BC Soccer News, Monday, September 21, 2015







Seattle regain Cascadia Cup after Vancouveresque away performanceAFTN
All good things come to an end, and with that comes the, temporary, ending of Vancouver Whitecaps’ two year reign as Cascadia Cup champions. Any 3-0 home loss is a bad one, but one to your closest regional rivals that costs you a trophy is really tough to take.

Sounders FC spoil Vancouver’s bid for Cascadia Cup threepeat with 3-0 winWhitecaps FC
Seattle Sounders FC (14W-13L-3D) spoiled Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s (15W-11L-3D) bid for a Cascadia Cup threepeat with a 3-0 win on Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd at BC Place.

Match Report: Whitecaps FC 0-3 Seattle Sounders Eighty-Six Forever
Whitecaps fans stunned as goals from Ivanschitz, Pineda and Martins sink the Whitecaps to win Seattle’s first Cascadia Cup since 2011.

Vancouver Whitecaps 0, Seattle Sounders 3 | MLS Match Recap  – MLS
The Seattle Sounders lifted their first Cascadia Cup since 2011 following a hard fought 3-0 win at the league-leading Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday afternoon.

Vancouver Whitecaps get Saturday afternoon spanking by SeattleWhitecaps Fan Blog
Oh, the indignity of it. The Seattle Sounders humiliated the Vancouver Whitecaps in front of a sold out crowd at BC Place yesterday. What made it worse was that the Whitecaps had the opportunities to put this one away early, but could not find the back of the net.

Missing faces cost Vancouver Whitecaps Cascadia CupThe Province
The Whitecaps missed their stars. The Sounders thrived off theirs. Without Pedro Morales to a hamstring pull, Vancouver’s attack teased but ultimately disappointed at B.C. Place on Saturday.

Whitecaps lose out on Cascadia Cup with defeat to Sounders  – Red Nation Online
The final chapter in the 2015 Cascadian Cup was written on Saturday afternoon at BC Place. All that the Seattle Sounders needed was a draw to hoist the elusive the Cascadia Cup for the first time since 2011. The Whitecaps would require a win in front of 21,000 supporters. Andreas Ivanschitz, Gonzalo Pineda, and Obafemi Martins each scored a goal to help Seattle claim a 3-0 victory to hoist up the Cascadia Cup in enemy territory.

Race is on for the Supporters Shield Vancouver Sun
Go ahead. Try to handicap this ridiculously congested race for the Supporters Shield and the concurrent battle to get one of the two first-round byes in the MLS East and West conferences. We dare you.

MLS: Does anyone want to win this thing?Soccer America
MLS’s top teams took it on the chin this weekend. The top four teams in the race for the Supporters’ Shield all lost — and lost badly.

Chicago Fire part ways with head coach Frank Yallop, announce Nelson Rodriguez as new club GMMLS
On Sunday afternoon, the Fire announced that they have parted ways with head coach and director of soccer Frank Yallop as well as assistant coaches Marc Bircham and Clint Mathis. Technical director Brian Bliss takes over for Yallop as interim head coach alongside ex-Fire captain Logan Pause, who joins him as interim assistant for the final five matches of the regular season.

Dejected Fire drop points late against OCSC Prost Amerika
It seems like it takes only the slightest mistake for the Fire to drop points these days. Saturday night was no exception as a defensive lapse in the 86th minute led to a 1-0 win for Orlando City SC.

Our all our honour: Tornaghi pays injured Olimpia player a special visitWhitecaps FC
In Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League match, Whitecaps FC goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi and C.D. Olimpia midfielder Romell Quioto were involved in a big, inadvertent collision that left Quioto with a fractured rib and collapsed lung.

Drogba scores as Impact blank Revolution TSN
The 37-year-old striker had a goal and set up another for Dilly Duka as the Impact ended the New England Revolution’s six-game winning run with a 3-0 victory in a driving rainstorm on Saturday night.

Drogba brewing his own storm with ImpactSportsnet
The weather conditions might not have been ideal at all, but it still felt like a perfect night of soccer at Stade Saputo on Saturday, as the Montreal Impact were indomitable in a 3-0 win over the New England Revolution.

Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter “very disappointed” with team’s energy at homeMLS
Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter has been downright optimistic – if not surprisingly so – as his team suffered through a three-game winless streak coming into their Sunday afternoon showdown with Eastern Conference front-runners New York Red Bulls.

Nat Borchers: Timbers owe fans an apology after lossGoal
The Portland Timbers dropped a 2-0 result to the New York Red Bulls on Sunday in a performance that led defender Nat Borchers to say he and his teammates owe fans an apology. Despite being on short rest after a midweek loss to the New England Revolution and a flight across the country to Portland, the New York Red Bulls were much more energetic getting two first-half goals that stood up.

Giovinco brace carries TFC over Rapids TSN
Giovinco scored two goals and set up a third Saturday afternoon to lift Toronto FC to a much-needed 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. Then an irate Perquis — who scored Toronto’s other goal, his first in MLS — put on an uglier show in the TFC dressing room, yelling in French at a local reporter who had clearly got under his skin.

Improved TFC deliver big win over RapidsRed Nation Online
With Toronto FC delivering poor performances against New England last weekend and New York midweek, the Reds went into Saturday’s early afternoon fixture against the Colorado Rapids in major need of a convincing win to quell the discontent that has surrounded the star studded club in recent weeks.

Road win over D.C. United shows why Crew should not be overlookedSI.com
Kamara’s MLS-leading 21st goal of the season, along with his assist on Ethan Finlay’s opener, propelled Columbus to Saturday’s 2–1 defeat of D.C. United. During that typically dreary walk underneath RFK, the celebrating striker was under the impression that the win—his club’s fifth in seven games—was enough to secure postseason play.

Gerrard turns out for BT Sport, but returns to get ‘real’ at Salt LakeInside World Football
Steven Gerrard’s commitment to LA Galaxy has came under scrutiny in the last week as he missed training ahead of an important weekend fixture. Gerrard returned to the UK and was in London doing punditry for the BT Sport channel during the midweek European Champions League fixtures.

The MLS Wrap: Seattle surging and other takeaways from Week 29 Goal
In a week that saw all the top MLS title contenders suffer losses, the Sounders continue to hit their stride at just the right time.

At Los Angeles FC, A Millennial Strategy Is Still Taking Shape Forbes
Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles expansion franchise, set to debut in 2018, announced this week that it will be known as the Los Angeles Football Club, or LAFC for short. The name was chosen “after months of engagement with supporters, partners, stakeholders and founding season ticket members,” according to a release issued by the club.

“Real team performance” helps New York Red Bulls punch ticket to Audi 2015 MLS Cup PlayoffsMLS
After a difficult midweek loss in New England, more doubt surrounded the Red Bulls as a cross-country flight on short rest while missing several key starters figured to prove a daunting task. But it was the Red Bulls who once again stood tall in the face of adversity, returning home with the first ticket to the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs as their reward.

Report: Sitting Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter proposes MLS stadium option during election forum MLS
USL side Charlotte Independence have been forthright about positioning themselves for a future MLS expansion bid, and a local report this week by the Charlotte Agenda indicates they have a strong supporter in sitting Mayor Dan Clodfelter.

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USL Match Report: WFC2 2 – 3 Austin Aztex Eighty-Six Forever
Despite a spectacular Brett Levis brace the Aztex steal a win after scoring three unanswered goals to spoil WFC2’s party on the final day of the USL regular season.

Brett Levis records brace but Aztex rally to win 3-2 versus Whitecaps FC 2 in season finaleWhitecaps FC
A late rally from the Austin Aztex (10W-15L-3D) resulted in a 3-2 loss in the regular season finale at Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday. Brett Levis recorded a brace in his second match back from injury but it was not enough as the ‘Caps finished their inaugural USL season with an 8W-14L-6D record.

 Aztex Score Three Unanswered to Rally Past WFC2 USL
The Austin Aztex overcame a two-goal deficit with three unanswered goals en route to a 3-2 victory against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on Sunday at Thunderbird Stadium. It was the season finale for both sides.

Road to Rio: Farmer and Clarke named to Canada’s Olympic qualifying rosterWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed today that Residency graduates Jackson Farmer and Caleb Clarke have named to the 20-man roster for the Canadian national U-23 team in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in October.

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VISL – Division 1 Week 2 Results VISL
Results from Week 2 of the Vancouver Island Soccer League First Division

Clan, Rival WWU Draw In Opener SFU
Goalkeeper Tyler Visten had eight saves, including one on a penalty kick in the final minute of regulation, helping Western Washington University earn a 2-2 draw with Simon Fraser University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer contest Saturday at Harrington Field on the WWU campus.

Sandhu Backstops Clan To OT TieSFU
Sophomore goalkeeper Priya Sandhu made nine saves Saturday against seventh-ranked Seattle Pacific, as Simon Fraser opened Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer play with a 0-0 double-overtime tie at Interbay Stadium.

Thunderbirds shutout Spartans in wet and wild showdown UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds men’s soccer team, looking for back-to-back wins following Friday night’s 2-1 victory, denied the Trinity Western Spartans their first home win of the season with a commanding 2-0 shutout. The Thunderbirds are now 2-0-1 this season.

Hundal tallies as No. 8 Vikes split weekend after loss to Fraser ValleyUVic
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team settled for weekend split after losing 2-1 to the Fraser Valley Cascades tonight, Sept. 19. With today’s results and their 1-0 win over Trinity Western just a day previous the Vikes are 3-1-1 in the Canada West but still on top of the Pacific Division. The Cascades improve to a 2-2 record.

Vikes women down Pandas in weekend series finale UVic
The University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team defeated the visiting Alberta Pandas 3-1 on Sept. 19, finishing off a successful weekend where the Vikes took maximum points at Centennial Stadium in a two-game home stand. The win evens the Vikes’ record at 2-2-1 in Canada West action and moves them into fourth place after starting the season winless through their first three games.

A challenging weekend for the Trinity Western men’s soccer team saw the Spartans lose for the second night in a row to a ranked opponent as the home side fell 2-0 to No. 7 UBC Saturday at Rogers Field.

UBC’s perseverance pays off in shutout of UNBCUBC
The UBC Thunderbirds women’s soccer team defeated the UNBC Timberwolves 1-0 to win, completing the sweep of their weekend series at home. The Thunderbirds are now 4-1-0 in Canada West league play.

Sydor and Crawford score for UBC in home opener winUBC
The UBC Thunderbirds women’s soccer team faced off against an undefeated Alberta Pandas for Friday night’s home opener at Thunderbird Stadium. While Alberta was able to defend against the Thunderbirds’ steady offensive pressure throughout the first half, two second-half goals resulted in a decisive UBC victory.

T-Birds earn road win on Lakhan’s winner UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds men’s soccer team defeated the University of Fraser Valley Cascades 3-2 in Abbotsford, B.C., Friday night, after a tight 90 minutes of back-and-forth action.

Cascades get early offence in win over VikesUFV
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team handed the Victoria Vikes their first loss of the season on Saturday, and picked up their first home win in the process.

Dhaliwal strikes twice in second half as Cascades extinguish HeatUFV
A game-breaking performance in the second half from Gurneet Dhaliwal lifted the University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team to a 3-1 win over the UBC Okanagan Heat on Saturday evening.

Heat fall 1-0 to Timberwolves in second of back to backUBCO
In the 56th minute, Timberwolves Brandon Wallace’s goal provides UNBC with their first win of the season at the expense of host UBC Okanagan in a Canada West men’s soccer match at the Nonis Sports Field. The T’wolves took the match with a 1-0 shutout over the Heat in Kelowna on Saturday night.

Two second half goals send Heat to road loss to CascadesUBCO
UBC Okanagan fell to the Cascades and a rookie’s game-breaking second half performance from Gurneet Dhaliwal as she powered her University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team to a 3-1 win over the Heat on Saturday evening.

Wong’s late goal give Heat first win of the seasonUBCO
Rookie Jadan Wong scored the game winning goal in the seventy fifth minute with a bicycle kick, his unbelievable goal securing the Heat’s first Canada West men’s soccer win of the season on Friday night at the Nonis Sports Field, his goal led UBC Okanagan to a 2-1 win over the UNBC Timberwolves.

Heat play national ranked (No. 4) Spartans to 1-1 drawUBCO
Michelle Smith’s goal in the 41st minute was nearly enough to upset the CIS No. 4 ranked Spartans, however  Trinity Western’s Alessandra Oliverio (Calgary) scored on a second-half penalty kick to rally the host Spartans to a (1-1) draw versus the visiting UBC Okanagan Heat Friday at Rogers Field.

WolfPack Shutout For Second Time Dropping Decision to Trinity Western TRU
Goals were hard to come by for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team as they closed out a six game Canada West road swing this weekend.

Cascades Hand WolfPack Women Second Loss Of Canada West Soccer Season  –TRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack played a strong game but saw their three game unbeaten streak snapped in Canada West women’s soccer action.

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CIS men’s soccer weekend roundupCIS
All of the weekend scores from Men’s CIS Soccer.

CIS women’s soccer weekend roundupCIS
All of the weekend scores from Women’s CIS Soccer.

Canada M23 picks players for CONCACAF Olympic QualifiersCanada Soccer
With a spot to Rio 2016 on the line, Canada has selected 20 young players that will represent the country at the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifiers in October. The players, all born 1993 or later, will fight for one of three potential spots to next year’s Olympic Football Tournament in Brazil.

The Canadian way: Looking at who DIDN’T end up being on our Olympic rosterthe11.ca
It’s the nature of Canadian soccer supporters to focus who is not on a roster rather than who’s on a roster. So, to satisfy the need to talk about who’s not coming to the CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers, this column will focus on who wasn’t named to Canada’s U-23 team roster.

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Carli Lloyd posts 2nd straight hat trick in 8-0 win over Haiti ESPN W
Carli Lloyd is still delivering hat tricks, just on smaller stages than the World Cup final. Lloyd had her second straight three-goal game to lead the United States to an 8-0 victory over Haiti on Sunday in a friendly.

Borkowski: Haiti can’t beat USWNT, but will developThe Equalizer
Neither the Haitian federation nor U.S. Soccer officials would confirm the financial arrangements but Borkowski said simply, when asked on multiple occasions: “The only way we can learn is playing against the best in the world; for us it’s a tremendous opportunity. We’re here, we’re pleased and have no complaints.”

England can become favourites for Euro 2017, says Steph Houghton The Guardian
Steph Houghton is optimistic England can sustain the momentum they worked so hard to create at the World Cup by establishing themselves as one of the favourites to win Euro 2017.

Harvey wins second straight Coach of Year award The Equalizer
Harvey guided Seattle Reign FC to the best record in the league to claim the NWSL Shield for the second straight season. Seattle finished the season with a 13-3-4 record and 43 pts., 10 pts. clear of second-place Chicago. Reign FC are in the NWSL Championship for the second straight season. They will face FC Kansas City — last year’s league champions — on Oct. 1 at Providence Park in Portland, Ore.

Seattle Reign: Wales’ Jess Fishlock set for loan move BBC Sport
Wales midfielder Fishlock is in the national squad to play Austria on Tuesday and says she will spend the National Women’s Soccer League’s off-season on loan with an undisclosed club.

Nigeria: Ngozi Ebere Says Signing for Paris Saint-Germain Is Dream Come True All Africa
French club PSG Ladies has announced the signing of Super Falcons defender Ngozi Ebere for two seasons according to information released on the club’s website yesterday.

FFA and PFA close to resolving football’s pay dispute, says David GallopThe Guardian
Chiefs from FFA and Professional Footballers Australia are set to resume negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement on Monday and Tuesday in Sydney and there is growing hope the saga may finally be nearing an end.

Gilly Flaherty: Chelsea Ladies ‘not affected’ by pressure for treble BBC Sport
The FA Cup winners were knocked out in the Continental Cup quarter-finals by Jo Potter’s direct free-kick. Chelsea have a two-point lead at the top of Women’s Super League One, with two league matches remaining.

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Eddies steal three points from Eleven with impressive 2-0 victoryFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (6W-4D-4L) won their second match in a row in North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season action with a 2-0 away victory over Indy Eleven (3W-3D-8L) at Michael A. Carroll Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 19.

Strong in the back and convert your chances: FCE plays perfect road game in Indy the11.ca
FC Edmonton got two huge second-half goals in Indianapolis, and is now just two points back of the Tampa Bay Rowdies for fourth spot in the NASL overall table with a month and a half left to go in the season. That fourth spot represents the final post-season slot in the league.

Fury Storm into Fort Lauderdale and Steal All Three Points from StrikersOttawa Fury FC
After a cautious opening 45 minutes, Fury FC flipped the switch at halftime and stormed past the Fort Lauderdale Strikers Saturday night with a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Aly Alberto Hassan and Sinisa Ubiparipovic. The win, coupled with the 0-0 draw between Minnesota and New York, moves Ottawa two-points clear of Minnesota in the Fall Season standings with a game in hand. The victory marked Ottawa fourth straight win away from home extending their road unbeaten streak to seven matches.

WEEK 12 RECAP | Postseason Race Tightens After Exciting Night Of Fall Season ActionNASL
Goalkeeper Romuald Peiser notched his league-leading 12th shutout of the year on Saturday night as Ottawa Fury FC closed the door on Fort Lauderdale’s prolific attack in its 2-0 win in Week 12 of the NASL Fall Season.

Endline: D-I not enough for NASL to challenge MLSMidfield Press
Several weeks ago, we learned that USSF was proposing a change to its Division I minimum standards that would require 15,000-seat stadia, two million minimum populations for 75% of markets, and a minimum of sixteen teams in the league. The prospective changes prompted a backlash from NASL who, through representative Jeffrey Kessler, essentially accused USSF of moving the finish line just as NASL felt they were getting close to crossing it.

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Manchester City’s rapid rise to the top has made some fans impatientESPN FC
There’s a growing sense of anxiety in the stands at the Etihad when Manchester City fall behind. Of course, it’s not particularly been a feature of this season with the club conceding their first Premier League goals in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham, but this isn’t something that’s been limited to the last few weeks.

Chelsea’s Costa is the biggest weasel in BPLSportsnet
This is not to overlook the naivety of Arsenal’s tactics and performance at Stamford Bridge. Nor should it be even remotely suggested that Diego Costa is not a dangerous goal scorer. But let’s also not ignore the fact Costa is an unsavoury agitator who revels in trying to send opponents off.

Pressure on Juventus begins to ease after earning first Serie A win this termESPN FC
Hardly convincing, but Juventus managed their first Serie A win of the season beating Genoa 2-0 away from home. Having managed unlikely success in the Champions League against a team they themselves feel can win the tournament, the Bianconeri have recovered their confidence, but more importantly, their cynicism.

Bayern Munich finally have Bundesliga competition following title processionsESPN FC
The games continue to come thick and fast for Bayern as the German Cup holders Wolfsburg come to town on Tuesday, hoping to spoil the party. Dieter Hecking’s charges, unbeaten so far, will provide the sternest challenge of the season.

‘Gladbach manager Favre resigns after poor start TSN
Lucien Favre has resigned as Borussia Moenchengladbach coach following the club’s dismal start to the season.

Sorting out Copa America Centenario confusion; Might USA still host? SI.com
It sounded perfect at the time. On May 1, 2014, at a swank hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, Jeffrey Webb and Eugenio Figueredo sat together onstage and announced the 2016 Copa América Centenario—a first-of-its-kind tournament that would take place in the U.S. and feature 16 national teams, including all the top South American teams, the U.S. and Mexico.

Uefa consider third club competition alongside Champions League and Europa League The Independent
The new competition could include teams who fail to advance from the Champions League qualifying rounds

Referees’ debate over tackle on Luke Shaw shows limits of technology The Guardian
Howard Webb says Héctor Moreno’s challenge was correctly left unpunished; Graham Poll says it should have been a red card. Replays have their uses but cannot end such disputes

Celtic FC Sent A Letter To Supporters Asking Them To Bathe Before Attending Matches Paste Soccer
Season ticket holders in the main stand at Celtic Park received a letter from the club this week asking them to be mindful of their hygiene while attending matches.

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