WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Waston, Manneh Make Team of the Week – Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps have a few representatives on the final ‘MLS Team of the Week’ of the regular season, with both striker Kekuta Manneh and defender Kendall Waston making the cut. Waston was named to the first team, while Manneh is an inclusion on the bench.
Portland, Seattle, or LA? Breaking down Vancouver’s possible playoff opponents – Whitecaps FC
OK, so we know Vancouver Whitecaps FC will begin the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs in the Western Conference Semifinals. But who are they going to play against? There are three potential matchups – tasty ones, at that.
Injuries force Whitecaps coach to improvise – Sportsnet
It has been far from smooth sailing for the Vancouver Whitecaps down the stretch, but on Sunday the club finally seemed to catch a tailwind, as they defeated the Houston Dynamo 3-0 at BC Place.
MLS Playoffs could bring out the money players, will the Whitecaps keep up? – The Province
A funny thing happened on the way to the top. The light-spending New York Red Bulls won the Supporters’ Shield on Sunday with a win over Chicago. They beat out fiscally responsible FC Dallas for the regular-season crown on the second tiebreaker, goal difference. And the young, economical Whitecaps claimed third overall and earned a spot in the Western Conference semifinals with a 3-0 win over Houston at B.C. Place.
Little to separate sides as MLS playoffs begin – Vancouver Sun
Since April 4, when they beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 at BC Place Stadium to go to 4-1-0 on the young season, the Caps have played just .500 soccer — a 12-12-5 mark.
2015 MLS Cup Playoffs schedule – ESPN FC
Major League Soccer has released its 2015 playoff schedule, with MLS Cup set for Dec. 6 on ESPN. This year’s playoffs will be the first with an expanded field of 12 teams. The third and fourth seeds in each conference host the fifth and sixth seeds in single knockout matches.
Rainy preparations for Seattle as Wednesday playoff looms – Sounder at Heart
The Seattle Sounders were right back onto the training pitch today, less than 12 hours after their 3-1 home win over Real Salt Lake. Coach Sigi Schmid admitted the advantage that the Sounders have over Wednesday’s playoff opponent, the Los Angeles Galaxy, since the Sounders didn’t have to travel for either of their matches while the Galaxy only got back to Los Angeles from Kansas City last night and will be flying to Seattle tomorrow.
Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: MLS Western Conference knockout preview – ESPN FC
When Martins and Dempsey are running at back lines, Seattle is deadly. But prying open organized defenses is a different proposition. The Sounders do better when Marco Pappa and Erik Friberg are on the field, especially when the latter plays a more advanced role. Whether Sigi Schmid is willing to sacrifice some defense against L.A. is a big question.
Open Cup in the bag, Sporting Kansas City push for more in 2015 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs – MLS
When Sporting Kansas City hit their rough late-season patch, and the postseason went from a virtual lock to an uncertain proposition going into Decision Day, one question kept popping up in fans’ conversations.
D.C. United vs. New England: MLS Eastern Conference knockout preview – ESPN FC
With the field set for the 2015 Major League Soccer playoffs, D.C. United hosts the New England Revolution on Wednesday night (kickoff: 4:30 p.m. PT) in a one-off knockout tie.
Full disciplinary guidelines for the 2015 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs – MLS
The Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs begin Wednesday – with it come a new set of league disciplinary guidelines.
Montreal has edge over TFC going into playoffs – Sportsnet
Having home field advantage against Toronto will certainly be a big plus for the Impact. They’ve been excellent at home all season and under Biello, who is 5-0-0 at home, they’ve looked terrifying at times, especially by the way in which they can change games so quickly.
Playoff-bound Impact coach Biello makes case to shed “interim’ label – TSN
The “interim” tag on head coach Mauro Biello’s job description is fading with each victory by the Montreal Impact. There have been no talks yet about keeping the Montreal native and former Impact player on, but the team’s 7-2-2 record since he replaced Frank Klopas on Aug. 30 suggests that upper management won’t have go to go looking for a new coach in 2016.
Toronto FC: Let them be judged at end of season – Sportsnet
It’s easy to be cynical with Toronto FC, to not see the silver lining around the cloud that seems to permanently hover over this club.
Lampard: NYC FC’s season ‘can’t be anything but a failure to not make the playoffs’ – Big Apple Soccer
Frank Lampard has enjoyed the highest of highest winning English Premier League championships with Chelsea and being a member of winning sides through his star-studded career. You might say that he experienced the lowest of lows during his short time with New York City FC.
Why it’s tougher than ever for MLS expansion teams to reach the postseason – The Guardian
The last expansion team to reach the postseason were the Seattle Sounders in 2009. Is the quality of the league improving – or are new clubs just not ready?
MLS ranks 7th in world leagues after record breaking crowds show 12.7% uplift – Inside World Football
The average attendance per game in the league’s 19th season came to 21,574, which is more than 2,000 over last season’s average. 161 games sold out this year, up from 133 in 2014.
Dom Dwyer: I used to dream of playing for England but things change. A USA call-up would be hard to turn down – The Telegraph
Since his breakout season in 2013, Dwyer has become one of the leading lights in Major League Soccer and appears on the brink of a call-up to the United States national team once he gets his passport.
VIDEO: Ever wondered what it’s like to be a referee? – PRO Referees
Daltonic Films have been been behind the scenes to offer an in-depth look into life as a professional referee with PRO. The cameras were at a training camp in Park City, Utah, before following Allen Chapman and his crew at Rio Tinto Stadium for Real Salt Lake versus Sporting Kansas City in MLS. Referee Alan Kelly was also the focus on gameday, when he took charge of Seattle Sounders versus Portland Timbers at CenturyLink Field.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VMSL PHOTO GALLERY: FC Tigers – Vancouver Rino’s 1 Club Inter 2, October 24, 2015 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux.
Vancouver Island soccer club suspended after teen player slams sponsor – CBC
A girl’s soccer team based in Comox, British Columbia has been suspended following a dispute over the sponsorship of the team by Marine Harvest, a large fish farm company.
BC Soccer Assoc.’s Third Annual FREE Futsal Festival – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. will host it’s third annual FREE Futsal Festival which will take place December 30 and January 2-3 at the University of Fraser Valley.
New facilities helping Vic High emerge from soccer doldrums – Times Colonist
The cornerstone of the sporting rebirth is the Vic High Sports Facilities Renewal Project, in association with Bays United soccer, planned in five phases over six years. It includes an artificial turf infield with night lighting, followed by a field house, eight-lane track and stadium seating.
de Goede has been great for soccer’s T-Birds – Vancouver Sun
For soccer goalkeeper Olivia de Goede, the patient wait for her reward was more glacially slow than gradual, a six-year journey that was finally, and symbolically, realized at 5 p.m. on Sept. 5.
UBCO Heat women split on final weekend – Kelowna Capital News
A win and a draw on their home turf marked the final weekend of the Canada women’s soccer season for the UBC Okanagan Heat. The Heat finished its second campaign in the CIS in seventh place in the West division with a 2-8-4 record.
UNBC women blanked in final games – Prince George Citizen
The UNBC women’s soccer squad wrapped up its Canada West season on a losing note on the weekend. The Timberwolves were blanked 2-0 by UBC Okanagan Friday in Kelowna and suffered another 2-0 shutout at the hands of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack Sunday in Kamloops.
VIDEO: Clan Women Battling For Spot In GNAC Post-Season Championship – SFU
SFU Clan Women’s Soccer talk about the season & their quest for the post-season.
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada M18 splits international series with USA – Canada Soccer
Canada’s men’s national youth program split a two-match international series with CONCACAF rivals USA in Carson, CA, USA. Canada dropped the first match 1:3 on Friday 23 October, then won the second match just 48 hours later on Sunday 25 October.
Kahnawake soccer player represents Canada at inaugural World Indigenous Games – CBC
Rachel Leborgne is a Mohawk soccer player from Kahnawake. The 18-year-old is representing Canada at the inaugural games with the Canadian First Nations women’s soccer team. Leborgne says she and her teammates are thrilled to be playing on the international stage.
Women’s soccer: Pickett adds pop to already loaded midfield – The Badger Herald
Victoria Pickett, who played defensive back during her time with U-20 Canada, said she was thrilled to transition back into her natural position of midfielder upon her arrival to the Badgers. In addition to McNicoll, she had two other all-conference caliber midfielders to help her get reacquainted with the position in Rose Lavelle and McKenna Meuer.
NASL & USL NEWS
NASL: Florida clubs vie for final playoff spot – Soccer America
With Ottawa, Minnesota United and the New York Cosmos already assured of semifinal berths, the last week of regular season play will determine the fourth NASL playoff entry, and it will be a team from Florida — the Tampa Bay Rowdies or Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Fall Champs Presented with Silverware – Ottawa Fury FC
NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson presented Fury FC Captain Richie Ryan and his teammates with the first-ever piece of silverware in club history Sunday afternoon in a special on-ice ceremony prior to the Ottawa 67’s game.
Miami FC Set to Announce FIU Stadium as Home Venue – Empire of Soccer
Miami FC has found a place to place call home. The NASL expansion franchise is set to announce this Wednesday that the club will play home matches at Florida International University Stadium for its inaugural season. The venue is located on the campus of FIU and is less than a half hour car ride away from downtown Miami.
Brandon Miller Exceeds Expectations with Record Season – USL
Rochester Rhinos goalkeeper Brandon Miller was waiting for his opportunity during the previous three seasons, and in 2015 he took full advantage of earning the starting role. Miller was named the 2015 USL Goalkeeper of the Year and selected to the All-League First Team on Monday after leading the Rhinos to the 2015 USL Championship.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
FIVE TRADES HIGHLIGHT BUSY DAY IN NWSL – NWSL
Five trades took place Monday in the NWSL with eight players, nine draft picks and one international roster spot switching among six teams. Here’s a look at what happened.
