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BC Soccer News, Weekend, October 21-23, 2016



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2016, 1:00 PM




Desire for payback motivates Whitecaps to try and end rival Timbers' season - MLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps’ postseason hopes may be long gone but their motivation heading into their regular season finale against the Portland Timbers on Sunday.

Heartbroken but still alive: Timbers' 17th chance to end road nightmares is their last - Four Four Two
Portland hasn't won on the road all year. After bowing out of CCL this week, they must do exactly that to save their season.

Whitecaps FC to face New York Red Bulls in CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will face Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls in the quarterfinals of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League early next year.

MLS Decision Day Preview: Drama out West, more - Empire of Soccer
We’ve reached the final day of the Major League Soccer regular season. The Supporters Shield is still up for grabs, and four teams are fighting for three playoff spots out West. All games will be played at 1 p.m. PT on Sunday.

Robinson set for Latin American shopping trip as Whitecaps pivot to 2017 - MLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps' season will wrap up earlier than they would have hoped for on Sunday when the Portland Timbers pay a visit to BC Place.

Keep, Trade or Release 2016: A Vancouver Whitecaps player analysis (Part One – Goalkeepers) - AFTN
It’s that time of year again. Sooner than we’d hoped to be doing it, but with no playoffs this year for Vancouver Whitecaps, the season officially has a fork in it after Sunday, albeit it’s had several stuck in it for weeks now.

Breaking Down Vancouver Whitecaps Co-owner Jeff Mallett’s Interview - MLS Multiplex
Vancouver Whitecaps co-owner Jeff Mallett gave some insight into the workings of the Whitecaps ownership in a newspaper interview this week.

Where is the MLS Supporters' Shield going on Decision Day? - MLS
The Supporters' Shield started the beginning of its long 2016 journey last weekend. With the Colorado Rapids near to a chance to close it out with a win at Portland, the actual, physical Supporters’ Shield made its way into Providence Park for a potential hand-over. But then the Timbers managed to grind out a 1-0 win -- so the Shield quietly made its way out of the venue, its whereabouts kept secret until this Sunday.

D.C. United Emerging as Dark-Horse MLS Cup Contender as Regular Season Ends - Bleacher Report
They definitely aren't the sexy pick to be crowned champions on December 10, but D.C. United are a team to look at as a serious MLS Cup contender.

Despite five-game winless streak, TFC is actually in fine form - Toronto Sun
Winless in five, Toronto FC evidently is desperate for a confidence boost — which punching-bag Chicago is expected to provide this weekend.

Preview: Revolution to host Montreal Impact in regular-season finale on Sunday - New England Revolution
It’s been more than seven months since the New England Revolution kicked off the 2016 MLS regular season in Houston, but on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, it’ll come to a close.

New York Red Bulls don't plan on resting all starters in season finale - MLS
It may not be their full starting XI, but the New York Red Bulls don’t sound like a team that will be coasting into their regular season finale this Sunday at the Philadelphia Union.

Red Bulls to Play Vancouver in CCL Quarterfinals - Empire of Soccer
The 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League group stage is now complete and the New York Red Bulls will play the Vancouver Whitecaps in the quarterfinals.

CCL Rewind: FC Dallas rallies to road win as CCL quarterfinal matchups are set - SBI
FC Dallas had one eye fixed on a Supporters’ Shield, but Oscar Pareja’s group came from behind on Thursday night to seal a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Quarterfinal matchups set for 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League - MLS
The 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League group stage ended on Thursday, and we now know the eight teams that will be advancing to the quarterfinal round.

A soccer stadium in Dorchester could be ‘terrific,’ Baker says - Boston Globe
Charlie Baker never warmed up to the idea of Boston hosting the Summer Olympics, and he wasn’t fond of a $1 billion expansion plan for the South Boston convention center. But when it comes to a Major League Soccer stadium in Dorchester, the governor is keeping an open mind, especially since Boston is one of the few MLS markets without such a venue.

Orlando City adds last steel beam to new stadium - Orlando Sentinel
Orlando City celebrated another milestone Thursday, adding the final steel beam the Lions' new stadium.

Man in the middle: a day in the life of Irish MLS referee Alan Kelly - The 42
ALAN KELLY IS pretty relaxed. It’s a balmy, beautiful evening in late June and we meet in the referees’ room in Toronto’s BMO Field, where the city’s Major League Soccer side, TFC, play their home games. He’s here to take charge of a spicy-looking fixture – a Canadian derby between the local team and fellow east-coast outfit Montreal Impact. But despite the high-profile nature of the game, the Corkman is very calm as we shoot the breeze and briefly catch-up.

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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.

Pringle's late marker gives Clan critical 1-0 win over Cavaliers - SFU
In the dying minutes of a scoreless game against the Concordia Cavaliers (9-3-3, 4-3-3), and needing a win to guarantee control over their playoff destiny, the SFU Clan women's soccer team (7-5-1, 5-4-0) needed a goal in the worst way.

‘Not a chance’ Pakenham Cup will return to Mission - Mission City Record
It’s said that possession is nine-tenths of the law, and that claim is one of many that the Fraser Valley Soccer League (FVSL) said strengthens their refusal to ever hand over the fabled Pakenham Cup to a group of Mission residents who say it belongs in its original location.

Canada West proud to partner in unveiling of U Sports brand - Canada West
Thursday was a significant day for university sport in Canada, as Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) – the national governing body for university sport in Canada – officially announced its rebranding as U Sports.

Corner Kicks: Lots to be determined in final week of regular season - Canada West
To get you set for the final weekend of the Canada West men's soccer regular season, here are some storylines from around the conference in the latest edition of Corner Kicks.

Three playoff positions still up for grabs in Prairie division - Canada West
To get you set for the final weekend of the Canada West women’s soccer regular season, here are some storylines from around the conference in the latest edition of Corner Kicks.

The No. 2 Spartans women's soccer team returns to Chase Office Field for its final regular season home weekend. With first place in the Pacific Division clinched, Trinity Western hosts Lethbridge Friday and No. 5 Calgary Saturday in a pair of preparatory games for the Canada West post-season.

UBC looks to tune up for playoffs on weekend trip to Manitoba - UBC
UBC will be looking to bounce back from a couple of tough losses to regional rivals last weekend. The Thunderbirds (5-3-4) also want to gain some momentum as they prepare for their Canada West quarterfinal game next week.

WolfPack Men’s Soccer Hoping to Secure First Ever Playoff Spot - TRU
Another pressure filled weekend for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team.

WolfPack men to tackle final hurdle - Kamloops This Week
Tonight Justin Donaldson will play his first match at Centennial Stadium in opposition colours. The midfielder, who is putting together an all-star calibre season in his first year with the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, hasn’t been back to the Victoria stadium since his days in the Vikes blue and yellow, a chapter of his career that ended two seasons ago.

PREVIEW: Final matches for Heat unless they win and get help - UBCO
The final weekend of play for men's soccer has the Heat at UBC and Victoria this Friday and Saturday night with the postseason on the line, provided TRU falters.

Watson, Hyams Repeat Selections to GNAC All-Academic Team - SFU
Goalkeeper Brandon Watson and defender Robert Hyams were today named three-time repeat selections to the 2016 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team.

Burnaby defender studies, scores at Western Ontario -Burnaby Now
Burnaby’s Kym Van Duynhoven is spending her final year of university athletics wisely. The defender is standing guard for the London, Ont.-based Western Ontario University Mustangs, helping the women’s soccer team as it climbs the Ontario university charts.

VMSL Week 6 Round-up: Top two stay unbeaten in Premier ahead of Friday night clash in Coquitlam - AFTN
In the two weeks that have passed since our last piece, not too much has changed in the Premier Division, although the logjam behind the top few clubs is now showing parity that MLS must be salivating at.

VISL Division 1 matches – Oct.21-23 - VISL
Division 1 League games Friday night and this weekend.

Glory days again: Gorge back on top of VISL - Times Colonist
Gorge FC is back where coach Dan Van Gylswyk wants the organization to be — atop the table in the Vancouver Island Soccer League’s First Division.

Comox Valley United VISL Div. 3B team plays to 1-1 draw with Lakehill - Comox Valley Record
Comox Valley United had victory snatched from their grasp in extra time in Vancouver Island Soccer League Div. 3B action Oct. 15 in Victoria.

Niners remain unbeaten in Masters A - Cowichan Valley Citizen
The Cowichan 49ers remain undefeated in the Vancouver Island Soccer League Masters A division after a hard-fought 1-1 draw with defending Tony Grover Memorial Cup champions Saanich Old School.

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
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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Report: Toronto FC may need affiliate to join Canadian Premier League - Waking the Red
Slowly but surely, more and more information about a prospective Canadian Premier League is leaking out into the public domain. On Thursday, Kurt Larson of the Sun confirmed that Toronto FC remain confident of being part of the new division.

UOIT soccer makes history - Oshawa Express
For the first time in program history, the UOIT women’s soccer team will finish the OUA season in first place in the east division.

Inside The TFC/ Windsor/ London Partnership - League1 Ontario
The recent satellite partnership arrangements between Toronto FC, Windsor Stars and FC London offers an initial platform for players in certain regions outside the GTA scope to get scouted.

Why Ottawa Council needs to revisit its strange sports park deal - Ottawa Citizen
Any way you look at it, the Manotick sports park deal stinks. It is utterly baffling how anyone with the city’s interest at heart would give a private association such a sweetheart deal, and the worst of it is that no one is being held accountable.

Two charged with fraud make move against complainants - Whitecourt Star
In June, 2016 Whitecourt RCMP began investigating complaints of fraudulent activity of local service organizations, later confirmed to involve the Rotary Club, Midtown Mall, and Whitecourt Minor Soccer Association.

CIS rebrands as U Sports -
Canadian university sports have come of age over the past 110 storied years. Now, we track the future under a bold new name: U Sports. One title, instantly recognizable and identical in both French and English, with one goal: To give our student-athletes and national championships the visibility, appreciation and reward they deserve.

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USL Cup Final Preview: Swope Park Rangers at New York Red Bulls II - Sporting KC
The Swope Park Rangers conclude their 2016 season on Sunday, Oct. 23 when the side takes on New York Red Bulls II in the USL Cup Final at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PT

USL Final: Red Bulls II favored, but Rangers are ready - Soccer America
Horse-racing metaphors occasionally apply to other sports, and for the USL Cup final to be staged Sunday (ESPNU, 5 p.m. PT), it’s a match race of two very different contestants.

Bay Area soccer roundup: Deltas’ head coach-to-be gives USL Final local angle - SF Gate
Last August, the San Francisco Deltas, an NASL expansion team, slated to begin play in 2017, announced Marc Dos Santos as their head coach for their inaugural season. So we can hazard a guess where Deltas’ rooting interest lies in this weekend’s United Soccer League Cup Final, when the Swope Park Rangers, coached by Dos Santos, will face the New York Red Bulls II.

The playoff spot is sealed, but Miller wants Eddies to finish season on high note -
It’s a strange situation. The NASL regular season still has two weeks of games left to play, yet both FC Edmonton and the Indy Eleven know exactly who they’ll be playing in the first round of the Championship.

USL president Jake Edwards eyes more expansion, tweaks to affiliate system - MLS
According to USL president Jake Edwards, we could very well see more MLS teams shift toward the Houston and San Jose USL model in the future.

NASL Fall Week 17 Preview: Crunch Time for Several Teams in Postseason Chase - Empire of Soccer
With just two matches remaining for each team in the Fall Season, the field for the final postseason spot is on the verge of shrinking. Minnesota United FC (25 pts Fall, 41 pts Combined) and Rayo OKC (29 pts, 41 pts) could each take charge of the race with a win this weekend as they go head-to-head with two teams chasing them in the standings, the Carolina RailHawks (23 pts, 37 pts) and Fort Lauderdale Strikers (23 pts, 38 pts).

Going inside FC Cincinnati’s smashingly successful first year - Top Drawer Soccer
When FC Cincinnati flung open the doors to Nippert Stadium for the first time, nearly 15,000 fans walked through them (FCC went on to beat the Charlotte Independence 2-1). A franchise-opening match at home in the middle of the city? Of course attendance was good. Let’s see how it holds up.

Cosmos COO Stover shoots down reported “sale” of NASL Final hosting rights - Empire of Soccer
If the New York Cosmos make it to the NASL Final, they will host this year’s Soccer Bowl. Where that venue will be? That remains to be seen. That is the statement from Cosmos COO Erik Stover, who tells EoS that the rumored sale of a potential NASL Final home venue was “not true.”

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Japan and DPR Korea ensure U17 Women’s World Cup honours stay in Asia - Inside World Football
Asia will have a new world champion tonight in a FIFA competition the Asian Football Confederation has dominated since its inception. The final of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, being played in Amman, Jordan, features defending champions Japan against AFC champions DPR Korea.

US football star, Lauren Holiday, has brain tumour removed a month after giving birth - BBC
Lauren Holiday, the US football star famous for helping her team win the 2015 Women's World Cup, has had a brain tumour removed. The 28-year-old was diagnosed while eight months pregnant, just six weeks before giving birth.

Steph realises importance of Lionesses' French exam - The FA
In terms of a preparation match for a major tournament, it doesn’t get much more difficult than pitting yourself against the third best side in the world – a side you haven’t beaten for 42 years.

Scotland 0-7 Netherlands: Scotland's women taught Dutch lesson - Vavel
Scotland suffered a disappointing 7-0 defeat to the Netherlands, giving them an indication of how tough the European Championships will be next summer.

Thorns FC loan forward Hayley Raso, midfielder Celeste Boureille to Australian club Canberra United -
Portland Thorns FC today announced that the club has loaned forward Hayley Raso and midfielder Celeste Boureille to Canberra United of the Westfield W-League.

Victory finalises W-League squad - W-League
Melbourne Victory has signed international pair Bianca Henninger and Samantha Johnson on loan, completing its squad for the Westfield W-League 2016/17 season.

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that the Seattle Reign FC have selected midfielder Sinead Farrelly off of the NWSL Re-Entry Wire as part of the End of Season Process.

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Barcelona signs star forward Neymar to three-year extension - Sportsnet
Barcelona forward Neymar signed a three-year contract extension on Friday, tying him to the Spanish champion until 2021.

American Pleads Guilty in FIFA Case for His Role in Bribes Worth Millions - NY Times
Aaron Davidson, one of a handful of Americans implicated in United States prosecutors’ world soccer corruption case, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and wire-fraud conspiracy charges in federal court in Brooklyn on Thursday.

Euro leagues threaten UEFA with ‘walk-out’ unless new deal is agreed - Inside World Football
The simmering dispute over proposed changes to the Champions League escalated dramatically today when Europe’s major leagues threatened to rip up their working relationship with UEFA next spring unless the governing body meets their demands for the controversial deal to be either scrapped or tweaked.

Preview: Chelsea vs. Manchester United - The Guardian
It will be José Mourinho who will be hogging the limelight. This is his first return to Stamford Bridge as manager of a rival Premier League club and many of those players who under-performed so badly last term will line up against his Manchester United side.

Premier League weekend team news: Injuries and suspensions - ESPN FC
Team reports from around the Premier League.

Brazil may have to face Lionel Messi-led Argentina without Casemiro - ESPN FC
And so the build-up is on toward the big one: Brazil against Argentina next month in World Cup qualification. On Friday, Brazil coach Tite named his 24-man squad. There was barely a surprise. Why should there be? Everything he has done so far in his brief reign has worked out just fine.

Manchester United 4-1 Fenerbahce: Pogba stars in routine victory for Mourinho's men - Vavel
Paul Pogba silenced his critics on the night, scoring two first half goals to set United on their way to a huge win in the Europa League.

Europa League roundup: Brazilian magic denies Dundalk historic win - The Guardian
Dundalk tasted bitter disappointment as they went from the verge of a historic win to defeat against Zenit St Petersburg.

Leon, Necaxa in position for Liguilla charge - SN
Two surprise entries into the Liga MX playoff picture put their long undefeated streak on the line this weekend with Leon hosting Morelia and Necaxa hosting Veracruz.

European leagues step up threats to UEFA’s Champions League - Sportsnet
Europe’s top leagues have stepped up threats to schedule matches in direct clashes with UEFA’s Champions League.

Bayern Munich CEO accuses Premier League clubs over youth recruitment - ESPN FC
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says English clubs' efforts to sign young players verge on "kidknapping."

AFC puts focus on protecting rights value as raft of new reforms proposed - Inside World Football
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is poised to beef up its governance procedures with a raft of reform proposals to include an AFC whistleblower policy, new anti-bribery and corruption measures and, crucially, a commercial strategy paper for future rights sales.

Thai football fans frustrated as season cut short after king's death - The Guardian
Champions crowned with three rounds of matches unplayed, and two teams relegated that might have stayed up.

Sport is greatest remedy against youth extremism, says activist footballer - Yahoo Sports
Sport is a universal language that can help prevent extremism and racism among young people, London-born Pakistani footballer Kashif Siddiqi said on Friday, urging governments to do more to bring together players from different religions.

Should you play sports when you're sick?  - Soccer America
We're getting in to that time of year when people start sneezing and coughing all around you. It's pretty easy to catch a cold or sinus congestion to generally make you feel lousy. And at the same time your team continues to practice and play games. You want to keep playing, so should you just try to play through it or should you sit out and get better (and maybe do your teammates a favor by not getting them sick)?

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