VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
SPORTING KC vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #31
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2017, 6:00 PM
CHILDREN’S MERCY PARK, KANSAS CITY, KA.
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‘Caps, SKC battle for top of the West – Whitecaps FC
It’s a battle for the top spot in the Western Conference on Saturday night when Vancouver Whitecaps FC visit Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park.
Whitecaps aim to bounce back in Kansas City after whipping in Seattle – The Province
With a playoff berth still not secured, the Whitecaps will be trying to upset the Wizards in Kansas City, where most MLS teams haven’t tasted victory in a long spell.
How the ‘Caps can clinch a playoff spot on Saturday in Kansas City – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have an opportunity to clinch a berth in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs on Saturday night against Sporting Kansas City.
Beyond the Lens – The Final Four – Eighty-Six Forever
I don’t know what to say, and yet have lots to say about it. Let’s start off with last Saturday’s match vs Colorado. While I understand Robbo’s thinking, I also find issue with it. This had “trap match” written all over it and with good reason. First against worst. It was a “should win” and Robbo threw out a fielded a team equipped to do so. They did, so Robbo was right, or was he?
Stefan Marinović, Myer Bevan, Deklan Wynne called up to New Zealand for friendly versus Japan – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Thursday that first team goalkeeper Stefan Marinović, and Whitecaps FC 2 striker Myer Bevan and defender Deklan Wynne have been called up to the New Zealand national team for their upcoming friendly versus Japan on October 6.
A flight to Japan is ho-hum for Whitecaps keeper Marinovic – The Province
“It’s really not that big of a flight,” Whitecaps keeper Stefan Marinovic says of the 10-hour trip from Vancouver to Japan he’ll take next week. New Zealand is playing a friendly against Japan in Toyota Oct. 6.
MLS week 30 preview: Playoff races heat up in east and west – Fansided
In both conferences, we’re seeing teams start to seriously fight for playoff positioning. In these week’s preview, we’re combing through all of it.
Playoff Scenarios: How six different teams can clinch berths – MLS
MLS will return to action this weekend after a busy midweek slate, with seven different teams — Columbus, New York, Kansas City, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver — having a chance to clinch their berth in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.
New York City FC striker David Villa omitted from Spain squad – ESPN FC
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has left New York City FC forward David Villa out of his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Israel but included Valencia’s Rodrigo Moreno and Napoli’s Jose Callejon.
Montreal Impact secure extension for star attacker Ignacio Piatti – MLS
The Montreal Impact announced on Thursday that the club has reached an agreement with Argentine midfielder and Designated Player Ignacio Piatti to extend his stay with the Impact after June 2018.
Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls | 2017 MLS Match Preview – MLS
A rested – and possibly restored – Toronto FC return to BMO Field after a week of surprising defeats, first to rival Montreal and then out-of-contention New England. Looking to put those in the rearview, and actively claim the club’s first Supporters’ Shield trophy, they’ll take on the New York Red Bulls, a side seeking a (moral) victory of their own, considering they’re now winless since August 12.
Toronto FC stars double down after team’s late-season dip – Globe & Mail
It is a wonder for Toronto FC fans their team had not looked befuddled until nine days ago when it lost its first home game of the season, to the Montreal Impact. That became a two-game losing streak – the team’s first of the year – when TFC lost last Saturday to the New England Revolution.
“I will play no more”: Ireland great Kevin Doyle officially announces his retirement from football following medical advice – The Liberal
Doyle who currently resides in the US where he played for the Colorado Rapids, said he was forced to hang up his boots due to “repeated headaches”.
New York Islanders And NYCFC Challenging For Belmont Development – Eyes on Isles
The New York Islanders are in on Belmont with their RFP being submitted to the state for the empty plot of land. But they aren’t the only ones said to be interested in the piece of land. So is New York City Football Club.
MLS 24 Under 24 – 2017 RANKINGS – MLS
Major League Soccer ranks its top young stars.
MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Colorado Rapids 1, September 23, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL Division 1 Upcoming Matches, Sept. 29 – Oct.1 – BC Soccer Web
The standings will change. It should be interesting.
No. 2 ranked Clan upset by unheralded Cavaliers – SFU
The Concordia Cavaliers scored three goals in the first half and then hung on to defeat the No. 2 ranked Simon Fraser University Clan men’s soccer team 3-2 at Hilken Community Stadium. The loss snaps Simon Fraser’s six-match unbeaten streak.
Pringle scores GNAC-leading 8th, 9th goals in 5-0 win over Saints – SFU
Emma Pringle scored her GNAC-leading eighth and ninth goals of the season to lead the Clan women’s soccer team to a 5-0 win.
VMSL Round-up: Three weeks in and Premier and Division 1 battles already enjoyably intriguing – AFTN
If you’d been told a month ago how the first three weeks of the new Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) season would have played out, you’d have found some things as you expected and some extremely surprising.
Improved UNBC side taking on T-birds – Prince George Citizen
By virtually every measuring stick, the UNBC Timberwolves are well on their way to their best-ever Canada West men’s soccer season.
WSOC: T-Birds look to continue their winning ways at home – UBC
The Canada West leading ‘Birds are back at Thunderbird Stadium this weekend with six straight wins under their belt. Friday evening the T-Birds (6-1) host the MacEwan Griffins (4-2) at 6:30 pm PST, followed by an afternoon matchup with the UNBC Timberwolves (2-4) on Sunday at 2:00 pm PST.
Ken Olynyk retiring as TRU athletic director, leaves behind legacy – CJFC
When Ken Olynyk came to Thompson Rivers University in 2003 as the athletic director — still the University College of the Cariboo at the time — the athletic department was still stuck in its old college days.
Winning culture — TRU’s international motley crew gaining steam on quest for national soccer supremacy – Kamloops This Week
There might be something special cooking at Thompson Rivers University. And it’s not Jan Pirretas Glasmacher’s signature paella.
BCSPL announces 2017 League Cup playoff dates – BCSPL
The quarterfinals kickoff on the November 4/5 weekend, with the semifinals on November 11/12, and with each game hosted by the highest seeded team based on the round robin standings.
SFU brothers bind soccer success – Burnaby Now
They’re not twins and they don’t really follow hockey, so any comparison to the Sedin twins pretty much falls flat with Simon Fraser University’s Polisi brothers, Marcello and Matteo. But the way they’re firing the offence for SFU’s men’s soccer team, it’s hard not to evoke the Vancouver Canucks’ superstar siblings.
United humble, yet driven for national run – Burnaby Now
What lies ahead for B.C. at next week’s Canada Soccer Toyota under-15 boys championship is the unknown. And that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, remarked head coach Nick Dasovic. His squad from the Mountain United FC has tackled the local rivals and are ready for the toughest tests in the nation.
Delta Sports Hall of Fame welcomes its class of 2017 – Peace Arch News
Those youths playing organized soccer in North Delta owe a great debt to this year’s Pioneer inductee. More than 50 years ago there were few opportunities for kids before Herb Betts and a dedicated group of volunteers established the Delta Juvenile Soccer Club, based out of Ladner, in 1961.
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 selects squad for Men’s International Friendly against El Salvador – CSA
Canada Soccer have announced their 23-man squad for an October Men’s International Friendly match against CONCACAF rivals El Salvador. Head Coach Octavio Zambrano will assemble the squad just north of Toronto for a training camp before heading south for the match on 8 October in Houston, TX, USA.
More than 10,000 players from nearly 600 teams began the journey to Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships – CSA
From close to 600 clubs participating over 13 months, the 63 finalists have been confirmed for this year’s Toyota National Championships from 4-9 October. Those clubs are now looking forward to 153 matches across six competitions from which the 2017 amateur national champions will be crowned over Thanksgiving weekend across three Canadian cities.
Jarmoszko brings plenty of experience to Bisons soccer – The Manitoban
Justina Jarmoszko’s principle when she’s on the pitch is simple. “My goal is just to be the best athlete I can be out there on the field, and just to help my team out any way I can to show them that I’m there for them,” she said.
Canada’s First Boxed Soccer Pitch Opening in Mississauga – Insauga
Sports fans, rejoice—a unique boxed soccer pitch (the first of its kind in Canada, to be exact) is about to enjoy its grand opening in Mississauga.
National futsal coach visits Whitehorse for second time – Whitehorse Star
As futsal becomes engrained in the Yukon, the effort continues to assist with the transition from the more traditional sport of indoor soccer that’s been around for decades.
Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 November – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.
WFC2, USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 vs. TIMBERS 2
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2017, 3:00 PM
McLEOD FIELD, LANGLEY, BC
NASL’s Fate Rests on Preliminary Injunction – Empire of Soccer
If the North American Soccer League and the New York Cosmos are going to see another season on the field, it will be determined in a Federal court room in Brooklyn in a few weeks from now.
NASL makes it clear: Either it gets the injunction, or else it doesn’t continue – the11.ca
The North American Soccer League held a conference call Thursday where it was made clear, over and over, that it’s injunction or bust.
Midseason addition Danni Konig has provided scoring punch FC Cincinnati needed – WCPO
Last week, in a crucial road match with playoff implications on the line, Danni Konig delivered a penalty kick in the final minute of stoppage time that allowed FC Cincinnati to escape with a 2-2 draw against St. Louis FC. He said he would have missed that goal a year ago.
Puerto Rican soccer team playing in New York – Fox 5 NY
As Puerto Rico continues to face the absolutely devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria, their soccer team…Puerto Rico FC is practicing for a match in honor of their loved ones back home.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Mo Marley named England women interim boss after Mark Sampson sacking – BBC Sport
Mo Marley has been confirmed as interim manager of England women, replacing the sacked Mark Sampson.
Top FA officials to face parliamentary committee after sacking of England Women’s head coach Mark Sampson – Evening Standard
The FA has announced that its top officials will be appearing before a Government select committee after the fallout from Mark Sampson’s sacking.
