Match Picks of the Week
Selected games to watch from British Columbia's
top senior men's and women's amateur leagues.
Please check league schedules for late changes.
tuesday december 10
Prospects vs Castaways FC
8:00pm PISE Turf, Saanich
LIWSA winter break till January 11, 2014
friday December 13
Burnaby vs West Van FC
8:00pm Burnaby Lake West
Two of the top teams in the VMSL Premier Division will face off!
Cowichan FC vs Saanich Fusion FC
8:00pm Tyndall Turf, Saanich
SFFC sits five point back of division leading Cowichan in VISL Div 1's third place prior to the annual winter break.
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This Day in Football History
9 December 1931
On their first visit to England, Spain were beaten 7-1 by their hosts at Highbury. This was some consolation for England's defeat in Madrid in May 1929 when Spain had become the first continental side to beat them. The England players would have been particularly pleased to have scored so freely against Spain's highly-regarded goalkeeper Ricardo Zamorra (Real Madrid) who was on the then-fabulous wage of £20 per week.
(Association of Football Statisticians)
monday, december 9, 2013
Real Salt Lake manager Jason Kreis sounds like a man about to leave
Real Salt Lake Manager Jason Kreis may surprise us all and stick around for yet another season in Utah. He’s got a lot of reasons to stay, starting with an area of the country he and his family love, and a terrific core of players who seem to have plenty of achievement ahead. But he sure sounds for all the world like a man who just coached his last game at Real Salt Lake.
Norwegian side Rosenborg in contact with Vancouver Whitecaps about
Camilo Sanvezzo - MLS
Budweiser Golden Boot winner Camilo Sanvezzo turned more than a few heads in Major League Soccer toward Vancouver this year, and it appears he caught the attention of one international club in Scandanavia.
Sun sheds light on Toronto FC's offseason plans -
Waking the Red
Kurt Larson of the Toronto Sun got a chance to sit down and talk with Toronto FC's General Manager, Tim Bezbatchenko, at the MLS Cup and the resulting article sheds a lot of light on what the club is planning to do this offseason.
Sporting KC's Jimmy Nielsen plays the hero in shootout
after going 120 minutes with broken ribs - MLS
Almost exactly 16 months to the day after he helped deliver a US Open Cup to Kansas City, Jimmy Nielsen stood atop a platform in Sporting Park’s northeast corner, shook up a can of white spray paint and committed the most rewarding vandalism of his life.
Sporting KC hoping best is yet to come, even after
second title in franchise history - MLS
Two championships in 16 months. A young core entering its prime. Owners willing to spend, and a fanbase mushrooming out of control. Everything is going to plan in Kansas City.
Real Salt Lake's Jason Kreis praises "fantastic team"
despite MLS Cup loss: "We played outstanding" - MLS
Real Salt Lake were just minutes removed from suffering a crushing penalty-kick shootout loss in MLS Cup, but you would never have been able to tell from the face of manager Jason Kreis. During his postgame press conference on Saturday, Kreis beamed with pride at the performance of his squad in 2013.
Collin seizes spotlight with MLS Cup MVP performance
Aurelien Collin knew he was the man of the hour. Relished it, naturally. Arriving fashionably late to the MLS Cup postgame press conference, the jubilant Frenchman posed for the supporters peering in from beyond a glass barrier and thrust his hands above his head.
Don Garber Keeps on Truckin' - The Huffington Post
In 1999, Robert Kraft and Lamar Hunt -- owners of the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs, respectively -- approached Garber, then the senior vice president and managing director of NFL International, about taking over as the second commissioner of Major League Soccer.
the women's pro game
Houston Moving Forward On NWSL Team - Dynamo Theory
It was tweeted out by team President Chris Canetti Saturday morning that the Dynamo are moving forward to bring an NWSL team to Houston. There still steps to be take to finalize the deal but it looks like Houston will be getting it's very own NWSL team.
Chastain dishes on College Cup, NWSL draft - The
Brandi Chastain says it's not what players can do as much as it is how they do it. When Brandi Chastain watches the College Cup final, figuring out which players are capable of playing at the next level will be less about what they do and more about how they do it.
Fury FC U16 Boys to Play for Super Y-League North
American Championship - Ottawa Fury
For the third time in four years, Ottawa Fury FC will play for the Super Y-League North American Championship. Ottawa Fury FC U16 Boys downed the Toronto Lynx 5-3 in penalty kicks after the two sides played to a heated 3-3 draw in soccer's version of the Battle of Ontario. The Super Y-League North American U16 Boys Championship kicks off at 8:30am Monday morning as Fury FC battle Real Maryland for the title.
university and college soccer
Caps In College: Ben McKendry sends New Mexico into
Final Four - AFTN2
Ben McKendry's New Mexico Lobos are heading to the NCAA I Final Four, after the Whitecaps Residency alumni scored the only goal of the game in Seattle on Saturday night to see off the threat of the Washington Huskies. Ben and the Lobos will now head to Philadelphia this week as they look to bring their first national title to the Albuquerque school.
UCLA wins NCAA women's soccer title in overtime -
Kodi Lavrusky gave UCLA its first NCAA women's soccer title Sunday, scoring in the 97th minute to lift the Bruins past Florida State 1-0 in overtime in cold and rainy conditions. ''The whole game we knew we had it in us,'' Lavrusky said. ''Once we got to that first overtime, we knew our chances were coming. We just had to finish one.''
fifa u-17 women's world cup costa rica 2014
FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup final re-scheduled -
Due to the possible second round of elections in Costa Rica, the final of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be brought forward one day. The match for third place as well as the final will now be played on Friday 4 April instead of Saturday 5 April 2014.
Nominees for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2013 awards revealed
In alphabetical order, the FIFA Ballon d’Or nominees are: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Franck Ribéry (France), while Nadine Angerer (Germany), Marta (Brazil) and Abby Wambach (USA) will contest the women’s award.
Brazil 1950... and all that - TSN
Remembering Nigel de Jong seemingly Kung Fu-kicking Xavi Alonso within inches of his life during an ill-tempered 2010 World Cup Final, it is hard to fully rationalize we now stand only a mere six months from the first ball to be kicked in anger at Brazil 2014.
Defending Brazilian champion Fluminense relegated to 2nd
division despite win - WFP
Fluminense became the first defending Brazilian league champion to be relegated to the second division on Sunday, and traditional Rio de Janeiro rival Vasco da Gama also was demoted. Fluminense, which also won the league in 2010, scored late to beat Bahia 2-1 in Salvador, but the result wasn't enough to keep the team in the top flight.
Brazilian league match halted because of fan violence;
helicopter airlifts injured man - WFP
A key Brazilian league match was stopped for more than an hour after fans started fighting in the stands on Sunday, prompting police to fire rubber bullets to contain the crowd and bring a helicopter onto the field to airlift an injured man to a hospital.
Police launch second UK match-fixing probe - Yahoo!
The National Crime Agency has launched a second probe into alleged match-fixing in English soccer after a Sunday newspaper claimed a player told an undercover reporter he could guarantee certain events in a Championship (second division) match.
Blackburn striker arrested in fixing probe -
Blackburn striker D.J. Campbell was named Monday as one of the six people arrested in English football’s latest match-fixing investigation.
Belgian scuffles: Standard Liege player PUNCHES opponent
after crunching tackle - Yahoo!
Managers and coaches often call on their players to get stuck in, roll their sleeves up, and be willing to fight for the cause. Well, in Belgium this weekend, one guy took that a little too literally.
saturday - Sunday, december 7 - 8, 2013
Uneasy feeling as Whitecaps still without coach - Whitecaps Fan
The present gap departing coach Martin Rennie left is beginning to gnaw at me. Without a coach, the Whitecaps are like an orphan, and the lack of certainty is very discomforting. Like all football fans, I want the best players and coaches to be on my team. I worry that we may lose out on the front runners for the coaching position and have to settle for second best.
Report: Rosenborg BK has Camilo in Their Sights - 86 Forever
Reports in the Norwegian press Friday suggest that representatives from Rosenborg BK have been in contact with the Vancouver Whitecaps multiple times this season, and as recently as last week, in an attempt to bring the Wee Brazilian to the Norwegian Tippeligaen for a reported transfer fee of 10 million Norwegian Krone (approx. $1.73M CAD).
Toronto FC looking at bringing Dwayne De Rosario back to club -
The Reds could be in the market for an old head. Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko told the Toronto Sun ahead of Saturday’s MLS Cup final that bringing Canadian international Dwayne De Rosario back to BMO Field “could be a possibility.”
adidas MLS Match Ball: League to debut new Brazuca design
Next year, the entire soccer world will go Brazilian. MLS is no exception. The 2014 adidas MLS Match Ball, revealed this week, is based on the “Brazuca,” the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. When the 2014 season kicks off on March 8, MLS will become the first league in the world to play the Brazuca.
Congratulations Sporting Kansas City: MLS Cup Champions -
Well, that was quite a final. Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake played an exciting final in a match that had no end of drama. The game was played in ridiculously low temperatures, and sections of the pitch were clearly frozen. Those parts of the pitch that weren’t completely frozen were lumpy and bumpy at best. The ball was very cold and unresponsive.
Sporting KC edge RSL in epic shootout - MLS
Sporting Kansas City joined Major League Soccer royalty on Saturday night, and they beat Real Salt Lake at their own game to do it. Fueled by two lunging saves from veteran goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen and a fateful shot that thundered off the crossbar in their favor, Sporting KC downed RSL in a shootout at Sporting Park to win their second MLS Cup in franchise history.
Bad blood, cold weather highlight MLS Cup clash - Globe and Mail
Kei Kamara, a Sporting Kansas City striker, trotted upfield, his eyes locked on the high-flying ball headed in his direction. As it seemed to be sailing way over his head, Kamara peeked to his left. In an instant, he was lying twisted on the field, gasping for air.
orting KC joins the ranks of flagship franchises - Soccer
Both finalists were intensely deserving of lifting MLS Cup, so one can’t begrudge Sporting Kansas City its title. Ten rounds of penalty kicks were needed for SKC to outlast Real Salt Lake, which had won its MLS Cup in 2009 on penalty kicks, 5-4, but this time fell short, 7-6, in a marathon. Shots off the goalpost, goals disallowed, hard tackles and near-misses doused in bitterly cold (20 degrees F at kickoff) led to the cruelest showdown in sports.
stars Drogba and Eboue facing fines from Turkish FA for displaying
Mandela tributes vests - Mail Online
Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboue face fines from the Turkish FA after displaying vests bearing tributes to Nelson Mandela. The two Ivory Coast internationals unveiled their personal messages after Galatasaray’s game against Elazigspor on Friday.
FIFA adjust times for 7 World Cup games - Sportsnet
FIFA switched the scheduled kickoff times of seven World Cup matches on Saturday after meeting with broadcasters, having refused earlier requests made by the FIFPro union to protect players’ health.
World Cup draw provides thrilling matchups - CBC
Do not be late to this party. The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil will not be one at which you can snooze through the group stages. There is too much fun to be had from the get-go. Global heavyweights will stand toe-to-toe and you can take your pick trying to identify the real Group of Death.
Defending champion Spain gets repeat of 2010 final - Yahoo!
OOne of the worst finals in World Cup history - Spain vs. the Netherlands - will be reprised in one of the first games of the 2014 edition. Friday's draw proved kind for host nation Brazil. It also put three former winners - Italy, Uruguay and England - together in one daunting group. The United States drew one of the shortest straws.
deVos: Analyzing the results of the World Cup draw - TSN
The 2014 FIFA World Cup draw took place in Brazil on Friday, as the 32 qualified teams were drawn into eight groups of four. Some quick thoughts on what it means for the tournament next summer.
World Cup Draw: CONCACAF nations get big reminder that life just
ain't fair - MLS
Win the region's qualifying tournament via the most dominant year in your program's history, or stumble to a losing record in massively disappointing fashion and sneak into one of the tournament's final berths through the back door of an intercontinental playoff. It doesn't matter at the World Cup draw.
After World Cup draw, host Brazil 3-1 favourite - Sportsnet
Brazil was made a 3-1 favourite to win the 2014 World Cup it will be hosting. The Brazilians remained at the same odds after Friday’s draw as they held going into it. Argentina was next at 9-2, barely up from 5-1 odds, according to the professional oddsmakers Keith Glantz and Russell Culver. Germany was 5-1, followed by defending champion Spain at 7-1.
2014 World Cup noisemakers quieter than horns used during 2010 World
Cup - Canada.com
The official noisemakers for next year's World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil will be significantly quieter than the vuvuzela horns that caused so many headaches in 2010. The new instrument, a rattle called the caxirola, creates sound pressure levels similar to normal conversation, according to researchers from the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil.
Ex-Premier League players involved in new match-fixing claim -
Three people have been arrested after a second investigation into football match-fixing was launched following reports that a player agreed to rig a Championship game in return for cash. Britain's National Crime Agency confirmed on Sunday it was examining the allegations after receiving information from The Sun On Sunday.