BC Soccer News, Monday, October 21, 2019


2019 MLS Cup Playoffs: A look at the Conference Semifinal matchupsMLS
All but one of the home teams advanced from the first round of the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs, including the last three MLS champions, as the 2019 Conference Semifinals are set:

MLS Playoffs 2019 scores: Ibrahimovic has off night, but Galaxy advance to take on LAFCCBS Sports
Get ready, because it’s coming. El Traffico will be played on Thursday as Los Angeles FC hosts cross-town rival LA Galaxy in the Western Conference Semifinals in what will be their third meeting in 2019.

Jonathan Dos Santos Sets Up Playoff El Tráfico With Excellent Game-WinnerThe 18
The LA Galaxy triggered a first-ever playoff El Tráfico by defeating Minnesota United 2-1 at Allianz Field in Saint Paul on Sunday, registering the only upset of the first round of 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs. Zlatan Ibrahimović was oddly ineffective and wasteful for the Galaxy, but Sebastian Lletget and Jonathan dos Santos struck in quick succession in the second half to sink the Loons in their maiden playoff voyage.

Marco Fabian overcomes difficult season to deliver historic goal in Union winSBI
It only took 17 minutes for Marco Fabian to make an impact for the Philadelphia Union in Sunday’s Eastern Conference playoff match against the New York Red Bulls. The 105th minute will be the one that both he and the team cherishes going forward.

Late Goal Ends Timbers’ Season in Salt LakePortland Mercury
The Portland Timbers’ strange, deflating 2019 season is over.

Wayne Rooney’s MLS career ends on bench as DC United lose in playoffs The Guardian
Wayne Rooney’s Major League Soccer adventure came to a sour end along with DC United’s season on Saturday as Toronto FC scored four goals in extra-time to complete a 5-1 playoff win.

TFC will be in tough on the road against NYCFCStandard Freeholder
New York City FC has a number of nicknames, including ‘The Pigeons’ and ‘The Blues’. Another apt moniker might be, ‘The Orphans.’ This is a club that doesn’t have its own soccer specific stadium. Instead, NYCFC plays out of Yankee Stadium, with its ridiculously tight field dimensions for soccer. But NYCFC had to switch to Citi Field — home of the New York Mets — in the chance the Yankees made it into the World Series for Wednesday night’s MLS Eastern Conference semifinal against Toronto FC.

After an up-and-down season, TFC looks to be tough out in the playoffsSportsnet
The MLS playoffs are proving to be just as eventful as an up-and-down regular season for Toronto FC.

Sacramento gears up for Monday’s MLS announcementKCRA
Anticipation is building for a big announcement that’s likely to change downtown Sacramento forever.






Pacific FC closes season with a winTimes Colonist
Rays of sunshine broke through the clouds, literally and figuratively, Saturday afternoon at Westhills Stadium.

HIGHLIGHTS: Pacific rises above Valour to close out 2019CanPL
Pacific FC closed the Canadian Premier League’s Fall season on a high, grabbing a 2-0 win over Valour FC in front of a sold-out crowd at Westhills Stadium.

Pacific FC parts ways with head coach before season’s endVictoria News
The Pacific Football Club and head coach Michael Silberbauer have “mutually agreed to part ways” according to the Langford-based soccer club.

“Flat, uninspired” players and results the reasons behind Pacific FC’s decision to part ways with SilberbauerAFTN
Unfortunately for Pacific FC’s Michael Silberbauer it is his name that will be in the records books moving forward as he became the CPL’s first managerial casualty on Friday.

‘Everyone needs to perform’: Pacific’s Rob Friend on parting ways with SilberbauerCanPL
“We’re not here to make sure everybody’s comfortable.” That was the main message from Pacific FC CEO Rob Friend, speaking in the wake of parting ways with head coach Michael Silberbauer — the first Canadian Premier League manager to lose his job.

VISL Division 1 Results and Standings, Week 6BC Soccer Web
The top flight of Island soccer had all its’ games played over the weekend – we are thankful for turf!

MSOC: T-Birds blank Cascades to clinch top spot in ConferenceUBC
The UBC Thunderbirds concluded their 2019 Canada West regular season schedule with a 3-0 shutout win against the UFV Cascades under rainy skies at Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, the T-Birds secured their eighth straight Pacific division title.

WSOC: T-Birds get past Timberwolves to conclude regular seasonUBC
The UBC Thunderbirds women’s soccer team got back to winning ways on Saturday night, as they dispatched the visiting UNBC Timberwolves 3-1 at a chilly Ken Woods Field to conclude their regular season.

Deja VU all over again–MSOC in Canada West post season!!!TRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team are a shining example of the late Yogi Berra saying “It’s Déjà vu all over again.”

MSOC: T-wolves miss Canada West playoff trainPrince George Citizen
One bad half of soccer Saturday at Masich Place Stadium was the knockout punch the UNBC Timberwolves had hoped to avoid. It was a shot to the gut that dropped them out of the Canada West Conference men’s soccer playoff race.

MSOC: SFU plays Montana State Billings to scoreless overtime drawSFU
Simon Fraser University played Montana State University Billings to a scoreless overtime draw in Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer action Saturday in Billings.

WSOC: SFU puts No.12 Vikings on upset watch before losing 2-1SFU
The SFU women’s soccer team faced a tall task Saturday night in Bellingham as they took on the conference-leading Western Washington Vikings. The Vikings entered the matchup undefeated in conference play and undefeated at home, while SFU was searching for its second win of the season, and first win away from home.

WSOC: Vikes hand Dinos first loss during season finaleCanada West
The University of Victoria Vikes ended their Canada West regular season by becoming the only team to defeat the University of Calgary Dinos this year.

VMSL Premier standings tighten up as top three all drop points over Thanksgiving weekendAFTN
It was quite the Thanksgiving weekend for Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) Premier sides.

BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates! (Editor’s Note: On August 20, DAZN dropped access to La Liga and Ligue 1 through it’s link to beIN Sports. Find out about this and more in our latest update.)

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Candidates now being invited for BC Soccer Assoc. Board of DirectorsBCSA
BC Soccer is now accepting candidate applications for its Board of Directors for terms commencing November 2019. Elections for these positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday November 2nd .

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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!

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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CPL Roundup: Brown, Escalante help Cavalry down FC EdmontonSportsnet
Jordan Brown and Jose Escalante scored in the final 10 minutes of play as Calgary’s Cavalry FC downed FC Edmonton 3-1 on Saturday in Canadian Premier League action.

“Celebrate today, bleed tomorrow” – Cavalry FC clinches CPL fall season with 3-1 win over FC EdmontonAFTN
Two titles down, one to go. On the final matchday of the Canadian Premier League’s inaugural season, Cavalry FC clinched the fall title with an energetic 3-1 win over FC Edmonton, in a hotly contested Alberta derby on October 19 at Spruce Meadows.

3 things we learned from 2019’s edition of Al ClassicoCanPL
Along with the Canadian Premier League’s regular-season shutting up shop, Saturday also brought the end of Al Classico’s first yearly installment.

Venkataraman notches hat trick in Dal’s 3-0 soccer winChronicle Herald
Maya Venkataraman scored all three goals to lead the Dalhousie Tigers to a 3-0 victory over the Mount Allison Mounties in an AUS women’s soccer league game in Halifax on Sunday.


Ottawa Fury FC seeded eighth in USL playoffs after loss in CharlotteOttawa Sun
Ottawa Fury FC will enter the USL Championship playoffs as the No. 8 seed, following a 3-1 loss in Charlotte Saturday night.

USL Gameday Report: October 20, Week 33USL
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC clinched first place in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 90th minute winner from Mark Forrest on a late set-piece against Birmingham Legion FC. The Hounds, who needed a win against Birmingham to win the Eastern Conference, will face the lowest-advancing seed in the Championship Playoffs next Saturday, while Legion FC will travel to face North Carolina FC in the Play-In Round on Wednesday night.

USL Gameday Report: October 19, Week 33USL
The final Saturday of the regular season kicked off with the Charleston Battery punching its ticket to the postseason with a 5-1 win over Bethlehem Steel FC in the club’s final game at MUSC Health Stadium. Later, Real Monarchs SLC defeated Sacramento Republic FC, 3-0, at Zions Bank Stadium to guarantee a fourth place finish in the Western Conference and at least one home playoff game, while Republic FC will play again Wednesday night in the Play-In Round of the Championship Playoffs. Reno 1868 FC then secured second place in the West with a dominant 3-0 win over Tulsa Roughnecks FC thanks to a brace from forward Corey Hertzog.

USL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE: Red Bull II visits Indy Eleven in quarterfinalsFront Row Soccer
The field and bracket for the USL Championship Playoffs was completed on Sunday afternoon, with four first-year clubs part of the field of 20 teams that will vie for a place in the 2019 USL Championship Final Sunday, Nov. 17 The postseason kicks off Wednesday night.

