WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Preview: Young ‘Caps set to take on C.D. Olimpia Thursday in CCL finale – Whitecaps FC
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT. The match will not be aired on Sportsnet World or TSN 1410 radio, but the club is exploring online streaming options.
Whitecaps Need Key Attacking Players Healthy – Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps appear to be backing into the post-season, or perhaps more aptly, limping. The ‘Caps have looked offensively neutered their last few matches, and the biggest reason is the amount of injuries sustained to key players. For instance, the Whitecaps most important offensive player is Pedro Morales, and he’s been injured for the majority of the season, which has had a ripple affect on the teams entire attack.
Mezquida the Caps’ missing element? – The Province
The Whitecaps’ Uruguayan trio was sitting together Monday in the middle of the practice field at UBC, as they like to do most days. If you were looking for a snapshot of what might determine this team’s fate in Sunday’s pivotal regular-season finale against Houston, and then in the playoffs, this was it.
Whitecaps in tough spot for MLS season finale – 24 Hours
The Vancouver Whitecaps play what amounts to a meaningless game on Thursday night, but one that could have a big impact on Sunday’s regular season finale.
A season to remember for MLS in Canada – Red Nation Online
As Canadians, we have a hard time feeling respected, especially when it comes to sports and in comparison to the United States. One of my first RedNation Online columns was on this subject and how Canadian MLS teams have to live within an American soccer system, and there are parallels in other sports as we see the recent scheduling for the Blue Jays playoff games which saw them play on Election Day, Thanksgiving Sunday and other random times in the afternoon.
Sporting Kansas City “didn’t get it done,” now facing tough situation to clinch playoff spot – MLS
“We knew what we had to do, and we didn’t get it done,” center back Kevin Ellis told reporters after Wednesday night’s 2-0 loss to the shorthanded Colorado Rapids – the Western Conference’s cellar dwellers – kept Sporting from clinching a fifth straight playoff spot. “That’s disappointing to us. Every guy in here is going to take responsibility for that, myself included.
MLS clubs learn their opponents for CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals – MLS
Real Salt Lake’s win on Tuesday meant that they will join D.C. United, the LA Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders in next spring’s quarterfinals. Mexican club Tigres’s draw with Costa Rican side Herediano on Wednesday completed a quartet of Mexican sides to join the four MLS clubs.
LA Galaxy frustrated at throwing away CONCACAF Champions League top seed: “We failed” – MLS
The LA Galaxy’s latest end-of-game collapse cost them the No. 1 seed for the CONCACAF Champions League’s knockout phase and a chance to avoid Mexican opposition until at least the semifinals.
Is D.C. United’s ‘Bennyball’ coming good again in time for the playoffs? – ESPN FC
After weeks of what looked like free-fall and teams around them gaining momentum for the run-in, the one-time Eastern Conference runaway leaders are in second place in the East going into the final day. Once again D.C. is threatening to leave a clutch of puzzled competitors wondering how they were beaten.
Insider Notes: Klinsmann’s U.S. Soccer power struggle; Kreis out? – SI.com
Despite recent losses, Jurgen Klinsmann remains the U.S. men’s national team coach and technical director, but multiple sources say that Klinsmann’s duties in the latter area have become more ceremonial than before.
Vieira favorite to replace Kreis, Reyna to stay on at NYCFC, more – Empire of Soccer
Kreis has had an up-and-down year. Despite a large-scale investment to the roster, including the hiring of world superstars Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa, the fledgling franchise fell outside of playoff contention with an unsightly 10-16-7 record. That record includes the second most goals given up by any club this season (55), a -7 goal differential and the third worst home record of any team in the league (6-6-4).
Manchester City invites Lampard to train with club during MLS offseason – Goal
The former City and Chelsea man is focused on building up his fitness before the MLS season resumes in March, and the Blues have offered him a place in first-team training.
Clint Dempsey tops MLS jersey sales, four NYCFC players in top 10 – ESPN FC
For the second year running, Dempsey’s replica shirt was the most popular purchase based on overall retail sales on MLSStore.com since the start of the 2015 season. Dempsey was joined in the Top 10 by teammate Obafemi Martins, who slotted in at sixth. The LA Galaxy’s Steven Gerrard checked in at second place.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Vikes host Spartans, Cascades with play-off hosting on the line – UVic
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team face stiff competition in the Trinity Western Spartans and Fraser Valley Cascades for their final homestand of the 2015 Canada West regular season. The Vikes have the chance to finish as high as second in the Canada West Pacific Division standings pending this weekend’s results. The Vikes are 4-3-3 on the season and are coming off a disappointing weekend that included a 0-0 draw with the UBC Okanagan Heat and 4-2 loss against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.
Vikes women enter final home series against Cascades, Spartans – UVic
The University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team enters an Oct. 23-24 weekend home series at Centennial Stadium against the Trinity Western Spartans and Fraser Valley Cascades with Canada West quarter-final hosting still much up for grabs. This weekend’s home series wraps up Canada West regular season play for the Vikes.
