VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
NEW YORK RED BULLS vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #32
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017, 2:00 PM
RED BULL ARENA, HARRSION, NJ.
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New York Red Bulls vs. Vancouver Whitecaps | 2017 MLS Match Preview – MLS
Two teams moving in opposite directions in the standings will meet on Saturday at Red Bull Arena as part of the shortened Week 31 slate, as slumping New York will host streaking Vancouver in a match thick with playoff implications in both conferences.
Match Preview: Two-Match Homestand Begins with Vancouver – NYRB
With three matches remaining, New York (43 pts) needs to pick up just three points to lock up the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Montreal, New England, Philadelphia and Orlando all sit behind the Red Bulls at 39 points and two games remaining.
Little Rascal or The Rash, Yordy Reyna has made a name for himself – The Province
It appears the normally loquacious Carl Robinson has exhausted his vocabulary in an attempt to describe Yordy Reyna.
What role will Yordy Reyna play in Peru’s World Cup push? – MLS
Yordy Reyna joined the Vancouver Whitecaps in January in search of the steady playing time that largely eluded him in Europe. After overcoming an early season injury, he has found just that – and his top form.
Rachel Lewis: Passion is key to success – Richmond News
Rachel Lewis, the Richmond-raised chief operating officer (COO) of the Vancouver Whitecaps, will speak at the Women in Leadership panel hosted by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce this Thursday. Having been part of Whitecaps FC for 14 years, Lewis was named COO in 2007 and is the only female core executive member on a Vancouver pro sports team.
Vancouver Whitecaps waiting for the end of the world – Soccer Shorts
Well, maybe not the end of the world but definitely the end of the regular season because right now Carl Robinson and his players are caught in the limbo of knowing that they’ve already done enough to make the playoffs but still have three games to get through before all the post season hoopla begins in earnest.
Dynamo’s Erick Torres still dreams of playing in Europe – Houston Chronicle
Erick Torres’ bounce-back season has restored his goal of one day playing in Europe. The 24-year old striker is in the midst of a record-breaking season with the Dynamo. His 14 goals are the most in a single season in club history, and he has three more games to add to it.
Impact coach Biello shrugs off reports he will be reassigned at end of season – Edmonton Journal
Inaugurating the new Mauro Biello soccer field at his old high school was the only cheerful moment for the Montreal Impact coach this week.
Minnesota United FC vs. Sporting Kansas City | 2017 MLS Match Preview – MLS
Minnesota United FC will look to notch another milestone in their MLS history on Saturday, hosting Sporting Kansas City with a shot of picking up two wins in a week for the first time. The Loons registered a shock 3-2 victory over fellow expansion side Atlanta United FC on Wednesday, in which Minnesota were down 2-1 late, but two goals after the 89th minute led the visitors to the upset victory.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Challenge Trophy kicks off in Surrey – CSA
The Challenge Trophy finals are underway at the 2017 Toyota National Championships as Saskatoon, Vancouver and Haut-Richelieu all came out as winners on the opening day. Durham and Winnipeg, meanwhile, played to a scoreless draw.
Two Surrey United women’s soccer teams fight for national supremacy – Surrey Now-Leader
Two Surrey United women’s soccer teams are fighting for national supremacy this weekend.
Group action underway at Jubilee Trophy finals – CSA
Group action got underway at the 2017 Toyota National Championships Jubilee Trophy finals in Surrey, British Columbia. Holy Cross of St. John’s and Edmonton Victoria were winners in their respective groups while Surrey United SC and Halifax Dunbrack played to a 1:1 draw.
Club Inter looking for Challenge Trophy glory as Nationals return to BC – AFTN
It’s been a long time since the Challenge Trophy was last played for on British Columbian turf, but the Canadian amateur soccer scene heads to the province for the first time in 11 years on Wednesday, with ten clubs looking to lift the famous 105 year old trophy.
Vancouver still in the mix as 2026 FIFA World Cup bid cities list narrowed to 32 – The Province
Vancouver is inching closer to being at World Cup host city. Wednesday, the United Bid Committee for the unified Canada/USA/Mexico bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup confirmed 32 cities will go forward as potential hosts. Vancouver is one of four cities to make the next stage.
SOCCER WEEKEND PREVIEW: Cascades, Spartans clash in home-and-home set – UFV
It’s local derby weekend for the University of the Fraser Valley soccer teams, as they lock horns with the Trinity Western Spartans in a home-and-home set.
Simi Lehal: How UFV’s super sophomore helped the Cascades re-invent their soccer identity – Varsity Letters
Soccer DNA may hold no official weight in scientific circles, yet if you’ve watched the play of Fraser Valley Cascades’ central defender and criminology major Simi Lehal the past two seasons, you can’t help but wonder if the beautiful game does indeed have a biology all its own.
MSOC: SPARTANS TAKE ON FRASER VALLEY IN HOME-AND-HOME SERIES – TWU
Trinity Western’s men’s soccer team will be back at home this Friday to host Fraser Valley in the first match of a home-and-home series that will also see the teams also play Sunday in Abbotsford, B.C.
Vikes soccer teams eye key wins over T-Birds – Times Colonist
A tumultuous season hit its nadir last week for the University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team (3-5-1) when it travelled all the way to Saskatoon for a one-off 6-0 road loss to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (6-3). Goalkeeper Jassdeep Lally went down with an injury in the first half and six-foot-six defender Evan Libke had to play goal in the second half.
WSOC: ‘Birds and Vikes battle for number one spot – UBC
The scene is set for a rematch between the Canada West’s top two teams at Thunderbird Stadium, as the UBC T-Birds (7-1-1) host the University of Victoria Vikes (7-1-1) on Friday at 5:00 PM PST. The provincial rivals are tied with 22 points apiece with just 5 games remaining in the regular season schedule.
MSOC: T-Birds look to pick up valuable points in two game set – UBC
The division leading ‘Birds are back in action this weekend for a home-and-home with the last place University of Victoria Vikes. Thursday evening the T-Birds (6-2-1) travel to ‘The Island’ to take on the Vikes (3-5-1) at 5:30 pm PST, followed by an afternoon rematch at Thunderbird stadium on Saturday at 2:15 pm PST.
Plan comes together as Cowichan LMG beats Lakehill – Cowichan Valley Citizen
A few changes on the pitch helped Cowichan LMG to a 4-1 win over Lakehill at the Sherman Road turf last Friday evening.
Powell River Villa welcomes unexpected addition of skill to roster – Powell River Peak
German player adds to Villa soccer club’s youth movement.
Niners show their scoring touch in win over Nanaimo United – Cowichan Valley Citizen
After scoring four times in their first three games of the Vancouver Island Soccer League Masters A season, the Cowichan 49ers showed off their scoring touch in a 6-0 win over Nanaimo United at the Sherman Road turf on Saturday afternoon.
KYSA WINTER INDOOR PROGRAMS SET TO BEGIN SOON – BC Soccer Web
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) is once again offering a variety of programming in its soccer dome in Mt. Paul during the winter months.
Children’s novel follows Syrian refugee playing soccer in Vancouver – Canadian Immigrant
In time for the start of the school year, Lorimer Books has released the fourth novel of its Soccer United series, Golden Game.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC 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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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!
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
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.
Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication – BC 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.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada Soccer kicks off 2017 Toyota National Championships – CSA
The first match day of the 2017 Canada Soccer Toyota National Championships is in the books. Teams from across the country kicked off the U-15 Cup in Calgary, AB, U-17 Cup in Fredericton, NB, as well as the Jubilee and Challenge Trophy tournaments in Surrey, BC.
Selects soccer club well represented at national championships – Whitehorse Star
The Yukon will be represented this week by three teams at the Canadian soccer club championships.
United Bid Committee moves into next stage of bid process for 2026 FIFA World Cup – CSA
The United Bid Committee announced today the 32 cities across North America that could serve as Official Host Cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. The 32 potential host cities include four cities in Canada, three in Mexico and 25 cities in the United States. The full list of cities is included below. The United Bid Committee also confirmed it will continue engaging with non-host cities in the further development of the united hosting concept.
And then there were four: Regina, Ottawa eliminated from World Cup 2026 host-city pool – the11.ca
The dream of hosting 2026 World Cup matches is now dead in Regina and Ottawa.
UOIT Ridgebacks women’s soccer team a perfect 10 after OUA win in Peterborough – Durham Region
The Ridgebacks, ranked No. 2 in the country, and Cape Breton are the only teams in U Sports without a loss or a tie in 2017. UOIT is 10-0-0 and nine points up on the Ottawa Gee-Gees (6-1-3) for top spot in the OUA eastern conference standings.
Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 November – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.
WFC2, USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
REAL MONARCHS SLC vs. WFC2
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017, 6:00 PM
RIO TINTO STADIUM, SANDY, UT.
Eye on the Opposition vs. Jacksonville Armada – FC Edmonton
Eddies fans will get a glimpse of the Armada at Clarke for the first time since early in the NASL Spring Season — an April 8 match ending in a 1-0 victory for the visitors.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC fall 4-3 at Phoenix Rising FC, fail to clinch playoff berth – Tulsa World
Didier Drogba and Jason Johnson scored two goals apiece Wednesday night before a crowd of 5,681 at Phoenix Rising Complex to rally Phoenix Rising FC to a 4-3 USL victory over Tulsa Roughnecks FC. The loss kept Tulsa from clinching a playoff berth.
FC Cincinnati forwards struggling in USL road games, despite unbeaten streak – Cincinnati.com
During the offseason, Futbol Club Cincinnati President and General Manager Jeff Berding proclaimed he wanted his club to score 62 goals in 2017 — one goal more than New York Red Bulls II, the 2016 United Soccer League champions.
USL Match Recap: NYRB II Drop 3-2 Result to Tampa Bay – NYRB
New York Red Bulls II (12-13-5, 41 points) fell to the Tampa Bay Rowdies (13-7-10, 49 points) 3-2 at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida, Wednesday night.
Chaos: The Canadian Premier League, NASL, and USL – Philly Soccer Page
The CPL is part of the context that will answer the general question, “What will happen to Division 2 soccer in North America as a result of U. S. Soccer’s decision to deny the North American Soccer League certification as a division 2 league?”
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
UWCL: Lyon and Wolfsburg win as Chelsea defeat Bayern – UEFA
Holders Lyon and past winners Wolfsburg won comfortably in their round of 32 first legs as Chelsea secured a lead against Bayern and both Fiorentina and Ajax enjoyed their bows.
NWSL announces finalists for 2017 post season awards – The Equalizer
Golden Boot winner Sam Kerr and five-time World Player of the Year Marta are among five finalists for the NWSL Most Valuable Player award. The league announced finalists for all five individual awards on Wednesday.
Toppserien week 18 – Review: Status quo at both the top and bottom of the table – Vavel
Vålerenga kultur- og idrettspark set the scene as Vålerenga welcomed Avaldsnes. It was a close game where both Michelle Betos in Vålerengas goal and Katie Fraine in Avaldsnes’ goal were tested on a number of occasions in the first half.
Matildas striker Lisa De Vanna says W-League move to Sydney FC about more than goals – News.com.au
SHE’S been signed to score the goals that will drive Sydney FC’s W-League challenge – but Lisa De Vanna has other ambitions in mind at the Sky Blues.
REPORT: Peamount United 3-2 Shelbourne Ladies – Irish WNL
Peamount United secured a crucial victory which all but rules defending Women’s National League Champions Shelbourne Ladies out of the title race.
FIFA bans Equatorial Guinea from 2019 Women’s World Cup – Sportsnet
FIFA has expelled Equatorial Guinea from the 2019 Women’s World Cup for using fake documents and selecting at least 10 ineligible players in its Olympic team.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UEFA WCQ Preview: England hosts Slovenia, Iceland travels to Turkey, and more – SBI
UEFA World Cup Qualifying concludes during this international break with each European team scheduled to have two final matches. Thursday sees the action begin, while Tuesday, Oct. 10 is the final day of qualifiers. Several teams are looking to lock up top spot in their respective groups, while others are looking for a late surge of points.
Injuries hurt France ahead of World Cup qualifiers – Metro
Avoiding the path of another unpredictable World Cup playoff won’t be easy for France.
2018 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL Qualification Preview – Futebolcidade
The 2018 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL qualification group stage is coming to a dramatic conclusion this weekend. Six points separate third-place Colombia and eighth-place Ecuador.
FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Play-off: Al Soma keeps Syria in the race against Australia – AFC
A late penalty from Omar Al Soma earned Syria a 1-1 draw against Australia in the first leg of their FIFA World Cup 2018 Continental Play-off at Hang Jebat Stadium on Thursday.
Martin O’Neill asked to stay on as Ireland manager despite criticism of World Cup campaign – The Telegraph
Martin O’Neill has delivered the strongest indication yet that he wants to continue as Republic of Ireland manager regardless of whether they qualify for next summer’s World Cup.
VIDEO: Michael O’Neill’s guide to overachieving in international football – BBC Sport
Northern Ireland’s manager Michael O’Neill gives BBC Sport his guide to overachieving at international football.
Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay planning joint bid for 2030 World Cup – ESPN FC
Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay say they will make a joint bid to host football’s centenary World Cup in 2030.
Bayern Munich offer Heynckes head coach job until end of the season – SN
Jupp Heynckes has confirmed that he has been offered the opportunity to become Bayern Munich interim boss until the end of the season.
India embraces step into unknown on eve of Under-17 World Cup – The Guardian
Indian football has a long way to go to catch up with much of the world but, as the country gets ready to stage a Fifa tournament for the first time, supporters hope this is the start of something special.
FIFA fines are just chump change in the battle against racism, says FARE – Inside World Football
FIFA must do more to combat the increasing incidents of homophobic chanting according to European football’s anti-discriminatory body FARE.
Premier League TV rights spat is all about richest getting richer – The Guardian
Greed was the foundation stone of the Premier League, so we can hardly be surprised by an outbreak of further avarice over overseas television income.
Give Messi the ball or he gets p****d off! – Xavi opens up on former Barcelona team-mate – Four Four Two
Xavi says it is unwise for Barcelona and Argentina not to utilise Lionel Messi at every given opportunity.
Mexican football rallies round earthquake victims – FIFA
September 2017 will go down as a black month in Mexican history, one in which the nation was rocked by two earthquakes – one in the centre of the country and the other in the south east. Triggering one of the biggest humanitarian crises in Mexico’s recent history, the devastating quakes resulted in over 300 deaths, destroyed thousands of homes and brought misery to hundreds of thousands of people.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca