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BC Soccer News, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS

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Whitecaps' Robinson 'gets it right,' in mix for MLS's top coach - National Post
Carl Robinson, MLS coach of the year candidate. If you’re a Vancouver Whitecaps fan, it has a certain logical ring to it right now, considering where the team sits in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference standings and the money they’ve spent on players.

MLS Playoff Picture: Vancouver’s Turn On Top - MLS Multiplex
The four top teams in the Western Conference seem content with letting each take a week at the top spot. Vancouver, Portland, Seattle, and Kansas City have all been at the top, and right now it’s the Whitecaps turn.

Maund looking for Whitecaps home debut with Waston suspended - Red Nation Online
The Whitecaps FC home-stand will conclude on Saturday night with the MLS bottom feeder, Colorado Rapids (7-16-5) in town. The soaring (13-9-6) Caps will hope not to step on a banana skin against an underwhelming Rapids side that has disappointed this season. Vancouver are unbeaten in six-matches, and there is no reason why they shouldn't be able to earn a massive result against Colorado.

Entering a Post Laba Era: The tactical future of Vancouver - Eighty-Six Forever
What might the Whitecaps look like next year? We start to take a look.

We Want the Cup: Kansas City remembers prior titles ahead of USOC final - MLS
A sidewalk in the Brookside neighborhood, a couple of miles west of where Sporting Kansas City were training for their third Lamar Hunt US Open Cup final in six years, currently bears a neatly stenciled message in bright blue spray paint.

U.S. Open Cup Final: History, and Kansas City Confront Red Bulls - Empire of Soccer
The New York Red Bulls have won two Supporters’ Shields — both within the last four years. But having the best record in Major League Soccer doesn’t seem to count for much.

Impact visits Toronto FC Wednesday night - Montreal Impact
“Every time we play against Toronto, it’s a big game,” said Impact head coach Mauro Biello. “It’s a great challenge for us, but we look forward to it, as a good performance against the best team in the league may be what we need. We are ready to fight.”

TFC poses big challenge for Impact, even without Giovinco, Altidore - Sportsnet
If the Montreal Impact think they’ll have an easy time of it against Toronto FC, they need only ask the LA Galaxy what it’s like to play the Reds when they’re missing their two starting forwards.

LA Galaxy lose defender Daniel Steres for two months with back injury - ESPN FC
The Los Angeles Galaxy will be without defender Daniel Steres for up to two months after he suffered a stress fracture in his lower back.

Jay Heaps' firing the first in a long line of changes needed for the Revolution - SBI
Change was needed for the New England Revolution. It was not hard to see. Even putting aside the abysmal and inexcusable results of the past week, the team had, at best, stagnated or, at worst, fallen further and further behind the pack that is consistently competing in MLS.

Tom Soehn takes over as interim Revolution head coach - The Bent Musket
Soehn joined the Revolution coaching staff prior to the 2014 season after a multi-decade career as a player and coach.

Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire | 2017 MLS Match Preview - MLS
The Chicago Fire seem to have put their summer swoon fully behind them, with their 3-0 home win against D.C. United last Saturday extending their unbeaten run to three matches. They’ll look to continue that hot streak on the road on Saturday, when they’ll take on the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium.

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BC SOCCER NEWS

Spartans hit midway mark - Langley Times
Trinity Western men’s soccer team sits at 3-2-3 halfway through Canada West season.

Catching fire: T-Birds decimate Manitoba and Winnipeg in first home stand of season - Ubyssey
The UBC women's soccer team stepped into their first weekend at home looking as solid as ever and walked out with two more wins and a hot streak that looks nearly unstoppable.

Penticton soccer player helps keep WolfPack unbeaten - Penticton Western News
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team extended their unbeaten streak to five, with the help of Penticton’s James Fraser.

Fraser Becomes 3rd Men’s Soccer Player To Be Named Canada West Star Of The Week - TRU
For the third time in a row, a member of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team has been awarded with a Canada West Star of the Week.

Clan men's soccer keeps winning - Tri City News
The Clan, who are unbeaten in four games, are ranked No. 2 in the NCAA.

Comox Valley United optimistic for better season - Comox Valley Record
With some new faces from Campbell River, the Comox Valley United division one team is hopeful for a better season this year than last.

Three stars of the week: Saves and scores define first stars - Canada West
Emily Burns and Victory Shumbusho are the Canada West first stars of the week after leading their teams to victory through heroics at opposite ends of the pitch.

Maple Ridge soccer star LeBlanc found her purpose, thanks to UNICEF - The Province
Karina LeBlanc’s life changed in 2013 during a trip to Honduras, her first as an UNICEF ambassador.

BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations - BC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review - BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.

BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
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Becoming a BC Soccer Referee - BCSA
Whether you are an experienced referee new to British Columbia or if you are new to the discipline of refereeing BC Soccer Assoc. has a clinic and a pathway for you. The minimum age to become a referee is 12 years old (small sided) and 14 years old (11-a-side). Please enjoy the short video showcasing some Referee programs that BC Soccer offers and continue below for more on how to become a referee in BC!

PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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

USports Top 10 National Soccer Rankings - USports
Laval & U. of Alberta top the Women's & Men's national rankings this week.

Brampton's Rahman brothers find a home playing pro soccer in Slovakia - Brampton Guardian
Brothers Navid and Adel Rahman love playing soccer together. Growing up in Brampton, Navid, who is one year younger, would often play up a year so he could be on the same team as Adel. They both earned scholarships to Niagara University and now they are still together with KFC Komarno, a professional team in Slovakia.

Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 November - CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.

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WFC2, USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS

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NASL files antitrust lawsuit against U.S. Soccer - SBI
After being declined Division II status, the NASL has taken action against U.S. Soccer.

NASL goes to court: Launches suit in wake of Div-2 sanctioning decision - the11.ca
Earlier this month, the USSF rejected the NASL’s application to continue as a Division-2 league for the 2018 season. Losing the divisional status as a “2” would put the future of the NASL in jeopardy. This past winter, the league was given a one-year waiver to continue operation as a Div-2 league, despite the fact that its membership had dropped to eight teams, including FC Edmonton.

Antitrust lawsuit: NASL dug its own grave despite USSF-MLS collusion -World Soccer Talk
What do investors in soccer do when they’ve made one bad business decision after another? And to make matters worse, when they’ve shifted from one rhetorical strategy to another? Sue their governing body, of course!

USL Race for the Playoffs – Sept. 20 - USL
Louisville City FC needed some help on Saturday night, but the Eastern Conference leader became the third side to clinch a playoff place this weekend to mark the third successive season City has advanced to the postseason.

Reno 1868 looks to clinch playoff spot Wednesday at home - My News 4
The inaugural season for Reno 1868 FC couldn't be going much better. After a rocky start to the season, sitting in dead-last in the Western Conference of the United Soccer League, Reno is now just one win (3 points) away from clinching a spot in the playoffs.

Walker Named USL Player of the Week - USL
FCC midfielder recorded goal, two assists in 4-2 victory against Red Bulls II.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS

Mark Sampson set to leave as England women's manager - BBC Sport
Mark Sampson is set to leave his role as England women's manager amid a row over discrimination allegations.

Toni Duggan’s late double puts seal on England’s 6-0 drubbing of Russia - The Guardian
Professionally, Mark Sampson needed England’s World Cup qualifying campaign to open simply with victory over Russia. Privately he needed a performance that showed the allegations of racism that have engulfed his tenure will not distract England from their goal of reaching France in 2019.

France 2019 targets a billion viewers as UEFA qualifying begins - Inside World Football
FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France to attract a billion viewers as local organisers unveiled the logo, slogan (‘Dare to Shine’) and additional scheduling details. Across Europe, qualifying got underway for the tournament with England trouncing Russia 6-0.

Women's World Cup qualifying: how it stands - UEFA
The FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying group stage has begun with the likes of England, Norway, Germany, Iceland and Austria all in goalscoring form.

No surprises as big guns make strong starts - FIFA
There were no surprises in the opening games of the continent’s qualifying competition, held between 14 and 19 September, with the big guns making strong starts, in many cases at the expense of the continent’s smaller nations.

Alex Morgan scores twice as USWNT routs New Zealand - SBI
The U.S. Women’s National Team wrapped up their series of friendlies against New Zealand with a commanding 5-0 win at Cincinatti’s Nippert Stadium.

