BC Soccer News, Thursday, October 31, 2019


Episode 363 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Ghost Moog with special guest Fredy Montero)AFTN
Things are getting spooky at AFTN Towers as we’re back with a (somewhat) Halloween themed episode and lots of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and CPL chat.

Whitecaps coach Dos Santos on global search for players, club closing in on new sporting directorDaily Hive
Expect another busy off-season as the organization looks to build towards contending for an MLS playoff spot in 2020.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2019 Season Roundup Part 4: Plans for 2019 Off-SeasonEighty-Six Forever
Last week, we began our Vancouver Whitecaps 2019 Season in Review Looking Back at 2019. Next, we Graded MDS on His First Year as Manager. We concluded the week by discussing The Potential Futures of Current Whitecaps Players. This week we conclude our five-part series by looking ahead to the 2020 off-season and then doing some fun speculating about who starts next season.

Toronto FC upsets Atlanta United, will face Seattle at MLS Cup yet againYahoo Sports
For the third time in four years, Toronto FC will face the Seattle Sounders at MLS Cup.

TFC recovers from abysmal start to reach third MLS Cup FinalSportsnet
For a third time in four years, the MLS Cup Final will feature the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC after the Reds defeated Atlanta United 2-1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the Eastern Conference final on Wednesday.

Seattle Sounders host 2019 MLS Cup: Rave Green aiming for 5th trophy at CenturyLink FieldMLS
Seattle Sounders supporters have probably dreamed of this moment since the club joined the MLS ranks as an expansion club in 2009.

Atlanta United dominates the East final. It also losesAJC
It wasn’t so long ago that these fallible fingers typed of Atlanta United, “It’s almost as if this isn’t an Atlanta team at all.” These same fingers were guilty, sort of, of likening the ’96 Braves to the ’27 Yankees after Game 2 of a World Series. (So maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m the jinx.)

Toronto FC’s Greg Vanney: No one outside the club thought shorthanded squad could make MLS CupMLS
o be the best, you have to beat the best, and in Wednesday night’s Eastern Conference Final in the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs, Toronto FC dismantled MLS’s reigning champions.

Toronto FC’s Eastern Conference triumph proves playoffs are about winning any way you canESPN
At the start of the Major League Soccer playoffs, Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders were not supposed to reach MLS Cup. Even two days ago, they still weren’t the favorites.

STL: MLS stadium will go north of Market Street, include practice fields near Union Station in expanded planSt. Louis Post-Dispatch
The $250-million-plus plan envisions a 22,500-seat stadium north of Market in place of highway ramps, parking lots and private businesses along Olive Street, according to renderings obtained by the Post-Dispatch. Practice fields and other team facilities would be wedged south of Market between 21st and 22nd streets, replacing empty land and highway on- and off-ramps.


Hurricanes hit top after knocking off leaders in dramatic week of VMSL Premier action (with video)AFTN
The Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) Premier Division has new leaders, two of them in fact, after an action packed weekend of matches.

VIU Mariners Soccer Teams Heading to NationalsVIU
VIU Mariners men’s and women’s soccer teams looking to bring home some hardware at the CCAA Nationals.

Abbotsford’s Buttar named Canada West rookie of the yearAbbotsford News
Bryana Buttar’s first year on the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades women’s soccer team proved to be a historical one.

Former West Kelowna soccer star named Canada West Player of the Year Lake Country Calendar
Issac Koch of the University of Victoria Vikes was named the conference’s best on Wednesday.

WSOC: ‘Birds face arch-rival Spartans in CW semifinalUBC
Heating up at just the right time, the UBC Thunderbirds look to make an even bigger splash at this weekend’s Canada West final four tournament hosted by Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton Friday and Saturday, November 1st and 2nd.

