VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. COLORADO RAPIDS
MLS MATCHDAY #29
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017, 7:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
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Waston named to MLS Team of the Week; Reyna makes bench – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC centre back Kendall Waston has been named to the MLS Team of the Week after helping the ‘Caps move into the top spot in the Western Conference with a 3-0 win over Minnesota United FC on Wednesday and 2-2 draw with Columbus Crew SC on Saturday.
The Numbers are Absurd: An Examination of the Success of the Vancouver Whitecaps – Eighty-Six Forever
I mentioned in my match review for the game against the Columbus Crew that, considering the underlying stats of the Vancouver Whitecaps, it’s absurd that they are currently in first place in the Western Conference. I thought it would be a good idea to expand on that thought.
Sporting KC vs. New York Red Bulls | 2017 US Open Cup Final Preview – MLS
One club is a set of old hands when it comes to hoisting trophies, especially this one. The other has reached a cup final for just the third time in its 22-year history. And on Wednesday night in Kansas City, they’ll battle for top bragging rights in the oldest cup tournament in North American soccer – and among the oldest in the world.
Open Cup Final: History, and Kansas City Confront Red Bulls – Empire of Soccer
The New York Red Bulls have won two Supporters’ Shields — both within the last four years. But having the best record in Major League Soccer doesn’t seem to count for much.
Jay Heaps sacked as New England Revolution manager – ESPN FC
Jay Heaps has been fired as the manager of the New England Revolution, the MLS club confirmed on Tuesday.
Atlanta United FC vs. LA Galaxy | 2017 MLS Match Preview – MLS
Atlanta United FC provided plenty of fireworks over the weekend, setting the all-time MLS single-game attendance record in their wild 3-3 draw against Orlando on Saturday. They’ll look to keep that excitement going on Wednesday, when the LA Galaxy come to town for a midweek tilt at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Is MLS a Gift to Other CONCACAF Nations? – Empire of Soccer
Major League Soccer, after having turned its attention south to acquire promising and inexpensive players, is helping other CONCACAF nations too much.
Six Though Box: Crew SC’s Vancouver tie, game half full or half empty? – Massive Report
The point earned in Vancouver by Crew SC pushes them that much closer to a playoff spot, but yes, three points would have helped more.
Minnesota United hires T-Wolves president Chris Wright as first CEO – ESPN FC
Minnesota United on Monday hired Minnesota Timberwolves president Chris Wright as the MLS club’s first chief executive.
Why MLS is considering a playoff overhaul, and why it’s unlikely to happen – Four Four Two
The playoffs lose momentum at FIFA’s November window, but small clubs aren’t happy with the proposed solution.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL Division 1 Results & Standings – Week 2 – BC Soccer Web
Results from Week 2 of regular season play within Division 1.
BC Soccer hosting a FREE Soccer Conference on Sunday December 10, 2017 at Fortius Sport and Health Complex! – BCSA
The BC Soccer Conference is a FREE one-day conference which is open to anyone and is directly tailored toward the soccer landscape in British Columbia and Canada. The conference will kick off with special guest speaker Jason de Vos and following the opening speaker, attendees will then break out into their specific streams: Player and Coach Development, Judicial and Discipline Certification , Head Referee Workshop, and Administration and Club Management Please note that all of the conference topics will be presented in-classroom lecture format.
Carmen Brown’s goal for the Clan not enough to beat Seattle Pacific – SFU
Sophomore defender Carmen Brown scored her first career goal in the 13th minute but Simon Fraser University couldn’t hang on against rival Seattle Pacific University, losing 2-1 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener for both teams Saturday on Terry Fox Field.
Clan takes 4th consecutive win over Slippery Rock – SFU
Freshman forward Connor Glennon scored in the 43rd minute of the game to secure Simon Fraser’s victory over Slippery Rock University 1-0, and the Clan’s fourth victory in a row to start the season, Friday evening at Terry Fox Field.
Aldergrove youth soccer kicks into season – BC Local News
This past Saturday the Aldergrove Athletic Park was the scene of renewed soccer activity as the 2017-’18 Aldergrove Youth Soccer season began.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC 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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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!
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
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.
Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication – BC Soccer Web
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Saskatoon city council hears pitches for future recreation facilities – Star Phoenix
These projects include an 8,200-seat downtown outdoor stadium to accommodate a professional soccer team, indoor lacrosse fields, a river water park and an expansion of the Gordie Howe Sports Complex.
Celtix Haut-Richelieu wins 2017 LSEQ men’s playoff title – CSA
Celtix Haut-Richelieu won the 2017 LSEQ men’s playoff title to qualify for the Toyota National Championships Challenge Trophy finals. Celtix finished second in their division during the regular season, then first in the four-team league playoffs ahead of Royal Sélect Beauport, FS Salaberry, and Charlesbourg.
Canada Para Soccer ready to take on the world at biennial championship – CSA
Canada Para Soccer will face Brazil, Republic of Ireland, and Spain at this year’s IFCPF World Championships in San Luis, Argentina. The 16-nation competition kicks off this 10 September, with Canada looking to again crack the top-10 in the world.
Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 November – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.
WFC2, USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 vs. PHOENIX RISING FC
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017, 3:00 PM
THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC
USL Week 26: Cincinnati rises to the occasion, Phoenix’s charge continues – USL
Every weekend, it seems, there are questions to be answered by teams and individuals as the race to the USL Cup Playoffs ramps up into its final month.
September 20 match against Puerto Rico FC postponed due to Hurricane Maria – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton’s Wednesday match in Puerto Rico rescheduled due to complications caused by Hurricane Maria; new date confirmed for Wednesday, October 25.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK | Jacksonville Forward Ciarán Kilduff – NASL
Ciarán Kilduff recently joined Jacksonville Armada FC, but he has certainly endeared himself to the club’s faithful in short order. The Irish forward has scored three goals in his last two games, including a pair of tallies in a 3-3 draw with the New York Cosmos on Sunday night. Kilduff was named NASL Player of the Week for his two-goal performance, the league announced Monday.
Commisso Calls U.S. Soccer ‘Too Politicized’ – Empire of Soccer
The New York Cosmos majority owner Rocco Commisso was honored with the Foreign Policy Association Medal at the organization’s World Leadership Forum dinner last week in New York. At the event, Commisso chose to close his acceptance speech by discussing his acquisition of the Cosmos and his ongoing frustrations with the United States Soccer Federation. With the North American Soccer League having its application for Division 2 sanctioning next year recently rejected by the the USSF, the Cosmos’ future is again in jeopardy.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
USWNT: More than 30,000 fans expected in Cincinnati – Soccer America
Two years ago, no one would have said that. But after the success of the USL’s FC Cincinnati with four 30,000-plus crowds this season, the U.S. women’s national team should play before its largest crowd since 2015 when it hosts New Zealand Tuesday night at Nippert Stadium.
The Ali Krieger Conundrum – Backline Soccer
Jill Ellis does not do pomp and circumstance. She is the type of coach that would likely never do another pregame ceremony celebrating a player reaching a cap milestone if given a choice on the matter. That might be due, in part, to her preference to rotate players out of the pool before they hit a hundred caps begin with.
Smith Taking it One Training at a Time – USSF
U.S. WNT defender Taylor Smith has only three caps under her belt and is currently participating in her third senior team camp. She made her WNT debut against Australia on July 27 in Seattle at the 2017 Tournament of Nations, starting and playing 76 minutes.
Kerr at it again as Matildas repeat the dose against Brazil – AFC
Two goals to superstar forward Kerr, and another to Caitlin Foord helped the Matildas to a 3-2 win, which stretches their unbeaten run to eight matches, all of which have been played against sides in the world’s top 15.
