BC Soccer News, Wednesday, October 23, 2019


Episode 362 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Guilty Pleasures featuring Rob Friend, John Herdman, and Jonathan Tannenwald)AFTN
What a week of football this has been and we bring you as much chat about it as we can cram into two and a half hours!

Vancouver Whitecaps rebuild Part I: 2019 roster changes were “too drastic,” Marc Dos Santos saysPro Soccer USA
Marc Dos Santos says he arrived in Vancouver before the 2019 season needing ‘to be a guy with a magic wand, like Harry Potter.’

MLS conference semifinal preview and predictionsNBC Sports
We’re not sure we should be allowed to make Major League Soccer playoff predictions after getting two upset bids wrong in the first round, but we go again anyway.

2019 MLS Cup Playoffs Preview: Toronto FC @ New York City FCWaking the Red
The Reds are in the Big Apple for a date with NYC FC in round two of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

NYC FC are one of MLS’s best teams – and they’re still playing in baseball stadiumsYahoo Sports
Dome Torrent started thinking about how to acclimatise his New York City FC players to the unusual surroundings of Citi Field weeks ago.

Marky Delgado has become an unsung hero for Toronto FCSportsnet
Toronto FC midfielder Marky Delgado learned a tough lesson in the 2016 MLS playoffs.

Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake MLS Playoffs: PreviewMLS
It’s been several years since Seattle and RSL have met in the postseason. They went head-to-head in both 2011 and 2012 with RSL advancing in 2011 and the Sounders in 2012.

RSL hopes a win in Seattle can signal beginning of bright future for the franchiseSalt Lake Tribune
Back in 2009, Real Salt Lake had to win a playoff game in Seattle in order to win the MLS Cup. Captain Kyle Beckerman remembers it well.

Earthquakes Sign Chris Wondolowski to New Contract San Jose Earthqualkes
The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed forward Chris Wondolowski to a new contract. Wondolowski scored 15 goals in 2019 to break Major League Soccer’s all-time scoring record.

Seattle Sounders’ Jordan Morris wins MLS Comeback Player of the Year awardMLS
Jordan Morris was named the 2019 MLS Comeback Player of the Year on Tuesday, a well-deserved nod for the Seattle Sounders and US men’s national team attacker after his dogged recovery from a torn ACL that sidelined him for nearly all of 2018.

David Beckham’s MLS team unveil plans for $966m stadium in MiamiThe Guardian
David Beckham’s nascent Major League Soccer club have unveiled plans for their new $966m stadium ahead of their entrance to the league for the 2020 season.

MLS commissioner Garber calls delays in Beckham Miami project ‘frustrating’ESPN
Just hours after MLS named Sacramento as the league’s latest expansion team, MLS commissioner Don Garber expressed frustration over the latest political maneuverings in Miami as it relates to Inter Miami’s stadium proposal, dubbed Miami Freedom Park.


High-flying Royal Bay Ravens eye B.C. soccer titleTimes Colonist
The Royal Bay Ravens might be fairly new but they are more than fairly good.

UNBC women’s soccer squad faces rematch against Manitoba in first round of Canada West playoffsPrince George Matters
Lady Timberwolves won a playoff shootout thriller last season to beat the Bisons.

BMO Academy Report: ‘Caps U-19s & U-17s earn results in DA league and cupWhitecaps FC
All three Whitecaps FC BMO Academy teams were in action this past Saturday. The U-19s hosted San Diego Surf in league action at the NSDC, while the U-17s and U-15s traveled down the I-5 to take on Seattle Sounders FC in the DA Cup.

Powell River Villa scores first Division 1 win against Mid-Isle MarinersPowell River Peak
Powell River Villa won its first game of the season with a 3-0 shutout against Mid-Isle Mariners Sunday, October 20, at Merle Logan Turf in Nanaimo.

Masters teams pumped for all-Cowichan soccer clashCowichan Valley Citizen
The local derby between the Cowichan 49ers and Cowichan Steelheads this Saturday is shaping up as a closer battle than might have been anticipated at the start of the Vancouver Island Soccer League’s masters A season.

BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates! (Editor’s Note: On August 20, DAZN dropped access to La Liga and Ligue 1 through it’s link to beIN Sports. Find out about this and more in our latest update.)

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Candidates now being invited for BC Soccer Assoc. Board of DirectorsBCSA
BC Soccer is now accepting candidate applications for its Board of Directors for terms commencing November 2019. Elections for these positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday November 2nd .

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Becoming a BC Soccer RefereeBCSA
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 SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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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.




SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2019, 12:30 PM PT



It’s a blood feud between Forge and Cavalry for first CPL titleThe Spectator
For two teams that just recently were merely -vague ideas, this has quickly become hostile grounds; a war of bad blood and of spilled blood.

Cavalry’s success stems from Foothills’ band of brothersCalgary Sun
The bulk of that 2018 championship team now makes up the top squad in the Canadian Premier League.

‘It’s all a bit of a blur’: Cavalry FC president discusses first season and the futureTSP
“It’s all a bit of a blur, when you think back to a year ago right now,” admits Cavalry FC’s president Ian Allison, when asked to reflect on his club’s first season in the Canadian Premier League.

Canada Soccer’s Futsal National Team hosts camp in Montreal on the path to Lithuania 2020CSA
Canada Soccer’s Futsal National Team will host a 25-player camp in Montréal, QC from 31 October – 3 November. The camp is an opportunity for the wider player pool to come together ahead of the qualification process for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2020. Head Coach Kyt Selaidopoulos has re-called 10 players from the 2016 Concacaf Futsal Championship squad that came within a single point of qualification.

Metrostars Canada, the country’s only Major Arena Soccer League franchise, will be kicking off a series of 12 neutral site games in the Garden City at the Meridian Centre.

McMaster’s late soccer coach remains part of the teamThe Spectator
Joe Valvasori was coach of the school’s women’s team for two years after a lengthy stint as an assistant coach with the men’s side. In short order, Hamilton Sparta’s technical director — and one of the most well-known figures in local soccer circles — had taken a decent team that hadn’t won a playoff game since 2012 and turned it into a really good one that won bronze in Ontario and finished fourth at the nationals.


Championship Playoffs Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs. Charleston BatteryUSL
A newcomer to the USL Championship Playoffs will square off against one of the postseason’s perennials when No. 8 seed Ottawa Fury FC plays host to the No. 9 seed Charleston Battery in the Eastern Conference Play-In Round on Wednesday night at TD Place.

Fury plan to take aggressive approach in play-in game against CharlestonOttawa Citizen
Ottawa Fury FC was just about unbeatable on the pitch at TD Place this season, losing once all the way back in early April and only again in late August.

Charleston’s Lewis Voted Championship Player of the WeekUSL
Charleston Battery midfielder Zeiko Lewis has been voted the USL Championship Player of the Week for the final week of the 2019 regular season. The Bermuda international recorded one goal and two assists as Charleston took victories against Memphis 901 FC and Bethlehem Steel FC to earn a ninth consecutive trip to the USL Championship Playoffs.


NWSL announces expansion to Louisville; club set to begin play in 2021LWOS
Louisville, welcome to the National Women’s Soccer League. On Tuesday afternoon, news officially broke that Louisville was awarded a club within the league. However, Louisville will not begin play in the NWSL until 2021.

The Lowdown: NWSL Louisville a sure sign of life for young league The Equalizer
The National Women’s Soccer League finally did what so many of us have been imploring it to do for years: expand. On Tuesday, league president Amanda Duffy returned to her old stomping grounds, where she once served as the president of Louisville City FC, and announced that the club will add an NWSL team — in 2021.

Sam Kerr: What does future hold for superstar striker?BBC Sport
Sam Kerr is one of the world’s best female footballers so it is no surprise the uncertainty over her future has caused a stir.

Women soccer players to go on strike in SpainNBC Sports
Women soccer players in Spain plan to go on strike after failing to reach a deal with clubs over working hours and minimum wages.

We can gauge popularity of women’s football. Time to up the prize moneyThe Guardian
The announcement that viewing figures for the Women’s World Cup hit 1.12 billion is hugely impressive and raises vital questions about how we measure the success of the women’s game versus the men’s.


Champions League preview: Chelsea, Liverpool hit the roadNBC Sports
Frank Lampard has a selection headache amongst his wingers as he tries to figure out Chelsea’s best avenue to break down Ajax on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League.

Sterling breaks into discussion of world’s best players after European hat-trickFour Four Two
Raheem Sterling has broken into the discussion of the world’s best players after scoring his first Champions League hat-trick on Tuesday.

UEFA Champions League wrap: Dybala leads Juve back with stunnerNBC Sports
While a pair of Premier League sides were thumping visitors, two other UEFA Champions League mainstays had to work harder for their results on Tuesday.

Champions League victory restores confidence, says Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino BBC Sport
Mauricio Pochettino says he will “give 200%” to deliver the results Tottenham fans expect after his side thrashed Red Star Belgrade 5-0 for a first Champions League win of the season.

AFC switches 2019 AFC Cup final from Pyongyang to ShanghaiInside World Football
Pyongyang has just hosted the first ever North vs South Korea World Cup qualifying fixture in the capital. The historic match ended in a scoreless draw at the Kim Il Sung Stadium but was not without controversy. Dubbed the ‘ghost derby’ by players, it was played in the absence of fans or media.

River Plate make Copa Libertadores final despite defeat to Boca JuniorsInside World Football
Not for the first time in a Superclásico, events off the pitch were rather more impressive than what happened on it. Boca Juniors’ fans were just as raucous as reputation demands and for half an hour before kick-off La Bombonera was a writhing mass of blue and yellow.

English FA boss to push for concussion subs rule at FIFA Council meetInside World Football
English Football Association chairman Greg Clarke wants concussion substitutes to be introduced “as quickly as possible” in the wake of a highly publicised report which found a higher incidence of neurodegenerative disease among former footballers than in the population as a whole.

Scottish football pays tribute after death of referees chief John FlemingFour Four Two
Tributes have been paid after John Fleming, Scotland’s head of referees, died at the age of 62.

Charlton’s Lyle Taylor: ‘We’re not going to end racism with a stupid hashtag’The Guardian
Lyle Taylor’s blood is boiling. The striker, who says he has been racially abused six or seven times throughout a career that has taken him from Concord Rangers in the Isthmian Division One North to Charlton Athletic in the Championship, is disillusioned and exasperated at football’s failure to truly tackle the discrimination that continues to pollute the game.

WADA publishes 2020 prohibited listFIFA
In September 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published the 2020 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (List), the 2020 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes and the 2020 Monitoring Program. The List, which was approved by WADA’s Executive Committee on 23 September 2019, will come into force on 1 January 2020.

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