MSOC: ‘Birds host Huskies in CW Final Four semifinalUBC
Looking to claim their third consecutive Canada West championship, the UBC Thunderbirds host the conference final four tournament Friday and Saturday, November 1st and 2nd, while also aiming to clinch a berth at the U SPORTS national championship for a fifth straight season.

Cowichan LMG blazes by Juan de FucaCowichan Valley Citizen
Blaze Roberts needed just 11 minutes to score a hat trick on Saturday night as he paced Cowichan LMG to a 4-0 win over Juan de Fuca All Flows in Victoria on Saturday night.

Quw’utsun settles for draw despite dominant effortCowichan Valley Citizen
Supporters of Quw’utsun FC weren’t sure what to think after their team’s 1-1 draw with Lakehill Hooligans on Sunday afternoon.

Soccer players heading to Europe for competitionCoast Reporter
Two young shíshálh Nation soccer players will be gearing up for competition in Europe this August and a fundraising event at the Nation’s longhouse has been organized to help raise money for the athletes.

Burnaby’s Christine Sinclair honoured for her work fighting MS Burnaby Now
The Women Against Multiple Sclerosis Luncheon is back at the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel for a fifth year on Nov. 22. This year, WAMS is honouring Burnaby soccer legend Christine Sinclair,who will be recognized at the event for her outstanding support of the MS community.

BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates! (Editor’s Note: On August 20, DAZN dropped access to La Liga and Ligue 1 through it’s link to beIN Sports. Find out about this and more in our latest update.)

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Candidates now being invited for BC Soccer Assoc. Board of DirectorsBCSA
BC Soccer is now accepting candidate applications for its Board of Directors for terms commencing November 2019. Elections for these positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday November 2nd .

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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!

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.

Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.







Cavalry in full concentration mode as they prepare to be “dominant” at home to Forge in CPL Championship second legAFTN
Cavalry FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. is hoping his team can conjure the spirit of Tottenham or Liverpool on Saturday.

Canadian Premier League finals: 3 key individual matchups to watch in Leg 2CBC
Here are three key matchups to look for in Leg 2 of Finals 2019 on Saturday at ATCO Field in Calgary.

Cavalry can draw off loss to Impact for must-win final leg of CPL finalsEdmonton Journal
Cavalry FC has been here before. Trailing by one goal in a two-game, total-goal series and coming home with hopes of righting the ship by rallying from the back foot in pursuit of a high-profile Canadian soccer honour.

Return home a win all around for Kitchener soccer star David EdgarThe Record
His soccer career has been a wild ride stretching 14 years and has taken him to clubs, leagues and national team assignments across the world. But now, he’s home, sort of.

Forge’s Borges lock for CPL’s best player honour?National Post
Tristan Borges knows how to score goals. Fourteen, so far this season, to lead the Canadian Premier League.

Canada Soccer announces squad for Women’s National Team tournament in ChinaCSA
Canada Soccer have announced their squad for the upcoming Four Nations Tournament that will take place in Yongchuan, China. The matches in the November FIFA window will help Canada continue its preparation for the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament which will be played in January/February 2020.

Canadian women’s soccer team calls up 15-year-old midfielder Olivia SmithMedicine Hat News
Canada coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller has called up 15-year-old midfielder Olivia Smith for an invitational tournament next month in Yongchuan, China.

Canada in must-win scenario after late loss to Angola at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019CSA
Canada lost a heartbreaker late to Angola in their second group match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019. Deep into added time and in search of a winner, Canada conceded in the 94th minute on a goalmouth scramble as Angola won 2:1 to qualify for the knockout phase of the biennial tournament. Canada now have their backs against the wall in a must-win scenario in their group finale against New Zealand on Friday night.

2019 CPL-U SPORTS Draft announced, rules releasedCanPL
The Canadian Premier League revealed Wednesday that the 2019 CPL-U SPORTS Draft will be held in Montréal at this year’s U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship, which will take from Nov. 7-10.

Road to glory: Preview: Atlantic University Sport men’s and women’s soccer championshipsCape Breton Post
After 240 regular season games over two months, two Atlantic University Sport championships will be decided this weekend at a tournament in Sydney.


Ottawa Fury FC dumps coach Nikola PopovicEdmonton Journal
Just getting to the United Soccer League Championship playoffs wasn’t enough for Ottawa Fury FC, which on Wednesday got rid of coach Nikola Popovic, saying it won’t renew his contract.

Championship Playoffs Preview: Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC vs. Louisville City FCUSL
After a dominant victory to open its playoff campaign, No. 1 seed Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC will face the challenge of hosting the defending title-holder when No. 4 seed Louisville City FC visits Highmark Stadium on Saturday night for the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2019 USL Championship Playoffs.

Championship Playoffs Preview: El Paso Locomotive FC vs. Sacramento Republic FCUSL
El Paso Locomotive FC will host its first playoff contest as the No. 6 seed welcomes No. 7 seed Sacramento Republic FC to Southwest University Park for the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2019 USL Championship Playoffs on Saturday night.

Championship Playoffs Preview: Nashville SC vs. Indy ElevenUSL
Two clubs coming off their first playoff victories in the USL Championship will square off when No. 2 seed Nashville SC hosts No. 3 seed Indy Eleven in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2019 USL Championship Playoffs on Saturday night at First Tennessee Park.

Championship Playoffs Preview: Phoenix Rising FC vs. Real Monarchs SLCUSL
Having come through a penalty shootout to open the postseason, No. 1 seed Phoenix Rising FC will square off with the only side to defeat it on its home turf during the regular season when it faces No. 4 seed Real Monarchs SLC in the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2019 USL Championship Playoffs at Casino Arizona Field on Friday night.

San Antonio, Head Coach Powell Part WaysUSL
San Antonio FC announced on Wednesday it had mutually agreed to part ways with Head Coach and Technical Director Darren Powell. Powell compiled a 59-44-39 record in all competitions in his time with SAFC.

USL: Charleston Battery get new owner, new venuePro Soccer USA
A new era is coming for the oldest continuously-run professional soccer club in the United States.

USL football club could find a new home on the Monterey peninsulaKSBW
The stadium is located at CSU Monterey Bay and a professional soccer team owner with ties to the Monterey peninsula wants it to be the stadium for his team, currently known as the Fresno Football club which is part of the United Soccer League.

Timbers Strike Partnership with Hillsboro Hops for T2USL
The Portland Timbers announced on Wednesday a new partnership with the Hillsboro Hops through which the Hops will take control of business operations for the USL Championship’s Portland Timbers 2, including marketing, ticketing and sponsorship sales. The Timbers will continue to own T2 and manage soccer operations for the club.


UWCL: Atlético oust City, favourites throughUEFA
Atlético again knocked out Manchester City to join Barcelona, Bayern, holders Lyon and Wolfsburg in the last eight.

Hegerberg double breaks Champions League scoring recordsInside World Football
Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg has broken the goalscoring record in the Women’s Champions League, becoming the competition’s all-time top scorer with 53 goals following a brace on Wednesday against Denmark’s Fortuna Hjorring.

Vlatko Andonovski is prepared for the USWNT jobThe Equalizer
It’s a few days before the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft in Los Angeles, and Vlatko Andonovski wants to make sure that he hasn’t missed anything.

Portland Thorns could make key roster changes in offseason after disappointing end to 2019 seasonOregon Live
The Portland Thorns sat in first place in the NWSL standings and were in a position to claim the NWSL Shield, awarded to the top team in the regular season, when they took the field for a massive game against the powerhouse North Carolina Courage on Sept. 11.

The Courage culture is fully vestedThe Equalizer
During last Friday’s media day, ahead of the seventh National Women’s Soccer League Championship, Crystal Dunn all but admitted she was exhausted and ready for her long year to be over. It was a talking point that did not sit particularly well with her coach Paul Riley.


Liverpool topples Arsenal in shootout to advance in League CupSportsnet
After 19 goals on a wild night at Anfield — nine in a penalty shootout — Liverpool ousted Arsenal in the League Cup to reach the quarterfinals.

Carabao Cup draw: Man United face Colchester, Man City at OxfordESPN
Manchester United will welcome Colchester to Old Trafford, the lowest-ranked side in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals, while holders Manchester City travel to Oxford.

Club World Cup trumps League Cup as Klopp says date clash will force Liverpool outInside World Football
In a highly unusual move, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has threatened to pull his team out of the League Cup competition due to fixture congestion.

Berlin divided again as Union hosts Hertha in BundesligaYahoo Sports
Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first Bundesliga derby between the city’s biggest clubs is dividing the German capital once again.

Hertha Berlin v Dynamo Dresden: 30,000 away fans travel to German Cup tieBBC Sport
When it comes to fanatical away fan followings, the efforts of Dynamo Dresden on Wednesday night will take some beating.

Napoli draws against Atalanta, Juventus beats Genoa in penaltiesSportsnet
Atalanta rallied to draw 2-2 at Napoli on Wednesday in an entertaining Serie A match between two of the league’s most attack-minded sides.

Roma getting the most out of Chris Smalling in their latest evolutionThe Guardian
Victory over Udinese moved Roma up to fourth, an impressive position when set against their lengthy injury list.

Sevilla thwarted at Valencia by late levelerLondon Free Press
Sevilla missed out on the chance to go level on points with La Liga leaders Barcelona as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Valencia on Wednesday after conceding a late equalizer.

Scottish Premiership: Forrest helps Celtic to win as Rangers keep pace – The Guardian
James Forrest celebrated his new contract with a goal as Celtic beat St Mirren 2-0 at Parkhead to remain top of the table on goal difference after Rangers beat Ross County 4-0.

Monaco beat Marseille to book last 16 placeLigue 1
AS Monaco won through to the last 16 of the Coupe de la Ligue BKT with a 2-1 victory over Olympique de Marseille at the Stade Louis II, with Jean-Kévin Augustin and Ruben Aguilar getting their goals.

U-17 WC: France and Senegal seal places in knockout phaseFIFA
France and Senegal were the big winners of Matchday 5 at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019, as they booked their spots in the knockout phase by each recording their second successive group victory.

British Asians in football: What happened to Football Association strategy?BBC Sport
It is six years since the Football Association outlined its intention to come up with a plan to help British Asians make an impact on English football.

UEFA Europa Conference League: all you need to knowUEFA
The UEFA Europa Conference League will kick off for the 2021/22 campaign.

Esports strategy: Smart clubs plan for more than just the FIFA game in global branding playInside World Football
The esports business is expected to generate $1 billion of income this year, rising to $5 billion annually in five years time. It is an income growth wave that football has been keen to catch, but a report by the KPMG Football Benchmark team argues that the attraction of football to esports should not be solely about revenue generation.

eClub World Cup returns as new online qualification process opensFIFA
The FIFA eClub World Cup™ is back! For the fourth time in a row and featuring a more accessible online qualification process, including more games and more opportunities to qualify, the eClub World Cup 2020 will feature the very best club teams in the world, who will compete to lift one of the top prizes in FIFA gaming at a special offline tournament in February 2020.

World Cup bid bribery back in the spotlight as Russia 2018 email cache releasedInside World Football
The murky business of World Cup bidding has been thrust back into the spotlight by leaked emails which claim to offer a blueprint of how Russia could bribe FIFA’s most senior officials to vote for them to stage the 2018 tournament.

FIFA to publish detailed verdicts of ethics, disciplinary casesSportsnet
FIFA will open its legal work to scrutiny by publishing detailed verdicts in most ethics and disciplinary cases.

More BC Soccer News…

Posted in BC Soccer News.