British Columbia Lions
With Vancouver currently featuring two football clubs, two hockey clubs, a baseball, gridirion, and lacrosse club, plus three colleges, four if you count Abbotsford, it's getting harder and harder to make a schedule that will appeal to everyone. There's bound to be overlap, and in the Lions 2015 schedule, that's definitely the case.
While they may have been unable to defend their title, the Langley Rams still gave a solid effort in the British Columbia Football Conference this season.
Simon Fraser Clan
Alan Koch returned to his old stomping ground when his new charges, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, took to Fox Field against his old charges, the Simon Fraser Clan. Koch's seven seasons with the Clan was an unmitigated success, winning several conference titles and making the Semi-Finals in two of the three years that the Clan were eligible for postseason play.
Eight games. It's been eight long games since the Giants got in the win column. And of the eight, only one of them has been by a single goal. If the G-Men want to have any hope of making the playoffs, they're going to have to wake up, and do it in a hurry. Claude Noël's done his part. He called a time out early in the first period.
As Vancouver's hopes of a last-minute berth in the Chynoweth Cup continue to fade, we begin to reflect on the positives of this year's edition. The Giants can look forward to another high draft pick in 2015. Tyler Benson, Alec Baer, Brennan Menell, and Jakob Stukel will all be another year older, and hopefully ready to take on added responsibility. And of course, the year is almost over.
The Vancouver Giants welcomed the Moose Jaw Warriors to the Pacific Coliseum at noon on Wednesday. You read that right. They dropped the puck at 12:00 PM on a Wednesday afternoon. This year, Family Day took place in British Columbia on February the 9th, so it wasn't a holiday that you might have forgotten. Instead, this was what the Giants like to call Hooky Day, where they encourage their supporters to avoid work or school without rhyme or reason. But it's all for a good cause: Acceptance.
The schedule can giveth and taketh away in a single road trip. Last night, the Prince George Cougars were in Spokane, where they mauled the Chiefs 6-2. After a 665-kilometre bus trip, they found themselves in Vancouver to face the Giants at the Pacific Coliseum. Had they managed to put up more of a fight, they might have happily made the 10-hour journey home.
The Calgary Roughnecks arrived in Vancouver brimming with confidence. Well, at least they did by their own somewhat lowly standards. Sure, times are rough. They lost their first five matches of the season. But they managed to score 26 goals over their last two outings. That had to help boost their confidence. And coming so close to getting that first victory, losing the last two by a single goal, has only made them hungrier still.
In the 65th minute, with the game tied at one apiece, Bayern Munich's Lena Lotzen was brought down in the box by Kadeisha Buchanan, a student at West Virginia University. The penalty was the correct decision, as Buchanan had stepped on Lotzen's boot as she began to pull away from both Buchanan and Desiree Scott.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Earlier today, Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced that they had sent $277,500 in Targeted Allocation Money or TAM to Colorado Rapids SC in exchange for $185,000 in General Allocation Money or GAM. Now, before you start scratching your head, there is a method to this apparent madness.
In an exceeding bit of generalisation, TAM is meant to bridge the gap between Designated Players and regular Players. Any player earning more than $504,375, all figures US, automatically becomes a Designated Player. A club can apply TAM to their Budgeted Salary to make them a regular player, as the Whitecaps did with Kei Kamara.
GAM on the other hand, can be applied to a Designated Player, paying their Budgeted Salary down, but is mostly used on the regular Players, like for instance, if the 'Caps were close to the ceiling, and wanted to officially add David Edgar.
Kei Kamara has played almost 300 games in the Major League, and he's scored almost 100 goals, so when he speaks, it is with the voice of experience.
"He's good," Kamara said of Alphonso Davies, who set up Kamara's 99th tally, before adding his first. Together, they have a hundred league goals. "I watched him before I came to this [club and] I appreciate the way he plays."
"He's still a young boy. He did really well tonight."
Davies crossed the ball, virtually from the touchline, into the box, where Kamara headed it past Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush in the 63rd minute. A mere seven minutes later, Cristian Techera fed him the ball after seeing Davies' supporting run. Bush got a piece of the ball, but not enough to keep it from rolling across the line.
Kei Kamara scored on his debut for Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 17-year old Alponso Davies scored the first Major League goal of his career, while Ignacio Piatti of the Montreal Impact pulled one back for the visitors, as they kicked of the 2018 season.
The Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 close season has had two defining events: signing Anthony Blondell from Monagas SC in late November, and sending their 2019 first round and a conditional 2020 second-round SuperDraft selection to New England Revolution for Kei Kamara. With Blondell and Kamara, Vancouver finally has both a second striker and a centre forward again, something they've been sorely lacking since the days of Camilo Sanvezzo and Kenny Miller.
Not so fast. Before opening the roof on the 2018 campaign, Vancouver had one more piece of business to complete. Tim Parker wanted out.