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Selected games to watch from British Columbia's top senior men's and women's amateur leagues.
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friday september 9

LIWSA: Vic West FC vs Castaways FC
6:00pm Finlayson Turf, Victoria

Sunday, September 21

VMSL: Surrey United Firefighters vs Langley FC Hurricanes
3:00pm Cloverdale Athletic Park, Surrey
Two very talented, and aspiring, teams will face off in what could be described as the ‘Valley Derby’.

MWSL: Victoria Highlanders vs  Fraser Valley Action
2:00pm University of Victoria -Field #3 

VISL: TBA

LISA: TBA

FVSL: TBA

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Saturday September 27

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Real Salt Lake
4:00pm PDT BC Place

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Wednesday September 20

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers
2:00pm PDT TSN1, TEAM 1410

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This Day in Football History

17 September 1980
Canada wins 3:0 over New Zealand in a Men’s International Friendly match in Edmonton, AB. Bruce Miller scores two goals for Canada. Bob Lenarduzzi also scores in the victory. Tino Lettieri and Mike Sweeney make their debuts for Canada at the international “A” level.
(Canada Soccer)

Surrey United SC 5-1 Richmond Hibernian FC
Vancouver Metro Soccer League Premier Division - September 13, 2014 - Minoru Park, Richmond, BC
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wednesday, september 17, 2014

Whitecaps try to fend off Timbers for playoff spot
 It is crunch time for the Vancouver Whitecaps. With six matches remaining the 'Caps currently hold the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference - but their postseason chances could look very different by Saturday night. TSN

Pressure Is On for Whitecaps Youngsters
The cavalry coming isn't coming, as the Whitecaps pretty much stood pat on MLS Roster Freeze Day. That means the pressure is officially on for the youngsters to start producing. 86 Forever

By the numbers: Two important matchups to watch in Saturday's massive Cascadia derby
Saturday’s match between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers (2 p.m. PT kickoff, TSN1) is no doubt the biggest of the year for both teams. There are still a number of points to play for, so it's by no means a do-or-die situation for either side, but it's hard to ignore the playoff implications. Whitecaps FC

The Pedro Morales conundrum (and other things)
Come the end of the 2014 campaign there will only be one man in the running for the Whitecaps’ Players of the Season award. Maybe the likes of Matias Laba and David Ousted will have their champions but the fact that Pedro Morales leads the team in goals, assists and shots makes him a stone cold certainty for the accolade. Yet there is one area in which the Chilean maestro has been lacking.  Soccer Shorts

Whitecaps fail to add scoring punch
As we all sat patiently waiting for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC to add some much-needed scoring support upfront to help them in the playoff hunt, the ‘Caps ended up doing what their current crop of forwards have done — missed the target.   Monday was the roster freeze for Major League Soccer – the MLS version of trade deadline day. 24 Hours

Robinson shows faith in Whitecaps
Despite entertaining offers before Monday's MLS Roster Freeze, Vancouver's management chose to give the current team the chance to get to the postseason. Goal.com

"It's a dream come true but the work starts now" - Whitecaps Marco Bustos and Kianz Froese not resting on their laurels after signing MLS deals
Vancouver Whitecaps' two newest homegrown signings took part in their first training session as MLS players on Tuesday, but for Marco Bustos and Kianz Froese, that wasn't anything unusual. The smiles may have been a bit bigger and then there was the media scrums after training finished, but the pair have been training with the first team regularly since preseason. AFTN

Surrey could become home to Vancouver Whitecaps new farm team
Representatives from the City of Surrey plan to meet this week with executives from the Vancouver Whitecaps to discuss a permanent home for the MLS soccer club’s planned new farm team. The Province

Vancouver Whitecaps 2015 USL PRO plan hits speed bump as New Westminster city council rejects plans
Vancouver Whitecaps' plan to launch a USL PRO team next season have been thrown into turmoil after New Westminster city council unanimously rejected Monday evening the club’s plans to move into a refurbished Queens Park Stadium. Whitecaps President Bobby Lenarduzzi said the club was both surprised and disappointed by the decision. MLS

