BC Soccer News, Monday, October 16, 2017




Whitecaps miss chance to clinch 1st in West with draw vs. EarthquakesSportsnet
As he watched his team waste a number of opportunities to build on its lead Sunday, Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson had a sinking feeling.

Vancouver shaken by Qazaishvili QuakeAFTN
In a match where Vancouver Whitecaps hoped to clinch top spot in the West, and their first Conference crown, they were unable to get the full three points needed against a desperate San Jose Earthquakes side, and were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw, setting up a first against second clash for all the marbles next week in Portland.

Reyna scores again as ‘Caps, Quakes battle to 1-1 draw at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s (15W-11L-7D) bid for a bye to the Western Conference Semifinals will come down to the final weekend after a 1-1 draw with San Jose Earthquakes (12W-14L-7D) on Sunday evening in front of a sold-out crowd of 22,120 at BC Place.

Whitecaps postpone glorious ending — they hopeThe Province
They came for a memory Sunday, the kind of memory the Vancouver Whitecaps have seldom provided in their MLS story, and for 77 minutes, the script was being written.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, San Jose Earthquakes 1MLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC were 16 minutes from clinching the Western Conference’s No. 1 seed, in their last home match of the regular season, but Valeri “Vako” Qazaishvili had other ideas.

Vancouver Whitecaps Unable to Lock-up First in West Eighty-Six Forever
Thanks to a 77th minute goal from San Jose Earthquakes, the Vancouver Whitecaps were unable to secure first place in the Western Conference, in their final regular season home match.

Whitecaps fail to press home their advantage Soccer Shorts
The final home game of the Vancouver Whitecaps regular season turned out to be the perfect distillation of Carl Robinson’s coaching philosophy.

Quakes in control of playoff destiny following late equalizer against WhitecapsSBI
The San Jose Earthquakes are in a situation that has been everything but foreign for them in the past five years: being in control of their playoff destiny heading into Sunday’s Decision Day.

MLS Playoff Race: Three teams are fighting for one remaining spotSoccer America
Just one spot remains up for grabs in the playoffs as MLS teams head into the final Sunday of the regular season. Portland, Seattle, Sporting Kansas City and Houston all clinched berths on Sunday while the three teams below them all failed to win.

Sporting Kansas City’s road to MLS Cup looking harder despite clinchingMLS
Sporting Kansas City are back in the postseason for a seventh straight year, a streak dating to their rebrand from the old Wizards days and their 2011 move to Children’s Mercy Park. But the mood is a bit less than celebratory with one week left in the regular season, as Sporting try to avoid a fourth straight away game in the Knockout Round of the 2017 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs – where they’ve been eliminated every year since winning the MLS Cup title at home in 2013.

Sounders clinch playoffs with 4-0 win over DallasProst Amerika
Seattle Sounders FC clinched their ninth straight MLS Cup Playoff appearance Sunday afternoon after a 4-0 home drubbing of struggling FC Dallas. Seattle got a first half goal from Victor Rodriguez to take the lead and then tripled it in a four minute span with a Will Bruin brace, capped off by a stoppage time goal by Lamar Neagle. The shutout marked the 12th on the season for Stefan Frei, setting the club record previously held by former United States National Team keeper Casey Keller.

Toronto FC ties all-time MLS points record with underwhelming win over Montreal SN
Toronto FC has played some beautiful, exciting soccer en route to its record-tying 68 points thus far into the 2017 MLS season. Sunday’s 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact at BMO Field will not be remembered among the alluring displays TFC has put on this year, however.

Impact’s willingness to play Canadians a welcome sightSportsnet
The implementation of long-term player development, the Canadian Premier League, and the three Canadian MLS teams (along with their academies and USL affiliates) are providing more opportunities to players than ever before.

Red Bulls Stuck in Neutral as Playoffs LoomEmpire of Soccer
The New York Red Bulls had little — besides professional pride — to play for at Red Bull Arena on Sunday night. They are locked in to the No. 6 seeding for the Major League Soccer postseason and must wait another week to find out their opponent for one of two play-in games in the conference.

RSL remains in playoff hunt despite falling to RapidsSBI
Real Salt Lake has made a valiant push towards the postseason, and it will extend one more week despite a loss to the lowly Colorado Rapids.

Ten-Man NYCFC Falls in Foxborough Empire of Soccer
Gillette Stadium continued to be a house of horrors for New York City FC in Major League Soccer on Sunday.

Crew 1, Orlando City 0: Kamara’s winning goal sets up adventurous trek to playoffsColumbus Dispatch
Crew SC viewed its last two games of the 2017 regular season as a sequence. The club entered a Sunday game at Orlando City SC knowing a win could potentially set up a wacky final set of games next Sunday. A loss would have made it difficult for the Crew to climb higher than fifth in the Eastern Conference standings.

Kaká bids farewell to Orlando City SC: A “hard day, but very happy”MLS
In the end, the emotion was too much, the nerves were too raw and a former FIFA World Player of the Year ran on empty. Kaká said a final farewell to the Orlando City SC faithful after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Columbus Crew SC.

Domestic abuse charges against Will Johnson droppedSportsnet
Canadian international Will Johnson will have charges of domestic abuse against him dropped provided he completes a year-long diversion program including a 26-week counselling program.

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VISL Division 1 Results & Standings – October 16BC Soccer Web
Week 6 is behind us, and it brought out a couple surprises to say the least.

Is Surrey ready for professional soccer?CBC
An ownership group wants to bring a Canadian Premier League franchise to the Fraser Valley.

WSOC: ‘Birds salvage 3-3 draw with CougarsUBC
Mount Royal Cougars hosted University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in their final home game of the season at Cougar Stadium field.

MSOC: Polisi scores golden goal to lift No. 16 Clan to OT victorySFU
Simon Fraser midfielder Matteo Polisi scored the golden goal off a rebounded shot in the 109th minute to lift No. 16 Simon Fraser to a 1-0 victory in double overtime over the Western Washington University men’s soccer team on Saturday night in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play at Harrington Field.

WSOC: Clan back on track with 4-1 win over Central WashingtonSFU
Simon Fraser University women’s soccer welcomed back Great Northwest Athletic Conference leading scorer Emma Pringle to the lineup and she responded with the game-winning goal while Katelyn Erhardsen scored twice to lift the Clan to a 4-1 win Saturday on Terry Fox Field.

WSOC: Cougars rally in second half to tie CascadesUFV
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team controlled the play for much of the night, but settled for a single point in a 1-1 draw with the Regina Cougars on Saturday at MRC Sports Complex.

Snowfall wipes out crucial soccer gamePrince George Citizen
UNBC Timberwolves will meet Fraser Valley Monday in Abbotsford.

Timberwolves recognize men’s soccer graduates My Prince George Now
Despite having the second half of their double header with the University of Fraser Valley Cascades (UFV) pushed back to Monday, the UNBC Timberwolves men’s soccer team took time to honour seven graduating players on Saturday night from the North Cariboo Senior Soccer League clubhouse.

MSOC: Popadynetz scores winner as WolfPack men’s soccer beats VikesTRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team are leaving the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island with a split.

WSOC: Stunning strike from Badilla Gutierrez leads Vikes to victoryUVic
An early goal by the No. 6 University of Victoria Vikes was the difference in a hard-fought game, Sunday afternoon at Foote Field, between the visitors and the No. 8 University of Alberta Pandas.

WSOC: Gamblin’ WolfPack fall short to Dinos in women’s soccerTRU
Taking a page out of the Kenny Rogers country song “ The Gambler”, Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer head coach Kelly Shantz tried his hand at “knowing when to hold ‘em and knowing when to fold ‘em.”

BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book RecommendationsBC 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, 2017BC Soccer Web
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2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in ReviewBCSA
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
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2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
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Becoming a BC Soccer RefereeBCSA
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!

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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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USports Women’s Soccer ResultsUSports
The latest weekend results from USports Women’s Soccer

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The latest weekend results from USports Men’s Soccer

CBU Capers women, men defeat Acadia rivalsCape Breton Post
Two weeks after their last competitive matches, Cape Breton University’s two soccer teams showed no signs of rust on Sunday as both the women and men sides defeated Acadia to keep their unbeaten records intact.

Canada’s soccer – A work in (need of) progressSpielverlagerung.com
Is a country that is struggling to stay in the top 100 of the FIFA ranking worth writing about? Does anybody even care about “soccer”, when there’s baseball, ice-hockey and other games, that use the name “football” for themselves? It was important to me, that a Canadian voice is involved in writing this article to not be suspected of an ‘arrogant European view’ as there are several critical and progressive views everywhere in the country.

Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 NovemberCSA
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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California Dreaming: Goodbye WFC2, hello new beginnings – the ins and outs of the Whitecaps/Fresno partnership AFTN
The last rites of the Whitecaps’ USL side haven’t officially been read. That will come in a month or so, once the current USL season has concluded. All of the players were advised last week that Friday night would be the last time WFC2 would kick a ball in anger. Individual meetings were held with players on Thursday, the day before the final match.

WFC2 became the Whitecaps’ own Kobayashi Maruthe11.ca
The Whitecaps’ front office has faced its own Kobayashi Maru scenario over the past several months. The long-running rumours were confirmed this weekend, as WFC2 played its final game of the USL season in front of less than 1,000 fans. WFC2 will not be back next year.

Whitecaps FC 2, Orange County SC entertain in 2017 USL season finale barnburnerWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 wrapped up their 2017 USL season at UBC Thunderbird Stadium on Friday evening with a thrilling back-and-forth affair, with Orange County SC emerging victorious, 4-3.

Eddies earn clean sheet in scoreless draw with CosmosFC Edmonton
Farago made five saves as the Eddies clinched their third clean sheet of the season.

Farago’s goalkeeping heroics can’t keep FCE from NASL playoff eliminationthe11.ca
FC Edmonton has been eliminated from the NASL playoff race. What has been apparent over the last month became a mathematical certainty on Saturday night, as the Eddies got a valiant goalkeeping effort from Tyson Farago in a 0-0 draw at the New York Cosmos.

Fury FC draw Riverhounds in League Record 14th Draw of the YearOttawa Fury
Ottawa Fury FC closed out their inaugural USL campaign Saturday night in Pittsbrugh posting their league record 14th draw of the season as the score ended 1-1 against the Riverhounds. Nick DePuy’s first-half tally was erased by a Corey Hertzog penalty kick with 13 minutes remaining as the Ottawa and Pittsburgh shared the points to close out their respective seasons – Fury FC finished 10th in the USL Eastern Conference standings with a record of 8W-14D-10L.

USL: Conference top seeds kick off playoffs on Friday night – Soccer America
The Real Monarchs and Louisville City, the two conference top seeds, kick off the USL playoffs at home on Friday night.

FC Cincinnati to Travel to Tampa Bay Rowdies in USL Playoffs – Cincinnati Soccer Talk
It’s official, #6 seed FC Cincinnati will travel to #3 seed Tampa Bay Rowdies in the first round of the 2017 USL Playoffs. Next weekend’s match will take place on Saturday, October 21st at 4:30 p.m. PST in Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, FL.

Hartford Group Seeks Stadium Deal for USL ClubUSL
The Hartford Sports Group announced on Saturday it had submitted a proposal to the Capital Region Development Authority for the redevelopment of Dillon Stadium, in the Coltsville section of Hartford, which would become the home venue for a new USL club potentially for the 2019 season.

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Thorns out-battle Courage in NWSL Championship slug festThe Equalizer
It was sure to be a physical match going into this Saturday’s NWSL final, considering both the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage are known for athletic play and deep competitiveness. However, no one could have quite predicted exactly how choppy the match would get, with the Thorns finally coming out on top 1-0 off a Lindsey Horan strike in the 50th minute, capitalizing on a NC defensive lapse during a long free kick.

From Portland with love: Fans celebrate the Thorns victoryProst Amerika
By 10:30 am, three hours before the 2017 NWSL Final would kick off, fans stood in line outside Bazi Bierbrasserie waiting for it it to open. The Portland Thorns were about to face the North Carolina Courage in the championship, the same team that knocked them out of the finals last year. In fact with no stadium to gather in, fans all around the city of Portland began to descend on soccer bars, along with a few non-soccer bars coaxed into flipping on the Lifetime channel, hours before the game would start to ensure they’d have a spot to watch.

Women’s Champions League round of 16 draw madeUEFA
UEFA Women’s Champions League holders Lyon face a trip to Kazakhstan while debutants Fiorentina meet two-time winners Wolfsburg after the round of 16 draw was made in Nyon.

Toppserien week 20 review: LSK claim fifth league titleVavel
Klepp and Stabæk keep hopes of second place finish alive.

Damallsvenskan week 19 review: Linköping on the verge of third league titleVavel
Hammarby hammer KIF to take a step closer to safety.

How A+E Helped Transform NWSL Broadcasts This SeasonSport Techie
On Saturday, the National Women’s Soccer League crowned its fifth champion. While it has lately faced inconsistencies with team ownership, the NWSL is the longest-surviving American domestic women’s league. Fans could watch the NWSL Championship on Lifetime and stream the match on myLifetime.com.

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Premier League: Watford flying, Palace’s big win, praise for MourinhoESPN FC
A challenger has arisen. Thrust into the limelight, hurled into the fray against the monied elite, they stand defiantly with sword drawn. The odds are against them. The laughter of their enemies echoes in their ears. But they are Watford. And they are in fourth place.

Week 9 review: Meunier the Magnificent; Monaco slipLigue 1
Paris Saint-Germain had a Thomas Meunier brace to thank for their 2-1 win at Dijon FCO. AS Monaco slipped up to leave PSG six points clear, while Olympique de Marseille and RC Strasbourg Alsace shared a six-goal thriller…

Mauro Icardi hat-trick, Antonio Candreva lead Inter to win vs. MilanESPN FC
Another spectacular Milan Derby — are there any boring ones these days? — was decided by a late Mauro Icardi penalty, the Argentine slamming home a legendary hat-trick to down the Rossoneri 3-2.

Choirul Huda, Indonesian goalkeeper, dies after collision with team-mateThe Guardian
Choirul Huda, the goalkeeper for Indonesian top-flight club Persela Lamongan, has died after a collision with a team-mate during a league match on Sunday.

FIFA confirms eight top-seeded teams in World Cup drawSportsnet
FIFA has confirmed the seven highest-ranked nations joining host Russia as top-seeded teams in the World Cup finals draw.

Storm Ophelia destroys stadium roof of Irish cup holders Cork City SN
Former Hurricane Ophelia battered Ireland on Monday, and has destroyed the stadium roof of FAI Cup holders and League of Ireland leaders Cork City.

Chivas out of playoff running after Carlos Salcido blunderESPN FC
Chivas coach Matias Almeyda threw in the towel on making the playoffs following his team’s 2-1 loss to Morelia on Saturday in Estadio Chivas.

India crash out of U17 World Cup as England, France, Brazil and Germany dominateInside World Soccer
Hosts India were eliminated from their first World Cup on home soil following a 4-0 trashing by Ghana. England, France, Brazil and Germany marched into the knock-out phase with ease.

Why underserved communities are the key to U.S. Soccer’s turnaround Four Four Two
Ending “pay to play” in youth soccer? Everyone wants to, but the devil’s in the details.

FA Cup: Three teams from the eighth tier in first-round proper drawBBC Sport
Three teams from the eighth tier of the football pyramid are in the draw for the first round of the FA Cup.

‘Take a knee’ comes to Germany through Hertha solidarity Sportsnet
“We wanted to make a stand against racism,” Hertha captain Per Skjelbred said after their 2-0 loss to Schalke.

Amazon joins the US feasting on Euro club docuseries with Man City deal Inside World Football
Facebook have one, Netflix announced they are making one, and now Amazon Prime are joining the US OTT broadcast entry into fly-on-the-wall football docuseries with a Manchester City biopic.

The decline of Holland’s football team: doomed by total obsession with pastThe Guardian
Nostalgia, arrogance and an insular group of legends turned coaches have stalled the once potent Oranje Machine and results and style have suffered.

Money, betrayal and lost love: The bitter public divorce of Neymar and Barcelona SN
“Tell the Sheikh I’m available.” Just days after inspiring Barcelona’s brilliant comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, Neymar shocked Brazil team-mates Marquinhos and Thiago Silva as he told them he was open to a move to PSG.

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