WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
‘Caps hold Timbers to 0-0 draw in Portland, setting up decisive second leg at BC Place – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC held Portland Timbers to a scoreless draw on Sunday afternoon at Providence Park in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinal.
Whitecaps’ popgun offence fizzles again in Portland – Vancouver Sun
The Portland Timbers, supposedly physically exhausted and mentally drained after a Thursday night overtime marathon, didn’t wilt Sunday. Didn’t cave into fatigue as some thought they might.
Everything on the line at BC Place after Whitecaps and Timbers draw – Red Nation Online
The Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers kicked off from Providence Park in the first of a two-leg MLS western conference semi-final playoff matchup. Portland knocked off Sporting Kansas City 7-6 on penalties in a back and forth elimination match on Thursday night. Caleb Porter and his Timbers had all of the momentum playing against the no.2 seeded Vancouver Whitecaps. Carl Robinson and the Whitecaps looked like the tired side and managed to hold the Timbers to a 0-0 draw in front of 21,144 spectators.
Caps 0 Timbers 0: Attention turns to B.C. Place after draw – The Province
The post giveth and the post taketh away. The Portland Timbers were granted life on Thursday when Kansas City struck a post in penalty kicks, and then struck both posts on another, as Portland survived to reach this Western Conference semifinal series against Vancouver.
Portland Timbers 0-0 Vancouver Whitecaps: Cascadia rivalry ends square – Goal
The Portland Timbers had two quality chances in the second half against the Vancouver Whitecaps, but a brilliant save and a cruel post kept the home side from squeaking out a win in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinal and left the teams at 0-0 after 90 minutes.
Whitecaps leave Portland with goalless draw – Eighty-Six Forever
The Blue and White did not lose. But they also did not score an away goal. Was this a good result or was it just not bad? The all nil draw in Portland sets the stage for an epic return leg next week at BC Place.
Game management key to Whitecaps’ success – Whitecaps FC
Had anyone offered Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson the scoreless draw his team managed on Sunday afternoon against the Portland Timbers, he likely would have taken it.
Whitecaps, Impact in pole position for 2nd leg – Sportsnet
Here’s what happened with the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer’s playoffs on Sunday, in case you missed it…
The MLS Wrap: Dempsey heating up, Red Bulls grab edge and more – Goal
The Seattle Sounders needed someone to step up to give them an edge in their playoff series against FC Dallas, and Clint Dempsey provided a reminder of how special he can still be.
Seattle Sounders 2, FC Dallas 1 | MLS Cup Playoffs Match Recap – MLS
The Seattle Sounders pulled out a dramatic 2-1 victory over FC Dallas in their Western Conference Semifinal first leg match at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night, courtesy of a game-winning free kick from Clint Dempsey in the 86th minute.
Dempsey’s late goal gives Sounders 2-1 edge over FC Dallas – Prost Amerika
Seattle Sounders FC scored twice in the second half to take a 2-1 advantage over FC Dallas in the first leg of the two-match Western Conference Semifinals. Clint Dempsey’s 86th minute free-kick bullet broke a 1-1 tie. Andreas Ivanschitz accounted for the other Seattle score. Fabian Castillo notched FC Dallas’ lone goal in the first half.
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja criticizes officiating for foul that led to Seattle Sounders’ winner: “It’s incorrect” – MLS
First, FC Dallas were staring at a golden opportunity to come home to Toyota Stadium for next weekend’s Western Conference semifinal second leg with a 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders. Then after Andreas Ivanschitz manufactured a fine equalizer for the Sounders in the 67th minute, they were hoping to at least leave Seattle with a draw and a precious road goal in hand.
Montreal rallies to beat Columbus in first leg of conference semis – SI.com
Montreal fought back from an early deficit and beat Columbus 2-1 in the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday at Stade Saputo. The game-winner came on a mistake by Columbus defender Michael Parkhurst, whose pocket was picked by Johan Venegas, who converted on the break.
Impact show their character, grit in playoff win – Sportsnet
It wasn’t perhaps an ideal outcome, but all things considered, Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals was a great result for the Montreal Impact.
Venegas signing pays off for Impact against Crew SC – Prost Amerika
Montreal’s second biggest signing of the summer transfer window came through in the most important moment of the season. Signed on the heels of Drogba mania this summer, Johan Venegas has flow under the radar in Major League Soccer circles as his Ivorian teammate terrorized the league. But on Sunday it was Venegas whose name was in the spotlight as his goal gave the Impact the 2-1 win over Columbus Crew SC at Stade Saputo stadium.
Dax McCarty leads Red Bulls to victory at D.C. – Empire of Soccer
In the ever-important first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinal, it was former DC United captain Dax McCarty who turned the tables in the Red Bulls’ favor.
Eddie Johnson announces retirement – SBI
After being sidelined for the 2015 season due to heart ailment, Eddie Johnson officially ended his soccer career Sunday.
Be careful what you wish for: The TFC playoff story – Some Canadian Guys Writing About Soccer
The idea that weakness in central defence or a proclivity towards conceding goals in Tobias Time or [etc, etc] are somehow ingrained into the DNA of Toronto FC is silly, especially given that the team generally purges itself of on- and off-field talent on a pretty much annual basis.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL Week 8 Results & Upcoming Matches – VISL
Week 8 Results has Cowichan & Bays at the top, with VI Wave & Lakehill at the bottom. Almost at half way point, some separation is evident now.
Capilano Blues Win Gold – PACWEST
The Capilano Blues men’s soccer team finished the regular season as the hottest team in the Conference and it carried over into the playoffs, as they won a PACWEST gold medal with a 2-0 shutout over the KPU Eagles.
Douglas College Royals Strike Gold For First Time – PACWEST
For the first time ever the Douglas College Royals, women’s soccer team are PACWEST gold medalists after a 2-0 victory over the defending champions VIU Mariners.
UBC to host Canada West Final Four thanks to Mehrabi’s brace – UBC
The No. 1-ranked UBC Thunderbirds pulled out a gritty 2-0 win over the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday night, as they claimed their place in, and the right to host, the Canada West Final Four.
UBC Men’s soccer heads to Canada West semifinals – The Ubyssey
The Thunderbirds men’s soccer team secured their spot in the Canada West semifinals with a 2-0 win over last years Canada West title holders, the Saskatchewan Huskies.
Four-point Hundal books Vikes a ticket to Canada West Final Four – UVic
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team proved too much on the night for the Mount Royal Cougars in the Canada West quarter-finals on Oct. 30. Four points from fifth-year captain Cam Hundal helped the Vikes to a 5-0 win at Centennial Stadium to punch the home side’s ticket to the Canada West Final Four.
MacMillan’s late goal lifts Cascades past Golden Bears and into Canada West Final Four – UFV
Connor MacMillan’s goal in the 84th minute lifted the University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team to a 4-3 playoff win over the Alberta Golden Bears, and into the Canada West Final Four for the second time in program history.
JOHNSON GOAL LIFTS SPARTANS TO WIN IN CANADA WEST QUARTER-FINALS – TWU
Playing in his hometown for the first time since joining the Spartans, first-year striker Leighton Johnson (Calgary) was the hero of the day, as he scored the game’s lone goal to help Trinity Western to a 1-0 win over No. 8 ranked Calgary in the Canada West Quarter-Finals Saturday. The win puts the Spartans in the Canada West Final Four for the first time since 2012.
Vikes defeat Cascades in penalty kicks in Canada West playoffs – UFV
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team saw its season come to an end in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday, as the Victoria Vikes edged them in penalty kicks in the opening round of the Canada West playoffs.
Vikes go perfect in kicks to drop Cascades, punch ticket to Final Six – UVic
After 120 scoreless minutes of regulation and overtime settled nothing, the University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team defeated the Fraser Valley Cascades 5-3 in penalty kicks to move on to the Canada West Final Six, hosted next weekend in Saskatchewan. Stephanie Badilla Gutierrez scored eventual fifth penalty shot that sealed the deal.
UVic wins soccer quarter-final on penalties – Times Colonist
This time, the University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team wasn’t about to let the Fraser Valley Cascades rain on their playoff parade
Adam Jones Scores Twice In 2-0 Win Over NNU – SFU
Simon Fraser University freshman Adam Jones scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick and then added an insurance marker late in the game to lift the Clan to a 2-0 win over Northwest Nazarene in men’s soccer action Saturday.
Women’s Season Ends After Heart-breaking 2-1 Overtime Loss – SFU
Simon Fraser University suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in overtime to Western Oregon Wolves, ending its season earlier then the team had hoped.
Watson Named To CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team – SFU
Junior goalkeeper Brandon Watson has been recognized as one of the NCAA’s top student-athletes for his performance on the soccer field and in the classroom so far this season.
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Goalscorer Cyle Larin proud to wear CanadaRED – CSA
Canadian goalscorer Cyle Larin is proud to wear the #CanadaRED of Canada’s Men’s National Team. Now in his second year playing at the international “A” level, Larin is one of 40-plus footballers that head coach Benito Floro is expected to feature in potentially the next two rounds of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Qualifiers.
Larin speaks about the pros (and pros) of playing WCQ on artificial turf – the11.ca
Cyle Larin doesn’t love to play on turf. The shoo-in for MLS rookie of the year says that, like most of his fellow players, he prefers to ply his trade on grass.
Iain Hume Interview – Some Soccer Playing Canadians
Iain Hume is a long time Canadian international player and current member of hume – CopyAtlético de Kolkata of the Indian Super League. A 16 year vetern at only 32, Hume spent six seasons in the English Championship, where he played for Leicester City, Barnsley and Preston North End, and another 10 between England’s League 1 and League 2.
Oakville Blue Devils 3 – CS Mont-Royal Outremont Griffons 1 – League 1 Ontario
A physical affair, the opening leg of the Inter-Provincial Cup between League1 Ontario’s Oakville Blue Devils and the Premiere Ligue de Soccer Quebec’s CS Mont-Royal Outremont showcased some of the best soccer this country has to offer with no shortage of passion from both sides.
NASL & USL NEWS
NASL: Strikers edge Rowdies for final playoff berth – Soccer America
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers’ 1-0 victory at Jacksonville on Sunday moved it past Tampa Bay and supplanted the Rowdies for the fourth and final playoff berth in the NASL. The Rowdies’ 2-0 loss at New York had opened the door for the Strikers to overtake their Florida rivals, and that result clinched first place for the Cosmos in the combined standings and the top seed in the playoffs.
NASL Final Week Recap: Pair of Comebacks Finalize The Championship Field – Empire of Soccer
Two teams were hoping to pull off comebacks in the standings in the final weekend of regular season action. It took until the very last match of the weekend on Sunday to decide it, but both sides were successful in their efforts.
New York’s Decisive Victory, Ottawa’s Draw Gives Cosmos No. 1 Seed In The Championship – NASL
The New York Cosmos scored two goals in a four-minute span early in the second half to defeat the Tampa Bay Rowdies, 2-0, on Saturday night at Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y. The victory saw the Cosmos grab first place in the NASL Combined Standings, on the second tiebreaker, and the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout The Championship, the league’s four-team postseason tournament.
Fury Host Minnesota in Championship Semifinal – Ottawa Fury FC
The 2015 NASL Fall Season Champions, Ottawa Fury FC, will host Minnesota United FC in their Championship Semifinal Sunday, November 8 at TD Place at 3:00pm.
Scorpions Sack Alen Marcina After Going From First to Worst – Empire of Soccer
Marcina has been relieved of his duties a day after the club blew two one-goal leads in its regular season finale to draw with Minnesota United FC 2-2. The Canadian born coach brought a Fall Season championship and Soccer Bowl title to the Alamo City last year, but Scorpions have not had much cause for celebration in their follow up season. They finished at the bottom of the combined standings with a record of 7W-10D-13L.
Louisville’s Fondy Named USL Most Valuable Player – USL
The United Soccer League announced today Louisville City FC’s Matt Fondy has been voted the 2015 USL Most Valuable Player.
Final Thoughts With Colin Miller – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller shares his thoughts on the 2015 season.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Arsenal win Continental Cup amid Laura Bassett red card controversy – The Guardian
The annus horribilis of the England defender and Notts County captain, Laura Bassett, was completed with what TV replays showed to be an extremely dubious sending-off decision as Notts County went down to an Arsenal side inspired by two first-half goals by the midfielder Jordan Nobbs.
Jordan Nobbs: Continental Tyres Cup win crucial for Gunners – The FA
Two-goal hero Jordan Nobbs stressed it was vital Arsenal didn’t finish the season without a trophy as the Gunners won a fourth FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup title in five years.
NCAA Weekly: Conference tournament previews – The Equalizer
While it doesn’t seem possible, the regular season is over and it’s now conference tournament time for women’s soccer, this week is exciting as teams vie for automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament.
Westfield W-League 2015/16 Round 3 Review – Westfield W-League
Melbourne City now sit on their own at the top of the Westfield W-League ladder after a third win from as many starts.
Women’s Copa Libertadores: Colo Colo advances, Universitario and San Martin are out – CONMEBOL
Another round was played on November 1 of the VII Copa Libertadores Colombia-2015. The matches were played at the Atanasio Girardot and Polideportivo Sur – Envigado stadiums.
Wambach waited to reveal retirement to respect team – The Equalizer
Abby Wambach says she was almost positive following the World Cup that she would retire, but she waited to announce the news to make sure and because she didn’t want to take away attention from her team.
WK-League Fuels Growth of South Korea National Team – Keeper Notes
In the aftermath of South Korea’s successful campaign at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, Keeper Notes went to Korea to look at the role the domestic league has played in getting the country back to the World Cup after a twelve year absence, and in turn what impact their performance has had on interest in the sport.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Remi Garde: Aston Villa confirm ex-Lyon boss as manager – BBC Sport
Aston Villa have appointed Remi Garde as their new manager on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
Franz Beckenbauer faces new 2006 World Cup scrutiny over Malta friendly – ESPN FC
Franz Beckenbauer is facing fresh questions over his role in securing the 2006 World Cup for Germany after the president of the Maltese FA raised concerns over a friendly match involving Bayern Munich.
Real Madrid lack killer instinct; Sergi Roberto steps up for Barcelona – ESPN FC
Dermot Corrigan recaps what you need to know from the weekend’s La Liga action, with Real Madrid lacking killer instinct against Las Palmas and Sergio Roberto coming up big in Barcelona’s’ visit to Getafe.
Chelsea hits new low under Jose Mourinho; Man City and Arsenal win to sit atop Premier League – Canada.com
Chelsea’s slump in form under Jose Mourinho reached a new low on Saturday after a 3-1 loss at home to Liverpool, while Arsenal and Manchester City continued to set the pace at the summit of the Premier League.
Eva Carneiro to file individual legal claim against Chelsea’s José Mourinho – The Guardian
José Mourinho is to be the subject of an individual legal claim from the former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro in addition to the action she is bringing against the club for constructive dismissal.
Jose Mourinho: Is this the end of the road for Chelsea manager? – BBC Sport
Chelsea’s meeting with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge was billed as the game manager Jose Mourinho must not lose if he wanted to keep his job.
Juventus bounce back from midweek pain to win Derby della Mole – ESPN FC
It was hardly the most convincing of wins, but Juventus, at the last moment, grabbed the winner to defeat Torino 2-1 in the Derby della Mole to earn maximum points.
Club America shows title credentials in memorable win at Toluca – ESPN FC
Club America shows title credentials in memorable win at Toluca.
Bernabeu test a chance of PSG to ‘make it’ – Sportsnet
For a European super club such as Paris Saint-Germain, short of actually winning the European Cup, “making it” means one day –after all of this time, and of all that money–beating one of Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich in a competitive Champions League game, away from home. Perhaps like the one it plays against Rafael Benitez’s Real Madrid in the Bernabeu on Tuesday.
Champions League: Who could go through or exit?– UEFA
Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Juventus, Manchester City, Barcelona, Zenit and Valencia could go through on matchday four while seven others could fall: UEFA.com explains.
Osorio: The Mexico job excites me – FIFA
On 14 October, Mexico brought their long search for a new coach to an end with the appointment of the Colombian Juan Carlos Osorio, a development that caused no little surprise among Tri fans.
Yaya Toure among 10 names on Caf award shortlist – BBC Sport
Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure is in contention to win the Confederation of African Football player of the year award for a fifth consecutive year.
Northampton Town pay tribute to Supporters Direct founder Brian Lomax – The Guardian
Northampton Town have paid tribute to Brian Lomax, the founder of Supporters Direct, who has died at the age of 67. Supporters Direct had warned on its Facebook page in October that Lomax was seriously ill.
Off to a flyer: the century’s longest winning starts – UEFA
Bayern’s winning start to the season ended in their 11th game, but with Olympiacos on a nine-game streak, UEFA.com salutes the brightest starters of the 2000s.
Research reveals footballers are still heading for serious trouble – The Guardian
Scientific study on women footballers in the US has shown that constant heading of modern lightweight footballs can cause lasting brain damage.
VIDEO: Japanese high school team score goal of the season – ESPN FC
On the off-chance that you happened to miss the quarterfinals of the Japanese regional high school football tournament over the weekend, we’re happy to report that Tamano-Konan just about managed to oust Sakuyo in the final few seconds of what proved to be a dramatic encounter.