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BC Soccer News, Weekend, September 30 - October 2, 2016

CASCADIA CUP

WHITECAPS FC  vs. SEATTLE SOUNDERS

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2016, 5:00 PM

BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC

TV: TSN 2  RADIO: TSN 1410  LIVESTREAM: TSN GO

Cascadia Cup race coming down to the wire - Whitecaps FC
Just over a year ago, on September 19, 2015, Seattle Sounders FC spoiled Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s bid for a Cascadia Cup threepeat with a 3-0 win at BC Place.

Whitecaps promise "blood, sweat and thunder" in remaining Cascadian derbies - MLS
When the 2016 MLS schedule came out, it served up a mouthwatering prospect for Vancouver Whitecaps supporters: the Whitecaps' final two regular-season home games coming against their Cascadian rivals from Seattle and Portland.

Whitecaps best Central FC in CCL finale - Prost Amerika
Vancouver Whitecaps advanced to the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal defeating Central FC from Trinidad last night at BC Place before 17,038 supporters. leading the way for the Caps was Cristian Techera with a pair of goals in a 4-1 decision as they moved to 4-0 in their group C play the win also secured home field advantage in next years quarter finals in 2017 also sharp was Paolo Tornaghi allowing only a Sean De Silva free kick to elude in the opening half in recording the victory.

Everything you need to know about Seattle Sounders FC at Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Sounders FC
The Seattle Sounders head north to Vancouver Whitecaps FC for third match-up of the season. Here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know about the game.

Seattle Sounders Are Giving Fans a Reason to Believe Again - MLS Multiplex
The Seattle Sounders are in a playoff spot for the first time this season and fans are starting to realize that this season is far from over.

Whitecaps are not through the Looking Glass - Soccer Shorts
What a refreshing cool drink of water the CONCACAF Champions League tournament has been for the Vancouver Whitecaps this season.

Jobs, playoffs, wooden spoons and a Shield: What's at stake in MLS Week 30 - MLS
Shields, wooden spoons, playoff spots, permanent jobs and rivalry cups. Whether your team is in the thick of the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs hunt, confidently positioning itself for a top seed, trying to trip up others or merely seeking to avoid finishing in last place, there's plenty on the line in Week 30 as the season's final month arrives.

Six teams can clinch MLS playoff spots this weekend - Fox Sports
The MLS playoffs are right around the corner. There is only one month left in the regular season and only four playoff spots have been claimed. That means there are eight left to be had, but six of them could go this weekend.

MLS weekend: Atlanta United pick a star in Tata Martino, and Seattle hit form - The Guardian
The MLS newcomers announced a coach with a real pedigree, and fans should be excited. Plus, Portland look worried as Seattle find form at just the right time.

Giovinco set to return as Toronto FC hosts D.C. United - Waking the Red
A run of three matches without a win - all of them draws - has a few people around Toronto FC getting a little anxious as the playoffs approach.

MLS Midweek Rewind: Week 31 - SBI
Four MLS matches were on Wednesday’s schedule, and several of the results could have major implications on the playoff picture.

Dragon slayed, Timbers look to break road skid against the Rapids - Prost Amerika
Venues in Central America, fairly or not, have long been characterized as very hostile environments either through Gatorade commercials or just the painful history MLS seems to have in Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League play. That looked no different on Tuesday night with wire fences, empty seats, and a pitch that looked unforgiving.  Yet by the time the cameras panned away from Estadio Cuscatlan Tuesday night in San Salvador, El Salvador, the Portland Timbers had done something they haven’t done in all of 2016: they won a game on the road.

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BC SOCCER NEWS

VISL Week 3 Division 1 Matches - VISL
Upcoming games for VISL’s top flight Division – Division 1.

Chloe Gummer leads PACWEST in women's soccer scoring - Comox Valley Record
In her first year of Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) play, Chloe Gummer is first in league scoring.

PREVIEW: Women's soccer travel for west coast swing - UBCO
The UBC Okanagan Heat face two Pacific Division rivals on their trip to the coast. No. 10 UBC is the Friday foe at Thunderbird Stadium  followed by UVIC on Saturday. Both matches slated for 5 p.m.

