VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
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MLS MATCHDAY #27
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3, Minnesota United FC 0, September 13, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
Whitecaps best in the west after three goal drubbing of Minnesota United –AFTN
Even with more than half of the starting eleven switched out from Saturday, the result remained the same as Vancouver Whitecaps increased their unbeaten streak to five (four of those wins) with a 3-0 win against a fairly dismal Minnesota United side.
Episode 219 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Homecoming with guests Kekuta Manneh, Michael Boxall, and Stefan Marinovic) – AFTN
Wednesday night’s 3-0 win over Minnesota United sent the ‘Caps to the summit. We look back at the match and hear from both head coaches, Carl Robinson and Adrian Heath.
Whitecaps emerge as a title contender, but team focuses on improvement – MLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps are top of the Western Conference. What’s more, they are starting to look like a serious title contender.
‘Caps jump into top of Western Conference with big 3-0 win over Minnesota – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (13W-9L-5D) jumped into the top spot in the Western Conference, leapfrogging rivals Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders FC, with a convincing 3-0 win over Minnesota United FC (7W-15L-5D) on Wednesday night at BC Place.
Missed Chances Doom Loons In Vancouver – KSTP
The Loons endured a rocky start to their week away in Canada, falling to Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3-0 in a match that vaulted Vancouver past its Cascadia Cup rivals Seattle and Portland for first place in the Western Conference.
Vancouver Whitecaps: Top of the World Ma! – Soccer Shorts
The Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 win over Minnesota United at BC Place on Wednesday evening wasn’t the kind of game to convince any neutral about the magic of soccer.
Atlanta United hammers nine-man Revs – SBI
Atlanta United will look upon its second game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with fond memories, but the New England Revolution will want to forget it ever happened.
How many MLS records were broken in Atlanta’s 7-0 rout of New England? – MLS
Atlanta United’s 7-0 mauling of the New England Revolution on Wednesday night was a head-turning result on several levels, and it’s broken or equaled several MLS records.
VAR plays big role in Atlanta United’s big win – AJC
VAR played a huge role in determining the outcome of Atlanta United’s 7-0 win against New England on Wednesday and not even the team that benefited was happy afterward.
Toronto FC’s Giovinco, Altidore ruled out for L.A. trip – Sportsnet
Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney confirmed Wednesday that forwards Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore have been ruled out for this Saturday’s road match against the LA Galaxy due to minor injuries.
Homegrown striker Anthony Jackson-Hamel signs new Impact contract – Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Thursday that it has come to terms on a new two-year deal, with an option for 2020, with Quebec-born and homegrown striker Anthony Jackson-Hamel.
Do Sounders have depth to mount MLS Cup run after Jordan Morris’ injury? – Seattle Times
The Sounders, who have a 12-game unbeaten streak, will navigate much of the remaining schedule without striker Jordan Morris because of a strained hamstring. Are they deep enough to overcome an injury to a key player for a second consecutive year?
MLS Spotlight: Matt Polster’s right-back revelation has a central theme – SN
Entering his third MLS season, Polster no longer had a spot in his natural holding midfield position. Instead, the Chicago Fire decided to shift him to right back, and gave him instructions you might not expect to hear.
VIDEO: The State of MLS with Commissioner Don Garber | Chalk Talk – YouTube
MLS Commissioner Don Garber speaks at NYCFC House on the state of MLS.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Nelson off and running in LMG’s first match – Cowichan Valley Citizen
It didn’t take long for The Wiz to start working his magic. Paddy Nelson, hands-down the top striker in the Vancouver Island Soccer League for several years now, showed that he’s still No. 1 as he scored early and often to lead Cowichan LMG to a 5-1 season-opening win over Westcastle at the Sherman Road turf on Saturday afternoon.
Powell River Villa wins home opener – Powell River Peak
Playing its first Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL) game of the 2017/2018 season on home field at Timberland Park, Villa beat Victoria’s FC Sagras 3-1 and earned three points in VISL Division 3A standings to start off the season.
MSOC weekend preview: Huge weekend of home games with reigning national champs, playoff adversaries on the docket – UFV
Both of the Cascades men’s soccer team’s weekend matches carry a level of intrigue. Friday’s guests, the Alberta Golden Bears, are the reigning Canada West conference and U SPORTS national champs, and they’re currently ranked No. 1 in the nation. The Calgary Dinos, who visit Saturday, dealt the Cascades a bitter 2-0 defeat in the 2016 Canada West quarter-finals.
WSOC weekend preview: Challenges await on first road trip – UFV
The jaunt through Southern Alberta is relatively unfamiliar for the Cascades – the last time they faced Lethbridge and Calgary on the road was five years ago (Sept. 22 and 23, 2012). Of UFV’s current crop of players, only senior defender Karlee Pedersen was along on that trip.
WSOC: Thunderbirds welcome Wesmen in home opener – UBC
The T-Birds are back at Thunderbird Stadium this weekend for their 2017 home opener against the Winnipeg Wesmen on Friday at 5:30 pm PST. The ‘Birds will then play Manitoba on Saturday night at 5:30 pm PST with the match to be held at Ken Woods Field.
WolfPack Set To Host Pronghorns This Weekend In Men’s Soccer – TRU
Riding a four game unbeaten streak, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack will entertain the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in their lone Canada West men’s soccer match this weekend.
MSOC: SPARTANS HOST LETHBRIDGE, SASKATCHEWAN TO CAP HOMESTAND – TWU
The Trinity Western men’s soccer team will cap a six-game homestand this weekend when the Spartans host Lethbridge Friday and Saskatchewan Saturday at Chase Office Field.
WSOC: ON THE ROAD | SPARTANS TAKE ON LETHBRIDGE, CALGARY – TWU
The No. 7-ranked Trinity Western women’s soccer team (1-1-0) is on the road this weekend as they travel to play Calgary Saturday and Lethbridge Sunday.
Quesnel Strikers U-12 and U-15 boys teams victorious at Westcoast Cup Tournament – Quesnel Cariboo Observer
Two teams from the Quesnel Youth Soccer rep program attended the Westcoast Cup Tournament in Pitt Meadows/Mission over Labour Day weekend.
From shoplifting teen to Burnaby Mountie mentor – Burnaby Now
Const. Kwame Amoateng pays it forward with soccer camp for local kids.
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
“What a CanPL will mean for us”: Canadian players speak up – the11.ca
As the Canadian Premier League moves closer to going from dream to reality, with meetings ongoing this week in Toronto, it’s a good time to start hearing from the Canadian players whose careers could be impacted by a new national soccer circuit.
UOIT Ridgebacks women’s soccer team continues impressive roll to start OUA season – Durham Region
Team carries perfect 5-0-0 record into pair of games in Oshawa this weekend.
Bump in the road for UNB men’s soccer – The Brunswickan
Despite high hopes, the Varsity Reds saw limited success last weekend against the Dalhousie Tigers and the Acadia Axemen. “The first two weekends of our season are, in a lot of respects, the most important ones,” said head coach Miles Pinsent.
Oakville Soccer Club presents 8 scholarship awards – Inside Halton
For the eighth straight year, the Oakville Soccer Club presented scholarship awards to deserving student athletes.
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
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2017, 4:00 PM
THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC
San Antonio FC clinches USL playoff berth – My SA
San Antonio FC is headed to the playoffs. Defender Ben Newnam’s goal early in the second half powered the local club past Orange County SC 1-0 Wednesday before 1,857 at Champions Soccer Stadium. The win assured San Antonio FC (14-2-10, 52 points) of at least a top-eight finish in the United Soccer League Western Conference. The top eight teams advance to the postseason.
Rising FC Teases Drogba Return – USL
Didier Drogba’s potential return to Phoenix Rising FC’s lineup was teased on Wednesday by the club on social media, with video of the former Ivory Coast international in training posted on social media ahead of Saturday’s clash with USL Western Conference-leader Real Monarchs SLC.
Indy Eleven leap for joy over stoppage-time victory – Indy Star
Green Bay Packers fans have the “Lambeau Leap” to celebrate touchdowns. Now, Indy Eleven fans have their own version: the “Brickyard Battalion Leap,” courtesy of forward Eamon Zayed.
Want a pro team near you? Request a tour – Soccer America
The USL, which has plans of launching a third division league in 2019, has sent out league executives Steven Short and Josh Keller on tours of target markets in the Southeast and Midwest. Now, it is using a digital platform for supporters to request a tour of their soccer market.
SF Deltas has second game postponed against Miami FC – SF Gate
Due to the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Irma in Florida, NASL announced on Wednesday that this Saturday’s game between San Francisco and Miami has been postponed.
Distance, time and money: USL conference realignment – The Philly Soccer Page
Soccer in North America is not like its counterpart in the Midlands of England where 33 miles separate Old Trafford from Anfield. According to Google Maps and Google Flights, flight time from McAllen, TX (Rio Grande Valley FC) to Vancouver, BC, Canada (Vancouver Whitecaps 2) is 7 hours 15 minutes. Philadelphia to Liverpool across the pond sometimes estimates as 20 minutes less. The estimates vary noticeably depending on time of day and, probably, plane type.
A New Jersey Soccer Story: José Angulo – Empire of Soccer
José Angulo inherited from his father both a name and a passion for putting soccer balls into the back of the net.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
NWSL sets playoff dates, times – The Equalizer
NWSL announced the dates and times for all three playoff games today. The semifinals will be held October 7 in Portland and October 8 in North Carolina. Both games will be aired live on Lifetime beginning at 3:30 p.m. EDT. The NWSL Championship will be Saturday, October 14 at Orlando City Stadium at 4:30 p.m. EDT.
Five Seattle Reign players report for international duty – Sounder at Heart
The NWSL is taking a rest this week to honor a FIFA international break, which is good news for Seattle Reign FC, as five players have been called up to report for their respective national teams: Jess Fishlock, Rachel Corsie, Megan Rapinoe, Rebekah Stott, and Lydia Williams.
Rose Lavelle on Her National Team Breakthrough and What Comes Next – NY Times
In what has been a challenging season for the United States women’s national soccer team, the play of one of the squad’s newest players, Rose Lavelle, stands out as the largest pure success in Coach Jill Ellis’s long-term plan.
US football stars become first females to sign up to Juan Mata’s ‘Common Goal’ initiative – The Telegraph
Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan have become the first female footballers to donate one per cent of their earnings to charity as part of Juan Mata’s new ‘Common Goal’ initiative.
After more than 100 caps, Brazil striker Marta is hungry as ever … and gunning for Matildas revenge – News.com.au
She is the biggest star in women’s football, five times world player of the year and the record goalscorer in World Cups. But this weekend Marta has one thing on her mind — a revenge mission in Penrith.
Frauen-Bundesliga week 2 review: Wolfsburg continue to dominate – Vavel
Already starting to pull away at the top, VfL Wolfsburg claimed another healthy win away to SC Sand, as SC Freiburg, FFC Frankfurt and Turbine Potsdam all found narrow wins away to Bayern Munich, 1899 Hoffenheim and MSV Duisburg. Elsewhere Werder Bremen bagged their first point of the season with a draw against USV Jena but fellow promoted side, FC Köln, had little joy at home to SGS Essen.
FA may launch new Mark Sampson inquiry after Drew Spence intervention – The Guardian
The Football Association is giving serious consideration to launching a new investigation into the Mark Sampson affair after Drew Spence, the first player to allege he had made a racial remark, came forward for the first time to tell the governing body that what Eni Aluko has said about the England women’s team manager was true.
Castellanos casts her eye towards France – FIFA
At only 14 years of age, she starred at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2014, where she shared the Golden Boot with her compatriot Gabriela Garcia. She was at it again two years later at the U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan, where she claimed the Bronze Boot and the Bronze Ball, was voted as the scorer of the tournament’s finest goal, and cemented her status as indisputable leader of a Venezuela side that finished in fourth place.
Concussion risks in women’s soccer drawing more attention after studies – Yakima Herald
Football draws by far the most attention when it comes to concussions and long-term head injuries, but several studies released in recent years show female soccer players suffer concussions at higher rates than their male counterparts and competitors in most other sports at the high school and college levels.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UCL Wednesday Rewind: Tottenham edges Dortmund, Sevilla draws Liverpool, and more – SBI
Matchday #1 of the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League group stage continued on Wednesday with 16 more in action. The featured match of the day came from Wembley Stadium as Tottenham welcomed Borussia Dortmund to town. Also, Liverpool welcomed Sevilla to Merseyside for another tasty fixture.
Real Madrid opens Champions League defence on high note – Toronto Star
After watching rival Lionel Messi score twice the night before, Cristiano Ronaldo did likewise for Real Madrid to open its bid for a third straight Champions League title with a 3-0 win over Cypriot club APOEL on Wednesday.
Europa League Race to Lyon gets underway – Ligue 1
Olympique Lyonnais, Olympique de Marseille and OGC Nice get their UEFA Europa League group stage campaigns underway on Thursday, with May’s final at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais the ultimate goal.
Isco signs new Real Madrid contract – SN
Real Madrid have announced that Isco has signed a new five-year contract, keeping him at the Santiago Bernabeu until June 2022.
Pep Guardiola’s City struggles show Prem difficulty – Manuel Pellegrini – ESPN FC
Manuel Pellegrini says Pep Guardiola got a wake-up call in his first year of coaching in the Premier League but he “has no doubt” his successor at Manchester City will do well.
FAI opens match-fixing investigation over Ireland friendly – Sportsnet
The FAI says the alleged fixing concerned a friendly between League of Ireland Premier Division club Bray Wanderers and second-tier side Waterford on Friday.
‘Overweight’ Carlos Tevez benched indefinitely at Shanghai Shenhua – Wu – ESPN FC
Carlos Tevez is “overweight” and will not play for Shanghai Shenhua again until he improves his fitness, according to the club’s caretaker manager Wu Jingui.
Real Madrid set to sign 17-year-old Brazilian wonderkid Rodrigo Rodrigues – SN
Real Madrid are on the verge of signing another teenage Brazilian prospect, Rodrigo Rodrigues, according to his current club’s president.
Championship Matchday Seven Round-Up: Leeds rise to the top of the table while Cardiff lose unbeaten record – Vavel
Matchday seven of the Championship largely followed the script set out in previous weeks, as high-flyers Leeds United stretched their win streak to four while at the bottom of the table several sides succumbed to defeats once again.
‘The lion doesn’t care about sheep’: USA stars brush off Lalas criticism – The Guardian
Two of USA’s most prominent players, Michael Bradley and Christian Pulisic, have brushed off an extraordinary attack from Alexi Lalas after the player turned pundit attacked the team’s struggles to qualify for the World Cup.
Register your interest in UEFA EURO 2020 tickets – UEFA
With less than three years to go until UEFA EURO 2020 kicks off, fans can now create an account to ensure they are the first to know about ticket sales for the tournament.
Radioactiveman United, Livapul feature in Simpsons Premier League – ESPN FC
Have you ever wondered what every single Premier League club crest would look like with a Simpsons reference added into it? Well, wonder no longer.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca