Western Canada Soccer Showcase a few years ago, responded, “Imagine if Hockey Canada didn’t scout small towns or Atlantic provinces. Lol”. Funny enough Annie is another great example of how the NCAA, as a Canadian, has given her a platform as a motivated athlete to improve as a soccer player and athlete, as through this growth and platform, she is catapulting herself into new and higher level opportunities.

United midfielder Saleh balances books and soccer boots Waterloo Region Record
Munir Saleh is leading a double life. The Kitchener native is part high school student and part midfielder.  During the week, he studies at Grand River Collegiate Institute. In between classes, he hustles over to the soccer field to lace up his boots with K-W United FC.




SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016, 2:00 PM




Greig, Frano score but WFC2 comeback effort falls short in wild Cascadia derby matchWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 fell 3-2 to Seattle Sounders FC 2 in another wild Cascadia rivalry affair that saw a long-distance wonder goal, six yellow cards and two penalty kick goals at Starfire Sports Complex on Thursday evening.

S2 tops Whitecaps FC 2 by a score of 2-0 in Cascadia clash at Starfire Stadium Sounders FC
Forwards Victor Mansaray and Andy Craven scored their team-leading third goals of the season in a 3-2 victory for Sounders FC 2 (2-7-4, 10 points) over conference-leading Whitecaps FC 2 (6-2-4, 22 points) Thursday evening at Starfire Stadium. Sounders FC Academy product Lorenzo Ramos opened his scoring account with a second-half game-winner as S2 snaps its seven-match winless streak.

Sounders FC 2 vs. Whitecaps FC 2, Recap: Excitement!Sounder at Heart
After a rough pair of road games, and frankly a rough start to the season, Seattle Sounders FC 2 came out strong against their Cascadia rivals. In the match’s first half the Rave Green controlled much of the possession, preventing the Whitecaps from building through the center of the park, and instead forcing the them into long-distance shots and play on the wings.

WFC2’s Davies Shines in Canadian Championship SemisUSL
A week ago, 15-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 player Alphonso Davies made his debut for the Whitecaps’ MLS side in the first leg of the semifinals of the Canadian Championship.

Eddies host Strikers in Spring Season finale at Clarke Field FC Edmonton
An impressive Spring Season for FC Edmonton comes to a close this weekend, as the club welcomes the Strikers to Clarke Field for their final match of the Spring Season. A victory could see either team moving up into second-place overall after all is said and done, depending on the rest of the league outcomes.

MLS Talent Lift NYRB II To Fourth Straight Win Empire of Soccer
A goal by Sean Davis in the seventh minute was all New York Red Bull II needed to win their fourth straight game.

Crowd of 10,745 Sees Patience Pay Off For Republic FCUSL
With the game scoreless at halftime despite his side having recorded five more shots than the visiting Real Monarchs SLC in the opening 45 minutes, and a crowd of 10,745 fans at their backs, Sacramento Republic FC Coach Paul Buckle believed his side’s patience would be rewarded.

Niko Kranjcar on his way to Ibrox Scottish Sun
He has spent the last six months at New York Cosmos in the second tier of US soccer but has been looking for a return to the UK.

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NWSL: Week 8 Match-Ups Midfield Press
Washington Spirit come into this game only having played 6 games as their game against Houston the week before was postponed due to the weather . Still, they are in third place behind the Portland Thorns, with goal differential separating them. The Boston Breakers come into this game with a 0-4 loss to New York. This has probably been said time and time again, but Boston needs to step it up. They may have great possession, but if they can’t finish then it’s all for naught.

Amandine Henry set to join Portland Thorns this weekOregonian
World-renowned midfielder Amandine Henry is set to join the Portland Thorns this week and could feature in her first game for Portland when the Thorns take on the Western New York Flash on June 17.

NWSL responds to CFG interest in women’s team Empire of Soccer
Earlier this week, City Football Group chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak revealed that the group would look into adding a women’s professional team to accompany New York City FC.

England Women: Rachel Daly eyes regular starting spot with the LionessesBBC Sport
Rachel Daly may have scored on her England debut but some supporters of the Lionesses may know relatively little about the striker.

The Lionesses: one year later for England’s unexpected World Cup contenders Excelle
Adams Park, High Wycombe is a far cry from the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. That grand Canadian stadium was where the Lionesses of England recorded perhaps their greatest achievement in women’s football so far: a bronze medal in the 2015 World Cup, and a win against perennial rivals Germany.

2016-17 UEFA Women’s Champions League: The biggest tournament everVavel
Today saw UEFA announce the 57 entrants for the 2016-17 UEFA Women’s Champions League, with the Final will be played in Cardiff on 1 June 2017. For the first time ever, Kosovo will field a representative.







How to Watch Copa America Centenario on TV in Canada BC Soccer Web
The Copa America Centenario kicks off on June 3 and runs through June 26 with the final at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. In Canada, you have three options for watching matches on TV.

Focused Paraguay say US midfield “will give us a lot of space to work with” MLS
Following a poor performance in the first half of their match with Colombia, Paraguay managed to put the No. 3 team in the world against the ropes on Tuesday.

Venezuela completes second upset win against UruguaySBI
Venezuela wrote the second chapter in their Copa America Centenario Cinderella story on Thursday as they defeated Uruguay 1-0 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Luis Suarez’s bad night Soccer America
Luis Suarezcan’t escape controversy — even when he doesn’t play. Uruguay, a winner of a record 15 Copa America titles, exited the Copa Centenario when it was upset by Venezuela, 1-0.

Luis Suarez tantrum played down by Uruguay boss: ‘There is no situation’ESPN FC
Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez says Luis Suarez was unfit to play in Thursday’s 1-0 loss to Venezuela, despite the Barcelona striker’s demonstrative protest at not participating in the match.

Despite Group C win, Mexico admit to struggles in matchup vs. JamaicaMLS
Mexico probably gave up more chances than they wanted to against Jamaica in their second Copa America Centenario Group C match on Thursday, but the fact that they were still able to come away with a 2-0 win and a quarterfinal berth is a sign of a quality team.

Mexico through to quarterfinals but still not past possible Argentina match up Prost Amerika
The Mexican National Team played to a 2-0 win over Jamaica on Thursday night at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA. The win was its second in as many matches in the 2016 Copa America Centenario and with the win it wrapped up its qualification to the quarterfinals of the commemorative South American tournament. But it has not wrapped up Group C top spot.

Lionel Messi will play vs. Panama at Copa America Sportsnet
Lionel Messi is ready to play again. At a key moment, too. Messi is set to return from a back injury when Argentina takes on Panama in Copa America on Friday night at Soldier Field.

Lionel Messi’s return boosts Argentina as Tata Martino seeks perfect formulaESPN FC
The big test of the Copa America Centenario group stage has passed for Argentina. Their assured 2-1 win over Chile on Monday, in a match that was always expected to be the one that decided first and second in Group D, settled their early nerves. Most notably, it was achieved without Lionel Messi.

Herculez Gomez on Lionel Messi’s Argentina: ‘I feel like they’re a better team without him’Seattle Times
Messi is scheduled to return from his back injury to face Panama on Friday, but his status from Argentina’s group-stage finale against Bolivia on Tuesday at CenturyLink Field could be complicated if his team has already clinched first-place.

Despite light crowds, Copa organizers call Orlando games a success  – Orlando Sentinel
Copa América passed through Orlando, surviving blazing heat and a tropical storm, while six different nations battled for a victory in the 100-year-old tournament.

Claudio Reyna Reminisces about Copa America Experience  – NYCFC
Fresh off playing for the United States national team at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, a young Reyna was on Steve Sampson’s side that competed in the 1995 Copa America in Uruguay.

COPA AMERICA 2016 PHOTOS: Peru 1 Haiti 0, June 4, 2016BC Soccer Web
Bill Currie’s exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web from the Copa America Centenario.

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Lenarduzzi: Host France the sentimental — and bookies’ — favourite in Euro 2016Vancouver Sun
It’s a newly expanded tournament, now with 24 teams spread across six groups. The top 16 teams advance to the knockout round, with only eight being eliminated from the group stage. This gives everyone a good chance of bouncing back from an opening loss.

Euro 2016’s most exciting group…and it’s not the ‘Group of Death’Goal
The two most exciting sides in qualifying were drawn in the same pool but Spain, Croatia, Turkey and Czech Republic should produce the most excitement in France.

Euro 2016: Eight stories to watch in FranceSportsnet
Twenty-four teams will battle it out for European bragging rights over the course of the next month during Euro 2016 in France.

Euro 2016 notes: Absentees, the perfect age and referring Toronto Sun
The Netherlands are just one of the surprise omissions. Following a Round of 16 appearance in Brazil, Greece finished bottom of its Euro qualifying group behind the Faroe Islands and Finland.

Spain goalkeeper David De Gea sent home from Euro 2016 – reports Sydney Morning Herald
Spain and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been sent home from the Euro 2016 tournament in France, according to Spanish press reports.

Euro 2016: Just how cushy is France’s group? France 24
The French hosts kick off their Euro 2016 campaign on Friday against Romania, before taking on newcomers Albania and Switzerland. We take a look at the teams’ strengths and weaknesses.

