WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Preview: Playoff-bound ‘Caps look to ‘build momentum’ Wednesday vs. FC Dallas – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have never earned a point in the state of Texas. In Frisco, the location of Wednesday’s rematch with FC Dallas (6 p.m. PT on TSN/TSN 1410), the ‘Caps are 0W-6L-0D. But as Carl Robinson put it: “Sometimes, records are there to be broken.”
Whitecaps squad on the thin side for key fixture in Dallas – Red Nation Online
The walking wounded Vancouver Whitecaps landed in Dallas, Texas just after another Canadian franchise played some successful long-ball in the ‘Lone Star State’. Carl Robinson and the Whitecaps aren’t in Texas to capture the hearts of Canada. Earning a result and inching closer to an MLS Western Conference first round playoff bye is the task at hand, but it won’t come easy.
Know Your Enemy: 10/14 Vancouver Whitecaps – FC Dallas
FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps close out a late-season home-and-home series on Wednesday night in Frisco. Dallas sits atop the Western Conference standings with 51 points and a record of 15-10-6. Vancouver is in third place with 50 points and a 15-12-5 record. The Whitecaps joined FCD in punching their ticket to the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs with a point in last week’s 0-0 draw at BC Place.
Every point crucial for Vancouver Whitecaps as playoff positioning goes down to the wire – AFTN
With two games of the regular season remaining, Vancouver Whitecaps are only assured of one thing right now – they’re in the playoffs.
Dear Whitecaps, please bring the playoffs here – 24 Hours
Dear Vancouver Whitecaps FC, I’m writing to you because I’m a little concerned about our relationship. I fully support you and your accomplishments to date, and I have also been supporting you since March of 2011.
Injuries threaten to kill Whitecaps 2015. Is plastic grass to blame? – Whitecaps Fan Blog
The Vancouver Whitecaps recently looked capable of challenging for the MLS Supporter’s Shield this season, but a spate of muscle and tendon injuries have slowed the Whitecaps down from a healthy trot to a virtual crawl. Competitors in the Western and Eastern Conferences look like flying past them in the standings. Is the plastic grass at BC Place to blame?
MLS Preview: RSL desperately needs a win – Soccer America
Of the six MLS teams in action on Wednesday, three have clinched playoff spots, two are within touching distance, and one is downright desperate.
La Liga return? David Villa talks about potential January loan move – Goal
The New York City FC striker sounded tempted when asked about the possibility of spending his offseason playing soccer back in Spain’s top flight.
Giovinco plays down Barcelona link – Goal
The former Juventus playmaker is in no rush to leave Canada, despite reported interest from Luis Enrique’s treble-winning Blaugrana side.
Andrés Romero to miss the remainder of the season – Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Wednesday that midfielder Andrés Romero will miss the remainder of the season following an ACL tear to his right knee.
Evan Bush : The Impact’s Unsung Hero – Mount Royal Soccer
The recent success of the Impact is often attributed to the same few individuals, Drogba, Piatti, Ciman and as of late Mauro Biello. However, there is always one man that flies under the radar, and thats Evan Bush. Bush signed with the Impact in 2011 while the club was still in the NASL.
FC Dallas will introduce plans to host National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium – MLS
FC Dallas will usher in a new era for the National Soccer Hall of Fame in a Wednesday press conference from Toyota Stadium.
Would an Americas Champions League benefit soccer in the US? – The Guardian
A tournament for the best teams in the Americas is an exciting prospect, but US Soccer needs to get its house in order before signing up to grandiose schemes.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Cascades earn 2-2 draw on the road vs. Spartans – UFV
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team twice held one-goal leads on the road at Trinity Western University, but the Spartans twice battled back to salvage a 2-2 draw.
Cascades women’s soccer team falls to Spartans on the road – UFV
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team fell to the Trinity Western Spartans for the second time in five days, dropping a 5-0 decision at Rogers Field in Langley on Tuesday evening.
