VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
CASCADIA CUP / MLS MATCHDAY #24
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017, 7:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
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Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Seattle Sounders | 2017 MLS Match Preview – MLS
The Rave Green invade Rain City for a midweek Cascadia Cup clash rich with implications not only for regional pride, but also for the race to the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Prematch: Vancouver Whitecaps host their bitter rivals, the Seattle Sounders – Eighty-Six Forever
Hold on tight, it’s another Cascadia derby. This time the Sounders come to town for their final appearance at BC Place this regular season. Vancouver returns to the pitch after only three days since their defeat of the Houston Dynamo.
Montero eager to hurt his former team again as Whitecaps host Sounders – The Province
Fredy Montero didn’t celebrate his two-goal performance — at least on the field — the last time he suited up against the Seattle Sounders.
Joevin Jones leaves Sounders without authorization to prepare to play for Trinidad and Tobago in World Cup qualifiers – Seattle Times
Sounders left back Joevin Jones has left the team without authorization to play for Trinidad and Tobago in upcoming World Cup qualifiers, meaning he’ll miss two MLS games against Vancouver and Portland.
Whitecaps fan gets to meet David Ousted — after getting punched in the face – The Province
One Whitecaps fan got a real thrill on Saturday. It wasn’t just the excellent 2-1 win for the home side over the visiting Houston Dynamo — he also got to meet David Ousted afterwards.
The Nerwinski Reconciliation Papers – Soccer Shorts
Following the recent 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo the Vancouver Whitecaps full-back Jake Nerwinski was awarded a team low 5.5 in the Soccer Shorts Player Ratings (SSPR). But could this number be wrong?
Orlando City Has Options to Replace Injured Will Johnson – The Mane Land
The Lions will miss what the Canadian captain brought to the field. Between his leadership — Johnson has consistently worn the armband when Kaká is unavailable — and consistent effort in the midfield going from box to box. With Orlando’s playoff hopes hanging by a thread and a hot Vancouver Whitecaps side coming to town this weekend, Jason Kreis will need to make an important decision to put his best foot forward and collect all three points.
Lots on line in MLS playoff races during Rivalry Week – Soccer America
Separation has begun in MLS — five points separate the sixth- and eighth-place teams in both conferences — so Wednesday’s seven games that kick off Heineken Rivalry Week will impact the playoff races.
Portland Timbers vs Colorado Rapids Preview – Prost Amerika
These two sides have already met once in 2017 at Dick’s Sporting Good’s Park and on the evening the Rapids came out on top, winning 2-1. After Sebastian Blanco opened the scoring in the 18th minute Colorado was able to tie the game through Dominique Badji in the 51st minute and super sub Alan Gordon nabbed all three points for the Rapids with a looping header in the 89th minute.
Toronto FC looks to bust up Philadelphia Union – Toronto Sun
Philadelphia coach Jim Curtin can’t help but feel like something of an appetizer ahead of the Union’s visit to BMO Field.
Union’s Maurice Edu embracing adversity in 1st-team comeback – NBC Sports
Away from MLS game action for nearly two years, Maurice Edu has learned a little something about himself.
RSL looks to shut down Wondolowski to stay in the playoff hunt – Deseret News
Real Salt Lake are looking to bounce back after a tough loss on the road against Montreal.
Giovani dos Santos, Jermaine Jones to miss LA Galaxy’s match vs. Columbus – ESPN FC
The struggling Los Angeles Galaxy will go on the road — where they have been most comfortable this season — to face Columbus Crew SC on Wednesday without injured Designated Players Giovani dos Santos and Jermaine Jones.
VIDEO: “They Think We’re Scum” | How MLS is Creating Massive Rivalries – Copa90
Does football exist in America? Here’s a look at how MLS rivalries are growing, with the New York and Cascadia derbies providing bigger scenes every year.
Toronto FC not distracted by ‘greatest in MLS’ discussion – Sportsnet
Not for the first time this season, Toronto FC has become the talk of Major League Soccer.
NYCFC Moves Game to Connecticut – Empire of Soccer
NYCFC logoOnly days after news broke on EoS that representatives of New York City FC visited the Belmont Park site for a potential new stadium, the club announced on Tuesday that it is being forced by the Yankees to play a home game at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Conn., on Sept. 23.
Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti named MLS player of the week – Sportsnet
Montreal midfielder Ignacio Piatti was named Major League Soccer player of the week on Tuesday after leading the Impact to a pair of victories.
Re-signing Impact star Ignacio Piatti should be a club priority – National Post
The past three weeks have been good to the Montreal Impact. The team is on a four-game winning streak for the first time since March 2013. The Impact have gone from last place in the MLS Eastern Conference to a tie for fifth place in a league where the top six teams in each conference make the playoffs.
Vinotinto: Latest MLS taste in South American imports – Soccer America
MLS signings from South America come in waves. Bolivian and Colombian stars started things off in MLS’s first season. There was the influx of Colombians that started a decade ago. That was about the same time Argentine stars began to arrive. The newest group: Venezuelans.
Why charter flights could drive a wedge between owners in MLS’ next CBA negotiations – Four Four Two
Charter flights may be the most important bargaining point in MLS’ next collective bargaining agreement negotiations in 2020, and player health and ease of travel isn’t the reason. In fact, charter flights may be one of the big drivers of significant change in the league.
BC SOCCER NEWS
PREVIEW: In his 30th season Wilson leads Vikes into battle as season begins at Centennial – UVic
The key to success for the UVic Vikes men’s soccer team in the 2017 season is simple: depth. “Of the 24 players on the roster, I have no problem playing any of them, they are all relatively equal,” said Vikes head coach Bruce Wilson. “There are one or two players that need to be on the field for sure but after that it is very even.”
T-Birds doing Victory dance with ex-Congo star on men’s soccer team – The Province
What’s in a name? Well, the UBC Thunderbirds men’s soccer team is hoping that Victory Shumbusho comes as advertised.
Thunderbirds sweep exhibition double header – UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds looked ready and able to get back to the national title game in two exhibition tune-ups at Thunderbird Park on Tuesday. UBC beat the Western Washington Vikings 3-1 in the evening after taking care of the Langara Falcons 4-1 earlier in the afternoon.
WSOC: SFU picked to finish fourth in GNAC Preseason Coaches Poll – SFU
Despite a last place finish in 2014, Simon Fraser has drastically improved within the span of three years, and has been picked to finish fourth in 2017.
MSOC: Simon Fraser picked to repeat as GNAC Champion – SFU
Simon Fraser stands as unanimous favorites to repeat as GNAC champions in the 2017 Preseason Men’s Soccer Coaches Poll.
WolfPack Men’s Soccer Ends Preseason Unbeaten – TRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack concluded their 2017 Canada West men’s soccer exhibition season with a third game in Oregon.
WolfPack women’s home opener delayed; team still looking for first pre-season win – Kamloops This Week
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team’s home opener at Hillside Stadium has been delayed.
WolfPack Women’s Soccer Set For Final Pre-Season Matches – TRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team will conclude its preseason with three matches beginning Wednesday at Hillside Stadium.
Former Canadian soccer team players work with youth – Penticton Western News
Nick Dasovic, Andrea Neil help with development of Pinnacles FC youngsters.
Youth Soccer: How much is too much? – Comox Valley Record
There is a common held belief in a theory which states it takes 10,000 hours of training to become a specialist in an area. Ten years of training at 1,000 hours per year. How realistic is it that many of our children will invest this kind of time into academics, art, sport and so on?
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
Diana Matheson Working Toward 2018 – The Bold
During the offseason, Seattle Reign FC acquired midfielder Diana Matheson from the Washington Spirt. Before joining Reign FC, Matheson played the previous four seasons with the Spirit and helped the club to their first-ever NWSL Championship match. Over 67 games, Matheson tallied 23 goals and 12 assists.
Big Individual Performances Dominate L1 Ontario Matchweek 17 – Ontario Soccer
Free-scoring displays from men’s and women’s stars entertain and propel title hopes forward.
Western Halifax FC win second-straight Nova Scotia provincial title – CSA
It took extra time and kicks from the penalty mark, but Western Halifax FC prevailed to win their second-straight Nova Scotia men’s provincial title on Tuesday 22 August. The 2017 winners won 4-2 on kicks following a 2:2 a.e.t draw with Halifax City, with both sides trading goals late in the second half and then again in extra time.
Durty Nellys wins premier men’s soccer title in OT – Chronicle Herald
Western Halifax Durty Nellys needed extra time Tuesday night to retain their Nova Scotia premier men’s soccer title.
Carol Anne Chénard selected for FIFA U-17 World Cup India – Ontario Soccer
With only two months to go before the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 kicks off, the FIFA Referees Committee has appointed 21 trios of match officials, representing all six confederations. Among the selections is Ontario’s Carol Anne Chénard.
Capers get the ball rolling – Cape Breton Post
The Cape Breton Capers soccer teams hit the pitch for training camp starting Saturday, in the hopes of building on the success of last season.
Ricky King named Whitecaps FC Alberta South Academy Centre head coach – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Monday that Ricky King will become head coach of the club’s Alberta South Academy Centre, starting in September.
Toronto not-for-profit soccer startup helps new Canadians integrate – Inside Toronto
When he first came to Canada from his native South Korea, Seokhoon Jun found taking part in pickup soccer games was the best way to get to know others in his adopted home. Based on that experience, he and a couple of others are making sure more new Canadians can use the beautiful game to break the ice and make social connections.
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 & NPSL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
SAN ANTONIO FC vs. WFC2
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017, 5:30 PM
TOYOTA FIELD, SAN ANTONIO, TX.
Whitecaps FC 2 wrap up road trip at powerhouse San Antonio FC – Whitecaps FC
It’s a quick turnaround for Whitecaps FC 2 after their draw at Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday, as they battle powerhouse San Antonio FC in what’s expected to be a scorcher of an evening on Wednesday.
Match Preview: Fury FC @ FC Cincinnati – Ottawa Fury
In sports, it is all about peaking at the right time and Ottawa’s play over their last three games suggests that we’re in for a treat in the home stretch of the USL regular season as Fury FC drive towards a playoff berth.
No margin for error if Fury to reach playoffs – Ottawa Citizen
If ever the Ottawa Fury FC needed a win, it’s Wednesday night at noisy Nippert Stadium, home of FC Cincinnati and the United Soccer League’s best average attendance of 20,465.
FC Cincinnati seeks to right ship in 1st match vs. Ottawa – Cincinnati.com
Three games, three losses and loads of motivation to settle itself for the stretch run toward the United Soccer League playoffs. That’s the story of the Futbol Club Cincinnati camp at present.
Venezuelan Zambrano Joins T2 – USL
The Portland Timbers 2 announced on Tuesday the club had signed Renzo Zambrano. A midfielder, Zambrano will be added to the T2 roster pending the receipt of his P-1 visa. Per league and club policy, terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Rowdies Add Gorskie to Defensive Corps – USL
Gorskie, a versatile defender, most recently played for Miedź Legnica in Poland’s second division. Born in New York City, he represented his hometown New York Cosmos from 2013 to 2015 before moving to Poland for two seasons.
Ownership or Hybrid: Which USL Route Should Orlando City Go? – The Mane Land
With MLS-owned USL teams possibly being forced into choosing a hybrid structure or moving to the third division, the choice is a difficult one for Orlando City.
Nashville Soccer Club to play inaugural season at First Tennessee Park – The Tennessean
Nashville Soccer Club, the city’s United Soccer League expansion club set to begin competition next year, will play its 2018 inaugural season at First Tennessee Park, home of the minor league baseball Nashville Sounds.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
A Double for Kerr: NWSL Player and Goal of the Week – Empire of Soccer
Sky Blue’s Sam Kerr may not yet be a household name, but she is getting close to having a house full of awards, ribbons and the odd piece of silverware. On Tuesday, the Australian international striker earned yet another National Women’s Soccer League Player of the Week award.
Portland Thorns expect Tobin Heath to play in NWSL postseason – Oregonian
Thorns coach Mark Parsons said Tuesday that the club will make room for Heath on the roster before the NWSL roster freeze date next Tuesday. The Thorns currently have the maximum allowed 20 players on their roster and will need to waive a player to make room for Heath.
Anja Mittag calls time on her international career – Vavel
The German striker has brought an end to her glittering 13 years with die Nationalelf.
NCAA Rankings: 2017 NCAA DI WOMEN – WEEK 1 – United Soccer Coaches
First NCAA Women’s preseason poll from United Soccer Coaches.
Scotland continuity key as Shelley Kerr names first squad as coach – BBC Sport
New Scotland women’s coach Shelley Kerr has named 19 of the players who went to Euro 2017 in her first squad – for a friendly against Hungary next month.
FFA Congress lack of action could prove costly for women’s football in Australia – ABC Australia
Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) chief executive John Didulica has warned a lack of action in relation to the new FFA Congress model will prove especially costly for the women’s game in this country.
In This Haryana Village, There Is A Woman Footballer In Nearly Every Home – Huffington Post India
The narrow road that leads to Alakhpura, in Haryana’s Bhiwani district, is mostly empty on this sultry August afternoon. The clouds above portend heavy showers. The farmers are returning from the fields, leading cows back into their shelters. And just as the village’s day is drawing to a close, you can see some two dozen young girls kicking a ball around in a big field, right next to the village’s only government school.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Wayne Rooney: England striker retires from international football – BBC Sport
England’s all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney has retired from international football after turning down the chance to be part of the squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.
How brilliant is former England striker Wayne Rooney? – UEFA
Cristano Ronaldo called him ‘The Pitbull’; Zlatan Ibrahimović reckons him “the perfect player”; as he confirms his international retirement, UEFA.com applauds Wayne Rooney.
A year-by-year look at Wayne Rooney’s England career – Metro
A look at Wayne Rooney’s England career year-by-year as the striker retires from international duty.
Napoli see off Nice with Mario Balotelli distracted and arguing with officials – The Guardian
Napoli cruised into the Champions League group stage with a 2-0 win at Nice on Tuesday, scoring their first goal as the Ligue 1 side’s striker Mario Balotelli was arguing with match officials on the touchline.
Chelsea’s loss is Lyon’s gain – Bertrand Traore lighting up Ligue 1 – SN
It might have been overshadowed by the exploits of Nabil Fekir and Malcom, but Bertrand Traore will score few better goals in his career than his stunning free-kick to open his account for Lyon on Saturday.
Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann gets two-game ban for ‘disparaging’ referee – ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has been given a two-game suspension after being sent off for using an offensive word to the referee during Saturday’s 2-2 draw in their La Liga opener at newly promoted Girona.
‘Suffering part of football’ – Berizzo – Football Espana
Eduardo Berizzo expressed his relief at Sevilla’s progression to the Champions League group stages and explained ‘suffering is part of football’.
Celtic qualify for UEFA Champions League group stage – NBC Sports
Celtic survived a scare in Kazakhstan to qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League for the second season on the trot.
Bundesliga match day 1 round up – Prost Amerika
The Bundesliga is back and there is much that can be discerned after each team has had their say, after their ultras protest against the DFB of course.
Tottenham Hotspur sign goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton – ESPN FC
Gazzaniga, 25, has signed a five-year deal until 2022 and he is the club’s second signing of the summer after Davinson Sanchez joined from Ajax for £36.5 million.
EFL Cup Weds preview: East Lancashire Derby highlights slate – NBC Sports
Eighteen teams booked spots Tuesday in the League Cup’s third round, with Watford the lone Premier League side to take a fall..
MK Dons 1-4 Swansea City: Leroy Fer brace lifts Swans through to Carabao Cup third round – Vavel
Swansea City will advance to the third round of the Carabao Cup, after winning 4-1 against MK Dons.
Sheffield United 1-4 Leicester City: Islam Slimani bags brace to power Foxes beyond Blades – Vavel
Leicester City score four second-half goals to secure win at Bramall Lane as reserve players stake a claim for Premier League minutes.
Liga MX Talking Points: Streaking America, quick turnarounds lead Round 6 – SN
If it seems like just yesterday we were looking back on the fifth round of Liga MX and closing the book on the busy time. That’s because it was just yesterday. While Liga MX religiously takes international breaks, something leagues around it both to the north and the south would benefit from as well, it does create situations like this week’s where teams will play three games in around seven days.
Uruguay and Argentina to make joint 2030 World Cup bid official – Inside World Football
Uruguay and Argentina will officially launch their joint bid for the 2030 World Cup next week at a ceremony involving the country’s two leaders.
Jiri Dvorak: Ex-Fifa chief medical officer calls for complete steroid ban in football – BBC Sport
The steroids used by ex-Premier League players Carlos Tevez, Dirk Kuyt and Gabriel Heinze during the 2010 World Cup should be completely banned, says Fifa’s former chief medical officer.
For a Price, a Chance to Go Beyond a Premier League Curtain – NY Times
On Monday night, Manchester City unveiled its Tunnel Club, a first of its kind in European soccer. The clue is in the name: For prices starting at 299 pounds per game (about $385), and rising to £15,000 (about $19,240) per season for so-called premium access, fans can buy access to the area around the tunnel that leads from the Etihad Stadium’s dressing rooms to the pitch itself.
Manchester City’s Tunnel Club player aquarium leaves the mind swimming – The Guardian
The sight of spellbound gawpers, paying up to £15k a season, watching John Stones paddle by raised plenty of ire and the question of just how far Premier League idiocy can go.
Tomorrow Belongs to God: Neto, Jakson Follmann and Alan Ruschel – The Players’ Tribune
On November 28, 2016, LaMia Flight 2933 left Brazil for Colombia. It was carrying the Chapecoense football club to the Copa Sudamericana final — the first appearance in the club’s 44 year history. The plane crashed as it approached the airport in Medellín. Only six of the 77 passengers survived, including three players. This is their story.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca