BC Soccer News, Weekend, October 20-22, 2017



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017, 1:00 PM

First-place Caps embrace ‘underdog’ label heading to PortlandThe Province
It’s not often the first-place team finds itself in the underdog role, but that’s where Carl Robinson and the Vancouver Whitecaps sit going into the final game of the MLS season.

Upstart Whitecaps focus on knocking down TimbersTSN
Having seen his team squander a win and a guaranteed No. 1 seed with a late equalizer, Vancouver Whitecaps boss Carl Robinson remained relaxed post-match. “We were in total control,” he told reporters after a 1-1 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes last Sunday. A week later, they still are.

Key matchups for Sunday’s Decision Day derby match in PortlandWhitecaps FC
On Sunday afternoon at Providence Park, longtime Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers will play for the top spot in the Western Conference (1 p.m. PT on TSN1 and TSN 1040) as part of 2017 MLS Decision Day.

Record low points total awaits this year’s MLS Western Conference regular season champions AFTN
The ‘Caps failure to get the job done a week ago now sets up the mouth-watering winner takes all clash in Portland this Sunday. All eyes will be on Providence Park as the first placed Whitecaps take their two point lead down the I-5 to take on the Timbers. A win or a draw secures first place for the ‘Caps. A defeat will in all likelihood see them finish third, behind their two fierce Cascadian rivals, throwing them into a midweek play-in game.

Bolaños looks to step up against PortlandRed Nation Online
The MLS playoffs are around the corner, and the jockeying for playoff position, and playoff bye weeks will conclude following MLS ‘Decision Day’ on Sunday. Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers FC will battle at Providence Park for first place in the western conference. A coveted bye to the conference semi-finals is at stake for both clubs.

Cascadia Cup | Timbers in position to capture cup Sunday with win over WhitecapsTimbers FC
Along with finalizing their seeding position in the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs on Sunday, the Portland Timbers could clinch their fourth-ever Cascadia Cup if they defeat Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Providence Park on MLS Decision Day.

Beyond the Lens – Cascadia Rising Eighty-Six Forever
Vancouver, Seattle and Portland. 3 cities, 2 countries, 1 common bond. It’s the bio-region known as Cascadia. Through the years and various leagues, the three teams from this bio-region have battled each other as if they were your traditional derby matches.

The storylines that will make Decision Day one of MLS’ most memorableESPN FC
With the season culminating this Sunday, in what stands to be a truly memorable Decision Day, here are four storylines to keep an eye on.

Preview: MLS Regular-Season FinaleEmpire of Soccer
Sunday is the final day of Major League Soccer‘s regular season, its so-called Decision Day. All 11 games across both conferences will kick off at the same time, at 1:20 p.m. Pacific on Sunday. Some games have little or no significance, but here’s what to keep an eye on.

Ahead of final game, Montreal legend Patrice Bernier reflects on careerMLS
Patrice Bernier would have preferred his last game to be a footnote rather than the headline.

Greg Vanney, Toronto FC ready for valuable test at AtlantaMLS
While the rest of the league must jostle for 2017 Audi MLS Cup Playoff positions on Decision Day, Toronto FC have the luxury of being above that fray.

Sounders want to avoid dangerous knockout round of playoffsSeattle Times
With a win Sunday in their regular-season finale against Colorado, Sounders FC would finish in second place and get a bye.

FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy | 2017 MLS Match PreviewMLS
It’s the biggest game of the 2017 MLS regular season on Sunday for FC Dallas, as they enter their clash on Decision Day with a must-win mandate against the LA Galaxy.

So many Questions remain for NYCFC but Only One GameProst Amerika
This Sunday when New York City Face off against Columbus on Sunday it will be a team searching for a permanent home playing a team about to lose theirs. NYCFC was bumped out of Yankee Stadium when the Yankees made it past Cleveland last week.

Columbus Crew SC says no refunds on season tickets; Precourt Tweets to fansNBC4i
Despite the possible move of Columbus Crew SC to Texas, the team says there will be no refunds to those with 2018 season tickets.

Furious Columbus Crew fans blast owner’s Twitter apology for trying to move clubUSA Today
In the midst of the massive outcry from Crew supporters, Anthony Precourt took to Twitter in an attempt to apologize for the unfortunate situation that he brought upon Crew fans. It did not go well.

Supporters Groups Across MLS Come to Defense of Soccer Brethren in ColumbusLast Word on Soccer
Enter the supporters groups of literally every single team in Major League Soccer. During a depressing time of uncertainty regarding the future of the league in Columbus, they’ve come out in complete solidarity with Crew fans.

Why the threat to move the Columbus Crew should be fought by all MLS clubsWaking the Red
Sometimes, sports clubs die. The business model fails, they cease to become financially viable and there are no other avenues left to explore. It happens, and so those clubs either move to a new location or go under. This is not one of those cases.

Crew SC players aim to stay focused despite uncertainty of club’s futureMLS
In the aftermath of Tuesday’s announcement that Columbus Crew SC are exploring options for a new stadium in Columbus or a potential move to Austin, head coach and sporting director Gregg Berhalter explained that his playoff-bound squad would not be affected by the news.

MLS Awards: Greg Vanney edges strong field as top coachSoccer America
That the job of MLS head has become more complex and time-intensive is without question. Once the mentor of a single roster, now he oversees an operation with between 28 and 30 first-team players, a reserve team or an affiliate in the USL, sports science and performance analysis departments, and academy programs for boys and girls.

Keegan Rosenberry suspended for ‘inappropriate’ tweetSBI
The Philadelphia Union suspended the American right back for Sunday’s game against Orlando City because of a tweet head coach Jim Curtin and sporting director Earnie Stewart ruled inappropriate.

Canada WNT vs USWNT at BC Place, Vancouver – November 9 – Buy Tickets!


VISL Division 1 Upcoming Matches & Scoring Leaders BC Soccer Web
Division 1 League play for this upcoming weekend. Hoping to get all games in with all this rain and wind – the turf fields will help for sure.

The first-year netminder went 4-2-4 in 10 games, highlighted by a 2-0 victory on Sept.23 against the then-No.1 ranked Alberta Golden Bears. The win was one of four shutouts for the rookie goaltender, who finished the month with a 0.97 goals-against average while collecting 39 saves on 48 shots.

Spartan soccer player racks of goalsLangley Advance
A TWU soccer star was named the Canada West Women’s Second Star of the Week after she scored three goals and an assist in two games. Danae Derksen of Delta scored two goals and an assist in the Spartns 5-0 win over Regina on Oct. 13. The next day, she added another goal in another 5-0 win over Saskatchewan.

Burnaby forward draws big assist in Spartans runBurnaby Now
Studious, driven and yet still embracing the fun side of the game – Burnaby’s Seina Kashima is enjoying her role with the Trinity Western University Spartans.

WolfPack men’s soccer with historic winCJFC
For the first time in their history, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack are going to the playoffs in Canada West men’s soccer.

MSOC: Third straight 1-0 defeat for UBCOCanada West
Justin Donaldson’s 5th goal of the season in the 15th minute was all Thompson Rivers would need on Thursday night in Kelowna as the UBC Okanagan men’s soccer team fell 1-0 to the WolfPack at Nonis Field.

VMSL Round-up: Late goals keep Pegasus unbeaten and in touch at the topAFTN
There’s a familiar weekly story playing out in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) Premier Division so far this season. The top two teams, BCT Rovers Tigers United and Pegasus FC, continue their unbeaten ways, with varying amount of ease, while at the other end of the table back to back champs Coquitlam Metro Ford Wolves go down to another defeat as their slump continues.

Royals sitting pretty in PacWestNew West Record
Michelle Wessa’s header on Saturday stood up as the game-winning goal as the Douglas College Royals women’s soccer team disposed of the Quest Kermodes 3-1.

TSS FC Rovers Present: Open Age Charity FIFA 18 Tourney, Powered by Play BetterTSS Rovers
Play online against Rovers players and some of the best FIFA 18 gamers in the Country all vying for the grand prize.

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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Canada WNT vs USWNT at BC Place, Vancouver – November 9 – Buy Tickets!




Everything you need to know ahead of the League1 Ontario Men’s finalOntario Soccer
The League1 Ontario Men’s final will take place Friday night at the Ontario Soccer Centre with a ticket to the 2018 Canadian Championship on the line. This will be the first time a League1 champion has advanced to compete for the Voyaguers Cup.

O’Captain, My Captain! Thank You!Mount Royal Soccer
My farewell letter to Patrice Bernier: a passionate and exemplary man.

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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TFC’s winning formula sorely missing in developing TFC II Red Nation Online
In more difficult times, Toronto FC liked to emphasize that the club had so much more to offer beyond the first team results. Which brings up the other Toronto FC legacy, one that wasn’t as successful in 2017, and that is Toronto FC II. Before the celebration last Sunday, TFC II finished their 2017 season the night before losing 4-3 to FC Cincinnati in their expected last game at the Ontario Soccer Centre. TFC II finished last in the Eastern Conference with a 6-7-19 record, and since joining USL the club has won only 19 of a total 90 games.

Playoff Preview: Swope Park Rangers v Phoenix Rising The Blue Testament
With the MLS Cup Playoffs still a week away, there is a really important game for Kansas City soccer that isn’t happening on Decision Day. The Swope Park Rangers will take on possibly the league’s hottest team in Phoenix Rising FC.

NASL Fall Season Week 13: What to Watch For Empire of Soccer
Miami (8-3-3, 27 Fall; 19-5-6, 63 Combined) and the San Francisco Deltas (7-1-6, 27 Fall; 14-5-11, 53 Combined) remain locked in a battle for the Fall Season crown heading into the second-to-last weekend of the North American Soccer League regular season.

Real Monarchs SLC vs. Sacramento Republic FC: Win or Empty the LockerRSL Soapbox
Sacremento Republic FC comes into Rio Tinto with a defense that has consistently leaked goals and a 1-3-1 record in the last five regular season games. In addition, Sacramento won only 3 games against playoff teams all season.

Earthquake in Haiti helped playmaking Rhinos midfielder Christiano François land in U.S.Democrat Chronicle
Nearly eight years ago his life changed after buildings and houses fell down in his native Haiti. François, 24, who in his first year with the Rhinos has become one of their key playmakers, was actually on the soccer field at practice Jan. 12, 2010, when an earthquake that registered 7.0 on the Richter scale and lasted 35 seconds devastated his country. The casualty total was in excess of 200,000 lives. Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince was leveled.

NASL Owners to Help Fund Several NPSL Teams’ Participation in 2018 seasonMidfield Press
So much hinges on the preliminary injunction the NASL has requested from the court. A hearing for the injunction will be held in Brooklyn on October 31st, and a decision is anticipated within a few weeks. If NASL is granted the preliminary injunction, watch for the league to put an aggressive expansion plan in place that will see it eclipse 12 teams in 2018. There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes right now to ready additional teams for next year. Should the court’s decision go their way, we will see a very different NASL lineup in 2018 than we did in 2017.

USL President: Planned Louisville City FC soccer stadium will be ‘showpiece stadium’Courier-Journal
The Courier-Journal caught up with USL President Jake Edwards to talk about the playoffs, league expansion and soccer stadium plans.

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Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe lead USWNT to victory over South KoreaSBI
Led by several veterans, the U.S. Women’s National Team put together an impressive effort on Thursday night.

Danish women will play Croatia after ‘partial agreement’ with FAEurosport
The Danish Football Association (DBU) has announced that it has reached a “partial agreement” with the women’s national team who will play the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Croatia on Tuesday.

PREVIEW: France vs. EnglandBBC Sport
England women will be without Fran Kirby when they play France in interim boss Mo Marley’s first game in charge.

W-League: Newcastle Jets hail Emily Van Egmond deal as game changer for women’s football in regionThe Herald
COACH Craig Deans says Newcastle’s work to secure a two-year deal for Emily Van Egmond shows the Jets are serious about being a force in the W-League.

Leah Williamson of Arsenal WFC talks with Asif BurhanProst Amerika
Q&A with Leah Williamson of Arsenal WFC.

Abby Dahlkemper wins NWSL Defender of the YearVavel
North Carolina Courage center back, Abby Dahlkemper, was named 2017 Defender of the Year.

NCAA Preview Week Ten: Gators look to bounce backThe Equalizer
It’s week 10 of the college season, which marks the penultimate week of the regular season for most conferences. With the regular season winding down, here’s a look at some matches to catch this weekend.

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Bob Lenarduzzi: Hornets all the buzz as Premier League overachieverThe Province
Watford is the latest surprise side to battle its way to the upper ranks of the English Premier League table, as the Hornets find themselves alone in fourth place following last weekend’s 2-1 win over Arsenal.

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

PSG and OM set for Classique Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain will hope to extend their unbeaten start and their lead at the top of the Ligue 1 Conforama table on Sunday against the very team that would love nothing more than to beat them, arch-rivals Olympique de Marseille.

Europa League roundup: Lyon tops Everton, Giroud guides ArsenalNBC Sports
It was a wild and crazy Thursday full of UEFA Europa League action, and while one Premier League side lucked out, another continued its fall from grace.

Lyon sink Everton on stormy night to pile pressure on Ronald KoemanThe Guardian
The pressure on Ronald Koeman increased as Everton slipped tamely to another Europa League defeat, more or less ending their interest in this competition and leaving them stuck at the bottom of their group with just a single point from three games.

Guardiola may be the No.1 coach in the world, but genius Sarri is next best thingSN
This week in the Champions League we saw the two most innovative and entertaining coaches in world football, Pep Guardiola and Maurizio Sarri, go toe to toe as Manchester City beat Napoli 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium. It was a truly beautiful spectacle between two men who play the game the way purists want it to be played.

Miguel Herrera has everyone on the same page again at Club AmericaESPN FC
Sixty minutes were controlled by Chivas. The Clasico Nacional was turning into a one team performance, where Matias Almeyda’s side, commanded the game in the possession of the ball and the attitude. Chivas showed desperateness to walk away with the win, while Club America looked troubled, lacking initiative, where the only player trying to create danger was Darwin Quintero. However, those strong 60 minutes weren’t enough, and Las Aguilas won the 228th edition of the Clasico Nacional by a final score of 2-1.

FIFA to look into changing nationality rulesReuters
FIFA is considering an overhaul of the rules which govern players’ eligibility for national teams, including a proposal which would allow them to switch allegiance in certain circumstances.

Juventus tops Champs League prize money table; Leicester 2ndMetro
Beaten finalist Juventus topped the Champions League prize money table in receiving 110.4 million euros ($130.4 million) from UEFA last season.

Crystal Palace v Man City: New Year’s Eve fixture change ‘appalling’ BBC Sport
The decision to move Manchester City’s Premier League game against Crystal Palace to New Year’s Eve is “totally unacceptable”, says a City fans’ group.

‘When this 1966 World Cup photo was taken, I still didn’t know I’d scored a hat-trick’The Guardian
“There have probably been days over the past 51 years when someone hasn’t spoken to me about the 1966 World Cup final. But not many. I don’t mind that; you don’t get bored talking about winning a World Cup for England. If anything, as I get older, I find myself growing more astonished to have been part of something that means so much to so many people.”

US prosecutors win motion for jury to remain anonymous in Marin, Napout, Burga trialInside World Football
The three South Americans, who at all at various times also held high ranking positions in CONMEBOL, are the only football officials indicted in the US football corruption investigations that are in US custody and are still pleading not guilty.

Blatter accepts Putin invitation to 2018 World CupSN
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has announced he has accepted an invitation from Russian president Vladimir Putin to attend the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

FIFPro denies FIFA’s claim a deal has made to drop legal complaint on transfer systemInside World Football
FIFA says it has struck a deal which it hopes will lead to world players’ union FIFPro withdrawing a legal complaint against the transfer system at the European Commission (EC).

The street artist behind the greatest banners in world football – The Guardian
Pepe Perretta’s huge tifos have been draped over terraces throughout the world. We visited his studio in Buenos Aires to ask how him he paints his masterpieces.

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