VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
CASCADIA CUP / MLS MATCHDAY #30
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017, 7:30 PM
CENTURYLINK FIELD, SEATTLE, WA.
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Fredy Montero: Cascadian Man – The Players’ Tribune
I want to tell you about my first match in Seattle, back in 2009. I was playing for the Sounders. It was Seattle’s inaugural MLS game, and we were playing New York. I remember the weather, of course, because I wasn’t used to it. It was cold and damp — I’m from Colombia, where it’s humid, but always pretty warm. And it was also dark out, just really dark.
‘Caps look to clinch playoff spot Wednesday vs. Seattle – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (14W-9L-6D) hope to increase their lead atop the Western Conference standings on Wednesday night when they face longtime rival Seattle Sounders FC (11W-8L-11D) in a crucial Cascadia showdown at CenturyLink Field.
Vancouver’s Fredy Montero readies for Seattle return: “I’m so thankful” – MLS
Fredy Montero has gone relatively unnoticed despite a banner season. That should change Wednesday night, when the Colombian will garner plenty of attention during a return to his former home with the Vancouver Whitecaps’ visit to the Seattle Sounders.
Harvey insists surging Whitecaps focused on Sounders, not playoffs – The Province
Jordan Harvey swears the Vancouver Whitecaps aren’t about to get ahead of themselves. With five games left in their MLS regular season, the Whitecaps are atop the Western Conference standings. Preparing for a Wednesday visit to CenturyLink Field to face the Seattle Sounders, Vancouver is riding a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2).
What’s at stake: A look at the implications of the Seattle Sounders’ home match against the Vancouver Whitecaps – Seattle Sounders
While the Sounders cannot technically advance higher than fourth because of a would-be three-way tie for second place, there is the potential for a massive six-point swing. Win and pull within one point of first. Lose and fall seven points off first with just three matches remaining. If the Sounders can snap their five-match winless streak on Wednesday, a first-round playoff bye could very well be in the cards.
Toronto FC look to get back on track, clinch Supporters’ Shield – MLS
Toronto FC are looking ahead to clinching the Supporters’ Shield and their first domestic double, and not back at their recent failures.
Darren Mattocks finds rhythm renewed at Timbers: “It’s a striker’s dream” – MLS
Fresh off of winning a national championship under Caleb Porter at Akron, the Vancouver Whitecaps selected Darren Mattocks with the second pick in the 2012 SuperDraft. He’d go on to immediately show promise, leading Vancouver with with seven goals as a rookie and scoring the first MLS Cup Playoff goal in the team’s history.
Atlanta United vs. Philadelphia Union | 2017 MLS Match Preview – MLS
After losing playmaker Miguel Almiron on Sunday night to a hamstring injury for at least three weeks, others will need to step up if Atlanta United are to continue climbing up the Eastern Conference table.
Mexican footballer’s Swiss accounts under scrutiny – Swiss Info
Swiss authorities have received requests for information concerning alleged Swiss bank accounts of Giovani Dos Santos, a member of the Mexican national football team, as well as Portuguese golfer Ricardo Melo Gouveia.
Source: NYCFC will bid to build soccer stadium at Belmont Park – Newsday
New York City FC, the professional soccer team that plays at Yankee Stadium and is partly owned by the Yankees, is preparing to submit a proposal to develop a soccer stadium at Belmont Park racetrack, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Sounders’ Stefan Frei: Trump ‘needs to look at himself … and choose to be our leader’ – Seattle Times
Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei, who last year became a U.S. citizen, said he strongly disagrees with President Donald Trump’s comments and tweets the past few days that were critical of NFL and NBA players. “Nothing positive comes from it, really,” Frei said.
MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Colorado Rapids 1, September 23, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VIPL Riptide Tryouts & Opportunities – Marine Harvest Riptide
The Marine Harvest Riptide would like to announce the following opportunities for the local soccer community.
Coquitlam Metro-Ford takes the Gold and Silver at the Canada Soccer Master’s Championships – BCSA
The Canada Soccer Western Masters and Regional Women’s Masters competitions concluded on Sunday, September 24. In a repeat performance from last years competitions, Coquitlam Metro-Ford, representing British Columbia in the Women’s Masters and in Western Masters (men’s competition), finished on the podium twice with the women’s team taking silver and the men’s team taking home the gold.
Residency Report: ‘Caps complete first California trip of the season – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency continued their Development Academy season on the weekend with a pair of road matches in California against San Diego Surf and Nomads SC. Back home, the U-14s took on an older Fraser Valley Premier boys team.
Productive Alberta trip for Heat men – Kelowna Capital News
UBC Okanagan earns a win and a draw in Calgary in Canada West soccer.
WolfPack extend soccer streak – BC Local News
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches as they stopped the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 2-1 Sunday afternoon in Saskatoon.
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
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2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
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FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
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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
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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
Bohdan praises team unity in season turnaround – The Prospector
It is no secret that Canada is a cold place. The highest temperature recorded in the history of Calgary, Alberta, is 27.2 C, which roughly translates to 80.96 F. For a soccer player coming to El Paso from Calgary, the difference in temperature can be an insurmountable obstacle. For Victoria “Vic” Bohdan, it was the hardest thing to adapt to.
Blues weekend soccer recap – The Varsity
The University of Toronto Varsity Blues soccer program had another strong home weekend at Varsity Stadium, earning one victory and two draws. The Blues women’s team defeated the Carleton Ravens and tied the Ottawa Gee-Gees, while the men’s team extended their unbeaten streak to nine and moved into second place in the OUA East standings with a 6-0-3 record following their 1–1 draw against the rival Ryerson Rams.
Stingers honour Erica Cadieux in draw versus UQTR – The Concordian
The Concordia Stingers women’s soccer team tied 2-2 against the Université de Québec à Trois-Rivières Patriotes in the Erica Cadieux Memorial Game on Sept. 22.
Success keeps rolling in for women’s soccer team – Western Gazette
Western University’s women’s soccer team is off to a hot start this season, going 8–1 in the first leg of Ontario University Athletics play. The team is currently on a seven-game win streak and sits atop of the OUA west division, with a five point cushion over the second place Guelph Gryphons.
McGill 3, Concordia 0: Stingers’ Men’s Soccer Still Looking For First Points Of The Seas – The Link
Lackluster Offensive Showing Against Their Crosstown Rivals Keeps The Stingers Winless.
Frostbitten refugee named WASPS captain – Winnipeg Free Press
When Seidu Mohammed decided to leave the United States and head for Canada, all he wanted was to find a home country in which he could work, live a better life and maybe continue playing his favourite sport, soccer. Mohammed, who now lives in Garden City, was recently named captain of WASPS FC, a first division Manitoba Major Soccer League team formed in the wake of the late Jean-Baptiste Ajua’s effort to get his friends from Rwanda into the MMSL.
Soccer brings Sudanese-Canadians together to remember community member – St. Catherines Standard
An invitation to spend Saturday afternoon with the Sudanese-Canadian Community of Niagara Region delivered more than it promised. A soccer tournament featuring six men’s teams from as far as Alexandria, Va., is what first brought people to Pearson Park in St. Catharines.
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. TIMBERS 2
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2017, 3:00 PM
McLEOD FIELD, LANGLEY, BC
FC Edmonton present Minor Soccer Month featuring Canadian International Desiree Scott – FC Edmonton
As the 2017 North American Soccer League (NASL) season comes to a close, FC Edmonton is upping the excitement in October for its final three regular season matches of the year with Minor Soccer Month at Clarke Stadium.
Orange County SC’s playoff hopes remain alive – Angels on Parade
Orange County SC are on a two-year streak of reaching the USL Cup Playoffs, and would certainly like to qualify again this year. So how are things looking?
Despite poor homestand, Cosmos move up in NASL table – Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Somehow, someway, the New York Cosmos climbed the standings on Saturday despite losing 2-0 to North Carolina FC, enduring a nine-game winless streak and taking only two points from a three-match homestand.
SCG pitch-in with enhanced partnership at expanding USL – Inside World Football
American second tier league the USL has named SCG Fields as the Official Field Builder. SCG will be an official supplier for the United Soccer League, USL’s Division III, the Premier Development League (PDL) and the Super Y League.
USSF on trial: Little trust, big money, and a lot of leagues – MLS Multiplex
It’s been a busy fall already for the US Soccer Federation (USSF). Things started to get messy for the USSF pretty much on August 30th. That day a new men’s league entity dropped into their laps when NISA went online. NISA promotes itself as a Division III league that will begin competition most likely in 2019.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
WSL 1 week 1 round-up: Chelsea thrash Bristol to top the table on opening day of FA WSL 1 – Vavel
The opening weekend of fixtures in the WSL 1 saw victories for Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Sunderland.
Orlando Pride Must Focus on Defense as They Head Into the NWSL Playoffs – The Mane Land
Orlando needs to find the balance between attack and defense as the stakes get high.
Division 1 Féminine Week 3 Review: OL regain top spot after big win over Paris FC – Vavel
Montpellier and Paris Saint-Germain kept the pressure on the reigning champions after picking up dominant wins as well.
Amandine Henry returns to Olympique Lyonnais – Vavel
The current Portland Thorns FC player will see out the remainder of the National Women’s Soccer League before parting ways with her US-based club for France.
Frauen-Bundesliga week 3 review: Bremen and Hoffenheim grab first wins of the season – Vavel
The third week of the Frauen-Bundesliga has already seen Frankfurt lose their unbeaten run as they fell to Sand in the early kick-off, as Wolfsburg made it three from three and Freiburg and Potsdam shared the spoils in the match of the weekend. Munich got back to winning ways at Köln’s expense as Werder and TSG picked up their first wins of the year against MSV and Essen respectively.
Liga Iberdrola week 3 review: Top three remain unchanged – Vavel
Albacete, Betis, Sevilla and Zaragoza pick up first points of the season.
NCAA Weekend Recap: Texas remains perfect; Tennessee’s undefeated streak ends – The Equalizer
More than midway through the NCAA season, conference play is going strong for some teams while others are just getting started, with long-term sights being set for the conference and NCAA tournaments that are quickly approaching. At the end of Week 6, only one team was left perfect, another’s undefeated streak ended, and many more added to their win totals. Here’s a quick recap of some of this weekend’s collegiate woso action.
Pay-For-Play Model Skews Racial Composition Of U.S. Women’s Soccer Team – Forbes
The economic model of girls’ soccer in America can be mercilessly costly, and institutionally discriminatory.
Sexual harassment allegations surface against Delhi Soccer Association – Hindustan Times
The safety of young girls, aspiring to take up football as a career, has been under the scanner ever since charges of sexual harassment and misconduct against Delhi Soccer Association vice-president Nagendra Singh came to light.
Sky Sports visit for Hitchin 10-year-old who complained about women’s football coverage – The Comet
A 10-year-old Hitchin girl who complained to Sky Sports about their women’s football coverage has been rewarded with a visit to their news studio.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UEFA Champions League Tuesday Preview: Dortmund hosts Real Madrid, Liverpool faces Spartak, and more – SBI
Following a busy weekend of European domestic action, Match Day two of the UEFA Champions League kicks off on Tuesday with eight matches on tap.
UEFA Champions League: What you need to know this week – Sportsnet
After a small layoff, the UEFA Champions League resumes this week with more group stage action. Here’s what you need to know ahead of Matchday 2…
Manchester United weighing up new bid for Antoine Griezmann – sources – ESPN FC
Diego Costa’s return to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea has increased the likelihood of Manchester United making a €100 million move for Antoine Griezmann at the end of the season, sources have told ESPN FC, having abandoned an initial plan to sign the player this summer.
Bundesliga Match Day 6 Review: +18 Goal Difference – Prost Amerika
Dortmund finally concedes a goal, Koln’s first point, and Bayern continued slump. That and more in the Bundesliga review.
Gareth Barry makes record 633rd Premier League appearance – Sportsnet
Gareth Barry made a record 633rd English Premier League appearance but had little to celebrate.
Request for information for the provision of virtual – calibrated – offside lines to be used by video assistant referees (VARs) – FIFA
FIFA calls for providers to offer a solution for a calibrated virtual offside line that will be made available to the VAR in order to assist with decision-making for possible offside positions.
Referee assault: Matches in Uruguay set to resume – BBC Sport
Uruguay’s football authorities hope to resume fixtures this weekend after matches were postponed following the assault of two referees.
Liga MX returns one week after earthquake as relief effort continues – ESPN FC
There was a phrase that struck a chord and became a rallying cry in Mexico after last Tuesday’s devastating magnitude 7.1 earthquake: “Mexico is on its feet.” A small part of that transition to a semblance of normality comes over the next couple of days as Liga MX returns. Round 11 of games kick off on Tuesday, exactly one week after the earthquake.
Soccer broadcasters unite for ‘Unidos por los Nuestros’ – Soccer America
Five networks — Azteca America, beIN Sports, ESPN, FOX and Fusion TV — will join with Univision on Tuesday and Wednesday in airing five Liga MX games as part of the effort to raise funds for the victims of the recent natural disasters in Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Florida and Texas.
CONCACAF sets up task force to help rebuild nations hit by hurricanes and earthquake – Inside World Football
CONCACAF has set up a Disaster Evaluation Taskforce to assess the impact of the natural disasters that have devastated the region in recent weeks.
Talented youngsters set for Indian odyssey – FIFA
With just ten days remaining until the FIFA U-17 World Cup kicks off in India, the official squad lists for the tournament have been announced. A total of 504 young hopefuls can now begin to dream of following in the footsteps of famous graduates of the tournament, such as Neymar, Ronaldinho, Luis Figo, Toni Kroos, Gianluigi Buffon and Andres Iniesta.
Law: Does Bony’s £8m case show it is time for regulators to stop agents defrauding players? – Inside World Football
Football has often been described as the beautiful game, but never the beautiful business. Regularly tainted by allegations of corruption and shady-dealing, the importance of regulation in the sport increases in line with the flow of money into it. Between 1 October 2015 and 1 February 2016, intermediaries and agents received an estimated £46,582,843 from Premier League clubs alone. This figure, staggering for those outside the sport, is ample evidence, if any is needed, of the motivation for unscrupulous intermediaries to behave improperly.
The unlikely rise and fall of the strangest village football club in Europe – The Guardian
Chmel Blsany – a club from a tiny Czech village – won seven promotions in 25 years, reached the promised land and then disappeared on their 70th birthday.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca