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BC Soccer News, Tuesday, October 25, 2016





CASCADIA CUP PHOTOS: Whitecaps FC 4 Portland Timbers 1, October 23, 2016 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web By Bill Currie.

MLS exit interview: Vancouver Whitecaps' 2016 season in review - Four Four Two
Success in Champions League didn't translate to MLS. Scott French looks at what the Vancouver Whitecaps got right -- and wrong-- during the 2016 season.

AUDIO: Episode 166 – The AFTN Soccer Podcast (Ending on a high note) - AFTN
Well, if you’ve had a disappointing season, at least end it with a bang and send the fans home happy. And that’s just what Vancouver Whitecaps did with their 4-1 demolition of their bitter rivals, Portland Timbers.

Whitecaps FC name Marinos Papageorgopoulos Academy Centre director and associate head coach - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Tuesday that Marinos Papageorgopoulos has been named full-time Academy Centre director and associate head coach.

Saskatoon's Brett Levis makes MLS debut in Whitecaps win  - CKOM
It's not every day you win a trophy on your big league debut.

Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union | 2016 MLS East Knockout Round Preview - MLS
Toronto FC couldn't hold onto a first-round bye down the stretch, but the Reds will get to make some club history on Wednesday when they host their first postseason match since entering the league in 2007. TFC enter the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs as the third seed in the Eastern Conference, facing off against the sixth-seeded Philadelphia Union.

Jozy Altidore's resurgence in form has Toronto dreaming big ahead of play-offs  - The Guardian
The USA striker’s Premier League woes are a distant memory as he looks to lead Toronto FC to their first ever MLS Cup play-off win this week

Toronto FC must embrace this moment - TSN
As Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley walked down the tunnel and back to the dressing room on Sunday night, he told himself one season had ended and another one was about to begin.

Futures are on the line against Philadelphia - Waking the Red
Toronto FC’s captain has been linked away and their coach will face a lot of questions if they lose on Wednesday.

Didier Drogba soap opera continues with Impact - Montreal Gazette
The Impact practised Monday afternoon at Centre Nutrilait and once again Drogba didn’t take part. Drogba has not practised with the team since he refused to play against Toronto FC two weekends ago after learning he wouldn’t be in the starting lineup.

LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake | 2016 MLS West Knockout Round Preview - MLS
One of the best Western Conference rivalries will write another chapter on Wednesday with the LA Galaxy hosting Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference Knockout Round of the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs. The teams, which faced off against each other in the 2009 MLS Cup final, with Real Salt Lake winning their first MLS Cup title in a penalty shootout, are aiming to find a run and surprise the Western Conference field.

Sounders face long odds to win first MLS Cup - Sounder at Heart
If you didn’t know by now, the Seattle Sounders are set to host a knockout round match in the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs against Sporting Kansas City on Thursday at CenturyLink Field. According to ESPN’s Paul Carr, the Sounders are the more favored, with a 65% chance of winning and eliminating Sporting Kansas City. What isn’t surprising, though, is that all four teams hosting a match in the knockout round are the clear favorites.

Sporting Kansas City Braces For Seattle Sounders - Parent-Herald
Sporting Kansas City will next face the Seattle Sounders in the knockout round of the Major League Soccer Western Conference at the CenturyLink Field. Incidentally, Sporting Kansas City failed to get past the knockout round in each of the last two seasons.

Portland Timbers look to learn from 2016 after disappointing season - Oregonian
Less than a year after hoisting the MLS Cup amid fireworks and confetti on the field at Mapfre Stadium, the Portland Timbers saw their 2016 campaign come to a feeble end Sunday on the last day of the MLS regular season.

Two Timbers players accused of DUI - Oregonian
Team captain Liam Ridgewell and goalkeeper Jake Gleeson were booked into the Clackamas County jail Tuesday, according to the Sheriff's Office website.

Yankee Stadium renovations will affect seating for NYCFC playoffs - Empire of Soccer
Yankee Stadium will undergo an offseason renovation ahead of the 2017 MLB season — and they won’t wait for the end of the MLS Playoffs to do it.

MLS breaks regular-season attendance records for third straight season - Montreal Impact
Major League Soccer logged a third straight regular-season attendance record in 2016, and the league now ranks sixth in the world in attendance – ahead of Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1, according to

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Thunderbirds to clash with Pronghorns in opening round of playoffs - UBC
After clinching the number one spot in the Canada West Pacific Division last weekend, the UBC Thunderbird's men's soccer team (9-1-6) are off to the Canada West Quarter-Finals. With only a single loss on the season, the 'Birds appear capable of another dominant post-season run.

Residency teams get win and draw versus Portland Timbers Academy - Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency teams were back in action on Saturday, taking on rivals Portland Timbers Academy at the Timbers Training Facility in Beaverton, Oregon.

Dramatic late goal sends Heat to Canada West playoffs - Kelowna Capital News
The UBC Okanagan Heat waited until the last possible moment to make it official. Needing a win to make the Canada West men's playoffs, freshman Wyatt Gilbert scored in the 91st minute of play Saturday to send the Heat to a 3-2 victory over the hometown Victoria Vikes.

WolfPack heartbreak — TRU relinquishes playoff position on season’s last day - Kamloops This Week
This one is going to sting for a while. The Thompson Rivers WolfPack came up short in their final road trip of the Canada West regular season this weekend, losing to both the Victoria Vikes and the UBC Thunderbirds and relinquishing the conference’s fourth-and-final post-season berth to their rivals from UBC-Okanagan.

VIU soccer teams win last home games of the year - Nanaimo News Bulletin
VIU’s soccer teams ended the regular season with wins and good feelings going into playoffs.

Harrison turning heads - Langley Times
The success Joel Harrison is showing now comes of little surprise to Rich Fagan. Fagan recalls the Langley teenager spending some time with the Whitecaps FC Residency Program on trial stints two years ago.

WSS senior boys soccer wins first playoff match - Whistler Question
The Whistler Secondary School (WSS) senior boys soccer team is one step closer to the AA division provincial championships.

PHOTOS: GNAC Women’s Soccer: SFU 1 Concordia U. (Ore.) 0, October 20, 2016 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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 – 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
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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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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! - BC Soccer Web
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Program synergy boosting Canada's future - FIFA
Being on the same page is crucial in football. Whether it is a club or a national team program, having synergy is key to developing successful players and teams. A case in point is Canada and their women’s national team program.

Female Athlete of the Month: Former luger Smith slides onto Dinos pitch - USports
A former member of the Canadian national luge team, the Calgary Dinos striker had the opportunity of a lifetime: to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in a last-chance race-off against teammate Arianne Jones three years ago.  The heartbreaking loss would launch her soccer career.

Male Athlete of the Month: Dinos’ veteran Russo seeking playoff redemption - USports
Dominic Russo feels the weight of the Calgary Dinos’ poor playoff reputation.

USports Men's Soccer: Monday Roundups - USports
Weekend results from USports Men's Soccer. (Formerly CIS)

USports Women's Soccer: Monday Roundups - USports
Weekend results from USports Women's Soccer. (Formerly CIS)

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In, Out, On The Bubble: USL edition - AFTN
Following on last week’s “Keep, Trade or Release” features on the MLS team, we turn our attention to the USL side and some of the tough decisions that lie ahead for Alan Koch and his management team with regards the futures of many of their squad.

Tampa Bay Rowdies Announce Move to United Soccer League - Tampa Bay Rowdies
“We are excited to join the United Soccer League in 2017,” said Rowdies Chairman and CEO Bill Edwards. “I have said from the day I acquired controlling interest in this club that I wanted to make it one of the most successful teams in North America. The USL is a vibrant league, and this move is a necessary and positive step toward reaching the long-term goals and objectives of the club.”

Report: Rowdies might be preparing move from NASL to USL - Tampa Bay Times
There was no comment from the Tampa Bay Rowdies Monday night amid reports the team will be moving out of the North American Soccer League.

Juan Arango Named NASL Player of the Week - Empire of Soccer
Juan Arango has been awarded the NASL’s Player of the Week honors for his efforts in the New York Cosmos’ 4-0 rout of Miami FC over the weekend.

Battery Announce Participants for 2017 Carolina Challenge Cup - USL
Atlanta, Seattle and Columbus to visit MUSC Health Stadium next February.

Jeske Eager for ‘Incredible Opportunity’ in Nashville - USL
New Nashville SC CEO saw city’s passion for soccer at recent international exhibition.

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Women's EURO 2017 Updates: Romania v Portugal - UEFA
It's the second leg of the UEFA Women's EURO 2017 play-off, with Romania and Portugal all square as they reconvene in Cluj-Napoca. Who will be the 16th and last finalist?

Arsenal made coveted Kim Little top priority - The Equalizer
Arsenal Ladies Head Coach Pedro Martinez Losa says bringing back Kim Little from the NWSL was always going to be an objective of the club, even after she left. The Scotland international, who departed North London after five successful years to join the Seattle Reign, made headlines last week following her return to the FA Women’s Super League club after three inspiring seasons in the Pacific North West.

Jordanian legacy bodes well for future of women's football - FIFA
The history books will show that Korea DPR triumphed in the fifth edition of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup by beating Japan in the final. But while the North Koreans are celebrating another title, the host country and surrounding region were unquestionably also big winners.

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Carlos Alberto, Brazil World Cup-winning captain, dies aged 72 - The Guardian
The full-back made 53 appearances for seleção and scored what is considered one of the greatest goals in World Cup history, a fierce low strike to cap off a wonderful team move in the 4-1 victory over Italy in the 1970 final.

United, City in a rut ahead of derby in English League Cup - Yahoo Sports
Jose Mourinho is reeling from his heaviest loss in English soccer. Pep Guardiola has matched the longest winless run of his coaching career.

Rashford dreaming of winner in Manchester derby at Old Trafford - Vavel
The 18-year-old striker has had a meteoric rise and having scored away in the Manchester derby, wants a goal at home too.

De Bruyne out of Manchester derby, confirms Guardiola - SN
Manchester City will be without midfielder Kevin De Bruyne for Wednesday's EFL Cup clash against rival Manchester United at Old Trafford, Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

Watford face fine and points deduction over forged HSBC bank letter - The Telegraph
The Premier League club face a heavy fine, and possibly a points deduction, for submitting what The Telegraph can reveal was a forged banking letter when Gino Pozzo became their sole owner.

Ex-NBA superstar Steve Nash urges Mallorca fans to be patient - ESPN FC
Former NBA superstar Steve Nash has urged Real Mallorca supporters to be patient and told them that the club's promotion to Spain's top flight will require time. The 42-year-old Canadian, who retired after 19 years in the NBA, is one of three shareholders of Mallorca.

Griezmann wins best player award in Spain for last season - Sportsnet
Antoine Griezmann has won the best player award in the Spanish league for last season. The Atletico Madrid forward was announced as the winner in a ceremony organized by La Liga in Valencia on Monday.

Wolves sack coach Walter Zenga after 87 days in charge - ESPN FC
Wolves have announced head coach Walter Zenga has left the club with immediate effect.

Who could go through on Europa League matchday four? - UEFA
The competitive nature of the UEFA Europa League this season means that it is still all to play for, though a few sides could exit prematurely and four teams are eyeing early progress.

Copa MX Clasico Nacional: Chivas to spoil party, America to salvage pride? - ESPN FC
Another highly anticipated edition of Mexico's Clasico Nacional is upon us, with Chivas traveling to Estadio Azteca to take on Club America in the semifinals of the Copa MX.

Toulouse with it all to win - Ligue 1
Just ten minutes away from being a Ligue 2 side last season, Tolouse FC have made the most of their miraculous escape to become the biggest surprise of the campaign so far, writes Ian Holyman.

Scolari extends contract with Guangzhou Evergrande - SN
Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has signed a one-year contract extension with the Chinese champions.

Spanish FA fined in Real-Atletico transfer case - BBC Sport
The Spanish football federation has been fined 220,000 Swiss francs (£180,940) for violating youth player transfer rules in the case involving Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Argentina and Uruguay reiterate hopes of co-hosting 2030 World Cup - ESPN FC
The presidents of Argentina and Uruguay say they are still planning to go ahead with a bid to co-host the 2030 World Cup.

Fox sued in US for allegedly bribing CONMEBOL bosses for TV rights - Inside World Football
The US-led probe into football corruption took another significant twist on Thursday when a Florida-based sports channel, GoITV Inc, sued Fox Sports Latin America alleging that Fox executives had paid tens of millions of dollars in bribes to CONMEBOL officials in exchange for lucrative television rights to tournaments.

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