BC Soccer News, Wednesday, September 13, 2017




Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps v Minnesota United – First place awaitsAFTN
The ‘Caps are now unbeaten in four games and are 6-2-2 in their last ten matches. Long gone are the days of the Whitecaps struggling during the summer. But as we close in on the postseason, they will perhaps want to aim for a bye in the playoffs. Every change that Robbo has made has been working, and they have been squeezing out points and finding ways to win games they may not have any right to.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Minnesota United FC | 2017 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will look to continue their climb up the Western Conference table on Wednesday night, when they host lowly Minnesota United FC in a midweek contest at BC Place.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Minnesota United FCMinnesota United
After a 1-1 draw at home against Philadelphia Union this past weekend, MNUFC hits the road for a week north of the border and a pair of matches against Canadian teams. First up is Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who will host the Loons on Wednesday, September 13.

Whitecaps remain wary of lowly Minnesota UnitedThe Province
It’s one of those dangerous games that looks like an easy win for the Whitecaps.

Whitecaps look to settle unfinished business with Minnesota UnitedSportsnet
When the Whitecaps first played Minnesota back in June they led 2-0 at halftime and looked to have the match under control. But Minnesota battled back with a pair of goals for a 2-2 draw.

Why a Whitecaps MLS Cup run is more likely than you think (see: 2015 Timbers)Four Four Two
Nobody is talking about Vancouver’s rise to Western Conference contender. History tells us that’s a good thing.

From the Pigeon Loft: InexplicableAFTN
The home stand this week is a massive chance for our club to establish that relationship (hint to the players…pop over and say hi to the supporters sections post game…). Its also a chance to convert that 98% chance of making the playoffs and 38% chance of winning the Western Conference into inevitabilities.

Atlanta United vs. New England Revolution | 2017 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Atlanta United opened Mercedes-Benz Stadium in style Saturday, rolling to a dominant 3-0 win over FC Dallas in front of a sold-out crowd of 45,314 fans. The expansion club will look to keep the party going just a few days later as they welcome a New England Revolution side they’ll need to fend off for an Eastern Conference playoff berth.

Bob Bradley: Atlanta United’s first-year success can’t compare to 1998 Fire ESPN FC
Bob Bradley has rejected the notion that Atlanta United is in the midst of the best-ever inaugural MLS season, saying no team can surpass his Chicago Fire side of 1998.

Jozy Altidore named MLS player of the week after two-goal showSportsnet
Jozy Altidore has been voted the MLS player of the week, marking the fourth time in seven weeks that the honour has gone to a Toronto FC player.

FC Dallas defender Maynor Figueroa has simple solution to halt winless streak: ‘Keep working’Sportsday
Maynor Figueroa has seen it all during a career that has spanned 18 years as a senior player with stints in Honduras, the English Premier League and MLS. And for the 34-year-old FC Dallas defender, there’s no magic cure for FCD to get out of its poor run of form.

Darren Mattocks provides key boost for Timbers in Adi’s absence SBI
Diego Valeri is earning all of the plaudits for the Portland Timbers, and they’re most certainly deserved. With Fanendo Adi out of action, the Argentinian star has stepped up in a big way, scoring seven goals in as many games to lead the Timbers to the top of the Western Conference.

Alberto Gilardino wants to finish his carrer in MontrealMount Royal Soccer
Alberto Gilardino has till Friday to sign with the Montreal Impact if he wants to play this season rather then next season.

Dom Dywer eyes “dream” Premier League move NBC Sports
Orlando City and USMNT striker Dom Dwyer has been talking about a move to the Premier League.

Forward Diego Rubio obtains green card, no longer occupies international spot on Sporting KC rosterSporting KC
Forward Diego Rubio has obtained his U.S. green card and no longer takes up an international spot on Sporting Kansas City’s roster, the club announced Tuesday.

Harvey’s aftermath: How the Dynamo helped hurricane-hit HoustonESPN FC
Like so many in the city, the Houston Dynamo was affected by Hurricane Harvey. In its aftermath, the club has played a role in the city’s healing; ESPN FC traveled to Houston to hear stories from players, club employees and fans.

Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa top rated MLS players in EA Sports FIFA 18MLS
Surprise, surprise: Sebastian Giovinco and David Villa are the top rated MLS players in EA Sports FIFA 18.

Canada WNT vs USWNT at BC Place, Vancouver – November 9 – Buy Tickets!


Whitecaps FC holding evaluations for Fraser Valley and UBC academy programsWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be holding evaluations for the club’s Fraser Valley and UBC academy programs over the next week. Boys and girls players from U-9 to U-12 are invited.

VMSL Round-up: Opening weekend shocks set up exciting season aheadAFTN
If the opening weekend of games is any indication as to how the 2017-18 Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) Premier Division season is going to play out, then we have an exciting six to seven months ahead to look forward to.

Three stars of the week: Rookie Ripplinger, Gindo highlight winnersCanada West
Trinity Western’s Elie Gindo, Thompson River’s Ryan Glanville, and Mount Royal’s Jake Vikers are the men’s three stars of the week.

WolfPacks Glanville Canada West player of the weekCJFC
For the second week in a row a player from WolfPack soccer has been named a player of the week in Canada West. Midfielder Ryan Glanville gets the nod after helping TRU to a scoreless draw and a win on the weekend.

Trinity Western’s fifth-year men’s soccer midfielder Elie Gindo (Langley) was named the Canada West Men’s First Star of the Week, after scoring the game-winning goal in the Spartans 2-1 win over UBO Okanagan, while also helping his team to a scoreless draw with Thompson Rivers.

MSOC PREVIEW: Homestand continues with Vikes looking to maintain momentumUVic
Finding their way into the win column for the first time in 2017 last weekend, the UVic Vikes men’s soccer team will look to build on that positive result when both the MacEwan Griffins and the Mount Royal Cougars come to Victoria for games on Sep. 15 and 17.

WSOC PREVIEW: Vikes return home to take on the Bisons and WesmenUVic
A rare pair of games against teams from outside of BC are ahead for a UVic Vikes women’s soccer team that has put together a solid start to their 2017 Canada West season.

Tri-Cities players help Clan winTri-City News
The road to a national title for Simon Fraser University’s men’s soccer team seems to run right through the Tri-Cities.

Recap: PACWEST Men’s SoccerPacWest
An exciting first week of PACWEST soccer on the men’s side is in the books. Check the recap.

Blues men look sharp playing for third straight PacWest titleNorth Shore News
Jackson’s hat trick powers Capilano to 4-1 win in season opener.

Recap: PACWEST Women’s SoccerPacWest
The PACWEST women’s soccer season opened over the weekend and each game was extremely close.

A Chilliwack FC soccer star’s journey from Uganda to UBCHope Standard
If Victory Shumbusho appears to play soccer with more joy than others on the field, if he seems to have a bigger smile on his face as he darts around the pitch, it is because the Beautiful Game holds a special place in his heart.

BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book RecommendationsBC 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, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in ReviewBCSA
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, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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!

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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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Canadian soccer stars Ashley Lawrence, Kadeisha Buchanan square off in FranceVancouver Sun
Ashley Lawrence and Kadeisha Buchanan spent most of their soccer lives playing on the same team. Now the two Canadian internationals — and best friends — are slated to face off three times in the next three weeks with two cups on the line.

U SPORTS TOP 10 Tuesday Rankings – Sept. 12, 2017USports
This week’s USports Top 10 national poll in Women’s & Men’s Soccer.

CCAA Women’s Soccer RankingsCCAA
The first CCAA Top 15 Poll of the season.

CCAA Men’s Soccer RankingsCCAA
The first CCAA Top 15 Poll of the season.

Campus chronicle: Soccer heats upEdmonton Examiner
The University of Alberta Pandas relied on stingy defence while the MacEwan Griffins rode a red-hot offence on opening weekend for women’s USport soccer. Both teams jetted off to an undefeated start. Something will have to give as the two clubs clash on Sept. 15 at the Jasper Place Bowl.

Lakers soccer split first 705 ChallengeNorth Bay Nugget
The Nipissing Lakers men’s and women’s soccer teams split their Riley Gallo Cup and 705 Challenge Cup games against the host Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury last weekend.

KW United Season ReviewNorthern Starting XI
The 2017 season was full of ups and downs for the Black and Blue army, with moments of genuine triumph mixed with moments of frustration and disappointment. It was a season characterized by break-out play by individual players. Yet, partly due to the ever-changing squad; the boys in blue struggled to really come together as a team.

Kitchener Soccer Club 50 years old and still growingThe Record
It’s 1967 and Canada is celebrating its centennial. And, well under the radar, the Kitchener Soccer Club is born. But it’s a club that will soon make, and sustain, a national impact.

Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 NovemberCSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.

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Sean Melvin named to USL Team of the Week after seven-save clean sheetWhitecaps FC
Seven times OKC Energy FC sent a ball towards the Whitecaps FC 2 net last Sunday, and seven times they were denied.

Late Goal Saves Point For FCCUSL
McLaughlin scores in stoppage time for Cincinnati to seal draw in Harrisburg.

VIDEO: Ameobi balances soccer and studies with FC EdmontonFC Edmonton
Tomi Ameobi & other NASL Players talk about how they use their time away from the pitch to pursue higher education.

USL Match Preview – #OCvSAUSL
San Antonio FC will try to clinch a place in the 2017 USL Cup Playoffs when it completes its trip to Southern California on Wednesday night with a visit to Orange County SC, which itself is looking to get into the Western Conference playoff positions with a win at Champions Soccer Stadium at Orange County Great Park.

Chapman scores, but a pair of penalties doom TFC IIWaking the Red
USL match recap and highlights as the Young Reds drop a second straight on Saturday night, falling 2-1 to New York Red Bulls II at BMO Field.

Are the lower divisions playing a losing game?US Soccer Players
In North America, the only promotion from the lower divisions to MLS is economic. Teams from the NASL and USL chase that dream, needing acceptance as an expansion franchise and writing a significant check. In Mexico, winning promotion takes multiple years and occasionally ends up with the promoted team getting bought out by the relegated team.

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Christine Sinclair’s game-winner in Boston voted NWSL Goal of the WeekTimbers.com
Portland Thorns FC captain Christine Sinclair scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 road win at Boston Breakers on Sept. 10. Her goal was voted by fans as the NWSL Goal of the Week for Week 20.

VIDEO: “I’m not a racist” – England women’s boss SampsonBBC Sport
England women’s head coach Mark Sampson tells BBC sports editor Dan Roan that he is not a racist and does not have a problem with non-white players in his squad.

Division 1 Féminine week 2 round-up: Montpellier claim top spotVavel
Wins for Montpellier, Lyon and Paris FC kept the top three unchanged – though differently ordered as MHSC took pole position on goal difference – PSG and Soyaux able to advance up the table with wins and Bordeaux got off the mark with their first win of the season.

Reinvented: How a red-hot Alex Morgan is reclaiming her place in U.S. soccerFour Four Two
When Alex Morgan left for France this winter, she did so hoping her game would evolve. The subtext of that goal: The skills which led her to superstardom were no longer enough.

Whitney Church named NWSL Player of the WeekBlack & Red United
Spirit goalkeeper DiDi Haracic finished third after Washington’s 2-1 win over Sky Blue FC.

Matildas star Sam Kerr on how she learned from the problems of her brother, former AFL star DanielNews.com.au
Sam Kerr, the prodigy who would become the biggest name in Australian women’s football was once better known as the little sister of troubled AFL star Daniel Kerr.

Damallsvenskan week 15 round-up: Hammarby, LB07 and Kristianstad all back to winning waysVavel
Week 15 in Damallsvenskan saw an odd trend of the teams who played on the Saturday all winning by one goal and those who played on the Sunday forced to settle for a draw.

Liga Iberdrola week 2: Santa Teresa pick up point in ValenciaVavel
With two matches down, and 28 to go, only Barcelona, Athletic, Atletico and Espanyol can claim a 100% record following a match day with few surprises around Spain.

Seattle Reign FC to sell signed, match-worn jerseys to support hurricane relief effortsGoalWA
Seattle Reign FC today announced that it will sell seventeen team-signed jerseys worn in Reign FC’s September 3, 2017 match against the Houston Dash to raise funds for the Red Cross.

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UEFA Champions League Wednesday Preview: Tottenham faces Dortmund, Sevilla travels to Liverpool, and moreSBI
After an entertaining first day of action in the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League, Matchday No. 1 continues on Wednesday with 16 sides in action.

APOEL out to shock Real Madrid and Borussia DortmundSN
Placed in Group H alongside reigning champions Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur, APOEL Nicosia have been dealt the toughest draw in this year’s Champions League.

Top teams cruise on Champions League opening dayToronto Star
Powerhouses such as Bayern, Chelsea, PSG and Manchester United roll over international minnows as European play begins.

Messi leads way as Chelsea, Paris open in styleUEFA
Lionel Messi and Neymar may no longer be team-mates but both wasted no time in getting on the scoresheet as Barcelona, Paris, Bayern, Manchester United and Chelsea were among the opening winners.

Juventus fends off concern that it has taken a step backwardMetro
The humiliating 3-0 loss on the opening night of the Champions League on Tuesday meant that Juventus has already conceded the same number of goals it allowed in all of last season’s competition before it was beaten 4-1 by Real Madrid in the final.

Celtic charged by UEFA after fan attempts to kick MbappeSN
UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic after a fan invaded the field and tried to kick Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe in Tuesday’s Champions League match.

Hurricane Irma: Emile Heskey fears for relatives missing in BarbudaBBC
Former England footballer Emile Heskey has revealed some of his family have been missing since Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean.

Bayern Munich unrest after Lewandowski, Ribery and Mueller complainSoccer America
Those getting tired of Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga dominance — it has won the last five titles – have been treated to a good serving of schadenfreude: a 2-0 loss to Hoffenheim, criticism of the club by its leading scorer, Robert Lewandowski, complaints about the coach from fan favorite Thomas Mueller, and a tantrum from Franck Ribery.

Borussia Dortmund: a club whose plan is working almost too wellThe Guardian
The German side have worked hard to establish themselves as the best place in Europe for young, talented players but they had not planned to lose Ousmane Dembélé to Barcelona after only a year.

‘It’s time for change’: Boston attorney will challenge Sunil Gulati for U.S. Soccer presidencyWashington Post
For several months, Boston attorney Steve Gans has been on a listening tour of sorts in deciding whether to run for the U.S. Soccer Federation presidency. He attended youth soccer’s assembly in Dallas this summer, exchanged thoughts with former players and received feedback from those involved in the sport from the under-9 level to MLS.

Fifa’s Gianni Infantino accused of interfering with governance committee decisionsThe Guardian
Gianni Infantino attempted to interfere with an independent decision to bar Russia’s deputy prime minister from the Fifa council because he feared for his own survival as the president of world football, the ousted chair of the organisation’s governance committee has claimed.

Crystal Palace hires Roy Hodgson as manager after dumping Frank de BoerToronto Star
The club struggled mightily under de Boer and failed to score a single goal in four games. He only lasted 77 days.

Real Madrid extends Marcelo’s contract until 2022Metro
The 29-year-old Marcelo has been with the Spanish club since the 2006-07 season. He has won 17 titles with Madrid, including three Champions Leagues and four Spanish leagues.

Africa willing Aubameyang to successFIFA
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the only African player among the 24 nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2017.

Andre Villas-Boas: Shanghai SIPG coach says rivals ‘created car accidents’BBC Sport
Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas has accused rival club Guangzhou Evergrande of engineering car accidents as his team travelled to Tuesday’s Asian Champions League quarter-final.

Ticket sales for 2018 FIFA World Cup to start on 14 September 2017 FIFA
In addition to host country Russia; Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia have so far secured their spots at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. As of 14 September 2017 at 12:00 (Moscow time), fans all over the world will also be able to book their place as ticket sales for the tournament start exclusively on FIFA.com/tickets.

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