High-flying Kerr hits rarefied air – FIFA
Sam Kerr has always been a bit special. At 15, she became the youngest Australian female international footballer for well over a decade. A few months prior, the then high school student had become the youngest player to debut and score in the Australian W-League.
Sam Kerr wins PFA Women’s Footballer of the Year – Vavel
The Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), the representative body and collective bargaining agent of Australia’s soccer players, voted the Sky Blue FC forward as the best women’s footballer for 2017.
Winter wonderland? Women’s Super League prepares for 2017-18 kick-off – The Guardian
The switch from a summer to winter season has been a big talking point but the real interest once the action starts this weekend will be how promoted clubs fare in the two WSL divisions
Victory secure ex-Roar defender – W-League
Angela Beard has joined rival Westfield W-League side Melbourne Victory on a one-year deal from Brisbane Roar.
Date set for WNL League Cup Final – Irish WNL
The 2017 Continental Tyres Women’s National League Cup Final between Peamount United and Shelbourne Ladies has been scheduled for Saturday, September 23.
#WePlayStrong”: Women’s Football in the Balkans – Futbolgrad
What is the status of women’s football in the Balkans? Valerio Fabbri takes a look at the region and highlights that there has been significant growth of the game in the region.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
European Midweek Preview: Lazio hosts Napoli, Bayern travels to Schalke, and more – SBI
There may not be any Champions League fixtures taking place this week, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any top action on display in Europe. The top match during the midweek action takes place from Rome as Lazio welcomes Napoli to the Olimpico.
European soccer: What to watch in the mid-week action – Metro
What to watch in the leading soccer competitions in Europe on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Injured Neuer out until January – FIFA
Germany and Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer will be sidelined until January after undergoing surgery on a foot injury. The goalkeeper, who is among the nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2017 award, has fractured the same bone that kept him out of action at the tail end of last season.
League Cup preview: Enter the giants – NBC Sports
Here come the big boys. The League Cup hits the third round this week, with clubs competing in European competitions joining the fray.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp vows to take Carabao Cup tie seriously – ESPN FC
Liverpool will begin their Carabao Cup campaign at Leicester City on Tuesday night, with Klopp expected to give fringe players game time at the King Power Stadium.
Man United urged to ban “racist” Romelu Lukaku chant – NBC Sports
Anti-discrimination organization Kick It Out have urged Manchester United to stop their supporters from singing an allegedly racist song about star striker Romelu Lukaku.
Championship Matchday Eight Round-Up: Leeds lose their unbeaten record while Wolves return to winning ways – Vavel
Leeds United fell to defeat at Millwall this weekend and were joined at the top of the table by Wolves who returned to winning ways.
As Monterrey coasts, Liga MX playoff race focuses on the middle of the pack – ESPN FC
At the top of the Liga MX league table, Monterrey notched their seventh win of the season and widened the gap on Club America, who were only able to muster a draw in Tijuana on Friday night. At the other end, Puebla, Pumas and Atlas remain at the bottom with seven points; two of the three are also keeping an eye on the relegation table.
Romario sets sights on Brazilian FA presidency and demands prison for CBF’s old guard – Inside World Football
Brazilian football legend Romario has confirmed that he wants to run for the presidency of the Brazilian FA (CBF) and oust the incumbent Marco Polo Del Nero, whose tenure has been mired in corruption accusations.
North Korea: Bengaluru FC’s Erik Paartalu on missile launches, lost baggage and Kim Jong-un memes – BBC Sport
Indian Super League side Bengaluru FC travelled to North Korea last week to play Pyongyang’s 4.25 SC in the AFC Cup, Asia’s version of the Europa League.
Ivan Rakitić: A Croatian Guy Walks into a Bar – Players’ Tribune
I have a story for Hollywood. It’s a romantic comedy. But it’s actually real. It starts with a Croatian guy walking into a bar …
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca