FIFA 2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
CANADA vs. HONDURAS
7:00 PM, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2015
B.C. PLACE, VANCOUVER, B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Crewe Alexandra: Marcus Haber receives late Canadian call-up and will miss Bradford trip – Stoke Sentinel
CREWE striker Marcus Haber has received a late call up to the Canada squad ahead of two international games during the coming week. Haber will miss Saturday’s trip to Bradford after receiving a call-up to the Canada squad over the weekend having previously been on standby.
Portland Timbers’ Will Johnson is called up to Canada men’s national team – Oregon Live
Portland Timbers defensive midfielder Will Johnson walked off the training field at the practice facility on Friday and as “congratulations” was called out to him, it seemed to take him a minute to realize why.
Heroes celebrated at The Hall of Fame Banquet – CSA
Canadian soccer legends and heroes were celebrated on Sunday night at The Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Induction Banquet. Four former players, two builders, and two teams were recognised at the 8 November event in Woodbridge, ON.
WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
PHOTO GALLERY: Western Conference Semifinal – Whitecaps FC vs. Portland Timbers, Nov.8 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
Seven big questions for the Whitecaps – The Province
The Vancouver Whitecaps need to spend some big money to land another goal scorer. They have Octavio Rivero, who scored 10 goals this season. How much are they willing to spend on a go-to guy? It was a fun ride with a bitter ending, and now the Whitecaps are poised for an intriguing off-season. We break down seven key questions for coach Carl Robinson and the Caps front office (one for each home loss; sigh).
For Vancouver Whitecaps, scoring striker top priority – Vancouver Sun
It was clear to anybody who watched the Vancouver Whitecaps close out 2015 by turning the beautiful game into an agonizing exercise in ugly that they desperately need a goal scorer or two.
Vancouver Whitecaps season ends with a whimper – Whitecaps Fan Blog
It was a season of bangs that ended with a whimper. The Vancouver Whitecaps limped out of the Major League Soccer playoffs after having been soundly beaten 0-2 on home turf verses the Portland Timbers. There was no question which was the better team on the night.
Goal shy Vancouver Whitecaps see playoff dreams ended – AFTN
It’s been a long wait for Vancouver Whitecaps to get a home playoff game. Five years. But after one of the main priorities of the season was finally achieved and the massive buzz created by it, the ‘Caps 2015 season ended with more of whimper than a bang.
Seattle Sounders’ Sigi Schmid expresses desire to remain in post but admits “that’s ownership’s decision”– MLS
The Seattle Sounders are headed home early once again, following Sunday night’s wild penalty-kick shootout loss to FC Dallas in Leg 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals of the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs.
Cascadia Corner: #sigiout is a sticking plaster for a bigger wound – Prost Amerika
Among the biggest criticisms are the timing of his substitutions and his over cautious approach in playoff games. Others say his methods have not kept up with changes in MLS. Over-riding that is the feeling that he has simply been around long enough and it is time for a change.
Cyle Larin favourite to win MLS rookie of the year – Toronto Star
Major League Soccer SuperDraft’s No. 1 pick Cyle Larin had a dream start to his professional career last January.
Drogba helped transform Impact’s MLS season – Sportsnet
If the point of soccer is to “live great emotions,” as Patrice Bernier likes to say, then the Montreal Impact had quite an exceptional 2015 MLS season.
Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter sees club peaking at the right time – MLS
At one point, many worried the team might potentially miss out on playoffs for the second straight year. But after Sunday night, the team will, indeed, continue on in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, heading to the Western Conference Championship for the second time in the past three years.
Alan Kelly and Corey Parker – MLS Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year – PRO Referees
Alan Kelly has been voted as the MLS Referee of the Year 2015 and Corey Parker has been selected as the MLS Assistant Referee of the Year.
NYC FC’s appointment of Patrick Vieira as head coach is a two-way risk – The Guardian
The Arsenal and France star has finally been given a shot to manage at the senior level, but his appointment at New York City is a risk for both sides.
Why MLS Needs Patrick Vieira To Succeed At New York City F.C. – Forbes
Legendary French midfielder Patrick Vieira is set to take the reins of New York City F.C. in 2016, tasked with improving the fortunes of MLS’ star-laden expansion franchise after it fired 2009 MLS Cup winner Jason Kreis after one underwhelming season.
Orlando City signs goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar as a homegrown player – Orlando Sentinel
Orlando City has signed goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar as a homegrown player. The Central Florida native is the fourth homegrown player in the club’s history, but just the second to be developed in Central Florida. Lions’ center back Tommy Redding is from Oviedo.
BC SOCCER NEWS
2015 CIS Women’s Soccer National Championship – UBC
The University of British Columbia and the UBC Thunderbirds are the proud hosts of the 2015 CIS Women’s Soccer National Championships. The event will take place November 12 – 15, 2015 at Thunderbird Stadium.
SPARTANS SEEDED FIFTH, OPEN CIS CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST CAPE BRETON – TWU
The schedule and quarter-final matchups were announced Sunday evening for the 29th CIS women’s soccer championship in Vancouver and the fifth-seeded Spartans will open the tournament against Cape Breton Thursday at 1:30 p.m. (PT).
Vikes men seeded No. 7 entering CIS championship, open with game against UNB – UVic
The schedule and opening-round matchups were announced Sunday night for the 46th CIS men’s soccer championship, which gets underway Thursday in Toronto.
Hutchinson nets top rookie of the year – Langley Times
Trinity Western’s Rachel Hutchinson was named the Canada West Rookie of the Year after she scored five goals and added six assists to finish in a tie for fourth in the conference in points and first amongst rookie athletes.
Cascades claim Canada West bronze with 2-1 win over Spartans – UFV
For the second time in three years, the UFV Cascades are Canada West men’s soccer bronze medalists. The Cascades earned the final spot on the conference podium on the strength of a 2-1 win over the Trinity Western Spartans on Saturday evening at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium.
Senior boys soccer playoffs in full swing – North Shore News
Senior boys soccer playoffs are in full swing on the North Shore this week with precious provincial berths on the line.
NASL & USL NEWS
Whitecaps FC 2 get back to work with offseason mini camp – Whitecaps FC
While the 2015 MLS season has now come to an end for Whitecaps FC, WFC2 have already started looking ahead to 2016 with an offseason mini camp.
Fury fans euphoric as Ottawa advances to soccer final – CBC
The Ottawa Fury gave a record crowd at TD Place more than their money’s worth with a 2-1 extra-time win over Minnesota United FC in the NASL semifinal Sunday.
Romuald Peiser Claims Golden Glove Award – Ottawa Fury
Fury keeper shattered several NASL records helping Ottawa reach Sunday’s Championship Final.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers Forward Stefano Pinho Wins NASL Golden Boot Award – NASL
Fort Lauderdale Strikers forward Stefano Pinho has been awarded the 2015 North American Soccer League (2015) Golden Boot, which goes to the player who scored the most goals during the season.
Splitsville, Six Years Later – kenn.com
Six years ago today, a group of soccer team owners broke ranks from United Soccer Leagues (USL) with the intent of creating their own league. The drama that played out over the next several months1 gave birth to what we now know as the second division North American Soccer League (NASL), brought forth rigorous (some would say draconian) standards for USSF’s professional divisions and helped shape the lower-level soccer landscape as it exists today.
NASL to announce new Oklahoma club: “Rayo OKC” – Empire of Soccer
As promised, the North American Soccer League will announce their next expansion franchise this week – “Rayo OKC.” EoS has learned the once-abandoned NASL Oklahoma City market will be home to a new second division side with original partner Sold Out Strategies and new investor, Rayo Vallecano of La Liga fame leading the way.
NASL still undecided on future of Silverbacks – SBI
Commissioner Bill Peterson told SBI that the league is still undecided on the future of the team, which has been under league ownership since last December. Ahead of Sunday’s season finale, Peterson says that there are still a variety of options on the table, including the potential choice of running the team under league ownership for an additional season.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Canadians on show in UEFA Women’s Champions League – Sportsnet
The Round of 16 for the 2015-2016 UEFA Women’s Champions League is officially set, with the first leg scheduled for Nov. 11-12 and the second on Nov. 18-19.
McLeod: Canada shifts focus to Rio 2016 Olympics – The Equalizer
Erin McLeod was one of the top performers for Canada at the World Cup. The No. 1 goalkeeper for Canada kept the host country in several matches as opposing teams looked to get the better of Canada, which advanced to the quarterfinals on home soil.
Drama, glory and anguish – FIFA
There is a new name on the Copa Libertadores trophy, although Brazil clubs still reign supreme on the South American continent. There was also a Brazilian flavour in Korea Republic amid a remarkable conclusion to the season. Plus there is also a look at the league season finale in Japan, and the latest from New Zealand.
FC KANSAS CITY ACQUIRE BRITTANY TAYLOR AND AMANDA FRISBIE – NWSL
FC Kansas City announced today that the club has acquired the rights to defender Brittany Taylor from Western New York Flash. In exchange, the Blues will send defender Becca Moros to the Flash. In a separate transaction, the Blues also acquired midfielder Amanda Frisbie from Western New York for an international roster spot for the 2016 and 2017 seasons from the defending league champions.
FLASH ACQUIRE REBECCA MOROS AND INTN.’L ROSTER SPOT – NWSL
The Western New York Flash has acquired defender Rebecca Moros from FC Kansas City, in a deal that sends the rights to defender Brittany Taylor to the defending league champions. In a separate deal, the Flash also received an international roster spot for the 2016 and 2017 seasons from Kansas City in exchange for forward Amanda Frisbie.
FSU, Penn State, Stanford, UVA earn No. 1 seeds – The Equalizer
Florida State, Penn State, Stanford and Virginia are No. 1 seeds in this year’s NCAA Division I women’s soccer tournament. The 64-team field was announced on Monday.
Fast and Female Summit empowers young girls through sport – CTV Calgary
More than 200 young girls and amateur coaches descended on WinSport on Sunday to hear from female Olympic and National team athletes who were once in their shoes.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
U.S. Soccer, Resolving Lawsuit, Will Limit Headers for Youth Players – NY Times
The United States Soccer Federation unveiled a series of safety initiatives Monday aimed at addressing head injuries in the sport, including a policy that sets strict limits on youth players heading the ball. The new guidelines, which resolve a proposed class-action lawsuit filed against U.S. Soccer and others last year, will prohibit players age 10 and younger from heading the ball and will reduce headers in practice for those from age 11 to 13.
Niersbach quits as German FA chief over €6.7m slush fund allegations – Inside World Football
Wolfgang Niersbach, one of the leading voices in European football administration and touted by many as a future president of UEFA, succumbed to what had become almost insurmountable pressure by resigning today as head of the German FA (DFB) over the 2006 World Cup slush fund scandal.
Premier League club-trained players at new low, study says – BBC Sport
Research by the CIES Football Observatory found 11.7% of top-flight players graduated from their club’s academy, down from 13.8% last year.
Russian doping crisis raises questions over handling of 2018 samples – Inside World Football
FIFA faces the prospect of having to ship anti-doping samples outside the host-country for analysis for a second World Cup running in 2018, as part of the possible fallout from this week’s devastating report into alleged doping practices in Russia.
Watch UEFA Euro 2016 playoffs on Sportsnet – Sportsnet
Watch all of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying playoff matches live on Sportsnet from Nov. 12-17. You can also watch the games online at Sportsnet World NOW.
Sampdoria, Palermo fire their coaches – TSN
Italian clubs Sampdoria and Palermo have fired their coaches. Walter Zenga was released by Sampdoria without an immediate replacement being named, while Palermo fired Giuseppe Iachini and hired Davide Ballardini for the rest of the season.
Gianni Infantino to expand World Cup to 40 teams if elected Fifa president – The Guardian
The World Cup could be expanded by eight teams to 40 if Gianni Infantino is elected as the Fifa president.
The impact of money on youth soccer – Cleatrocket.com
Canada also has its barriers which limits the talent pool. Its called the pay-to-play system. Its somewhat ironic that soccer became a global sport because of its accessibility to all. Equipment was cheap, rules were easy to learn and it could be played on most surfaces in almost all conditions. Except in North America, where you can only play if your parents earn enough money to sign you up to a team.