BC Soccer News, Tuesday, October 16, 2018





WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2018, 7:00 PM



Episode 304 – The AFTN Soccer Show (From The Ashes – Whitecaps v KC preview, Canadian national teams, Can PL, Crew Saved)AFTN
With Michael sick, that can only mean one thing, yup, the music selection is not as good in this week’s show. Or better. You decide!

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Sporting Kansas City | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
In a match with massive playoff implications in the Western Conference, the Vancouver Whitecaps host Sporting Kansas City at BC Place Wednesday night.

Paul Allen was major part of sports landscape in NorthwestWashington Post
No one had more influence on professional sports in the Pacific Northwest than Paul Allen. The 65-year-old Allen died Monday from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to his company, Vulcan Inc. His death leaves a big void in the sports landscape in the upper left corner of the United States, and questions are likely soon to follow about the future of the Seahawks and Blazers.

Paul Allen’s influence played significant role in Sounders’ successSounder at Heart
Chances are, if you’ve spent virtually any extended period of time in Seattle, Paul Allen has touched your life in some way. The billionaire made his riches as the co-founder of Microsoft, but he made his legacy by creating museums like MoPOP, helping save nonprofit radio station KEXP, transforming the South Lake Union neighborhood and, of course, owning sports teams like the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders.

Orlando City SC vs. Seattle Sounders FC | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Orlando City SC will try to play spoilers when they host a Seattle Sounders FC side that have won 11 of their last 13 games when they meet Wednesday night at Orlando City Stadium.

Vazquez to Miss Remainder of Season Following Knee SurgeryToronto FC
Toronto FC announced Monday that midfielder Victor Vazquez underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Friday. The procedure requires a six- to eight-week recovery period. As result, Vazquez will be out of the line-up for the final three matches of the season.

DC United vs. Toronto FC | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
It has taken almost the entire season, but D.C. United are finally above the playoff line in the Eastern Conference and hope to extend a one-point lead over the Montreal impact with another win at Audi Field Wednesday night against a Toronto FC side that is just playing for pride.

MLS playoff race update: D.C. United jumps above the red lineSBI
D.C. United has spent months climbing out of an early-season hole, going from last place to the heart of the Eastern Conference playoff race. On Saturday, D.C. completed the climb, and must not switch from being the hunter, to the hunted.

Matchday Thirty Two: Even The Home Magic Is Now Dead, As Loons Sink To Season Low Against ColoradoFifty Five One
The previous week’s 1-5 drubbing at the hands of Philadelphia felt like rock bottom for the floundering Loons. Then came this past weekend, where the team returned home and collapsed against a woeful Colorado Rapids team that had previously lost seven consecutive matches by a combined score of 1-22.

MLS releases ballot for year-end awardsWhitecaps FC
Major League Soccer on Monday released the ballots featuring the candidates eligible for each of the league’s year-end awards.

Providence Park Expansion on Track for Spring 2019 CompletionSoccer Stadium Digest
In order to accommodate more fans and meet a high demand for tickets, Providence Park is being expanded. As part of the project, the facility will receive an additional 4,000 seats on its east side. Construction work began on the project last fall, and it has been eyed for a spring 2019 conclusion.

Details announced for 2019 MLS SuperDraft and adidas MLS Player CombineWhitecaps FC
As the close of the Major League Soccer regular season approaches with Decision Day presented by AT&T on October 28, only six teams from each conference will advance to the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs, while the remaining MLS clubs will begin preparations for 2019. MLS today announced details for three of the roster building mechanisms that clubs will employ to bolster their rosters for the 2019 season.

Ibrahimovic surprises Thai soccer team rescued from caveSportsnet
Remember the Thai boys soccer team that was rescued from a cave back in July? They made their first appearance on studio TV on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and got to meet one of their idols in the process.

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National championship for Metro-FordTri City News
Coquitlam Metro-Ford won the Boys U-17 Cup national soccer championship held recently in Surrey.

WolfPack men’s soccer look to stay alive with make up matchTRU Wolfpack
The Pack will kick off a three match in five-day stretch as they host the Trinity Western University Spartans on Wednesday (Oct 17) afternoon at Hillside Stadium. Kick off is 3 pm.

Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

Becoming a BC Soccer RefereeBCSA
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!

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.

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Canada Soccer looks to excite at home in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying in TorontoCSA
Canadian fans will have an opportunity to watch some of Canada Soccer’s bright young talents and notable veterans when the Men’s National Team laces up for an important Concacaf Nations League Qualifying match at BMO Field in Toronto. The #CanadaRED crowd will be a boost to the Canadian team who are seeking a top-six spot in the competition to qualify for both the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and Concacaf Nations League Group A.

Canada looking to ‘make history’ in Nations League qualifier vs. DominicaSN
The last time Canada’s men’s national team hosted Dominica at BMO Field was three years ago, with the home side claiming a four-goal victory. The team hopes to do better this time around.

Why Juventus prospect Alessandro Busti chose to play for CanadaSportsnet
Alessandro Busti is 18, but he still remembers when his mother sang ‘O Canada’ to him as a child. Born in Toronto, Busti has lived most of his life in Turin, Italy, where he’s been in the youth system of Serie A club Juventus since he was 10 years old.

Changing of the guard as Scott Arfield takes over as Canada soccer captainThe Outlook
A changing of the guard is under way with the Canadian men’s soccer team with Scott Arfield taking over as permanent captain from Atiba Hutchinson.

Tabla among potential debutants for Canada vs. DominicaSportsnet
Four players could earn their first caps for Canada on Tuesday, but Herdman wouldn’t tip his hand as to whether any of them will make their debuts.

Osorio on Nations League: “You don’t really know what you’re up against” the11.ca
In the sports media business, you hear this a lot. “We have to focus on what we do, not what they do” or “we have take care of our own game, and not worry about them.” And, almost every time, it isn’t true. If teams truly didn’t worry about opposition game plans, they wouldn’t be scrutinizing video and using advance scouts.


Eastern Conf. Notes: Nashville ‘Sends Statement’ to CincinnatiUSL
Nashville SC entered its regular-season home finale against FC Cincinnati knowing that it had already locked up a spot in the postseason, but that didn’t stop the side from chasing a result against the 2018 USL Regular Season champion as the two sides played out a thrilling 3-3 draw on Saturday at First Tennessee Park.

FC Cincinnati’s Ledesma, Newton claim USL awardsLocal 12
FC Cincinnati midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma and goalkeeper Evan Newton claimed 2018 United Soccer League season statistical awards, the USL announced today.

Western Conf. Notes: Saint Louis ‘Relieved’ to Secure First Trip to PlayoffsUSL
After missing out on postseason play in each of its first three seasons, the wait is finally over for Saint Louis FC as the club secured its spot in the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs with a 0-0 draw against OKC Energy FC on Saturday at Toyota Stadium – Saint Louis.

No playoffs, no more excuses for the Ottawa Fury FCStandard-Freeholder
Too cold. Too hot. Too much travel. Too many games. For good measure, throw in too few days off in between games. Too many crossbars. And too many goal posts. The Ottawa Fury FC had all the excuses in a less than successful United Soccer League 2018 season.


Glasgow City dream of Champions League upset against BarcelonaThe Guardian
This is a season-defining week for the Scottish champions, Glasgow City. A 2-1 defeat by their title rivals, Hibernian, in the Scottish Women’s Cup semi-final was not the ideal start to the crunch period, which reaches its climax on Sunday with the two teams – separated by two goals only – meeting in their penultimate league outing. Hibs have won their last five knockout games against City but have not beaten them in the league for a staggering 11 years.

Megan Rapinoe sees disparity as World Cup approachesLondon Free Press
With the Women’s World Cup less than eight months away, U.S. national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe is dismayed by what she sees as ongoing issues of inequality in soccer.

UEFA raises women’s soccer funding for member federationsNiagara Falls Review
UEFA is giving more money to its 55 member federations to invest in women’s soccer.

NWSL: The biggest issues facing Sky Blue FC for 2019MLS Multiplex
Sky Blue FC had a dismal season this past year, only winning one game and finishing at last place. Rachael McKriger has some insight on off-season needs.

Dash players to compete in Australian’s W-League during offseasonHouston Chronicle
Five Houston Dash players will spend their National Women’s Soccer League offseason competing in Australian’s W-League on loan from the Dash.

Westfield Young Matildas bound for BeirutFFA
Westfield Young Matildas Head Coach Gary van Egmond named a 23-player squad on Tuesday to travel to Lebanon this month for the first phase of qualifying for the 2019 AFC U19 Women’s Championship.

The lifestyle change helping W-League star Heyman back to her bestSBS
While Heyman admitted it was difficult at times last season, as she returned to the pitch, the 60-cap Matildas veteran revealed it was an off-the-pitch milestone which left the biggest mark. “I started my first ever full-time job last year to see what it was like to not be an athlete,” Heyman told The World Game.

Sydney Leroux shares details of miscarriage on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness DayYahoo Sports
It’s likely that many social media user feeds were filled with personal, emotional stories of loss on Oct. 15 for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Soccer star Sydney Leroux Dwyer is one of them. The Orlando Pride and U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team member took to her accounts Monday to share details of a miscarriage she had a few months ago, a pain she had been naive to before.


UEFA Nations League: what to watch out for tonightUEFA
Germany must win in France to stay in contention while the Republic of Ireland take on Wales.

Mbappé should nonetheless start from the off against the side France deposed as world champions. Thauvin has a foot complaint and has left the camp, so his spot behind Olivier Giroud is free. With ten goals in his 25 caps, the 19-year-old’s reintroduction is a welcome one.

Raheem Sterling’s double inspires England to stunning victory in SpainThe Guardian
Where to start? It was a wild, epic night and, ultimately, these are the occasions England ought to cherish. Any victory against a team of Spain’s calibre has to be celebrated but the narrative of this performance should bring back all the feelgood factor from the World Cup and makes it, without exaggeration, one of the more pleasurable nights of England’s modern history.

O’Neill rues misses ‘that hurt us’ in Northern Ireland defeatBBC Sport
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill was disappointed as his team hit the woodwork three times in a 2-0 defeat by Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Mane the latest Liverpool star injuredNBC Sports
Sadio Mane has joined Mohamed Salah and Virgil Van Dijk in picking up injuries while on international duty.

Zimbabwe will look to maintain the top spot in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group when they host DRC in a Group G match at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Tuesday.

Libya will lock horns with Nigeria in the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualification Group E match.

USMNT set to focus on result against PeruNBC Sports
Against a team with fewer recognizable stars and less international pedigree, a loss with positives will be far more difficult to swallow, especially after Thursday’s result. While Peru is certainly no CONMEBOL pushover – they’re coming off a 3-0 whipping of Chile – the opponent’s public perception goes a long way in determining the acceptability of a defeat in an international friendly.

Usain Bolt offered professional football deal by Maltese championsThe Guardian
Central Coast insist it is business as usual for Usain Bolt, who is mulling whether to take up an offer in Malta or continue chasing an A-League contract.

Saudi Arabia’s Man Utd ambition is just one part of a geo-political football power playInside World Football
FIFA for $21 billion or Manchester United for $4 billion? When you have $1 trillion, why not buy both? The Saudi Arabian determination to acquire their way to controlling positions in world football’s biggest brands knows no bounds – and football, like business, generally doesn’t discriminate when it comes to money.

West Ham under pressure after coach attends Democratic Football Lads Alliance marchThe Guardian
West Ham are under pressure to take action after one of their youth coaches said he went on a march organised by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance, a group condemned by anti-racism campaigners.

‘Can you play for free?’ – the players out of work in the summerBBC Sport
You are the captain of QPR, have just won the Players’ Player of the Year award and, at 31, could still have some of your best years ahead of you. So imagine Nedum Onuoha’s surprise this summer when the Championship club asked him to play for free.

The 2018/19 Guide to Soccer on TV in Canada (and online)BC Soccer Web
Finding your match on TV or online in Canada has become more difficult in recent years. League broadcast rights change hands, new online services pop up, and some leagues and channels vanish from our screens altogether. Fear not! BC Soccer Web has got you covered! We’ve made our way through the web of cable channels and online services available so you can watch the matches you want.

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