BC Soccer News, Weekend March 29-31, 2019





SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2019, 2019



Episode 332 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Slipping Block – Vancouver v Seattle Preview Show)AFTN
What’s the best thing for a winless team to have after some time off for the international break? If you said a derby game against an unbeaten side, then you’ll be happy for what lies in store for Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday evening. You’re also nuts.

Whitecaps looking for 1st win of season in derby game vs. SeattleSportsnet
Considering the Vancouver Whitecaps are still looking for their first points of the season, Saturday’s home game against the Seattle Sounders gets magnified even more.

Whitecaps aim to rise, shine against favoured Sounders at B.C. PlaceThe Province
It’s the first Cascadia Cup game — a season-long, fan-driven tournament between the three Pacific Northwest MLS teams — as Vancouver takes on Seattle, a game that, on paper, seems like a huge advantage for the Sounders.

Whitecaps’ Montero looks to continue form against former club SoundersMLS
Since rejoining MLS with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2017 (then again this season), one opponent has always seen the best of Fredy Montero: The Seattle Sounders.

MLS Preview: Rooney, D.C. United looking to keep pace atop EastYahoo Sports
Major League Soccer closes out the month of March with a number of intriguing matchups, including a Cascadia Cup battle, a chance for FC Cincinnati to set a new MLS expansion record, and D.C. United hosting former teammate Nani and Orlando City.

Homegrown derby? Mutual respect between FC Dallas, Real Salt LakeMLS
They’re a time zone and two states apart, separated by more than a thousand miles of mountains, deserts and prairie and no overt reason for rivalry. But a common thread unites Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas, one that makes their league clash at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday (6 pm PT | MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada) one of the most compelling matchups of MLS Week 5.

Toronto to show off Pozuelo; NYCFC waiting on HeberABC 7 NY
Recently signed Alejandro Pozuelo should debut for Toronto FC Friday night at home against a New York City side still waiting to introduce its own new star attacker.

Toronto FC won’t take winless NYCFC lightlyToronto Sun
New York City FC will arrive at BMO Field on Friday night with a new weapon in its arsenal, but a weapon not quite locked and loaded.

Impact will be missing star sniper Ignacio Piatti in Kansas CityMontreal Gazette
The Montreal Impact hope to maintain their swagger despite missing key pieces when they return to Major League Soccer play this weekend after a two-week break.

FC Cincinnati Vs Philadelphia Union: Week 5 PreviewMLS Multiplex
The Philadelphia Union will travel to face FC Cincinnati Saturday night. Both teams are coming off impressive wins and will look to build off the momentum. Here is a full Week 5 preview.

On the verge of historic start, Alan Koch urges Cincinnati to stay focusedMLS
Let’s hop in the time machine for a moment and look at recent expansion clubs through their first five games.

Chicago Fire Soccer Club Waives Defender Nicolas HaslerChicago Fire
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today that the Club has waived defender Nicolas Hasler.





SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019, 4:00 PM


VISL Cup Final WeekendBC Soccer Web
Finally, the weekend has arrived, the weekend that all amateur soccer players want to be a part of in the local soccer scene – the Cup Finals.

VIDEO: ‘She can go places:’ Victoria soccer referee set to make Jackson Cup historyCHEK
At just 22-years-old, Carly Shaw-Mclaren is blazing a trail for female referees on Vancouver Island. But many believe Mclaren’s career is just getting started.

South Peace Youth soccer registration openDawson Creek Mirror
Registration for the South Peace Junior Soccer summer season is open until Saturday, April 6.

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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Canada Soccer names roster for key FIFA Women’s World Cup warm-up match against EnglandCSA
Canada Soccer has named the 23 players who will make up Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team roster for the 5 April international friendly against England at Academy Stadium in Manchester, England. The tier one match will feature two of the world’s top teams with Canada currently fifth in the FIFA Women’s World Ranking and England one spot ahead in the fourth position.

Christine Sinclair to lead Canada in friendly against EnglandSportsnet
It’s not quite the scene of the crime but Christine Sinclair will be just 7.5 kilometres away from Old Trafford when she leads Canada out against England on April 5. Sinclair and the Canadian women have a special bond with Manchester, even if it is a bittersweet one.

Canada fifth in latest FIFA women’s soccer rankingsCP 24
The United States heads the FIFA women’s rankings two months before defending its Women’s World Cup title, and England has risen above host France.

Canadian Victor Montagliani elected to second term as CONCACAF presidentCTV
Canadian Victor Montagliani has been elected to another term as president of CONCACAF.

Saskatchewan Summer Soccer Series a pre-kicker to pro soccer Star-Phoenix
Saskatoon is a taking the next step to making professional soccer a reality.

Q & A: Cavalry FC’s Julian Büscher talks career highlights, training with Zlatan and moreTSP
Cavalry FC’s German midfielder Julian Büscher landed in Calgary two weeks ago to begin training for the inaugural season of the Canadian Premier League.

Valour FC hoping for big things from talented midfielder PetrassoWinnipeg Sun
Few people know Michael Petrasso better than Winnipeg Valour FC coach Rob Gale and that’s a big reason why the player with considerable professional experience is in the city with the new Canadian Premier League team.

Ahead of Nations League, history of the USA-Canada rivalry in men’s soccerMLS
In women’s soccer, USA-Canada is one of the great rivalries in the world right now, with the USWNT winning most of the time but Canada providing perhaps the best test consistently over the past three decades. But what’s the situation for the men’s side of the border rivalry? Believe it or not, it’s relatively close all-time.

Volunteering with a youth wheelchair sports camp at Dalhousie in 2017, Madison Campbell gained a deeper understanding of the difficulties facing powerchair users interested in sports in Nova Scotia.

Yorkton soccer team to train in ScotlandCTV
Some of the best soccer players that Yorkton has to offer in their division are heading to one of soccer’s most sacred sites.


Tormenta, Boro make history FridayStatesboro Herald
Tormenta and Statesboro were selected to be the host for the first-ever game played in the just-founded USL League One. The league’s decision to award such a prestigious honor to Tormenta wasn’t simply a stroke of luck. It is an acknowledgement and reward for the dedication, commitment and success of Tormenta’s ownership, management and players since the franchise was founded four years ago.

USL League One Forwards to Watch in 2019USL League 1
We’ve already looked at the goalkeepers, defenders, and midfielders to watch in the 2019 USL League One season, which means it’s now time to highlight five forwards who will look to light up the scoreboard in the league’s inaugural campaign. From experienced veterans to young standouts, there is plenty of attacking talent to get excited about.

SAFC Signs Argentine Midfielder GomezUSL
San Antonio FC announced on Thursday it had signed Argentine midfielder Brian Gomez for the 2019 USL Championship season. The signing is pending league and federation approval and per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

North Texas SC Signs Two DefendersBig D Soccer
With the first match of the USL League One season a couple of days away, North Texas SC bolstered their roster by signing two former FC Dallas Academy defenders. Hector Montalvo and Cesar Murillo were both signed to one year contracts, with a one year option.

Match Preview: LA Galaxy II return to Los Angeles looking for their first win at home of 2019LA Galaxy
LA Galaxy II (1-2-0, 3 points) return to LA for their second home fixture of 2019 against Portland Timbers 2 (2-0-1, 7 points) at Dignity Health Sports Park Track & Field Stadium on Saturday.


Courage get to defend International Champions Cup title on home turfWRAL Sportsfan
Last year, the North Carolina Courage traveled to Miami to participate in the inaugural Women’s International Champions Cup and returned to the Triangle triumphant, having defeated two of Europe’s top teams to win the four-team, weekend tournament.

Houston Dash Preview: Out with the old, in with the new for James ClarksonLast Word on Soccer
The Houston Dash wasted no time getting their squad together this off-season. James Clarkson was the first vacant head coach hire in the league, replacing Vera Pauw. Meanwhile, Clarkson immediately went to work rebuilding his roster.

England women up to third in Fifa rankingsBBC Sport
England women have climbed up to third place in the Fifa rankings following their victory in the SheBelieves Cup.

Alanna Kennedy opens up on bouncing back from heartbreak and why the Matildas can win the World CupFox Sports
Alanna Kennedy knows a thing or two about football heartbreak. As a 21-year-old, the Matildas defender had a spot-kick saved as Australia crashed out of the 2016 Rio Olympics to host Brazil courtesy of a penalty shootout.

US Soccer asks court to consolidate discrimination lawsuitsThe State
The U.S. Soccer Federation has asked that a federal lawsuit filed by current players on the women’s national team alleging gender discrimination be put on hold until a court decides whether it can be consolidated with an action filed earlier by former goalkeeper Hope Solo.

WU19 EURO elite round starts WednesdayUEFA
The elite round starts on Wednesday with the seven group winners to join hosts Scotland in July’s finals.


What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in EuropeLondon Free Press
Huddersfield could become the first team relegated from the Premier League.

Man City 15 games from the quadruple – can they do it?BBC Sport
Manchester City return to Premier League action on Saturday knowing they are 15 games away from winning an unprecedented quadruple.

Lopes back for Lyon’s Cup rehearsalLigue 1
Portugal goalkeeper Anthony Lopes is ready to return for Olympique Lyonnais against Stade Rennais on Friday as the European aspirants get set to collide twice in five days.

PSG signs manager Thomas Tuchel to brand new two-year contractNBC Sports
According to French media publication L’Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain has signed manager Thomas Tuchel to a new two-year contract, keeping him inked through the summer of 2021.

Amid the rumours once again linking him with Barcelona, Griezmann has told Atlético Madrid that he is going nowhere this summer.AS.com
With the departure of Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich in the summer, Atlético Madrid will frantically be on the hunt for defenders. But the club can rest easy in the fact that star man Antoine Griezmann will not be following his French compatriot to the Wanda exit door.

Gonzalo Higuain retires from Argentina’s national teamNational Post
Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain has announced his retirement from the Argentina national team, citing family reasons.

Australia’s Cahill retires from soccer at 39TSN
Former Millwall and Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has announced his retirement from soccer at the age of 39.

Asian soccer leader Sheikh Salman now has no election rival London Free Press
Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa is assured of being re-elected after his only remaining challenger withdrew.

Top tier Huddersfield cash in with £30m profitInside World Football
Huddersfield Town, the once mighty Yorkshire club who surprised many last year by extending their Premier League stay to a second season, have unveiled a near £50 million improvement in profitability for the year to end-June 2018.

Norwich’s Onel Hernández: ‘It’s sad. Cuban players want to play for free’The Guardian
Onel Hernández cannot remember touching a football during the first six years of his life. He and his friends in Morón, a city in central Cuba, would steal fruit from trees and play with marbles in the street but he was rarely happier than when he looked up at the sky. The birds transfixed him to the extent that he pleaded for a miniature aviary of his own. “My uncle brought 10 of them home for me,” he says. “We kept them in the garden, we’d let them out and in the evening they’d come back. In Cuba people don’t have a lot but they’re content with what they have, and this was my youth.”

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