VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
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MLS MATCHDAY #26
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017, 7:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
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‘Caps kick off four-match homestand Saturday vs. Real Salt Lake – Whitecaps FC
The boys are back in town. And they’re going to be here for a while. After a weekend off for the FIFA international break, Vancouver Whitecaps FC kick off a four-match homestand on Saturday night vs. Real Salt Lake.
Whitecaps will need to rely on squad depth during difficult stretch of games – The Province
Sandy, Utah and Hicksville, N.Y., are 3,500 kilometres apart, but on one night last April for Tim Parker, they could have been the same town.
MLS Preview: Atlanta United opens new stadium; Fire clash with Red Bulls – NBC Sports
On a busy week of MLS action, let’s take a deep dive at this weekend’s top three matchups.
Atlanta United’s debut at Mercedes-Benz Stadium a lifelong dream come true – MLS
Atlanta United will take the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday. I’ll be on the microphone, part of the first ATLUTD radio broadcast at Arthur Blank’s sporting palace, as the club chases a playoff place in its expansion season. Just typing that still feels an awful lot like a dream. For soccer in Atlanta, it has been a wild ride to get to this point. That journey is why this team, this season and this stadium mean so much to us.
New York City FC vs. Portland Timbers | 2017 MLS Match Preview – MLS
A pair of contenders attempting to separate themselves from their respective conference packs meet Saturday in the Bronx, where New York City FC host the Portland Timbers. Each team enters carrying an undefeated streak, with Portland’s three-game run (2-0-1) up against NYCFC’s lengthier five-game spread (4-0-1), though each squad’s run of good form dates further — NYC have yet to drop consecutive results this year, and Portland haven’t done so since June.
With season winding down, NYCFC looks to put pressure on TFC in Supporters’ Shield hunt – SBI
In August, Patrick Vieira conceded the Supporters’ Shield to Toronto FC. They were just too far ahead, he said, and catching them this late in the season just wasn’t going to happen. Maybe, just maybe, he spoke too soon.
San Jose Earthquakes at Toronto FC Preview: Quakes Try to Slow White Hot Reds – Prost Amerika
If the San Jose Earthquakes are going to find their way above the red line, they are going to need to pick up some points in places they aren’t expected to. They’ll get a great shot at doing just that when they wrap up their three game road stretch Saturday Afternoon in Toronto, ON against League Leading Toronto FC.
TFC’s Jonathan Osorio evolving into a new type of player – Sportsnet
You’re never too old to learn something new or to change your ways, according to Jonathan Osorio. So, when Canadian national team coach Octavio Zambrano asked Osorio to tweak the way he played the game, the Toronto FC midfielder embraced the challenge.
Preview: Revs host Montreal Impact in another Eastern Conference six-pointer – New England Revs
Different game, same objective. Just as last weekend’s 4-0 victory over Orlando City SC was dubbed a “must-win” by New England Revolution players, so, too, has Saturday night’s meeting with the Montreal Impact, who sit just four points ahead of the Revs in the Eastern Conference standings.
War, murder, an orphan: The story of SKC’s Gerso Fernandes – MLS
A civil war. A murder. A life with little hope in a strict orphanage. Gerso Fernandes’ incredible journey to Sporting Kansas City was full of heartache, hardship and potential pitfalls.
MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, Seattle Sounders FC 1, August 23, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Vancouver officially submits bid to serve as 2026 FIFA World Cup host city – Whitecaps FC
Forty-one cities across Canada, Mexico and the United States have submitted bids to serve as Official Host Cities in the United Bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. The United Bid Committee will review all bid submissions and release an initial shortlist of cities later this fall.
MSOC: Free scoring SFU Clan looking to “do some damage” in NCAA II this season – AFTN
It’s early days, very early, and there’s a long road ahead, but there already feels like there’s something a bit special about this year’s SFU Clan side.
Over 300 Players Selected to Participate in BC Soccer’s High Performance Program – BCSA
BC Soccer is please to have had over 300 players involved in the High Performance Provincial Program over the last six months which represented all franchise clubs within the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League.
FVSL Season gets underway Friday – FVSL
The Fraser Valley Soccer League gets underway this weekend with a full set of games.
UVic men look to halt soccer skid against UNBC – Times Colonist
Slow starts have crushed any opportunity to record a first win four games into the Canada West season for coach Bruce Wilson’s University of Victoria men’s soccer side.
WSOC: T-Wolves open season at home today – Prince George
Sidney Roy is back running with the UNBC Timberwolves’ pack. Considering Roy’s own ability to score goals and how badly the T-wolves struggled in that department last year, that’s an encouraging sign for the women’s soccer team as they prepare for their season-opening game today against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack at 3 p.m. at North Cariboo Field.
WSOC: T-Birds look to rebound against local rivals – UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds women’s soccer team – ranked fourth in Canada – is back on the road this weekend with tough games at No. 3 Trinity Western in Langley Friday, and Fraser Valley in Abbotsford Saturday.
WSOC: SPARTANS OPEN REGULAR SEASON AT HOME AGAINST UBC, VICTORIA – TWU
The No. 3-ranked Trinity Western women’s soccer team starts its Canada West regular season with a monumental weekend, as the Spartans host No. 4 UBC Friday and No. 9 Victoria Saturday to kick off their 2017 campaign at Chase Office Field.
TRU WolfPack WSOC coach Shantz making team his own – Kamloops This Week
Kelly Shantz has assembled the nucleus of a squad he expects to challenge for a Canada West playoff spot this season.
WolfPack Men’s Soccer Look To Extend Unbeaten Streak On Road – TRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team hits the road again in Canada West play. Riding a two match unbeaten streak, the ‘Pack will be heading to Langley to meet the Trinity Western Spartans on Friday night (Sept 8) and then visit the University of Fraser Valley Cascades on Saturday night (Sept 9).
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
Here are the 41 cities open to hosting 2026 World Cup across USA, Mexico and Canada – CBS Sports
U.S. Soccer announced the 41 cities that have officially bid to host matches at the 2026 World Cup, if the trio of the United States Mexico and Canada win the rights to host the cup as expected.
Six Canadian cities bid for World Cup games – TSN
Six Canadian cities are among the 41 North American cities to submit bids to serve as hosts during the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Toronto and Vancouver are among 32 American and three Mexican cities on the proposed list.
Calgary drops out of bid to host FIFA 2026 games – Metro
Calgary was one of three cities dropped from the 41 city preliminary bid submitted by the US, Canada and Mexico.
Rogers Centre removed from list of potential World Cup 2026 venues – Waking the Red
The list of potential Canadian venues for the 2026 World Cup has been slimmed by three with the removal of Toronto’s Rogers Centre, Montreal’s Stade Saputo and Calgary’s McMahon Stadium.
Darrell Davis: Jumping through soccer’s hoops – CJME
Regina’s Mosaic Stadium is one of six Canadian facilities listed potentially as part of this country’s bid for the 2026 World Cup. Coincidentally, six Canadian cities have indicated they’re interested in hosting games in the men’s soccer tournament.
AUDIO: Zambrano: Hoilett a key figure for Canadian national team – Sportsnet
Canadian national team coach Octavio Zambrano joined Sportsnet 590 The FAN to provide his thoughts on Canada’s recent win over Jamaica, how close the team is to achieving the identity he wants, players he would like to recruit, and the importance of Junior Hoilett.
CBU Capers open soccer season Saturday at home against Saint Mary’s – Cape Breton Post
It’s safe to say Joel Eckert-Ayensa is more than ready to get back on the field. “I was hoping the game was today, but unfortunately, we have to wait a couple of more days,” the third-year Cape Breton Capers men’s soccer player said at team practice, Thursday. The enthusiasm is understandable. The Capers men surprised many in 2016 as their rookie-laden roster finished with a 9-2-1 record and went on to claim the Atlantic University Sport championship.
Corner Brook holding soccer summit in city Saturday – Western Star
Every parent of a child registered in the Corner Brook minor soccer program has their own take on what they feel should be the direction the organization takes in player development.
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 & NPSL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
OKC ENERGY FC vs. WFC2
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017, 3:00 PM
TAFT STADIUM, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK.
Fury FC’s Haworth Nears Milestone Moment – USL
Will join select company in Canadian soccer with 100th appearance for Ottawa.
Diakité named to NASL Team of the Week for fifth time in 2017 – FC Edmonton
The centre-back made six clearances, four interceptions and won four duels in FC Edmonton’s 1-1 draw with North Carolina FC.
Commisso: USSF Sanctioning Decision ‘Arbitrary and Unfair’ – Empire of Soccer
The New York Cosmos owner and chairman Rocco Commisso said he was “shocked” by the United States Soccer Federation‘s decision to not extend the North American Soccer League‘s Division 2 sanctioning for next year.
FCC Breaks USL Regular-Season Mark – FC Cincinnati
Nine days away from the regular-season home finale, FC Cincinnati has announced 25,309 tickets sold to pass its own USL mark of 25,308, recorded against Orlando City B last month (Aug. 5).
The time has come for Republic to find a new coach – Indomitable City Soccer
A club of Sacramento’s quality should seek a more capable, dynamic coach after this season.
Hurricane Irma Postpones Most of NASL Games – Empire of Soccer
As Hurricane Irma makes its way closer to Florida, the North American Soccer League has preemptively taken action by postponing multiple matches scheduled for Week 7 of the Fall Season.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Pride clinching on hold after trading late goals with Reign – The Equalizer
The Pride and Reign played more than 90 minutes of scoreless soccer before the fireworks started. Alex Morgan scored a 93rd minute goal that looked to be the Pride’s ticket to the NWSL playoffs but Jessica Fishlock equalized a minute later to put the clinching on hold.
Hurricane Irma: Wales midfielder Jess Fishlock hopes to escape storm – BBC Sport
Midfielder Jess Fishlock hopes to fly from Florida on Friday to escape the approaching Hurricane Irma and join the Wales squad. She believes the game should have been postponed for players to leave before the storm prevents travel.
Ellis Names 22-Player Roster for September Matches Against New Zealand – USSF
U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 22 players to the roster for two matches against New Zealand, taking place Sept. 15 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. (8 pm MT on ESPN2) and on Sept. 19 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati (7:30 ET on FS1). Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for each of the two matches.
Roar sign Westfield Matildas duo – W-League
Brisbane Roar have announced Westfield Matildas pair Clare Polkinghorne and goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold have signed on for the upcoming Westfield W-League 2017/18 Season.
Peamount United and Shelbourne Ladies seal League Cup final spot – Irish WNL
It will be an all-Dublin affair in the Continental Tyres Women’s National League Cup after Peamount United and Shelbourne Ladies progressed to the final in style.
Bronze & Renard, defenders with their eyes on the prize – FIFA
The facts are plain to see. Attackers have always been favoured when it comes to awarding the title of FIFA Women’s Player of the Year. And while German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer may have proved the exception to the rule in 2013, a defender is yet to pick up the prestigious individual prize.
The World According to Weimer: Hats Off to a Teammate – Empire of Soccer
Being in women’s soccer, like right in the thick of it, I see so many stories. And the cool thing about the stories is that they grow to be bigger and better every day as we go further into the season and get to know the people around us better.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Bob Lenarduzzi: Man City aiming to clip Klopp’s stylish Liverpool – The Province
Manchester City hosts Liverpool on Saturday in the Premier League’s feature match this weekend. Both teams are expected to challenge for the title, and sit just two points back of current leaders Manchester United.
European Weekend Preview: Man City hosts Liverpool, Bayern travels to Hoffenheim, and more – SBI
After a lengthy international break filled with transfer sagas and World Cup Qualifiers, domestic action returns this weekend across Europe.
Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview: Reds look to maintain strong start against Guardiola’s title-chasers – Vavel
Liverpool face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday with a win for either side sending them top of the Premier League at least until Manchester United face Stoke City.
New-look Lyon out to continue unbeaten start – Ligue 1
Unbeaten so far this season and with a major squad overhaul in the transfer window now complete, Olympique Lyonnais are focused on a home clash with EA Guingamp on Sunday.
First female referee appointed to take charge of Bundesliga football match – The Telegraph
Bibiana Steinhaus will this weekend become the first woman to referee a Bundesliga match, the German football federation has announced.
Bayern boss Ancelotti calls on Bundesliga to copy Premier League window – SN
Bayern Munich head coach Carlo Ancelotti wants the Bundesliga to follow the Premier League’s lead and bring the end of the transfer window forward to before the start of the season.
Barca’s record signing Dembele is reportedly too out of shape to debut – NBC Sports
Somebody apparently forgot to advise Ousmane Dembele that he ought to do some cardio during his self-imposed sabbatical from Borussia Dortmund.
FIFA opens disciplinary case into Dele Alli for ‘obscene gesture’ – Sportsnet
FIFA has opened a disciplinary case against England midfielder Dele Alli over an apparently obscene gesture during a World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.
La Liga in talks regarding the staging of overseas matches – SN
La Liga are in talks over the prospect of hosting matches overseas, according to president Javier Tebas.
Steven Gerrard to manage Liverpool U-19s in UEFA Youth League – NBC Sports
Steven Gerrard will get his first taste of European management this fall. Liverpool named Gerrard as the head coach of the Liverpool Under-19 squad that will take part in the UEFA Youth League, a UEFA Champions League-style competition for youth teams of the clubs taking part in the main tournament
Rights and wrongs: AFC steps in to investigate row at World Cup qualifier – Inside World Football
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has been forced to step in to protect the integrity and rights of its commercial partners following reported incidents concerning BeIN Sports having had their coverage of the Saudi Arabia vs Japan World Cup coverage disrupted.
Somalia to enjoy first floodlit game for 30 years – FIFA
Somalia are set to see its first floodlit football in three decades, taking place at the country’s oldest stadium which enjoyed redevelopment through FIFA’s Win in Africa with Africa programme.
Platini’s biggest fan earns soccer memorabilia records – Metro
Michel Platini’s No. 1 fan lives in Cyprus. The Guinness World Records has made it official.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca