MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES vs. WHITECAPS FC
7:30 PM, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2015
AVAYA STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CA.
(TSN1, TSN RADIO 1410, TSN GO)
WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
PHOTO GALLERY: WHITECAPS FC vs. NYCFC, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux
Whitecaps anger at controversial ending but they only have themselves to blame in loss to NYC – AFTN
Gutting? Disappointing? Their own fault? All three of those probably apply to Vancouver Whitecaps agonising 2-1 loss to New York City FC at BC Place on Saturday night.
Whitecaps stunned by NYC FC on Villa’s stoppage time winner – Vancouver Sun
The man-of-the-match at BC Place on Saturday? That would be Ricardo Salazar.
Referee Salazar decides it, as NYCFC’s late penalty downs Vancouver – Red Nation Online
Controversial penalty calls altered the match and New York City FC prevailed with a 2-1 win over Whitecaps FC in front 21,000 fans. The crowd was able to see the full superstar display of New York’s big three. Frank Lampard opened the scoring, David Villa scored the winner, and Andrea Pirlo delivered a sublime through ball.
NYCFC 2, Whitecaps 1: Lost in a New York minute – The Province
How the Whitecaps didn’t win Saturday’s wild home game against New York City was hard to fathom. How they lost it will be even tougher for fans to take.
Whitecaps wasteful, entertaining in NYCFC loss – Sportsnet
Whether it’s fair or not, matches like Saturday’s between the Vancouver Whitecaps and New York City FC will always be used as a barometer of where a team is at.
How far in the playoffs can Vancouver Whitecaps go without a finisher? – The Province
The past two weeks have been a harsh reminder of how badly they need a clinical finisher, and you have to wonder how far they can go in the playoffs without one.
Class comes with a price tag in MLS – Vancouver Sun
The Vancouver Whitecaps have done their designated player shopping in what are, relatively speaking, the bargain aisle. They signed Chilean playmaker Pedro Morales for $1.4 million a year and Uruguayan striker Octavio Rivero at $890,000 a year, putting them 15th and 23rd on MLS’s list of top earners.
The “one team with 50 points,” LA Galaxy edge closer to Supporters’ Shield with win – MLS
The LA Galaxy started fast and held on tight to beat visiting FC Dallas, vaulting back atop the standings in both the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield races.
A sensational day of soccer is sealed with a kiss – TSN
It started with the outside of Sebastian Giovinco’s sensational right foot, creating league history in the meantime, and it ended with some of the major influencers of the game’s most recent history coming to this country to show what they can do best. Having such quality play out in three of our stadiums, in front of a combined attendance of almost 65,000, Saturday September 26th was one of the best days the sport has had in Canada.
Drogba scores a brace in Impact’s 2-0 win over DC United – Mount Royal Soccer
The Drogba phenomenon has not just taken over the city of Montreal but the whole has taken notice of the Drogbuzz. As the club thrives in a new era under new coach Mauro Biello, Drogba’s Impact on the team has only grown exponentially. Showcasing his skills, the Chelsea FC star scores on a direct free kick against one of the best goalkeepers in the MLS, Bill Hamid.
Seattle Sounders content to keep unbeaten run going despite playing Sporting Kansas City reserves – MLS
The Seattle Sounders would have loved to take all three points away from Sporting Park rather than having to settle for one. And they readily acknowledged that they weren’t at their best coming off a 3-0 midweek victory over Vancouver in CONCACAF Champions League play.
With late goal and red card, Matias Perez Garcia steals show for still-alive San Jose Earthquakes – MLS
The pressure at Avaya Stadium was nearly palpable. With every missed chance, every Nick Rimando save, every nearly-there or could-have-been opportunity, the San Jose Earthquakes’ home crowd grew increasingly tense as the club’s playoff hopes seemed to be slipping away.
MLS Weekend: Elite teams take it on chin again – Soccer America
MLS’s top teams took it on the chin again this weekend. Last week, the top four teams in the race for the Supporters’ Shield all lost. This week, the top three teams in the Supporters’ Shield race all fell.
The MLS Wrap: Big-ticket stars earn their money – Goal
In a weekend filled with playoff implications, most of the top earners stepped up with the types of performances that make them worth their multi-million dollar price tags.
Is this Canada’s MLS season? – US National Soccer Players
Starting with the obvious, Vancouver didn’t spend at the same level as Toronto prior to the season or Montreal during the summer transfer window. They don’t have a marquee player. They don’t have anybody in the top ten in goals or assists. It’s fair to say David Ousted won’t be making it difficult when selecting Goalkeeper of the Year. That hasn’t stopped Vancouver from putting together the type of season that can absorb a two-game losing streak. They’ve already done it.
New York Red Bulls take advantage of MLS, international calendar conflicts – ESPN FC
One of the unexpected dividends of the Red Bulls’ success this year might not exactly feel like a dividend for Kljestan and a clutch of his senior American teammates — namely, their continued omission from the U.S. national team.
BC SOCCER NEWS
B.C. Clubs sweep National Women’s Classics & Western Canadian Masters in Vancouver – CSA
Congrats to Coquitlam Metro-Ford Classics & Westside FC for winning the National Women’s Masters & Western Canadian Mens Masters respectively. Scores at the link above.
VISL Division 1 Results for Week 3 – VISL
Scores and upcoming matches from the Vancouver Island Soccer League’s top division.
Clan Plays To 1-1 OT Draw – SFU
Simon Fraser University scored on a second-half penalty kick against Montana State University Billings and then the two teams battled to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on Saturday in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer match at Yellowjacket Field.
Rough Start Ruins SFU’s Unbeaten Streak – SFU
Simon Fraser University saw its unbeaten streak come crashing to an end after the Western Washington Vikings handed the Clan a 5-0 loss in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer game Saturday night on Terry Fox Field.
Pannu’s late strike gives UBC a one-goal triumph – UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds men’s soccer team defeated the UBC Okanagan Heat 2-1 with a last-minute goal on Saturday night at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver, completing a six-point weekend in Canada West regular season play. UBC is now 6-1-3 overall and 4-0-1 in conference.
Shannik and van Duynhoven score in 2-1 win – UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds women’s soccer team dominated in their first matchup of the weekend, defeating the UBC Okanagan Heat 2-1. UBC is now 7-1-1 overall and 5-1-0 in conference. UBCO is 1-3-3.
UBC finishes road trip with shutout of TRU – UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds women’s soccer team extended its winning streak to four games with a 4-0 shutout of the Thompson Rivers WolfPack Sunday at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops, B.C. The victory completed a perfect two-game road trip to the Interior and improved UBC’s Canada West regular season record to 6-1.
UVic soccer women, men trounce Thompson Rivers – Times Colonist
The Victoria Vikes opened up the floodgates on both Thompson Rivers Wolfpack soccer teams on Saturday.
Hundal hat-trick helps Vikes past WolfPack – UVic
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team ended their two-game home stand with a win on Sept. 26 thanks to three second-half goals in their 5-1 win over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. The win helps the Vikes hold onto the top spot in the Canada West Pacific Division for another week with a record of 4-1-2 through their first seven games while the WolfPack drop to 1-3.
Vikes women extend win streak against WolfPack – UVic
The University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team extended their win streak to three games on Sept. 26 with a strong 3-0 victory on the road against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. The win moves the Vikes to 3-2-1 on the season, giving them some space from the WolfPack, who fall to 2-4-1.
HUTCHINSON TALLIES HAT-TRICK TO LEAD SPARTANS TO THIRD STRAIGHT WIN – TWU
For 17 minutes and 28 seconds, first-year Rachel Hutchinson (Cloverdale, B.C.) was unstoppable. The Spartans striker, who, prior to Sunday, had yet to score a goal in a TWU uniform, tallied three goals in less 20 minute to give her team an unsurmountable lead over Alberta and all the offence it would need to earn a 3-0 victory at Foote Field.
SPARTANS EARN CONVINCING ROAD WIN IN PRINCE GEORGE – TWU
For the second game in a row, the No. 9 Trinity Western’s women’s soccer team earned a well-coordinated 3-0 victory, as this time it was the Spartans knocking off UNBC to win their first road game of the year Friday night.
Devastating late goal steals a point from the Heat – UBCO
The Heat mange one point on the road against two top ten teams after falling to UBC (2-1) on an extra-time goal Saturday night at Thunderbird Stadium.
Heat drop home opener 2-1 against No. 8 T-Birds – UBCO
A two goal lead proved too much for UBC Okanagan to overcome in their first game on home turf against eight ranked visitors.
Second Half Let Down Costs WolfPack Men’s Soccer In Victoria – TRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack played a consistent first half but a 10 minute let down cost them as they were beaten 5-1 by the hometown University of Victoria Vikes in Canada West men’s soccer play.
