WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
PHOTO GALLERY: Western Conference Semifinal – Whitecaps FC vs. Portland Timbers, Nov.8 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
‘Caps eliminated from MLS Cup Playoffs after heartbreaking 2-0 loss to Portland – Whitecaps FC
All year long, Vancouver Whitecaps FC have talked about making history. They did that by winning the club’s first-ever Voyageurs Cup, setting new club records in points and wins, and by hosting their first home playoff match in MLS on Sunday night at BC Place. It just didn’t have the storybook ending they were hoping for.
Vancouver Whitecaps 0, Portland Timbers 2 | MLS Cup Playoffs Match Recap – MLS
After last week’s scoreless first-leg draw between the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps, it was tough to tell who held the advantage heading into Sunday’s Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Semifinal second leg in Vancouver. As it turned out, the Whitecaps’ failure to grab an away goal at Providence Park proved costly.
Timbers 2 Caps 0: Whitecaps go quietly into the night – The Province
For about 20 minutes, it felt like Vancouver’s night.Actually, for an hour and 20 minutes, if you count the vibe before kickoff.
Goal-shy Whitecaps pay the price – Goal
An untimely injury to Kekuta Manneh and a lack of quality scoring chances saw Vancouver’s season ended by Portland in the Western Conference semifinals.
Tame Whitecaps crash out of MLS playoffs – Sportsnet
It’s often said that big games are decided by small moments. For the Vancouver Whitecaps, who crashed out of the MLS playoffs Sunday evening at BC Place in a 2-0 defeat to the Portland Timbers in the Western Conference semifinals, it came down to two of those brief snippets of time.
Match Report: Whitecaps 0 – 2 Timbers – Eighty-Six Forever
Professional sports are not just about teamwork, but are also about moments of individual magic and brilliance. On Sunday night in front of a packed house of 27,500 boisterous fans at BC Place the Vancouver Whitecaps needed a little bit of magic to defeat the Portland Timbers to advance further in the MLS playoffs.
Timbers cut down Whitecaps – 24 Hours
The Vancouver Whitecaps struggled to score as Major League Soccer’s regular season wound down. It was a trend that extended into the MLS Cup playoffs, which are now over for Vancouver.
Whitecaps eliminated from playoffs with loss to Timbers – Red Nation Online
BC Place was electric on Sunday night as a spot in the MLS western conference finals was up for grabs. Vancouver needed a win, while the visiting Portland Timbers could advance and play FC Dallas with a win or a draw. Coaches Carl Robinson and Caleb Porter both went with heavy offensive starting lineups. In the end it was the visiting Portland Timbers that came away with a 2-0 win in front of raucous crowd of 27,837 spectators.
Potential doesn’t get the job done – Vancouver Sun
Whitecaps still have a long way to go if they want to compete with the top MLS teams on a regular basis.
FC Dallas 2 (4), Seattle Sounders 1 (2) | MLS Cup Playoffs Recap – MLS
After pandemonium ensued in the final 10 minutes of regulation, when three goals were scored to force 30 minutes of extra time, it took penalty kicks for FC Dallas to advance past the Seattle Sounders. The series finished 3-3 on aggregate after a 2-1 final score on Sunday night.
FC Dallas moves on with ‘magical’ win over Sounders – Goal
FC Dallas advanced to the Western Conference final with a wild shootout win over the Seattle Sounders that went to extra time after a trio of late goals.
Seattle Sounders set for “tough offseason” after MLS Cup dreams are dashed by FC Dallas – MLS
As their Sunday night Western Conference Semifinal second leg against FC Dallas hit stoppage time, the Seattle Sounders were improbably in prime position to grab the draw that would have sealed them a spot in the Western Conference Championship.
Columbus Crew SC 3, Montreal Impact 1 | MLS Cup Playoffs Recap – MLS
In a dramatic and controversial match that needed an extra time winner, Columbus Crew SC beat the Montreal Impact 3-1 at MAPFRE Stadium to clinch a berth in the Eastern Conference Championship against the New York Red Bulls.
Montreal ponders playoff exit in Columbus but future looks bright for Impact – Canada.com
Didier Drogba was quiet in the immediate aftermath of Montreal’s MLS playoff exit. The Impact’s talismanic striker sat in his locker, slowly getting dressed. He didn’t brush off the media, instead essentially telling reporters in French that he wasn’t going to share in the immediate aftermath of the season-ending loss to Columbus Crew SK.
Impact can hold heads high after playoff exit – Sportsnet
Leading their Eastern Conference semifinal 2-1 after last week’s first leg, the Impact dropped a 3-1 decision to the Columbus Crew in Sunday’s return match, an entertaining contest featuring end-to-end action, some controversy and a bit of drama. Kei Kamara bagged two goals, including one in extra time, to sink the Impact and eliminate the Canadian club from the playoffs.
New York Red Bulls 1, DC United 0 | MLS Cup Playoffs Match Recap – MLS
It wasn’t easy, nor was it a pretty affair. But the New York Red Bulls handled D.C. United on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 result courtesy of a late Bradley Wright-Phillips strike, advancing to the Eastern Conference Championship in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2-0 on aggregate.
Patrick Vieira appointed as New York City FC Head Coach – NYCFC
New York City Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Patrick Vieira as the new head coach. Vieira has signed a three-year contract with the Club and takes up his role on 1 January 2016 in advance of pre-season for its second MLS campaign.
Improved MLS ratings show that new consistent television windows are working – Awful Announcing
A couple years ago when we wrote about ways to fix MLS TV ratings, the #1 directive was to give the league consistent broadcast windows. Sports all the way from the NFL to the EPL have extremely reliable times when games are going to be televised that you can set your watch to. For MLS under their old television contract, that was an impossibility.
BC SOCCER NEWS
2015-16 McGavin Cup Final – VISL
This year’s Final will take place this upcoming Tuesday Nov 10 at Layritz Turf. Kickoff at 8:15 pm. Layritz turf will soon have the completed clubhouse for the Prospect Lake Soccer Club. Prospect Lake Lakers of Division 2 are hosting Juan de Fuca of Division 3.
VISL – Weekend results & upcoming game schedule – VISL
A little more separation from top team (and still undefeated) Cowichan to the next teams after this past weekend’s results. VI Wave pick up their first win over Gorge while Lakehill are still looking for theirs.
Thunderbirds claim 16th Canada West title on Serban’s extra-time goal – UBC
For the third time in the past four seasons, the Canada West championship banner will be tinted Blue and Gold.
Vikes come up short in Canada West final after extra time – UVic
After 90 minutes solved nothing, the University of Victoria Vikes were outdone in extra time by rivals the UBC Thunderbirds 2-1 in the Canada West Final on Nov. 7. Both teams meet again next weekend, Nov. 12-15, in Toronto, Ont. for the 2015 CIS Men’s Soccer Championship at York University.
UBC Thunderbirds set their eyes on a 14th CIS Championship after latest Canada West triumph – AFTN
Four British Columbian teams made the semi-finals of this year’s Canada West championship, but in the end it was that familiar powerhouse of the UBC Thunderbirds that lifted the trophy on home turf on Saturday night.
UBC Hosts CIS Women’s Soccer National Championship – UBC
The University of British Columbia and the UBC Thunderbirds are the proud hosts of the 2015 CIS Women’s Soccer National Championships. The event will take place November 12 – 15, 2015 at Thunderbird Stadium.
Vikes women’s soccer suffer season-ending loss to Calgary – UVic
The University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team suffered a season-ending 2-1 loss to Calgary, Nov. 5, in their opening game of the Canada West Select Six hosted in Saskatoon, Sask. Jordan Smith’s goal in injury time propelled the Dinos over the Vikes to advance to the semifinals against UBC.
Regular Season Ends With Home Win On Seniors’ Night – SFU
On a cold and foggy Saturday evening, Simon Fraser University played their last regular season game of the year, defeating Western Washington Vikings 2-0 on Terry Fox Field.
Seattle Pacific Men claim GNAC title – Goal Washington
Stephen MacDonald scored one goal and assisted on another for the seventh-ranked Seattle Pacific men, who clinched their second straight outright Great Northwest Athletic Conference soccer championship with a 3-0 triumph over Saint Martin’s on Saturday at Interbay Stadium.
Artificial turf and cancer in soccer goalies explored in documentary – CBC
Media reports about possible links between the rubber crumbs in artificial turf and cancer rates in soccer goalies are raising concerns, but so far officials say there are no studies documenting any risk.
FIFA 2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
CANADA vs. HONDURAS
7:00 PM, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2015
B.C. PLACE, VANCOUVER, B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada’s Men’s National Team squad selection unveiled in downtown Vancouver – CSA
A set of 23 #CanadaRED jerseys were on tour this Friday morning at iconic locations in the City of Vancouver, host site for next week’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers match at BC Place. The interactive tour gave local fans the first opportunity to learn the 23 names that will represent Canada in upcoming home and away international matches on 13 and 17 November this month.
Canadian national team coach Benito Floro calls in strong squad ahead of World Cup qualifiers – MLS
For its most important game in three years, Canada will be fielding the strongest roster we’ve seen in recent memory.
Get to know the 2015 Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Class – OSA
The Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum welcomed in the 2015 Induction Class Sunday night which includes: three Players, two Builders, a Pioneer, an Organization of Distinction and a Team of Distinction.
CWNT Head Coach Herdman Leads Learning Session – League 1 Ontario
On the night of Thursday November 5, 20 League1 Ontario coaches and 15 Technical Directors from the OPDL took part in a professional development session for the high performance stream by John Herdman, the head coach of the Canadian Women’s National team.
CBU’s Justin Maheu repeats as AUS soccer MVP – Cape Breton Post
The third-year Cape Breton University Capers striker netted his second consecutive Atlantic University Sport (AUS) most valuable player award after leading the conference with 13 goals. In addition to picking up the same honour in 2014, Maheu was also named last season’s Canadian University Sport (CIS) player of the year and followed that up by playing for Canada at the World University Games in South Korea.
A week to remember for Academy graduate Shome – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton Academy graduate receives Canada West Rookie of the Year award as well as conference all-star and Canadian national team nomination.
Canadian Para Soccer National Team is looking for Players – BCSA
The Canada Soccer Para Team had an incredibly successful year competing in two international tournaments with results that now have them positioned 10th in the world, higher than any other Canada Soccer National Team. Even with their tremendous success the Canada Soccer Para Coach, Drew Ferguson, is currently looking for talented para soccer players who are looking to take their game to the national level.
NASL & USL NEWS
New York Cosmos To Host Ottawa Fury FC In The Championship Final Next Sunday – NASL
Two goals by Tom Heinemann, the second in the 108th minute of The Championship Semifinal against Minnesota United FC on Sunday, sent Ottawa Fury FC to the NASL title game after its 2-1 victory before 9,346 at TD Place.
Fury Punch Ticket to Championship Final with Thrilling Extra Time Victory – Ottawa Fury FC
Mark your calendars, Ottawa! Fury FC are headed to The Championship! In front of an NASL postseason record crowd of 9,346, TD Place rocked for 120 minutes as Fury FC turned a 1-0 deficit at halftime into a thrilling 2-1 victory in extra time.
Heinemann fires Fury FC past Minnesota United into NASL final – SBI
Ottawa Fury FC extended their stellar sophomore NASL season on Sunday, defeating Minnesota United in extra time to secure a spot against the New York Cosmos in the 2015 Soccer Bowl.
Well-rested Fury advances to Soccer Bowl; but there’s still a what-if feel to the final – the11.ca
Think back the last week of the regular season; Fury coach Marc Dos Santos surprised a lot of people by deciding to rest many of the regulars at his disposal. The Fury had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Atlanta in the final game of the season, which cost the team the No. 1 seed. That seed went to the New York Cosmos.
Furious Tactics: The System That Conquered NASL – Total MLS
Marc Dos Santos loves talking about football, which isn’t surprising considering his career path. I had an opportunity not too long ago to sit down with the Fury’s head coach where we talked about the system he’s implemented in his time in Ottawa. Keep in mind that he was speaking on the record, but that he was honest in that he wasn’t going to divulge his every secret for competitive concerns.
Cosmos to face Ottawa Fury in NASL final – Soccer America
Raul scored the winner in the New York Cosmos’ 2-1 semifinal win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers to advance to the NASL final against the Ottawa Fury FC, which got two goals from Tom Heinemann to down Minnesota United, 2-1, in overtime.
USL Executives Head To Tulsa For League Summit – USL
The USL will head to Tulsa, Okla. next week for a first-of-its-kind USL Summit hosted by Tulsa Roughnecks FC. USL President Jake Edwards and other league executives will be joined by representatives of all 30 members of the USL, as the league builds toward the 2016 season.
In Depth: USL’s Expansion for 2016 and 2017 – USL
The USL has expanded to 30 clubs, with the most recent announcement including the addition of the Swope Park Rangers KC for 2016. Five teams are joining league action in 2016, and Reno takes the field starting in 2017.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Ferroviaria is champion of the 2015 Women’s Copa Libertadores! – CONMEBOL
Ferroviaria won its first Copa Libertadores championship by defeating Colo Colo of Chile 3-1 on Sunday in the final of the tournament that took place in Colombia.
NWSL ON LOAN: THE WEEKEND RECAP – NWSL
Here’s a roundup of NWSL players on loan across the world.
A lasting impact – NBC Sports
Expansion to Orlando and a blockbuster trade which sent Alex Morgan there have created significant buzz for the fledgling NWSL.
USL W-League, once top flight, folds after 21 seasons – The Equalizer
The USL W-League has ceased operations, bringing to an end a 21-season run for what was once the top flight of women’s soccer in the United States.
Requiem for the W-League – All White Kit
Where would we be without the W-League? Morgan Brian, Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Amy Rodriguez. Those are the only players on the world champion US National Team who never played in the W-League. Everyone else – from Carli Lloyd to Becky Sauerbrunn to Abby Wambach – honed their craft at that level before moving on up. (26 additional players for Canada and Mexico’s WWC teams also had W-League experience.)
Q&A: Keeper Erin McLeod keeping busy between seasons – Vancouver Sun
It has been a whirlwind six months for Erin McLeod, the starting goalkeeper for the Canadian senior women’s soccer team, but also an artist, activist, businesswoman and fashion designer.
Women’s Champions League last 16 tie by tie – UEFA
Holders FFC Frankfurt, former winners Wolfsburg and Lyon plus debutants Chelsea, Atlético Madrid and Örebro are among the teams involved in the UEFA Women’s Champions League round of 16 over the next two weeks. UEFA.com previews the eight ties.
Scottish Women’s Cup final: Glasgow City 3-0 Hibernian – BBC Sport
Clare Shine scored a hat-trick as Glasgow City won the treble for the fourth year in a row by beating Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final.
2015 League1 Ontario Women’s All-Stars – League 1 Ontario
League1 Ontario’s 2015 Women’s All-Stars list has been released, and it reflects a true depth of talent in the inaugural year of the provincial league.
Westfield W-League: Moscato scores game-winner – The Equalizer
It was wild weekend in the Westfield W-League across Australia as there were penalties awarded, a red card shown to a goalkeeper, and a last-ditch, stoppage-time game-winner. Here’s how the league’s fourth round of fixtures went.
SSE Women’s FA Cup first round draw made at Wembley – The FA
The draw for the first round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup was made at Wembley Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Ghana and Nigeria book places in PNG – FIFA
Ghana and Nigeria will represent Africa at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016, defeating Ethiopia and South Africa respectively in the third round of African qualifiers.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
FIFA U-17 World Cup: Superior Nigerians cap enthralling competition – FIFA
The concluding day of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 saw Nigeria live up to their tag of pre-tournament favourites by overcoming a spirited Mali side 2-0 in the final, thereby retaining the crown they secured so impressively two years ago in the United Arab Emirates. Belgium had earlier finished third, after seeing off Mexico in a pulsating opening game.
This is no longer just a blip with Chelsea – Sportsnet
The Blues are now 15 points behind league co-leaders Manchester City and Arsenal, and shockingly sit a meagre three points above the drop zone. It’s hard to see the London club retaining the title at this point, and even a top four spot could be beyond them, especially with West Ham, Leicester and Tottenham consistently punching above their weight.
Arsenal rescue draw with Spurs as Villa hold Man City and Liverpool lose – ESPN FC
Kieran Gibbs was Arsenal’s hero as he scored to cancel out Harry Kane’s opener and earn a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby at the Emirates Stadium.
Aston Villa frustrate Manchester City as Rémi Garde makes instant impact – The Guardian
The Rémi Garde era is up and running and some hope has returned to these parts after Aston Villa produced a performance full of endeavour and spirt to end a run of seven successive defeats and frustrate the league leaders.
Bournemouth: US firm buys 25% stake and targets long Premier League stay – The Guardian
Bournemouth have announced that a Chicago-based private equity firm has bought a 25% stake in the club. Peak6 Investments will have two representatives on the board.
End of the road for David Moyes at Real Sociedad – AS.com
Real Sociedad announced on Monday that David Moyes has been sacked from his role as first team coach – almost one year to the day when he was appointed by the San Sebastián-based club.
David Moyes sacked by Real Sociedad after a year in charge – The Guardian
David Moyes has been sacked as Real Sociedad manager after a 2-0 defeat at second-bottom Las Palmas that left the side level on points with the final relegation place. The favourite to replace him is Eusebio Sacristán, a former head coach at Celta and former B team coach at Barcelona.
Club America tripped up by former coach Antonio Mohamed, Monterrey – ESPN FC
America suffered its seventh loss of the season and fourth away loss, in Monterrey after falling 2-1 to Rayados, a team that was in desperate need of a win in order to keep its liguilla hopes alive.
Rome and Lazio Ultras boycott derby at Stadio Olimpico – Inside World Football
One of Europe’s most famous derbies was played out in front of thousands of empty seats on Sunday as fans of both Roma and Lazio boycotted the game in protest over increased security measures at the Olympic Stadium.
Impressive TP Mazembe off to Japan – FIFA
TP Mazembe of Congo DR will represent Africa at this year’s FIFA Club World Cup in Japan after beating USM Alger 2-0 at home to secure a 4-1 aggregate victory against the Algerian club in the final of the CAF Champions League. It is the fifth time Les Corbeaux have been crowned African champions club.
World Cup 2018: Big names enter African qualifiers for Russia – BBC Sport
Ivory Coast and Ghana launch campaigns for their fourth consecutive World Cup appearances with away fixtures this week against much lower-ranked opponents Liberia and Comoros respectively.
Nepal footballers in treason hearing over match-fixing – BBC
Five Nepali footballers have appeared in court charged with treason over alleged match-fixing in World Cup qualifiers in 2011. The footballers – including former captain Sagar Thapa and goalkeeper Ritesh Thapa – were arrested last month after police said they found large sums of money from suspected match-fixers in their bank accounts.
Rebooting football: searching for the Twenty20 equivalent that could save the grassroots game – The Guardian
Frogball might not turn out to be the future of the beautiful game – but it was just one of several new variants being tested at Nottingham’s GameCity this year, and the enthusiasm for tweaking the usual ways to play was undeniable. As amateur participation declines, could this be a game-changer?