PREVIEW: Important doubleheader in Prince George this weekend - UBCO
This week marks the fifth week of regular season games for the Heat men’s soccer team. Coming off of a lose and a tie, the Heat are looking to improve their play as they continue their season on the road as they travel to Prince George. The first game will be played in Prince George Saturday (Oct. 1) with a 2:15 p.m. start time against the Timberwolves. Followed by a second match on Sunday (Oct. 2) with a start time of 2:15 p.m.

Pang, Camara combine for four goals in Clan rout - SFU
Talk about turning things around. The No. 4-ranked SFU Clan men's soccer team (8-0-0, 3-0-0) overcame an early deficit to win big on Thursday night, beating the Concordia (Oregon) Cavaliers (3-2-2, 0-1-1) 5-1 at Terry Fox Field.

Early marker not enough as Clan falls 2-1 to Falcons - SFU
The SFU Clan women's soccer team (3-3-1, 1-2-0) dropped their second straight contest on Thursday evening, falling 2-1 to the Seattle Pacific Falcons at home.

Emma Pringle on fire to start SFU soccer career - North Shore News
If first impressions really do provide an accurate portrayal of reality, then Windsor secondary grad Emma Pringle is on her way to becoming one of the greatest soccer players in the history of Simon Fraser University.

Weekend soccer preview: Cascades host rivals in huge divisional match-ups - UFV
The University of the Fraser Valley soccer teams return to their home pitch, MRC Sports Complex, for a series of Canada West conference games with major playoff implications.

UBC looking for bounce back against tough Fraser Valley foes - UBC
Only three points separate the Canada West leading Trinity Western Spartans (7-2-1) and the No. 2 UBC Thunderbirds men's soccer team (5-1-4), making their mid-season matchup this Saturday all the more important. The 'Birds will embark on their second consecutive weekend road trip, facing the struggling UFV Cascades (3-4-1) on Friday, September 30 at 8:00pm (PT) in Abbotsford and the Spartans on Saturday, October 1 at 7:15pm (PT) in Langley.

NO. 5 SPARTANS HOST LOCAL RIVALS VICTORIA FRIDAY, NO. 9 UBC SATURDAY - TWU
The No. 5 Spartans have an opportunity to make a major statement this Friday and Saturday as they host long-time rivals Victoria Friday and No. 9 UBC Saturday in a weekend homestand that will set the table for the stretch drive to the post-season.

NO. 5 SPARTANS HOST NO. 8 ALBERTA FRIDAY, UNBC SATURDAY - TWU
Coming off a pair of road wins last weekend in the Okanagan, the Spartans return home for an all-important weekend, which sees Trinity Western host No. 8 Alberta Friday and UNBC Saturday.

PREVIEW: Vikes return home to face WolfPack and Heat - UVic
The UVic women's soccer team will return to the friendly confines of Centennial Stadium for games against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack and the UBC Okanagan Heat September 30 and October 1.

PREVIEW: Vikes head to the Lower Mainland for a pair of crucial contests - UVic
With their season officially half over, the Vikes men's soccer team knows that their time to strike is now if they want to push themselves back into the playoff race. It won't be easy for the Vikes this weekend, they travel to the Lower Mainland where they will play the Trinity Western Spartans and the Fraser Valley Cascades September 30 and October 1.

VMSL Week 3 Round-Up: Teams to watch starting to emerge in each division as Coquitlam Metro Ford stay out in front in Premier - AFTN
The action’s already heating up throughout all the VMSL divisions, with some clear teams to watch now starting to emerge after the Week 3 matches.

Kamloops contingent ready for TOFC homestand - Kamloops This Week
In the last three years, Sophia Seibel can count on one hand the number of soccer matches she has played in Kamloops.

Employment Opportunity – KYSA Seeks Senior Staff Coach - BC Soccer Web
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association is moving to hire a full-time Senior Staff Coach. Applicants for this new position must possess a minimum Canadian Soccer Association Provincial B License coaching certification.

