WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Whitecaps happy couch potatoes following another wild West weekend – AFTN
So now we know the secret to Vancouver Whitecaps’ success – if they want to improve their league positioning, they need to not actually play any games!
Table watching: Whitecaps FC control own destiny for home playoff game – Whitecaps FC
Looking for some clarity on the Western Conference playoff picture? You won’t find it here. OK, maybe a little.
MLS playoffs: Become an instant expert on Canada’s teams – CBC
For the first time ever, all three of Canada’s MLS teams have booked spots in the post-season. With crunch time looming, Toronto FC, Montreal Impact, and Vancouver Whitecaps knowledge will be at a premium.
FC Dallas locks up top spot in the Western Conference with win – Goal
It wasn’t a pretty game for FC Dallas, but a David Texeira second-half goal was all that was needed to overcome a resilient Real Salt Lake side, 1-0.
Major League Soccer still unpredictable as Decision Day looms – ESPN FC
Canada’s trio of MLS teams are all playoff-bound in 2015. The Vancouver Whitecaps secured their place in the postseason on Oct. 8, making them the first of the Canadian clubs to do so. Toronto FC then celebrated making their first-ever playoff tournament in fine style six days later, when a stunning goal by Sebastian Giovinco lifted them to a victory over the first-place Red Bulls.
Piatti stunner sends Impact to MLS postseason – Goal
The midfielder’s sensational strike from distance came against the run of play but was all Montreal needed for the road win.
Portland Timbers “make a statement” in massive road win over LA Galaxy – MLS
Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter has said all along that the goals would come. Porter has maintained that his attacking group was getting in good positions to score, pointing to the fact that they are among the league leaders in shots, despite scuffling along all season as one of MLS’ lowest scoring teams.
Red Bulls control Shield destiny after win vs. Philly – Empire of Soccer
What would it take to become Shield champions again? They can once again claim the plate with a win against Chicago at Toyota Field this Sunday, October 25th. Either that result or an FC Dallas loss against the San Jose Earthquakes in the second of two Sunday matches would clinch the Shield for New York.
Grella scores fastest goal in MLS history – Goal
The Red Bulls attacker put his team ahead after just seven seconds against the Philadelphia Union on Sunday.
TFC winning streak halted at four by plucky Crew – Red Nation Online
Despite qualifying for the MLS Playoffs for the first time in the club’s history, there was still plenty at stake for Toronto FC as they faced off against the Columbus Crew on Saturday afternoon.
Houston Dynamo left disappointed after seeing latest lapse in concentration end playoff hopes – MLS
For the third season, second in a row, the Houston Dynamo will have a long offseason. If you’re looking for a reason why, Sunday’s Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs-eliminating loss provides the road map.
D.C. United douses Chicago Fire, 4-0 – Washington Post
In a tangled race for MLS playoff seeds, D.C. United will not know the opponent, round or even the date of its postseason opener until all five simultaneously played Eastern Conference matches end next weekend.
San Jose Earthquakes 1, Sporting Kansas City 0 | MLS Match Recap – MLS
Anibal Godoy and the San Jose Earthquakes made the Western Conference playoff race just that much tighter Friday night with a 1-0 victory against Sporting Kansas City.
Cyle Larin, New York Soccer Slayer – Empire of Soccer
Orlando City SC rookie Cyle Larin has taken the league by storm, setting the new single-season rookie record for goals with 17 this year. Much of that production has come at the expense of New York teams.
Parker proving worth with Whitecaps FC – is a U.S. national team call next? – Whitecaps FC
It’s safe to say that Tim Parker’s rookie MLS season has exceeded his expectations. Drafted 13th overall by Vancouver Whitecaps FC in this year’s SuperDraft, Parker didn’t really know what to expect as he made his journey to the pros, simply targeting getting some playing time in MLS and “a couple of starts.”
For better? For worse? What is the situation with CMNT, USMNT and TFC? – Red Nation Online
We haven’t gone the route of searching Europe for players with Canadian heritage yet, but we have established a new style of play that Floro has tapped into from his many years working in Spain. The 4-5-1 system has basically been Floro’s only system of play no matter the available talent or opponent. This play has had some benefit in the Olympic Qualifying tournament where a good defensive structure meant the games with the U.S. and Mexico were close.
BC SOCCER NEWS
WolfPack Men’s Soccer Knocks Off UVIC In School’s Biggest CIS Victory – TRU
Fans at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops, BC on Sunday can say they were there for history. The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team downed the University of Victoria Vikes 4-2 in Canada West play.
AMBAKA THE HERO AS SPARTANS CLINCH PLAYOFFS WITH LAST-SECOND WIN – TWU
With stoppage time waning and a tie with UNBC seemingly imminent, Trinity Western’s Jarvis Ambaka (Maragoli, Kenya) put his hand up to be the Spartans hero of the day. With a playoff berth on the line, the Spartans fifth-year striker, who was playing in his final regular season home game, raced down the right wing, beat his defender and slotted the game-winner to the far corner to give TWU a crucial 2-1 win over the Timberwolves Saturday at Rogers Field.
Blues blast back into PacWest playoff picture – North Shore News
The Capilano University men’s soccer team has followed a winless September with an undefeated October so far, bringing the Blues from the brink of elimination back into the thick of the PacWest championship race.
Adam Jones PK Lifts Clan to 1-0 Win Over St. Martin’s – SFU
Freshman Adam Jones scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season on a penalty kick in the 68th minute to lift Simon Fraser University to a 1-0 win over Saint Martin’s University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer game Saturday.
Vikes, Dinos finish scoreless in final road game of the season – UVic
The CIS No. 8 ranked University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team finished their Alberta road trip with a 0-0 draw with the Calgary Dinos on Oct. 18. The VIkes’ record is now 7-2-3 while the Dinos now sit in second place in the Canada West East Division at 7-3-2.
Vikes and Heat settle for scoreless draw in Kelowna – UVic
The CIS No. 9 ranked University of Victoria Vikes and the UBC Okanagan Heat both failed to find the back of the net on Oct. 17 in a scoreless draw at Nonis Sports Field in Kelowna, B.C. The draw moves the Vikes to 4-2-3 on the season with three games remaining in the regular season, while the Heat are now 3-4-4.
GOMMERINGER NETS EARLY GOALS TO LEAD TWU IN LAST REGULAR SEASON HOME GAME – TWU
Krista Gommeringer (Calgary) got the No. 9 Spartans women’s soccer team off to quick start, scoring twice in the first eight minutes of the game, as she helped lead the Spartans to a 6-0 win over Manitoba Friday at Rogers Field.
RECAP: T-Birds douse the Heat in 6-0 win – UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds showed exactly why they’re the No. 2-ranked team in all of CIS, as they dominated from the opening whistle on Sunday afternoon, beating the UBC Okanagan Heat 6-0 on the road.
RECAP: T-Birds post fourth straight shutout in victory over TRU – UBC
Adding to an already impressive winning season, the UBC Thunderbirds men’s soccer team shutout the Thompson Rivers WolfPack (1-6-2) 3-0 on Saturday afternoon in Kamloops. The win brings the T-Birds’ season record to a division leading 8-0-1.
Griffins Steal Victory Away From WolfPack In Women’s Soccer – TRU
It was one of those results which has become too commonplace for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team this season. The WolfPack came up with a pretty solid effort but on the scoreboard, they wound up short.
Hall sisters spell relief for UNBC women – Prince George Citizen
It’s taken them all season but the UNBC Timberwolves have found the win column. Sunday in Regina, centre midfielder Sydney Hall scored 2:46 into the game and she collected her second of the game at the 84-minute mark lift the T-wolves to a 2-1 CIS Canada West women’s soccer victory over University of Regina Cougars. The 22-year-old graduating senior now leads UNBC with four goals in her final CIS season.
Cascades blow out Wesmen on Senior Night – UFV
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team finally found the offensive outburst they’d been craving, as they beat the Winnipeg Wesmen 6-1 on Saturday evening at Abbotsford Senior Secondary.
RECAP: UBC completes weekend road sweep with win in Lethbridge – UBC
The No. 4-ranked UBC Thunderbirds capped off their Alberta road trip with a 2-1 win over the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Sunday afternoon. A second-half marker from Shayla Chorney (Vancouver) turned out to be the difference for the ‘Birds, as they move to 10-1-1 on the season and ahead of the Trinity Western Spartans for the top spot in Canada West’s West Division.
Season closes on Heat men’s soccer – UBCO
Bittersweet day for UBC Okanagan as they honour five key players in the building of a Canada West playoff team on Sunday.
Heat unable to score on Cougars – UBCO
Forward Erin Holt’s twin first half goals for the Mount Royal Cougars managed to sink UBC Okanagan’s women’s soccer team by the score line of 3-0.
VISL Division 1 Results – Week 6 – VISL
Cowichan remains the only unbeaten team. Westcastle earn their first points.
Saanich Fusion down Lakehill – Saanich News
Saanich Fusion Football Club Maude Hunter’s Division 1 men continue their winning ways. SFFC Maude Hunter’s tripped up Lakehill FC 3-1 for their second straight win. Cody Ackinclose, Leo Falzon and Cardin Davis scored for SFFC.
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Kadeisha Buchanan nominated for FIFA Women’s Player of the Year – OSA
The contenders for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year have been announced and Ontario’s Kadeisha Buchanan has made the list. Kadeisha Buchanan was one of many bright spots for 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ hosts Canada, and her efforts during their run to the quarter-finals won her the tournament’s Hyundai Young Player Award.
Rangers winger Fraser Aird explains why he chose Canada as he targets international debut – Daily Record
FRASER AIRD has set his sights on becoming a Canada mainstay as he looks to make his international debut. The Rangers winger, who represented Scotland at youth level, turned down a call-up to the Canada squad for the Gold Cup in 2013 to take his time deciding which country he wanted to represent at senior level.
Interview with Adrian Bečić – Some Soccer Playing Canadians
Adrian Bečić is a Toronto-born Croatian goalkeeper currently playing for NK Imotski in Druga HNL. A pro since age 18, Bečić has also played for Dugopolje and Mosor, winning the second division with the former in 2012. We spoke with about his connections to Canada and ambitions.
Canada’s men’s U-18 development camp kicks off in Burnaby – Canada Soccer
Canada’s men’s national youth program has selected a group of 20 young soccer players to train in Burnaby, British Columbia and Los Angeles, California. The 10-day Canadian U-18 development camp starts with arrivals into Burnaby on Saturday 17 October 2015.
Six Whitecaps FC Residency players called into Canada U-18 camp – Whitecaps FC
Selected among the group of 20 players are defenders Michael Baldisimo, Brendan Skinner (pictured) and Terrell Smith, and midfielders Nicolas Apostol, Alphonso Davies, and Gabriel Escobar.
NASL & USL NEWS
Samuels Brace Leads Rhinos to USL Championship Glory – Empire of Soccer
The Rochester Rhinos have been the best USL club all season long. On Friday night, they proved that position with a dramatic Championship victory.
Rhinos Exude Grit, Heart to Rally for Crown – USL
Just when it appeared the Rochester Rhinos were in the balance, they found a way. The Rhinos were on the brink of falling to the LA Galaxy II in the 2015 USL Championship, but as has been the case all season, they mustered the opportunities to prevail.
USL Announces 2015 Awards Finalists – USL
The finalists for the 2015 USL Awards were announced on Monday, as the league revealed the nominees for five awards following the conclusion of a remarkable season on Friday night. Eastern Conference Finalist Louisville City FC and Western Conference Finalist OKC Energy FC led the way with three nominations apiece.
Whitecaps FC II: Season One in Review – Eighty-Six Forever
The 2015 USL season is in the books. We look back at the Vancouver Whitecaps II (ThunderCaps) inaugural season and determine whether it can be viewed as a successful first year, what lies in store for the team going forward, and what that means for the Vancouver Whitecaps first team.
NASL Week 18: A Look Back – SBI
It was a weekend of minnows playing spoiler for top teams seeking vital points in the playoff running. Indy Eleven and the Jacksonville Armada came up with unlikely wins at home to deny Minnesota United and FC Edmonton.
Miller vows changes will be made after Eddies blow lead against 10-man Armada – the11.ca
There have been some bizarre games in FC Edmonton’s history. But Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Jacksonville deserves to rank right up there with the heartbreaking injury-time defeats to Montreal and Vancouver in the Amway Canadian Championship.
Rowdies defender Willie Hunt charged with cocaine possession – Tampa Bay Tribune
A defender for the Tampa Bay Rowdies was released from jail early Monday morning, after he was arrested in Ybor City on Sunday night, charged with possession of cocaine. Willie Hunt, who was signed by the Rowdies since Oct. 7, was released from the Hilsborough County jail shortly after 8 a.m. Monday after posting $2,000 bail, jail records show.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Buchanan on shortlist for FIFA Ballon d’Or – TSN
Canadian coach John Herdman has long said teenage defender Kadeisha Buchanan had star quality. On Monday, he was proved right again as the 19-year-old from Brampton, Ont., was one of 10 shortlisted for the 2015 Ballon D’Or, which honours the women’s player of the year.
Lloyd, Rapinoe, Solo nominated for Women’s World Player of the Year; Ellis nominated for Coach of the Year – SBI
The nominees for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year are out, and a trio of U.S. Women’s National Team stars find themselves among those shortlisted for the award. Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo are among the 10 woman shortlist for the award, which will be presented on Jan. 11 at the FIFA Ballon D’Or Gala. The nominees will be trimmed to three finalists on Nov. 30.
Doncaster Rovers Belles need to strengthen for WSL1 – BBC Sport
Doncaster Rovers Belles boss Glen Harris admits he needs to sign new players if his team are to challenge in Women’s Super League One next season.
Westfield W-League Roundup: Melbourne City rolls – The Equalizer
The 2015-16 Westfield W-League season kicked off in Australia this weekend with plenty of familiar names on the scoresheet. Here is how things went across the league.
Retiring Lindsay Johnson goes out on a high – FA WSL
After signing off her Everton career in style with a goal and a victory, retiring defender Lindsay Johnson wasted little time in tipping her club to be right in the FA WSL 2 promotion mix next season.
South Africa, Zimbabwe qualify for 2016 Olympics – The Equalizer
In the most improbable of ways, Zimbabwe is headed to the 2016 Rio Olympics in women’s soccer, joining South Africa as qualifiers out of Africa.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
2006 World Cup: German prosecutors could investigate slush fund allegation – ESPN FC
German prosecutors are examining whether there are grounds to open an investigation of allegations that German bidders used a slush fund to help secure the 2006 World Cup.
Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action – The Guardian
Chelsea’s youth fail to seize opportunity, Claudio Ranieri deserves Leicester plaudits and the manner of Bournemouth’s thrashing raises concerns.
Lewandowski on goals, Guardiola, Bayern-Arsenal – UEFA
Robert Lewandowski talks about his incredible scoring run, why he is not paying attention to it, how he keeps trying to improve and Bayern München’s double-header with Arsenal.
Napoli’s defeat of Fiorentina proves they can be Scudetto worthy – The Guardian
Too often a leaky defence has undone the good work of Napoli’s attacking talent but under Maurizio Sarri that, and the club’s prospects, are beginning to change
Ibrahimovic’s Sweden drawn to face Denmark in Euro 2016 playoff derby; Ireland to play Bosnia – Canada.com
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Sweden will face Denmark in a Nordic derby as eight teams chase the remaining four places at Euro 2016 through playoffs next month.
Ligue 1: Hatem Ben Arfa nets fifth goal in three games as Nice end Rennes’ run – The Guardian
Hatem Ben Arfa scored his fifth goal in three matches as Nice claimed a 4-1 victory and ended Rennes’ eight-match unbeaten run to move up to fifth in Ligue 1.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure hits back at ‘disgusting’ critics and claims he is ‘unhappy’ – The Telegraph
Yaya Toure has expressed his ‘disgust’ at the treatment the press in England have given him, adding that he is ‘unhappy’ in an extraordinary interview with French sports newspaper L’Equipe.
USA falls in its U-17 World Cup opener to Nigeria – Soccer America
The USA opened its U-17 World Cup campaign with a 2-0 loss to defending champion Nigeria on Saturday in Santiago, Chile.
Carlos Esquivel leads Toluca to victory, is No. 1 in Liga MX Top 10 this weekend – ESPN FC
Carlos Esquivel isn’t a fool. In front of Juan Carlos Osorio, Mexico’s newest manager, the Mexican played his best game of the season during Toluca’s noteworthy 4-2 win against Queretaro on Sunday.
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino disqualified by Football League – The Guardian
The owner of Leeds United, Massimo Cellino, has been banned as an owner or director of the club for a second time by the Football League following his conviction for a tax offence in Italy in June.
Fighting relegation, Leeds and coach Rosler go separate ways – TSN
Leeds is looking for a new manager after the struggling Championship club parted company with coach Uwe Rosler following a third consecutive defeat.
FIFA forced to negotiating table on Qatari migrant workers’ rights – Inside World Football
In a significant development, the Swiss National Contact Point (NCP) responsible for encouraging compliance with OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises has accepted a complaint by the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) against FIFA and will now mediate discussions aimed at reaching an agreement on how FIFA can prevent human rights violations of migrant workers related to the construction of facilities for the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Shakhtar fights to survive in the UCL, but its owner is in even more peril – ESPN Magazine
In Ukraine, it is a time of invasion, of disappearances, a time of war with Russia. It is a war that has killed more than 8,000 people. In the eastern part of the country, Rinat Akhmetov’s home city of Donetsk, located about 50 miles from the Russian border, has been the center of the conflict, the symbol of society’s grave uncertainty. In Kiev, people want to know if he, ruler of the east, has provided financing and support to the separatist enemy. In Donetsk, the Russia-funded rebels ask why he hasn’t thrown in with their cause.