BC Soccer News, Weekend, March 3-5, 2017




(WHITECAPS WIN 3-1 agg.)

PHOTOS: Whitecaps FC 2 NY Red Bulls 0, CONCACAF Champions League QF, March 2, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Davies, Montero lead Whitecaps FC to CONCACAF Champions League semifinalsWhitecaps FC
Make history. That was Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s goal heading into the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. They said it all week. Actually, they said it all offseason. Mission accomplished.

Goals from Davies, Montero provide hope for Whitecaps attack in 2017MLS
A goal from teenage sensation Alphonso Davies five minutes in set the Vancouver Whitecaps on their way to a first CONCACAF Champions League semifinal appearance after winning their quarterfinal match up against the New York Red Bulls at BC Place on Wednesday evening.

Whitecaps beat calendar, Red Bulls on way to Champions League semifinalsVancouver Sun
It wasn’t exactly Vancouver-New York in 1979 when the Whitecaps beat the Cosmos on their way to a championship in another league and another lifetime. But this was a benchmark victory, an important night for Whitecap franchise that hasn’t had enough memorable ones since they entered MLS in 2011.

Strong start for Whitecaps newcomers in Champions LeagueSportsnet
Welcome to Vancouver, Fredy Montero. The Vancouver Whitecaps’ newest Designated Player scored the second goal Thursday evening at BC Place to ensure his new side’s passage to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, where the club will take on Mexican giants Tigres.

Vancouver Whitecaps reign over Red Bulls Soccer Shorts
It wasn’t overly pretty and there were times when the Whitecaps were bunkered in their own penalty area for minutes at a time but in the end goals from Alphonso Davies and Fredy Montero were enough to see Vancouver through  to the semi-final of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Davies, Montero power Whitecaps into CCL semisSBI
The offseason acquisition everyone has been talking about and the youngster ready to captivate a league powered the Vancouver Whitecaps into the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday night, with a 2-0 (3-1 aggregate) win over the New York Red Bulls at BC Place.

Davies, Montero lead Whitecaps past Red Bulls The Record
He is just a teenager but Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Alphonso Davies proved he belonged on a field of men.

Mexico, here we come: Get to know Tigres UANL ahead of the Champions League semisWhitecaps FC
Mexico, here we come. Vancouver Whitecaps FC will face reigning Mexican Liga MX champions Tigres UANL in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League. The ‘Caps clinched their first-ever semifinal berth on Thursday night at BC Place, defeating New York Red Bulls 2-0 to win the two-leg series 3-1 on aggregate.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Philadelphia Union | 2017 MLS Match PreviewMLS
The final match of Week 1 of the 2017 season features a pair of teams looking to improve upon their 2016 seasons, with the Philadelphia Union aiming to boost their stock following their sixth-place finish in the East while the Whitecaps will hope to rebound from a disappointing campaign that saw them finish eighth out West.

Canadian MLS teams look to take the next stepCBC
2016 was, on the whole, a banner year for Canadian clubs in Major League Soccer. Toronto FC became the first non-American team in league history to reach MLS Cup after beating their bitter rivals, the Montreal Impact, to get there.  Question is: can they steal the show again this year?

MLS Western Conference: Preview and Predictions Empire of Soccer
Two Western Conference teams — expansion Minnesota and Portland — get a jump on the rest of Major League Soccer in a nationally televised game Friday night from the Timbers’ Providence Park to open the 2017 season.

MLS Week 1: LA-Dallas showdown; New boys debutNBC Sports
Major League Soccer begins its 22nd season on Friday when Portland hosts one of the league’s two new squads: Minnesota United.

What I Mean When I Say I’m Excited About Minnesota United FC’s Inaugural SeasonFifty Five One
While fans are excited for the start of Minnesota United FC’s inaugural season in MLS, all should be ready to temper their expectations. Only one team, Seattle Sounders FC, has managed to finish better than sixth in their division in their inaugural season.

Portland Timbers vs. Minnesota United FC | MLS Week 1 – March 3, 2017MLS
A club with championship ambitions and an established core that was further strengthened by astute offseason acquisitions welcomes an expansion side still taking shape, fueled by a start-up’s adrenaline and a desire to prove the skeptics wrong in their first-ever match. That’s Portland Timbers vs. Minnesota United FC – the match that officially kicks off the 2017 MLS season on Friday night, March 3.

Merritt Paulson: Portland Timbers have ‘fully vetted’ $50 million stadium expansion plan for Providence ParkOregonian
The Portland Timbers have “fully vetted” and remain optimistic about a $50 million stadium expansion plan that would add 4,000 seats to Providence Park.

Taylor Twellman: New stadium gives Orlando City edge, pressure Orlando Sentinel
Soccer fans around the country are keeping an eye on Orlando City as it prepares to debut in its new stadium March 5.

Toyota Stadium’s more than $39 million in renovations make it new ‘mecca of soccer’Dallas News
“We get one shot to really get this right,” Dan Hunt, Lamar Hunt’s his son and the president of FC Dallas told The Dallas Morning News Thursday. “It’s going to feel like a brand new stadium.”

Can Matteo Mancosu lead Montreal Impact to MLS title?Montreal Gazette
The 2017 season brings renewed hope that this will bring a championship parade to downtown Montreal. But are the Impact equipped to go one step further than last season? That, and a number of other questions need to be answered.

TFC unveils Wall of Honour, celebrating moments, player awardsSportsnet
In the wake of its best-ever season, Toronto FC unveiled its new Wall of Honour at BMO Field on Thursday.

What to watch in MLS this season: 22 teams, top talent and Tata MartinoThe Guardian
Atlanta and Minnesota join the fun this year – and there’s plenty more besides. Our expert writers look ahead to what could be MLS’s biggest and best season.

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Triple celebration as Royal City soccer boys collect cup titles New Westminster Record
It was champions week in the Royal City last week. A trio of Royal City Youth Soccer Club boys teams ended up collecting cup victories to add to the clubhouse mantelpiece.

VISL Upcoming Matches – March 3-6 VISL
A very busy weekend ahead as we have the ¼ Finals for Jackson Cup.

Nelson’s two goals lead LMG to victory over VI Wave Cowichan Valley Citizen
Paddy Nelson scored his league-leading 19th and 20th goals of the Vancouver Island Soccer League season on Saturday as Cowichan LMG beat the VI Wave 2-0 at the Sherman Road Turf.

Whitecaps FC confirms spring startup in Terrace B.C. Terrace Standard
A Vancouver Whitecaps FC soccer academy is officially coming to the northwest. The move was unofficially decided last November, and last week, Feb. 24, the academy announced that the Northwest BC Prospects Academy based in Prince George was expanding to Terrace and Prince Rupert this spring.

BC Soccer Assoc. Scholarships BCSA
BC Soccer is proud to award scholarships every year to players and referees proceeding on to post-secondary education. The Scholarships are presented at a special Scholarship Celebration at a Whitecaps FC match in June/July each year. Applications must be received by the British Columbia Soccer Association Office by March 31st.

REVIEW: The Miracle Mile. Stories of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games BC BookLook
Author Jason Beck is curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame in BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, and convenor two years ago of an excellent exhibition about the 1954 Games. In his first book, he proves to be a meticulous researcher, a compelling story-teller, and a crafty realist who knows how to hook his readers. Watch how, two pages into the book, he uses filmic technique to evoke the arriving athletes’ youthful buzz and give period colouring and costuming, but then smartly moves his camera in to introduce his stars.

TSS Rovers launch website & 2017 Season Ticket CampaignTSS Rovers
TSS FC Rovers play their inaugural season in the PDL at iconic Swangard Stadium. Season Tickets are $70 for Adults, $49 for U12 Youth.

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!

TSS FC Rovers Open TryoutsTSS Rovers
Vancouver’s newest team, TSS FC Rovers, is looking for Canada’s best up and coming players to play for their first squad in 2017. If you are a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, could possibly play for our national team one day, and meet the age requirment of 23 and under, we want to see you play!

To our Readers: A Choice BC Soccer Web
Soccer has brought us to the United States many times. It’s a great place with decent people. We especially look forward to our Cascadia trips to Seattle and Portland. They’re incredible cities with wonderful supporters. That’s why it was so disheartening to see chaos and fear take hold in the airports and borders of our neighbours to the south.

FVSL All-Stars to face WFC2 in MarchBC Soccer Web
January snow and ice in the Lower Mainland put the brakes on the annual clash between the Fraser Valley Soccer League All-Stars and the best from the VISL this year. That hasn’t stopped the FVSL from planning an ambitious All-Star series in March.

BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting 2016-2017 Awards NominationsBCSA
We are pleased to inform everyone that BC soccer Assoc. is currently accepting Awards nominations until the submission deadline date of March 31, 2017. Selection of the award recipients is based on many factors including the individual’s commitment, community involvement and willingness to give back to the game. This year any BC Soccer Assoc. member and their affiliate clubs may submit a nomination.

2017 BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June, 2017 (following the BC Soccer Annual General Meeting).

Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on saleHighlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!

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VMSL PHOTOS: Richmond FC Hibs 1, ICSF Columbus FC 0, November 5, 2016BC Soccer Web
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MWSL PHOTOS: Van United Primas 0, Fraser Valley Action 2, October 30, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PHOTOS: GNAC Women’s Soccer: SFU 1 Concordia U. (Ore.) 0, October 20, 2016 BC Soccer Web
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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.

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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Fonseca out as Canadian Soccer Association landscape changes with new coach comingCape Breton Post
It appears Fonseca was the victim of a changing landscape at the national governing body. The appointment last September of Jason deVos in the new position of director of development, combined with possible added responsibilities of the new national men’s team coach, is seen to cover the territory previously handled by a high performance director.

Canada Soccer looking for candidates to serve on the Board of Directors starting May 2017CSA
Deadline for application is 4:00 pm ET on Wednesday, 22 March 2017.

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Luna Strikes Twice as Toros Earn WinUSL
Ruben Luna scored a pair of goals as Rio Grande Valley FC defeated the Houston Dynamo Academy U18s 4-2 as the Toros continued preseason preparations at Houston Sports Park on Thursday afternoon. The Toros featured several of the Academy’s top alumni including midfielders Christian Lucatero – who opened the scoring – and Marcelo Palomino, as well as forward Charlie Flores.

Reymann Signs with Steel FCUSL
Bethlehem Steel FC announced on Thursday that the club had signed defender Charlie Reymann to his first professional contract. The deal is pending league and federation approval.

NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush steps downOregonian
NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush has stepped down. The surprising news comes just over a month before the NWSL is set to start its historic fifth season and just a month after the league announced a transformational partnership with A+E Networks.

Arsenal Ladies’ Jordan Nobbs named Women’s Player of the Year at 2017 London Football AwardsEvening Standard
Arsenal Ladies midfielder Jordan Nobbs has been crowned Women’s Player of the Year at the London Football Awards.

A Go-Ahead Goal: How Three NJ Girls are Growing the Game Across the GlobeBackline Soccer
Soccer is a global game. A game about sportsmanship, about building bridges.  It’s the type of game where three girls from New Jersey can help make life better for those in Granada, Nicaragua, by raising money for a girls’ soccer team and educational program there.

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Soccer weekend: What to watch in Europe’s main leagues Inside Toronto
What to watch out for in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend.

Premier League Preview: Liverpool vs. Arsenal NBC Sports
Two powerful teams dealing with wildly disappointing 2017s meet at Anfield on Saturday in a high-powered clash.

Torres released from hospital day after scary head clashSportsnet
Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres was released from the hospital on Friday following a scary head-to-head clash which left him unconscious.

PSG look to keep good run goingLigue 1
Paris Saint-Germain warm up for their trip to Barcelona on UEFA Champions League duty by hosting AS Nancy Lorraine in a crucial Ligue 1 encounter at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.

Atalanta goes against grain of Serie A stereotypesSportsnet
Italian football frequently finds itself fighting against the tide of stereotype. Too slow, too tactical, too old—plenty of skeptics have formed an opinion on Serie A without actually watching any Serie A. If they tuned in every so often they’d come across Atalanta, a team from the city of Bergamo in Northern Italy that goes against the grain of stereotype.

Kevin Grosskreutz leaves Stuttgart days after fight in city centreThe Guardian
Kevin Grosskreutz has parted ways with German second-tier side VfB Stuttgart less than four days after being taken to hospital following a fight in the city centre.

Football bids farewell to French legend Raymond KopaFIFA
In the history of French football, before the exploits of Michel Platini, Zinedine Zidane and others, there was Raymond Kopa. Small in stature but immense in talent, the attacking midfielder played a decisive role in three of Real Madrid’s first five European campaigns. Above all, Kopa will be remembered as the best player of the FIFA World Cup Sweden 1958, alongside his compatriot Just Fontaine, in a tournament that marked the emergence of a certain Pele.

Want to understand Chinese football? Don’t view it through a transfer windowThe Guardian
Chinese Super League clubs spent £331m in their winter transfer window but the real action begins this weekend with a cracking match in Guangzhou.

CONCACAF takes control of Caribbean competitions with opening of Jamaica officeInside World Football
CONCACAF has publicly taken the gloves off in its fight to take control of the Caribbean, announcing it will open its own office in Jamaica later this month. The move will effectively see the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) removed from all competition organisation of qualifying events for CONCACAF championships.

More than 2,000 UK referees to strike this weekend, says official Ryan HampsonBBC Sport
More than 2,000 amateur referees will go on strike this weekend, according to a teenage official who says he has been “headbutted, spat at and punched”.

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