BC Soccer News, Wednesday, November 18, 2015






Canada earns away point, holds second place CSA
Canada earned an away point in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against El Salvador on Match Day 2 of the CONCACAF semi-final round. The scoreless draw was played at Estadio Cuscatlán in San Salvador on Tuesday night.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: El Salvador 0-0 Canada, FIFA WCQsCSA / YouTube
Video Highlights of Tuesday’s El Salvador – Canada WCQ.

Canada deliver strong effort in draw with El SalvadorRed Nation Online
After a vital win on Friday at home against Honduras, the Canadian Men’s National Team were back in action on Tuesday as Benito Floro’s squad continued their run of matches for the 4th round of World Cup qualifying for the CONCACAF region with an away fixture against El Salvador.

Canada ‘a little bit disappointed’ after El Salvador stalemateGoal
It wasn’t a packed house at the Estadio Cuscatlán but it was still an intimidating atmosphere and Canada was certainly full value for what could be a crucial road point after a scoreless draw against El Salvador.

El Salvador 0, Canada 0 | CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Match RecapMLS
The Canadian national team will be pleased with a successful opening two games of the semifinal round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

El Salvador, Canada play to scoreless draw in World Cup qualifyingSI.com
El Salvador and Canada played to a 0-0 draw Tuesday in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Pressured after a previous 3-0 loss to Mexico, El Salvador started aggressively in search of a win that would improve its chances of qualifying for the World Cup.

Canada in Good, Not Great, Position After Draw with El SalvadorWaking the Red
A point tonight in El Salvador won’t sink the Canadian World Cup Qualifying ship, but it could in the future. Getting a point in Central America is never easy, and therefore a 0-0 draw against El Salvador isn’t the end of the world.

They are who we (shoulda) thought they were: A draw in El Salvador a decent result for Canada the11.ca
Wy are so many of us so despondent after getting a point in Central America on a field so choppy, it made pastures seem like Bundesliga-level playing surfaces? Is it because we assumed that El Salvador’s “B” team would be little better than a PDL side?

World Cup Qualifying Win Against Honduras Special for Canadian Supporters Waking the Red
It was only a start, but Canada’s victory over Honduras to kick off round four of World Cup qualifying was worth more than most wins to long-suffering Canadian supporters.


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Bell Media axe falls at TSN 1040 and CTV VancouverThe Province
Bell Media’s nationwide cuts to its staffing has finally hit Vancouver, with a number of layoffs taking place at TSN 1040 and CTV Vancouver. Both stations are owned by Bell Media.  CTV Vancouver sports director-slash-Whitecaps radio host Perry Solkowski are among those who have been let go.

SFU’s Watson, Hyams, Aguiar, Kollmyer Named Academic All-Conference SFU
Brandon Watson, who has straight As in Kinesiology, tops a list of four Clan student-athletes who were selected to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference 2015 All-Academic Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams.

CIS Championship culmination of “six year journey” for clean sheet queen Olivia de GoedeAFTN
The Thunderbirds put together a squad that gave up only eight goals over the regular Canada West season and conceded just once in six playoffs games. An impressive year for the team and a personal triumph for goalkeeper Olivia de Goede.

Locals clash head-on in CIS national final – Peace Arch News
The host UBC Thunderbirds, with seven players from Surrey/Delta, were up against the Trinity Western University (TWU) Spartans in the championship game of the eight-team tournament. Three Spartans are from Surrey, one is from North Delta.

Blue streak ends in silver North Shore News
The rollercoaster ride of a season for the Capilano University men’s soccer team stopped one step short of the pinnacle Saturday as the Blues finished second at the CCAA national championships held at Champlain College Saint-Lambert in Saint-Lambert, Que.

Sooke Loggers edged 3-1 by Nanaimo United Sooke News Mirror
Meshari Alabbasi, Adriaan Mulder and Yimaz Tuncel each scored one goal as Nanaimo United beat Sooke Loggers 3-1 on Saturday in Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 2 men’s play.

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World Cup Qualifying: Waston shines for Costa Rica in 2-1 win over Panama Whitecaps FC
Big games call for big players – and once again Kendall Waston has proved to be just that. Waston got the nod for Costa Rica in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Panama and he didn’t disappoint. The 6-foot-5 centre back, who was the 2015 Whitecaps FC BMO Player of the Year and a runner up for MLS Defender of the Year, went the full 90 minutes and picked up an assist in a 2-1 Ticos win at Panama City’s Rommel Fernandez Stadium.

Vancouver Whitecaps’ Kekuta Manneh, months away from acquiring US citizenship, sets sights on national teamMLS
Manneh has been working on his US citizenship application and is expected to complete the process next fall. That will mark the end of a long journey for the 20-year-old speedster, but he hopes it is the start of another one, with the exciting prospect of pulling on the national-team jersey for his adopted home.

Manneh reflects on journey from The Gambia with U.S. citizenship ‘months’ awayWhitecaps FC
Kekuta Manneh’s journey from The Gambia to Vancouver – via the United States – has been well documented. Born in Bakau, Gambia, Manneh made the move to the U.S. in 2010. Initially, he played for Texas Rush U-15/16 in the United States Soccer Development Academy and then Lonestar SC the following year at U-17/18 level. At the Rush, team manager LaRhonda Niccum and her husband Eric welcomed Manneh into their family’s home. They eventually adopted him, and he knew then that this was where he wanted to make his new home and begin his new life.

Keep, Trade or Release 2015: A Vancouver Whitecaps player analysis (Part Two – Midfielders and Forwards)AFTN
The Whitecaps will retain their solid core, but new additions are necessary to make the squad stronger and more productive in front of goal. You can make additions without subtracting in MLS, so with all that in mind, it’s time for AFTN’s annual “Keep, Trade or Release” feature.

International Roundup: Luis Garrido suffers gruesome injury, African contingent advances in World Cup qualifyingMLS
International duty wrapped up on Tuesday for November’s FIFA window, with a number of MLS players getting some run for their national teams before returning to their clubs.

Álvaro Saborío re-signs with D.C. United DC United
Forward Álvaro Saborío has agreed to a contract extension with D.C. United. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Saborío had four goals in 15 appearances (11 starts) in the regular season and the MLS Cup Playoffs for D.C. United in 2015. The veteran forward scored in his debut for the Black-and-Red on July 26 following his acquisition from Real Salt Lake in exchange for Luis Silva. Saborío also scored in D.C. United’s first-ever match at Yankee Stadium against New York City FC on Aug. 13.

View from 253: Why it all matters Eighty-Six Forever
From the distance of a many weeks away from my last match in the Southside (and the nearness of our reunion for the Canada game on Friday) I’m sitting in this rainy mid-November gloaming with a half smile on my face and, surprisingly, the occasional tear welling up. I find myself quite emotional re-living the experiences of this season.

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WFC2 Reveals Eight Returnees For 2016 Season USL
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 announced on Tuesday that eight more players will return to its roster for the 2016 USL season.

Golden Glove Winner Romuald Peiser to Remain with Fury FCOttawa Fury
Ottawa Fury FC today announced that the NASL’s best goalkeeper, Romuald Peiser, will remain with the club through 2017. Peiser captured the Golden Glove Award last week as the NASL’s top goalkeeper following a record-setting season.

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Sophie Schmidt interview: Same strings in a new city – Canada international finding the flow in FrankfurtBeats and Rhymes
Although more than familiar with the language of her new surroundings, Sophie Schmidt’s move to UEFA Champions League holders 1.FFC Frankfurt represents an undoubted change in picture for the Canadian international, and the midfielder has already brought her own pitch to the team harmony.

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Football stands together for France before England win on poignant night  – The Guardian
In ordinary circumstances it was the kind of result England would cherish on the countdown to a major tournament. These, of course, are not ordinary circumstances. England played well, scored two fine goals and Dele Alli excelled on his first start but, equally, there was always the distinct sense we should probably not read too much into it given what their opponents have endured since everything changed last Friday evening.

England vs France: Wembley provides potent response to Paris terror attacksThe Independent
It was a gesture, no more and no less. Football shouted in the face of terror and we gave thanks for that. Never more so than when the awkward English attempts to sing La Marseillaise were put away and the players stood together in reflection a few yards in front of the wreaths; Andre-Pierre Gignac’s elbow propped on Adam Lallana’s shoulder; Chris Smalling’s arm slung around Hugo Lloris; Raheem Sterling and Paul Pogba finding a similar kind of connection. But the real world was only just beyond the sanctity of the stadium.

Overwhelming show of unity at Wembley but return to normality most importantThe Telegraph
The players came together to pay respect to those lost in Paris attacks but return to football was something to be grateful for.

VIDEO: Fans unite to sing La MarseillaiseThe Telegraph
English football fans awoke on Tuesday to find the words to the French national anthem plastered across their newspapers ahead of the countries’ friendly at Wembley, days after the Paris attacks.

Germany-Holland football match called off after terror attack tip-off The Guardian
A football friendly between Germany and Holland in the city of Hanover was cancelled 91 minutes before kick-off after police received “concrete information” of a terror attack in the stadium.

U.S. attacking spark never arrived in Trinidad & Tobago stalemateESPN FC
The match between the United States and Trinidad & Tobago was no oil painting, but the Americans still managed to secure a 0-0 draw in a World Cup qualifier.

FIFA Appeal Committee rejects appeals lodged by Joseph S. Blatter and Michel Platini against provisional bansFIFA
The FIFA Appeal Committee, chaired by Larry Mussenden, has today rejected in full the appeals lodged by Joseph S. Blatter and Michel Platini and confirmed in their entirety the respective decisions (cf. art. 84 par. 2 of the FIFA Code of Ethics) concerning provisional measures taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee.

Croatian police arrest Dinamo Zagreb bossSportsnet
Dinamo Zagreb president Zdravko Mamic, who is suspected of tax evasion and bribery, has been arrested along with five other people.

Lucas Biglia goal helps Argentina beat Colombia for first qualifying winESPN FC
Argentina claimed their first win in 2018 World Cup qualifying against Colombia at the Metropolitano Roberto Melendez stadium.

Ibrahimović powers Sweden to UEFA EURO 2016 UEFA
Zlatan Ibrahimović scored a goal in each half – the second a marvellous free-kick – as Sweden booked their place in the finals.

Morten Olsen: Veteran Denmark boss leaves job after 15 yearsBBC Sport
Denmark coach Morten Olsen has stepped down after 15 years in charge following his side’s Euro 2016 play-off exit against Sweden.

Ukraine Rounds out Euro 2016 BBC Sport
Ukraine held off a spirited Slovenia fightback to clinch their place at next summer’s European Championship finals.

Euro 2016 seedings confirmed after final play-off results  – The Guardian
Sweden’s victory over Denmark and Ukraine’s narrow triumph over Slovenia mean the pots for Euro 2016 have been finalised. The draw is scheduled to take place on 12 December in Paris.

French Ligue 1 games to go ahead with no away fansBBC Sport
French league games this weekend will go ahead, but away fans will not be allowed in for security reasons.

Phil Gartside: Bolton Wanderers chairman ‘seriously ill’ BBC Sport
Bolton Wanderers have confirmed chairman Phil Gartside is “seriously ill” and that Trevor Birch will lead negotiations in any takeover talks in his absence.

Team America: Why the United States national team failed as a clubMLS
n 1992, with no top-flight professional league in place and just two years away from hosting the World Cup, the United States Soccer Federation assembled their men’s national team in Mission Viejo, California, for a two-year-long training camp.

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