Morgan, Kyle, Hagen traded to Orlando Pride – The Equalizer
Morgan, Kaylyn Kyle and Sarah Hagen were unveiled as the club’s first-ever players on Monday in Orlando. In exchange for Morgan and Kyle, the Pride traded to Portland Thorns FC the rights to their first Expansion Draft selection, the first-round selection (No. 1 overall) in the 2016 NWSL College Draft, and one international roster spot for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The first expansion-draft pick is expected to be Meghan Klingenberg who was just traded from Houston to Seattle.
Alex Morgan eager to reignite club career with Orlando Pride – SBI
If you wondered if Alex Morgan considered a move to the Orlando Pride a dream come true, she might say it was. Morgan could also add that her move to the Pride was more about finding a place to settle into and call home for the long term after playing several years across the country with various clubs. After all, her husband, Servando Carrasco, plays for MLS outfit Orlando City.
Orlando Pride sell 1,500 season tickets in one week – The Equalizer
Early indications are that Orlando will be just fine when it comes to attendance. Orlando Pride owner Phil Rawlins told media on Monday that the Pride, the National Women’s Soccer League’s 10th and newest franchise, has already sold over 1,500 season tickets. Orlando’s franchise was announced last Tuesday and the sales came as part of the pre-sale phase.
England end Far East adventure with win over Australia – The FA
Isobel Christiansen scored the only goal of the game as England ended their Far East adventure with a deserved 1-0 win over World Cup quarter finalists Australia in Yongchuang.
UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 Qualifying: October 27 Scores & Fixtures – UEFA
Complete scores and fixtures from the latest round of Euro 2017 qualifying.
NCAA Rankings – NCAA Women’s Soccer RPI – NCAA
Florida State retains top spot.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
A Candidate For FIFA President Is Linked To The Detention And Torture Of Soccer Players – Paste Soccer
Since his candidacy started to emerge in backroom chatter a couple weeks ago, several prominent human rights organizations have come out to denounce Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa. At the heart of their complaints is his and his family’s involvement in the suppression of pro-democracy protests in Bahrain in 2011 as part of the Arab Spring. Nicholas McGeehan, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, said that Sheikh Salman was involved in identifying as many as 150 athletes—including footballers—who participated in the demonstrations and referring them to the country’s security forces, who were then detained and tortured.
Fifa candidate Sheikh Salman: Torture claims are ‘nasty lies’ – BBC Sport
Fifa presidential candidate Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa has called allegations he was complicit in the torture of footballers “nasty lies”.
UK Serious Fraud Office investigating ‘money-laundering’ related to Fifa – The Guardian
The Serious Fraud Office has confirmed it is looking into potential money-laundering offences in the UK related to Fifa corruption.
Jose Mourinho camp contact PSG, Inter in case of Chelsea sack – sources – ESPN FC
Jose Mourinho’s camp have already started making contingency plans in case he is sacked by Chelsea, sources have told ESPN FC, with the manager’s representatives investigating the possibility of moving to Paris Saint-Germain or returning to Inter Milan.
Beckenbauer: FIFA payment a mistake – Goal
Germany and Bayern Munich great Franz Beckenbauer has conceded a payment to FIFA during the 2006 World Cup bidding process was a mistake.
Neymar, Luis Suarez keeping Barca’s title hopes alive in Leo Messi’s absence – ESPN FC
Barcelona supporters were not sure how their team would react after Lionel Messi injured his knee in the opening stages of the La Liga match against Las Palmas in late September. Given the No.10’s determination to play every single minute of every single game if fully fit and his unquestionable role as team leader, the fans’ concerns were fully understandable.
FIFA U-17 World Cup: From relief to renewed hope for hosts – FIFA
Two snapshots starring Gabriel Mazuela perfectly sum up the nature of Chile’s path to the FIFA U-17 World Cup Round of 16 on home soil.
Jason DeVos: Soccer in England an amazing sight up close – TSN
This past week, I spent three days in England as part of the UEFA Pro Licence course that I am currently taking. On Tuesday, I travelled to the Emirates Stadium to take in the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich. The next day, I drove to Manchester to watch two matches; the first was between the U19 teams from Manchester City and Sevilla, who were competing in the UEFA Youth League, and the second was the Champions League match between their respective senior teams. To finish off the trip, on Thursday I was given a tour of St. George’s Park, the English FA’s National Football Centre in Burton-Upon-Trent.
Dynamo Kiev racism row: Proposal to segregate black and white fans provokes anger from campaigner – The Independent
Anti-discrimination chief Piara Powar has reacted with incredulity at Dynamo Kiev considering a proposal to segregate supporters based on their skin colour.
Latest Racism Incident at Dynamo Kyiv Shows New Dimension of Violence – Futbolgrad
There was an ugly scene at the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex on Tuesday night during Dynamo Kyiv’s Champions League encounter against Chelsea, when four black fans were attacked by a group of Dynamo ultras, by all accounts for no other reason than the color of their skin. Other Dynamo supporters who tried to defend the victims, who were reportedly supporting Dynamo, were also targeted.
A third A-League team for Sydney – or Wollongong’s last chance? – Sydney Morning Herald
Is a third A-League team in Sydney by next October a realistic possibility? If the FFA wanted to fly a kite on the idea they’ve achieved it. Football’s chattering classes are talking their heads off.