VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS vs. SPORTING KANSAS CITY
MLS MATCHDAY # 32
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2018, 7:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
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Whitecaps still have plenty of fight — and they’ll need it against Sporting KC – The Province
The last time they met, Sporting Kansas City handed the Vancouver Whitecaps the worst loss in team history, a 6-0 annihilation punctuated by red cards to Yordy Reyna and Efrain Juarez.
Short-handed Whitecaps in must-win situation – TSN
Vancouver Whitecaps fullback Brett Levis knows that people don’t expect his squad to be in the playoffs this season. But Levis and his teammates are using their underdog status as fuel for their final three regular-season games of 2018.
Nerwinski ready to ‘step up’ for shorthanded ‘Caps on Wednesday at BC Place – Whitecaps FC
Jake Nerwinski is usually one to keep his head down and work. It’s one of the reasons the New Jersey native has become a fan favourite in Vancouver. But with centre backs Kendall Waston and Doneil Henry away on international duty, Nerwinski will be one of the players expected to take charge of Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s back line when they host Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday night at BC Place.
Sporting KC travels to Vancouver Wednesday – Wyandotte Daily
Immersed in a battle for seeding in the Western Conference, playoff-bound Sporting Kansas City (15-8-8, 3rd place) ventures north of the border to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC (12-12-7, 8th place) on Wednesday night at BC Place.
Carl Robinson: So long, Vancouver — and thanks for all the firsts – The Province
Recently dismissed coach Carl Robinson broke his silence to make a public statement thanking the fans and team for the seven years he spent with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
International ‘Caps: Davies gets two more assists, Waston strikes again – Whitecaps FC
Alphonso Davies had two assists for Canada on Tuesday in a 5-0 Concacaf Nations League qualifying victory over Dominica at BMO Field.
Orlando City Hosts Seattle in Penultimate Home Game – Orlando City SC
Orlando City SC (7-20-4, 25 points) hosts Seattle Sounders FC (15-11-5, 50 points) on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Orlando City Stadium.
All TFC can do now is play spoiler for Montreal and D.C. – Vancouver Sun
No, Toronto FC’s season isn’t over yet. Well, on paper it is, but the team still has to travel to Washington for a game Wednesday night against one of the hottest teams in Major League Soccer and to Montreal on Sunday to face the other team battling for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot.
Defender Birnbaum is D.C. United’s iron man – Washington Times
As a young boy in southern California, Steve Birnbaum played youth baseball as a shortstop in talent-rich Orange County. One of his travel teammates was Matt Barkley, a quarterback at USC who was released last month by the Cincinnati Bengals. Birnbaum also decided to eventually focus on a sport besides baseball, playing soccer at the club level and then at the University of California.
Game against New England ‘most important’ of season for RSL – Salt Lake Tribune
Real Salt Lake midfielder Damir Kreilach did not shy away from the importance of the team’s game Thursday against the New England Revolution.
LAFC’s Carlos Vela named MLS Player of the Week – Angels on Parade
MLS announced on Tuesday that Los Angeles Football Club forward Carlos Vela was voted MLS Player of the Week for Week 33 of the 2018 MLS regular season, after posting a two-goal, two-assist performance in a 4-2 home win over the Houston Dynamo on Friday.
Sounders still about 10 percent short of making GM vote binding – Sounder at Heart
About 31 percent of eligible voters have cast ballots for the Seattle Sounders’ second-ever vote on retaining their general manager, a team spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday. That means that several thousand more votes must be cast in order to reach 40 percent, when the election’s results would become binding.
MLSE to upgrade BMO Field playing surface after mounting complaints – Sportsnet
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment is moving to improve the much-maligned playing surface at BMO Field. A new grass surface will be laid next month, with improved lighting and irrigation. And in April, the field will be strengthened by artificial fibres that will hold the surface together, protect the grass and reduce recovery time between events.
Deal to save Columbus Crew may harm Detroit’s chances at an MLS expansion team – Crain’s Detroit Business
Detroit’s chance at landing a Major League Soccer expansion team may have dwindled by half.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Pringle hat trick clinches berth in GNAC championship – SFU
SFU clinched a berth in the GNAC championship after junior forward Emma Pringle scored three goals in a 3-0 win over Saint Martin’s.
TWU makes mark in USports Soccer Top 10s – TWU
Trinity Western’s women’s soccer team moved back up to No. 1 in the U SPORTS Top 10, while the Spartans men’s soccer team jumped up one spot to No. 8 and the men’s cross country team slotted in at No. 10.
UFV soccer teams eye playoff spots – Abbotsford News
The UFV Cascades men’s and women’s soccer clubs will attempt to lock down Canada West playoff spots this weekend, as the regular season for both teams ends on Saturday.
Brian Hughes, former player and national coach, passed away – CSA
Brian Hughes, a one-time Western Canada Soccer League winner and a coach with Canada Soccer’s youth and national “A” teams, has passed away. The former Welsh youth international had made his home in Victoria, British Columbia since 1970.
Vancouver mayoral candidate Ken Sim wants to ‘turn the ship around’ – Daily Hive
“We should have world cup here and as mayor, I’m going to be fighting for that – it’s not over.”
Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League season – Pacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.
PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.
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!
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
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Record win over Dominica keeps Canada on pace in Concacaf Nations League – CSA
Canada scored five goals in a record 5:0 victory over Dominica in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying at BMO Field in Toronto. The victory keeps Canada on pace to finish top-six and earn their place in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League Group A. The five goals equaled the Men’s National Team record for goals in a domestic match.
Canada cruises over lowly Dominica in Concacaf Nations League qualifying – Sportsnet
To dine on the main course of the Concacaf Nations League, Canada must first whet its appetite with a few hors d’oeuvres.
Goals keep flowing for John Herdman early in his CanMNT tenure – MLS
Two competitive matches into his tenure as Canada national team coach, John Herdman has two blowout wins under his belt and zero complains.
Canada has the talent, now Herdman has to find a balance – Sportsnet
It was as smooth as silk watching Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David, both born in the same year (2000) of the Canadian men’s national team’s last major title, connect for the opening goal.
Canada’s men’s team thrashes Dominica, but still has a country to win over – the11.ca
Canadian men’s national lteam coach John Herdman has made it something of a trademark to throw young players right into the mix. With six teenagers seeing the field in Canada’s 5-0 win over Dominica, it appears its steady on with that philosophy.
Canada gears up for tough battle with U.S. in Concacaf final – Sportsnet
Qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup was relatively easy for Canada. Now comes the hard part. After posting four wins and outscoring the opposition by a combined 24-1 margin, the Canadian team faces its biggest challenge of the Concacaf Women’s Championship when it meets the United States in Wednesday’s final in Frisco, Texas.
US and North American rival Canada meet in qualifying final – Prince George Citizen
In truly Canadian fashion, Diana Matheson used the metric system to describe the heated soccer rivalry between Canada and the United States. “You’re talking about two teams that want to beat each other and aren’t going to give up — I’m not going to say an inch, I’m going to make it metric, a centimetre — on the field to each other,” said Matheson, a Canadian midfielder. “I mean, they are always great games against these guys. It’s our rival. It’s a derby. ”
FC Edmonton names Sean Fleming assistant coach, academy technical director – Canadian Premier League
FC Edmonton’s new Assistant Coach Sean Fleming is joining Jeff Paulus’ coaching staff for the inaugural Canadian Premier League (CPL) season, also taking over as Technical Director of the Academy.
As FC Edmonton’s new assistant coach, Fleming looks forward to finally being part of a “home” game – the11.ca
Sean Fleming spent two decades coaching in the Canada Soccer ranks, leading various youth teams through camps, friendlies, CONCACAF championships and World Cups.
‘Real life Football Manager’: CPL coaches piecing together squads as initial roster building begins – Canadian Premier League
An outsider of sorts, Michael Silberbauer’s first interview produced the most profound thing said about the Canadian Premier League. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance,” Pacific FC’s coach told me hours before his revealing. “It’s not going to happen anymore.”
Clanachan: CanPL is “zeroed in” on seven teams for 2019 – the11.ca
With only six months to go before the Canadian Premier League kicks off, the slate of teams is apparently set. In an interview at the Got Game trials in Vaughan, Ont., league Commissioner Dave Clanachan confirmed that we will most likely see seven teams in the league’s inaugural season.
Building The Azzurri Pipeline – League1 Ontario
A quick pass to the edge of the box had Vaughan Azzurri central midfielder Matthew Arnone taking the ball in stride, plunging into the heart of Frosinone Calcio’s defence in July. The Vaughan veteran hit the ground as he was tripped by Frosinone vice-captain Cristian Molinaro, earning the Azzurri a penalty in the 21st minute.
Yukon soccer teams represent at Canada Soccer National Championships U15 Cup – Yukon News
Two Yukon Selects FC teams were in Laval, Que. for the Canada Soccer National Championships U15 Cup from Oct. 3 to 8, with one of the teams earning an historic seventh-place finish.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Orange County Welcomes Playoff Debutant Saint Louis – USL
One side making its postseason return squares off with another making its USL Cup Playoffs debut in the Western Conference Quarterfinals showdown that sees No. 1-seed Orange County SC play host to No. 8-seed Saint Louis FC on Saturday night in the first playoff contest at Champions Soccer Stadium.
Hounds begin preparations for USL Playoff First Round against Bethlehem Steel – Pittsburgh Soccer Now
Tuesday the Pittsburgh Riverhounds paced the turf at their familiar home along the Monongahela River, but with the increased vigor and purpose of a team in preparations for the USL playoffs. The game Saturday against Bethlehem Steel will be the clubs first playoff match since 2015, and the first-ever playoff match at Highmark Stadium.
Sacramento, Swope Park Meet In Postseason Opener – USL
For a second consecutive season, No. 2-seed Sacramento Republic FC and the No. 7-seed Swope Park Rangers will meet in the USL Cup Playoffs, only this time the stage will be Papa Murphy’s Park in the Western Conference Quarterfinals after the Rangers took victory last year on its home turf in the conference semifinals.
USL Icon Vercollone Announces Retirement – USL
One of the iconic figures in the USL’s history announced on Monday the conclusion to his remarkable career as Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC midfielder Luke Vercollone retired after 17 seasons in Major League Soccer and the USL.
Kettering Town FC (UK) owner chips in at Snohomish County FC – GoalWA
Snohomish County Football Club has three new members in its Founders Club, and the addition is a kind of morale booster for the club. “We are always excited when a new member joins the Founders Club,” says Steelheads General Manager David Falk. “This family brings us something new as well: support from overseas.” Ritchie Jeune owns UK club Kettering Town FC and Chinese side Shantou Lions. Now he and his family (Yin, Hugo) are Steelheads Founders too.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
#UWCL round of 16 starts Wednesday – UEFA
Holders Lyon face Ajax, Wolfsburg meet Atlético and Chelsea take on Fiorentina in the round of 16 from Wednesday.
Barcelona women’s team to play in the US from ‘next season’ – Yahoo Sports
Spanish football giants Barcelona are in talks to put a team in the American National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) from next year, a club official said on Tuesday.
Portland Thorns already looking ahead to 2019 NWSL season – Oregonian
Two days after the Portland Thorns fell 3-0 to the North Carolina Courage in the 2018 NWSL Championship Game, Mark Parsons returned to the office and turned his focus toward 2019.
Seven Orlando Pride Players Join W-League Teams for 2018-19 Offseason – Orlando City SC
Seven Orlando Pride players are headed to Australia for the 2018-19 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) offseason to play in the upcoming Westfield W-League campaign.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Griezmann scores both goals as France beats Germany – Sportsnet
Germany is out of contention for another international trophy after France handed Joachim Loew’s struggling team its latest loss on Tuesday.
Gareth Bale & Aaron Ramsey: Wales can ‘cope’ without duo, says Allen – BBC Sport
Midfielder Joe Allen says Wales’ 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland showed they can cope without star men Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.
Nations League: promoted, relegated, final four – UEFA
How things stand for the 55 UEFA Nations League participants ahead of November’s deciders.
Madagascar reaches first African Cup, Egypt also qualifies – London Free Press
Madagascar reached its first African Cup of Nations on Tuesday, also becoming the first team to qualify for next year’s continental championship.
USA vs. Peru, 2018 Friendly: Americans concede late equalizer – Stars & Stripes FC
After getting a dose of reality against a tough Colombia side last week, this young United States Men’s National Team suited up for another challenge against Peru on Tuesday night. Kellyn Acosta & Tim Weah were the only two starters to return this match as Dave Sarachan made nine changes to the lineup. The Americans led for the majority of the second half, but conceded a late goal and settle for the 1-1 draw.
USMNT to play November friendly against Italy in Belgium – SBI
The USMNT will play Italy on Tuesday, November 20 at the Luminus Arena in Genk, Belgium.
Ronaldo rape allegation moving on 2 legal tracks in Nevada – London Free Press
A lawsuit filed by a Nevada woman who claims Cristiano Ronaldo raped her nine years ago and paid her $375,000 in hush money has set in motion a two-track legal process in Las Vegas.
Real Madrid protest to Spanish FA over La Liga plans for Girona-Barcelona game in US – BBC Sport
Real Madrid have opposed staging a Spanish league game between Barcelona and Girona in the United States.
Manchester United takeover tale puts wrong spotlight on Saudi Arabia – The Guardian
Even in dark times, the idealism of some football fans remains a beautiful thing to behold. Suggestions over the past week that the Glazer family were considering selling Manchester United to a certain party were greeted with delight in various quarters. As one United supporter positively willing the deal to happen put it: “We deserve better”. Better, in this case, would be Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman, a man whom journalistic cliche demands we style as “in the news for all the wrong reasons”. But hey – nobody’s perfect.
Ibrahimovic and Torres in FFA marquee sights – FFA
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Fernando Torres could grace the A-League this season with Football Federation Australia chiefs set to reignite their marquee player hunt in the coming months.
Turkish prosecutors call for 12-year jail term for Barca’s on-loan bar brawler Turan – Inside World Football
Turkish prosecutors have charged Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan over a brawl with a well-known Turkish pop singer and have called for a jail sentence of 12 years.
West Ham suspend coach who attended Democratic Football Lads Alliance march – BBC Sport
Mark Phillips, who coaches the Hammers’ under-18 side, said he attended a march organised by the group. The organisation has been criticised by anti-racism campaigners.
Iran lets women in to Azadi Stadium to watch Bolivia friendly – Inside World Football
In a rare move Iran allowed women to attend Team Meli’s friendly with Bolivia on Tuesday in Tehran. Women have been banned from watching football in the country since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
FIFA Technical Study Group publishes 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia report – FIFA
FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG) has published its 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia report, which includes comprehensive statistics on the tournament and each individual match, team profiles and exclusive video footage to support the analysis.
The 2018/19 Guide to Soccer on TV in Canada (and online) – BC Soccer Web
Finding your match on TV or online in Canada has become more difficult in recent years. League broadcast rights change hands, new online services pop up, and some leagues and channels vanish from our screens altogether. Fear not! BC Soccer Web has got you covered! We’ve made our way through the web of cable channels and online services available so you can watch the matches you want.