Brazil great Marta refuses to join boycott of confederation – Metro
Brazil great Marta says she will not join a boycott against the country’s soccer confederation. The five-time FIFA player of the year says she disagrees with the firing of coach Emily Lima but will not follow the actions of teammates Cristiane, Fran and Rosana.
Orlando Pride coach Tom Sermanni balances resting key players, building on momentum – Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Pride coach Tom Sermanni initially toyed with the idea of resting many of his key players during the regular-season finale at North Carolina with his team’s playoff ticket already punched.
How can we love the NWSL if it can’t love itself? – The Equalizer
On Wednesday, Ellen Degeneres and Julia Roberts premiered a PSA on the Ellen show featuring celebrities like Zendaya, David Beckham, and James Corden called #Passtheball, in promotion of the NWSL. It’s a strange spot in that, while its intentions are obviously good, it showcases no actual teams or players from the league, nor indicates that those involved have ever actually watched NWSL soccer.
Trump NFL row: Megan Rapinoe on why she backed Colin Kaepernick – BBC Sport
“As the protestor, you have to find the courage to protest.” This time last year, USA midfielder Megan Rapinoe became the first white American athlete to take a knee during the anthem.
City victory heats up SBSSWPL title race – Scottish WPL
Neither side had lost a competitive match since the end of April/beginning of May, when they recorded one win apiece in a double header in the SWPL Cup and the SBSSWPL. Glasgow City, playing in one of their final games at the Excelsior Stadium, sat a point behind Hibernian in second going into the game on a chilly Airdrie evening.
Opinion: FAWSL restructuring plans a disaster waiting to happen –Vavel
The FA have planned a huge shake up of the FAWSL, but is it a disaster waiting to happen?
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Bob Lenarduzzi: Chelsea pumped to face front-runners Man City Saturday – The Province
There is a huge game in the Premier League this Saturday as third-place Chelsea hosts leaders Manchester City, with just three points separating the two sides.
European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues – Durham Region
Barcelona’s home game against struggling Las Palmas on Sunday won’t be only about football, coming on the same day as a planned referendum for Catalonia’s independence from Spain.
Premier League: What you need to know this weekend – Sportsnet
The Premier League continues this weekend with Matchday 7, and Sportsnet will have live coverage of five games.
Europa League: Arsenal fend off BATE; Everton draw Limassol – NBC Sports
A roundup of all of Thursday’s Europa League group-stage action.
Man City striker Aguero injured in car accident in Netherlands – SN
The Manchester City striker attended a concert in Amsterdam featuring Colombian singer Maluma and was reportedly hurt on his return to the airport when the taxi he was in was involved in an accident.
Sergio Aguero: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola ‘no problem’ with Dutch trip – BBC Sport
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he had “no problem” with Sergio Aguero being in Amsterdam as he confirmed the striker suffered a broken rib in a car accident on Thursday.
Unbeaten PSG, Bordeaux meet in Paris – Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain will be hopeful of returning to winning ways in Ligue 1 Conforama when they face Girondins de Bordeaux on Saturday following their midweek UEFA Champions League romp against Bayern Munich.
Mourinho to answer judge’s questions on tax fraud on Nov. 3 – Sportsnet
A Spanish judge has summoned Jose Mourinho to answer questions regarding accusations of tax fraud.
FIFA’s Most Wanted: Trinidad judge rules Warner extradition to US can go ahead – Inside World Football
Jack Warner, the most wanted man of all among powerbrokers snared by US authorities in the $200 million FifaGate corruption scandal, has lost a crucial round in his hitherto successful bid to avoid extradition from his native Trinidad and Tobago.
Paul Pogba’s Manchester United absence declared ‘long-term’ by Mourinho – The Guardian
José Mourinho has confirmed Paul Pogba will be out of action for Manchester United for an extended period of time as he recovers from a “long-term” hamstring injury.
Celtic get city go-ahead to build £18 million hotel and museum – Inside World Football
Glasgow’s city council has given the greenlight for Celtic to build an £18 million hotel and museum complex around Celtic Park.
Ozil dropped from Germany squad ahead of World Cup qualifiers – SN
The playmaker finds himself on the sidelines along with Mario Gotze of Borussia Dortmund and Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira as the World Cup winners aim to finalise their place at Russia 2018.
Perform IMG $1.4bn joint bid wins Conmebol club competition rights – Inside World Football
A joint IMG/Perform joint bid has won the commercial rights to South American confederation Conmebol’s continental club competitions – the Copa Liberatores, Copa Sudamericana and the Recopa – along with several other tournaments.
Roy of the Rovers to be rebooted by Rebellion – BBC
The adventures of Roy Race, a star striker known for his amazing football skills and sense of fair play, first saw print in the 1950s. The character’s weekly comic ended in 1995, and he featured in Match of the Day magazine until its cancellation in 2001. He has not been seen since.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca