BC Soccer News, Weekend, October 26-28, 2018




SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2018, 1:30 PM



Alphonso Davies: Forever one of our ownWhitecaps FC
On Sunday afternoon at BC Place, Alphonso Davies will say goodbye to the city of Vancouver. And the city of Vancouver will say goodbye to Alphonso Davies, who will play his final Major League Soccer match before joining Bundesliga giants FC Bayern Munich in January.

A farewell to Phonzie: Alphonso Davies set for final game with WhitecapsNational Post
All good things must end. It’s a lesson learned through life experience, wisdom that only comes to those who have been there, done that, and gained the intimate empathy that enables them to recognize when those moments have come. Unless, it seems, you’re 17-year-old Alphonso Davies. His maturity belies his age, just like his talent.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Portland Timbers | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
The Portland Timbers can possibly wrap up home field for the Knockout Round with a win over a Vancouver Whitecaps side that would love to end the 2018 season with a Decision Day win over their Cascadia rivals and send Alphonso Davies to Bayern Munich on a positive note.

Portland Timbers need to have playoff schedule in mind as they approach regular season finaleOregon Live
Portland Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese will have some interesting lineup decisions to make Sunday afternoon.

Atlanta or RBNY? Supporters’ Shield goes down to final dayNBC Sports
In a league which punishes away teams more than any other, where quality depth remains a problem and over-stresses the main players on a given team, this should be a much bigger deal.

Toronto vow to “do everything we can to stop” Atlanta from claiming ShieldMLS
Not on our patch. That was the message that Greg Vanney reiterated to his side this week.

First place up for grabs as Sporting KC hosts LAFC in monumental Decision Day showdownSporting KC
The top two teams in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference will square off Sunday with the No. 1 playoff seed up for grabs on the final day of the regular season. Wielding a pair of high-powered attacks, first-place Sporting Kansas City (17-8-8, 59 points) and second-place LAFC (16-8-9, 57 points) are set to meet at Children’s Mercy Park.

New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
The Montreal Impact need a win over the New England Revolution and Columbus Crew SC to tie or lose to Minnesota United FC on Decision Day to book a berth in the 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Loons Look to FutureFifty Five One
What next? That has to be the question Minnesota United fans, players, and staff are asking after a second season of missing out on the playoffs, and not gathering too many points.

MLS clubs staffing up for success as robust front offices paying dividendsESPN
Of the five Major League Soccer teams that changed head coaches last offseason, three of them — the New England Revolution, Colorado Rapids and San Jose Earthquakes — will again miss the playoffs. Another, the Montreal Impact, need some serious help if they are going to edge over the cutoff line on the final day of the regular season.

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VISL Division 1 Week 7 matchesBC Soccer Web
Here is the list of games for the top flight on the Island – Division 1. Many questions to ask, and they are not just trick or treat!

SFU keeps winning streak alive with 2-1 winSFU
For the first time in awhile, the Simon Fraser University men’s soccer team entered the second half of a game needing a goal. Tied at one apiece with the visiting Seattle Pacific University Falcons on Thursday night, the Clan ended up winning off an own goal from their opposition.

Baxter hat trick leads SFU to 5-0 road winSFU
Jenna-lee Baxter is making every last moment count. The senior midfielder scored three goals on Thursday afternoon, as the Simon Fraser University women’s soccer team defeated Montana State University Billings 5-0.

Dickson, Grosso named to GNAC All-Academic TeamSFU
Simon Fraser University senior midfielder Christina Dickson and junior defender Carli Grosso have been named to 2018 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer All-Academic Team, it was announced by the conference.

Cascades fend off Cougars on penalty kicks, advance to Canada West quarter-finalsUFV
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team punched its ticket to the Canada West quarter-finals in the most dramatic fashion possible, outlasting the Mount Royal Cougars in a penalty shootout on Thursday evening.

Royals in a repeating moodTri City News
Already gifted a golden ticket – as hosts of the Canadian national championships – the Douglas College Royals women’s soccer team now faces its final rehearsal.

VIU Mariners favoured at soccer provincialsNanaimo News Bulletin
The Vancouver Island University Mariners women’s soccer team will have a chance to play for a provincial championship.

UNBC women tackle Manitoba in playoff soccerPrince George Citizen
Even if the U Sports Canada West women’s soccerseason ends tonight for the UNBC Timberwolves with a playoff loss to the Manitoba Bisons on the field at Thunderbird Stadium there will be no blame and no shame.

Pacific FC soccer clinic in Nanaimo showcases opportunities for local playersNanaimo News Now
Professional soccer is coming to Vancouver Island in 2019 with Pacific FC starting play in the seven team Canadian Premier League. The league will start up in the spring of 2019 and there will be opportunities for Nanaimo and central island players to be a part of the inaugural squad.

WolfPack Men’s Soccer hope to ride momentum into Canada West playoffsCFJC
With a win, they’d be in. The TRU WolfPack Men’s Soccer team held their fate in the hands Sunday at Hillside Stadium and they were taking on a familiar opponent in the UBC T-Birds.

T-Birds host Cougars in quarterfinal playoff actionUBC
The UBC Thunderbirds men’s soccer team is set to open quarterfinal playoff action this weekend when they host the Mount Royal Cougars at Thunderbird Stadium Saturday, October 27th at 6:00 p.m.

VISL Week 6 Round-up: Mid-Isle Mariners win over Nanaimo sets up three way tie at top of Division 1AFTN
It’s a big couple of months for football on Vancouver Island. With Pacific FC getting ready for their first Canadian Premier League season, and the open tryouts in Victoria less than two weeks away, there’s a huge opportunity for local players to put themselves in the shop window.

Powell River soccer club remains first in VISL Division 2Powell River Peak
Goals by Kurtis Dennison and Jake Kenmuir gave Powell River Villa SC a fifth win against one loss in Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 2 action on October 20. Villa beat Vic West 2-0 before hometown fans at Timberlane Park.

Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

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!

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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Disipio named AUS female Athlete of the WeekCape Breton Post
Ciera Disipio of the Cape Breton Capers women’s soccer team was named the Atlantic University Sport Athlete of the Week on Tuesday.

Falcons earn league honours, then win openers at Ontario championshipsSudbury Star
The Fanshawe soccer teams loaded up on league hardware before winning their opening games at the Ontario collegiate championships Thursday in Toronto.


Cincinnati Wary of New York’s High PressUSL
After holding its nerve in a 6-5 penalty shootout victory over Nashville SC on Saturday, 2018 USL Regular Season champion FC Cincinnati is preparing to face a completely different challenge in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Preview: SPR set for playoff rematch with Didier Drogba and Phoenix Rising FC on FridaySKC
After producing the biggest upset of the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs with a 2-1 win at Sacramento Republic FC, the Swope Park Rangers (16-11-8) have advanced to take on No. 3 seed Phoenix Rising FC (20-9-6) at 7:30 p.m. PT on Friday in the USL Western Conference Semifinals.

Orange County SC re-signs Michael Seaton, as he seeks “stability”Angels on Parade
On Saturday, Michael Seaton was in the heart of the action for Orange County SC as they opened their 2018 USL Cup Playoffs slate. On Wednesday, the forward had re-signed with the club.


Tim Grainey’s comprehensive W-League previewThe Equalizer
The Westfield W-League begins its second decade in 2018/19 with Brisbane Roar, last season’s Premiership (Regular Season) Champions, and Melbourne City, the league champions for the third time in their three seasons, the favorites to again make the playoffs.

The Royal Watch: O’Hara is gonna be okay, Royals in Australia, URFC ShowRSL Soapbox
Luckily, there’s no lack of news these days, and with the W-League season officially kicking off last night in Australia, there will be plenty to follow.

In Tom Sermanni, New Zealand gets the players’ coach it needs right nowThe Equalizer
Tom Sermanni is everything Andreas Heraf apparently was not, and that is exactly the point. Sermanni on Thursday was named the new head coach of New Zealand’s women’s national team, an appointment that puts one of the sport’s most player-centric coaches in charge of a team which endured a tumultuous year marked by player embattled with the federation.

UEFA opens up Women’s Football sponsor categories for 2018-21 cycle Inside World Football
UEFA has gone to market with a new set of sponsorship categories for its Women’s Football properties for the 2018-2021 cycle.

Social media abuse of Karen Carney shows companies have to get seriousThe Guardian
The sort of abuse thrown at Karen Carney needs to be tackled by Instagram and co in the way that racist abuse at a game leads to a lifetime ban or a game behind closed doors.


Spanish ‘Clasico’ the top attraction in Europe this weekendNiagara Falls Review
For the first time in more than a decade there will be a “clasico” between Barcelona and Real Madrid without either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendThe Guardian
Mesut Özil has earned his stripes, Jürgen Locadia must step up for Brighton and when will José Mourinho give Fred a chance?

PSG are so dominant in Ligue 1 these days their opponents are running scared. Matthew Spiro believes the champions could be vulnerable in Sunday’s Classique if Marseille approach the game without fear.

Europa League: Chelsea rolls, Lazio tops Marseille, Milan fallsNBC Sports
The Europa League returned on Thursday for Group Stage matchday 3 and moves were made around the groups from top to bottom.

AC Milan: Gennaro Gattuso ‘baffled’ by performance against Real BetisBBC Sport
AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso accepts his job should be debated after they produced a “terrible, embarrassing performance” against Real Betis.

Chaos and ‘absurdity’ rule in Italy’s lower divisionsNBC Sports
FIFA president Gianni Infantino labeled the chaos in Italy’s lower divisions an “absurdity. And it’s hard to argue with him. Two months into the season, several clubs still don’t know which division they will be playing in and some teams have hardly played at all.

La Liga game in Miami: Fifa Council opposed to the ideaBBC Sport
La Liga’s hopes of holding a game in the United States look less likely after the Fifa Council said it was opposed to the idea.

FIFA stalls decision on new competitions as Europe resistsLondon Free Press
A $25 billion overhaul of world soccer competitions is on hold after mounting disapproval from European leaders and clubs saw FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Friday accept more consultation was necessary.

Report: IFAB considering doing away with stoppage time substitutionsNBC Sports
A major change could be coming to substitutions in the near future, as the International Football Association Board looks to curtail time wasting.

Dulwich Hamlet: the improbable tale of a tiny football club that lost its home to developers – and won it backThe Guardian
After they were locked out of their own stadium, an unlikely band of supporters came together to save the club.

The 2018/19 Guide to Soccer on TV in Canada (and online)BC Soccer Web
Finding your match on TV or online in Canada has become more difficult in recent years. League broadcast rights change hands, new online services pop up, and some leagues and channels vanish from our screens altogether. Fear not! BC Soccer Web has got you covered! We’ve made our way through the web of cable channels and online services available so you can watch the matches you want.

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