VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
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2017 MLS WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL, 2ND LEG (2-0 agg.)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017
CENTURYLINK FIELD, SEATTLE, WA.
Seattle 2 Vancouver 0: Clint Dempsey and the Sounders too much for Whitecaps in semifinal – The Province
Prior to the deciding game of their playoff series with the Seattle Sounders, Carl Robinson tried every conceivable ploy —and a few that were inconceivable — to give the Vancouver Whitecaps a psychological edge.
Pair of Deuces condemns Whitecaps to more playoff disappointment – AFTN
Vancouver went down to a 2-0 defeat in Seattle on Thursday evening. Two goals down both on the night and on aggregate, as Seattle simply outclassed an uninspired Vancouver side that got what they deserved – their season to end.
Whitecaps FC season comes to an end against defending champions Sounders FC – Whitecaps FC
The season came to a close for Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Thursday evening, as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC.
Dempsey brace lifts Sounders past Whitecaps, on to West Finals – Prost Amerika
The Seattle Sounders punched their ticket to the Western Conference Championships for the second straight year by knocking off the Vancouver Whitecaps by a 2-0 scoreline at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night. Clint Dempsey scored both goals for Seattle in the second half while the Whitecaps struggled to break down a stout Seattle defense and only registered a single shot on target across the entire tie.
No excuses for Robinson, ‘Caps after disappointment: “The better team won” – MLS
The 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs started off with a bang for Vancouver Whitecaps FC but on Thursday they ended with a whimper at CenturyLink Field.
One shot on target over two playoff legs: An embarrassment for the Whitecaps – the11.ca
I wonder what was going through Stefan Frei’s mind over the two legs of the Seattle Sounders Western Conference playoff triumph over the Vancouver Whitecaps. After all, the Sounders goalie had a lot of time to think and walk around and ponder his existence.
Vancouver Whitecaps lose: But look at the cute moose! – Soccer Shorts
What’s left to say? If you don’t try to win games you won’t win games? If you don’t think a Cascadian derby playoff series is reason to get your team fired up to score then what is?
One year after a miracle, the Sounders complete transformation to firm favorites – Four Four Two
Last year brought a euphoric, improbable MLS Cup run. Now Seattle is finally embracing the hunter’s role.
RSL: Real Salt Lake exercises purchase option on Jefferson Savarino – MLS Multiplex
Real Salt Lake has officially purchased the promising winger from Venezuela on a permanent deal.
Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo | 2017 Conference Semifinal Preview – MLS
It may be a matter of the team doing the most with the least in the decisive second leg of the Western Conference Semifinal series between the Portland Timbers and Houston Dynamo on Sunday. The teams, knotted at 0-0 in the series after the first leg in Houston, now head to Portland with a spot in the Western Conference Championship on the line.
MLS Playoff Preview: NYCFC vs. Columbus Crew – SBI
There’s still 90 minutes of soccer to be played in the Bronx, but NYCFC faces what is, at best an uphill climb, and, at worst, an absolute impossible task against the Columbus Crew.
Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls | 2017 Conference Semifinals Preview – MLS
Toronto FC are half a step closer to MLS’ first domestic treble – maybe three-quarters of a step, given the advantages the Reds hold over the New York Red Bulls going into Sunday’s second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
TFC’s Nico Hasler itching for first playoff appearance – Toronto Star
Nico Hasler’s first impression of the Major League Soccer playoffs came from the highlight reel.
2017 International Call-Ups: MLS players on national team duty – MLS
Complete list of MLS players called up to national squads in November.
Rafa Benitez identifies Miguel Almiron to replace Ayoze Perez – Report – The Mag
A regular for Paraguay, Miguel Almiron first came to notice playing for Cerro Porteno in his home country, before moving to a higher standard of football in Argentina with Lanus. However, since moving to Atlanta United in February this year, three days after turning 23, his career has really taken off.
Tata Martino reportedly turns down USMNT job – Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino has reportedly turned down interest by the US Soccer Federation in making the Argentine the next manager of the United States Men’s National Team, according to César Luis Merlo of Argentinian outlet TyC Sports.
Ford family joins Detroit’s MLS bid, offers Ford Field as venue – Detroit Free Press
The Ford family is adding its weight behind Detroit’s bid to land a Major League Soccer franchise.
TV: Viewerships for MLS playoffs on ESPN networks up 80 percent – Soccer America
There are two sides to MLS’s move to play more playoff games on weeknights. While attendance is down, viewership on ESPN is up significantly.
Puerto Rico MNT hope Orlando friendly amplifies calls for hurricane relief – MLS
Death, destruction and ongoing devastation are not the usual backdrop to a soccer game. But Orlando City SC’s specially-arranged friendly with the Puerto Rico national team on Saturday is no usual game. Just to start with, it will the final appearance in purple of Lions captain and three-year face of the franchise Kaká, who will be moving on to new ventures in 2018.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Kardiac Kids? Mosher’s baby soccer ‘Birds leave nest in time to host Canada West Final 4 – Varsity Letters
It seems fitting that if you had to pick one all-telling moment over the course of the regular season which best spoke to the identity of the 2017 UBC Thunderbirds men’s soccer team, it would involve one of the team’s gaggle of young players.
TRU WolfPack must get past UBC T-Birds to reach Canada West final – Kamloops This Week
The UBC Thunderbirds have been here before, a perennial Canada West soccer power that is no stranger to winning U Sports championships. They have won 13 national titles. UBC is the favourite heading into the conference semifinal, playing at home on Friday in Vancouver against a TRU WolfPack team that has never made it this far before.
UVic women’s soccer squad set for semifinal – Times Colonist
They are one win away from a berth to the U Sports national championship, a position some outsiders felt the UVic Vikes women’s soccer team would never be in at the Canada West regular season’s end.
WSOC: Vikes earn conference leading six honourees, also claim Fair Play Award – UVic
Six different members of the UVic Vikes women’s soccer team were named to All-Conference teams as the squad cleaned up in the annual Awards and All-Star team announcements after their outstanding 2017-18 regular season.
MSOC: Koch named First Team All-Star, Vikes pick up Fair Play Award – UVic
Third-year Vike Isaac Koch was named a Canada West First Team All-Star for his outstanding play throughout the 2017-18 season.
Cascades’ Pedersen a conference all-star, Dadrao named all-rookie – UFV
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer program had two athletes honoured on Wednesday as Canada West announced its award-winners – one at the end of her career, the other just getting started.
KASHIMA, TIDDER, GARTKE EARN ALL-STAR HONOURS, HARVEY ALL-ROOKIE TEAM – TWU
Trinity Western’s Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.) was named a Canada West First Team All-Star, while Brooklyn Tidder (White Rock, B.C.) and Amy Gartke (Edmonton) were both named Second Team All-Stars and Kathryn Harvey (Coquitlam, B.C.) was named to the Canada West All-Rookie Team.
North Delta grad honoured by Alberta university for athletic success – Peace Arch News
Brittany Costa is MacEwan University’s star of the week for her soccer success this season.
All-Star recognition for two UNBC soccer players – My Prince George Now
For the first time, the UNBC Timberwolves have two athletes named to the Canada West Conference Second All-Star team in men’s soccer.
Snow forces men’s soccer home game vs WWU to be postponed – SFU
With snow falling on Burnaby Mountain and snow covering Terry Fox Field, the Simon Fraser University men’s soccer game against Western Washington University originally scheduled for Thursday has been postponed.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC 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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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!
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
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 Syndication – BC Soccer Web
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
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.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
CANADA vs. UNITED STATES
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017, 7:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
Herdman announces Canadian lineup for U.S. game at B.C. Place Stadium – The Province
Christine Sinclair is slated to suit up for the Canadian women’s soccer team for the 260th time when her squad hosts the Americans next Thursday at B.C. Place, while Julia Grosso could get her first cap.
Three Whitecaps FC teens called up to Canada for November 9 match at BC Place – Whitecaps FC
The three players called in are 17-year-old midfielder Julia Grosso (Vancouver, BC), and 16-year-old strikers Jordyn Huitema (Chilliwack, BC) and newcomer Jayde Riviere (Markham, Ontario). All three players are part of the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Regional EXCEL Super Centre in partnership with BC Soccer, a Canada Soccer licensed program that is part of the EXCEL pathway.
Canada Soccer’s John Herdman awarded Jack Donohue “Coach of the Year” Award – CSA
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach and Women’s Program Director John Herdman has been awarded the prestigious Jack Donohue “Coach of the Year” Award from the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC).
Golden Bears striker back on the pitch for another run at National Championship – Edmonton Sun
Nikko Cuglietta was forced to watch the national championship online last fall because he sustained a knee injury earlier in the year and was waiting for surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Bobcats claim second straight soccer title – Westman Journal
The Brandon University Bobcats women’s soccer squad overcame more than a fourth-place positioning and poor weather conditions to win the 2017 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference championship on Sunday.
Two Stinger Soccer Players Earn RSEQ Honours – The Link
Oliviers Georges and Chama Sedki Named Second-Team All-Stars.
Goalkeeper Emily Burns always gives MacEwan Griffins a chance – Edmonton Sun
MacEwan University Griffins goalkeeper Emily Burns was nicknamed ‘Gamer’ by her head coach Dean Cordeiro and the moniker holds true.
York Men’s soccer team advances to semi-final; women lose in penalties – Excalibur
The Lions men’s soccer team knew they had a tall task at hand in their OUA quarter-final matchup this past weekend, as they were facing a Western Mustangs team they were unable to beat during the regular season.
CSMRO and Frederico Moojen Part Ways – The Link
After three years with the Club de Soccer Mont-Royal Outremont Griffons, Frederico Moojen is moving on. The Brazil native signed with Club de Soccer de Longueuil in October, and will remain in the Première ligue de soccer du Québec.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Four NASL Clubs Begin Quest For Soccer Bowl Trophy In The Championship Semifinals On Sunday Night – NASL
NASL action will resume on Sunday night with a pair of exciting semifinal tilts that will be nationally-televised on beIN SPORTS.
Preview: NASL Championship Semifinal – Empire of Soccer
Sunday brings the semifinal round of this year’s North American Soccer League postseason with games on both coasts. The odds are on a new team taking home the title as three of the four teams competing in The Championship, the league’s two-round postseason tournament, are doing so for the first time.
San Francisco Deltas soccer team could win a championship, fold soon after – SF Gate
Few San Franciscans know the city may soon have another championship to celebrate. The San Francisco Deltas, a first-year pro soccer team, have put together a remarkable season to make the playoffs. In two weeks, the team could be crowned champions. And then they could fold.
USL goes English, trademarks “Championship,” “League One,” and more – Soccer n’ Sweet Tea
Filed on October 27th, the league’s office applied for four trademarks (that we’ve found so far), trademarks we can only assume they’ll use in the near future…USL Championship, USL League One, USL League Two, and USL Youth.
Commissioners to consider new Memorial Stadium proposal – Charlotte Post
Memorial Stadium is back on the table for the Charlotte Independence.
Are the Cosmos and NASL On the Receiving End of a WWE Style Heel Turn? – Elite Sports NY
With the New York Cosmos organization still in limbo, we ponder if they and the NASL landed on the wrong end of a WWE played out script.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
W-League wrap: Victory edged in Derby – Melbourne Victory
A brave Melbourne Victory was edged 1-0 by City in their Westfield W-League Derby clash at AAMI Park on Friday.
Everton women’s claim back-to-back FA Women’s Super League win – Liverpool Echo
Everton secured back-to-back FA Women’s Super League Continental Tyres Cup wins with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Birmingham City on Thursday night.
Arsenal Women set to appoint Joe Montemurro as manager – BBC Sport
Arsenal Women are set to appoint Australian coach Joe Montemurro as their new manager, following the departure of Pedro Martinez Losa.
Who are England’s Lionesses? Profile of England’s Women’s Football team – Football League Paper
Undoubtedly the English Lionesses provide a stellar example for all young girls aspiring to play women’s football; showing just what’s possible with dedication and hard work, and demonstrating that it’s possible to win money playing your favourite sport. But what do you really know about the famed English Lionesses? Here’s a look at these interesting female football players.
Donaldson delight at Scottish Building Society SWPL award – Scottish WPL
The first ever winner of the Scottish Building Society SWPL Player of the Month has been announced as Rachel Donaldson of Stirling University. She won the September award through a public vote after being nominated by managers in the SWPL 1 & 2 divisions.
Waves have a problem but a good one ahead of Aviva date – Irish WNL
UCD Waves manager Noel Kealy has admitted he is facing a problem, but a good one ahead of the Continental Tyres FAI Women’s Cup Final.
Galway WFC defender Chloe Singleton named Player of the Month – Irish WNL
Galway WFC defender Chloe Singleton has been crowned the Continental Tyres Women’s National League Player of the Month for September.
Sierra Leone crisis forces women’s teams to be pulled from WC qualifying as cash frozen – Inside World Football
Sierra Leone’s women have withdrawn from both under-20 and under-17 World Cup qualifying as the crisis within the country’s troubled football federation deepens.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Bob Lenarduzzi: Man City faces tricky test Sunday against Arsenal – The Province
High-flying Manchester City now holds a five-point lead atop the Premier League table, but faces what could be a tricky test Sunday at home to fifth-place Arsenal.
Weekend’s top matches in European soccer leagues – Toronto Star
The goals are flowing from Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola’s side, with 35 in the opening 10 games.
European Weekend Preview: Chelsea hosts Man United, Bayern travels to Dortmund, and more – SBI
This weekend may be the final action before an international break, but that does not mean the top competition takes a break.
Manchester City a ‘big problem’ for Premier League title hopefuls, acknowledges Conte – SN
Manchester City’s incredible Premier League form is proving a “big problem” for the leaders’ title rivals, says Antonio Conte.
Lyon the form team ahead of derby – Ligue 1
In-form Olympique Lyonnais are aiming to extend their recent winning run into Sunday’s derby clash with AS Saint-Etienne, always one of the most hotly anticipated fixtures in the Ligue 1 Conforama calendar.
Patrice Evra sent off before game begins for kicking out at Marseille supporter – The Guardian
The former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra brought back memories of Eric Cantona after being sent off for aiming a kick at a Marseille supporter before his side’s Europa League game at Vitória de Guimarães.
Career suicide? Patrice Evra’s last kick may have been toward a supporter – SN
Before the match began, the 36-year-old left-back was apparently insulted from the sidelines by a supporter, leading to former Manchester United and Juventus man to launch a kick into the face of the fan. Former France boss Raymond Domenech described the action as a “suicide” to L’Equipe TV .
Gustavo Diaz has turned Leon from disappointments into genuine title contenders – ESPN FC
In each of the past two seasons, uninspiring performances led Leon to switch managers in the early weeks of the Apertura. It happened in 2016 when Javier Torrente came in for Luis Fernando Tena, and again this year, when Gustavo “Chavo” Diaz replaced Torrente.
Atalanta, Kyiv advance in Europa as Milan held to goalless draw – Sportsnet
AC Milan wasted a chance to make the Europa League knockout stage with two games to spare after AEK Athens held it to a second straight goalless draw on Thursday.
CAF Champions League: Wydad, Al Ahly 90 minutes from glory – FIFA
By the end of Saturday evening, we will know which club will be representing Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 in December, with Al Ahly and Wydad Casablanca all set to fight it out for that prize in the second leg of the CAF Champions League.
Six associations interested in hosting 2020 club finals – UEFA
UEFA has received declarations of interest from six member associations to host the finals of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Women’s Champions League.
FIFA confederations to consider new ‘Global Nations League’ over friendlies – ESPN FC
The plan would invite all 223 members of FIFA’s six continental confederations and take place every two years. The format expands on the UEFA Nations League, which kicks off next September in Europe.
George Weah’s bid for Liberian presidency on hold as elections suspended over fraud claims – Inside World Football
Former World player of the year and Ballon d’Or winner George Weah has had his bid for political power halted after Liberia’s supreme court ordered preparations for next week’s presidential run-off to be held up amid allegations of fraud in the first round.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca