WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Cascadian semi delicately poised as no team gains advantage from Vancouver Whitecaps scoreless draw in Portland – AFTN
That week felt like an age to wait but Vancouver Whitecaps finally got their 2015 playoff campaign off and running at Portland Timbers on Sunday.
A closer look: Ousted, Waston shine as ‘Caps keep clean sheet in Portland – Whitecaps FC
“Vancouver showed tonight why they were the best defensive team in the league.” Those were the words of Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter after Sunday’s scoreless draw at Providence Park. Coming into the game, Porter’s Timbers had scored 10 goals in their last three matches. They were the hottest team in the league.
Whitecaps are going to need the fans – The Province
Players say they need supporters to be “louder than ever” during Sunday’s key game
Jason Kreis leaves post as New York City FC Head Coach – NYCFC
New York City Football Club can confirm that they have parted company with Head Coach Jason Kreis. The announcement comes following a review conducted at the end of a disappointing campaign. The decision has also been made for Miles Joseph and CJ Brown to leave the Club.
Armchair Analyst: A word on Jason Kreis, NYCFC and team-building in MLS – MLS
And thus we see the difficulty of roster building for sustained success in MLS — one of the best arguments for hiring Kreis in the first place.
Jason Kreis only the fall guy in New York City FC debacle – ESPN FC
New York City FC encountered plenty of on-field problems during its expansion season. Manager Jason Kreis wasn’t one of them, yet the club has made the one-time MLS Cup winner the fall guy for what went wrong in 2015.
Firing of Jason Kreis shows NYCFC has mind-set of a European club – SI.com
New York City FC intended to prove its U.S. bona fides to a skeptical American soccer public with the May 2013 appointment of former national team captain Claudio Reyna as sporting director and then the decision seven months later to name Jason Kreis—who’d worked wonders at small-market Real Salt Lake—as head coach.
Didier Drogba bound for Italy? – CBC
According to reports in the Mirror & Gazzetta World, the Italian Serie A club Bolonga FC is angling to lure the Impact’s striker away on loan following the team’s MLS playoff run.
Steven Gerrard: LA Galaxy midfielder may retire in 2016 – BBC Sport
LA Galaxy midfielder and former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard says he may retire in 2016.
Sources: NYCFC decline purchase of Javier Calle – Empire of Soccer
According to sources, NYCFC are too close to the salary cap to afford the costs of purchasing Calle’s contract. The Colombian midfielder had been on-loan from Independiente Medellín but struggled with injuries throughout the season only playing 542 minutes this season. He played a total of 11 games, scoring a single goal.
All the best stuff you’ve missed in the MLS Playoffs so far… – Paste Magazine
The beginning of the MLS Playoffs had many dramatic moments, including an unprecedented penalty shootout, the likes of we’ve never seen before. Whether or not you approve of the playoff model that sets the American top flight apart, it’s inarguable that they provide plenty of entertainment. If you missed any of the playoff excitement this week, we’re here to get you caught up.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber: “Great things happening” in Canadian soccer scene – MLS
“When we thought about expanding up in Canada, we set a goal, and we still have that goal, and we haven’t achieved the most important goal, which is to help Canada qualify for the World Cup,” Garber told reporters before the game. “But the goal alongside that was to help build the sport here in this country. This sport’s got a lot of history, and I think that we’re beginning to see some of the benefits of that.
BC SOCCER NEWS
BC Soccer Web Feature Matches – Nov.3-9 – BC Soccer Web
Whitecaps have set the stage for the 2nd leg of their Western Conference Semifinal. B.C.’s top four University teams battle it out for the Canada West crown. We also have a selection of great local matches from the major senior leagues. As always, thanks to Devon Rowcliffe for his lower-division picks of the week!
Vancouver Metro Soccer League Premier Division Scores – Week 8 – Oct.30 – Nov. 2 – BC Soccer Web
Complete results from Week 8 of the Vancouver Metro Soccer League Premier Division.
VISL 2015/2016 McGavin Cup Final Set – VISL
This years Final will take place Tuesday Nov 10 at Layritz Turf. Kickoff at 8:15 pm. Prospect Lake Lakers of Division 2 are hosting Juan de Fuca of Division 3.
Blues men cap incredible turnaround with PacWest soccer title – North Shore News
On top of having a ton of talent, the Capilano Blues men’s soccer team also has a pretty good DJ. As the team celebrated their 2-0 win over Kwantlen in the PacWest championship final Saturday night, the players wheeled a powerful little stereo onto the field and started kicking out the jams.
Mariners women second in soccer – Nanaimo Bulletin
Vancouver Island University’s women’s soccer team was runner-up at provincials.
LVR boys soccer lose to Trail in provincial playdowns – Nelson Star
Nelson’s L.V. Rogers boys soccer team lost to Trail’s JL Crowe 1-0 in the first game in Trail on their pitch on Friday.
FIFA 2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
CANADA vs. HONDURAS
7:00 PM, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2015
B.C. PLACE, VANCOUVER, B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada’s Larin laser focused on Honduras clash – CONCACAF
Fast-rising striker Cyle Larin is focused on delivering a result for Canada when it hosts Honduras in a FIFA World Cup qualifier on November 13 in Vancouver.
Erin Mcleod & Adelle Renaud launch new West Vancouver boutique Caposhie – BC Soccer Web
Canadian Women’s National Team goalkeeper Erin Mcleod has teamed up with Fashion Designer Adelle Renaud to launch Caposhie, a new fashion boutique in West Vancouver’s Park Royal Shopping Centre. BC Soccer Web was invited for a sneak peek of their new venture last Thursday.
NASL & USL NEWS
Scorpions reach new low with Marcina firing – Examiner.com
The San Antonio Scorpions will be looking for the third head coach in their history as they announced that Alen Marcina will not be returning to the club in 2016, the Scorpions announced on Sunday. While the departure of Marcina is not a huge shock, the manner of his dismissal may well be a new low for the management of the club.
Storybook Inaugural Season Ends In Front of Record Crowd – Jacksonville Armada
A storybook inaugural season may have come to a tough end for the Jacksonville Armada FC on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 loss to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, but thing became apparent – the passion for soccer in Northeast Florida is here to stay and will only get stronger in time.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
ORLANDO PRIDE CONTINUE TO BUILD ROSTER – NWSL
The Orlando Pride continued to build their roster and that process took on a distinctly local flavor Monday during the 2015 NWSL Expansion Draft.
Huh? Kansas City goes untouched in expansion draft – The Equalizer
On Monday, that expansion draft came and went without a single player from FC Kansas City being selected by Orlando. That is more than curious given the amount of talent on the board from the Blues. Just look at who was available for selection from FC Kansas City.
Eniola Aluko column: Highlights of my incredible season – BBC Sport
Arsenal’s win over Notts County in the Continental Cup has finally brought the 2015 women’s domestic season to a close and from a personal level, it’s been the most incredible year of my life.
Bayern, Melbourne City lay down markers – FIFA
While the picture has become clearer in Spain and Australia, while the holders in France and Germany both registered key wins over direct rivals. FIFA.com gives you the lowdown on the movers and shakers in women’s leagues across the world.
Manchester City Women: Jennifer Beattie loaned to Melbourne City – BBC Sport
Manchester City Women defender Jennifer Beattie has joined W-League side Melbourne City on loan for the 2015-16 season.
Meeks eyes more after milestone – Westfield W-League
Tameka Butt celebrated her 50th internationally cap recently in trademark fashion – with a goal – and now ‘Meeks’ is eyeing more glory for both Brisbane Roar and the Westfield Matildas.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Football mourns Brian Lomax, the founding father of supporter activism – The Guardian
Brian Lomax, who has died aged 67, was the visionary pioneer for the idea that football clubs rightfully belong to their supporters and he became the founding father of the modern movement to form supporters’ trusts at almost every club in Britain.
Leeds United: Fans hope to pay £30m to buy club from Cellino – BBC Sport
Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino will sell his majority stake in the club for £30m, according to Leeds Fans United chief executive Dylan Thwaites.
UCL Preview: Real Madrid, PSG look for separation; Bayern seeks revenge; and more – SBI
The UEFA Champions League rolls into the second half of its group stage this week and every fixture will be a return game from Matchday 3 action.
German soccer federation raided in FIFA probe – Sportsnet
The president of the German soccer federation and two former high-ranking officials are the targets of a tax evasion probe over a payment to FIFA in connection with the 2006 World Cup, authorities said Tuesday.
Swiss bank UBS co-operating with FIFA corruption investigation – TSN
UBS says in its quarterly report published Tuesday it was contacted about “accounts relating to (FIFA) and other constituent soccer associations and related persons and entities.”
Tottenham rapidly expose size of Rémi Garde’s task at Aston Villa – The Guardian
The Premier League’s longest current unbeaten run was extended to 10 games at the expense of Aston Villa whose new manager, Rémi Garde, freshly arrived by private jet from Lyon via Luton, watched on from the upper tier of the west stand.
Rémi Garde, the humble visionary, ready to do the hard yards with Aston Villa – The Guardian
Lyon called him their Pep Guardiola and Aston Villa have pinned their hopes on the calm and thoughtful Frenchman cutting it in the Premier League.
Newcastle must wake up and realise they are in a relegation battle – The Telegraph
Complacency is creeping into St James’ Park once again but for all the encouraging performances, it is points that are needed – and fast.
Klinsmann sees “unbelievable opportunity” for USMNT in Copa America Centenario – SBI
The dream of playing in the Confederations Cup is officially over, but Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. Men’s National Team still have a major international tournament to look forward to this World Cup cycle.
Holland drop Memphis Depay and Robin van Persie for Wales friendly – The Guardian
Holland have reacted to their elimination for Euro 2016 by dropping the Manchester United winger Memphis Depay and their former title-winning striker Robin van Persie.
More racist comments from Tevacchio, with some homophobia thrown in… – Inside World Football
First he accused African players of being “banana eaters”, then made disparaging remarks about the sexuality of women footballers. Now the president of Italy’s Football Association Carlo Tevacchio is at it again, this time accused of making anti-Semitic and homophobic remarks.
Mexico U-17s top Ecuador to advance to World Cup semifinal – Goal
The team moved past the South Americans and will face Nigeria in the semifinals in a rematch of the 2013 U-17 World Cup final.
FIFA U-17 World Cup: Belgium and Mexico complete final four – FIFA
Belgium, who have now entered into uncharted territory at this level, and Mexico, who have previously been down this road several times, defeated Costa Rica and Ecuador respectively to advance to the semi-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Chile 2015 on Monday.
Advantage Mazembe in CAF final after away win – CAF
Democratic Republic of Congo club TP Mazembe became favourites to claim a fifth CAF Champions League title after winning 2-1 at USM Alger of Algeria Saturday in the first leg of the final.
Footballers have ‘worryingly poor’ teeth – BBC
Professional footballers have worryingly poor teeth that could be affecting their performance on the pitch, say dentists.
New Mills: The worst team in English football? – BBC Sport
If Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho thought he was having a bad time, he should spare a thought for New Mills. The Derbyshire club, who play in the eighth-tier Northern Premier League Division One North, have lost all 19 league and cup games this season.