BC Soccer News, Tuesday, September 6, 2016




MLS PHOTOS: Whitecaps FC 0, New York Red Bulls 1, September 3, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Back to school: Davies not losing sight of studies as pro career takes offWhitecaps FC
Alphonso Davies says moving to Vancouver last year was one of the best decisions of his life. And it almost didn’t happen. Not because he didn’t want it to – and not because his parents didn’t think it was a good opportunity. Rather, they didn’t want Davies to lose sight of his studies.

Hurtado horror: Red Bulls 1 Whitecaps 0Whitecaps Fan Blog
Oh, the humanity.  Poor Eric Hurtado died a horrible striker’s death in front of 20,000 or so horrified Vancouver Whitecaps fans on Saturday night.

Vancouver Whitecaps: A winner don’t quit on themselvesSoccer Shorts
When life gives you lemons you have two choices on what to do about it. You can either make lemonade or you can try and find out just where all those lemons are coming from. I mean it obviously isn’t “life” right? That makes no sense.

Bruce Arena joins exclusive club with 200th win in Major League SoccerMLS
There is little doubt that Bruce Arena is one of the best coaches in American soccer history. On Saturday night he joined an exclusive club in Major League Soccer history.

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Defence won’t rest for UVic Vikes women’s soccer teamTimes Colonist
The University of Victoria Vikes are in a bit of a rebuild era in women’s soccer. “We are still trying to establish who we are,” said head coach Tracy David. “And we are about to find out real quick.” No kidding.

Heat men shutout on the road  – Kelowna Capital News
After earning a win and a draw on opening weekend, the UBC Okanagan Heat found the going a bit tougher on the road in week 2 of Canada West men’s soccer action.

Whitecaps FC Residency wrap-up first weekend of new Academy seasonWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency teams kicked off their Development Academy seasons with two roads games each, playing at Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday and at Real Salt Lake AZ in Arizona in Monday.

Beyond the Lens – Gone and Forgotten?Eighty-Six Forever
In the aftermath of the Fabian Espindola episode, I thought now would be a good time to take a look at a few players, who you may not have realized were a part of the Whitecaps organization.

Canada West to livestream over 100 Soccer matches in 2016-17Canada West
With the 2016-17 Canada West regular season set to open later this week, Canada West is proud to launch passes for Canadawest.tv – the official streaming home of the conference.

BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in ReviewBCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review.  The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach MandateBCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.

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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Mission Improbable: Canada needs goals and help to keep World Cup hopes aliveYahoo Sports
The odds are unlikely for Canada’s men’s national soccer team as it looks to break nearly 20 years of futility in World Cup qualifying.

Why Canada has a legit shot at overtaking Honduras for the final Hex spot NBC Sports
Friday’s loss in Honduras cost Canada its chance to control its destiny on the final match day of the fourth round. The Canucks are three points and five goals worth of differential behind Honduras, and making up the ground is not absurd.

Scott Arfield enjoying CONCACAF experiences with Canada and hoping he can draw on them to boost BurnleyAFTN
It’s been something of a baptism of fire for Burnley FC midfielder Scott Arfield in his Canadian national team career so far.

Canada not giving up in quest for qualifying for World CupSportsnet
Cyle Larin knows his side is facing long odds. The Canadian men’s national team striker understands how it looks from the outside—a tall order, an uphill battle, however you want to describe it.

Hoilett confident Canada can pull off miracleRed Nation Online
Canada is in a spot of difficulty as they try to earn a CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying spot in the “Hexagonal’ stage. In order to advance to the 5th round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Canada must beat El Salvador on Tuesday night at BC Place, and hope to get help from Mexico who takes on Honduras.

El Salvador allege attempt to fix World Cup qualifier against CanadaESPN FC
The Salvador Football Federation confirmed the news on its Facebook page, posting a video and releasing a statement which read: “Players from the national football team revealed this [Monday] afternoon in a news conference a recording of a Salvador businessman Ricardo Padilla offering them “prizes” to win, draw or even lose against their Canada counterparts.

El Salvador players say they were offered money ahead of their match vs. Canada in VancouverThe Province
El Salvador’s world cup soccer players dropped a bit of a bombshell at a Monday night press conference at their Vancouver hotel: they have been offered money if they manage one of three specific results in Tuesday’s World Cup qualification match vs. Canada at BC Place Stadium.

