VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
PORTLAND TIMBERS vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #34
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017, 1:00 PM
PROVIDENCE PARK, PORTLAND, OR.
TV: TSN 1 RADIO: TSN 1040 ONLINE: TSN GO
Whitecaps FC announce winners for 2017 Player Awards – Whitecaps FC
Kendall Waston is the 2017 Whitecaps FC Player of the Year.
A Cascadia showdown for top spot in the West – Red Nation Online
It all comes down to the final MLS regular season fixture, which will determine if Vancouver Whitecaps FC or Portland Timbers FC claim top spot in the western conference. To earn a first round playoff bye, Vancouver needs a win or a draw at Providence Park on Sunday afternoon. Timbers FC will need to beat Vancouver if they are to leapfrog the Caps into penthouse position.
Whitecaps hope form comes back in time to secure top spot in West – MLS
Vancouver Whitecaps FC lead the Western Conference with one match to go and clinched an 2017 MLS Cup Playoff berth weeks ago. That doesn’t mean all is well at BC Place, though.
From the Pigeon Loft: Occupying empty spaces – AFTN
I love the Couch Ultras. They are perhaps the Whitecaps’ least known supporter group as most of their activity happens in a basement in Langley where the two of them make small replica posters of the BC Place railing banners and they even have an adorable tifo rig that lifts pieces up the windows towards the ceiling. This year they have come out to WFC2 matches in Langley offering a good local voice, and we’ve had them in BC Place as well.
Stick or twist for the Vancouver Whitecaps? – Soccer Shorts
Like many of those who attended the disappointing 1-1 tie with the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday afternoon I tried to take the edge off the old familiar weltschmerz by wandering into the recently opened casino/hotel complex/urban resort situated next to BC Place.
Evans’ focus on 2018 after injury diagnosis – Prost Amerika
Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer crept up behind Brad Evans, waiting for a break in conversation to offer a few words of encouragement. “You’ll be ready for the first day (of camp),” Hanauer told Evans patting him on the shoulder.
Darren Mattocks proving worth to Portland Timbers during Adi’s absence – MLS
Despite Adi’s extended absence, Portland have now scored in 20 consecutive games, the longest active streak in Major League Soccer. While Diego Valeri’s exploits have placed him on the shortlist for MVP, Darren Mattocks, the man filling in for Adi up top, has also contributed mightily to Portland’s success.
Diego Valeri’s historic season should make him the frontrunner for MLS MVP – Oregonian
Diego Valeri has been breaking records at an unbelievable pace over the last two and a half months.
With playoffs near, is Toronto FC’s indifferent form cause for concern? – Waking the Red
Toronto FC have been good enough this season for us to occasionally give them the benefit of the doubt.
Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco still hoping for Italy World Cup call-up – ESPN FC
Toronto forward Sebastian Giovinco says he has not yet given up hope of earning a recall to the Italy squad and has defended the competitiveness of Major League Soccer.
Impact hope to end poor season on winning note – Montreal Gazette
Finale at Saputo Stadium will be last game of Patrice Bernier’s career and team wants captain’s final moments on the pitch to be victorious.
Crew owner Anthony Precourt: Current situation in Columbus is ‘not sustainable’ – SBI
The owner/investor of the Columbus Crew addressed reporters on Tuesday and made it clear that the current state of the club as a business is not working.
Anthony Precourt & MLS’ Betrayal of Trust – Fifty Five One
Less than a week after the USMNT loss, Grant Wahl broke the news that Anthony Precourt is working toward moving one of MLS’ founding clubs, the Columbus Crew, to Austin, Tex. Precourt’s move and MLS’ endorsement of it represents a breach of trust, a profound smack in the face to the American soccer community, and reveals the callous disregard of the spirit that continues to drive the American version of the sport and built MLS to what it is.
Columbus appears to face an uphill battle with Austin to retain Crew SC – ESPN FC
Anyone who was a fan of the San Jose Earthquakes back in 2005 can tell their Columbus Crew SC counterparts how this story ends.
Let them leave — Columbus will be fine without Crew SC – The Lantern
Like many who grew up in Columbus, I fondly remember yelling incoherent chants from the Nordecke while attending games early in the franchise’s tenure. The Crew has maintained solid attendance figures as soccer grew in popularity and MLS attendance reached record heights. Now, Precourt wants even more. The Crew is headed to the playoffs with a hometown star in Wil Trapp. It was in the MLS Cup two years ago and won the league title in 2008. Amid this success, Precourt has found a way to deflate that enthusiasm and take the attention away from soccer.
MLS Awards: Melia is clear choice as top goalie – Soccer America
“Keeping the damn ball out of the net,” is what many coaches regard as the baseline when it comes to evaluating keepers and in many regards that is the bottom line as well.
Time to push the panic button for Orlando City? – MLS Multiplex
After three seasons in Major League Soccer, Orlando City has still yet to make a playoff appearance and midfielder Kaka is on his way out. The club has failed to make an impact in MLS, leaving some to wonder what’s next.
Claudio Reyna: Culture of Arrogance in American Soccer – Empire of Soccer
In his past life, Claudio Reyna was a firsthand witness and protagonist within US Soccer. Reyna was a member of the 2002 Men’s National Team that reached the World Cup quarterfinals and Youth Technical Coordinator for four years before becoming New York City FC‘s Sporting Director in 2014. Reyna spoke with reporters for the first time since the US failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and for nearly twenty minutes, discussed a culture of arrogance and ambition that has stalled the sport’s progress in this country.
NYCFC’s Jack Harrison red card rescinded – MLS
The Independent Review Panel has rescinded New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison’s red card, meaning he’ll be eligible for NYCFC’s regular season finale against Columbus Crew SC this Sunday .
NYCFC Remain in Limbo on Playoff Venue – Empire of Soccer
New York City FC is still unsure where it will play its home playoff game.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Blues brothers set for big finish with Capilano soccer – North Shore News
When the Capilano University men’s soccer team takes to the pitch for the final home game of the PacWest season on Sunday, it will be the last time North Vancouver brothers Nicolas and Daniel Morello will suit up for the Blues on their home turf.
VIU soccer celebrates its veterans as playoffs get closer – Nanaimo News Bulletin
Vancouver Island University’s soccer teams played their last regular-season matches on home turf.
Thunderbirds veteran Brienna Shaw wants to go out a winner – The Province
Brienna Shaw is hooked on a feeling, and we’re not talking about Blue Swede. At 27, and out of university soccer since the early part of the decade, she might be the only member of the UBC Thunderbirds women’s soccer team old enough to get a ’70s pop hit reference. She won two titles with Queen’s University, and she wants, more than almost anything, to get another one in her final year of eligibility.
MSOC: T-Birds close out regular season on the road – UBC
With first place in the Pacific Division under their belt, the UBC Thunderbirds head out on the road to finish their Canada West regular season in Langley and Abbotsford. The ‘Birds (9-3-1) visit the Trinity Western Spartans (6-4-4) on Friday at 7:15 pm PST, before taking on the UFV Cascades (4-7-3) on Saturday at 6:00 pm PST.
KEYSA fundraising for indoor facility – BC Local News
The Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association (KEYSA) is proposing to construct and operate an indoor sports facility in Cranbrook. The facility will be an air-supported dome with artificial turf to provide year-round access to field-based sports.
Harvard Research Study – Go Play Better
This will be a fantastic opportunity for coaches to get involved in a research study. Play Better – a local program designed to impact coaches, players and parents – has been chosen by Harvard to be studied. The objective of this research project is the production of comprehensive knowledge about factors involved in the development of prosocial behaviour.
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
CANADA vs. UNITED STATES
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017, 7:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
USports Men’s & Women’s Soccer Top 10 – USports
Montreal & Laval remain in the #1 spots in this week’s National Top 10.
Scott Arfield reflects on ‘special’ Gold Cup, says Canada’s ‘going in the right direction’ – SN
Scott Arfield is already looking forward to the next Gold Cup. The Scottish-born Canadian international got his first taste of international tournament play over the summer at the biennial regional championship, and while he had previous experience in World Cup qualifying and friendlies, Arfield said there is nothing that compares to a continental tourney.
Carabins 4, Concordia 1: Women’s Soccer Suffer Heavy Loss at Hands of Carabins – The Link
Playoff Competition Increases After Weekend Results.
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.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
PREVIEW | Eddies look to play spoiler in matchup with Jacksonville Armada FC – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton’s busy stretch to end the 2017 North American Soccer League (NASL) season continues as the club heads to Florida for a matchup with playoff-chasing Jacksonville Armada FC at Hodges Stadium this Wednesday, October 18.
Armada control playoff fate with 3 matches remaining – News 4 Jax
With three matches remaining in the 2017 NASL regular season, the Jacksonville Armada are in position to make the post-season for the first time in their three year existence, and they can control their own destiny.
SAN ANTONIO FC FORWARD EVER GUZMAN NAMED USL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – San Antonio FC
Forward Tallied Three Goals and an Assist Over Two Matches.
SF Deltas face Miami FC with NASL fall season title on the line – SF Gate
A few weeks ago San Francisco started a tough stretch of three away games in 7 days. Two of the games were against Miami FC, who were running away with the Fall Season title. But after defeating Edmonton away, the Deltas tied and won in South Florida to vault them into contention for the title.
Wild day in American soccer: Crew relocation, NASL LOIs, USL reserves – NBC Sports
The top three soccer leagues in the United States of America are dealing with varying bits of turmoil this Tuesday in October.
NASL vs. USSF: Court filings show settlement discussions were ongoing – Soccer America
U.S. Soccer filed its response to the NASL’s lawsuit in Federal district seeking an preliminary injunction to allow it to keep its Division II status for 2018.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Denmark risk being excluded from World Cup after cancelling qualifier with Sweden over pay dispute – The Independent
The Danish women’s football team will not play Sweden in the scheduled World Cup qualifier on Friday and risk being kicked out of the competition as a result
Ashley Hatch named 2017 NWSL Rookie of the Year – The Equalizer
Ashley Hatch has been named NWSL Rookie of the Year. The no. 2 overall pick out of BYU scored 7 goals for the North Carolina Courage helping them to the Shield and an NWSL Championship appearance in their first season after relocating from Western New York.
Five-time global queen Marta talks The Best – FIFA
Much interest will focus on who will take the women’s award when the great and good of world football gather in London on 23 October for The Best FIFA Football Awards. Two new names have been shortlisted this year in the Netherlands’ Lieke Martens and Venezuela’s Deyna Castellanos. USA’s two-time winner Carli Lloyd also returns for a third successive year.
FA apologises to Eni Aluko and Drew Spence over Mark Sampson’s racial remarks – The Guardian
The Football Association’s chief executive, Martin Glenn, has issued a full apology to Eni Aluko and Drew Spence after the reopened investigation into the Mark Sampson affair concluded that the now-deposed England Women’s manager did make discriminatory remarks to two of his players.
Forfar win #SBSSWPL 2 title with victory over Motherwell – Scottish WPL
Forfar Farmington sealed their spot as Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 winners with a resounding 5-1 victory over Motherwell on Sunday. Despite defeat to Glasgow City the previous weekend in the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup semi-final, there was no hangover. They showed the quality they possess to dispatch of one of their closest rivals all season, Motherwell, and the only side to have defeated them all season.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UEFA Champions League Preview: Chelsea hosts Roma, Man United faces Benfica and more – SBI
Following Tuesday’s Champions League return, action continues on Wednesday with some interesting matches across Europe.
Roma look to boost UCL odds, down old foe Antonio Conte vs. Chelsea – ESPN FC
There are few things that Roma fans like more than getting one over on a Juventino. And if in recent years Juve have merrily stomped on the Giallorossi as they have the rest of Serie A, Wednesday night’s Roma-Chelsea match offers Romanisti the chance to down one of their oldest and most loathed enemies — manager Antonio Conte.
Manchester City rely on early goals to overcome Napoli in Champions League – The Guardian
Manchester City extended their perfect record on an edgy, absorbing night here that saw City purring up through the attacking gears before finding themselves reeled in by fast-breaking opponents Pep Guardiola described as “one of the best teams I have faced in professional football”.
Tottenham holds Madrid to draw in Champions League – Sportsnet
Tottenham held defending champion Real Madrid to 1-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday, while Liverpool racked up its biggest ever away win in Europe.
Guardiola dedicates Man City win to imprisoned Catalan independence leaders – SN
Pep Guardiola has dedicated Manchester City’s Champions League victory over Napoli to two imprisoned Catalan independence leaders. Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez are currently behind bars in Spain as the fight for freedom continues in Catalunya.
Mourinho says long-term tenure at Man United unlikely – Sportsnet
Jose Mourinho believes the days of a coach lasting “15 to 20 years in the same club” are over, making it unlikely he will end his managerial career at Manchester United.
Four potential buyers for Newcastle United as Mikhail Prokhorov linked with takeover – The Shields Gazette
Although experts suggest Ashley’s £350million-plus asking price for United might be double over the odds, the club is understood to still have potential suitors with four parties having signed non-disclosure agreements.
Spanish prosecutors add Marcelo to list of foreign stars accused of tax fraud – Inside World Football
Real Madrid star Marcelo is the latest player to be accused by Spanish authorities of tax fraud, this time totalling €490,000.
Club America-Chivas showdown lacking typical fanfare – ESPN FC
It’s been a strange build-up to Wednesday’s Clasico Nacional between Club America and Chivas in Estadio Azteca, shorn of the usual hype that accompanies the meeting of the Liga MX’s two biggest clubs.
U-17 World Cup wrap: Ghana tops Niger, Brazil roasts Honduras – NBC Sports
With just two games left to decide, Wednesday proved quite decisive. In the early game, Ghana topped Niger 2-0 to advance into the quarterfinals where they will match up against another African nation in Mali, while Brazil had no trouble with Honduras in a comprehensive 3-0 win.
Why Craig Shakespeare proves the folly of promoting an assistant to become manager – The Telegraph
Another one bites the dust. To the list of assistant managers who have failed to make the cut in the main managerial hotseat we can now add Craig Shakespeare.
FIFA kicks in $600,000 for World Cup playoff travel costs – Metro
FIFA will pay $600,000 to help teams travel to two inter-continental World Cup playoffs next month.
Tifosy raises £1m to expand its crowdfunding model in Europe, China and the US – Inside World Football
Tifosy, the sports crowdfunding platform that enables supporters to invest in clubs, has raised £1 million via crowdfunding for its own rights issue. Tifosy has had more than 10,000 investors through its platform and raised funds for more than 15 clubs in England and Italy.
UK Tory MP missing universal credit debate for Barcelona game is ‘doing good job’ – The Guardian
A UK Conservative MP who will miss a Commons vote on welfare policy on Wednesday night to officiate at a Champions League match is “doing a good job” in his role as both a parliamentarian and a referee, one of his colleagues has insisted.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca