BC Soccer News, Monday, October 2, 2017




Whitecaps FC clinch berth in 2017 MLS Cup PlayoffsWhitecaps FC
With Saturday night’s 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City, Vancouver Whitecaps FC officially clinched a berth in the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. This is the third time in four seasons that Whitecaps FC have made the playoffs under head coach Carl Robinson.

Vancouver Whitecaps in possession of playoff berth after first ever MLS win at Sporting KCAFTN
Possession is for losers and very much overrated. Who needs it when you can soak up all the pressure in the world, hit on the counter, and stick the ball in the pokey to take home all three points?

History in Kansas City: ‘Caps secure playoff berth with 1-0 win over Sporting KCWhitecaps FC
Two world-class saves from Stefan Marinovic and a fantastic volley from Erik Hurtado propelled Whitecaps FC to a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City (12W-7L-11D) on a night that saw both teams shown red cards in stoppage time.

Vancouver Whitecaps Road to Western Conference TitleEighty-Six Forever
With only a handful of matches left, we outline what has to happen for the Vancouver Whitecaps to claim their first Western Conference title (and make it an all-Canadian sweep!)

Sporting KC’s 24-game home unbeaten streak snapped in 1-0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FCSporting KC
Sporting Kansas City’s 24-game home unbeaten streak was snapped in a frustrating 1-0 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday night at Children’s Mercy Park.

Ain’t no doubt the Whitecaps are in the playoffsSoccer Shorts
The Vancouver Whitecaps played the first forty-five minutes of the game against Sporting Kansas City like a team who had been routinely scythed open in their last outing which, funnily enough, they had been.

Where are They Now?: The 2014 Vancouver Whitecaps Eighty-Six Forever
Medhi Ballouchey runs a charity and Bryce Alderson is an investor; Find out where all the 2014 Whitecaps ended up.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 30 SBI
While the Supporters’ Shield race wrapped up on Saturday, the playoff race tightened thanks to some results across MLS.

MLS Playoff Race: Canadian teams on course toward unprecedented sweepSoccer America
It’s looking more and more like both MLS conferences will be won by Canadian teams.

Toronto FC 4-2 New York Red Bulls: Reds claim the Supporters’ ShieldWaking the Red
Toronto FC put their fans through yet another emotional rollercoaster on Saturday night but came out of it 4-2 winners over the New York Red Bulls and Supporters’ Shield champions for the first time.

Late Collapse Dooms Red Bulls as Toronto Clinches ShieldEmpire of Soccer
The New York Red Bulls suffered their third loss in four games and extended their winless streak to nine Saturday night, beaten by Toronto FC, 4-2, on three goals by Justin Morrow and an 80th-minute penalty kick by Victor Vazquez.

Gordon lifts 10-man Rapids over 10-man Impact 2-1 Montreal Gazette
Alan Gordon finished Dominique Badji’s low cross for the go-ahead goal in the 81st minute and the 10-man Colorado Rapids beat the 10-man Montreal Impact 2-1 on Saturday night.

Earthquakes Bounce Back to Top Portland Timbers, Continue Playoff PushProst Amerika
After an absolutely abysmal performance on Wednesday Night that Chris Wondolowski called “embarrassing” and “a low point” in the season, the San Jose Earthquakes knew that they had to find a way to shake it off and move on to the next one. On Saturday Night, that is exactly what they did. The Earthquakes came out and played some of their most inspired soccer of the season in knocking off Western Conference foe Portland Timbers 2-1 at Avaya Stadium.

MLS appoints Diego Moratorio general manager of MLS CanadaMLS
Major League Soccer announced on Monday that Diego A. Moratorio has been named general manager of MLS Canada, a new position for the league and its commercial arm, Soccer United Marketing (SUM).

Jack Harrison’s England U-21 call-up is the feelgood story US soccer needsThe Guardian
The midfielder was born in the UK but his career was made in America. As the US game struggles on the world stage fans need all the comfort they can get.

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VISL Division 1 Results – Sept. 29 – Oct.1, 2017BC Soccer Web
Just when you think you know what way things will go, a weekend of soccer plays out, and the results are not what you expected.

UFV Cascades women’s soccer continue unbeaten streakAbbotsford News
The UFV Cascades women’s soccer team’s unbeaten run has now reached five games, but they left some points on the table against the UBC-O Heat on a rainy Saturday night.

Cascades blanked by Heat in KelownaUFV
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team saw its momentum stall on the road, as they dropped a 3-0 decision to the UBC Okanagan Heat on Sunday afternoon in Kelowna.

Pringle scores 7th goal in 3 games to lift Clan to 3-0 victorySFU
Pringle’s two-goal showing seems almost routine for the sophomore – with seven goals in her last three games, the Windsor Secondary alum is riding a hot streak for the ages.

Clan dominates but draws with Cal State Dominguez Hills SFU
Despite 17 shots, several of which came on quality chances, the No. 2-ranked SFU Clan men’s soccer team couldn’t break a scoreless draw with the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros in a non-conference game on Saturday Night.

UNBC Timberwolves split weekend series – Prince George Citizen
Still smarting from a 1-0 loss Friday in Prince George, the UBC Thunderbirds weren’t about to lose again to the UNBC Timberwolves – affectionately known to their loyal followers on this weekend as the UNBC Underdogs.

Popadynetz ignites brilliant comeback as WolfPack draw SpartansCJFC
Fans who attended Sunday’s (Oct 1) Canada West men’s soccer match between the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack and the Trinity Western University Spartans definitely got their money’s worth.

WolfPack Women’s Soccer Blanked for Second Straight Night TRU
In what their coach calls “Murderer’s row”, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have lived through a tough stretch of four matches in Canada West women’s soccer.

Battle for Pacific Division heats up after unpredictable home stand for women’s soccerUbyssey
Back in Vancouver for a three-game home stand, UBC women’s soccer opened their two-game weekend set with a strong 3-0 win against the Prairie Division’s number three seeded MacEwan University Griffins on Friday night.

MSOC: Thunderbirds halt two game slide with road win UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds wanted a six-point weekend from UNBC, but managed half of that, salvaging their weekend with a 4-1 victory over the Timberwolves on Saturday afternoon.

VIU soccer teams take three wins and a tieNanaimo News Bulletin
The VIU Mariners men created some space atop the PacWest standings as they go into a bye week.

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
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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

FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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!

Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Free Physiotherapy Clinical Trial for Achilles Pain at UBC – UBC Centre for Hip Health & Mobility
Do you have Achilles pain? Interested in free Physiotherapy? If yes, join our clinical trial to look at the effectiveness of intramuscular stimulation (IMS), a form of acupuncture therapy, in treating Achilles tendon pain.

The BC Soccer Web Guide to Empire Field BC Soccer Web
Empire Fields and Plateau Sports Park is the lofty and formal name given to Vancouver’s newest addition to the soccer scene. Yet, anyone who’s ever kicked or carried both kinds of footballs around these parts knows the place by heart.

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Canada WNT vs USWNT at BC Place, Vancouver – November 9 – Buy Tickets!


AS Blainville qualifies for Canadian ChampionshipCSA
AS Blainville have clinched their spot in the 2018 Canadian Championship after securing first place in the 2017 Première Ligue de Soccer du Québec. Blainville clinched the title on Saturday 30 September with three matches remaining in the PLSQ schedule, with challengers CS Mont-Royal Outremont as CS Longueuil now out of reach in the last month of the season.

Zambrano picks a Canadian side filled with national-team newbies for friendly against El Salvadorthe11.ca
Canadian national team coach Octavio Zambrano, as expected, will field what will be a very experimental line up when Canada faces El Salvador October 8 in Houston.

FC London women win League1 Ontario championshipLondon Free Press
FC London women did the double this season, winning their second consecutive League1 Ontario championship to go with their League1 Cup title.

Thorlakson retired from soccer career that included FIFA Women’s World CupCSA
When Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships kick off in Surrey on 4 October, a familiar face from the Surrey United SC squad won’t be there. Katie Thorlakson, a former FIFA Women’s World Cup player, has retired from active play to concentrate on her career as a firefighter.

Capers prevail against PanthersPEI Guardian
The UPEI Panthers came close to knocking off the first-place team in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) men’s soccer conference, but a late surge in the second half was the difference.

Connaught Series: the captains who lifted Canada’s national laurelsCSA
Five days after capturing the 1922 Dominion of Canada Football Championship, Calgary Hillhurst FC were welcomed home to a Thursday parade, a Friday luncheon, and a Saturday smoker. Coming off the train, the captain Stan Wakelyn presented the Connaught Cup to his father William before being shouldered off by teammates to the awaiting cars.

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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Whitecaps FC 2 defeated 1-0 against Timbers 2 in Cascadia clashWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 were defeated 1-0 by Portland Timbers 2 at McLeod Athletic Park on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Eddies defeated by Deltas 1-0 in blistery conditionsFC Edmonton
The Deltas earned their fifth one-goal victory over the Eddies in the two clubs’ final meetup of 2017.

Adversity-eating Deltas win in Edmonton: “Hopefully we’ll all have jobs in 2018” the11.ca
Give coach Marc Dos Santos and his San Francisco Deltas another heaping helping of adversity. Go ahead. Pile on the stress and uncertainty. They eat stress for lunch. Adversity? Meh.

Fury FC eliminated from playoff contention with 1-1 draw against BatteryOttawa Fury
Fury FC continued their push for the final playoff position on Sunday afternoon. Steevan Dos Santos put the home-side up 1-0 in the 16th minute, as Fury FC looked like a team on a mission in the first half. A world-class finish by substitute Heviel Cordoves in the 85th minute delivered a crushing blow to Ottawa’s playoff hopes to help 10-man Charleston claim a 1-1 draw and officially eliminating Fury FC from playoff contention.

Crowd count: Sac Republic sells out every home game in 2017 USL
Sacramento Republic FC finished the 2017 USL season with its 15th straight sellout.

NPSL sends letter of complaint to U.S. SoccerSoctakes
The central complaint in the letter claims that certain NPSL teams have been actively encouraged, by USL representatives, to exit the league, with the declaration that “the only path to a professional team is through the USL.”

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Sky Blue’s Kerr Gets NWSL Goal-Scoring Record Empire of Soccer
Sky Blue’s season finale against the Boston Breakers had everything — an early deficit, a furious second-half rally, and a bit of history as Sam Kerr scored her 17th goal of the season to set a single-season record.

Orlando Pride, North Carolina Courage show grit during finaleOrlando Sentinel
In reality, the Orlando Pride’s game against the North Carolina Courage Saturday night in Cary, N.C., meant very little.

A+E’s Evan Silverman on NWSL and Lifetime, selling women’s pro soccer and challenge of raising awarenessSoccer America
Lifetime’s broadcast of an NWSL game each Saturday afternoons and the playoffs that will begin this weekend is more than simply a programming deal. A+E has an interest in the commercial success of the NWSL, operating NWSL Media in a joint venture with the league.

WSL 1 Week 2 Review: Citizens claim a big win over title hopefulsVavel
Chelsea, Man City and Reading all grab healthy respective wins over Sunderland, Arsenal and Liverpool as Bristol squeeze past Yeovil and Brimingham City soundly saw off Everton.

UEFA Women’s Champions League knockouts beginUEFA
The knockout phase begins on Wednesday as the round of 32 is played with Lyon starting their bid for an unprecedented third straight title and Chelsea up against Bayern.

Damallsvenskan week 17 – Review: Linköping take another crucial step towards the league title Vavel
A win for league leaders Linköping while their closest competitor, FC Rosengård, lost to Kristianstad is just one of the major talking points from Damallsvenskan’s week 17.

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Sunday European Rewind: Barcelona defeats Las Palmas, Hertha holds Bayern, and moreSBI
Barcelona continued their unbeaten run in league play, defeating Las Palmas 3-0 in a behind closed doors match at the Camp Nou. Despite a scoreless first-half, Barcelona used a second-half brace from Leo Messi and a goal from Sergio Busquets to down the visitors.

Messi and Isco at the double, Bayern held in check UEFA
Lionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona and Real Madrid’s Isco did likewise, while Bayern drew their first game after dismissing Carlo Ancelotti and Napoli stayed perfect in Italy.

Messi leads Barca to victory behind closed doors amid referendum chaosESPN FC
Barcelona continued their perfect start in the league and Europe with a professional 3-0 victory over Las Palmas in unforeseen circumstances, playing to an empty Camp Nou on a day of uncertainty following clashes between police and protesters on the day of the fiercely contested referendum on Catalan independence.

Pique offers to resign from Spain team amid Catalan referendum violenceSN
An emotional Gerard Pique offered his resignation from the Spain national team following a day in which the Catalunya region was engulfed by violence between referendum voters and police.

Serie A: Milan in financial trouble? Napoli run rampant, remain topNBC Sports
Only two sides in Europe’s top five leagues remain perfect on the season, not a single point dropped thus far: one of them you might have guessed — Barcelona — but the other you almost certainly wouldn’t have seen coming before the season began.

Arsenal celebrates 21 years of Wenger by beating BrightonSportsnet
Arsenal and Liverpool head into the international break in very different moods from the last one, even though only a point separates them in the Premier League.

Bundesliga wrap: Ancelotti is gone, but Bayern still dropping pointsNBC Sports
Bayern Munich’s crisis deepened Sunday as it was held to a 2-2 draw at Hertha Berlin in its first Bundesliga game since firing Carlo Ancelotti as coach.

Bayern winger Ribery out with torn ligament in left kneeMetro
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery will be out for several weeks after tearing a ligament in his left knee during a Bundesliga game over the weekend.

Week 8 review: PSG monstrous, Monaco muted as OM go thirdLigue 1
PSG sent out a resounding message as they confirmed top spot with a 6-2 hiding of Bordeaux, with Monaco held to a 1-1 draw by Montpellier. Meanwhile OM climbed to third on the back of a thrilling 4-2 derby win over Nice.

World Cup qualifying: State of play in Europe Metro
Eight countries will join already-qualified Belgium at next year’s World Cup in Russia when group play in the European zone is wrapped up over the next week.

Video ref failures cast doubt over a ‘bulldozed’ debut at 2018 World CupInside World Football
Football’s lawmakers could reconsider implementing video technology at next year’s World Cup following a string of contentious officiating decisions at international and club level that have called into question the system’s effectiveness.

How Pelé lit up soccer in America and left a legacy fit for a kingThe Guardian
Winning a World Cup is a steep enough challenge. Pelé had the gifts, and talented and remarkable team-mates, to accomplish that not once, not twice, but three times. Trying to win over a country? That might be even harder.

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