BC Soccer News, Tuesday, October 23, 2018




SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2018, 1:30 PM



Episode 305 – The AFTN Soccer Show (It’s Over Now)AFTN
All good things come to an end. And so do bad things thankfully. Whatever Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 MLS season was, their playoff hopes were finally ended this weekend after two varying performances against teams at the top end of the Western Conference.

Too late for 2018 playoffs, but Whitecaps pleased by late-season effortMLS
Going down two goals in the first fifteen minutes on a hot afternoon in a rowdy Banc of California Stadium atmosphere Sunday, Vancouver Whitecaps FC could have easily conceded a third goal and handed the points to the home side. Instead, the ‘Caps scored goals on both sides of the halftime whistle and wrangled away a point from postseason-bound expansion team LAFC in a 2-2 draw on Sunday.

Martino set to depart Atlanta United at season’s end; declines contract extension Atlanta United
Atlanta United announced today that Tata Martino has declined to extend his contract with the club beyond 2018 and will move on at the end of this season. The club will immediately begin a detailed global search for a replacement.

On MLS season’s final day, all 11 games will matter for the playoffsPhilly.com
The Union still control their playoff destiny as they head into the final week of the season — but not by much.

Potential playoff scenarios for the Portland TimbersOregonian
The Portland Timbers clinched a playoff berth Sunday afternoon with a big 3-0 win over Real Salt Lake at Providence Park. The Timbers are headed to the postseason for the second consecutive year, a first for the club since they joined MLS in 2011.

Atlanta United looking forward to Toronto, chance to clinch Supporters’ ShieldPro Soccer USA
After Atlanta United F.C. beat the Chicago Fire at home Sunday, captain Michael Parkhurst shook the hand of a referee, then glanced at one of the scoreboards in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Kljestan looking to play spoiler in Red Bulls’ quest for Supporters’ ShieldMLS
Making his return to Red Bull Arena for the first time since being traded last offseason, Sacha Kljestan knows what’s at stake this weekend for the New York Red Bulls.

Striker Altidore to undergo ankle surgery, will miss TFC’s final matchPrince George Citizen
The season is over for Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore, who is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove a bone fragment from his right ankle.

List of top 25 selling MLS jerseys releasedNBC Sports
Ahead of the final week of the 2018 Major League Soccer season, a list of the top player jerseys have been released. Some will surprise you. Others won’t.

A look back at the Hall of Fame weekend at FC DallasSportsday
This weekend saw the first induction ceremony at the newly-relocated National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco. Saturday began with the ribbon cutting ceremony to open the new building on the south side of Toyota Stadium, before the Class of 2018 inductions and a concert by The Revivalists and Imagine Dragons.

‘A-T-L! A-T-L!’: Atlanta’s improbable soccer love storyThe Guardian
In a city where the other football is practically a religion, the upstart Atlanta United team are drawing huge crowds – and rewriting the story of a city of transplants.

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PACWEST Soccer Championships BeginsPacWest
The bracket is set for the 2018 PACWEST Soccer Championships beginning on Friday hosted by the Capilano Blues at the Burnaby Sports Complex.

UVic women earn ticket to soccer play-in gameTimes Colonist
The University of Victoria Vikes recorded the upset of the season in Canada West’s women’s soccer by knocking off the U Sports nationally top-ranked Trinity Western Spartans of Langley 2-1 at Centennial Stadium.

Academy Report: Weekend results vs. Sacramento and San JoseWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Academy teams were back in action over the weekend, hosting Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday and San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday at the National Soccer Development Centre.

North Vancouver’s Emma Pringle powers SFU into soccer championshipsNorth Shore News
North Vancouver’s Emma Pringle scored a hat trick to shoot the Simon Fraser University Clan women’s soccer team into the playoffs.

Bittersweet ending for Penticton soccer player with UBC-O HeatPenticton Western News
It was a bittersweet ending to a university soccer career for Penticton’s Bret Depner with the UBC-Okanagan Heat.

Vikes put out call for UVic Sports Hall of Fame nominationsUVic
Forty-six individuals and nine teams currently make up the University of Victoria Sports Hall of Fame and the nominations committee is looking to build on the existing prestigious list. Vikes Athletics and Recreation are putting out the call for nominations to be inducted in one of the four categories – athlete, team, coach or builder/administrator.

The Wolves’ soccer-playing tale scores on every frontGeorgia Straight
I love, love, love The Wolves. Like the best sports matches, this play is packed with virtuosity and surprises. American playwright Sarah DeLappe’s debut script, a 2017 Pulitzer Prize nominee, follows the members of a girls’ indoor-soccer team. At Pacific Theatre on Friday, October 19. Continues until November 10.

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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Canada Soccer ready for Copa América in EcuadorCSA
Canada Soccer’s Para Soccer National Team will compete in the 2018 IFCPF Copa América from 27 October to 3 November in Sangolquí, a suburb of Quito in Ecuador. Canada are one of eight nations competing in the tournament with an eye towards next year’s IFCPF World Cup.

Niagara College wins first-ever playoff game in women’s soccerNiagara Falls Review
Niagara is going to the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) men’s soccer championships for the fourth straight year.

East Royalty Soccer Complex parking lot expandingPEI Guardian
An expansion to the East Royalty Soccer Complex is coming after Charlottetown city council voted to accept a $114,425 bid during a recent meeting.


Penalty Kicks, Record Crowds Highlight Opening of 2018 USL Cup PlayoffsUSL
From a pair of penalty shootouts, to the advancement of four lower seeds and a record total attendance, the opening weekend of the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs produced an action-packed slate of eight games on Friday and Saturday night to kick off this year’s road to the 2018 USL Cup.

Louisville Executes Gameplan, Begins Title DefenseUSL
Louisville City FC took a step towards becoming the first team to win the USL Cup in back-to-back seasons as the defending champion claimed a 4-1 victory over Indy Eleven in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs on Saturday at Slugger Field.

Chattanooga Red Wolves SC Opens Ticket DepositsThe Chattanoogan
Chattanooga Red Wolves Soccer Club opened ticket deposits on Monday for its inaugural 2019 season of professional play in USL League One. Deposits ensure soccer fans get to pick their preferred seats early for group, season and individual tickets. By placing a deposit, fans will also have access to priority seating for the new soccer-specific stadium being built for the 2020 season.


Scotland to play USA in women’s friendlyProst Amerika
Scotland Women’s National Team will play a glamour friendly against the world champions USA on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 at St Mirren Park, Paisley.

Portland Thorns loan five players to Australian W-League clubs for NWSL offseasonOregonian
The Portland Thorns have loaned five players to clubs in the Australia W-League for the NWSL offseason.

Scottish FA team up with Uefa to grow girls grassroots footballBBC Sport
The Scottish FA have launched a programme to keep girls playing football at grassroots level.

Play women’s football matches in main stadiums to boost attendancesThe Guardian
Cracking crowds is the key to growing the game and bringing teams in from satellite grounds will attract more fans.


It’s Julen Lopetegui’s Make-or-Break Week at Real MadridSI.com
It’s hard to believe there have been many worse decisions, in football at least, than that of Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup. Accepting the Real Madrid job led to his own dismissal from the Spanish national team and effectively ruined the World Cup for Spain. And for what? For 12 games in charge of Real Madrid?

Champions League possible line-ups and team newsUEFA
Who’s likely to start, who might be left out and who is unavailable? UEFA.com predicts all the line-ups.

Man City don’t feel ready to win Champions League – GuardiolaBBC Sport
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says his side “are not ready” to win the Champions League, claiming “the feeling” from their fans that the team must win the competition is missing.

Man United hosts Juventus to headline Champions League Tuesday NBC Sports
The stars align at Old Trafford on Tuesday as Manchester United hosts Juventus at the forefront of the Champions League slate.

Real Sociedad winless at home after 0-0 draw with GironaNiagara Falls Review
Real Sociedad could not manage more than a 0-0 draw against Girona in the Spanish league on Monday, staying winless at home this season.

Ronaldo defends himself against rape accusationOttawa Citizen
Speaking publicly for the first time since being accused of rape, Cristiano Ronaldo defended himself against the allegation and said Monday he is confident the truth will come out in the case.

Captivating clashes await in last four of LibertadoresFIFA
For supporters of River Plate, Boca Juniors, Gremio and Palmeiras, this week promises to be nerve-jangling in the extreme. For football fans with no particular affiliation to the four South American powerhouses, the semi-finals of the 2018 Copa Libertadores offer up two mouth-watering fixtures in prospect.

Tottenham’s academy is succeeding thanks to locally sourced playersThe Guardian
Tottenham fans may have been concerned by the sight of Harry Winks playing for England in Spain last week after starting just three Premier League games his return from a long-term ankle injury. But they should be excited as there is more to come from that particular talent pool: gifted local central midfielders.

Mesut Ozil lauds Arsenal’s “sexy football”NBC Sports
Mesut Ozil and Arsenal put on a “sexy” second half display to beat Leicester City 3-1 on Monday, as the Gunners extended their winning streak to 10 games in all competitions and seven in the Premier League.

Sampdoria held to 0-0 home draw by SassuoloNiagara Falls Review
Sampdoria was held to a 0-0 home draw by Sassuolo on Monday as it failed to make it three wins in a row.

Gabriele Gravina elected president of Italian soccer federationSportsnet
Gabriele Gravina was elected president of the Italian soccer federation on Monday, bringing an end to a year of uncertainty.

Usain Bolt’s A-League deal on rocks after Mariners’ meagre offerThe Guardian
Usain Bolt’s A-League bid could end this week after the Central Coast Mariners excluded the Olympic great from team training until his contract offer impasse is resolved.

Report: U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn to step down in 2019SBI
A key figure in The U.S. Soccer Federation for nearly two decades is nearing the end of his tenure with the organization.

FA Cup first round draw: Non-league Hampton & Richmond Borough face OldhamBBC Sport
National League South side Hampton & Richmond Borough have the chance of pulling off an FA Cup shock after they were paired with League Two Oldham Athletic in Monday’s first-round draw.

Prosecutors appeal in case against 2006 World Cup organizersSportsnet
German prosecutors have appealed against a court’s decision to reject tax evasion charges against three people involved in organizing the 2006 World Cup.

DFL launches Virtual Bundesliga with call for club entries for Jan 2019 kick offInside World Football
Germany’s DFL will kick off its first esports league, the VBL Club Championship (Virtual Bundesliga), on the EA Sports FIFA 19 platform in January next year. Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 teams have until December 21 to register teams.

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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