Honduras, Boniek García look to advance in World Cup Qualifying vs. Mexico tonightHouston Dynamo
Boniek García and Honduras hope to advance to the final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying tonight as they travel to the raucous Estadio Azteca to take on Mexico tonight at 7 p.m. PT.

FIFA open to 40-team World Cup, Canada as co-hostsSportsnet
FIFA President Gianni Infantino is open to a 40-team World Cup in 2026, with several countries serving as co-hosts. With key World Cup talks due next month, Infantino’s comments Tuesday show that FIFA will consider co-hosting by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

CIS Men’s Soccer Tuesday RoundupCIS
Scores from the weekend’s CIS Men’s Soccer matches.

CIS Women’s Soccer Tuesday RoundupCIS
Second-year striker Natasha Klasios scored two first-half goals and added one assist in leading the University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s soccer team to a 3-1 victory over the Trent Excalibur on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 3) at Varsity Stadium.

Rookie Fleming leads Canadian women’s class in NCAASportsnet
Several key members of the Canadian women’s team should feature prominently in the NCAA ranks in 2016.

Edmonton Scottish SC win Alberta provincial men’s titleCSA
Edmonton Scottish SC won the 2016 Alberta men’s championship on Sunday, a 2:1 victory over Edmonton Green & Gold. The 5 September victory was Scottish SC’s second consecutive provincial title and fourth in five years.

Edmonton Northwest United win Alberta provincial women’s titleCSA
Edmonton Northwest United SC won the 2016 Alberta women’s championship, dethroning the three-time defending national champions Edmonton Victoria SC with an incredible, come-from-behind 3:2 victory after extra time. Down 0-2, captain Lauren Granberg scored twice – including the 88th minute equaliser – before Raehan McCarthy scored the 119th minute winner.

Calgary police, Syrian teen soccer match ends in draw, and connectionsCBC
It was the Calgary police versus Syrian refugees in an exhibition soccer game Monday, and while it ended in a draw the match was about more than just who won.

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Bustos scores twice as WFC2 draw 2-2 in front of 2,200 in Langley Whitecaps FC
In front of a sell-out crowd of 2,200 at Langley’s McLeod Athletic Park, Whitecaps FC 2 (11W-7L-9D) and Seattle Sounders FC 2 (9W-11L-7D) settled for a point each in their second meeting in four days.

Schweitzer, Shorthanded S2 Fight Back for DrawUSL
eattle Sounders FC 2 has had Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2’s number for much of the season with two wins in three previous matches. Down a man for much of the second half and trailing by a goal, S2’s Jordan Schweitzer completed a big night with his second tally – a shorthanded one – in the 80th minute to help the visiting side earn a 2-2 draw against WFC2 on Monday at McLeod Athletic Park.

WFC2 drop more playoff points in laboured performance – “If you don’t play for 90 minutes at this level, you’re not going to win many games” AFTN
When Marco Bustos fired WFC2 ahead just three minutes in at home to Seattle on Monday, followed by Kyle Greig crashing a fierce 17th minute strike off the crossbar, it looked like the holiday weekend would end on a high, but it was to be another laboured performance from the Whitecaps, as they let the Sounders tie things up in the 21st minute with a Jordan Schweitzer goal that caught the ‘Caps defence standing.

USL Week 24 Recap: Republic Back on Top, Orlando Holding on in EastEmpire of Soccer
Week 24 was all about positioning as the eight teams in each conference are locking in their playoff berths with strong results. Teams like Richmond and Rochester are hoping to push up the table and guarantee at least one playoff game. Out West, Sacramento looks to place their stamp on first place after a roller coaster of a season.

Toronto FC II downed by Charlotte in United Soccer League action Sunday Vaughan Citizen
The Charlotte Independence struck early in their match against Toronto FC II and did not look back after cruising to a 5-1 win in United Soccer League action at the Ontario Soccer Centre Sunday.

NASL Rewind: Teenager Velela debuts for CosmosSoccer America
Alexis Velela, the 18-year-old Californian who signed for the Cosmos after playing in the 2015 U-17 World Cup, made his NASL debut when he replaced injured Ayoze in the 42nd minute of the Cosmos’ 0-0 tie at Ft. Lauderdale.

NASL Fall Week 10 Recap: Top Four Separating From the Pack Empire of Soccer
The top three spots in the NASL standings all remained the same after week 10 of the Fall Season as the New York Cosmos (27 pts Fall, 45 pts Combined), FC Edmonton (24 pts, 41 pts) and Indy Eleven (21 pts, 39 pts) all earned a point in their respective matches.

Study: Multi-million-dollar soccer stadium could be success in AlbuquerqueKRQE
Albuquerque’s only development league soccer team hopes to build a multi-million-dollar stadium downtown. A new feasibility study shows it could work in Albuquerque.

The Future Of US Club Soccer At A Crossroads: Part Two – How NASL Can Overhaul Its Value Proposition & Bring Promotion & Relegation To US SoccerMidfield Press
Let’s get this out of the way:  Promotion and relegation with Major League Soccer isn’t happening.  MLS investors have too much to lose, and they are strongly aligned against it. So much so, that they want you to think that you don’t want promotion and relegation, either.  Their position was made abundantly clear by New England’s Jonathan Kraft, Seattle’s Joe Roth and MLS commissioner Don Garber at BlazerCon last year, as quoted in Part One of this article.

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Retirements, protests and unruly autograph seekers overtake NWSLProst Amerika
long ways equal payLately in the NWSL, it seems the focus has been on anything except the actual games. The controversy around the US Women’s National Team’s wages remains an issue, with small protests popping up at several games around the nation. However, the wage dispute isn’t the only thing happening.

From Rapinoe to Solo to Lloyd, a wild week for the NWSLEmpire of Soccer
This past week, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) action was rife with all the dramatics deserving of a stretch run for the league’s four playoff spots. All very nice —  but most of the league’s fireworks this week came off-the-field, or nearly so.

Sky Blue has its back against the wall to make the NWSL playoffsEmpire of Soccer
All through this roller coaster of a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season, Sky Blue FC has always maintained that their focus — win, lose or draw. No matter what happened on or off the field, the mantra was the same: work hard and play for each other.

Damallsvenskan – Matchday 15 Preview: All still to play for at the top and bottom Vavel
With two months remaining of the Damallsvenskan season, every point counts, as both the fight for first, third and to avoid relegation is as close as ever.

ROUND-UP: Peamount top, O’Riordan scores four and Shels draw Continental Tyres WNL
On Saturday, September 3rd, Shelbourne Ladies FC and UCD Waves, faced each other in Jackson Park. Both teams went into the match undefeated, and came out with a 1-1 draw.

What to watch for in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifiersUEFA
EURO champions Portugal begin their bid to add the FIFA World Cup to their continental crown when they start qualifying on Tuesday, along with France and the Netherlands.

Spain routs Liechtenstein 8-0 in Group G; Italy beats Israel Sportsnet
Diego Costa scored a goal in each half to lead Spain to an 8-0 rout of Lichtenstein in Group G of European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Monday.

Spain hit eight, Italy and Wales star, Kosovo begin well UEFA
Spain scored seven second-half goals against Liechtenstein as they, Italy, Wales and Austria started their campaigns with wins while Kosovo drew their debut match in Finland.

Pep Guardiola faces Manchester derby dilemma over Ilkay GündoganThe Guardian
Pep Guardiola faces a selection problem for Saturday’s Manchester derby because Ilkay Gündogan is fit for selection while Nicolás Otamendi is not expected back from international duty with Argentina until late on Thursday.

Kick It Out data shows rise in ‘incidents of hate’ in footballBBC Sport
An anti-discrimination organisation says it is seeing “incidents of hate” in football every week.

Do South American World Cup qualifiers put the Champions League to shame?  – The Guardian
World-class stars, passionate fans and hostile playing conditions – there’s an argument that Conmebol hosts the most exciting football on the planet.

Money in Russian Football – The Ugly TruthFutbolgrad
There are some ugly truths about money in Russian football. These truths are that no Russian club is truly solvent, has more than 5% of non-benefactor revenue, or has a clean record for paying players and staff on time. Furthermore, Russian clubs make more money without supporters at the match, and not a single team in Russia is close to being an actual football brand.

Europe’s big clubs says new UCL deal has killed off Super League talk Inside World Football
Europe’s leading clubs say the new Champions League format being introduced by UEFA in two years’ time has ended the threat of a breakaway league but reject the suggestion that the essential romance and nostalgia of football will evaporate in the process.

Hashtag United & the YouTube generation: Football’s future?BBC Sport
Hashtag United were only officially formed six months ago, but are pioneering an alternative way of consuming football that’s a far cry from the sport’s elite.

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