BC Soccer News, Wednesday, October 12, 2016


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Training report: ‘Caps change plans with eye towards WFC2Whitecaps FC
It’s funny how things work out sometimes. With Vancouver Whitecaps FC eliminated from playoff contention, Carl Robinson had every intention of playing some of his younger players in Vancouver’s final two matches of the MLS regular season. “There were two or three pencilled in to play,” Robinson told reporters on Tuesday. Now, it’s looking like that won’t happen. Not on Sunday in San Jose, at least.

Whitecaps Season Review: Part TwoSoccer Shorts
If there is one thing the Vancouver Whitecaps will have learned from the 2016 season (though hopefully they will have learned more than just one) it’s that the margin for error in Major League Soccer is no longer as wide at it once was.

MLS Week 32 Preview: Two weeks leftEmpire of Soccer
As the regular season nears its climax, all twenty teams of Major League Soccer will be playing intra-conference games on Sunday. The East kicks off at 3, with the West following at 5. But there are a few midweek games between now and then.

Toronto FC’s Michael Bradley to discuss future after MLS seasonESPN FC
Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley says he will decide his future at the end of the season amid reports linking him to a return to Serie A.

As season winds down, Jason Kreis looks ahead to brighter future in Orlando MLS
Jason Kreis was definitely looking ahead, but also refusing to ignore the immediate past and present, as he laid out his vision for Orlando City SC this week.

Five MLS Players Start in the USMNT’s 1-1 Draw With New ZealandMLS Multiplex
Five MLS players featured in the United States Men’s National Team’s Starting XI for their 1-1 draw against New Zealand in an international friendly.

United States’ Jordan Morris ‘OK’ with early return to Seattle SoundersESPN FC
Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris is happy to be back with the MLS club after receiving an early release from United States national team duty.

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CANADA WEST WSOC PHOTOS: UBC Thunderbirds 2 UVic Vikes 0, October 8, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Lobo, Clan ace bounceback test against Saint Martin’sSFU
A three-goal explosion in the second half sealed an impressive bounceback win for the SFU Clan women’s soccer team (6-4-1, 4-3-0) on Tuesday afternoon, as they toppled the Saint Martin’s Saints (2-10-1, 1-6-0) 4-0 on the road.

WolfPack’s Donaldson Canada West star of the weekCFJC
Justin Donaldson’s performance in two weekend games against UBCO has earned the WolfPack soccer player a star of the week in Canada West.

Trinity Western forward Isabella Di Trocchio (Burnaby, B.C.) was named the Canada West Female Third Star of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal that helped lead the No. 2 Spartans to a 3-2 victory over the No. 9 Fraser Valley Cascades.

LMG hangs on to beat ComoxCowichan Valley Citizen
Travelling light on a trip up-Island once again, Cowichan LMG picked up U18 Gold boys player Miles Boulton for their road match in Comox last Saturday, and he ended up helping the senior men’s team to a 2-1 victory.

Bringing the Pakenham Cup homeSurrey Leader
Stashed away inside an office in Langley is a significant piece of local and Canadian sporting history, and a group of Mission residents are trying their best to bring it back home.

Fred Milne Park Rangers get first victory Sooke News Mirror
The Fred Milne Park Rangers FC picked up its first win of the young Vancouver Island Soccer League season Friday with a 1-0 win over the Prospect Lake Lakers.

TOFC Games in Kamloops This WeekendKYSA
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) is set to play host to eleven more BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) games on Saturday/Sunday, October 15/16 at McArthur Island.

Thanksgiving for a Sunny Soccer DayAldergrove Star
While the sun was still shining Aldergrove youth soccer club members played their last games on October 5 before the Thanksgiving holiday break.

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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PHOTOS: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Canada 3 El Salvador 1, September 6, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie

Overmatched Canadians overwhelmed by Moroccothe11.ca
Less than a week after a makeshift Canadian men’s national side beat Mauritania 4-0, the second half of their African adventure saw them lose 4-0 to Morocco.

Canada splits October series in MoroccoCSA
Canada has split their two-match October series following an 0:4 loss to Morocco in Marrakech. As part of the FIFA international window, Canada won 4:0 over Mauritania on Thursday 6 October before the Tuesday loss that included a pair of conceded penalties.

CIS Top Ten – Women’s & Men’s SoccerCIS
The CIS National Top Ten for this week.

Brampton East Blades capture Canadian soccer title Brampton Guardian
The Brampton East Blades are the Canadian boys U14 soccer champions. The Blades completed their dream season with a 1-0 victory over the BC champions from Fraser Valley on Oct. 10 in Moncton. Joraver Gill had the game’s only goal in the first half on a free kick.

Repeat attempt on hold as Mother Nature forces Canadian Championship finals to be cancelledThe Suburban
It was set to be a classic meeting of rivals as the Lakeshore U16 girls, defending Canadian champions, were slated to take on Ontario’s Woodbridge Strikers for the gold in Lethbridge, Alberta on Thanksgiving Monday but the weather was the biggest turkey of the day, forcing cancellation of the championships.

Johnson breaks OCAA scoring recordSudbury Star
Tiffany Johnson wasn’t planning on playing soccer when she enrolled at Cambrian College three years ago. The Golden Shield is thrilled she changed her mind. Johnson became the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s top goalscorer of all time Friday when she scored her 57th goal in a Golden Shield uniform during a 7-0 road win over Loyalist.

Canada splits positive Men’s U-18 series in El Salvador CSA
Canada split their two-match Men’s U-18 International Series against El Salvador after back-to-back, come-from-behind draws in San Salvador. The two sides drew 1:1 on Friday 7 October and 2:2 on Sunday 9 October.

FC London men battle Vaughan Azzurri for unlikely double championshipLondon Free Press
There is no question the physical home of Ontario soccer is in Vaughan. That’s where the provincial administration is located and the bulk of big championship games are contested. But the soul of the game? This is one more chance to prove it resides — now and for the foreseeable future — in the Forest City.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016, 5:30 PM



Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie

WFC2 Likely to Have Full Arsenal at Disposal USL
Originally, the plan for Vancouver Whitecaps FC was for a handful of younger players to take the field on Sunday against the San Jose Earthquakes in the team’s penultimate game of the MLS regular season.

Alan Koch drawing on SFU playoff experiences as he prepares WFC2 for USL Western Conference finalAFTN
Saturday was a historic day for WFC2. Their first ever home playoff game ended in a hard fought 3-2 victory over OKC Energy, clinching a place in this weekend’s USL Western Conference final. But it was also a special day for WFC2 head coach Alan Koch, and not only in terms of the result.

FC Edmonton Midfielder Ben Fisk Named NASL Player of the WeekFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton midfielder Ben Fisk has been named North American Soccer League (NASL) Player of the Week after scoring the goal that clinched the Canadian side its first postseason berth since 2011.

FC Edmonton has sights set on first place in NASL standingsEdmonton Journal
FC Edmonton accomplished their goal of qualifying for the North American Soccer League playoffs with an impressive win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies over the weekend.

Fisk, Watson selected to NASL Team Of The WeekFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton’s Ben Fisk and Albert Watson played pivotal roles leading up to last Sunday’s Eddies win over Tampa Bay Rowdies. Fisk’s second goal of the year proved to be the difference in the match, while captain Watson’s back line aided in yet another clean sheet performance. As a result, the pair find themselves on the NASL Team of the Week.

Hofstra Ruled Out, NASL Exploring Options for Final Site Fifty Five One
As it stands, the New York Cosmos will have hosting rights for the NASL Championship Final should they prevail in the semi-finals. What isn’t so sure is just where they might host the final. FiftyFive.One has learned that the Cosmos are not going to use their current home at Hofstra University’s James A. Shuart stadium. Instead, they are exploring options that include even selling hosting rights to Indy Eleven.

Preki Returns to USL in St. LouisEmpire of Soccer
The missing person case filed for Predrag Radosalvjevic, better known as “Preki,” can finally be closed with news that he will be returning to the USL as head coach of St. Louis FC.

Charlotte Independence looking for MLS investorsCharlotte Business Journal
Now, this is optimism. The Charlotte Independence have hired a sports investment firm to assemble a Major League Soccer ownership group even as the minor league soccer franchise grapples with a second straight season of operating losses totaling $2 million.

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USWNT to play Romania twice in Calif. in NovemberThe Equalizer
The United States women’s national team will play Romania in the California cities of San Jose and Carson on Nov. 10 and Nov. 13, respectively, in the U.S.’ final two matches of the 2016 campaign.

UEFA WCL: Manchester City through to Final 16BBC Sport
Manchester City reached the last 16 of the Women’s Champions League as a 4-0 victory in Russia sealed a dominant, 6-0 aggregate win over Zvezda 2005.

UWCL: Round of 32 Fixtures & ResultsUEFA
UEFA Women’s Champions League action continues this week.

Women’s football – Another area where Manchester City are trumping Manchester UnitedSportskeeda
Male football is not the sole expanse where City has transcended United. Manchester City Women’s football team is on a high this year as they already have two silverwares to boast of – the Women’s Super League and Continental Cup.

#SWPL16 – Game 19 Round upScottish WPL
Glasgow City beat relegated Forfar Farmington 3-0 to move closer towards their historic tenth title in a row. It means, if they avoid defeat in their next league fixture against Hibernian, they will be champions.

LA Galaxy, Earthquakes added to USSF Girls’ AcademyThe Equalizer
The LA Galaxy and three more teams have been added to U.S. Soccer’s Girls’ Development Academy, bringing the total number of clubs to 74. The first season kicks off in the fall of 2017.

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UEFA WCQ Rewind: England scrapes draw, Germany wins again, and moreSBI
The third round UEFA World Cup qualifying is over, but there more questions than answers as the international break comes to an end.

Disappointing England plays Slovenia to scoreless draw Sportsnet
England required a series of brilliant saves from Joe Hart to salvage a 0-0 draw at Slovenia in World Cup qualifying, with the dropping of captain Wayne Rooney failing to have the desired effect on Tuesday.

San Marino: Team score first away World Cup qualifier goal in 15 years BBC Sport
San Marino celebrated scoring their first away goal in a World Cup qualifier in 15 years – despite going on to lose 4-1 to Norway.

Conmebol round-up: Argentina shocked by Paraguay as Brazil win fourth straightThe Guardian
After 10 matches, Brazil sit top of Conmebol qualifying, thanks to a 2-0 victory in Venezuela. But Argentina were shocked 1-0 at home by Paraguay and find themselves in a precarious fifth place, which yields a play-off against the Oceania representative rather than automatic qualification. The two heavyweights face each other in Belo Horizonte on 10 November.

Key Venezuela-Brazil football match interrupted by power cutBBC
During the blackout, some Venezuelan fans chanted anti-government slogans and called for a recall referendum.

Australia and Japan draw as China lose again in AFC World Cup qualifyingESPN FC
Mile Jedinak’s penalty rescued Australia from a home 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying defeat, salvaging a 1-1 draw in Melbourne against Japan and keeping the Socceroos on course for Russia 2018.

Copa Libertadores revamps with addition of 6 more teams for 2017 Inside World Football
Brazil will be the biggest winner of CONMEBOL’s decision to expand its top club competition, the Copa Libertadores, by six teams. Brazil will have two more representatives in the expanded competition, the South American equivalent of the Champions League.

Steve McClaren to return to Derby County just 17 months after he was sacked by the clubThe Telegraph
Steve McClaren will return to Derby County just 17 months after he was sacked by the club for failing to get them promoted to the Premier League.

Infantino’s jetsetting contrasts grimly with migrant worker’s Fifa case The Guardian
A $5,000 legal challenge over exploitation of workers building for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar pales next to the value of private flights accepted by Fifa’s president.

Antoine Griezmann: Move to Paris Saint-Germain not in plans for nowESPN FC
Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann has told France 3 he could be in line for a move to Paris Saint-Germain, saying the French champions are “not in my plans.”

You’ll never walk alone: the rise of walking football  – The Guardian
In essence, Walking Football is football without running that more closely resembles the five-a-side than 11-a-side game. It was invented to inspire men over 50 to get more exercise and counter social isolation, and now thousands of older men – and, you hope, some women – are now rediscovering the joys of football by playing it at a more leisurely pace.

America, 100 years of Mexico’s bad guysFIFA
“Hate me more” is the motto of Club America, an institution that inspires as much love among its supporters as it does ire among its domestic rivals. And with 12 league titles, seven CONCACAF Champions League crowns and six national cups to their name, America boast honours that are unrivalled in Mexican football.

International breaks, safe standing, more: How we would change footballESPN FC
Football, like life, isn’t perfect. There’s a lot about the game that we adore, but there are more than a few things we’d fix if we could. So we asked some of our writers to tell us what they would change if they had the power.

Safe standing debate, is it just a matter of time?Vavel
The safe standing debate has once again cropped up, but does that mean we are any closer to seeing it implemented?

Legendary Russian footballer turns 90 FIFA
Scoring your country’s first-ever goal at a FIFA World Cup™ is a special honour, but Nikita Simonyan, who struck against England in the USSR’s opening match at Sweden 1958, does not claim this as an achievement.

In 20 years as a footballer, I never heard ‘banter’ like Trump’s commentsThe Guardian
In the locker room, of course there’s derogatory humour and insults – I got my own share of that. But nothing as nasty as what Donald Trump said

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