WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Whitecaps low on the draws – Vancouver Sun
Fit to be tied in 2014, the Vancouver Whitecaps have drawn the fewest games of any team in MLS this season. After snatching defeat from the jaws of a draw on Saturday night – New York City FC scored the 2-1 winner on a penalty in the final minute of injury time – the Caps have kissed their sister just three times in 2015.
Tim Melia overcomes first-half hiccup to help Sporting KC prevail in U.S. Open Cup final – SBI
Sporting KC won the 2015 U.S. Open Cup final on Wednesday night by topping the Philadelphia Union, 7-6, in a penalty shootout at PPL Park. While Melia came up with two saves in the eight rounds of spot kicks to give Sporting KC its second Open Cup trophy in four years, his biggest stop may have come in the first half.
Philadelphia Union coach Jim Curtin apologetic after losing US Open Cup: “Sorry for not delivering” – MLS
On another night, it could have been different for the Philadelphia Union. On another night, maybe Sebastien Le Toux’s goal holds up as the winner and the franchise’s most decorated player gets to play the role of hero in the franchise’s biggest victory. On another night, maybe the Union are lifting the first trophy in franchise history instead of, once again, watching another team celebrate on their home field.
In extra time, D.C. commits to soccer stadium deal, filing suit to acquire land – Washington Post
Under an agreement with the team, the District had until Wednesday to acquire all of the land for the stadium, even if it meant taking property from a major developer through eminent domain.
Sounders defender Chad Marshall leaves practice in ambulance following ‘head or neck’ injury – Seattle Times
Sounders defender Chad Marshall left Wednesday morning’s practice session at Starfire Sports Complex by ambulance after falling and hitting his head during a drill.
UPDATE: Seattle’s Chad Marshall tweets “Scans went well and I’m doing alright” after leaving training – MLS
“Thank you everyone for the messages and well wishes. Really means a lot. Scans went well and I’m doing alright.”
Impact confident even if artificial turf may keep Drogba out of key game in Orlando – Canada.com
Didier Drogba is a question mark for a key game at Orlando City on Saturday, but the Montreal Impact have been getting positive results lately no matter who is in the lineup.
Biello quickly making his mark with Impact – Goal
That Mauro Biello would one day become head coach of the Montreal Impact was always a question of when rather than if, but if there has been a surprise, it’s that his appointment didn’t come sooner than it did.
VIDEO: Every Goal Of Cyle Larin’s Record Breaking Season – Orlando City SC
A compilation of goals by the record-setting Canadian striker.
Chicago Fire soccer fans in the mud pit of hell – Chicago Tribune
After years of meddling, Chicago Fire owner Andrew Hauptman has finally achieved something amazing: The Fire are completely irrelevant in Chicago sports.
Plans for Frisco Hall of Fame to be unveiled Oct. 14 – Soccer America
Following the fourth and final signoff by Frisco, Texas, entities, U.S. Soccer and FC Dallas are set to unveil plans to move the National Soccer Hall of Fame Museum to Frisco at a press conference to be held Oct. 14 at Toyota Stadium.
BMO Field set to host 2016 Grey Cup – Waking the Red
The first real test of who the real primary tenant at BMO Field will be moving forward is coming soon. The 2016 Grey Cup is reportedly going to take place at BMO Field which is great for MLSE but could cause some scheduling complications given that the CFL championship takes place right in the middle of the MLS Cup playoffs.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Legacy Project – Via Sport
ViaSport has partnered with BC Soccer Assoc., Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the BC Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), and other organizations to leave a lasting legacy of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.
UBCO Fall Women’s Soccer ID Camp in Surrey – UBCO
The purpose of the camp is to provide an opportunity for athletes interested in Heat soccer to showcase themselves and for the coaching staff to provide feedback as to where they might fit-in in the post-secondary soccer setting. It is strongly encouraged that athletes interested in the program attend the camp. Players in Grade 11, & 12.
