BC Soccer News, Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Whitecaps FC announce $1 million donation to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation Whitecaps FC
Funds donated by Whitecaps FC will be used to support initiatives that enhance the comfort and wellness of BC Children’s Hospital patients. This year, those funds will be used to purchase anesthesia monitors for the hospital. Each year, BC Children’s Hospital surgeons perform 9,000 procedures to treat children with heart defects, kidney disease, cancer, epilepsy and many other conditions. The anesthesia monitors play an important role in the care of these children by displaying vital information about their health, helping to ensure patients are kept as safe and comfortable as possible during surgery.

One year later, Kah still has a ‘very special’ relationship with Eva from PortlandWhitecaps FC
You won’t often find him in the background, letting the others do the talking. But that was the case on Tuesday, when Vancouver Whitecaps FC made a special visit to the BC Children’s Hospital.

Whitecaps’ losing streak a cause for concern24 Hours
That’s three straight losses and it has many questioning some of Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson’s lineups over that last week. A few things are evident: the ‘Caps are having issues, including scoring woes, injury concerns, and putting together a consistent lineup week in, week out.

Orlando City SC determined to feed off crowd in virtual must-win home match vs. Montreal ImpactMLS
Orlando City have bought into the win-or-bust concept heading into this Eastern Conference affair. The Lions know they have to begin to make up the point difference the Impact have on them in the standings, and anything less than a win against the sixth-placed club wiill not be enough, not with just three games left in the season for Orlando and Montreal holding a four-point cushion and two games in hand.

PRO Referee MLS assignments – Week 31PRO Referees
Sorin Stoica has been assigned to the match between San Jose Earthquakes and Whitecaps FC.

How does Sebastian Giovinco’s season compare to great seasons from across the globe?MLS
Toronto FC striker Sebastian Giovinco has already staked his claim to one of the best seasons in MLS history, becoming the first player to score 20 goals and assist on 15 others in a season.

Peter Vermes, Matt Besler focused on winning, not Sporting KC legacy ESPN FC
Matt Besler and Peter Vermes know the history of Sporting Kansas City through and through, but they won’t be focused on adding to its legacy when they play the Philadelphia Union in the US Open Cup final on Wednesday night, they’ll be solely focused on winning.

Sources: Philadelphia Union to hire Zambrano as team’s first ever Sporting DirectorEmpire of Soccer
Few people know the trajectory, history and intricacies of Major League Soccer quite like Octavio Zambrano. Now it looks like the Philadelphia Union may rely on that resume and experience to help right their flailing franchise.

Toronto FC can succeed alongside the Blue Jays, Raptors and LeafsWaking the Red
A sports town where hockey reigns supreme, Toronto is starting to see the emergence of soccer assimilate itself into the northern culture. However it will take time before it starts to make a a considerable impact alongside the city’s historic teams.

He’s Back: Petke returns to Red Bull Arena as “20 in 20” honoreeEmpire of Soccer
Apparently time does heal all wounds. The New York Red Bulls have announced Mike Petke will be on hand before this weekend’s Columbus Crew encounter as the team’s latest “20 in 20” honoree; a designation commemorating the top 20 players in club history as voted by fans.

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The Canada Soccer Western and Women’s Masters Concluded with Both BC Teams Taking GoldBCSA
On September 24-27 BC Soccer Assoc. hosted the Canada Soccer Western Masters and Woman’s Masters competitions at the newly renovated Empire Fields in Vancouver and both BC Teams came away with Gold.  Coquitlam Metro-Ford, representing BC in the Women’s Masters and Westside FC representing BC Soccer Assoc. in the Western Masters (men’s competition) both finished undefeated winning their respective competitions.

Mariners win with shutoutsNanaimo News Bulletin
The VIU Mariners totally shut down the competition and scored two more wins in PacWest play.

Week 3 – PacWest Soccer Athletes of the WeekPacWest
Langara College Falcons’ Kyle Kemp &  VIU Mariners’ Jillian Kelly are the PacWest Soccer Players of the week.

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Hoilett and Aird set to represent CanadaWaking the Red
His club career may have fallen off track in recent seasons but Junior Hoillet is still the kind of player that could have a lot to offer for the Canadian Men’s National Team.  For most fans of the team the idea of the QPR attacker ever actually representing Canada was something they had long given up on.

Canada M23 ready to face USA in ‎Olympic Qualifiers opener CSA
Canada’s Men’s U-23 Team embarks on their Olympic Qualifying journey on Thursday against one of the favourites of this year’s CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Olympic Qualification Could Put Canadian Soccer on the MapWaking The Red
The Canadian men’s U-23 kick off Olympic qualification on Thursday. With it comes an opportunity to take a significant step forward for the Canadian program.

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2015 NWSL Final A Step In The Right Direction For Women’s Soccer In The United Statesthe18.com
The 2015 NWSL Final, played in front of a sold-out crowd in Portland, will be the league’s biggest spectacle yet. While big names may grab the headlines, depth off the bench will be the real story.

Let It Reign: October 1 declared Seattle Reign FC Day in the state of Washington Medium.com
In just two short days, Reign FC will face FC Kansas City in the NWSL Championship Final. To help commemorate the occasion, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has declared October 1, the date of the NWSL Championship, Seattle Reign FC Day in the state of Washington. How cool is that?

Reign stayed the course in 2013, now reap rewardsThe Equalizer
There is a defining moment in the short history of Seattle Reign FC which is lost on even some of its most endearing fans. August 22, 2013 was the day. Reign FC owner Bill Predmore announced that Laura Harvey had been given a four-year extension as head coach of the club.

Seattle Reign: English coach Laura Harvey eyes NWSL titleBBC Sport
Laura Harvey is possibly best known in the UK for her time in charge of Arsenal Ladies, where she guided the club to three consecutive English league titles, one FA Cup and two Continental Cups.

Eight players from Iran’s female team ‘not fully women’ Al Arabiya
“[Eight players] have been playing with Iran’s female team without completing sex change operations,” Mojtabi Sharifi, an official close to the Iranian league. In 2014, it was reported by UK paper The Telegraph that four footballers from Iran’s national women’s team were men.

Karachi, United Roads and Kingdoms
The Karachi United women’s team, however, wasn’t formed until 2010. While the men play professionally, the women’s squad technically isn’t even registered. “We sent out a registration form to the PFF [Pakistan Football Federation, the national soccer association] last year and the year before. We never get confirmation. Just replies of ‘we haven’t received it yet,’” Mashal Hussain, the captain, told me over tea after training.

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK | Ottawa Forward Tom HeinemannNASL
League-leading Ottawa Fury FC is hitting top form as it enters the final stretch of the NASL Fall Season, and one of the many players helping the club inch closer to a postseason spot is Tom Heinemann. The 28-year-old forward scored three goals in Ottawa’s pair of road victories last week, and as a result of his performances, he has been named NASL Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.

Tight-Knit Eddies Head Towards Postseason Berth NASL
The Eddies made a number of offseason and midseason signings in 2015 to bolster their hopes of a spot in The Championship, the NASL’s four-team postseason tournament, picture this season, with players from around the globe arriving in Edmonton last February to join a solid core that just nearly missed out on the 2014 NASL postseason.

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Experienced El Salvador referee Joel Aguilar to officiate CONCACAF Cup between US & MexicoMLS
The man in the middle for the US national team’s looming showdown with Mexico has reportedly been decided.

Champions League: Team news ahead of Wednesday’s gamesUEFA
UEFA.com rounds up the likely lineups and formations for Wednesday night’s eight UEFA Champions League group stage games, including who is out and who is a doubt.

Why drop Cech? Where’s Arsenal’s ambition? The questions Gunners fans want answeringGoal
The Gunners were beaten 3-2 by Olympiacos in the Champions League on Tuesday night and fans of the club have a right to answers following another shocking loss.

Champions League: Why are English teams struggling?BBC Sport
Arsenal and Chelsea slipped to defeat on another night of Champions League embarrassment for the English elite – grim statistics lying around their feet like rubble, proof that the glory days are over.

Indonesian football in limbo as coaches, players and presidents wait ESPN FC
FIFA banned Indonesia on June 5 after the government’s sports ministry and local football association (PSSI) failed to resolve their dispute over who was in charge of running the game in Indonesia.

South Africa: FIFA – Jack Warner’s Life Ban Should Leave SA’s ‘Unnamed Co-Conspirators’ Sweating All Africa
On Tuesday, Jack Warner was banned from all footballing activities for life by Fifa’s ethics committee. He’s likely to be the first in a long list of culprits to be given the boot and this latest development should be making the South African co-conspirators nervous indeed.

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