WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Whitecaps’ Robinson: Pedro Morales ’50/50′ to play again this season – The Province
Pedro Morales was not among the Whitecaps bound for Dallas on Monday. What’s worse: the Caps’ captain might not play again this season.
Pedro Morales Injury Woes Continue – Eighty-Six Forever
Morales has been fighting the injury bug all season long, and he likely won’t play in Wednesday’s match with FC Dallas. The report states Morales is also questionable to take on the Dynamo in the Regular Season finale, and there’s no certainty he will be ready for the playoffs.
Whitecaps limping into the final turn – Vancouver Sun
No truth to the rumour that the Vancouver Whitecaps showed up to the airport Monday for their road trip to Texas in ambulance transfer vans. And veteran centre back Pa-Modou Kah, whose groin, according to head coach Carl Robinson, was “hanging off him” after last Wednesday’s 0-0 home draw against FC Dallas, didn’t need crutches or wheelchair support to board the plane.
News and notes: Injury updates, Waston’s availability, and more – Whitecaps FC
The ‘Caps met with the media on Monday at YVR ahead of Wednesday’s rematch with FC Dallas (6 p.m. PT on TSN). A number of topics were discussed, including the status of captain Pedro Morales, Kendall Waston’s availability for Wednesday, and more.
National duty trumps chance for MLS debut for Caps’ Bustos – The Province
Marco Bustos probably would have made his MLS debut this week. Instead, he’s set to earn his first cap for Canada. Funny how it works.
Major League Soccer planning to test video replay – Waking the Red
MLS is looking to be a leader in making a major change in the game of soccer. FIFA may be slow to implement anything to do with technology and have even been working to block the use of video replay in the game but Major League Soccer is set to go around them and begin testing out a video replay system over the next twelve months.
PRO Referee MLS assignments – Week 33 – Pro Referees
Jose Carlos Rivero has been assigned to FC Dallas vs. Whitecaps FC on Wednesday.
Ex-RSL boss Manning hired as new TFC president – Sportsnet
There is a new man in charge at Toronto FC. No, Tim Bezbatchenko is still the team’s general manager, and coach Greg Vanney hasn’t been replaced, but TFC does have a new boss, as former Real Salt Lake executive Bill Manning has been hired as club president.
Manning preaches stability, consistency at TFC – Sportsnet
Manning is new to Toronto, but not to the position—he was president of Real Salt Lake from 2008 until this past August when his contract expired. During his time in Utah he was twice named MLS Executive of the Year (in 2012 and 2014), and Real Salt Lake won the MLS Cup in 2009.
Race to the Supporters’ Shield: Red Bulls on verge of claiming trophy entering final stretch – SBI
Entering MLS’ penultimate week of regular season competition, the New York Red Bulls are just a few steps and kicks of the ball away from claiming the Supporters’ Shield once again.
Red Bulls Ouimette called for Canada, Ghana clash – Empire of Soccer
Canada’s Benito Floro has called in Karl Ouimette for this Tuesday’s encounter against Ghana — the very team that has recently called in both New York City FC player Kwadwo Poku and Ouimette’s teammate, Lloyd Sam.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Boys U-16 Cup: Surrey United SC capture elusive National Championship – CSA
In what was two years in the making, Surrey United SC finally claimed the Gold Medal at the Sport Chek National Club Championships after defeating Woodbridge Strikers 3-0 in front of a boisterous home-town crowd, who despite the wet conditions came out in droves to support their home club.
VISL Division 1 – Week 5 Results – VISL
Cowichan and Comox remain undefeated, while Westcastle are looking for their 1st point.
SPARTANS HOST FRASER VALLEY IN RARE TUESDAY NIGHT CONTEST – TWU
The Trinity Western men’s soccer team will host Fraser Valley on Tuesday evening in a mid-week game that has all sorts of playoff implications. Kickoff is at 7:15 p.m. at Rogers Field.
SFU, Concordia Battle to Scoreless Draw – SFU
On dark and stormy Saturday evening, Simon Fraser University and the Concordia Cavaliers battled to a scoreless draw in Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer action.
Aguiar Nets OT Winner – SFU
Junior Olivia Aguiar scored on a penalty kick in overtime to lift Simon Fraser University to a 2-1 OT win over Northwest Nazarene Crusaders in Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer on Saturday afternoon at Finkbeiner Park.
Late game heroics by Ryan Jerry send Heat to victory – UBCO
Jerry’s goal saves Heat’s season and propels UBC Okanagan’s men’s soccer team to a second straight four point weekend after toppling the ‘Pack (2-1) on Saturday.
Heat unlucky in draw to TRU – UBCO
Playing one of their better soccer games of the year the UBC Okanagan women’s soccer team allow the home squad to pull the game even in the 85th minute to finish with a (1-1) draw on Saturday against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.
Einarsson’s hat trick powers UBC to seventh straight win – UBC
Midfielder Sean Einarsson (Surrey, B.C.) collected all three goals on Friday night as his CIS second-ranked UBC Thunderbirds men’s soccer team cruised to a 3-0 victory over the No. 9 Victoria Vikes at Thunderbird Stadium.
T-Birds and Vikes draw 2-2 – UBC
Ninety-plus minutes weren’t enough to decide a winner between the No. 5 UBC Thunderbirds and the No. 9 Victoria Vikes on Friday night, as the two Canada West women’s soccer teams shared the points in a 2-2 draw at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver.
UVic women’s soccer team pushes unbeaten streak to seven – Times Colonist
One of the great Canada West rivalries spilled onto the Thunderbird Stadium soccer pitch Friday night in Vancouver. The CIS national fifth-ranked UBC Thunderbirds (8-1-1) and the CIS No. 9 UVic Vikes (6-2-2) tied 2-2 in the women’s soccer game. Both teams entered the game riding six-game winning streaks, which are now seven-game unbeaten runs.
Soccer CIS Top 10: Four Canada West womens squads ranked – Canada West
Four Canada West women’s soccer teams are now ranked in the CIS top 10, as the Trinity Western Spartans returned to the rankings after one week outside the poll.
CONCACAF 2016 OLYMPIC QUALIFYING
CANADA vs. UNITED STATES
4:00 PM, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2015
RIO TINTO STADIUM, SANDY, UT.
(TV: TLN, LIVESTREAM: CANADASOCCER.COM)
CANADA vs. GHANA
4:30 PM, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2015
RFK STADIUM, WASHINGTON, DC
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada Under-23 team looking for results, not just experience, in must-win game vs. US – MLS
The Canadian Under-23 national team recognize that the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament is giving their team valuable experience, but they still have a chance to really make it count by qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and they’re not seeking moral victories just yet.
US Under-23s vow to put Honduras loss behind them with crucial game against Canada approaching – MLS
If the United States Under-23 team is going to continue their trek to the 2016 Olympics, they’re going to have to do it without head coach Andi Herzog on the sideline.
Canada MNT readies for Ghana test – CSA
Canada’s Men’s National Team is set to put its on-field preparation to the test against an experienced Ghanaian side Tuesday night at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. For the Canadian program, the Ghana match represents an important milestone as it builds towards a pair of crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Qualifiers matches this November. Fans can watch the Canada-Ghana Men’s International Friendly match via live web stream on canadasoccer.com, with kickoff set for 19:30 ET / 16:30 PT.
A closer look at CanMNT’s call ups versus Ghana – Red Nation Online
Since I have given my take on the recent Canada U-20 call ups and Canada’s U-23 squad at the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers, it’s only fair that I give my own take on Canada’s squad for the upcoming friendly with Ghana on October 13. This is a critical friendly in preparation for the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers that starts November 13 in Vancouver against Honduras.
From Oak Bay soccer to Team Canada honours – Times Colonist
It’s been quite a journey from Bays United youth soccer and Oak Bay High to RFK Stadium tonight in Washington, D.C. Defender Adam Straith and goalkeeper Simon Thomas, both 25, are on the Canadian roster for the men’s soccer friendly against Ghana. The Black Stars are FIFA world No. 25 and should provide No. 104 Canada with just the preparation it needs for its CONCACAF Russia World Cup 2018 fourth-round qualifying-round openers against Honduras on Nov. 13 at B.C. Place and Nov. 17 at El Salvador.
Challenge Trophy: London Marconi keeps its senior title – CSA
Ontario and Alberta champions took two very different roads to get to the final. London Marconi, the reigning champions were never really threatened. Four straight clean sheets, timely goals when needed, all comfortable victories.
Jubilee Trophy: Third consecutive title for Edmonton Victoria – CSA
Since Jubilee Trophy inception in 1987, only one team had ever won three championships in a row. The Surrey Marlins did that in the early 90’s. Edmonton Victoria had their chance to become the second club side to accomplish the feat today.
Girls U-16 Cup: Lakeshore SC claims national title in extra time thriller – CSA
In an extra-time thriller, Lakeshore SC of Quebec claimed the Sport Chek National Club Championship as they defeated Kitchener spirit of Ontario 3-1 under wet and soggy conditions at the South Surrey Athletic Park.
CIS women’s soccer roundup (October 9-11) – CIS
All the scores from this past weekend’s CIS matches.
NASL & USL NEWS
USL Championship set as Rhinos to host Galaxy II – SBI
Victories for the Rochester Rhinos and the Los Angeles Galaxy II have set up the 2015 USL Championship match for Friday.
Lassiter Leads Los Dos to USL Championship Final – Empire of Soccer
Ariel Lassiter lived up to his legendary name by scoring early against Oklahoma City in LA Galaxy’s USL Western Conference Final win on Sunday night, booking Los Dos to the USL Final.
NASL Fall Week 15 Recap: Loons Playoff Bound, Rowdies, Cosmos Improve Table Position – Empire of Soccer
The top half of the NASL combined table clashed this weekend and the results were decidedly in favor of the clubs in the top three spots of the table.
Cosmos run over Eddies, stay alive in race for first – Midfield Press
With a three-way race underway for the first-place spot in the combined table, the Cosmos were looking for a win to put them back into first place, taking advantage of an Ottawa stumble in Tampa Bay. With only three games remaining in the season, it was crucial that they take maximum points from this match. Missing players like Adam Moffat and Roversio due to injury and Andres Flores to international duty would be factors to consider.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Holiday, Boxx, Chalupny to play final USWNT games in October – SBI
Shannon Box, Lauren Holiday and Lori Chalupny announced their intentions of retiring from the U.S. Women’s National Team earlier this year. Now, dates have been set for their final games.
FIVE REIGN FC PLAYERS HEAD ABROAD – NWSL
Seattle Reign FC announced today that five Reign FC players will spend the NWSL offseason overseas with various clubs from Australia’s W-League and the Scottish Premier League.
Women’s Player of the Year: Manchester City trio shortlisted – BBC Sport
Defender Steph Houghton is one of three Manchester City players shortlisted for the Football Association’s Women’s Player of the Year award.
John Salomon: Watford Ladies manager to leave at end of season – BBC Sport
Watford Ladies manager John Salomon is to leave the club at the end of the Women’s Super League Two season.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Cristiano Ronaldo receives record fourth Golden Boot for Real Madrid goals – The Guardian
Cristiano Ronaldo has received a record fourth Golden Boot after leading all scorers in Europe’s domestic leagues last season.
Infront confirms inquiry for Serie A TV rights – Sportsnet
A sports marketing agency run by the nephew of suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter confirmed Tuesday that the head of its Italian branch and two associates are under investigation for “alleged manipulation” over the sale of lucrative Serie A TV rights.
Mexico outlasts USA in Rose Bowl thriller – Prost Amerika
In the 68 times that the United States and Mexico have faced each other, Saturday’s night’s matchup between the two CONCACAF powers at the Rose Bowl might be the most memorable of them all.
Klinsmann sends Johnson home after blasting his CONCACAF Cup exit – SBI
Fabian Johnson will not take part in the U.S. Men’s National Team’s upcoming friendly with Costa Rica. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann revealed Monday that he has dismissed Johnson from the team ahead of Tuesday’s friendly. Klinsmann’s frustrations stem from Johnson removing himself in the 111th minute of Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup clash with Mexico despite not dealing with an injury.
La Liga’s €650m TV share-out has leveled clubs, says Tebas – Inside World Soccer
La Liga has an unaccustomed look, with Villarreal’s Yellow Submarine having floated to the crest of the wave seven matches into the new season. And Javier Tebas (pictured) thinks he knows why.
Manchester United’s David de Gea doesn’t deny contract release clause – The Guardian
David de Gea has refused to deny that the new contract he signed with Manchester United in September has a release clause that would allow Real Madrid to revive their interest in the goalkeeper by triggering it.
Euro 2016: The Netherlands vs. Czech Republic – BBC Sport
The Netherlands could fail to reach a major finals for the first time since 2002 as their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign draws to a tense conclusion.
Albania welcomes home heroes after qualification for Euro 2016 – The Guardian
There were fireworks and flares in Tirana and celebrations in Kosovo’s Pristina as Gianni De Biasi’s team achieved the impossible: qualifying for Euro 2016 in a group that contained Portugal, Denmark and Serbia
Henry McLeish seeks summit to revamp Scottish football – BBC Sport
The man tasked by the Scottish Football Association to produce a review of Scottish football in 2010 is calling for a summit to discuss the way ahead.
Police kill two in Somaliland as they fire into crowd after pitch invasion – Inside World Soccer
A regional football match between Awdal and Marodi Jeh at Haji Dahir stadium in Borama, Somaliland, quickly descended into violence on Sunday as a dispute over a penalty decision led to a small-scale crowd invasion and police responded with automatic weapons fire, reportedly killing one and injuring others, one of whom died of his wounds.
The slow death of high school soccer – and why it could cost Jürgen Klinsmann – The Guardian
The national system in America is still looking for an identity. But does it come at the cost of alienating coaches and players in youth soccer?