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Portland Timbers 1-2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Major League Soccer - March 28, 2015 - BC Place, Vancouver, BC
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BC Soccer Web teams up with Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference
As part of our future commitment to providing the best tools and resources to grassroots soccer, BC Soccer Web is pleased to announce that we have teamed up with the Pacific Soccer Coaching Conference. This groundbreaking event takes place June 5th through 7th at the Fortius Sport & Health complex in Burnaby, BC. Read more...

monday, march 30, 2015

Robbie Earnshaw wins it in Cascadia clash
Vancouver Whitecaps heroes recently come from Uruguay, Argentina or Costa Rica, but last night’s hero came from Wales. Robbie Earnshaw, who was only signed by the Vancouver Whitecaps on Thursday after hanging around the squad since training camp, scored the winner in the 90th minute after coming into the match in the 87th. Whitecaps Fan

Whitecaps build on reputation of late heroics
After Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers, the Vancouver Whitecaps find themselves with a 3-1-0 record, thanks to three consecutive last-gasp victories. Scoring late goals have become the hallmark of this Whitecaps squad, and while it doesn’t make for stress-free watching for the Vancouver faithful, you won’t find many complaining. Sportsnet

'Caps pull off more late heroics
02:24Despite Portland’s domination in large spells, Vancouver finds a way to claim a third-straight victory to start the season. Goal

Three things from Saturday's match vs. Portland
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3W-1L-0D) nabbed their third straight win on Saturday night, defeating Portland Timbers (0W-1L-3D) 2-1 in front of a sold-out BC Place crowd. Here are three things that stood out to me. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps’ 18-year-old midfielder Flores shows serious promise
Weber: Whitecaps’ 18-year-old midfielder Flores shows serious promise Safe to say not many Whitecaps fans knew who Deybi Flores was before Saturday night. They’ll be eager to see more. The 18-year-old midfielder signed to little fanfare a month ago, on a one-year loan deal from Club Deportivo Motagua in his native Honduras. He joined the Caps only last week. The Province

The Good, The Average and The Bad: Portland Goes TIMBER!!!
The Whitecaps may have been playing like a team unpossessed, but sticking the ball in the pokey is all that matters come the full time whistle. Robert Earnshaw knows exactly how to do that, as he’s shown countless times now in his career, and especially on his debuts. AFTN

Caleb Porter wonders "how we didn't win" after Portland Timbers can't cash in chances vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
Coming into their first Cascadia clash of the 2015 season, Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter said his side would have to be well aware of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ newfound propensity to employ a defensive, counter-attacking style. The Timbers got that – maybe to a point that surprised even them. MLS

Jordan Allen scores late goal, Real Salt Lake beats Toronto FC 2-1
Toronto FC wasn't blaming the absence of key players for their loss against Real Salt Lake on Sunday. Playing without Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley, who are both away with the United States national team, TFC dropped a 2-1 decision after allowing a late goal by Jordan Allan. Canada.com

A moral victory for TFC in loss to Salt Lake
If they awarded you something for moral victories then Toronto FC would have claimed three points on Sunday. A TFC side missing five key starters—Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Steven Caldwell, Damien Perquis and Justin Morrow—and fielding a makeshift defence put forth a valiant effort in a 2-1 road loss to Real Salt Lake. Sportsnet

Toronto FC feeling hard done after tough loss at Real Salt Lake: "It's incredibly frustrating"
TFC looked to have secured a precious road result at Rio Tinto Stadium after Jackson scored to make it 1-1 in the 87th minute. But their late euphoria turned quickly into a nightmare, with RSL’s Jordan Allen finding the back of the net not even one minute after Jackson had pulled TFC level to give the home side all three points. MLS

Kaka shines as Orlando draws with Impact
Ignacio Piatti and Jack McInerney spotted Montreal a two-goal lead but they couldn't hold off Brazilian star Kaka as the Impact played to a 2-2 draw with Orlando City before 25,245 at Olympic Stadium on Saturday. TSN

Adrian Heath showers Kaká with praise after the former Ballon d'Or puts in virtuoso performance
It’s a soccer cliché that a short-handed coach will say he would have accepted a point in advance on the road, but that platitude pales into insignificance when the team has just gone 2-0 down after only 28 minutes. Adrian Heath was ready to hope for just 2-0 from their visit to Montreal. MLS

Sounders FC and FC Dallas play to a scoreless stalemate
Playing its first road match of the 2015 Major League Soccer season, Seattle Sounders FC (1-1-1, 4 points) secured an away point against Western Conference foe FC Dallas (3-0-1, 10 points) on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium. Seattle Sounders FC

FC Montreal loses 2-0 against Toronto FC II
In its inaugural opening game in USL, FC Montreal fell 2-0 to Toronto FC 2 on Saturday afternoon, at the Olympic Stadium. Toronto midfielder Marcos Nunes scored the first goal in the 38th minute on a free kick from Mo Babouli. Nunes got the ball behind the Montreal defenders and pushed it in the back of the net. Montreal Impact

#DontBuyThatScarf. Support These Guys Instead
I’ll have more to say about the Vancouver Whitecaps profiting off a Cascadia Cup-branded scarf without the consent of the supporters who own the Cup at a later date. The issue is not totally black and white, the Whitecaps are legally in the clear and may have thought, at first, there was no problem. Maple leaf Forever

FCE camp update: Lousy weather, great expectations
Ritchie Jones is seen in action against Tampa Bay. Three down, one to go. After routing Jacksonville United 6-0, losing to Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-1 and settling for a 0-0 draw with the Carolina RailHawks on Saturday, FC Edmonton has just one last preseason game left on its schedule. The11

Ontario Soccer Association names Bjorn Osieck director of business operations
The Ontario Soccer Association has named Bjorn Osieck director of business operations. Osieck previously served as chief staff officer for the British Columbia Soccer Association and executive director of the Saskatchewan Soccer Association. Most recently he was CEO of the West Ottawa Soccer Club. Brandon Sun

youth soccer

Vancouver Whitecaps Helping Kelowna Soccer Development
A new partnership with the Vancouver Whitecaps will help the Kelowna Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) build and enhance their players’ skills. The two groups entered into an agreement for the Whitecaps to give technical services to the club in 2015. kelowna Now

the local game

VMSL Imperial Cup
West Van FC are the 2015 Imperial Cup winners after defeating EDC FC Burnaby 1-0 at Trillium Park, Vancouver. CLICK HERE for our exclusive BC Soccer Web photos from this game.

VISL Jackson Cup
The 100th Jackson Cup final was played on Sunday with Cowichan FC defeating Saanich Fusion FC 4-3 in overtime. 

The Two Friends Who Won Silver, But They're Gold To Me !
Two best friends in their mid-twenties have been playing soccer throughout Greater Victoria and loving it for more than twenty years. They are my son, Pat Warren, and his great friend Chris Peereboom. Well, Saturday Pat called me from Hawaii and asked me to go to Chris's soccer game on Sunday, he said it seemed "like a pretty important game." I didn't commit to going, but thought to myself. I'll try to go. IMPORTANT? Yes, it was important! It was the Jackson Cup Game. Island Sports News

canada soccer

Canadian men learn identity of first World Cup qualifying opponent
Canada will start its 2018 World Cup qualifying road against CONCACAF minnow Dominica. Dominica, ranked No. 181 in the world by FIFA, disposed of No. 201 British Virgin Islands 3-2 on aggregate after a 0-0 tie Sunday. Canada.com

Canada MNT gaining steam as big summer approaches
As they head into a full schedule of competitive games this summer, Canada’s Men’s National Team will be looking to build even more momentum as they take on Puerto Rico on Monday at the Estadio Juan Roman Loubriel in Bayamon, PUR. Canada Soccer

Gone with the wind: Canada’s beats Guatemala in game ruled by the elements
The corner flags were straining. The palm trees in the background were bending. It was a perfectly windy day in Fort Lauderdale, as the Canadian national team was able to nurse a one-goal lead after an early Marcus Haber goal — and came out with a 1-0 win over Guatemala. The11

south of the 49th

Sorry: Wrong anthem greets El Salvador team before soccer game in Washington
Organizers of a soccer match in the U.S. capital apologized to El Salvador on Sunday for playing the wrong national anthem before an exhibition game against Argentina. Canada.com

world football

Russia Football Union appoints new anti-racism leader
The Russian Football Union has appointed its first dedicated anti-racism official in an effort to crack down on discrimination ahead of the World Cup. RFU president Nikolai Tolstykh says Alexei Tolkachev has been named "anti-racism inspector." Boston Herald

CAS upholds Fernando's lifetime ban from soccer
Former FIFA executive committee member Vernon Manilal Fernando has lost his appeal against a life ban from soccer for bribery and corruption. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Monday its panel has dismissed Fernando’s challenge to the ban. Sportsnet

Andy Roxburgh named AFC's new technical director
Former Scotland manager Andy Roxburgh is the new technical director for the Asian Football Confederation. AFC president Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said in a statement Monday that the 71-year-old Roxburgh's appointment would "help us further raise our game and speed up our progress." Yahoo!

Russian goalkeeper fit to play after flare incident
CSKA Moscow says Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev should be ready to play this weekend after recovering from being hit in the head with a flare during a European Championship qualifying match against Montenegro. The match was abandoned with the score at 0-0 after trouble forced the referee to stop play on two separate occasions. CBC

10 years after George Best's death, son reveals extent of alcoholism and rage, angering family
Calum Best never got to see his father winning trophies at United in the 1960s, and collecting personal accolades for his extraordinary dribbling and goals. Born in 1981, Calum instead endured a tumultuous relationship with a father who struggled to cope with the end of his playing career and reveled in a hard-drinking playboy lifestyle before dying at 59 from multiple organ failure. New Europe

saturday - sunday, march 27 - 28, 2015

Robert Earnshaw's 90th-minute winner propels Whitecaps FC to 2-1 win over Portland Timbers (Photo: Richard Howes)Robert Earnshaw's 90th-minute winner propels Whitecaps FC to 2-1 win over Portland Timbers
These ‘Caps sure have a flair for the dramatic this season. Robert Earnshaw scored a 90th-minute winner in his Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3W-1L-0D) debut to lead the Blue and White to a 2-1 victory over Portland Timbers (0W-1L-3D) Saturday night at BC Place. Whitecaps FC

Vancouver Whitecaps edge Portland Timbers
Robert Earnshaw didn't take long to ingratiate himself with Vancouver Whitecaps fans. The veteran forward scored minutes after making his Whitecaps debut as a substitute in the 87th minute Saturday to lift Vancouver to a 2-1 Cascadia Cup victory over the rival Portland Timbers. CBC

Robinson's faith in new Whitecaps FC striker Robert Earnshaw pays off vs. Portland
It was a good day of soccer for Vancouver Whitecaps FC's two Welshmen, head coach Carl Robinson and new forward Robert Earnshaw. The pair watched Wales secure a crucial 3-0 win over Israel in Euro 2016 qualifying Saturday morning before securing the Portland Timbers’ downfall in a dramatic 2-1 win later in the evening.

WFC2 fall 4-0 to Sounders FC 2 in USL opener
Onwards and upwards. Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2 – 0W-1L-0D) fell 4-0 to Seattle Sounders FC 2 (S2 – 2W-0L-0D) on Sunday afternoon in their inaugural United Soccer League match at the Starfire Sports Complex. Whitecaps FC

Introducing WFC2
Here it is everyone, your inaugural Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) roster. With WFC2 set to open their USL campaign today at 4 p.m. PT (watch live on whitecapsfc2.com), we take an in-depth look at the players who will be suiting up for the Blue and White this season. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps FC loan five players to WFC2
Whitecaps FC announced on Saturday that five players from their Major League Soccer side have been loaned to Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) ahead of the inaugural United Soccer League match for WFC2. Whitecaps FC

WFC2 add midfielder Ian Christianson and striker Billy Schuler to USL roster
“We’re excited to add two guys with MLS experience to our roster,” said WFC2 head coach Alan Koch. “Ian and Billy are both talented players with big upsides. They will be key contributors to our squad this season." Whitecaps FC

Eddies and RailHawks Play to a Scoreless Draw
FC Edmonton previewed their Canadian Tire Home Opener of the 2015 North American Soccer League (NASL) season against the Carolina RailHawks a few weeks early. FC Edmonton

New surface selected for BC Place
Following a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) process, PavCo has entered into an agreement with Centaur Products Inc, a Burnaby BC based supplier of Polytan GmbH - a globally recognized producer of world-class synthetic turf - to supply and install a new, upgraded playing surface at BC Place. Whitecaps FC

TFC can't hold tie vs. Real Salt Lake
Jordan Allen scored in the 89th minute and Real Salt Lake picked up its first win of the season, beating Toronto FC 2-1 on Sunday. CBC

TFC coach wants Giovinco to be more selfish
Greg Vanney wasn’t mad, but he did have a quick word with Sebastian Giovinco in the locker-room after Toronto FC’s last game, a 2-0 road loss to the Columbus Crew. Sportsnet

Winless Impact far from the finished product
The Montreal Impact have been punching above their weight in the CONCACAF Champions League, but they weren’t very inspiring in a 2-2 draw vs Orlando City on Saturday at Olympic Stadium, which leaves the Impact winless in their first three games in MLS.

MLS Expansion Plans: Can the league sustain its growth and still expand past 24 teams?
MLS currently features 20 teams, a number that the top-flight divisions in European leagues also count, and they span the continent from sea to shining sea. Every U.S. time zone, save for Hawaii, is represented by the 17 domestic based clubs, and the markets they represent range from mighty New York City to sleepy Salt Lake City. Center Line Soccer

the local game

VMSL Imperial Cup
West Van FC wins the Vancouver Metro Soccer League Imperial Cup.

Cowichan and Saanich meet in 100th Jackson Cup final
The Jackson Cup began as part of the initial halcyon era of Island sport. The 100th edition will be played today at 2:15 p.m. at Royal Athletic Park between the Vancouver Island Soccer League regular-season champion and top-seed Cowichan FC and defending Jackson Cup champion Saanich Fusion. It is a reprise of the 99th final, won 1-0 last year in overtime by the Fusion, for its first Jackson Cup title. Times Colonistf

canada soccer

Haber’s goal the difference as Canada MNT beats Guatemala
While the conditions were hardly ideal on Friday at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Canada’s Men’s National Team got their first win of 2015 thanks largely to their burgeoning mastery of set-piece situations. Canada Soccer

Canada moves up in FIFA women's soccer rankings
Canada has climbed one spot to No. 8 in the latest FIFA's women's soccer rankings. The Canadian women moved into a tie with North Korea, which was replaced by Brazil at No. 7. CBC

friday, march 27, 2015

Preview: Whitecaps begin defence of the Cascadia Cup Saturday against Portland Timbers
Home sweet home. After trips to Chicago and Orlando, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2W-1L-0D) return to BC Place this weekend to kick off their defence of the Cascadia Cup against rival Portland Timbers (0W-0L-3D). Kickoff for Saturday’s match is set for 5 p.m. PT at BC Place. Whitecaps FC

Depleted 'Caps prepare for Portland
00:19Already missing several players to injury and international duty, Vancouver to face the Timbers without suspended pair Kekuta Manneh and Diego Rodriguez. Goal

Three storylines to watch ahead of Saturday’s Cascadia clash with the Timbers at BC Place
“We’re down to the bare bones,” Carl Robinson said at training this week. “The majority of the squad will be used this weekend.” He’s not wrong. Whitecaps FC

Short-staffed Whitecaps await Timbers
As the Vancouver Whitecaps look to build on the two-match win streak they’ve brought home with them, they’ll be doing it a little shorthanded. Between suspensions, injuries and those away for international duty, at least a half-dozen players or more won’t be available for Saturday’s Cascadia Cup clash against the Portland Timbers at BC Place. 24 Hours

Carl Robinson believes Octavio Rivero "can be better" after solid start to season
Vancouver Whitecaps’ key priority this offseason was to find themselves a goalscorer. With three goals in his first three MLS matches, it looks like they got one in Octavio Rivero. Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson was first alerted to Rivero last June and made him his No. 1 transfer target for the offseason. MLS

No contest: Octavio Rivero's stoppage-time winner vs. Orlando crowned MLS Goal of the Week No contest: Octavio Rivero's stoppage-time winner vs. Orlando crowned MLS Goal of the Week
The latest MLS Goal of the Week race is run, and it wasn't a particularly close one.  Vancouver Whitecaps FC's Uruguayan striker Octavio Rivero is this week's champ, as his diving, flicked, ingenious, last-gasp header to beat Orlando City SC in stoppage time cruised to an easy victory with more than half the total votes cast. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps defender suspended 2 games for violent conduct
Vancouver Whitecaps defender Diego Rodriguez was suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount by MLS on Thursday for violent conduct toward Orlando City defender Aurelien Collin. CBC

The Second Coming (WCFC2)
The Thundercaps play their first game of their inaugural season this Sunday against the Seattle Sounders. Follow all the action here at EightySix Forever! 86Forever

Everything to play for in Utah
Toronto FC will be missing several integral members of their squad on Sunday. Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore are away on international duty. Justin Morrow is suspended after his appeal was denied. Steven Caldwell hasn’t trained this week and will almost certainly not be available on Sunday. Toronto FC

Toronto FC II signs Marcos Nunes
Toronto FC II announced Friday that the club has signed midfielder Marcos Nunes to a USL contract. “We are pleased to sign another player that has spent time in our Academy and continues to grow as a professional football player,” said Toronto FC II Head Coach Jason Bent. “He has experienced some success early in his young career while playing at Humber. We have no doubt Marcos will be a welcomed addition to the team.” Toronto FC

Montreal Impact vs. Orlando City SC | MLS Match Preview
The Montréal Impact make their league home debut for 2015 against another recent MLS arrival, when they face expansion side Orlando City SC on Saturday afternoon at Olympic Stadium. The Impact are still looking to break into the goals column in league play this season, coming off a scoreless draw at New England last weekend. MLS

Kaká: The Greatest player to ever play against the Montreal Impact?
Is Kaká the greatest player to ever play in MLS? I will not make any new fans with that but here’s why I think he is! Mount Royal Soccer

From RSL Homegrown striker to Montreal Impact's everyday left back, Donny Toia climbs MLS mountain
Left back has been a problem position for the Montreal Impact since 2007. Donny Toia has heard. Some teammates and coaches have told him about the struggles the Impact have endured at that position since Mauricio Vincello left the then-second-division outfit, more than seven years ago. MLS

Louis Béland-Goyette to play with FC Montreal this season
The Montreal Impact announced on Thursday that midfielder Louis Béland-Goyette has been removed from the first team’s roster and added to FC Montreal’s roster for the 2015 season in USL. Montreal Impact

Sounders' depth will be tested in first road match of the season
Earlier this week, a heap of young players had the chance to represent Sounders FC in the team’s international friendly against Club Tijuana. Some of them may get another chance on Saturday night against FC Dallas. Seattle Sounders FC

It’s MLS or the highway for American soccer
Yesterday marked the announcement of Minnesota United FC (MNUFC) making the big move from the NASL up to MLS for the 2018 season. Prompting articles numbering the days to NASL’s 2nd Division implosion. . Minneapolis/St. Paul is a signifcant market for MLS to claim. Getting MNUFC could certainly weaken the NASL, no doubt about it. World Soccer Talk

Ottawa Fury sign ex-TFC midfielder de Guzman
The Ottawa Fury of the North American Soccer League have signed Canadian International midfielder Julian de Guzman. Most recently the former Toronto FC designated player had been on trial with the Columbus Crew of MLS. The 34-year-old from Toronto spent the 2013-14 season with Skoda Xanthi in the Greek Superleague. Sportsnet

Ottawa Fury FC 2015 Season Preview
t’s not long before Ottawa Fury FC kick off their sophomore season in the North American Soccer League, starting on the road in Carolina. The Fury squad are over halfway through their preseason schedule, which includes wins against FC Montreal and Toronto FC II. RedNation

Eddies Handed 2-1 Loss in Preseason to Rowdies
In FC Edmonton’s second match of the 2015 preseason training camp, the side fell 2-1 to fellow North American Soccer League (NASL) side Tampa Bay Rowdies after 90 minutes at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. 

North American Soccer League Announces Global Agreement With ESPN
The North American Soccer League (NASL) has expanded its relationship with ESPN going into the 2015 season, announcing Thursday that a minimum of 120 league matches will be carried live on ESPN3, ESPN Play, and ESPN Player in 75 different countries. NASL

Sick of MLS? Watch NASL in Canada in 2015
The Ottawa Fury and FC Edmonton will be easier to watch in Canada this year thanks to a streaming deal announced yesterday. All Fury FC, and Edmonton home matches will be legally streamed to Canadians. The majority of their road matches will be shown as well. 24th Minute

The Maple Leaf Forever! 2015 North American Soccer League Preview
It’s hard to view the upcoming NASL season dispassionately. Many fans have feared that, with their high spending, worldwide ambitions, and superior media profile, the New York Cosmos would become bigger than the league just as they did in the 1980s. But last year they were beaten in the regular season, didn’t get into the Soccer Bowl, and the world was instead treated to a marvelous tilt between founding NASL member Fort Lauderdale and high-profile expansion team San Antonio. MapleLeafeForever

Lakehill Soccer Association - Request for Proposals - Club Technical Service Provision
Lakehill Soccer Association has been in existence for 59 years and provides soccer programming for players ages 4 up to seniors (Over-70’s). Current club membership is almost 800 youth and over 100 seniors. The club is soliciting proposals to provide technical director services and deliver a systematic, progressive, club-wide approach that will create the best possible environment for the development of all Lakehill Soccer Association players and coaches. PDF Document

Eagle kicks soccer ball around North Vancouver pitch
A rather unusual player swooped on to the soccer field in North Vancouver on Monday night. The Mountain United Youth 13 team were holding a training session at Sutherland Secondary School when an eagle landed on the field. Global

youth soccer

Stelly's Stingers take aim at high school girls soccer title
As hosts of both the triple-A Island and B.C. championships in May, the Stelly’s Stingers would love nothing more than to be in the hunt for both senior girls soccer competitions. Times Colonist

Whitecaps FC launch 2015 Camps
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have announced their camp schedule for the summer of 2015. The club will be offering three types of camps for boys and girls U-6 to U-16 at locations throughout BC and Western Canada!  Players and parents can choose from Skills Camps for all levels, Prospects Camps for motivated players, and Specialty Camps which include Fantasy and theme camps. Whitecaps FC

university soccer

Five Surrey United players join UBC men's soccer
The UBC Thunderbirds are proud to introduce their latest men's soccer recruits, a group of five young men from the Surrey United club program. Defender Manraj Bains, midfielder Matteo Bordignon, midfielder Kerman Pannu, defender/midfielder Darren Rulofs and goalkeeper Aman Thind will all don the blue and gold, starting next season. UBC

canada soccer

Canada waits on World Cup qualifying foe as Dominica and BVI square off
Shane Marshall's taxi has been parked for the week. The 43-year-old Marshall is attending to his other job — manager of the Dominica soccer team. Dominica kicks off a two-game series against the British Virgin Islands on Thursday, with the winner advancing to play Canada. Canada.com

Canadian women up to eighth in FIFA rankings
Canada's women's national soccer team has moved up one spot to eighth in the latest FIFA World Rankings. The Canadians moved up based on its strong result at the recent Cyprus Cup, where the team made the tournament final before losing to sixth-ranked England. TSN

fifa women's world cup canada 2015

Football surface seminar highlights maintenance techniques
The National Organising Committee (NOC) has organised a three-day working seminar that will ensure optimal playing conditions at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015. The seminar highlighted maintenance techniques and requirements for FIFA 2 Star Recommended football turf.

71 days to go
Born in 1971, Kristine Lilly is the most capped player in FIFA Women's World Cup™ history, having played in 30 matches for USA across five competitions, including China PR 1991 and USA 1999 when the Stars and Stripes were crowned world champions. FIFA

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Vogts handed USA role
Berti Vogts has been appointed as a technical advisor to the USA national team. The 68-year-old won the 1974 FIFA World Cup™ with West Germany as a player and as coach guided the united Germany the UEFA EURO 96 title. Vogts has also been in charge of Bayer Leverkusen, Kuwait, Scotland, Nigeria and, until last year, Azerbaijan. FIFA

US women's goalie Hope Solo starts blog, recounts her suspension and says she's in therapy
U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo says she used her 30-day suspension from the squad to "reassess my life and career" and has entered therapy. Solo launched a personal blog this week to share thoughts about herself and the national team as it prepares for the 2015 World Cup in Canada. Canada.com

canadians abroad

Canadian International Piette finding his feet in Spain
After several years plying his trade in Germany, one of Canada’s top young players, Samuel Piette, now finds himself following in the footsteps of one of the Canadian National Team’s most capped players in Spain. The 20 year old midfielder signed last August with Deportivo La Coruna, the club at which Canadian Men’s National Team veteran Julian de Guzman previously made his mark as the first Canadian to play in La Liga. RedNation

world football

Chelsea fans to fight banning orders for Paris incident
Five Chelsea fans will contest the implementation of football banning orders for their suspected involvement in an incident where a black man was blocked from boarding a subway train in Paris. The fans attended a magistrates' court in London on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing after being served with summons by police, who are applying for banning orders to be imposed. CBC

Gotta See It: Messi meets tallest NBA player ever
One is a giant on the pitch and the other was a literal giant on the court. Lionel Messi, who is five-foot-seven, got to meet Gheorghe Muresan, one of the tallest NBA players in history at seven-foot-seven after the Wizards and Pacers game on Wednesday. It made for an incredible, jaw-dropping photo. Sportsnet

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All good things come to an end, as in due course will my more than ten year stewardship of this website. This April, site ownership and editorial responsibility for The BC Soccer Web will transfer to Bill Currie; a great friend of the game, soccer aficionado and valued friend of mine. I know the site will be in capable, caring hands and we can all look forward to his imaginative, enthusiastic and informed input. Read more...

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The BC Soccer Web has been a mainstay in our community since 1996. It's been around longer than Google. BCSW has seen some minor changes over the years, and this transition will be no different. We will continue to do the things that make the BC Soccer Web part of your day. BCSW has always been a simple site that curates eclectic and important soccer news. It's editors have never surrendered to the worst fads of today's Internet, and neither will I. This site will never be flashy. You'll find no click bait here; just soccer and substance. I promise we will not waste your time. Read more...

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