Vikes Spoil WolfPack Women’s Soccer Home Opener – TRU
Fans of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team went home disappointed as they saw their team at home for the first time in the 2015-16 Canada West season. At Hillside Stadium on Saturday (Sept 26), the ‘Pack fell to the University of Victoria Vikes 3-0. Thompson Rivers was shutout for a third straight match and falls to 2-4-1 on the year while Victoria moves to 3-2-1.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Larin breaks MLS rookie goal-scoring record – CSA
Larin, the first overall draft pick from the Major League Soccer (MLS) Superdraft earlier this year for Orlando City SC, scored his second hat-trick of the 2015 MLS season on Saturday 25 September to bring his goalscoring tally to 14 goals in his rookie season—breaking the MLS rookie goalscoring record (11) previously established by Damani Ralph in 2003.
Back, with another goal in mind – The Telegram
On his first trip to St. John’s, back in the summer of 1977, Drew Ferguson scored a goal in British Columbia’s win over Quebec in the Canada Games men’s gold-medal soccer match at King George V Park. Nearly 40 years later, Ferguson is back and looking for another score in St. John’s.
Giuliano Frano called into Canada U-23 camp for Olympic Qualifying – Sounders FC
Seattle Sounders FC 2 defender Giuliano Frano has been added to the Canadian U-23 Olympic squad ahead of the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. The call-up marks the first of Frano’s career.
Final 20-Player Rosters Announced for 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship – CONCACAF
Tournament kicks off in Kansas City on October 1, Group B in Los Angeles the following day.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Women’s World Cup inspires next generation – Sportsnet
We’re only two and a half months removed from the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the younger players coming through the Canadian pipeline are already a ringing endorsement of what the tournament set out to achieve: inspiring the next generation.
Plush: NWSL ‘exploring’ hosting global competition – The Equalizer
National Women’s Soccer League commissioner Jeff Plush says the United States is a “uniquely positioned” destination for a global women’s club competition, and that the league is “exploring” the possibility of hosting one.
Sydney FC sign Portland Thorns goalkeeper Michelle Betos – The Women’s Game
Two time W-League champions Sydney FC have signed, on loan, Portland Thorns goalkeeper Michelle Betos for Season 8 of the W-League. Betos joins the Sky Blues after a standout out season with the Thorns earning the shot stopper the 2015 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year award.
Sermanni interested in NWSL; hasn’t been called – The Equalizer
Former Australia and U.S. national team coach Tom Sermanni says he is interested in coaching in the National Women’s Soccer League, but he is yet to be contacted by any teams.
Manchester City Women set up last day title showdown with 6-1 hammering of Bristol Academy – Manchester Evening News
A brace from Izzy Christiansen saw Manchester City’s women stay in the hunt for the title with the race going into the final day.
WSL 1: Liverpool Ladies 0-4 Chelsea Ladies – BBC Sport
Chelsea take a two-point lead into the last day of the Women’s Super League One season after thrashing Liverpool.
Matt Beard: WSL sides will struggle to compete with big clubs – BBC Sport
Liverpool Ladies manager Matt Beard says Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City will dominate the Women’s Super League in the coming years.
WFC2 & USL NEWS
LA Galaxy II take down Sacramento Republic FC in USL Playoffs, 1-0 – LA Galaxy
LA Galaxy II earned a 1-0 road victory in a USL Western Conference Quarterfinal match over defending USL champions Sacramento Republic FC. With the win, Los Dos advance to the conference semifinals for a match against Orange County Blues FC on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Nathan Shapell Memorial Stadium in the Western Conference Semifinals.
RBNY II, Battery advance in East; LA Galaxy II, Switchbacks emerge in the West – SBI
A weekend of conference quarterfinals action saw the New York Red Bulls II, Charleston Battery, LA Galaxy II and Colorado Springs Switchbacks each advance into the next round at the expenses of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Richmond Kickers, Seattle Sounders FC 2 and the reigning USL champion Sacramento Republic FC.
Eddies enter postseason picture with 2-1 victory over Cosmos – FC Edmonton
Lance Laing and Daryl Fordyce both scored before the half-time break to set the home side up for victory while Marcos Senna pulled a goal back for the Cosmos from the penalty spot in the second half.
Cosmos Fall to Edmonton 2-1, Drop out of Overall Spot – Empire of Soccer
The first Raul-free round of action for the New York Cosmos this year did not go to plan, as a spurt of two first half goals from Edmonton was enough to deliver the Cosmos their second straight loss.
Cosmos rotate the squad, Eddies soar into fourth spot – the11.ca
The New York Cosmos rotated the squad. FC Edmonton got the three points. With a 2-1 win over the Cosmos Sunday at Clarke Field, the Eddies leapfrogged the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Fort Lauderdale in the overall standings.
Fury Claim Top Spot in NASL – Ottawa Fury FC
It has been dominant second half play that has won Fury FC their previous two road match, but it was a near perfect opening 45 minutes that ensured Ottawa’s sweep of this three-game road trip as they down the Carolina RailHawks 3-1. Tom Heinemann scored his team leading 6th and 7th goals of the season fourteen minutes apart and Paulo Junior tallied his third in two matches in first half stoppage time to pace Ottawa to a three-goal advantage at halftime.
Ottawa Fury Collect 9 Points from Epic 3 Game Road Trip – Northern XI
A little over a week ago, the Ottawa Fury FC started out on a whirlwind road trip. The schedule: 3 road games in 8 days. The challenge: to stay focused both mentally and physically through long travel times and training in unfamiliar facilities.
NASL Week 14: A Look Back – SBI
With the NASL playoffs quickly approaching, FC Edmonton posted a vital win at home over the New York Cosmos to jump into fourth place in the combined standings on Sunday. Elsewhere, it was a case of the rich getting richer and disappointment for playoff contenders this weekend in NASL.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he won’t resign in light of criminal probe – ESPN FC
Sepp Blatter has said he will remain as president of FIFA, reiterating that “he had done nothing illegal or improper” after criminal proceedings were opened against him last Friday by the Swiss attorney general.
Platini writes to UEFA associations over Blatter situation – Goal
UEFA president Michel Platini has written to UEFA’s member associations after a payment made to him by Sepp Blatter formed part of criminal proceedings opened against the FIFA president.
Michel Platini’s Explanation Of $2M Payment From FIFA Should Leave Us All Incredulous – Forbes
The unraveling of FIFA continued late last week with news that Switzerland’s Attorney General Michael Lauber had opened an investigation of still FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Report: Bob Bradley meets with Molde FK owners to discuss coaching gig – SBI
Bob Bradley has led Stabæk to the brink of qualification into next year’s UEFA Europa competition, but a move to a bigger Tippeligaen club may be in the cards for the American boss.
Around Europe: Life without Messi; Manchester City’s mysterious slump – SI.com
Another dramatic weekend across Europe left us with more questions than answers, with Lionel Messi now out injured for Barcelona and the Serie A title race blown open. Manchester City’s mysterious slump continues after an unbeatable start to the season, while there’s a new, yet old, star lighting up France’s Ligue 1.
Tottenham answering doubters in every respect with win vs. Man City – ESPN FC
Was there enough experience, quality and depth in front of the back four? Who would share the scoring burden with Kane up front? These were justifiable anxieties. But since then, Spurs have been going from strength to strength and they end September on a high.
Technical director Baldini leaves Tottenham – Sportsnet
The man who oversaw Tottenham’s largely unsuccessful reinvestment of the proceeds of Gareth Bale’s world-record move to Real Madrid in 2013 has left the Premier League club.
Sergio Aguero the culprit as wasteful City struggle to build on quick start – ESPN FC
Whisper it gently but all those articles about Manchester City running away with the league were as premature as the myriad of preseason predictions putting them outside the top three. Football changes quickly — and teams’ fortunes with it — and there is usually no better example of this to be found in the English game than at City.
Inter defeat to Fiorentina reinforces the need for a more expansive system – ESPN FC
The message from the Curva Nord simply added to the expectation that continues to build in San Siro. The banner announced that every Sunday they would be with Inter continually.
Barcelona prepares for Champions League without Messi – BBC Sport
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is impossible to replace, boss Luis Enrique said in the build up to Tuesday’s Champions League group game with German side Bayer Leverkusen.
Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano charged with tax fraud by Spanish authorities – The Guardian
Barcelona’s Argentina international Javier Mascherano has been charged with two counts of defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of a total of more than £1.1m, the public prosecutor said .
Barca’s Neymar has $47m of assets frozen in Brazilian tax case – Inside World Football
The struggle that Barcelona’s star players have with paying their taxes has continued with Neymar being the latest to fall foul of the authorities with a Brazilian judge freezing 188.8m reais ($47.6 million) of his assets in a tax evasion case.
Wolves put up for sale by Steve Morgan after eight years at the helm – The Guardian
Wolves have been put up for sale by their owner Steve Morgan. The Championship club are now on the market after chairman Morgan confirmed he is looking for a buyer after eight years.
Desperation a big motivation for footballers taking risks on drugs – The Guardian
The story of Fleetwood’s Gerard Kinsella, banned after his taxi-driver cousin injected him with an unknown substance that proved to be nandrolone, shows insecurity can lead to fateful decisions.
Western Sydney Wanderers slam police crowd behaviour crackdown – The Guardian
The Western Sydney Wanderers have slammed a proposed police crackdown on crowd behaviour as excessive. The Wanderers believe the proposals, which included prohibiting banners and flags, and stopping supporters marching en-masse to the ground, will detract from their home ground experience.