Canada West to livestream over 100 Soccer matches in 2016-17 - Canada West
With the 2016-17 Canada West regular season set to open later this week, Canada West is proud to launch passes for Canadawest.tv – the official streaming home of the conference.

BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in Review - BCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review.  The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach Mandate - BCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

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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CANADA SOCCER NEWS

Canada kicks off Jordan 2016 with come-from-behind 3:2 victory - CSA
Canada kicked off the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016 with a come-from-behind 3:2 win over Cameroon. Down a goal at the break, Canada scored twice in the last 15 minutes to earn three points on the opening day of the competition.

Canada set to take on the best at U-17 Women’s World Cup - Sportsnet
Friday marks the opening of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan, and Canada will be there.

Preview: Canadaw17 kicks off at Jordan 2016 against Cameroon - CSA
Canada will begin their journey at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 on Friday when they face Cameroon on the opening day of the group phase at the Al Hassan International Stadium in Irbid, Jordan. The match will be broadcast in Canada on TSN2 and RDS2 (11.00 ET / 8.00 PT).

Canada Soccer announces Men's National Team squad for October - CSA
Canada Soccer has announced a 23-player squad for upcoming away Men's National Team matches against Mauritania and Morocco. The two matches will be played during the FIFA international window on 7 October and 11 October in Marrakech, Morocco.

FC London Wraps Up Championship Season With 2-1 Victory Over 2015 Champs Durham United FA - League1 Ontario
FC London put the finishing touches to the League1 Ontario 2016 Women's Division Championship with a 2-1 victory over Durham United FA - the 2015 League1 Ontario women's champs.

Broadcast schedule revealed for Sport Chek National Championships - CSA
Canada Soccer has revealed the broadcast schedule for the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships, with matches to be broadcast from every venue on a daily basis from 5-10 October. This year's four venues: the U-14 Cup in Moncton, New Brunswick, the U-16 Cup in Lethbridge, Alberta, the U-18 Cup in Vaughan, Ontario, and both the men's Challenge Trophy and women's Jubilee Trophy in St. John's, Newfoundland Labrador.

Ottawa Gloucester Celtic employs winning soccer strategy - Ottawa Sun
When Matt Williams put Ottawa Gloucester Celtic together as a Division 6 soccer team back in 1999, he had the philosophy that everybody would play — there would be no bystanders.

VIDEO: WLU’s Bauer scores highlight-reel goal in soccer win over Waterloo - CTV
Thanks to a big night from Niklas Bauer, the Wilfrid Laurier men’s soccer team ran its winning streak to three games at University Stadium on Wednesday.

Alliston native Deanne Rose in Jordan with women's team - Barrie Examiner
Alliston native Deanne Rose is in Jordan with her Canadian soccer teammates for the FIFA under-17 Women's World Cup, which got underway on Thursday.

City of Mississauga launches pop-up portable soccer pitch - Mississauga News
The City of Mississauga is launching a pilot project to test the popularity of a pop-up portable soccer pitch. From now until October, Community Common Park, located at 355 Princess Royal Dr., will be the site of these temporary soccer pitches.

PHOTOS: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Canada 3 El Salvador 1, September 6, 2016 - BC Soccer Web
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WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS

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WFC2 Rallies Past Switchbacks in West Quarterfinal - USL
 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 overcame an early deficit and rallied for a 2-1 victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC during Friday’s Western Conference Quarterfinal match of the 2016 USL Cup Playoffs at Switchbacks Stadium.

USL Cup Playoffs Preview: Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 - USL
he No. 3-seed Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC will welcome No. 6-seed Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on Friday night for a Western Conference Quarterfinal in the 2016 USL Cup Playoffs at Switchbacks Stadium, with the hosts aiming to repeat their opening-round home win of a season ago against the playoff newcomer.

WFC2 Brings Confidence to Clash with Switchbacks - USL
Vancouver heads to Colorado Springs for USL Cup Playoffs debut in upbeat mood.

WFC2 receive boost as Will Seymore back healthy in time for USL playoffs and keen to impress - AFTN
Will Seymore has flown a little under the radar for WFC2 in his 15 months in Vancouver. That’s certainly one of the pitfalls when you’re a defensive midfielder. It’s a position that’s often key to a team’s success, but not the most glamorous one to stand out in unless you make mistakes (as Jun Marques Davidson would surely attest to).

USL playoffs “a good yardstick” for the ‘Caps to evaluate young talent - Whitecaps FC
When Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) began play in the USL last year, the main goal was clear – to provide a proving ground for the club’s young talent.

USL Western Conference Playoff Preview - Empire of Soccer
Let’s be honest: the USL Western Conference was chaos in the 2016 regular season. For that reason alone, fans should expect the unexpected in the playoffs which will pit teams against each other that are far more evenly matched than the standings reveal.

2016 USL Cup Playoffs: Eastern Conference - USL
The 2016 USL Cup Playoffs kick off this Friday through Sunday with the conference quarterfinal stage. Sixteen teams begin their trek to reach the 2016 USL Cup Final on Sunday, Oct. 23.

USL Playoffs: Red Bulls II take best record into postseason - Soccer America
Overall points leader Red Bulls II heads the USL's Eastern Conference playoff field for first-round, sinlge-elimination games this weekend. Red Bulls II set a league record by piling up 69 points, nearly twice as many as No. 8 Orlando City B (35).

USL boost attendance figures by massive 33% - Inside World Football
The third tier of US professional football is reporting an increase in attendances of 33% for the 2016. The figures show the boom in interest in the game is filtering through the whole football pyramid and is not confined to MLS teams or high-profile international friendlies between the world’s giant clubs.

VanOekel ties NASL clean sheet record, but Eddies forced to settle for draw at Jacksonville - the11.ca
Keeper Matt VanOekel recorded his 14th clean sheet of the season, tying the modern NASL record. And a point on the road in hot, humid conditions — and on three days rest — isn’t a bad haul.

TFC 2 aiming to replicate Man United’s ‘Class of 92’ - Sportsnet
Manchester United’s “Class of ‘92” is routinely held up as an example of what teams can achieve when they invest in player development. A group of players like the “Class of ‘92” is what Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko hopes TFC 2 can one day yield.

USL’s Wilmington Hammerheads to move to PDL - Empire of Soccer
Wilmington Hammerheads FC will move to the PDL next season, opening the door for New York City FC to enter a new partnership with a team in the USL.

If Ottawa Fury was to move to USL, the club would need CSA’s blessing… and no application has been made - the11.ca
If the rumours are true and the Ottawa Fury is looking to leave NASL for the USL, the Canadian Soccer Association has yet to see any proof of it.

Minor league: The term you won’t hear the Nashville Soccer Club use to describe itself - Nashville Business Journal
According to Merriam-Webster, a "minor-league" team is a team that plays in "a league of professional clubs in a sport other than the recognized major leagues." By that definition, the term would fit the newly formed Nashville Soccer Club, which is set to begin play in the professional, third-division United Soccer League in 2018. The team's owners, however, reject the term, for a variety of reasons.

New NASL owner expects to see difference in how league operates - Soccer America
The past, present and future of the North American Soccer League has been dissected and discussed during three days of meeting in Atlanta scheduled to conclude Wednesday.

Rayo OKC’s Alberto Gallego Addresses Front Office Shakeup, Club’s Future - Empire of Soccer
For the first time since the massive restructuring at Rayo OKC in late July, someone tied to the club’s majority investor Rayo Vallecano has provided some insight on the changes.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS

Lauren Holiday gives birth, awaits brain surgery - The Equalizer
Lauren Holiday gave birth to a newborn girl in North Carolina last week, New Orleans Pelicans players revealed. Holiday will now wait six weeks before undergoing surgery to have a benign brain tumor removed.

NWSL Playoffs: Thorns and Spirit open at home - Soccer America
For the Portland Thorns and Washington Spirit, this weekend's semifinals will mark the first time they've hosted NWSL playoff games. An NWSL playoff record crowd is expected when the Thorns host the Western New York Flash on Sunday. The semifinals kick off Friday night when the Spirit plays the Chicago Red Stars at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

With ‘chip on our shoulder,’ Red Stars look to make run to NWSL title - The Equalizer
Through four years of play in the National Women’s Soccer League, the Chicago Red Stars have made consistent and measurable progress. After finishing .500 in the league’s inaugural season back in 2013, Chicago disappointingly missed out on the 2014 playoffs via a tiebreaker with the Washington Spirit.

Middle East women’s football takes step into a brave new world - Al Arabiya
Women’s football in the Middle East is set to take a giant leap when the Fifa U17 Women’s World Cup kicks off in Jordan on Friday, with the host nation taking on Spain at Amman International Stadium.

Asian dominance on the line as Middle East makes history - AFC
There is a natural tendency to view youth World Cups simply as mini-versions of their senior equivalents. The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup has, though, spent its short history establishing an identity all of its own.

Manchester City's first title as Wolfsburg beat Bayern - UEFA
Manchester City are celebrating a first English title while Wolfsburg gained victory at Bayern München: we update how the UCL knockout contenders are doing in their domestic leagues.

Damallsvenskan - Matchday 18 Preview: Can Linköping be caught? - Vavel
With just a handful of games left in the Swedish top flight, wins are more important than ever.

#SWPL16 – Game 17 Round up - Scottish WPL
Hibernian were made to work hard for all three points by a hard-working Stirling University side, before running out 5-0 winners. Playing at Easter Road in preparation for their Champions League tie, it was Stirling who seemed more at home on the pitch, not giving the home side any space or time on the ball.

Women in sport: Scotland must work to grow the game on the back of Euro qualification - The National
The Scottish FA Women’s National Team did it, they qualified for the Uefa Championships finals in The Netherlands next year. Great news indeed and I was quite gutted not to be at home to read and hear all about this wonderful achievement first hand. After many previous attempts to qualify, having made the play-offs on several occasions in the past, the Scottish FA Women’s National Team have now made history and qualified for the Uefa Championships for the first time, and they did it at that point, without even having to kick a ball.

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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

European Weekend Preview: Man City-Tottenham, Roma-Inter and more - SBI
It’s another week that’ll see all eyes on England in European football. The clear headliner around the continent (plus the British Isles) is a top-two showdown in the Premier League between Tottenham and Manchester City. The only two unbeaten teams left in the EPL enter after midweek Champions League play, with Man City failing to win for the first time under Pep Guardiola and Tottenham cruising to a victory.

Europa League round-up: Dundalk beat Maccabi 1-0 to keep their dream alive - The Guardian
Dundalk continued their fairytale European experience with a 1-0 win against Maccabi Tel Aviv thanks to Ciaran Kilduff’s goal. Kilduff – the hero in the last-gasp draw against AZ Alkmaar – came off the bench to seal three points.

Europa League: Manchester United ekes by Zorya on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal - Fox Sports
Wayne Rooney finally made a difference for Manchester United this season, setting up Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal two minutes after coming off the bench to beat Ukraine's Zorya Luhansk 1-0 in the Europa League on Thursday.

Lyon seek derby comfort - Ligue 1
Olympique Lyonnais will have to shake off their European disappointment and a poor recent run of form to earn themselves a welcome win and Rhône derby bragging rights with AS Saint-Étienne in town on Sunday.

Big money in EPL creates big opportunities for kickbacks - Soccer America
Former England star Alan Shearer says Sam Allardyce's dramatic exit as England national team coach has made English soccer a laughing stock. “It's incredible and a catastrophic misjudgement by Sam and his advisers," Shearer told BBC Radio 5 Live.

QPR’s Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink admits he was ‘naive’ but would not take bribe - The Guardian
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has denied requesting a fee of £55,000 to work for a fake east Asian firm seeking to sell players to Queens Park Rangers, but admitted he was “naive”.

Fourth arrest over ‘hanging’ effigies of Rangers fans at Celtic game - BBC
A fourth person has been arrested after effigies of Rangers fans were hung from the stands during the recent Glasgow derby at Celtic Park.

Fifa 17 review – new story mode and on-pitch tweaks keep veteran in the game - The Guardian
The EA Sports stalwart is facing strong competition from Pro Evolution Soccer, but has come out fighting with plenty of style and just enough substance.

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