Wonderful showing for British Columbia representatives at Canada Soccer National Championships – BCSA
The nine teams and more than 34 referees who represented British Columbia at the Canada Soccer Club Nationals this past weekend are returning home after an incredibly successful weekend. The BC teams were able to achieve one gold, one silver, two bronze medals and a 4th, 5th, 6th and two 9th place finishes.
One is enough for LMG – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Paddy Nelson’s goal at the 30-minute mark gave Cowichan LMG a 1-0 win over Gorge in a hard-fought Vancouver Island Soccer League battle at the Ladysmith turf last Friday.
KYSA hosts BCSPL Matches – KYSA
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) is set to play host to ten BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) games on Saturday/Sunday, October 17/18 at McArthur Island.
CONCACAF 2016 OLYMPIC QUALIFYING
CANADA 0 UNITED STATES 2
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2015
RIO TINTO STADIUM, SANDY, UT.
CANADA 1 GHANA 1
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2015
RFK STADIUM, WASHINGTON, DC
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canadian double-dip; Olympic disappointment, rays of light for the senior team – the11.ca
On Tuesday night, Canada’s men’s national team played Ghana in a friendly in Washington, D.C. while the Canadian U-23 team played the United States in the third-place game of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.
Canada M23 finishes fourth at CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers – CSA
Canada has finished in fourth place at the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament after playing five matches in 13 days. The eight-team championship wrapped up on Tuesday 13 October with Canada’s Men’s U-23 side eliminated from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Canada’s men’s soccer team eliminated from Olympic qualifier – CBC
Canadian captain Sam Piette agreed the second yellow card of the game and a subsequent ejection to teammate Giuliano Frano was a turning point in their 2-0 loss to the United States in a CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.
Canada Under-23s pleased with effort against US despite missing out on Olympics – MLS
Canada dropped a 2-0 result to the United States in the third-place match of the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship Tuesday night, playing the entire second half with only 10 players due to a red card. Their Olympic hopes were officially dashed in the 70th minute, when US left back Marc Pelosi scored the game-winning goal.
Canada MNT deliver impressive performance in Ghana draw – CSA
A young Canadian Men’s National Team put in a confident performance to draw 1-1 with African giants Ghana in an International Friendly played Tuesday night at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. The cohesive and dangerous Canadian attack was highlighted by an exceptional long-range strike from full back Marcel De Jong in the first half and an impressive all-action performance by debutant Junior Hoilett.
De Jong scores as Canada draws Ghana in friendly – Sportsnet
Marcel De Jong scored on a long-range strike in the first half as Canada drew 1-1 with Ghana on Tuesday night in an international friendly.
Canada 1-1 Ghana: Canadians field six debutants in draw – Goal
Canada introduced six debutants as it played out a draw against Ghana in Washington, D.C.
Schmidt, Canadian women make a splash overseas – Sportsnet
Although the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the National Women’s Soccer League season are in the books, many Canadians are still on the pitch, finding regular minutes while playing professionally abroad.
London Marconi success truly amazing – London Free Press
It is a feat that’s as good as any accomplished by a team in London at any level at any time and needs to be recognized as such. Monday, London Marconi soccer club won its second Canadian championship in succession.
Three Ontario teams come away with National Championships – OSA
Ontario had five teams competing in the gold medal game at the Canadian National Club Championships on Monday. Three of those teams came away with the national title and the other two put in performances that were the talk of the tournament.
NASL & USL NEWS
Corea, Roberts nominated for NASL Young Player of the Year Award – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton’s young talent is front and centre in this year’s North American Soccer League (NASL) Young Player of the Year Award nominations. Midseason signing and El Salvador international midfielder Dustin Corea as well as teammate and Canadian defender Mallan Roberts up for the award.
Cosmos Stadium bid at risk as ESD may look to re-open RFP – Empire of Soccer
Elmont residents gathered on Tuesday night expecting to take in presentations from the New York Cosmos, Blumenfeld Development Group and Engel Burman Group regarding “their respective organization’s proposals” over the redevelopment of land adjacent to the Belmont Racetrack.
Stung By Revelations, Hartford Council Withdraws Lease For Soccer Stadium Land – Hartford Courant
Though the project has come to a halt, police and multiple local agencies continue to investigate allegations that the city has been overbilled by Premier Sports Management Group, a subsidiary of Black Diamond. Premier Sports was the sole bidder in 2014 to redevelop Dillon Stadium, with a plan for a 15,000-seat soccer venue, where soccer club Hartford City FC would play beginning in April 2017. The city signed a contract with Premier months later.
O’Connor Proud Of Louisville’s Inaugural Season – USL
Louisville City FC’s season came up one win short of a place in the 2015 USL Championship, but Coach James O’Connor said on Tuesday he was proud of everything his side had accomplished in its inaugural season in the USL.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Gabarra officially leaves Sky Blue for Spirit job – The Equalizer
Jim Gabarra has left his position as head coach and technical director of Sky Blue FC to take over as head coach and general manager of the Washington Spirit.
Sad Day for NWSL as Ella Masar Retires – Keeper Notes
She was my favorite interview, always good for a quote as she wore her heart on her sleeve and always spoke her mind. She was never anything less than friendly, open and direct. No matter how exhausted, how disappointed over a result, no matter what her mood, Ella always was willing to stop and be interviewed. She was that way with the fans as well, a wonderful ambassador for the Houston Dash and for the NWSL.
USWNT to face China in New Orleans for final game of Victory Tour – SBI
While there are still some dates left to be filled, the U.S. Women’s National Team have a date, location and opponent for the group’s Victory Tour swansong.
NCAA Weekly: Last two unbeaten teams go down – The Equalizer
Cornell and North Carolina were the only remaining unbeaten teams heading into last week’s action and neither one survived the weekend. North Carolina suffered two losses on the weekend.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Holland fails to qualify for Euro; Croatia in – Sportsnet
With a second straight home defeat, 3-2 to already-qualified Czech Republic, the Netherlands failed to reach the European Championship finals for the first time since 1984. And rubbing salt into that wound, neighbour and perennial rival Belgium moved top of the FIFA rankings and qualified as the Group B winner with a 3-1 victory over Israel.
Holland’s dramatic fall from Total Football to total desperation – The Guardian
The nation third at Brazil 2014 were reduced to hit and hope as failure to qualify for Euro 2016 was sealed – and the road back will not be without more pain
Netherlands: An open letter after the Dutch fail to qualify for Euro 2016 – ESPN FC
In a qualifying process that’s basically designed to offer second, third, fourth and even fifth chances, you squandered all of them.
Gareth Bale: Wales qualification is ‘surreal, special – an incredible feeling’ – The Guardian
Gareth Bale has described the celebrations in Cardiff on Tuesday as one of his greatest nights but insisted that qualification for next summer’s European Championship finals is just the start for a group of players who want to “inspire a generation” of young Welsh football fans.
CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying Rewind: Chile beats Peru in thriller; Uruguay humbles Colombia; and more – SBI
Chile moved to 2-0 in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying for Russia 2018 by edging 10-man Peru, 4-3, at Estadio Nacional in Lima. Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas led the way with two goals apiece, but the biggest talking point was the ejection of Peru midfielder Christian Cueva in the 23 minute.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s backing from U.S. players should be seen as positive – ESPN FC
The smattering of U.S. fans in the announced pro-Costa Rica crowd of less than 10,000 at Red Bull Arena rained boos down on the national team and embattled coach Jurgen Klinsmann at the conclusion of Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to the Ticos.
Sergio Agüero indicates he could miss Manchester City’s next seven matches – The Guardian
The 27-year-old, who scored five times in the 6-1 win over Newcastle United before the break, suffered the problem in Argentina’s defeat to Ecuador last week.
Manchester City announces profit for first time in Sheikh Mansour era – Goal
Manchester City has announced an annual profit for the first time since Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed completed his takeover of the Premier League club in September 2008.
Carlo Ancelotti was offered the Liverpool job – Harry Redknapp – ESPN FC
Former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti was approached by Liverpool before they hired Jurgen Klopp, according to Harry Redknapp.