BC Soccer News, Tuesday, October 24, 2017



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Vancouver Whitecaps vs. San Jose Earthquakes | 2017 Knockout Round PreviewMLS
Vancouver Whitecaps FC and San Jose Earthquakes embark on the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs with a Knockout Round showdown at BC Place. The teams enter the match in contrasting form and circumstances.

Kendall Waston: ‘Our goal is to lift a trophy. For this club. For you. For Vancouver’The Province
Whitecaps captain and centre back Kendall Waston felt compelled to reach out to fans in advance of the team’s playoff game. Here is his message.

Montero: ‘Kill or be killed’ as Whitecaps face San Jose in playoffs The Province
The Vancouver Whitecaps, unable to secure first place in the MLS West, face the San Jose Earthquakes in a do-or-die match Wednesday at B.C. Place Stadium.

AUDIO: Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson: ‘We couldn’t finish the job off’Sportsnet
Vancouver coach Carl Robinson joins Perry Solkowski and Randip Janda on Sportsnet 650 to talk about how the Whitecaps fell short of clinching first place in the Western Conference.

Quakes’ forward acquisitions pay it forward when it matters mostSBI
Back in January, there was no need for squinting towards the podium to notice the optimism from general manager Jesse Fioranelli as he welcomed his winter signings.

VIDEO: Whitecaps co-owner: MLS still in early days but potential to be a big businessCNBC
As the MLS playoffs kick off, Jeff Mallett, Vancouver Whitecaps co-owner, discusses the outlook for soccer in the U.S. and the value of the sport as an investment.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson proclaims Whitecaps Day ahead of 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs runWhitecaps FC
City of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson honoured Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Monday, October 23, proclaiming the day Whitecaps Day as the club prepares for the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.

MLS Cup Playoffs: Atlanta hosts Crew, Whitecaps take on EarthquakesNBC Sports
34 rounds of MLS action are in the books, and now the real fun is set to begin this week.

Sounders savoring bye as they fight back to full squad strengthMLS
Hampered by a score of injuries going into the 2017 Audi MLS Cup playoffs, the Seattle Sounders needed a top-two seed in the Western Conference and the first-round bye that comes with it as much as anybody.

MLS Cup or bust for Toronto FC after setting league points record Sportsnet
“There’s that saying, ‘Sign the painting.’ Create that beautiful piece of artwork, but then sign it – meaning, finish off the whole thing. The playoffs are difficult; it’s not an easy format. Finish off the job,” Dan Calichman told Sportsnet.

Dax McCarty looms large as Red Bulls prepare to face Fire in playoff openerSBI
While the New York Red Bulls have multiple connections to the Chicago Fire, the name Dax McCarty will resonate when the two sides meet in the knock-out stage of the Major League Soccer playoffs on Wednesday night.

Impact fire coach Mauro Biello after missing playoffsSportsnet
The Montreal Impact are looking for a top level coach that they hope can take them to new heights in Major League Soccer.

Saputo cites a lack of ‘a clear identity’ for decision to fire Impact coach Mauro BielloMontreal Gazette
This is what owners do when coaches get fired — they sit there and justify their rationale. Joey Saputo has become adept at this, the president of the Impact having gone through four head coaches in six years of Major League Soccer play.

The job you don’t want: Montreal Impact now on hunt for eighth head coach in less than a decade the11.ca
You know how the MLS season is over? Because the Montreal Impact have parted ways with yet another coach.

Foundation built for Montreal Impact riseMLS Multiplex
The Montreal Impact limped across the finish line of the 2017 MLS regular season. After losing nine of its last 10 games – including the final match at home to New England on a last-second goal – Montreal is hoping to rebound next season.

Columbus leaders to hold meetings with Crew SC owner, MLS CommissionerNBC4i
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced he and other city leaders have scheduled meetings with Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt, and MLS Commissioner Don Garber in the upcoming weeks to discuss ways of keeping the team in the city.

Soccer Is A Business, Yes. Why Does That Excuse Deception?Fifty Five One
The reaction to the Columbus move is really an objection to a business that has been lying to its customers. Both the Columbus Crew front office and Major League Soccer are guilty of this.

Why You Should Care About #SaveTheCrewVancouver Southsiders
We would like you to stand up for supporters across our league. Mr. Precourt can’t move his team without support from other MLS owners. Tell the ownership team at Vancouver Whitecaps FC that the relocation of the Columbus Crew is unacceptable. Add your name to a growing list of Vancouver supporters who want Greg Kerfoot, Steve Luczo, Jeff Mallett and Steve Nash to help #SaveTheCrew.

Ola Kamara believes MLS numbers deserve call-up to NorwayMLS
Ola Kamara has the numbers in MLS, with 34 league goals in his two seasons with Columbus Crew SC. Those numbers, he said, should be good enough to get him called back into the Norwegian national team for the first time since 2014 — but it’s not his call to make.

Bill Hamid signs for Midtjylland in Denmark after D.C. United farewellESPN FC
United States international goalkeeper Bill Hamid signed for Danish side FC Midtjylland on Monday, a day after bidding farewell to D.C. United.

Chivas couldn’t compete with ‘economic power of MLS’ in Vela dealESPN FC
“The day that MLS decides to go for Europeans and to have a Champions [League], they have the power and money to do it and players dance for money.”

Charlotte’s Major League Soccer dreams are dead for now. Here’s how the deal unraveledCharlotte Observer
Charlotte’s bid to land a Major League Soccer expansion team is officially dead for now. City Council member James Mitchell, who chairs the city’s economic development committee, confirmed that an agreement on public-private financing on the proposed $175 million soccer facility cannot be reached in time to meet the MLS’s upcoming decision date.

Atlanta United ‘honored’ to showcase city as 2018 All-Star Game hostSBI
Atlanta United set several attendance records throughout their debut season, officially marking Atlanta’s status as a premier soccer city. Now, the city will get a chance to host the annual MLS midsummer showcase.

Beer-tossing MLS fans under scrutiny in AtlantaToronto Star
Altidore, Giovinco shrug off cup-throwing but it’s not a one-time incident.

Patrice Bernier: Merci, MontréalThe Players’ Tribune
It’s hard to know exactly when my love for soccer started. I was around four or five when my father first put me into club soccer, but I know I had also played soccer in the basement with my mother when I was three — at least that’s what everyone tells me. My parents have always played an important role in my development. They emigrated from Haiti to Canada before I was born.

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WFC Residency Report: Full slate of weekend actionWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency teams were back in action on the weekend with a full slate of matches.

TRU Men’s soccer on the road for first playoff gameCJFC
WolfPack men’s soccer is going on the road for their first ever playoff game. TRU will travel to Saskatoon to play the University of Saskatchewan in a Canada West quarter-final on Friday.

TRU WolfPack women’s soccer team falls short of Canada West playoffsKamloops This Week
Unable to muster a goal in Canada West play on Sunday, the TRU WolfPack women’s soccer team saw its slim playoff hopes slip away with a 2-0 loss to the MacEwan Griffins of Edmonton on McArthur Island.

Saanich soccer club hosts all-female soccer campVictoria News
It was a fall day fit for soccer as women across a wide range of ages and abilities celebrated the Beautiful Game with Female Soccer Day 2017 in Saanich Sunday.

BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book RecommendationsBC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in ReviewBCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.

BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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!

Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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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Preview: Ryerson women’s soccer enter first playoff appearance since 2011 The Eyeopener
This year, for the first time since 2011, the Ryerson women’s soccer team (7-6-3) will be playing playoff soccer.

Durham Celtic Football Club has historically strong season on the pitchDurham Region
Men’s team wins Ontario Cup, Ontario Soccer League, finishes third at nationals.

Cambrian women building to soccer finalsSudbury Star
Eight teams gathered together, in Sudbury, all with a singular goal. The host Cambrian Golden Shield will welcome the Humber Hawks, Algonquin Thunder, Fanshawe Falcons, St Clair Saints, Seneca Sting, Mohawk Mountaineers and Durham Lords to Northern Ontario for the 2017 OCAA Women’s Soccer Championships later this week.

On a soccer journey from SpainThe Concordian
Concordia Goalkeeper Gabriela Angoso Jimenez shares her story that has taken her around the world.

Temporary indoor soccer facility nets council’s support Thunder Bay Newswatch
City council voted unanimously in favour of a temporary bylaw amendment to allow for an indoor soccer facility on Maureen Street.

Sports advocates get Moncton councillors to ditch youth user feesCBC
Two sports advocates convinced Moncton councillors on Monday to waive user fees for youth sports, a move that will cut revenues next year by $25,000.

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NASL lawsuit vs. USSF includes claim MLS marketer tried to shut down CosmosSN
The North American Soccer League claimed Monday in a federal lawsuit that Major League Soccer’s marketing arm attempted to buy out one of the league’s marquee franchises, the New York Cosmos, and prevent the club’s owners from owning or operating any other club in the New York market for a period of 10 years.

Lawsuit: NASL declares it has ‘team agreements’ with eight new teamsSoccer America
The NASL responded to U.S. Soccer’s response to the NASL’s lawsuit in Federal district court — NASL v. USSF — seeking a preliminary injunction to allow it to keep its Division 2 status for 2018.

Who Will Host Sacramento Republic, Swope Park Rangers Playoff Game? CBS Sacramento
The home for Saturday’s playoff game is uncertain and looks like it will remain uncertain.

A New Future For Hartford’s Dillon Stadium? The City Weighs Its OptionsWNPR
The last pro soccer team that actually played within the city limits — the Hartford Bicentennials — played at Dillon Stadium in the 1970s. The city’s most recent plans for the stadium also involved a soccer-specific rebuild, but it stalled in 2015 when its partners in the deal got wrapped up in a federal criminal investigation.

A New York Soccer Story: Cosmos’ Carlos MendesEmpire of Soccer
Before the New York Cosmos moved to Brooklyn, any supporter using public transit to get to one of the their games at Hofstra University had to make a pit stop in Mineola, N.Y. For Cosmos captain Carlos Mendes, though, Mineola is his point of origin.

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Double Dutch: Martens, Weigman take down FIFA awardsThe Equalizer
The Netherlands’ popular victory on home soil has resulted in the side’s best player and coach honored with FIFA Best awards. EURO Golden Ball winner Lieke Martens and Netherlands coach Sarina Weigman were named Player and Coach of the Year respectively during an award gala in London on Monday.

Thorns FC exercise 2018 contract options on four players, offers new contracts to eightTimbers.com
Canada forward Christine Sinclair and U.S. midfielders Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Allie Long and defenders Meghan Klingenberg and Emily Sonnett also remain on the roster.

Reign FC exercise options on 11 playersGoalWA
Seattle Reign FC announced today that the team has exercised options on eleven players, while six other players have been offered new contracts for the 2018 NWSL season.

Sydney FC Sign NWSL Championship Winning DefenderSydney FC
Sydney FC have signed United States and Portland Thorns star Emily Sonnett for the Westfield W-League 2017/18 season.

NCAA Weekend Recap: UCLA suffers first loss, Georgia thwarts South CarolinaThe Equalizer
Week 10 was the final weekend of regular season play for some teams, while other teams have one more weekend of conference action before tournament action begins. Many teams have already locked up tournament spots, but it’s coming down to the wire for several others. With conference tournaments looming, here’s a quick recap of some of Week 10’s college woso action.

The ranks of female soccer coaches are growing, but not without pushbackThe Lily
Women coaches account for just seven percent of licensed soccer coaches worldwide.

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Bundesliga Matchday 9 Round UpProst Amerika
Late comebacks, management shuffles, an American not called Christian Pulisic scores. That and more in the Bundesliga round up of matchday nine.

Juventus escape sanction over Paul Pogba transfer – Andrea AgnelliESPN FC
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has told the club’s shareholders that they have been “completely acquitted” by FIFA of any malpractice in the transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA player of year for fifth timeSportsnet
Cristiano Ronaldo has caught up with Lionel Messi to become a five-time winner of FIFA’s best player award.

Carabao Cup preview: Man City hosts Wolves, Chelsea meets EvertonNBC Sports
All eyes will remain on the 11 Premier League sides left in this season’s Carabao Cup, but could a potential upset(s) shake the balance of power in the competition?

Mid-week Carabao Cup preview: League leaders clash as Wolves make daunting trip to the EtihadFootball League Paper
There’s scarcely a more difficult assignment in world football at the moment than a trip to the Etihad Stadium to face Pep Guardiola’s soaring Manchester City. Such is the task facing Championship leaders Wolves in the Carabao Cup Round of 16 this evening, however.

Improving the Carabao Cup: Insist upon youth, cut prices, end extra-timeESPN FC
The Carabao Cup returns this week with the relevance of the competition under renewed scrutiny following recent comments by the likes of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola questioning its worth.

Russia’s 2018 World Cup costs grow by $600mSportsnet
Russian authorities say next year’s World Cup will cost $600 million more than previously planned.

Anne Frank diary to be read at Serie A games after Lazio fans’ antisemitismThe Guardian
The Italian football federation (FICG) has said a passage from Anne Frank’s diary will be read before matches this week in response to acts of antisemitism by Lazio fans and to keep alive memories of the Holocaust. The FIGC also says a minute of silence will be observed before Serie A, B and C matches this week, plus amateur and youth games over the weekend.

Nations League set to boost European international football by €650m, says UEFAInside World Football
The new UEFA Nations League is set to enhance the value of European international football matches, according to Guy-Laurent Epstein, the European football body’s marketing director.

Premier League TV rights: Clubs abandon plans for distribution of overseas moneyBBC Sport
The six richest clubs – Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea – wanted their appeal reflected in their income.

Next Generation 2017: 60 of the best young talents in world football The Guardian
From Vinicius Júnior, who has already signed for Real Madrid, to ‘the Romanian Donnarumma’ the Guardian identifies 60 of the best players in the world born in 2000.

The 10-year-old US soccer sensation and social media star snapped up by RomaThe Guardian
Alessandro Cupini has more than 40,000 followers on Instagram and his own pitch in his basement in Kansas City which he will soon be leaving to join the Serie A club, getting around Fifa’s youth regulations thanks to dual-citizenship.

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