OLIVERIO NAMED CANADA WEST FIRST STAR OF THE WEEK – TWU
TWU fifth-year midfielder Ali Oliverio led the No. 6 TWU Spartans to wins over the Winnipeg Wesmen and the Manitoba Bisons with a five-point weekend in the Spartans 4-0 and 6-0 wins over the Wesmen and the Bisons.
Zacharuk named Canada West third star of the week – UFV
Brittney Zacharuk of the University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team has been named the Canada West female third star of the week.
Mariners soccer teams chasing first place – Nanaimo News Bulletin
Vancouver Island University’s men’s and women’s sides won all their matches on Saturday and Sunday. The women beat the Langara Falcons 2-1 and then handled the Capilano Blues 4-1, while the men also beat the Falcons by a 2-1 score before shutting out the Blues 4-0.
Nanaimo’s tactics play right into LMG’s hands – Cowichan Valley Citizen
The Vancouver Island Soccer League’s Division 1-leading Cowichan LMG faced a strategy they hadn’t seen previously this year when they hosted Nanaimo FC at the Ladysmith turf last Friday night.
Villa earns point on road against Victoria team – Powell River Peak
Powell River Villa came home with its first road point of the season last weekend after playing to a 1-1 tie against Prospect Lake Black 2.
Loggers draw with Cermaq City – Sooke News Mirror
Sooke Loggers and Cermaq City Wave FC played to a 1-1 draw in Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 2 play on Saturday at Fred Milne Park.
Okanagan duo trains with Whitecaps program – Kelowna Capital News
A pair of Okanagan soccer players have been getting a taste the next level of soccer this week with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Pre-Residency program.
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Craig Forrest honoured by Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame – CSA
The great Craig Forrest has been honoured yet again, this time with his Class of 2015 induction to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. The former Canada Soccer international footballer is one of 12 athletes and builders to be honoured on Wednesday 21 October in Toronto.
Craig Forrest’s path to HoF began with lacrosse – Sportsnet
Forrest, now 48, would eventually get the hang of the goalkeeper position and go on to become one of the greatest soccer players this country has ever produced. On Wednesday evening in Toronto, Forrest will be officially inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, becoming only the fifth soccer player to be so honoured.
Canada to face USA in men’s youth matches – CSA
Canada’s men’s national youth program will face USA in a pair of friendly matches in Carson, CA, USA. The matches will be played 23 and 25 October 2015, with both sides featuring players born 1999 or later.
Canada’s Richie Laryea earns NCAA player of week honours after Zips’ win – Winnipeg Free Press
Canada’s Richie Laryea has earned NCAA male soccer player of the week honours. The 20-year-old from Toronto scored his first career hat trick to lift the Akron Zips 4-0 over Northern Illinois on Saturday.
MacKinnon brings love for soccer to the women’s team – Daily Eastern News
Distance from home means nothing for Eastern women’s soccer junior forward Kathleen MacKinnon. She travels all throughout the Midwest with her teammates and coaches during the season, but the trip she took from home is a much longer one. MacKinnon was recruited by coach Jason Cherry out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, over 1300 miles away from Charleston.
Syracuse finds success in Canadian recruiting – Daily Orange
The same reason stuck out to Alex Lamontagne and Natasha Tcheki-Jamgotchian about Syracuse when they were deciding where to play soccer. The Orange already had players from Canada, appealing to both Lamontagne, an Ontario native, and Tcheki-Jamgotchian, from Quebec.
NASL & USL NEWS
Ottawa clinches NASL fall championship – Soccer America
The Ottawa Fury clinched the NASL’s fall championship with a game to spare when it defeated Jacksonville Armada FC, 3-1, on Wednesday night. Ottawa has lost only once in its last 24 matches, a loss at home to Jacksonville in the first game of the fall season.
(VIDEO) CAMPIONE! – Fury celebrate first championship – Ottawa Fury FC
Videos of Ottawa Fury FC capturing the NASL Fall Season title.
Furious Review: Legends of the Fall – Total MLS
The Ottawa Fury became the first Canadian club in modern NASL history to take home some silverware as they defeated the Jacksonville Armada 3-1 in northern Florida Wednesday night in the team’s penultimate match of the 2015 regular season.
Sporting Club to announce USL team on Thursday at Starlight Theatre – Sporting KC
Sporting Club will formally introduce Kansas City’s new United Soccer League (USL) team on Thursday during a special event outside the Applause Club at Starlight Theatre.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Source: Alex Morgan blockbuster NWSL trade to Orlando being finalized – SI.com
A blockbuster NWSL trade is being finalized that will send superstar Alex Morgan from Portland to the new expansion team in Orlando, SI.com has learned.
Southern African women punch Olympic tickets – FIFA
Both of CAF’s representatives at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament next year are surprisingly coming from southern Africa as Zimbabwe and South Africa came away from two-legged ties over the last fortnight to reach Rio de Janeiro.
