BC Soccer News, Weekend, June 22-24, 2018


Every day, we’ll bring you all of scores, news and best writing from around the web from the 2018 World Cup.

Coutinho salvages late win for Brazil over Costa Rica at World CupSportsnet
After more than 90 minutes of aggravation and exasperation, Neymar and Brazil finally broke through Costa Rica’s smothering defence.

Bob Lenarduzzi: Leaderless Germany’s place at World Cup on the lineThe Province
There are a number of big games this weekend, but none bigger than Saturday’s clash between Germany and Sweden, as the world champions could find themselves eliminated with a loss.

Blunder leads to Argentina’s stunning shutout loss to CroatiaCBC
Lionel Messi and company need a win and help to advance; Croatia moves on to Round of 16.

Argentina’s Jorge Sampaoli ‘begs forgiveness’ with World Cup in balanceThe Guardian
Jorge Sampaoli accepted full responsibility for Argentina’s humiliating defeat against Croatia, which leaves them on the brink of elimination from the World Cup, and said he “begs for forgiveness” from the supporters that turned on him.

France manager Didier Deschamps is robbing us of what should be the World Cup’s best teamSB Nation
No team at the World Cup has more pure entertainers than France. And yet, for fans who want nothing more than to be entertained, watching Les Bleus is an exercise in frustration. France beat Peru, 1-0, on Thursday, but their performance was mostly flat, and that was down to the lineup selected.

Australia gets crucial draw with Denmark at World CupStar-Phoenix
Denmark’s attacking midfielder scored his first goal of the World Cup in the opening minutes against Australia on Thursday, but ultimately the Danes settled for a 1-1 draw.

World Cup’s two youngest players, Kylian Mbappe and Daniel Arzani, have been difference-makersThe Star
France’s Kylian Mbappe and Australia’s Daniel Arzani, the two youngest players at the World Cup with birthdays just 15 days apart, are both having an impact in Russia — in very different ways.

England boss Gareth Southgate says media must choose whether to helpBBC Sport
The English media have to decide if they want to “help the team or not”, says manager Gareth Southgate, after a picture of England’s training notes was published online and in newspapers.

Lionel Messed-up: Argentina crash in Russia as Panama papers open up new tax questionsInside World Football
Lionel Messi is not having the happiest of times. On Thursday his Argentina were dismantled by Croatia 3-0 as the team’s talisman failed to muster any sort of resistance against the Europeans. On top of that abject performance new data from the Panama Papers has revealed more of his offshore secrets.

‘It’s just a game’: Iran World Cup fans frustrated politics are mixing with soccerCBC
Go watch a World Cup match in Toronto’s Iranian neighbourhood and there’s one thing you probably won’t see a lot of: FIFA 2018 World Cup Iran soccer jerseys.

‘Right now is a good time’: Even in Alaska, pride for Mexico runs deepThe Guardian
Roughly half of Alaska’s 40,000 or so Hispanics were born in Mexico, according to state statistics. Puerto Ricans and Dominicans are the next largest groups. Three out of four Hispanics living in Alaska were born in the US, a slightly higher percentage than the country as a whole.

World Cup 2018: The incredible sacrifices of Peru’s dedicated fansBBC Sport
The incredible Peru fans. Some have given up their jobs, sold their cars, or borrowed money from the bank to follow their team all the way to Russia.




SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018, 2:00 PM PT


Episode 277 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Unionization – Philadelphia v Vancouver Preview Show)AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps are back from their World Cup break (aka a regular bye week). Maybe you’re needing your own World Cup break after the feast of football these past eight days. Either way, we’re back with our latest preview show setting up the ‘Caps trip to Philadelphia on Saturday.

Philadelphia Union vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
The Philadelphia Union are hoping to build off the momentum from a U.S. Open Cup triumph over the New York Red Bulls and climb above the playoff line in the Eastern Conference against a Vancouver Whitecaps FC side that brings a six-game unbeaten streak to Chester.

‘Caps look to keep rolling Saturday in PhiladelphiaWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6W-5L-5D) will look to extend their winning streak to three matches on Saturday when they visit Philadelphia Union (5W-7L-3D) following a week off for the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

How Vancouver became one of MLS’ most exciting attacking teamsMLS
Almost out of nowhere, the Whitecaps have transformed into an elite attacking outfit. They’ve scored 16 goals since beginning a six-game unbeaten streak on May 11, three more than any other team in MLS during that span. They’ve scored at least two goals in all those matches, tying a club record, and put five past Orlando their last time out.

Calendar: MLS, Week 17Soccer America
Complete schedule for MLS Week 17.

Rapids look to end winless streak vs. Minnesota UnitedFox Sports
The Colorado Rapids ended their losing streak, but they couldn’t end their winless streak. They hope to change that when they host Minnesota United FC on Saturday night.

New NYCFC coach Torrent not yet in town, but business as usual for playersMLS
Domenec Torrent, who replaced Patrick Vieira hours after the Frenchman was officially named the new coach at OGC Nice, is still in Spain awaiting his visa. NYCFC officials expect, or at least hope, the process ends any day now, and there’s a belief he’ll be on the bench at Yankee Stadium.

Orlando City signs Irish-American centerback Shane O’NeillPro Soccer USA
Orlando City is set to add Irish-American centerback Shane O’Neill, addressing the club’s lack of depth on the back line following numerous injuries so far this season.

Minnesota United chasing Ecuadorian national teamerNBC Sports
Minnesota United may be hoping another Ibarra can cure what ails its attack.

MLS takes seven quarterfinal slots in the 2018 US Open Cup US Soccer Players
The round of 16 in the 2018 US Open Cup concluded with seven MLS teams advancing to the quarterfinals. Louisville FC is the last lower division club still alive in the knockout competition, winning the all-USL match-up against Nashville FC 2-1 at home. Paco Craig put Louisville City up in the 24th minute with Paolo DelPiccolo doubling the lead in the 58th. Nashville’s Matthew LaGrassa pulled a goal back in the 68th minute.

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Residency Week 2018: Jose Hernandez still banging in the goals but becoming more of an all-round “impact player”AFTN
Jose Hernandez made an immediate impact during his first season as a Vancouver Whitecap last year. The young striker led the U16s with 23 goals, including five in the playoffs, and was a pivotal player as the ‘Caps made the USSDA Final Four at that age group for the first time in the program’s history.

Academy Playoffs: U-17s claw back to draw Orlando City SC in second group matchWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-17 Residency fought back for a late 1-1 comeback versus Orlando City SC in their second match of the Academy Playoffs on Thursday.

Highlanders Head Down the Oregon Trail to face Lane United and Timbers U-23 Victoria Highlanders
The Highlanders go on the road this weekend looking to grab points from Lane United FC and MLS Affiliate Portland Timbers U-23. Highlanders are coming off a tough 4-1 loss on the weekend versus division leaders Calgary Foothills FC but look to rebound away in Oregon. The matches will be streamed online through LUFC’s and Timbers’ Official Youtube Channels.

Fort St. John soccer players chosen for Alberta Summer GamesAlaska Highway News
After a series of tryouts and cuts, most recently in Grande Prairie June 9 and 10, eight Fort St. John Soccer Club players were chosen to play in the 2018 Alberta Summer Games, in Grande Prairie, July 19 to 22.

The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) spring season will come to an end this weekend with two events running simultaneously.

Heat men kick off season at home, UBCO women in P.G.Kelowna Capital News
The UBC Okanagan men’s soccer team will look to build upon a strong 2017 season this fall as the youthful Heat hope to return to the playoffs. Head coach Dante Zanatta will be at the helm once again for the Heat in his eighth season with the squad.

UFV Cascades men’s soccer sign trioAbbotsford News
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer program has rounded out its 2018 recruiting class, signing a pair of local high schoolers and one transfer student.

Canada West TV launches 2018-19 season passesCanada West
Coming off a successful 2017-18 season with new streaming partner Yare Media, Canada West has unveiled its passes and pricing for the 2018-19 season on Canada West TV.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: KYSA seeks an Executive Director (PDF File)KYSA
Kamloops Youth Soccer Association has an exciting opprtunity available for an Executive Director.

PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
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PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

TSS Rovers release Season Tickets for the 2018 season TSS Rovers
A great summer of soccer is in store at Swangard Stadium with the PDL & WPSL TSS Rovers. Season yickets are only $70.

Victoria Highlanders FC 2018 Season Tickets now on saleVictoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.

Canada’s College ID Camps set for Shawnigan Lake & Kingston, OntarioCanada College ID Camps
Our purpose is to provide a space where players grade 9-12 can connect with college coaches from all levels in Canada and the USA. We hope to assist in the promotion of youth players into environments which will challenge them academically and athletically after high school.

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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Ottawa Fury down AS Blainville 1-0 in first leg The Record
Ottawa Fury FC opened the second round of the Canadian Championship with a 1-0 road win over AS Blainville on Wednesday.

Canadian Championship Review: AS Blainville vs Ottawa FuryNorthern Starting XI
It was a beautiful night for football in Laval, and a big fan base had shown up for another historic night in the 2018 Voyageurs Cup, more historic than the last historic night last week and the historic night the week before that, but maybe not as historic as next weeks second leg? The USL side go into that second leg with a one goal advantage after getting the only goal of the game after 2 minutes.

Derry begin mid-season recruitment drive with capture of Canadian internationalthe 42
DERRY CITY HAVE launched a mid-season recruitment drive in a bid to strengthen their hand for the second half of the campaign, starting with the acquisition of Canadian international Ben Fisk.

Canadian Soccer Association president still glowing after scoring 2026 World CupNational Post
Steve Reed says a national training centre would be a long-term dream to realize out of Canada’s participation as a 2026 host.

Eight years to goAlaska Highway News
I never thought Canada would ever qualify for another World Cup, at least not in my lifetime. That may be a ridiculous thing to say considering I’m only 32, but it’s reality. While soccer becomes more popular in North America each year, it has yet to result in worldclass Canadian male soccer players.

2026 World Cup Venues (Part 2): Olympic Stadium, MontrealWaking the Red
Canada isn’t in the World Cup right now, but that won’t stop us making it all about us. Now that we know Canada will be co-hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup alongside the U.S. and Mexico, we thought it would be a good idea to look at the state of our country’s prospective World Cup venues. Today, we’ll be looking at Montreal and the Olympic Stadium.

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Eastern Conf. Notebook – Independence Youngster Earns AFCON CallUSL
Battery hoping home return provides boost; New York, Ottawa face quick turnaround.

Western Conf. Notebook – Reno, San Antonio Ready for BattleUSL
Rangers seek bounce-back performance; Switchbacks, Foxes face important showdown.


NWSL Preview: Top-of-the-table clash for two Westfield MatildasFFA
A top-of-the-table clash and some big match-ups between a couple of Westfield Matildas makes it an intriguing weekend ahead in the National Women’s Soccer League in America.

NWSL News Roundup: ESPYs and waivers are the talk of the weekVavel
Multiple NWSL players are up for nomination at this year’s ESPYs while the Utah Royals and the Washington Spirit have placed more players on waivers.

Utah Royals FC Release Meagan Kelly & EJ ProctorRSL
Utah Royals FC (4-2-5, 17 pts., NWSL 4th) have released GK EJ Proctor, and waived MF Maegan Kelly.

The Lowdown: How Brooke Elby helped Laura Harvey land Christen PressThe Equalizer
Laura Harvey never met a draft pick she wasn’t willing to trade. And so when she took over as coach of the Utah Royals, who slipped into NWSL with assurances of holding the first overall pick in 2019 she knew in the back of her mind it could be an asset capable of helping her team in 2018.

#SBSSWPL Round-up – 20/06/2018Scottish WPL
Hibernian made it 23 goals from their last four games with another comfortable victory in SBSSWPL 1. Making the result more impressive is the fact that Forfar Farmington have been on a fantastic run, rising up to fourth in the table in recent months.

Japan climb to sixth in FIFA women’s rankings, U.S. stay topEurosport
Japan has climbed to the sixth spot in the FIFA’s world ranking of the women’s teams after being crowned champions of the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, while the United States retains the top spot.

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Foxes are new profit champions as Premier League smashes earnings recordInside World Football
The main point to retain is the mammoth £570 million-plus aggregate pre-tax profit generated by the 20 clubs who played in English football’s top tier in Chelsea’s most recent title season. As predicted by this website as long ago as last November, this smashed the previous record set in 2013-14.

All the Champions League teams’ summer transfersUEFA
Keep abreast of all the UEFA Champions League group stage teams’ summer transfer activity.

Bundesliga clubs top world attendance figures for 2017/18 seasonInside World Football
Germany’s Bundesliga has again reported attendance figures that make it the most highly attended league in world football. The numbers for the 2017/18 season are the second highest in the league’s history.

Netflix options story of soccer team that welcomed refugeesEdmonton Journal
The story of a group of Somali refugees who joined a largely white high school soccer team in Maine and helped lead it to the state championship could soon be on Netflix.

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