BC Soccer News, Thursday, November 5, 2015


Whitecaps flattered by MLS award nominationsGoal
While Robinson, Ousted, and Waston are in the running for MLS awards, Vancouver is focused on Sunday’s decisive playoff clash at BC Place.

An Angel’s guidance for Rivero The Province
Juan Pablo Angel scored 72 goals in 152 career MLS games for New York, L.A. and Chivas before he retired. Before that, he was banging in goals for his native Colombia, and in Argentina and England.

Vancouver Whitecaps turn to video room in hopes of sparking Octavio Rivero’s goal-scoring touch MLS
Vancouver Whitecaps’ strong defensive record has served them well over the course of the season. With 14 clean sheets this year, keeping the ball out of their own net hasn’t been a big issue for Vancouver. But when it comes to putting it in the back of the net themselves, well that’s been a completely different story recently.

Laba confident heading into 2nd Leg against PortlandRed Nation Online
The Vancouver Whitecaps are one victory away from reaching the MLS western conference finals. All that stands in the way is the pesky Portland Timbers. Vancouver held on for a nil-nil draw in the 1st leg of the semi-final series on Sunday afternoon at Providence Park. By all accounts the tired Timbers had the majority of scoring opportunities including a late effort that hit the post.

Jay DeMerit’s life after MLS: youth development, philanthropy, and hand-crafted speakers MLS
Until 15 months ago, Jay DeMerit wasn’t someone too familiar with spare time. At the height of his career, in fact, he estimates he only had about three weeks off from soccer a year. So now, the former USMNT and MLS player is taking advantage of his recent retirement, since he finished paying with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2014.

New York City FC dismiss rumors of Andrea Pirlo offseason loanMLS
New York City FC moved quickly Wednesday to deny rumors that Andrea Pirlo would be headed out on loan this offseason.

Arena: Talk of Gerrard Anfield playing return ‘ridiculous’ Goal
Talk of Steven Gerrard returning to play for Liverpool this season has been branded “ridiculous” by LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena. Gerrard’s 17-year association with Liverpool came to an end at the conclusion of the previous Premier League campaign as he joined the Major League Soccer side on an 18-month deal.

Orlando City hires ex-Benfica academy director Armando CarneiroGoal
After years of success with Benfica, Carneiro will become Orlando City’s chief soccer officer.

San Antonio acquires soccer stadium with goal of landing future MLS expansion team MLS
The city of San Antonio is hoping to one day become home to a Major League Soccer team, and on Wednesday a significant step was taken in that quest.

Deal reached for Toyota Field with hopes of bringing MLS franchise to San AntonioSBI
The city of San Antonio, Bexar County and Spurs, Sports & Entertainment (SS&E) have reached an agreement to buy Toyota Field, home of NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions, for a total of $21 million. Each of the two public entities will pay $9 million while SS&E will provide an additional $3 million to Scorpions owner Gordon Hartman, but government officials still have to give the deal the green light next week.

LAFC stadium plans at Exposition Park approved todayinsidesocal.com
The California Science Center and Exposition Park Commission approved revised stadium plans today for the proposed LAFC stadium at Exposition Park. The stadium plans will next head to the Los Angeles Planning Commission in December 2015 and then go before the City Council.

Could MLS-style play-offs work in Europe’s top leagues?The Guardian
Play-offs to decide a championship aren’t part of the European experience, but as Red Bulls keeper Luis Robles points outs: ‘If they tried it, they’d be surprised how much they’d enjoy it’

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LMG dismantles Lakehill on two hat tricksCowichan Valley Citizen
Glen Martin knows there’s little benefit to a blowout win, but in a soccer league where goal differential can play a role in the standings, sometimes they have to happen.

U of S women’s soccer set to host Canada West finalStar Phoenix
For the first time ever, the University of Saskatchewan women’s soccer team has earned the right to host the Canada West finals.

Douglas College Royals crowned provincial champsBurnaby Now
The Douglas College Royals did something they’ve always dreamed of. The women’s soccer team corralled the program’s first-ever PacWest provincial title, blanking defending champion Vancouver Island University 2-0 on Saturday in Burnaby.

Clan fall in season finaleBurnaby Now
Disappointment and heartbreak were the take-away from the Simon Fraser University women’s soccer team’s 2-1 overtime loss Saturday. It signified a premature end of the season, as the Western Oregon Wolves delivered the telling blow in the 107th minute off a free kick.

UFV women eliminated at homeAbbotsford News
The UFV Cascades women’s soccer team left the fate of their season to the unforgiving hand of penalty kicks, and it didn’t end well for the home side.

Soccer women pack it in for the yearKamloops This Week
A stepping stone, a building block, part of the progression — no matter the wording, the Thompson Rivers WolfPack’s first playoff berth in Canada West women’s soccer was a significant step.

Burnaby calls for Hall of Fame nominations  – Burnaby Now
Who will be joining the ranks of celebrated athletic stars this time around? The Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame is counting down to induction day, and invites the public to put forth nominations for the class of 2016.

Southridge Storm roll to Valley soccer title Peace Arch News
Weeks ago, in their first game of the soccer season, the Southridge Storm senior boys lost to Langley’s Credo Christian Kodiaks 5-0. They waited until last week to get their revenge.

U16 Riptide girls fight to keep first placeComox Valley Echo
Last weekend the Marine Harvest U16 Riptide girls travelled to Saanich to potentially uphold their first place position in the current league standings at that time.

KYSA sets AGM date; BMO renews sponsorshipKamloops This Week
Joseph Falsetta of the under-18 Kamloops Blaze in action at the 2015 KYSA Slurpee Cup on McArthur Island in May.  Rick Tolhurst photo

Crusaders eye medal at soccer provincials Kamloops This Week
This might be the best crop of players Tony Cuzzetto has seen in six years as head coach of the St. Ann’s Crusaders’ boys soccer team. “We’re city champs, we were undefeated in our zone and we also won the Okanagan championship,” Cuzzetto said.



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FC Edmonton’s Corea says facing Canada will feel like “playing any other team”the11.ca
And, there’s a chance that midfielder Dustin Corea, who earns his weekly wages as a member of FC Edmonton, will be part of the El Savadoran XI that will face Canada. He got the call to join his national side earlier this week.

Next Canada M20 group heads to Mexico for camp and international matchesCanada Soccer
Canada’s Men’s U-20 Coach Rob Gale will continue the development process with some of the nation’s bright young players this month during a 10-day camp in Mexico. The camp will feature a pair of international friendly matches against their CONCACAF rivals, traditionally the toughest opponents in the region.

Canada U-20 women have plan for successCONCACAF
Clearly, Canada has a quality plan for the development of women’s footballers. An established CONCACAF power, it wants to continue strengthening the foundation that will result in an influential, successful and long-term presence on the global stage.

Canada calls up Tomori to under-20 teamSportsnet
Canadian under-20 coach Rob Gale has summoned Calgary-born Fikayo Tomori, a member of Chelsea’s under-21 team, for a 10-day camp in Mexico this month.

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson hails Canadian prospect Dario Zanatta after debut –  Herald Scotland
HEARTS head coach Robbie Neilson has hailed the ‘huge talent’ of Dario Zanatta after handing the teenager his debut at the weekend. Zanatta joined Hearts in August after beginning his senior career with the youth academy at Vancouver Whitecaps.

Memoir: I was homeless and suicidal, and then soccer saved my lifeToronto Life
I returned to Canada to rebuild my life. When I landed, I had nothing. I didn’t know where my daughter and ex-wife were. Our house had been sold. For a few months, I couch-surfed with friends before I used up all my favours and ended up crashing at a Salvation Army shelter in Brampton. On my second day there, I was eating lunch alone in the cafeteria, trying to figure out what to do next, when a man came up to me and introduced himself. “I’m Paul,” he said. “Want to come out and kick a soccer ball?”

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NASL to unveil new club next week – commissionerESPN FC
A new North American Soccer League (NASL) team, one with the backing of a European club, will be unveiled next week, league commissioner Bill Peterson said on Wednesday.

Cosmos hope to win Soccer Bowl for Raul, SennaEmpire of Soccer
When Pele decided to hang up the boots on his historic career, the New York Cosmos players and staff rallied around the world superstar, hoping to send off the Brazilian great with a championship.

Georgios Samaras continues training with Cosmos Empire of Soccer
Quietly, the New York Cosmos and former Celtic striker Georgios Samaras have been sizing each other up for a potential move.

 Galaxy II, Republic FC To Face Off In ExhibitionUSL
LA Galaxy II announced today the club will face Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Bakersfield College Memorial Stadium. The match, which is set to kick off at 4:45 p.m. PT, marks a doubleheader with Mexican Liga MX teams Toluca and Queretaro as a part of a Champions Soccer LLC International Soccer Challenge event.

Are MLS-2 Rosters Built to Win in USL? Scratching the Pitch
New York Red Bulls II recently announced that the club would exercise options to retain five players for the 2016 USL season. Included in that announcement was a list of nine players whose options would not be picked up by the club. Some of the names included in the second list left Scratching the Pitch scratching its head.

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Gulati wants more women at FIFA’s top table and a bigger game to support itInside World Football
The pay equity issue between men and women’s football could be solved by making the women’s game a much bigger business, said Sunil Gulati, president of the US Soccer Federations (USSF) and a FIFA executive committee member.

Women’s coach Sermanni returns to pro game Sportsnet
Tom Sermanni is embarking on a new adventure after being named coach of the National Women’s Soccer League’s latest expansion team.

Rampone calls Wambach best she has played withThe Equalizer
Christie Rampone has played with some of the best, now bridging into her third generation with th U.S. women’s national team.

The tale of a trailblazing Tica  FIFA
It all began at a wake, nine days of prayer that ended with a conversation about football between a young woman and the sons of the deceased, Fernando and Manuel Emilio Bonilla. They wanted to set up a women’s team but could not find the players. She wanted to play but could not find a team.

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Chelsea and Roma score late to stay alive in Champions League; Arsenal remains in troubleCanada.com
Chelsea and Roma scored late goals to earn crucial victories in the Champions League on Wednesday, improving their chances of advancing to the knockout stage.

Arsenal v Tottenham: an animated guide to the north London derbyThe Guardian
A short history of the north London derby, from Woolwich Arsenal to St Totteringham’s Day via Sol Campbell, the Invincibles and Son Heung-min’s car

Ancelotti writes off Juventus’ Champions League chances but predicts Scudetto challengeGoal
“I think it’s going to be really hard for them to reach the final again as they have lost so many good players,” Ancelotti told Goal. “They signed a number of very good and young talented players who will surely do well, but they need time to understand the system. That’s why I think they won’t reach the final like last year.”

Disheartening day for black coaches, says Troy Townsend BBC Sport
The sackings of Chris Powell and Chris Ramsey were “disheartening”, says anti-racism campaigner Troy Townsend.

Boca Juniors’ Copa Argentina win vs. Rosario tainted by questionable callsESPN FC
Boca Juniors, have swept up domestically. On Sunday they won the Argentine league, and on Wednesday night they added the cup, too, beating Rosario Central 2-0 in the final.

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