BC Soccer News, Weekend, October 13-15, 2017



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017, 4:30 PM

Whitecaps hope to clinch top playoff seeding with win over San JoseMetro
Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson doesn’t mind saying I told you so. If the Whitecaps defeat the San Jose Earthquakes Sunday at BC Place Stadium, Vancouver will finish no worse than second overall in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference and secure a bye into the conference semifinals.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs San Jose Earthquakes – MLS PreviewFutebolcidade
Here we go just two games left for the Vancouver Whitecaps, who have already secured a home playoff match for the first time in history last weekend despite losing 3-0 to New York Red Bulls. Now they just need three more points to secure one of the two top spots in the Western Conference, which would give them a bye in the first round sending them straight to the Western Conference semifinals.

‘We just want to make history’: Costa Rican hero Waston shifts focus to Whitecaps’ title hopes The Province
“El Mundial, el Mundial, el Mundial …” Even if you saw Kendall Waston’s goal that sent Costa Rica off to the World Cup live last Saturday, a rewatch is liable to send shivers down your spine.

Reyna nominated for 2017 MLS Newcomer of the Year awardWhitecaps FC
Major League Soccer revealed today the ballot for the 2017 MLS Newcomer of the Year award, which includes up to two nominees from each club.

What to Watch For In MLS: Who Clinches?MLS Multiplex
The Penultimate Week in the Regular Season should have plenty of drama.

Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact | 2017 MLS Match PreviewMLS
A month ago the Montreal Impact traveled west to face Toronto FC and walked away with a 5-3 win, handing their rivals their first home loss of the season. The Impact jumped out to a 5-1 lead before a Tosaint Ricketts brace made it more interesting, but that game also did not feature Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco or Victor Vazquez.

Toronto FC must focus on the details to reach records: ‘We want guys to be sharp and connected’Toronto Sun
The Reds aren’t obsessed with the breaking MLS records, but say they’ll achieve that goal if they focus on the details.

Michael Bradley is Toronto FC’s heartbeat and the USMNT’s scapegoat Waking the Red
Why are perceptions of the midfielder so different between club and country?

NYCFC regular season finale moved to Citi FieldSBI
New York City FC is being kicked out if its own home again. The club announced today it is moving its final home match of the regular season against Columbus Crew SC to Citi Field in Queens due to the New York Yankees making the American League Championship Series in the MLB Playoffs.

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Canadian Premier League soccer franchise pitches new outdoor stadium plan in SurreyCloverdale Reporter
Potential franchise operators with the new Canadian Premier League want to build and operate an “outdoor spectator stadium” on city-owned land here.

Surrey could be home to a new pro soccer team and stadiumGlobal BC
Look out Whitecaps, another pro soccer league could be coming to town. Canadian Premier League Soccer (CPL) is working with ownership groups to establish a new professional franchise in the Lower Mainland.

VISL Division 1 Matches – Oct.13-15BC Soccer Web
Here is what is on tap for the upcoming Week 6 in VISL Division 1 League play:

MSOC: No. 16 Clan dominates Cavaliers for 3-0 win in GNAC rematchSFU
Simon Fraser University Clan men’s soccer took on the Concordia Cavaliers in a GNAC rematch Thursday night and the Clan dominated from start to finish, winning 3-0 as they inch their way back up the NCAA national rankings.

Brotherly Bond: Polisi brothers leading SFU Clan’s playoff pushAFTN
Marcello and Matteo Polisi have been playing their football together for as long as they can remember.

WSOC: Vikings roll past Clan 3-0 for 36th straight winSFU
No. 3 ranked Western Washington scored two minutes into the game and then handed Simon Fraser University a 3-0 set-back Thursday evening in Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer action.

WolfPack women’s soccer continue home stand hosting Lethbridge and CalgaryTRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team continues its five game Canada West home stand this weekend.

Playoff spot still within UNBC’s reachPrince George Citizen
Playoffs are still a possibility for the UNBC Timberwolves, but they will need a little help from their friends in the U Sports men’s soccer Canada West conference.

WolfPack men’s soccer return to action after bye weekTRU
After having last week off, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team hits the road to begin a three match Canada West trip.

CW violation: UBCO forfeits October 5 WSOC matchCanada West
The UBC Okanagan Heat women’s soccer team has been disciplined by Canada West due to a playing regulation violation from earlier this month.

Scholarships a growing part of Douglas athleticsTri-City News
The total amount of money Douglas College has available for athletic scholarships might cover the cost of a meal program for a year for one football player at a big time U.S. university.

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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From a Canadian soccer follower: How Americans can adjust to their new World Cup-less normalthe11.ca
Look, America, it’s tough to miss a World Cup. It stings for now. But, if you’re gonna survive this, you need to learn to laugh about it. You’re going to need to deal with the new reality. Trust me. I’m Canadian. And, as a Canadian, I know all about missing (men’s) World Cups.

Undefeated Capers soccer teams host Acadia on SundayCape Breton Post
The undefeated Cape Breton Capers men’s soccer team is looking to continue their undefeated season on Sunday in a game against the Acadia Axemen.

Forfeits cost Brock soccer team five pointsNiagara Advance
Brock University has lost five points in the standings in women’s university soccer after forfeiting four games, following a decision by the governing body of university sports in Canada.

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson Whitehorse Daily Star
Ian Robinson has been a legend throughout his career in the over 35ís soccer league. He is noted for having the stamina of a racehorse, and mazy dribbling skills and on Saturday he showed both with a goal thrown in, to help his Yukon Info.com team to a 3-2 win over Yukon Brewing in a tight battle.

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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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017, 7:00 PM

Whitecaps FC 2 to close the curtains against Orange County SC on Fan Appreciation NightWhitecaps FC
On the heels of an inspired effort in Salt Lake City against the top team in the USL, Whitecaps FC 2 are looking to end 2017 on a high at UBC Thunderbird Stadium on Friday evening. The Blue and White will welcome Orange County SC, who were officially eliminated from playoff contention in a loss last week.

Preview: TFC II vs. FC CincinnatiToronto Observer
Toronto FC II will wrap up their 2017 season against FC Cincinnati on Saturday night at the Ontario Soccer Centre.

NASL Fall Season Week 12: What to Watch ForEmpire of Soccer
The San Francisco Deltas (6-1-5, 23 Fall; 13-5-10, 49 Combined) have officially made things interesting the North American Soccer League‘s Fall Season title race. Unbeaten in its last seven matches, including a draw and a win against first-place Miami (7-3-2, 23 Fall; 18-5-5, 59 Combined) last week, San Francisco has overtaken Miami for the top spot in the fall standings based on the goal differential tiebreaker.

NASL playoff picture comes into focusSoctakes
The NASL playoffs are looming and the top seed is locked up. Miami FC will host the club’s first-ever postseason match on Nov. 5 at Ricardo Silva Stadium. That is done. Their opponent for that match is less clear, however.

USL Playoff Race: Last three berths decided with Orlando City B lossSoccer America
The defending champion New York Red Bulls II, Bethlehem Steel and FC Cincinnati clinched the remaining playoff spots on Thursday when the Tampa Bay Rowdies topped Orlando City B, 2-0, at Orlando City Stadium.

Bethlehem Steel headed to USL playoffs for first timePhilly.com
While the Union play out another lost season, the team’s minor-league affiliate is going to the playoffs for the first time. Bethlehem Steel clinched a berth in the USL’s postseason with a game to spare Wednesday night, thanks to other results around the league.

USSF Seeks Dismissal of NASL Antitrust CaseEmpire of Soccer
As calls for the resignation of U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati grow louder and increase in number after the men’s national team’s World Cup qualifying failure, the federation’s legal team is seeking to quash the threat posed by the antitrust case filed last month by the North American Soccer League.

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Canadian star Christine Sinclair looks to lead Portland to another NWSL titleNational Post
Canadian Christine Sinclair’s 92nd-minute goal sealed the deal for the Portland Thorns four years ago in a 2-0 win over the Western New York Flash in the inaugural NWSL championship game.

NWSL Championship Preview MLS Multiplex
After a season filled with late drama, plenty of goals and stoppage time madness, the NWSL Semifinals had, well, not that. Despite that, the two top teams in the league are through to the final in Orlando and have set up for what is possibly the most exciting final in the League’s short history. Portland and North Carolina have been the cream of the crop in NWSL, especially in the past two months.

Climb back to NWSL title game is already a win for Thorns, CourageESPN W.
As American soccer fans can attest at the moment, few sounds induce soul searching as easily as a referee’s final whistle on a season left unfulfilled. The closer success loomed, the longer the trudge back to the starting line to try the whole odyssey over again the next time. So it was for the Portland Thorns after a semifinal loss to the Western New York Flash in the National Women’s Soccer League playoffs a season ago.

Parsons says Thorns need to be emotionally prepared for anything in final The Equalizer
Mark Parsons is a man who needs to know why. So when the noise had stopped and the players had filed out of Providence Park following last October’s crushing semifinal loss, the Thorns coach sipped on some tea. And then he tried to make sense of why his first season in the Rose City ended in a 4-3 loss, only the team’s fourth of the season.

Berths for France 2018 beckon in AsiaFIFA
With women’s football the strongest footballing suit in Asia, all eyes from across the world’s biggest and most populous continent will be on the 2017 AFC U-19 Women’s Championship which kicks off on Sunday in Nanjing, China PR. The Asian showpiece also serves as the qualifier to next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France and needless to say, the competition for the rights of representing Asia at the global campaign will be ferocious.

Seedings for Women’s Champions League last 16 drawUEFA
Holders Lyon will be among the eight seeded teams in Monday’s UEFA Women’s Champions League round of 16 draw, which will be streamed live from Nyon at 13:30CET.

NCAA Preview: Week Nine, Late Noteworthy Non-Conference Match The Equalizer
The end of the regular season is drawing ever near as some teams play out the string and others gear up for the conference and NCAA tournament season. Here’s a look at three matches that include programs in the latter category.

UCLA women’s soccer first team to kneel during National Anthem on UA campusDaily Wildcat
On Sunday, Oct. 8, the Arizona women’s soccer team hosted UCLA in one of the biggest matchups for the Wildcats this season. The Bruins came to the field as the No. 1 team in the country, and on Sunday afternoon they separated themselves from the rest of the league in a different way. UCLA became the first collegiate team at the University of Arizona to take a knee during the National Anthem.

The World According to Weimer: It’s a WrapEmpire of Soccer
There was a time, not long ago, when a successful season for a women’s professional league meant that it didn’t fold. I think we are finally past that.

Women’s soccer league kicks off in KuwaitZawya
The championship is held for the first time under the umbrella of the Football Federation, after the recommendation was approved by the Women’s Football Committee, chaired by Dr Anwar Nouri.

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Bob Lenarduzzi: Visitors have upper hand in Man United-Liverpool clashThe Province
Liverpool hosts Manchester United in Saturday’s early match in the Premier League in a clash of old rivals.

Weekend’s top matches in European soccer leaguesToronto Star
Bitter rivals Manchester United and Liverpool meet Saturday in Premier League action, while Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are also in action.

Premier League: What you need to know this weekendSportsnet
Here’s what you need to know ahead of this weekend…

Bayern München vs Freiburg – Bundesliga PreviewFussballstadt
Match one since the return of Jupp Heynckes will be one of the most exciting games in the Bundesliga this weekend. The 72-year-old head coach was hired during the international break to act on an interims basis until the end of the season when Bayern will sign a new long-term option—the likely candidates remain Thomas Tuchel or Julian Nagelsmann.

Cosmopolitan PSG target Dijon triumphLigue 1
Paris Saint-Germain have to deal with the difficulty of having a high-quality squad as their international players return to domestic matters against Dijon FCO on Saturday.

Inter Milan v AC Milan: The decline of two of European football’s superpowersBBC Sport
AC and Inter Milan have both won 18 Serie A titles. Between them they have also won 15 major European trophies and 12 Coppa Italias. In 2011, AC Milan were seventh in the Deloitte Rich List. Inter were one place behind. It is fair to say they have not done particularly well since.

Bruce Arena resigns as USMNT coachSBI
Bruce Arena’s time as U.S. Men’s National Team coach is finished. U.S. Soccer announced on Friday that Arena has resigned from his job following the team’s World Cup elimination. As of now, no replacement has been officially named.

How many Howards and Dempseys are the US losing due to pay to play?SN
Tim Howard describes the offer by Tim Mulqueen – the then-goalkeeping coach of the Rutgers University’s men’s team – as “important, as life-altering as any I’ve ever had”. The offer in question arrived in 1991 and was for Mulqueen to waive his standard $25 fee for private coaching sessions and make an exception for the promising young Jerseyite.

With USMNT Eliminated from World Cup, Fox Must Refocus Coverage PlanSI.com
Hyperbole is the drug of choice these days in the sports media but the USMNT loss is a disaster for Fox Sports. Disaster. That is the correct word. The World Cup is a momentum tournament over its 64 broadcasts and the U.S. broadcaster needs the national team in the tournament because it establishes a huge audience early on for those games. It also attracts viewers who are not traditional soccer watchers.

SPFL club Hamilton loses ‘substantial sum’ in fraudBBC
Football club Hamilton Academical has lost what it described as a “substantial sum” due to fraud.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino calls for VAR following controversial Panama goalSBI
Panama’s controversial WCQ equalizer against Costa Rica has drawn the attention of FIFA’s president.

U-17 WC: Germany enter knockouts with hard-fought win over Guinea ESPN FC
Goals from Jann-Fiete Arp (8′), Nicolas Gerrit Kühn (62′) and Sahverdi Cetin (90’+2′) helped Germany qualify for the U17 World Cup round of 16 with a a 3-1 win over Guinea.

Boateng wants video technology used to identify racismSN
Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has called for video technology to be used in football to ban racist supporters from matches.

Swiss feds probe beIN Sport and Valcke over World Cup TV rights dealsInside World Football
In a stunning twist to their anti-corruption football probe, Swiss federal prosecutors have opened a criminal case against the Qatari boss of Paris St Germain, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, for suspected bribery linked to World Cup broadcasting rights.

Tim Cahill may face Fifa investigation for ‘sponsored’ goal celebrationThe Guardian
Tim Cahill’s goal celebrations are well known around the footballing world, but his latest effort could land him in hot water with Fifa, who may investigate what appeared to be a “sponsored” celebration.

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