Late Lloyd finish earns USWNT draw with Brazil – SBI
The latest round of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s Victory Tour certainly proved to be the most nervy. After conceding inside three minutes, the USWNT came from behind via a late Carli Lloyd goal to earn a 1-1 draw Wednesday against Brazil at CenturyLink Field. With the draw, the U.S. extends its home unbeaten run to 101 games, with the last home loss coming in Nov. 2004.
NWSL announces 2016 College Draft, waiver tie-break order – Potomac Soccer Wire
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has announced the order for the league’s 2016 College Draft, along with the waiver tie-break order.
EIGHT PLAYERS AVAILABLE ON WAIVER WIRE – NWSL
The National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) announced today that eight players are available on the Waiver Wire as part of the Offseason Waiver Process.
Olympics roster evaluation in full swing for Ellis – The Equalizer
The U.S. women’s national team makes its way to the ‘Emerald City’ on Wednesday for the first time since 2002 for the Women’s World Cup victory tour. The World Cup champions take on No. 7-ranked Brazil at CenturyLink Field.
USWNT to Play China PR in Glendale, Arizona on Dec. 13 in Second-to-Last Match of Victory Tour – US Soccer
The U.S. Women’s National Team will face China PR on Dec. 13 in Glendale, Ariz., as the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions will play their second-to-last match of the Victory Tour at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Scott Rogers: Liverpool Ladies promote assistant to replace Matt Beard – BBC Sport
Liverpool Ladies have promoted Scott Rogers from assistant boss to manager to replace recently departed Matt Beard.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Tests confirm that Dutch football great Johan Cruyff suffering from lung cancer – Kelowna Daily Courier
Dutch football great Johan Cruyff is battling lung cancer, his spokeswoman said Thursday.
‘I know you as a fighter’ – Football world offers Cruyff support – Goal
The Netherlands legend was diagnosed with lung cancer on Thursday, prompting a stream of messages from figures within the game on social media.
UCL Rewind: De Bruyne saves Man City; Real, PSG draw; and more – SBI
The summer signing of Kevin De Bruyne continues to pay dividends for Manchester City. De Bruyne netted a 91st-minute game-winner for Man City, which topped reigning Europa League champions Sevilla, 2-1, Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium. Man City’s victory pushes the team to six points through three games, while Sevilla has work to do after claiming just three in three.
Match official pressured to favour Real Madrid in Clasico vs. Barcelona – lawyer – ESPN FC
A La Liga assistant referee has told anti-corruption officials he was pressured by the Technical Committee of Referees (CTA) to favour Real Madrid in the upcoming Clasico against Barcelona in November.
FIFA U-17 World Cup: Germans seal qualification, Latin Americans stutter – FIFA
Germany became the third team to advance to the Round of 16 of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 by comfortably disposing of Group C opponents Argentina 4-0, on a matchday 5 that proved highly disappointing for the three Latin Americans teams in action.
Out of favour Defoe can’t help Sunderland – Sportsnet
Defoe unhappy? Not working out the way he thought it would? Sounds very familiar, doesn’t it? Here’s the deal with Defoe: if he was scoring goals and working hard he’d be in the team, but he hasn’t been.
On Klopp and the poisoned chalice of Premier League management – ESPN FC
Football gave a deep sigh last week and gathered itself for the start of another managerial story arc, despite a strong feeling that we’d all been here before. The lifespan of a Premier League manager has now become a well-worn path from the promising unveiling to the desperate departure, with plenty of evergreen chapters of chaos in between.
Manchester City to be charged by Uefa after fans boo Champions League anthem before clash with Sevilla – The Telegraph
City fans began booing it last season after the club were hit with a fine of £50 million – most of which was suspended – and a squad reduction of 25 to 21 for breaching FFP regulations.
DETROIT CITY FC TO HOST FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER FOR HISTORIC MATCH – Detroit City FC
To commemorate its groundbreaking campaign to rehabilitate historic Keyworth Stadium with community investments, Detroit City FC will be hosting FC United of Manchester, arguably the most celebrated supporter-owned club in Europe.
Premier League clubs to top NFL TV earnings by 2017 – UEFA report – ESPN FC
UEFA’s club licensing benchmarking report for 2014 says that European club football finances are “significantly healthier” in 2014 as opposed to 2011, and that European club football revenues equal 80 percent of the four major U.S. Sports combined — NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL.
How to Catch a Match Fixer – Vice Sports
On the day the investigation began, in the fall of 2012, Tom Mace arrived at work just as he always did, walking the final steps to his office on a tree-lined street bordering the Richmond Green. His office across the street from the Green is the headquarters of the security services department of a company called Sportradar, where Mace and his colleagues deal with what’s probably the single greatest challenge facing contemporary sports: match-fixing. More is done in the Sportradar office on the Green to combat the international networks of cunning match fixers than perhaps anywhere else on Earth.