BC Soccer News, Weekend, March 15-17, 2019




SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019, 12:00 PM PT



Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Houston Dynamo – Third time’s the charm?AFTN
The Whitecaps lost 1-0 to Real Salt Lake last weekend. Despite some decent-at-times build-up play the ‘Caps were unable to create that many chances in the final third, and were unable to steal a point or three despite some improved defensive play. The only goal of the match was an Albert Rusnák penalty, awarded after notoriously dirty player Jake Nerwinski viciously took down Corey Baird in the box and…

Houston Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2019 MLS Match PreviewMLS
The Houston Dynamo close out a three-game homestand looking to remain undefeated in the 2019 MLS regular season when they host the Vancouver Whitecaps at BBVA Compass Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Fredy keeping steady as Whitecaps work through growing painsThe Province
The Whitecaps striker hasn’t scored in his first two games for Vancouver this year — but he didn’t in 2017, either, and still had one of the best offensive campaigns in Caps history.

Trying to make sense of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ First Two GamesEighty-Six Forever
It’s hard to know what to make of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ first two games under Marc Dos Santos. Both games were losses and the team looked a bit disjointed but there were also some exciting flashes. Should we panic? Remain patient? Are things moving in the right direction? The people demand answers.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out for Galaxy’s game Saturday against MinnesotaLA Times
Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not participate in the team’s on-field training session Thursday and will miss his second consecutive game Saturday when the Galaxy play unbeaten Minnesota United at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Sporting Kansas City reaches Champions League SemifinalsKSHB
On Thursday night, Sporting Kansas City defeated Panamanian side Independiente 3-0 , earning a 4-2 comeback victory on aggregate in the Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinals.

Toronto FC players are “flying” in training and are prepared to put down the RevolutionVancouver Sun
It’s not exactly a “revolutionary” idea, but the New England Revolution believe one the keys to defeating Toronto FC in the Reds’ MLS home opener on Sunday night at BMO Field is to take the crowd out of the game.

Chicago Fire sign Gaitan on free following release from Dalian YifangESPN
The Chicago Fire confirmed the signing of former Benfica and Atletico Madrid playmaker Nicolas Gaitan on a free transfer on Thursday, after the Argentine was released by Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.

Seattle’s five-year plan for academy shows signs of bearing fruitMLS
Twenty-four hours before the club’s first team cruised to an easy home win against the Colorado Rapids last Saturday night, the future of the Seattle Sounders took a significant step in their road toward MLS.

Fans Are Ready For FC Cincinnati’s First MLS Home GameWVXU
The drums will be banging and the flags will be waving Sunday as FC Cincinnati plays its first-ever home match in Major League Soccer.

Inter Miami wants to play first two seasons at Lockhart Stadium, awaits Fort Lauderdale’s approvalMiami Herald
If David Beckham and Jorge Mas get their wish, Inter Miami CF will play its first two seasons at a newly constructed $60 million Lockhart Stadium soccer complex in Fort Lauderdale. Lockhart was the home of Major League Soccer’s first South Florida team — the Miami Fusion, which folded in 2001.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber visits expansion candidate St. LouisMLS
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber visited St. Louis this week, to check in on the latest regarding the city’s expansion bid.





SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019, 4:00 PM


VISL Cup Semi-Finals Set to go this weekendBC Soccer Web
It does not get any better than this weekend – semi finals for 3 different VISL Cups.

Huitema adds to impressive collection of honoursBCSA
Sport BC’s “Athlete of the Year Awards” have become an eagerly anticipated annual tradition in our Province. On Wednesday Night, the gala recognized two British Columbians who serve as wonderful ambassadors for both BC, and our game.

Issey Nakajima-Farran, Part 1: Monkey bites and trade rulesPacific FC
There are few players in Canadian soccer history as well-travelled or as fascinating as Issey Nakajima-Farran.

Cowichan Craig Street 49ers move on in Grover Cup tourneyCowichan Valley Citizen
The Cowichan Craig Street 49ers knew going into Saturday night’s Tony Grover Cup quarter-final showdown that they were in for a tough game against the visiting Cordova Bay Bobcats.

2019 Whitecaps FC Academy Centre Combine to kick off this weekendWhitecaps FC
More than 450 of the best youth soccer players in Canada will descend onto Newton Athletic Park this coming week for the 2019 Whitecaps FC Academy Centre Combine.

The 2019 BC Soccer Web Super Schedule of Soccer in BC – BC 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.

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
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.





SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019, 3:00 PM


Cavalry FC’s ‘Path 2 Pro’ extended, with U20 development squad to play in AMSLAFTN
Another platform has emerged in Calgary for local talented soccer players to continue their path to a potential professional career.

Wanderers’ Simmons could be young player to watch in Season 1CanPL
Elliot Simmons has already travelled the world in pursuit of his soccer dreams.

