BC Soccer News, Wednesday, September 18, 2019







Vancouver Whitecaps look to go ‘backs to the futureMontreal Gazette
Six minutes into last month’s game against the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium, Jake Nerwinski looked up and saw acres of open space in front of him. Three dribbles and one 20-yard banana blast later, you also saw a glimpse into the Vancouver Whitecaps’ future.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Houston Dynamo 1, September 14, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccerweb by Richard Howes.

Adnan named to MLS Team of the Week for the sixth timeWhitecaps FC
Ali Adnan was named to the MLS Team of the Week following his performance in the ‘Caps 2-1 victory over Houston Dynamo on Saturday, the league announced on Monday.

Hopes, Dreams, and Fears | Reactions to the Vancouver Whitecaps’ Latest Promise to SpendEighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps recently sent out a mailer to fans in which they promise that things will be better going forward. The document states “We have a new coach, a new vision, and money to spend.” These things have been promised in the past but things seem more serious this time.

A supporter’s lament for what could have beenAFTN
For some years now, I’ve considered writing for a site like AFTN. I retired last summer and so it seemed natural to take the plunge at the beginning of the 2019 season. After all, I’ve been a fan of the Whitecaps since the 1970’s and here was the opportune moment from my perspective.

Montreal Impact hope to snap Toronto FC’s Canadian Championship runTSN
The Montreal Impact’s Major League Soccer playoff hopes are fading, but they still have a championship to play for this month.

Greg Vanney: Canadian Championship more special than U.S. Open CupMLS
For Canadian soccer fans, the the Canadian Championship is one of the highlights of the calendar. This year’s edition, the 12th, was particularly momentous with the new Canadian Premier League expanding the pool.

Shamit Shome: The Montreal Impact’s renaissance manCBC
‘It’s pretty hectic’: Engineering student mixes pro soccer with full course load.

Seattle Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas | 2019 MLS Match PreviewMLS
The Seattle Sounders look to hold on to second place in the Western Conference and build off an impressive win over the New York Red Bulls, while FC Dallas hope to climb above the playoff line and bounce back from 4-0 defeat at Chicago in an important midweek clash at CenturyLink Field.

Portland Timbers finally getting players back from injuryOregon Live
The Portland Timbers were forced to play with a short bench in each of the last two games due to injuries and absences, but the club is finally getting players back and should have a full game day roster for Wednesday’s match against the New York Red Bulls.

Former MLS boss Jesse Marsch makes history on Champions League debutMLS
For the very first time, an American manager took the sidelines for a Champions League group stage game. For the very first time, an American manager emerged victorious in a Champions League group stage.

MLS to hydrate with BodyArmor from 2020 season Inside World Football
Major League Soccer has signed a multi-year partnership with BodyArmor making the brand the league’s official sports drink partner in the US, starting with the 2020 season.




SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019, 12:30 PM PT



‘Always a ball within reach’: For Pacific’s Hojabrpour, soccer a family affair (Part 1)CanPL
Ask Pacific FC’s Alessandro Hojabrpour to recall the various household casualties from years of playing soccer around the house, and he will easily reel off a long list.

CW Stars: Spartans sweep top spotsCanada West
A pair of Trinity Western Spartans have taken home Canada West First Star honours for the week ending September 15.

Chilliwack’s Katie Lampen has early impact with UFV women’s soccer squadChilliwack Progress
An injury thrust the Sardis grad into a prominent role as a freshman, and she’s taking advantage.

The Heat goes on; UBCO unbeaten in 6 gamesDaily Courier
Spencer Young and Pierson Stanley provided the goals, and Nicholas Reitsma the goaltending, as the UBC Okanagan Heat defended their home turf with two wins this weekend.

Big O’s big efforts in big UNBC win over MRU rewarded with conference honourPrince George Matters
One player stood above the rest Friday night (Sept. 13) on the Prince George pitch.

Whitecaps Academy Report: U-17s and U-15s begin DA seasonWhitecaps FC
This past weekend, both the Whitecaps FC U-17 and U-15 Academy boys kicked off their 2019-2020 Development Academy seasons in Colorado.

Powell River Villa opens season with tie at homePowell River Peak
Villa Soccer Club opened the 2019/2020 season with a 1-1 tie against Juan de Fuca All Flows in a match held Saturday, September 14, at Timberlane Park.

UCLA mom charged with paying $400K to get son admitted as fake soccer recruitUSA Today
A mother from Surrey, BC was arrested Monday night in Spain and indicted in the U.S. for paying $400,000 to get her son admitted into the University of California-Los Angles as a fake soccer recruit.

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.

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Montréal hosts opening leg of 2019 Canadian Championship FinalCSA
Seven-time Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC try to make it four in a row against three-time champions Montréal Impact as they kick off Canada Soccer’s 2019 Canadian Championship Final. The opening leg kicks off Wednesday 18 September at 7:30 p.m. ET, 4:30 p.m. PT LIVE on OneSoccer.ca from Stade Saputo in Montréal, QC.

PREVIEW: HFX Wanderers FC vs. Forge FC – Match #76CanPL
Forge FC and HFX Wanderers will tangle for the second time in four days Wednesday when they complete a Fall season home-and-home series at Wanderers Grounds in Halifax.

Forge FC forward Kadell Thomas recovering from nasty collision in CPL gameDelta Optimist
Forge FC forward Kadell Thomas is recovering from oral surgery after a nasty collision in Sunday’s 2-2 CPL tie with HFX Wanderers FC.

London Put One Foot Into 2019 Final, Blue Devils And Masters Hit StalemateLeague1 Ontario
FC London absolutely decimated Alliance United, while Masters FA and Oakville Blue Devils ground out a tense but scoreless draw, in the first leg matches of the 2019 League1 Ontario Men’s Championship Semi-Finals on Saturday evening.

National champion Cape Breton Capers women’s soccer team gets hall of fame nod Cape Breton Post
It was a cool Remembrance Day afternoon in 2007 and a day Cape Breton Capers soccer fans will never forget.

Second World War veteran Walt LeMessurier of Corner Brook remembered as a ‘super good guy’The Western Star
A top goal keeper in 1951 and 1952, and a top goal scorer in 1953, LeMessurier was elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Hall of Fame in 1983.

Former Canadian international, MLS star in St. John’s for masters championshipThe Telegram
Dwayne De Rosario with defending Eastern Canadian champs, who face one of two N.L. entries at KGV this afternoon.


Fury FC needs to rediscover winning formula to sustain playoff hopesVancouver Sun
One sideline observer at TD Place stadium lamented Tuesday that it would nice if just one of the tenants could win a game.

USL Championship Gameday Report: September 17, Week 29USL
A 93rd-minute own goal from Akeem Ward gave Nashville SC a dramatic 1-0 victory over playoff hopeful Birmingham Legion FC on Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park, moving the hosts into third place in the Eastern Conference standings and within two points of the top spot. Meanwhile in the Western Conference, Real Monarchs SLC defeated the nine-men Tacoma Defiance at Cheney Stadium to move up to fifth place and level on points with fourth-place Sacramento Republic FC.


Alex Morgan to miss remainder of NWSL season with knee injuryThe Equalizer
Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan will miss the remainder of the National Women’s Soccer League season due to a patella stress reaction in her right knee, the team announced on Monday. The injury occurred while Morgan was with the U.S. women’s national team.

With playoff spot on the line, Utah Royals FC readies for showdown with Reign FC; could be without Christen Press, Vero BoqueteDeseret News
There’s not much sugarcoating it: Utah Royals FC’s Wednesday night game on the road against Washington-based Reign FC is absolutely massive, and URFC could be in rough shape come first kick.

Analysis: Royals FC might need to win all remaining games to stay in playoff pictureSalt Lake Tribune
The National Women’s Soccer League season is coming to a close. The race for a playoff spot couldn’t be hotter, and that’s especially true for the Utah Royals FC.

NC Courage win fifth straight, clinch playoff berth with 1-0 win over HoustonWRAL
Heading into last month’s Women’s ICC tournament, the North Carolina Courage had lost two of its previous four NWSL matches, looking uncharacteristically out-of-sync in the process. The capper was a 2-1 loss at Portland that saw the Courage surrender two second-half own goals to cede away a result.

Lynn Williams Named NWSL Player of the WeekNC Courage
Lynn Williams of North Carolina Courage has been voted NWSL Player of the Week for Week 22 of the 2019 season by the NWSL Media Association. The team had a total of 12 goals scored this week, with four of those being scored by the attacker.

England women to face Portugal in international friendlyBBC Sport
England have announced they will travel to Portugal for a friendly on Tuesday 8 October, three days after facing Brazil at Middlesbrough.

Rangers further invest in their women’s team by sanctioning move to semi-professional statusHerald Scotland
Led by former Gers defender Gregory Vignal, the women’s team have been making strides in the Scottish Women’s Professional League in recent years.


UEFA Champions League Wednesday preview: Man City, Spurs debutNBC Sports
Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur begin their UEFA Champions League campaigns on very different results and with very different vibes.

First Real test for PSGLigue 1
PSG must find a way forward without Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar as Real Madrid come calling for their UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 clash at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night.

Erling Braut Haaland, the Norwegian ‘beast’ ripping up the record booksThe Guardian
The 19-year-old son of Alfie Håland scored a hat-trick on his Champions League debut on Tuesday and has 17 goals in nine games for Red Bull Salzburg this season.

Champions League wrap: Ajax, RB Leipzig, Salzburg win; Barca heldNBC Sports
While Liverpool and Chelsea lost in shutout fashion, only three other teams saw zeroes next to their names after 90 minutes of UEFA Champions League play on Tuesday.

Liverpool CEO Peter Moore stays with fan ‘ambushed’ before Napoli gameBBC Sport
Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore has stayed in hospital with a fan who was “ambushed” in a bar in Naples before the Reds’ Champions League loss to Napoli on Tuesday.

The qualification process for the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) hosted in Cameroon will resume on Friday, 20 September 2019.

ACL: Holders out as Asian quartet throughFIFA
The door slammed shut on the 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-final stage with Al Sadd, Al Hilal, Guangzhou Evergrande and Urawa Red Diamonds through to reach the last four.

Uncertainty over South Korea’s World Cup visit to PyongyangYahoo Sports
South Korea’s soccer association is unsure whether its World Cup qualifier against North Korea next month will take place in Pyongyang or on a neutral ground.

Grotesque tragedy unlikely to shame Fifa into action over Iran’s ban on female fansThe Guardian
The grim tragedy of Sahar Khodayari once again forces Fifa to pick the most expedient version of itself. Is it an organisation that can change the world, as it frequently insists to us, or is it simply a sporting governing body, as it prefers to claim at other times?

Message to fans from Serie A: Don’t throw plastic bottles, hurling racist abuse is OKInside World Football
Cagliari won’t be punished for the racist abused by its fans aimed at Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku during the club’s Serie A match in September, but it will have to pay a €5,000 fine for fans throwing plastic bottles on to the pitch at Parma on Sunday.

‘Racism rot is deep’ in Italian football, says anti-discriminatory body Fare BBC Sport
Italian football authorities and their disciplinary systems to combat racism are “not fit for purpose”, says the chief of anti-discriminatory body Fare.

Fernando Ricksen, former Netherlands and Rangers footballer, dies aged 43 The Guardian
The former Rangers and Netherlands player Fernando Ricksen has died at the age of 43, six years after revealing that he had motor neurone disease.

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