USL-PRO silent on status of Canadian MLS teams’ bids for affiliates
The deadline to apply for a new USL-PRO franchise fell on Sept. 15. A day later, the USL brass won’t say much about which MLS teams will have new affiliate teams in place for the 2015 season. That includes the three Canadian MLS sides. The11

USL Pro recap & will Canadian clubs learn from LA Galaxy II?
A talking point regarding MLS recently, that doesn't include any MLS games or current players, is more clubs electing to follow the LA Galaxy and have a second, or what can be called a reserve team in USL Pro next season. RedNation

Toronto FC players disagree with Tim Leiweke's criticism
What do you do when the man who signs your paycheque takes a swipe at you or your co-workers? If you're a Toronto FC player, you say nice things about Tim Leiweke and then politely disagree. CBC

Jermain Defoe to return to Toronto FC on weekend
Toronto FC manager Greg Vanney says star striker Jermain Defoe is on schedule to be back later this week and has targeted a game to make his return. Defoe has been back in England nursing a groin injury amid reports that he wants to leave Toronto and return to the Premier League. CBC

David Braley looks to secure lease at BMO Field
Toronto Argonauts owner David Braley has people kicking the tires of the franchise he hopes to sell, but his top priority is securing the team a lease at BMO Field. Metro

Sounders top Union in OT to win US Open Cup
Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins led the Seattle Sounders to their fourth U.S. Open Cup title Tuesday night, scoring in overtime in a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union. Sportsnet

Philadelphia Union rue wasted chances in US Open Cup final loss to Seattle: "We had them on the ropes"
At the very end of regulation in Tuesday’s US Open Cup championship game, Vincent Nogueira stole the ball to start a counterattack and laid it off for Cristian Maidana, who played a perfect chip back to him in the penalty box. Noguira chested the ball down and shot toward an open net … and, for a split second, it looked like the Philadelphia Union would win the franchise’s first championship with a goal worthy of the highlight reel. MLS

Ottawa Fury Sign Jamaican International O'Brian Woodbine
Ottawa Fury FC announced the signing of defender O’Brian Woodbine. The Jamaican International was most recently with MLS side New England Revolution. Before joining the Revs, he had play professionally in his native Jamaica, the U.S. and Finland. NASL

In Focus: Drew Ferguson
When it comes to soccer, there’s no holding Drew Ferguson back. He’s a competitor, who demands respect and gets it because he knows what it takes to succeed. A former member of the Men’s National Team, Ferguson has been involved in professional soccer for over 44 years. Canada Soccer

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UBC Soccer's Mashinchi & Dhanda named 1st Stars of the Week
The UBC Thunderbirds’ Navid Mashinchi (men’s soccer) and Jasmind Dhanda (women’s soccer) were named Canada West 1st Stars of the Week after leading their teams in holding serve in the second weekend of conference play. Canada West

Highlanders Prospects enter collegiate ranks across North America
With the 2014 Pacific Coast Soccer League campaign behind them, several members of the Victoria Highlanders’ men’s reserves are continuing their soccer seasons in the collegiate ranks for the first time. The men’s reserves enjoyed a successful 2014 PCSL campaign that saw them claim the Men’s U-21 Reserve Challenge Cup. Victoria Highlanders

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ICST Pegasus’ forward Sahil Sandhu named VMSL Premier POTW (Photo by Richard Howes)ICST Pegasus’ forward Sahil Sandhu named VMSL Premier POTW
No major upsets took place this past weekend, as West Van FC and ICST Pegasus won their second consecutive games and thus climbed into first place in the standings. At the bottom of the table, things are getting very crowded as 5 teams share last place with only 1 point each. BC Soccer Web

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Montreal Impact ready for 'most important game of the season'
In the midst of a Major League Soccer season to forget, the Montreal Impact are finally playing a game with major implications. At the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings since the beginning of April, the Impact are sitting atop their CONCACAF Champions League group with six points from two games. On Wednesday, the club will face its toughest test in the competition when they welcome the New York Red Bulls to Saputo Stadium. Canada.com

Portland Timbers' squad rotation works to a tee in win over Olimpia
The Timbers face a load of important games in the season’s final month, and they’ve got the players to deal with them. That showed in their 4-2 victory Tuesday night over CD Olimpia in their first ever CCL home game. Portland’s squad rotation for the game against the Honduran champions, which is sandwiched by two league games and then another CCL game next week, was in no way a second-choice side. MLS

DC United lean on gritty defensive effort to secure key win in Jamaica
Nobody said it was going to be easy. D.C. United now sit in a most enviable position tied atop Group 4 of the CONCACAF Champions League after their 2-1 win over Waterhouse FC on Tuesday night, but only after taking their lumps against a Jamaican side looking to save any hope of moving into the tournament quarterfinals. MLS

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Canada M15 to train under the Costa Rican sun
A group of 18 players will gather as Canada’s Men’s U-15 team in Costa Rica from 18-26 September for a week of training with coaches – and former Canadian Internationals – Ante Jazic and Paul Stalteri. Canada Soccer

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Liverpool too much for Canadian keeper Milan Borjan
Steven Gerrard converted a penalty in the third minute of stoppage time to earn Liverpool a 2-1 victory over Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League after a frantic finish to the Group B game at Anfield on Tuesday. CBC

world football

Real Madrid thrashes Basel to start Champions League defence, Liverpool secures late win
Real Madrid started the defence of its Champions League crown with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Basel on Tuesday, while Liverpool celebrated its return to Europe's top club competition with a dramatic 2-1 win against Bulgarian side Ludogorets. Madrid's win should end talk of crisis following a poor start to the club's domestic season. Canada.com

Low: Youth coaches create world champions
Technical analysis of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ was the focal point of the FIFA/UEFA Conference for National Coaches and Technical Directors, which took place in St. Petersburg, Russia, from 16-17 September. FIFA

Fans banned for African Champions League semi
The Confederation of African Football has ordered that an African Champions League semifinal in Algeria be played without fans because of repeated incidents of "unsporting behaviour." Sportsnet

FC Seoul and Western Sydney play to 0-0 draw in 1st leg of Asian Champions League semifinals
Western Sydney Wanderers held FC Seoul to a 0-0 draw Wednesday in the first leg of the Asian Champions League semifinals. Seoul, the 2013 runner-up, had the better of the opportunities but struggled to find a way through the Australian backline. WFP

tuesday, september 16, 2014

Whitecaps FC takeover of Queen's Park Stadium turned down
New Westminster city councillors voted unanimously to reject a proposal from the Vancouver Whitecaps to convert a local baseball stadium into the new home of the football club's farm team. CBC

Vancouver Whitecaps FC statement regarding decision on New Westminster USL PRO proposal
“Four months ago, an opportunity was brought to us to bring a Whitecaps FC USL PRO team to the city of New Westminster. Today, we are disappointed by city council's decision not to proceed with this proposal. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps sign Marco Bustos and Kianz Froese to homegrown MLS contracts
Vancouver Whitecaps' MLS squad just got a whole lot younger, and more Canadian, today with the signing of Residency talents Marco Bustos and Kianz Froese to homegrown contracts. Bustos has signed a pre-contract and will officially join the MLS squad in January. Froese is added immediately and will be available for the remaining games this season. AFTN

Portland Timbers need repeat performance against Vancouver
Portland will host Vancouver Saturday afternoon at Providence Park, and a win by the Timbers will put them in the frontrunner position for the fifth and final playoff position for the Western Conference. A Vancouver win would solidify the Whitecaps hold on fifth place. OregonLive

Bezbatchenko lays out his Toronto FC vision
General manager Tim Bezbatchenko has laid out his vision for Toronto FC, with an emphasis on analytics and science off the pitch and developing depth and young talent on it. Metro

TFC signs midfielder Mannella from academy
Toronto FC has signed midfielder Christopher Mannella from its academy. The 20-year-old Toronto native served as captain of the academy’s senior team. He appeared in 11 matches for the team, scoring two goals, in the inaugural League 1 Ontario season. Sportsnet

Orlando City announce current MLS roster for next season as USL PRO era concludes
Orlando City SC announced on Tuesday the list of current players they'll retain as the club makes the transition from USL PRO to MLS expansion side in 2015. OCSC now have seven players under contract for next season and continue to negotiate with three more members of their USL PRO squad, while the rest have been released. MLS

Report: New York Red Bulls will not field USL PRO team, seeking affiliate partnership instead
For months, it seemed a matter of when, not if, the New York Red Bulls would officially launch their own USL PRO team. Eager to expand opportunities for their reserves and academy players, Red Bulls officials had alluded to tentative plans to base the new squad at their new training complex in Hanover, New Jersey But apparently it's not happening after all. MLS

Martin Rennie Interview
Martin Rennie is the manager of the new Korean second-tier team, Seoul E-Land. Nine years ago, he was working in sales and marketing in Scotland. The 39-year-old has since coached across North America, including two years as manager of Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS. Here, he talks about giving up the day job, life in North America, and his first press conference in Seoul. British Coaches Abroad

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 CIS, GNAC, PACWEST Soccer: UBC, TWU and KPU all have memorable weekends on pitch
Two weekends into the 2014 CIS men’s soccer season and the team to beat is still the same one which hoisted its second straight national championship trophy last November. Yes, the UBC Thunderbirds (4-0-0) remained perfect Sunday, getting a pair of goals from Navid Mashinchi, as well as another from Paul Clerc to blank visiting UNBC 3-0 at Thunderbird Stadium, giving the ‘Birds a sweep of its weekend set against its Prince George foes. The Province

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CONCACAF Champions League: Portland Timbers set to rotate squad vs. Olimpia
Had the Portland Timbers been in a different situation, perhaps they could be approaching Tuesday’s CONCACAF Champions League game against Olimpia at Providence Parkwith a bit more aggression.

D.C. United are in Jamaica
D.C. United are in Jamaica for their second Champions League match against Waterhouse FC (8 pm ET, Fox Soccer Plus). A win would put United in control of their group. Washington Post

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Four more countries qualify for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™
France, Germany, Norway and Spain have all qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™. The four nations qualified in their penultimate qualification matches on Saturday 13 September in the UEFA group stage. With four more countries qualified, exactly half of the 24 finalists for next year's competition are now known. CSA

canadians abroad

Canadian keeper set to face Liverpool in Champions League match
Canadian international goalkeeper Milan Borjan is in line to play for Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad when it takes on English powerhouse Liverpool in a UEFA Champions League match Tuesday. CBC

world football

Member of FIFA steps down due to corruption
FIFA has removed a member of its financial monitoring panel who has been implicated in corruption. Canover Watson was questioned last month by police anti-corruption and financial crime units in his native Cayman Islands. He denies wrongdoing. Sportsnet

Former FIFA official Champagne to challenge for presidentcy
Former FIFA international relations director Jerome Champagne has confirmed his plan to challenge Sepp Blatter for the presidency next year. TSN

Big guns take centre stage
English heavyweights Chelsea and Manchester City get their UEFA Champions League campaigns off the mark on Wednesday against German rivals Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich, with Paris Saint German star Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning to his old club Ajax and Spanish giants Barcelona also in action. FIFA

Club investigating after swiss fans urinate in rival goalkeeper’s bottle
A lower-league Swiss football club says it will investigate reports that some of its fans urinated in a water bottle that a rival goalkeeper then drank from. Metro

Ronaldinho called ‘monkey’ by former Mexican city official
A former public official in the Mexican city where Ronaldinho has signed to play has called the Brazilian star “a monkey.” The comment by Carlos Manuel Trevino Nunez, who was the Secretary of Social Development in Queretaro, was published on Facebook.

monday, september 15, 2014

Whitecaps FC add Homegrown player Kianz Froese
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today the addition of Residency attacking midfielder Kianz Froese. “Kianz has a great technical element to his game and an athleticism that will serve him well as he steps up to the next level,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps FC add Homegrown player Marco Bustos
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today the addition of Residency attacking midfielder Marco Bustos. “Marco brings a great soccer brain to the table,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. “He’s a sharp player with tremendous skill and a great ability to score goals. Whitecaps FC

Perez scores 2 goals to lead FC Dallas to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps
For just over 10 minutes, the Vancouver Whitecaps appeared as though they would leave Toyota Stadium with at least a point for the first time in five meetings with FC Dallas. Trailing 1-0 after a fluke goal by striker Blas Perez in the 20th minute, Vancouver tied the game in the 67th minute when Erik Hurtado capitalized on some general disarray by several members of the Dallas backline. But 11 minutes later... Canada.com

Whitecaps know where they stand now
If Saturday’s loss FC Dallas accomplished anything for the Vancouver Whitecaps, it’s that it offered the club clarity about it being involved in a two-team race for that final playoff position in the West. Sportsnet

Young Whitecaps show promise despite loss in Dallas
Carl Robinson's Vancouver Whitecaps travelled to Dallas on Saturday, five points adrift of their opponents for fourth spot in the Western Conference standings. With Dallas having the most difficult run-in amongst any of the top six in the conference, anything other than a Whitecaps loss would have ensured a three-way battle between the two sides and Portland for the two remaining playoff spots. TSN

It's the Great Bagel, Charlie Brown!
 In extending their oh-for streak in Frisco to five, the Vancouver Whitecaps know the pain that good ol' Charlie Brown must have felt every time Lucy used to pull the ball away on him. It was there for the taking, but they - and we - were left to ponder the eternal question: "What the f@&# just happened?" after a 2-1 loss to FC Dallas. 86Forever

Vancouver Whitecaps don’t mess with Texas
The role of coach within a soccer team isn’t just about tactics and team selection, it’s also about displaying a combination of self-belief and steadfastness in the wake of inevitable criticism and it’s about the ability to make decisions and to stick with them because you know you’re right. It is, in short, about “moral courage”. Carl Robinson displayed these characteristics and more in the 2-1 defeat to Dallas on Saturday evening. Soccer Shorts

My visit with Wee Willie Johnston
Is there any player who has left more indelible memories in the minds of Vancouver Whitecaps fans than Scotland and Rangers FC legend Willie Johnston? Johnston, our beloved #20, only played in Vancouver for a few seasons, but the mooning of Bruce Rioch in Seattle, the beer swig corner kick in San Jose and a brawl with a New York Cosmos player back in 1979 have left a rich legacy of great memories. Whitecaps Fan

De Rosario's late goal lifts TFC to 1-1 draw
Dwayne De Rosario picked a perfect time to score his first goal of the season, netting the tying goal in the 89th minute of Toronto's 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire. CBC

Toronto FC steaming after controversial call disallows late would-be winner vs. Chicago Fire
Toronto FC’s new manager Greg Vanney earned his first point as head coach against the Chicago Fire in a match that left his side feeling hard done-by thanks to a late call by the match official. MLS

Breaking down Michael Bradley’s comments, by the numbers: Do Canadian refs really favour American teams?
Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley crossed a line on Saturday night. After Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Chicago, which saw Edmonton-based referee Dave Gantar rule out what would have been Gilberto’s winning goal for a phantom push on a Chicago defender, Bradley vented his frustration. And it was captured on the TFC’s official video feed. The11

Ryan Nelsen's thoughts on Defoe, Bradley and much more
With Nelsen seeing the writing on the wall in the aftermath of a flat-lining 3-0 home defeat to the New England Revolution, the New Zealander texted Defoe in London to tell him he thought he'd be getting the sack in the morning. The Englishman's reply was succinct and to the point. "If you're gone, I'm gone." Waking the Red

Revolution edge Impact with a pair of quick goals
There was no question that Montreal Impact coach Frank Klopas had his hands tied going into Saturday's match against the Revolution. But that didn't stop him from getting a good glimpse of the young talent on his team. CBC

Report: Marco Di Vaio to leave the Montreal Impact at the end of the season
A source close to the situation has advised me that Marco Di Vaio is likely to call it quits at the end of the 2014 MLS season. After months of speculation on whether he will prolong his MLS contract or not, Montreal Impact fans can enjoy Di Vaio for another 8 games (6 MLS + 2 CCL). Mount Royal Soccer

Seattle Sounders first to clinch playoff spot after dramatic victory vs Real Salt Lake
One down, nine more postseason berths to go. Following a 3-2 stoppage-time victory against Real Salt Lake on Friday night, the Seattle Sounders became the first club to lock in their place in the 2014 MLS playoff field, a change in the top tiebreaker to total wins meaning the Sounders can't be pushed outside the top five in the Western Conference. MLS

Colorado Rapids upbeat after snapping losing streak with draw vs. Portland: "It's something to build off"
The Colorado Rapids didn’t quite get the full monkey off of their collective backs, but they at least started the process of lightening the load. In the Rapids’ 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers on Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Colorado collected its first point since July 25th and snapped a franchise-worst seven-game losing streak. MLS

LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena blunt on Robbie Keane's PK woes: "It's cost us a good number of points"
The LA Galaxy conceded two more points against the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday afternoon, the second time they've done so in the last two months, and if it was the product of several things, the biggest share of the blame goes to their captain. MLS

Galaxy and New York face toughest schedules
The LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls have the toughest schedules (based on the points per game of their remaining opponents) in their respective conferences as MLS moves into the home stretch. Of MLS's 19 teams, none has an easier schedule than Real Salt Lake. Soccer Amerca

Roster freeze deadline looms: MLS clubs can make final personnel changes by September 15
Your team has a gaping hole ahead of the final stretch before the MLS Cup playoffs in October? Well, it has until Monday, September 15 at 5 pm ET to make any last personnel moves. MLS

FCE coach Miller looks at Indy draw as point gained, not two points dropped
Thanks to injuries and suspensions, Neil Hlavaty regained his spot in FC Edmonton’s starting 11. And, his spectacular free-kick goal allowed the Eddies to draw the Indy Eleven 1-1 Saturday night in Indianapolis. Hlavaty also came oh so close to scoring what would have been a match winner in the second half with another free kick. But, Indy keeper Kristian Nicht dove to make a fingertip save. The11

Wins By Cosmos, United Headline Thrilling Night Of NASL Week 10 Action
The New York Cosmos and Minnesota United FC each grinded out difficult home wins on an exciting night of North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season action. 16 goals were scored between the five Week 10 games, resulting in several back-and-forth battles that would end up impacting the league standings. NASL

USL PRO Playoffs: Orlando City suffer shock elimination, LA Galaxy II still on track to win it all
Orlando City can officially begin to focus on their 2015 MLS season. The top-seeded Lions, who registered the best record during the regular season, were surprisingly ousted in the USL PRO playoffs on Saturday night. The 2015 MLS expansion team suffered a 1-0 home loss at the hands of the lowest seed, No. 8 Harrisburg City Islanders.

The evolution of the football boot
Arthur Friedenreich rippled nets with exceptional regularity during Brazilian football’s infancy. And if that wasn’t enough, just look at the boots he did that in (top left). They are displayed in the Museum of Football in Sao Paulo, along with the typical footwear used at the 1970 FIFA World Cup™. FIFA

Attendance Mystery And Large Crowds
Have you ever wondered  how they come to a detailed, to the last digit attendance figure at soccer games?  Or any other game for that matter? Were there really exactly the announced number of people inside the stadium? Nobody knows, but to me there is no way anyone can accurately tell the  number of people in the stands, or seats, with so many variables possible in a large arena. inSoccer

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Whitecaps FC Residency conclude successful season-opening weekend with convincing wins
Both Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s Residency teams capped off a successful season-opening weekend with convincing wins over San Juan Soccer Club Sunday at Simon Fraser University. Whitecaps FC

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Clan drop tough battle with Azusa Pacific
The Simon Fraser University men's soccer team suffered their first loss of the 2014 season, falling 2-1 to the Azusa Pacific Cougars on the road. It was a highly competitive battle between two top NCAA Division II programs, and one the Clan will look to learn from moving forward to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference season. SFU

T-Birds complete sweep of UNBC
The No. 1 UBC Thunderbirds men's soccer team finished off a perfect weekend at home by defeating the UNBC Timberwolves by a score of 3-0 on Sunday afternoon on David Sidoo Field at Thunderbird Stadium. UBC 

Defending CIS Champions dominate in home opener
The UBC Thunderbirds men's soccer team continued their winning streak Saturday afternoon with a 5-1 win over the UNBC Timberwolves in their home opener at Varsity Field. UBC

WolfPack Men’s Soccer Drop Close One To UFV
There is a saying that timing is everything. For the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team, their timing couldn’t have been off at a worse time. The WolfPack’s timing off a set piece came back to haunt them as they were defeated by the visiting University of the Fraser Valley Cascades 1-0 in Canada West action Saturday night. TRU

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Thunderbirds win home opener in convincing fashion

The UBC Thunderbirds women's soccer team dusted off their bad start to the season with a convincing 5-0 win over the UNBC Timberwolves in their home debut Saturday afternoon at UBC's Varsity Field. UBC

Dhanda scores a pair as Thunderbirds shutout UNBC
The UBC women's soccer team kept up their momentum with a 3-0 victory in their rematch against the UNBC Timberwolves on Sunday afternoon on David Sidoo Field at Thunderbird Stadium. UBC

Two Quick Goals Sink WolfPack Women’s Soccer At Hands Of Cascades
A pair of second half goals three minutes apart proved to be the difference as the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team dropped their second straight match in Canada West play. TRU

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Tickets now on sale for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™
The advance ticket window for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 is now open for Canada Soccer clubs. Purchase Stadium Passports, Stadium Half Passes and tickets to the final match in Vancouver!  Group ticket incentives including up to 7.5% cash back are also available as tickets go on sale to the general public September 10. BC Soccer

Four more countries qualify for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™
Preparing to host the world France, Germany, Norway and Spain have all qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™. The four nations qualified in their penultimate qualification matches on Saturday 13 September in the UEFA group stage. CSA

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Canucks Abroad, September 14, 2014
Buoyed by the midweek 3-1 victory over Jamaica, Canadians went back overseas returning to their domestic clubs and continue on with the start of a new fall/winter season. Not only are supporters feeling confident, but the players as well might have taken the result back and put in good performances this past weekend. Rednation

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FIFA acknowledges that senior officials were given luxury watches at World Cup
FIFA has acknowledged that its executive committee members were given luxury watches by the Brazilian Football Confederation at the World Cup and says its ethics committee is "dealing with the matter." British newspaper Sunday Times reported that senior FIFA officials were given Swiss watches worth $25,000 in gift bags left in their hotel rooms when they arrived in Brazil for the tournament. WFP

Holders get group stage rolling
Holders Real Madrid will step back into the UEFA Champions League fray on Tuesday, with the record ten-time winners one of the many attractions as the group stage begins for another season. FIFA

Final beckons for AFC quartet
The AFC Champions League reaches the semi-final stage on Tuesday and Wednesday with two pairs of enticing match-ups. In west Asia on Tuesday, inaugural winners Al Ain visit hosts Al Hilal seeking to reach the final for a third time. FIFA

Black Dolphins leap for the CAF prize
When the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League are played on the weekend Congo DR will have two teams participating. There is little surprise that four-time winners TP Mazembe have – once again – made the last four, but few would have thought at the start of the competition that AS Vita Club would escape from the group stages. FIFA

Anelka says he's joined Mumbai City FC in India
Nicolas Anelka’s plans to join Mumbai City in the new Indian Super League could be delayed by the five-match ban imposed in England for a racially aggravated goal celebration that led to his departure from West Bromwich Albion in March. Sportsnet

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