Valour FC add Technical Consultant to coaching staffValour FC
Valour FC today announce the addition of current Manchester United, UEFA and FIFA Technical Consultant, John Peacock, to the coaching staff as Technical Consultant. Peacock will split his time between other duties in England and abroad and his role in Winnipeg, and join the club at key points throughout the season assisting with coaching, scouting and overall management of all technical components of the club.

York9’s Justin Springer called up to St. Kitts and NevisCanPL
York9 FC defender Justin Springer has been called up to the St. Kitts and Nevis national team squad for an upcoming and CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying tilt against Suriname, away on March 23 in Paramaribo.

York University stadium in North York to undergo renovationToronto.com
The North York stadium, which was built for the 2015 Pan-Am games, will be renovated into a multi-use facility with artificial turf and an inflatable seasonal dome to support year-round activities and events, the university said in a news release.

Younes Bouida Will Coach Men’s Soccer Aigles BleusU. de Moncton
The Université de Moncton athletic director, Marc Boudreau, announced that Younes Bouida will be the next head coach of the men’s soccer Aigles Bleus team for the next Atlantic University Sport season.

St. Catharines soccer coach guilty of assaulting opposing playerNiagara Falls Review
A soccer coach who suffered a broken elbow after a melee following a match has been found guilty of assaulting a player on an opposing team.

Why ‘no-cut sports programs’ can benefit students and schoolsGlobal
For many kids, going through school means trying out and being cut from sports teams. But some schools have brought in “no-cut programs,” giving everyone a chance to play.


Canadian international goalkeeper Callum Irving returns to Ottawa Fury FCNational Post
Canadian international goalkeeper Callum Irving has rejoined Ottawa Fury FC.

Revs loan Zachary Herivaux and Brian Wright to USL’s Birmingham Legion F.C.The Bent Musket
The New England Revolution have loaned forward Brian Wright and midfielder Zachary Herivaux to the Birmingham Legion F.C. of the USL, according to a team press release.

Quartet Joins Rising FC on Loan From LAFCUSL
Phoenix Rising FC announced on Thursday it had acquired three players on loan from Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles FC, with defenders Shaft Brewer Jr. and Tristan Blackmon and forward Josh Perez returning to the club for a second season and midfielder Javier Perez arriving for the first time.


Orlando Pride coach Marc Skinner says club has really good players but still sees room to strengthen rosterPro Soccer USA
New Orlando Pride coach Marc Skinner already has potential new players in mind who could strengthen the team during a World Cup year.

Portland Thorns learning from 2018 season as they prepare for 2019 campaignOrgeonian
The Portland Thorns went on the road and bested a tough Chicago Red Stars team last March. They overpowered the Utah Royals at home in July. They ousted their rivals, the Seattle Reign, in the semifinals of the 2018 NWSL Playoffs. The Thorns beat every team in NWSL last season, except one.

All Chinese Super League clubs ordered to form women’s team by CFASportsPro Media
The Chinese Football Association (CFA) has announced that all club in its top-flight Chinese Super League (CLS) must have an affiliated women’s soccer team by 2020.

Sen. Birch Bayh, champion of Title IX federal law, diesVancouver Sun
When Birch Bayh pushed in the U.S. Senate for the landmark 1972 federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and athletics, women received fewer than 10 per cent of all medical and law degrees and only one in 27 high school girls played sports.


What to watch in the leading soccer competitions in EuropeLondon Free Press
Zinedine Zidane’s second stint as Real Madrid coach begins on Saturday with a home match against a Celta Vigo team which has dropped into the relegation zone after nine losses in its last 11 matches.

FA Cup: What to look out for in the quarter-finals this weekendBBC Sport
It’s FA Cup quarter-final weekend, with all four ties played to a finish on the day and teams allowed to make a fourth substitution if games go to extra time.

Which ‘Big Six’ Premier League side has the most difficult remaining schedule?Yahoo Sports
We are lucky to be witnessing one of the most exciting Premier League campaigns in years. Not only do we have a genuine title race on our hands, but all of the “Big Six” sides have a great chance of qualifying for the Champions League.

In-form forwards Radamel Falcao and Nicolas Pepe will face off when AS Monaco make the long trip north to face LOSC Lille on Friday.

Aubameyang the hero as Arsenal beat Rennes and reach quarter-finalsThe Guardian
It was a night when Arsenal required superhuman effort and some heroic performances to overturn a two-goal handicap and seize their ticket for the Europa League quarter-finals.

Sevilla sack manager Pablo Machin after Europa League exitBBC Sport
Sevilla have sacked manager Pablo Machin, a day after they were dramatically knocked out of the Europa League by Slavia Prague.

Schalke fires Tedesco as coach, Stevens returns to take overSportsnet
Schalke has fired Domenico Tedesco as coach and brought back Huub Stevens to oversee its next game.

UEFA Europa League quarter-final and semi-final drawsUEFA
The final eight learn what stands between them and the UEFA Europa League trophy.

A look at the teams in the Champions League quarterfinalsLondon Free Press
Three of the eight teams in Friday’s draw for the Champions League quarterfinals are three of the hundreds of teams that would have been excluded from a proposed Super League.

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