BC Soccer News, Thursday, August 24, 2017




MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, Seattle Sounders FC 1, August 23, 2017BC Soccer Web
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Fredy gives Sounders more nightmares as ten-man Whitecaps storm back for a point AFTN
Despite being out possessed for the majority of the match, and playing a man down for the final hour, Vancouver Whitecaps were able to escape with a 1-1 draw against bitter rivals Seattle Sounders. after Fredy Montero’s fifth goal in five matches for the Whitecaps cancelled out Nicolas Lodeiro’s first half spot kick for the visitors.

Montero scores again as 10-men ‘Caps earn comeback draw vs. SeattleWhitecaps FC
Fredy Montero scored his fifth goal in as many games as 10-men Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10W-9L-5D) battled back to earn a 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC (11W-7L-8D) on Wednesday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 22,120 at BC Place.

Montero scores vs. former team as 10-man Whitecaps draw SoundersSportsnet
Fredy Montero continues to haunt his former club. The Vancouver striker scored against Seattle for the third time in two games this season as the 10-man Whitecaps salvaged a 1-1 draw with the Sounders on Wednesday night.

Ready Fredy: Whitecaps’ Montero strikes again versus former club SeattleMLS
Seattle Sounders supporters have had a lot of dreams about Fredy Montero in seasons past. This year, with the Colombian in Vancouver Whitecaps colors, those dreams are becoming the stuff of nightmares.

Whitecaps make a point about resilience in battle with SeattleThe Province
The Major League Soccer season is almost as long as the human gestation period, and while its duration tests the attention span of its fans, it does offer certain benefits to its member clubs.

At least it’s a point for the Vancouver Whitecaps!Soccer Shorts
Carl Robinson’s innate conservatism won’t destroy the Whitecaps season (they’re still likely to make the playoffs somewhere between fourth and sixth in the standings). But it will always prevent this current group of players from flying anywhere higher than the ceiling of their collective abilities and it will always cause them to falter in the kind of game where something meaningful is on the line.

Cascadia Cup: 2017 schedule, standings and all-time winners listMLS
Wednesday’s 1-1 draw between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders leaves the Timbers in first place in the Pacific Northwest rivalry cup ahead of another key showdown this weekend. With all three teams on the equal number of games, Portland are two points ahead of Seattle and three in front of Vancouver at the moment.

Victor Rodriguez “makes life easier” in strong debut for Seattle SoundersMLS
For the Seattle Sounders, Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps was a disappointing result, as they relinquished a 1-0 lead to their Cascadia Cup rivals — despite going up a man in the second half. However, the contest did include at least one notable silver lining for the visitors: the debut of Spanish midfielder Victor Rodriguez.

MLS winners & losers from a critical Wednesday night Soccer America
Darlington Nagbe, Victor Vazquez and Cubo Torres all had big games, but the LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes continued to struggle under new coaches. For all our MLS winners and losers from a critical Wednesday night.

Diego Valeri sets personal, club goal-scoring records in Timbers victoryMLS
Diego Valeri continues to set records for the Portland Timbers. Already the first Timbers player with 50 goals and 50 assists, on Wednesday he became the club’s all-time leading scorer and first Timbers player to score in five straight MLS games. Valeri now sits third in the MLS Golden Boot race with 15 goals on the season (52 in his Portland career) – a new personal MLS single-season high – following the Timbers 2-1 defeat of the Colorado Rapids.

Toronto FC inches closer to Supporters’ Shield with routine win over PhiladelphiaSN
It was a pedestrian victory for Toronto FC on Wednesday night, but the 3-0 result against the Philadelphia Union was significant as it allowed TFC to get that much closer to wrapping up the top spot in the Major League Soccer standings.

Toronto FC’s Jonathan Osorio impresses in first start in three monthsWaking the Red
Just a brief one before we turn our attention to those guys waiting on Sunday. We suspected either Jonathan Osorio or Armando Cooper might get a rare – and vital – chance to start on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Union and it was the Canadian that got the nod – and deservedly so on the back of some strong displays as a substitute.

Impact-TFC rivalry returns to centre stageMontreal Gazette
As much as they like to play it down, putting their winning streak on the line against Toronto FC will be a big deal for the Montreal Impact.

Torres Breaks Dynamo Goal Record in Draw With FC DallasSI.com
Erick Torres scored his 13th and 14th goals to break Houston’s season record and help the Dynamo rally for the tie with FC Dallas.

Brilliant Albert Rusnak leads RSL to trashing of QuakesSBI
With playoffs imminent and both teams with dire hopes of punching a ticket, Mike Petke’s men walked away with the last laugh from Rio Tinto Stadium.

Weirdest Crew Game Ever Ends in 2-0 Win Over Los AngelesColumbus Underground
Two missed penalties, a red card, a penalty that wasn’t and then was, a goal that was and then wasn’t and a man of the match performance from the newly implemented Video Replay System (VAR) made for a game that could’ve ended up as a goal fiesta yet somehow Columbus failed to put the game out of sight until the final minutes.

Another own goal leads to another D.C. United victory Prost Amerika
Own goal has had a hell of a week for D.C. United. After giving United their first victory in eight matches on Saturday own goal was back to their old tricks on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium. Thanks to an own goal and a little help from Russell Canouse D.C. downed Atlanta United 1-0 for their second consecutive win.

2017 MLS Cup set for December 9MLS
Major League Soccer announced dates for the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, with postseason action kicking off October 25-26 following the close of regular season play on Sunday, Oct. 22.

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MSOC preview: Conference regular season kicks off Friday Canada West
Fraser Valley vs. UBC and Trinity Western vs. Victoria kick off the new season on Friday night.

Time for the T-wolves Prince George Citizen
The UNBC Timberwolves soccer teams are ready to kick off their sixth seasons in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association.

SEASON PREVIEW: Cascades soccer men open Canada West campaign on road vs. UBC, UVicUFV
The 2017 edition of the University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer squad doesn’t boast a lot of experience at the university level, but head coach Tom Lowndes loves the talent and enthusiasm of his youthful squad as they prepare to embark on the Canada West regular season.

WolfPack Women Lose then Win against Douglas College in Pre-SeasonTRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team continued their exhibition season as they played another PACWEST squad from the BC Lower Mainland. They met up with the Douglas College Royals on Wednesday (Aug 23) at Hillside Stadium.

Due to field remediation, the Centennial Stadium fields will not be ready for varsity soccer play until next week. The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer games this weekend, Aug. 25-26, will now be held on the grass fields adjacent to the stadium on Field 4.

Christine Sinclair pouring floats, flipping burgers in Vancouver for MS awarenessCBC
Canada’s captain opens up about her mother’s diagnosis and struggle with MS.

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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AUDIO: Christine Sinclair: London Olympics was turning point for CanadaSportsnet
Canadian women’s team icon Christine Sinclair joined Sportsnet 590 The FAN to talk about her status as a soccer star in Canada, the evolution of the team, and what the side will be like when she eventually decides to hang up her cleats.

Dinos men’s soccer squad set for Canada West seasonCalgary Herald
The University of Calgary Dinos are set to open the 2017 men’s soccer season on home turf this weekend as they take on the MacEwan Griffins on Saturday followed by the Alberta Golden Bears Sunday.

Lancers women’s soccer team hopes depth can get team to nationalsNational Post
The University of Windsor Lancers women’s soccer team has very high hopes for this season.

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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WFC2 end road trip with 1-0 loss at San Antonio FCWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 fell to San Antonio FC 1-0 in an inspired effort at Toyota Field on Wednesday evening.

San Antonio Relieves Pressure With Win USL
San Antonio FC got a much needed win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on Wednesday night at Toyota Field.

Match Recap: Fury FC -@- FC Cincinnati Ottawa Fury
Fury FC closed out their three-game road trip with a 3-1 loss against FC Cincinnati in a raucous environment at Nippert Stadium Wednesday evening, but once again showed tremendous fighting spirit and didn’t lack scoring chances leaving us wondering what If a few chances went the other way.

Fury FC’s De Guzman Eager for OpportunityUSL
When he was informed last week that he had been promoted to both interim Head Coach and General Manager of Ottawa Fury FC, it brought Julian de Guzman back to a moment early in his career, when he played for Ralf Rangnick at Hannover 96 in the German Bundesliga.

Fisk’s first goal of 2017 earns Vancouver product NASL Team of the Week honour FC Edmonton
The winger earns his second Team of the Week nomination in the past three gameweeks.

Republic FC Earns Draw with RangersUSL
Sacramento Republic FC’s Tyler Blackwood scored with two minutes to go to earn his side a 2-2 draw against the Swope Park Rangers on Wednesday night in front of a sellout crowd of 11,569 fans at Papa Murphy’s Park.

Crowd Count: USL tops 1.5 million mark Soccer America
The USL passed the 1.5 million mark in attendance as Wednesday’s five games drew an average of more than 9,700 fans. FC Cincinnati’s crowd of 20,058 at Nippert Stadium for its 3-1 win over Ottawa was higher than the crowds for four MLS games.

Jake Edwards: “Thank You, Fans, For Record Achievement”USL
“When the 2017 USL regular season started just five months ago, it marked our first year as a U.S. Soccer Federation-sanctioned Division II. We expected another year of records across the league but little did we know that – thanks to you – the USL would accelerate its trajectory to heights previously unseen in the United States and Canada.”

MLS trademarks possible names for potential Austin franchiseThe Statesman
Major League Soccer registered trademarks this month on two possible names for a potential Austin franchise, but on Wednesday, a league official tamped down any special significance area fans might attach to the move.

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England women’s players fearful of speaking out, says Anita AsanteThe Guardian
Anita Asante has become the latest player to question the culture of the England women’s team, praising Eni Aluko for going public with her grievances about the manager, Mark Sampson, and criticising the “environment of silence” she believes the Football Association has fostered behind the scenes.

The Lowdown: Christie Pearce’s unlikely, untimely ending with Sky Blue FCThe Equalizer
One of the great games played at Yurcak Field went down with one of the best players ever to ply her trade there not in attendance. Christie Pearce was not at Yurcak Field on Saturday night, and sources have indicated to The Equalizer that she has distanced herself from the team in the wake of Christy Holly’s resignation last Wednesday.

Portland Thorns defender Meghan Klingenberg becoming key piece of attackOregonian
Portland Thorns defender Meghan Klingenberg controlled the ball on the left flank before sending a towering cross into the box for Lindsey Horan, who headed in the game-winning goal against the Houston Dash last Saturday.

Alex Morgan credits Pride’s support players for scoring hot streak Orlando Sentinel
Oct. 14 is in the back of Alex Morgan’s mind, the day the National Women’s Soccer League championship will be played at Orlando City Stadium.

Sam Kerr: ‘There are no hierarchies, no cliques … we are fit and we are fast’The Guardian
Currently the hottest property in women’s football, the Matildas star’s goals have helped propel the united team into Asian and World Cup contention.

Scottish Women’s Premier League get first major sponsor Sky Sports
The Scottish Women’s Premier League will see a six-figure sum investment from the Scottish Building Society over the next three years, giving women’s football in this country the chance to utilise the popularity and success of Euro 2017.

Scottish women’s champions to receive prize money for first timeBBC Sport
Winners of the Scottish Women’s Premier League will receive prize money for the first time next season after a six-figure sponsorship deal was agreed.

Gemma Fay announces her retirement from international football Edinburgh Reporter
Scotland captain and record caps holder Gemma Fay has announced her retirement from international football.

Bristol City Women sign Belgian international Julie Biesmans from Standard LiegeVavel
Bristol City have bolstered their squad with Belgian international Julie Biesmans. The 23-year-old midfielder joins from Standard Liege.

Damallsvenskan week 13 round-up: Piteå and Eskilstuna grab wins away from homeVavel
Piteå saw off a late comeback from league leaders, Linköping to grab all three points on the road whilst Eskilstuna stopped the rot in Örebro to pick up their first win since May. Elsewhere, Kristianstad came from behind against Vittsjö to grab a draw as Kvarnsveden and Djurgården battled to their own draw and Hammarby kept it scoreless against KG.

Newcastle W-League squad taking shape for new era under Jets ownerNewcastle Herald
Newcastle will be without rising local talent Grace Macintyre and American imports Megan Oyster and Jen Hoy when they kick-off their first W-League season under the control of Jets A-League owner Martin Lee.

Marta: Letter to My Younger Self The Players’ Tribune
Dear 14-year-old Marta: Get on the bus. I know what you’re thinking. I know what you’re feeling. Don’t think about it… How scared you are… How nervous you are… How everyone has said you can’t do it… That you shouldn’t do it… Don’t think about any of that. Just get on the bus.

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Manchester United re-sign Ibrahimovic on a one-year dealSN
The Swede played 46 times for the Red Devils last term before a cruciate ligament injury sustained during the Europa League quarter-final second-leg against Anderlecht prematurely ended his campaign.

PSG’s Neymar reports Barcelona to FIFA over unpaid renewal bonusESPN FC
Neymar has filed a claim to FIFA against Barcelona for an unpaid renewal bonus as the fallout from his world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain continues, world football’s governing body has confirmed to ESPN FC.

Liverpool dispatches Hoffenheim, back in Champions LeagueSportsnet
Juergen Klopp had just seen his Liverpool team slice open Hoffenheim to score a third goal in the opening 21 minutes when he turned to the celebrating Anfield crowd and roared: “That’s football!”

Who is in this season’s UEFA Champions League?UEFA
Who’s in the play-offs, who’s already in the group stage and who got eliminated from qualifying earlier in the summer? Here is the full list of 2017/18 contenders.

Saint-Etienne’s proud defensive record faces a Neymar testToronto Star
Saint-Etienne is the only team in the French league not to concede a goal so far ahead of Sunday’s trip to play Paris Saint-Germain. Whether that remains the case after defending against Neymar remains to be seen.

Barcelona reportedly finalizes lucrative Dembele dealNBC Sports
There’s been no hiding the fact that Barcelona needed to replace Neymar this transfer window, and it looks like the Blaugrana have found their man.

Ten clubs switch to Europa LeagueUEFA
Astana, FCSB, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Hoffenheim, İstanbul Başakşehir, København, Nice, Rijeka, Slavia Praha and Young Boys will go into Friday’s draw after losing their UEFA Champions League play-offs.

Champions Chivas can’t seem to win; Tigres and America show their class ESPN FC
The tough times at Chivas roll on. Last weekend the team had legitimate complaints about the officiating in a 1-0 home loss to Puebla. On Wednesday, Chivas deserved nothing more than a point in the 1-1 draw in Torreon against Santos Laguna, the only other team without a victory in this Apertura.

Carabao Cup holders Manchester United to face Burton Albion in the third roundVavel
Manchester United will face a tough test as they prepare to begin their defence of the newly christened Carabao Cup, as they welcome Championship side Burton Albion to Old Trafford in the third round.

Second tier clubs can’t live on parachute payments alone, finds reportInside World Football
Clubs that are relegated from one of Europe’s Big 5 leagues to their national second tiers will not be saved by parachute payments alone, that money will only soften the blow, according to research by KPMG’s Football Benchmark teams.

We all suffer when matches are played with the transfer window openThe Guardian
It seems exciting but the run-up to deadline day is a worrying time for players, affecting performances – and imagine telling your family their lives are being turned upside down.

Cameroon political twist: normalisation committee adds to doubt over 2019 AFCON hostingInside World Football
Cameroon’s flickering hopes of staging the 2019 African Nations Cup have been plunged into further doubt following FIFA’s appointment of a normalisation committee to run the national federation (FECAFOOT).

College Season Preview: Stanford focused on defending national title with ‘cautious optimism’SBI
Stanford is gearing up for a season filled with high expectations. As defending national champions, a layer of pressure was always set to arrive at their doorsteps.

Footballers living on the breadline: low wages, short contracts and no securityThe Guardian
A few elite footballers make millions but players such as Josip Vukovic and David Low – who earn little and are often paid late – are the norm across the globe.

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