Wales’ youth movement pays off with trip to Euro Sportsnet
The narrative of Welsh soccer has changed dramatically. In October 2015, Wales qualified for Euro 2016, finishing second in their group behind Belgium. It was the culmination of years of planning on the part of the country’s football association.

Albania coach Gianni De Biasi: ‘I don’t want us to be tourists. Fairytales can happen’ The Guardian
Experienced Italian coach has guided Albania to first major championship despite the fallout from infamous brawl in abandoned game against Serbia.

Smith on the EUROs: Northern Ireland prove miracles do happen Prost Amerika
You could run out of superlatives in describing this achievement. Northern Ireland has a population of 1.5 million people and a league with an average attendance of 967. None of the 23 man squad still play there with the English Championship and the Scottish league providing a majority of the players.

Euro 2016 soccer tournament: 5 things to help you sound like an expertToronto Star
The one-month Euro 2016 soccer championship starts Friday. Here are five things to learn so that you can sound like a true insider as you hunker down in your favourite viewing spot.

Russia vs England – The Miracle of Luzhniki – Futbolgrad
Russia and England will meet for their crucial Euro 2016 Group B clash on Saturday. Russian manager, Leonid Slutsky, will know that getting a result against England could be pivotal for his country’s hopes of advancing in the tournament. Russia do have pedigree against the English, however. In qualifying for Euro 2008, they pulled off a spectacular victory that sent shockwaves throughout English football.

Why Russia’s identity crisis could make them England’s ideal opponentsThe Guardian
With such great resources and so many players, it is not too unfair to say that Russia are arguably the greatest underachievers in world football.

France bans matches from being shown on cafe terracesThe Local
In France’s latest security measure to affect fans at the Euro 2016 tournament, cafés and bars have been banned from broadcasting games on outdoor screens.

England fans tear-gassed by Marseille police, at least 1 arrested before EurosESPN FC
At least one English football fan has been arrested after French police used tear gas to disperse an apparent clash with locals in Marseille ahead of the first matches at Euro 2016.

In lead-up to Euro 2016, France deals with strikes, rotting trash Toronto Star
A tug of war between the Socialist government and labour leaders over changes to French workplace practices is ensnaring fans hoping for a month of fine football and a great time.

Can France recapture spirit of ‘98 to lift a nation at Euro 2016? France 24
On Sunday, less than a week before kicking off in the curtain raiser for Euro 2016, the France squad was paid a visit by none other than François Hollande, the country’s president. He had stopped by to give them a quick pep talk.

Bundesliga clubs say new TV rights deal closes gap to Premier LeagueESPN FC
Bundesliga clubs have praised the league’s new multi-billion-euro television deal, with Bayer Leverkusen CEO Michael Schade saying: “It closes the gap on Premier League.”

Premier League academy teams set to play in EFL Trophy next seasonThe Guardian
Premier League academy teams will be allowed to play in the EFL Trophy next season after radical plans to revamp the competition were approved at the English Football League’s annual general meeting in Portugal.

Fabio Cannavaro takes over second-tier Chinese club Tianjin QuanjianESPN FC
Former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro has taken the helm at Chinese second-tier club Tianjin Quanjian, marking his return to what is emerging as the world’s richest football market.

Kosovo and Gibraltar fast-tracked to World Cup qualifying debuts Inside World Football
Kosovo and Gibraltar, both accepted into the FIFA fold last month, have as expected been fast-tracked into the 2018 World Cup qualifying programme that kicks off in September.

What you need to know about the game’s new law changesThe Football League Paper
You may not have heard about them, nor of the governing body who has introduced them, but the International Football Association Board (IFAB) have made 95 alterations to the 17 laws that govern football that will be in effect for the 2016/17 season.

Caribbean piracy: CFU blanked as CONCACAF-backed Trinidad boss calls in MAsInside World Football
A fresh row has broken out in the Caribbean over what is being interpreted by national associations as back-door interference in the region’s affairs by regional confederation CONCACAF. The moves further undermine the management of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and its executive at a time when it has already seen its power base at the region’s top political table eroded and its membership split and marginalised.

English Football League clubs approve ‘Rooney Rule’ proposals for academies BBC Sport
English Football League clubs have approved proposals to introduce a ‘Rooney Rule’ for academy jobs in a bid to increase the number of black and ethnic minority (BME) coaches.

Pride on the Pitch: Does Soccer Have a Gay Problem? NBC News
This month’s gay pride celebrations coincide with two of the world’s most high-profile sports tournaments: Copa America — hosted for the first time by the United States — and Euro 2016.  The U.S. is one of only two countries known to have fielded gay players in its senior men’s team — Californian winger Robbie Rogers represented his country 18 times and scored two goals but, like Germany’s midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, he came out after his international career was over.

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