VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
MLS MATCHDAY #33
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017, 4:30 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
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Playoff picture: Big stakes for West-leading ‘Caps Sunday at BC Place – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s destiny is officially in their own hands.
Marinovic steps up into the spotlight for Whitecaps FC – Red Nation Online
The 15-11-6 Vancouver Whitecaps FC have a goalkeeper controversy brewing. Not uncommon for a Vancouver sports team, but new nonetheless for Whitecaps FC. The July 21 acquisition of New Zealand international, Stefan Marinovic has given long time perennial shot-stopper David Ousted his toughest competition since his move to MLS in 2013.
Kaká to address future at Orlando City press conference today – Orlando Sentinel
The Lions’ captain and top designated player is concluding the final year of his contract with the Major League Soccer club and entered the week weighing whether to retire, return for another season or play a final year in his native Brazil.
Impact lock up Ignacio Piatti for at least two more seasons – Sportsnet
The Montreal Impact missed the Major League Soccer playoffs, but at least they won’t be losing star midfielder Ignacio (Nacho) Piatti.
New deal places Impact star Ignacio Piatti among top earners in MLS – Montreal Gazette
Team president Joey Saputo said Piatti has extended his contract through the 2019 season with a team option for 2020.
Dynamo prepare to seize opportunities against Sporting Kansas City, “however little or however many we get” – Houston Dynamo
The Houston Dynamo welcome Sporting Kansas City for the first of back-to-back encounters this week on Wednesday night. Originally scheduled for August 26, the encounter was postponed due to Hurricane Harvey.
FC Dallas controls its playoff destiny entering final games of the season – Sportsday
Earning one point from Saturday’s visit to last-place Colorado wasn’t the result FC Dallas sought, but there are benefits from the 1-1 draw. FCD now controls its own destiny.
Lakers telecast pushes Galaxy to the side for a night – LA Times
A Charter spokeswoman said the Galaxy’s TV ratings are up this season, to an average of about 9,000 viewers a game. But that’s less than the 11,000 homes a game the team’s broadcasts averaged in its previous deal with Fox Sports West.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Mystery surrounds proposal to build Surrey outdoor stadium – Vancouver Sun
An as-yet-unnamed group has proposed to build an outdoor stadium on city-owned land in Surrey for a yet-to-be-identified pro team, said Coun. Bruce Hayne, rolling out a mystery as to who that might be.
Across the Academy: Regional programs pushing players to new opportunities – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have a network of regional academy centre programs from coast-to-coast, providing professional and qualified coaches to young players right across Canada.
Club Inter finish fifth at the Nationals as Western Halifax claim first Challenge Trophy – AFTN
Club Inter finished fifth at the 2017 nationals in Surrey on Monday after a week that saw the Vancouver side lose only one game, but a crucial one, to eventual Challenge Trophy winners Western Halifax FC from Nova Scotia.
Almost 40 years later, the special meaning behind a Sands vs. North Delta soccer game – Varsity Letters
As a kid who attended both of these neighbouring high schools in the late 1970s and early 1980s, I can verify one fact. On a skateboard, standing at one edge of the campus of North Delta Secondary School, at the corner of 114th Street and 82nd Avenue, you can coast down the sidewalks for the majority of the 1,300 metres it takes to arrive in the vicinity of nearby Sands Secondary School. Even with the stop sign that awaits at 112th Street, it’s easily one of the shortest trips between high schools in the province.
Road to the U SPORTS WSOC Championship: T-Birds soared on home soil – Canada West
The University of Manitoba is set to host the U SPORTS Women’s Soccer Championship tournament November 9-12. To celebrate, Canada West is looking back at the conference’s previous women’s soccer national champions. We start our journey with the 2015 UBC Thunderbirds.
Avalanche takes second in Burnaby tournament – Whitehorse Star
The Whitehorse FC Avalanche under 11 soccer team brought back some hardware from a Thanksgiving weekend tournament in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Olympic soccer player shares message of overcoming adversity – Langley Advance
Melissa Tancredi is a retired Olympic medalist who played for the Canada women’s national soccer team and who is travelling to Langley this week to talk at a Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day.
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
USports Men’s & Women’s Soccer Top 10 Rankings – USports
The latest Top 10 National rankings from USports.
UOIT Ridgebacks women’s soccer team draws then wins over Thanksgiving weekend – Durham Region
The University of Ontario Institute of Technology women’s soccer team remains unbeaten, if no longer perfect, in Ontario University Athletics play this season.
Jordan Schweitzer Revels in Opportunity to Play for Canada – Orlando City SC
Orlando City B midfielder Jordan Schweitzer made history for the USL club this past weekend. The 23-year-old was called up for the Canadian National Team for a friendly against El Salvador. Along with Orlando’s MLS striker Cyle Larin, Schweitzer spent a number of days training with Canada up until their match on Sunday. He made the bench for the match, but did not manage to get into the game.
Concordia Men’s Soccer: Mid-Season Review – The Link
Stingers Have Work to do to Find a Playoff Spot .
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. ORANGE COUNTY SC
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017, 7:00 PM
THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC
Ottawa’s Kyle Venter banned for three games after violent conduct red card – National Post
Ottawa Fury FC defender Kyle Venter has been suspended three games after being sent off in Sunday’s 4-0 USL win over FC Cincinnati.
Game Preview: Home playoff game at stake for SPR in regular season finale on Wednesday night – Sporting KC
The Swope Park Rangers (16-8-7, 4th place) will take on Seattle Sounders FC 2 (9-17-4, 12th place) in the team’s regular season finale at 5:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday at Swope Soccer Village with home field advantage in the opening round of the playoffs at stake.
Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 0-1 Rochester Rhinos – Philly Soccer Page
Bethlehem Steel FC will have it all to play for in the final game of the season after failing to gain points on their trip to Rochester. Jochen Graf’s 38th minute strike was the only goal of the game, and the Rhinos’ only shot on target in a defensive battle.
USL Surpasses 2 Million in Attendance for 2017 – USL
Becomes first second division in North American history to reach mark.
Puerto Rico FC To Play Remaining Fall Season Games On U.S. Mainland – NASL
Club will play at alternate venues while Puerto Rico continues recovery from Hurricane Maria.
Kitsap Pumas announce tryout schedule for 2018 season – GoalWA
The Kitsap Pumas will hold an open tryout on Jan. 27, 2018, as well as invitation-only tryouts Feb. 17-18 and March 31 and April 1 ahead of its 2018 National Premier Soccer League season.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
The Thorn’s are not playing for revenge – this is their time – Prost Amerika
The old adage states that defense wins championship. These words are ones that the Thorns are willing to live and die by. However there’s more to Parson’s style than a holistic defensive approach; rather than start anything new, him and the Thorns are seeking to double down on everything they’ve done right.
Unlikely hero sends North Carolina Courage to NWSL Final – Excelle Sports
In the days leading up to big game, coaches play out scenarios in their head. One of the most popular is trying to determine who is going to score in the deciding moments.
Gina Lewandowski on UEFA Women’s Champion League and playing abroad – Prost Amerika
Asif Burhan caught up with Bayern center-back Gina Lewandowski after their loss to Chelsea LFC during the first leg of the UEFA Women’s Champion League Round of 32.
Manchester City Women to hold talks with FA after injury concern – Sky Sports
Manchester City Women are to hold talks with the FA after Pauline Bremer waited an hour for an ambulance after suffering a leg fracture during their 3-2 win at Everton.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
World Cup picture takes shape on global day of drama – Metro
The World Cup is truly taking shape. A dramatic day of qualifying matches ended with 23 of the 32-team lineup confirmed to play next year in Russia.