Portland Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath expected to make season debut at Orlando Saturday - Oregonian
Portland Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath is expected to make her 2017 NWSL season debut Saturday when the Thorns travel to face the Orlando Pride.

Brazil's handshake snub 'disappointing', says Matildas goalscorer Sam Kerr - The Guardian
She was happy to get under Brazil’s skin but star striker Sam Kerr was less pleased some Brazil players refused to shake hands after the Matildas’ third successive victory over their South American rivals in front of a big crowd in Newcastle on Tuesday night.

Canberra secure English international defender - W-League
English Lionesses defender Laura Bassett has signed with Canberra United for Season 10 of the Westfield W-League.

AIFF apathy sees Indian women’s football team with no SAFF prize money - Hindustan Times
The Indian women’s football team claimed its fourth straight South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship title in January, but is yet to get its promised prize money by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Mexican football suspends normal activities, rallies after earthquake - ESPN FC
Mexican clubs have rallied to aid the relief effort after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake caused devastation in Mexico City and surrounding states on Tuesday.

European roundup: James Rodríguez inspires Bayern to Bundesliga summit - The Guardian
James Rodríguez made a stunning full debut for Bayern Munich as the Bundesliga champions returned to top spot for at least 24 hours with a 3-0 win at Schalke, while there was a change of leadership in Serie A, too, though Internazionale will be far less happy with only drawing 1-1 at Bologna, surrendering their 100% record.

Lionel Messi nets 4 goals to keep Barcelona with perfect record - Sportsnet
Lionel Messi added to his impressive start to the season by scoring four goals and helping Barcelona rout Eibar 6-1 to extend its perfect record in the Spanish league on Tuesday.

League Cup Weds. preview: Top teams mind the underdogs - NBC Sports
The giant killers aim their arrows at Premier League foes on Wednesday in the final five matches of the League Cup’s third round.

Carabao Cup woe highlights sparsity of Jurgen Klopp's options at Liverpool - ESPN FC
Tuesday's 2-0 defeat and Carabao Cup exit at Leicester was a troubling defeat for Liverpool supporters, who had grown accustomed to either reaching the semis (2015 and 2017), the final (2016) or winning the competition (2012).

Genoa teenager Pietro Pellegri performing far beyond his years in Italy’s top league - Toronto Star
The 16-year-old striker has broken longtime Serie A records, including becoming the youngest player to score a goal.

Inter Milan’s perfect start ends with draw at Bologna - Sportsnet
Inter Milan appeared far from a title contender in a 1-1 draw at Bologna on Tuesday that saw the Nerazzurri drop their first points in Serie A.

Karim Benzema signs new contract at Real Madrid - NBC Sports
Karim Benzema has signed a new four-year contract at Real Madrid.

Chelsea deny wrongdoing as FIFA confirms transfer investigation - ESPN FC
FIFA has opened an investigation into Chelsea's transfer dealings amid suggestions that the Premier League leaders have breached regulations concerning the recruitment of youth players.

Who is Chelsea 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu, is he the real deal, and why was his transfer so controversial? - The Telegraph
There was significant embarrassment among the Chelsea coaching staff that the best player on the pitch was a 16-year-old Exeter City youngster when the Blues visited the League Two club in the Checkatrade Trophy last October.

FIFA bans Caribbean soccer leader for 6 years - Durham Region
FIFA's ethics committee has banned Caribbean soccer leader Gordon Derrick for six years for financial offences.

Hurricane FIFA blows into the Caribbean to tear down the CFU - Inside World Football
Champagne corks will be popping in Miami, New York, and Zurich following the decision by the FIFA Ethics adjudicatory chamber to ban Gordon Derrick, the president of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and general secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA), for six years.

Barcelona condemn Spanish crackdown on Catalonia independence vote - Four Four Two
Barcelona have announced the club will "continue to support the will of the majority of the Catalan people" amid growing tensions related to a banned independence vote in the region.

‘Football manager excuses’ are for the supercoaches and the blustergaffers - The Guardian
Arguably the most admirable characters in modern football are the managers who embrace the basic unfairness of the sport and offer realism amid the Premier League’s inequalities.

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