BC Soccer News, Weekend, October 16-18, 2015


Bustos caps off whirlwind 24 hours with MLS debut: ‘He showed no fear’ Whitecaps FC
On Tuesday night, the 19-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency product made his debut with the Canadian senior men’s national team in a friendly against Ghana. He wasn’t able to get much sleep that night – partly because Whitecaps FC teammate Sam Adekugbe was his roommate, he joked.

Whitecaps’ Bustos a joy to watchThe Province
There’s a joy in watching Marco Bustos play soccer. He plays like you or I wish we could play — free to try things and with the skill to pull it off.

Whitecaps’ busy Bustos quenches thirst for firsts in eventful spanVancouver Sun
It was a hectic, debut-making 24-hour period for young Marco Bustos, the Winnipeg-raised graduate of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ residency program. And now, with the Caps decimated by injury at the attacking midfield position, the 19-year-old could be called upon come playoff time.

MLS playoff race drama heats up on Friday night Soccer America
On the penultimate weekend of the 2015 regular-season all six remaining playoff slots could be decided, but the meaning of Saturday’s games is greatly dependent on the results of Friday night.

Countdown: TFC v Columbus CrewRed Nation Online
Playoff-bound Toronto FC (let that sink in) are now looking to establish a top spot in the Eastern Conference as they prepare to host rivals Columbus Crew on Saturday afternoon. The Reds are soaring after a statement-making 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night that showed both determination and a flash of brilliance to secure passage into the post-season for the first time ever.

TFC’s Giovinco most dynamic athlete in Toronto Sportsnet
While Jose Bautista’s home run was more dramatic and meaningful, Giovinco’s goal was the greater athletic achievement, and it further underlined the Italian’s status as the most dynamic pro athlete in Toronto.

IMFC could clinch playoff spot this week Montreal Impact
As the 2015 MLS playoffs approach, the Impact is in position to clinch its second postseason berth in just four seasons and could still finish as high as second in the Eastern Conference.

Status of Montreal Impact’s Didier Drogba uncertain ahead of key New England Revolution clashMLS
According to a tweet by New England Revolution president Brian Bilello, the Revs could set a club regular-season attendance record this Saturday night, when they face the Montreal Impact at Gillette Stadium.

No Loan Move For LampardGoal
Frank Lampard will not be spending time away from New York City FC during the MLS offseason.

Nevada bans fantasy games as calls for robust policing for football games intensifies Inside World Football
The fantasy sports scandal in the US where an employee of DraftKings won $350,000 on rival site FanDuel using insider information, has sparked a wave of calls for regulation of a business that is based on betting real money on imaginary sporting outcomes.

Major League Soccer has a sponsorship problemSB Nation
Major League Soccer has a troubling penchant for getting sponsors that take economic advantage of people. For a league that likes to portray itself as young and forward-thinking, the totality of these sponsorships should be warning signs for fans of the league.

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Clan Loses Rematch 3-2 Against 12th Ranked SPUSFU
The 12th-ranked Seattle Pacific Falcons avenged its only loss with a 3-2 victory over Simon Fraser University in the rematch of a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer contest at Interbay Stadium Thursday evening.

Clan Loses 2-0 to Cavs, Drops to 4th In GNACSFU
Second-half goals by freshmen Amanda Klep and Sydney Van Steenberge lifted Concordia University to a 2-0 win over Simon Fraser University in Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer action Thursday evening at Tuominen Yard.

WolfPack Men’s Soccer With “Big Test” At Home TRU
The WolfPack entertain the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds Saturday (Oct 17) and the University of Victoria Vikes on Sunday (Oct 18). Both matches are set for 2 pm at Hillside Stadium.

Home Stand Continues For WolfPack Women’s Soccer TRU
It’s going to be another pressure filled weekend for the Thompson Rivers University Women’s Soccer team. The WolfPack continue their Canada West home stand with games this Saturday (Oct 17) against the Mount Royal Cougars and Sunday (Oct 18) versus the MacEwan University Griffins. Both games are set for noon at Hillside Stadium.

Vikes gear up for pivotal interior road swingUVic
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team head to Kamloops, B.C., this weekend, Oct. 17-18, for match-ups with UBC Okanagan and the Thompson Rivers. The Vikes who fell off this week’s CIS Top-10 polls, are currently third in the Pacific Division standings with a 4-2-2 record, while the Heat are 3-4-3 and the WolfPack are (1-5-2).

Vikes women’s soccer head to Alberta for final two road gamesUVic
The CIS No. 8-ranked University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team have their final weekend to grab points on the road this weekend, Oct. 17-18. The Vikes will travel to play unranked Lethbridge and Calgary in two of their final four regular season games before a final home weekend against Trinity Western and Fraser Valley.

Women’s Vikes soccer Alberta boundTimes Colonist
The University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team, ranked No. 8 in Canada, is taking its act across the Rockies. The Vikes (6-2-2) play the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns (2-5-3 ) on Saturday and the University of Calgary Dinos (7-2-1) on Sunday in Canada West Conference games. UVic concludes the regular season next weekend at home against Trinity Western and Fraser Valley.

The No. 9 Trinity Western women’s soccer team will look to extend its nine-game unbeaten streak this Friday and Saturday, as the Spartans host Winnipeg and Manitoba in their final regular season home weekend.

With just four games remaining on their schedule, the Trinity Western men’s soccer team enters this weekend’s two-game set against UNBC at Rogers Field with one goal: six points.

Regular season closes out at home for UBC Okanagan men’s soccerUBCO
After a weekend that saw the UBC Okanagan men’s soccer team earn four points out of the possible six against Thompson Rivers, the team will be looking to continue their good form this weekend. The Heat will first play hosts to University of Victoria on Saturday (Oct 17) with the game set to begin at 3 p.m. The Heat will then be playing to the University of British Columbia on Sunday (Oct 18)  with kick off scheduled at 3 p.m. Both the games will be held at the Nonis Sports Field.

Two new Alberta teams on tap at home for UBC OkanaganUBCO
After a weekend that saw the UBC Okanagan women’s soccer team lose one and tie the other game against Thompson Rivers, the Heat will be looking to prove a point this weekend. The side will first play host to MacEwan University on Saturday (Oct. 17) with the game scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. The Heat will then be hosting Mount Royal University on Sunday, game set to start again at 12 p.m. Both the games will be held at the Nonis Sports Field.



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Cascadia MLS/USL double header weekends hopefully more prevalent from next season – “We’ll be working hard to make that happen”AFTN
“We have spent time with the good folks of Vancouver and Seattle and Portland,” USL President Jake Edwards told AFTN in reply to a question we asked him during Thursday’s conference call. “We are working hard with them to promote the Cascadia rivalry, which started in the USL many years ago. “We know how important that is to those clubs and to our league . We’ve pushed those games and we get favourable dates for them.”

Rhinos and Galaxy II bring similar styles to USL finalSoccer America
Their origins and histories are vastly different, yet the two teams that will contest the USL championship do share a common trait: The Rochester Rhinos and LA Galaxy II like to get after the opposition.

Can Bob Lilley, Rhinos come full circle? – Democrat-Chronicle
Lilley was also on the sideline the last time the Rhinos played in a championship match in 2006, and he finally got his revenge on Rochester. His Vancouver Whitecaps out-classed Laurie Calloway’s Rhinos 3-0 at PAETEC Park, which was then the name of Rochester’s new soccer stadium. It was supposed to be a crowning moment, the start of a new era of Rhinos soccer in their own home.

USL title match bonus for LA Galaxy II’s evolution as developmental resource for MLS teamMLS
Winning championships isn’t Galaxy II’s aim, but the opportunity to do so means so much to head coach Curt Onalfo and his players.

Orlando City will come back to USL next yearSoccer America
Now we know why the numbers didn’t seem to add up. The 29th USL team isn’t a newcomer, but rather a returnee. Orlando City SC, which moved from USL to MLS for the 2015 season, will field a second team next year.

NY Cosmos, Spain and Real Madrid icon Raúl to retire at end of season  – The Guardian
The longtime Spanish captain has announced he will retire at the end of the season, marking the end of an unforgettable 21-year professional career

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Emma Hayes: Chelsea Ladies play down Champions League chances BBC Sport
Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes played down their chances of Champions League glory after reaching the last 16.

The first of four December matches for the U.S. Women’s National Team on its post-Women’s World Cup Victory Tour will be against Trinidad & Tobago on Dec. 6 in Honolulu.

Reading mother’s goals could clinch WSL 2 title for RoyalsBBC Sport
She began 2015 on maternity leave – now her goals could help clinch the Women’s Super League Two title.

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English Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendThe Guardian
Jürgen Klopp is unlikely to work instant miracles at Liverpool, Chelsea can rebuild after their poor start and Héctor Bellerín has a surprising role at Arsenal.

Lionel Messi could quit Barcelona because of the Spanish tax authoritiesThe Independent
Lionel Messi is considering quitting Barcelona because of his continued issues with the Spanish tax authorities, according to reports in Spain.

In-depth guide to the UEFA EURO play-offs UEFA
UEFA.com crunches the numbers ahead of Sunday’s play-off draw, looking back at the 14 previous such ties since the Netherlands faced the Republic of Ireland at Anfield in 1995.

Sources: Copa America Centenario to go ahead in United States in 2016ESPN FC
CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and U.S. Soccer are finalizing plans to move forward with the Copa America Centenario in the United States next summer, multiple sources told ESPN FC, after corruption concerns threatened the tournament.

Tomas Boy’s Cruz Azul debut highlights Liga MX weekendESPN FC
With a little over a month until the end of the regular season, the conversation has now focused to the significance and importance of every remaining match in the 2015 Apertura.

Fifa: FA suspends support for Michel Platini’s president bidBBC Sport
The Football Association says it is suspending support for Michel Platini in his bid to become Fifa president.

German FA investigates FIFA payment, denies malpractice over World Cup bidESPN FC
The German football federation (DFB) is investigating whether a multi-million-euro payment it made to FIFA in 2005 was misused but said there were “no indications at all” of delegates’ votes being bought for the 2006 World Cup bid.

Manchester City fans to have say on new badge BBC Sport
Manchester City will consult fans over whether to design a new club badge. City have used their current badge since 1997 and say its design is consistently raised in discussions with supporters.

FIFA U-17 World Cup Preview: US, Mexico youngsters chase gloryMLS
The US, Mexico and 22 other nations will compete in the 16th edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, held in Chile from Oct. 17-Nov. 8, 2015.

What does the Northampton Town case teach us about fans’ role in football clubs?The Guardian
In 1992 a group of Northampton Town fans set up the first supporters’ trust in the UK. Their activism helped save the team 23 years ago but, with the club facing huge debts once more, what does it mean for the supporters’ trust project?

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