North Texas Soccer Club triumphs over Greenville, wins inaugural USL-1 FinalDallas Morning News
North Texas SC’s season ended much the same way it began, in winning ways at home, as FC Dallas’ professional development side wins the 2019 USL-1 Championship.


NWSL Sunday Rewind: Courage, Red Stars set to meet for championshipSBI
The National Women’s Soccer League playoffs opened on Sunday, and the stage is now set for next week’s finals in Cary, North Carolina. Hosts North Carolina Courage will enjoy home-field advantage against the Chicago Red Stars after wins on Sunday.

Portland Thorns’ season ends with 1-0 loss to Chicago Red Stars in NWSL playoffsOregon Live
There will be no third consecutive trip to the NWSL championship game for the Portland Thorns.

Reign FC did everything right against the Courage, and it still wasn’t enoughThe Equalizer
The North Carolina Courage are headed to a fourth consecutive National Women’s Soccer League Championship, including the franchise’s 2016 title as the Western New York Flash, after outlasting Reign FC in extra time on Sunday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.

NWSL owners mull USSF split to tap into women’s football growthSportbusiness.com
The NWSL currently operates under a ‘management contract’ with the federation, the governing body for football in the US. The owners have long been frustrated at what they see is a lack of commitment by the federation to the league, which launched in 2013.

FA Women’s Continental League Cup: Three standout players from Round TwoEurosport
Domestic league action took another break for Round Two of the FA Women’s Continental League Cup with a second Manchester derby of the season the standout fixture of the weekend.

Women’s World Cup viewing: chronicle of the long, lingering death of TV foretold?Inside World Football
Women’s football is on a roll – and more power to its elbow for that. Nonetheless, the viewing figures for this summer’s Women’s World Cup, released at the end of last week to some fanfare, deserve to be treated with a certain amount of caution.


Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s actionThe Guardian
Olivier Giroud’s days may be up at Chelsea while Tom Davies and André Gomes could point the way forward at Everton.

Liverpool drops first points in 1-1 draw at Man UnitedVancouver Courier
Dropping points doesn’t seem so frustrating this time for Manchester United. Even against Liverpool.

Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool: It is ‘a fact’ that United always defend against us – Jurgen KloppBBC Sport
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said it is “a fact” that Manchester United always set up to defend against his side at Old Trafford.

Real Madrid visits Galatasaray still chasing first Champions League winSportsnet
Real Madrid faces a tough test at Galatasaray as it chases its first Champions League win of the season.

Atalanta not ready to dash from their Cinderella story in EuropeThe Guardian
Football fairytales eventually hit financial reality, but Atalanta still hope to dance at the Champions League ball.

Problems mounting for Bayern after worst start since 2010Yahoo Sports
Bayern Munich’s problems are mounting after its worst start to the Bundesliga in nine years.

Week 10 review: Monaco push continues, Di Maria driving PSG Ligue 1
Monaco had prolific strike duo Wissam Ben Yedder and Islam Slimani to thank for their third-straight win, a 3-2 over Rennes, while Angel Di Maria was on fire as PSG hammered Nice 4-1 to open up a five-point lead at the top.

La Liga: Sevilla squeaks by Levante, La Real back to winning waysNBC Sports
Real Sociedad put its two-game losing streak to bed and remained in the mix at the top of the La Liga table, turning around an early 1-0 deficit and winning 3-1 at home over Real Betis.

Serie A roundup: Sampdoria’s Ronaldo Vieira racially abused by Roma fansThe Guardian
Sampdoria’s midfielder Ronaldo Vieira was subjected to racist abuse from Roma fans during a 0-0 draw in Serie A on Sunday.

UEFA separate Russia and Kosovo in bid to keep the peaceInside World Football
Unlike most countries in the United Nations, Russia, which is part-hosting Euro 2020, does not formally recognise Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008 though neither do fellow hosts Azerbaijan, Romania and Spain .

Mallorca prove they belong as U.S. owner’s faith pays offNational Post
There were a few people pinching themselves after Real Mallorca’s unlikely 1-0 victory over Real Madrid on Saturday, none more so than matchwinner Lago Junior and American co-owner Robert Sarver.

ISL beats I-League to become India’s top leagueInside World Football
At last, Indian football has a roadmap. After years of dragging its feet the Indian governing body, AIFF has presented a plan to establish a single league by the 2024-25 season.

Dementia in football: Ex-players three and a half times more likely to die of conditionBBC Sport
Former professional footballers are three and a half times more likely to die of dementia than people of the same age range in the general population, according to new research.

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