BC Soccer News, Wednesday, September 7, 2016





Nothing but nyet for Whitecaps’ Erik Hurtado, who deserves some compassionVancouver Sun
It was not an easy game on emotions. There was frustration, then anger, laughter and, eventually, sadness. And that was just for those people watching Erik Hurtado play.

Hurtado faces the music, vows to ‘move forward’ after tough weekend Whitecaps FC
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Cliché? Sure. But it’s a cliché that Erik Hurtado is trying to live by after Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s 1-0 loss to New York Red Bulls this past weekend. The 25-year-old striker was one of Vancouver’s most dangerous players against New York. He put himself in some great positions, wreaked havoc on the Red Bulls back line, and had a game-high seven shots.
Don’t fire Whitecaps coach – fire the players24 Hours
To say things haven’t gone well for Vancouver Whitecaps FC is a bit of an understatement. The ‘Caps have just one win over their last 11 Major League Soccer matches and are winless in eight. In their last seven games, they have scored just one goal.

Bolaños bags brace for Costa Rica in 3-1 win over PanamaWhitecaps FC
David Edgar wasn’t the only Vancouver Whitecaps FC player who scored for his country on Tuesday night. Over in San Jose, Costa Rica, Christian Bolaños scored a pair of goals as Costa Rica put an exclamation mark on their World Cup Qualifying round with a 3-1 win over Panama.

Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Teams 2016: New York, Orlando Thrive In First SeasonsForbes
“If MLS was a publicly traded company, now would be a really good time to buy.” That’s the bullish take MLS commissioner Don Garber offers when we recently speak about the league he’s been leading for the last two decades. And we’re on the subject of investment because there is a host of prospective buyers who agree with his opinion, and they’re lining up around the block to get a piece of the next and, according to Garber, potentially final round of MLS expansion.

MLS Week 27 Preview: Atlantic Cup, more Empire of Soccer
Welcome to the stretch run! With international duty out of the way, MLS teams are focusing on their playoff positions, hoping to jostle their way into a postseason spot. Here is a rundown of this week’s encounters:

MLS announces Dec. 10 MLS Cup, full postseason schedule SBI
For the first time in the league’s 21-year history, the MLS Cup will take on primetime Saturday night. MLS announced on Tuesday that the 2016 MLS Cup will be televised on FOX broadcast network, UniMás, TSN and RDS on Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. For the first time since 2008, the MLS Cup will air live on English-language network TV. The match will also represent the first MLS Cup televised by Fox.

Crew: Jahn makes strong bid for starting spotColumbus Dispatch
Adam Jahn has been the biggest player on the Crew SC roster since he joined the team five weeks ago. The forward’s presence is looming even larger in the stretch run.

Kaká, Drogba set to clash in key match at Saputo Stadium Montreal Gazette
Kaká could buy more than 3.5 million of those hotdogs with the money Orlando City SC is paying the Brazilian midfielder this season. The 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year will have total earnings of US$7,167,500 this year, a Major League Soccer record according to figures released in May by the league’s players’ union.

Red Bulls, NYCFC face dog fight for Eastern Conference crownEmpire of Soccer
If you thought the Hudson River Derby was behind us, think again. The Red Bulls (12-9-7, 43 pts.) and New York City FC (12-8-8, 44 pts.) are both vying for the Eastern Conference crown, with City currently edging their Harrison rivals by a single point. Each team has an equal amount of matches to end the year (6), meaning the competition between these franchises will only grow.

Dynamo, RSL sign Kevin Garcia, Ricardo Velazco from USL affiliatesMLS
The Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake announced on Tuesday that they have signed players from their USL affiliates. The Dynamo agreed to terms with Rio Grande Valley FC defender Kevin Garcia, and Real Salt Lake added homegrown forward Ricardo Velazco from Real Monarchs.

MLS PHOTOS: Whitecaps FC 0, New York Red Bulls 1, September 3, 2016BC Soccer Web
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UBC drops to second in weekly CIS women’s soccer rankings UBC
A weekend scoreless tie versus UVic knocked the UBC Thunderbirds from the top spot in the CIS weekly rankings.  UBC picked up 52 points in the voting to finish just behind the Laval Rouge et Or. The Thunderbirds can try to regain their top spot when they open the home portion of their season Friday and Saturday versus Mount Royal and MacEwan respectively.

Corneil named Canada West third star of the week UFV
Tristan Corneil of the University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team has been named the Canada West female third star of the week.

UBC poised for offensive break through in home openers at Thunderbird Stadium UBC
UBC opens the home portion of their 2016 schedule this Friday and Saturday with games versus the Mount Royal Cougars and the MacEwan Griffins respectively.

Two tough foes from the Fraser Valley up next for the ThunderbirdsUBC
After taking care of UNBC in a weekend double header at Thunderbird Stadium, UBC will face a stiff test from two Fraser Valley foes this Friday and Saturday.

Canada West to livestream over 100 Soccer matches in 2016-17Canada West
With the 2016-17 Canada West regular season set to open later this week, Canada West is proud to launch passes for Canadawest.tv – the official streaming home of the conference.

BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in ReviewBCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review.  The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach MandateBCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.

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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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PHOTOS: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Canada 3 El Salvador 1, September 6, 2016BC Soccer Web
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Canada hits three against El Salvador but World Cup qualifying campaign is overGoal
Canada ends its World Cup qualifying campaign with a 3-1 win but its inability to score enough goals throughout the campaign proved costly.

Three-goal effort leaves Canada in third place at end of Road to RussiaCSA
A three-goal effort was not enough after Canada finished in third place in CONCACAF Group A of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers. Canada won 3:1 over El Salvador, but were eliminated after Honduras drew 0:0 away against Mexico in the other group match on the final night of the semi-final round.

World Cup dreams die hard for Canada stalwarts Hutchinson, de GuzmanMLS
It was a bitter ending to the qualifying cycle, particularly for midfielder Atiba Hutchinson, who wore the captain’s armband on Tuesday. The 33-year-old, who has made 77 appearances for Canada, broke down into tears when asked after the game about his national-team future.

The long national men’s soccer nightmare may never endToronto Star
Now, I’m not an expert but not being able to even get to the tournament that determines who gets to the tournament – again! – would lead me to believe there are serious issues with our senior men’s team and its continued failure to even sniff a spot in the World Cup.

How to deal with another Canadian World Cup disappointmentthe11.ca
So, we’ve hit that once-every-four-year point in our lives. Canada has once again been eliminated from World Cup qualifiers. I’ve been through a lot of them. It doesn’t get any easier with experience, let me tell you.

Salvadoran soccer team ‘brave’ for exposing bribe attempt before Vancouver gameMetro
Fans of Canada’s soccer team usually applaud for their home team, and Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier game in Vancouver against El Salvador is no different. But the Central American team has also earned praise after its players came forward with accusations and an audio recording of a businessman attempting to bribe them not to badly lose the match.

Laval, York top soccer rankings SIRC
The Laval Rouge et Or (women) and reigning champion York Lions (men) top the CIS soccer national rankings in the second coaches’ poll of the season.

Canada’s Paralympians aim to win, promote inclusivenessCBC
As Canada’s 162 Paralympians march into Rio’s Maracana Stadium Wednesday for the opening ceremony, they know interest in the competition and their events will inspire millions of Canadians.

Guelph Soccer welcomes new technical directorGuelph Today
Guelph Soccer is excited to announce the newest addition to our team. We would like to formally welcome our new Technical Director, David Shankland.

Soccer medals at provincialsSt.Albert Gazette
St. Albert Impact women win Tier I gold and Mavericks 09 of the St. Albert Women’s Soccer League awarded Tier III silver in Monday’s provincial finals.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2016, 2:00 PM


NASL Statement On August 28 Match In Edmonton NASL
Following a claim that a racist comment was made by one player to another player in a match between Puerto Rico FC and FC Edmonton on August 28, the NASL immediately opened a formal investigation, at the request of Puerto Rico FC, that included one-on-one interviews with players from both clubs, as well as the center referee.

NASL says it can’t find proof that a racial slur was made in FCE/PRFC match the11.ca
The NASL has concluded its investigation into Puerto Rico FC midfielder Chris Nurse’s claim that FC Edmonton’s Nico Di Biase uttered a racial slur in Spanish during an Aug. 28 game at Clarke Field.

USL Preview: FC Montreal vs. Charleston BatteryUSL
FC Montreal plays host to the Charleston Battery on Wednesday afternoon at the Complexe Sportif Claude Robillard with the Battery aiming to rebound from a defeat in their last outing and push up the Eastern Conference standings with a victory. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET.

USL Rewind: Sacramento is first Western team to clinchSoccer America
Backed by a sellout crowd at Bonney Field, Sacramento Republic FC shook off the shock of conceding a goal in first-half stoppage time to beat Orange County Blues FC, 2-1, and nail down a playoff spot.

INTERNATIONAL ROUNDUP | 10 NASL Players Return From World Cup, Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers NASL
NASL players swapped their club colors for those of their national teams for FIFA World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. FC Edmonton’s Nik Ledgerwood scored for Canada, while Jacksonville Armada FC’s Kevan George moved on to the next round of CONCACAF qualifying with Trinidad & Tobago.

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Barcelona want to create women’s team to play in NWSL ESPN W.
Barcelona are looking to create a women’s team in the United States as part of the club’s plans to boost their profile in the country. The Blaugrana opened an office in New York on Tuesday, and the next phase of their move to the States is to partner with new sponsors and start projects which will help them grow in the American market.

Ellis: Solo’s ban result of ‘sum’ of off-field distractionsEqualizer
U.S. women’s national team coach Jill Ellis spoke publicly for the first time on the suspension of goalkeeper Hope Solo, saying Solo’s continued misdoings forced U.S. Soccer to take action.

Road to WU19 EURO in Northern Ireland beginsUEFA
The UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship kicks off in Slovenia on Thursday with 44 of the 48 entrants starting their bids to reach Northern Ireland over the next two months.

Kealia Ohai; NWSL PLayer of the Week MLS Multiplex
Houston Dash forward and team captain Kealia Ohai has been the hottest scorer in the NWSL over the last month of the season. In her last two games she has tallied 4 goals earning her the National Women’s Soccer League Player of the Week honors.

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If English football is short of coaches, why are badges cheaper in Germany? The Guardian
Every time England fail at a tournament we hear that grassroots football needs more investment. Reducing the cost of coaching badges would be a good start.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Honduras reaches Hex, Ruiz scores five and moreSBI
The fourth round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying concluded on Tuesday night, and the stage is now set for the Hexagonal phase beginning in November.

CONMEBOL WCQ Rewind: Brazil impresses, Uruguay goes top, and moreSBI
Tuesday provided another drama-filled evening in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying. The eighth round was highlighted by Brazil, who won for the second time in as many games under new coach Tite. The Selecao won, 2-1, over Colombia thanks to Neymar’s strike in the 74th minute, following up on its huge 3-0 win in Ecuador last Thursday.

EURO finalists disappoint as Belgium and Greece dominateFIFA
On Tuesday evening, several of the final ten matches in the first round of European qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – including the abandoned game between Albania and FYR Macedonia – kept fans on the edge of their seats well into stoppage time. While traditional outsiders such as Belarus, Luxembourg and Andorra gave a particularly good account of themselves against more established teams, UEFA EURO 2016 finalists Portugal and France made a disappointing start on the road to Russia.

French Bleus held to goalless draw by Belarus in World Cup qualifier France 24
France got their World Cup qualifying campaign off to a poor start as they were held to a goalless draw in Belarus in Group A on Tuesday.

Thomas Muller answers critics with two goals vs. Norway to end droughtESPN FC
“It’s good for me, people will leave me alone now,” a beaming Thomas Muller said in Oslo as Germany began their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign on Sunday night.

Your guide to the Manchester derby: What’s hype and what’s the reality?ESPN FC
The media have been so mesmerized by the much-anticipated showdown between the two biggest managerial behemoths the world has ever known that you half-expect Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola to come out of the tunnel and step into the Old Trafford Octagon wearing only skintight Speedos, open-fingered gloves and thermoplastic mouth guards.

‘Welcome to Manchester!’ – Ibrahimovic delivers pre-derby message to BravoGoal
The Swede has stoked the fire ahead of Saturday’s derby affair at Old Trafford by sending a little present to Manchester City’s new arrival.

Spanish league could postpone games because of heat waveYahoo Sports
Spanish league soccer games could be postponed this weekend because of a heat wave. League president Javier Tebas says some games may not be played if temperatures are too high and players’ health is at risk.

Can Europe’s other leagues survive the Premier League’s generosity? Soccer America
Recent fears about the huge sums of money heading toward England’s Premier League shifting soccer’s landscape are becoming realized, as it monetizes its enormous popularity at the expense of talent and balance in Europe’s other top leagues, even as these riches are being shared elsewhere.

Greek league on hold as clubs refuse to play Olympiacos; Marinakis faces remand callsInside World Football
Only a week before UEFA’s most senior officials decamp to Athens for their presidential elections, the owner of Greece’s most successful club reportedly faces a battle to avoid custody over match fixing allegations.

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