Lionel Messi: A World Cup without Argentina ‘would have been crazy’ – ESPN FC
Lionel Messi said “it would have been crazy a World Cup without Argentina” after his dramatic hat trick secured the nation’s qualification for the tournament.
USMNT sees World Cup dream end with loss to T&T – SBI
The U.S. Men’s National Team’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup quickly turned into a nightmare on Tuesday night.
USA’s soccer nightmare — It’s eliminated from the World Cup – Soccer America
It took a phantom goal credited to Gabriel Torres for Panama to beat Costa Rica, 2-1, and a goal off the crossbar and back of Mexican keeper Guillermo Ochoa’s head for Honduras to beat Mexico, 3-2, but that is all irrelevant. The USA didn’t deserve to go to the World Cup.
A slow-walking death: How the US crashed out of 2018 World Cup qualifying – MLS
There’s an old saying that victory has a thousand fathers, while defeat is an orphan. It fittingly applies to the US national team’s disastrous Hexagonal visit to Trinidad & Tobago, which will suffer no rush for individual responsibility.
CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Panama, Honduras win to knock USMNT out of World Cup – SBI
The Hexagonal’s final day saw plenty of drama, with results that sent the U.S. Men’s National Team to the fifth place spot after their loss to Trinidad and Tobago.
Panama president declares national holiday after historic World Cup qualification – SN
Panama’s president has declared Wednesday a national holiday after the country secured World Cup qualification for the first time in their history.
Dutch miss out on World Cup despite win over Sweden – Sportsnet
Arjen Robben ensured that the Netherlands bowed out of World Cup qualification in some style Tuesday, scoring both goals as the Dutch beat Sweden 2-0 before then announcing his retirement from international football.
Netherlands join England, Germany and Spain in top Nations League division – SN
England, France, Germany and Spain are among the 12 teams confirmed as participants in the top division of the new UEFA Nations League competition.
International football needs a shake-up, one good night doesn’t change that – ESPN FC
The morning after an extraordinary night before in the Americas is not the ideal time to call for a shake-up of international football. The dramatic conjunction of the United States’ demise at the hands of Trinidad & Tobago, Argentina’s Lionel Messi-led resuscitation and the snuffing out of Chile’s golden generation was like simultaneously watching three boxset season finales at once.
What is the UEFA Nations League? Europe’s plan to transform international football explained – SN
Major changes are coming to international football in Europe. UEFA has devised a plan to make friendlies between national teams largely a thing of the past from 2018, replacing those matches with a brand-new competition.
Sergio Agüero targets early Manchester City return after car crash – The Guardian
Sergio Agüero is hopeful of being available for Manchester City’s home game with Stoke City on Saturday in what would be a surprise early return from the rib injury the striker suffered in a car crash less than two weeks ago.
The Bundesliga in Europe – Crisis or Just a Glitch? – Fussballstadt
Germany’s World Cup qualification was never really in doubt. Ten victories in ten games and a goal differential of 43:4 is a new World Cup qualification record for die Mannschaft. There is no doubt the German national team will be the big favourite to win the World Cup next summer in Russia. At the same time, there are clouds gathering on the horizon when it comes to German football as all six Bundesliga teams recently lost in Europe.
FIFA suspends Pakistan from international soccer – Sportsnet
FIFA suspended Pakistan from international soccer on Wednesday because of government interference after disputed national federation elections.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis ‘mortified’ by Serie A TV rights offer – ESPN FC
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said he is “mortified” by the price agreed by the Lega Serie A for the sale of international television rights for the Italian top flight.
Colombia’s Farc guerillas turn to football as route back into society – The Guardian
Now the guns are finally silenced after 53 years of conflict in Colombia, the Marxist Farc, formerly one of the most powerful and feared groups in the world, want to have a professional team.
Russian football commentator walks out live on air – BBC
A Russian TV football commentator became so enraged over the refereeing of a first division football match that he walked out halfway through the second half, leaving viewers to watch the remainder listening to dead air.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca