BC Soccer News, Weekend, March 1-3, 2018





SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019, 3:00 PM


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Episode 325 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Back With A Bang? – Vancouver v Minnesota Preview Show)AFTN
It’s here! It’s here! Well nearly. The 2019 MLS season kicks off on Saturday when Vancouver Whitecaps host Minnesota United at BC Place. You ready? We are here at AFTN with our first preview podcast of the year.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Minnesota United | 2019 MLS Match PreviewMLS
#MLSisBack for the new-look Vancouver Whitecaps, who host Western Conference rival Minnesota United at BC Place Saturday. Under the direction of new coach Marc Dos Santos, the ‘Caps are virtually completely rebuilt, while the Loons could be ready to make a playoff push in the third year of their three-year plan.

Whitecaps set to kick off season: Storylines, players, games to watchThe Province
FOUR storylines, THREE players to watch and THREE games to watch as the Vancouver Whitecaps get set to begin their season Saturday at B.C. Place Stadium.

Overhauled Whitecaps ‘hungry’ going into new MLS seasonSportsnet
Marc Dos Santos has been scouring the globe for talent and crafting a new style of play as he worked to rebuild the Vancouver Whitecaps this off-season.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2019 MLS previewEighty-Six Forever
Vancouver Whitecaps resets and begins 2019 as a pseudo-expansion club.

MLS ON TSN Unveils Exclusive 2019 Broadcast Schedule, Kicking Off March 2TSN
The 2019 regular season broadcast schedule features all Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC matches, 12 Montreal Impact matches, and marquee matchups from throughout the league, plus eight Saturday afternoon matchups featuring Canadian teams on CTV.

MLS Western Conference preview: Minnesota debuts new stadiumFox Sports
Lowdown: The Loons start with four games on the road until the debut of the team’s new $250 million, 19,000-seat stadium. The first game there will be on April 13 when Minnesota hosts NYCFC. The Loons added veterans in Alonso and Opara in the offseason. Additionally, Molino is expected to be back after a knee injury that kept him out most of last season. The top scorer from last season was Darwin Quintero, who had 11 goals and 12 assists and is expected to start.

2019 MLS Eastern Conference PreviewNBC Sports
In any other league, you’d take a peek at how 2018 went and expect much of the same; Throw some league legends leaving the East — David Villa and Sebastian Giovinco — and you’d consider whether some records might be broken by the returning Top Two. But this is Major League Soccer, where no power is permanent.

Toronto FC making right move re-signing Jozy AltidoreSportsnet
Jozy Altidore is going all in with Toronto FC, and Toronto FC is going all in with Jozy Altidore.

Soccer hipster? FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez doesn’t look to the world’s best teams to find his philosophySportsday
Rather than digging deep on how super teams like Manchester City are playing in the UEFA Champions League, Gonzalez has been keeping a close eye on Quique Setien’s Real Betis as the mid-sized Spanish club qualified for the Europa League, UEFA’s second-tier competition.

Orlando City enters 2019 with new mindset under coach James O’ConnorPro Soccer USA
Orlando City’s preseason has been about establishing a new culture. This has been the case before. This time, coach James O’Connor, new EVP of soccer operations Luiz Muzzi and even club CEO Alex Leitão say things are different. Players who were with the team through its disastrous 2018 campaign say things are different this time around. Most have mentioned a new sense of accountability.

Chicago Fire set to sign Gaitan from Chinese Super League club Dalian YifangESPN
Argentine midfielder Nicolas Gaitan will move to Major League Soccer to join the Chicago Fire, his Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang announced on Thursday.

In the moments when Jordan Morris would recoil, when he tried to isolate himself from friends, family, anything to do with soccer while dealing with a potentially career-altering knee injury, Cristian Roldan knew there was always a way to still engage his friend no matter how down Morris was about his situation. Fortnite. It all comes back to Fortnite.

Impact expect to make push for MLS playoffs in 2019Sportsnet
Longtime Montreal Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush hopes his team can learn a lesson from its longtime rival.

Getting to know Cincinnati’s first MLS coach: ‘I hate losing more than anyone’WLWT
This weekend, FC Cincinnati plays its first ever Major League Soccer match. They open the season out west taking on the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. The only person more excited than the players is the man who coaches them.

Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey: ‘We need to win the title’ in 2019Seattle Times
Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey said his team is healthy, fully rested and far enough along in its rebuilding to hope for a championship season. Key to that will be starting 2019 as well as it finished the 2018 regular season.

Sporting KC dominate Toluca and advance to the CCL QuarterfinalsThe Blue Testament
SKC travel to Mexico and embarrass Toluca, winning over their fans.

ATL UTD dominate Herediano to advance in Concacaf Champions LeagueAtlanta Utd.
Atlanta United entered Thursday’s match with a mountain to climb: a two-goal deficit against a team in midseason form in a tricky elimination game. With their backs against the wall, they put in a performance worthy of the star on their crest, dominating CS Herediano in a 4-0 rout in front of a rowdy home crowd at Fifth Third Bank Stadium to secure their spot in the next round.

Atlanta United’s Darren Eales on Buying High, Selling Higher and Staying on TopNY Times
Most teams that win championships enjoy a honeymoon. There are parades and victory laps and time to prepare for a title defense. Not so with Atlanta United, which won its first M.L.S. Cup on Dec. 8 and, because of Major League Soccer roster rules, had to spend the next day releasing some of the players who led it to the title.

Former Italian international Giuseppe Rossi on trial with LAFCAngels on Parade
An intriguing new face has emerged at Los Angeles Football Club, as former Italian international Giuseppe Rossi is on trial at the club.

Ola Kamara thanks LA Galaxy fansLAG Confidential
Losing Ola Kamara was a gut punch for most LA Galaxy fans, but soon after the dreaded news begin to sink in, the supporters simply wanted to hear from the Norwegian international who scored 14 goals during his lone year in Los Angeles.

The Truth According to ZlatanNY Times
‘I’m not an act,’ the Los Angeles Galaxy’s star striker declares as he begins his second season in Major League Soccer. ‘I am the real deal.’

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SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019, 4:00 PM


The 2019 BC Soccer Web Super Schedule of Soccer in BCBC Soccer Web
With so much soccer happening in BC this year, it’s getting tougher to keep track of the big matches and your favourite teams. BC Soccer Web has you covered! Here, in one spot, are the combined schedules for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Pacific FC, TSS Rovers and Highlanders FC. We’ll also be adding the WPSL teams, along with the marquee matches from the amateur ranks as those dates become set, so keep coming back for the latest updates.

Cowichan LMG looks strong in returnCowichan Valley Citizen
More than three weeks after their last match, Cowichan LMG picked up a 1-1 draw against Westcastle, the team they’re currently fending off for first place in the top division of the Vancouver Island Soccer League.

Red Arrow breezes through cup openerCowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan Red Arrow had little trouble in their opening match of the J.V. Barnes Cup Div. 4 soccer tournament, crushing Juan de Fuca Pilgrims 7-1 at UVic on Saturday night.

2019 WPSL Region and Conference Alignment RevealedWPSL
The Women’s Premier Soccer League has revealed the 2019 conference alignment, consisting of an all-time high 119 clubs competing in the league’s 22nd season to become the champion of the world’s largest women’s soccer league. (Incuding two in BC)

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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.

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! BC Soccer Web
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SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019, 3:00 PM


FC Edmonton, Valour, Forge learn their path to CONCACAF LeagueCanadian Premier League
Through May and June, the games between Valour FC, Forge FC and FC Edmonton will be doubly important. Not only will the precious points matter in terms of the Canadian Premier League’s Spring standings, the games will determine which one of these three teams goes to the CONCACAF League, which acts as a qualifying tournament for the CONCACAF Champions League.

Valour FC signs homegrown Winnipeg player Ali Musse to multi-year contractGlobal
Another Winnipegger has jumped on board with the cities new professional soccer team.

Cavalry FC coach reacts to Canadian Premier League format and scheduleTSP
On Wednesday the Canadian Premier League (CPL) announced its inaugural season will be divided into spring and fall seasons. The winners of each session will meet in the Canadian Premier League Championship in October to determine the CPL champion. The format for the CPL championship final has yet to been confirmed. The new professional soccer league kicks off April 27, 2019.

Former Women’s Division All-Stars Signed To Ryerson And League1 Coaching ContractsLeague1 Ontario
When the day finally arrives, hanging up the boots for good is a massive (and usually depressing) decision for any big-game player.

Several locals invited to HFX Wanderers tryoutsChronicle-Herald
Fifteen players received invitations to Halifax Wanderers FC’s final trials on Thursday.

Fort Sask Arsenal brings home five medals from city finalsFort Saskatchewan Online
It was a successful weekend for several Fort Sask indoor soccer teams.

Lehr, Siwela honoured at Alberta soccer banquetMedicine Hat News
One has been deeply involved with Medicine Hat minor soccer for decades; the other, only behind the scenes for a couple years.

Have you considered becoming a soccer referee?Alberta Soccer
Officiating comes with a lot of great benefits: good money, a way to stay fit, flexible work hours, and an opportunity to remain involved in the game. But have you considered the less obvious perks that come with earning a referee badge? For many referees in the province, the reason they launched their refereeing journey in the first place is often not the same reason they’ve chosen to stick with it.


Miller Makes Move to Loudoun UnitedUSL
Loudoun United FC added a second goalkeeper to its inaugural roster on Wednesday as the club announced the acquisition of goalkeeper Colin Miller for the 2019 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval.


Coaching controversy in the NWSL is bigger than Richie BurkeThe Equalizer
One frustrating aspect of constantly being tasked with analyzing under-qualified coaches in the women’s game is that it’s nearly impossible to prove a negative within the vacuum of the candidate’s experience.

Francisca Ordega: Nigerian seals China switchBBC Sport
Nigeria international Francisca Ordega has become the latest African to move to the Chinese Women’s Super League after signing for Shanghai W.F.C.

Scotland’s Kerr seeks progress ahead of Women’s World Cup debutEurosport
Scotland will not be overawed by the quality of opponents at the Algarve Cup as they chase confidence-boosting victories ahead of their first-ever Women’s World Cup appearance in June, coach Shelley Kerr has said.

Umpierrez: I’d love to see more women refereeing men’s footballFIFA
When Claudia Umpierrez came out onto the pitch shortly before the start of the group match between USA and Australia at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in Winnipeg, she was overcome by emotions. On the one hand there was joy and pride that she and her team would be officiating the first FIFA World Cup game of their careers, but there was also gratitude and the knowledge that the hard work and sacrifices over the years had paid off.


Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendThe Guardian
Everton seek an elusive derby win, tiring Spurs encourage Arsenal, Rodgers returns to Watford and Dyche eyes safety.

Struggling Premier League club Fulham fires manager RanieriSportsnet
Claudio Ranieri was fired by Fulham on Thursday, even though owner Shad Khan said the manager isn’t fully responsible for failing to lift the London club out of the Premier League relegation zone.

Olympique de Marseille are aiming to continue their recent revival as they host AS Saint-Etienne at the Orange Vélodrome on Sunday, looking to leapfrog Les Verts in the table.

Vinicius Junior: Can Real Madrid teenager keep La Liga season alive? BBC Sport
Real Madrid host Barcelona in a must-win Clasico at the Bernabeu on Saturday, knowing only victory will keep their title hopes alive.

Conmebol refuses US offer to host tournament in 2020London Free Press
South America’s soccer body Conmebol has refused an offer from U.S. Soccer to organize and host a continental competition in 2020.

Chinese Super League: Jordi Cruyff on Marouane Fellaini, Mousa Dembele and the future BBC Sport
The new campaign in China starts this weekend and this season the league will feature former Premier League midfielders Marouane Fellaini and Mousa Dembele after their moves from Manchester United and Tottenham respectively.

The great golden oldie goalscorers in Italian footballThe Guardian
Fabio Quagliarella scored in 11 straight games this season, continuing a long tradition of evergreen strikers in Serie A.

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