Griffins history to be made vs Cascades, Spartans – Canada West
The MacEwan University Griffins women’s soccer team will host the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades and the Trinity Western Spartans for the first time in the program’s history. The Griffins will take on the Cascades on Saturday, October 3rd at 12:00 p.m. MST, and then the Spartans on Sunday, October 4.
UFV soccer teams dominate – Abbotsford News
It was a dominant weekend for the UFV Cascades men’s and women’s soccer teams. The clubs won all four games they competed in and continued what has been a strong start to the season.
HUTCHINSON NAMED CANADA WEST FIRST STAR OF THE WEEK – TWU
A hat-trick by itself is an impressive feat, but scoring all three goals in less than 20 minutes is nothing short of remarkable. That’s what happened this weekend for Trinity Western’s Rachel Hutchinson (Cloverdale, B.C.), who needed only 17 minutes and 28 seconds to score three goals against the Alberta Pandas in Canada West women’s soccer action. Thanks to Hutchinson’s tremendous effort, the rookie has been named this week’s Canada West female athlete of the week.
Vikes Athletics releases first-ever book on McKinnon Years – UVic
The publication, which chronicles the rich history of athletics at the University of Victoria, is written by local sportswriter and former UVic Harvey Southam Lecturer Tom Hawthorn, and richly illustrated with archival photographs from the University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections and University Archives, and Vikes Athletics.
Penticton United playing for soccer title – Penticton Western News
Penticton United has advanced to the championship of the Capri Okanagan Oldtimers 45-Plus Soccer League.
CONCACAF 2016 OLYMPIC QUALIFYING
CANADA vs. UNITED STATES
6:00 PM, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2015
SPORTING PARK, KANSAS CITY, KS.
(TV: TLN, LIVESTREAM: CANADASOCCER.COM )
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Junior Hoilett joins Canada’s Men’s National Team – Canada Soccer
Canada’s Men’s National Team program is proud to welcome a new member to its group, midfielder Junior Hoilett. Hoilett, who is well known of our regular Canadian fans and currently plays with Queens Park Rangers, sat down with CanadaSoccerTV to mark this momentous decision.
Junior Hoilett bolsters the Canadian men’s national soccer team – Toronto Star
The Canadian men’s national team’s attack became instantly more potent Wednesday when Queens Park Rangers midfielder Junior Hoilett, a Brampton native, finally pledged his international career to the Canucks.
Hoilett finally commits to Canada: But can he be the player he once was? – the11.ca
The wait is finally over. Junior Hoilett will play for Canada, ending a will-he-or-won’t-he saga that has lasted more than five years.
Canada M23 ready to face USA in Olympic Qualifiers opener – CSA
Canada’s Men’s U-23 Team embarks on their Olympic Qualifying journey on Thursday against one of the favourites of this year’s CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Canada will face rival USA on the opening day of the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifiers soccer competition in Kansas City, KS. The two CONCACAF rivals will kick off at 20.00 local (21.00 ET / 18.00 PT) on Thursday 1 October.
Countdown: CanM23 vs. USA – Red Nation Online
Tonight at the 2015 CONCACAF men’s Olympic qualifying tournament, Canada’s under 23 team will begin their quest of reaching their first men’s Olympic soccer tournament since Los Angeles in 1984.
Canada U-23 Olympic Qualifying Preview – Toronto FC
Toronto FC and Toronto FC II is well represented in the squad as Chris Mannella, Mo Babouli, Skylar Thomas, Jay Chapman, and Quillan Roberts were all selected to represent Canada.
Questions abound, but Herzog confident about U.S. U-23s – Soccer America
Four years after their bid to qualify for the London Olympics ended in an epic collapse, the U.S. U-23s begin their quest to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics on Thursday when they host Canada, the same team that beat them in 2012.
For the United States, Olympic qualification is a must – ESPN FC
History doesn’t weigh as heavily on youth national teams compared to their senior siblings. Typically, there is little to no carryover in terms of personnel from tournament to tournament, so the elation for inspiring victories, or the motivation from painful defeats is usually applied elsewhere.
Olympic qualifying, the ’84 Games and foreshadowing a World Cup appearance – Red Nation Online
The Midfield had Randy Ragan, who played 117 games with the Blizzard, Mike Sweeney who played with the Edmonton Drillers before moving to the Whitecaps and eventually capped 61 times by Canada. There was Paul James, who was only 20 at the time, and just completed his first season with the Toronto Blizzard, current Whitecaps color commentator Dave Norman, who was actually playing both soccer with the Whitecaps and at College Dublin in Ireland, and Garry Gray who would play a prominent role during these Olympic games and at the time was playing with the New York Cosmos previously with Montreal and Vancouver.
FC Edmonton Academy kicks off first week of 2015-16 season – FC Edmonton
The initial session—and first two weeks—of Academy are used as an introduction to playing the game at both ends of the pitch, focusing on general habits and building up each player’s soccer fitness. Player fitness is done through game play (gaining fitness while getting touches on the ball). The early sessions also allow Academy technical director Jeff Paulus and his Academy staff a chance to become familiar with new players and vice versa.
Mason Trafford Inks Extension – Ottawa Fury FC
Ottawa Fury FC today announced that defender Mason Trafford has re-signed with the club through 2017. The 29-year old defender has been part of the best defensive core in the NASL this season helping Fury FC set several NASL records, putting the club on the cusp of a postseason berth in just their second season. As per club policy terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
A September to Remember – Ottawa Fury FC
It was a September to remember for Ottawa Fury FC who entered the month winless in their final three matches in August (0W-2D-1L) holding a narrow two-point lead over New York in the Fall Season standings and faced with four of their five matches coming away from TD Place. When the month ended for the club, they found themselves unbeaten scoring four wins and a draw in the five matches highlighted by a sweep of their three-game road trip where they took a crucial 9-points with wins over Fort Lauderdale (2-0), New York (4-1) and Carolina (3-1).
Tan Tally Not Enough to Secure Victory for Rowdies – The Unused Subs
The Tampa Bay Rowdies were able to jump out to a lead thanks to the play of Fall Season additions Freddy Adu and Long Tan after an hour of scoreless play against Indy Eleven on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough to carry them to victory as Indy was able to equalize a few minutes later with a fluke sequence.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Determined Reign look to topple defending NWSL champs FCKC – Prost Amerika
Thursday evening, Providence Park will play host to this year’s NWSL Final, a rematch of last year’s championship between the Seattle Reign and FC Kansas City. The match, expected to be a close one, will pit the league’s best offense against the league’s best defense.
The NWSL Final: What You Need to Know – Empire of Soccer
The NWSL’s third season is coming to a conclusion in Portland, Oregon with the Championship match on the horizon. The final represents the pinnacle of women’s soccer in North America and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
NWSL final: Seattle Reign hope ruthlessness can kill off FC Kansas City – The Guardian
Laura Harvey’s team will have to win in a hostile environment if they are to gain revenge for last year’s final defeat.
Hope Solo Blog: 19 Reasons Why We’ll Win the NWSL Title – The Equalizer
Thursday’s game is a rematch of last year’s final. I’m happy we’re playing Kansas again, but that’s not what’s motivating me or any of my teammates. For us to take home the championship, it’s not about our opponent. It’s not about anything other than us, the 20 very different individuals who represent the Reign. If we play unapologetically and boldly, if we play Seattle Reign soccer, I am 100 percent confident that we can beat any team. I will take our mix of players over any other mix any day.
Erika Tymrak Blog: 2015 NWSL Championship – The Equalizer
We may not of had the gleaming regular season record from 2013 or the outlandishly cheeky goals from 2014, but this year this team has literally started from the bottom…… And now were here!
Women’s Super League: Chelsea or Manchester City for the title? – BBC Sport
This year the title race has again come down to the last weekend of the season and, just like 12 months ago, it is Chelsea Ladies who have it all to lose. However, second-placed Manchester City are the only team still harbouring hopes of pipping leaders Chelsea to the title.
NWSL AND NIKE ANNOUNCE EXTENDED PARTNERSHIP THRU 2019 – NWSL
The National Women’s Soccer League and Nike, the world’s leading soccer brand, have extended their partnership through the 2019 season, the league announced Wednesday. The continued relationship solidifies Nike’s role as the league’s official club kit, apparel and equipment, supplier of the league ball, and provider for all nine NWSL teams, as well as any future teams.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UCL Rewind: Manchester clubs overcome deficits; Juve tops Sevilla; and more – SBI
Wednesday’s clash couldn’t have started much worse for Manchester United, but the end result was the one desired for the Red Devils. After conceding a fourth minute opener to Daniel Caligiuri, Man United came back to score a victory over Wolfsburg via a 2-1 result at Old Trafford. Here’s a closer look at the rest of Wednesday’s Champions League action.
Pep Guardiola’s evolution unlocks the brilliance of Robert Lewandowski – The Guardian
Pep’s Bayern 2.0 are now enjoying Lewandowski-inspired glory, thanks to a tweak or two in his footballing philosophy.
Cristiano Ronaldo on Real Madrid record – UEFA
“I’m so proud and happy,” Cristiano Ronaldo told UEFA.com after reaching 500 career goals and equalling Raúl González as Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer at Malmö.
A UEFA Champions League underdog you can hate: Meet FC Astana – Soccer Gods
The team is funded by income from oil and natural gas interests. Its players have been seduced by high salaries to join the squad. Part of the team’s reason for being is to attract visitors to its country. In fact, the country’s president founded the club’s umbrella organization.
Leon-America showdown highlights Liga MX midweek – ESPN FC
It’s time for another round of midweek games in the Liga MX Apertura. With less than two months left until the end of the regular season, it’s now-or-never for many clubs who are looking to make a late push for the Liguilla.
Robin van Persie’s Fenerbahce frustrations show rise of Turkey’s Super Lig – The Guardian
While Nani is prospering for the Yellow Canaries, the struggle of his former Manchester United team-mate Van Persie to make Vitor Pereira’s first XI is an indicator of how the Super Lig is maturing into a competition of depth.
Roberto Carlos, Lucio and Adrian Mutu among Indian Super League stars – ESPN FC
The Indian Super League (ISL) will aim to prove that last year’s success, with bumper crowds and high television audiences, was no fluke when the second edition of the tournament gets underway on Oct. 3.
Iran’s Persepolis captain dies of cardiac arrest – Press TV
Iranian soccer player Hadi Norouzi has lost his life after suffering a heart attack, in what has been described as the second tragedy to strike the Islamic Republic’s soccer in nearly a month.
Amateur footballer jailed for breaking opponent’s leg in intentional tackle – The Guardian
An amateur footballer has been jailed for a year for breaking an opponent’s leg in an an intentional “long jump” tackle. Nathaniel James Kerr, 27, made the two-footed tackle on an opponent during a Sunday league football match in August 2014. The victim, 30-year-old Stuart Parsons, needed a pin and plate in his ankle after it was broken in two places.
Premier League clubs’ fans unite for ticket protest this weekend – BBC Sport
Fans from all 20 Premier League clubs and 10 Championship teams will join forces this weekend to protest about the cost of ticket prices.
Football League reveals average cost of tickets for 2014-15 – BBC Sport
The average cost of Football League tickets across its three divisions over the 2014-15 season was £14.08, the organisation has announced.
City of Liverpool FC seek to give community a team of its own – The Guardian
New ‘people’s club’ believes high ticket prices and demand for seats at Everton and Liverpool mean next generation is missing out on matchday experience.
The healing power of football? FIFA vs UEFA match called off – Inside World Football
If ever proof were needed that all is not quite right at the top of FIFA and UEFA, tomorrow’s annual friendly game between the staff of both organisations has suddenly been postponed – relieving respective presidents Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini of coming face to face.